Sometimes it is distressing to walk into the toy store and see that all you favourite remote control cars are priced way over what you can afford. And it is easy feel like any remote control vehicle (let us call them RC vehicles from here on) of a really good quality is just going to cost more and more.
Racing with RC vehicles is a popular hobby not just among children but grown-ups as well. They are a great way of bringing the child outside of anyone and competing in some nail biting races and pulling off impressive stunts. The technology that goes into them is also pretty advanced.
A lot of RC vehicles can boast some rather impressive capabilities. If you are really into these but can only spend so much, you have come to the right place. With the prices soaring with each new model that comes out, we have still managed to line up some of the really good RC cars you can buy for less than $100.
They may not the premium build quality and performance of more expensive products but they would still make a sweet deal on any given day.
Detailed in the table below is that golden list of RC vehicles
Best 5 RC cars under $100 – 2018
You know just by looking at the way it has been positioned in the box, that this thing is capable of some impossible tricks. The Rock Crawler has two motors and low gearing which make for rugged off-road action. The RC vehicle itself runs 6aa batteries while the remote control requires 2aaa batteries. It features a tri-channel transmitter and impeccable off-road capability.
The Rock Crawler can almost deliver as much of a thrill as a real off-roading experience except without the danger element. Its TPE tyres ensure that the grip is mighty and the tri-channel transmitter allow three people to play – each with their own vehicle – at the same time. It is extremely good value for money. The main criticisms have been on batteries and climbing abilities. Sometimes, it can be annoying to deal with two different batteries and opening the compartment in the vehicle can be a bit of a tussle. Climbing is not so good on steep slopes even with the mountainous grip. It is also rather lacking in the speed department but in a way, that makes it ideal for small children to play with.
- Plenty of grip
- Thrilling ride
- Multiple vehicles can be used simultaneously
- Uses two different types of batteries
- Battery compartment can be difficult to access
- Not very good at steep climbs
Few things can ignite the child in all of us than a Lamborghini, no matter what size it comes in. For those of us who cannot afford a real one at least, this is the next best thing. The RC Veneno is skilfully detailed to look like the scaled up multi-million pound original car. It is made of hardened plastic. It uses a joystick controlled by a gravity sensor to command the RC car to go forwards, backwards, and turn left or right. It has a continuous driving time ranging from 25 to 30 minutes. Charging the battery takes 4 to 5 hours. The remote control is effective up to a distance of 30 meters from the car. It also comes with a bonus rechargeable battery and charger because the more the merrier.
Customer reviews of this car have been very good. Most have praised the car for its looks, ease of driving it afforded by the joystick as well as the customer service. However, while it has full marks on cosmetics and usability, the same is not true for the grip. Real Lamborghinis are notoriously grippy on the road but this – this slides uncontrollably on just about any surface you try it on so any inputs into the remote will have to be adjusted a lot. The range too has been quoted as being too short.
- Accurately detailed
- Easily operated
- Good customer service
- Easily slides on a variety of surfaces
- Range is not as good as advertised
The Distianert 9300 comes with durable and well-designed tires spikes and wheels to provide high speed and stable running performance. It features strong shock resistance. All of the wheels have bouncy spring materials add support during unexpected drops on unstable surfaces, so it can go harder and faster for longer. The speed too is impressive maxing out at 30 miles and hour. Power comes from 7.4V rechargeable batteries which can work non-stop for 15 to 25 minutes on a full charge. An extra battery is also a given to increase that time perhaps to another 20 or 30 minutes. The maximum range between the car and its remote control is an impressive 100 metres.
Many customers have delighted in the impressive speed and double trouble battery policy this car has to offer. It keeps going on a single charge for as long as promised. It is also easy to drive. However, questions have been raised about durability. Some have failed after incurring moderate punishment in a very short time.
- Comes with an extra battery
- Long running time
- Impressive speed
- Long range on the remote
- Easy to drive
- Questionable durability
- Build quality not up to par with some products
This one is a real speed demon clocking speeds of up to 33 miles an hour. Good luck keeping up with that. It has the element of control to match. The throttle and steering is accurate from up to 260 feet away thanks to an ergonomic transmitter on the remote control. The 2.4 GHz radio system and S-Truck suspension technology ensures great off-road performance. The construction is strong and durable, good for crazy stunts like drifting, and flipping. Another key benefit of this car is usability. Feel free to race it on sand, mud or grass. It is also semi-waterproof, you do not have to be deterred by rainy weather. And the last sugary detail is a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee 1 Year Replacement Warranty and Ready to respond within 24 hours.
Favourable reviews from customers are plentiful. The car delivers on at least 25 minutes of hard playing time. It is quite fast and thrilling while the power output is at full cry. The fat rubber wheels are designed to be shock resistant as well as anti-skid to afford maximum control at high speeds. The only real criticism is that you will have to take the body off just to recharge or switch batteries, certainly something that could be easier to do.
- Long running time
- High speed
- Stable handling
- Capable over extreme surfaces
- Long range on the remote control
- Replacing and recharging batteries is a tedious process
The Amosting S911 delivers high end speed thanks to its powerful GP brush 390 motor taking it to a top speed in excess of 33 miles an hour. It has a 2.4 GHz radio system and a remote control that governs its every move within a 100 radius. It moves on all terrain tires with foam inserts. It is not entirely waterproof but impressively holds up against minor flooding as well as snow. Just be sure to give it a thorough clean up afterwards. Good handling is achieved with the help of its S-Truck suspension technology. All things considered, this thing is rear wheel drive monster.
Customers who have bought it have been quick to notice the impressive speed as well as the rugged build quality. Even a few flips and hard bumps do not seem to upset it much. However, within this marvellous little toy, there is one irritating flaw. For some reason the power switch has been placed inside the battery holder. This means you have to open up the shell to get to it. There have also been some cases where certain functions simply did not work.
- Extremely fast
- Long range on the remote control
- Semi-water resistant
- Durable build quality
- Accessing the power switch is tedious
- Sometimes prone to malfunctions
Tips for Buying a RC Car with a $100 Budget
There is not much to worry over what to look for in a good RC car. Even if you are shopping for one on a budget, the following criteria should be met at a satisfactory level at least.
First off, size. Depending on where you will be driving it, you may have a particular size in mind that would be ideal. As far as we are concerned, the ideal scale is around 1:10. If you want a toy that is agile and can negotiate tiny trails, you should go for a tiny size. If you want one for ripping up dirt and terrorizing all the pets in the neighbourhood, anything that 1:10 and above should do nicely.
Then there is the brand name behind the product. Different brands retain slightly variable privileges like customization and further upgrades so find out your car’s full potential in those areas prior to purchasing it. Other desirable factors to look for in a good brand are reliable customer support as well has high quality build components and performance.
And finally price, of course if you are shopping for something below $100, all you have to mindful of is that the toy fulfils the previous all the aforementioned criteria to your satisfaction. With that taken care of, you will little else to do but indulge yourself with your latest toy.