Top 5 budget switches in 2023
1. KTT Kang White
First up we have the KTT Kang Whites. At a mere $1.99 per 10 switches, these are easily the most budget-friendly ones on the list. In fact, you can outfit this entire 60% board with them for just $12, which is less than a fast-food meal.
But don't let the price fool you. These switches pack quite a punch for their value.
They have a little texture to them which I find enjoyable, it adds a nice touch to the typing experience.
So, if you're on a tight budget, or perhaps new to keyboards and not quite ready to splurge, the KTT Kang Whites are a solid starting point.
2. Jwick Splash Brothers
Moving on, let's talk about our gaming pick - the Jwick Splash Brothers, which come in at $2.49 for 10.
Now these, these are for the gamers out there. Being speed switches, they have shorter travel which is a trait many gamers prefer for faster response times. In those high-pressure moments where every millisecond counts, these switches might just give you that winning edge.
Plus, they're linear switches, so they offer a smooth keystroke without a tactile bump - another feature that many gamers seem to appreciate. No distractions, just straight down and up.
In fact, if you look at the pros, you'll find that many of them prefer linear switches of some sort.
The sound signature here is pretty high-pitched and clacky, something that you may or may not prefer.
So, if you're a gamer on a budget looking for a switch that can keep up with your reflexes, the Jwick Splash Brothers are definitely worth a look.
3. Gateron Milky Yellow Pro
Up next, we have a fan favorite that's been around for a while in the hobby - the Gateron Milky Yellow Pro.
These are so popular, it would be a crime not to include them in a budget-oriented ranking. They've gained a reputation for their reliability and solid performance at an accessible price point: $2.30 per 10.
In fact, they're such a classic that JYMV relies heavily on them for his keyboard reviews.
With these Milky Yellow Pros, you’re essentially getting a reliable modern day classic at a super approachable price. So, if you're looking for a tried-and-true budget switch that's passed the test of time, you might just want to give these Gateron Milky Yellow Pro switches a shot.
4. Outemu Lime
Now let's shift gears a little and move into the realm of silence. The Outemu Limes are our top pick for the best silent budget switch.
Coming in at $3.40 for 10, these switches are an underrated gem in the budget segment. They offer a super gentle tactility and a nice padded bottom out. It feels like bottoming out on a piece of felt or something - it's very satisfying.
And as you can hear...or rather can't hear, they're impressively quiet. If you're working in an office, or live with roommates, or just any environment where noise sensitivity might be an issue, these switches really shine.
Don't just take my word for it. One of our customers loved them so much, she sent us this nice postcard, sharing her experience of using these switches.
Whether you're typing for long hours, or just need your keyboard to keep the peace, the Outemu Limes are a great budget-friendly choice.
5. Gateron G Pro 3.0 Yellow
And finally, for the best overall budget switch, we're giving it to the Gateron G Pro 3.0 Yellow. If you're looking for the most bang for your buck, you're going to want to take a closer look at these.
These switches are part of the G Pro series lineup from Gateron, which already suggests great quality for the price, ranging from $2.78 to $3.27 per 10.
Now, compared to something like the Baby Raccoons, which costs a little less than double, you're definitely going to find some differences. The Baby Raccoons have a double-staged spring which gives them a unique, bouncier feel, something that's missing with these.
But overall, the G Pro Yellow does a commendable job of delivering a similar typing experience, at half the price. While you're losing some of the uniqueness of a premium option, you're gaining incredible value for your money.
And the great thing about the G Pro lineup is the variety. There's a switch for every preference. I think the Yellow is a great one size fits all linear switch. But there’s the Red for those who prefer heavier switches; Black for those who like it even heavier; Silver for the speed switch fans; Brown for a light tactile feel; and White for super light typists.
These also feature a nice frosted light diffuser for you RGB fans out there. So there you have it. If you're looking for a family of well-rounded, budget-friendly switches that deliver on performance and versatility, the Gateron G Pro lineup is a top pick.
These are just a few of the many different types of budget mechanical keyboard switches available. The best switch for you will depend on your personal preferences. If you're not sure which switch is right for you, do Milktooth's try-before-you-buy program, where you can try 10 switches for 5 days before buying them. This way, you can be confident in your purchase decision.