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Best Ride On Toys for 3 Year Old Boys

Updated on September 7, 2018
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.

Bubba riding his Kettler Front Loader

A perfect ride on toy for a little boy who loves to build and pretend that he is a construction worker.
A perfect ride on toy for a little boy who loves to build and pretend that he is a construction worker. | Source

Find and Purchase the BEST Ride On Toys for Your Little Boys:

Welcome all who are looking for ideas for the best ride on toys for children. I have three grandsons 8 years old and under. I want to give them toys that I know they will love and will play with for years to come--think QUALITY.

I do not want to waste money on something that will break in the first five minutes or be discarded under the deck never to be loved again.

This is what I have observed about my grandsons:
All three of them love BIG tractors, trucks, excavators, etc... Vehicles that they see on construction sites.

Therefore, I limited my search to just these types of ride-on toys. Fire Trucks, cars, and motorcycles are not here. They do like these, but, they LOVE "work" toys the most.

I did the research and found the best rated ride on toys for my boys on the internet that I know they will love. When possible, I included links to the best prices I could find for those toys.

Image of the little boy on the Kettler/Cat front loader was taken by me. You may not use it without permission. He got that classic ride-on toy for Christmas.

Please Note:

The children pictured with the ride-on toys are NOT included with purchase.

Before You Buy a Toy, Remember To:

Read all the reviews!

Make sure it is age-appropriate!

Read all the specifications!

Check for toy recalls!

One of my favorite toys: the John Deere Gator (battery operated) - My 3 and 4 year old Grandsons' Favorite Ride On Car-- But 6 year old girls like the John Deer

This John Deere Gator might seem a little expensive, but when you have two sons, it is well worth the $$$.

My grandsons (ages 4 and 2 1/2 years when this ride-on was purchased) just love this ride on toy. It is battery operated so it takes some effort to keep it going. However, you can make your boys be in charge of charging! Yes!

Click John Deere Gator in action! to see how even a large Basset Hound enjoys the gator! As you can see in the image below, even girls love the Gator!

Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV, Green
Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV, Green
This battery operated John Deere Ride On is still being played with after 3 years! Definitely got our money's worth. Unfortunately, no longer available. Look below to see if there is a John Deere Gator Ride On Toy on eBay or find it at Free shipping on orders over $69.
Even a basset hound can fit in a John Deere Gator! Photo by me, Mickie_G
Even a basset hound can fit in a John Deere Gator! Photo by me, Mickie_G | Source

How I did the research to find the best toys:

The Basset Hound loved the Gator! Photo taken by me, Mickie_G

First, I watched my grandsons in a toy store. Then I did an internet search for "best ride on toys".

Once I decided on the type of toy or even specific toys, I read the customer reviews of those ride-ons. If any toy received less than 4 starts out of 5, I deleted it from my list.

I tried to find the actual toys (or brands) in a store so I could touch them. If possible, I took the grandsons with me.

Then I found companies that sold the toys and looked for the best price and for companies with high customer satisfaction. Some of these were discovered during my internet search. I try to find companies with an online visibility that got good ratings by users. Amazon has a terrific reputation (they also have ratings for the individual stores, too). The customer reviews were very helpful.

WalMart is another online that is pretty good. My daughter asked Santa to deliver the Kettler Caterpillar Kid Tractor with Trailer ride-on toy to Wal-Mart to help out with the assembly. It was easy. WalMart also has customer reviews on the site.

The Ride On that Started my Quest: The Kettler Digger Ride On Toy - Little Boys LOVE this CAT Ride On!

The Excavator by Kettler is the toy that started my search for the best ride on toys for my grandsons. Bubbie (he was almost 3) saw this ride on Cat Excavator in The Homewood Toy & Hobby Store (in Alabama) and had to be forced to get off of it.

My daughter carried him out the door kicking and screaming. It wasn't because he wanted her to buy it, he just wanted to keep on playing on it. I consider that a Big recommendation.

