Does your child spend endless hours laying belly down on the floor, pushing around vehicles while loudly humming, “Vroom!”? Imagine their delight when they get to plop their rear on their very own vehicle and scoot, pedal, or drive their way to the next adventure!

We have compiled a list of the best ride-on toys we could find. They cover just about every age, and range from foot powered and pedal pumping to low scooting and electric driving. Not sure what to look for? Check out our tips and advice before you shop.

Our Top Picks

Hauk Sirocco Racing Go Kart

Upgrade Choice

Hauk Sirocco Racing Go Kar

Mickey Mouse Plane

Best Budget Buy

Kiddieland Disney Mickey Mouse Plane

How to Pick the Best Ride-On Toys

1. Recommended Age

The first step in trying to find the perfect ride-on toy for your youngster is to check the manufacturers recommended age. Ride-on toys come in a vast array of sizes and styles. While some may be perfectly safe for older children, they are more than likely not suitable for a toddler.

2. Ride-On Style

Some ride-on toys are low to the ground and are moved by the power of those little feet. These styles may be ideal for the littlest ones. Others are powered by pushing pedals and can move at faster speeds. These may be more suitable to a preschooler. And finally, there are ride-on toys that are electric powered and can travel at speeds around 2 miles-per-hour. It all comes down to your child and their experience level with these particular types of toys.

3. Dimensions

Knowing the dimensions of the ride-on toy can actually make more of a difference then you may realize. What may look like a perfectly suitable sized toy for your child in a picture could very well end up arriving at your door either way too small or too big for your child. Once you have determined the recommended age, you’ll want to make sure that the length, width, and height of the toy is well sized for the one you hold dear.

4. Weight

Weight is not necessarily an issue with most ride-on toys. There are, however, some that can be quite heavy. These varieties are usually the electric styled ride-on. They can weigh as much as 20 to 60 lbs. This is something you may want to take into consideration when choosing the right toy for your child to ride on.

5. Materials

Many of the smaller ride-on toys are made of wood or plastic material that should be labeled safe for children. These types are usually designed for small children and might be outgrown quicker then desired. If your thinking on getting a larger, more heavy duty ride-on, then you’ll probably be dealing with other materials such as a steel frame, pneumatic tires, motor, and electronics.

6. Electronics

You really can’t get by these days without having some kind of electronic accessory built into a toy. Not all of the ride-on toys come equipped with such extras but many do. These can be anywhere from LED headlights and tail-lights, beeping horns and walkie-talkies to music, and engine sounds. It’s all a matter of how many bells and whistles you think your child may want in their new ride.

The Winners

#1

Best Choice Products 4-Wheeler ATV

Best 12-Volt Ride-On Toy

A 4-Wheeler  ATV with a dual speed motor, rechargeable 12-V battery, and an integrated forward and reverse gear switch. It has a top speed of 2 mph, with treaded tires so your child can cruise through dirt and grass with ease. The ATV also comes with some extras such as engine sounds, built-in horn, music, and LED headlights.

Recommended Age
Ages 3 and up

Ride-On Style
Electric ATV

Dimensions
34 x 24 x 25.5 inches

Weight
26.8 lbs

Materials
Plastic Electronics

Electronics
12-V rechargeable battery
LED headlights
Engine sounds
Horn Music

#2

Razor MX400 Dirt Rocket

Best 24-Volt Ride-On Toy

The Razor MX400 Dirt Rocket with a single speed, chain driven motor. This scaled down bike has 12-inch pneumatic knobby tires and can handle riders up to 140 lbs at speeds up to 14 miles-per-hour. It has a twist grip throttle control and adjustable riser handlebars.

Recommended Age
Ages 13 and up

Ride-On Style
Electric Motocross dirt bike

Dimensions
24.5 x 45.5 x 10.5 inches

Weight
61.7 lbs

Materials
13-inch tires
Single speed, chain driven motor
350-watt electric motor

#3

Poco Divo Blue Digger Scooter

Best Ride-On Digger

The Poco Divo Blue Digger Scooter is a 3-in-1 ride-on toy that can provide your child with hours of fun. They can use it as a ride-on toy, a digger, a scooter, and pulling cart. The riders cab rotates while the digger arm can be raised and lowered for a realistic construction job experience. It also has music built into the steering wheel with flashing lights.

Recommended Age
Ages 3 and up

Ride-On Style
Foot and hand powered digger

Dimensions
41 x 11.5 x 18 inches

Weight
7.9 lbs

Materials
Plastic

Electronics
Music
Lights

#4

Explorer 2-Seater Ride-On Ca

Best Electric Ride-On With Rubber Tires

 The Explorer Ride-On Car Truck is a two-seater electric truck designed for riders 2 to 6 years of age with a maximum combined weight of 100 lbs. It has two powerful motors with two forward speeds and one reverse speed. The truck also has a full function 2.4 Ghz parental remote control with three speeds and a stop button.

Recommended Age
Ages 2 to 6 years

Ride-On Style
Electric truck

Dimensions
50 x 31 x 30.5 inches

Weight
60 lbs

Materials
ASTM F963 Compliant materials
2 powerful motors
Two safety belts
Front/rear shock absorbers
Wide track rubber tires

Electronics
Removable 12-volt large capacity battery
2.4 Ghz R/C Parental remote control
Integrated MP3 player
LED headlights/tail lights/dashboard lights
Horn sounds

#5

Kiddieland Disney Mickey Mouse Plane

Best Budget Buy

A Mickey Mouse themed plane that Disney lovers will adore. The Kiddieland Disney Mickey Mouse Plane has shifting gears with revving, landing, and lift-off sounds, and a propeller that rotates with light-up patterns. There is also a mickey mouse miniature driver that moves to music and sounds.

