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The Best Beach Wagons of 2024

Getting all of your gear to the beach can be a challenge, but a quality beach wagon can make it so much easier. We tested eight beach wagons to help you find the right model to suit your needs and meet your budget.

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Is it just us, or does it feel like every time you go to the beach, you must run a mini-marathon, transferring all of your gear from the car to the sand? Getting your umbrellas, towels, beach toys, kids, snacks, drinks, and body boards down to the beach typically requires multiple trips, leaving you exhausted by the time you finally are ready to “relax.” 

Adding a quality beach wagon to your routine can help you streamline your gear-hauling while reducing trips to the car and the exhaustion that ensues. They’re a game changer. Seriously. The best beach wagons fit easily in your vehicle, are quick to set up, fit all your beach gear, and roll over varying surfaces like boardwalks, dirt paths, grass, rocks, and most importantly, sand.

With so many beach wagon options to choose from, finding the best one for your needs can be a challenge. To help, our resident beach bum and gear expert, Rebecca Parsons, tested eight of the best beach wagons out there on daily trips to the beach near her home on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Rebecca used these wagons for weeks while considering important factors like cargo and weight capacity, wheel size and rolling performance, steering, how well they pack away for storage and transport, materials and durability, and what each is best suited for.

Our top beach wagon recommendations are listed below. If you have general questions or want to learn more about what makes a good beach cart, check out our buyer’s guide and FAQs at the end of this article. To see the models we tested and their specs at a glance, head to our comparison table

The Best Beach Wagons of 2024

Best Overall Beach Wagon

Timber Ridge Double Decker Wagon


  • Weight 27.3 lbs.

  • Weight Capacity 450 lbs.

  • Open Dimensions 54" L x 18.5" W x 34.5" H

  • Folded Dimensions 15" L x 7" W x 35.5" H
  • Assembly Required No
The Best Beach Wagons of 2024


  • Two levels for storage

  • 450 lbs. weight capacity

  • Extra-long lower level for large items
  • Surprisingly light for its carrying capacity


  • No place for children to sit
  • Might be bigger than some people need
  • Can get a little top heavy
Best Budget Beach Wagon

Beau Jardin Folding Beach Wagon


  • Weight 29.9 lbs. 

  • Weight Capacity 350 lbs. 

  • Open Dimensions 35.4" L x 23.8" W x 31.5" H

  • Folded Dimensions 7" L x 23.8" W x 31" H
  • Assembly Required No
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  • Rotating wheels

  • Tough, tear-resistant and waterproof fabric

  • Can support 350 lbs.


  • Single compartment

  • Learning curve to setting it up
Best All-Terrain Beach Wagon

Mac Sports Heavy Duty All-Terrain Beach Wagon


  • Weight 23.1 lbs. 

  • Weight Capacity 150 lbs. 

  • Open Dimensions 37” L x 21” W x 25” H
  • Folded Dimensions 
10" L x 21" W x 31" H
  • Assembly Required No
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  • Simple, easy to use design

  • Large, heavy-duty wheels

  • Adjustable handle


  • 150 lbs. weight capacity

  • Wheels don’t lock 

  • Not designed to transport children
Best Beach Wagon for Easy Storage and Transport

Sekey 220L Collapsible Folding Wagon


  • Weight 24 lbs. 

  • Weight Capacity 330 lbs.

  • Open Dimensions 37" L x 23" W x 40" H
  • Folded Dimensions 13” L x 9.5" W x 24" H

  • Assembly Required No
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  • 330 lbs. weight capacity

  • Coaxial steering

  • Fabric is double layer, fade resistant, and has a waterproof coating
  • Reasonable price


  • No small storage compartments

  • Difficult to put the bag back on for storing
Best Beach Wagon for Kids

Veer All-Terrain Cruiser


  • Weight 32.6 lbs. 

  • Weight Capacity Passengers: 110 lbs. (55 lbs. per seat), Cargo or pets: 250 lbs. 

