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I Put 32 Electric Commuter Scooters to the Test, Here Are My 9 Top Picks

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters For Commuting

To find the 9 best electric scooters for commuting, I put 32 models to the test and assessed each across the criteria of speed, range, charge time, comfort, maneuverability, weight, portability, IP rating, durability, and safety.

The models that performed highly across all areas were selected. This also took into account performance relative to price.

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

Budget

Top picks that are on the lowest end of the price scale, but maintain as many key features as possible.

Turboant M10 Lite
Under $500
Turboant M10 Lite
Sale: $299.98 $399.98
Turboant X7 Max Frame
Under $600
Turboant X7 Max
Sale: $419.98 $599.98
SPLACH Turbo Frame
Under $700
SPLACH Turbo
Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Mid-Range

Top picks for those that want to ride faster, further, and with more comfort than budget models.

Horizon V2 Frame
Under $800
Horizon 10.4 V2
Sale: $719.00 $899.00
Side Profile of Mosquito Frame
Under $900
Mosquito
Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00
Apollo Air 2023 in Urban Environment
Under $1,000
Apollo Air 2023
Sale: $899.00 $999.00

Premium

Top picks that have the highest-levels of performance and are primed for commuting.

Apollo Go Unfolded
Under $1,250
Apollo Go
Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00
EMOVE Cruiser S Frame
Under $1,500
EMOVE Cruiser S
Sale: $1,399.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Apollo City Pro Frame
Under $1,750
Apollo City Pro
Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

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Fastest Electric Scooters

  • Budget: Turboant X7 Max – 32 miles (18 miles under real-world riding conditions)
  • Mid-Range: Apollo Air – 34 miles (23 miles under real-world riding conditions)
  • Premium: EMOVE Cruiser S – 62 miles (48 miles under real-world riding conditions)

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Big Wheel Electric Scooters

  • Budget: SPLACH Turbo – 45 lbs, a cantilevered folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and a telescopic stem
  • Mid-Range: Mosquito – 29 lbs, a cantilevered folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and a telescopic stem
  • Premium: Apollo Go –  46 lbs and a simple quick-release folding lever

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  • Budget: SPLACH Turbo – 14 degrees max, 9 degrees optimal
  • Mid-Range: Horizon – 15 degrees max, 9 degrees optimal
  • Premium: Apollo City Pro – 20 degrees max, 13 degrees optimal

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Best Under $500

Turboant M10 Lite

Sale: $299.98 $399.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Turboant M10 Lite Overview:

Turboant is a brand that knows its way around a commuter scooter. The brains behind the wildly popular X7 Pro, X7 Max, and M10 have built a reputation for making budget blockbusters guided by fan feedback. And they’ve been at it again with the new M10 Lite.

Taking everything I loved about its predecessor, Turboant has responded to customer demand for a cheaper version by releasing the Lite. Though gentler on performance, it brings subtle refinements to its design that arguably make it better.

Turboant M10 Lite Deck

For less than $400 the M10 Lite has raised the bar on what can be expected from an entry-level scooter. Durable yet finessed, this is a model that will leave workers across the country cherishing commutes like never before.

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Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:

Wave goodbye to those dreary rush-hour commutes, because with the M10 Lite under your feet, you’ll be gliding to the office like a horse galloping across an open meadow.

You see, the Lite hits the sweet spot between fun and welcoming. Its front-mounted 36V 350W motor delivers a zippy, yet welcoming acceleration to 15 mph in 7.8 seconds. Soon after, you'll reach its easy-to-control 16 mph top speed.

Turboant M10 Lite Front Wheel

But the M10 Lite has the stamina to match its pluck, too. The 36V 6.6Ah battery has a maximum range of 15.5 miles – or 10 miles if you’re going heavy on the throttle (based on my grueling tests).

And while Turboant claims that the Lite can scale 15-degree inclines, based on my tests it can only handle 7-degree slopes. This makes it well suited to gentle hills, but anything more challenging and you'll notice a rapid decline in speed.

Turboant M10 Lite Durable Chassis

Speed and range are all well and good, of course, but is the M10 Lite comfortable to ride? 

Sure, there’s no suspension (nor would I expect there to be at this price), but the 8.5-inch air-filled tires do an admirable job of absorbing shocks and vibrations from the road. So long as you stick to urban environments, you’ll find the ride satisfyingly cushioned, not to mention nimble.

Turboant M10 Lite Rear Tire and Taillight

Allied with its plush tires is a sense of control that radiates across the scooter. Everything about the M10 Lite has been designed to maximize your experience. From the surprisingly wide 19.7-inch handlebars; to the ergonomic thumb throttle, and lightweight (yet durable) aluminum frame.

Turboant M10 Lite Cockpit

All of these qualities combine to create a scooter that’s exceptionally maneuverable. Weaving in and out of traffic is to the Lite what water is to a duck. It’s more agile than the M10 – and all the better for it.

Talking about water, you can count on its IP54 rating to protect it against rain, while the long fenders prevent splashback, keeping your work attire clean.

Turboant M10 Lite Front Fender

And it’s not just its IP rating that distinguishes the M10 Lite as a hardy workhorse. The stem is wobble-free, the cable management is neat, and the frame is as tough as nails.

The deck is perhaps the only stumble when it comes to its design. Though grippy, it’s a little on the short side. There’s enough room when you factor in its width, but you may find yourself using the rear fender as a footrest on occasion.

Josh's Feet on the Turboant M10 Lite Deck

One area where the M10 Lite shines, though, is in its portability. Weighing just 30.9 lbs, it’s light enough to carry up a flight of stairs and onto public transport. And thanks to its simple three-step folding mechanism, it can be collapsed to fit under your desk or in the trunk of your car.

Josh Carrying the Turboant M10 Lite

Safety is also of paramount importance when you’re navigating sinewy city streets, and here’s another area where the M10 Lite trumps its esteemed predecessor. The brakes have been better calibrated this time around, which can be felt in their responsiveness. From a speed of 15 mph, the rear disc and front electronic brake brought me to a complete stop in just 2.9 meters, which is among the shortest stopping distance among all budget scooters.

Turboant M10 Lite Brake Lever

The lighting rig, meanwhile, is bright enough to keep you safe in well-lit areas at night, though I would recommend purchasing an extra headlight.

Turboant M10 Lite Lights

Perhaps one of the things that I love most about this scooter (and there’s a lot to love) is the USB port. You can charge your phone while you're on the go.

Turboant M10 Lite USB Charging Port

Above the USB port, you’ll find the LED display. Crucially, it’s anti-glare, which isn’t a quality that all scooters share. Clean and simple, it shows your key riding stats.

