Hi, I’m Josh, I faced the same daunting questions when I was looking to buy my first electric scooter.
I know it can seem fairly overwhelming with the sheer volume of electric scooters on the market. There’s alot of research to do, right?
Hi, I’m Josh, I faced the same daunting questions when I was looking to buy my first electric scooter.
I know it can seem fairly overwhelming with the sheer volume of electric scooters on the market. There’s alot of research to do, right?
So, I have decided to share my experiences and months of endless research with you to make your life a little easier.
Below, I have researched, reviewed and ranked the best electric scooters for adults, kids, commuting, speed, and, the cheapest ones on the market.
By the end of reading this article you’ll be able to make a decision on which electric scooter is right for you.
Why should you trust me?
I don’t just write about electric scooters, I also conduct extensive research studies into the industry to uncover interesting insights that spark debate and increase the exposure of electric scooters to the general public.
Here is an example of an interview I had with with Jayson Luber, Traffic TV Anchor and Reporter for Denver7, about all things electric scooters. We discussed the growing trend of electric scooters across America and the financial benefits of owning your own electric scooter. You can listen to it here (18.50 – 32.00):
Electric scooters are coined as being emission free but we have revealed their true environmental impact. Want to find out more? Keep reading.
We calculated the CO² per kwh for delivered electricity and combined this with the time needed to charge an electric scooter to travel one mile. This revealed the amount of CO² released to produce the electrical charge needed per mile when riding an electric scooter. The amount of CO² released per mile was then multiplied by the total miles traveled on electric scooters to uncover the environmental impact in 2018.
Electric scooters may not directly emit emissions while being ridden but they do contribute to greenhouse gases once you factor in the environmental impact of charging the scooters.
Shared electric scooters, on average, take 6 hours to fully charge and have the battery power to be ridden for 20 miles. This equates to a charge time of 18 minutes per mile. Combined with the 487.37 grams of CO² emitted per kwh, the electricity needed to charge a scooter per mile results in the release of 146.21 grams of CO².
There are more Americans riding micromobility devices today than at any point in the past.
In fact, the National Association of City Transportation Officials revealed that 84 million trips were taken on shared micromobility in 2018, more than double 2017 figures. With the widespread popularity, 38.5 million of those trips were taken on electric scooters.
As U.S. citizens increasingly opt to travel by the ‘last-mile’ alternative to traditional transport methods, the number of hours needed to charge the scooters continues to increase to keep up with demand.
Electric scooter riders average 1.5 miles per trip and when combined with the 38.5 million trips, approximately 57.8 million miles were traveled on electric scooters in 2018. The extensive use of electric scooters has therefore, had a direct effect on the environment resulting in the release of 9,308 Tons of CO², equivalent to the energy use of an average house for 650 years.
Although electric scooters contributed 9,308 Tons of CO² in 2018, this is far less than what the potential environmental impact could have been if electric scooters were not introduced. If those 57.8 million miles were completed by traditional transport methods (cars), the amount of CO² emitted would be more than double (22,720 tons).
Despite not being a completely clean method of transportation, they contribute 59% less CO² compared to the average car in America (356.91 grams of CO² per mile).
Josh Frisby, founder of Electric Scooter Insider comments:
“Electric scooters don’t emit pollutants from their tailpipes but that doesn’t mean they don’t contribute to pollution. The source of the pollution comes from the environmental impact of producing and delivering the electricity needed to charge the devices.
So, when considering the environmental impact you can look at it in two ways. The first is by tailpipe emissions where electric scooters can claim to have zero emissions. On the other hand, when you factor in the CO² per kilowatt-hour, electric scooters do, in fact, contribute to greenhouse gases, albeit 59% less than the CO² released through gasoline consumption.
Currently, 17.1% of U.S. electricity generation comes from renewable sources but as the popularity of electric vehicles grows, it becomes ever more important that the U.S. invests in greener ways to generate electricity to reduce CO² emissions.”
Want to know the impact of electric scooters on fossil fuel companies? Our new study reveals just that.
Coming to the foreground in America, electric scooters are setting the trend for personal transportation. Recently, the National Association of City Transportation Officials revealed that 84 million trips were taken on shared micromobility in 2018, more than double 2017 figures and with electric scooters contributing 38.5 million trips to the total.
As U.S. citizens increasingly opt to travel by shared micromobility instead driving, alongside Bird and Uber releasing data on the average distance travelled on micromobility devices, Electric Scooter Insider has been able to calculate the monetary impact that micromobility has had on gasoline sales.
