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Best Electric Scooters for Teenagers (13-18 Years Old)

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters For Teenagers

To find the 6 best electric scooters for teenagers, I tested 22 models and assessed each across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, range, braking, and ride quality. I also assessed their design and features.

The results from the tests were compared to identify the top performers relative to their price. Here, I cherry-picked the scooters that delivered the most value for money.

Learn more about how I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

13-14 Years

Electric scooters in this category are capped at 15 mph.

GoTrax Vibe
Budget
GoTrax Vibe
Sale: $249.00 $279.00
GoTrax Apex
Premium
GoTrax Apex
Sale: $299.00 $349.00

15-16 Years

Electric scooters in this category are capped at 20 mph.

Turboant M10 Lite
Budget
Turboant M10 Lite
Sale: $299.98 $399.98
NIU KQi2 Pro Frame
Premium
NIU KQi2 Pro
Sale: $479.98 $599.00

17-18 Years

Electric scooters in this category are capped at 25 mph.

Turboant X7 Max Frame
Budget
Turboant X7 Max
Sale: $419.98 $599.98
Horizon V2 Frame
Premium
Horizon 10.4 V2
Sale: $719.00 $899.00

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Age: 13-14 Years (Budget Choice)

GoTrax Vibe

Sale: $249.00 $279.00
GoTrax Vibe Frame

Performance Report:

GoTrax Vibe Overview:

Kicking things off with color and flair is the GoTrax Vibe. For less than $300, the cheapest scooter on our list isn’t just a good time for your wallet, but is great fun for your teenager, too.

Charging in as little as 5 hours and offering up to 7 miles of ride time, the Vibe also caps the top speed at a safe 12 mph, balancing pace with peace of mind. Its solid tires offer freedom from punctures, while the lightweight folding frame gives it a portable profile.

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Why I Recommend the GoTrax Vibe:

The GoTrax Vibe is aptly named – because this thing’s a vibe. Rocking a choice of either a red, teal, blue, or silver paint job, it makes a visual splash by allowing riders to channel their personality through the scooter’s color palette.

GoTrax Vibe Grippy Deck

Yet the Vibe is far more than a pretty face. It’s been fitted with a 200W motor to deliver a gentle-yet-zippy top speed of 12 mph, while an electromagnetic brake is in place to slow things down. It can even climb small inclines, meaning it has the credentials to go toe to toe with most neighborhood slopes.

Also providing reassurance is the 36V 4.0Ah battery. It’s capable of keeping the wheels rolling for up to 7 miles, and – when it runs out of juice – it can be back on the road in just 5 hours. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that if the scooter is ridden in its fastest settings, the maximum range is reduced to 4 miles.

As for shock absorption…well, it doesn't have any. However, this shouldn’t be too much of a concern. Providing your child doesn’t stray too far from well-maintained roads and sidewalks, they’ll enjoy a comfortable ride. Plus, with solid rubber tires, there’s no risk of picking up a puncture, meaning the scooter is extremely low-maintenance.

GoTrax Vibe Tire

A convenient one, too. It collapses in half at the neck thanks to an intuitive cantilevered folding mechanism. Measuring a trim 43.3 (L) x 17.1 (W) x 14.6 (H) inches, the folded frame renders itself one of the most compact electric scooters on the market, while a weight of just 20.9 lbs earns it the gong for the lightest scooter on this list. Combined with the hook on the back of the stem that latches into the rear fender, the Vibe is both easy to carry and stow away.

Another standout area of its design is its durable build. The aluminum alloy frame is both robust and can weather the storms of everyday use thanks to its IPX4 water-resistance rating which protects it from light rain and splashes.

Then there’s the headlight which is located at the top of the stem and provides some visibility during low-light conditions. However, we wouldn’t recommend taking Vibe out beyond twilight as the headlight isn’t bright enough, and feels like more of a token or aesthetic feature, rather than a functional one.

GoTrax Vibe Handlebars and Headlight

Elsewhere, you’ll find the display that sits flush in the center of the handlebars. This shows your speed, riding mode, and headlight status, as well as how much battery is left. The Vibe also has a neat cruise control feature – simply hold down the throttle while maintaining a consistent speed for 10 seconds, and the cruise function will engage, meaning you can relieve the strain on your thumb.