  • Dimensions ‎37” L x 20” W x 23” H
  • Folded Dimensions 
37" L x 20" W x 14" H
  • Assembly Required No
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  • Seats with seatbelts 

  • Rugged, heavy-duty wheels

  • Well made
  • Lots of compatible accessories
  • Can carry kids or cargo/pets
  • Plenty useful non-beach activities


  • Expensive

  • Must remove cup holders and snack tray to fold
  • Folded size is larger than others
Best Budget Beach Wagon for Kids

Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon


  • Weight 32 lbs.

  • Weight Capacity 150 lbs.

  • Open Dimensions 47.6" L x 24.4" W x 38.4" H

  • Folded Dimensions 7" L x 18.5" W x 32.7" H
  • Assembly Required Yes
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  • Kid-friendly design

  • Detachable shade canopy

  • Rear storage bar for chairs
  • Can kids or cargo -also converts to bench seating
  • Reasonable price


  • Wheels don’t work well in thick sand

  • Doesn't feel super durable or heavy duty

Best of the Rest

Best Beach Wagon for Sports Equipment

Rio Brands Wonder Wheeler Beach Cart


  • Weight 13.5 lbs. 

  • Weight Capacity 100 lbs. 

  • Open Dimensions 34.25" L x 26" W x 41.5" H

  • Folded Dimensions 34.25" L x 26" W x 10" H
  • Assembly Required No
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  • Exterior umbrella holder

  • Tote attaches to handles for extra storage

  • Vertical carry compartment is good for long or bulky items
  • Great option for beach volleyball and other sports


  • Vertical design makes it easy to lose track of items

  • Umbrella holder doesn’t work with all umbrellas

  • 100 lbs. weight capacity
Best Beach Wagon on a Tight Budget

iHomey Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon


  • Weight 21 lbs. 

  • Weight Capacity 300 lbs. 

  • Open Dimensions 35" L x 20" W x 23" H

  • Folded Dimensions 6" L x 19" W x 26" H
  • Assembly Required Yes
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  • Affordable
  • Can support up to 300 pounds

  • Adjustable handle

  • Packs down small


  • Wheels are slim

  • Assembly required

  • Our handle holder was broken upon arrival

Comparison Chart

Beach WagonMSRPWeightWeight CapacityOpen DimensionsFolded Dimensions
Timber Ridge Double Decker Wagon$22027.3 lbs.450 lbs.54″ L x 18.5″ W x 34.5″ H15″ L x 7″ W x 35.5″ H
Beau Jardin Folding Beach Wagon$12029.9 lbs. 350 lbs.35.4″ L x 23.8″ W x 31.5″ H
7″ L x 23.8″ W x 31″ H
Mac Sports Heavy Duty All-Terrain Beach Wagon$16023.1 lbs.150 lbs.37” L x 21” W x 25” H10″ L x 21″ W x 31″ H
Sekey 220L Collapsible Folding Wagon$13024.0 lbs.330 lbs.37″ L x 23″ W x 40″ H13” L x 9.5″ W x 24″ H

Veer All-Terrain Cruiser$69932.6 lbs.110 lbs. kids, 250 lbs. cargo37” L x 20” W x 23” H37″ L x 20″ W x 14″ H
Radio Flyer Beach and Boardwalk Wagon$16032.0 lbs.150 lbs.47.6″ L x 24.4″ W x 38.4″ H7″ L x 18.5″ W x 32.7″ H
Rio Brands Wonder Wheeler Beach Cart$9913.5 lbs.100 lbs.34.25″ L x 26″ W x 41.5″ H34.25″ L x 26″ W x 10″ H
iHomey Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon$7921.0 lbs.300 lbs.35″ L x 20″ W x 23″ H
6″ L x 19″ W x 26″ H

Why You Should Trust Us

The team at GearJunkie loves all things outdoors and that includes spending time at the beach. Whether we’re spending time at the coast, a nearby lake, heading to an outdoor concert, or doing chores around the house, we learned a long time ago that having a wagon to carry our gear can be a huge help.

For our beach wagons buyer’s guide, we recruited self-proclaimed beach bum Rebecca Parsons to test and review all of the models included here. Rebecca lives on Oahu, Hawaii, and ventures to the beach daily. Sometimes she hits the beach for a quick surf, but most of the time, beach days involve the three F’s — food, friends, and family.