The excavator is now redesigned from the one I originally saw in the toy store. For the better!

On Amazon the shipping is sometimes free!

A Best Selling Ride On Toy From Kettler is the CAT Digger!

rolly toys CAT Construction Ride-On: 360-Degree Excavator/Shovel Digger, Youth Ages 3+
rolly toys CAT Construction Ride-On: 360-Degree Excavator/Shovel Digger, Youth Ages 3+
Little boys love this CAT Excavator! Shipping on large items like this one is sometimes free on Amazon. Remember to read all the reviews--including the negative ones.

You Might Want To Purchase the Kettler CAT Frontloader (with wagon)! - This is the ride on toy you see at the top of this page.

Santa delivered the CAT frontloader, but if you are a grandparent, you can purchase it using my Amazon link if you scroll down a bit.

If Santa does not bring this toy assembled, I personally know of some parents who put it together easily--and they are not tool savvy, either. Note, it takes two people to put the CAT Kettler frontloader together.

My grandson, Bubbie, LOVES this toy. He can operate it easily. See him in action in the picture at the top of this page.

It is a relatively inexpensive toy and uses petal power, not a battery.

My Grandson's Favorite Construction Site Ride On Toy is the Kettler CAT Kid Tractor.

rolly toys CAT Construction Pedal Tractor: Front Loader Tractor with Detachable Trailer, Youth Ages 2.5+
rolly toys CAT Construction Pedal Tractor: Front Loader Tractor with Detachable Trailer, Youth Ages 2.5+
This toy lasted for years! Even after the seat broke, the CAT frontloader with the wagon was still in use.

DUEL---How Much Is Too Much to spend for A ride-on toy? - Should you spoil your little boy?

I want quality for my buck. But I want it at the BEST price I can find. It is a plus if S&H is included. It is a plus if I can get it online and save gas. If a toy is really a good one $200 is ok. But, I think that one needs to really do the research and think about a purchase.

How much are you willing to spend on a quality toy for your child?

My choices might not be right for you!

I personally picked the toys mentioned in this article.

You need to pick what is right for your own children. I hope the information on ride-on toys will help you with that choice.

If you have purchased any of these toys for your children, let me know what you think of them.

Good and bad reviews are welcomed.

© 2008 Mickie Gee

What is Your Opinion of these Toys? - Are my choices the best toys for your toddler boys?

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    • OliviaQ profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice Lens, that awesome.. great gift idea..

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      Stanley Green 

      6 years ago from Czech Republic

      Great selection ! I think I would pick the Caterpillar Ride-On Backhoe Loader from Kettler for my son...

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. I will be in the market for one before long.

    • piarejuden profile image


      8 years ago

      We have got the excavator for my nephew and he loved it... it's now passed onto my son... :)

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      8 years ago

      Great guide! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      8 years ago from Maryland

      These are great! I have 2 boys in this age range (2 1/2 and almost 4) and they absolutely love their trikes. They would be so excited about the John Deere and Caterpillar toys! :)

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      8 years ago

      Love the toys you have here,and I think many boys would too. Great selection, enjoyed the pictures and anecdotes.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens, these will be a great buying guide for my brother to spoil my nephew with.

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      8 years ago

      I have a nephew with a caterpillar loader/ son hates to leave it after a visit to aunties house.

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      8 years ago

      Great ideas here! I'm sure these would all be heavenly for little boys!

    • TopToysForKids profile image


      8 years ago

      Nicely done on this lens, it looks very professional! *Thumb'd up!*

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      8 years ago

      I thought your kids not included was funny. I didn't know some of these toys existed. All the cool tractors. I have a daughter and she loves stuff like this. Wish I saw these before I bought her little push button quad haha. Some were the price I expected, but there were a lot in the $100-$200 range which is awesome. Great list :)

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      excellent lens with personal touch.

