If you have a water baby on your hands or are keen boost your child's confidence in the pool, swimming goggles are a great idea. Wearing swimming goggles can make going into the water a lot more comfortable for your child as they help to protect their eyes from chemicals in swimming pools when they are learning to swim or on holiday.

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It is, however, important that your child feels comfortable in the water with or without swimming goggles on, so that they can manage any unexpected situations in the water when they may not be wearing their goggles.

Swimming goggles not only come in a variety of designs and patterns, but also different adjustment styles, which mean that some are easier for your child to put on and take off themselves.

There are also various lens and strap designs to choose from, so it may seem a little tricky to find the best pair that will fit your child and help them feel comfortable and confident in the water.

With the help of child testers and their parents, we've selected the best swimming goggles out there, taking into consideration fit, strap design, adjustment type, lens features and more.

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Best swimming goggles for kids at a glance

  • Best for toddlers: Zoggs Phantom Mask, £21
  • Best for taking on and off: Splash About Guppy Goggles, £9.99
  • Best for holidays: Babiator Goggles, £25
  • Best budget buy: JoJo Maman Bébé Children's Swimming Goggles, £6
  • Best for a wide vision: Frogglez Green Navigatorz Swim Mask, £21.99
  • Best anti-fog goggles: Arena Spider Junior Training goggles, £9.99
  • Best goggles for preschoolers: Zoggs Little Twist, £15
  • Best prescription goggles: Hilco Vantage Kids goggles, £35
  • Best for regular swimmers: Speedo Futura Classic goggles, £12
  • Best for curly hair: Frogglez Kidz goggles, £17.99

What to consider when choosing kids' goggles

Fit — Ensuring the correct fit on your child's goggles is super important — if the goggles aren't comfortable or if they're allowing water to trickle in then this can be distracting and irritating. Some have split straps that can provide a more comfortable fit around your child's head and some have adjustable nose bridges that adjust specifically to the contours of your child's face. You should also consider how quick they are to adjust and if your child can do this easily themselves or not — some have a traditional clip on the side of the lens, while others are secured by a button at the back which can be slightly easier to adjust.

Anti-fog — As soon as the air inside your goggles becomes warmer than the lenses they can fog up and prevent your child from seeing clearly in the water. Most goggles are coated with anti-fog protection that prevents this from happening, so do check before you purchase them. Just be aware that anti-fog can become less effective over time. Always put goggles on while they and your child are dry, try and prevent touching the inside surface of the lens, rinse them with clean water after use and store them in a dry protective case to try and protect the coating.

UV protection — Most goggles have a UV protective coating that helps to safeguard your child's eyes from UVA and UVB rays that can be harmful to your child's eyes and vision. If you're planning on swimming outdoors a lot then making sure your goggles have maximum UV protection is especially important, as it will filter the damaging rays and protect your child's eyes.

Tinted lenses — Standard, clear goggle lenses will let in the maximum amount of light when you're wearing them, which can provide a great, clear view if swimming indoors in low-light conditions. If you're planning on spending more time swimming outdoors, or even a mixture of both, then it may be worth considering a tinted lens. Some kids' swimming goggles come with a choice of either a blue or pink option — both are great for lighter environments and can help to reduce glare in bright conditions.

Here's our pick of the best swimming goggles for kids...

1. Zoggs Phantom Mask, £21

— Best for toddlers

Zoggs Phantom Mask tested by 4 year old

Age suitability: 0-6 years | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: No | Tinted lens: Blue or clear options available

Suitable from birth to 6 years, the Zoggs Phantom Mask is a great option for protecting your little one's eyes when you first take them into the water. The Phantom Mask has an anti-fog coating and has been designed with Zoggs' Curved Lens technology, which offers 180 degree peripheral vision, providing excellent visibility for your little swimmer.

They're perfect for your child's first swimming lessons but also come in a tinted lens version for clearer visibility in outdoor conditions, so you can take them on holiday with you too. They also have maximum UV protection to keep their eyes protected if you do venture outside with them. The hypoallergenic soft-seal frame moulds to your child's face to give a customised fit that prevents water from trickling in, keeping them comfortable.

Danielle, who tested these with her 4-year-old daughter (pictured), said "I'm a swimming teacher that specialises in baby and pre-school lessons and I always recommend the Zoggs Phantom Mask when they first start wearing goggles." Available in a choice of purple/blue or blue/red.

Pros: Anti-fog, maximum UV protection, wide vision, suitable from birth, tinted lens option available

Cons: Pricey, no case

Available from: Argos, Amazon and Zoggs

2. Splash About Guppy Goggles, £9.99

— Best for taking on and off

Splash About Guppy Goggles tester picture

Age suitability: 2-6 years | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: No | Case included: No | Tinted lens: No

These bright goggles are designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers; they have anti-fog technology and soft silicone seals so your little swimmer can always see clearly and feel comfortable.

What really stands out about these goggles is their quick-release adjustable strap. Rather than the more traditional adjusters on the side of the lenses, there is one button at the back of the strap that makes fitting and adjusting the goggles super simple and hassle free. The button also works as a quick release button; these goggles can be removed in just 1 second without any hair getting caught when pulling them off.

