The Best Nintendo Switch headsets in March 2021: JLab, PDP, Corsair and more!
The world of Nintendo Switch accessories is ever-growing and can sometimes be overwhelming! From the practically necessary microSD cards to the variety of Switch controllers, there are all sorts of things you’ll want to make your gaming experience the best. Not to mention all the games you’ll want to buy. One thing you may not have considered, though, is a headset–if you’re planning on playing online, though, you’ll need one! You’ll need to be careful with your purchase, though, as the Switch doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth. Don’t worry, though, as we’ve rounded up the best Nintendo Switch headsets below!
Table of Contents:
- Best Headset Overall
- Best Headset in Docked Mode
- Best Headset in Handheld Mode
- Best Bluetooth Headset
- Best Headphone/Headset Hybrid
Best Nintendo Switch Headset Overall: JLab Audio Play Gaming Wireless Headset
Unlike most gaming consoles, you’ll be playing your Switch in a lot of different situations. You maybe be playing on the big screen in docked mode, on the couch, or even out and about in handheld mode. The best Nintendo Switch Headset isn’t necessarily the one with the best look or the one that offers the very best in mic sensitivity — it’s going to be the most versatile headset. The Nintendo Switch is a versatile console, and unless you want to buy a bunch of headsets, you want one that works in every scenario… and that headset is the JLab Audio Play Gaming Headset.
This headset is one you can use either wired or wireless. You’ll get both an AUX cable and a USB cable, so you can plug it in whether you’re in docked or handheld mode. Also, the headset is slim and comes with a carrying case–two crucial factors if you’re looking to carry the headset with you on the go. Finally, you can use the JLab Audio Play headset via Bluetooth! It does not come with a dongle, though, so you’ll need to get a special Bluetooth adapter for the Nintendo Switch.
Honestly, even with needing to buy a Switch dongle, the JLab Audio headset ticks all the right boxes for the best Nintendo Switch headset. It can be used anytime, anywhere, and has a great price to boot.
Best Switch Headset for Docked Mode: Corsair Void RGB Elite Gaming Headset
If you’re using a headset when having your Switch docked, you’ll need to plug it in via USB cable. Also, presumably, if you’re using your Switch in docked mode, you’re plugged into a TV. So you’re going to want a Nintendo Switch Headset that has a long wire and is still a quality product. The best headset for the job is the Corsair Void Elite!
This headset provides 7.1 surround sound, a custom set of audio drivers, and nice but not overly done RGB. Since it’s wired, you never need to worry about dropping your audio or voice connection either. There’s nothing worse than trying to communicate with your team in Fortnite and your Bluetooth connection having a problem! And while the USB cord is pretty long, you can always grab a USB extension cable for even more length.
Best Switch Headset for Handheld Mode: PDP LVL40 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset
If you have a Nintendo Switch Lite or play your Switch in handheld mode most of the time, you’ll need a headset that plugs into the Switch’s AUX port. If that’s the case, you can’t go wrong with officially licensed gear! Nintendo does not create the PDP LVL40 Gaming Headset, but like various Nintendo accessories, the manufacturer is licensed by Nintendo specifically to make Nintendo Switch headsets.
The red and blue headset matches the Switch’s iconic colors and plugs into your Aux port, so you can only use it while the Switch is in handheld mode… unless you buy a PDP Switch controller to plug it into, of course. Other than that, it comes with everything you expect with a modern headset, with the ability to mute by flipping your mic up and the volume dial on the left ear cup. It’s also a slim headset, so it’s easy to pack and take with you wherever you go!
Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Headset: Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset
The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have native Bluetooth built-in, so to use a wireless headset, you need one of two things — either a USB dongle that you can plug into your Switch dock or a special Bluetooth adapter you can plug into the Switch’s charging port when playing handheld. Unfortunately, most Switch headset and special Bluetooth dongle combos appear to be… pretty shoddy quality. Also, wires are generally a little easier to deal with when you’re probably a bit farther away from the TV when in handheld mode. So for this section, we focused on a headset that had a USB dongle with it.
So, it turns out then that any PC headset that you plug in via USB can also be used with the Switch, so you’re not limited with choices! But for the best Nintendo Switch headset that uses Bluetooth, you need to pick up the Logitech G533 Gaming Headset. The wireless headset sports a long battery life, a great audio range, and a microphone that does a good job of catching your voice without catching all the other sounds around you. The headset is also a simple black, dodging the bright and garish colors of most gaming headsets.
All in all, it’s a solid headset, and the versatility between the PC and Switch is just a bonus! The G533 is pretty bulky, though, so it’s not the best for on-the-go gaming.
Best Hybrid Headphone/Headset for Switch: HyperX Cloud MIX
Sometimes you don’t need all the functionalities of a headset and just want to hear the game music without any hassle. The hassle being that microphone, more or less, especially on single-player titles. Those things can seriously get in the way when you’re not using them! So, why not get a headset that allows you to remove it?
So, the HyperX Cloud MIX isn’t strictly a Nintendo Switch headset — but then again, most of our picks aren’t! This headset is wired but is extremely comfortable. If you don’t mind the wire, you’re in for a treat! This headset had dual-chamber drivers to provide quality sound, and HyperX is a brand known for its quality. You can also detach the microphone, so if you want a pair of headphones, you just pop the mic right off! If you need it for a multiplayer game, just put the microphone right back on, and you’re ready to game.
The best Nintendo Switch headset for you is honestly going to depend a lot on how you play your Switch in general. JLab’s headset is by far the most versatile in terms of how it works with the Switch itself, but other headsets will be better if you primarily only play one way. Choose the headset that’s best for you!