5 Top Wooden Scooters for Kids

5 Best Wooden Scooters for Kids

Are you looking for a wooden scooter? Look no further, we have found five wooden scooters designed for toddlers, pre-schoolers and school age kids.

The scooter market is dominated by metal and plastic scooters, however we have listed every type of wood scooter we could find.

Some of the scooters are a made completely of wood (except for wheels, nuts and bolts). Others are hybrid of either wood and metal or wood and plastic.

Some wooden scooters are excellent scooters, others may compromise on a few features which we've outlined our descriptions.

Lil' Rider Kids Wooden Scooter

This cute little scooter is designed for toddlers from age 2 years old. The scooter is made from birch plywood and beech wood. It's been sanded down and painted. The wooden wheels have been encased in rubber.

The top height of the handlebar is 60cm which is a nice size for a 2 to 3 year old. Unfortunately the handlebar isn't adjustable.

It has large 5 inch wheels. The scooter is handlebar controlled (not lean to steer like other toddler scooters). Just turn the handlebars in the direction you want to go and push along.

It's a good scooter to to pass down to younger siblings.

It's not designed to be as speedy as some other toddler scooters. However, for a toddler learning to balance on a 3 wheel scooter, it should do the job!

Globber Primo Foldable Wood (with Lights)

The foldable Globber Primo wood is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds.

The deck is made from FSC certified sustainable wood which means that the wood has been sourced from well managed forests. The 7 ply deck is mounted on a reinforced metal structure so it's durable and will last. The deck also features anti-slip grip tape.

The Globber Primo Wood is an excellent scooter for young kids. There's a 3 height adjustable t-bar so the scooter grows with your child. The height adjustments are 67.5cm, 72.5cm and 77.5cm.

It features a patented folding system - it's super easy to fold with the push of a button. This makes the scooter easy to carry and transport.

The 120mm wheels offer a smooth and quick ride. Kids will enjoy whizzing around on their scooter. The wheels also feature battery free LED lights for extra fun.

If you're looking for a scooter which is made with less plastic but still offers great features and functionality for your child - the Globber Primo Wood is an excellent choice.

ATK All Terrain Scooter

The ATK All Terrain scooter has been designed for kids aged 5 to 12. The advantage of this scooter is that it's designed to work on grass and gravel as well as flat surfaces such as tarmac. It's manufactured from sustainable high grade ply.

The scooter features 10" inflatable tyre wheels for added comfort over uneven terrain and bumps on paths too. A non slip surface on the footplate and a powerful foot brake ensure the scooter is safe to ride.

The scooter bar is 80cm high. The bar not adjustable but this is a nice height for kids in the 5 to 12 age bracket.

Some assembly is required but the scooter arrives in 3 components and it takes less than 10 minutes to put the scooter together.

As well as wooden scooters, ATK make wooden go karts which you can check out here.

Smoby Wooden 3 Wheel Scooter

The Smoby 3 wheel scooter is a metal and wood scooter. The frame is aluminium and the deck is wood.

It's aimed at kids from aged 3 years who are under 20kg.

The handlebar is height adjustable and the deck has a non slip coating.

The scooter is foldable and weights 3.3kg.

One thing to be wary about is the 2 wheels at the back of the scooter may get in the way of a child's kick path which could lead to frustration

The scooter is very competitively priced. It's a handlebar controlled scooter, so you turn the handlebar to change direction rather than leaning to steer, which some kids prefer.

Bon Bon Scooter

This scooter has a wooden frame and plastic wheels

It is 62cm in height which is quite small for scooter. It makes it a nice size for 2 and 3 year olds.

The steering is controlled by the by the handlebar, so push the bar in the direction you want it to go.

Are Wooden Scooters Eco Friendly?

Many parents buy a wooden scooter because they think it’s more eco-friendly than a plastic scooter. This can be true as wood is a renewable source. It’s easier to recycle than plastic and it’s biodegradable - it’s not going to be hanging around in landfill for thousands of years.

To make sure that the wooden scooter is as eco friendly as possible ensure you buy a scooter with wood sourced from a tree plantation that is sustainability managed. FSC certification is one example of sustainably sourced certification.

Some may argue that wooden scooters are more eco friendly than scooters made out of metal.  It’s true that metals are more energy intensive than wood to produce. Metals also take much longer to biodegrade than wood. However many metals are easily recycled and wood can be slow growing - chopping down lots of trees and not replacing them is never eco friendly. Many scooters are made from aluminium which is one of the most recycled and recyclable materials in use today.

There are a lot of variables that come into play when deciding how eco friendly a scooter is. How and where are the scooter materials sourced? How recyclable are they? Can the scooter easily be repaired  - keeping it out of landfill for longer?

Another option is to look at scooters made of recycled plastic. The company, Micro Scooters make scooters with decks made out of recycled plastics which were discarded in the the ocean. You can read more here about eco friendly scooters for kids. 


Wood Scooters Vs Metal and Plastic Scooters

Here are some more comparisons between wooden scooters and metal and plastic scooters:

Aesthetics - many people prefer the look and design of a wooden scooter. Wooden scooters look particularly cute for young children.

Weight - wooden scooters are often lighter than their metal counterparts. This can make them easier to manoeuvre and pick up for young children. They are also lighter for parents and other adults to carry. However, it isn’t universal, some metal and plastic scooters are very light.Check out the weight of the scooter before you buy to compare how heavy they are.

Weatherproof - wooden scooters are often not designed for excessive use in the rain. They can’t be left outside unless the wood has been treated to withstand rain and water  Metal and plastic scooters generally can withstand more extremes of weather, although it’s not best practice to store them outdoors either.

Adjustability - metal scooters are often more adjustable than their wooden counterparts with more height adjustment settings - although this will depend on the individual scooter.


Ozbozz My First Scooter Review

Ozbozz My First Scooter – Review

If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful first scooter for a toddler or preschooler the Ozbozz ticks both boxes. But if you’re wondering whether it may be worth spending more on another scooter for your little one, this may also be true.

This article answers the questions you have about the Ozbozz My First scooter to help you make the right decision for you and your child.

Ozbozz - My First Scooter

The Ozbozz My First Scooter is best for 2 to 4 year olds.

With a design which converts from 4 to 3 to 2 wheels, this scooter adapts to the needs of a young child.

The Ozbozz features handlebar operated steering and conveniently folds.

The Price and Value for Money

One thing is certain, the Ozbozz cannot be beaten on price.

But is it a case of buy cheap buy twice?

Well,  how long do you expect a £20 scooter to last for? Generally, it does its job of being a standard first scooter for a toddler or preschooler.

The lifespan of the scooter is short (approximately a year), by which time many little ones will be ready to move onto the next scooter.

Having said this, something like the Mini micro will cost you more but you will get more years of use out of it. And it can be passed down to siblings.


Designed for young children, the recommended age range is 2 to 5 years.

What’s really unique about the scooter is its ability to convert it from 4 to 3 to 2 wheels. The tiniest tots can start out with the stability of four wheels. As their confidence and ability grow it's easy to convert the scooter to three wheels.

As already mentioned the scooter has handlebar controlled steering as opposed to lean to steer.

Other design features to note is a short deck that is sized for little feet. The small deck size makes it easier to control.

We especially like the bright and colorful design with coordinating hand grips which is visually appealing to young kids. Choose between pink and green.

Weight and Weight Limit.

How much does it weight and how much can it support?

The Ozbozz is exceptionally light at just 2.7kg.

Lighter scooters make it easy for kids as young as 2 to pick it up to go up and down curbs. Being light also makes it easier to control and manoeuvre.

A maximum weight limit of 20kg (which is just over 3 stone) will accommodate most little ones.


There are no brakes on this Ozbozz.

What? No brakes!? I hear you ask.

No brakes might sound like a disadvantage. But what you will find is very young children will rarely use a brake on a scooter. They tend to slow down by using their feet. So not having a brake, fits in with the design aim of being for the youngest of kids.

Additionally, as the scooter isn't the fastest and takes a fair amount of kicking power, the scooter is unlikely to run away with children.

