You would think that choosing goggles for your kids would be simple: pick a cute pair, put them on your precious child, and watch them play happily while you relax on the deck with an Arnold Palmer. But any parent who has taken their child to the pool knows that a cracker-jack pair of swim goggles means hearing “can you fix my goggles?” every eight seconds until it’s time to go home. In the spirit of curbing parental stress levels nationwide, we’ve assembled this list of the four best kids goggles for competition, recreation, or plain-old lookin’ good.
Though most swim goggles for kids come with standard features like anti-fog coating, UV protection, and easy-adjust straps, the best kids goggles utilize higher-quality materials for increased longevity and provide a superior fit that won’t spring a leak. Here are four of our favorites:
Aqua Sphere Kayenne Jr: Recommended for 6 − 10 years old
We find ourselves recommending the Kayenne Jr. often because of our affinity for the adult Kayenne Goggles. They’re our best-selling model for swim school students and it’s pretty clear why. Reviewers claim that they “have yet to find any issues with them” and the reliable quality meant that they were “done with cheap goggles.”
Kayenne Jr. goggles are made in Italy using proprietary materials like lightweight Plexisol™ lenses and super-malleable Softeril™ gaskets. For your son or daughter, that means excellent lens clarity and a comfortable fit that holds up season after season (with proper care). If your child swims competitively, Aqua Sphere’s impressive quality standards could mean the difference between a win and a loss.
The Kayenne Jr. is also outfitted with features like inset lenses that resist scratching on the pool deck; a buckle system that allows kids to adjust their own goggles, even while they’re wearing them; and a totally boss design that inspires confidence in kids.
TYR Swimples: Recommended for 4 − 8 years old
The Kids’ Swimple Goggles by TYR are the brand’s #1-selling kid’s goggles and for good reason. Customers say that Swimple Goggles are “the most comfortable”, that they “fit perfectly”, and that their “kids won’t wear anything else.”
TYR’s Kid’s Swimple is just that: simple. The unibody nose bridge means that there’s no adjustment necessary aside from tightening the strap. Push-button strap adjustment is quick and painless (and may not even require adult supervision). The straps and gaskets are extremely pliable − made from just about the softest silicone we’ve ever laid hands on. Expect a close fit because these goggles sit in the eye sockets for a low-profile fit that’s ideal for team practice or race day.
Though the Kid’s Swimple is marketed to a mid-range age group, customers report that children as young as 3 and as old as 12 can wear them comfortably.
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2: Recommended for 4 − 10 years
If your child is more of a splasher than a competitor, a swim mask is likely the more comfortable choice. Just like the Kayenne Jr, the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 is made in Italy and features the same trademarked materials that make Aqua Sphere goggles such strong contenders. Parents say they “love the larger eye area” and that they are “amazingly comfortable.” Many reviewers claim their children have been wearing the same pair for years.
Aqua Sphere’s Seal Kid 2 is the mask our own children wear for pool and beach days. Aside from the quality materials, we love the wide frame and gaskets because they allow the mask to stay put (even through boogy-boarding and flips off Dad’s shoulders). The unique frame shape also distributes pressure over the face, making it the perfect choice for kids who suffer from painful goggle rings. Plus, the larger frame offers more protection from sunlight thanks to fully-protective UVA/UVB lenses.
Seal Kid 2′s sturdy frame also features an exoskeleton that maintains its shape and provides superb protection from flying toys, flailing limbs, and whatever else kids stick in each other’s faces.
Speedo Skoogles: Recommended for 3 − 6 years old
For a slightly younger crowd, Speedo Skoogles are the ideal fit. They feature Speedo’s “Middle Eye Fit” that doesn’t sit too close to the eye socket, thereby relieving pressure on children’s delicate eye tissues. Reviewers rave about the affordability (about $10/pair) and the fact that they fit 3- and 4-year-olds well.
Like most kids swim goggles, Speedo Skoogles feature a single-piece frame that requires no adjustment besides tightening the strap. The frame itself is made from latex-free silicone that’s soft and flexible for a fit that won’t pinch.
While we like the Skoogles for their great price point, our kids love them for their vibrant, head-turning colors. The dual-tone head strap highlights your child’s favorite colors (and makes them easier to spot at the water park or YMCA).
If you’re ready to give up cheap goggles that don’t hold up to your kids’ rough play, try out one of our all-time favorite models. Let us know which pair you think is the best kids goggle in the comments below!