Three wheel scooters are a good choice for pre-school children. Your little ones can still have lots of fun but without the need to have totally mastered their balance. The support that the 2 wheels together, on either the front or the back of the scooter, can provide means even toddlers can beetle around in relative safety and experience the thrill of riding a kids scooter. A tri scooter is a great way to introduce nervous riders to scooting so which is the top 3 wheel scooter?
MINI MICRO SCOOTER
The ultimate in a 3 wheel scooter this has been a favourite amongst kids and mums alike since it first burst into the UK about 8 or 9 years ago. The cost of the scooter is pretty high in comparison with others in this range but having owned one of these we certainly vouch for its strength and endurance. They also have a pretty good resale value so if you keep it indoors then you should be able to re-coop some of your cash once your children have out grown it. The mini micro is super light weight so very easy to handle and carry around once your child has had enough. Now available in a range of colours and with limited editions too if you are looking for something a little bit different from the norm. Micro now also do a range of added accessories for their scooters including bags, bells, lights and pull along cords. The only negative about this scooter is that it doesn’t fold so can be a little tricky to store.
Launched in 2014 the Globber scooter has been designed just across the channel in France and is an awesome little alternative to the mini micro. Nothing has caught our attention more when it comes to 3 wheeled scooter then the design features on the Globber and even better than this it comes with a cheaper price tag than the Micro! Perhaps the most handy feature on this scooter is that the wheels can be fixed for learner riders so that rather than leaning and falling off riders and use the bars as support. Once confidence has been built one press of the button at the front of the scooter and the bars release and will turn again when the bars are tilted to either side, similar to the Micro. The second benefit with the Globber is that the bar height can be adjusted and thus grows with your child.
Watch this space because further funky additions are due to be launched to compliment this scooter such as a seat to turn it into a ride on. This model also features on our Best First Kids Scooters page too.
RAZOR MIXI (3 WHEEL/2 WHEEL SCOOTER IN ONE)
Razor are an Americans scooter brand and with their Mixi model we believe that they have come up trumps with a model that spans a wide age range. The Mixi is a three wheeled scooter stable enough for younger pre school riders and those just learning to ride a scooter. However, the unique selling point with the Mixi scooter is that you are able to remove both the back wheels and then reattach one wheel in the middle of the back of the deck, transforming the scooter into a 2 wheel scooter. We love this feature because if could end up saving you from having to buy 2 scooters.
The Mixi is available in 2 colours, blue or pink and the deck on this model is extra wide providing enough space for little feet. With an RRP of £40 we think this one really offers top value for money.
Double front or back wheels?
We believe that there is a massive difference between scooters that have 2 wheels at the front compared with those that have the 2 wheels at the back. Having bought both types, and watched my children riding, the flaw instantly becomes obvious. If you have the double wheels at the back of the scooter then there is a real tendency for your child to kick these wheels every time they push themselves along the floor. This can lead to the scooter coming to an abrupt stop or even worse your child tipping right over the handle bars. For this reason we favour the designs where the double wheels are at the front and the single wheel at the back. This ensures that when your child kicks off the area at the sides of the scooter is clear right through the reach of their legs.
One point to also consider however is that many of the 3 wheel scooter brands, that position the double wheels at the front have a slightly different steering mechanism. Rather than turning the handle bars to either the left or the right in order to move the wheels, as you would do on a bike, these scooters work with a type of lean and tilt function. If your child leans their weight on the right side of the handlebars the whole upright bar will tilt a fraction to the right side and in turn the wheels begin to turn right too. This is a much more subtle form of steering though it does mean that some speed is needed in-order to turn corners depending on the sharpness of the bend. Your kid may take some time to get used to it but once they have adjusted and because there is less of a chance of any aggressive or unexpected turning of the bars they should find this type of scooter helps to build their riding confidence.
Whichever 3 wheel scooter you decide to buy for your child we hope they have great fun on it. Scooters for kids are a great way to help you children enjoy the great outdoors. If your child is ready for a 2 wheel scooter why not check out our Best Childrens Scooters (ages 5-8).