Well, I’m glad you asked because I have THOUGHTS about this one.
Let me tell you why in a Yoto vs Tonie match up, the Yoto wins for me every time:
yoto vs toniebox
- The Yoto Mini is less expensive than the Toniebox. The original Yoto Player and the Toniebox are both $99, so they match up on price there (although my Yoto Player link only gives you 10% off, while the Toniebox coupon JANE20 gives you $20 off) but Yoto also offers the Yoto Mini which is $69.99 ($63 with my coupon link) and I prefer the Yoto Mini to the original player based on price and portability (you can see a whole rundown of the Yoto Mini and why I love it here)
- The Toniebox is really designed for a toddler and they’ll grow out of it quickly. The Toniebox is padded (it kind of feels like a stiff stuffed animal) and your child is going to age out of it pretty fast because it feels like a toddler toy. By contrast, my nearly-13 year old still loves her Yoto Player and uses it almost daily. It absolutely feels much more like a cool device (although it’s still simple enough that a 2 year old can use it). If you want a device your child can use for years and grow with, Yoto is the way to go, no question.
- Yoto has WAY more content than the Toniebox. The Toniebox has about 120 figurine options right now while Yoto has about 600 card options. And the Tonies are shorter and really aimed at young kids, where the Yoto cards range from short stories and songs for toddlers to longer chapter books including ones like Treasure Island and Heidi.
- Yoto cards are less expensive than Tonie figurines. Every Tonie figurine is $14.99 whereas Yoto cards range from $3.99 to $12.99. So you’ll spend much less money building your Yoto library than you will with a Tonie.
- Yoto cards are easier to store and transport than Tonie figurines. The Yoto cards are the size of a credit card so you can store dozens of them in a flat card case or pop them in a wallet, whereas keeping track of a bunch of Tonie figurines is less easy and much less easy if you want to take it on the go.
- The Yoto player includes some really nice content extras. The Yoto Player includes a free radio station (a day and a night one) that are full of delightful kid songs – perfect for dance parties during the day and winding down at night. It also has a daily podcast (you can listen to a sample of that here, if you’d like) that my kids love with little stories, jokes, and trivia. You can also make Yoto cards of favorite kid podcasts which is a really easy way to create free content for your child to listen to on their Yoto player (directions for how to make those here!).
- The Yoto has a lot of extra features that the Tonie doesn’t. The Yoto Player has a clock, an okay to wake feature (very handy if you have early risers!), can work as a bluetooth speaker, works as a white noise machine, and – on the original Yoto Player, but not the Mini – has a nightlight. So you’re definitely getting more for your money!
Any other questions about Yoto vs Tonie? I’m happy to answer any of them in the comments (or you’re welcome to voice a differing opinion!).