Cat ears have been rising in popularity in the past 10 years, but now, cat ear headphones are one of the more functional ways to enjoy the trend for children, teens, and adults. Here it is a simple buying guide and some of the best ones that you can get today.
Because the cat ear design is more targeted for children, finding adult-sized ones can be a little more difficult. You should take a look at the headphones and see if they have age restrictions like 10 years and older. The younger the age restriction, the less likely they will be able to fit on a teenager's or adult's head.
Another way that the headphones that are for children are less likely to work well for teens and adults is because many come with volume limitations so they cannot damage their hearing.
So, if you are buying these headphones for someone who has poor hearing or they like to listen to music or videos at higher volumes, you will probably want to either find a pair that are targeted for adults or check if the headphones you are looking at does not have noise restrictions.
To give you a rough idea, children's headphones usually have noise restricted volumes so that the headphones do not produce over 85 decibels or lower while a regular pair of headphones for teens and/or adults can support volumes of over 100 decibels.
Many of these headphones that have cat ears attached come with lights that are built into either the ear portion of the headphones or the headband part. These lights are almost always LEDs so that they are less likely to die and are more noticeable and flashy because of how bright they are.
The lights can usually be turned on manually by a small button that can be found on or behind the ears, but it depends on the design of the headphones. One fact that is pretty common with these lights is that they are usually the same color from the headset itself so that they stand out more.
Nearly all of these headphones are actually designed so that the earpieces can be folded into the headband so that they can be easily stored and kept safer while they are put away which is something you may want if they will be used often during travel or if they will be put into a bag regularly.
Nearly all headphones are made from durable plastic, but some of those that are designed for children are actually made of silicone so that way they are less likely to pinch the kid. The silicone can feel a little cheap to adults and teenagers and makes the headband tighter around their heads if they are trying to wear them, but they are harder for children to break if they drop or throw them.
They are still effective when it comes to listening to music or watching movies, but they come with a nice aesthetic that can be fashionable and a great conversation starter while still being affordable.
Some headphones come with extra decorations attached like a unicorn horn, stickers, and/or more. Other than that and the features mentioned above, the only other things that make them different is the sound quality (frequency).
You should try to avoid pulling on the wires or getting them tangled since this can quickly wear them out. Fortunately, many of these headphones are designed so that the wires can be replaced.
Other than that, the only real maintenance they will need is to be wiped down occasionally so that they stay clean. Every now and then, some of the foldable headphones can start to get stuck when they are folded or unfolded. This can be caused by regular wear or dirt getting inside of the headphones.
If it is caused by dirt, you can carefully clean them out by using cotton swabs, dipping them in rubbing alcohol and gently wiping the dirt away. If it does not look dirty, then the joints where the headphones unfold can be lubricated to try and un-jam them.
If these two methods do not work, then they are probably damaged and you may need to take them apart. You probably should not take them apart if you do not know how to, and you can just buy a replacement pair because of how affordable they are.
These headphones has one of the most colorful and bright designs from the many shades of pink and blue to the bright LED cat ears to the bright gold unicorn horn in the center of the headband. It is a little less popular than some of the other headphones because they can feel tight and uncomfortable on children who are around 10 years and older.
Still, they do have decent sound quality, and these are one of the few headphones that come with an already attached unicorn horn.
These headphones have one of the brightest LEDs that are in the ears, depending on which color you get. Coming in pink, blue and yellow/black/white/blue, peach, and purple, some of the color choices come with ears that are shaped a bit differently, and some of these ears could pass for fox ears as well as cat ears.
This set is more for a specific age of children, between 7 to 12 or so, because of how small they are but also how loud they are. These are also one of the few headphones where the band is made of silicone, too. They also come in black and blue or all pink, making them a great choice for girls or boys.
This set is one of the few that actually has LEDs, blue, that are a different color from the main color of the rest of the headphones, pink and black. The ears also have a more uncommon design, having two different sections of LEDs in each ear that makes them look more unique and noticeable.
These headphones by Ifecco come in three main designs: one that is nearly identical to the last pair that has longer ears, ones where the LEDs are on the sides of the ears instead of the center like most, and ones with unicorn horns. All of these styles can come in different shades of pink, blue, and purple, too. These are foldable and are made of mostly plastic.
These have nearly the same design as the GOGOING headphones when it comes to the LED design in the ears, but these can come in all black with blue LEDs, purple with purple LEDs, and peach with peach LEDs. Despite being sturdy, the ear pads are actually able to be replaced if they get damaged, but this can be unnecessary unless you already have an older pair with good ear pads since it can be cheaper to just buy a new replacement set.
These are similar to the last three headphones between the design and materials, but they can also come in specially designed fox ears that come in similar colors. One of the more unique and uncommon features that this set has LEDs in the ears as well as on the outsides of the ear pads, but only with some of their headsets.
This is another set that is made from silicone instead of plastic, but the ears are also made of silicone and do not have LEDs in them. They are one of the most popular models, probably because they are one of the few headphones that do not have LEDs, but they are one of the more cheaper-quality sets since they tend to stop working quite suddenly.
When it comes to the material and durability, extras, LED lights, and their volume capability, the clear winner for teens and adults is the Barsone Headphones Wired - Foldable. They are big enough for older users, are loud enough because they do not have noise restrictions, have more choices when it comes to design and colors, and are one of the more durable choices.
For children who are around or younger than 10 years old, the winner would have to be the Cat Ear Headphones from GOGOING. Because most children are not exactly careful with most of their things, these durable and sturdy headphones are possibly the most reliable. They are also volume controlled, making them safer for younger children than the Barsone headphones are.
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