Is your child obsessed with work vehicles? Are they excited by the concept of a roadside rescue? If so, then you need to check out these seven amazing tow truck toys. 

Our Top Picks

LEGO Technic 6x6 All Terrain

Upgrade Choice

LEGO Technic 6x6 All Terrain

Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker

Best Budget Buy

Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker

How to Pick the BestToy Tow Trucks

1. Recommended Age

It’s important to choose a toy that is developmentally appropriate and safe for your child’s age. If your child is under the age of three, avoid small parts that could become choking hazards. If they are four or older, choose toys that present imaginative play experiences. Finally, if your child is school-aged and looking for a challenge, choose a toy with interactive play features or problem-solving opportunities.

2. Materials

Toy trucks may be made from plastic, metal, rubber, and/or wood. Choose a material that is durable enough to withstand a heavy beating. Keep in mind that certain paints and materials are hazardous to consume and, therefore, are not suited for young children.

3. Size

Large chunky toys are more tactile for younger children. However, older children also enjoy playing with large vehicles with easy-to-manipulate parts. It’s important to purchase a tow truck that correlates closely with other vehicles in your child’s toy arsenal. After all, this makes for smoother towing sessions!

4. Make Sound

Light and sound effects can be fun, but children with sensory issues often find them to be overwhelming. Not to mention, not all parents are great about replacing worn batteries.

5. Extra Pieces

Detachable accessories are a fun bonus for older children, but they can be hard to keep track of. When looking at tow vehicles, it’s nice to have a compatible vehicle to tug along.

6. Supervision Required

Some toys require adult assistance. Complicate remote controls, removable accessories, and retractable tow lines are just a few of the parts that often confuse young children. Of course, it’s always nice to have an excuse to play too.

The Winners

#1

Bruder Man Tow Truck

Best Overall

The Bruder Man Tow Truck is a German-made cross-country tow truck that has enough moving parts to entertain the most jaded of children. It boasts an extendable crane arm, an optional wheel lift, and retractable tow bed for thrilling and realistic vehicle rescues. Not to mention, stabilizing legs and wheel chocks ensure that the tow vehicle is tightly fixed in place during loading sessions. You can even purchase an extra light and sound feature for an even flashier experience.

  • You'll love:
  • Retractable crane and wheel lift
  • Tilting cab
  • Locking wheel chocks and stabilizing legs
  • Optional light and sound component
  • Watch for:
  • Plastic
  • 19.5 x 7.3 x 10 inches
  • Optional Component
  • Jeep and wheel lift
  • Recommended Age : 36 months to 8 years

#2

LEGO Technic 6x6 All Terrain

Upgrade Choice

Do you have a budding engineer who’s inspired by the heroic act of roadside assistance? If so, then the LEGO Technic 6×6 All Terrain will provide them with hours of dynamic entertainment. Older children can enjoy building an intricate, fully functioning tow truck and then take it for a remote-controlled cruise. Complete with a heavy-duty bull bar, a working crane, and detailed cab, this impressive rescue vehicle provides an immersive imaginative play experience. 

  • You'll love:
  • Enables building and playing
  • Remote control with forward, reverse, and steering controls
  • Can be rebuilt into a research explorer
  • Drives well
  • Watch for:
  • Only suitable for older children
  • Expensive
  • Plastic
  • 14 x 8 x 6 inches
  • High-tech
  • Individual blocks, power function, remote control
  • Supervision required
  • Recommended Age : 11 to 16

#3

Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker

Best Budget Buy

Being battery-adverse parents, we have a true affinity for friction-powered toy cars. The Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker is a realistic tow truck, complete with a retractable string cable and powerful friction powered motor. With plenty of working details, the Big-Daddy will spark the imagination of any future AAA driver. 

  • You'll love:
  • Towing function with pull strings
  • Friction-powered movements
  • Fake rescue lights
  • No batteries required
  • Watch for:
  • Made from thin plastic
  • Plastic
  • 14 x 8 x 6 inches
  • Low-tech
  • Two adjustable pull strings
  • No supervision required
  • Recommended Age : 3 and up

#4

Max Tow Truck Turbo Speed

Best max tow truck toys

Looking for a toy tow truck that can haul actual cargo? The Max Tow Truck Turbo Speed can push or pull objects that weigh as much as 200 pounds. A realistic chain and hook attachment make it possible to tow most household objects, including toy cars, siblings, and so much more. The truck’s also known for its large repertoire of phrases, jokes, and sounds. As such, this is a great pick for lively children with a sense of adventure!

  • You'll love:
  • Push or pull 200 pounds
  • Turbo mode
  • 50 phrases and sounds
  • Extra-large off-road wheels
  • Watch for:
  • Plastic
  • Needs batteries
  • 15 x 9 x 15 inches
  • 50 phrases and sounds
  • Chain and two tow hooks
  • No
  • Recommended Age : 6 and up

#5

DOUBLE E RC Tow Truck Mercedes-Benz

Best remote control tow truck

The DOUBLE E RC Tow Truck is an impressive replica of a Mercedes Benz flatbed. The truck boasts an extensive removable flat-bed trailer with optional traction and a remote-controlled dam board. Kids can tow their favorite vehicles and take them for a lengthy rescue ride thanks to the Double E’s 98-foot remote control range. Cynical children will savor this scale model’s realistic details, especially the working rear and headlights.

  • You'll love:
  • Detachable body
  • Movable dam board
  • Real head and rear lights
  • 98-foot remote control range
  • Flexible trailer switch
  • Watch for:
  • Confusing instructions
  • Plastic
  • 32 x 10 x 12 inches
  • High-tech
  • Remote and removable flatbed
  • Supervision required
  • Recommended Age : 8 years and up

#6

Tonka Steel Tow Truck

Looking for a classic tow truck to share with your little one? This adorable Tonka Steel Tow Truck is built like the toys of the past. In fact, with a steel chassis and durable plastic cab, this truck can withstand the torchers of any child’s sandbox. A four-position lift and universal hook make it possible to tow nearly any vehicle in a toy arsenal. We give it two thumbs up for old-fashioned fun!

  • You'll love:
  • Durable steel and plastic body
  • Four position lift
  • Guaranteed for life
  • Universal tow hook
  • Watch for:
  • Mostly plastic
  • Steel and Plastic
  • 13 x 5.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Low-tech
  • No extra accessories
  • No supervision required
  • Recommended Age : 36 months to 6 years

#7

Disney Pixar Cars Tow Truckin'

What would our tow truck toy list be without everyone’s favorite Pixar rescue vehicle, Mater? This oversized Disney Pixar Cars Tow Truckin’ vehicle has plenty of moving parts to amuse your young road warrior. Pack Mater with a few batteries and listen to his engine purr just s it does in the movie. Pair him with the matching Lightning McQueen replica for authentic Car-themed roadside rescues.

  • You'll love:
  • Purring engine
  • Functioning tow line
  • Moving wheels
  • Authentic movie memorabilia
  • Watch for:
  • Kids needing the whole collection
  • Plastic
  • 8.5 x 7.5 x 3.8 inches
  • High-tech
  • Retractable tow line
  • No supervision required
  • Recommended Age : 26 months to 7 years

Quick Decision

Bruder Man Tow Truck – Best Overall
Our editor’s choice is the charming Bruder Man Tga Tow Truck With Cross Country Vehicle, which is ultra realistic.

LEGO Technic 6×6 All Terrain – Upgrade Choice
An intensive build-and-play experience built into one.

Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker – Best Budget Buy
An exceptional budget buy.

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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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