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.

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.

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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.

Features include:

✔️  Easy to carry and store - it's folds with a single action folding/ unfolding mechanism and has a carrying strap which isn't a feature on many other scooters. It weighs 2.8kg so is one of the lightest scooters out there which will make a difference if you have to carry it a lot.

✔️ Wheels - it has 100mm 86a clear wheels. The 86a refers to the durometer (hardness) of the wheel. The durometer scale goes from 0-100a. The higher the number the harder the wheel. Most scooter wheels are 85a. Softer wheels tend to absorb more of vibrations but have a good grip, great for skate parks but wear out quickly. Harder wheels are more durable and faster. So 86a is a good number for a kick scooter.

✔️ Suitable for kids of all ages - the handlebar is adjustable from 63 cm. The maximum height is 95 cm so it can be adjusted to accommodate children of different sizes and will grow with your child. It's very easy to adjust. It has a maximum user weight of 100kg, so some adults can have a go.

✔️Construction - the scooter is well made and constructed from aircraft grade aluminium.

It's an excellent scooter and not much else really compares in this price range.

✔️ Top Tip
A quick, smooth, quiet and fast ride -  Look for wheels made of high quality urethane with ABEC bearings rated 5 or more for a smooth and fast ride.
The standard size of wheels on many kid's kick scooters is around 100mm and this is fine for most children. However, larger wheels (110mm or more) go over cracks / bumps in the pavement more easily and equate to an even smoother ride. Large wheels also pick up speed better than small ones. The downside of large wheels is they add weight to the scooter making it heavier to carry. Scooters with large wheels are more expensive but because they have more urethane they last longer.

A Great 2 Wheel Kick Scooter - Micro Sprite


 

I am a fan of the Micro Sprite scooters. Like all scooters in the micro family, the quality is outstanding. The Sprite features a front 120mm wheel and a rear 100mm wheel with ABEC 5 bearings. It has a strong aluminium frame. At just 2.7kg, it's super lightweight which makes it easy for kids to control and easy for parents to carry.

Foldable - Simple to fold, it's a breeze for transporting in the car, storing or carrying.

Cruising - It's perfect for cruising. The big front 120mm PU wheels absorb shocks from the pavement and give a fast, effortless smooth scoot.

Brake - a responsive rear wheel brake ensures the scooter comes to a quick, smooth halt.

Handlebar  - ​It features an easily adjustable handlebar that can be set at any height between 63 and 94cm . You can set it to the perfect height for your child. Plus it can adjust with them as they grow.

Other Features - It has a kickstand so the scooter can be stored standing up. No more scooters laying around the drive or garage! It comes in lots of different colours. Each part is repairable and replaceable so the Micro Sprite can stay on the road for a lifetime rather than ending up in landfill.

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.

Razor S Sports Scooter



The Razor S Sports scooter is another good scooter which is study, durable and will not break the bank.

It's easy to fold and lightweight at just 2.4kg. This makes it easy to carry and portable.

It has a maximum rider weight of 100kg so older siblings and even adults can have a go.

It features 98mm urethane wheels, which offer a smooth ride.

It has a fixed handlebar height of 83cm.

Ozbozz Unicorn Scooter (with Flashing Lights)


Looking for something affordable and fun on a budget? This Ozbozz unicorn scooter is sure to please any unicorn fan with light up wheels that activate when the scooter rolls, (no batteries required!)

This is a great option if you want something that doesn't cost the Earth. It's height adjustable to 3 different heights and has a maximum weight capacity of 5okg so it should be fine for most 7 and 8 year olds. However, some reviews state it's on the small side for their kids so it may not have a lot of growing room.

The scooter is foldable and can lock in place. It's easy to carry and store.

If you have a child who's a unicorn fan, check out more unicorn scooters and accessories.

My eldest son had an ozbozz scooter from aged 4 (read my review here.) It was fine for a couple of years' heavy use (almost every day) but the ride got quite rattly and bumpy, especially towards the end of the scooter's life. Higher quality scooters with better wheels and build will give more years of use (if they are looked after correctly) and a smoother and more comfortable ride. Your choice will depend on budget and how important longevity and the quality of the ride is. But for a fun scooter, the unicorn scooter is worth considering.

Bopster 2 Wheeled Folding Children’s Kick Scooter

 

The Bopster is one of the best selling scooters on amazon at the moment with some good reviews. It has pros and cons.

It's a good choice for the younger rider, perfect for 7 year olds as it's lightweight weighing just 2.8kg so easy to control. It has an adjustable handlebar with four different height adjustments at 62cm, 74cm,79cm and 84cm. It will grow with your child, although it can't be adjusted to any height like on the JD Bug scooter. It's foldable and easy to carry. The PU wheels are 120mm so offer a smooth, fast ride.

