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The Best Toy Box of 2020


I’ve researched the key health and safety recommendations vital to a quality toy box, including tipping and pinching hazards. I’ve then compared dozens of the top national and international brands including Little Tikes, Delta, and Melissa & Doug.

The following list of toy boxes and toy organizers rose to the surface as the best toy boxes on the market.  

Top 6 Toy BoxesWhy It's BestMom Rating
Delta Children Deluxe 9-Bin Toy Storage Various sizes of storage bins, neutral colors, lightweight design transports easily and lowers accidental risk♥♥♥♥♥
Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Chest Durable, safety-tested wood design, large single compartment, safety lid discourages unnecessary accidents♥♥♥♥♥
Little Tikes Play 'N Store Toy ChestCompact size with large storage compartment, neutral color schemes, safe and durable plastic♥♥♥♥♥
Sauder Shoal Creek Storage ChestSolid wooden design, sleek design looks good in a variety of rooms, safety lid avoids accidents♥♥♥♥♥
Tot Tutors Toy Storage OrganizerLarge, multi-size storage organization, lightweight and durable, easy to personalize, grows with your child♥♥♥♥♥
Delta Children Design and Store 6-Bin Toy Storage OrganizerVersatile design, various storage bin sizes, lightweight design prevents unnecessary accidents♥♥♥♥♥

Best Toy Boxes

Delta Children Deluxe 9-Bin Toy Storage Organizer

Image of the Delta Children Deluxe 9-Bin Toy Storage Organizer, Natural/Primary

The Delta Deluxe 9-Bin Toy Storage Organizer is versatile and colorful piece that can fit into almost any nursery or play area. 

Made up of three types of materials (metal, wood, and cloth), this bin still maintains a fairly light weight (approximately 15 lbs).  With metal rods that screw into particle board sides, this box is shipped disassembled and does not require power tools to be assembled.  The metal rods are covered with a cloth liner that acts as a soft shelf to hold the bins.  The nine bins come in three different sizes, making it easier to hold a wide variety of toys and playthings. 

Features and Findings

Being on the medium to low end of the price market, the Delta 9-bin Toybox is a top-seller.  Parents love the simple color pallet and the versatility of so many bins. 

Overall, most users found this design very simple to assemble (average of 15 minutes).  The light weight of this design was also a plus for parents who were concerned about children accidentally pulling the toy bin over, though it has not had issues falling over without force. 

The Delta toy bin can be secured to a wall though a separate kit will have to be purchased from a hardware store to do this.    

The most common complaint about this design was its durability.  While this depends completely on its intended use and the gentility of its users, several parents were disappointed by how quickly the cloth sagged under the bins (making it harder for little hands to slide the bins out).  Some users also experienced bowing in the middle of the racks over time.    

Little Tikes Play ‘N Store Toy Chest

Image of the Little Tikes Play 'N Store Toy Chest

The Little Tikes Play ‘N Store Toy Chest is the epitome of simple.  With only two pieces, this toy bin requires virtually no set up.  The lid is completely removable and simply slides into a grooved notch on the top. 

At a middle-of-the-market price and made in the USA, many users have loved this brand and the simple design of this box. 

Coming in a variety of colors, it can fit well into most rooms and could be used outside although it is not watertight.  

Features and Findings

With its simple design, many users had positive things to say about this toy bin.  It does exactly what it is designed to do though some mentioned it was a little smaller than it looked in the pictures (approximately 3 feet by 2.5 feet). 

Weighing in at only 6 pounds when empty, it is fairly easy to move around. 

Some users complained that they had a very hard time keeping the lid upright.  As the lid is designed to slide and not latch into place, many parents commented that it was easier to just take the lid off altogether than constantly try to prop it back up or risk it falling on their child.    

Sorbus Toy Chest with Flip-Top Lid

Image of the Sorbus Toy Chest with Flip-Top Lid, Kids Collapsible Storage for Nursery, Playroom, Closet, Home Organization, Large (Pattern - Chevron Gray)

This Sorbus Toy Chest  seeks to combine charm with versatility.  Ideal for hidden storage in other rooms, the Sorbus design comes in three color patterns that can complement almost any room. 

As a collapsible design, this toy bin requires no setup or tools.  Comprised of cloth material over cardboard framing, the main compartment simply unfolds to create a large box measuring approximately 2.5 feet by 1.5 feet.  An optional divider can be Velcroed inside the compartment or left to one side if you prefer one large open space.  The lid also secures with Velcro on both the back and has smaller Velcro tabs to keep it closed. 

This very lightweight design also features carrying handles on either side for easy relocation of the box.  

Features and Findings

The simple, elegant designs that Sorbus offers are a plus for many parents. 

Not having to assemble anything is also another favorite feature of this bin. 

