The Best Scooters for 9 and 10 Year Olds
So you're looking for a best kid's scooter for a 9 or 10 year old? It can be confusing to pick the perfect one when there are so many different types to choose from. A stunt scooter, kick scooter, electric or an off road scooter? What about 2 or 3 wheel scooter for an older child?
Looking at scooter descriptions can add to the confusion. What are PU wheels? Do I need a fixed handebar or adjustable one? Why can't I get a stunt scooter with a folding mechanism?
If you have questions like these and more, worry no longer. Read on for our ultimate guide to help you decide which is best scooter for a 9 or 10 year old.
Globber Flow 125 Scooter
The Globber Flow 125 scooter is nicely sized for 9 and 10 year olds, with 4 height adjustment settings so it should last them into their teenage years.
Handlebar - you can set the handlebar at 4 different heights between 82cm to 97cm, so you can find the best height for each rider as they grow.
Non-Foldable - one thing to note about the Globber Flow is that the handlebar isn't foldable. This makes it a stronger scooter as there is no weak point where they scooter folds. Ideal for kids who are rough with their scooters and will put it through its paces. However, if you want a scooter that will fold for storage and/or portability, check out the Globber Flow Foldable instead.
Light - at 3.1kg the scooter is light, which makes it easy to pick up if you need to
Wheels -the wheels are bigger than on the JD bug. At 125mm they will go that bit quicker, which some kids may appreciate. However, they aren't so big they are going to add a lot of weight to the scooter.
Deck - The strong triple deck structure has non-slip EVA foam grip tape giving riders maximum grip.
Control - Super wide handlebars give riders maximum control when scooting. Durable handgrips provide extra comfort. A long rear foot brake is not only great for braking but also prolonging the rear wheel’s longevity.
It comes in many colours at a competitive price point.
Razor Sports S Scooter
Strong but lightweight
This scooter features a robust steel t tube and aluminium deck which is designed to withstand frequent use, and be durable so that it lasts. It weighs 2.76kg, so makes it easy to carry when needed.
It's foldable so is great for storing and carrying.
The wheels are urethane and have smooth rolling bearings.
There is also a rear fender break to help with safety and control.
The handlebars are fixed and aren't height adjustable so this may factor in your decision whether to buy. From the floor to the top of the handlebars, the handlebar measures 82.5cm.
This can be used for kids and adults. The maximum weight limit is 100kg so there's nothing to stop older siblings, teens and adults have a go as well.
They come in cool bright colours including pink and green and it's reasonably priced too.
Hudora Big Wheel (205mm) Scooter
The trouble with many of the small wheel scooters is that there isn't a lot of growing room, so will last kids a couple of years but if they have a growth spurt when they are approaching their teens it may get too small for them very quickly.
Large Handlebar Adjustment Range
The Hudora big wheel scooter has height adjustable handlebars from 79 to 104cm so the scooter can accommodate kids, teens and even adults. You don't have to worry about kids outgrowing the scooter.
The bigger wheels will travel further distances more speedily and smoothly than scooters with smaller wheels. This makes it an awesome scooter for the school commute. Kids can get to their destination quickly. The 87a durometer wheels are durable and give a smooth ride along paths and pavements.
The scooter is foldable and has an adjustable shoulder strap for carrying. It's an excellent choice if you need to carry it up steps or up a hill. It features a rear friction brake and a kickstand.
A great scooter for growing kids, especially on the school run. Some reviewers mention it's noisy, but if you can forgive this, it's an excellent option.
The Micro scooters brand are known for their excellent quality, well designed and built to last scooters. The Micro sprite is no exception. It's a two wheel scooter aimed at older children between the ages of 5 to 12. Here are some of its main features.
Lightweight, strong and smooth ride
This scooter has been designed lightweight as possible while retaining extra features such as a kickstand and all the strength and durability required when being handled by children. It weighs 3.28kg (not as light as the JDbug but the sprite does have the kickstand so it can stand upright on its own, which will be one thing adding some extra weight)
Foldable and height adjustable
The sprite can be folded quickly and easily. The handlebar is also height adjustable from 63cm to 92cm
The wheels of the Micro Sprite scooter are made from 87o ShoreA polyurethane, which means the wheels are extremely solid. The higher the number the more resistance the wheels have to indentation and wear. But they are still soft enough to give a smooth ride. The micro sprite scooter wheels use ABEC 5 bearings, measures 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear.
