Are you dealing with a 2 or 3-year-old that has so much pent up energy that you’re both climbing the walls? Perhaps you have a 1-year-old and you’re looking for a way to get out of the house. Either way, I may have a cure for you. It is called a tricycle and can work wonders!

I’ve grouped together some of our favorite trikes on the market. Some are perfect for pushing the littlest toddlers around in, and others are designed for those busy little feet to do their own pedaling. If your not sure which is best for you, I’ve also included some facts and tips.

Our Top Picks

Little Tikes Perfect Fit 4-in-1 Trike

Best Overall

Little Tikes Perfect 4-in-1 Trike

Razor Power Rider Electric Tricycle

Upgrade Choice

Razor Power Rider Electric Tricycle

SmarTrike 4 in 1 baby Tricycle

Best Budget Buy

BABY JOY Tricycle Rotatable Detachable

How to Pick the Best Tricycle for toddlers

1. Recommended Age

You will want to check the manufacturer’s age recommendation when making your trike purchase. There are certain guidelines to follow, such as the size and weight of a child and their ability to sit comfortably and safely in a trike, or that they have reached the ability to pedal one with ease. Some trikes are design for baby’s around the age of 10 months and up, while others will only be suitable for 2 to 3-year-olds.

2. Safety

There are many safety features that may come with a trike, however, there are two different types you’ll want to look for. Baby’s and very young toddlers will require things such as safety harnesses that will keep your little one snug and safe in their seat. You may also want safety bars for added security to keep either a baby or an unsteady toddler safely confined inside the trike.

Toddlers that are becoming their own driver will need different safety measures. There are non-slip pedals to keep their little feet from slipping and sliding as they eagerly pump their legs for speed. You’ll also want a trike with an adjustable seat so that your little one can easily reach the pedals and handles. Once they are able to speed around using their own two feet, you’ll want to make sure to get them a safety helmet. This will not only keep them safe, but will also reinforce helmet wearing behavior for when they move on to a two-wheel bike. If you’re opting for an electric trike then you’ll want to make sure it has handgrip brakes.

3. Push-Style

If you have decided to purchase a trike designed for very young toddlers, then you may want to get one that has a push bar. These are adjustable waist-high bars with handles that allow you to have control over the trikes movement until your little one is able to pedal it on their own. It also comes in handy for those times when their little legs get tired!

4. Canopy

If you plan on taking many trips outdoors during sunny days, then it may be a good idea to get a trike that has a removable canopy. These will shade your child from the harsh UV rays of the sun. They come in varying sizes from minimal protection up to full protection.

5. Durability and Stability

There are a few things to look for when it comes to the build of a trike. Some are built with good, solid steel, while others are made of durable plastic. If you plan on getting as much use as possible out of the trike, then I would recommend a heavy duty built tricycle. Other options you may want to look for are high back support on the seat, and shock absorbers.

6. Design and Style

Now we get to the fun part. When picking out a trike you’ll want to look for some of the extra perks. This doesn’t always mean just the color or design. Other things to consider are a rear basket with a lid. This can come in handy for your child to bring along their favorite toys. It is also ideal if you want a place to store things such as a phone, purse, or snacks. You can also get a trike that comes with removable seat pads for extra comfort.

The Winners

#1

Little Tykes 4-in-1 Trike

Best Overall

The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike is made to last for years. It has guided, learning, developing, and independent stages so you can easily convert your 9-month-old’s trike into your independent 5-year-old’s trike.

The Little Tykes trike is built for safety and convenience. It has a waist-high push bar, safety straps, safety bar, large storage bucket, full shade canopy, footrests, and an adjustable seat.

  • You'll love:
  • Its large behind the seat storage bucket makes it ideal for parents on-the-go.
  • The four stages of this trike are like having four different trikes in one.
  • You have three color options with this trike to make it more personal.
  • Watch for: Takes some effort to assemble.

Recommended age
9 months to 5 years

Weight limit
50 lbs.

Safety
High back seat
Protective foot tray
5-point seat belt harness
Protective safety bar

Push-Style
Adjustable waist bar

Canopy
Full shade canopy

Durability and Stability
Adjustable seat

Design and Style
Light blue, dark blue, pink
Large parent storage bucket with bottle holder

#2

Razor Power Rider Electric Tricycle

Upgrade Choice

This is not your standard tricycle. The Razor Power Rider Electric Tricycle is an electric powered trike recommended for kids 8 and up. Kids that have grown tired of their pedal-powered trikes can increase their speed and pizzazz while cruising down their block at top speeds of 9 miles-per-hour for up to 30 minutes of continuous use. The trike includes front hand operated brakes, a 12-V rechargeable battery system, charger, a high-impact pneumatic front wheel, and folding foot pegs for in and out ease.

  • You'll love: By the age of 8, kids have more than likely outgrown their pedal trike. This trike gives them more freedom to explore their need for speed.
  • Watch for:
  • The trike has a 12 hour charging time.
  • The Razor Power Rider is a big step up from the pedal styled trikes. You’ll definitely want to consider safety gear.

