10 Best Boys Swimsuits & Swimwear Rated in 2019
Everyday it’s getting closer and closer to summer time! With summer approaching, that means that parents have to provide their child with various water activities throughout the day which means that your child is going to need a new swimsuit. We came up with a top ten list of the best swimsuits that 2019 has to offer for boys. Each of the swimsuits on our list all have adjustable waistbands, stylish patterns and they all have pockets. Your little one will be cooling off and splashing around in no time.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 31 hrs of research
16 different patterns
Drawstring and elastic waist
- Carter's Boys Trunks
- Kanu Surf Oahu Trunk
- Kanu Surf Camo
- Kute N' Koo
- Vaenait Rashguard 2T-7T
- Sansi One-Piece UPF 50+
- Beau & Belle Littles Reusable Swim Diaper
- Nautica Little Rashguard Set
- SwimZip Long-Sleeve UPF
- iXtreme 2-Piece Rashguard
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Expert Interviews & Opinions
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Boy's Swimsuits Reviewed
1. Carter's Boys Trunks
16 different patterns
Drawstring and elastic waist
Colors might fade quickly but material will hold up
Carter’s Boys Trunks range in sizes from 2T to 14. They come in 16 styles and check all the usual swimsuit boxes and then some. They’re machine washable, made of polyester, have an elastic waistband and tie together with a drawstring for adjustability, and provide UPF 50+ protection.Read more
Carter’s is a one-stop-shop for all things Baby. They’ve been a trusted brand for families since 1865 and are one of the leading brands in the United States today. They carry every kind of baby clothing piece imaginable and also own Skip*Hop, which makes innovative and educational baby toys, and OshKosh, which carries children’s clothing in larger sizes.
This swim trunk is made from 100% polyester. It’ll dry quickly, doesn’t absorb and retain water, and can be machined washed. An elastic waistband gives some wiggle room as kids grow and the trunks are UPF 50+.
An elastic waistband and drawstring closure make a good team for growing kids. Children’s weights can fluctuate and they grow so quickly it can be hard to keep up! Having a little wiggle-room for growth spurts is always a bonus.
There are not one, not two, not three, but six different shark prints in this style—one is even a combination shark and pizza print! Kids can also choose from dinosaur shorts, block colors, and stripes. All designs are brightly colored, making it easier for parents to spot their little ones in the pool.
2. Kanu Surf Oahu Trunk
UPF 50+ rating
Cool botanical print
Drawstring waistband adjusts to your child’s needs
You’ll need to cut the mesh lining out; it often causes skin abrasions
Established in 1997, Kanu Surf has been around and dedicated to making high-quality family products for just over 20 years. Board shorts are their specialty, so you know you can’t go wrong with their Oahu Boys’ Swim Trunk.Read more
Swimming is great exercise. It helps to build long, lean muscles as children work against the water resistance. These trunks are lightweight and dry quickly, making it easy for little water-lovers to swim and play all afternoon.
Made from 100 percent polyester, this swimsuit is machine washable, lightweight, and comfortable. TSide cargo pockets are great for holding toys, snacks, or phones when kids are keeping dry. The fabric holds a UPF rating of 50+, meaning it blocks 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Less likely to absorb water and quick to dry, these are a great pair of trunks, especially for kids climbing in and out of the water all day.
The botanical-and-floral print gives the style a laid-back summer vibe, while the lace-up front ensures the cut isn’t playing it so loose as to wind up with a wardrobe malfunction.
They’re durable, have a fun print, adjustable, come in plenty of sizes, and they have pockets so little swim accessories won’t get lost.
