Best Swim Goggles for Kids
The OMERIL Swim Goggles come in a pack of two with a clear zippered carry case. The goggles adjust on each side by the eyepieces with the push of a button and a pull of the strap, allowing older children to make adjustments themselves saving parents the hassle of repeated effort for a perfect fit. Testers report the goggles are comfortable and stay in place. This pair is leak-free and provides a clear view of the underwater environment with no blurry vision or fog in our tests.
There isn't much not to love about the Omerils. Perhaps the only drawback is their lack of tint or sun protection that can leave sensitive peepers wanting. Overall, we think these goggles are a great buy and include a backup if you lose or break a pair. Most kids and parents will agree they mark all the boxes for a great pair of swim specs.
The Skoogles Kids Swim Goggles come in a cool car-shaped case that kids love. It is easy to open and close with a zipper and help keep goggles in one piece when going from place to place. These specs offer a comfortable fit, unobstructed view, and no leaks in our tests. We like the simple design, and testers liked that they stayed in place while playing.
These tie-dyed goggles have smaller eye openings that could be a problem for older children or those with wider faces. While our testers didn't complain, we could see how the design might cause problems for others. Overall, we think this budget-friendly product is one to consider if you want a good pair of goggles without breaking the bank.
The Splaqua Kids Swim Goggles are straightforward goggles with one strap that wraps around twice for forward pull adjustment allowing kids to tighten goggles on their own. Our testing showed no leaking, and users say the goggles are comfy.
The Splaqua occasionally suffered from fog we couldn't explain. They also have smaller eyepieces that might be uncomfortable for some users with wide-set or larger eyes. Last, they can be harder to make bigger, but if only one child is using them, this shouldn't come up often. Overall, we think these are an excellent swimming solution for younger children or those with narrower faces, and parents will appreciate the quick tightening adjustment.
The Speedo Hydrospex are impressive goggles that stayed put no matter how we tried to dislodge them. Testers liked the slight tint that offered sun protection without distorting the colors of the world or underwater vision. The goggles are comfortable and leak-free and a popular choice for testers of all ages.
The Speedo goggles are harder to adjust than some of the competition, and we wish they had the push-button release on some of the less impressive competition. However, perhaps this is why we didn't have to tighten them as often as the competition. We think these goggles are great for most children for any activity, and the sun tint gives them a leg up on the competition providing protection parents will love.
If you want a wider view or better peripheral vision, the AqtivAqua Wide View is the one for you. These tinted wide-angle goggles are a comfortable fit and provide leak-free clear viewing with a broader field of view than the competition with smaller eye openings. Kids like the cool look and parents like the easy push-button release for quick strap length adjustments.
Kids with narrow faces may find these goggles a less than ideal choice, though results vary. Also, younger children may have faces that are too small or narrow for a good fit, and leaks might happen. All this aside, we like the idea of seeing more, and doing so with comfort and clarity is a plus. We think this choice is suitable for kids who want to see more or ocean swimming where there is more fun stuff to see.
The 2-pack OutdoorMaster Kids Swim Goggles come in a plastic zip-lock style case that feels more like packaging than a protective cover. The goggles are budget-friendly and offer a pair for backup or a sibling or friend. We like the price and kids like the comfortable fit.
Unfortunately, these goggles can leak, and while the leaks are small, it is enough to cause vision problems or let eye irritating chemicals inside. While these are not the top of the line goggles, we do think they might work for some or temporary use for guests or a kids pool party.
The Tyr Swimple has a surprisingly low price for a brand name product, and they offer a clear view of underwater exploits. Kids like the fun tie-dye design, and the strap feels soft.
Unfortunately, during testing, the goggles leaked. More than most of the competition and enough that testers didn't wear them for long. They are also one of the most uncomfortable pairs when compared side-by-side, and some testers tried to discard them before even getting in the water. Given the lower level of comfort and the leaking we experienced during testing, the Tyr just didn't stand up to the competition in this review.
If looking good is what you're after, look no further than the Aegend Swim Goggles. Kids were instantly drawn to these mirrored glasses that look like cool motorcycle goggles or snowmobile staples. We like the mirrored tinting for sun protection, and some testers loved the distorted coloring and feel of what they swiftly dubbed "the 4th dimension."
Unfortunately for the Aegend, things took a swift turn for the worst once little ones hit the water. The goggles tended to leak in our tests, and this, combined with the heavy mirroring, created a blurry and distorted view of the underwater world. Given the potential for leaks and the blurry view, we aren't big fans of these slick-looking specs.
