The 9 Best Sandboxes
We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Why do kids love to play in the sand? Maybe for the same reason adults like to go to the beach. Whatever the reason, if you aren't lucky enough to have an oceanfront villa, you can let your kids pretend they're by the sea with one of these sandboxes.They feature everything from inventive designs to seats to storage for toys and tools. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best sandbox on Amazon.
9. Kidkraft Backyard
The Kidkraft Backyard is one of the larger options on our list, and it comes with a mesh cover to keep insects and local vermin from taking up residence inside. Its wood panels are reinforced to resist weathering and warping.
- includes step-by-step instructions
- four built-in seats
- susceptible to moisture
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
8. Be Good Company My Little Sandbox
When its designers conceptualized the Be Good Company My Little Sandbox Big Builder, they must have had small zen gardens on the mind, as this toy is extraordinarily tiny. For families in apartments without a yard, however, it can at least provide a little sandy fun.
- includes figurines and gear
- measures less than one square foot
- some pieces are a choking hazard
|Brand||Be Good Company|
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
7. Little Tikes Big Digger
The Little Tikes Big Digger combines a traditional sandy play area with a comprehensive construction site complete with a backhoe and a dump truck. Its interior is a little on the small side, but for a single child with a big imagination, it'd be just right.
- vehicle ramp also serves as a lid
- storage for tools
- cupholders quickly fill with rain
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
6. Little Tikes Turtle
Considering the fact that some giant tortoises reach the size of this model, the Little Tikes Turtle offers both a place to play and an opportunity to share information with your kids about marine wildlife. It's also got a friendly smile on its face.
- seats molded into its exterior
- lid seals out moisture and bugs
- too small for groups
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
5. KidKraft Activity
The KidKraft Activity has a spacious design and an attractive look that most parents will be happy to display. It features a canopy that protects youngsters from the sun, and is made from reinforced wooden panels that will last for years.
- wide borders for seating
- stands up well to heavy winds
- needs to be resealed periodically
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
4. Step2 Crabbie
The Step2 Crabbie is a charming option that is ideal for parents who don't have a large backyard. It's small enough to be used on a patio, has a fun cartoon shape that kids love, and the claws double as seats for multi-kid play.
- shell lid protects the sand
- durable plastic construction
- seals to keep out insects
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
3. KidKraft Pirate Sandboat
The KidKraft Pirate Sandboat will provide your little adventurer with hours of marauding fun. They can pretend to take their friends with them on a sailing trip across the high seas and plunder all the loot they can find along the way.
- sturdy real wood construction
- lots of bright colors
- flag and steering wheel
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
2. Step2 Play and Store
What the Step2 Play and Store lacks in size it more than makes up for in simplicity and durability. Its hardened plastic frame can safely contain up to 200 lbs. of sand, plenty to get your youngsters' imaginations into high gear.
- four molded seats
- fitted lid for protection
- comes fully assembled
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
1. Best Choice Products Cedar
With its natural wood finish and built-in bench seating, the Best Choice Products Cedar provides a touch of class, as well as enough space to comfortably accommodate any adults who wish to supervise their children as they're at play.
- screen bottom drains moisture
- heat treated and astm certified
- rust-resistant hardware
|Brand||Best Choice Products|
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|