A modern classic, the multi-award-winning Micro Mini Deluxe pretty much defines what a 3-wheel kick scooter ought to be. The Mini Deluxe is beautifully engineered and is both durable and effortless to use. It rides smoothly and safely, handling so intuitively that the youngest of children will learn in no time.
Our little scooting-mad kiddos test-ride all the scooters we review. We also believe that if you want truly honest feedback, then you need to get a family who has paid for and owned the scooter for more than a year to dish the dirt – and that’s just what we do.
Read on to learn if the Micro Mini Deluxe is really all it’s made out to be. And whether it will withstand the real-life punishment your child will put it through.
At a glance
Our rating: 4.9 out of 5
Best suited to: Toddlers and young children learning scooting
Scooter type: 3-wheel lean-to-steer kick scooter
Max rider weight: 110lbs
Handlebar height: 17″ to 25 ” (above the deck)
Recommended age: 2 to 5 years
Durability: Solid construction for years of use. Watch out for small nuts that can work loose.
What we love:
- Solid construction and impeccable engineering
- Smooth ride on wheels that can go indoors without marking
- Easily learned with lean-to-steer mechanics
Watch out for:
- Prone to flipping forward over bumps
- Detaching handlebars can be a pain
- Some nuts can work loose and need to be tightened
After 1-years riding, here’s our Micro Mini Deluxe Review
The Micro Mini has been a culture-defining scooter for years. The ubiquitous Swiss company, Micro, really nailed it with the now-classic 3-wheel, lean-to-steer mechanism. Arguably the best 3-wheel scooter for toddlers, the Mini Deluxe handles beautifully and feels robust. It has also been designed to withstand the brutal treatments that kids often subject their scooters to!
That said, if you are under the impression that the Micro Mini is the only decent option out there, then you’d be wrong. The competition has had enough time to catch up. From our tests, there are several other scooters that can (almost) match the riding experience of the Micro Mini Deluxe while being more affordable. (One example is the Svolta Ace.)
Let’s hear from a family who has owned and ridden the Micro Mini Deluxe for over a year. It’s time to hear some honest feedback.
Meet the Benton-Brownes
Family: Mama, Papa, and three kiddos
Scooter: “Little” Benton-Browne is 4-years. He’s been tearing up the Mini Deluxe for over a year.
Environment: The Benton-Brownes live in the countryside. a rural village. “Little” routinely rides on rough terrain, scooting on forest walks, and just about everywhere. It’s safe to say that he’s put this scooter through its paces more than the average suburban rider would.
Philosophy: Any excuse to get outdoors. Scooting over gaming any day!
Performance & Handling (How does it truly ride?)
The Micro Mini Deluxe is intuitive to learn and can be mastered in one short session. It has an exceptionally smooth turning mechanism, sits low to the ground, and is lightweight. All these features make it easy for a young child to control and balance.
Mama Benton-Browne remarks, “This is an ideal first-scooter. We’re very happy with it. Our kids are always tearing about on it at breakneck speed.”
During our testing, we also found that it was a fantastic ride. And while easy for beginners, the easy handling and light frame means that more adventurous riders will soon pick up speed and twist and turn like the pros.
In short, the Micro Mini Deluxe will grow with your child from tentative beginner to wicked speed-freak.
Durability (Does it survive real life?)
The Benton-Brownes are generally happy with the durability of this scooter. After two years of heavy use (much of it off-road and on country paths), the Micro Mini Deluxe has survived remarkably well.
“The scooter has been passed from older sibling to younger and it’s still going strong. It rides like new and there are no broken parts so far. ” – Mama Benton-Browne
This is great to hear and is surely down to the quality Swiss design and top-notch engineering. The Mini is built to last and can withstand the daily bruising that the average child will put it through.
One small point to mention. We’ve seen this a couple of times now – the Micro Mini is put together with a few nuts and bolts. Sometimes these can work loose and eventually fall. Regularly check your Micro scooter and tighten up any loose bolts. (See pic below.)
You can find Micro scooter maintenance tips here.
Sizing (Will it fit your kiddo?)
Micro recommends 2 to 5 years. We’d agree with that.
Handlebar height: Adjustable from 17″ to 25″ above the deck. This is a relatively large range of motion and will allow the scooter to grow with your child for several years.
Scooter weight: 4.3 lbs (1.8 kg) compared to classic Micro at 3.7 lbs. This is very lightweight and easily manageable for the youngest riders.
Maximum rider weight: 110 lbs, enough for any child who can safely use the 25″ handlebar. In other words, your kid will outgrow it by getting too tall, never too heavy.
Recommended age: 2 to 5 years (as long as they fit the handlebar height and are under 110 lbs). Sometimes we’ve found manufacturers’ recommendations to be a little spurious, but in this case, Micro has it spot on, we completely agree.
Parts & Build
The Micro Mini Deluxe is well-designed with quality components. Let’s take a closer look.
Handlebars + Grips: A classic fixed T-bar design with two robust rubber grips that are comfortable to hold and durable. The grips can be easily replaced when worn with any one of 25 different colors, but this shouldn’t need doing for at least 2 or 3 years.
Stem: The lightweight carbon fiber stem looks great and houses an anodized height-adjustable T-bar. Adjustments are super easy to make.
Deck: Carbon fiber for strength and light for easy handling. The footplate is 14 x 4.5. Not the biggest, but then the feet using it are relatively small. The deck is injected with silicone for flexibility and reinforced by fiberglass for stability and strength.
Wheels: Non-marking, anti-slip, thick polyurethane wheels give a smooth, secure ride both inside and outside the house.
Brake: Classic rear brake works with a spring and pin assembly. It’s replaceable but unlikely to need it.
Colors: Comes in 15 bright colors: ocean blue, lavender, aqua, blue, green, red, pink, purple, yellow, orange, ice blue, ruby, turquoise, black/gray, and navy.
Everyday use (From setup to storage)
Assembly: It couldn’t be simpler. There are two pieces of equipment, the handlebar and the deck, and one tool, a hex wrench. Line up the steering clips of both the handlebar and the base, then push them together. Just open the clamp on the handlebar and raise it to the desired height. Keeping the clamp open, tighten the latch with the hex key to reach maximum compression. Close the clamp, and you’re done. Be sure to register your scooter with the serial number on the side of the black frame.
Folding: The frame doesn’t fold and neither do the handlebars. However, the stem does detach if you need to stow it away.it’s pretty small so doesn’t take up too much room.
Raising/lowering handlebars: (1) Open stem latch, (2) Press black button, (3) Slide T-bar up or down, and (2) Close stem latch.
It’s quick and easy and can be performed by a child.
Storage size: 3.94 x 2.36 x 1.97 inches
Ease of transport: Folding the scooter is quick and easy. Kids or parents can easily carry it within a bag.
The Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter is a multi prize-winning engineering feat. Stable on three soft wheels, easy to steer by merely leaning, and a lot of fun for new riders from 2 to 5 years. The little ones instinctively know how to move the scooter, how to steer it, and how to stop.
As a first scooter, you cannot go wrong with the Mini Deluxe. It is arguably the best 3-wheel toddler scooter on the market. That said, several competitors have gotten very close to matching it, and some of these decent alternatives can cost less.
(For a possible alternative, check out our review of the Svolta Ace.)