Over the last few years, I’ve reviewed countless electric scooters and amassed a database of 140+ models. Based on my experiences, I’ve handpicked seven of the most portable models.
To make it easy, I’ve split the scooters into three main categories. In each category, I have included a cheap, mid-range, and premium option to accommodate the needs of all riders.
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The second-lightest scooter on the list, the Turboant M10 weighs just 29.8 lbs. However, its diminutive size doesn’t mean compromised performance: it can hit 20-mph speeds, comes with large pneumatic tires, and a simple, yet effective folding mechanism. Plus, its frame isn’t the only light thing about it — its $449.48 price tag makes it ideal if you want quality on a budget.
Why We Recommend It:
Lightweight portability and a cool affordable price tag under $500? Look no further – the M10 ticks both of these boxes. The newest offering from Turboant, the M10 might be the cheapest scooter on this list, but it also comes with bucket-loads of character that make swift city riding an affordable reality.
Weighing just 29.8 lbs, the M10 is lighter than its predecessor, the X7 Pro, making it an ideal option for riders who want an easy-to-carry scooter. It folds at the stem from a quick flick of the latch, collapses, and clicks into place on the fender.
Even better, its lightweight structure doesn’t mean you have to compromise on pace. Like its older sibling, the M10 delivers a 20 mph top speed that’s ideal for urban routes. It’s zippy enough that you’ll be able to keep up with other bike-lane users, and at certain points, you might even find yourself going toe-to-toe with rush hour traffic.
Whilst 20 mph is its top speed, the M10 comes with three different speed modes: Beginner mode, which limits you to 6 mph; Eco, which keeps you under 9 mph; and Sport, which allows you to reach the fastest settings. Having this choice is excellent if you’re a beginner, or you just want to slow things down and enjoy the ride.
If you’re planning to use the M10 for commuting or weekend errands, its 7.5Ah battery offers up to 18 miles of ride time. This is perfect if you don’t have far to go, particularly if you plan to ride consistently in Sport mode, which could reduce your mileage down to as little as 11 miles. The M10 might not have the biggest range, but given its price tag, it has enough to satisfy casual scooterists. It's also worth considering that its battery takes just 5 hours to fully recharge.
One area Turboant never skimps on is its tires, and the M10 is no exception. Unlike other budget scooters – that sport solid rubber tires – it comes with two 10-inch pneumatic tires. Not only are these decently sized but they pack a ton of padding for extra damping and shock absorption whilst riding across uneven surfaces.
Why is this such a big deal? Well, it’s rare to see pneumatics on a scooter at this price, but I’m glad Turboant has gone the extra mile here because the M10 doesn’t come with any suspension. If this scooter had been fitted with solid rubber tires it would have resulted in a much less smooth, balanced, and comfortable riding experience.
If you’re worried that you might have to compromise on safety to get a scooter that’s within your budget, let me stop you right there. The M10 is well-equipped to keep you safe thanks to its dual braking system. It comes with an electronic brake as well as a rear disc brake to give you double the stopping power. My only complaint is that the M10 doesn’t come with a brake on each wheel, but given its price tag, that’s to be expected.
What is unexpected is how well-built this scooter is. Given that its major selling point is its lightweight frame, you might not think it would be as sturdy as it is. Plus, it comes with ergonomically curved handlebars that make for a comfortable riding position.
This also makes it much easier to reach the trigger throttle, which is uniquely integrated into the center rather than an additional attachment on handlebars. This means that you won’t need to adjust your grip to reach the trigger, and you also won’t have to contort your hand into an uncomfortable claw shape to keep pressure on the throttle.
The M10 also comes with a basic but sufficient display. The display is built into the center of the curved handlebars, giving a very sleek and polished finish. From here, you can monitor your speed and range, as well as control your cruise control, headlight, and taillight.
There’s no doubt that the M10 lives up to Turboant’s stellar reputation for building excellent budget electric scooters. It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles you’ll find on more expensive models, but it does the basics extremely well. Plus, it's incredibly lightweight and folds away for easy lifting and storage. For just $449.48, it delivers awesome performance at a budget price.
