(Pocket-lint) - The Nintendo Switch continues to amaze us years after its launch - it's a console and a portable all in one, and already has a library that contains some of the very best games ever made.
We love it, basically, and that goes for the excellent Switch Lite and Switch OLED, as well. That said, the speakers one the little consoles are more than a little underwhelming for more dramatic moments in games, so pairing your Switch with a headset is a no-brainer. The voice chat situation is a little complicated with Nintendo, so you'll have to check which games will let you chat, but these options will all sound great.
Thanks to a recent software update, too, you can also pair any Bluetooth headphones to your Switch for audio. For the sake of simplicity, though, we're sticking to dedicated gaming headsets in this guide.
All of the options on this list have been tested extensively, checking not for just pure audio quality but also how well-built they are, what features they offer and how useful they are when you're on the move.
What is the best headset for Nintendo Switch? Currently, our top recommendation is the Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless. Other great options include the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max, EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid, Logitech Pro X, Razer Kraken X and the Fnatic React.
Our Top Pick: Nintendo Switch Headsets
Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox
- Great audio for the price
- Good dongle
- Wireless play
- A little flimsy
The name might be confusing, but, trust us, this works perfectly with the Switch and its included USB-C dongle. The fact that it'll also work with Xbox makes it one of the most widely-compatible headsets out there.
It's also reasonably priced and sounds really great, bringing your games to life, and the removable mic is great for saving on space when not in use. Build quality is solid and it's really light and comfortable, making for an exceptional all-round bundle.
Nintendo Switch headsets we also recommend
Since the Steelseries headset detailed above won't be for every type of gamer, here are four other top options to consider for your Nintendo Switch.
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max
- Cross-platform play
- Great sound
- A little plasticky
- Not too cheap
This great headset from Turtle Beach is another example of a cross-platform beauty - it will work with every major console on the market right now, and is perfect for the Switch in docked mode.
The USB dongle means you can't use it in handheld modes, though, which is a downside for Switch gamers. For TV sessions, though, it sounds excellent and is nice and comfortable.
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid
- Earbuds are easier to carry
- Great sound
- Low-latency connection
- No microphone when using a dongle
EPOS has hit it out of the park with its first true wireless gaming earbuds, and they're a perfect fit for the Switch. An included dongle gets you low-latency connectivity for a superb lag-free sound that's rich and bassy.
It's dead easy to connect and they're really comfortable to wear for long sessions. Plus, a charging case helps them to about 20 hours of battery life, while you can also use them as great everyday earbuds with your phone when you're not on the Switch.
The only drawback is that they won't work with in-game chat, as the microphone only works via Bluetooth, which the Switch isn't packing at the moment.
Logitech Pro X
- Excellent value
- Really superb sound
- Comfortable to wear
- Wired only
If you're not fussed about playing wirelessly, there are countless options to consider which use the Switch's 3.5mm audio port.
One of our top choices is the premium-feeling Logitech Pro X, which has a mid-range price but sounds simply wonderful. With huge soft cushions making for an excellent fit and super-impressive sound range, they're some of the best headphones for any gamer, and work beautifully with the Switch.
Razer Kraken X
- Good at a lower budget
- Nice comfortable design
- Good sound
- Not the most premium-feeling
Opening up the field to wired options also means that you can find some much more affordable options, though, and we're particularly impressed by the Razer Kraken X, which sounds really great and doesn't break the bank.
Its design is understated by Razer's standards, and the fit and feel are both really solid, making for an overall package that is well worth considering.
- Immersive sound
- Good microphone
- Wired only
Fnatic's headset has been a front-runner for a few years now, which is a testament to its quality. This is a really well-made pair of headphones, with a very sensible price to match.
Most importantly, they sound excellent, too, making for a really solid proposition overall, and placed in the middle of the prices offered by the Logitech Pro X and Razer Kraken X.
Other products we considered
When trying to rate the best Switch headsets currently available, we spent plenty of time assessing the sound quality, design and fit. Once that's complete, we go over the results with a fine-tooth comb. We always consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending devices - and also when a new device enters our top five selections. This isn't just our own testing, either, with consumer reviews, brand quality and value all taken into account, as well.
In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the list above. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.
How to choose a headset for your Nintendo Switch
Choosing the right headset for your Nintendo Switch could be a little challenging, but the following questions can help you to narrow down what you're looking for.
Do you want to go wireless?
The biggest variable in headsets for the Switch comes down to how they connect. You can get amazing audio quality for lower prices by going wired, but the freedom of wireless play is obviously its own reward. So, it might be worth doing some thinking to figure out what's more important to you. Of course, you could just spend the big bucks to enjoy the best of both worlds, too.
What's your budget?
We never tire of making sure people set a budget when they're looking for a gadget - it'll save you a lot of angst as you shop around! There are gaming headsets to suit literally every level of pricing, so if you have a set amount of cash in your head, you'll definitely be able to find a great headset to go with it.
Is it for portable play?
If you're looking for a headset that can join you as you take your Switch out and about, making the most of its portability, you might want to make sure that the headset you opt for has either a good reputation for durability, or comes with some sort of carrying case or folding mechanism. Either should help it withstand the inside of a bag.
Do you already have something that could work?
As we mentioned at the start of this guide, you can connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to your Switch pretty easily - this means that you might already have a high-quality bit of audio kit that could work fine with your Switch already. Before you buy a headset to replace it, it could be worth checking to see how they work.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
We've used these headsets for weeks at a time, testing their audio quality with different types of gaming and even a bit of YouTube (will Netflix ever arrive on Switch? We still hold out hope). This means we're confident that our picks sound great under all circumstances.
That's not all we look to, though, with the build quality and comfort also hugely important as we finalise our order and rankings. Finally, pricing is a real variable as well. After all, deciding what represents good value without knowing its price would be next to impossible.
As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each gaming laptop is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity. Rest assured all the things on this list have been fully tested.