Having no brakes helps keep this scooter very light, which is an important feature in a scooter for young kids.


The scooter can be surprisingly nippy although it isn't the fastest scooter for a young child. This may certainly suit a 2 year old.

However, one thing to note is the Ozbozz does take a lot of kicking to maintain its speed.

Scooters such as the micro have been designed to pick up some speed so little ones can easily cruise without much kicking.

Older kids may get frustrated

As kids get older they may get frustrated with this scooter, whereas other scooters designed for kids to this age can be ridden quite quickly as children get bigger.

Foldability and Portability

The scooter folds which is obviously good for easy transportation and storage. Easy to put in the boot of a car and doesn't take up much space.

Some reviewers complain that the scooter is a bit stiff when being folded. It may help to add some WD-40 to help it fold more easily.


The handlebar measures 67cm from the bottom of the ground to the top of the handlebars which is a nice size for the 2 to 4 age group.

One downside is that the handlebar height isn't adjustable.


The wheels are plastic. This isn't the best material for the wheels on a scooter, Ideally, you would want wheels to be made of polyurethane. Polyurethane offers a much smoother ride and is the material you would find on a higher end scooter such as the mini micro.

Plastic wheels will do the job. However, kids may find that they can feel every bump and vibration as they scooter along. However, this probably won't bother most kids.

The plastic wheels also work better on smooth asphalt rather than pavements with lots of bumps and cracks in the ground.


It’s fairly easy to assemble, although the instructions could be clearer. It should be complete in 10 minutes. The scooter comes with its own mini tool kit although you may find it easier if you have your own.


FeatureOzbozz My First Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age RecommendationAges 2 to 4
HandlebarsOne fixed height at 67cm (floor to top of handlebars)
Weight of scooter2.7kg
Max rider weight20kg
BrakeNo Brake

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the scooter have light-up wheels? 

No, unfortunately not. Although the colours of the scooter are bright and appealing.

W0uld this be suitable for a 5, 6 or 7 year old? 

The scooter would be too small for most children in this age group.

Will the scooter stand on its own with 4 wheels? 

Yes, it will keep upright with 4 wheels.



There are many alternatives to the Ozbozz scooter.

One of the most popular is the Mini Micro. But many parents wonder if this scooter is worth the money?

Mini Micro Scooter

In a word, yes - especially if you buy it for a 2 year old. You can get 3 years of use out of the micro and hand it down to siblings too.

It designed to be super lightweight and easy to control for the youngest of children.

Each part of the Micro scooter is replaceable. So if something wears out, it can be repaired or the part replaced.

The micro also features polyurethane wheels, a height-adjustable handlebar and has lean-to steer steering.


3 Style Scooter

The 3 style scooter is a mid-range budget scooter.

It's approximately half the price of the mini micro but about double the price of the Ozbozz scooter.

It has lean to steer steering, polyurethane wheels (for a smooth ride), a height-adjustable handlebar starting at 48cm for the youngest of kids).

You can compare the 3 style scooter and the mini micro scooter here.

Find more alternative scooters for toddlers and for 3 year olds. 

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. A helmet provides protection for kids and peace of mind for 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 important to make the right choice. We're here to help.  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.) Choose the right size - this is important for obvious reasons. A helmet which is too tight is uncomfortable. A helmet which is too loose will move around and not offer the protection needed.

When buying a helmet, take a head circumference measurement from your child to help you choose the right size.  Here is how to measure your child's head:

  • use a fabric measuring tape to take a measurement around your child's head. Measure 1 inch above the eyebrows.
  • Keep the measuring tape level around the head to get the full measurement.
  • If you don't have a fabric measuring tape, use string. Mark the string 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 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 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. This is to ensure a child's head won't get too hot and sweaty which may lead them to want to take it off. Sweat saver lining may be fitted into the helmet to absorb any sweat. Some sweat saver linings 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 make sure 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 so they can try some on and 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!

Micro Scooters Helmets

Abus Smiley Kids Cycling Helmet


The  German company Abus are well known for making locks but they also specialists in making high quality cycling helemts for children as well as serious cyclists. Their kids helmets conform to EN 1078 safety standards and they make a variety of helmets for kids of all ages.

The Abus Smily 2.0 is a light, well fitting helmet. It comes in lots of different colors and designs.

Size - The small size measures 45 to 50cm and the medium size is 50 to 55cm.

Weight, Comfort - The helmets are super light, with the small size weighing just 240g. Kids are more likely to keep wearing a light helmet because it's more comfortable. Additionally, there are 8 vents to keep little heads cool.

Fit - one of the plus points of the Abus smiley is how it can be finely adjsuted to the size of a child's head. There is a dial adjustment at the back and straps that are easy for adults to adjust (little kids may struggle with adjusting the straps independently though).

Protection - The helmet has an in mould construction with EPS foam on the inner shell to absorb impact. There is also extended protection for the neck and face. The helmet has a visor like front edge for increased face protection and a deeply pulled down temple and neck area.

Micro Helmets

Micro are a well respected brand of scooter manufacturer who make helmets as well.

Size: The Micro helmets featured are sized for kids with a head circumference between 48 to 54cm. There is a rear sizing wheel and adjusable side straps to ensure a snug fit. The  rear sizing wheel also doubles up as a light to keep kids visible. Additionally the helmet features a quick release buckle.

Fit and Breathability: The helmet has a lightweight inner shell and EPS foam lining. There’s extra padding for comfort and a snug fit. Added air vents keep the head cool.

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

Micro also make larger versions of this helmet for kids with a head circumference of between 55cm and 58cm

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!

Good ventilation: 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.

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.

Comfort: They have sealed inner pads for comfort. 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 why does the Tremor helmet excel?

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.


Lazer J1 Kids Cycling Helmet


Lazer is a Belgian company who have been making helmets for over 100 years. They pride themselves on producing lightweight, adjustable, well ventilated and stylish helmets

The J1 kid's helmet goes big on style. There are many fantastic colour combinations to choose from

The helmet fits a head circumference of 52 to 56cm

The lazer advanced turnfirt retention system is excellent. it's easy to adjust to help you achieve the perfect fit

19 large vents maximize airflow around the head and provides top class ventilation

The in-mold I Piece construction helps keep the weight of the helmet low, it weighs 295g

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.

Skate Hut Helmet

Looking for a colourful kid’s helmet at an affordable price? The Skate Hut helmet be the perfect choice.

Size: There are 5 different sizes. The smallest measures 48cm to 50cm and the largest 58cm to 60cm. So there is a size for most kids and adults.

Construction: It features a high density, injection ABS outer shell and high impact-absorbing EPS inner and it’s tested to EN1078

Comfort and Fit: 11 vents to help keep kid’s head’s cool. For a snug fit, there is adjustable/removable inner foam padding. There are also adjustable chin straps.

Finally there’s a variety of Matt colour finishes.

Lazer Lil’ Gekko kids helmet

Another cool offering from lazer is the lil’Gekko  kids helmet.

Aimed at stylish little kids who have a head circumference between 46cm to 56cm

the bright colours on this helmet will ensure they look super cool

its visor helps keep the sun out for your child’s eyes

whats really good about the helmet is its features lasers auto fi retention system, the helmet will nstantly auto adjust to the riders head. The system adjusts each time you put the helmet on so its great fro growing heads, another top feature is the comfort buckle. It connects to the ear to prevent you accidentally pinching your child’s chin when securing the strap

12 large vents keep the kids head cool

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.

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, the most important question to ask is whether you should get 2 or 3 wheels. The answer is dependant on the child in question.

If your child has experience of a 3 wheel scooter and is confident in riding one, I would definitely consider graduating onto a 2 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. My youngest son used a 3 wheel scooter until he was 5.

This article covers 4 types of scooters:

3 Wheel Scooters for 4 Year Olds

The Mini Micro scooter is designed for kids between ages 2 and 5 years old, with a maximum weight limit of 20kg (45 lbs or 3 stone 3lbs)

It's a good choice of 3 wheel scooter for many 4 year olds. I bought this one for my youngest 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 it will last him at least another year. The maximum recommended height for kids to use this scooter is 110cm.

