10 of the best kids headphones

Whether you're looking wired or wireless bluetooth headphones, we've chosen the best options perfect for using at home or travelling on the go

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By using a great pair of headphones with your kids, rather than a speaker on a tablet, phone or TV, it affords you some calm but it also allows your child to be more immersed. This allows for greater focus, with media coming from all angles, and is a skill that will serve them well in later life.

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Compared to standard headphones these kids ones will also offer sound limitations, meaning their ears are protected as they can never turn the volume too loud.

We’ve chosen both wired (more affordable) and wireless (easier to use) headphones. Most are the over-ear variety meaning they’ll fit comfortably – making them ideal for things like long car journeys.

Choosing headphones for kids

  • When deciding which headphones are best for your child there are a few things to take into consideration. The most important is safety. So, if you think the wire of a wired headphone could get tangled as your child uses it, then you might feel more at ease going for a pair of wireless headphones. That will mean another gadget to charge but in the long run it may serve you better.
  • Volume limiting is also a nice kid-specific feature, as this will protect your children’s hearing by stopping them from playing anything too loudly. The World Health Organisation says the safety limit should be set at a maximum of 85 dB.
  • Comfort is also important as your child may wear these for a long while, meaning they will want a good fit. Padding the ears is important here as some can offer more protection from pressing on the head and ears than others. With growing ears, freedom to find flex is important here. There are also variations in material covers with some more breathable than others.
  • Of course durability is also a factor. If you know these cans are going to get thrown about, torn off the head and possibly even wet, then you may want to go for a pair that are specifically made to last.

Here is our pick of the best wireless headphones for kids

1. PuroQuiet Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, £89.99, best for volume limiting

Battery Life: 22 hours without noise-cancelling/16 hours with noise cancelling | Volume Limit: 85dB

Puro Sound Labs makes headphones specifically for children, meaning they’re tailored to suit their needs but, more importantly yours too.

The most primary of those needs, of course, is your child’s safety which is why these come with volume limiters to protect your little one’s ears. While sound quality is high and battery life is 16 hours you also get an 85 dB limit on sound as well as passive noise cancellation. That’s enough to help your child focus but not so much that they can’t hear you when needed.

These made our MadeForMums awards and tester Jasmin Louis said: “These are wonderful headphones – perfect if you’re worried that your child ears will get damage from the high volumes, also great to use when out on train or bus as the background noise is blocked out.”

Available from: Amazon

2. LilGadgets Untangled Pro Headphones, £34.99, best for linking multiple pairs

Battery Life: 12 hours | Volume Limit: 93dB

Avoid the tangle of wires without the bank breaking price of most Bluetooth connected headphones. The LilGadgets Untangled Pro headphones let you easily connect to lots of devices without any messy wires and they’ll charge using your phone’s USB cable.

Expect to get a good 12 hours of use out of these, but with an impressive 180 hours of standby, they’re fine left in a drawer for a while too. These come in 6 colour options and are good for children aged 4 and older.

A nice feature is the ability to daisy chain, so lots of headphones can connect to one device – great if you’ve got a few kids sharing one tablet, say. One father said: “Home from a three week trip with these! My kids are almost 4 and 2, as of yesterday. Both kids loved the headphones.”

Available from: Amazon

3. JBL JR300BT, Headphones, £26.99, best for affordable quality wireless

Battery Life: 12 hours | Volume Limit: 85dB

JBL is well known for its quality wireless audio and now that’s available in a child friendly package with a safe 85 dB limit.

The price is super low for the quality of deep bass and crisp highs that give a well balanced sound. These are also comfortable fitting, making them ideal for longer use on car journeys.

They will last with a decent 12 hours of battery life on a charge with a nifty quick charge feature that gets you 1 hour of use from just a 10 minute charge – perfect if you’ve forgotten to charge them. One parent commented: “Bought for my 8 year old daughter for her iPad. Absolutely brilliant, charge lasts for DAYS and DAYS!”

These also fold down so they can be carried by your child in their bag without worry of them being damaged and there’s even a set of stickers thrown in so your little one can personalise the look too.

Available from: Amazon, JBL and Currys

4. Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave Headphones, £69.99, best for taking on holiday

Battery Life: 20 hours | Volume Limit: 75, 85 or 94dB

When it comes to toughness, the Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave are some of the best out there – hence that higher than average price. For the money you not only get wireless headphones with safety limiters on volume but also super durability.

These are totally waterproof meaning they could be used around the pool on holiday, as well as those in-case moments when they get wet by mistake.

