Best Racing Steering Wheels【How to choose】

Best Racing Steering Wheels【How to choose】

Hey guys, My name is TakeGaki.
Today I would like to introduce what I focused on when I bought a wheel controller. I bought and used Racing wheel controller for 2 years. I’m very happy with it.

Racing game is very fun, and driving a car is very fun. I think many people want to use the steering wheel controller. They are hard to decide.
Because, there are many Types, Options, Manufacturers, and the price is not cheap.
I hope this will helps you.

✅Recommend
・HORI Racing Wheel Apex: amzn.to/2XumY7X
・ThrustMaster T80 Ferrari 488: amzn.to/3ch3bNc
・Thrustmaster T150 RS Pro / TMX Pro: amzn.to/2xr8Gdx
・Logitech G29 / G920: amzn.to/3baovUs
・Thrustmaster T300RS GT / TX Leather: amzn.to/2yYlskc

Match your console

What do you use for racing games? PC, PS, Xbox and others?
Check the compatibility that the wheel has. If they are not compatible, the wheels will not work.

Does the wheel have force feedback?

Force feedback (FFB) is the most important feature of the wheel controller. This is because FFB uses a motor to reproduce Self-aligning torque and vibration. They represent the swells and slips you feel when you are actually driving a car. They increase the immersion in the game. If you want reality, you need it. However, FFB makes goods expensive.

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What is Self aligning torque
Self aligning torque is the force that acts on the driving car to return the steering wheel straight.

Feature and Options

Clutch pedal

The wheel set has 2 pedals (without clutch) or 3 pedals (with clutch). It ’s better to have a clutch pedal. This is because many race and sports cars have clutch pedals. If you want a sense of presence, you need it. However, Formula cars and Hyper cars don’t have clutch pedals. It’s good to match the car you want to drive.

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Without Clutch pedal

With Clutch pedal

Rotation angle

Match the car you want to drive.
The actual steering wheel rotation angle of many production car is 1080 degrees. However, Formula car is 360 degrees and Competition car have a small rotation angle.

・Handbrake

You can assign a handbrake to the attached button. However, if you like Formula D and Rally, you will like handbrake turns. If they are not in the manufacturer options, you need to DIY.
Please note that DIY will void the manufacturer’s warranty.


Options

DIY with USB

DIY with Soldering

・H pattern shifter

If you drive a variety of cars you will need an H pattern shifter. Because many sports cars have H-pattern shifters, and it feel makes track simulators, industrial simulators and agricultural simulators immersive.


6 speed gear shifter

7 speed gear shifter

Budget

If you are buying a steering wheel controller for the first time, it is better to buy a middle range steering wheel controller. Because there may be a gap between ideals and realities, or not compatibility with software. First of all, it is good to get used to the steering wheel controller.
In addition to those introduced here, there are very expensive wheels such as Thrustmaster T-GT and Fanatec.


Thrustmaster T-GT $799.99
Fanatec official web site.

URL link: https://fanatec.com/

Recommend

Without Force Feedback

・HORI Racing Wheel Apex / Overdrive

HORI
for PS3 / PS4 / PC
HORI Racing Wheel Apex for PlayStation 4/3, and PC
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA /日本

for Xbox One
HORI Racing Wheel Overdrive for Xbox One
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA /日本
Force FeedbackNoRotation angle270 degrees
Clutch pedalNoH pattern shifter
No
HandbrakeNoPrice$149.98

This wheel controller has no Force Feedback. Instead, there is a “vibration”. It’s not as realistic as FFB, but you can enjoy a certain sense of realism. However, since there is no FFB and the cutting angle is 270 degrees, it does not feel very realistic. The wheels are D-shaped. There are two fixing methods: clamp and suction cup.
This wheel controller is for first time users who have no budget but want to know what a wheel controller is. However, it is better to buy one with Force Feedback if you can.

・ThrustMaster T80 Ferrari 488 / 458

Thrustmaster
for PS4 / PC
Thrustmaster T80 Ferrari 488 GTB Edition Racing Wheel PS4
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本

for Xbox One
Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel for Xbox One
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
Force FeedbackNoRotation angle240 degrees
Clutch pedalNoH pattern shifter
No
HandbrakeNoPrice$99.99

This wheel controller has no Force Feedback. However, it is an official product of Ferrari. It has a very cool design. You will be delighted with your child’s birthday and Christmas gifts.
However, I said at the beginning, it’s better to buy with Force Feedback if you can.

