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Nowadays, with all the technological gadgets available, you or your kids may be more interested in a digital screen than a proper toy.

But the truth is, older pastimes still hold a flame to iPads and such, considering they give you a real-world experience no tablet or smartphone can. If you're looking to get back in touch with non-digital hobbies, then you'll want to get a remote-controlled (RC) monster truck.

In this article, we'll discuss everything you need to know about RC monster trucks, as well as the top 3 for beginners. That way, you'll have the proper knowledge to make a well-informed decision before purchasing.

What's a Remote Control Monster Truck?

You might think an RC monster truck is the same thing as a toy car, but that's only a half-truth. With those, you're only able to play indoors; if you're lucky and have a nice backyard with paved concrete, your kids will be able to play there too. But mostly, toy cars aren't able to handle any terrain but smooth concrete and carpet.

With an RC monster truck, it can do all that, and more. Like a real monster truck, these toys are built to handle all sorts of terrain. This means you can drive them on trails that are rocky, muddy, wet, bumpy, you name it.

Every RC monster truck is designed carefully to have great suspensions and wheels to handle all sorts of driving. Think of it as a mini-car; it has all the features needed to go off-roading.

What to Look for When Buying a Remote Control Monster Truck

Just as regular vehicles come in various specifications, so do RC monster trucks.

For example, they can either be electric or (nitro) fuel-powered. If you go with an electric one, then you should be on the lookout for ones with excellent battery life; there's nothing worse than having tons of fun interrupted by dead batteries.

You'll also want to look for the speed and performance of each toy. The specifications will be determined by whether you want to race these trucks or you want to wrestle with some tough terrain. Obviously, if you want to race them, then you'll want to look for RC trucks that have great speed and acceleration.

Lastly, you need to look at the durability and cost of the toy. Everyone has their own budgets, and they need to make every penny count. Ideally, the truck you choose should have high durability and a reasonable price.

RTR vs Kits

You may come across the term "RTR" when you're shopping for a remote control monster truck. This means "ready to run."

As the term suggests, this means the RC monster trucks won't take long to set up. So from the moment you open the box to the second the truck is on the road, it won't even take an hour.

On the other hand, you have kits. These will take longer to put together, as you'll have to piece together the pieces in the kit. However, if you're a fan of building things, then this can be highly satisfying to do.

The Best Remote Control Monster Trucks for Beginners

Now that you have some background information on remote control monster trucks, perhaps you're interested in buying one for either yourself or a loved one. Below, we'll give you the best for beginners.

1. Traxxas Stampede 4x4 1/10 RTR

This is a great RC monster truck for beginners since it has waterproof electronics. This means no matter what type of weather you hit, you can count on the truck to keep going.

The Traxxas Stampede has Chevron Maxx 2.8" tires, a Titan12-Turn 550 motor, XL-5 waterproof speed control, and tall ground clearance. The downside to all these features is the truck may be prone to failure or breakage.

The Stampede comes with a battery charger, but it only works in the cigarette lighter bit of a car. This may cause some inconvenience, along with its battery-hungry properties.

A plus is it's RTR, meaning you won't have to mess around with building the truck!

2. Traxxas Revo 3.3 4WD RTR

If you're looking for something with speed, then the Traxxas Revo is what you need. This small truck can reach up to 45 mph! So for you speed demons, this is definitely a monster truck that packs a punch.

The Revo is a nitro-powered RC truck, which means it needs fuel. It also comes with batteries and a charger, so you don't need to go buy your own. For added convenience, the Revo has a quick start engine that you can access through the radio transmitter.

Some caveats of this truck is the fuel isn't included. Also, the quick start engine may fail at times when you're driving the truck over rough surfaces.

Like the Stampede, the Revo is RTR, so there's not much assembly required.

3. ARRMA 1/10 Kraton 4x4

The ARRMA 1/10 Kraton RC monster truck performs well no matter where you put it; use it on race tracks, muddy trails, and more. Not only does it handle any terrain well, but it's also quick. The ARRMA can hit top speeds of over 50 mph!

This monster truck does have quite a few intricate parts, so you may experience breakage at some point.

Like the above RC monster trucks, this one is RTR. Do note that the battery isn't included, so you'll have to buy your own.

Consider RC Monster Trucks for Your Household

Considering all the features an RC monster truck has, it's the perfect toy for your household to enjoy, for family members both young and old. Whether it's for you or your child, an RC monster truck can be a great way for you to all bond and share in a favorite pastime.

