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Review: BuddyPhones PlayEars+


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BuddyPhones PlayEars+ are the perfect audio accessory for your children. Furthermore, these excellent headphones look cute as a button thanks to the latest design feature. These adorable headphones come in a choice of 4 animal-themed-finishes. Consequently, you get fantastic features as well as an amusing and sweet aesthetic.

You can listen to music, podcasts, or games whilst dressed as the following: a polar bear, a cat, a dog, or a fox. Each design is robust, loveable, and loaded with reassuring features. Moreover, these wired or wireless headphones are designed with comfort and safety in mind. What’s more, we all know that children are clumsy. Therefore, the BuddyPhones PlayEars+ are durable and built to last.

What’s in the box of the BuddyPhones PlayEars+?

  • The cardboard packaging is hard-wearing and recyclable. Additionally, it is adorned with pleasant imagery and key selling points. Alongside this, your kids will be desperate to open the striking and colourful box.
  • The BuddyPhones PlayEars+ are unbelievably cute. The polar bear design is eye-catching and unique. Furthermore, the tactile buttons are well-placed and helpful LEDs and audio prompts make them user-friendly.
  • 3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack cable. Use this for the BuddyLink feature.
  • A short rubberised USB-C charging cable.
  • Decorative stickers to personalise your headphones.
  • A travel bag to keep everything safe.
  • Get started with the in-depth user guide.

Technical aspects.

Picking out the right audio device for your children is easier said than done. Not only do you want them to be comfortable, but you want them to be safe for their developing ears. Accordingly, the BuddyPhones PlayEars+ ticks both of these boxes. Moreover, they have a ton of extra features that make them the ideal choice for your munchkins.

I’ll start with the fantastic battery life. A full charge will last around 24 hours. Now, this may not seem like a lot, but it is great for trips out, camping expeditions, and regular usage. Additionally, the headphones can be charged quickly, so you are rarely without juice.

Second, the connectivity settings are great. You can choose a wired option with the audio jack cable. Alternatively, you can use Bluetooth and enjoy a 20-metre range. What’s more, this connection is stable, and it allows you to take advantage of the Buddylink feature.

The Buddylink feature impressed me. If you own 2 pairs of these incredible headphones, you can connect 1 via Bluetooth and the other using a wired connection. From here, you’ll be able to share the audio from one source. Therefore, 2 kids can enjoy a film or activity on 1 tablet.

Safety features.

I despise unnecessarily loud audio. Moreover, high-frequency sound is the cause of unnecessary hearing loss. As such, it is imperative that any child-friendly device has an array of safety features. Thankfully, the BuddyPhones PlayEars+ has 3 preset audio levels. By holding down the volume buttons, you can select Toddler Mode, Kids Mode, or Travel Mode. Each option delivers a maximum volume of 75 dB, 85 dB, or 94 dB. This is phenomenal, as these are comfortable levels that are designed to prevent hearing loss.

To help understand which setting you have chosen, the manufacturer has incorporated an LED system. Orange, Green, and Red lights are paired with single, paired, and a trio of lights. Accordingly, this makes it easy to identify what mode you have chosen and no mistakes can be made.

Other features.

These headphones have the ability to activate a StudyMode. By flicking a switch, your children will enjoy enhanced vocals. This may seem like a pointless tool, but it wasn’t! Instead, this allows the user to enjoy crisp and clear instructions without turning the volume up. Moreover, it reduces any distracting background noises without undermining a lesson or podcast.

Another interesting feature was the built-in microphone. If your kids are old enough to own a mobile phone, they can use these for hands-free calls. Therefore, they are surprisingly versatile. However, the microphone was somewhat tinny and I wouldn’t rely on them to have the best hands-free experience.

Build quality.

I’ve mentioned the cute nature of these headphones. However, I want to discuss the durability. I was shocked by how great the build quality was. The chunky headband and soft cushioned earcups ensure maximum comfort. Alongside this, the robust design allows you to adjust the size to your liking.

Alongside this, the tactile buttons are easy to locate and switching it on and off and into pairing mode was a cinch. Furthermore, the audio commands help to identify what the battery level is and if it has been switched on or off. Additionally, the ears feel smooth and tough. Unlike other quirky accessories, I have no concerns over durability.

Are the BuddyPhones PlayEars+ worth it?

As a parent, the BuddyPhones PlayEars+ thoroughly impressed me. Not only do they look great, but they are built to last and they have fantastic features. What’s more, I was reassured by the excellent safety elements and the usability. However, my opinion is shadowed by that of the end user!

My kids all want to have these headphones. Yet, my youngest shouted loudest and she is now the proud owner of a set of panda-inspired headphones. Consequently, every time she uses them, she beams with pride. Additionally, she looks super cute. On top of this, I know her hearing is protected thanks to each of the SafeAudio settings. As such, these are an incredible audio accessory that is a must-have for your children. Subsequently, I can easily recommend that you buy them here!

(More information on BuddyPhones can be found here!)

The BuddyPhones PlayEars+ have been awarded the Movies Games and Tech Gold Award.
Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email:

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