Make Children’s Day Special With These Ride On Toy Cars
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Surviving the Mother’s Day - Father’s Day - Children’s Day triangle is no easy task. So far, we’ve dealt with gift ideas for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but there’s still one more bridge to cross. And that’s the Children’s Day gift rush - by the way, in the US, National Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in June. In 2019, that day is June 9.
Right, so to make life easier for every loving parent out there, we tried to think of a gift toy that would equally suit boys and girls. And then it struck us: it has to be a ride-on toy car. But which one? Should it be a basic one, a pedal car or a more complex, electric choice?
Well, that’s a good question because there’s virtually a sea of options out there, from pretty much every carmaker or toymaker you can think of. You’ll also need to answer a couple of other questions when picking up an electric ride-on car for your kiddo, making the purchase. Should it be a 6V or a 12V? Should it have a parental remote control? How fast can it go?
We’ll go over these later but for now, here’s our selection of ride on cars for your tot.
BMW i8 Electric Ride On Toy Car
BMW might have designed the i8 as a hybrid sports car, but this miniature version of the real thing is fully electric. It has scissor doors, loudspeakers, and your kid can play songs in mp3 format. With a top speed of 4 km/h (2.5 mph), it is suitable for children aged between 3 and 5 and can go for anywhere between one to two hours on a full charge. Get it on Amazon for $204.10.
What we like: cool looks, can play music, replicates the doors on the real car.
What we don’t like: the wheels are plastic, assembly takes a while - an adult will have to mount and secure the wheels, steering wheel, side mirrors, and the seat as well.
Bentley Continental Ride On Toy Car
Inspired by the Continental GT, Bentley’s idea of a ride-on car is suitable for kids aged between 2 and 4. It has a working steering wheel and horn, some sort of storage area under the seat, an anti-tumble system, and it is made of plastic. The good news is you won’t have to do much assembly work and maintaining should be easy. We would have expected more features for this price tag, but at least your little one will ride in style. Available for £95 ($122/€109) on the Bentley Motors Shop.
What we like: easy to wash, lightweight, suitable both indoors and outdoors.
What we don’t like: not too many features given the price tag, details like the rear exhausts and instrument cluster are stickers, basically.
Aston Martin Electric DB10 James Bond Ride On Toy Car
Remember the bespoke Aston Martin DB10 created specifically for the James Bond Spectre movie? Well, this is it, shrunken and adapted to your kid’s size and safety needs - while the real thing can reach well over 200 mph (320 km/h), this electric beauty tops out at 2.79 mph (4.5 km/h). It’s also an Aston Martin-licensed product, so assembly quality should be on par with the brand’s high standard. Get in on Amazon for £99.99 ($128/€115).
What we like: it replicates the sound of the real 4.7-liter V8 engine, the level of detail is up to our expectations, can go in reverse.
What we don’t like: the short running time of up to 1 hour on a full charge, there’s no parental RC available.
Best Choice Products Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster Ride On Car
This, too, is an officially-licensed product that displays an impressive level of detail when it comes to well, pretty much everything from rims, "aero" body parts, LED headlights, and taillights. It can reach a top speed of 3.7 mph (6 km/h), but that can be adjusted to as low as 1.9 mph (3 km/h) for extra safety. And, it can hold children weighing up to 66 pounds (30 kg). Runs between 1-2 hours on a single charge thanks to a 12V battery. Available for $279.99 on Amazon.
What we like: extremely detailed (including carbon fiber-like trim), has a parent remote control for extra safety, quite fast, easy to assemble - all you have to do is connect the wheels to the rest of the car.
What we don’t like: realistically, there’s room for just one kid and even if two could fit in, the steering wheel is center-mounted.
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Ride On Pedal Car
Well, here’s the deal: you can’t go wrong with a Porsche 911 and you can’t go wrong with the Carrera RS 2.7 look. That’s why this pedal car from Porsche is the perfect fusion between a neat appearance and an iconic sports car. Being a pedal car, you won’t have to worry about your kid speeding too much, as he’ll be able to set the pace according to how comfortable it feels. The car was soft rubber tires - your neighbors will be thankful, trust us - and it’s made of plastic, which makes it easy to clean, and it is suitable for children aged 3 to 5. Buy it from Porsche for $420.
What we like: retrolicious design, rad color, original Carrera RS decals.
What we don’t like: for a pedal car, the price is a little too steep.
Best Choice Products Off-Road Ride On Truck
Right, so this is not a manufacturer-issued or licensed product but we can all spot the similarities shared with the Jeep Wrangler. That said, here’s what you’ll be buying. First of all, this thing has spring suspensions and chunky 14-inch wheels. Also, it’s pink, but once your kid takes it for a ride off the beaten path, it will quickly turn brownish.
Then here’s this catch - the same range offers 3 ATV variants of this truck (they all get the spring suspension), but only the pink one has the remote control that allows parents to step in when needed. It’s also made of plastic, so mud should be easy to remove and works in the 1.75 mph-3.75 mph (2.8 km/h-6 km/h) speed range. Available on Amazon from $239.99.
What we like: the rugged looks, the LED light bar, the fact that it will take your kid to places other ride-on cars won’t (there are rubber rings that go on the wheels, by the way), plus the 12V battery will last for a couple of hours under hard riding.
What we don’t like: the limited color options.
How to choose a ride on toy car for your kid?
Picking the right product might require a lot of research and just as we mentioned earlier in the article, there are some questions you need to ask yourself before ironing out a decision.
For starters, think of what’s suitable for YOUR child. Would it be wiser to start at a lower level, with perhaps a pedal car instead of a fully blown electric ride? It’s your call, but do think it through.
Then again, should you go for the electric ride-on car, how important is the parental remote control? We can help you this one: think of where you live and where will the kid drive it - an enclosed backyard, on the driveway, in an alley somewhere or in the park.
Moreover, it goes without saying that for areas that are close to busy streets or other potentially dangerous areas (bridges, lakes, rivers, and so on), you’ll want to consider doubling down on safety and get a car that comes with a parent-operated RC.
Keep in mind that some ride on cars out there come equipped with seat belts, which are also a nice thing to have in the event of a mini-crash.
Should I get a 6V or a 12V power-wheels toy car?
Well, it depends. 6V cars are better suited for kids aged between 3 and 5, but their batteries also drain out faster, although they do operate at lower speeds.
12V toy cars can be used by children aged up to 8. They can run for between 1 and 2 hours and also possess greater top speeds and can provide extra thrills for the little ones, as they’re more apt on rougher terrain.
Our advice is to try involving your kid into the buying process, try to find out what’s his/her comfort zone in terms of speed and, equally significant, if he or she is indeed interested in a ride-on car. Who knows, maybe they’ll be better off with a LEGO set.
Think of what getting your kid a ride on toy entails for you
Does the new toy require a lot of assembly work? Will you have the time to do it? Can you fit it in your car’s trunk? Where will you store it? Is the kid’s room spacious enough or you’ll have to sacrifice some garage space?
Make sure you have a clear answer to each and every question and we guarantee that you’ll know what works and what doesn’t, therefore, you’ll know exactly what to buy.