Scooters can be a wonderful way to get around town.
There is a huge diversity of scooter types.
How do you know which one to choose?
If you are just starting to look into the world of scooters, prepare to be shocked by the number of scooter options out there!
Let’s take a look at 20 different types of scooters.
20 Types Of Scooters
1. Basic Kick Scooter
This is probably what many adults think of when they remember their childhood scooters.
A kick scooter is one of the most basic types of scooters, and also the most affordable.
It is a two-wheel scooter that the rider stands on top of.
The rider uses their foot to kick off from the ground.
These kicks are what give the scooter the power to move, hence the name.
Kick scooters typically have a pedal on the back that curves over the rear wheel.
If you are looking to slow down or stop, you just press on this pedal.
Basic kick scooters are great options for kids who want their own way to get around.
They are very intuitive and straightforward.
They don’t have a huge learning curve, which makes them a great option for young children.
However, you might not be able to get a standard-sized scooter if your children are quite small.
We’ll go through some other options like the mini scooter and micro mini scooter later on in this article.
2. Foldable Kick Scooter
This is the same as the basic kick scooter but with an extra feature.
They function and look exactly like a basic kick scooter, but they also have the added ability to fold up.
This makes them easy to store in small places.
The foldable kick scooter is so common now that you might find more foldable options in your scooter store than basic options.
You can find a lot of cool-looking foldable scooters.
Since they are one of the most popular scooter options, there are designs of all different types out there.
You can even find some scooters that have features like light-up wheels!
Not only does this look great, but it can also be a good option for keeping your kids safe if they frequently use their scooters in the dark.
Lights on a kid’s scooter will make it more visible to cars and bikes at night and can help prevent a collision.
3. Electric Kick Scooter
We are calling this an “electric kick scooter” because it looks exactly like a kick scooter while being electric.
However, the name is a little deceiving because, in most cases, you don’t kick at all.
You just rely on the electric power of the scooter!
If you want to try out an electric scooter, you probably don’t have to go through the commitment of purchasing one.
Many big cities have scooter rentals throughout the streets!
You just have to find one on the sidewalk, download the appropriate app, scan the QR code, and you can be off!
If it is possible, it is best to try, and always wear safety equipment with your electric scooters.
Many of them can go quite fast, and unfortunately, there has been an increasing number of scooter accidents in cities where electric scooters are popular.
4. Foldable Electric Scooter
Foldable electric scooters aren’t quite as common as basic foldable kick scooters.
However, they are catching on in popularity as a way to get around.
Foldable electric scooters are becoming especially popular with the commuting crowd.
Scooters can be a great way to get to and from work.
The problem comes when you are trying to store your scooter.
Most workplaces don’t have scooter storage areas, and a scooter can be difficult to secure.
Being able to fold up your electric scooter and slide it under your desk can be a lifesaver!
The one downside of using a foldable electric scooter during your commute is that it can be a bit hard to deal with after hours.
Unfortunately, most clubs don’t have a scooter locker section.
If you are planning on grabbing a drink or going to the grocery store after work, it might be best to leave your electric scooter at home.
5. Stunt Scooter
Did you know that you can do stunts on scooters?
Just like with bikes or skateboards, scooters have some pretty cool tricks they can do!
You can ride a stunt scooter in the skate park.
What sets stunt scooters apart from other scooters is their super-sturdy design.
Unlike many other scooter types, stunt scooters will never be foldable.
They don’t have unnecessary joints or hinges, which makes them more sturdy.
They are made out of tough but lightweight material, so they can handle pretty much anything you throw at them.
6. Swing Scooter
A swing scooter might be one of the most fun scooter options out there!
Unlike most scooters, a swing scooter features two different platforms: one for each foot.
You stand with your feet apart and facing together, similar to how you would stand if you were skiing.
Then you move the scooter by wiggling it from side to side.
7. Big Wheel Scooter
Just like the name suggests, these scooters feature big wheels.
Except for their larger wheels, they are similar to a traditional scooter.
Why exactly would you want a big-wheeled scooter?
Well, for one thing, it provides more stability and support.
If you are traveling over rough terrain, the bigger wheels can help balance you.
While you can’t take a scooter on the mountain biking trails, you could possibly take it to some trails that are a little rockier.
A basic kick scooter with small, hard wheels would have a hard time going over anything other than pavement and asphalt.
You probably want to choose a big-wheeled scooter if you need more flexibility.
8. Three-Wheel Scooter
Three-wheel scooters are a great option for young kids.
The three wheels help kids maintain their balance more easily than two wheels.
This is the same principle used for bikes with training wheels.
Once a child is comfortable with a three-wheeled scooter, they can upgrade to a traditional kick scooter!
9. Space Scooter
A space scooter has an interesting design with an elevated platform.
Instead of moving by kicking off the ground, you can move by rocking back and forth.
Some space scooters are dual purpose, like this one, and can be converted into traditional scooters as well.
That means twice the fun!
10. Mini Scooter
A mini scooter is going to be most appropriate for kids five to 10 years old.
It is important to have a scooter that is the right size for your child.
If their scooter is too big, it is going to be too difficult for the child to ride it.
This could cause safety issues if the child isn’t able to control the scooter.
Even if you do get your child the appropriately sized mini scooter, make sure you don’t forget the safety equipment to go along with it!
It is important to keep your kids safe.
