The best kids headphones

Forget the hand-me-downs: kids’ ears are more sensitive to sound, so pick one of these options for kid-friendly headphones.

Best kids headphones overall
iClever BTH12 Wireless - hero card
iClever BTH12 Wireless
From
$54.99
Connectivity
3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.2
Headphones type
Over-ear wireless
Volume limiter
74, 85 and 94 dB
Best cheap kids headphones
JBL Junior 310 Kids - hero card
JBL Junior 310 Kids
From
$28
Connectivity
3.5mm cable
Headphones type
On-ear wired
Volume limiter
85 dB
Best wireless kids headphones
Belkin SoundForm MiNi - hero card
Belkin SoundForm Mini
From
$34.95
Connectivity
3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.0
Headphones type
On-ear wireless
Volume limiter
85 dB
Best noise-cancelling kids headphones
JBL JR 460NC - hero card
JBL JR 460NC
From
$96.75
Connectivity
3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.0
Headphones type
Over-ear wireless
Volume limiter
85 dB
Best open-ear kids headphones
Philips TAK4607GY/00 - hero card
Philips TAK4607GY/00
From
$267.88
Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.2
Headphones type
Open-ear wireless
Volume limiter
85 dB
Nathan Lawrence
Jul 01, 2024
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Wait a minute. Why’s there a page dedicated to the best headphones just for kids? Surely the better solution is to just dust off an old pair of headphones and hand-’em-down. Well, not exactly. As it turns out, kids’ auricles are a lot more sensitive to sound than adult earholes. That’s why kid-friendly headphones have volume limits and other comfort considerations to help protect growing ears.

In terms of cost, cheap kids headphones cost under $50, while you can get a decent pair for not much more than that. Those cheap costs extend to wired and wireless headphones, but a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones is closer to $100. If you want to dabble in the latest open-ear headphones technology, expect to pay closer to $300.

Scroll on for our picks of the best kids headphones in Australia.

Compare the best kids headphones

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Headphones type
Volume Limiter
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Best kids headphones overall3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.2Over-ear wireless74, 85 and 94 dBBlack, blue, green, pink, purple
Best cheap (wired) kids headphones3.5mm cableOn-ear wired85 dBWhite, red, blue, blue and pink, red and blue
Best wireless (Bluetooth) kids headphones3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.0On-ear wireless85 dBBlack, pink, white, blue
Best noise-cancelling kids headphones3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.0Over-ear wireless85 dBWhite, red, blue, blue and pink, red and blue
Best open-ear kids headphonesBluetooth 5.2Open-ear wireless85 dBGrey, green
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Adult headphones vs kids headphones
For starters, adult headphones are generally made for larger ears and bigger heads. Typically, kids headphones are smaller, softer and lighter than their adult equivalents. In terms of sound, you don’t want too much bass to help protect growing ear canals, and you should generally steer clear of in-ear headphones. A volume limiter is the most important consideration: the World Health Organization recommends 85 decibels (dB) max as safe for prolonged listening with younger ears.

iClever BTH12 Wireless

Best kids headphones overall

iClever BTH12 Wireless - hero card
Starts at
$54.99
Connectivity
3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.2
Headphones type
Over-ear wireless
Volume limiter
74, 85 and 94 dB

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Wired and wireless connectivity
pro Long battery life
pro Inbuilt microphone
con
Cons
con LED light battery drain
con Comparatively bulkier
con Reported longevity concerns

The iClever BTH12 Wireless is a great place to start when comparing kids headphones. For a very competitive price, you get a pair of over-ear headphones that offer wired or Bluetooth wireless connectivity. These cans boast 40mm drivers, soft earcups alongside an adjustable headband for growing noggins and a foldable design so they can tuck into a backpack. There are three practical volume-limited presets, too: a quieter 74 dB by default, 85 dB for most use cases and a 94 dB boost for a practical travel alternative (or more mature ears). There are five colours to choose from, up to 55 hours of playback before recharge and an inbuilt mic for video calls.

