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Go-kart races are a childhood rite of passage (the movie Little Rascals immediately comes to mind). But not every kid has the skills (or a parent with the skills) to build their own go-kart from scratch. Skip the hassle and get right to the racing by purchasing one of these top-rated go-karts listed below.
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We’ve done the research to find the top-reviewed go-karts available on Amazon. This list contains two options – pedal go-karts that require the rider to do the work and electric go-karts that are powered by rechargeable batteries. With each option we’ve included the top features, weight limits and recommended age.
The battery-powered Fisher-Price Power Wheels Dune Racer is ideal for kids ages 3 and up who want to take their riding off-road (or haven't quite mastered the skills to stay on the sidewalks). The two-seat Dune Racer can handle sidewalks and somewhat rougher terrains. It is designed with two forward speeds options - 2.5 mph and 5 mph – and a reverse speed of 2.5 mph. The 12-volt battery is rechargeable and will last between 1 and 3 hours depending on the terrain and the combined weight of the riders (max weight is 130 pounds).
Amazon customer S1ngleBarrel says: One of the best purchases for my daughter. She loves her race car as she calls it. She drives it constantly. She is 4 and to be honest the battery lasts long enough that she takes a break from driving. Its also powerful enough that she hauls her older brother (7) and sister (9) around without issue. I honestly would buy it again.
$248.94 from Amazon.com
Intended for kids ages 8 and older, the 350-watt electric motor in this classically-designed Razor Dune Buggy allows drivers reach a top speed of 9 mph. The four 8-inch knobby pneumatic tires sit under a steel frame, with a terrain following suspension that allows for off-road riding. The single bucket seat can handle a driver up to 120 pounds and comes equipped with a padded seat belt. The throttle and brakes are hand-operated and located near the steering wheel. The rechargeable battery will last up to 40 minutes.
Amazon customer Dan says: I was apprehensive over buying this because of the cost, but I can say after 9 months of use that it was well worth it. My kid loved this on day one and nine months later it is still his favorite toy. It's fast enough to feel exciting, but not so fast that it makes me nervous. He uses it on grass, driveway and pavement and it does well on all three. Highly recommended.
$553.76 at Amazon.com
The Hauck Lightning pedal go-kart allows the rider to go as fast as their feet can kick. The adjustable bucket seat, which features a high back for a comfortable ride, won't restrict the rider as they grow. The manual brakes are hand-operated using a lever on the side of the go-kart. The driver controls their directions using the sporty 3-point steering wheel. The recommended age range on the go-kart, which has a maximum weight limit of 110 pounds, is 4 to 8 years old.
Amazon customer finleybelle says: This thing is SO awesome. And my goodness -- I'll say I was bracing myself for hours of building, but it was together in under 10 minutes. It's durable, high quality and my kids ages 4-8 all love to ride on it.
$99 at Amazon.com
This pedal go-kart is equipped with comparable features to the Hauck Lightning model (3-point steering, adjustable bucket seat) with one unique feature that superhero fans will love: it is designed to look like the Batmobile. Created for kids age 4 and up, the Batmobile go-kart is engineered with a steel tube frame and low-profile rubber wheels. Your little superheroes will be fighting crime in no time, pressing the racer-style pedals to ride their way through Gotham City.
Amazon customer Chippewa mama says: I was impressed by the quality of the materials and hardware. Easy to assemble; only took me one drink to get through it. Strong construction, smart design and easy instructions. Best of all, it has 3 seating positions--so it can grow with my son. Five stars.
$151.31 at Amazon.com
This pedal go-kart, suitable for ages 3 to 7, comes equipped with a stainless-steel frame and a non-toxic, lightweight plastic body designed in a vintage go-kart style. The high-back bucket seat can be adjusted to three different settings depending on the size of the rider, with a recommended maximum weight limit of 55 pounds. The extra thick tires are engineered with an anti-slip strip to allow for smooth riding on grass, concrete or asphalt. The pedals are also designed to prevent slipping.
Amazon customer Alex says: I got this ride for my 4 years old daughter to ride. She loves it so much. The assembly is very easy and straightforward. It took my husband about 20 minutes to put it together. The ride is very durable too! Easy to store because it's not heavy to lift. Recommend it for little kids.
$79.99 at Amazon.com
Take your Nerf battles to epic levels by incorporating this cleverly-designed pedal go-kart from Hauck. The go-kart includes lots of storage for your Nerf gear, including places to hold your blasters and brackets. There are also multiple storage options for holding all your darts, including on the sides of the adjustable bucket seat. The color scheme on the go-kart matches the Nerf gear, with pops of orange via the rims, pedals and steering wheel. The go-kart also features low-profile tires, 3-point steering wheel, hand brake and race-style pedals. The maximum weight recommendation is 110 pounds.
Amazon customer M G says: My six year old son loved his birthday present. We bought him this, a couple of Nerf guns and a big ‘ol box of extra darts. He is tall for his age and the middle seat setting is perfect. The pedal car is equipped with a clutch that allows the pedals to spin freely. Re-engaging the clutch could be easier but once it is re-engaged it works great.
$225.99 at Amazon.com
This electric go-kart is more suitable for an older rider than other models on this list, recommended for children ages 8 and up with a weight limit of 120 pounds. Older children will enjoy max speeds of 10 mph, the fastest of the electric models on this list. Acceleration and braking are manually controlled by hand pedals. The rechargeable batteries (two are provided) are advertised to last for up to 45 minutes of continual use. The steel go-kart sits low to the ground on cast aluminum wheels to support a smooth and speedy ride.
Amazon customer Joy E. says: This cart assembled quickly and easily. It fits our 6 year old son perfectly. With it being so low to the ground, we feel he's safer than if he was on a kids atv. It goes pretty fast, but is fine for kids in this age range. We’d recommend it to anyone.
$443.37 at Amazon.com
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