After purchasing a flight yoke or joystick, your next step has to be getting rudder pedals. The extent to which your immersion will increase after not only having to use your hands, but entire body, to manoeuvre the plane cannot be overstated. After extensive research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 rudder pedals currently available on the market.
The Top-Rated Rudder Pedals for Flight Sim
|Editor's Pick||Rudder Pedals||Score|
|Top Pick||Logitech G PRO Flight||88%|
|Third Place||Thrustmaster TPR||91%|
|Luxury Pick||Redbird Alloy RD1||95%|
|Simply Excellent||T-Rudders MK IV||96%|
|Honorable Mention||CH Products Pro||76%|
Top Pick: Logitech G PRO Flight
- Self-centering pedals with adjustable damping / Foot rests adjust to fit all sizes and include non-slip materials
- Precise rudder and braking control / Tension adjustment - choose resistance to suit the way you fly
- Partial metal construction for long life. Cable Length (Power/Charging) - 1.8 meter
- Saitek Smart Technology programming software allows gamers to configure their controls to suit their preferred gaming style for flight and space sim
- Connectivity: USB 2.0 Works with: Windows XP, XP64 and Vista (all versions) Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
The Logitech G PRO Flight rudder pedals are the best commercially available rudder pedals for flight simulators. A big reason for this is the Saitek Smart Technology programming software, which allows the user to configure the controls to suit their preferred gaming style. This is only a small part of the customisation options available however. You have a tension dial to increase or decrease the resistance of the pedals, the foot rests are adjustable for all foot sizes, and all this is in a package of self-centering pedals.
The accuracy the Logitech G PRO Flight have is also incredible. They feel smooth while you fly and have differential braking in the toe brakes, placing you in the same seat a real airline pilot would be in. These rudder pedals are especially good if matched with the Logitech Flight G panel (which might just be the best flight panel on the market), so as to expand your overall flight sim setup.
The price is also manageable, though not cheap. If you’re looking for the best pedals coupled with great connectivity to other peripherals, then the G PROs are the rudder pedals for you.
As a quick side note, you might have heard good things about the Saitek PRO Flight rudder pedals. However, since Logitech purchased Saitek in 2016, the two products have been combined into one. As a result, these pedals have all the great features of the Saitek PRO Flight and more!
Runner-Up: Thrustmaster TFRP
- Designed for all users; Compatible on PC with all joysticks on the market; Also compatible on PS4 with the Flight Hotas 4 joystick (sold separately) and also T.Flight Hotas One joystick ; The first rudder to feature the S.M.A.R.T slide rails system for smooth steering
- Ergonomic design allowing you to put your entire foot on the pedal, thanks to the heel-rests; Heel-rests are removable, for alternative ergonomic configurations: put your entire foot on the pedal, or rest the ball of your foot at mid-pedal
- Differential braking: 2 large pedals (10 inches/25 centimeters); S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion on Aluminum Rail Tracks) slide rails rudder; System of 4 slide rails crafted of industrial-grade aluminum for perfectly smooth sliding motion
- Versatile ergonomic design suitable for all types of flight (aerial combat, space adventure, civil flight, etc.); Two differential brake pedals; Large differential brake pedals: 10 inches/25 centimeters (12/45 shoe size)
- USB and/or proprietary RJ12 connectivity; On PC (Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP), works with all joysticks on the market with available Thrust master drivers; On PC, compatible with all games supporting multi-USB and rudders
Thrustmaster clearly have plenty of experience from making racing sim pedals, as they deliver excellent rudder pedals. The ones we recommend the most are the TFRP Rudder Pedals. These two differential pedals come with their own advanced calibration software to eliminate any deadzones you may encounter while using them.
The S.M.A.R.T. (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Track) technology is a joy to use. The resistance and smoothness in using these pedals never counteract one another, making for a great balance. We were also impressed by the long range of travel on the rudder axis which allows for precise manoeuvring.
The only negative point are the materials. The TFRP set is mostly made of plastic, and as such may not feel as “weighty” as other sets. The build quality remains very good, but some users which are fans of metal pedals may come to dislike the plastic body. That being said, this makes these pedals are considerably cheaper than some of the other options on this list. Given how well they function we can’t but recommend the Thrustmaster TFRP to anyone looking for an inexpensive but high quality addition. Read our full review of the TFRP here.
Third Place: Thrustmaster TPR
- The TPR features Thrustmaster’s PENDUL_R technology: a unique, suspended mechanism ensuring smooth and fluid movements
- The TPR also features Thrustmaster’s H.E.A.R.T. HallEffect AccuRate Technology for ultra-precise, frictionless action that won’t change over time.
- The positions of the TPR’s springs can be adjusted, allowing users to adjust the resistance according to their preferences (two springs are included).
- The pedals can be adjusted into five positions, at angles between 35° and 75°.
- The TPR’s metal base guarantees total stability, even when used without a cockpit. 4 mounting holes (M6 diameter) are incorporated into the base for installation in a cockpit.
