There’s nothing more exciting than buying an electric scooter, either for yourself or for your little boy. However, it can be nerve-wracking when it’s their first scooter — you want to make sure it’s the right one.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve selected 9 scooters that I think are ideal for boys between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. I’ve reviewed them all, focusing on how fast and how far they go, what they look like, and how much they weigh so that you can select the perfect one.
The perfect scooter for younger riders. The GKS makes for an exciting ride, whilst also being safe and affordable. Available in five different colors, it’ll bring a smile to your little boy’s face and his friends will be lining up around the block to have a turn. Plus, at $99.99, it’s a steal.
Ninebot ZING E8
Whether your child is an electric scooter novice or has ridden before, the Zing E8 has a setting to suit them. Available in either pink or blue, it features a top speed of 8.6 mph, as well as inbuilt shock absorbers, and a triple braking system. However, it is on the pricey side, costing $219.99 thanks to the careful design and the reputation that comes with a scooter made by Segway and Ninebot.
Ninebot ZING E10
An upgraded version of the E8, the Zing E10 is perfect for slightly older riders thanks to its faster speed and higher weight limit. It can reach a top speed of 10 mph but still features the same 3 rider settings as the E8 for optimum rider safety. This scooter feels more grown-up without losing all of the elements that make the E8 such good fun.
This is the perfect scooter if you’re looking for a bit more independence at the weekends and during the week. The faster speed and extended range make it ideal for commuting to and from school, but it’s not all about function. This scooter also looks great and will suit a variety of teenage styles.
GoTrax XR Elite
The Elite is the perfect match for young adults thanks to its top speed of 15.5 mph and an extended range of 18.6 miles. It’ll give you the independence you’ve been craving without doing any serious damage to your bank account. Considering it features pneumatic tires, dual brakes, and an excellent lighting setup, it’s a bargain at just $359.99.
Turboant X7 Pro
The best scooter for under $500. An excellent budget scooter that pairs range (30 miles) and speed (20 mph) with sturdy build and durability. If you’re after a commuter scooter that doesn’t break the bank but comes with a healthy list of top-quality features, you can’t go wrong with the X7 Pro.
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6-8 Years Old
If your little boy has outgrown his push scooter and wants something a bit more exciting, the GoTrax GKS is the perfect entry to the world of children’s electric scooters. It’s ideal for younger riders between 6 and 8 years old.
I can guarantee the GKS will deliver hours of fun thanks to its 150W motor, which allows it to reach a top speed of 7.5 mph. This pace is just fast enough to make for a thrilling and fun ride, but not too quick that your little one could lose control and take a spill.
This scooter is specifically designed to keep your little boy safe thanks to its safe start system. The GKS features two buttons on its foot deck. To get going, he will need to place his foot on the front button and kick to go, before placing his other foot on the back button to engage the motor.
When he wants to come to a halt, all he needs to do is remove his foot from the back button to kill the motor to slow down gradually. If he wants to come to a faster stop, he can press down on the rear fender brake to slow down completely. This means your little one can control the scooter’s speed and movement just with his feet.
It also means he’ll never accidentally accelerate forward. The assisted safe start system prevents the scooter from moving before your child is completely ready and balanced. This means there’s less chance he’ll be caught unawares so he won’t fall off and hurt himself.
Once your child gets going on the GKS, it might be a bit of a struggle to get them off, especially because its battery can last for up to 4 miles of travel time. This is ideal for neighborhood adventures or family rides to the park. The 6-inch solid rubber tires are also particularly good for this as they’re ideal for cruising over smooth pavement, and can even handle grassy excursions too.
When it comes to recharging, the GKS takes between 5 and 7 hours to reach the full battery, which is on the long side. Luckily, it still functions as a manual kick scooter if the juice does run out mid-ride.
There’s no doubt the GKS ticks all the boxes when it comes to safety and functionality, but that’s not all. It looks great too. It’s available in five dual-tone color combinations, including eye-catching pink, cool blue, and lime-green. Alongside this, you’ll also find an anti-slip tread pattern on the foot deck to keep them balanced at all times.
