When it comes to safety, parents don’t mess around. Today’s parents remember days when they were kids doing laps around their neighborhood from morning until night and staying outside riding until getting called for lunch or dinner. Parents back then didn’t worry too much about safety. However, now, safety is a very, very important matter. We all want our children to be safe, whether it’s on a walk to and from school, playing in the front yard with friends, or, while riding on anything that has wheels. Today, the first step to safely riding anything with wheels is to buy a helmet for your child.
The most important part of the selection process is finding a helmet that fits properly and is highly rated. Because a child’s head is singularly the most important thing to protect in an accident, our team created the ultimate top 10 list of highly rated, best-fitting helmets that ensures your child will be protected while still having fun riding.
At the mention of a helmet, you can almost imagine the groans and sighs that will come from a pre-teenaged child when they think of how “uncool” they’ll look riding around with a helmet on their heads. Rather than explain to them in gory detail what can happen to them without a helmet, there’s a much easier and far less scarring route that you can take to ensure that they won’t just deal with wearing a helmet, but will actually want to wear one as well. We’ve come up with a list of the top 10 highest-rated helmets available today, and the best part? They’re all stylish, fun, and totally, completely, utterly “cool.” No complaints from any kids with these helmets, and you may even want one yourself!
Our Top 3 Picks
- Razor V-17 Multi-sport Helmet
- Egonomic & Breathable
- Raskullz Dinosaur Helmet
- Super-protective & Cool
- Star Wars R2-D2 Helmet
- Perfect for Star Wars Fans
The Best Kids' Helmets Reviewed
Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Kids Helmets
Our main concern when it came to evaluating the best helmets for children was, of course, safety. If a helmet isn’t highly rated for safety, it isn’t a beneficial purchase. In the simplest of terms, we refuse to sacrifice safety over style. However, you can see from our list that we did manage to find a few helmets that offer a cool, stylish side to them that your children will love which is a great safety asset to use.
Most, if not all, of these helmets, offer a unique blend of safety features. Most include but are not limited to EPS (expanded polystyrene shell) shock absorption, which is essential in the event of a fall or accident. It’s considered more comfortable for your children, especially during the warm months. Some even come with adjustable straps which will help your child in two ways: to help fit the helmet securely and correctly on your child’s head but still leave enough room for your child to grow into.
If a helmet doesn’t look cool, stylish or trendy, will a kid even wear it? This was another important question we asked ourselves when researching the best helmets for your child to wear. Because of this, we made sure to present parents with a list of safe but stylish options that they could choose from. Whether it be a crazy, spiky mohawk, or a subtle pink helmet with a tiny octopus, your child will be as safe as possible regardless of what look they’re trying to pull off that day and for parents, safety is what matters most.
Understanding Basic Head Safety
This one is kind of simple. There’s really no way around it: to make sure your child is as safe as possible when riding anything that has wheels, your child needs to wear a helmet. Research shows that by wearing a helmet, children can avoid most head injuries and in return, avoid a lifetime of potentially debilitating and limiting effects.
Fitting a Helmet
Sizing is important. When it comes to sizing a helmet it, of course, depends on the size of your child’s head. Initial fitting can be done with help of an adjusting dial as well as even extra sizing pads that might come with certain helmets. The front of the helmet, or the visor, should sit fairly low against your child’s head; a helpful tip here is that if your child can see the edge of the helmet and there are at least one or two finger spaces between that and your child’s eyebrow, they’re good to go! When adjusting chin traps, straps should also fit snug and in the shape of a “Y,” but not too tight to where it can cause a choking sensation-–if you can fit a finger under the strap, don’t tighten it anymore-–the helmet should stay in place. If all of these things have been done and checked off as yeses-–your child is ready to hit the sidewalk!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What size does this helmet fit? Most places tell you to measure your kid’s head and not just go by age.
A: This is accurate. Age is a good starting point when initially finding a helmet, but to ensure a proper fit, always take the time to measure your child’s head and make correct adjustments to the helmet before use.
Q: How do I tighten the chin strap without making the Y-shape straps on the sides cover my child’s ears?
A: Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent Y straps from overlapping with a child’s ears; the fact that they are so close mean that the straps are in the correct position and holding tightly.
Q: The description says it has a side buckle but does it really help avoid the risk of pinching while fastening it under the neck/chin?
A: As with any buckle around or near your child’s face, you should always take care to avoid the risk of pinching skin. A good way to avoid this is to slightly pull away from your child’s face when fastening, and then adjust slightly if needed to re-tighten the helmet.
Q: Can this helmet be used for snowboarding?
A: As with any helmet listed as specifically being for biking or other wheel-based sport, you are better off finding a helmet specifically made for the sport that your child is engaging in. Children have much smaller, still-developing heads, therefore it is important that they are equipped with the proper safety gear for each specific sport. Since snowboarding is a much different sport, on different terrain and with different injuries, we suggest finding a specific snowboard helmet instead.
Q: Does this helmet absorb water?
A: While anything that is outdoors is most likely waterproof, the foam inserts on some of these helmets may temporarily absorb water but will very quickly dry out when laid out in the sun or a dry space.
Q: Is this helmet adjustable other than the pads?
A: All modern helmets come equipped with adjustable side or chin straps, and for most, the pads are secondary protection/sizing options.