15 Best RC Cars for Kids

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If you want your kid to develop cognitive and motor skills, no pun intended, get them a remote control car. For them, it will be a fun and enjoyable ride, and it will give you some breathing space to get your various chores and tasks done throughout the day, especially if they are growing tired of their electric ride on car

There are a few things to consider before getting an RC car for your child; their age probably being the most prominent factor, followed closely by durability and safety, ease of usage, and overall value. Another critical thing to look at is the battery life since the idea is for your kid to potentially be able to have fun with their car for hours at a time. A long-lasting, rechargeable battery would be ideal.

All that said, this is the list we have created of the best RC cars money can buy at the moment.

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DOUBLE E 1:12 Monster Truck

We start our list with an affordable, rugged all-wheel-drive car that your kid will have tons of fun with. It has some of the most massive wheels you can find on an RC car, meaning it can get over most obstacles with ease. Most parents report excellent durability of the toy, and it seems as if it can withstand all kinds of abuse from your little one.

The different color options are a huge plus, especially the pink one, as that is not so often seen with this type of toy. The Monster Truck from Double E can do all kinds of stunts like vertical wall climbs and flips. The suspension allows for easy jumps with lots of hangtime.

Benefits:

  • Anti-slip tires
  • Great suspension

Rimila Stunt Car

This mock stunt car is a fan favorite due to its large tires and a sleek design. It is not too large, meaning it can easily be used indoors as well as outdoors, so your kid will not have to abandon playing with it on a rainy or cold day. Just get your glass and china out of the way because this car can climb everywhere. 

It is straightforward to use, with the big wheels allowing it to flip and keep moving. The car requires both AA and AAA batteries, and it is perfect for preschoolers aged four and up. It seems to be equally popular among boys and girls and offers a lot of value for the price.

Benefits:

  • Quality and durability
  • All-terrain

Growsland Remote Control Car

On the opposite end of the spectrum from monster trucks and all-terrain vehicles, we have the Growsland RC car, which has a classic supercar design. This model isn’t going to do an excellent job offroading and climbing rocks, but it is reasonably fast at a top speed of about eight miles per hour and handles well indoors as well as outdoors on sidewalks and paved streets.

 At a scale of 1:24, it is also small enough to play around with inside the house without knocking too many things over or making your pets freak out entirely. The gamepad-looking remote makes it easy to operate for any kid who’s played a gaming console before, although the 27 MHz frequency used by the remote means it’s going to be difficult to use two of these cars in close proximity due to interference.

Benefits:

  • Great value
  • Looks amazing
  • Easy to operate

Epoch Air

This is quite the unique little car in a lot of ways, the foremost being that it has a vacuum functionality, although probably not in the way you imagine. The vehicle is not intended to clean your living room carpet, but the vacuum ability lets it run on walls and even on the ceiling. If, for any reason, you need it to travel on the floor like a typical car, you can turn this function off with a simple flick of a switch, making it faster and more agile. 

The Epoch Air uses an IR controller, which also acts as a charging dock, but the car can also be recharged by a USB cable that comes in the box. It can do doughnuts thanks to its 360-degree stunt mode.

Benefits:

  • Climbs walls and ceilings
  • Durable, lightweight plastic
  • 360 stunt function

Laegendary 1:10 Scale Large

We’re back to monster trucks with the Legend RC 4×4 from Laegendary. This is one of the best value cars on this list, and one of the best RC monster trucks currently on the market. Aimed mostly at enthusiasts who are already familiar with four-wheel-drive monsters, it works perfectly well as an introduction to the world of RC monster trucks.

It has two powerful DC motors that will take it across any terrain, including water, and there’s nothing to worry about if it sinks because this truck is completely waterproof. The tires have excellent grip due to a cutting-edge rubber compound and an advanced tread design.  It will eat up any challenging terrain with its firm oil-filled shock-absorbers.

Benefits:

  • Waterproof
  • Powerful motors
  • Bonus battery

DOUBLE E 1:18 Monster Truck

Another monster truck on the list is a smaller version of the first car listed. The DOUBLE E 1:18 is an excellent introduction to remote control vehicles and is an excellent option for those who find themselves a bit baffled by the sheer number of options and features available. 

This RC truck is well-rounded, and it is going to be an excellent pick for anyone who’s looking for an affordable yet robust and easy to use remote control toy that has some of the best battery life of all the cars on the list. Your kid will also love the classic monster car look, while the 1:18 scale means it’s going to be a bit easier to maneuver and more manageable than its 1:12 sibling.

Benefits:

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Four-wheel drive

Prextex Pack - Police Car and Race Car

If you’ve got a toddler and you think they might be too young to play with an RC car, this pack is here to prove you wrong. With Prextec Cartoon cars, you can give your little one an entirely new playing experience while still keeping things simple enough for them to be able to catch on. It’s an easy and safe way to introduce your kid to remote-control toys, but be careful because it’s likely that all of his other gadgets will be shunned in favor of these cute little cars. 

