Best Wagons Reviewed & Rated for Quality

Everyone you meet will likely have positive memories associated with a wagon. There is just something magical about being pulled around in one when you are a kid – and it’s an experience that most kids get. That makes for a lot of good nostalgia as an adult and the desire to pass it along to your children. What child doesn’t have memories of being pulled behind their mom or dad on their way to the park or pulling their newspapers for their first job in a shiny red wagon?

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All of the wagons on the previous list were highly rated wagons. The update has replaced two that received the lowest, yet good, ratings with two that consumers seem to like better. It is no surprise one of them, the Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon, made the list. Radio Flyer and quality wagons are nearly synonymous. Also added to the list was the Seina Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon which ranks in the top three.

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Mac Sports Collapsible
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Seina Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon
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Radio Flyer 3-in-1
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But, wagons are good for a lot of other tasks as well and can make everyday life easier. If you like to garden or need to clean up the landscape around your yard, you would be well served to have a wagon. Do you like to go to the beach and want something to haul all of your towels, food, and beach toys? You might need a wagon. Do you live in an apartment complex and it is a hike getting your groceries (or anything!) in from the car? You might need a wagon. So, what are the best wagons available?

 

10 Best Wagons

 

1. Mac Sports Collapsible

1. Mac Sports Collapsible
Mac makes a solid wagon. This one holds up to a lot of pressure. It’s large inner capacity can carry a big load that weighs up to 150 pounds. It is constructed of a strong steel that will hold up with time and is easily and conveniently stored - folding up to only 8 inches thick.
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Functional Features
Whether you are pulling kids, hauling supplies to the beach, or working around the garden you need a wagon that will hold everything you need it to and not make a mess while doing so. This wagon does just that. It has an adjustable handle for the most comfortable pull and also comes with two mesh cup holders because no matter what you’re hauling, the odds are good that it will make you want a drink, and one that won’t spill at that.

No Assembly Required
In order to get this wagon out and about all you have to do is take it out of it’s carrying case and open it up. There is no assembly required whatsoever which makes this wagon incredibly convenient wherever you may want to use it. Combine that with it’s compact folded size of 29.5 x 20 x 8 and you have a nearly perfect wagon.

Cost and Value
This Mac wagon comes at a great price. It is on the lower end cost wise of wagons on this list but still maintains a lot of functionality. It will haul big loads over most surfaces relatively easily. You will definitely see a difference in your hauling capacity with this multipurpose wagon and be pleased that you treated yourself to it.
Pros
  • Large inner carrying capacity at 32.5 x 17.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Folds up to a small 8 inches thick for conveninet storing when not in use
  • Includes two mesh cup holders
  • Steel frame construction
Cons
  • Only holds 150 pounds
  • Slim wheels make it difficult to pull through sand

2. Seina Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon

2. Seina Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon
The attractive Seina Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon is sturdy and strong. The wagon easily handles 150 pounds of equipment. One-hand folding makes storing simple. It is available in black, blue, and royal blue. The wagon is made of high-quality materials. A sturdy steel, black powder coated frame holds durable polyester fabric. Polyester is known for its durability and lasts longer than expected.
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Construction

The heavy duty wheels measure eight inches. They offer easy transport for accessories, drinks, and other beach items. The wagon can be used for transporting heavy equipment, gardening materials, and other things that have a maximum weight of 150 pounds. It saves making multiple trips.

Features

Beach lovers are impressed and enjoy the features of the wagon. No complicated assembly is required. Unfold the wagon, and it is ready to go. It can be folded and stored when not in use. The handle locks in place when in the vertical position.

The handle features are especially appreciated. It stays secure when folded and extends to a long length when being pulled. A locking mechanism secures the handle when extended. A center tab makes folding simple.
Cost and Value

The price is reasonable. The Siena wagon is among the least costly options, but the price does not detract from the quality. It is also among the lightest presented here. Like the price, being lightweight doesn’t mean you can’t carry stuff from one place to another.

The wagon does not take up much space. The dimensions folded are 34” X 21” X 46”. When opened, the dimensions are 29.5” X 19.67” X 6.89”. It is a lovely designed product. Nylon, cloth handles make grabbing the folded wagon easy when placing it in a vehicle.
Pros

Collapse quickly for storage

Easy steering

Lightweight

No assembly required.

