Best Scooter Helmets For Kids

Best Scooter and Bike Helmets For Kids

Safety is always the number one priority when kids are riding a scooter (or anything else speedy with wheels such as balance bikes). A helmet provides protection for the kids and peace of mind for the parents. But buy the wrong one and you will encounter a whole host of problems. Firstly it won't offer the right protection and secondly it's likely your child will refuse to wear it.

It's therefore very important to make the right choice? But, do not fear!  Find below a comprehensive guide on picking the right helmet for your child as well as lots of helmet suggestions to suit all budgets.

What to consider when buying a child's helmet?

1.) Choosing the right size - this is important for obvious reasons. A helmet which is too tight will be uncomfortable but if it too loose it will move around and not offer the protection needed.

Generally helmets will give a head circumference measurement in cm to help you choose the right size. When measuring you child's head take the following step use a fabric measuring tape and measure around your child's head about 1 inch above the eyebrows. Wrap around the head and keep it level to get the full measurement. If you don't have a fabric measuring tape, you can use some string, mark it and then measure it against a ruler.

This measurement is a good starting point, but to ensure the helmet fits correctly it should have about a gap of an inch between the eyebrow and the helmet. If the helmet is too big, it will move around too much. If it is too small too much of the forehead may be visible.

2.) Dial adjustments, straps and pads - most helmets come with straps and pads so you can adjust the helmet according to the size of a child's head and as they grow.

Lots of helmets also have dial adjustments at the back of the helmet which can be much easier to use and give an excellent fit.

Some helmets come with a range of inner pads which are interchangeable to help achieve the best fit for a child.

The adjust straps should form a tight v under a child's earlobes. The strap should be securely fit underneath a child's chin (snug but not too tight). They should still comfortably be able to open their mouth with it secured.

Foam pads and / or a dial at the back can also adjust to the size of your child's head. They may need adjusting to fit and as they grow.

3.) Ventilation and sweat lining - many helmets have holes for ventilation, so a child's head won't get too hot and sweaty which will ultimately lead them to want to take it off. Sweat saver lining may be fitted into the helmet to absorb any sweat. Some sweat saver lining are treated with anti bacterial properties. Others are removable and can be fully washed.

4.) Safety - what safety standards does it meet? Helmets in the UK should meet European Safety Standards of EN1078.

5.) Comfort - many helmets have foam linings so the head fits well and is comfortable. It's also worth checking how heavy the helmet is. Lighter helmets will be much more comfortable to wear.

6.) Does it appeal to your child?  A good idea to ensure your child will wear the helmet is to get them involved in choosing it. What style would they like. Younger kids may be attracted to gimmicky helmets where older kids will want something more grown up. If you are buying in a store, take them along to get them to try some on so they can pick the one which is most comfortable.

Terms You Might See

EPS foam - the interior of a helmet may contain EPS foam or an EPS shell. EPS refers to expanded polystyrene.

In-mould design / construction -  a popular helmet construction. The in mould helmet has a hard plastic outer shell bounded together with an inner shell with EPS foam to absorb impact. They design offers high levels of protection while cutting back on weight.

MIPS technology - MIPS stand for multi-directional impact protection system. The people behind MIPS realise that when people fall from bikes they tend to hit their head from an angle. So, whereas traditional helmets are designed to protect against a direct impact, MIPS technology is designed to produce better protection from angled falls and the rotational force that results from it.  It is the latest technology and does tend to cost more. There are arguments for and against MIPS. Some people believe it is a marketing gimmick but others are firm proponents that it offers increased protection from brain injuries.

Polycarbonate - polycarbonate is a type of plastic and is often a material used to make the outer shell of a helmet. It's very tough and therefore very hard to break!

XJD Helmets - Size suitable from toddlers to up age 13

The XJD helmet comes in different sizes and colours to suit boys and girls of all ages.

It's design with multiple vents and breathable foam helps keeps heads cool.

The inner shell has high density EPS inner shell and soft liner, which could absorb external pressure.

The durable ABS outer shell is impact resistant and durable.

It features an adjustable buckle and straps to achieve a better fit.

It also complies with EN safety standards.

Micro Scooters Helmets

As you'd expect from a big, well respected brand like Micro, these helmets are top notch quality.

It's sized for kids with a head circumference of between 48 to 52cm. There is a rear adjustment wheel to ensure a snug fit as well as adjustable straps and a quick release buckle.

The helmet has a lightweight inner shell. Theres extra padding for comfort and a snug fit. Added air vents keep the head cool.

It conforms to safety standard EN1078 safety standard. Perfect for scooting or biking.

3Style Scooters Safety Max Helmet (Awesome Designs to Choose From)

Looking for something funky at an affordable price? The 3 style scooter could be the perfect choice.

It has a circumference of 49cm to 53cm and is designed for kids aged approximately 4 to 9 years (although it's important to go by the head size rather than the age recommendation).

It's constructed of a foam interior with a rigid EPS outer shell and coated in durable plastic. It's tested to EN1078

There are 8 vents for ventilation.

For a snug fit, it has an adjustment wheels, adjustable straps and a buckle for fine tune fitting.

Raleigh Mystery Helmet


If you're looking for an affordable helmet from a well respected brand, Raleigh mystery helmets are one to check out.

The eyecatching spiderman and pink floral helmets will appeal to superhero fans and kids who love pink!

Not only do they look cool, they keep heads cool as well with 12 vents and air flow ventilation.

They have a flat back, which is ideal for kids sitting in child seats.

Achieve the perfect fit! They come in two different sizes and are fully adjustable with LED dial fit adjustment, cam lock side strap adjusters and a nexus chin buckle.

They have sealed inner pads for comfort. And the integrated visor will help keep the sun off their little faces. The helmet with full in-mould construction weighs 225g.

 

Giro Children's Tremor Helmet


Giro is a well respected brand for making both adult and child's helmets, and is of exceptional high quality. So what excels with the tremor?

Firstly the fit. It has a very easy to adjust dial system. It's large dial with a rubber grip makes it easy to use, especially when it's on a child's head. As the dial adjustment system is so good, the side straps on the helmet won't need adjusting. One less thing to do on a fidgeting child! It features a standard buckle to connect underneath the chin.

It's lined with high end sealed pads made of high quality performance material to absorb any sweat. The 18 vents will keep heads cool in warm weather.

It has a visor which extends out quite far (much more than most helmets) so will protect children's face from the sun.

The helmet is an in-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner.

Finally it comes in lots of different colours to choose from.

Grit Scamp - A Top Choice For Toddlers

Looking for a perfect fit for a toddler or small child? The Giro Scamp is an ideal choice.

It has two sizes, an extra small (43-49cm) and a small (49-53cm)

What really sets this helmet apart from it's competitors is the easy to use adjustment system. It features an easily adjustable dial at the back. The side straps also adjust for an optimal fit. The under chin buckle can be securely fastened to keep it in place. Perfect when trying to fit the helmet on a toddler who won't keep still!

The in mould construction with polycarbonate outer shell and EPS lining is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

The helmet has a narrower profile at the back and is well suited to trailer or bike seat use too.

Bell Sidetrack with MIPS Protection


If you're looking for a helmet with MIPS protection, the Bell sidetrack is a well respected brand and an excellent choice.

It features a mountain bike shape and boasts excellent head coverage with lower coverage of the back of the head.

There is a removeable head visor and ventilation is covered with 15 vent holes!

Construction is an in-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner on the helmet which fits a head circumference of 50 - 57cm

Easily adjustment with a sleek dial system for one handed adjustments. It's a smaller dial system than the tremor and no rubber grip, but it does the job! The sliders on the side straps can be adjusted to fit better  and the buckle clips underneath the chin.

