How to Buy Electric Bikes for Kids: The #1 E-Bike Guide for Parents

Electric bikes are a great way to get kids outside and active, as well as provide a ton of fun. After all, kids love bikes! But buying an electric bike can be confusing enough for adults. And children have their own set of needs!

This parent e-bike guide will help parents decide whether an e-bike is right for their kid, choose the best e-bike for their child’s age, determine the cost, and find out what they need to know before buying one. Parents will learn all of the information they need to confidently buy an electric bike for their kids.

The problem is, with so many electric bikes on the market today, and not many specially designed for young riders, how do you know which one is right for your child? Or what features are important?

In this guide, I’ll help you explore everything you need to know to make the best decisions on buying a kid’s e-bike. We’ll also go over safety considerations and age requirements as well as highlight some of the best models on the market today!

Mom and dad helping child ride a bike

Why Are E-Bikes Good for Kids?

Riding an e-bike makes a lot of sense for kids because they can keep up with bigger and stronger bicyclists, making cycling fun for the entire family. Additionally, e-biking will help them stay healthy, keep fit, and reduce stress through a fun form of exercise.

It can be frustrating for everyone when a child is unable to keep up with other riders. Older children may resent having to wait for their younger siblings to catch up, while parents might wish that they could get more exercise on their time off from work.

Even if the older family members don’t have an electric bike, allowing the younger riders to have one will help everyone get greater enjoyment out of their time riding. Further, smaller kids will feel stronger and more capable since they’re able to keep up with everyone (this means less whining and crying!).

Additionally, kids of all ages are more easily encouraged to get outside in the fresh air (and away from the computer or other electronics) when they know they’ll have fun. And, since riding an electric bike makes every hill surmountable and gives them more assistance when they get tired, it won’t feel like exercise!

Since riding an e-bike is fun and easy, kids can become more physically active, thus increasing their stamina and building muscle all while keeping their weight regulated. And just about any form of exercise can help reduce stress and increase happiness.

Or maybe it’s just time to get rid of that balance bike that’s been sitting in the garage!

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How Much Do Kids E-Bikes Cost?

In general, e-bikes cost $300 to $10,000, depending on the quality of the e-bike and its features. You’ll find that e-bike prices are at the lower end of this range when shopping for your kids ages 6 and up. However, e-bikes made just for kids are limited in quantity and most options fall in the price range of $1000-$3000.

The price you pay will depend upon the brand, quality of parts used, and the features included in each model.

For example, you can get a kid’s Swagtron E-B6 Bandit with 250W motor and 20″ wheels for $1195. But a Pedego Trail Tracker with a 500W motor, throttle, and 20″ wheels will cost over twice as much at $2495. With the Pedego, you’re paying more for the higher-powered motor and added throttle, as well as for the higher-end brand.

Learn more about the costs of e-bikes in general in this article.

Should I Buy the Cheapest E-Bike for My Kid?

When buying an electric bike for any age, you’ll get better quality parts with a more expensive model. The difference when purchasing for a kid, however, is that they will eventually outgrow their e-bikes. So, you may want to consider buying a cheaper brand and model if they won’t fit on their e-bike for more than 1-3 years.

Taking into account that you may need to buy a second electric bicycle within a few years, consider how much you want to spend.

That being said, you’ll also want to take these questions into consideration:

  • How fast and how far do you want your kids to ride?
  • How often will they ride?
  • What are the maintenance costs for a kid’s e-bike?
  • Do you expect to be spending more on accessories?

How fast and how far do you want them to ride?

As a parent myself, I’m guessing that limiting your child’s speed will make you more comfortable. So, you need to take into account the maximum speed that can be attained on an e-bike model.

The e-bikes designed specifically for kids are likely to have lower-powered 250W motors as opposed to 750W-1000W motors. Riding a 750W motor myself, I can tell you that it is fast! And although the motor cuts out at 20mph, you can get the bike up to 28mph with pedaling or coasting downhill. That’s way too fast for a young child (and many adults)!

