We’ve all been there…it’s Monday morning and your alarm is shrieking in your ear. The day looms ahead but before that…the commute.
A frantic sweaty jog because you’ll inevitably be running late, or an expensive public transport struggle, squashed between jostling bodies and breathing stale subway air. Either way, by the time you reach work, any refreshment you got from last night’s sleep will have been completely banished.
But what if there were a different way? Enter the electric scooter: revolutionizer of the dreaded commute.
I’ve reviewed 60+ scooters and boiled it down to the best ones for commuting.
To make it easy for you, I’ve split them into five categories: long-range, fastest, lightest & most portable, seated, and cheapest.
So which scooter holds the key to your commuter success? Let’s dive in and take a look.
]=Self-dubbed the ‘ultimate commuter scooter’, the Apollo City certainly lives up to its reputation. Delivering an impressive top speed of 25 mph and a respectable range of 28 miles, the City easily holds its own against others in a similar class, boasting premium features at an affordable price.
Segway Ninebot Max
The Ninebot Max has one of the best ranges out there and for an affordable price. This scooter can keep going for up to 40.4 miles on a single charge and has a comparatively low charge time too. The top speed is a respectable 18.6 mph. It’s slower than some other performance models, but what you lose here you make up in portability and innovative features.
Unagi Model One
Renowned for its premium design, sleek aesthetic, and top-of-the-range tech, the Unagi Model One is in a class of its own. This scooter is the lightest on the list and has an impressive folding mechanism for increased portability. However, the speed and range suffer slightly for the sake of luxurious design.
Segway Ninebot ES4
The ES4 is a portable choice with a great range (28 miles) and offers the choice to add an attachable seat for extra comfort. It’s not built for rough terrain and it’s not the speediest but it’s a great affordable city option with premium features like a nifty Bluetooth app.
GoTrax XR Elite
An excellent budget scooter at just $359.99, the GoTrax XR Elite is a great scooter for an incredible price. It delivers decent speed and range and even incorporates some high-end features like cruise control and air-filled tires. Reliable and straightforward, you can’t go wrong here.
Deciding to buy an electric scooter was one of the best I ever made. Not only did it make my commute something I enjoyed rather than endured, but it made other parts of my life easier too. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best commuter scooters to help people like you experience everything the world of electric scooters has to offer.
Before we take a deep dive into the in-depth reviews, there are a couple of things you need to know.
Firstly, commuter scooters need to be light and portable so that they can fit into any kind of journey. Because of this, I decided to set a weight limit for the scooters I’ve included in this list, capping out at around 40 lbs. This is the top threshold of what I would consider to be ‘portable’.
Secondly, as mentioned, to make it easier for you to decide which kind of commuter scooter you’re after, I’ve split them into the following five categories:
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Fastest Commuter Scooters
Looking for a commuter scooter that’s functional but doesn’t sacrifice the speedy fun factor? The Apollo City is one of the best.
Apollo has worked hard to make sure the City hits the sweet spot between power and portability with great success. This scooter is at the top end of my 40 lb bracket but combined with a highly functional 3-step folding process, its 39 lb weight doesn’t prevent it from being easily transportable. It’s folded dimensions of 43” x 8” x 14” make it compact enough to take on public transport or store securely under your desk.
The portable size doesn’t mean a compromise on speed either. Despite only being around $150 more than the Ninebot Max, its 600W motor is almost double the size and has a punchy peak output of 800W. It’s no wonder the City boasts a top speed of 25 mph and has enough torque to push you up 15% inclines.
Alongside the Evolv Tour 2.0 and Horizon 13, it’s refreshing to see a commuter scooter that lets you put the pedal to the metal with decent speedy results. In real terms, the City can hit 15 mph in 4.1 seconds, which is pretty impressive.
As with all electric scooters that go faster than 15 mph, it’s key that their structural build is strong enough to remain secure whilst traveling at speed. The City does this incredibly well.
Featuring a roomy deck and strong frame, Apollo has made sure that riders can have confidence in their scooter from the word go. There’s no unnerving rattling and the motor is almost silent. It instantly feels like this scooter knows exactly what it’s doing, and it does it well.
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when I saw that the Apollo City only features one air-filled tire, the rear one being solid rubber. This is because traditionally, solid tires perform poorly when ridden on anything other than smooth tarmac. After all, they can’t provide the same cushioning and shock absorption as their air-filled counterparts. It can make for a very uncomfortable ride. Luckily, the front tire is aided by a great suspension system which includes dual spring suspension in the front and single spring suspension in the back. Together they work to protect your hips and back from any jarring shocks when crossing potholes, delivering impressive damping.
Apollo clearly likes to do things in threes because, in addition to their tri-suspension system, they’ve also fitted the City with a trio of brakes: a rear drum brake, front disc brake, and regenerative electric brake. As a result, you can always guarantee a controlled stopping experience, equating to a braking distance of 3 meters at full speed.
So far, Apollo has done quite a lot to convince me that it could deserve the title of ‘Ultimate City Commuter’ but there’s one very important thing I haven’t touched on: battery and range.
Once again, this scooter doesn’t let me down. It features 48V high-efficiency Dynavolt battery cells, which are most commonly found in electric motorbike batteries. As a result, this scooter offers 28 miles on a single charge which is more than both the Horizon 13 and the Evolv Tour 2.0.
Plus, you have two charging options available. A standard charger will reach full battery in an already impressive 4-5 hours but the fast charger reduces this down to a mere 2-3 hours. Just imagine, that’s just over the same amount of time it takes to enjoy a leisurely coffee and catch up with your friends.
It also comes with a multi-functional LED display for monitoring all of your riding stats and has several configurable settings like whether or not the scooter functions as a kick-and-go or has instant acceleration.
That’s not to mention its full suite of strong LED lights for bright illumination in the dark and its IP54 waterproof rating for those times when the weather might catch you off guard.
