Go Karts for Kids
What Are Go Karts For Kids?
Playing with go karts for kids has been a favorite pastime over the years. Go-karting is an all-American habit, with kids and adults loving it alike.
Go karts are usually made of a very sturdy frame and the electric battery packs make them heavier, making it hard to flip over.
They are low to the ground with a low center of gravity. This makes them safer to drive for kids.
They are easy to learn and handle, and hence are more suitable as toys for kids as well as for beginners.
What Are The Best Go Karts For Kids?
Toy karts can be categorized as electric, pedal or gas powered. Electric go karts assembled for children are a toned down version of the professional grade electric ones and are popular among kids and parents for varied reasons.
In general, they operate on battery powered engines and are intended for both professional and recreational purposes. Since they are pollution free, they can be used both in indoor tracks and outdoors, unlike the fuel powered variants which can be used only outdoors.
Basic electric go karts manufactured for kids are cheap in cost. They require low maintenance, the battery needs to be recharged after each run. They tend to run for a duration of 45 minutes to 3 hours on a fully charged battery.
They accelerate well because of better torque generated by the electric engine and gives a good driving experience. They are adequate for recreational purposes.
Razor Ground Force Electric Go-Kart – 229$
It is suitable for age groups of 8 and above although those above 5 also use it.
The high torque chain driven motor boasts a top speed of 12 mph, it is ideal for pavement trails or dead end avenues; it is not meant for public streets with traffic.
The 12 V sealed lead acid batteries generally last for around 45 minutes, have a short recharge time and come with a battery charger. It’s made of a very low to the ground design, durable steel frame, molded aluminum wheels, and 4-1/2-inch tires making it safe to play with.
Learning and driving it is easy with a variable speed, thumb trigger acceleration control and a hand operated rear brake, but no reverse gear.
It comes with a bucket seat, a shoulder seat belt and a flag.Make sure seat belt is on when your little one rides it.
It is recommended to buy a good helmet additionally. It can support up to a weight of 140 lbs. It can fit into SUVs or minivans for transport if you would like to carry it along.
For concerned parents, it is not fast enough to be dangerous, but fast enough for the kids. Being low to the ground makes it feel like you’re going really fast. They will love it.
Razor has a good customer support team and generally resolve issues promptly.
Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart – 226$
The drifter is fundamentally based on the original Ground Force Electric design.
It comes with identical features – maximum speed of 12 mph, charge lasts for at least 45 minutes, low height design, durable steel frame, hand acceleration variable speed control, hand operated brake, no reverse, bucket seat, shoulder seat belt, flag, supports up to 140 lbs, fits into SUVs/minivans, molded aluminum front wheels with solid rubber tires, 24 V battery system, single seater, an upgraded rear axle for increased maneuverability, chain-driven motor, easy to learn, stylish, fast battery charging, 90-day warranty and is suitable for 8+ years.
What it is additionally equipped with is super slider POM rear wheels that pull off impressive power slides at sharp turns, 180’s and 360’s, making your kid the neighborhood drifting star overnight.
The rear wheels are made of hard plastic, so they’ll lose traction, allowing it to drift. Like the Ground Force Electric model, it is designed for controlled environments free of potential traffic hazards and not for public streets. Remember to buy a helmet along with the drifter.
Compared to Ground Force, kids will prefer the drifter, being able to spin that thing around really gives added pleasure. As mentioned earlier, Razor has a good customer support team.
Go Kart 125cc Semi Auto with Reverse – 1185$
This is a semi automatic 125 CC 4 stroke jeep style go kart and does not need a clutch.
It boasts an electric start key, lights, horn, big 5 amp battery, shoulder seat belt, rear-view mirrors, dual sports seats, semi automatic transmission with reverse, small turning radius, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, carries upto 270 lbs and engine kill switch. Suitable for ages 7 to 13, it is easy to operate and learn.
It comes with larger wheels, aggressive all terrain tires, with extra ground clearance and a full suspension system with shock absorbers in the front and back needed in off road conditions.
The wheelbase is short giving the car a low center of gravity, making it almost impossible to roll over. It can do up to 35 mph but is limited by a speed governor which can be set by adults.
The manufacturer Tao Tao has installed a data plate at the rear of the vehicle with tune-up specs like oil type, valve lash, spark gap and type etc. Fun and memories aplenty.
BERG Toys Buddy Orange Pedal Go Kart – 300$
This is a pedal variant. The adjustable seat and steering means your kids can continue using this as they grow taller.
The swing axle ensures that your kart will always touch the ground and you won’t flip over. The unique BFR system ensures that you can pedal, brake and ride backwards using the pedals.
It is recommended for 3 years and above. It is easy to assemble and it pedals and steers incredibly effortlessly and gracefully. It is very sturdily build and is worth the money spent on it.
Your child will love it and will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Razor Dune Buggy – 329$
This is a compact size dune buggy with a powerful electric motor reaching upto 10 mph.
Perfect for a chunk of off-road entertainment, it brags of an active rear suspension, 8-inch knobby pneumatic tires, sturdily built with durable tubular steel frame, diamond-plate floorboards, padded bucket seat, a shoulder seat belt, thumb paddled hand accelerator and brake controls, rear disc brake, and a safety flag.
The battery lasts at least 45 minutes and can be recharged quickly. The buggy is fast enough for some serious fun, but slow enough that it won’t compromise on safety.
Parents will also appreciate the side roll cage, which creates a barrier between the rider and the outside.
It’s got great torque, crawls right through mud, grass, over bumps, and uphill, and is a very well constructed little buggy.
Which Go Kart Will Best Suit Your Kid’s Need ?
Some important factors to guide you to purchase one are –
Height Select one with a low height. Being closer to the ground gives a low center of gravity which does not allow it to flip over in fast or steep turns.
Sturdy body A go kart with a strong frame helps since kids generally tend to drive it on pavements or roads and tend to crash into the curbs.
Speed Consider the maximum speed these can go up to before opting for one especially while selecting an electric variant. One with a maximum speed of 12-15 miles per hour is safe, kids tend to loose control in anything faster than that.
Good Brakes Those manufactured for kids come with strong brakes good enough to stop where ever needed.
Which One Should You Buy ?
The Comparison Chart lists the engine types and terrain designs for a few.
|Model||Engine Type||Terrain Design|
Razor Ground Force Electric
|Electric||Pavements/Cul de sac|
Razor Ground Force Drifter
|Electric||Pavements/Cul de sac|
Tao Tao 125cc Semi Auto
BERG Toys Buddy Pedal
|Pedal||Pavements/Cul de sac|
Razor Dune Buggy
Refer to a more detailed comparison guide. The FAQs section answers more questions.
Electric and pedal variants are the safest bet with the Gas powered alternative being quite safe as well.
The Razor Ground Force Electric model is the best option given that you prefer electric engines for flat terrains. The Razor Ground Force Drifter adds the drifting option to electric engines on flat terrains.
The Razor Dune Buggy is the choice for electric engines on uneven terrains. The 125 CC Semi Auto which runs on gas is also a good option for uneven terrains.
BERG Buddy Pedal is also an option for flat terrains.