10 Best Rides for Kids in 2017
Whether you’re searching for a birthday, holiday or “just because” gift, the best things to buy for your kids in 2017 are ones that allow them to stay mobile. Bikes, hoverboards and ride-on vehicles help your child gain independence and confidence, and he or she will get plenty of exercise as well.
Modern mobility products are safer and more diverse than ever, so you’ll be able to find the perfect vehicle no matter your child’s age, interests and style. Toddlers will love electric vehicles that light up and play their favorite songs while older children may want a sleek mini scooter or hoverboard that tops out at high speeds. The following list of the 10 best things to buy for your kids in 2017 are similarly varied in both price and performance.
Kids love futuristic hoverboards, and the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is a state-of-the-art model that allows for ears of fun. Even beginning riders will stay safe on their new hoverboard thanks to the Hovertrax 2.0’s EverBalance technology, sturdy balanced wheels and UL 2272 electrical safety certification.
The Hovertrax 2.0 glides smoothly over hard surfaces and can reach a maximum speed of 8 miles per hour.
Its 350-watt motor is quiet and powerful, and riders will enjoy an hour of ride time per full battery charge. With a 220 pound weight capacity, the Hovertrax 2.0 also features a flashy LED light bar display.
The next level of wheeled shoes, Razor Jetts Heel Wheels are fully adjustable to fit shoe sizes ranging from U.S. youth 12 – adult 12 and are simple to remove with the touch of a button. Optional spark pads add to the fun, and the Jetts are lightweight, with durable urethane wheels that pivot the foot and ankle for superior control.
By using the Razor Jetts Heel Wheels, which support riders up to 220 pounds, your child will develop coordination and balance.
With a budget-friendly price tag of $40 or less, these heel wheels are a solid investment that will last for years.
Your toddler will have tons of fun while “conducting” his or her Power Wheels train. This top-rated Thomas the Train electric ride-on boasts simple push-button operation and comes with 15 feet of quick-assembly track for indoor fun.
The train has a maximum speed of 1 mile per hour when used on the track, and it can go twice as fast off track.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, this train is designed for riders ages 12 months – 3 years who are under 40 pounds. The Power Wheels Thomas the Train is easy to assemble.
If your child wants to look cool while speeding around the block, he or she will have tons of fun on the Razor Power Rider 360 Electric Tricycle, which boasts a top speed of 9 miles per hour. The Power Rider 360 can carry riders up to 120 pounds, and the 12-volt battery provides about 45 minutes of continuous use when fully charged.
A large front pneumatic wheel and durable rear caster wheels provide a smooth ride, and your little rider will love that the rear wheels allow for sliding and 360-degree spins.
Boasting sturdy steel construction and folding foot pegs, the PowerRider 360 resists tipping, and its hand-operated front brakes stop on a dime.
Your little daredevil can drift, spin or simply race at speeds up to 12 miles per hour on the Razor Crazy Cart. Its tight steering system lets them make sharp turns, and the Crazy Cart’s low center of gravity, along with front caster wheels, means they won’t tip over, even at top speed.
They’ll stay visible thanks to the included flag attachment, and the durable Crazy Cart features variable speed, foot-powered acceleration and a drift bar for complete control.
The Crazy Cart’s maximum weight capacity is 140 pounds, and its 24-volt motor is super quiet.
Your little lady can bring a friend along for the ride and feel all grown up in her Disney Frozen Jeep Wrangler, which looks just like the real thing. Rugged tires, functional doors and a roomy rear storage compartment add to the style, and she’ll love the Frozen-themed tunes on the Jeep’s pretend radio.
Designed for ages 36 months – 6 years, the durable Jeep features dual forward speeds of 2.5 and 5 miles per hour, as well as reverse mode, with a maximum speed of 2.5 mph.
Assembly takes about an hour and requires a screwdriver or electric drill.
Whether your child is headed on an off-road adventure or to a friend’s house, they’ll look and feel super cool while riding the Razor Pocket Mod. Designed to resemble a mini Vespa, the Pocket Mod rides smooth over all types of terrain thanks to its rugged, 12-inch pneumatic tires and rear suspension system.
The Pocket Mod accommodates riders up to 150 pounds, and its quiet, high-performance motor provides variable-speed acceleration and about 10 hours of drive time per battery charge.
Your independent rider will be able to reach a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour on his or her mini scooter.
Strider’s 12 Sport Balance Bike fosters independence and grows with your child, accommodating riders ages 18 months to 5 years. Fully adjustable at both the seat and handlebars, the balance bike comes with a mini-saddle seat for younger riders as well as a larger seat post for bigger kids.
Virtually no assembly is needed, so your child can get going quickly on their new balance bike.
The Strider 12 Sport is available in a variety of vibrant colors, including orange, blue and red, and the bike’s maintenance-free tires are constructed with high-quality polymer foam to ensure long-lasting durability.
Featuring bright blue LED lights and a top speed of about 6 miles per hour, the Powerboard by Hoverboard is fun to ride and simple to maneuver. Even if your child has never used a Hoverboard before, he or she will be riding like a pro in no time since the stable Powerboard operates via body movement.
The Powerboard is completely safe and boasts Ul2722 certification along with a one-year warranty against defects.
Riders between 50 – 220 pounds will enjoy about 4 hours of continuous ride time when the powerful battery has a full charge.
Serious riders may not be satisfied with the performance of an electric ride-on, making the gas-powered MM-B80 Youth Mini Bike a great option. The MM-B80 supports riders up to 150 pounds, and with substantial tires, a reinforced steel frame and fenders that resist dents, it’s made for off-road adventures.
With a tank capacity of just under 1 gallon, your child will get upwards of 4 hours of drive time on a full tank.
Safety features of the MM-B80 include a muffler cage guard, strong rear disc brakes and a governor that limits speed to a maximum of 25 miles per hour.