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Best Scooter for 5 Year Old

Updated on December 12, 2016

What Are The Best Scooters For 5 Year Olds?

Are you looking to buy scooters for a 5 year old? I have a 5 year old boy who loves his scooter and this article gives advice about what to look for when buying a scooter for this age based on factors which I have found important.

2 or 3 wheel? - Most 5 year olds are able to master the balance and co-ordination for a 2 wheel scooter. Even if they struggle with a 2 wheel scooter at first, you don't want a 5 year old to outgrow their scooter too quickly. It normally doesn't take too long to master the balance required for 2 wheels. My own 5 year old had been using a three wheel scooter for a while and he made the transition to 2 wheels without any problem. However, not all 5 year olds will have the confidence for 2 wheels. If you are concerned about a 2 wheel scooter there are quite a few 3 wheel scooters on the market for this age group and older. Check out the micro scooter and others below. Or why not look for a really sturdy two wheel scooter? Features such as wide wheels and a wide base make scooters sturdier and safer for younger children.

Longevity - If you're going to spend a lot of money on your chosen scooter, there are scooters which are designed to last and grow with your child. Look out for scooters which adjust height as your child grows. Look at reviews - do older children use this scooter?

Brake - A brake is a nice extra feature especially if the scooter you are buying is designed to have some speed. Having said this, my own 5 year old rarely uses the brake on his scooter. If he wants to stop he tends to slow down by using his extra foot.

Foldable - Does the scooter fold up? For me, this is an important feature as quite often my 5 year old will tell me his leg hurts and wants to walk for a while. I can then fold his scooter up and carry it. A foldable scooter also means less room is needed for storage.

However, if it's possible they may want to do tricks on their scooter, avoid a scooter with a folding mechanism. If a 5 year old wants to do tricks, they will need a scooter that can take the impact of any stunts, jumps or tricks they attempt. A folding mechanism often means the body of the scooter is not strong enough take this kind of impact. Scooters with folding mechanisms are designed for cruising along.

Lightweight - It may be worth checking how much the scooter weighs. If you ever have to carry a scooter or transport it like I do, a lighter scooter is always better.

Durability - My son uses his scooter everyday to and from school and often goes on it after school as well. A durable scooter is very important for him. When buying a scooter for him, I've looked at reviews to look for any potential problems with durability as well as looking at the kind of materials they are made from.

This article suggests some 2 wheel scooters suitable for ages 5 and up. There are also a 3 wheel scooters which are suitable for 5 year olds.

Read on for the best scooter for a 5 year old.

Micro Sprite 2 Wheel Scooters

Micro Sprite Kick Scooter (Red)
Micro Sprite Kick Scooter (Red)

The Micro sprite scooters are at the more expensive end of the kick scooter market for kids. However, they are designed to last. So whereas you may find you have to buy a new scooter in a year or two with other brands, the micro sprite scooter should last for much longer than that.

They are designed for 5 to 12 year olds. The thing you will notice with a micro sprite scooter is that they offer a very smooth and quiet ride. No rattling with this scooter! This can be attributed to the high quality polyurethane wheels with high quality bearings (ABEC 5 bearings). strong and lightweight, only 5.5 lbs and is easy to carry with a folding mechanism.

It also features an adjustable height handle bar that extends from 64cm to 93cm and a maximum rider load of 220 lb. The adjustable handlebar means the scooter will grow with your child and last for years. It can also be used by siblings and friends by adjusting the handlebar height to the correct size for them.

There is also a rear brake for safety. It comes in different colors too.


Mini And Micro Scooters For 5 Year Olds (3 Wheeled Scooters)

Cool 3 wheel scooters for a 5 year old are the mini and micro scooters.

The mini scooter is recommended for children aged 3 to 5 years. It's low to the ground so is safer for 1st time scooter riders. It has 2 wheels at the front so is great for stability. However, at 5 years old, your child is coming to the recommended age range for this scooter. So for bigger children it may be worth investigating whether the maxi scooter may be a better buy.

The maxi scooter is another cool 3 wheel scooter and is aimed for children aged 6 to 10 years. Again, it's low to the ground. Unlike, the mini micro scooter, It has a height adjustable handlebar. The lowest height on the maxi scooter is about the same height of the handlebar on the mini micro scooter (about 24 inches). The deck is about 1 inch wider and 2 inches longer on the maxi scooter and it's heavier too. The mini scooter weights 3.3 pounds and the maxi weight 5.5 pounds. Obviously the lighter scooter is easier to carry and for kids to manever but 5.5 pounds is still extremely light for a scooter. The maximum weight for riders on the mini scooter is 44 pounds and for the maxi scooter its 60 pounds.

The differences between the scooters mean the mini is easier to pick up, manever and control for smaller children but for longevity the maxi may be a better choice.

Personally, I think I'd go for the maxi scooter for a 5 year old, otherwise you'll need to buy a new scooter in a years time.

Still unsure which one to go for? Here is a forum discussion which will help you to decide.

Mini or Maxi Micro scooter?

Also check out the reviews on amazon.

Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter (Orange)
Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter (Orange)

We actually have the mini micro scooter for my younger son. It's a nice sturdy scooter, its very easy to use and offers a smooth ride. My younger boy loves it. It doesn't fold but it's very lightweight so easy to carry when he's had enough scooting around.

The mini micro scooter has a 'lean-and-steer' design which means kids lean to the left to go left and lean right to go right.

The front wheels are 4-inch in diameter and the one in back is 3-inch and made of polyurethane. The wheels are really good quailty and offer a smooth glide.

The two wheels in front are placed 8 inches apart for stability.