High quality polyurethane wheels offer a smooth and quiet ride (there's no rattling with this scooter!) The 120mm sized wheels at the front are slightly larger than standard wheels and are a great size for cruising.

A flexible fibreglass and reinforced footplate absorb bumps in the pavement for an extra comfortable riding experience.

The handlebar is adjustable from 49cm to 68cm.

The scooter weighs 2.5kg. A lightweight scooter makes it easier for young children to lift and control the scooter. Kids will need to pick up the scooter to mount kerbs and steps, so a light scooter makes this easier.  ​As it's so light, the mini micro is a breeze for adults to carry too (essential when your kid has had enough scooting and you need to carry the scooter back home or to the car). The scooter doesn't fold, however the handlebar can be removed from the base with one click for easy storage and transportation.

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 depending on the height of your child.

Maxi Micro

Tall 4 year olds may grow out of the Mini Micro scooter quickly so it's also worth considering the Maxi Micro scooter. There's several versions of this scooter. We've featured the Maxi Micro Deluxe Pro which is the top of the range option.

The Maxi Micro Deluxe Pro is a 3 wheel scooter designed for 5 to 12 year olds with lean to steer steering. It's recommended for children from 110cm to 152cm. The handlebar is adjustable from 72cm to 91cm.

Like the micro, the maxi has polyurethane wheels which offer a smooth ride. The wheels are extra wide adding extra stability. It's weighs 2.9kg so it's still light to manoeuvre and carry. Currently it costs about £30 more than the mini micro, however it will last a number of years.

The wide chopper handlebars on the pro maxi micro version not only look great but give greater control when riding.

A fantastic feature of micro scooters is that all parts are repairable or replaceable, keeping the scooters on the road indefinitely. It can easily be passed onto younger siblings or sold second hand. It's a great way to keep scooters out of landfill.

The maxi and mini micro scooter are both high quality scooters. They've 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.

Other Versions of the Maxi Micro

Micro make several versions of the Maxi Micro which can be confusing. However, each version has different sizing or features. The Maxi Micro deluxe version (below) has a lower handlebar adjustment than the pro version. It can be adjusted from 67cm to 97cm - the handlebar goes as low as the highest handlebar height on the Mini Micro scooter. It also has light up wheels which kids love.







3 Style Scooter

The 3style scooter has excellent features and scores high on affordability. It's cheaper than many similar styled scooters.

The handlebar is adjustable from 52cm to 86cm. Ideally, the scooter handlebar should be around waist height on a child.  A handlebar which is too low will mean your child is hunched over so it's uncomfortable to ride. A handlebar which is too high makes the scooter difficult to control. This scooter offers the perfect height for a 4 year old.

It's foldable so easy to carry when young kids have had enough of scooting. It's also easy to store, put in your boot or carry on top of a pushchair of a sibling. At 3.5kg, it's heavier than more expensive scooters such as the Micro range.  However, it is still light compared to some other scooters and this weight should be fine for a 4 year old.

The wheels are made of polyurethane and measure 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear. One thing little kids will love is that the wheels light up.

You can replace some of the parts on the 3 style scooter if you need to fix it. The replacement parts available include wheels and brakes.

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

Ansio Kids 3 Wheel Kick Scooter

This is a fine choice for 4 year olds. The handlebar has five different height settings between 66.5cm to 90cm. The scooter can be set to optimum height for a 4 year old with plenty of growing room. The adjustable handlebar also allows easy sharing between siblings of different heights as long as they're under the weight limit of 40kg.

4 year olds will love the LED light up wheels. Light up wheels allow kids to be easily seen in the darker evenings during winter, such as at dusk on the school run.

There are two versions of the Ansio scooter, a foldable version and a version which isn't foldable but which allows you to remove the handlebar from the base. The foldable version is a few pounds more.

Like many 3 wheel scooters, riders control the steering by leaning left to go left and right to go right.

The Ansio 3 wheel scooter is cheaper than the maxi micro and other 3 wheel scooters with light up wheels. If you are on a budget, the Ansio ticks a lot of boxes without breaking the bank.

Best 2 Wheel Scooter for 4 Year Olds

JD Bug Junior Street Scooter

Known for it's quality and durability, JD Bug is one of the bestselling brands of scooter in the UK. The JD Bug Junior Street scooter has an age recommendation of 4 to 8 years and is perfectly sized for this age group.

The JD bug Junior is perfect for a 4 year old who is ready to graduate onto 2 wheels.  The maximum weight for the scooter is 50kg. With a height adjustable handlebar between 63cm and 84.5cm, there's plenty of growing room so it will last a 4 year old a few years.

It features a 120mm front wheel and a 100mm rear wheel with ABEC 5 bearings. The wheels are great for cruising and offer a smooth ride. The wheels are tough and durable (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 hard wearing, durable wheel .

It's super light weighing just 2.3kg (5lbs 4oz). A folding mechanism makes it a breeze for adults to carry on the school run. .

It comes in different colours (pink, red or blue) so there's a good choice for 4 year old boys and girls.

The footplate is also a bit smaller than standard (44cm (l) by 9cm (w)) making it easier for young children to manoeuvre and control.

JD Bug MS 120

The JD Bug MS120 is similar to the JD bug junior scooter featured above with a couple of differences.

The MS120 wheels are both sized at 120mm, whereas the junior scooter has a 120mm front wheel and 100mm back wheel. A scooter with slightly bigger wheels will go a little quicker and cover longer distances in a shorter amount of time. Although the difference is minimal with these two scooters.

The deck is slightly bigger on the MS120 at 49.5cm by 10cm. Kids have more growing room on the deck but smaller feet will find the junior scooter easier to control.

The MS120 is slightly more expensive.

The height adjustments on the handlebars are similar. The lowest height on the MS120 is 67cm and the highest is 87cm, so it doesn't go as low as the junior scooter. It's lightweight at 2.7kg but not as light as the junior street scooter.

This may be worth considering for a taller 4 year old, but if in doubt the JD bug junior scooter is probably the best choice.

Weskate Scooter

The Weskate scooter is a similar price to the JD Bug. It's aimed at kids aged 3 to 10 years.

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 when they spin they light up.

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

It has a footplate measures 40cm by 9.8cm which is a nice size for small feet with some growing room.

Ozbozz Scooter

The Ozbozz featured is Unicorn themed.  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.

We bought a blue Ozbozz 2 wheels scooter for my oldest son's 4th birthday who was on the tall side for his age. 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.

There is also a dinosaur themed version of the Ozbozz scooter featured below:

Micro Sprite

If you’re looking for a scooter that will last, it may be worth spending a bit more. The Micro Sprite is an excellent 2 wheel scooter. (It’s made by the same people who make the mini and maxi micro scooters). It has a height-adjustable handle (from 63cm to 96cm) so grows with your child for many years. The construction and design of the scooter are excellent.

Its 120mm front wheel makes cruising easier and the ride smoother.

The wheels are made of PU with ABEC 5 bearings (offering a smooth ride). It’s 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 is fine for 4 year olds who are able to handle a 2 wheel scooter.

It weighs 2.7kg which is light and no problem for adults to carry.  It is foldable which will make it easier to carry, transport and store.

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

Micro Cruiser

The Micro Cruiser is another scooter from the Micro brand. It has big wheels of 200mm which means kids can go faster and further with less effort. Bigger wheels also offer a smoother ride as they absorb the shocks from bumps on the road better than scooters with smaller wheels.

The Cruiser is aimed at kids from aged 5 years with a minimum height of 110cm so if your 4 year old is smaller than that, it might not be the best choice. As the recommended age range is 5 years, it really is a parent's decision as to whether their child is capable of handling the scooter.

Having said this, many 4 year olds graduating to a 2 wheel scooter may prefer something with bigger wheels as it can feel more stable which can lead to more confidence when they're riding. The footplate on the scooter is also low to the ground which gives a child more stability when balancing or riding on the scooter, again increasing their confidence. The other plus about a low footplate on a scooter is that there is less distance for little legs to have to reach the ground to kick, meaning that the ride is much more comfortable.

