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 Kidzmotion wooden Balance Bike has a birch / plywood frame and comes in many different designs. Find the Jiggy and sweet pea designs featured.
It has an adjustable seat height with 3 different settings (34cm, 36cm and 38cm).
✔️ 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.
This bike features proper rubber inflated tyres. This means the balance bike offers a comfortable, smooth ride and traction on the surfaces.
It is recommended for 2 to 5 years, but the most important thing is the child has the correct inseam for the bike's seat height as mentioned above.
The seat is soft and padded giving extra comfort to the rider.
The bike weighs 4.54kg so is very lightweight meaning that it's easier for young children to be able to manoeuvre and control.
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).
The bike is easy to assemble and comes with a carry handle.
Best Choice For Mini Tots (18 Months To 2 Year Olds)
This bike has a super low seat height making it a good choice for little legs of toddlers.
The seat height ranges from 22 to 24cm (so check your child's inside leg measurement) to make sure it won't be too small before you buy.
It features a birch / plywood frame, 20cm wheels with wooden infill, soft padded seat and soft padded handlebars with padded ends.
It weighs 2kg so is light enough for little children to manage. Ideally a bike should be no more that 1/3 of a child's weight so they can easily control it.
Eco Friendly Choice
The Early rider classic 12 inch balance bike is the creme de la creme of wooden balance bikes.
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.
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 do tend to be heavier.