Scooters are tons of fun for kids – and they have health and development benefits, too. Regular play on a scooter helps increase balance, coordination and more. Even young kids and toddlers can ride a scooter safely and effectively.
Looking for a scooter for your child or grandchild? There are a lot of different options, but we’ve got you covered. Our complete guide to the best scooters for kids has everything you need to know about finding the right scooter for every age and skill level. We’ve also included ten mini-reviews on scooters you’ll want to know all about.
Not sure where to start with your scooter shopping? These ten scooters all have a lot to like.
Let’s get rolling:
10 Reviews of Scooters for Kids
The Razor brand name is well-established and well-regarded among scooter fans of all ages. Their Jr Folding Kiddie Kick scooter is designed for children ages three and up.
Instead of the metal construction found in other Razor scooters, the Kiddie Kick has a slip-resistant Polypropylene deck. It also has soft foam handles which are easy-to-grip.
Like larger-sized Razor scooters, this one also has a folding mechanism for storage. The folded scooter can slide under a bed or in a drawer.
The scooter is on the heavy side, and requires a bit of weight in order to make the wheels roll properly. Although Razor says it’s suitable for kids as young as three, the scooter probably works best for kids who are slightly older and have more coordination.
- Three-Wheel Design Provides Stability
- Scooter Folds for Easy Storage
- High-Quality Razor Construction
- Comes in pink or blue
- Probably Too Heavy for Little Kids
- Wheels Sometimes Stick
- Handle Bar is Not Adjustable
Micro Scooter’s Mini strikes a nice balance between a kid’s wishes and a parent’s responsibilities. The scooter is fast and manoeuvrable, which kids are sure to love. At the same time, parents will be comforted by the reliable braking and steering systems.
The lean-to-steer design lets kids control the bike by leaning, which helps teach balance and coordination. Plus, the brakes work by stepping on a stopper. These intuitive controls make the bike a safe choice for young riders new to scooter riding.
The reinforced deck is strong but durable. Sidewalk bumps and other shocks are generally absorbed without problem. Non-marking wheels mean this scooter can be ridden inside (of course, you’ll want to test it out first in an inconspicuous area).
Overall, the Micro Mini Kickboard is a dependable scooter with a lot of safety features. You’ll want to consider the Kickboard if you’re shopping for a toddler or youngster’s first scooter.
- Unique Lean-to-Steer Design Helps Kids Learn to Ride
- Stopper Braking System is Kid-Friendly and Reliable
- Designed for Children between Ages Three to Five
- Wheels Only Suitable for Hard, Debris-Free Surfaces
- Height Handle is Not Adjustable
- Only Supports Up to 27.2 kg
This is the modern model of a classic 3-wheeled scooter. Construction has been upgraded from plastic to copper and the steering column has been redesigned.
The steel and aluminium frame is strong but lightweight. Padded handles and height adjustable handlebars keep the scooter comfortable and safe.
What kid doesn’t want a cool-looking scooter? The MAXI scooter has a blue camouflage design. Plus, the wheels have LED lights which flash as they roll. The lights are actually brighter than most brands thanks to a magnetic core.
While six is the minimum age, this scooter is better suited for pre-teens. This is a well-made scooter with a bold design which stands out from other models.
- Supports up to 110 pounds – Perfect for Older Kids and Adults
- Cool Blue Camouflage Style Creates a Unique Look
- Deck has Three Supports for Extra Durability
- Not Recommended for Kids Under Six
- Front Wheels Can Wobble and Even Fall Off
Globber’s 3-Wheel Kick Scooter is built for young kids and toddlers who are just learning to ride.
The scooter’s patented Direction Button Lock helps kids learn how to balance. When locked, the scooter will move in a straight line. When unlocked, the spring-loaded steering mechanism allows for turning which is supported by front pivot supports.
The high-rebound PU wheels have ABEC-5 bearings for a smooth ride even on rough terrain. Braking is efficient thanks to an extra-long rear brake which cover the entire wheel.
