Scooters for 7 and 8 Year Olds

What To Look for When Buying the Best Scooter for a 7 or 8 Year Old?

We bought a scooter for my son for his 7th birthday. The top priorities for my 7 year old boy are a quiet, smooth and fast ride and one that could withstand a few tricks.
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Whether you're looking for a kick, electric scooter or stunt scooter for your son, daughter or any child of 7 or 8 years old, there are many factors to consider. Check out our buying guide for more information.

JD Bug Original - Great for the School Run

One of the best picks for 7 year old boys or girls is the JD bug street scooter featured. It's a good choice for cruising along the streets.Its also the perfect choice if you want a scooter that folds (easy to carry -great for the school run as you can carry it home). It also has a carry strap for easy carrying which I haven't seen on any other scooters.The quality and construction look decent too . It has 100 mm wheels. with ABEC 5 bearings and made from aircraft grade aluminium. Check out more details on the 2 wheel scooters page. 

Scooter buying Guide

When purchasing a scooter for age group, consider the following features:

A quick, smooth, quiet and fast ride - my 7 year old likes to go quickly and we wanted to make sure we didn't get a noisy rattley scooter. We were looking for quality. To choose a scooter which offers a smooth and fast ride, look at the material of the wheels and the construction of the scooter. Look for high quality urethane or PU wheels and ABEC bearings with a rating of 5 or more. A higher ABEC rating will generally offer a smoother and faster ride. Standard wheels of a scooter are generally around 100mm. However, if the wheels are slightly larger (110mm or more) than the scooter will tend to offer a smoother ride too. This is because larger wheels tend to go over cracks / bumps in the pavement more easily. Larger wheels are better for travelling as they are more comfortable and offer a quicker ride along pavements. The larger the wheels the quicker you go.

However, larger wheels aren't the best for doing tricks and stunts, so if this is important go for a standard size. Consider the construction and materials the rest of the scooter is made of too. Strong but lightweight materials are best.

Longevity - we have a skate park near us and we wanted something that my son could do tricks on over the next couple of years if possible. Ultimately we wanted a scooter he could cruise on but also one which could do stunts and take some abuse.

Folding mechanism - folding mechanisms are handy to fold, store and carry scooters. However, they can take away from the strength of the scooter as a handlebar which doesn't fold can take much more abuse. As my son was getting older, I decided to go for a scooter without a folding mechanism which was stronger and sturdier.

Stunt Scooter Or A Scooter For Cruising?

Many kids this age ask for a scooter that they are able to do tricks on and my son was one of them. So do you get a stunt scooter or not. Here are some questions that will help you decide.

Has your child expressed a desire to do tricks? 

Ulitmately the decision as to whether to get a stunt scooter or not will depend on whether your child wants to do tricks on the scooter. If they do, you will need to get a scooter designed to do tricks as a general push scooter may not be able to withstand the impacts needed for jumps and tricks. If they just want to use it to get from a to b, go with a normal scooter

What is your budget? 

Stunt scooters tend to be more expensive as they require more heavy duty materials to construct. This means they are generally more expensive. However, it also generally means they stand up to more abuse and last longer too.

Will you need to carry the scooter a lot?

Stunt scooters are a lot heavier than other scooters. So if you suspect you may be carrying this scooter a lot for your child on the school run, you may prefer a scooter just used for crusing.

Age range

Most stunt scooters are aimed at kids aged 8 plus. However, we bought a stunt scooter (the Razor Pro XXX - featured below) for my son aged 7. He is on the tall side but he has managed with his stunt scooter very well. The main thing when looking at the scooter is the handlbar height. The handlebar should come up around waist height for the best control and safety. If it does on your 7 year old, they should manage well with the scooter.

How long do you intend to have the scooter for?

If you intend for them to have the scooter for the next few years, it might be worth getting them a stunt scooter which they can use to cruise on at the moment but have the ability to do tricks on in the next few years if they wish too. However, if you think you may buy another scooter within the next few years you may prefer to get them a cheaper or traditional scooter that you will replace if they want one for doing stunts.

Selection of Stunt and Cruising Scooters For 7 and 8 Year Olds

Find below a selection of both stunt and kick scooters suitable for 7 and 8 year olds.

A Great 2 Wheel Kick Scooter - Micro Sprite

I am a fan of the Micro Sprite scooters as they are well made. They feature has 100mm PU, 87A wheels and ABEC 5 bearings. It has a strong aluminium frame but is super lightweight for a scooter so makes it easier for kids to control and easier for parents to carry / transport  if needed.

It folds which makes it great for putting in the car, storing or carrying if the need arises.

Its perfect for cruising although if you want a scooter for tricks its best to go follow a stunt scooter instead.

It also features a brake at the back.

​It also features an adjustable handlebar so will be the perfect height for each child and it will grow with .each child too.
It has a kickstand so the scooter can be stored standing up which is very useful. No more scooters laying around the drive or garage.

It comes in lots of different colours too.

Not sure whether to go for the JD Bug original street scooter or the Micro sprite. Compare the JD Bug vs Micro Sprite to help you make up your mind.

Stunt Scooters

Most stunt scooters are designed for kids age 8 plus, so if you're buying for an 8 year old you have a lot of choice. If you are buying for a 7 year old or a smaller child, check out this article on scooters for 5, 6 and 7 year olds which has a couple of options of stunt scooters for younger children.
Stunt scooters tend to be more expensive. They have to be stronger to withstand the extra abuse they get from jumps and tricks. However, they do tend to last longer, so an extra investment sometimes pays off in the long run.