Cons

Cannot stand alone without falling

3. Radio Flyer 3-in-1

3. Radio Flyer 3-in-1
This Radio Flyer wagon is everything you want in a wagon. It has a 3-1 functionality, can hold up to 150 pounds, and includes 2 cup holders. It is easy to pull and is the only brand of foldable wagon to pass the toy safety standard - important if you plan on hauling children. You will love and your kids will love it.
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3-in-1 Functionality
This wagon can serve 3 distinct purposes. First, it will easily haul your kids around. It has seats with seatbelts on either side and a canopy can even be purchased to block the sun should you desire. It can also function as a hauling flatbed that you can fill full with all the things. Lastly, it can function as a bench. Simply unzip one side and viola! You have a bench to sit on.

Easy to Store and Haul
Radio Flyer makes a very easy to store foldable wagon. So easy in fact, they claim you can fold it one handed. It folds up quite slim and is easy to pack and go. It includes a telescoping handle so it is more easily pulled exactly as you want to pull it.

Cost and Value
This is definitely one of the pricier wagons on our list. But, if you are looking for a multifunctional wagon that you will get years of use out of, then this is a great option for you. It will keep your kids entertained, won’t break your back pulling it, and can even work as a seat whenever you need it to or simply haul your groceries in. Good bang for your buck, but do expect to pay more.
Pros
  • 3 - in - 1 functionality
  • Includes cup holders
  • Quiet ride tires
  • Only foldable wagon to pass toy safety standards
Cons
  • May tip over when turning
  • Hard to steer

4. Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort

4. Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort
This wagon is a little red wagon that does not have to be pulled. It is both a wagon and a walker. Like other Radio Flyer wagons, this is a high-quality product that helps kids grow into adults like Dad and Mom who likely had a Radio Flyer wagon of their own when they were growing up.
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Design

This product is no ordinary wagon. The design looks like a regular wagon, but as implied, it is an excellent walker for a baby as he or she attempts to perfect walking. The wagon weighs only 13 pounds making it easy for little kids to push.

The resist-push technology prevents children from injury or loss of balance. Natural, substantial wood stakes on the side can be removed. There are furniture-friendly bumpers on the wagon. The mini wagon has the classic Radio Flyer style.

Benefits

The most important benefit is teaching kids the basics of walking. Its primary function is to help toddlers learn to walk. The wagon is an excellent tool to use indoors to teach kids to walk. It helps them find balance and speed needed for walking. The durable molded wheels have a grip tread. The handlebar is 16 inches above the ground. The wagon has chrome handlebars.

Cost and Value

The award-winning wagon design offers maximum stability. It is an aid for children learning to walk. The wagon is intended for kids ages one to four. It is among the best choices as a child’s first wagon. It has a sturdy body and safety features for both the child and the furniture. It can be pulled like a regular wagon. The wagon is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive on the market.
Pros

Can be used to tow toys

Little kids can push each other

Natural, solid wood

Removable rails

Cons

Screw holes are a bit messy

5. YSC Wagon

5. YSC Wagon
This wagon made by YSC is simple and straightforward. It is lightweight and easy to transport, but don’t let that fool you - it will still hold up to 150 pounds. It includes two mesh cup holders on the front and folds up nice and small so that it is easy to store in the trunk or behind a door.

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Lightweight
This is the perfect wagon to take along on any shopping trips, or to the beach, or out running errands. All in all, it weighs right about 10 pounds which makes it easy to lift into and out of your trunk and adds very little weight to the load you fill it up with which makes it easier to pull.

No Assembly Required
One of the greatest features of this wagon is that there is no assembly required. You can simply pull it out of the box and go. It comes in one complete piece - and stays that way. There is a lot less margin for assembly error when you don’t actually have to put anything together.

