The Best Wooden Balance Bikes
Why Buy a Wooden Balance Bike?
Wooden balance bikes have many advantages (and some disadvantages). Here is why you should consider getting a wooden balance bike:
1.) The Environmental impact - wood can easily be recycled and biodegrades much more quickly than plastic or metal.
2.) Lightweight - wooden balance bikes are often very lightweight with many weighing less than their metal counterparts. This means they can be easier for smaller children to control.
3.) Stylish - they look good and stylish. Many manufacturers of wooden balance bikes offer a wide range of designs for girls and boys. There are some great painted designs to choose from.
Check out below a range of balance bikes with options suitable for the youngest of toddlers (from 18 months) and bikes aimed at 2, 3 4 and 5 year olds.
Wooden Balance Bike - Top Choice
The Kinderfeets Chalkboard bike is an award winning balance bike. The bike is handmade from birchwood. It features EVA foam tyres which are puncture free!
The really cool feature of this bike is that kids can draw their own designs on the chalkboard part of the bike. The seat accommodate kids from 85cm tall and the saddle height can be adjusted as the child grows.
The bike is a more environmentally friendly option than others. It is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the company promises to plant more trees for each bike sold.
✔️ Important advice - kids need to be able to put their feet on flat the floor when they sit on the balance bike seat. This is so they can push the bike along. Therefore, to accommodate your child the seat height on a balance bike should measure approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) less than a child's inseam (inside leg measurement) allowing them to get on and off the bike easily. Check how to measure a child's inseam here.
It is recommended for 2 to 5 years and has 3 saddle height adjustments of 34, 36 and 38cm. The most important thing is the child has the correct inseam for the bike's seat height (at least 2.5cm above the lowest saddle height adjustment).
Like many balance bikes, the Kidzmotion features no puncture tyres.
The seat is soft and padded giving extra comfort to the rider.
The bike weighs 4.54kg, it's not the lightest balance bike out there but for the size of the seat, most kids who ride the bike should be able to manage the bike no problem. Ideally you want a bike which weight no more than around 1/3 of a child's body weight in order to be able to handle the bike easily.
It also features soft handlegrips with safety ends. Safety ends are important as they can prevent children's hands from scraping and banging into walls and the floor (if they fall over) and you should find these on most bike.
The bike is easy to assemble and comes with a carry handle.
✔️ Type of Wood - Many balance bikes are made out of birch plywood. If they have a lacquer veneer, this will offer some additional protection from water but not enough to leave it outside in the rain. However, most wooden balance bikes can be used outdoors in wet weather, just make sure it's stored somewhere dry. Some bikes can be made out of marine grade wood, then you don't have to worry if it gets left outside too much. However bikes made from marine grade wood tend to be incredibly expensive.
Best Choice For Mini Tots (18 Months Plus) - Niko 2 in 1
The Niko bike has a super low seat height from a choice of 23 or 27cm. It can also be adjusted to have either 2 or 3 wheels. This makes it an awesome choice for toddlers.
It features an eco friendly painted birch / plywood frame, soft padded seat and soft padded handlebars with padded ends. Like most balance bikes, it has EVA foam wheels.
It weighs 2.3kg so is light enough for little children to manage. There is also a carry handle.
✔️ Weight - Wooden balance bikes tend to vary in terms of weight. The lightest tends to be around 2.5kg with heavier bikes coming towards 5kg. The more features a bike has the heavier they tend to be. Features such as inflatable tyres and more seat height settings will add weight to the bike. Some top of the range bikes are designed so that they include all the features you require and the bike is light, so if you have a bigger budget you can have it all. It may be worth deciding if you can comprise on some features or cost if you want to get a lighter bike. Ideally a bike should weigh no more than 1/3 of a child's weight. A lighter bike will be easier for little ones to control and should be a consideration when buying for a toddler. Bigger, taller and heavier children will be fine with heavier balance bikes.
Early Rider Classic
The Early rider classic 12 inch balance bike is handmade, well designed and eco friendly.
It's made out of weatherproof marine birch plywood, which is FSC approved. It will withstand the rain and wet so you don't have to worry about the wood deteriorating due to the weather conditions. But as with all bikes don't leave it outside in the rain when not riding it.
It has pneumatic tyres to give some extra cushioning and it means it will be better going off road and on uneven terrain.
It has a minimum height seat of just 31.5cm so it's a good choice for young and small riders. (Measure their inseam to check it's the right height for your child). The maximum seat height is 39cm so it does have a good seat height range to accommodate a growing child.
It weighs 4.25kg so it's not the lightest balance bike out there but it's still not too bad. Bikes with pneumatic tyres tend to be heavier.
Super Lightweight - Nicko Wooden Balance Bike
If you are looking for a wooden balance bike that is very lightweight, the Nicko Children's balance bike is a great option, weighing just 2.5kg. And it's at an excellent price point.
