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Best Remote Control Car

Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone or you’re just a big kid, a remote control car can provide hours of fun in the yard but it isn’t always easy to find the best one for your budget. We’ve put together this article to help you find the perfect remote control car without having to do any of the research yourself.

This means that whether you prefer putting it through an obstacle course, racing against your friends or just messing around, we have the perfect model for you. Take a look at our top recommendations and you’ll be tearing up the street before you know it.

Best Remote Control Car – Comparison Table

The table below shows the name of each product we’ll be discussing, as well as a couple of its important specifications. Don’t make a decision yet, though – each has its own advantages which can’t be accurately compared with a chart.

Product NameRangeMax Speed
RW 1/24 Scale Lamborghini Veneno30-40m8-10mph
SZJJX RC Cars Rock Off-Road Vehicle Crawler Truck40-50m15mph
Rabing Remote Control Bounce Car80m4mph
AMOSTING S911100m35mph
Redcat Racing Volcano EPX Electric Truck90m18mph

Now that you’ve gotten a feel for the products we’ll be reviewing, let’s take a closer look at each. We’ll be searching for any strengths and weaknesses and measuring how well it holds up to rough terrain, starting with the RW 1/24 Scale Lamborghini Veneno.

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RW 1/24 Scale Lamborghini Veneno – Best Budget Remote Control Car

This remote controlled car is a fully accurate 1/24th replica of the Lamborghini Veneno. Its black and crimson color scheme make it eye-catching and there are a couple of little details added to help breathe more life into it whilst in use.

Take the lights for example. When you drive it forward, the headlights come on and when in reverse, the red taillights shine. These are tiny energy saving bulbs, so there isn’t a huge effect on battery life, plus they look fantastic.

This car can reach up to 10 miles per hour and has a control distance of around 30-40 meters. This means that if you drive it straight forward, you have around 9 seconds until it’s out of range so you’ll likely need to move as it does or designate an area to drive it around in.

The car itself needs three AAA batteries and the remote 2 AA, which aren’t included. This is a little annoying since it means buying two different types, so to save yourself money in the long term, you may want to consider buying some rechargeable batteries, especially since each set is only good for around 20 minutes of driving.

The controls are very simple, consisting of two sticks – one for forwards and backwards movement, the other for turning left or right. There’s a small dial on the underside of the car which allows you to compensate for any drift that the product has – if it turns slightly one way or the other, move the needle to get it driving straight again.

One very important thing to note is that this model is only suitable for driving on smooth surfaces like concrete. Trying to use it on carpet or grass is a sure fire way to drain the battery in a minute or two, and it won’t work very well. Normally, we’d be a little disappointed by this, but given that this model only costs $20 or so, you really can’t expect so much of it.

This car would be great as a gift for a child (as long as they’re age six or older). They’re bound to love how it looks, plus the limited controls make it easier for young people to use. Whilst its plastic shell is a little flimsy, as long as they aren’t being rough with it, it’ll hold up just fine.

PROS
  • Accurate replica
  • Decent battery life and speed
  • Easy for kids to use
CONS
  • Smooth surfaces only
  • Two different battery types needed
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SZJJX RC Cars Rock Off-Road Vehicle Crawler Truck – Best Off-Road Remote Control Car

The SZJJX RC Cars Rock Off-Road Vehicle Crawler Truck looks exactly as you’d expect: it’s a low profile buggy –style car that works as well on rugged terrain as it does on flat land and is resistant to the bumps and shocks that come with this kind of surface.

The body is made of PVC – it’s sturdy yet super flexible, meaning it shrugs off impacts that’d break less expensive RC cars and the tires have a thick tread for increased grip on loose or wet surfaces. Each wheel has its own suspension spring too, allowing the car to spread the force of an impact across the whole frame or keep moving across uneven ground.

Better still, this car is waterproof so when the user inevitably drives through a puddle, there’s no damage done. Plus, with a top speed of 15mph, you’re likely to see some water spray, which the kids, in particular, will love. The maximum distance it can go before losing signal is 50 meters, which means you can drive straight for about 7.5 seconds – this is a vehicle particularly suited for a backyard assault course, so you could even spend a Sunday afternoon with the family making one.

This model comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to worry about constantly replacing them. It takes around two and a half hours to fully charge and takes about 20 minutes to drain, plus you can buy spares for a longer playtime if you’d like. Unfortunately, removing the battery to recharge it means unscrewing a hatch on the bottom of the car – we’d have liked to see a tool free system, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Like the last RC car we saw, this one has a drift control dial on the bottom to correct any offset it might develop, although, given the conditions this one can drive in, you might want to check that the wheels aren’t just full of mud first.

