Quick List: Best Electric Scooters 2023
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.
So, you can imagine the size of the task in selecting the 18 best models from a field of over $109,000 worth of contenders.
To aid me in my mission, I designed a series of standardized tests to assess every scooter on a level playing field. In total, each scooter was subject to 25 performance tests and 30 design assessments.
Learn more about how I tested and selected the scooters.
See my 18 top picks below (ordered by Holiday Sale prices):
- Turboant M10 Lite – Best For Tight Budgets ($299.98)
- NIU KQi2 Pro – Best For a Premium Design At a Low Price ($419)
- Turboant X7 Max – Best For Casual Riders ($429.98)
- NIU KQi3 Pro – Best For Overall Value in Budget Category ($599)
- Horizon – Best For Commuting ($649)
- Mosquito – Best For Ultra-Portability ($749)
- Apollo Air 2023 – Best For All-Weather Riding ($899 – Save $50 with code: ESI)
- EMOVE Cruiser S – Best For Long Rides & Heavy Riders ($1,399 – Save $50 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER)
- SPLACH Titan – Best For Dual-Motors on a Budget ($1,399 – Save $65 with code: ESI)
- Mantis V2 – Best For All-Around Performance ($1,499 – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100)
- Apollo City Pro 2023 – Best For Dual-Motor Commuting ($1,649 – Save $50 with code: ESI)
- Mantis King GT – Best For Off-Roading ($2,095 – Save $100 with code: ESI100)
- Apollo Phantom V3 – Best For Road Racing ($2,099 – Save $50 with code: ESI)
- NAMI Klima Max – Best For Explosive Power ($2,499 – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100)
- EMOVE RoadRunner Pro – Best For Riding Sat Down ($2,895 – Save $50 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER)
- Wolf King GT – Best For Extreme Speed ($3,195 – Save $50 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER)
- Apollo Pro – Best For Tech Savvy Riders ($3,499 – Save $50 with code: ESI)
- NAMI Burn-e 2 Max – Best For Ultra-Performance ($3,799 – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100)
See the shortlisted electric scooters that I tested in the photo carousel below.
Best Electric Scooters
Best For: Tight Budgets
Turboant M10 Lite
Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:
Turboant is a brand renowned for its budget scooters. Comfortable to ride, durable, and surprisingly premium in performance, their popularity is well earned.
The M10 Lite brings all these qualities to the table at an even lower price. Offering the best return on investment of all sub $400 scooters, it not only tops the charts of both speed and range, but its build and ride quality surpasses its price tag.
Aesthetically, it gets the thumbs up, too. Everything from the handlebars and stem to the deck and chassis seamlessly flows into one another.
But, possibly this scooter’s greatest asset is its handling. Two crowning glories in its arsenal are the 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. Surprisingly, air-filled tires can be rare to find on budget models – many opt for solid rubber tires to keep costs down, but these lack shock absorption. Those on the M10 Lite, however, provide ample cushioning to soak up the irregularities of streets and sidewalks.
Combined with the wider-than-average, and ergonomically tactile handlebars, the M10 Lite’s ride quality is as good as it gets for a budget scooter.
Of course, comfort is one thing; but what about safety? Well, prepare to have your anxiety soothed, because the M10 Lite is one of the safest scooters around. Its 16 mph top speed is plucky enough to excite adrenal glands, but slow enough to ensure control is always maintained.
Its rear disc and electronic brake, meanwhile, will bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in just 2.9 meters. Considering the average stopping distance for a scooter in its price class is 5.0 meters, this is outstanding.
But its safety credentials go far beyond its brakes. The wobble-free stem guarantees stability, while the grippy deck, smooth throttle response, and 300-lumen headlight ensure you remain in control – no matter if you’re riding day or night.
Then there’s its IP54 water-resistant frame which has been designed with longevity front and center. Its long fenders and immaculate cable management further minimize the threat of damage from external factors.
Ultimately, though, the M10 Lite has been designed to bring more freedom and excitement to daily life. Its 15.5-mile maximum range (or 10 miles if you ride fast) is enough juice for most commutes to the office, trips to shops, and meeting up with friends for a coffee.
Its 3-step folding mechanism makes it exceptionally quick to collapse for daily use, too, while its 30.9 lbs weight and thin stem mean it's easy to carry.
Simple, stylish, and packing a feature set beyond any other scooter in its price class, the Turboant M10 Lite has rewritten the rulebook of what a sub $400 model can deliver.
Best For: Casual Riders
Turboant X7 Max
Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:
For the vast majority of riders, the ideal electric scooter is a combination of practicality and reliability with a topping of fun factor. The Turboant X7 Max is exemplary in all three areas. It’s the perfect scooter for everyday use, whether you need it for your commute, daily errands, or a trip to the park at the weekend.
Take, for instance, its removable 36V 10Ah battery which delivers a maximum range of 32 miles (or 18 miles when riding fast). With this unique feature, you can extend your range indefinitely with spare units in tow. Why cap yourself at A to B when you can bring C, D, and E into the equation?
Its silky smooth folding mechanism allows you to collapse the scooter in just a couple of seconds, too, making it an ideal choice for packing away once you’ve reached your destination.
Wherever you look, the X7 Max is tailor-made for the rigors of a fast-paced life. It’s the summation of a continual process that saw Turboant asking customers for feedback on their best-selling model, the X7 Pro. You see, Turboant hasn’t just released the X7 Max to try and peddle the sales of more units without delivering tangible improvements. Instead, they assessed all the areas that could be improved, and set on a mission to make it the best possible successor.
