Best Ride-on Toys

by Hilary Braaksma

Best Ride-on Toys
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What kid doesn’t want to zoom around in his or her very own vehicle? Ride-on toys teach kids motor skills, responsibility—and they’re a whole lot of fun! Here are some great ride-on toys from Amazon, Walmart and more!



Best Overall: Micro Mini 3-In-1 Deluxe Scooter


Best For Babies: Fisher Price 3-In-1 Sit, Stride and Ride Lion


Best For Toddlers: Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Cozy Coupe


Best For Young Kids:Radio Flyer 500 Ride-On With Ramp


Best For Older Kids: Rollplay 12 Volt Nighthawk Ride On Toy


Best Powered Ride-On Toy: Best Choice Products 12v Kids Battery Powered 4-Wheeler


Best Pedal-And-Push Toy: Little Tikes 4-In-1 Ride On


Best Two-Passenger Ride-On Toy: Power Wheels Dune Racer Battery-Powered Ride-On Vehicle For Kids


Best Remote-Control Ride-On Toy: Best Choice Products 12V Kids Electric Battery-Powered Ride-On Truck


Best Ride-On Animal Toy: PonyCycle Riding Horse Toy



Image Credits: Amazon

Best Overall

Micro Mini 3-in-1 Deluxe Scooter


If you’re looking to get a fun riding toy that will grow with your child, the Micro Mini 3-in-1 scooter is designed to grow with children from ages 1 to 5. Over those five years of fun, kids will be able to sit to ride, stand to scoot with an O-ring handle, or stand to scoot for bigger kids with a T-bar handle. The compact size means you can take it almost anywhere!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Best scooter out there.

Such a great scooter. We have the standard Micro mini kick for my older son and love it, and this 3 in 1 allows my 1 year old to scoot along with his big brother. Currently, he loves sitting on the seat and pushing himself around, and it is awesome that it will grow with him into a standing scooter as he gets bigger. We look forward to many more years of fun with the scooter.

Best ever! My older daughter (4 years old) has one, but not this 3-in-1 version. Her 2 year-old sister always wants to ride big sis' scooter but can't without falling. I'm glad to see there was this option with a seat that will grow with her. We just got it yesterday and she loves it. It works great and she's excited she can scooter with big sis!

Image Credits: Target

Best for Babies

Fisher Price 3-in-1 Sit, Stride and Ride Lion


Babies ages 6 months and older will enjoy learning and growing with this fun ride-on toy. They can sit and play, sit and scoot, or stand and push this fun lion. This adorable big cat has 10 light-up buttons that teach numbers and colors.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I got this for my 8 month old! He absolutely loves it and I love that it’s a versatile toy.

Our great niece LOVES this toy! So did our grandson and granddaughter!

I bought this item for my 9 month old grandson's first Christmas. He loved it and so did I. It's so bright and colorful. It was easy to assemble and seems very durable. I have purchased this before for other grandchildren (2 are still in use). I would certainly purchase it again.

Image Credits: Walmart

Best for Toddlers

Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Cozy Coupe


This classic has been many children’s first ride-on toy and for good reason! The sturdy body and smart design make it easy for toddlers to enjoy without too much parental supervision, kids can use foot-to-floor power so you’ll never run out of charge. A floor can be put in to give your little one’s feet a rest while you do the pushing.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Glad we made made the choice to buy Little Tikes! They'll be having fun with this toy for a while.

I know it's just a toy but the engineering that went into this thing is impressive. I just loved how they created the assembly method. It was a huge hit not only for the beautiful 1.5 year old recipient but with *all* the kids on xmas morning. It certainly exercised the kids understanding of the concept of sharing. I'd recommend this to everyone with young kids that are obsessed with cars :)

We were so excited to buy this for our daughter's birthday! Her face just lit up when we showed it to her and she loves riding in it! Can't wait to take her outside this summer! It's more compact than the older models but def seems to hold up and drives well too!

Image Credits: Walmart

Best for Young Kids

Radio Flyer 500 Ride-On With Ramp


Kids ages 3 to 5 will get to feel a rush of excitement riding this toy down the included ramp. The ride-on car can be used on or off the 6-foot track, and the ramp can do double duty as a racing spot for miniature toy cars. When you’re done playing, pack it all up into the included storage space.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I love that it packs up into the red part to store and is not heavy.

I bought this for my grandson's 2nd birthday. It is one of the best toys I've ever bought. It can be used in so many ways and is great for indoors and outdoors. It also packs up quickly and easily. He loves using his little cars on the track. The ride-on car can be used independently. It's sturdy enough for him to climb up the ramp. And of course he has a ball going down the ramp in the car. It's safe and his parents don't have to be right there helping him. IT"S MADE IN THE USA!! Walmart had a much better price than anywhere else.