That's light enough to easily carry when kids have had enough of this bike at the park. It has a built in carry handle to allow you to do just that.
And lightweight bikes are easier for young kids to control.
The tyres are puncture resistant 28cm Eva foam tyres (not air filled). Eva foam tyres are great for riding along pavements, paths and smooth surfaces.
They also have the advantage of not having to pump them up.
The bike has two seat heights (35cm and 38cm). Check the seat height against an child's inside leg measurement. The seat should be 2.5cm (1 inch less) than the inseam.
The bike features and eco-friendly birch plywood frame. It comes in many different colourful designs.
Other features worth noting are the non-slip grip handle with safety ends and soft padded seat.
✔️ Take Care of Your Bike - Avoid leaving your balance bike outdoors in the rain, unless it is made of marine grade wood which is the same wood used by yahts and boats.
Wishbone 3 in 1 Wooden Bike
The exceptional features of the Wishbone 3 in 1 is that it caters for children from aged 1 to 5. The bike is pricey, but it's worth it, if it's for a 1 year old to use for the longterm.
At 12 months, babies can use the 3 wheel version to help them to walk and then ride. The trike weight is 5.kg, it's nice and sturdy to keep kids grounded.
As toddlers become more confident and can ride the 3 wheel, the Wishbone converts to a balance bike. It comes with everything you need from baby walker, to toddler trike to balance bike.
The seat is adjustable from 28cm to 46cm. The 12" tyres are rubber air tyres but they are non marking and will provide traction and comfort.
The weight of the balance bike is 3.8kg, not the lightest but quite a bit lighter than other 2 wheel balance bike. It really is light considering it's air filled tyres.
The bike is made from Kiln dried preservative free birch wood and non toxic glues and finishes.
Another outstanding feature of the wishbone is that it's 100% repairable as all replacement parts are available for purchase. It also comes with a 1 year warranty.
Kidzmotion Kwaka Wooden Motorbike Balance Bike
If you are looking for an options with a super wow, cool factor, this could be the one to get.
It features a birch plywood frame in unique motorbike design. It's easy to assemble and includes numbers 2, 3, 4 & 5 stickers to personalise for your childs age.
It has 3 adjustable height settings (38cm, 40cm and 42cm). Again measure your child's inside leg measurement and minus one inch (2.5cm) to make sure the bike will be a good fit for your child.
This bike features the hightest maximum seat height on this page, so it's one worth considering for taller children.
The bike has 30cm wheels with wooden infill and inflated tyres - offering more traction for surfaces such as grass as well as a comfortable and smooth ride.
Other notable features include soft plastic handgrips with safety ends and a soft padded seat.
The Prince Lionheart Balance bike wins the award for the best named bike, but how does it measure up in terms of features.
It's a mid range price bike which equals many others in terms of quality and it has been around for several years so has stood the test of time. Prince Lionheart is actually the name of a family run company and you can read their backstory here.
The bike’s seat is padded and adjustable, its lowest setting is 37.5cm and the highest is 43cm. The handle grips are made from solid rubber and the tires are air filled so it's brilliant for riding on a varity of different surfaces.
It weighs 4.54kg.
✔️ Wheels and Tyres - You will see both EVA foam tyres and pnuematic (air filled tyres) on wooden bikes. EVA foam tyres are fine for pavements and paths and most kids do very well with them. Pneumatic tyres are superior as they provide better traction. However they do tend to cost more and there is the added complication of punctures. Which you choose will be down to what you prefer for your child
Boppi Balance Bike
The Boppi balance bike is one of the bestselling wooden balance bikes over on amazon.
It is another very lightweight option at only 2.4kg.
It has 2 different height settings for the saddle. They are 35 and 39cm.
There are some very funky designs for this one. Perfect for boths boys and girls.
The tyres are puncture proof and made of EVA foam. It's great for both indoor and outdoor use.
The handlebar height is 53cm.
The Kinderfeets Tiny Tot is designed especially for the youngest of tots (from age 1 to 2 years old). It's perfectly sized for 1 year olds (who are at least 75 centimetres tall) to start off using 3 wheels. When they are ready they can graduate onto 2 wheels as the bike converts from 3 to 2 wheels with the supplied wrenches. No new bike purchase is needed.
The saddle staring height is 22.5 cm high but it can easily be adjusted to 28.5 cm. The bike has a soft saddle and comfortable handles.
The tiny bike has solid, airless wheels so no worries about punctures. It rolls and steers effortlessly.
Being eco friendly is important and the Kinderfeets is made from solid and durable birch wood. For each tree sold, the company will plant another to replace it.
Overall this is a fantastic entry level balance bike, that will be ideal for beginner walkers to confident toddlers.