What Are the Best Scooters for Teens?

The best scooter for a teenage girl or boy will very much depend on what they want to use it for. If they want to use their scooter to do jumps, stunts and tricks at a skate park, then it's important to get a stunt scooter which are designed to withstand the impact.

Other teens may just want something cool to get the from a to b (perhaps to school) and then you can consider a traditional kick scooter or an electric scooter if speed is their aim.

This article has tons of information to help you choose the best scooter for a teenager depending on their wants and needs.

Razor A6 Kick Scooter

The Razor A6 scooter has everything a teen will need to get him or her from a to b quickly. The urethane 254mm big wheels take you faster, further and it's easily foldable for taking on public transport or storing under a desk.

Height adjustable handlebar - the height adjustable handlebar will suit teens of all different heights. It adjusts all the way up to 106.7 cm so if your teen has a massive growth spurt this scooter will accomodate the tallest teens.

Wheels - if your teen is planning to travel long distances, the 254mm wheels will get him there quickly and in no time at all. Bigger wheels mean the scooter will take you further in a shorter amount of time.

Foldable - the scooter is foldable and the folding mechanism doesn't rattle.

Weight - the scooter weighs 5kg. It isn't the lightest of scooters due to the weight of the extra large wheels. However, at 5kg most teens will have no trouble folding it and taking it on and off public transport or putting it into storage when they need to.

Other features - there is a kickstand and rear fender brake for quick stopping.

Verdict - A great scooter from a well known brand which will suit teens who want to go places on their kick scooter.

✔️ Big Wheels vs Small Wheels on Kick Scooters  - The wheels sizes on scooters vary from 98mm up to around 254mm. Bigger wheels (around 200mm and higher) are popular on commuter scooters as they get you from a to b quicker. Bigger wheels will wear out less quickly as they have more urethane. However, some people prefer smaller wheels as they add less weight to a scooter so they scooter will be lighter to carry when needed. Scooters with smaller wheels also fold down more compactly. They tend to be less expensive as well.

JD Bug Scooter

The JDBug MS 150 has mid sized 150mm wheels, which means fast and easy transport but still keeps the weight limit low enough to carry the scooter for longer distances if needed.  Great for scooting round campus or to and from school and friend's houses.

Wheels - the 85a PU 150mm wheels offer a fast but smooth ride. 150mm wheels won't roll as quick as a scooter with 200mm wheels but they keep the weight of the scooter low while still being speedier than standard 100mm wheels. The ABEC 9 rated bearings provide a fast and smooth roll along footpaths.

Footplate - the footplate measures 51cm long by 10cm wide.

Foldable - The scooter is easily foldable so perfect for storing at school / home, putting in the boot of the car and taking on public transport.

Folded dimensions - it folds down to a compact 69cm (L), 10cm(W), 20cm (H). This can be useful if it need to be kept in a locker or small space under a desk.

Weight - the scooter weighs 3.3kg which makes it easy to carry onto a bus or train if needed.

It comes in lots of different colours.

Verdict - this is a great option of a kick scooter for teens particularly if it's used for short commutes to and from school and the like. It will offer a speedy ride while still being light enough to carry when needed and it will fold down compactly if it needs to be stored in a small space.

✔️ Kick Scooter Vs Stunt Scooter - Kick scooters are designed to get you from a to b whereas stunt scooters are primarily designed for doing jumps and tricks at the skate park. Therefore a stunt scooter has to be stronger but still as lightweight as possible to withstand the extra impact needed. This means a stunt scooter will often be more expensive than a kick scooter. Kick scooters tend to be lighter, foldable and have height adjustable handlebars. You won't see folding mechanisms and height adjustable bars on a stunt scooters as these would be weak points when doing tricks. Stunt scooters will always have a one piece handlebar.

✔️ Handlebar height and width (stunt scooters) - the handlebar on a stunt scooter generally comes up to around hip to waist height. However, some teens may have a preference to whether they like taller or shorter bars. But generally you don't want bars that come up over your waist or really low to your thighs. Beginners will probably feel more comfortable with bars about waist height but as they get more skilled with their scooter, they may develop a preference for a lower bar. The width of the bars should be about the same as the width of your shoulders.

When choosing a stunt scooter, it's best to look at the height of your teen rather than their age. If they are very tall, it may be better to go for a scooter with taller bars. Bars generally range from 58cm in height to 68cm, with 58cm being good for older kids and younger teens (10 to 14) and bars from 68cm plus being good for taller teens and adults.

Beginner Stunt Scooter for Teens​ - MGP VX7 Team

If you're looking for a quality beginner stunt scooter for a teenager the Madd Gear MGP VX7 Team stunt scooter. With it's bars at 24 inches in height,  the Madd Gear MGP VX8 scooter is a good size for most teenagers. It's the 2017 version of the scooter. As it's a couple of years old, you can pick it up at a much cheaper price than the MGP Team VX9 scooter (for 2019 ).

