What’s not to love about scooters? They are super fun, easy to learn how to ride, and many are even easy on the wallet too. Scooters are also a great way to get kids moving and active!
But when it comes to looking for scooters for kids, you may become a bit overwhelmed. There are two-wheel and three-wheel, stunt, kick and caster scooters; electric and man-powered. So the big question is, which one do you choose?
We’re here to help you narrow down your pick. We’ve chosen our favorite scooters for all ages and skill levels. (We’ve even thrown in an electric one!)
There are a few things you need to know before we get started, like the types of scooters, safety tips, parts of the scooter and more. So let’s get started!
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Types of Scooters
There are a few different types of scooters out there. Let’s go over what they are and what age group they are best suited for.
For most people, when they think of a scooter for kids, this is what they’re thinking of. Kick scooters have either 2 or 3 wheels and are operated by pushing off with one foot while the other foot remains on the platform.
Kick scooters are suitable for toddlers, kids, teens and yes, even adults! These types of scooters are for recreational use and are a great choice for any kid.
Pro or Stunt Scooter
While pro scooters look similar to kick scooters, there are a few differences that allow them to do tricks that most kick scooters cannot.
Pro scooters have two wheels and the wheels tend to be a little softer so that the rider can get a better grip of the ground. The wheels usually feature a metal core rather than a plastic one, and the frame itself is made out of a tough, but lightweight metal.
Pro scooters are best for older kids and teens and can be used on sidewalks, streets and skate parks.
Dirt or Off-Road Scooters
While kick and pro scooters are meant for smooth surfaces, dirt scooters are designed for grass, trails and of course, dirt. The most noticeable difference between a dirt scooter and other scooters is the wheels. They are thicker and have deeper treads so they can grip whatever surface they’re on.
To get the longest life out of this scooter, it’s best to keep it on the trails. Concrete and asphalt can wear the treads on the tires down quickly, leaving them less effective when riding on rugged terrain. The only downside to dirt scooters is that they tend to be a little more expensive.
As you may have guessed, this one is not powered by the rider but rather by a battery. Electric scooters are the most expensive type of scooter out there and are best for kids who are 10 and up.
And while electric scooters are fun, they won’t provide the aerobic benefits that a man-powered scooter will.
This unique type of scooter has three wheels (one in the front, two in the back) and typically has a platform over the back right wheel and the back left wheel. Caster scooters are operated a little differently. Rather than push off with one leg, the rider shifts his or her body weight to make the scooter move.
Parts of Scooter
Scooters are pretty simple, right? Just a few wheels and handlebars. Well, there are a few terms you’ll need to know when looking at scooters. Let’s take a look at what they are.
T-Tube: A T-tube, also known as the bar, is the T-shaped part of the scooter that includes the handle. T-tubes are adjustable so they can raise or lower depending on the rider’s height.
Deck: The deck is the platform where the rider places his or her feet. While this is the bulkiest part of the scooter and the heaviest, too, it is usually made of aluminum to keep it relatively lightweight without compromising durability.
Wheelie Bar: This is a small bar located on the back of the deck, above the wheel, that is used for tricks.
Grips: Grips are what cover the handlebars. They should be comfortable and are made of a synthetic material that allows the rider to have a solid grip while riding the scooter.
Brake: The brake of the scooter is usually located on the back wheel. It’s a lever that can be pressed down via the rider’s foot. Some scooters feature a hand brake similar to one found on a bike.
Bearings: Inside the core of the wheel is where you’ll find the bearings. Bearings consist of a ring with tiny balls that allow the wheel to move freely. Bearings should be maintained to ensure a smooth ride.
Clamp: The clamp is located on the bar and allows the rider to adjust the height of the bar depending on his or her height.
Grip tape: This is a strip of material located on the deck of the scooter that helps the rider’s foot stay put on the deck while riding.
Scooters for all Kids
Not all scooters are created equal. Between different wheel sizes, the number of wheels, and more, there are some things you need to consider; including your child’s age, weight, height, and experience riding a scooter.
Let’s take a look at some things to watch out for when choosing a scooter for your child.
Two-Wheel vs. Three-Wheel
Making the choice between 2 and 3 wheels comes down to age and experience. Two-wheel scooters are best for older kids while three-wheel scooters provide more stability for a younger rider, such as toddler or preschooler.
