The 8 Best Beach Wagons to Buy in 2018

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Beach trips are one of best things about summer. And yet, there always seems to be an incredible amount of baggage involved (especially if you’re traveling with small children). A beach wagon is the easiest way to transport your cooler box, beach chairs, towels and umbrellas to your chosen patch of sand without making multiple trips. The best wagons have wide wheels for easy movement over soft terrain, provide ample space and fold down to a compact size for simple storage. Here, we've put together a list of the best beach wagons to buy.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon

REDCAMP Collapsible Wagon Cart
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4.8

The MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon owes its popularity in large part to its price-tag. It’s considerably cheaper than many of its competitors, yet provides excellent quality, thanks to a heavy-duty steel frame and durable, easy-to-clean 600D fabric. The four wheels are made of rubber and are designed to perform well on compact sand. Thanks to its collapsible design, the wagon is easily set up in a matter of seconds, with zero assembly required.

The spacious load box measures 35” x 20” x 23”, but folds down to just eight inches thick. For easy storage in between beach trips, pack the wagon into its included carry case. Other highlights include the adjustable handle, which allows for great maneuverability. Two mesh cup holders give you somewhere to store your drinks upon arrival at your destination, while the maximum weight capacity is a generous 150 pounds. The cart itself weighs 22.5 lbs and comes in several different colors, including blue, pink, black and camo.

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Best All-Terrain: MAC Sports All-Terrain Utility Wagon

Those wanting to explore more inaccessible areas of the beach should consider the MAC Sports All-Terrain Utility Wagon. This model also boasts a sturdy steel construction and durable 600D polyester fabric but stands out for its giant 4” x 10” beach wheels. By distributing weight more effectively, they allow the cart to function even on loose sand. The cart measures 36.2” x 21.4” x 24.6”, and can carry up to 150 pounds on compact ground or 50 pounds on deep sand.

Use the extendable handle to reach your chosen picnic spot; then unpack your meal onto the folding flip-table at the rear of the cart. The table includes two built-in cup holders. At the end of the day, the cart collapses so that the front wheels tuck in between the back wheels, giving it a slim profile that takes up minimal closet space. The cart comes with a carry case and is available in black or blue.

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Best Compact: Folding Beach Cart by Wheeleez

The powder-coated steel frame of the Folding Beach Cart by Wheeleez is amazingly strong, supporting loads of up to 165 pounds. It’s also remarkably lightweight, with the entire cart tipping the scales at just 18 pounds. Best of all, it folds down to a total size of 29” x 15” x 12”, allowing for easy storage at home or in the trunk of your car. The cart’s compact dolly-style design allows you to secure oddly sized or shaped items without being confined by the rigid walls of a traditional load box. Use it to transport your cooler boxes, beach chairs or surfboards with equal ease.

The cart includes cargo straps and a drawstring mesh bag for storing smaller items. Reviewers particularly love its extra wide pneumatic polyurethane tires, which allow the wagon to roll easily over hard and soft sand. The telescopic handle has a maximum extension of 49”.

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Best Multipurpose: Sekey Collapsible Utility Wagon with All-Terrain Wheels

Available in eye-catching red, the Sekey Collapsible Utility Wagon features four seven-inch rubber wheels with all-terrain treads built to handle sand, grass, and all kinds of uneven ground. It has an adjustable handle, and the folding load box is made from 600D double-layered Oxford fabric supported by a heavy-duty steel frame. With interior dimensions of 31 x 18 x 10 inches and an incredible maximum weight capacity of 265 pounds, the cart has plenty of space for all your belongings, whether you’re carrying towels and beach chairs or hauling firewood. It even has two mesh cup holders to keep your drinks upright during transport.

The Sekey wagon sets up in seconds (no assembly required) and folds away to just 31 x 22 x 7 inches for convenient storage, compact enough to pack away in the trunk of your car. It's a great option for the beach, but can also be used to carry groceries, camping gear, fishing or athletic equipment, or all the fixings for a summer cookout.  

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Most Storage Options: Rio Brands Deluxe Wonder Wheeler Wide

Rio Beach Wonder
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The foldable Rio Brands Deluxe Wonder Wheeler Wide boasts a sturdy steel frame and a 100-pound weight capacity. The mesh main compartment offers 15 cubic feet of storage, endures wear and tear well and dries quickly. There’s a roomy rear storage pocket for smaller items, while the extended top frame has space to hang up to four beach chairs.