Cost and Value
This is one of, if not the, cheapest wagons on our list. It doesn’t have any frills nor does it do anything fancy. However; don’t let that dissuade you from getting it. If you are looking for a lightweight wagon to help you haul things around, no matter where you are, then this is absolutely a great buy. You don’t need anything fancy for that job and would be wasting your money on features you don’t need otherwise. This is the perfect wagon for simple hauling tasks.
Pros
  • High strength 600D polyester fabric
  • Weighs in at about 10 pounds
  • Will hold up to 150 pounds
  • No assembly required
Cons
  • Handle is very short
  • Smaller than other wagons

6. Radio Flyer Classic Walker WAGON

6. Radio Flyer Classic Walker WAGON
This wagon is a little red wagon that does not have to be pulled. It is both a wagon and a walker. Like other Radio Flyer wagons, this is a high-quality product that helps kids grow into adults like Dad and Mom who likely had a Radio Flyer wagon of their own when they were growing up.
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Design

This product is no ordinary wagon. The design looks like a regular wagon, but as implied, it is an excellent walker for a baby as he or she attempts to perfect walking. The wagon weighs only 13 pounds making it easy for little kids to push.

The resist-push technology prevents children from injury or loss of balance. Natural, substantial wood stakes on the side can be removed. There are furniture-friendly bumpers on the wagon. The mini wagon has the classic Radio Flyer style.

Benefits

The most important benefit is teaching kids the basics of walking. Its primary function is to help toddlers learn to walk. The wagon is an excellent tool to use indoors to teach kids to walk. It helps them find balance and speed needed for walking. The durable molded wheels have a grip tread. The handlebar is 16 inches above the ground. The wagon has chrome handlebars.

Cost and Value

The award-winning wagon design offers maximum stability. It is an aid for children learning to walk. The wagon is intended for kids ages one to four. It is among the best choices as a child’s first wagon. It has a sturdy body and safety features for both the child and the furniture. It can be pulled like a regular wagon. The wagon is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive on the market.
Pros

Can be used to tow toys

Little kids can push each other

Natural, solid wood

Removable rails

Cons

Screw holes are a bit messy

7. Gorilla Carts

7. Gorilla Carts
Not all wagons are designed to only haul children and this one is the perfect example of that. This Gorilla Carts wagon is a heavy duty alternative to a standard wheelbarrow and will haul absolutely anything you need it to as it is rated up to 600 pounds. As icing on the awesome cake, it is easy to clean and rust resistant.
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Patented Dump Technology
Unlike any other wagon on this list, this one includes patented dump technology. The bucket literally lifts right up from the handle side and dumps out the back much like a real-life dump truck would. This makes it very easy to load and unload quickly and efficiently.

Good For All Terrains
This is made with a balanced 4 wheel design. The tires are 10-inch pneumatic tires. Both of these factors mean that you can pull this wagon anywhere you want to. It can, and will, handle all sorts of heavy terrain without any issues. To further accommodate the weight load and boost its ability to go anywhere, the handle is padded to make pulling it a breeze.

Cost and Value
This is one of the cheapest wagons on our list. That makes it a great value as it is also one of the most heavy duty. If you want a wagon that will function both as a wagon and a wheelbarrow for hauling dirt, rocks, mulch, and whatever else you can think of then this Gorilla is your solution. It will easily tackle any task you throw it’s way and is well worth the cost.
Pros
  • Can hold up to 600 pounds
  • Equipped with quick release dump feature
  • Sturdy and well built
  • Easy to assemble
Cons
  • The rubber tires strongly smell of rubber for a long time
  • May have to inflate the tires initially

8. Step2 for Two Plus

8. Step2 for Two Plus
This is a great little wagon that your kids will have you begging to pull them around in all day - for better or for worse, lol. It is sturdy and will take a lot of abuse. It is made to hold two children and has enough room for a little bit of storage (think picnic supplies or water, etc.) that won’t get in their way.
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Easy Latch Door
Unlike most on this list, this wagon includes an easy latch door. That means that your sweet little toddler can climb in all by themselves and do so safely. They can open the door, climb in, sit down, and will likely be yelling for you to go before you have a chance to gather your things so that you can.

Molded in Drain Holes
Because this is a solid piece, you can’t take it apart to clean it when the need arises. However; Step2 took this into consideration when they made it and they added drain holes that are molded in as part of the design. So when the juice inevitably spills, it will just drain right out the bottom and not accumulate around your little’s feet.