Recommended age
8 years and up

Weight limit
120 lbs.

Safety
Front hand operated brakes
Folding foot pegs

Durability and Stability
Plastic, rubber, and steel construction
12-V sealed lead acid rechargeable battery system with charger

Design and Style
Electric powered
Push button throttle

#3

SmarTrike 4 in 1 Baby Tricycle

Best Budget Buy

The SmarTrike 4 in 1 baby Tricycle baby Tricycle is a great beginner tricycle for even the youngest of toddlers. It has a 3-point Y harness and removable safety bar that will keep your little tyke safely within the confines of their trike. No more accidental spillovers! The trike has a 4-phase system that enables you to convert it to your child’s need based on their age. It has an effortless steering bar and a trike control button that will keep you in control of the bike until your toddler is ready to take over.

  • You'll love:
  • With the harness and removable safety bar, you can feel at ease while taking the youngest of toddlers for a cruise.
  • There will be no worry that your little one may take a tumble out of their new trike.
  • The effortless steering bar and trike control button ensures that you are the one in control when you need to be.

Recommended age
10 to 30 months

Safety
3-point Y Harness
Removable safety bar
Non-slip pedals
Trike control button

Push-Style
Effortless touch steering bar

Canopy
Removable sun protective canopy

Durability and Stability
Front wheel shock absorbers
Two-stage training pedals
High back support

Design and Style
Red Toy basket with lid

#4

Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer AND Stroll Trike

Best Tricycle with Push Handle

The Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike has a two-way riding option. Pedals can be lock and steering handle adjusted so parents can steer. The steering handle can also be removed when the little one is ready to ride on their own. The seat can also be adjusted as they grow.

The trike is made with a solid steel frame for extra strength and has durable molded wheels. As a little extra fun, it also has a chrome bell, and a covered storage area behind the seat to hide away little treasures.

  • You'll love:
  • The adjustable and removable steering handle is an ideal addition for a toddler just learning how to ride. This will also come in handy during those times when they get pooped out!
  • The covered bin and chrome bell are nice extra touches to add some personality.
  • Watch for: Assembly of this trike could be a little easier.

Recommended age
2 to 5 years

Weight limit
49 lbs.

Push-Style
A removable parent steering handle

Durability and Stability
Solid steel frame
Locking pedals
Adjustable seat

Design and Style
Red
Covered bin

#5

Schwinn Roadster Tricycle

Best Schwinn Roadster Trike

Parents will get a kick out of this classic vintage Schwinn Roadster Tricycle with its styling and details. It has a chrome finish, real wood deck with etched logo, wrapped grips, and a detail painted fender.

The trike is designed with a low center of gravity that will help keep your little one from toppling over. Its adjustable seat has five positions to move easily backward or forward as your child grows. I also comes with the finishing touches of chrome handlebars topped with tassels and a bell.

  • You'll love:
  • This trike has a real vintage look to it that you’re sure to love.
  • The adjustable seat ensures that your child will not quickly grow out of their new trike.
  • Watch for:This trike does not have safety gear that other models may have such as a sun canopy, or safety straps.

Recommended age
3 to 5 years

Safety
Low center of gravity
Adjustable seat

Durability and Stability
Full-steel construction with fenders

Design and Style
Blue
Vintage style
Chrome handlebars with bell and tassels

#6

Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stoll ’N Trike

Best Radio Flyer Tricycle

The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stoll ’N Trike has four ways to ride, ensuring that it will grow with your child. It can be used as an infant trike, steering trike, a beginners trike, and then a classic trike. It has a removable harness, high back seat for baby safety, safety tray with cup holder, adult steering handle, removable UV protection canopy, and an adjustable seat. It also comes equipped with a closed stored bin so your toddler can take their ‘must-haves’ along with them.

  • You'll love:
  • All of the extras make this trike ideal for a growing toddler. Your little one can start riding in it as early as 9 months and continue on until they are 5 years old.
  • As your child grows, you’ll be able to easily remove all the unnecessary parts and convert this baby trike into a ‘big kid’ tricycle!
  • Watch for: There is no footrest for babies to rest their feet on.

Recommended age
9 months to 5 years

Weight limit
49 lbs.

Safety
4-point harness
High back seat
Safety tray with cup holder

Push-Style
Adjustable push handle

Durability and Stability
Adjustable seat

Design and Style
Red
Removable seat pad
Covered storage bin

#7

Joovy Tricycoo 4.1 Tricycle

Best Pink Tricycle

This four-stage trike will adjust to your growing child with its removable and adjustable parent push handle, removable baby surround, 5-point harness, 3-position adjustable seat, and fold down footrest. You can start this off with your 10-month-old and then easily convert it to your experienced toddler. The Joovy Tricycoo 4.1 Tricycle comes in a fashionable pink and includes a large UVF 50 canopy for full sun protection. It also has removable shoulder and seat pads, as well as a convenient rear storage basket.

  • You'll love:
  • The extra large canopy will give your little one full protection from the suns harsh rays on hot days.
  • The fold-down footrest ensures that your baby has a place to rest their feet until their legs are long enough to reach the pedals.
  • Watch for: There may be some difficulty with assembly.

