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9 Best Electric Scooters for Heavy Adults (200-352 lbs) – All Tested

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters For Heavy Adults

To find the 9 best electric scooters for heavy riders, I shortlisted and tested 39 heavy-duty models.

The test criteria included their maximum and optimal load-bearing capacities, dimensions, ride quality, motor power, battery power, and build quality.

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

200-250 lbs

Top choices for heavy riders that weigh between 200-250 lbs.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Frame
Budget
Turboant X7 Max
Supports: 275 lbs
Sale: $419.98 $599.98
Apollo City Pro Sleek Frame
Mid-Range
Apollo City Pro
Supports: 265 lbs
Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI
Mantis King GT Full Frame
Premium
Mantis King GT
Supports: 265 lbs
Sale: $2,095.00 $2,495.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

250-300 lbs

Top choices for heavy riders that weigh between 250-300 lbs.

NIU KQi3 Pro
Budget
NIU KQi3 Pro
Supports: 265 lbs
Sale: $549.00 $799.00
Mantis V2 Frame
Mid-Range
Mantis V2
Supports: 265 lbs
Sale: $1,599.00 $1,899.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100
Apollo Phantom V3 Frame
Premium
Apollo Phantom
Supports: 300 lbs
Sale: $2,099.00 $2,399.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

300-350 lbs

Top choices for heavy riders that weigh between 300-350 lbs.

EMOVE Touring Frame
Budget
EMOVE Touring
Supports: 308 lbs
Sale: $799.00 $899.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
EMOVE Cruiser S Frame
Mid-Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
Supports: 352 lbs
Sale: $1,399.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Dramatic Shot of the Wolf King GT Frame
Premium
Wolf King GT
Supports: 330 lbs
Sale: $3,195.00 $3,795.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

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Long Range Electric Scooters

  • 200-250 lbs: Turboant X7 Max – 34 lbs and a simple folding mechanism
  • 250-300 lbs: NIU KQi3 Pro – 45 lbs and a one-click folding mechanism
  • 300-350 lbs: EMOVE Touring – 39 lbs, cantilevered folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and a telescopic stem

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Best Foldable Electric Scooters (Portable, Compact & Small)

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Commuting Electric Scooters

  • 200-250 lbs: Mantis King GT – 30 degrees (18 degrees optimal)
  • 250-300 lbs: Mantis V2 – 30 degrees (18 degrees optimal)
  • 300-350 lbs: Wolf King GT – 50 degrees (30 degrees optimal)

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  • 200-250 lbs: Mantis King GT – Adjustable hydraulic shocks and swingarms
  • 250-300 lbs: Mantis V2 – Dual springs and swingarms
  • 300-350 lbs: Wolf King GT – Front hydraulic fork, dual springs, and swingarms

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Waterproof Electric Scooters: Best Scooters For Riding in the Rain

  • 200-250 lbs: None
  • 250-300 lbs: None
  • 300-350 lbs: EMOVE Cruiser S – Available for $65

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Best Budget Scooter For 200-250 lb Riders

Turboant X7 Max

Sale: $419.98 $599.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

Turboant X7 Max Overview:

What do you get when one of the market’s leading manufacturers listens to feedback on their most popular model, acts proactively to address issues raised, and goes above and beyond to raise the bar? Answer: the Turboant X7 Max.

From its robust build, long tapered deck, and reinvented frame that now better accommodates bigger riders, the X7 Max ticks every box that a heavy rider on a budget could ask for.

Josh With Turboant X7 Max

Combined with a detachable battery pack that allows you to extend your mileage indefinitely, a newly refreshed interface, and improved all-around performance, it's no surprise that the X7 Max wins our award as the best electric scooter under $600.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Chassis

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Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:

Looking for a scooter that’s tailor-made for a heavy rider, but that’s light on your wallet? Relax, your search is over. Supporting up to a 275 lbs payload – and with a frame designed and built to meet the needs of a variety of riders – the Turboant X7 Max is a no-brainer for those on a budget.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Frame

While it looks strikingly similar to its predecessor – Turboant X7 Pro – the most noticeable differences are its taller stem, longer frame, and wider deck. The handlebars are now 2.5 inches taller, the frame is 2.7 inches longer, and the deck reaches a width of 6.7 inches. This makes it significantly better suited to larger riders who prefer more space while riding.

Close Up of Turboant X7 Max Handlebars

As well as its enlarged frame it features two plush 10-inch pneumatic tires. There’s no suspension but these do a great job of cushioning the ride and protecting you from the lumps and bumps of most urban roads. They also come with extra thick side walls. This reduces the risk of punctures and protects against pinch flats.

Turboant X7 Max Pneumatic Tire

The lack of a deck-located battery allows the X7 Max to ride a little higher than other scooters, too. This equates to more ground clearance, which means you’re less likely to bottom out when riding over obstacles. This is good news for heavier riders, who – with more downward force on the scooter – are more prone to scraping the underside of the deck and incurring damage to it.

Turboant X7 Max Tapered Deck

Despite its larger dimensions, the Max still weighs in at an impressively low 34 lbs. This makes it the lightest scooter on our list and ideal for riders that need a scooter that they can quickly pick up and carry.

Turboant X7 Max Folded Frame

Wonderfully, Turboant has paid attention to customer feedback regarding the original folding functionality and improved it on the Max. It now has a new one-click folding lever and a more secure latch on the rear fender where the hook on the back of the handlebars clips into. As a result, you can carry it in its compact form without the worry of it unfolding mid-carry.

Turboant X7 Max Stem Clipped into Rear Fender

One of the first things you’ll notice about the X7 Max is that its stem is slightly bulkier than other scooters. This is because it has a stem-mounted battery that’s also removable. The battery can be unclipped and removed from the scooter, making charging easier. It also gives you the option of increasing your range by purchasing a second battery ($220).

Turboant X7 Max Battery Being Detached

What’s more, with the new X7 Max model, the battery is secured to the stem via a key lock. This is designed to prevent anyone from stealing or tampering with it.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Key Lock

As well as being a feature-rich scooter, it has more than enough power under its hood to deliver a great ride for anyone weighing up to 245 lbs. Although the battery is the same size as that on the X7 Pro (36V 10Ah), Turboant has updated the drivetrain software and hardware to make the scooter more efficient. The result is longer maximum mileage from 30 to 32 miles, or if you’re a speed fiend and want to put the pedal to the metal, you can expect 18 miles (based on our in-house range tests).

Working in cahoots with the battery, the 350W motor can accelerate to 15 mph in 6.9 seconds, before hitting its top speed of 20 mph. There are also three riding modes – eco, comfort, and sport – that allow you to access a different range of speeds to best suit your ability.

Turboant X7 Max Motor

While 350W isn’t particularly large for a motor, we found that it’s more than sufficient for most riders, especially those that are new to the world of electric scooters. Besides, in the sub $600 bracket you’re never going to get a lightning-quick scooter.

Ultimately, the X7 Max is ideal for cruising urban bike lanes and for heavier riders seeking a compact companion for their commute. It’s not up there with the most rapid scooters on the block – those sorts of titles are reserved for dual motor models – but it’s certainly not the slowest, either.

Turboant X7 Max Frame From Rear

To match its performance, the X7 Max is equipped with a dual braking system that combines an electronic brake at the front and a mechanical disc brake at the rear. As soon as the brake lever is pulled, both brakes engage to bring you to a complete stop without losing control or skidding. It’s also good to see that Turboant has done away with the stomp brake featured on their earlier models. While it appeared beneficial to have an extra brake, it quickly wore away the rubber on the rear tire and was much more trouble than it was worth.

