The best racing wheels come with a whole host of amazing advantages versus playing racing games with a more standard controller. But looking to create a racing wheel setup can be a daunting task. We're here to help on that front.
If you want to go all-out, a top-grade racing wheel setup can make racers like Gran Turismo 7 and Forza Horizon 5 feel especially immersive. With a wheel, you've instantly got a more realistic driving experience. And features like dedicated pedals and force feedback can really drive (no pun intended) this feeling home.
But don't worry if you want to spend less. The best racing wheels can be found across a wide variety of needs and budgets. And many of them are in this list. Still, it's worth thinking about the kinds of games you're going to play with a racing wheel. The best racing games that benefit most from a wheel setup are those with more realistic or sim-like elements. Arcade racers may not benefit in the same way.
Rest assured that all the best racing wheels in our roundup below are surefire picks. Before buying, though, you'll want to make sure your chosen wheel supports your console of choice. It will either support PS4/PS5 and PC, or the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S consoles and PC. We’d love a totally platform-agnostic racing wheel, but that’s unfortunately not how these gaming accessories work.
Read on for the best racing wheels you can buy today that'll seriously improve your on-track experience.
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The Thrustmaster T300 RS (PS5) and TX (Xbox) are the ‘default’ enthusiast racing wheels from Thrustmaster, and they’re some of the best around. There’s now an even more expensive T-GT II but, as that costs $799 / £699, it’s out of reach for most budgets.
What makes the Thrustmaster T300 RS one of the best racing wheels is the improved force feedback system. It’s not geared, rather using a series of belts that are powered by brushless motors. This gives it that perfect mix of power and smoothness, for a sense of realism and immersion you can’t really beat at the price.
Any force feedback wheel will add a whole new dimension of fun to reasonably realistic racing games, like Forza Motorsport 7 and Assetto Corsa, but at this price these Thrustmasters are the obvious choice. There’s a little gnawing rumble as you fight against the wheel, which is the feel of the motor working, but it’s otherwise great.
The belt system does cause a fair bit of heat after a while, necessitating a fan system that kicks in after you’ve been playing for 10 minutes or so. However, it’s not too distracting, and quieter than the Logitech G29 in action.
There are a few downsides to these generally great wheel sets, and it’s all about the parts outside of the wheelbase. The steering wheel is solid and very grippy, but uses a rubber grip rather than a leather one. Many people will be fine with the material, but after using the G29 we did miss the feel a little.
Many owners end up wanting to upgrade the pedals after a while too. The pedal caps are metal, but this is really just a basic plastic construction, without the stiffness of a great board or more advanced features like a high-end progressive brake.
There’s a solution, but it’s not cheap. These wheels are actually part of a system – you can get other steering wheels and more advanced pedalboards, the T3PA and the fab T3PA Pro. There’s even a manual gearbox if you want a proper old-school driving feel.
Fresh out of the box the Thrustmaster T300 RS lacks a few of the Logitech G29’s touches, but its force feedback is a lot better.
Much like with the G29 and G920 below, the Thrustmaster TX and T300 wheels are essentially the same, but boast the key difference of working with different consoles. The Thrustmaster TX is for Xbox One and the T300 RS is for PlayStation owners.
Again, the TX boasts a force feedback system and is considerably quieter than the Logitech G29 with a rubber-grip wheel. However, it does lack a lot of the little touches that make the Logitech wheels great - including a more comfortable wheel - and the pedals have some issues.
The Logitech G923 looks almost identical to the G920. The wheel still features the same caliber of materials, from the leather stitching to the metal pedals, incredibly sturdy steering, strong force-feedback and logical button layout all return. Set-up is also fairly easy by-way-of power adapter and USB cable, while button placements and macros are customizable through Logitech’s GHub application to a respectable degree. In fact, most of the fundamentals remain the same as the previous Logitech G920.
The G923 makes some vital improvements too though. Primarily, the G923 adds Trueforce, a haptics-based system that transmits the feel of the road through your fingers and palms. The feedback is no longer mostly about struggling against the wheel as you take a corner 5mph too quickly. You'll feel the tarmac tickling your digits.
Logitech has also upgraded the G923's brake, for more progressive resistance on the depress, while the LED rev indicator and 24-Point selection dial from the Playstation 4 version of the G920 become standard for this wheel.However, the G923 has Logitech's helical gearing system under the hood, which does not provide as smooth a feel as the Thrustmaster T300 RS.
It's still a healthy level-up that makes the Logitech G923 perfect for PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. But it's just as happy with the Xbox One, PS4 or PC. Make sure you buy the right version, though. There are separate versions for Sony and Microsoft consoles, and both types have the same "G923" name this time around.
It's worth noting that iRacing, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Snowrunner, Gran Turismo Sport, and Grid are the only games fully compatible with the G923 at the time of writing. Don't expect too many oldies to be added, since it requires more work from the developers.
