The Best Kids Scooters of 2022
Kick scooters are a great way to get your kid outside exercising, training balance and coordination, and having fun.
Toddlers can begin with a sit-to-stand scooter with a seat, then graduate to a standing three-wheel scooter at around 3 years old, and then finally move to a two-wheel scooter when they are around 7-8 years old. Below are the top 5 kids scooters we found, followed by in-depth reviews.
|Model and Link to Amazon||Our Rating|
|#1. Micro Maxi Kick Scooter|
|#2. SVOLTA Mega Kick Scooter|
|#3. Micro Mini Kick Scooter|
|#4. Razor A & A3 Kick Scooter|
|#5. Razor A5 Kick Scooter|
We have been reviewing kids scooters for over 10 years, including both two-wheel and three-wheel kick scooters, and have found you a ton of excellent options. We consider all three types of scooters in this article: the first section considers two-wheel and three-wheel Kick Scooters, the second section considers Sit-to-Stand Scooters for toddlers, and finally we review one awesome Electric Scooter option we tested and loved.
To learn more about how we conduct our hands-on reviews, scroll down to the bottom of this article. Open our table of contents to see reviews of specific models, or just scroll down to start reading!
- Best Kids Scooters
- 1. Best Overall: Micro Maxi
- 2. SVOLTA Mega
- 3. Micro Mini
- 4. Razor A & A3
- 5. Razor A5
- 6. Globber Primo
- 7. Arcade Defender
- Best Toddler Scooters
- 1. Lascoota Sit & Stand
- 2. SKIDEE Sit & Stand
- 3. SVOLTA Ace Sit & Stand
- 4. Radio Flyer Scoot 2
- Electric Scooters for Kids?
- How to Pick a Great Scooter
- Weight and Height Limits
- Wheel Diameter
- Scooter Stability
- Braking Systems
Full disclosure: Some of these scooters, including the Svolta, Globber, Arcade, and Lascoota models, were sent to us as free test samples by the manufacturer.
Here are the Best Scooters for Kids 2022!
These are the best 3 wheel kids scooters to get your child, and they make an awesome first scooter. We really loved everything about them. The Micro Maxi is marketed for kids aged 5-12 with a weight limit of about 110 pounds. They are available in multiple fun colors, the boys who tested it liked the sleek silver Maxi version, and the girls tended to gravitate toward the purple Maxi. This is a safe, reliable, lightweight (about 5 pounds) scooter that is easy to learn, easy to maneuver, and tons of fun to ride! You might notice that there is a Mini and a Maxi version (the Mini is reviewed below). The Mini is a bit more basic than the Maxi. The Maxi adds an adjustable handlebar height (from about 24" to about 28" height above deck), dual rear wheels, and higher weight capacity (112 pounds to be exact). It is recommended for kids 5-12 years old, though our 4 year old started with the Maxi kick scooter last year and it wasn't anywhere near too big. The front wheels are over 4.5" in diameter, with smaller rear wheels that are doubled up side-to-side for better braking, stability, and less chassis flexing around corners.
The tires are rubberized and hard; not hard enough to promote sliding, and not soft enough to increase rolling resistance and reduce the life of the tire. The steering is easy to learn and control; to steer, kids lean right or left rather than turning the handlebars (like you would with a 2-wheeled scooter). As you lean, a unique lever mechanism in the front wheels makes the wheels turn slightly in the direction you're leaning. The wheels are low resistance, bearings are smooth and quiet, the handles are soft and grippy, and the brake works well unless the rear wheels are wet. That issue happens with all kick scooters, and for that reason and others, we don't suggest riding in wet conditions with any kid's scooter. This Maxi Micro sells for about $140 online, and is sometimes less or more based on the colors or patterns selected. You can detach the handlebars for travel or storage, but for more convenience there's also a more expensive foldable version. Who else loves the Micro Maxi kick scooters? Our friends at The Wirecutter and The Strategist call them a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Micro Maxi Scooter here.
