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The Best Kick Scooters for Kids

Kick scooters are one of the most fun and versatile modes of transport for kids. I am yet to come across a kid who doesn’t enjoy riding their scooter. Apart from being a lot of fun, scooters are an excellent way for your kid to get some exercise while learning to balance and coordinate their movements.

Scooters come in various forms and options; from two-wheelers and three-wheelers to recreational scooters, folding scooters, and stunt scooters. There’s a scooter for every kid, regardless of their age and preferences. With so many choices, selecting the best scooter for your kid can be pretty exhaustive.

Top Pick
Razor A Kick Scooter for Kids

Featuring an innovative design, high-quality construction, and an amazingly smooth ride.

Benefits of Using a Kick Scooter

There are multiple benefits to using a scooter. It’s a great way for kids to get outdoors and socializing with their friends. 

  • Learning to balance: Riding a kick scooter improves your balancing skills because it requires you to remain upright while moving forward and turning. It exercises and stretches all the muscles involved with keeping the body upright, such as the core, back, and ankle muscles. 
  • Enhances fine motor skills: Using a kick scooter improves those fine motor skills by exercising the muscles responsible for those more refined movements – such as the hands and finger muscles. Which will be beneficial in other daily tasks. But it also improves your child’s reflexes due to the quick thinking and reactions used when slamming on breaks or swerving to miss a person. 
  • Helps prevent injuries: With quick reflexes come fewer injuries. For example, if you were to fall down a step and land skew on your foot, the faster you react and correct the position of your foot, the less time there is for your muscles and skin membranes to over scratch and become injured. 
  • Improves mental health: It improves your child’s mental health by reducing stress and anxiety because they are outside absorbing those delicious sun rays and laughing with their friends. Your child will absorb vitamin D when exposed to the sunshine, which boosts serotonin (the happy hormone) production and function in the brain. 
  • Muscle development: When kicking off, your child engages and strengthens the ankle, calves, hamstrings, and glutes muscles. When remaining upright and balanced, the core, abdominal, and lower back muscles and engaged and strengthened. Scootering targets the muscles responsible for significant movements and balance.
  • Coordination: Scootering improves your child’s coordination because they kick, steer, and balance simultaneously, engaging multiple parts of the brain and different body muscles. Improved coordination will help them with multitasking and their future sports careers. 
  • Decision-making skills: Riding their scooter on the road or to school will help develop decision-making skills. Your child has to decide the directions they’re going to take, when to speed up and slow down, when to brake, when to swerve etc. Scootering also exercises the speed of their decision-making when they’re in a situation where they need to act fast. 
  • Cardiovascular endurance: Your child’s heart rate increases and slows down depending on how fast they’re moving and kicking. It’s a great cardio exercise to get that heart working harder and faster, to become stronger and healthier. 

The Differences Between a Two-Wheel and Three-Wheel Scooter

You might have seen scooters with either two wheels or three. The main differences between the two are the scooter’s stability and turning ability. 

Stability 

Stability-wise, three-wheels generally offer a more stable ride because it keeps the scooter balanced in an upright position. All the child has to do is kick forward. With a 2-wheeled scooter, the child has to balance it while kicking forward. Manufacturers usually recommend offering this scooter to an older child or an experienced child. 

Turning

With three-wheel scooters, the turning circle tends to be larger and slower. The reason being is because you have to lean in the direction you want to go, also known as lean-to-steer. This steering style is usually for the younger, more unbalanced children. It helps prevent the scooter from jackknifing and provides your young one with a little more control. 

Two-wheel scooters turn similar to a bicycle. The handlebars can rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing for a sharper and faster turn. The risk with this style of steering is that the scooter can jackknife and throw your child to the side. This steering style is usually for the more advanced kids who have experience with scooters or some balance skills.

