5 of the Best Headphones for Kids


Buying your child a pair of wired or wireless headphones can be a great investment, especially for long plane or car rides where you don’t want to have to hear what your kids are watching or listening to. Getting headphones that are wireless 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. Headphones that are designed for kids are also good because they usually come in a number of different cool color options that kids love, they have volume limiting options to help prevent hearing loss, and they are built to be durable so they will last.

Each of our choices have volume limiting ear protection, a great assortment of colors to choose from, and are considered very durable.

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1. LilGadgets Untangled Pro Premium Children’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Features:

  • Wireless
  • SharePort feature lets you pair the set to the device and then lets you 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 very popular multi award-winning Bluetooth wireless children’s headphone are one of your best options if you want great 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.

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2. Puro Sound Labs, The Premium Kids Headphone

Features:

  • Wireless
  • Volume limiting ear protection (85 dB)
  • Balanced response studio grade audio
  • 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 are made from aluminum, so they are able to 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 cancelling 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.

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3. Nenos Children Headphones

Features:

  • Wired
  • Don’t need splitters to share audio
  • Limited volume
  • Soft, comfortable earpads.
  • Recommended for children ages 3-8.
  • Foldable

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, it is generally recommended for ages 3-8. The have the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack

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4. Snug Play Plus Kids Headphones

Features:

  • Wired
  • Comes in 4 bright colors
  • Has a sharing port
  • Limited volume
  • Recommended for children ages 3-8.
  • Made from durable materials

This Snug Play model are 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.

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5. JBL JR 300BT Kids On-Ear Wireless Headphones

Features:

  • Wireless
  • High quality sound
  • Easy to use
  • Extremely durable, with soft and comfortable ear pads

The JBL JR 300BT Kids On-Ear Wireless Headphones are a good quality, moderately priced option that will work with most devices. It has a 12 hour battery life and is able to charge quickly. The headphone frame is made of a tough durable plastic and this model is available in pink, blue or teal.

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Why buy headphones designed for children?

There are a number of good reasons to go for headphones that are designed especially for children rather than using a model product that is made for an adult:

  • The smaller fit make them much more comfortable for kids to wear, particularly for longer periods of time, like while watching a movie on a flight or long car rides. The smaller size also means that they won’t constantly 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.
  • Wireless option are good if you are buying for a very small child, as there is some chance that corded/wired headphones could pose a strangulation risk. (It is recommended that kids under age 3 not wear wired earphones unsupervised).
  • They are also great if you have a child who is prone to get wires tangled and/or caught in various things.

Type

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 the device you want to use it with. 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 direct connection 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 complex to make that work. Lilgadgets has a work around 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 kind of headphones for children there are a couple of things to keep in mind while you are shopping. In order 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 important features 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 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. Listening for more than 2 hours may damage your child’s hearing. Some experts even warn against children using headphones entirely, since their ears are more sensitive to noise damage.

Size

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 snug fit, so they can block out more of the background noise.

Comfort

To ensure you get a comfortable fit, look for designs with a good amount of padding on the ear cups since that plays a huge part in comfort level. You should also look for an adjustable band, so the earphones can grow with your child as their head gets bigger. The weight of the product can also play a big role in just how comfortable the headphones are, generally lighter is better for kids.

Durability

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 a heavy-duty plastic are good materials to look for.

Precautions

To help prevent any kind of 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. Children’s growing ears are more easily damaged than adults, so it is important to monitor the volume of anything that they are listening to.
  • Don’t let them listen to anything longer than 1 hour without taking a break.