In fact, fossil fuel companies could have lost $19.8 million to shared micromobility as a result of fewer gasoline sales.
Approximately 57.8 million miles were traveled on electric scooters in 2018. Combining this with the average cost of gasoline per mile, electric scooters could have had a direct impact of $6.5 million on gasoline sales.
However, electric scooters are second in line to station-based bikes, which were ridden 94.9 million miles in 2018, thanks to the higher average distance travelled – 2.6 miles compared to 1.5 miles on electric scooters. As a result, station-based bikes could have cost fossil fuel companies a staggering $10.7 million, the most amount of all shared micromobility devices, equating to 54% of the total $19.8 million loss.
In comparison, dockless bikes were only ridden 23.4 million miles, a quarter of station-based bike miles, but they still could have accounted for a loss of $2.4 million.
If shared micromobility rental companies continue to expand into new cities and countries, and usage grows in popularity, then sales of gasoline could continue to decline.
In the study, we only highlighted the impact on gasoline sales, but there could be an extended impact on the decline of taxi, Uber, Lyft and similar transportation transactions. How shared micromobility will affect the profits of ride-hailing services is yet to be seen.
Electric scooters are setting the trend for city commuting. Coming to the foreground in America and most recently gaining further ground in Europe, the electric scooter craze continues to grow.
With the on-going developments of scooters popping up across the states of America, I wanted to understand the financial impact that these life size gadgets could have on the average commuter.
I conducted extensive research to reveal how much money the average worker, across 49 metros in the United States, could save if they commuted by scooter instead of driving.
All over America, commuters are paying hundreds of dollars commuting to work but, with electric scooter technologies, these costs could be dramatically reduced.
In fact, I was able to uncover that commuters in Los Angeles could save over $1,000 each year if they were to commute to work on an electric scooter as opposed to driving, This is the largest saving across all 49 metros in the study and equates to an annual fuel cost saving of 72%.
Although Los Angeles commuters could save the largest amount, commuters in Seattle benefit from the largest proportion of fuel cost savings, equating to an astonishing 83% – thanks to the lower kilowatt-hour cost used to charge the scooter.
Interestingly, 96% of the cities included in the study could see their commuters save over 50% in fuel costs if they rode to and from work on an electric scooter instead of driving.
These insights show how the growing popularity of personal transportation devices can have a direct, and significant, money-saving impact on our wallets.
My study compares fuel (gasoline) against charging (kWh) costs to uncover the money-saving benefits of electric scooters over cars but, the savings could be exponentially higher if the cost of buying a car, insuring it and general maintenance were included.
Take a look at the full results below to see how much you could save:
Want to know more? Check out my in-depth reviews of each of the electric scooters below.
The GoTrax Glider is cheap, light (20 lbs), fast (16 mph), goes far (9 miles) and packs a punch when it comes to additional features. An all-round electric scooter ideal for adults or kids on a budget.
The GoTrax Glider may be cheap but it has proved itself to be one of the top performing scooters in a number of categories, including the best for commuting, folding and the cheapest.
So, what makes the Glider so good?
I’m glad you asked!
Pretty much anyone can ride the Glider, making it one of the most versatile electric scooters on the market.
If you are a kid wanting a model to ride round the block and to impress your friends with, a teenager looking for that extra bit of freedom to travel to college or an adult searching for an option that you can use for your daily commute or weekend use, the Glider has it all.
Weighing just 20 lbs and fitted with an easy to fold frame, the Glider can be carried and stored with ease. Because of its slender aesthetics, it is also the most compact electric scooter and despite being one of the cheapest, it delivers phenomenal performance. In fact, the Glider is one of the fastest electric scooters I have reviewed.
It can travel at speeds of up to 16 mph and has a battery powerful enough to let you ride it continuously for 9 miles.
Oh, and on top of that, it takes just 3 hours to charge, making it the fastest charging electric scooter. You can take delivery of the Glider and quite literally use it the exact same day. (Some scooters can take up to 12 hours to fully charge!)
Some additional features that bring the GoTrax Glider to the top of the list for the best electric scooter are the LED headlight that is capable of casting light 3 metres in front of the scooter – allowing you to ride at night, the handlebar display – letting you check your speed and battery and reinforced IP54 water resistant frame.
Everything about this scooter makes it a great first time purchase. It is one of my favorites and I couldn’t recommend it more.
It’s cheap, light (20 lbs), fast (16 mph), goes far (9 miles) and packs a punch when it comes to additional features.