3. Kanu Surf Camo
Fun camo print
UPF 50+ fabric
Lightweight, soft polyester
Runs a little small; size up accordingly
Your kid will blend right into all of the fun in these awesome Camo Swim Trunks from Kanu Surf. This particular boys’ swimsuit is made from 100 percent polyester and is machine washable. The trunks are rated UPF 50+, and available in sizes as small as infants/toddlers, to as large as adults up through a men’s size 20. Like with other Kanu Surf trunks, they tend to run just a little bit small, so consult their sizing chart and consider sizing up. Once you find the right fit though, we think this suit will be around to stay. Multiple users have said they will be buying from this brand again and again.Read more
Two side pockets give your kids a place to store swim accessories and other various items on their way in and out of the pool. (Just make sure they don’t take any electronics for a dive with them!)
The technology employed makes your child’s swim experience extra comfortable, from the lightweight fabric to the quick-dry microfiber.
Kids will build long, lean muscles, improve their cardiovascular strength, and increase their coordination as they glide through the pool. Additionally, a little time in the great outdoors can do a lot of good so far as mood and health go.
These quick-wick camouflage swim trunks are lightweight, comfortable, and durable. Customers all commented on the high quality of fabric and stitching used, so we think, even with as wild as the summer can get, these trunks will last your family a good while.
4. Kute N' Koo
12 styles to choose from
Soft polyester fabric
Some discrepancy surrounding being true to size
These fun, funky swim trunks come in sixteen different designs and range in size from 2T to 18/20. That’s quite a variety, so we feel confident this is a good stop for browsing, no matter whom you’re looking for! The fabric is soft, they’re low maintenance, and they have an adjustable waist. Plus there are pockets, so kids can tote around small pool toys or their favorite action figures.Read more
Kute n’ Koo is a pretty straightforward and apt name. This company provides children’s clothes and accessories that are both modern and adorable. They don’t carry a whole lot of variety but you’ll find a few good baby blankets, some swim trunks, and trendy diaper bags for parents, too.
These bad boys are made from 100% polyester. This allows them to dry quickly, remain durable, and withstand the wear and tear of water. Plus, they’re machine washable so parents don’t have to worry about special cleaning instructions.
This swimsuit has two side pockets and an additional pocket, as well. The adjustable waistband gives some flexibility in terms of sizing and allows for optimum comfort throughout the summer.
Kute N’ Koo carries twelve different styles in this particular design. Kids can choose from several camouflage colors, a sailboat pattern, pineapples, two American flag styles, sea turtles, sharks, tropical leaves, and a fun, colorful kaleidoscope aesthetic called “doodle.”
5. Vaenait Rashguard 2T-7T
High neckline protects baby’s neck from sunburns.
The top and bottoms provide UV protection.
The set dries quickly.
Parents can throw this set into a washing machine.
Several sizes are available. S(2T), M(3T), L(4T-5T) and XL(6T-7T).
There is no drawstring on the shorts, but they do fit like snug speedos.
This is a cute two-piece swimsuit that little boys will love to wear. It is made from an 80% nylon and 20% spandex blend. It offers UPF 50 UV protection and the rashguard material make it so that kids don’t itch or chafe. The top is mostly black and white with a cool black and white station wagon decoration.Read more
The two-piece outfit fits kids snuggly without irritating sensitive skin. The machine-washable fabric dries quickly and protects baby from the harsh UV rays of the sun.
The UPF 50 protection means kids can play in the water or at the park without getting burned. And the nylon-spandex blend ensures a snug fit that won't snag or get caught by branches as your angel explores the world.
The zipper on the shirt helps parents change their kids out of their outfit with minimal effort. Incorporating rashguard technology into the fabric also ensures no chaffing or discomfort.
The pants cover a boy’s thighs and are red with cars and surfboards scattered about.
6. Sansi One-Piece UPF 50+
Baby’s look super cute in their navy-blue swimsuit.
The fabric is made of rashguard materials.
It protects babies from sunburns with UPF 50+ by using stretchy nylon/lycra blends.
Other styles are available online for purchase.
A matching hat is not included.
The outfit doesn’t have an opening at the bottom that allows parents access to diapers.
This is a one-piece suit that offers protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The zipper starts from the top at the neckline and runs down to the middle (at about the belly button area). It also includes a cute red anchor on the top left that says, “buoy”.Read more
The suit has an extra piece of fabric that protects baby’s skin from the zipper. The colors are mostly navy blue with alternating horizontal white strips along the body.
