October 2021

Gaming Racing Wheels: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Racing Wheel rankings posted by key online experts, as of October 2021.

At a glance - October 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Racing Wheel
PC Gamer
GamesRadar+
IGN
PC Gamesn
Pocket-lint
TechRadar
BestCovery
Android Authority
Popular Mechanics
BestReviews
1
- $399
Logitech G923
3
1
8
1
1
3
-
-
6
-
2
+1 $323
Logitech G29
-
4
-
-
4
4
1
2
2
1
3
-1 $200
Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback
5
3
3
4
-
9
2
3
9
-
4
+1 $507
Thrustmaster T300RS
1
2
-
-
2
1
-
-
-
-
5
-1 $234
Logitech G920
-
5
-
-
-
5
3
1
-
-
6
- $100
Hori Overdrive X | S
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
2
7
+2 $182
Thrustmaster T150 Force Feedback
-
6
-
-
5
8
-
4
-
-
8
-1 Check price
Fanatec ClubSport BMW GT2
-
-
6
-
-
2
-
-
3
-
9
-1 $92
Hori Racing Wheel
-
-
-
2
-
11
-
5
-
-
10
- $581
Thrustmaster T300 RS GT
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
11
- Check price
Fanatec CSL Elite
2
-
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
-
12
- $320
Hori XBO-012U
-
-
-
-
3
12
-
-
-
-
13
New * $70
Hori Mario Kart Mini
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
5

We ranked Logitech G923 #1 in October 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Logitech G923 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

A great all-in-one racing wheel package

Pros
Detailed and driven force feedback
Quality pedal set

Cons
G29 and G920 very similar and often cheaper

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GamesRadar+

Probably the best value-for-money set-up on the market / Editor's Choice

Pros
More affordable than direct competitors
TrueForce feels insane
G Hub Software is brilliant

Cons
TrueForce only compatible with four games
No handbrake input and stick shift not included

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IGN

Best Racing Wheel for Beginners

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PC Gamesn

Best PC Steering Wheel

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Pocket-lint

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TechRadar

A racing wheel ready for next-gen consoles

Pros
Smarter Trueforce force feedback
Leather wheel covering
Improved progressive brake pedal
Supports next-gen systems

Cons
It's Xbox One or PS4, not cross-platform
Old-school helical gearing is still used

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Popular Mechanics

Newest release

Pros
Realistic experience
Same button layout for both models
Brake pedal is smooth

Cons
Motor vibrates a lot
No swappable rims
Some features only work with compatible games

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We ranked Logitech G29 #2 in October 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Logitech G29 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
GamesRadar+

Simply the best racing wheel for sims

Pros
Designed to work with PS4 specifically
Extra controls for TCS and ABS on the wheel itself

Cons
Louder mechanism than the G27 that preceded it
Stick shift not included, unlike its predecessor

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Pocket-lint

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TechRadar

An oldie but a goodie

Pros
Good included pedals
Leather-coated wheel

Cons
Non-smooth force feedback
Dated tech

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BestCovery

Best PC racing wheel overall

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Android Authority

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Popular Mechanics

Best Overall Value

Pros
Reliable, proven performance
Durable and lightweight material

Cons
Brake pedal requires a lot of force
Xbox version lacks features of Playstation model

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BestReviews

Best of the Best

Pros
Dual-motor feedback delivers a realistic driving experience.
Feels like a real race car's wheel.
Extremely accurate controls.
900-degree turning.
Available for PC, Xbox One and PS4

Cons
No included software for PC users, so you will need to install it manually.

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Gaming Racing Wheels.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Gaming Racing Wheels, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for October 2021 ranking

We ranked Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback #3 in October 2021 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

A more affordable option

Pros
Decent value
Genuine force feedback

Cons
Not the best pedals

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GamesRadar+

A great budget racing wheel

Pros
Genuine force feedback
Won’t break the bank

Cons
Comparatively lightweight pedals
Feedback effect not as strong as the TX base

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IGN

Best Xbox Series X/S Racing Wheel

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PC Gamesn

Cheapest Force Feedback Wheel

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TechRadar

Great for the price

Pros
•Great Value
•Good force feedback

Cons
•Slightly notchy feel
•Cheap pedals

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BestCovery

Runner Up

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Android Authority

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Popular Mechanics

Cheapest Force Feedback

Pros
Immersive driving experience
Belt-driven motor

Cons
Slippery pedals
Plastic rim

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We ranked Thrustmaster T300RS #4 in October 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Thrustmaster T300RS as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