Despite being designed for younger children, the GKS can support a load weight of up to 154 lbs thanks to its durable build quality. This means it’ll last your little boy for many years, supporting him as he goes through all those growth spurts to come.
Even though it’s designed to deal with a heavier load, the GKS is very lightweight. It weighs just 17.8 lbs, making it ideal for small hands to lift and maneuver. Unfortunately, however, it isn’t foldable. This might cause issues if you don’t have a lot of space in which to store it or you need to transport it in the trunk of your car.
This scooter is ideal for those little boys looking for something more exciting than your run-of-the-mill kick scooter. Its top speed sets a great pace for younger riders who are just learning to ride and it’ll bring hours of amusement. Plus, for $99.99, it’s a bargain too.
9-10 Years Old
Segway-Ninebot is one of the most well-respected scooter brands, but you’ll be pleased to know they don’t just make scooters for adults, they make some pretty awesome models for children too, like the Zing E8. This is a super fun option for children between the ages of 9 and 10, who want their scooter to come with some extra cool, techy features.
Firstly, the E8 takes the speed up a notch from the modest pace offered by the GoTrax GKS. It features a similarly sized 130W motor but can reach up to 8.6 mph and climb hills with a 7% incline grade. It’s perfect if your son wants to go a little faster. However, if he’s not quite ready for that yet, the E8 features three different riding modes (safety, cruise, and throttle) so he can pick the appropriate one for his level.
Safety mode is ideal for beginners because this caps the top speed at 6.2 mph, so your little boy can get used to riding before he dials up the speed. Cruise and throttle both unlock the faster speed of 8.6 mph, however with the former, riders just need to kick to get going and the scooter will maintain speed. The harder you kick, the faster you go. Alternatively, riders can control their pace with the use of the throttle, ‘driving’ the scooter by pressing on the ergonomic thumb pad.
No matter what speed setting your little boy opts for, the E8’s brakes will help him to control the scooter and bring it to a safe stop. This scooter comes with a dual braking system, featuring an electric and mechanical brake, both of which can be operated through the handbrake, as well as a rear foot brake. The combination of all three means that riders can slow down safely whenever they need to.
Similar to the GoTrax GKS, the E8 features two solid rubber tires that are protected against flats as well as being tough enough to resist daily wear and tear. However, this scooter also comes with an additional front shock absorber, to make sure that its ride quality is as comfortable as can be. Not only does this make for smooth riding over sidewalks, but it also means your little one will be able to ride their scooter over grass, dirt, and sand too.
As a result, the E8 is the perfect companion for neighborhood exploration, and thanks to its top range of 6.2 miles, it’ll have plenty of juice to power through those fun adventures. It also comes with a smart battery management system that prevents the battery from overheating, maintaining its condition for longer.
The E8 is safe and speedy but looks great too. Available in gentle baby pink or powder blue, this scooter is definitely a head-turner. Its frame is made from a durable aluminum alloy so it’s very hardwearing, however, it does have a smaller weight limit than that of the GKS. The E8 can only support up to 110 lbs, so you’ll find that your little one might outgrow it faster.
A big advantage of this scooter is that it can handle daily wear and tear, but is still extremely lightweight. Weighing just 17.6 lbs, it’s easy for small hands to manage, and the low foot deck means that riders have increased control over its movements. Even better, it’s foldable, so can be easily stored at the back of a closet or thrown in the trunk of a car.
There’s no doubt that the E8 is well-suited to older children, but all of its added features and careful design specs come at a price. It currently costs $219.99, which is over $100 more than the GoTrax GKS. However, given what’s on offer and the awesome reputation of Segway-Ninebot, I think the bigger price tag is worth it. It’ll keep your little boy occupied for hours and I can guarantee you won’t be able to wipe the smile off his face.
11-12 Years Old
If you thought the ZING E8 was cool, but your son is older than 10, don’t sweat it. Segway-Ninebot brings you the E10. It has all the same quality of its younger sibling (the E8) but is better suited to children between 11 and 12.
