Best balance bike for 4 year old

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:

Bike

Image

Saddle Height

Frame Type

Price

Strider Sport 12"

Strider 12 Sport balance bike

29cm - 48cm

Metal

Bike Star Sport 12"

30cm plus

Metal

Weeride Deluxe 14"

Weeride Deluxe Balance Bike

45cm - 52cm

Metal

Kiddimoto Kurve 12"

Kiddimoto Kurve Pastel Dotty balance bike

37 - 39.5cm

Wooden

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

Strider 12 Sport 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

Bike Star Sport 12 inch

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

Weeride Deluxe 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

Kiddimoto Kurve Pastel Dotty 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.

Best balance bike for 3 year old

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.

Bike

Image

Saddle Height

Frame

Price

Chillafish BMXie

BMXie balance bike

32cm - 39cm

Metal

Puky LR1 Learner Bike

Puky LR1 Balance Bike 2018

34cm - 45cm

Metal

Strider Classic

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

29cm - 41cm

Metal

Kiddimoto Kurve

Kiddimoto Kurve Pastel Dotty balance bike

37cm - 39cm

Wooden

Prince Lionheart

Prince Lionheart balance bike

37.5 - 43cm

Wooden

Boppi Wooden Bike

35cm - 39cm

Wooden

Adventure Zooom

Adventure Zooom balance bike

34cm - 51cm

Metal

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

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

Strider 12 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

Kiddimoto Kurve Pastel Dotty

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.

Other excellent wooden balance bikes for 3 year olds are the Prince Lionheart balance bike and the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike. These bikes are both available for around £50.

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

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!

Best Balance Bike for 2 year old

You can buy balance bikes for children from any age from 18 months all the way through to the age of 10 or 12, so when you are looking for the best balance bike there is a huge range of models, sizes, colours and designs to choose from.

However, the most popular age for children to start riding balance bikes is between the ages of 2 and 3, so we thought it would be useful to provide a guide to the best balance bike for 2 year olds.

Comparison Table

The table below outlines some of the most popular balance bikes for 2 year olds, and we have highlighted the model, the weight, the frame composition and of course – the price!

Picture

Bike

Saddle Height

Weight

Frame

Price

Puky LRM Balance Bike 2018

Puky LRM Learner Bike 2018

29cm - 40cm

3.54

Steel

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

Strider Classic

28cm - 41cm

3kg

Steel

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

33cm - 38cm

2.7kg

Steel

Metal Boppi balance bike

Boppi Balance bike

35cm - 39cm

3kg

Steel

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike

34cm - 38cm

4kg

Wood

If your child is between the age of 2 and 3 then this is the perfect time to start learning to ride with a balance bike. A normal pedal bike will be too heavy and cumbersome to use at this age – and balance bikes are a lot more fun than traditional tricycles or bikes with stabilisers.

One of the main advantages of balance bikes is that they are very light, which makes them easy to manoeuvre for younger children. This also makes them very safe, and easy to clean and transport.

If your child is just about to turn 2, then a balance bike is the perfect present for their 2nd birthday! A child that gets to grips with balance and steering between the ages of 2 and 3 is likely to be able to progress to a normal pedal bike by the age of 4.

As this is such a great age for learning to ride using a balance bike, then there is a huge choice of bikes available for this age range. We have highlighted some of the most popular in the table above, but some of the main features to look out for are:

Features of Balance Bikes for 2 year olds

Seat Height

All balance bikes will come with an adjustable seat so that they can grow with your child. However, it is important to make sure that you measure the inside leg of your child and buy a bike that has the correct seat height for them. We have some more details in our Balance Bike Seat Guide.

If you are buying a bike for a 2 year old, then you are going to want to purchase a bike with one of the lower saddles, and seat heights tend to start at around 29cm. You need to make sure that the lowest seat height is around 2.5 -3cm lower than the inside leg so that the child can get on and off the bike comfortably.

This is why we recommend the Puky LRM Learner Bike and the Strider 12 Classic Balance bike for 2 year olds. These bikes both have adjustable saddles with seat heights starting at just 28cm or 29cm, so these are perfect for this age group.

In general, we find that metal balance bikes have more adjustable saddles than wooden balance bikes, so although wooden balance bikes can be painted in lots of fun and exciting colours a metal bike might fit your child better.

Some of the balance bikes for younger children also have a special learner bike saddle.

