Known as the original kick scooter, the Razor A (starting at $27, Amazon) is sturdy, reliable, and fun. Razor A reviews reveal it's used by riders of many ages, from pre-schoolers to teens and even a few adults (so long as they weigh less than 143 pounds). Although the manufacturer's recommended starting age is five, reviews on sites such as Walmart and Amazon indicate that plenty of younger children quickly (as in a couple of hours) master the art of this two-wheeled form of transit. Parents note the scooter is low to the ground, which seems to lessen the fear of falling, and once the easily adjustable handlebars are set to the child's height, he or she is off and rolling. Kids use this low-cost scooter to zoom around the house (is this OK with you?) and the neighborhood, say scooter reviews, and many families report owning multiple units. The choice of black, blue, red, green, or pink makes it easy for children to stake their claim -- boys apparently avoid riding their sisters' pink models -- and the folding mechanism ensures easy portage when scooting isn't practical. The Razor A weighs six pounds and sports a rear brake and two nearly four-inch urethane wheels.
The companion Razor A2 (starting at $37, Amazon) is another favorite of riders and their parents. With its springless shock system (making bumps on the sidewalk less noticeable) and a wheelie bar to entice trick-happy novices, this model appeals to a slightly older crowd, according to Razor A2 reviews on Target. Comments posted on Walmart, however, indicate that the Razor A2 also finds fans among the elementary-school set. Razor A2 reviews on Sports Authority praise the design and construction, but one dissenting voice says the wheelie bar is too close to the rear foot brake. The Razor A2 folds for easy storage and portability and features adjustable handlebars and inline-style wheels that are just shy of four inches. It weighs seven pounds and comes in black, blue, red, green, and purple. As with the Razor A, the weight limit is 143 pounds.
Both the Razor A and Razor A2 garner scores of glowing reviews. Their popularity is a reflection of low price, solid build, and durability. There's a self-reinforcing element at play here, as well: all the kids have one, so yours needs one too. Kids get a kick out of these cheap scooters, and whichever model you choose, it surely won't languish on the sidelines.