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The 7 Best Cheap Sim Racing Wheels: The Ultimate List

Finding great products at an agreeable price is always a challenge; especially in sim racing! So, to take all the pressure off and leave you more time behind the wheel, we have compiled a list of 7 of the best budget sim racing wheels to suit every racer.

The 7 best cheap sim racing wheels are:

  1. Logitech G29/G920 Driving Force
  2. Thrustmaster T150/TMX Force Feedback
  3. Hori Apex/Overdrive
  4. Thrustmaster T300/TX
  5. Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider
  6. Speedlink Drift O.Z.
  7. Logitech MOMO

So, what exactly was it that made these the best, and what features should you be looking out for when you’re searching for your own racing wheel? Below, we cover the different wheels in detail and how they stack up against each other.

Value For Money
Cheap But Powerful
  • PROS:
    • • High-quality force feedback
    • • Great functionality
    • • Good pedals included
Ultimate Budget Choice
Value For Money
PROS:
  • • Excellent value for money
  • • Good force feedback
  • • Comes with decent pedals
Cheap But Powerful
PROS:
  • • High-quality force feedback
  • • Great functionality
  • • Good pedals included
Ultimate Budget Choice
PROS:
  • • Nice Ferrari aesthetic
  • • Very cheap
  • • Ideal for beginners

What To Look For In A Sim Racing Wheel

Price

This goes without saying, but it’s important to point out that wheels are accessories to games. The game, the console, and the monitor are all things you will have to buy first, as well as other additions like chairs, gear stick shifters, plus any downloadable content you may wish to buy. Budget well and accordingly, so that you aren’t short the $60 that would have gone on the game!

Compatibility

This covers a few areas. Clearly, it is important to buy a wheel that works with your system. Not all do, so make sure you check the specifications. Also, though, if you have got your heart set on a racing sim seat, make sure it will fit on the rig you buy!

Features

How much rotation does the wheel have? Does it come with pedals? Do those pedals come with a clutch? Does it have force feedback? Are all the buttons available on the wheel and are they placed appropriately? Does it have flappy-paddle gears? All these questions should be considered when you’re looking at what wheel you want to buy, as well as any specific features you may want.

Build Quality

Will it last a long time before you have to go out and buy a new one, or does it run hot after long periods of gaming? There is only so much we can do ourselves to look after products, so making sure that the company has produced a good-quality wheel is paramount.

How Does It Look?

Does it look like the wheel of your dreams? With sim racing becoming a huge market now, there are lots of different companies offering many designs. There really is something out there to suit every taste.

The 7 Best Cheap Sim Racing Wheels

1. Logitech G29/G920 Driving Force

Coming in at number 1 on our list is the Logitech G29/G920. This wheel offers amazing value with a range of features and a great build quality one would normally associate with a more expensive wheel.

Best Value
Logitech G29/G920 Driving Force

This is the perfect wheel for beginner sim racers, as it balances build quality with ease of use. It has 900 degrees of rotation, and is easily mountable onto any setup.

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The Logitech G29 is compatible with PC, PS3, and PS4 with the G920 version being available for the Xbox One. Both models are available with specifically designed pedals that are made from stainless steel, and a wheel made from steel and aluminum with a hand-stitched leather cover.

Features

All of the materials are of premium quality. The stitching though can sometimes rub on your thumb which can be painful after a while. Force feedback and rumble are both included to give one of the most realistic driving experiences available on the market (especially at this price point).

The wheel has 900 degrees rotation lock-to-lock, which gives greater control in races. It also comes with flappy paddle gear shifters and should you prefer a stick shifter, there is a clutch pedal in the pedal set – but there is no stick shifter included in the bundle.

Beautifully designed in all-black leather and metal, it really looks like a wheel one would find in a real racing car, and fits really well in your hands to keep you in control while gaming.

