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Micro Scooters Maxi Micro Foldable review: we put this Mumsnetter favourite through its paces

To fold or not to fold? Mumsnet tests out the Maxi Micro Foldable to find out whether a foldable scooter is worth paying extra for.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Feb 1, 2024

Overall rating: 5/5

Price on writing: £158 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age range: 5-12 years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 2.5kg

What we like

  • Folds up for easy storage and transport

  • Available in a range of colours

  • Bright LED wheels - with no batteries required 

  • Adjustable handlebar for children from 110 to 152cm tall.

  • Durable and hard wearing

  • Has a chunky, easy to operate brake

  • Extra grippy footplate

What we don’t like

  • More expensive than the non-folding version

  • Pricey

What Mumsnet users say

“Was worth it for us - the folding one is easier for me personally to wrap up and carry than the non-folding one, plus we live in a flat in a block, and the folded scooter slots nicely onto a small shelf above a chest of drawers when we get in!” Recommended by Mumsnetter BumblebeeWest

“We shelled out the extra for the foldable one, and I like it because we can fit it under the pushchair easily, even our bugaboo bee which doesn’t have such a large basket.” Tried and tested by Mumsnetter CaptainWentworth

Our verdict

Let’s face it, when you buy your child a scooter, it’s inevitable that at some stage you will have to carry it home from the park/shops/school run. With the Micro Scooters Maxi Micro Foldable, it is possible to fold the handlebar down at the touch of a button, to help make lugging around your child’s wheels just that bit easier, particularly if you have a buggy with a roomy basket underneath. It also takes up less space in the car boot if you plan on going a little further afield.

My six-year-old tested the Maxi Micro Foldable and was impressed by how easy it was to steer and the size and efficiency of the brake. My four-year-old preferred the Maxi to the Mini Micro as she found the scooter easier to control when going at speed. And of course they both loved the bright flashing LED wheels, which are great for brightening up dull winter days.

From a parent’s point of view, the Maxi Micro Foldable is easy to set up, adjust and, just as you would expect from Micro Scooters, the Maxi Micro Foldable is sturdy and durable to see your child through many happy years of scooting. Sure, it’s on the pricey side, but for a high-quality scooter from a trustworthy brand, in my opinion, the Maxi Micro Foldable is worth every penny.

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What’s the Maxi Micro Foldable like to assemble?

There wasn’t really any assembly required. The scooter was already in one piece, with the wheels attached, and folded when we opened the box. To adjust the height of the handlebars, I opened the clamp that sits in the middle of the T-bar, lifting the handlebar to the desired position before closing the clamp. If needed, the clamp can be tightened with the enclosed Allen keys. And that’s all there was to it.

What’s the Maxi Micro Foldable like to look at?

The Maxi Micro Foldable looks like a proper grown-up scooter - there’s no glitter or cartoon characters here. Just bright colours and a sleek, modern design to see your child through to their pre-teen years. The colour pop anodised stem not only stands out from the crowd but survives the toughest of knocks. The LED wheels are great fun and these light up using induction energy created when your kids scoot. So there’s no need to keep replacing batteries and you can avoid temper tantrums when you inevitably realise that you don’t have any batteries in the house.

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What’s the Maxi Micro Foldable like in day-to-day use?

After popping on their helmets, the kids took the Maxi Micro Foldable for a spin around our neighbourhood, which is riddled with cracked and patchworked pavements. Yet despite this less than desirable terrain, the Maxi Micro didn’t wobble or topple, but instead glided smoothly along thanks to Micro Scooters’ 'lean-to-steer' mechanism. My six-year-old found the Maxi Micro Foldable really easy to control, which gave her the confidence to increase her speed. She really liked the chunky, easy-to-operate, brake pedal that brought the scooter to a halt quickly and safely. 

My four-year-old also took the Maxi Micro Foldable for a ride. Although the scooter is meant for children aged five years and up (or 110cm-plus tall), she preferred the Maxi Micro to the Mini Micro, saying she felt more in control and preferred the larger footplate. If you’re not sure whether to plump for a Mini or Maxi, Micro Scooters has produced a handy guide to help you decide which scooter is the best for your child.

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Is the Maxi Micro Foldable easy to clean?

The Maxi Micro Foldable comes in a variety of colours (navy, pink, petrol green, red and purple), and as you would expect, the dirt does not show up as much on the dark colours. Our purple scooter regularly came home covered in mud and wet grass, but this was easily wiped off the wheels and footplate with a wet cloth. 

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Is the Maxi Micro Foldable good value for money?

The Maxi Micro Foldable is made with premium anti-corrosive materials that are built to last, and with a bit of TLC, the scooter can be passed down to siblings (my youngest is already counting down the days). Although the hefty price tag may be off-putting, this really is an investment purchase as Micro Scooters have a great reputation for having a long lifespan.

At the time of writing (January 11th, 2024), the Maxi Micro Foldable scooter was around £13 more expensive than the non-folding version. For the sake of portability and easy storage, particularly if you have limited living space, I would argue that would be £13 well-spent.

To see how the Maxi Micro Foldable compares with other leading children’s scooters, check out our comprehensive guide to the best scooters for kids, as recommended by real parents.

How we tested

Laura Cooke is a Content Editor at Mumsnet and lives in Sussex with her two children, aged four and six. Her children took the scooter out on the school run, to the park, shops and around the local neighbourhood. The Maxi Micro Foldable was scored on how easy it was to assemble, keep clean, transport, store and use.

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