Kettler is part of a German manufacturing group that produces a range of quality products including garden furniture, fitness equipment and table tennis tables. They also offer a range of several different balance bikes, all of which are aimed at the children aged 2-4 in the core balance bike market age range.
Kettler Speedy Balance Bike
The entry level Kettler balance bike is the Kettler Speedy Balance bike, which provides a great value option and a very good bike to get your toddler on the move. The bike is well constructed with a sturdy steel frame (although it does require some construction out of the box), but this means that the bike is likely to stand the test of time with a scratch resistant finish.
All of the basic features of a good value balance bike are included, with a padded, adjustable seat and a safety handlebar, which is useful for when the bike is dumped on the ground. The seat can be adjusted from 33 – 43cm, so while this may make the Kettler Speedy Balance bike a little too big for the average 2 year old, the large range of seat heights mean that this bike should see your child through to a proper pedal bike.
The Kettler Speedy Balance Bike also comes equipped with a hand brake, which is not always found on bikes in this price category. This can save a lot on the wear and tear of your child’s shoes as they won’t need to use their feet for braking!
The Kettler Speedy Balance bike is available in 3 different models, with options including the blue bike with 12.5 inch wheels and the pink version which is a smaller model with 10 inch wheels. Another option is the Kettler Speed Rallye Balance bike, which is available in a gender neutral grey and red design and looks sportier than the other models. All bikes come with synthetic tyres, so although this means they are low maintenance the ride may not be as comfortable as bikes with pneumatic (air) tyres.
The Kettler Speedy Balance bike (blue and Rallye versions) weighs in at 4.1kg, so this lines up with the fact that we would recommend these bikes to children aged 2 and a half or older as a 2 year old may find this difficult to handle. Check out our guide to best balance bikes for 2 year olds if your child is approaching their second birthday!
At around £33, the Kettler Speedy Balance bike will give you everything you need from a starter bike with all of the features you will need and a little bit more.
Kettler Sprint Air Rocket Balance Bike
If you are sold on a Kettler balance bike, then it may be worth spending an extra £20 or so for the next model in their range which is the Kettler Sprint Air Rocket. This bike features an innovative boarding frame with a running board, so the child will be able to get going by scooting along before they have the confidence to balance and lift their feet off the ground.
The orange and black frame is made from steel tubing, and it is scratch resistant and durable. The bike also features an adjustable padded seat and ball bearing mounted, air tyres so these will provide a more comfortable ride than the tyres on the Speed Rallye Balance bike. Safety features include a handlebar with rear brake and there is also a parking stand.
The Kettler Sprint Air Rocket Balance bike is available from between £65 – £75, and weighs 6.5kg. The heavier weight of this bike means that it would probably be most suitable for children that are slightly older as it would be difficult for a 2 year old to handle.
The Kettler Spirit Air Starlet is a very similar design, but comes in a striking, two tone pink colour so it is perfect for any little girls in your family. It is also equipped with the running board, steel tube frame and pneumatic tyres. Read more about pink balance bikes.
This is also available in the same price range from £65 – £75.