All of this goes some way in explaining why it made the cut for this year's awards, as well as previously being awarded the title of the Best Electric Scooter for Adults and the Best Overall Electric Scooter in 2022.
But there’s more. Weighing just 34 lbs, it’s light enough for most adults to carry – a crucial quality for the legions of riders who live in city apartment blocks. Plus, with a load-bearing capacity of 275 lbs, it’s also a great fit for heavier riders.
Then there’s the long, tapered grippy deck that’s perfect for feet both big and small, while the 41-inch deck-to-handlebar height has been purposely designed to accommodate riders of all sizes. Based on my tests, its proportions are perfectly suited to riders up to 6.4 ft.
To put it simply: if there’s a more inclusive budget scooter out there, I’m yet to see it.
It performs admirably in the power department, too. Sure, the single 350W motor isn’t going to leave your face in a G-force twisted gurn (for this, check out the NAMI Klima Max), but with a top speed of 20 mph, new riders will be more than satisfied with its performance in this area.
Combined with its plush 10-inch pneumatic tires, strong brakes, and ergonomically-finessed cockpit, the X7 Max imbues a road-worthy level of shock absorption, control, and maneuverability.
With all said and done, this sleek and sturdy workhorse is maximum gain for minimal pain. It offers outstanding value for money and has something for everyone, making it an ideal electric scooter for first-time riders.
Best For: Premium Design For a Low Price
NIU KQi2 Pro
Why I Recommend the NIU KQi2 Pro:
The level of design and build quality exhibited by NIU on the KQi2 Pro has left scooter enthusiasts (including me) speechless. It wasn’t long ago that a budget model looked more akin to a clunky baby stroller than a work of art. Not anymore.
Despite costing less than $600, it’s a resplendent feat of engineering packed with premium features. Commuters, students, and casual riders will love its simple, no-nonsense design that maximizes comfort.
Elsewhere, the deck that teasingly emerges from the sleek and elegant chassis affords the right amount of space for you to position your feet in a comfortable L-shape.
And it doesn’t drop the ball when it comes to performance, either. Interestingly, its 48V 300W motor boasts a voltage that’s 33% higher than the typical 36V variants that’ll you find on comparative models. This equates to increased torque, a peak power output of 600W, and a top speed of 17 mph, which is pretty darn nippy for a budget scooter. You’ll reach 15 mph in 6.0 seconds flat.
Going through the gears is made all the smoother by the supremely ergonomic thumb throttle – I’d go as far as to say that it’s the best designed throttle of all budget scooters.
The KQi2 Pro also comes equipped with a 365Wh battery that has a maximum range of 25 miles in its tank, or 17 miles when pushing the speed dial to its max. Once emptied, it takes around 7 hours to recharge. Protected by NIU’s unique battery management system, the unit lasts a lot longer than those found on other budget models.
You just have to look at NIU’s two-year warranty on the battery to see how much confidence they have in their scooter’s components. This is even more impressive when you consider that other budget brands like Turboant and Gotrax offer just 6 months cover.
This focus on quality further extends to the sleek IP54 water-resistant frame. That’s right: the KQi2 Pro is durable as well as stylish.
The display meanwhile, is completely impervious to glare. It remains easy to read even in direct sunlight, which is something the displays on far pricier scooters often struggle with.
But the KQi2 Pro goes beyond a display alone. It also comes with a mobile app that allows you to adjust the scooter’s regenerative braking strength, record rides, activate the electronic lock, and tailor a custom riding mode with your preferred top speed.
Then there are the 10-inch tubeless tires. Measuring 15% thicker than those that you’d typically find on a budget model, they offer the most plush riding sensation among all scooters in the sub-$600 price class. They maintain excellent traction while cornering, too, making the scooter addictive to ride.
And when it comes to portability, take a bow, NIU. The folding mechanism is so slick, the brand patented it. You can have the scooter folded in just a couple of seconds – and once collapsed, it's light enough to carry and small enough to store in your trunk.
To cap everything off, you also get the iconic halo headlight as part of the bargain.
Simple, elegant, and affordable, the NIU KQi2 Pro is fast becoming one of the industry’s most-loved budget scooters.
Best For: Overall Value in Budget Category
NIU KQi3 Pro
Why I Recommend the NIU KQi3 Pro:
The KQi3 Pro is the KQi2’s bigger brother – and trust me when I say that it’s bigger, bolder, and fiercer in every conceivable way. This is NIU – one of the world’s leading makers of electric vehicles – showing off.
The brand has taken feedback on vehicles that have accrued over 18 billion kilometers of distance traveled worldwide, and distilled it to deliver a scooter that’ll leave everyday riders floored.
This isn’t to say that the KQi3 Pro needlessly reinvents the wheel. In many ways, it’s identical to its esteemed predecessor. It features the same ergonomic thumb throttle, anti-glare display, and iconic halo headlight.
The knockout mobile app is once again present in all its glory, too, allowing you to adjust the strength of the regen brake, turn the electronic lock on or off, create a custom riding mode, and record your rides.
The differences, however, are also clear. Its larger 48V 350W motor can hit a top speed of 20 mph and thrum to 15 mph in a snappy 5.0 seconds.