I bought this a month ago and it has been a favorite toy of both my kids (almost 3 and 5 years old). They use it not only to ride down, but to race cars on. It is also really easy to store as the pieces fit well into the base.

Image Credits: Amazon

Best for Older Kids

Rollplay 12 Volt Nighthawk Ride On Toy


Kiddos age 6 and older will love this fun riding toy that goes up to 6 mph and has turning mechanisms that make it easy to maneuver through any obstacle. Start and stop pedals let kids safely hold onto handlebars while they pick up or decrease speed. And a safety flag helps make sure your child is easy to spot while playing.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This product is awesome! It is built very well and can definitely pick up some speed.

We got this for our 7 year old son and he absolutely loves it! The assembly was very simple and both my husband and I were very pleased with the high quality. It’s light weight and stores away without taking up much room. It took a few minutes for my son to get used to leaning in order to turn, but he was a pro after 5 minutes and didn’t want to get off. We didn’t notice a change in the battery/speed after a full hour of riding. I would buy this product again and My husband is waiting for an adult version.

Image Credits: Walmart

Best Powered Ride-on Toy

Best Choice Products 12V Kids Battery Powered 4-Wheeler


This rugged, realistic-looking 4-wheeler is a fantastically fun electronic ride-on toy for kids 3 to 8 years old. This toy ATV has a foot pedal accelerator with forward and reverse capabilities, two simple speed selections, a radio and media player with aux cord and LED headlights.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My daughter loves this!!! So many cool features. She will be able to use it for years to come!

I bought this for my grandson's 4th bday. He loves his new toy. Easy to assemble and awesome features.

My almost 4 year old loves this! Santa brought it and he did not disappoint!

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Pedal-and-Push Toy

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Ride On


Kids 9 months to 3 years old will have a great time with this riding toy that grows with them. Parents can strap in babies with a 5-point harness and push them around on walks, or little kids can have the handle removed and pedal their way around the block while parents watch hands-free.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I would recommend this product to anyone with a little one.

This Little Tikes 4-in-1 is great I bought it for my grandson's first birthday and he loves it. I love that it grows with him so he can use it over the years.It's a nice sturdy product. I would recommend this product to anyone with a little one

Daughter loves it. It's good for a good range of ages. Which is great considering how fast they grow. The sunshade it a plus. Easy to turn for the adult. Easy for my daughter to pedal. Great for grocery shopping keeps her interested without ripping stuff off the shelf. A cup holder is a good option for the bottle or sippy cup. Little storage in the back for a diaper bag or toys was a plus too.

Image Credits: Walmart

Best Two-Passenger Ride-on Toy

Power Wheels Dune Racer Battery-Powered Ride-On Vehicle for Kids


If you’re wanting to a buy a riding toy for two kids to share, one with an extra seat is a must—while one sibling takes their turn driving, the other can kick back and relax in the passenger seat. This toy is designed for kids 3 to 7 years old, comes in three kid-friendly color options and drives at either 2.5 or 5 mph.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Kids line up at the park to take a turn. It does well on pavement and grass and moves briskly at the top speed.

Got this for my son for his 3rd birthday and have so far been really happy with it! Drives great, really sturdy and goes up hills and stuff very well.

Wonderfully easy to control and easy to assemble.

Image Credits: Walmart

Best Remote-Control Ride-On Toy

Best Choice Products 12V Kids Electric Battery-Powered Ride-On Truck


If you’re worried about letting your little kid have full control in a ride-on car, one with a remote control for parents to help steer is a great option. This battery-powered vehicle for kids has three speeds, spring suspension, LED lights, an included remote control and a weight capacity of 65 pounds.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
The remote function makes it perfect… and fun for dad!

Bought this for my girls 2nd Birthday. She loves riding in it and we love using the remote. It is fun and we have lots of laughs. She will be able to drive it alone in an another year. It's so cool seeing her in her own ride with radio going and cruising!

I bought this for a birthday gift for my 2 year old, she loved it!!! I recommend it to all parents of toddlers and the parent remote is awesome!

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Ride-on Animal Toy

PonyCycle Riding Horse Toy


This battery-free riding toy helps kids learn balance as well as coordination and works well indoors or outdoors on flat ground. Kids ages 3 to 5 will love riding this plush pony, which moves forward when kids press the stirrups.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Great toy for any child, motion works well and no batteries! Very durable toy.

This is the best, sturdy little horse in the world. :) Honestly though, I love the fact that my toddler son can ride both inside and outside using his own muscles to make this sturdy little fella go. Get so many compliments on it.

My grandson loves the PonyCycle Ride On Horse. He is 3 and it is easy for him to ride and get around the park.When he gets bigger we will definitely get him the bigger one. Thank you! Very pleased with this toy.