Summer will be here before we know it, and that means babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages will soon be venturing out into the water — learning to put their faces under, taking swimming lessons, and leaping wildly into sparkling pools. That’s why swimming goggles are a must. They help protect kids’ eyes and allow them to see better, 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:
Polarized lenses give better glare protection and are ideal for very sunny conditions, such as 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, such as swimming in dim indoor pools or in the evening.
We’ve rounded up some of the best kids’ swimming goggles, in every category. All you have to do is add water.
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.
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. Great for more experienced swimmers, but highly adaptable, these goggles are equally at home in a community pool as they are at the lake or beach. They have a nice, watertight fit and will serve young swimmers well during competitions.
TYR may be known for its speed in the water, but its Swimple goggles mix the fun in 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 include optical grade, polycarbonate lenses with anti-fog and UV protection, with a quick-release button for easy-on, easy-off speed. While some customers lauded their resilience to dings and dents, these swim goggles are for the child who treats them like a tool rather than a toy. For casual floaters, this is too much goggle. They’re designed for ages 3 to 10.
These goggles provide a snug fit, without putting any extra pressure on a child's head, and are crystal-clear underwater. They're 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. They're on the pricier side, 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 these goggles. These good-looking googles 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.
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.
For 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. The easy-snap closure on the strap’s back is simple for kids to use, ensuring the goggles fit well and keep water out. The silicone eyecups are soft and well-placed, so the wide lenses don’t flush with water. There’s also fog-free treatment and UV protection in the impact-resistant lenses. A great goggle to start with, but if your child is on the swim team, he or she will need to transition to a more performance-oriented frame. They’re best for children age 3 and up.
When comfort is king, no goggle beats out the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 swim goggle. Touted as a recreational goggle, 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. Best for children ages 3 on up.
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.
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