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10 of the best scooters for kids in 2023, as recommended by real parents

Children - and parents - love scooters. They’re not only great fun, but they can help make longer walks more enjoyable while helping children improve their motor skills. But which one should you go for? We’ve researched, reviewed and selected the best scooters around.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated May 30, 2023

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Kids’ scooters have sky-rocketed in popularity over the last decade, and for good reason. The best scooters provide a fun way to exercise outdoors, improve balance, steering and gross motor skills while children are growing - plus they’ll even get you to school or nursery much quicker than on foot.

As parents ourselves, we know that it can be hard to get kids outdoors sometimes, and that investing in outdoor play equipment can really help get them out in the fresh air. Whether it's choosing the best trampoline for your garden, a paddling pool to cool off in or the best balance bike to get your toddler from A to B, the right purchase can be worth its weight in gold. 

The global kids’ scooter market is expected to be worth almost £57 million by 2025. The market ranges from transitional ride-on scooters for toddlers, to two- and three-wheelers for younger and older children, and specialised scooters for stunts. Inevitably, choosing a kick scooter means navigating a bewildering variety of sizes, specialisms and prices.

Whether you're looking for the ideal birthday present for your child or it’s time to upgrade their scooter, it's important to select the right one. To help you work out which one is best, we’ve reviewed some of the best scooters currently on the market, as well as researching other models that stand out from the rest. This includes scouring our Mumsnet forums for tips from users who’ve already thoroughly put them to the test at home and know what makes a good scooter.

Here are the best scooters for kids, as recommended and tested by parents.

1. Best overall scooter for kids: Micro Scooters Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter

micro mini deluxe scooter

Price on writing: £87.95 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Age range: 2-5 years | Max weight: 35kg | Scooter weight: 2kg

What we love

  • Footbrake is simple to use
  • Lightweight enough for toddlers to lifte

What to know

  • Expensive, especially considering period of use
  • Doesn’t fold

What Mumsnet users say

I'm not usually with brands too but I have to admit the Micro Mini was really good as it's the only scooter my son could actually take to and get a decent balance. I bought it on sale, Smyths have it currently at £55. They also have their foldable version which is more expensive but I just got the one you can take the handle off. He just turned 3 and is 50th percentile for height if that helps.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter greenerfingers

Our verdict

The Mini Micro – the world-conquering Swiss super-scooter for two- to five-year-olds regularly tops bestseller lists for parents and we’re happy to report that it is worth the hype. The new Deluxe model is eye-catching, durable and engineered to perfection. Calibrated to ease your preschooler into scooting, and build their confidence while keeping them safe, it’s all-but-indestructible. It’s made of a fibreglass and anodised aluminium frame, tough polyurethane wheels, and silicone handgrips and anti-slip footplate.

You’ll also find it in a rainbow range of colours, and it’s well supported by the generous Micro Scooters ecosystem of spare parts, maintenance guides and engineers on call. If you’re willing to hand over another £42.95 for the 3-in-1 Pushalong kit, the Mini Micro Deluxe can turn into a transitional scooter for young toddlers too.

Read our full Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter review, as tested by Rachel Jeffcoat

2. Best budget scooter: JD Bug Classic 4 Scooter

jd bug scooter

Price on writing: £25 | Buy now from Halfords

Key specs

Age range: 5+ years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 2.4kg

What we love

  • Very affordable
  • Folding design 
  • Sturdy design

What to know

  • No brake
  • Only available in two colourways

What Mumsnet users say

JD Bug scooters are fab - light, fold up. My DC have had theirs for about 3 years now & they’ve held up really well (they’re 8 & 10).” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user MyBrilliantFriend)

Our verdict

Sturdy yet lightweight, adjustable handlebars and a handy folding mechanism, the JD Bug has many of the same features as some of the best scooters on the market but at a very affordable price.

