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Onanoff Buddyphones Reviewed: Best Headphones For Toddlers

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  16

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Affordable, no built-in volume control (limitation!). The detachable wire provides extra safety and makes them ideal for even the youngest music lovers.

Yes, the Onanoff Buddyphones are quite innovative!

They're made for the slightly younger, rambunctious kids because the thread comes loose when you pull on it (or hook it behind something while they run away with the thing still on their heads!).

Best toddler headphones for videos and iPad
Onanoff Buddy Phones
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8.6
Toy score
Boundary
4.2
Features
4.5
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Volume limitation
  • Fun stickers to personalize
  • Detachable cord to avoid getting caught
Less good
  • Sound quality is not great
  • Wire comes off very easily

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Technical Specifications

  • 75-85-94 dB volume limit
  • 20 hours battery life
  • Also works without battery
  • Includes headphone cable
  • 20m Bluetooth® Distance
  • Decorative stickers
  • nameplate sticker
  • Headphone type: On Ear
  • Foldable
  • Frequency range: 20 – 20.000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32
  • Transmission frequency: 2.402 GHz – 2.480 GHz
  • Max. range: 20 m

The advantage of wireless but with the convenience of a wire; headphones that don't get tangled, without having to recharge the battery every time.

Oh, and why is it called BUDDYPHONES?

This is a real godsend and great for families with siblings…

... you can easily share a device with multiple headphones that can be connected together thanks to the great click system of the wire:

buddyphones switching system for multiple headphones

Really, really, really a great invention to keep everyone happy.

  • Your children can each use their own Buddyphones on their own device because they probably have different interests.
  • But if they want to watch something together, then you are not stuck with the volume of the iPad and accompanying children's tunes.

For toddlers up to 4 years, these Onanoff Buddyphones are the nicest set, also certainly fun for toddlers and just the youngest school-age children.

For example, your kids can share them in a few different age groups, or you can buy a pair for each and give them each their own color that they can personalize with the stickers.

If you need a cord but still want to give your toddler a safer pair of headphones, the Onanoff BuddyPhones are a great budget option.

Onanoff buddyphones review

Detachable cord

The cord is detachable, reducing the risk of a toddler hooking (or getting caught behind something else) is restricted while listening to their favorite music.

the children headphones folds up and comes with a carrying case, and the included fun decals let kids personalize their headphones, making them fun for families with multiple kids.

The 80 cm flat, detachable cable is safe and minimizes the risk of choking.

Besides that, your child can share one device with up to four friends with the Buddy Cable.

If you purchase the BuddyPhones inflight version, you will receive a nice travel bag and an inflight adapter, this version is slightly more expensive.

Sound quality a bit less

Unfortunately, the sound quality isn't nearly as good as the top pick (the JBL) or even the cheaper Trust Sonin, and the small size means the BuddyPhones are perfect for toddlers, but less so for older children.

In addition, the volume reduction of wired headphones (passive volume limiting) like this isn't as predictable: if you're using a device with a powerful amplifier, they can still go too loud, which is something to watch out for.

We would therefore not connect this to your hi-fi set at home, nothing with a large amplifier, and keep it iPads, phones, Chromebooks, and other laptops.

Second, the Onanoff set is way too small for most kids over 6.

The BuddyPhone Explore is not a design that grows with your child, unfortunately.

The BuddyPhones do have a built-in microphone† Kids can talk to their friends with the answer button and use learning apps.

The built-in microphone is ideal to use when calling your grandmother and grandfather, or perhaps your classmates. The microphone is also suitable for use during interactive games.

Best choice for toddlers

It is the top choice for small children aged 2 to 4 years. Smaller kids will love the fun colors and light, comfortable fit of the Onanoff pair.

Onanoff BuddyPhones headphones for kids

Plus, the folding version folds down small enough to easily pack into a toddler's day bag or backpack.

And of course the Buddy Phones are within safe volume limits.

Plus the new edition BuddyPhones has been significantly improved, compared to its previous brother.

Fortunately, there is now a volume limitation of a maximum of 85 decibels, and that's what we missed before, so that they have now conquered a place in the list of child-resistant headphones.

Perhaps the best thing is that it is so affordable. Do your little one – and yourself – a favor and give it as a present. You will make even the youngest music fans happy with it.

Onanoff Buddyphones Alternatives

Best cheap toddler headphones with sound limiter

TrustSonin Kid

Affordable, built-in volume control and in-wire volume limiter for instant control over safe listening levels for your kids.

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De Trust Sonin is a good affordable alternative to the Buddyphones. A lot less features but you also have to spend a lot less.

Conclusion

Maybe not the best sound quality, but as the first headset for toddlers and preschoolers, it's a great choice with a ton of kid-friendly features.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.