The main difference between the two is that the E10 is built to support a bigger load limit than the E8. It can carry riders of up to 132 lbs, making it more appropriate for older riders. Despite that, it’s still constructed from the same lightweight aluminum alloy so, at 18.7 lbs, it’s easy to lift and carry. It also folds down into a compact package, perfect for storing.
As well as being able to support heavier riders, the E10 also has a higher top speed. Its 150W motor can reach 10 mph which is perfect for 11 and 12-year-olds looking for a ride with more fun and excitement on offer. Like the E8, it can handle hills with a 7% incline grade and is also equipped with the same three riding modes: safety, cruise, and throttle.
These three settings are part of what makes these scooters ideal for both beginners and experienced young riders. The selection allows them to either ride at a slower speed, kick up to a comfortable cruise, or hit the throttle for top speeds. The E10 comes with the same dual brakes and rear foot brake as seen on the E8, so no matter what pace your son is going, he’ll be able to stop whenever he needs to.
The E10 is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery and robust battery management system allowing the scooter to reach up to 6.2 miles on a single charge. This is perfect for exploration closer to home, however, older riders might find this restrictive if they want to go further afield or use their electric scooter to get to and from school.
Another feature it shares with its younger brother is its patented anti-skid tires. These are made from solid rubber so you’ll never have to worry about the fiddly business of replacing a tire. They’re also perfectly suited to riding across smooth sidewalks, however, the inclusion of a front shock absorber means your little adventurer will be able to ride comfortably on dirt and sand as well as through grass too.
There’s no doubt that the E10 is a more mature scooter. Gone are the pastel colors of the ZING E8, instead replaced with a grownup matt-grey exterior featuring subtle blue accents better-suited to an older rider. Despite appearances, the E10 is made of the same sturdy stuff as its younger brother, so you’ll still be able to rely on this scooter to have an excellent build quality and an IPX4 waterproof rating which protects from splashing water, no matter the direction.
Unsurprisingly, the E10 is pricier than the ZING E8, but only by $20, costing $229.99. As I’ve mentioned before, the increased price tag accounts for the fact that this scooter is produced by a brand with an awesome reputation — your money pays for the luxury of buying a reliable scooter from a trusted name. This aside, the E10 delivers on speed, safety, and style as well as being an all-around fun ride. What more could you or your preteen want?
13-14 Year Olds
If you’re looking for a scooter that can still deliver a ton of fun but doesn’t look childish or toy-like, the Hiboy NEX fits perfectly into this category. It combines practicality with excitement to bring you a scooter perfect for teenagers.
Firstly, it’s clear that this scooter is made for an older rider. It has a more mature aesthetic, with a cool black exterior and subtle Hiboy branding, making for a sleek and stylish ride. This will appeal to a variety of riders and you’ll turn heads as you cruise by.
This isn’t all the NEX has to offer. Thanks to its 250W it can reach a top speed of 13 mph and ride up hills with a 15% incline grade. This is fast enough to challenge the pace of a normal bike but isn’t too fast you’ll worry about staying in control. It even comes with two settings, beginner and advanced, so you can choose the appropriate level for your riding experience.
The inclusion of a dual brake system also helps less confident riders to manage their speed. The NEX features a rear foot brake and a handbrake-operated electronic brake. Using one will slow the scooter down smoothly and gradually, whereas both will allow you to stop more abruptly.
The NEX’s speed also makes it more appropriate for a school commute, alongside the 13-mile range which is double that of the ZING E8 and E10. Not only does this mean you can ditch the school bus, but it also gives you more freedom at the weekends to go further with your friends. When it does run out of battery, you’ll have to wait between 4 and 6 hours for it to recharge.
One of the NEX’s standout features is that it comes with two bright headlights. Most scooters for younger riders don’t come with any lighting, but this is a must if you’re likely to find yourself out after dark. The lights will help you see the road before you, although I’d recommend purchasing additional lighting to increase your overall visibility.