Users love having the handles for easy movement of the box and enjoy its lightweight design.  With such a small design, many users said this was a great box for small spaces.

On the other hand, many moms noted that this design did not hold up well over time with kids leaning in and out of it.  The cardboard liners did not hold up well in the long run and users had a hard time getting this box to hold its shape without the lid. 

Other users noted that this design was rather hard to clean as it can only be wiped down with a damp cloth.  

Sauder Shoal Creek Storage Chest

Image of the Sauder Shoal Creek Storage Chest, Soft White finish

Coming in a variety of colors and wood finishes, the Sauder Shoal Creek Storage Chest is a solid wood toy bin. 

Weighing in at 42 pounds once assembled, this toy bin also features a safety close lid that not closes slowly but also stays upright.  As an extra safety measure, this design also has slits under the lid to prevent accidental finger smashing.  These slits also help to ventilate the box on the off chance a moist toy is put away. 

This larger design (L: 34.88″ x W: 15.08″ x H: 18.94″) offers plenty of storage space as well.  

Features and Findings

Sitting on the middle-to-high end of the market price, this box was a sturdy solution for many families. 

It is recommended that there be at least two adults present to set it up, but at least the directions were clear and understandable. 

Users liked the sleek design and wood finish. 

Some users had issues with the safety latch detaching from the lid over time.  And while the design seems solid, it is important to note that it was not safety tested as a seat so parents who bought this design discouraged older kids from climbing on the box.  

Otto & Ben Folding Toy Box Chest 

Image of Otto & Ben Top Tufted Folding Tweed Linen Trunk Toomnas Bench Foot Rest, 30x30x15, Light Grey

The Otto & Ben Folding Toy Box Chest is another great multi-purpose box that can be featured nicely in a living room.  Doubling as an ottoman, this design is featured in two shades of gray with a soft cloth finish and plush top. 

This design comes folded flat and requires some assembly but no hand tools.  The lid features a central hinge that allows it to be opened from either side instead of lifting off the entire top. 

Lightweight construction is easy to move around and safe for sitting. 

Once assembled, it measures 30x30x15 inches.  

Features and Findings

Many users loved the soft touch and versatile design of this toy box.  It was a great space saver for smaller homes or living rooms where parents did not want a “juvenile-looking” toy area. 

The inside liners are slightly more sturdy than cardboard so some users felt that it was not ideal for seating for adults in the long run. 

The lid does not feature a safety latch on either side which can pose a problem for little fingers or heads, although the lightweight of the design keeps any serious injuries from occurring.  

Delta Children 6-Bin Toy Storage Organizer

Image of the Delta Children Design and Store 6-Bin Toy Storage Organizer, Disney/Pixar Toy Story 4

Similar in design to its earlier counterpart, this  Delta 6-Bin Toy Storage Organizer is also made up of a wood frame, cloth-covered metal poles, and cloth storage bins. 

Using six instead of nine bins, this design features one extra-large bin at the bottom, two medium-sized bins, and three smaller bins on the top. 

Coming in a wide variety of Disney and Pixar themes, these boxes also come with matching reusable themed stickers that can be moved around on the sliding bins. 

Weighing just over 12 pounds and roughly 24 inches long and 9 inches wide, this box is ideal for smaller spaces and geared for children aged 6 and under.  

Features and Findings

With a design so similar to the larger Delta toy organizer, many users loved the thematic elements of this box.  Sometimes having a child’s favorite character can encourage clean up. 

The cloth bins are harder to clean than the plastic ones. 

Coming in on the cheaper end of the market however was a plus for many parents as well as the wide variety of thematic elements.  

Delta Children My-Size Deluxe Toy Box

Image of the Delta Children MySize Deluxe Toy Box, Grey

Another selection from Delta is the MySize Deluxe Toy Box.  Featuring an all-wood design, this toy box is still lightweight weighing in just under 22 pounds. 

Available in six different colors, this small wooden toy box is ideal for smaller children or smaller spaces (14 inches long and 21 inches high). 

The lid does come with a safe-close latch on the lid to avoid injury. 

Arriving disassembled, this toy box does require some assembly.

Features and Findings

As far as wooden toy boxes are concerned, this box is one of the less expensive options on the market. 

Not being solid wood panels allows this design to maintain its lighter weight and users said the slow close lid worked well. 

Some parents mentioned that while the directions do not call for power tools, it was helpful to have them on hand when assembling the toy box. 

Other users also noted that this design did not hold up as well as a solid wood construction. 

It is also important to note that this design has been safety tested to hold a child’s weight, but not an adult’s weight.  

Step2 2-in-1 Toy Box & Art Lid

Image of the Step2 2-in-1 Toy Box & Art Lid | Plastic Toy & Art Storage Container, Grey

Shying away from the cloth and wood designs, the Step2 2-in-1 Toy Box is comprised of a sturdy plastic tub and detachable lid. 