A Word on Safety

Please be aware that your children could sustain injuries while using a kick scooter. If your child is on the younger side, always supervise. If you have an older rascal, ensure you have set rules to prevent them from becoming over adventurous in the tricks they attempt to do. 

Some scooters are made with harmful chemicals which could cause your child to become ill. Read the manufacturer’s guide and make educated decisions when buying a scooter for your child. 

Our Selection of The 10 Best Kick Scooters for Kids:

To make the choice easier for you and keeping the above factors in mind, we have compiled a list of the five best kick scooters for kids on the market today. Let’s dive in.

1. Razor A Kick Scooter

Razor A Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    5+ years
  • Max Weight: 143lbs
  • Deck Length: 17.3”
  • Dimensions:
    23.9” x 11.3” x 32.4”

The design of this scooter is straightforward. You can think of it as a scooter with all the basics and no extras, but it remains one of the most popular models on the market. It’s a scooter that gets the job done. The Razor A is a two-wheel scooter with high-quality and durable aircraft-grade aluminum construction and offers a smooth ride on its urethane 98 mm wheels. 

The scooter is easy to set up. All you need to do is unfold the T-tube, set the height on the adjustable handlebars, secure it and scoot away. The foldable T-tube and height-adjustable handlebar make it easy for you to store this scooter away or for you to carry. 

It has a rear braking system. There is a pedal over the back wheel that your child presses down with their kicking leg. Make sure your child is wearing shoes because the brake pedal can get hot when braking barefoot.

Reasons to Buy the Razor A Kick Scooter

  • Height-adjustable handlebars 
  • It has a folding mechanism
  • Very durable

2. Micro Kickboard Mini Original 3-Wheeled Kick Scooter

Micro Mini Original Kickboard Scooter
  • Age:
    2 – 5 years
  • Max Weight: 110lbs
  • Deck Length:
    2″ x 4.5”
  • Dimensions:
    24” x 10.25” x 11.75”

Micro Kickboard designed the Micro Mini Kick Scooter for children under five. The scooter has features designed to help children learn balance and coordination. It is a polyurethane three-wheel design with a low-to-the-ground deck and lean-to-steer capabilities. 

The two large front wheels and reinforced fiberglass deck balance the scooter for the child while they’re turning, offering a smooth ride. The wheels are non-marking, so parents, you don’t have to worry about your little one having a go indoors. 

The durable carbon fiber scooter has a rear braking system, which any kid will quickly get used to. The handlebars, unfortunately, are not height adjustable and are fixed at 24 inches. On the upside, the handlebar is removable, making the scooter easy to store and transport. 

Reasons to Buy the Micro Kickboard Mini Original 3-Wheeled Kick Scooter

  • Removable handlebars
  • Lean-to-steer
  • The deck is reinforced with fiberglass

3. Razor A2 Kick Scooter

Razor A2 Kick Scooter for Kids
  • Age:
    5 + years
  • Max Weight: 143lbs
  • Deck Length:
    12″
  • Dimensions:
    26.5” x 13” x 34”

The Razor A2 is the fun big brother to the Razor A kick scooter. While they might look alike, the A2 has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. The Razor A2 has a sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum frame with two 98mm Urethane wheels. 

What makes the A2 model different from the A is the front wheel springless shock absorber system. It also has an updated deck design and a new wheelie bar, allowing the rider to have a smooth ride, and perform amazing stunts and tricks for their friends. 

Like the Razor A, it has a folding mechanism and a height-adjustable handlebar, allowing you to carry or store it easily. It has the popular rear-wheel braking system. Unlike the Razor A, it has an enhanced finger guard. 

Reasons to Buy the Razor A2 Kick Scooter

  • Springless front wheel shock absorber system 
  • It has an enhanced finger guard
  • It has an updated deck design and a new wheelie bar 

4. Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe Kick Scooter 

Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    5 – 12 years
  • Max Weight:
    110lbs
  • Deck Length:
    13” x 5.5”
  • Dimensions:
    12.99” x 5.59” x 35.83”

The Micro Maxi is the big brother of the Micro Mini; they designed it for kids five and older. Like the Micro Mini, the Micro Maxi has features intended to support children with balance and coordination.

