The 4 Best Beach Wagons to Easily Schlep Your Stuff Across the Sand

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I spend almost every weekend in the summer on the beach — it's my happy place. What isn't so happy is getting my stuff from the car to the perfect place in the sand. Enter the beach wagon. It's the best way I've found to get everything I need — from my beach tent to my beverage cooler out on the sand without breaking my back. Unfortunately, I have learned over the years that many wagons that claim to be good on the sand simply are not. Over the course of many years, I have tested about 10 or so wagons, with most sucking the life out of my bones and sapping my self-confidence as I heave the weight through the dusty terrain. However, it was during these treacherous times that I found the best beach wagons I'm prepared to share with you now.

Whether you're buying a wagon for yourself or a beach-loving person in your life, I have great options for you.

Best Beach Wagons

What to Consider

Through my trials, I have learned that a few things are the most critical when finding the best beach wagon for you. Those are the wheels, the design, and how it folds.

  • The Wheels: The wagon's wheels need to be wide enough that they don't just dig into the sand. Honestly, I have only found one wagon with thinner wheels that still made it, and I honestly believe it's black magic. (Don't worry my fellow ocean admirers, I've listed it!)

  • The Design: The fabric of the wagon interior needs to be easily inverted so that you can bang out as much sand as possible before you shove it in your car. Ideally, the handle will be telescoping and tuck away easily.

  • Folding: Your wagon needs to be able to haul a ton of stuff and then fold up into a neat package for storage. Folding flat is OK, folding into a small package is better.

How We Tested

The best beach wagons on this list are top-freaking-notch. All of them have been personally tested by yours truly and my band of merry fellows — aka my kids and husband — through incredible amounts of sand. If you ever get a chance to go to Jones Beach on Long Island, you'll learn that you can, in fact, trek across more than a quarter-mile of beach before you get to the actual water. I did this for you and, tbh, also for me (mama needs her Diet Coke and sun protection!). I tested each wagon with the same weight of goods (totaling about 50 pounds), and then I went whole hog, carrying more and more every time. Heck, the Best Overall pick once transported my 12-year-old across Coney Island just for fun.

Check out the best beach wagons below!

Collapsible Foldable Wagon

This beach wagon has changed my beach-going experience. It is a dream. Not only does it haul basically everything I could ever want thanks to its 330-pound weight limit, it does it with ease. I've seriously never pulled a beach wagon that moves over sand as easily as this one.

For example: I took it all the way across the beach the length of around four city blocks carrying a Veer Basecamp beach tent, a Tommy Bahama umbrella, two beach chairs, an RTIC cooler full of the aforementioned Diet Coke, water, fruit, and more. Three bags of chips, a ton of sand toys, two beach blankets, four towels, and a whole bunch of hero sandwiches. (And maybe some Swiss Cake Rolls.) Not to mention the beach bag full of beachy necessities like sun cream, books, and phone chargers.

All that strength and it folds up into a neat little package less than a quarter of the size of the wagon, complete with a cover and pocket for the base of the wagon. It all inverts easily, with the fold-out wagon bottom holding much of the sand. It also comes with bungee cords to help keep stuff held down, though we didn't use them or need them, and the handle is a dream.

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Collapsible Wagon Cart

I honestly had this wagon for so long that I had to search through my purchases on Amazon and Walmart to find it. It's that good and that long-lasting. And honestly? It's a bargain.

The collapsible wagon isn't as easy to maneuver as others on this list, but somehow, it does manage, and it does it pretty darned well. It's been a staple of my beach-going for years, and while ours has seen better days, she still works! We actually still use it when we go upstate to clean up the yard.

It has an impressive 176-pound weight limit, and it comes with a bungee cover to hold everything down, which we definitely lost some time in our first year of ownership. It folds up flat, and the handle does tuck in easily for storage.

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Folding Collapsible Wagon

This wagon is not quite as smooth as the Seky, but it's up there. My only quibble with this wagon is that the wheels tend to turn a bit more when you don't want them to do so. Other than that, it's a stellar wagon with a durable linking that is easily shaken out. The handle is my favorite bit because it is easy to maneuver and locks easily.

It has a massive 240-pound weight limit, and having loaded it up with everything I listed as our best overall choice, I added a few bottles of wine plus a box of wine because we took this bad boy to a private beach party! It was every bit as fun as you're thinking, and we were all glad to have the wagon since it was eventually used as the means of conveyance between the house and the beach for the duration of the party.

It doesn't come with the accessories of the Sekey, but it does fold up into a similar package that is great for storage in the trunk of your or your loved one's car or garage.

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Beach Cart

My husband argued that this is a cart and not a wagon, but since I'm calling the shots, I say that it counts. Also, it's just a hell of a beach wagon. It practically floats over the sand and over the boardwalk.

The giant bubble wheels are magical. The outside has a great place for seats to hang from, as well as an external quick-retrieve storage basket. You pull this one by tipping it backward towards you, pulling the smaller wheels off the ground.

This cart/wagon has a lighter weight limit of only 100 pounds, but that still adds up to quite a lot of stuff. I find this wagon is better for a couple or a small family or even a single beachgoer. It's a bit harder to rid of sand, but thanks to how light it is, it's not that huge of a deal.

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