I live in a family of fish. My mother-in-law claims my husband could swim before he could walk. I’m not sure if that is entirely true, but he definitely spent a lot of time at the pool as a kid (as in every day during the summer).
All of my kids are great swimmers. They all started lessons when they were very young, and they all swim on our local swim team.
I am not a fish. My parents put me in swim lessons and I learned to swim, but it isn’t something I love to do. Could I swim if my life or someone else’s life depended on it? Yes. Do I choose to go swim laps? Absolutely not.
When my kids started swimming, they came out of the pool with irritated, red eyes from the chlorine. I felt terrible that I hadn’t even thought about getting them goggles. It just wasn’t something I had ever really needed so I didn’t think about it.
|Aegend Swim Goggles |
|Speedo Kids Skoogles|
|TYR Youth Tie Die Swimple|
|Frogglez Explorerz Jr|
|Frogglez Masterz Explorerz|
|Aqua Sphere Seal|
Why Cheap Goggles Don’t Work
Goggles from the dollar store didn’t work. We learned that the hard way. They were worse than having none at all because they filled up with water and then the kids would have to stop swimming, get to the side of the pool, empty out the water, and try to get the goggles back in place.
I decided we better ask someone who knew more than I did so we asked my mother-in-law (who, at sixty-something still swims laps every day) as well as my kids’ swim coach which kind they would recommend.
After doing some of my own research, we bought some of the best budget goggles. My kids are now enjoying clear vision with no water leaks while they swim.
That isn’t to say we haven’t had to buy several pairs of goggles for each kid the past few years, but that isn’t because the goggles haven’t been good. My kids just have a knack for losing them…Thankfully, when you buy quality, inexpensive goggles, it isn’t the end of the world if your kids do lose them.
What to Look for in Goggles
It might seem that goggles are all the same and there isn’t much of a difference, but there is. Here are the things you want to look for in a good pair of swim goggles:
- Leak-proof, comfortable frames. Kids won’t wear uncomfortable goggles, and if they leak they are pointless.
- Easy adjusting straps. You want your kiddo to be able to adjust the straps without help, if possible. Straps that are hard to adjust aren’t only annoying, they also can be painful on the head and hair.
- Anti-fog coating. Foggy lenses are never good during swimming. Anti-fog coating keeps lenses clear.
- Non-irritating material. If your child has a sensitivity to silicone or latex, make sure you don’t whatever you choose doesn’t contain those materials. Otherwise, they can be a great choice.
- UV protection. Sunburned eyes are no fun, so look for an option with UV protection.
- Clear, tinted, or mirrored lenses. If your child will be doing casual swimming, clear lenses are fine. For swim team and racing, you might want tinted or mirrored lenses, which help your eyes focus better in sunlight.
6 Best Swim Goggles for Kids
Aegend Swim Goggles
This are a fantastic affordable option. The comfortable silicone frames keep the water out. The lenses come with an anti-fog coating to help ensure great vision in the water.
An easy-to-use clip on the back of the straps allows you to remove them without pulling them over your head, which prevents hair pulling that often happens when removing goggles. The straps themselves are very easy to adjust.
The lenses are shatterproof and are coated with UV protection. The Aegend comes with a case and a 12-month guarantee. With multiple colors and options of mirrored or clear lenses, there is sure to be something your swimmer will love.
The Aegend is great for both casual swimming and swim team. One size fits all (children and adults). *These are made of silicone and should not be used by anyone who is allergic or sensitive to silicone.
Speedo Kids Skoogles
The Speedo Kids Skoogles are comfortable and cute. Skoogles have soft frames that are latex free. The lenses come with anti-fog and UV protective coatings.
The gasket rests around the eyes are not constricting, as they are on some other brands. Even so, the Skoogles still keep water from coming in. The clips on the sides are used to adjust the straps.
The Skoogles have a middle eye feature that allows for a good fit on a variety of face sizes and shapes. The Skoogles fit most kids ages 3-8. They come in four different colors and are good for casual swimming or swim team competition.
TYR Youth Tie Dye Swimple Goggles
The TYR Youth Tie Dye Swimples are my kids’ favorite. The polycarbonate lenses are UV and anti-fog coated, but the polycarbonate lenses are clear, not mirrored. The silicon frames keep the water out very well without leaving “raccoon eyes” after they are taken off.
The Swimples come in four different tie dye patterns. The straps, frame, and gaskets are made of silicone. They are recommended for kids ages 3-10.
The Swimples are great for both casual swimming and racing. My only complaint with these goggles is that the straps are a little hard to adjust. My kids have to take the goggles off in order to adjust the straps.
*The TYR Youth Tie Dye Swimple Goggles are made of silicone and should not be used by anyone who is allergic or sensitive to silicone.
Frogglez Explorerz Jr. Swimming Goggles with Custom Neoprene Strap
This looks different than any other option out there. The neoprene strap on the Frogglez Explorerz Jr. does two things: it holds the goggles in place and it keeps the ears and hair from being pinched or pulled when taking the goggles off.
The strap is very comfortable and easy to wear. The goggles themselves are 100% UVA and UVB protected. The frames keep water out and do not fog up.
Frogglez says the Frogglez Explorerz Jr. is great for kids ages 3-8, but we would recommend it only for kids 3-6. It doesn’t fit the older kids very well, as the strap is not adjustable.
If you have a kid age 3-6, the Frogglez Explorerz Jr. is a great selection. There is a 100% money back guarantee with Frogglez.
Frogglez Masterz Explorerz Swimming Goggles
This is basically the larger version of the Frogglez Explorerz Jr. The strap comes with removable goggles. You can attach any googles or face mask to the strap. While the strap itself is not adjustable, it comes with velcro on the sides which allows you to tighten or loosen the goggles themselves.
The lenses that come with the included goggles come in clear, tinted, or mirrored options.
The included goggles are excellent. They keep the water out and don’t get foggy. This product is recommended for ages 6 to adult. Again, Frogglez offers a 100% money back guarantee on the Masterz Explorerz.
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Swim Goggles
These goggles offer something none of the others on this list have: curved lenses which allow you to see 180 degrees. Additionally, the lenses are considerably larger than any of the other options on this list. They are between the size of normal goggles and a swim mask. The lenses are also distortion free and scratch resistant. Anti-fog coating is another plus with this option.
Because of the larger lenses, the frames of the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 sit on the cheekbones, rather than inside the eye sockets. That means a more comfortable fit without raccoon eyes. The adjustable buckles on the sides make it easy for kids to adjust the straps themselves.
These goggles come in 8 different frame colors and two lens colors. Overall, the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 is an excellent choice for kids ages 3 and up. However, they are better suited for casual swimming than for racing.
Do your child (and yourself) a favor by investing in a pair of good affordable swim goggles that are comfortable and functional. You will both be happier for it. While all of the options on this list are good, we have some recommendations.
We recommend the TYR Youth Tie Dye Swimple and the Frogglez Explorerz Jr for kids 3-10. For kids 8 and older we recommend the Aegend. Casual swimmers of all ages will do well with the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2. Click here to learn more about goggles from swimming.org. If you’re looking for a safety device also take a look at our Infant life vest and floaties for kids reviews.