Car seats, strollers, cribs, walkers and swings….do parents need to add a child’s wagon to the list of necessary equipment?
Kids use wagons for work and play around the house, and parents like them for family outings. Wagons are an ideal on-the-go napping spot, and some wagons shield a child from sunburn or insect bites.
Read through the following list of top-rated choices and decide if owning one of the best kids wagons will add convenience to work, play, and outdoor adventures!
|The Top 5 Best Kids Wagons||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Little Tikes Relax & Ride||Turn it into a bench, store all your drinks and stuff, and sit in the shade||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Mac Sports Folding Wagon||Goes over all terrains, folds up small, and holds just about anything||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Step2 For Two Plus||High weight limit, working doors and seat belts, and big plastic wheels||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Hauck Eco Wagon||A smooth ride, plus a pull-handle brake and a lightweight frame||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Radio Flyer Red Wagon||A durable and high-quality classic that can never go wrong||♥♥♥♥♥|
Top 9 Best Kid Wagons of 2020
Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon
Parent reviews have called the The Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon the Bentley, Cadillac and Rolls Royce of wagons. The luxury of riding like royalty under a detachable umbrella is bound to cost a little more — so it’s slightly more pricey than other wagons.
Cold drinks are within reach for your little prince or princess, because of the handy drink holder and attached cooler. Seat belts add safety and QuietRide wheels make for smooth riding, although its larger size can be difficult to maneuver on some surfaces.
The entire wagon converts to a bench that can accommodate children or adults. When ready to store the royal wagon, his or her majesty’s minions (that’s you, adults) can simply detach the canopy and flip the wagon handles under. This makes it slightly more compact for storage, though this larger wagon does not fold down much beyond its 42 x 23.6 x 16.5 size.
- Converts to a bench
- Plenty of space
- Umbrella included
- Needs assembly
- Its larger size can be cumbersome
Mac Sports Folding Wagon
The Mac Sports Folding Wagon comes in eight colors, from black to pink to orange and everything in between. Its all terrain wheels work both on and off sidewalks, even in rock gravel, but reports say it bogs down on a sandy beach when weighted down. It’s effortless to stash, whether you’re transporting it in the trunk, or placing it in the garage after a busy weekend.
The Mac Sports is a dream to steer, doing pretty much what the driver wants it to. It has a no-tip and easy-fold design that parents love, with an adjustable handle.
This wagon is more like a utility wagon, hauling groceries and gear with ease. You can even purchase a cargo net or straps for this wagon to help hold your stuff in place. It also features two mesh cup holders.
- Compact and lightweight
- Great all terrain tires
- Comes assembled
- No seat belts
Little Tikes Jr. Red Explorer Wagon
The Little Tikes J. Red Explorer Wagon is made of sturdy plastic, with removable sides. This affordable wagon is designed for one or two riders, with a maximum weight limit of 100 pounds. With an extra long handle, reviewers mention that it feels comfortable to pull this vehicle, and its “quiet ride” tires make a smooth ride for passengers.
The Explorer Wagon reportedly does its best exploring on asphalt and concrete, since its wheels tend to stick in grassy or sandy beach areas. Some parents have had trouble assembling its wheels, but others mention that actually reading the manual helps and they had no problems.
Another notable feature of the Explorer Wagon: its extra high side panels. They can be conveniently removed for loading and unloading, but reviewers add that a child could possibly remove the panels while riding. Because the handle folds up, the Explorer Wagon can travel and store easily.
- Lower end price
- Great for one or two riders
- Removable side panels
- No safety belts
- Side panels can be removed by child
- Assemble wheels carefully using the instruction manual
Little Tikes Lil’ Wagon
The Little Tikes Lil’ Wagon is a child’s toy and is not designed for little human riders. But, this vehicle is a toddler favorite for toting stuffed animals and gear around the basement or backyard.
Priced far lower than its grownup counterparts, the sturdy plastic Lil’ Wagon takes minimal assembly to get ready for drivers who are 18 months and up.
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- Sturdy plastic
- Easy to assemble
- Not for children to ride in
Step2 Wagon for Two Plus
The Step2 Wagon for Two Plus room for two — up to a recommended 75 pound maximum weight. This wagon comes in willow green or denim blue and most parents report that assembly is quick and simple. Some parents put the handle on backwards, making it easier to transport in a small vehicle.
Loaded up with seat belts, door latch, cup holders and a seat storage space, this wagon has some great features. Parents say it seems to resist tipping, even for kids who like to lean over the edge and watch the hardy, plastic wheels turn. Those wheels, however, are reported to be somewhat noisy and are designed for pavement and grass only.