Also available in a variety of color combinations, this lightweight bin features a large open bin with low entry front, ideal for little toddlers trying to reach toys or ones who like to climb into the box. 

The lid is also designed to double as a standing art board with a security clip at the top.  Two smaller organizer bins sit on the top of the toy bin to hold art supplies or smaller toys that could get lost in the larger compartment (approximately 19 inches wide). 

Features and Findings

Being made of plastic was a favorite feature of many moms as they found it easy to clean and avoided the sharp corners and edges of a wooden design. 

Parents loved the easy access, lower front for the safety of their climbers. 

The art clip was also a favorite feature for users and many commented on how easy it was to clean up after messy art. 

The lid does not secure to the toy bin at all so some loved this feature and others did not.  Ideal for moving the art station around, other moms were frustrated that the lid was constantly falling off the box. 

On another note, while the plastic is safe, some users noted that it is fairly thin plastic and therefore dealt with some bowing of the sides over time.     

Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Chest

Image of the Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Chest, Sturdy Wooden Chest (4.5 Cubic Feet of Storage, Easy to Assemble, White, Great Gift for Girls and Boys - Best for 3, 4, 5 Year Olds and Up)

Melissa & Doug’s Wooden Toy Chest comes in a variety of colors and arrives disassembled.  When assembled, this box weighs 21 pounds and measures 24 inches (L) by 33 inches (H). 

Made of solid wood, the box is designed to double as a bench if desired and has been safety tested for up to 240 pounds (as a bench). 

The box also features a safety hinge to avoid smashed fingers or heads.  

Features and Findings

Coming in at the higher end of the price market, many people found that this toy box was the perfect fit for their needs. 

It is recommended to have two people present to assemble it easily and some mentioned that power tools were helpful, though the directions do not call for them. 

The safety latch worked well, though some wished that it allowed the lid to open further without fear of snapping the latch off. 

Other users also noted that while it holds all their toys with no problems, the bottom of the box is made up of a much thinner piece of wood that was not designed to hold the weight of a child who might like climbing in the box.

KidKraft Austin Toy Box

Image of the KidKraft Austin Toy Box, White

Made of composite wood, the KidKraft Austin Toy Box is a great medium-sized toy bin available in seven different colors/finishes. 

With slightly heavier construction and larger storage compartment (H: 19.6 inches, L: 30.5 inches), this box weighs in around 35 pounds. 

Two spaces have been cut in the sides to double as handles and the lid does feature a soft close safety feature. 

The larger size of this box is also ideal for its dual purpose as a seating bench. 

For ease of shipping, the KidKraft toy box arrives disassembled and requires minimal hand tools.

Features and Findings

The size of this box was a huge plus for users who wanted some more storage space.  Being slightly bigger was ideal for hiding larger toys and families with older children found this toy chest to be quite versatile. 

Customers also felt that the design felt strong and sturdy when used as a bench. 

Several users also mentioned that the directions did not include any words and that it was very difficult to assemble unless two adults were present. 

While the safety feature on the lid works well, this particular design also only allows the lid to open about three-quarters of the way open before it strains the hinge.  This was a frustration to some while others had no problem with it.   

Tot Tutors Toy Organizer

Image of the Tot Tutors Toy Organizer, Toddler

The Tot Tutors Toy Organizer is one of the larger toy bins on the market. 

Compared to the Delta Toy Organizer, this bin features twelve plastic bins instead of nine cloth bins. 

The sides are composed of particle board that can come in a variety of colors.  The metal rods are screwed into place with a screwdriver and the plastic tubs can also be ordered in various colors to match the design of your room. 

Features and Findings

Users who love organization loved this design.  The versatility of so many bins was a favorite feature of several parents. 

Users felt that the design was stable and lightweight (when empty) and liked how easy it was to clean the plastic bins. 

Some noted that they did not like seeing all the screw tops exposed on the design (screw covers are not provided by the seller).  They did, however, feel that construction was fairly simple and straightforward. 

Some users noted that the tilt of the bins is a little more severe on this design and were disappointed that each bin couldn’t be filled to the max without spilling over when placed on the metal rods. 

Otherwise, the Tot Tutors design held up over time and stored a wide variety of toys and small parts.  

3 Sprouts Kids Toy Chest 

Image of the 3 Sprouts Kids Toy Chest - Storage Trunk for Boys and Girls Room

Geared towards themed rooms and nurseries, the 3 Sprouts Kids Toy Chest has a softer touch than many other toy boxes. 

Comprised of cloth (100% polyester) over cardboard framing, this trunk is available in 12 different cute animal themes. 

It’s small to medium size (14.5-Inch x 24-Inch x 15-Inch) is ideal for smaller toys and easy toy access for crawlers and young toddlers.

