15 of the best trikes for babies, toddlers and kids

From reclining seats to 360-degree spins, we've got the best trikes starting from 6 months all the way up to 14 years

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If your child is ready for a touch of independence, a trike is an ideal introduction to the world on wheels. For older children, trikes are a great way to enjoy their growing independence and burn off some of their energy.

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There are plenty of different types of trikes to choose between, from convertible trikes that can be used from 6 months, to super speedy three-wheelers for those who want to master a few twists and turns.

Below, we’ve sourced 15 of the best baby trikes as well as the best toddler trikes and models for growing children too, to help you make the best choice for your little one.

Plus, if you’re after other toy recommendations which will keep them active, you can see our pick of the best ride-on toys for toddlers, as tested by real kids, and the best outdoor toys. Or, when it’s time to move on from 3-wheelers, have a look at our pick of the best kids’ bikes.

We’ve also prepared some more general guides to the best toys for 1 year olds, best toys for 2 year olds and best toys for 3 year olds, which may be helpful too.

Best trikes for babies and toddlers

1. SmarTrike 7J Folding Baby Tricycle, £160.27

Age: 6 months – 36 months

This 8-in-1 trike grows and adapts with your child, making it one of the best baby trikes which can truly age with them. In the first stage the seat can be parent facing and it reclines so little one can nap. You can then move onto a baby trike from 9 months and convert into different stages up to 36 months.

8 different configurations in one product means significant savings on buying separate items! There’s a handy storage area – perfect for change of clothing and snacks – all ready for a day out. We love that it really grows with your child and their developing abilities.

Once folded it can also be pulled like a trolley and, at 10kg, it’s a similar weight to a pushchair, so can be lifted into your car boot. This was a quality that went down well with parents who bought it in the past, with one reviewer on Amazon saying that it, “folds into a very compact volume that will easily fit in any car boot,” and another adding that “it looks the business, very slick and classy.”

See our full MFM SmarTrike 5-in-1 review

Available fromAmazon and John Lewis

2. Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Primary, £70

Age: 9 – 36 months

At 7.48kg this sturdy 4-in-1 trike is ideal for your growing child with its adjustable seat and 5-point harness. It comes with a footrest and push handle to help you guide your little one, which can both be removed once they feel more confident. There’s also a rear storage bucket for storing the many “things” toddlers love to collect!

The colourful design of sturdy plastic and metal construction, can withstand all the challenges of rigorous toddler playtime and the red safety bar can be removed once your child is ready to be independent. A fun way to take short trips especially for little ones reluctant to get into their pushchair.

The trike scored an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 200 Argos reviews. Some buyers mentioned that it could be tricky to put together, but overall 94% would recommend it. The product was described as “sturdy and easy to use” and parents liked that the “safety straps are very secure.”

Available from: Argos

3. Bentley 6-in-1 Trike, £229.99

Age: 10 months – 30kg

This trike is officially licensed by Bentley and is quite a head turner! The level of attention to detail is what you’d expect from Bentley, a glamorous 6-in-1 trike that is exquisite in every stage. It has an adjustable parent handle, reclining seat that can be parent facing and an extra large waterproof SPF protection canopy.

This is a gorgeous trike that both parents and children will adore. We love how luxurious all the trimmings are and how, the trike once in the final stage configuration, is just like a luxury vehicle! It also has a rear brake which you don’t find on many trikes.

Those who bought the luxury trike from Smyths remarked that it was “very light and easy to steer,” and  considered it “great value for money” given that it “adapt as your child grows.”

Available fromSmyths Toys

4. Scuttlebug, £20

Age: 12 months +

This foot-to-floor ride-on has 3 wheels and front-wheel steering that makes for an easy, safe and stable ride. Assembly-free and foldable, this trike weights just 2.4kg and can fit in a pushchair basket.

The lightness of the Scuttlebug make it easy for your child to manoeuvre and they will easily get the hang of getting it to whizz around. With no pedals, it’s ideal for helping them to pick up the essentials of balancing and steering, and it comes in a range of cute bug-inspired designs, from ladybird and grasshopper, to bumblebee.

