5 Best Kids Go Karts in the UK (November 2020 Updated Review)
Table of Contents
My first ‘go kart’ experience was flying down a hill near my grandmother’s house on a wooden contraption that had a thin and frayed piece of rope as a steering mechanism and four pram wheels to run on. As you can imagine, that ended in disaster as there weren’t any brakes and I crashed into a nearby fence.
After this, my parents bought me a proper pedal go kart with big, plastic wheels and, most importantly, a handbrake. Even though it was far more years ago than I would like to admit, I can still remember going everywhere on that go kart and can even remember the black and yellow colour scheme. I practically spent every spare moment flying around the block while my mates timed my laps, before letting them try to beat it. Great fun.
Memories like these are there to be cherished, and I believe everyone should have some similar ones. With all the great go karts on the market today, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one for your own children and give them the same kind of adventurous fun that we had growing up.
Open their eyes to driving for themselves without the use of a PlayStation controller and, who knows, you could end up inspiring them to make a full time hobby or career out of it later in life.
To help you with your decision, we have reviewed the best kid’s go karts for you and your little Lewis Hamiltons so you can be sure that you are buying the safest, best made, and best value for money go karts out there.
1. TecTake Go-kart
My brother and I are only 3 years apart in age so you can imagine the fights we would have over who plays with large toys such as go karts first.
Had we had the TecTake go kart this wouldn’t have been a problem because it has an extra seat located directly behind the driver for a passenger to come along for the ride. The passenger seat is positioned a little higher too so that both kids can easily see what is going on.
Both seats can also be adjusted to suit the length of your child’s legs. The driver’s seat has 4 possible positions to choose from, and for the passenger there are two. This is a good feature to have as it means that your kids can continue to use the go kart even as they grow, and if your child would rather drive solo, the back seat is easily removed.
This Go Kart rides really smoothly thanks to both the axle and the wheels having ball bearings and the front swing axle makes sure that handling is excellent. To keep the go kart stuck to the road tecTake have fitted pneumatic tyres with good grip patterns on them onto sturdy steel rims.
For safety reasons, and also to ensure that the chain doesn’t get damaged by dirt and stones, the TecTake go kart has a plastic chain guard that fully encloses it. Now, this also means that you will have to remove it from time to time to grease the chain, but it doesn’t take much effort to do so and the extra safety for you children is worth it.
The handles for the handbrake and for changing from forward to reverse gear are both a good size and therefore easy to reach. You don’t have to worry about them breaking off any time soon either as, just like the rest of the frame, they are incredibly well built out of strong metal materials.
However, due to this strong and durable design, it does make this go kart too heavy for most children younger than 6 years old to pedal comfortably and is ideally suited more for kids over the age of 8.
There is some assembly involved with this TecTake go kart but the instructions are pretty easy to follow so it shouldn’t prove too much of a problem for most people, and the parts arrived in well protected packaging that prevented anything being damaged en-route.
While this isn’t the cheapest kid’s go kart out there, it does offer a level of quality and durability that cheaper models just can’t match. It would be an especially good buy for families with more than one child because when the older child grows out of it, the go kart would still be in good condition for the younger child to use.
2. Kettler Daytona Air Children's Pedal Go Kart
The Kettler Daytona Air go kart is an excellent choice if your children are too small to handle the TecTake model above. At 112cm long, 63cmk high, and 64cm wide, it is much more compact and therefore suited to 4-8 year olds who should have no problem getting the 14 kilogram weight of this go kart moving without any help from mum or dad.
Your kids will love the sporty looking design, complete with big bucket seats and race car style front fairing, and even the gear lever has been given a sportier feel with Kettler’s choice of handle. It all gives this go kart an overall look that is sure to be a hit with anyone who sees it.
As your child grows, you can easily adjust the seat position to keep it comfortable to pedal and drive, and it can all be done without the need of tools. You might even be tempted to squeeze in and give this a try yourself but I wouldn’t advise it as the maximum amount of weight for this go kart is around 50 kilograms.
The thing that impressed me about this go kart was, for a product in this price bracket, it has some very nice features and good build quality. The metal frame feels nice and firm, the plastic used for the seats is thick and strong, and unusually for a lower cost model, the tyres are pneumatic and nice and wide.
