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.
In a hurry or just curious....
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.
✔️ 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 and the maximum height is 95 cm so can be adjusted to accommodate children of different sizes and it will grow with your child. It's very easy to adjust too. It has a maximum user weight of 100kg, so some adults may even be able to 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.
A quick, smooth, quiet and fast ride - Wheels which are made of high quality urethane and have ABEC bearings with a rating of 5 or more will generally offer a smoother and faster ride.
The standard size of wheels on a scooter are generally around 100mm and this is what you will find on many kick scooters. However, if the wheels are slightly larger (110mm or more) than the scooter will tend to offer a smoother ride. 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.
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.
Razor S Sports Scooter
The Razor S Sports scooter is another good option of scooter which is study, durable and offers a smooth ride 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.
If also features 98mm urethane wheels which offer a smooth ride and a
It has a fixed handlebar height of 83cm.
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.
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.
Stunt Scooter XV Pro Street Model
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. Therefore the materials stunt scooters are made of tend to be more expensive. On the plus side, they do tend to last longer, so an extra investment sometimes pays off in the long run.
The Grit Extremist stunt scooter is sure to be a great choice for any budding young scooter rider who wants to do tricks.
It's designed for kids and young riders from beginner to intermediate skill level, looking to develop their technique further
It features a 48.3cm long and 10cm wide deck which is a great size for smaller feet and a one piece 53cm wide and 51cm high bar. The total height of the scooter is 78cm.
It's lightweight at just 3.5kg but is designed to be super strong to withstand high impact jumps and tricks. Features include a 6061 heat treated alloy deck with diamond shaped down tube.
A lighter stunt scooter will make it easy for younger children to manoeuvfre and control. There is also a hi tensile steel threadless fork and alloy double clamp.
The 100mm 88A PU wheels are built to withstand the excessive force of landings with solid alloy cores.
MGP VX7 mini Pro Scooter
The MGP VX7 Mini Pro scooter is specially 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 6cm shorter than the full sized pro (43cm by 10cm) and the bars are proportioned for younger riders at 46cm width x 56cm 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 55cm in height and 44cm 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 Mini Flu Pr Scooter
The Grit mini Flux Pro is recommended for kids aged 4 to 8, so is perfect for smaller kids who really are serious about doing stunts and for adults where budger isn't a problem.
The Mini Flux Pro features 110mm 88A PU Wheels with ABEC 9 Bearings wheels. 110mm are unusual to see on a small kid's scooter. 110mm wheels are slightly bigger than the standard 100mm wheels but most pros and kids who are serious about the skate park many pro scooter riders prefer these sized wheels or bigger. The wheels also feature alloy cores are perfect to withstand the impact from a younger rider's tricks and stunts.
The handlebar is 46cm wide and 50cm high, so slightly smaller than on the other scooters featured.
The weight of the scooter is 3.3kg which is super lightweight for a stunt scooter and easier for younger children to control.
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.
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.
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.
Another type of scooter which has gained populartiy with kids from this age group over the last few years are flikr 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). Flikrs are designed to have fun, they can be used for getting from a to b but they are also used for doing tricks such as spins and wheelies (if you have the right type of Flikr). Read more and find lots more options in this article on Flikr scooters.
The Yvolution A3 Flikr Scooters
Yvolution are the original designers and makers of flikr scooters. The Yvolution A3 is the perfect entry level flikr scooter, designed and sized for kids aged 7 plus. The A3 flikr is solid and durable. It's performance rated PU wheels ensure riders enjoy a smooth glide.
The A3 folds easily for storage or for transporting in the boot of a car. It has a quick response hand brake on the front handlebar so you can be assured kids can easily slow down and stop quickly.
The footplates are anti slip for extra peace of mind. These scooters are awesome fun, give kids a great workout and ideal for use on smooth flat ground such as pavements and paths.