- Check out our full Logitech G923 racing wheel review
For years, Logitech made virtually the default console race wheels - the Logitech G25 and G27 were crackers. The Logitech G29 (PS4) and G920 (Xbox One) are great too, but are quite similar to those older wheels. That comes with good and bad parts.
First, the G29 is more affordable than the direct Thrustmaster alternatives, the T300 series wheels. The quality of the wheel itself is great too. There’s a metal core and leather stitched over the parts your hands grip.
Fanatec and Thrustmaster charge a lot more for leather wheels. The Logitech G29 gets you higher-end extras at no extra cost. Its pedalboard is much better than anything else at the price too, with a board that has a clutch and very solid metal plates. It’s not plastic rubbish.
There is one reason to prefer a Thrustmaster wheel, though. The Logitech wheels still use a completely gear-based system for their force feedback, rather than belts. While it’s very powerful, you can feel this geared effect as you turn the wheel, as its motion is a bit notchy rather than completely smooth.
You get used to it, but it makes the whole experience that bit less realistic; unless you drive a Flintstone’s era car it shouldn’t feel notchy, right? The Logitech G29 is also a bit noisier than the more expensive belt-driven models.
The Logitech G920 is pretty much the same as the G29 above, except it's for use with the Xbox One. The G29 is for use with the PlayStation 4.
Like it's PS4 counterpart, the G920 is more affordable than Thrustmaster wheels but still boasts great quality. However it also comes with the same downfall of being a bit noisier than most wheels on the market.
The Thrustmaster T300 RS and TX listed above are the ‘default’ enthusiast racing wheels from Thrustmaster, and they’re some of the best around. There’s now an even more expensive T-GT, but as that costs £699/$799 it’s out of reach for most budgets.
What makes the Thrustmaster T300 RS and its brothers so easy to recommend is the new force feedback system. It’s not geared, using a series of belts instead, powered by brushless motors. This gives it the perfect combo of power and smoothness, for a sense of realism and immersion you can’t really beat at the price.
Any force feedback wheel adds a whole new dimension of fun to reasonably realistic racing games (opens in new tab) like Forza Motorsport and Driveclub. But at these price, the Thrustmasters are the obvious choice. There’s a little gnawing rumble as you fight against the wheel, which is the feel of the motor working, but it’s otherwise great.
- Read our full Thrustmaster T-GT review
Those with plenty of cash to spend should definitely consider the T300 RS and its brothers. But there’s also a lower-cost version that still contains many of the same benefits at half the price.
So, what are the differences between T150 and T300 RS? The main one is that while the T300 RS has force feedback driven entirely by belts, the T150 uses a combo of a helical gear system and a belt.
Predictably enough, then, the effect is halfway between the Logitech G29 and T300 RS. It’s smooth-ish, but not entirely, and you feel the effect of the geared motor as it pulls against you when you take a corner at high speed. Given the price, the results are great, though.
The parts that seem a little cheap in the more expensive Thrustmasters are even more budget-y here, though. All-plastic, flimsy pedals are miles off what you get with the Logitech wheel. Their low-resistance action makes them feel like arcade racer fodder, while the force feedback is definitely deserving of the most navel-gazing of realistic driving sims.
The exterior of the steering wheel part itself is also all-plastic, without the metal parts that make these wheels seem a bit less toy-like. There's still sports car-like metal spoke shifters behind the wheel, though.
A wheel that packs significant substance, if not the luxury touch, the Thrustmaster T150 is probably the best budget wheel around. You can get an even cheaper model, the T80, but as that’s not a force feedback model it’s in a completely different, lower league.
For PS4 fans, there’s the Thrustmaster T150, so Xbox lovers should pick up the Thrustmaster TMX. They use the same wheelbase tech, but have the controls and compatibility chips needed to get on board with these seemingly picky consoles.
That means, like with the Thrustmaster T150, you're looking at a great budget wheel with excellent force feedback. Still, downfalls include a notchy feel and pedals that leave you wanting.
Fanatec makes some of the best, and most expensive, racing wheels going. The Fanatec CSL Elite is actually one of its more affordable models, made with a mainstream audience in mind, not least because it supports consoles rather than just the PC.
As usual, there are different versions for Xbox One and PS4, and the Microsoft version is slightly cheaper. The force feedback is a level above what you get in the Thrustmaster T300 RS too, even smoother and with a more precise feel, a little faster and cleaner.
It’s an excellent wheelbase, and also has a rev counter, supported by some games. Sadly, you may have to rely on picking up this wheel second-hand these days, as it appears to have been discontinued in favor of the Fanatec CSL DD.
Fanatec’s pedals are excellent, with seriously tough metal frames and proper progressive brakes, and you can even choose how stiff the brake is. It goes so stiff, in fact, that to really get the most out of the CSL Elite you want a frame into which you screw the pedals. But the price alone tells you this is an enthusiast wheel.
