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5 Good Remote Control R/C Vehicles for Kids 2015

Updated on May 5, 2015
A Hot Wheels R/C Camaro ZL1 is a great toy for any kid who loves cars and wants to control one.
A Hot Wheels R/C Camaro ZL1 is a great toy for any kid who loves cars and wants to control one.

When I was younger I absolutely love remote control cars. Every time an special occasion came around a remote control vehicle was on my list.

As I have become older, I have really enjoyed playing with helicopters .

They are small and great to keep me entertained until the battery dies and I have to go and recharge it.

Remote control toys are not only fun for children; many adults enjoy them as well.

Regardless of whom you are buying a remote control toy for, there are many things to look for while shopping.

Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter
Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter

Reasons to Buy a Remote Controlled Toy for your Kids

First, just for the fun of it. It really is entertaining to see a toy take flight, or tear through the house or backyard.

For adventure. A toy like this that can be very family oriented, and you can find new places to test your toys out.

Socializing. Many people, be they grownups or children, tend to gather and watch remote control toys; the fun is contagious.

Competition. There are remote control clubs that organize races and competitions, or you can simply race your machine against friends.

The creative outlet. There are many different ways to enhance your remote control plane. For instance, you can build specific tracts, or make obstacle courses to add to the fun.

Enhance electronic skills. As you use a remote control toy, you will learn how to charge, discharge, attach and detach the batteries.

You must also understand how the speed controllers work with the transmitter and receiver into creating into the system. Any repairs can also be fixed on your own if you're willing to learn.

Add to an interest. Buying a remote control vehicle that resembles your favorite monster truck, or Nascar vehicle, can make it that much more fun.

Improve hand eye coordination. Most people are aware that video games will do this, but remote control toys are even more effective at this.

The reason for this is because a remote control toy has real world consequences. You have to be much more careful because there is no reset button when you crash.

Airplanes and helicopters are the best at developing hand/eye coordination, and reaction time the most.

Maisto Rock Crawler Extreme Remote Controlled Vehicle
Maisto Rock Crawler Extreme Remote Controlled Vehicle

Biggest Downfalls of Remote Control Toys

One of the disadvantages is cost. It's true that you can find very affordable remote control toys, but you must keep in mind that you often get what you pay for.

To get a decent RC toy, you should expect to spend upwards of $80.00 or more.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that these toys can easily be damaged if they are not handled carefully.

Crashing them into things can sometimes cause repairs that need to be done, or ruin the toy altogether.

Noise can be another factor. Most good remote control toys make a bit of noise, some more than others.

What kind of remote control toy does your kid like most?

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Hobby Zone Champ Champ RTF
Hobby Zone Champ Champ RTF

Things to Keep in Mind While Looking for Remote Control Vehicles

If you are buying a remote control toy for a child, make sure not to buy one that is too complicated for them to maintain and operate.

Younger children do better with remote control machines that have very simple controls. Look for one that has a two way toggle stick which will help them move the car forward, backward, and side to side.

Make sure to review the charging and standby time of each product. Nothing is more frustrating than having a remote control toy that you can only play with for 15 minutes at a time between charges.

Look for remote control products that are made to be durable. Check the tires and the plastic housing of each one you are considering. Tough plastic will keep your toy in good condition for longer.

Remote control vehicles that maneuver on the ground, are often more durable than airplanes or boats.

It is a good idea to pick the right frequency for your needs. Some toys only come with 27 MHz or 49 MHz. This is usually clearly advertised on the packaging.

If you are buying multiple radio control toys for more than one person, choosing the right frequency will help you in your experience.

For two people to use their toys together, each must operate on a separate frequency, band, or channel.

Consider buying extra parts and accessories since they can be hard to find down the road when you need them.

I recommend getting extra battery parts, especially if your toy needs special batteries. Most will use your standard 9 volt, AA, or AAA batteries which will not be a problem.

However, anything unique from those might be hard to find later. By a few extra and you should have worry free play time.

30" RC SYMA Century Boat Radio Remote Control R/C Racing Yacht
30" RC SYMA Century Boat Radio Remote Control R/C Racing Yacht

Types of Remote Control Toys

Four wheel drive vehicles

This is a great option for those that want to watch their remote control get muddy. These are usually more durable and can withstand a bit more abuse.

In this category are also off road rally cars. These often feature two motors and low gearing for more of a realistic experience.

On Road Cars

These are really fun to race and you can often see them zipping down your neighborhood streets.

Airplanes, Helicopters, and Hovercrafts

You can find a wide variety of all these on the market. You can typically find those that look like small commercial aircraft, as well as military styles.

Hovercrafts are great because they can run on land, water, ice, and even snow.


Speedboats are fun to race and can often reach speeds up to 20 miles per hour. You can also find military watercraft to have mock sea battles with.

There are also some that resemble everyday working boats like freighters, or fishing boats.

Syma S107/S107G R/C

For an air option, consider this Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter in Blue. You can fly up to two of them at one time and it operates on three different channels.

5 stars for Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter

Maisto R/C Rock Crawler

I personally like this Maisto R/C Rock Crawler because it has some of the best steering I’ve experienced. It handles off roading quite well and features a three channel transmitter. It is not quite as durable as I would prefer, but if you treat it carefully, it should last a while.

30" RC SYMA Century Boat R/C Racing Yacht

For water play, you might like this 30” RC SYMA Century Boat Racing Yacht with Display Stand. It is also ready for play right out of the box and gets up to 20 miles per hour. It also has a nice range of 300 feet as well.

© 2013 Brandon Hart


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