With the leaps and bounds in modern technology, we have somehow reached a point, in a mere twenty years, where robotic toys are insanely sophisticated, great fun for all the family, and cheap for most people to afford. Most homes with children will have a robot toy at some point or another, and most of the best toys will be suitable for either the whole family, or at least most of the family, to enjoy. But with such a broad range of robot toys out there, which one is best suited to you and your family. We’ve reviewed the top ten best-selling robot toys and seen why it is that they are so loved by the people who buy them.
4M Tin Can Robot
This great fun kit allows you to turn an old soda can into a little functioning robot. All the parts you need are included, minus the can itself, and the robot comes with complete instructions, so the family can get together and work on building their own tin can monster together. It is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Dash is a more expensive robot, but much more sophisticated. Dash responds to its world and to the apps the family uses with it. You can program Dash yourself and train it as a pet, friend, or sidekick. Dash can be charged via USB, and is very user friendly. This robot is suitable for ages 6 and up.
4M Doodling Robot
Another robot by the same people who gave us the tin can robot. This robot vibrates and spins whilst holding pencils or crayons, creating detailed works of art on paper. Again, no special knowledge or tools are required, as the kit is complete. This robot is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot
This is basically an app-controlled robot in a hamster ball. It rolls around in its shell at up to 4mp and has programmable sensors so it can be played with. It encourages users to get familiar with programming and comes with free apps to help you use it.
Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit
Dot is the robot that teaches kids, and adults, how to code. By programming Dot to do different things, the whole family can develop their skills in programming and robotics. Rather than following the usual manuals, instructions come via a user-friendly app.
This amazing little robot dinosaur can be fully trained and taught to play, as well as trained to fight, a bit like certain pocket monsters from the 90s. The miposaur is trained via a beacon ball and can be taught to recognize hand gestures for easy commanding.
OWI Robotic Arm Edge
If you have kids who have never stopped being thrilled by assembly line robots, this could be a fun toy for them. The robotic arm can be set up at home, teaching your family about basic robotics. Then it can be used for detailed gripping tasks, showing how the robot works.
WowWee – MiP the Toy Robot – White
From the same people who made the miposaur you can also get a humanoid toy robot. This robot responds to your gestures and can be programmed to respond to different ones. The free app allows you to guide your robot from your phone.