10 best scooters for kids
Scooters make a great outdoor gift for your kids. There’s nothing quite like seeing those little satisfied faces full of excitement as they whizz (and wobble) their way down the pavement. But it can be tough to know which one is safest and best-suited to your child, so we’ve put a wide range to the test. Here are the best kids’ scooters to buy right now.
Kids’ scooters have sky-rocketed in popularity over the last decade, and for good reason. They’re a fun way to exercise outdoors, they improve balance, steering and gross motor skills while children are growing, and they’ll get you to school or the library much quicker than on foot. 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.
So which is best? Here are the best kids’ scooters, as recommended and tested by parents.
1. Best Scooter for Kids 2021: Micro Scooters Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter
“DD loves hers. We got the Deluxe as the handlebars are height-adjustable.”
Even if you’re new to children’s scooters, you’ve probably still heard of the Mini Micro – the world-conquering Swiss super-scooter for two- to five-year-olds that regularly tops bestseller lists for parents. But is it just another middle-class status symbol or is it worth the hype?
We’re happy to report that it is, indeed, 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.
Our verdict: heavier on the purse than some competitors, but absolutely deserving of its gold-star reputation.
- Footbrake simple to use
- Lightweight enough for toddlers to easily lift
- Expensive, especially considering the period of use
- Doesn’t fold
- Age range: 2-5 years
- Max weight: 35kg
- Scooter weight: 1.95kg
2. Best Budget Scooter for Kids 2021: 3StyleScooters RGS-2 Three-Wheel Kick Scooter
“We got one from 3StyleScooters have been really pleased with it. It has the features of the deluxe Micro scooters – it folds up and has LED wheels, but is much cheaper.”
UK company 3StyleScooters might only be five years old, but in that time they’ve created a marvel – a top-quality, hard-wearing scooter that manages to look just as high-end as its competitors while costing half as much.
The RGS-2 is intended for children aged five 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, delighting our tester, Rachel’s, seven-year-old.
It comes in a range of bright, modern colours, and 3Style Scooter’s instruction manual and customer service are top-notch. To do all this while being half the price of some competitors? We reckon it’s only a matter of time before 3StyleScooters have a world-beating empire of their own.
- Low price compared to competitors
- Can be folded
- Branding a little more garish than some
- Quite bulky and heavy to carry
- Age range: 5+ years (at least to age 8)
- Max weight: 50kg
- Scooter weight: 3.5kg
3. Best Toddler Scooter 2021: Globber Go Up Comfort Play Scooter
“We bought a Globber for DD (five) after much research and trying out of scooters. It’s been brilliant so far.”
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 (so your toddler learns to hold on), followed by walking bike mode (to learn balance, turning and speed) and finally scooter mode (to practice standing, braking and kicking off with one foot), 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 performance tests and toddler enthusiasm alike, and remains our three-year-old tester’s favourite to this day. We can’t give a better recommendation than that.
- Exceptionally easy transition between different modes
- Sturdily built for years of use
- Limited colour options
- Age range: 15 months-9 years
- Max weight: 20-50kg (depending on mode)
- Scooter weight: 2.5kg
4. Best Scooter for Older Kids 2021: Micro Scooters Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter
“DS is seven and has the foldable one in petrol blue. He and I love it. Uses it to go to school a few times a week.”
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.
- Large maximum weight and height for longevity
- Performs brilliantly on bumpy ground
- Very expensive, especially if you want the folding version
- White silicone grips attract visible dirt easily
- Age range: 5-12 years
- Max weight: 70kg
- Scooter weight: 2.5kg
Related: The best kids' bikes for all ages
5. Best Kids’ Stunt Scooter 2021: 3StyleScooters TS360 Shadow Stunt Scooter
For an older child or teenager wanting to get into stunt scooting, you need a model that will be safe, easy to manoeuvre, and capable of standing up to a great deal of battering.
The TS360 Shadow Stunt Scooter is thoughtfully designed and extremely robust even for a beginner, with an aluminium baseboard, steel forks, extra-wide handlebars and aluminium-core polyurethane wheels.
It’s lightweight enough for riders at the younger end of the age range to learn their first few tricks, and 3StyleScooters’ friendly instruction manual is aimed at helping tweens and teens learn to look after it themselves.
