Portable speakers have come along way over the past five years and some outfits, no bigger than a tennis ball, boast a very remarkable sound. So remarkable in fact, they can often be used as bedroom speakers for kids and also act as a mobile system for family trips. Just remember to bring your own iPod to avoid the cacaphony of Lady Gaga’s latest release!
The following list of speakers for children have been selected on the basis of good performance, portability, compatability across a range of devices and of course value for money:
Much less complex than the name suggests, these speakers have racked up over 1,000 positive Amazon reviews which give reference to the high quality sound, brilliant 11 hour battery life and compact size. What’s more, unlimited X-Mis can be combined in a daisy chain like fashion creating a surround sound system.
To make the most of the X-Mis we recommend you buy two speakers. This does make them a more expensive option, but the high quality sound more than warrants this price tag.
Warning: There are rip-off versions of this speaker floating around the web, which we suggest you stay clear of.
These slightly startled-looking animal head speakers are not only good fun, they also boast a decent sound for the price. It’s clear why younger children are drawn to the various animal designs and the keyring attachment makes them ultra portable.
Good fun and an improvement on in-built phone and tablets speakers.
A bit hit with older children and adults this speaker gives an all around good level of sound. Like all the speakers in this list it’s USB rechargable, however also boasts wireless play via Bluetooth enabled devices: smartphones, tablets, most laptops. You can also connect up to the speaker with a standard 3.5mm audio jack, which squeezes out an extra 8 hours from the wireless 4 hour battery life.
Perfect for those children who prefer the cool factor of a wireless set-up.
This floating rubber duck speaker is great for bringing a bit of fun to bath time, however it’s cheap price reflects the sub-par build quality. The main issue is that the signal strength from the transmitter is not great, resulting in music breaking up when the iDuck is bobbing around the tub. This means the duck needs to automatically reconnect to the transmitter to get going again, a swift process but annoying nonetheless.
If you want to make bath time fun then the iDuck is worth the cash, if you don’t then it’s probably not worth the novelty value.
A nifty bit of kit, this speaker is the smallest on the list, however should not be underestimated. It’s bluetooth compatability is well integrated and the speaker cleverly pauses music when a call is recieved on your phone then acts as a hands free system via the in-built mic. Battery life is a solid 10 hours for both music and talktime.
A great value option for smartphone using children due to effortless bluetooth pairing.
Our Verdict on Speakers for Kids
As a great all round speaker we recommend the X-Mi X Mini, however if you are looking for something with bluetooth then the HDMX Jam is hard to beat for the price. Children can save up their pocket money for these speakers and other electronics on Roosterbank.
If you prefer a little quiet from time to time we recommend checking out this post on headphones we recommend for children and some we definitely don’t!