What You Will Get Here
- How Having a Tricycle May Help?
- How Did We Pick These Products?
- What to Consider When Buying a Tricycle for Children?
- Our Top 10 Product List
- Editor’s Choice: Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike
- Runner Up: Schwinn Roadster Tricycle
- Budget Choice: Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike
- A List of 7 Other Products We Reviewed
- Other Tested Products
- Riding and Safety Tips
- Final Words
How Having a Tricycle May Help?
The advent of technology has meant that many children these days have become less and less active as they prefer to spend their time using devices and technology. Unfortunately, it is a reality of our time that too many children are inactive. Using a tricycle is a great way to get children’s activity levels up! It is great for the development of hand-eye coordination too. By the age of three, most children can begin to start riding a tricycle. One that is low to the ground with big wheels will be safer for younger children as they will not be as likely to tip over.
A tricycle also gives young children a new level of freedom and independence. They will love being able to get themselves around in a new way. What’s more, a tricycle is a great and safe way to get your child ready for riding a bike.
When children grow and move on to being able to ride a bike, they will already possess great balance and coordination skills to help them graduate to two wheels. Pedalling and steering will be second nature, so they’ll only have to focus on balancing.
How Did We Pick These Products?
There is a lot of work behind the scenes when it comes to choosing our products and writing the reviews. Firstly, comes the research. We spend at least 20 hours browsing the web looking for suitable products to test. Then, we compare them all in a side-by-side comparison chart to see which ones have the best specifications and value for money. We think that both have equal importance! When deciding our product list, we consider all different types of people and budgets. Our first shortlist is usually around 20 products and comprises of the most renowned products on the market. With this shortlist, we then test each product with the help of a team of volunteers. Testing 20 tricycles ourselves isn’t easy so we really value the feedback we get from our volunteer panel. With all of the information gathered, we can then narrow down our product list to our Top Ten, which is the list you see in this review. Added to this, we look at existing online reviews for each product on websites like Amazon and look in-depth at user experiences on a wider scale. This helps us decide which product is our top product. You can see our Top Ten products in order of preference below.
What to Consider When Buying a Tricycle for Children?
When choosing a tricycle for your child, there are many considerations. Just like choosing a bike, you need to consider the needs of your specific child as well as your budget. Here are some considerations:
Age & Sizing
Firstly, age and size are important. Some tricycles are built to grow with your toddler until they’re ready for a bike, others are a specific size that might be more suited to a specific age group.
Tricycles for one-year-olds will be smaller and better suited to young toddlers. Typically, they will have a handle for the parents to push as the child won’t be ready for pedals. Some even have sun or rain canopies too.
Tricycles for older children are bigger and are usually made from more robust materials like steel.
Big Wheel Tricycles
Big wheel tricycles are great fun. They usually have a large front wheel and smaller back wheels for balance. Having a big wheel helps to make the ride smoother and it is easier to control.
If your child is like mine, they will want a specific color of tricycle. My child only ever wants red things, which can be a challenge sometimes! Only you know your child, but there are loads of color options out there!
Design & Storage
There are so many different tricycle designs that it’s really useful to do a lot of research, especially when it comes to size and storage. It’s worth viewing some at a local toy store to get an idea about where you’re going to store your tricycle, especially if you don’t have large storage space.
It’s always exciting for a child to have extra features on a tricycle. There are tricycles that have baskets, cup holders, parent handles, and other fun accessories like bells.
Learning to pedal can be tricky, that’s why many trikes have adjustable pedals that can be used as a footrest alongside a parent handle. Once the child is older, they can be adjusted to be pedals that turn the wheel.
This is often one of the most impactful factors in your choice. You need to think about value for money when buying your tricycle. You can get good quality tricycles from anywhere between $50 and $150. Normally, the more expensive the trike is, the fancier it is! Whatever your budget, make sure that you get good value for money.
A push trike has a parent handle to allow younger children to use it before they are able to pedal. Many push trikes have removable handles for when the child is older and no longer needs this feature.
There is one thing never to compromise when it comes to buying a tricycle for your child and that is safety. In most cases, tricycles with a low center of gravity will be the safest. This is possible with wider bases and more weight. Other safety features to consider are the safety harness and a three-wheel design that will minimize the chances of tipping over.
By stages, we are referring to tricycles that can be converted from a rocker to a pushable tricycle for kids where you can use a handle while they learn the process of pedalling. Finally, this type of tricycle can be converted into a typical design where your child can pedal on their own without assistance.
Each tricycle will have distinct features. There are simple tricycles that are just for riding and then there are others that have additional features like a storage space (a cupboard, a box, or a bin), a ringing bell, extra seats for a passenger, a step, and stickers.
There are tricycles that are designed to be used outside. For this type of tricycle, we recommend one with a metal or steel frame and tires made from rubber. This means that it can be ridden on dirt roads or gravel easily. This type of trike is usually heavier than the plastic versions, which is good as they will be less likely to fall over.
There are tricycles that are designed for indoor use. These are usually made out of plastic and are light. This makes it easier to carry around the home.
It’s a good idea to decide what time of wireframe is ideal for your child. Radio Flyer has tricycles that are really close to the ground with the seat being level with the pedals. This means that younger children can lean back, reach the pedals, and steer easily without worrying about tipping over. Younger children aren’t as able to sit and balance as well as older children so they will find this type of tricycle better to maneuver.
Our Top 10 Product List
Here comes our shortlisted choices. Go through every product to see which one might best fit your toddlers.