The age recommendation is from aged 5 to 12 years. The maximum weight is 100kg so as long as you are under that teens and adults can have a go as well.
The Best Stunt Scooters
Age - 9 or 10 is a great age to get the first stunt scooter as most stunt scooter are designed with kids aged 8 plus in mind so, you don't have to worry about the stunt scooter being too big for them.
Strong - They tend to be heavier scooters with reinforced parts to withstand the impact from tricks and jumps.
Cost- Because they are made of heavy duty materials they tend to be more expensive than a traditional scooter.
Longevity and Use - Stunt scooters are likely to last a lot longer, potentially for years if you buy the right scooter. You can use stunt scooter for cruising the streets as well as doing tricks but you can't use traditional scooters for doing tricks as they are not designed to withstand this kind of punishment.
There are tons to great stunt scooters out there that are perfect for 9 and 10 year olds who are beginners to an intermediate level on a scooter. Some of the names to look for include Razor, Grit, Madd Gear and Slamm.
Top Choice - Nitro Circus Ryan Williams Replica Stunt Scooter
This is a beginner, entry scooter ideal for 9 and 10 year old kids. Fantastic for beginners to ride around and start learning tail whips and other tricks. It's smaller than a standard sized scooter which means it is lighter too. Younger riders aren't as strong as pro riders so a lighter scooter makes it easier to flip around and learn tricks. The gold deck is 4" wide and 19" long so it's shorter than on many stunt scooters but this can make it easier to learn tricks.
The steel bars measure 21.7" in height by 17.9" in width (45.72cm x 55.8cm) and are super durable with a double clamp, standard headset and strong steel forks. The total height of the scooter is 80cm.
Other notable features are the 110mm wheels which are light but strong with alloy cores. Alloy core wheels are a good choice for kids who are serious about doing jumps and tricks at the skatepark as they will withstand the impact needed from these kinds of moves. The scooter also features decent grips, which are comfortable when riding.
It's called the replica scooter because it's got the same colorways as Ryan Williams scooter. Young kids can emulate pro-riders but on a scooter that is appropriately sized for them.
Chilli Base Stunt Scooter
My 9 year old son Callum was gifted a Chilli Base scooter and we were both impressed. The Chilli scooter is a solid, light and perfectly sized scooter for beginner riders around 9 and 10 years old. It looks very nice too.
The height from the floor to the top of the handlebar is 79cm - this was a nice size for Callum who is 4' 4" (132cm) in height. It came up to around waist height. The handlebars are super wide at 58cm. This worked well for Callum, as the wider handlebars gave him extra control when going down the ramps.
110mm wheels gave a smooth and speedy ride both on the ramps and on the paths. It weighs 3.5kg, so it light enough for beginners to manoeuvre and control easily. The deck measures 19.6" by 4.5" (50cm by 11.5cm) so there is plenty of footspace.
If you're looking for a scooter for beginners at the skate park, it's an excellent choice. It's a high-quality scooter at a competitive price point.
You can read our full review here.
Blazer Pro Outrun Complete Scooter
The Blazer Pro Outrun is another good entry level scooter at a competitive price point.
The dimensions of the bars are 22 inches in height and 20 inches in width (56cm (h) x 51.5cm(w)) with a total scooter height of 79cm.
Its deck measures 19.7" by 4.5" in width. It's long and wide, so there's plenty of footspace for kids with growing feet.
The 100mm wheels are 5 spoke alloy core wheels. They are slightly smaller wheels than on the Nitro Circus Replica and Chilli Base scooters. Pros generally prefer bigger wheels as they are faster. However, most beginners won't notice the difference between 100mm and 110mm wheels.
The Blaze Outrun comes in different colorways, but the neo chrome is popular and looks amazing on the skate park.
Stunt scooters can be expensive as they need to have high-quality materials to last and stand the abuse riders put on them.
However, perhaps the child you are buying for just wants to try out a few tricks and it may be something they only do for a little while before moving onto a new hobby. If so, the two bare feet budget scooter is a choice worth considering.
Wheels - the scooter features 100mm 88A alloy core wheels. If your child is serious about doing tricks, it's best to look for scooters with alloy core wheels. It has a fixed height of 76cm. As the height of kids varies so much it's worth measuring to see how high the top of the scooter reaches on your child. Ideally the scooter should be between hip and waist height, although many pro stunt scooter riders like their scooter to sit a little lower than this. However, if the handlebar height is between the hips and waist it gives kids a lot more control of the scooter when they're just starting out.