Praised by TechRadar, Mashable and other leading publications, you can't go wrong with the sleek, reliable, packed full of features and easy to use GoTrax GXL 2.
If you are looking for an all-round electric scooter that you can ride leisurely at the weekend, commute to work on and a model that looks as good as it performs, then you can’t go wrong with the GoTrax GXL 2.
There are a number of reasons why I have rated the GoTrax GXL 2 as the best electric scooter for adults but top of the list is the fact that this scooter is packed full of features that enable it to deliver a high performance and enjoyable riding experience.
As adults, we want a model that will deliver in each and every area that you would expect an electric scooter to deliver in.
So, with that in mind, let’s run through what the GXL 2 has to offer.
First up is speed and mileage.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to have the option to go fast and to go far. This pocket rocket of a scooter delivers just that with a top speed of 15.5 mph and a range of 12 miles. You’ll be able to ride this bad boy to your heart’s content!
Second is features and durability.
The GoTrax GXL 2 is one of the most advanced electric scooters that you can buy.
It’s sophisticated, seamless and sleek design is emphasized by the LED handlebar display that lets you monitor the scooters performance as well as the headlight which sits flush in the front center of the handlebars.
Easy enough to carry, the GXL 2 weighs just 27 lbs and comes fitted with GoTrax’s signature fast, fold and release lever activated folding frame that makes the scooter both portable and small enough to store.
Aside from looking awesome, the GXL 2 is actually pretty damn sturdy and can support anyone up to 220 lbs. It also has a reinforced baseboard and fender to make it even more durable (an upgrade on the older GXL model).
Also, the 8.5 inch grip the floor extremely well thanks to their anti-slip treads. Like with bike tires, once you’ve pumped them up to a suitable level, riding the bike is more comfortable as the tires shock-absorb the ground below. The same applies to the GXL 2, the air filled tires give a smooth, comfortable ride.
Third and final, is design and reputation.
I have touched on the design of the GXL 2 slightly above but it really does deserve its own section.
The scooter is available in two colors, black and pink. Both variations benefit from the modern, sophisticated design that will make your friends jealous.
Maybe your friends are saying to you – ‘Why do you want a scooter? There for kids!’ – but trust me, when they see you arrive in style on your GXL 2 they’ll end up wanting one for themselves.
In terms of its reputation…well, let me put it this way – it has been praised in some of the top Consumer Goods Publications in the world, including TechRadar, Mashable and Electrek.
If you are looking for an electric scooter that is sleek, reliable, packed full of features and easy to use then you can’t go wrong with the GoTrax GXL 2.
If you are looking for a cheap, reliable and safe electric scooter that will give your child endless hours of fun, then the Parents Choice Award Winner, the Razor E100 is ideal.
There are 2 things you’ll want to consider if you are a parent buying a scooter for your kid.
The first is how the scooter looks. We all know kids like to show off from time to time and are obsessed with things that are bright, colorful and look ‘cool’.
The second is durability. Electric scooters aren’t cheap (some are) so you’ll want to make sure that the scooter you buy is going to last a long time and withstand the wear and tear that kids can put their toys through.
Additionally, the E100 can be purchased in range of colors including: red, blue and purple, meaning you’ll be able to find the perfect color to suit your child’s personality (p.s. the red model is generally the cheapest option).
Of course, safety is also a big factor when it comes to kids electric scooters. You can generally look at how safe an electric scooter is by how fast it is and its braking system. Bearing those in mind, let’s take a look at the Razor E100.
The rechargeable batteries power the E100 to a max speed of 10 mph for about 40 minutes of continuous use – more than enough power to keep your little one entertained until they want to play with the next toy.
It functions using a kick start motor. All you need to do to get the Razor E100 electric scooter moving is kick off like you would with a traditional style of scooter. The burst in motion will start up the ultra quiet chain driven motor.
A perk to this model of electric scooter is that it comes with a hand operated brake on the handlebars which, when engaged, cuts power to the motor allowing to scooter to slow safely. This adds an extra level of safety for your child.
All in all, the Razor E100 is a great, first time, model for children 8 years and up and while some assembly is required, it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get the scooter up and running. So, if you’re buying it as a birthday or Christmas present, you should keep that in mind.
Overall, if you are looking for a cheap, reliable and safe electric scooter that will give your child endless hours of fun, then the Razor E100 is ideal.
For all you adrenaline junkies out there that have a need for speed and want to accelerate effortlessly along the sidewalk and city streets, cruising from A to B on the Swagtron City Commuter will be a breeze with a top speed of 18 mph and cruise control functionality.