A downside to this scooter is the parts aren't replaceable so it will be difficult to mend the scooter when parts wear out, break or don't work together correctly.

It comes in different colours to suit different personalities.

Read a full review of the Bopster scooter.

Globber Flow 125

The Globber 125 scooter is a strong kick scooter built for intensive use with an ultra-reinforced frame. It's good for kids who put their scooter through a lot of punishment.

The handlebars are height adjustable and can be set at 4 different settings between 82cm to 97cm. It's aimed at kids from age 6 plus so will be a perfect size for most 7 and 8 year olds. The top height of 97cm allows a lot of growing room with this scooter.

The 120mm PU wheels offer a smooth, comfortable and quick ride from a to b. This is an excellent choice for the daily school run.

There is a high density non-slip EVA on the deck to give a sure footing, so kids stay safe as they ride.

The scooter weighs 3.1kg. It's light enough to carry although it doesn't fold.

Micro Cruiser Big Wheel Scooter

 

A big wheel scooter is another type of scooter to consider when purchasing a kick scooter for a 7 or 8 year old. Big wheel scooters have some advantages over scooters with smaller wheels. They go further and faster with less effort. The bigger wheels absorb more bumps and shocks from the road than a small wheel scooter resulting in a smooth, comfortable ride.

On the downside, a scooter with bigger wheels is heavier so it won’t be as easy to carry.

This Micro Cruiser big wheel scooter has 200mm wheels and is designed for kids between 5 and 10 years old with a height range of 110cm to 146cm.

The scooter is height adjustable and foldable.

Some children may also prefer a big wheel scooter as they find it more stable to ride and so feel more confident.

The scooter weighs 4.5kg, so it is heavier than scooters with smaller wheels.

It comes in many colours including pink, blue, black and purple.

3Style Scooters - 3 Wheel Kick Scooter

If you're looking for a 3 wheel scooter for a 7 or 8 year old, the 3style offers a scooter for kids up to the age of 10 years with an adjustable handlebar to grow with your child.

There are 4 adjustable height settings to suit a range of ages, starting at 58cm and moving to 86cm.

It's lightweight (at 3kg)and foldable handlebars make the RGS-2 easy to carry and convenient to store when not in use.

The steering is learn to steer. The wheels flash when they spin which is an extra attraction for kids at this age.

If you're looking for a 3 wheels scooter, also check out more 3 wheel scooters for older children.

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, also 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.

Micro Mx Ramp Beginner Stunt Scooter

The Micro Ramp beginner stunt scooter is the newest addition to the micro family of scooters. Micro is a giant in the word of scooter manufacturers for children. All their scooters are of exceptional quality.

The Micro Ramp is designed for children from aged 5 to 12 who want to learn a few tricks on their kick scooter. It's an entry level stunt scooter which has been designed to make learning basic tricks easy.

Like all stunt scooters, the Micro Ramp features a fixed height handlebar. The bar isn't adjustable and doesn't fold. Stunt scooters should all have a fixed height handlebar. This is so it can withstand the impact of jumps, tricks and ramps.  Foldable scooters should not be used for tricks because the bar is more likely to snap or buckle under the pressure from stunts.

The Micro Ramp has a wide handlebar for better control. The scooter is light (3.7kg) so younger kids can easily handle it while practising their new hops and jumps.

The minimum height of the user is 128cm (4ft 2 inches). The height from the handlebar to the deck is 74cm

It's a fantastic everyday scooter which can be used to get from at to be as well as occasional stunts and trips to the skate park.

✔️ Question
Why Are Stunt Scooters More Expensive that Kick Scooters?
Stunt scooters have to be stronger to withstand the extra abuse they get from jumps and tricks but they also need to be lighter so the riders can manoeuvre the scooter in the right way. For this reason, the materials stunt scooters are made of tend are more expensive. On the plus side, they tend to last longer. The extra investment pays off in the long run.



Micro Trixx Stunt Scooter

The Micro Trixx Stunt scooter is another scooter from the Micro family aimed at the 5 to 12 age group. Whereas the Micro Ramp stunt scooter (featured above) has been designed for occasional stunt use, the Micro Trixx stunt scooter has been purposely designed for a lot more skate park use.

Handlebars - The height of the handlebars from the floor to the top of the handlebars is 76cm and it measures 68.5cm from the deck to the top. These measurements should give you an idea of how high the handlebar will come up on your child. Ideally the handlebar 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.

Micro recommend the scooter for riders who measure under 140cm.

Footplate - the footplate is smaller than normal, designed to give smaller feet more control when performing hops, jumps and tricks a the skatepark. It measures 47cm by 10cm (18.5" by 3.9")

Wheels - The 100mm PU wheels with a 5 spoke metal core are hard wearing to withstand the impact of tricks.

