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12 of the best scooters for kids

Scooters that blow bubbles or start out as a trike, deluxe scooters with flashing wheels, budget scooters for toddlers, even electric scooters: we’ve tested and selected the best

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Small – and big – kids love whizzing about on scooters. Trouble is, there are SO many different scooter makes – and so many models of each make – at so many different price points, it’s hard to know which one’s the right one for your child.

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We’ve put a whole stack of kids’ scooters – for children aged 12 months to 9 years – through their paces, getting our child testers to try them out and their parents to rate them for rideability, stability, adjustability, steering and ease of assembly. We made sure to include cheaper scooters with limited age ranges, as well as more expensive ones designed to last your child several years.

And we’ve found some really whizzy winners, in a range of designs and prices – even including an electric one (that doesn’t go too scarily fast). We’ve also compiled a list of things to consider when you’re buying a scooter, and (at the end of this article) some helpful learning-to-scoot and scooter-safety tips.

Best scooters for kids at a glance

  • Best scooter for gradually improving balance: Globber Go Up Foldable, £79.99
  • Best scooter for switching between scooter and trike: Smoby 2-in-2 Switch Scooter, £39.99
  • Best eco-conscious scooter: Mini Micro Eco Deluxe Scooter, £82.95
  • Best budget buy scooter: My First Folding Scooter Dinosaur, £19.99
  • Best scooter for great fun: Xootz Bubble Scooter, £39.99
  • Best scooter for space-saving storage: Yvolution Y Glider NUA, £99.99
  • Best scooter for bright colour choices: RGS-1 Little Kids 3 Wheel Kick Scooter, £44.99
  • Best scooter for stand-out light features: Q Play Future Scooter, £39.99
  • Best quality foldable scooter for older children: Maxi Micro Deluxe Foldable LED Scooter, £152.95
  • Best scooter for off-roading: Liferyder Infinity Scooter, £125
  • Best scooter for e-scooting: Zinc E4 Max Lithium Electric Scooter, £124.99
  • Best scooter for retro styling and heavier children: Cruiser Micro Scooter, £129.95

6 questions to ask before buying a scooter for your child:

  • How many wheels? Three or 4 wheels is the best choice for children under 5. Generally speaking, only over-5s will have the steering control and strength to kick the scooter up to a speed that will keep a 2-wheeled scooter stable and upright. Scooters with 2 wheels at the back are easiest for a young toddler to get the hang of but don’t encourage balancing because of the wider wheel base at the rear; a 3-wheeler with 1 wheel at the back develops balancing skills, especially if it also has lean-to-steer handlebars.
  • How heavy is it? Scooter weight is definitely a consideration if you’re likely to be regularly carrying the scooter home from school or the park, or stowing it in the car. Lighter scooters are also easier for children to pick up from the ground if they fall over or put it down for a rest.
  • Can it fold? You’ll need to store the scooter when it’s not being used, whether that’s at home, school or on the go. While scooters don’t take up as much space as a bike, scooters that fold are invaluable if you’re short of space, need to stow the scooter under a buggy or take it on public transport. And don’t forget to check how the scooter folds: most have simple, 1-click mechanisms your child can do without help but some larger scooters require adult input and even tools to fold.
  • How does it steer? Most 4 and 3-wheeled scooters are lean-to-steer – as the rider leans left or right, the scooter gently curves in the same direction and the handlebars provide balance rather than controlling the direction of scooting. This makes for easier, smoother and safer scooting for younger and less experienced riders. Two-wheeled scooters, which are aimed at older and more experienced riders, are turn-to-steer: moving the handlebar changes the direction of the front wheel, which gives more control and tighter turning.
  • How long will it last? Generally speaking, less expensive scooters have a more restricted age range – and that can be perfect if your child has siblings to pass the scooter on to or you think an older child will want a different look or style. If you’re thinking of a pricier scooter because it will last your child for years, look at the maximum child weight, as well as the recommended age range, and check out what height the handlebars can adjust to (see below).
  • Can you adjust the handlebar height? Many scooters feature height-adjustable stems that allow the handlebars to be set at the correct height for the rider for a safer and more comfortable ride. As a general rule, the handlebars should be set to match the rider’s waist height.

Wondering about the best kids bikes or best trikes? We’ve tested and rated those too!

