12 Best Wagons For Kids You Can Buy in 2017

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Wagons are a classic example of a multi-purpose ride-on toy that has been frequently bought as a gift for children of all ages. It is particularly beneficial in strengthening the psychomotor skills of older children. It’s also beneficial for the cognitive, social, and emotional development of younger kids as they get to ride on while taking in the view of the great outdoors. The versatile functionality of this classic outdoor toy is simply remarkable. It is therefore not surprising that it is one of the best gifts you can ever give to your kids.

But choosing the best wagon may not be easy. As such, we have come up with a shortlist of the 12 leading products we are confident your kids and the whole family will love.

12 Best Kids Wagons | Review

PictureToyBrandAges
Step2 All Around Canopy Wagon, RedStep218 Months +
Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon with UmbrellaLittle Tikes18 Months +
Step2 Canopy WagonStep218 Months +
Radio Flyer Full Size All-Terrain Steel and Wood WagonRadio Flyer18 Months +
Step2 Wagon for Two Plus BlueStep218 Months +
Pacific Cycle Roadmaster 34" Steel WagonRoadmaster2-5 Years

1All Around Canopy Wagon by Step2 

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Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

One of the most unique and most exciting products we have ever encountered is the All Around Canopy from toymaker Step2. The seats of this product can be flipped to become a flatbed or even a table. The converted flatbed is great for a daytime bed for your tired tot. The canopy can be removed to allow your kids an unobstructed view of the blue sky. It also features a storage compartment at the back of the wagon in addition to the storage space in the wagon itself once the seats are folded. It has a 75-lb weight limit and comes with whisper-quiet wheels and 6 snack or cup holders.

What We Like about It – We love the fact that it can be converted into a naptime bed for little kids; just add a comfy mattress. And while Step2 says the toy has a 75-lb weight limit, we have seen a number of parents attesting to a weight capacity reaching up to 100 lbs. 

2Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon with Umbrella by Little Tikes

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Age Range: 18 months to 5 years old

It’s the best mobile picnic bench you will ever find. That’s how we describe the Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon with Umbrella. You can remove one side and you can have the best-looking picnic bench in the park that is able to accommodate up to 250 lbs. of weight. That means, Dad can sit comfortably with his tot in convertible style. It has an umbrella attachment so kids won’t have to suffer needlessly under the sun. It also features a cooler so you can keep your kids’ drinks and your beverages and other snack items cold. It comes with a QuietRide wheels so you won’t be disturbing others.

What We Like about It – It’s the versatility that we love most about this product. It’s the perfect companion for those outdoor picnics. Your kids will surely be having a lot of fun outdoors and will still have something to rest on right after, complete with refreshments and all.

3Canopy Wagon by Step2

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Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

With a very classic design in a sturdy yet lightweight material, it is the perfect gift for little kids for a great day outdoors. It seats 2 children up to 75 lbs. in combined weight. It has a sturdy canopy made of high quality plastic that can be easily installed and removed depending on weather conditions. It features well-contoured seats with storage space underneath. The leg well is deep enough and comes with drain holes that have been molded-in on the floor. The canopy has a small compartment for holding Mom or Dad’s keys and other essentials while pulling or pulling the wagon. Sandwiching the compartment are 2 cup holders.

What We Like about It – We love the simple yet very durable design. At the very least, kids will be protected from the sun or drizzle with its sturdy canopy. The storage compartments are also remarkable.

4Full Size All-Terrain Steel and Wood Wagon by Radio Flyer

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Age Range: At least 18 months old

It’s your own version of a monster vehicle. The Full Size All Terrain Steel and Wood offers a very classic ride with unusually large 10-inch inflatable rubber tires for optimum comfortable ride over any type of terrain. The body is made of high grade seamless steel and supported by high quality natural wood on the sides, pretty much like the old days. These wooden side rails can be detached by removing the bolts that connect them to the all-steel body so the wagon can be used for other purposes. The recommended weight limit is 200 lbs. so Dad can jump right in, too. You have to remove the wooden sides, though.

What We Like about It – It has a very classic design yet tweaked to be taken over a variety of terrain. Older kids and even grownups can then use it as a trolley for other purposes as long as they don’t exceed the weight limit.

5Wagon for Two Plus by Step2

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Age Range: 18 months to 6 years old

Step2’s solid plastic body, easily accommodating two kids, is a great option for young kids. It is actually lightweight that even a 3-year old can actually pull it on his or her own. It comes with an easy-latch door as well as well-contoured seats that flips to reveal a very interesting storage compartment inside. The leg well is deep and the floor surface has built-in molded-in drain holes so that cleaning will be as easy as hosing it down. The seats come with seatbelts and has a cup holder on the side.