The NEX also comes with an LED dashboard, which is another feature that sets it apart from scooters designed for younger children as these rarely come with an inbuilt display. From here, you’ll be able to monitor your speed and battery as well as adjusting some of the scooter’s base settings such as switching between zero and kick-start modes. Even better, you’ll find the controls to operate the cruise control, meaning you can take your thumb off the throttle and relax on longer journeys.
Weighing 25 lbs, the NEX is easy to lift and carry and it also folds down in just two seconds, so can be stored quickly and efficiently. This means it’s easy to take on public transport should you need to hop on the subway or catch the bus.
The NEX is cooler, faster, and it can go further, and for $275, you get a lot for your money. It’s ideal for riders who want to ditch the school bus and make their way to school. Plus, it will give you a level of independence at the weekends. With its robust build, the NEX will last the test of time as well as delivering a reliable ride daily.
The NEX isn’t the only scooter in Hiboy’s arsenal. The S2 Lite is also a great choice. It might be made by the same brand, but there are a few key differences that set the NEX and the S2 Lite apart.
The most obvious one is that the S2 Lite is available in a variety of different colors, so you don’t just have to settle for the standard black option. Instead, you can choose between a pink, white, or black paint job to suit your personal preference.
The second biggest difference is that the S2 Lite can keep going for 10.6 miles on a single charge. This is less than the NEX’s 13 miles but there isn’t much in it. Both are ideal for local weekend adventures or short school commutes. A bonus of the S2 Lite’s smaller range is that it houses a slightly smaller battery, meaning the S2 Lite isn’t as heavy as the NEX, weighing just 21 lbs. It’s extremely portable and the easy folding system means you can store it out of sight when it’s not in use.
Despite being lightweight, the S2 Lite can support riders of up to 180 lbs, and its frame is designed to resist the abuse of everyday riding. This is because, as with the majority of electric scooters, it’s made from a top-quality aluminum alloy often used in aviation construction. As a result, it’s extra durable and won’t fall apart mid-ride so you’ll feel secure at all times.
The 250W motor will deliver a satisfyingly speedy pace of 13 mph, as well as allowing you to ride up most urban hills, although particularly steep ones will pose a challenge. The S2 Lite also comes with two riding modes: beginner and advanced. This latter setting will be useful in helping you up those more ambitious hills, but it also means you can find a speed you’re comfortable with, regardless of whether you’re a new rider or a seasoned pro.
In addition to the two gears, you can moderate your speed by using the double braking system. The S2 Lite comes with a front electric anti-lock brake and a rear foot brake for smooth and consistent braking power. Once you get the hang of the rear brake, you’ll be able to bring yourself to a safe stop in quick succession whenever you need to.
This scooter is designed for an urban environment and has been built for optimum performance on flat and smooth surfaces. This is because it features 6.5-inch solid tires that are better suited to pavement and asphalt. After all, they provide a limited amount of shock absorption. A major bonus of solid tires, however, is that they’re flat-resistant so you can wave goodbye to pesky punctures and inconvenient tire changes. This being said, I’d advise keeping well away from rough terrain as it won’t make for a very comfortable ride, especially since there are no shock absorbers.
Like the NEX, the S2 Lite comes with a digital display in the center of the handlebars where you can keep an eye on your riding stats with a single glance as well as switching between gears and initiating that handy cruise control feature.
Next to this is a button to operate the headlights. These are a crucial safety feature that you rarely find on scooters for younger riders. If you do find yourself riding at night, the stem of the scooter also glows in the dark, giving you added visibility although I’d still recommend purchasing additional lighting to be on the safe side.
15-16 Year Olds
GoTrax is famous for designing awesome budget scooters with a ton of high-quality features at shockingly low prices. The XR Elite is arguably the star of their low-cost range and is packed with impressive specs that will make you the envy of your friends.
