The 7 Best Saucer Sleds

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2019. Snow was made for saucer sledding, but safety should always come first. While these dandy discs offer hours of fun at a fraction of the average winter sport cost, their potential for injury should be taken seriously. Children should always be supervised by adults, and enthusiasts of all ages should wear helmets and cold-weather attire in addition to thoroughly checking the terrain for hazards. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Flexible Flyer Classic

2. Frost Rush Arctic

3. Flexible Flyer Paricon

Editor's Notes

July 09, 2021:

A number of our previous selections are out of production, so we've overhauled the list somewhat. The Flexible Flyer Classic takes the top spot because it's the only readily available metal option on the market right now. The Frost Rush Arctic is a high-quality yet low-cost newcomer that's as wide as almost any other and the Flexible Flyer Paricon 3-pack is our new favorite budget-friendly choice. If you're a fully grown adult looking for some saucer sledding action, we strongly recommend you consider the Rubbermaid Brute garbage can lid.

January 18, 2020:

Before going into the notes on saucer sled rankings, we would like to once again emphasize the importance of winter sport safety. While sleds might seem more secure than skis and snow scooters, they pose many of the same risks as their contemporaries. Riders should consider the range of snowboard, ski, and bike helmets available while not neglecting protective eyewear made with cold weather conditions in mind.

Moving forward, this is the inaugural run of the saucer sled list, and I myself am new to ranking, so please forgive any amateur shenanigans. I realize I am taking a chance putting a trash can lid on the list, but I can’t tell you how many times I have, or have seen someone, shoot down the slopes on one. The Rubbermaid Brute is exactly the sort of low-cost alternative I would pick, especially if it ended up being cheaper than some of the other inexpensive options.

Having worked through many reviews, I don’t feel there is a total of ten sleds worthy enough to make the list. For instance, even though one of the most widely reviewed saucer sets on Amazon receives a three-and-a-half star rating, there was also ample evidence that the sleds included break rather easily, so they’ve been omitted for the time being. Fortunately, the Slippery Racer 3 Pack does the trick where bulk purchase is concerned. Similarly, one seemingly decent model which will remain unnamed kept coming up in searches, but its actual manufacturer is unclear, and several online shops just slap their own name on it, which is at least a little suspect. Elsewhere, only one foam disc, the Downhill Zeus, appeared desirable, as the others met with mixed assessments.

I think the hardest part of working this list was dealing with the fact that sledding tubes don’t count as saucers, so inflatable unicorns and reindeer fell outside of my jurisdiction.

In closing, again, we cannot stress caution enough. Fun and safety should be considered synonymous. Wear appropriate attire, survey sledding terrain, and always supervise children.

Special Honors

Emsco Sports Products Sleds Emsco Sports Product makes their own line of sleds which can be purchased through their website or other retailers like Target and Home Depot. The 26-inch Catapillar Linking Saucer allows you to connect units to make a snow train, while the 36-inch Mega Saucer is larger than anything on the standard list, has 8 handles, and offers the added security of being brightly colored.

4. Flexible Flyer Roto

5. Gizmo Meteor

6. WooWave Super Lightweight

7. Rubbermaid Brute

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