 

Prowell K800 Cycle Helmet

 

Prowell are a designer and manufacturer of cycle helmets in the UK. They make helmets for adults and children using their own S.M.A.R.T technology and pride themselves on producing lightweight helmets which have fantastic ventilation.

The helmets are designed to protect riders in accidents where they may have an initial impact and then slide into a road or a kerb.

The helmet fits a head circumference of 52cm to 58cm (an age recommendation of approximately 5 to 11 years old.)

Prowell helmets use EPU material inside their helmets. EPU is Expanded polyurethane which is the same material used by some German car manufacturers in their car bumpers. They have designed a unique "dual-density" structure which means the outer shell of the helmet has a harder density to resist and distribute any impact to a wider area. The soft inner density then absorbs the shock energy.

The K800 has a small, built-in visor and rounded shape to protect against impact from the rear.  Large vents and C-rib structure provide top-class ventilation. This makes the K-800 not only a helmet of solid quality and rock safety, but also light and cool.

LA Sports Junior Kids Helmet

LA sports have an affordable budget helmet option. It's sized at 49.55 to 55cm for kids around ages 3 to 8 (as a rough gudie)

It's constructed with an ABS outer shell and EPS inner liner to aborb impact. There is an adjustment dial at the back which is accompanied by an adjustable chin strap to achieve the right fit.

11 air vents keep the rider's head cool and comes in lots of different colours.

LA Sport Dinosaur Helmet

If you're having trouble convincing a young child to wear a helmet, the dinosaur helmet from LA Sport may be the answer to your problems.

The design is very appealing to young children. It fits a head circumference of 49cm t0 55cm (for kids around 3 to 10 years of age).  Adjustable black straps and with buckle and separators ensure it

The rear adjustment wheel, adjustable blacks with buckle and separators can give a precise fit. The outer layer is plastic and the inner layer is EPS foam.

There's 7 air vents to help keep the head cool.

A fab choice for young dinosaur fans in particular.

How To Get My Child To Wear a Helmet

Many children are reluctant to wear a helmet. They resist and try to take it off. There are ways to help encourage them to keep a helmet on their hands:

1.) Lead by example. If you are riding a scooter or a bike, make sure you wear a helmet as well. Likewise, make big brothers and sisters wear their helmets too. Kids are more likely to wear a helmet if everybody around them is wearing one.

2.) Involve them in choosing the helmet. Encourage kids to look online or come with you to the shops to pick the design and colours they like.

3.) Talk to them. If they are hold enough, make sure they understand the reasons behind wearing a helmet and why it is important.

4.) Play hardball and be consistent. Let them know that it's their decision but they can't ride their scooters or bikes unless they wear a helmet. This can make it really simple as no arguments are actually needed. Just keep following the one rule.

5.) Reward them. If you prefer the carrrot rather than the stick, offer them a small reward for wearing their helmet.

6.) Make sure it's comfortable and it fits. This may be the reason behind why a child is reluctant to wear a helmet. It's not going to be something they want to do if it's uncomfortable to wear and doesn't fit correctly. Poor ventaliation can be another reason why children remove their helmet. Their head simply gets too hot and sweaty, so wearing it becomes uncomfortable.

iScoot Pro V2 Scooter – Review

IScoot Pro V2 Scooter Review

The iScoot Pro V2 is a 3 wheeled scooter aimed at kids between aged 3 and 12. It's an excellent choice for young kids and older children who prefer a 3 wheel scooter to a 2 wheel. Find out everything you need to know about the iscoot below (from it's specs, pros, cons and all the answers to the questions you can think of!)

Callum, Age 7 On His iScoot Pro

Specifications

 

FeatureiScoot Pro v2
PriceCheck Price
Manufacturer
Age Recommendation
3 to 10 years
HandlebarsAdjustable 69cm to 94cm
Wheels120mm wheels
PU Tyres
Abec 5 bearings

Weight of scooter2.5kg
Max rider weight50kg
FoldableYes
BrakeRear brake
SteeringLean to steer

What's To Like About the iScoot Pro V2?

A lot! The strengths of this scooter is that it offers a very smooth, effortless and speedy ride. It's height adjustable so it can be adjusted to the optimal height for each child. It's foldable so can fold down for storage or for a carrying. It's light so easy for children to handle and also for adults to pick up. It's an awesome scooter for tearing up the school run or for weekend blasts at the park.

Here are some of the stand out features:

A Super Smooth Comfortable Ride -  the 120mm PU wheels rollover surfaces seamlessly. The 120mm wheels are slightly bigger than standard 100mm and this has a lot of advantages. They will give a slightly speedier ride with less kicks. Bigger wheels absorb the shocks from bumps in the pavement more easily so it's a smoother ride as well. Bigger wheels also wear out less quickly. The high quality wheels is one of the biggest plus points of this scooter.

Longevity - the scooter has a height adjustable handlebar which adjusts from 69cm up to 84cm.  It can be set at any height within this range using the allen keys. This means that the scooter can be adjusted as children get taller and the scooter can accommodate them through all their growth spurts.

Lean to Steer - it's worth noting that the scooter is lean to steer. This means the kids lean to go left and right rather than turning the handlebar to change direction which his what you would do with traditional steering. Most kids have no problem with the lean to steer  steering (it's very intuitive) unless they have used the traditional steering method previously but even if they have there is just a short learning curve to get used to the lean to steer method.

Footplate - you will be able to see from the video of the iscoot (above) that the footplate is very low to the ground. This makes it a simple and comfortable to ride. A lower footplate is always a plus as it means the rider doesn't have as far for their kicking foot to reach the ground. The video also shows the footplate is able to accommodate two of the riders feet. The handlebar is set a little too high for the rider in the video, but he still manages the scooter well!

Foldable - the scooter folds, which is always a plus point. Fold it when you need to carry, transport or store it to take up less space.

Stable - it is a 3 wheel scooter but the wheel at the back is actually 2 wheels joined together so it could be considered a 4 wheel. This really gives kids a stability while riding.

Affordable - it is an affordable option of lean to steer scooter, when comparing against the big names. There may be some comprises on the quality and engineering of the scooter but overall it is an excellent scooter which does the job!

Questions and Answers

Why Is It So Much Cheaper Than the Maxi Micro? How Does It Compare?

There are many differences between the iscoot and the maxi micro. There is no doubt about it, the maxi micro is of exceptional quality. It's a well designed, well built and durable scooter. It is more expensive because it's the crème de la crème of scooters and does score highly than the iscoot in many areas. This doesn't mean the iscoot is a bad scooter, it definitely is not but it isn't the same quality of the micro and here's why:

The Maxi micro is built to last. Each of the parts on the scooter can be repaired or replaced, keeping it out of landfill for a lifetime if it is properly looked after. If it is in good condition it can be given away or sold on second hadn't

It is made of high quality materials. For example the deck on the maxi micro is made of reinforced fibreglass material which is super strong but also really lightweight. The micro scooters are extremely well made, precision engineered with suburb attention to detail. You can notice this if you compare the scooters side by side. For example, the iscoot adjusts and folds but it just isn't quite as effortless and seamless as the same features on a micro scooter.

Another main difference is that the iscoot is heavier than the micro. The iscoot is about 3.8kg whereas the maxi micro is about 2.5kg.  So the iscoot is not as easy to carry and transport as the maxi micro. For older kids, a heavier scooter isn't as much as a disadvantage as it is for toddlers as they will be able to handle the extra weight but it does make a difference with portability.

Having said this, my son has ridden by a micro and an iscoot and they both give an unbelievably smooth ride. I have found it hard to tell the difference in terms of quality of the scooter ride itself. And the iscoot does the job!

