10 Best Electric Scooters for Kids

Several years ago, electric scooters for kids became an overnight sensation. While they were originally heavy, bulky, and finicky, they’ve come a looooooong way in the last few years.

While Razor electric scooters are still a major player in the kids electric scooter market, brands like Segway, Swagtron, GoTrax, and Mongoose have also been innovating to bring a lot of solid options to the table.

Three kids standing with a group of electric scooters they tested

So what’s the best electric scooter for your boy or girl? We tested 10 different kids electric scooters from all the major scooter brands. After months of testing, we determined some electric scooters are definitely better than others.

From wheel size and material to throttle type and spring shock dampening, check out our list below to discover what’s great (or not so great) about each of our favorites. Or, click here to skip to the bottom to read our Electric Scooters for Kids Buying Guide.

Best Electric Scooters for Kids

Kids Electric ScooterWhy We Love ItMSRP
Kids 7 and Under - Max speed 2 to 8.6 mph
Segway Ninebot E8Lots of features & smooth ride8.6$199
GoTrax GKSBudget friendly7.5$119
Huffy Bubble Scooter3 wheels and super low mph for toddlers2$65
Kids 8 to 12 - Max speed 10 mph
Segway Ninebot E10Lots of features & super smooth ride10$229
Razor Power Core E90Budget friendly, Amazon's Choice10$139
Razor Power A2Most light weight and modern Razor electric scooter10$199
Mongoose React E2No frills, easy to use10$179
Razor E100The Original kids electric scooter10$159
Tweens and Teens - Max Speed 15 mph
Swagtron Swagger 8Fast, smooth ride - even on grass15$199
Razor Pocket ModRetro moto, sit down scooter15$350

Kids Electric Scooters Video Review

Visual learner? Watch all of our favorite scooters in action in this video review!

Best Electric Scooters for Kids 3 to 8

While most electric scooters go 10 mph or more, that is really fast for a young kid! For kids under 8, several brands make electric scooters with lower maximum speeds. This is a much safer alternative for kids who are not developmentally ready to go so fast.

Segway Ninebot E8

Best Overall – Kids 6 to 8

Segway Ninebot E8 and E10 electric scooters for kids and teens
  • MSRP: $199
  • Best Age/Weight: 6 years old to 110 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 8.6 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 6.2 miles
  • Wheels: 6.75″ rubber-coated airless
  • Throttle: Push dial, kick-to-start
  • Brake Style: Hand brake and foot brake
  • Other Notable Features: Cruise control mode, safety mode, front wheel spring damping system, foldable, kickstand

The full-featured Segway Ninebot comes in several models to cater to a wide age range of kids. Each model offers a different maximum speed, maximum weight limit, and handlebar height.

The E8 has a lower 8.6 mph max, and a lower and more narrow handlebar, making it ideal for younger kids. The E10 has a 10 mph max and a higher handlebar, best for kids at least 8 years old and 4’3 tall. They are also offered in different colors, but are otherwise the same.

With larger wheels and a front wheel spring damping system, the Segway Ninebots offered the smoothest ride of any of the kids electric scooters we tested.

A unique and super cool feature of the Ninebot is that it’s the only electric scooter for kids that offers a cruise control mode and a safe mode.

Every other scooter requires a child to keep the throttle engaged the entire time they are riding, which can quickly get tiring. When set in Cruise Control mode, once the max speed is reached, it will stay there until the child engages the hand brake. When the hand brake is engaged, the motor shuts down until the child kicks off the ground to re-activate it.

Safety Mode allows a parent to lower the maximum speed of the scooter, enabling them to keep younger or less coordinated kids safely riding and slower speeds. Cruise Control and Safety Mode cannot be used at the same time.

In all modes, the scooter will beep a warning at you if you’re going faster than the maximum recommended speed to remind you to brake to slow down. But even if you ignore the warning, the scooter’s motor actually shuts off to slow the scooter down.