Recommended age
10 months to 44 lbs.

Safety
Front wheel pedal locking system
Removable baby surround
5-point harness
Fold-down foot rest

Push-Style
Adjustable parent push handle

Canopy
Large UVF 50 canopy

Durability and Stability
3-position adjustable seat

Design and Style
Pink Removable shoulder and seat pads
Rear storage basket and cup holder

#8

BABY JOY Tricycle Rotatable Detachable

The BABY JOY Tricycle Rotatable Detachable has two seats for double the fun. The seats safety double rotatable seat. The trike is designed to start off as an infant trike and move on to a classic trike.

It has an adjustable pusher, and built-in steering direction rod so you can easily control the trike until those little ones are old enough to pedal. It also comes equipped with a removable awning, folding foot supports, and enlarged rear storage basket.

  • You'll love:
  • If have twins or children that are close in age, a two-seater may be the thing you’ve always wanted but never knew it!
  • The seats can swivel 360 degrees. This will give you easier access to your children without having to stop and walk around to the front.
  • Watch for: The seats are front to back so there may be some bickering about who gets to pedal first.

Recommended age
18 to 36 months

Safety
Folding foot supports
Three section safety belts

Push-Style
Adjustable pusher with built-in steering direction rod

Canopy
Removable awning

Durability and Stability
Reinforced seats

Design and Style
Blue
2-seater
Joystick & Detachable Awning & Storage Basket

#9

Fisher Price Thomas & Friends Trike

The Fisher Price Thomas & Friends Trike is a kid-powered tricycle that’s  great to exercise leg muscles and help develop gross motor skills. It has a secret storage compartment under the seat and has with durable and rugged tires that help take them wherever they want to go. 

  • You'll love
  • Secret storage compartment under the seat
  • Big foot pedals
  • Rugged tires and a wide, stable wheel base

Recommended age
24 months – 5 years

Safety
Easy grip handlebars
Slip resistant pedals

Durability and Stability
Wide, stable wheel base

Design and Style
Durable tires with rugged treads for “off-road” fun

FAQs: All you need to know

Q What age can my toddler begin riding a tricycle?

A These days they design tricycles that work in stages. You can purchase one that is suitable for a 10-month-old baby. This system works with a parent push bar that gives you control over the trike’s actions. As they grow and mature, it can then be converted into a classic trike that they pedal themselves. The stage that a toddler is ready for pedaling usually depends on the child, but the average age is between the ages of 2 and 3.

Q What is the best way to teach a toddler to ride a tricycle?

A The best way is to just jump right in and do it. First, make sure that the seat is adjusted properly so that their feet can easily rest on the pedals and hands on the handlebars. Their feet need to be able to reach the farthest position of the pedal with ease. Then simply tell them to push the pedals. It may seem awkward to them at first, but kids learn fast!

 

Q What things should I consider when buying a tricycle for my 2 or 3-year-old?

A

Push bar or No Push Bar
There are certain things to take into consideration when purchasing your 2 or 3-year-old a trike. The first thing to think about is whether you want one that they can just jump on and pedal all their own, or one that comes with a parent push bar. While a 2 to 3-year-old will more than likely be able to handle riding it alone, you may want to consider the push bar as an option for those times when that little one complains that their legs are tired. I don’t know how many time I had to hear, “But MOM, my feet are so tired!”. Needless to say, I didn’t have the push bar. Those were fun days when I got to carry my 3-year-old on one hip while carrying that trike with my other arm!

Outdoors and Indoors
Another thing you may want to consider is if you want a trike that is suitable for both outdoor play as well as indoor play. If you have the space in your home and don’t mind the raucous, you may opt for one that can be gently driven in the house. There is nothing sadder like a toddler with a new trike, staring longingly out the window at their trike in the pouring rain.

No-Slipping
2 and 3-year-olds can be a bit unsteady with their actions. Their co-ordination at times leaves much to be desired. Therefore, you will want to make sure that their trike can provide them with as much safety as possible while they speed around the block. You’ll want to make sure that the foot pedals are non-slip. I can remember the pain I felt in my ankle when I was a child after a mishap on my Big Wheel. While speeding around, my foot went a bit faster then it should and slipped off the pedal. Not something you’ll want your little one to experience.

Coolness Factor
A final thing to take into account is the coolness factor. There are many trikes out there that are designed to bring out the joy in a child through its design, color, and theme. If you have a child that loves superheroes, or simply must have everything be pink, then you will definitely want to appeal to their personality and let them show it off through their new ‘ride’.

Quick Decision

Little Tikes Perfect 4-in-1 Trike – Best Overall
The four stage capability and convenience it offers to parents on-the-go make the Little Tykes Perfect Fit one of our favorites.

Razor Power Rider Electric Tricycle – Upgrade Choice
Kids that have outgrown their pedal tricycle and have the urge to drive something with a little more speed, may enjoy this trike.

SmarTrike 4 in 1 baby Tricycle – Best Budget Buy
This trike offers everything many other brand name trikes offer but at a price more reasonable to parents on a budget.

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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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