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Best electric scooters for kids: A buying guide for parents

Best Electric Scooters for Kids
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Whether it's for riding back and forth to school or just having fun, the best electric scooters for kids will give your child a lot more mobility. Like full-size electric scooters, these models have two wheels, a battery, and a motor to get them around. However, electric scooters for kids are made specifically for youngsters, so they don't go as fast, nor do they have the same range as those made for adults.

The best electric scooters for kids are also relatively inexpensive; most cost less than $300, and you can often find very good ones for around $150. But, there are a lot of cheap electric scooters for kids, so it's good to know what you're getting before you buy one.

What are the best electric scooters for kids?

Generally, Razor makes some of the best electric scooters for kids, highlighted by the Razor E100. This model, meant for kids 8 and up, is solidly built, and can provide your child with some thrills — within reason. It's easy to put together, too. 

If you're looking for something more portable, check out the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Zing E8 or E10. Both models can fold, making them easier to carry if your kid wants to ride the scooter to school. And, they have some fun LED lighting, too.

One thing to note: Most electric scooters for kids lack bells or lights, so it's worth picking up at least a bell, so that your child can warn others.  And be sure to get them one of the best bike helmets, too.

As your child grows up — or maybe you want something to ride with them — be sure to check out our guide to the best electric scooters, as well as the best electric bikes. And, there's always Segway's $2,200 electric go-kart.

Here are the rest of our picks for the best electric scooters for kids.

The best electric scooters for kids today

Best electric scooters: Razor E100

Razor E100 (Image credit: Razor)

1. Razor E100

Best electric scooter for kids overall

Specifications

Age range: 8 and up
Size: 36 x 32.5 x 16 inches
Weight: 22 pounds
Max speed: 10 mph
Range: 10 miles
Max rider weight: 120 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Not too fast for first-time riders
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Steady battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Chain-drive motor requires maintenance
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No bells or reflectors

The Razor E100 is the best electric scooter for kids overall, as it hits the sweet spot of price and performance, especially for younger riders. It comes in a wide variety of colors, so your child can find one that suits her or his style. This scooter features twist-grip acceleration controls and a hand-operated front brake. 

It tops out at 10 mph, so it's fast enough for your kid to get to school on time but not so fast that it ventures into dangerous extreme sports territory. The Razor E100 can manage up to 40 minutes of drive time, or up to 10 miles of distance. Our child rider enjoyed its peppiness as he rode around, but the chain drive is a bit noisy. A newer model, the Razor Power Core E100, should offer a quieter ride. If you want a little bling, the Razor E100 Glow has blue LEDs on the deck that light up when you twist the throttle.

One thing to note: The E100 lacks a bell or reflectors, so it's worth investing in some to help ensure your child's safety. 

Read our full Razor E100 electric scooter review.

best electric scooters for kids: Segway Ninebot eKickscooter Zing

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2. Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Zing

This electric scooter for kids has some neat LED lighting

Specifications

Age range: E8: 6-12; E10: 8-14
Size: 30.2 x 13 x 7.5 inches
Weight: E8: 17.6 pounds; E10: 22.7 pounds
Max speed: E8: 8.6 mph; E10: 10 mph
Range: E8: 6.2 miles; E10: 6.2 miles
Max rider weight: E8: 110 pounds; E10: 132 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Rugged design
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Water-resistant
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Multiple riding modes
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Long range

Reasons to avoid

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Poor activation instructions
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No side or front reflectors

The Segway Ninebot eKickscooter Zing comes in two models, the E8 and the E10. The E8 is designed for younger riders (3' 9" to 4' 9" and a max weight of 110 pounds), with a max speed of around 8.6 miles per hour. The E10 is made for older kids and teens (4' 3" to 5' 3" and a max weight of 132 pounds), and can reach speeds of up to 10 mph. The Zing E8 is $199, while the E10 is $229.

Both the Zing E8 and the Zing E10 feature a lightweight folding design, a cruise mode, thumb throttle, and front suspension. They're both available in blue, gray, and pink, and have a hand brake as well as a rear foot brake. Even cooler is their LED lights along the undersides, which our kid thought was pretty neat. However, neither have a bell nor a headlight, but there is a reflective sticker on the rear fender. Although we found it a bit tricky to set up — it has pretty poor instructions — our child tester took to it quickly, and found it was a lot of fun; the fact that it has front suspension definitely helped. 

Read our full Segway Ninebot eKickscooter Zing E10 review.

best electric scooters for kids: GoTrax GKS

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3. Gotrax GKS Electric Scooter

This electric scooter for kids has a safety feature built in

Specifications

Age range: 6-12
Size: 34 x 15 x 32 inches
Weight: 17 pounds
Max speed: 7.5 mph
Range: 25.2V/ 4 miles
Max rider weight: 154 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Safety two-step button
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Easy to learn

Reasons to avoid

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Small Frame
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Limited range
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No bells or lights

Designed for kids age 6 to 12, the GoTrax GKS has a unique braking and acceleration method. Rather than using hand controls, it has two buttons on the deck of the scooter. Step on the first button and then kick off to start the scooter moving; step on the second button to accelerate. When it's time to stop, simply take your foot off the rear button and press down on the fender. Our child reviewer found it very easy to figure out, but the small deck caused the scooter to slow down every time she shifted her feet.

