The Best Headphones for Teenagers

By Reese Armstrong

The best headphones will be comfortable for your teen to wear.
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When shopping for headphones for your teenager, consider several factors. Volume control and volume minimizing are features many parents look for to prevent ear damage. Headphones should be comfortable, portable and easy to connect to the music source. Factor in cost, as your teen likely will damage or lose the headphones. And don't forget bling. Earbuds, or in-ear versions of headphones, decorated with rhinestones and designs are becoming popular.


The earbud is a tiny speaker that goes into the ear rather than over the ear like traditional headphones. Earbuds generally cost from $30 to $90. The small size of the earbud provides easy portability for your teen. Both the Sennheiser MX560 and CX300B are popular options for teens as they provide excellent sound quality and come with a travel pouch and cord winder to keep everything organized. Skullcandy's Smokin' Buds are known for their bright colors and rhinestone designs.

Full Size Headphones

Full-sized headphones usually come at the cheapest price due to their simplicity. Many people prefer traditional headphones as they are more secure and often more comfortable. Skullcandy makes two quality options for teens: the Hesh Stereo and TI. The Sennheiser PX-100 is another popular full-size headphone as it has the over the ear features but can fold down for better portability. These models costs from $30 to $70.

Ear Clip

Another popular design is an over-the-ear clip headphone. This style combines the comfort of the traditional headphone with the portability of earbuds. The Panasonic RP-HS43K and Koss KSC 75 are both highly rated for teens and cost from $12 to $20.