Why should grown-ups have all the fun?
Electric scooters can allow your kid to cruise in the park with wind blowing gently on their face.
They are not overly expensive and they can provide hours of fun. But there is a caveat.
You need to take responsibility and understand that electric scooters can be dangerous as well.
Sure, they are the new trend, but people have died riding electric scooters too.
Check age group, weight
Before you select an electric scooter, it is important to know which age group it is made for. Some electric scooters are for kids ages 3 and up, some are for ages 8 and up, some are for ages 12 and up, and some are only for adults. Read the product information carefully before you buy an electric scooter.
You should also check the weight limit of the scooter. Putting more than permissible weight can slow down the performance and can be risky in various situations.
Pick for the right Range
Are you buying an electric scooter for your kid’s daily commute to school and back home? You should consider how far they will ride in one go. Electric scooters for kids can vary a lot in range: from a couple miles to 15 miles or more.
Check Safety Features
Kids can be reckless by nature. Teaching them responsible driving is essential, but you also need to make sure that the electric scooter has proper safety features. Good scooters come with anti-lock braking system, large tires to absorb shocks on the road, hand operated brakes, push button acceleration for young kids because their grip isn’t powerful enough for twist throttle and other features.
Ride in open spaces first, away from the traffic
Next, there is a learning curve to riding an electric scooter like any other vehicle. Have your child in an open space without cars around until they get used to it. Companies such as Razor provide safety gear such as protection pads and helmet as well.
Wear Safety Gear
You must have your kid wear adequate safety gear including:
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Front lights to increase night visibility
- Rear lights
Additional safety gear you can opt for:
- Handlebar mirror (older kids can use them effectively)
- Protective jacket
- Spine protector vest
If your kid is going to ride an electric scooter for the first time, Razor E100 might be the perfect choice. The main reason is that it is fast enough for your kids to enjoy the ride, but not too fast to pose danger. Its top speed is 10 miles per hour.
It is built with steel frame and fork. It is easy to assemble and comes in six different colors. It has two 12V lead acid batteries under the deck. The electric scooter has a range of 10 miles, which isn’t bad at all for a kids’ scooter.
It has twist grip acceleration control for easy navigation on the road or pavement. Its motor produces high torque and is chain driven. While riding, the motor is pleasantly quiet, something you and your neighbors would love. Once your kid gets the hang of it, they will be able to maintain speed and keep it steady. There is a hand-operated brake to slow the scooter down.
This electric scooter is meant for kids who are 8 or more years of age. On full charge, it can take your child on a 40-minute long ride. It doesn’t require much maintenance except inflating the front tire once every six months or so. The tires are pneumatic and will absorb bumps on the ride. Airless tires don’t absorb shocks as well as pneumatic tires.
The deck is large enough for your kid to stand with both feet placed together or side by side. Moreover, the tires are large in diameter, which means more shock absorption so that your kid can have a smooth ride. The rear tire is urethane and the rear wheel drive mechanism in the scooter provides better traction on the road and full control. The scooter needs 12-18 hours of time to fully charge the battery.
You can detach the handlebar and stem from the deck when you want to carry it in your car. One thing you should note is that the scooter is heavy, which means your kid won’t be able to use it as a kick scooter when there is no battery.
A word of caution: the brakes aren’t enough for kids who are learning to ride. It may take more time to stop the scooter than expected. Also, young kids don’t have as much gripping power as this scooter needs to slow down effectively. You must teach and show your kid how to steer clear of obstacles and release the throttle to slow down.
- Good for beginners, not very fast
- Solid Build
- Battery life is good and steady
- Good range of 10 miles
- Twist grip throttle
- Handy brakes
- Large pneumatic tires absorb bumps well
- Chain driven motor requires periodic maintenance
Razor Power Core E90 is one of the bestselling scooters for kids in the market. It is meant for kids 8 years or older. It supports riders weighing up to 120 lbs.
What stands out about the E90 is the amazing value it provides on a budget. It has a top speed of 10 miles per hour and can go up to 80 minutes on a single charge. Other scooters in the market have a ride time of just 40 minutes. The riding time is significantly more than other scooters in the market.
One of its best features is its power core technology and design which includes a 90-watt hub motor. In simple words, you get a motor that is maintenance-free! Yes, you don’t need any alignment or chain tensioner. It has a kick start function so that your kid doesn’t start it accidentally. It feels solid and durable. You can have your kid ride it on the streets or do some off-roading with it.
It also comes with a push button throttle and a hand operated brake for easy riding. It has rear wheel drive for better traction on the road. It comes in two colors: green and pink. One thing worth noting is that the scooter is heavy, so your child cannot carry it.
Razor offers 3-month limited warranty on the E90 scooter. If you want to know what is included in the warranty, check the official document. If you want an extended warranty, you will have to buy it from a third-party vendor since Razor doesn’t provide any.
- Has more powerful motor than other scooters. 50% more power.
