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Giving your child a tricycle is a great way to encourage exploration and exercise.
They're also, it goes without saying, enormous fun, and an amazing means of allowing young children to blow off steam. Whilst there's tons of enjoyment to be had (trust us, there's nothing quite so joy-inducing as watching your tot pedal along on a tiny three-wheel bike ) there are a number of things to consider when choosing the perfect one for your child.
The first is whether your child is old enough. Though some toddlers as young as one can manage pedalling a trike, children of three years and up are more able to get the most out of them and manoeuvre them properly. There are safety concerns to bear in mind, too. It's important to get the right size trike for your child in order to make it a safe ride; take note of the measurements or take them for a test drive before you buy, if you can.
It's also essential to buy a good-fitting helmet when you choose your tricycle. Make sure it's child-safety approved and ensure that your child is wearing it every time they use their trike. Naturally, you want to be keeping an eye on them every time they're on three wheels; young children may seem adept and comfortable when they get going but accidents can happen easily.
With these considerations in mind, it's time to get on with the fun stuff: finding the ultimate tricycle for kids. We've gathered together a range of trikes for kids and kids' ride on toys with an overview of their best qualities so that you can find the perfect tricycle for your child. Take a look below.
While you're here, why not also take a look at the best kids' cycling shorts?
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the kids' trikes on our list come highly recommended, this Bentley model really stood out as our top tricycle.
1. Bentley 6-in-1 Trike
This six-in-one super trike from Bentley (yes, the luxury car company) is a bit of a showstopper. At over £200 it doesn't come cheap, but it's got the goods to back it up and is built to last for years, so you'll get your money's worth. With an impressive six different modes, the bike transforms from a pram-like baby carrier (with a button-operated rotating seat, naturally) into a fully independent tricycle via the gradual removal of various parts. Designed to cater to your child in different stages of development this tricycle boasts a five-point harness and detachable safety bar, a parent steering system with adjustable handle, a large overhead canopy made from 50 UPF waterproof fabric, a reclining backrest, storage baskets and a handy footbrake at the back. The big, flashy design isn't for everyone, but the many thoughtful and well-designed features come together to make a pretty formidable tricycle.
- Price: £229.99
- Age: 10 months+
- Size: L85.5 x W52 x H104.5 cm
Best For Families On A Budget
2. Scuttlebug Ladybird Ride On Folding Trike
This push along trike is a great, affordable option for beginners. The foot-to-floor element makes it suitable for the littlest riders and we love the cute ladybird design. It's lightweight and easy for young children to move around, and the three-step folding system makes it quick and simple to pack it away or into the car. And the best thing? You don't have to assemble it yourself; a rare blessing when it comes to tricycles.
- Price: £20
- Age: 1+
- Size: H43 x W33 x D60 cm
Best Trikes For Under 5s
3. Xootz Green Ride On Trike
This Xootz tricycle is the ultimate 3 wheel bike for children three years old and up. For starters, there's no nightmare assembly; just a few clicks and you're good to go. And though it doesn't have a host of flashy features, it does everything a good trike should, and does it well. The padded handles and moulded seat are nice and comfortable, and the latter can be adjusted as your child grows. The steel frame is lightweight and durable and the chunky EVA tyres are puncture-proof and have great grip. It's a good price and available in a range of fun, bright colours; a worthy investment.
- Price: £40
- Age: 3+
- Size: H59 x W49 x D72 cm
Best For Early Years
4. Beehive My First Trike
This little balance bike doesn't have pedals but allows young children to wheel themselves along using their feet, encouraging balance and developing fine motor skills. The handlebars are nice and soft, perfect for little hands, and it's lightweight enough that even very small children can lift and carry it. The anti-skid wheels make it safe and ideal for both inside and outside use, and it's super easy to assemble. Win.
- Price: £39.99
- Age: 1-3
- Size: 51 x 22 x 40 cm
5. Little Tikes 4 in 1 Trike
Another 'grow with your child' model, this 4 in 1 Little Tikes trike bike is a good all-rounder that will last for years. The seat adjusts to allow for growth and the parent-controlled steering handle can be removed as your child gains mobility and independence. The adjustable canopy shields children from up to 99% of UV rays and the colourful design is sure to entice any reluctant child into an excursion.
- Price: £75
- Age: 9 months+
- Size: H100.33 x W113.03 x D50.8 cm
Best Wooden Trike
6. Galt Toys Tiny Wooden Kids' Trike
We're a big fan of wooden toys; they look beautiful and they're so much better for the environment. This little wooden tricycle features a steering lock and dual front wheels that make it a safe and stable ride, and a hardwood frame that makes it super durable. We love the bright primary colours and traditional design; a lovely addition to any playroom and great starter trike for your little one that will improve balance and coordination. Easy to assemble, too.
- Price: £39.90
- Age: 1+
- Size: 40.6 x 27.9 x 12.7 cm
Best Trikes For Under 8s
7. Elektra Flashing Hog Ride On
This funky blue tricycle bike is great for children over six. It's got a few slightly more advanced features that will appeal to older kids: a front brake enables children to safely stop when they've worked up a good speed and cool flashing lights on the front wheel mean they'll definitely be noticed when they ride! The adjustable seat allows for growth and the wheels are nice and robust, so your child should get a good amount of use out of it.
- Price: £110
- Age: 6+
- Size: H54 x W67 x D120 cm
Best For Design
8. Foxrider Retro Tricycle
We loved the design of this beautiful, traditional tricycle, which will have your child looking like they're riding right out of the '50s. The metal frame is nice and robust and the trike comes ready-assembled, so your tot can immediately get pedalling. Available in a range of pretty pastel colours.
- Price: £130
- Age: 18 months+
- Size: H54.5 x L60 x W45 cm
Best For Family Outings
9. Smoby Be Be Move Baby Trike with Parent Handle
This Smoby tricycle is the perfect addition to your next family stroll. The push handle allows parents to keep kids going in the right direction, whilst the safety bar and seat belt will keep your little one safe and strapped in. The useful handle bag and bottom bucket are great for packing outing essentials and the adjustable seat and handle allow for several years' use. The assembly may be tricky but the results are well worth it. Just one thing to note: the child steering lock is a handy feature but it can make turning corners tiring when the parent is in control (maybe save the windy walks for when your child is older and has more command of the steering!).
- Price: £59.99
- Age: 10 months - 5 years
- Size: 67 x 51 x 100 cm
Best For Parent Steering
10. Radio Flyer Steer and Stroll Tricycle
This Radio Flyer tricycle is another great option with parent steering. We love the bright red design and the little bell (be prepared for your child to use this feature with gusto). The nifty storage bucket comes with a lid, great for keeping your bits and bobs safe, and there are footrests for your child to use when they aren't pedalling. Just be mindful that the pedals do not lock when a parent is pushing from behind; if you want this feature, try the deluxe tricycle model.
- Price: £83.99
- Age: 2-5
- Size: L71.1 x W54.6 x H48.3 cm
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