The wheel is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of any sim racing rig, but finding the right one seems to be eternally difficult. With seemingly endless options on the market at all different price points, many PC users may be wondering what the best sim racing wheels are.
The 10 best sim racing wheels for PC are:
- Simucube 2 Pro Tahko Bundle
- Cube Controls F-Pro
- Fanatec Podium Porsche 911 GT3 R
- MOZA FSR
- Precision Sim Engineering GPX
- Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro
- Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel
- MOZA RS V2
- Thrustmaster T300 RS
- Logitech G29/G920
Your final choice will no doubt come down to personal preference, as choosing a sim racing wheel is a highly subjective decision. However, in this article we will help you through the process, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of options, as well as outlining what to look for.
The 10 Best Sim Racing Wheels For PC
1. Simucube 2 Pro Tahko Bundle
Diameter: 32 cm / 12.6 in | Buttons/Switches: 13 | Wheel Base Included: Yes | Pedals Included: No
This bundle from Simucube is one of the best on the market, as it combines their most popular wheel base – the Simucube 2 Pro – with their fantastic Tahko GT-21 wheel rim. This makes it the ultimate choice for GT racers of course, but it’s a versatile bundle that offers plenty of room to expand your setup in future.
Incredible Force Feedback
The Pro wheel base offers 25 Nm of peak torque, which is not only more than enough for beginners, but it’s also likely enough to last your entire sim racing career. It leaves plenty of headroom for torque spikes and for driving classic cars for example, which may put stronger forces through your hands than something with power steering.
However, it’s not just the peak torque number that matters here, as the fidelity and detail of the force feedback with any Simucube base is hard to beat as well. There is zero latency and no cogging or notching that you can sometimes experience with cheaper direct drive wheel bases. You’ll feel every tiny nuance in the track with the Pro wheel base, and it’s highly customizable through Simucube’s True Drive software too.
The Tahko GT-21 Rim
The Tahko wheel rim pairs perfectly with the Pro base, as it offers a wireless connection, making for a very simple setup and there’s no need to worry about any cables coming out the back of the wheel rim. The rim itself is made from precision machined steel, which offers a super rigid feel and also a nice racing aesthetic. The orange color scheme may not suit everyone, but there is a black version available too.
Note: There is also a slightly cheaper version of this bundle available that comes with the Sport wheel base instead. However, given the relatively small price difference (less than a 10% increase) and the additional torque headroom, we recommend going for the Pro if you can afford it.
You also get plenty of buttons and a few rotary encoders, and there is a Simucube button on the back that gives you access to a menu where you can tune important force feedback settings on the fly. Overall, this is an excellent bundle for those who enjoy GT racing, but the wheel base alone makes this a highly versatile option that’s guaranteed to outlast a lot of the other options out there.
- Incredible direct drive wheel base
- High level of detail and immersion
- Highly functional and sturdy wheel rim
- Quite expensive
2. Cube Controls F-Pro
Diameter: 28 cm / 11 in | Buttons/Switches: 16 | Wheel Base Included: No | Pedals Included: No
Based on the Italian island of Sardinia, Cube Controls have developed a strong reputation within the sim racing community for producing high-quality handmade products. Their F-Pro wheel is no exception, with its aluminum body and carbon fiber front plate demonstrating the craftsmanship and durability of the wheel. It looks and feels fantastic, with sturdy but comfortable ergonomic grips.
They Listened To Users
The F-Pro has been designed with the help of feedback from the community, combining user update requests with Cube Controls’ own ingenuity. This has helped to create a versatile and user-friendly product that will serve you well in a variety of different racing categories. The wheel doesn’t come with a wheel base, but it is compatible with all the big names on the market.
The F-Pro wheel has a new Dual Mode feature, which allows you to connect the wheel directly to your PC using Bluetooth. If you don’t have these means, you can choose to connect the wheel in the traditional way, via a USB cable. The thought of using a Bluetooth connection may make the purists shudder, as it does seem to leave you open to small amounts of input lag.
