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7 Best Electric Scooters Under $1,000 (I Tested 22 Models)

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters Under $1,000

After testing a total of 22 electric scooters that cost less than $1,000, I hand-selected the 7 top performers.

Each scooter was subject to top speed, acceleration, range, hill climbing, braking, shock absorption, and ride quality tests, while I also thoroughly assessed their design and value for money.

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

Budget

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

Turboant M10 Lite
Under $400
Turboant M10 Lite
Sale: $299.98 $399.98
Turboant X7 Max Frame
Under $500
Turboant X7 Max
Sale: $419.98 $599.98
Turboant V8 Thick Frame
Under $600
Turboant V8
Sale: $569.98 $799.98

Mid-Range

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

SPLACH Turbo Frame
Under $700
SPLACH Turbo
Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Horizon V2 Frame
Under $800
Horizon 10.4 V2
Sale: $719.00 $899.00
Side Profile of Mosquito Frame
Under $900
Mosquito
Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00

Premium

Top picks that have the most premium designs, highest reliability, and well-rounded performance profiles.

Apollo Air 2023 in Urban Environment
Under $1,000
Apollo Air 2023
Sale: $899.00 $999.00

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  • Turboant V8 – 50 miles (25 miles under real-world riding conditions)

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  • Mosquito – 29 lbs, a cantilevered folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and a telescopic stem

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Best Under $400

Turboant M10 Lite

Sale: $299.98 $399.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:

From a chart-topping performance in its price class to a design that surpasses its competitors, the M10 Lite is a value-busting scooter not to be missed.

Turboant M10 Lite Durable Chassis

It's cut from the same cloth as the rest of the extremely popular Turboant line, but it manages to bring a clutch of crucial refinements to the party that arguably make it a better all-around ride than its predecessor – the M10. Better yet, it comes with a smaller price tag.

Turboant M10 Lite

Equipped with a 36V 350W motor, I found the Lite’s top speed of 16 mph to be enough for leisurely rides, while its acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 7.8 seconds was nippy enough to navigate busy urban environments. If you want a scooter that’s faster off the line, I recommend checking out the SPLACH Turbo.

Turboant M10 Lite Motor

As for stamina, the Hiboy S2 (17 miles) is the only scooter that can top the Lite’s maximum range of 15.5 miles within the sub-$400 category. Yet, a crowning glory in the Lite’s arsenal is its 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. These make it nimble and promise shock absorption to soak up the irregularities of city streets. The same can’t be said for the S2’s solid tires, making the M10 Lite a better choice – especially where ride quality is concerned.

Turboant M10 Lite Front Wheel

Its ride quality is further bolstered by the wobble-free stem, ergonomic thumb throttle, and surprisingly wide 19.7-inch handlebars. Together, I found that they maximized my sense of stability when riding at full clip.

Turboant M10 Lite Cockpit

And, while the grippy deck was perhaps on the short side, there was still enough room to position my feet in an L-shape.

Turboant M10 Lite Rubber Deck

One area where the M10 Lite majorly impressed me was its braking performance. Both the rear disc and front electronic brake are perfectly calibrated to deliver a stopping distance of 2.9 meters from 15 mph. Based on my tests, this was the shortest among its competitors.

Turboant M10 Lite Brake Lever

Being an everyday scooter, portability is also important. The M10 Lite takes its responsibilities seriously, with a 3-step folding mechanism making it quick and easy to collapse. Just be wary of the latch on the handlebars, which has a habit of coming loose from the anchor on the rear fender.

Turboant M10 Lite Folded Frame

However, once successfully compacted and secured, it easily fits in a car trunk or under a desk. Weighing just 30.9 lbs, it also won’t trigger a slipped disc when lifted.

Josh Carrying the Turboant M10 Lite

But of course, being such a lightweight scooter has pros and cons. The negative here is its load-bearing capacity. I can confidently say that riders up to 190 lbs will experience a good level of performance. However, if you weigh more than this, then I recommend checking out either the SPLACH Turbo, Horizon, or Mosquito (all boast 265 lb load capacities).

Josh Riding the Turboant M10 Lite

Among its extra features are an IP54 water-resistance rating and long fenders that protect you from light rain and splashes. When I filmed my review of the M10 Lite, it snowed and rained, yet the scooter held up its end of the bargain and continued to perform.