It's features include:

Wheels - 110mm wheels - really when buying for a teen you want 110mm wheels rather than 100mm wheels. 110mm wheels are faster, last longer because they have more urethane, look good and mean a taller scooter.

Bars - 24" in height by 20"in width - a good size for most younger teenagers.

Weighs - 3.9kg - fairly lightweight. Lightweight stunt scooters are better for doing tricks as they are easier to control. It's heavier than the 2019 MGP version but you will save some money buying the VX7 rather than the VX9.

Strong and durable with a threadless fork, alloy core wheels with a neochrome finish and full printed grip tape.

Verdict - it's a solid, durable and cool scooter, which will be perfect for trips to the skate park

If you're not sure what any of this means, check out the brief guide to important features on a stunt scooter below or read more in depth detail in our stunt scooter buying guide.

Verdict - the Madd Gear MGP VX8 stunt scooter isn't cheap, but if he or she wants a durable and strong scooter to take the skate park, it's difficult to go wrong.

Addict Defender

The Addict Defender is currently at an excellent price point for what is essentially a high quality intermediate / pro level scooter.

It comes in 3 different colour ranges, red and black, blue and black and gum and black.

It’s a nice size for teenagers, bigger than some of other stunt scooters which are generally aimed for kids 8 plus.  The Chromoly bars are lightweight and measure 66cm tall by 58cm across. The scooter is 91cm tall.

550 mm long and 125mm wide deck – It features a really strong aluminium heat treated deck measuring 55cm by 12.5cm, so it’s bigger than other stunt scooter decks which will a growing teenager.

The scooter also features 7 spoke 110mm wheel, HIC compression and a 2 bolt clamp.

The scooter weighs 4.1kg so isn’t the lightest around but it is still very lightweight and perfect for a beginner / intermediate teen rider.

✔️ Wheels on Stunt Scooters - You will see 100mm, 110mm and 125mm wheels on stunt scooters for teenagers. The bigger the wheel, generally the more expensive the scooter. 110mm wheels tend to be the best choice for the beginner and intermediate teen. They go slightly faster than 100mm wheel, last a bit longer (more urethane) and look better. But a cheaper scooter with 100mm wheels may be fine for a younger teen and 125mm wheels a top choice for an advanced rider. Always go for wheels with a metal rather than a plastic core. Metal cores can withstand the impact from jumps and tricks whereas plastic cores won't last as long. 

Blunt Prodigy S7 Complete Stunt Scooter

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This is an awesome option for teens who are serious about scooting at the skate park. It's light, durable and strong and features fast 120mm wheels.

Wheels - the 120mm wheels with ABEC 9 bearings are great for intermediate riders who want some extra speed for their tricks. The bigger wheels also means it's faster when getting from a to b along the streets as well. So it mixes well between the skate park and on the streets.

Handlebars - the bars measure 62cm (24.4 inches) in height and 54cm (21.25 inches) in width. The complete scooter height is 84cm (33 inches). Ideally handlebars should come up to around hip to just below waist height on stunt scooters, although riders have different preferences.

Deck - the deck is 49.5cm (19 inches) by 12cm (4.7 inches).

The scooter also features IHC compression and an integrated headset.

Weight of scooter - scooter weighs 3.8kg.

Verdict - this is a excellent, high quality, stunt scooter which teens will love to stand out at the skate park. Also great for cruising along the streets.

Crisp Evolution Scooter

The Crisp Evolution has tall bars, 120mm wheels and a wide deck but it's still super lightweight at just 3.4kg.

Wheels - the 120mm wheels are super high rebound with ABEC bearings.

Bars - the bars measure 610mm by 670mm so are a bit taller than other scooters featured on this page, a good size for a taller teen.

Deck - the concave triple channel deck is wider than standared measuring 121.9 mm by 521mm (4.8" x 20.5")for more foot space.

It also features a SSL spring brake, crisp forged alloy fork, integrated / threadless sealed headset with nylon HIC shim and HD double clamp.

Grit Invader

The Invader stunt scooter is designed for intermediate and advanced riders so if your teen has been at the skate parks for a while this is a good choice.

It is on the more expensive side but with scooters like everything else generally scooters at the higher end means better components. And this scooter doesn't disappoint. It's strong and durable but also lightweight at 3.6kg which makes it easier to manoeuvre for tricks.

The wheels are alloy cast core 110mm 88A PU wheels with ABEC 9 bearings fitted as standard. Metal core wheels such as these ones are a must for kids who are serious about their sttunt scooters.

Bars are 68cm high by 61cm wide, so it's a good choice for taller teenagers.