Next, decide how far you want your child to be able to ride. In other words, how far can the e-bike’s battery go on one charge? If your 8-year-old is only going to be riding with you on your 8-mile daily rides, then you don’t need a battery that can go for up to 45 miles on a charge. A stronger battery with a longer range will cost more.

How often will they ride?

Occasional weekend rides only might make buying a less expensive bike (with cheaper parts) a good idea. However, if your child will be riding regularly, perhaps to school each day, then buying a cheaper e-bike will mean more repairs and maintenance costs. In this case, paying more for one that uses better quality parts that won’t break as often and has a better warranty makes sense.

What are the maintenance costs?

Whether you buy a cheaper e-bike model or not, you should consider how much you’ll end up spending on maintenance, as this will factor into your total cost.

Most electric bikes need tune-ups every 500 miles or so (but sooner on a cheap e-bike). This cost can range from $75-&150. So, depending on how far you ride in 6 months, a tune-up could be needed every 4 months, 6 months, or just once a year.

Further, a brake adjustment can cost an additional $20-$40, while a new tire can cost around $30.

Check out our step-by-step maintenance guide!

Do you expect to be spending more on accessories?

Finally, the cheaper the e-bike, the less likely it’ll have the accessories you want. You might decide to add a rear-view mirror, water bottle holder, warning bell, back or front cargo rack, upgraded bike seat, etc.

It’s best to decide which add-ons you’ll want before making a purchase so that you can total the cost. It could be that buying a more expensive e-bike will provide some of these features without additional cost.

Find out more here about buying a cheap e-bike for any age!

How to Choose the Right E-Bike for Your Kids

Kids, like many adults, are drawn to the cool features of electric bikes. The only problem is that not all e-bikes are made for kids! The tips in this section will help you choose the right e-bike for your child before you make an impulsive purchase.

Here’s what you should consider to help you choose the perfect pedal assist bike:

  • Find out what features are important to you, like color or battery life (chart of features)
  • Get a bike that is the right size for your child.
  • Look at reviews of different bikes before buying one
  • Does your kid love riding normal bikes?
  • Do you want an electric bike so that your child will take longer rides?

What should I look out for when buying an e-bike for my child?

Important Features Checklist:

Review this checklist to decide what features you’re looking for:

Desired FeaturesYesNo
250W/500W Motor
750W Motor
Battery with Range more than 20+ miles
Top speed of more than 12mph
Weight of e-bike under 50lbs
Hybrid (rides on and off dirt/gravel)
Color of e-bike (does it matter?)
Upgraded, plush seat
Fenders (protect from flying debris)
Foldable (saves space)
LCD Display
Throttle (not recommended for young kids)
7-speed gears
Warranty over 1 year
Check “yes” or “no” to get a list of features that you can search for when buying an e-bike for your child

Which e-bike is best for my child’s age and height?

This is one of the most important considerations. If it doesn’t fit properly, then your kid won’t ride it!

The first consideration is fit.

Take a look at this general age guide for the best fit that considers your child’s height. However, if your child is taller or shorter than average for their age, you might need to adjust for size.

E-Bike Frame Size by Age:

AgeAverage Height for AgeE-Bike’s Frame Size
6-8 years45.5″-50.5″20″
8-10 years50.5″-54.5″24″
10-12 years54.5″-59″24-26″
13+ years61.7″ +26″
Bike frame size recommended per average height dependent on age

You may also want to consider the handlebar height and the seat height if your young child’s legs or arms haven’t caught up with their body.

Electric bicycle speed and power

Next, take a look at power and speed. A teenager 14 years up might be able to responsibly handle a more powerful e-bike, such as one with 500W or 750W. But, most younger kids will get more than enough power with a 250W model.

