Sound limit: 85dB | Battery: 12hrs | Weight: TBC
With muted, on-trend, gender neutral colourways these headphones will definitely tick the hipster parent box. Thankfully, if you look beyond the Hudson goes to Forest School aesthetic, the Pogs Gecko (£50) are fantastically well engineered and just about unbreakable. Yes, that’s tempting fate in the company of children, but they will happily bend, twist, and should survive the inevitable drops, stamps and chucks.
Suitable for ages 3+, although be aware, the headband profile is quite wide for very little kids, the Gecko comes with fabric, tangle-resistant, cables for wired use, or if you want to save some cash, Elephant is the almost identical wired-only version that costs €35. You can also connect multiple pairs to a single device using the included POGLink cable.
Twelve hours of battery life isn’t the best we’ve come across, but it’s more than enough – the recommended listening time is a maximum of two hours a day. If you do forget to fully charge, a quick ten minutes will boost listening time by an hour.
They also sound good, with plenty of energy. Side-by-side with the JBL they’re more dynamic and sound louder, but it’s not as comfortable to listen for longer sessions. The natural noise isolation created by the earpads does a good job keeping background noise at bay which is an added bonus.
Pros: Indestructible; cool colours; dynamic sound; adjustable
Cons: Slightly fatiguing listen
Price: £50 | Check price on Amazon | Pogs
myFirst Headphones BC Wireless
The best lightweight headphones for kids
Sound limit: 85dB | Battery: 5hrs | Weight: 26g
Bone conduction headphones have a devoted fanbase in the running community, thanks to the barely-there feel and fact you can keep yourself entertained without being closed off to background ambient noise. MyFirst think these are both important factors for kid’s listening too, and so the BC Wireless (£75) were born.
At 26g they are phenomenally light and they have IPX6 water resistance, Bluetooth, a built-in mic and that classic over-ear bone conduction fit. They’re small, but not tiny, with 100mm ear-to-ear and a more generous 140mm from the ear to the neck, and we couldn’t find a child they didn’t fit. They were even used as an emergency pair for running by an adult.
The sound quality isn’t as clear and defined as something like the market leading adult Aftershokz, but our tester could clearly hear the music when in the car, and significantly there was very little sound leakage from them. They’re not loud though, and even come with a pair of ear plugs for use in noisy environments, although that does rather defeat the object.
They allow plenty of ambient noise in, making walking in busy areas and around traffic much safer. It isn’t something we’re going to recommend you let your small kids do, but at least the tech means you can get through to them without the usual yelling and arm waving.
Aside from a short five hour battery life, the only other issue our tester flagged occurred when she rested her head back against a cushion. The rigid neck loop would push the bone conduction pads out of position and reduce the amount she could hear.
Pros: Featherlight; let ambient noise in; comfortable
Cons: Thin audio; meagre battery life
Price: £75 | Check price on myFirst