Costing $999, the Apollo City is a strong contender in the commuter scooter category. It delivers on every aspect you need it to and has the weight of the Apollo name behind it. It’s designed to be a road scooter, but its impressive features also mean that it can handle flat off-road conditions if you wanted to try something new. This is not a scooter to overlook if you’re after an option with added versatility and proven quality.
If you’ve got a morning commute that mostly consists of inner-city streets and busy roads, you’re going to want something that’ll match that urban vibe: enter the Evolv Tour 2.0. Its modern design makes it the perfect city scooter but does it have the substance to back up its style?
Taking a look at the basic stats, it’s clear to see that this scooter, from Vancouver-based brand Evolv, can hold its own against favorites like the Apollo City and Horizon 13. Its 600W motor allows the Tour 2.0 to reach 25 mph. Why is this such an ideal speed for commuting? It means that the Tour is comfortable in the bike lane as well as keeping up with slow city traffic.
Having a high top speed is great and all, but a commuter scooter isn’t worth its salt if it can’t cope with the miles between you and your destination. Luckily, the Evolv Tour’s maximum range of 25 miles is more than enough for most commuters. At 6.5 hours, its recharge time is longer than that of the Apollo City but short enough that you could top up your battery whilst at work (providing you plug it in as soon as you get to the office).
What’s more, is that this scooter’s power comes from a highly efficient LG battery pack. In case you didn’t know, that’s one of the best quality batteries out there. It’s an addition that separates the Tour 2.0 from others in its class.
The folded dimensions of the Tour 2.0 makes it one of the most compact on the market. It has a weight of 39 lbs which is one of the heaviest on this list, but its simple folding mechanism, collapsible stem, and foldable handlebars reduce it down to 43.3” x 7.5” x 13.3”. It’s small enough to take onto public transport, sling in the trunk of your car, or stow under your desk for maximum versatility.
Here’s a closer look of the handlebars:
The Evolv Tour 2.0 can deliver power and portability, but what about comfort? Luckily, the Evolv Tour comes with two pneumatic tires alongside front and rear spring suspension. Not only do air-filled tires provide great shock absorption on bumpy terrain but they perform much better in wet weather. This combined with its IP54 waterproof rating sets it up as a good option for the inevitable swings in commuter weather conditions.
Even the brakes have been selected to perform well come rain or shine. The Tour 2.0 features dual drum brakes which, although considered older brake tech by many, are second to none when it comes to durability and low-maintenance. They’re also more resistant to water and dirt damage, helping to extend the life of your scooter and keeping you on the road for longer.
Although it’s clear the Evolv Tour 2.0 can deliver, it comes at a price. This scooter will set you back $1,120, which is more than you’d pay for other scooters with similar specs. There’s no questioning the quality of the build or materials used, but in my opinion, there are other options out there like the Horizon 13 or Apollo City that won’t hurt your bank balance quite so much.
However, if you have the budget to spend, the Evolv Tour 2.0 is a great option. Available in a single color combination of black, silver, and grey, with a cool city-scape design printed on the foot deck, it channels that pared-back design commuter scooters are known for. Its power, portability, and range tick all the boxes you need, however, as I mentioned, it is expensive. A good scooter it might be, but better value for money can be found elsewhere.
Looking for a speedy scooter that can deliver on performance but isn’t going to break the bank? Take a look at the Horizon 13 from Miami-based FluidFreeRide. This scooter has everything you could want without the premium price.
Although it’s got a smaller motor than both the Apollo City and the Evolv Tour 2.0, the Horizon 13’s 500W motor still has more than enough power to match the 25 mph top speed of its competitors. The scooter’s torque is strong enough to push you up 15% inclines so you can ride it to work and save on the sweaty hill hikes.
It is worth bearing in mind that although the Horizon has the power to deal with most slopes, the steeper ones could prove challenging and you might find yourself needing to give it a little kick of encouragement.
The Horizon is the heaviest scooter on this list, weighing in at 42 lbs, but when folded is also one of the most compact thanks to the easy folding mechanism and foldable handlebars. With dimensions of 38” x 7” x 14”, it’s easier to grip and maneuver, especially when navigating busy subways or climbing stairs. Just bear in mind that it does have a little extra weight to it than other options, although you could buy the optional trolley wheels and carry handles to help out.
Similarly to the Apollo City and Evolv Tour 2.0, the Horizon 13 has a decent range of 25 miles, which makes it ideal for medium to longer commutes. Of course, not everyone needs as much mileage as this, which is why the Horizon comes with two battery options: the 13 and the 10.4. The 10.4 has a shorter maximum range of 20 miles, is lighter by 2 lbs, and has a cheaper price of $729. Despite this, I would recommend paying the extra $70 for the 13. At the very least, you won’t need to charge your scooter as often, keeping the battery stronger for longer.
Both the 10.4 and the 13 come with the same 8” solid rear and 8.5” air-filled front tire. Although nice and big, this combination has the same issues as seen with the Apollo City: it can’t deal with uneven terrain as easily as dual pneumatics can. This being said, the Horizon does come with full suspension. The front spring and rear hydraulic go a long way to protect against bumps and cracks underfoot. Don’t expect it to be able to breeze over larger potholes though — these will still cause a problem.
In terms of safety, the Horizon features a single drum and electronic brake on the rear wheel. This can be problematic because the solid rear wheel doesn’t have as much grip as the front tire but it still gives enough stopping power at 25 mph. It’s surprisingly responsive.
In addition to this, the Horizon comes with an impressive set of lights including 3 front lights and 2 rear ones, which are perfect for illuminating both you and the road when riding in the dark. You can control these from the LED display which also allows complete visibility over your speed, distance traveled, and battery level.
Here’s a close up of the LED display:
At $799, the Horizon 13 has a much lower price tag than its Apollo and EVOLV counterparts, but in fact, it’s a different kind of animal. The speed and range on offer, plus the peppy acceleration and full suspension put it a step above other scooters at the price bracket. Its one weakness lies in its slightly heavier weight but this isn’t enough to distract from its many strengths.