Turboant M10 Lite Rear Tire and Taillight

You also get a USB charging port that – as per my tests – can be used to juice up your devices on the go. I was impressed that such a cheap scooter had this feature.

Turboant M10 Lite USB Charging Port

Then there’s the 3W headlight that’s bright enough to illuminate the way ahead in well-lit areas. Would I still recommend an additional clip-on light? Yes. Elsewhere, dual taillights line either side of the deck. They are bright, responsive, and flash when you brake.

Turboant M10 Lite Lights

With all the qualities that the Turboant M10 Lite brings to the table, it offers the best return on investment among all sub-$400 electric scooters.

Turboant M10 Lite Display

Further Information:

Turboant M10 Lite Review

Best Under $500

Turboant X7 Max

Sale: $419.98 $599.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:

Turboant has a long history of redefining what to expect from budget scooters; the X7 Pro took the electric scooter world by storm with its high specs, low price, and detachable battery. And now, the new X7 Max has exploded onto the scene complete with rider-focused upgrades including a larger frame, a longer range, and a much-needed facelift.

Josh Testing the Turboant X7 Max

However, the improvements aren’t just to its size and structure; an update to the drivetrain software/hardware means that its maximum range has been extended from 30 to 32 miles (or, based on my grueling tests, an extra 2 miles to bring its real-world stats up to 18 miles).

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Chassis

Add to this its detachable battery, and you have a scooter that’s not only easy to recharge but by purchasing additional units, you can extend your range indefinitely. To put this into perspective, if you were to double your mileage with an extra battery, the X7 Max would still cost approximately 68% cheaper than comparable scooters with similar real-world ranges.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Being Removed

And, while the battery is almost identical to that on the X7 Pro, the new design comes with one major improvement – it now has a keylock to keep it secure and prevent it from being stolen.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Key Lock

It would be easy to misjudge the X7 Max as a one-trick pony, but it’s far from it. It’s powered by a 36V 350W motor, and while its 20 mph top speed isn’t record-breaking, it still packs a punch.

Turboant X7 Max Front Wheel

This is evidenced in my tests where the Max leaves more expensive scooters – like the GoTrax GMAX Ultra – in the dust when accelerating to 15 mph. Here, it took just 6.9 seconds, beating the 8.0 seconds of its pricier rival.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Frame

But above all, this is an electric scooter that prioritizes functionality, portability, and convenience. With a weight of just 34 lbs and a newly improved one-click folding and locking mechanism, it’s perfect for anyone looking to speed up their daily commute.

Turboant X7 Max Folded Frame

The aerospace-grade aluminum frame and well-made components also demonstrate good build quality. Alongside the spacious grippy rubberized deck, 41-inch deck-to-handlebar height, and impressive 275 lbs load capacity, it’s perfectly primed for all riders – both big and small.

Turboant X7 Max Deck

Even the brakes promise excellent performance. Thankfully, Turboant’s done away with the tire-busting stomp brake found on the X7 Pro. Instead, the Max comes with a dual braking system that features a front electronic brake and a rear disc.

Turboant X7 Max Disc Brake

What surprised me was that the braking power of the X7 Max is significantly stronger. Newly-calibrated brake pads are responsible for a 40% improvement in stopping distance. When you slam both on you’ll stop in just 3.0 meters.

Turboant X7 Max Brake Lever

More plaudits are necessary when we consider the Max’s ride quality. It offers a surprisingly comfortable ride thanks to its 10-inch pneumatic tires. Plus, thick sidewalls minimize the risk of pinch flats. Factor in a profile tailor-made for carving from side to side, and you have one agile scooter.

Turboant X7 Max Tire Tread

Elsewhere, the handlebars are home to an upgraded display and thumb throttle. Unlike other scooters that spread their controls across their cockpit, the throttle on the X7 Max comes complete with buttons that control the scooter’s power, riding modes, and lights. It’s one of the most ergonomic setups of all the budget electric scooters.

Turboant X7 Max Thumb Throttle

Down from the handlebars is a headlight that’s been seamlessly integrated into the top of the stem to allow for a high beam. There’s also a bright taillight that flashes when you brake. For a scooter of its price, its lighting rig is one of the best. Though, I still recommend strapping an extra clip-on headlight to the handlebars.

Turboant X7 Max With Lights On at Night

After this whistle-stop tour of Turboant X7 Max, I’m sure you’re as impressed as I was when I first got my hands on this little whipper snapper. It’s an exceptional scooter that offers more value than its budget price tag may lead you to believe.

