Wagons made of plastic are a great choice for families looking for a lightweight wagon with cool gadgets and functionality at a reasonable price. Options like molded cup holders, storage bins, shade canopies, and seat belts are common on the plastic wagons for toddlers and its light weight makes it easy to take with you on daily trips and excursions… [continued below]

Plastic Wagons Review

Pros:

  • Lightweight and easy for most parents to load in the minivan
  • Cool features like seats, storage bins, bottle holders and shade canopy
  • Easy to maneuver and pull on the solid ground and off-road
  • Won’t rust

Cons:

  • Wheels – some are plastic or solid rubber which means a stiff ride and little off-road capability
  • Longevity – the plastic will eventually dry out and become brittle if you don’t store it properly
  • Loud – some of the cheaper plastic wagons have the plastic wheels which are a bit noisy while pulling
  • Steering – some wagon wheels are swivel-based and have a mind of their own
  • Weight capacity – kids and accoutrements ok, but it’s not great for chores around the homestead

What to look for in a Plastic Wagon for Toddlers

Solid rubber or pneumatic (air) tires are a must, to keep the noise down and for longevity. Among all the other features, shade and storage should be of top concern as well. The seat belts are really just to keep the kiddos from wandering.

 

The Bottom Line:
The plastic toy wagon is a great choice for the family heading to paved places like the swap meet, state fair, park and around the neighborhood. It will roll over dry grass pretty well but this wagon is not advisable for the beach or dirt. You may get five to seven years out of it before the plastic starts to dry out. We like the Radio Flyer Plastic Canopy Wagon, and Step2 Wagon brands.

 

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