Long-Range Commuter Scooters
Let’s set the scene. Your commute is longer than average, you don’t have a car, and you’re sick and tired of jumping on crowded public transport. You want to feel the wind in your hair and the air on your skin every morning. Let me introduce the Ninebot Max. With plenty of mod-cons and miles to spare, the Max could be the perfect match for you, and all at a pretty affordable price.
Aesthetically, the Max is a smart scooter. The seamless black paint job and chunky tires give it an edgy vibe that’s perfect for an urban setting. It feels like a serious scooter, but does its performance live up to its good looks?
Well let me reassure you, it nails the range requirement. The 551W high-efficiency battery means that the Max can keep going for up to 40.4 miles on a single charge. This makes it ideal for longer commutes. It is worth noting that if you put your foot on the gas (thumb on the throttle) and ride the Max like a speed fiend, then you will inevitably get less than 40.4 miles. You can expect a realistic range of around 30 miles.
Running low on juice? No problem – the Max comes with an inbuilt charger so you can recharge on the go. What’s even better is that it only takes a fairly rapid 6 hours to reach full battery.
Don’t need quite so many miles? No worries – take a look at the Ninebot ES4. The Max’s younger brother has similar specs but a slightly shorter range (28 miles) which cuts the price down too.
The Max’s speed performance is respectable, but not the best. The single 350W brushless motor needs a kick to get going which prevents truly rapid acceleration. When it does reach top speed, you’ll only be able to hit a maximum of 18.6 mph. Don’t get me wrong, on an electric scooter this is by no means slow, and you’ll enjoy riding it, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie eager for speed then your best off going for a performance scooter – some of which can reach up to 55 mph.
A major advantage of the single motor is that it cuts down on extra lbs, bringing the Max’s overall weight to 41.4 lbs. Sure, for most of your commute you’re going to be riding the scooter but if you need to hop on the subway or your office block has stairs, you’ll have to carry it around a fair bit too.
The Max is at the top end of what I’d consider truly portable thanks to the chunky frame and large wheels. However, with its quick and secure folding mechanism, you can collapse the scooter in a mere 3 seconds, making it more manageable.
So other than beefing up its overall weight, what are the benefits of having such large tires? Well, I’m glad you asked. Simply put, the larger the tire, the more cushioning it provides against road imperfections and the more comfortable your ride will be.
There are other factors to consider, for example, whether your tires are solid or air-filled (spoiler: air-filled are much better), but this is the basic bonus of a chunky wheel. Luckily, the Max has you covered here, featuring 10” pneumatic tires which provide reasonable damping on rougher terrain, despite the lack of an inbuilt suspension system.
Remember when I mentioned that the Ninebot Max comes with some nifty mod-cons? Well, this is a big one: the Max has self-healing tires. That’s right, you heard me. This means that they come prefilled with tire slime to help deal with any nicks or punctures up to 6mm, avoiding instant deflation. This is perfect for someone with a longer commute because your tires are going to be exposed to various road types for long periods. This extra layer of protection helps to keep your scooter in tip-top shape on the way to your destination.
Sounds cool, right? That’s not all.
The Ninebot Max is one of the few scooters on the market that comes with a handy Bluetooth app. Connect to your phone via the sleek, centrally-positioned LED instrument panel to access all of your ride data in one place. You can also use the app to set your cruise control, as well as choose between 3 available riding modes: eco, standard, and sports. Each setting has a different speed boundary so you can choose the one that matches your mood or environment.
The innovative features on offer give the Ninebot Max a real premium feel. The top speed is slower than I’d like, but if this isn’t one of your top priorities, the range on offer alongside the added mod-cons makes this an ideal choice if you like your gadgets full of cutting edge tech.
If you thought the Ninebot Max was great value, there’s a good chance you might lose your mind once you start reading about the Turboant X7 Pro. One of the best budget scooters out there, the X7 has lots of features I like to see on a commuter scooter. In this case, basic isn’t boring.
There’s so much good stuff going on with the X7 Pro that I barely know where to begin. Speed is as good a place as any, not least because it trounces the Ninebot Max. At its fastest clip, the X7 Pro can propel you along at 20 mph. The durable 350W motor even puts out enough power to tackle inclines of up to 15-degrees. Usually, you would expect lower torque and acceleration standards as soon as a scooter is labeled as ‘budget’ but the X7 Pro defies expectation.
The Pro has the edge in terms of speed, but how does it do when we take a look at range? Thanks to the Pro’s detachable 10Ah battery, this scooter can deliver an astonishing 30 miles on a single charge. It’s not quite as high as the Max’s 40 miles but it sure isn’t far off. If you don’t need such a high range, take a look at the Turboant X7, which has a top mileage of 16 miles, costs just over $100 less, and weighs 3 lbs less.
The Pro only takes between 4 and 6 hours to fully recharge, so you can top up the power at your desk as you work. You also have the choice of charging the scooter unit as a whole or detaching the battery and charging it separately. This makes it more versatile for a range of different charging scenarios.
It’s not just the Turboant’s price tag that weighs less than you’d expect. 6 lbs less than the Ninebot Max, the X7 Pro comes in at 33 lbs, putting it way under the 40 lb limit. It’s light enough for almost all riders to handle and is easy to pick up and carry thanks to its sturdy and secure folding mechanism. Getting on the subway? No problem. Got five flights of stairs to tackle? Don’t sweat it. Portability is one of the Turboant’s many strengths.
However, it is worth noting that if you have small hands, it can be quite difficult to get a good grip on the handlebar stem (once locked into the folding mechanism) because of how beefy it is.
Cheaper doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort either. The X7 comes with 10” pneumatic tires, which provide a good level of damping when riding on rougher tarmac. This is important because the Pro doesn’t come with inbuilt suspension, leaving you more vulnerable to unforgiving hits.