With our top suggestions of RC monster trucks for beginners, hopefully, you should have a great starting point when it comes to making your first purchase. So get started on your new hobby today!

Would you like to pick up some additional accessories and parts for your RC monster truck? Then take a look at our selection now.

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Excited to buy your first RC car? We don't blame you!

However, like many industries these days, the remote-control car market is flooded with hundreds if not thousands of different products which all seem to claim to be the “best” the “fastest” the “toughest” etc. With so many different options such as on-road or off-road, electric or petrol and what scale to get, it’s hard to navigate your way to a suitable model, and it’s no wonder so many get it wrong leaving you feeling disappointed.

About the author

Hamish McRitchie | Age 24

Hi, I’m Hamish, and I’m a lifetime passionate RC hobby enthusiast and have worked and raced in the RC industry since the age of 14.

Why buy an RC car?

I'm writing this knowing some of you are buying for yourself and some buying your kids.

Because they're loads of fun

Let's not kid ourselves, controlling an RC car is exciting, fun and challenging. Not to mention it brings out the Jamie Whincup in us all!

Get the kids outdoors

This is one for the parents. In a world where phones, tablets and computer screens surround the majority of us for most of our day to day life, it’s fantastic to gift someone something that encourages them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Improve basic skills

Driving RC cars will help improve hand-eye coordination, depth perception and reflexes.

Mechanical knowledge

Driving, maintaining and repairing RC Cars will help teach mechanical engineering concepts such a suspension, gearing and the importance of basic maintenance.

Key points to consider

After some serious consideration, I will be rating hobby RC cars on the points below.

Budget

Hobby grade remote control cars can get expensive, so, I will be looking at the best value for money RC cars, and I’ll also be considering any extras (such as batteries, chargers, special tools etc.) that may be required to start driving the RC car and enjoying it.

Durability

No one wants to be repairing their RC car every two minutes due to inferior quality and design - that's just not fun (to most of us anyway!). I will be using my years of experience to recommend tough, battle-hardened RC cars that have been proven to be durable!

Speed

The need for speed! Who doesn’t want to go fast? Nothing gets the heart rate up more than some fast-paced wheel spinning action! Something to keep in mind is the faster they go, the quicker they tend to break. So, make sure to get an RC car that isn’t so quick that you're unable to control it.

Run time

This is how long you can use the RC car before having to stop and charge the rechargeable car battery. Some RC cars will have longer run time than others due to larger capacity batteries and more efficient motors and drivetrain setup ie. 2WD cars typically have a longer runtime than 4WD cars.

Usability

Specific power sources will require more maintenance than other. A common misconception is that nitro (often referred to as “petrol”) powered RC cars are a better alternative when trying to get a powerful RC car that doesn’t need to be recharged. The reality of these small combustion engines (sizes vary from 2cc – 4cc for nitro engines) is that they’re very maintenance demanding and require a high level of mechanical know how. For this reason, I have NO nitro powered remote control cars in my list.

Learn more about the differences between electric, nitro and petrol RC cars.

Parts support

This is a commonly overlooked aspect by many beginners when purchasing an RC car, and let’s face it, who considers planning on breaking their new RC car? If there is something I have learnt over my ten years working in a hobby store is it isn’t a matter of “if” but more a matter of “when” something will break or wear out on an RC car, and this is regardless of how much it costs. Even the most expensive RC vehicles aren’t exempt from requiring spare parts eventually - whether it’s wearing out tyres, losing a screw or snapping a chassis in two (it happens) because a tree decided to jump in front of your RC while it’s travelling at top speed.
Make sure whatever car you decide on, you can get replacement parts.

Top 11 beginner RC cars

In no paticular order, here are the best remote-control cars for beginners available today.

Xinlehong 1/10 Sprint 4WD Truck

This beast of a 1/10 monster truck is packed full of features such twin powerful 380 sized motors, IPX4 waterproofing, 4WD, steel driveshafts & axles, ball bearings, 2.4Ghz remote, 7.4v LiPo battery and capable of a remarkable speed of 46kph! All at a very affordable price. These have been extremely popular with both our customers and our team (almost everyone at Hobbies Direct having to buy one and take it home to “test”)

Has enough ground clearance for off-road use and is great fun at a BMX track with some small jumps.

Pros

  • Top speed of 46kph
  • 4WD
  • 7.4v LiPo battery
  • IPX4 waterproof
  • Twin 380 sized motors
  • Trainer mode for beginners
  • Replacement spare parts available

Cons

  • No upgrade parts available
  • USB charger (no 240v wall plug)

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HSP Brushed 2WD Range (Storm, Crusher, Viper, Mongoose)

I have decided to group certain product ranges due to them sharing identical features, and where the only difference will be some slight handling characteristics and visual appearance, so you can choose the best-suited model from these similar product ranges.

