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If you're looking for a gift with wheels, then you've most certainly come to the right place.
There comes a time in every little boy and girl's life when they need a little independence, a little mobility. With that in mind, we've handpicked a selection of the very best ride-on toys for 8-year-olds, because we're firm believers that you can't cruise around the neighborhood on just any old thing.
By far, our favorite ride-on toy is the Razor E300S electric scooter. We love the removable seat, the rechargeable battery and the extra wide tires.
For the full scoop on all of our other picks, keep reading.
Models were chosen because they are the best quality, the most popular, the easiest to maneuver and the most stable, so parents (and gift-givers) can breath easy as they watch as their favorite 8-year-old rides off into the sunset.
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Razor E100 Electric Scooter
If your child loves to race down the sidewalk and have competitions with his or her friends, then this electric scooter is the right choice.
It comes with an easy-to-operate twist-grip throttle and reaches a maximum of 10 mph for fast and furious fun. It provides a smooth ride no matter the surface, thanks to a pneumatic front tire and fast-acting rear brakes that are hand-operated by your child.
We love that this scooter’s handlebars are adjustable, accommodating kids of all heights, and although the recommended age for this model by Razor is 8 years old and up, we wouldn’t rule out younger children using it, depending on their size and skill level.
Riders can get up to 40 minutes of use per charge, and charging generally takes 12 to 24 hours. The motor kicks in after the scooter reaches a pace of 3 mph. The scooter cuts power to the motor when your child uses the handbrake, as an added safety precaution.
This particular scooter is fairly priced, sturdy and solid, and easy to assemble, since it ships in just two pieces. According to the manufacturer, assembly takes all of 10 minutes. And since it comes in two pieces, it’s easy to take apart and take with you, wherever you’re headed. Replacement parts can be purchased on razor.com and from authorized service centers.
Razor E300 Electric Scooter
Is your child looking for a cool way to go to the park or swing by a friend’s house? This electric scooter is an awesome way to travel through the 'hood and even to the local store. It has a powerful motor which allows riders to reach 15 mph, and the extra wide front tire ensures a smooth ride and provides stability while on the go.
This is Razor’s fastest model, but it sure doesn’t sacrifice safety when it comes to speed. The E300 has an extra-large deck and frame, which makes it extra stable for your child, and the extra-wide 10-inch pneumatic tires make it easy to control and super comfortable. In general, users agree that this model is extremely easy to maneuver and sturdy.
Check out the video below for a comparison of the E100 and E300 Razor models, from a kid's perspective.
Like the E100, kids will get around 40 minutes of use from a single charge, and charging can take around 12 hours. Assembly is a cinch for this Razor model, and should take parents just 10 minutes to put the scooter together.
Other features worth noting include the high torque, chain-driven motor, the retractable kickstand, and the twist-grip acceleration control. Also, this scooter has a maximum weight limit of 220 pounds.
In short, it's very easy to use, very easy to set up, and won't break the bank. It may very well be the perfect first scooter for your child.
Razor E300S Seated Electric Scooter
Getting around town has never been so comfortable! This seated electric scooter allows your child to sit and relax while cruising around, but the seat is detachable, allowing your young rider to scoot while standing.
It has a high-performance chain-driven motor that runs quietly, so no worries about disturbing the neighborhood, and your kiddo will be able to reach speeds of up to 15 mph.
Other features we love include the super-size deck, which ensures maximum stability, and the twist-grip acceleration, which is is super easy to use. We would also note that this model comes in blue, grey and pink, catering to boys and girls alike.
This scooter is more stable than other models, thanks to the pneumatic front and rear tires, which are a nice 10 inches wide. Charging is pretty fast, and takes just 12 hours, which gives riders a nice ride time of 40 minutes.
If you want to see it in action, check out the video below.
The maximum weight is 220 pounds, and the scooter itself weighs 52 pounds. This model also takes on hills quite well, and is made of study steel.
Razor is known for its excellent quality customer service, so buyers can rest assured that they’re purchasing from a reputable, responsible company. In short, this is a very well-made product that any kid would love to have.
For a full overview of the finer points, check out the owner's manual.
Razor Pocket Mod Euro Electric Scooter
If your kid wants to marry modern with vintage appeal, then the Euro electric scooter is the perfect choice for him or her. This baby looks like a vintage scooter and will impress everyone as your child passes by.
But don't be mistaken by the vintage aesthetic, this scooter is pretty powerful. Your 8-year-old can travel up to 10 miles on a single charge, and he or she is going love cruising around the neighborhood in style.
This model can travel up to 15 mph, and a charge gives the user around 40 minutes of continuous use, like the other Razor models we reviewed above.
Available in several colors, this scooter boasts a high-performance electric motor and large, 12-inch tires, which ensure that it offers every kid a safe and stable ride. It also has hand-operated rear brakes.
Check out the short video below to see it in action.
It has a small under seat storage stage, so users can take their belongings with them, and a retractable center mount kickstand, which makes parking a breeze. It’s extremely well-made, thanks to its sturdy, steel construction, and it takes about 12 hours to charge. The maximum weight permitted is 170 pounds, it weighs 59 pounds, and this scooter’s assembled measurements are 50 x 18 x 30 inches.This particular model from Razor is easy to assemble and its fun, fast and cool.
For even more details, check out the owner's manual.
If your kid loves to perform tricks, this caster scooter will not disappoint. With a simple side-to-side motion, your child can get the scooter off to a rolling start and quickly enjoy 360 spins. The dual-include caster wheels on the rear of the scooter provide maximum control and stability at all times, enabling your child to turn, accelerate and drift without pushing.
We love that with a simple twist of the feet, your kid can do all kinds of cool tricks, from spin-outs and kick-outs to side drifts.