The reason these cars are so popular with small children is that they have everything a child in that age range is looking for – loud noises, flashy lights, and joyful colors.

Benefits:

  • Colorful and fun
  • Realistic noises
  • Easy to use

JEYPOD Speed Storm

This little car has a fresh look with an overlapping combination of black, gray, orange, and blue that catches the eye, and it’s ready to go right out of the box with all the batteries it needs to operate already in the car and the remote. But it’s got a bonus of a couple of replacement batteries in the package, which is not something you will see too often. 

It is one of the most accessible cars for kids to figure out with the intuitive pistol grip transmitter, it is well protected from crashes and bumps, and it can take sharp turns on a dime, so it’s agile and zippy, which most people enjoy quite a bit. The only terrain you should keep this car away from is water; everything else it can handle pretty well.

Benefits:

  • Extra batteries included
  • Great for all terrains

NQD RC Off-Road Car

This rock crawler has smooth steering and fast reaction time, making it quick and straightforward to use, and fun to drive. The NQD has a rechargeable battery and an extended battery life, so you don’t have to worry about switching AAA or AA batteries every other day. 

If your kid loves being outside, they will have lots of fun with this RC car. It has 4WD, which means it can tackle all types of terrain without issues, and it is very stable on and off the road. There’s excellent collision protection, meaning that the car should be able to last a long time and grow with your child, barring any significant incidents. It’s a great way to get your kid out of the house and get them moving.

Benefits:

  • Non-toxic materials
  • 4WD
  • Easy to use

Transformable Buggy Hobby

As its name suggests, this RC car has two modes of operation, meaning it can physically transform depending on which terrain you need to use it on. The high-speed performance is achieved from the on-road style, where the car is flattened out and has a more aerodynamic silhouette.  When you need to use the vehicle on some rocky terrain, simply pull the wheels down and put it into the off-road mode, which offers high road clearance allowing it to negotiate more treacherous terrain. 

The flexibility offered by this transformation is unique, making the car somewhat of a 2-in-1 purchase, which means that money spent on it will go a long way. The vehicle also has four-wheel-drive and enhanced climbing ability, coming from its two motors, one at the front and one at the back, allowing the car to reach speeds up to 25 km/h.

Benefits:

  • Anti-slip tires
  • Two motors
  • Transformable

Jada Toys GIRLMAZING Big Foot Jeep

If you thought RC cars were only for boys, you couldn’t be more wrong, and the people at Jada Toys have decided to prove that once and for all with their Girlmazing Big Foot Jeep – the best RC vehicle to get your little girl interested in a little off-road fun. We salute the beautiful people at Jada Toys for making this gender-inclusive RC truck a reality and giving more girls a way to express their love of remote-control cars. 

On the technical side of things, this car is well made, too, so your little girl will not be lagging behind the boys if they decide to have a short race. The Big Foot can climb all kinds of terrain while staying cute and purple throughout.

Benefits:

  • Real Jeep look
  • All-terrain

BIFYTON Stunt Car

This is an exciting and unique little car, fit for any kid. The bright green color is universally accessible, so it should be an excellent gift for boys and girls alike. The car itself is rather easy to use, and even though the manufacturer’s recommended age is eight years and older, a four or five-year-old could learn how to operate this car with a bit of determination. 

Keep in mind that if you get this car for your kid, they are going to want to play with it for hours, and other kids from the neighborhood are probably going to want to have a go as well. This should be no problem since the car is quite durable and should be able to withstand all kinds of punishment.

Benefits:

  • Great value
  • Durable
  • Easy to use

Haktoys HAK101 Blue Invincible Tornado

When it comes to the toddler/preschooler age range, this is one of the top RC devices on the market. The three-point axle system that it comes equipped with means that your kid can use the car more aggressively and let it tumble and flip upside down. What makes this car special, though, is the fact that unlike any other RC car out there, it will correct itself when turned over. 

It also comes with a laundry list of LED effects, which unfortunately drain the battery quite significantly, so you can only get about 15 minutes of activity on a full charge, and it takes around two to three hours to charge from completely empty.

Benefits:

  • Runs well on any surface
  • Plays music
  • Three-point axle system

Officially Licensed RC Lamborghini Veneno

When the actual, regularly sized Veneno was released onto the market back in 2013, it was officially the world’s most expensive production car ever, with a staggering price tag of $4.5 million. Needless to say, the car looks quite amazing, and now you can have your own version for a lot less. We are, of course, talking about the RC version of this car, which holds an official license from the Italian car manufacturer, meaning that the vehicle is just as stylish, streamlined, and sleek as its big brother. 

