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. The best kids headphones 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 630 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best kids' headphones. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best on-ear headphones, the best over-ear headphones, and the best on-ear wireless headphones.
The Puro JuniorJams Wireless are the best kids headphones with a wireless design that we've tested. These on-ear headphones come in many different kid-friendly colors, and their 95db volume limit is designed to help protect young listeners' hearing. They last for over nineteen hours off of a single charge, too, so kids don't have to worry about recharging them a lot.
They have an excited, v-shaped sound profile that adds thump and punch in the bass range while making vocals and lead instruments sound bright and sparkling. They don't leak a lot of audio, either, so kids can turn up the volume on their music without bothering those around them. They even come with a daisy chain cable to connect them with another pair of headphones so kids can listen to audio with their friends.
Unfortunately, they have poor noise isolation, so kids may be distracted by background noises if they're listening on a crowded school bus or a noisy airplane. They also may not feel very comfortable for kids with larger-sized heads, as their on-ear design clamps tightly on the top of the ears. That said, their fit should be suitable for most young listeners. Overall, they're the best headphones for elementary students with a wireless design that we've tested, thanks to their solid, kid-friendly performance.
The most comfortable kids' headphones that we've tested are the JBL JR300BT Wireless. These brightly-colored headphones have a lightweight fit that doesn't put too much pressure on the wearer's ears. They also have just under 11 hours of continuous playback time and quickly charge up in just over an hour.
Thanks to their 85dB volume limiter, these on-ears can't reach high volumes that could damage the hearing of young listeners. They have a somewhat balanced sound profile that delivers a touch of extra boom. However, they're still suitable for a variety of audio content. They also come with stickers so your child can decorate their headphones to their liking. They have low audio latency on PC, iOS, and Android, which is great for streaming videos.
Unfortunately, their build quality is mediocre. They're made of cheap-feeling plastic and seem like they could break if often dropped. While they have a fairly stable fit, they could also fall off the user's head during moderate movement. Overall, these colorful headphones offer a comfortable fit and balanced sound that will please most users.
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 have over 19 hours of continuous playback time, too.
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 best childrens headphones in the cheap range that we've tested are the iClever BTH02 Wireless. These colorful kids' headphones are equipped with a 91 dB volume limiter to help protect your child's hearing. We also measured over 51 hours of continuous playback time, which exceeds their advertised 20 hours.
You can use these on-ears wired via the included 1/8" TRS audio cable. They have an alright build quality and can fold up to help reduce their size, which is nice if you want to store them in your child's backpack. Although their bass-heavy sound profile may be more suitable for genres like hip-hop, they can deliver extra boom for sound effects in games or movies.
Unfortunately, bass and treble delivery can vary depending on fit, which means the user may not get a consistent listening experience each time they use them. The angle of the ear cups may also cause discomfort or fatigue over time. However, if you're on a tighter budget, their long continuous battery life and passive playback make them worth considering.
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.
Apr 26, 2021: We have verified the text for accuracy and checked product availability to ensure that we're still recommending the best products for your needs. There has been no change in our recommendations.
Feb 25, 2021: Removed the Mpow CH9 as they're currently out of stock. We have replaced them with the JBL JR300BT Wireless as the 'More Comfortable Alternative'. Also renamed the 'Best Budget Kids Headphones' to 'Best Cheap Kids Headphones' and added the iClever BTH02 Wireless as the pick for this category.
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.