We got a stunt scooter for our son's 7th birthday. It ticked all the boxes for us.  Unfortunately they no longer make the version of the Razor Pro Scooter which we bought but there are some other good stunt scooter options below. A stunt scooter is more expensive but as they are hardwearing, they and worth considering if you have the budget. Plus, I wanted to buy a scooter that will last for years and so far (3  years later!!) our Razor Pro is holding up really well and I expect this to last years and maybe be the last scooter we actually buy our son.

Stunt Scooter XV Pro Street Model

Great Budget Option - Bear in mind that you often get what you pay for but this scooter should be fine for beginner and younger users doing their first stunts and has some good features.​Kids starting out doing tricks will be lighter and give the scooter less punishment when doing jump and stunts. Therefore, the scooter doesn't have to be as hard wearing with heavy duty parts as maybe a scooter for an older child or teenager - so you can afford to spend a bit less too. Although you may have to replace the scooter as they get older if they want to keep doing tricks.

Wheels - The scooter has 100mm PU wheels with a hardness of 88A so they should be hard wearing to withstand the impact of any tricks. It features ABEC 9 bearings on the wheels which offer a smooth ride.  It does have plastic cores (metal cores are better for withstanding the impact for tricks. However if kids are just planning on doing a few odd jumps and also scooting around it could be a great choice.

Clamp - It features a heavy duty quad clamp. A strong clamp is essential on stunt scooters  to ensure a strong link between the deck, fork and handlebar.
It features a one piece alloy T4 & T6 Heat treated bar to lessen the pressure from the scooter when doing tricks.Weight limit - is 90kg so older children and even adults could have a go.

Handelbars - The height of the handlebars from the floor to the top of the handlebars is around 79cm / 31inches, so this should give you an idea of how high the handlebars will come up on your child. Ideally they should be around waist height. Although it's not an exact science. Some kids prefer them slightly lower and others slightly higher. However, too low and kids will be hunched over and too high makes the scooter difficult to control.

The manufacturer's recommended age is 6 plus so it should be fine for most 7 or 8 year olds. This scooter is also a good choice for cruising along the pavements to school or the park too. But of course it doesn't fold so won't be so easy to carry.

Check out more stunt scooters on a a budget. 

Madd Mini Kick Pro X Stunt Scooter

The Madd Mini Pro x stunt scooter is sure to be a great choice for any budding young scooter rider who wants to do tricks.

It's designed to be at very beginner level for young children. It is the lowest level beginner stunt scooter by Madd Gear

It features a 17" long and 4" wide deck which is a great size for smaller feet and a one piece 16.5" wide and 19" high bars

It's designed to be lightweight  with features including the lightweight, extruded alloy downtube, which offers great strength without adding weight. It also features a triple channelled deck, for extra weight reduction.

A lighter stunt scooter will make it easy for younger children to maneuver and control.
​There is also and a full printed grip tape to lock the riders feet firmly in place when performing tricks and stunts
The wheels are 100mm solid nylon core wheels with 88a high rebound urethane. Ideally metal cores are better but nylon core wheels should be fine for kids this age doing stunts.

MGP VX7 mini Pro Scooter

The MGP VX7 Mini Pro scooter is new for 2017, and it's designed for the younger rider.

It features everything you expect to see on a Pro Scooter, just in a easier to handle mini size.

The deck is 2.5” shorter than the full sized pro (17 inches by 4 inches) and the bars are proportioned for younger riders at 18” width x 22” height. 

It's an excellent entry level stunt scooter with some fantastic features.

It is strong yet the design and materials eliminate weight, using the highest quality 6061 T4 and T6 heat treated alloy weighing 3.55 kg (7.8 lbs).

The wheels are 100mm, 88a alloy core wheels with high rebound urethane, K2 (ABEC 9 rated) bearings.

It is more expensive than the mini pro kick above but the specs are better on this scooter. It features a  threadless High Tensile Steel IHC Fork​ and a MFX Sealed and Integrated headset.

Razor Beast Scooter

The Razor Beast is another great first option of stunt scooter for young kids. It's a good choice for a kid who want to transition between scootering along the street to doing some tricks.

It features handlebars which are slightly lower than other scooters measuring 21.5 inches in height and 17.5 inches in width.

It features metalised 14-spoke 98mm urethane wheels which are perfect for withstanding tricks and stunts.

The brake is a stamped steel rear fender brake

​​The good thing about this scooter is that it's strong and solid but it's fairly lightweight at 3.5kg. It's a sturdy, budget choice scooter for 7 and 8 year olds who want to attempt their first tricks at the skate park.

Grit Extremist Scooter

The Grit extremist scooter has lighter and shorter handlbars so is a good choice for the younger ride.

The 100mm, 88A PU Alloy Core Wheels are perfect to withstand the impact from a younger rider's tricks and stunts.

It also  includes a threadless headset with HIC system.

Other good features include the BMX riple style bar grips and the spring brake.

The weight of the scooter is 3.45kg which is lighter than most standard stunt scooters.

It comes in different colours.

A good option for the 4 to 8 year age group.

Electric Scooter

7 and 8 year old are the perfect age to get an electric scooter.

Electric scooters are super fun.

The E100 Razor electric scooter featured has speeds up to 10mph.

It's able to run up to 40 minutes on one charge.

The extra wide pneumatic tyre give a wonderfully smooth ride, and they have wide ergonomic riding decks, variable speed and powerful super quiet chain-driven motors.