However, some three-wheel scooters are suitable for older kids because they are steered a little differently than traditional scooters.
Deck Size and Clearance
Beginners, especially younger kids just starting out, need to learn how to stabilize themselves on a scooter. When choosing a scooter for beginner riders, choose a wider deck that is lower to the ground.
Consider how tall your child is and be sure to check out what height range the scooter is suitable for. The handlebars should have the ability to be adjusted to about your child’s hip.
While a slightly heavier scooter will provide some stability, you don’t want the scooter to be too heavy, especially for younger kids. Kids do best with a lightweight scooter, like one made of aluminum.
When it comes to weight (in the sense of the weight the scooter can hold), make sure to check what the weight limit is for the scooter. Don’t simply go by the age range.
Regardless of your child’s age, choose a scooter that is made from a durable material. Aluminum tends to be the best choice because it’s durable without being too heavy. Also, consider choosing a scooter that features metal core wheels rather than plastic ones, that way you get a longer life out of the scooter.
Scooters and Safety
Scooters may seem safer overall because they are low to the ground. However, that does not mean kids should forgo safety precaution. It’s very important that children wear the appropriate gear when on a scooter.
Here are some safety tips kids should follow when riding a scooter:
- Always wear a helmet. We also strongly suggest that kids wear knee pads and wrist guards, as well.
- Wear bright clothing. This will make it easier for cars and other pedestrians to see your child while they ride on their scooter.
- Teach children to ride their scooter in safe places such as park paths, sidewalks, and bike paths.
- Children should not ride a scooter at night.
- Check to make sure the brake is working and that no part of the scooter is damaged before each ride.
- Make sure the steering column is at the right height. (Kids grow fast!)
Caring for a Scooter
While scooters don’t need a ton of special care, in order to get the longest life out of a scooter, they require a little TLC every now and then. Here are some things to keep in mind to keep things running smoothly.
- Clean or replace bearings and make sure they are lubricated. When the scooter isn’t riding as smoothly as it did when first purchased, it may be a sign that the bearings need to be cleaned and lubricated.
- Replace the grips if they are worn or damaged. It’s important for the grips to be in good condition so the rider can get a good… well, grip!
- If anything feels loose or wobbly, tighten it with the appropriate tool. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual if need be. Most parts require an Allen key to adjust.
The 10 Best Scooters for Kids
We’ve made it to the list! And our list has got everything. We chose our favorite scooters for older and younger kids, 2 wheel and 3 wheel scooters, and even included an electric scooter, too!
Keep in mind your child’s age, as well as how much experience they have riding a scooter.
Without further ado, let’s see which scooters made the cut!
1. Razor A3
It’s hard to beat a classic. The Razor A3 kick scooter is great for kids as young as 5. Made of a tough aircraft-grade aluminum, this lightweight scooter is great for kids on the go and for those who plan on learning a few tricks.
For both a smooth ride and some awesome tricks, the front wheel features a shock-absorbing suspension system with a wheelie bar located on the back. The urethane wheels are slightly bigger than previous versions and are complete with high-speed bearings. The rear fender brake provides the rider with quick stops.
The A3 folds up quickly and easily for convenient carrying. The T-tube can be adjusted to the rider’s height and the scooter holds riders up to 143 pounds.
- Comes in multiple colors
- Affordable price
- Durable aluminum construction
- Shock-absorbing front wheel
- Easy to fold up
- Has wheelie bar for tricks
- Smaller wheels aren’t great for riding on bumpy surfaces.
2. Micro Maxi Deluxe Kick
The Micro Maxi Deluxe Kick Scooter is easy to learn to use. Unlike most scooters, to steer the Micro Maxi Deluxe, kids use their body weight to lean into turns. With a wide deck and plenty of fun colors to choose from, kids will love riding around the neighborhood on this kick scooter.
The Micro logo on the deck is made of an anti-slip silicone to help kids get a good grip while standing on the scooter. The deck is made of flexible, but durable, fiberglass that helps absorb the shock when going over bumps on the surface.
The max weight for the Micro Maxi Deluxe Kick is 150 pounds and the max height is 5’3”. This scooter is also surprisingly lightweight despite its size, making it easy for young kids to carry it.
