Now we are really talking! This is the age when there is nothing to stop children getting on their bikes, learning to ride and really finding their independence! Although some 2 year olds might be reluctant to start using balance bikes, and many 6 year olds will have grown out of balance bikes, most 3 year olds should be raring to go!
This means that there is a huge range of models available for children aged around 3, so it would be impossible to fit them all into this review. We have selected our favourite 5 models and listed them in the table below, so you can see the sort of bikes that are available when you are looking for the best balance bike for 3 year olds.
32cm - 39cm
Puky LR1 Learner Bike
34cm - 45cm
29cm - 41cm
37cm - 39cm
37.5 - 43cm
Boppi Wooden Bike
35cm - 39cm
34cm - 51cm
How to find the Best Balance Bike for a 3 year old
Find the most suitable saddle height
By the time your child is approaching their 3rd birthday, they will probably be too big for one of the smaller balance bikes we featured in our reviews for the best balance bikes for 2 year olds.
This means they will need a bike with a larger seat height, and this is probably the most important factor to consider when buying a balance bike!
You need to make sure that the lowest setting of the saddle is around 2.5 – 3cm lower than the inside leg of the child. The average inside leg measurement for a 3 year old is between 35 – 38cm, so this means that you should be looking for bikes with saddle heights starting from between 32 – 35cm.
This means that the child will be able to get on and off the bike comfortably, and as long as the seat is adjustable (which it will be on most models), then a good quality bike bought at this age should see them right through to their first pedal bike.
We have more details on seat height in our Balance Bike Seat Height Guide.
There are plenty of other things to consider though when choosing a balance bike for a 3 year old, including frame type, style, tyres, brakes and plenty more! We have examined a few of our favourites below.
Recommended Balance Bikes for 3 year olds
Chillafish BMXie Balance Bike
One of our favourite models for 3 years olds is the Chillafish BMXie balance bike which is featured in the table above.
The Chillafish BMXie balance bike has a cool and stylish BMX design, with a frame made from high quality fibre glass material and inflatable tyres for excellent grip. This bike looks and performs like a real BMX!
The seat height ranges from 32cm – 39cm so this is perfect for 3 year olds, and the robust design means that this bike should be able to stand the test of whatever most energetic 3 and 4 year olds can throw at it!
Puky LR1 Learner Bike
Another great option is the Puky LR1 Learner bike.
Puky provide models for children of all ages, but we find that the Puky LR1 Learner bike is perfect for this age group.
The lowest seat height of this bike is 34cm, and it is also different from some other models with the low platform which makes it easier for smaller children to get on and off the bike.
Strider Classic Balance Bike
This bike was included in our recommended balance bikes for 2 year olds, but we recommend it for 3 year olds as well as it is such a great bike!
The saddle height starts at 29cm, but it extends right up to 41cm so it will fit 3 year old riders just as well.
The Strider Classic Balance is really lightweight at just 3kg and also includes EVA foam tyres, adjustable handlebars and an integrated footrest to help children do tricks as they get more confident.
A superb balance bike available for £66.
Wooden Balance Bikes for 3 year olds
If you would prefer a wooden balance bike for your 3 year old, then there are several options in this category.
One of the advantages of wooden balance bikes is that they can be painted in all colours so they are available in a lot of fun and exciting designs. Although the saddle does not usually have as many available heights, the range on most bikes should cater for 3 year old needs.
Kiddimoto Kurve Balance Bike
The Kiddimoto Kurve series of bikes is perfect for 3 year olds, and you can choose between designs such as Pastel Dotty, Union Jack, Police and Fire among many more.
They have a very different look to metal balance bikes – and you may have even seen them on Dragon’s Den!
The Kiddimoto Kurve has a higher saddle height that some other balance bikes, with height starting at 37cm and can be adjusted to 39cm. This means it is better for slightly taller children but should be suitable for most 3 year olds.
This bike is available from around £45.
The Boppi Wooden Balance Bike is a slightly cheaper option at around £35
Top of the range balance bikes for 3 year olds
Adventure Zooom balance bike
Finally, if you can stretch your budget to close to £100 or more then we would recommend the Adventure Zooom balance bike.
This is a stylish and high quality bike that caters perfectly for 3 year olds, and it even comes with 2 different seat posts so you can switch between them as your child grows.
Features include a lightweight 6061 aluminium frame, a rear v-brake, quality alloy rims and Kenda tyres, so although it is a top of the range option you really do get what you pay for with this bike.
These are just a few of the models available, so there is plenty of choice for the best balance bike for 3 years olds looking to get on their bike and explore the world.
We have featured many more on this website, so happy riding!