If you watched a movie set nearly a hundred years ago, you would see children riding the latest craze at the time: the scooter. Kids (and many adults as well!) have been following one craze after another for as long as there have been children.
The scooters of a hundred years ago were homemade of course; cobbled together lovingly from old crates and mismatched wheels, but the basic concept is still the same. And now one hundred years later, the scooter is as big a craze again as it was back then.
With that being said, we have managed to find out top five scooters for kids in 2017 below:
While you can make your own one if you wish, it’s unlikely that most parents will take that route. But when deciding to buy one for your little angel’s birthday or Christmas or to celebrate toilet-training, you are faced with many decisions and options.
To make this a bit easier for you, we have considered a wide range of the latest scooters and reviewed some of the best scooters for kids in 2017.
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How to Choose the Best Scooter for Kids
Some of the factors that make a great scooter are below:
- Appearance – how does it look? Is your child going to say "Wow" or are they going to stick out their bottom lip and say "I’m not riding that abomination." Don’t buy anything that you’ll be embarrassed to stand next to when the other parents see you at the park
- Longevity – is it sturdy enough to stand the test of time and weather and much child loving? Is it gender neutral enough to hand down through siblings if you need to?
- Balance – does it stand up on its own? Or does its natural state seem to topple over with your child pinned underneath?
- Speed – does it glide smoothly? Is it fast? Adults should feel free to try them out themselves to get a good assessment on this point.
- Tricks/features – scooters are definitely more advanced these days. They are a bit more than a wooden plank with wheels and a pole and handles attached. Scooters are used these days to do tricks as complex as skateboards, and you’ll find new designs created exactly for this purpose.
- Weight – this factor is important when the scooter is falling on top of your child. It’s also relevant when you have to carry it back from the park because your child refuses to ride it back.
- Accessories – does it come with anything? A nifty bell perhaps? Some lighting features? Some sort of sound maker that sounds like a Harley-Davidson is coming down the street?
- Safety – this is a hard one to assess as we’re not sure there’s any such thing as a safe scooter. They appear specifically designed to go fast and fall, usually where there are cars. But we considered each scooter for added safety options anyway as this would enhance its rating.
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Seriously though, the safety of your children is ultimately not a joke. When buying your child a scooter there are extra accessories that aren’t automatically part of the purchase, but you really should factor into your budget as well. Some of these include:
Make sure it’s the right size for your child and the strap fits well under their chin. It should not impair their view and move around.
If the helmet is loose, then it's unlikely to stay in place in the event of an accident, and it can’t do the exact job you bought for, protecting your loved one’s little head.
These are not as essential as the helmet; they help stop skin off knuckles whereas the helmet is more about preventing brain damage.
But gloves, with grip, could be an excellent idea. Most likely, your kid will fall off. And their hands are going to hit sidewalk/road. So these definitely help.
Again, these are not essential, but you may wish to consider buying them. Guards can include for knees, shins and elbows and are fairly straightforward to use.
Remember, your child is pretty much guaranteed to take them off once they think they are out of your eyesight.
Best Scooter for Kids 2017: Our Top 5 Picks
This scooter looks wonderful. It comes in a silver and black model, and also in a pink model for girls. Razor has been a well-respected brand name in scooters for years.
The scooter's design looks very simple and sleek, using the original design that Razor has always favored. It’s made from apparently aircraft grade aluminum.
Furthermore, the Razor A Kick Scooter has inline wheels, so it is great for speed, but less so for balance. We strongly recommended this scooter for ages 5 and older as it supports up to 143 pounds.
- Folds conveniently for storage, carrying and transport. Can fold up pretty small to go into a bag at school or on public transport.
- Has a rear fender brake promoting quick stops, which is unique to Razor scooters.
- We consider the silver and black perfect for either gender, so this could be great if you needed to pass down to siblings of the other sex, but of course you could always buy the pink if you wanted.
- Great for speed.
- High quality and sturdy, should stand up to rough play and be left out in the weather.
- Adjustable handle height allows for a number of different riders and will grow with your child.
- Excellent price; a high-quality scooter and very great value for money.
- Reportedly holds much more than the recommended maximum weight.
- Not fantastic for balance and harder to control than three wheel ones, so may not be a parent’s ideal first scooter to get for beginners.
- The thins wheels are not ideal for rough areas and cross country riding, this one is designed more for smoother sidewalks, roads and skate parks.
- While the handlebars are adjustable, they don’t suit very tall children (or adults!).
The OxGord Scooter for Kids is very cute, all black and lime green. There is also a pink and black model for people who want another option.
It is designed more for smaller children (would be perfect for ages 2-6) and beginners and has a lot of balance and steering features because of this. Also, it's made from quality aluminum.
- Three wheel design is ideal for beginners and anyone with limited abilities or confidence. This provides greater safety, control and stability.
- Easy lean to turn capability.
