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Posted on Jun 22, 2012

Toy Tattle’s guide to the best scooters for kids

Toy Tattle’s guide to the best scooters for kids

With dozens of different designs and brands available, finding the best scooter for your kids will take a bit of research.

Toy Tattle’s here to help with this guide to buying a scooter.

1. Scooters for Little Kids

When kids first get started riding a scooter, they will probably appreciate the stability offered by an extra wheel or two.

Tri-scooters have one wheel at the front and two at the back. They are steered by turning the handlebars in the required direction, and they often have a hand brake. Wheels can be small, or chunky BMX style.

Tilt scooters can have three (two at front, one at back) or four small wheels. These are also controlled by turning the handlebars, but kids need to use their body more and lean into the corner, like they would on a two wheeler.

2. Push Scooters

Usually a basic aluminium two-wheeled scooter like the one pictured.

Brakes can be either a spoon brake over the back wheel operated by foot, or a hand brake like you would find on a bicycle.

Look for soft grip handlebars, anti-slip deck to stand on, and adjustable height post so you can raise / lower height of handlebars to suit your child.

Not suitable for extreme scooting or tricks but a good basic outdoor toy.

3. Trick or Stunt Scooters

The best scooters for tricks need to be strong and tough, but light.

Features to look out for include:

  • Fixed/one piece deck design – the deck and head tube are welded together, providing a stronger base, but making it not possible to fold the scooter.
  • Frame made from a light yet tough metal, such as aluminium or chromoly.
  • Thick foam or rubber handlebar grips, to provide the best grip and shock absorption.
  • Metal-core wheels will be more durable than plastic ones.

  • 4. Electric Scooters

    Electric scooters include a built in rechargeable battery that is charged by plugging it into a regular all socket in your home.

    Acceleration is often controlled via handlebars, some may have a pedal.

    These scooters can have optional seats, but most are standing only.

    Remember when choosing a scooter always check the recommended age AND the weight limit.

    For trick and stunt scooters for teens and adults, you should take a look at specialist sports and skate suppliers. Just-for-fun scooters are widely available online and in shops, including at The Entertainer:

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