Is your child is a fan of remote control cars and creepy creatures? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to shower them with a remote-controlled spider toy. Eight-legged automatons may seem like an obvious entry point for kid-on-parent pranks. However, many of these toys also provide children with endless creative, imaginative, educational opportunities. We’ve tested five of the top-rated remote control spiders of 2020. Check out our honest opinion of these creepy crawlers as well as some essential RC spider buying tips.

Our Top Picks

How to Choose a Remote Control Spider

You’ve decided to buy your kiddo one of the most amazing playthings known to mankind: a remote-controlled spider. Where do you start?

1. Recommended Age

We probably don’t need to tell you that a 300-piece erector set is just as likely to confuse a preschooler as a single-function robotic spider is to bore your tween. So, how do you decide which remote-controlled spider is a good fit for your child?

For starters, take a look at the controller that comes with the remote-controlled spider. How many buttons are they? How are the buttons arranged? How big is the controller?

Young children do not have very advanced hand-eye coordination skills. Most struggle to toggle multiple buttons at the same time. For little spider fans, it’s best to stick with controllers with just two to four buttons. Since little ones have more vibrant imaginations, feel free to look past less-than-realistic details.

Older children are much more likely to appreciate toy spiders with faux fur, fangs, and glowing eyes. These details may be a bit too realistic and fear-invoking for children under the age of 10. Older children get more out of advanced controllers, such as those with multi-directional buttons and special effects. Of course, build-your-own robots are highly satisfying to older children with interests in engineering, coding, and other STEM skills.

2. Sounds

If your kid is into creepy crawlies, they’re likely to appreciate a spider that grunts or hisses. Yet, some loud sound effects may reduce your kiddo’s chances of nailing that eight-legged surprise attack they’ve been striving so hard to pull off. There’s also always the chance that those the sound effects will send their sensory-sensitive siblings or overworked parents over the edge.

3. Size

Real tarantulas range from 4.5 to 11 inches in length and weigh as much as 3 ounces. It’s up to you to decide whether a miniature, anatomically correct, or jumbo spider is right for your little one. When in doubt, choose something that your child can easily handle on their own. Keep in mind that these utterly realistic toy animals can sometimes invoke a reaction from pets and unsuspecting witnesses.

4. Power

One of your foremost buying considerations should be where your RC spider gets its power. Typically, you’ll need two types of batteries, including one set for the controller and another for the spider. Rechargeable batteries are also an option. However, we’ve struggled to find remote-controlled spiders that relied on this type of power source.

When purchasing any type of battery-operated toy, it’s necessary to inquire how long the batteries are expected to last. We can’t tell you how many toys we abandoned because they failed to provide satisfactory run times.

5. Number of Pieces

Most assembled remote-controlled spiders consist of two elements: a spider and a controller. It’s the number of pieces in the build-your-own robots and erector sets that you should really be counting. A 300-piece RC spider can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to complete. It’s essential to weigh the complexity of a set up against your child’s skills to determine whether or not its a good gift idea.

6. Durability and Performance

Most remote control spiders aren’t capable of traversing dynamic outdoor landscapes. Yet, it is still necessary to look for products that can withstand some hard hits. Make sure your RC spider is made from durable plastic or metal. What’s more, check to see the remote control distance and steering accuracy. Modern children have come to expect great things from technology. Slow response times and choppy connections set the stage for disappointment.

The Winners

#1

Discovery Kids RC Tarantula

Best Overall

Your little one will love sending this remote-controlled tarantula scuttling around the house. It has realistic markings as well as glowing red LED eyes. It comes with an easy-to-toggle controller. Not to mention, a universal wheel helps this little creature to scamper just like a living, breathing arachnid.

Help your little one find a synthesis between tech and nature. While this remote-controlled tarantula invites mischief, it’s also a fruitful learning opportunity. The controller has just two buttons. As a result, it’s an attractive premise for curious young children.

Discovery Kids has included all of this eight-legged predator’s haunting features, including two massive fangs and blood-red eyes. Leave it to your little one to judge whether the package is realistic or fear-invoking. Once kiddos got over their initial apprehension, they were quick to capitalize on this toy’s prank potential. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t get a laugh or two out of this Discovery Kids toy too.