For such a low-cost commuter scooter, the M10 Lite is surprisingly practical and reliable, making it well worth its affordable price tag.

Turboant M10 Lite Sleek Frame

Further Information:

Turboant M10 Lite Review

Best Under $600

Turboant X7 Max

Sale: $419.98 $599.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Turboant X7 Max Overview:

Commuters all over the world rejoiced when the extremely popular Turboant X7 Pro, was updated to become the X7 Max. The Rolls Royce brand of budget scooters, Turboant, listened to customer feedback and delivered something that's darn near flawless.

Josh With Turboant X7 Max

Offering a 32-mile range, an updated drivetrain for enhanced power delivery, a significantly improved folding mechanism, and an altogether sleeker frame, the Max is everything its predecessor was and so much more.

But its supremacy extends beyond the Turboant line; no matter how hard you look, you won’t find anything better than the X7 Max on a $500 budget.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Chassis

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Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:

Wielding the same 36V 350W motor seen on the X7 Pro, the Max has a top speed of 20 mph. It’s fast enough to get you to work but slow enough to ensure that you can safely navigate traffic and pedestrians.

Thanks to its updated drivetrain hardware and software, it now has an acceleration rate that’s 5% faster than the X7 Pro, whilst also being 14% quicker off the mark than its close competitor, the GoTrax GMAX Ultra ($849).

Turboant X7 Max Motor

Often, as the range of a scooter increases, so too does its weight. Consequently, its portability decreases. In short, the lightest, most portable scooters don’t tend to offer much mileage.

Turboant X7 Max Folded

Fortunately, the X7 Max provides a couple of creative solutions. For starters, its improved power delivery increases the efficiency of its battery to extend its single-charge range to 32 miles (or 18 miles based on my tests).

Turboant X7 Max Battery Being Detached

While that’s excellent news, the real headline here is the stem-mounted, detachable battery. Not only does this make it much easier to charge, but it also gives you the option of purchasing a second battery and extending the potential range to an outstanding 64 miles. Although its predecessor also had this feature, the Max now has a lock to prevent thieves from stealing it.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Key Lock

Having the ability to increase your range is a useful feature, but it’s not the only thing that makes the X7 Max a great choice for commuting. Despite sporting a frame that's bigger than the X7 Pro – the handlebars are 2.5 inches taller and the frame is 2.7 inches longer – its aluminum-magnesium composition ensures that it remains light (34 lbs), compact, and easy to carry.

Turboant X7 Max Folded Frame

In addition, the folding mechanism has been improved, making it quicker to collapse and more secure when clipping the stem to the rear fender. If space is at a premium and you need to make the Max even smaller, you can unscrew the handlebars to reduce its width.

Turboant X7 Max Folding Mechanism

Elsewhere, the large, centrally mounted handlebar display keeps track of your speed and distance. The interface has been updated and it’s now a lot easier to read – even in direct sunlight. It also lets you select and view your current riding mode from three options – Eco, Comfort, and Sport. Each mode increases your speed.

Turboant X7 Max Display

Safety was also a priority when the Max was being designed. At the front, there's an electronic brake, and at the rear, a mechanical disc. Together, they produce a smooth stop. While testing the X7 Max's stopping distance, I saw a 40% improvement in braking performance thanks to the newly calibrated brake pads (3.0 meters from 15 mph, vs 5.0 meters).

Turboant X7 Max Disc Brake

The tires have also been improved. While they maintain their plush 10-inch profile, they now have thicker sidewalls to reduce the risk of pinch flats. They’re also grippy enough for wet weather, which is a nice addendum to the IPX4 water resistance rating.

Turboant X7 Max Tire Tread

Then there's the high-mounted headlight and taillight. Unlike the one on the X7 Pro, the taillight now protrudes from the newly strengthened rear fender. Yet, while it’s great to have these lights included, they’re simply not bright enough for use at night. You’ll need to purchase an additional clip-on headlight if you want to ride after dark.

Turboant X7 Max With Lights On at Night

But let’s not split hairs. The Turboant X7 Max is what you get when scooter manufacturers intently listen to their customers and act on feedback. This fantastic model has raised the bar for budget commuter models.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Frame

Best Under $700

SPLACH Turbo

Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

SPLACH Turbo Overview:

The original SPLACH Turbo sent scooter enthusiasts into overdrive upon its launch back in 2020. Fast forward to today, and it’s had a reboot, with the latest iteration bringing a handful of excellent updates and – get this – a cheaper price tag.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Channeling the spritely performance, low maintenance ruggedness, and sophisticated ride quality that made its predecessor such a hit, the SPLACH Turbo now comes equipped with an NFC card reader and turn signals.

The result is a scooter that has no glaring weaknesses. Nimble, portable, and heaps of fun to ride, it offers exceptional value for money that commuters across the country will find impossible to ignore.

Josh Jumping on the SPLACH Turbo

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Why I Recommend the SPLACH Turbo:

Thanks to the Turbo, a budget of $700 can buy you one heck of a scooter these days. Never before have I seen such a roster of features on a model so cheap.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis From Rear

Exhibit A: its springs and swingarms. Finding a scooter with a dual-pronged suspension setup in its price class was unheard of before SPLACH entered the equation. For commuters, this means a feathery smooth ride that reduces shocks and vibrations from the road to imperceptible murmurs.

SPLACH Turbo Front Tire

Ably supporting the suspension are the Turbo’s mix-and-match tires. At the front, you’ll find an air-filled variant that offers plenty of cushioning; meanwhile, the solid tire at the rear significantly reduces the likelihood of punctures. Comfort and resilience are assured.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Ride comfort is also amplified by the Turbo’s design. Measuring 24 inches across, the handlebars are the perfect width for optimal balance and handling, while the telescopic stem allows you to adjust their height. At their lowest setting, the deck-to-handlebar height measures 30.6 inches, and at its highest, it measures 40.3 inches. By my measurements, this makes the Turbo well-suited to riders both short and tall (up to 6’3”).

SPLACH Turbo Handlebars

Another couple of design attributes that aid the Turbo’s comfort and handling are its rake angle – the angle at which the stem is tilted back – and weight distribution. With the stem set at 10 degrees, it offers the perfect amount of stability, while keeping the ride nimble. Its well-balanced frame, meanwhile, ensures that everything from the handlebars and the stem to the deck and chassis feels aligned.

SPLACH Turbo Frame From Front

Combined with its zippy 48V 600W motor and 26 mph top speed (based on my tests), it ticks all the boxes required to set the standard for its price class.

SPLACH Turbo Riding Fast

Its acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 4.3 seconds is equally table-topping. The fact is that for a single-motor commuter scooter, the Turbo packs a punch.

