That concludes our list of the 16 best ride-on toys for toddlers on the market. With that said, during our research, we also found a ton of other toys that were incredible and just barely missed the cut. So now, we’d like to present to you a complimentary list of all the other ride-on toys that didn’t quite make it the first time around. Nevertheless, we know your tots would still have a blast driving any of these in your backyard.
Other Toddler Ride-On Toys We Reviewed
- “Big Wheels” Style Pedal Trikes
- Parent Pushable Ride-On Vehicles
- Wooden Ride-On Toys
- Kid Powered Ride On Toys
- For Very Young Toddlers & Babies
- Motorized Ride-On Vehicles
- Stationary Ride-On Toys
—“Big Wheels” Style Pedal Trikes —
- Ages: 2-5 years
- Colors: various
- Styles: Paw Patrol, Batman
If your kids are fans of PAW Patrol they will love this trike. It features flashing blinkers, music, and a “walkie-talkie” that plays sounds from the hit show.
They will also love the oversized front wheel which helps them pedal faster and the secret handlebar storage compartment where they can keep their rescue gear.Read more
Parents love this ride-on too because it’s designed with kid’s comfort and safety in mind. It has a wide wheelbase which makes it virtually impossible to tip over. Slip-resistant pedals and easy-grip handlebars help keep your kids hands and feet on the vehicle where they belong.
There is also a 3 position adjustable seat that assures a perfect fit for kids of varying heights and the maximum weight is a respectable 60 lb.(27 kg) so your little ones can use it for many fun-filled years.
- Ages: 3.5 – 6 years
- Colors: Red
- Styles: na
This chopper-style trike is a great choice for slightly older kids who would turn up their noses at something like the PAW Patrol trike (see above). It has a sleek racing design that even the pickiest 5-year-old will love.
The Deluxe Big Flyer is designed with performance in mind – it features a huge 16″ front wheel that is built for speed. The front tire has a performance grip tread to hug the road while the small rear wheels are slick to allow for some epic drifts.Read more
Like most toys made by Radio Flyer the Deluxe Big Flyer is made to last with a tough plastic body, chrome handlebars, and an adjustable seat so the trike can grow with your child.
The biggest complaint about this ride-on is that overly rambunctious kids can easily spin the front tire to shreds, or drift and wear out the back ones in a month or 2. Replacement tires are a bit expensive so if your little angel uses the trike often it could get a bit expensive to maintain.
One fun option is to purchase an aftermarket custom traction kit for the front wheel from BigWheelRally.com.
— Parent Pushable Ride-On Vehicles —
Parent pushable ride-in cars have become extremely popular in the past couple years, and for good reason. They’re the perfect solution for leisurly strolls around the neighborhood, trips to the park or expeditions to the mall.
There are hundreds of different models available so trying to decide which one to buy can be quite daunting (I probably spent 10-15 hours looking at various models). My top pick is the Step 2 Whisper Ride II – which you can find in my “Best Of” list above. However, the Push Around Buggy was a VERY close second.Read more
But I personally like the positioning of the kid’s cup holders on the Whisper Ride II better. Also, the Whisper Ride II has a cup holder on the push handle because – hey – parents get thirsty too!
On the other hand, the Push Around Buggy looks like a race car whereas the Whisper Ride II looks like a family sedan – so your little ones may be more excited by the Buggy.
- Age: 2-5 years
- Colors: Red – Pink
- Styles: na
Here’s another great little parent pushable from Radio Flyer. It starts off as a classic little red tricycle – but when your little one gets tuckered out and refuses to go on, you can simply pop in the metal handle and continue your stroll.
No more trying to coax your little angel into soldiering on or hunching over to push them home.
The steering mechanism on this trike is brilliantly designed. Unlike most push cars that you just scoot left or right, the handle on this trike actually takes control of the handlebars. Read more
Turn the handle right – the handlebars turn right – turn the handle left, handlebars go left. This would seem like a recipe for mechanical failure – but according to the reviews, the handle works flawlessly.
