The Best Scooters for 9 and 10 Year Olds
So you're looking for a best kid's scooter for a 9 or 10 year old? It can be confusing to pick the perfect one when there are so many different types to choose from. A stunt scooter, kick scooter, electric or an off road scooter? What about 2 or 3 wheel scooter for an older child?
Looking at scooter descriptions can add to the confusion. What are PU wheels? Do I need a fixed handebar or adjustable one? Why can't I get a stunt scooter with a folding mechanism?
If you have questions like these and more, worry no longer. Read on for our ultimate guide to help you decide which is best scooter for a 9 or 10 year old.
In a hurry or just curious....
The Best Scooter In Each Category
|Category||Type of Scooter||Plus Points|
|Best Kick Scooter||JD Bug Street Scooter||Smooth ride
Lightweight, height adjustable & foldable
|Best Stunt Scooter||Slamm Urban VII||Excellent price point
for high end features.
Good size for age
Durable alloy cast wheels.
|Best 3 Wheel Scooter||Maxi MIcro||Robust and durable
Designed to last
Height adjustable handlebar
|Best Off Road||Osprey Scooter||200mm pneumatic tyres
with aluminum cores.
Wheels have great grip
on uneven, rugged terrain.
Razor S Scooter
|Razor - well known brand in US
Lightweight & foldable
Strong and durable
Which Type of Scooter?
The first question you will need to answer when choosing the best scooter is the which type of scooter your child needs. Here is a rundown of your options.
Kick Scooters are used for cruising along paths and pavements and getting kids from a to b. They're great for the school run and park. Kick scooters are often foldable with adjustable handlebars. They aren't ideal for doing stunts on as they aren't designed to withstand the impact of stunts and tricks but they do tend to be cheaper than stunt scooters. If your child is interested in doing stunts, go for stunt scooter.
Stunt Scooter - are made of strong but lightweight materials so they are sturdy enough to withstand the impact of tricks but light enough to do them. Stunt scooters can also be used like a kick scooter to get from a to b. If your child is interested in doing any kinds of tricks at all, go for a stunt scooter. You won't find adjustable handlebars or folding mechanisms on stunt scooters as these become weak points and are more likely to come under stress from jumps and stunts.
Three Wheel Scooters - most 9 and 10 year olds are very confident on 2 wheel scooters but some prefer 3 wheels. There are many cool 3 wheel scooters for older kids including the maxi micro and the iscoot. 3 wheels scooters are also great for kids who have dyspraxia and physical disabilities.
Off Road Scooters - are scooters with pneumatic tyres which are designed to be used on uneven terrains such as in woodland and on bmx trails. Some kids also like to use offroad scooters to do stunts and tricks, much like the ones you see kids doing on a bmx.
Scooter Features Explained
Handlebar - on kick scooters height adjustable handlebars are great to grow with your child. Ideally a handlebar should come up to around waist height on a child, this makes it more comfortable to ride. However stunt scooters never have adjustable handlebars, they are always fixed. A fixed handlebar is important on a stunt scooter as they are stronger to withstand the impact of jumps and tricks. Often a stunt scooter's handlbar will sit a little lower than on a kick scooter (between waist and hip height).
Wheels - most kick and stunt scooters have PU wheels which offer a smooth ride. Standard kick scooters have 100mm wheels which is the perfect size for 9 or 10 year olds to scoot along.The best stunt scooters have alloy wheel cores rather than plastic cores making them stronger to withstand the impact of tricks.
Foldable - folding mechanisms are popular on kick scooters and are great for transporting and storing scooters.
Stunt scooters never have folding mechanisms as they create a weak point which is more likely to break when doing stunts.
The Best Kick Scooters for Ages 9 and 10
Check out some great options of kick scooters below.
Top Choice - JD Bug Original Street Scooter
The JD Bug Street Scooters are one of the most popular brands of scooter at the moment in the UK.
They are robust and hardwearing and have lots of features. This one is great for the school run and for scooting along the streets in general. Its not designed for stunts though, so bear this in mind.