So far, the Turboant X7 Pro beats the Max in terms of value for money, but don’t get me wrong, it can’t quite match up to the Ninebot’s technological edge. It features a simple led display panel without any of the frills or fancies, but it does exactly what you need it to, tracking your speed and battery (which is sufficient for most people). That said, the Pro comes with the 3 riding modes you see on many electric scooters, giving you increased control over your speed as well as a bell to warn other riders of your presence.
Plus, you can activate cruise control by simply holding your thumb down steadily on the throttle. Once you’re gliding at a constant speed, the scooter will beep as it turns cruise control on. Turning it off is simple too, just press on the accelerator or pull the brakes. It’s very easy to use – although while riding the previous model, the Turboant X7, it did take me by surprise as I had no idea this feature was even included.
Overall, the Turboant X7 Pro has been designed with comfort, safety, and style in mind. From the IPX4 waterproof rating and wide anti-slip foot deck to the triple brake system and front and rear headlights, the Pro feels more expensive than it is. So how much will it set you back?
Brace yourself… you can get all of this for just $499.98. Don’t worry, my jaw hit the floor too, especially knowing that it mirrors many of the Ninebot Max’s stats, but for $350 less. An excellent commuter choice that doesn’t compromise on quality in favor of a cheap price tag.
Lightest & Most Portable Commuter Scooters
There are electric scooters. And then there are really cool, cutting-edge, top-of-the-line scooters. The Unagi Model One falls into this second category. How would you like to own a machine that’s been dubbed the iPhone or Tesla of the scooter world? Because this is it.
The two things that set the Model One apart are its stylish, premium aesthetic, and its lightweight, ultra-portable frame. This scooter is as luxurious as they come, demonstrated by the fact its frame is made out of Toray carbon fiber. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s the same material Elon Musk uses in his Space-X rockets. Did your jaw just hit the floor? I wouldn’t blame you if it did but hold onto your seat because there’s more to come.
In addition to being extremely durable, the frame’s carbon fiber is well-known for being one of the most lightweight materials out there. Plus, the aluminum alloy used in the handlebars is 33% lighter than the normal stuff they use. It’s no surprise that the Model One only weighs a tiny 23 lbs, making it the lightest scooter on this list.
It’s worth mentioning that the Model One comes in two options, the Single and the Dual. The Dual weighs in a little heavier than the single at 26.5 lbs. Even with the extra lbs, it’s still one of the lightest scooters out there.
If that isn’t enough to meet the portability requirement, then the scooter’s folded dimensions of 37.8” x 16.54” x 14.96” should be. Its compact size makes it incredibly easy to integrate into a commute that involves public transport. If you work in an office with limited space, the sleek Model One can fit into even the smallest of storage areas.
Premium doesn’t have to mean complicated, either. Unagi claims that the Model One has the world’s first one-click folding scooter. What does this mean? Well, with a single press of a button the patented hinge system collapses the scooter faster than you can blink. If you often find yourself rushing on and off trains and subways, or between different modes of transport, the Model One will easily be able to keep pace with you.
However, one area that I think the Unagi could be improved is to feature foldable handlebars. The addition of being able to fold the handlebars down parallel to the handlebar stem would crown the Unagi as the king of portability (and that’s saying a lot – I’ve reviewed 60+ scooters).
It might be made from the same stuff as spaceships, but it also feels like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The slick integrated control panel looks more like an extraterrestrial dashboard and matches the futuristic aesthetic of the scooter as a whole. But it’s not all about beauty. The LED display allows you to choose between 3-speed settings, access your lights and horn as well as giving visibility over all of your riding stats. Plus, that sleek paint job doubles as an extra layer of protection against everyday abrasion. The Model One truly is a multi-faceted scooter.
On paper, the Model One features solid tires, which aren’t my first choice due to the fact they don’t offer as much protection as pneumatics. Luckily, the Model One’s tires are a bit different from your run-of-the-mill wheels. This is because they contain air pockets throughout the circumference of the tire. This is designed to cushion your ride and make up for the lack of suspension.
Are they successful?
Well, partly. I’d still choose suspension and air-filled tires any day but they do a good job of protecting against bumps and cracks in the pavement. However, don’t expect them to deal with major pockmarked roads or serious imperfections.
As I mentioned above, the Model One comes in two versions: the Single or Dual. The main difference between the two (aside from the added weight and price increase of $150) is that the Dual comes with a second motor, boosting the power from 250W to 500W. Both have a top speed of around 15.5 mph (sometimes you can max out at 17 mph), however, the Dual motor has more to offer in terms of quicker acceleration and boosted torque. The Single can easily deal with hills up to 6 degrees but the Dual can breeze up over double that, conquering 15-degree inclines without breaking a sweat.
Both versions of the Model One offer a somewhat underwhelming 15.5 mile range. It’ll do the trick for those of you with medium commutes and with a recharge time of 3-4 hours you can easily top up the battery whilst you work, just in time for the return journey. However, if you like a more thrilling ride or you need something with a longer range, consider the Apollo City or Horizon 13, both of which offer a bit more at a similar price.
Let’s get one thing straight. The Unagi Model One has been designed as a premium scooter, from the tips of its handlebars to the bottom of its wheels. This is the main thing that justifies the $840 price you’ll pay for the Single version, despite it’s slower speed and shorter range. This being said, if you’re the kind of person who likes to have the latest gadgets and top-of-the-range tech, the Model One is a scooter you’ll be itching to add to your collection.
When picking a commuter scooter, you want something reliable, right? There’s no point buying something that’s going to give up the ghost and fall to pieces a couple of months later. Well, when it comes to reliability, you can’t go wrong with INOKIM. And if you’re looking for something reliable and portable, well, the INOKIM Light 2 is a pretty good bet.
What makes this such a great commuter option? Well, the name says it all: it’s light. Okay, so at 30 lbs, it’s not quite as light as the likes of the Unagi Model One, but it is the most compact scooter on this list. It collapses quickly and easily, and with folded dimensions of just 37.4” x 9.8” x 14.2”, making it the most compact on the entire market.