A two-wheel scooter, it is designed for children aged five and above and has a decent 50kg maximum weight so your child should get plenty of use out of it. In fact, our Mumsnet users claim the JD Bug Classic can withstand plenty of scooting around for years to come so you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck. It is a turn-to-steer model and there’s no brake so it may be better suited for kids who are confident on a scooter.

3. Best scooter for longevity: 3StyleScooters RGS-1 Three-Wheel Kick Scooter

3Style Scooters RGS-1

Price on writing: £56.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age range: 3-8 years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 3.5kg

What we love

  • Low price compared to competitors
  • Can be folded

What to know

  • Branding a little more garish than some
  • Quite bulky and heavy to carry

What Mumsnet users say

My DD is younger (2.5) but we got her the 3style scooter off Amazon. It’s got a number of height settings (assume goes up to 5yo but worth a check) and the handlebars fold down (lots of other brands don’t do this). Was about 35-40 and comes on a choice of 5 or 6 colours with led wheels. Deffo recommend.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter Youhavewonaprize)

Our verdict

A top-quality, hard-wearing scooter, the RGS-1 manages to look just as high-end as its competitors while costing half as much. It is intended for children aged three and above and, thanks to a large maximum weight limit of 50kg, could potentially be used at least until the age of eight or nine.

With its extra-wide baseboard and double back wheel, it’s exceptionally stable and smooth in motion, and is engineered for speed as well as comfort - and kids will love the fun light-up LED wheels. It comes in a range of bright, modern colours, and is much more affordable than some of its competitors. We reckon it’s only a matter of time before 3StyleScooters have a world-beating empire of their own.

4. Best toddler scooter: Globber Go Up Comfort Play Scooter

globber go up scooter

Price on writing: £80 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Age range: 15 months - 9 years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 3.47kg

What we love

  • Exceptionally easy transition between different modes
  • Sturdily built for years of use

What to know

  • Limited colour options
  • Pricey

What Mumsnet users say

We got our daughter a Globber which converts from a push thing they sit on, to a ride on, to a scooter. She's never liked the ride on, pushing herself but we pushed her on it which is handy. She didn't use the scooter until she was two but now at 2y3months scooters twice a day at the park and loves it. 17 months might be a boy soon unless he sees loads of other kids doing it, that might tempt him.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Whatcameoutofme

Our verdict

Transforming ride-on scooters are a great transition for toddlers to build confidence and skills, and the Globber Go Up Comfort Play emerged victorious in this category: thoughtfully designed, easy to convert and exceptionally robust over time.

Starting in ride-on mode, followed by walking bike mode and finally scooter mode, the Go Up Comfort Play is carefully designed to grow with your child. It offers a crash course in scooter skills, building independence over time. With some innovative design features and outstandingly resilient materials, it sailed through our performance tests.

Read our full Globber Go Up Comfort Play Scooter review, tested by Rachel Jeffcoat.

5. Best scooter for older kids: Micro Scooters Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter

micro maxi scooter

Price on writing: £144.95 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Age range: 5-12 years | Max weight: 70kg | Scooter weight: 2.5kg

What we love

  • Large maximum weight and height for longevity
  • Performs brilliantly on bumpy ground

What to know

  • Very expensive, especially if you want the folding version
  • White silicone grips attract visible dirt easily

What Mumsnet users say

They are worth the money. We got a maxi micro scooter for our oldest when he was 3, he is now 12 and the scooter was passed down to his 9yo brother and now his 3yo sister and it's still going strong so 9 years of use and 3 children! They are very robust and you can get drinks holders or bags to attach to them too.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter Aria20)

Our verdict

When it comes to older children, there are some decisions to make: a two-wheeler or three? Metal frame or plastic? The Maxi Micro Deluxe solves these dilemmas with aplomb. It’s a tall, stable three-wheeler, as light and speedy as any in the playground, and with a striking, modern design that shouldn’t offend a pre-teen’s changing aesthetic.

