Updated: May 9, 2015
Kids Tricycle Reviews:As your infant turns into a toddler, one of the first outdoor gifts you can buy them is a nice kids tricycle. Tricycles are mostly meant for toddlers from 2 to 4 years old and some are still ok for 5 year olds that may not have moved on to a 2 wheeler yet. Kids trikes have come a long way since I was a child - many are easier to steer and several new models offer parent handles for pushing or steering help. The most expensive tricycles are made with steel, not plastic, and the tires can hold up on almost any terrain. I don't remember my first tricycle, but I do have great memories of my Big Wheel which Radio Flyer and a few others still produce. My kids are at the age where they both want something like a trike to ride on. My daughter is 4 and my son just turned 2 - looks like we'll be keeping Toys R Us or Amazon.com in business for a while with all the kids toys we'll need.
Choosing a Tricycle - The good news is that we have several families in our neighborhood who have already gone through the process of buying tricycles, so we have had the opportunity to see which models hold up best and which ones we prefer. You can always venture into your local Toys R Us, Target or Walmart to see what the latest tricycles look like. The majority are still red in color with a few pink ones just for girls or blue/green colors for boys. One of the most popular is still the Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle which sells for about $60. I never did like the way these turn for kids, but if you want something that is nostalgic and well built, then Radio Flyer could be the one for you. I like the Schwinn Roadster 12-Inch Trike (Blue) for my son. It rides low to the ground and kids can actually reach the pedals just fine. The one feature we were interested in are the models which have an extended steering arm that comes off the back of the tricycle. Parents can help the little ones steer the trike or even give them a little momentum when they are going uphill. Some offer 3 point harnesses for smaller children, adjustable seats for growing kids, and a canopy for shade on hot days. Those with storage areas for toys or food/drink are a bonus. High end models like the Kettler Kettrike Happy Navigator get excellent feedback from parents on quality and rugged tires, but are they worth $200. In terms of top brands, there Radio Flyer, Schwinn, Fisher Price, Kettler, Roadmaster, and Little Tikes. Fisher Price tends to sell the cheaper, plastic style tricycles. They won't last long with rough play, but you may get a year or 2 out of them if they are taken care of. When my son gets a bit older, I plan on buying the Radio Flyer Big Flyer - the more modern version of a 'big wheel' that I grew up with. At $70, it's reasonably priced and it looks much cooler for a 3 to 5 year old than a tricycle. Tricycle Reviews - We found the most in depth reviews posted online at Amazon.com with hundreds listed. Get parents pros and cons for each brand and model. Walmart.com and Consumersearch.com also list their top picks in this field. I prefer to read opinions and comments of actual owners before buying anything. You can browse the best selling kids tricycles online here.