Got a need for speed? Adrenaline junkies, get ready for this one.
The Swagtron City Commuter’s power-packed 250w motor will rocket you down the street at 18 mph!
With the scooter’s low profile, the top speed feels even faster as you zip along the sidewalk at a real pace.
What’s better than hitting the top speed? Maintaining it.
Two words. Cruise control.
The Swagtron City Commuter is one of few electric scooters that comes fully equipped with cruise control. All you need to do is get the scooter up to 18 mph, flick the switch to enable cruise control and you can glide effortlessly along without needing to manually accelerate the scooter.
The fun doesn’t stop there…
You can ride the City Commuter for 11-12 miles in the day or, if you want, at night, thanks to the ultra bright built-in LED headlight.
There is even an iOS/Android app which lets you connect your phone to the scooter to control the cruise control and headlight functions, as well as, select your speed and plan your route using GPS.
You can literally use your phone as a real time display. Open up Google maps, set your destination, attach your mobile to the phone mount and off you go.
If you don’t want to use the phone mount you can always use the display built into the top of the handlebar post to monitor your scooter’s performance.
What doesn’t this scooter have?
To be honest, it has pretty much everything.
In addition to being fast and having some cool smart-features (e.g. cruise control etc), the lightweight aluminum frame (26 lbs) folds, making it easy to store or carry, and despite being so light, the City Commuter can hold any rider up to 320 lbs. This is the heaviest load that I have seen any electric scooter capable of supporting.
For all of you out there that have a need for speed and want to accelerate effortlessly along the sidewalk and city streets, cruising from A to B on the Swagtron City Commuter will be a breeze.
With the large, padded, comfortable seat, high speed performance (18 mph for 10 miles) and practical features (detachable basket and luggage carrier), the Razor EcoSmart Metro is the best seated electric scooter.
With its large, padded, comfortable seat, high speed performance and practical features, the Razor EcoSmart Metro is the best seated electric scooter.
The main criteria that you want to fulfill when choosing a seated electric scooter is how comfortable it is to ride.
Have you ever gone on a long bike ride and sat on a small, thinly padded seat? If you have, you’ll know just how uncomfortable it was to ride. The same goes for electric scooters.
Sure, you may not ride the scooter the same distance as you would a bike, but because electric scooters don’t tend to come equipped with suspension, riding them can take its toll, especially for a prolonged period of time.
Razor understand that comfort is key and as a result, designed the EcoSmart Metro with this in mind. Despite not having suspension, the padded seat and large air filled tires act as shock absorbers to ensure a smooth riding experience.
The EcoSmart Metro features the largest and most luxurious padded seat that I have ever come across (and I’ve reviewed a lot of scooters!).
For those of you that like to take life easy and want to enjoy a smooth sailing riding experience, you can hop on the EcoSmart, comfortably place yourself down on the seat and let the large air filled tires absorb the uneven ground below you as you glide to your destination.
It is important to know that seated electric scooters tend to be far less portable than their standing counterparts. The EcoSmart Metro is no exception. However, it is down to personal preference whether that is a good, bad or negligible feature not to have. I’m assuming it doesn’t really matter if you are already reading this and have made your mind up about wanting an electric scooter with a seat.
So, we’ve covered comfort, but what about performance? Let me show you.
The EcoSmart Metro is actually joint first for the fastest electric scooter, with an impressive top speed of 18 mph. Its powerful battery is also capable of running the motor for 10 miles on a single charge which means you’ll be able to ride it round the block, to the park or to the local store with ease.
In my honest opinion, I would only choose the EcoSmart Metro if you are planning to use it after work or for weekend use. It is far too large to use as a commuter scooter, unless of course you have enough space to store it at work, which in that case – it would be fine to use.
I’ve said this in my previous reviews of this scooter but my initial perception of it was that it looked like something my Nan would ride, especially with the basket attached to the back scooter’s frame.
But, the looks of the EcoSmart have really grown on me and actually, I am now quite fond of it!
Yes, the basket on the back may look like your Grandma has attached a shopping basket to the scooter but the beauty of it is that it is completely detachable. It’s up to you as to whether or not you want the basket / luggage carrier attached.
You’ll be surprised by how much the aesthetics of the scooter change once you remove it. It becomes quite sleek looking and less like something your Grandma would ride.
Or, if you don’t mind how it looks with the attachment, it is actually extremely useful for carrying shopping bags, gym bags, picnic bags, pretty much any kind of bag.
