When you are deep into that gaming marathon with your friends, the last thing you want to do is take off your headset because of how uncomfortable it feels. Your friends NEED you in the battle.
Well fear not, my sweaty-eared friend. There is a comfy headset out there for you. 🎧 🎮
Now you may be thinking, “Bah, no way. I’d probably have to pay an arm and a leg to get something more comfortable than I have right now.” And that’s where you’re wrong. While many high-end headphones can offer some supreme comfort for your noggin, there are many options far more affordable that can give your head the cushion that it deserves.
In this guide, we’ll be reviewing the most comfortable headsets – both on the higher end and on the cheaper side – to help you make the best choice.
Best Choice: Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha
Pros & Cons
- Memory foam in the headset allows you to wear these for hours
- Great build quality
- Price won’t break the bank
- Exceptional audio quality
- No surround sound
- Wired connection
- Earcups can’t rotate very far
- Award-winning HyperX comfort
- HyperX Dual Chamber Drivers for less distortion and more distinction
- Detachable braided cable with in-line audio control
- Detachable noise cancellation microphone
- Compatible with PC, PS4, PS4 Pro
The Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha Review
For years, HyperX has been known for its high quality throughout the PC gaming world. Since 2014, the HyperX Cloud model has been a favorite for gamers because of its great comfort and low price. Does the HyperX Cloud Alpha continue HyperX’s fine form?
It absolutely does. With some improvements to give thicker padding in the ear cups and the headband, the HyperX Alpha feels even comfier than the models that came before it. The memory foam makes a huge difference when you have this headset on for hours.
The Alpha keeps a similar look to the already good-looking HyperX models, the HyperX Cloud and Cloud II, with the addition some small details like a slotted metal frame above the ear cups. A nice touch. Would I wear these out on the street like I would with some of the Alpha’s more subtle competitors? Nope, probably not. But they look great for gaming.
Now let’s get to the sound. It’s fantastic. Upfront you’ll notice that HyperX Alpha hits you really hard with the bass, which is great for gaming so you can really feel the weight of that grenade going off next to you. What sets the Alpha apart, though, is its ability to balance the low bass with the mid-high to high notes. It’s a great sound.
For the price that the HyperX Alpha goes for, you won’t find many better headsets that offer the same mix of comfort and sound quality. You’ll also find the HyperX Cloud Alpha featured in our review of the best budget gaming headsets.
Premium Pick: Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Generation)
Pros & Cons
- Lightweight combination of steel and aluminum alloy for high-quality comfort and feel
- Extremely high quality sound with great range
- Wired headphones-quality sound
- Comes with two cables, each with remotes
- Very Expensive
- Not the most exciting design
- Closed stereo headset made for all gaming and multimedia applications
- Lightweight material
- Compatible with all gaming consoles
- Integrated wired remote control for maximum control
The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Review
The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 comes in at a high price point compared to other wired gaming headphones out there. Not many companies have the gall to price a wired headset over $300. But Beyerdynamic did, and that’s because they know that you are going to get what you are paying for.
I’ll start out by saying that this is probably the best sounding gaming headset on the market. If you are an audiophile who demands high quality sound from their headset, you certainly won’t be disappointed here.
It’s impressive to hear different sounds come in so distinctly. You can really pick out the differences in the sound of trees, the different guns firing, and the footsteps around you. You’ll also be hear dialogue from NPCs and the voices of your teammates come in crystal clear amidst the chaos of battle. The range, depth, and clarity of the MMX 300’s sound is top-notch.
What the MMX 300s lack in their aesthetic – the plain black look is a little boring – it makes up for in its comfort. It has some comfy velvet material in the earcups and a leatherette material in the headband. All-in-all it makes for a headset that you can easily wear for hours on end.
For you audiophiles out there looking for comfort and are not worried about spending a little extra money for quality, this is the headset for you.
Best Value: Logitech G430
Pros & Cons
- Sports-Performance material is comfortable
- Very lightweight on your head
- Great range of sound for the price
- Price point is below a lot of competitors
- Not a lot of sound customization options
- Noise cancellation is not great
- Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
- On-Cable Controls
- Sports-Performance Ear Pads
Logitech G430 Headset Review
For those looking to save on money and still experience the magic of surround sound in comfort, look no further than the Logitech G430.