Once a safe speed has been attained, the motor will kick back in. How can a scooter go faster than it’s max speed? Going faster than the max happens on any kids electric scooter when going downhill.

PROS:

  • Different models provide different maximum speeds
  • Larger wheels and suspension system make for a super smooth ride
  • Cruise control mode
  • Safety mode – parents can set maximum speed lower
  • Really easy to fold – easier than other kids electric scooters
  • Climbs hills better than any other scooter on this list
  • Cool, colored LED lights on bottom of the scooter
  • LED light indicator shows you how much battery power you have left
  • EBS recovery brake helps regenerates power upon use

CONS:

  • Handlebar height is not adjustable

GoTrax GKS

Best on a Budget

GoTrax GKS kids electric scooters in black and pink
  • MSRP: $129
  • Best Age/Weight: 6 years old to 5′ tall or 120 lbs.
  • Max Ride Time: 4 miles
  • Wheels: 6″ solid rubber
  • Throttle: Foot engaged, kick to start
  • Brake Style: Rear fender
  • Other Notable Features: Kickstand

While the Ninebots boast a ton of features, the GoTrax GKS sticks to the basics to keep the price tag down. The GKS has two main things going for it.

First, its slower max speed of just 7.5 mph allows younger kids to safely ride an electric scooter. And while most other electric scooters end up going really fast down steeper hills, we found that the GKS maintained a relatively slow speed on the down hill. This is a huge safety win for young riders.

Second, the GoTrax GKS has a unique foot-engaged, kick-to-start throttle which is another safety benefit for young kids. To get the scooter started, a child places their foot on the front deck button and kicks off the ground to get the scooter moving.

Once the scooter is moving 1.8 mph, the child places their rear foot on the rear button to enage the motor and accelerate to 7.5 mph. To slow down, the child can raise their rear foot which stops the motor, and also engage the rear fender brake.

Keep in mind that this scooter was one of the bumpier rides of the bunch, so that lower price tag does come at a cost.

PROS:

  • Stays steady speed while climbing
  • Doesn’t go too fast on the downhill
  • Wide and long deck provides plenty of foot space
  • Automatically turns off when not in use

CONS:

  • Quite bumpy on larger cracks or uneven surfaces
  • Rubber on wheels is harder and thinner than others
  • Handlebars aren’t adjustable
  • Requires more assembly than most other scooters

Huffy 2-in-1 Bubble 3 Wheel Electric Scooter

Electric Scooter for Toddlers

Toddler electric 3 wheel scooter by Huffy for boys and girls
  • MSRP: $65
  • Best Age/Weight: 3 years old to 50 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 2 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 40 minutes
  • Wheels: 3 wheels, plastic
  • Throttle: Push button
  • Brake Style: None, stop pushing throttle
  • Other Notable Features: Creates bubbles as you go!

In full disclosure, we did not test this 3 wheel electric scooter for kids. We’re including it here as the only option we could find for parents looking for an electric scooter for toddlers.

Certainly the bubbles and bright characters are a fun touch, but realistically, a toddler is probably better off on a non-electric three wheel scooter. Anytime you get electronics involved, the potential for things to just “stop working” is pretty high. Also, as parents of toddlers ourselves, we’re proponents of getting them out for exercise (and also tiring them out before nap time)!

PROS:

  • Makes bubbles as you go
  • Very low maximum speed
  • Non-slip deck
  • Fun colors and characters for girls and boys
  • Can be used as a regular scooter when the battery runs out

CONS:

  • Doesn’t encourage exercise
  • A 3 wheel electric scooter is much more likely to stop working than a standard 3 wheel scooter

Best Electric Scooters for Kids 8 to 12

With higher maximum speeds and higher handlebars, these electric scooters are best for kids who are developmentally ready to go faster and have a little more adventure on their scooter.