These tyres help to give the Kettler Daytona air a good area of contact with the ground and this improves both grip and handling which makes it easier for your children to steer it around.
The chain area is completely encased in a plastic cover so you don’t have to worry about your little darlings getting their fingers or skin caught in there, and the pedals have a decent amount of grip on them to prevent their feet slipping off too easily.
Honestly, if I had been given this go kart for my birthday or Christmas when I was 8 years old or under, I would have been over the moon with it, just as I’m sure your kids will be.
3. BERG Buzzy Nitro Go Kart for Children
Berg has a lot of experience when it comes to making quality go karts, and over the last 30 years or so have produced some excellent products, including this one- the buzzy nitro go kart for children.
The most important part of that name is the last part where you read ‘for children’. This go kart has been specially designed as a very first go kart for 2-5 year olds, but I would argue that it might be a little too much for anyone younger than 3, and the perfect age group would be 3 to 5 years old once you have adjusted the seat and steering column for comfort.
The eye-catching design of this product is somewhere between a traditional go kart and a trike, with large BMX bicycle style handlebars to do the steering with instead of a steering wheel. Again, these handlebars are obviously aimed at really young kids and helping them get to grips with steering faster than they would with a wheel.
The overall look of this go kart can also be called eye catching thanks to bright orange tyres with black spokes, and bright blue seat attached to the modern shaped, black frame. The look is polished off by two blue coil springs that connect to the front axle from the main steering column.
The buzzy nitro go kart is fitted with 4 ‘EVA whisper tyres’ that are made of strong plastic but with a soft rubber outer layer. This makes it impossible to get a flat tyre like you often get with pneumatic ones, but because of the outer layer, still makes them much quieter than normal plastic tyres that can be quite noisy at times.
These tyres, along with the swing axle do a great job at keeping the go kart stable, even when your child has grown in confidence and is tackling tighter turns at higher speeds.
There is no gear lever or brake handle with the buzzy nitro go kart and instead the pedals control everything. Pedal forwards to go that way, reverse by pedaling backwards, and stop pedaling to brake. It’s very intuitive and kids will get the hang of it in no time at all and be whizzing around the park, pulling off maneuvers.
This product arrives in several parts but is extremely easy to put together and will only take you about 10-15 minutes, but is surprisingly solid once fully assembled, easily sturdy enough to take a thrashing from a 5 year old.
The price point is actually very reasonable considering what other Brands are asking for products that are vastly inferior to this one, but I wouldn’t buy it for a five year old as they would grow out of it in no time. Still, for a 3 or 4 year old, this is an amazing toy that will put a huge smile on their faces.
4. Ferbedo Air Runner Go Kart
Some children are fascinated by pictures and colours while others love hearing new and different sounds. If your child is one of the latter, then this Air runner go kart from Ferbedo might interest you.
The reason for this is that the steering wheel on this go kart has four little buttons that each make a sound when you push them. One is the sound of a car starting up, another is it revving up into high RPM, then there’s one that sounds like wheels spinning as a car speeds away, and finally a car horn. I thought these are actually a good selection of effects and can really help with your kid’s imagination. Be aware though that this feature requires three AAA batteries that don’t come with the go kart.
As for the rest of the go kart, it is similar in design to the excellent Kettler Daytona Air model with a sporty looking front end and wheels. It also shares the handbrake and pneumatic tyres, which makes it easier for the go kart to be pedaled over softer terrain like gravel.
Where Air Runner differs from the Kettler is that it doesn’t have separate gears for forward and reverse or a lever for changing between them. Instead it uses the same freewheeling mechanism as the Berg Buzzy Nitro where the pedals are connected directly to the rear axle and the direction you travel is controlled by them.
All the other things you expect from a good go kart are here. There’s a high quality metal frame that’ll take loads of up to 50 kilograms, a high backed ergonomic driving seat that can be adjusted, and a covered chain guard.
It is for sale for a reasonable price too, around the same as the Kettler Daytona Air, but if I was to choose between them, I would go for the Kettler product and I’ll tell you why. It comes down to assembly. This go kart was much harder to put together due largely to the terrible instructions that came with it. I managed it in the end but it certainly took more than a few hours to do it alone.
