Buying your child a pair of wired or wireless headphones can be a fantastic investment, especially for a long plane or car rides where you don’t want to have to hear what your kids are watching. Getting wireless headphones can be particularly useful for kids because it means that you don’t have to worry about wires getting tangled or becoming a safety hazard. It is best to buy headphones that are specifically designed for children because they come in kid-friendly color options, they have volume limiting controls to help prevent hearing loss, and are built to be durable so they will last. Each of our choices is perfect for kids to enjoy their devices while giving parents a little bit of peace.
1. LilGadgets Untangled Pro Premium Children’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
SharePort feature lets you pair the set to the device and then enables you to plug another set of headphones into the first set and share audio (great for multiple kids using one device)
Volume limited feature (won’t go higher than 93db)
12-hour battery life and 180-hour standby
Small size for kids (ages 4+)
Compatible with most Bluetooth devices
These top-rated, multi-award-winning Bluetooth wireless children’s headphones are one of your best options if you want high quality for a reasonable price. One of the best features is the integrated SharePort that makes it easy to have two children watching one device with two sets. The Untangled Pro comes with a microfiber travel pouch to help with storage, as well as an audio cable (in case the battery wears out). It also comes with an inline microphone and a micro-USB charging cable. The Untangled Pro is made out of stainless steel and has a soft fabric covering, making them both durable and comfortable.
Up to 18 hours of battery life with 200 hours standby
Durable, lightweight aluminum construction
Can block a lot of the background noise
If you are an audiophile, you will probably want to take a look at the Puro Premium Kids Headphone. It is the only studio grade kid’s wireless Bluetooth model. It comes with healthy ears hearing protection, so the volume is limited to 85dB. As with other wireless designs, it uses Bluetooth wireless, or if the battery is dead, you can use the audio cable that comes with the set. They contain aluminum, so they can withstand some of the rougher treatment your kids might put them through. The ear cushion design is also able to block out 82% of sound at 1 kHz, so while they aren’t fully noise-canceling, they are pretty great at being able to cancel outside noise. They come with a 1-year full warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.
Nenos has the volume limiting option of 93dB, which is a little on the high side, so they are a good option if you find the volume-limiting function on other children’s models a bit too quiet for your situation. The headband is adjustable and is designed to fit children’s smaller head size; they work well for ages 3-8. They have the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack
This Snug Play model is another good budget option to consider. They have the volume limiting safety, but they don’t specify what dBs this set goes up to. The headset has a comfortable cushion, and the design blocks out most ambient noise. The jack is the standard 3.5mm, so it should be able to plug into most devices.
Extremely durable, with soft and comfortable ear pads
The JBL JR 300BT Kids On-Ear Wireless Headphones are good quality, moderately priced option that will work with most devices. It has 12-hour battery life and can charge quickly. The headphone frame is sturdy, durable plastic and this model is available in pink, blue or teal.
There are some excellent reasons to go for headphones that are designed especially for children rather than using models made for an adult:
The smaller fit makes them much more comfortable for kids to wear, particularly for long periods of time, like while watching a movie on a flight or long car rides. The smaller size also means that they won’t always fall off, which is what usually happens when children wear adult sizes.
They have a volume limiting feature, so you don’t have to worry as much about endangering their hearing.
A wireless option is essential if you are buying for a tiny child, as there is some chance that corded/wired headphones could pose a strangulation risk. (It is recommended that kids under age three not wear wired earphones unsupervised).
They are also great if you have a child who is prone to get wires tangled and caught in various things.
While wireless models are great for many situations, there are a few reasons that you may want to consider going for wired earphones instead:
Budget– Wireless headphones generally cost more than their wired equivalent.
If you don’t like having to recharge batteries– Wireless models require regular battery charging using a USB connector.
The wireless option may not work with your device. In order to use the wireless function, the device will need to be able to connect via a Bluetooth connection. All of the wireless models that we recommend also come with an auxiliary cable that you can use for a direct link to your devices.
If you have multiple children who will be using the same device- If you have two children with wireless headphones who want to watch the same device, it becomes a little bit more complicated to make that work. Lilgadgets has a workaround that connects the two sets allowing two children to watch/listen to one device, but with the other headphones on our list, this becomes more difficult to set up.
You may run into problems if you want to sync the headphones with more than one device at a time. Each new device that you add to use the earphones will require a re-sync. Although, after you have done it once, the devices should sync automatically.
Features to look for:
Before buying any headphones for children, there are a couple of things to keep in mind while you are shopping. To find the best product for your needs, you will want to consider things like fit, sound quality, ease of use, as well as the following features:
Noise Limiting Volume
For any headphones you are considering letting children use, one of the most essential elements to look for is a noise limiting volume. Most experts recommend that the highest noise level the set should go to is 85 decibel (dB). The Lilgadgets model goes a little higher than that to 93dB, but most of the other brands stick to the 85dB limit. Adult models tend to go to around 115 dBs. It is important to note that experts warn that children should not listen to earphones for more than 2 hours a day, even if the volume is limited to 85dB, using for more than 2 hours may damage your child’s hearing. Some experts also warn against children using headphones entirely, since their ears are more sensitive to noise damage.
If you have ever tried putting adult sized headphones on a child, you will know that they don’t tend to work all that well, they usually fall off and don’t generally fit the ears. The models that are designed for children are just like adult models but on a smaller scale. Often they have flexible bands so they can adjust to fit growing head sizes, making them useful as your child grows. The ear pads are smaller and have more of a snug fit so that they can block out more of the background noise.
To ensure you get a comfortable fit, look for designs with the right amount of padding on the ear cups since that plays a massive part in comfort level. Adjustable headbands are also crucial to allow the earphones to grow with your child as they age. The weight of the product can also play a significant role in just how comfortable the headphones are, generally lighter is better for kids.
Whenever you are looking for any gadgets for children, you will want to make sure they are durable enough to take whatever treatment your kids will put them through. Lightweight aluminum or heavy-duty plastic are suitable materials for durability.
To help prevent any hearing loss related to headphone use, please keep the following in mind:
Don’t use the bud style of headphones; they can potentially damage children ears more than the over the ear style.
Don’t let them listen to any device too loud — Montior the volume level to avoid any damage to your child’s hearing.
Don’t let them listen to anything longer than 1 hour without taking a break.