The SVOLTA Mega is a completely new addition to the market and is poised as a fierce competitor to the Micro Maxi, offering superb features, high build and ride quality, and tons of fun at a much lower price. Our kids have been riding Micro Maxi scooters for several years, but when we got our hands on these Mega scooters we were immediately impressed! For features, the Mega offers a stable and sturdy riding deck and steering mechanism coupled with height-adjustable handlebars, big thick premium rubber wheels on front and back, a highly responsive and reliable braking system that worked well even when it got a little dirty, a super smooth ride, and comfy handlebar grips. Out of the box, the scooter was simple to assemble: remove the bubble wrap and simply lower the handlebar down into the hole on the base platform. Push down firmly until you hear a click, and pull up on it to make sure it's securely attached to the platform. That's it. The packaging does include an owner's manual and a couple Allen wrenches in case you need to make any adjustments to the steering.
We rode it around for hours, pushing the limits on pavement, sidewalk cracks, and compacted gravel. We had a 4 year-old and 6 year-old intentionally push its limits to test the steering, braking, and overall build quality. It was awesome. Dad is 200 pounds and 6'-3" tall and rode it around for a bit too, without issues. The weight limit is 110 pounds for reference, so definitely don't try that at home! In terms of measurements, the handlebar height adjusts between three settings: low, medium, and high. These are approximately 22.5", 25", and 28" height from the scooter's deck to the top of the handlebars, respectively. That's a slightly wider range than the Micro Maxi, making it suitable for slightly younger kids starting at 3 years and likely extending to about 6-7 years old or until your child grows out of it - likely in height and difficulty reaching down to the handlebars long before they reach the weight limit. Other dimensions to note are the 5" wide and 13" long deck that gives great foot space and stability. The front tires are a nice big 4.5" diameter that helps absorb cracks and irregularities in the riding surface, and the big fat rear tire is about 3.5" diameter but nearly 2" wide and provides both high stability and a great high-friction braking surface. Cons? None really to speak of. One minor gripe with this scooter is that the handlebar height adjusts between the three settings rather than continuously, but there are positive trade-offs for this too (like always knowing the handlebar is in a secure position). After two years of testing, we're happy to report that these SVOLTA Mega scooters are still going strong; the only failure point is the handlebar grips have come loose, which we secured with some super glus. Overall, this is a really impressive addition to the three-wheel scooter market, and we think it's an awesome option for parents looking to save a little cash and get a scooter that is basically the same as the Micro Maxi, with some more modern colors and fun flare! Interested? You can check out this SVOLTA Mega Scooter here.
This is the less expensive version of the Maxi Micro, intended for 3 to 5-year-olds up to 44 pounds. There are a few varieties of the Micro Mini Scooter. One is the Micro Mini Original, which is pictured to the right. Another is the Micro Mini Deluxe which adds an adjustable handlebar to make a bit more like the Micro Maxi but without the higher weight capacity, stronger deck, or dual rear wheels. If you're ready to try a full riding scooter, we suggest either the Micro Mini or Micro Maxi (above) rather than paying the extra money for the Mini with an adjustable handle. In our opinion, buying the Micro Mini with the adjustable handle is a little silly since you will probably need a higher weight capacity than 44 pounds once your kid is tall enough to need the handlebars up higher. This review is primarily concerned with the Micro Mini Original, which does not have the adjustable handlebars. Another difference between the Mini and Maxi models is that the Mini has a single rear wheel which makes it a slower braker and the brake itself is a bit flimsier than it is on the Maxi. We also found that this version has a lot more flex in the scooter chassis overall, both in the sag of the platform when heavier kids stand on it, and also in the lateral flex of the entire scooter when turning/leaning. This reduces stability a bit but was only really an issue when the scooter was used by kids that were a bit heavier than the suggested weight limit of 44 pounds. But it also tends to be about $50 less expensive than the Maxi scooter, so there's some compromise if you're looking to save cash.
