Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about the best beach gear before — including the best round beach towels, the best beach tents, and the best beach chairs — here, we’ve rounded up the best beach wagons, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated beach wagon
While reading through the over 5,000 rave reviews, we noticed that reviewers consistently praised the Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Wagon for its durability and convenience. Specifically, reviewers mentioned the large wheels, easy-to-steer handle, and large size as significant selling points. “It’s a fantastic little wagon with easy maneuverability,” writes one reviewer who lives a few blocks from Times Square, “The wagon endured all the potholes, bings, bangs, and run-ins with a few Elmos, the Cookie Monster, Batman, and fake minions.” One grandparent, with 14 kids and grandkids, who actually used this beach cart on the sand, writes, “We met at a state park this summer at the beach. The wagon was a godsend for carrying beach bags, toys, towels, water, umbrellas, plus babies up and down the steep hill from the beach to the lodge.” Another reviewer explains, “The wheels are great quality and easy to pull.”
Reviewers were also impressed by how easy it was to set up the wagon: “We found this wagon to be very easy to set up. Simply pull out of the bag and unclip and fold out. Simple as that, it’s ready to use!” Another adds, “The whole cart also folds and unfolds easily and isn’t too heavy when loading in and out of the car.”
Best-rated (less-expensive) beach wagon
“Wish they had these carts when my kids were little! This is a well-balanced, sturdy cart that holds tons of stuff. It’s been easy to pull on the sand,” writes one happy reviewer about what many call a “lifesaver” of a cart. “Easy assembly and makes a trip to the beach much easier! We were amazed at how much this little cart could carry, and how much easier it made hauling beach chairs, bags, and toys all the way to the beach,” seconds another. While a few reviewers noted that the ease with which you can pull the cart depends on how it is packed, they all agreed it’s still generally “worth every penny.” While you can’t push it once you get to the beach, the cart is “easily pulled forward on large back wheels to negotiate the soft sand of southeast Florida,” says one reviewer who adds that it is perfect for hauling “all the necessaries and nice-to-haves” down to the shore.
Best beach wagon with big wheels
Reviewers couldn’t stop raving about the durability and well-thought-out design of this all-terrain, “workhorse” beach wagon with heavy-duty wheels. One reviewer outlines the features of the cart this way: “The wagon is durable, easily folded, and comes with a cover. It also has cupholders on the side, a retractable handle for pulling, and is made exceptionally well.” Reviewers also were super impressed by how well the large wheels handled the sand with one reviewer noting, “This wagon is made with wide, smooth wheels with two narrow front wheels that glide over even the softest sand.” A grandparent who bought the cart for her grandchildren seconds that point: “It glides over the sand instead of getting bogged down.” While a few reviewers noted that the wheels don’t lock, one reviewer has a simple solution and suggests storing the cart “upside down (wheels up) — problem solved!”
Best foldable beach wagon
“When we go out for a picnic, it saves a lot of effort and time on setting up. The wagon is sturdy and very, very easy and quick to open and fold,” writes one reviewer. The collapsible feature also makes this wagon super simple to store. “The collapsible feature meant it took up relatively little space in the back of our SUV,” writes one reviewer who went on to say that while they “still had to put some oomph into it” once the wagon hit sand, it still “met or slightly exceeded expectations.” In one review titled, “Rugged, collapsible, perfect,” a reviewer gets even straighter to the point: “Does the job!”
Best beach wagon with folding table and drink tray
Reviewers loved this beach cart for its convenient folding table and multiple drink holders. “I LOVE that it has the table on it to set drinks and things on (the cup holders on my chair don’t fit anything but a can in them). I am so glad I got the option with the table, and the other moms all wish theirs had the table, too,” gushes one mom. “I had totally forgotten it has a built-in table until I was using a folding chair without a cup holder and found out how handy that feature was,” adds another reviewer who also uses this cart during sporting events and to transport her elderly dog. Plus, the tray is super well made: “The table on the back is so convenient for our cups and it locks into place so you won’t be worried about it falling or getting loose over time,” promises a third reviewer.
Best beach wagon for kids
The Radio Flyer Ultimate EZ Folding Wagon was a favorite among reviewers with kids. “There are some investments which I call great ones, and there are others like this one which I call ‘a must-buy’ if you have a toddler or kid, and you visit theme parks, beaches, zoos,” enthuses one reviewer who concludes that the wagon is “undoubtedly one of the most phenomenal products designed for kids and is worth every penny.” Another parent adds, “We needed something sturdy that would fit our 40-pound toddler and random beach stuff without falling over. This fit the bill. I also like that the side folds down for bench seating, great for outdoor movies and concerts.”
And the EZ Folding Wagon has several other convenient features that many reviewers loved. “It folds so easily and doesn’t take much more space than a regular stroller,” writes one parent. “It is extremely easy to maneuver and turn, and it’s going to work perfectly for what we bought it for,” writes another. A third parent writes that the wheels handle “well in hard pack or soft wet sand.” And lastly, kids love it just as much as parents do: “The kids just loved being pulled around in their little chariot and spent the day waving at everyone we passed as if they were in a parade.”
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