This scooter is perfect if you’re looking for something that can go faster and further. Its 300W motor solidifies its position as a more serious machine and allows the XR Elite to reach a top speed of 15.5 mph. This kind of motor and torque will let you climb hills with a 15% incline grade.
Because of the more powerful drive-train, acceleration on the XR Elite is on the faster side too. It’s not so quick as to be unsafe but it is zippy enough that you’ll be able to keep up with other bike lane users when you’re out and about.
To combat the extra speed on the Elite, GoTrax has fitted it with an excellent set of dual brakes to keep riders safe at all times. It features a rear disc brake and a front electronic brake that work in tandem to bring riders to a stop as quickly as possible. Disc brakes are one of the best types of braking mechanisms out there. Not only is this super rare to see on a scooter this cheap, but you also know that this is a braking system you can rely on.
What sets the XR Elite apart from other scooters in this price bracket is its extended range of 18.6 miles which is the longest on any GoTrax budget scooter. This is ideal if you have a long journey to school in the morning or want to stay out longer with friends at the weekend. You won’t have to worry about running out of juice mid-ride, plus the Elite only takes 3 to 4 hours to fully recharge. Even better, it comes fitted with a battery protection system, meaning this scooter is protected against overheating and overcharging.
The good news doesn’t stop there, though. For a scooter that costs less than $400, the Elite delivers surprisingly good ride quality. It comes with 8.5-inch air-filled tires that provide extra shock absorption. With pneumatic tires, there is an increased risk of getting flats, but the extra traction and damping they generate outweigh this, especially because the Elite doesn’t come with any inbuilt suspension.
As a result of this, I’d recommend sticking to well-maintained, smooth roads. The pneumatic tires will cushion the impact of light off-road terrain, like parks, but rough surfaces will be uncomfortable and jarring.
Many of the cheaper budget options cut a lot of corners to drive the overall price of the scooter down. Usually, one of the first things to feel the impact is the lights. Luckily, the XR Elite has a headlight and rear light, both of which make you visible to other road users in the dark. Not only this, but the frame is covered in reflectors. Although I’d still recommend the addition of extra lighting, the Elite’s setup is impressive on a scooter this cheap.
Don’t let the price fool you when it comes to build quality either. The XR Elite is surprisingly sturdy and its wide-ish 6.6-inch foot deck can support riders of up to 220 lbs. It also boasts an IP54 rating which means it’ll be able to stand up to dust and light rain.
Luckily, the robust frame doesn’t mean the XR Elite is a monster of a machine to lift and handle. It weighs just 31.8 lbs which will be manageable for most riders. As with all portable scooters, it comes with a single-step folding mechanism, making it even more of a dream to carry when you need to.
I’d recommend this scooter to anyone who’s looking for a great budget option that delivers on quality but doesn’t break the bank. It can stand up to the rigors of daily riding and is ideally suited to riders who have further to travel thanks to its range of 18.6 miles, which is fairly long on a scooter that costs just $359.99.
If you need to keep your costs under $300, the GoTrax GXL V2 is a great alternative to XR Elite. It features everything its more expensive brother does but with a few small compromises to bring the price down to an astonishing $269.99.
The big question is, is it still going to bring a smile to your face?
You bet it is.
Before we even dig into the specs that the GXL V2 has to offer, let’s talk about style. Most adult scooters are available in muted shades such as charcoal or black. Although this color scheme has a certain appeal to it, it’s not for everyone. That’s why, in addition to standard black, the GXL V2 is available in bubblegum-pink or sophisticated-white. You can choose the shade that suits your personality best before getting ready to turn heads as you cruise through the center of town.
So it looks good, but what about its performance? I don’t think you’ll be disappointed here either. The biggest difference between the XR Elite and the GXL V2 lies in the range on offer, with the V2 giving riders 12 miles of travel time on a single charge. This makes it perfect if you aren’t planning to venture too far from home and don’t need the extra mileage the pricier Elite provides. 12 miles will still get you where you need to go and allows you a taste of the independence and freedom you’re looking for.