- Two seat belts
- Latching door
- Cup holders
- Easy Assembly
- Noisy wheels
Berlin Flyer Ride Sport Wagon for Kids
The Berlin Flyer Sport Wagon is a handsome wooden wagon that cruises along any terrain with its large, no-flat tires.
Customers generally praise the quality of the Amish-made Berlin Flyer Sport Wagon, although the all-terrain tires typically need to be aired out upon arrival because of an initial chemical smell. This easy-to-assemble wagon comes in five different colors: red, hot pink, orange, blue and purple.
- 300 pound weight maximum
- No-tip steering
- Easy to assemble
- Color choices
- More pricey than other models
- Toxic tire smell at first
Hauck Eco Wagon
Hauck may not be a recognizable name, but the forest green Hauck Eco Wagon, is gaining great parent reviews. The Eco Wagon includes a removable weather shade for sun and rain and a hand brake for safety. Its hand washable fabric stretched over a steel frame makes for a lightweight wagon that doesn’t feel cumbersome and even the handle is comfortable to grasp.
The wide rubber wheels of the Eco Wagon really stand out. They are equipped with bearings, which is unique for most wagons and really make pulling the canopy wagon and steering it a breeze. Wider wheels might make it difficult to get into narrow spaces.
The Hauck Eco Wagon holds up to 110 pounds but doesn’t have cup holders, noises or molded plastic seating. There’s a removable pad for riders’ comfort, but it can be removed for transporting things other than little humans.
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- Equipped with canopy
- Folds for storage
- Easy assembly
- No safety belts
- Wide width
- High end price
Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon
The Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon is the iconic red wagon that has been enjoyed over many generations. It’s a simple, budget-minded wagon that fits many needs.
The steel body can hold up to 150 pounds, and the real rubber tires are durable. With an extra long handle that folds under for storage and a controlled turning radius that prevents tipping, little details show that the red Radio Flyer is still one of the top-rated wagons for children.
No, it doesn’t have seat belts, drink holders, bells, whistles or luxury seating. It’s just a Radio Flyer – a classic red wagon.
- No-pinch safeguards on ball joint
- Made of sturdy steel
- Budget priced
- Easy to assemble
- Can rust if left outside
- No extras
Radio Flyer All-Terrain 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon
The Radio Flyer All-Terrain Folding Wagon comes equipped with wide, solid rubber, heavy-duty treaded tires. This wagon features a flatbed with safety belts that converts into bench seating and a cooler caddy with extra storage space. When you don’t need the cooler caddy, fold it up and store it out of the way.
This spacious wagon holds up to 150 pounds and technically holds two riders, but one parent admits that her teenager even climbed in and fit without feeling too squished. Kids can sit in the wagon or side-saddle for more fun.
If parents had two wishes it would be that the handle would stay upright when the wagon is stationary and that there would be a storage area for the canopy when not in use. The wagon does not come equipped with a canopy, but an optional Radio Flyer Wagon Canopy is available for purchase.
- Duraclean fabric wipes clean
- Easy fold with one hand
- Off-road, all-terrain tires
- 3 types of seating
- Includes cooler caddy
- No place to rest the handle when not in use
- Storage space for canopy
Do I Really Need a Kids Wagon?
If you go for walks, play at the park, watch ballgames, or visit the local Farmer’s Market with your children, you may find a wagon to be your best buddy. Loading children into a wagon makes an outing more interactive than pushing a stroller, plus there’s room in a wagon for all the “stuff” families need. It’s a welcome bonus when a wagon is washable, transportable, and folds down for easy storage.
Bonus: A Fun History of the Radio Flyer Wagon
Although there are many excellent new wagons on the market, The Radio Flyer Wagon is the standard of a child’s first wagon. Inducted in 1999 into the National Toy Hall of Fame, The Radio Flyer has an interesting history.
When Italian immigrant Antonio Pasin arrived in New York in 1914, he was rich in carpentry skills, but poor in everything else. After selling the family mule, his parents paid for his passage to New York to seek a better life.
Antonio found his way to Chicago, where he worked as a manual laborer. He saved up for woodworking equipment and set up a shop in a rented room. By night, he crafted little red wagons. By day, he peddled them on the street.
Eventually, his little business grew to become the Liberty Coaster Company in 1923. By 1930, he was mass-producing his design out of metal. He named his wagon The Radio Flyer after fellow Italian and Nobel prize winner Marconi’s popular invention: the radio.
The Radio Flyer has morphed and improved over the years. Radio Flyer sported higher sides in the 1950’s for carting. The 1970’s demanded bright colors and slick, muscle tire additions. To match the SUV trend in the 1990’s, The Radio Flyer went all-terrain and the version was dubbed The Quad Shock Wagon.