The attention to detail on this car is simply breathtaking, with the styling of the original car copied with clinical precision. Just like the original, this car is not meant for off-roading, so you’re going to need a flat smooth surface to get the most of it.

Benefits:

  • Faithful reproduction
  • Quick
  • Great collection starter

Thunder Tumbler

This little car gives a new meaning to the words ‘rolling thunder’. It is a wheelie-popping, flashing, spinning RC vehicle that is 50% racer, 50% monster truck, and 100% fun. It will stay balanced when your kid flips it over while rumbling around the house, thanks to a balancing back wheel. The car has translucent rubber wheels that can go over any bump, and because it’s a relatively small vehicle, it can jump around and show quite a bit of agility.  

If you’re looking for an introductory RC car, this is the perfect one, far from the high-performance, precision vehicles more experienced RC enthusiasts may want. This car is meant to spin around the room and create laughter and excitement.

Benefits:

  • Agile
  • Stylish design

How to Choose Remote Control Cars for Kids?

Unlike some other lists we make here at Funtastic Toy, this one deals with a type of toy or gadget that could appeal to a wide variety of people in terms of age, gender, and interests. From small children who are just beginning to get into the world of RC motoring to hardcore enthusiasts, who are spending their weekends racing, repairing, and even upgrading their cars. 

As always, we focused our efforts on finding cars that would appeal to children, but we didn’t restrict our search to a particular age range, nor did we limit the vehicles we looked at to only those that would be considered ‘basic.’ 

For you, the trick to getting the right RC car is going to be figuring out what the kid you’re buying it for intends to do with it, or how far along are they into their love of this hobby. Older kids with more experience with RC cars tend to prefer performance-oriented and advanced features, like precise handling and high speeds. 

Now you may think that there’s no reason a beginner couldn’t enjoy these features as well, but you should understand that sometimes having the high-end specs also means more work to maintain the vehicle, as well as a more challenging driving experience. So, while these features may sound like net benefits across the board, the reality is often different, as small kids could have a frustratingly tricky time controlling a more advanced vehicle.

Criteria We Used

Controls

As we mentioned above, you should tailor your choice of the car according to your child’s skill level and expectations. This relates mostly to the way the vehicle controls and how well the remote is suited to their driving abilities. 

Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you should always get the most straightforward car to control. Don’t be afraid to stretch their comfort zone a little by getting a vehicle that’s going to be a bit of a challenge. However, it’s a fine line between a nice challenge and a frustrating difficulty. We’ve done all we could to give you a nice range of options, but ultimately the choice is up to you.

Cognitive Development

On a related note, driving a mini-vehicle from a few (dozen) feet away is going to test your child’s hand-eye coordination as well as spatial awareness and depth perception. Making the right maneuver at the right time is going to be tricky at first, but that’s the fantastic thing about the brain – it adapts and grows as we reach and overcome new challenges. 

After some time with their car, your little one is going to be making decisions in a split second, and the connection between the input coming from their eyes and the output they produce with their hands on the controller is going to become even quicker and more efficient.

FAQ

How important is it to learn to repair an RC car?

Modifying and upgrading their car could be an amazingly beneficial and exciting experience for your kid. With the stunts they perform, or even races they may enter, there are going to be some crashes and bumps, so an RC car can take a bit of a beating over its lifetime. 

If you want your kid to learn more about car mechanics and maybe even how to take care of an actual car later in life, you may want to go for a model that you can repair together when things go wrong.

Should I select a race car or and off-road model?

This is really a question you can only answer yourself. Or, more specifically, your child is the only one who can answer it. You need to look at where the car is most likely to be used and go from there. 

If the surface is going to be asphalt or concrete most of the time, you could go with a car with lower road clearance; however, if your kid is going to be playing in the backyard, on dirt roads or even on the carpet, an off-road car is probably the best option.

Conclusion

As is the case with all toys, the only RC car that ends up being beneficial for your kid is the one they choose to play with. You may do your best to encourage them to play with their toy car instead of watching YouTube or playing videogames, but if they don’t find the car entertaining, they are going to get little from it. 

A trick you could use if they are a bit reluctant, is to play with the car yourself so they can see how much fun they could be having. Or you could place their favorite Batman action figure inside the car to attract their attention. If all else fails, take a look at our selection of RC helicopters.

Author: Stan Marsh
Author: Stan Marsh

Hi all, I’m a toy reviewer, a father, programmer and an occasional sketch artist from Washington D.C where i live with my wife and wonderful 4-year-old daughter. Although i have a bachelor’s degree in Child’s Psychology, i didn’t pursue a career in that direction. Nonetheless, the experience and knowledge i gathered during my studies helped my tremendously with life challenges.

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