Globber vs Mini Micro Scooter
Globber scooters entered the scooter market a few years ago and have become a key brand in the scooter market rivalling longtime brand Micro scooters.
So can Globber give micro a run for their money? This article compares some of the mini micro and Globber versions.
Firstly comparing the Globber Go Up Series for toddlers vs Mini Micro 3 in 1 Series aimed at kids aged 1 plus.
Secondly comparing the Globber Primo and Mini Micro Deluxe and Mini Micro Classic for kids aged 2 or 3 and above. Scroll down toward the end of the page to see the comparison.
Globber Go Up Series vs Mini Micro 3 In 1 Series
Globber Go Up Series
There are 3 types of Globber Go Up scooters, 1: Sporty 2: Comfort and 3: Deluxe. They have varying age ranges. All the scooters are recommended for kids aged 15 months plus. The Sporty has an age recommendation of 6 years. The Comfort and Deluxe up to 9 years.
Mini Micro 3 in 1 Scooter Series
There are two types of scooter in the Mini Micro 3 in 1 series. They are the Classic and the Deluxe versions. Both have an age recommendation of 12 months to 5 years.
Compare the different stages / levels below:
Globber Go Up Series
Level 1 - A seat with a parent-controlled push bar. The push bar is height adjustable (2 height on the Sporty version, 4 on the comfort / deluxe versions). Footrests are available on the Deluxe and Comfort versions
Level 2 - The parent handle is removed for a ride-on version with a seat. The seat is height adjustable (2 different heights on the Sporty version, 3 on the comfort and deluxe versions)
Level 3 - The Globber becomes a scooter (aged 3 years plus). The scooter's lowest setting is 67.5cm (which is suitable from around 3 years). The highest setting on the Sporty version is 77.5cm and the highest setting on the Deluxe and Comfort versions is 82.5cm.
Globber Go Up Comfort
Mini Micro 3 in 1 Series
Mini Micro 3 in 1 Deluxe Plus
Mini Micro Classic
Seat height adjustment is important, so it's easier for little legs to reach the ground to push along on the lower seat and longer legs won't be bent too much on the higher seat.
The Globber has two seat heights on the Sporty version and 3 on the Deluxe and Comfort versions. The Comfort and Deluxe versions have a wider seat.
The seat on the mini micro scooters is adjustable to two different heights.
When converted to scooters, both the Globber and the Mini Micro scooters have a lean-to-steer mechanism. This means that kids lean to steer left and right rather than turning the handlebar.
One feature the Globber has that the Mini Micro doesn't is a steering lock. Press a button and the steering can be locked, so the scooter can only move forwards and backwards and doesn't turn. The idea is that when kids are learning to scoot, they don't have to worry about steering until they have mastered scooting.
Weight of Scooter
When used as a stand alone scooter, the Globber weighs 2.5kg and the mini micro weighs 1.8kg.
They are both light but the mini micro is much lighter than the Globber.
Light scooters give young children who are learning to scooter an advantage. They are able to control the scooter much more easily. They are also able to lift and turn the scooter when needed so don't always need to steer at the beginning. It's also easier for small children to lift the scooter up and down kerbs and steps.
Additionally, a lightweight scooter is easier for parents to carry and move when little kids have had enough scooting.
Scooter Handlebar Height
Which Scooters Are Foldable?
On paper, the Globber looks like it will last longer than the Micro as it can accommodate kids up to age 6 or age 9 (depending on whether you get the Sporty, Deluxe or Comfort versions). However, what I love about the Micro scooters is that all their parts can be repaired or replaced. This means that once you've bought a Micro scooter it can be kept out of landfill indefinitely and passed onto siblings, cousins or sold on eBay. Check out the range of spare parts over on the Micro website.
There are some spare parts you can get for the Globber scooters to keep it going (including wheels and brakes) so it could be possible to use it for some years. But it doesn't have quite the range of replacement parts as the micro so it won't last forever.
Comparison Chart (Globber 5 in 1 vs Mini Micro 3 in 1)
|Feature||Globber Go UP series||Mini Micro 3 in 1 Series|
|Seat||2 heights adjustments on the sporty|
3 heights on the comfort / deluxe
Wider seat on the comfort
|2 seat height adjusment on classic and deluxe versions|
|Parent handlebar||Height adjustable |
(3 on Sporty, 4 on Comfort and Deluxe)
|Adjustable handlebar on Deluxe (any height between 40 and 80cm)|
|Footrests||On Deluxe and comfort versions||On Deluxe version|
|Handlebar height adjustment||3 height adjustments on sporty (67.5 - 77.5cm)|
4 height adjustments on Deluxe and comfort up to (67.5 - 82.5cm)
|Deluxe version is height adjustable at any from 49cm to 69cm.
|Weight of stand alone scooter||2.5kg (sporty)||1.8kg (Deluxe)|
|Steering||Lean to steer|
Button to turn off steering while learning
|Lean to Steer|
|Age Recommendation||15 months to 6 years (Sporty)|
15 months to 9 years (classic / deluxe)
|1 year to 5 years|
It's actually very difficult to pick a winner out of these two as they both offer different things that appeal to different people.
If you're buying for a very young child who is likely to want to learn to scoot soon and perhaps is just using the seat for a short while, the mini micro may be your best pick as it's lighter and the handlebar on the deluxe scooter is shorter. This means that kids can attempt to use the scooter much earlier from when they are 2 or 2.5 (there's even been videos of kids aged 18 months scooting on the micro - although these kids are exceptional.
With the Globber the scooter height is much more suited to 3 year olds, so it's better for kids who want to use the ride on for much longer and try the scooter as they approach their 3rd birthday.
Perhaps the steering lock appeals to you making it easier when kids learn to scooter - then the Globber is a good choice.
If being eco friendly is important and you want to keep scooters out of the landfill and pass them on, the Mini Micro is your best choice. If this is you, you can also consider the Mini Micro Eco version of the scooter.
Globber Primo Vs Mini Micro Classic and Deluxe
|Globber Primo||Mini Micro Deluxe||Mini Micro Classic|
(Adjustable to 3 different heights)
|Handlebar: 49cm to 69cm|
(adjustable to any height within this range).
|Handlebar: 69cm (fixed height)|
But remove the stem from base for easy storage.
But remove the stem from base for easy storage.
|Scooter weight: 2.5kg||Scooter weight: 1.8kg||Scooter weight: 1.5kg|
|Lean to steer|
Button to turn off steering
|Lean to steer||Lean to steer|
|3 to 6 years||2 to 5 years||3 to 5 years|
The Mini Micro classic may not appear to be the best choice as it's pricier than the Globber and seems to offer fewer features.
Globber Primo- Advantages
Obviously, the price point makes the Globber primo very attractive, especially for those on a budget.
The adjustable handlebar with three different height settings means it will grow with your child and the maximum handlebar height is a lot higher than the mini micro classic and deluxe so it scores higher on longevity too. There is potentially another year of use you can have with this scooter.
It is heavier, which means it is harder for little ones to pick up and down steps.
This is perhaps the better choice for taller and heavier children who won't even notice the extra weight.