For alternatives, consider any of the other picks on this page alongside the Moki Mixi Kids or Polaroid Foldable RGB Wireless for over-ear equivalents.

JBL Junior 310 Kids

Best cheap (wired) kids headphones

JBL Junior 310 Kids - hero card
Starts at
$28
Connectivity
3.5mm cable
Headphones type
On-ear wired
Volume limiter
85 dB
Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.
pro
Pros
pro Great price
pro Padded earcups and headband
pro Inbuilt microphone
con
Cons
con Wired connectivity only
con On-ear sound-leak potential
con Reported cable delicacy

Our top pick above isn’t overly expensive at $55, but there’s still space to go cheaper. Case in point, the JBL Junior 310 Kids headphones. These wired kids headphones are a solid cheap starting point if your child tends to use devices with a 3.5mm port. The over-ear design is easy to adjust, plus it adds an extra layer of comfort by not trapping younger ears. Better still, they should still be comfortable as those young ears grow. There are six colours to choose from, plus they fold into a portable size. On the practical front, there’s also an inbuilt microphone for video calls.

For cheap alternatives, consider the Belkin SoundForm Mini (below) or the Moki Over-Ear Headphones (ACCHPCAMGY). Our top pick above isn’t overly expensive at $55, but there’s still space to go cheaper. Case in point, the JBL Junior 310 Kids headphones. These wired kids headphones are a solid cheap starting point if your child tends to use devices with a 3.5mm port. The over-ear design is easy to adjust, plus it adds an extra layer of comfort by not trapping younger ears. Better still, they should still be comfortable as those young ears grow. There are six colours to choose from, plus they fold into a portable size. On the practical front, there’s also an inbuilt microphone for video calls.

For cheap alternatives, consider the Belkin SoundForm Mini (below) or the Moki Over-Ear Headphones (ACCHPCAMGY).

Belkin SoundForm Mini

Best wireless (Bluetooth) kids headphones

Belkin SoundForm MiNi - hero card
Starts at
$34.95
Connectivity
3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.0
Headphones type
On-ear wireless
Volume limiter
85 dB
Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.
pro
Pros
pro Great wireless price
pro Solid reported battery life
pro Inbuilt microphone
con
Cons
con Multi-device connection limitations
con On-ear means volume leakage
con Sound could be better

The Belkin SoundForm Mini proves that you don’t need to spend a lot to get Bluetooth wireless headphones for kids. Its design is reminiscent of adult headphones albeit with four colour options. As on-ear headphones, the SoundForm Mini are kinder on growing ears, and it’s appreciated that these cans have been tested for spills and drops. On the connectivity front, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 for compatible phones and tablets, with up to 30 hours of playback and an admirable nine-metre wireless range. There’s also an included 3.5mm cable for wired devices. We also like the kid-sized comfort considerations, plus an inbuilt microphone for video calls.

For wireless alternatives, consider the comparatively affordable iClever BTH02 or Biggerfive BH100 kids wireless headphones.

JBL JR 460NC

Best noise-cancelling kids headphones

JBL JR 460NC - hero card
Starts at
$96.75
Connectivity
3.5mm cable, Bluetooth 5.0
Headphones type
Over-ear wireless
Volume limiter
85 dB
Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.
pro
Pros
pro Wired and wireless connectivity
pro All-day battery life
pro Remote control and inbuilt mic
con
Cons
con Reported cable longevity concerns
con Sound quality could be better
con May be too bulky for super-young kids

Compared to the picks above, the JBL JR 460NC is a pricey pair of kids headphones at $100+ with typical pricing. That said, it’s a good pricepoint for a brand with a solid reputation in the audio space. The JR 460NC over-ear kids headphones have four colour options to choose from. Whichever colour your kid chooses, you get wireless Bluetooth headphones with up to 20 hours of battery life (and a respectable two hours for a full charge). While not as powerful as adult equivalents, expect the noise cancelling to do a decent job of quietening consistent background noise. To help boost the versatility, the JR 460NC kids headphones also support 3.5mm wired connectivity, plus they have an inbuilt mic.