With Force Feedback

・Thrustmaster T150 RS Pro / TMX Pro

Thrustmaster
for PS3 / PS4 / PC
Thrustmaster T150 RS Pro Force Feedback Wheel (PS4/PS3/PC)
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本

for Xbox One / PC
Thrustmaster TMX PRO Racing Wheel (XOne & PC)
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
Force FeedbackYesRotation angle1080 degrees
Clutch pedalYesH pattern shifter
Option
HandbrakeOptionPrice$249.99

This wheel controller has Force Feedback.
This is a Thrustmaster T150 PRO / TMX Pro version. Recommended for those who want to play in earnest. The difference from the T150 is that the pedal is made of resin and full metal, and it is changed from 2 pedals to 3 pedals. This allows clutch operation. You can run more accurately.
Side brakes and H pattern shifter can be added as options for the T150. Since it has both quietness and high durability, it is also good that you can play with a quiet sound. It is a product with good price, set, expandability, quietness and overall cost performance.

Options

7 speed gear shifter
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
Options

Sequential Shifter & Handbrake
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
・Logitech G29 / G920
Logitech
( Logicool )
for PS3 / PS4 / PC
Logitech Dual-Motor Feedback Driving Force G29 Gaming Racing Wheel with Responsive Pedals for PS3 PS4
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本

for Xbox One / PC
Logitech G920 Dual-Motor Feedback Driving Force Racing Wheel with Responsive Pedals for Xbox One
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
Force FeedbackYesRotation angle900 degrees
Clutch pedalYesH pattern shifter
Option
HandbrakeDIYPrice$299.99

This wheel controller has Force Feedback.
I like this wheel controller and always use it. The force feedback is powerful and you can clearly see the undulation of the road surface. The attached 3 pedals are made of metal and easy to step on.
A little bad point is that FFB is noisy and has low expandable. The powerful metal gears of Logitech G29 rub against each other to generate vibration and sound. The lack of expandability is only in the H pattern shifter. Handbrake is only known to be acquired by DIY.
However, overall, this steering wheel controller is well balanced. Because it’s a powerful FFB, 3pedal set, mid of mid price. In addition, it has high compatibility with various game hardware, and many games support it. This is recommended for those who like DIY and well balance.

Options

6 speed gear shifter
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
DIY with Soldering

Handbrake
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
✅Related article
I’ve been using the Logitech G29 wheel for two years – Review
Hey guys. My name is TakeGaki.I’ve been using the Logitech G29 for two years. Do you guys love racing games? I love racing games!
・Thrustmaster T300RS GT Edition / TX Leather
Thrustmasterfor PS3 / PS4 / PC
Thrustmaster T300 RS GT Racing Wheel for PS4 and PC
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本

for Xbox One / PC
Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel LEATHER EDITION, compatible Xbox One, PC
Amazon Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本
Force FeedbackYesRotation angle1080 degrees
Clutch pedalYesH pattern shifter
Option
HandbrakeOptionPrice$399.99

This wheel controller has Force Feedback.
This is one of the best wheel controllers. Because force feedback is powerful, quiet and smooth. This FFB uses a belts. You can also feel the fine undulations. T300RS has good expandability. Options include handle replacement, handbrake, H-pattern shifter, and luxury foot pedals.
On the other hand, there is some heat exhaustion from the powerful motor and the cost of the option. However, high performance force feedback will let you experience the best racing games. The T300RS feels smoother and better than the G29. However, it is not fair to simpl compare because the prices are different. If you can buy it considering the future and overall budget, I recommend T300RS GT Edition / TX Leather.

Options

7 speed gear shifter
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA /日本
Options

Sequential Shifter & Handbrake
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA /日本
Options

Wheel Add-On
Link: EN / FR / ES / ITA / 日本

Conclusion

Wheel controllers can be a daunting choice as many products are on the market. Keep in mind your own uses and future, and choose not to regret later.
In my opinion, I think it is better to choose a wheel controller with Force Feedback.
That’s it for this article.


Thank you for reading🙏

※ Logitech is registered with Logicool in Japan. It has to do with trademarks. The logos are different, but the products are the same.

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