10 Best Headphones for Kids in 2017

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Music has always been an important aspect of human life. There have been numerous studies showing the many benefits of listening to music in the promotion and maintenance of optimum physical health, mental wellness, and social and emotional stability. There is also a wealth of knowledge showing the benefit of music in enhancing the cognitive abilities particularly the intelligence of children. Now, we are not really saying that if you want your child to become a whiz kid, then he or she must listen to music. But with so many studies pointing in this direction, it is quite understandable if you, too would believe that letting your child listen to certain types of music can help improve their scholastic performance.

But just how do you listen to music? Do you do it with bare ears? Or do you use certain tools or instruments to listen to your favorite melodies? Do you prefer a stereo speaker complete with bass and amplifiers? Or do you prefer headphones and earphones instead? Now, if you have a particular preference in the way you listen to music, for sure your child will also have his or her own preferences.

For a great number of kids and adults however, the versatility, convenience, and mobility of stereo headphones is simply incomparable. That is why we are presenting to you our list of the world’s top 10 headphones which should be perfect for any kid of all ages.

Our Top 10 Headphones for Kids

1Onanoff BuddyPhones Kids Headphones by Onanoff 

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Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Available in 6 different kiddie colors, the Onanoff BuddyPhones Kids’ Headphone is truly one of the best gifts you can ever give any child. It comes with a built-in headphone splitter so that your child can share his or her music with his or her friends without having to worry about the cables getting tangled. Up to 4 buddies can share great music with the Onanoff. What’s more, it’s purposely built for the toughest user in the land. Its housing is fully bendable and is made of highly durable materials that it can take any abuse thrown at it by any kid. It also features a volume limiter set at 85 dB, the maximum levels recognized by the WHO. It also comes with a variety of stickers for a touch of personalization. The BuddyPhones has received numerous awards for its superb design that also includes a flat cable and hypoallergenic ear pads. It’s perfect for any device as long as it has a 3.5 mm audio port.

What We Like about It – We really loved its bendable and durable design plus the fact that it has a volume limiter. At the very least we don’t have to worry about the ears of our children getting busted for listening to too loud a music.

2Connect+ Premium Headphones with SharePort for Children by LilGadgets

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Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Featuring a SharePort that will allow your kid to share music with his or her friends, the Connect+ is another wonderful gift suggestion for this coming Holiday season. Since it no longer needs an audio splitter sharing has never been made easier. Just plug the device onto a music player than plug another headset onto the other port of the Connect+ and your kid is now sharing music. The Connect+ also comes with a volume limiter set at a slightly higher level than the Onanoff at 93 dB. It comes with a 52-inch audio cable covered in nylon as well as a carrying pouch made of microfiber.

What We Like about It – The SharePort technology is superb. And with 5 colors to choose from, this should make for an interesting gift for any child.

3Premium Kids Bluetooth Wireless Headphone by Puro Sound Labs

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Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

The BT2200 Premium Kids Bluetooth Wireless HP boasts of 40-mm dynamic drivers to provide kids with superb music listening experience. The BT2200 also features an 85 dB volume limiter so there should be no worries about your child losing his or her sense of hearing any time soon. The good thing about the product is that it has an unusually long battery life of 18 hours with a standby time of 200 hours making it ideal for those long trips as well as camping activities. It effectively blocks background noise so your kid will get superb music quality through its supple and soft ear cushion design.

What We Like about It – It’s wireless so that means there will be no issues of cables or cords getting tangled with a wireless range of 30 feet. It’s also lightweight yet very durable because of its aluminum construction.

4Play+ Headphones with Audio Sharing Port by Snug

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Age Range: 3 to 8 years old

With an audio sharing port allowing kids to create a chain link of headphones to share music experiences, the Play+ is one of the best gifts you can give this season. It comes with a built-in volume limiter set at a slightly higher decibel of 93. Nevertheless, its 40-mm drivers allow for superb surround sound effects as they listen through the comfortable plush ear pads. And if you’re worried about the durability of the Play+, you don’t have to. It’s available in 7 different colors so kids can form a chain link of colorful musical extravaganza.

What We Like about It – The soft ear pads are true marvel to behold. And with durable materials making up its construction, there should be no worries of it ever getting broken.

5LeapFrog Headphones by LeapFrog

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Age Range: 3 to 9 years old

Available in 2 soft colors pink and green, the LeapFrog Headphones is primarily designed for the tablets, ebook reader, and other mobile devices made by LeapFrog itself. It has a volume limiter set at 85 dB to prevent hearing loss especially among young children.

What We Like about It – It’s purposely designed for the LeapFrog children’s educational system of gadgets and devices. Fortunately, it can also be used with non-LeapFrog devices as long as there is a 3.5 mm audio port to receive the jack. We’ve seen some customers use it on iPhones, Android devices, desktops computers, laptops, and even iPads.

