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The Best Kids Headphones

November 30, 2018

The Best Kids Headphones

The Wirecutter: A New York Times Company Picked 
Puro Sound Labs BT2200 As The #1 Pick For Kids Headphones

If you have a kid in your life who needs a pair of headphones, the Puro BT2200 is the best option to protect growing ears. After putting in around 80 hours of research—including speaking to experts at the WHO, CDC, and NIDCD, seriously considering more than 50 models of kids headphones, and testing and measuring the top 37 contenders for 63 hours across several days—we’re confident that the Puro BT2200 is the best choice. The Puro headphones not only met our volume-limiting test standards but also were the only pair liked by both the toddlers and the big kids who helped us test. They support Bluetooth (which can provide more effective volume limiting than traditional headphone tech), but they also work corded (so you can use them with lots of devices), and they sound good enough for adults to use, too.

The Puro BT2200 is our pick because not only do these headphones remain within safe listening levels when used properly, but they were also the top pick of all our kid panelists, which means your little ones will be more likely to use them. The Bluetooth wireless connection—done correctly here—means that the Puro pair will play at the correct levels, whatever source the child uses it with. The wireless design is also handy for avoiding tangles, a favorite feature of our big-kid panelists. The size and weight fit kids from 2½ to 11 years comfortably, so you can buy these headphones once and they’ll grow with your child, and they are sturdy enough that they should last a long time, too. In fact, we long-term tested these headphones with several kids, including on cross-country flights, and all of our test pairs are still doing just fine. While a lot of other kids headphones are made of breakable cheap plastic, the BT2200 has a well-constructed aluminum frame. Plus, the headphones come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty.

The Puro set connects easily over Bluetooth and has a simple on/off switch and volume controls. And with at least 18 hours of battery life, it offers a lot of listening time between charges. If it does run out of power, or if you just need a cord for use with a particular device, one is provided. As long as you plug the cord in correctly, the BT2200 will keep your child’s music at safer levels. (We recommend supervision when the child uses this pair corded.)

 

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