When you’re buying a pair of swimming goggles for your child, the first thing you need to ask yourself is how frequently you plan to be heading to the pool. If the answer is once or twice a year including a summer holiday, then there’s no point investing in one of the more technical and correspondingly more expensive models from our test.

But if your child is keen on swimming, and either has weekly lessons, or goes to the local leisure centre a lot with you, then it’s definitely worth getting a decent pair.

Good goggles should fit comfortably and avoid fogging up. For while anti-fog technology has improved, even on the cheaper models, it can wear off more quickly, and the better goggles tend to be more contoured to the face and therefore comfortable for longer use too.

More technical goggles also have stronger and more reliable suction to the face, which is less important for younger children but becomes a big deal when kids are jumping into the pool, pushing off with force from the side or diving into waves on holiday.

It’s also worth looking for models with UV protection, so your kids can use them safely outdoors and on summer holidays.

Our testers, aged three, five and seven, tested these goggles in a local swimming pool during and after their swimming lessons.

Speedo and Zoggs are very much the market leaders. Their products are consistently innovative and reliable and each has a broad selection of kids' goggles, so we have included more than one option from each brand in our roundup.

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Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2: £18.99 Aqua Sphere

Sizes available: One
Age: 3-6 years
Colours options: 7
UV protection: Yes

Growing up in the 1980s, my swimming teacher didn’t like us wearing goggles until we were at least seven as she said there was always too much fuss adjusting them so they didn’t leak. But goggle tech has come a long way since then, and both our testers wore this model from around two-and-a-half to five-years-old, having been recommended them by their teacher, with great success – a secure fit with no leakage. The wide straps and side buckles are simple for parents to fit, the silicone mask sticking nicely to their faces without too much pressure, while the curved lens gives children a wider field of vision. The anti-fog worked well and didn't wear off with prolonged use. They aren’t cheap but they are durable (we only ever bought one pair for each tester), and are great for learning to swim, going underwater and taking those first jumps in. I have no doubt they became confident, underwater swimmers earlier than they ordinarily would have done thanks to these goggles.

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Zoggs Sea Demon Junior Swimming Goggle: £9.99, Wiggle

Sizes available: One
Age: 5-14 years
Colour options: 2
UV protection: Yes

Our five-year-old tester adored these goggles, namely because of the sea demon hologram feature on the eyes, which made him “see like a dragon back in time”. All his friends in his lesson were equally enthusiastic about them, though our seven-year-old tester was a lot less impressed, suggesting a relatively short age window during which they’ll appeal. As a pair of goggles, they stuck to his face well while swimming and jumping in, without putting too much pressure on his face, and the split-strap is simple to adjust. They fogged up a little after prolonged use in a humid indoor swimming pool environment, and the field of vision isn't as wide as it is with the mask-style, but they were a still a popular choice, and would work well for summer holiday pool and sea swimming.

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Speedo Sea Squad Infant Goggle: £10, Speedo

Sizes available: One
Age: 2-6 years
Colour options: Pink-green
UV protection: No

This is a good pair of goggles for younger kids who prefer the non-face mask option. The head strap is thicker than it would be in older children’s models for a more comfortable fit, and the nose bridge is adjustable to cater for the huge variety in the shape and sizes of kids’ faces at this age. It also has a button adjustment option at the back, which parents of younger kids might find easier than the usual side-of-eye option. They didn’t fog up at all on test and stayed on well while they swum underwater and jumped in repeatedly. The field of vision is good and unobstructed, and they would make a good choice for indoor swimming pool use.

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Jojo Maman Bebe Children’s Swimming Goggle: £6, Jojo Maman Bebe

Sizes available: One
Age: 3-6 years
Colour options: 2
UV protection: Yes

This is a great value, no-frills pair of goggles for younger children, and especially good as an option for holidays or occasional trips to the swimming pool. Our tester found them comfy, though not as comfy as some of the other models on test, and they also didn’t stay put as well as the Zoggs and Speedo goggles when they were jumping and diving in, but that’s less of a concern for younger kids. They didn’t fog up during our test. We found them slightly fiddly to adjust while on a child's head as the clips are in the centre rather than at the side.

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Speedo Biofuse Rift Junior Goggle: £19, Speedo

Sizes available: One
Age: 6-14 years
Colour options: 2
UV protection: Yes

This face mask-style pair is often associated with younger kids, but our seven-year-old tester found these the most comfy on test, especially around the nose, which can pinch with some models. They stayed on while he did lengths, though were a bit less comfy during repeated dives from the side than the Speedo Futura and Zoggs Phantom, as mask-style goggles tend to be when pushed against the water with force. It’s a good holiday option, especially for swimming in the sea, thanks to the wide-angle lens, which is also smoked to protect children’s eyes from bright sunlight and harmful UV rays. The strap was straightforward to adjust at the side, and they didn't fog up on test.

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Zoggs Phantom Elite Junior: £17, Wiggle

Sizes available: One
Age: 6-14 years
Colour options: 2
UV protection: Yes

Our older tester enjoyed both the look and feel of these Zoggs Phantom Elite Junior goggles. They stayed firmly in place when he pushed off from the side, dived and jumped in from a board and swam up and down the pool. And they didn’t pinch around the eyebrow or fog up at any point during testing. It’s a good option for kids who swim regularly. The field of vision isn't as wide as some others, but they were simple to tighten and would work well for indoor pool and outdoor holiday use.

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Nabaiji XBase Swimming Goggles: £2.49, Decathlon

Sizes available: One
Age: 3-7 years
Colour options: 2
UV protection: No

With a price so low it almost beggars belief, the Nabaiji XBase from Decathlon is a good option for occasional swimmers or holiday use though they did lack UV protection. They didn’t feel robust enough for regular use, and the suction wasn’t as powerful as the others on test – they frequently moved about when our testers jumped or dived with force into the pool. However, we liked that you could adjust the nose bridge sizing though and they didn’t fog up on test, which was impressive for the price. The field of vision was standard for this smaller non-mask style of goggle.

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Speedo Futura Biofuse Junior Goggle: £17, Speedo

Sizes available: One
Age: 6-14 years
Colour options: 6
UV protection: Yes

Both our testers (aged five and seven) currently use these goggles on a regular basis. They find them super-comfy for length swimming, jumping, diving and generally messing about in the pool, both at home and on holiday. They never fog up, and are easy for parents to adjust with buttons at each side of the head, though our older tester still needs a bit of help when tightening them up himself. They have UV protection so would work well for outdoor use too, and our testers found they had a good field of vision while in use.

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The Verdict: Kids’ goggles

For infants, we would recommend the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2, our Best Buy, as it really did revolutionise swimming at an early age with our testers. For older children who are starting to swim and dive properly the Speedo Futura Biofuse Junior and Zoggs Phantom Elite Junior are both impressive and reliable eyewear pieces, while the Zoggs Sea Demon Junior brought a lot of pleasure and laughter to the pool for our five-year-old tester and his friends.

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