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The Five Best 3-Wheel Scooters for Toddlers

Updated on October 4, 2014

Looking for a great three-wheeled scooter for your toddler?

My toddler son is too small for the regular Razor scooter, and I've been trying to figure out how to work on his balance so he can keep up with the older neighborhood boys. While I've gotten him a balance bike, I also wanted him to be able to scoot around on a scooter.

I had no idea that there were three wheeled scooters until a parent mentioned to me how much her child liked them. Since then I've been researching them to try to find the best one for my son.

One of the most popular choices is this Radio Flyer My First Scooter. It's a great choice for the beginning scooter!

mini kick Scooter

There are two types of three-wheeled scooters -- those with two wheels by the stand, and those with two wheels in the back. This scooter has the wheels in the front by the stand. It comes in several colors, including pink and orange. It gets great reviews on Amazon -- at the time of this article, there are NO 1 star reviews out of almost 140 total reviews, which is almost unheard of! It's not the cheapest option, but people who are reviewing the scooter claim their preschoolers use it from age 2.5 to about 6, when they graduate to a regular Razor scooter.

The mini kick scooter has a lean-and-steer design, which means, well, that the toddler learns how to lean into the scooter to steer it left or right. Because of the two wheels in the front, they are able to balance easily while still steering.

UPDATE: One of my son's friends brought over a Mini kick scooter for a playdate, and my son wouldn't let it go. It's a very smooth ride, very well built, and totally worth the money.

Radio Flyer My First Scooter

The Radio Flyer My First Scooter is a much less expensive option of a three-wheeled scooter than the mini kick, with still reasonably good reviews. One of the best features of this, in my opinion, is its ability to fold up for easy carrying. Also I confess to being a sucker for the Radio Flyer vintage look. At less than $45, it's a great deal!

The biggest complaint seems to be a limited turning capacity. However, the opposite reaction is that it's a very safe toy (these comments probably deal with the same design features). My hunch is that if you have a toddler who is cautious, it's a great choice, but if you have a daredevil, they might not find it as fun.

Radio Flyer Little Red Scooter

The other type of three wheel scooter is designed with the two wheels in the back. The general sense is that the wheels in the back tend to make the scooter a little slower, so it's better for cautious preschoolers (or cautious parents!). The biggest complaint about this type of scooter is that kids sometimes initially bang their feet on one of the back wheels, but usually this is easily corrected by the toddler.

I love the vintage look of this Radio Flyer Little Red Scooter, and it comes with tassles and a bell, which might make it a little girly for some kids, but overall, it's great for toddlers from ages 3-6. It's a good middle price range (around $50) so it's a good starter scooter.

Razor Jr. Kiddie Kick Scooter

Everyone knows the regular Razor scooter, so it's no surprise that there is a three wheeled Razor scooter for younger kids. The Razor Jr. Kiddie Kick Scooter is good for ages 2-4. There are some complaints that this is smaller than some other three-wheel scooters. However, the price is very reasonable (less than $40) so if you want to try one out without spending a lot of money, this is a great choice.

This is the scooter I have for my son, and it's good. However, as he is getting bigger, this isn't the best choice. If you have a 2 year old toddler who wants to be like an older sibling, you can be sure they will be safe on this scooter though!

Does your preschooler have a three-wheeled scooter?

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      giftito 5 years ago

      Thank you for the excellent information here.