Here’s our pick of the best kids’ scooters, as tested by children and rated by parents

1. Globber Go Up Foldable, £79.99

– Great for gradually improving balancing 

Age: 10 months to 3 years | Weight: 2.68kg | Max child weight: 50 kg (20kg in ride-on mode) | Handlebar height: 67.5cm to 77.5cm

What it is: A 3-wheeled lean-to-steer scooter that starts as a ride-on with parent handle, then transforms to a walking bike before becoming a scooter. Features a long rear brake, adjustable seat and handlebars, anti-slip footplate and steering lock. Comes in Pink, Blue and Mint (pictured). Also available with wheel lights.

Why we love it: This swish-looking ride-on/scooter combo is well-built and cleverly designed (with a push button mechanism for starting the switch between modes) and rides well. We particularly like the steering lock option, which you can click on in ride-on mode (where you’re steering with the parent handle) and then release once your child mastered balancing, so they can now learn to steer. In scooter mode, the metal handlebar stem can reach 3 heights and fold flat against the footplate, making it easy to transport or stow in a car boot.

Available at: Plum Play and Argos

2. Smoby 2 in 1 Switch Scooter, £39.99

– Great for switching between scooter and trike

Age: 18 months to 3 years | Weight: 2.8kg | Max child weight: 19kg | Handlebar height: 53cm to 63cm

What it is: A 3-wheeled toddler scooter that can start as a balance trike. Features 2-position height-adjustable handlebar stem, non-slip handles, and a large front wheel. Choose from Grey & Yellow (pictured) and Blue & Green. Some self-assembly required.

Why we love it: It’s sturdy, lovely to look at and the mechanism that turns it from trike to scooter is brilliant – just a few quick tool-free steps – and takes less than a minute. Rebecca, mum to our child tester Harry, 2, said, “It feels well-made and secure and I think it’s good value for money – it will grow well with your child and last a good few years.” If we’re being picky, we’d have liked handlebars to adjust to more than 2 height positions

Available at: John Lewis and Very

3. Mini Micro Eco Deluxe Scooter, £82.95

– Great for eco-conscious scooting

Age: 2 to 5 | Weight: 1.95kg | Max child weight: 35kg | Handlebar height: 49cm to 68cm

Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A lightweight, 3-wheeled lean-to-steer toddler/preschooler scooter, with an extra grippy foot deck made from recycled discarded fishing nets. Features all the features of the bestselling standard Mini Micro Deluxe model, including adjustable handlebars, rear brake and removable stem. Only available in Ocean Green.

Why we love it: It’s good to see a more sustainably built scooter and, since Micro Scooters are known for the quality of their (replaceable) parts (check out the anodised stem), this one should last your child a long time. Our child testers scooted about on it very happily, finding the ride very smooth – “He’s wanted to take it everywhere with him,” said Rebecca, mum of our child tester Odin, 3, “and he didn’t even want to come in the house when it was raining! He’s in love with it”. Rebecca and other other tester parents were impressed that, although it doesn’t fold, you can easily unclip the whole stem for quick storage and that, at just under 2kg, it’s very light. Pricey but whizzy and robust.

Available at: Micro Scooters, John Lewis and Jo Jo Maman Bebe

4. My First Folding Scooter Dinosaur, £19.99

– Great budget buy

Age: 2+ | Weight: 2.68kg | Max child weight: 20 kg | Handlebar height: 65cm (not adjustable)

What it is: A foldable, handlebar-steered toddler/preschooler trainer scooter that adjusts from 4 (PVC) wheels to 3 to 2. Features easy-grip handles and anti-slip footplate. Also available in a Unicorn design.

Why we love it: This is the new added-dinosaur version of this bestselling starter scooter and we still really like the wheel changes you can make as your child gains confidence balancing and steering. It’s great value but the footplate is quite narrow, the handlebars don’t adjust and it’s a little stiff when it folds. Sarah, mum of our 2-year-old child tester Finley, was blown away by this scooter’s price and adaptability. “The fact that you can change from 4 wheels to 3 or 2 wheels is excellent,” she said. “A scooter for less than £25 that will adapt to your child’s ability is amazing!”