Georgina, MFM tester and mum to Maximus, age 2, thought this was one of the best toddler trikes and said, “Maximus loves it as he can ride it around the house or the garden and, as it is so easy to fold away, we can take it out with us, too. It’s a massive hit!”

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

5. Galt Toys Tiny Wooden Trike, £49.99

Age: 12 months+

 This trike has a classic design and sturdy, high quality finish in hardwood. With a seat hight of 20cm it’s a perfect start for 12-18 month olds to enjoys the joys of trikes.

Regular play time on this trike will build balance, muscle tone and coordination in children. The sturdy hardwood design also makes this a durable trike, perfect for passing down to younger children.

One grandparent who first bought a Galt trike 40 years ago was impressed with the quality of this product and said on Amazon, “this is now the third trike I have bought for grandchildren and I still love them just as much, you’ll get years of fun from it.” Other mentioned how much their kids enjoyed playing on the trike and said that it “is very sturdy and looks lovely too.”

Available fromAmazon

6. Smoby Be Move, £49.99

Age: 15 months – 3 years

This 2-in-1 trike has an adjustable parent handle and child safety belt. Weighing just 3.7kg, it’s balanced design keeps it steady. The seat is adjustable to 2 positions allowing your child more room when they grow and the front wheel locks for moving over bumpier ground.

The fact this trike comes in so many different colours and designs, including Frozen and Cars 3, makes it a real toddler-pleaser. The rear tipper skip allows your child to bring along some of their favourite things – but it can also be removed if you prefer.

This toddler trike went down well with parents who bought it for their own little ones in the past. One reviewer on Amazon described it as a “very well made sturdy little bike, perfect for a growing toddler,” while another added that they “chose this one because it had…steering lock so little one can’t interfere when being pushed by parent.”

Available fromAmazon, Very and Decathlon

7. Micro Trike XL, £89.95

Age: 18 months +

Designed by the creators of the popular Micro Scooter , the Micro Trike is made for toddlers from 18 months who are making the transition out of the buggy. It comes with a telescopic-style pushing handle to help your child along, as well as an adjustable footrest for extra comfort.

It’s super lightweight at 2.2kg and it folds down flat makes it easy to store and take out and about.

MFM reviewer, Anna Richardson-Taylor, tested the Micro Trike with her 2-year-old son. She says: “It’s really easy to use. The telescopic pushing handle can be adjusted to your desired height and the footrest can be adjusted for your child.

“My 2-year-old toddler loved riding on the trike and was good at sitting still and being pushed along,” she added.

See our full MFM Micro Trike review

Available from: Micro Scooters, Amazon

8. Chicco UGo, £39.99

Age: 18 months – 5 years

This 2-in-1 trike has a metal frame, seat belt and front basket. In push and go mode the parent is in control of steering and speed  and once ready this can easily be adapted to a trike fully controlled by the child.

With a removable and telescopic parent handle and steering lock, there are plenty of features in this simple and good value tricycle. The sporty Ducati design really caught our eye with it’s bright red and pops of yellow. It’s also pretty light weight at 4.7kg.

Available fromAmazon

9. Zycom Folding Z Trike, £74.95

Age: 18 months +

zycom-trike

This trike has EVA treaded tyres and a handy pedal lock that allows your child to rest their feet instead of pushing themselves along. When they’re feeling confident you can release the lock so they can pedal themselves.

The trike is great for building confidence with its pedal lock feature. Like the Micro Trike, it folds away for easy storage and using on the go.

Available from: Skate Attack

10. Schwinn Roadster trike, £95

Age: 2-4 years

This is one of the best toddler trikes for a retro design, as it brings a classic American style to the eye-catching toy. Made from steel and with air filled rubber tires, your child is going to have the ride of their life! It boast some amazing details including vintage fenders, chrome handle bars and a real wood rear deck with burned in logo.

We may have been swayed by the cool retro design and handcrafted wooden standing deck at the back, but this cute tricycle packs a punch at a reasonable price.

Its low centre of gravity means it’s super stable, while the seat can be adjusted to 5 different positions. It’s also got funky chrome mudguards at the front and back, and comes in colours including red, black, blue and pink.

