Last Updated: May 15, 2023 @ 10:26 am.

What are the best kids swim goggles? To find out, we enlisted a half dozen kids to try out several of the most popular goggles. Which ones fit the best? Were easiest to get on/off? To adjust? Here are the winners.

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Best For Long Hair

Easy on, easy off
The star feature here is the neoprene strap—we loved this solution for kids with bigger heads or curly hair.
$26.98

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Best For Long Hair: Frogglez Kids Swim Goggles with Pain-Free Strap

When it comes to swim goggles, we look for fit, comfort and how easy they are to adjust and put on/take off. The gaskets around the eyes should have a good seal. And if your kids are like ours—and they will promptly lose most pairs—affordability is another key factor!

What if you child has long hair? The silicone straps on regular goggles are no fun, based on our real world experiences. 

After looking at several different brands that promise a more pain-free set of goggles, we decided that Frogglez is the best bet for most kids with long hair. The difference? These goggles have a neoprene strap that slides over curly or long hair. 

What We Liked

• Doesn’t pull hair.

• Comfy.

• Also great for kids with bigger heads.

• Easy to put on and take off.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• Might be too big for smaller kids (say under age 3).

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Best Mask-Style Goggles

Much larger vision area
For fussy kids who don't like smaller goggles, this is a good bet. Easy to adjust, take on/off and affordable. Doesn't fog up.
$10.99

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Best Mask-Style Kids Swim Goggles: Swimline 9471 Thermotech Swim Mask

Some kids don’t like the small swim goggles and are happier with larger, mask-style goggles. We hear you.

We tested a few mask-style goggles with actual kids of varying ages. We think Swimline’s 9471 mask is the best bet for most kids.

What We Liked

 Large vision area! Kids love this.

• Easy to adjust.

• Doesn’t fog up.

• Easier to get on and off than regular goggles.

• Affordable. 

What Needs Work

• Better for older kids, given the size.

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Best Goggles For Comfort

Anti-fog coating
This brand has goggles down to a science—we loved this pair, with panoramic lens, UV protection and cushioned silicone seals. Latex free and easy to adjust. Ages 3-8.
$9.89

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Best Goggles For Comfort: Speedo Unisex Child Swim Goggles

Some parents prefer a brand name when shopping for kids’ swim goggles—and that makes sense, since goggles can make the difference between a fun or not so fun time in the water.

Speedo is virtually synonymous with swim goggles, thanks to their overall great quality and durability.

Yes, these goggles can get pricey, but we think the Speedo goggles are a good balance between affordability and features.

What We Liked

• Panoramic lens. This pair we picked has blue lenses, but other styles have clear ones if you prefer.

• Easy to adjust.

• Gasket is less constricting compared to other goggles we tested. That makes kids happier.

• UV protection.

• Latex free.

• Anti-fog coating.

What’s Needs Work

• Short strap. This is an issue for older/bigger kids. These goggles are designed for kids aged 3 to 8, but we think the older ones may find the straps too short in our opinion.

• Strap can break. This is true for all swim goggles, of course.

• Foggy. Yes, these goggles have an anti-fog coating, but that doesn’t mean they will be fog free. We didn’t have a problem with this, but we see reports from our some of our readers that these goggles can fog up after longer term use.

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Best Goggles Easy On/Off

Rear button release
We loved how comfy these goggles are—UV coating, clean lenses, soft silicone frames. Rear clasp means no hair snags. Good seal. Ages 3-12.
$15.99

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Best Goggles Easy On/Off: Aegend Kids Swim Goggles

If your kid loves the water and plans to spend more time in water than most fish, it might be worth going for an upgraded swim goggle for kids. When we say upgrade, we looked for goggles with better grade silicone seals, UV protection and hard case for storage.

There are plenty of good quality swim goggles out there, but we think Aegend’s kids’ goggles are well made AND easy on the wallet.

What We Liked

• UV protected lens with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses.

• Silicone frames. 

• Rear clasp for easier on/off. Less expensive goggles don’t have this feature.

• Button release = no hair snags when you take them off.

• Good seal, less leaking.

• Hard case.

What’s Needs Work

• Short strap. For older/bigger kiddos, these might be a bit tight.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing kid outdoor gear, including swim goggles, since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward safety, ease of use and affordability.

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