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A day at the beach is a fun activity whether you’re going for a swim, laying out in thesun or having a picnic with loved ones. However, lugging all the necessities like
, sports equipment,
beach umbrellas
beach chairs
can be cumbersome,especially if you also have kids or pets in tow. That’s why a good beach wagon iscrucial. It can save you from making multiple trips and make toting a large load mucheasier.
Here at the
Good Housekeeping Institute
, our Lab experts regularly test all thingsneeded for the ultimate beach day, like
coolers to keep your food cold
body and face sunscreen
walking sandals
and more, including beach wagons.When testing beach wagons,
we evaluate ease of use such as setting up andcleaning. We also test how each beach wagon performs on diff erent types ofterrain such as concrete and sand.
Our picks below include top performers in testing,as well as those that are highly rated and reviewed.

MacSports makes a lot of popular wagons, and this heavy-duty one is no exception. Nearly 2,500 shoppers gave it a 4.6 rating on Amazon and say, “it’s great for hauling heavy loads” and that they could “enjoy the beach without the hassle.” According to reviewers, the wide wheels made it easy for this wagon to glide across the sand.

The heavy-duty frame can hold up to 150 pounds, and according to brand claims, the fabric is mildew and UV resistant. There are two cupholders for drinks. And when you’re done using the wagon, it folds up to only 9.7 inches thick and comes with a carry bag for storage.

This beach wagon from Whitsunday has over 1,400 reviews and a 4.7 rating on Amazon and costs a fraction of the price of other wagons. It has a 3.5 cubic-foot capacity and can handle a load up to 120 pounds.

The handle is adjustable, and the wheels swivel 360 degrees to allow for easy maneuvering. Reviewers give this wagon high praises for its easy assembly and use, though some say it’s heavy.

If you bring a lot of stuff to the beach and need a spacious cart, this one has a 7-cubic-foot capacity, which is two times larger than most beach wagons. Expandable side storage pockets can hold items like magazines and sunscreen, and the side slots are perfect for holding foam noodles.

It has all-terrain wheels which allow you to easily guide it over many surfaces such as sand, gravel and grass. It’s also collapsible for easy storage. In fact, many reviewers were surprised by how small it folds up for how much it can hold.

When we tested this beach wagon, our Lab experts found it’s an excellent choice for kids since it’s compatible with an infant car seat (adapters are required), can seat up to four children (!) and features reclining seats if your little one needs a rest. It also has two large canopies that easily cover both sides for sun protection.

A cup holder and a storage container for small items, like keys, are attached to the handle for easy access, and a storage basket can be clipped onto the end of the wagon. We also loved that it folded relatively flat making it easy to transport and store.