Two Wheels At The Front Or At The Back

 




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



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

Sturdy And Stable

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

Kick Path

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

Steering

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

My Personal Opinion

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

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

Batman scooter - 2 wheels at the back



 

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

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

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

Peppa pig Tri scooter



 

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

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

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

The deck is anti-slip for added safety.

Obviously a great option for Peppa Pig fans.

Mini micro - 2 wheels at the front



 

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

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

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




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.

Wheels

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.

Handlebars

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.

Weight

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.

Quality

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?

Price

The iscoot is much cheaper than the micro at £34.99 vs £79.99.  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 HandlebarWeightPriceSteeringWheels
Iscoot Whizz55cm to 69cm
​(Adjustable to 3 different heights)
2.4kg£34.99Lean to steerPU wheels
Mini Micro Deluxe49cm to 69cm
(adjustable to any height within this range).
1.5kg£79.99Lean to steerPU wheels

Summary – Mini Micro Deluxe



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.

It's features and low price point certainly gives the mini micro some competition. So does the 3style scooter really compare in terms of features and quality?

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

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

Wheels

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 again brilliant for smaller legs. ​

Weight

The lighter the scooter the better for younger children. The reason for this is that young children benefit from a lighter scooter. It’is easier for them to control, to 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.So 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. This will make it easier to learn the lean and steer style of learning to scoot.  Children will be able to 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.

Foldable

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, 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. A folding mechanism adds weight to the scooter. In their quest to make the scooter as lightweight as possible, they have not added the ability to fold it. However, the handle can be removed from the base if you want to take it on holiday or store it compactly.

Longevity

Both the mini micros are very much designed for the 3 to 5 age group (or 18 months to 5 if you buy the version with the tbar). 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 adjusts from 52cm to 78cm. This should accommodate children younger than 3 up until at least 5 or 6. ​ It is better for older and taller children as the handlebar height as the highest maximum height.

Price

The 3 style scooter is the cheapest scooter being sold at around £39.99. The mini micro classic is normally priced around £64.99 and the mini micro deluxe at £79.95.

Quality

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.

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


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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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!

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.

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Best Scooters for Toddlers | 1 and 2 Years Old



What Are the Best Scooters for Toddlers and 2 Year Olds?

Picture is my son age 2 on a blue mini micro scooter. Well constructed, a smooth ride and very lightweight. Check out reviews here: http://amzn.to/2xBffGa

 

You can get scooters for kids as young as 1 year old. I have to admit we didn't buy my son one until he was 2 years old and I thought this was young but there are toddlers who are able to use them from a much younger age. Sit down scooters which transform into kick scooters are excellent options for very young children.

If you're in a hurry or just curious....
✔️ This scooter is the most popular one on this page with our readers.

 

​This article covers what to look for when choosing scooters suitable for the very youngest child (from 1 year / 18 months) to children aged 2 to 3 years. My advice is based on my own experience of owning the best kick scooter and also the worst!! A lot of research has also been done for every kind of child and requirement.

My Top Picks for Toddlers and 2 Year Olds

Best Sit Down Scooter





My top pick of 3 wheel scooters for this age group is the mini micro. There are three versions which I've featured in this article. The first version of the mini micro for the youngest of children is a sit down scooter which converts to a standing one.

I have given a brief description below but there's an indepth analysis of the features on the 3 wheel scooters page.

The version for very young children has an o-bar handle (which is smaller) and a seat. It can be converted from a ride on with seat, to a scooter with a smaller o bar handle, to a scooter with t bar for older kids. ​

Handlebar height - The height of the obar handle is 43cm - this is from the deck to the top of the handlebar (the measurement from the floor to the top of the handlebar is 49cm) The tbar handle is 61cm (67cm from the floor to the top of the handlebars) so it really  does grow with your child.  Ideally the handlebar height should come to about waist height on your toddler so this should help you decide when buying.

Wheels - The mini micros have polyurethane wheels which offer a really smooth ride.

