15 Best Ride-On Toys for Kids & Toddlers

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15 Best Ride-On Toys for Kids & Toddlers

November 09, 2021
posted by Chelsea Lavin

Cruise outdoors, scoot inside, or ride around the neighborhood with a Radio Flyer ride-on toy. From race cars and go-karts to rolling ponies and foot-to-floors, there is a ride for everyone! Read on to learn about 15 of our favorite ride-ons for kids.


1. Best Ride-On for Beginner Racers: My 1st Race Car™

With this ride-on car toy, your toddler's imagination can take them wherever they want to go. Will your driveway transform into a pretend racetrack? Or will they run imaginary errands with their very own car? The possibilities are endless for beginner riders with this classically designed toy that inspires active play. Shop the My 1st Race Car ™ in red or pink.

 girl smiling and scooting on the pink race car with white stripesboy smiling while scooting on the red race car with white stripes


  • Classic design inspires imaginative play
  • Smooth glide wheels safe for indoor or outdoor use
  • Ergonomic seat for a comfortable ride
  • Easy grip stationary steering wheel
  • Suitable for toddlers 18 months and older


2. Best Electric Ride-On for the Car Fanatic: Tesla Model S for Kids

The Tesla Model S for Kids for the ultimate ride-on car experience for toddlers and kids. Customize your car with colors, wheels, and accessories. Thanks to the Flight Speed™ Lithium Ion battery, enjoy a longer run time and faster charge time for 3X the play. Customize your own Tesla.


  • Flight Speed™ Lithium Ion Technology for 3x the play
  • 4 color options
  • Choose between Black or Silver Turbine Wheels
  • Fully featured with working headlights, MP3 system, and more
  • Add accessories, personalization, and gifting options


3. Best Truck Ride-On for Developing GrosS Motor Skills: Tinker Truck® 

The Tinker Truck® has 18 interactive features, allowing little ones to discover and learn every time they play! Perfect for everyday play, toddlers can walk, ride, or play with this ride-on toy. Bonus: little ones can store their favorite toys under the seat to level up the fun. Shop the Tinker Truck®.

boy smiling while scooting on the red toy


  • Encourages imaginative play and develops fine and gross motor skills
  • Named one of Parents Magazine’s Best New Toys of 2019
  • Selected as a 2020 Toy of the Year Award Finalist
  • Child push walker builds confidence and balance
  • Ride, walk, play: Three different modes of learning & fun
  • Under seat storage


4. Best Bumper Car Ride-On: Classic Bumper Car™

With seven fun sounds, a honking horn, and 360° spins, toddlers can bring the fun of a carnival right to their living room. No need to worry, parents – the furniture-friendly foam bumper keeps walls and furniture safe as little ones roll & ride with their bumper car toy.

boy laughing while spinning on the red bumper car toy


  • Bumping action triggers 7 fun bumping sounds
  • Furniture-friendly foam bumper keeps walls and furniture safe
  • EZ-Glide wheels for 360˚ movement allows kids to create their own motion
  • Real honking horn for even more fun!
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 1-3 years


5. Best Big Kid Ride-On for Drifting Fun: Ultimate Go-Kart for Kids

Bring the thrill of a go-kart to your driveway. Navigate between three forward-driving speed settings for relaxed riding to super speeding at up to 8 MPH! Kids will love the thrill of ultimate drifting action, while parents will love safety features like a parent-controlled speed lock, seat belt, and racing flag. Shop the Ultimate Go-Kart for Kids in pink or red.

girl drifting in the red go-kart with a large number 7 on the frontgirl drifting in the pink go-kart with a large number 7 on the front


  • Three forward-driving speed settings: 2.5, 5, and max speed of 8 MPH. Single speed reverse.
  • Large rear wheels for drifting fun!
  • The Ultimate Go-Kart is the 2021 Outdoor Toy of the Year
  • Rechargeable 24 volt battery-powered with charger included
  • Rubber traction on front tires for agility and maneuverability
  • Safety features: parent controlled speed lock, seat belt and racing flag
  • Adjustable seat grows with the driver

6. Best Grow-with-Me Electric Ride-On: Grow with Me Racer

The Grow With Me Racer is sure to bring smiles to young toddlers as they drive up to 2 MPH to maneuver turns and spins. This product grows with your child as they cross the finish lines of each stage of play: parent control steering, adult correcting steering, and child driving mode. Shop the Grow With Me Racer.

boy steering the red ride-on toy with white stripes and the number 17 on the front detailing


  • Parental remote control with 80 foot range
  • Easy push to go button
  • Safety features: seat belt, Parent Drive Mode, Parent Override Mode
  • Suitable for toddlers ages 2 to 5 years old
  • Working steering wheel
  • Highly maneuverable spinning feature
  • Rechargeable 6V battery
  • Seat belt for added safety
  • Speeds up to 2.0 MPH
  • Battery charger included

7. Best 2-Seater Battery-Powered Ride-On for Outdoor Riding: riptide

Little ones will feel like they’re cruising down the ocean shore in this 12V battery-powered ride-on kids car. With working FM radio and an AUX input, solo riders or driving buddies can enjoy hours of imaginative outdoor play in this outdoor adventure vehicle. Shop Riptide or our pink model, Oasis.

two kids smiling while riding in the red ride-on car that has beach wave details on the side


  • 2-seater ride-on car with doors for easy entry
  • Working FM radio with AUX input and realistic driving sounds
  • Working headlights
  • 2 power speeds: 2.5 and 5 MPH. Single speed reverse
  • Rechargeable 12V battery and charger included
  • Bright red exterior
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 3 and older