It also ticks the mileage box with a 52V 10.4Ah battery. Under best-case riding conditions, SPLACH claims that it can keep the wheels rolling for a maximum of 22 miles. However, as per my grueling tests, I got 18 miles. This should suffice for most commutes, however, there’s no denying that its performance in this area pales in comparison to some of its rivals (i.e. the Turboant V8 with its 50-mile maximum range and 25-mile real-world range). Nevertheless, it's important to consider the Turbo’s chart-topping speed and acceleration, as well as its best-in-class ride quality.

Josh Riding the SPLACH Turbo

Now, aside from performance stats, any commuter scooter worth its weight in gold needs to have a strong portability game – and the Turbo’s is just that. Not only does its main cantilevered folding mechanism take just seconds to operate, but the handlebars also collapse to make it super compact. Add to this the retractable stem, and you’re left with a scooter that measures just 42.9 (L) x 7.9 (W) x 15.7 (H) inches when folded.

SPLACH Turbo Folded

Safety is another area of critical importance when assessing the merits of a commuter model. Again, the Turbo shines. Along with its sibling – the SPLACH Rangerit's the only scooter in the sub $700 class to have dual mechanical brakes. Together, they brought me to a responsive stop from 15 mph in just 2.4 meters. This far outstrips the 5.0-meter average of similar scooters.

SPLACH Turbo Drum Brake

The addition of the new turn signals is another big tick in the safety box. Accessible via buttons on the exceptionally tactile handgrips, they flash at the rear of the deck. However, there are gaps in Turbo’s lighting rig. Despite featuring a strip light down the stem, the scooter is void of a headlight, meaning you’ll need to invest in an extra clip-on one if you plan to ride at night.

SPLACH Turbo Lights

Yet despite this small blemish, the SPLACH Turbo successfully carves out its place in the saturated commuter scooter market. For its price, there’s no better model on the market.

SPLACH Turbo QS-S4 Display

Further Information:

SPLACH Turbo Review

Best Under $800

Horizon V2 (10.4Ah)

Sale: $719.00 $899.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Horizon Overview:

Got a little more budget to play with, and want the ride experience to match? Look no further, because things are about to ramp up a notch with the Horizon V2.

Josh Riding the Horizon V2

The best commuter scooter for under $800, this little whippet has dual suspension, a peak power output of 800W, and the portability credentials to put its rivals in the shade.

It may cost more than Turboant’s array of commuter stars, but mark my words: the extra outlay will feel like money well spent if power and comfort are key to your decision-making.

In the case of the Horizon, you don’t just get what you pay for – you get more.

Horizon V2 Frame

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Why I Recommend the Horizon:

Delivering everything that made the original Horizon so loved, the 10.4 V2 is an expertly designed model with superb build quality.

It’s powered by a 48V 500W motor and 10.4Ah battery, which is more than enough to make your commute seem like a thrill ride. Indeed, with a 23 mph top speed, an acceleration rate of 0 to 15 mph in 4.7 seconds, and a 23-mile range, this little missile offers commuters much more than you’d expect from its price tag.

Horizon V2 Sleek Chassis

When it comes to hills it can take on gradual inclines without any noticeable performance drop, but if you need to climb more intimidating slopes, you may want to opt for a scooter with more power like the Apollo City Pro.

But, let me be clear: on flat surfaces, it has real bite. Thankfully, it also comes with both a drum brake and an electronic regenerative brake. Together, these perform well and bring you to a reliable stop.

Horizon V2 Drum Brake

One of the first things you’ll notice upon taking to the road is the Horizon’s ride quality. This is all down to the front spring and dual rear shocks. These masquerade with the front air-filled tire to absorb shocks and cushion the ride.

Horizon V2 Front Spring

Before I received the Horizon I was a little worried that the rear solid tire would have a detrimental impact on shock absorption. However, it turned out to be a shrewd design choice. The suspension is more than capable of smoothing out the ride, while the solid tire maintains traction to handle the torque delivered by the rear-mounted motor. It also eliminates the risk of punctures.

Horizon V2 Rear Suspension

In addition to the suspension, the telescopic stem and generously sized deck are perfectly geared for comfort and stability. Whether you’re 6 ft tall or weigh 265 lbs, the Horizon is fit for all.

It’s also a case study in portability. Its compact size and relatively low weight mean that you’ll have no problem folding or carrying it. With the telescopic stem and foldable handlebars in play, it can go from spacious to compact in a few seconds. And if that wasn’t enough, a pre-installed carry handle allows you to lift it without folding it.

Horizon V2 Being Carried

In many ways, the Horizon V2 is almost identical to the original; however, when you look closely at the handlebars, you’ll notice a couple of interesting upgrades. First, the QS-S4 display has been replaced with a new waterproof unit. Secondly, the finger throttle has been replaced by a far superior thumb throttle.

Horizon V2 Handgrip

From the new display, you also have control over the low-mounted headlight and deck-embedded button LEDs. Yet, as nice as it is to have so many lights, you’ll need to buy an extra clip-on headlight to ensure that you can see where you’re going.

Horizon V2 Lights

But let’s not linger on the lights; with all things considered, the Horizon is an excellent scooter that performs surprisingly well. Its portability credentials, well-balanced performance profile, and smooth ride all add to its overall quality. Combined, they'll ensure that your commute becomes something that you look forward to.

Further Information:

Horizon V2 Review

Best Under $900

Mosquito

Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Mosquito Overview:

The first thing you should know about the Mosquito is that it’s my top choice for those seeking a portable electric scooter. Secondly, it’s the best commuter scooter for under $900. And thirdly, it was spawned by a collaboration between Fluid Free Ride and E-TWOW, two manufacturers with serious spurs in the commuter scooter arena.

Josh With the Mosquito

Sporting a 500W motor, 25 mph top speed, and an overall weight of just 29 lbs, the Mosquito is not just an exceptional commuter scooter, it also provides the best power-to-weight ratio that I’ve seen.

Whether you’re a new or experienced rider, you’ll find something to love about this groundbreaking ultra-portable superstar.

Mosquito Front Tire Tread

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Why I Recommend the Mosquito:

Want to look like Batman? With this matte-black beauty, you won’t have to hide under the cover of darkness to dominate a cityscape.

The Mosquito is a bewildering piece of engineering. It weighs about the same as a dachshund but carries the power of a mountain lion. This is what makes this scooter so special. Usually, with ultra-portable models, their defining quality comes at the cost of power. Not here. This model delivers both, rewriting the rule book in the process.

Mosquito Chassis

On a larger model, the 500W motor wouldn’t sound so impressive. But the Mosquito weighs just 29 lbs. It achieves its 25 mph top speed with ease and on some trips, you’ll find yourself flying along at 28 mph. You can expect to zip from 0 to 15 mph in 5.1 seconds, too.