Lightweight - They are extremely lightweight at only 1.5kg so easier for small kids to control. They are also easier for adults to pick up and carry when your toddler has had enough!
It's the best choice for the youngest of toddlers from aged 1 upwards.

Top Kick Scooter



The newest addition of the mini micro is the mini micro deluxe.

Handlebar height
This version of the scooter had an adjustable handlebar which has a lowest height setting of 49cm. This low handlebar makes it an excellent choice for toddlers. Ideally the handlebar on a scooter should be around waist height. If the handlebar is too high it makes it much more difficult to control. This makes it a fab choice for the youngest of children.

The maximum height of the handebar is 69cm so the scooter will grow with your child and give them the perfect handlebar height at every stage making scootering much easier.

Lightweight
Even though the mini micro deluxe has a folding mechanism, the scooter is still extremely lightweight at just 1.8kg. A lightweight scooter is much easier for toddlers to maneouver. They can lift it up and the kerb and move it around with ease. Young kids quite often pick up their scooters to change direction when they're learning to scoot so a lightweight option aids with this too.

Mini Micro Classic

The next scooter is the classic version of the mini micro scooter which has been around for many years now. The quality of the scooter is evidenced by the fact that it has stood the test of time.

The difference between the classic and the deluxe is that the classic does not have a height adjustable handlebar.

Lightweight
The advantage of not having a height adjustable mechanism is that the mini micro classic is a lot lighter than any other scooter on the market. It weighs just 1.5kg so it really is easy for very young kids to control lift over steps, doorways and negotiate pavements.

It's aimed for kids aged 3 and upwards but we bought it for our son at aged 2 1/2.  It has been a really good option. however it the deluxe had been available when I purchased my son's scooter I probably would have gone for this one as we could have adjusted the handlebar height to be lower. As you can see from the photo from the beginning of the article, the handlebar comes up very high on his little body.The handlebar height comes in at 61cm and it measures 66cm from the floor to the top of the handlebars.

It has polyurethane wheels, offers a very smooth ride. Check out a personal review as this is my youngest son's scooter, a guide to 3 wheel scooters for 1 to 5.

Read my review of this scooter here

What to Look For When Buying a Scooter for Toddlers?

Wheels - it almost goes without saying you'll need 3 or 4 wheels as children under 2 won't have the balance for 2 wheels. Plastic / PVC wheels can be durable but they often don't offer a very smooth ride. Scooters that have polyurethane (also described as PU) wheels tend to offer a smoother ride so this is the material to look out for.  Wheels on scooters for toddlers and 2 year olds also tend to be slightly bigger than standard size as this makes the scooter easier to control. Standard size scooters have wheels of around 100mm whereas wheels of 110 to 125mm are common on toddler scooters. Larger wheels are also better for cruising along the pavements as they go over bumps and cracks more easily offering a smoother and quicker ride. Read on for specific suggestions below and check even more out on our 3 wheel scooters suitable for toddlers and 2 year olds page.

Lightweight - a lightweight scooter is a must. Young children will need to be able to pick up and move the scooter when they first get on it. This is how they will move the scooter to change directions at first. Little kids also learn to manoeuvre the scooter by picking it up. A lighter scooter will be easier for them to control when cruising too. Additionally, when your toddler or 2 year old gets tired at the park or playground, it'll be you who will have to carry it home or back to the car.

Foldable - a scooter that folds is normally easier to carry and to store as well.  I love foldable scooters but their downside is they tend to be heavier due to the extra weight of the folding mechanism. What you choose, depends on the factors you consider more important.

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, its good to look for features which will grow with your child. These can include height adjustable handlebars. The mini micro scooter even has 3 different stages making the scooter suitable for toddlers between ages 1 and 3.

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.

A Foldable and Height Adjustable Scooter

​The 3style scooter is another possibilty of 3 wheel scooter and boasts some outstanding features. It's excellent value for money. It is significantly less expensive than the mini micro and is a similar price to the Vokul featured above.

