Now that the weather is warming up, one of the best electric scooters for kids could be a good way to entice your child to get out of the house — and away from the screen they've been staring at for hours on end.
Electric scooters are a fun and inexpensive way for your child to get outside for some fresh air and explore the neighborhood with their friends. Just like electric scooters for adults, there are plenty of options for kids. However, compared to adult rides, the best electric scooters for kids are also relatively inexpensive; most cost less than $300, and you can often find some of the best electric scooters for around $150.
Right now, we're putting the Droyd Blipper ($529 at Droyd) through its paces. This mini electric bike has 16-inch tires, a 250V motor, a top speed of 12.5 MPH, and a range of about 12 miles. Our current tester said he doesn't want to ever get off the bike.
We're also excited to try the new Niu Kqi Kids Kick Scooter ($299 at Niu.com), which has a 150W motor, a range of up to 7.1 miles, and a top speed of 10 MPH. It also has dual brakes and LED lighting on the bottom for some fun effects.
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. We've tested a number of models to bring you our favorite picks.
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.
Here are the rest of our picks for the best electric scooters for kids.
The best electric scooters for kids today
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to give your kid a taste of what it's like to ride a dirtbike, the Droyd Blipper is a good place to start. This fun little ride has 16-inch tires and a 250W motor to give them a safe, but enjoyable time as they rip around the block.
While the Blipper doesn't have any suspension, its large tires and padded seat should give them enough comfort as they ride over bumps and holes. And, with a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour, they won't be going so fast as to be dangerous — not that they shouldn't wear a helmet. Our only quibble with the Blipper is that its battery ran out too quickly, which goes to show you how much fun our test rider was having.
Read our full Droyd Blipper review.
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.
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 pick 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. However, as your child grows older, they may need — or want — an electric scooter with more capabilities. Plus, they may not want to ride the same scooter as when they were a small kid.
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. While our list of the best bike helmets is geared more for adults, those same companies also make helmets designed for children. You'll want to look for a helmet that has MIPS or a similar shock absorption technology, which helps prevent rotational head injuries.
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.
Add bells, horns, and lights
To keep the price down, many electric scooters for kids lack bells, horns, or lights, as kids should not ride their scooters after dark. Still, a little extra safety measures don't hurt, and 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. You can also check out our picks for the best bike lights, which should easily fit on many scooters.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
How fast are electric scooters for kids?
Electric scooters for kids can only reach speeds of up to 10 miles per hour, and many top out at 7-8 MPH; by comparison, electric scooters meant for adults typically go up to 15-20 MPH.
Some electric scooters for kids will have two modes: A beginner mode that limits the speed to around 6 MPH, and an advanced mode that lets your child get up to around 10 MPH.
At what age should a child get an electric scooter?
Typically, the minimum age recommended by electric scooter manufacturers is 8 years of age; children younger than that may not posses the coordination to safely operate an electric scooter, no matter how slow it goes. The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) suggests 8 as a minimum age at which children can ride a scooter, but it cautions that regardless of age, a child should not ride a scooter if they lack balance and coordination. Other organizations are more cautious: The American Society of Pediatrics has said that children under 16 should not operate or ride on motorized vehicles.
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.