The neighborhood kids who tested these scooters thought the Maxi was capable of going faster, turning harder, and was generally more stable than the Mini. In our opinion, we recommend skipping the Mini and going directly to the Maxi unless your child is particularly small (like under 35" tall) or you're on a very limited budget. With the Maxi handlebars all the way lowered it is small enough (24" high) for the typical 3 or 4-year-old, matching the Micro height, but having the ability to grow with your child. We did not find it more difficult to learn or manage than the Mini; in fact, we found the Maxi somewhat better since it showed less overall frame flexing during turns, giving kids a bit more stability and confidence. Overall, this is a very well built, safe, and reliable kids scooter that is really a lot of fun for smaller kids to ride. It is definitely one of the best three-wheel scooters on the market. However, it won't last long in a house with a quickly growing child, so we suggest stepping up to the Maxi from the get-go. Who else loves the Micro Mini scooters? Our friends at Babylist call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out this Micro Mini Scooter here.
If you're looking for an excellent 3-wheel scooter, go with the Maxi Micro, but if you're looking for a little more challenge for a kid over 4-5 years old with great balance who wants to test his or her limits a bit, definitely go with the Razor A-series of scooters. The series starts off relatively inexpensive (around $50) but grows in price as the scooters get larger and more durable. Because of the variety of options, the A-series of scooters can be a bit daunting to figure out. We're going to help you out with that. The A-series scooters all have some great core features: adjustable handlebar height, durable and reliable rear brake, foldable to a portable size, lightweight aluminum frame, and a high weight capacity given their size and weight. They are all very well built, durable, high quality, and reliable. They have lower rolling resistance than the Micro series, due both to the fact that it only has 2 wheels and also harder tire rubber and good bearings. All things being equal (same kid, same surface, same exertion), that means the Razor will get moving a bit faster than the Micro. We liked the all-aluminum construction on the standing platform and handlebar, making it about the same weight as the Micro but more durable and with less overall chassis flex around turns. It also has a great and easy to use folding feature that makes transporting or storage very easy. The series begins at A, and then goes through A2, A3, A4, and A5. The A4 and A5 are really for bigger kids, aged about 7-8+ who have already been riding a scooter for a couple years. They are larger and more unwieldy for a younger first-time scooter rider (we review the A5 below, for bigger kids and adults). For a first-time scooter rider, we suggest starting with the A version, which we think is suitable for larger 4-year-olds and up. The A version is the smallest and lightest (and least expensive) in the series, coming in at only 5 pounds with a high 143-pound weight capacity. It has small, 98-mm diameter wheels, which we found to be high quality and low rolling resistance. The handlebars adjust down very low for the shorter kids, and up high enough to fit a 7-8-year-old. The kids over 7 years old who tested the A version thought it was a bit too small for them (handlebars too low, platform too short, wheels too small). The next size we suggest is the A3 version (we suggest skipping the A2 scooter), which is an excellent 2-wheeled scooter that supports up to 143 pounds but also has a higher handlebar height and longer platform. It also has a few little extras for fun riding - the front wheel has a bit of suspension to dampen rides over rougher surfaces, and it has a little wheelie bar on the back. See the little metal bar popping out behind the rear wheel? If your kid is looking to start doing tricks, they can lean way back without flipping backward, dragging along on the wheelie bar for fun. One of our older and more spirited test kids (8 years) was popping wheelies all the way down the road! The wheels are a wider diameter, at 125-mm, which helps them get over smaller bumps and pebbles without stopping in place. This is a bit advantage over the A model, which tends to have some sudden stops over little pavement cracks and pebbles. So, what are the downfalls of the A and A3 scooters? Well, they are 2-wheelers so it will take a bit longer for a first-time rider to get used to, and that might mean more falls in the interim. Also, the standing platform is very narrow, so while the pushing foot can rest temporarily on the Micro's platform, you'll be hard pressed to fit more than a couple toes onto these. Also, the small wheels on these scooters can cause them to get hung up on cracks and pebbles; the A3 is much better than the A, and the A5 is excellent but best for older kids and adults (see our review below). Note that the Razor, because it is a 2-wheeled scooter, uses the traditional steering system (not the leaning system). Overall, we love the Razor series of scooters and think it's a great option for most families. Who else loves them? Our friends at The Wirecutter and The Strategist also consider them a top pick!