However, the question is, does your budget allow for the extra quality and is it worth paying over double the price for the maxi micro? I think if your budget allows the go for the micro, the quality is just unbeatable. It's likely to last longer and you may not have to buy another scooter. But otherwise an iscoot offers a super smooth ride and really does the main job of having a quality scooter with comfortable ride - kids probably won't notice the difference on the road.

Is It Suitable For Adults?

In a word, no. The maximum weight is 50kg so the majority of adults will exceed the load capacity.

Can it Be Adjusted to Different Heights?

Yes, the lowest height setting is 69cm and the highest height setting is 84cm. The handlebar will click into place for the lowest and highest heights but you will need to use an allen key to adjust to all the heights in between. It is quick and easy to do. Here are step by step instructions:

1.) Loosen the handlebar clamp latch

2.) Raise the scooter to the desired height

3.) Use an allen key to tighten the clamp. Keep the clamp latch open while tightening.

4.) Finish by closing the handlebar clamp latch. It should be a little difficult to do if you have tightened the clamp properly.

Is It Suitable for an 8 Year Old?

Yes, the handlebar can be adjusted to a height which is suitable for taller kids.

Is It Suitable for a 3 Year Old?

Yes, you can adjust the handlebar height down to the lowest which is 69cm which will be fine for most 3 year olds. It's ideal for a scooter to be around waist height for it to be of optimal comfort to ride for a child.

What are the alternative to the iscoot Pro V2?

There are lots of 3 wheel scooter alternatives that are worth considering. They include:

Mini micro deluxe - a top of the range 3 wheel option for 3 to 5 year olds

Maxi micro deluxe - top of the range 3 wheel option for 5 to 12 year olds

3style scooter - a midrange 3 wheel scooter aimed at kids from 3 to 6 year olds.

3style scooter - a midrange 3 wheel scooter aimed at kids from 5 plus

La Sports V2 - similar priced scooter for kids aged 6 plus

Check out other 3 wheel scooters for older children and for 3 wheel scooters for young children.

Top 12 Scooters For 4 Year Olds

 

What Are the Best Scooters for 4 Year Olds?

 

When buying a scooter for a 4 year old girl or boy, perhaps the most important question to ask is whether you should get 2 or 3 wheels. The answer will be very much dependant on the child in question and the features you require.

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✔️ This scooter is the most popular one on this page with our readers.

If your child has had experience of a 3 wheel scooter and are confident in riding one, I would definitely consider graduating onto a wheel scooter. My eldest son and nephew both received 2 wheels for their 4th birthdays and they both enjoyed riding them straight away.

A less confident child or those that are new to getting a scooter may prefer 3 wheels.

The scooters features have been separated into different sections to help you navigate the article. Find:

3 Wheel Scooters for 4 Year Olds

Firstly there is the mini micro scooter. The mini micro is designed for kids between ages 2 and 5 and with a weight limit of 45 pounds.

It's a good choice of 3 wheel scooter for many 4 year olds and you can read more about it on the 3 wheel scooters page. I have bought this one for my younger son. He is now 4 years old and coming up to his 5th birthday. He is quite small for his age (around 1 metre tall). He still rides this scooter daily and I think it will definitely last him another year.

In quick summary the micro scooter has polyurethane wheels which offer a really smooth ride. The 120mm sized wheels are the front are slightly larger than standard wheels and area a great size for cruising.

The footplate is flexible fibreglass and reinforced footplate to absorb bumps in the pavement.

The handlebar is adjustable from 49cm to 69cm from the ground.

The scooter weighs just 3.3lbs or 1.5kg. A lightweight scooter makes it easier for young children to lift and control the scooter which it is essential for them to do when they are picking it up to go up kerbs etc. ​It's also easier for adults to carry when required too.

If you're buying for a 4th birthday and for a smaller 4 year old, it's possible to get 2 years use out of this.

Maxi Micro

Taller 4 year olds may grow out of the mini
scooter quickly and for this reason it's also worth considering the maxi scooter.

The Maxi scooter is a 3 wheel scooter that's designed for 6 to 12 year olds, so is the follow on from the micro scooter.

It's handlebar is adjustable from 67cm all the way up to 93cm. It's lowest height is only about a cm bigger than the handlebar on the mini micro scooter, but it will grow with your child for many more years.

Like the micro, the maxi has polyurethane wheels which offer a really smooth ride. It's heavier at 2.5kg compared to 1.5kg, so it is heavier to carry around. It's also more expensive but it will last a number of years.

The maxi and mini micro scooter are both very high quality and have had years of tried and tested use with excellent reviews. If you would like one for your child but you're not sure which one to get, check out this comparison of the mini micro scooter vs the maxi scooter.

3 Style Scooter

Another option of 3 wheel scooter that is worth considering is the 3style scooter (featured below). The main selling point is it's height adjustable handlebar so you can make sure it's the right height for your child.

The 3style scooter has some excellent features and scores very highly on affordability too. It is cheaper than a lot of similar styled scooters.

The handlebar is adjustable from 52cm to 86cm so will grow with your child. A handlebar should ideally be around waist height on a child so this scooter should offer the perfect height for a 4 year old. A too low handlebar can mean your child is hunched over so it's uncomfortable to ride. If the handlebar is too high it can make the scooter difficult for them to control.

There is a folding mechanism which is great when little kids have had enough of scooting. It can then be folded up and carried. It's also easier to store, put in your boot or carry on top of a pushchair of a sibling.It does weigh heavier than more expensive scooters such as the mini micro due to extra weight of the adjustable handlebar and folding mechanism. However, it is still fairly lightweight compared to other options and this weight should be fine for a 4 year old.

The wheels are made of polyurethane and 120mm in size. Bigger wheels don't absorb the shocks from cracks and bumps on the pavement and glide over them more easily. The bigger wheels also mean that you can cover longer distances more easily (less kicking required). This makes scooters with larger wheels great for the school run!  One thing little kids will love is that the wheels light up.

Check out more 3 wheel scooters for younger kids and 3 wheel scooters for older kids.

LA Sports V2 Scooter

The is great choice for 4 year olds as the handlebar can be adjusted a huge amount with five different height settings from 62cm to 90cm. This means the scooter has the capacity to last them for years. The rider weight range is 20kg to 80kg. The features on this scooter mean that it can easily be shared between siblings of different heights and small adults can even have a go.
It features 120mm front PU wheels and a rear 100mm wheel. Kids this age will love the LED coloured flashing light on the wheels.
The scooter is also foldable for easy storage and to fit in the boot of the car when needed.
One of the downsides is the scooter weighs a little more than the maxi micro and other lightweight scooters due to the height adjustable handlebar and folding mechanism. So if you're looking for a scooter that you wand to be able to fold and carry when your little one has had enough, there are lighter options.
It has a lean to steer mechanism which is fairly common on 3 wheel scooters at the moment. So riders, lean left to go left and right to go right.
Where this scooter scores highly is the price. It's cheaper than the maxi micro and with excellent features the lower price point makes this one even more appealing.

Best 2 Wheel Scooter for 4 Year Olds

JD Bug Junior Street Scooter

JD bug is one of the bestselling brands of scooter in the UK.It's a brand known for its quality and durablilty.  It has an age recommendation of 4 to 8 years and is perfectly sized for this age group.

The JD bug junior is the perfect 2 wheel scooter for a 4 year old who is ready to graduate onto 2 wheels.  The maximum weight for the scooter is 50kg so it should last 4 year olds a few years.

It features 120mm wheels with ABEC 5 bearings. The wheels are a great for cruising and offer a smooth ride. It features tough durable wheels (durometer 88a - to find out what this means check out the scooter buying guide for kids.) Higher end scooters will often give the wheel durometer and 88a is a good headwearing, durable wheel .

