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Best Nintendo Switch accessories for 2021

From controllers to charging to protection, here are our recommendations to keep you playing at your best.

This list rounds up some of the best Nintendo Switch accessories to take your Switch games to the next level. The Switch is a great plug-and-play gaming console, but with the right Nintendo Switch accessory or two -- like a screen protector, microSD cards, controllers and grips and docks -- you can noticeably improve your gaming experience.

Read more: The 37 best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

Keep in mind that these products are all designed for the original Nintendo Switch console, which you can play on your TV or in handheld mode. While many of these might work with the new Switch OLED and smaller Switch Lite, such as the controllers, several items on the list won't because of the size differences in design and screen or lack of video output. (There may be other versions to buy that are compatible with the Switch Lite.) 

Also see: Nintendo Switch OLED restock: Where to find a console

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Nintendo's Switch Pro Controller feels better to play with than any other third-party full-size Switch controller we've tried. The Switch Pro Controller is also between $60 and $70 to buy. The PowerA wireless controller comes closest to the feel and design of Nintendo's Pro controller, and you can normally get it for $40 to $50, depending on the design, from Amazon, Best Buy and other sources. The PowerA wireless controller doesn't have HD Rumble, IR or Amiibo NFC support like the Switch Pro controller does, but it does have motion controls. It's also available in game-themed versions including Animal CrossingMario and Pokemon.

Its one added feature is two extra buttons on the bottom of the controller that can be mapped on the fly. Also, while the original version of the Enhanced Wireless Controller ran on AA-size batteries, the newest models have a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 30 hours of gameplay.

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Attach the tiny USB-C dongle to the Switch and you're good to play with this lightweight, comfortable gaming headset. It uses the company's lossless 2.4GHz wireless for ultralow-latency wireless connectivity. I never experienced any dropouts or lag while using them, but SteelSeries includes a cable if you want to use it if you don't want to risk it. The noise-canceling mic is detachable and the earcups turn and lie flat for easier travel. These will work with the Switch Lite, as well.

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This splashproof hardshell case is just about all you need to protect your Switch if you want to play on the go. Slim, light and form-fitting, it barely adds any bulk. It might not look like a lot of protection but my kids and I have dropped them several times and the Switch survived unscathed. Aside from the added protection, there's an organizer attached inside with storage for up to 10 game cards. And it's available in a bunch of fun color combinations. Tomtoc also makes a version that works with the Mumba case and the Hori Split Pad Pro controller so you stay protected when traveling and playing. But you guessed it -- it won't fit the Switch Lite.   

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It's pricey at just under $100, but Hyper's all-in-one hub for the Switch is worth it for its simplicity and design. Connect up your Switch, external display (the HDMI out supports up to 4K resolution at 60Hz) and a controller, plug in the HyperDrive for power and you're done. One of its USB-C ports can be used for powering and charging the Switch and there's an extra USB-C port for charging a wireless controller or your phone or tablet. It's small, too, and the power cable detaches, so traveling with it is no problem at all. 

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You can recharge your Switch with just about any power bank, but you'll want something like this giant Anker battery to keep playing while you charge. The PowerCore Plus can deliver 45 watts of charging power through its USB-C port. It can also charge up other devices like your phone through its USB-A ports. The package also includes a 60-watt USB-C wall charger that can refill this massive bank in less than three and a half hours. 

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Binbok's Joypad is a combination of Nintendo's Joy-Cons and its wireless Pro Controller. There are left and right Joy-Con-like controllers that can slot onto the sides of the Switch, similar to Hori's Switch Split Pad Pro. This gives you the comfort and larger controls of the Pro controller while you use the Switch handheld. 

However, unlike Hori's controller, the Binbok Joypad can be used off the Switch because each has a built-in battery and Bluetooth. Their design makes them awkward to hold as Joy-Cons but it can be done, and each has adjustable rumble and motion controls. They both have a mappable button on the inside of their grips as well as turbo buttons. The Home button can wake the Switch when you're ready to game and you can even change the color of the LED light rings around the thumb sticks. 

The included holder joins the two controllers together to form a single Pro-like controller like Nintendo's Joy-Con Comfort Grip. Unfortunately, this won't allow you to charge both controllers at the same time; each of the controllers needs to be charged separately through their USB-C ports or while attached to the Switch when it's charging (you can leave the controllers attached when docked). The holder is unusually wide, too, and with the controllers attached it's actually larger than a Pro controller. There's some flex where the controllers slot onto the holder giving it a tenuous feel. That flex, combined with its lightweight, makes the whole thing feel flimsy. Still, it's not like Nintendo's Joy-Cons are known for their reliability and overall this is an excellent option if you want to pay less and do more.

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Want to use your Bluetooth headphones with your Switch, but worried about lag? Creative's adapter gets around that with aptX Low Latency codec support. Just pop the adapter into the USB-C port on the Switch, press its button and connect to your headset. I tested with the Tribit QuietPlus ANC headphones, which is on our best noise-canceling headphones under $100 list and supports aptX LL. Insert the included analog microphone into the Switch's headset jack and you're ready for voice chat during multiplayer games that support it like Overwatch and Fortnite. (A quick firmware update is needed for it to work, though.)

