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10 Best Ride-On Toys for 1-Year-Olds

Updated 9 October 2020

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One thing we’ve noticed about one-year-olds is that they don’t like to stay still for long and with so much to explore, why would they?! Introducing ride-on toys will not only allow them to cover more ground, it will improve their balance and motor skills and strengthen their muscles. Plus they are really, really fun!

Finding the right one online that is both durable and safe can be hard, so we’ve looked at 10 of the best on the market in 2020. Using our method of listening to real recommendations from parents who have the toys, we also cancel out any fake reviews. Will your little one be cruising on a fire truck, flying a Minnie plane, or zooming around on a motorbike? Four wheels or two, there’s plenty of choice for you.

1Little People Music Parade Ride-On (Best Budget Option)

With this ride-on, one-year-olds are capable of getting around easily. It is low enough which makes it easier for kids that are still learning to walk. It makes various noises and tunes that will also help to keep them entertained.

What we love

  • It has a handle on the back for parents to push the kids or that allows them to push it rather than riding on it
  • It includes five different marching tunes

We dont like this as much

  • It needs three AA batteries, but it only comes with demo batteries

2Hape Scoot Around Ride On Wood Bike (Best Quality Option)

This is a beautifully detailed wooden bike. It has a simplistic design that makes it easy for one-year-olds. Plus, it has rubberized wheels that will allow them to ride it inside or outside without worrying about messing up the flooring.

What we love

  • It is designed to help kids with mobility and active motor skills
  • It is finished with non-toxic paint and finish for safety

We dont like this as much

  • We wish that the seat was adjustable

3VTech 2 in 1 Learn and Zoom Motor Bike

With this VTech motorbike, kids can start out with three wheels if they need help balancing, but the wheels can be pushed in to make the motorbike a two-wheeler. Plus, this bike comes with motion sensors and makes different sounds and playful music.

What we love

  • It has an interactive activity panel
  • It can be used both by those who do not balance well and those that have better balance

We dont like this as much

  • The wheels could be more durable

4Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil' Rollin' Giraffe Ride-On

This is one of the best ride-on toys for one-year-olds because it is designed to help them learn how to balance and it has an adorable giraffe shape that kids will love. Plus, it is made from high-quality material and has an adjustable seat that allows the child to continue to use it as they grow.

What we love

  • This toy can be used outdoors and indoors
  • The back wheel is larger for stability

We dont like this as much

  • The giraffe spots are stickers and can be pulled off

5Disney My First Minnie Plane

This ride-on toy is designed to look like an airplane and it even has a Minnie Mouse pilot figure to make it more festive. The horn is active and makes a honking noise and the propellers can rotate and light up while they are driving around.

What we love

  • It has realistic lift-off and landing noises
  • It has a handle on the back for easy pushing

We dont like this as much

  • It requires two AA batteries, but they are not included

6Paw Patrol Chase Cruiser Ride-On Vehicle

This is one of the best ride-on toys for one-year-olds because it has a handle on the back that makes it convenient to help people lead kids who are still learning. It has various sounds and tunes that make it an interactive experience.

What we love

  • The seat has a hidden storage compartment
  • It is designed to look like the Paw Patrol chase cruiser

We dont like this as much

  • It could use an adjustable seat for longer use

7Little Tikes Cozy Truck Ride-On

This ride-on truck is designed to look like an actual truck, including a steering wheel and a working horn. The floorboard is removable, which means that it can be powered by kids when it is out or pushed by someone when it is in.

What we love

  • It comes with rugged off-road wheels for outside
  • It has a drop-down tailgate and removable floorboard for when kids grow

We dont like this as much

  • It requires assembly but doesn't come with any tools

8Baby Balance Bike Toddler Tricycle Bike

This tricycle is designed to help kids learn to balance with a soft-grip handlebar and it is capable of turning 135 degrees, which helps to ensure that the child does not fall over. The frame is made from high-quality carbon steel for durability and it doesn’t have any pedals, which is perfect for a beginner.

What we love

  • It is easy to assemble
  • The wheels are fully enclosed to help avoid feet clamping

We dont like this as much

  • Could benefit from an adjustable seat

9Pidoko Kids Ride On Fire Truck

For kids that love fire trucks, this is one of the best ride-on toys for one-year-olds that you can find. Not only is it a ride-on toy, but it also has different cut-out blocks and shapes to help improve their fine motor skills.

What we love

  • It is made from high-quality wood for durability
  • The inside of the truck can act as a storage for other toys

We dont like this as much

  • It could include more wooden pieces

10Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Scooter

This ride-on toy contains smart stage technology that is designed to grow along with the one-year-old. It has motion switch activities that activate as they move the ride-on bike across the floor.

What we love

  • It plays more than 50 learning phrases, tunes, and songs
  • It has features that help to teach numbers, colors, and shapes

We dont like this as much

  • It should be used inside rather than outside