As far as cheap scooters for teenagers go, they don’t get much better than the GoTrax Vibe. It ticks all the boxes – offering affordability, portability, and rideability in spades. Whether it’s your 13 or 14-year-old’s first scooter, an upgrade from a more childish model, or a precursor to something more powerful, this scooter is an astute choice.

GoTrax Vibe Stem

Age: 13-14 Years (Premium Choice)

GoTrax Apex

Sale: $299.00 $349.00
GoTrax Apex Frame

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

GoTrax Apex Overview:

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, introducing one of the best electric scooters under $400: the GoTrax Apex.

Yet another slam-dunk for GoTrax, the Apex is true to its name. Melding a surprising zip to its step with impressive stamina, rock-solid build quality, and the style to delight a generation of TikTokers, the end product is a scooter that’s tailor-made for teenagers.

GoTrax Apex Handlebar Stem

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Why I Recommend the GoTrax Apex:

The Apex marks a significant step up from the GoTrax Vibe, with one of the biggest differences being range. Here, the Apex provides over double the single-charge mileage. For context, a range of 15 miles (or 7-9 miles under realistic conditions) puts it in the same territory as models such as the Unagi Model One, which costs well over double the price of the Apex.

GoTrax Apex Handlebar Stem

It also has a serious spring in its step. Propelled by a 250W motor, it can hit a top speed of 15.5 mph. This easily makes it one of the quickest scooters under $400 and a good choice for teens that want to race their friends through the local neighborhood.

But you needn’t worry about the ride getting out of control. The acceleration is gentle, while the rear disc and front electromagnetic brakes ensure responsive stopping power.

GoTrax Apex Rear Disc Brake

Another big difference that elevates the Apex to premium status in the 13-14 years category is its 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. Unlike the Vibe’s solid tires, they give you shock absorption. Thanks to their cushioning effect, otherwise jarring bumps and vibrations are soaked up, meaning ride quality is vastly improved.

GoTrax Apex Slick Tire Tread

As for its weight and portability, the Apex’s more powerful motor and bigger battery result in a frame that's heavier than the Vibe. Weighing 32 lbs, it remains just about light enough to carry for short bursts, and thanks to its simple cantilevered folding mechanism, it’s small enough to load into car trunks for family trips.

GoTrax Apex Folded

You can also rely on it being built for longevity. We’ve had the Apex for the last 3 years and despite it being bashed around and bumped into things, it continues to perform just as it did on day one. The frame and wobble-free stem are made from an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, while the cables are threaded neatly through the frame. Then there’s the IP54 water-resistance rating that protects it from light showers and puddle splashes.

One area of the Apex’s design that significantly aids its handling, though, is the spacious, grippy deck that houses the battery. This affords it a low center of gravity which, allied with the wide handlebars, creates a balanced, stable ride that’s perfect for novices and casual riders alike.

GoTrax Apex Low Lying Deck

Among a selection of extra features is the angular display. Here’s where you can view your riding mode, battery life, speed, and status of the lights (on/off). The dashboard also indicates whether you’re in cruise control mode. However, the screen could benefit from being brighter as it's hard to read in direct sunlight.

GoTrax Apex Handlebars & LED Display

Well-designed, well-built, and comfortable to ride, the GoTrax Apex unites all of the requirements to deliver an electric scooter that teenagers will love.

Further Information:

GoTrax Apex Review

Age: 15-16 Years (Budget Choice)

Turboant M10 Lite

Sale: $299.98 $399.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Turboant M10 Lite Overview:

The first – but certainly not the last – Turboant model to feature in this guide is the indomitable M10 Lite, a budget whippersnapper that revels in its ability to offer the best return on investment compared to any other sub $400 electric scooter.

Turboant M10 Lite Sleek Frame

Based on the mic-dropping design brandished by its predecessor – the M10 – the Lite sacrifices some of the power to deliver an arguably more comfortable ride with a smattering of delightful upgrades.

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Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:

From chart-topping performance in its price class to a design that surpasses its similarly-priced competitors, this is one scooter not to be missed.

Turboant M10 Lite Chassis

Take, for instance, its 36V 6.6Ah battery that delivers a maximum range of 15.5 miles (or 10 miles under real-world riding conditions). That’s enough juice for most commutes to school and back, a trip to shops, and meeting up with friends in town.

