The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2021

BRIO Battery Operated Steaming Engine

Parents testers were unanimous in their opinion that train lovers will go bonkers for this real steaming engine! BRIO is no stranger to most parents. They have won numerous Seals for their consistently high quality and undeniable appeal, and this new engine delivers all that and more. It comes packaged nicely, with an open front window showing the actual item. The steam engine features excellent attention to design and detail. It takes 2 AA batteries, and once inserted, it is ready to start chugging and steaming down the track! The steam engine comes with an additional car attached that carries a plastic container for water refills. It actually looks like it is a part of the engine. It does require a steady hand to squeeze the dropper into the hole at the top of the engine. This is most likely where parents are going to need to step in. There are buttons to press to start the train, release the steam, and light the lights. Press them again, and all the actions stop. This is a simple stop-and-go process that is very easy for children to do without parental supervision. The train fits well through tunnels and bridges that you probably have from either BRIO or other brands. It is surprisingly powerful and easily makes it up hills without falling off the track. It can pull about 3 other cars behind it. The magnet is strong, and the cars don’t come apart. BRIO’s claim that the train has “safe to touch” steam stood up to parental scrutiny; the steam is neither hot nor even warm. The high quality of BRIO toys ensures that they could last for generations. As such, the price is not insignificant for a small “toy train,” but this didn’t seem to phase any of our testers.

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Recommended Age: 3 and up
Price: $ 39.99

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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