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The Top Toddler Trike Reviews
Helping you to choose the perfect tricycle for your toddler
If you are considering buying your toddler or preschool age child a trike, maybe for their birthday, please read my toddler trike reviews
I am mother to a toddler, and this is the research that I did when trying to decide which trike to buy him for his second birthday.
I have reviewed five trikes: the three in one Fisher-Price Rock, Ride and Roll, the retro styled Radio Flyer Dual Deck Trike, Fisher Price's Thomas the Train Trike that has light and sounds, the three in one Smart Trike Deluxe that converts from a stroller type trike to a ride alone one and the top of the range Kettler Happy Air Navigator that can be extended to accommodate up to four children.
Each of the mini reviews below is linked to a full length, in depth review, that tells you what's in the box, the main features, video reviews, my review, other color options and a selection of other trikes that are available from the same manufacturer.
I hope that my research into the best available tricycles for my toddler trike reviews will help you in your own trike shopping
Toddler Trike Reviews - Top Tips
5 Points To Consider When Buying a Trike
- What is your Budget
- How old is your child
- How long do want the trike to last
- How tall/heavy is your child
- Would you prtefer a plastic or metal frame
Helpful Hints From Toddler Trike Reviews
1 - What is Your Budget
Your budget will probably be the biggest factor to consider when you are buying a trike.
Of the five trikes reviewed here, they range in price from below $60 to over $200.
When fixing your budget, also consider how long you want the trike to last and how many children you anticipate using it. The most expensive trike is extendable to accommodate more children (with a purchased add-on) that could be very useful if you have twins or children of a similar age.
2 - How Old is Your Child
Consider how old your child is now. If you are buying a trike for a 2 year old and expect them to ride it for 3 years it is worthwhile buying a good quality bike. If they are older and might only use it for a year, or you think they will be ready to progress to a bicycle before long then consider a cheaper trike.
3 - How Long Will They Use The Trike For
This is kind of linked to the age consideration, but you should consider how long they are likely to use the trike for. Some 2 year olds might be happy to use a trike until they outgrow it, others might be ready to upgrade to a bicycle in a year or so.
4 - How tall and heavy is your child
It is important to consider your child's size as this will affect which trike you decide on. They vary considerably in weight limit from 38lbs to 220lbs (this is because the frame can be converted to carry up to 4 children).
Also consider their leg length and body length. I tried my 20 month old on a trike in Walmart - he could reach the pedals but the handle bars were at their lowest setting, and on about a level with his nose!!
5 - Do You Prefer a Metal or Plastic Frame
Would you prefer to buy a metal framed trike, that will presumably be stronger and last longer, or are you happy with a plastic one?
This consideration can also be linked to how long you think you'll use the trike for, and whether you plan on passing it on to younger siblings.
Think about where you are going to store the bike. If you have a garage, a metal bike will be protected from the elements when not being used. A molded plastic trike will probably be quite happy sat in the yard and hosed down now and again.
5 More Points To COnsider When Buying a Trike
- Do you prefer retro styling or a more modern look
- Would youl ike the trike to replace or partially replace your stroller
- Do you require the trike to have a harness
- Would you like a parent handle
- Would you like the option to extend your trike to hold more than 1 child
More Helpful Hints From Toddler Trike Reviews
1 - Design - Retro or Modern?
This is an important consideration. I love the metal framed retro styled trikes, but Senor Cicak is of the opinion that these are manufactured to appeal to the parents buying them, and it may not necessarily be what the child would choose.
If you are buying a trike for a two year old, then you can probably have a free rein on style and design. As your child gets older you will probably find that they have an opinion, and might want their favorite TV character emblazoned on the trike.
Of course, most young children would not turn down a trike on Christmas morning because it was the wrong material or color!
2 - Would you like the trike to be used like a stroller?
There is a new breed of trikes that are a hybrid of a tricycle and a stroller. Designed for babies from as young as six or ten months old they have a harness, sunshade, safety bar, cup holder and an extendible handle for the parent.