The handlebar can be adjusted from 52cm to 78cm so will easily adapt to your child's height as he or she gets taller. 52cm is only a few cm more than the handlebar on the mini micro deluxe (which is 49cm) so it's a great alternative and worth considering for very young children. In comparison, the mini micro classic has a fixed handlebar of approximately 66cm.

It can also be folded which is great when toddlers are tired. A folding scooter can be easily transported by being carried if needed. It takes up less space to store when not in use. It's also easy to put in your car or carry on top of a stroller or buggy.

It is very lightweight. However, this is still heavier than the mini micro classic and mini mirco deluxe which are only 1.5kg and 1.8kg respectively. The additional weight on the 3style is due to the weight of the adjustable handlebar and folding mechanism. Lighter scooters are easier for very young children to manoeuvre and control so this may be something to bear in mind when deciding which scooter is best for your child. However, it is still very light compared to some other alternatives.

The wheels 120mm and are made of polyurethane. It comes in several different colors. The wheels also light up for extra fun!

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

Globber Primo Scooter



Another alternative to the mini micro is the Globber Primo scooter which is currently a very popular brand of scooter in the US.
This has 3 wheels with two at the front and a one shock absorbing wheel at the back.

What's different about this scooter is there is a button where you can lock off the steering. This steadies out the wheels and gives them a bit more safety and stability whilst they are learning to scoot.

When they are ready to steer just unlock the steering and it's a lean to steer steering.

The lowest handlebar height is 67.31cm which is lower than the handlebar on the mini micro classic.  It can be to 3 different heights with the max being 78.7cm.The deck is low to the ground, making it easy for little ones to get on and off.It is super lightweight at just 2.5kg.It isn't foldable but you can remove the handle off for easy storage with the click of one button.  So it's easy to put in the boot of the car or store when needed.A foldable scooter is great for this age but a folding mechanism does add to it's weight which means it's harder for young children to master.
It comes in different colours too. ​
Which scooter?   Not sure whether to get the Globber or the Mini Micro? Compare both scooters here. 

Zoom Cruzer

The Zoom Cruzer is another 3 wheel possibility. It is even cheaper than the 3styles scooter featured above.

The handlebar is 66cm.
​ Although it's designed for 3 to 6 year olds there are reviews of younger children using this scooter over on amazon.

Like the mini micro and Vokul the zoom cruzer cannot fold.

​It is heavier than the mini micro and other 3 wheel scooters. However as the zoom cruzer is cheaper than the other scooters it may be worth compromising on this feature.

 It may also depend on your child. Bigger and stronger children will find it easier to move a slightly heavier scooter.

The strong re-inforced extra grip footplate is something the mini micro doesn't have and is great for safety and stability. It also features a chunky rear foot brake.

The wheels are PU. The two front wheels are 120mm in size and the back is 100mm. The extra wide rear wheel is 4.5cm which give extra stability to young riders.

For more information, check out a comparison of the mini micro scooter vs zoom cruzer scooter. 

3 Wheel Budget Option - Trail Twist

If you're looking for a budget option of a three wheel scooter, the trail twist scooter which is a great deal if you get it under £20.

It's a lean and steer scooter which has some good features including polyurethane wheels which will contribute to a smooth ride over those bumps in the pavement. It also has a large deck and fun despicable me graphics.

It weighs just under 2.3kg which is still lightweight but is heavier than the top of the range micro scooter.

Like the other options featured it has a lean and steer system. So to go left, lean left and to go right, lean right.

Bear in mind that it is aimed at 3 to 5 year olds and the height of the handlebar is 68cm so is going to be better for slightly taller toddlers. It's approximately 2cm bigger than the handlebar height on the standard mini micro. There are reviews of kids about 2 1/2 using this scooter.

Scooters with 3 and 4 Wheels which Convert to 2.