The GKS is lighter than most other kids scooters and has a hub-mounted 150-Watt motor, which should make for a silent ride. However, it has a 6-inch rubber wheel, which meant a bumpier experience than air-filled tires. And, its range (up to 4 miles) is shorter than other scooters. It also lacks bells and lights, and there's no reflector on the rear fender. But overall, it's a very good electric scooter for children starting out.

Read our full GoTrax GKS electric scooter review.

Best electric scooters for kids: Razor Power Core E90

Razor Power Core E90 (Image credit: Razor)

4. Razor Power Core E90

Best budget scooter for kids

Specifications

Age range: 8 and up
Size: 32.9 x 31.7 x 12.9 inches
Weight: 22 pounds
Max speed: 15 mph
Range: 5 miles
Max rider weight: 120 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Easy assembly
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Motor doesn't require regular maintenance

Reasons to avoid

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Long charge times
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No reflectors

The Razor Power Core E90 is the best electric scooter for kids on a budget. Like the E100, it tops out at 10 mph and can manage up to 70 minutes of continuous cruising. It features push-button acceleration and a hand-operated front brake, as well as a retractable kickstand, so it can stand upright without tipping over. 

However, the Razor E90 has a slightly less powerful 90-watt motor, so it'll be slightly slower to accelerate than the E100, and have a tougher time getting up hills. And, like the E100, the E90 lacks a bell or reflectors. 

best electric scooters for kids: Razor E300

Razor E300 (Image credit: Razor)

5. Razor E300

A solid electric scooter for older kids

Specifications

Age range: 13 and up
Size: 42.5 x 40 x 16.5 inches
Weight: 43 pounds
Max speed: 15 mph
Range: 10 miles
Max rider weight: 220 pounds

Reasons to buy

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250-watt motor
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Made for older kids

Reasons to avoid

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Uses noisier chain drive
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No reflectors or lights

If your child is aging out of the Razor E100, the Razor E300 is a good step-up electric scooter for adolescents. Made for kids aged 13 and up, it has a more powerful 250-Watt motor, a max speed of 15 miles per hour, and can accommodate riders weighing up to 220 pounds.

The styling is similar to Razor's other E-series electric scooters, with a solid steel frame and a curved deck that swoops up to cover the rear wheel. It also has larger 9-inch pneumatic tires, which should provide a more comfortable ride, even without suspension. Razor also offers a seated version, the E300s, for about $50 more. However, as with the other E-series electric scooters, there's no bell, lights, or reflectors.

Two kids riding GoTrax GKS plus electric scooters

Razor EPrime (Image credit: GKS)

6. GoTrax GKS Plus

This electric scooter has fun light-up effects

Specifications

Age range: 6-12
Size: 34 x 15 x 32 inches
Weight: 20.9 pounds
Max speed: 7.5 MPH
Range: 7 miles
Max rider weight: 176 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Lights on downtube and deck
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Safety two-step button
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Easy to learn

Reasons to avoid

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No reflectors or bells
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Short range

The GoTrax GKS Plus is very similar to the regular GoTrax GKS, with one big exception: This model has LEDs built into the downtube and deck, which makes it a lot cooler to look at — and a bit more visible in darker conditions. While you can't change the colors of the LEDs, you can choose a blue, red, gray (white) or pink model.

The GKS Plus also has a unique safety system; in order for the scooter to go, your child has to press down on two sensors on the scooter's deck; as soon as they lift a foot, the scooter's motor will stop. 

Best electric scooter for kids: Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro

Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro (Image credit: Razor)

7. Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro

Best sit-down electric scooter for kids

Specifications

Age range: 13 and up
Size: 50 x 30 x 18 inches
Weight: 62 pounds
Max speed: 15 mph
Range: 10 miles
Max rider weight: 170 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Kids can sit down for the ride
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Underseat storage

Reasons to avoid

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Chain-driven motor requires a bit of maintenance

Stylish kids who prefer to sit down instead of standing up may like the Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro electric scooter, a seriously cool ride. Like the rest of the Razor family, it comes in a variety of colors and even features a cubby for stowing books, jackets or whatever else needs to be stored. 

Like the Vespa you'd see zipping around the streets of Paris or Rome, the Pocket Mod features a twist-grip throttle and a rear suspension system, so it's a comfortable ride. The 12-inch tires are a bit bigger than the norm, but that's to help sustain its top speed of 15 mph for up to 40 minutes of riding time. 

Razor Sonic Glow

(Image credit: Razor)

8. Razor Sonic Glow

An electric scooter decked out with lights and sound

Specifications

Age range: 8 and up
Size: 34 x 32 x 14 inches
Weight: 25 pounds
Max speed: 10 mph
Range: 55 minutes
Max rider weight: 120 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Built in LEDS
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Built in Bluetooth speaker

Reasons to avoid

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A little more expensive than other scooters for kids

They'll see — and hear — you coming in the Razor Sonic Glow, an electric scooter for kids that's decked out in colorful LEDs, and has a built-in Bluetooth speaker that lets you blast out your favorite tunes as you ride. Even better: the LEDs in the deck and steering tube synchronize to your music, so they'll jam along to your music, too. 