The scooter is on the heavier side of 4.5kg.

The cruiser is an investment for a young child. The scooter has a maximum height recommendation of 146cm and can be used by kids up to 10 years old. All parts on the scooter are repairable and replaceable so with proper care it can last for years and be passed onto siblings.

The cruiser is foldable, height-adjustable and comes in lots of different colours including pink, purple, red, black, aqua and blue.

Folding Batman Scooter

This scooter isn't going to be for every 4 year old but the reason I include it is that 4 years old is the age that many kids become superhero mad. My own boys loved spiderman and batman at this age and my nephew was superhero crazy too. In 2023, batman is still a popular superhero craze. If they are big enough to enjoy this scooter and are confident to ride a 2 wheel, many superhero fans will love the batman theme on this one.

The scooter is affordable if you're on a budget. The scooter has a batman themed design making it extremely fun and attractive for kids.

My eldest son and nephew both graduated onto a 2 wheel scooter at age 4. They had both been using a 3 wheel scooter for a while but received a 2 wheel scooter for their 4th birthday and just used it straightaway without any problems.

The batman scooter folds making it easy to carry when kids have had enough or put in the boot of the car.
​It also features an adjustable handlebar height so will grow with your child.

The scooter is cheap and cheerful. ​What you may compromise on (that you may get from the more expensive scooters) is the smoothness of the ride and the overall quality of the scooter. The ride may be a little bumpy as the scooter has plastic wheels. More expensive scooters normally have polyurethane wheels which offer a smoother, superior ride. Polyurethane wheels are more durable and last longer. However, you will pay more for scooters with PU wheels

Having said this, most kids don't really seem to notice the bumpier ride and enjoy the scooter anyway.

The batman scooter also features comfortable foam handle grips and a rear foot brake.

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 so they can withstand the extra impact from jumps and tricks. 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 MGP Mini Pro Rascal scooter and the Slamm Tantrum V8 featured below.

Madd Gear Mini Pro Rascal III

The Madd Gear Mini Pro Rascal scooter is the ideal first stunt scooter designed for the smaller rider with smaller hands and feet.

It features a smaller deck than standard  measuring 43cm by 10cm (17" by 4"). The one piece bar and nylon core with high speed PU wheels are perfect for first jumps and tricks.

It is aimed at age 4 plus so is the optimum choice of stunt scooter for this age group.

It weighs 2.94kg which is super light for a stunt scooter. A lighter scooter will make it easier for them to control the scooter on the street and at the skate park while learning to do jumps, hops and stunts.
The smaller than standard bars will also give them additional control over the scooter. To give you an idea of its size, the total height of the scooter is 68.6cm (27").

Slamm Tantrum V9 Scooter

The Slamm Tantrum V8 scooter is an excellent stunt scooter with top notch features designed for younger children under 8 years (from aged 4 plus).

A smaller bar and deck than on standard sized scooters makes this a good choice for the smaller rider. The total height of the scooter is 74cm

100mm nylon wheels core wheels are enough to withstand the weight of the younger, beginner rider when trying their first jumps and tricks. The BMX style handlebar grips add comfort to little hands when riding.

The look of the orange and black scooter with blue handgrips and wheels is cool and unique. It's hand-built by Slamm.

Additionally, the deck measures 49.5 cm by 11.5cm (4.5" by 19.5"). There's plenty of space for young feet.

Overall, a nice choice for 4 to 7 year olds which has been expertly designed and made by the team at Slamm. It is also very competitively priced.

Scooter with Air Filled 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 air filled tyres give a smooth and comfortable ride especially when going over sticks, stones or bumps in the path.

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

The scooter is durable and hardwearing. It is heavy so at 6.2kg, it's not one that parents will want 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 all have different handlebar heights. Some scooters feature 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 - Consider the weight of the scooter. 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 it up a kerb). If your child is strong for his age, a light scooter may not be as important. Stronger kids will be able to control heavier scooters. ​

15 Best Scooters for Toddlers | 1 and 2 Years Old


What Are the Best Scooters for Toddlers?


Choosing a good scooter for a toddler can be challenging. The trouble is there are so many different scooters at a wide range of prices. It can be hard to pick the right one.

In this article we've picked our top 15 scooters for 1 and 2 year olds. Whether you're looking for a budget scooter, a scooter that will last for a few years or are looking for the most comfortable ride, we have found the perfect scooter for you.  In addition, find out which scooter we chose for our son when he was 2 years old.

7 Important Questions To Ask Before You Buy a Toddler Scooter

Do you need a scooter with a seat? Many kids can ride a scooter from around the age of 2 years old. If they're younger than 2, or they’re not quite ready to scoot, look for a 3 wheel scooter with a seat. The seat allows toddlers to use the scooter as a ride on. When they're ready, the seat can be removed and they can start scooting.

How many wheels?  All 1 and 2 year old children need a scooter with either 3 or 4 wheels.

How adjustable is the handlebar?  Ideally the handlebar should be around waist height. As toddlers grow quickly, the handlebar should adjust easily. Most 1 to 5 year olds require a handlebar within the range of 49cm to 69cm.


Callum age 2 on his scooter

Callum age 2 on his scooter (the handlebar is a bit high on this scooter!)

How much should you spend? A burning question for many is how much to spend. While a £30 scooter may seem a bargain, it is often worth spending more. Cheap scooters are heavy with clunky plastic wheels which are difficult to control. More expensive models are light with high quality, polyurethane wheels which roll smoothly.

How heavy is the scooter? A light scooter is a must for a small child. It gives more control, allowing little ones to easily manoeuvre and pick up the scooter to change direction or mount a kerb. It's also easier for adults to carry.

How does it steer? Most toddler scooters have a lean to steer mechanism, which means riders lean to turn left and right rather than use the handlebar to control the steering. This lean to steer method is intuitive for most toddlers. Some toddler scooters do have handlebar controlled steering, which is fine as well!

Does the scooter fold? A foldable scooter is not a necessity. However, many adults prefer one as scooters that fold are easier to transport and store.

Mini Micro 3 in 1 Deluxe Push Along - Our Top Pick For 1 Year Olds

If you’re looking for a scooter for the youngest of toddlers - the 3 in 1 Mini Micro 3 in 1 is an excellent choice.

Children as young as 18 months can use the scooter as a ride on. A removable parent handlebar allows parents to guide little kids. For parental comfort the handlebar is adjustable from 40cm to 80cm.

When they’re ready the ride on converts to a scooter with an adjustable handlebar. Uniquely, the lowest handlebar on the scooter is just 49cm. This low handlebar height allows kids as young as 2 (or even younger) to have a go at scooting!

As your child grows you can adjust the scooter handlebar up to 67cm which will accommodate kids up to the age of 5.

There are a number features where the Mini Micro Deluxe scooter excels. High quality polyurethane wheels give the scooter a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. You'll never hear any rattling parts with this scooter.

On top of this, the scooter is extra lightweight. This makes it super easy for adults to carry and kids to control. With the seat the scooter weighs 3kg. Without the seat the scooter is amazingly light, at just 1.8kg. This makes it easy for the even tiniest of kids to learn how to scoot.

Overall, if you have a child under the age of 2 this is a fantastic scooter.

Mini Micro Deluxe - The Scooter We Picked for Our 2 Year Old

We bought the mini micro deluxe scooter for our son when he was 2.5 years old and it was a great choice.

We chose this scooter for many reasons. Firstly our son was on the small side for his age and the handlebar on the mini micro deluxe is one of the lowest handlebar heights for young kids (at just 49cm). It’s also a telescopic handlebar which means it can be adjusted to any height up to 69cm, making it easy to find the perfect height as our son grows.

Ideally a handlebar on a scooter should be around waist height on your toddler. If the handlebar is too high it makes it more difficult to control.