Turboant X7 Max Disc Brake

A key pain point when it comes to picking the perfect scooter for heavy riders is build quality, especially for scooters that reside in the budget category, like the X7 Max.

Don’t fret, for a scooter that’s available for so little, there’s nothing cheap about the way it’s been built. The aluminum-magnesium alloy frame is robust and reliable, while its refined shape and sleek, sweeping attributes eschew the clunky style that many scooters in its price bracket have.

Turboant X7 Max Rear Sweeping Design

In addition to being a scooter for riders of all shapes and sizes, it’s a scooter for all seasons, too. Its frame arrives with the backing of an IPX4 water-resistance rating, allowing you to ride safely in the knowledge that light rain or splashes aren’t going to mess up your scooter.

Finally, let’s take a close look at the controls. Comprising a thumb throttle, power button, light controls, brake lever, and central display console, the setup is as simple and effective as the rest of the scooter. The interface on the display has been updated and presents all the key information that you need to monitor your ride.

Turboant X7 Max Thumb Throttle

In conclusion, Turboant has done a great job of enhancing the already popular X7 Pro. Not only has this improved the general capability of the scooter, but it’s also made it much more suitable for heavier riders.

Turboant X7 Max Headlight

Further Information:

Turboant X7 Max Review

Best Mid-Range Scooter For 200-250 lb Riders

Apollo City Pro

Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI
Josh Testing the Apollo City Pro

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

Apollo City Pro Overview:

Apollo’s been up to its usual tricks. After listening to customer feedback on the Apollo City 2022, the brand went back to the drawing board, came up with a clutch of upgrades, and released the City Pro 2023.

From its game-changing proprietary design, triple-suspension system, and plucky 500W motors, to its 48% bigger battery, improved folding mechanism, and enhanced cockpit, the City Pro 2023 is a commuter’s dream that accommodates heavier riders of up to 265 lbs.

Sure, other similarly priced scooters may bring faster speeds and longer ranges to the table. But when it comes to all-around excellence, the Pro stands in a category of its own.

Apollo City Pro in Motion

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Why I Recommend the Apollo City Pro:

Where do I start? Apollo’s proprietary design is always a good bet. Instead of shoving together off-the-shelf parts, the brand has painstakingly assembled the scooter with custom-made components that fit together like the intricate innards of a Swiss watch.

Apollo City Pro Premium Design

The result is an incredibly well-built scooter. Its key components have been tested for an impressive 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, meaning riders of up to 265 lbs can depend on it.

Apollo City Pro Handlebars and Stem

Then there’s the hard-wearing materials of its frame. Made from aviation-grade aluminum for maximum durability, it’s more than capable of taking on the forces exerted by bigger riders. The grippy deck, meanwhile, is large enough to cater to big feet.

Apollo City Pro Deck and Kickplate

But it’s the handlebars that are a particular area of interest. Wide enough to ensure balance and control at any speed, they’ve been updated to include new 8th-generation paddles to enhance the scooter’s ergonomics.

Josh Using the Apollo City Pro Throttle

At each end of the handlebars, you’ll also find improved handgrips and possibly the best turn signals that I’ve ever tested. In the center is the seamlessly integrated LED display that gives you access to all your key stats and riding modes.

Apollo City Pro Cockpit

But that’s not all; as well as the display, you get a mobile app. This permits you the ability to adjust your accelerative and regen braking strength, record rides, and remotely lock your scooter.

Adjusting Acceleration and Braking Strength of Apollo Pro in Mobile App

Now, while added extras like the mobile app are nice-to-have features, for a scooter to be able to accommodate heavier riders, it needs to get the basics right, and one of these is a decent suspension system. The Apollo City Pro 2023 has that base covered. Its triple springs deliver fantastic shock absorption to render streets as smooth as a bowling lane. This setup is supported by plush 10-inch self-healing tires that provide ample cushioning and traction.

Apollo City Pro Rear Springs

Powerful motors are also important when it comes to propelling heavier rides forward. Good news then that the dual 48V 500W motors can produce a top speed of 32 mph. While this isn’t the fastest pace that you’ll find among similarly priced models, it’ll appease the majority of riders. Besides, with an acceleration rate that’ll take you from 0-15 mph in 2.3 seconds, and 25 mph in just 6.1 seconds, it packs more than enough punch to have you racing through city streets.

Apollo City Pro Accelerating

And, thanks to the upgraded 20Ah battery (complete with 21700 cells), you can also expect an improved maximum range of 43 miles – or 27 miles if riding in sport mode.

This blend of speed and power makes the City Pro 2023 a competent hill climber, with inclines of up to 20 degrees within its capabilities.

Josh Riding the Apollo City Pro

Safety is also of obvious importance. Here, the Pro’s dual drum and regenerative braking system will bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in 2.1 meters. And, if you find yourself riding home at night, you can do so safely in the knowledge that you have a bright headlight, a responsive taillight that flashes when you brake, and turn signals that provide 360-degree visibility.

Apollo City Pro Headlight Beam

Ultimately, if you’re looking for an everyday scooter that brings next-gen tech, an elegant design, and high-end specs to the party, then you’d be hard-pressed to find another model that has the same premium flair.

Further Information:

Apollo City Pro Review

Best Premium Scooter For 200-250 lb Riders

Mantis King GT

Sale: $2,095.00 $2,495.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

Mantis King GT Overview:

The Mantis King GT is the latest in the extremely popular Mantis scooter range from Kaabo.

We were calling for Kaabo to bring innovation to the table and with the GT’s improved frame, higher power output, and robust durability, they’ve more than delivered.

Josh With Mantis King GT

With upgrades in almost every area, this stunning performance scooter offers big power, exceptional handling, and a design that is guaranteed to turn heads.

Mantis King GT Front 1100W Motor

From its enlarged deck and built-in steering damper to its adjustable suspension that allows you to tailor the scooter to your exact weight and the TFT display that gives you the ability to adjust power delivery to each motor, the Mantis King GT is packed with premium features that aid its status as one of the best electric scooters for heavy riders.

Mantis King GT Deck

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Why I Recommend the Mantis King GT:

The Mantis King GT is a stunning scooter that combines a matte black finish with either striking red or gold highlights. But the most stunning part of this scooter is what lies under the hood.

Mantis King Wide-Spanning Handlebars

With the highest performance stats of any Mantis model, the King GT is more than capable of excelling with any rider up to its 265 lbs load limit. Not only does it outpace other similar-priced models with its 43 mph top speed, but it has 30A sinewave controllers that deliver a smooth, constant flow of power for a rapid acceleration rate.

Mantis King GT Rear Motor

With an average-sized rider (i.e. 180 lbs), it can go from 0 to 15 mph in just 1.9 seconds. While variables such as rider weight, terrain, and weather affect the Mantis King GT’s performance, our tests revealed that it’s still exceptionally fast and able to perform competitively even towards the top end of its weight capacity.

Dramatic Shot of Mantis King GT Frame

Not only is this scooter fantastically quick, but it can also dance up hills as if it were still on the flat. This is all down to its torquey 1100W motors. Previously, all Mantis models have been equipped with 1000W motors, so the extra power packed into the new model is quite the upgrade. The same can be said for its large 60V 24Ah battery. Whilst this is the same size as that found on other Manti models, the new sinewave controllers pull power more efficiently, meaning a longer range of 56 miles (vs 45 miles). Whilst most batteries of this size will take many hours to juice up, the dual charging ports mean that it can be fully recharged in a satisfyingly short 6 hours.