Ozbozz My First Scooter



There is a lot to like about the Ozbozz scooter. Firstly its another great option if you're on a budget. There is a blue and green option and a pink and yellow version too..It has 4 wheels which changes to 3 wheels and then down to 2. This is great to grow with your child. The 4 wheels give young children lots of confidence and stability.  The wheels are PU so should give a smoother ride than plastic ones.

It also folds, I love a scooter that folds for toddlers and 2 year olds. At this age, they quite often get fed up of scooting and will want you to carry the scooter - a scooter that folds is just a lot easier to carry. It's also makes it easy to fit in the boot of the car for trips to the park and holidays.  The folding mechanism is chunky and easy to use

The specs show it's weight is 1.6kg which is very lightweight - compared to 1.5kg on the mini micro. So it should be easy for younger children to use and control.
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.
I love the bright colours on this option and the foam covered handles which are easy grip for small hands. The scooter comes in either blue and green or yellow and pink.
It also comes with a small tool kit for easy assembly.
It's difficult to go wrong with this one if you want a low priced option for a very young child.

Character Scooters for Toddlers

There are lots of character scooters which will appeal to toddlers, 2 year olds and other small children.
These scooters tend to have one wheel at the front and 2 at the back. The scooters are designed to be sturdy, robust and safe which is great for peace of mind and can be great to introduce very young children to a scooter.

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

On the plus side they tend to be inexpensive. They will really appeal to toddlers if they like the characters too. Frozen and spiderman seem to be popular at the moment. They will appeal to parents who are looking for something sturdy and safe for their little one.

The Frozen scooter featured has an adjustable handlebar so can accommodate children of different heights. It is a tri wheel design with two wheels at the rear and a wheel on the front.  It also 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 for example which can be frustrating for some children, but will suit others.

Specific requirements

If you are looking for a scooter with a specific requirement, check out the links below to jump where you need to go:
Best For Tall Toddlers
Best For Small Toddlers
Best for 1 Year Olds
Best Helmet
Best Budget
Best 3 Wheel
Best Foldable

Best For Tall Toddlers

If you are looking for a tall toddler you want to look for one with 3 wheels which has a taller handlebar. Ideally you want the handlebar to be around waist height on any child as at this height it is easier for them to control.  For this reason it can actually be easier to find a scooter for a taller toddler as most first scooters are aimed at 3 year olds who are naturally a bit taller. Many of these have handlebars around 66cm.

Another really good thing to look for is an adjustable handlebar. This 3 style scooter has a handlebar which has 4 height settings 52cm and moving to 70cm, 74cm &  all the way up to 78cm so this is a great option. Read reviews and check it out here.

Best for small toddlers

If you are looking for a small toddler, again the most important thing you need to look for is a handlebar that isn't too high.  If you think about it, a handlebar which is too high will be more difficult for anybody to use. Look for a handlebar that sits just above the hips.  There are a couple of options to choose from.

Firstly, there is the 3 style scooter which has a height adjustable handlebar with the lowest setting being 52cm.

If you are willing to spend a little bit more another great option is the mini micro which comes with a seat and an obar.  The obar is a smaller handlebar for the smaller child which measures 49cm from the floor to the top of the handlebar.  This, of course, will accommodate the smallest of children who are old enough to ride on a scooter.

Best For 1 Year Olds

If you're looking for a 1 year old, it can be a good idea to look for a scooter with a seat. They can then use it as a ride on at first. As they get older these scooters can convert into a scooter with a handlebar so they can use it to kick along the pavement when they are ready.

My recommendation would always be the mini micro 3 in 1 with seat, obar and tbar handle. This really does grow with your toddler. The scooter is well constructed and built to last. Kids use it and pass it onto siblings or it can be sold on ebay after being used.

