7 Best Bike Helmets for Kids: 2018

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7 Best Bike Helmets for Kids: 2018

Our Top Bike Helmet Picks For Every Kid and Every Budget

Bike helmets are not accessories; they are safety equipment that provide essential life-saving protection for kids. Based on performance and quality of construction, here are our top 7 helmets for general bike riding for kids.


Top 7 Kids’ Bike Helmet Picks


1. Giro Scamp: Best Overall – Young Kids, $35/$55

Giro Scamp with MIPS helmet in bright blue.

Giro Scamp with MIPS: $55, View on Amazon


Built with lightweight, in-mold construction, a dial-adjust system, and optional MIPS technology (to help minimize impacts at sharp angles) the Scamp has an impressive resume. MIPS helmets can be expensive, but the $55 price tag of the Scamp is one of the most reasonable available.  To top it off, all of our testers loved wearing the Scamp.  Because it’s so light and comfortable, the Scamp is our go-to helmet for picky kids.  With a narrower profile in the back, the Scamp is also well-suited for trailer or bike seat use, in addition to bikes.

FITS KIDS: Toddlers and preschoolers aged 18-month to 3 years.

XS: 45 – 49 cm

S: 49 – 53 cm

FEATURES: Flat back for trailer or bike seat use, in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, built-in visor, pinch-guard buckle and optional MIPS technology.


2. Bell Sidetrack Youth: Best Overall – Older Kids, $40/$60

Bell Sidetrack Youth with MIPS: $60, View on Amazon


Styled like an adult mountain bike helmet, the Bell Sidetrack Youth offers the safety features parents desire along with a sporty and modern design kids love. A helmet can only protect your child or tween if they’re wearing it – Sidetrack to the rescue by making helmet wearing cool again!  Built with durable, in-mold construction and a sturdy dial-adjust system, the Sidetrack is also well ventilated for comfort. The Sidetrack is available with MIPS safety technology to minimize injuries from impacts at sharp angles. Safe, comfortable, durable, easily adjustable, and just plain cool, the Sidetrack has it all!

FITS KIDS: Ages 5 and up.

ONE SIZE: 50 – 57 cm

FEATURES: Ergo Fit dial-adjust system, in-mold construction, durable snap-in visor (removable), optional MIPS.

FULL REVIEW: Bell Sidetrack

3. Lazer Bob: Use with Trailer or Bike Seat, $25

Lazer Bob: $25, View on Amazon


Everything you need in a helmet at a budget-friendly price, the Lazer Bob is the perfect first helmet for young riders riding in a trailer or a child bike seat.  With a smooth, flat back, the BOB (which stands for Baby On Board) allows the child to comfortably rest their head on the back of the trailer or bike seat.  For a precise and easy fit, the BOB also has an elastic adjust band in the rear of the helmet that automatically adjusts to your child’s head.

FITS KIDS: Toddlers aged 12 months to 3 years.

ONE SIZE: 46 – 52 cm.

FEATURES: Flat back, increased protection below the neck.

4. Lazer P’Nut/Nut’Z (MIPS): Best Safety Features, $50/$80

Lazer P-Nut kid's helmet in dragon flames.

Lazer P/Nutz: $50+, View on Amazon


The cream-of-the-crop in kids’ helmets, the Lazer P’Nutz and Nut’z helmets (same helmet, just different sizes) have the perfect mix of style, performance and safety features.  The only kids’ helmet of its kind, the P’Nut and Nut’z takes the dial-adjust fit system to the next level with AutoFit.  With a tension wire inside the helmet (covered in a protective plastic sheath), the helmets automatically adjust to securely fit a child’s head.  Additional features include a magnetic, pinch-proof buckle, locking sliders to keep the chin straps in place, a built-in visor, and numerous vents for good air circulation.

FITS KIDS: The P’Nut is best for ages 18-months to 3 years while the Nut’z is better for kids ages 4 and up.

P’Nut: 46 – 50 cm

Nut’z: 50 – 56 cm

FEATURES: AutoFit internal cage adjust system, pinch-proof buckle, locking chin strap sliders, in-mold construction, great ventilation, optional MIPS.

FULL REVIEW: Lazer P’Nut/Nut’z

5. Kali Chakra Child/Youth: Best on a Budget, $30/$40

Kali Chakra Child/Youth: $30/$40, View on Amazon


With a compact, lightweight design, easy dial-adjust system, excellent ventilation, and a built-in visor, the Kali Chakra helmet is a kid and parent favorite. Ventilation on the child’s Chakra is superb – twenty-one large vents allow for excellent air flow. At 208 grams, it’s also one of the lightest-weight helmets we’ve tested!  To top it off, all Kali helmets come with a crash replacement guarantee.  If a Kali helmet is damaged during a crash, Kali will swap out your damaged helmet for a new free one.

FITS KIDS: The child size has a much narrower profile than the youth.  As a result, the child size is best for toddlers and preschoolers while the youth size is better for older kids.

Youth: 52 – 57 cm

Child: 48 – 54 cm

FEATURES: Light-weight, in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, well ventilated, crash replacement guarantee

FULL REVIEW: Kali Chakra

6. Melon: Best Skater-Style, $70

Melon: $70, View on Amazon


Packed with numerous safety and comfort features, Melon is everything you could want in a seriously cool-looking helmet. Most skater-style helmets are heavy and are very poorly ventilated, resulting in sweaty heads and kids who don’t want to wear helmets. Melon tackles the inevitable sweat problem by adding air channels in the foam head cushioning which allow air to circulate between the vents. The helmet also features Coolmax® helmet pads with sealed edges to prevent sweat dripping.

The helmet is also constructed with in-mold foam technologies, versus hardshell, which greatly decreases the weight of the helmet.  Lastly, to ensure their helmets stay in place, Melon incorporated a dial-adjust internal cage, locking sliders, a magnetic buckle, and three different thicknesses of front and rear internal pads to further customize the fit.

FITS KIDS: With a wide range of sizes available, the Melon is suitable for ages 2 years and up.

XXS/S: 46 – 52 cm

M/L: 52 – 58 cm

FEATURES: Internal air channels for excellent ventilation, Coolmax® helmet pads to prevent sweat from dripping, lightweight (rare for a skater-style helmet!), and an excellent adjustment system for the perfect fit.

NOTE: The Melon is NOT dual-certified for biking and skateboarding according to US standards.


7. Nutcase Little Nutty/Street: Best Dual-Certified, $60/$70

Nutcase Little Nutty or Street: $60/$70, View on Amazon


As fun as they are functional, Nutcase helmets are dual-certified for use for biking, skateboarding or scootering.  Although many helmets are skater-style, many are only certified for biking use.  To truly protect a child during skateboarding, the helmet must be constructed differently to protect from the multiple falls and impacts experienced by skateboarders.  Nutcase helmets feature fun and funky designs as well as a dial-adjust fit, locking sliders and a magnetic buckle.

FITS KIDS: The Little Nutty is suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years old.  The Street is larger in size and it better suited for ages 5 and up.

Little Nutty: 48 – 52cm

Street S: 52 – 56 cm

Street M: 56 – 60cm

FEATURES: Dual-certified, dial-adjust fit, magnetic buck, some of the funnest, funkiest designs around

FULL REVIEW: Little NuttyStreet

More detailed information about how to choose a helmet can be found on our Helmets: How to Choose page.  For a comparison chart of over 50 helmets, please view our Kids’ Bike Helmets: Comparison Charts and Ratings page.

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: November 28, 2017