Priced considerably cheaper than many of its competitors, we reckon it’s a perfect first scooter for your budding stunt enthusiast.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Lightweight for beginning to learn stunts, but solid and durable over time
- As a specialised model, it's less useful day-to-day than a traditional kids’ scooter
- Doesn’t fold
- Age range: 8+ years
- Max weight: 100kg
- Scooter weight: 3.8kg
Price: £69.99Product in stock in December
6. Recommended Buy: 3StyleScooters RGS-1 Kick Scooter
Just missing out on our Best Budget Scooter for Kids award thanks to its shorter lifespan, 3StyleScooters’ RGS-1 is as durable and detail-oriented as its older sibling, the RGS-2. With comfy hand grips, a lightweight, easy-to-find brake and colourful LED wheels, this three-wheeler has been designed to appeal to the preschooler crowd while keeping them safe as they learn.
It comes in six cheery colours, and is amply supported with maintenance guides, spare parts, an extendable warranty and a friendly instruction manual. And at a startling £39.99 with plenty available secondhand, it really does feel like there’s an RGS-1 for every family’s income level.
- Durable and robust over time
- One of the cheapest scooters we tested
- Can be folded
- Only designed for use over two to three years
- No non-slip covering on the baseboard
- Age range: 3–5+ years
- Max weight: 50kg
- Scooter weight: 3.5kg
7. Recommended Buy: Globber Elite Deluxe Scooter
“My five-year-old has a Globber. Very similar to Micro scooters, but slightly cheaper. She loves it.”
Intended as a first scooter, the Globber Elite Deluxe is lightweight and maneuverable, featuring an extra-wide, stable baseboard and a long brake piece designed to be easy to find for a beginner. At the same time, it’s been well engineered with solid materials, an extendable T-bar and a large maximum weight, so should be usable for at least five years.
The Elite Deluxe folds for convenience, and in its folded position can be towed behind your child like a trolley – a thoughtful feature our tester appreciated. Her seven-year-old learned to ride a scooter on this model, and it proved its worth 10 times over as it built his confidence, standing up to newbie crashes without scratches or damage. Not bad at all for £69.99.
- Can be folded and towed in trolley mode
- Lightweight and stable for beginners
- Adjustable for at least five years of use
- No non-slip covering on the baseboard
- Age range: 3+ years (the box says 3-6 years, the website 3-9; our tester reckons 4-9 years is more accurate)
- Max weight: 50kg
- Scooter weight: 2.7kg
8. Recommended Buy: Oxelo Mid 5 Scooter
“But my nearly nine-year-old has an Oxelo scooter from Decathlon. Two-and-a-half years old and still in brilliant condition.”
Decathlon’s proprietary Oxelo range of scooters feel different in design to almost every other brand we tested, and come with the advantages of being easily available and supported by a large sports equipment superstore.
The Mid 5, intended for children from six to nine years, is a metal two-wheeler full of thoughtful design touches: collapsible grip handles, a folding frame, large wheels, and a handbrake as well as a footbrake (the only model we tested with this feature).
The older Mid 9 model is similarly well-designed, with the addition of extra-large wheels, and only missed out on a spot in our top 10 because one of the wheels began to show wear from the brake (spare wheels can be purchased if you’re willing – but you shouldn’t have to!).
Metal-framed scooters are always heavier, noisier and more cumbersome than their plastic or fibreglass competitors, and the Oxelo Mid 5 bruised several seven-year-old ankles before the testing period was done. But it’s £54.99 RRP and often goes on sale. With all that’s unusually good about it, we think that makes it well worth your consideration.
- Foldable, with collapsible handlebars
- Handbrake as well as footbrake for extra stability
- Metal frame is heavy, a bit noisy and hard to carry
- Colourways look rather gendered and tired
- Age range: 6-9 years
- Max weight: 100kg
- Scooter weight: 4kg
Price: £54.99Buy now from Decathlon
Related: The best trampolines for kids
9. Recommended Buy: Globber Flow Foldable Scooter
“The Globber Flow is expensive but lasts longer than some as it has adjustable handlebars.”