And let’s not forget the Lithium-ion 48V 9.6Ah battery that delivers an excellent range of 22 miles (or 18 miles when ridden in its fastest setting).

Mosquito Charge Port Open

While these numbers are impressive, it’s the agility of the Mosquito that makes it such a joy to ride. Thanks to its outstanding suspension system – by far the best of any ultra-portable scooter – this model caresses urban surfaces, while its solid tires are custom-made for unpredictable city streets.

Mosquito Rear Spring

So, what’s all this fuss about portability? Well, the Mosquito has a telescopic stem and foldable handlebars, which, combined with its low weight, make it extremely easy to carry and store at work. The cantilevered folding mechanism is simple to master and only takes a few seconds to apply. Then, when you pick it up, there’s a comfortable carry handle on the stem. If you commute through a particularly busy area this is an excellent choice.

Mosquito Folded With Carry Handle

It's not just portability where the Mosquito shines, though. The braking system includes three parts: a rear drum brake; a regenerative brake; and a stomp brake. Unlike other scooters that combine mechanical and electronic braking systems, the drum brake on the Mosquito is operated via the brake lever on the right, and the electronic brake by the thumb paddle on the left. Having the option to use the regen brake independently means you can brake more efficiently since it recycles energy to prolong battery life.

Mosquito Regen Paddle

Once fully engaged, the brakes brought me to a stop from 15 mph in 4.8 meters. While some riders like to use the stomp brake, I recommend you don’t as it wears the tire down.

Mosquito Brake Lever

Adding to the Mosquito's finely-tuned blueprint is a bright and colorful display. Simple in its design, it shows you all the key information that you need during your ride, including speed, distance, battery life, and temperature. The screen is mostly easy to read, but the only drawback is that some of the data is displayed in smaller digits that can be hard to see at a glance.

Mosquito Display Showing Key Stats

Aside from the display, the well-positioned thumb throttle ensures convenient control over your speed, while the height-adjustable handlebars (two heights: 36-inches and 39-inches from the deck) and 265 lbs load capacity cater to riders of all shapes and sizes.

Mosquito Two-Step Stem Adjustment

There’s no denying that the Mosquito is the king of ultra-portability, but it’s also well equipped to serve riders that are in search of a compact scooter that packs a punch. It’s small, nippy, and incredibly exciting to ride, all while having enough extra features to keep even the most discerning rider interested.

Dramatic Shot of Mosquito Frame

Further Information:

Mosquito Review

Best Under $1,000

Apollo Air 2023

Sale: $899.00 $999.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Apollo Air Overview:

Improving on a model that's previously won one of my Electric Scooter Insider Awards is no easy task, but this is Apollo, a brand that never shies away from a challenge.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023

Having listened to customer feedback, it’s now launched the Air 2023, a scooter that achieves what I thought was impossible.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Real-World Range

It improves on the Air 2022 in several ways. A revamped cockpit, self-healing tires, new turn signals, a redesigned folding mechanism, and an IP66 water resistance rating have all been introduced to give commuters even more bang for their buck.

But, these upgrades are subtle enough to ensure it doesn’t upset what was already a glorious formula.

Apollo Air 2023 in Urban Environment

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Why I Recommend the Apollo Air:

The Air 2022 was a case study of a simple design made beautiful by a wash of inspired flourishes. 2023’s vintage doesn’t divert – and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Apollo Air 2023 Graphite Finish Frame

It still features the same sumptuous front fork suspension and lavish 10-inch tires, which together deliver a smooth road-worthy ride quality. This time, however, the tires are self-healing, meaning any worries about the specter of punctures have been consigned to history. This is wonderful news for commuters who have overbearing bosses to contend with.

Apollo Air 2023 Front Wheel in Motion

The frame, meanwhile, remains lightweight yet durable. It’s still coated in the anti-corrosive paint that made the Air 2022 indestructible, but it’s now IP66-rated. Few scooters offer such protection. For context, it can withstand high-pressure jets of water, distinguishing it as one of the most resilient on the market.

Apollo Air 2023 Tapered Deck

And like its predecessor, the Air 2023 comes with a mobile app. This allows you to adjust the accelerative and regen braking strength, customize your riding modes, switch on an electronic lock, and toggle between start modes.

Apollo Air 2023 Mobile App

Other differences can be found in the cockpit. The Air 2023 now features 8th-generation paddles for the throttle and regen brake. Best of all, though, the controls for your riding modes and lights are built into them. The central display, meanwhile, remains the same and could have done with being made brighter. Nevertheless, this is overshadowed by the crowning glories that can be found at each end of the suitably wide handlebars: turn signals that ensure visibility from all angles. They’re a triumph.

Apollo Air 2023 Cockpit

The new headlight that’s now adjustable and twice as bright ups the ante in the safety department, too.

Talking about safety, it would be remiss of me not to cover the brakes. Luckily, the front drum and rear regenerative braking system are up to the task. They brought me to a safe stop from 15 mph in 3.4 meters. And, with the regen brake able to function on its own, you can feasibly extend your range by up to 10%. This is a result of its ability to recycle kinetic energy back into the battery.

Apollo Air 2023 Drum Brake

Elsewhere, the Air 2023 performs admirably across key performance metrics to deliver a well-rounded riding experience.

Its 36V 500W motor delivers a top speed of 21 mph and accelerates to 15 mph in 5.7 seconds. This is enough zip to please everyday riders, though those seeking more power will be better off with Apollo’s flagship commuter model, the City Pro.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Top Speed

Then we have stamina. The first thing to note here is that the battery is made up of high-quality 21700 cells. Combined with the battery management system, the Air 2023 is built for longevity. The second important thing to be aware of is the size of the battery. With 540Wh of energy in its locker, it has a maximum range of 34 miles. However, based on real-world tests – which include periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops through undulating city streets – you’re more likely to reach 23 miles (or 15.5 miles if you weigh towards the upper end of it 220 lbs load-bearing capacity).

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Load Capacity

Now, perhaps one of the most important qualities that commuters look for in a scooter is portability. Well, this model is called the Air for a reason. It weighs just 41 lbs, making it easy to carry up a couple of flights of stairs and onto public transport without straining a muscle.

It also benefits from a sleek folding mechanism that not only simplifies the process of collapsing it but also makes the stem sturdier once locked in its upright position. All told it takes less than 5-second to fold.

Apollo Air 2023 Folded

Summing up, it’s quite incredible to see how Apollo has managed to improve what was already a winning formula.

