Welcome to Razor Dune Buggy Review. I decided to create this website to help other parents and grandparents get all the info they needed in one place. Hopefully I can save you a bunch of time and hassle in figuring out if this electric dune buggy is right for your family.
My son, David’s first electric ride-on toy was a Power Wheels Jeep which he absolutely loved. He had gotten way too big for it and it just wasn’t zippy enough for him at the ripe old age
When I was researching a kids dune buggy that would be the next step up for him, I had a really hard time finding anything for 6 – 12 year olds. Most of the dirt buggies out there are either for younger children or teenagers. If you search online for dune buggies, you end up with a page of souped up gas powered buggies that reach speeds of 40+ mph with hefty prices. I just wasn’t willing to spend $800 on something my son probably wasn’t ready for and couldn’t handle.
We bought the Razor Dune Buggy as a birthday gift for David. The look on his face when he opened the box was priceless. He had the biggest grin ever. We ordered it through Amazon and everything showed up on time. It was basically completely put together when we got it. The only thing we had to do was put the safety flag in the holder and make sure the battery was charged. Within 10 minutes of opening the box, David was out zipping around on his new ride. We did make him wear a helmet though. Safety first!
Our son got the hang of steering and braking pretty quickly since he had some experience with other ride on toys. That seemed to make the transition easier. We loved the fact that it would go faster than his old ride on toy but not so fast that my hair turned prematurely gray.
What We Thought:
We all love this mini dune buggy and my husband and I wish they made one in our size. We can ride in David’s but it’s a bit cramped and the extra weight wears out the battery faster. I would highly recommend the Razor Dune Buggy. It exceeded our expectations by far!
Here’s the Bottom Line:
Easy for kids to learn to drive
Ready to go right out of box (may need to fully charge battery to get longer first use)
Safe for kids approximately 6 – 12 yrs. old (depending on size and experience)
Works on uneven surfaces (grass, gravel, dirt and pavement)
Comes with rubber pneumatic tires instead of plastic for better traction
Lower center of gravity to prevent tipping
Built to last with sturdy steel tube frame so it won’t fall apart in a month
I know a lot of other parents out there are wondering if the Razor Dune Buggy is really a great toy for kids. Since I had such a hard time finding much information out there when I was doing my research, I wanted to share my thoughts on this kids dune buggy.
Our son, David, kept telling me he was “bored.” He had been spending way too much time sitting on the couch in front of the TV. I really wanted to get him outside to get some fresh air and hang out with his friends. Recently, one of our neighbors bought a Razor Dune Buggy for their son and it had been a huge hit with all the kids on our street.
We decided to buy a kids dune buggy for David as a birthday gift so he could ride with his buddies. It ended up being the best idea we’ve had in years, if I do say so myself. My husband was almost as excited as David when we opened up the box.
By the way, it did come fully assembled and the battery was ready to go. We didn’t have to wait until the next day to use our new toy since the battery was already charged. Awesome! (The instructions say that the battery needs to charge before use. We probably would have gotten a longer first ride if we had actually followed the directions.)
I have to say, watching David on that thing, laughing and grinning, really lit up my day. I think his grandparents might have had more fun watching him than he had riding it, if that’s possible.
Our son learned how to use the hand controls pretty quickly. After that there was no keeping him away from his new electric dune buggy except when the battery needed to re-charge. Now I don’t have to kick him out of the house to get him to play outside.
Thanks Razor for coming up with such a Sweet Ride!!
When I was searching for an electric dune buggy for my son online, I was shocked at the lack of information out there. The price tags for many of these vehicles for “kids” were pretty astronomical. I had a really hard time finding an electric kids dune buggy that wasn’t $500 or more.
The ones I came across were geared more for teens and adults and cost anywhere from $700 to thousands. Most of the ones I found were able to get up to speeds I considered pretty dangerous for 5 – 12 yr. olds.
I really wanted something that was a green alternative to the typical gas powered mini dune buggy. Besides being more environmentally friendly, I didn’t want my son and his friends breathing all those toxic exhaust fumes.
I also had to ask myself what the difference was between a dune buggy and a go kart. For starters, a kids dune buggy has a higher ground clearance than a typical go kart. The mini dune buggy is more suited to uneven, softer surfaces like gravel, dirt and grass. It has larger rubber knobby tires for better traction and clearance.
Usually a go kart is more specifically built for speed on flat, even surfaces with lower ground clearance. They generally have smaller smoother tires for sliding or “drifting” when you go around curves.
It seemed like the kids electric dune buggy made a good transition vehicle for my son since he was graduating from kids electric ride ons like his Peg Perego John Deere Gator. He wasn’t quite ready for the speed and power of a gas powered go kart dune buggy.
I was also impressed by my research about the Razor company that makes the electric dune buggy that I ended up buying. Razor has been around since 2000 and is known for creating innovative, high quality, durable toys that get kids out of the house for some fresh air and good old fashioned play. They started out with the wildly popular kick scooter and have continued to develop cutting-edge products with strict safety standards.
The Razor Dune Buggy reminds me of the dune buggies my cousins had in the 70′s and 80′s. It’s a miniature electric version of the gas powered originals. I used to love tooling around in those things so this was a no-brainer for me to buy the Razor Electric Dune Buggy for my son.
This electric dune buggy has a powerful 350 watt motor and can go up to 10 mph. It seems to be fast enough to satisfy most kids but not too fast to give moms a heart attack. Adults can easily keep up with the buggy for easy supervision.
You can tell Razor put a lot of thought into parent safety concerns by keeping the kart low to the ground to prevent roll-overs and adding roll bars for added prevention. It also comes with a seat belt and safety flag for better visibility. Also, remember to use a helmet at all times.
It is well built with quality materials instead of the cheap plastic junk found on a lot of electric ride-ons. The Razor Dune Buggy has a powder coated tubular steel frame with diamond plate floorboards and 8 inch rubber pneumatic tires. One of the best things about this buggy is the fully electric motor that doesn’t require gas and is very quiet. No more stinky exhaust fumes and you can actually hear each other if you need to tell your child to turn around or slow down.
The hand throttle and brake controls are easy for kids to get the hang of especially if they already have experience with other ride-on toys and vehicles.
It comes fully assembled so all you have to do is open the box and put the flag in the hole. You probably will need to charge the battery for the full 18 hours recommended when you get it. It may arrive charged but to get the best first use, do try to charge the battery.
The age range on the box says for use by 14+ year olds. But that seems to be what the company lawyer recommended as opposed to the reality of who this product was built for (about 5 – 12 yrs. old depending on the child’s size). It would be perfect for kids too old for the plastic Barbie and Jeep cars that go 2 mph but are still too young for a full size go kart.
This is a super cool vintage-style ride! Kids of all ages love this thing (OK – I admit I really dig riding my son’s Razor Dune Buggy).