Turboant X7 Max Handlebars

Further Information:

Turboant X7 Max Review

Best Under $600

Turboant V8

Sale: $569.98 $799.98
Turboant V8 Frame

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Turboant V8:

The V8 is perhaps its most intriguing release from budget superstar, Turboant.

Why? Well, this is a scooter that has not one, but two batteries, one of which is detachable.
What this means for you is a maximum range of 50 miles (or, 25 miles when factoring in my real-world tests) that can be extended indefinitely with the purchase of spares. For a scooter that costs less than $600, this is quite the feather in its cap.

Turboant V8 Removable Battery

But the V8 has a lot more to brag about besides range. This is a model that, spurred on by its 36V 450W motor, can hit a top speed of 20 mph and zoom from 0 to 15 mph in 6.3 seconds. Sure, this isn’t exactly enough power to turn your knuckles white, but commuters, students, and weekend leisure-seekers will enjoy the low-key thrill on offer here.

Turboant V8 Motor

Where the V8 truly hits its stride, however, is ride quality. The batteries play a part; with one located under the deck and the other on the rock-solid stem, they facilitate an equal distribution of weight that leaves you feeling firmly in control.

Josh Testing the Turboant V8

This sensation is further strengthened by the rear suspension and 9-inch air-filled tires. Together, they deliver enough shock absorption to navigate rough streets. Unlike other popular budget models, however, the tires benefit from perfect curvature with a three-dimensional tread pattern.

Turboant V8 Rear Tire

Typically, scooters of a similar price and category sport tires that have a much slicker tread pattern. The benefit of those on the V8 is that they more effectively grip the ground, meaning they deliver a superior riding experience when carving from side to side. Ultimately, they ensure that you always maintain control, even when leaning into corners.

Turboant V8 Chassis

You can also opt for solid tires at checkout if you want to take advantage of their puncture-proof qualities.

A word must also go to the handlebars. Not only are they wide, but they’re home to the satisfyingly ergonomic cockpit. If you’ve read any of my reviews before then you’ll know that I’m a big fan of thumb throttles. The one found here is a pleasure; supremely smooth and perfectly positioned, it makes going through the gears feel effortless. The handgrips, meanwhile, are tactile and grippy.

Turboant V8 Handlebars at an Angle

My only issue with the cockpit is the display. Though it does a great job of presenting all your key stats, it gets washed out in direct sunlight.

Turboant V8 Display

There’s also no sugar-coating the V8’s aesthetics. It isn’t going to win any beauty pageants, but it’ll have your back when it comes to durability. Basic, yet robust in its design, it nods its head to longevity. Plus, with an IP54 water resistance, you can take it out in light showers without worrying about wear and tear.

Turboant V8 Geometric Fender

One area of its design worth considering, though, is its brakes. Despite featuring a rear disc and front electronic brake, it took me 4.7 meters to stop from 15 mph. This is distinctly average and longer than its cheaper sibling, the X7 Max. If the V8 exceeded 20 mph, this would be more of a cause for concern.

Turboant V8 Brake Lever

No such concerns persist with its folding mechanism and lighting rig, though. Its simple cantilevered folding joint makes collapsing the stem exceptionally easy, and once folded it’ll fit snugly in the trunk of your car. Weighing 48 lbs, it’s also just about light enough to lift up a flight of stairs.

Turboant V8 Folded

As for its lights, leading from the front is a 3W LED headlight, while an array of lights at the front and rear of the deck add some serious swag. You also get a smokey taillight. Together, they ensure that you remain visible to others and potential obstacles remain visible to you.

Turboant V8 With Lights On at Night

All that’s left for me to say is this: if you prioritize range, ride quality, and durability, the V8 should be smack bang at the forefront of your considerations – especially if your budget resides at the lower end of the price spectrum.