Mantis King GT M16 Charge Port

Because the Mantis King GT is rewriting the rules of what a performance scooter can do, you may think that the brakes will need to be something really special. Well, you’d be right. To counteract such impressive speed, it comes with a set of Zoom hydraulic discs. These are some of the best you can get. They’re exceptionally responsive and have been recorded to bring this scooter to a stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters.

Mantis King GT Hydraulic Disc

To house the hydraulic brakes, large motors, and high-quality battery, the Mantis King GT has a big, imposing frame and weighs 74 lbs. However, with the level of performance that this scooter can achieve, it’s still relatively light. This is thanks to the exceptional design and build quality. The aluminum alloy frame is well formed with all the parts fitting together perfectly. The addition of a built-in steering damper eliminates wobble at high speeds, while also making the overall riding experience feel more stable.

Mantis King GT Rear Tire

On the negative side, a 74 lbs scooter isn’t particularly portable. It will fit into some large trunk spaces and you could carry it up one or two flights of stairs but for most people, it will be tricky to move. That being said, the designers at Kaabo have added a few features to make storage and transport as easy as possible. The new claw-like stem latch is quicker to fold than any previous Mantis models. It also features an extra safety catch to lock the stem in place when upright. When folded, the latch on the back of the handlebars clips into the hook at the rear of the deck, enabling you to lift the scooter by its stem.

Mantis King GT Folded From Front

While the scooter isn’t all that portable, this doesn’t matter too much since this is a scooter made to be ridden, not carried. If you’ve owned a Mantis scooter before, you’ll immediately notice that the controls are completely different than before. Most notable of all is the new 3.5-inch TFT display. This stunning display unit has replaced the EY3 unit found on many other Kaabo scooters. While the EY3 from Minimotors is a great piece of kit, the screen could be larger and it comes with a built-in, slightly awkward, finger throttle. The Mantis King GT’s new screen on the other hand is much bigger, bright enough to be viewed in any light, and allows you to interact with your scooter and customize several features. It also comes with a water-resistance rating of IP65.

Mantis King GT TFT Display

Instead of having a built-in finger throttle, the new thumb throttle is separate and significantly easier to use. Although there’s a little dead space when you first press it, once it’s engaged it offers incredible control over your speed. However, if you’re concerned about the power of this beast, you can use one of the riding modes to operate it with a reduced capacity to match your ability and experience.

Mantis King GT Single and Dual Motor Modes

Continuing along the handlebars, there are a few other controls that you should be aware of. The most notable is the light switch console. Unlike previous iterations, it now lights up when in use. For instance, if you turn the headlight on, a small light indicator below the button will light up. This is most useful for the turn signals.

Mantis King GT Button Console

As for the lighting setup itself, the GT delivers a comprehensive suite of lights including a high-mounted headlight, deck-embedded front and rear lights, brake lights, turn signals, and customizable deck LEDs. Altogether they draw attention to your scooter and make it more visible in the dark. However, the headlight is not as strong as we’d like it to be.

Mantis King GT Lights

Another difference between this Mantis model and previous versions is that the deck is several inches bigger. It’s got a wonderfully grippy surface and even the biggest riders will find they have plenty of space. The kickplate is perfectly placed, too. It extends the deck space and is shaped to fit the curvature of your foot.

Mantis King GT Grippy Deck

The biggest upgrade of all, though, and for that matter, my favorite feature of the Mantis King GT, is its adjustable hydraulic suspension. Ever since NAMI released the Burn-e 2 with its out-of-this-world adjustable suspension, we’ve been waiting for Kaabo to do the same.

Mantis King GT Adjustable Hydraulic Suspension

Combined with a set of 10 x 3-inch pneumatic, hybrid off-road tires, the suspension delivers a level of shock absorption that is more commonly found on much larger, pricier scooters. What’s particularly good for heavy riders is that the hydraulic suspension can easily be adjusted to match your needs. You don’t need any tools either. Just dial in the amount of damping you need.

Close Up of Mantis King GT Tire

As you can tell, Kaabo has done an excellent job with this scooter and taken its Mantis range to new heights. It stands out from the crowd with its exceptional performance, a broad range of premium features, and versatility. If you’re a heavy rider looking for a scooter that is powerful, robust, and capable of long-range multi-terrain rides, the Mantis King GT could be the right scooter for you.

Mantis King GT All-Terrain Frame

Further Information:

Mantis King GT Review

Best Budget Scooter For 250-300 lb Riders

NIU KQi3 Pro

Sale: $549.00 $799.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

NIU KQi3 Pro Overview:

NIU’s electric vehicles have accrued over 18 billion kilometers of distance traveled. This is a brand that knows what it’s doing – and this becomes immediately apparent after one second on the superlative KQi3 Pro.

Boasting an award-winning design that’s unrivaled in the sub-$800 price class, it’s tailor-made for heavier riders who crave a premium scooter on tight purse strings.

No matter if you're big, small, tall, or short, its rock-solid build, 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, and 39.5-inch deck-to-handlebar height make it the perfect fit for all types of riders.

NIU KQi3 Pro

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Why I Recommend the NIU KQi3 Pro:

Let’s start with what makes the KQi3 Pro such a suitable option for heavier riders: its build quality.

With handlebars that are 21.3 inches wide, you can’t ask for much more when it comes to comfort and handling – this is a large scooter that feels safe to ride.

NIU KQi3 Pro Handlebars

This sense of all-important security is bolstered by a 23.5 x 6.7-inch deck that’s both 27% longer and 29% wider than the one found on its smaller sibling, the KQi2 Pro. Factor in the charitable layer of rubber that covers its uniquely winged-shaped profile, and you have a platform that’s designed to accommodate a variety of riding stances.

NIU KQi3 Pro Deck

And then we have the frame. Constructed from aerospace-grade aluminum, it’s been built to withstand the stresses of everyday use. The stem is rock solid and wobble-free – even at top speeds – while the scooter’s cable management is top-tier.

All of these design features coalesce to deliver a load-bearing capacity of 265 lbs – a whole 45 lbs higher than the KQi2 Pro and the majority of other budget scooters.

Josh Standing with the NIU KQi3 Pro

But it’s not just build quality where it shines. Armed with a 486Wh battery, it has a maximum range of 31 miles in its locker (or 22 miles when taking heavier loads and real-world environments into consideration). This is enough capacity for several commutes before you need to think about recharging, which takes just 6 hours.

It’s worth noting here that the unit is backed up by NIU's patented battery management system, which affords 14 different types of protection to keep it healthy for longer.

NIU KQi3 Pro Accelerating

Power is another area where the KQi3 Pro excels. Its 48V 350W motor summons a peak power output of 700W. This translates into a top speed of 20 mph, which is fast enough for city riding.

It wastes no time going through the gears, either. You can expect to hit 15 mph from a standing start in 5.0 seconds.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi3 Pro

When it comes to climbing hills, the fact that this is a single-motor scooter means it isn’t a voracious conqueror of inclines, though it will handle slopes of up to 9 degrees.

Elsewhere, the tubeless 9.5 x 2.5-inch tires provide ample cushioning from shocks and vibrations, while their tread and profile are tailor-made for maneuverability. If a suspension system is high on your list of priorities, then I recommend checking out the Horizon. It’s a similar price to the KQi3 Pro, supports the same load, and comes with a triple spring system for greater shock absorption. However, its build quality isn’t as good.