The 100m wheels are hardwearing with ABEC 5 bearings and a durometer of 86A (the measurement 86A refers to the hardness rating of the wheel. 86A is quite a hardwearing wheel but still soft enough to give a smooth ride - softer wheels tend to absorb the shocks from the pavement better).
Check out the scooter buying guide for kids to find more out what it all this means.
The scooter come in different colours and you can fold them. As it's foldable it's not recommended for tricks and stunts but to cruise along the street as the name suggests.
It has an adjustable handlebar measuring 630mm to 950mm. This will suit pretty much all 9 and 10 year olds regardless of their height and will give them growing room too.
There are reviews of older teenagers using this scooter so it should last a few years.
The scooter is actually recommended for kids from 7 years to adult and has a weight capacity of 100kg. So most adults will be able to have a go as well.
It weighs about 2.8kg so is fairly lightweight for a scooter for older kids. It also features a built In black shoulder strap so is designed to be easy to carry when not in use.
Razor Sports S Scooter
Strong but lightweight
This scooter features a robust steel t tube and aluminium deck which is designed to withstand frequent use, and be durable so that it lasts. It weighs 2.76kg, so makes it easy to carry when needed.
It's foldable so is great for storing and carrying.
The wheels are urethane and have smooth rolling bearings.
There is also a rear fender break to help with safety and control.
The handlebars are fixed and aren't height adjustable so this may factor in your decision whether to buy. From the floor to the top of the handlebars, the handlebar measures 82.5cm.
This can be used for kids and adults. The maximum weight limit is 100kg so there's nothing to stop older siblings, teens and adults have a go as well.
They come in cool bright colours including pink and green and it's reasonably priced too.
The Micro scooters brand are a known for their excellent quality, well designed and built to last scooters. The Micro sprite is no exception. It's a two wheel scooter aimed at older children between the ages of 5 to 12. Here are some of it's main features.
Lightweight, strong and smooth ride
This scooter has been designed lightweight as possible while retaining extra features such as a kickstand and all the strength and durability required when being handled by children. It weighs 3.28kg (not as light as the jdbug but the sprite does have the kickstand so it can stand upright on it's own which will be one thing adding some extra weight)
Foldable and height adjustable
The sprite can be folded quickly and easily. The handlbar is also height adjustable from 63cm to 92cm
The wheels of the Micro Sprite scooter are made from 87o ShoreA polyurethane which means the wheels are extremely solid. The higher the number the more resistance the wheels have to indentation and wear. But they are still soft enough to give a smooth ride. The micro sprite scooter wheels use ABEC 5 bearings, measures 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear.
The Best Stunt Scooters
Age - 9 or 10 is a great age to get the first stunt scooter as most stunt scooter are designed with kids aged 8 plus in mind so, you don't have to worry about the stunt scooter being too big for them.
Strong - They tend to be heavier scooters with reinforced parts to withstand the impact from tricks and jumps.
Cost- Because they are made of heavy duty materials they tend to be more expensive than a traditional scooter.
Longevity and Use - Stunt scooters are likely to last a lot longer, potentially for years if you buy the right scooter. You can use stunt scooter for cruising the streets as well as doing tricks but you can't use traditional scooters for doing tricks as they are not designed to withstand this kind of punishment.
There are tons to great stunt scooters out there that are perfect for 9 and 10 year olds who are beginners to an intermediate level on a scooter. Some of the names to look for include Razor, Grit, Madd Gear and Slamm.
Grit Flux Pro
If you're looking for a stunt scooter for a 9 year old child and want to get something really good, the Grit Flux is just that. Don't worry, if you want something a little less grand, there are tons more options below. But this is a good option for 9 and 10 year olds that are serious about a stunt scooter. Its great both for beginners and intermediate riders.
It comes with features you will often see on much more expensive scooters. including 110mm alloy core wheels.
It is designed to last the abuse that kids will put it through when attempting tricks and learning new stunts at the skate park.
It features wheels with a 100mm x 24mm 88A PU alloy core wheels with ABEC9 bearings. Alloy core wheels are a good choice for kids who are serious about doing jumps and tricks at the skatepark as they will withstand the impact needed from these kinds of moves. The wheels are strong and fantastic for doing tricks.