Intended for children aged five to 12, the Maxi Micro Deluxe has a gratifyingly long lifespan that goes some way to justifying its hefty price tag. Built to last and then be passed on to a sibling or two, it’s the apex of scooter design for primary school kids – every element considered, every material high-end and every mechanism perfectly engineered. Whether you buy it new or secondhand, you’ll get a scooter that’s a pleasure to ride.

Read our full Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter review, tested by Rachel Jeffcoat.

6. Best scooter for the school run: Trunki Small Folding Kids Scooter

Trunki Small Folding Kids Scooter

Price on writing: £50 | Buy now from Halfords

Key specs

Age range: 3+ years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 3kg

What we love

  • Folds for easy storage
  • Carry strap and protective bag for transport
  • Height adjustable handlebar

What to know

  • Bit heavier than other models

What Mumsnet users say

“A Trunki from Halfords - they're fab, foldable & comes with carry strap, my DD loves hers!! Think it was £50 worth every penny.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter Topjoe19)

Our verdict

While kids love whizzing around on their scooters, any parent will tell you that there’ll be a time when you will end up carrying it. Whether it’s home from the park or on the school run, the Trunki Small Folding Kids Scooter has been designed to make transporting it easier, with a folding mechanism, a carry strap and even a bag for taking on longer journeys. 

The strap allows it to be hung off a pram or you can carry it over your shoulder, which will save your legs from getting bashed - something that parents often complain about when carrying other models. The scooter is lean-to-steer to help with balance and coordination and a steering lock helps young children first learn to ride. Suitable for age three and over, the handlebar has four height positions so it can grow with your child. It is a bit on the heavy side compared to other models, but is otherwise a good first scooter.

7. Best scooter for off-roading: Liferyder Infinity Scooter

Liferyder Infinity Scooter

Price on writing: £135 | Buy now from Liferyder

Key specs

Age range: 5-15 years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 5.5kg

What we love

  • Large wheels and sturdy build for off-roading
  • Cool designs which you can update to change styles
  • Large age range

What to know

  • Expensive
  • Not as simple to fold down as other designs

What Mumsnet users say

If it's for scooting along paths etc rather than stunts, Liferyder do all terrain scooters that go up to age 15.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Fabuleuse)

Our verdict

If you live in an area with plenty of parkland, fields and different terrains, a standard scooter may struggle. With a sturdy frame, large 12 inch wheels and high ground clearance, the Liferyder Infinity Scooter has been designed for offroading so your children can go on a fun scooting adventure wherever they are. 

It is bigger and a lot heavier than other scooters on our list, but that’s to be expected from a scooter with these size wheels. We especially love the cool graphics, with plenty of different styles to choose from - and the best thing is you can peel them off and change them for a new design. The Infinity is also foldable, however, it does require loosening bolts with the provided tools. The adjustable handlebars allow the scooter to be used from the age of five up to 15 so, while it is pricier than others, this is an investment that will last many years.

8. Best scooter for early years: Ozbozz My First Scooter

Ozbozz My First Scooter

Price on writing: £24.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age range: 2+ years | Max weight: 50kg | Scooter weight: 2.7kg

What we love

  • Can be used with two, three or four wheels
  • Folding mechanism for easy storage
  • Good for beginners

What to know

  • Metal frame is a bit heavier than other models
  • Some users claim the small parts come off

What Mumsnet users say

Mine both had the Ozbozz My First Scooter at 2 and got on well with it until 5 then passed it onto the nursery where it is still in use. Our budget wouldn't stretch to the mini micro at the time so think it was around £20 - it has 4 wheels but can be set as a 4,3 or 2 which was useful as they gained their balance/confidence. I didn't drive so it was also handy to have something that folded!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter PinGwyn)

Our verdict

If you’re looking for a scooter that your toddler can learn to ride on, the Ozbozz My First Scooter will help them gradually build up their confidence, transforming from a four-wheeled scooter, to a three before they are finally whizzing around on two wheels.