The one-piece construction of this swimsuit means that parents don't have to worry about losing anything. The rashguard technology in this nylon/lycra blend means that sensitive skin remains unchaffed while baby plays in the sun and water. There is even a special strip of fabric to protect sensitive skin from the hard zipper.
This same pattern comes in several sizes, from newborn to 18-month-olds. It is a cute long-sleeved outfit with legs that cover down to the knees. It also includes a zipper that goes down the front.
This swimsuit looks great on babies while it keeps them comfortable. The swimsuit has fabric behind the zipper that protects their skin from rubbing against it.
7. Beau & Belle Littles Reusable Swim Diaper
Composed of eco-friendly materials
Snaps secure the diaper around your baby and keeps waste inside
Fits children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years
Polyester material allows your baby to be comfortable while wearing this diaper
If your baby is prone to explosive poops that their regular diapers can’t contain, then this diaper won't contain it either.
Babies may need to wear an additional diaper underneath this diaper as a public pool requirement.
The Nageuret Reusable diaper makes it easy for your baby to get in the water. Children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years will be able to wear these diapers. Equipped with snaps around the waist and legs, you can adjust the diaper to fit securely on your baby. When your baby uses the bathroom inside the diaper you won’t have to worry about it leaking out as the snaps keep everything inside. Both the inside and outside of the diaper are made up of polyester.Read more
We love this eco-friendly design. Instead of filling a landfill with disposable diapers, parents can buy a set of these reusable diapers. They work well at keeping solids in without being too clunky. And the soft fabric means that baby will stay comfortable in and out of the water.
The polyester material on the inside is soft, thus providing a comfortable fit for your child. The polyester on the outside is waterproof and won’t rip apart in the water like a standard diaper
Since these diapers are reusable you will save money in the long run. Not only are these diapers great for your child but they are also great for the environment as they are composed of eco-friendly materials. This diapers can be worn by themselves or you can throw a swimsuit over them.
. These diapers are available in a wide variety of colors and designs that will have your baby looking adorable at the beach or pool.
8. Nautica Little Rashguard Set
The set is machine washable.
The shorts have an inner mesh liner.
The clothes provide UPF 50+ protection.
The fabric doesn’t fade or bleed colors.
Kids don’t develop an allergic skin reaction after several uses.
Do not put the outfit in the dryer.
Over years of use, the letters start to wear off.
As infant boys become toddlers, they’ll need to wear swimsuits that best fit their age group. No more onesies for these kids, they’ll have more fun wearing a shirt and shorts that can move with them. The shirt and shorts are made from high-quality materials. The shirt is dark blue and yellow with decorative nautical numbers. The sleeves are short with thin white strips.Read more
When the summer weather is just too hot to be indoors, this shirt and short set will help keep kids cool. The two-piece set ensures that once they get enough sun, kids can cover up and protect themselves if mom doesn't do it first.
The top is made of 82% polyester and 18% spandex ensuring plenty of stretch while the bottom is made from sturdy 100% polyester.
The comfortable fabric ensures that even after a day in the water and sand, little ones will still look and feel nice. And the bold colors will last through multiple washings, ensuring your little angel is bright in all the best ways
The short’s legs extend to the kid’s knees, this helps protect their thighs from the sun’s rays. The patterns are different colored triangles and sizes. The shorts also include a tie string to help keep them on better.
9. SwimZip Long-Sleeve UPF
No need to have a wrestling sunscreen match with your son. Skip that step and allow the suit to do the job of protecting your kid.
The only place little boys need sunblock is on their face.
The bottoms have extra room to give diapers the extra space they need for messy moments.
The fabric stays intact while kids are running around playing in the sand and kiddie pool.
The suit doesn’t come with a hat. But the company does sell matching hats online.