This model is extremely durable, thanks to the steel frame, and it comes with foam grips and removable stability bars, ensuring that your little rider is as safe as possible.
It has a125 mm urethane front wheel and a 64 mm urethane rear wheel, and a hand operated brake, for maximum control. Available in a range of colors, this toy is the perfect birthday or holiday gift for any kid.Weighing just 12 pounds and supporting a maximum weight of 143 pounds, this is another high-quality product from the reputable company Razor.
360 Caster Trike
The 360 caster trike is made for any young daredevil who wants to take trike riding to the extreme. This model will provide hours of entertainment and will be the new hit on the block. Your kid’s gonna love the fast spinning motion that the dual incline caster wheels in the rear provide.
With a large wheel in the front, your youngin’ will be able to stabilize the trike quickly, and the solid steel frame provides support and durability. This is one of our favorite ride-on toys for 8-year-olds!
This model has so many cool features, from the MX-style handlebar (complete with rubber grips) to the double crown fork design, this is the ultimate toy.
As the name suggests, it offers riders 360 degrees of spinning, and it also allows for resistance-free drifting. This model is built to last, thanks to the rugged steel construction, and it also boasts a high-impact large pneumatic front wheel. It weighs just 15 pounds but supports a maximum weight of 160 pounds, and assembly couldn’t be easier.
Sand dunes, mud pits, and big puddles of water are no match for your child in this electric go-kart. It’s designed to reach a maximum speed of 12 mph, and provide tons of fast action fun. The go-kart comes with a hand-controlled brake and accelerator for superior control at all times.
The wheels are made from molded aluminum, which means they will hold up even over rocks and pits in the ground. Get ready to watch your child have a blast in his or her new electric go-kart.
This model, also by Razor, a trusted name in ride-on toys, features a variable-speed, chain-driven motor which is surprisingly quiet. With a charge time of just 4 to 6 hours, your little rider will get around 40 to 45 minutes of drive time, ideally on flat areas.
Weighing about 65 pounds, and supporting a maximum weight of 140 pounds, this go-kart is extremely sturdy and stable, thanks to the steel frame, molded aluminum wheels, and solid, 4 ½-inch rubber tires.
For a quick look at how this model from Razor works, check out the video below.
Characteristics we love include the bucket seat, which adds to the go-kart’s comfort; the hand operated rear brake and hand-controlled accelerator, which make this model easy to steer; and the upgraded rear axle, which enhances maneuverability.
If you want to see the Ground Force in action in real life, check out the video below.
And a closer look at this model, check out the owner's manual.
Get ready to head for the horizon on this electric tricycle. Gone are the days of manually pedaling; now your son or daughter can lean back and relax as the electric motor works for them. This tricycle can reach up to 9 mph for extreme fun on the roadway or sidewalk. The folding foot pegs make it easy to store and with a push button throttle, your kiddo will be off in no time.
Get ready to head for the horizon on this electric tricycle. Gone are the days of manually pedaling! Now your son or daughter can lean back and relax as the electric motor works for him or her.
This tricycle can reach up to 9 mph for extreme fun on the roadway or sidewalk. The folding foot pegs make it easy to store and with a push button throttle, your kiddo will be off in no time.
Offering a 30-minute ride following a 12-hour charge, your child will be able to do some pretty cool tricks, from slides and 360-degree spins to drifting, thanks to the rear caster wheels.
There are so many awesome features on this trike: it’s got folding foot pegs, rubber grips, a high-impact pneumatic front wheel, and a front, hand-operated braking system.
Weighing just 30 pounds and supporting a weight of up to 120 pounds, this is indubitably one of Razor’s most exciting products and is sure to provide endless thrills to any kid.
If your child wants to be a professional skateboarder, why not give her a head start? The Ripster is lightweight and has a pivoting slip-resistant concave deck, which will allow your child to move around easily and perform tricks while having superior foot control.
Other features we love include the rubber padded steel torsion bar, which allows the rider to accelerate and turn without pushing, while the inclined 360-degree caster trucks liken the skateboard to a snowboard. We would also note that the wheels are made from urethane, which rolls smoothly over gravel, asphalt, and rocks. Also, this skateboard is on the smaller side, so it’s perfect for smaller riders.
Another feature we love? No assembly!
Check out the video below to see it in action.
Electric Dune Buggy
Your 8-year-old will become a racing legend right in his or her own backyard with this electric dune buggy. Reaching top speeds of 10 mph, your child will love climbing sand mountains and splashing through muddy terrain. The buggy has a zero-emission electric motor that's also incredibly quiet. With easy-to-use hand controls for the throttle and brakes, your little one will always be in control of where he or she goes.
Features we love include the 8-inche knobby pneumatic tires; the padded bucket seat, which also features a seatbelt; the diamond plate floorboard; the tubular steel frame, which is highly durable; and the 30-watt electric motor, which is very powerful.This dune buggy is fully electric and doesn’t run on fuel. The battery charger is included, and your child will enjoy around 40 minutes of use on each charge.
What’s also fantastic about this ride-on toy for 8-year-olds is that it’s light and folds up quite easily, making it east to store vertically. We should also mention that it’s perfect for lower torque climbing and off-roading.Accommodating a maximum weight of 120 pounds, this buggy will absolutely make your child’s day so don’t hesitate—this is an awesome ride.
Zipping and flying down the street is something kids love to do, and now your child can perform tricks on his or her freestyle bike. This bike provides a smooth ride and the steel frame allows for superior durability. The BMX handlebars allow your child supreme control even when doing tricks. Children can pedal their hearts out and reach top speed. Your little stunt devil will love this bike.
Features we love include the “grippy” street tires, which ensure as smooth a ride as possible; the alloy wheels, which improve braking and provide for a smoother ride; and the welded frame and fork, which make the bike extremely sturdy.