The handle grips are a thick, durable, comfortable rubber.

Micro Kickboard Maxi Kick Scooter, Blue
Micro Kickboard Maxi Kick Scooter, Blue

This maxi is the larger scooter designed for kids between aged 6 and 10.

The maxi also has a lean-and steer mechanism for curving and carving, creating the feel of 'surfing the sidewalks'

The maxi's wheels offer a really smooth ride perfect for urban, or suburban pavements.

It is extremely durable so you should last a long time.

The maxi is also very lightweight, only about 5.5lbs,


Razor A Kick Scooters for 5 Year Olds (2 Wheeled Scooters)

Razor A Kick scooters are compact folding scooters which make them perfect for easy folding, carrying and storage.

There are three types of Razor A Kick scooters the original Razor A kick which is the best selling and most popular. There is also the Razor A2 kick and the Razor A3 kick. The difference between the three scooters are detailed below. All three scooters appeal to different age groups and there are designs and colors for both genders.

The Razor A Kick Scooter is featured below first.

Razor A Kick Scooter (Blue)
Razor A Kick Scooter (Blue)

From ages 5 and up, this is a cool scooter.

The reviews on Amazon rate it as a great scooter for a 5 year old.

It is easily foldable and weighs only 6 pounds so can be easily carried or transported in a bag.

It features a patented rear fender brake for quick stops

Older kids love this scooter too so it's a choice that should last your child a few years.

The scooter is built of built of aircraft-grade aluminum so should hold up to the rough handling many kids give to them.

The construction of the scooters including the 98mm inline-style urethane wheels and ABEC 5 bearings offer a smooth ride along the sidewalk.

The handlebar is height adjustable so will suit children of different heights and will grow with your child too.

The scooter comes in different colors including blue, pink and red. There is also a Sweet Pea version which has pink streamers on the handlebar and a bell to let people know you are coming.


Razor A2 Scooter

Razor A2 Kick Scooter (Blue)
Razor A2 Kick Scooter (Blue)

The Razor A2 Kick scooter is a later model.

The razor kick A2 scooter has all the features of the Razor Kick A Scooter mentioned above such as adjustable handlebar height plus a couple of cool new features. Again this is suitable for ages 5 and up.

The main advantage over the razor A kick is it has a springless shock system that makes bumpy surfaces feel smoother than ever and an all-new wheelie bar so you can do a wheelie!

Razor A3 Kick Scooter (Blue)
Razor A3 Kick Scooter (Blue)

Razor has now developed another updated scooter in this series, the A3 scooter which has been improved even more. (Ages 5 and up)

There are larger 125mm wheels and like the A and A2 features ABEC-5 high speed bearings for smooth riding.

In general bigger wheels are better for cruising over longer distances. Larger wheels are able to go faster although they may take longer to spin up. They are better over uneven paths offering a smoother ride. They glide over cracks in the sidewalks more easily. So this is a good scooter for getting you if you want it primarily to get from a to b.

The front fork is equipped with shock absorbing suspension to impress your friends with cool scooter tricks.


Cool Scooter for a 5 Year Old Girl

Razor A Kick Scooter (Sweet Pea)
Razor A Kick Scooter (Sweet Pea)

This is a great option of a scooter for a 5 year old girl.

It has exactly the same features as the Razor A kick scooter featured above. So it is height adjustable, to can fold, it has 98mm urethane and a rear brake for extra safety and quick stops.

On top of this it is customized with accessories that a girly girl will love. They include the sparkling pink streamers on the handlebars and a bell to let everybody know she is coming.


Character Scooters

If your 5 year old has a favorite TV series or movie there may be a scooter that features the characters they love. At the moment 5 year old girls tend to love Frozen and 5 year old boys tend to love superheros. There are spiderman scooters and frozen scooters to look out for too.

Buying a Scooter from Ebay

Sometimes you can get great second hand scooters which are suitable for 5 year olds.

Ebay can be a good place to start. It's often worth looking for a local pick up so you don't have to pay shipping costs. Just choose the advanced search feature over at ebay to search for scooters available to collect near you. If there are no scooters local to you, you can often get good deals on second hand scooters that can be delivered to you. Remember to factor in the shipping charges when working out which scooter is cheaper to buy.

Scooters for 5 Year Olds in the UK

If you're from the UK, check out this article on scooters for 5 year olds in the UK.

5 Year Old Doing Tricks on Razor Scooter

Extras for Your Scooter

There are quite a few extra pieces of equipment you can get for your chosen scooter that can be quite useful. Here are some ideas of more equipment to consider.

Hands free scooter strap - there are straps / slings which you can buy separately and attach to scooters which makes carrying them and transporting them easier. This is great for having when your young kids have scooters. There are many times my own boys have decided they've had enough scooting and they their scooters to be carried. Having a strap means it's a lot easier to transport.

Scooter bags - Alternatively you can purchase scooter bags. These are also great for carrying scooters as they normally have a strap attached. It also is good to keep them covered and in good condition when transporting and storing.

Scooter stands / Racks - these are great for storing scooters when in the garage. This will save them from lying on the floor and being a trip hazard. They are also less likely to get scratced and damaged if they're stored upright.

Hand grips - hand grips fit on scooter handlebars and are usually add more comfort and grip for scooter rides. They often come in bright, funky colors so add some extra style too.

Don't forget you can often replace damaged or worn parts on scooters such as wheels. This will often work out cheaper than buying a new scooter although it will depend on how much you spent on the scooter in the first place.


Does your 5 year old use a 2 or 3 wheel scooter? Can you recommend a good scooter to others? Please add any comments and feedback below.

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