NIU KQi3 Pro Tire

Then there’s the dual discs and regenerative braking system. Together, they’ll bring you to a halt from 15 mph in just 2.2 meters. More impressive is the fact that it’s the only scooter in the sub-$800 class to have dual mechanical brakes and a variable regen system. Using the regen brakes allows you to recharge your battery, whilst also relieving the discs from wear and tear.

NIU KQi3 Pro Rear Disc Brake

You also have a nifty mobile app that allows you to adjust the strength of the regenerative system, as well as dial in the intensity of your acceleration, create a custom riding mode with a top speed that suits you, and activate an electronic lock.

NIU KQi3 Pro Mobile App

And to cap everything off, you get one of the best folding mechanisms on the market, alongside a halo headlight that’s destined to become iconic.

NIU KQi3 Pro Lights

Stop showing off, NIU.

Further Information:

NIU KQi3 Pro Review

Best Mid-Range Scooter For 250-300 lb Riders

Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)

Sale: $1,599.00 $1,899.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

Mantis V2 Overview:

Looking for a scooter that offers scintillating power, exquisite handling, and a supremely comfortable ride? I can confirm such a hybrid exists – and it’s called the Mantis V2.

Fusing formidable dual motors, Sine Wave controllers, and a plush suspension system with a well-balanced frame and wide handlebars, the V2 is manna from heaven for heavier riders.

And the best bit? This is a scooter that despite its ever-growing popularity, maintains its affordable price tag, resulting in a level of performance that achieves best-in-class status.

Mantis V2 Hydraulic Disc

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Why I Recommend the Mantis V2:

The first thing you’ll notice about the Mantis V2 is its ferocious power. Equipped with dual 60V 1000W motors, 25A controllers, and a responsive finger throttle, it explodes out of the blocks to hit 15 mph in a breathtaking 2.1 seconds before reaching its 40 mph top speed. For a scooter that costs less than $1,750, it's quite simply sensational.

Josh Riding the Mantis V2

As, too, is its hill-climbing prowess. With a peak power output of 3000W at its disposal, it makes mincemeat of the steepest inclines. But don’t just take my word for it: thousands of our readers voted it the best hill-climber of the year for 2022/23.

The 18.2Ah battery adds to the scooter's stamina credentials, too. If you go easy on the throttle, it promises a maximum range of 33 miles, though, for heavier riders that like to ride fast, you can expect 25-28 miles. Plus, there’s always the option of spending an extra $300 on the larger 24.5Ah battery variant, which will boost your range to 45 miles (or 38 miles when riding fast). However, I’ll let you in on a secret, for the price that you’d be paying for the 24.5Ah model, you’d be much better off opting for the Mantis King GT which is a far superior scooter with a longer range.

Mantis V2 Brake

So, its performance stats are more than good enough for heavier riders, but what about its build quality?

This is a Kaabo scooter. And it’s a Mantis model. Case closed.

Mantis V2 on Dirt Track in Motion

I’ve ridden the Mantis V2 countless times and put it through its fair share of wear and tear, yet the aviation-grade aluminum frame and solidly set stem have successfully withstood the rigors of daily use.

Josh Standing on the Mantis V2

The grippy, rubber-coated deck, meanwhile, supplies 20 x 8.25 inches of space for big feet. Add to this a deck-to-handlebar height of 42 inches, and a cockpit that measures 24 inches, and you have handlebars that are both tall and wide to ensure that riders of all heights and sizes remain comfortable and in control.

Mantis V2 Deck

Building on its ride quality credentials are the front and rear springs. Working in tandem with the accompanying swingarms, rubber bushings, and juicy 10-inch pneumatic tires, the exquisitely calibrated suspension system soaks up shocks and vibrations from roads and rougher trails.

I was so impressed with the V2’s ride quality that I rated it a strong 8.5 out of 10 on the shock absorption scale.

Mantis V2 Rear Spring

Another impressive performance metric is its ability to stop from 15 mph in just 2.0 meters. This is thanks to its powerful Zoom hydraulic disc brakes that promise excellent speed modulation. The bright, high-mounted headlight ups the safety ante too, while the turn signals, LED strips on the deck, and taillights unite to create one of the best lighting rigs around.

Mantis V2 Lights at Night

This is apt, as the Mantis V2 is one of the best scooters that money can buy. Durable, graceful, and frighteningly fast, it’s a feat of design that anyone can enjoy.

Mantis V2 Cockpit

Further Information:

Mantis V2 Review

Best Premium Scooter For 250-300 lb Riders

Apollo Phantom

Sale: $2,099.00 $2,399.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

Apollo Phantom Overview:

Uniting the principles of comfort, design, and captivating control with all the bells and whistles that the highly-rated Apollo brand is known for, the Phantom V3 is perfectly suited for heavier riders looking for a scooter with premium flair.

Not only can it support 300 lbs of weight, but – thanks to its game-changing MACH1 controller, powerful dual 52V 1200W motors, and big 52V 23.4Ah battery – it builds on the knockout blueprint enshrined by previous iterations to deliver spine-tingling performance.

Add in the large reinforced frame, beefy handgrips, and quadruple suspension system, and you don’t need to be a clairvoyant to sense that the V3 will delight heavier riders.

Apollo Phantom V3 Chassis

Operating in a price class that’s arguably the most saturated with competing models, this is a value-busting war cry from a brand that ceaselessly strives for more – and invariably delivers.

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Apollo Phantom:

So let’s delve deeper into what makes the Apollo Phantom V3 such a crowd-pleaser for heavier riders.

Josh With the Apollo Phantom V3

As has always been the case with the line of Phantom scooters, the best place to start is with its proprietary design. Its double reinforced stem and neck make it extremely tough, while three independent folding mechanisms eradicate stem wobble, meaning big riders pull back hard on the handlebars without having to worry about anything coming loose.

Apollo Phantom V3 Stem

Apollo’s CNC manufacturing process ensures quality, too, with every component of the scooter fitting together like jigsaw pieces. The result is a model that can effortlessly support riders of up to 300 lbs.

The 27-inch-wide, 41-inch-tall handlebars are another feather in its cap. They’re perfect for maintaining balance and control, while the cockpit that’s spread across them is clean and ergonomic.

Apollo Phantom V3 Handlebars

On either side, you’ll find smooth-to-operate regen and accelerative paddles, while in the center is the upgraded LX display, which is both bigger and brighter than the old HEX offering. Combined, you can cycle through the different riding modes to modulate your speed, keep tabs on all your key riding stats, and activate the fearsome Ludo mode.

Apollo Phantom V3 Ludo Mode on Display

With Ludo mode enabled, the Phantom’s peak power output of 3200W which comes courtesy of the dual 52V 1200W motors will fire you forward to 15 mph in 2.3 seconds, and 25 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

Its nominal top speed of 38 mph can be boosted to 41 mph, too. The secret sauce here is the MACH1 controller. Not only can it conjure up immense amounts of torque, but it also affords a beautifully smooth throttle response.

Josh Standing on the Apollo Phantom V3

The controller, alongside the battery management system, also helps to regulate the flow of power from the battery to the motors, equating to a 27% efficiency improvement on the older V2 model. Packing a 23.4Ah battery, the Phantom yields a maximum range of 40 miles – or 29 miles when riding fast. Combined, this establishes it as a reliable long-range model that can also tackle steep inclines without breaking a sweat.

Now, if you’re a fan of Apollo scooters, it’ll come as no surprise that the Phantom V3 delivers one of the finest ride experiences in its class. The protagonist here is its unique quadruple spring suspension system. Dynamic, dependable, and (if you have a c-spanner) adjustable, it can be fine-tuned to your weight.

