This blog post may contain affiliate links.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Globber My Free 4 in 1 kids Scooter Review

Unlike most of the other kids in mothers group bub wasn't really interested in any ride on toys until well after she could walk. Because of this we never bothered buying any of the cool baby ride on musical toys or trikes {much to my disappointment, but T is thankful}. In the last few weeks however she's finally started showing an interest in ride-ons. She's still a bit unsure, but she's willing to give them a go, which is good timing because we got a Globber scooter a few weeks ago.

The Globber My Free 4 in 1 is an awesome little scooter that's perfect for toddlers right through to approximately 6 years old. Like the name suggests, it has 4 different functions in the 1 product so it grows and adapts along with your child. It starts out as a parent controlled ride on balance bike, then the handle can be removed so it becomes a balance bike, then the seat can be removed to turn it into a mini scooter and as your child grows the handle can be adjusted to turn it into a proper scooter for big kids.

Please note this scooter has since been renamed as Globber Evo 4 in 1 Scooter and the most recent version is the Globber GO UP Sporty Scooter. The functions of the scooter remain the same with some hardware upgrades.

Globber My Free 4 in 1 scooter for toddlers and young children

As bub still isn't quite 2 yet we've only used the scooter in the balance bike positions, both with and without the handle. At first bub was a bit wary of it {like she is with all ride ons} so I let her play with it how she wanted before making her sit on it. She actually likes pushing the scooter around herself with the handle at the back {yep she likes to do things her own way, even if its not the way its supposed to be done}. So when we take it out anywhere she spends as much time pushing it around as she does riding it.

She does ride on it as well, but for some reason she mainly likes riding on it at home. Perhaps she feels safer at home, or maybe she just doesn't want the other kids to watch her incase she falls off {although she's never fallen off}. I'm sure she'll get used to it more and be zooming around the park in no time. For now she's having fun burning off energy zooming around the lounge room and backyard.

Even though she hasn't used the scooter in all 4 settings yet, I can see the many benefits the scooter has. And to be honest if it was big enough for us to use it T and I would definitely have given it a go ourselves by now. Since bub can't talk enough to answer my questions about what she thinks of the scooter, I've put together a list of my favourite features.

My favourite features of the Globber My Free 4 in 1 scooter {Globber GO UP Sporty scooter} are:

Easy to assemble & use
I'm not going to lie, I handed it over to T to put together assuming it'd be way too hard {and frustrating} for me to put together. It turns out its actually really easy to assemble. Of course he did it without reading the instructions properly like all men do {and he didn't screw it up, which is a surprise and a testament to how easy it is to put together}. It's also really easy to change between the different modes, you literally just click the handle bar section in and out of positions.

Also being a scooter {aka not a bicycle with pedals} its really easy for kids to use and they can also control the speed which is great while they're learning balance. The brake is also easy to apply over the back pedal, for both kids once they've mastered it and parents who may need to stop it for the younger kids.

Safety features
The scooter has a number of safety features built in including the parental control handle when used as a balance bike so you know they can't zoom off when they're not confident enough. There's also a steering lock for the front wheels which can be used in conjunction with the parent handle as they're learning. When its unlocked steering is controlled by leaning on either side of the scooter not turning the handle which again helps children to learn balance. The brake is also really easy to use which provides peace of mind. The scooter deck is also specifically designed lower to the ground to cater for younger children.

Adjustable seat + handle height
The adjustable seat and handle heights are great because kids don't all come in the same shape and size. They all grow at different rates and times so being so adjustable means the Globber My Free 4 in 1 caters for all kids within the age and weight restrictions regardless of their height.

Ergonomic seat
The seat isn't just a standard flat uncomfortable seat, its ergonomically shaped for the most comfort. It also has a smooth, soft touch feel to it {well as soft as plastic can get}.

Excellent quality
You can tell just by touching the scooter that its not made from cheap materials like other cheap trikes and ride ons available. The seat, base and handles feel nice to touch and aren't scratchy. It also isn't hollow like lots of other ride ons are, its got a decent weight to it. The wheels are also made from high quality, high rebound polyurethane with nylon cores.

Grows with the child
The best feature of the Globber My Free 4 in 1 is that it can be used from when your child's twelve months old right through to when they're at school. The seat position can be used to a maximum of 20kg and then the scooter base can be used to a maximum of 50kg. There's not many other kids products that have such longevity.

Value for money
Although it may seem like a huge outlay at first {$160} I think its a worthy investment over time. Because the one product can be used for so many years and in so many forms it saves having to buy separate ride ons, balance bikes and scooters which can all be around $100 each. I'm also pretty confident that it'll last longer than she'll use it for so it'll most likely be passed down to any other children we have in the future as well.

My Free 4 in 1 scooter in seated position with parental control

Globber My Free 4 in 1 scooter in seated position 15 months +

globber go up scooter features

The Globber GO UP is a great first scooter for younger kids and a great way to introduce them to riding, scooting and learning balance. It allows them to feel independent, while also giving parents piece of mind as they're learning. The innovative design features also puts it leaps ahead of other kids scooters and ride-ons on the market. You can purchase the Globber GO UP in Australia directly from Globber or from ToymateAmazon AU and Catch. It can also be purchased in America from the Globber Amazon store.

Disclosure - All opinions expressed in this review are my own based on our experience with the product, as per my disclosure policy. I received a scooter from Globber for the purpose of review, but did not receive payment for this review. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, which means I may make a small commission at no cost to you, should you make a purchase.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Balance bikes are such a great way for kids to learn, this looks like even better value because it lasts longer.

    1. Its definitely value for money when you divide it by the number of years it'll be used.

  2. Globber is kind of a funny name ... I wonder where that came from? Great idea to have an adaptable scooter for the littlies. Our daughter got her first scooter for her 5th birthday and loved it!

    Visiting from Team IBOT x

    1. I know it's an interesting name lol, not sure of the origin. I think its great they have an option for the younger kids because they always want to copy older kids and this way they can but on a product that's safer for their age.

  3. Wow - that looks awesome. I think my daughter would have a blast on this. Forwarding it on to hubby for her birthday wish list!

  4. Wow! That looks awesome! I will have to look into this for Sophie.

  5. This looks like such a fabulous idea! I love that it gives kids different options for different surfaces, or if they get bored and just want to change things up.

    1. Yea its pretty cool how the one product can change into so many different things.

  6. This is a great idea. I never bought a balance bike because what's the point? They are going to be used for such a short time! But converting one into a scooter is a very cool idea.

    1. The plain balance bikes are so expensive for what they are too. At least this one gives value for money and can be used for such a long time :)