Every once in a while, we test a kid product and the adults in the group end up being drawn to it and enjoying it just as much as the kids! That's exactly what happened when we tested out the Razor A5. It was too big for most of our little kid scooter testers, but the 10-year-old and parents all had a blast on it. Even the tallest guy in the group, at 6'-3" tall and about 200 pounds, thought it was a blast. And he commented that he was impressed that it fit a size 12 shoe with some space to spare. The handlebars adjust to reasonably accommodate kids from about 46" tall all the way up to adults. The weight capacity is 220 pounds, and the scooter is really fun and stable to ride. The wheels are the biggest in the group, supporting higher weights but also less likely to slow down or stop over pebbles or cracks in the sidewalk, and overall a smoother ride without as much vibration. The brake worked really well, though it was a bit noisy - making the sound you'd expect to hear from aluminum fender rubbing on a hard rubber tire; that's really the case with any of the big-kid and adult-sized scooters, so definitely not a deal-breaker. This is the biggest of all our best kids' scooters, supporting the largest height, age, and weight range. Even folded up (yes, it folds up easily!) it was rather big since it's about 3 feet long. Definitely small enough to throw in basically any trunk, or in the back of a Jeep Wrangler. This kids scooter is also relatively heavy, coming in around 9 pounds. We appreciated that this kids scooter has a very low standing height, so your inside leg (the non-pushing one) doesn't have to flex at the knee as much during pushing. It's very easy to fold open/closed, easy to adjust the handlebars (there is a little button on the side to put it back down after fully extending them), and feels very sturdy and well-constructed. We also really liked the built-in kick-stand, which didn't interfere with hard cornering and made life much easier when parking the scooter in the driveway, garage, or anywhere else. This is an awesome kid scooter that will really last you a lifetime. The adults in our group forgot how much fun scooters were, and several of them commented that a big-kid scooter that could also accommodate an adult is such an awesome concept. No more running alongside your kid, instead you can scoot right along with them for an awesome family activity. We found the Razor A5 for about $80-90, in a dark blue or red option. Finally, if you're a little worried about stability when learning to ride a scooter, you can get an awesome adult version of the Micro scooter (the three-wheeled ones) for adults up to 220 pounds! Who else loves the Razor scooters? Our friends at The Wirecutter and The Strategist also consider them a top pick!
This is another great 3-wheeled kids scooter that is in direct competition with the Micro Maxi. It has several similar features: it is a 3-wheeled scooter, with two 4.5" wheels in the front, and one wheel in the back. It has a height-adjustable handlebar to accommodate different height kids, ranging between three height settings: about 26", 28.5", and 31" handlebar height above the deck (it locks into those three height settings). And its capacity for growing heights is matched by its weight capacity, all the way up to 110 pounds, the same as the Micro Maxi. It uses nice aluminum colored handlebar with rubber and plastic accents. It's a good-looking scooter, and we found that it was a blast to ride. Our test kids said that it was fast, easy to turn, and the deck felt lower to the ground than the Micro scooter series. There is a really cool feature to this scooter that the others didn't have: a front steering lock. The steering lock makes the scooter's steering non-functional, making it only track in a straight line. Now, this isn't great for an experienced scooter rider, but it's really fantastic for a new rider. After a day or two of riding without steering, learning to balance themselves on the scooter, most kids were ready to disable the steering lock and start using the lean-to-steer functionality. So, that's a nifty little feature that makes this scooter stand out in a growing crowd of kids scooter options. The rubber urethane front wheels and the bearings both had low rolling resistance and seemed to be smooth and high quality. The steering mechanism was just about as smooth as the Micro scooter series. With all these great features, why is it #5 on our list? Well, though this scooter tends to be substantially cheaper than the competition, and its features are quite good, we did find some drawbacks. First, we thought the build quality was a bit below the Micro scooters. There was a bit more flex in the deck as kids bounced and turned, and the braking system seemed pretty flimsy. Second, though the brakes did, in fact, make the rear wheel skid to a stop quite easily, the rear tire wore down from the friction really quickly. It wore down