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10 Best Balance Bikes UK 2022 | Zinc, Strider and More

Kids start walking sooner than you think and before you know it, they'll want to explore the world around them. A balance bike is the perfect way to help your toddler improve their hand-eye coordination and move around the garden or park with ease. However, with such a wide range of balance bikes on the market, it can be tough to know which design will suit your child.


Luckily, we'll explain everything you need to know to make the right choice, covering materials, seat height and additional features like baskets and lights. We've compiled a list of the 10 best balance bikes currently available at Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Halfords and Decathlon, from retro wooden frames with foam wheels to sturdy metal bikes with air tyres.

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  • Last updated: 07-08-2022
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How to Choose a Balance Bike in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Measure Your Child’s Inseam to Find the Right Seat Height
  2. Ensure You Select a Suitable Weight and Load Capacity
  3. Decide Which Materials You’d Prefer for the Frame and Wheels
  4. Look for Additional Features Like a Steering Limit, Bell or Lights

1. Select a Seat Height That's 0.5″ to 1″ Shorter Than Your Child’s Inseam Measurement, With an Adjustable Range That Gives Them Room to Grow

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Choosing the right-sized balance bike is one of the most important steps in ensuring that your child is comfortable and safe. Since toddlers range so drastically in height, there are many different-sized bikes on the market and lots of them will include adjustable seats and handlebars so you can adapt the bike as your child grows. 


Most bikes will be advertised with the wheel size as the main point of reference, with specifications such as 12" or 10" often appearing in product titles. Wheel sizes tend to range from 6-12 inches, but because the frame size also varies drastically from bike to bike, the wheel diameter is not the best indication of overall size or suitability. 


For a more accurate size indicator, look for the seat height and compare this with the inseam of your child's leg while wearing shoes. The seat should be 0.5″ to 1″ shorter than the inseam measurement. For example, a child with a 12" inseam should have a seat that's 11-11.5" tall. If it is an adjustable seat, it would ideally range from 11" upwards so that the child has room to grow. 

Try a baby walker to improve your toddler's balance before they're ready for a bike.

2. Check That the Bike Weighs Less Than 30% Of Your Child’s Weight and Ensure That the Maximum Weight Load Can Support Them

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Since your child will be pushing the bike on their own, you don't want to purchase one that's too heavy. A bike that's too heavy will be difficult to manoeuvre and may even cause accidents if your child is not able to handle it safely.


As a general rule, the ideal bike will weigh less than 30% of your child's weight. So, if your child weighs 10 kg, their bike should weigh no more than 3 kg. However, you should also be aware that bikes often come with a maximum weight load so you'll need to ensure that your child isn't too heavy as they may damage the bike itself.

Invest in a bike helmet for extra protection while your little one rides.

3. Consider the Frame and Wheel Materials: Aluminium Is More Lightweight Than Wood, While Air Tyres Offer Greater Impact Support Than Foam Ones

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The materials used for the frame and tyres will be the main contributors to the overall weight of the bike. The frame will normally be composed of steel, aluminium or other metal alloys, but more traditional designs use wood. A wooden frame is more environmentally friendly and has an attractive retro look, but it will be less adjustable and more prone to damage. 


If you choose a metal frame, aluminium is the best option. It's lightweight but sturdy so it usually has a larger load capacity. Steel is also strong and robust but tends to be a little heavier than aluminium and can be prone to rust if not cared for correctly. 


In terms of tyres, you'll need to decide between foam and air. Foam tyres are cheaper and puncture-proof, making them a low-maintenance option compared to traditional air tyres, which pose a higher risk of puncture damage. While air tyres are heavier, they're more robust and can be used on a variety of terrains. Plus, the air offers more impact support for descending curbs or steps.

4. Look Out for Additional Features Like a Steering Limit, Bell or Lights to Keep Your Child Both Interested and Protected

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Brake levers on a balance bike can be a great first step in teaching your child road safety, but most models don't feature brakes and instead require your child to control all movement with their legs. 


However, alternative safety measures like handlebars with a steering limit will ensure that your child stays on a relatively straight course and prevent the bike from toppling sideways if they lose their balance


Other additional features such as bells, baskets and lights can make the bike much more exciting for your child. Bells even provide the chance for your toddler to train their hand-eye coordination and improve their multitasking skills, so they'll be ready for a gear-changing mountain bike in no time!

For longer journeys, we recommend a child bike seat.

