Best Cheap Balance Bikes

Balance bikes are an essential part of childhood, as not only do they help children learn the principles of riding a bike they also look great in the playground, at the park and zooming around the streets.

Balance bikes are available at a wide range of budgets, and the good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good quality bike.

The cheaper bikes may not have all of the bells, whistles and luxury features of more expensive models - but you can still get hold of some good looking and functional bikes for prices ranging from £25 - £30 and upwards.

We love a comparison table on this website, so we have provided the table below to highlight five of the best cheap balance bikes available on the market today.


Frame type


Nicko Unicorn Balance Bike

Nicko Unicorn Balance Bike


Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike


Ridestar Balance Bike

Ridestar Balance Bike


Boppi Wooden Balance bike

Boppi Balance Bike


Banana Balance Bike

Banana Balance Bike


Cheap Balance Bike Reviews

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

Our first recommendation is the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, which is incredible value as the bike is generally available for around £30.

This is a great option starter bike for children aged between 2 and 3, as the lightweight nature of the bike (weighing just 2.7kg) and the low saddle height means that it is easy to handle for smaller children.

The Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike is equipped with a metal frame and features an adjustable seat and handlebars.

Nicko Unicorn Balance Bike

Nicko Unicorn Balance Bike

If you would prefer a wooden balance bike in this price range, then look no further than the Nicko Unicorn Rainbow Bike.

This bike is made from birch plywood, so it is great for the environment and also looks great with pretty painted unicorns!

The saddle height on this bike can be adjusted at either 35cm or 38cm, so it is ideal for 3 year olds just learning to ride.

Boppi Wooden Balance Bike

Boppi Wooden Balance bike

If your child wants an alternative to unicorns, then another great wooden balance bike in this price range is the Boppi Wooden Balance bike.

This bike has a choice of several exciting designs, and it weighs just 2.5kg so this is one of the very lightest balance bikes on the market.

Features include EVA foam tyres, a detachable bell and a saddle which can be adjusted between 35cm and 39cm (similar to the Nicko Unicorn bike)

Ridestar Balance Bike

Ridestar Balance Bike

Another great option in the £30 price bracket is the Ridestar balance bike.

This bike has quite a basic appearance, but it has a BMX style and is available in a choice of 4 classic colours.

Features include a lightweight tubular steel frame, puncture proof tyres and a padded seat which can be adjusted from 32cm – 40cm.

Banana Balance Bike

Banana Balance Bike

Our final choice is the Banana Balance Bike.

This is slightly more expensive at around £37.99, but this is one of our new favourite balance bikes with a banana shaped frame which helps young children to get on the bike and also looks cool!

The 2019 model is new and improved with a twin bearing headset for smooth steering and and improved tread pattern for better grip on the tyres.

This is a great value bike that is amazing value!

These models show that you can find a great quality balance bike on a limited budget, although if you can stretch your budget to £50 and above then you open up the choices to a greater range of bikes including Bike Star, Kiddimoto, Puky and even a Strider.

Don’t forget you will also need to invest in a kids safety helmet as well if your child is going to be out on the pavement or cycling on tarmac.

We hope this helps you choose the best budget balance bike, and if you are shopping by age group then check out our recommendations for the best balance bikes for 2 year olds, 3 year olds or 4 year olds.

Kiddimoto helmet

A Kiddimoto helmet is the perfect accessory to any of the exciting and innovative balance bikes in the Kiddimoto range. These include the funky Kiddimoto Kurves, the Kiddimoto Super Junior and a range of scooters and super bikes.

A Kiddimoto helmet not only looks good, but it also combines the essential elements of safety and comfort. Features include vents in the helmet to keep the child’s head cool (small children’s heads can get very hot!), extra pads for a comfortable fit and a hard plastic shell for protection.

Some of the helmets also offer the option of being personalised with your child’s name – so this will be an extra incentive for them to be worn!

We have pictured just some of the most popular Kiddimoto helmets below, and with such a great range of colours and unique styles there should be a helmet for everybody.

Pastel Dotty Helmet

Pastel Dotty Helmet - £21.99

Kiddimoto Union Jack Helmet

Union Jack Helmet - £24.99

Blue Goggles Helmet

Blue Goggles Helmet - £24.99

Some of the most popular models complement the bikes available in the range, so these include a Pastel Dotty helmet, the Union Jack helmet and the Official Evil Knievel Helmet.

We also really like the Blue Goggle helmet, the Neon helmet and the Skullz design which look fantastic and will add an extra dimension to your child’s experience. 

A Kiddimoto helmet is not just for balance bikes, as they are multi-functional so can be used for other activities such as skating, scooters and riding other sorts of bikes such as BMX’s. They also conform to all of the required safety standards.

An adjustable strap is included, although you will need to determine the size that you will require as most models are available in sizes Small, Medium and Large – and to do this you will need you should measure around the head just above the eyebrows.

You will need a Small helmet if the measurement is 48 – 53cm, a Medium helmet for 53 – 58cm and a Large helmet for 58 – 62cm.

Kiddimoto helmets are generally available from around £24.99, and this is a small price to pay for a cool and funky helmet that will also keep your child safe! A fantastic option that will look great with any balance bike!

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet
  • Essential item for all Peppa Pig fans
  • Looks great with Peppa Pig polka graphics
  • Ventilated shell with EPS inner for safety
  • Foam padding and adjustable straps for comfort

£12 - £15

A safety helmet is an absolutely essential accessory when you are shopping for a balance bike, and although little boys and girls love to get out and about on their bikes we all know that getting them to wear a helmet can be a bit more of a challenge!

This is where the Peppa Pig Bike Helmet comes into its own, as not only will Peppa Pig fans love the helmet and be excited to wear it, the helmet does a fantastic job of keeping children safe with a range of excellent features. You may also find your child will want to wear the helmet around the house if they are massive Peppa Pig fans!

As well as the cute Peppa Pig polka graphics, the helmet features a lightweight EPS inner, a ventilated shell and foam padding for extra comfort and fit. There is also a quick release buckle, adjustable head straps and it can be adjusted to fit any head measuring 48 – 54cm.

The Peppa Pig safety helmet is available for between £12 and £15, and it can also be used when scootering, skating and skateboarding. It is suitable for children aged 3 and above.

This helmet is just one of the many balance bike helmets available. There are excellent helmets available from Kiddimoto among others, and for further details make sure you check out our comprehensive guide to balance bike helmets.