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5 Good Budget Kid's Electric Car & Quad Power Wheels 2015
Buying an electric vehicle for your young child does not require you to break the bank.
If you have a toddler that throws green fits of envy when their older siblings and neighborhood friends ride around in bigger electric cars, you no longer need to worry about that; there are many small power wheels available for younger children.
6 volt batteries are the smallest you can find for ride on toys and the ones we are reviewing here don't feature any more powerful. Also, maximum speed is usually only around 2 miles per hour.
Any ride on toy you consider for purchase should be well balanced and sturdy for extra safety.
The inside should also have enough room so that your child is not smacking their legs are knees against any part of the vehicle. Take a look at the wheelbase because those that are high or narrow can tip over more easily. Make sure to follow all age recommendations from the manufacturer.
The car should not wobble when your child is sitting on it and all joints should be securely fastened. When turning, the wheels should also rotate smoothly.
If your toddler cannot place his feet on the floor while sitting on his electric toy, though this is more specific or ATV style that car style, then he may be too small for it.
It is recommended that you steer little ones on smooth surfaces instead of over grass or gravel.
Be patient as it will take a child of little bit of practice to learn how to steer and maneuver the car.
Quality Features in Electric Car & Quad Power Wheels
Make sure that the speed up the toy you want to buy is quite low was specially for popular.
Take a look at all of that features on the dashboard and handlebars to ensure that they are toddler friendly and safe.
Most of these feature pretty basic things such as the power lock brake system, and easy push button operation for little fingers.
These are also made to be very low to the ground that your kids can easily get on and off of it. Other models feature fun sounds or music to keep your child entertained.
Is a $100 Power Wheels worth it?
Pros and Cons to Electric Ride On Toys
Your child will be very excited that they are on such a grown up looking machine.
A toy like this encourages outdoor play so they will get more fresh air and sunshine.
Many other neighborhood children will be intrigued and may want to take a turn. With young children this could be hard, but it is a great opportunity to teach them how to take turns, to be patient, and share their toys.
These ride on toys really have very little risk of tipping over. Ride on toys help give your kids a feeling of self-confidence and well as teaching them motor development skills, balance and body awareness.
The downsides include that it could be a bit intimidating for your child at first. I know my daughter takes her own sweet time at being comfortable with something new.
We simply would ask her if she wanted to get on the toy and when she didn't, we would let her older sister get on. In a short enough time that encouraged her to give it a try as well.
Since you will most likely be having your child ride on it outside in the driveway and sidewalks, it is wise to keep very close supervision on them so they do not drive into the street.
Depending on how long your child plays with this toy, one outing could suck the battery dry. I have also noticed that long term use drains the battery over time. However, you can easily find replacements for purchase on the Internet.
There are fewer styles to choose from in toddler ride on toys than those for older children, but you can still typically find sports looking power wheels, as well as gender specific and ATV styles.
Something that is frustrating to both me and my kids is that these toys don’t feature a reverse option. I am sure that it could be a bit more confusing for kids to have this, but as they get used to driving it, and get older, not being able to back up can be annoying.
5 Best Electric Cars for kids 2015
The cheapest on our list is the Power Wheels Lil’ Quad that comes with footrests and a cargo rack on the back. My son loves putting his favorite toys on the back and taking them around the yard.
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Lil Quad
Girls will love this Power Wheels Barbie Lil’ Quad. It is actually the same as the other one we reviewed for boys but your little princess will love the bright girly colors and fun sticker decals.
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Batman Lil' Quad
Nana Nana Nana Nana BATMAN! Little heroes will enjoy this Fisher-Price Power Wheels Batman Lil’ Quad. I love the very oversized push button for little fingers to easily find. This one actually did better over grass than the Power Wheels.
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Camo Lil' Quad
Another masculine option is the Fisher-Price Power Wheels Camo Lil’ Quad. We have actually taken this camping since it is so appropriate! It is also easily operated and features a cargo rack on the back.
Power Wheels Lil' Lightning McQueen
Switching it up a little is this Power Wheels Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Lil’ Lightning McQueen. This one has the most features out of all the others we’ve discussed but is only about $25 more in price. I love that it has English and Spanish phrases that you can choose from, but it also has fun racecar sounds.
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