Volume limiting can vary with modes of 75, 85 and 94 dB. Battery life is a good 20 hours making them a lot longer lasting than much of the competition. There’s also a Study Mode that enhances voices so spoken words can be heard more clearly.

And with a 2 year warranty this really earns that price tag. One mother said: “The high level is good, does not block my son from hearing from me, and they look great! We are going to Japan in July and he will use these for sure!”

Available from: Amazon

5. JLab JBuddies Studio Bluetooth Headphones, £29.99, best comfort on a budget

Battery Life: 13 hours | Volume Limit: 85dB

The padding in the wireless JLab JBuddies Studio headphones is plush memory foam. This means that your child will be super comfy in these no matter how long they have them on for – ideal for studying time when they don’t want to be distracted by discomfort.

These are wireless with a decent 13 hours of battery life before needing a charge. The size of these means they’re more for children of ages 6 and older, but of course it just depends on your child’s head size.

These also feature a microphone so can also be used with a phone to communicate. One parent said: “We got those for long flights, and my daughter loves them.”

Available from: Amazon, John Lewis and Very

Here is our pick of the best wired headphones for kids

1. PuroBasic Wired Volume Limited Headphones, £19.99, best for quality on a budget

Volume Limit: 85dB

Puro Sound Labs might have some of the best wireless headphones out there for kids but it also makes more budget friendly wired cans too. These headphones have the 85 dB sound limiting protection you’d expect from the brand as well as quality clear sound. A vegan leather cushion covering makes these comfortable even for longer periods of time and also makes them tough.

The sound quality is guaranteed and you get a 1 year warranty as standard with these over-ear headphones that come in 4 bright colour options. One parent said: “My 6 year-old daughter is very happy with these headphones. ‘They’re so comfy!’ Will one day replace them with another set!”

Available from: Amazon

2. Snuggly Rascals (v2) Kids Headband Headphones, £14.99, best for affordable comfort

Volume Limit: 85dB

The Snuggly Rascals are fast becoming well known as the comfy headphone option for kids. This is thanks to a headband design that slips onto them and stays firmly in place – ideal for younger children.

There are lots of design options to suit most children, from cute cats and funky pandas to aeroplanes and unicorns. The material is fleece so they’re not only comfy but also warming – but don’t worry about sweating as this is washable too.

Volume is limited to a safe 85 dB and they work from ages 3 and up. There’s a 2 year guarantee and part of the profits go towards children’s charities.

This fantastic product won our MadeForMums Silver Award in 2018, with judge The Honest Dad blogger Adam Riches praising the level of innovation.

Available from: Snuggly Rascals and Amazon

3. Etymotic ETY Kids 5 Headphones, £44.99, best for mature design and sound

Volume Limit: 42dB

From famed audio in-ear brand Etymotic, these are superb earphones that deliver the safety of noise limiting without being childish in design – making them great for older children and even for parents to use too. One parent praised their size, saying, “”Wonderful headphones. Good fit for small ears (adults or children). Do watch the how to use video for perfect sound. Very comfortable.”

These are designed to work with an iPhone and iPod and can offer an impressive 85 percent sound accuracy. The earbuds are designed to fit snuggly and cut out external noise – this makes volume sound louder without the need to actually increase volume to potentially harmful levels – clever stuff.

Available from: Amazon

4. MEE Audio Kidjamz Headphones, £16.99, best for affordability

Volume Limit: 85dB

These super affordable headphones limit sound output for safe listening for children as young as 4. There is a hidden switch which can allow parents to turn the limiter off should they want to, in a noisy environment.

The 3.5mm headphone cable will work with any device that has a headphone port. These headphones are flexible enough to withstand a child’s use and there’s also an impressive one year warranty which at this price is a great bonus.

Available from: Amazon

5. Kidz Gear Headphones, £15, best for younger children

Volume Limit: 80 to 90dB

The Kidz Gear Headphones are lightweight yet sturdy and work from as young as 2 years old right up to 12 years. They come in lots of colour options and have a limiter to keep the volume max at 80 to 90 dB.

The components are the same as those found in the standard adult headphones meaning the quality is decent. You get a volume controlling cable as part of the package, but the key here is that the volume limiter is separate so it can be removed.

As one parent points out, “The volume limiter is a separate piece of wire that the headphones plug into, and then the limiter plugs into your tablet, phone, etc. So the limiter can be removed. This is exactly why we bought this product.

“We don’t want our kids ears being hurt, but on a plane the headphones with the limiter are useless. So we removed the limiter and gently increased the volume so it wasn’t too loud.”

Available from: Amazon

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