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 10 helmets for general bike riding for kids.
If you have a child with a small head, check out 10 Best Bike Helmets for Babies and Toddlers.
Best Overall – Young Kids
MSRP: $35 (without MIPS), $55 (with MIPS)
SIZES: 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
FULL REVIEW: Giro Scamp
The Scamp is everything a helmet should be at a very reasonable price. Lightweight with a dial-adjust system and built with optional MIPS technology
, the Scamp doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles, but its simplicity makes it easy to use and easy on the wallet. With just a $55 price tag for the Scamp with MIPS, it’s one of the most reasonably priced MIPS helmets available. From a kid perspective, it’s consistently been one of our testers’ favorites because it’s so lightweight and comfortable. The Scamp is a win-win!
Best Overall – Older Kids
MSRP: $45 (without MIPS), $65 (with MIPS)
ONE SIZE: Youth 50 – 57 cm
FEATURES: Rubber-grip dial-adjust knob, side straps that don’t need adjusting, higher-quality internal pads, in-mold construction, sturdy and removable visor, upgraded MIPS technology
FULL REVIEW: Giro Tremor
The Tremor is similar to the very popular Bell Sidetrack, except that for just $5 more, it’s a much better helmet. Its high-quality fit and adjust system is simple to use – with a larger, rubber-grip dial-adjust knob that’s easier to turn, and soft side straps that don’t need adjusting, the Tremor makes fine-tuning a proper fit a breeze. Giro also made comfort a high priority with internal pads that are made of top-notch technical material and air channels in the pads for less head sweat. To top it off, the MIPS model of the Tremor features an updated MIPS system that has less plastic for better air flow.
Best and Easiest Fit
SIZES: M (52 – 56 cm). Will be available in S and L in fall 2018.
FEATURES: Full coverage for an accurate and consistent fit, un-twistable side straps, magnetic, pinch-free buckle, dial-adjust, in-mold construction, padded chin strap, rubber visor for facial impact protection
FULL REVIEW: WOOM
Twisted side straps and helmets that are difficult to adjust and just never seem to stay in place… WOOM has addressed and solved our major helmet frustrations with its new branded helmet. Just like WOOM is famous for with its bikes, the company pays attention to the smallest details which then add up to a superior product. Our very favorite thing about the WOOM helmet is that its extended coverage is designed in a way to make it virtually impossible to wear incorrectly. This is our number one complaint with helmets in general, and WOOM has gone and become our “proper and consistent fit” hero.
Best Safety Features
MSRP: $50 (without MIPS), $80 (with MIPS)
SIZES: Nut’z (50 – 56 cm), P’Nut (46 – 50 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
As close to a luxury as a helmet gets, the Lazer P’Nut and Nut’z helmets (same helmet, just different sizes) excel in style, performance, and safety. The Nut’z key feature is its AutoFit system that takes the human error out of fitting the helmet to your child’s head. The enclosed tension wire inside the helmet automatically adjusts for a precise fit. 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.
Best on a Budget
SIZES: Youth (52 – 57 cm)
The Chakra does come in a smaller Child size, but it’s more narrow and is best suited for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
FEATURES: Light-weight, in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, great ventilation, crash replacement guarantee
FULL REVIEW: Kali Chakra
With a crash replacement guarantee
, you may never need to buy your child another helmet! But seriously, we’ve actually had a helmet replaced for free after a Kali Chakra prevented a pretty serious injury to one of our riders. It’s the real deal! The Chakra is also super lightweight, compact, has 21 large vents for superb ventilation, an easy dial-adjust system, and a built-in visor. The Kali Chakra is a kid and parent favorite!
SIZES: Street S (52 – 56 cm), Street M (56 – 60cm), Little Nutty (48 – 52cm)
FEATURES: Dual-certified, dial-adjust fit, magnetic buckle, fun and funky designs
FULL REVIEW: Nutcase Street
Super safe without sacrificing style, 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.
SIZES: 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
FULL REVIEW: Melon
The Melon isn’t cheap, but it looks cool, is impressively lightweight, and is packed with tons of features. Most skater-style helmets are heavy, but not the Melon! The Melon is constructed with in-mold foam technology, versus hardshell, which greatly decreases the weight of the helmet. Skater-style helmets are also usually poorly ventilated, but the Melon has air channels in the foam head cushioning to allow air to circulate between the vents. The helmet also features Coolmax® helmet pads with sealed edges to prevent sweat dripping.
NOTE: The Melon is NOT dual-certified for biking and skateboarding according to US standards.
Best True Cycling
MSRP: $35 (without MIPS), $55 (with MIPS)
ONE SIZE: Youth (50 – 57 cm)
FEATURES: Airflow channels and 22 vents for superior ventilation, high-quality and easy-to-use adjustment system, technical fabric on padding, upgraded MIPS system
FULL REVIEW: Giro Hale
The Giro Hale is an update and serious upgrade to Giro’s Raze youth helmet. Weighing in at just 247 grams and with 22 vents, the Hale is lightweight and boasts some serious ventilation for less sweat and a more comfortable ride. The high-quality technical material on the sealed internal pads also help keep your child’s head cool and dry(er). The fit adjustment system is simplified and easy to use, and the optional MIPS model now comes with an updated MIPS system that has less plastic for less head sweat.
Most Fun Designs
SIZES: S (48 – 53 cm), M (53 – 57 cm), L (56 – 58 cm)
FEATURES: Dial-adjust fit system, cute designs, flat back for trailer use
FULL REVIEW: Coming soon!
The Micro helmet is a pretty standard skater-style helmet, but if you’re looking to delight your child with how fun a helmet can look, these helmets are for you! From dinosaurs and space rockets to polka dots and flowers, Micro helmets have plenty of adorable designs to choose from for both boys and girls. These helmets are a bit heavier than many of the others on our list, but this is quite common in skater-style helmets. Micro helmets are dual-certified according to European standards, but not US standards.
MSRP: $40 (without MIPS), $60 (with MIPS)
SIZE: Youth (50 – 57 cm)
FEATURES: Ergo Fit dial-adjust system, in-mold construction, durable snap-in visor (removable), optional MIPS
FULL REVIEW: Bell Sidetrack
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!