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10 Best Wagons for Kids 2014

Updated on January 9, 2014

Review of the Best Kids Wagons for 2013

If you're in the market for a wagon for your children, there are many wagons on the market that offer a lot of different options. Most of these devices are made for children who are roughly 18 months to 4 years old. They can be great to use for tired legs when walking is no longer an option, and to cart your stuff so you save your back from not having to carry it.

Features

Most wagons average $50 and get pricier as more features are offered. Plastic wagons have become very popular over the years because of their durability. However, you can still find steel wagons if you like. One that comes to mind immediately for many people are the red Radio Flyer wagons. They also incorporate wood into some of their designs.

You should consider if you want to have a door, removable sides, a shade, storage and what size will work best for your family. Some even offer seat belts for added safety as well. Pay attention to how sturdy the elements are on the wagon. If you don't have a chance to feel one and pick it up for yourself, make sure you research reviews to decide how others have liked its durability. You typically want a wagon that will be sturdy, but not overly heavy to pull.

If you are concerned about recalls, you can find more at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Some wagons have been recalled in past years due to the use of lead paint or breaking of parts.

5 stars for Radio Flyer All Terrain Wagon

Radio Flyer All Terrain Wagon

If you're concerned about plastics, you might like this Radio Flyer All Terrain Wagon. It has the traditional red paint and Radio Flyer logo on the sides along the seamless steel body. The sides feature natural wood with no pinching parts to keep little fingers safe. I love that the tires are rubber so we can fill them to our comfort level, and they go over terrain much better than plastic wheels.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet the wheels are because they are inflatable rather than plastic. The only thing you should keep in mind is that they often need to be pumped up. My husband used magnets to attach a small pump to the underside of the wagon to ensure one was near at all times. It feels very sturdy and won't tip over unless my kids are getting rowdy with it.

This wagon has also taken a beating since it's been rolled down a hill, and been used for a couple of years. I take it to my farmers market quite frequently and can fit about 6 grocery bags in it, or take two of my younglings. The bed measures 16 x 34 inches with the sides being 6 inches high and they can be removed quite easily. The whole thing weighs roughly 34 pounds. The best part in my opinion is that it fits into the trunk of my average sized car.

Step2 Wagon for Two Plus

When kids are busy climbing things, or climbing into and out of things, they are often clumsy. Make using your wagon even more convenient with this Step2 Wagon for Two Plus. Made just the right size for your little ones, the door opens and closes for easier loading.

The bottom of the wagon is deep to allow more room for feet. To be more comfortable for little bottoms, the seats are contoured. For added safety, the seat offers two belts as well. The handle is a bit longer than some I've found like this and overall has been a pretty sturdy thing in our household. I love the two cup holders on the side panel since we are often out in the hot sun and I can leave drinks in the wagon unsupervised.

If you want even more storage, you can buy the Trailer Plus accessory. To make this thing even easier to transport, the handle folds underneath. The entire thing measures 15 x 19.8 x 39.2 inches and weighs 24 pounds. The wagon is great but the wheels could probably be a bit better. For trips around the neighborhood, this would work just fine.

Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon

If you just need a comfortable place for your kids to sit, you might like the Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon. This one is made with plastic instead of steel, but features backrests for your kids, allowing them to face each other with their feet in the middle.

If you choose to not use this feature, you can fold the seats down. Be aware that the sides of the wagon are not that high when you fold the backrests down; I've had my child fall out of it once when it was positioned like that. Granted, he was doing something he shouldn't have been, but the sides did not help him stay in the wagon. I love that it has the smooth ride that Radio Flyer is famous for and that it feels quite sturdy.

To make life convenient, there are four molded cup holders, an optional storage compartment and the seat offer seat belts. This device measures 39 x 19 x 17 inches and weighs 24 pounds. Assembly was not the quickest but it went pretty smooth with the very clear directions that were included with it. The only thing I noticed that I didn't like so much was that the handle is stationary so it was a bit hard to steer in some situations.

Step2 Canopy Wagon

For something that will offer your little ones more protection, consider the Step2 Canopy Wagon. As the name indicates, there is a a 17 x 31 inch canopy that keeps your children in the shade, or protected from rain. If you opt to not use the canopy, it is easily detached.

The seats are contoured and the legroom included is very nice in my opinion. For storage, you get a built-in compartment under the rear seat. There are seat belts included, and two cup holders inside. On top of the canopy is a small place to put things like your keys, phone, etc.

Assembly was a bit harder than I would have preferred since the directions are not as clear as one would hope. This makes a great wagon for trips to the park and light use, but would not suggest using it for long trips, or over rough terrain since the wheels is mediocre. It measures 20 x 40 x 38.5 inches and weighs 29.5 pounds.

Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon

A really fun option is this Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon. It features all kinds of things and isn't much more expensive than many of the others we've discussed. First of all, it has an umbrella that can be easily attached to the wagon for some shade.

The umbrella does have a tendency to spin in the wind, but you can easily find ways to fix that if you need. It comes with an attached cooler that can hold ice to keep drinks and snacks cold. There are seat belts for added safety, and cup holders for convenience.

I love how the wagon converts to a bench that can even hold the weight of a parent if desired! Since this wagon is so versatile, you can even take the sides off to hold supplies for any yard project you might need it for. The wheels seem to move quite well and I've noticed they are much quieter than some of the other basic wagons I've tried. I also like that the handles flip underneath for easier transporting. There is a covered storage area for small items as well. It measures 41.9 x 23.6 x 16.5 inches and weighs 36 pounds.

Little Tikes Lil' Wagon

If your child is at an age where they no longer want to ride in a wagon, and instead want to pull it, then consider getting them this Little Tikes Lil' Wagon. Measuring 11.6 x 20.4 x 9 inches and weighing just 5 pounds, your little big person will have all the room they need to put their favorite toys in.

I like that it was made for both indoor and outdoor play so it does well under harsh conditions. The wheels on it don't mark up my nice wood floors, which was something I was concerned about. They work just as well outdoors as well, though if there is the weight of another child in the wagon, they won't move so well. My kids are learning that this is a toy wagon, not a real one.

The other downside to the wheels is that they aren't designed to turn. Every time a corner is reached, the wheels slide sideways instead of rotating for a smooth steer. This is not overly bad but depending on how heavy it is with toys, it can be harder for my toddler to maneuver. The handle will fold flat down for easier storage and putting the whole thing together was a breeze. Overall though, being a toy, it makes a great device for little ones to feel all grown up.

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