Apollo Phantom V3 Front Springs

The suspension is ably supported by tubed 10 x 3.25-inch pneumatic tires that offer both plenty of shock absorption and, because of their moderate tread pattern, considerable traction when accelerating, braking, and cornering.

Apollo Phantom V3 Front Tire in Motion

The comfort facilitated by the suspension, tires, and handlebars is augmented by the deck, which cuts a generous 20.5 x 8.5-inch profile. And if this wasn’t enough room, the kickplate serves up an extra 5.5 inches. Among all of the scooters that I’ve tested, it has the best configuration – especially for bigger riders.

Apollo Phantom v3 Deck

It’s not only stability that the V3 offers to large riders, though. It has its safety credentials in order, too, thanks to a pair of strong hydraulic disc brakes. But these are just the appetizers because the V3 is the first performance scooter to feature a regenerative brake paddle. This allows you to recharge the battery by up to 10% while sparing the mechanical brakes from wear and tear. Combined, they’ll bring you to a stop from 15 mph in an outstanding 2.1 meters.

Apollo Phantom V3 Disc Brake

Lighting is another area where safety runs deep. As well as featuring a bright 1000-lumen headlight, the V3 now comes with a full suite of turn signals and a smokey taillight that doubles up as a brake light.

Apollo Phantom V3 Headlight Beam

And how can I end this review without mentioning the shiny new mobile app? Through it, you can adjust the scooter’s accelerative and regen braking strength, record rides, change the top speed of each riding mode, toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes, and configure the cruise control settings. You can also remotely lock your scooter and use the app as a navigational device where you can follow a route to your destination.

Adjusting Acceleration and Braking Strength of Apollo Pro in Mobile App

Ultimately, the Apollo Phantom V3 will be perfect for any rider looking for a comfortable, spec-stacked scooter that promises an addictive riding experience. Everything about it oozes class.

Further Information:

Apollo Phantom V3 Review

Best Budget Scooter For 300-350 lb Riders

EMOVE Touring

Sale: $799.00 $899.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

EMOVE Touring Overview:

EMOVE is synonymous with scooters that are purpose-made for heavier riders. The Touring wears these colors proudly, except it's also a commuter’s dream.

Boasting a humongous load capacity of 308 lbs alongside a low maintenance design, a high-quality LG battery, and comfortable adjustable dimensions, it’s an inner-city workhorse that doesn’t discriminate.

It represents outstanding value for money to anyone looking for a portable, lightweight scooter that you can rely on.

EMOVE Touring Chassis

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the EMOVE Touring:

Where else to begin but with that eye-opening 308 lbs load-bearing capacity? Few – if any – commuter scooters offer the same concoction of all-round inclusiveness.

The secret behind the Touring’s success in this department lies in its build. While the spacious and grippy 22.8 x 7.3-inch deck offers a bounty of room for large feet, the sturdy telescopic stem can be adjusted from 28.8 to 40.3 inches above the deck, making it a great fit for all riders, including those that are taller.

Josh With EMOVE Touring

Building on this foundation are the unusually wide 22-inch handlebars that are home to everything you need to ride, including your brake levers, finger throttle, display, key-lock, voltmeter, and multi-switch for your lights and horn. It's all encased between flared handgrips that boost your sense of control.

EMOVE Touring Handlebars

But, of course, having the controls and dimensions down is just as important as power for bigger riders. Being an entry-level scooter, it can’t match the ferocity of the more expensive dual-motored models in this list, but it does carry some snappy power nonetheless. Its rear-mounted 48V 500W motor gives it a spritely top speed of 25 mph and an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Josh Standing on the EMOVE Touring

Its 48V 13Ah LG battery, meanwhile, is of a high caliber. The superior quality of the cells expands your maximum range to 32 miles. Though, as to be expected, when you factor in rider weight, hills, and speed this is reduced. Based on my tests, where I weighed 190 lbs and rode the scooter around a circuit of undulating streets, I achieved 19 miles.

A good level of ride quality is imperative if you’re a heavier rider, too, and so, you’ll be glad to hear that the EMOVE Touring is the only entry-level scooter to come equipped with a triple front suspension system. Working in harmony with the springs at the rear, a single shock absorber at the base of the stem and a pair of coils flank either side of the front wheel to soak up vibrations. However, you need to stick to well-maintained roads and sidewalks to get the best from the Touring since I found that it clatters while going over rougher surfaces.

EMOVE Touring Suspension

The suspension system is supplemented by a pneumatic tire at the front and a solid rubber one at the rear. The air-filled tire provides cushioning, while the one behind imbues the scooter with a reliable, low-maintenance design. You see, the vast majority of flats occur at the rear, which is why the Touring forgoes a pneumatic.

EMOVE Touring Drum Brake

When it comes to safety, the Touring has you covered. Its low-mounted headlight provides decent visibility in low-light conditions, though I still recommend buying an extra clip-on light for enhanced visibility. Elsewhere, a bright taillight that protrudes from the rear fender unites with the deck-embedded LEDs to provide additional illumination. There is room for improvement, though. The taillight doesn’t flash when you brake, instead it just glows brighter.

EMOVE Touring Lights at Night

Ah yes, the brakes. Armed with a rear drum and regen brake, the Touring will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 4.9 meters. This is in line with most of its rivals. It’s also worth noting that the drum brake is extremely low maintenance, long-lasting, and doesn’t fade in wet conditions.

One other thing worth mentioning is the attachable seat. For an extra $65, you can equip the Touring with a comfortable seat that will transform those longer journeys. It can be collapsed down (along with the stem and handlebars) when it comes to storing or transiting the scooter.

EMOVE Touring From Rear

Further Information:

EMOVE Touring Review

Best Mid-Range Scooter For 300-350 lb Riders

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

Load & Dimension Stats:

EMOVE Cruiser S Overview:

The holy grail of heavy-duty electric scooters for heavy riders, the EMOVE Cruiser S can support a load of up to 352 lbs. Yep, you read that right – 352 lbs. But that’s not the only impressive credit that the Cruiser S has in the bank.

Thanks to its large LG battery, it boasts a (frankly outstanding) range of up to 62 miles. Then there’s the fact it’s the first single-motor scooter to feature a Sine Wave controller. Oh, and it now comes with self-healing tires and an improved stem clamp for greater stability.

In short, the Cruiser S isn’t just a special scooter for heavier riders, but a special scooter in general. And for a final cherry on top, its price tag is the same as the original Cruiser.

EMOVE Cruiser S Rear of Chassis

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the EMOVE Cruiser S:

Where else to start than with the Cruiser’s most notable feature, its battery.

Fitted with an enormous 52V 30Ah LG battery it achieves a chart-topping range in its price class and beyond. Its closest rival – the Fluid Vista – has a maximum range that’s a whole 17 miles shy of the Cruiser. Even under my tests where I weighed 190 lbs and rode the scooter aggressively around a circuit of undulating city streets, I got an impressive 48 miles.

Josh on the EMOVE Cruiser S

Complementing its distance credentials are its improved top speed and faster acceleration rate. Armed with a rear-mounted 52V 1000W motor – which has a peak output of 1600W – and the all-new Sine Wave controller, the Cruiser S now accelerates from 0-15 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches 33 mph soon after.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Suspension

There’s also something to be said about the new smooth thumb throttle that enables you to cruise for impressive distances without getting too fatigued.

Another of the Cruiser’s highlights is its ability to stop from 15 mph in just 2.6 meters, distinguishing it as a top performer in the commuter scooter class. This is all thanks to its semi-hydraulic disc brake calipers and large 140 mm rotors.

