GoodGuide Ratings: Outdoor Toys and Sporting Goods
GoodGuide recently reviewed and rated more than 150 outdoor toys and sporting goods. The Alex Monkey Balance Board topped the list, while Dollar Tree's Return Sports Ball ranked worst. The venerable Barbie brand, meanwhile, landed spots on both the best and worst products' lists.
GoodGuide, an online source of information on consumer products, helps consumers find healthy, green, ethical products based on scientific ratings. Its experts have rated more than 100,000 consumer goods -- including food, personal care and household products -- using three factors of increasing importance to consumers: concern for the environment, personal health and social responsibility.
GoodGuide's ratings include a brief explanation for each category and allow users to drill down into each score for more detail.
For example, the Alex Monkey Balance Board's 7.2 rating is based on:
- A Health score of 10: "This product contains no detectable amounts of bromine."
- An Environment score of 6: "Compared to other companies, this company scores well on reducing resource consumption."
- A Society score of 5.6: "The company that makes this product has an above average score in customer satisfaction."
- AHealth score of 0: "This product contains lead in excess of the 300 ppm Consumer Product Safety Commission standard for lead in children's toys, which became effective in August 2009."
- An Environment score of 3.4: "The company that makes this product has one of the lowest scores in climate change."
- A Society score of 4.1: "Compared to other companies, this company does an average amount of charitable giving."
GoodGuide rated 151 outdoor toys and sporting goods, from some 75 popular brands according to the methodology described here. Below are its top-five best and worst products. In order to avoid repetition of a particular brand, we've skipped ahead to the next best or worst brand on the list.
The Best Outdoor Toys and Sporting Goods
- Alex Monkey Balance Board (7.2)
- I Play Stomp Launcher (7.1)
- Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Hopscotch (7.0)
- Sizzlin' Cool E-Z Mitt - Pink/Purple Kids Glove (6.8)
- Barbie Life Vest (6.7)
The Worst Outdoor Toys and Sporting Goods
- Return Sport Ball (2.5)
- Schwinn Pulsar Bicycle Helmet (2.8)
- Barbie (Mattel) Bike Flair Accessory Kit (3.4)
- Toys R Us Sizzlin' Cool 10-PIECE Beach Set (3.5)
- Disney (Disney) Pooh & Tigger Sports Football (3.6)
You can view all the top-rated outdoor toys and sporting goods (in descending order) here and all the poorly rated outdoor toys and sporting goods (in ascending order) here.
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