The height of summer means babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages are spending a lot of time in the water — learning to put their faces under, taking swimming lessons, and leaping wildly into sparkling pools, cool lakes, and ocean waves breaking gently onshore. That’s why kids’ swimming goggles are a must. They help protect kids’ eyes from chlorine, salt water, and bright sun, and allow them to see well underwater, which boosts comfort and confidence in the water. The best swim goggles for kids let them practice strokes or explore freely, giving them well-fitted, watertight, clear-eyed view of underwater worlds.
We checked with Speedo for some guidelines on buying goggles. First, determine what kinds of goggles your kid will need: Are they using them for competitive swimming or just pool fun. Be sure to pick goggles meant specifically for kids, because they’re sized correctly to fit their face and head shapes. Make sure goggles fit across the eye socket and the nose; if the goggles gently suction to your kid’s face, they’re a fit.
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How to choose kids’ swim goggles:
Clear goggles are great for both indoor and outdoor swimming, and are ideal for low-light conditions, such as swimming in dim indoor pools or in the evening.
Mirrored lenses are better for indoor swimming, because they reduce brightness.
Polarized lenses give better glare protection and are ideal for very sunny conditions, such as afternoons at the pool.
We’ve rounded up some of the best kids’ swimming goggles, in every category. All you have to do is add water.
The Best Kids’ Swimming Goggles
These goggles have a lower profile inner eye fit, so the cushioned silicone gaskets sit snugly in the eye socket, keeping them watertight and comfortable. The anti-fog lenses have both UV protection and mirrored lenses, improving visibility underwater by reducing glare — and protecting young eyes from the harsh glare of full sunlight. They're a superb choice for more experienced swimmers, who want precision when they go underwater.
If you've got a kid who's finicky about goggles being too tight or too loose, these have a quick release button for quick and easy strap adjustment. They're probably one of the easiest ones to adjust, so they're great for kids who jump and in out of the water and take their goggles off with impunity.
When comfort is king, these are the goggles to go for. The supersoft frame offers a crazy-wide 180-degree field of vision, while also keeping out water. The big scratch-resistant lenses still carry the same anti-fog and UV-protecting properties of smaller lenses, though be forewarned that as these take up a large portion of your child’s face, some wild tan lines may result after a day at the outdoor pool. These are great casual goggles and perfect for kids who find traditional goggles uncomfortable.
We like that Speedo's lenses have UV protection and anti-fog coating, plus these goggles are PVC- and latex-free, if that's an issue for your young swimmer. These goggles feature an outer-eye fit system and a gasket shape that's almost universally comfortable, so they're great for kids with narrower faces. These are meant for younger swimmers just starting to get serious about the sport, but fit kids ages 6 to 14.
By far the most secure goggles on the list, Frogglez swim goggles will withstand jackknifes, cannonballs, and flips with ease, with a snug, comfortable fit that won't rip hair or pinch skin. The goggles themselves have all the expected features — UV protection and fog-free coating—but their secure fit is unrivaled. One caveat: It is so important that you measure the size of your son or daughter’s head to ensure the correct fit. Without the right dimensions, the goggles won't fit securely, frustrating everyone. It's an added step, unique among kids' goggles, and some may not want to go through the hassle. Recommended for children ages 3 to 6.
Unsurprisingly, one of the most trusted names in competitive swimming makes a performance-driven kids’ goggle (that's also fog- and UV-protected). If you’re looking toward your child’s first swim meet, the Speedo Kids Skoogles should be your first choice. Thanks to their G.O. FIT System, they fit a wide range of faces, despite not adjusting over the bridge of the nose. Gaskets rest just within the eye orbital for a less-constricting feel, while the silicone frame is supersoft and comfortable on young faces. While these are great for any child, their more aggressive profile is tuned in for young swimmers looking to go fast. Designed for ages 3 to 8.
If your child is somewhere between fashion-forward and shark-in-training, he or she will love these goggles. These good-looking goggles have the technical strength for extended swim practice — silicone frames and nosepiece seal out water, while a fog-free coating keeps them clear — while the UV-protective coating helps keep them comfortable even in full sun. We like the impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses, which can handle drops, no problem. These goggles have a curved-lens design, meaning that while everything looks normal above water, underwater lines and shapes appear curved (credit some physics principle you forgot in high school). Some racers may prefer a flat-lens design, which corrects this minor issue. They’re best for children 8 and up.
This pair of kids' Aegend goggles features a clear, flat lens designed to encourage younger kids (ages 3 to 9) to get underwater and explore. Made with softer silicone, a flexible nose strap — as well as anti-UV and anti-fog coating — they're super adaptable and can keep up with kids as they continue to grow as swimmers. A standout feature is the clasp in back, which means kids can easily adjust the straps themselves.
Another economical and popular two-pack, these goggles are great to have on hand all season long. For swim practice and meets, kids will need something more geared toward performance, but these fit the bill for all-around summer fun. They're equipped with full UV protection and anti-fog protection, and the soft silicone gaskets fit snugly and comfortably on a range of ages, from toddlers to teens. For younger kids, the fish-eye designs on the lenses are a nice touch.
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