For long beach days with lots of toys, beach chairs, towels, coolers, canopy tents, and more, Rebecca regularly uses a beach wagon to make getting her gear from the car to the beach much easier. She’s also a full-time gear reviewer and has been writing about beach gear and equipment for a decade. 

How We Tested Beach Wagons

After researching the best and most popular beach wagons on the market, we rounded up a diverse selection of 8 models to test and compare. Some are designed to carry young children, others have heavy-duty wheels designed to tackle mounds of sand, and others are double-deckers so you can more easily store and organize your gear. While many of them share a similar design and functionality, we found that not all beach wagons are created equally.

During testing, we considered how easy each cart was to set up and break down, how much cargo space and weight capacity each provided, how well the wheels fared on the sand and other surfaces, special features, and how small each packs down to fit in your vehicle or storage space.

We packed these carts in the car and took them to the beach and oceanside parks where we wheeled them across grass, dirt, and sand. We packed them to the brim with stuff, cruised around with minimal gear, and even had the dogs ride in them. When testing concluded, we zeroed in on our favorites, and those that excel in specific ways compared to the rest.

Rebecca Parsons testing beach wagons on a beach in Hawaii
Author Rebecca Parsons testing the Mac Sports All-Terrain beach wagon near her home in Hawaii; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Beach Wagon

Beach wagons all serve the same basic function, but there are quite a few things to consider when deciding which one is right for you. By assessing what you’ll be hauling and the surfaces you’ll be pulling it over, you should be able to determine the size, weight capacity, wheels, and beach wagon type that’s best suited to make your trips to the beach easier and more enjoyable. And, to make your trips to the beach even better, you might also be interested in our reviews of the best women’s sandals, hard-sided coolers, and soft coolers, too.

Intended Use

When you’re in the market for a beach wagon, the first thing you should consider is how you plan on using your wagon. Do you want to use it to help transport your children? Will it be strictly for gear? Or is your hope that your toddler and your gear will all fit into the cart? Along with that, considering the size, shape, amount, and weight of the gear you intend to haul is very important.

It’s also helpful to think about the type of terrain you’ll be pulling your cart across. Most likely, you’ll be pulling it through sand at some point, so you’ll want heavy-duty, wide, large-diameter, all-terrain wheels. But, if your beach has a smooth path leading to it, then skinnier wheels may be just as effective.

Carrying Capacity

The Timber Ride Double Decker Beach Wagon loaded up for a day at the beach
The Timber Ridge Double Decker Beach Wagon has a whopping 450-pound weight capacity and two levels of storage so you can get everything you need down to the beach; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

Capacity accounts for how much gear you can fit in your beach wagon and how much weight it can handle. Before purchasing, consider what you plan on carrying in your wagon. Kids? Dogs? Chairs? Coolers? All of the above? After thinking about how you plan to use your wagon, look at the storage space, if there are seats or separate areas for kids, and the weight capacity of the wagon. 

By considering the size, shape, and weight of the items you’re hoping to move in the wagon, you can also narrow down the choices further. If you intend on using your wagon mainly for beach towels, chairs, and a few beach games, you won’t need a high-weight capacity, and a wagon like the RIO Wonder Wheeler Beach Cart could do the trick.

But, if you plan on hauling a heavy YETI cooler packed to the brim with drinks and food for a beach BBQ, a portable grill, large chairs, an umbrella or sunshade, and cooking gear, then you’ll probably do better with a wagon that can support a heavy load like the Sekey Foldable Wagon or the Timber Ridge Double Decker.


Lifting up a folded beach wagon
Most beach wagons, including the Beau Jardin seen here, fold down fairly small and are relatively lightweight, making them easy to put in your vehicle when heading out for a beach day; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

Unless you’re lucky enough to live within walking distance of the beach, you’ll likely have to transport your beach wagon in the car. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure the wagon is light enough for you to lift and load it into your trunk comfortably and that it will fit in your vehicle, too. Fortunately, most beach wagons are reasonably lightweight and collapsible so they can be folded down to a much smaller size to fit in the back of most vehicles.