A few of the features include the three polyurethane wheels and a durable aluminum frame. The number and position of the wheels and the frame design support the lean-to-steer feature of the scooter. The scooter has a rear braking design allowing kids to brake with their kicking foot.

The two front wheels are batteryless LED motion-activated light-up wheels. The handlebar is height-adjustable and can be set between 24” to 34”. Unfortunately, the handlebar is not foldable, but it is removable, allowing you to store the scooter easily. 

Reasons to Buy the Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe Kick Scooter

  • It has LED motion-activated light-up wheels
  • It has a removable handlebar
  • It has a height-adjustable handlebar

5. Beleev V5 Kick Scooter

Beleev V5 Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    8 + years
  • Max weight:
    220lbs
  • Deck length:
    17.80” x 4.80”
  • Dimensions:
    34.3” x 13.4” x 5.2”

The Beleev V5 Kick Scooter has an innovative design centered around customization and ease of use.

The handlebar height has four different height settings to choose from – 31.9”, 35.2”, 38.6”, and 40.9”. The handlebar offers a rubber handle with a durable and secure T-bar lock to ensure a sturdy and safe ride.

The scooter has a one-second folding system. Unlock the T-bar and fold the scooter; you need to pull the lever down. No tools or dismantling is required. This scooter goes a step further; its handlebars can fold, making storing and transporting super easy.

The scooter includes a carry strap, allowing the rider to fold the scooter and hang it on their shoulder. This is the perfect addition for those riding the scooter to school. They can fold the scooter, carry it into the building and store it on top or in their locker.

The Beleev V5 Kick Scooter comes equipped with 200mm high-rebound Pu extra-large wheels with a shock absorption mechanism giving the rider a smooth and comfortable ride. The scooter has a textured non-slip wide low-to-the-ground deck providing space for your child to position both feet and gripping for your child’s sneakers.

Reasons to Buy the Beleev V5 Kick Scooter

  • It comes with a carry strap
  • It has a foldable T-bar and handlebars
  • There is a locking system on the T-bar
  • It has a kickstand

6. Lascoota Kick Scooter

Lascoota Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    8 + years
  • Max weight:
    220lbs
  • Deck length:
    22.5” x 5.5”
  • Dimensions:
    37″ x  22.5” x 5.5”

The Lascoota Kick Scooter has a similar design to the Beleev V5 Kick Scooter. It has a quick-release folding mechanism that you activate with a press of the button. Like the Beleev V5 Kick Scooter, it comes with a carry strap allowing you to swing the scooter onto your shoulder. 

Along with its aluminum and alloy steel frame, the scooter has a rear-wheel brake, kickstand, and an extra-wide non-slip deck. It has a front suspension on 8-inch wheels, ensuring that you have a smooth ride.

The aluminum T handlebar is adjustable and can be set at four different heights – 32”, 35”, 37”, and 39”. The handlebars have rubber grips that provide comfort while riding. 

Reasons to Buy the Lascoota Kids Kick Scooter

  • It comes with a carry strap
  • It has a kickstand
  • It has four height options

7. Micro Kickboard Sprite Kick Scooter

Micro Kickboard Sprite Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    5 – 12 years
  • Max weight:
    220lbs
  • Deck length:
    13.5” x 4”
  • Dimensions:
    13.5” x 4” x 34”

As you can see, we are big supporters of the Micro Kickboard brand, but that’s because they make some of the most top-notch scooters available. They have gone a step further in creating a fun scooter. They have added motion-activated light-up LED polyurethane 120mm wheels to the Micro Sprite. Other than the wheels, it’s a pretty straightforward model. 