Further Information:

Apollo Air 2023 Review

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Apollo Go

Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (197 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Apollo Go Overview:

Borrowing heavily from its lavishly assembled siblings – the Air, City, and Pro – the Go is a model that pushes the envelope. Never before has there been a sub-$1,250 scooter quite like it – it’s enough to leave even seasoned riders with their jaws on the floor.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Handling Around a Corner

Inspired by the high-end elegance of Apple’s MacBook Pro, the Go promises a supremely low-maintenance design, exceptional handling, smooth performance, all-weather resilience, impressive tech integration, and space-age flair.

Apollo Go Chassis

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Apollo Go:

Well, for starters, there’s the outstandingly ergonomic cockpit. Featuring the same 8th-generation paddles for the throttle and regen brake as seen on the Air, City, and Pro, the Go continues to rewrite the rule book on ease of use.

Apollo Go Regen Brake

But that’s not all: in the center of the handlebars is the DOT Matrix display. Inherited from the vastly more expensive Apollo Pro, it’s anti-glare, extremely bright, and water-resistant. Unlike the pre-burnt displays on the vast majority of other scooters, it can be re-programmed with over-the-air updates.

Apollo Go Cockpit

And, if you like the sound of the Go’s mobile app integration – which allows you to customize practically every nook and cranny of the scooter’s performance – then you’ll love the free QuadLock phone mount accessory. This transforms your standard phone case into one that can lock onto the mount. With it, you can use your phone as the main display.

Josh's Phone With the Apollo Go QuadLock Attachment

One of my favorite features of the app is the ability to adjust the strength of your acceleration and regenerative braking system. By dialing the former up to the max, I was able to reach 15 mph in 3.8 seconds and 20 mph in 7.4. As for top speed, I clocked 25.5 mph on my high-precision GPS data logger.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Acceleration

For a scooter of its size, its dual 36V 350W motors are impressive, yet thanks to its well-balanced frame and pronounced 14-degree rake angle, it remains both stable and nimble.

Apollo Go Frame From the Side

The brakes also play an important role. Equipped with a rear drum brake (the epitome of low maintenance) and a regenerative system that occupies both motors, the Go brought me to a safe stop from 15 mph in 3.1 meters. What’s more, the regen system can be used independently to recycle kinetic energy back into the battery.

Apollo Go Brake Lever

On the topic of battery power, positioned below the spacious and grippy deck, is a 36V 15Ah unit that has a maximum range of 30 miles. However, as per my tests, which saw the Go maintain an average moving speed of 14.6 mph on a course that encompassed a total ascent of 699 feet, I measured its range at 17.63 miles.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Top Speed

While I would have liked a slightly longer range, context is key. None of its similarly-priced rivals are as refined or feature-rich, so it comes down to what you value most.

A prime example of this is its ride quality – for me, it's the best of all the scooters in its class.

Apollo Go Rear Fender

The traction-loving 9-inch self-healing tires play a key part in ensuring excellent maneuverability. Working in cahoots with the front spring and rear rubber block, the suspension quells shocks and vibrations. The result is a 6/10 score on my shock absorption scale.

Apollo Go Front Tire

Portability is crucial when commuting. Once again, the Go comes up trumps; weighing just 46 lbs, it’s light enough to carry for short bursts, while its folding mechanism takes seconds to use. Once the stem has been lowered, the hook on the back of the handlebars attaches to the deck. However, there’s one area for improvement. While I’m a fan of the clip-in, clip-out hook system, it can be fiddly. Here, I had to wiggle the handlebar hook to get it to snap in and out of its locked position.

Apollo Go Folded

Possibly one of the Go’s most noteworthy features, though, is its all-weather resilience. With an IP66 rating, you can bank on it for commutes come rain or shine.

Apollo Go Kickplate

Similarly, its high-mounted headlight, stem strip, and kickplate-embedded taillight, keep you and the road ahead visible after the sun sets. Elsewhere, the handlebar-integrated turn signals promise 360-degree illumination.

Apollo Go Lights at Night

Ultimately, the Apollo Go is perfect for anyone who wants a feature-rich, premium scooter at an entry-level price. Smooth, reliable, and extremely low maintenance, it’s a commuter’s dream.

Apollo Go Turn Signal at Night

Further Information:

Apollo Go Review

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EMOVE Cruiser S

Sale: $1,399.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

EMOVE Cruiser S Overview:

How do you follow up on a model that’s won two Electric Scooter Insider Awards? Well, if you’re the EMOVE Cruiser S, it’s simple: retain everything that made the original Cruiser such an indomitable beast, and elevate it with a handful of outstanding upgrades.

Josh With the EMOVE Cruiser S

The unbelievable range and exceptional load-bearing capacity remain firmly at the core, but they’ve now been augmented with self-healing tires, a thumb throttle, a 4-color display, and – in what’s a first for a single-motor model – a Sine Wave controller.

The result is a commuter scooter that'll leave the jaws of your entire office on the floor.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Suspension

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the EMOVE Cruiser S:

It’s no exaggeration to say that the original Cruiser changed the commuter market forever. Not only could it support riders up to 352 lbs, but it could churn through a barely plausible 62 miles before needing a recharge.

EMOVE Cruiser S Rear of Chassis

EMOVE knew full well that they were onto a winner, so they’ve resisted messing around with the formula too much on the all-new Cruiser S. But there are upgrades – and they make a sizable difference.

EMOVE Cruiser S in Motion

Thanks to the Sine Wave controller, the 52V 1000W motor is now quieter. It’ll still deliver a top speed of 33 mph but does so with less whirring. Among similarly priced models, it's only the dual-motored SPLACH Titan that goes faster.

Josh on the EMOVE Cruiser S

The acceleration rate, meanwhile, will see you hitting 15 mph in 3.8 seconds and 25 mph in 10.3 seconds. This is more than enough bite for a daily commute.

EMOVE Cruiser S Motor

Here’s where perhaps the biggest upgrade comes into play: the new thumb throttle. Combined with the efficient controller, it makes the acceleration curve significantly smoother, but also improves overall ride quality as a result of its superior ergonomics. Previously, the finger-throttle forced you to adopt a claw-like grip, and on long rides, it became increasingly uncomfortable. Considering that the Cruiser achieved an impressive 48 miles under my real-world testing conditions, the new throttle is a welcome addition.

EMOVE Cruiser S Display and Throttle

The ride is further enhanced by the front coils and rear shocks. Factor in the plush car-grade tires, wide handlebars, and low center of gravity afforded by the spacious deck, and you have a ride that feels controlled, balanced, and – most importantly – fun.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Springs

Let’s scoot back to the tires for one moment because here another key upgrade rears its head: they’re now self-healing. This is a leap forward in the low maintenance stakes. You no longer have to worry about punctures while still getting to enjoy the shock-absorbing qualities from their pneumatic profile.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Tire

The brakes are also impressive. They’re the same hybrid hydraulics as those on the original Cruiser. In other words, you’ll stop from 15 mph in 2.6 meters, making the EMOVE Cruiser S one of the best stoppers among commuter scooters.