The best racing wheel for PC

Pros
Wonderfully responsive
Powerful force feedback

Cons
Handbrake with thumb button

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GamesRadar+

The very best steering wheel

Pros
Incredible responsive and strong force feedback
Official compatibility with Driveclub

Cons
Handbrake is always a compromise
Can smell a bit hot after a while

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Pocket-lint

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TechRadar

Powerful racing

Pros
Powerful and smooth force feedback
Solid wheel

Cons
Good pedals cost more
Rubber wheel as standard

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We ranked Logitech G920 #5 in October 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Logitech G920 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
GamesRadar+

A smooth,responsive wheel with great force feedback

Pros
Wonderfully smooth steering action
Powerful force feedback

Cons
Brake pedal may be too stiff for some tastes
Games that require the hand brake are fiddly

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TechRadar

Higher-end parts at no extra cost

Pros
• Good included pedals
• Leather-coated wheel

Cons
• Non-smooth force feedback
• Dated tech

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BestCovery

Honorable Mention

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Android Authority

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We ranked Hori Overdrive X | S #6 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Hori Overdrive X | S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Budget Racing Wheel

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Popular Mechanics

Great Budget Option

Pros
Professional presentation
Adjustable sensitivity settings

Cons
No force feedback
Weak pedal mat

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
Affordable
Includes foot pedals
Life -sized racing wheel
Durable steel parts
Programmable buttons and wheel
Convenient mounting bracket
Ergonomic rubberized grip

Cons
Its pedals are not as impressive as the wheel itself.

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We ranked Thrustmaster T150 Force Feedback #7 in October 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
GamesRadar+

Entry-level force feedback for PS4 with Ferrari branding

Pros
Won’t break the bank
True force feedback motor system

Cons
Some compromise on materials
Force feedback effect is not as strong as higher-end models

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Pocket-lint

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TechRadar

More budget racing

Pros
Great Value
Good force feedback

Cons
Slightly notchy feel
Cheap pedals

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Android Authority

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We ranked Fanatec ClubSport BMW GT2 #8 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Belt-Driven Racing Wheel

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TechRadar

The king of belt-driven racing wheels

Pros
Intricate and powerful force feedback
Fab build quality
Runs cool and quiet

Cons
Costs a lot when you add top-quality pedals
Not PS4-compatible
No bundled table clamp

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Popular Mechanics

Full-console compatibility

Pros
Exact-replica steering wheels
Compatible with Xbox and Playstation
Plenty of upgrades and accessories

Cons
Bundles only come with two pedals
Limited availability

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We ranked Hori Racing Wheel #9 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamesn

Best Cheap Steering Wheel for PC

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TechRadar

The arcade wheel

Pros
Relatively low cost
Good for arcade racers

Cons
No force feedback
A lot lighter than the rest

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Android Authority

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We ranked Thrustmaster T300 RS GT #10 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Thrustmaster T300 RS GT as #1.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Racing Wheel

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Popular Mechanics

Customizable Platform

Pros
Durable and quality materials
Swappable wheel feature
Multiple kit options available

Cons
Custom parts are pricey

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We ranked Fanatec CSL Elite #11 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

The best racing wheel for serious sim rigs

Pros
Very smooth rotation
Powerful and clean force feedback
Large-diameter wheel

Cons
Menu system can be confusing
Plastic base construction

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TechRadar

The premium option

Pros
Very smooth and powerful
Highly customizable

Cons
Basic wheel doesn’t have rumble
Can get very expensive with upgrades

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We ranked Hori XBO-012U #12 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

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TechRadar

A lighter alternative

Pros
•Relatively low cost
•Good for arcade racers

Cons
•No force feedback
•A lot lighter than the rest

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We ranked Hori Mario Kart Mini #13 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Racing Wheels” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

For kids

Pros
Solid value
Mario-themed design

Cons
Small for adults
Lacks durability

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BestReviews

Pros
Affordable
Colorful Mario Kart theming.
Wheel paddles and floor pedals for immersive racing.
Fun oversized novelty item button.
Easy to remap buttons.
Kid-sized.

Cons
Only compatible with the Nintendo Switch.

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