The best kids headphones have one very basic job: To protect their hearing, while also letting them listen to their favorite music or shows without further fraying what’s left of parental patience. But beyond having Imagine Dragons on repeat, it’s also a safety thing.
The World Health Organization recommends that when using headphones, kids listen to SpongeBob at a volume no greater than 85 decibels, for no more than 60 minutes at a time. So when choosing headphones for your toddlers and older children, keep a few factors in mind.
Decide on the volume control you want: Some cap it at 85 decibels, while others go up to 93 decibels. Ambient noise reduction is another solid feature if your kids will be using these in loud places like restaurants. And choose whether you want wired headphones, or Bluetooth ones. That’s purely an issue of preference.
You already know that JBL makes some pretty dope headphones for adults. This wired kiddie model weighs as much as a deck of cards, and caps the volume at 85 decibels. The cushions are ultra-padded and sized for little ears. As an added aesthetic bonus, these come in a slew of great colors.
The standout feature on these wired kids headphones is the shareport. Meaning, kids can share audio without a splitter and watch a movie together. The max volume on these kids' headphones is set at 93db with internal 40mm drivers and a range of 20Hz to 20kHz.
The Best Kids Bluetooth Headphones
These headphones have one main feature that's attractive to parents: Depending on your child's age or surroundings, you can choose from different volume settings. There's a 75 decibel setting for toddlers, 85 decibels for kids, and 94 decibels when in travel mode. You get 14 hours of battery life. And of course, as with other models, pick whatever color floats your kid's boat.
If you'd rather go Bluetooth, this is a fantastic set, with up to 22 hours of battery life. The volume is capped at 85 decibels. The headphones have one-touch Bluetooth pairing with iPhone, Android, and devices, and a 30-foot range of movement.
These wireless headphones are ideal for even louder environments, like airplanes, because they block out 82 percent of ambient noise. They have a decibel limit of 85, plus 18 hours of battery life. Of course, there's one-touch Bluetooth pairing with iPhone and Android. The 30-foot wireless range is pretty solid, too.
These headphones also have a shareport and are especially ideal for planes or loud restaurants, because they have passive noise reduction, which reduces outside noise levels by 13db. Given that the volume is limited to 93 decibels, these are better for older kids who can self-regulate. The headphones have 12 hours of listening time.
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