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Best Nintendo Switch headsets 2020

Nintendo Switch headsets
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If you've not already got one of the best Nintendo Switch headsets, remedying that should be a priority. As well as increasing immersion in games by shutting off the outside world, they offer much better sound-quality than most TV speakers. Surround sound to help you know exactly where attacks are coming from is also beyond useful.

To get you started, we've made a list of the very best Nintendo Switch headsets below. Each of these recommendations is comfortable and fully adjustable, making them perfect for long sessions playing everything from Fortnite to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. More importantly, there's something to suit every budget.

Speaking of which, our bargain-hunting software has also been careful to select the top deals. The prices listed next to each entry are updated on a daily basis, so be sure to come back every now and then for fresh offers. These are some of the best Nintendo Switch accessories, so being able to get them for less is a win-win situation.

Best Nintendo Switch headsets

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1. Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless

The best Nintedo Switch headset

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 254g | Features: Wireless connectivity, wired connection | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets

Fully wireless for Switch
Lovely, sturdy design
Great sound quality
The cushioning is a little thin on the headband

Want the best Nintendo Switch headset out there? Look no further than the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. Besides being truly wireless, it offers superior audio and a stylish, cosy design that's leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. The detachable mic is equally welcome; it means you can use these headphones on the go without being weighed down by a microphone you probably won't need. 

Yes, it's got flaws. But the Arctis 1 is still the best all-rounder on Switch right now. And that's not to say its sound is anything less than great, either; we'd actually put it on par with the SteelSeries Arctis 7, a fantastic PC headset that's slightly more expensive. Indeed, there's almost no artefacting or audio loss during busy games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

What's more, comfort is where the Arctis 1 starts pulling ahead. It features that iconic SteelSeries headband with respectable foam cushions and a sturdy steel core, making it a good choice for medium-length gaming sessions.

Read more: SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless review

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2. Turtle Beach Recon 70

The best budget Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 1.05 lbs | Features: Wired connection | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets

Solid, comfy design
Super price
Decent mic
Not as plush as more expensive models

For those who want a Nintendo Switch headset without spending too much, this offering from Turtle Beach is one of the best. Despite a low price, it's the complete package. A decent microphone? Check. A fairly comfortable headband? Check. Good sound with well-balanced bass? Check.

Alright, so the Recon 70 has the drawbacks you might expect from such an affordable headset. It's fine for most kinds of music thanks to those bassy drivers, but its gaming focus means it doesn't score as highly with movies or TV. However, it does the job very nicely when it comes to what's important - games. You're getting excellent value for money as a result.

Oh, and don't worry about the many variants that are kicking around out there. Even though there's a Recon 70P, X, and beyond, they're all the same headset with slightly different colors. Each one is compatible with Switch using the 3.5mm jack, too.

Read more: Turtle Beach Recon 70 review

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3. HyperX Cloud Alpha

The best mid-range Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 336g | Features: braided cable, inline controls | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Excellent sound quality
Great noise cancelling
Superb value
Mic could be better

The HyperX Cloud Alpha has been around for a while, and the various awards it's won prove there's a good reason for that. HyperX has a real talent for creating awesome headsets, and this one successfully walks the tightrope between quality, price, and comfort. 

Inspired by aviation headsets, the Cloud Alpha feels great to wear for long periods of time and is ace at blocking unwanted external sounds - perfect if you're out and about or hoping to lose yourself in a game. And despite a bassier sound than we'd usually go for, that doesn't come at the cost of high-end definition.

In short, this Nintendo Switch headset is a amazing all-rounder. It's every bit as good with films or music as it is a match of Fortnite, so it's a great investment to make. Particularly because the mic is detachable; the Cloud Alpha is much easier to wear on the go as a result. That microphone may not be of the highest quality, but being able to take it off during your commute or singleplayer marathons is a worthy trade-off.

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4. Sennheiser GSP 550

The best premium Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 259g | Features: free mousemat, swappable cover plates | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Studio quality mic
Fantastic sound
Well made headset
Oh my, it's expensive

If your budget can stretch to it, anything by Sennheiser is worth considering - and none more so than the GSP 550. A chunky beast of a headset which looks like it'd be right at home on the helmet of a colonial marine from Aliens, it's hard-wearing and of the highest quality.

Sennheiser has an impressive reputation when it comes to microphones, and their audio equipment is no different. Their products grace many pro recording studios, for example. That expertise is reflected in the GSP 550. It sounds every bit as excellent as you'd hope from such an expensive pair of cans, and the mic is second to none. It features advanced 7.1 surround sound as well, processed via a USB dongle for more three-dimensional audio.

Comfort-levels are also high (surprisingly so for such a bulky headset). The earcups do a good job blocking out external noise, while the headband is wide enough to not dig in after long gaming sessions.

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5. ROG Strix Go 2.1

The best noise-cancelling Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 290g | Features: Noise-cancelling audio, AI-assisted noise-cancelling mic, wireless for Switch handheld mode | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Wireless for Switch handheld mode
Excellent noise-cancelling mic
Sleek, subtle design
Audio could be better for the price

Headsets that put the Nintendo Switch first are few and far between, and the ROG Strix Go 2.4 beats them all. An attractive, sleek design is matched by great audio and plenty of flexibility, and this is highlighted by the Go's ability to connect wirelessly with the Switch in handheld mode. That's a big deal.