The HSP 2WD brushed range has proven to be a fantastic option for those looking to get into the full hobby grade remote control cars. Featuring a durable 2WD tub chassis, waterproof electronics, massive XL 550 brushed motor, large capacity 3000mAh 7.2v battery and a 2A fast charger.

Priced well under $200 and backed with a full range of standard and optional parts.

Pros

  • Top speed of 30kph
  • Powerful XL 550 motor
  • 30 minutes run time
  • 90 minutes charge time
  • Ball bearings
  • Steel driveshafts & axles
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Some plastic drivetrain gears (steel upgrade gears available as an optional part)
  • Steering servo has plastic gears (upgradable)

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Xinlehong 1/12 2WD Range (Challenger & Racer)

Again, I have grouped these two models due to them sharing identical features, and where the only difference will be some slight handling characteristics and visual appearance.

These little 1/12 beasts are fantastic value! Priced under $100 but still have heaps of features such as steel driveshafts, ball bearings, 9.6v Lithium battery and IPX4 waterproofing.

Pros

  • Top speed of 42kph
  • 9.6v lithium-ion battery
  • IPX4 waterproof
  • Have plenty of power to do skids and doughnuts
  • Replacement spare parts available

Cons

  • 2WD although it does awesome skids some beginners may find it frustrating to keep in a straight line
  • No optional parts available
  • USB charger (no 240v wall plug)

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HSP Brushless 2WD Range

Again, I have grouped these models due to them sharing identical features, and where the only difference will be some slight handling characteristics and visual appearance, so you can choose the best-suited model from this range.

The HSP 2WD BL (brushless) range are amazing value coming in at around $220 which is crazy considering the sort of quality and features they’re equipped with out of the box, such as the 540 sized 3300kv brushless motor, 7.4v LiPo battery, waterproof electronics, 2.4Ghz radio, ball bearings, steel drive shafts and much more!

Pros

  • Top speed of 55kph
  • 540 sized 3300Kv brushless Motor
  • 30 minutes run time
  • Ball bearings
  • Steel driveshafts & axles
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Some plastic drivetrain gears (steel upgrade gears available as an optional part)
  • Steering servo has plastic gears (upgradable)
  • 2WD (some beginners may find it frustrating to keep in a straight line)

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Traxxas XL5 Brushed 2WD Range

Again, I have grouped these models due to them sharing identical features and where the only difference will be some slight handling characteristics and visual appearance so that you can choose the best-suited model from this range.

Traxxas is one of, if not the most renowned RC brands, with every good hobby store stocking both their models and supporting a range of replacement parts and accessories. The Traxxas XL5 RC car range is a famous line up with models such as the Traxxas Slash, Rustler, Stampede and Bandit which are all specifically designed for beginners and have helped thousands get into the hobby.

This range is by far the most tested and proven chassis in my list, with some of the chassis being in the market for over ten years! Durability and speed are what you’ll find in this range of Traxxas RC cars, with high-quality waterproof electronics, suspension components, steel driveline parts and capable of a speed of 48kph.
(with included optional 23-tooth pinion gear & optional 8.4v NiMH battery)

Pros

  • Proven durability
  • Top speed of 48kph
  • 8.4v NiMH battery
  • Trainer mode
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Expensive (Traxxas RC models are more expensive pricing between $330 - $400)
  • DC charger (charger only plugs into a 12v cigarette jack only - you can purchase a 240v power supply)

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HSP 1/10 4WD Brushless Range

Again, I have grouped these two models due to them sharing identical features, and where the only difference will be some slight handling characteristics and visual appearance.

The HSP 4WD BL (brushless) range are excellent value coming in at around $280 and loaded full of features such as 540 sized 3300kv brushless motor, 7.4v LiPo battery, waterproof electronics, complete metal 4WD driveline, 2.4Ghz radio and much more!

Being 4WD these RC cars handle better than their 2WD counterparts, having both the front and rear wheels clawing their way through the gravel and dirt helps with acceleration and handling on low traction surfaces, although this comes at a cost as spinning all four wheels takes more power and will reduce the runtime slightly.

