The 7 Best Wagons for Kids of 2023

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Wagons for Kids

Verywell Family / Kevin Liang

If you think a traditional stroller is a handy piece of gear, you’ll appreciate everything wagons have to offer. Kids’ wagons are great for trips to the park, beach, farmers market, outdoor sports games, and more since they carry a ton of gear and multiple kids. The best wagons for kids are safe, sized for your specific needs, and have a generous weight capacity.

Wagons come in all shapes and sizes, so if you plan to let your kids ride in them, look for the age recommendation and if it has seats, buckles, or harnesses to keep them secure. You'll also want to consider its durability, ease of cleaning, and if it's easy to store when not in use. 

We thoroughly researched more than 30 options to select the best wagons for kids that are safe, fun, and useful for everyone in the family. We also tested some of these wagons in the Verywell Testing Lab by assembling them, loading them up with sandbag “babies” and baby gear, walking them around and taking them through an obstacle course, evaluating features, and folding the wagons, when applicable. We’re also testing them in our editors’ homes to learn more about their durability, design, and value.

Additionally, we reviewed guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the importance of safety harnesses and overall child passenger safety. When reviewing products, we carefully considered designs, features, materials, product weight, age, height, weight recommendations, storage space, and value.

Best Overall

Radio Flyer 3-in-1 Wagon

Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon


  • 3-in-1 versatility

  • Extra storage

  • Easy fold

  • No lock or brake

Acting as three wagons in one, this Radio Flyer is a sturdy, safe, affordable, (and unbelievably) versatile option. We love how the collapsible cart transforms from hauling mode (with no seats) to two-rider seating to bench seating. Made with the brand's recyclable DuraClean 2.0 fabric, the seats have extra padding and are easy to wipe down. We appreciate other safety features, including seatbelts and a UV protective canopy to block out the sun. The two built-in cup holders help keep kids (or parents and caregivers) hydrated.

Extra-wide wheels and a linked steering mechanism make it easy to pull, even on grass or sand (although there's no lock or brake), and a rear storage bar can hold two beach chairs. The Radio Flyer wagon holds up to 150 pounds and works for children 18 months and up.

Bonus: When you're not using the wagon, it folds flat with a one-handed mechanism for easy storage.

Price at time of publication: $160

Key Specs:
Max Weight in Wagon: 150 pounds | Wagon Weight: 32 pounds

Best Budget

Step2 Step 2 Wagon

Step2 Wagon for Two Plus Willow Green


  • Made of durable material

  • Easy to clean

  • Long handle

  • Assembly required

  • Wagon doesn’t fold

An affordable option that’s best for preschoolers and toddlers, this budget-friendly wagon has plenty of room for two smaller kids. We praise its design that's all about comfort—there are two contoured seats and deep leg wells for kiddos to stretch. The plastic wagon has two built-in seatbelts, cup holders, and extra room for storage, with compartments under each seat for additional comfort and convenience.

We love the generous amount of room in the wagon body (especially for toting things other than kids) and the long handle, which makes pulling the wagon easy.

Price at time of publication: $120

Key Specs:
Max Weight in Wagon: 75 pounds | Wagon Weight: 24 pounds

Best for One Kid

Wonderfold M1 Single Stroller Wagon

Wonderfold M1 Single Stroller Wagon


  • Adjustable push handle

  • One-step foot break

  • Hide-away pet ramp

  • Seat needs removed to lock when folded

Can't decide between a stroller or wagon for your kiddo? Meet the Wonderfold M1 Single Stroller Wagon. It's a seamless blend between a traditional stroller and wagon with space for one child to ride at a raised height and feel like one of the grown-ups. Features like a one-step brake system and five-point safety harness keep children six months and older riding safely no matter where their adventures take them, and all-terrain EVA tires reap bearings and suspensions for smooth rides.

We love the removable, retractable, and reversible canopy (with adjustable fabric), which acts as armor against the sun's harmful rays thanks to built-in UV protection. An adjustable push handle allows parents and caregivers to push with ease at a comfortable height, while the folding capability is like the cherry on top for compact storage. In addition, we think the removable seat is handy when you only need the wagon for transporting items to your next destination.

Another great feature of this stroller wagon? There's a space underneath the seat for goodies or your family's four-legged friend, thanks to a built-in pet ramp with an anti-slip surface and removable pet leash.

Price at time of publication: $699

Key Specs:
Max Weight in Wagon:
60 pounds (seat), 200 pounds (wagon) | Wagon Weight: 50 pounds

Best for Beach

Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Beach Wagon

Mac Sports Heavy Duty Wagon Cart


  • Huge storage capacity

  • Folds flat

  • Lightweight

  • Not safe for transporting children

  • No canopy

Best for hauling gear to the beach, this heavy-duty wagon has a huge interior storage space, so it’ll hold everything you need for a day at the shore. There are no designated seats or seat belts, so it’s safe for your stuff but not your kiddos.