Step through frames

Some of the most popular balance bikes for 2 year olds have a step through frame with a low platform. This allows the child to build their confidence by resting their feet on the platform as they scoot along.

It also makes it easier for them to get on and off the bike, and an excellent example of this is the Weeride First Balance Bike (pictured).

This has a higher saddle height than the Puky LRM Learner bike, but it offers a stylish metal frame and a range of colours and it also offers the step through frame.


Frame Composition

As already mentioned, the majority of the best balance bikes for 2 year olds are made from metal. However, if you would prefer a wooden balance bike there are some great choices such as the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike.

This has a great retro design and is very reasonably priced at around £40, and a great alternative is a Tidlo Balance bike which is manufactured by John Crane. These lovely balance bikes are painted in some beautiful colours and wooden balance bikes also have the advantage of being great for the environment.

Tyres

Check out our Balance Bike Tyres Guide for more details on balance bike tyres, but you will find that the choice comes down to traditional pneumatic (air) tyres or EVA foam tyres. Pneumatic tyres have the advantage of providing more ‘give’ so a more comfortable ride, but foam tyres have the benefit of being puncture proof and they are also perfect for younger children learning to ride on smooth surfaces.

Strider offer foam tyres on the Strider 12 Classic which we have featured in the table above – although they do offer the option of air tyres on some of their models. The Strider 12 classic also has the advantage of weighing just 3kg which means it is probably the lightest bike on the market!

Balance bikes for 2 year old's should also have safety handlebars grips, which are rubber grips with a knobby end to protect little hands and fingers if they run into something – they will also come into play in the event of a fall.

There is so much choice for children age between 2 and 3 that there are plenty of excellent bikes even if they are not mentioned in the table above. Your child is likely to be extremely excited at the prospect of riding a ‘real’ bike, and their first balance bike is likely to provide hours of fun and set them well on the way to riding a proper pedal bike.

Best balance bike for 6 year olds

If your child has been using balance bikes since they were 2 or 3, then by the time they approach the age of 6 they should have well and truly mastered the arts of balance and steering and be ready to move on to larger bikes.

However, some children do not discover balance bikes or take to cycling until an older age . This could be due to lack of space if you live in a big city, a preference for other activities or that you just don't have enough time to learn to ride with a busy schedule.

Other children love balance bikes so much that they want to continue to become expert riders. Balance bikes are much lighter than normal pedal bikes which have a heavy chain and pedals, so they allow children to perform some tricks and stunts that just aren’t possible on normal bikes!

The range of bikes in this category is much smaller than the number of bikes that are available for children aged 18 month – 5 years.

But although there is much less choice, there are still some quality options when looking for the best balance bike for 6 year olds, and although older children may not take to riding quite as easily as younger children they still have the choice of several very good models.

Strider Youth 16 Sport Balance Bike

Strider Youth balance bike


  • Leading bike manufacturer for older children
  • Wide handlebars for easy control.
  • Removable footrest for coasting (and tricks!)

£165

Strider lead the way in balance bikes for older children, and the Strider Cup is a specialist event for expert balance bike riders where children can show off their tricks and stunts.

The Strider Youth 16” Sport balance bike is their signature larger model, with a stylish design and a low 3 degree sweep handlebar. This is an important feature as it makes the bike more stable and easier to control.

This bike also features a removable launch pad footrest that allows the rider to tuck their feet in as they coast or perform tricks.

This is an excellent choice for an older child learning to ride for the first time, or for those dealing with special needs.

It is safety tested for riders all the way up to 85kg, and the seat height ranges from 49.5cm through to 64.8cm. This means it is perfect for children in the 6-12 age group for either advanced riding or for those who are not yet ready for a pedal bike for whatever reason. It is available in either blue or red for around £165.


Go Glider 16" Balance Bike

Go Glider 16 inch balance bike


  • Great alternative to Strider Youth bike
  • Includes footpeg for 'gliding'
  • Hand brake and kickstand included.

£219

The Go Glider 16" Balance bike is ideal for older children learning to ride, as it has a stylish and sporty design with a metal frame and some excellent features.

The bike is equipped with footpegs where children can rest their feet while they are 'gliding', and it also offers a hand brake and a kickstand. The bike has maintenance free EVA tyres, as well as an adjustable saddle.

The market for balance bikes for older children is growing, so there are sure to be some more models available for this age group soon. We will keep you updated as soon as they become available!