10 of the best toy garages

Toy garages are the perfect gift for toddlers and preschoolers: just add a car and watch those imaginations rev up

best toy garages

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Wooden and traditional or plastic and modern, toy garages give little hands plenty to press, twist, park and vroom – and spark little brains into creating all sorts of imaginary stories and games. They come in a range of prices and sizes and vary from the simple and minimal to proper little light-up, noise-making numbers.

Whichever model you choose for your child, they are a great investment toy – with a ‘wow’ factor that’ll keep its play value for many months to come.

Here’s our pick of the best toy garages…

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1. Big City Garage, £59.99

Age: 3+

What it is: It’s a 2-storey garage (54cm x 78cm x 44cm) with car wash, helipad, ramps to zoom down, a wind up lift and sounds. Needs 2 x AA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: It’s really robust and sturdy, with ramps wide enough for bigger-size cars. It also has good detailing – we particularly like the little petrol pumps and the helicopter noises the helipad makes.

Available at: Early Learning Centre

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2. Plan Toys Race N Play Parking Garage, £50

Age: 3+

What it is: Made of chalk-friendly rubber wood, kids can add their own road markings or any patterns they like. Complete with a helipad, two parking levels and two cars. Dimensions: H 51.6 cm x L 43 cm x D 17 cm.

Why we love it: This is a sturdy wooden garage that’s pretty easy to assemble. We love that you can draw on it with chalk.

Available at: Kidly and Bobby Rabbit

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3. V-Tech Toot-Toot Drivers Garage (new version), £22.49

Age: 12 months +

What it is: A 66cm x 75cm x 45cm 3-storey garage in bright colours. Features a weight scale, vehicle lift, exit gate, car wash and turning helipad that raises and lowers the lift. Comes with a tow truck that triggers songs, phrases and fun sound effects when it goes over any of the garage’s 9 SmartPoints. Needs 2 AA batteries (not included) and 2 AAA batteries (included).

Why we love it: A well-priced, easy-to-assemble garage that’s firmly pitched at the under-3s and does lots for the money. The buttons to press are nice and chunky, and the sound effects are great – entertaining and educational but not too overwhelming.

Available at: Amazon

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4. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage, £99.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A metal garage measuring 76.2 x 14.6 x 61 cm (it’s BIG) – it can be added to other Hot Wheels tracks. The garage has space for 36 cars and comes with 5 cars and a helicopter.

Why we love it: Most of the buzz around this garage is about how big it is – yep, it’s really massive. Great for fun play – IF you have the space. While it has room for way more cars the you get with the set – lots of people have said that’s not really an issue as if your child wants a garage it means they probably have a fair few cars already!

Available from: Amazon

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5. Brio Parking Garage Playset, £54.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A 37cm x 27cm x 27cm 3-tier wooden garage with a lift, numbered parking spaces and a bright-red plastic ramp. Comes with 2 cars, 1 trailer, and 2 train-track ramps.

Why we love it: Brio’s a well trusted name and this garage is sturdy, well-designed, compact and easy to put together. And it connects with pieces from any Brio train set, if you fancy of bit of full-on, multi-transport play.

Available at: John Lewis

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6. Bosch Car Service Station, £39.99

Age: 3+

What it is: Not strictly a garage, this: it’s a 41cm x 31cm x 13cm service station, featuring a lifting platform and a car wash with movable brushes. Comes with a car (with 4 spare wheels) and a screwdriver for taking the whole thing to pieces and putting it back again.

Why we love it: We really rate the dismantling/rebuilding aspect – and our testers had great fun changing the wheels on the car, too.

Available at: Amazon

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7. Disney Pixar Cars Piston Cup Racing Garage, £19.99

Age: 4+

What it is: A 2-storey 30cm x 10cm x 33cm garage themed on the popular Disney Cars movies. Features a wide ramp and a lift. Comes with a diecast Lightning McQueen character car.

Why we love it: It’s sturdy, but compact – a real plus, if you’re short on space. And of course a surefire winner for any child who is Cars mad.

Available at: Amazon

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8. KidKraft Mega Ramp Wooden Racing Track, £99.29

Age: 3+

What it is: A wooden garage that has a giant launch ramp, and a 3-level spiral ramp. Comes with 5 vehicles, a  helicopter and helipad. Measures 62.2 x 37 x 56.8 cm and requires 3 LR44 batteries (not included).

Why we love it: First off, you need to know that this garage takes a bit of assembling before your child can play with it – you’ll want to give it a couple of hours. But if you’re up for that – we reckon it’s worth it. This garage is super sturdy (if it’s built right) and definitely stands the test of time. If you like wooden toys that’s an added bonus with this one, too.

Available from: Amazon

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9. Melissa and Doug Stack and Count Wooden Parking Garage, £14.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A garage-themed stacker learning toy (6cm x 14cm x 30cm), featuring a sliding counter. Comes with 10 differently coloured cars.

Why we love it: This is so beautifully made. It’s not exactly a garage as such, but if your little one’s into cars, and is also beginning to enjoy counting, we reckon they’ll have lots of fun with this – and keep coming back to it.

Available at: Amazon and Argos

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10. Le Toy Van Dino’s Garage, £85

Age: 3+

What it is: A brightly coloured 3-storey, 30cm x 38cm x 50cm wooden garage that features spiral ramps, a petrol pump, a car, and a working lift. Comes with stickers in different language for your child to stick on.

Why we love it: Beautifully designed. Sturdy enough to play with (lots) but also makes a great-looking keepsake to  pass down to kids in the family for years to come. Just gorgeous.

Available at: Mulberry Bush and Wooden Toy Shack

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