Its bigger 486Wh battery, meanwhile, delivers a maximum range of 31 miles (or 22 miles under realistic conditions) – for context, only three scooters in its price category can better this, and they all cost at least $100 more.
But these performance metrics only tell half the story. Because, yes, the KQi3 Pro is an unusually powerful budget scooter. And sure, its range is noteworthy. But what truly sets it apart is its award-winning design.
It’s, hands-down, the best built budget scooter that I’ve ever tested. From the rock-solid stem and the sweeping winged deck to the high-end fit and finish, it resides in a completely different league from the rest of its similarly-priced competitors.
The 21.3-inch handlebars are wider than those found on the KQi2 Pro, while the deck is both 27% longer and 29% wider. These differences can be felt in its handling and stability.
Being a bigger scooter, it’s also more suitable for heavier riders. Its 265 lbs load-bearing capacity upstages the KQi2’s 220 lbs limit. Despite this, the KQi3 Pro remains exceptionally portable, thanks in large part to its show-stopping folding mechanism. You can have it collapsed and ready to carry in less than 3 seconds.
There’s also something to say for its low center of gravity, well-balanced frame, and expertly-crafted geometry that makes it exceptionally nimble. The grippy 9.5 x 2.5-inch tubeless tires help here, too. They’re 25% thicker than the typical tires that you’ll find on scooters with similar performance specs, while their tread and profile have been designed to maximize maneuverability.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade of all, though, can be found in the braking setup. For all that’s great about the KQi2 Pro, its stopping power is underwhelming. Not so, here. Instead of relying on a single drum, the KQi3 Pro goes all out with front and rear discs.
More impressive, is the fact that it’s the only scooter in the sub-$700 class to have dual mechanical brakes and a variable regen system. Together, they’ll bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in just 2.2 meters.
The attention to detail on display here is remarkable for an everyday budget scooter. I’ve reviewed all the best models from lauded brands such as Turboant, Hiboy, AnyHill, and GoTrax – and quite simply, nothing comes close to the flawless design that you’ll find here.
Best For: Commuting
Horizon V2 (10.4Ah)
Why I Recommend the Horizon:
On the hunt for a simple, low-maintenance scooter? One that does all the basics with panache while going easy on your bank balance? The Horizon V2 is a gift from the gods.
Fluid Free Ride has made its name as both a retailer and scooter brand on the back of commuter models that are reliable and fun. The V2 encapsulates this ethos perfectly. It’s plucky yet welcoming, sturdy yet nimble, and a dream to take out on city streets.
Armed with a 48V 500W motor, its 23 mph top speed and 800W peak power output offer up a zippy acceleration rate. Yet this is all the more enjoyable thanks to the evenly distributed weight of its frame. Everything from the handlebars to the chassis feels aligned, meaning balance and control are guaranteed whatever your speed. This, along with its 23.2-inch handlebars, ergonomic thumb throttle, and responsive suspension setup, gives it the honor of having best-in-class handling.
Elsewhere, the 10.4Ah battery promises a maximum range of 23 miles, or 17 miles when riding fast (based on my tests). This is more than enough juice for daily commutes – and once empty, the battery recharges in just 6-8 hours. For an extra $80, you can purchase the V2 with a bigger 13Ah battery, which increases your maximum range to 30 miles, and real-world range to 23 miles.
But an elite commuter scooter must also be portable. Once again, the Horizon V2 comes up trumps. Not only is it reasonably lightweight at 42 lbs, but its handlebars are foldable and its stem is telescopic. The cantilevered folding mechanism, meanwhile, is super easy to use; you can have the V2 collapsed down in seconds, and once compacted it’ll easily fit on public transport or in a car trunk. There’s even a carry handle at the rear of the deck to make lifting it easier.
And no corners are cut when it comes to its inclusivity among riders of different shapes and sizes. Thanks to its load-bearing capacity of 265 lbs and height-adjustable handlebars, it can be tailored to suit all types of riders. However, it’s worth noting that the max deck-to-handlebar height is 38.5 inches meaning it runs a little short for riders over 6 ft.
Now, as to be expected, all electric scooters have their flaws, and while the Horizon’s manifest themselves in its lack of a water resistance rating and slightly sub-par brakes (it takes 5.0 meters to stop from 15 mph), they do not diminish its status as one of the most popular electric scooters in the industry.
Combining a well-balanced performance profile with a durable, versatile, and portable build, it's the perfect mid-ground between a budget and premium model. You get the best of both worlds with an affordable price tag and a feature set that’ll keep you entertained for years to come.
Best For: Ultra-Portability
Why I Recommend the Mosquito:
There aren’t many occasions that warrant appreciation for the qualities of a mosquito. But when a brand harnesses the nimble, flitting nature of our winged nemesis and delivers a scooter custom-made for the unpredictability of modern city life, you can only sit back and nod in approval.
Spawned from a collaboration between Fluid Free Ride and commuter scooter rockstar, E-Twow, the Mosquito has redefined expectations of what’s possible in the ultra-portable category. Can it be carried and stored with consummate ease? That’s a given. Does it weigh the same as a large watermelon? Of course it does. What isn’t so predictable is that it’s also exceptionally powerful for such a lightweight little beast.
Capable of reaching a top speed of 25 mph and firing from 0-15 mph in a hugely impressive 5.0 seconds, it’s fair to say that the Mosquito is punching way above its weight. The secret sauce? A 48V 500W motor that can deliver a peak power output of 700W. Consequently, this scooter is a voracious city slicker for such a dainty model.