Previous buyers commented on how impressive the trike looked, with one reviewer on Amazon simply describing it as “sturdy” and “easy to construct,” although noted that the weight of the bike meant it could be tougher for kids to pedal uphill.

Available fromAmazon

11. Xootz Tricycle for Kids, £44.99

Age: 3 years +

Weighing just 1.85kg, this trike has a durable steel frame and sturdy, wide back wheel placement. It has puncture proof EVA tyres and great grip tread on the pedals.

With “easy click” assembly it’s possible to have the Xootz ready to ride in minutes! The portability means it can be easily carried when your child needs a break. Kids will love the adjustable moulded seat as they grow and soft cushioned handles. It can support a child up to the weight of 25kg so will offer a few good years of use.

Recommended by Amazon, this model has nearly 300 reviews scoring an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars overall. One parent who purchased the trike for their 3 year old described it as, “very sturdy” with a “lovely colour” and liked that it was, “not so big that she can’t reach the pedals but [has] plenty of room for growth.”

Available from: Amazon

12. Radio Flyer 474A Big Flyer Tricycle, £69.99

Age: 3 – 7 years

American company Radio Flyer have been propelling children into hours of fun for 100 years. Their Big Flyer Tricycle is an action packed performance trike with a sleek design – ready for racing! Chrome handlebars, a large 16″ front wheel with extra grip tread and an adjustable seat make this trike a comfortable ride.

This chopper style trike has a very low centre of gravity which means it’ll be stable. Kids can learn loads of tricks like jumping from pavements and doing 180’s! Ideal for those little boys and girls that love a thrill.

With over 1200 reviews on Amazon, this trike is a popular choice with parents but a couple of reviewers did note that the seat of the trike could be uncomfortable for smaller children and recommended adding some sort of foam or cushioning.

Available fromAmazon

13. EzyRoller Classic Ride On, £79

Age: 4 – 14 years

It may look a bit bizarre, but this 3-wheeler is designed to get kids racing off in no time. It uses an action called ‘cambering’, like the movement of a snake, so the motion comes from pushing each foot in turn on the front bar instead of pedalling like most trikes. Available in range of bright, fun colours.

There aren’t many items that will last from 4 – 14 years old so we think the EzyRoller is a fab investment. The extendable foot bar can be adjusted to accommodate your growing child. The best bit is that even small movements build up momentum, making it easy for littlest legs to get going.

At 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 700 Amazon reviews, this trike went down well with previous buyers. Reviewers were impressed with the quality and long-lasting appeal of the adjustable trike. One parent described it as, “really sturdy and well-made, and far easier to store and assemble than a regular go-kart,” while another added that it was, “worth every penny. A great way to have fun and get some exercise.”

Available fromAmazon

14. XIAPIA Baby Toddler Tricycle, £34.84

Age: 10 to 36 months

This adorable trike is designed to look just like a dalmatian puppy and as your child turns the handlebars, the eyes even move in conjunction as though it’s really alive. The steering is also limited to 135 degrees to help prevent toddlers from twisting to far round and falling off.

Suitable for children as young as 10 months, it’s also one of the best baby trikes for smaller children.

The trike went down well with previous buyers and there were nearly 600 reviews on Amazon, with the model scoring an average of 4.6 out 5 overall. One parent reviewed the trike said it has a “very solid frame [and is] well built bike with smooth seat and rounded handlebars.”

Others commented on how simple the trike was to assemble and one parent added that it was “nice and low for a toddler to get on and off” easily.

Available fromAmazon

15. Elektra Flashing Hog Ride On, £110

Age: 6+

elektra

One of the standout features of this Elektra trike is the lights on the front wheel which can be set to flashing, constant or switched off (requires 4 x AA batteries not included). It also comes with some handy features like an adjustable seat that can grow with your child and a front brake.

We love its adjustable seat and hard-wearing front tyre that’ll mean it’ll last your child as they grow. The added feature of the flashing lights on the Elektra trike is also a fun touch for kids and was something parents noted their kids enjoyed.

“Great colours and even better the wheels flash. Daughter loves this,” said one Argos reviewer while another added that, “was easy to assemble and quality seems good.”

Available from: Argos and Amazon

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