Available at: Smyths Toys, Argos and The Entertainer

5. Xootz Bubble Scooter, £39.99

– Great for fun

Age: 3+ | Weight: 1kg | Max child weight: 20 kg | Handlebar height: 64cm to 70cm

What it is: A lightweight, 3-wheeled toddler/preschooler scooter with a rear-mounted bubble blower. Features adjustable handlebars, easy-grip handles and an anti-slip footplate. Comes in Blue & Green (pictured) or Pink & Blue. Requires bubble mixture (included – though any solution works) and 3 x AA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: The scooter itself is light and sturdy but, well, what could be more thrilling that trailing bubbles behind you as you scoot along? Our child tester Locke, 3, was beside himself with excitement when he saw the box. His mum Elizabeth said, “He was really excited and, once I’d put it together, he loved scooting around in the garden with his bubble ‘boosters’ on. I was impressed by the amount of bubbles created.”

Available at: Amazon

6. Yvolution Y Glider NUA, £99.99

– Great for space-saving storage

Age: 3 to 10 | Weight: 3kg | Max child weight: 50kg | Handlebar height: 49cm to 68cm

What it is: A foldable, 3-wheeler lean-to-steer preschooler-to-schoolchild scooter with light-up front wheels and a 3-position height adjustable handlebar. Features a wider-than-average rear wheel, brake and footplate. Comes with an accessory slot that allows the scooter to be wall hung once folded. Available in Red, Pink, Blue and Green.

Why we love it: Our child testers and their parents were super-impressed by this scooter’s sleek, curved frame and built-in safety features (including LED front wheels and sturdy wide footplate). Gemma, mum of one of our child testers, Alice, 7, was particularly impressed by the 1-click folding mechanism. “It’s so simple to use – and my daughter is able to fold and unfold the scooter with ease,” she said. Gemma also singled out the “game changer” hanging slot: “It’s perfect for saving space – no more tripping over abandoned scooters on the floor.”

Available at: Halfords, Amazon and Yvolution

7. RGS-1 Little Kids 3 Wheel Kick Scooter, £44.99

– Great for bright colour choices

Age: 3 to 6 | Weight: 2.3kg | Max child weight: 50 kg | Handlebar height: 48cm to 74cm

What it is: A foldable, turn-to-tilt, 3-wheeled preschooler-to-schoolchild scooter with adjustable handlebars, rear brake and multi-coloured LED spin and flash wheels. Available in Black, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink and Orange.

Why we love it: It’s great quality for the price – particularly as it folds flat for excellent portability and has flashing wheels and a rear brake. It also comes in great bright colours, and rides and steers smoothly. The push-button height adjustment is generous but fixed to 4 different heights, rather than being freely adjustable. Our child tester Mya, 4, said, “I love the wheels that have lights in them. I can go very fast down my hill!”

Available at: Amazon 

8. Q Play Future Scooter, £39.99

– Great for stand-out light features

Age: 3 to 8 | Weight: 2.7kg | Max child weight: 50kg | Handlebar height: up to 84cm

What it is: A lean-to-steer, foldable, preschooler to schoolchild 3-wheeler with aluminium adjustable stem, rubber handgrips, rear brake and light-up front wheels and deck. Comes in Black with Green trim. Requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: This lightweight scooter literally stands out from the rest thanks to its unique deck with strips along the outer edges that light up in 3 modes: glow, flash or quick flash. Coupled with the co-ordinating LED front wheels, there’s no chance this scooter won’t be seen in the dark – or the day, for that matter. Our child tester Charlie, 4, said, “My favourite thing is when the lights flash: they flash lots when I go really fast!” His mum Amanda thought it “very robust” and “smooth to ride”. We like the compact 1-click fold, the textured footplate and the very adjustable handlebar. A good value-for-money buy.

Available at: Smyths Toys

9. Maxi Micro Deluxe Foldable LED Scooter, £152.95

– Great quality foldable for older children

Age: 5 to 12 | Weight: 2.5kg | Max child weight: 50kg | Handlebar height: 67cm to 93cm
Awards: Gold, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 3-wheeled, lean-to-steer scooter for school-aged children. Features light-up wheels, rear brake, adjustable handlebars, extra-grippy silicone-moulded footplate and a 1-click fold. Available in Pink, Purple, Red and Blue.