Because it houses a smaller battery, the GXL V2 is also a lot lighter than the Elite, weighing 26.4 lbs. This makes it extra portable and easy to maneuver. Despite this, it can still support a maximum load of 220 lbs. It’s perfect for stashing on public transport if you want to venture further afield.
Like the XR Elite, it features a 250W motor that means you don’t need to compromise on the 15.5 mph top speed. The adequately responsive acceleration also allows it to scale 14% grade hills, although slopes towards the upper end do prove to be a bit too challenging for the GXL V2. This faster take-off is also crucial in helping the GXL V2 keep pace with other scooters on the road and is a large part of why it’s so popular with both adults and teens alike.
Another reason for its popularity is that it’s built with rider comfort in mind. It might be a budget scooter but that doesn’t mean you need to put up with second-class ride quality. The GXL V2 comes with 8.5-inch pneumatic tires that help to keep it balanced and to absorb shocks from any uneven terrain.
Considering the V2 comes without inbuilt suspension, the wheels are vitally important in delivering a balanced and stable ride. However, they can only do so much. As a result, this scooter will ride best on smooth city paths. It can handle small potholes, but make sure you avoid the bigger ones.
Sometimes, cheaper scooters come with cheaper brakes — unfortunately, this is one of the first areas to suffer when prices need to be kept down. However, this isn’t a concern when it comes to the GXL V2. Like the XR Elite, it features a rear disc brake which is one of the most efficient braking mechanisms, second only to hydraulics. In addition to this, it also comes with a front regenerative brake which helps to slow the scooter down effectively.
Speaking of safety, it is equipped with a bright front headlight, perfect for riding in the dark. It increases visibility, alongside the rear reflector. Disappointingly, the GXL V2 doesn’t come with a rear light, so you’ll need to purchase an additional light to make sure you’re visible from all angles.
The headlight is easily operated from the digital display, which also shows speed and battery life. From here, you’ll also be able to access one of my favorite things about the V2: cruise control. This is perfect for when you want to maintain a constant speed — with the flick of a button, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy all the admiring stares your GXL V2’s sleek black frame will be getting.
Pneumatic tires, a disc brake, and a sturdy, reliable build quality all for $269.99? I wouldn’t say no to that and neither would most people. This is a great option if you want to keep your costs down but still want a quality scooter. It might not have the same range as the XR Elite, but what it does have is perfect if you’re looking for a thrilling way to get out and enjoy the freedom of the city.
17-18 Year Olds
Are you in the market for a high-speed, long-range commuter scooter? Well, feast your eyes on the black, red-accented exterior of the Turboant X7 Pro. This is the perfect entry-level scooter for 17 and 18-year-olds. But don’t be deceived — just because this is a great option for beginners, doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch.
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This is largely due to its 350W motor, which allows the X7 Pro to reach a maximum speed of 20 mph. This is a pretty significant step up from the 15.5 mph offerings of the GoTrax scooters, so it is perfect for those riders that want a bit more thrill when they hit that throttle. The increased pace also makes this an ideal choice if you’re going to be doing more road riding. I’ve done extensive road ride tests on the X7 Pro and 20 mph is perfect for urban residential roads as well as some faster inner-city routes too.
The extra power behind the 350W motor makes climbing hills a breeze. You’ll be able to ride up 15% inclines with confidence. This makes the X7 Pro suitable for most urban slopes, however, if you live in a particularly steep part of town, it will struggle on the more serious hills. Make sure you put the scooter into sport mode rather than beginner or eco when attempting challenging climbs as this will help you build up more torque and traction to get you up and over the top.
To counter its faster pace, the X7 Pro is equipped with an excellent triple braking system. This consists of an electronic brake to slow the motor as well as a disc brake and rear foot brake. When you use these together, you’ll be able to bring this scooter to a stop within just 5 meters.
In addition to a higher speed, the X7 Pro also boasts an impressive maximum range of 30 miles. This is almost double what the likes of the GoTrax XR Elite can offer and is ideal for riders with long commutes, or for those of you that don’t like having to charge your scooter very often. When you do come to recharging the X7 Pro, it’ll take a fairly reasonable time of 4 to 6 hours to hit the full battery.