This car is an absolute steal at less than $35. It’s rugged, resilient, and fast and even comes with its own batteries, so if you’re looking for something a little hardier than the Lamborghini replica above, you really can’t go wrong with this model. There’s nowhere this car can’t go – the beach, your yard, your street – whatever you have in mind, it’ll surprise you every step of the way.

PROS
  • Very sturdy and shock resistant
  • Can drive anywhere
  • Includes rechargable battery
CONS
  • Battery requires screwdriver to replace
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Rabing Remote Control Bounce Car – Most Unusual Remote Control Car

If you’re bored of the traditional remote controlled car, the Rabing Remote Control Bounce Car might be right up your alley. It is a two-wheeled vehicle that can jump both vertically and horizontally, adding a third dimension to its travel path.

The body is black plastic with a white tribal design and is unlikely to be hit by anything thanks to the design of the wheels, which are roughly twice as large as the body and a little longer. These can be expanded or contracted depending on whether you’d like more stability or the ability to drive through narrow spaces.

This product can jump up to 2.5 feet into the air or around two feet horizontally, so stairs or ditches are no problem, plus it automatically balances itself on unstable ground. As you might expect, it’s pretty light, weighing just 1.2 pounds, so we’d advise you to avoid jumping it off of anything too high, but for drops of a few feet, it holds up very well.

 It has a pretty low top speed, though, at just 4 miles per hour, but has a decent range which allows it to go up to 80 meters away before it loses control.

The controls are pretty straightforward – there’s the standard forward/back, left/right sticks, plus a few extra buttons which allow it to expand/contract the wheels, jump, spin by 180° or 360°, and even turn the three front LEDs on or off.

This car comes with its own internal battery which takes an hour and a half to fully charge and twenty minutes to drain, which is fairly standard. It isn’t waterproof and can struggle a little bit with uneven terrain, although it handles grass and carpets fantastically well.

Rabing recommend this product for ages 8 and up, and we’d have to agree since the high number of controls might be a little confusing for children younger than this, but we’re positive once your kids to grips with the more advanced features, they’ll come up with a million new ways to use this vehicle. There’s a lot of versatility in this little car and it’s the perfect accessory for whiling away a lazy afternoon at home, just make sure you don’t have anything breakable stored under three feet off of the floor and you’ll be fine.

PROS
  • Wheels can be retracted
  • Can jump up to 2.5 feet
  • Includes rechargable battery
CONS
  • Doesn't handle uneven ground well
  • Pretty light
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AMOSTING S911 – Fastest Remote Control Car

The AMOSTING S911 is a monster truck and has the proportions to match – it measures a massive 12.6” long, 10.4” wide and 6” tall. You wouldn’t expect to drive a monster truck indoors, and thankfully, this vehicle holds up just as well outside in the mud as it does in a carpeted hallway.

Despite not being entirely waterproof, it’s water resistant so whilst you can’t submerge it entirely, you can drive it in the rain or through puddles without worrying about damaging it. The manufacturers do recommend drying it off when you’re done though, just to be on the safe side.

The S911 also weighs a fair amount, at a little under four pounds, so it’s unlikely to tip over or be blown off course. This adds to the stability of the vehicle and ensures that no valuable battery power is wasted trying to correct the car’s travel path.

The vehicle comes with an internal rechargeable battery, although you will have to buy some for the controller as it requires 2 AAs. The battery takes about two hours to charge and only lasts for about ten minutes of use, but there’s a reason for this – this car goes fast. Really fast. We’re talking 35 miles per hour, which means you could drive this almost 6 miles on a single charge, assuming you stayed within 100m of it at all times. For comparison, there are drones that can’t fly that fast.

The S911 has an S truck suspension to allow it to travel with ease across rough ground and since it’s so large, most small debris like rocks pass right underneath it. Because it goes so fast, AMOSTING recommend the user be at least fourteen years old to avoid hurting someone (or something) with it.

This car comes with a 90-day warranty which covers any damage that isn’t your fault (if it’s dead on arrival, you’re covered but if you drive it into a river, you aren’t) and lifetime tech support. Even better, they promise that any emails you send will be replied to in 24 hours or less, which is fantastic.

This kind of speed is almost unheard of in such a low-budget RC car. For under $70, you could own a vehicle that outpaces a person on a bike and which can drive almost anywhere without any problems. If you want the biggest, fastest car around, the AMOSTING S911 is, without a doubt, the model for you.

