Ding ding ding! Sometimes it’s the littlest details that make that most magic. Adults may never understand how the ring of an tiny bell can transform an ordinary bike ride into pure joy, but it does. Kids love making noise, and bike bells are a fun and whimsical way to do it.
After testing a bunch of kids bike bells with our own kids and neighbors, we narrowed down our list of favorites to nine bells and horns that are kid and parent approved!
Best Bike Bells for Kids
|Kids Bike Bell||Why We Love It||MSRP|
|Unique, see-through ringing dial||$12|
|Beach Cruiser Ding Dong Bell||Available in 18 colors||$15|
|Paliston Flower Bell||4 flower color options||$8|
|Surmoler Super Hero Bells||Superhero logos for boys and girls||$12|
|Nutcase Bells||Adorable designs for girls and boys||$15|
|Childhood Flower Horn||Kids loves to squeeze the horn!||$10|
|woom Vienna Bell||Crystal clear sound||$12|
|Electra Domed Bell||Funny designs older kids will appreciate||$13|
|Coolrunner Bugle Horn||Great sound, funny horn||$13|
Unique, see-through dial
With a see-through cover, you can watch the inner workings of the Incredibell Jellibell as it rings! It’s oddly fascinating for kids and parents, and we love the sweet little sound of the ring.
Younger riders generally grip the entire circle to turn and ring the bell, which means they have to remove their hand from the bike’s grip to ring it. As kids get older and their coordination gets better, they can ring the Jellibell with just their thumb.
Because the Jellibell can be turned in either direction, it can be mounted the left or right grip of the handlebar.
Available in 18 colors
These beach cruiser bells are exactly what you’d expect from a bike bell. Nothing special, but solid quality and easy to use. We love these bells because they come in such a wide variety of colors so it’s easy to find a bell to match your child’s bike.
The paint covering does scratch pretty easily, so encourage your child to lay their bike down nicely!
Four flower color options
If you’re looking for a traditional girls bike bell, the Paliston Flower Bell will deliver. While the flower is plastic, the bell enclosure is metal, feels solid, and is surprisingly durable. Don’t forget to pair this one with an adorable girly bike basket!
Superhero logos for boys and girls
Batman, Spiderman, Wonderwoman… super hero bells for your little super hero! Make sure to check out our list of other kids bike accessories to bling out a true super hero bike for your rider.
Adorable designs that match their helmets
Nutcase bells come in a wide variety of fun and wacky designs for a bell that’s as unique as your kid. But the coolest part about these chimes are that they are designed to match Nutcase helmets. That’s right… your child’s bike helmet can match their bike bell! (*Testing on these bells coming soon!)
Kids love to squeeze the horn!
A giant pink flower with a giant pink gem in the middle? Our girl bike testers went nuts over this flower bike horn! Be aware that with any horn, the child will have to take their hand off the handelbar grip to use it, so younger kids will most likely only use it while at a standstill.
In full disclosure, as insanely adorable as this horn is, it has a seriously squeaky pitch that you’ll definitely want to keep out of the house.
Crystal Clear Sound
Small but mighty, the woom Vienna bell has a crystal clear, beautiful ring. Smaller than most bells, the Vienna bell is particularly manageable for young riders to ring. Our own toddler used this as her everyday balance bike bell and could ring it happily at age 2.
Funny designs older kids will appreciate
From a functional standpoint, the Electra bike bells work like many other bells on this list. While we haven’t tested these bells personally, we wanted to include them here because their clever designs make us laugh.
Funny honk that doesn’t get old
This bike horn was definitely the funniest bell we tested. The honking sound of the horn makes us laugh every time we use it! Basically, it spreads joy.
This horn is on the larger size, and is a better bet for kids on 20 inch bikes and larger. Be aware that the metal pieces that attaches to your handlebar is cheap metal that can scratch the handlebar. If this concerns you, make sure to put a thin strip of rubber around your handlebar first!
How to Choose the Best Kids Bike Bell
One quick search on Amazon, and you’ll discover that there are a ton of options for kids bike bells. But besides “cuteness factor”, what else should you consider?
Will the bike bell fit on your child’s bike?
Bike bells will generally fit most bikes. We were successfully able to fit every bike bell we tested on our kids’ bikes. As long as you have a screwdriver to tighten the mounting clamp around the bike’s handlebar, you should be in good shape!
For smaller kids bikes with narrow handlebars, the bell’s mounting clamp may not cinch down tightly enough. It’s an easy solve though – simply insert a strip of rubber (an old bike tire tube works great) between the handlebar and the mounting bracket, as seen in the picture on the right.
How easy is it to ring?
We tested all of these kid bike bells with our barely 3-year-old tester and she was able to easily ring all of them. Be aware that honking a bike horn requires a child to remove their hand from the handlebar grip. As a result, most young riders will only be able to use a horn while at a standstill.
Where do you put the bike bell? Left hand or right hand?
Many bike bells are directional, meaning they are meant for the right or left hand. In the picture below, the pink flower bell is meant for the right hand. To ring it, the child pushes the purple lever forward with her right thumb. This type of bell must be installed near the right grip.
The purple Jellibell below is engaged by turning the round top in either direction. As a result, it can be placed on the left or right.
Most bike bells are directional, and usually made to go on the right hand. However, if given a choice, we prefer to install bells next to the left grip.
This allows a child to continue to focus on braking with the right hand as their primary braking hand. It’s also easier when a child gets old enough to have a bike with gears – the grip shift is on the right hand. Shifting, braking, and dinging a bell with the same hand can get complicated!
What does the bell sound like?
All of the bells on this list have a solid quality ring, with the exception of the squawking pink horn! Really cheap bells often sound tinny and weak.
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