Thanks to BuddyPhones for sending along a set of headphones for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When my family goes on a road trip or a plane trip (and we’ve been doing our fair share of both over the past year), we never go without a tablet for each kid and a set of headphones to go with each. We don’t use our own headphones for the kids for a few key reasons, such as sizing difficulties and the lack of safe volume control.
We’ve also found, through our own trial and error, that you often get exactly what you pay for when it comes to the quality (so really, the same as with adult headphones). We learned this lesson the hard way when a under $30 pair of headphones for one child stopped working in the middle of one of our trips. For our kids, getting to watch their favorite downloaded Netflix content or playing games they really love does wonders to help pass the time. More power to you if your kids can happily stare out the window for hours, but not mine. That’s the type of loss that has to be replaced pretty much on the spot.
So what we use now are the BuddyPhones WAVE headphones and they have performed beautifully so far! We are not currently using the wireless feature on our car trips but we will make use of this feature when we head to Hawaii next month and will appreciate ditching the cords during our layovers. It has 24 hours of battery life, so it’s go to go for quite a while!
Another great feature of the BuddyPhones WAVE is that they are waterproof! And while we don’t plan to go swimming with our headphones on or anything like that, it’s great to know that if the kids knock over their water bottles and their BuddyPhones are in the line of fire, it’s going to be ok.
Both girls have also reported that the headphones feel comfortable, and I have noticed the great durability of the headphones. They can be pulled and twisted and not only will they not break, but they also won’t even warp. The design really does have kids in mind (as well as parents who don’t want to have the replace the headphones in a few weeks or months).
And of course, BuddyPhones WAVE does have sound adjustments that make sense. You can choose between Toddler Mode (75Db), Kids Mode (85Db), Travel Mode (94Db) or the Study Mode (94Db). I appreciate the uptick in sound for plane rides, as we have had child-safe headphones before that just don’t get the job done when there’s an engine roaring outside the window.
Based on our experience, we would highly recommend the BuddyPhones WAVE for your next family adventure!