Many of the points we mentioned in the article on the best balance bike for 3 year olds will also apply to 4 and 5 year old children.
Almost all manufacturers will have balance bikes that are suitable for 4 and 5 year olds so it is impossible to feature them all here. However, we have provided details of some of our favourite models below:
Children in this age group will be very confident on their feet, although abilities on the bike may vary. Some children may have been practising for 2 years or more on a smaller balance bike and need an upgrade, whereas other children may have preferred scooters or not been introduced to balance bikes before now.
One factor to consider when looking for the best balance bike for 4 year old is the size of the bike. 4 and 5 year old children are much bigger than 2 year olds, so they will need a bigger and heavier bike to support the extra weight.
As with all children you will also need to consider the saddle height which is probably the most important thing to think about with all balance bikes.
You need to make sure that the lowest setting of the saddle is around 2.5 – 3cm lower than their inside leg. You will probably find that you will need a saddle height from around 36cm for a 4 year old.
This means they will be able to rest their feet flat on the ground easily when sitting on the bike and you can read more on this in our balance bike saddle height guide.
Recommended balance bikes for 4 year olds
Strider Sport balance bike
We have highlighted 3 models of balance bike in the table above, and the first of these is the Strider Sport balance bike.
Strider balance bikes are sporty and fun to ride, and although the Strider Classic is a fantastic bike we think it is worth an extra £22 for the Strider Sport if you are shopping for a 4 or 5 year old.
This is because the Strider Sport is equipped with an extra long seatpost, meaning that you can extend the saddle height to a whopping 48cm.
All of the other features of Strider bikes are included, with grippy, off-road tyres and a padded seat for comfort. Although the Strider Sport is not a budget option at £88 it is a top quality balance bike and our recommended pick for 4-5 year olds.
Chillafish Jack & Josie
The Chillafish Jack & Josie balance bike is an excellently priced option for a 4 year old with prices starting at around £45.
This is a quality balance bike with a steel V-tube frame so it is strong and durable and a clever feature of this bike is the floating footrest that children can use as they are gliding along.
It is available in two different colours, so you can choose between a white frame with flowers or a black frame with a flame design.
The seat height starts at 36cm with a maximum height of 43cm, so this would be an excellent choice for a balance bike for a 4 year old.
Early Rider Evo
If you can stretch your budget beyond £100 for a balance bike for a 4 year old, then an excellent option is the Early Rider Evo.
Early Rider produce beautiful wooden balance bikes, and the Early Rider Evo is no exception with a birch plywood flame, a stylish design and 14 inch pneumatic wheels.
At 4.25kg, this bike is heavy and sturdy enough to support a 4 year old rider, but it is not too cumbersome for the child to manoeuvre and they should be able to handle the bike confidently.
It is 1kg heavier than the Early Rider Lite which features in our guide for best balance bikes for 2 year olds.
The Early Rider Evo has a minimum seat height of 38cm, although as it is a wooden balance bike it is not as adjustable as some of the metal balance bikes which are other options for 4 year olds.
Overall, this is a high quality wooden balance bike that would make a great purchase for a 4 year old, although it is a more expensive option at around £129.