Segway Ninebot ZING E10

Best Overall – Kids 8 – 12

Segway Ninebot ZING E10 in gray
  • MSRP: $229
  • Best Age/Weight: 8 years old to 132 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 6.2 miles
  • Wheels: 6.75″ rubber-coated airless
  • Throttle: Push dial, kick-to-start
  • Brake Style: Hand brake and foot brake
  • Other Notable Features: Cruise control mode, safety mode, front wheel spring damping system, foldable

Faster than its little brother the E8, the Ninebot ZING E10 has a 10 mph max and a higher handlebar, best for kids at least 8 years old and 4’3 tall. It’s only offered in gray. All other features are identical, and you can read about those above.

PROS:

  • Larger wheels and suspension system make for a super smooth ride
  • Cruise control mode
  • Safety mode – parents can set maximum speed lower
  • Really easy to fold – easier than other kids electric scooters
  • Climbs hills better than any other scooter on this list
  • Cool, colored LED lights on bottom of the scooter
  • LED light indicator shows you how much battery power you have left
  • EBS recovery brake helps regenerates power upon use

CONS:

  • Handlebar height is not adjustable
  • Only offered in one color

Razor Power Core E90

Amazon’s Choice – High User Rankings + Value

Razor Power Core E90 kids electric scooters in green and pink
  • MSRP: $139
  • Best Age/Weight: 8 years old to 120 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 80 minutes
  • Wheels: Front urethane, Rear rubber-coated airless
  • Throttle: Push button, kick-to-start
  • Brake Style: Hand brake only
  • Other Notable Features: Kickstand

Amazon’s Choice for kids electric scooters, the Razor Power Core E90 offers double the riding time compared to the original Razor E100 (80 minutes vs 40 minutes). With lower handlebars than the E100, it’s better for younger and shorter kids.

With a front plastic wheel, it’s a bumpier ride than the air tire of the E100, but its hub motor (vs chain driven motor) is less likely to need maintenance.

While it’s not our favorite Razor electric scooter for kids, the lower price and higher ride time per battery charge are two pretty big benefits to the Power Core E90.

PROS:

  • Wide deck for increased stability for timid riders
  • Easy push button throttle
  • Hand brake stops the scooter quickly
  • Long riding time per battery charge (80 minutes!)

CONS:

  • Bumpier than other electric scooters on this list
  • No handlebar height adjustment
  • Heavy
  • Noisy motor
  • Ours didn’t go 10 MPH – slower than other scooters with a max MPH of 10.
  • Can’t use as a kick scooter – motor provides too much resistance

Razor Power A2

Best Razor Electric Scooter for Kids

Razor Power A2 electric scooter for kids in red
  • MSRP: $199
  • Best Age/Weight: 8 years old to 143 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 40 minutes
  • Wheels: Front urethane, rear rubber-coated airless
  • Throttle: Push button, kick-to-start
  • Brake Style: Footbrake
  • Other Notable Features: Kickstand, foldable, adjustable-height handlebar
  • Full Review: Razor Power A2

While not that popular on Amazon (we can’t figure out why???), the Power A2 is our favorite Razor electric scooter for kids! With adjustable height handlebars, a less bulky deck, and a folding mechanism, the Power A2 looks quite like a traditional kick-scooter. Weighing in at just 14 pounds (the E100 is 25 pounds!), it even can be used as a traditional kick-scooter in the event your battery dies.

Compared to the Segway E10 which is similarly priced, the Razor A2 doesn’t offer as many features and isn’t as smooth a ride, but its handlebars allow kids to customize the fit just for them.

PROS:

  • Adjustable-height handlebar to better fit kids of different heights
  • Foot brake has good stopping power
  • Can be used as kick-scooter without battery

CONS:

  • Riding is a bit rickety caused by the urethane front wheel
  • Shorter deck – less room for growth
  • Push button gets tiring on thumb
  • Narrow handlebars

Mongoose React E2

No-Frills Simplicity

Mongoose React E2 and E1 electric scooters in orange and blue
  • MSRP: $179
  • Best Age/Weight: 8 years old to 120 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 8.5 miles
  • Wheels: Front and rear 145mm urethane
  • Throttle: Push button, kick-to-start
  • Brake Style: Fender brake
  • Other Notable Features: Kickstand

While there’s nothing about the Mongoose React 2 that screams, “Hey! This is the best scooter!,” our kid testers insisted that they loved riding it – even if they had difficulty articulating why.

