Toy semi trucks provide a tactile experience that thrills most children. They are great for hauling a fleet of vehicles or a jumbo load of dirt from one end of the sandbox to the other. Since most kids can’t resist a toy with wheels (and most of these have about 16) we’ve brought you the top toy semis of 2019.

Our Top Picks

TOMY John Deere Big Farm Semi

Best Overall

Tomy John Deere Big Farm

Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe

Upgrade Choice

Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe

Hot Wheels City Blastin Rig

Best Budget Buy

Hot Wheels City Blastin Rig

How to Pick the The 9 Best Toy Semi Trucks

1. Recommended Age

Children of all ages enjoy playing with toy trucks, but it’s important to consider a child’s age when determining the safety of a toy. Small parts that break off easily may pose as a choking hazard for children under the age of 3. Meanwhile, younger children may have difficulty handling small moving parts or manipulating small buttons.

2. Material

Toy trucks are made from a wide variety of materials, including plastic, metal, and wood. When choosing a vehicle’s material, be sure that it is durable enough to withstand regular use. While wood and metal are often used in specialty toys, these materials succumb to rust and rot when left outdoors. Meanwhile, plastic is durable yet tends to fade and break easily.

3. Size

When choosing a toy by size, be sure that it is the right fit for your growing child. Look at the products dimensions to ensure that your child can easily grasp it in their hands and manipulate any buttons or movable parts.

4. Additional vehicles

A semi is no fun if you don’t have anything to haul. Some manufacturers take the guesswork out of the cargo by providing their customers with compatible tow vehicles.

5. Indoor/Outdoor

While many kids enjoy using their semis in the sandbox or mud, some toys are only designed for indoor play. Be sure to inquire whether a toy is intended for use inside, outside, or both.

The Winners

#1

TOMY John Deere Big Farm

Best Overall

 The TOMY John Deere Big Farm has incredibly realistic details and childproof durability which features removable hitch for easy loading and unloading as well as adjustable side riggers for those wide loads. When assembled, the truck will be 4 foot long. 

Recommended Age: 3 years and up 
Material: Low-tech 
Size: Plastic 
Additional vehicles: 1:16 scale, JCB Loader Backhoe  
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors

#2

Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe

Upgrade Choice

Enable your little one to reign over their play construction site with the Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe. A realistic flatbed and towable black and yellow backhoe. Made in Germany, Bruder toys are known for their exceptional quality and true-to-life details. Cruise on down the pavement with this cherry-red Mack. Then, use the functional low loader and stabilizing legs to load and secure your cargo. This is what truckers like to call a “skateboard.”

Recommended Age: 36 months to 10 years
Material: Low-tech
Size: Plastic
Dimension: 36.8 x 7.8 x 10.4 inches
Additional vehicles: JCB Loader Backhoe
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors and outdoors

#3

Hot Wheels City Blastin Rig

Best Budget Buy

Is your kiddo a Hot Wheels enthusiast with a sizable collection? This double-decker flatbed, Hot Wheels City Blastin Rig lets kids haul 14 miniature cars to the make-believe race of their dreams. It even comes with three speedy Hot Wheels racers to get them started. There’s even a built-in car launcher that enables kids to present their race vehicles with gusto!

Recommended Age: 36 months to 10 years 
Material: Low-tech 
Size: Plastic 
Dimension: 20 x 3.5 x 5 inches
Additional vehicles: Three Hot Wheels vehicles
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors

#4

Ertl John Deere Grain Trailer

Best toy semi trucks and trailers

Ertl is the quintessential farm toy manufacturer. With a John Deere logo meticulously slapped across this semi truck, this highway rambler, Ertl John Deere Grain Trailer is the perfect vehicle for hauling surplus loads of make-believe grain. The miniature tarp slides off and the back doors open and close for easy loading and unloading.

