There are so many different brands and within each brand, there are so may different scooter models on the market nowadays, it's often a tortuous task to decide which one to buy, particularly if you are buying it as a gift or if you are not familiar with scooters.
Here are some pointers to help you look for the right scooter.
Adult kick scooter prices can range from around $50 to $200+. Children scooters are cheaper, ranging from $20 to $60. Like anything else, you get what you pay for so how much to spend depends on your budget and the following other relevant factors.
When buying online, don't forget to add postage costs to get the total price before committing to buy. It is also recommended that the scooter is sent by Registered Post so it can be tracked during transit.
Razor is the most well known and trusted scooter brand. In fact, it was made Australia's Number 1 sporting brand in 2008. It offers buyers who buy from authorised dealers 6 months Manufacturer's Warranty. While this is a Limited Warranty against defects and not mis-use or wear and tear, it offers buyers great peace of mind that if in the unlikely event there is something wrong with the scooter, it will be fixed or replaced. All you have to do is contact Razor Australia directly with your proof of purchase from an authorised seller.
There are other brands on the market, and there are scooters on the market which has no brand and are imitations of Razor scooters (eg. Razor Powerwing). You may well choose to buy an inferior product for reasons such as cheaper price, but you do get what you pay for. So if you don't mind that the no brand scooter may break down sooner rather than later, then you may be able to save some money there. Having said this there may be nasty safety implicaitons for paying a cheaper price, if , for example, parts of the cheaper scooter are sharp or may fall apart while the scooter is in action!
If you are buying a scooter as a gift, then we highly recommend a Razor scooter not only because it is a reliable brand, but it is also known as the "cool" brand. The pleasure in giving is to make the receiver happy, so don't go disappointing them with an inferior or no brand scooter. It probably is better if you gave them money and they pay a little extra for the scooter they really want!
2 Wheels or 3 Wheels?
Traditionally, only children's scooters are 3 wheels for safety and easy riding. And then when the child is old enough, they move onto a 2 wheeler. So conventionally, teenage / adult scooters have 2 wheels. But new on the market is the Razor Powerwing, which is a 3 wheel scooter for children and adults. There is no pushing required for this type of scooter, the rider simply moves from side to side and the scooter will go go go! Naturally, the Razor Powerwing is larger then the traditional 2 wheel scooter.
Each scooter has a different maximum rider weight, so be sure to check this before making a decision as to which scooter to buy. The professionally designed scooters such as the Razor Pro Model or the Razor Ultra Pro Models have a maximum (100kgs) as opposed to the basic models such as the Original Razor A models (65 kgs).
Purpose of scooter
The purpose of the scooter will also influence you in deciding what you ultimately buy.
If the scooter is used as a mode of transport, eg, to the bus stop or to work or school, then you may want to get one that is strong enough but also light in weight and easy to fold and carry, such as the Original Razor A.
If the scooter is for serious tricks - then definitely one of the more professional models like Razor Ultra Pro or Razor Pro Model.
If the scooter is for exercise and fun - then either one of the above, or you can consider the Razor Spark, which gives out real sparking action as you ride if the spark bar at the end of the scooter is pressed. You may also want to consider the Razor Powerwing, which is great fun and will certainly give the rider a work out because the motion of the scooter comes from the rider moving side to side.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea as to what you should consider and look for when buying a scooter.