One final feature that propels the EcoSmart Metro to the top of the list for the best seated electric scooter is that it is one of the most environmentally friendly scooters on the market, even the deck of the scooter is made from bamboo, which is one of the world’s most renewable materials.
The Swagger 3 Pro electric scooter is one of the best designed electric scooters for adults.
It has an easy fold up design, so it can be put in the back of a car, slipped under a table at a coffee shop, or tucked away under the desk at work after a short commute. You won’t have any problems with storage, which I’ve always considered a definite plus. And, because the frame is made from a carbon fiber material, the entire electric scooter only weighs fifteen pounds.
You can reach up to 15.5 mph on this electric scooter, which is pretty fast for this sort of transportation device. It can support up to 220 lbs, and can take you up to 14 miles in a single charge. A display on the handlebar also shows your speed and distance traveled.
During longer rides, you can activate the built-in cruise control. This lets you lean back and enjoy the ride as the scooter powers itself and the front wheel suspension guides you down uneven city streets.
The LED head light means you can take your electric scooter for a ride in the day or at night. It’s perfect if you live on a large college campus or in the middle of the city, where you’re often making short trips out and don’t want to deal with the hassle of a car. Not to mention that it looks incredible as far as the design goes. It has a smooth, sleek look about it.
The Swagger 3 Pro is a well deserved runner up for the best electric scooter for any busy adult.
A big part of picking out an electric scooter is making sure that it’s not only looks great but rides great too. After all, you want a model that you can just pick up and go. The MegaWheels S5 Electric Scooter is one of the best electric scooters for that purpose.
It only weighs 26.5lbs, can reach max speeds of 15.5 mph and travel up to 13 miles.
With its sleek design, this is one of my favorite looking electric scooters. It comes with a bright LED front light and taillight that make riding it in the evenings easy. The headlight will reach 5 meters into the distance.
There’s also a gear shift setting meaning you can easily change the speed depending on how fast you’d like to go. The 1st gear will allow you to ride comfortably at around 11mph where the 2nd gear picks up the speed allowing you to glide along at 15.5 mph.
The combination of the ultra slim deck and the quick folding design means you can assemble the scooter in less an a minute. Perfect if you are in a rush.
The GoTrax G2 is a model that any adult should look into when considering which scooter to purchase, especially for beginners. It’s built with you in mind – the solid rubber tires make it easy to ride over sidewalks and down city streets.
This electric scooter can reach up to 10 mph in its first gear and 15 mph in its second. The only downside is that you’ll only be able to hop on and ride it for about 5 miles or so. This is fairly low compared to the other models in this list but if you are just going to be using the scooter now and again for leisure purposes this could be enough mileage for you. Bear in mind you’ll probably only get about 20-35 mins ride time with the battery power.
All that being said, there’s something particularly stunning about the sleek, black, frame.
If you’re looking to an that extra special electric scooter for your kid, look no further than the Razor E100 Glow Scooter.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best electric scooter for kids. It’s fun, thrilling, and is built by a company that thrives on their high safety standards when it comes to the products they put out.
Blue LED lights are built into the deck of the scooter and turn on at a twist of the throttle. As your child rides on the E100 Glow, their friends will by captivated by the party-crowd-esque appearance of electric scooter.
In addition to looking cool, it can go up to 10 mph, which will give your child enough speed to enjoy riding the scooter without putting them in danger of going too fast. (Some scooters can reach up to 18 mph!) The limit on the speed will make it easier for your child to control the scooter.
However, it takes twelve hours to charge, so you might need to help remind your kid to hook up the battery. That being said, it will give them around forty minutes of ride time. That’s a great stint outdoors, especially if your child is just learning to use an electric scooter.
It’s not recommended for anyone under the age of eight, and can carry up to one hundred and twenty pounds. Between the steel frame, the LED lights, and the 200 mm front tire, your child will look like the coolest kid on the block. Trust me, they’re going to spend a lot of time thanking you for this electric scooter.
One of the charms about buying electric scooters is that they’re fun for the whole family. While some models are built to market towards adults, there are quite a few that are made with extra safety precautions and special features which make them great to get as gifts for your children.
The Razor E300 is one of the best models of electric scooters for older kids, especially as it can support 220 lbs (100 lbs more than the Razor E100).
It comes in a range of colors – my favorite being blue, it’s easy to use and can reach speeds of up to 15 mph. This is perfect for any kid that wants to go – and wants to go fast!
Given the speed of the Razor E300, it would be a good choice for teenagers.
Unfortunately, it can’t be folded without dismantling it so, it can’t easily stored. Keeping it in a garage will be no problem at all, though (providing you have the space).
