Best wireless headphones for Nintendo Switch iMore 2022
The time for Bluetooth headphones for your Switch is finally here. After a recent update, Switch players can finally enjoy connecting with their friends and listening to their games on a Bluetooth-connected, wireless headset. Get top-notch audio while plugged into the best Switch games, wherever you're playing with our picks for the best wireless headphones for the Nintendo Switch. Get one of these great options connected to your Switch.
- Best overall: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset
- Best on a budget: JLab - Studio Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Best mid-range: SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless - Gaming Headset
- Best for kids: eKids Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones
- Best customization: Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Best overall: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 may be advertised for PS4/PS5 and Nintendo Switch, but with its Bluetooth connectivity, you can also use this comfortable set to connect to your phone while you play too.
If you plan on using the headset for long periods, comfort is a huge factor in making a good headset. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 has memory foam and Aerofit cooling gel in the cushion around the ears. Plus, if you wear glasses, they were thinking of you! You can adjust a tab that allows space for your glasses to sit into the headset instead of into your head.
Players also get to enjoy a lot of great audio features when using this set. The Nanoclear speakers give what Turtle Beach calls a 3D Audio experience, meaning the sound in your game becomes more realistic as you're playing by shifting where the sounds seem to be coming from as if you are actually in the game's environment. They also offer Superhuman Hearing, a feature that accents subtle sounds. You can customize your audio features through the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app and even save up to four presets when you find what you like best, so you don't have to mess around with adjustments from game to game.
While you can't use the microphone to talk to your friends via the Switch, the Bluetooth connection will allow you to speak with your friends from Discord, Google Meet, or whatever audio chatting service you use and connect to your Switch sound at the same time. In addition, this headset will last you 20 hours between charges giving you plenty of playtime before you have to connect the charger.
- Comfortable and cooling
- Glasses friendly
- Simultaneous Bluetooth capability
- Included USB dongle for connection
- 20-hour battery life
- Poor connection distance with dongle
- You need the app to adjust some settings
Best on a budget: JLab - Studio Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Maybe you're not looking to spend top dollar on the best audio quality and connection options and want a simple headset that's portable, with good sound, and offers Bluetooth pairing at a reasonable price. In this case, the JLab - Studio Wireless On-Ear Headphones are a great pick, and they come with a 2-year manufacturer warranty.
For many Switch players, portability is a significant factor in accessories. This headset does fold up, so it is more compact and easy to pack. It even comes with a carrying case to protect it, so you don't have to figure out how to travel with it safely.
Available in multiple colors, this headset can be connected via Bluetooth to any device that allows a Bluetooth connection. The speakers offer three different sound settings, JLab Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost. You can switch between these settings directly on the headset. In addition, there is a built-in microphone on this headset if you would want to connect it to your phone or another Bluetooth device with the ability to use the mic.
The battery will last for up to 30 hours on a single charge. However, you will need to use a 5V 1A charger as anything more substantial won't charge the headset. There is a soft foam cushion along the top bar of the headset to alleviate pressure on the top of the head and a Cloud Foam Cushion around the ears, which are adjustable for a more accurate fit. If you have larger ears, you may want to consider a different headset.
- 2-year warranty
- Portable with an included case
- 30-hour battery life
- Color options
- No app is needed
- Can't charge with anything stronger than a 5V 1A charger
- Not as comfortable on larger ears
Best mid-range: SteelSeries Arctis 1
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is the perfect option for someone who doesn't want to spend a huge amount of money but is still interested in a quality headset that'll last a while. Available at $100, the SteelSeries Arctic 1 Wireless is designed to be comfortable, with soft earcups and a flexible band that can be adjusted as needed. It also sports great sound design, ensuring that you're not compromising on your games' audio quality.
The headset also uses a 2.4Ghz connection with a USB-C and USB-A adapter, meaning it's functional with the Nintendo Switch regardless of whether you're playing in docked or handheld configuration. This also makes it functional no matter the model of handheld console you're using, from the Nintendo Switch Lite to the Nintendo Switch OLED.
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 does lack Bluetooth support, however, which has been unlocked on Nintendo Switch. So if you're looking for a headset that supports Bluetooth, you'll need to look elsewhere.
- Works with Nintendo Switch, docked or in handheld
- 20-hour battery life
- Soft, comfortable earcups
- No Bluetooth support
Best for kids: eKids Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones
While there are no promises that this will stop the disappointed yelling when something doesn't go quite their way, a headset made for kids can help them keep their game sounds to themselves for a little bit. The eKids Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones are specifically made to fit kids' heads, so they are smaller around the ears and over the head. The biggest thing that stands out about these is the huge variety in designs from Mario, Pokémon, princesses, Batman, and more.
With this headset, you can choose to have it connect wirelessly through Bluetooth or wired connection. The volume is limited so kids can listen safely without risking damaging their hearing. These headphones last for 28 hours before needing a charge, and they fold up, making them a perfect choice for a road trip.
- Many color and design options
- Foldable for portability
- Made to fit kids
- Volume limited
- 28-hour battery life
- It may not fit older children
- Sound quality could be better
Best customization: Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
The Logitech G935 Artemis not only has a very sleek look but also has many great features to add to your gaming experience. Players will notice minimal distortion and fantastic surround sound. In addition, the mic is a 6 mm boom mic that brings your voice through to your friends.
Listen to an additional audio source by connecting the 3.5 mm cable to a second device, allowing you to talk on one and listen to your game on another. Although this takes away the freedom of a fully wireless experience, it is an option for chatting with your friends while gaming on Switch since you can't use the Bluetooth mic to communicate through the console itself directly.
Match your headset to the rest of your setup with the LIGHTSYNC RGB. Program it to whatever you like with the G HUB software or see what colors are chosen for you that go with your game or your audio. The lighting may be one of the reasons the battery life is shorter at 12 hours between charges.
- RBG lighting
- 7.1 surround sound support
- Compatibility with many different devices
- Battery life is only 12 hours
- The G-Keys are a bit unnecessary for the Switch
Welcome to Bluetooth
We're so excited to have Bluetooth connectivity for headphones on the Nintendo Switch finally. This has opened up so many great headphone options, one of the best of which is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset. It offers excellent sound quality, is made with comfort in mind in so many ways, and has various audio customization options available in the app.
While some of these options may be on the expensive side, we consider a good pair of wireless headphones to be one of your best accessories for your Nintendo Switch. We're glad to see that we now have more choices with this update. Maybe in the future, we'll have microphone accessibility too.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Alex Huebner loves playing video games on her Switch, PC, and more. Among her favorites are anything Zelda, indie titles, and adventure games. You can find more by Alex on iMore and Windows Central.
Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews, and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Nintendo on iMore. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.
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