Most Parents say the Steer and Stroll is everything you’d expect from Radio Flyer; sturdy, well-constructed, and dependable. But there are some complaints such as the tires being made of hard plastic instead of rubber, which makes quite a racket when going over gravel.
The Ultimate “Grow With Me” Trike
One of the main complaints about the Steer and Stroll (see above) is that, once you take over the pushing duties, kids may get sleepy and fall of the trike. The Stroll N’ Trike solves this problem
This amazing transformer starts off as a baby stroller by adding a wrap-around safety tray and 3 point harness. When your child hits 18 months you can remove the safety tray to give them a bit more freedom.Read more
It could be argued that a better way to go is to buy multiple transportation solutions for the various stages of your child’s development, but I’m a bit of a design geek so to me this thing is amazing!
— Wooden Ride-On Toys —
We’ve always been huge fans of wooden ride-on toys because, well, they’re so fantastic. Wooden ride-on toys are an excellent addition to any backyard because they’re durable and sturdy. Also, they’re extremely safe and will last you and your kids a lifetime.
The Wishbone Flip 2-in-1 has, by far, one of the coolest designs we’ve seen. Due to a unique wheel mechanism, the Wishbone can go from a rocking horse to a ride-on toy in a matter of seconds. Also, it’s perfect for toddlers of all ages, and even your one-year-olds can safely rock or roll on it.
For this particular ride-on toy, Wishbone used birchwood, which is a durable type of wood.
Now, the Wishbone does need a bit of assembly, but the instructions are pretty straightforward and it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to do it.
- Age: 1-3 years
- Colors: Red
- Styles: na
You guys know that we love Hape so much that the Scoot Around bike got the title of the Best Wooden Toy.
Unfortunately, the Little Red Rider just missed the cut the first time around, so we thought we’d talk about how incredible it is now.
For one, it’s made from splinter-free wood and all of the coats and paints are non-toxic. Also, the Little Red Rider is entirely kid-powered, which means you don’t have to fiddle around with batteries or chargers. Read more
The clever design starts off as a walker then becomes a ride on when your toddler is old enough. It it’s extremely stable and can’t be tipped over, which is why Hape says that the ride-on toy is perfect for one-year-olds.
Thanks to its sturdy construction, your little ones can easily drive around in your backyard without much hassle. And the bubberized wheels make for a smooth (and quiet) ride inside.
— Kid Powered Ride On Toys —
If you want something that your kids can easily ride on in your backyard without much hassle, these kid-powered toys are for you.
Radio Flyer Classic Dual Deck Tricycle – Best Classic Tricycle
The Radio Flyer is probably one of the cutest trikes to ever hit the market, it is a timeless design that has gone pretty much unchanged since I was a kid.
This ride-on has a steel frame that’s almost impossible to dent or bend, making it perfect for kids who are still learning how to ride.
The Radio Flyer features rubber tires and spoke wheels which ensure extra stability for your little ones.
The handlebars are wide making them easy for kids to grab, they also make it more difficult for the trike to tip over. And the steps in back help kids get on and off the trike.
In addition to the Classic Red, you can also get the trike in a pastel pink version.
Just be aware that this is a metal frame so be sure to bring it inside or cover it up on rainy days.
To celebrate 30 successful years in the business, Little Tikes remodeled and redesigned an old fan-favorite — the Cozy Coupe. And judging by the response they did a bang up job!
This is one of the consistently best rated ride on toys across just about every platform I check. Parents and kids just love it.
Even though we loved the old version, the Anniversary car has some special features, like the removable floorboard which will have them racing around the backyard, Flintstones style.Read more
Also, Little Tikes added a handle on the back of the ride-on so that you can easily push your kids around when they get tired.
Little Tikes says the Cozy Coupe is good for kids 18 months to five years (I think more like 4) and it has a respectable weight limit of 50 lbs. The car is very easy to clean and has space for 2 drink bottles behind the driver.
