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11 Best Kids' Headphones That Are Safe For Delicate Ears

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Finding the best headphones for kids is a difficult task, as you have to be sure of quality, price and safety. It's important to spend time searching for the perfect pair, so we've created a guide to the top 10 wired, wireless and Bluetooth headphones for kids so that you don't have to. Your children will be listening to music, shows and much more in no time.

It is often argued headphones are unsafe for young children, often caused by volume levels being far too high. However, with excellent volume-limiting circuitry, noise-reduction technologies and safe, adjustable materials, these headphones can open up another world of music without any risk of damage to your children's ears. There's no chance of having the volume too loud as these headphones have systems in place to stop that, so why not have a look today.

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Our Top Choice

KIDADL TOP PICK

JLabs JBuddies Studio-Safe Headphones

Blue and grey over-ear headphones.

Our Kidadl top pick always ensures good quality at an affordable price, and JLab JBuddies is no exception. These headphones protect your child's hearing, have 13 hours of battery that make them perfect for keeping the kids entertained on long car drives. They even fold up neatly for easy storage. Connecting kids to a world of music, audiobooks and TV has never been so easy.

  • Price: £26
  • Age: 6-16
  • Battery life: 13 hours+
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Ear cushions
  • Fold-up design
  • Noise isolating
  • Volume controls
  • Built-in microphone

Best Wireless Headphones For Kids

1. JBL JR300BT Wireless

Pink JBL wireless over-ear headphones.

On-ear, wireless headphones for children are perfect - there are no wires to get kids into a tangled mess.

The audio and volume-limiting design ensures your child's ears are safe, as they always keep the volume below 85dB, and the cushioned ear muffs make it comfortable when using them for longer periods. The Bluetooth connectivity works for up to 15 metres, so your kids can run, dance and jump around while wearing their JBL wireless kids headphones.

  • Price: £29.99
  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Child-friendly controls
  • Ear cushions and soft headband
  • Volume limited

2. LilGadgets Untangled Pro

Pale blue LilGadgets headphones.

We all know the difficulty in keeping headphones untangled, so LilGadgets have sorted this problem for us. With their new Untangled Pro kids wireless headphones, they give your child endless freedom to move up to 30 feet from their connected device. These Bluetooth headphones are also excellent for wear and tear; they are apparently unbreakable!

What's more, your kids can listen in on each other's headphones with the LilGadgets share port, so they can have double the fun.

  • Price: £42.95
  • Age: 4+
  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • High-quality sound
  • Volume limit: 93dB
  • Noise reduction
  • Adjustable, non-pinching, safe release design
  • Travel pouch
  • 1-year warranty
     

Best For Young Children

1. On And Off Buddy Phones

White and blue headphones for kids.

These toddler headphones are award-winning for their safe, controlled volume levels and protection of little ears. They are also very well-built to withstand anything, whether being bent, tugged or sat on, so they will make it through any child-led wear and tear. The perfect headphone for kids!

  • Price: £12.99
  • Age: 4+
  • Volume limit: 85dB
  • Safe audio controls
  • Custom sticker designs
  • Adjustable headband
  • Anti-snapping design
  • Stackable audio jack for multi-person use

2. Snuggly Rascals Headband Headphones

Gruffalo design on headband headphones.

These over-ear headphones are excellent for young children or for kids on long journeys, as they adjust to each child's head and will not fall off. There is no need for wires or even bulky headphones with these, just listen to music through a super soft fleece for extra comfort. Available in a variety of designs, this model is a must-buy for long car rides, aeroplane journeys or simply for comfortable listening at home.

We all know kids can get in a bit of a sticky mess sometimes, and this headband can also be washed. Just remove the speakers and the headband can go straight into the washing machine. Practical and good quality!

  • Price: £14.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Volume limit: 85dB
  • 2-year guarantee
  • Ultra-flat speakers
  • Super soft fleece
     

Best Kids' Wired Headphones

1. Purobasic Wired Headphones

Bright blue wired over-ear headphones.

Puro Sound Labs is a family business, founded after their daughter was diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss, which means Puro has safety and hearing protection close to their hearts. This is why they created the Purobasic Wired headphones, a model that has crystal-clear sound but also protects your child's hearing by keeping a volume limit of 85dB. This brings safety and protection, without diminishing the listening quality or experience. It is the best of both worlds and some of the best kids' headphones around.

  • Price: £20
  • Age: 3+
  • Volume limit: 85dB
  • Vegan leather
  • Puro Sound Labs 1 year warranty
  • Universal wired connection
  • Adjustable headband
     

2. Groov-E Kidz DJ Style Headphones

Blue and black Groov-e Kidz headphones.

These groovy DJ headphones will have your kids bopping along in no time! What's more, with the audio sharing port, two can listen at once, so your child can share their DJ skills with their friends and family.

  • Price: £12
  • Age: 4+
  • Volume limit
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Hands-free microphone
  • Audio sharing port
  • Wired/wireless
     

3. JVC Tiny Phones Headphones

Red, white and blue JVC headphones.

These kids headphones are an excellent buy for any child that loves music or TV, as these are affordable and good quality. With design stickers included to decorate your headphones exactly as you want, this adds a slight personalisation to the gift too.

These tiny phones are also available as a wired model if that's more what you need.

  • Price: £24.67
  • Age: 4+
  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Volume limited
  • Cushioned ear pads
  • DIY design stickers
  • 7-step length adjusted headband
  • Variety of colours
     

Best For Families On A Budget

1. Griffin KaZoo MyPhones Headphones

Penguin headphones.

These fun animal-themed kids' headphones are an excellent affordable buy, offering you the same protection for little ears at half the price. The volume-limiting feature ensures they are healthy for little eardrums, along with noise reduction to ensure good quality listening. Let the music play with these Griffin KaZoo headphones!

  • Price: £9.95
  • Age: 3+
  • Over the ear headphones
  • Volume limiting
  • Ear cushions
  • Noise reduction
  • Durable design
     

2. Urbanista In Ear Headphones

Rose gold in-ear headphones.

This model of kids' earphones is perfect for older children and early teens. These sleek, compact, wireless earphones are ideal for your older children, with extra movement, voice control and Bluetooth connectivity for use wherever your children may need.

With three and a half hours of battery life, be sure to keep the case with you, as this fully charges your earphones up to three times. These are the perfect, cheaper alternative to the Apple AirPods.

  • Price: £48.30
  • Age: 3+
  • Battery life: 3.5 hours
  • Voice control
  • In-ear
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Lightweight
     

Best Sturdy Headphones

Headfoams On Ear Headphones

Red chunky headphones.

These headphones are best known for their wear and tear- they can keep going through the thick and thin! Whether for younger children or as a long time buy, these are durable headphones for long-lasting use. Labelled as 'virtually indestructible', the recommendation of these as a sturdy model is certainly not in doubt.

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. Are your kids a big fan of tech? Whether they're looking for a new watch, an educational kit, a book on the inner workings of their favourite websites, or something more musical, Kidadl has plenty of recommendations to help you pick something for your family.

  • Price: £23.60
  • Age: 3+
  • Battery life: 8 hours
  • Rechargeable
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy design
     
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Grace Lea

Born in Portsmouth, but currently studying at the University of Birmingham, Grace is the oldest of three sisters. With 13 years between herself and her youngest sister, Nancy, she spends plenty of time seeking out activities that will officially make her the cool big sister! Grace also loves reading, writing and presenting her own show on the University radio.

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