Pros

  • Top speed of 55kph
  • Metal 4WD drivetrain
  • 540 sized 3300KV brushless motor
  • Waterproof electronics
  • 7.4v LiPo battery
  • Ball bearings
  • Aluminium adjustable oil filled shocks
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Less run times
  • Steering servo has plastic gears (upgradable)

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Rovan Baja 5B

This is one for the rev heads! The Baja 5B, a legendary model in the RC hobby and is proven to be a tough chassis for weekend BMX track basher and club racers. The Rovan Baja is a clone of the more expensive and original HPI Baja (learn more about the differences between the clone and HPI Baja here. If you’re a bit of a rev head, you won't be able to go past a massive 1/5 scale off-road RC buggy powered by a huge 29cc two stroke engine! These engines are far more reliable then the nitro engines I spoke about at the start - learn more about the differences between electric, nitro and petrol RC cars.

Considering its size, these are very affordable, priced at $700-800 with everything in the box except 8x AA batteries for the hand remote and two-stroke fuel (which will cost around $10 - 15 to get separately).

Pros

  • Proven durability
  • Long travel suspension suitable for medium size jumps
  • Massive overall size (measuring over 800mm long)
  • 29cc 2-stroke engine
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • A petrol based power source (so will require general maintenance and mechanical knowledge)
  • Engine noise (loud and not suitable for use in built-up areas)
  • Expensive (price tag of $700-800)

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HSP RC4 Rock Crawler

The HSP RC rock crawler is a scaled looking 4WD that is designed to go over rough obstacles it’s even fitted with a working LED light kit for added realism.

It also has excellent suspension travel and articulation which allows it to scale rock faces and rough terrain but isn’t designed with speed in mind and certainly won’t be breaking any land speed records with a max speed of 8Kph. Great gift for someone who is interested in 4x4 as you can modify this scaled 4x4 to be decked out with a considerable range of scaled accessories such as jerry cans, roof racks, LED light kits, winches and optional bumpers and much more.

Pros

  • Scaled looks
  • Waterproof electronics
  • 30 minutes run time
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Slow 8kph top speed (unable to do jumps, skids)

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Traxxas VXL Range

Again, I have grouped these models due to them sharing identical features, and where the only difference will be some slight handling characteristics and visual appearance, so you can choose the best-suited model from this range.

Traxxas is one of, if not the most renowned RC brand, with every good hobby store stocking both their models and supporting a range of replacement parts and accessories. The Traxxas VXL RC car range is a fast-paced famous line up with models such as the Slash VXL, Rustler VXL, Stampede VXL and Bandit VXL which are all specifically designed for people looking to satisfy their need for speed!

This range is built upon the proven Traxxas XL5 chassis and has been souped up with a crazy powerful Velineon brushless motor and ESC combo! Durability and super speed are what you’ll find in this range of Traxxas VXL RC cars, with high-quality waterproof electronics, suspension components, steel driveline parts and capable of mind-blowing speeds of 112kph!! But don’t worry, if you think that’s too quick you can always switch it over to trainer mode to limit the speed to a more user-friendly pace.

Unlike the Traxxas XL5 range, you will need to go and purchase a battery and charger separately so keep this in mind when pricing up the complete package.

Pros

  • Proven durability
  • Top speed of 112kph
  • Trainer mode
  • TSM (Traxxas Stability Management) – TSM senses the vehicle’s direction and makes steering corrections to provide full throttle acceleration without fishtailing or spinouts
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Expensive – Traxxas VXL models are more expensive pricing between $450 - $600 not including battery and charger

Traxxas 1/10 2WD Range

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HSP Ocelot On-Road Car

Streetcar styling and excellent on-road handling with a top speed of 59kph out of the box this beast moves!

The HSP Ocelot BL (brushless) is a tremendous valued 1/10 on-road car which is priced around $280 and loaded full of features such as 540 sized 3300kv brushless motor, 7.4v LiPo battery, waterproof electronics, full metal 4WD driveline, 2.4Ghz radio and much more!

Pros

  • Top speed of 59kph
  • Metal 4WD drivetrain
  • 540 sized 3300Kv brushless motor
  • 4v LiPo battery
  • Ball bearings
  • Aluminium adjustable oil filled shocks
  • All standard & optional parts available

Cons

  • Low ground clearance and is unable to go on rough terrain

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I hope you’ve found this information useful if you have any questions contact us.

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Tips

  • Be sure to check the battery specs. Determine how long the charge lasts and if it charges quickly. Also, if the truck doesn't come with a battery, you have to factor that into the cost.
  • Before you use the RC truck, consider applying Loctite to the shock screws, bumper screws, and drivetrain screws because they may come loose.
  • Even if the truck is waterproof, try not to submerge it in water and keep water out of the receiver because moisture can affect its performance.
  • RC trucks are all about modification. You can change various components, such as the tires, to go faster or traverse different terrain.