symmetrically from the braking, and asymmetrically from the skidding. After a few skidding stops (that our test kids seemed to love doing), the rear tire had bald spots that made for a choppy ride. This isn't helped by the fact that there is only one wheel that needs to take all abuse, in contrast to the Micro Maxi's 2 rear wheels. Finally, we thought there was more flex in the deck than the Maxi, such that heavier kids (>70 pounds) would make the deck sag down quite a bit, just to the point where it was nearly scraping the ground during riding. So it's hard to imagine that the weight capacity is truly 110 pounds: maybe it won't break the scooter, but it also won't make for very fun riding if the deck is scraping the road! So, overall a great and inexpensive contender to the Micro Maxi, with some definite drawbacks. But if you're looking to save some cash, this could be a great option! Who else loves Globber kick scooters? Our friends at The Strategist consider them a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Globber Primo kick scooters here!
This is the best kids trick scooter on the market, offering superior quality components, excellent durability, and a nice smooth ride. This is the perfect stunt scooter for the child (usually over about 6-7 years old) who is a bit more of a thrill-seeker than others. It's a great first scooter for kids interested in starting to try some tricks, like jumps, slides, and spins. Or, even if they're not ready for that yet, it gives them the opportunity to try things out when they're interested in exploring some more adventurous riding techniques. So what makes it a stunt scooter? A couple things. First, it has a very solid construction with sturdy 3D stamped neck (the part connecting the board to the headtube), 3D stamped steel fork (the part connecting the headset to the wheel), 3D stamped T-bar reinforcement, and the welding quality is quite good on all the components. Second, it has high quality and super smooth ABEC 7 bearings inside the 100mm wheels, which means that they are very low resistance, smooth, and didn't deteriorate in quality when we rode through some shallow puddles and dirt. Third, it's lightweight (just under 8 pounds) but strong enough to support riders up to 220 pounds and withstand impact during tricks. It also features a high quality sealed headset with IHC compression, a slightly concave deck (where you put your foot), and swappable wheels (up to 120mm, not included). Out of the box, it comes with 3 parts. One is the deck and wheels, one is the headtube and T-bar, and the other is the plastic floor stand (since there is no kick-stand). Assembly is pretty easy: you put the deck into the floor stand to hold it up, put the headtube onto the deck, and screw the two Allen bolts tight (Allen wrench included). The trick is to get the headtube and front wheel correctly aligned, by aligning the slots on each piece. On one of our test scooters (we had two), this alignment was simple and perfectly aligned, but on the other we aligned the slots but the wheel was crooked. So that involved some manual adjustment. Assembling the scooter took about 5 minutes, mostly because you need to remove all the packing wrap first. Once it's assembled, you're off to the races! Overall, we found the scooter to be well-built and comfortable to ride. The handlebar grips were good quality, and angle of the headtube was pretty good, and it felt very stable and well-constructed. My husband (about 195 pounds and 6' 3" tall) rode it for about 30 minutes and was impressed how good it felt under his weight. The brake worked really well, even when the wheels were a little wet. Steering had a tiny bit of resistance, which was nice rather than spinning around freely. The deck itself, at least the part where your foot can fit, is about 13" long and 4" wide. The height from the deck to the top of the T-bar is about 29.25" (the headtube is 22.5"), and the T-bar itself is about 18" wide. So what is this scooter missing? A few things: there is no folding headtube/handle-bars for storage and portability, no adjustable handle-bar height, and no kick-stand like some of the Razor scooter options. But those aren't really features you find on a stunt scooter, they're features you find on a scooter designed for more recreational use, so they're excusable. Our 7 year old son loved the scooter, though he already looked a little tall for it (though he's pretty tall for his age, at 53" tall). We do understand that stunt scooters tend to have relatively low handlebar heights, and this scooter isn't really designed for comfort per se. So overall we have an awesome and super fun kids scooter here, but it's really designed for the kids who want to try their hand at tricks and stunts, rather than for the more recreational riders. If your kid is a thrill-seeker, this could be the perfect option for him or her! Interested? You can check out the Arcade Defender stunt scooters here.