An 80-Watt brushless rear hub motor propels the Sonic Glow at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour, and its rechargeable 24V battery will power the scooter for up to 55 minutes. This one looks like a lot of fun.

How to choose the best electric scooter for your kid

Here are three things to consider before buying an electric scooter for your child:

How big is your kid? Many electric scooters made for kids have a weight limit of 120 pounds. Even though your child may weigh less than that, a bag loaded with schoolbooks may push it over the limit. 

How old is your child? The electric scooters we recommend on this page are intended for children ages 8 and up. For kids younger than that, we recommend nonelectric scooters.

How far does your child have to go? If you're getting your child an electric scooter so they can get to school and back, consider how far they have to travel. If it's a longer distance, you'll want to get a scooter with a better range, so your kid doesn't get stuck pushing the scooter home.

Safety tips for children

Always wear a helmet
According to a national poll at the University of Michigan (initially reported in the The New York Times), only 59% of parents said their child wears a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard or scooter. Don't be part of the 61% whose kids don't. Equip your child with a helmet like the Razor V-17 youth multisport helmet, the Bell Rally child helmet or the Woom Bikes USA kids' helmet. The Woom helmet, in particular, is an excellent choice because it extends over the temples and back of the head for full coverage. 

A little less than half of all states have laws that require children age 17 and under to wear helmets when riding bicycles, while nearly all states have laws regarding the use of helmets when riding low-powered cycles, such as electric scooters. 

For extra protection, consider investing in a pair of elbow and knee pads for your kid. Look for a set that includes wrist guards. Reflective gear is also a good idea if your child will be riding close to sundown. 

Best electric scooters for kids

Always wear a helmet (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Add bells, horns, and lights
To keep the price down, many electric scooters for kids lack bells, horns, or lights, which is a shame. Fortunately, all of these can are inexpensive and can be easily found online or at a local bike shop. At the very least, we recommend adding a bell to the handlebars. 

Don't buddy up 
Kids like to have fun, but remind them that buddying up with a friend on an electric scooter isn't the best idea. Every scooter has a weight limit, and even if your child and a friend come under that number, putting an extra person on the vehicle makes it harder to balance and steer. 

Check local laws and regulations 
A Consumer Reports survey found that more than 1 in 4 riders weren't entirely sure about the traffic laws related to riding electric scooters. If you, too, aren't sure, check with your city about its rules. In most cases, you can't ride e-scooters on sidewalks and instead have to use bike lanes and share the road with cars. If you're anxious about your kid riding across busy intersections, try to map out a route that avoids streets with high pedestrian and car traffic. 

Learn to use hand signals
It's never too early to learn the universal language of hand signals. That's right: The DMV-mandated signals for turning left, turning right and stopping come in handy when riding an electric scooter. To keep your kid safe out on the road, make sure that they not only know these signals, but also understand how to properly use them. However, it can be tricky to make a hand signal and ride a scooter with one hand. 

Learn to use hand signals

Learn to use hand signals (Image credit: DMV)

Avoid hauling extra weight
Your child will likely travel with a backpack on the way to school. But make sure they understand that hanging a bag, or even a sweater, on the handlebars of their scooter can throw the vehicle off balance. If carrying cargo is a concern, consider an electric scooter that's outfitted with a basket or storage space.

Check for defects
Electric scooters require a bit of assembly before they're ready for the road. For models like the Razor E100, you'll have to attach the handle to the base before the scooter's ready to roll. Once it's assembled, do a thorough safety check. First, perform a visual inspection, to confirm that everything is connected correctly and the wheels are inflated and sturdily in place. 

Then, charge the battery to full power and take the scooter for a test run. Check out the brakes and throttle, trying them really hard. If you find a defect with the product after you've taken it around the block, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Teach your kid how to ride properly
Electric scooters are not as tolerant of bumps and potholes than cars because the wheels are smaller. Before your kid ventures out on their own, take them around the block for a few test runs. Teach them how to safely take off, accelerate and decelerate, hit the brakes, and maneuver around uneven sidewalks and sticks in the road. Manufacturers often include safety instructions with the scooter that you can refer to as you teach your child the ins and outs of driving their new vehicle. 

How we test the best electric scooters for kids

By putting them in the hands of kids, of course! We let a few kids between the ages of 7 and 10 try out the scooters, to see how easy they are to master and how fun they are to ride. All rides are done under the supervision of adults, and the children are wearing appropriate safety equipment. After, we ask them for their impressions — that is, if we can get them off the scooters.

Because most of these scooters requires at least some assembly, we also consider how long, and how difficult they are to put together. 

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide. He oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories, but also tests out the latest standing desks, webcams, drones, and electric scooters. He has worked at Tom's Guide for many a year; before that, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight or chagrin of his family.