However, if the Bluetooth signal between your PC and the wheel is strong enough, which it likely will be in most setups, there isn’t even a hint of noticeable input lag, and the wheel will run with the same accuracy as it would if it were plugged in manually. Of course, a lot of people will prefer to plug the wheel in to eliminate any risk, but if you want to cut down on wires, Dual Mode is a welcome feature.
The buttons and switches on the F-Pro are nicely positioned, and are well within reach, so you won’t have to take your eyes off the track when using them. They are also spaced out nicely, meaning you won’t accidentally be pressing any of them at the wrong time and ruining your race. With bright RGB backlighting they are easy to spot in your peripheral vision, as well as nice looking.
Overall, this is another excellent formula-style wheel that offers plenty of functionality paired with superior build quality.
- Wireless functionality
- High-quality materials
- Incredibly immersive
- Very expensive
3. Fanatec Podium Porsche 911 GT3 R
Diameter: 32 cm / 12.5 in | Buttons/Switches: 14 | Wheel Base Included: No | Pedals Included: No
The Podium Porsche 911 GT3 R by Fanatec is a classy looking wheel, lined with suede and adorned with the famous Porsche logo in the center of the wheel. The wheel comes in four parts, with the rim, button module, paddles and the hub, which attaches to the wheel base, all needing to be screwed into place. It’s important that these aren’t screwed in too tight otherwise you may damage the wheel plate.
A Great GT Wheel
The wheel has a wide diameter, meaning it is well suited to GT racing. The diameter does make reaching the buttons slightly difficult, even if the button module does reach out a good distance from the center. This may not be as much of an issue in GT racing as it would be in formula racing, but it means that the wheel isn’t the most versatile option on the market.
The wheel features a small but very useful screen just above the center, which will display all the key information that you need in real time. It also has lights that will show your revs, and separate lights to show flags too. The gear shifting paddles that you can attach to the rear of the wheel are very comfortable to use and have a satisfying click when pulled.
Intelligent Telemetry Mode
One of the most impressive features of the wheel is its Intelligent Telemetry Mode, which allows you to fine tune the wheel to your preferences. This will constantly be sending data to whichever sim you are using, meaning you get the ultimate accuracy from the wheel in-game. You can even control the sensitivity of the paddles depending on what you are using them for.
Overall, this is obviously a great choice for Porsche fans and avid GT racers in general, but it’s an excellent all-round sim racing wheel that truly functions as well as it looks.
- Fully adjustable and customizable
- Comfortable suede lining
- Intelligent Telemetry Mode
- It is quite expensive
- Screws are vulnerable to coming loose
4. MOZA FSR
Diameter: 28 cm / 11 in | Buttons/Switches: 16 | Wheel Base Included: No | Pedals Included: No
Made from aluminum with a carbon fiber face plate and paddles, this MOZA wheel is both durable and lightweight. It looks just like a formula wheel should, featuring well placed buttons within comfortable reach, as well as a large digital dashboard screen in the center of the wheel face.
Great Look & Feel
The MOZA FSR has great ergonomics, with firm, perforated leather handles on either side of the wheel. There isn’t really any padding underneath this leather, which some people may prefer as it allows for a solid grip, especially when using gloves. The buttons also have a good tactile feel to them, and they are difficult to accidentally press, but not too firm where they become difficult to use.
The screen transitions are smooth and attractive, and there’s no doubt that it’s a decent size. But while the dashboard is of good quality with a high resolution, it is unfortunately lacking in terms of software. Not only are there limited dashboard layouts to choose from, but some games just won’t display all the data you might want to see.
Possible Issues With The Screen
This is evident for iRacing players, as they may not be able to see certain bits of data in real time, such as tire temperatures and brake temperatures. This data does appear in certain games, such as F1 2022 and other Codemasters titles. This will likely be fixed in time with a software update, but for now, it’s worth being aware of.
Overall, MOZA have created an impressive wheel despite being relatively new to the sim racing scene. This wheel is one of their most expensive, and isn’t incredibly versatile, but if you enjoy playing formula and open-wheel racing games, it is definitely worth considering. MOZA are also expanding rapidly, and they’re becoming a Fanatec competitor, so it could be an ecosystem worth investing in!