EMOVE Cruiser S Semi-Hydraulic Disc Brake

As you’d expect, the Cruiser S is also built like an armored tank. The telescopic stem now has an improved clamp to make it more sturdy, while the frame is once again as tough as a crowbar. Everything’s protected from the elements by an IPX6 water-resistance rating.

EMOVE Cruiser S Telescopic Stem

At 52 lbs, it’s not the lightest scooter for carrying, though the folding mechanism and collapsible handlebars make it compact. Storing it under a desk or in a car trunk isn’t a problem.

EMOVE Cruiser S Folded

Neither is riding at night, thanks to its reasonably bright headlight, deck-embedded LEDs, turn signals, and taillight trio.

EMOVE Cruiser S Lights

I can’t end this review without commenting on the optional seat attachment. This is a potentially transformative feature if you have a long commute.

So, there you have it. Has the EMOVE Cruiser S succeeded in improving upon an already mighty scooter? For me, it’s a resounding yes.

EMOVE Cruiser S Sleek Frame

Further Information:

EMOVE Cruiser S Review

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Apollo City Pro 2023

Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Apollo City Pro Overview:

When the first Apollo City Pro landed in 2022 it flaunted its proprietary design with dazzling effect, leaving the industry looking on in wide-eyed awe. Well, folks, we’ve had another extraterrestrial visitor, with the all-new City Pro 2023 building on its predecessor’s charms to deliver even more wow factor.

Josh Testing the Apollo City Pro

Sporting a new and improved cockpit, a larger battery, and an upgraded folding mechanism, it successfully elevates an already impressive blueprint into the stratosphere.

There’s simply no other commuter scooter like it. If you want to revel in premium features and cutting-edge design, then the City Pro 2023 is worth every dime.

Apollo City Pro Chassis

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Apollo City Pro:

The Apollo City 2022 cast all memories of the original City aside with its otherworldly design and bewitching attention to detail. It barely needed improving upon, but with Apollo being Apollo, along comes the 2023 model – and somehow, it achieves its brief.

Josh Test Riding the Apollo City Pro

This isn’t to say it’s unnecessarily reinvented the wheel. Boasting the same proprietary frame as its predecessor, it continues to represent a new frontier of high-performing commuter scooters. Decked stem to fender in a lean, mean space grey paint, it channels a look and feel more reminiscent of the latest iPhone than your average scooter.

Josh Standing On the Apollo City Pro

Add to this wide 24.8-inch handlebars, a 41.3-inch deck-to-handlebar height, and a long, grippy upswept deck that can support up to 265 lbs, and it promises a foundation for riders of all sizes.

Apollo City Pro Cockpit

Available in both a single and a dual-motor version (though it’s the dual that I'm reviewing here), it delivers a top speed of 32 mph. Yes, it loses out to similarly priced models that are capable of hitting higher top speeds. But, while these scooters are primed for raw performance; they don’t share the same attributes that make the City Pro such a good commuter.

Besides, the dual 48V 500W motors promise a rapid acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.3 seconds, making it the zippiest commuter bar none.

Apollo City Pro Accelerating

Switching our focus to range, here’s where the first upgrade bares its teeth. The City Pro 2023 features a larger 48V 20Ah battery complete with 21700 cells. This translates into 11% more stored energy and a longer maximum range of 43 miles, or 27 miles if you’re going hard on the throttle.

Josh Using the Apollo City Pro Throttle

What’s more, the City Pro’s range comes coupled with an equally impressive charge time. Utilize its 3A charging port and included fast charger (unlike other brands, Apollo doesn’t make you pay extra for it) and you’ll have it ready to roll in just 4-6 hours.

Another area where the City Pro knocks it out of the park is comfort. It pairs springs and pivoting swingarms to achieve a smooth riding experience. No jarring vibrations. No chattering teeth. No aching wrists. Just an alluring glide – every time.

Apollo City Pro Rear Springs

The tires should take some credit for that, too. Tubeless and self-healing, they’re not only impervious to flats but thanks to their unique tread pattern, they maintain traction while accelerating, braking, and cornering.

Apollo City Pro Front Swingarm

While we’re on the topic of its control-inducing ride, I should mention the braking setup. Dual drums work in perfect unison with the regenerative braking system to bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 2.1 meters. They have the safety box firmly ticked.

Continuing in the safety vein, it comes with a bright 20 LUX headlight that you can adjust up or down for maximum illumination. Supporting this is a responsive taillight that protrudes from the rear fender and flashes when you squeeze the brakes.

Apollo City Pro Headlight Beam

Better still, its turn signals are the best that I’ve tested. Embedded into the rear of the deck and positioned at the end of each handgrip, they provide 360-degree visibility. Unlike other scooters, the City Pro informs you of when the turn signals are on via flashing arrow icons on the display followed by loud beeps. It’s impossible to forget when you’ve activated them. But if you do, they’ll turn off after ten seconds. Not bad, Apollo.

Apollo City Pro Handlebar Turn Signals

The cockpit has undergone an upgrade, too. It now features 8th-generation paddles for the throttle and regen brake. Aside from being exceptionally ergonomic, the controls for your lights and riding modes have been built into each paddle, ensuring that all your controls are within easy reach. New and improved handgrips complete the revamp.

Josh Holding the Apollo City Pro Handgrip

The last upgrade worth its weight in gold, is an intuitive folding mechanism. Complete with a built-in safety latch that prevents it from uncoupling when you’re in motion, the one-click mechanism is highly effective. Tweaks to its design also now ensure that the stem doesn’t become unlatched from the deck once folded, meaning it's easier to carry. Though, it must be noted that it weighs 65 lbs and can’t be considered a portable model.

Apollo City Pro Folded

Building on the City Pro’s winning formula is the integrated mobile app. Through it, you can adjust the strength of the regenerative brake and acceleration, customize the top speed of each riding mode, change the cruise control settings, and toggle between start modes. You can also use it as a navigational device and remotely lock the scooter (when engaged, the electronic brakes cause resistance so that it can’t be rolled away).

Adjusting Acceleration and Braking Strength of Apollo Pro in Mobile App

In conclusion, the Apollo City Pro 2023 is the most expensive scooter on this list, but if you’re after an unrivaled feature set, as well as dual-motor performance then this is the scooter for you.

