The two main areas that need special attention in kids goggles are durability and fit. We all know how well kids goggles generally get treated! They are thrown about, jammed in a swimming bag, and generally neglected. As an added bonus for parents, you never hear the end of it if your kids goggles are broken, don’t quite fit right, or leak. And that’s not a fun experience for you or your kids at the pool.
In this article, we focus on quality kids swim goggles that won’t let you or your child down.
It is important to consider the age of the child when discussing kids goggles. In general, kids up to around 12 would benefit from the smaller size of kids goggles. From 12 onwards, as long as the nose bridge is adjustable, adult goggles are usually suitable. Under 12 years, goggles can broadly be split into two groups: there are also goggles for younger kids (say around 7 years and under), and 8-12 years. We will cover recommendations for both groups.
Before jumping into the recommendations of specific goggles, there are a few points to keep in mind.
To start off with, you need to make sure your kids goggles have a silicone seal. A foam seal will not effectively stop water entering the goggles. No matter how well the foam padding feels on your face, the only think keeping out the water is pressure from a tight strap. As this type of goggle keeps leaking, the strap will be tightened to the point where the goggles are uncomfortable from pressure on the eyes. They just don’t work.
Next up, the silicone seal has to be bonded with glue to the lens. It’s hard to believe that many goggle makers don’t actually bond these parts together. They rely on the tight fit of the silicone. While this may last a few swims, they will eventually leak, and unless you want to be gluing your goggles together they won’t stop leaking.
The final important point for kids goggles is they need to be strong. Really strong. The strap needs to be strong. The nose bridge needs to be particularly strong, and the lenses should ideally be protected with excess silicone to protect the outside lens from excessive scratching.
Here are six goggles, for young and old children that won’t disappoint.
Aqua Sphere are a quality brand. The Aqua Sphere Moby Junior Kids goggle is perfect for a younger child (up to 7 years). They have all the features discussed above as ideal for a pair of kids goggles. They have easy adjustment of the strap on the side of the frame, which will allow your child to do this adjustment themselves. The only negative is the price, with the Aqua Sphere Moby being a slightly more expensive kids goggle.
Like Aqua Sphere, TYR are a recognised swim brand that produces quality products. You can trust TYR will produce a quality pair of goggle. The TYR Swimple is a time proven product, and the Tie Dye colours are sure to impress your young child, and their friends! This goggle is recommended for up to around 7 years of age.
A final recommendation for younger kids are the Zoggs Zoggles. Zoggs are not the most popular brand, but they continually produce quality products at budget prices. The Zoggs Zoggles have a more subdued look than our other recommendations, but are packed with all the features required in a kids goggle.
Older kids (8+) start to get fussy about how their goggles look, and many kids this age want goggles that look more like professional swimming goggles, or goggles that are considered trendy. And part of this is not looking like the goggles they had as a young child! The TYR Junior Blackhawk Racing Mirrored Goggles fit this description. While mirrored goggles do require a bit more care, kids love the look! This model also moves to a racing style strap.
The Aqua Sphere Kayenne Junior Swim goggle, just like the adult version is an excellent goggle. The silicone is super soft, and a dream to wear. The only potential drawback of the Kayenne is its slightly unusual styling, resulting in it being more popular with boys than girls.
Our final recommendation is the TYR Junior Vesi Goggles. This goggle is heading towards a racing style, and would be ideal as a training goggle. This goggle still retains the easy strap adjustment, otherwise it is structured like a classic racing goggle.