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Scooters for Your Kid: 3 Wheel Scooter vs 2 Wheel

3 wheel scooter vs 2 wheel
Written by Colin Kint

Kick scooters are a great way for fun, sports, and exercises. You might want to buy a kick scooter for your kids. Before buying a kick scooter, you should know the difference between a 2 wheel scooter and a 3 wheel scooter to choose the best scooter for your kids. This article will guide you on what’s the difference between 3 wheel scooter vs 2 wheel for your child.

3 Wheel Scooter vs 2 Wheel – What’s the Difference?

A few key points of difference between 2 and 3 wheeled scooters are:


3 wheel scooters give you far more stability than the 2 wheel scooters. For the kids who like to feel balanced and stable on the scooter, 3 wheel scooters are the best. On the other hand, 2 wheel scooters give you a challenge and it is more exciting.


3 wheel scooters are a bit more difficult than the 2 wheelers in the case of turning. You need to lean in the direction you want to go with 3 wheel scooters and then turn the wheels. With 2 wheelers, you can easily steer the handlebar to take a turn.


3 wheel scooters have more variety than the 2 wheelers. 3 wheel scooters have 4 varieties and 2 wheel scooters have 2 or 3 varieties.

3 Wheel Scooter vs 2 Wheel : What to Choose for Your Kid

So, you have already known the basic differences between 3 wheel scooters and the 2 wheel scooters. Now, it’s is the time to decide whether you want a 3 wheel scooter or a 2 wheel scooter for your child.

This decision will depend on your kids’ physical ability and choices. If you choose the kick scooter for your kid, she/he will be successful at riding it. So, it is really important that you choose the right one.

Types of 3 Wheel Scooters

It is safe to go for the 3 wheel kick scooter if you buy a scooter for your kid for the first time. There are 4 types of 3 wheel scooter:

Two Front – One Rear Wheel: Lean-To-Turn Steering

This is the easiest type of kick scooter. This scooter is self-balanced. So, you don’t need to worry about your kid getting hurt with this scooter. The lean-to-turn feature of this scooter helps toddlers understand the dynamic between the speed of the turn and the position of your kid’s center-of-mass. When your kid leans toward the direction she/he wants to go, it also builds his/her confidence to lean off the center. This confidence makes the learning quicker and easier for them.

If your kid is from 3 to 7 years old and just beginning to ride a kick scooter, this is the type you should choose. It is the most popular scooter which you can buy from the scooter store like scooter hut or any scooter store.

Two front one rear wheel scooter

Two Front – One Rear Wheel: Bicycle Steering

The two front wheels help your kid to balance. This type of two-front kick scooters doesn’t require any balancing skill. Your kid will have no difficulty to steer it also because of its bicycle steering. Though there is no challenge in it, it is the safest. So, if your kid is from 2 to 4 years, you might want to choose this.

Two front one rear wheel scooter

One Front – Two Rear Wheels: Bicycle Steering

You can call it a tricycle if you want. It’s tricycle version of kick scooter. It’s not that good for balance like the former two but tricycle system of this 3 wheel scooter makes their pushing forward with their feet easier.

One front two rear bicycle steering scooter

One Front – Two Rear Wheels: Bicycle Steering with V-Shape Body

This type of scooter has to be propelled forward with a hip twisting motion but not by pushing with the feet. The hip twisting motion propels the scooter along. It requires a special set of skill to ride this kick scooter. So, this 3 wheel scooter is not for beginners.

2 Wheel Scooters

2 wheel scooters require a certain level of balancing skill compared to 3 wheel scooters but they are more challenging and increase your kids’ balancing skill. However, you should not choose 2 wheelers if you fear that your kid might get hurt.

There are also a few types of scooters available in the scooter store apart from these 2 wheelers or 3 wheel kick scooters. Rascal scooters and Ruckus scooters run on a battery that is charged with electricity. However, they are not recommended for kids unless they are physically challenged or have a problem with one of their legs.

About the author

Colin Kint

I’m a professional skateboarder and have participated in most skateboarding competitions in San Francisco. I believe my innate passion for the sport drove me to pursue my career as a professional skateboarder.

Another reason I’ve got so good at it is because of my relentless practice sessions with my friends. As an environmental activist with an undergraduate law degree, I volunteer in different community awareness programs. I’m also into photography and do most of the photography for this site.

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