PROS
  • Very fast
  • All terrain vehicle
  • Water resistant
  • 90 day warranty
CONS
  • Short battery life
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Redcat Racing Volcano EPX Electric Truck – Best High-End Remote Control Car

The Redcat Racing Volcano EPX Electric Truck is another monster truck style car but has the highest price tag out of any we’ve seen up to this point, at just under $140. Luckily, it justifies this large price tag by being sturdier than the rest, without skimping on any of the other stuff that people love about RC cars.

The chassis is made of hard plastic and comes in either red or blue variants, and this vehicle has four wheel drive so it rarely if ever gets stuck, handling all but the toughest terrain with ease. It’s also waterproof – to a point. It’ll resist rain, storms, puddles, basically anything short of full submersion, and this applies to the controller too.

The car itself has an internal rechargeable battery that takes two hours to charge and around 15 minutes to drain, which is fairly standard. Regrettably, the controller needs a massive 8 AA batteries, so this is one situation where we’d consider rechargeable batteries a necessity. It has a maximum speed of 18 miles per hour and can get up to 90 meters away before losing signal.

The controls are pretty complicated for this vehicle: it’s a pistol grip controller instead of a joypad style one and as a result, there are a lot of advanced options to play with including steering trim, throttle trim and steering dual rate, as well as your basic forward, backward, left and right controls.

This car is more suited towards an adult hobbyist due to its high price tag and level of complexity. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a great vehicle and a lot of fun, but we’re not sure a child would be able to get to grips with it, plus there’s some technical maintenance that needs to be done periodically that a child would get sick of pretty quickly.

Despite being expensive relative to the others we’ve covered in this list, it’s actually pretty reasonable in terms of the high-end RC car market, and for this reason, it’s a great entry-level car for people looking to get into the world of professional remote controlled cars.

Overall, this is a solid, high performance vehicle. There’s practically nowhere it can’t be driven and even if you smash it into something, its hardy construction means that it’ll probably be okay. If you’re looking for a car to introduce you to the professional RC market, this is the one.

PROS
  • Very sturdy
  • All terrain vehicle
  • Waterproof
CONS
  • Controller needs 8 batteries
  • Pretty expensive

Best Remote Control Car - Buyer's Guide

Remote control cars aren’t all alike – there are numerous different price points, and a low budget model won’t have the same versatility as a high-budget one. To help simplify things a little, we’ve created a quick, no mess, no stress guide to choosing the best remote controlled car to suit your needs.

Conditions

Where do you plan to use the car? Some of the more inexpensive models only really work on smooth surfaces like concrete and will flounder if you try to use them on grass or a carpeted floor. A more expensive model will usually have some degree of water resistance and a better suspension to allow for smoother movement over rough terrain.

If you really want to drive it off road, consider getting one of the models specially designed for this. They usually have large tires with deep treads and a good amount of clearance between the car’s body and the ground to avoid being damaged by rocks or debris.

Also, consider the range of the car. This is how far it can go before it loses signal – you should always keep the car within its range, either by circling it back towards yourself or by following along, This is just good practice and can save you from losing sight of your vehicle.

Battery

How is the car powered? Many low-end cars use AA or AAA batteries for both the controller and vehicle, but as you approach the $50 mark, you’ll begin to find some with rechargeable battery packs. You’ll still need standard batteries for the controller, but if you buy a set which is rechargeable, you can reduce your running costs over the long term.

How long can you expect each battery (or set of batteries) to last? Mostly, you’ll find that 10-20 minutes is the norm, but often you can purchase additional battery packs if you’d like to. Bear in mind that recharging these can take up to 3 hours, so you’ll need multiple if you want to drive for long periods of time.

Batteries can get pretty complicated, and whilst you don’t really need to know all of the details about them, there’s a useful little guide here in case you’d like to find out more.

Controls

There are two main types of controls – joypad and pistol style. The joypad type are usually found on low-end models and can have anything from two joysticks to 10 or more buttons. These are suitable for children as they’re usually fairly simple, unlike the pistol grip type.

These are intended for more experienced users and have a different control scheme. Speed and direction are controlled by twisting a side-mounted wheel. There are also buttons and triggers to control the finer movements of the vehicle. This type are commonly found on models which cost more than a hundred dollars, and can really take some time to master.

Conclusion


Whilst each of the five cars we’ve talked about today are fantastic in their own way, there’s one that we found ourselves coming back to – the SZJJX RC Cars Rock Off-Road Vehicle Crawler Truck. It’s a low-cost, all-terrain car that has decent battery life and can handle just about anything you throw at it, and we wholeheartedly recommend it.

With a bit of luck, you’ve found a remote controlled car that you like, and if so, we’d like to ask you to leave a rating or a comment below. It’d really help us out and we value every piece of feedback we receive. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and we hope you’ll remember us the next time you need product advice.