If you're looking to buy a pair of headphones for your kids, there's no shortage of offerings on the market that are purposely built for young listeners. They tend to be small, lightweight, and feature an onboard volume limiter to prevent users from damaging their hearing. Good headphones for kids should have all those qualities, not to mention a durable construction that can survive a bit of roughhousing as well as an onboard microphone to let children talk to their parents when they're away.
We've tested over 650 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best options for kids. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best on-ear headphones, the best over-ear headphones, and the best earbuds for small ears.
The Puro JuniorJams Wireless are the best children's headphones with a wireless design that we've tested. These on-ear headphones are available in many colors and have a built-in 95db volume limiter to help protect kids' hearing. They have about 19 hours of continuous battery life, so they don't need recharging very often.
Their excited, v-shaped sound profile adds some thump and punch to audio, while vocals and instruments are clear and bright, so they're suitable for young music fans or watching a movie. They barely leak any audio, so listeners can turn up the volume without bothering people around them. There's a daisy chain cable included to connect them to another pair of headphones, meaning kids can share their music with a friend.
Unfortunately, they aren't ideal if you're looking for noise cancelling headphones since they lack an ANC feature and don't have a great passive noise isolation performance. They may not be comfortable for everyone since the ear cups can squeeze your ears pretty tightly, depending on the size of your head. The padding on the ear cups and headband feels nice, and their fit should be suitable for most kids.
The JBL JR300BT Wireless are the most comfortable kids' headphones that we've tested. These headphones have a decently comfortable fit, thanks to their lightweight frame that doesn't clamp tightly on the user's ears. Although they're otherwise simple in design, their controls are easy to use for children.
Their eye-catching design comes in a few different color variants, and included in the box is a sticker pack to help kids decorate the headphones to their liking. They also have an 85dB volume limiter to help protect young listeners from damaging their hearing. Their 10.8-hour continuous battery life should last through a good portion of the day, and if you need to fully recharge them, it takes under an hour and a half. Their well-balanced sound profile is also versatile enough for a variety of audio content.
They're mostly plastic, which feels cheap and as if they could break if you drop them enough times. They could also fall off your child's head if they're running around or making moderate head movements. That said, if comfort is a priority, these are some of the best children's headphones we've tested.
The best headphones for teens and tweens that we've tested are the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. These wireless over-ears fit a bit larger than other kids' headphones and can even expand to fit smaller adult heads. They're also very lightweight and come in a couple of flashy colors, which can better suit your child's style.
They have a comfortable fit with memory foam padding to keep the user comfortable during long listening sessions. Depending on their needs, they also have an 85 and 100 dB volume limiter, which can help protect the hearing of younger users. Overall, they have a slightly warm sound profile that ensures that dialogue and lead instruments are clear and detailed. They also have over 19 hours of continuous playback time.
Unfortunately, you can't use them wired as they don't have an AUX port. They don't feel the most sturdy either, and the headband's cloth covering seems like it could rip over time. While they come with a wireless USB dongle, they have high latency via this connection, which can cause synching issues between audio and visuals. That said, these lightweight headphones offer a versatile performance that caters well to preteens and teenagers.
The iClever BTH02 Wireless are the best headphones for kids in the cheap range that we've tested. These Βluetooth headphones have a very long continuous battery life of over 51 hours, so they shouldn't need to be recharged during long road trips. They're also available in a few different colors to suit kids' preferences.
Their built-in volume limiter helps ensure that kids listen to their audio safely, and their simple controls scheme is easy for kids to use and include music and call-related function. They come with a detachable audio cable, which allows them to be used passively in a pinch. They're fairly well-built, with a flexible headband, and have soft faux-leather padding that feels comfortable.
Unfortunately, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that lends audio a lot of extra boom and hurts the detail and presence of vocals and lead instruments. They also don't have a very stable fit, so they can easily fall off the listener's head even with low-intensity movements. They're a solid choice for kids, especially if you're looking for headphones with long continuous battery life.
Mar 29, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are available.
Jan 20, 2022: Checked our picks for availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Nov 18, 2021: Added the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless as they offer versatile performance and can be used by tweens and teens.
Aug 27, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. We haven't changed our recommendations.
Jun 23, 2021: Removed the Mpow CH6 as they're no longer available.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best kids headphones to buy. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you'd like to make a decision yourself, here's the full list of headphones that we've tested. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in what headphones are best for your kids.