Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.
Bubba riding his Kettler Front Loader
Find and Purchase the BEST Ride On Toys for Your Little Boys:
Welcome all who are looking for ideas for the best ride on toys for children. I have three grandsons 8 years old and under. I want to give them toys that I know they will love and will play with for years to come--think QUALITY.
I do not want to waste money on something that will break in the first five minutes or be discarded under the deck never to be loved again.
This is what I have observed about my grandsons:
All three of them love BIG tractors, trucks, excavators, etc... Vehicles that they see on construction sites.
Therefore, I limited my search to just these types of ride-on toys. Fire Trucks, cars, and motorcycles are not here. They do like these, but, they LOVE "work" toys the most.
I did the research and found the best rated ride on toys for my boys on the internet that I know they will love. When possible, I included links to the best prices I could find for those toys.
Image of the little boy on the Kettler/Cat front loader was taken by me. You may not use it without permission. He got that classic ride-on toy for Christmas.
Before You Buy a Toy, Remember To:
Read all the reviews!
Make sure it is age-appropriate!
Read all the specifications!
Check for toy recalls!
One of my favorite toys: the John Deere Gator (battery operated) - My 3 and 4 year old Grandsons' Favorite Ride On Car-- But 6 year old girls like the John Deer
This John Deere Gator might seem a little expensive, but when you have two sons, it is well worth the $$$.
My grandsons (ages 4 and 2 1/2 years when this ride-on was purchased) just love this ride on toy. It is battery operated so it takes some effort to keep it going. However, you can make your boys be in charge of charging! Yes!
Click John Deere Gator in action! to see how even a large Basset Hound enjoys the gator! As you can see in the image below, even girls love the Gator!
How I did the research to find the best toys:
The Basset Hound loved the Gator! Photo taken by me, Mickie_G
First, I watched my grandsons in a toy store. Then I did an internet search for "best ride on toys".
Once I decided on the type of toy or even specific toys, I read the customer reviews of those ride-ons. If any toy received less than 4 starts out of 5, I deleted it from my list.
I tried to find the actual toys (or brands) in a store so I could touch them. If possible, I took the grandsons with me.
Then I found companies that sold the toys and looked for the best price and for companies with high customer satisfaction. Some of these were discovered during my internet search. I try to find companies with an online visibility that got good ratings by users. Amazon has a terrific reputation (they also have ratings for the individual stores, too). The customer reviews were very helpful.
WalMart is another online that is pretty good. My daughter asked Santa to deliver the Kettler Caterpillar Kid Tractor with Trailer ride-on toy to Wal-Mart to help out with the assembly. It was easy. WalMart also has customer reviews on the site.
The Ride On that Started my Quest: The Kettler Digger Ride On Toy - Little Boys LOVE this CAT Ride On!
The Excavator by Kettler is the toy that started my search for the best ride on toys for my grandsons. Bubbie (he was almost 3) saw this ride on Cat Excavator in The Homewood Toy & Hobby Store (in Alabama) and had to be forced to get off of it.
My daughter carried him out the door kicking and screaming. It wasn't because he wanted her to buy it, he just wanted to keep on playing on it. I consider that a Big recommendation.
The excavator is now redesigned from the one I originally saw in the toy store. For the better!
On Amazon the shipping is sometimes free!
You Might Want To Purchase the Kettler CAT Frontloader (with wagon)! - This is the ride on toy you see at the top of this page.
Santa delivered the CAT frontloader, but if you are a grandparent, you can purchase it using my Amazon link if you scroll down a bit.
If Santa does not bring this toy assembled, I personally know of some parents who put it together easily--and they are not tool savvy, either. Note, it takes two people to put the CAT Kettler frontloader together.
My grandson, Bubbie, LOVES this toy. He can operate it easily. See him in action in the picture at the top of this page.
It is a relatively inexpensive toy and uses petal power, not a battery.
DUEL---How Much Is Too Much to spend for A ride-on toy? - Should you spoil your little boy?
I want quality for my buck. But I want it at the BEST price I can find. It is a plus if S&H is included. It is a plus if I can get it online and save gas. If a toy is really a good one $200 is ok. But, I think that one needs to really do the research and think about a purchase.
How much are you willing to spend on a quality toy for your child?
If you have purchased any of these toys for your children, let me know what you think of them.
Good and bad reviews are welcomed.
© 2008 Mickie Gee
What is Your Opinion of these Toys? - Are my choices the best toys for your toddler boys?
OliviaQ on December 13, 2013:
Nice Lens, that awesome.. great gift idea..
Stanley Green from Czech Republic on September 25, 2013:
Great selection ! I think I would pick the Caterpillar Ride-On Backhoe Loader from Kettler for my son...
PeacefieldFarm LM on June 04, 2012:
Thanks for the lens. I will be in the market for one before long.
piarejuden on May 13, 2012:
We have got the excavator for my nephew and he loved it... it's now passed onto my son... :)
JoshK47 on May 03, 2012:
Great guide! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
Brandi from Maryland on April 09, 2012:
These are great! I have 2 boys in this age range (2 1/2 and almost 4) and they absolutely love their trikes. They would be so excited about the John Deere and Caterpillar toys! :)
BestRatedStuff on April 07, 2012:
Love the toys you have here,and I think many boys would too. Great selection, enjoyed the pictures and anecdotes.
