Right now, I'm limited to battery powered toys. Even with rechargeable batteries, it could be rather a nuisance dealing with the batteries (having to fumble around to find some when my rechargeables are being used by something else or not charged). I've never had a rechargeable/cord powered toy. I am, though, looking to change that soon. I would pay a little more for a toy that had a rechargeable but the rechargeable battery has to be worth the while. There are some that aren't worth the extra bucks and the only way to find out, unfortunately, is after the purchase.