Its top speed of 16 mph is also impressive. Though slower than the original M10, this pace still distinguishes it as the fastest scooter in the sub-$400 category. It’s no slouch out of the blocks either, where it can reach 15 mph from a standstill in 7.8 seconds.

Turboant M10 Lite Durable Chassis

Elsewhere, the reliably stellar 8.5-inch air-filled tires do a great job in soaking up shocks and vibrations, while the smaller tire size also grants greater maneuverability when it comes to weaving and taking corners.

Turboant M10 Lite Front Fender

And when you need to stop, you can have faith in the extremely well-calibrated rear disc and front electronic brake, which bring you to a complete halt from 15 mph in 2.9 meters. Considering that similarly priced competitors achieve stopping distances of 5.0 meters, this is exceptional.

Turboant M10 Lite Brake Lever

With the combination of the wide handlebars, grippy deck, and ergonomic controls, the M10 Lite’s ride quality is as good as it gets for a budget scooter.

There’s just one slight annoyance, though. The cruise control function kicks in after a few seconds of maintaining a constant pace. If you continue to hold the throttle and decide that you want to go faster, the scooter doesn’t respond even after pressing the throttle down further. The only way to come out of cruise mode is to release the throttle and then press back down on it or pull the brakes. This isn’t a deal breaker, but there’s no denying that it takes a little getting used to.

Turboant M10 Lite Cockpit

As for build quality, well, this is Turboant, folks. Yes, its matte black aesthetic with flecks of fiery red looks the part – but there’s substance beneath the style.

It’s both lightweight and durable; the stem is free from wobble, the cable management is neat, and the frame is impervious to wear and tear. The addition of an IP54 water-resistance rating brings protection against inclement weather, whilst elongated fenders offer effective safeguards from rogue splashes.

Turboant M10 Lite Sleek Frame

The 3-step folding mechanism, meanwhile, is super quick and simple to operate. To fold the scooter, you rotate the safety catch to unlock the folding lever, lower the stem, and latch the handlebars to the rear fender.

Weighing just 30 lbs, it’s light enough to carry and small enough to fit in a car trunk for family vacations, too.

Turboant M10 Lite Folded Frame

One of my favorite features is the USB charging port that’s located beneath the bright and clear display. Unlike many other scooters that have this feature, the port actually works. As a result, you can charge your phone on the go.

Turboant M10 Lite USB Charging Port

And if your teen’s out riding in the evening, the 3W headlight and dual taillights will ensure they remain visible.

Turboant M10 Lite Lights

Ultimately, if you’re on the hunt for a top-performing electric scooter that combines a comfortable ride with a durable build, and surprisingly good performance profile, then the Turboant M10 Lite is one of the safest bets around.

Further Information:

Turboant M10 Lite Review

Age: 15-16 Years (Premium Choice)

NIU KQi2 Pro

Sale: $479.98 $599.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

NIU KQi2 Pro Overview:

The release of the NIU KQi2 Pro and its sibling, the KQi3, sent the industry into a tailspin. Rarely have we seen an entry-level scooter brandish such fastidious attention to detail; seldom have we seen one so exquisitely built.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

For teenagers up and down the country, its highlight reel will be like a red flag to a bull. Stunningly stylish. Integrated mobile app. Ridiculously cool halo headlight. Super simple folding mechanism. Plucky speed. A more than respectable range.

But the best thing of all? It’s affordable. That’s something both you and your adolescent mini-me can get behind.

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Why I Recommend the NIU KQi2 Pro:

Let’s begin with its design. Recent history has led us to believe that a cheap scooter equals clunkiness. They may be robust. They may be low maintenance. But sleek and stylish? That’s for more expensive models. Well, that was until this dandy came along.

NIU KQi2 Pro Deck

Just take a look at the cockpit, for example. From the exceptionally bright display and super smooth thumb throttle to the wide handlebars and tactile grips, the KQi2 Pro’s nerve center straddles the line between slick and safe with consummate ease. Everything is within easy reach, while the ride itself feels balanced and controlled.

NIU KQi2 Pro Display

This is aided further by the 10-inch pneumatic tires. These beauties do a fine job of absorbing shocks and vibrations from the road; and what’s more, they’re 15% thicker than your average tires, thereby improving traction when accelerating and cornering.