A workhorse in the sand, the Mac Sports wagon folds to 10 inches flat, so it’s easy to store in a closet, car trunk, or garage and comes with an easy-to-tote carrying case. We're thankful that the two cup holders keep beachgoers from spilling their beverages while trekking across the sand. If your kids are big enough to walk without assistance but too little to help carry all your beach gear, this is an ideal option.

Price at time of publication: $240

Key Specs:
Max Weight in Wagon: 150 pounds | Wagon Weight: 22 pounds

Best Stroller and Wagon Combo

Keenz 7S 2.0

Keenz 7S 2.0


  • Great storage

  • Steers beautifully

  • Folds quickly and compactly

  • Bold branding may not appeal to some

  • Doesn’t come with assembly instructions

Designed to handle different terrains with ease, this Keenz stroller wagon steers and turns like a dream and has ample storage. We love that the sturdy, all-terrain wheels and spring suspension provide a smooth ride for up to two passengers, who are secured in their cushioned seats by five-point harnesses. It maneuvers impressively over grass, carpet, tile, and concrete, though the wheels do dig down in the sand.

This stroller wagon has plenty of pockets that can stash toys, sippy cups, snacks, your phone, and more so you’re all set for the next family adventure. Plus, the canopy has detachable blackout panels that can be used as a convenient sun cover or for privacy during diaper changes. It’s also easy to cart the wagon around since there are handles on either side, so you can push or pull it. Our only complaint about the design is that the canopy features the brand’s Top Gun-esque logo pretty prominently, which may not appeal to all tastes.

Since there are no included assembly instructions, it takes a while to figure out where pieces fit onto the aluminum frame. It took us 30 minutes, but it would likely take longer if it’s your first time putting together a stroller wagon. However, it does redeem itself with its quick, compact fold—all you need to do is unload the cargo space and pull the wagon up by the middle.

While $595 is an investment, this wagon stroller does come with a cooler, cupholder, and storage bag included, so you won’t need to buy additional accessories. You’re also paying for peace of mind about your kiddos’ safety: This wagon is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), so it meets the highest safety standards. Plus, Keenz offers a 25% discount for families with children with conditions like sensory disorders, cerebral palsy, autism, and more—there’s a medical form required—and a 15% discount on the brand’s stroller wagons to everyday heroes, such as healthcare workers, teachers, first responders, and active and veteran service members.

Price at time of publication: $595

Key Specs:
37.5 x 26 x 44.5 inches | Wagon Weight: 33 pounds | Age Recommendation: 12 months old and up | Wagon Weight Limit: 300 pounds | Passenger Weight Limit: 55 pounds

Best Splurge

Larktale Caravan Stroller Wagon

Larktale Caravan Stroller Wagon


  • One-step fold

  • Large capacity

  • Lockable front swivel wheels for smooth driving

  • Harnesses are tricky to buckle

  • Heavy

A stroller wagon is a worthwhile investment for families that like to spend time outdoors or want extra storage space. By itself, this workhorse from Larktale transports two passengers (6 months old up to 50 pounds) in its multiposition reclining seats, but it can accommodate up to four kiddos with the brand’s double seat kit. And even an infant can enjoy the ride with the car seat adapter

The seats are luxuriously cushioned and shaded by the individual, adjustable UPF 50+ sun canopies with peekaboo windows. There’s no mesh on the seats, though, so they could get a little sweaty in warmer weather. And while we appreciate the five-point harnesses, they’re tricky buckle and needed to be rethreaded if you want to adjust the height. Cleaning crumbs out of a stroller is a hassle, so we appreciate that this wagon’s drop-down footwell not only allows for more ergonomic seating positions, but zips open so you can clean out dirt, snack crumbs, and other debris. We also appreciate the adjustable handlebar and quick, easy fold. (Just pull a loop in the center of the floor.)

A big reason to purchase a stroller wagon is for the additional storage space, and the Larktale Caravan follows through. In addition to a large cargo basket on the exterior, there are several pockets inside and outside so you can tote the kids’ and parents’ belongings, and there’s a cup holder for grown-ups, although it’s a bit narrow. 

Thanks to lockable swivel wheels and all-wheel suspension, steering this wagon is a breeze, and the brake engages easily. You have the option to push it up curbs with the handlebar or a front pull bar, but we found that using the handlebar is easier. This 34.5-pound stroller wagon is heavy, so it doesn’t steer well over sand, but it’s nice on firmer surfaces. Given its capacity, features (there’s a rain cover included!), and smooth driving, we think the Larktale Caravan is worth the splurge.