There's a folding mechanism which will make it easier for adults to carry on the school run. It weighs 2.3kg or 5lbs 4 ounces.
It comes in different colors (pink, red or blue) so a choice for 4 year old boys and girls.
The handlebars are height adjustable.The minimum handlebar height is 63cm and the maximum handelbar height is 84.5cm so plenty of room to grow with your child making it perfect for this age range.
The footplate is also a bit smaller than standard (44cm by 9cm) making it a good choice for younger riders too.

Weskate Scooter


The Weskate scooter is similarly priced to the jdbug and is aimed at kids aged 3 to 10 years. It's a fairly new addition to the scooter market.

The handlebar is height adjustable to three different heights at 70cm, 75cm and 85cm. It quickly folds and is easy to carry.

The wheels are 120mm and will light up when going round.

It's a lightweight scooter at 2.4kg, so not too heavy to carry if needed.

It has a footplate which measures 40cm by 9.8cm which is about 10cm shorter than standard scooter and about the same width as on a standard sized scooter.

Ozbozz Lightening Strike

We bought the Ozbozz Lightning Strike for our elder son's 4th birthday who was on the tall side for his age. The lowest height setting is approximately 71 cm from the ground to the top of the handlebars so it is better for tall kids. It has 3 adjustable height settings up to 81.5cm on the maximum.

It weighs approximately 2.5kg.

I would say this is a great choice if you are on a budget.

My son definitely loved it and it lasted a couple of years for us. I have written a full review of the Ozbozz Lightning Strike too.

Micro Sprite

If you're looking for a scooter that will last, it may be worth spending a bit more.

The micro sprite is a good 2 wheel scooter.
(Its made by the same people who make the mini and maxi micro scooters above).It has a height adjustable handle (from 63cm to 96cm) so will grow with your child as they get older. The construction and design of the scooter is very good.
It has a bigger front wheels to make cruising easier and the ride smoother.
The wheels are made of PU (offering a really smooth ride) with ABEC 5 bearings.
Its a great beginner scooter.
The recommended age is from 5 years and up but there are reviews of 4 year olds using this. The lowest height on the handlebars should be fine for most 4 year olds.
It weighs 2.7kg which is on the heavier side, so it would be harder for adults to carry. However it is foldable which will make it easier and better for storing too.

I also think a 4 year old who's capable of riding on 2 wheels will be fine on this. It comes in several different colors including blue, red, black and pink.
Check out more details on the 2 wheel scooter page.

Folding Spiderman Scooter

My nephew is spiderman crazy so loves his spiderman scooter which is exactly the same as the one opposite.

He had been using a 3 wheel scooter for a while but received this one for his 4th birthday and just used it straightaway without any problems.

What I like about this scooter is that it folds. This is great when the kids have had enough as it's easy to carry back to the car or back home.
​It also features an adjustable handlebar height so will grow with your child.

​What you may compromise on (that you may get from the more expensive scooters) is the smoothness of the ride. The ride may be a little more bumpy. Having said this, my nephew doesn't seem to notice and really does love the scooter.

It also features foam easy-grip handles.

Stunt Scooters

If you have a daring and very competent 4 year old who wants to have a go at a few tricks (perhaps they have an older silbing they want to copy), it may be worth getting a dedicated stunt scooter. Stunt scooters are stronger than kick scooters to withstand the extra impact. It is difficult to get stunt scooters for kids as young as 4 years old. Most start from age 8 but there are a few for kids from age 4 and 5.
If you would like a stunt scooter for a 4 year old, check out the madd gear mini pro x scooter and the Grit mini fluxs pro featured below.

Madd Gear VX7 Mini Pro scooter

The Madd Gear VX7 mini pro scooter is the idea first stunt scooter designed for the smaller rider with smaller hands and feet.

It features a smaller deck than standard (at 10cm wide and 43cm long), one piece bar and  anodised alloy core wheels with high rebound urethane (perfect for any jumps and tricks).

It is aimed at age 5 plus but if you're looking or a 4 year old this is still a good choice of stunt scooter for this age group.

It weighs 3.5kg which  light for a stunt scooter and lighter than it the full sized pro x scooter. However, if you compare it with kick scooters designed for younger children it will weigh quite a bit heavier.​ This is due to the tougher construction needed for a scooter which can withstand the tricks and jumps.
​It is well designed with excellent specs so the extra investment should last kids for a while. ​

Grit Mini Fluxx Pro

This is a excellent stunt scooter with top notch features designed for younger children within an age range of 4 to 8 years.

It has a smaller bar and deck than standard sized scooters for the smaller rider.

The wheels have an alloy cast core to withstand the extra forceneeded when doing jumps and tricks.  They are 100mm 88a PU wheels with ABEC bearings so are hardwearing and durable giving a smooth and fast ride.

The mini Gritt Flux weighs 3.3kg which is light for a stunt scooter meaning it's easier to manage for little kids.

Scooter with Pneumatic Tyres

The Bike Star Kick scooter has pneumatic tyres so is an excellent option for kids who want to scoot on grass or uneven surfaces. The pneumatic tyres give a smooth comfortable ride so kids especially when going over sticks, stones or bumps in the path.

It's quite good for getting kids used to how things works on a bike as in addition to they tyres, there is a hand brake and the scooter is easy to steer. They tyres are 10 inch.

The scooter is durable and hardwearing. It is heavy so at 6.2kg, it's not one that parents will be wanting to carry.

What Else Should I consider When choosing a scooter?

Height of the child in question - The height of the child may also be a deciding factor in which scooter you buy. The scooters featured below all have different handlebar heights. Some scooters feature quite low handlebar settings for smaller 4 year olds whereas others have slightly higher handlebars. Ideally you would like the handlebar to be about waist height on your child.

Weight - You may also want to consider the weight of the scooter you are buying. Some scooters are very lightweight and they are easier for young children to control and manoeuvre. They can pick them up when necessary (perhaps when lifting up on a kerb). If your child is quite strong for his age, a very lightweight scooter may not be as important and he or she should be able to control a slightly heavier one. ​

9 Top Scooter Picks for 3 Olds

What Are the Best Scooters for 3 Year Olds?

Are you looking for the best scooter for a 3 year old? Nowadays it can be a minefield as there are so many different scooters at different price points. Are the more expensive ones worth the extra cost? Or will a budget scooter be just fine?
In a hurry or just curious? 
✔️ This scooter is the most popular one on this page with our readers.

The good news about buying a scooter for a 3 year old is that this is the perfect age to get them a scooter.  There are many options available for this age group. They have extra co-ordination and balance that 2 year olds don't have. Being a bit taller than a toddler helps as it's easier to find a handlebar which is the right height for your child.

However, the choice available can make choosing the right scooter overwhelming. This article answers your questions and gives suggestions and advice of the best picks.

Top Choices for a 3 Year Old

CategoryType of ScooterPlus Points
Top of The Range
Mini Micro Deluxe

Respected brand

Lightweight & height adjustable.

Smooth ride

Exceptional quality
Best Value For Money
3Style Scooter


Longevity

Handlebar has wide
range of adjustments.

Foldable

Light up wheels
Best Budget
Zoom Cruzer
Excellent price point

Height Adjustable

Reinforced extra grip footplate

Chunky rear brake

Buying Guide for a Scooter for a 3 Year Old

3 wheels - Most 3 year olds don't have the balance for a 2 wheel scooter yet, so a 3 wheel scooter is a must. Having said this, some children approaching 4 may be ready to get a 2 wheel scooter especially if they've already mastered a 3 wheel.

Wheels - Look for wheels made out of high quality materials such as high-grade polyurethane (PU) or urethane. Most first class scooters use high quality polyurethane/ urethane (also seen as PU) as a wheel material as it offers a smooth, less bumpy ride. In comparison, plastic wheels don't absorb as many of the shocks and bumps from the pavement, so they don't offer a such a comfortable ride.