- Ride time is the best in segment at 80 minutes.
- Solid build quality
- Maintenance free
- Value for money
- Zero emission, quiet motor
- Strong retractable kickstand
- Charging time is too high at 12 hours
- Motor isn’t completely quiet as advertised
The Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Scooter is for children of ages 13 years or more. It is different from the other electric scooters because of its European design. Because it packs more punch, it is costs more than the other scooters we have reviewed so far.
The scooter has a 24V lead acid battery and can go as far as 10 miles on a single charge. In terms of time, on full charge, your kid can ride the scooter for 40 minutes. The scooter can carry a kid with a maximum weight of 170 lbs.
The large 12-inch pneumatic tires that absorb any shocks and bumps on the ride. The downside to pneumatic (air-filled) tires is that they can go flat and need to be inflated. The frame is made of steel so it won’t corrode and will last a long time.
It has a chain-driven electric motor, which means it will need periodic maintenance. The obvious advantage you have with this scooter is that your kid can sit down while riding. It also has underseat storage. It has a cubby for storing books, games or whatever your kid wants to store.
The Vespa-like Razor electric scooter has a twist throttle mechanism. It also has a rear suspension to give your child smooth and enjoyable rides. Razor offers a 90-day limited warranty on this scooter.
- Unlike other electric scooters for kids, it has a seat
- Plenty of storage
- Large pneumatic tires absorb bumps effectively
- Solid build quality
- Chain driven motor needs maintenance
- Pneumatic tires can go flat
- Not for kids younger than 13 years of age
Hoverstar is one of the better electric scooters for kids. It has impressive hand braking system, better than some of its counterparts. It has an impressive design as well, more so than other scooters in the market. The handlebar grips are nice to hold and the build quality is solid.
The 12V scooter has plenty of power to have your kid have fun with it. The scooter can accommodate kids with up to 120 lbs of weight. It has a maximum speed of 5 miles per hour and it can go up to 5 miles on a single charge. However, you can find better range and top speed on scooters from other brands like Razor. Still, your kid won’t complain about the top speed since the scooter picks up speed pretty fast.
Right out of the box, assembling the scooter will take about fifteen minutes and can be done without any hassles. The build quality is solid, but we felt that the handlebar could be either positioned a little higher or be height-adjustable.
One of the best things about the Hoverstar electric scooter is that it charges faster than other scooters which take up to 12 hours to charge.
The scooter is also safe for kids. Your kid can’t just press the button to start. They have to push it and then press the button. This way they won’t accidentally start it. Moreover, acceleration is controlled by button so it doesn’t leave hands sore. The mudguard on the front wheel helps protect it from splashes and can also be used as a brake when you press it with your foot.
If you are looking for a cheap scooter that has solid build quality and offers plenty of value for the money, Hoverstar could be the right option for you. Hoverstar’s customer service is also good so they will fix your scooter should you have a problem. However, it will be hard to find spare parts for it in your local market.
- Perfect for kids scootering for the first time
- Offers great value for money
- Solid build
- Catches speed fast
- Safe starting mechanism
- Charges faster than most scooters
- Good customer service
- Top speed less than competitors
- Range less than competitors
- No footbrake
If you have a bigger budget and want a scooter for both you and your kids, Segway Ninebot ES1 can be the right choice. The first thing you will notice in this scooter is its sleek and minimalistic design. The company hasn’t added any extra frills that not only look like clutter but also come in the way of a smooth ride.
The scooter is lightweight and portable. Fold it within seconds and it is ready to go with you on the bus, train or your car trunk. Although the design is simple, the plain black color throughout gives the ES1 a sporty look.
It is not just the look that is sporty, the Segway ES1 can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour — giving you that edgy, sporty feel. It has a dedicated sports speed mode to get your kid fired up on the ride. But it is not only the motor that is powerful.
Segway ES1 has a strong battery that can take you up to 15.5 miles on a single charge. This is impressive since most other competitors offer low range with their batteries. The engineers have not only thought about power, but also about comfort.
The Segway has large tires — 7.5 inches in the back and 8 inches in the front — to make rides smooth and comfortable. It is common knowledge that large tires can better absorb shocks and bumps on the road.
This electric scooter also has cruise control — something you will rarely find in kids’ scooters. There is nothing more fun than locking in on a certain speed and cruising on the road — while keeping safety in mind.
The scooter also aims to keep your child safe. It has anti-lock braking system, which makes sure the scooter doesn’t skid while braking and uses both electrical and mechanical brakes for optimal braking. It also comes with front LED lights that light up the path ahead and also increase visibility when riding in the dark.
Now, this is what we love about the ES1. It has a heavy coil suspension on the front wheel that helps mitigate shocks due to potholes and debris and reduces bouncing on the ride. Suspension is a rare feature even on electric scooters made for adults, so it makes the ES1 really stand out.