Here are the Best Toddler Sit-to-Stand Scooters of 2022!
The sit-to-stand scooter is the best toddler scooter option, offering an easy transition from sitting and scooting around indoors and out, to standing and scooting around like a big kid! We have tested dozens of sit-to-stand three-wheel scooters, and here are the best ones we've found!
Here is a new 3-wheel scooter option that includes a detachable seat so kids can scoot while sitting to gain confidence and balance before venturing into a standing scooter mode. Of course, this isn't the only sit and stand scooter on the market, but it's definitely one of the best! It's overall very similar to the Maxi Micro and Svolta Mega in terms of size, construction, and features, but definitely wins in the price area, coming in at only about $60. It also adds a few features relative to those models. First, it has colorful LED lights in the wheels that light up when you spin the wheels - our kids loved these and wanted to ride after dark (which of course was a big no-no) - so they rode around in our dark basement and had a ton of fun. A note about the lights - if you don't want the wheels to light up while riding, you can disable them by removing a tiny magnet from each wheel (using the included Allen wrench). Second, it has the detachable seat that is perfect for helping toddlers learn how to maneuver and steer the scooter without needing to balance while standing. The seat was a little low for our test kids, but it seemed perfect for a younger toddler, maybe a 2 year old or shorter 3 year old would be more suitably sized for the seat. It attaches at two heights (both are pretty low overall), and it is super easy to attach and detach using a big knob, and no tools are required. Additional features include adjustable handlebar height (4 levels, from about 25" to 34" high), a weight limit of 110 pounds (same as the Micro Maxi and Svolta Mega), and a double rear wheel for high-friction braking (like the Micro Maxi). We found it to be smooth, stable, and have effective braking. Relative to the Svolta (below), it doesn't have the ability to stow its own seat when not in use - not a big deal but worth pointing out. After a couple months of use, the scooter did have a couple little minor issues. First, one of the wheels stopped lighting up when riding. Second, one of the screws came loose in the steering mechanism and we had to tighten it. Outside of that, we are still having a ton of fun with the Lascoota, over 2 years later it's still going strong! Overall, we think this is a highly capable scooter with some great features and an even better price, but you're going to compromise a bit on quality relative to some of the front-runners. Interested? You can check out the Lascoota Kick Scooter here.
Once two of our neighborhood kids were zipping around on these adorable Skidee scooters, we had to give them a shot! Like the Lascoota, this Skidee model combines a seated scooter functionality with a big-kid kick scooter by virtue of an easily detachable seat. The seat is great developmentally when a child is first learning how to ride a scooter, but can also be great for versatility and when your child gets a bit tired on a longer ride. That's why we think these are the perfect option for kids from about 2 years old up to around 10 (or up to 60 pounds). To achieve that big of a range, Skidee made the foot deck nice and large, and the handlebars adjust about 6" up and down. One advantage of the Skidee over the Lascoota is that the seat can be folded up and brought along for the ride, just like with the Svolta. The Skidee scooters come in Y100 and Y200 versions. We purchased both so we could compare them. The Y200 is the overall better scooter for a few reasons. First, it has dual rear wheels under the brake, which makes the braking higher friction and therefore more effective. Second, the Y200 is a bit larger and taller, so it's more appropriate for taller kiddos. Other than that, there are only minimal differences between the two, such as the Y200 having a slightly larger seat and wider deck, and the Y100 has music in addition to the wheel lights (which both have). Overall, we think the Y200 is the better bang for the buck, since it offers a bit more versatility, stability, and safety, while still only weighing about 7 pounds. The one detractor for the Y200 versus the Y100 is that it doesn't fold for storage, you need to pop off the handlebar entirely. For us, this wasn't a big detractor since we only travel with it once a year, if that. In our testing, the Skidee scooter was surprisingly high quality, durable, smooth, and easy to ride and steer. The lean-to-steer handling was great, the brakes were super effective (even when a bit damp), and the wheel lights were a ton of fun. The seat folded down and up very easily, and it also adjusted easily across a pretty wide (about 6") height range. Overall, we love these new scooters and at about $60 we think the price is right! Who else loves the Skidee scooters? Our friends at Motherly and Scary Mommy also consider them a top pick! Interested? You can check out the SKIDEE Sit and Stand Kick Scooter here.
