Product round-up: wagons you’ll actually want to pull

Perhaps I’m just nostalgic but when I think of a wagon, I think of the classic red wooden wagon that could go anywhere – city streets, the backyard or real off-road in the nearby fields. Fast forward to 2011 and well, wagons aren’t quite what they used to be. Nope. Like everything else, they’re much fancier and most are plastic. Although many companies have traded the wood-slates for plastic, the wagons are still built to last and can go just about anywhere you want to pull them. Here’s a look at the ones that passed our pull test with the kids that are no longer making me cry for my old red wagon. Actually, now that I think about it…I did fall out of it a couple of times. Perhaps the safety standards that were in place with carseats at the time were the same as the wagons?

The SUV of wagons hands down is the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon. It doesn’t have any fancy canopies or cup holders but it’s just what it promises — it’s a wagon. It has removable wooden sides for easy access in-and-out or for hauling large items and has extra large air tires with tread so it can literally go through the mud with no problem. Since it doesn’t have molded seats, the recommended age is 18 months and up. Additionally, it has a large turning radius you won’t tip the kids over and an extra-long handle which makes it much easier for Dad to pull around. We love pulling this wagon around the Farmers Market collecting fresh flowers, fruits and veggies and the shoppers are quite jealous!

 

Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon, $134.99, at amazon.com

 

The best-selling wagon according to Amazon.com and Toysrus.com is the Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon. More reasonably priced than it’s sister model, the Pathfinder Wagon is made of durable plastic for safety so in case a child should fall there are no sharp or rough edges to be concerned about. Additionally, the wagon has two built-in seats with safety belts for a comfortable and safe ride around the neighborhood. There is also four cup holders so you never have to wonder where they’re going to put their sippy cups and snacks. It also doubles as a regular hauling wagon when the kids aren’t up for a ride. Just fold down the seats and haul away. Great for city folks looking for a wagon to take the kids to the park and other local adventures.

 

Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon, $78, at amazon.com

 

If you’re looking for the Bentley of wagons, look no further than the Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon. This wagon can not only hold the weight of children but also adults. The wagon includes two flip seats with seatbelts giving kids extra back support while riding in the wagon and the side flips down to convert into a bench seat where both adults and kids can sit and relax once you reach your destination. The wagon also comes with an umbrella that can be attached to the side of the wagon to keep the kids out of the sun. The best part about this wagon has to be the attached cooler on the back. What could be better than keeping drinks and lunches cold while on a picnic?! It also has cup holders but with the cooler, that is definitely a minor detail. Hands down the best wagon for families that like to go to the beach and park for all day outings and picnics.

 

 

Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon with Umbrella, $125.98, at amazon.com

 

If you’re reading this and thinking, “none of these work because I have more than 2 kids” — keep reading. Thankfully companies know that parents need multiple solutions to getting their kids from point A to point B. The Step2 Choo Choo Wagon could be the answer to your wagon dreams as you can add up to five “cars” to each wagon. Not only that but for some kids that have endless sibling rivalry syndrome, they each get their own individual car so there’s no need to share any space with their brother or sister. Each “car” comes equipped with its own seat, safety belt and cup holder. Now you’re thinking…“where do I put the stuff?” Each seat lifts up for storage access to put in food, towels or toys. This wagon also works wonders for the train-obsessed kid like my son — he’s all too eager to go for a ride in this wagon!

 

Step2 Choo Choo Wagon, $116, at csnbaby.com

 

So tell me, where’s your favorite place to pull a wagon?

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Christine Fox is Everyday Mama to two and a San Diego-based freelance writer and PR pro. She loves everything that has to do with shopping, baby gear and being the talk of the playgroup when she finds the perfect shirt and diaper bag. Her philosophy is simple: that being a mom does not mean that you should sacrifice style. You can be a mom and stylish! When she's not shopping or writing about shopping and baby gear, she can be found playing with her two kids at the park. For more mom finds, you can follow her on Twitter @EverydayMama and visit her own daily blog at everydaymama.com.

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thewagonstore
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Red wagon is Cute.

Heidi
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I have the Choo Choo too! I got it as a lower cost transportation for my daycare than the high seat strollers. I love it and the kids do too. I got the red,white, and blue one, and will soon be ordering two more cars. We are such a hit in the neighborhood. I find it is a great advertisement for my daycare, because people can’t help but see you.

Kristen Stehli
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The choo choo wagon photo is my twins, you must have found it in google from my blog.

Mom
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Yes I recognised it from there too! And each seat does not lift up for storage only the first car does. And I have old and new version and the trailers CAN be used on either. They say they can’t bc they weren’t specifically made and tested to but I’ve done it and pulled kids like it was made for it. New version of trailer attaches to old purple and green cars and old version trailer attaches to new red and blue cars. The new red car places handle low so its bad for tall parents ( over 5’4). Old… Read more »
sandy
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just wondering if anyone could tell me which wagon they preferred: the Ketly or radio flyer wagon (both with removable wood sides and air filled tires) Thanks!

Shauna
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I had the green step2 and loved it. I added the trailer to it as well and it was great for carrying sand toys, backpacks etc… I have a home daycare and 3 children of my own though, so I ended up getting the choo choo wagon. In total it can seat 5 children. I love it, it can be heavy to pull..but what isn’t with 5 kids it it 😉 It’s great for getting us to the park and anywhere else we want to go. I do wish there was a little more leg room for the little ones… Read more »
Shannon
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I have a green step2 that I really like! I even use it for hauling in the groceries out of the car! The kids help load it up, pull it into the house, and unload it. Then when we go fun outdoorsy type places we bring it too!

Marjorie Bernardin
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We have a radioflyer ATW for my 21 month old son and my 11 year old daughter loves to pull him in it all the time in our backyard! It is like there own little special time together. The cutest thing is that she will put pillows in there and a blanket and when he gets tired he just falls alseep right in it! I also have a four month old and I cant wait for him and his brother to use it together.

Rachel
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We have the Choo Choo Wagon for our 2 year old twins and I love it. Ditto everything that Amber said. I also should say that when you add on cars (on top of the 2 standard) it makes it harder to turn. We got it last Spring as soon as the new model was available and used it to go everywhere until it got too cold. We’ll be back to it very soon!

Kris
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Was wondering if anyone has any thoughts/reviews/opinions about the Folding Wagon made by On the Edge. I have 3 kids and putting a wagon big enough to pull all 3 in my car takes up way too much space so we never bring one. This folding one seems great but was wondering what others think about it.

Amber
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I have owned and loved the choo choo wagon for about two years. It is a great wagon and my kids LOVE it. There seem to be some inaccuracies in your description however. It is able to accommodate 3, not 5 extra “cars.” Also, there is only under seat storage in the front “car,” not all the “cars,” that really is too small to hold a towel, but will surely fit some snacks and small toys. Also, I think it should be mentioned as well that this wagon doesn’t seem to stay on the market year to year. I have… Read more »
Stephanie
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My parents bought the Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort Wagon for my sons first birthday. He loves it and loves when we take him for little rides in it and it has great storage with the bag thats attached to it, so theres no need to bring a diaper bag when we use it.

Amber
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I actually own and love the choo choo wagon. We have used it for two years now. I just wanted to comment that there seem to be some inaccuracies in your description of this wagon. It can accommodate three, not five, additional “cars” (for a total of five cars, not seven cars). Also, only the front “car” has a lift up storage seat which really is not big enough to accommodate a towel but will hold snacks and smaller toys.

Rebecca G
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i love my ATW red wagon. for around the yard! put this girls in a head to the garden! (its a long walk!) this kids love it! and its great for gravel roads!

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