Review - Brio Smart Tech - Smart Engine Set


Smart tech is the new train technology from BRIO! simply press go on the engine and set up the smart tech arches around the track. The engine will automatically detect each arch and do exactly what is shown. It could stop, start, go slow, turn on the lights or make a sound. Isn't that fun. Where will the train go next? and what will it do? it’s all up to you. Arrange the tunnels and station and watch a new train adventure unfold. 

What we think…

BRIO is a wooden toy staple for any child’s toy box. It is a timeless sustainable wooden toy loved by all ages. It’s pretty much indestructible too, being handed down through generations in Europe throughout it’s reign. With the new Smart Tech range, BRIO has become even more interactive, bringing the trains and tracks to life but still with that same classic look and feel we all love. Smart Tech uses wireless technology created by radio frequency. It is really simple too, you simply press ‘go' on the Smart Tech train and set up the Smart Tech tunnels around the track. The train will then interact with the pre-programmed tunnels as it goes around the tracks throughout play. It can stop, start, go backwards, change speed, honk it’s horn or even flash it’s lights, giving the child (or adult) a more authentic train experience. The Smart Tech range fits with all BRIO track sets, old and new, meaning the possibilities of where the new Smart Tech trains will go are endless. There are several interactive BRIO Smart Tech sets available, meaning the possibilities for a full city of Smart Tech and Classic BRIO fun is at the fingertips of everyone involved. 

My mate Josh, 4, is a huge Brio fan. He has been helping me test the toys out and has added this to his already overspilling Brio set. He said “I love the noises and I love the colours” apparently the rest of the Smart Tech series is now on his Christmas list… His parents have me to blame for that. Bad Alice.

Other Smart Tech sets available: Engine with Action Tunnels, Washing Station, Workshop, Farm Barn and Action Tunnel pack.


  • Age 3+

  • 2x AA batteries (not included)

  • Easy to clean

  • Wood & Plastic

  • Fits with all Brio sets

  • Interactive

  • Imagination play

What’s in the box…

  • 1x Figure

  • 1x Smart Engine (red, white and black)

  • 1x matching carriage,

  • 1x buffer,

  • 3x Smart Tech arches,

  • 9x wooden track pieces (layout measures 59x51.4cm)

  • 1x red walkway bridge. 

Where to buy…


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