10 Best Balance Bikes: 2018

Our Top Balance Bike Picks For Every Kid and Every Budget

With hundreds of balance bikes on the market, finding the perfect bike for your child can be a challenge.  Not only are balance bikes not one-size-fits-all, there are many different features on balance bikes to consider – things like tire type, weight, turning limiters, and brakes.  To make it super easy for you, we’ve outlined our top 10 balance bikes, why we love them, and why you will too!


WOOM 1

Best Overall


WOOM1 balance bike in green

MSRP: $199

FITS KIDS: In clothes sized 18-months to transitioning to 3T, weighing at least 26 lbs. For a larger option, check out the WOOM 1 Plus.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake and turning limiter

FULL REVIEWWOOM1
Perfection from top to bottom, WOOM1 creates a smooth, easy ride for young toddlers with a winning combination of a lightweight, extremely low step-through frame, a low minimum seat height, extra-cushioned air tires, and an easy-to-use handbrake. Its taller handlebars place riders in a natural, upright position with their weight centered over their hips, helping kids feel less hesitant about balancing.  As an added bonus, the WOOM1 is available in 5 colors!

PROS
  • Natural upright body position and easy to balance
  • Wider 12″ air tires provide better cushioning than traditional 12″ air tires
  • Low step through makes it easy to get on and off
  • One of the lightest balance bikes with air tires and a hand brake on the market (just 7.9 lbs!)
  • High end components

CONS
  • Compared to other brands, doesn’t offer a great range of seat heights


Strider Sport

Best Universal Fit


Strider Sport balance bike in blue

MSRP: $110

FITS KIDS: 18 months to 4-years-old, weighing at least 21 lbs. (Strider Classic only recommended until 3-years-old due to shorter seat post.)

FEATURES: Foam tires, optional hand brake

FULL REVIEW: Strider Sport

Built on a well-designed frame, the Strider is easily adaptable to fit a wide range of age groups. With an optional extended seat post and optional extra-long handlebars, we’ve had the best luck with Strider at accommodating kids of various sizes. For a decent price point, the Strider is a quality bike that fits light kids, heavy kids, tall kids, short kids – you generally can’t go wrong with a Strider.

PROS
  • Adjustable to to fit ages 18 months to 4 years old!
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Foam tires never go flat and are maintenance free

CONS
  • Foam tires provide minimal traction and no cushioning – not ideal for non-paved surfaces
  • Exposed bolts can potentially scratch legs


Muna 12″

Best Bang for Your Buck


Muna balance bike in red, blue, and green

MSRP: $120

FITS KIDS: In 2T – 4T pants

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake

FULL REVIEW: Muna 12″

The best bang-for-your-buck, the Muna 12″ is a rugged and nimble, go-anywhere balance bike that packs a lot of punch into its small price tag. For a surprisingly low price, you get a durable frame, air tires, a hand brake, and super cute designs to choose from. In addition to everyday neighborhood rides, the Muna’s wider tires and handlebars make it suitable for basic trail riding.

PROS
  • Wider 12″ tires provide better cushioning and are great for packed dirt trails
  • Wide handlebars provide more control for steering
  • Height adjustable and tiltable handlebars
  • Three colorful, fun design options

CONS
  • Taller minimum height of handlebars and heavier weight not ideal for petite riders


Banana Bike GT

Best Budget Bike


Banana Bike GT balance bike in blue

MSRP: $70

FITS KIDS: In 3T to size 5 pants

FEATURES: Air tires

A well-designed frame for the price, the Banana Bike GT has a longer wheelbase, making it more stable than other budget balance bikes. While the Banana is a deal for budget-minded families, just keep in mind that while we think the design is great, this isn’t a bike that’s going to last you for generations.

For more budget balance bike options, check out our 10 Best Balance Bikes Under $100 list.

PROS
  • Surprisingly good design for the price
  • Quick release seat post clamp
  • Air tires at a great price!

CONS
  • As with all budget bikes, it’s not as durable as the other bikes we recommend
  • Handle on back of seat prevents tire from rolling when lowered all the way down


Yedoo Too Too

Best for Lightweights


MSRP: $160

FITS KIDS: Younger or lighter-weight toddlers in clothes sized 24T to small 4T, weighing at least 27 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake and turning limiter

FULL REVIEW: Yedoo Too Too

Quick, nimble, and lightweight even with air tires, the Yedoo Too Too is an exceptional buy for younger or lighter-weight toddlers who don’t want to sacrifice the performance of air tires for lighter weight foam tires. With 6″ of adjustable seat height, this is a great bike for lightweight kids to grow with. Once your child needs the seat height set to 17″ or 18″, most other balance bikes will be much heavier. And at $160, it’s a more affordable buy for many parents.