If I told you that you’d be able to complete a round trip of 20 miles with the Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4, what would you think? Pretty impressive, right? Well how about 28 miles. Yes, this scooter has an impressive range of 28 miles.
This scooter can take you just about anywhere you want to go.
The Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 tops the charts for mileage and with a top speed of 19 mph, it comes in 1st place for the best commuter scooter.
Often, you’ll find that some scooters have one or two stand out features, but this is not the case. The Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 features a wide range of exceptional features. Aside from its sleek design, my favourite are the cruise control, Bluetooth capabilities, LED display screen and most of all, the customizeable lights that emit different colour lights below the deck.
Segway realise that commuting to work can often be a rush and you don’t want to be fidling around with a complex collapse function to make your scooter more portable. So, they designed the scooter exactly with this in mind and introduced a one touch folding system allowing you to collapse your scooter in a matter of seconds.
The Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 is, by far, one of the best electric commuter scooters. You can’t go wrong with this model.
So why didn’t I rank it as the best choice?
In brief, I chose not to rank this scooter in first place because of its big price tag.
If you can afford it I would recommend opting for this model but, if you don’t want to spend so much then a cheaper option, such as the GoTrax GXL 2 or Swagtron City Commuter will also deliver a high level of performance.
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter has a range of 18.6 miles with a max speed of 15.5 mph.
If you want a scooter that looks great then this may be the one for you. The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is well known for its modern, intelligent, design and has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot “Best of the Best” Award, as well as the iF Design Award 2017.
Now, a big part of picking out an electric scooter for your commute is making sure that it’s one you can carry with you. You want a model that you can just pick up and haul with you when you reach the more urban part of your commute – be that the grocery store, the office, or even onto the bus. The Xiaomi Mi’s folding design and weight of only 26.9 lbs makes it one the best for that purpose.
Thanks to the intuitive design, anyone can hop on this scooter and easily get to grips riding it, making it ideal if this is your first electric scooter.
Ultimately, this scooter has been designed with a battery that has a large capacity designed specifically for commuters and those travelling long distances.
Sometimes, electric scooters don’t look like scooters. Sometimes, they look like bikes, especially in the case of the SwagCycle Pro.
Out of all the electric scooters I have reviewed, the SwagCycle Pro is the most unique.
Some classify it as a bike, I classify it as a scooter as it has no pedals.
The SwagCycle Pro has one of the best performing batteries that takes just 4.5 hours to charge and delivers a top speed of 18 mph for a distance of 15.5 miles. It’s soundless, too, meaning you won’t cause issues if your commute happens to go down a crowded path. It’s easy enough to fold up that it won’t make you late, and light enough to be carried by hand if need be. That means cutting through crowded campuses or passing down busy sidewalks won’t be any issue at all.
It’s not as compact as a traditional scooter but storing it in your apartment or at work, shouldn’t be a problem.
The SwagCycle Pro also happens to be one of the most advanced on the market with ‘smart’ features including: an app where you can track your speed and record travel time, a USB port to charge your phone or any other device while you’re out and about, a headlight that will guide your way home in dark and last but not least, cruise control to maintain a constant speed, hands-free.
You can read more about the SwagCycle Pro in my Review of the SwagCycle Pro as an Electric Commuter Scooter
With a mileage of 15 miles this is a great electric scooter to purchase if your goal is making your commute more fun.
It’s simple, reliable, easy to clean and quite to use. There’s going to be no disruption of a noisy engine when you go down the sidewalk. In fact, the only time people will be staring is when they’re admiring the sleek, charcoal grey casing of your electric scooter. Even the wheels are a sight to see! They’re made with military tech honeycomb tires, which are a form of airless rubber tires that are guaranteed to never go flat.
It only takes a second to use the foot activated folding mechanism. That means you won’t be spending a lot of time trying to get it put down into a more manageable shape. You’ll be able to dolly it through public transit or right up into your office, pulling it just like you would a roller bag suitcase. You can also purchase a canvas scooter cover to pair with the Glion Dolly if keeping it clean is a concern. It looks similar to the canvas covers you would purchase to go over a car, so even the cover has a sophisticated look.
To mention a few more benefits, the Glion Dolly only weighs 28 lbs, it has a 250w hub motor located in the rear wheel and because the motor doesn’t have any chains or gears, it can move you through the crowds without a single sound! It also has an easy to read handlebar-mounted battery indicator so you can make sure you’ve got enough juice for your journey.