They also make the Cozy Coupe in 4 other models:
Just a warning – many reviewers found this car an absolute bear to put together. So if you are not tool-handy and patient you may want to consider the updated version of the Cozy Coupe.
The Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage is the absolute cutest ride-on toy probably in the world. If your kids have ever dreamed of being Cinderella or living out their princess fantasies, you need to get them this Little Tikes toy right now.
The Princess Carriage gets amazing reviews from parents (and kids) and has been on Amazon’s Choice product list for a very long time.
This super cute Horse & Carriage has a cup holder for both you and your tot. What’s more, it can make a horse galloping sound to make the experience feel more realistic for your little ones.Read more
One of the best things about this ride-on is that parents can control it from both the front and back. In the back there is smallish, not so comfortable handle – but in the front – the reins flip around effectively turning the carriage into a pullable wagon.
WARNING: There will be an hour or two long assembly required when purchasing this product since there are many features you will need to put together. From the handle to the carriage, to the horse. This, however, still doesn’t stop many parents from purchasing and loving this ride-on.
This video gives you a pretty good idea of how well designed it is:
- Age: 2-8 years
- Colors: 11 combinations
- Styles: na
What makes this scooter truly different from the hundreds of others on the market is the unique 2-in-1 adjustable/removable seat and the 4 adjustable handlebar heights.
With the seat on, 2-year-olds can use it as a ride-on toy. But as they grow older and more confident, the seat comes off and it becomes a scooter.
This unique design gives the Kick Scooter some serious longevity, this is one of the few toys on the list that can be used by both a 2 and an 8-year-old.
It also comes in eight different colors so you’re sure to find one (or two) that your children will love. What’s more, the Lascoota has a wide rear brake, which makes stopping safer than ever. Also, Lascoota has added light-up wheels on all of its three wheels.
- Age: 1-4 years
- Colors: Blue, Lime Green
- Styles: na
The Mega Bloks is probably the ultimate backyard ride-on toy for kids who like to drive fast and dig faster. It gets amazing reviews and is very reasonably priced.
This ride-on toy has an excavator arm in the back with a shovel that can rotate 360°. The steering wheel has giant buttons on top that play authentic truck sounds (like really loud!)
This was my boy’s favorite toy from around 2-3 years old, and he still loved to pound on the buttons all the way up till 4. Read more
If you decide to get your little diggers this toy for the backyard, you’ll also get 10 CAT-themed building Mega Bloks which can be stuck to various attachment points on the vehicle. I would recommend also picking up an extra set of Mega Bloks as your kids really can’t build an epic structure with only 10 blocks.
The VTech Zoom is another rather nifty little ride-on toy that’s good for both beginners and expert riders. The Zoom motorbike has a design that allows it to transform into either a trike or a two-wheeler.
What’s more, this bike has an interactive learning panel with a bunch of lights, buttons, and gears on it. That means your children can learn about colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as how to handle a bike.
Retro Radio Flyer Rocket Ride-on Toy – Best Retro Style Ride On Toy
- Age: 1-3 years
- Colors: Red
- Styles: na
I love the retro look of this cute rocket inspired ride-on toy. If you’re looking for a prop for your kids’ next Instagram photoshoot you really can’t do much better than the radio flyer rocket. However, as a ride-on toy, it has some issues – like the fact that the front wheels are not steerable.
This doesn’t seem to be a problem for most kids below 2 as they will mostly use the toy as a walker, but as your child grows older they may become a bit frustrated by the lack of steering.
This Radio Flyer Rocket Ride has flashing lights on the dash and plays realistic astronaut and space sounds that are incredibly effective for encouraging kids to play creatively.
- Age: 1-3 years
- Colors: Red
- Styles: na
If you love the idea of the Radio Flyer Dual Deck trike but want something that even your youngest ones can ride, we recommend the Scoot-About. It’s perfect for all tots between the ages of one and three.
This ride-on has a wide wheelbase so you don’t have to worry about your toddler flipping over. The seat has 3 adjustable positions so it can grow with your child and the max weight limit is around 42 lbs.