    • Craftymarie profile image


      8 years ago

      Congrats on being one of the 35 favorite product review lenses :)

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      8 years ago

      These toys look like a lot of fun. BTW, congratulations on receiving a Purple Star and having one of the 35 favorite product review lenses!

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      8 years ago

      Thanks to everyone that congratulated me on my Purple Star awarded on Thanksgiving Day 2011. I hope this article helped those who went shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What a great selections. Blessings, and congratulations on your purple star.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      LOL, kids not included with purchase! These do look like so much fun and congratulations on your Thanksgiving Purple Star win.

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile image


      8 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Hey, just stopping by to congratulate one of my fellow Purple Star Thanksgiving winners! So congrats... and blessings too on a great lens you did here!

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      8 years ago

      cool toys for sure

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      My kid is too old but if he were smaller, these would be great ideas.

    • Mistl profile image


      8 years ago

      Great inspiration for when I have kids at some point. :)

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      Rachel Field 

      8 years ago

      Love these - my little boy's a bit too young yet though!

    • wolfie10 profile image


      8 years ago

      there are some awesome toys on here, i would love to be a kid again

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      8 years ago

      If my son was in a store with one of these Excavators or other great ride on toys, I'd have a hard time pulling him away too. He love smaller toys like these but I never saw the ride on versions before - great info.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. You make my job as a grandmother a lot easier. Thanks for all your research.

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      8 years ago from Austin, TX

      I recently bought my son a new Cars movie ride-on and he loves it!

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      9 years ago

      What great toys your kids have, they are very lucky.

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Great selection. My 2 year old grandson is just klearning to ride these type of things. To marks

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      my grand babies are all girls so far ~ but the older one would love these anyway :)

      ~ Blessed >*

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      NICE toys! Great job. My boys are outgrown these toys but they still love their toys.

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      9 years ago

      The toys look really nice and I am sure they would be enjoyed by any child.

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      9 years ago

      Now I wish I had some Grandsons to play on these little boy ride on toys! Ringing my little Squid Angel bell with a blessing.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Great selection of ride on toys for boys. My girls are too old, but I think they would have liked several of these.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      These are amazing ride-on toys. Any little kid would be delighted with one.

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      9 years ago

      We have the John Deer 6-volt Utility Tractor for our little boy. It is a good starter toy, but not much traction or speed. I suggest the next model up if your son/daughter is close to 3.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful resource. Beautifully done! Squid Angel Blessed.

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      10 years ago

      Great toys, 5* and favorited.

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      Lloyd Pinto 

      10 years ago from Mumbai

      Oh!! this is a lovely little toy lens. Rated, Faved and Lensrolled to my toy lens - Huffy Green Machine

    • spunkyduckling profile image


      10 years ago

      Your grand kids look so adorable with the toys..are you really sure they didn't come with the toys? LOL awww..

      Cool choice of toys for kids got to admit that!

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      10 years ago

      Any time Johann! My grand-kids are used to dogs! [in reply to JohannTheDog]

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      10 years ago

      Great lens ! I used to teach preschoolers and would have loved to have these great toys! We did have trikes and the mighty Big Wheel which were great. You can't go wrong with a little red wagon either ! I will lensroll you with my Radio Flyer lens ! 5 Stars!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      I had no idea there was this kind of selection out there. Really interesting page, and I got a great laugh from your disclaimer about not including the children.

    • Laniann profile image


      10 years ago

      The children are so cute on the toys and they look like they are having a lot of fun. The toys are great looking. 5*s

    • RV1 profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow, there are some amazing looking toys on here!

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      Johann The Dog 

      11 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Oh my! Those look like super fun toys! Can I play too? Woofs, Johann

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      Susanna Duffy 

      11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Good layout, goos use of modules, good reviews, all round good lens

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      11 years ago

      I really liked the way that you personalized this shopping lens. It was great to see your personal reviews of each item and it was such a well 'crafted lens'. Angel Blessings to you.

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      Rusty Quill 

      11 years ago

      Hey great lens and a mighty fine addition to Review Central!


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