The mini micro deluxe scooter is extremely light at 1.8kg. A lightweight scooter is easier for toddlers to manoeuvre. Young kids often pick up their scooters to change direction when they're learning. A light scooter is also easier to lift up kerbs and steps too.

Another thing we liked is the deck is low to the ground. This makes it easy for young kids to step on and off. Plus little kids don't have to reach very far with their kicking foot to push along the ground making the scooter comfortable to ride.

The scooter has “lean to steer” steering, which means you lean left to go left and right to go right. Our son did take a while to get used to this. However, once he did there was no stopping him!

The version of the mini micro deluxe is not foldable, however you can take the stem out of the base for easy storage and transportation. There is a foldable version if you prefer.

The mini micro deluxe is one of the more expensive scooters on the market. However, it’s excellent quality and designed to last. All parts are repairable and replaceable so the scooter is kept on the road and out landfill for years to come.
We liked the scooter so much, we bought one for our nephew too.

Other Versions of the Mini Micro

There are many different versions of the Mini Micro scooter. They include an eco friendly version which is made out of recycled materials and a foldable version (see below).

The Foldable Mini Micro

The foldable version has all the features of the mini micro deluxe but it folds too. It's slightly more expensive and heavier (2.1kg) but if a foldable scooter is important to you, this is a great option. You can buy the foldable version on Amazon. 


Globber Comfort Scooter - For Kids Between Age 1 and 9 Years!

If longevity is important to you, the Globber Comfort scooter is designed to grow with your child between the ages of 1 to 9 years.  It could be that you don't have to buy your toddler another scooter for a long time. Having said this, not all the Globber scooter parts are repairable and replaceable so it's longevity would depend on all the parts lasting.

The Globber Comfort scooter's design is very similar to the Mini Micro 3 in 1. However the Globber is cheaper and there are a few significant differences.

Like the Mini Micro 3 in 1, the Globber easily transforms from a ride on into a stand alone scooter. There's a parental handlebar for parents to guide little children around. When toddlers are ready, the handlebar can be removed and toddlers can push themselves along with their feet.

As kids approach the age of 3, the Globber Comfort turns into a scooter. You can adjust the t-bar to 4 different height settings (from 65.7cm to 82.5cm) as your child grows (in comparison to the Mini Micro scooters which can be adjusted to any height). The top height of 82.5cm could potentially accommodate a 9 year old child.

The Globber Comfort weighs 2.5kg when used as a stand-alone scooter.  Although not quite as light as the Mini Micro Deluxe, it's still is easy enough for most 3 year olds to lift it up kerbs and steps.

The steering is lean to steer (lean to go left and right). Uniquely, it features a button to turn off the steering while kids are learning. This means they don't have to worry about turning until they've mastered scooting in a straight line.

The scooter doesn't fold but you can remove the t-bar for easy storage in the boot or at home.

Scoot and Ride Highway Kick - Easy To Convert

If you want a scooter where your child can use the scooter as both a ride on and a scooter on the same day, this is the option to choose.  The ride on converts quickly and easily to a scooter. No tools are needed and you can do it whenever your child fancies a change of ride.

The ride on seat is adjustable at 3 different settings from 22.5cm to 29cm. The low seat setting makes the ride on excellent for the smallest of kids. The ride on part will probably last until about 2 years old and the scooter part until about 5 years old.

A safety pad at the front of the scooter which minimises the risk of kids tipping over on a scooter when they go over a bump or a stone in the road.

The scooter has 2 large front wheels (6 inches) and a smaller rear wheel. It's very stable to ride.

One negative is it weighs 3kg so it's not the lightest of scooters. On the plus side, it's probably the best convertible ride on to scooter because it's so quick and easy to convert.

3 Style Scooter - Best Budget Option

The main attraction of the 3style scooter is it’s price. It offers similar features to competitors at almost half the price.

The handlebar is adjustable from 52cm to 78cm at 4 different height settings. The lowest height setting of 52cm is only a few cm higher than the lowest handlebar setting on the mini micro deluxe (which is 49cm) so it's a great cheaper alternative that's worth considering for young children.

It's foldable and light, making it easy to transport and store. It's a bonus to be able to fold  a scooter and put it on top of a buggy when toddlers are tired and have had enough scooting.

120mm wheels are made of polyurethane and offer a smooth ride. It comes in several different colours. The wheels also light up for extra fun!

One downside of the scooter is that if it breaks the parts aren't as easily repaired or replaced like they are on branded scooters such as the Mini Micro.

Read an indepth comparison between a 3style scooter and a mini micro

XJD Kids Scooter - Another Budget Option with a Direction Lock


The XJD scooter is competitive on price and has a low minimum handlebar height to suit the youngest of toddlers. Other exciting features include light up wheels and a "direction lock".

The lowest handlebar setting is 58cm, so it;s an ideal budget option for older 2 year olds who are looking to start off scooting without a seat.

The handlebar is adjustable to 4 different heights with the maximum height being 76cm. It should easily accommodate 6 and 7 year olds.

Young kids love the light up, polyurethane wheels which offer a smooth ride.

The "direction lock"  allows young kids to learn to scoot in a straight line before they have to worry about turning. Once they have learned to scoot in a line, you can switch the direction lock off and kids then lean to turn left and right.

The scooter is light, not quite as light as the mini micro scooters, but light enough for kids to move around and parents to carry easily.

The rear brake is designed to allow the XJD to come to a halt quickly. However, many toddlers won't use the brake just yet. Young children tend to use their feet to slow down instead.

The XJD doesn't fold but it does have an easy to use push and handle bar removal system for quick and easy storage.

If you're looking for something that ticks most of the boxes and much more without breaking the bank - the XJD is an excellent choice. It definitely does the job!

Four Wheel Scooter For Toddlers - Ozbozz My First Scooter (4, 3, 2 Wheels Scooter)

There is a lot to like about the Ozbozz scooter. Firstly, it's a fantastic option if you're on a budget. Secondly it's the only scooter which converts from having 4 wheels to 3 wheels and finally down to just 2.

Starting out with 4 wheels helps toddlers develop their confidence and riding ability. The wheels are PU so give a smoother ride than plastic ones.

It folds. 2 year old toddlers often get fed up with scooting and will want an adult to carry the scooter so a folding scooter is handy. It also makes it easy to fit in the car boot for trips to the park and holidays. The folding mechanism is chunky and easy to use.

The deck is quite small but this should be fine for smaller children aged 2 to 4, which is the age range it's designed for.

The handlebar height is 67cm, which is the same or similar to most of the scooters on this page.

There are two colourways. Choose between blue and green or pink and yellow. Foam covered handles are easy for small hands to grip.

It comes with a small tool kit for easy assembly.

Prefer pink? Pick up a pink version of the Ozbozz 4, 3, 2 scooter featured below.

Globber Primo Scooter - Best for Tall 2 Year Olds


The Globber Primo 3 wheel scooter is currently popular in the US and Australia. It's a good choice for older and taller toddlers heading toward their 3rd birthday.

Use the steering lock to turn off the lean to to steer steering. This allows them to learn to scoot in a straight line before they have to worry about turning.

The lowest handlebar height is 67.5cm which is higher than on other toddler scooters. This makes the Primo a better choice for taller toddlers or those approaching age 3. The handlebar can be set to 3 different heights with the maximum height being 77.5cm.

Remove the handle for easy storage with the click of one button. It's easy to put in the boot of the car or store when needed.

The deck is low to the ground, making it easy for little ones to get on and off.

It weighs 2.33kg which isn't the lightest but will be fine for bigger children approaching age 3.

Which scooter?   Not sure whether to get the Globber Primo or the Mini Micro? Compare both scooters here. 

Globber Primo Foldable

The Globber Primo Foldable has the same features as the Globber Primo except that it folds. The front wheels have battery-free LEDs and flash in red, green and blue.

There are different colours to choose from.

Besrey Kids Scooter - Accommodates Kids Up to 8 Years Old

Intended for kids from aged 2 to 8 years old, the mid-priced Besrey kids scooter is another toddler scooter to consider.

