The 10 Best Scooters for Kids (2017 Guide & Reviews)

Kids scooters look super-fun, right?

Plus, they are good, healthy, wholesome fun. The type that keeps your children outdoors and away from screens.

But wait:

Does my kid need a 2 wheel or 3 wheel scooter? How about a stunt scooter?

Don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes to get clued up. Then you can easily choose the most appropriate one for your child.

Read on for our simple buyer’s guide and top picks.

Our Top Picks

Best Two-wheel Scooters

The classic kick scooter, these may all look very similar but can provide a wildly different experience depending on construction, balance, and design.

Razor A3 Kick Scooter

From one of the top manufacturers of scooters, the Razor A3 is perhaps the best example of a classic kick scooter. Made from durable but super strong aircraft-grade aluminum, the A3 is a joy to ride and a cinch to fold up and store away when not in use. The telescoping steering mechanism is easy to adjust and stepping on the rear fender quickly brings the A3 to a full stop. The big 125-mm skate wheels are ideal for negotiating sidewalk cracks, curbs, and other urban obstacles with ease.

At a glance:

  • Rated for kids 5 and older and up to 143 pounds.
  • 125mm skate-style urethane wheels.
  • Rear fender braking system.
  • Easily folds up for portability.
  • Weighs just 7 pounds.
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Micro Sprite Kick Scooter

Available in several exciting colors, the Micro Sprite is small enough for a young child to use while rugged enough to handle up to 220 pounds of weight. Simple enough for a kid to master, the Micro Sprite is equally suitable for adults, making it a great family “vehicle” to own. The handlebar can extend up to 34 inches and the scooter can be folded and stored away with the push of a button. The Micro Sprite also comes with a built-in kickstand for easily “parking” it upright.

At a glance:

  • Comes in lots of different fun colors.
  • Rated for kids age 8 and older, up to 220 pounds.
  • Ultra lightweight at just 5.5 pounds.
  • Has a built-in kickstand or can be folded up.
  • Large wheels easily handle bumps and cracks.
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Razor Pro RDS Dirt Scooter

If your child is looking for some off-road fun, you won’t go wrong with the RDS Dirt Scooter from Razor. Able to safely negotiate obstacles on paved surfaces, the RDS has huge 200-mm inflated tires that are perfect for dirt, grass, sand, and other off-road terrain. The tires have a special tread designed for dirt while the grip tape on the deck keeps the rider safely in place. Unlike other Razor scooters, however, this one does not fold up. Although it is rated for 220 pounds for normal riding, Razor recommends that only riders up to 120 pounds attempt to use this for advanced stunts, flips, and tricks.

At a glance:

  • Rugged tubular steel design.
  • Giant 200-mm tires for off-road use.
  • Rear fender brake.
  • Can handle up to 220 pounds of weight, kids age 10 and up.
  • Weighs 11.5 pounds.
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Fuzion Cityglide Adult Kick Scooter

Although it is marketed as a scooter for adults, the Fuzion Cityglide can actually be a great scooter for kids as well. Available in one of four different colors, the Cityglide has big wheels that effortlessly sail over cracks and bumps, a handy fold-down system, and durable design that can bear up to 220 pounds of weight.

At a glance:

  • Big 6-inch rigid wheels in front and back.
  • Rated for “all ages” and riders up to 220 pounds.
  • Simple to fold away and store.
  • Weighs 8 pounds.
  • Handlebar height from the deck is 34.5 inches.
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Best Three-wheel Scooters

We have always found three-wheel scooters better suited for younger children learning how to ride their first scooter. Our daughter, Leyla, began her scooting on the Micro-Mini (below) and loved it. They offer greater stability and safety with no sacrifice in fun and enjoyment.

Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter

If you’re looking for a great first scooter for a young kid, then you won’t go wrong with the Micro Mini. Available in a dozen different festive colors, the three-wheel design is incredibly stable. Using a lean to steer design, the Micro Mini has two big front wheels that smoothly sail over bumps without leaving streaks or marks on indoor flooring.

At a glance:

  • Rated for kids age 2-5, weighing up to 44 pounds.
  • Low deck and simple steering mechanism ideal for first-time riders.
  • Weighs just 3.3 pounds.
  • Can be ridden indoors or outdoors.
  • Rear fender brake provides smooth, even stopping power.
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Globber Primo 3 Wheel Adjustable Height Scooter

Available in more than 10 different cool color designs, the Globber Primo is great for teaching younger children how to ride a scooter. A special lock button prevents the scooter from being steered, ideal for when learning how to ride it. The handlebars can be adjusted from 26.5 inches all the way up to 31 inches, allowing the scooter to adjust as your kid grows. A low deck made from a steel plate provides super stability while the big front polyurethane wheels effortlessly glide over hard surfaces. Although this scooter doesn’t fold up, the handlebars can be detached for easy storage.

