Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Kids Bluetooth Headphones review: These headphones might save your kid's hearing and your sanity

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The Good The Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet kids headphones have built-in volume limiting to help protect hearing, can be used wireless or wired, have active noise cancellation and a long battery life.

The Bad Active noise cancellation, Bluetooth and aluminum construction make them pricier than competing volume-limited headphones.

The Bottom Line The Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet ANC Bluetooth headphones bring adult quality and features to kid-sized volume-limiting headphones.

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Sound 8
  • Value 8

I've hesitated over getting headphones for my kids. Growing up in the '80s, I got my first hand-me-down Walkman when I was 10 and no one stopped me from cranking the volume -- so I did. I never really stopped either, at least not until I realized I was constantly asking people to repeat themselves and the ringing in my ears was never going away. 

While my kids -- ages 7, 8 and 11 -- are fairly responsible, they're still kids and telling them to "turn it down" when using headphones only goes so far, so they typically use their tablets and their Switch without headphones. That changed on a recent road trip when I snapped after the backseat erupted in a full-blown audio assault of repetitive video game chiptunes, pop music and movie dialogue.


The headphone's controls are large and earcup labels help kids know how to wear them. 

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There's a whole world of kids headphones out there, but in many cases the differences are just about size and design. However, there are headphones like the Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet that, along with being sized for kids, have a volume limiter to stop them from getting too loud. To keep your hearing healthy, it's recommended that you keep volume at or below 85 dB and that's where PuroQuiets stop. 

To help balance out the need to turn up the volume, the PuroQuiets have active noise cancellation (ANC) as well as thick earcup cushions. The padding combined with the strength of the headband blocks 82 percent of external sound according to the company, so even with the ANC off they provide solid noise isolation. 

The headphones have a balanced sound quality, so they actually sound louder at a lower volume than other headphones. Like the adult version Puro once made, they have a natural, warm tone with full bass (not big and booming), so they work well for music, audio books and movie and TV dialogue. They're OK for gaming, too. 

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