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4 Best Figure 8 Wooden Train Sets

Figure 8 tracks are probably the standard when we think of wooden train sets.  You will find that pretty much every brand that makes wooden train sets offers at least one (in some cases several) figure 8 sets in their collection.  Choose a set that is compatible with other brands and you can easily add on in the future as your child grows.

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Here are 4 great figure 8 options  We have also put together a chart comparing figure 8 sets across all the major wooden train set brands:

1.  Best Value – IKEA 20-piece train set, lillabo – This wooden train set is an amazing value.  Reviewers often note the durability and affordability when providing feedback.  While a side by side comparison with some of the pricier brands might tip the scales slightly for the more expensive options in terms of weight/sturdiness of tracks, reviewers tend to note that it is a very slight difference and worth the cost savings.  Buyers should note that IKEA only offers a handful of accessories, and they are far less detailed than some of the other brands, but reviewers tend to give glowing reviews for what you get for the price.  IKEA product details do not indicate track compatibility, however most reviewers have been able to make them work with other track brands with various levels of effort.


Vitals:
Price Range – Under $25
Additional Tracks Available – YES 
Accessories Included – NO
Manufacturers Recommended Age – 3 and up
Compatibility – Compatible with most other brands
# of Pieces – 20

2.  Best Quality – NameTrain Safari Set by Maple Landmark
– While among the more expensive wooden train sets, reviewers love that this set is made in the USA  and of the highest quality.  The tracks also stand out from other brands.  While they are fully compatible, Maple Landmark uses laser engraving to etch track ties, giving them a very unique look.  Another unique identifier of Maple Landmark trains is that even the train wheels are made of wood instead of plastic.  This set comes with several safari animals that also have wheels and can drive on the track.  Check out their name train cars to personalize a train that spells your little one’s name.

Vitals:
Price Range – $50-$75
Additional Tracks Available – YES 
Accessories Included – YES
Manufacturers Recommended Age – 3 and up
Compatibility – Compatible with most other brands
# of Pieces – 27

3.  Best Design – Nuchi Wooden Railway / 22-piece Figure 8 Train Set with Crane – Nuchi train sets have a unique visual appeal that is slightly different from other wooden train sets that can often seem similar to each other.   While many wooden train sets feature a bridge, this can be difficult for tots to maneuver through and some sets don’t even make tunnels wide enough for their trains.  The switch in the middle of the 8 on this track makes it very smooth to operate the train continuously.  The look and feel of Nuchi trains and accessories is very bright and cheerful as well as detailed, making for an appealing presentation..

4.  Best for the Environment- Plan Toys City Road and Rail Railway Figure 8 Set – This brand, out of Thailand stands out for several reasons. The first is their Green concept, which utilizes the entire tree.  With PlanWood PlanToys takes leftover sawdust and wood chips from their toy production and mixes it with formaldehyde-free glue  Using pressure molding, they create a stronger, more durable High Density Fiber that is not treated with heavy chemicals. Another noticeable difference is that the trains use plastic instead of magnetic connectors.  While you won’t be able to connect with trains from many other brands, Plan Toys feels that this addresses some safety concerns.  This set has a sleek and modern design and features a two-sided track for both single rail train travel as well as roadway travel for other vehicles.

Vitals:
Price Range – $25-$50
Additional Tracks Available – Yes
Accessories Included – Yes
Manufacturers Recommended Age – 3 years and up
Compatibility – Compatible with most other brands
# of Pieces – 29

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Figure 8 Wooden Train Set Comparison Across Brands:

Brand/Train set Cost (Amazon.com as of Nov. 2013) # of Pieces Avg. Price Per Piece Track Compatibility Age Country of Manufacture Materials Track Size (Fig. 8) Train Car Connection
Bigjigs Rail BJT012 Figure of Eight Train Set $41.99 40 $1.05 compatible with most sets 3+ Asia and Europe uses responsibly sourced materials 39″ x 18.1″ Magnetic
Brio Classic Figure 8 Set $49.99 22 $2.27 compatible with most sets 2+ China Made from solid Beech wood 33″ x 19″ Magnetic
Chuggington Wooden Railway Wilson’s Lift and Load Figure Set $35.99 21 $1.71 compatible with most sets 3+ China (unavailable) 29.6″ x 18″ Magnetic
IKEA 20-piece train set, lillabo $17.87 20 $0.89 IKEA product details do not indicate track compatibility, however most reviewers have been able to make them work with various levels of effort. 3+ Japan Solid beech and birch and galvanized steel; tracks have plastic joins (unavailable) (unavailable)
NameTrain Safari Set $64.29 27 $2.38 compatible with most sets 3+ USA locally sourced, sustainably harvested hard maple 39″ x 17″ Magnetic
Imaginarium Figure 8 Train Set $34.99 30 $1.17 compatible with most sets 3+ (unavailable) 38″ x 18″ Magnetic
KidKraft Figure 8 Train Set $23.09 38 $0.61 compatible with most sets 3+ China solid wood track, composite wood and plastic accessories (unavailable) Magnetic
Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Figure Eight Train Set $23.49 22 $1.07 compatible with most sets 3+ China (unavailable) (unavailable) Magnetic
Nuchi Wooden Railway / 22-piece Figure 8 Train Set with Crane $38.99 22 $1.77 compatible with most sets 3+ China (unavailable) 35″ x 17.75″ Magnetic
Orbrium Toys Wooden Train Set $22.21 20 $1.11 compatible with most sets 3+ China (unavailable) (unavailable) Magnetic
Plan Toys City Road and Rail Railway 8 Piece Figure Set $39.95 29 $1.38 compatible with most sets 3+ Thailand Uses PlanWood, which is  leftover sawdust and wood chips from their other wood toy production mixed in with E zero glue, which creates strong, durable, high density fiber. The wood is not treated with heavy chemicals and the glue is free from formaldehyde. 26.8″ x 22″ plastic
Thomas Wooden Railway – Coal Hopper Figure 8 Set $39.79 22 $1.81 compatible with most sets 3+ China (unavailable) (unavailable) Magnetic

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