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....
Grit Fluxx Pro
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 Ten Eighty has some excellent features and and a really cool design with a cool hollowed out head tube and awesome ten eighty graphics. It's perfect for the beginner rider who wants to try out stunts, jumps and tricks at the skate park.
Wheels - the alloy core PU 88a wheels are 100mm, which will withstand all the impact on the ramps. The 88a durometer wheels are grippy for all those stunts and tricks.
Other features - the scooter durable yet lightweight alloy deck with a cool hollowed out headtube, stiff and strong "T" style bars.
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 E90 is a good choice for 9 and 10 year olds. It has a maximum weight limit of 54kg.
It can reach speeds of up to 10mph. A kick start is requried to get the motor started and there is a push button acceleration.
The brake is hand operated at the front and there's twist-grip acceleration control.
The scooter can provide up to 80 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.