Turboant V8 Deck

Further Information:

Turboant V8 Review

Best Under $700

SPLACH Turbo

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

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the SPLACH Turbo:

This is a model that caused quite a stir upon its original release back in 2020, as demonstrated by a total of $805k raised from 1,128 backers on Indiegogo. And now, it’s had a revamp, with the latest version bringing an NFC card reader and turn signals to the party.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Yet, the headlines remain largely the same: the Turbo is a value-shredding superstar that promises awesome speed, sumptuous ride quality, fantastic handling, and inclusivity for both taller and heavier riders.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis

Despite having a single 48V 600W motor, my tests revealed that it can hit 26 mph – no other scooter in the sub-$700 category can match that. It’s rapid in getting there, too; I hit 15 mph in a heady 4.3 seconds. Once again, this is best-in-class.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

The narrative does, however, change somewhat when we switch the lens to range. The Turbo’s maximum of 22 miles is bettered by the majority of its rivals, though, as with everything, it’s a question of priorities. Such a range will be more than enough for most everyday journeys.

Josh Cruising on the SPLACH Turbo

This is even easier to accept when you factor in the Turbo’s front and rear suspension. Perfectly calibrated and with zero bottoming out, this setup makes a mockery of the scooter’s price tag. In fact, it’s the only sub-$700 model – along with its sibling, the Ranger – to feature dual springs and swingarms.

SPLACH Turbo Front Tire

Needless to say, ride quality is one of its main calling cards. The suspension absorbs the majority of shocks and vibrations that emanate from city streets, with the front air-filled tire providing an effective first line of defense. The tire at the rear, meanwhile, is solid, which significantly reduces the likelihood of punctures.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis From Rear

Beyond the suspension and tires, the Turbo has other tricks up its sleeve for boosting your comfort levels. Take, for instance, its wide handlebars and clean cockpit; together, they maximize your sense of control.

SPLACH Turbo Cockpit

Then there’s the stem’s 10-degree rake angle. This ensures stability at any speed while facilitating optimal maneuverability.

SPLACH Turbo Frame

And finally, you have the Turbo’s even distribution of weight. Standing on the grippy deck with your hands on those handlebars, you can’t help but feel secure and balanced.

SPLACH Turbo Accelerating

Now, with a scooter capable of such explosive speed, strong brakes are essential. Here, the Turbo knocks it out of the park. Its dual mechanical drums combine with an electronic system to bring you to a stop in just 2.4 meters from 15 mph – this is a level of power you’d expect from far pricier models. The strength of the electronic brake can be tweaked via the p-settings, which you can access via the display. The drums, too, can be adjusted by twisting nuts at the end of their brake lines.

SPLACH Turbo Drum Brake

The Turbo, then, is a model that makes very few missteps. There is, however, one niggling issue: its lighting package is a little underwhelming. A conventional headlight is absent, with a stem strip light installed in its place failing to illuminate enough of the road ahead. This is mitigated somewhat by the presence of four deck-embedded button LEDs that also serve as brake lights and turn signals. But, the key takeaway is that you’ll need to buy extra lights if you want to stay safe when the sun goes down.

SPLACH Turbo Lights

I can let this faux pas slide – especially when factoring in the Turbo’s many other qualities – not to mention its collapsible handlebars, height adjustable stem, slick folding mechanism, and 265 lbs load-bearing capacity.

SPLACH Turbo Folded

Indeed, this is a scooter that stands out from the crowd. Where value for money is concerned, it doesn’t get much better.

SPLACH Turbo Grippy Deck

Further Information:

SPLACH Turbo Review

Best Under $800

Horizon V2 (10.4Ah)

Sale: $719.00 $899.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Horizon:

With the perfect combination of quality, performance, and an incredible price, the Horizon is, without a doubt, one of the best entry-level electric scooters that I’ve tested.

Horizon V2 Chassis

Budget scooters from brands like GoTrax and Turboant are excellent if you're strapped for cash, but if you've got a bit more to spend, the Horizon is a big step up. It's more portable, more powerful, and even gives many more expensive models a run for their money.

Horizon V2 Being Carried

Alongside a full suspension system, torquey 48V 500W motor, and a tire profile that enables both traction and nimbleness, it's easy to see why it’s a top seller.

Horizon V2 Being Ridden

Positioned in the rear wheel hub, the motor delivers a burst of speed whenever you need it. It took me just 4.7 seconds to reach 15 mph, while its 23 mph top speed makes it a worthy contender for any sub-$800 highlight reel.

Josh Standing on Horizon V2

As well as providing decent torque on the flats, this is a scooter that can also manage some hills. While you shouldn't expect to go flying up every incline, the Horizon can at least climb gradual slopes.