The 3-Wheel Kick has a handlebar height at a fixed 27 inches. While this height will work for many kids, this is still a scooter kids may outgrow as they age. You’ll want to make sure the 27-inch handlebar height is suitable for your child’s needs.
- Three-wheeled Design Helps Keep Scooter Steady
- Direction Button Lock Teaches Balance to New Riders
- Reinforced Deck Supports up to 50 kg
- Wheels Can Feel Wobbly
- Directional Pivots Can Feel Loose
Lightweight and low to the ground, this scooter is designed for toddlers just learning to ride a scooter. It has a 3-in-1 design with a removable seat and handlebar.
Also helping the little ones learn is a Lean-to-Steer Mechanism. Learning to turn, instead of using the handlebars, helps kids learn how to balance without risking serious injury.
Adjustable handlebars mean this scooter can be used while your kids grow. They can learn to ride on a scooter they’re comfortable with over a period of years.
The High-rebound PU wheels with ABEC-7 bearings ensure a smooth ride. Can safely be ridden indoors on wood without causing scratches or scuffs.
- Strong, Light Aluminium Frame with T-Locking Handlebar
- Dual Rear Wheel Foot and Hand Brake
- Low, Wide Deck Helps Kids Feel Safe when Riding
- Comes In A Wide Range Of Colours
- Wheels Not Attached Very Securely
- Weight Limit of 110 Pounds
- Not Suitable for Older Kids
As the name implies, this scooter is great for young kids who have never ridden a scooter before. The Ozbozz My First Scooter has two, three and four-wheel configurations. This helps youngsters develop balance while they learn to ride safely.
This is a brightly coloured scooter with soft hand grips. A non-adjustable T-tube connects to a metal deck. The scooter has no brakes, but young users aren’t going to go very fast on this scooter for that to be an issue.
Included with the scooter is a small set of tools for assembly. While the assembly itself isn’t difficult, the tools they give you aren’t really up to the job. Fortunately, if you have a basic tool set around the house, you’ll have no problem assembling the scooters.
The recommended age is two years and older. This isn’t really a scooter which will be used for years and years. Instead, it’s a good teaching tool for very young children. The three sets of wheels are designed to help the child learn how to ride a scooter quickly.
- Scooter has Two, Three and Four Wheel Options
- Excellent First Scooter for Young Kids
- Bright Colours Will Appeal to Both Boys and Girls
- T-Tube is Not Adjustable
- More of a Teaching Tool than a Long-Term Scooter
This is a larger, faster bike for older kids who already feel comfortable riding a scooter. The steel tube frame and air-filled tires work great for cruising around the neighbourhood with friends.
Kids will love the look of this scooter. It has splashes of colour along the front frame. The rear wheels and fender have spray protection.
The scooter is German made. Bikestar is known for their high-quality children’s toys and play equipment. The bike also has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
Bikestar’s scooter is for children over the age of seven. Kids will need to wear helmets and pads when riding this bike because it can get up to high speeds.
- Fun, Fast Scooter for Older Kids
- Large Air-Filled Tires with High-Quality Rims
- Sturdy Steel Tube Frame with Dynamic Design
- Brakes Can be a Little Tight
- Scooter Must be Assembled (No Tools Included)
Buckle up. The iScoot Official Ferrari Edition scooter is built to look – and even move – like an actual Ferrari. Of course, you won’t be getting the same high speeds, but the scooter does have a very smooth ride.
While a real Ferrari isn’t designed for beginning riders, the Ferrari scooter is made for kids between the ages of three and five. This is a three-wheeled scooter which provides a bit of extra balance for inexperienced young ones who need help with balance and coordination.
The scooter is well-built with an aluminium steering column and overall lightweight design. The Ferrari Scooter is one of the lightest scooters we tested, which means even toddlers can control it.
As you’d expect, the Ferrari Scooter has a unique, smooth style which invokes the spirit of the sports car. Available in either a red or black Ferrari finish.
