The 6 Best Kid Wagons

Tote your kids around in style

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Whether you're carting your kids to and from the park or ball field or getting ready to head to a day at the beach with friends, wagons can come in handy for a myriad of reasons.

If you're a parent, you know that no matter how old your children are, there's inevitably going to be a lot of 'stuff' you need to cart around. From diaper bags to sporting equipment, sack lunches to tired bodies at the end of the playdate, kid wagons are arguably one of the best purchases you can make.

But just because something looks good doesn't always mean it's functional.

If you're in the market for a wagon, here are the ones we love and why, considering everything from size and structure to durability and the cuteness factor.

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This classic wagon is sure to bring back plenty of memories for grandparents and parents and make new memories for today’s kids.
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Part stroller, part wagon, it’s the best of both worlds.
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The bright, cheerful red wagon has seats and seatbelts for two, but those seats also fold down to make one flat bed.
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Don’t let its pretty, peppy color fool you though, this is one tough vehicle.
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It’s lightweight (just under 22 pounds), folds up in a snap and has a convenient carrying handle so you can take it on the go.
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This cute choo choo wagon is perfect for families who often have more than one little person in tow.
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Best Overall: Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon - 100th Anniversary Edition

Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon - 100th Anniversary Edition

For more than 100 years kids have been riding in and pulling bright red Radio Flyer wagons, and this special 100th anniversary celebrates the milestone. This classic wagon is sure to bring back plenty of memories for grandparents and parents and make new memories for today’s kids.

It’s pretty much as basic as you can get and built to last. There are four wheels, made of real rubber, and a body made of durable steel. It can haul up to 150 pounds of whatever (or whoever) you’ve got for all sorts of activities and adventures. The handle folds under, so it’s easy to store, and it’s built to prevent tipping. You really can’t go wrong with this classic wagon.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Radio Flyer Ultimate EZ Folding Wagon

Radio Flyer Ultimate EZ Folding Wagon

Over the years, Radio Flyer has built on the basics and come up with some great versions that boast all sorts of newfangled features and conveniences, such as this EZ Fold Wagon. Part stroller, part wagon, it’s the best of both worlds. There are seats for two riders, and seat belts to keep them safe. A removable canopy keeps them protected from the sun or rain, and there are even cup holders to hold snacks and drinks, which every parent knows are a crucial component of any outing with a toddler.

This wagon is also easy to fold, so easy in fact, you can do it with one hand. It’s lightweight too, so it’s great to pack in the trunk to take to the park, mall, beach or wherever adventure awaits.

Best Covered: Step2 All Around Canopy Wagon

Step2 All Around Canopy Wagon

Made in the shade, that’s what your kids will be with this canopy wagon from Step2. The bright, cheerful red wagon has seats and seatbelts for two, but those seats also fold down to make one flat bed, for ultimate hauling capacity. The canopy provides coverage from the elements.

There’s a door for little ones to climb in and out of, that parents can latch to secure once the kids are in it. There's six cup and snack holders, and also a storage compartment in the back for mom’s phone, diapers, toys or anything else you might need to take along for the ride. The handle also folds under the wagon, so it’s easy to pick up and pack in the trunk or store in the garage.

Best Durable: Berlin Pee-Wee Flyer Ride-On Wagon

Berlin Pee-Wee Flyer Ride-On Wagon

Think pink with this bright take on a classic wagon that’s sure to stand out among the rest. Don’t let its pretty, peppy color fool you though, this is one tough vehicle. It’s made of high-quality wood in the heart of Amish country in Berlin, Ohio. It has rubber wheels, features no-tip steering, and it can hold up to 150 pounds. The wooden side panels are removable so it’s flexible for whatever your needs may be.

This Pee-Wee version is a smaller version of the company’s bigger wagons (it’s 26.5" x 15.5" x 15"), and is perfect for smaller kids (recommended for ages 36 months -eight years). If pink isn’t your kid’s thing, it comes in plenty of other colors, like grey navy and emerald green as well. Heads will turn as you cruise the neighborhood with one of these in tow.

Most Convenient: Little Tikes Fold 'n Go Folding Wagon

Little Tikes Fold 'n Go Folding Wagon

If convenience is what you’re looking for this collapsible wagon could be the one for you. It’s lightweight (just under 22 pounds), folds up in a snap and has a convenient carrying handle so you can take it on the go. Just throw it in your trunk for a day at the park, the beach or wherever little legs may enjoy a ride.

It comes with two seats with seatbelts and four cup holders. The seats also fold down to turn it into a flatbed for maximum hauling capacity when the kids are walking.

It’s relatively inexpensive too compared to some of the other wooden or steel models and makes a great choice for younger children (recommended for ages 18 months-five years).

Best for Families: Step2 Choo Choo Wagon

Step2 Choo Choo Wagon

All aboard! This cute choo choo wagon is perfect for families who often have more than one little person in tow. Everyone gets their own compartment, so squabbles are squashed making walks a more fun and peaceful affair for everyone.

Each compartment is made of durable plastic and equipped with a seat, seatbelt, its own cup holder and a storage compartment for hauling toys, treats or anything else you need for the ride.

This set comes with two compartments that lock securely together, and each can hold up to 50 pounds. If you want to take more friends along on the journey, you can purchase additional compartments to add to the train. It’s hard to compete with the cuteness of these.   

What To Look for in a Kid Wagon

Size & Structure

Look at the wagon's specs first. What size is the wagon? How many kids (or items) can it hold? And what's the weight limit? The first model, the classic Radio Flyer holds up to 150 pounds but it can't be folded or broken down. The Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon, on the other hand, breaks down to save space in transport. Your preference will depend on age and number of kids and how you typically transport.

Durability

Although a more traditional model, the classic Radio Flyer is made with durable steel that tends to outlast some of the cheaper materials. However, models that break down and/or have foldable seats are arguably more durable because they can be stored more efficiently. You'll also want to think about the elements and weather where you live. Models that have a canopy, like the EZ Fold Wagon EZ Fold offer an additional layer of protection—for both the wagon and the kids.

Extra Features

Where some models are simple and functional, others have attachment seats, storage sections, cupholders, and more. Depending on your family, your typical outings, and the number of kids, you may look for all the bells and whistles—or prefer sticking with the basics.

Some models are also more aesthetically pleasing than others. For example, if you want an attractive wagon, the Step2 Choo Choo wagon (option #6) may be the perfect fit for your family. Or, if traditional is your jam, the Radio Flyer is perfect for the classic Instagram shots.

FAQ
  • Who invented wagons?

    According to History.com, the origin of the wagon dates back to the 18th century when a man named James Logan purchased a wagon from James Hendricks along the Conestoga River and gave it the name, 'Conestoga wagon.'


    Although the wagon may have had its first roots in Germany, the Conestoga wagon became the first horse-drawn freight wagon in North America.

  • Which kid wagons can go on beach sand?

    Not every wagon was meant for beach sand. Without the right wheels, the wagon sticks or gets dragged, making for a very difficult trip to the beach.


    Some of the best wagons for beach sand are the Radio Flyer brands (both the classic and the EZ Fold Wagon), which boast holding up to 150 pounds. Another great option is the Little Tykes.

  • Where can you buy wagons for kids?

    Wagons are typically sold anywhere you can purchase kid products. Large department stores have wagons. You can also purchase wagons online.

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