EMOVE Cruiser S Semi-Hydraulic Disc Brake

With a heavy check mark in the safety box, let’s turn our attention to comfort – a front on which the EMOVE Cruiser S delivers with aplomb. Large front springs couple up with a pair of shocks at the rear to offer plenty of cushioning. On a scale of 1 to 10 – where 1 is extremely stiff and 10 is extremely soft – I rate it a 6.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Springs

Built to a plush, plump 10-inch car-grade specification, the tubeless tires have undergone an upgrade: they’re now self-healing. Fear not, however, as they still soak up bumps without a murmur and are one of the reasons why this scooter is able to serve up a comfortable ride. The perfect curvature of their front-on profile grips the ground when you lean into corners, too.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Tire

Next, let’s take a look at the dimensions that make it a popular choice among heavy riders.

Firstly, the handlebars measure a wide 25 inches. Coupled with the flared handgrips and easy-to-reach controls, they allow you to ride with a strong sense of balance, control, and safety.

EMOVE Cruiser S Handlebars

Secondly, the deck is home to a whopping 23 x 7.75 inches of available space for your feet. This is among the widest of all scooters.

EMOVE Cruiser S Deck

And last but by no means least, the telescopic stem allows you to adjust the handlebar height. That being said, the maximum deck-to-handlebar height is 39 inches, making it a little too short for riders over six feet.

EMOVE Cruiser S Telescopic Stem

With the Cruiser’s big build, it’ll come as no surprise that isn’t the lightest scooter around. It weighs 52 lbs, so it’s not as portable as some of the scooters on this list. It does, however, have a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Despite being heavier to lift, it compensates with a secure cantilevered folding mechanism and handlebars that can be collapsed. Combined with the aforementioned telescopic stem, it’s compact when folded, making it an ideal choice for riders that need to store it under a desk at work or chuck it in the trunk of their car.

EMOVE Cruiser S Folded

A couple of other features worth shouting about are its lighting rig and optional seat attachment.

Combining a bright low-mounted headlight, taillight, deck-embedded LEDs, and turn signals, it passes the mark for riding at night. If there was one improvement it would be for the brake lights to flash as opposed to just glowing brighter.

EMOVE Cruiser S Bright Lights

As for the seat, the Cruiser S – along with the EMOVE Touring – is one of the few electric scooters that gives you the option to fit a seat. Located towards the rear of the deck are pre-drilled holes where the seat plate can be attached to enhance your riding experience.

To sum up, the EMOVE Cruiser S excels at being a scooter that you can rely on, no matter your weight. It’s been designed for practicality and has the performance to back it up.

Josh With the EMOVE Cruiser S

Further Information:

EMOVE Cruiser S Review

Best Premium Scooter For 300-350 lb Riders

Wolf King GT

Sale: $3,195.00 $3,795.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Load & Dimension Stats:

Wolf King GT Overview:

Seemingly not content with one of the fastest, most powerful high-performance scooters on the market, Kaabo one-upped their original Wolf King scooter with a super-charged, super-powered variant – the GT.

Faster and more distance-oriented than the original, the GT also flaunts taller and wider handlebars (excellent for larger riders), and a premium cockpit with all-new controls.

Capable of supporting 330 lbs of rider weight, the GT fits the bill for the heavier riders that are chomping at the bit for ultra-performance.

Josh on the Wolf King GT

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Wolf King GT:

The GT improves on the original Wolf King in several key areas. For one, the GT introduces an all-new TFT display – the same seen on its cousin, the Mantis King GT. It’s designed to let you monitor all your basic riding stats – speed, riding mode, distance traveled, and remaining battery life – as well as dig into more advanced information.

Wolf King GT Bright and Clever Display

The TFT screen is also anti-glare, password-protected, and comes in full color. Plus, at 4.2-inches, it’s large, so it befits a scooter tailored to riders pushing the upper end of the size charts. Even the GT’s water resistance rating gets an upgrade, with an IPX5 rating representing an improvement on the original’s IPX4 billing.

Wolf King GT Handlebars

The King GT also boasts a more ergonomic thumb throttle – a big upgrade from the awkward finger throttle of the original. And, in a big boost for big riders, the handlebars are both taller and wider. We’re not sure if the King GT’s initials stand for ‘Girthier and Taller’, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

Wolf King GT Thumb Throttle

Moving on to the performance stats, its most noticeable improvement over the original reveals itself – that 70-mile range. Offering 40% more distance than its ancestor, the King GT matches its cousin, the Wolf Warrior (a model well-known for its distance credentials) – though, in practice, you’re likely to see 50-55 miles.

Dramatic Shot of the Wolf King GT Frame

In this sense, the King GT is like a blend of the original King and the Wolf Warrior. The GT sports the same dual tubular stem design, twin headlights, and metallic gold palette as the original King while infusing it with the Warrior’s endurance and popularity.

Making the GT’s magnificent mileage possible is its 72V 35Ah Samsung/LG battery. This battery – which is equipped with the finest quality cells in the industry – succeeds on multiple fronts. Not only is it protected by a smart battery management system to safeguard it from overheating, but it also takes as little as 7 hours to charge – so you can be straight back out there tearing up your favorite roads and dirt tracks.

Wolf King GT Gold Tubing

Heavier riders need more power, and the GT provides it. With dual 2000W motors and 50Ah sinewave controllers spearheading a peak output of (yes, you heard right) 8400W, the GT can hit speeds of up to 62 mph. That makes it one of the fastest scooters on the planet – and we’re not just saying that. Of our entire database of 140+ scooters, only two top it – the Dualtron X 2 (68 mph) and the Dualtron Storm Limited (75 mph).

Wolf King GT Front Motor

Similarly, the GT’s acceleration rate is just as explosive, with 15 mph attainable in 1.7 seconds and 25 mph in a mere 3.0. Predictably, all that torque means that the GT is more than a match for steep hills. For heavier riders – who’ll struggle to crest gradients on less powerful scooters – this kind of brawn is a godsend.

Wolf King GT Chassis

Power is one thing, though – comfort is quite another. Fortunately, the GT delivers in both areas, with inverted hydraulic front shock absorbers providing the bulk of the shock absorption, while dual springs at the rear smooth out residual vibrations. Fitted with a wide, long deck and huge kickplate, the GT lends itself to riders of all sizes, meaning you’re guaranteed to find a comfortable stance.

Wolf King GT Deck and Kickplate

Adding to the comprehensive shock absorption profile is its pair of plush 11-inch tires. Like those on the original King, they are tubeless, so they soak up the worst excesses of rough terrain. You can also take your pick of interchangeable sets of on or off-road tires.

Wolf King GT Front Tire and Fork Suspension

But there’s more to these tires than the eye can see – they are puncture-proof. Lined with a coating of special tire slime, the inner of the tire molds to the shape of any object that protrudes into it. Imagine the tire rolling over a nail. The nail will pass through the outer rubber shell of the tire but the slime inside will be pushed up with the nail without being pierced. If the slime does become pierced, though, tests have shown that the tires retain 100% of their pressure for 24 hours.

Wolf King GT Rear Tire

Even the combination of the thumb throttle and sinewave controllers plays an important role in comfort. Unlike other Kaabo scooters, which leap into action from the slightest pull on their throttles, the GT is smooth off the mark. Although it touts an impressive 62 mph top speed and blistering acceleration rate, there are 11 riding modes for you to choose from – each being slightly faster than the one before.