- Wide deck better for balance.
- Light enough for carrying by an adult when the rider is tired.
- Equipped with brake, with large, easy-to-use pedal.
- Thick, sturdy wheels are suitable for rough riding and will not easily tip the rider off. They also coast smoothly over ground and makes the scooter easy to kick and push.
- With very little children could be even gentle enough to use inside on floorboards and tile.
- Very low price.
- Comes with a money back guarantee.
- While this is the perfect scooter for little ones and new people to scooting, it doesn’t adjust and won’t grow with them. It is not strong enough for older children.
- Not great for speed or tricks.
- Does not fold.
- Plastic covering is not particularly hardy but should withstand little children’s use.
This three-wheeled scooter describes itself as being the highest rated scooter for 2-5 year-olds. It is good looking, aluminum and durable plastic in black, silver, blue and orange in the original model, but you can also buy it in green, pink, orange or purple models. All of them look equally excellent.
- Great safety and stability from the three-wheel design.
- Fantastic scooter for beginners.
- Easy to turn technology works by leaning.
- Very fast for a three-wheeler.
- High-quality materials, strong and sturdy design.
- Good suspension allows you to ride over small bumps without tipping the rider off.
- Teaches children balance and coordination.
- Comes equipped with a brake, that works smoothly and well.
- Nonmarking wheels mean this can be ridden in the house.
- Comes with a two-year warranty.
- Very high price tag for a kids toy.
- Does not fold down, but is lightweight.
- Although the wheels are top quality, they are not really suitable for rough riding.
Getting well up into expensive territory with this scooter, this is a high-quality machine with many built in features and considered to be one of the best two wheel scooters.
It is sleek and attractive, coming in silver, red and black, and you would not be embarrassed to be seen with this one.
Furthermore, it's made from aircraft-grade aluminum, is lightweight, and has a reinforced deck that can carry riders of up to 220lbs. This scooter will really appeal to older riders and adults, being marketed as ideal for commuting.
- Very strong and excellent quality material.
- Inline wheels built for speed and doing tricks.
- Is lightweight and folds for easy carrying.
- Tough wheels and suspension makes it suitable for all road conditions.
- Equipped with brake.
- No assembly necessary; ready to ride out of the box.
- Adjustable height to grow with your child and can be suitable for teenagers and adults
- Would be very difficult for beginners and not at all recommended for little ones, this scooter is only ideal for ages 8 and up.
- Although it’s strong enough to withstand bigger riders, the size of the platform makes it uncomfortable for big riders to stand on, not recommended for people above a shoe size 9.
- Very expensive as it is of extremely high quality and design.
We return to Razor, the most famous brand name in scooters, to review the E100. It is the most expensive on our list, but it also one of the best electric scooters, with motor power and lights.
Capable of reaching speeds of up to 10 miles an hour. It has an all-steel frame, is mostly black, sleek and stylish, with solid design and good thick wheels. For ages 8 and up, it will carry children up to 120lbs.
- Strong and sturdy frame and deck.
- Excellent wheels and good suspension.
- Equipped with hand-operated brake, however it is difficult to use for little ones, requires a strong grip.
- Comes with a quiet, zero-emission electric motor.
- Light up deck is a great added safety feature for riding in dim light and thick conditions.
- Battery provides 40 minutes of ride time.
- Although not recommended, parents have given this to children as young as 5 and claimed it was suitable.
- Because of the interior, mechanics not as durable if left out in the weather or subjected to rough conditions.
- Very expensive.
- Some assembly and battery charging is required.
- Some items have been faulty when purchased, with switches or batteries not working. However, Razor service department and return policy is reliable.
What Is Your Favorite Scooter for Kids?
All right, it's time to be honest. Are you going to buy a scooter for your child, or do you really want to have a go on it yourself? Because the answer to that question will determine which scooter is the right choice for you.
Scooters tend to fit into two categories; either great for beginners because they are easier to use and balance on, or ideal for older or more skilled riders as they are built more for tricks and speed. Your choice will depend on which category you are looking for.
If you want something for beginners, it would be hard to go past the Oxgord. The quality is good for the price; it's easy for little ones to use and light for you to carry home from the park when they get bored with it.
With very little children, you can never know what they will take to, and what they will turn their backs on after a couple of go’s, so I would recommend not spending a lot on this purchase with a first-time scooter.
If you want something for an older child, and can be sure they will get a lot of use out of it, you may want to consider the Hudora. It is of fantastic quality and should suit every purpose an older child has. Also you could probably jump on it yourself from time to time if you wanted.
Good luck with your purpose and always remember, safety first. No matter how good quality a scooter is, it will never provide enough safety on its own to prevent your child from getting hurt.
But we could say that about life just as well. Like a scooter, it goes very fast and you are guaranteed to get hurt, all we can do is give our children the best one we possibly can and hope they enjoy the ride.