- Unique tilt and turn steering
- Quality aluminium tube and carbon bearing construction
- Official Ferrari-inspired Design
- A bit on the Heavy Side for Very Young Children
- Too Short and Lightweight for Most Preteens
Some scooters have very light plastic parts which aren’t meant to stand up to a lot of stress. This is not one of those types of scooters. The Fascol 3-Wheel Children’s Scooter is made from a durable aluminium alloy which supports up to 60 kg.
The scooter has wide 135 mm wheels which can roll over obstacles. Wheels also flash during use for a cool effect. These large wheels had a solid ground grip and barely make a sound when rolling.
The Fascol Children’s Scooter has a unique C-shaped design. Not only will the scooter stand out from the crowd, but the design also adds extra protection by acting as a bumper during any collision. A sensitive, responsive rear brake adds another layer of safety.
Designed for children ages four and up, this is a solid scooter which will last a lifetime. A great choice for large families because you can pass the scooter down from sibling to sibling. Also, folds for easy storage.
If you’re looking for the most durable scooter on the market, the Fascol Children’s Scooter is worth your consideration.
- Durable, Long-Lasting Aluminium Alloy Construction
- Three-Wheels for Beginning Riders
- Large 135 mm Wheels with Lights
- Solid Construction Makes the Scooter Heavy
- Handlebars Aren’t Adjustable
With great responsibility comes… a great scooter? Marvel’s Spider-Man scooter is sure to please any young fan of the famous web-slinger.
This is a metal and plastic scooter with one wheel up front and two in the back. Just like its namesake, this scooter has a great non-slip grip.
Note that while Marvel says this scooter is suitable for children up to 12, that’s not really the case. In reality, this scooter is really only best for kids between the ages of two and five. Even six and seven-year-olds will likely be too tall for it.
This is a small scooter which toddlers might outgrow quickly. But for the young kids who love Spider-Man, this scooter is sure to be a delight.
- Fully Assembled
- Durable Metal and Plastic Components
- Cool Spider-Man Design
- Too Small for Older Children
- Manufacturer’s Age Guidelines are Incorrect
- Scooter Can’t Be Folded
How to Find the Best Scooter for Kids
There’s no one type of scooter which is best for every kid. Instead, scooters have a variety of features which will appeal to different age groups and ability levels. The key to finding the right scooter is understanding what the rider is comfortable with and capable of. Here are some important factors to consider:
Kids as young as two or three are usually ready for a simple, age-appropriate scooter. Scooters can be an important way for a little one to develop balance and coordination. Also, you can start building up a mindset that exercising outdoors can be fun and rewarding.
Many kids learn to ride a scooter before eventually switching over to a skateboard, roller blades or bicycle. However, there’s no specific age when this should happen. Kids can ride scooters well into their teen years, or they might switch to a bike much earlier.
New parents are often surprised at how even young kids will thrive on a scooter. For example, here’s a little guy who seems quite comfortable on a scooter even though he’s clearly a beginning rider:
Number of Wheels
Scooters can actually have more than two wheels. A third or even fourth wheel is often a great benefit for younger kids and toddlers.
Extra wheels provide support and help with balance. Kids can learn to ride safely without the threat of falls and injuries. This promotes confidence and stability on the scooter.
If you’re looking for a scooter used strictly for teaching purposes, you can get one with three or four permanent wheels. But another option is a scooter where you can add or remove wheels as necessary. When the child becomes comfortable on the scooter, you can simply remove the “training” wheels and have a traditional two-wheel scooter.
Handlebars will be either fixed or adjustable. While fixed handlebars can be a bit more solid, adjustable handlebars allow the scooter to adapt to your child as he or she grows up.
Typically, a training-type of scooter will be fine with fixed handlebars. As toddlers grow into older kids, they’ll simply become too big all-around for a smaller scooter. The height of the handlebars is just one of many components the child will outgrow.
If you’re buying a scooter for a kid between the ages of five and ten, you might be more interested in adjustable handlebars. This lets the child keep the same scooter even as they grow in height. Sometimes adjustable handlebars are a bit more expensive, but you save money in the long-run because you don’t have to buy a whole new scooter later on.