Lighweight - a lightweight scooter can be easier for younger chidren to manoeuvre and control especially when they first learn to scoot. A lighter scooter is also preferable for young children as they can pick it up to go up and down kerbs and steps and to change directions. It's also lighter for parents and carers to carry.

Deck - decks which are low to the ground are almost always a plus for any age group riding a scooter. If the scooter deck is low to the ground, the pushing leg has to bend less which equals a more comfortable ride. Lower decks also make it easier for 3 year olds to get on and off the scooter.

Smooth and Quick Ride - some 3 wheel scooters are designed to be so safe that they are also slow and clunky.  Heavy scooters can also be slow. Scooters with very wide decks can be difficult to turn. Features such as these, can make your 3 year old frustrated when their confidence grows as they are unable to get up any speed or turn corners.

Look for a scooter that offers a balance of being safe but also the ability to move quickly and smoothly too. The wheels (see above) play a part in this.  Read reviews to get a good idea of how the scooter moves.

Handlebar height -  many 3 wheel scooters aimed at 3 year olds will have a handlebar height of around 66cm which is a good fixed choice as this should be manageable for this age group but leave some growing room too. The optimal handlebar height is around waist height which is the perfect size for them to control and move.

At age 3, the main thing to be aware of is that the handlebar is too high for your child. You will be able to see on the picture at the top of the page that the handlebar is slightly too high for my 3 year old son. And this is something you see with many young children riding scooters.

Imagine riding a scooter. If the handlebar comes up to your chest then it's going to be more difficult to control. If it's by your thighs, you will have to hunch over to ride it. This is why getting a height adjustable handlebar is advisable as it can be adjusted to the ideal height for each child.

Height Adjustable Handlebar -  an adjustable handlebar is also desirable so the handlebar height can be increased for children as they grow. This may mean the scooter will last the child longer as long as the scooter quality can withstand a few years of child use. An adjustable handlebar can also be increased or decreased for siblings or friends who may want to have a blast.

Make sure the handlebar can adjust low enough (or high enough) to be the right height for your child.

Foldable - For young children, a scooter that is foldable is easier to carry when kids have had enough of scooting around. Some scooters aren't foldable but have the ability to take the stem out of the base instead. Folding mechanisms are very convenient but one downside is that they add weight to  scooter. So the lightest scooters will not be able to fold.

Mini Micro Scooters

Let's start with reviewing the leading brand of scooters for young children which also happen to be the most expensive, the mini micro.
The mini micro have 2 versions of scooters that would be suitable for a 3 year old, the mini micro deluxe and the mini micro classic. Both these scooters have tilt and lean steering, which is meant to be inituitive for first time scooter users to learn. So what are you paying for when you buy a mini micro? And are they better than the other options?

Mini Micro Deluxe

Looking for a premium 3 wheel scooter with top notch features and a smooth, effortless ride? Look no further than the mini micro delxue. It's the newest scooter for preschoolers manufactured by the micro brand. It is pricey but it offers superior design and stand out features. Here is what you are getting for your money:

Lightweight - ​It's exceptionally lightweight (at only 1.8kg). No other scooter with a height adjustable handebar gets close to being so light.  For young children the lighter the scooter the easier it is to control. Children often learn to scoot by picking up a scooter, for example to change direction. And lifting the mini micro is no problem! Even small children can easily lift it up and down kerbs and through doorways. Plus it's light for adults to carry when the kids have had enough.

Wheels - the non-marking PU wheels offer an ultra smooth ride. Like all micro parts the quality of the wheels are awesome. Some cheaper scooters have wheels made of plastic, it's best to avoid these types altogether. ​​

Height adjustable - the mini micro deluxe differs from the mini micro classic in that it has a height adjustable handlebar. The lowest height setting is 43cm (which means it is really good for small children). The highest height setting is 69cm. This means that the handlebar will be the perfect height for each child in the 2 to 5 age range.

Well designed footplate - another unique feature is the footplate which is made of flexible reinforced fibreglass. It's super strong but really light and has an anti slip silicone footplate for extra sturdiness. You will notice from the pictures that the footplate is very close the the ground. Not only does this mean it's easy for young children to get on and off the scooter, it also makes the micro much more comfortable to ride. Little ones will not need to bend their leg too low to push along.

Handlebar - it's worth noting that the handlebar doesn't fold. The reason it doesn't have a foldable handlbar is that it will add weight to the scooter. The makers want to have something as light as possible as kids find it harder to control heavier scooters. However the handlebar is removable from the base and can be done so quickly. This means you can easily take it on holiday and it's easier to store.

Other features - It has an anodised stem which protects the scooter from corrosion. It also has a rear brake for safe stopping. The weight limit is 35kg or 5 stone, 7Ibs.

Built to last - the scooters are designed to be durable and last. The key parts of the scooter can be repaired or replaced. This is good as you can easily pass it onto siblings and the resell value is high for these on sites like ebay as well. So it's possible to recoup some of the money you've spend once you've finished using it.

Should I get a mini micro deluxe for my 3 year old?

It will very much depend on your child and your budget. The mini micro deluxe is designed for children between 2 and 5 years old and 80cm and 110cm high. What you are paying a premium for is that the scooter is lightweight, the telescopic adjustable handlebar that the can adjust to any measuement within the height range specified and the fact this scooter is known to last. It has excellent reviews spanning back the many years it has been on the market, so you know you really can't go wrong.

The handlebar has a really low setting which you don't see on many scooters. Therefore if you have a small 3 year old, this could be an excellent choice as the scooter will last them for  a long time.

Lightweight scooters are easy for children to handle so the deluxe scores highly here. As a child gets older, taller and stronger they will inevitably be able to manage a heavier scooter but this is a great option for starting them off.

Mini Micro Classic



The mini micro classic has been on the scooter scene for many years. It was Micro's original design for 3 to 5 year olds. Despite being designed may years ago, it's still setting the standard for features on many 3 wheel scooters made today and it's quality and design are unrivalled by most other scooters out there.

It's cheaper than the mini micro deluxe and the main reason it's different is that it doesn't have an adjustable handlbar and its stem is made of aluminium rather than anodised aluminium. Apart from that it has many of the features of the mini micro deluxe including PU wheels, a rear brake, a fiberglass footplate and a design that's built to last.

Here are the distingushing features of the mini micro classic:

Lightweight - At just 1.5kg you won't find a lighter scooter than the mini micro classic, making it the easy for young children to handle. To recap, the advantages of a lightweight scooter is that it's much easier for young children to manage and control them. ​

Handlebar height - the handlebar sits at 66cm which is an optimium height for a 3 to 5 year old. Obviously it's not perfect as you can't adjust it perfectly. However, having a height adjusting mechanism would add to the weight of the scooter. And really at this age, the lighter the better.
Weight limit - is 20kg or 3 stone and 2 pounds. ​

The Mini Micro classic or the mini micro deluxe?



They are both excellent scooters. If you have the budget, the deluxe is always going to be the best choice due to the adjustable handlebar. Even though it is heavier, it is still very lightweight. For a smaller 3 year old, I think it makes sense to go for the deluxe as the handlebar can adjust to quite low heights and will last longer.

We bought my son the mini micro classic as the deluxe wasn't availble at the time. You can see from the photo of him that the handlebar comes up a little bit too high, ideally it should be about waist height. He used it daily so it's been well worth the money in my opinion.

However, it didn't seem to impact him much. I found the classic to be an excellent scooter. You can read my review of the mini micro classic scooter here. ​

3 Style Scooters  (Foldable)

The 3style is an affordable scooter which has some awesome features for your dollar. The 3style company was set up in 2015 with the aim of providing a well designed scooter at a reasonable price.  The features do vary slightly from the mini micro so let's see what you get.

