Best children’s electric bikes for Summer 2020
Choose from the 4 Best Children’s Electric Bike Reviewed in the UK
It doesn’t matter if your kid is obsessed with motorcycles and points them out every time they pass, or you just want an original gift idea that is sure to make every child, boy or girl, smile from ear to ear, you can’t go wrong with a kid’s electric bike.
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There are so many options available these days too, from replica police bikes, dirt bikes, and sports bikes, kids go karts, to kid’s quads and balance bikes. This wide array of designs means that there is almost definitely something out there that your child would go crazy for.
There has never been a better time to buy a kid’s electric bike either. In recent years battery technology has really improved and this has led to both a reduction in charging times, and an increase in the length of time you can actually use the electric bike.
Most kid’s electric bikes are designed for younger children, aged between three and six and so they are hardly the fastest moving things on the planet and are built to be safe. There are some other models that can go a bit faster but these will have a higher recommended age for the rider.
In this article we have tried to review a good selection of the different types of kid’s electric bikes, as well as point out a few handy tips in our buyer’s guide, so that you will have an easier time finding the best kid’s electric bike for your son or daughter. An electric bike for your child should be easy to ride, put safety above all else, be well priced, hold charge for a good length of playtime, have a reliable motor, and wheels that offer solid traction. We have rated our reviews on these criteria.
1. HOMCOM Kids Police Motorbike
With this kid’s electric bike, your child can really live out their policeman fantasies in style.
Powered by a 6V battery, this kid’s police bike has a very safe, pedal operated, top speed of 2.5kph, so it can be used indoors or outside without you having to worry about your child crashing it.
Measuring 80 (L) x 43 (W)x 54.5cm(H), weighing just under 7.5kg, and having a maximum load of 25kg, this electric kid’s bike is ideally suited to riders who are 4-7 years old. Unless your child is particularly small for their age, I don’ think it would be ok for anyone older.
This Homcom kid’s electric bike features three plastic wheels, all of which are both large and wide and provide enough grip to see your kids happily whizzing around on a wide range of surfaces and terrains.
The body of this bike is constructed out of a combination of strong polypropylene plastic sat on an iron frame, making it incredibly sturdy. The level of workmanship on all the parts is of a high standard, and the overall build quality is very good for a toy aimed at toddlers.
There are various switches for kids to play with such as the forward, backwards, and stop switch that controls direction, and the switch that operates the LED headlights and sound effects. All the controls are easy to see, reach, and operate, even for very young children.
The sound effects include an engine revving, a car/motorcycle horn beeping noise, and of course a police siren. A word of warning on this, these sounds are more than a little bit loud which your kids will love, but you? Maybe not so much after 10 minutes indoors, haha.
Battery charging time is around average at 8-12 hours, but on a full charge your kid can ride around for about 45 minutes continuously which is pretty good, and the battery and charger are included in the price.
This is a very highly rated kid’s electric bike and I can see why. It’s well made, gives a good length of play time on a full battery, and has the kinds of features that little kids love- lights and loud sounds. I’m sure any kid would absolutely love it.
2. HOMCOM Kids Electric Motocross Bike
If your son or daughter isn’t into playing cops and robbers, maybe they would prefer this kid’s electric motocross, bike.
Actually we should clarify, this is only an imitation motocross bike for little kids and while it is fine for your 3-5 years old to ride in the garden, its 6V battery, 25W electric motor, and 2.5kph top speed won’t be enough to get it up anything more than the smallest of slopes, so don’t think of taking it on a proper off road track.
It does, however, look the part with plastic shocks, large wheels and tyres, and motocross style plastic fairing, and your child will certainly love being seen riding it.
The tyres are plastic but they are strong, and being plastic means no chance of flat tyres and the tears that go along with that. The tread on the tyres has been designed to offer good traction even on hard, flat surfaces like tiles and they do their job well.
Having the same battery as Homcom’s police motorcycle for kids, it has the same charging and running times, so you’ll get 45 minutes of continuous use before you need to recharge.
This model also shares a few other features with its sibling such as a 25kg max load weight, LED headlights, and (very loud) sound effects. However, there is no reverse gear on this model like there is on the police trike.
This kid’s electric bike comes with sturdy, metal framed, stabilisers to help young kids find their balance, but once they build confidence you can remove these very quickly and easily, or you can simply choose not to put them on in the first place for older children. Saying that, the low speed might make it difficult for the bike to balance without the stabilisers.
Homcom give this kid’s electric bike an age range of 3-6 years but at 102cm long, 53cm wide, and 66cm high, I would argue that it might be a bit small and slow for a 6 year old, but certainly a great buy for 3-4 year old and even some 5 year olds.
3. ROLLPLAY BMW electric motorcycle
If you don’t mind paying a bit more, you can get your kid their very own, fully licensed, BMW electric kid’s bike.
This thing looks great! The sporty styling combined with the red, black, and silver colour scheme, will really help your kid to stand out from the crowd, and the famous BMW logo badges on the side fairing will let everyone know that this is no ordinary toy.
This really is a great looking little replica, and has cool little details like a good sized exhaust, reg-plate, a comfortable upholstered seat, and headlights.
The icing on the cake for me though, is something that will really make your child feel like that are riding a real motorbike, are the keys. My friend’s son tested this electric bike for us and he never got bored of inserting the keys into the ignition and turning them to start up the bike and hearing the sound effects.