Josh Testing the Horizon V2 (13Ah)

To help you ascend, you can count on a 48V 10.4Ah battery. Under best-case riding conditions, it promises 23 miles – though, as per my tests which saw the Horizon pushed to its limit, I got 17 miles.

Horizon V2 Sleek Chassis

Possibly the only area of its performance that lets it down is its stopping distance. From 15 mph, it took me 5.0 meters to stop which is the longest of all the scooters that I’ve selected for this guide. This is mainly as a result of all its braking power being directed towards the rear wheel, instead of it being spread across both. Nevertheless, the drum brake is extremely low-maintenance, while it’s also enclosed making it impervious to the fading effects of dust and water.

Horizon V2 Brake Lever

Elsewhere, the Horizon makes amends with its compact, foldable frame. The telescopic stem, collapsible handlebars, and main folding mechanism mean that it can be carried under your arm or packed away in a small space.

Horizon V2 Folded Handlebars

Alongside its portability credentials, it provides a comfortably smooth and reliable ride. The front pneumatic tire ensures shocks are quelled and the solid rubber one at the rear significantly reduces the risk of punctures. In most cases, the solid tire would affect the comfort of the ride. However, because it's paired with dual rear shocks, the Horizon manages to achieve a high level of comfort. For context, I scored it 6/10 on my shock absorption scale.

Horizon V2 Rear Suspension

Another key feature that enhances comfort is the thumb throttle. Previously, the original Horizon was equipped with a trigger-style unit, but on long rides, I found that my hand would occasionally cramp. The addition of the new throttle is far more ergonomic.

Horizon V2 Handgrip

The display also underwent an upgrade, with it now resembling the same design that I’ve seen on the INOKIM Ox and OxO – two significantly more expensive scooters.

As you’ll have seen by now, the Horizon is an all-rounder. It provides many of the features that you'd expect from pricier models, but it combines them with a beginner-friendly price.

Josh Braking on the Horizon V2

Further Information:

Horizon V2 Review

Best Under $900

Mosquito

Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Mosquito:

There quite simply isn’t another scooter like the Mosquito. Small in stature but carrying a fearsome bite, its weight-to-power ratio is unrivaled.

Josh Testing the Mosquito

Let’s look at the raw data. Despite weighing just 29 lbs, this little nipper rockets to 25 mph, produces a peak power output of 700W, and hurtles from 0-15 mph in 5.0 seconds flat. Considering it only has a single 48V 500W motor to call upon, these stats are hugely impressive.

Mosquito 500W motor

Indeed, the Mosquito is the most powerful ultra-portable scooter that I’ve tested. And boy, is it portable. I’ve already touched on its waif-like weight – which makes carrying it a breeze – but there’s also its collapsible handlebars, retractable stem, main cantilevered folding mechanism, and carry handle. All told, it can be collapsed down and tucked away in your trunk in mere seconds.

Mosquito Folded

But don’t be fooled into thinking that the Mosquito’s diminutive profile and foldable parts spell overall weakness and fragility. This is one tough cookie, as exemplified by its 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, rock-solid stem, and IPX5 water-resistance rating.

Mosquito Deck

It’s also a dream to ride. Coming equipped with front and rear springs, it boasts exceptional shock absorption for an ultra-portable model. This feature mitigates the lack of cushioning afforded by the solid tires, which are in place to eliminate the potential for punctures.

Mosquito Rear Spring

Then there’s its braking system. It combines a rear drum brake, a front regenerative brake, and a stomp brake to give you three ways to stop. Under my tests, it only achieved a stopping distance of 4.8 meters from 15 mph. If it had more responsive brakes, the Mosquito’s performance profile would be exceptionally well-rounded – but, you can’t have it all.

Mosquito Brake Lever

It’s also fair to say that range isn’t one of its specialties. Its 48V 9.6Ah battery promises a maximum of 22 miles under best-case conditions, though my tests saw it reaching 18 miles. This, however, is a sacrifice worth making if you value speed and portability, above range.

Mosquito Chassis

Elsewhere, the handlebars take some getting used to. At 15.8 inches, they’re among the narrowest that I’ve tried. Once accustomed, however, I found that they offered good levels of control over the steering column.

Mosquito Handlebars From Front

I was also hugely impressed with the cockpit. It features paddles for your accelerator and regen brake that are akin to those found on Apollo’s new line of scooters. In terms of ergonomics, they’re second to none.