These make a good bridge between pushchair and trike , but they have their limitations. They are very useful if your little one is getting bored with sitting in their pushchair, but you need to consider where you are going to use them.
For accompanying older children as they walk to school and back or for visits to the park they are perfect. But don't expect them to fold like a pushchair would, which can make car journey difficult, and their wheels might not be up to off road pushing.
3 - Do you require a harness?
Do you want the trike to have a harness to restrain your child. This is very useful if your child is younger and you are using a parent handle. I would not recommend it for children who are riding a trike alone as they would be trapped if the trike toppled over. I removed the harness from my son's trike for this very reason.
4 - Do You Require a Parent Handle?
Parent handles can be very useful with small children whose sense of direction is not developed, especially whilst riding in public places that are adjacent to public highways.
If you are only going to use the trike at home in the safety of your yard, you will take it to the park in your car, or your child is a bit older, then a handle might not be so important.
5 - Trikes For Multiple Children
This was not an option that I even knew existed before I started researching trikes, but it appears that you can buy an extension to convert the Kettler Happy Air Navigator Trike to a tricycle capable of transporting up to 4 children.
If you have children that are close together in age, have twins, triplets or quadruplets or are involved in childcare then this could be a practical option. No more trying to push two trikes at the same time, or listening to squabble about whose turn it is.
This is an expensive option, but definitely one to consider if you have more than one young child.
Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride
Toddler Trike Reviews
Giving excellent value for money, the three in one Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride Trike XL is guaranteed to become a playtime favorite.
Starting life as a rocker, it then transforms into a push along trike and ride alone trike as your toddler grows.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced trike that can grow with your toddler then this trike fits the bill, transforming from a rocker to push along to ride alone trike.
Radio Flyer Dual Deck Trike
Toddler Trike Reviews
With its metal frame, retro styling and step to carry a friend along, the Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle is an impressive looking trike.
Designed for children aged two to five years of age, this trike is truly built to last and will be passed on to younger siblings, and maybe even the next generation.
Check out the Radio Flyer trike
If you are looking for a metal framed tricycle that has a classic design then look no further than the Radio Flyer trike. This is what I think of when I look back to my own childhood three-wheeler.
Smart Trike Spirit Dolphin
Toddler Trike Reviews
If you want a trike for a younger baby, then the Smart Trike Spirit Dolphin 4-1 tricycle is suitable from ten months up until three years of age.
Built in the modern style of a trike/stroller hybrid, this trike is perfect for walks in the park and strolling around the mall - just don't expect it to fold up and fit in your trunk like a stroller does.
If you are looking for a trike for a younger child, or a step up from a stroller, then the Spirit Dolphin from Smart Trike will tick most boxes.
Transforming from a sit-on push-along to a push-along with pedals that both have the advantage of a safety rail to keep your little on sitting tight, to a traditional push-along trike and finally to a ride alone three-wheeler.
Thomas the Train Tough Trike
Toddler Trike Reviews
Thomas the Train has been loved by generations of children, and this Fisher Price built trike will make any young Thomas fan happy as they enjoy the freedom of learning to ride.
Designed for children aged two to six years of age, the Fisher-Price Thomas the Train Tough Trike has big off road wheels to help them to keep rolling on all terrains
If you are looking for a reasonably priced trike that has a hard to topple wide wheel base and Thomas the Train styling this red and blue tricycle has definite kerb appeal.
Kettler Happy Air Navigator Trike
Toddler Trike Reviews
The Kettler Kettrike Happy Air Navigator is by far the most expensive trike that I have reviewed. However, if you want an excellently constructed trike that is built to last, or if the option to be able to extend the trike to hold up to four children fits your family requirements, then you should seriously consider this trike.
If you want a traditional trike that is built to last, or want the option to extend the tricycle to accommodate extra riders then the Kettler is the three-wheeler for you.
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