It has some fantastic features including a heavy duty quad clamp and a strong deck.
Verdict - This is a great budget scooter to buy when you don't want to fork out lots of money on a hobby that may only last a short while. It's probably best for the child who wants to scoot from a to b and just have a go at doing the odd trick or two.
Micro Mx Trixx Scooter
If you're looking for a well built, high quality, entry-level stunt scooter, check out the MX Trixx scooter. Perfect for practising jumps and tricks on the scooter ramps as well as for the daily school run. It's made by reputable brand Micro, who are highly regarded for their well designed and durable scooters for kids.
Micro designed the scooter for kids up to 12 years old with a minimum height of 128cm (4ft 2"). It's designed to make performing tricks easier for the younger rider. A shorter handlebar gives kids maximum control. The lightweight frame allows easy handling.
The handlebar measures 68cm from the deck to the top of the handlebars and 81.5cm from the floor to the top of the handlebar. A shorter footplate gives smaller feet more control at the skate park. Soft hand grips offer comfort while scooting.
The Trixx is ideal for kids who are beginning at the skate park as well for intermediate riders
The Razor beast is another entry level stunt scooter. Razor is a well known brand name that is popular in the US but also in the UK as well.
It features fixed pro style riser handlebars with a height of 21.5” (54cm) and a width of 17.75” (45cm). The handlebar on stunt scooters tends to come to just between hip and waist height, although many riders like the handlebars to come up to just below their waist as this can be easier to control when doing stunts.
It has metalised core 14-spoke 98mm urethane wheels. The metalised cores are not as good as alloy core wheels that you find on more expensive scooters but better than plastic cores.
It also has a rather cool pro-style deck, with full deck grip tape and featuring stylised a beast logo.
The scooter weighs 3.1kg, so it's quite lightweight for a beginner scooter rider
It also features a triple stacked clamp for optimum clamping performance.
Dominator Sniper Stunt Scooter
An excellent choice for the entry level / intermediate stunt scooter rider. It's a scooter which features high end specs and is great for developing trick and stunt skills.
What you get is a strong scooter with very solid construction featuring HIC compression and a fully integrated headset at an outstanding price. Whether it's being used at the skate park or on the street, this Sniper offers a smooth, enjoyable ride.
Handlebars and Deck
The handlebars are 22" tall & 20.1" wide. The total scooter height is 78.7cm. Soft rubber grips make it comfortable for your hands. The solid, aluminium, boxed deck is 4.5 inches wide and 19.6" long, plenty of foot space for growing feet.
The wheels on this scooter are excellent and made by District (a brand well-known brand for their quality). They are 110cm alloy core wheels, which are durable and will withstand all the punishment a 9 or 10 year old rider will throw at it.
Choose from four different colours. Assembly is easy, you'll be ready to go in seconds.
Dirt scooters are designed for rougher ground, off road. They are great for scooting over grass, gravel or on dirt tracks. Many kids like to try them out on bmx trails. They can also be used for off road tricks, stunt runs and manoeuvres. They are also strong and made of heavy duty parts to withstand the impact of different terrain. The wheels are also bigger for the same reason. Perfect for introducing 9 and 10 year olds to an action sport and getting them out experiencing different environments.
The Osprey offroad dirt scooter is a solid and well constructed scooter designed to take the punishment on rougher terrain.
It has chrome handlebars with large rubber grips for superior traction and a hardy aluminium deck.
It has 200 x 50mm front and rear, pneumatic rubber tyres, supported on hardy aluminium core wheels (3 piece hubs) which offer great grip on all surfaces and will allow you to perform high impact manoeuvres.
The stainless steel rear brake gives extra stopping power - even on dirt!
The scooter has been well tested and is at an excellent price point too.
If you're interested in a dirt scooter, consider checking out our dirt scooter buying guide.
Three Wheel Scooters
3 wheel scooter are becoming increasingly popular with older children. The Maxi Micro and iScoot Pro are both excellent 3 wheel scooters for both 9 and 10 year olds.
Age and Height Recommendation
Micro recommended for kids between ages 5 and 12 or who are between 110 and 152cm tall. The maximum weight limit is 11stones 1lb or 70kg.
