The 10 Best Headphones for Kids
Kids have so many gadgets these days, they’re bound to need a set of headphones so they can listen to their tablet, phone, or video game without everyone else hearing as well.
With holiday travel just around the corner, headphones may be in the cards for your family. Nearly every color, character, and style is available on the internet; which set to choose? You can find any look, but don’t forget the child-friendly designation -- potential hearing loss is something to consider.
Luckily, the headphone models on our list have been designed especially for kids and feature volume-limiting technology. (Keep in mind the World Health Organization recommends 85 decibels as the max volume for children.) Happy headphone hunting!
Best Midrange Wireless Headphones
Available in six colors, the LilGadgets Untangled Pro headphones feature a SharePort, so no need for splitters. A second pair of headphones can plug right in.
These headphones are volume limited, with max volume set at 93db. Fully charged, the Untangled Pro has a 12 hour battery life. LilGadgets headphones are padded and sized right for kids ages 4 and up. As a bonus, a portion of each headphone sale goes toward bullying prevention efforts. They come with a one year warranty.
Best for Beat Bugs Fans
These colorful headphones are covered in characters from Netflix’s popular animated series, Beat Bugs. But that’s not the only child-friendly feature.
A volume-limiting mechanism keeps kids’ ears safe. Best for ages 3-9, these headphones are available exclusively at Target and come with a 1 year warranty.
Cutest Tsum Tsum Headphones
For children ages 3 and up, these adorable headphones feature plush Tsum Tsum (the trendy Disney collectibles) Minnies on each ear.
They’re kid-friendly (you can’t turn the volume up too loud) and the plush design is super comfy. You probably won’t find a cuter pair of headphones.
Best Blinged-out Headphones
American Girl doll fans will love these aqua and scarlet blingy headphones featuring sparkly accents on the ear phones.
Plenty of padding ensure she’ll be comfortable. Best for ages 8+, your child can even get a matching pair of headphones for her doll!
Hot Headphones — Budget
These award-winning (2017 Parents Choice Award), headphones are great for even the littlest kids. They vary by 3 decibels (as opposed to the standard 5 decibels) and have a max volume of 85 dB — the recommended max volume for children according to the World Health Organization.
They’re also hypoallergenic and feature a non-tangling cord. Available in 2 and 4-packs as well as singly. Each one comes with 6 stickers to decorate — they thought of everything! For children ages 3-10. Up to 4 BuddyPhones can be shared in the same device thanks to a built-in splitter.
Best Budget Headphone Set
If you need a basic pair of headphones for a great price, try Kidz Gear.
These wired headphones come in 7 colors and are best for kids ages 2 and up (one of the few brands that fit very small kiddos). They come with a KidzControl Volume Limit Cable to limit audio volume to approximately 80% of original maximum volume. Amazon also carries foldable and Bluetooth versions.
Hot Headphones — Premium
If you’ve got a higher budget, Puro Sound kids’ headphones are the best. This wireless model comes in four colors and features volume limiting ear protection (85 dba) and up to 18 hours of battery life.
The lightweight aluminum frames are higher quality than plastic, and the soft ear cushions are great at blocking background noise, even on an airplane. Puro offers a 1 year warranty on this model.
Best Lightweight, Affordable Headphones
Available in black or pink, this Sony model is as basic as it gets, but they get the job done, and the price is right!
This lightweight pair is best for kids over age 8. They feature easy volume control, and at only 1.83 ounces, they’re comfy to wear for long periods.
Flexible and Stylish
Great for older kids, JLab JBuddies headphones are stylish, affordable, and easily adjustable. And they have a lifetime warranty!
They come with a tangle-free cord, and these headphones fold up for convenient transport. JBuddies headphones, best for ages 3-9, keep little ears safe at 85db. Available in blue or purple.
Best Pokemon Headphones
Perfect for Pokemon trainers everywhere, this colorful pair of headphones is kid-friendly (with a built-in volume limiter) and comfy.
The Pokemon headphones boast a great fit thanks to the adjustable headband, as well as great sound. A popular, pop-culture-friendly pair.