Designed for children as young as two, they start out with four large wheels to help them develop balance and coordination skills before gradually removing wheels until they are a confident scooter rider. The Ozbozz My First Scooter can be folded down when their little legs get tired or you need to store it away. The metal frame feels a bit clunkier and heavier than other similar models but it is a fraction of the price of other scooters on the market.

9. Best folding scooter: OXELO mid 9 scooter

OXELO mid 9 scooter

Price on writing: £79.99 | Buy now from Decathlon

Key specs

Age range: 9-14 years | Max weight: 100kg | Scooter weight: 5kg

What we love

  • Handlebar brake
  • 2 large PU rubber wheels
  • Folding mechanism

What to know

  • Heavier than other scooters

What Mumsnet users say

The Decathlon ones are well made and cheaper.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter feesh)

Our verdict

When children get older they may want to move onto a bigger scooter that can tackle more adventurous rides and Decathlon's OXELO mid 9 scooter has plenty of great features. Perfect for children aged 9 to 14, it has a front suspension, larger wheels and a handlebar brake that gives you more control when you’re speeding around and a smooth, comfortable ride. 

With front and rear mudguards to protect against splashes when riding during wet weather, this scooter has been designed to offer comfort for teens who want that bit more excitement from their scooter. It also has an adjustable handlebar and is sturdy enough to last up until around the age of 14.

10. Best stunt scooter: Stunted Neo Stunt Scooter

Stunted Neo Stunt Scooter

Price on writing: £90 | Buy now Argos

Key specs

Age range: 8+ years | Max weight: 100kg | Scooter weight: 3kg

What we love

  • Easy to assemble
  • Footbrake for added safety 
  • Lightweight for performing stunts and tricks

What to know

  • No obvious concerns

What Mumsnet users say

They tend to be on stunt scooters, you can get ones with lower handle bars, the one we got DS was a brand called Stunted I think.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Hellocatshome)

Our verdict

Once your child is comfortable on a scooter they may be ready to start doing tricks and stunts and, as a parent, you’ll want to make sure they’ve got a decent model that can handle all their jumps and turns. The Stunted Neo is a great option for more advanced riders, without the large price tag other models come with.

The frame is made from lightweight aluminium, yet is strong enough to withstand any daring stunts. The scooter also has a V style handlebar, an anti-slip footplate and a rear footbrake for keeping your child safe when they’re tackling ramps and jumps. Suitable from the age of eight, it has a huge 100kg maximum weight to keep them scooting around for a long time.

child on scooter in park

Do I need a kids’ scooter?

If you’re able to walk to school, nursery, the library or the shops, it’s likely that a kids' scooter would add speed and enjoyment to those journeys, encouraging children to be outdoors for longer.

For younger children, the process of learning to ride a kick scooter involves the mastering of several useful skills: grip, balance, leaning to turn, powering the scooter with one leg, and standing on one foot to brake with the other. Several of these skills are transferable to biking later, whether it’s a balance bike or pedal bike.

As your children get older, they might also enjoy using a scooter at a skatepark or just as a quick and easy way to get around, so you should get plenty of use out of it.

How do I choose a scooter for my child?

These are the main things to consider when choosing the right scooter for your child:

  1. Age of your child
  2. Type of scooter – different types offer different experiences (more below)
  3. Assembly – how easy is it to put together?
  4. Brakes – some scooters have no brakes, while others have a rear brake or handbrake
  5. Wheels – two wheels or three? Big wheels offer more stability, but are harder to push, while smaller wheels may struggle on bumpier terrain
  6. Handlebars and steering – most scooters have a T-bar system, but can the handlebar be adjusted for various heights? This makes it more comfortable to steer and it can grow with the child. Most three wheeled scooters are lean-to-steer which can be easier for younger children to master, whereas those with two-wheels are turn-to-steer.
  7. Weight – how easy is it for your child to lift? They may need to pick it up if it falls on the ground and the weight will also be important to you if you need to carry it around.
  8. Folding – does the scooter fold? How easy is it to do? This may be something to think about if you’re short on space or you need to carry it back from the school run. If so, you may also want to look for a scooter with a carry strap.