What makes it even smaller is the fact that the handlebars fold inwards too, thanks to a handy screw mechanism (twisting of the handles). You can say goodbye to trying to fit your scooter into awkward storage spots or trying to navigate the protruding grips between crowds on a busy commuter train. With the INOKIM Light 2, its streamlined shape means this isn’t a problem.
So what makes the Light 2 such a great commuter scooter apart from its compact size and portability factor? Well, quite a bit actually.
Firstly, this scooter might be light in weight but it’s certainly not light in speed or power. Instead, the 350W motor offers zippy acceleration to get you up to a top speed of 21 mph, which is more than the Model One can offer. It’s a great speed for commuters that like to stick mostly to the bike lane or slower inner-city roads.
The Light 2 likes to offer a little bit of everything in healthy moderation. Its top range of 20 miles, for instance. I’ve seen lots of scooters that can offer a higher mileage, and I’ve seen lots that offer much less. The Light 2 sits right in the middle, giving riders the perfect compromise between the two. Plus, with a charging time of 4-5 hours, you won’t need to wait long to hit the road again when your battery does run low.
One thing the Light 2 doesn’t compromise on is quality. The battery pack contains LG cells which, as you probably know by now, are the very best on the market. INOKIM is all about delivering exceptional standards across all their scooters, which is what sets them apart as one of the most reliable brands out there. If you want something to last, let me assure you, INOKIM scooters are a fantastic investment.
And at $1,199, it certainly is an investment. The price tag is a bit higher than the likes of the Model One, but for a good reason. Remember that quality I was talking about? Well, choosing something like the Light 2 could save you a good few bucks in the future. You won’t need to waste your hard-earned wages on costly repairs or a new scooter entirely.
This is also down to the overall scooter build. Unlike other scooters, the INOKIM Light 2’s parts haven’t been constructed as separate components and then bolted together. Instead, the whole thing is a result of CNC manufacturing, which means it’s made all in one go, guaranteeing a higher level of precision and a more structurally sound frame because there aren’t any welds. No welds mean no opportunities for weaknesses to emerge. Overall, the scooter is sturdy and will easily stand the test of time.
It also means a more comfortable ride for you without any rattling or clanking. Plus the 8.5” air-filled tires deliver a soft riding sensation, doing a good job of absorbing minor shocks. This is important because the Light 2 doesn’t come with any suspension beyond the cushioning in its wheels so it’s best to stick to smooth asphalt. If you’re looking for something to take off-road on the weekends, this isn’t the scooter for you. I’d recommend looking at something like the Widewheel Pro.
INOKIM value rider safety and my favorite feature on offer are the LED lights that automatically power on at nighttime to help keep you safe whilst you’re out and about. The dual drum brakes also give you great control over your stopping power and perform well in all weather conditions. Plus, they’re fairly low maintenance too.
Available in a variety of colors, the INOKIM Light 2 is one of the most reliable commuter scooters out there. It’s designed for medium commutes at medium speeds and it excels in these categories, even if it is a bit pricey. There’s no doubt that this scooter will last a long time due to the quality of its manufacture and the materials used. If you think the Light 2 is right up your street, check out the seat attachment available at an additional price. It’ll make an already very versatile scooter even more so.
Seated Commuter Scooters
We’ve all had those days where getting out of bed is a monumental struggle and the morning commute doesn’t even bear thinking about. If this sounds like you on most mornings then a seated scooter could be just what you’re after. Not only does the Ninebot ES4 tick this box but plenty of others too.
First off, it’s one of the only scooters on this list that’s won a prestigious award. That’s right, the ES4 is the proud winner of the 2018 IF design awards, which is one mark of its top credentials. Impressive, huh? Of course, awards are great and all, but does it stand up to the hype in real life?
Let’s start with the important thing: the seat. The ES4 doesn’t come with this included. Rather, the seat attachment has to be purchased at an additional cost. In one way, this is an advantage because it adds to the ES4’s versatility but on the other hand, it’s not ideal having to shell out an extra $119.99.
However, the added seat is worth the price. it’s one of the best quality attachments out there. Featuring a reinforced seat post with inbuilt suspension and shock absorption balls underneath the high-elastic foam seat, it’s been built to deliver a thoroughly comfortable ride. The leather covering has also been specially treated to ensure it lasts for a long time.
The only downside here is that it’s not as fast or as easy to remove as other seat attachments due to the fact it must be secured with 4 screws. There’s no drilling involved but it can be a bit fiddly so it’s probably not something you’ll be able to do on the go. Instead, once you’ve secured it in the morning, it’ll have to stay all day. Luckily, the ES4 can be folded with the seat attached so its portability isn’t affected whichever riding style you opt for.
Looking at portability in general, the ES4 fits the brief quite nicely. Weighing just over 30 lbs, it strikes a good medium chord — it’s not the lightest on the block but it’s small enough for most people to manage easily. This, combined with its simple folding mechanism, makes it perfect for hopping on and off public transport.
The ES4 hits a good compromise when it comes to speed and range. The top speed is a bit lower than I’d personally like, getting up to 18.6 mph, however, it’s just right for commuting purposes where you might find yourself swapping between riding in the bike lane and weaving between pedestrians on the sidewalk. Besides, a lower speed doesn’t necessarily mean sluggish acceleration. The 300W motor has an output of 800W which gives it a great bite when you hit the throttle. It’s enough to get you up and over 15 degree inclines.
Plus, when it comes to this scooter, it’s the range that shines. The ES4 has two batteries — an internal and external one — to give it an impressive mileage of 28 miles on a single charge although this is more likely to be between 22-23 miles if you’re planning to ride at full speed nonstop. This is perfect for longer commuters and even better for those with shorter journeys who don’t want to have to charge their scooter every night.
When it does come to recharging, each battery takes 3.5 hours to recharge. Because the external battery is removable, if you’re short on time you can choose to ride with just one to minimize the amount of time you have to spend plugged in (but expect half the mileage, too)
It is worth noting that the ES4 can’t be folded with both the external battery and the seat attached. You can always just pop the extra battery in your backpack though, making the scooter more versatile without leaving yourself short on charge.