Be aware that the GS V2 GT wheel from MOZA is a fair bit cheaper and only really lacks the screen, so it’s worth checking out too!
- Great looking wheel, complete with RGB lighting
- Solid, firm grips
- Great button placement
- Screen software doesn’t work well with all titles
- The cheaper GS V2 may do the job for most racers
5. Precision Sim Engineering GPX
Diameter: 29 cm / 11.4 in | Buttons/Switches: 12 | Wheel Base Included: No | Pedals Included: No
If you ever needed an example of the extreme levels that have been reached with sim racing equipment in recent years, this wheel is the one. Precision Sim Engineering have been crafting professional level wheels for a while now, with the GPX being the best they have managed so far. Their products have even been endorsed by the likes of Max Verstappen, so they must be doing something right!
The main body of the GPX formula wheel is made from aerospace grade aluminum, which is made as one single piece, making it incredibly sturdy. Even the handles have been injection molded over the top, which keeps them securely in place. The back of the wheel includes heavy duty shifters and clutch pedals, made to replicate a real Formula 1 wheel.
The ergonomics of the wheel have been developed in accordance with real world racing experts to craft the most comfortable wheel possible. Every part of the wheel is ultra-responsive, yet not overly sensitive, so you won’t be mis-shifting or accidentally pressing the wrong buttons.
The wheel has a large screen in the center, which displays highly accurate levels of detail about every aspect of the race you could ever need. There are no fancy graphics or easy on the eye details, just pure information and telemetry. While this may be overkill for more casual racers, if you are a professional or an incredibly keen enthusiast, it is extremely useful.
As you can imagine, this wheel isn’t cheap. It was only recently that Precision Sim Engineering even made their products available to the general public, as they were previously intended for professional level racing simulators. While the wheel may be out of reach for most, it is a great example of the levels of quality that can be achieved by sim racing equipment manufacturers.
- True-to-life realism
- Incredibly well made
- Immaculate data presentation
- Extremely expensive!
6. Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro
Diameter: 28 cm / 11 in | Buttons/Switches: 11 | Wheel Base Included: Yes | Pedals Included: Yes
The Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro wheel was designed alongside Polyphony Digital, the creators of Sony’s premier racing franchise Gran Turismo. Although this wheel has been designed specifically with PlayStation in mind, it is fully compatible with PC and all the major PC sim racing titles, including iRacing. The package comes with a wheel, wheel base and pedals, making it great value for money.
Budget Direct Drive
As the wheel base is direct drive, you will experience immersive and realistic force feedback with 8 Nm of peak torque thanks to the included Boost Kit 180. The wheel itself is a circular style GT wheel primarily made of steel, with foam padding for comfort. The wheel doesn’t have the same refined look of some of the more expensive wheels, but that’s expected when you consider the price of the overall bundle.
It isn’t easy to reach all the buttons while keeping your eyes firmly on the screen, mainly due to the shape of the wheel and the fact the buttons are more condensed towards the center, but they’re easy to map to various in-game functions. The DD Pro is better suited to those who are relatively early on in their sim racing journey and want to get their hands on a full, easy to set up package.
The wheel is easy to use, requiring minimal calibration when setting it up. If you did want a bit more of a refined experience, you can fine tune the settings using the small screen on the wheel. These settings can be saved onto the wheel and loaded up at a moment’s notice, should you wish to change things. All in all, this is a solid wheel, especially for beginners and fans of Gran Turismo 7.
- Great value for money
- Can be fine-tuned using the screen on the wheel
- Direct drive wheel base
- Not the best looking wheel
- Primarily designed for PlayStation
7. Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel
Diameter: 30 cm / 11.8 in | Buttons/Switches: 10 | Wheel Base Included: Yes | Pedals Included: No
For a long time, Logitech were using gear-driven force feedback in their wheels, holding them back from reaching the levels of other wheels in their domain. However, the release of the Logitech G Pro wheel saw them move over to direct drive for the first time. The wheel comes with a wheel base, so you won’t have to worry about compatibility at all.