Mosquito Regen Paddle

Another nice feature is the LCD color display. Through it, you can keep tabs on all your key stats, as well as access a host of p-settings that allow you to customize your ride. The fact it's impervious to glare is a big bonus.

Mosquito Display Showing Key Stats

A word must also go to the deck, which is surprisingly long for such a small scooter. Layered in rubber, it guarantees a stable footing for your feet.

Mosquito Grippy Rubber Deck

And finally, we have the lighting setup. The main headlight is bright enough for low-light conditions, but I strongly recommend buying an additional clip-on light for darker routes. At the rear, you’ll find a taillight that doubles up as a brake light.

Mosquito Frame With Lights On

So, there you have it – the Mosquito – a pound-for-pound superstar that hits the sweet spot between power and portability with rare panache.

Mosquito Front Tire Tread

Further Information:

Mosquito Review

Best Under $1,000

Apollo Air 2023

Sale: $899.00 $999.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Apollo Air:

Apollo is renowned for listening to customer feedback and continually evolving its scooters. Every year, we’re treated to updates on existing models that deliver genuine improvement. The latest off the conveyor belt is the Apollo Air 2023.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023

Like its predecessor, this is a scooter that’ll delight riders looking for that intersection between performance, portability, and premium design.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Hill Climbing

Its 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum frame is durable, sleek, and reminiscent of the finish that you’ll find on Apple MacBooks, yet thanks to its anti-corrosive graphite paint and IP66 water resistance rating, it remains reliable – no matter the weather. The deck, meanwhile, is spacious and adorned in a geometric grippy rubber, while the 26-inch wide handlebars not only promise excellent control but have undergone some big improvements.

Apollo Air 2023 Deck

This time around they feature new 8th-generation paddles for the throttle and regen brake to deliver a smooth actuating response. The buttons to control your riding mode, headlight, and turn signals have been integrated into the casing of the paddles for easy reach of your thumbs, too.

Apollo Air 2023 Throttle

Perhaps the only area of weakness regarding the cockpit is the display, which can get washed out in direct light.

Apollo Air 2023 Display

Elsewhere, the Air 2023 delivers – so long as you weigh less than 180 lbs. If this aligns with your weight, then you’ll be able to enjoy a top speed of 21 mph, an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 5.7 seconds, and a realistic range of 23 miles.

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

If, however, you weigh beyond 180 lbs (like me – 197 lbs), you’ll have to settle for a much slower acceleration (9.2 seconds to 15 mph) and a shorter range (15.5 miles).

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Ride Quality

Aside from these stats, the 21700 cells that make up the battery are of the highest quality, meaning you can rely on it for years to come. The battery management system also plays an important role in protecting against short-circuiting, overcurrent, overcharging, undervoltage, and temperature resistance.

Apollo Air 2023 Durable Frame

The Air brings more to the table where its ride quality is concerned, too. Its front fork suspension joins forces with plush 10-inch tires to deliver one of the best rides that I’ve tested in the sub-$1,000 class.

Apollo Air 2023 Tire Tread

The tires are also now self-healing, thanks to a gel lining that instantly seals punctures. Combine this with the warranty that covers the frame for an impressive 10,000 km, and you have the epitome of reliability.

Apollo Air 2023 Motor

Safety is another area you needn’t worry about. The Air comes equipped with a front drum and rear regenerative braking system. The latter not only reduces your use of the former to save it from wear and tear, but it also recycles energy to recharge the battery by up to 10%. I found myself using the regen paddle most of the time. I had it set to 10/10 which was the strongest setting that I could select via the mobile app. From here, you can also:

  • Adjust the intensity of your acceleration
  • Change the top speed of each riding mode
  • Activate the lock, which immobilizes the scooter by applying the electronic brakes
  • Turn cruise control on and off, and set the time it takes before it automatically kicks in
  • Turn the lights on and off
  • Toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes
  • Change your units of measurement (mph or km/h)
  • Keep tabs on your battery health
  • Get range estimates based on your most recent riding pattern
  • Use it as a navigational device where you can follow a route to your destination
  • Record trips

Apollo Air 2023 Mobile App

Being a scooter built for city life, it offers plenty in the way of lighting and portability, too.

In addition to the newly added 20 LUX headlight, it now comes with clear and visible turn signals located at either end of the handgrips. These are supported by a bright taillight that doubles as a flashing brake light. Among all of the sub-$1,000 scooters that I’ve tested, it lays claim to the best lighting rig.