PROS:

  • Lots of great features
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great value

CONS:

  • No stick shifter
  • Can run a little loud and hot

2. Thrustmaster T150/TMX Force Feedback

Coming in second but could have easily shared the top spot, the TMX/T150 is the offer from ThrustMaster.  It’s generally around the same level as the Logitech wheel, but it does somewhat compromise on build quality.

Thrustmaster T150/TMX Force Feedback

This wheel is ideal for beginners that are looking for their first taste of force feedback. The wheel is very reasonably priced, and it comes with a set of pedals too.

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The TMX is designed to be compatible with Xbox One and PC whereas the T150 is available for PS3/4 and PC. Although it’s not as nice to look at as the Logitech G29/920, it offers a lot of the same features.

Features

These wheels come with great force feedback, and for the price, you won’t find anything better. It also comes with rumble, 900 degrees lock-to-lock turning, and included pedals.

However, the pedals only have braking and accelerating inputs, so should you want a stick shifter, you may have to use a third-party-add-on for a realistic clutch (alternatively you could map one of the wheel buttons to function as the clutch).

The included pedals aren’t the best quality, feel a little plasticky, and don’t offer great resistance. The wheel itself is also made from steel and plastic and doesn’t feel as well made as our number 1 pick. It does however come with a Ferrari design option for those who want that.

Flappy paddles are included, and for those racers that like the basics and don’t want to spend too much but want genuine force feedback, this is the perfect model for you.

PROS:

  • Price
  • Force feedback

CONS:

  • Build quality
  • Lightweight

3. Hori Apex/Overdrive

The first of the ultimate budget options, the team at Hori racing has designed a beautiful racing wheel, although it comes without some of the higher-end features. For racers who are looking for a cheap way to get behind the wheel, look no further than Hori.

Hori Apex/Overdrive

This is the ultimate budget sim racing wheel. It's ideal for those that have never tried sim racing before and don't want to shell out on a force feedback wheel quite yet.

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The 2 wheels (Apex and Overdrive), like the other offerings on this list, are designed to work with specific consoles. The Apex works with PS3/4 and PC, and the Overdrive works with Xbox One.

Features

The wheel itself has a great build quality, made from higher-end materials that are comparable with more expensive wheels. It is USB powered and the 2-pedal board that it comes with, although basic, does a good job.

The look is absolutely outstanding, feels great, and comes with a lot of buttons and extras you may not find with wheels in the same price bracket.

The biggest issue with the wheel is the features that are included. No force feedback is a big issue, although it does have rumble feedback. Also, with only 270 degree turning it doesn’t offer the best control. The pedals are not of the highest quality and don’t include a clutch pedal, so those that want one will have to buy an add-on.

Overall it is a great entry-level accessory for those that aren’t looking to break the bank.

PROS:

  • Price
  • Build quality

CONS:

  • No force feedback
  • Limited turning rotation

4. Thrustmaster T300/TX

The T300/TX from ThrustMaster are wheels of high quality. It’s at the higher end of the budget range, and they are designed in line with the Logitech G29/G920.

Great Force Feedback
Thrustmaster T300/TX

This sim racing wheel is the ideal option for those looking for a step up in performance while keeping the overall costs relatively low. It comes with a good set of pedals, and it offers brilliant force feedback.

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The T300 is compatible with the PS3/4/PC and the TX is designed to work with the Xbox. It connects using USB, with all the bells and whistles one would expect.

Apart from the price, the only thing that could be improved on is how it looks.  There are some better feeling and looking wheels out there, so for those looking for that, maybe look elsewhere.

Features

They come with force feedback, 1080 degrees of rotation, and pedals all included as well as the option to add on third-party accessories should you wish. The force feedback itself is extremely high quality, making sure you feel all the bumps of the track, giving a realistic racing experience.

It is weighty enough to be stable on any surface, and the included pedals have good weight with a clutch pedal included (if you buy the right version – make sure to check before purchase). Another small downside that the wheel has is that the handbrake is mapped to a button you use with your thumb, making rally games fiddly.

