You love music, and you want your kids share that passion. But you know the damage you’ve done to your ears with the countless number of times you’ve seen The National and Radiohead live. Not to mention blasting your favorite songs at full volume through your headphones. Kids’ headphones are a great investment for those who want to share the gift of music with their children while also protecting their hearing. Plus it gives parents a little welcome silence as well.
Kids headphones are a bit different from adult headphones. For hearing protection, kids’ headphones limit the maximum output of volume. You are going to want a pair that cancels exterior noise as well. Anything around the 85 dB of maximum sound is considered a safe volume for kids.
You’ll also want to look for headphones that are comfortable for a wide age group. Try to buy a pair that your kid can grow with, instead of having to replace headphones every year.
Protect your kids’ hearing with our recommendations for the best kids’ headphones below.
1. Puro BT2200
This is a fantastic pair of safe, comfortable and great-sounding headphones for children. The size and design of the headphones allow them to be used on both toddlers and children. Since these fit so many age groups, you can buy these for your toddler and the kiddo can continue to use the same pair as they grow up. Although you generally buy kids’ headphones for the safety features, they should still sound good, and the BT2200 are simply good-sounding headphones, whether children or adults are listening through them. Often, sound quality is lacking with children’s headphones, but neither parents nor children have to worry about crumby sound with this pair.
In terms of safety, the noise cancelling will keep your child’s ears protected during airplane rides and will keep them preoccupied with their Pokemon soundtrack as you vacuum around them at home. This pair of headphones checks all the boxes for both kids and parents.
2. JLab JBuddies Studio
The JLab JBuddies are a good pair of headphones for kids ages six and up. One cool thing about these headphones for kids is the design; it doesn’t look like a pair of kids’ headphones. The fabric and the slightly stretchy headband make them comfortable for a variety of head sizes. Since this is a corded model — it’s also available in Bluetooth — the volume won’t get louder or quieter depending on whether the device is connected via Bluetooth or with a cord, which is a common issue with kids’ headphones. They do block out a substantial amount of outside noise, but we wouldn’t suggest taking your child to their first rock concert in these. Overall, it’s a great budget headphone that keep your kids’ hearing protected and won’t drive you nuts if they thrash them.
3. Elecder i37 Kids Headphones
There are many reasons the Eleceder i37 Kids’ headphones have over 5,000 users reviews and a 92% approval rating on Amazon. The headphones boast a lengthy 5-foot cord to give the kiddos plenty leeway to connect to their devices. Everything from the ear cups to the headband is plush, making for a comfortable experience for the kiddos. And it comes in 10 different colors so you’ll certainly find a style that fits your kid’s personally.
4. iClever Kids Headphones
Not many kids’ headphones are Bluetooth enabled, let alone have a built in microphone, but that’s exactly what you get with the iClever Kids headset. You won’t need to worry about your kids turning the volume too loud with the 94db volume limiter. And if your kid is connected to a voice enabled device, the voice controls can be great for hands free operation. It’s a pretty impressive amount of features built into a kids’ set of headphones.
5. Noot Products K33 Foldable Headset
GREAT FOR TRAVEL
Keep this headset in the car for the kids, or keep them handy when the family needs to hop on a plane. The foldable design makes them easy to pack or stow away in a car. The K33 have plush ear cushions to keep child’s ears from getting sore after long periods. Plus, the headphones will work with anything that has a 3.5mm jack. The K33 is a solid, affordable, basic headset for kids.
6. LilGadgets Connect+ Pro
Constructed with durability in mind, the LilGadgets Connect+ Pro isn’t a pair of headphones that will be in shambles just days after your kids get their hands on them. The extenders are made from metal, while the cable is detachable, so no need to worry about the kiddos yanking on the cable. And if you only have one device for the kids to watch their show, two pairs of headphones can connect to each other so everybody remains happy campers. Sharing is caring, plus nobody wants to be in a house with an upset six-year-old.