Cost and Value
If you want a wagon that is made to pull kids around in, look no further. You absolutely get that long-lastingry reasonable price. It is durable and long lasting and will provide countless hours of entertainment.
Pros
  • Stands up to abuse well
  • Long handle for pulling
  • Handles easily folds under for storing and transporting
  • Extra storage compartment underneath one of the seats
Cons
  • Assembly instructions aren’t very helpful
  • Noisy

9. Radio Flyer All-Terrain

9. Radio Flyer All-Terrain
This Radio Flyer Wagon takes the classic standard and raises it up a notch. You get the steel body that you know and love from Radio Flyer but here they have added on wood sidings to make it an extra safe experience for those travelling over rugged terrain. Speaking of rugged terrain, the tires are built to handle that, as they are 10 inch air tires.
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Extra Long
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Radio Flyer has taken extra care here to ensure that your wagon pulling experience is a good one. The handle is extra long so that it can accommodate even the tallest of parents or gardeners out there. In addition, it easily folds underneath the wagon for easy storage and transport in your car.

Controlled Turning Radius
What good is a wagon if it threatens to tip over with every turn you take? That is not a problem here. The turning radius is controlled which makes it much easier to steer and maneuver. The larger tires also help control the wagon and even absorb some of the shock. You won’t have to worry at all about tipping over.

Cost and Value
This is a rugged, all-terrain wagon made by the gold standard of wagon makers. As such, it won’t come to you at a small price. It is not the most expensive listed here, but does come close. However; it’s functionality will make it well worth the extra cost. It is solid and sturdy and won’t be tipping over on you and you will get years of use out of it.
Pros
  • 10 inch rugged, all-terrain tires
  • Handle easily folds over for storing and transporting
  • 200 lb weight capacity
  • Good for on and off-road adventures alike
Cons
  • May arrive scratched or missing hardware
  • No cup holders or extra storage room

10. Mac Sports

10. Mac Sports
This Mac Sports wagon is a heavy duty, all terrain, beach wagon. It features adjustable handles and two mesh cup holders. The wagon itself is relatively light, but can hold up to 350 pounds. It folds down to less than 10 inches which makes it easy to transport and store when not in use.
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Wide Wheels
This wagon is equipped with wide wheels that make it much easier to pull over sand than a standard wagon. It has thinner slots in the wheels which also means that overall, it holds less sand. Ultimately this means more time enjoying the beach for you and less time hauling your stuff to and from.

Ease of Function
This wagon is very easy to use. It requires no assembly and can simply be pulled out and unfolded in order to use. It pulls well and steers well. You will have no issues hauling up to its weight capacity even if you actually weigh much less than that.

Cost and Value
Falling right about the middle of the pack, this wagon is a good bang for its buck. Not many wagons can confidently boast that they are good no the beach, but with a name like “BeachComber” you can rest assured that this one will. Not only is it good on sand, you’ll be happy with its performance anywhere you take it. It is heavy duty and does its job well. If you want a wagon specifically to take to the beach, look no further than this one and don’t even think twice about paying more for it than you would for others.
Pros
  • Wide tires make pulling over the sand easier
  • Good no all surfaces
  • Includes two mesh cup holders
  • No assembly required
Cons
  • Wheels are loud on pavement
  • Tips over easier than other models

Criteria Used in Choosing the Best Wagons

There are several things to consider when getting a wagon. Every person’s need for a wagon may be different, and depending on that need the best wagon for you will vary. There are a lot of good wagons out there, and you want to make sure you get the right one so make sure you pay attention to the following points below before making your big purchase.

Why do you want a wagon?

There are a lot of good reasons to get a wagon. There is a good chance that your reasoning for wanting one is different than your neighbors. We’ve listed the best in each option above so you can rest easy knowing that all needs were considered when compiling this list. So what are some of the purposes a wagon can and should be used for?

One of the most popular uses of a wagon is for pulling kids around. There are not many kids who don’t get beyond excited when they see a wagon. It is typically pretty easy to haul multiple kids around and make good distance that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

There is also the storage factor. While a stroller is great for many of these same purposes, you can’t match a wagon in storage capacity. Many are even designed with seats and canopies and extra storage bins to ensure that you can get everything in that you need.

Another popular use of a wagon is for beach going. Typically, you want to haul a lot of goods to the beach as you plan on staying there all day. It is a real buzz kill to have to make several trips to and from your car or room – especially if it is a good distance away. Enter beach wagon. The complicated thing with a wagon, or any cart for that matter, on the beach, is the sand. It is tough to find wheels that work well in sand but is also still functional on the road or sidewalk.

