Racing games might be as close as any of us ever get to driving a Ferarri. And that’s ok because these racing wheels make the driving experience more realistic than ever before. The best race wheels are responsive. They shake and jerk as you are driving at fast speeds and truly provide the sense that you are going 150 mph. They provide a great racing experience that was once only found inside of the arcade.
The best racing wheels will have great response and torque along with medal pedals that include a gas pedal, brake and clutch. If you decide to go with an entry-level racing wheel, you can always upgrade components like the pedals later. So, if you really want to take your racing experience to the next level, but aren’t quite ready to try to go 150 mph in your Honda Accord, you’ll definitely want one of these racing wheels.
Below is our list of the best racing wheels available.
1. Thrustmaster T300 RS GT
This is one of the most responsive racing wheels for gaming. The driving action is so lifelike you’ll be white-knuckling the steering wheel as you are banking hard turns during game play. The racing wheel feels realistic due to the action feedback. When you hit a wall in your racing game, you will feel the wheel jam and jerk, so much so that it’s actually a bit jarring when it happens. The wheel has some weight to it which makes it feel real, and also shakes while you are ripping turns during game play to add to the experience. The pedals legitimately look like they were taken out of a racing car. If there is one downside to this overall great racing wheel, it’s that the handbrake is controlled by a button. This can make it a bit tricky to handbrake while you are in the midst of rallying. Beyond that, it’s hard to go wrong with this Thrustmaster racing wheel.
2. Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel
If you want to get into serious racing, but don’t want to spend a ton on a high-end race wheel like the Thrustmaster TX RW Leather Edition, the TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel is a great, affordable option. This Thrustmaster racing wheel features force feedback, which is the resistance you feel as you turn and the shaking and jerking you experience when you hit a wall during gameplay. Unlike more premium Thrustmaster wheels, the pedals aren’t nearly as realistic. These are made primarily of plastic, and don’t have much resistance, which makes them feel more like arcade game pedals instead of a real race car. But if you decide later that you want to upgrade the pedals, you can pair the racing wheel with a better set. We recommend this for Xbox gamers who want to get a bit more serious with their racing games, but aren’t quite ready for a premium wheel just yet.
3. Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On
This racing wheel is a full-size replica of a Ferrari racing wheel, and it’s compatible with a variety of systems, including Xbox, Playstation, and PCs. There are a variety of customizable knobs and buttons for a personalized experience. Officially licensed, this replica will put any Ferrari fan into the driver seat, allowing you to experience your games like never before. The wheel will require a firmware update from Thrustmaster before play is possible, but for fans of the Italian car brand, this piece of gaming tech is a must-have.
4. Logitech G29 Dual-Motor Feedback Driving Force Racing Wheel
This racing wheel is available either for PlayStation or Xbox, as well as PC. It features the D-Pad on the wheel, and it comes with a floor pedal unit. The steering wheel is designed to emulate the feeling and turning capabilities of actual racing wheels. Though this specific model is only compatible with PlayStation systems, another model is available that will work for PC gamers, as well. We like that this listing comes with several different options, including with pedals and a shifter, and has a range of high-quality details like steel ball bearings and a hand-stitched leather grip on the wheel itself.
5. Openwheeler GEN2 Racing Wheel Stand Cockpit
If you’ve already got the wheel, the next step is getting a stand for it. This option from Openwheeler features a racing chair and a mount for the pedals and steering wheel, so it really feels like you’re driving a race car. Though this option doesn’t come with the wheel or pedals, it’s the perfect add-on for a gamer looking to take his or her game to the next level. While many of our other options give a lifelike experience, it’s tough to compete with a chair and pedal setup like this one from Openwheeler.
6. Thrustmaster TX RW Leather Edition
The Thrustmaster TX RW Leather Edition is almost like the luxury version of the Thrustmaster T300. It has similar fantastic responsiveness in terms of gameplay. The wheel has some weight to it, and shakes and jerks during gameplay to make racing feel more realistic. But the main difference is the premium leather grip, which makes your racing wheel feel like it came right from a luxury racing car. The pedals, like the T300, look ultra-realistic and have a slight resistance to them as you press down, which makes them feel like real car pedals. There really isn’t any downside to this racing wheel, as long as you are ok with shelling out the cash for the premium price point.
7. Thrustmaster VG T3PA-PRO 3 Pedal Add-On Set
If you want to upgrade your pedals on an entry-level racing wheel setup, the Thrustmaster VG T3PA-Pro 3 Pedal Set is the way to do it. These pedals can be set up in two ways: floor mounted or suspended. So, you can set up these lifelike racing pedals exactly to your specifications. The pedals are medal and weigh more than 15 pounds, which makes them feel as real as possible. The medal foot casts are large and non-slip, so you won’t need to worry about your feet sliding off as you shift into third. It is compatible with many different racing wheels and racing wheel brands.
8. Thrustmaster T150 RS
Similar to the TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel, but for PlayStation, this a great way to get a responsive racing wheel at a much lower cost than some of our other options The best thing about this racing wheel, other than the responsive feedback, is the long paddle shifters this sit behind the steering wheel. The long shifters allow the driver a little more flexibility and comfort when they are holding the wheel. You can hold the wheel at 10-and-2 or even a bit further down and you will still be able to reach the shifters, which is nice. It’s too bad the pedals aren’t as nice as the wheel. They are plastic and not nearly as weighty or responsive as you’d expect from a premium racing wheel set, but you can always upgrade later if you feel the need. And if you want, you can find this steering wheel with the Ferrari emblem instead of the PS4 logo, if you you’re going for look of a top-class driver. Either way, the T150 RS is a great way for PlayStation users to raise the bar on their gaming experience.
9. Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer
If your gaming rig of choice is a PC, the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer is a no-brainer decision. It features some of the best force feedback we have seen from any wheel, making your driving experience as realistic as it gets. You’ll definitely feel the wheel shaking and jerking as you are drifting and running into walls. The racing wheel itself is shaped in the Formula-1 style as opposed to the full-circle style that most others are designed with. The racing wheel does not come with any pedals, which is a bit of a bummer, but it is compatible with add-ons, so you can always add pedals, handbrakes and shifters later because the TS-PC Racer has tons of options for expansion. If you won’t mind shelling out a bit more cash, this is about as great of a racing wheel as it gets for a PC.