Looking for a new outdoor toy for your child? Three-wheel scooters are the biggest thing in children’s toys these days and for good reason. They’re sturdy, fun and look oh-so-cool as your child is zipping down the sidewalk or street.
Of course, any time you purchase some sort of wheeled, mobile toy for your child, you want to make sure it’s safe. Three wheeled scooters are safer than your traditional scooter, thanks to the two wheels in the front and the one wheel in the back. Despite this added safety precaution, though, the scooter will still be incredibly fun for your child, as well as helpful in developing their coordination and gross motor skills.
So, ready to start shopping? We’ve picked out the 13 best three wheel scooters for kids, along with a few tips to help you in the shopping process.
This scooter is suitable for toddlers, making it a great first pick for children who are just now exploring their wheeled transportation options. Affordable, with larger wheels in the front, the Decathlon Oxelo is pretty stable and comes in five bright colors. You just need to remember to add the scooter deck to your shopping cart before checkout, as it’s packaged separately from the frame. The handlebar is adjustable to fit your child’s height, from 2 feet 8 inches to 3 feet 9 inches.
Everyone knows Razor! You may have even enjoyed using a Razor scooter when you were a kid. Now, it’s your child’s turn. Start them out with the brand’s three-wheel Lil Kick Scooter.
The steel and polymer scooter features an extra-wide and slip-resistant deck, and the scooter comes in either pink or blue. The scooter is suitable for children three and up, with a weight capacity of up to 44 pounds. The only downside? This is one toy you’ll have to assemble.
The Micro Mini Deluxe Kickboard is a little more expensive than some of the other scooters on this list, at just under $100. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
The sturdy scooter comes in a swathe of awesome colors, and the scooter is outfitted with a “learn to steer” design that helps your child get the hang of things quickly and easily. The scooter is really durable, too, and can hold up to 110 pounds. However, even with that pretty admirable weight limit, it’s only suitable for kids up to age 5.
If you need something for children over the age of 5, you can opt for the Micro Maxi Deluxe Kickboard, which offers all the same great features, just with a little more durable frame that can hold kids up to age 12. It still only holds up to 110 pounds, but the kickboard has an adjustable handlebar that can work for preteen heights.
The Maxi’s price is only a little more, at $130. As an added bonus, you get a two-year manufacturer warranty to keep the scooter in great working condition, no matter how much your child bangs and beats it up over the course of their scooting adventures. (A foldable variant of the Micro Maxi Deluxe Kickboard is also available, for the higher price of $150.)
The coolest thing about this scooter (and there are several!) is that it features a seat! Just flip the seat down for comfortable cruising while seated and flip it up for scooting at high speeds.
The Hurtle Stand & Cruise Scooter comes in quite a few different colors, and Hurtle is sure to offer your child’s favorite. The adjustable height makes the scooter suitable for kids between 2 and 12 years old. Plus, the wheels light up. What’s not to love?
Brought to you by the same folks who create Bird electric scooters, the Bird Birdie Kick Scooter for kids is a non-motorized scooter variant with an adjustable handle and a kick brake.
The sleek design definitely makes this scooter stand out from the pack, as it looks a little more refined and not so much like a child’s toy. The aluminum handlebars are aircraft-grade, while the nylon deck is extra-durable. The scooter comes in three colors: dove white, electric rose and jet black.
Another scooter that can go from trike to scooter in just a few clicks, the Swagtron K2 scooter is designed for children ages two to five, with an adjustable handlebar height. The large, wide-set wheels offer extra stability, whether your child is using the scooter with the seat down or raised. The carbon steel frame can support kids up to 44 pounds.
The GOMO 3 scooter is serious fun. Available in bright and vibrant colors, the scooters look like what the big kids ride but are still safe enough for toddlers. The lightweight scooter is only 5.5 pounds, even with the extra-wide, rubber grippy deck and handles. The wheels light up, too, for even more fun.
The toddler-friendly YBIKE is really designed with true beginners in mind. The unique handle design allows for greater balance, while the ribbed deck allows for better stability. The brake on the back wheel is large and easy to use, too.
Made from aluminum and polyurethane, the bike is lightweight, at just over 5 pounds, but it can hold toddlers up to 44 pounds.
It boasts a patented adjustable steering angle control system that allows parents to “modify the turning radius of the front wheels.” The extra-wide scooter deck is big enough to fit two feet at once. The handlebar adjusts to six different heights, and the scooter can hold up to 220 pounds! When your child is finished using it, they can simply fold it up and either store it or take it on the go.
