14 of the best ride-on toys for toddlers

Which sit-on and push-along cars, trikes, animals and fantasy carriages do boys and girls rate most fun? We got some toddler testers to tell us...

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Toddlers love sit-on toys that allow them to scoot around more or less under their own steam. And ride-ons now come in so many shapes and sizes that your child can hit the open road (well, the garden path) in anything from a classic car or bus to a snazzy trike – or even a unicorn carriage. A good buy will have push-along or pull-along options, too, for when those little legs get tired.

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Here are the best ride-on toys, as rated and tested by toddlers…

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1. ScuttleBug, £19.99

GOLD winner, Best Ride-On Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 1 to 3

What it is: A foot to floor ride-on with 3 wheels and front-wheel steering that makes for an easy, safe and stable ride. The bright and funky design coupled with front wheel steering for easy manoeuvrability makes this a great set of first wheels for any toddler. Comes in Pink Butterfly, Red Ladybird or Yellow Bumblebee.

Why we love it: The bright and funky design and front wheel steering make this a great set of first wheels for any toddler. And we really like how you can fold this trike right down flat.

What our parent and child testers made of it:

  • ‘A really great toy. Maximum loves it as he can ride it around the house or the garden and, as it is so easy to fold away, we can take it out with us too. It’s a massive hit!’ Georgina, mum to Maximus, 2 years
  • ‘This is excellent value for money. Bob loves going on it, making car and train noises, and it allows him to move at the pace he wants. It even fits in the basket of my buggy!’ Kimetra, mum to Bob, 2 years

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

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2. Magical Unicorn Carriage, £99.99

SILVER winner, Best Ride-On Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 18 months+

What it is: A large (95cm x 115cm) unicorn-drawn carriage with a pull-along handle that converts to a hold-in-your-(toddler)-hand rein. The floor can be removed for some small-foot-propelling action. The door opens, and the unicorn moves right and left and make a clip-clop sound effect as you trot along – and the horn lights up. Comes with a toy storage box inside and a ‘parent console’ on top. Some assembly required.

Why we love it: This unicorn update on last year’s bestselling Princess Horse & Carriage ain’t small or subtle but, to a toddler, it sure has maximum kerb appeal. Our child testers were beside themselves with excitement at the sight of it – and their parents liked 2-way reins and the storage console on top (perfect for your keys and phone).

What our parent and child testers made of it:

  • ‘This really is a head turner. Our first ride out to the park was an experience to say the least! People would look and smile as LaReina rode along and children came up to stare. LaReina calls the horn’s light, “My magic”.’ Lynnora, mum to LaReina, 3
  • ‘Maud enjoys riding in this and feels like a princess! I found it really easy to pull along.’ Laura, mum to Maud, 2

Available from: Smyths Toys, Amazon and Very

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3. Bo the Rocking Moose, £139.90

BRONZE winner, Best Ride-On Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 18 months+

What it is: A classic rocker with a modern twist, Bo the shaggy moose will delight toddlers who want a fun and snuggly ride in the safety of their own home. With a smooth rocking motion and an easy to hold handlebar concealed inside Bo’s soft horns this rocker provides a great ride on experience and will do plenty to stimulate the imagination.

Why we love it: The tactile quality of this rocker is particularly appealing and its sturdiness means it is easy for toddlers to haul themselves on and off with ease. Also looks lovely in a nursery.

What our child and parents testers made of it:

  • ‘My son loved Bo’s soft fur and he’s got a great rocking motion. He looks lovely in our house and he’s not too bulky either.’ Alex, mum to Ralph, 2

Available from: Scandiborn and My Pram

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4. Globber Evo 5-in-1 Scooter, £68.95

Age: 12 months+

What it is: A ride-on that converts, through 5 stages, to become a balance trike and then a scooter. Starts as a ride-on with parent handlebar and footrest, then the footrest comes off so your child can practise using their feet, then you can remove the parent handle to make the trike. The seat then comes off to make a scooter – with adjustable T-bar heights as your child grows. Comes with rear brake, locked or assisted steering, and flashing lights in the wheels. Comes in 5 colours.

Why we love it: Last year’s MadeForMums Toy Awards Silver winner is very cleverly designed (and should last your child till they’re 6) and it also looks great – and rides brilliantly – at each of its 5 stages. It’s super-easy to assemble and we really like the flashing lights in the wheels – as did our child testers, of course.

Available from: Amazon

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5. My 1st Years Blue Ride On Car, £120

Age: 12 months+

What it is: A vintage-style metal-and-plastic ride-on car, with working steering wheels, standing 35cm tall and 80cm long. Can be personalised with a name of up to 9 characters at no extra cost. Needs assembly.

