After purchasing a yoke, the next logical 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 seven best 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
The long reigning G PROs maintain their status as the undisputed best rudder pedals.
The Logitech G PRO's are not new to the market, but have managed to retain their stronghold as 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-rest is adjustable for all foot sizes, and all this is in a package of self-centering pedals.
The accuracy these pedals have is also incredible. They feel smooth while you fly and have differential braking, 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, 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.
Runner-Up: Thrustmaster TFRP
Thrustmaster proves to be a great brand not only for racing sims, but for flight sims too, with the great TFRP pedals.
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
These peculiar pedals are expensive, but so great that they simply had to be on the podium.
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
This expensive set of metal pedals runs at a very high price, but meet the demanding standards of full motion flight 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 these pedals 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 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
These pedals are still a joy to use, but be careful purchasing them if you have a newer computer.
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 USB products. 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.
These are great pedals, but given the uncertainty we recommend you get them if you run an older operating system.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are rudder pedals?
Rudder pedals are part of the flight control system. They are what the pilot uses in order to control the ailerons on the wings and the rudder and elevator to the rear.
- Are rudder pedals worth it?
Rudder pedals can be worth your money depending on what you are trying to get out of a flight simulator. 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.
- What should I look for in a set of rudder pedals?
In 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 simulation).
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