For noise-cancelling alternatives, consider the cheaper Laser ANC Kids Wireless Headphones (HPS-KANCL-071) or the similarly priced Moki Navigator ACC HPKNCB cans.

Philips TAK4607GY/00

Best open-ear kids headphones

Philips TAK4607GY/00 - hero card
Starts at
$267.88
Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.2
Headphones type
Open-ear wireless
Volume limiter
85 dB
Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.
pro
Pros
pro Freely hear audio and the outside world
pro Comfortable and durable
pro App-based parental controls
con
Cons
con Comparatively expensive
con Technically not headphones
con No wired connectivity

While potentially a contentious choice as headphones (compared to typical headphones), the inelegantly named Philips TAK4607GY/00 use bone conduction for audio playback. Effectively, these so-called “open-ear headphones” transmit audio without needing to go on or inside the ear canal, making them a great pick for protecting growing ears. The other benefit is that unobstructed ears make it easier to hear outside noises. These Philips open-ear headphones are designed with younger noggins in mind, built for a secure but comfortable fit, and meant to accommodate children aged four to 12. They offer five hours of playback time via Bluetooth, which acts as an inbuilt time limiter alongside the additional app-based parental controls.

For cheaper open-ear alternatives, consider the Golvery G03, Mehomeli MEKJ001AB or GenXenon X12 options.

What to look for in kids headphones

For adults, there are in-ear, on-ear, over-ear and open-ear headphones to choose from. But for kids, you should scrap in-ear from that list. Why? Anything that’s inserted inside a child’s sensitive and growing ear canal can technically increase the chance of damage. No matter which option you go for, look for something that has a volume decibel (dB) limit, ideally at no more than 85. For comparison, adult headphones max out at 115 dB or louder.

Where advertised, check for recommended ages. Short of that, look for kid-friendly headphones with smaller earcups and adjustable headbands. On-ear headphones have a better chance of being usable with growing ears. Durability is also an important consideration, so any kids headphones that offer water, dust and/or drop protection are worth considering. On the practicality front, an inbuilt microphone offers the versatility for voice and video calls.

Bass may be important for adults but try to minimise it with kids headphones. Any options that offer parental controls, specifically by companion apps, are also worth considering. Open-ear headphones are a newer technology that’s also worth considering because they transmit audio without blocking the ears.

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How we choose the best kids headphones

Our first step was to do a deep dive on the differences between adult headphones and kids headphones. After that, all of our kid-friendly headphone picks had to have volume limiters. We then used popular Google searches in Australia to determine the type of headphones that parents were shopping for to create meaningful categories.

Based on our research, in-ear headphones were ruled out as potentially harmful to young ears. We like that on-ear headphones technically offer longer use paired with growing ears, but we also respect the popularity and practicality of over-ear headphones (particularly for noise cancelling). While Bluetooth devices are becoming more and more prevalent, we also wanted to acknowledge the importance of wired devices.

Dozens of contenders were separated into categories, and then evaluated in terms of price and inclusions. We also spent time reading use and professional reviews to finalise our picks, relying on our experience with dozens of headphones over the year to separate contenders from category winners.

Best kids headphones frequently asked questions

The best kids headphones are the iClever BTH12 Wireless or the JBL Junior 310 Kids for a cheaper alternative. Additionally, consider the Belkin SoundForm Mini and JBL JR 460NC for wire-free alternatives, or the Philips TAK4607GY/00 for open-ear (aka bone-conduction) headphones.
In Australia, there’s no age recommendation for headphones, though it is recommended that children use kid-friendly headphones with a volume limiter.
It’s recommended that kids headphones have a volume limit of 85 decibels (85) or lower to protect their sensitive growing ears.
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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