Recommended Age: 8 to 10 years 
Material: Low-tech 
Size: Metal, plastic, fabric 
Dimension: 12 x 3 x 3 inches 
Additional vehicles: No extra vehicles 
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors

#5

Melissa-Doug Wooden toy Trailer

Best wooden toy semi trucks

Looking for a set of toy cars that inspire learning while keeping your little one pleased. Melissa and Dough are the gold standard for well-rounded educational toys. Their adorable Melissa-Doug Wooden toy Trailers are designed to spark the imagination while teaching colors, letters, and numbers. The best part is that it manages to do all this without the need for batteries or showy features.

Recommended Age: 36 months to 6 years 
Material: Low-tech 
Size: Plastic
Dimension: 14 x 6 x 3 inches 
Additional vehicles: Detachable low trailer 
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors 

#6

Peterbilt Model Vehicle Grain Trailer

Want to teach your child about the wonders of the food pipeline? This detailed scale models of a Peterbilt truck and grain trailer are the perfect toys for the future farmers of America. The Peterbilt Model Vehicle Grain Trailers are nearly exact replicas of the real things, with lights and sound to foster a wholly immersive experience. This truck also features movable doors, movable mirrors, and an extra set of wheels. Just be sure to give your little one some threes and eights (trucker slang for hugs and kisses) before they hit the road.

Recommended Age: 36 months – 5 years
Material: High-tech
Size: Plastic
Dimension: 45 x 7.8 x 10 inches
Additional vehicles: No extra vehicles
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors and outdoors

#7

Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe

Bruder has worked their toy vehicle magic once again with the incredibly realistic Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe. One sight of these impeccable construction site vehicles will have your child grinning ear to ear. The trucks boast loads of functional parts, including fold-down ramps, stabilizing legs, wheels chocks, and fold-out mirrors. The best part is that these dirt and sand-proof beasts inspire little ones to enjoy the great outdoors without having to leave their beloved toy cars behind.

Recommended Age: 36 months to 15 years 
Material: Low-tech 
Size: Plastic 
Dimension: 33.9 x 7.1 x 9.4 inches 
Additional vehicles: JCB Backhoe Loader 
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors and outdoors

#8

ToyVelt Carrier Megatoybrand Truck

What if we told you there was a semi truck built with budding paleontologists in mind? The ToyVelt Carrier Megatoybrand Truck offers ample space to store your favorite prehistoric lizards. It even comes with a set of six scaley creates to get your kiddo started on their very own archeological adventures. We love that this compact playset even has a handle for taking it on the go!

Recommended Age: 36 months to 6 years 
Material: Low-tech 
Size: Plastic
Dimension: 16.6 x 5.5 x 3.6 inches 
Additional vehicles: Six dinosaur toys 
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors 

#9

Fisher-Price Little Peoples flatbed

The Fisher-Price Little Peoples flatbed is the perfect toy for toddlers with an enthusiasm for things that go “vroom.'” It’s a playful big rig with cartoony eyes, movable face features, and a light-up mouth. Three Richard Scary-esque racers fit like sardines in the high-walled truck bed. Push the button on top of Zig the Big Rig’s head and watch as they race out the side gate! With 50 unique phrases, Zig might just have something to say about it!

Recommended Age: 18 months to 6 years 
Material: High-tech 
Size: Plastic 
Dimension: 13.5 x 6.5 x 7.5 inches 
Additional vehicles: JCB Loader Backhoe 
Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for indoors 

Quick Decision

TOMY John Deere Big Farm – Best Overall
Has landed a place as our editor’s pick thanks to its incredibly realistic details and childproof durability

Bruder Granite Loader Backhoe – Upgrade Choice
Its inclusion of a tow vehicle as well as its many functional features makes it our upgrade choice.

Hot Wheels City Blastin Rig – Best Budget Buy
Finally, our best budget buy is none other than the Hot Wheels City Blastin’ Rig, which provides ample transportation for all your child’s favorite Hot Wheel cars.

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