It has all the features you’d expect on a first scooter for toddlers including 4 adjustable height settings. The lowest height setting is 58cm which is a nice size for the smallest of riders. Extend the handlebar height as your child grows to 62cm, 72cm and finally 77cm.

As you’d also expect the Besrey scooter is lightweight at 2.8kg and features lean to steer steering.

A wide deck of 5” gives small kids plenty of room for their feet. They will also love the LED lights on the wheels and the dinosaur or unicorn graphics on the deck.

The Ridestar - The Cheapest 3 Wheel Scooter for Young Kids


The Ridestar is a very low budget option for toddlers.  With an adjustable handlebar and foldable design the Ridestar scooter ticks quite a few boxes if you want something competitively priced.  The minimum recommended age is 3 but it's lowest handlebar of 58cm is quite low so may suit younger kids too.

There are four handlebar heights set at 58cm, 63cm, 68cm and 73cm.

It is on the light side weighing just 2.3kg which should be fine for older toddlers to manoeuvre.  The maximum weight capacity is 20kg.

Durable rubber handles provide excellent grip even when it's wet.

Two front PU wheels and an extra chunky rear wheels give extra stability to young riders.

If you're looking for cheap and cheerful three-wheel scooter this is a good choice. However, it's worth bearing in mind, that the build quality won't be on the same level as more expensive scooters.

Pink 3 Wheel Budget Option - Trail Twist


If you're looking for a budget option of a three wheel scooter, the trail twist scooter is a great deal.

It has some good features including polyurethane wheels which help with a smooth ride over bumps in the pavement.

The steering it has a lean and steer system. Lean left to go left and right to go right.

Weighing just under 2.3kg this scooter is super light,  although heavier than the top of the range micro scooter.

Bear in mind that it is aimed at 3 to 5 year olds and the height of the handlebar is 68cm so it's better for taller toddlers.

The scooter isn't foldable or height adjustable. It's a budget scooter so it won't be the same quality of ride as higher end scooters but then the cost is much lower. If you're looking for a lean to steer scooter that's inexpensive this could be the right choice for you.

Character Scooters for Toddlers

There are lots of character scooters which toddlers will love. Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol themed scooters are popular with young kids.

Themed scooters have one wheel at the front and 2 at the back. They are sturdy and safe, which is great for peace of mind and to introduce very young children to a scooter.

However, they don't pick up a lot of speed. They may also be more difficult to steer and manoeuvre.

On the plus side, they are inexpensive. Kids love the characters which often makes them have more enthusiasm for riding the scooter. They're often good to introduce young children to scooting before they move onto something quicker.

Characters scooters appeal to parents who are looking for something sturdy, slow and safe for their little one

The Paw Patrol scooter featured is a standard tri wheel design with two wheels at the rear and a wheel at the front.  You can adjust the handlebar from 63 to 69cm. It has a robust frame. Like most character scooters of this nature, the design, such as the large wheels and the way they are set out, means this scooter is stable and safe. However, it may be difficult to pick up a good speed like you can on the mini micro which can frustrate some children but will suit others.
The wheels are plastic, which aren't as good as the PU wheels you will find on more expensive scooters. But plastic wheels are what you would expect in this price range.

Peppa Pig Scooter

Another option of character scooter is the Peppa Pig scooter. Like the Paw Patrol scooter, you can adjust the handlebar between 63cm and 69cm. The fully printed anti-slip footplate will appeal to young Peppa Pig fans.

Features on Toddler Scooters Explained

Wheels -  3 or 4 wheels are essential as children under 2 won't have the balance for 2 wheels.

Wheel Material - Wheels on scooters for toddlers tend to be plastic/PVC wheels or polyurethane (also described as PU) wheels.  Plastic / PVC wheels are durable but they often don't offer a very smooth ride as the material doesn't absorb any shocks from bumps on the pavement. Scooters that have PU wheels tend to offer a smoother ride so this is the material to look out for.

Wheels size - Wheels on scooters for toddlers and 2 year olds also tend to have two 120mm wheels at the front and a smaller rear wheel. The larger front wheels offer extra stability. Larger wheels are also better for cruising along the pavements as they go over bumps and cracks easily offering a smooth and quick ride.

Lightweight - a lightweight scooter is a must. When learning to scoot, young children often pick up the scooter to change direction.  They also need to pick it up to go up kerbs or a step. A light scooter will make it easier for them to control when cruising. Additionally, when a toddler or 2 year old gets tired of scooting,  a light scooter is easier for an adult to carry home or back to the car.

Foldable - a scooter that folds is normally easier to carry and to store as well. Some foldable scooters can be heavier due to the extra weight of the folding mechanism. Other scooters aren't foldable but the t-bar can be removed from the stem for easy storage in the boot or a cupboard.

Balance, Safety and Stability - many scooters have some great factors to help balance, safety and stability. For example, a low, wide deck tends to be easier to get on and off and helps with balance.

Features to Grow with Your Child - young children grow, develop and change at a quick rate. To get the most out of your scooter, it's good to look for features which will grow with your child. These can include height adjustable handlebars. Some scooters have different stages with seats and ride on features so the scooter is suitable for toddlers between ages 1 and 5.

Handlebar height - ideally the handlebars should come up to around waist height on your toddler. If the handlebars are waist height they will find the scooter easier to control. Too high or too low is uncomfortable and harder to control.

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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  some 3 wheel scooters have 2 wheels at the front whereas others have 2 wheels at the back. Which is best for your child?

Sturdy And Stable

Both are sturdy and stable designs for young children. However, the designs with 2 wheels at the back 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.

Scooters with two wheels at the back may require more kicks or pushes with their foot to get the scooter moving which is 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. My own boys become frustrated at not being able to move quickly. However, a scooter that doesn't go fast may suit a lot of parents. At least you can keep up with your little one and not have to chase them when they have gone too far ahead.

Kick Path

Another problem with two wheels at the rear is that the wheels can obstruct 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 is worse on some scooters and not a problem on others. It's worth reading the reviews to see if it’s a problem with the scooter you are considering.


Most scooters with two wheels at the front have a lean and steer mechanism where the child has to lean to steer the scooter. They lean to go right and left instead of turning the handlebars. Most scooters with two wheels at the back use the handlebars to steer the scooter.

I think both ways of steering have merits. The lean and steer mechanisms are great for promoting balance, which is good. However, many scooters for older children have handlebar controlled steering. If the child already uses a scooter with handlebar controlled steering, the transition to a big two wheel scooter can be easier.

The steering method isn’t the most important consideration on which scooter to choose unless they are already using a particular method of steering on another scooter or bike. In this case, I would stick with what they already know.

My Personal Opinion

I prefer the scooters with two wheels at the front for young children. This is because of the risk that the two wheels at the back can often impede the kick path. 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 they tend to glide more easily and gather more speed. Scooters with 2 wheels at the front are mostly lighter, which makes them easier for kids to control.

Having said this, I might consider getting a scooter with 2 wheels at the back for children who don't 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.

Thomas the Train Scooter - 2 wheels at the back

The Thomas the train scooter looks super hero cool. It has 2 wheels at the back and offers 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.

It features an adjustable handlebar height up to 69cm

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.

Disney Princess Scooter

Another option with 2 wheels at the back is the Disney Princess scooter.

Again the scooter offers extra stability and low speed for beginners. An adjustable handlebar has a low setting of 63cm and a high setting of 69cm.

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 Disney Princess fans.

Other Options of Tri Scooters

Peppa Pig Scooter

Batman Scooter

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.

The mini micro really excels in its this class. 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 more speed when they get more confident.

Another one to check out is the 3style scooter which is top selling three-wheel scooter on Amazon.

The 3 style also has a design of two wheels at the front and one at the back.

It doesn't quite match the features of the mini micro. It's slightly heavier. The handlebar has 4 height adjustments whereas you can adjust the height to any point on the telescopic handlebar of the micro.

However it is cheaper, so it's a good option of a three-wheel scooter with 2 wheels at the front.

Check out a comparison between the mini micro and the 3 style scooter for more info.

