As one of the world’s most reputable swimming brands, Speedo was born on Bondi Beach, Australia in 1928. The brand appreciates how important a trusty pair of goggles is to swimmers of all ages. Instantly, our seven-year-old tester commented on the larger field of vision, desperate to go underwater to see what she could discover. The visibility was great for indoor pools too, with large clear lenses aimed at indoor swimming.
Whether you’re panic-packing for your summer holiday with little ones in tow, or your child is embarking into the world of swimming lessons, to avoid tears and maximise your child’s swimming experience from an early age, you’ll need a trusty pair of goggles.
Many of us can recall having chlorine-aggravated eyes because our goggles didn’t fit right or were poorly designed so that just as much water seeped in as was kept out. Thankfully, goggles have come a long way since then, particularly in terms of child-friendly designs.
The good news is that, generally speaking, goggles are inexpensive, fluctuating from around £5 to £20. However, if your child is having regular lessons, it’s worth spending a few extra pounds and opting for a comfortable pair, as with the right care they can last years.
The right pair of goggles should feel like a second skin, with no rubbing complaints or grumbles of the straps digging in. As with learning any new hobby, it’s particularly important to choose the right swimming sidekick when children are learning the basics, that way they’ve had the best possible start.
Goggles tend to come in two sizes, from preschool age to six-years-old (kids’ goggles) or for ages six to 14 (junior goggles). Naturally, fit and comfort are paramount for a good pair of goggles, but you also want a leak-free experience. Most goggles now come with anti-fog technology and UV protection, but you also want to consider lens size, and strap adjustability is key. Our roundup dives in with the best options on the market.
How we tested
Our four-year-old, seven-year-old and 13-year-old testers tried out these goggles in our local swimming pool over the course of two weeks. With mixed abilities and needs, we put a range of goggles to the test, and these are the ones that really made a splash.
The best swimming goggles for kids 2023:
- Best overall – Speedo junior futura classic goggles red: £12, Speedo.com
- Best for older kids – Nabaiji spirit 500 kids junior swimming goggles with mirrored lenses: £16.99, Decathlon.co.uk
- Best for pre-schoolers – Speedo infant biofuse mask goggles pink: £20, Speedo.com
- Best value for money – Zabert K20 kids swimming goggles: £12.99, Amazon.co.uk