It's 4.8 inch alloy deck is fairly wide. Great for maximum room when grinding. ​
Other top features include HIC compression, oversized tapered Y handlebars and integrated and grind rails,

✔️ What level of use?  Whether you buying for a  beginner, intermediate or pro will affect how much you spend. A beginner will want something they can just get started on, you can upgrade parts such as wheels if they pursue the hobby.

Ten Eighty Judge Stunt Scooter

1080 Judge is a British make of scooter. This scooter has a really cool design and the looks will be what sells it to many

Handlebar - The one piece handlebars  are 51cm (20") wide and 87cm (34") high bars.  They are 'Y' style bars for extra stiffness and strength. Many teens will prefer this style of bars too.

Wheels - the wheels are 110mm, perfect size for beginners and intermediate riders. They have alloy cores which will withstand the impact of landings from jumps and feature durable PU 88a tyres.

Weight - at 5kg it is on the heavy side for a scooter. Lighter scooters are easier to control when doing tricks and stunts, so if your teen is serious about using it at the skate park it may be worth looking for a lighter model.

Other features include sealed bearing headset and 1080 pro flex brake.

Verdict - this scooter looks awesome. It's 110mm alloy core wheels are good for crusing and doing tricks. However it is on the heavy side which might be a black mark for some.

✔️ What about an electric scooter for a teen?  Electric scooters are fun and will enable teens to get use them without breaking out a sweat which is good if you need to be somewhere and looking good! The downside is that at the time of writing it's not currently legal to ride them in the pavement in the UK. However, due to the fact that electric scooters are an eco friendly way of travel an overhaul of travel laws may mean that it may soon be legal to allowed on British roads.

Electric scooters for teens

The E300 razor electric / motorized scooter is the speediest scooter that razor make, meaning it's a good choice for teenagers. The top speed is 15 mph.

It has 40 minutes of continuous use on one battery charge.

The wide front and rear pneumatic tyres also make it a speedy, comfortable and smooth ride.

The scooter features twist grip acceleration control, a hand operated rear brake and a retractable kickstand.

The maximum rider weight is 100kg.

✔️ Pneumatic Tyres - some scooters have pneumatic (air filled) tyres. The advantage of these is that they will offer a very comfortable ride over bumps and cracks in the pavement or path. They are particularly good if you have to go over rougher surfaces such as cobbles on your journeys. They also offer more grip when it's wet. The disadvantage of airfilled tyres is that they will require some maintenance to ensure they are pumped up to the correct pressure (like you would have to do on a bicycle) and you might have to deal with punctures. They also tend to add some weight to the scooter so will be heavier to carry when needed.

Razor A5 Air Commuter Scooter​

Razor are a well known brand of scooter and this is their A5 commuter scooter which has air filled / pneumatic tyres as opposed to the urethane / PU wheels that you find on many scooters.  The tyres gives a smooth ride over bumps and cracks in the pavement much like a bicycle would. The scooter itself has been designed for students on campus or urbane coummutes and is recommended for kids from aged 8 all the way up to adult. So it would be perfect for the teenage crowd.

Wheels- the 200mm pneumatic wheels are tough enough to withstand the roughest urban terrain (great of cracks, bumps, cobbles etc).

Handlebars - the handlebars are anti rattle to add to the comfortable scooter ride. The handlebars are also height adjustable.  The handlebars feature soft rubber grips for enhanced comfort, grasp and control.

Foldable - thes cooter features a super strong easy fold t-tube.

Deck - the deck measures 35cm (13.4 inches) and it supports riders up to 100kg.

Weight of scooter - the scooter weighs approximately 5.6kg

Verdict - this is a great scooter for teens whether it's for the school run, using around college, running errands and getting to friend's houses.  The pneumatic tyres are shock absorbing so offer a comfortable and smooth ride even of rougher urban surfaces.

✔️ Handlebar on a Kick scooter - When looking for a kick scooter for a teenager, consider that the handlebars should really come up to waist height for a comfortable ride.  A foldable handlebar is fab for easy storage and for carrying and taking onto public transport.

Hudora Big Wheel RX-Pro 205

The Hudora Big wheel scooter is a great sturdy kick scooter which is suitable for older children, teens and adults. It's big wheels mean that it can pick up some speed when travelling to friend's houses or school. It also has an adustable handlebar height from 79 to 104 cm so will be fine for growing teens.

Wheels - the 87a 205mm PU wheels are durable offer speed and comfort when scooting along paths and pavements. The bigger the wheel the faster you can go and big wheels also offer a smooth ride even if you go over bumps in the pavement so the wheels are a good size for gettting places.

Adjustable handlebar - the handlebar adjusts from 79cm to 104cm so it can suit kids from about age 8, through the teenage yeas and even adults.

Maximum rider weight- The maximum weight for a rider is 100kg.

Foldable - features a pratical folding mechanism.

Other notable features - has a carry strap so it can be easily carried onto public transport or wherever you need. It also has a kick stand for upright storage.