7. Mpow CH6 Kids Headphones
With a built-in mic, these are a solid set for the kiddos to use while there are doing school work online, or enjoying their favorite shows on a mobile device. Plus, there is comfort knowing that they can quickly answer the phone if you call them. And if you have two kiddos, but only one device, they can connect the headphones together and listen to the same device — no need for a splitter. The Mpow CH6 are pretty technically advanced for a kids’ headset.
8. Nenos Volume Limited Headphones
BEST AGES THREE TO EIGHT
For kids age three to eight, these should be on your radar, especially if you have two of them running around. There are no need for splitters, instead, headphones can connect to one another so they can enjoy music or a movie on one device. These lightweight headphones are plush, comfortable and easy to carry around thanks to their foldable design. Plus, there are eight different colors to choose from to make any kid psyched to wear them.
9. eKIDS – Pokemon Wired On-Ear Headphones
The little Pokémon lover in your life will be psyched to rock the eKIDS Pokémon headset. This nicely cushioned pair of headphones rest comfortably on your kids head, also showing off their Pokémon pride. It boasts a built-in volume limiter to ensure that whatever they are tuning into never gets too loud for their little ears. This headset will work with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
10. Etymotic ETY Kids 5
Over-the-ear headphones aren’t for every kid. For those who seek an alternative to over-the-ear headphones, we suggest the Etymotic ETY Kids 5. These earbud style noise reducing headphones don’t even look like a children’s pair of headphones. These are made to limit volume when listening. If you were to crank the volume on your phone while listening to music, it would remain at safe levels. The earbuds work like ear plugs, and they work quite well. PCMag stated these can reduce outside volume by 35 dB, which is like bringing the sound of a lawnmower down to the volume of a normal conversation. The biggest issue with earbuds though is that everyone’s ear canal is different. The ETY Kids 5 does come with three different sizes of earbuds, but if they don’t fit your only option is a custom order, and that can get pricey.
11. Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet
BEST NOISE CANCELLING
The Puro Quiet is one of the few kids’ headphones on the market with legit active noise cancellation. With it deactivated, the passive noise cancellation of the padded over-the-ear cups block out 22 dB of sound. With the active noise cancelling on, Puro Sound Labs claims it can reduce outside noise up to 82 percent. Essentially, you could bring your kid along with you to your favorite concert, have them wear these headphones with the ANC on, and their ears would be safe. On top of excellent noise cancelling, these headphones have a sound quality that is well balanced, producing clear highs and a deep low-end, all without sounding blaring or too loud. These are a great choice for your children, but they are more expensive than most of the other options we listed.
12. Kids Gear Wired Headphones
As opposed to the Puro Quiet Kids Headphones, the Kids Gear Wired Headphones are on the opposite end of the pricing spectrum, but they don’t sound like a complete flimsy pair of headphones. They don’t sound as good as any of the Puro’s or JBLs, but adults won’t scoff at the sound quality, either. The headphones have a volume-limiting adapter that will keep the maximum output below 82 dB, but you can take the adapter off. Parents, be aware when the adapter is missing from the headphones.
Now, if there is one thing that is pretty close to universal knowledge: kids break stuff. Luckily the Kids Gear Wired Headphones come with a lifetime warranty. So, if the kiddo does what kiddos do, you can return them and not be out an Andrew Jackson.
13. LilGadgets Untangled Pro
BEST FOR LOUDER VOLUME
These headphones can reach up to 93 dB, which can be useful when traffic is a little louder than normal or you and your child are on an airplane. For the volume-limiting feature, you’ll definitely want to use these headphones via Bluetooth. They actually get noticeably louder when used with an audio cable. Plus, according to the manufacturer, the passive noise reduction reduces outside noise by -13 dB, so the need to listen to audio at max volume should be few and far between. The ear cups will most likely rest on the child’s ear as opposed to over the ear like most headphones, which could become uncomfortable over long stretches. When it comes to prolonged use, the LilGadgets Untangled Pro sport a 12-hour battery life, providing plenty of use before a recharge is necessary.