Logitech’s normally boring aesthetic has been jazzed up a bit with the electric blue “sports-performance” padding in the earcups. You would think that this new sports-performance material would make your ears sweat even more, but we found them to be surprisingly breathable and, above all, comfortable.
The best part about this headset is just how light it is. Logitech decided to move all of the normal headset controls to an inline control, so what’s left is a headset that you could easily forget is there.
When it comes to the controls itself, the Logitech G430 lacks a little bit in sound customization. If you like to really personalize your gaming experience, these might not be the headphones for you. We found the G430 to be a little lacking in the noise cancellation department as well.
However, the overall sound is impressive for the price point. The surround-sound offers a very immersive gaming experience. The quality of the sound nearly matches the company’s higher model, the G35, which is priced around $135.
Overall, the Logitech G430 is a great budget option for a comfortable gaming experience. You can also find the Logitech G Pro Headset featured in our article on the best wired gaming headsets.
Best for Gaming: SteelSeries Arctis Pro
Pros & Cons
- Very comfortable after adjustments are made
- RGB Lighting
- Very sleek design
- Surround sound
- Skiband can be a little funky to adjust
- Wired connection
- Hi-Res Capable Speaker Drives
- ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone
- Polished steel and aluminum alloy
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Review
Named our “Best Choice” in our best gaming headset of 2020 article, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro has great combination of nice aesthetic, good quality sound, and solid comfort.
The Arctis Pro features an interesting skiband design on the headband, which might take a little bit of getting used to. Adjustments to the headband can be a little weird since it uses a velcro strap, rather than just the normal sliding adjustment of other headsets. But once you find your right fit then it fits like a glove to your head.
The look of the Arctis Pro is great too. The combination of the subtle RGB lighting and the sleek steel and aluminum alloy make for a great look. It’s relatively light on your head too, which makes this headset is a great candidate for headphones to wear for your long gaming marathons.
The only real negative to this headset is that it’s priced over $200. For the great combination of look, comfort, and sound though, it might just be worth it for you.
Best Looking: HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Pros & Cons
- All-day comfort
- Surround Sound
- Cord length can lead to it getting tangled easily
- Weird mic position
- Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
- Signature HyperX memory foam with premium leatherette
HyperX Cloud Revolver S Review
The Cloud Revolver S is yet another quality option from the HyperX line. Much like the HyperX Cloud Alpha, featured above, the HyperX Cloud Revolver has a very comfortable, all-day wearable feel to it.
This is accomplished because of the memory foam that is built into the earcups and the headband. The plushy, light feel of the headset helps to make it one of the more comfortable headsets out there.
It’s subtle black-and-white design with the floating headband make for a nice and not so “gamey” look. The only weird aspect of the Cloud Revolver S is the microphone. It plugs into the bottom of the left headphone and is not as flexible as it maybe should be.
Now for the sound quality: it’s great. It’s out-of-the-box output is lively and fun and even has some solid surround sound. It offers some great customization options too: Bass Boost, Flat, and Vocals EQ.
Overall, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is a great option for that classic HyperX Cloud combination of comfort and sound quality.
Razer Nari Ultimate
Pros & Cons
- Cooling gel in cushions offers more comfort
- Haptic Feedback in headphones allows for more immersed experience
- Good customization when hard-wired
- The cooling of the gel in the cushions goes away after hours of wearing them
- No noise cancelling
- Haptic Feedback can be a negative for some people
- Cooling gel-infused cushions
- Features Haptic Technology that offers touch-sensory feedback based on audio cues in-game, listening to music, or watching videos
- Surround sound that delivers 360 degree positional audio
Razer Nari Ultimate Review
Hearing the game not enough for you? Want something that gives you a more of a feel of the game? Check out the Razer Nari Ultimate, which features haptic feedback that is built in to the headphones.
This haptic feedback will give your ears a rumble at intense moments of action or music. Feel your tires screeching on the track in Forza or the pulse of the bullets flying over your head as you take cover in Battlefield. It’s a really fun experience.
But the haptic feedback isn’t the only good part of the Razer Nari Ultimate, it’s also very comfortable. It’s floating headband design, combined with its nice leatherette and metal materials, makes for an easy-wearing experience.
There are a couple negatives with the Razer Nari Ultimate. For its price of $200, its sound quality isn’t quite up to snuff with its competitors at the same price. It’s battery life, too, is a little on the low end (8 hours).