Due to being lightweight and it's lean and steer mechanism it's also one of the easiest scooters for young kids to learn how to ride. It's also easy to carry when toddlers have had enough, which when they are young can be quite often. If you want to take it on holiday, the handlebar stem can easily be removed from the base for easy storage and it doesn't weigh a lot to put in your luggage.However if you want a cheaper option, there is also the Ancheer kids 5-in-1 toddler scooter which is aimed at kids from 1 to 6 years. It features a seat, parent push handle, adustable handlebar with a height range from 62cm to 72cm. ​

Best Helmet

Safey is a top concern for most parents and carers and a helmet is a must. You will be surprised at how quickly a toddler can learn to get up speed up.

If you are looking for a helmet, pick one which is lightweight and which fits correctly. You will need to measure around the childs head above the ears and this will give you the circumference you need in cm so you can pick the right size helmet.

For heads measuring 44cm to 50cm, check out the smallest boys helmet and the smallest girls helmet.
For toddlers who will need the next size up, look for a helmet which will fit heads from 48cm to 52cm.

Best Budget

The best budget for you will depend on what you want to spend. Like most things you do get the quality based on your money. There are lots options that are £20 and under. However, you will compromise on something. It will depend on the specific scooter what that is. Lots of scooters of this price will be good for about a year, and then they often start to fall apart in some way or get rattly.
The Obozz scooter is one of the cheapest available but pay just a bit more and the 3style scooter is a better choice.

Best 3 Wheel

If you want the best of the best, you can't go wrong with the mini micro deluxe. You will pay a bit more but it will last, it gives a very smooth ride (no rattling here), it's very lightweight so extremely easy for a toddler to pick up and manage. It also has a high resale value on ebay. It's difficult to go wrong.

Best foldable

A foldable option can be very handy for carrying when your toddler has had enough or hanging on the back of a pushchair. Sometimes a foldable option can weigh a little bit more as the mechanism which folds the scooter does add weight, so this is something to bear in mind. A lighter scooter is easier for very young kids to control and move.
The 3style scooter is foldable, not too heavy and well worth checking out. ​

Scooters on Sale - Tips for cutting the Price

It can often be worth hunting around to find the best price for the scooter that you want. This is especially true if you're paying for one that is a little more expensive. Checking out prices online is often the best way to get a good deal. Here are some good links to try.

Deals On Amazon

Personally I always check out amazon. The prices are normally very competitive, especially if you have prime and will benefit from free shipping with your purchase. A good place to go is the bestsellers for 3 wheel scooters page on amazon. This lists the top selling scooters at that particular time, so if there is one on sale it will very likely be on that list. It's also a great place to compare prices. ​

Ebay

Ebay is another great online store to try. It's good to check out the resale value of your chosen scooter. You can also pick up some amazing second hand deals online. The mini micro is always a good one to see if you can get a good second hand deal. As all parts on the mini micro are replacable even if the wheels or another part becomes worn you can easily change it for the fraction of the price of selling a new one.
Check out some really great deals on secondhand mini micros on ebay.
Many sellers will post out to your or you can pick up a local bargain.



Mini Micro Scooter Vs Zoom Cruzer Scooter

Mini MIcro Scooter  Vs Zoom Cruzer Scooter



 
The mini micro and the zoom cruzer are two popular 3 wheel scooters for young children. The main obvious difference between the two is the mini micro is a lot more expensive. The deluxe version of the mini micro is around £80 wheras you can pick up the zoom cruzer for just £20.

So apart from the price what are the main differences between the two scooters? Is it worth spending the extra money on the mini micro and what do you get for your money. Read on to find out.