Whether you’re a larger rider or not, there’s one thing all scooter enthusiasts enjoy, and that’s riding after dark. Fortunately, the Wolf King GT makes this possible with a lighting display as potent and plus-sized as a county fair. Along with the signature dual headlights we’ve come to know and love from the Wolf range, the GT boasts turn signals and slick under-deck swag lighting.

Wolf King GT Powerful Lights at Night

If you have just as much an eye for style as you do functionality, the Wolf King GT will suit you to a tee. For what you get – a performance scooter with sensational specs and a rabid reputation – it’s worth every cent and provides heavier riders with a welcome injection of power and pace.

Wolf King GT Turn Signal On

Further Information:

Wolf King GT Review

Comparison

Compare Electric Scooters For Heavy Riders

The table below compares the best electric scooters for heavy riders based on maximum/optimal load, dimensions, performance, specs, price, and more.
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Turboant X7 MaxTurboant X7 MaxApollo City Pro 2023Apollo City Pro 2023Mantis King GTMantis King GTNIU KQi3 ProNIU KQi3 ProMantis V2Mantis V2Apollo PhantomApollo Phantom V3 (2023)EMOVE TouringEMOVE TouringEMOVE Cruiser SEMOVE Cruiser SWolf King GTWolf King GT
Where to BuyTurboantApolloVoro MotorsNIU OfficialFluid Free RideApolloVoro MotorsVoro MotorsVoro Motors
Price$419.98$1,699$2,095$549$1,599$2,099$799$1,399$3,195
Weight Category200-250 lbs200-250 lbs200-250 lbs250-300 lbs250-300 lbs250-300 lbs300-350 lbs300-350 lbs300-350 lbs
TypeCheapMid-RangePremiumCheapMid-RangePremiumCheapMid-RangePremium
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed20 mph32 mph43 mph20 mph40 mph41 mph25 mph33 mph62 mph
0-15 MPH6.9 s2.3 s1.9 s5.0 s2.1 s2.3 s4.5 s3.8 s1.7 s
0-25 MPHn/a6.1 s4.0 sn/a4.7 s4.5 sn/a10.3 s3.0 s
Max Range32 miles43 miles56 miles31 miles33 miles40 miles32 miles62 miles70 miles
Tested Range18 miles27 miles38 miles22 miles28 miles29 miles17 miles48 miles55 miles
Braking3.0 meters2.1 meters2.1 meters2.2 meters2.0 meters2.1 meters4.9 meters2.6 meters3.0 meters
Max Incline15 degrees20 degrees30 degrees11 degrees30 degrees25 degrees15 degrees20 degrees50 degrees
Optimal Incline9 degrees13 degrees18 degrees9 degrees18 degrees15 degrees9 degrees12 degrees30 degrees
Specs
Max Load275 lbs265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs300 lbs308 lbs352 lbs330 lbs
Optimal Load245 lbs235 lbs235 lbs235 lbs235 lbs270 lbs278 lbs322 lbs300 lbs
Dimension (L)45.3 inch47.2 inch50.0 inch46.2 inch49.0 inch49.0 inch39.3 inch48.0 inch49.6 inch
Dimension (W)16.5 inch24.8 inch26.0 inch21.3 inch24.0 inch27.0 inch22.0 inch25.0 inch29.5 inch
Dimension (H)49.2 inch50.5 inch52.7 inch47.3 inch50.0 inch51.0 inch47.2 inch46.5 inch51.2 inch
Motor36V 350W48V 500W (x2)60V 1100W (x2)48V 350W60V 1000W (x2)52V 1200W (x2)48V 500W52V 1000W72V 2000W (x2)
ThrottleThumbThumbThumbThumbFingerThumbFingerThumbThumb
Battery36V 10Ah FST48V 20Ah FST60V 24Ah Samsung48V 10Ah FST60V 18.2Ah FST52V 23.4Ah FST48V 13Ah LG52V 30Ah LG72V 35Ah LG
Charge Time6 hours4.5 hours6 hours6 hours12 hours12 hours8 hours12 hours12 hours
BrakesDisc, ElectronicDrums (x2), RegenHydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicDiscs (x2), RegenSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicDiscs (x2), ElectronicDrum, ElectronicSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic
SuspensionNoneTriple Springs, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Springs, SwingarmsNoneSprings, SwingarmsQuad Springs, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsSprings, ShocksHydraulic Forks, Springs, Swingarms
Tire Size10 inch10 inch10 inch9.5 inch10 inch10 inch8 inch10 inch11 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless)
Weight34 lbs65 lbs79 lbs45 lbs65 lbs77 lbs39 lbs52 lbs105 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Neck
IP RatingIPX4IP66IPX5IP54IPX5IP54IP54IPX6IPX5
LightsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB, Turn SignalsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsDual Headlights, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals
TerrainStreetStreetStreet, Off-RoadStreetStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreetStreetStreet, Off-Road
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

To find the 9 best electric scooters for heavy riders, I shortlisted 39 heavy-duty models and tested each across the criteria of maximum and optimal load-bearing capacity, as well as their dimensions, ride quality, motor power, battery power, and build quality.

These tests were formed as part of a wider, standardized testing process that’s implemented for every electric scooter that I review. Find out more about how I test below:

Heavy-Duty Electric Scooters That I Tested:

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

Test Criteria:

Maximum & Optimal Load

Throughout the guide, you’ll see a lot of references to ‘load’ – that is, how much rider weight a scooter can support. This figure is included in each scooter’s spec sheet as a maximum. However, the specs that go alongside the load rating (i.e. top speed, mileage, etc) are based on tests that the manufacturers have completed with riders that weigh just 165-175 lbs. As a result, these specs can be a little deceptive as they don’t reflect the performance of the scooter at its maximum load.

Even if you fall within the manufacturer-quoted load capacity, you may not achieve the same performance as a lighter rider.

To account for this, I reported on how each scooter performed under my 190 lb weight. I then extrapolated the data to assess the optimal load-bearing capacity – that is, how much rider weight a scooter can support before performance begins to wane. Based on my tests, I found that this typically equates to 85% of the maximum load.

Josh Standing on the SPLACH Mukuta

Dimensions

An electric scooter’s suitability for bigger riders is dependent on its dimensions. To address this, I took several measurements.

Firstly, I measured the width of the handlebars. Based on my many years of testing, I’ve found a direct correlation between handlebar width and control (the wider the bars, the greater the control). Importantly, my assessment of width was made in relation to each scooter’s power, as well as the practicality for bigger riders (i.e. do they provide enough space so that you don’t feel cramped).

Josh Holding onto Apollo Pro Handlebars

Secondly, I reported on the size of each scooter’s deck and kickplate to accurately assess the amount of space that’s usable. I also measured ground clearance to make recommendations on how each scooter could be ridden (i.e. in some cases, heavier riders can cause suspension systems to sag thereby reducing clearance and limiting their ability to roll over curbs, forest tracks, etc).

The last measurement that I made was the distance between the deck and the handlebars. This was used to identify the maximum rider height that each scooter could be comfortability ridden at (i.e. if it’s too short, you’re forced to crouch over and have less control).

Ride Quality

Ride quality is an extremely important area of assessment since it’s the key indicator of whether an electric scooter is enjoyable to ride. With this in mind, I garnered insights into how each scooter felt – including their handling and comfort.

Aside from my hands-on tests and reports on each scooter’s dimensions, I also measured the angle at which the steering columns were positioned to a vertical axis through the front axles (otherwise known as the rake angle). The smaller the angle, the less effort required to turn the handlebars, but the less stable the scooter. Conversely, a larger rake angle required more effort to turn but made the scooter more stable. During my assessments, I made sure to select the scooters that hit the sweet spot between the two to maintain both stability and maneuverability.

