The 10 Best Wiggle Riders
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in March of 2020. Wiggle riders harness the side-to-side pumping of handlebars to propel their drivers forward without pedals, batteries, or any other means of locomotion. Ultimately, they offer a wholesome way for kids to wear themselves out without too much modern assistance. However, as with many toys and activities designed to entertain children, we advise both adult supervision and the use of protective gear. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 01, 2020:
Wiggle riders should not be driven downhill as they are not made for speed and can easily jackknife and tip, scratching riders up, breaking bones, causing concussions, or worse. Only one child should ride any given wiggle rider at a time and that child’s guardian(s) should seriously consider having them wear a helmet and/or elbow and knee pads, in addition to constantly supervising their play for safety. We are not at all saying that wiggle riders are so dangerous you shouldn’t enjoy them, only that they most certainly can cause injury if you don’t stay on top of all the aspects of their use. As ever, it doesn’t hurt to have a first aid kit on hand to deal with minor scrapes and cuts.
Designs with brakes such as the EzyRoller Classic, EzyRoller New Drifter-X, and Gomo Spinner Shark receive some preference since it’s always a good idea to have dedicated systems for safe stops in any sort of moving vehicle, no matter the size or speed. Elsewhere, models like the Radio Flyer Ziggle and EzyRoller Mini get points for being more ergonomic and therefore helping kids to develop better habits with regard to posture.
KidsHealth This website is hosted by the nonprofit Nemours with a mission to, "help parents, kids, and teens take charge of their health." They do this by offering doctor-reviewed advice across a range of health and safety issues, all written in a graded manner that reaches different ages and aptitudes in terms they can relate to. The site has whole sections dedicated to street smarts and the use of protective gear that can be as easily applied to wiggle riders as the bicycles they focus on. kidshealth.org
The Freecycle Network Your child’s younger years of wiggling will whiz by and, before you know it, they’ll be on to training wheels, pedals, small engines, and space travel. If your old wiggle rider or other lightly used and heavily loved toys are just taking up garage space when you’re finished with a phase, consider giving them away using this grassroots, nonprofit online platform. freecycle.org