How to choose the best Micro scooter for your child? Comparing Micro Mini for ages 2-5 and Micro Maxi for ages 5-12
Apr 6, 2017 11:29:56 AM David S.
A question parents ask us all the time is: Which Micro should I choose for my pre-school age child? Parents are considering whether to choose the Micro Mini for ages 2-5 or move up to the Maxi for ages 5-12? If they buy the Mini for their 2, 3 or 4 year old child, they are trying to estimate how much use their child will get out of it. Alternatively they are wondering if it would be better to buy the Maxi for older kids, which a child can then ride until age 11 or 12? Because young children can grow several inches in a year, it is reasonable for parents to wonder at what point their child will outgrow the Mini and be ready for a Maxi. On the other hand, parents worry that if they ‘bump up’ to the Maxi too soon, it may lessen the enjoyment or safety of the child.
Your child’s experience riding Micro WILL be effected by choosing the right one, and, since purchasing either scooter is something of an investment, we wanted to offer upsome guidelines would help you make an informed decision. First, let’s begin by looking at a photo of the two scooters side-by-side:
As you can see, the Mini and Maxi scooters have very similar designs—two wheels in front and a center wheel in back. Both of these scooters employ the lean-to- steer, wherein children use their body weight to steer rather than simply turning the handlebar. Micro was the first to offer the lean-to-steer kickboard design to young children, which contributed greatly to both stability and safety.
Since the two scooters are so similar, there is no extra skill required to use the Maxi (ages 5-12) but the difference in size can make it more of a challenge, compared to the Mini (ages 2-5). However, children do learn to ride both the Mini and the Maxi on an intuitive basis. We do suggest showing them one of our videos, but rest assured, thousands of children have learned simply by getting on and trying it.
However, part of what makes a Mini so much fun for young children is its light weight and relatively small size and the confidence they feel in hopping on and off, picking it up and turning it around as needed. They 'master' the Mini and that builds their confidence. With the Maxi, at 2 pounds heavier, 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider, there is a risk that a child younger than 5 will not be able to control it as easily or have the same confidence when riding it.
Because the extra weight and size of the Maxi makes it a little more difficult to maneuver, we recommend that children weigh at least 35 pounds prior to “bumping up” (to the Maxi). If your child does not weigh at least 35 pounds, they could experience difficulty steering the Maxi as well as engaging its rear brake.
Especially with 2- and 3-year-olds, we have found the Mini's lighter weight and added maneuverability to be very important when learning to scoot. Not only can small children steer and handle the Mini easier, they also can engage the rear spoon brake with greater ease and control.
Smaller children will build confidence, learn to scoot more quickly and have more fun on the Mini.
To judge if your child is the right size for a Mini OR a Maxi, we suggest these guidelines:
- Most 2 and 3-year-olds are ideally sized for the Mini.
- -The Mini Deluxe has a weight limit of 75 pounds and can support a rider standing up to 42 inches tall.
- -The Mini Deluxe's handlebar is adjustable from 17 inches above the deck up to 25 inches above the deck (the Mini Original is a static height of 24 inches above the deck).
- -The Maxi has a greater weight limit of 150 pounds and features a handlebar that starts out at 24 inches from the deck and extends to 34 inches, allowing most children to use it throughout elementary school.
- -The crossover of the handlebar heights at 24/25 inches means there is a ‘tween’ time during which a child could use either scooter.
- -Consider bumping up to a Maxi prior to your child turning age 5 if they weigh at least 35 lbs and are fairly coordinated for their age.
- -The Maxi’s greater weight limit of 150 pounds is what allows the scooter to be used by children throughout elementary school.
Other IMPORTANT Considerations
-If your prospective scooter rider has a younger sibling who can ride the Mini in a year or two, the Mini is the best scooter for young children, so we strongly recommend that as it can be handed down as-is or be easily and inexpensively refurbished for the next child.
- OR, if your prospective scooter rider has an older sibling with a Maxi, you might want to go with the Maxi because typically the younger child will want and ride whatever the older sibling is riding.
Exchanges and Returns, in Case you Need to Fix it.
In the event you order a Mini or Maxi and upon receipt the scooter seems too big or too small, we suggest first having the child test the scooter indoors to be sure, and then if you would like to return it to us, simply give us a call. We are happy to have you return the scooter to us for an exchange or a refund, as long as the scooter hasn’t been used outdoors.
We hope this information helps but if you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 888-236-5657, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm EST).