Height adjustable handlebar - The scooter is height adjustable from 52cm to 78cm and the handlebar is foldable. There are 4 different height settings at 52cm and moving to 70cm, 74cm & 78cm.  This means that it will accommodate your child for many years. 78cm is a lot higher than the maximum height setting on the mini micro deluxe. However the micro has a telescopic handlebar so can be adjusted to any height between 43 and 69cm.

Max user weight - The maximum user weight is 50kg so it should last your child for quite a while and older sibings may be able to have a go as well. It has the largest weight limit of the 3 wheel scooters featured on this page so if you think there may be an older sibling that may want to use the scooter, this could be the one for you.

Weight of scooter - It's lightweight and weighs approximately 2kg. However it's not as light as the mini micro scooters, which would be easier to control. However, most 3 year olds should be fine controlling the scooter at this weight.
Steering​ - Like many scooters for thsi age group 3 wheel style scooter with a lean and steer mechanism
Wheels - The wheels are made of PU material for an easy and smooth glide across the pavement. They also have flashing lights for an extra cool factor. The LED lights are also great for being seen during the winter months.
If you're not sure to get this one or spend a bit more on the mini micro, check out an indepth comparison of both.

Globber Primo

The Globber Primo is a popular brand of scooter in Australia and the US. This scooter is a great alternative to the mini micro with some unique features.

Adjustable Handleber - the handlebar has three different height settings from 67.3cm to 78.7cm

Steering - the unique thing about this scooter is that there is a button to turn off steering while kids are learning. They can learn to scoot in a straight line first. When they are ready you can turn on the steering. It's a lean to steer steering system like the mini micro.

Weight of the Scooter - the scooter is a bit heavier than other choices. It weighs 2.5kg.  2.5kg is fine for most 3 year olds to control but you may want to consider a lighter scooter if you need to carry it a lot (for example when they have had enough scooting).

An Affordable Choice of 3 Wheel Scooter

If you're looking for a 3 wheel scooter with excellent features and that isn't too expensive, a really good choice is the zoom cruzer.

Handlebar - the handlebar is height adjustable and has 3 settings ( 55cm - 75cm). This means it can be adjusted to best suit a 3 year old's height and will have growing room too.

Wheels - The PU wheels offer a smooth ride. The back wheel is extra wide (4.5cm). This gives extra stability and balance to young children.

Lean to steer - It is a lean to steer scooter which is easy for small children to master. Just lean left to go left and right to go right.

Deck and footplate - The deck has grips which gives that extra bit of stability when riding too. The footplate is wide at 13cm (read more about decks and footplates in this article). This will help young children balance but it also gives a decent footspace for them to use and rest their feet when cruising.
Age range and weight limit - It's designed specifically for 3 to 5 year old so can give a good 2 years of scootering for this age group. The weight capacity is 20kg (3 stone and 2 pounds)

Outcamer Scooter with LED wheels

Looking for a scooter which stands out from the crowd?  The Outcamer could be the number 1 choice for you. Bright colours and LED flashing wheels means that you won't be able to miss little ones scooting around. This can be particularly good for the winter months when it's dark outside.

Not for smaller 3 year olds - There are 3 adjustable heights at 77cm, 82cm and 87cm. You will notice that the lowest height is a lot higher that other brands, so it wouldn't be the best choice for small 3 year olds.  However, taller 3 year olds and those approaching 4  may be okay. Ideally the handelbara should come up around waist height for a comfortable ride.

IScoot

 

Another excellent choice for this age group is the iscoot featured

It's very similar to the mini micro scooter above.

It is cheaper than the mini micro but there are a couple of features it compromises on.
The iscoot is aimed at kids aged 2 to 5 so will be perfect for a 3 year old.
It features an adjustable handlebar so will grow with your child. It has 3 adjustable heights between 55cm to 69cm.
It is slightly heavier than the mini micro, weighing in at 2.4kg rather than 1.8kg. Lighter scooters are better for young children as they can manage them better.

However, a 2,4kg scooter should be fine for most 3 year olds and you are obviously paying a lot less for the iscoot than the mini micro.
Like the mini micro it doesn't fold, but you also like the mini micro you can take the handlebar out of the base for easy storage when needed.
​​Check out more 3 wheels scooters on the  3 wheel scooter page.
I have also written and indepth comparison of the mini micro scooter and the iscoot 

The reviews are very good for this scooter and it's well worth checking out

A Flashy 3 Wheel Option - Great Budget Option

If you're looking for some lights on the scooter for your child, you have to consider the Ozbozz Cosmic Light Flashing Deck Scooter.

It has 3 wheels and some nice features such as PU wheels. It's aimed for kids aged 3 and up and the handlebar is height adjustable to ensure that the handlebar is the right height for child. You can also fold it which makes it easy to store and carry.

My eldest son actually had this scooter (at age 3) and it held up well for about a year's use. He loved it at the time especially the lights. It did become a bit rattly towards the end and it doesn't offer the smoothness of ride that the mini micro does. At the time I really appreciated that if folded for practical use. If you're buying a scooter on a budget or expect to replace it sooner rather than later (maybe you have a tall 3 year old who is likely to grow out of it quickly) it could be a good choice.

Character Scooters - (Batman)

There are many character scooters for little ones which kids this age love because let's face it who doesn't want to pretend to go scooting around like batman. There are both pros and cons to getting one. It really depends what you want to get out of a scooter. If you are interested in your little one getting from a to b quite quickly and smoothly go for one of the other scooters like the iscoot whizz, mini micro or 3 style scooters.If you just want a sturdy, slower scooter on a budget to use outside the home this might make a good choice.

 

Character scooters like the batman scooter featured tend to be cheaper.

Wheels15cm (6") front wheel and 10cm (4") plastic rear wheels. 

Steering and speed: the steering is standard handlebar steering. The scooter gives extra stability for beginners but it does go much more slowly than other 3 wheel scooters. This may be good if you are worried about chasing little ones going too fast on their scooters although some children may get frustrated as they get older.

Other Considerations - the scooter isn't foldable. It features a colour printed anti-slip footplate.

3 Year Olds on Scooters For The School Run

Scooters can be great for young children on the school run whether it be to get them to nursery school or to take their older sibings to school. Scooters are great at getting kids from a to be quickly when you need to. However, there are always those days when your little one just won't budge. I used to then get my youngest son to stand on his mini micro scooter and pull him along by grabbing onto the handlebars and pulling gently.

However, I have just discovered the scooter lead.

It's basically a strap that you put onto the the scooter and you can use it to pull the scooter along with you little one standing on the deck.

It's great when you need to get somewhere quickly and they are going really slowly and won't budge.

It also doubles as a carry strap for a scooter so you can carry it over your shoulder.

It's machine washable too.

Two Wheels At The Front Or At The Back




Is It Better To Have Two Wheels At The Front Or The Back of a 3 Wheel Scooter?

When looking for scooters for younger children you will see that some 3 wheel scooter have 2 wheels at the front whereas others have 2 wheels at the back. Which is best for your child?

Sturdy And Stable

Both designs are sturdy and stable designs for young children. However, the designs with 2 wheels at the back generally offer more stability. Please note that this is not always a good thing. Some scooters with 2 wheels at the back can be so stable that it is difficult to get up much speed which can be frustrating for young children especially as their confidence grows on the scooter. The scooters with two wheels at the back may require more kicks or pushes with their foot to get the scooter moving which can be tiring for little ones.  They also may be more difficult to manoeuvre​.If a child lacks confidence or doesn't want to go too fast this type of scooter may suit them. But, I know for my own boys they would feel frustration at not being able to go very quickly. However, a scooter that doesn't go very fast may suit a lot of parents. At least you will be able to keep up with your little one and not have to chase them when they have gone too far ahead.