Other great features include a plastic bumper in the front that’ll protect your walls from scratches and as with most Radio Flyer ride-ons it features handlebar streamers and a bell for your kids to ring and ring and ring.
Also, your kids can ride around in the backyard thanks to the rugged and durable wheels.
The product gets great reviews and is very easy to assemble compared to some of the ride-ons on this list. Most people say it only takes around 20-30 minutes until it is ready to ride.
— For Very Young Toddlers & Babies —
Riding a bike can help improve your kids’ motor and balance skills, not to mention build muscle and stamina. And that’s exactly why we’ve made this category, featuring bikes that even your youngest ones can ride.
Most Versatile and Durable Toddler Ride on Toy
At first glance this one may not have much Baboom! It looks a bit like a suitcase – but once you see your child playing with it you get what all the fuss is about. And there is quite a bit of fuss…
This is one of the few items I have seen that has a 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and it is just as highly praised in all the other sources I researched.
This awesome-looking toddler ride-on toy has four play modes: Kids can sit and rock, stand and walk, push and ride, and connect to a play train. Though it grows with your child, changing the seat isn’t always easy.
The Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug is one of the best ride-on toys for very young kids it is incredibly well-reviewed and the design is top-notch.
It goes forwards, backward, sideways, and round and round. This toy is great for developing your little one’s gross motor skills and balance,
The cushioned seat is so comfortable that your kids will never want to get off. It’s made from a 1-inch thick sponge foam covered by a durable polyurethane exterior. The body is moisture resistant and can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth.Read more
The wooden base has rounded corners so there are no sharp edges to cause ouchies and the prominent handlebars make it easy for even very young toddlers to hang on.
One of the best things about this toy is that it comes in 8 different fun animal versions;
Here are the choices:
NOTE: These come in two different sizes – small for kids 1.5 to 3 years old and large for kids 3 – 5 years old. So, be sure to order the right one.
The only downside of the Wheelie Bug is that, because the wheels are rather small this should be used mainly indoors or on a smooth flat surface.
- Ages: 1 – 3 years
- Colors: Red
- Styles: na
The Fisher-Price Smart Stages Scooter is not just a ride-on, it’s also an interactive learning toy, perfect for any backyard or living room.
This cool little toy will teach your kids how to sit, stand, and scoot, all while singing some catchy tunes.
Thanks to the Smart Stages technology, the Fisher-Price scooter will change its content as your baby grows. There are three stages that include over 500 songs and phrases, as well as three shape buttons. These will teach your kiddos about colors, shapes, numbers, and so much more!
There are some downsides to this toy, the biggest being that the front wheel does not turn. So if you are not interested in the interactivity there are much better choices for developing motor skills.
This bizarre looking ride-on toy looks more like something you would find in an old folks home than a nursery – but according to thousands of happy parents, it is a huge hit with their toddlers.
Essentially, it’s a little walker that your kids can either push or ride to learn balance.
As they begin to explore walking, it can be used as a “walking buddy,” and as they grow, they can use it as a ride-on toy. It’s perfect for all children who are nine months to three years old.
The walking buddy has won awards for its innovative design that helps toddlers develop motor skills and spatial awareness while they play.Read more
The wide, long wheelbase makes it very difficult to tip over. It has an aluminum frame and molded plastic seat that can hold children up to 44 pounds, and it weighs in at only 4 pounds so it is incredibly easy to move around.
Also, thanks to the smooth wheels, your kids can play with it either in the backyard or in your living room.
- Ages: 9 months – 3 years
- Colors: Red
- Styles: na
Learning content changes with baby’s age & stage
Another Fisher-Price item that we wanted to feature is the Smart Car which also has the three Smart Stages of learning. For example, Stage 1 is when your kids are still a bit unstable and have to use the handle on the back of the car to get around.