NIU KQi2 Pro Front Tire

Looks will, of course, be pivotal for style-conscious teens, and the KQi2 Pro has it in spades. The minimalist black skeleton is furnished with a sweeping grey chassis that houses the grippy deck. There’s an understated yet futuristic elegance to its design that’ll appeal to the iPhone and MacBook generation in particular. Even the wiring is noteworthy – mainly because you can’t see any of it.

NIU KQi2 Pro Chassis in Motion

Now, as a parent, safety will be chief among your concerns. You won’t want your kid riding a scooter that’s capable of ferocious speeds. The good news is that the KQi2 Pro has a maximum of 17 mph in its legs. Nippy, yes. But not excessively so. You can even adjust its top speed via the app.

NIU KQi2 Pro Mobile App

Here, you can also change the regen braking strength, record rides, and activate a digital lock.

The likelihood of being left stranded by an empty battery is also pretty remote thanks to its 25-mile maximum range. Even under realistic conditions, you can expect to coax 17 miles out of it before the battery goes flat. That’s enough for trips to friends’ houses and hangouts at the local park. The unit takes 7 hours to recharge once empty.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

And there’s more. Included on the spec sheet is NIU’s patented battery management system. This provides fourteen different types of protection to ensure longer-lasting and more efficient performance. Plus, it comes with a 2-year warranty, so you can be assured of its quality (this is the longest of all entry-level scooters).

NIU KQi2 Pro Sleek Frame

You’ll find another patent behind the outstandingly smooth two-click folding mechanism. It’s the best of all the scooters that I tested for this guide. The stem can be collapsed in just a couple of seconds – and once folded, the scooter fits snugly in the trunk of a car.

NIU KQi2 Pro Folded

Braking will also be high on your list of interests when it comes to safety. Well, while the front drum brake isn’t the strongest, it’ll bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in 5.2 meters.

NIU KQi2 Pro Brake Lever

The real magic, however, can be found in the scooter’s regenerative braking system. It works independently from the drum by kicking in as soon as the throttle is released, allowing you to keep a tight rein on the Pro’s speed by delivering an immediate (yet gradual) slowing of your pace. And, let’s not forget that using the regen brake also recharges your battery in the process.

NIU KQi2 Pro Thumb Throttle

Finally, we have the joker in the pack: the iconic halo headlight. This is quite simply the coolest light that I’ve seen on an entry-level scooter; an outer ring stays on the entire time, while the central bulb kicks in when turned on. It’s bright enough to ride at night, meaning safety is guaranteed. At the rear, you’ll find a taillight that glows brighter when the brakes are applied.

NIU KQi2 Pro Lights

So, there you have it. The NIU KQi2 Pro. A scooter that, thanks to its blend of style, practicality, and safety, has wowed riders of all ages since its launch.

NIU KQi2 Pro Halo Headlight

Further Information:

NIU KQi2 Pro Review

Age: 17-18 Years (Budget Choice)

Turboant X7 Max

Sale: $419.98 $599.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Turboant X7 Max Overview:

The Turboant X7 Max is a multiple award-winning electric scooter. Perfectly suited to first-time riders, it fast became one of the world’s most popular models.

Josh Testing the Turboant X7 Max

Based on the popular X7 Pro, the new Max brings significant improvements to the table through various well-executed upgrades. The result is a scooter that belies its price tag with a blend of affordability, practicality, and a comprehensive cache of features – including its one-of-a-kind detachable battery pack.

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Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:

While the X7 Max can be considered a budget scooter, its impressive specs and versatility are anything but. The 350W brushless motor and 36V 10Ah battery provide an exciting 20 mph top speed and 32-mile range. Plus, if you choose to purchase a second battery you can extend its range to 64 miles. By comparison to other scooters that can achieve a 64-mile range, the X7 Max (with the extra battery) is 49% cheaper.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Being Detached

But where the X7 Max surprised us during testing was how it improved on what was already a successful formula in the form of its predecessor, the X7 Pro.

Here, it combines many of the Pro’s much-loved features with a plethora of carefully planned additions.

Josh With Turboant X7 Max

Some of the most notable upgrades include the display which now has a refreshed interface, a super-efficient folding mechanism that ensures stability and portability, and a taller stem that makes it better suited to riders of all heights. There’s also the key lock that’s been added to the detachable battery and a completely new frame that’s more sleek and refined.

