Reviewed by Sally Carter
These ingeniously designed headphones are perfect for children. Based on popular childhood characters, the Snuggly Rascals headphones come in several different designs including “Unicorn”, “Monster” and the ones I was sent, “Bunny”. The Bunny version would make a great alternative to chocolate eggs this Easter. Made from soft, snuggly fleece and designed to fit around the head like a headband rather than over the top like traditional earphones, this means they are easy to adjust, stay in place more easily than their traditional counterparts and are far more comfortable to wear. The speakers can be removed, meaning the headband itself can be also be washed – always a bonus where small children are concerned!
The long 1.4m soft flexible cable not only feels nicer than the usual wires but is durable and reasonably “child-proof” too. Because they are designed for use by children, then the volume is set at a max. 85db (the loudest volume recommended for long term use by little ones, who generally speaking have sharper, better hearing than us adults anyway). They have a standard 3.5mm Jack.
I have 3 children aged 3, 7 and 8 years old. My older two both have tablets and are used to wearing and using more traditional headphones. Although they liked the feel of the Snuggly Rascals, they initially both complained that they weren’t loud enough – but did continue to use them. My 3 year old who isn’t used to wearing headphones didn’t seem concerned by the volume limit. At just turned 3 with an average head circumference, he did however struggle slightly to get them to fit properly. They were a little on the large side. When worn tight enough to fit around his head without slipping, the actual speakers weren’t over his ears at all, but more at the back of his head, he could still hear though. The older children found the easy to adjust Velcro fastening simple and effective and my middle one in particular said she liked them more than traditional headphones.
Like many parents, when travelling we often resort to tablets and DVD players to help keep the children amused and pass the time. The Snuggly Rascals made ideal in car headphones, especially in the colder months! They were comfortable to wear and didn’t interfere with or bumped against the headrest of their car seats, which we have always found to be a problem with traditional headphones. Although in hot weather I can imagine they wouldn’t want to wear them for long, as they would get hot and sweaty (however, this could be deemed of benefit in itself…!?)
Recommended for 3 years plus, as a first-time pair of kid’s headphones, I would say these are ideal. A good choice of characters to appeal to most children, easy to use, washable, safe and to top it all off Snuggly Rascals donate 10% from every sale to children’s charities!
We would definitely recommend them.