Toy Grade Vs Hobby Grade RC Cars

There are hundreds of different types of radio controlled cars from buggy’s to trucks, on road and off, there is even an array of different sizes. What many newbies to the hobby do not know though is there are Toy Grade Cars and Hobby Grade Cars – but what is the difference?

The simplest and most obvious way to tell these apart it to look at the names. Toys are toys and should be played with by kids while hobby grade cars are for those who are looking for a little bit more.

That is all well and good but what is the difference? How can you tell them apart? Well read on to learn about the four main differences between toy grade RC cars and hobby grade RC Cars.

Differences: Toy vs Hobby


The first and probably the simplest way to look for the difference is to check out the cost. This is easy method and is good indicator if you are looking for a new car. It is less accurate though than the other differences shown below. It is easy enough when comparing a £20 RC car for a 3 year old from Amazon with a £500 petrol RC truck from Nitrotek of Als Hobbies that can go as fast as a real car but as the prices difference get smaller it becomes harder to go by price alone.


One of the key difference is durability. A hobby grade car will be able to go outside in the grass, mud and who knows what else and survive far greater impacts than a toy model. This is reflected in the price.

Toy cars are known for being less durable and in the hands of a child may only last a limited amount of time. Hopefully if you buy one as a present for Christmas it will make it to New Year. Once at a certain age a hobby grade car will be far more appropriate.


A very obvious difference in types of car is that hobby grade can have individual parts replaced. This helps keep it running far longer than a toy.

Once a toy car has a part broken it is done where as a hobby grade car will simply need that part replaced – assuming you know how.


Overall a hobby grade is of a far higher standard. If you are interested in a radio controlled car then a hobby grade is always going to be a better option although a toy grade model may be a good place to start for some.

With a variety of upgrades and replacement parts it is going to be the best bet for the long term and is a far better investment.

Why have Toy Grade and Hobby Grade?

The question is then if hobby grade cars are so much better why have the toy grade at all?

Well that is simple. If you want to learn how they go together perhaps building one from scratch is the way to go. Or taking one apart and putting it back together then a hobby car is definitely for you. Perhaps you want to drive a car a amazing speeds round dirt track. Maybe you want to chase your friends latest purchase – then a hobby grade is for you.

If you want to give one to a child as a present then you are much better off with a toy car. A toy car costs much less for a start. Why spend a fortune on a present you aren’t sure the child will like. There is plenty of time for that when they show an interest.

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