Don’t let the strangeness of the TPR Rudder System dissuade you from purchasing them. Admittedly they are more expensive than picks number one and two, but for avid users these pedals are a must try. Starting off with the build: it’s very solid and feels incredibly durable, with a metal base and realistic weight and size. They also have good customisation options, from the handy software, to the five different positions you can adjust the pedals to. The real joy however comes from using them while in the sim.
The PENDUL_R technology used by Thrustmaster allows for incredibly fluid motions. Thrustmaster also takes a note from its racing sim tech, bringing the H.E.A.R.T. technology to the TPRs in order to make these pedals hyper-precise whether you use them on day one, or day one thousand. All in all these are super-precise pedals which feel great, will immerse you like few others, and work wonderfully. Their slightly more expensive price tag and eccentric look is well worth it.
Luxury Pick: Redbird Alloy RD1
- Rugged, all-metal design means enhanced durability and reliability
- Self-centering rudder axis provides a realistic feel
- Differential toe brakes allow for precise ground handling
- USB connectivity ensures compatibility with The Jay and the Redbird TD/TD2, as well as other flight simulation software and devices
- Built to the same demanding standards as Redbird's full-motion simulators
We are not going to sugar coat this. The Redbird Alloy RD1 Rudder Pedals are really expensive. That being said, if you have the means to buy them, should you consider them? Unequivocally yes!
Much like the other members of this list they also have differential toe braking which allow for precise ground handling, as well as a realistic feel given by the self-centring rudder axis. What these have that the others lack is a pedigree of professional-worthy quality. The metal body has absolutely nothing cheap about it, weighing quite a bit. You can be sure these will not move while you play. Their harder feel replicates what you would actually feel in a plane, so much so that Redbird assures all buyers that these pedals match the quality they expect of pedals they would include in full motion flight simulators.
The only slightly negative note is that they will likely require you to fine tune their settings in the game you are running. Chances are, if you’re looking at this rudder pedal purchase you’re looking for a serious commitment. If you are ready to sit down and spend time with the Redbird Alloy RD1s, they will pay you back tenfold. A word of warning: if you buy these, there is no turning back to a cheaper model.
Simply Excellent: T-Rudders MK IV
These minimalist pedals still do a commendable job, and could be the answer for those of us which are lacking in space.
Not all flight sim players have the space for their own complete set-up. If you recognize yourself in this, but still want some of the top quality peripherals, then the T-Rudders are an excellent choice. The small footprint that these pedals have is ideal even for those who want to just put them under their desks. The build quality of this device is at the same level of that of our luxury pick. The body is made solely of metal, and is highly resistant. It’s also completely silent, making it the most “stealthy” option on our list.
In terms of quality the MK IV excel once again. They have an ultra-High Resolution sensor to give you precise control, and feedback your inputs as precisely as possible to the flight simulator. They are super-responsive and will have you joyfully flying. The included software allows for sequential braking. Simply put, to find pedals reaching this level of quality you’d have to spend around 300 more dollars and go for our luxury pick.
Honorable Mention: CH Products Pro
- 3 Axis of Control: X & Y axis for left and right toe brake control and Z axis for self centering sliding mechanism for rudder control
- Realistic heel-toe differential brake control and Large, sturdy base with 7 foot USB cable
- Locking rudder axis for gas/brake emulation for racing games. It is only compatible with CH USB devices
- Plug and Play driverless USB installation for both PC and Macintosh
- Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Mac OSX
It’s an honest shame to have to put the CH Products Pro Pedals so low on our list. The pedals feel great and the three axes of control make for a very realistic experience. Their build quality matches the feeling you get: high quality, made to survive the test of time. The experience you get from them mimics real life incredibly accurately, and they are a true pleasure to use.
The problem lies with compatibility issues. The more common problem, and less egregious one, is that it is compatible only with other CH Products accessories. The more serious problem is that many users have found that the advanced programming software, which would allow you to customize and adjust your experience with the pedals, no longer works on Windows 10. Other users have stated that on the 64bit version of Windows 10 the software works fine.
The CH Products Pro Pedals a are great product, but given the uncertainty we only recommend you get them if you run an older operating system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rudder pedals are part of the flight control system. They are what the pilot uses to control the rudder at the rear of the aircraft. By pressing the left rudder pedal, the aircraft turns towards the left on its vertical axis, and vice versa. Rudder pedals may also include toe brakes for braking purposes.
Rudder pedals can be worth your money depending on what you are trying to get out of flight sim. If what you are looking for is simply to no longer use your controller then perhaps this peripheral is too advanced. If, instead, you want to either immerse yourself as much as possible, or replicate the feeling of piloting a real plane (whether for fun or for training) then rudder pedals can be worth it.
In flight simulator rudder pedals you should look for precision (ie: how well your actions are replicated within the simulator), customisation (ie: to what extent can you modify the resistance and feel of the pedals) and finally realism (ie: how comparable are the pedals to the ones you would find in a plane or high quality flight simulation).
Some commercial availlable joysticks have what is called a twist axis, which allows you to turn the plane (on its vertical axis) by twisting the joystick. However, most sticks do not have this feature, which is why rudder pedals may be necessary.
Last Updated on April 12, 2021 by Thomas Bush