What we determined is that the React 2 is simple, no-frills, and just easy to use. It doesn’t require much thinking to use so kids can cruise with no worries. If you have a child that would benefit from a non-complex machine, the React 2 is a perfect choice.

PROS:

  • Wide deck for added stability
  • Fender brake is easier to engage than other scooters
  • Simple and non-complicated – easy to ride
  • Quiet motor
  • Can use as a kick-scooter if battery runs out
  • Pretty smooth ride for having plastic wheels and no suspension

CONS:

  • Goes up-hill more slowly than other kids electric scooters (but very fast down hill!)
  • Shorter foot deck means less room for feet
  • Narrow handlebars, and can’t adjust their height
  • Heavier than our favorite scooters
  • No light-up indicator on power switch makes it difficult to tell when it’s on (you can often forget to turn it off!)

Razor E100

The Original Electric Scooter for Kids

Razor E100 kids electric scooter in blue and purple
  • MSRP: $159
  • Best Age/Weight: 8 years old to 120 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 40 minutes
  • Wheels: Front 8″ pneumatic, rear urethane
  • Throttle: Twist grip, kick-start motor
  • Brake Style: Hand brake
  • Full Review: Razor E100 Electric Scooter

The Razor E100 is the kids electric scooter that started the electric scooter craze. While there have been a lot of advancements since its humble beginnings, the E100 still continues to be one of Razor’s top-selling scooters.

While it doesn’t have an adjustable height handlebar, it does have a wide deck. Many kids prefer this wide deck because it’s easier for them to place their feet side by side, rather than one foot in front of the other.

PROS:

  • Kick-start motor for smoother starting
  • Fast enough for fun, but not too fast for young riders
  • Front air tire for a smoother ride
  • Well-known brand

CONS:

  • Motor cover catches and scratches on ground with sharp right turns
  • Chain motor (old technology) and batteries require special care and potential maintenance
  • Heavy and clunky
  • Can’t use as a kick scooter – chain motor provides too much resistance
  • Handlebar is not adjustable

Macwheel E9 Pro

Variable Speeds and Handlebar Height

Macwheel E9 Pro electric scooter for kids in gray and in pink
  • MSRP: $199
  • Best Age/Weight: 8 years old to 132 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 5 miles
  • Wheels: Front and rear solid rubber
  • Throttle: Push dial, kick-to-start
  • Brake Style: Footbrake
  • Other notable features: Choice of three speeds, LED speed and battery life display, light-up foot deck with five color options, adjustable height handlebars

The Macwheel E9 Pro looks a lot like the Ninebot, but offers different features. It has three main things going for it. (

(1) It’s the only scooter for kids this age that allows the rider to change the max speed on the go. By simply pressing the power button, the max speed can be changed from 5 to 8 to 10 mph. While this may be fun for kids, it doesn’t allow a parent to lock a younger child out of higher speeds, which is why this scooter is rated for 8 years and older.

(2) The LED display shows kids what speed setting they’re in, and also shows the speed incrementally increase. As an added bonus, the batter power is constantly on display so kids can be aware of when they need to charge.

(3) And last (and maybe the most important for kids!) the sides of the deck light up for a pretty sweet visual effect. Kids can choose between red, pink, green, rainbow, and pulsating rainbow.

One benefit the Mac Wheel has over the Ninebot is that its handlebars are adjustable to better fit kids as they grow. However, our testers commented that it was not nearly as smooth of a ride. Certainly not bumpy, but without suspension or highly cushioning wheels, the vibrations from the road were felt more than on the Ninebot.

