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

Available with or without active noise-cancelling features, these volume-limiting Bluetooth headphones can prevent hearing damage, and they sound good, too.

Joshua Goldman Managing Editor / Advice
Managing Editor Josh Goldman is a laptop expert and has been writing about and reviewing them since built-in Wi-Fi was an optional feature. He also covers almost anything connected to a PC, including keyboards, mice, USB-C docks and PC gaming accessories. In addition, he writes about cameras, including action cams and drones. And while he doesn't consider himself a gamer, he spends entirely too much time playing them.
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Joshua Goldman
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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. 


Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Kids Bluetooth Headphones

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.

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. 


The PuroQuiet comes in pink, blue and gray. 

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My kids gave the sound quality a thumbs up, but when your point of reference is a pair of old earbuds or your dad's larger, heavier over-the-ear headphones, anything that fits right is going to be better. And honestly, it was the fit and comfort of the headphones that my kids liked the most. They liked the look of them, too, and since they're made from aluminum they're more durable than the plastic competition. Left and right markings inside the earcups made it easier for them to know how to put them on and the controls are large enough for them to easily use without taking them off first. 

After the fit, the option to go wireless was headphones' other big selling point. It's especially helpful in the car since it's one less thing to get tangled in. Battery life is long, rated at up to 16 hours with the ANC and 22 hours on Bluetooth only. The headphones charge with a standard microUSB cable, but if your kids forget to charge them, Puro includes a standard 3.5mm audio cable. 

If you want to save some money, the company's BT2200 headphones skip the ANC but offer the same noise isolation and Bluetooth for $20 less. Price is probably going to be the biggest hiccup for most parents since the PuroQuiets cost $100, though they're currently on sale for $80. Given the features and audio and build quality, the price isn't unreasonable. They are essentially adult headphones but sized for kids and with the added benefit of a volume limiter. 


Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Kids Bluetooth Headphones

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 8Sound 8Value 8