For the ultimate protection against Mr. Sunshine’s rays, this onesie offers all the protection a tiny body needs including for their arms and legs. This full body suit provides UPF 50+ protection and the fabric is resistant to chlorine and salt water. The zipper runs the full length of the suit, starting from the neck and down to the leg making changing diapers a breeze.Read more
Baby boys feel comfortable in their onesie, especially without an annoying tag itching the back of their neck. The suit’s colors are a nice pattern of dark blue and lighter blue strips that run horizontally.
The neckline, wrist, and ankles are decorated with a bright red hue. The zipper is visible and easy to find. And the entire onesie swimsuit is made from a comfortable 100% polyester fabric.
This onesie swimsuit does a great job protecting infant boys from UV rays. Parents don’t have to worry about their kids developing sunburns as they enjoy their day poolside or at the beach.
There is plenty of wiggle room for infants to squirm around in too. Parents can use this adorable onesie while at the beach, pool and anytime the family is going to be out in the sun during the summer.
10. iXtreme 2-Piece Rashguard
The colors are bright and look like they pop.
The top and bottom provide UV protection and guard against rashes.
Kids can swim with or without their shirt.
The blue version of this 2-piece set is available online for purchase.
The shorts are a bit long, they may look like capris on shorter kids.
A cute 2-piece set that little boy can run and swim around in. The fabric is 100% polyester created with Rashguard technology. The swim shorts have an inner mesh lining with an elastic waistband and drawstring. The shirt and shorts provide certified UV protection and the zig zag stitch pattern adds an extra touch of comfort.Read more
This swimsuit set is perfect for kids who like getting into and out of the water.
The 100% polyester construction reduces rashes and protects from the sun's harmful UV rays. The shorts have a mesh lining and drawstring so you don't have to worry about them slipping off as the day goes on.
It says, “Whaley Cute” right at the bottom of the whale. The shorts are mostly orange with different colored whales scattered around. And the bright colors will ensure people are gushing over your well-dressed lad all year long.
The shirt is black on the shoulders and arms while the chest is orange. The design in the center is an adorable smiling blue whale that is decorated with light colored stars.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Toddlers can be in onesies or in two-piece suits. They can move around and at a certain age will begin potty training lessons. It's easier to pull down shorts to potty than it is to take off a one-piece suit with a zipper in the back. Unless the toddler is too young for potty training, in which case it’s better that they wear a onesie with a hard-to-reach zipper.
As kids get older, they start to notice style and trends. They want to look cool like the big kids. The suits on our list for older children are trendy and up to date in current fashion. All the suits on our list are also UV-protected. This is because we believe that all kids should have the best protection from the sun we can give them.
Having a swimsuit that is completely comfortable for your tiny tot, is incredibly important so that your child can enjoy water play and swim time. No one wants to have to deal with itchiness or irritated skin from the sun. All of these swimsuits on our top ten list are 100% safe for your child to wear during those hot summer days.<
We know the last thing that a parent wants to deal with is constantly changing their toddlers' outfits. We made sure that every item on our list would help protect your child from the harsh sun on those super-hot summer days. Toddlers need to be comfortable.
When coming up with our top ten list we know that it was not an easy task to do. With so many options we had to take into everything into careful consideration. For our list of the top ten swimsuits for boys we wanted nothing but the best of the best.
We wanted to make sure that we had something that fit every family's needs for their active little one to enjoy some water play. Whatever you are looking for we are sure that our top ten list above has it. Be sure to check it out. We looked at everything from style, to safety, how easy they are to get on and off. We looked at everything from highest ratings, to positive and negative reviews as well.
Other Factors to Consider
It’s no secret that children love playing outside, especially on a nice sunny day. With technology today we know that sometimes for parents getting your child to play outside can sometimes be a tedious task. For clothing, especially for the youngsters, parents want to make sure that their child is safe while they are also enjoying some water fun during the hottest days of the year. Every swimsuit on our list are made of well-made material and some even come with a long-sleeve rash guard to help protect your child against the sun. We know that parents can get a little side tracked when having to apply sunscreen on their child constantly throughout the day, so these swimsuits that come with rash guards are just an extra step for those children who are little bit more sensitive when it comes to the sun.