You likely already know and love the Radio Flyer brand. Maybe your child even has one of the brand’s famed red wagons. Now, you can enjoy the classic look (and safety features!) that the brand offers in a scooter variant.
At an affordable price ($40), the Radio Flyer scooter ticks most of the boxes parents are looking for in a beginner scooter. Suitable for children ages three and up, it can hold up to 60 pounds. It features lean-to-steer technology to help your child fine-tune their balance and coordination, and the handlebar adjusts to 33 inches.
If, though, you’re looking at all of the above scooters and thinking that they’re still a little too advanced for your child, you may want to check out this option from Fisher-Price, which is suitable for kids as young as 12 months.
It requires no balance, as it’s entirely sit-on, but it still teaches your child all the scooting skills they’ll need to level up to a “real” scooter in the next year or so. Plus, this scooter is more toy than transportation, as it offers more than 50 educational songs, tunes and phrases that teach concepts such as numbers, colors, shapes and more.
This scooter is a little different — or maybe a lot different — from all of the others on this list. Designed for older kids ages six and up, the AODI Swing Scooter still boasts three wheels, but the back two wheels are separated, forming a “V” that connects at the front wheel.
The design is great for children who want to eventually move up to a “regular” scooter but who don’t quite yet have their balance down enough to do so. It features hand brakes (the only scooter on our list that does), too, which can better prepare them for moving up to a two-wheel bike.
What to Consider When Shopping for Your Child’s Scooter
Have one of the above options in mind for your child? Here are a few other things to consider.
Is your child ready for a scooter?
Scooters can help to build your child’s coordination and gross motor skills, as mentioned, but they can also help to increase their activity and fitness levels. But when do you know your child is ready for a scooter?
Three-wheel scooters are suitable for most Pre-K kids, though you’ll want to take their skill level into account more so than their age. If your child has enough balance to hop and stand on one foot, that’s a good indicator that they can manage a scooter.
In general, if your child is 2 to 5 years of age, a potential scooter should be easy to steer and hold on to, with lots of support and a sturdy foot deck. Once your child is older, 6 and up, you can likely feel safe looking for scooters that are a little less sturdy and a little more speedy. You’ll also want to get a scooter that can handle increasing weights and heights.
Is a three-wheel scooter right for your child versus a two-wheel scooter?
Most children should start out with a three-wheel scooter, especially if they’ve never used a two-wheel scooter or a bike. The three wheels will provide added balance and get them accustomed to steering, control and general balance overall, without making things too challenging for them.
Three wheel scooters can come with varying wheel sizes. Big wheels give the scooter more stability but also a little more speed. Small wheels make the scooter a little more easy to maneuver, but they’re not as stable.
Scooters for children come in a variety of materials. We like aluminum scooters best, as they can hold more weight, making them more suitable as your child grows. Overall, though, look for durable and rust-free materials (because you know your child is eventually going to leave that scooter out in the rain), as well as materials that are light enough for your child to easily maneuver and carry.
For the wheels, look for polyurethane or plastic materials; the former will offer a smooth ride.
Extra scooter features
Extra features can come in incredibly handy.
You likely want your child’s scooter to be foldable or collapsible, as that will help with convenient storage, especially if you don’t have a garage or shed with extra space. Foldable scooters are also easier to take to a friend’s house or to the park.
You also probably want a scooter that will grow with your child, with height-adjustable handlebars.
Additionally, you might think a braking system would come standard on a scooter, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some scooters come outfitted with no brake at all, while others come with a push brake on the back wheel. You’ll want to decide for yourself what option might be best for your child.
Your Child’s New Favorite Toy?
A scooter may very well become your child’s new favorite toy. Parents report that children often use the same scooters for several years in a row, making them a great investment, at least where your child’s toys are concerned. Consider the scooter options above for your child and pick the best for their age, ability and agility.
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The 13 Best Three Wheeled Scooters:
- Decathlon Oxelo B1 Kids Scooter
- The Razor Junior Lil Kick Scooter
- Micro Mini Deluxe Kickboard
- Micro Maxi Deluxe Kickboard
- Hurtle 3-Wheel Stand & Cruise Scooter
- Bird Birdie Kick Scooter for Kids
- Swagtron K2 Three-Wheel Transforming Scooter
- The GOMO 3 Wheel
- YBIKE Kids GLX Cruze 3-Wheel Scooter
- Globber Ultimate Scooter
- Radio Flyer Toddler 3 Wheel Scooter
- Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Toddler Scooter
- AODI Swing Scooter