The Go 2.4 is also a noise-cancelling headset. It's damn good at it, too; we've often used it to shut ourselves off from the world while working or gaming. When combined with the comfort offered by generous padding and a subtle, slightly curved design, there's lots to love. Especially because it's compatible with other consoles or mobile devices via cable.

This headset's microphone is the cherry on top. It has excellent AI-assisted noise-cancelling features, and will keep your voice clear even with background interference. The best example of this was our preview at a busy convention center; we were able to record crystal-clear chat despite the hubbub all around us.

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6. Razer Kraken X

The best lightweight Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 250g | Features: Lightweight frame, onboard controls, bendable cardioid mic | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Light and comfortable
Fair sound for the price
Affordable
7.1 surround sound only on PC

If you expect a Nintendo Switch headset in this price-range to be uncomfortable, the Razer Kraken X has a surprise up its sleeve. It remains pleasant to wear even after hours of play. The padding is far more effective than its appearance would suggest, and the lightweight nature of this design helps tremendously.

What's more, its audio is no slouch. The X isn't the best of the Razer headsets by any means, yet it still manages to impress by balancing sharp highs with growling lows. It's easy to alter the volume via the onboard controls, too (which are lacking on the otherwise-identical Kraken X Lite, by the way). While it's a shame that the 7.1 digital surround sound is only available on PC, we can't complain too much with the quality we're getting here.

The Kraken X's compatibility with almost everything is another plus. It can be used with almost everything, and if you can get it on PC you'll be in for an even better experience.

Read more: Razer Kraken X review

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7. Beyerdynamic Custom GAME

The best Nintendo Switch headset for singleplayer games

Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 282g | Features: Multiple EQ settings, customisable covers | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Beautiful sound
Excellent all-rounder
Very comfy
Tacky side-panels

Much like Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic is a big name when it comes to best-in-class audio. Their studio headsets have accompanied many pros for years, and that makes the Custom GAME an eye-catching addition to the lineup. 

Its aesthetics may not be for everyone - they're inspired by the DT series and feature a tacky, interchangeable side-plate - but you can't argue with the performance. The Custom GAME's sound is equal parts warm and crisp, with a brilliantly flat response that is unusual for gaming cans. It's easy to pick out the details with these headphones, and you can take that further with EQ presets for different environments. That makes this beyond perfect for immersive singleplayer games.

The mic is a solid effort as well. It offers a more full-bodied voice than most of the other entries on this list (you'd certainly hope so, at that price).

Read more: Beyerdynamic Custom GAME review

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8. Turtle Beach Battle Buds

The best Nintendo Switch earbuds

Drivers: 10mm | Weight: 3.8 oz | Features: 3.5mm connection, carrying pouch, different sized ear buds | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Very portable
Great price
Average sound quality
Not as comfy for long sessions

For anyone who plays on the go, a traditional headset isn't always the answer. That's why the Turtle Beach Battle Buds are such a great solution. They're small, convenient, and eminently portable.

They actually work better than you'd think their 10mm drivers would allow; because the frequency response is limited, you'll get a fair balance of sound regardless of what you're listening to. That's quite an achievement. The Battle Buds won't match other headsets on this list in terms of quality, yet they're still able to impress.

Their size doesn't hurt, of course. These earbuds sit very firmly in place no matter how much you shake your head, and they fit easily into the best case for Nintendo Switch. The tiny microphone is reliable, too.

Read more: Turtle Beach Battle Buds review

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9. Logitech G Pro

The best Nintendo Switch headset for bass

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 259g | Features: Lightweight design, leatherette or suedette earpads | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Very light and sturdy
Excellent bass
Great mic
Bass can be overwhelming

For anyone who likes to feel the bass, Logitech's G Pro headset is superb value for money. We'll admit that it may overwhelm the treble in some cases, but it's still a sterling performance nevertheless. Play something like Doom on this thing and you're away.

As with the company's other G Pro products, this Nintendo Switch headset is also subtle in design. Fitted with a sleek black casing that would easily fit in with non-gaming headsets, it lacks the aggressive angles and RGB shenanigans that are common in the industry. 

That's just as well, because you'll probably want to take these out and about with you - they're excellent for movies, TV, and music as well as games on Switch. We can't recommend them enough, especially at such a mid-tier price.

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10. Roccat Khan Pro

The best Nintendo Switch headset for high-res sound

Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 230g | Features: Three colorways available | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Excellent sound quality
Light and compact
Sturdy design
Doesn't look great

Want to put audio fidelity first? This is your best bet. The Roccat Khan Pro may not feel tremendously luxurious to begin with, but the build-quality is matched by superb high-resolution sound.  

Wondering what 'high-resolution sound' means? It's a woolly term, but is generally defined as anything above 44,000Hz. That results in a richer experience, so anyone who wants to go from Switch sessions to high-res music services such as Tidal will be very pleased with the Khan Pro. You may need to be a hardcore audiophile to appreciate the difference, but those who consider themselves headphone connoisseurs will be pleased with them.

It helps that this Roccat headset is so compact and light. And in spite of a large, unsubtle logo, the whole thing doesn't scream 'gaming'. That makes it a good choice for your morning commute or trips into the great outdoors.

If you're looking for something more for general music playback at home or when out on the move, then be sure to check in on our guide to the very best headphones available right now.

As a staff writer for our Hardware team, Benjamin looks after many of the buying guides, board game features, deals, and tech reviews you’ll see on GamesRadar+.