Compare the Best Balance Bikes

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Pendleton

     - Somerby Balance Bike for £90.00
  2. Kinderkraft - Wooden Balance Bike for £59.00
  3. Strider - 12 Sport Balance Bike for £109.99
  4. Zinc - Flyte Boost 6" Wheel Size Unisex Balance Bike for £60.00
  5. Chillafish - Charlie 10" Balance Bike for £63.52

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Pendleton Somerby Balance Bike 1

Pendleton

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Kinderkraft Wooden Balance Bike 1

Kinderkraft

3
Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike 1

Strider

4
Zinc Flyte Boost 6" Wheel Size Unisex Balance Bike 1

Zinc

5
Chillafish Charlie 10" Balance Bike  1

Chillafish

6
HYGRAD Wooden Balance Bike  1

HYGRAD

7
Zinc Flyte 12 Inch Dash Balance Bike 1

Zinc

8
KiddyMoon Balance Bike Wood 1

KiddyMoon

9
HOMCOM Kids Balance Bike 1

HOMCOM

10
Huffy Disney Frozen Kids Balance Bike 1

Huffy

Name

Somerby Balance Bike

Wooden Balance Bike

12 Sport Balance Bike

Flyte Boost 6" Wheel Size Unisex Balance Bike

Charlie 10" Balance Bike

Wooden Balance Bike

Flyte 12 Inch Dash Balance Bike

Balance Bike Wood

Kids Balance Bike

Disney Frozen Kids Balance Bike

Features

A Retro Design Featuring a Decorative Wicker Basket and Rear Wheel Brake

A Lightweight Bike With a Large 35 kg Maximum Load Capacity

Has an Adjustable Seat Height So It Can Be Used for Years to Come

Features Twin Front Wheels and a 135-Degree Steering Limit to Minimise Falls

An Easy-Carry Bike With Light up Wheels and 8 Different Colour Options

An Affordable Wooden Frame With Anti-Slip Handles and a Comfy Seat

Features An Adjustable Seat to Allow for up to 6” of Growth

A Low-Budget Option That’s Perfect for Racing Fans

A Pastel Pink Vintage-Style Frame Complete With Wicker Basket and Bell

A Disney-Themed Bike That's Robust Enough for Any Terrain

Price£90.00£59.00£109.99£60.00£63.52£34.99£60.00£34.99£66.99£50.00
Seat Height-12-15 inches11-19 inches10 inches11-14.6 inches-12.5-18.5 inches-15 inches-
Wheel Size12 inches12 inches12 inches6 inches10 inches11 inches12 inches12 inches12 inches12 inches
Weight4.7 kg2.7 kg3 kg2 kg2.5 kg-2.97 kg--5 kg
Maximum Capacity-35 kg27 kg-----25 kg-
Frame MaterialAluminiumWoodSteelMetalSteelWoodAluminiumWoodSteelSteel
Tyre MaterialAirFoamFoamFoamFoamFoamFoamFoamAirAir
Additional FeaturesWicker basket, brake leverBell, carry handles-Steering limitLight up wheels, carry handleCanvas basket, bell-BellWicker basket, bell-
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10 Best Balance Bikes in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

PendletonSomerby Balance Bike

£90.00

Seat Height-
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight4.7 kg
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialAluminium
Tyre MaterialAir
Additional FeaturesWicker basket, brake lever
2

KinderkraftWooden Balance Bike

£59.00

Seat Height12-15 inches
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight2.7 kg
Maximum Capacity35 kg
Frame MaterialWood
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional FeaturesBell, carry handles
3
Seat Height11-19 inches
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight3 kg
Maximum Capacity27 kg
Frame MaterialSteel
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional Features-
4

ZincFlyte Boost 6" Wheel Size Unisex Balance Bike

£60.00

Seat Height10 inches
Wheel Size6 inches
Weight2 kg
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialMetal
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional FeaturesSteering limit
5
Seat Height11-14.6 inches
Wheel Size10 inches
Weight2.5 kg
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialSteel
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional FeaturesLight up wheels, carry handle
6

HYGRADWooden Balance Bike

£34.99

Seat Height-
Wheel Size11 inches
Weight-
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialWood
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional FeaturesCanvas basket, bell
7

ZincFlyte 12 Inch Dash Balance Bike

£60.00

Seat Height12.5-18.5 inches
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight2.97 kg
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialAluminium
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional Features-
8

KiddyMoonBalance Bike Wood

£34.99

Seat Height-
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight-
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialWood
Tyre MaterialFoam
Additional FeaturesBell
9

HOMCOMKids Balance Bike

£66.99

Seat Height15 inches
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight-
Maximum Capacity25 kg
Frame MaterialSteel
Tyre MaterialAir
Additional FeaturesWicker basket, bell
10
Seat Height-
Wheel Size12 inches
Weight5 kg
Maximum Capacity-
Frame MaterialSteel
Tyre MaterialAir
Additional Features-

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