This is what makes it so special: usually with ultra-portable scooters, their defining superpower demands a compromise on power. That isn’t so here. It excels in both areas, fundamentally transforming the market in one buzz-worthy swoop.
When it comes down to sheer design, it’s nothing short of a work of art. There are its foldable handlebars; telescopic stem; super simple cantilevered folding mechanism; and velcro handle that make carrying this waif-like demon incredibly easy and comfortable. Everything about it is satisfying and convenient.
It also helps that the Mosquito is a dream to ride. Thanks to its deep traveling suspension – the best of any ultra-portable scooter – it soaks up the vibrations from its puncture-proof solid tires. Who needs air-filled tires when you have dual springs, aye?
The solid tires are, in fact, indicative of the Mosquito’s rugged build. It’s reliable and low-maintenance, bringing the expertise of its collaborators to the fore with its robust-yet-lightweight aluminum-alloy frame, sturdy stem, and long grippy deck. Everything feels solid, which enhances your sense of control.
Added bonus: it looks slick enough for Batman’s cave.
Rounding everything off is a triple-braking system that helps you maintain control whatever your speed, and an LCD display that’s impervious to sun glare.
I could go on and on about the Mosquito. It’s a marvel of engineering and a real example of how collaboration can produce stunning results. It’s worth every cent.
Best For: All-Weather Riding
Apollo Air 2023
Why I Recommend the Apollo Air:
How exactly do you go about improving a model that’s previously won an award in my 2022 lineup of the best electric scooters?
Turns out that if you’re Apollo, the answer is quite simple. This superstar brand has taken all that was effortlessly great about the Air 2022 and augmented it with a handful of subtle (yet excellent) upgrades.
The Apollo Air 2023 retains the same front fork suspension and plush tires that made its predecessor a joy to ride. Yet this time, those tires are self-healing, adding a new dimension to a design that was already low maintenance.
And then we have its fabled water-resistance qualities. The Air 2023 is still coated in the same anti-corrosive graphite paint that made 2022’s vintage impervious to rain, but it now comes with an improved – and exceptionally rare – IP66 rating. This eradicates any potential for damage from high-pressure jets of water, as well as dust ingress.
Indeed, it’s in the small details where the Apollo Air 2023 truly shines. Its cockpit, which hardly needed updating, now boasts 8th-generation paddles for the throttle and regen brake to elevate the scooter’s ergonomics. The buttons to control your riding mode, headlight, and turn signals have been integrated into the casing of the paddles for easy reach of your thumbs, too.
Ah yes, the turn signals. Now located at each end of the satisfyingly wide handlebars, as well as the end of the deck, they’re perhaps the best I’ve ever tested. They remain visible in any situation – night or day – deservedly stealing the plaudits as part of a lighting rig that’s generally brighter and more effective.
The Air 2022 was rightly praised for its portability, but even here, upgrades are afoot. The new folding mechanism has been improved to strengthen the stem and eliminate wobble. It’s still slick and easy to operate however, which, combined with the scooter’s featherlight 39 lbs weight, makes it one of the most portable scooters on the market.
Elsewhere, its 36V 500W motor produces a zippy top speed of 21 mph and accelerates to 15 mph in 5.7 seconds, which is plenty of oomph for casual, everyday riders.
Its high-quality 15Ah battery, meanwhile, delivers a maximum range of 34 miles, or 23 miles if you’re riding at full clip.
The front drum and rear regenerative braking system will bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in 3.4 meters, too. This is better than what most entry-level scooters can manage. Better yet, you can use the regenerative brake without engaging the drum, which not only saves the latter from wear and tear but can recharge your battery by up to 10%.
The strength of the regen system – as well as the scooter’s acceleration – can be adjusted via the mobile app, which also allows you to set top speeds for each riding mode, activate the electronic lock, and switch between start modes.
In short, the Air 2023 is yet another triumph from a brand that continues to innovate.
Best For: Dual-Motors on a Budget
Why I Recommend the SPLACH Titan:
So, why exactly did the SPLACH Titan make this year’s list of the best electric scooters?
Let’s start with its power credentials. These 52V 1000W mini jet engines produce a peak power output of 2600W, a top speed of 37 mph, and a sizzling acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.5 seconds. While this performance is pretty outstanding, the real clincher is that it’s all available for a barely believable price. No other model in the Titan’s price class gets close.
Predictably, the power wielded makes it a dab hand at scaling steep slopes, a capability that’s further augmented by its sizable 20.8Ah battery. This delivers a maximum range of 44 miles, or 29 miles when you put the pedal to the metal. This, again, puts it top of the class when compared to similarly priced scooters.
But the SPLACH Titan isn’t just about its power stats. It's a dream to ride thanks to its extremely well-calibrated front and rear springs, rubber bushings, and juicy, air-filled tires. Add into the equation its 27-inch handlebars (among the widest that I’ve ever tested), ergonomic cockpit, and grippy deck, and you have a model that brings control and stability in spades.
Remarkably, its shock absorption capabilities are better than the vastly more expensive Wolf Warrior X GT ($2,295). I tested both of these scooters on the same day across varying terrain and the Titan continued to deliver a level of ride comfort that surpassed the Wolf. It’s so good, in fact, that I rated it an 8.5 out of 10 on the shock absorption scale (where 1 is extremely stiff and 10 is extremely soft).