Overall this is a great scooter for 7 and 8 year olds under the height limit of 140cm who are beginner to intermediate riders at the skate park. It's smaller handlebar and footplate makes it a fantastic option for learning tricks.

The other great thing about Micro scooters is that their parts can be repaired and replaced. You can keep the Trixx out of landfill, a great option for protecting the planet.

This scooter is also an excellent choice for cruising along the pavements to school or the park. Bear in mind that because it's a stunt scooter it doesn't fold.

Check out more stunt scooters on a a budget. 

Dominator Trooper



The Dominator Trooper stunt scooter is a brilliant choice for any small, young scooter rider who wants to perform tricks.

It's designed for kids and young riders at beginner skill level who are looking to develop their technique further.

Handlebar - The bars are sized 47cm high by 50.8cm wide (18.5" by 20"). The overall height is 71.2cm. It's on the small side but the scooter is good for smaller kids! If you're looking for a taller 8 year old consider taking a step up to the Dominator Sniper or Airbourne.

What's superb about the scooter are the 100mm wheels with metal cores. The wheels are plenty strong for the skate park use withstanding all the excessive force of landings.  The wheels can be switched out for 110mm wheels if and when kids prefer.

The scooter also has a threadless headset and fork.

Great Budget Option - Both this scooter, (the Dominator Troooper) and the Dominator Sniper (featured below) are both excellent value for money. It will be hard to find a cheaper scooter with the same level of features such as metal core wheels.

The 17.1 inch deck is sized for smaller feet and great for tailwhips.

It's lightweight at just 3.6kg but is designed to be super strong to withstand high impact jumps and tricks.  A lighter stunt scooter will make it easy for younger children to manoeuvre and control. Finally, there are many colours for riders to choose from.

Dominator Sniper

A step up from the Dominator Trooper is the Dominator Sniper. It may be a better choice for taller kids as there is more growing room.

The biggest difference between the two scooters is the taller bars which are 55cm (21.6") in width and 57  (22.4") high. The overall height of the scooter is 78.7cm (31")

The Sniper has a large box-sized, solid construction deck 50cm by 11.5cm (19.6" by 4.5").

Like the Trooper, the Sniper features 110mm durable, alloy core wheels.

The Sniper also features a HIC compression system which is stronger than on the Trooper. It also has a stronger and better looking fork.

Another plus is the sealed integrated headset so you can upgrade the scooter with other parts.

Overall it's a stronger, bigger scooter. It's a superb choice for the skatepark.

MGP Kick Pro Scooter

This MGP Kick Pro scooter is a light, nicely sized stunt scooter which caters for the younger rider. The total height of the scooter is 78.7cm. It's recommended for riders from aged 6 plus.

It comes in some cool colours and will look amazing at the skate park.

The deck measures 50cm by 10cm (19" by 4") which is small enough for young kids to work with but also provides plenty of space for their feet.

The chromoly bars measure  56cm height by 46cm width  (22" height x 18" width). The bar ends have soft swirl grind grips with bright colours which look cool.

Another brilliant feature of the scooter are the wheels. The 110mm holographic core wheels are strong to withstand the impact of the punishment it's given at the skate park. They are also smooth and quick with high-speed polyurethane and ABEC 7 high-speed chrome bearings.

Amazingly, the scooter only weighs 3.05kg. At such a light weight, junior riders will have no problems using the scooter to learn tail whips and other tricks.

Ideal for beginners and kids serious about scooting at the skate park. It's difficult to find a better stunt scooter for this age group at such a competitive price.

Razor Beast Scooter

The Razor Beast is a 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 55cm (21.6") in height and 44cm (17.3") in width.

It features metalised 14-spoke 98mm urethane wheels to withstand the punishment form 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.

 

Nitro Circus Ryan Williams RW Junior Replica Complete Pro Stunt Scooter


 

This is a competitively priced scooter which is excellent value for money. It's a reduced size for the younger rider but it's as high quality as any of the full sized scooters pro scooters.

The 100mm wheels are alloy core. A lot of scooters at this price point would be plastic core, so this is well worth considering.

The deck measures 43cm by 10cm (17" by 4") which is a smaller deck than average. The deck's small size is ideal for a junior rider, making it easier for small riders to control the scooter when learning stunts. The bars are also reduced in size and measure 49.4cm high by 44.5cm wide (19 3/8" by 17.5").

The deck is in a beautiful gold or satin black with R Willy (the Australian scooter rider) grip tape.

Is this scooter right for your child? 

