Best third-party Joy-Cons for Nintendo Switch in 2024

Buying first-party controllers can be an expensive affair, especially if you want a few spare for multiplayer games.  Luckily, the best third-party Joy-Cons for Nintendo Switch will do the trick, and some of them can even look just as good. 

The Nintendo Switch has been a very popular console since its launch in 2017 but one of the least popular parts of it is the Joy-Con's pesky problem of getting joystick drift. As well as this, as they are attached to the Switch itself, and fairly small, you can often risk them getting smashed by particularly clumsy children. 

For this reason, you may want to have a few around for the inevitable moment yours stops working. We at iMore have compiled a list of some of our favorites, with some closely mimicking Nintendo's style and others offering some funky design differences. 

Here are the best third-party Joy-Cons for Nintendo Switch that you can pick up right now. 

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How to choose the best third-party Joy-Con for Nintendo Switch

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The controller you use can really make a difference in your Nintendo Switch gaming experience. Some people prefer a more traditional controller and for that, there are many third-party options as well. However, others may want to stick with having the controllers the way the console intended. If the latter is you, choosing the best third-party Joy-Cons that fit what you need is largely about finding the one with the features important to your play style.

We find that the Hori Split pad Pro is a great option, with its super comfortable shape. It might not have the same kind of features as a standard Switch controller, but it'll make your Switch more comfortable to game on for long periods.

It's uncertain whether these controllers will function with whatever new console Nintendo has planned, but in the meantime, it's a great alternative to official options in the event that you're experiencing Joy-Con drift.

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. 

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