The next main purpose a wagon is used for is working around in the yard or garden. It is much easier to fill up your wagon with supplies or plants or whatever you need that day than it is to go back and forth each time you need to grab the next step. A wagon is perfect for this, and several outstanding options will make hauling and dumping your mulch a breeze.

Foldable or not?

A really popular trend in the wagon world is foldable wagons. They fold up nice and compact and are very easy to store. Compactness is great if you are pressed for space, it is also beneficial if you have a smaller car but still want to be able to take a wagon along with you to the zoo or lake.

Folding wagons are limited though; they are typically made of fabric which makes them a little harder to clean than a metal or plastic one that you could wipe out or hose down. They don’t typically have seats or any special dumping or removable side options. However; they are quite versatile and can fill a lot of needs without filling a lot of space while not in use.

What about a wagon that doesn’t fold? The most obvious con here is that they can be huge and take up a ton of space. That can make it hard to pack them in your trunk or make room for them in your garage. Space is negated a little by the fact that they are wagons – you can easily put stuff in them to maximize your stuff, though it is a pain to have to pull everything out whenever you want to use it.

The significant advantages here are that they are easy to clean. Non-foldable wagons are typically designed with a specific task in mind which means that they are good at that one task. You’ll have enhanced performance if you get a wagon meant explicitly for a singular job.

Do you want multipurpose functionality?

It is important to note that while some wagons are very good at serving multiple purposes, some are built specifically for the task mentioned above. You can’t haul kids in an all mesh wagon meant for gardening supplies, nor would you want to. You would also be ill-advised to take a Step2 Wagon to the beach. It would be a fight with those wheels on the sand all day long.

If you want a multipurpose wagon, your best bet is likely a foldable one. They are safe enough to haul children around in for shorter distances but also sturdy enough to bring all your groceries in from your car if you live in a large apartment complex.

They can haul gardening supplies and are relatively easy to clean no matter the mess you make in it. Another good option for serving multiple purposes is your standard metal Radio Flyer with wooden sides. It also fits all the points mentioned above.

There are absolutely some awesome wagons available for single purposes. If all you want to do is haul kids around, they will likely be much more comfortable with seats and shade and a cup holder to put their drink – and yours.

You’ll know they are safe because they are rated for use with children and include seatbelts to boot. They are also great to haul on longer walks all around your neighborhood or zoo. On the other hand, you’ll be much happier with a heavy duty all-terrain wagon that dumps easy and wipes out easy if you only want to use your wagon for landscaping purposes.

In summary, wagons are expensive enough that you don’t want to have to buy two if you don’t need to, but you do want to be satisfied with your purchase and ensure that it is up to performing the tasks you need it to without just frustrating you.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can this wagon carry children?

A: Short answer, yes, a child can technically get into any wagon. A better question is should your child get in the wagon. Most are acceptable on that front, however; do be careful with ones that are built specifically for other purposes.

For example, the Sandusky on this list – you likely don’t want your child in mesh steel. Also, the Mac BeachComber. You don’t want your child in a wagon that has the wheel setup that can potentially tip over easier than it should. They are both awesome wagons but meant for other purposes.

Q: How does this wagon move on the beach in the sand?

A: Most are a real struggle in the sand. The exception(s) are ones built with tires specifically to handle the sand. Our recommendation for this is the Mac BeachComber.

Q: What is the weight limit of this wagon?

A: Most will handle at least 150 pounds, with options going all the way up to 600.

Q: Do the seats have seat belts?

A: Most wagons specifically designed to hold children that have seats to do so will have seatbelts included. That is not the case in a wagon not specifically meant to haul children or wagons without seats.

Q: Is this wagon comfortable for a tall person to drive?

A: Most makers of wagons take into account the fact that it will be a full grown adult pulling the wagon. As such, they are equipped with handles that are either extra long to begin with or telescoping so you can choose how long you want it to be.

Q: What is the best wagon for a beach?

A: The heavy duty Mac BeachComber wagon.

Q: What is the best wagon for a toddler?

A: The Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort wagon with a canopy.

Sources

  1. Mommyish, Strollers Vs. Wagons: A Complete Pros And Cons List
  2. Wagon World, Beach Wagon or Beach Cart – which one do you need?
  3. Wikipedia, Radio Flyer
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