Being a SPLACH scooter, you can also hang your hat on the Titan’s build quality. Its reinforced stem and aluminum frame ensure durability, while the cable management, responsive brakes, and customizable lighting rig are second to none.
And unlike the models that you’ll find in the upper echelons of the performance scooter market, the SPLACH Titan is fairly portable. Weighing 64 lbs, you won’t want to carry it up too many flights of stairs, but thanks to its slick folding mechanism you can have it collapsed in mere seconds. What’s more, there’s a hook on the back of the handlebars that loops into the kickplate, thereby allowing you to carry it by the stem.
The only real area of improvement that my tests revealed is in the scooter’s somewhat hindered ability at maintaining traction while leaning into corners. This is a result of the square front-on profile of the 9-inch tires. As they roll onto their edges, it can feel a little unnerving. There is, however, a solution, and that comes in the form of the 10-inch Titan. This scooter shares all the same specs but has bigger tires with a rounded front-on profile for greater control and maneuverability.
Ultimately, though, with everything that the SPLACH Titan has to offer, it’s torn up the rulebook on what a sub-$1,250 electric scooter can get you. It defies expectations and challenges preconceptions. Rivals would do well to copy its blueprint.
Best For: Long Rides & Heavy Riders
EMOVE Cruiser S
Why I Recommend the EMOVE Cruiser S:
Building on the runaway success of its predecessor – the legendary Cruiser – the launch of the EMOVE Cruiser S has floored casual riders and aficionados alike. With a stupendous maximum range and an industry-leading load-bearing capacity, it’s also now the rightful holder of not one, but two accolades as the best long-range and heavy rider model.
So, about that range. Let’s just say that if you’re a commuter who needs to churn through 10 miles a day to get to the office and back, and don’t have the time to constantly recharge your scooter, then the Cruiser S is for you. You can feasibly get through a week of regular commuting without having to worry about replenishing this juggernaut.
The main protagonist here is the mammoth 52V 30Ah battery, which uses superior LG cells to ensure longevity and energy efficiency. When you do need to recharge, you can expect it to be raring to go again in 9-12 hours. You can also wave goodbye to range anxiety since the Cruiser S comes with a voltmeter that gives you a much more accurate reading of your battery life than the bars on the QS-S4 display.
For added context, let’s list a few of the more expensive powerhouses that it out-performs in terms of range: the Apollo Phantom (40 miles), the Mantis King GT (56 miles), and the NAMI Klima Max (60 miles). None of these are ever too far away from discussions over what is the best long-range model, but the Cruiser S swats them all away.
It’s not just on flat surfaces that it thrives, either. Powered by a 1000W rear-mounted motor that produces a peak output of 1600W, it can consume moderate inclines. It’s also the first single-motor scooter to feature a Sine Wave controller, which produces a beautifully smooth acceleration curve while delivering added thrust. Combined with the responsive thumb throttle, it accelerates to 15 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches 25 mph in 10.3 seconds – this is commendable for a single-motor scooter.
Then we have its impressive mix of credentials that make it a good fit for the vast majority of riders. Electric scooters should be enjoyed by all, but too often, brands neglect to cater to heavier riders. There are no such problems here: the EMOVE Cruiser S can support a weight of up to 352 lbs, while its telescopic stem can be adjusted to a height that suits you. That said, its maximum deck-to-handlebar height is 39 inches, making it a little too short for riders over 6 ft.
Working alongside this are handlebars that measure 25 inches, making them among the widest of all commuter scooters. This, coupled with the flared handgrips and easy-to-reach light and horn controls, allow you to ride with a strong sense of balance, control, and safety.
The deck is quite simply one of the largest and sturdiest I’ve tested, too. With 23 x 7.75 inches of available foot space, riders of all sizes have ample room.
And to cap everything off, it’s a pleasure to ride. Front coils dovetail effortlessly with rear shocks to deliver a smooth, cushioned experience whatever your weight, with jumbo 10-inch self-healing car-grade tires underscoring this scooter’s formidable credentials.
Improving a scooter that’s previously won two of our annual Electric Scooter Insider Awards is no mean feat – but the EMOVE Cruiser S has managed it with swagger. And the best bit of all? It costs the same as the original.
Best For: Dual-Motor Commuting
Apollo City Pro 2023
Why I Recommend the Apollo City Pro:
With its custom proprietary mold, mobile app integration, and a smorgasbord of features, the Apollo City Pro is a commuter scooter with one eye firmly on the future – and one fully deserving of its place on this list.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Well, to start, there’s its premium fit and finish. Instead of shoving together off-the-shelf parts, Apollo has assembled the City Pro with custom-made components. The attention to detail is clear to see with each piece fitting together like the intricate workings of a Swiss watch.
More impressive is the fact that the key components have been tested for 300,000 cycles, while the entire frame has been through 10,000 km of simulated road tests. This is three times as much testing as what a typical scooter undergoes.
These details extend to small, unseen flourishes such as the 3A charging port – which speeds up charging – and its battery management system, which protects the battery to prolong its life.
On the topic of battery power, the 48V 20Ah unit comes equipped with 21700 cells – the most energy-efficient of all battery types. The result is a 43-mile maximum range, though if you go hard on the throttle and rip the dual 500W motors, you can expect to keep the wheels rolling for 27 miles.