Apollo Air 2023 Lights

As for its portability credentials, weighing just 41 lbs, it’s light enough to carry and small enough to fit in your car trunk. The improved folding mechanism makes this a breeze; it eliminates stem wobble, while the folding hook prevents the stem from coming unlatched in transit.

Apollo Air 2023 Open Folding Joint

Tailor-made for modern needs, the Apollo Air combines an elegant design, well-balanced performance profile, and low-maintenance build with a plethora of features to ensure safety, comfort, and reliability at all times.

Apollo Air 2023 Handlebar Turn Signals

Further Information:

Apollo Air 2023 Review

Comparison

Compare Sub-$1,000 Electric Scooters

The table below compares the best sub-$1,000 electric scooters across their performance, specs, price, and more.

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Turboant M10 LiteTurboant M10 LiteTurboant X7 MaxTurboant X7 MaxTurboant V8Turboant V8SPLACH TurboSPLACH TurboHorizon 10.4 V2Horizon V2MosquitoMosquitoApollo Air 2023Apollo Air 2023
Where to BuyTurboantTurboantTurboantSPLACHFluid Free RideFluid Free RideApollo Scooters
Price$299.98$419.98$569.98$699$719$899$899
CategoryBudgetBudgetBudgetMid-RangeMid-RangeMid-RangePremium
Best UnderUnder $400Under $500Under $600Under $700Under $800Under $900Under $1,000
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed16 mph20 mph20 mph28 mph23 mph25 mph21 mph
0-15 MPH7.8 s6.9 s6.3 s4.3 s4.7 s5.1 s5.7 s
Max Range15.5 miles32 miles50 miles22 miles23 miles22 miles34 miles
Tested Range10 miles18 miles25 miles18 miles17 miles18 miles23 miles
Braking2.9 meters3.0 meters4.7 meters2.4 meters5.0 meters4.8 meters3.4 meters
Shock Absorp.n/an/a3/106/106/105.5/106/10
Max Incline15 degrees15 degrees15 degrees14 degrees15 degrees15 degrees10 degrees
Optimal Incline7 degrees9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees6 degrees
Specs
Motor36V 350W36V 350W36V 450W48V 600W48V 500W48V 500W36V 500W
ThrottleThumbThumbThumbFingerThumbThumbThumb
Battery36V 6.6Ah FST36V 10Ah FST36V 7.5Ah FST (x2)52V 10.4Ah FST48V 10.4Ah FST48V 9.6Ah FST36V 15Ah FST
Charge Time5 hours6 hours4 hours7 hours6 hours6 hours7 hours
BrakesDisc, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDual drums, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, Regen
SuspensionNoneNoneSprings (Rear Only)Springs, SwingarmsSprings, Air ShocksSprings, SwingarmsFront Fork
Tire Size8.5 inch10 inch9 inch8.5 inches8 inch8 inch10 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)
Weight30.9 lbs34 lbs48 lbs45 lbs40 lbs29 lbs41 lbs
Load220 lbs275 lbs275 lbs265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs220 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem
LightsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightStem Strip, Deck LEDs, Taillights, Turn SignalsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
IP RatingIP54IPX4IP54IPX5NoneIPX5IP66
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

After testing a total of 22 electric scooters that cost less than $1,000, I hand-selected the 7 top-performers.

Each scooter was subject to top speed, acceleration, range, hill climbing, braking, shock absorption, and ride quality tests, while I also thoroughly assessed their design and value for money.

You can learn 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.

Performance Tests:

Top Speed & Acceleration

While sub-$1,000 electric scooters aren’t necessarily the fastest, I still recorded the time that it took for each to reach 15 mph, as well as the speed that they topped out at.

Josh Riding the SPLACH Turbo

To ensure consistent results, I conducted the tests on a flat, dry road with their performance settings dialed up to the max (i.e. I selected the fastest riding modes, strongest acceleration settings, and – where possible – enabled zero-start modes). I also made sure that their tires were pumped up and their batteries fully charged.

Here, it's important to consider my weight (190 lbs) as the results will vary depending on your profile.

Range

When it comes to range, there are two metrics that you need to know and understand: maximum and real-world.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Range

Maximum range is a manufacturer spec used to indicate the distance that a scooter can travel under best-case riding conditions. Typically, these include a 165 lb rider, flat terrain, and riding in the slowest setting at an ambient temperature.