EverSport Kids Goggles have a cool look with a wide lens design we thought would be good for improved visibility. They have a budget-friendly price and come in a 2-pack suitable for siblings or as a backup pair should you lose or break the first pair.
These goggles don't offer much in the way of improving water time activities. In our tests, the wide lens created visual distortion that kids thought was blurry at best and annoying at worst. The goggles also suffered from regular leaking, and kids thought they were uncomfortable. Overall, the Eversport kids were disappointing for parents and kids, and we believe there are better options in this lineup you should explore first.
EverSport Goggles are similar to their kid counterparts but have mirror tinting on one pair and are slightly different in their design. Like their smaller cousins, these goggles look cool and are less expensive than some of the competition as you get two for a lower price.
These goggles are equally disappointing to the kid's version with leaking, blurry vision, and discomfort experienced in our tests. While we can see why and how little ones will gravitate to these goggles, our testing indicates they won't be happy for long, making these a product we don't recommend.
Why You Should Trust Us
The swim goggle review is led by Senior Review Editor Wendy Schmitz, mother of two eager testers who spent ample time over several days testing kids swim goggles. Wendy chose options based on her experience as a mother and years of kids swimming lessons, as well as her long history testing and rating baby gear for BabyGearLab. The products were rigorously tested hands-on at the lake and in the pool to determine how well they stood up against the competition during normal water activities for kids.
Analysis and Test Results
We purchased and tested 10 of the top swim goggles for kids. These products were tested side-by-side by multiple testers of different ages to determine which are the best of the bunch and which don't make the water fun cut.
Swim goggles should be comfortable and almost feel like they aren't even there. If your child is uncomfortable, they will be frustrated using the goggles and are likely to skip them altogether or complain. We looked for easily adjustable goggles that went around the entire eye without crowing or placing pressure on it. We assessed the design of the straps and nose pieces and whether or not kids could make changes to the size by themselves. As experienced parents know, "Can you tighten these goggles?" is a mantra of many little ones over the summer.
We preferred the goggles with button push adjustment, and so did our kid testers. They liked two straps over one, so the goggles shifted less while swimming and jumping, and they liked wider eye openings over small but didn't seem fond of the really wide choices like the Eversport goggles.
Those given the comfort thumbs up from testers were the Omeril, Speedo, and Skoogles. The most uncomfortable products were the Eversport Kids (with the super-wide eye openings and the OutdoorMaster Goggles with the single strap design that both pulled hair and shifted while swimming.
Being leak-proof is the end all be all of being great goggles, and only about half of the options in this lineup were truly leak-free. We had multiple testers wear the goggle through water fun like jumping, cannonballs, paddle boarding, swimming, Marco Polo, and underwater diving for objects to see how well they stood up to activities kids commonly engage in while participating in water play. Overall, we were disappointed. We did not expect that about half of the goggles would leak. Some products managed certain activities well and not others, while only about half managed to remain leak-free no matter what we tried.
The best goggles were the Speedo pair that excelled at lap swimming and dock jumping. We also loved the Omeril options that stayed put with no leaks underwater for long periods and after acrobatic front flips from the pool's edge. The Skoogles and the Splaqua also stayed leak-free under regular use. The worst in the group for leaking in our tests were the EverSport products and the Aegend, which were popular with testers on land but dubbed "garbage" after water testing.
Having a good clear view underwater is at least part of the reason why kids like wearing goggles in the first place. Foggy, blurry, or strange underwater effects when wearing goggles will impact your child's desire to wear them and enjoyment while wearing them. We assumed the "wide" view lenses would be popular and offer better peripheral vision that would make them popular choices amounts testers.
However, most testers remarked that the majority of wide view choices, EverSport in particular, were blurry underwater and had distortion that results in strange underwater effects. Perhaps they don't play well with the way light reflects and refracts off the water, but all of them were disappointing except the AqtivAqua Wide View. The Aegend were blurry, and the mirroring gave the visuals a surreal look testers deemed "the 4th dimension." Most managed to remain fog-free, but the Splaqua could get foggy for no reason we could discern as it only happened occasionally and out of the blue.
The best for visual clarity are the Omeril (above left) and Speedo (above right), which both offered clear views above and below the waterline with no distortion or blurring in our tests.
Not all swim goggles are the same, and our testers put these goggles through their paces to give you the insider details you need to find the best pair for your kiddo. Whether you're looking for a little sun protection, easy to adjust clasp straps or leak-proof lap swimming masters, there is something for everyone in this lineup of top contenders.
— Wendy Schmitz