✔️ Off road or dirt scooters - are great fun, teens will love them. They are great for going on dirt tracks, bmx trails, on the grass and other off road terrain. Dirt scooters tend to have bigger wheels with pnuematic tyres as they offer a smoother ride on rougher terrain.There is no reason why you couldn't ride an off road scooter on the pavement and use it on other terrains at other times.Check out the dirt scooter guide for more information on what to look for in a dirt scooter.

Osprey All Terrain Off Road Dirt Scooter

Like stunt scooters, dirt scooter have to be strong and durable.

The Osprey scooter features tough pnuematic rubber all terrain tyres and supported on aluminium core wheels so they can withstand the impact on different terrains.

The strong aluminum deck is designed to withstand the punishment of stones and the like hitting it.

And the stainless steel rear brake offers durable and reliable stopping power in road conditions.

✔️ How Much To Spend? - scooters vary wildly in price so it can be difficult to know how much exactly to spend and what you are getting for your money. The level of use may dictact how much you spend on a scooter for a teen. If they are likely to be using it everyday it makes sense to spend as much as you can afford to make sure that the scooter is durable and lasts. Brand name scooters like Razor and Micro often make good choices as they are built to last and Micro scooters in particular can be easily repaired and have parts replaced. If they are only using a scooter occasionally it makes sense to go with a less expensive scooter.

Iscoot Ultimate X50 Scooter

Wheels - the PU wheels are 200mm. The bigger the wheel the quicker the ride so these wheels  big enough to get teens where they want to get to quickly.

Built in Suspension - the iscoot also includes built in front and rear suspension. Suspension offers a more comfortable ride and is normally only seen on higher end scooters.

Foldable - the scooter has a one button folding system.

Maximum rider weight - the scooter can accommodate riders up to 12okg (18.9 stone).

Handlebar height - the handlebar can be adjusted to three different heights (89cm, 97cm and 105cm)

Folded dimensions - It folds down to 83cm x 13.5cm x 32cm

Deck size - the deck is 46.5cm by 13.5cm

Other cool features - this scooter has lots of useful extras which includes a carry strap for easy carrying, a mud / rain guard to stop splash from the wheel hitting your trousers as you scoot and it comes in different colours too.


Micro Flex Deluxe Scooter

If you're looking for a top of the range commuter scooter for your teen, it's difficult to beat the comfort and quality of the ride of the Micro suspension scooter featured. Micro scooters are well known for their superior engineering, quality and design. Their scooters are built to last and could last your teenager for years to come.

Wheels - the PU 200mm wheels area great size for getting from a to b. Get around faster and will less effort with the big wheels

Built in Suspension - the iscoot also includes built in front and rear suspension. Suspension offers a more comfortable ride and is normally only seen on higher end scooters.

Foldable - it has an easy folding mechanism

Build to last - as with all micro scooters each key part of the scooter is replacable or repariable keeping the scooter out of the landfill and in working order for a lifetime.

Maximum rider weight - the scooter can accommodate riders up to 10okg.

Handlebar height - the handlebar are adjustable from 72cm to 103cm. The handle grips are durable and provide unbeatable control and incredible comfort.

Folded dimensions - It folds down to 74cm x 12.5cm x 30cm

Deck  - the deck is designed to be ultra flexible (being made of flexible fibrewood and glass) so it helps absorb the shocks and vibrations from the road adding to smooth and comfortable ride. The footplate measures 41cm by 127cm.

Other cool features - this scooter has lots of useful extras which includes a carry strap for easy carrying, a mud / rain guard to stop splash from the wheel hitting your trousers as you scoot and it comes in different colours too.


Self Balancing Scooter

Another type of scooter with a high fun factor which will appeal to many teens is a self balancing scooter. Also known as a hoverboard (although they don't actually hover in any way!).

Everthing is controlled with your feet, legs and torso rather than handlebars.

The one featured goes up to 10 to 15 km/h. It also comes with built in bluetooth speakers and it also has a carry bag. The carry bag is useful if you need to carry it when going uphill.

​These types of scooters don't do well climbing up steep hills, so the weight can influence which one you get. The scooter featured weighs 10 kg.

It provides up to 6 hours ride time is provided with a 2 hour charge. ​Check out the self balancing scooter guide for more information on what to look for when purchasing the best model.

More Advice on Scooters for Teens

There are  a few other points worth considering when buying a scooter for a teen.

1.) Coolness factor - let's be honest, most teenagers want to look and feel cool. A scooter that isn't cool is likely to stay in storage at home. There may be brands of scooters that they would prefer. If in doubt, just ask them. Or if it's a surprise, ask their friends.

2.)Safety - consider helmets, knee and elbow pads.

3.) Ramps - they may appreciate a small ramp to practice tricks and jumps at home. A perfect compliment to a stunt scooter.