If you also have a PS4, the mic can be plugged into your controller for voice chat with that console. Plus, Creative includes a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter so you can connect your Bluetooth headphones to the PS4. 

The adapter also supports regular aptX and aptX HD codecs as well as SBC (subband codec). You just press the adapter's button to choose. And while you might buy this for your Switch (or PS4) you can just move the adapter to your phone or computer and instantly use your headphones with those without having to connect all over again. For $40, the little kit is a pretty good deal. 

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Adding this Nintendo Switch case not only takes some of the creak out of playing a video game handheld, but gives you some much-needed extra controller grip for your game. It'll also give you a little side, top, bottom and rear drop protection. This will not fit the Switch Lite, which is a little smaller than the regular Switch.

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If you want to dock your Switch as well as expand your laptop's port options when you're not gaming, the $65 Dock Pro 60 is all you need. The slim, small, lightweight Nintendo Switch dock has two USB-C ports, one of which supports power input. Connect your Switch to the other USB-C port and use the dock's HDMI port to connect to a TV or external (resolutions up to 4K UHD will work) and you're ready to start gaming with friends and family on a bigger screen. There are also two USB-A ports if you want to use a wired controller or charge wireless ones.

Note, though, that this does require a USB-C 15V/2.6A power supply such as the YCCTeam adapter below or the one that comes with your Switch. 

Bonus for Samsung Galaxy device users: The Dock Pro 60 supports Samsung DeX so you can use your phone or tablet with an external display and a desktop-style experience. 

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Not all USB-C chargers will support charging the Switch as well as powering it while docked. This one does, and at a fraction of the cost of Nintendo's. Plus, it has a 5-foot charging cable so you have some room to plug in the Switch and continue to play handheld while you charge. 

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The Little Wireless Controller -- yes, that is its actual name -- is slightly bigger than a Joy-Con but so much more comfortable to use. The buttons are firm and responsive and there's no mushiness to the D-pad, either. The thumbsticks are taller than the Joy-Con's, which gives you greater accuracy. The rear buttons, despite being directly on top of each other, are shaped perfectly to make sure you hit the correct one. There is no rumble or NFC support but it does have motion control. The rechargeable battery is rated for up to 40 hours of wireless use and is charged via a USB-C port in the back. It's a super little travel companion.

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Carelessly sliding the Switch in and out of its dock all the time can eventually result in some scratches to the display screen, and nobody wants a scratched screen. If you spend money on one piece of protection for your Switch to enhance your gaming experience, make it an inexpensive Nintendo Switch screen protector. The AmFilm tempered glass screen protector is easy to apply and doesn't interfere with touchscreen performance. The bottom line is, if you have a Switch, you need a tempered glass screen protector, and this is a great tempered glass screen protector. Note that this screen protector won't fit on a Switch Lite, which has a smaller screen.

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The Switch's kickstand is fine in a pinch, but this is much better for tabletop play with your device. It adjusts to three positions, folds flat for travel and has a passthrough in front so you can charge while you use it with all of your video games. There is a cheaper AmazonBasics one, but the Hori is sturdier and more stable for not much more money.  

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This little adapter pops into the USB-C port so you can use your Bluetooth headphones while you play your Switch, including Apple AirPods. A built-in mic on the bottom of the adapter adds lag-free in-game chat, and you can connect up to two headsets simultaneously for a better gaming experience when you're playing Smash or any other game on your Switch online in multiplayer games. An equally small USB-C to USB-A adapter can be used to plug into the Switch dock so you can use your headphones when docked, too. The Creative adapter's design mentioned earlier in this list is better for multipurpose use, but if you're just looking for use with the Switch, this is a great pick. 

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An inexpensive way to simplify charging two pairs of your neon red and neon blue (or whichever spectacular colors you choose) Joy-Cons. I keep this plugged into the rear port of Nintendo's dock and my kids don't have an excuse for letting the batteries run down or not putting them away for safe storage.  

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Want a bit more grip than the Mumba Case offers? The GripCase includes three sets of replaceable grips to let you customize it for your hand size. The case also protects the top corners of your Joy-Cons while also giving you larger triggers for the ZL and ZR buttons. You can even dock the Switch without removing the case, though the case's grips will interfere with the USB ports on the dock's front. Still, if you have a household of users with hands large and small, this is a good way to go. Again, this won't fit the Switch Lite.

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The CitySlicker is a discreet way to travel with your Switch and accessories. The case looks more like a high-end travel bag than gaming gear, but it is made specifically for the Switch with five game card storage slots in front, a microfiber-faced interior pocket that swipes your screen clean when you insert and remove your Switch, and a zippered pocket on back to hold a power bank, cleaning cloth or earbuds. The two inside pockets are big enough to hold an extra set of joy-cons and cables. The case is available in three sizes for the Switch Lite, Switch and Switch Max, which is large enough to hold the Switch while it's in the Skull & Co. GripCase or any similarly sized protective case. It'll even fit the Defway dock listed above. 

Our friends at GameSpot also have a roundup of the best Nintendo Switch controllers.   

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