Strong and easy to control
The scooter has been designed to be as lightweight (3.5kg) as possible but extrememly strong. Lighter stunt scooters are obviously easier for kids to control when doing stunts and tricks.
Deck and Fork
The deck is made of 6061 heat treated alloy. It measures 102mm (4") wide x 483mm (19") long. The scooter also has a hi tensile steel HIC fork and alloy double clamp.
The bars measure 21.6" inches / 55cm. The scooter is designed at kids age 8 and above. Ideally bars should sit around the bottom to the middle of a child's hips.
If you're not sure what the specifications mean check out the stunt scooters buying guide.
Two Bare Feet - Budget Stunt Scooter
Stunt scooters can be expensive as they need to have high quailty materials to last and stand the abuse riders put on them.
However, perhaps the child you are buying for just wants to try out a few tricks and it may be a something they only do for a little while before moving onto a new hobby. If so, the two bare feet budget scooter is a choice worth considering.
Wheels - the scooter features 1100mm 88A high rebound PU wheels. They downside with the wheels is that they do have plastic cores which aren't the best for withstanding the impact of lots of tricks at the skatepark. If your child is serious about doing tricks, it's best to look for scooters with alloy core wheels. There are some scooters like the Fuzion X-3 and the Razor Beast (featured below) which do have composite or metalized wheels which are obviously better than plastic but not quite as good as the alloy core wheels on higher end stunt scooters.
It has some fantastic features including a heavy duty quad clamp and a strong deck.
The handlebar height from the ground to the top is 31 inches (approx 79cm).
Verdict - This is a great budget scooter to buy when you don't want to fork out lots of money on a hobby that may only last a short while. It's probably best for the child who wants to scoot from a to b and just have a go at doing the odd trick or two.
The Fuzion X-3 is currently a best selling stunt scooter over on amazon. It has some good feature and probably a good choice for kids who will do a few stunts on it and use it for scooting around as well. It's a good entry level scooter for kids who just want to try a few tricks out.
Wheels - the metalised abs core PU wheels are 100mm, which are better than plastic core wheels. However, if they are going to use the scooter a lot at the skatepark, the grit flux (above) or slamm urban VII below are probably better choices as they have alloy core wheels, so will withstand more hardcore use on the skatepark.
Other features - it has a threadless headset which is normally see on higher end pro stunt scooters and a IHC compression system. There is a nylon / steel custom flex brake and soft pro handbrakes. If you want to the 100mm wheels can be swapped for 110mm wheels which are often preferred by some stunt scooter rider.
The Razor beast is another entry level stunt scooter . Razor is a well known brand name that is particularly popular in the US but also in the UK as well.
It features fixed pro style riser handlebars with a height of 21.5” (54cm) and a width of 17.75” (45cm). The handlebar on stunt scooters tends to come to just between hip and waist height, although many riders like the handlebars to come up to just below their waist as this can be easier to control when doing stunts.
It has metalised core 14-spoke 98mm urethane wheels. The metalised cores are not as good as alloy core wheels that you find on more expensive scooters but better than plastic cores. For a beginner stunt scooter the metalised cores should be fine.
It also has a rather cool pro-style deck, with full deck grip tape and featuring stylised a beast logo.
The scooter weighs 3.1kg so it's quite lightweight for a beginner scooter rider
It also features a triple stacked clamp for optimum clamping performance.
Top Choice - Slam Urban VII
An excellent choice for the entry level / intermediate stunt scooter rider. It's a scooter which features some really high end specs and is great for developing trick and stunt skills.
The handlebar height is 22.4" tall & 20.5" wide. The handlebar height from the floor to the top of the handlebars is 30.5" (75.5cm). It's deck is 4.5 inches wide and 18.8" long.
It features 110cm 88a PU cast alloy core wheels, which are durable and will withstand all the punishment a 9 or 10 year old rider will through at it.
The great thing about this scooter is that as it's slightly larger than the other scooters feautres it should last for years to come, until they are a teenager. You can always replace wheels and other parts if needed.