PROS:

  • Three different speeds to choose from – 5, 8, and 10 mph
  • Handlebars adjust in height – 3 different settings
  • LED display shows speed and battery power
  • Deck lights up with colors on the side – 5 different color choices
  • Light enough to use as a kick scooter when power runs out

CONS:

  • Not as smooth of a ride as the Ninebot (no suspension, wheels are less cushioned)

Best Electric Scooters for Tweens and Teens

Athletic and coordinated older kids can safely manage faster speeds. The electric scooters below max out at 15 mph, which is the fastest of any of the other scooters on this list.

Swagtron Swagger 8

Best Overall – Tweens and Teens

Swagtron Swagger 8 electric scooter for kids and teens. In red and yellow.
  • MSRP: $199
  • Best Age/Weight: 10/11 years old to 150 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 15 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 10 miles
  • Wheels: 5.5″ rubber, airless tires
  • Throttle: Push dial
  • Brake Style: Hand and foot brake
  • Other Notable Features: Front wheel spring damping suspension, LED screen, adjustable-height handlebar, kickstand, foldable

With a 15 mph max and an LED screen to monitor speed, the Swagtron Swagger 8 was the most “grown up” scooter we tested. Our athletic and older testers preferred this electric scooter for older kids because it could go so much faster than the others.

If your child isn’t yet ready to go 15 mph, the Swagger 8 actually has three different speeds settings – 5, 10, or 15 mph. This is unique because every other kids electric scooter we tested can only accelerate to its max – a child can’t choose to ride at a lower speed.

With the push of a button, the Swagger 8’s maximum speed can be changed on the go. Unfortunately, a parent can’t lock a child out of a higher speed, so excercise cautioun if your child is younger.

Our testers also appreciated the push dial (vs. push button) acceleration throttle on the Swagger 8. Unlike the more common push button throttle, it didn’t tire their thumbs out.

PROS:

  • 3 speed settings (5, 10, or 15 MPH)
  • LED screen shows speed and total mileage
  • Short charge time
  • Thumb throttle is easy to keep engaged
  • Suspension for smooth riding
  • Long deck – more room for feet
  • Foot brake and hand brake for slow or fast stopping
  • Best for riding on grass or dirt
  • Can use as kick scooter when battery runs out

CONS:

  • Screw on grips can come out of place while riding
  • Maximum speed on screen is 15 – can’t show when you’re going faster down hill
  • Hard to fold
  • Very loud when it hits a crack in the sidewalk

Razor Pocket Mod Kids Electric Scooter

Retro Kids Moto

Razor Pocket Mod electric scooters for girls in purple and red
  • MSRP: $349
  • Best Age/Weight: 10 years old to 170 lbs.
  • Maximum Speed: 15 mph
  • Max Ride Time: 40 minutes
  • Wheels: 12″ air tires
  • Throttle: Twist grip
  • Brake Style: Hand brake
  • Other Notable Features: Kickstand prevents it from accelerating forward when engaged

This super sweet retro moto was a surprise hit with our testers (girls and boys!) 10 and older. It was easily the favorite, in part because it goes pretty fast and because the kids feel so grown up riding a motorcycle. HAHA!

If you stick to pavement, it’s a pretty smooth ride, and the soft seat was an added bonus for young bums. The brakes offer great stopping power, and there’s a small storage compartment under the seat that could fit a cell phone, keys, and a snack.

A cool safety feature is the kickstand. Not only does this keep this kids electric scooter standing upright, but it prevents the scooter from accidentally accelerating. When the kickstand is engaged, the rear wheel is lifted off the ground so if the twist throttle is engaged, the scooter won’t go anywhere. This came in handy at our house when little sister wouldn’t stop climbing on the seat!