These figures are useful for comparing baseline performance metrics, but they don’t paint the full picture.

Here's where real-world range comes in. I reported on how each scooter performed under real-world conditions – including me as a 190 lb rider, periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops.

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How I Test Real-World Range

Hill Climbing

Throughout my years of testing, I’m yet to find one electric scooter that can achieve its maximum incline rate without slowing to a snail's pace.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Hill Climbing

As a result, I reported on each scooter's optimal hill climbing performance. This gave insight into their true ability to scale inclines while keeping the wheels rolling at a respectable speed.

Alongside these assessments, and to maintain consistency, I tested each model on a 10.65% slope to see how they fared against each other.

Braking

To report on each scooter's braking performance, I used a measuring tape to record their stopping distance from 15 mph.

Josh Braking on the Horizon V2

I repeated the test five times per scooter and averaged the data. For the tests to qualify, they had to be conducted on a dry, smooth road, while being controlled without skidding.

If electronic or regenerative braking systems were present, I set them to their highest strength.

Based on my tests, a distance of less than 3.5 meters was good, while anything below 3.0 meters was very good.

Further Information:

How I Test Braking Performance

Shock Absorption

To report on shock absorption the scooter in question needed to have a suspension system.

Here, I paid particular attention to the balance of shock absorption across the front and rear of the scooter, its rebound and compression rates, its adjustability (if possible), the amount of travel, and whether the suspension bottomed out.

EMOVE Touring Front Wheel

Unlike the other tests that use objective, quantifiable data, there’s an element of subjectivity involved in analyzing shock absorption. However, after many years of testing, I’ve developed an acute understanding of how to score appropriately.

To compare each model on a level playing field I devised a scale out of 10 – where 1 was extremely stiff and 10 was extremely soft. 

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How I Test Shock-Absorption

Ride Quality

Ride quality is possibly the most important metric of a scooter’s overall performance. Without it, everything else is essentially null and void.

Josh Riding the NIU KQi3 Pro

To thoroughly assess each scooter, I not only detailed how their geometry and dimensions impacted their stability and control, but I also reported on how each responded to different inputs to gauge the quality of their handling, power delivery, and agility. For example, if I leaned into a corner, did the tires maintain traction, OR if the handlebars measured XYZ, did they provide enough control when reaching top speeds.

Further Information:

How I Test Ride Quality

Design Assessments:

While each scooter’s performance stats played an important role in my selection, so too did their design.

Turboant M10 Lite Chassis

As is standard for every model that I review, each was subject to 30 assessments spanning 10 design categories. These included their cockpit, frame, deck, tires, portability, suitability, lights, extra features, dimensions, and build quality.

Value For Money:

The sub-$1,000 electric scooter market is saturated with models from some questionable brands. To address this I selected those from reputable brands, while I also reviewed each relative to its price.

Josh With Turboant M10, as well as X7 Max and V8

By using this methodology, I was able to compare performance and design stats to pick the best models for varying budgets.

Results From My Performance Tests:

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

Top Speed

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

ScooterPriceTop Speed
SPLACH Turbo
$699
26 MPH
Mosquito
$899
25 MPH
Horizon 10.4
$719
23 MPH
Apollo Air 2023
$899
21 MPH
Turboant V8
$569.98
20 MPH
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
20 MPH
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
16 MPH

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
SPLACH Turbo
$699
4.3 s
Horizon 10.4
$719
4.7 s
Mosquito
$899
5.1 s
Apollo Air 2023
$899
5.7 s
Turboant V8
$569.98
6.3 s
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
6.9 s
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
7.8 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Turboant V8
$569.98
50 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
34 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
32 miles
Horizon 10.4
$719
23 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles
Mosquito
$899
22 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
15.5 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

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

ScooterPriceReal Range
Turboant V8
$569.98
25 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
23 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
18 miles
Mosquito
$899
18 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
18 miles
Horizon 10.4
$719
17 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
10 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

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

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
SPLACH Turbo
$699
2.4 meters
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
2.9 meters
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
3.0 meters
Apollo Air 2023
$899
3.4 meters
Turboant V8
$569.98
4.7 meters
Mosquito
$899
4.8 meters
Horizon 10.4
$719
5.0 meters
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 sub-$1,000 electric scooters. 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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