Then, once they become more confident, they can sit on the little bouncy seat to improve their balance. Also, they can sit behind the steering wheel and use their legs to get around. What’s more, they’ll get to play with the interactive buttons and steering wheel, listen to songs and learn about numbers.
The car’s light-up dashboard offers a variety of interactive activities for your little driver to explore.
Turn the wheel, “honk” the horn, turn the key, and press the radio and phone buttons to activate playful songs and phrases. Kids can even ‘call’ the Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home from the pretend phone! (Home sold separately and subject to availability.
With Smart Stages technology, you can choose the level that fits your child best. Each level is filled with different songs, sounds, tunes and phrases, so the learning fun can keep going as your baby keeps growing.
— Motorized Ride-On Vehicles —
Motorized ride-on vehicles are the best choice for toddlers who’ve already mastered the fine arts of walking and scooting around. But since some of these motorized toys can go pretty fast, we usually recommend them for older tots and kids.
Race into magical adventures!
The Jeep Wrangler from Power Wheels is fast, stylish, and built for fun and endless backyard adventures!
No matter if they’re driving in the backyard or indoors, your kids can go up to 5 mph in either forward or reverse.
Of course, if you feel like that’s a bit too fast, you can use the high-speed lockout option that lets parents control how fast the car goes.
The Jeep is very well built, it has a solid frame that fits 2 kids from age 3 to 7 and up to 130 pounds total. It is also very safe with a Power-Lock braking system that automatically stops the vehicle when your kid takes their foot off the pedal.Read more
The only downside of this vehicle is the battery life. You can expect to get between 1-4 hours of drive time. The riding time is affected by a bunch of different factors like; what kind of surface you’re driving on, total passenger weight, ambient temperature, and how fast your kids drive.
When the battery dies you will need to spend a full 14 hours recharging so be sure to have other options available for your little ones to play with.
Best Remote Control Ride On Car
Another great option if you want a 12 volt motorized Wrangler style Jeep, this one is from a company called Best Choice Products out of California. While it looks very similar to the Power Wheels version above – there are some very important differences – which is why it made the list.
The main selling point of this car is that it has 2 modes – manual, where the kid drives it by himself, and Remote Control – where you, dear parent, get to take your little angel for a ride using the handy remote controller!Read more
It also has some other cool features like working headlights, a spring suspension system, and best of all, your child can listen to tunes on the built-in radio, or plug in an external device via an audio port.
The Best Choice Jeep has 3 adjustable speeds, but the top speed is only 3.7 mph vs Power Wheels 5 mph top speed. The Power Wheels can also hold more weight (160 lbs) vs Best Choices 65 max weight limit.
The biggest drawback with this Jeep is that it is a one seater. Which may be a deal killer for parents with multiple kids.
Just be aware that, while the majority of purchasers love this unit – there is quite a high percentage of 1-star reviews, mainly complaining about the quality of the car and the fact that it breaks down easily. Also, I decided to check the companies rep out on BBB and was not too impressed by what I found.
Honestly, there are 2 reasons I included this on my list – the first is the remote control – it is a pretty cool idea that you can drive your kids around. The second is that it is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon and I figured if I didn’t include it some of you may think that I was remiss in my duties.
But in my opinion, if you don’t need the remote control it may be a safer bet to go with the Power Wheels jeep mentioned above.
Ride in style with this unique Disney Minnie Mouse themed hot rod styled 6V battery powered ride on toy from kid trax
Capable of forward speeds of 1.5 MPH, this ride-on toy quad has easy push-button acceleration that’s perfect for little hands
Features such as kid trax power trax rubber traction strip tires for all terrain performance make this toy adventurous, yet safe
A 6V rechargeable battery with kid trax direct connect one step charging system guarantees that fun is never more than an outlet away
This ride on toy ships ready to be assembled, has a 45 pound maximum weight capacity, is recommended for ages 18 to 30 months, and has a 1 year limited warranty, with a 6 month limited warranty on the battery
- Ages: 3 – 7 years
- Colors: Dinosaur Gray
- Styles: Dino
For Dinosaur Loving Kids
The Power Wheels Jurassic World Dino Racer is the prefect motorized ride-on for young adventure seekers. With big fat knobby tires and a top speed of 6 mph, this ATV will have your little daredevils zooming over wet grass, gravel, and other rough terrains.
