The 9 Best Sandboxes

Updated April 28, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

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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
Brand KidKraft
Model 00130
Weight 30.8 pounds
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
Model 32020
Weight 3.4 pounds
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
Brand Little Tikes
Model 624520M
Weight 15 pounds
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
Brand Little Tikes
Model 632884
Weight 14.5 pounds
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
Brand KidKraft
Model 00165
Weight 60 pounds
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
Brand Step2
Model 740500
Weight 28 pounds
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
Brand KidKraft
Model 00128
Weight 54 pounds
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
Brand Step2
Model 830200
Weight 20.6 pounds
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
Model SKY2609
Weight 38 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

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Last updated on April 28, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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