Price at time of publication: $600

Key Specs:
61 x 25.2 x 46.5 inches | Folded Dimensions: 17x 25.2 x 37 inches | Wagon Weight: 34.5 pounds | Age Recommendation: 6 months up to 50 pounds | Wagon Weight Limit: 112 pounds | Passenger Weight Limit: 50 pounds 

Best Collapsible

Mac Sports Wagon Classic

Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon


  • Lightweight with heavy towing capacity

  • Slim and easy fold

  • Plenty of storage space

  • Not meant to tow children

  • No pockets other than cup holders

Another solid wagon choice from Mac Sports, this wagon lightens the load with a 150-pound towing capacity. While it's not made to transport children, it is the simplest way to tote all their stuff, whether at a sporting event, the beach, or anywhere else. Despite its heavy-duty frame, we appreciate that it's still lightweight enough for easy transportation.

When folded, the wagon is only eight inches thick (we're impressed, too). If your kids are younger, this may not be practical, but this could be a lifesaver for families with older kids and lots of stuff. It's available in many color and pattern options, like pink, red, or camo, so families can tote it in style.

Price at time of publication: $110

Key Specs:
Max Weight in Wagon:
150 pounds | Wagon Weight: 24 pounds

How We Selected and Tested the Best Wagons for Kids

In order to select the best wagons for kids, we spent hours studying the design and features of more than 20 kids’ wagons available on the market, carefully considering designs, features, materials, product weight, age, height, weight recommendations, storage space, and value. We also tested several wagons in our lab and our editors’ homes to assess their size, design, safety, and more. 

Additionally, we reviewed guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on child passenger safety.

We carefully considered designs, features, materials, product weight, age, height, weight recommendations, storage space, and value when reviewing products. We chose wagons for kids that are spacious, well-designed, and fit a variety of needs and budgets.

What to Look for in a Wagon for Kids


If you plan on having your child ride in the wagon, check its safety features before they hop in. When shopping for a wagon for kids, see if it’s designed for kids to ride in or simply for hauling gear. 

Wagons aimed at allowing children to ride typically come with a seatbelt or harnesses. If there are no seatbelts, harnesses, or designated seats for children, it’s best to skip having your child ride inside the wagon. If it tips over or stops short, kids could fall out and risk injury. 


When you take a wagon on an outing, it more than likely will not be the only piece of kid equipment you’ll carry with you. Choose a wagon that is the right size for the intended use. Whether that is going on daily walks with your kids or occasional beach trips, choosing an appropriately sized wagon will make your life easier.

As you’re shopping for a wagon for kids, check out some features that may come in handy for your lifestyle. See if the wagon you’ve been eyeballing is foldable and how compact it can become when folded. That way, if you need to put it in your vehicle with other gear, it won't take up too much space.

Weight Capacity

If you plan on using the wagon for years to come, a higher weight capacity will be helpful. Even if you don't use it for your kiddos, it will still come in handy to haul groceries or other gear (say, folding chairs, umbrellas, and a cooler on the sidelines of a sporting event).

Consider how many children you need the wagon to hold, their ages and weights, and how long you intend to use the wagon. Wagons do come with a weight limit, and it’s important to follow that limit for not only safety reasons but also to ensure you’re not overtaxing the wagon and will be able to use it for as long as you can. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What age can a kid sit in a wagon?

    Many of our favorite wagons are marketed for kids 18 months old and up. Because most wagons for kids offer less support than a stroller or car seat, you’ll want your child to be able to sit upright unassisted. Some wagons can accommodate car seat adapters, so you can snap yours right in to transport younger children.

  • How do you clean a wagon?

    Like any product, wagons should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Many fabric wagons can be spot cleaned. Others have detachable features that can be tossed in the washing machine. If you’re concerned about keeping milk and snack stains out of your wagon, you might opt for a plastic option that can be hosed down and dried outdoors.

  • How do you keep your child safe in a wagon?

    Many wagons come with a three- or five-point safety harness that should be used religiously. If yours doesn’t, your child should walk beside the wagon rather than ride inside it.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of an 11-year-old son, an 8-year-old son, and a 4-year-old daughter. Maya loves the idea of a wagon for her crew but somehow never added that to her garage/kids' gear warehouse. Every weekend she sees cute families at the local farmers' market and is wowed by all the stuff they can shove in their wagons (in addition to their kiddos).

Phoebe Sklansky is Verywell Family’s Associate Commerce Editor. As a commerce writer and avid shopper herself, she enjoys helping readers find the best products for their unique needs. She’s researched hundreds of baby products and has tested dozens in our lab, from strollers to baby swings to diaper bags. One of her favorite old family photos is one of Phoebe and her younger brother riding in their Step2 Wagon.

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