Edutopia on February 12, 2012:
Great lens, these will be a great buying guide for my brother to spoil my nephew with.
ladykida on December 21, 2011:
I have a nephew with a caterpillar loader/backhoe....my son hates to leave it after a visit to aunties house.
dessertlover on December 19, 2011:
Great ideas here! I'm sure these would all be heavenly for little boys!
TopToysForKids on December 14, 2011:
Nicely done on this lens, it looks very professional! *Thumb'd up!*
anonymous on December 01, 2011:
I thought your kids not included was funny. I didn't know some of these toys existed. All the cool tractors. I have a daughter and she loves stuff like this. Wish I saw these before I bought her little push button quad haha. Some were the price I expected, but there were a lot in the $100-$200 range which is awesome. Great list :)
goo2eyes lm on November 30, 2011:
excellent lens with personal touch.
Marie on November 29, 2011:
Congrats on being one of the 35 favorite product review lenses :)
JoyfulReviewer on November 28, 2011:
These toys look like a lot of fun. BTW, congratulations on receiving a Purple Star and having one of the 35 favorite product review lenses!
Mickie Gee (author) on November 27, 2011:
Thanks to everyone that congratulated me on my Purple Star awarded on Thanksgiving Day 2011. I hope this article helped those who went shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on November 27, 2011:
What a great selections. Blessings, and congratulations on your purple star.
Indigo Janson from UK on November 26, 2011:
LOL, kids not included with purchase! These do look like so much fun and congratulations on your Thanksgiving Purple Star win.
Sheila from Omaha, NE on November 25, 2011:
Hey, just stopping by to congratulate one of my fellow Purple Star Thanksgiving winners! So congrats... and blessings too on a great lens you did here!
marsha32 on November 25, 2011:
cool toys for sure
Ann Hinds from So Cal on November 25, 2011:
My kid is too old but if he were smaller, these would be great ideas.
Tjoedhilde on November 25, 2011:
Great inspiration for when I have kids at some point. :)
Rachel Field on November 25, 2011:
Love these - my little boy's a bit too young yet though!
wolfie10 on October 28, 2011:
there are some awesome toys on here, i would love to be a kid again
anonymous on October 28, 2011:
If my son was in a store with one of these Excavators or other great ride on toys, I'd have a hard time pulling him away too. He love smaller toys like these but I never saw the ride on versions before - great info.
Jack-in-the-Box on October 21, 2011:
Great lens. You make my job as a grandmother a lot easier. Thanks for all your research.
Doors4Home from Austin, TX on July 08, 2011:
I recently bought my son a new Cars movie ride-on and he loves it!
anonymous on April 28, 2011:
What great toys your kids have, they are very lucky.
norma-holt on January 11, 2011:
Great selection. My 2 year old grandson is just klearning to ride these type of things. To marks
Bambi Watson on December 28, 2010:
my grand babies are all girls so far ~ but the older one would love these anyway :)
~ Blessed >*
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 14, 2010:
NICE toys! Great job. My boys are outgrown these toys but they still love their toys.
ohcaroline on September 04, 2010:
The toys look really nice and I am sure they would be enjoyed by any child.
anonymous on September 04, 2010:
Now I wish I had some Grandsons to play on these little boy ride on toys! Ringing my little Squid Angel bell with a blessing.
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 03, 2010:
Great selection of ride on toys for boys. My girls are too old, but I think they would have liked several of these.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 03, 2010:
These are amazing ride-on toys. Any little kid would be delighted with one.
anonymous on August 08, 2010:
We have the John Deer 6-volt Utility Tractor for our little boy. It is a good starter toy, but not much traction or speed. I suggest the next model up if your son/daughter is close to 3.
anonymous on July 03, 2010:
Wonderful resource. Beautifully done! Squid Angel Blessed.
anonymous on January 31, 2010:
Great toys, 5* and favorited.
Lloyd Pinto from Mumbai on December 09, 2009:
Oh!! this is a lovely little toy lens. Rated, Faved and Lensrolled to my toy lens - Huffy Green Machine
spunkyduckling on November 15, 2009:
Your grand kids look so adorable with the toys..are you really sure they didn't come with the toys? LOL awww..
Cool choice of toys for kids got to admit that!
Mickie Gee (author) on November 05, 2009:
Any time Johann! My grand-kids are used to dogs! [in reply to JohannTheDog]
anonymous on October 07, 2009:
Great lens ! I used to teach preschoolers and would have loved to have these great toys! We did have trikes and the mighty Big Wheel which were great. You can't go wrong with a little red wagon either ! I will lensroll you with my Radio Flyer lens !
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 03, 2009:
I had no idea there was this kind of selection out there. Really interesting page, and I got a great laugh from your disclaimer about not including the children.
Laniann on July 30, 2009:
The children are so cute on the toys and they look like they are having a lot of fun. The toys are great looking. 5*s
RV1 on June 19, 2009:
Wow, there are some amazing looking toys on here!
Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on April 07, 2009:
Oh my! Those look like super fun toys! Can I play too? Woofs, Johann
Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on March 19, 2009:
Good layout, goos use of modules, good reviews, all round good lens
AlisonMeacham on February 03, 2009:
I really liked the way that you personalized this shopping lens. It was great to see your personal reviews of each item and it was such a well 'crafted lens'. Angel Blessings to you.
Rusty Quill on October 24, 2008:
Hey great lens and a mighty fine addition to Review Central!