Scooter Buying Guide For Kids

Scooter For Kids Buying Guide – Everything You Need To Know When Buying a Scooter for Your Kids

Looking for a scooter for your child? Confused about all the terms you are seeing – “lean and tilt scooters”, “ABEC-5 bearings”, “polyurethane wheels”. Not sure what how many and what sized wheels to get? 2 or 3 wheel scooter? 

Well look no further to end all the confusion. This guide will clear up all the confusing terms, language, specifications and decisions you have to make when buying a scooter. 

Read on for some explanations and a clear head. 


Wheel diameter – Standard wheels on the scooter are generally between 100mm/110mm and tend to be found on standard sized scooters. These are a good size for both cruising on a standard scooter and doing tricks. However, different sized wheels are good for different things. 

Larger wheel diameter – (120mm and more) – these tend to be better from cruising from a to b. They will let you cruise faster than smaller wheels. You’ll need to push less and you’ll glide faster on one push. Bigger wheels tend to offer a smoother ride too. They absorb the shocks from the bumps and cracks on the pavement more easily. Larger wheels are better for cruising on uneven terrain. 

Smaller wheel diameter – smaller wheels are better for doing tricks and a manoeuvrable

Wheel material – most scooter wheels are made of polyurethane (PU or urethane). This material offers a smooth ride and is durable. Some wheels are made of PVC or plastic – these can be durable but may compromise on the smoothness of the ride. 

Wheel durometer – if you see a measurement for durometer of the wheel it normally ranges from 74A to 88A. The lower the number the softer the wheel and this can be better for shock absorption offering a smoother ride. However, softer wheels tend to wear out faster. 

Wheel width – wider wheels can offer more stability. This can be good for younger children. 

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If you see and ABEC rating this refers to the bearings. The higher the rating the higher quality the bearings. They can range to ABEC-1 to ABEC-3 to ABEC-5. You’re most likely to see a rating of ABEC-5 which is high quality for a scooter. 

Lean and Steer Vs Handlebar Steering

On many 3 wheel scooters you may see the term a lean and steer mechanism. This means the rider must lean to the left to go left and to the right to go right. Moving the handlebar will have no impact on which way you go. This can be a more intuitive way for young kids to ride a scooter and provides a nice cruising experience. However, there is nothing wrong with a scooter which has a steering mechanism where you use the handlebars to turn the scooter. This is standard on 2 wheel scooters and is fine on a 3 wheel scooter too. 

Folding Mechanism 

Folding mechanisms are great for parents of younger children. Children often get fed up of riding their scooter and want their parents to carry it at the park or when out and about. Folding the scooter makes it a lot easier to carry. However, a folding mechanism can lead to a more rattly ride. It also means the scooter is less strong so a folding scooter should be avoided if a child wants to do tricks on a scooter.

Weight of the Scooter

A lightweight scooter is often advantageous to a younger child as it is easier for them to control and manoeuvre. It’s also easier for parents to carry and pick up when they’re child has decided the no longer want to ride their scooter. 

A heavier scooter can mean a stronger scooter. The weight of a scooter will increase as the maximum weight capacity increases. Stunt scooters also tend to be heavier as they need to be strong enough to take the impact of stunts and tricks. 

If the scooter is going to be used for cruising and may need to be carried, look for one which isn’t too heavy. 

Wheel deck

A wide wheel deck / base will make the scooter sturdier and easy for young kids to balance on. They may be able to fit both feet on the deck when they are cruising. A low to the ground deck is also essential for younger kids. It makes it easier to balance on and safer. It’s also easier for very young children to get on and off. 

Shorter deck lengths will be better for smaller children so as the deck will not get in the way of their kick path. As kids get taller and older, the length of the deck on the scooters you will be looking at will increase. 

Handlebar Height

For comfort and safety aim for a handlebar which is around waist high on your child. If you think about it this makes sense. If you are scooting and the handlbar is too high, the scooter is hard to control. If it’s too low you are hunched over which is quite uncomfortable.

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