What age is appropriate for a scooter?

Transitional scooters are designed to get toddlers scooting early, from around 12 to 15 months. Most three-year-olds should have developed enough steadiness on their own feet to try scooting on a three-wheeled model, especially one designed with extra stability for their age group.

Metal-framed, two-wheelers need more weight and agility to control, and are usually appropriate from the age of seven or eight. Stunt scooters are designed for ages eight and over.

How do I know if the scooter is the right size?

As the Royal Society For the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says, the best way to familiarise yourself with scooters is to see and handle some in person: “Try some scooters out. Go to your local retailer, look for fit and see how robust the equipment is”.

When standing next to the scooter on the ground, the handlebars should be around chest height. This means that when standing on the scooter, your child should be able to stand up with their back straight, and extend their arms to the hand grips with slightly bent elbows.

They should also be able to fit one foot comfortably on the baseboard, and touch the brake with one foot, without straining to reach it – if they’re new to scooting, you might need to hold it still for them while they try this.

All children’s scooters have a suggested age range and maximum weight, and almost all will list the T-bar height positions. If ordering online, you can use this height measurement against your child to see if it’s a good fit.

Don’t be tempted to buy a scooter that’s too big for your child in order for them to ‘grow into it’ – a model too large and heavy for them will be impossible to control safely.

What type of scooters are available?

Transitional scooter

If you want to start your child scooting early, transitional scooters are intended for very young toddlers. They begin in ride-on mode usually from around 15 months, but as soon as you feel they can sit on it without toppling off. The ride-on is comprised of a sprung seat on wheels, with handles for your toddler to hold, and a footrest for their feet. The parent pushes from behind with a long handle. This stage is to learn grip.

Once they’re a little more confident, you can remove the parent handle and they can push the seat along with their feet, leaning to turn as they gather speed. This stage helps them to learn balance, powering with the feet, and the lean-to-turn mechanism. Finally, the seat is removed and a T-bar is inserted to make a three-wheeled scooter (around age three). This is where they learn balancing on one foot, and braking.

Plastic/fibreglass three-wheeler

Three-wheel scooters tend to come in two broad age categories: a first scooter for three- to five-year-olds, and a follow-on scooter for five- to 12-year-olds.

They have two large, shockproof wheels at the front and one at the back, with a footbrake fender covering the back wheel. Baseboards are usually wide for stability, often covered in non-slip material. The aluminium T-bar can be extended to different heights as your child grows, and the hand grips are encased in comfortable rubber.

Three-wheeled scooters with plastic or fibreglass frames are lightweight, resilient and stable on all kinds of hard surfaces, whether broken asphalt or bumpy cobbles. Watch out for the front wheels getting caught as the scooter can tip suddenly forwards, pitching an unwary rider to the ground.

Most three-wheelers use a lean-to-turn mechanism. If they’re intended for the three- to five-year-old crowd, they’ll often have a locking button to disable it while they practice kicking off. Some three-wheelers use a steering mechanism similar to a bike. These, in our experience, are harder for a small child to master and flimsier at speed.

Metal-framed two-wheeler

Designed for an older or more confident rider, two-wheelers are faster and more agile than three-wheelers, but require some skill to stabilise. Children familiar with riding a bike are likely to be more adept at using these, since the steering mechanism is similar.

Though some two-wheelers retain the plastic decks of the younger models, most have all-metal frames. This adds to the momentum of the scooter in motion and its durability over time, but makes it heavier, noisier and unforgiving on the ankles.

Metal-framed two-wheeled scooters are often less expensive than their three-wheeled, younger counterparts, as they’re a simpler design.

Stunt scooter

These are the ones you’ll see whizzing around your local skate park. Built with a high level of structural integrity and top-notch materials, stunt scooters are light and hard-wearing. They have wide, low handlebars for stability and grip in the air, and wheel bearings designed to take repeated impact without damage.

