The 6 Best Swim Goggles for Kids

In this article, we highlight the best swim goggles for kids to wear, whether it be for summertime pool fun or a swim lesson or the beginnings of a competitive swimming career. Wearing swim goggles is pretty much a necessity for every child, since getting water into your eyes is irritating and even dangerous. Luckily, swim goggles of all kinds and sizes are readily available, and we’ll offer suggestions for anyone from the youngest, first-time swimmers to older, more experienced swimmers.

However, finding the right pair isn’t easy. Children have a rapidly changing facial structure that means some goggles simply won’t fit well, and will leak incessantly. Furthermore, kids tend to be pretty brutal to their swim goggles, so durability is a pretty high priority. Ease of use and comfort is also a consideration. After all, you don’t want your child always struggling with the straps and asking you for help! And of course, price is the final factor in swim goggle selection.

With these criteria in mind, we scoured the swimverse and settled upon these 6 pairs as the best swim goggles for kids.

1. Sporti Antifog Cabo Jr. Goggles

Sporti Antifog Cabo Jr. Goggles

Ideal for:
Ages 2-10
Beginner and Intermediate swimmers

Pros
– inexpensive
– comfortable fit, no leakage
– good antifog

Cons
– two back clips

Priced at well under $10, the Sporti Antifog Cabo Jr. goggles are the cheapest on the list. Made from one piece of 100% soft silicone throughout and featuring polycarbonate lenses, the Cabo Jr. goggles actually look and feel like a fairly advanced pair of goggles.

The Cabo Jr. goggles are designed for narrow faces and fit well for most kids, from toddlers to young age group swimmers. They don’t leak and the antifog works decently well. Hear few complaints from your child with these goggles; they’ll love to have them on. Plus, with two flashy color designs, young swimmers will certainly be happy with the style.

In terms of cons, the Cabo Jr. goggles are designed with two back clips to adjust length. This can be a little annoying to handle and can be especially obnoxious for longer haired swimmers. However, adjustment is still a reasonably easy task and the clips are durable.

Overall, the Sporti Antifog Cabo Jr. goggles are a great pair for a young, learning swimmer and are one of the least expensive you can find. I wouldn’t recommend it for racing usage – look toward the more premium picks for that – but they’re perfect for practice and splashing around.

2. TYR Swimple Goggles

TYR Swimple Goggles

Ideal for:
Ages 4-10
Beginner and Intermediate swimmers

Pros
– inexpensive
– comfortable fit, no leakage
– easy strap adjustment

Cons
– durability

Second are the TYR Swimple goggles, which come in a touch pricier than the Cabo Jr. but remain fairly inexpensive. The frame is made from pliable silicone and the lenses are polycarbonate, featuring antifog and UV protection properties.

TYR Swimples are one of the most popular kids goggles, and for good reason. With its small unibody design, the frame fits nearly all swimmers under 10 years old. The nose piece, while not adjustable, is quite flexible and makes the sockets fit comfortably. The straps are also well designed, featuring a release-button system that makes adjustment easy, even for the youngest of children.

The only area where I feel that the Swimple is lacking is in the durability department. While experiences do vary, the straps and adjusters seem to be a tad more fragile than on some of the other choices. Bungee straps may be an investment to consider. However, if your child treats them carefully, I’ve heard of multi-year lifetimes for the goggles. Thus, use your best judgment here.

All in all, the TYR Swimple goggles are inexpensive and comfortable. If your child is gentle with their pair, they can be an excellent pick for any young swimmer.

3. Splaqua Kids Swim Goggles

Splaqua Kids Swim Goggles

Ideal for:
Ages 2-10
Beginner and Intermediate swimmers

Pros
– comfortable fit, no leakage
– easy strap adjustment
– durability

Cons
– lesser-known brand

Splaqua isn’t as prominent as the other brands on the list, but the Splaqua Kids swim goggles are truly elite. Coming in at a fairly mid-range price, Splaqua is one of the only lesser-known brands whose goggles I would definitely encourage trying out. As with the previous picks, the polycarbonate lenses provide UV protection and anti-fog and the gaskets are silicone.

The Splaqua Kids goggles perform excellently in pretty much every category. Let’s start with comfort/fit. The goggles don’t have an adjustable nose bridge, but they fit most children’s face shapes comfortably. The seal is leak-proof without being too tight. In the same vein, adjustability is top-notch. The button-adjust system is located in the back of the head and is very easy to use (even for your child), requiring no yanking. In addition, Splaqua’s strap is woven through the goggle piece, so the top and bottom straps can vary in length with each other. This makes it easier for you to get the goggles onto your child’s head.

Durability is remarkable – very few users report issues with breakage. The anti-fog is fairly good as well and seem to last quite a bit longer than on other goggles (or are harder to accidentally rub off). Lastly, the Splaqua Kids goggles come in four flashy color options that your child will love.

In summary, Splaqua genuinely surprised me with the quality of these goggles, and I highly recommend the Splaqua Kids swim goggles if you are willing to take the risk in moving away from one of the larger brands in the market.