The extended range isn’t the only thing that sets this scooter apart. It’s the nifty detachable battery. Unlike most scooters, the X7 Pro’s battery pack isn’t located in the foot deck but is attached to the side of the stem. This has plenty of advantages, including the fact that you won’t have to lug the entire scooter into the house to charge it. You can do that if you want or you can just detach the battery pack to charge separately.
Additionally, it acts as a security measure if you need to leave your scooter unattended. People are much less likely to run off with it if it doesn’t have a power source.
On top of this, you have the option of extending your range by purchasing a second battery. Although 30 miles is a pretty hefty range, it still places a limit on how far you can go. By charging up a second pack and chucking it in your rucksack, you can unlock a whole fresh set of miles when the first lot runs out. Neat, right?
If you don’t need as much as 30 miles on the clock and you want to save yourself some money, check out the Turboant X7, the younger sibling of the Pro. It offers the same top Turboant quality but has a reduced mileage of 16 miles as well as slightly smaller tires. It’s only $50 cheaper though, so if you can afford to spend the extra cash, I’d recommend it.
One downside of the external battery is that it can make carrying the X7 Pro a little tricky, as it protrudes out of the stem exactly where you’d want to wrap your hand for lifting. This is a minor inconvenience as the scooter is still manageable and, at 33 lbs, it’s not overly heavy. However, it is something to bear in mind if you have small hands.
As well as delivering on speed and range, the X7 Pro is also a standout contender when it comes to rider comfort. It features luxuriously large 10-inch pneumatic tires that provide excellent shock absorption across the majority of urban surfaces. I’ve mentioned the advantages of air-filled tires before, but their bigger size makes these guys even more impressive as they can roll over larger objects as well as keeping you balanced and allowing you to generate more traction and generally go faster. Although the X7 Pro doesn’t come with any suspension, you won’t feel the lack of it too much because the tires take up so much of the slack here.
Another reason the X7 Pro delivers such a stable and enjoyable ride is its sturdy and reliable construction. This scooter is solid, meaning it can withstand a lot of abuse. The thick sturdy stem is reassuringly secure, with no wobble even when riding in the fastest setting. It’s no surprise it can support a maximum load of 275 lbs, making it perfect for heavier riders. It even comes with an IPX4 waterproof rating, so it won’t be damaged by some light rain.
One of the best parts of this scooter’s aesthetic is the handlebar-integrated LED display, which allows you to monitor your speed and battery. From here, you can also switch between the three ride settings, as well as operating the 3W headlight which is complemented by a rear red taillight for nighttime riding.
This scooter packs a punch, especially considering it only costs $499.98. This makes it the perfect option if you’re after a scooter that can deliver on speed and range, without compromising on rider comfort or style. Without a doubt, this is the best budget scooter.
Another excellent option is the Max V2 from Hiboy. This scooter is built to be a safe and convenient transport option, whilst also delivering a dose of fun for newer riders. It’s the most full-featured out of all the Hiboy scooters, but it’s still beginner-friendly.
The most notable difference between this scooter and the Turboant X7 Pro is that it offers a smaller range of 17 miles, although it will still take between 4 and 6 hours to fully recharge. This won’t suit everyone, particularly if you have longer to go to get to work or school, but it’s a good alternative for riders who plan to stick closer to home or use public transport for part of their journey.
At 35 lbs, the Max V2 is heavier than the X7 Pro, but it’s still light enough that taking it onto a bus or the subway won’t be too challenging. The one-step folding mechanism also means that it won’t be awkward to store or maneuver because its folded form is quite compact and can be lifted easily.
Despite this, the Max V2 isn’t a small scooter. It actually has an increased handlebar length for a wider grip and comes with a decently sized foot deck, measuring 21.6 x 5.8 inches. This allows riders to adopt a more natural standing position, rather than having to squeeze onto a super-narrow platform. It also helps the Max V2 to support a maximum weight load of 220 lbs.