Kick Path

Another problem with 3 wheel scooters that have two wheels at the rear can obtsruct the kick path. So as they use their foot to push along,  they may hit their feet and ankles on the two back wheels of the scooter. This may be worse on some scooters more than others so its worth reading the reviews to see if it’s a problem with the scooter you are considering.

Steering

The scooters with two wheels at the front tend to have a lean and steer mechanism where the child has to lean to steer the scooter. So they have to lean to go right and left instead of turning the handlebars. The scooters with two wheels at the back generally use the handlebars to steer the scooter.I think both ways of steering have their merits. The lean and steer mechanisms are great for promoting balance which is good. However, scooters for older children tend to use the handlebars to steer the scooter so if the child is already used to having a scooter which is controlled by using the handlebars they may make the transition to a bigger two wheeled scooter more easily. But the steering method isn’t the most important consideration on which scooter to choose, unless they are already used to using a particular method of steering on another scooter or a balance bike. In this case I would stick with what they already know.

My Personal Opinion

I personally prefer the scooters with two wheels at the front for young children. This is mainly because of the risk that the two wheels at the back can often get in the way of the kick path, but check scooter reviews first to see if this is a problem - it may not be on the scooter you are considering. I also prefer two wheels at the front because 3 wheel scooters with 2 wheels at the front tend to glide more easily and gather a bit more speed.I may perhaps consider getting a scooter with 2 wheels at the back for children who are not likely to want to go too quickly on their scooter.

My advice is read reviews and consider your child to decide which type of 3 wheel scooter they would prefer.

Batman scooter - 2 wheels at the back



This batman scooter looks super hero cool. It has 2 wheels at the back and does offer that extra stability for beginners.

The wheels are bigger than tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front. The front wheels measure 150mm (compared to 120mm on most tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front). The back wheel is 100mm, which is comparable to most other tri scooters. Although the ride may be slower the larger wheels will help absorb the bumps from the pavement.

The wheels are puncture proof.
The scooter also features an anti slip deck.
If you're looking for a stable, slower scooter this may be the one for you.

Peppa pig Tri scooter



Another option with 2 wheels at the back is the Peppa Pig Tri scooter.

Again the scooter offers extra stability and low speed for beginners.

There are puncture proof tyres with fairly big wheels. The wheel at the front measures 150mm and the wheels at the back are 120mm.

The deck is anti-slip for added safety.

Obviously a great option for Peppa Pig fans.

Mini micro - 2 wheels at the front



There are many tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front and one at the back. Perhaps the most well known is the mini micro scooter which is featured. Another one to check out is the 3style scooter which is currently the best selling three wheel scooter on amazon.

The mini micro really does excel in it's this class though. It's lightweight so easy for little ones to control and pick up to change direction or go up and down kerbs when they first start scooting.

As they grow and get more confident, the design with 2 wheels at the front helps little kids pick up a more speed when they get more confident.




Balance Bike Vs Scooter

 




Balance Bike or a Scooter? Which One Should I Get?



My son had a balance bike for his second birthday and a scooter for Christmas when he was 21/2.

So should you get a balance bike or a scooter for your 2 or 3 year old? 
Well, my son had both and I don't think there is a right answer to this question. They will get something out of both a balance bike and a scooter.

However in this article I will share with you my son's experiences with a scooter and a balance bike, what I personally think of each one and the advantages and benefits for both.

The One You Buy First Will Probably Be Their Favourite

My son had a balance bike for his second birthday. It took him a couple of months to really take any interest. But when he did he loved it and was zooming around. We couldn't get him off. He would want to take his bike everywhere he went, to the park, to his Nan's house, to his friends, on the school run, to nursery.

He loves the balance bike, so he will love a scooter too... Right? 

He loved his balance bike so much I figured he would love a scooter too. So for Christmas when he was 2 1/2, I bought him a scooter. The thing is he loved his bike so much, it took a real effort to get him to have a go on the scooter. The bike always came first and was always the first choice. I had to really encourage him to use his scooter in the beginning. Wheras his older brother (who had a scooter before a bike, always preferred a scooter when he was younger).

Balance Bike Wins...
Now he loves his scooter and his balance bike. However, the balance bike is the favourite. I don't think this is because balance bikes are better in any way. I think that he found the balance bike easy and fun so in the beginning using the scooter took more effort for him. I think that if we had got the scooter first, he would have loved that more. But it's something to bear in mind when choosing whether to get a scooter or a balance bike.

 

Lightweight or Heavy?

Scooters are lighter
Generally a scooter will be lighter than a balance bike. Although this will depend very much on the brand of scooter and balance bike that you buy.

The mini micro deluxe scooter weighs 1.8kg whereas the strider balance bike weighs 2.4kg. Most balance bikes weigh more than the strider. A scooter is easier to carry when he kids no longer want to scoot around.

Having said this you couldn't get my son off his balance bike so I didn't have to carry it much. But on the occasion I did, it was certainly heavier!

Consider hilly areas
There are occasions where you might have to carry a balance bike and a scooer like when you are going uphill. It's hard on their little legs to get that balance bike up a steep hill. If you live in a hilly area, as a scooter is lighter to carry it might be the best choice!

​Although on both the balance bike and the scooter I would be very careful about letting them go down hills. They can get up a tremendous speed which can be extremely dangerous.

Make Sure You Buy The Right Size

Common mistake - buying a balance bike which is too big
Parents will often say my child preferred a balance bike or a scooter but quite often it could be because they didn't buy the right sized balance bike or scooter for their child. Many people make the mistake of buying a balance bike which is too big for their two year old. When a child sits on a balance bike their feet must be able to touch the ground. They use their feet to push them along so if they can't touch the ground, they can't use it. If you are buying for a 2 year old, the strider bike is a fantastic option. It's small enough for little legs to use. My son had a bike for his second birthday and he used it constantly for 2 to 3 years until he grew out of it.

The handlebars on a scooter should be around waist height
The same goes for a scooter. A child will be much more inclined to use a scooter if it's the right size for them. The handlebars should come up to around waist high. Any higher and it will be difficult to control. Any lower and the user will be hunched over. For young children (around 2 years old) I really recommend the mini micro scooter deluxe (the lowest height on this scooter is 44cm  which makes it easier for little children to control.

Steering

Another thing to be aware of is the steering on a scooter and a balance bike.

Traditional steering vs lean to steer
My son's balance bike had traditional steering where you use the handles to steer the wheels in the right direction. In contrast, the mini micro scooter has a lean and steer mechanism, where you lean to the left to turn the scooter to the left and lean right to go right. As my son got used to his balance bike first, it did confuse him a little bit when he first started using the scooter as the handlebars didn't control the wheels and you had to lean to steer the scooter in the right direction. He did get the hang of it fairly quickly but in the beginning it did confuse him.

What Happens When They Get Tired

When they get tired both a balance bike and a scooter have an advantage.

Can rest feet when riding on balance bike
On the balance bike, their legs get a rest as they can sit down and just cruise for a while. I think another reason why my son didn't ask me to carry his bike so much is that he could always sit down and just cruise when he was tired.

No place to rest feet on a scooter
When their on a scooter, if they get tired and you don't want to carry it, you can get straps which you can use to pull them along. Just attach the strap to one end of the scooter and pull with the other end. Check out the Scoot and Pull.

Beware - Overuse

Obviously both scooters and bikes are great. However I would say to be careful they don't get too reliant on either of them and that they do plenty of walking too. As I said, my own son loved his balance bike and he wanted to take it out everywhere we went. But as kids are still developing you have to ensure they do a wide range of activites and movement to make sure their muscles and bones are not overdeveloping in one area and not in another. For example, overuse of a scooter can result in one side developing stronger than the other side due to one foot being used to push you along.

