Tricycles are an excellent investment in both your child’s present and future. They allow a toddler to explore the outdoors, and get some fresh air and sunshine on a daily basis. A tricycle also helps to improve confidence, independence, coordination and motor skills. So many tricycles are similar, yet have varying features, it can be hard to know which is right for your tot. Our list of the ten best tricycles for toddlers is based on:
Check out our top picks below.
10. Radio Flyer Ride and Stand Stroll ‘N Trike
We like this one because it’s great if you want to take a stroll with your toddler and an older child too. It allows one to ride in the front–securely strapped in for added safety while the other stands on the back platform. The trike can be pushed by the parent or pedaled by the toddler. It’s adjustable to increase the fit and fun as well.
Some downsides are that it is time-consuming to put together and haul around, and the younger child may not be able to pedal with the older child on the back.
9. Radio Flyer Scoot 2 Pedal
This one is a great option if your small toddler isn’t ready for the coordination of pedaling just yet. It features an ergonomic design for great fit and no extraneous parts for extra safety. The wide wheel base offers excellent stability as well. They can scoot along with their feet; ideal for the youngest of kids. As they gain a bit of coordination, there are pedals that flip out, improving both fun and longevity with this trike. Some users do report that it can be hard for tots to maneuver over objects such as rugs.
8. Radio Flyer 415 Fold 2 Go Trike
Radio Flyer has been making fun toys for children for decades, so it’s only natural they might pop up a few times in our list. It’s made with a low center of gravity and controlled turning for optimum stability and safety. Able to be carried via a handle for easy transport. Adjustable seat and pedals improve the good overall fit of the trike, and a fun storage compartment can add to your toddler’s adventures. Not a lot to complain about here, though the trike can be tough for little ones to turn on wet grass, etc.
7. Roadmaster Duo Deck 10-Inch Trike
This one gets high points for its excellent safety, being a rugged and durable steel product. It’s best for the tot that is at least 18 months but can work with slightly younger children as well. Wheels are made of tough rubber and relatively wide for increased stability. The adjustable seat improves the fit as your child grows, and a platform for an extra passenger can add to the overall fun.
While the seat is adjustable, it is not specified whether one can adjust the pedals, which would be ideal in terms of the fit if you do need to raise the seat.
6. Joovy Tricycoo Tricycle, Greenie
This “tricycoo” is an ideal choice if you’re in a hurry for the youngest of tots to have some fun and learn some coordination skills along the way. You’re free to steer the trike or engage the pedals so that they can learn on their own. Excellent construction improves both longevity and stability.
We’d prefer if the trike were more adjustable for fit, but it’s still a great choice for the tiniest of tots. Note that this trike can be purchased in multiple colors.
5. Kawasaki K.0 10 Tricycle
This trike is an excellent choice for safety and stability given its wide tires and safety steering stop. Non-slip pedals, cool design and vibrant color schemes will increase the fun as well.
Where it falls short a bit is in the fit category, as it is not as adjustable as most other trikes, and therefore your tot might be too small for it at first. However, it should serve well for a long time once the child grows into it.
4. Fly Bike Foldable Indoor/Outdoor Toddlers Glide Tricycle
Yes, it’s a tricycle that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use! Your tot will be able to have fun in any environment with this one. Not only that, the parent simply needs to unfold it, and off the child goes on an adventure. We like the soft, safe and durable construction here as well as the folding factor for easy transport.
Although the fit is ideal for small tots and even infants, some users have said it’s a bit small for older toddlers. We find this to be a small downside. It would also be nice if you could attach pedals.
3. Fisher-Price Grow With Me Trike
This model ideal for tiny tots who can grow into it. It is chunky and sturdy for safety without being uncomfortable, offering plenty of room to grow. It has larger wheels for improved control and balance. In addition, the patented “grow with me” seat can be adjusted as needed for the best fit for your growing toddler. This not only improves the fit but longevity as well. The bright colors and easy to use design also enhance the fun factor. Some users report it can be difficult going up slight grades or turning the tricycle.
2. Schwinn Roadster 12-Inch Trike
This trike seems to both look great for kids and have nearly everything a parent could want, too. The low center of gravity improves stability and safety by preventing accidental tip-overs. In addition, the seat is sculpted for comfort and can be adjusted for the perfect fit as the child needs. The bright colors and great aesthetic improve the fun rating, and the all-steel construction gives you a durable, long-lasting product. A possible downside is that the steel construction can make it heavy for toddlers to maneuver by themselves.
1. Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike
This “tough” model from Fisher-Price takes our top stop for best tricycle for toddlers. The rugged tires and stable wheelbase increase the safety factor of this trike, and specially-made non-slip pedals ensure that any tot will be able to ride easily and with confidence and fun. While we wish the fit were more adjustable, this trike is made for tots as little as two years, with plenty of room to grow to increase longevity.
With so many options out there, it can be tough to choose. But we can guarantee that any model on our list will provide the fun your tot wants while adding physical education value. You’ll also be able to rest easy knowing we chose products that are very safe for your child.