It has an adjustable handlebar with a height range of 67cm to 92cm. The handlebar stem is anodised aluminium to prevent corrosion. It is also foldable.
Super smooth ride
The scooter has high quality PU wheels and bearings which offer a super smooth ride. No worries about a rattling scooter here.
Easy to carry and store
It's super lightweight at just 2.5kg. This makes the scooter easy to carry when needed and as it can be folded down, it's easy to store too. Read a full review of the maxi micro scooter (with classic and deluxe versions included).
LA Sports Three Wheel Tri Scooter
iScoot Pro is another great 3 wheeler perfect the older child. It has a top height setting of 90cm so will accommodate most 9 and 10 year olds.
Handlebar: the handlebars have 5 adjustable heights between 62cm and 90cm, meaning that there is a height to comfortably suit kids of most ages between 3 and 12. As the maximum weight limit is 80kg, some adults can even have a go on this!
Wheels - it's front powered with a front 120mm PU wheel and a 100mm rear wheel for an easy and smooth cruise. The LED flashing wheels are great for the winter months during dusk and dark evenings when scooting home from school.
The scooter can be folded for easy storage and transport.
Also, check out some more 3 wheel scooters for older children
Electric scooters are fun and offer some super speed for kids.
Razor electric scooters are a popular brand in the UK.
The E90 is a good choice for 9 and 10 year olds. It has a maximum weight limit of 54kg.
It can reach speeds of up to 10mph. A kick start is required to get the motor started and there is a push button acceleration.
The brake is hand operated at the front and there's twist-grip acceleration control.
The scooter can provide up to 80 minutes of continuous use on one battery charge.
Other Considerations When Choosing a Scooter
Coolness factor - at this age kids may be concerned that they need to have a scooter that looks cool. So it's worth checking in with them about the kinds of styles they like and prefer. Plus reading reviews from other purchasers to see if their kids liked the scooters. Stunt scooters are probably considered to be cooler at this age and they can be used for cruising too so this may affect your decision.
Sturdy - my almost 10 year old primarily uses his scooter for getting for a to b. However, he naturally tries little jumps on his scooter so he definitely needs something robust to withstand the abuse he gives it.
An older child might be covering longer distances on their scooter when cruising, so they may benefit from a scooter with larger wheels. Scooters with larger wheels are great for going quickly and covering longer distances. So, it's worth considering if the commute to school is long distance or they may be travelling further distances as they get older (perhaps to secondary school).
More Types of Scooter
Scissor Scooters (also known as Flicker, Wiggle and Swing Scooters)
A scooter that has become more popular in recent years is the scissor scooter, commonly known as a Flicker or swing scooter. This type of scooter has two footplates, one for each foot so you don't propel the scooter with a foot like you do with a traditional push scooter. Instead, you either move your legs in and out, move from side to side or wiggle your hips to move the scooter.
These scooters are fun and they are great for building leg muscle and improving co-ordination. I'm not sure they will replace the traditional kick scooter but are perfect for taking down the park for some fun. Check out an option below:
AOODIL Swing Scooter
Ideally sized for 9 and 10 year olds, the swing scooter is reasonably priced and height adjustable from 95cm to 110cm. Like all of these types of scooter, it's guaranteed to give extra fun. Riders can make quick 180 degree turns, with a quick response brake for enhanced control. Drifting and carving is easy so kids can pull of crazy moves. And the best thing about it is that there is a 100kg weight capacity so adults can have a go at the action too.
PU wheels mean a smooth, comfortable glide. For safety, the footplates have non slip designs, to keep feet steady while riding. And for peace of mind, the scooter has a 1 year warranty.
We have also reviewed the best Flicker scooters if you want more options to choose from.
The space scooters deck is curved and the back is much higher than the deck at the front. To use it, hop on the deck, then shift your weight between your feet to get going. Essentially, you have to pump the platform up and down to move rather than kicking.
Space Scooter X540
The space scooter x540 works by pumping up and down on the deck to make it move. The 200mm wheels will get kids going quickly and speedily. It's aimed at kids from aged 8. There is a height adjustable handlebar, a kickstand and a handbrake for easy stopping. A clever safety feature that uses loud clicks to warn riders if too much force is being applied to the scooter deck when they push down.
Overall, the space scooter is fun. An extra option to get kids off their screens and having some exercise!