What Are the Best Scooters for 4 Year Olds?
When buying a scooter for a 4 year old girl or boy, perhaps the most important question to ask is whether you should get 2 or 3 wheels. The answer will be very much dependant on the child in question and the features you require.
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If your child has had experience of a 3 wheel scooter and are confident in riding one, I would definitely consider graduating onto a 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.
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3 Wheel Scooters for 4 Year Olds
Firstly there is the mini micro scooter. The mini micro is designed for kids between ages 2 and 5 and with a weight limit of 45 pounds.
It's a good choice of 3 wheel scooter for many 4 year olds and you can read more about it on the 3 wheel scooters page. I have bought this one for my younger 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 I think it will definitely last him another year.
In quick summary the micro scooter has polyurethane wheels which offer a really smooth ride. The 120mm sized wheels are the front are slightly larger than standard wheels and area a great size for cruising.
The footplate is flexible fibreglass and reinforced footplate to absorb bumps in the pavement.
The scooter weighs just 3.3lbs or 1.5kg. A lightweight scooter makes it easier for young children to lift and control the scooter which it is essential for them to do when they are picking it up to go up kerbs etc. It's also easier for adults to carry when required too.
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.
Taller 4 year olds may grow out of the mini
scooter quickly and for this reason it's also worth considering the maxi scooter.
The Maxi scooter is a 3 wheel scooter that's designed for 6 to 12 year olds, so is the follow on from the micro scooter.
It's handlebar is adjustable from 67cm all the way up to 93cm. It's lowest height is only about a cm bigger than the handlebar on the mini micro scooter, but it will grow with your child for many more years.
Like the micro, the maxi has polyurethane wheels which offer a really smooth ride. It's heavier at 2.5kg compared to 1.5kg, so it is heavier to carry around. It's also more expensive but it will last a number of years.
3 Style Scooter
Another option of 3 wheel scooter that is worth considering is the 3style scooter (featured below). The main selling point is it's height adjustable handlebar so you can make sure it's the right height for your child.
The 3style scooter has some excellent features and scores very highly on affordability too. It is cheaper than a lot of similar styled scooters.
The handlebar is adjustable from 52cm to 86cm so will grow with your child. A handlebar should ideally be around waist height on a child so this scooter should offer the perfect height for a 4 year old. A too low handlebar can mean your child is hunched over so it's uncomfortable to ride. If the handlebar is too high it can make the scooter difficult for them to control.
There is a folding mechanism which is great when little kids have had enough of scooting. It can then be folded up and carried. It's also easier to store, put in your boot or carry on top of a pushchair of a sibling.It does weigh heavier than more expensive scooters such as the mini micro due to extra weight of the adjustable handlebar and folding mechanism. However, it is still fairly lightweight compared to other options and this weight should be fine for a 4 year old.
The wheels are made of polyurethane and 120mm in size. Bigger wheels don't absorb the shocks from cracks and bumps on the pavement and glide over them more easily. The bigger wheels also mean that you can cover longer distances more easily (less kicking required). This makes scooters with larger wheels great for the school run! One thing little kids will love is that the wheels light up.
Best 2 Wheel Scooter for 4 Year Olds
JD Bug Junior Street Scooter
JD bug is one of the bestselling brands of scooter in the UK.It's a brand known for its quality and durablilty. It has an age recommendation of 4 to 8 years and is perfectly sized for this age group.
The JD bug junior is the perfect 2 wheel scooter for a 4 year old who is ready to graduate onto 2 wheels. The maximum weight for the scooter is 50kg so it should last 4 year olds a few years.
It features 120mm front wheel and 100mm rear wheel with ABEC 5 bearings. The wheels are a great for cruising and offer a smooth ride. It features tough durable wheels (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 headwearing, durable wheel .
There's a folding mechanism which will make it easier for adults to carry on the school run. It weighs 2.3kg or 5lbs 4 ounces.
It comes in different colors (pink, red or blue) so a choice for 4 year old boys and girls.he handlebars are height adjustable.The minimum handlebar height is 63cm and the maximum handelbar height is 84.5cm so plenty of room to grow with your child making it perfect for this age range.
The footplate is also a bit smaller than standard (44cm by 9cm) making it a good choice for younger riders too.