You know how great we feel about the Svolta scooters, evidenced by our glowing review of the Svolta Mega (above)! Well, the folks at Svolta did it again with this awesome toddler scooter that begins as a sit-and-scoot scooter and then transitions to a three-wheel kick scooter. For features, it has two seat levels - the first is for toddlers just using the sit-and-scoot function for the first time, and the second higher level is for kids over about 3 years old who prefer to sit while scooting around. The lower seating position is about 8.5" off the ground, and the higher one is about 10.5" off the ground. The seat attaches and detaches easily with a single latch, but not too easily that your child will be able to do it; when you're not using the seat you can pop it off and attach it vertically in front of the handlebars to keep it out of the way. Speaking of handlebars, they have two height levels, the lower one is 22" off the ground, and the higher one is 26". That means you'll be able to support toddlers and kiddos up to about 40-42" tall and up to 55 pounds. So that's some pretty decent versatility for a sit-to-stand scooter. In our testing there were several things we loved. First, how easy it was to adjust the seat height or detach it entirely and put it out of the way. Second, the sand-paper like grip on the deck is awesome and lowers the risk of feet slipping off (note that the deck itself is about 5" wide and 11" long, with the grippy part occupying most of that space). Third, the seat has a cushy little layer on it that helps keep the bum from slipping off and makes the ride a bit softer. Finally, the steering was super smooth and easy (if not a little too extreme for a toddler!), and the braking system was very effective and durable. We tested it in the driveway, on sidewalks, and on hard-packed gravel, and it performed well on every surface. It's a great transitional first scooter to help kids gain confidence in the steering before learning how to master it while standing. Cons? Just a few little things - one is that the steering can go to a pretty extreme angle, likely not necessary for such little kids. And second, the price is pretty high (around $120) - though we also note that it's super high quality. Interested? You can check out the Svolta Ace Sit and Stand Kick Scooter here.
While the Micro and Razor series scooters are great for bigger kids, we also tested out scooters for the littlest kid in our group (he's 20 months). There aren't many options in this category, but we really liked the safety and features of the Radio Flyer Scoot 2 Scooter. This is a transitional scooter that starts as a sitting scooter and then transforms to a kick scooter. Before you make it a standing scooter, you can use it as a super fun sit and ride toy. Since this article is about scooters we'll focus on that aspect. In our testing, we found this scooter to be sturdy and safe. It has 4 wheels with a very wide wheelbase on the front, so it was very hard to tip side-to-side. The steering is a simple point-and-go, and it doesn't have any extreme turning angles to keep things safe. It's very simple and the two little ones in our group figured out how to ride it pretty well after a couple tries. We think it's an awesome way to give kids exposure to the kick-scooter type of toy, and we think after a year or two using it they will hit the ground running with the Micro series. Cons? Well, for those looking for something that will provide a bit more of a scooter experience and less of a baby toy, hold off until about 2.5 years old and go with the Maxi Micro. Also, we think it's best suited for indoor play, or a very smooth asphalt driveway. In our opinion though, this is a great and relatively inexpensive way to get your baby scootering and having fun! Who else recommends the Radio Flyer scooter? Our friends at WhatToExpect call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Radio Flyer here!
