Remote controlled cars offer hours of entertainment, from monster trucks to speed demons capable of traveling 70 mph, for both experienced hobbyists and parents looking for something to keep their kids off the iPad. You can enjoy the thrill of remote control cars for kids regardless of your budget. However, there are so many models and types that it can be difficult to find the right one for you. We have scoured the market to find the best choices.
Consider these Things
Remote control cars (that’s “RC” cars pro lingo) may be unfamiliar to you. You might see the initials RTR in the description. This stands for ready to race and allows you to start using it straight out of the box. Remember that RTR cars can be purchased separately, but some cars are marked RTR.
Hobby-grade RC cars can be purchased as well as toy cars for children. However, there are toys that are very capable and affordable. There are many types of vehicles available, including off-road 4x4s, buggies, rock crawlers, and racing drift cars. You’ll have to choose which one you and your child enjoy the most. The scale of an RC car will often be listed. This indicates its actual size.
The purpose of the car’s engine will determine how fast it can go. Rock climbers, for example, don’t need to be fast to get to the top of boulders. However, they do require powerful motors that are high-torque. Race cars should reach at least 35 mph. The top RC cars crashes that are less expensive usually has limited functionality, while those at the top end have 2.4GHz pistol grip remotes that have more advanced steering and throttle controls. If you decide to buy a higher-end model, ensure that there is easy access to replacement parts and upgrades.
How we choose
The remote control car that we have written about has received an average rating of at least 4 star from customers. Most of our selections are rated 4.5 or higher. There are many options available, from toy cars starting at $50, mid-range RC cars under $200, to expensive models for adult enthusiasts, as well as more expensive models that can cost upwards of $500.
Off-Road Monster Truck 2WD Remote Control Car
Dimensions: 12.6×5.1×8.9 inches
Top Speed – 12 mph
Car Battery: 6V 800mAh NiCd
The well-priced offroad monster truck is not cheap. It has working roll bar headlights and a spare tire attached at the back cassis. An aluminum body can withstand collisions at the truck’s maximum speed of 12 miles per hour. Two-wheel-drive remote control car at 1/14 scale is larger than others and features a powerful motor that can keep it moving for up to 25 minutes on all-terrain tires. The remote control can be operated from more than 160 feet away using the 2.4GHz frequency. The truck will take 2.5 hours to fully charge.
Kids Stunt Remote Control Car
Dimensions: 10x8x4 inches
Top Speed 4 mph
Car Battery: 3.7V 500mAh
This top-rated stunt car is perfect for kids. It’s easy to use the two-stick controller for 360-degree spins, flips, and negotiating any terrain indoors or outdoors, including grass, rocks, sand, and gravel.
This 4×4 vehicle features two motors, working LED lights, and a remote with a range exceeding 130 feet. The price is also very affordable at less than $40 as of the writing.
Legendary 4×4 Off-Road Remote Car Control
Dimensions: 6.5x13x12 inches
Top Speed – 31 mph
Car Battery: Li-Po 7.4V 1600mAh
This monster truck is a joy for both kids and adults. The truck can tackle difficult terrain in as little as 40 minutes and travels at 31 mph. It also features large off-road tires and remote control with a pistol grip that can be used up to 250 feet away.
It has LED headlights that work and is painted in bright colors. There are also two speeds that help kids learn the ropes before they take the pedal to the full. Two rechargeable batteries are included in the 4×4 truck.
Off-Road Monster Truck 4WD Remote Control Car
Dimensions: 13.1×8.5×7.3 inches
Top Speed 4 mph
Car Battery: 2 6V 800mAh
This 4-wheel-drive monster truck is the best for novice remote control car enthusiasts. It’s simple to operate, has straightforward features, and comes at a reasonable price. The truck has an excellent battery life, expect it to run for 40 minutes. It also has a USB-rechargeable pack. This four-wheel-drive truck is larger than the average to get kids involved in the action. It also has shock-absorbers for all terrain, and large anti-skid tires to climb hills and obstacles at 45 degrees.
Traxxas Rustler 2WD Remote Control Car
Dimensions: 17.5×12.25×7 inches
Top Speed 35 mph
Car Battery: 7-cell NiMH/LiPo
Although this remote-controlled car is more expensive than our budget pick, it offers great value for money considering its extensive list of features. The car can travel up to 35 mph on- and off-road in the rain or snow. It also features a remote control and a metal gear transmission. The steering wheel is grippy, making it easy to navigate tight turns.