PROS:

  • Good brake offer great stopping power
  • Smooth, fast riding on pavement
  • Storage compartment under seat for transporting small items
  • Comfy seat
  • Wide handlebars
  • Can ride on grass pretty well (but bumpy!)
  • Special kickstand that lifts up back wheel (safety bonus)

CONS:

  • Assembly is a little more involved than other electric scooters
  • Air tires can go flat

Kids Electric Scooter: Sizing Comparison

Kids Electric ScooterHandle Bar HeightWeight CapacityDeck LengthDeck WidthScooter Weight
Kids 7 and Under
Segway Ninebot E829.75"110 lbs13.5"4.75"17.6 lbs
GoTrax GKS30"120 lbs15"5.5"17.8 lbs
Kids 8 - 12
Segway Ninebot E1033.5"132 lbs16.5"4.75"18.7 lbs
Razor Power Core E9027.5"120 lbs21.5"7.5"21.62 lbs.
Razor Power A226" - 33.5"143 lbs14"4.75"14.24 lbs
Mongoose React E229"120 lbs16"5.5"
Razor E10030"120 lbs21''7''26 lbs
Tweens and Teens
Swagtron Swagger 830.75" - 34.5"150 lbs19"4 7/8"14.4 lbs.
Razor Pocket Mod170 lbs

How to Choose the Best Electric Scooter for Kids

Before you decide on a scooter based just on looks or price, you should consider these additional features:

3 kids riding electric scooters down the sidewalk together

What age can a child ride an electric scooter?

Electric scooters can get going pretty fast. So when is a child developmentally ready to safely ride an electric scooter? That answer will vary. While scooter brands offer age recommendations, only you know your child and what you think is safe for them.

Most kids electric scooters have a maximum speed of 10 mph. There are a few designed for older kids that max out at 15 mph. For younger or less coordinated kids, there are some that max out between 7 and 8 mph.

These “max” speeds are the only speed on an electric scooter. They do not have the ability to go slower. You’re either stopped, revving up to the max, or at the max.

That said, the maximum speed on a scooter changes based on riding scenario. Electric scooters tend to go much slower while going up an incline. Conversely, they can go a lot faster than their stated maxiumum MPH while going downhill. The speed also varies by brand. When testing 10 mph scooters against each other, they all went a different speed!

Be sure to choose a scooter with a maximum speed that you think is safe for your child’s age and ability, and also factor in any downhill riding they may be doing.

Getting Your Electric Scooter for Kids Started (Throttle Style)

How does your child start their electric scooter? There are two types of throttles – push button and grip twist. They are both exactly what they sound like.

Three different throttle types on electric scooters for kids

Push buttons require a child to push down on a button to go. More advanced push buttons are more like a push dial (blue button above), where the child pushes a dial forward. Our kid testers found this style much more comfortable than simply pressing straight on a button (green button above).

Grip twist requires the child to twist and hold onto a handlebar grip. In the image above you can see the light gray twisting piece.

All throttles require continuous pressure on the button or grip twist to keep power going to the scooter. If a child removes their hand, the electric scooter will naturally slow down and stop over time.

Some scooters have an additional safety mechanism to get the scooter started. “Kick to start” requires a child to get the scooter moving to about 2 MPH before the motor kicks in. This prevents a sudden jolt upon starting, which can be quite jarring for a younger child.

Size – Foot Deck Space and Handlebar Height

Foot deck length and width

The size of a scooter’s foot deck has a huge effect on the comfort of the ride. Longer or wider foot decks provide more room for kids to place their feet as they ride. This becomes more of an issue as kids get older, so you’ll need to look for a scooter with a foot deck that will still be big enough a few years from now.

In our testing, our kid testers didn’t mind a more narrow deck if it was long enough for them to comfortably rest both feet. For example, they loved the Segway Ninebot (middle below). While not as wide as the Mongoose (top), its additional length offered plenty of foot space. The Razor, which is both narrow and shorter, was not preferred.

Three kids electric scooters stacked next to each other, showing differences in deck size

Are the handlebars adjustable?

The height of the scooter’s handlebars in relation to a child’s body is another important comfort factor. We’ve found that the best spot is usually at waist level, or within a few inches above or below.

While our testers really didn’t mind where the handlebars were within that range, an electric scooter with an adjustable-height handlebar does help you customize the fit for your child. That way you can adjust the height for maximum comfort as your child grows.