Sadly, the ES4 comes with 8.5” solid tires. You probably already know that this means this scooter isn’t suitable for riding on any sort of uneven surfaces due to the lack of cushioning providing by non-air-filled tires. The scooter does come with front and rear shock absorption which helps when riding over minor cracks or bumps, but it’s best to stick to smooth tarmac or sidewalks where the ES4 provides the best ride quality.
The ES4 comes with an electric brake and mechanical foot brake as well as bright front, rear, and customizable side-lights to keep you safe in all riding conditions.
It also boasts protection against your battery overheating or short-circuiting to keep your scooter going for longer. Manage all of this from the handy app which connects via Bluetooth to your LED display where you can keep an eye on your speed and battery stats.
For just $799.99, I’d call this scooter a bargain. It’s not the fastest, but the added seat, long-range, and premium features make it an awesome city scooter. Not to mention it looks pretty sleek too and the cool, black exterior will match any urban vibe.
Segway isn’t the only brand out there that has dibs on the seated scooter market. Long-time favorite INOKIM also has its version in the form of the Quick 3 to help sweeten the early morning rush and help you relax and wind down as you travel home, even if it is more expensive than its competitors.
Before we start looking at price, let’s see what the Inokim Quick 3 has to offer as a full package, starting with its seat. Similarly to the ES4, the seat comes as an additional attachment that must be purchased separately to the scooter. It is more expensive than the Ninebot addition, retailing at $159. As I’ve already mentioned, the Quick 3 is a bit pricier, so it’s worth considering whether you’re prepared for this extra cost.
The seat itself has been built to maximize rider comfort and features padding and extra rear suspension. Not to mention it has one of the easiest attachment mechanisms out there. Quick-release clamps mean you can set it up on the go, making it easy to switch between standing and seated. Sadly, the Quick 3 can’t be folded with the seat attached so if you need to get on and off public transport, you won’t be able to collapse the scooter to do so.
This isn’t the only thing that could impact portability. At 36.4 lbs, the Quick 3 is 6 lbs heavier than the ES4. This isn’t a deal-breaker and it still falls under the 40 lbs limit, but it’s just not as light as other options. If you’re smaller or would rather save your back the extra strain, opt for the lighter ES4 option.
Despite this, the two scooters are quite similar when you boil it down to their speed and range. The Quick 3 is marginally faster at 19 mph thanks to its larger 450W motor, but not by much. Having said that, it does result in slightly snappier acceleration, higher torque, and more ambitious hill-climbing abilities than you’ll see on the ES4. This makes the Quick 3 a more dynamic and versatile city scooter, able to adapt quickly to different environments.
It also has great range, promising a max 28 miles on a single charge, although as with most scooters, in real terms you’re likely to see a little less than this (around 24 miles). The impressive mileage is down to the fact that INOKIM hasn’t skimped when it comes to battery choice, opting for a top-class, highly efficient LG pack that’ll keep your scooter out on the road for years to come. Because of this, the recharge time is pretty decent as well, averaging around 7 hours.
One thing I really like about this scooter is that, unlike the ES4, it comes with pneumatic tires. As I’ve mentioned before, these offer superior shock absorption and increased traction in wet weather. They are more vulnerable to flats, but in my opinion, the trade-off is worth it. It’s especially important on a scooter like this that doesn’t come with any suspension. This means that the Quick 3 should definitely be used as a road scooter. The wheels can cushion against minor surface nasties but they won’t mix well with heavily scarred terrain.
If you do need to slow down to steer around big potholes, the combined strength of the front v-brakes and rear disc brakes gives you great control over your movements and speed. Plus, the front and rear lights do a decent job of illuminating the road in front of you so you don’t meet any rocky surprises, but I’d suggest buying a stronger light for frequent nighttime rides.
Unlike previous Quick models, the Quick 3 comes with an all-new smartphone app where you can keep an eye on your ride stats and customize your speed settings and cruise control. The standard LED display gives you visibility during your ride, but it’s always handy to have your ride history stored in one place. Premium features like this are part of the reason why the Quick 3 costs a bit more than others in this bracket.
And how much does this scooter cost exactly? It’ll set you back a grand total of $1,299. Sure, there are cheaper models out there, but they struggle to match the speed, range, and portability on offer.
Of course, there are some things a price tag like this will guarantee and one of those is quality. It’s no secret that INOKIM scooters are well-known for their reliability and longevity. The weight of the INOKIM name is a heavy one and if you do opt to pay the higher price, you can rest assured you’ve made an investment that will last for many years to come.
Cheapest Commuter Scooters
What if I told you that you could get a scooter that near-enough matches the Ninebot ES4, but for under $360? Don’t worry, I’d have trouble believing me too, but it’s true! Take a look at the GoTrax XR Elite, the best budget commuter scooter.
The XR Elite features a 300W motor which is exactly the same size as the ES4’s, so you should know already that it’s got some decent power behind it, despite the small price tag. Its top speed is a little lower, sitting at 15.5 mph, but there’s only 3 mph difference. In my opinion, 15.5 mph is just about right for inner-city commuting, especially if you are looking for an entry-level scooter (for more experienced riders, it won’t be fast enough). Although it’s not the fastest scooter, safety is still a major concern while commuting on an electric scooter, so you’ll be glad to know that the disc brake and anti-lock electrical brake can bring you to a sharp stop if you need to.
Seeing as how it features the same size motor, it’s also no surprise that, like the Ninebot ES4, the XR Elite also has a hill-climbing capacity of up to 15-degrees which is great to see on a scooter at this price point. It doesn’t quite charge up slopes with the same ferocity as other, more expensive models so I wouldn’t recommend trying to blast up anything too steep, but the majority of hills won’t give you a problem.
It’s just as portable as the ES4 too. Weighing in at 31.8 lbs, it’s light enough to pick up and carry without breaking too much of a sweat. Need to hop on a train or bus? No problem – the XR Elite features a super-simple one-step folding mechanism that’ll have the scooter collapsed and stowed away in mere seconds. It’ll fit snugly underneath your desk at work too, which is a bonus for commuters.