The scooter has a foldable aluminum frame with a kickstand. Unlike the Beleev V5 and the Lascoota Kick Scooter, it does not have a carry strap, making it more difficult to transport. But thanks to its foldable design and kickstand, it is easy for you to store.

The T-bar is height adjustable; you can set it anywhere between 25” and 37”. The handlebar can turn 360 degrees, and the steering style is very similar to a bicycle. 

Reasons to Buy the Micro Kickboard Sprite Kick Scooter

  • It has motion-activated light-up LED wheels
  • It has a kickstand
  • You can set the handlebar anywhere between 25” and 37”

8. Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter

Razor A5 Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    8 + years
  • Max weight:
    220lbs
  • Deck length:
    13.5” x 4”
  • Dimensions:
    13.5” x 4” x 34”

The Razor A5 is another popular Razor Scooter. If you have a child that is growing like a weed, and you cant keep up. Then you should consider this scooter. Razor mentions on their website that they designed this scooter for the larger riders.

It has two extra-large 200mm polyurethane wheels. The scooter has a durable and light aluminum steel foldable frame, with an adjustable T-tube and wider deck to accommodate those taller riders. The A5 frame comes with an anodized finish that features bold colors and cool graphics. 

Like the other scooters on this list, there is a rear-fender brake system that your child engages by pressing the pedal with their kicking leg. 

Reasons to Buy the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter

  • It has an anodized finished 
  • It comes in bold colors with cool graphics
  • Designed for the larger rider

10. Fusion X-5 Pro Kick Scooter

Fuzion X-5 Pro Kick Scooter
  • Age:
    8 + years
  • Max weight:
    220lbs
  • Deck length:
    26.5” x 4”
  • Dimensions:
    26.5” x 4” x 32.2”

The Fusion X-5 comes equipped with grade-A components that are usually found only in higher-priced scooters. The X-5 is a great choice for intermediate riders.

The X-5 has an aircraft-grade aluminum deck and 100mm five-spoke aluminum core wheels with cast polyurethane. The handlebars on this model are not the typical T shape but instead a V shape. The pro-rise handlebars are reinforced with high tensile steel. The rear braking system is a nylon and steel custom Fuzion enigma brake. It is durable and noise-free.

This model requires minor assembly before you can take it for a spin. The assembly should take no more than 2 minutes. All that is needed is the tightening of three bolts. The X-5 has a new IHC compression system with sealed bearings.

Reasons to Buy the Fuzion X-5 Pro Kick Scooter

  • It has grade-A quality components
  • It has a high tensile steel-reinforced handlebar
  • It has noise-free brakes

A Safety Guide for your Kick Scooter

  • Ensure the scooter is roadworthy: Always do a roadworthy check before your child goes zooming off. Ensure the scooter is overall in good condition, such as the brakes work, the handlebar isn’t stiff, and it’s the right height, the wheels spin smoothly, etc. Putting your child on a scooter that’s in good condition reduces the risk of injuries and accidents. 
  • Always wear safety gear: Wobbles can happen. It’s the way of life. As parents, the only thing we can do is prepare our little ones with the right tools to handle these wobbles. In this case, helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist pads, and a nice pair of shoes to protect those tiny toes.
  • Obey the local traffic laws: It’s important to teach your child the rules of the road, especially those that apply to them and their scooter. Understanding these rules will keep them safe when they’re out playing with their friends or traveling to school. It will also aid in their understanding of the road when they learn to drive. 
  • Take baby steps: Follow the pace of your child. Make sure they understand how everything on the scooter works, and give them a chance to get a handle on things before sending them off into the big world. One of the most important parts of the scooter to understand is the braking and steering system. Understanding these could prevent injuries and accidents. 
  • Supervise your child: We recommend you supervise your children while playing in the road, especially if they’re on the younger side. Unfortunately, not all people with a driver’s license should be on the road; they might not watch out for children while driving or come down the street at a speed. 
  • Be visible: Because cars are not actively looking for children on scooters while driving, dress your child in bright, colorful clothing to ensure they are visible and stand out from their surroundings. Consider investing in a jacket with reflective strips or a scooter that allows you to attach a light or reflective strips. 
  • Plan your route ahead of time: If your child is using the scooter to travel to school or a friend’s house, consider planning their route with them ahead of time. Ensure to avoid all the busy streets and large intersections. And check with the local traffic department and state laws regarding which roads scooters are allowed to travel on. 
  • Do not drive in the rain: The visibility of the scooter decreases in the rain, making it hard for cars to see your child. And not all scooters were designed to ride in wet weather, so their wheels might lose grip, and the scooter could become unsteady. We recommend not riding in the rain to avoid potential risks and injuries. 

