Best Kids' Bike Helmets of 2022

A well-fitting helmet helps protect your child from injury

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Everyone should wear a bike helmet when they go out for a ride, but that’s especially important for kids. 

In 21 states and the District of Columbia, children are actually required to wear bike helmets, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute. And many cities and towns have similar mandates.

Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of serious head injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it easier for kids and parents to focus on the fun of a bike ride itself. 

Excellent youth bike helmets are available in a variety of styles and prices. Below are a few of our top picks, in alphabetical order. (Read more about our bike helmet testing.) Members can access our full ratings of 50 bike helmets for adults and 21 bike helmets for kids.

For more on what to consider when buying a youth helmet, learn how to choose a bike helmet for a child.


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Kevin Loria

I'm a science journalist who writes about health for Consumer Reports. I'm interested in finding the ways that people can transform their health for the better and in calling out the systems, companies, and policies that expose patients to unnecessary harm. As a dad, I spend most of my free time trying to keep up with a toddler, but I also enjoy exploring the outdoors whenever possible. Follow me on Twitter (@kevloria).