A balance bike is hands down the best first bike for a toddler, pre-schooler, or really a kid of any age! But with hundreds of options on the market, which one is the best balance bike for your toddler, (or pre-schooler or even grade-schooler!)?
Not only are balance bikes not one-size-fits-all, they have many different features to consider – things like tire type, weight, size, and brakes. To make it super easy for you, we’ve outlined our top 5 balance bike picks, why we love them, and why you will too!
If your child is at least 4-years-old or very tall, check out our list of larger balance bikes – Best Balance Bikes for 4, 5 and 6-Years-Old.
1. STRIDER 12 SPORT
A sporty little number with puncture-proof tires, for adventure-seekers and wannabe racers
A versatile yet affordable pick, the Strider 12 Sport is a balance bike that is suitable for ages 1-5.
This push bike comes in an endless list of colors to cater to boys and girls alike, with super-bright shades that mean you can keep an eye on them even as they storm off ahead.
It comes with an adjustable seat to accommodate ages between 18 months and 5 years, and its EVA polymer tires mean no punctures.
A really great mid-range balance bike that’ll stand the test of time.
2. YVOLUTION Y VELO JUNIOR BALANCE BIKE
With a choice of smaller tyres for a sure start, this is the best budget bike for babies
For the perfect introduction to life on two wheels, look no further than the Yvolution Y Velo Junior Balance Bike, which comes in at the bargain price of just under £50.
With its unique rear wheels and fork brake, this is the best balance bike for absolute beginners, promising stability, safer steering, and ease of use. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be used both indoors and outdoors, although parents have noted quicker wear and tear when used predominantly outdoors.
3. EARLY RIDER ROAD RUNNER
Looks and feels like a road bike, with all the assurance of a balance bike
It might be pricey, but parents and children alike rave about the Early Rider Road Runner.
Its sleek design will make children feel like one of the adults, so if your brood are frequent bikers, this will let your littlest rider feel included in the family fun. The 14” wheels mean this bike most suited to 3-5-year-olds.
but bear in mind the lack of brakes and road-friendly design — it may not be suitable for those looking for a bit more speed and adventure.
4. EARLY RIDER LITE
A unique and stylish intro to bikes, this wooden wonder is ideal for the smallest cyclists
Another Early Rider, but for complete beginners aged 2-4, the Early Rider Lite has a classic wooden frame which ticks all the boxes for appearance and function.
It’s nimble enough to build confidence with speed, but features a speed limiter which can be switched on at parent’s discretion to avoid any unwanted collisions.
It’s on the cheaper (and lighter) end of the scale for wooden bikes, and its weatherproof finish means it’s built to last.
5. FIRSTBIKE CROSS WITH BRAKE
A modern take on the classic balance bike, armed with a full arsenal of safety features
This award-winning German design is a completely child-friendly balance bike that makes the perfect training companion, particularly for nervous children or parents.
You can control the level of learning with safety features such as a speed limiter and intuitive brakes, and it’s easy to set up and adjust, making it a great all-rounder if you’re torn on what style to choose.