When coming up with our top ten list we also considered how easy on and off these swim suits were for your children. With infants, they require a different kind of style bathing suit then toddlers and older children do. Often with infants, parents want to put their child in a onesie because it is easier to hold them without having their outfits riding up their backs. For toddlers, parents often dress them in two-piece clothing. Often times, parents will look at something that is made of breathable, comfortable material for their tiny tot. They also will look and choose pants that come with elastic adjustable waist bands for easy on and of access. All of the swim suits on our list all come with elastic adjustable waistbands
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How can parents find the right sized swimsuit for their baby boy?
Parents should make sure that their baby’s swimsuits and other clothing are not too tight or snug on them. If it is too tight then it will cause irritation and chafing. Their clothes shouldn’t fit too loosely either because they can fall down and interfere with their swimming. Make sure that kids can reach with their arms high above their head and twist to their sides. If they can move around normally then the suit should be the right size for them.
q: What are the latest swimsuit trends for boys?
The rules vary from different locations. The U.S. is more relaxed when it comes to wearing swimsuits. For example, little infant boys are either wearing nothing at the beach, their own set of normal clothes or UV-protected suits. Some swimsuits are either two-piece sets (like a shirt and shorts) or a onesie. In France, no one can swim in public pools unless they are wearing a Speedo.
q: What do parents need to know about boys' swimsuits?
It’s fun to dress kids up to match the activity of the day. When going to the beach, parents will want to dress their kids in appropriate gear. Colorful clothing makes it easier to spot their own kid as they like to run around and sometimes a little too far away from parents. While at the beach or any outdoor activity, kids should wear breathable clothing to keep them from overheating. To test their kid's swimsuit before going to the beach, some parents have their kids swim in the bathtub first with their swimsuit on.
q: What type of boy’s swimsuits should parents buy?
Over the years, the style of boys swimsuits have changed drastically. In the distant past, boys used to wear modest knitted suits that were made by grandmothers in the late 19th century. Men were prohibited by law to be seen bare-chested in public. In the '30s, men began to protest, arguing that they should be allowed to go topless. From 1936, swimsuits were more about function and style than modesty. Parents should buy their boys swimsuits that are stylish but safe to use in the hot summer sun.
q: Are UV-protected clothes safe for babies?
Yes, UV-protected swimsuits are safe for babies and children. They add an extra layer of protection from harmful UV rays. UV-protected suits do not provide 100 percent protection from the sun, but they do help. Sunblock tends to wash off every time kids go into the water. The suits provide protection even after the sunblock has washed away.
q: How can parents keep their kids safe from the sun?
Parents shouldn’t rely on sunblock or swimsuits alone. It’s not healthy for kids and adults to be out in the sun for extended periods of time. It is recommended that if anyone is going to be out under the sun all day, that they include a beach umbrella or hang out under some sort of shaded canopy. And drink lots of water and wear breathable clothing. Wear shades and apply generous amounts of sunscreen (at least SPF 30).
q: What can parents do to promote UV-hazard awareness?
Talk to kids and other parents about the hazards of prolonged exposure to sunlight. If parents really want to get involved in spreading awareness, then they can get together with the schools and have an assembly show to help teach kids how to safely have fun in the sun.
q: What should I bring when traveling with babies?
Drinkable water, diapers, and wipes, an extra clean set of clothes and a good swimsuit with UV protection. Also, bring a towel and good sunscreen. The swimsuit should be zippered and not snapped because zippers do a better job of keeping the sand out. The swimsuit should also have a high neckline to protect them from getting sunburned in that area too. Hats with ear flaps and a visor will also provide protection from harmful UV rays. The car’s AC won’t protect kids from getting sunburned. Sometimes, sunlight gets into the car and will beam directly at kids' faces. Wearing their hats with shades will help protect them from getting sunburned while traveling in the car.
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