If you are looking to buy the best RC cars under $100 for yourself or for your kid, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of options on the market. However, many are poorly made and don’t survive long.
To help with your buying decision, we’ve selected and reviewed the 5 best RC cars under $100.
Top 5 Best RC Cars Under $100 Reviews
1. Hosim Electric RC Car
We highly recommend the HOSIM 33 as it is considered among the best RC cars under $100. The Hosim Electric RC Car’s powerful brush 390 motor is the largest in class and it delivers unmatched top speed of up to 33 miles per hour is one of the fastest RC cars in its price range.
The Hosim Electric RC Car operates on 2.4GHz remote control frequency, while the 390 motor GP brush is powerful and delivers a strong performance. It comes with the S-Truck suspension technology, which makes it great for off-road performance as it is strong and durable, and perfect for specialized operations like turns, drifts, and flips.
As an all-terrain RC car, you will not experience problem going through the sand, grass, wet mud and marshy land. The PVC rubber tires contain sponge insert, which gives the car a realistic and steady movement, while the rear wheel drive allows easy control of the RC car at all times.
The battery is one of the downsides of the Hosim Electric RC Car – you’ll need to charge the car for 2 to 3 hours and it will last you 10 to 12 mins of playtime.
2. Novcolxya 1/18 Scale Off-Road RC Car
The Novcolxya RC Car is smaller than other RC cars in this price range, but this also makes the Novcolxya 1/18 off-road RC car suitable for kids. The car is a 4-wheel drive that comes with an independent suspension system, and you’ll have no problems running the car on carpet, tile, open road, grass, puddle, mud, etc.
The GP Brushed 380 motor with overheat protection, combined with 7.4V 850mAh Li-Po in-car battery pack with charge protection, produces a speed of up to 18 mph.
There is no battery for the controller out of the box, so you’ll need to get 3 AA batteries separately. The 1/18 scale off-road RC car is also only splash proof and not waterproof, so be careful of driving the car into a puddle.
3. Babrit F9 Monster Truck
The Babrit F9 comes with a waterproof receiver / speed controller, 390 brushed motor that comes with an aluminum finned heat sink for pulling heat away from the motor and a 7.4 volt Li-Po rechargeable battery with a Velcro strap to secure it into the truck.
This truck is very well designed, though out, well built and made of quality materials. It runs on batteries, takes an hour to fully charge, and can go up to 50 mph!
We recommend using it outdoors on pavement, packed dirt, short cut grass, or concrete for maximum experience.
4. Babrit Master RC Car
The Babrit Master RC Car is a well made RC car for those who want to graduate from the big box store models but are not yet ready to commit hundreds of dollars for pro models. This RC car is fast, very stable with a steel plate on the bottom for a low center of gravity, and handles like a charm.
The Babrit Master RC car can go up to 30 mph, and while it is not waterproof, we had no problems running the car through a small puddle of water.
5. NextX 1/12 2WD Off-Road Monster Truck
The NextX 1/12 2WD Off-Road Monster Truck handles really well on both rough and smooth terrain, and is fast on both on and off-road. Speed goes up to 35 mph and you will find maneuvering to be easy with the S-truck suspension technology remote control.
This monster truck comes equipped with a 2 piece 800mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that charges in 60 minutes and gives you 20 minutes of play time.
Consider These Factors When Buying A RC Car
Based on your personal preference, here are a few things to consider before you buy a RC car:
Off-Road or On-Road vehicle
If you are looking to drive on smooth surfaces, you will want to consider buying an on-road RC car as it handles superbly on smooth surfaces. On-road RC cars are also great for sliding around corners in great style.
On the other hand, if you are looking to drive on concrete or rocky terrains, get an off-road RC car. Off-road RC cars give you the versatility needed for stunts and jumps, although you will be sacrificing on handling the performance of the vehicle.
RC cars feature rechargeable batteries that allows you to save time and money by being able to recharge your batteries when the juice runs dry. The battery life of RC cars tend to be short-lived, so you will need to consider the running time as well as the charge time of the RC car’s battery.
You will want to have as much control of the vehicle, thus it is important that your remote control offers precision control and good ergonomics. We recommend the 2.4GHz pistol-grip remote control for good precision control and improved ergonomics. If you are planning on racing with other RC vehicles, you should get an RC car that runs on multiple channels to avoid interference.
Buying for a kid versus an adult
Adults usually prefer RC cars and trucks that have high speed, good precision handling and advanced performance. While these features are attractive to adult RC car enthusiasts, they make controlling and maintaining the RC car much more complicated and are thus too difficult for small kids to control and handle.
When buying the best RC cars under $100 for a small kid, you should look out for durability, safety and ease of use. Instead of looking for RC cars with high speed, you’ll want to look for waterproof chassis. These kid-friendly features will give them a safe and beginner-friendly environment to hone their abilities and have fun.