All told the combined 2000W of peak power generated by the motors will propel you forward with vigor, making it a great option for fast-paced city rides. This is especially true of its acceleration that’ll see you reaching 15 mph from a standstill in just 2.3 seconds – about as long as a Formula One pit stop.
When riding around busy streets, you need to know that you've got a good set of brakes to rely on. The good news is that the City Pro comes equipped with responsive drums that’ll bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 2.1 meters.
Possibly more noteworthy, though, is the regenerative braking system (which you can adjust the intensity of via the mobile app). By pressing on the left-hand paddle, you can use the forces of kinetic energy and drag to slow you down without having to engage the mechanical brakes. Not only does this reduce wear and tear on the drums, keeping them fresh for emergencies, but it recharges your battery in the process.
There’s also something to be said for the City Pro’s low-maintenance build. Despite boasting a high-end design, it’s a battle-hardened veteran that’ll keep delivering come rain or shine. For this, you can thank its grippy self-healing tires and IP66 water-resistance rating.
Elsewhere, its expertly-crafted frame – which is made up of control-inducing 24.8-inch wide handlebars, a 41.3-inch deck-to-handlebar height, and a long, grippy upswept deck – promises a foundation for riders of all sizes. It supports up to 265 lbs, making it a good option for heavier riders, too.
Alongside its impressive handling, the City Pro is home to a triple spring suspension system that guarantees a smooth ride over urban terrain.
And then we have the all-encompassing lighting rig. The headlight is bright, while the responsive taillight flashes when the brakes are applied. Best of all, though, are the turn signals that flash at the end of each handgrip and on either side of the deck.
Whether it's the lighting rig, intuitive one-click folding mechanism, or simply just the premium flair that the Apollo City Pro imbues from top to bottom, it makes its mark in a sea of competing scooters.
Best For: All-Around Performance
Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)
Why I Recommend the Mantis V2:
What do you get when you bring together an energy-efficient 60V 18.2Ah battery, two snarling 1000W motors, and a pair of powerful Sine Wave controllers? Answer: the deserving winner of the sub-$2,000 class – the Mantis V2.
This is a scooter that has redefined what performance scooters can deliver. You simply won't find another model that can delight both casual riders and seasoned pros for less than $2,000. It’s a chameleon that makes no compromises in achieving its broad appeal.
With a top speed of 40 mph, a blistering acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.1 seconds, and a maximum range of 33 miles, the Mantis V2 has all the ingredients required to be an alpha in the performance scooter category. It’s an all-terrain trailblazer, a road racing spectacle, and a rapacious scaler of heights. Even San Francisco, a city notorious for its ultra-hilly terrain, will offer little resistance.
The stars of the show are arguably the Sine Wave controllers that deliver a smooth and controlled throttle response to ensure a finely-balanced amount of torque and power is in supply to sustain fast-paced rides. The motors, too, are pivotal (combined they produce a huge peak power output of 3000W), while the battery facilitates long-lasting performance.
Elsewhere, the Mantis V2 has very few flaws. Certainly not when it comes to ride quality, which is exceptional in its price category. A dual-spring suspension system works in cahoots with the 10-inch pneumatic tires to create a riding experience that’s akin to gliding on a magic carpet. Shock absorption and cushioning are in plentiful supply, turning even scratchy dirt tracks and forested trails into an enjoyable ride.
And then there are its superb brakes. What goes up, must come down, and thankfully, the dual Zoom hydraulic discs wield the power to stop on a dime.
I also can’t forget to mention its dazzling lights. With a high-mounted headlight for improved visibility, turn signals to keep others aware of your intentions, and responsive taillights that flash when you brake, you can ride safely at night. But the real pièce de résistance comes in the form of the LED strips that line the underside of the deck. White and super bright, they afford both swag and functionality when the sun goes down.
Overall, the Mantis V2 is a fascinating concoction of ferocious power, ergonomic design, and reliable performance. For less than $2,000, it represents outstanding value for money that gives you a Rolls Royce level of performance for the price of a 2001 Toyota Corolla.
Best For: Racing
Why I Recommend the Apollo Phantom:
What do you get when you meld vicious speed, supremely smooth acceleration, and supernaturally good handling? One of the best road racers that the electric scooter industry has seen – the Apollo Phantom V3.
Wielding dual 52V 1200W motors and an entirely new technological innovation in the form of the MACH1 controller, the Phantom V3 produces 3200W of peak power and can fizz to a top speed of 41 mph when in the fearsome Ludo mode. It’s also rapid off the line, hitting 15 mph in 2.3 seconds. This is serious power; yet, thanks to the outstanding controller and expertly crafted geometry of its frame, you always feel balanced and in control.
Though other scooters can go toe-to-toe with the V3 when it comes to raw speed, very few can match it when it comes to its 360-degree riding experience. From its ultra-wide, concaved handlebars and ergonomic cockpit, to its proprietary reinforced frame, large deck, and 10-inch tires that offer both excellent shock absorption and oodles of traction, the Phantom V3 is purpose-made for burning rubber in style.
And when you do need to put on the brakes, you can have faith in the dual discs to bring you to a complete stop in just 2.1 meters. You also have an industry first to rely on – the first-ever regen brake paddle on a performance scooter. Using it allows you to use the forces of kinetic energy and drag to recycle power back into the battery.
The 23.4Ah battery, meanwhile, produces a maximum range of 40 miles (or 29 miles based on my hands-on tests). The MACH1 controller exerts an influence here, improving energy efficiency by 27%. This contributes to the V3’s impressive hill-climbing capabilities, with inclines of up to 25 degrees in its cross-hares.
