Scooters are, without a doubt, one of the most popular toys/vehicles for kids these days. I can hardly drive through town without seeing a group of kids riding them, which made me think that maybe my kids would like one too! But I wasn’t sure what features the best scooters for kids had to have, so naturally, I did some research and decided to share it with you!
While it might seem pretty easy to simply go out and buy any old scooter for your children that is simply not the case. There are plenty of things that you need to take into consideration, and I’ve laid them all out for you in this article. Plus, I have researched some of the best scooters on the market to help you find the one that is just right for your kids!
Best Scooters (Updated)
(*) Below, you'll find my detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see prices and read customer's reviews on Amazon.
What Safety Gear Will We Need?
Now, first things first! If you are going to be putting your little ones onto anything with wheels, be it a skateboard, bike, trike, or scooter, there is some safety gear that you’ll need to make sure they have.
After all, you want to make sure they enjoy themselves, and that is really hard to do if you are constantly hurt. Here is a list of all the necessary safety gear that I would recommend your child wear while they are riding their scooter.
A good helmet, like this one, is, as this video illustrates, the most essential of all safety gear. Unlike elbows and knees, which will heal with time, if your child hurts their head, there could be serious permanent consequences.
Make sure you look for one that your child will like to wear, or you could be faced with an uphill battle to get them to keep it on.
2. Elbow Pads/Knee Pads
While not quite as important as a helmet, it might not be a bad idea to get a set of elbow and knee pads, like these, for a beginning rider, since they are pretty much guaranteed to fall off of their scooter. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save on what my kids have dubbed “boo boo patches” (bandages)!
3. Close Toe Shoes
While scooter riding is going to be primarily a warm weather sport, make sure you don’t let your little ones ride with sandals or flip flops. I can only imagine how many toenails would be pulled off if I let my kids ride without sneakers.
Even if the scooter has a brake, the natural inclination of most small kids is to put their foot down to stop. Open toed shoes would be the huge problem is that department.
What Key Features Should You Look For In A Scooter
Phew, finally we got through all the safety stuff and can focus on the best features to look for in a kid’s scooter. There are plenty of things to cover, so let’s get to it!
1. Weight Limit
While most kid’s scooters are designed to fit multiple ages of children up to and including teenagers, you want to make sure that you don’t get one that can’t handle your child’s weight without putting them at risk while riding.
You want to be sure that the scooter is durable. Generally, the heavier a scooter is, the more durable it will be. Scooters that can’t be folded are also more durable than the foldable kind since they don’t have as many moving parts to worry about.
However, if you want to take the scooters with you anywhere (and your children will!), it might be a good idea to get a scooter that can be folded up for easier transportation. This foldability will also help with storage, as well.
4. Height Range
Some scooters can get pretty expensive, so it makes sense to look for one with an adjustable height range that will grow with your child. Just be sure that when they are riding the handlebars are right at their belly so they can ride comfortably.
Obviously, most kids will probably just press down with their foot on the ground to stop, but if you want to save your child’s shoes a bit (YES!), then be sure that the scooter you choose has some functioning brakes.
6. Wheel Type
Some of the cheaper brands will use PVC or plastic wheels on their scooters, which is kind of silly, in my opinion. These wheel types will not hold up very well over the years, and even when they are brand new will only offer marginal traction. Look for rubber wheels instead; I promise you won’t regret it!
Top Five Scooters For Kids
The Good: There is so much to like about this scooter, it is almost hard to get started! First off, it is built to last, featuring the most durable materials and design out of all of the scooters I reviewed. The weight limit of 120 lbs. is a great indicator of this quality, as this scooter should last for years and years.
Secondly, the height adjustment system is top notch. Unlike lots of other scooters that are adjusted with a flip of a hinge, this one requires a wrench. While that might sound like a hassle, I found it to be more secure and less likely to break down than the other system.Finally, the large overall foot deck and excellent brake system make this a can’t miss, great scooter.
The Bad: While the scooter is built to be extremely tough, this also means that it cannot be folded up for easy transportation. This is also one of the more expensive scooter options out there, which might make it a hard choice for some parents.
The Long and Short of It: The Micro Maxi, which you can check out here, is built and designed very well. It is extremely durable, though it is a bit expensive.
The Good: Have you ever heard that great things come in small packages? Well, it’s true, just see for yourself! Everything to love about the Micro Maxi is present here in the Micro Mini. It has the same wide base, high-quality construction, and great break system. The only difference is that it is designed with a smaller child in mind so that even your little ones can get in on the fun!
The Bad: While it is great to be able to get your younger child out on a scooter, this will limit the amount of time the scooter can be ridden in the long run. Since this scooter has a weight limit of 75 lbs., your child might outgrow it more quickly than you would like them to.
The Long and Short of It: A great scooter for a smaller child, the Micro Mini is well built and easy to use. The only problem with it is that it is made with a younger child in mind, limiting the amount of time your kid will be able to ride it.
The Good: If I close my eyes and envision a scooter, odds are I’ll see a Razor. When I was a kid, they seemed to just pop up overnight as the most popular mode of transportation, and with good reason. They’re lightweight, which makes them easy to ride for most kids.
Since these scooters are so lightweight and easy to handle, they are great for tricks or really fast riding. Razor scooters can be folded in half, too, making them easy to take in the car on vacation or to the park.
The Bad: While they brew up all sorts of nostalgia for me, that doesn’t mean the classic design is without its faults. The deck is really skinny, making it harder for small children to stay on while riding. They are also a bit flimsy, and won’t last more than one or two summers without breaking down to the point that they can’t be used anymore.
The Long and Short of It: The classic scooter, the Razor, which can be reviewed here, is lightweight and easy to transport. However, they are also a bit on the flimsy side, which will limit their usefulness.
The Good: If you are looking for a high-quality scooter for a younger rider (2-6 years old), then look no further. The Globber scooter is great for beginners since it has a cool locking mechanism to keep the scooter going in a straight line while they learn to balance. Once they have the hang of that skill, you can disengage the mechanism to let them learn to steer.
This scooter also has an extra-long brake pad. This will help your little one to get the hang of breaking with ease, instead of forcing them to stand uncomfortably when they need to slow the scooter down.
The Bad: Though the scooter has a really high weight limit (110 lbs.), it is not made for taller children. Therefore, you will only get one or two seasons of use out of it before your little one outgrows it.
The Long and Short of It: A durable trainer scooter for younger riders, the Globber has a high weight limit. Your child will, however, probably outgrow it because of their height after only a few years of use.
The Good: This is another good option for a trainer scooter, especially if you are unsure whether or not your child will like riding a scooter. It is relatively cheap and made with extra light materials to make it easier for younger riders to handle. The foot pad is extra wide, and the steering is very easy, thanks to the two front wheels.
The Bad: Unfortunately, due to the lighter materials used in its construction, this scooter will be very easy to break. Its weight limit, which is only 50 lbs., makes this scooter only ideal for the smallest of users.
The Long and Short of It: If you are unsure whether or not your young child will like riding a scooter than this Radio Flyer is a good bet for you. It is made with light materials, which make it easy to handle and easy to break. If you would like more information on this scooter, please click here.
Now Just Scoot On Out Of Here!
Phew! I told you there was a lot to consider when you are looking for a great scooter. But we did it! Go us! Now you can go out there and confidently buy the scooter of your kid’s dreams. Just make sure that they wear that safety gear.
If you have any questions, comments, or recommendations, please let me know in the comment section below. Now, get out there and start ridin’!