Just looking at the Fanatec CSL Elite, you can tell it’s made by nerdy obsessives. After all, who else would choose that funky grey disco ball effect on the base? Not all will love the look, but at least it’s not super-shiny.
The included wheel is big, well-made and looks like it could survive the apocalypse. Heck, it wouldn’t look out of place on a Mad Max car. However, Fanatec also makes some much nicer wheels. Like the Thrustmaster wheels, this is part of a system you can upgrade.
The included P1 steering wheel has rubbery grips and no vibration motors in the thing itself – all the effects come from the force feedback motors. Some of the pricier steering wheels (which you can plug into the same base) do have vibration too, though.
You need serious money to get the most out of the CSL Elite, and the basic setup isn’t cheap. But as long as you don’t look too much into what you’re missing with a replacement wheel, you’ll be very happy.
The Hori Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX is an important racing wheel for two key reasons.
It’s the first force feedback wheel we’ve used from Hori, and marks the first time in ages we’ve seen a new competitor enter this particular ring. Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec have been the only big names in mainstream wheels for years. We can now add Hori to that list.
Hori hasn’t messed up here. There are no “bad” force feedback racing wheels, and the Hori Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX is a massive step up from basic Hori models like the RWA. However, it may struggle against well-established lines like the Logitech G920/G923 and the excellent Thrustmaster T300 RS/TX.
The Hori Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX uses a reliable but not altogether smooth geared force feedback, like Logitech’s wheels. And it has pretty basic pedals, like the entry-level Thrustmaster sets. We also find the strength of the force feedback slightly lacking, although those new to these wheels will likely be satisfied after tweaking in-game settings.
While the Hori Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX does not have class-leading force feedback, it does offer the fundamental immersive upgrade that every “sim” style racing game fan needs to experience. You can feel when the tires lose traction, and potent rumble effects emulate road surfaces reasonably well.
The Hori Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX is a solid choice for Xbox gamers who want an occasional use wheel. It's a big step up from the company's non-force-feedback models, is easy to set up and doesn't cost a fortune.
- Read our full Hori Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX review
The Hori Apex looks a lot like the other wheels here, but it’s actually rather different. This isn’t a force feedback wheel, relying on rumble instead.
Fire up a game like Project Cars and the Thrustmaster T150 will decimate the Hori for quality of experience. However, the Hori is perfect for arcade racers, some of which only have rumble effects rather than force feedback programmed in anyway. More expensive wheels are lost on a game like Need for Speed.
The Hori isn’t. It rumbles when you drift, hit a barrier or car, or go over road markings, but you don’t have to fight with the wheel. There’s a little bit of resistance to turns, and the wheel rights itself when you take your hands off, but there aren’t motors in the base at war with your arms.
As a result, the Hori is also much lighter than any other wheel here. You’ll still need something to clamp it to, but this is the one wheel here that won’t seem hard done by if it’s not treated to a proper frame or wheel stand.
Clearly made for racers where you’ll use nitrous every 4.5 seconds, it tries harder than the rest to put all the main PS4 buttons at your fingertips; there’s a pair of them right on the wheel rim itself. You can also alter the D-pad to emulate the DualShock’s own D-Pad, or either of the analog sticks.
There are good bits, sure, particularly the lower price. However, the Hori Apex (and the Hori Overdrive) is easily the most toy-like wheel in this group. It has plastic gear shifters, fairly cheap plastic pedals and no parts to upgrade. It also has very limited rotation compared with all the other wheels here, turning just 270 degrees rather than 900 or 1080.
This is what Hori was aiming for, though – it's a maker of arcade gear, and this is clearly an arcade wheel. And while the Logitech G29 makes it look like a toy, it’s miles better than the no-brand $50 / £30 racing wheels you may have tried over the years.
Like others on this list, Hori offers two different wheels depending on the platform you're playing on. While the Hori Apex is for PS4, the Hori Overdrive is for Xbox One.
Like its PS4 counterpart, the Hori Overdrive is a good budget alternative for those who prefer arcade racing. However, this wheel comes with no force feedback and feels considerable cheaper.
Is Fanatec better than Thrustmaster?
Whether Fanatec or Thrustmaster is the better racing wheel brand will ultimately come down to your personal tastes and budget.
Thrustmaster has a wider range of racing wheel options and its products are perfect if you're looking for an entry-level experience. That might mean you're getting a no-frills experience, but the brand makes some of the best and most accessible racing wheels on the market.
Fanatec wheels are perfect if you're looking for a supremely accurate and immersive racing experience. Fanatec's options tend to be on the pricier side. But you'll usually get a lot of extra bells and whistles as a result.
What is the best F1 wheel?
Games like F1 2022 often provide the most realistic racing sim experience around. And as a result, you'll want a racing wheel that can really capture the feeling of Formula 1.
We'd recommend the Thrustmaster T300 RS for exactly that. 1080-degree rotation is excellent for F1, and other features like dedicated pedals and strong force feedback are perfect for more realistic F1 sims.