Josh on the EMOVE Cruiser S

Then, to assess comfort, I placed particular focus on each scooter’s ability to soak up shocks. The heavier the rider, the more pronounced that bumps and vibrations feel. Consequently, a decent suspension setup is required to ensure the utmost comfort. Now, there’s an element of subjectivity here, but my years of experience give me an accurate feel for what’s good and bad.

Using a shock absorption scale from 1 to 10 – where 1 is extremely stiff and 10 is extremely soft – I assessed the performance of each scooter’s springs, swingarms, and bushings. Through this process, I gauged the amount of travel in the suspension, rebound and compression rates, and whether there was any bottoming out. I also reported on the adjustability of the suspension systems, as well as the ability to add preload (i.e. tightening the springs to prevent them from bottoming out – the more preload added, the greater the force needed to compress the springs).

Josh Adjusting the SPLACH Mukuta Front Spring

Motor Power (Acceleration)

The power of a motor is determined by its voltage and watts.

Voltage signifies the intensity at which electricity is being pushed through a motor. Typically, electric scooter motors are rated at either 36V, 48V, 52V, 60V, 72V, or, in rare cases, 84V. The higher the voltage, the greater the torque and acceleration.

Watts, on the other hand, are units of measurement that determine the size of a motor. This indicates the amount of power that the motor can produce. The higher the watts, the greater the top speed.

While the weight of bigger riders doesn’t affect top speed, it can slow your acceleration as a result of the increased rolling and air resistance.

To account for this, I tested each scooter’s acceleration and picked the top-performing models relative to their price.

Josh Standing on the Apollo Phantom V3

To establish accurate results, I conducted multiple tests across different intervals (i.e. 0-15 mph, 0-25 mph, etc). For each interval, I conducted 3x two-way directional runs on a flat, dry road, and then averaged the data (in seconds). To ensure consistency across each scooter, zero-start modes were enabled (where possible), the performance settings were dialed up to the max, the tires were pumped up to their recommended PSI, and the batteries were fully charged.

It’s important to note that the results from my tests should be viewed as an indicator of performance since they may differ depending on your profile (i.e. if you’re heavier than me, you’ll accelerate slower). The comparative acceleration data, however, serves as a useful foundation for benchmarking performance.

Further Information:

How I Test Acceleration

Battery Power (Range)

The increased weight of heavier riders directly impacts the efficiency of an electric scooter’s battery. The higher the load, the lower the range. For scooters to perform as intended, the batteries have to overcompensate for the extra weight.

Although manufacturers list maximum range figures, these are often based on a 165 lb rider, flat terrain, and riding in the slowest setting. To give a more accurate insight into performance, I reported on how each performs under real-world conditions, taking into account my weight of 190 lbs, periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops.

Josh Testing the Apollo City Pro Ride Quality

It’s important to note that the results from my tests should be viewed as an indicator of performance since they may differ depending on your profile (i.e. if you’re heavier than me, you’ll get less range). The comparative range data, however, serves as a useful foundation for benchmarking performance.

Aside from these reports, I noted the size and quality of the batteries, since they influence a scooter’s range credentials. I also reported on each scooter’s battery management system by assessing how their protection features ensured healthy and safe operation (i.e. protection against over-voltage, low-voltage, over-discharge, over-current, and over-temperature).

Further Information:

How I Test Real-World Range

Build Quality

It may sound like a case of stating the obvious, but the build quality of an electric scooter is crucial – especially as bigger riders exert greater pressures and forces that can leave weaknesses ruthlessly exposed.

To assess each scooter I reported on their craftsmanship, durability, and reliability.

NIU KQi3 Pro Folded

To do this, I assessed the materials used (i.e. for the frame and consumables), how the parts were designed (i.e. were they OEM or proprietary, forged or cast, manufactured using one-piece CNC or welded together), and how they were assembled (i.e. did each part fit seamlessly with the next to achieve a desired outcome or did it have a clunky Frankenstein feel).

I also tested the rigidity of each scooter’s folding joint to assess stem wobble. For example, when I tested the Unagi Voyager – a scooter made from carbon fiber and with a one-click folding mechanism – I noticed that after braking and pulling back on the handlebars repeatedly that the stem began to wobble back and forth.

As part of my selection process, I only chose scooters that felt rock-solid.

Further Information:

How I Test Build Quality

Results From My Performance Tests:

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

Top Speed

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

ScooterPriceTop Speed
Wolf King GT
$3,195
62 mph
Mantis King GT
$2,095
43 mph
Apollo Phantom
$2,099
41 mph
Mantis V2
$1,599
40 mph
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
33 MPH
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
32 mph
EMOVE Touring
$799
25 mph
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
20 mph
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
20 MPH

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Wolf King GT
$3,195
1.7 s
Mantis King GT
$2,095
1.9 s
Mantis V2
$1,599
2.1 s
Apollo Phantom
$2,099
2.3 s
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
2.3 s
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
3.8 s
EMOVE Touring
$799
4.5 s
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
5.0 s
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
6.9 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Wolf King GT
$3,195
70 miles
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
62 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,095
56 miles
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
43 miles
Apollo Phantom
$2,099
40 miles
Mantis V2
$1,599
33 miles
EMOVE Touring
$799
32 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
32 miles
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
31 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

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

ScooterPriceTested Range
Wolf King GT
$3,195
55 miles
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
48 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,095
38 miles
Apollo Phantom
$2,099
29 miles
Mantis V2
$1,599
28 miles
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
27 miles
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
22 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
18 miles
EMOVE Touring
$799
17 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

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

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
Mantis V2
$1,599
2.0 meters
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
2.1 meters
Mantis King GT
$2,095
2.1 meters
Apollo Phantom
$2,099
2.1 meters
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
2.2 meters
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
2.6 meters
Wolf King GT
$3,195
3.0 meters
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
3.0 meters
EMOVE Touring
$799
4.9 meters

Electric Scooter For Heavy Adults

Answering Your Questions

Heavy Rider Electric Scooter FAQs

What is the Best Electric Scooter For Heavy Adults?

Based on the assessment of 39 models, the best electric scooters for heavy adults are:

What is the Maximum Weight for an Electric Scooter?

All scooters come with a weight limit that varies from model to model.

The load capacity of electric scooters generally starts at 220 lbs, however, there are others such as the EMOVE Cruiser S, which can support riders up to 352 lbs.

When choosing an electric scooter, it’s best to check the advertised maximum load to make sure it’s right for you.

What Happens if You Put Too Much Weight on an Electric Scooter?

As a rule of thumb, if you overload the payload of an electric scooter you will experience a lower rate of performance.

For instance, if you weigh 260 lbs and ride a scooter that has a maximum load of 220 lbs, you could expect a 60% decline in performance.

Aside from a lower rate of performance, exceeding the weight limit of an electric scooter will also void your warranty.

Can You Go Over the Weight Limit on an Electric Scooter?

Yes, you can, but it is not advised.  Going above the recommended weight will result in a significant drop in performance and void your warranty.

To get the best performance from your electric scooter, we recommend choosing a model with a load capacity that's at least 30 lbs beyond your weight.

Change Log

Recent Updates

In the interest of delivering the most timely, relevant, and credible reviews/guides in the industry, I have detailed the recent updates and changes to my list of the best electric scooters for heavy riders. Learn more about my editorial policy.

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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