What We Like about It – It’s simple enough to let your toddlers and preschoolers have a great day at the park. There have been questions about whether it can be used on the beach and with its wide and large wheels, we believe it can be a great beach buggy.

6Whisper Ride Touring Wagon by Step2

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Age Range: 18 months to 4 years old

The Whisper Ride Touring From Step2 is perhaps one of the most versatile options we have seen so far. Attach the accompanying table surface and this provides a convenient mobile dining experience for kids. Lay the table panel across the leg well and you now have a daytime bed for your little tot. Store the table panel in a secret compartment and then remove or detach the high side walls and you now have a complete flatbed trailer, perfect for hauling different items for up to 100 lbs. It also has a removable canopy so Junior or Princess can have unlimited view of the world around them. The wagon’s handle conveniently folds back underneath the chassis for easy storage.

What We Like about It – We really like the versatility offered here. Our only lament is that the wheels are quite thin compared to other models. This can limit its weight capacity. However, the fact that there’s a lot of things that can be done with the Whisper Ride makes it one of our favourite from the list.

7Pacific Cycle Steel by Roadmaster

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Age Range: 2 to 5 years old

With a classic design, high ground clearance, large 8-inch wheels, a no pinch handle, and a 34-inch all-steel seamless bed, the Pacific Cycle Steel is something that is as close to the original classic as it can get. The edges of the bed have been carefully rolled for optimum safety. The steel handle is lengthy and features a no pinch pivot. Even the undercarriage mechanism is made of only the highest grade materials complete with rubber, not plastic, tires for optimum riding comfort. It has a weight limit of 250 lbs.

What We Like about It – This 34-inch classic Pacific Cycle Steel is lightweight enough to be pulled even by a 2.5-year old kid; provided, of course, it isn’t carrying anything. Otherwise, Dad can use this, too for hauling all of his home improvement materials as it can carry up to 250 lbs.

8Classic Walker by Radio Flyer

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Age Range: 1 to 4 years old

This product from Radio Flyer is no ordinary wagon. It may be designed to look like a one, but the Classic Walker is actually, as the name implies, the best ever walker you can ever give your baby as he or she tries to perfect his or her steps. At only 13 lbs. it is very lightweight for your little kid to push. It features a resist-push technology so your baby will not injure himself or herself should he or she lose balance. Made of natural solid wood with wooden stakes sides that can be easily removed. It’s got furniture-friendly bumpers, too.

What We Like about It – We love the idea that it is a great way to help young kids learn how to walk. This can help build their balance as well as boost their confidence. It’s also a great storage box and transporter of his or her favorite toys.

9Folding/Collapsible Utility by EasyGoWagon

Age Range: At least 3 years old

If you love products like this, yet you are not a fan of their bulky storage requirements, then the Folding/Collapsible Utility is perfect option for you. It features a unique folding design that allows it to be conveniently stored in almost any small space. It has retractable bars for the canopy, a convenient storage basket, and a wide wheelbase for greater stability. The heavy duty wheels are designed for all-terrain use. It also has a mesh pocket inside to store the canopy and the wagon cover.

What We Like about It – The mere fact that it can be folded to minimize space is something truly remarkable. It’s lightweight and the canopy and the basket can be easily washed. Unfortunately, the fabric body cannot be removed so you’ll have to think of other ways to clean it.

104-in-1 Trike by Radio Flyer

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Age Range: 9 months to 5 years old

While this is not necessarily a wagon per se, it does provide for an excellent ride on toy especially for younger kids below 1 year of age. The 4-in-1 Trike is more like a baby stroller in a tricycle design. It comes with a removable canopy as well as a wrap-around tray. It’s a wagon, a stroller, a push trike, and a steering trike all rolled into one. The pedals don’t turn when the trike is pushed. It has a weight capacity of 49 lbs.

What We Like about It – This is a great toddler ride on toy that will help your kid’s psychomotor development as he or she grows. For young kids, it’s a great way to explore his or her surroundings. For older tots, it’s beneficial in developing muscle strength, coordination, and balance.

11Lil’ Wagon by Little Tikes

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Age Range: 18 months to 4 years old

For young children who have learned to master their steps and are now ready to explore their world in a new way, they may need Little Tikes’ Lil’ Wagon. This solid plastic rendition of the classic wagon is lightweight so toddlers will have an easy time pulling it around the backyard or even in the park. Its wheels are safe enough to be used indoors without scratching the floor or damaging furniture yet sturdy enough for all-terrain action. Its flatbed and deep well design makes it perfect for transporting your tot’s favorite toys and playthings. Maybe he or she can also let younger siblings take a ride.