Electric scooter

These are intended for older children (aged eight and above) using them to get from A to B. They’re powered by a slimline battery that sits underneath the baseboard and will need regular recharging, and can reach top speeds of around 10mph.

It’s important to emphasise that, as our contact at RoSPA explains, “Scooters should NOT be used on the road, as motorists will not be expecting to see them in traffic. Most scooter users seem to ride on the pavement, though the legal position about riding scooters on pavements seems to be unclear.” This applies to electric scooters just as much as kick scooters. Just because they have a motor doesn’t mean they’re any safer on the road.

How to be safe on a scooter

Safety is the primary concern of most parents considering new scooters. Here are some important things to remember:

1. Make sure it complies with safety laws

Scooters are classified as toys, as far as safety directives are concerned. The relevant law for a younger-age scooter is EN:71; for the older age group the relevant law is EN:14619. These should be listed on the box, the instruction manual or the manufacturer’s website. If you can’t see it anywhere, do ask! We’ve confirmed safety compliance with any of the models we tested.

2. Wear protective gear

Protective equipment is a must and RoSPA recommends a helmet (a cycle helmet is best), knee and elbow pads and wrist protectors. They also emphasise the importance of wearing helmets as adults when out together as a family: “It’s important for adults to set a good example for kids.”

3. Make sure protective gear fits properly

It’s vital that helmets fit properly, so make sure you measure your child’s head before you buy. Micro Scooters has a video on measuring for a helmet and another on checking for the correct fit, both here.

4. Be careful about where you ride

Finally, consider where and when you’re riding for maximum safety. RoSPA says, “Scooters should not be used where they will cause danger, fear or inconvenience to other people, or danger to the scooter user. Riders should be particularly careful on hills as scooters can pick up speed quickly. And scooter users should avoid using them in the dark as they do not have lights or reflectors and are difficult to see.”

For further information and advice, see RoSPA’s pages on toy safety and preventing accidents while out and about with the kids.

What is the best kids scooter to buy?

The Mini Micro LED Deluxe Light Up Scooter is a scooter that gets recommended time and time again on our Mumsnet forums. Durable, lightweight and foldable, it’s a high quality scooter designed to get young children confident on three wheels. We also love the range of colours on offer and children will love whizzing about on the LED light-up wheels. It’s expensive but as it is built to last, you’ll get a lot of scooting for your money.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real parents

Whenever we begin our research, we know that the best place to get recommendations is from other parents who’ve already been there. Our forums have over 7 million users each month so we know that each product they suggest has already been tried and tested. This means it can withstand the needs of a family, whilst also catering for a range of different needs, budgets and lifestyles.

Expert advice 

We also consult experts in the field to find out what we should be looking out for and to make sure each product stands up to scrutiny. For our scooter reviews, we spoke to the Royal Society For the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to get their expert safety advice. 

Our trusted and experienced parenting journalists always make sure to research each category thoroughly, using a variety of sources, including independent review sites, such as Which?, to ensure we are bringing you the best products on the market right now.


To help us find the best scooters currently on the market, we consulted our own reviews, in which we’ve thoroughly tested some of the top scooters around, scoring them on how they performed in six areas: purchase and assembly, safety and stability, day-to-day use, cleanliness, aesthetics, and value for money.

We then also check online consumer reviews, taking into account both positive and negative feedback, to help us pick a product. This involves scouring the internet, on websites such as John Lewis, Amazon and Argos, to see which ones are well-rated when they are put to the test at home by the consumer. 

Celebrated best products 

Finally, during our research, we also look out for any products that have received industry awards. This, combined with real parent recommendations, reviews and expert advice, helped us recommend a variety of scooters in a range of prices and styles that we’re sure your child will love.

Why you should trust us

Mumsnet has been helping parents make their lives easier since 2000, and, in that time, we've investigated, tried and reviewed thousands of products. We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

With two young children who have been whizzing around on scooters since they were two, our writer Gemma used her experience and knowledge to help her research the best scooters to make sure we recommend the best on the market.

All prices on this page correct at time of writing.