Comparison table

Feature
Mini MIcro Deluxe
Zoom Cruzer
Price
£79.99
£20.99
Handlebar
49 to 69cm
3 height settings
55cm, 66cm, 75cm
Weight of Scooter
1.5kg
​2.95kg
Steering
Lean to steer
Lean to steer
Wheels
PU wheels
PU wheels
Age Recommendation
2 to 5
3 to 5
Foldable
No but bar can be taken out of the stem for easy transportation. 
No
Max Rider Weight
35kg
20kg
Brake
Rear Foot Brake
Rear Foot Brake
 

Mini MIcro Deluxe



 

The mini micro deluxe is an outstanding scooter for the 2 to 5 year age group. It's expensive but if you have the budget it's difficult to go wrong and here's why:

Built to last
These scooters have high quality parts, are extremely well designed and built to last. Each main part is can be repaired or replaced meaning that the scooter’s lifetime is indefinite. It doesn't need to end up in the landfill. It can be passed onto brothers or sisters. And when you’ve finished with it, it can be sold and you can recoup some of the initial outlay for the scooter.

 Lightweight
The scooter has been extremely well thought out and designed for young children. For example, it’s extremely lightweight. At just 1.5kg, it’s super easy for little ones to control. They can easily pick it up to move up and down kerbs and steps. When they start scooting they can pick it up and turn it round to change direction. It is also easy for parents to carry when kids have needed. The low weight really is and advantage.

Adjustable handlebar
The handlebar can be easily adjusted to any height between 49 and 69cm making it the perfect height for each child. As the handlebar height goes very low, it means the youngest of children will be happy using it but also will be good for children as they approach age 5 too.  It's easy to adjust so can easily be adjusted for use between 2 children. 
The handlebar has an anodised stem which protects it from corrosion.

The handlebar isn't foldable but you can remove it from it’s base for easy storage and transportation.

Footplate
The mini micro deluxe features an anti slip reinforced footplate for extra stability.
Price
The mini micro is obviously a pricey scooter but you only have to read the 5 star reviews to know you are buying a scooter that isn't going to break in a year of use. The other thing to consider is that the mini micro has a good second hand resale value. So once you’ve finished with the scooter you can sell it on and recoup some of the money. It’s also a scooter that can easily be passed onto younger brothers and sisters, so you may need only to buy one 3 wheel scooter for all your children.
Verdict - the mini micro is so will designed. Thought and care has gone into perfecting every piece which does make it unrivalled in terms of quality and design. The adjustable handlebar makes it a top scooter for every child in the 2 to 5 age group. It will grow and be perfect for your child at every stage.

Zoom Cruzer



 

If you’re looking for a scooter on a budget for a young child, the zoom cruzer is definitely one to consider. It’s one of the cheapest 3 wheel scooters on the market with some excellent features.

​Handlebar
The handlebar has 3 settings at 55cm, 66cm and 75cm. Whereas you can't adjust to any height in it's range like you can with the mini micro, there should be a height setting to suit most children between the ages of  3 and 5. If you’re going to buy for a 2 year old, it will probably be worth looking for a scooter with a lower setting like the mini micro.

The handlebar isn't foldable

Weight
​The weight for this scooter is just under 3kg. This isn't heavy by any means but if you are buying for a younger, smaller child a lighter scooter will be easier for them to control (pick up to go up and down kerbs etc). However the zoom cruzer does have an age recommendation of between 3 and 5 and most kids between those ages will be fine with the weight.

Wheels
The scooter has 120mm front wheels and an extra wide 100mm by 45mm rear wheel which offers extra stability and support to young riders.

Footplate
The zoom cruzer features a strong re-inforced extra grip footplate for extra safety and stability.
Price
This is a budget scooter and the price is amazing for just over £20.
Verdict - the zoom cruzer  doesn't match up to the quality and features of the mini micro. However, for £20.99 you are getting a scooter that will be fine for many 3 to 5 year olds. If this scooter is going to be used for the school run everyday, you may be worth looking at spending a bit more. But if it’s one for occasional use in the park, it’s a good scooter to go for which won't break the bank.

Final Decision - which onE to Choose?

Whether you choose the zoom cruzer or mini micro  will very much depend on the age and needs of your child, how much you will use the scooter and the budget you have.
If you are still unsure, check out some reviews of the mini micro and some reviews of the zoom cruzer and check out the video footage of the mini micro below.

Video