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Best Scooter for a 4 Year Old - Reviews of Razor, Radio Flyer and Other Scooters
Buying a Scooter for a 4 Year Old
When buying a scooter for a four-year-old consider the following:
Two wheels vs. three wheels? Deciding which one will very much depend on the child. If you're buying for a young four-year-old it may be worth getting a three-wheel scooter, although beware some of these scooters have a maximum weight restriction. Having said this, there are many to choose from.
A child of four-and-a-half-years-old and up, or one who has already mastered a three-wheeler may be ready to graduate to two wheels.
My own son who's four rides a two-wheel scooter. He has had a two-wheeler since he was three and has managed a two-wheel one very well.
Other factors to look out for include:
Can the scooter fold? Scooters that fold are easier to store. You many find that your child decides he or she has had enough of the scooter when you're out and about. If you can fold the scooter, it is easier to carry.
Is the scooter adjustable? Some can adjust by height as your kid grows taller. This is good as the scooter will last longer.
Durability? Look at the reviews for the scooter. Do they suggest that it will withstand the rough and tumble life of your child?
Safety features? Many scooters have features which make it safer to ride. Some scooters have wider wheels so that a kid can balance more easily. A low deck is usually a little safer as it helps with balance. Some scooters have rear brakes too. Just bear in mind, that scooters with very wide bases and lots of safety features can be slower to ride which may mean your child gets frustrated.
Bear in mind that all four-year-olds are different. What may seem babyish and slow to one may make another feel confident and safe. Older, taller children may struggle on smaller scooters and vice versa. So, take into account the child you are buying for and their previous scootering experience and temperament too. I have picked a wide range of scooters for this article to help you choose. You can also read lots of reviews over on Amazon to help you decide.
Radio Flyer Little Red Scooter
This scooter is a great choice for kids with no previous experience of riding a scooter or for kids who would prefer three wheels. The design offers stability but the scooter has features which mean that it can gather some speed too. For example, the EZ glide wheels are made of urethane to offer a smoother ride (less rattling and bumping along the floor).
The scooter has a 60-pound weight limit so should be great for most four-year-olds and last a couple of years before they graduate onto two wheels.
The scooter features a leaning steer mechanism. This means that you do not use the handlebars to steer but lean to one side to turn the scooter. Kids learn really quickly how to lean to turn the scooter which helps build balance and co-ordination.
An adjustable handlebar means the scooter will grow with your child.
It also features a sleek, tapered deck for a clear kick path, and a foot brake for added control.
Micro Mini Kick Scooter
This is an excellent toy scooter. It has won several awards and has excellent ratings on Amazon. It looks cool and comes in many different colors.
This is a three-wheel scooter that has two wheels in the front. It has a weight capacity of 44 pounds. One of the reasons it is so highly rated is its ease of use.
It comes with a unique lean and steer design which allows the rider to use their body weight to control the steering.
It doesn't fold but it's lightweight, weighing only 3.3 pounds, so it's easy for small children to use and for parents to pick up.
If you have a tall four-year-old, you may also want to consider the maxi micro scooter. This is very similar to the micro scooter but it is designed for kids aged six to ten and is listed below.
Maxi Micro Kick Scooter
The maxi kick scooter is made by the same company as the mini micro scooter above, but it's designed for kids aged six to ten.
However, you may want to consider it for your four-year-old, especially if they are bigger or taller than average.
The maxi scooter differs from the mini scooter in the following ways:
Weight limit - The weight limit on the maxi scooter is 60 pounds compared to a 44-pound weight limit with the mini micro scooter.
Adjustable handlebar - the handlebar is adjustable on the maxi scooter but not on the mini scooter. The lowest height on the maxi scooter is almost the same size as the height of the mini scooter handlebar (about a centimeter bigger).
Deck size - the deck size is slightly wider and longer on the maxi scooter.
Price - the maxi scooter is more expensive but will grow with your child and they could be using it for years.
Getting the maxi micro scooter is a good choice if you are looking for value for money as the scooter will last you a lot longer with the higher weight limit and an adjustable handlebar. However, the mini micro is easy for younger kids to use and maneuver due to it's light weight and smaller deck. The mini scooter is also cheaper. So it's a personal choice as to which one you would prefer. Four-year-olds who are smaller and new to scooters may prefer the mini but taller ones who already can ride a scooter may prefer the maxi.
Razor Kixi Mixi Scooter
Not sure whether to get a two- or three-wheel scooter? Then get a scooter that converts from three to two wheels. The Razor Kixi Mixi scooter does just that.
What I like about this scooter is that it can allow your child to easily make the adjustment when they are ready and it's fairly easy and quick to convert. I also like that it folds, which is great for carrying and storing.
It has a weight limit of 45 pounds.
Globber 3 Wheel Adjustable Scooter
This is another cool option for a three-wheel adjustable scooter.
It's aimed at kids aged three and older, and has a 110 pound weight capacity. As the handlebar adjusts in height, it will grow with your child too.
The PU wheels and ABEC 5 bearings offer a smooth ride. The deck is low to the ground which offers maximum stability.
The long rear brake covers the entire rear wheel for more efficient braking
Huffy Ultimate 2 Wheeler
This is a good two-wheel scooter, especially for kids who are Spiderman fans.
It features an adjustable handlebar with a push button to adjust to the height of your child. It also folds for convenient storage and makes it easy to carry too.
Razor A Kick
This scooter is recommended for ages five and older but there are reviews on Amazon of four- and three-and-a-half-year-olds and even three-year-olds being able to use this scooter.
It's worth considering, especially if your child is ready to move on to two wheels. Or if they are an older or larger four-year-old or you are happy for them to spend some time mastering using a scooter.
The Razor A Kick scooters all have wheels made of urethane with ABEC 5 bearings to offer a smooth ride. They all fold, which is great when your kid is tired and asks you to carry their scooter. It's lightweight at six pounds is light to carry and maneuver too.
They come in lots of different colors including blue, pink, red and green.
Scooters for Girls
All the scooters already mentioned can be used by girls and boys but if you're looking for more of a girly-style scooter, check out a Disney Frozen scooter.