Mini MIcro Vs iScoot

Mini Micro Vs iScoot Whizz

​Are you unsure about whether to get the mini micro or iscoot whizz? Well this article compares the two so you can see what you are getting for your money and which would be the best choice for your child.The two scooters featured in the article are the Mini Micro Deluxe version and the Iscoot whizz which are aimed at young children from aged 2 to 5 years old.

Handlebar Height

Handlebar height range
The iscoot's  handlebar height has 3 different height setting from 55cm to 69cmThe mini micro's ranges from 49cm to 69cm. And you can adjust it exactly to suit your child's height.This makes the mini micro slightly better for the very smallest and younger children and to make sure it has the perfect height.

If you think about how you would feel riding a scooter, the handlebars would be comfortable around waist height. This is the same for your child. There is only 7cm difference in the lowest handlebar heights between the iScoot and the mini micro but obviously the lower option is going to be slightly better for children on the small side.


What are the wheels made of?
Both scooters have wheels made out of PU which both look to be good quality. Polyurethane wheels better absorb bumps and cracks on the pavement than other materials such as plastic wheels. Therefore they tend to give a smoother ride.

Lean and Steer Turning

Both the scooters are designed with a lean and steer mechanism. So instead of using the handlebars to steer the scooter, you lean to the right to go right and the left to go left.


Are the handlebars foldable? 
Neither the iscoot whizz or mini micro scooter is foldable. Folding mechanisms add weight to scooter so to keep the scooters lightweight they don't have them. A lightweight scooter is better for young children as it makes it easier to control the scooter.

However although the scooters aren't foldable, the handlebars can both be removed from the base so it can be easily stored or taken on holiday quite easily in the boot of the car if you wanted to.


The mini micro is lighter than the iscoot. The iscoot weighs 2.4kg whereas the mini micro weighs 1.5kg so there is quite a big difference.

This means that the micro is much easier to carry. It's also easier for younger kids to control and manoeuvre because its lighter. For example they will be able to pick it up to go up and down the kerb, over steps and more easily navigate it through doorways. It will be easy for them to move and handle too.

The mini micro deluxe is also extremely lightweight for parents to carry when they have to.


The mini micro does have some well designed features which shows it's extra quality. For example, it has a deck which is made of reinforces fibreglass meaning that It's super lightweight while being extra strong and will take weight of up to 35kg (5 stone and 7 pounds).

However, is the extra cost of the mini micro worth these extra features?


The iscoot is much cheaper than the micro. However, the micro could be sold second hand if you take good care of it or passed onto a sibling, friend or relative. The mini micros tend to have quite good resale values so you can recoup some of your money if it is kept in good condition.

Comparison Table

ScootersAdjustable HandlebarWeightSteeringWheels
Iscoot Whizz55cm to 69cm
​(Adjustable to 3 different heights)
2.4kgLean to steerPU wheels
Mini Micro Deluxe49cm to 69cm
(adjustable to any height within this range).
1.5kgLean to steerPU wheels

Summary - Mini Micro Deluxe

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Best For....
2 year olds
- The mini micro is an excellent choice for 2 year olds and younger, smaller children due to the minimum handlebar height being so low at 49cm.

Lightweight option - Everything has been considered on this scooter to make it as lightweight as possible. This is because a lighter scooter is much easier for children in this age range to manage and control.

Quality - Despite being lightweight every part of this scooter is also well designed and well made to withstand the play of a young child. For example, the deck is made of flexible fibreglass and has been reinforced. It's therefore brilliant at absorbing shocks from bumps from the pavement.

Not Ideal For...​
A tight budget - the cost is much higher than the iscoot whizz which can be a big consideration. Are the extra features worth the extra price.

In Summary...
The young child is very much in control using this scooter. They can use it to go slowly when they are unsure but when they are ready to go a bit faster, the polyurethane wheels will give a fast and smooth ride. It's easy for them to zip along but just as easy to use the brake at the back to slow down where necessary.

Summary - iSCOOT

Best For....
Those on a budget. This is an excellent scooter at this price point with some great features for younger children. 3 year olds - if you're buying for a 3 year old, then you may not need the lowest height settings on the mini micro and the handlebar height may be fine for their size.
Also, older, heavier kids can manage heavier scooters too.

Not Ideal For....
2 year olds on the smaller side. Petite children will probably do better with the lighter mini micro scooter and the lower handlebar height.

In Summary...
This is a great option for those on a budget and for stronger and heavier preschoolers in particular. Even though the handlebar height isn't as low as the Mini micro deluxe, it still goes pretty low and will accommodate most children.

3style scooters vs mini micro

3Style Scooter Vs Mini Micro

The 3style scooter is a recent addition to the scooter market.

Handy features and a lower price point certainly give the mini micro some competition. So how does the 3style scooter really compare in terms of features and quality?

To make matters complicated Mini Micro have 2 versions of their scooter to choose from. The mini micro classic and the mini micro deluxe.

To help you decide check out a comparison of their features below.


All three scooters feature two front 120mm wheels made of PU which will offer a smooth ride over pavements. The PU material will absorb the shock from cracks and bumps in the pavement better than plastic wheels.  The larger than standard sized wheels (most scooters have wheels around 100mm) are perfect for younger children. Larger wheels take less kick power to start cruising which is brilliant for smaller legs. ​


The lighter the scooter the better for younger children.  It’s easier for them to control, lift up pavements and kerbs, to navigate over steps and through doorways. Quite often when young children learn to scoot, they will stop the scooter and try and pick it up to change directions. How do the 3 scooters compare in terms of weight?

The 3style scooter weighs 2kg

*The mini micro classic weighs 1.5kg
*The mini micro deluxe weighs 1.8kg

The mini micro classic has been specifically designed to be as light as possible making it easier to learn the lean and steer style of learning to scoot.  Children can manoeuvre this scooter with ease. Being light is so important to the makers of the mini micro classic they have foregone folding mechanisms and adjustable handlebars to make their scooter as light as possible.

The mini micro deluxe is the next heaviest. The adjustable handlebar on this scooter means that you will be able to get the perfect height of handlebar for your child. But it does add a bit of extra weight to the scooter.

The 3style scooter is heavier due to the folding mechanism as well as an adjustable handlebar. So you have the extra features but also the extra weight that goes with it.

As a child gets older, heavier and stronger they will be able to manage a heavier scooter with ease.
Which one you choose will very much depend on how old, heavy and strong your child is.


I loved having a foldable scooter for my eldest son when he was little. It was so easy to put on top of a buggy when he had enough scooting and just carry along. It’s also easy to store and transport in a car.

The 3style scooter is foldable. This makes it heavier due to the weight of the folding mechanism, so it’s personal preference as to what is more important and how you will be using the scooter. ​

The mini micro scooters aren't foldable. However, the handle can be removed from the base in one click so it pretty much does the same thing as the 3 style scooter. Check out the video below to see how it's done.


The mini micro classic is  designed for the 3 to 5 age group and the mini micro deluxe for the 2 to 5 year old age group. I got my youngest son’s mini micro classic when he was 2 ½ and it’s still going strong and we are now heading towards his 5th birthday. It’s perfect for the 3 to 5 age group due to it’s lightweight design and other features.

Mini Micro Classic - The 66cm handlebar on the mini micro classic should pretty well accommodate most children between these years. How long it lasts for you may depend on how quickly your child grows too. It's recommended for children between 3ft – 3ft, 7in (98 – 110cm) in height.

Mini Micro Deluxe - the handlebar adjust from 48cm to 68cm. This means you can put it for the perfect height for any child. It also makes it a very good option for the smallest and youngest of children as the minimum height is 48cm which is the lowest of all three scooters.

3Style Scooter - The 3style scooter should last children for longer due to it’s adjustable handlebar. It has 4 height adjustments at 48cm and moving to 66cm, 70cm & 74cm. It has This should accommodate children younger than 3 up until at 6. ​ It is better for older and taller children as the handlebar height as the highest maximum height.


The 3 style scooter is the cheapest scooter being sold at around £44.99. The mini micro classic's RRP is £62.95 and the mini micro deluxe is £78.95.