Lighter-weight wagons may be easier to lift but tend to be less durable and typically have lower weight capacities. Heavier beach wagons may be slightly more cumbersome to lift into your trunk, but they tend to be made from beefier and more durable materials. Again, consider how you plan to use your wagon to determine if you want to prioritize a lighter, more manageable beach wagon or a heavier, more durable wagon.

The lightest wagon on our list was the RIO Wonder Wheeler Beach Cart, which weighed just 13.5 pounds, whereas the Veer All-Terrain Cruiser was the heaviest at 32.5 pounds. Every other model fell somewhere in between and all of them were light enough to be relatively easy to deal with.


The Mac Sports All-Terrain beach wagon loaded into the back of a sedan
Not only does your beach wagon need to fit in your vehicle, but you’ll also need some space to store it at home. Thankfully, most of them fold down to a small size for transport and storage; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

Beach wagons are inherently somewhat big and bulky — if you don’t have a garage, finding a place to store them can be challenging. Luckily, almost all the wagons we tested were collapsible, making them small enough to store in a closet or under a bed. If you’re tight on space, make sure the wagon you are interested in is collapsible.

Additionally, once collapsed, most of the wagons could be stored upright as they were able to stand on their own. However, a few couldn’t stand on their own, which was annoying if you plan to store it leaned against a wall. 


The wide 7-inch diameter wheels on the Sekey beach wagon
Wider and larger diameter wheels roll better through sand and over rough surfaces. Brakes are another nice feature that keeps your wagon from moving around when it’s parked; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

When it comes to beach wagons, the wheels are an important factor to consider that dictact how well they roll over varied surfaces and sand. In our opinion, larger wheels — both in width and diameter — are what you’re after. The larger the wheel diameter, the easier it can roll over obstacles like rocks and roots.

The wider the wheel, the more “flotation” it has, and the easier it will be to roll over soft sand. Narrower wheels, on the other hand, can more easily sink into soft sand, but if you plan on mostly using your wagon on firm, even surfaces such as the boardwalk or your local park, then you should be fine with smaller wheels. 


Beach wagons spend a lot of time exposed to sun, sand, and salt water, so their construction is especially important. The ideal beach wagon is made from durable yet lightweight materials. This includes the fabrics used in their construction, as they tend to take a lot of abuse, as heavy and sand-covered objects are often placed inside. Thin materials can wear out quickly, whereas thicker, UV—and water-resistant fabrics can stand up to more abuse from both your gear and the elements.

The same goes for the frames. While we appreciate lightweight construction, we appreciate things that don’t break even more. Thin and fragile frame tubes and other parts can be much more prone to bending, buckling, and failing prematurely than slightly heavier and more durable options. Even then, the weight difference is marginal and worth a few extra pounds for added peace of mind and longevity.

Extra Pockets

A look at a water bottle pocket on a beach wagon
Bottle pockets and cup holders are common on many beach wagons and add convenience. Some wagons have additional pockets to help organize your gear; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

While extra pockets aren’t necessary, they are nice to have. Most of the beach wagons we tested came with a cup holder or two, which was great for storing a water bottle or coffee to free up your hands.

Some carts come with mesh pockets on the interior or exterior for storing smaller items such as a phone, book, or wallet. Again, while we don’t think they are necessary, smaller pockets can be very helpful for organization and keeping track of smaller items that can often get lost in the shuffle of a larger cargo area.


Pulling the Sekey beach wagon across the beach
Adjustable handles are a nice feature as they extend for pulling the wagon and collapse down small for storage and transport; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

Surprisingly, the handle design for beach wagons has a fair amount of variation among the models we tested. Some wagons have fixed-length handles, others have adjustable handles, and some are equipped with springs that help them stay upright even when you’re not holding them.