However, the overall experience of the awesome haptic feedback and the comfort of Razer Nari Ultimate make it a great choice for gamers who want a unique gaming, immersive experience.
Want another review of the Razer Nari Ultimates? Check out our article on the best wireless gaming headsets in 2020 where selected it as our “Best Choice”.
Most Comfortable Gaming Headsets: Buying Guide
So how do you decide which headset can give you the most comfortable gaming experience?
A lot of comfort comes down to personal preference. Factors like the weight of the headset, the material it’s made out of, and how it feels on your head can give different people different experiences. And then, of course, you don’t want your headset to just be comfortable. You also want it to perform well too. Consider factors like sound quality, reliability, and any other fun gimmicks that you want to throw in (like haptic feedback).
Deciding on which headset is the most comfortable for you can be difficult when shopping online. My best suggestion for you would be to run to your nearest gaming headset retailer to try some on for yourself before buying them online.
Also, don’t be afraid to return gaming headsets that you have ordered online that aren’t comfortable for your head! Nobody likes being distracted by discomfort while in the middle of an intense game.
The weight of the headset – the lighter the better
When it comes to comfort, a general rule of thumb is the lighter the headset, the less you will feel it on your head. Sure, there are heavier headsets that can still provide you a comfortable experience (see the Beyerdynamic MMX 300), but the lighter headsets generally tend to give you that experience of forgetting that it’s even on your head.
If you are looking to buy a wireless headset, note that you will be sacrificing the cord for a little bit more weight on your head. That’s what happens when all of the volume controls have to move from on the cord into the headset. If the tradeoff of having no cord for a little more weight is worth it for you, then this shouldn’t be a problem.
The Build and Material – how much does the “feel” of the headset matter to you?
Headsets come in many different shapes and sizes. When it comes to material, you can expect to find options of leatherette, velvet, or a “sport-performance” fabric on earcups. Some materials may make your ears sweat more than others after a few hours. Also, different headphone materials may work better or worse for when you wear glasses.
Another factor to keep in mind is the construction of the headband and how that feels on your head. Some headsets, like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, have a skiband-style floating headband that takes some getting used to. Most of the floating headband styles may feel a little bit looser on your head too, so you might feel those styles slipping on your head more than others.
Sound Quality and Experience
Not to be overlooked is the quality of the sound in the headsets. That’s why you’re buying them, right? Audiophiles will look for headsets that have a huge frequency range in Hz to make sure that the headset can pick up all the sounds they are looking for, as well as a the ability to customize the sounds to their liking.
If you don’t want to take all the time to customize your sound, there are plenty of headsets that sound great out of the box. For gaming, it is great to have a lot of powerful bass for extra excitement. You would think that you have to spend a lot of money to get a quality sounding headset, but I can assure you that there are plenty of great sounding headsets under $100.
Finally, are there any other experiences you are looking for in your gaming? Surround Sound is very important for some gamers. They want to hear where nearby footsteps are or be able to identify where that enemy sniper is shooting from. Other gamers might want to experiment with haptic feedback, which gives your ears a rumble as the action happens. It’s all up to personal preference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions asked when considering which headset is the most comfortable for you.
What headset do pro-gamers use?
Pro-gamers actually use a wide variety of gaming headsets, so it’s hard to say which is the preferred one for gamers. You will see plenty of pro-gamers use the Logitech G series headsets, while many also use one of the HyperX Cloud models.
What will surprise you the most is that most of the headsets that pro-gamers use are not too out-of-reach price. So if you are looking for a pro-gaming quality headset but aren’t wanting to pay an arm and a leg, don’t fret. It might even be under $100 to get to that level.
What is the most comfortable gaming headset for glasses?
For many glasses-wearers, the point of contact between the headset and the glasses can be a really comfortable experience, leading to many headsets being a no-go. If you want our suggestion for a comfortable headset to wear with glasses, we would suggest the Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha. The build of the headset and the material of the earcups doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your ears, which is exactly what you want as a glasses-wearer.
What is the most comfortable gaming headset for big ears?
For those who have larger ears, pay special attention to the size and shape of the earcups. Some are a more oval shape, which might be good for those with a taller ear, while other earcups are more circular, which might be better if you have wider ears.
If you’re planning on gaming for hours at a time, sound quality isn’t the only thing that should concern you. Getting the most comfortable headset should also be a priority.
I mean, what good is getting the best 7.1 gaming headset out there if your ears are sweaty and hurt all the time?