6CH68KG01 Wired Headphones for Kids by Kidz Gear

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Age Range: At least 2 years old

Featuring a volume limiter which is preset at 20 percent lower than the standard maximum volume of a full-featured adult headphone, the CH68KG01 Kidz Gear HP offers the same acoustic experience of adults especially for kids. It features rich and crisp sound quality across different audio devices such as TVs, MP3 players, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and even mobile devices. The Kidz Gear comes in 7 different colors to allow for optimum customization.

What We Like about It – We definitely love the fact that its quality workmanship closely resembles that of an adult stereo headphone. That means superb music listening experience for kids. Too bad, it doesn’t come with audio sharing capabilities.

7Mystic Unicorn Kids Headphones by CozyPhones

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Age Range: At least 2 years old

Think of the Mystic Unicorn as a really wide and colorful children’s headband that comes with a fully built-in speaker in the width of the band. Yes, you read that right. It’s not your ordinary headphone. It’s actually flattened stereo speakers about 1/8-inch thin with a 52-inch highly durable and fully braided audio cable that connects to any music device that accepts the 3.5 mm jack. And since it wraps comfortably around your kid’s head, it’s the perfect sleeping aid as it won’t fall off. Now, isn’t that amazing?

What We Like about It – It’s the perfect gift for kids who don’t like bulky over-the-ear or even the uncomfortable in-ear headphones. It’s also washable so cleaning should be a breeze.

8Disney Frozen Cool Tunes Headphones by KIDdesigns, Inc.

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Age Range: At least 2 years old

For kids who are fans of the animated film Frozen, they can now listen to Let it Go over and over with the Disney Frozen Cool Tunes in a beautifully designed headband complete with a purple flower on top. The plush and comfortable ear pads provide excellent music listening experience while its volume limiter helps ensure your kid’s hearing abilities won’t be frozen any time soon. The ear pads come with beautiful Frozen character decals with Princess Elsa on the left and Princess Anna on the right.

What We Like about It – It’s perfect for your little princess. If only they have an Olaf or even a Kristoff character, then that would be great for boys, too.

9Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Over the Ear Headphone by Sakar

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Age Range: 3 to 9 years old

Let your little kids go Cowabunga! with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HPs from Sakar. These headphones feature extra-large ear pads that covers the entire ear allowing for a superb surround sound experience. The adjustable ear pads grow with your kid as he or she uses it until he or she reaches school age. As long as his or her device has a 3.5 mm audio port, your kid can use the TMNT over-the-ear headphones.

What We Like about It – The design is truly one of a kind. It’s the perfect gift for all TMNT fans out there.

10Batman Kid Safe Over the Ear Headphone by Warner Bros. 

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Age Range: 3 to 9 years old

For fans of the caped crusader, fighting crime and injustices has never been more pleasant with the Batman Kid-Safe Over the Ear headphone. Unlike in-ear and on-ear headphones, this is sure to provide your kids with absolutely fantastic experience listening to their favorite tunes. And with extra-large ear pads that provide for optimum comfort and spectacular surround sound experience, it should be the perfect gift for any occasion. 

What We Like about It – The surround sound experience of an over-the-ear headphone is simply remarkable. Couple this with a beautiful batman design and you have for your kid the best gift you can ever give.

How We Chose the Top 10 in Our List of Kids’ Headphones

If you were given the task of coming up with a very short list of the world’s best and most famous headphones, how would you go about it?

For us, it took us countless sleepless nights trying to figure out from a sea of headphone brands, variants, and models which one should be included in our list. It was never easy because we knew everything boils down to personal preferences. Nevertheless, in an effort to be as objective as possible, we employed a more meticulous assessment of each product’s features including how well it is designed and how it would benefit children who use them. Of particular importance is the degree of sound quality it produces. It simply makes no sense getting an inexpensive headphone only to curse it later on because the sound it creates is worse than bamboo being split in many strands. Unfortunately, we couldn’t test each one as that would simply mean sensory overload for our research team. In its stead we looked at consumer reviews and feedbacks and paid particular attention to the negatives. We knew that almost every product will have its inherent strong points. But we wanted to see just how the negative qualities impacted the overall listening experience of kids.

We would like to believe that our job is done with the thorough evaluation of our top 10 headphones for kids. But then again, we also had to consider the overall reputation of the manufacturer. As much as possible we included only those that have been in the business for at least 5 years because we honestly believe a mediocre company with a shady background won’t be able to last that long, what more a full decade. And if the design won a prestigious award or is given the recognition or certification that it passed strict quality control measures, then we considered these, too.

Hopefully, you will find our list of the top 10 headphones to be close to your liking.