Dirt scooters are designed for rougher ground, off road. They are great for scooting over grass, gravel or on dirt tracks. Many kids like to try them out on bmx trails. They can also be used for off road tricks, stunt runs and manoeuvres. They are also strong and made of heavy duty parts to withstand the impact of different terrain. The wheels are also bigger for the same reason. Perfect for introducing 9 and 10 year olds to an action sport and getting them out experiencing different environments.
The Osprey offroad dirt scooter is a solid and well constructed scooter designed to take the punishment on rougher terrain.
It has chrome handle bars with large rubber grips for superior traction and a hardy aluminium deck.
It has 200 x 50mm front and rear, pneumatic rubber tyres, supported on hardy aluminium core wheels (3 piece hubs) which offer great grip on all surfaces and will allow you to perform high impact manoevres.
The stainless steel rear brake gives extra stopping power - even on dirt!
The scooter has been well tested and is at an excellent price point too.
If you're interested in a dirt scooter, consider checking out our dirt scooter buying guide.
Three Wheel Scooters
3 wheel scooter are becoming increasingly popular with older children. The Maxi Micro and iScoot Pro are both excellent 3 wheel scooters for both 9 and 10 year olds.
There are some great 3 wheel scooter available for 9 and 10 year olds at the moment. The top of the range choice is the maxi micro deluxe scooter.
Age and Height Recommendation
It is recommended for kids between ages 5 and 12 or who are between 110 and 152cm tall. The maximum weight limit is 11stones 1lb or 70kg.
It has an adjustable handlebar with a height range of 67cm to 92cm. The handlebar stem is anodised aluminium to prevent corrostion. It is also foldable
Super smooth ride
The scooter has high quality PU wheels and bearings which offer a super smooth ride. No worries about a rattling scooter here.
Easy to carry and store
It's super lightweight at just 2.5kg. This makes the scooter easy to carry when needed and as it can be folded down it's easy to store too.Read a full review of the maxi micro scooter (with classic and deluxe versions included).
iScoot Pro is another great 3 wheeler perfect the older child.
Handlebar: the handlebars have 3 adjustable heights between 69cm and 94cm.
Wheels - is has 120mm PU wheels for an easy and smooth cruise.
The scooter can be folded for easy storage and transport.
It weighs just 2.4kg so is easy to carry too.
Also check out some more 3 wheel scooters for older children.
Electric scooters are fun and offer some super speed for kids.
Razor electric scooters are a popular brand in the UK.
The E100 is a good choice for 9 and 10 year olds.
It can reach speeds of up to 10mph. A kick start is requried to get the motor started.
The brake is hand operated at the front and there's twist-grip acceleration control.
The scooter provides up to 40 minutes continuous use on one battery charge.
Other Considerations When Choosing a Scooter
Coolness factor - at this age kids may be concerned that they need to have a scooter that looks cool. So its worth checking in with them about the kinds of styles they like and prefer. Plus reading reviews from other purchasers to see if their kids liked the scooters. Stunt scooters are probably considered to be cooler at this age and they can be used for cruising too so this may effect your decision.
Sturdy - my almost 10 year old primarily uses his scooter for getting for a to b. However he naturally tries little jumps on his scooter so he definitely needs something robust to withstand the abuse he gives it.
An older child might be covering longer distances on their scooter when crusing so they may benefit from a scooter with larger wheels. Scooters with larger wheels are great for going quickly and covering longer distances. So, are worth considering if the commute to school is a longer distance or they may be travelling further distances as they get older (perhaps to high school).
More Types of Scooter
The space scooters deck is curved and the back is much higher than the deck at the front. To use it hop on the deci, then shift your weight between your feet to get going. Essentially you have to pump the platform up and down. However, the space scooter can also be used like a traditional kick scooter, giving two scooter experiences in one.
A scooter that has become more popular in recent years is the scissor scooter. This type of scooter has two footplates, one for each foot so you don't propel the scooter with a foot like you do with a traditional push scooter. Instead, you either move your legs in and out, move from side to side or wiggle your hips to move the scooter.
These scooters are fun and they are great for building leg muscle and improving co-ordination. I'm not sure they will replace the traditional kick scooter but are perfect for taking down the park for some fun.