Further Information:

Apollo City Pro Review

Comparison

Compare Electric Commuter Scooters

The table below compares the best electric scooters for commuting across performance, specs, price, and more.
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Turboant M10 LiteTurboant M10 LiteTurboant X7 MaxTurboant X7 MaxSPLACH TurboSPLACH TurboHorizon 10.4 V2HorizonMosquitoMosquitoApollo Air 2023Apollo Air 2023Apollo GoApollo GoEMOVE Cruiser SEMOVE Cruiser SApollo City Pro 2023Apollo City Pro 2023
Where to BuyTurboantTurboantSPLACHFluid Free RideFluid Free RideApolloApolloVoro MotorsApollo
Price$299.98$419.98$699$719$899$899$1,199$1,399$1,699
TypeBudgetBudgetBudgetMid-RangeMid-RangeMid-RangePremiumPremiumPremium
Price CategoryUnder $500Under $600Under $700Under $800Under $900Under $1,000Under $1,250Under $1,500Under $1,750
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed16 mph20 mph28 mph23 mph25 mph21 mph28 mph33 mph32 mph
0-15 MPH7.8 s6.9 s4.3 s4.7 s5.1 s5.7 s3.8 s3.8 s2.3 s
Max Range15.5 miles32 miles22 miles23 miles22 miles34 miles30 miles62 miles43 miles
Tested Range10 miles18 miles18 miles17 miles18 miles23 miles17.6 miles48 miles27 miles
Braking2.9 meters3.0 meters2.4 meters5.0 meters4.8 meters3.4 meters3.1 meters2.6 meters2.1 meters
Shock Absorp.n/an/a6/106/105.5/106/106/106/107.5/10
Max Incline15 degrees15 degrees14 degrees15 degrees15 degrees10 degrees25 degrees20 degrees20 degrees
Optimal Incline7 degrees9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees6 degrees12 degrees12 degrees13 degrees
Specs
Motor36V 350W36V 350W48V 600W48V 500W48V 500W36V 500W36V 350W (x2)52V 1000W48V 500W (x2)
ThrottleThumbThumbFingerThumbThumbThumbThumbThumbThumb
Battery36V 6.6Ah FST36V 10Ah FST52V 10.4Ah FST48V 10.4Ah FST48V 9.6Ah FST36V 15Ah FST36V 15Ah FST52V 30Ah LG48V 20Ah FST
Charge Time5 hours6 hours7 hours6 hours6 hours7 hours7.5 hours12 hours4.5 hours
BrakesDisc, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDual drums, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, RegenDrum, RegenSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicDrums (x2), Regen
SuspensionNoneNoneSprings, SwingarmsSprings, Air ShocksSprings, SwingarmsFront ForkSpring, Rubber BlockSprings, Air ShocksTriple Springs, Swingarms
Tire Size8.5 inch10 inch8.5 inches8 inch8 inch10 inch9 inch10 inch10 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)
Weight30.9 lbs34 lbs45 lbs40 lbs29 lbs41 lbs46 lbs52 lbs65 lbs
Load220 lbs275 lbs265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs220 lbs265 lbs352 lbs265 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem
LightsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightStem Strip, Deck LEDs, Taillights, Turn SignalsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
IP RatingIP54IPX4IPX5NoneIPX5IP66IP66IPX6IP66
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

To find the 9 best electric scooters for commuting, I put 32 models to the test and assessed each across the criteria of speed, range, charge time, comfort, maneuverability, weight, portability, IP rating, durability, and safety. The models that performed highly across all areas were selected. This also took into account performance relative to price.

These assessments were made in addition to all of the standardized tests that are completed as part of my stringent testing process. You can learn more about this below:

Commuter Scooters That I Tested:

Click through the photo carousel to see all of the scooters that I tested for this guide.

Test Criteria:

Speed & Acceleration

While commuters aren’t necessarily looking for a racer, having a bit of zip at your disposal is a welcome perk. To account for this, I tested each scooter's pace by measuring their top speed and acceleration.

My tests were conducted on a flat, dry road and used high-precision data loggers to record performance. To guarantee that each scooter could reach its full potential, the performance settings were maxed out, the tires were pumped up to their recommended PSI, and the batteries were fully charged.

Apollo City Pro Accelerating

Do bear in mind that I’m 6.1 ft and weigh 190 lbs – the results may vary depending on your profile.

Range

This is key for a commuter scooter. You want a model that can get you from A to B (and back again) with minimal fuss, so the assessments that I carried out here were crucial.

While manufacturers list maximum range (i.e. the distance that a scooter can travel under best-case riding conditions – including a 165 lb rider, flat terrain, and riding in the slowest setting), I provided an insight on how each scooter performs under real-world conditions.

Josh on the Fluid Vista

While testing the scooters, I made sure to include periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops to reflect realistic conditions.

Real-world performance typically equates to 60% of the maximum.

Further Information:

How I Test Real-World Range

Charge Time

Long commutes can be draining on your battery, so a fast recharge time (within reason) is preferred.

To assess how long this takes, I considered the manufacturer’s specs, alongside my calculations where I divided each battery’s amp hours (Ah) by the amperage (A) of the included charger.

Expert Tip: If you opt for a scooter that has a battery over 15Ah then you may want to purchase a fast charger, which will reduce the charge time significantly.

Electric Scooter Charging

Comfort

Ensuring comfort on your commute is fundamental to the appeal of a scooter. To assess this, I combined both quantitative and qualitative data.

The former consisted of measurements across each scooter’s frame to determine how the dimensions impact their suitability for different riders. These included measurements of the kickplate angle, handlebar width, deck-to-handlebar height, and deck size.

The qualitative data, meanwhile, involved the assessment of each scooter’s ergonomics, shock absorption, and handling.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Suspension

Maneuverability

Navigating busy city streets demands a nimble scooter. Here, I tested each model on smooth and pot-holed roads, focusing on how they handled and how power was shifted through the throttle.

The geometry of each scooter – including its rake angle and dimensions – as well as weight distribution, all fall under the spotlight, too, since they play key roles in stability and control.

Josh Holding the Apollo City Pro Handlebars

Weight & Portability

Perhaps one of the most important qualities of a commuter scooter is its ability to be folded. Here, I tested each scooter’s folding mechanisms and weight to assess how easy they were to collapse and whether they could be picked up and carried. I also made sure to review how compact each scooter was by assessing its folded length, width, and height.

I then tested the rigidity of each mechanism to make sure that they didn’t cause any unwanted wobbles (for example, some stem clamps can loosen and cause the steering column to rock back and forth).

NIU KQi2 Pro Folded

Further Information:

How I Test Portability

IP ratings

Based on my independent research of over 140 electric scooters, 78% of models are equipped with water resistance ratings. This figure is up from 74% in 2022, and 40% in 2021. However, it’s important to note that these ratings vary in the level of protection that they provide.