What to Look for When Buying a Kick Scooter

Choosing the right kick scooter for your kid involves finding the balance between safety, fun, and durability. There are several factors you should consider before making your choice.

01

Stability

You need to consider the stability of the kick scooter, which is influenced by several factors. Three-wheel scooters are more stable than two-wheelers because of their broader standing platform, and a wider distance between the two front wheels translates to more stability. 

02

Wheel-Size

Larger wheels are more versatile and can handle different terrains. A scooter with smaller wheels might send your little one flying forward if they encounter pebbles on the road or cracks in the sidewalk. You don’t want your kid taking a shot at being Superman, do you?

You use the different wheel sizes for different purposes. The three most popular wheel sizes amongst scooter manufacturers are 98mm, 100mm, and 110mm. Many of the scooters on our list have a wheel size of 98mm, providing stability for beginners but at the sacrifice of speed and ground clearance.

03

Braking System

A scooter for your child should have an adequate braking system. While most scooters come with a rear step-brake, surprisingly, some have no braking system at all; this can be pretty dangerous, especially during downhill rides. Wider and sturdier rear step-brakes are more effective. If possible, avoid the thin aluminum brakes because they are not very effective, especially when the wheels are wet.

A tip to prevent scraped knees and elbows would be to look for the rear braking system. It prevents your scooter and child’s momentum from being thrown forward when they have to brake quickly. 

05

Weight Capacity

Considering the weight capacity of the scooter is important. You need to think about whether you, the parent, will be using the scooter to play with your child or if you want a scooter that will last a couple of years and survive a few growth spurts. You also need to consider if multiple children will use it, such as your child’s siblings or friends. 

The maximum weight capacity is a safety guideline to ensure you select the best scooter for kids. So be sure to follow it. It is there to ensure the scooter can support your child and any of the shenanigans they attempt. It is there in an attempt to prevent serious injuries or eliminate specific injuries caused by the collapse of the scooter’s structure.  

06

Adjustable Handlebars

The adjustable handlebars are a nice customization feature for those annoying growth spurts. It comes in handy when your children have double in height overnight or when you will share the scooter amongst a group of kids. 

However, make sure the handlebar meets your child’s height requirements now. The manufacturers do not recommend buying up. Instead, try and find a scooter where the minimum handlebar height is suitable for your children, then there will be room for them to grow.

07

Deck Dimensions and Height

Remember to have a look at the deck dimensions, the place where your child places their foot, and the deck’s height from the ground. The most apparent reason to check the deck measurements is to make sure your child’s foot fits. But also that there is enough room for them to move around to find a comfortable to stand and push themselves forward. Having enough space is important for when they push themselves forward, you don’t want their anchored leg’s knee to knock into the T-bar. That’s just annoying. 

The deck height comes into play when your child pushes off with their pushing leg. Generally, when you push off, you bend your anchored leg slightly to accommodate your pushing leg’s movement. If the deck is too high from the ground, your anchored leg has to bend further, which could throw off your child’s balance, especially if they’re still learning to stabilize themselves on the scooter. 

