Going to the beach is always fun. However, when you have a lot of things (e.g cooler, beach chairs, etc.) to bring then it becomes a different story. You need a beach wagon that can help you easily transport the essentials to your beach destination.
Finding the best beach wagon cart is difficult so we make it easy for you. We reviewed about 10 beach wagons on the market and pick our favorites. Our top pick is the Timber Ridge Folding Camping Wagon/Cart, because it has the most durable frame and large rotating wheels to glide all types of terrain.
Here’s a video on how to use the Timber Ridge Folding Wagon
Table of Contents
- Our Top 5 Picks
- A Buyer’s Guide To Beach Wagons
- What To Look For
- Useful Tips:
- Let’s Go To The Beach!
Our Top 5 Picks
1. Timber Ridge Folding Camping Wagon/Cart
The Timber Ridge Folding Wagon is our top pick because it’s made of a heavy-duty frame making it the most durable among the bunch. It’s so easy to set up because there’s no assembly needed. Simply push the bottom and you can then use the wagon right away.
This wagon easily folds and includes a carry bag for easy transport. It supports a maximum weight of 150 lbs. The 8-inch diameter wheels at the middle are great for pulling on the hard road surface while the 3.3-inch extra wheel is perfect for the beach.
The fronts wheels rotate for easy maneuverability while the back wheels are fastened securely in position. With the telescoping handle, you can control this wagon on any terrain. This product comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty to cover any defects.
- Can be used on the soft and hard grounds
- Offers a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Made of durable materials
- Easy to set-up and store
- Built with rotatable front wheels
- Large storage space and capacity
- The wheels are made of hard plastic
- A bit expensive
- Can only carry up to 110 lbs of weight on sand
Like any other collapsible beach wagons on the market, the Mac Sports WTC-111 needs no assembly and sets up instantly. You can fold this wagon to only 8 inches thick and it includes a carry case for portable storage. This wagon can carry a maximum load of 150 lbs.
The WTC-111 is made of UV and mildew resistant polyester fabric and a heavy-duty steel frame. It features an adjustable handle for convenient transport and two mesh cup holders to hold your beverages safe. Besides the beach, this wagon is also perfect for parks, concerts, and sporting events.
- Made of sturdy steel frame
- Crafted with a mildew resistant fabric
- Easy to store and setup
- Has a large interior space
- Easy to roll on gravel and sand
- The seams aren’t stitched well
- Front wheels are weakly made
3. Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon With Side Table
The Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon features a heavy-duty frame that can carry up to 150 lbs of load. You can fold this wagon up to 10-inch thick for convenient storage. It includes a carrying case so you can bring this wagon anywhere you go.
This utility wagon is ideal for storing your camping gear, beach essentials, and other outdoor items. It’s made of durable polyester fabric and sturdy steel frame. It’s built with an adjustable handle to fit any height of drivers.
A side table is built on the wagon where it features two cup holders and a special compartment for your mobile phone. The rubber wheels can roll smoothly on a lot of surfaces without any problem.
- Built with a convenient side table
- The mobile phone compartment is easy to access
- Includes a one-year warranty
- Simple to fold and setup
- Easy to control on any terrain
- Slightly bulky for storage
- More expensive than similar products
This is another heavy-duty collapsible utility beach wagon from Mac Sports. This can go as small as 9.7-inch thick when folded. It includes a carry case so you can easily bring this wagon outdoors.
The heavy-duty steel frame can support a heavy load of as much as 150 lbs. The polyester fabric is resistant against UV and mildew. It can be easily cleaned with soap and water.
The wheels are large enough to move on any terrain. Other functional features include a two-cup holder and an adjustable for easy movement.
- Made of durable fabric
- Offers a lot of interior room
- Easy to pull on any terrain
- The front pockets are very secure
- The handle is ergonomically designed
- A bit unstable on the sand because of the front wheels being too near to each other
- The frame is a bit feeble
If you want to make your kids sit on a wagon, then the Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon might be a good choice. This wagon can be used to haul items, ride two kids, and as bench seating. It’s designed with a padded seat cushion to bring comfort.
It’s safe to be used for kids because it’s certified by the ASTM F963-16 Toy Safety Standard. To turn this wagon into bench seating, simply put the zippers down. There are two cup holders on the front to keep your beverages safe while transporting.
The telescoping handle makes it easy to adjust the length to suit your height. The sturdy steel frame of this wagon can support a maximum load of 150 lbs. This wagon is perfect for kids 1-1/2 + years old.
