It’s fairly obvious, if you’ve ever been outdoors, that kids love scooters. All those shiny fold-up kids’ scooters are not only fun and (relatively) simple to control but they also sharpen hand-eye coordination and balance while keeping children active. The best scooters for kids give them a sense of freedom, while also boosting their confidence and helping them develop their motor skills.
When scooter-shopping, look for one that can grow with your child, that’s solidly-built, that has a stable ride, and is easy to set up and operate. Having one that folds up is a bonus.
And don’t neglect the noggin. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, helmets are the best way to prevent serious head injuries when riding scooters, so be sure your kid wears one. And if you get an electric scooter, per the AAP, only kids older than 16 should ride one.
As there are almost as many makes and models of scooters as there are boxes of cereals, we narrowed down the playing field to our favorites. They’re safe, fun, and well equipped. Take a look.
The Best Scooter for Toddlers
This hardy little scooter has an adjustable T-bar that grows with your kid. It's one of the best and most durable scooters you can buy, for kids two and up. The weight limit is 110 pounds.
This scooter's very wide rear wheels gives beginners extra riding stability. Plus, the curved handlebar boosts their sense of balance and control. The weight limit is 44 pounds.
A foldable three-wheel scooter that has a steering lock button which helps young kids learn to ride. It has an anti-slip deck and an adjustable T-bar, making it ideal for beginner riders. The weight limit is 110 pounds.
This Razor scooter is great for beginners because of its three-wheel design for added stability, its wide, slip-resistant deck, and wide rear wheel base. The max weight is 44 pounds.
The Best Kids’ Scooters
A lean yet stable scooter, this one has LED motion-activated light-up wheels. The scooter holds up to 110 pounds worth of kid, and has an adjustable T-bar that fits kids up to age 12.
This scooter's biggest selling point: Its lock system when you fold it, and its self-standing fold feature, making it a great choice for commuters. Plus it has a wide, curved T-bar, foldable handlebars, and an extra-wide non-slip deck. The weight limit is 220 pounds.
For kids who don't want to stick to smooth sidewalks, this scooter has a heavy duty aluminum frame with wide and tough wheels and tires made specifically riding through dirt. It has a rear fender brake, and a weight limit of 220 pounds.
Lightweight, durable, and tough, this scooter is great for more experienced riders ready to step things up. This scooter is fast. Make that very fast, thanks to its new alloy wheels. Its has a weight limit of 220 pounds.
This scooter, geared for experienced riders, works just as well in the city as on off-road trails thanks to its 12-inch air-inflated wheels, ideal for all types of terrain. It has hand-brakes, BMX-style handlebars, and a weight limit of 220 pounds.
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