Recommended Age: 6 years and up
Sounds: Minimal sound effects
Size: 14.7 x 9.9 x 3.9 inches
Power: Six AAA batteries required
Number of Pieces: One spider, one remote control

#2

Meccano Erector Spider

Upgrade Choice

This massive erector spider from Meccano is one of the best STEAM toys on the market. With close to 300 pieces and a total build time of nearly 3 hours, the Mecca Spider requires a great deal of parental support and oversight. Yet, the lengthy parent-child bonding time and pleasingly creepy output are well worth the required time and money.

Once the spider is assembled, your kiddo can use the infrared control to dictate their creation’s every move. Or else, they can control the robot’s movements with the help of a no-cost phone app. Train the spider to defend your turf. Then, use it to play engaging games, such as spider roulette.

The kit comes with all the tools, sensors, and modules needed to create an interactive robot. While the Mecca’s high-tech appearance doesn’t allow it to pass as a real tarantula, it’s movements and behaviors are eerily authentic. If you’re looking to show your robot-obsessed child a little love, this venom-spitting spider is sure to be a hit.

Recommended Age: 10-15 years
Sounds: Sounds effects and songs
Size: 18 inches x 16 inches x 7.5 inches
Power: Requires 5 C batteries
Number of Pieces: 291 pieces

#3

Abicial Kid RC Spider

Best Budget Buy

Our next pick is one of the most satisfying and budget-friendly android arthropod on the market. The glowing red eyes and fuzzy brown hair make it a stomach-churning sight. Your little prankster or nature enthusiast will love watching this realistic tarantula scuttle along their chosen path.

The Abicial remote-controlled spider performs best when on smooth, flat surfaces. It crawls silently toward unsuspecting subjects. The free-moving legs will send chills down your spine. Once you familiarize yourself with this odd little automaton, you’re sure to warm up to its existence.

The simplified infrared remote control is easy enough for small children to use. It makes a fabulous gift for kiddos who are looking to discover the wonders of animal kingdom from the comfort of their own home.

Recommended Age: 6 years and up
Sounds: None
Size: 6.30′ inches x 5.91 inches
Power: 2 1.5-volt AAA batteries required for spider and remote
Number of Pieces: One spider, one remote

#4

Advanced Play RC Tarantula

Most Realistic

Keep it real with this hairy remote-controlled tarantula. The Advanced Play RC Tarantula is the perfect gift for the perennial practical joker in your family. Use the clandestine remote to sneak up and invoke fear in unsuspecting family members. While this creepy-crawly android isn’t 100%silent, it’s discrete enough to pull off frightening surprise attacks.

The unsuspecting victims of this remote-controlled spider will never forget its glowing red eyes. This stealthy spy-der is sure to send your kiddos into laughing fits. The toy’s realistic and multi-directional movements make it an excellent prop for homemade horror movies and potentially viral Tik Tok videos.

Keep in mind this toy tarantula is proven to invoke fear and swatting in those with arachnophobia. If your the parent of a class clown, make sure this creepy crawler doesn’t make its way into the classroom.

Recommended Age:
Sounds:
Size: 13.1 x 10.5 x 3.7 inches
Power:
4 AA batteries required for the spider and 1 9-volt battery required for the remote control
Number of Pieces: One spider, one remote control

#5

Hexbug Spider

While our young spider experts were quick to shed light on the fact that the Hexbug Spider was two legs shy of being a true spider, they were no less thrilled by this creepy-crawly robot. The spider’s transparent exterior provides a look into the machined guts that bring it to life.

A matching handheld remote control enables your child to dictate the spider’s every move. Built-in infrared antennae and sound-detectors prevent the Hexbug from needlessly colliding with obstacles. The sudo spider has a 360-degree rotating head and can crawl in any direction.

Choose between five crystalline colors, including orange, blue, green, red, and teal. This mechanical marvel provides hours of entertainment. Best of all, there’s no assembly required.

The Hexbug’s simple controller and colorful design make it a top choice for younger children. Of course, if you’re kiddo is looking to scare the pants off their siblings, the following toy features a more grotesque design.

Recommended Age: 8 years and up
Sounds: None
Size: 3.74 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches
Power: 5 LR44 batteries required (included)
Number of Pieces: One spider, one remote control

Quick Decision

Discovery Kids RC Tarantula – Best Overall
Complete with glowing red eyes and free-moving legs, this robo-spider will send chills down the spine of anyone suffering from arachnophobia.

Meccano Erector Spider – Upgrade Choice
One of the best STEAM toys on the market.

 Abicial Kid RC Spider – Best Budget Buy
 If you’re looking to cut down spending but still want to feed your little one’s thirst for creepy-crawly robots, our best budget pick is worth a minute or two of your attention.

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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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