Next to computers and tablets, the most important HBL accessory during this Circuit Breaker has to be kids headphones.
Now that the whole family’s home for their respective WFH and HBL arrangements, how do we stay focused and productive? Tuning out the rest of the family definitely helps, and the best way to do that is with a pair of good headphones. For kids, it’s best to look for appropriately-sized headphones that are volume-limiting (to protect little ears); rugged or folding (because kids tend to break stuff); and wireless (so they don’t accidentally tug the laptop or PC – happens even with adults!). Some of the models below even allow parents to control them with their own phone!
Here are Team Sassy’s tried and tested faves for kids headphones; for even more info check out this comprehensive overview of what’s on the market!
These come in fun colours, and don’t require a pesky cable! As the first, original Bluetooth headphones for kids, the Untangled Pro is a beautifully designed, high-quality, children’s wireless headphone for children aged 4 and up. For the safety of children’s ears, volume is limited to 93dbs. With 12 hours of battery life and 180 hour standby, the Untangled Pro is also perfect for traveling. A USB cable is included to recharge, plus an audio cable for wired listening when Bluetooth is not available or when the battery is drained.
Priced at $99 at WonderToys
“The JBL Jr is specifically designed for children between the ages of 3 to 10. These headphones comfortably fit a child’s head with a soft-padded adjustable headband and cushioned ear cups. Not only do they come in a range of cool colours, but the outer design is built to withstand the foreseeable wear and tear. What I love about this headphone is that it folds up easily. The JBL Safe Sound feature ensures volume maxes out at 85dB, keeping audio at safe levels for little ears. Additionally, the cleverly designed 3D axis rotation ear cups automatically adjust to children’s ear sizes to create a perfect seal. This, in combination with the premium and flexible ear cushions, provides a high level of Passive Noise Cancellation so kids don’t have to strain their hearing when listening to audio in noisy environments.
These headphones come with fun customisable stickers which my kids had a blast with! A convenient little tidbit is that the wireless JBL headphone offers up to 12 hours of playback time, providing seamless entertainment to last all day long. Should they run out of juice, the quick charge feature gives the headphones an hour of playback after just ten minutes of charging!”
Priced from $39.90 (wired) to $79.90 (Bluetooth); available at jbl.com.sg
On the pricier side, these headphones were rated the best for kids by the New York Times after testing over 50 models thanks to their noise-limiting controls and the fact that kids found them most comfortable. The Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Kids Wireless Headphones promote healthy ears by limiting the volume to 85dB and blocking out 82% of the background noise. Enjoy up to 22 hours of play time and 16 hours with ANC (Active Noise Cancellation Function). The super-soft vegan leather-wrapped headband and ear cushions ensure long wearing comfort, combined with a smooth sliding arm so that kids and teens can adjust the headphones to suit their head sizes and shapes. Its AL6063 aluminium body enhances durability to withstand rough play, and the lightweight construction, only weighing around 169g, creates almost no pressure on young heads!
Priced from $143; available on Amazon; Priced at $159.90 at Playhao
“Beats come in many different colours and are very comfortable. While they aren’t specifically made for kids, they fit my daughter well and she has had them for two years. They’re still in mint condition! We bought them for her to use on airplanes and to listen to music. Now she uses them for all her online classes because they also have an inbuilt mic – perfect!”
Priced from $398; available on Amazon
Smiggle offers a variety of affordable, stylish headphones with options for limited volume! They’re made to have soft ear pads and adjustable headbands to fit kiddos of all sizes. Note that they are not generally available in wireless form, however.
Priced from A$26; available on Smiggle.com.au
Amazon has plenty of affordable headphone options and this Jelly Comb model we spotted tops our list. Designed with a stretchable headband and soft leather earmuffs, it fits perfectly and securely on little heads, and can be worn all day without any discomfort. Unique in-line control design makes it easy to adjust the volume, enjoy music and chat with friends thanks to the built-in microphone. And the price is right!
Priced from $20; available on Amazon.sg
Got a gamer in the house, or does kiddo prefer an external microphone? The Logitech G433 gaming headset offers the best of both worlds by offering a premium audio experience designed for gaming, while also being equally functional for home-based learning with its built-in mic. It comes in vibrant colour choices in a lightweight, stain-resistant fabric.
Priced from $160; available on Amazon.sg
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