- Comes in plenty of colors
- Easy to steer via body weight
- Provides good shock absorption when going over obstacles
- Anti-slip silicone on the deck gives kids a good grip while riding
- Lightweight, but durable
- The three-wheel design makes it stable and easier for beginners to use
3. Razor A5 Lux
Let’s face it, Razor is the king of scooters. Known for their well-made scooters for kids of all ages, the A5 Lux Kick Scooter is no exception. This scooter will provide the rider with a smooth ride that will last for years to come. (And we mean it! This Razor scooter is great for both kids and adults.)
The A5 Lux is made of aircraft-grade aluminum that is lightweight and durable and can hold up to 220 pounds. The adjustable handlebars have comfortable foam grips and the larger urethane wheels make it easier to go over obstacles on sidewalks and pavement.
This scooter is easy to carry thanks to its overall light weight and is perfect for kids 8 years of age and older. The best part for mom and dad? No assembly required. Our only tip is to exercise caution on wet surfaces. The wheels aren’t great on slippery surfaces.
- Made of durable, lightweight aluminum
- Larger wheels go over obstacles easily
- Great for older kids
- No assembly needed
- Easy to carry
- Wheels don’t handle well in the rain
4. Micro Mini Kick
For the extra small riders who need a three-wheel scooter, the original Micro Mini Kick Scooter has a deck that is low to the ground, perfect for little ones who are just learning how to ride.
Like its older sibling, the Micro Maxi, the Micro mini is steered via bodyweight, meaning kids simply lean to the direction they want to go. It’s easy to control and suitable for kids 3 to 5 years old.
Because of its low-to-the-ground design, it’s not great for bumpy or rocky terrain, but it’s perfect for coasting down sidewalks and asphalt.
- Great for toddlers and young beginners
- The low-to-the-ground deck makes riding easier for young riders
- Easy to steer
- 7 colors to choose from
- Won’t ride well on bumpy terrain
5. Razor E300 Electric
The first and only electric scooter on this list! While we are all a fan of man-powered scooters as a form of physical activity for kids, it’s hard to talk about scooters and not include an electric one – and the Razor E300 is our favorite.
On one charge, the Razor E300 will drive up to 40 minutes and go up to 10 mph. The larger deck means kids can place both feet on the deck comfortably while zooming around.
It has a hand-operated brake, rather than a foot brake, and the chain-driven motor is surprisingly quiet. We suggest purchasing an extra battery though, as 40 minutes goes pretty fast! But if the battery does die, don’t worry. It will operate as a traditional scooter and allow your child to move it by using good old fashioned manpower.
As you can expect, this scooter is pricey and for older kids who plan on putting in some serious mileage, parts of the scooter (like the motor) may wear out quickly. This scooter is best for kids at 10 years or older.
- Goes up to 10 mph
- Wide deck to fit both feet
- 40 minutes of ride time
- Can be used as a regular scooter, as well
- Parts may fail with prolonged use
6. Fuzion Z300
If your kid is looking to do more than just roll around and is ready to take their scooter riding to the next level, the Fuzion Z300 is a great choice for beginner to intermediate stunt riders.
This lightweight scooter is suitable for kids 8 years and up and despite its lightweight build, can hold up to 220 pounds! The grips are extra long and comfortable to hold.
The Fuzion graphic on the bottom of the deck makes this scooter look just like what the pros ride and it’s available in 4 styles: Fury, Rage, Guts, and Shock – each with its own unique color and design.
The ABEC 9 bearings and aluminum core wheels make for one smooth riding experience, and while the nylon/steel brake works well and can be adjusted if necessary, some users had issues with it rattling and squeaking after a lot of use.
- Comes in 4 cool styles
- Great for beginner to intermediate stunt riding
- Lightweight but super durable
- High-quality bearings and brake system
- Easy to set up
- The brake may wear prematurely
7. Yvolution Fliker Carver C3
This scooter definitely stands out from the rest. The FLEX technology on the Yvolution Fliker Carver C3 scooter makes it easy for kids to do some awesome tricks with just a twist of their hips.
This three-wheel scooter provides the feel of skiing but with more stability than a two-wheel scooter. That doesn’t mean this scooter is for young riders, though! Suitable for kids 7 and up, this scooter has high-quality PU wheels and a super responsive braking system.