Features and Findings

One of the most liked features of this toy bin was its animal designs.  Parents loved the cute animal art. 

Most users noted that over time, the cardboard inserts bowed after constant use. 

Several parents also noted that the lid is not designed to sit on top of the box and was constantly falling into the trunk unless it was filled with toys to the top.  Some users fixed this by adding their own button or Velcro to the lid. 

Some users enjoyed the soft sides for their young ones because it was a worry-free way for their “littles” to access toys on their own.  Others did not like this feature and complained of the trunk losing its shape quickly. 

The cloth design also means that it can only be spot cleaned if dirty.   

How We Selected the Best Toy Box Options

Finding the best toy box for your family takes several things into consideration.  After researching dozens of the top-selling and highest-ranked toy boxes on the market, several common themes rose to the surface as important concepts to consider when buying the best toy organizer for your child.

1st: Safety

Each of these top toy box choices has passed the basic health and safety requirements for toy boxes on the market. 

Those with plastic components are BPA free.  The wooden boxes that claim to double as seating benches have also been weight tested as safe for sitting. The box choices have safeguards against pinching little fingers.

We removed recommendations that proved unsafe for little children or posed a choking risk for young ones. 

2nd: Versatility

A huge factor in determining the best kind of toy box for your child is the age and desired length of use. 

For a starter nursery, a smaller, softer box will easily accommodate the lightweight toys of a newborn.  The softer design discourages accidental finger pinching and head-bashing as young ones begin pulling up things and teetering around the house. 

If, however, you are searching for a design that can match the growth of your child, the larger designs might be the best consideration.  Extra safety features can be added for the younger years such as corner protectors or wall anchors.    

3rd: Durability vs. Design

When it comes down to it, one of the greatest factors in choosing the best toy box for your home is its intended purpose.  The above list includes several of the best options on the market for each intended purpose. 

If you simply want storage for a multipurpose room, there are countless bench and toy box combinations that meet nearly any design. 

If you are looking for themed storage to coordinate with a bedroom, the above list contains dozens of high-end, quality toy bins for discreet, themed toy storage. 

If you are looking for solid, long-term use toy boxes and organizers, this list has several to choose from designed by the top name brands on the market.   

FAQs About Toy Boxes

What’s the best way to protect toys?

Placing toys where they can’t be stepped on and broken or lost is the best way to protect your investment. 

Toy boxes and toy organizers can help you keep sets together as well. They also offer ventilation to prevent mold or other nasty things from growing on the toys.

Plus, the benefit of a toy box is that it keeps the clutter out of sight, unlike a shelf.

 If a toy organizer checks all these boxes, it is a great buy and the above list includes the top choices for toy boxes on the market.

Are toy boxes dangerous?

A well-designed toy box is totally safe. The best designs stand up over time and have no questionable safety components. Good designs take into consideration things like ventilation, safety lids, and rounded corners.

Aside from the occasional smashed finger and a place to climb, toy boxes don’t offer too much of a safety hazard.

What kind of toy box do I need for wooden toys?

Wooden toys can be stored in most indoor toy bins. 

Without proper ventilation, wood toys can mold and decay if wet.  So it is important to allow wet wooden toys to dry completely before storing them in a closed space.  They can be placed in plastic, wood, or fabric toy bins and do best when given plenty of ventilation. 

If you wish to preserve a wooden toy, you can also ensure that it is completely dry, wrap it in soft cotton, and store it in any dry place.  

In Conclusion

After taking into consideration all of the pertinent, essential criteria (safety, durability, design), the toy box that rises to the top as the best choice is the Melissa & Doug’s Wooden Toy Chest

Image of Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Chest - White

This design really takes into consideration the many facets of durability and versatility important in choosing the best toy bin.  The wooden construction means it will stand up under the wear and tear of active children for a longer period of time. 

It can also more easily suit families with more than one child with its spacious compartment.  The large bin can also accommodate larger toys and keep them discreetly out of sight. 

The fact that it also doubles as a seating bench is another major draw for buyers and homes with limited space.  

The safety features in the Melissa & Doug design are perhaps its greatest selling feature.  This particular design has undergone extensive weight tests and features a top-of-the line safety lid that stays open and closes softly. 

As an extra precaution, large slits surround almost all of the lid to avoid accidental finger pinching and to increase the needed ventilation for toys. 

While the price tag sits a little higher in comparison to other toy bins on the market, the value and longevity of this toy bin makes the purchase worth while. 

Mary Bogard
Mary Bogard
Mary is a wife to her husband Jake and a mother of two boys. She loves music and reading and anything that involves being outside. Nothing is good for the soul like sunshine! As a world traveler, Mary has also had the opportunity to see moms around the world in action. Being a mom is a privilege and it is Mary's passion to help moms everywhere find the very best for their families.

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