The undisputed favourite of our tester’s nine-year-old, this two-wheeler is lighter and more comfortable to ride than others in this age category, but still speedy and solid enough for an older child.
The foam-covered baseboard is soft to stand on for longer periods, and the wide handlebars easy to grip. The frame folds and can be towed like a trolley or made freestanding for convenience.
At £79.99 RRP, the Globber Flow Foldable lands squarely in the middle of this age range’s price bracket. If your child has outgrown a three-wheeler but doesn’t like the heaviness of an all-metal frame, this is a brilliant compromise that should last all the way through their teen years, if desired.
- Foldable frame
- Light and comfortable for a petite older child
- Four height settings
- Needs tools to assemble
- Only available in two colours in the UK
- Age range: 6+ years
- Max weight: 100kg
- Scooter weight: 3.3kg
10. Recommended Buy: Micro Scooters Micro Sprite Scooter
“We bought our son a Micro Sprite (foldable two-wheeler) last year for his birthday. We opted for it after a good experience with the Mini Micro, and we all love it.”
The Sprite is Micro’s two-wheeled offering in the age category also occupied by the Globber Foldable Flow, the Oxelo Mid 5 and the Oxelo Mid 9.
For a metal-framed model, it’s exceptionally light at only 2.85kg, though the looser T-bar means it has to be lifted and handled with care, and the stiffer brake will require a heavier foot to come to a stop. Altogether, this model feels designed for a more confident and physically able rider – our tester felt that not many five-year-olds would be able to handle it.
The Sprite is speedy in motion, folds for convenience and is as aesthetically pleasing with as much attention to detail as you’d expect from the Micro brand. At £99.95 RRP it’s also one of the most expensive in this age category, but there are plenty available secondhand, still in great condition.
- Folding frame with collapsible handles
- Supported by Micro’s generous customer care system
- Swings round very easily when picked up (so clips ankles frequently)
- Kickstand quite flimsy so it falls over a lot
- Age range: 5-12 years
- Max weight: 100kg
- Scooter weight: 2.85kg
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.
How do I choose a scooter for my child?
These are the main things to consider when choosing the right scooter for your child:
- Age of your child
- Type of scooter – different types offer different experiences (more below)
- Assembly – how easy is it to put together?
- Brakes – some scooters have no brakes, while others have a rear brake or handbrake
- Wheels – two wheels or three? Big wheels offer more stability, but are harder to push, while smaller wheels may struggle on bumpier terrain
- Handlebars and steering – most scooters have a T-bar system, but can the handlebar be adjusted for various heights?
- Weight – how easy is it for your child to lift?
- Folding – does the scooter fold?
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. In our reviews, we’ve given our opinion about whether the suggested age range for each model is accurate.
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.
The different types of scooters
How to decide which scooter model to buy and when? To break it down a little, here are the main types of scooter available on the market today.
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.
A transitional scooter might be a great choice for you if you’d like to invest in a crash course in scooter skills for your toddler – or if you’d like them to come along on family outings, with you pushing them when they get tired. The downside is that transitional models are uniformly expensive as they include so many parts. But they do have a longer lifespan overall, and some (like the Mini Micro 3-in-1 Pushalong) sometimes come up on secondhand sites.
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, like the Oxelo B1 500, which we also tested, use a steering mechanism similar to a bike. These, in our experience, are harder for a small child to master and flimsier at speed.
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 (like the Micro Sprite) are often less expensive than their three-wheeled, younger counterparts, as they’re a simpler design.
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.
We weren’t able to test an motorised scooter, but 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 all 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.”
How we chose the best scooters
We commissioned Rachel Jeffcoat, a writer and mum of three, to research and review the top children’s scooters on the market. As a parent to a nine-, seven- and three-year-old, there aren’t many kinds of children’s equipment she hasn’t tried. As a writer, she’s written extensively on parenthood for almost a decade, and for the last three years has been engaged as a writer for Mumsnet Reviews.
Rachel spent 14 hours researching the current scooter market. She made notes on best safety practice, sizing and new materials, read recommendations on various forums, including the Mumsnet forums, listed bestsellers at Amazon and sports equipment outlets, and sought advice from the team at RoSPA.
Finally, she narrowed down her list of choices to 14 testing candidates covering a broad spectrum of ages, brands and price points.