Turboant X7 Max Display

Though many of the upgrades are obvious, some are easier to overlook. This is true of the updated drivetrain software and hardware which controls the flow of power from the battery to the motor. By making this more efficient, the X7 Max has an ever-so-slightly longer range and faster acceleration than the X7 Pro.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Chassis

Surprisingly, the brakes perform far better than they did on the original X7 Pro, too. They’ll bring you to a stop in just 3.0 meters, equating to a 40% improvement in stopping distance. I put this down to the better tuning and calibration of the brake pads.

Turboant X7 Max Disc Brake

Its build quality also stands up to its newfound level of performance. The aluminum-magnesium frame is protected by an IPX4 water-resistance rating, the long tapered deck provides ample room, and the wide 16.5-inch handlebars promise excellent control.

Front of Turboant X7 Max Handlebars

The same can be said for the all-in-one ergonomic thumb throttle. With built-in buttons, you can control your lights and change riding modes in just a couple of clicks, all while keeping your hands firmly planted on the grips for safe riding.

Turboant X7 Max Thumb Throttle

Then there are the plush pneumatic tires. They have a diameter of 10 inches, feature thick sidewalls to reduce the risk of pinch flats, and put a large cushion of air between you and the road to reduce the impact of bumps and vibrations.

Turboant X7 Max Pneumatic Tire

As you can see, the X7 Max has a lot to offer. In fact, its only drawback is that the stem-mounted detachable battery makes it top-heavy and slightly cumbersome to carry.

Turboant X7 Max Folded Frame

Nevertheless, the X7 Max has been so well received that it won two of our annual Electric Scooter Insider awards, as voted for by thousands of our readers.

For teenagers seeking independence, it’s as close to perfect as it gets. It weighs just 34 lbs, supports riders up to 275 lbs, and gives you the option to extend its range indefinitely. With everything that the new X7 Max brings to the table, its popularity is well-earned.

Turboant X7 Max Rubber Deck Matting

Age: 17-18 Years (Premium Choice)

Horizon V2 (10.4Ah)

Sale: $719.00 $899.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Horizon Overview:

If you’re aged 17 or 18 and you nab yourself a Horizon V2 then congratulations – you own the Maserati of electric scooters for teenagers.

Sporting dual suspension, extremely compact folded dimensions, ergonomic controls, and the accelerative power to give pricier models a run for their money, this expertly crafted scooter has deservedly become one of the market’s biggest sellers.

Horizon V2 Sleek Chassis

From its best-in-class ride quality to the inclusive design that can cater to a wide variety of riders – no matter if you’re big or small, the Horizon is a value-busting scooter that’s not to be missed.

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Why I Recommend the Horizon:

When Fluid Free Ride launched the original Horizon, the entry-level scooter market nearly capsized. Bringing power, portability, inclusivity, and durability into one melting pot, this wasn’t a scooter that did well in one or two areas – it aced them all.

Horizon V2 Front Tire

The Horizon V2 channels this all-rounder energy and adds a few upgrades to the formula. These include an improved display, an ergonomic thumb throttle, and a carry handle that also acts as a footrest.

Carrying the Horizon V2 By the Carrying Handle

But Fluid Free Ride knows better than to rip up what was already an outstanding blueprint. It remains the fastest scooter you’ll find in the sub $800 category thanks to its rear-mounted 48V 500W motor, while the 20A controller and new throttle help it zoom from 0-15 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Horizon V2 Being Ridden

What sets it apart from most of its competitors, however, is ride quality. Despite its power, the Horizon never feels out of control. This is down to two facets of its design. The first is the dual suspension system that combines a single spring at the front with dual shocks at the rear. The second is the well-balanced frame which promises good handling of the chassis and steering column.

Horizon V2 Deck

Adding to this are the tires. At the front, there’s a pneumatic tire that cushions your ride and aids the scooter’s maneuverability with its narrow, rounded profile. The tire at the rear, however, is solid, squarer, and 0.5 inches thicker. This not only affords protection against punctures but promises traction by working with the rear-mounted motor to channel the torque produced and propel you forward.

Horizon V2 Tire

And torque, of course, is a valuable commodity when it comes to climbing hills. Thankfully, most neighborhood inclines pose little difficulty.

Another area where the Horizon succeeds is in its appeal to a broad range of riders. With a load capacity of 265 lbs and a telescopic stem that can be adjusted to suit your height, it's one of the most inclusive models there is. You just need to be mindful that it runs a little short for anyone over 6 feet.