JD Bug MS 120
The JD Bug MS120 is very 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 just a 120mm wheel on the front and 100mm on the back. A scooter with slightly bigger wheels will go a little bit quicker and will cover longer distances in a shorter amount of time. Although the difference will be minimal with these two scooters.
The deck is slightly bigger on the Ms120 at 10cm by 49.5cm, so it will probably have a bit 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 very 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 option for a 4 year old.
The Weskate scooter is similarly priced to the jdbug and is aimed at kids aged 3 to 10 years. It's a fairly new addition to the scooter market.
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 will light up when going round.
It's a lightweight scooter at 2.4kg, so not too heavy to carry if needed.
It has a footplate which measures 40cm by 9.8cm which is about 10cm shorter than standard scooter and about the same width as on a standard sized scooter.
Ozbozz Lightening Strike
We bought the Ozbozz Lightning Strike for our elder son's 4th birthday who was on the tall side for his age. 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.
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.
The micro sprite is a good 2 wheel scooter.(Its made by the same people who make the mini and maxi micro scooters above).It has a height adjustable handle (from 63cm to 96cm) so will grow with your child as they get older. The construction and design of the scooter is very good.
It has a bigger front wheels to make cruising easier and the ride smoother.
Its 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 should be fine for most 4 year olds.
It weighs 2.7kg which is on the heavier side, so it would be harder for adults to carry. However it is foldable which will make it easier and better for storing too.
I also think a 4 year old who's capable of riding on 2 wheels will be fine on this. It comes in several different colors including blue, red, black and pink.
Check out more details on the 2 wheel scooter page.
Folding Avengers Scooter
This scooter isn't going to be for every 4 year old but the reason I include it is because 4 years old tends to be the age that many kids become superhero mad. My own boys loved spiderman and ironman at this stage and my nephew was spiderman crazy too. In 2019, the superhero craze is The Avengers (even though they are not old enough to watch the film, many young kids love them!). The new Avengers movie includes many superheros (including spiderman and ironman - my own kid's favorites) If they are big enough to enjoy this scooter and are confident to ride a 2 wheel, many superhero fans will love the cool avengers theme on this one.
Some great things about this include scooter is that it's affordable. The deck is printed with super hero images including spiderman and ironman 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.
What I personally like about this avengers scooter is that it folds. This is great when the kids have had enough as it's easy to carry back to the car or back home.
It also features an adjustable handlebar height so will grow with your child. The adjustable handelbar is from 76cm to 81cm, so it's a good choice for taller 4 year olds.
What you may compromise on (that you may get from the more expensive scooters) is the smoothness of the ride. The ride may be a little more bumpy. Having said this, most kids don't really seem to notice the bumpier ride and enjoy the scooter anway.
It also features easy-grip handles and a rear foot brake.
Madd Gear Mini Pro Rascal
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 (at 10.1cm wide and 44.5cm long), one piece bar and nylon core with high speed PU wheels (perfect for first jumps and tricks).
It is aimed at age 4 plus but so is the optimum choice of stunt scooter for this age group.
Grit Mini Fluxx Pro
This is a excellent stunt scooter with top notch features designed for younger children within an age range of 4 to 8 years.
It has a smaller bar and deck than standard sized scooters for the smaller rider.
The wheels have an alloy cast core to withstand the extra force needed when doing jumps and tricks. They are 100mm 88a PU wheels with ABEC bearings so are hardwearing and durable giving a smooth and fast ride.
The mini Gritt Flux weighs 3.3kg which is light for a stunt scooter meaning it's easier to manage for little kids.
Scooter with Pneumatic 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 pneumatic tyres give a smooth comfortable ride so kids especially when going over sticks, stones or bumps in the path.
It's quite good for getting kids used to how things works on a bike as in addition to they tyres, there is a hand brake and the scooter is easy to steer. They tyres are 10 inch.
The scooter is durable and hardwearing. It is heavy so at 6.2kg, it's not one that parents will be wanting 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 below all have different handlebar heights. Some scooters feature quite 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 - You may also want to consider the weight of the scooter you are buying. 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 up on a kerb). If your child is quite strong for his age, a very lightweight scooter may not be as important and he or she should be able to control a slightly heavier one.