How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique
We believe that the best recommendations come from real life – using a product day-to-day in the home and comparing it with others used in exactly the same conditions. For that reason we use a single tester, judging each product as it fits into their normal routine.
Since Rachel had three scooter novices in each of the three broad age categories in which scooters are sold, she was able to put all 14 products through their paces with her team of live-in testers.
Each scooter was used by the appropriate child, riding multiple times a day, every day for at least a week. They also took each scooter on shorter and longer rides, and to a large, clear space for specific performance tests. After making notes and getting feedback from the riders, each scooter was scored on six areas: purchase and assembly, safety and stability, day-to-day use, cleanliness, aesthetics, and value for money.
How we tested and why you should trust us
Our like-for-like testing process eliminates as many variables as possible, so while all reviews are subjective to a degree, we’re confident that ours are thorough and fair. Our mum of three incorporated scooting into her normal day-to-day, using scooters in conditions and circumstances common to family life. She also conducted specifically designed performance tests to measure durability and safety.
Purchase and assembly
Our tester investigated how easy it was to purchase each scooter, from the manufacturer and elsewhere. Were there any extras to buy separately? Was the website easy to navigate? She looked for essential information, like the appropriate age range and maximum weight of the scooter, on the box and the website. She examined the instruction manual to see if any steps were missed out or hard to parse. Were there any instructional videos, and were the assembly instructions available for download in case the paper version was lost?
Then she measured the box each scooter came in, and timed the assembly from opening the box to having the scooter ready to ride. She noted whether any tools were needed, and assessed how easy the scooter was to put together.
Safety and stability
First we checked that each scooter complied with the relevant safety directives, then dived further in for our own assessments. Our tester checked the quality of the materials and finishings, looked at the stem, the handlebars, the baseboard and the brake to judge their durability and effectiveness, and made a note of any sharp edges or places to trap small fingers.
She watched her children ride each scooter on bumpy asphalt and grass, measured ground clearance and the width of the wheel base, and drew conclusions about the stability of the scooter in motion. She conducted a tip test, where she balanced weights on the baseboard and deliberately tipped each scooter forwards and to the side, assessing how easy it was to do so, then checking for damaged fittings.
She also had each child conduct a brake test, where the scooter was ridden at speed towards a predetermined point, then the brake applied hard. The distance each scooter covered before coming to a complete stop was measured and recorded. Each brake test was conducted in the same weather conditions, and as our tester’s toddler couldn’t quite brake reliably in time, one of the older children performed the brake test for the younger models.
If a scooter isn’t fun and easy to use, it’s likely to gather dust in the corner – so in this section we assessed the scooter in day-to-day life. Our tester checked whether it was easy for a child to kick off and go with each one, whether they could find the brake easily with their foot, whether the lean-to-turn mechanism (if present) was effective with the relevant child’s weight, and whether the hand grips were comfortable to hold for a long time.
In motion, she assessed how noisy each model was, and whether the baseboard moved when jumped on. She noted the weight of each scooter, whether the child could lift it over a kerb themselves, and how easy it was to carry the scooter as a parent over some distance.
She measured the standing footprint for ease of storage, then listed any innovative design features, and any features that were annoying or clumsy. Finally, she wrote down whether anything broke or was damaged in regular use during the testing period.
All scooters are bound to get dirty, but we wanted to know how quickly and how much. Our tester assessed whether each model showed dirt easily, and whether marks could be sprayed off with a hose or would need to be scrubbed instead. We also checked whether the wheels or hand grips discoloured over time.
Our tester looked at the aesthetics of the scooter – whether it looked cheap or high-end, how many colourways it came in, and whether her own child liked the design.
Value for money
In perhaps the most important category of all, our tester assessed value for money. She looked at how the price of the scooter measured up to its competitors and how many years it was likely to be in use. She judged whether it was robust enough to be passed down to a sibling or sold secondhand, and whether there were many of this particular scooter on secondhand sites.
She gave her opinion on whether this scooter was suitable for a wide consumer base on a variety of income levels, or if it was intended for a niche audience. Last of all – the million dollar question – she decided whether she would buy another scooter like this one, if her testing model broke. The answer to this one was usually the most illuminating.
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