Large Wheel Base
The wheel base offers 11 Nm of torque, making it a decent direct drive option. Whereas other manufacturers have downsized their wheel bases, Logitech made theirs more on the large side, so it will require your rig to have enough space to accommodate it. Unfortunately, the base features some plastic, which doesn’t give it that same professional feel you would get from other bases.
The magnetic shifters on the wheel are responsive and smooth, much more so than previous Logitech wheels. Logitech haven’t filled the wheel with too many buttons and have kept the brushed aluminum face of the wheel minimalistic, which will likely please many, but it does mean it’s quite limited in the buttons department.
Overall, considering it’s Logitech’s first foray into the realms of direct drive, it’s a decent wheel choice, albeit a bit expensive. For those looking for affordable direct drive, the MOZA wheel bases or the DD options from Fanatec may be better choices.
- Easily customizable settings
- Good direct drive force feedback
- Beginner friendly
- Plastic construction is a bit of a let down
- It uses a fan for cooling rather than silent passive cooling
8. MOZA RS V2
Diameter: 32.5 cm / 13 inches | Buttons/Switches: 12 | Wheel Base Included: No | Pedals Included: No
MOZA have capped off a prolific couple of years with the release of the RS V2 steering wheel. This is an upgrade on 2021’s RS model, with upgrades to both the shape of the wheel and some technical aspects of it. While the previous RS model looked as though it was made at the same factory as Fanatec’s Porsche 911 wheel, the RS V2 has a completely round shape and a decluttered button module.
A Great Looking Wheel Rim
It is simple and quite satisfying to look at, with customizable RGB lit buttons nicely placed around the edges of the rim. As the wheel has a large diameter in comparison with many other models, these buttons can be tricky to press without taking your eyes away from the screen. However, due to the way they are evenly spaced out, it should feel comfortable in no time at all.
The leather grips used to line the wheel are firm and durable, and they give the wheel a professional feel. You also shouldn’t have a problem attaching this wheel to your wheel base, as MOZA have once again used their effective magnetic quick release system, which allows you to switch the wheel out almost instantly.
Having previously mentioned the RGB buttons, it feels only right to mention the RGB rev counter system at the top of the button module. It uses sequential flow lighting which looks great. Unfortunately, this wheel is only compatible with MOZA wheel bases, but it does feature wireless connectivity, and the MOZA ecosystem is constantly expanding.
- Customizable RGB lighting
- Well-placed buttons
- Sturdy and durable leather grips
- Only compatible with MOZA wheel bases
9. Thrustmaster T300 RS
Diameter: 28 cm / 11 in | Buttons/Switches: 9 | Wheel Base Included: Yes | Pedals Included: Yes
The Thrustmaster T300 RS has become a mainstay in the budget to mid-range sim racing wheel category. Seen by many as the next upgrade from a Logitech G29/G920, the T300 RS comes with a wheel base and pedal set included. The obvious first comparison between the two would be in the wheel base and its force feedback. The T300 RS has a belt driven system rather than a gear driven system.
Decent Force Feedback
This adds to the strength of the force feedback, and while it may not compare to a direct drive system, it still has enough force to add a good deal of immersion to your experience, while keeping costs down. The wheel has a smaller selection of buttons than some of the higher-end wheels, but there is still enough to complete all the main functions required when racing.
Although it is not the most expensive wheel, the quality of the materials used in making it have not been compromised. The rubber texturized wheel rim ensures maximum grip, even without the use of sim racing gloves. The paddle shifters on the back of the wheel are made from metal feel satisfying and ‘clicky’ enough to use.
Overall, the Thrustmaster T300 RS wheel and pedal package is great for those who are still in the early stages of sim racing. For the fairly modest price, this wheel performs very well. You will likely want to upgrade to the Thrustmaster T-LCM pedals though!
