This is an article to help you ascertain the best power wheels which are capable of maneuvering terrains that have grass. Like all toys for children, parents must take into considering various factors before purchasing and that is especially true with ride-on toys like power wheels.
What are Power Wheels?
Power Wheels is a brand of battery-powered ride-on toy vehicles (motorcycles, cars, tractors, ATV’s, etc.) for kids.
They are built with realistic features that are kid-sized and in some cases have working features like radio, lights, doors, and hoods that can open and close, power lock brakes and forward and backward motion.
In the present day, the brand is owned by Fisher-Price and also includes a Harley Davidson Motorcycle ride-on. The latest line of Power Wheels includes a scaled version of the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 and Kawasaki KFX Quad, etc.
Features to look out for!
As there are many options of ride-on toys in the market (with Power Wheels being one of the brands), it is important for parents to keep in mind certain factors and features before purchasing these kid-sized electric vehicles for their children, as mentioned below.
Number of seats
Parents should keep in mind that these toys may be a one-seater or a two-seater depending on the particular model. Although the former may be cheaper, the two-seater models are more fun as the child would be able to drive his friend around and share in his newfound joy!
Number of gears
Depending on the brand and model of these electric-run vehicles, the number of gears differs.
It is recommended to buy the model that has both forward and reverse, and at least 2 forward speeds. The reverse gear helps children get out of corners while having 2 forward speeds is to ensure that the child first learns to navigate in the lower (and slower) forward gear before graduating to the higher and faster one.
In most versions, there is a parental lock option on the 2nd forward gear so that the safety of the child is ensured until he/she is experienced in driving the vehicle.
The issue with some of these vehicles is the lack of weight, combined with plastic wheels makes for lack of traction on surfaces such as grass, mud or snow.
With respect to grass, whether dry (during summer) or wet (in spring), one may find that the lack of traction causes the wheel to spin a lot without the vehicle moving. This is usually cause of the lack of treads on the hard plastic tires, the lack of weight (of both the vehicle and your child) and because ride-on toys tend not to accelerate slowly, that is to say, these toys are either on (when the pedal is pressed) or off (pedal not pressed).
In these situations, the wheels spin at maximum speed and do not slowly build up to give the vehicle traction on slippery surfaces. It would help to check the tread on the tires before purchasing or there is the option of modifying the tires and placing rubber treads around it.
The reliability of these toys is important to keep in mind. As they tend to cost anywhere up to mid three-figures, these are not cheap toys and it is essential that your child gets as much fun out of it and for as long as possible!
With these electric vehicles, the part that generally has issues after usage is the battery. It is very important to read the instructions and understand the proper charging sequences and also ensure that the battery is of high quality so that your child’s Power Wheels continues to be a source of joy and entertainment for years!
Best Power Wheels for Grass
Power Wheels Dune Racer
Power Wheels Dune Racer is widely considered the best Power Wheels model for riding on all hard surfaces, rough terrains, and wet grass.
Thanks to its excellent features, reliability ratings, and Monster Traction system, the Power Wheels Dune Racer is the best suited for maneuvering different surfaces while being a lot of fun for kids aged 3 to 8 years!
This is a two-seater dune racer is low to the ground, thus making it easy for children to get in and out of the vehicle while also providing comfortable seating and the vehicle is less likely to topple over due to its low center of gravity.
The Dune Racer can accommodate about 130 pounds in total weight (2 children) and comes in a variety of colors and patterns such as camouflage, pink, lava red & black.
The Dune Racer has two speeds: 2.5 mph and 5 mph with the ability to lock out the higher speed until your child is experienced enough in driving at the lower speed.
Further, it can reverse with a maximum speed of 2.5 mph. This model uses automatic braking which means if your foot is not pressing the pedal, the car stops completely. Some of the features include compartment space, good treads on the tires for traction and a 12V battery which is easy to plug in and charge.
On a full charge, the dune racer should last between 2 to 3 hours before requiring a recharge. Its cost varies depending on color and patterns.
Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler model of Power Wheels is second on this list which is also an excellent option.
One of the main differences with the dune racer being that the Jeep Wrangler is slightly higher off the ground and the seats are a bit more cramped while the tires’ treads are not as good as the dune racer.
All the other features with respect to the gears and speeds are similar to the dune racer (i.e. 2.5 mph and 5 mph) with a reverse speed of 2.5 mph. The Jeep Wrangler has slightly more storage space in the back to keep toys.
One of the cons is that this vehicle takes slightly longer to assemble (about 1.5 hours) but besides that, the vehicle is just as much fun!
The battery is the same as the dune racer and so is the price, although there are different color variants.
Power Wheels Kawasaki KFX
This is a one-seater all-terrain vehicle (ATV) which has a very distinctive look and is a whole lot of fun as a functioning ride-on toy! Similar to a real ATV, this model has a twist handlebar grip to switch between the lower and higher speeds.
The throttle is a foot pedal with similar safety controls as other models. However, do note that this has a lower speed of 3mph and a higher speed of 6 mph, making it the fastest model on the list.
The tires have decent traction to handle different types of surfaces, including grass and the ATV can handle about 65 pounds of weight.
The battery is great and generally outlasts other vehicles on this list, with over 3 hours of continuous use, although the parent would need to remove the battery every time it needs to be charged.
Power Wheels Kawasaki Brute Force
This model is very similar to the KFX and is also an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with different styling and looks than the KFX. Unlike the KFX, the Brute force has a top speed of 5 mph and a lower speed of 2.5 mph with the same parental lock as the other models.
This also has the Monster Traction system to ensure that your child can ride through different surfaces while the power-lock brake system ensures his safety.
It also comes with accessories such as an on-board shovel for added fun and can handle about 65 pounds of weight.
Power Wheels Arctic Cat 1000
This model is a 2 seater (with adjustable seat belts) that is styled like a real Arctic Cat and is great for driving on surfaces such as grass with its wide tires.
It has a truck bed in the rear to store toys and has a working tailgate with an on-board heavy duty shovel. The speeds, safety features are the same as the above models.
This falls under the category of a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) and can handle about 130 pounds of combined weight.
Summary: Best Power Wheels for Grass 2020
The list above is compiled of Power Wheels different models that are safe for children from 2 to 8 years of age to drive and have fun either by themselves or with their friends.
All the models have tires or traction systems to ensure they are able to maneuver different surfaces such as dry and wet grass. Parents should be sure to research other manufacturers such as Peg Perego and Moderno.