Take a look here at the Razor Power A2, which has height adjustable handlebars. They are shown at their lowest and highest points. (For reference, our kid tester is 4’8.)

Side by side comparison of Razor Power A2 electric scooter with handlebars set to highest and lowest point

Most kids electric scooters don’t have adjustable handlebars, so the manufacturer sets them at a height they feel is best for the child. As an example, look at the Segway Ninebot E8 vs. E10. The slower E8, which is meant for younger kids, has lower handlebars.

Side by side comparison of handlebars on kids electric scooter that are not adjustable

Maximum Ride Time

How long can an electric scooter run before the battery goes out? The kids electric scooters we tested had quite a range of maxiumum ride times. The shortest was just 4 miles, while most are about 40 minutes or about 6 miles. The longest was about 12 miles.

If you know your child will be commuting to school or play dates with their scooter, this is a pretty important feature to pay attention to. You don’t want them getting stuck somewhere! (This is also why you should consider getting an electric scooter that can be used as a kick scooter when the power runs out!)

But for our riders who were using the scooters for afternoon fun in the neighborhood, we rarely had an issue with the scooters running out of power before the kids got tired of playing with them. This was in large part because we taught them to be diligent about charging their scooters each night.

Can you ride the electric scooter when the battery runs out?

When kids electric scooters first came out, they were bulky and clunky and incredibly heavy. When the power ran out, it was cumbersome to get them home.

Luckily times have changed and many electric scooters can be used as a standard kick scooter if the battery dies. So while you still want to encourage your child to keep their scooter charged, they won’t be up a creek if the battery dies when they are away from home. They can simply get a little unanticipated exercise by using their leg power to get home. 🙂

Brakes – Foot or Hand?

Hand brake and rear wheel brake on Segway Ninebot E8

Brakes on a kids electric scooters come in two main styles – a foot brake or a hand brake. The foot brake is engaged when a child uses their foot to push their weight down on the rear wheel fender. A hand brake works like a bike’s hand brake – by squeezing a hand lever.

While most electric scooters for kids have one or the other, a few of the higher-end scooters have both hand and foot brakes. Hand brakes tend to stop the scooter more quickly, while foot brakes can be used for a gradual slow down.

Can it Fold for Easy Storage and Transportation?

showing how Segway Ninebot E10 can fold

Many electric scooters for kids can fold down for more compact storage or transportation. If you have a garage and your scooter is only going to be used around home, this won’t matter much. But if you live in an apartment or need to transport the scooter in your car, this will definitely come in handy.

Wheel Material and Suspension

Three different kids electric scooters showing different wheel types upclose

There are three primary types of wheels or tires (1) urethane, which is a type of plastic, (2) rubber air, and (3) solid rubber (non-air). In the image above, the first two are solid rubber, and the third is urethane. Sometimes the front and rear wheel are the same, while other electric scooters have different style wheels in the front and back.

Urethane are the cheapest wheels and require basically no maintenance. Because they are plastic, they don’t provide any real cushioning over cracks and obstacles. They also provide minimal traction in wet conditions and also tend to result in a bumpier ride.

Rubber pnuematic (air) wheels provide better traction than urethane wheels, and much better cushioning. They have the disadvantage of being able to go flat. The Razor E100 is the only kids electric scooter to even offer air tires anymore.

Solid rubber non-air tires provide great traction and can’t go flat. While they don’t offer as much cushioning as air tires, they are generally better at dampening vibrations than urethane wheels. Most new scooters offer solid rubber tires because they have the most benefits and fewest drawbacks.

Higher-end kids electric scooters usually have rubber non-air tires and a suspension system to help smooth out the ride. You can see the spring dampening system on the front wheel of the Segway Ninebot here.

Suspension above front wheel on Segway Ninebot E10

25 Fun and Easy Kids Bike Accessory Ideas: A lot of kids bike accessories are also fun for scooters! Check out baskets, lights, bells, bike helmets and more!

Best Hydration Packs for Kids: Need to carry more water? Hydration packs are a great alternative to water bottles.

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