PROS
  • A lightweight balance bike with air tires and a hand brake (just 8.2 lbs!)
  • 12″ to 18″ seat height range allows plenty of room for growth
  • Padded saddle

CONS
  • Exposed bolts can potentially scratch legs


Ridgeback Scoot

Best for Adventurous Older/Taller Kids


Ridgeback Scoot balance bike in neon yellow

MSRP: $199

FITS KIDS: Older kids in size 3T – 5T clothes, weighing at least 33 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake

FULL REVIEW: Ridgeback Scoot

Ridgeback Scoot is the perfect sized bike for older preschoolers or young grade schoolers who have yet to learn how to ride a pedal bike.  The Scoot is geared towards kids aged 3 to 5 who have no biking experience at all, who have only used training wheels (and can’t get rid of them), or who have outgrown their small balance bike but don’t yet have the desire to move up to a pedal bike. Its slightly leaned forward body position is a great fit for confident or adventurous kids who are likely to ride more aggressively one they master the bike.

PROS
  • Wide, stable handlebars
  • Long wheelbase for stability and room for growth
  • 6″ of seat height adjustability
  • Quality, durable build

CONS
  • Heavy for lighter-weight kids
  • Exposed bolts can potentially scratch legs


WOOM 1 Plus

Best for Timid Older/Taller Kids


WOOM 1 Plus balance bike in red

MSRP: $269

FITS KIDS: Fits kids in 3T to 5 pants

FEATURES: Air tires, dual handbrakes, turning limiter

FULL REVIEW: WOOM 1 PLUS

One of the best balance bikes made bigger, the WOOM 1 Plus has all the benefits of the popular WOOM1, but for kids ages 3 to 5 – it’s the perfect bike for timid kids starting off their balance bike journey as preschoolers versus toddlers.  With comfortable, upright body positioning, large 14″ air tires, a removable “surfboard” footrest and turning limiter, DUAL hand brakes (a rare find in balance bikes), and a maximum seat height over 3″ above the WOOM1, the WOOM1 Plus is the ultimate confidence-building, large balance bike.

PROS
  • Larger frame and 14″ tires provide plenty of room for growth
  • Lightweight and nimble
  • Removable turning limiter
  • Removable footrest
  • Dual hand brakes for optimal stopping power

CONS
  • Footrest too large for small toddlers, but is removeable


Prevelo Alpha Zero

Best for Adventurous Younger Kids


Prevelo Alpha Zero balance bike in silver

MSRP: $199

FITS KIDS: 24 months old to transitioning to 3T clothes

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake

FULL REVIEW: Prevelo Alpha Zero

The Alpha Zero is what every young grom’s (and let’s be honest, their parents’ as well) dreams are made of.  No bright and busy graphics or literal bells and whistles, just a perfectly proportioned and precision-built balance bike.  From its high-end components, to a long wheelbase for added stability on jumps, hills, or trail riding, the Alpha Zero provides a smooth and effortless ride that is sure to instill a love of biking in your child at a young age.

PROS
  • Low minimum seat height and low step-through ideal for young riders
  • High-end components, including threadless headset, Kenda tires, and Tektro brakes
  • Long wheelbase for added stability on jumps, hills, or trail riding
  • Cushioning air tires
  • Rounded bolts to prevent potential scratches

CONS
  • Only available in two colors


Cruzee

Best Color Options


Cruzee balance bike in red

MSRP: $160

FITS KIDS: In clothes sized 18-months to 4T, weighing at least 15 lbs.

FEATURES: Foam tires

FULL REVIEW: Cruzee

Ridiculously light and beautifully crafted, the Cruzee balance bike truly stands out from the crowd. With its sparkling anodized aluminum frame (rust-proof!), multiple safety features, and ultra-lightweight frame, the Cruzee is an excellent starter bike for the youngest and lightest riders. Heavier kids may enjoy riding a more substantial frame. Available in 9 different colors!

PROS
  • The lightest weight balance bike on the market! Less than 5 lbs.
  • Foam tires will never go flat and are maintenance free
  • Narrower handlebars make it great for younger or petite riders
  • Rounded edges to protect hands, arms and legs from injury

CONS
  • Anodized aluminum scratches easily
  • Foam tires don’t provide the cushioning and traction of air tires


Toot Scoot

Best Pre-Balance Bike


Toot Scoot pre balance bike in red

MSRP: $75

FITS KIDS: 12 months to 3-years-old, weighing at least 20 lbs.

FULL REVIEW: Toot Scoot

The TootScoot is the perfect pint-sized bike for young toddlers with a need for speed.  Significantly smaller and with wider tires than a standard sized balance bike, the TootScoot is an amazing pre-balance bike for on-the-go toddlers as young as 12 months old (as long as they are steady walkers)!

PROS
  • Wide, stable tires
  • Small minimum seat height
  • Easy transition to a standard-sized balance bike

CONS
  • Can be heavy for petite toddlers
  • Too wide for really narrow frames


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