The Best Headphones for Kids [July 2019]
It could be argued that there are simply too many headphones on the market. Whether you’re a professional studio engineer who invests in top-notch recording headphones or a casual listener who simply wants to pass the time on your morning commute, there is a virtually endless number of headphones to choose from.
Much of this of courses depends on your budget, and buying certain headphones can feel like you’re making a down payment on a new car. There’s one subcategory of headphones, however, where you’ll never have to worry about breaking the bank: Kids’ headphones.
That’s because it’s no longer pro-level audio producers and serious audiophiles that get to enjoy everything that headphones have to offer. Kids too now have a massive trove of headphones to choose from (alright, it will probably be the parents who are doing the choosing), and some of them actually sound pretty darn good given their unbeatably low prices.
So whether you’re looking to transform your child into the next world-renowned DJ or you simply want to grab a last-minute gift for a nephew, check out this list of headphones that are designed specifically for kids.
We could hardly believe our ears when we tested these colorful headphones out. Available in a wide variety of colors that tend to appeal to both girls and boys, these phones pack a surprisingly tight low-end punch along with crystal-clear highs—thanks to a new generation of drivers and pads that provide a great deal of isolation.
They come loaded with a 3.5mm plug that’s compatible for most of your go-to audio devices, and a 4.9-foot cord means that you won’t have to worry about an excited child ripping out the connection in a moment of audio-enthused recklessness.
And the cord is resistant to tangles—a major plus for kids who may be well-versed with damaging their toys and gadgets.
There’s an adjustable band that ensures you’ll be able to lock in the perfect fit regardless of your kid’s head size, and the pads are unusually comfortable for a pair of headphones in the price range, meaning your child will be able to listen for extended periods of time without experiencing any real ear-fatigue.
These phones are also easy to carry, thanks to a folding design that makes it easy to toss them in your bag at a moment’s notice, and they’re durable enough so they’ll be able to withstand most of the antics that kids will inevitably throw their way.
You also get one year of hassle-free warranty protection and good customer service in the event that you encounter any problems or have any questions.
All in all, considering the incredibly low cost and overall sound and build quality, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pair of headphones for a kid who cares about music.
Similar in style but slightly different in function to the phones at our number-one spot, these headphones offer a bit less bass and a bit more treble—which can be both good and bad depending entirely on user preference.
An increase in price by $5 probably isn’t enough to sway your decision, so we’d recommend these for young listeners who listen to more modern pop tunes that rely on the high frequencies more regularly.
One great feature that’s unique to these headphones is a specialized SharePort, which allows you to forgo the usual headphone splitter and connect additional phones with ease. This feature should be especially appealing to parents with multiple kids in the back seat during road trips.
You also get a 4-foot premium braided nylon cord with an in-line microphone along with a standard 3.5mm audio jack at each end.
Another unusual feature is that these phones feature a volume limiter that caps the max volume at 93db, meaning you won’t have to worry about damaging your kid’s ears if he or she accidentally cranks their device up too high.
These phones also feature impressive 40mm drivers that boast a frequency range of between 20HZ to 20kHz, and your child will be able to listen for extended periods of time thanks to comfortable ear pads that are both light and durable.
You’ll even be able to sleep easy at night knowing that a portion of your payment for these headphones goes toward bulling prevention and awareness in schools through parent organizations, and the manufacturer minimizes the environmental impact of creating the phones through waste reduction, carbon offsets, and water cleaning projects.
Next up we have these Noot Products headphones that resemble those more adult-oriented cans that you can see over the ears of professional musicians and serious listeners.
They come loaded with padded soft cushions that offer supreme comfort and noise reduction, along with an adjustable headphone band to ensure the perfect fit.
They’re incredibly lightweight given their relatively large size, and a 5-foot braided nylon cord is designed to be used and abused by everyone ranging from toddlers to kindergarteners.
And although you won’t get a microphone with these phones (which your kids probably won’t need anyway), they sound truly great and balanced and feature a handy volume control that works with most go-to audio products.
They also fold easily into a compact configuration that makes it easy to toss in a bag at a moment’s notice.
Even though the headphones on this list admittedly lack the sonic punch that most adult headphones tend to carry, it’s still surprising that they’re so incredibly cheap, given the fact that they sound as good as they do.
These headphones are no exception, thanks to powerful drivers that deliver a tight bass and clear highs alongside a detailed and pronounced midrange.
You also get a range of kid-friendly features like a noise cap at 94dB, and you’ll be able to adjust the headphone band in order to get that perfect fit every time.
These headphones also seem uniquely durable, and feature memory-protein cushioned earmuffs that will help your kid enjoy those long listening sessions that people of all ages know and love.
The cable is made from premium nylon fabric, and seems more than capable of withstanding more and its fair share of pulling and dragging.
Featuring hi-fi stereo sound with a solid bass response, these headphones offer a surprising amount of noise isolation—making them ideal for road trips and plane rides where you may have to compete with an unusual amount of ambient noise.
There’s a distinct volume control switch that caps the volume at 85db in order to protect your child’s hearing, and a built-in microphone is convenient for making or taking calls on the go.
Your kids will also be able to connect two pairs of these headphones in order to watch or listen to the same content simultaneously, and the padded plush-leather headband makes for a comfortable fit regardless of how long your child listens.
You’ll also enjoy a generous warranty and customer service support across the board.
Similar in function to the iClever headphones at our number-4 spot, this particular design will doubtlessly make any cat-fanatic in your family a happy camper.
These phones feature an 85db peak limitation so you won’t have to worry about damaging your child’s hearing, and a playful cat-ear design means that you cat-loving child will be able to pretend her or she is in full feline mode every time they listen to their favorite tunes.
This pair of headphones also features a sturdy design, and it’s made entirely from nontoxic materials that are designed to withstand extended use. They also feature rich sound with an adjustable headphone for maximum comfort, along with super-comfortable earpieces.