250W motors are typically limited to going 15-20mph, but some manufacturers limit the speed to far less for kids’ e-bikes, so this is a good thing to look out for. The purpose is to get your child moving and to keep up with the family, not to become a racer (unless you’re looking at electric dirt bikes perhaps).

I wouldn’t recommend anything more than 250W for kids under 10… and wouldn’t even buy my own teenagers anything over 500W.

How to use reviews when buying

I always recommend reading the reviews of every e-bike you are considering. You’ll learn a lot of information if you read carefully.

Here’s my advice on reading reviews

  • Ignore reviews that are hostile (they may be coming from hostile people and don’t accurately represent the product)
  • Read specifically to weed out the factors that are most important. For example, if you have a child who’s 4’9″ and are concerned about the fit of a bike, look for other reviewers talking about how it fit their similar size child.
  • Only look at reviews for 3 star and up e-bikes (but preferably 4 stars+)
  • Make certain the reviewer is actually talking about the product you’re interested in
  • If you see a common problem re-occurring in the reviews for the same e-bike model, decide if you could live with that problem… because there’s a good chance you might have to.
  • Don’t buy an e-bike without reviews! Leave that to impulsive buyers and wait until that model has a good number of reviews.

Where to Buy Kid’s E-Bikes Online

Generally speaking, you can find e-bikes for kids in a few places online including Amazon and various individual brands such as Pedego. However, you may also choose to look through the hundreds of models built for adults to find the perfect fit for your child.

Therefore, buying an e-bike for your child can be a little frustrating. Further, many “electric” bikes you’ll see for kids are actually dirt bikes for off-roading rather than bikes for riding on neighborhood streets and bike paths.

Most importantly, don’t assume that because a model has smaller tires that it’ll be good for your kid. Many e-bikes have smaller tires so that they can fold up easily… but they may weigh way too much for your small child and the likelihood of your kid being able to reach the handlebars or the ground is slim.

Therefore, you can buy one on Amazon, but read the fine print and reviews carefully to determine whether it’ll work for your son or daughter. The other option is to buy from an online brand directly. Then you can get questions about the bike answered before making a purchase.

To make the buying process easier, I’ve already done the research for you. Listed in the next section, you’ll find a variety of e-bikes from online brands as well as Amazon.

What Are the Best Electric Bikes for Kids?

Brand/ModelAge RangeWheel SizePrice
Swagtron EB-6 Bandit6-1220″$1195
Haibike HardFour (eMTB)6-1224″$2800
Pedego Element12-1620″$1695
Pedego Latch12-1620″$2795+
Jetson Bolt Folding E-Bike12-1612″$339
5 e-bikes for kids with variable cost

The truth about e-bikes for kids is that there aren’t a lot of models made just for kids. I’ve listed a few here.

However, there are a number of other e-bike models that may fit kids who are over 4’10”. Since most of these bikes are geared towards adults, make sure you keep all of the other tips in mind discussed in this article, especially its motor power.

Best E-Bikes for Ages 6-12

Swagtron EB-6 Bandit

All black Swagtron EB-6 Bandit E-Bike for kids
Photo courtesy of Swagtron

With a 350W motor and a pretty sweet price of $1195, this e-bike with 20″ wheels is perfect for kids since it’s a fat tire bike (4″ wide tires). So it’s perfect for riding on trails, gravel, and hills. And it’s a cool color… all black!

It features a removable battery, so you can recharge without having to take the entire bike to the charging area. And the dual disc brakes are meant to keep your kid safe.

Although it’s less expensive than some, it still uses quality 7-speed Shimano gears and an aluminum frame “built to last”, per Swagtron. Anyone can get this bike through Amazon.

Haibike HardFour (eMTB)

Photo courtesy of Haibike

Kids 4’6″ and up can ride this e-bike with 24″ wheels up to 12 miles per hour with the motor’s assistance. As many adult e-bikes have motor assistance that max’s out at 20mph, 12mph is much more appropriate for children. It has an MTB “hardtail” frame and is great for boys and girls with its sleek white color, so it’s perfect for trails and hills.