Josh on the Horizon V2

It’s incredibly portable, too. Not only does it have a cantilevered folding mechanism that lets you collapse it down in seconds, but its foldable handlebars reduce its profile even further. And with the new carry handle in place, it’s also easier to lift.

Horizon V2 Being Carried

And fear not if you’re a parent worried about safety; the Horizon will still bring riders to a complete stop from 15 mph in 5.0 meters. This is around the average for a scooter with its price class.

Horizon V2 Brake Lever

With so many great features to talk about, I almost forget to highlight the Horizon’s range. But before we dive into the mileage stats, it's important to know that the scooter is available in two versions – one with a 10.4Ah battery, and the other with 13Ah.

The maximum range of the 10.4 model is 23 miles, but based on our tests, if you ride fast, you can expect 17 miles. For an extra $80, the 13Ah battery increases the max range to 30 miles (or 23 miles under real-world riding conditions).

Horizon V2 Chassis

As for build quality, it’s a tough cookie. It’s been designed to be a low-maintenance everyday scooter that can take a scrape or two, and following our tests we can confirm that it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Possibly the only areas of its design that could be improved are better-calibrated brakes, the inclusion of a water-resistance rating, and although the lighting package is bountiful, it would benefit from a brighter headlight.

Horizon V2 Lights From Side

Overall, the Horizon V2 is an excellent scooter with few weaknesses. Its union of performance, practicality, and affordability makes it a great choice for teenagers taking their first steps into the world of electric scooters.

Further Information:

Horizon V2 Review

Comparison

Compare Electric Scooters For Teenagers

The table below compares the best electric scooters for teenagers across performance, specs, price, and more.
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GoTrax VibeGoTrax VibeGoTrax ApexGoTrax ApexTurboant M10 LiteTurboant M10 LiteNIU KQi2 ProNIU KQi2 ProTurboant X7 MaxTurboant X7 MaxHorizon 10.4 V2Horizon
Where to BuyGoTraxGoTraxTurboantNIU OfficialTurboantFluid Free Ride
Price$249$299$299.98$479.98$419.98$719
Category13-14 Years13-14 Years15-16 Years15-16 Years17-18 Years17-18 Years
TypeBudgetPremiumBudgetPremiumBudgetPremium
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed12 mph15.5 mph16 mph17 mph20 mph23 mph
0-15 MPHn/a7.5 s7.8 s6.0 s6.9 s4.7 s
Max Range7 miles15 miles15.5 miles25 miles32 miles23 miles
Tested Range5 miles9 miles10 miles17 miles18 miles17 miles
BrakingNo Data5.0 meters2.9 meters5.2 meters3.0 meters5.0 meters
Max Incline5 degrees8 degrees15 degrees8.5 degrees15 degrees15 degrees
Optimal Incline3 degrees5 degrees7 degrees6 degrees9 degrees9 degrees
Specs
Motor36V 200W36V 250W36V 350W48V 300W36V 350W48V 500W
ThrottleThumbThumbThumbThumbThumbThumb
Battery36V 4Ah FST36V 6Ah FST36V 6.6Ah FST48V 7.6Ah FST36V 10Ah FST48V 10.4Ah FST
Charge Time4 hours4 hours5 hours7 hours6 hours6 hours
BrakesFoot, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDisc, RegenDisc, ElectronicDrum, Electronic
SuspensionNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneSprings, Air Shocks
Tire Size6 inch8.5 inch8.5 inch10 inch10 inch8 inch
Tire TypeSolid (Rubber)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)
Weight20.9 lbs32 lbs30.9 lbs41 lbs34 lbs40 lbs
Load176 lbs220 lbs220 lbs220 lbs275 lbs265 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at NeckFolds at NeckFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & Handlebars
LightsHeadlightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight
IP RatingIPX4IP54IP54IP54IPX4None
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

To find the 6 best electric scooters for teenagers, I tested 22 models and assessed each across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, range, braking, and ride quality. I also assessed their design and features.

The results from the tests were compared to identify the top performers relative to their prices. Here, I cherry-picked the scooters that delivered the most value for money.

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

Electric Scooters That I Tested:

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

Test Criteria:

Top Speed

Garnering data on each scooter’s top speed was an extremely important factor in the testing process.