08

Your Child’s Age and Skills

Consider your child’s age and skills when buying a 2 wheel scooter. Most manufacturers recommend purchasing a scooter for your child when they’re two to three years or older. Remember to understand your child’s balancing and awareness capabilities when purchasing a scooter. They will most likely be playing in the street, and if they’re not being supervised, they will need to be aware of what’s happening around them.

09

Wheel Positions

There a three ways a scooter’s wheels can be positioned. But first, you need to know that scooters can either have two to three wheels. The two wheels positioning is obvious, one wheel in the front and one at the back. 

The three wheels can be positioned in one of two ways – with two wheels in the front, one at the back or two at the back, and one in the front. Parents tend to prefer the latter positioning because it provides their child with more stability and control when turning.

10

Foldable or Detachable Handlebars

If you’re the type of family that travels often or likes to take a road trip down to grandma’s house, you should consider a scooter that is easy to store. Most scooters come with a foldable or detachable T-Bar that allows you to store the scooter easily. 

This comes in handy for limited space situations, such as on a road trip or living in a small apartment. And if your kids use the scooter to get to school, the ability to fold it up and palace it in their locker or classroom is a huge benefit. 

11

Materials

Take note of the materials used to manufacture the scooters and their wheels. For the wheels, you are preferably looking for polyutherane wheels. It is the same material used for skateboard wheels and will provide a smooth and steady ride. Most of the scooters are made of some form of metal, such as steel or aluminum. 

But be aware, some manufacturers use harmful chemicals in the finishing of their products. These chemicals, when ingested or with over-exposure, could make your child sick.

12

Steering Design

There are two kinds of steering designs – Lean-to-steer and regular steering. 

Regular steering is similar to a bicycle’s steering. The scooter’s handlebar can twist right around, do a complete 360. Now, it’s not a bad thing to have this kind of steering. But if you have a young and inexperienced child, it can increase the risk of the scooter jackknifing on turns and your little one toppling over. 

Lean-to-steer is designed to eliminate jackknifing. They have to lean with the handlebar in the direction they want to go for the child to turn. It creates wider, softer turns, but it’s great for those still building their experience. 

13

Assembly

The assembly for the scooters is relatively easy. Usually, they come fully assembled and folded into their storage position, or the T-bar is separate from the body. All you’d have to do is slid the T-bar into place, secure it, and voila, all done.

14

Warranty

Some manufacturers offer a certain time period of warranty, other offer replacement parts. Be sure to check which they offer. Kids can be tough on their toys, and although you’re not expecting anything to break, it could. Be sure to understand what help is offered in those situations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are kick scooters allowed on sidewalks?

We recommend you check your individual state laws to be 100% sure. In certain states, the law requires that the rider uses the sidewalks or the far left side of the road – the same as a runner. Be aware that kick scooters are not allowed on highways or streets with over a 35mph speed limit.

How fast can kick scooters go?

Kick scooters can reach a running speed of up to 15mph on a smooth and flat road. Please be careful and wear a helmet if you are planning to travel at these speeds.

Can adults ride kick scooters?

The parents can most definitely join in on the fun, as long as the scooter can sustain their weight. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s guides or user manual when considering using your kid’s scooter.

When should I buy my child a kick scooter?

Your child can start riding from around 2 to 3 years of age. Ensure they can balance and control the scooter. If you are unsure, consider a three-wheel scooter with lean-to-steer capabilities.

Conclusion

There are lots of great choices when it comes to buying a kick scooter for your kid. The selection will mainly depend on your child’s age and preferences. For younger kids, three-wheel scooters are the best option since they have higher levels of safety and comfort. Older kids will have more fun on two-wheel scooters. 

While this list is not extensive, it represents some of the best and most popular kick scooters for first-time riders and more experienced kids. By compiling this list of the five best kick scooters for kids, I hope to have helped you make the right choice for your kid.

Safe riding out there, buddies!

Top Pick
Razor A Kick Scooter for Kids

Featuring an innovative design, high-quality construction, and an amazingly smooth ride.

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