8. Best Toddler Ride-On for Scooting: Scoot About® Sport

This sit-down scooter is thoughtfully designed so toddlers can scoot & play to build gross motor skills. It is designed like a beginner balance bike with wide-set front wheels to ensure stability while narrow-set back wheels provide a kick path. Little ones can even take their favorite toys on the go with secret storage space under the seat. Shop Scoot About® Sport.

girl smiling while scooting on the red striped toy


  • Get Out and Play® with this adorable ride-on
  • Ergonomic design for a clear kick path
  • Wide-set front wheels for safety and stability
  • Front steering for easy maneuverability
  • Storage under the seat
  • Easy glide wheels for a smooth ride
  • Ideal for indoor or outdoor play
  • Suitable for babies and toddlers ages 1 to 3


9. Best Electric Ride-On for Animal Lovers: Peanut

Peanut, our electric ride on elephant with sounds, is not only adorable to hug but fun to ride. Little ones can take on big imaginary adventures comfortably with smooth wheels, footrests, and cuddly plush fabric. Shop Peanut or his friend, Rory, our electric ride-on lion. 

girl laughing while riding the grey electric ride-on elephant toy


  • Plays elephant trumpeting sounds and playful safari music!
  • Easy push to go button on handlebar
  • Soft, plush fabric and padded head
  • Rechargeable electric 6V battery allows up to 2 MPH
  • Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years old
  • Safe for indoor use
  • Irresistible plush fabric, soft to touch
  • Smooth wheels, footrests, and easy steering for a comfortable ride
  • Battery easily charges through charging port on footrest
  • Maximum weight capacity: 50 lbs.

10. Best Throwback Ride-On: The Inchworm®

This nostalgic ride-on uses a unique bounce-and-go action, unlike any other ride-on. Toddlers will love the adorable features of the Inchworm® like the heart-shaped handles and a friendly face. Shop The Inchworm® in pink or green.

boy riding the green inchworm smilinggirl hugging the head of the pink inchworm


  • Encourage active play through bounce-and-go action
  • Ergonomic saddle and heart-shaped handle for a comfortable ride
  • Integrated footrest for comfort
  • Adorable, friendly face and hat kids love

11. Best Pedal Ride-On: Pedal Racer

Enjoy all the fun of a bike in a new and exciting way with the Pedal Racer. Kids can pedal forwards, backwards, or in circles – all with smooth steering. Classic racing stripes and a four-wheel design will inspire imaginative play so kids can look the part an pro racer. Shop the Pedal Racer

a boy pedaling on the toy wearing a Radio Flyer helmet


  • Get Out and Play® with this unique pedal ride-on
  • EZ adjustable seat grows with your child, no tools required for seat adjustments
  • XL 9” rear wheels for a smooth, quiet ride
  • Ball bearings provide easy pedaling
  • Forward and reverse driving with working steering
  • Durable steel frame


12. Best 2-Seater ATV Ride-On: Ripper

Enjoy fun outdoor adventure with the Ripper. Its large wheels ensure smooth transitions between sidewalks and grass, allowing little ones to take on terrain in this ultimate adventure vehicle. Not only does this ride-on look the part with cool shred graphics, but the working headlights, roll bar lights, and realistic driving sounds will transport kids on adventures as big as their imagination will take them. Shop the Ripper.

an older boy and toddler riding together on the Ripper red ride-on toy


  • 2-seater ride-on car with doors for easy entry
  • Working FM radio with AUX input and realistic driving sounds
  • Working headlights and roll bar lights
  • 2 power speeds: 2.5 and 5 MPH. Single speed reverse
  • Rechargeable 12V battery and charger included
  • Extra-large wheels
  • Rear trunk storage
  • Cool shred graphics
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 3 and older


13. Best Rolling Ride-On Ponies: Boots and Socks

These rolling ponies double as cozy plush stuffed animals (perfect for hugging and cuddling) and as a fun ride-on! The EZ-Glide wheels spin 360⁰ allowing toddlers to create their own movement with active play indoors or outdoors. Shop Boots and Socks.

little boy riding Boots smilinggirl riding Socks smiling


  • EZ Glide wheels for 360° movement allows kids to create their own motion
  • Easy grip handles provide comfort and control
  • Soft fabric and plush, friendly horse face to invite hugs!
  • Suitable for toddlers between the ages of 1 to 3
  • No assembly required


14. Best Ride-On with Racetrack: Super Speedway Racer

This ride-on racecar for toddlers has unique LapLock™ Steering technology, allowing little ones to race in circles around the included racetrack playmat! Or, if your little one prefers to make their own movement, they can navigate in free steer mode. Fun racing sounds and easy push-to-go buttons make this ride-on great for beginner racers! Shop the Super Speedway Racer.

boy riding the Super Speedway Racer around the included circle racetrack playmat


  • Introducing LapLock™ Steering technology: activate LapLock™ for racetrack mode to ride in circles, or deactivate for free steer mode
  • Easy push to go button on steering wheel and fun racing sounds!
  • Included playmat doubles as racetrack
  • Suitable for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years old
  • Rechargeable 6V battery allows up to 2 MPH


15. Best Dancing Ride-On: DJ Dance & Spin™

The DJ Dance & Spin™ is much more than a ride-on car for kids…it’s an all-in-one party car! Little ones can jam out to the five programmed dance moves and songs or choose the free-steering mode to create their own party. Shop the DJ Dance & Spin™.

girl riding DJ Dance & Spin toy smiling


  • The car twists, wiggles and dances for endless entertainment!
  • Two ways to ride: programmed dance moves or free-steering fun
  • Includes 5 programmed dance moves and songs
  • LED lights for added fun
  • Rechargeable 6V battery allows up to 2 MPH
  • Suitable for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years old


Which ride-on is your little one excited to play with this fall? Let us know by sharing your adventures on social media, and be sure to tag @radioflyerinc!