FAQs

Q: Is it better to get a pre-assembled RC truck? 

If you’re a beginner, or are purchasing an RC truck for a child, it’s best to get a fully assembled RC truck that’s ready to be used right out of the box. Serious hobbyists and racers who like to make plenty of modifications will do better with an RC truck that requires assembly prior to use. 

Q: Are RC trucks waterproof?

Many RC trucks are waterproof, but most only have select waterproof components. Higher end RC trucks will offer durable waterproof housings that protect all the electronic inner workings of the unit. Be sure to double check the manufacturer’s description prior to purchase. 

Q: How long do RC truck batteries last?

Typically, RC truck batteries last between 10 to 20 minutes. However, you can upgrade to a more expensive battery that will give you up to 30 to 40 minutes of use, if not longer.

Final Thoughts

After seeing all the various options available, you can easily see why we chose the Axial SCX10 II Trail Honcho 4WD RC Rock Crawler as our top pick overall. This waterproof rock crawler comes fully assembled and features an ultra compact transmission, high clearance, and rugged Falken WildPeak M/T S30 tires. It’s a tough and rugged model that easily out-performs cheaper, smaller RC trucks and will give you hours of entertainment.

Our favorite budget-friendly RC truck is the fast and durable New Bright 4x4 1:10 Scale Remote Control Jeep Rock Crawler. It’s a great choice for kids and beginner hobbyists. 

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Best Hobby-Grade RC Vehicle for Beginners

Radio controlled toys are suitable for almost anyone. But when you step up to a hobby-grade RC, it can require more time and patience to develop the skills to successfully operate and care for the vehicle. An entry level RC vehicle has features suitable for those new to radio controlled vehicles.

There are two specific features to look for in an entry-level RC car or truck: RTR and electric.

Ready-To-Run RC for Beginners

An RTR or Ready-to-Run RC car or truck usually comes with everything you need to get started right in the box. The vehicle is mostly put together—you might have to attach the body and glue the tires, but that's usually about it. You can be up and running in as long as it takes to charge up a battery pack. Whether or not you choose a vehicle specifically designated as an entry-level RC, look for an RTR over a kit.

Electric RC for Beginners

An electric RC has a motor that runs off a battery pack. For the beginner, the electric RC is generally safer and easier to maintain than a nitro-fueled RC. And even in the Ready-to-Run category, an electric RC requires less assembly and prep time than a nitro RC.

Other RC Features for Beginners

Beyond an electric RTR, the other features suitable in an entry-level RC for beginners depend on how much you're willing to spend, how and where you plan to use the RC, and what you like: sedan, sports car, drifting car, monster truck, buggy, truggy, stadium truck, etc.

Here is a sampling of some RC cars and trucks with a brief description of features that tend to make them beginner-friendly.

  • Traxxas 4-TEC -This is a 4WD 1:10 scale sedan for racing. For younger and new drivers, it allows you to run it at reduced power (up to 50%) to allow time for the driver's skills to improve. This feature makes it suitable as both an entry-level beginner RC and one that you can continue to enjoy as you become more proficient.
  • Losi Micro-T Stadium Truck - One thing that beginners often want is low cost. Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars only to find out that maybe they aren't all that into hobby-grade RCs after all? At under $100, the tiny, 1:36 scale Micro-T is one way to find out without spending a lot. But it's still tons of great driving fun. Plus, its small size means it can operate in places most other hobby-grade RCs can't, including your living room.
  • Compare Prices Traxxas Bandit XL-5 and Traxxas Stampede XL-5 and Traxxas Rustler XL-5 - One of the cool features of these 1:10 scale, 2WD RCs (buggy, monster truck, stadium truck) is that they have waterproof electronics. For anyone, beginner or not, this means no hassle racing in water, mud, or snow. For beginners, this means that with the watertight, sealed electronics, there is less risk of damage and less maintenance required. (When purchasing, make sure you are getting the waterproof version and not an earlier model.)
  • HPI E10 Car - Billed as an entry-level 1:10 scale RC car, it is built with the beginner in mind from its cost (under $200US) to its sturdy construction to its operation. There are a drift and a touring version and, in addition to the RTR version, there is an assembled version for those who already have their own radio system and don't mind a little bit of assembly—namely, just adding the electronics.
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