- Great value for money
- Decent force feedback strength
- Good metal gear shifters
- Looks a little cheap
- Probably not enough for more experienced racers
10. Logitech G29/G920
Diameter: 26 cm / 10.2 in | Buttons/Switches: 10 | Wheel Base Included: Yes | Pedals Included: Yes
It seems like most sim racers have at some point owned a Logitech G29/G920, as it is widely regarded as the best beginner option available. It is priced reasonably and offers a solid level of performance, and its ease of use makes it an attractive first sim racing wheel. It also has the feel of a premium product, with great ergonomics and a durable, real leather wrap around the rim.
Great Value For Money
The G29/G920 (G29 has PlayStation functionality, G920 is Xbox-friendly) both have effective desk clamps, which are great for those who haven’t yet upgraded to a fully functioning sim rig. Perhaps the best thing about this wheel is that it comes fitted to its wheel base along with a set of pedals, meaning you can go from having no sim equipment to having a fully functioning setup with one budget purchase!
You will also have the power of gear driven force feedback. The force feedback is alright if a little clunky, and it’s not anywhere near the levels of some higher priced wheels, but it’s still good enough to feel enjoyable.
Overall, the Logitech G29 and G920 wheels are a great purchase for those just starting out in sim racing. They offer the basic features like force feedback and paddle shifting, although not to the highest of levels. Even though the buttons are geared towards console users, PC users can configure them to perform whichever tasks they like.
- Very budget friendly
- Offers reasonable force feedback
- Comes with a pedal set
- Has no high-level features
- No screen or data feedback
- Mainly made from plastic
Summary Of The Best PC Sim Racing Wheels
|Simucube 2 Pro Tahko Bundle||Those seeking the best direct drive force feedback and a GT style wheel rim|
|Cube Controls F-Pro||F1 fans looking for a solid formula style wheel rim|
|Fanatec Podium Porsche 911 GT3 R||Porsche fans (of course) and any endurance/GT racers in the Fanatec ecosystem|
|MOZA FSR||Formula racing fans that want to add to their existing MOZA setup|
|Precision Sim Engineering GPX||Those looking for the ultimate F1 racing experience (with a huge budget!)|
|Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro||Beginners that want to experience direct drive (with the option to play on PS4/PS5 too)|
|Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel||Those seeking a decent direct drive racing experience that need it to be console compatible as well|
|MOZA RS V2||MOZA fans looking for a solid all-rounder of a wheel rim|
|Thrustmaster T300 RS||Beginners on a budget that want one of the best belt-driven wheels available|
|Logitech G29/G920||Beginners with not much to spend that want the best starter bundle around|
What Is The Best F1 Wheel For PC?
When looking for the best F1 wheel for PC it is hard to look past the Precision Sim Engineering GPX. It is made with mind-blowing attention to detail. From the real-time data presented on the center screen to the fact that it is built with aerospace grade aluminum, it is a true feat of sim racing hardware engineering.
However, due to the cost of the wheel, it is unattainable for many. In this case, the next best F1 wheel for PC is the Cube Controls F-Pro wheel. While also not cheap, it offers incredible functionality and customization. It also just looks great too!
It has all the buttons that you would need for an F1 race, as well as having them placed in the correct areas of the wheel. DRS, ERS and race engineer communications can all be controlled on the wheel for added immersion around the track. If you are searching for a great looking, high-performing F1 style wheel, then the Cube Controls F-Pro is one of the best options.
What Is The Best Beginner Sim Racing Wheel For PC?
The best sim racing wheel for beginners on PC is the Logitech G29/G920. For a low cost, you receive a wheel, wheel base and pedal set, meaning you can get yourself fully set up instantly. It also performs well, offering reasonable force feedback for the price. It obviously isn’t up to the same standard as the belt driven or direct drive options, but it is a low-risk alternative.
In a way, low risk is the term that best describes the Logitech G29/G920 wheels. It is hard to be disappointed in a product that clearly offers more than the price it costs. It provides a great introduction into the hobby, making it a reliable choice for beginner sim racers.