 Advantages And disadvantages

Both scooters and balance bikes have other pros and cons. Here is a summary:

Balance bikes Pros:

  • Balance bikes are great to get kids ready for the transition to a pedal bike.
  • They are perhaps a better choice if you intend to commute long distances with your child (to nusery or school). Kids can go quite quick on them with little effort.

Balance Bike Cons:

  • No brakes on balance bikes for young children. Can scuff shoes quite easily when stopping. (Balance bikes for older children do often have brakes)
  • Bigger, bulkier and heavier so harder to store and transport. Not easy to carry.

Scooter Pros:

  • Scooters  are lighter and smaller and some fold up and so store better than balance bikes. They are perhaps a better option if you want to take it on public transport as they are lighter, take up less space and are easier to carry.
  • Better for hilly areas as you may want to carry them when your child goes up and down hills.

Scooter Cons​

    • The lean and steer steering can make it confusing for them when they transition onto other rides ons or bikes with traditional steering which is controlled by the handlebars.

Strider Balance Bike



Strider balance bike is an excellent choice for a first balance bike.

  • The age recommendation is 18 months to 5 years.
  • Lightweight for a balance bike at 2.9kg
  • Adjustable seat height from 27cm to 48cm
  • Adjustable handlebar height
  • Maintenance free, puncture proof wheels
  • Padded seat
  • Footrests
  • Lightweight steel frame
  • Mini handlebars and mini grips perfect for little hands.

Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter



It's difficult to go wrong with the mini micro scooter for kids aged 2 to 5.

  • Lightweight at just 1.8kg
  • Adjustable handlebar from 44cm to 69cm to accommodate most children between ages 2 and 5.
  • Not foldable but stem can be taken out of the base for easy storage and transportation.
  • Built to last. Each main part is either repairable and replaceable so scooter can be passed onto younger siblings or sold secondhand.
  • Easy and safe rear brake

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Top 6 Best Travel Scooters For Kids

What Is The Best Travel Scooter for Kids?

Are you looking to take a lightweight and compact travel scooter for your kids on your travels? Taking a scooter on holiday means that kids who are reluctant to walk can keep up without moaning. They can also be fun for exploring!

However, packing a scooter in our luggage can bring challenges. If travelling by airplane, you will have weight limits with your luggage or have a limited amount of luggage you can take on board. If you are travelling by car, a scooter may be hard to fit in the car with all the other bags you are taking. This may put you off taking a scooter along with you. But fear not, there are many scooters that can accommodate for these problems.

Wherever you are going the important considerations for a scooter to take on holiday are that it is lightweight so is easy to carry and will fit inside your luggage. It must be able to fold or have an easily removable handlebar so you can fit it in your suitcase or the car.

Here are some options of good scooters for travelling with the kids.

Mini Micro Scooter (Classic)

It's no secret on this website that I love the mini micro scooter and I think you will find most people who make the investment and buy one feel the same. It also makes the best scooter for travelling with young children.

✔️ Super Lightweight - Probably the most lightweight scooter on the market coming in at 1.5kg. This means it won't add much to your luggage weight which is great if you are flying and don't want to pay extra for luggage.

✔️ Removeable Handlebar - Although this scooter cannot fold you can very easily remove the handlebar to fit it in your car or your suitcase too.

✔️Age Recommendation - 3 to 5 years

Check out my full review of the scooter.

 

Mini Micro Scooter (Deluxe)

The Mini Micro Deluxe is very similar to the classic scooter above expect it's foldable, it's age range covers 2 to 5 years and it has an adjustable handlebar. The adjustable handlebar and folding mechanism adds just a little bit more weight to the scooter. So it weighs 1.8kg and not 1.5kg like the classic. It has more features than the classic but does costs a little bit more.

✔️ Very lightweight - next to the micro classic, it probably is the lightest scooter for young children out there with a weight of just 1.8kg

✔️ Adjustable handlebar - the handlebar adjust from 48 to 64 cm

✔️The t-bar can be removed from the base for easy transportation.

✔️Age Recommendaton - 2 to 5 years

Which scooter you get may depend on the age of your child, how much you want to spend and if it's important the scooter can quickly fold and unfold.

Maxi Micro Scooter

For older kids, another great lightweight scooter option is the maxi micro scooter. It's a 3 wheel scooter which is designed by the same people who make the mini micro above but it's designed for kids aged 6 to 10 years old. It's super lightweight for a scooter at just 2.2kg so again shouldn't add too much to the weight of your luggage. You can also remove the handle for easy storage and transport.

✔️ Very lightweight for an older child's scooter at just 2.2kg

✔️ Removable Handlebar - the scooter isn't foldable but the handle can be detached from the base. A folding mechanism adds weight to a scooter which is why to keep the scooter lightweight, micro haven't added one.

✔️Height adjustable handlebar - from 68cm - 91cm

✔️ Age Recommendation - 5 - 12 years

JD Bug Street Scooter

If you're looking for a lightweight and foldable 2 wheel scooter to take on holiday with you this is a fantastic option.

✔️ Weight - weighs just 2.8kg

✔️Height adjustable - the handlebar adjusts from 63cm-95cm.

✔️ Foldable - easily folds and unfolds with a quick release clamp. The handlebars also fold down which means the scooter is more compact to fit in a car on in a large suitcase.

✔️ Carry strap - it comes with an detachable shoulder strap to make it easy to carry.

✔️ Age Recommendation - 5 to 12 years

 

JD Bug Junior Street Scooter


Another option of 2 wheel scooter for a younger child is the JD Bug Junior scooter which is slightly smaller than the JD Bug street scooter featured above, weighs less and has a slightly younger age recommendation. It's also cheaper so worth considering for younger children.

✔️ Super light - This is the lightest two wheel scooter featured on the page at just 2.3kg.

✔️Height adjustable - the handelbar adjusts from 63cm - 85cm

✔️ Smaller footplate - the deck is shorter for a smaller foot. The size is 44cm by 9ccm.

✔️ Foldable - like the street scooter, the junior is easy to fold and unfold with a quick release clamp

✔️ Age Recommendation - 4 to 8 years

See an indepth comparison of the JD Bug Junior vs JD Bug Street.

Micro Sprite


If you're a fan of the micro scooters, the micro sprite is a lightweight two wheel option. It's not quite as light as the jd bug scooters and the sprite is more expensive. However, the micro family of scooters is well known for their high quality so you can be in doubt that this will last for years.

✔️ Weight - the micro weight 3.28kg

✔️ Foldable - it is easy to fold and unfold with a quick release clamp

✔️Height adjustable - the handlebar can height adjust from 64cm to 95cm

✔️Age Recommendation - 5 to 12 years

Lightest Stunt Scooter

Older kids and teens may request to take a stunt scooter away with them on holiday to use at the skate park. Stunt scooters don't have foldable or removable handlebars so they can be quite difficult to pack away in luggage. If you do want to take a stunt scooter away on  your travels, it is best to choose a lighter one so it's easy to carry. Some stunt scooters are lighter than 3.5kg, so these are always a good option.

Grit Elite Pro Scooter

✔️ Weighs 3.44kg which is light for a stunt scooter

✔️ The scooter dimensions are 530mm wide and 580mm high

✔️ Durable and well built with alloy core 110mm wheels to withstand the impact of jumps and tricks.

✔️ For beginners and intermediate scooter riders from 8 years plus.

Folding Scooters

There are tons of folding scooters out there. The weights vary from scooter to scooter but it's worth checking out the weights of some and see if they would be an option for you to take with you when you travel.

Buy a Cheap Scooter And Get It Delivered On Arrival

Another idea is to buy a very cheap scooter and have it delivered to the location where you are going so you don't have to travel with it.  So if you are going to visit family or friends in the UK, you could consider having it delivered to their house before you arrive.