You’ll want a reinforced deck for the scooter which is strong enough to support your child. Avoid any scooter which buckles or bends when the child stands on it.
Each scooter will have a suggested weight limit which roughly corresponds to age. Generally speaking, you want to buy a scooter with a weight capacity which is at least 20 pounds more than your child’s current weight.
The larger the wheels, the better the scooter can handle rough terrain. Keep in mind that for a kid’s scooter, “rough terrain” can include cracks and pebbles on the sidewalk.
Large wheels are generally safer because they’re more likely to roll over obstacles. At the same time, you don’t want the wheels to be too large, either. Small wheels will limit the total speeds, which is often the best option for very young children and other inexperienced riders.
Not all scooters have brakes. In fact, scooters for toddlers usually have no brakes at all. While this might sound dangerous, brake-less scooters typically have small wheels and built-in speed limits. Young ones simply can’t get these scooters up to any speeds which might be dangerous.
However, faster scooters for older kids need a reliable braking system. You’re looking for a rear wheel fender brake. These will usually be operated by a foot pedal, which is usually more intuitive for a child to use than a handbrake.
Generally, wider brakes are better. They provide more coverage and control when stopping. You probably want to avoid thin, aluminium brakes. They can lose friction if the wheel becomes wet.
You want a stable scooter. Stability is determined by a few different factors. If the scooter has two wheels in the front, look at the width between them. A wider gap will provide more stability.
The width of the standing deck is also an important factor in stability. A wider platform is more stable. At the same time, you don’t want a platform which is too wide. That can impact speed and performance.
You want the deck to be just a bit wider than the child’s foot. If the child can fit both feet on the scooter side-by-side, then the platform is too wide. You want to find that perfect width.
Riders of every age should always wear proper safety equipment. This includes shoes, elbow pads, knee pads and, of course, a helmet. The vast majority of scooter injuries involve the head, but a helmet can reduce the risk of injury by as much as 85%.
You might not have a solid idea about a scooter until your child has a change to ride it for a few days. So you want to pay attention to any satisfaction guarantees. If the scooter isn’t going to work out, you want to know you can return it without a hassle.
Also, pay attention to any warranties related to parts. Finding replacement parts on your own can be difficult. You want to know the manufacturer can help you replace and repair any damaged components.
Finally, don’t forget about style. You want your child to enjoy using the scooters, and most kids prefer a scooter they think looks cool.
There are plenty of design options out there. You can find bold, bright colours for both boys and girls. Try to involve your child when shopping for a scooter. They’re far more likely to ride a scooter when they feel involved in the selection process.
One cool style feature many kids love are flashing wheel lights. As the scooter moves, the wheels light up with a variety of colours. Not only does this look great – especially at night – but flashing wheel lights actually increase visibility and safety on the road.
There’s a lot to like about all of the scooters on our list. Some are great for older kids who are more experienced riders while others are better for toddlers and other youngsters as they develop balance and coordination.
Always choose the best scooter for your child’s needs. This includes their needs both now and in the future. While a child won’t use the same scooter at age two as they would at ten, scooters with adjustable handlebars can adapt to the changing height of a growing boy or girl.
You also want to pay attention to braking power and speed. The faster the scooter can go, the more reliable the braking system should be.
Finally, don’t forget design. There’s no reason your child shouldn’t have a scooter he or she thinks is cool looking. Some options include exciting paint designs as well as wheels which light up when on the go.
If you’re looking for the best all-around scooter we recommend the Razor Junior Folding Kiddie Kick. The three-wheel design allows for plenty of stability for new riders, but the scooter is still fast enough to be fun.
The Kiddie Kick isn’t really a scooter for toddlers although it can still be considered a beginning scooter for older kids. Razor is a brand name we trust. Plus, like all Razor scooters, the Razor Junior Folding Kiddie Kick is foldable for storage.
Scooters are a healthy alternative to video games and other sedentary activities. Plus, they’re a lot of fun! Surprise the child or grandchild in your life with a scooter today.