You can buy a separate shifter and use that as the handbrake with the paddles for changing gear, but that isn’t ideal. So, you’ll have to compromise between handbrake and stick shifting sometimes.

Definitely for the more serious sim racing enthusiast, the wheel will offer those that want a more realistic experience great value.

PROS:

  • Build quality
  • Lots of great features

CONS:

  • Price
  • Runs a little hot for long sessions

5. Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider

In the fifth position is the specialist entry on our list. Some manufacturers have taken advantage of car brands to help decorate their wheel, and this one offered by ThrustMaster in conjunction with Ferrari is one of the best.

Ultimate Budget Option
Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider

This is another budget wheel for those just dipping their toes into the world of sim racing. Its Ferrari aesthetic is perfect for any fans of the brand, and it'll do the job for those that don't want to spend big money just yet.

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Features

Coming in at the lower end of the budget range, again this is a beautifully designed wheel with less of the thrills of some of the higher-end models. Only compatible with Xbox One, the wheel also comes with the same pedals available with the T150 and TMX only, so you cannot expand your setup around it without considering how you will overcome the lack of a clutch pedal.

Of course, there are a lot of drawbacks. No force feedback is a real issue, and the 240-degree turning rotation is one of the worst on this list. However, it has a good clamp, causing the sliding issue of other budget wheels to be less of a problem. Finally, who hasn’t wanted to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari? This wheel may be the only chance some of us will ever get!

Definitely for a more casual racer, the extras on this wheel are too limited to be taken seriously by any veteran sim racer but for those looking for something cheap and cheerful, look no further.

PROS:

  • Price
  • It’s a Ferrari!!!

CONS:

  • No force feedback
  • Build quality

6. Speedlink Drift O.Z.

This is the ultimate budget option on the list. This really is a wheel for those that just want to plug in and play.

Features

The wheel comes with a brake and throttle pedal set up and looks pretty good for the price. The color really stands out and would look good in any setup.

Of course, it has no force feedback and only 180 degrees of rotation, which is the worst on this list. Also, you must check if this wheel works with the games you want to play. There have been issues with compatibility with some games.

By far the biggest issue though is the suction cups that will give out should any overzealous driving occur, and with only 180 degrees of turning rotation that is very likely to happen.

Keep in mind that for its price it is pretty good value for what you get, being a wheel controller that works well and offers you a driving experience at a low price.

PROS:

  • Price
  • Looks pretty cool

CONS:

  • No force feedback
  • Bad turning rotation
  • Moves about a lot

7. Logitech MOMO

Finally, we come to the Logitech MOMO. Sad to see it so far down, but it has started to become a little dated, though it is a great option for those looking for something second-hand, as it has been around for years.

Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel (PC/Mac)

This wheel is another ultimate budget option, offering basic force feedback at a much lower price than some other wheels that don't have it. It also comes with a gear shifter, and is ideal for those playing on older consoles.

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It’s a great option for those looking at entry-level sim racing wheels and it can be bought for a good price if you search for second-hand models.

Features

For the latest model, the body, flappy paddles, and pedals are now plastic instead of steel and aluminum, which does take away a little bit from the build quality, and the wheel wrapping is rubber instead of leather.

There is however a sequential style shifter that none of the other models have, so should you want to get something in your hands while moving through the gears then have a look at this offering.

Designed initially for PS2, it has run its time with a lot of other more updated models now available. It still does work on PC and is compatible with most sim racing games, but always check.

It looks a little dated and the feel isn’t of the highest quality but if you are looking for a cheap entry-level option (with some rudimentary force feedback), or something that has stood the test of time, this is a good option.

PROS:

  • Cheap model with force feedback
  • Shifter included

CONS:

  • Feels cheap
  • Doesn’t look great

Final Thoughts

It is important to find the right products when you’re first getting into sim racing. Wheels are the best way to control the cars and are far better than any pad controller. Not all wheels are made equal, and you need to keep in mind what you want from a wheel before making a purchase. However, the best cheap sim racing wheel is undoubtedly the Logitech G29/G920.