Parent tester Jessica, who tested these with her 2-year-old son Gabriel (pictured), said: "They are simple to put on and really easy and quick to adjust which is a massive plus when dealing with a wriggly toddler! They were really quick and easy to adjust on the strap, it's just a little button you press and the straps tighten or loosen as preferred. Once on, the goggles stayed pretty secure on his face and didn't seem to fill up with water. They look really cute on and my son seemed happy and comfortable wearing them."

Parent tester Fern also tested the goggles with her 4-year-old daughter Harper and thought they looked great and performed well: "I love the colouring and the wider, soft strap. The one button release is really good, saves any hair pulling. No leakages or fogging occurred. Harper hasn’t been able to put her own goggles on before but as I’m so easily able to put them on the biggest setting, she could do these herself!"

Although suitable from age 2 to 6, they are on the smaller side. Fern said: "I would say that they were too small for Harper, the actual lens part. I think would be much suited to a younger age group, rather than up to 6. This did not, however, affect the use and she didn't say that they were uncomfortable at all." They are available in either Guppy Blue or Pink.

Pros: Anti-fog, quick release, easy to adjust, affordable

Cons: No UV protection, no case, no tinted lens option, may be small on older children

Available from: Splash About and Water Babies

3. Babiator Goggles, £25

— Best for holidays

Babiator Goggles tester picture

Age: 3+ years | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: No | Tinted lens: Blue or pink available

With large, tinted lenses and 100% UV protection that will keep your child's eyes protected whilst they splash around in the sun, the Babiator Goggles are perfect for packing in your suitcase. The lenses are also shatter-resistant and equipped with an anti-fog coating.

The mask design around the lenses helps to prevent leaks, and the large, split strap can be adjusted by the 2 adjustments on the side of the lenses. We also really love that Babiators offer a 1 year guarantee against breakage or loss.

MFM Head of Consumer Content, Christy, who tested these with her 3-year-old son (pictured), said "I was sceptical about the value when I saw the price, but I’m really impressed. The extra wide flexible seal around the eye mask made it really easy to comfortably position it on my toddlers’ face, which we have not been able to do with cheaper goggles. Wearing them seemed to make him much more confident in the pool as he didn’t get water in his eyes as much, and I think it helped him enjoy swimming, much more."

Pros: Maximum UV protection, anti-fog, large lenses, tinted lens, 1 year guarantee

Cons: Pricey, no case

Available from: Babiators and Natural Baby Shower

4. JoJo Maman Bébé Children's Swimming Goggles, £6

— Best budget buy

JoJo Maman BeBe goggles tester picture

Age: 3+| Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: Yes | Tinted lens: No

Although these goggles from JoJo Maman Bébé are the lowest priced on our list, they certainly haven't compromised on quality. They have most of the features that you would expect and look for in goggles, including an anti-fog coating on the 100% polycarbonate lenses and maximum UV protection to keep little eyes protected if you use them in the sun.

Suitable from 3 years, they have a one size fits all design and can be adjusted easily with the soft silicone strap, so the goggles grow with your child as they become older and more confident in the water. They come in a blue or pink option, both with a clear, non-tinted lens.

Parent tester Laura, who tested the goggles with her 4-year-old daughter Elissa (pictured), said "the silicone straps are smooth with a little stretch for ease of getting on and off with no rough edges, corners or straps. They were easy to put on and tighten to fit her face properly without coming loose and letting in water. The double strap meant that the goggles had really good contact with her face and did not leak. My daughter could put them on with minimal help."

Pros: Anti-fog, UV protection, affordable, case included

Cons: No tinted lens option

Available from: JoJo Maman Bébé

5. Frogglez Green Navigatorz Swim Mask, £21.99

— Best for a wide vision

Frogglez Goggles tester picture

Age: 4-10 | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: Available separately | Tinted lens: No

We love the clever design of the Frogglez swim mask; the large split strap ensures that once put on, there's no chance of slipping and the goggles stay firmly in place. It also means that it won't get stuck in your child's hair and is super easy for children to take on and off themselves. The strap is thicker than most goggles out there and the velcro fastening at either side makes it really straightforward to adjust to your required length.

The mask is made from a flexible silicone with an impact-resistant polycarbonate lens coated with anti-fog technology, and provides your child with a clear, wide view of the pool without any water trickling in. Our child tester Charlie, 7 (pictured), said: "I like my googles because you don’t have to take them off to get water out of them. They fit properly on your eyes. No water gets in them when you go underwater and my speciality in swimming is actually diving, so they’re a big help." They come in a choice of 2 bright designs, a green and blue option, or a purple constellation-inspired pattern.

