10 of the best scooters for kids

Whether your child is aged 2 or 10, there’s a scooter out there for them. After spending hours testing a huge range with youngsters, parents and toy experts, we’ve picked out our favourites...

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Buying a scooter for your child requires a lot of thought. Whether they’re 2 or 10, they’ll be whizzing around at scary speeds in no time, so you want to make sure the model you’ve purchased is cool enough for them to pound the pavement (or the wood laminate) with but also slow enough that you’ll be able to chase them down a hill on foot with ease!

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When doing your research, you need to make sure the scooter you choose is safe, age-appropriate and the best fit for your child’s needs. Many models are appropriate for children over the age of 12 months, but most models are available for those aged 3 and up. RoSPA offers a pretty extensive guide to what should be allowed and when.

In terms of the difference between 2-wheel and 3-wheel scooters, experts say children over 5 can generally handle the steering and balance a 2-wheeler requires, but while they’re still learning to scoot and finding their feet, a 3-wheeler is best. And remember, all children should wear helmets when riding a scooter outdoors.

With all this in mind, we’ve been testing a huge range of different scooters with the help of parents, youngsters and experts.

Here’s our pick of the best scooters for children…

1. Xootz Bubble Scooter, best for added extras, £39.99

Age: 3+

Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Scooter – Gold

What it is: A cool scooter that shoots a trail of bubbles out the back.

Why we love it: There aren’t many kids that don’t like scooters or bubbles – and this brilliant invention combines the two! The great thing is the inclusion of bubbles hasn’t been at the expense of the quality of the scooter – there are plenty of great design features here, including adjustable handle bars, easy-grip handles and an anti-slip footplate.

It also comes in two different colour combinations (blue and green, or pink and blue).

MFM tester Elizabeth, mum to Locke, 3, says “My son was really excited when we opened the box and he enjoyed putting it together with me. He loved scooting around in the garden with his bubble ‘boosters’ on and I was impressed by the amount of bubbles created.” Just remember that unlike many other push-along scooters, this does require batteries (and bubble mixture!).

Available from: Amazon, Littlewoods and Very.

2. Micro Scooters Maxi Micro Deluxe Foldable Scooter, best for longevity, £144.95

Age: 5-12

Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Scooter – Silver

What it is: A foldable scooter that’s nippy and compact, from one of the most well-known scooting brands.

Why we love it: The foldable mechanism on this deluxe scooter makes it a winner in our eyes. It has a simple one-click fold that means the toy can be carried, stored and used with ease. It’s also lightweight, fast and easy to steer – what more could your kids want?

MFM tester Sarah, mum to Gracie, 5, says: “This is a fantastic quality scooter and it has the potential to last for many years as it appears to be very durable. The adjustable handle bar goes quite high and the foot plate is nice and large so would also suit a much older child than Gracie too.”

It is a little bit more expensive than many other offerings (over £100 more than the Bubble Scooter) but the quality is really high and it should last for years.

Available from: John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe and Amazon.

3. 3StyleScooters RGS-3 Kids 3-Wheel Kick Scooter 7+, best for a compact fold, £59.99

Age: 7+

Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Scooter – Joint Bronze

What it is: A reasonably priced 3-wheeled scooter that’s foldable and with adjustable handlebars.

Why we love it: At just under £60, this is a very affordable scooter with plenty of brilliant design features. In fact, it’s £140 less than the Rollyplay Wave Catcher and markedly cheaper than most of the other options suitable for this age bracket.

We love the colour-coded flashing LED wheels, its height-adjustable handlebars and the fact you can easily fold it away into a very compact shape.

Toni, MFM tester and mum to Amelia, 6, says: “My daughter has absolutely loved zipping around on this item. It is much lighter than previous scooters she has had and the noise from the wheels as they glide over the surface is very quiet too.”

Available from: Amazon and 3StyleScooters

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4. Rollplay Wave Catcher, best for a thrilling ride, £199.99

Age: 8+

Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Scooter – Joint Bronze

What it is: An electric scooter that’s inspired by the art of windsurfing, and can go up to 6mph.

Why we love it: Older kids will love this uber cool scooter, which looks sleek and stylish and gives the sensation of riding a surfboard. There’s integrated suspension to deliver a smooth journey, a rear footbrake and a skateboard-style base. Daring children can even try one-handed steering!

Sarah, MFM tester and mum to Theo, 9, says: “I think this scooter has a very sleek and appealing design. Its sturdy and feels like it will hold up well to a 9-year-old’s vigorous play, and the charge currently seems to last well beyond the hour promised on the box, which is good news.”

There are just two things to be aware of – firstly it is quite pricey, and secondly it’s also a tad heavier than your usual scooters – which may be a problem if you have to lug it about from place to place.

Available from: November 2019

5. Ozbozz My First Scooter, best for beginners, £23.99

Age: 2 to 5

What it is: A trainer scooter that adjusts from 4 wheels, to 3 wheels to 2, as your child gets older and more co-ordinated.

Why we love it: This is a great-value starter scooter for toddlers and we really like the stage-by-stage wheel changes that allow your child to build up confidence as they master the art of balancing and steering.

