BuddyPhones Wave Review – Wireless & Waterproof Kids Headphones
If you need waterproof headphones for kids, the BuddyPhones Wave are your only option.
Overall score: 3.6 out of 5 points.
This is the newest model—at the time of writing—from BuddyPhones (a known brand specializing in headphones for kids) that comes with a couple of new features.
For the first time, water protection was incorporated into kids headphones.
It’s quite common for kids to get clumsy and mishandle things and sometimes water is included in the whole ordeal. When that happens, BuddyPhones Wave have you covered.
With the waterproof design, for example, you don’t have to worry about spilled tea damaging the headphones.
There are a couple other features including a steep price (are they even worth it?), but more on that below.
Generally, these are headphones that are most suited for children that tend to spill a lot of liquids (which honestly, is all of them) and, youngsters that aren’t the best with keeping their headphones charged and ready.
You can check the newest BuddyPhones with the link below.
PROS & CONS
- Water protection
- Effective volume limiter
- Nice colors and design
- Useful accessories (work wired too)
- Not the best sound quality
BuddyPhones Wave are one of the best:
|Connection:||wireless – Bluetooth & 3.5mm|
|Frequency response:||20Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Cable length:||315inch (0.8m)|
|Microphone & Controls:||yes (built-in)|
|Water-protection:||yes (IP67 – IPX7)|
|Battery life:||up to 24 hours|
|Charging time:||about 2 hours|
|Charging cable:||micro USB|
|Wireless range:||33ft (10m)|
|Type:||built-in (and in-line)|
What’s in the Box?
- BuddyPhones Wave wireless kids headphones
- 5mm flat cable (with Buddyshare adapter)
- MicroUSB charging cable
- A fabric carrying bag
- 2 stickers (to write your name on)
- User guide
Comfort & Fit – 3.5/5 Almost Great
The headphones are very lightweight and don’t offer a lot of clamping force. They made the headband flexible, so it doesn’t push on a kid’s head.
The on-ear pads are soft with foam filling and anti-allergic cover. You can replace them if need be.
Moreover, the headband is extendable so it can almost fit an adult’s head. You can give them to a toddler or a young teenager. And, while the cushion on the headband isn’t substantial, it doesn’t matter because the headphones are so light.
Also, considering these have an on-ear design some might experience sweaty ears after prolonged use. Overall, they’re quite comfortable, but we find the BuddyPhones Play to be equally comfy or even slightly better (because of earpad design and earcups slant).
The right and left ear cups are marked on the inside of the headband, but most kids probably don’t care about that.
Noise Isolation – 2.5/5 Average
So, when it comes to passive noise isolation Wave headphones aren’t very effective.
This is probably a good thing for when you want your kids to hear you but takes away from audio quality and noise reduction in loud public places, like an airport.
Situational awareness is crucial for little kids so having amazing noise isolation in headphones isn’t important for them, but some of it, in our opinion, is good.
When the background noise is too loud, people want to increase the volume. The kids are the same way, except you don’t really want them to crank up the volume (because it can damage their hearing).
If you’re looking for adult headphones with noise isolation, go here.
Bluetooth – 4/5 Great
Wireless headphones for kids have become quite popular nowadays, and the Wave are no different. They have Bluetooth 4.2, have 3.5mm cord support—the cord comes in the package—and have the usual built-in mic and control buttons.
Connecting is simple, pressing and holding the power button when turned off will make the light blink, and this is when you can search for the headphones on your device.
You get the standard 33ft (10m) range give or take.
It’s a solid Bluetooth performance we’re used from BuddyPhones.
Battery – 4/5 Great
This is the most improved feature, after a full charge you’ll get around 24 hours or a whole day of listening. It’s plenty of juice even for the most forgetful kids (or parents).
The charging cable is the usual Micro-USB cable that you can plug into any PC, laptop, or suitable USB charger. It’s quite fast, and you should get to a full charge in about 2 hours.
In case the battery dies, you can plug in the cable and listen to them as wired headphones.
In the end, it’s pretty much the best battery you’ll find in any headphones for kids at the moment. So, if your little one tends to forget a lot, these can be a great choice.
Durability – 4.5/5 Almost Perfect
Of course, one of the most important questions for any product meant for children. How well are they built? Will they survive my kids?
It’s a legitimate question, especially since these are quite pricey.
So, the initial impression of the headphones is pretty good. They’re entirely plastic but flexible. When extending the headband or folding it (you can fold them for better portability), you won’t hear any cracking sounds—that are common for many headphones.
It seems the material is some kind of rubbery plastic which is ideal for a pair of kids headphones since they tend to be expert destroyers of many things.
Furthermore, the addition of IPX7 water protection makes them fully waterproof. So, you can wash them under tap water if needed. It’s always useful when they end up in a plate of food.
Also, the cables you get in the package are flat and rubbery which is great for durability. The weak points like the 3.5mm plugs are additionally reinforced with rubber. And, the in-line module also feels well built.
Overall, these are sturdy and durable headphones for kids with fantastic water protection. There’s not much to complain about.
Note: Most durable earbuds
Features – 4/5 Great
The most important feature of Wave headphones is the volume limiter.
It’s standard for all BuddyPhones models, and it’s quite effective.
You can choose from 4 different settings:
- Toddler Mode: volume limited to 75dB
- Kids Mode: volume limited to 85dB
- Travel Mode: volume limited to 94dB
- Study Mode: limited to 94dB and increased voice and speech clarity
You can change the settings by pressing the volume “up” and “down” buttons at the same time. You can see the light indicator changing depending on the mode.
Keep in mind, the limiter works only in Bluetooth mode. Though they can’t get very loud wired either because of the relatively high impedance of 32 ohms.
Moreover, the built-in buttons are okay to use. Not the easiest but they work fine. It’s probably for the better, so the youngsters don’t learn how to change the volume limiter too quickly themselves.
The built-in microphone works well for when you need to talk to them over a phone, but that’s probably not a core feature you’re looking for. It’s there when needed nonetheless.
Accessories – 3.5/5 Almost Great
The BuddyPhones Wave Bluetooth headphones don’t come with a pack of stickers like the Play model.
- You only get the detachable AUX cable with the Buddyshare option. It’s basically an adapter that goes from one 3.5mm to two so another kid can connect to the same music device.
- You get a soft, fabric carrying bag in the same color as the headphones.
- And 2 stickers with an empty name-tag on it so you can tag them.
Sound – 2.5/5 Average
Compared to adult headphones they don’t sound very good because they can’t get loud, and even if we compare them to BuddyPhones PLAY, they seem a bit lackluster.
The reason is the lack of bass which makes these tiny and a bit boring. Some bass is always a good thing.
Probably due to on-ear design and below-average noise isolation, the bass doesn’t come out the way you’d want.
Of course, all of this is just our personal experience, and the younger kids won’t really mind the audio quality. As long as the headphones fit their head and are of beautiful color with their name tag on it, they’ll probably be happy.
Now, considering the price, which is quite a bit higher than comparable headphones for kids, the question of, “are they worth it” arises.
It’s a fair question.
Sure these are the latest and most durable kid’s headphones BuddyPhones have ever made, but the addition of water-protection (no competition) and massively improved battery life alone won’t be enough to justify the higher price for many people.
If you’re looking for best-value overall, then BuddyPhones Play might be a better option.
On the other hand, if protection against liquids and long battery life are vital for you, then the BuddyPhones Wave are the best choice for you right now.
All in all, if they lower the price a bit after a while, these will become much more attractive for every parent that wants a pair of durable and safe kids headphones.