Pros: Anti-fog, UV protection, really easy to adjust, secure fit

Cons: No case included, pricey, no tinted lens option

Available from: Frogglez

6. Arena Spider Junior Training goggles, £9.99

— Best anti-fog goggles

Arena Spider training Goggles

Age: 6+ | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: No | Tinted lens: No

Most goggles available now do have anti-fog coatings but this may erode over time. What makes Arena's Spider Junior Training goggles stand out is not only that the anti-fog coating on them works really well, but you can refresh the coating quickly and easily with their anti-fog spray, ensuring the goggles perform well for even longer.

What's more, the shatterproof lenses also have UV protection and the soft silicone seal and self-adjusting nose bridge ensure maximum comfort for your child. The single strap is easy to adjust with the back clip adjuster that can be moved whilst the goggles are being worn to achieve the perfect fit.

Budding young swimmers will love the hydrodynamic design of the goggles and they come in a range of colours and designs that will appeal to different tastes, from a bright clear mint to a red and smoky black option.

Pros: Anti-fog, maximum UV protection, easy to adjust, can refresh the anti-fog coating

Cons: No case, no tinted lens option

Available from: Arena and Amazon

7. Zoggs Little Twist, £15

— Best goggles for preschoolers

Zoggs Little Twist swimming goggles

Age: 3-6 | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: No | Tinted lens: Blue

Suitable from ages 3 to 6, the Zoggs Little Twist goggles have a comfortable, wide strap for your preschooler that is decorated with bright, swimming-themed character prints that will add some colour to your child's swim.

The straps are thick and durable and adjust from the back with a super easy mechanism. Parent tester Catrina, who tested the Zoggs Little Twist goggles with her daughter Francesca, 4, said: "These goggles are absolutely amazing! To adjust them, you just pull the button — it saves so much time and pain instead of trying to get the fit correct like on other goggles."

The tinted lenses with maximum UV protection make them suitable for indoor and outdoor swimming and they have Zoggs' 'Fogbuster' anti-fog coating to keep your child's vision clear. They come in Blue/Green or Pink.

Pros: Anti-fog, maximum UV protection, easy to adjust

Cons: No case

Available from: Zoggs, Argos and Amazon

8. Hilco Vantage Kids goggles, £35

— Best prescription goggles

Hilco Vantage prescription goggles

Age: 5-12 | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: Yes | Tinted lens: No

Offering strengths from 2.5-5D, the Hilco Vantage Kids goggles are a great option for kids who need a prescription lens in their goggles. These pre-assembled prescription swim goggles are available for ages 5-12 and come equipped with 100% UV protection, an anti-fog coating and shatter resistant lenses.

They're also incredibly comfortable, with hypo-allergenic silicone eye seals and a dual-split head strap that provides greater security and an easily adjustable fit. We also love that the goggles come with a reusable plastic storage case to keep them safe and protected.

Pros: Storage case included, maximum UV protection, anti-fog, prescription strength, case included

Cons: Pricey, no tinted lens option

Available from: Hilco Vision and Allens

9. Speedo Futura Classic goggles, £12

— Best for regular swimmers

Speedo Futura Classic

Age: 6-14 | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: No | Tinted lens: Purple, blue and clear options available

The Speedo Futura classic goggles are a great option for children who enjoy regular swimming sessions. The lenses have a one-piece construction design that adapts to your child's face shape which, along with the soft, flexible seals, offers a cushioned and comfortable feel for your child while they're swimming. You adjust the fit with traditional side-clips and it has a thin, split strap that can be adjusted to achieve your desired fit and ensure water stays out of your child's eyes.

You can choose between purple or blue tinted lenses that have maximum UV protection to protect your child's eyes and reduce glare in bright conditions — making them great for either indoor or outdoor swimming. What really stands out about these goggles, however, is the large lenses that — combined with their anti-fog coating — provide a wide and clear view of the pool. Available in blue, pink or red.

Pros: Anti-fog, UV protection, tinted lens option available, wide lens, affordable

Cons: No case included

Available from: Speedo, Marks & Spencer and Amazon

10. Frogglez Kidz goggles, £17.99

— Best for curly hair

Frogglez Goggles tester picture

Age: 3-10 | Anti-fog coating: Yes | UV protection: Yes | Case included: Available separately | Tinted lens: Blue, grey, pink and clear options available

We love the clever design of the Frogglez goggles that provide a really safe and secure fit for your child. The very wide split strap means that it fits more comfortably around your child's head when compared with other traditional style goggles; it also doesn't pull on hair as much as rubber straps do. MFM Head of Consumer Content, Christy, who tested these with her daughter (pictured), said "My 7 year old found that she could position these easily herself as they don’t pull on her curly hair, and the Velcro straps mean it’s quick and easy to adjust the sizes. The snug fit really helped protect her eyes from the chlorine."

Despite the unusual design, the goggles still feel lightweight yet robust, and the secure, comfortable fit is sure to help your child's confidence in the water. There is the option of 3 different tinted lens colours, or you can opt for clear — depending on when and where you'll be using the goggles. There are 4 fun pattern options to choose from: Blue Wavez, Green Explorerz, Mermaidz and Sharkz.

Pros: Anti-fog, UV protection, really easy to adjust, secure fit

Cons: No case included, pricey

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Available from: Frogglez

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