The 8 Best Ride-On Toys for Kids to Buy in 2017

Have your kids saddle up and enjoy these active toys

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Ah, their first set of wheels. While they may not have any horse power, kids’ ride-on toys are some of the most wonderful of childhood joys.

From traditional rides like tricycles to some super, souped-up sets of wheels that will wow everyone circling the cul-de-sac, there’s a huge variety of ride-on toys on the market today. Here are eight of our favorite for kids that span a wide variety of styles and sport all sorts cool features. Just don’t forget the helmet. 

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    Giddy up, giraffe! This ride-on giraffe is just too cute. Kids will love to take it for a spin indoors and out. They simply put their feet on the ground, scoot and go. Recommended for ages one to three and kids up to 50 pounds, the seat is adjustable, so it can grow with them. It helps little ones learning to walk how to develop leg strength, and those already on the go can make it zoom even faster.

    Some assembly is required, including decals, which let mom and dad give the giraffe spots. The...MORE giraffe is not only a cool ride, but also a fun play toy as well.

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    They say go big or go home, and there’s no little guy or gal who’s going to want to go home when they can ride this tractor into the sunset. There’s a detachable trailer and even an FM radio so they can listen to tunes while they get down to business.

    This battery-powered machine (a 12-volt rechargeable battery and charger are included) has two speeds — 2 ½ mph or crank it up to 4 ½ mph, and leave the tricycles in your dust. Recommended for kids ages three to seven, it has an adjustable seat,...MORE armrests that can move up and down, and you can even put it in reverse to back the whole rig up. There’s also a detachable trailer so they can haul whatever needs hauling. This is one seriously fun green machine.

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    If pink and purple are more their thing then this princess truck may be just the right speed. It’s rugged, tough and ready to work with a flat bed sporting a drop-down tailgate and off-road wheels, but it’s also as pretty as it can be.

    Details like a gas cap that opens and an electronic horn to toot make it feel like the real deal. While little legs can push it along for a solo ride, there’s also a parent push handle on the top of the roof and a removable floor board to pop in when it’s in use to...MORE protect those little legs. Designed for kids ages 18 months to five years, the toddler set will tear things up with this sweet and stylish ride.

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    This mini roller coaster is just the thing for little thrill seekers. It’s their own personal ride, right in their own backyard or playroom. It comes complete with three track pieces that easily snap together and a set of steps so they can climb up to the top before they go soaring down the 10-foot track. There are no terrifying drops, but it picks up enough speed to be exciting for little riders who will want to do it over and over again.

    The coaster car can also be used separately to ride...MORE around the neighborhood or the yard, and the track can be used as a ramp for little cars, trucks and whatever else they want to send sailing down it. 

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    You’re on the right track with this train if you’re looking for a toy that will grow with the child and teach them a thing or two along the way. It works in three modes: floor play, walker and ride-on. As floor play, there are all sorts of bells and whistles to entertain your child and help them learn letters, numbers, colors, songs and more. It comes with 13 letter blocks, which can be sent from the train to the carriage via a drop-space as well as a book of letters and an elephant character...MORE they can move about.

    As they’re learning to walk, they can push it along, and when they’re ready to take off, it becomes a fun little ride-on toy that plays music and makes sounds as it chugs along. It operates on three AA batteries, which are included so your little one can get going as soon as it comes out of the box.

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    Wiggle it, just a little bit, and this car is off. Unlike other ride-on toys that you pedal or push, this one relies on a kid’s twists and wiggles. No batteries required; it’s kid power that gets it moving and keeps it going.

    Kids love them for riding, racing and spinning, and they just may help get their wiggles out. They’re a fresh alternative to traditional tricycles and bikes and a great form of exercise. They work best on flat surfaces and can be used indoors and out.

    Recommended for ages...MORE two and up, they hold up to 150 pounds, and are lightweight enough (less than 10 pounds) to throw in the trunk and take them on the go—no bike rack required.

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    For the kid with exquisite taste, this electric BMW is just the right ride. Sleek and stylish with working headlights, interior detailing, fancy wheels and, of course, the BMW emblem right smack in the middle of the car’s hood, this miniature version looks an awful lot like the real deal. It runs on a 6-volt rechargeable battery, which is included, and can reach speeds of up to 2.5 miles per hour for zooming around the neighborhood.

    With the ability to go forward, backward and make turns, kids...MORE will feel like they’re driving a real car. There’s also an MP3 input and cord included, so they can listen to their tunes while they’re cruising along. There’s no doubt this ride-on revs up the fun, and it’s cool cred doesn’t hurt either.

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    This classic tricycle from Radio Flyer is ready for some red hot action from the toddler set. There’s a removable parent steering handle for those who are still learning to pedal or who frequently lose power and need a push back home. When they’re fully ready to ride solo, though, it can be removed, and it’s all up to them.

    In the back there’s a bin for hauling toys, snacks or whatever it is they want to haul. You won’t have trouble locating them either, as the trike is equipped with a bell...MORE they’ll love to ring over and over again.

    It’s recommended for kids ages two to five, and the grow-with-me seat can keep up with those growth spurts for years of active fun. 

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