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.
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.
Best Scooter for Toddlers
This hardy little scooter has an adjustable T-bar that grows with your kid.
One of the best and most durable scooters you can buy, for kids two and up.
Ideal for little kids just learning how to ride, this three-wheeled scooter has a removable seat on which kids can use until they're ready to try standing.
Once they’re fully vertical, the scooter’s extra wide, low-to-the-ground deck, grip-tape-wrapped body provides a safe surface on which to balance. The LaScoota self balances, has four adjustable height options on the handlebar, and a set of large oversized wheels that light up when they move. Best for kids aged two to eight.
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.
Many parents we know have this starter scooter, which is made for kids three and older, and holds a max weight of 44 pounds. It’s sturdy, stable, and solid.
Best Scooter for Older Beginners
Another scooter for kids just starting out, this three-wheeled model has a large deck to stand upon and high quality, shock-absorbing wheels that smooth out the ride.
Kids use their body weight to lean into smooth, safe turns on this scooter, which can accommodate kids weighing up to 50 pounds. The newer model has an anodized stem, and a new deck material to provide optimal grip when scooting. All parts are replaceable. Best for kids five to twelve.
Best Scooter for Taller Riders
Yes, size does matter, and your taller kids want to scoot around, too. This scooter is perfect for them, and we love that this model has a kickstand.
The Asus scooter is ideal for taller riders. It’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum and features extra large 200mm urethane wheels. It has a rear fender brake, adjustable handlebars, and folds us as easily as its brothers and sisters.
Best Scooter for Trick Riders
Kids eight years and older can start practicing their tricks on this Fuzion scooter. It has solid 110mm alloy core wheels, nylon brakes, an aluminum deck, and a one-piece fork. It's meant to be ridden, hard.
It’s meant for kids, but this Fuzion scooter can also support up to 220 pounds. It has ABEC 9 bearing, so you get ultimate precision when scooting, gliding, and spinning. It’s easy to put together, requiring you only to tighten two bolts.
This scooter is ideal for kids who are ready to bust out some kick flips.
The reinforced lightweight deck of the Fuzion is anti-slip, the six spoke wheels have an aluminum core to handle hard landings, and the bottom fork is made from steel. To ensure maximum control the steering stick is oversized with grippy handles and the rear footbrake is very responsive. As it’s designed for trick riding, it doesn’t fold. Best for intermediate and above riders.
Best Scooter on a Budget
The handlebar on this all-purpose scooter can easily adjust to multiple heights and the urethane wheels are good both on and off the pavement.
This scooter offers everything most parents are looking for: grippy handles, a good footbrake, and anti-slip footplate. Plus, it folds. Sure, at six pounds it might be a bit heavier than some of the newer models, but that also means that it’s steel and aluminum frame is able to endure the beating that will certainly come its way. Best for kids five and up.
Best Scooters for Older Kids
We're smitten with this brand-new scooter, which has BMX-style handlebars with rubber grips and is deal for doing stunts.
The name says it all. Viro’s new scooter is the one to get when you’re hell on wheels, and want to perform some serious tricks. It has a lightweight, aluminum frame and 100mm polyurethane tires.
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.
When your rider is ready to wow his or her friends, get the Mongoose scooter. It has inflated wheels that work on all types of terrain, and is perfect for BMX-type action and tricks.
This motorized scooter is best for older kids who already earned their scooter stripes.
This motorized number features a kick-start drive controlled by a twist grip accelerator and can reach speeds up to 10mph. To keep your kids safe, there’s a hand operated front brake, a large deck equipped with an anti-slip covering, and a blue glow panel underfoot for increased visibility. The power pack located under the deck offers up to 40 minutes of ride time, and will fully recharge in twelve hours from a standard outlet. Even when the charge is gone, it still operates as a basic scooter. Just know that this isn’t light: all told, it weighs 30 pounds… Best for kids eight and up.
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