Able to support a rider weight of up to 300 lbs, it’s a sturdy specimen, too. Its quadruple-spring suspension system does a fantastic job of ensuring that comfort is guaranteed for all body types. It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, the result is a level of ride quality that’s akin to rolling a bowling ball down a polished lane.
In addition to its power, build, and ride quality credentials, one of the best features is its integrated mobile app. Through it, you can dial in the strength of the regen brake and acceleration, adjust the top speed of each riding mode, configure the cruise control settings, turn the electronic lock on or off, control the status of the lights, toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes, and use it as a navigational device where you can follow a route to your destination. It gives you remaining mileage estimates based on your most recent riding pattern, too. This connectivity elevates the V3 above similarly priced models.
So, there you have it – the Apollo Phantom V3, a scooter that’ll make you feel like Max Verstappen as you accelerate, race, and chicane your way through cities with captivating control.
Best For: Off-Roading
Mantis King GT
Why I Recommend the Mantis King GT:
While most electric scooters are tuned for urban environments alone, there’s a premium band of models that thrive on any terrain. Kaabo is a brand that’s synonymous with this category, so it's no surprise that the Mantis King GT carries on this lineage.
Why? Well, where else to start but with the sumptuous dual hydraulic suspension that can be adjusted to fit your weight and terrain. This alone does a fantastic job in smoothing out rough surfaces, but add the 10-inch hybrid pneumatic tires into the mix and you have an exhibition of all-terrain excellence.
But of course, for a scooter to truly master any terrain, it needs to pack some power. This is in plentiful supply thanks to the dual 60V 1100W motors and 30A Sine Wave controllers.
The result is a roaring top speed of 43 mph and a monumental peak power output of 4200W. The controllers, meanwhile, furnish the riding experience with a smooth, yet ferociously quick acceleration rate.
Another key ingredient that’s gone into making this scooter an all-terrain behemoth is its design. The handlebars, 26-inch wide and ergonomically finessed, facilitate outstanding handling to make it incredibly nimble despite its brawny build.
This is bolstered by the expansive grippy deck and kickplate that allow you to find the perfect riding stance and lean into the handlebars for more aggressive rides.
The Mantis King GT’s draw stretches far beyond its off-roading credentials, though. Another area where this scooter excels is in its ability to keep the wheels rolling for an impressive distance. The high-quality Samsung 60V 24Ah unit has 21700 cells to call upon, meaning it delivers an ultra-efficient energy supply for a long period. This translates into a maximum range of 56 miles, though if you ride aggressively you’ll get 38 miles.
Equipped with an IPX5 water-resistance rating, you won’t have to worry about getting caught in showers, either. Bolstering its all-weather riding capabilities are its best-in-class Zoom hydraulic brakes. These will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters – this is among the best of all Kaabo scooters.
So, there you have it, a stunning all-terrain performance scooter that offers big power, exceptional handling, and a design that’s guaranteed to turn heads.
Best For: Explosive Power
NAMI Klima Max
Why I Recommend the NAMI Klima:
Oh, NAMI. What can you say about a brand that, with every new scooter it releases, consistently rewrites the rules on what you can achieve? Exhibit A: the all-new Klima Max.
Boasting a searing top speed of 42 mph and the fastest acceleration that I’ve ever tested, this is a model that fuses breathtaking performance with a nimble profile to game-changing effect.
Propelled by 40A Sine Wave controllers, the Klima’s whiplashing savagery is enough to leave your eyes profusely watering, while the mammoth amounts of torque that it produces make it a conqueror of inclines.
With such explosive power, strong brakes are vital. Thankfully, it boasts a pair of Logan 2-piston hydraulics. With these in tow, you’ll come to a complete stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters.
But the Klima Max also has impressive stamina. Its 60V 30Ah LG battery delivers a maximum range of 60 miles, though if you plan to take advantage of its power, you’ll see it last for 47 miles.
It’s also worth noting that it's available with a smaller 25Ah battery. This reduces your range to 50 miles but it'll save you $500 in the process.
Something that both models possess, though, is buttery smooth ride quality. Borrowed from the motocross industry, the hydraulic shocks can be easily adjusted, allowing you to dial in the rebound and compression rates to perfectly suit your weight and terrain.
Working in tandem with the 10-inch tubeless tires, the end product is a luxurious riding experience that scores a near-perfect 9.5 out of 10 on our shock absorption scale.
Adding to this already impressive platter of performance specs are the expertly crafted geometry of its IP55 water-resistant frame, 27-inch wide handlebars that maximize control, and a well-balanced stem and chassis that promise stability. Combined, these not only allow you to funnel the power from the speed-hungry motors with precision, but they give you the ability to ride however you like, wherever you like.
And should you want to customize the ride to make it perfect for your riding style, a plethora of p-settings are at your fingertips via the display. Here, you can create a custom riding mode.
I could coo about the NAMI Klima Max all day – but there are plenty more scooters to review. So I’ll end by saying that, if you’re looking for blue ribbon performance, exquisite ride quality, and an industry-leading feature set, there’s no better way to part with your hard-earned cash.
Best For: Seated Riding
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
Why I Recommend the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro:
The highest praise I can give to the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro is that it’s as close to a motorcycle as an electric scooter will ever get. It almost feels silly to refer to this hulking beast as a scooter.