- More powerful than other scooters
- 15.5 mile range and 12.4 mph top speed
- Large tires absorb shocks
- Can go uphill easily
- Anti-slip layer on the deck
- Connects to app via bluetooth
- Both you and your teenager kid can use it
- Front wheel suspension
- Anti-lock braking system
- Digital LED display on handlebar
- Cruise control
- Sleek design
- Foldable and lightweight
- Three speed modes: Kid, standard and sport
- IP54 waterproof – can handle splashes, but can’t be submerged
- Not for younger kids (kids less than 14 yrs old)
- Handlebar is positioned high
- Not very light: you can’t carry it over long distances
- You won’t get long range in sports mode
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If you have a younger kid who doesn’t want a plain-looking electric scooter, you need to check out the Pulse Performance Electric Scooter. The scooter comes in two designs: paw patrol– for kids who like puppies and the tv show, and teenage mutant ninja turtles–for kids who like superhero-like turtles.
It has three wheels and comes with a safe start push button since it is meant for kids 3 years or older. The push button increases speed gradually so that there is no sudden movement that could hurt your kid. When you release the button, the scooter slows down and comes to a halt. Assembling the scooter is as easy as plug and play. Attach the steering tube to the base and you’re good to go.
The deck is wide so that your kid can comfortably put both feet–together or one in front of the other, whatever is comfortable. The scooter is easy to control, there are no complex functions that might confuse young kids. The deck height is low so that kids can easily step on it.
The top speed of this scooter is 1.75 miles per hour. It is probably the lowest on our list, but this scooter is meant for kids ages 3 and up, weighing a maximum of 50 lbs. It has three large urethane wheels that keep the ride as smooth as possible.
You can get the replacement parts from the company. The customer service is responsive and the company offers a 3-months warranty on the Pulse Performance Scooter. Overall, the scooter is fun, reliable and value for money. If you want a fun weekend outdoors with your little one, Pulse Scooter will be your perfect companion. It balances performance with safety and makes things fun for both the parents and the kids.
- Colorful design, appealing to little kids
- Takes off slowly, with push button
- Has the right speed for small kids
- Quick assembly
- Wide deck with low height
- Battery is good
- Only for little kids, ages 3 and up
Razor has a such a long line-up of quality scooters that we couldn’t help but notice that the Razor E300S fits our bill. It has a peppy design and comes in two color variants: matte grey and sweet pea.
It packs plenty of features for high performance, comfort and safety. The first thing you would notice is the padded seat. But don’t worry, it is just an option–if your child wants to ride standing up, you can easily remove the seat and the seat post.
It has a chain-driven motor that produces high levels of torque so that the scooter can pick up speed fast. The motor is quiet to let your kid enjoy the ride and speed it up with the twist-grip throttle.
Razor knows that nobody wants to stop their scooter in the middle of the ride, so they have placed 24V —two 12V long-lasting batteries under the deck. Your kid can ride up to 45 minutes on full charge and go at it again the next day after letting it charge for about 8-12 hours overnight.
As seen with other Razor scooters, the scooter has rear wheel drive to ensure that the tires grip the road well even on high speeds and when the brakes are applied. Talking about high speeds, the electric scooter can go as fast as 15 miles per hour or 24 km per hour. With such a range of speed, the scooter is not meant for young kids, but for teenagers and adults. It can take a maximum weight load of 220 lbs.
Now riding fast feels amazing when you’re in control, but not when there are constant bumps along the ride. That is why Razor has used large, 10-inch pneumatic, or air-filled tires on this electric scooter. Large pneumatic tires are known for being good at absorbing shocks due to potholes and debris on the road. The tires are not only large, but also wide for maximum comfort and balance.
Although replacement batteries are cheap at around 20 bucks, you cannot keep extra batteries to get a longer range for your kids. There is no “quick change” option. Batteries are changed when they wear out.
The E300s has a hand-operated rear brake and a spring loaded retractable kickstand for smoothly getting off and on the scooter. Razor offers 3-months limited warranty on its electric scooters. Check this official document to know what they include and exclude in the warranty.
- Nice, peppy design
- Ride seated or standing, both options available
- Good performance
- Two batteries for long rides
- Large 10-inch tires absorb bumps well
- Tires are wide, provide good levels of comfort
- Solid build quality from Razor
- 3-months warranty
- Replacement batteries are cheap, cost just twenty bucks
- Excellent customer service
- Easy to assemble
- Chain-driven motor needs maintenance
- Pneumatic or air-filled tires can go flat and need to be inflated
- Charger lights don’t work accurately, charger controller isn’t a smart controller
- Can’t ride on hills
Electric scooters are a good way to engage young kids and have fun with them. Older kids can use them for fun or commuting to and from school every day.
However, it is your responsibility to ensure your child’s safety. If you have an older kid, you need to teach them the importance of riding responsibly and the consequences of not doing so.
When done right, electric scooters are a fun way to spend time outdoors with family and create some memorable moments.