Other sound effects include the engine revving and it is very realistic. I would guess that it has been recorded from the actual big bike that this kid’s electric bike is based on. There is also a horn sound and even a music player and all three buttons are situated in the same conveniently placed position on the replica fuel tank.
The easy to twist throttle on this kid’s electric bike, and the 6V battery helps to produce a top speed of 4kph, which is just enough to give any 3-5 year old a thrill while still being very safe. There are removable stabilisers included in the packaging too.
This battery has a nice charge to running time ratio and a 9-10 hour charge will allow your little biker to play for well over an hour but obviously, the more they play with the sound effects and lights, the faster the battery will run out.
Talking of the battery, there is something that needs to be addressed by the makers and it is a problem with the instructions. When the bike arrives, the battery is disconnected (for transport purposes) and needs you to unscrew the back and reconnect it, but there is no mention of this in the instructions themselves.
Apart from this, I can’t find fault with this awesome little sports tour replica bike and it is something I would have loved when I was in the 3-5 age group that this product is aimed at.
4. Peg Perego Ducati GP Kids Electric Motorbike
While all our previous reviews are excellent kid’s electric bikes for children up to the age of around 5-7, if your son or daughter is older than that, you might get complaints of those bikes being ‘too small/slow’ or that they are, in their ‘wise’ opinion, ‘baby bikes’.
With small petrol engine motorcycles like mini motos maybe being a bit too powerful for a lot of 5-6 year olds, it can be hard to find something that sits somewhere in the middle, and that’s where a product like this one comes in.
Like the BMW model we just reviewed this is a licensed replica of a real sports bike, only this time it is of a Ducati GP bike. The makers have done an excellent job of recreating the sports bike curves, angles, and lines of the fully faired body that make these kinds of bikes so popular with adults and kids alike, and the red and white paint job is polished off nicely with decal stickers.
But it’s not just the looks that will keep your 3-6 year old happy, it is the fact that the 12V battery powers an electric motor that is capable of producing speeds of 4- 8kph depending which of the two gears you select, and while this is still very safe, it makes this kid’s electric bike much faster than most of its competitors.
Another thing that motorbike obsessed kids will absolutely love about this particular product, is that you twist the throttle to make it go which is far more realistic than using a foot pedal.
The shiny metal forks lead down to the large wheels that have been dressed with EVA rubber tyres. These tyres have a sports bike tread for extra traction and are extremely durable while still providing comfort and a smooth ride.
Now, no kid’s electric bike would be complete without a few sound effects and this Ducati GP replica is no exception, featuring a horn and engine revving sound. The horn is pretty standard, but the engine noise really sounds good.
Other nice features include a kickstand for keeping the bike upright when the stabilisers are removed, and a pedal brake that allows for quick stops in case a dog or cat runs out in front of you unexpectedly.
This is without a doubt one of the best kid’s electric bikes out there for children who are obsessed with sports bikes. It looks great, provides an excellent ride on the rubber tyres, and is faster than a lot of other models. While the price tag might be a little too steep for some, if you can afford it, this is sure to put a smile on your kid’s face.
What to look for when buying a children’s electric motorbike
When you’re thinking about buying a child’s electric motorbike, a few things instantly pop to mind. Is the bike suitable for your child’s age? Is it safe? Will they fall off easily? Is it too fast? Those are the easy questions. Below we look at those and some of the more practical arguments and thought processes you may go through when selecting for your child.
Age range and size
All kid’s electric bikes will have a recommended age range but often the makers overestimate that range. For example, you will see a bike that has an age range of 4-8 but actually it would be better suited to kids between 3-6 and anyone older will be very cramped up sitting on it.
This isn’t always the case, but it is more common than you would imagine, so our advice is to check the recommended age range against the dimensions of the bike itself, plus look at some of the customer feedback comments to get a true idea about the size of the product.
Battery and motor
Batteries come in different sizes such as 6V, 12V, 24V, etc. Sometimes a bike that is advertised as 24V is actually two 12V batteries working together, and the same goes for other high voltage models. Generally speaking, a bigger battery will provide a longer running time and more potential power for the bike, but there are other factors which affect these things too.
One of those things is the electric motor. These motors are what power the wheels and provide speed. Electric motors are measured in watts, and the higher the wattage, the more speed it can produce.
Most toddler’s electric bikes will have a 6V battery and small motor as they are not intended to go fast, but if your kids are over the age of 6, I would definitely look to get something with both a bigger battery and more powerful motor.
What about something safer like a quad bike?
Kids might benefit from the safety of four wheels. Look how happy this little chap is below. We think there might be some mileage in exploring the option if you haven’t already.
Wheels and tyres
The wheels and tyres are some of the most important features on any electric kid’s bike, especially as the child gets older and their bikes become more powerful.
For really young kids, plastic wheels are fine as they will only be travelling very short distances at very slow speeds. On electric bikes for kids aged 4-6, rubber tyres might be a good choice as they offer a good balance between durability and traction. Electric bikes for older kids should ideally have pneumatic tyres due to the comfort and grip they provide.
Other features to look out for
If you’re looking to buy an electric bike for someone around 3-6, you might be interested in things like sound effects such as horns and engine noises Models like our last review above, the Uenjoy ATV even have USB slots so you can play your own music.
Electric bikes with higher performance will need good stopping power, so look out for disc brakes or drum brakes, and good suspension or shocks are also nice features to have.