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10 Best Balance Bikes: 2017

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!

Top 10 Balance Bike Picks


1. WOOM1: Best Overall, $199


WOOM1 balance bike in green

WOOM1: $199, View on WOOM’s website

 

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!

FITS KIDS: In clothes sized 18-months to transitioning to 3T, weighing at least 26 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake and turning limiter

FULL REVIEWWOOM1


2. Yedoo Too Too: Best for Lightweights, $160


Yedoo Too Too balance bike in white

Yedoo Too Too: $160, View on Amazon

 

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.

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


3. Ridgeback Scoot XL: Best for Older/Taller Kids, $209


Scoot XL Balance Bike in black

Ridgeback Scoot XL: $209, View on Wee Bike Shop

 

Ridgeback Scoot XL is the perfect sized bike for older preschoolers or grade schoolers who have yet to learn how to ride a pedal bike.  The Scoot XL is geared towards kids aged 4 to 8 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 or confidence to move up to a pedal bike.

FITS KIDS: Older kids in size 4 – 8 clothes, weighing at least 40 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake

FULL REVIEW: Ridgeback Scoot XL


4. Radio Flyer Glide & Go with Air: Best Budget Bike, $59


Radio Flyer Glide and Go Balance Bike with Air Tires

Radio Flyer Glide & Go with Air: $59, View on Amazon

 

A well-designed frame for the price, the Radio Flyer has a longer wheelbase, making it more stable than other budget balance bikes. And with air tires for added traction and cushioning, the Glide & Go 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.

FITS KIDS: In size 2T to 4T pants weighing at least 22 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires


5. Strider Sport: Best Universal Fit, $110


Strider Sport balance bike in blue

Strider Sport: $110, View on Amazon

 

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.

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


6. Islabikes Rothan: Best for Timid Riders, $239


Islabikes Rothan 12" Balance Bike in orange

Islabikes Rothan: $239, View on Islabikes.com

 

Lightweight, with a low-step through frame that perfectly balances to maintain an upright position, the Rothan works wonders on timid kids.  The ergonomic seat provides kids support while preventing them from slipping off and the narrow handlebars allow them to comfortably hold tight with little strain on their small hands.

FITS KIDS: 18-months-old to transitioning to 3T clothes, weighing at least 25 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake, turning limiter

FULL REVIEW: Islabikes Rothan


7. Cruzee: Best Color Options, $149


Cruzee balance bike in red

Cruzee: $149, View on Amazon

 

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!

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

FEATURES: Foam tires

FULL REVIEW: Cruzee


8. Early Rider Classic: Best Wooden Bike, $160


Early Rider Classic wood balance bike

Early Rider Classic: $160, View on Amazon

 

Built to last and engineered for fun, the Early Rider Classic looks as good as it performs.  Its 14″ tires in the front and 12″ in the back make for a smooth, fast ride and truly unique look. While most wood bikes are made out of standard wood, the Early Rider Classic is made from high-quality, water and weather proof, marine-grade birch – meaning, people literally make boats out of this stuff!

FITS KIDS: Fits kids in 24M months to 3T, weighing at least 35 lbs.

FEATURES: Air tires, turning limiter


9. Stampede Charger 12″: Best Bang For Your Buck, $140


Stampede Bikes Charger 12" Balance Bike in blue

Stampede Charger: $140, View on Amazon

 

The best bang-for-your-buck, the Stampede Bikes Charger 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 an extremely durable frame (literally we ran over this bike twice and the bike frame didn’t bend!), air tires, brakes, and phenomenal customer service. In addition to everyday neighborhood rides, the Charger’s wider tires and handlebars make it suitable for basic trail riding.

FITS KIDS: In at least 24M clothes weighing at least 36 lb.

FEATURES: Air tires, hand brake and turning limiter

FULL REVIEW:Stampede Charger 12″

 


10. Toot Scoot: Best Pre-Balance Bike, $75


Toot Scoot pre balance bike in red

Toot Scoot: $75, View on Amazon

 

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)!

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

FULL REVIEW: Toot Scoot

 

More detailed information about how to choose a balance bike can be found on our Balance Bikes: How to Choose page.  For a comparison chart of over 50 balance bikes, please view our Balance Bikes: Comparison Charts and Ratings page.

By: Carrie Wren

Last Updated: June 19, 2017