We checked with Speedo for some guidelines on buying goggles. First off, figure out what your kid is using them for: Competitive swimming, or just pool fun. Pick goggles specifically meant 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 swim goggles:
Polarized lenses give you better glare protection and are ideal for very sunny conditions, like afternoons at the pool.
Mirrored lenses are better for indoor swimming, because they reduce brightness.
Clear goggles are great for both indoor and outdoor swimming, and are ideal for low-light conditions, for example swimming in dim indoor pools, or in the evenings.
Regardless of your child’s preferences, we’ve broken down the best in each category. All you have to do is add water.
These goggles are on the pricier side, but they provide a snug fit, don't put any extra pressure on your kid's head, and are crystal clear underwater.
Pros: These swimming goggles are a superb choice for more experienced swimmers, who want precision when they go underwater. They have an anti-scratch coating, and don’t fog up. And they’re superior in terms of glare reduction.
Cons: They’re not cheap, so not a great choice for beginner swimmers who may discard them after one use.
If your child is somewhere between fashion-forward and shark-in-training, he or she will love the Aegend swim goggles. These good-looking frames have enough technical features to get a few laps in. They’re best for children eight and up.
Pros: The silicone frames and nosepiece seal out water, while a fog-free coating keeps them clear during swim practice. On bright days outside, the UV-protective coating helps keep them comfortable even in full sun. We like the impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses, which can take drops without problem.
Cons: These are a curved-lens design, meaning that while everything looks find above water, underneath, lines and shapes appear curved (credit some physics principle you forgot in high school). For this reason, racers may prefer a flat-lens design, which corrects this minor issue.
One of the most trusted names in competitive swimming unsurprisingly makes a performance-driven kids goggle. If you’re looking toward your child’s first swim meet, the Speedo Kids Skoogles swim goggle should be your first choice. It’s designed for ages three to eight years old.
Pros: Thanks to its “G.O. FIT System,” these goggles 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 for a first pair. Fog- and UV-protected, their silicone frame is super soft and comfortable on young faces.
Cons: While these are fine for any child, their more aggressive profile makes this tuned for young swimmers looking to go fast. More comfortable options are available for kids looking at the pool’s bottom.
When outfitting multiple children, we like the two-pack of the EverSport swim goggles. They provide a comfortable fit for the poolside while not costing an arm and a leg. They’re best for children age three and up.
Pros: The easy-snap closure on the strap’s back is simple for children, ensuring the goggles fit well and keep water out. The silicone eyecups are soft and well-placed, ensuring the wide lenses don’t flush with water. There’s also a fog-free treatment and UV protection in its impact-resistant lenses.
Cons: We have little to say in criticism for these goggles other than their size, which are bigger (and more comfortable) than those designed for competition. While a great goggle to start with, if your child is on the swim team, he or she will need to transition to a more performance-oriented frame.
When comfort is king, no goggle beats out the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 swim goggle. Super-soft and with the feeling most like normal vision, these are great for children who feel uncomfortable in smaller builds. It’s best for children ages three on up.
Pros: Termed a recreational goggle, the super soft frame offers a crazy-wide 180-degree field of vision while keeping out water. Despite the size, its scratch-resistant lenses still carry the same anti-fog and UV-protecting properties of smaller options.
Cons: These take up a large portion of your child’s face, leaving some wild tan lines after a day at the outdoor pool. They should best be thought of as a casual frame and for those for whom a traditional goggle is too uncomfortable.
By far the most secure on the list, Frogglez swim goggles will withstand jackknifes, cannonballs, and flips with ease, while its quickly secured package makes it one of the most comfortable. It’s appropriate for children ages three to six, but ensure your child’s head falls within the recommended circumference.
Pros: Whether your son or daughter is trying to fit in a ponytail or just trying to keep his or her goggles secure, the distinctive, wide strap helps keep the goggles in place without ripping hair or pinching skin. The goggles themselves have all the expected features—UV protection and fog-free coating—but it’s their security that really sold us.
Cons: It is so important that you measure the size of your son or daughter’s head to ensure the correct fit. Without this, even if he or she is in the appropriate age range, they won’t fit and you’ll be frustrated. This added step is unique among goggles, and some may not want to go through the hassle.
TYR may be known for its speed in the water, but its Swimple goggles mix in fun with the fast. Developed for the competitive youth swimmer who wants to distinguish him- or herself from the competition, these are an easy choice. They’re designed for ages three to 10.
Pros: Swim-club parents couldn’t stop gushing about these goggles: “Perfect, even for a goggle snob!” wrote one Amazon customer. They include optical grade, polycarbonate lenses with anti-fog and UV protection, with a quick-release button for easy-on, easy-off speed.
Cons: While some customers lauded their resilience to dings and dents, this is for the child who treats these like a tool rather than a toy. For casual floaters, this is too much goggle.
These are TYR's most popular all-around swim goggles. Why? They can handle pool water, open water, and swim training. They're made with polarized lenses, thus filtering out most of the surface glare that causes eye fatigue.
Pros: Great for more experienced swimmers, these goggles are just as at home in your community pool as they are at the lake or beach. They have a watertight fit, and will serve your swimmer well during any competitions.
Cons: The polarized coating can come off in some instances.
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 swimmer. They're ideal for narrow, smaller faces and fit kids ages six to 14.
Pros: These Speedo swim goggles have an outer-eye fit system and a gasket shape, meaning it’s almost universally comfortable. They’re great for kids with narrower faces. The lenses have UV protection, won’t fog up, and are protected from the sun and chlorine. These are meant for younger swimmers just starting to get serious about the sport.
Cons: The only beef we have with these goggles is that some kids have issues with the fit.
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