Best Nintendo Switch controllers for under $20 in 2024

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Of all the accessories your Switch has to offer, getting one of the best Nintendo Switch controllers is the most critical. It determines how well your game responds and, in turn, determines how good your gaming experience is. Whether you need a replacement or want to have more controllers for multiplayer games, we've got you covered. Here are the best Nintendo Switch controllers you can purchase for just $20 or less.

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We've looked at every option you have at $20 or less and have determined the best Nintendo Switch controllers. To get this inexpensive, many controllers sacrifice features, but you can occasionally find something that stands out above the rest. The best ones have motion controls, vibration, and work wirelessly via Bluetooth. If you'd prefer a wired controller, make sure you choose one with a decent cord length, preferably a detachable cord that's seven feet or more.

The controller we recommend most is the Qiaoting Wireless Controller since it has a comfortable design perfect for long playing sessions and connects to your Switch wirelessly. It also features motion controls and rumble, so you don't miss out on those features.

If you want something more exciting looking, we recommend the PDP Rock Candy Mini Wired Controller since it comes in four different colors and doesn't cost much. If you're a long-time Nintendo fan, consider the PowerA GameCube Style Wired Controller for the look and feel of an original GameCube controller.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.