The best balance bike for a 4 year old will depend on a number of factors, and almost all manufacturers will have balance bikes that are suitable this age group.
It is impossible to list all of the available balance bikes for 4 year olds, so we have provided details of some of our favourite models below:
Strider Sport 12"
29cm - 48cm
Bike Star Sport 12"
Weeride Deluxe 14"
45cm - 52cm
Kiddimoto Kurve 12"
37 - 39.5cm
Factors to consider when buying a balance bike for a 4 year old
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.
Size of the bike and saddle height
Probably the most important factor to consider when looking for the best balance bike for 4 year olds is the size of the bike, and in particular the saddle height.
Four and five year old children are much bigger than 2 year olds, so they will need a bigger and heavier bike to support the extra weight.
This means that many of the bikes, especially in the higher price bracket, will look and behave more like proper bikes than toys. We would recommend a balance bike with 12 or 14 inch wheels for 4 year olds, as this will provide the basis for the correct size of bike. You will also find that balance bikes for this age are generally a bit more expensive than those for smaller children with not as many budget options available.
You should always measure the inside leg of your child when you are sizing up the best balance bike to buy.
You need to make sure that the lowest setting of the saddle is around 2.5 – 3cm lower than their inside leg, so this means that you will probably find that you will need a saddle height from around 36 - 40cm for a 4 year old. However, children can vary in height at this age so some children will need larger bikes than others.
The correct saddle height means that the child 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.
Other factors to consider include the style of the bike, the type of frame (it usually comes down to between wooden and metal) and which other features you will like included such as brakes, tyre type and plenty more!
Recommended balance bikes for 4 year olds
Strider Sport 12" Balance Bike
We have highlighted 4 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.
If you have a bigger budget, then the Strider 12 Pro is also a great option with a lightweight aluminium frame and Ultralight wheels. The Strider 12 Pro is priced at £110.
Bike Star Sport 12" Balance Bike
This is another great option for 4 and 5 year olds with a sporty style and 12” wheels.
Features include air tyres, alloy wheels, a padded seat and adjustable handlebars.
It is available in a number of exciting designs and is priced at around £70. The main difference between this and the Strider Sport is the different tyres.
Weeride Deluxe 14" Balance Bike
This is a larger balance bike with a 14 inch frame and a higher saddle height so it will be more suitable for bigger 4 year olds or those approaching their fifth birthday.
This balance bike really does have the look and feel of a proper bike with a high quality finish to the frame and a range of excellent features including proper air tyres, a rear hand brake and non-slip hand grips.
Kiddimoto Kurve 12" Balance Bike
We included the Kiddimoto Kurve in our recommendations for 3 year olds but we are including it here as well as it is such a great bike!
The Kiddimito Kurve is very different from the other balance bikes mentioned here, as it has a wooden frame and is available in a number of different designs including Union Jack and Pastel Dotty.
The frame is made from birth plywood and the bike includes 12 inch tyres much like the Strider Sport and Bike Star Sport.
The saddle height can be adjusted to 3 different heights between 37cm and 39.5cm, and as this is a limited range it is super important you make sure your child will be the right size for this bike before purchasing.
All of these balance bikes would be a great choice for 4 year olds learning to ride, and once they have mastered the concepts of steering and balance they will be more than ready to move on to a pedal bike.