What Are the Best Scooters for 3 Year Olds?
In a hurry or just curious?
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.
Mini Micro Scooters
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
The mini micro deluxe is the newest scooter buy the mini micro. It is pricey but it has some excellent features. Here is what you are getting for your money:
- Lightweight - It's extremely lightweight (at only 1.81kg) and this is one of it's unique features. For young children the lighter the scooter the easier it is to control, manoeuvre. Children often learn to scoot by picking up a scooter, for example to change direction. They can easily get it up and down kerbs and through doorways. Plus it's light for adults to carry when they've had enough too.
- Wheels - the PU wheels offer a really smooth ride. 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 heighest height setting is 69cm. This means that the handlebar will be the perfect height for each child. A handlebar around waist height is the best height for scootering.
- Well designed footplate - the footplate is made of flexible reinforced fibreglass, it's super strong but really lightweigh and it has anti slip silicone footplate for extra sturdiness.
- 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 weigh 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 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 adustable handlebar 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 maneouvre and control so the deluxe scores well here. As your 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 is designed for 3 to 5 year olds and has been around for many years. It's cheaper than the mini micro deluxe and the main reason it's different is that it doesn't have an adjustable handlbar. The stem of the handlebar is made of 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:
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.
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.
3 Style Scooters (Foldable)
This is another 3 wheel style scooter with a lean and steer mechanism that's similar to the mini micro but at a fabulous price.
Height adjustable handlebar - The scooter is height adjustable from 52cm to 78cm and the handlebar is foldable. 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.
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.
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.
They steering like is lean to steer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another excellent choice for this age group is the vokul mini kick scooter 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 Vokul is aimed at kids aged 2 to 6 so will be perfect for a 3 year old.
It features an adjustable handlebar so will grow with your child.
It is slightly heavier than the mini micro, weighing in at 2kg rather than 1.5kg. This is in part due to the extra weight of the adjustable handlebar which is why the mini micro doesn't have one. Lighter scooters are better for young children as they can manage them better.
However, a 2kg scooter should be fine for most 3 year olds and you are obviously paying a lot less for the Vokul 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 Vokul
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.
It is around the £20 so there may be compromises on some of the design and materials compared to more expensive scooters.
3 Year Olds on Scooters For The School Run
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.
Buying Guide for a Scooter for a 3 Year Old
3 wheels - My son has a 3 wheel scooter as like most children his age he doesn't have the balance for a 2 wheel scooter as yet. Having said this if your child is approaching 4, they 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 quailty materials such as high quality polyurethane or urethane. Most good quality scooters use high quality polyurethane/ urethane (also seen as PU) as a wheel material as it offers a smooth, less bumpy ride.
Foldable - For young children, I like a scooter that is foldable as its easier to carry when my boys have had enough of scooting around. However, there seems to be less scooters that fold these days and I think its because a folding mechanism can mean compromising on some other features. Foldable scooters tend to be heavier than others which means they can be harder to control. A folding mechanism can weaken the scooter making it less strong and durable. So, the scooter you get may depend on how long you expect to use it for and what features are most important to you.
Lightweight - a lightweight scooter can be easier for younger chidren to manoeuvre and control especially when they first learn to scoot. It's also lighter to carry when your child has had enough.
>Smooth and Quick Ride - some 3 wheel scooters are designed to be so safe that they are also slow and clunky. This can make your 3 year old frustrated as they become more confident 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. Heavy scooters can also be slow. Scooters with very wide decks can be difficult to turn. 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 are a good fixed choice as this should be manageable for this age group but leave some growing room too. The ideal handlebar height is around waist height for which is the perfect size for them to control and move.
Some handlbars are adjustable. This means that 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 handlbar can also be increased or decreased for siblings or friends who may want to have a go on the scooter