One thing that sets the mini micros apart is that it’s been tried and tested for many years already. The company always sets out to remind customers of “its exceptional Swiss construction, uncompromising quality and innovative design.” And it’s hard to argue with that with the years of reviews and repeat customers. You know that the brake isn’t going to fall off because it’s too flimsy. In fact if you look at the mini micro website you can see that every part of the scooter has been designed and made with quality in mind. For example, the mini micro features a flexible fibreglass reinforced footplate to absorb bumps in the pavement.

The brake is designed so even the slightest pressure put on it will bring the scooter to a gentle halt helping safety be at the forefront of the design. Having owned a mini micro scooter myself I can vouch for their quality. My son’s has been going strong for nearly 2 ½ years now and it has stood up to some abuse.

The other great thing about the micro scooters is that each part is repairable and replaceable. The scooter can be easily fixed and any part you need is available on their website. This means that the scooter can last for years and be passed down onto siblings and other family members. If looked after, micro scooters can stay out of the landfill and keep going for a lifetime.

However, that’s not to say the quality of 3style scooters isn’t excellent too. They do have a number of excellent reviews over on amazon. Their website doesn't give the same detail on construction as the mini micro's website so it's difficult to compare some of the features such as the footplate and the brake. Only time will tell if they build up the some reputation as micro scooters. ​

Which one should I buy

Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter

The answer to this question will depend on your budget, age and needs of your child.

The Mini Micro Deluxe is an excellent choice for toddlers and smaller children. This is because the adjustable handlebar will go down very low. Ideally kids should have the handlebar around waist height as this makes it easier for them to control. A handlebar which is too high will be a lot more difficult to manage. The adjustable handlebar and light weight means it's actually a good choice for all 2 and 3 year olds as you can make sure it's the right height for them.

Mini Micro Classic Scooter

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If your budget is lower the Mini Micro Classic is a good choice for kids around 3 years of age and around average height. The 66cm handlebar should be a good standard height for them and will last for a couple of years.

It's super lightweight which is always a bonus for young children when learning to ride.

It looks good, is durable and guaranteed high quality.


3Style Scooter

The 3style scooter is a great option if you are on a budget. It's also a good choice if your child is a tall 3 or 4 year old as they handlebar can adjust all the way up to 78cm which will give extra growing room.

​Taller, heavier children will also be able to manage a scooter which is  a bit heavier as well.

​The lowest handlebar height is 52cm which means that it will accommodate small children as well. Ideally the handlebar height should be around waist height for easier control.

10 Tips To Teach Your Toddler To Ride a Scooter

Ten Top Tips To Help Your Toddler Ride A Scooter

Many toddlers take a while to learn how to scoot. There are many skills they need to learn to begin to scoot from a to b so it can be a while from first standing on a scooter to confidently scooting from a to be.

This is normal. Yes, there are some kids who step onto a mini micro and intuitively know how to do it, but most children take their time.

The most important factor is to make it fun!

1.) Start Indoors

When the scooter is nice and shiny clean, let your little one get used to the scooter indoors. They can hop on and off. Move it around by pushing it with their hands and really get used to the scooter without having the danger of falling off  outside. This will gradually increase their confidence.

2.) Let Them Start Slowly

They will probably explore the scooter first and see what they can do with it, without even scooting. Let them sit on it, stand on it, push it and use it how they would like (within reason). It won't be long before they will be whizzing around, there's no rush!

3.) Show Them How To Do it

If you or an older sibling has a scooter you can show them how to scoot. Kids learn by copying, so let them watch you first. If nobody you know has a scooter, you could even show them a few videos on youtube. There's lots of little kids having a scoot around to show them what to do.


4.) Consider a Strap To Pull The Scooter Along While They're Learning

Before my youngest son had really got the hang of his scooter, I used to pull him around. He would stand on it and I would pull him around by the handlebars (slowly of course!). Little did I know at the time, you can buy straps which attach to the scooter and then you use to pull them along. It saves a bit of backache!

These straps are also useful when they are going a bit slow and you need to get somewhere quickly. You can use it to pull them along at the speed you want to go.

Additionally they can be used as a shoulder strap to carry the scooter leaving your hands free to hold a little one's hand.

5.) Work on Balance

Small children will need to learn to balance a little in order to ride the scooter. You can encourage them to do this by doing little exercises. Get them to stand on the deck with two feet at first while holding onto the handlebars. Can they put one foot on the deck, and one foot on the ground while holding onto the handlbars? Can they lift one foot off the ground? Stand next to them to reassure them and be there if they loose their balance.

6.) Choose The Right Place To Learn Outdoors

When you are learning outdoors, make sure you choose somewhere that is flat. If possible the surface should be smooth and not too hard in case they fall. Parks and playgrounds often have some great spongy, flat surfaces which will absorb any shocks if they fall. If you can, choose a time when there aren't lots of other people around.

7.) Little and Often

Kids get tired if they are made to learn something for a long time. I found the best way with my kids is to do 10 minutes every day rather than an hour on one day. Unless they are really enjoying it, then of course stay out longer.

8.) Make it Fun

Learning to scoot should be fun. Make sure that you don't forget that in your effort to get your little one scooting . It's easier to get carried away especially if they are making progress. But it can be easy to turn a fun session into one where there is lots of pressure and then their desire to learn can be affected,

9.) Notice The Progress

It can be frustrating when your toddler doesn't get on the scooter and start to go within an hour. After all, lots of toddlers on youtube are doing it. Why not your little one? The great thing is that if you look closely you will see lots of small improvements they are making. There will be the first time when they lift their foot of the floor and balance just for a second. Blink and you may miss it. But those seconds pass. It's likely they will scoot frustratingly slowly at first, but it won't be long and you will be shouting at them to slow down. Notice and praise the progress when you see it!

10.) Pick The Right Scooter

A toddler will be more likely to succeed in riding a scooter easily if they have the right scooter to use. The handlebars should be about waist height, the wheels should be a little bigger than standard and give a nice, smooth ride. Read the best scooters for toddlers and the buying guide on scooters for kids to get some tips and ideas of what to look for.

More Considerations

The Steering!

Scooters have one of two types of steering. There is the traditional type of steering, where kids use the handlebar to turn left or right (this is the type of steering you will get on a bicycle). Then there is the "lean to steer" type of steering which is most famously used by mini micro scooters, but is now commonly found on many 3 wheel scooters for toddlers. This type of steering is where the scooter rider leans right to steer right and left to steer left. Lean to steer steering is meant to be more intuitive for toddlers and young children. And for most toddlers this seems to be the case.

However my youngest son just did not pick up the lean to steer steering like other kids which put him off using his mini micro at first. I think there were a couple of reasons for this. Firstly he was already very confident at using a balance bike before using a scooter, which has the traditional handlebar steering. So I think transitioning to a lean to steer steering confused him.

Secondly, a few years down the line he was diagnosed with dyspraxia and as part of this condition his body awareness is not as strong as other children's. This may have affected his ability to lean to steer on a scooter

However, we persevered with the scooter and it might have taken him a bit longer than other kids, but he got it.

So, if your child has problem with the steering on the scooter there may be underlying reasons. But overall my advice would be to persevere with it. Eventually it will just click.


The Process Of Learning To Ride a Scooter

The other thing to be aware of is the process most kids learn to ride a scooter.

Toddlers learn at different rates and don't always take steps in the same order as their peers. But they will do many of the same things.

For example, toddlers will walk very slowing with their scooters at first. They will tend to go in a straight line and may stop and start a lot rather than pick up speed.

They will need to learn how to balance on their scooter in a straight line before progressing onto turning on their scooter.

They won't always turn while standing on their scooter at first. Instead when they want to change direction, some little ones will get off the scooter, turn it around and then get back on. This is why it's makes a good idea for toddlers to have a lightweight scooter to learn how to scoot on.

As their confidence grows they will then start to steer the scooter.

If you are aware of the steps they might take you can praise them and notice that they are progressing in the process of learning to scoot.


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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.


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