Apart from that little setback, I can’t really fault this go kart. It feels like it would last a while, has good tyres, and of course has the extra sound effects that some kids will absolutely love. Just get someone to help you build it that’s all, or your kids might pick up a few bad words from listening to you trying to do it alone.
5. Hiboy Kart Seat
This new kind of product is an interesting take on the whole go kart idea. Do you know those hover boards that have become so popular in recent years? You know, the ones that kids stand on and then make it move by leaning forwards, backwards etc.
Well, frames like this can turn those into a crazily fun type of electric go kart and they’re really easy to use.
All you have to do is put the frame together which doesn’t take long at all, and then fit your hoverboard under the seat. This part is adjustable so you can connect most hoverboard makes and sizes including 6.5, 8, and 10 inch boards.
Once connected, you use the large handles that are situated at either side of the seat to control the go kart. Push both down to go forward, lift them both to reverse, or lift one side up and push one down to turn. Really simple and because you are sat down in a high backed chair, and supported by the frame, there is no way of losing your balance like you can on the hoverboard.
This go kart frame is very well built for the price and I was surprised at how strong it is. I sat on it myself after adjusting the footrest and seat and it easily held my 90 kilogram weight. Despite my reservations towards the small, rubber front wheel, it actually did a good job of keeping the go kart stable while moving at speeds of around 15kph over terrain that wasn’t completely flat. I don’t think it would fare that well over soft ground though.
You have a choice of colours to pick from, either black, blue, red, or pink, although all of them have a black plastic seat.
The frame comes with a free pair of replacement straps for holding the hoverboard in place so I suspect that they might be the weakest link in this package, but under poor testing they held firm and didn’t look to be too weak or close to breaking.
With prices going as low as under 40 pounds, it is easy to see why thousands of people have bought this product from Amazon and with a very large percent of them giving favourable reviews, this is definitely a product to consider, especially if you have a hover board already.
Best Kid’s Go Karts Buyer’s Guide
Go karts bring timeless fun to kids of all ages so it’s hardly surprising that there are so many different models to choose from. This brings both pros and cons with. On one hand it gives us so many options and also helps to bring prices down due to competition between brands.
On the other hand, it means it’s harder to pick out the go karts that are worth the money and which ones will fall apart after a week.
With this short buyer’s guide we aim to help you separate the features that matter from the ones that don’t so you can get your hands on the best go karts in the UK.
Size and weight
Despite what you want to believe lads, size is important. Well, when it comes to go karts it is anyway. Choosing a model like the TecTake go kart that we reviewed earlier is all well and good if the person it is intended for has enough leg power to shift 40 kilograms from a dead start, but won’t be much fun if they can’t.
Also, taller kids might find it uncomfortable to squeeze into a compact go kart and bang their knees on the steering wheel, so check out the dimensions of the product before you decide what to do with your money.
The age of your kids will limit which go kart models you can realistically think about buying for them for many of the same reasons we just highlighted above. When it comes to really young children, you also have to take into consideration the safety factor and look for things like covered chain guards and the absence of handles and other places where their fingers could get trapped.
There will also be a maximum weight load for each go kart and this tends to be lower the younger the age range of the product.
Do you want to go with plastic, rubber, or pneumatic tyres? Each has benefits and drawbacks.
Pneumatic tyres are filled with air and give the most comfortable ride. They are also good for grip and handling in all kinds of environments and terrains. However, they can be punctured and you’ll end up fixing flat tyres fairly often.
Plastic wheels can’t go flat so you don’t have to worry about that, but they are usually noisier than pneumatic ones and don’t give as good a grip on the ground. They can be particularly hard to get traction with on hard, flat, surfaces.
Rubber tyres can be a good choice if they are high quality, but cheaper models will see the rubber wear away quickly and you’ll end up disappointed.
Price and quality
Usually the quality of a go kart will go hand in hand with how much it costs due to the materials used in its construction and also the workmanship.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t good deals to be had though. In fact there are some products out there that have most of the things that high end go karts have but for half the price. You just need to keep an eye out for the good deals and know about which features matter and which ones don’t. For example, is a padded chair really worth shelling out an extra 50 pounds for? Probably not, but a superior frame and tyres? That could be.