Sounds great so far, doesn’t it?
Okay, so you probably know that at a cheap price, there have got to be some compromises somewhere, and you’d be right. The biggest difference you’ll see between the XR Elite and pricier models like ES4 is in the mileage. The Elite has a top range of 18 miles, although, in the real world, you’re likely to hit closer to 15 miles in one charge. It’s not quite as high as others, but it’s still a respectable range, making the XR Elite, by far, the best cheap electric scooter for commuting.
If you do need more miles on the clock, luckily the Elite only takes 3-4 hours to recharge, so you could plug in whilst you work, ready with a fresh battery for the journey home. Plus, this scooter comes with an inbuilt battery management system that protects against overheating and short-circuiting amongst other things. It’s rare to see something like this on a budget scooter and it’ll increase your XR’s lifespan considerably.
One thing that I’m always excited to see, and especially on a scooter under $400, are air-filled tires. These 8.5” babies are a fantastic addition to the XR, adding extra shock absorption and protection when riding over uneven surfaces. This is a big bonus considering this scooter doesn’t come with any suspension.
One disclaimer though: this scooter should be kept as a road scooter only. Air-filled tires are great and they do a good job of shock absorption, but without suspension, riding across really bumpy or rocky surfaces won’t be pleasant. Not only are you at an increased risk of getting a flat, but the harsher impact will make your legs, hips, and back hate you. Ouch!
I suppose you think it might be too much to ask for a fully-equipped LED display to go along with that jaw-dropping price tag?
Well, let me put your mind at ease. The XR Elite comes with a handlebar-integrated dashboard that gives you visibility over your speed and battery life. It also lets you set your cruise control. No, you didn’t hear me wrong. For under $400, you can bag a scooter with a cruise control setting so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Elite also comes with a front and rear light as well as 6 reflectors to provide illumination and make you visible to other riders. Although both lights are bright, as always, I’d recommend purchasing an additional light just to be on the safe side.
The GoTrax XR Elite has been designed with one purpose in mind: get commuters where they want to go without compromising on comfort or making them pay top dollar for it. I think they’ve done a pretty stellar job of nailing the brief.
On paper, the GoTrax Ultra looks very similar to its older brother due to similar speed stats and extra features. However, there are a few differences that set them apart. I wouldn’t recommend overlooking the Ultra because it might be those small details that make it the ideal scooter for you.
Let’s start with the similarities first. Like the XR, the 300W motor allows you to reach an ideal commuter top-speed of 15.5 mph. The same dual braking system of a rear disc brake and electronic brake deliver good overall control and allow you to stop smoothly when you need to. The motor also means that the Ultra has the same hill-climbing capacity as the Elite, although it performs better on the flat where it can really let loose.
The ride quality is just as good as that experienced on the Elite, thanks to similar 8.5” air-filled tires. These provide all the shock absorption you need when traveling on smooth tarmac or sidewalks but they can’t give the kind of protection necessary for dealing with serious pockmarks or rough roads. This is due to the lack of suspension, and trust me, your limbs will thank you if you make sure to stick to well-maintained surfaces.
So what’s different about the Ultra compared to the Elite?
One very important thing: the battery.
The GoTrax XR Ultra features an LG battery, which is one of the best on the market. Does this mean it has a longer range than the Elite? Actually, it has a smaller one (16 miles) and the recharge time of 3-4 hours is the same. So why is the Ultra’s battery better? Simply put, the quality of LG is far superior and that means it’ll last for longer, keeping you out on the road for many more years to come. If your commute is short and you don’t need the full 18 miles offered by the Elite, I’d urge you to consider the Ultra.
Another bonus of the Ultra is the fact that it only weighs 26.4 lbs, making it one of the lightest scooters on this list. The simple pull mechanism means you can fold it in seconds if you need to hop on public transport, integrating it seamlessly into your daily routine. With folded dimensions of 15” x 44” x 6”, you’ll also find that it’s the perfect size for tucking away whilst you’re at work and won’t get in your way.
Last time I checked, the Ultra was around $20 cheaper than the XR Elite, but it still delivers the same high-quality commuter experience. It ticks all the boxes and boasts superior battery quality and lighter weight than its older brother. It’s a great commuter scooter, especially given that the LG battery pack will keep it going for many rides to come. It’s a serious contender if you’re looking for a stellar entry-level option.
If you like the look of what the GoTrax Ultra and Elite have to offer but need to keep your budget under the $300 mark, then their cheaper sibling, the GoTrax GXL V2, could be a great commuter option for you. It offers much of the same quality you’ll see in all GoTrax scooters but at wallet-friendly $248. This is one of the best-selling entry-level electric scooters around the world and I’ve helped many people, like yourself, to choose the GXL 2.
Despite the lower price, there’s no clunky or heavy design when it comes to the V2. Instead, this scooter has a modern, smart aesthetic that’s perfect for city riding. In addition, with a weight of just 26.4 lbs, it doesn’t compromise on portability, either. The simple one-step folding mechanism and small folded dimensions of 15” x 44” x 6” make it ideal for carrying onto public transport and storing in your car, classroom, or under your desk at work.
Just because it’s small, doesn’t mean it isn’t mighty. Surprisingly, this scooter can match both the Ultra and the Elite when it comes to speed, the 250W allowing you to accelerate up to 15.5 mph. Plus, it even has enough power to tackle 14-degree inclines, although you might need to give it a little bit of help on some of those steeper slopes.
The inclusion of two riding modes also helps to moderate your speed. Opt for the 1st setting for a slower, more leisurely cruise, whilst the 2nd gear amps things up to reach top speed. Choosing to ride in the 1st gear will also go a long way to extending your battery life, so you can stay out on the road for longer.