If what you’re looking for is an electric scooter that will get you somewhere fast, or even just one that will give you the thrill of speed, then the Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 is definitely one to consider (if you can afford it).
It can reach up to 19 mph. That’s fast for any battery operated transportation device, making it ideal for your need for speed.
This may be the fastest scooter in the list but it comes at a cost. This is the main reason as to why I rated the Swagtron City Commuter as the best fast electric scooter. The City Commuter is less than half the price of the Ninebot ES4 and has a top speed of 18 mph (just 1 mph slower).
Aside from speed the Ninebotcomes fitted with shock absorbers on the front and rear wheels to provide maximum comfort while you speed along. Additionally, an anti-lock braking system ensuring you can ride safe and my favorite of all, it has a one touch folding system meaning you can quickly collapse it making storage very easy.
On top of all that, it features an LED display screen, cruise control, Bluetooth capabilities and even a mobile app where you can customize the color of lights that shine out from below the deck.
One final stand out feature is the mileage. Of course, you want to go fast but is no fun if you can’t glide along for decent stretch. Well, your not going to be disappointed. This scooter has an impressive range of up to 28 miles.
The Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 will get you where you need to be, and it will get you there quick.
With a top speed of 16 mph, the GoTrax Glider is one of the fastest electric scooters on the market.
This model of electric scooter functions with a kickstart motor. That means all you need to do when it comes to getting it started is put up the kickstand and give a push like you’re starting a manual scooter. Once it’s moving, you hit the throttle and it will start going under its own power.
As with the other models in this category, this scooter has a display screen where you can track your speed and battery life, and also features an LED headlight. However, this model does not have some of the more desirable features such as cruise control, an integrated mobile app or shock absorbers.
Packing up the electric scooter takes virtually no time at all, either. It’s quick and easy to do, because it has a lever activated system. All it takes is a simple pull of the lever, and then the entire scooter folds down, just like that!
Of course, not everyone can afford to spend several hundred dollars on an electric scooter. Because of that, I wanted to make sure that I included the best cheap electric scooter in this guide.
The Megawheels S1 works for both kids and adults, and can be purchased for under $200.
If you decide to opt for this cheap electric scooter you expect a top speed of 14 mph, a run time of around 8 miles and a light frame can easily be folded down for portability.
It has a double brake system and some of the best shock absorption capabilities available among electric scooters. That means it won’t be too jarring if you have to take it down a gravel road, hop it up the curb, or hit a patch of uneven asphalt.
The Megawheels S1 electric scooter is designed for short distances and produces zero emissions, making it completely safe for the environment. It’s perfect if you live in a metro area, or even just for getting around your neighborhood.
If you’re looking to shop cheap, this is definitely one to consider. It’s not going to break the budget, and it’s also not going to cut any viable features off either.
This just might be the cheapest electric scooter out there.
It costs under $130 and even cheaper still if you catch it on sale.
Like most cheap electric scooters, it isn’t going to have tip top performance. The scooter can run for 40 minutes per charge (less if you’re consistently going uphill), takes about 12 hours to charge and can only reach up to 10 mph but, the low speed doesn’t affect how fun it is, and can actually be helpful for riders that are only just figuring out how to use an electric scooter. In fact, this scooter is only recommended for kids that are 8 and up and weigh less than 120 lbs, so – if you are an adult looking at the Razor E100 thinking ‘Bargain!’…think again! Instead, you should opt for the GoTrax Glider.
Another option for a cheap electric scooter is the Razor E125. It costs about the same as the Razor E100 and in fact, is pretty much the same electric scooter.
It a high-torque, chain-driven motor which powers the scooter at 10 mph, a battery capable of running the scooter continuously for 40 mins, a weight limit of 120 lbs and handlebars that can be adjusted to a comfortable level. It also requires a manual kickoff and get the scooter up to three miles per hour before the motor can be engaged.
The only difference between the E125 and the E100 is the appearance. It is down to personal preference, but I think the Razor E125 has a slightly more modern appeal as opposed to the bright block colors on the E100.
Not only does it come equipped with a comfortable seat, it also features a folding frame which is extremely rare for seated electric scooters. And it doesn’t stop there. This model is the lightest of all the electric scooters with a seat. So, if you want a model that is more portable than the Razor EcoSmart Metro, the SwagCycle Pro is going to be the best choice for you.
Additionally, this scooter allows you to enjoy the luxury of sitting down as you roll over the city streets with the cruise control function.