Other perks include a side-mounted umbrella holder, a bodyboard holder and removable tote bag with a shoulder strap. All-terrain back wheels with a 10” tread allow you to navigate easily over rough or loose terrain, while the articulating front wheels make navigation easier on hard ground. The cart measures 41” x 24.5” x 32” and comes in dark blue or a striped light blue print.

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Best Canopy: Creative Outdoor Distributor Collapsible Wagon with Shade Canopy

The perfect choice for those living in scorching climates, the Creative Outdoor Distributor Collapsible Wagon protects its load box with a built-in shade canopy. As well as keeping the contents of your picnic hamper cool, the canopy provides a shady spot for dogs or children needing to escape from the sun on lengthy beach trips.

The cart itself is made from steel and 600D polyester and can support up to 150 pounds. The interior of the load box measures 32.5” x 17” x 10.75”; and the all-terrain rubber wheels swivel 360 degrees for increased maneuverability. On the side of the load box, you’ll find six useful pockets for storing snacks, drinks and beach toys. The cart is easy to set up and folds away at the pull of a toggle.

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Best Budget: Trolley Dolly Foldable Cart

At a fraction of the price of the other carts on this list, the Trolley Dolly Foldable Cart looks best suited to grocery shopping. However, Reviewers confirm that its heavy duty wheels make it an affordable option for the beach as well. It features a weatherproof bag with multiple compartments, has a comfortable cushioned handle and folds in half for compact storage. The bag can also be removed, allowing you to strap bigger items onto the frame. Although it weighs just four pounds, the cart can support up to 110 pounds. Choose from a multitude of colors, ranging from green Chevron to pink polka dot.

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Best for Fishermen: Plus One Cart Surf Fishing Wagon

The Plus One Cart Surf Fishing Wagon is ideal for fishermen who need assistance transporting their equipment to the most remote fishing spots. The expandable flatbed accommodates three different cooler sizes, while the included bungee cords allow you to secure everything in place. The cart features four built-in rod holders, with space for two more poles on the tool rack (which can also be used to store your line cutters, hook removers or other fishing essentials). Use the retractable handle and wide rubber wheels to haul up to 300 pounds on compact sand, or up to 25 pounds on deep, soft sand. Because the wheels have no bearings, they cannot corrode in salt water.

Products We Tested

How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 14 hours testing a top-selling beach wagon. To get the full picture, our testers brought these wagons to the shore and carted around everything from beach chairs to kids' toys. We asked our reviewers to consider this beach wagon’s most important features, from its capacity to its maneuverability on different types of terrain. We've outlined the major takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Beach Wagon

Capacity Think about your typical beach must-haves — like chairs, coolers, towels, and umbrellas — and make sure the wagon can haul it all with a bit of extra room for last-minute additions. Most beach wagons on this list are able to carry at least 100 pounds, though some can haul up to 300. Four-wheel models can typically carry more, while dolly-style wagons are better for lighter loads (and come with less storage space).

Maneuverability You want a beach wagon with big, treaded wheels to help you navigate all types of sand. However, if you expect particularly rugged terrain, look for models with wheels that can rotate 360 degrees and have telescoping handles.

Storage size Very few of us are fortunate enough to hit the beach 365 days a year, so you’ll want a wagon that can break down into a profile thin enough to stash in your closet or under your bed in the off-season.

Test Results: MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon (Best Overall)

4.8

What We Like

  • Easy setup

  • Maneuverable

  • Holds up to 150 lbs

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to roll on sand

  • No zippered pockets for valuables

MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon
MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon
MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon
MAC Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Wagon
MAC Sports Collapsible Utility Wagon

This beach wagon won one of our testers over immediately because it was so easy to assemble. “With a busy family who’s trying to get out the door quickly, we don't have time to set this up or break it down,” she explained. “It was just as easy as an umbrella stroller to open and close — if not easier!” Our reviewers were also impressed with its maneuverability, especially given that it can hold up to 150 lbs. This wagon’s main drawbacks, according to our testers, were the fact that it didn’t have concealed pockets (to hold valuables) and it didn’t roll smoothly on sand — though one reviewer reported that it navigated sidewalks, grass, and uneven roads with ease.