How To Choose A Sim Racing Wheel For PC
The processing capabilities of gaming PCs means that mixing wheel bases and wheels by different brands won’t present you with many compatibility issues. This opens the door to a somewhat daunting variety of options at all different price points. However, once you know what to look for, it becomes a much easier decision to make.
Choosing The Most Important Features
Choosing the features that you want from the wheel is the most important stage in the process. It will not only make sure you get the right product for your driving style and the games you prefer to play, but it’ll also help dictate your budget going forward. As you can expect, the more high-end features a wheel has, the more it will cost.
Direct drive force feedback is one of the most sought after and heavily advertised features on many sim racing wheels, but it will also usually cause the price to rise too. This is where some compromises can be made, as you could then opt for belt-driven force feedback, which albeit isn’t as strong, but will still offer you enhanced levels of realism over a wheel with no force feedback at all.
Note: The best belt-driven option is the T300 RS from Thrustmaster (it also works on PS4/PS5)
The main point is that you can align the prominence of these desired features to work around your budget if you need to. With that said, it is still important that you try not to compromise on the features that you really want, regardless of price, otherwise you will struggle to feel completely satisfied with your purchase.
Wheel Or Wheel Base?
We mentioned direct drive and force feedback above, and it’s important to mention that some of the wheels on our list come with a wheel base. But not everyone in the market for a new sim racing wheel is looking for a bundle like this, and many are just looking for standalone rims they can use with their existing setup.
If you don’t already own a wheel base, or if you’re looking to upgrade from your existing one, you’ll likely be looking for something that comes with a wheel base included. Or you might just want to pay more attention to rim and wheel base compatibility when making your choice. If you don’t have a base yet, you might be more interested in bundles rather than standalone options.
The best bundle is the top choice on our list – the Simucube 2 Pro Tahko bundle.
Setting A Budget
Sim racing wheels aren’t cheap, especially if you want an immersive high-end option complete with all the bells and whistles like direct drive and lots of buttons and switches. It is important to go into the buying process with a number in mind that you are willing to spend. This way you will be able to narrow down the options and set a limit to ensure you don’t steer yourself into financial ruin (pun intended).
While it is important to spend within your means, it is also important to not set the bar too low, as this can lead to buying poor quality products that don’t offer much to your overall experience. Cheap sim racing wheels are not usually built to last, except for a handful of excellent beginner options. Buying a cheap wheel may end up costing you more in replacements and repairs.
Note: If you do want the cheapest wheel and wheel base combination on our list, check out the Logitech G29/G920
Researching Different Brands
There are a handful of leading brands in the sim racing world, such as Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Simucube, Cube Controls, MOZA and Logitech, who consistently produce high-quality, high-performing products. There are also smaller brands producing great products slightly more under the radar. But the internet is also host to many companies selling poor-quality wheels for cheap prices.
These are often priced at levels far too good to be true. It is very important that if you find a wheel from a company that isn’t as high-profile and reputable as the leading manufacturers that you do your research and don’t risk being let down or scammed. This is where the importance of customer reviews comes in.
When buying a new piece of sim racing equipment, customer reviews are very valuable. They not only provide proof of the validity of a website, but they also provide firsthand feedback on how a product works. They can help you decide whether the pros of a product outweigh the cons, or vice versa. Forum sites such as Reddit will also be good reference points when looking for reviews.
Remember, the more reviews on a product, usually the better, as there will be a lot more feedback to go on. Usually, an average rating of 2/5 stars from 800 reviews is a lot more trustworthy than a rating of 5 stars from just three people. Try to find reviews for the same product in different places too if you can for some extra info to work with.
KEY POINTS• When choosing a sim racing wheel, you need to consider what you want from the wheel
• You also need to decide if you want a standalone wheel rim or a bundle with a base
• Do some research on the brand before you buy, and check out forum posts and product reviews too
Choosing the right wheel is an important decision for your overall sim racing experience. With so much variety on offer, you will be sure to find the right one for you and your preferred racing style. The best wheel for PC users is the Simucube 2 Pro Tahko bundle, but the MOZA FSR and the Thrustmaster T300 RS are great choices as well.
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