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10 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 3 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.

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

For under 2s

1. Globber Go Up Sporty, £79.99

Age: 12 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 and then a walking bike. Features a rear brake, adjustable seat and handlebars, anti-slip footplate and steering lock. Comes in Bright Pink, Pastel Pink, Lime Green, Pastel Green, Pastel Blue, Navy Blue and Red. 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 switching 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. Sarah, mum of our 5-year-old tester Hope, was really impressed and wished she’d come across it when Hope was a toddler. “You could use this for years – it’s not just a scooter, it’s so much more!” she said. “And it’s very easy to put together.”

Available at: Plum Play and Uber Kids

3 key things to consider when buying a scooter for your child

  1. How many wheels? Three 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. With 3-wheelers, those with 2 wheels at the back are easiest for a young toddler to get the hand of but don’t encourage balancing because of the wider wheel base at the rear; a 3-wheeler with 2 wheels at the front develops balancing skills, especially if it also has lean-to-steer handlebars.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

2. Smoby 2 in 1 Reversible Scooter, £49.99

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/preschooler scooter that can start as a balance trike. Features adjustable handlebars, non-slip handles, and a large front wheel. Choose from Blue & Green, Pink & Blue and Yellow & Blue.  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 heights positions but that didn’t stop this scooter still easily making our Top 100 Xmas Toys list.

Available at: AmazonVery and Littlewoods

For 2 years+

3. Ozbozz My First Scooter, £24.99

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 wheels then 2. Features easy-grip handles and anti-slip footplate. Comes in Blue & Green or Pink & Yellow.

Why we love it: This is a great-value starter scooter and we really like the stage-by-stage wheel changes you can make as your child gains confidence balancing and steering. It’s a little stiff when it folds and it’s worth noting that you can’t adjust the height of the handlebars. 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. A scooter for around £25 that will adapt to your child’s ability is amazing!”

Available at: Argos, Halfords, and Amazon

4. Mini Micro Eco Deluxe Scooter, £79.95

Age: 2 to 5

Weight: 1.8kg | Max child weight: 35kg | Handlebar height: 49cm to 68cm

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 steering very smooth, and their parents were impressed that, although it doesn’t fold, you can easily unclip the whole stem for quick storage. Pricey but whizzy and robust.

Available at: Micro Scooters and John Lewis

For ages 3+

5. Xootz Bubble Scooter, £39.99

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 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 from: Amazon and Skates

6. RGS-1 Little Kids 3 Wheel Kick Scooter, £39.99

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 toddler/preschooler 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 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 tester child Mya, 4, said, “I love the wheels that have lights in them. I can go very fast down my hill!” We chose this for our Top 100 Christmas Toys list

Available from: Amazon and 3StyleScooters

7. Bird Birdie Scooter, £130

Age: 3 to 8

Weight: 3kg | Max child weight: 50kg | Handlebar height: 69cm to 93cm

What it is: A lean-to-steer, toddler to schoolchild 3-wheeler with aluminium adjustable handlebars, no-slip handgrips, rear brake and an ultra-wide fibre-reinforced nylon deck. Comes in Jet Black, Electric Rose and Dove White.

Why we love it: This one’s a high-end buy – with its ‘airforce-grade’ aluminium handlebars – but it also got our attention for its wide deck and wide-set wheels, making it a really nice stable ride. Our child testers’ parents liked its sleek styling and felt it was a really safe, sturdy buy. With a great handlebar-height range, it should last a good few years, too.

Available from: John Lewis and Selfridges

For ages 5+

8. Micro Maxi Micro Deluxe Foldable LED Scooter, £145

Age: 5 to 12

Weight: 2.5kg | Max child weight: 50kg | Handlebar height: 67cm to 93cm

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 high-quality, robust, nippy scooter with a nice wide footplate, 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 from:  Micro Scooters and Amazon

9. Zinc E4 Max Lithium Electric Scooter, £124.99

Age: 8+

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 Pink, 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.)

Available at: Sports Direct, Very, Argos and Zinc Sports

10. Cruiser Micro Scooter, £119.95

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 handlerbars. 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 (20cm) wheels is fast, smooth and stable– and created serious scooter-envy from our child tester’s friends. “I can ride it really fast because it has strong wheels and I don’t fall over,” said 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 from: Amazon and Micro Scooters

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Helpful scooting and safety tips for parents

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

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