Recommended Age
Ages 1 to 3 years

Ride-On Style
Push plane

Dimensions
21.5 x 17.2 x 18 inches

Weight
5.7 lbs

Materials
Plastic

Electronics
Music
Plane sounds
Dancing Mickey Mouse

#6

Little Tikes Magical Unicorn Ride

The Little Tikes Magical Unicorn Ride is where your child can either use their own foot power to drive their magical carriage or you can push your child by simply putting the removable floorboard back into place. The also carriage has a light up horn that alternates between colors.

Recommended Age
18 months to 4 years

Ride-On Style
Foot powered and parent handle pushing

Dimensions
50.2 x 114.3 x 96.5 cm

Weight
11.7 kg

Materials
Plastic

Electronics
Color changing horn

#7

WheelyBug Bee

The WheelyBug Bee is a handcrafted ride-on toy designed as a whimsical and friendly bumblebee. It has a wooden base and a body that is covered in sponge padding with a covering of tough polyurethane. It rolls smoothly along on multi-directional castors so that your child can maneuver whichever direction they desire.

Recommended Age
2.5 to 5 years

Ride-On Style
Foot powered

Dimensions
46 x 26 x 28 cm

Weight
2.5 kg

Materials
Wood Polyurethane
Sponge padding
International and European safety tested materials

Electronics
NA

#8

Micro Kickboard Scooter

The Micro Kickboard Scooter  the highest rating scooter for the 2 to 5 age range and is recommended for children up to 44 lbs. It has 3 wheels that glide smoothly below a low to the ground deck.

Recommended Age
Ages 2 to 5 years

Ride-On Style
Foot powered

Dimensions
10.6 x 2 x 26 inches

Weight
3.31 lbs

Materials
Fiberglass reinforced deck
High-quality wheels
Safety certified by the CPSC

Electronics
NA

#9

Fisher-Price Little People Fire Truck

Best Ride-On Fire Truck

The Fisher-Price brightly colored fire truck with both flashing lights and siren that are activated on the handlebars, as well as a walkie-talkie with sounds. There is a clicking fire hose on the front when it’s time for your little fire person to put a fire out.

Recommended Age
1 to 3 years

Ride-On Style
Foot powered and push

Dimensions
20.8 x 10 x 15.8 inches

Weight
4.81 lbs

Materials
Plastic

Electronics
Sounds and lights

#10

Hauk Sirocco Racing Go Kart

Upgrade Choice

A racing go kart that is designed to go! The Hauk Sirocco Racing Pedal Kart is specifically designed for young riders, allowing them to control their speed while giving them an authentic driving experience. It has an auto-clutch free ride, low profile wheels, a sporty steering wheel, and steel tube powder coat frame.

Recommended Age
4 to 10 years

Ride-On Style
Pedal bike

Dimensions
46.1 x 24.6 x 26.8 inches

Weight
34 lbs

Materials
Plastic Low profile wheels
3-point steering wheel
Steel tube powder coat frame

Electronics
NA

#11

Ezyroller Ride-On Toy

Editors Choice

The Ezyroller Ride-On Toy may bring your child’s riding experience to a whole new level of excitement and wonder. This scooter is no ordinary scooter. Its frame and seat are low to the ground and it moves like a snake as your child maneuvers their legs to the left or the right. It has two steel extensions to adjust to your child and can hold up to 150 lbs.

Recommended Age
Ages 4 and up

Ride-On Style
Leg powered scooter

Dimensions
28 – 39L x 17.6 x 13.5 inches

Weight
12.8 lbs

Materials
Steel frame

Electronics
NA

DIY, Craft and Décor ideas

Outdoor ride-on toy

Ana White made a scooter for toddlers using various wood scraps, wood dowels, 4 swivel caster wheels, wood glue, sandpaper, and some finishing touches. You can check out her full instructions and photos over at her website.

Wooden indoor ride-on toy

If you want to make your little one a ride-on toy for the indoors, you should check out this cool vintage-inspired ride-on that Elsie and Emma at A Beautiful Mess made. They have easy step-by-step instructions that will help you on your way.

pedal bike into balance bike

The folks over at Research Parent show just how easy it is to take a traditional pedal bike and turn it into a no-pedal balance bike (also known as a Strider). In 20 to 30 minutes you can turn that bike into a toy that will help your child learn how to balance a bike before learning how to ride it with pedals.

Quick Decision

Ezyroller Ride-On Toy – Best Overall
Children who tire of the same old thing may find the Ezyroller scooter to be just what they have been looking for to bring a new twist to their scooter riding days

Hauk Sirocco Racing Go Kart – Upgrade Choice
Once your child has outgrown the typical ride-on toy, you may want to consider moving them up in the world with the Hauk Sirocco Racing Go Kart that can give them the feel of a traditional go-kart without the roaring engine.

Kiddieland Disney Mickey Mouse Plane – Best Budget Buy
If you’re on a budget but want a ride-on toy for your child that loves everything Disney, then you may want to consider the Mickey Mouse Plane with is animated charm.

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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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