The Kickboard Mini Kick is a critical favorite for riders ages 3 to 5. Owners at Amazon.com note that its three-wheeled design makes it stable enough for preschoolers to ride with ease. Many reviewers emphasize the Mini's safer steering; stiffer handlebars prevent little ones from losing their balance due to quick turns, and the flexible front axle provides more intuitive tilt steering. Ease of assembly is another plus. Still, even satisfied owners note that the double front wheels can make the Mini Kick tip forward more easily. Others see the double front wheels as an asset -- a point borne out by the significant number of owner complaints associated with toddler scooters with double rear wheels, which get in the way of tiny riders' kicking feet.
Another issue common to the Mini Kick is different labeling standards between the U.S. and Kickboard's home country of Switzerland that make it difficult to ascertain the weight limit. A few customer complaints centered on the warping or breaking of parts with riders at the upper end of the manufacturer's 44-pound limit (we found that number at the Kickboard USA website). These riders might be better off with the sturdier and equally popular but more expensive Kickboard Maxi Kick (*Est. $135) for kids ages 6 to 10.
The best owner reviews we found for the Mini Kick were at Amazon.com, where more than 200 ratings help paint a complete picture of this scooter's strengths and weaknesses. We also uncovered brief but helpful single-product reviews from The Toy Report blog and Parents' Choice.
The Mini Kick is a reviewer favorite for the preschool set, with dozens of owners praising its stability, control and ease of use. Reviews appear to be separated by available colors, but Amazon.com's layout renders that issue less problematic because shoppers can see the number of reviews and ratings for each product from the main search page.
Review: Mini Kick Scooter, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011
2. The Toy Report
While older than some other reviews for the Mini Kick, this write-up provides a nice summary of its highlights and features. There's also a helpful video of a 3-year-old demonstrating the Mini Kick's ride and handling.
Review: The Best Toddler Scooter, Mrs. Toy Reporter, Dec. 3, 2008
3. Parents' Choice
This single-product review of the Mini Kick is brief and not all that critical, but it does provide some good information about this three-wheeled kids' scooter. Reviewer Sharon Heuscher stresses its durability and stability, but also mentions how easy the Mini Kick is to assemble.
Review: Mini Kick Scooter by Micro, Sharon Heuscher, Spring 2011