We were fans of wagons with collapsible handles for storing and transporting and really enjoyed when the handle could stay upright so it wasn’t just laying in the sand. The most unique handle of all, however, was on the Veer All-Terrain Cruiser. This handle can be used to pull the wagon behind you, or it can be locked in position to push it like a stroller. We found this added versatility to an excellent kid-friendly wagon, as the user could choose to use it as a stroller or wagon, depending on the situation.


There is a bit of price variation among the beach wagon models we tested. Our selection of wagons ranges in price from around $80 up to $220, with one high-end outlier at $699. Most of the beach wagons we tested are relatively affordable, and all of them will help make your beach days a little easier. In our testing, we found that quality and price seem to go hand in hand.

For example, the least expensive model we tested, the iHomey Utility Wagon ($79), uses materials that don’t seem quite as durable as models like the Sekey or Beau Jardin Wagons, which cost only about $30 to $40 more. Still, the iHomey Wagon will get the job done for less frequent users, but we’d recommend spending a little bit more for the sturdier model if you’ll be using it a lot and want it to last a long time.

The Veer All-Terrain Cruiser ($699) is by far the most expensive model we tested, but it also stands in a class of its own in terms of build quality and performance. This wagon’s materials, construction, and kid-carrying capability are miles ahead of the other models we tested. For active parents with a more flexible budget, this is a seriously top-shelf way to move your kids around the beach, neighborhood, parks, etc., and it’s also versatile for carrying cargo, pets, and more.

6 of the beach wagons we tested on the beach in Hawaii
If you go to the beach, then you could probably benefit from having a beach wagon to help simplify your gear-hauling; (photo/Rebecca Parsons)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a beach wagon?

In short, a beach wagon is a wagon that is specifically designed for the sand. They should be able to store your gear, be durable enough to withstand sand and saltwater, and have wheels capable of rolling over varied surfaces including soft sand. 

Do beach wagons work on sand?

Beach wagons absolutely should work on sand! If they don’t, they’re simply a wagon. In general, wagons with larger, wider wheels tend to perform better in the sand, mud, rocks, and more. 

Realistically, even the wagons that perform best in the sand can still be somewhat tricky to pull through the softest sand, especially if they are loaded with lots of weight. Skinnier and smaller diameter wheels tend to sink into the sand more, making it more difficult to roll the wagon in the soft stuff.

What should I use my beach wagon for?

The main function of a beach wagon is to haul items from your vehicle to the beach. Think beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, coolers, and more. Many can also be used to transport children and/or dogs — the Veer All-Terrain Cruiser and Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon are specifically designed with hauling kids in mind.

Just because “beach” is in the name doesn’t mean you need to restrict your usage to the sand. Beach wagons can also be helpful for camping, going to the park, seeing some outdoor music, having a picnic, or doing tasks around the house like transporting groceries, yard work, or moving anything that fits and is under the weight capacity.

How much gear will fit in my wagon?

Beach wagons come in various sizes and with different weight capacities, so the amount of gear that will fit in your wagon is dependent on those factors. Most wagons list their dimensions and weight capacity, so you don’t have to guess. Outside of that, it comes down to the size and weight of the items and how well you can organize them in the loading process. 

If you plan to haul lots of gear, or you at least want the option to do so, then the Timber Ridge Double Decker is our recommendation. Not only can it support up to 450 pounds of gear, but it has two levels so you can keep your long and bulky items like canopy tents on the bottom shelf with the rest in the large cargo compartment above.

Is assembly required?

Some beach wagons come fully assembled whereas others require some assembly. Assembly is usually quick and easy, but if you don’t want to bother, then make sure the wagon is fully assembled. 

Can my kids ride inside the wagon?

Some beach wagons are specifically designed for children and have seats and/or seatbelts. If you plan on mainly using your beach wagon for your kids, make sure it has seating options for children. The Veer All-Terrain Cruiser is a high-end wagon that can carry up to two children (55 pounds each) and is a great option for active parents. Similarly, the Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon is a much more budget-oriented kid-friendly wagon. Otherwise, check the wagon’s weight capacity and transport your children at your own risk.

Is my wagon collapsible?

Most beach wagons are collapsible, making them easy to transport in your vehicle and store when not in use. However, not all are collapsible, so double-check if it’s important to you.  

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