A throwback to the old days, metal wagons for kids are rough, tough and sturdy. There’s nothing like wizzing down a hill full speed in an old metal wagon, steering from the cockpit while your wingman hangs off the back, pushing and trying to keep you upright. What’s changed with the metal wagons of yester-year? Not much…but there’s a reason why they’ve been around for so long.

Pros

  • Sturdiness – They can take the daily abuse and payload
  • Longevity – Keep it out of the rain and these wagons will last 20+ years
  • Capability – It’s like a truck, it can pretty much do anything for you, depending on the weekend chores and activities at hand.
  • Economical – Typically one of the better wagon values if you keep it out of the elements

Cons

  • Low Sides – Some metal bed models don’t have siderails and are not great for small kids in need of back support.
  • Lack of Accessories – you won’t find cup holder and seat belts here, accessories are extra.
  • Rough Ride – some steel wagons come with solid rubber tires so it’s less than desirable with kids as your main cargo (no air suspension).

What to look for metal wagons for kids

Powder Coating – be sure it’s not just painted, it needs to powder coated; a process that “bakes” the paint on the metal and keeps rust away much longer.
Tires – depending on desired usage, you can find air tires or solid rubber. The solid rubber wagon tires are great for pavement but wider tires will work better off-road.

The Bottom Line

Metal wagons for kids are great for hauling heavy loads on paved surfaces. Kids’ imaginations can also run wild with such a basic toy (think lemonade stands, sailing the seven seas and selling girl scout cookies), but the metal wagon is not ideal for keeping kids contained for long hauls unless you get the side rails to keep them firmly (safely) in place.