4. Speedo Skoogles

Speedo Skoogles

Ideal for:
Ages 2-10
Beginner and Intermediate swimmers

Pros
– very popular
– comfortable fit, no leakage
– easy strap adjustment

Cons
– rare stinging sensation

Speedo Skoogles are the fourth offering on the list, coming in at the $10 price range, and are also one of three Speedo picks – they really do make good kids goggles (and goggles in general). Skoogles look and feel a bit like TYR Swimples, with a few notable differences. The lenses are polycarbonate (UV protection and anti-fog) and the rest is silicone.

Speedo Skoogles are quite possibly THE most popular pair of kids goggles. Speedo recommends them for kids ages 3-8, but the frame, like on the TYR Swimple, is very versatile and can realistically fit swimmers from 2 years of age all the way to teenagers. The gasket fit is smaller than on the Hydrospex (next on the list) but are fairly comparable to the previous choices. The strap adjustment design are “Speed-Fit clips” which do make adjustment a breeze. Oh, also, lots of great color options!

However, there’s a slight but intriguing catch. A very small – but not insignificant – percentage of users report a stinging/burning sensation under the goggles. They describe this irritating (but not damaging) sensation after brief usage around the eyes. Speedo has chalked this up to counterfeit goggles by third party sellers on Amazon, which seems reasonable; I’ve never felt such a sensation with Speedo’s goggles, and they can easily be returned. Just something to keep in mind.

Personally, I have immense trust in and nothing but positive things to say about Speedo’s goggles. Skoogles were one of my favorite early pairs before they were replaced by Vanquishers as I entered competitive swimming. I would recommend them highly for practicing and even early racing.

5. Speedo Hydrospex Jr. Goggles

Speedo Hydrospex Jr. Goggles

Ideal for:
Ages 6-14
Beginner swimmers

Pros
– comfortable outer eye fit
– durable

Cons
– not suitable for racing

The second Speedo pick on the list are the Speedo Hydrospex Jr. goggles. They’re slightly pricier than Skoogles and are intended for slightly older swimmers. Note that Speedo also sells Hydrospex Kids goggles, targeting the younger age group that the Skoogles do – the Jr. goggles are a different product.

Speedo’s Hydrospex Jr. goggles feature cushioned TPR seals, anti-fog and UV protection polycarbonate lenses, and silicone straps. The gaskets are outer-eye fits – larger than the other picks – making them more ideal for beginner swimmers (and not for racing). Note that the lenses have a flat, higher profile. With the lens and gasket design, the fit is remarkably universal, so comfort is top-tier. In fact, for practice you can wear these for hours on end without them leaving a mark.

The strap adjustment requires pulling on the rubber to change settings. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this design because it always feels as if I’m going to snap the rubber. However, the Hydrospex Jr. goggles are quite durable, so they should hold up even for a young child.

All in all, Speedo’s Hydrospex Jr. goggles are a phenomenal choice for slightly older kids who are still learning or training and have had trouble finding a comfortable fit with smaller goggles.

6. Speedo Jr. Vanquisher 2.0 Goggles

Speedo Jr. Vanquisher 2.0 Goggles

Ideal for:
Ages 6-14
Intermediate and Advanced swimmers

Pros
– comfortable inner eye fit
– low profile, good for racing
– interchangeable nose piece
– mirrored version

Cons
– pricey
– durability

Finally, we have the Speedo Jr. Vanquisher 2.0 goggles. A mainstay in practically every best goggles list, Vanquishers are extremely popular among competitive swimmers and useful for anything from practice to championship meets. The Jr. Vanquishers are the priciest pick on the list and also target the oldest swimmers, primarily 6-14 year olds who have already had a taste of training in age group swimming.

The Jr. Vanquishers feature polycarbonate (UV protection and anti-fog) lenses as well as silicone gaskets and straps. Its design features a much lower, slimmer profile compared to the other picks, offering a wide field of view (Speedo claims 25% more peripheral vision) and making it more suitable for racing. Despite this, the fit is comfortable and leakproof.

The Jr. Vanquisher comes in a clear and mirrored version, which is great for outdoor swimming. It features several color options as well. Furthermore, the nose piece is interchangeable, the only pair of goggles on the list to feature this. With 4 size options, this is perfect for a growing swimmer or for a unique face shape that you’ve struggled to find a fit for. Finally, strap adjustment isn’t the easiest, but it is one of the most secure.

Perhaps the only area where the Jr. Vanquisher lacks is in durability. Without careful handling, a child can often snap the strap or break one of the plastic pieces. Therefore, I’d trust this pair of goggles more in an older, more experienced swimmer’s hands. For them, the Speedo Jr. Vanquishers are an excellent pick for a training/racing pair of goggles.

Conclusion

I hope that this guide has helped you make an informed decision for your child’s next pair of swimming goggles. At the very least, hopefully we’ve contributed to your understanding of what makes a particular pair of goggles good. If you have decided to purchase a pair, remember these tips for taking good care of your goggles so that your child can enjoy every minute in the pool. And, if you’re instead looking for a more competitive pair of racing goggles, check out this list.