The reason it qualifies as such is because it has foot pegs instead of pedals. These allow you to rest your legs on either side of the chassis so that you can use your body weight to lean into corners and exert control like no other model on the market.
The exceptionally wide 31-inch handlebars, twist-grip throttle, and easy-to-reach multi-switches play a pivotal role in your ability to control the scooter, too.
The stability afforded by the Pro’s build is necessary when you factor in the power of its dual 60V 2000W motors. Together with the scooter’s 45A Sine Wave controllers, they unleash a peak power output of 6000W and a devastating top speed of 50 mph. It wastes no time in getting there either, hurtling from 0-15 mph in a gum-slapping 2.6 seconds.
However, it’s worth pointing out that you need to be mindful of wheel spin and modulate the power accordingly so that you don’t lose control while accelerating.
With this being an EMOVE scooter, you can also expect a herculean maximum range. The high-quality 60V 30Ah LG battery will keep going for up to 50 miles, though if you plan to take advantage of the power on offer, you’ll see closer to 34 miles. What’s more, the battery is detachable, meaning you can easily double this range with the purchase of a spare.
Needless to say, the RoadRunner Pro also eats hills for breakfast. It can scale extremely steep slopes.
Such power requires exceptional brakes, of course, and it doesn’t disappoint. Equipped with huge 180 mm rotors and powerful Zoom hydraulic 2-piston calipers, it’ll bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in 3.0 meters.
Now, to state the obvious, the RoadRunner Pro is a seated scooter – the most powerful one ever made, to be precise – but, as the original RoadRunner proved, a seat doesn’t always equal comfort. Thankfully, the Pro irons out this crease, bringing a far larger and thicker memory foam seat to the party for a more cushioned riding experience.
The Pro’s ride quality is further enhanced by its gargantuan 14-inch tubeless tires and smooth-sailing suspension system. The dual springs at the rear are plush and cushion the ride, while the front hydraulic fork is stiffer to prevent wobble at speed. Together, they absorb every shock and vibration thrown up by rough urban terrain. Of all the seated scooters that I’ve reviewed, no other models come close to its comfortability.
Nor can they match the Pro’s lighting rig. The 2000-lumen headlight is quite simply enormous, while a bright, responsive taillight and turn signals represent a more than ample supporting cast. It’s no exaggeration to say that this is one of the safest scooters to ride at night.
It’s also no exaggeration to say that the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro has completely torn up the rulebook on seated scooters. It stands head and shoulders above anything the industry has produced before, raising the bar on what can be achieved when fusing whiplashing performance with supreme comfort.
Best For: Extreme Speed
Wolf King GT
Why I Recommend the Wolf King GT:
If it’s sheer, undiluted power that you’re looking for – levels of speed that’ll leave your lips flapping wildly in G-force winds and your eyes as dry as walnuts – then there’s only one contender: the Wolf King GT.
So, what makes this hulking, brooding machine the brutal rocket of the scooter world? What’s the galvanizing force behind its infamy?
Answer: Blood-curdling dual 72V 2000W motors and a seismic pair of 50Ah Sine Wave controllers. The result is monumental performance.
Together, they deliver a barely believable top speed of 62 mph and an equally staggering acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 1.7 seconds. Predictably, it’s a voracious eater of hills, too.
The only scooter on this list that can match its speed is the NAMI Burn-e 2 Max; however, it costs over a thousand dollars more.
In case you needed me to emphasize, the Wolf King GT is not a scooter for the faint-hearted. Unless you’re an experienced ultra-performance rider or an adrenaline junkie, the GT will likely leave you rocking back and forth.
Somewhat lost amidst these headline-making stats is its superb maximum range of 70 miles. Though, if you go hard on the throttle, you can expect to keep the wheels rolling for up to 55 miles. This comes courtesy of the huge 35Ah battery, which can be fully recharged in 12 hours.
Now, it’s clear that Wolf King GT packs one heck of a vicious bite. But does it deliver on the safety front?
It sure does. First, there are its dual hydraulic disc brakes that bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 3.0 meters. Then there’s the iconic dual-stem design that does wonders for stability and control when riding fast. The handlebars are ultra-wide and high enough to enhance your handling, too. The deck, meanwhile, is positively huge, with more than enough grip to keep you planted.
Elsewhere, the tubeless, self-healing 11 x 3.5-inch tires protect you from potential flats, and work in tandem with the scooter’s suspension to safeguard you from the otherwise jarring impacts of rough surfaces. However, it’s important to understand that while the Wolf King GT was once regarded as a top performer in the off-roading class, newer models like the Mantis King GT, NAMI Klima Max, and NAMI Burn-e 2, have surpassed its off-road riding credentials with their far superior shock-absorbing technologies.
The same can be said for its portability – or lack thereof. It’s about as portable as a rhino, so you can forget about carrying it. It’s also a nightmare to fold.
One area where the Wolf shines with awe-inspiring effect, however, is in its striking gold finish (you can also get it in black). Where the GT’s frame comes to life, though, is during the dark hours of the night. It flaunts the iconic dual headlights of the Wolf range, as well as Fast & Furious-inspired deck LEDs, turn signals, and a smoked taillight. Combined, it has one of the best lighting rigs of all electric scooters.
To sum up, if you have a thirst for adrenaline and savor life’s white-knuckle moments, then your carriage awaits. The feeling of those motors revving into full flow is breathtaking.