The better balance afforded by the wider handlebar will be especially important when you hit the throttle and push the Max V2’s 350W motor to its top speed of 18.6 mph. This is just slightly slower than the Turboant X7 Pro but is somewhat similar to the pace and acceleration that you would experience on a shared scooter.
The Max V2 is powerful enough that you’ll be able to ride up hills with a 15% incline grade, especially if you’re in the sport mode. Like most good commuter scooters, the Max V2 comes with two other ride settings in addition to this: beginner and normal. This is ideal for someone looking to purchase their very first electric scooter as the various settings allow you to start at a slower pace you might be more comfortable with.
The Max V2 also comes with a good braking system which helps riders keep control over their speed. This includes a rear disc brake and a twist-grip electric brake which will bring you to a stop in seconds. Using the electric brake will also send a burst of energy to the battery to help you prolong your range and keep going for longer.
Unlike the other Hiboy models in this list, the Max V2 has been designed to deliver a more consistent ride quality across urban routes thanks to the inclusion of a single front and double rear shock absorber. These are designed to help cushion against impacts from obstacles you might come across, however, I’d still recommend sticking to smooth paths and roads for a more enjoyable ride.
This is especially important considering the Max V2 features 8.5-inch solid rubber tires. The main advantage of these lies in the fact that they are completely flat-proof and are particularly resistant to wear and tear. As a result, they’re very low-maintenance. However, they provide little to no shock absorption and also have reduced performance in wet weather.
An area that is impressive across all Hiboy scooters is the attention they pay to their integrated lights — thankfully, the Max V2 is no different. It features a bright headlight that is suitable for nighttime riding, alongside a brake light and blue sidelights. These can be operated from the handlebars where you’ll also find a uniquely futuristic display protruding upwards. Here you can keep an eye on your riding stats, or activate cruise control by pressing on the thumb throttle for 6 seconds at 8 mph or faster.
Most scooters feature a similar setup to this, but not all of them come with an integrated mobile app as the Max V2 does. If you connect your phone to the app, you can customize your speedometer style and riding mode as well as choosing between whether the scooter functions as a kick-and-go or zero-start machine.
The beauty of the Max V2 lies in the fact that it is well-suited to novice riders who need to stick to a budget. Costing just $409, it’s decent value for money and will allow you to get a real feel for the benefits an electric scooter can bring. However, if you’re a more seasoned rider, you might find that you outgrow this scooter quite quickly and instead find yourself looking for something with a more full-featured set of specs. This aside, I’d recommend The Hiboy Max V2 if you’re looking for a good entry-level machine to help you learn the ropes.
By Type (Cheap, Foldable, Fast etc)
Foldable, Light & Portable
- Segway ZING E8 – Weighs 17.6 lbs and has folded dimensions of 34.4 × 13.2 × 12.6 inches
- Segway ZING E10 – Weighs 18.7 lbs and has folded dimensions of 38.6 x 15.7 x 12.6 inches
- Hiboy S2 Lite – Weighs 21 lbs and has folded dimensions of 43.3 x 17.7 x 11 inches
- Hiboy Nex – Weighs 25 lbs and has folded dimensions of 43.3 x 17.7 x 11 inches
- GoTrax GXL V2 – Weighs 26.4 lbs and has folded dimensions of 15 x 44 x 6 inches
- Turboant X7 Pro – Thanks to the ultra-long-range and pacey top speed, this is an ideal commuter scooter. Even better, it’s large, air-filled tires mean good shock absorption and increased traction for a smooth and comfortable ride.
- GoTrax XR Elite – An excellent budget option, it can keep up with other bike lane users. Its weight of 26.4 lbs makes it easy to lift and the folding mechanism makes taking it on public transport simple and convenient.
- HiBoy Max V2 – The perfect commuter scooter for a beginner. It delivers on portability and range, as well as offering a decent top speed for the money you pay. It’s ideal for taking that first step towards revolutionizing your daily commute.