This e-bike weighs around 44 lbs and costs upwards of $2800, which is a bit pricey for a kid’s e-bike. And, unfortunately for people in the US and Australia, you may only be able to find this in the EU and surrounding countries.

Ben-e-Bike is a great example of a brand that focuses on kids e-bikes. They have models for every age child 6 and up. However, they aren’t inexpensive and you’ll only find them in Europe and the UK. Their e-bikes start at around $2000 and they have a variety of choices for each age group of kids.

Best E-Bike for ages 12- 16

Pedego Element

Bright red Pedego Element E-Bike with fat tires
Photo courtesy of Pedego

One of the best-priced e-bikes from the high-quality Pedego brand at $1695, the Element comes in 6 different colors to please any kid! It’ll fit kids 4’11” and up, which likely means that kids 12 and older, as well as younger kids who are taller than average.

With 20″ wheels and 4″ fat tires, it’ll take your pre-teen or teen electric bike rider anywhere they want to go, including on the road and on trails. Plus, it’ll go up to 40 miles with its 48 Volt battery and easily tackle hills with its 500 W motor. So, it’s a pretty powerful e-bike for the price.

This model even comes with a twist throttle and 5 levels of pedal assist so your kid can ride easy or ride hard! However, the motor will still max out at 20 mph. at 50 lbs of weight, it may be a little heavy if your younger teen needs to lift it.

Pedego Latch

Bright, lime green Pedego Latch e-bike model
Photo courtesy of Pedego

Another good option from Pedego, the Latch is an electric folding bike. A foldable bike can come in pretty handy for throwing the back of the car or traveling. However, it’s quite a bit more expensive than the Pedego Element, ranging from $2795-$3095.

But it does come in three cool colors… back, lime green, and “space” blue. This is a comfortable choice for parents to buy a child because it only has a 250 W motor. But that’s still plenty of power for most youth to get where they want to go.

Other bonuses include a twist throttle, 5 levels of pedal assist, built-in safety lights, and even a USB charger! Like the Element, it has a top speed of 20mph, which should easily satisfy any teen. And it weighs slightly less at around just 46 lbs.

Further, even though it’s foldable, it’s still plenty of bike with 20″ wheels and can fit a variety of sized people. Just fold it up in a few seconds, clip it together, and pop it in the car (or it even attaches to a rear bike rack).

Jetson Bolt Folding E-Bike

If you’d rather just get a starter e-bike, without all the fanfare and expense, this e-bike may be for you. A cool little folding bike with only 12″ wheels, this may be just what your kid needs to get around. It’s fairly simple, with a 250W motor, short-range battery of 15 miles, and still all the power they’ll need thanks to the added throttle.

Getting up to 15.5 mph, it has an adjustable seat height and can carry up to 250lbs. It can be easily folded and taken wherever it needs to go with the built-in carrying handle. The Jetson isn’t an e-bike made for kids but it’ll work for kids ages 12-16+ who just want to ride it to school and around town. Another plus… The reviews mention kids riding who are as short as 4’9″.

And the best thing about this little e-bike? It’s only $339 on Amazon! So, although it can work as a starter e-bike, its parts are cheap, so read the reviews to decide if this is for you!

Option for tiny kids

Since we don’t want to leave small children at home, parents can put a kid’s seat on their own bike. Or, check out this cool option:

Pedego Stretch Electric Cargo

Photo courtesy of Pedego

This is a whopper of a bike (and that’s reflected in its $4295 price tag). But, if you want to take kids on the back of it, you can have up to 400lbs. So, kids under 6 can easily ride along with you.

With this e-bike, the entire family can take a ride! Click the link above for more details.

What Age Does My Child Have to Be to Ride an Electric Bike?

This is an excellent question because your child may not be legally allowed to ride an e-bike where you live!