What We Like about It – The design is simple and classis. The lower ground clearance coupled with a wide wheelbase mean that it is stable enough for a toddler to ride on while another kid pulls it. It’s great for developing psychomotor skills and balance among young children.

12Kid’s Ultimate EZ The Best Folding Wagon Ride On by Radio Flyer

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Age Range: 18 months to 6 years old

If you need a really great-looking kiddie product with a lot of features and the convenience of easy storage, then you really have to get Radio Flyer’s Kid’s Ultimate EZ the Best Folding Wagon. This 2-rider features a fully collapsible body, a removable canopy, an easy-grip carrying handle, a fully telescopic pulling handle, and 2 well-contoured seats with high back rests and seat belts. The interior panel of the wagon has 4 cup holders for your kids’ refreshment while the back has 2 bottle holders for both Mom and Dad.

What We Like about It – Once fully folded, the Ultimate EZ is even smaller than your average baby stroller so it fits right inside your car’s trunk. The removable canopy is also great for encouraging kids to enjoy the scenery of the great outdoors. It’s lightweight enough at just 32 lbs. to be pulled by an older kid.

How We Chose the Most Popular in Our List

Choosing the leading options is never easy since they all belong to the same category and pretty much have the same basic structure. However, our research showed that there are particular elements that can truly separate one model from another.

We considered the overall design, particularly the different benefits it can provide to children in terms of their growth and development. We also carefully examined the different features that are built-in and determine whether these features play a role in the development of the child as well as provide for other benefits for the whole family. Of course, we also had to consider the safety and reliability of its construction as children will be riding on in these toys. We are talking about not just a single child but at least 2 children so durability, rigidity of chassis, and overall structural integrity are a must. Then, we also had to read feedbacks from parents as well as other consumer reviews and reports about their experiences with the wagon. Lastly, we had to look at the credibility of the wagon maker.

We know these are the same things that you will be looking for in the best wagon for your children. We also know that there’s actually an ocean of wagons out there so we have made this shortlist of the 12 best for children so you don’t have to fret about the enormity of the selection process. At the very least, you will only need to choose from our 12.

Ride-On Toys – Their Value in Child Growth and Development

Unlike other types of ride-on toys like rocking toys, pedal toys, tricycles, scooters, and bicycles, wagons are particularly beneficial in developing a child’s social skills. This is especially true for larger varieties that can accommodate at least two kids. They learn to share the seat with other children. Smaller versions can also benefit the development of the child’s social skills. These smaller versions like the classic pull toy wagon or sled teach kids about taking turns and about valuing another kid’s time.

Playing with other children also teaches them cooperation. For example, one child rides on while another child or two pulls. They then take turns riding and pulling until everyone has had the chance of both riding and pulling. This can also be a great opportunity for accomplishing a certain task a lot faster. For example, they can all agree to bring their toys to a particular area of the park. Instead of carrying them one by one, they can all agree to put their toys on the wagon and all of them will be pulling towards their agreed upon area. This is the essence of teamwork and cooperation.

In addition to the development of their social skills, children riding or pulling on them eventually learn to expand on their language development and communication skills especially in the use of language within the context of social interaction. They eventually learn pragmatics and how this can be used for different purposes, changing their language to suit a particular situation, and following the rules of ordinary conversations as well as storytelling.

Ride On Toys can also benefit the psychomotor development of older children. It’s a great way to help tone and strengthen their arm and leg muscles as they attempt to pull the wagon over a certain distance. They need to firmly plant their feet and establish a stable stance so they won’t fall. This also helps them enhance their muscle coordination and spatial intelligence as they need to understand just how far their next step should be to still maintain balance while moving. This is a lot better than having older kids stay in front of the computer all day long. It’s a great way to encourage increased physical activity to help fight the growing concern of childhood obesity.

For little children who are not yet strong enough to pull the product, they can still benefit from this particular toy. Riding onboard encourages imagination which can be the foundation for creativity. As young children take a leisurely cruise in the park or in the neighborhood, they are able to pretend that they are on a luxury cruise ship traveling on the Caribbean or even a wide-bodied jumbo jet soaring above the sky. The sensation of movement allows their brains to think of other instances where movement is involved like riding on a bus, a plane, a car, or even a train. The point of the matter is that wagon play allows children to let their imaginations fly.

There are other benefits in terms of the optimum growth and development of children. It is therefore not really surprising why there are a lot of parents who buy these type of products for their kids. And with our list of the 12 most popular products, you too can give your children the best ride of their life!

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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  1. I loved the way you listed wagons for kids. And even I checked your other review articles and all of them looks good to me . You are doing great just keep it up. let me know we can connect some where .

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