In the interest of safety, I placed speed caps across the different age brackets. For 13-14-year-olds, I limited the scooter selection to those that had a top speed of 15 mph or below. For 15-16-year-olds, this was increased to 20 mph, and for 17-18-year-olds, it was increased further to 25 mph.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi3 Pro

Testing the top speed of each scooter required 2x two-way directional runs. Prior to the tests, I made sure that the performance settings were dialed up to the max, the tires were pumped up to their recommended PSI, and the batteries were fully charged.

Further Information:

How I Test Top Speed

Acceleration

Similar to my top speed tests, I assessed acceleration relative to each age bracket.

For 13-14-year-olds, scooters with gradual acceleration curves were selected, while those with more zip were selected for the 15-16-year bracket. For 17-18-year-olds, scooters that had nippy acceleration rates were chosen (i.e. enough to give you a thrill, but not too fast that you could lose control).

NIU KQi3 Pro Accelerating

To establish accurate results, I tested each scooter's acceleration from a standstill to 15 mph. I repeated these tests 6 times (including 3x two-way directional runs) and averaged the data.

To ensure consistency, I made sure that I had each scooter dialed into its highest speed setting with the tires pumped up to their recommended PSI and the batteries fully charged.

Further Information:

How I Test Acceleration

Range

Here, I reported on the maximum and real-world range.

Manufacturers quote maximum range figures, but these are based on best-case riding conditions that often include a 165 lb rider, flat terrain, and riding in the slowest setting.

While these stats are useful for comparing performance, I also provided insights into how each scooter performed under real-world conditions (i.e. riding across undulating routes in their fastest setting, cruising, and making multiple stops).

Josh Riding the SPLACH Ranger

Further Information:

How I Test Real-World Range

Braking

Stopping distance is equally as important as the rest of the other performance metrics.

To ascertain each scooter’s braking performance, I measured the distance that it took for them to stop from 15 mph.

Josh Braking on the GoTrax GMAX Ultra

These tests were conducted five times. If electronic or regenerative braking systems were present then I dialed their strength up to the max. I also assessed the position and responsiveness of the brake levers.

Further Information:

How I Test Braking Performance

Ride Quality

The primary aim of my ride quality tests was to determine whether a scooter was comfortable, fun, and enjoyable to ride.

To do this, I assessed each model across several design and performance factors.

First on the list was to assess geometry and dimensions. Here, I measured handlebar width, usable deck space, and deck-to-handlebar height. The wider the handlebars, the greater the control. The bigger the usable deck space, the larger the room to find a natural riding stance. And, the higher the deck-to-handlebar height, the better your posture.

NIU KQi3 Pro Wide Handlebars

I also made sure to select the scooters that had the most well-suited dimensions for each age group.

Following this, I reported on each scooter’s ability to soak up shocks while riding on both flat and pot-holed roads.

Further Information:

How I Test Ride Quality

Design Assessments

While the performance tests served as an integral part of the testing process, I also assessed the design and features of each scooter.

Scooters that combined well-rounded performance profiles with equally impressive designs were selected.

Josh Standing Over the Turboant M10 Lite

In total, each scooter was subject to 30 assessments across 10 categories. These included the cockpit, frame, deck, tires, portability, suitability, lights, extra features, dimensions, and 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
Horizon 10.4
$719
23 mph
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
20 mph
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
17 mph
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
16 mph
GoTrax Apex
$299
15.5 mph
GoTrax Vibe
$249
12 mph

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Horizon 10.4
$719
4.7 s
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
6.0 s
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
6.9 s
GoTrax Apex
$299
7.5 s
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
7.8 s
GoTrax Vibe
$249
N/A

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
32 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
25 miles
Horizon 10.4
$719
23 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
15.5 miles
GoTrax Apex
$299
15 miles
GoTrax Vibe
$249
7 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

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

ScooterPriceReal-World Range
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
18 miles
Horizon 10.4
$719
17 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
17 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
10 miles
GoTrax Apex
$299
9 miles
GoTrax Vibe
$249
4 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

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

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
2.9 meters
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
3.0 meters
Horizon 10.4
$719
5.0 meters
GoTrax Apex
$299
5.0 meters
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
5.2 meters
GoTrax Vibe
$249
N/A

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Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

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

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