It’s also nice to know that this vehicle can go 3 mph in reverse in case the adventures get a little too scary!Read more
This Dino Racer features a sturdy steel frame that supports a max weight of 65 lbs (29.5 kg) and a specially designed Power-Lock brake system that automatically stops the vehicle when your child lifts their foot off the pedal.
Plus, with a parent-controlled, high-speed lockout, you can start things off slow then increase the top speed as your kids become more proficient riders.
This little ride-on gets AMAZING reviews across the board. I must admit I have never had a chance to mess with one of these but according to reviewers, it is super sturdy, incredibly easy to assemble, and kids go absolutely nuts when they get one.
What more can you ask for?
The only criticism reviewers leave is based on the price – which I admit is quite high.
This is probably not the best choice for younger toddlers, but if they are already experienced riders and aren’t afraid of going fast, you should get them the Dino Racer from Power Wheels.
— Stationary Ride-On Toys —
Our last category is for all of our stationary riders who don’t want to go fast but still want to rock and roll. They’re all perfect for little kids who are still getting the hang of things.
2 Toys for the Price of One
The Rockin’ Ride Pony features an adorable pony design that can easily go from rocking to riding in a matter of seconds.
The pony has 4 plastic wheels that allow your child to scoot around the house using their little legs. When they get tired you can change it up by locking the horse into the rocker base, instantly changing it into a rocking horse.
The Rocking Rider is covered in a soft, plushy material that your kids are bound to enjoy and when they squeeze the pony’s ear, they can hear an exclusive My Pony song, along with six phrases.
Finally, the pony has a synchronized moving mouth that’ll make the whole experience feel more realistic for your tots.
It’s adorable and a great thing for kids, but the wheels are finicky, the hair falls out, and it’s cheap plastic overall.
The Rocking Rider gets great reviews from parents and kids but there have been numerous complaints about the song player breaking after several months.
This is a great option if you have limited space (or budget) the pony’s ability to transform from ride-on to rocker will keep your child entertained for hours. However, If you are not that interested in the ride-on aspect and just want a simple rocking horse the next item is probably a better choice.
Not only does the Labebe Unicorn Rocking Horse have one of the cutest designs, but its safety features are off the charts, too. The rocker’s seat is surrounded on 3 sides making it more difficult for children to fall off and it has a little seat-belt you can strap your kids in with.
The seat is made of filled PP cotton that’s soft, durable, stain-resistant, and safe for your little one’s skin.
At a little over 13 pounds, this ride-on toy is sturdy. The structure is made of solid wood which works great on both carpet and hardwood floors.
Everything about the Unicorn Rocking Horse screams High Quality… but you pay for it. This will probably cost you more than $100 depending on where you buy it.Read more
If you’re not a fan of the pink unicorn, you can also get the Blue Squirrel, Yellow Giraffe or Pink Flamingo.
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Labebe also makes several models with convertible wheels which is a nice addition – BUT on the wheeled version, there is no seat-belt – which in my opinion is a major over-site as it is one of the best features on the original version.
I would stick to the wheel-less models – unless you absolutely must have the Hippie Green Dinosaur (which is awesome) as I could only find that design in the wheeled version.
- Ages: 1 – 3 years
- Colors: White/Blue
- Styles: na
Calling all mateys, pirates, and scallywags! If your kids love pretending to be out at sea or having fun maritime adventures, we recommend the Hape High Seas ride-on. This little boat rocker has such a cool design and it’s perfect for all kids who are between one and three years old.
The High Seas Rocking ride-on would be an incredible addition to any backyard as it can help your toddlers improve balance. Also, it’s made from child-safe materials and coated with non-toxic finishes so it’s perfectly safe for all tots.