Kids’ Headphones for Kindle Fire
Our little boy LOVES having his Kindle Fire to watch his favourite TV shows on during long car journeys. However, anyone who has had to drive along to the continual whiney voices of Topsy and Tim for 2 hours knows how this can really grate at your cool, calm driving nature very quickly! And so the time had come for me to look at the best kids’ headphones for kindle fire. Our resulting purchase:
Groov-e Kiddies Headphones with Volume Limiter
These little beauties arrived a couple of days ago, and the delight on my son’s face when he saw them (still in the plastic packaging), was instantly obvious. He’s been wanting to watch his TV shows solely on his Kindle Fire instead of on the television just so that he can wear his headphones!
We bought our pair for less than £10 (RRP £12.99) from Amazon, and already I feel like we’ve got our money’s worth out of them!
- Volume limited to 85dB
- Adjustable headband
- Cushioned ear pads for a comfortable fit
- Long 1.2m wire
- Excellent sound quality considering the low price tag
- Sturdy build
- Limited colour options
- Does not come with cover/carry bag
One of the main reasons for me picking this particular brand and model was because of the volume limiter. Our little boy likes things that are LOUD, and I couldn’t risk him damaging his ears at such an early age. I would highly recommend that when you are looking at purchasing headphones for any child that you consider volume limitation.
I’ve tested the volume of his Kindle Fire at full volume with these headphones plugged in, and I find it to be a perfect level of loudness. However I must point out that 85dB is the maximum recommended for adults, and no major studies have tested this with children. The guidance states that you should restrict a child’s use of headphones to two hours per day, even when limited to 85dB.
At 85dB, I think that he should be able to hear everything just fine, even when we are driving on noisy concrete highways, but it’s not so loud that he will be giving himself a headache. I will always be setting the volume a little lower (approximately three-quarters of maximum), but it’s reassuring to have the knowledge that he can’t really turn it up too much.
The headphones are recommended for age 3+, however my almost 2 year old doesn’t seem to have any problem with the fit of the headphones when he has them on the smallest sizing of the headband.
I’m also pleased to say that if I take the sizing up to maximum, they are still too big even for me. So they will definitely last him with increasing the sizing as his head grows.
Cushioned ear pads
The headphones are truly comfortable and I can’t believe that they cost less than £10 if I’m honest. I also have a pair of Dr Dre’s Beats and the only difference really is that the ear pads on the Groov-e Kiddies Headphones is that they are smaller so that they fit better onto a child’s ears. They completely cover my son’s ears, and I’m sure that is helping to block out the external noise for him too whilst he is wearing them.
Coming with a decent amount of cable means that these headphones can be used in a variety of situations. They wouldn’t be long enough to plug into a television to ensure that you would be sitting far enough away from it, however they are perfect for plugging into the Kindle Fire when it is mounted onto the headrest of the front seat on our long car journeys. It’s also more than long enough for a child of any age to have a device in a pocket or backpack and to be using the headphones whilst walking along.
I must also point out that part of the reason for the 3+ age warning on the headphones is because of them being wired. Wired headphones pose a strangulation risk for toddlers, so always make sure your child is supervised whilst using them.
Let me just say this one more time, these headphones cost less than £10.
You will not be able to believe the quality of the sound that you are getting for that amount of money. Now obviously they don’t compare to the Beats, but they are more than sufficient for listening to TV and movies with clarity of voices, and also music still sounds like it has depth and bass.
The headphones are plastic, but not flimsy. I’ve stretched them out a few times to see whether they are going to snap when my little boy inevitably does the same, but they are really quite strong and sturdy. He’s been clattering around with them dragging along the floor at times and there’s not even a scuff mark on them yet. Saying that, because they are plastic, they are also very lightweight, so not too arduous for a toddler to carry around in their own little backpack when you are travelling out and about.
Obviously since we’ve only had these headphones for a few days, I can’t really comment on how the test of time will fare on them, but our little boy loves them already and I have a feeling they will be coming everywhere with us.
I’m never a huge fan of gender specific colouring of toys and clothes etc. Our little boy has quite a few pink items. However it’s worth me pointing out that if you want the version with the volume limiter, they only come in two colours options – blue/green or pink/purple. If you are purchasing for an older child who can be trusted not to turn the volume too high, then there’s a few more colour options available.
When we go on holiday, I can envisage popping these into a little carrying sack, and then into my little boy’s backpack so that he could carry his own carry on items. However, the headphones don’t come with a case/cover/bag, so I’ll have to source one for myself.
Value for money: 5/5
Buy from: Amazon.com
I wouldn’t class this as “highly essential”, but if you have a toddler who will only sit still if they are allowed to watch TV or play a game on their tablet, then using headphones will be the easiest way to ensure you don’t go insane listening to the annoying noises it emits.
If you’re considering buying headphones for your little one, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy these because of their value for money – the quality of the item for such a small price tag is not something you will regret.
If you have any questions or thoughts on this item, please comment below. You can also read my review of the Kindle Fire Kids Edition here. If you like the article please share with your friends and come back soon for more!