It's a good size for many kids aged 5 and is ideal for small 7 year olds who want a beginner scooter. The overall height of the scooter is 75cm. Some taller 8 year olds may prefer a bigger sized scooter with some growing room like the Replica featured below.

Nitro Circus Ryan Williams RW Replica Complete Pro Stunt Scooter



A step up from the Junior Replica is the Replica!  It's a beginner scooter - perfect for 7 and 8 year olds.

As you would expect it has taller bars than the junior which are 55.8cm high by 45.7cm wide (22" by 18") with a total height of 80cm. Despite the taller bars, the scooter still only weighs 3.4kg so is very light for young kids to handle.

If you can't decide between the junior replica or the replica and can stretch an extra few pounds, this scooter is probably the better choice and one reason is due to the larger 110mm wheels. Bigger wheels are generally preferred by stunt scooter riders, they last longer and are faster.

The light deck measures 48cm by 10cm  (19" by 4") so is on the larger sized compared to the junior replica.

The scooter is for beginners and for riders who like their scooters amazingly light.

 

Stunt Scooter Or A Scooter For Cruising?

Many kids this age ask for a trick / stunt scooter. My son was one of them. Should 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? 

Ultimately the decision as to whether to get a stunt scooter 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 of 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 are more expensive as they require more heavy duty materials to construct. However, it also means they stand up to more abuse and last longer.

Will you need to carry the scooter a lot?

Stunt scooters are heavier than other scooters. 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 cruising.

Age range

Most stunt scooters are aimed at kids aged 8 plus. However, we bought a stunt scooter 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 handlebar height. The handlebar should come up to 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 that they have the scooter for the next few years, it's worth getting them a stunt scooter. They can use to cruise on at the moment but have the ability to do tricks when they wish. However, if you think you may buy another scooter within the next few years you could get them a cheaper or traditional kick scooter that you will replace with a stunt scooter when they are ready.

Electric Scooter


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

Electric scooters are super fun.

The Ripsar 24V featured reaches speeds of up to 10mph, and the battery lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes on one charge. The speed and battery life on an electric scooter varies depending on how heavy the rider is, the gradient and the terrain you're riding on. The battery lasts longer with a lighter rider on a smooth path than with a heavier rider going uphill.

The front wheel is an air-filled tyre, which is going to give a more cushioned ride than a urethane wheel.

Riders kick off to start the scooter's motor. When the motor kicks in there is twist-grip acceleration control. The scooter features a chain driven motor, so it makes a little noise when riding but not too much!

There are 3 height settings on the handlebar (85cm, 90cm and 95cm) which means this is going to grow with your child. The heavy-duty deck measures 51cm (l) x 18cm (w) which is plenty of foot space for kids of this age.

A handy kickstand means you don't have to lay the Ripstar down on the ground, keeping it clean and in the best condition.

Overall, this is a sturdy, robust electric scooter that has some excellent reviews over on amazon.

Flikr / Swing / Wiggle / Scissor Scooter

Another type of scooter which has gained popularity with kids from this age group over the last few years are Flikr scooters, otherwise known as swing, scissor or wiggle scooters. Riders move these scooters by placing their feet on the footplates and moving their hips from side to side (much like a skiing movement). They are primarily designed to have fun. They can be used for getting from a to b but they are also great for doing tricks such as spins and wheelies (if you have the right type of scissor scooter). Read more and find lots more options in this article on Flikr scooters.

Kidzmotion 3 Wheel Wriggler Swing Scooter

The Kidzmotion Wriggler is designed and sized for kids aged 5 to 9 plus, so is perfect for 7 year olds. The larger than standard 125mm PU wheels are outstanding for speed, fun and extreme smooth riding along the pavements.

The handlebar is height adjustable from 78cm to 87cm so you can find the best height for each rider. The maximum weight capacity is 85kg.

It can fold for ultimate convenience. Ideal for when you need to store or carry the scooter.

A cable front brake and twin rear brakes will aid kids to come to a safe stop.

These scooters are awesome, give kids a great workout and are brilliant for use on smooth flat ground such as pavements and paths.

Bikestar Kick Scooter with Air Tyres


The Bikestar is one of the few scooters which has air filled tyres and is aimed at the 7 and 8 year old age range (plus).

The advantage of the air filled tyres is kids can take their scooter on different types of terrain. It can be ridden over grass and gravely paths and even taken into woodland.  The tyres also offer superior traction over wet surfaces so no worries about slipping around in the rain. Another plus is air filled tyres make the scooter ride more comfortable. The tyres provide more cushioning against bumps and cracks in the road.

The handlebars can be adjusted from 76cm t0 90cm.  There is a front handbrake and a rear footbrake so kids can easily stop quickly. Other awesome features include a side stand and a skid proof footplate.