It’s the cheapest scooter in this list and a great idea if you don’t want to invest too much money in a product you’re not sure your child will love. The handlebar height is adjustable and the whole scooter folds in half for easy storage. It comes in blue and green, or pink and yellow, and with a small tool kit.

MFM tester Sarah, mum to Finley, 2, says:The fact that you can change from 4 wheels to 3 or 2 wheels is excellent. A scooter for around £20 that will adapt to the child’s ability is amazing. Overall, it’s brilliant and well-priced.”

It doesn’t offer quite so many configurations as the Globber EVO Comfort (below), but for the price you can’t go wrong.

Available at: Argos, Smyths and Amazon

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6. Globber EVO Comfort, best for multiple configurations, £89.95

Age: 15 months to 6+

What it is: A scooter that actually starts as a ride-on with parent handlebar and footrest, and then converts, through 5 stages, to become a balance trike and then a scooter – with adjustable T-bar heights as your child grows. Comes in pink, lime green, sky blue, navy blue and red.

Why we love it: This is very cleverly designed and it also looks great – and rides brilliantly – at each of its stages. With five different configurations it really can offer a multitude of uses – especially if you have kids at different ages.

We particularly like the extra-wide seat and the fact it comes with a rear brake, and locked or assisted steering.

MFM tester Sarah, who’s mum to Hope, 5, says: “It’s not just a scooter, it’s so much more! My girls couldn’t wait to climb on. I love how it can be adjusted depending on the needs of my child. It’s also easy to put together.”

It doesn’t have any added extras, like the bubble scooter from Xootz, and it is more expensive than the scooter from Ozbozz, but it’s a sturdy and well-made option ideal for younger kids.

Available at: Plum Play, Smyths and Amazon

7. Xootz E Scooter, best for limited-speed electric scooting, £79.99

Age: 6+

What it is: An electric scooter that nips along at up to 8kph (4mph), and has a thumb throttle, adjusting handlebars and a 70W gear-driven motor.

Why we love it: This certainly makes scooting up hills easier – but it isn’t so fast that your child will instantly zoom out of sight. Our testers really liked using it as a kick-along scooter, too.

MFM tester Danielle, mum to Georgie, 9, says: “This is a fantastic scooter. It feels sturdy and strong, and the electric fun factor is off the scale! I honestly cannot tell you how excited my daughter is to have this. She loves it so much!”

If it is a really speedy ride your child is after, they may prefer the Rollplay Wave Catcher (which goes up to 6mph) or the nippy Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter (which goes up to 10mph!), but the chances are this one will be just fine.

As an added bonus, this fold flats for storage (unlike the Power Core or Wave Catcher).

Available at: Very and Amazon

8. Micro Scooter Mini Micro Deluxe, best for young scooting fans, £82.95

Age: 2 to 5+

What it is: A redesigned version of the bestselling classic Micro Scooter, the Micro Deluxe is aimed at younger children. It’s a lightweight scooter, with 2 wheels in front and 1 at the back, a foot brake and a lean-to-steer mechanism.

Why we love it: This scooter has a bright, sleek look and we’re particularly impressed by the adjustable-height handlebars that let the scooter ‘grow’ with your child.

Our child judges have rated it highly in previous MadeForMumsToy Awards so we know it’s got excellent kid-appeal and play value. There are lots of different colour options which will appeal too – you can choose from pink, purple, green, blue, red, aqua, yellow and orange.

It might not have different configurations (like the Globber EVO) but it is sure to be a winner with your little one.

Available at: Micro ScootersJohn Lewis and Smyths Toys

9. Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter, best for speedy scooting, £229.99

Age: 8+

What it is: Something a bit different for expert riders old enough to handle the horsepower of a proper electric scooter.

Why we love it: This isn’t a beginner’s ride, but for any older child with a need for speed and a serious scooting obsession, it could be the ideal choice.

It’s the fastest of Razor’s range of electric scooters and the speediest one in this list – but don’t panic: when we say that, we mean it goes at 16kph (10mph).

This nippy-ness does come at a cost though – with an RRP of £229.99, this is the most expensive scooter on this list and is £30 more than the Wave Catcher and £140 more than the Xootz electric offering.

The easy-grip handles and anti-slip footplate are good safety features for added peace of mind.

Available at: Amazon and Argos

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10. Morfboard Skate and Scoot Combo Set, best for skateboard fans, £99.99

Age: 8+

What it is: Part scooter, part skateboard, it transforms from one to the other really easily.

Why we love it: It’s great how versatile this skateboard-scooter is! You essentially get two different toys for the price of one. You can also add other accessories to it (such as the Bounce and Balance extensions, sold separately), and it is really sturdy.

The only thing you might find is that it doesn’t offer as smooth a scooting ride as some of the other scooter-specific products – such as the 3StyleScooters RGS-3 Kids 3-Wheel Kick Scooter.

Available at: Argos and Amazon

Check out our golden rules to teach your child about their scooter, trike, balance bike or bike

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