Speaking of battery, what does the V2 offer? Well, the range on this scooter isn’t as long on other GoTrax models but is perfect for shorter commutes. The 36V battery can keep you out on the road for up to 12 miles on a single charge. With a short recharge time of 3-4 hours, you can guarantee a quick turnaround when you do run low on battery.
As with the GoTrax Ultra and Elite, the GXL V2 doesn’t let me down when it comes to its wheels. Equipped with 8.5” air-filled tires, the V2 delivers a smooth ride with added shock absorption and extra traction in wet weather to match its IP54 waterproof rating. It doesn’t come with suspension, so as with other models from GoTrax, it’s best to keep the V2 on smooth, flat surfaces.
The GXL V2 comes with the same dual-braking system featured on the Ultra. The rear disc brake and regenerative electric brake work together to deliver total control of the scooter. Pulling on the brake trigger will bring you to a smooth stop even when riding at 15 mph. It’s particularly impressive that a scooter at this price point has gone the extra mile to include two braking methods given that some expensive models can only manage one.
What about the added extras? You might not believe your ears but for just $269.99 you can nab yourself a scooter with cruise control. Set your speed, sit back, and enjoy the scenery around you. I have to admit, it’s a small thing but it ups the appeal of the V2.
Alongside this, you’re able to monitor your speed and battery life from the modern handlebar display. You can also operate the headlight from this central command center, to increase your visibility once the sun sets. Sadly, the V2 doesn’t come with a rear light, opting for a reflector panel instead, so make sure to purchase additional lighting if you’re going to be riding in the dark regularly.
For the price, this is a great beginner’s scooter and it’s perfect for someone with a shorter commute. Light, portable, and with enough power to get you where you need to go, it does exactly what it promises without breaking the bank.
Electric Commuter Scooter Buyer Guide
How to Choose the Best Electric Scooters for Commuting?
Now that you know which are the best electric scooters for commuting, it’s time to figure out which one is best for you.
When picking an electric scooter specifically for commuting from one place to another, there are several things that you’re going to want to keep in mind.
How much time do you need to allow yourself to get from one place to the next? If your only goal is cutting back on the time spent traversing your path, speed is the defining feature that you want to look for.
Fast scooters tend to have longer mileage per charge and are often referred to as performance scooters. As a result, of their top-of-the-line build quality, they tend to have higher price tags.
How far is your commute? If your commute is long, you’re going to need to get a long-range electric scooter.
3. Weight & Portability
Will you need to fold and carry your scooter? Are you going to be carrying it up stairs? Do you need to put it in the trunk of an Uber, or storing it out of the way in the office?
Weight and portability are two factors you want to pay attention to. No one wants to spend their day lugging around a 50 lbs electric scooter.
4. Charge Time
How often are you going to use your electric scooter?
If you plan on commuting frequently you’re going to want to avoid models that take 10-12 hours to charge. Instead, you’ll want to opt for a scooter that takes only a few hours to charge (3-6 hours).
Durability is often pushed aside and disregarded, but you want to opt for a scooter that is going to last the test of time.
I make sure I only review scooters that meet this criteria, so any from the list above will be sufficient.
A commuter scooter is an electric scooter that has been designed for adults, to make commuting as easy and as enjoyable as possible. Commuter scooters tend to be light and more portable so they can easily fit into a daily routine. They’re built primarily for road use.
Well, I might be biased, but in my opinion, absolutely. They’re a great way to save money on expensive public transport and they give you the flexibility to go where you want when you want.
Plus, they’re a better alternative for the planet. They’re light, they fold down easily, they’re faster than walking… I could go on but you catch my drift. There are loads of advantages to using them. Having said that, there are some limitations.
For example, if you have a very long commute, you’re going to need to buy a scooter with a ton of mileage. The increased range can mean a bigger price tag. Ultimately, whether it’s a good choice for you is down to your commute and the scooter you’ll need to match it.
That depends on how fast you’re riding your scooter.
If you’re riding at 15 mph, it would take you 4 minutes to go 1 mile, whereas if you’re traveling at 28 mph, then you’re looking at just over 2 minutes.
Commuter scooters come with a variety of ranges stretching from 12 to 40 miles, some more expensive, performance models can even reach up to 90 miles.
How far you can ride them depends on your riding style. Riding more aggressively will cause the battery to deplete faster because the motor is working harder. Usually, you’ll find that in real life, scooters will average 10-15% less than what is advertised as a result of riding conditions.
Yes. All of the scooters reviewed in this list are built and designed by reputable brands with some known globally for their products.
All electric scooters featured come equipped with a braking system, alongside a multitude of other safety features such as built-in LED headlights that make it safer to travel at night
It is important that you wear protective safety gear while riding electric scooters, including: a helmet, pads, and gloves.
Electric commuter scooters come with a wide and varied price tag depending on their performance and features.
At the cheapest end of the scale, you can pick up a commuter scooter for around $270.
But, if you want to go all out and get a top of the line model, (i.e. something that’s fast, goes far, and provide premium ride quality), you’re going to be spending around $1,300.
See my Complete Guide on Electric Scooter Costs to understand how much you can expect to pay.
The simple answer? A lot.
One of the biggest perks to purchasing an electric commuter scooter is that they’re going to save you a lot of commute money. Sure, you’ll need to pay the initial purchase price of the electric scooter, but it is well worth it.
Let me put it into perspective for you.
Say you decide to opt for a scooter that can travel for 12 miles and takes 4 hour charge.
The average price people in the U.S. pay for electricity is about $0.12 per kilowatt-hour.
4 hours x $0.12 = $0.48 to travel 12 miles on your electric scooter.
Now, let’s see how much it would cost to travel by car.
The average price of gas per gallon in the U.S.A is $2.54 and the average miles per gallon is 24.7.
$2.54 per gallon of gas / 24.7 miles per gallon = $0.1 per mile traveled by car
$0.1 per mile * 12 miles = $1.2 to travel 12 miles by car.
It is 60% cheaper to travel on an electric commuter scooter than by car.
If you are planning on using your scooter to commute regularly, you could save a considerable amount of money.