Why we love it: It’s a super-high-quality, robust, nippy scooter with a nice wide footplate and snazzy white-light wheels. And the foldable mechanism is great – it folds down to a length just shy of 70cm, which one of our child testers said fitted in her suitcase! It’s expensive but should last your child till the first few years of secondary school. As Sarah, mum to child tester Gracie, 5, said, “This is a fantastic, durable scooter and the handlebars adjust so high, it has the potential to last for many years.”

Available at:  Micro Scooters , John Lewis and Amazon

10. Liferyder Infinity Scooter, £125

– Great for off-roading

Age: 5 to 15 | Weight: 5.5kg | Max child weight: 50kg | Handlebar height (measured from deck): 75cm to 85cm
Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 2-wheeled, lean-to-steer foldable scooter made in the UK from recyclable plastic composite material with 12″ off-road wheels and inflatable tyres made from recycled rubber. Features 3 handlebar height settings, a 13cm-wide foot deck and rear brake. Suitable for children between 110 and 160cm tall who weigh between 20 and 50kg. Available in more than 35 different graphic designs – which can be peeled off and replaced as your child’s tastes change

Why we love it: This sturdy scooter can handle all kinds of tough terrain, riding fast and smooth over cobblestones, grass and even wet sand thanks to large wheels and air-filled tyres. The price tag is high but this scooter has great longevity:  the height-adjustable handlebar and easy-to-change graphics that cover the frame, forks and spokes will ensure it fits your child and looks fresh for years. Plus, every part of the scooter is replaceable. It does require assembly and tools to adjust and fold, but the tools are included and instructions are clear. Holly, mum of our child tester Evie, 7, said: “My daughter loves this scooter and this is her preferred choice over her bike and another scooter she has. She loves the funky design on the scooter which makes it really unique and she feels really grown up.”

Available at: Liferyder

11. Zinc E4 Max Lithium Electric Scooter, £124.99

– Great for e-scooting

Age: 6+ | Weight: 4.8kg | Max child weight: 55kg | Handlebar height: Up to 86.5cm

What it is: A foldable 2-wheeled electric scooter for older children that goes up to 8kph and can cover 5km on 1 charge. Features footpad sensor, adjustable handlebars, rear brake, anti-slip footplate and easy grip-handles. Requires 1 rechargeable lithium battery (included); 3hr charge time. Available in Red and Blue.

Why we love it: It’s fast enough to be thrilling but not so fast that your child will zoom out of sight (some electric scooters can reach 25kph or more!) Our child tester was beyond herself with excitement even before she started riding this scooter, and her dad really rated how you use the footpad to increase or maintain your speed. It’s easy to steer but (as often the case with electric scooters) it’s not particularly lightweight. (Please note that any child on an electric scooter should wear a helmet and it’s currently only legal to ride them on private property unless you’re on one that’s part of a council-approved scooter-rental trial.)

Available at: Argos

12. Cruiser Micro Scooter, £129.95

– Great for retro styling and heavier children

Age: 5 to 12 | Weight: 4.5kg | Max child weight: 100kg | Handlebar height: 74cm to 89cm

What it is: A foldable 2-wheeled schoolchild’s scooter with bicycle-style chopper handlebars. Features adjustable handlebars, a low footplate, a rear brake and a kickstand. Choose from Red, Aqua, Purple, Pink or Blue – and you can get name-personalisation for an extra £20.

Why we love it: This sturdy scooter with its retro-style handlebars and big (7.5″) wheels is fast, smooth, stable – and suitable for riders up to 15st 7lbs. It has a lower footplate than other 2-wheeled scooters, making it easier for children to balance, and the wider handlebars give greater control. “I can ride it really fast because it has strong wheels and I don’t fall over,” said our child tester Leo, 7. “I’ve had so much fun playing on this!” We really like the kickstand and how easily it takes bumps in the path. The set-up instructions are a little tricky, though: there is a good YouTube video that helps.

Available at: Amazon and Micro Scooters

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About the author

Helen is Deputy Editor of MadeForMums, the author of Parenting for Dummies (Wiley, £17.99) and runs the MadeForMums Toy Awards. She has written about parenting for Mumsnet, Pregnancy & Birth, Prima Baby, Boots Parenting Club and She Magazine and she’s also been Consumer Editor of Mother & Baby. She has 3 boys and a heavy-duty washing machine.

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