On average, a child needs to be a minimum of 14 years of age to ride an electric bike. However, laws regarding age differ based on each state, country, and/or e-bike classification. Some locations have no age restrictions while some don’t allow e-bikes to ridden by anyone under 16. Always check the laws in your local area before letting a kid ride an e-bike.

The truth is that the laws surrounding e-bikes are confusing and complex, including laws on age restrictions. And in the United States, each state determines the laws, and therefore, the age. So it’s even more confusing (this may be, at least partially, why not a lot of manufacturers make e-bikes for kids).

But, I’m going to help clarify what the restrictions are so that you can make sure your child can legally ride where you live.

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To begin, there don’t seem to be any age restrictions in the EU (which is good news if you live there or plan on traveling there and riding an e-bike with your family). However, right next door, the UK requires kids to be age 14 or older to ride an e-bike legally.

In Canada, electric bikes can be ridden at a minimum age of 12 in Alberta and 16 in Ontario and British Columbia.

Clearly, each country has its own age laws, so be sure to check them out if you live there or if you plan on riding while visiting.

Taking a closer look at all of the individual states in the US, here’s a chart from Wikipedia indicating state laws surrounding e-bikes in general, as well as age. In regards to your kids’ safety and to follow regulations, you’ll want to look at “Max Speed”, “Max Power”, “Minimum age”, and “Driver’s License”.

Keep in mind that laws can change at any time! The good news, however, is that e-biking laws have been changing consistently for the better, giving us all more freedom to ride. For example, more and more states in the US are starting to classify e-bikes as bicycles and not motorized vehicles! This can only help children get more access to e-bikes. In fact, now that California is using a 3-tier class system, kids are able to ride e-bikes if they’re riding a Class 1 or 2 e-bike.

If you haven’t found the age information you need for your area, and to confirm the current age limits, check with your local government. Nothing will be more frustrating than buying an e-bike for your kid who can’t ride it legally!

Are There Any Safety Considerations with E-Bikes That Parents Should Know About Before Purchasing One for Their Children?

When parents are planning to buy their child an e-bike, they should understand the risk factors that come with riding any bike, as well as the added concerns for an electric bike. Kids should learn how to ride an e-bike carefully, restricting their speed when necessary, know how to follow road safety rules, and always wear protective gear, including a helmet.

Parents really need to use their judgment here. No matter what the age limits for legally riding an e-bike are where you live, your first concern should be whether your kid is able to handle the added responsibility of a bike with electric power. If your child is particularly impulsive or thrill-seeking, you might want to choose a 250W motor instead of a 500W. Or, you simply might wait a couple of years until your kid is older.

Or, if your child refuses to wear a helmet, then riding an electric bike probably isn’t for them.

Once you decide to buy an e-bike for your kid, make sure they have plenty of space and time to learn to ride it before putting them in a busy location. And, certainly, keep them out of traffic and riding their e-bike on the sidewalk wherever possible.

Help them learn basic bicycle road rules as well as how to respect and ride around pedestrians, without making them annoyed or angry. Teach them to slow down when approaching a person or pet, and how to use their bell while saying “excuse me” and “thank you.” And make sure they understand that wearing a helmet goes along with riding an e-bike.

Finally, parents, it’ll probably fall on you to keep their e-bike in safe running condition. So, don’t forget to check the nuts and bolts on it regularly and get it tuned up every 500 miles or so. Good maintenance will save you money in the long run!

Read more electric bike safety tips for every family member in this article.

Summary of E-Bikes for Kid’s Guide

As a parent, you can have a lot more confidence in buying an electric bike for your kid after reading this guide. What you need to keep in mind is that the e-biking industry is always changing and that it’s good to review you and your child’s biking needs regularly.

Ultimately, your goal is this… to provide an opportunity for your kids to get outside, reduce stress, get fit, and have fun with the family. And the great thing is that they can accomplish all of this with an e-bike!

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