Why we love it: This is something really quite special to look at – the kind of heirloom piece to pass through several children, maybe even grandchildren. Our tester parents loved the free personalisation, and found it easy to put together.

Available from: My 1st Years

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6. Micro Scooters Mini 2 Go, £129.95

Age: 18 months+

What it is: A ride-on with a removable seat and adjustable handlebar, allowing you to convert it into a scooter when your child is older. Comes in pink, blue, red and mint.

Why we loved it: We were impressed both by the looks and the versatility of this ride-on – and our child testers were beyond thrilled to discover the special ‘secret’ storage drawer under the seat. The seat itself is wide and comfy, and we liked the little footrests. It’s very easy to assemble and adjust, and also to convert from ride-on to scooter.

Available from: Micro Scooters and John Lewis

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7. Wooden Ride-On Dog, £45

Age: 18 months +

What is it: A well-crafted 47 x 40 x 22cm wooden dog ride-on, with 4 wheels, a seat, a friendly face – and even a bone for a collar!

Why we love it: It’s easy to put together, and nice and sturdy. The seat’s at a good height (21.5cm) for proper ‘leg-pushing’ and our child testers loved the turning front wheels, meaning they had a bit of doggie-steering control.

Available from: John Lewis

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8. Kiddimoto Ride On Bus, £59.99

Age: 12 months+

What it is: A big (39cm tall x 51cm long) wooden bus that works as both a ride-on and a push-along. Comes ready assembled and made from sustainable wood. Can be personalised with up to 15 letters.

Why we love it: It’s just stunning to look at and excellent quality, and our toddler testers loved the option of riding on top or pushing it by themselves. They can take their toys along for the journey too, as the back of the lower deck flips open for storage.

Available from: Kiddimoto and John Lewis

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9. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Classic, £59.99

Age: 18 months+

What it is: An 85cm-tall red plastic car with a steering wheel, door that opens, removable floor to offer pushing or self-propelled modes, working horn, cup holders, storage area for toy passengers and front wheels that spin round 360°. Assembly required.

Why we love it: The Cozy Coupe’s been a bestseller for over 30 years and it still set toddler hearts aflutter today. Fun, brilliantly manoeuvrable, and really robust (left outside, it’ll withstand a few British winters).

Available from: Little Tikes and Amazon

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10. Wheelybug, from £54.95

Age: From walking.

What it is: A padded wooden animal ride-on with multi-directional wheels, and leatherette wipe-clean cover. Available in 6 animal designs, in 2 sizes, or with a plush panda or hedgehog cover in small size only.

Why we love it: The castor wheels mean freedom to scoot in any direction your child fancies – round and round in circles if they wish! And the designs are super cute: kids love the google bee antennae and the big mouse ears. A real hand-me-down toy, too.

Available from: Wheelybug and Amazon

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11. Didicar Walk ‘n’ Ride, £30

Age: 12 months+

What it is: A futuristic-looking ride-on and walker combo that comes in white, with blue, green, pink or purple detailing.

Why we love it: We love the design and the rubberised wheels that spin well but don’t slip. It works outside on a flat, even surface but is definitely at its smoothest inside – even on carpet.

Available from: Diddicar, Kidly and Amazon

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12. JCB Tractor Ride-On, £11.99

Age: 1 to 3

What it is: A 31cm x 31cm x 50cm yellow-and-black foot-to-floor tractor that looks like a mini JCB one, complete with a squeaky horn.

Why we love it: It looks very cool and there’s some very handy under-seat storage. Do note that the steering wheel doesn’t turn the front wheels, though – it’s very definitely just a leg-push ride-on.

Available from: Amazon and This Is It

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13. Yetizoo Ride-on Hippo, £39.99

Age: 12 months+

What it is: A 29cm x 31 cm x 43cm minimalistic ride-on with multi-directional wheels. Available in blue, green or red. Also comes as blue, green or red elephant.

Why we love it: It’s easy to assemble, good to steer and scoots around quite zippily. It also has a (big) secret storage compartment for toys.

Available from: Argos

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14. Ricco 2-in-1 Digger Excavator Grabber Bulldozer with Helmet, £60

Age: 1 to 3

What it is: A 42cm x38cm x60cm digger with interchangeable shovelling bucket and excavator claw, (comfy) seat, helmet – and a ‘sound and melody’ function.

Why we love it: It’s sturdy, well-made, works well indoors and out and, frankly, is the stuff thing of toddler construction-site-fan dreams. We particularly like the ignition sound when you turn the key (though we could do without the music).

Available from: Ricco and Amazon

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