With the SwagCycle Pro only taking around 4.5 hours to reach a full charge, you’ll benefit from 15.5 miles of range and a top speed of 18 mph. The performance of this bike-like electric scooter speaks for itself but, if you have chosen to opt for a seated model for comfort then the Razor EcoSmart Metro wins hands down.
See my full review of Why the SwagCycle Pro is a Great Seated Electric Scooter
This is the newest model in the Razor seated series, and probably one of the best for teen and adult riders when an electric scooter with seat is concerned. This particular model has been built with a larger frame and deck, to make it more comfortable for larger riders.
It boasts a high torque chain driven motor and a twist grip throttle, which makes it easy to ride and lets you coast quietly down the streets.
It can hold up to 220 pounds, and reach speeds of 15 mph. The 24V Seal battery system is not as powerful as SwagCycle Pro but it does mean that you can go for 40 minutes at a time without having to stop to charge it. The manual recommends letting it charge for a full twelve hours the first time you use it, and not leaving it hooked in for longer than twenty four hours after that. This will help stretch out the life of the rechargeable battery.
A unique feature of this electric scooter is that you’re able to completely remove the seat – letting you choose how you want to ride the scooter and making storage a lot easier too. It’s quick to pop back together, too, so you can keep it tucked in storage whether that’s under your office desk, at home or in your trunk, and then throw it back together for a ride with very little effort on your part.
This is the model down from the Razor E300s but nevertheless, it is still a highly popular scooter.
Learning to balance on an electric scooter isn’t the easiest thing. Starting off with a model that has a seat can make things a lot easier. What I really like about the Razor E200S is that, like the E300S, the seat is removable. That means, once you’ve mastered the electric scooter while you sit, you can start figuring out how to balance it while you stand. And if you don’t want to remove the seat, that works too.
The Razor E200S is slightly slower than the E300s and can an go up to 12 mph for up to 40 minutes of continuous riding. So, if you are looking for a seated scooter for your child this may be a better option, especially if you are concerned about the speed at which they can travel.
It takes twelve hours to recharge, but I’ve found that leaving it plugged in for a full twenty four hours has better results. The battery won’t conk out on you quite so fast. It comes with a spring loaded kickstand, and works off of a high torque, ultra quiet, barely able to be heard motor.
As you probably picked up while reading over this list, there are two types of electric scooter. Ones that come with a seat, and ones that don’t.
Now, while this wouldn’t seem like a large difference, it’s actually something you should put some serious thought and consideration into. Knowing the pro’s and con’s of each type could help you pick out the best electric scooter for your specific needs.
Now, obviously, the electric scooter with seat comes with the benefit of allowing you to sit during your travels. This is great if you have difficulties with your knees or back. It’s also helpful if you have to spend a lot of time standing later in the day – giving you a brief respite between working hours. Unfortunately, it means that, when the battery dies, or when you reach your destination, it takes more time to disassemble, because of the seat.
At the same time, while a standing electric scooter is quicker to take apart, it obviously has no seat. This can be a downside if you spend a lot of time standing already. It means there’s no break, no resting point, and no way to take the weight off of your feet. Now, this might not be such a bad thing if you’re only going a short distance. But let’s be honest – twelve miles standing up might not be that agreeable for every situation.
So, when it comes time to pick out which type of electric scooter is right for you, I strongly suggest that you keep those things in mind.
Some people might read over this, take in the battery life, the miles available, and the price tag, and then start to question, is this really a good investment? Well, I think it is.
There are a surprising amount of pro’s to having an electric scooter. Right at the top of the list is the fact that it’s really good for our environment. Being completely battery run, there are no emissions being put out, nothing to further pollute our already struggling world. It’s also great if you live in a metro area, where there are a lot of things close together – coffee shops, diners, and grocery stores all within a few miles of where you live.
They can help cut back on commute time, making going somewhere easier if you happen to have bad knees or a bad back, and are just a lot of fun to be on.
All that being said, this wouldn’t be a very fair set of electric scooter reviews if I didn’t mention the cons, too. First off, even the cheapest electric scooter is going to cost almost two hundred dollars. It’s a pricey transportation system, especially if you’re just buying it as a hobby item.
One of the other downsides that I’ve found is that they don’t serve a lot of practical use in more rural areas. Because the run time is generally between twelve and fifteen miles for each charge, electric scooters aren’t very lucrative for long-distance travel. If you live in the middle of the boonies, they aren’t going to do much to make your commute easier.
And, like I mentioned at the start of this electric scooter review guide, it can be difficult to find out information on the different products. A lot of companies have started selling different models of electric scooters, so deciding which one you want to purchase can take up a lot of time.