Music, Headphones, and Kids

Studies show that music mimics the rhythm of life. If you don’t believe this, just look at instances where you were sitting, relaxing then you suddenly found yourself humming or even tapping your fingers to the beat of the rhythm being played in the distance. Sometimes, you feel like dancing to the tune. At other times, you would want to grab the mic and sing to your heart’s content. Why is that?

Experts now believe that the rhythms produced by music is closely associated with the rhythms of life itself. Studies show that, depending on the rhythm of the sound, the different vital processes of the body naturally follows. If you listen to rock and roll or even heavy metal, you can actually hear the pounding of your heart against the walls of your chest. You can also feel the different blood vessels in your head throbbing. Now, if you listen to mellow or soft music, the opposite happens. You tend to feel more relaxed. You can almost hear the gush of air with every breath that passes down and up your airways. You also tend to fall asleep a lot faster.

The reason for this is that music is inherently tied to our lives. Ever since man started beating sticks and rocks against flat surfaces to create a distinct pattern, man has already established the rhythm of his or her life. When civilizations go to war, they follow the marching band or the distinct sound of the trumpets and battle horns. Of course, these are not music but they do underscore the importance of music and rhythm in our lives.

Now, how do we best listen to music? In today’s highly mobile environment, nothing beats the headphone. Unless you don’t mind carrying with you a very bulky stereo speaker so that the whole gang can listen to your music, the headphone provides a more personal experience. And this is something that kids definitely would want as they attempt to discover and establish their own identity.

Before we delve into the benefits of music in child development, it is crucial to understand that there are at least 6 different kinds of headphones. They are as follows:

  1. Earbuds – These are very portable and are inexpensive. The problem is that they don’t block outside noise, they sometimes hurt the ears, are of poor design, and can easily fall off.
  1. In-ear – Very popular because of its lightweight design and superb noise-isolation properties. Unfortunately, these do have drawbacks as well. Doctors strongly advise against using in-ear headphones for longer than 1 hour every day lest you risk ear damage.
  1. On-ear – These cover only the ear canals, not the entire ear. This allows certain noise to leak into the ear so it’s not really that useful especially if you are in a very noisy environment. Additionally, the foam padding can really get moist producing a distinct offensive odor.
  1. Over-the-ear – These are generally considered the best types of headphones as they provide excellent noise isolation, extremely durable, and provide a surround sound quality much like being in a theater. The quality of the sounds is also superb. The only downsides are that they’re bulky and quite expensive.
  1. In-ear-canal – These are almost similar to an in-ear headphone but they do provide a tighter seal in the ear canal so you get superb noise isolation. It’s got great bass response, too. Unfortunately, it’s very uncomfortable. Just imagine sticking a Q-tip cotton buds right down your ear canal.
  1. Wireless – These are further classified into infrared, Bluetooth, and radio frequency headphones. These make excellent companions when you don’t like to be bothered by dangling cables or wires. The downside is that they run on batteries, without which you won’t be able to listen to your favorite music anymore.

Now that we have an idea of the different types of headphones available in the market today, it’s about time we get into the heart of the matter – music and children’s development.

Studies show that children who were exposed to classical music while they were still in their mothers’ wombs grew up to be naturally gifted in terms of cognitive abilities, social skills, and emotional balance. In fact, many grew up to become more appreciative about life and hence, more creative and imaginative. Their problem solving skills are also remarkably more advanced compared to kids who were not exposed to music early in life.

Again, we are not saying that all children who listen to music will become geniuses. There are still a lot of other factors that need to be considered if you really want your own kid to be a whiz kid. However, what music does is that it enhances the wiring of the brain such that it becomes more efficient in the processing and integration of a variety of information. This allows children to be more attuned to their inner self, being able to express them in ways that kids of their age normally would have difficulty expressing. This leads to increased motivation which can be a great source of achievement and pride not only for the child but also for Mom and Dad.

Listening to music also helps relax children. They are able to rest their tired bodies and conserve their energies so they will have plenty more for the exploration of their worlds. Relaxation also helps rest tired muscles allowing it to dispense of metabolic waste products that may accumulate over time with increased physical activity. Through music, both blood and lymphatic flow is improved to aid in the removal of metabolic wastes from the body. This prepares the bodies of children for continued growth.

There are many other benefits of music in the growth and development of today’s kids. Encouraging to listen to music should thus, be one of our tasks as parents.

The Bottom Line

Giftedness can be best enhanced when children listen to music. That being said, it is therefore important that we encourage our children to learn to love listening to music as this can help in their optimum development. And while there are a lot of headphones to choose from, we are optimistic that our list of the world’s top 10 headphones will benefit not only your kids but also the rest of your family.

Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

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  1. Wow that Mystic Unicorn Kids Headphones definitely looks super cool I will surely pick them up as a Christmas gift for kids.

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