Scooters might not result in as many falls as bikes or skateboards, but it is still possible to have a crash, especially with a child who is just learning!
11. Micro Mini Scooter
This is for ages three to five.
If you have a toddler who wants to start learning how to ride a scooter, a micro mini scooter is going to be the perfect fit for you.
You might think that a three-wheel scooter is the only viable option for a child who is so young.
It can actually be beneficial to give your child a “normal” scooter that is simply small enough for their size.
The problem with three-wheeled scooters is that they don’t teach the child to balance.
Learning to balance is the most fundamental skill for successfully riding a scooter.
This is why it can be better to simply dress your child in the appropriate protective gear and let them learn on a miniature version of the real thing.
12. Self-Balancing Scooter
Also commonly known as a “hoverboard” scooter, this is a popular choice for young people and celebrities alike!
The self-balancing scooter feels very futuristic.
If you are the tech-loving type, you are likely to get excited about this scooter.
A self-balancing scooter, also known as a “hoverboard” scooter can transport you without any effort on your part.
You simply tilt your body to make it move.
Using one can be an incredible experience!
13. Wing Scooter
A wing scooter looks similar to a traditional kick scooter in the front. In the back, though, it features a “wing” that you stand on.
This is different from a swing scooter because the platform that your feet sit on is directly connected.
The movement is the same principle, though, with you twisting your hips and wiggling your legs to get the scooter moving.
14. Big Wheeled Swing Scooter
This is another variation of the swing scooter.
You swing your body from side to side in order to move it.
The difference is that a big-wheeled swing scooter features a large front wheel.
This can make it easier to ride over rough terrain.
Unlike many of the scooter types on here, the big front wheel is made of the same material as a bike wheel.
That means it is inflated.
Most kick scooters have completely solid wheels.
The advantage of having an inflated wheel is that it can absorb more shock.
While you aren’t going to be able to ride in really rough areas, you could take this scooter on some gravel paths that would be too difficult for a traditional swing scooter.
15. Segway Scooters
This is the classic scooter of tourists.
If you are traveling to a new city, taking a Segway tour might be the perfect way to give this type of scooter a try!
Though a Segway scooter is a type of self-balancing scooter, you are going to want to make sure to wear protective equipment.
It can be extremely easy to fall on these until you get the hang of riding them.
Segway scooters can go quite fast.
Some of them can go up to 40 miles per hour.
It is important that you are driving responsibly to make sure that you so that everyone around you stays safe while you use the scooter.
16. Self-Balancing Buggy
If you have a self-balancing scooter, you can get an attachment that will transform it into a completely different type of scooter altogether.
The buggy attachment will turn this standing scooter into a seated one!
It hooks around the self-balancing scooter so that you will be sitting where you would normally stand.
Then you can use a lever to move the self-balancing scooter forward and backward.
Another lever lets you control the steering.
If you have a self-balancing scooter but have a hard time with the balancing part, this can be a great option for you.
Plus, it will basically turn your electric standing scooter into an electric seated scooter.
17. One Wheeled Scooter
This one-wheeled scooter is another electric option.
It has the same futuristic and high-tech feel as the hoverboard, but it requires far more balance and skill.
Instead of balancing between two wheels, the wheel will rest between your feet.
As you stand on the scooter, you will direct it with a tilt of your body.
This version of a one-wheeled scooter has a maximum speed of 2.5 miles per hour.
That’s one speedy scooter!
You want to make sure that you have good protective equipment, especially when you are just starting to learn how to ride it.
Though people call this scooter “self-balancing,” it actually takes a good amount of balance to ride.
That is because it will self-balance from tipping forward, but it is up to you to make sure you don’t fall to the side.
Once you have some experience with this scooter type, you can do some pretty cool tricks, though!
Super skilled riders can maneuver using just one foot.
18. Scooter Board
If you are looking for a very affordable scooter option that is going to give your kids more exercise, you could consider getting them a scooter board.
You are most commonly going to find these in school gyms.
In fact, you might have memories of using one of these scooters yourself!
A scooter board is not going to be a great way to get around town.
They aren’t really transportation scooters.
Instead, they are used for exercise and fun.
The fun component of a scooter board can make it worth the investment, though!
19. Electric Moped
If you like the idea of a moped but are environmentally conscious, an electric moped might be a good option for you.
Typically electric mopeds aren’t going to go quite as fast as gas mopeds.
However, it is nice to be able to plug it in at the end of the day and not have to work about stopping by a gas station.
The nice thing about electric mopeds is that you can find many street-legal options.
That means you can drive them on the street just like a car.
In order for them to be street legal, they are going to have to meet some requirements.
For example, they will probably be required to have headlights and turn signals.
20. Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter is a great option for those who have disabilities that limit their mobility.
In fact, you might have been to a store that offers free access to mobility scooters.
Walmart is a good example of a store chain that typically has mobility scooters to help assist customers who have trouble walking.
Mobility scooters can give a lot more freedom than a traditional wheelchair.
Traditional wheelchairs require the person seated to use their arms to move them.
This causes a lot of energy to be exerted.
If you are very sick, it can be difficult or even impossible to transport yourself in a wheelchair!
Traditional wheelchairs can be very challenging for elderly people who might not have the strength or energy to push them.
This is why many elderly individuals rely on someone else to push them around.
Relying on someone else can take away your sense of independence.
It can also put limitations on where and when you can go places.
A mobility scooter can be the perfect solution!