Electric Scooters for Kids?
We have personally tried the Mongoose React, the Razor E100 and Razor E300, and the Gotrax GKS electric scooters. All of them are great options, deliverying a super fun ride, high speeds, and a decent battery life and range. Unfortunately, we have also seen major electric scooter accidents, including broken arms and concussions, mostly in children under 10 years old.
Even in college students and adults, recent studies demonstrate huge increases in accidents, serious injuries, and even fatalities after electric scooter rentals were introduced near college campuses (reference) and in urban centers (reference). Frankly, electric scooters and kids don't mix, and electric scooters and traffic absolutely do not mix, it's simply a recipe for disaster. It only takes one small mistake, or one inattentive driver, to cause a trajedy.
For that reason, we are hesitant to include electric scooters on this list because they're not really appropriate for children under 12-13 years old. If you child is going to ride an electric scooter in spite of our advice, we strongly encourage you to monitor their safety - including wearing not only helmets and pads at all time, but also teaching them how to stay away from trafficked roads.
How to Pick a Kick Scooter
Like with kids bikes, all of the best kid scooters take a little bit of practice to get used to. If you start with a 3-wheeled kid scooter the practice time will be significantly cut down, your child will be less likely to fall and get road rash, and they'll be comfortable using it after the 2nd or 3rd try. It's even better to start with a scooter that has a little seat, to help them get familiar with how to scoot and steer before standing up on the platform.
Our children got their first kick scooters when they were 3, and they used them until they were about 6 and then switched to the 2-wheeled scooter. Three years of fun for a toy that costs about $100 is pretty good, and you'll definitely be able to use it again with a new kid, or give it a neighbor.
In addition to whether they have 2 or 3 wheels, kids scooters vary in a few other important ways. These include weight and height capacity, wheel size/diameter, stability, safety, braking capability, price, and fun. All of our top-rated scooters are excellent in all of these regards. We suggest starting with a 3-wheel kick scooter and then advancing to a 2-wheel kick scooter as they gain confidence, skills, and height.
Here are a few additional factors to consider when searching for a great kick scooter:
First, weight and height capacity are important, as many little kids scooters have rather low weight limits and handlebars that you will find a 4-5 year old growing out of quite quickly. Make sure you purchase a unit with a weight capacity at least 20 pounds heavier than your child, and height-adjustable handlebars.
Second, wheel size (diameter) is important. The larger the wheels, especially the front wheels, the more versatile the scooter is across varied terrains (even little pebbles and cracks on the road). If you purchase one of the less expensive scooters with tiny diameter wheels, there will be situations when your child will bump up against a pebble or crack in the sidewalk and the scooter will suddenly stop (possibly sending your child flying forward). This is the same thing that can happen with a skateboard. The best kids scooters should not only be fun, they need to be safe, and the larger the wheel diameter, the safer the ride.
Third, stability is impacted by several factors, but we've found that the width between the two front wheels (on 3-wheel kids scooters) is important, as is the standing platform width. In general, the wider the gap between the two front wheels, and the wider the standing platform, the better the stability. This will make the scooter easier to learn, and a more stable experience around the turns.
Fourth, a braking system is great to have and most are quite easy to use. Though most kids' scooters are equipped with the push-down rear wheel fender brake, some do not include a brake at all. The best kid scooters will always have a rear brake, which is especially helpful for those downhill rides when you simply need to slow down a bit while cruising. In our tests, we've found that the wider and sturdier the rear step-brake, the better it works. The thin aluminum ones don't work very well especially when the wheel gets a bit wet and reduces friction. As always, kids should use caution riding scooters, as the brakes are never super effective for stopping quickly.
Always watch your children when they are riding a scooter. Make sure they are wearing a helmet and elbow and knee pads, and are staying off the street. Safety first, fun second!