To assess the veracity of each scooter’s wet weather credentials, I reported on their ability to protect against water ingress.

Josh Testing the Horizon V2 in the Rain

Durability

Chances are that you’ll be riding your scooter every day, so you want to be sure that it can stand up to such rigors. The extensive testing that I conduct on every model allows me to establish a view of their long-term reliability.

I also paid particular attention to indicators of quality that ensure low maintenance, including different types of tires (i.e. solid or self-healing), the rigidity of the scooter as a whole, and the management systems used to govern the batteries.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Mukuta Mileage

Further Information:

How I Test Build Quality

Safety

Safety is paramount when it comes to riding an electric scooter in environments with heavy traffic and pedestrians. Your brakes need to be up to scratch.

To test braking performance, I used a measuring tape to record the stopping distance from 15 mph on a dry, smooth road. If electronic or regenerative braking was present, then I set it to the maximum strength. As a rule of thumb, anything under 3.5 meters is considered good.

Josh Braking on the INOKIM Ox

But safety isn’t all about the brakes; lighting is also important when commuting after dark. I tested this in two ways: first, I compared lumen count of each scooter; second, I rode them at night to assess the brightness of their lights. During my tests, I assessed how much of the path ahead was illuminated, with the shape, direction, and size of the beam all important.

I also considered how visible the rest of the lighting rig was to other road users (i.e. turn signals, taillights, and deck LEDs – where possible).

Josh Turning Horizon V2 Lights On

Results From My Performance Tests:

See how the electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, range, and braking.

Top Speed

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test top speed.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
33 MPH
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
32 MPH
SPLACH Turbo
$699
26 MPH
Apollo Go
$1,199
25.5 MPH
Mosquito
$899
25 MPH
Horizon 10.4
$719
23 MPH
Apollo Air 2023
$899
21 MPH
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
20 MPH
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
16 MPH

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test acceleration.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
2.3 s
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.8 s
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
3.8 s
SPLACH Turbo
$699
4.3 s
Horizon 10.4
$719
4.7 s
Mosquito
$899
5.1 s
Apollo Air 2023
$899
5.7 s
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
6.9 s
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
7.8 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
62 miles
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
43 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
34 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
32 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
30 miles
Horizon 10.4
$719
23 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles
Mosquito
$899
22 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
15.5 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

Ordered from longest to shortest range – Learn about how I test real-world range.

ScooterPriceReal Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
48 miles
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
27 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
23 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
18 miles
Mosquito
$899
18 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
18 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
17.6 miles
Horizon 10.4
$719
17 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
10 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance – Learn about how I test braking performance.

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
2.1 meters
SPLACH Turbo
$699
2.4 meters
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
2.6 meters
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
2.9 meters
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
3.0 meters
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.1 meters
Apollo Air 2023
$899
3.4 meters
Mosquito
$899
4.8 meters
Horizon 10.4
$719
5.0 meters

Best Electric Scooter for Commuting

Answering Your Questions

Electric Commuter Scooter FAQs

How Do I Choose an Electric Scooter for Commuting?

When choosing an electric scooter for commuting, there are several things that you should keep in mind.

1. Speed

How much time do you need to allow yourself to get from one place to the next? If your goal is to cut back on the time spent traveling, speed is the defining factor that you need.

Fast commuter scooters tend to reach a top speed of 25-30 mph.

2. Mileage

How far is your commute? If your commute is long, you’re going to need to get a long-range electric scooter.

The commuter scooter with the longest range is the EMOVE Cruiser S, which sports an impressive 62 miles.

3. Weight & Portability

Will you need to fold and carry your scooter? Are you going to be carrying it upstairs? Do you need to put it in the trunk of a car, or store it out of the way in the office?

Weight and portability are two factors that you need to pay attention to. For ultimate portability, you should choose a scooter that has a telescopic stem and foldable handlebars.

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 a long time to charge. In circumstances where the electric scooter has a long range, charge time may not play a big factor since you won’t need to charge it daily.

5. Durability

Durability is often pushed aside as an afterthought, but you should keep this front of mind and opt for a scooter that's going to last the test of time.

As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Generally speaking, the more expensive the scooter, the better its build quality.

Because most commuter scooters have a fairly sedate top speed they don’t suffer from the same issues as high-performance models (i.e. withstanding the extreme pressures of riding fast).

One area of build quality that's prominent for commuter scooters, though, is battery quality. If you buy a scooter, make sure that it comes with high-quality cells and a management system that regulates the flow of power. Not only is this essential for safety, but it'll also mean that you can rest assured knowing that it has the pedigree to deliver long-lasting performance.

Similarly, water-resistance ratings are key as they allow you to ride no matter the weather conditions.

6. Extra Features

Features such as suspension, self-healing tires, regen brakes, turn signals, and bright lights, should also play a role in your decision.

Not only do extra features like these make the riding experience more enjoyable but they turn your scooter from a machine that simply gets you from A to B to one that is primed for the challenges of inner-city riding.

How Much Do Electric Commuter Scooters Cost?

Commuter scooters typically cost between $400 and $1,750.

What is a Commuter Scooter?

Commuter scooters are designed and engineered for the sole purpose of being ridden to and from your place of work. Among other traits, they are made with functionality in mind.

They are easy to fold, lift, and transport, and have short charging times for a quick turnaround.

Are Electric Scooters Good for Commuting?

Absolutely. Electric scooters can be the ideal partner for commuting: whether you plan to ride them the whole way to work, or in combination with public transport (i.e. train, bus, etc).

That is, of course, if you select the right scooter. The key factors to consider are motor and battery power, comfort, weight, portability, maneuverability, charge time, water-resistance ratings, durability, and safety.

How Far Can You Commute on an Electric Scooter?

The distance that you can travel depends on the electric scooter that you choose because they all have different-sized batteries.

Cheaper scooters tend to have batteries that store 270-360Wh of energy, allowing you to travel for 15-25 miles. More expensive models, however, can have batteries as big as 1560Wh for a maximum range of 60 miles. 

As a rule of thumb, the bigger the battery, the further the range.

The commuter scooter with the longest range is the EMOVE Cruiser S. It boasts an impressive 62-mile range thanks to its large 52V 30Ah LG battery.

Are Commuter Scooters Legal?

The legality of electric scooters varies per state.

Check out my guide to street-legal electric scooters.

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Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

From basic budget and feature-packed commuters to all-terrain trailblazers and ultra-performance behemoths, I've spent the last 5 years testing every type of electric scooter. All of the scooters that I review are put through a rigorous review process so that I can clearly distinguish where one is better or worse than another. See how I test electric scooters or check out my guide to the best electric scooters. Contact me anytime: josh@electricscooterinsider.com

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