- The fabric is easy to clean
- Versatile to use
- Comfortable to use as a bench seating
- Easy to fold and unfold
- Features storage loops to hang your shoes and other essentials
- The wire that keeps the canopy together snaps easily
- The wheels are a bit feeble
- Zippers aren’t durable
A Buyer’s Guide To Beach Wagons
Before you purchase your own beach wagon, here are a few things you need to consider. Don’t rely on the price alone. Look for the highest quality that will deliver the best performance.
Choosing The Best Beach Cart
There are a few things to consider when selecting the best beach cart to suit your specific needs. You need to think of your different activities, pets, and children. There are two types of beach carts – pulled by hand and attached to bikes.
A bike beach cart is perfect for bikers who often use their bicycles to go to the beach. This type of beach cart has an attachment handle where you can connect to your bike seat. You can simply unhook the cart and push it similar to other beach wagons when you arrived in your destination.
A beach cart pulled by hand is ideal for those without a bike. For soft sand, choose a beach art with balloon wheels or big wheels. The back wheels should at least have a similar size with the front wheels.
If you have kids, choose a beach cart that’s durable enough to carry a kid. Most collapsible beach carts are too light to carry a kid but some models, like the Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon, can carry two toddlers.
If you want to bring your dog, choose a beach cart with large wheels. Train your dog how to sit on the cart before you take him to the beach.
What To Look For
The capacity should be adequate enough to store all your beach essentials, like coolers, umbrellas, and chairs. Make sure that you have an extra room for some additional stuff. Typically, a four-wheel model offers a larger capacity than a dolly-style model. All of the beach wagons we reviewed above offer a maximum capacity of 150 lbs.
The durability of a beach wagon depends on its frame. A heavy-duty frame can take all the beating and carry all essential items. We suggest looking for an aluminum frame because this type of metal won’t rust as steel does.
Hardwood beach wagons are also more durable than their softwood counterparts. Look for something treated and painted properly to protect the wagon from decomposition. Fabric wagons may be more affordable but they’re not as durable as wood and metal. A good fusion of fabric and metal guarantees a more durable and lightweight beach wagon.
The maneuverability of the cart often depends on the size of the wheels. Look for large, treaded wheels if you want to navigate the wagon on all types of sand. For rugged terrains, look for wheels that can rotate 360 degrees.
You also want the back wheels to be wider than the front to give traction. Most beach carts are designed with a pushing mechanism. However, some customers like pulling beach carts.
- Telescoping Handle
A telescoping handle is a nice feature for convenience. With this feature, you can adjust the handle in different lengths. This means increasing maneuverability and comfort when moving the cart.
- Ease Of Storage
Not all of us are blessed to visit the beach all the time. You need to store the beach wagon when not in use. If you have a limited space, look for a beach cart that folds easily to consume less storage space in your area. Some beach wagon models have wheels that can be detached to make the beach wagon lie flat in the storage area.
All of the beach carts that we reviewed above are collapsible, meaning that it folds easily when not in use. A collapsible beach wagon also fits easily into the vehicle.
- Cleanable Fabric
You know that sand can stick to everything including your beach wagon. For this reason, you need a beach wagon with a fabric that easily cleans with a damp cloth or a hose. You also want a fabric that dries up fast.
Polyester and nylon are your best bets. These materials can be cleaned easily with detergent and water. Best of all, they don’t absorb water because the water simply rolls off them.
- Additional Pockets
Some extra pockets are useful when storing your smaller valuables, like keys and mobile phones. Cup holders are also convenient for storing your beverages.
Make sure the pockets are accessible so you don’t have to unload the entire contents of the cart just to look for your wallet. Most of the beach wagons we reviewed above have compartments to organize smaller items.
- Choose a beach cart with extra-big and wide wheels if you aim to use it for beach purposes only.
- Clean the beach cart after each use and store it in its carry case, if provided, to keep its good condition.
- Never load the cart above its weight limit to prevent damage.
- Don’t let your kids play on the cart, especially without adult supervision.
Let’s Go To The Beach!
Now that you know what to look for on a good beach wagon cart, you can now pick your favorite and head to the beach. We recommend the Timber Ridge Folding Camping Wagon/Cart because it’s durable and easy to maneuver. A more affordable alternative is the Mac Sports WTC-111. If you have kids, you can carry them with the Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon.
Regardless of the brand, make sure that the wagon suits your needs. Its capacity should be more than enough to bring all your beach gear. Choose quality over price.