At a glance:

  • Rated for kids age 2-6, weighing up to 110 pounds.
  • Telescoping handlebars.
  • Lockable steering mechanism for safer training sessions.
  • Wide deck made from a solid steel plate for security.
  • Extra-long rear brake for intuitive use.
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Micro Maxi Kick Scooter with T-bar

The bigger version of the Micro Mini, the Micro Maxi is designed for kids age 5-12. The rigid polyurethane wheels effortlessly glide over hard surfaces while the locking handlebar clamp keeps everything firmly in position. Available in eight different colors, the Micro Maxi is designed to give kids years of scooter riding enjoyment. The Micro Maxi uniquely has two different steering options, a “joystick” design for graceful curves and a classic T-bar handlebar design for simpler balancing.

At a glance:

  • Rated for kids age 5-12.
  • Comes with two different steering options.
  • Steering bar/T-stick telescopes from 24-36 inches.
  • Great 3-wheel stability for bigger kids.
  • Standard rear fender brake.
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Best Stunt Scooters for Kids

If your child wants to take the scooter experience to the max, consider a stunt scooter. Designed for use at skate parks and to do advanced flips, jumps, and tricks, stunt scooters are a great choice for athletic youngsters who want to improve their balance and hand-eye coordination.

Mongoose 12″ Expo Scooter

Looking much like a bicycle with the seat dropped down, the Mongoose has absolutely everything a kid needs to do BMX-style tricks. Both wheels are big 12-inch pneumatic tires ideal for both off-road and smooth surface riding while the hand-operated bicycle-style caliper brakes allows for efficient and safe stopping. Both wheels come with axle pegs for performing tricks and stunts while the rugged steel tubular design makes the Mongoose Expo one very rugged stunt scooter.

At a glance:

  • Rated for kids age 6 and up.
  • Two beefy 12-inch pneumatic wheels easily handle off-road terrain.
  • Axle pegs for performing stunts and tricks.
  • Bicycle-style caliper brakes on the handlebars.
  • Eye-catching black and neon green design.
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Razor PowerWing Caster Scooter

The only scooter to make our list that has an unusual form of locomotion, the Razor PowerWing is instantly recognizable by its Y-shape design that has kids riding with their feet planted apart rather than bunched together on a narrow deck. The big front wheel is a 125-mm polyurethane skate-style wheel that easily glides over hard surfaces while the two rear 64-mm caster wheels allow the rider to perform crazy tricks, including kick-outs, side drifts, and spinouts. The handlebar includes a caliper brake and foam grips for added security, although the handlebar cannot be adjusted.

At a glance:

  • Available in two different color combinations.
  • “Y” design allows for impressive tricks including drifting, spins, and 360-spinouts.
  • Weighs 12 pounds.
  • Rated for kids age 6 and up, weighing up to 143 pounds.
  • Rugged tubular steel design.
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What to Know Before Choosing a Scooter

With so many brand-new styles, options, and manufacturers to choose from, it can be easy to forget that the scooter has been a classic toy for kids for more than a century. Originally hand-built in garages from fruit crates and roller skate wheels, today’s scooters are precisely designed to give kids of all ages a healthy physical activity to safely enjoy.

Before choosing the right scooter for children, there are a few terms that are important to know:

  • Kick scooter – The oldest style of scooters, this refers to the child pushing off against the ground (“kicking”) in order to propel the scooter forward on level ground.
  • Two-wheel scooters – The name speaks for itself, as this refers to scooters that have only two wheels. These are generally better for older kids with a well-developed sense of balance.
  • Three-wheel scooters – These offer greater stability at a cost of a little speed. Most three-wheel scooters have the single wheel in the rear and twin wheels in the front for improved balance, much like a tricycle. These are generally better gifts for a child’s first scooter.
  • Stunt scooter – For kids looking for a more adventurous toy, stunt scooters allow for impressive tricks like jumps and flips.
  • Brakes – Some scooters have no braking system whatsoever while others use different techniques to brake. Depending on where the scooter will be used, the steepness of any hills, and the athletic skills of the user,
    it is essential to have the right braking system.
  • Folding – Many of today’s scooters can be folded up. This makes it a lot easier to pack scooters in car trunks or even in overhead bins on aircraft.
  • Steering – Most scooters use an upright “T” system of handlebars that kids use to steer. Other scooters have a system where the “driver” leans left or right to steer.
  • Age/weight range – Scooters have no universally-accepted standards on the amount of weight that they can safely bear, so most scooters are rated by the age of the child “driver”. Be sure to buy a scooter that can safely accommodate both your child’s weight and skill level.
  • Wheels – Scooter wheels differ depending on the type of terrain (indoor/outdoor) and other factors. Bigger wheels offer greater stability but may require more effort to push. Some scooters use standard skate wheels, making them easy to replace or upgrade.

Conclusion

We love scooters in our family. It feels like Leyla was scooting almost from the moment we bought her first pair of walking shoes. Call us old fashioned, but in an age where smartphones are everywhere, we applaud the companies innovating with modern scooters. Scooting keeps the outdoors fun and encourages kids to be active. Win win!

And, if your kid loves scooting, then they will almost certainly be into balance bikes. These are essentially two wheeled bicycles without pedals. Younger children sit on them and put their feet on the floor. It helps them to develop the balancing skills which will later be transferred to a real bicycle. This means they often learn to ride faster.

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