But this unique scooter has a couple of drawbacks. One being, it doesn’t move backward and secondly, it’s on the heavier side. This scooter will, however, hold up 220 pounds, which means mom and dad can even give it a shot!
- Simulates feeling like skiing
- 3-wheel design provides stability
- Great for tricks and stunts!
- Scooter easily does 360-degree spins
- Won’t go in reverse
8. Mongoose Expo
Whether kids are cruising around the neighborhood or looking for an off-road adventure, the Mongoose Expo will deliver. The 12-inch, air-inflated wheels provide the traction kids need to tackle tough trails but also will provide a smooth, comfortable ride on smooth surfaces like asphalt and pavement.
Some of the parts of this scooter are similar to a bike, like the BMX freestyle brake rotor, the alloy hand brake, and the axle pegs. This is a heavier scooter, but durable and has a wide deck for stability.
This scooter will require some assembly, which proves to be a little tricky. However, the solid design will hold up to 220 pounds and is great for kids 8 years and up.
- Great for off-road rides
- Quality BMX brake system and axle pegs
- 12-inch, air-inflated wheels provide good traction on smooth and rocky terrain
- A little tricky to assemble
9. Globber Primo
The low clearance steel-reinforced deck of this scooter provides plenty of stability for young beginner riders. It is great for kids as young as 2 years old and has a weight capacity of 110 pounds.
The Globber Primo’s most notable feature is the steering lock system which is a button that locks the handlebar so beginner riders drive the scooter straight and learn to maintain their balance. Once they have learned how to balance on the scooter, the handlebar can be unlocked so kids can steer in the direction they want to go by using their body weight.
This scooter is available in plenty of colors and is made of tough high-impact material. The only downside we found with this scooter is the price. And with an age max of 6 years old, kids may grow out of this scooter pretty quickly.
- Made of durable high-impact material
- The wide steel-reinforced deck provides stability
- Comes in plenty of colors
- Safe locking mechanism for kids learning to ride
- Suitable for kids as young as 2 years old
- Kids may grow out of this one fast
10. Envy Series 6 Prodigy
Our final pick is for the big kids looking for a freestyle scooter. We know that Envy Scooters has come out with a Series 7, but we love the build and the price of the Envy Series 6 Prodigy.
The Series 6 has a lightweight, durable aluminum deck with Chromoly bars and TPR hand grips. The high-quality polyurethane wheels have a durable aluminum core.
True to other Envy scooters, the paint job is top-notch and comes in a variety of vibrant designs and colors. Between the style and the solid build, the price is just right for any stunt scooter rider.
- High-quality hardware that is built to last
- Lightweight aluminum deck
- Stylish design choices
- Aluminum core wheels make for a speedy ride
- The price might be a little too high for some
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What age can my child start riding a scooter?
A: Kids as young as 2 years old can start riding a scooter! A good rule of thumb is if your child has a steady walking gait, then they can start riding a scooter. However, make sure to choose an age-appropriate scooter. We’ve included scooters on our list that are specifically designed for extra young riders.
Q: What is the difference between scooter wheel sizes?
A: Scooter wheel sizes range from 98mm to 125mm in diameter, but the most popular size is 110mm. Scooter wheels also have different widths, most of them either being 24mm wide or 30mm wide.
The size of the wheel usually corresponds to the size of the scooter itself. The smaller the scooter, the smaller the wheel size. For more information, check out this video to learn about the wheel sizes!
Q: Does my child really need a helmet when riding a scooter? And which helmet should I even choose?
A: Keeping kids safe is extremely important. Whether it’s a bike, roller skates or scooter, kids should wear a helmet when using any of these wheeled devices.
In terms of which helmet to choose, using a helmet that is made for biking or skating is a good choice. We also strongly suggest you invest in good knee pads for your child, too.
Before choosing a scooter, make sure you choose one that is appropriate for your child’s age and skill level. Our top pick for most kids is the Razor A3. It’s hard to beat a classic and the Razor A3 has a lightweight build, folds in half easily for storage and comes at an affordable price. It’s also great for kids as young as 5 years old.
For younger tots just starting, check out the Micro Mini Kick Scooter. The low-to-the-ground design will give toddlers and preschool-aged kids the confidence they need to get started. We hope you enjoyed our article covering the best scooters for kids!