The best remote control cars for kids


by Mother & Baby |

Toy cars are a staple in any child's toy collection and once they start to get a bit older, they might look at remote-controlled toys as the next step up. Remote-controlled cars: incoming. You (and your child) will definitely need to get your hands on these.

What age is good for remote control cars?

Most children will be able to enjoy a remote control car - even teenagers and beyond! We recommend that you should introduce these to your child from three years old onward but no earlier.

Toy cars, especially remote-controlled ones can have smaller parts and are complex so won't be great for babies or young toddlers.

How much should I spend on a remote control car?

Depending on features and functions, remote control cars go up to hundreds of pounds. We know that not all families can afford that though and we've hunted down choices from value options to high-end RC cars.

We recommend spending around the £20-60 range, so you know you're getting your money's worth but spending on good quality. Some cars can go as low as £10 and some as high as £100, but it really depends on what you're buying.

Larger toy cars and those with more features, functions and parts are going to cost more, but if you're looking for a smaller car with one remote, it's likely to cost less.

The best remote controlled cars UK 2021

FTX FTX5519 Comet 1/12 Brushed Desert Cage Buggy Cars RC, Blue/Yellow/White

FTX FTX5519 Comet 1/12 Brushed Desert Cage Buggy Cars RC, Blue/Yellow/White
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Best overall remote-control car for older kids

We spoke to our team here at Motheru0026Baby on their experiences of remote control cars and the FTX Cage Buggy definitely came in as a top selection for remote control cars for our older children out there. Having an amazing run time, this has everything including shock absorbers for making it extra fun outside.

Top points were that it has easily accessible parts, so even if it breaks from having too much fun, you'll be able to easily repair it. It's also solidly built and a great value for the price.

Age: 12 years+

Power: Battery powered

Remote Control Type: Radio 2.4Ghz

CMJ RC Cars™ Aston Martin Vantage Officially Licensed Remote Control Car

CMJ RC Carsu2122 Aston Martin Vantage Officially Licensed Remote Control Car
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Best branded remote control car

Is your child a car enthusiast already? Why not grab this official Aston Martin remote control car? It's available in red or grey and has spring suspension, adjustable wheel alignment and LED headlights.

It's a complete replica model to the actual vehicle and with all these functions it's extra impressive, especially for its price point.

Age: 3 years+

Power: Battery powered (5 AA batteries)

Remote Control Type: 2.4Ghz Radio

LOFEE 2.4G Remote Control Car Toy

LOFEE 2.4G Remote Control Car Toy
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Best car toy for 3-8 year olds

This would be a great pick for a toddler's first car, and has extremely easy usability for younger children, being perfect grabbing hand size and simple controls. It has off-road control and a distance of up to 200ft whilst being durable with its hard ABS plastic. Really zippy with great battery life.

Age: 3-8 years

Power: Battery powered (AA batteries)

Remote Control Type: 2.4Ghz Radio

Toyk Remote Control Double Stunt Car

Toyk Remote Control Double Stunt Car
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Best remote controlled stunt car

If your child loves excitement and wants to be doing flips and tricks with their remote control car, this Toyk stunt car has 360-degree clockwise and anticlockwise rotation! It's constructed to withstand inside and outside surfaces - although we'd definitely suggest using this one outside.

Age: 8 years+

Power: Battery powered

Remote Control Type: Radio

SGILE Remote Control Car for Toddlers

SGILE Remote Control Car for Toddlers
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Best remote control car for toddlers

This one's for our younger toddlers who want to get involved, too. Made for over 18 months old and with non-toxic ABS plasic, this singing light-up toy car is cute and fun. It has no sharp corners and safe curved tyres to ensure complete safety.

Age: 18 months+

Power: Battery powered (3 AA batteries)

Remote Control Type: Radio

LEGO 42099 Technic Control 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader Truck

LEGO 42099 Technic Control 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader Truck
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Best remote controlled LEGO truck

Everybody loves Lego and this buildable remote control car is definitely a project for older kids. With loads of blocks to play with and build up to, this is impressive to build. When it's fully built, you can even control it from a smartphone, as the car has four connectivity ports and a six axis sensor.

Age: 11 years+

Power: Battery powered (6 AA batteries)

Remote Control Type: Multi-control – including the CONTROL+ app

Bugatti Divo 12V electric ride-on car

Bugatti Divo 12V electric ride-on car

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The best luxury remote controlled ride-on car

Sometimes, bigger is better. This Bugatti Divo 12V electric ride-on car is perfect for those toddlers (and parents) who love cars. This is definitely a gift to splash out on, but will have endless fun with three speeds, openable doors, an MP3 player, power display and openable doors. Fancy.

Age: 2-5 years

Power: Battery powered (12V7AH)

Remote Control Type: Ride-on and separate R/C

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Wall-Climbing Race Car

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Wall-Climbing Race Car

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Best wall-climbing remote control car

Yes, you heard that right. That's a wall-climbing car. Included in the pack is a laser which it chases - even up to walls and ceilings! Have total fun with your kids by seeing this car zoom around the whole house.

Age: 8 years+

Power: Rechargeable (USB)

Remote Control Type: LED laser

Scalextric G1154M My First Scalextric Battery Powered Slot Car Racing Set

Scalextric G1154M My First Scalextric Battery Powered Slot Car Racing Set

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Best classic remote controlled car

Everyone loves Scalextric, and they're still completely fun to play with, even now. This traditional remote control car has two cars, two remotes and a track to play with. Known to help toddlers develop hand-eye coordination, this is perfect for those younger children out there.

Also has a year of manufacturer's warranty.

Age: 3 years+

Power: Batteries (6 x AA)

Remote Control Type: Hand-controllers

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