Turboant X7 Pro
An excellent and affordable option if you need to go further, the Turboant X7 Pro offers first-time riders an impressive range of 30 miles and a zippy top speed of 20 mph.
At 33 lbs and with an intuitive folding mechanism it’s easy to fold and lift, although its battery location on the stem makes it tricky to hold if you’ve got small hands.
Why We Recommend It:
The predecessor to the M10, the Turboant X7 Pro is a firm favorite if you’re looking for either a commuter scooter to perk up your daily commute or a scooter for leisurely pursuits. Why? Well, there’s a whole list of reasons. Let me show you exactly why it should be high on your shortlist.
Firstly, it scores top marks for portability. At 33 lbs, it’s slightly heavier than the M10, but it's still lightweight in the world of electric scooters. You’ll be able to lift and carry it with minimal effort, making it ideal if you’re the sort of rider that likes to hop on and off quickly as you go.
The X7 Pro boasts a speedy 3-second folding system for easy collapsibility on the go. With a quick flick of the latch at the bottom of the stem, it folds and hooks securely into the top of the rear fender so you can lift it.
The only downside to this scooter is that riders with small hands may struggle to find a comfortable and balanced grip on the stem. This is because, unlike the majority of scooters, the X7 Pro’s battery is housed on the stem. This has a ton of advantages, but it can also make the frame of the scooter a bit unwieldy, particularly because the battery sits right in the middle of where you’ll want to grip it.
Despite this, the removable battery is one of its major selling points. It promises a maximum range of 30 miles which is particularly handy if you’re a rider with a long journey ahead of you. Of course, you should expect to experience less than the advertised mileage (16 miles), especially if you like to hit the throttle hard, but this is where the removable part of the X7 Pro’s battery shines.
Not only does its detachability make it a dream to charge (say goodbye to the days of lugging even the most portable of scooters up a dozen flights of stairs), but if you’re willing to spend a little more, it can boost your range up to an incredible 60 miles. This is because you can purchase a second battery to carry in your backpack, ready to swap in when your first one dies. Handy, right?
Its impressive range isn’t the only thing that makes the X7 Pro an ideal city commuter. Fitted with a 350W single motor, it can tackle inclines under 10-degrees confidently in its stride and travel up to 20 mph — an ideal top pace regardless of whether you prefer to stick to the bike lanes or venture out into low-speed roads. It also comes with the same three different riding modes as the M10 (Beginner – 6 mph, Eco -10 mph, and Sports – 20 mph) so you can moderate your speed and conserve battery when you need.
Out of our database of 140+ scooters, I rate the Turboant X7 Pro as the best scooter under $600 and its 10-inch pneumatic tires are a big part of the reason why. Given that it doesn’t come with any suspension, the tires are the only things helping to cushion the impact from road obstacles and bumps. They do a really good job of it too. As long as you don’t venture onto rough terrain, you can expect a smooth ride across most urban surfaces.
Another reason it’s considered such a bargain is that the tires aren’t the only things that demonstrate the Turboant’s awesome quality. It’s built to last. It can support riders up to 275 lbs and boasts an IPX4 rating, meaning it can resist light water splashes. You’d be surprised how few scooters come with an official IP certification.
A triple braking system, including an efficient disc brake, rear foot brake, and electronic throttle brake all help to keep you safe. This is unlike similarly-priced models that only come with a single lackluster braking mechanism. The X7 Pro is more than capable of slowing you down.
At $499.98, the Turboant X7 Pro is an excellent entry-level scooter. It has a more premium edge than some cheaper models thanks to its triple braking system, punchy top speed, and the advantages its detachable battery offers. Its range also sets it apart, making it an attractive option if you’re looking for something lightweight and portable to get you around your city and back again.
If you’re after something that screams premium, the Unagi Model One is the crème de la crème when it comes to light scooters. Considered the iPhone or Tesla of electric scooters, the Model One weighs just 23 lbs and is the lightest scooter for adults.
Its illustrious design and one-click folding mechanism are its biggest selling points but better performance when it comes to speed, range, and ride quality can be found for cheaper.
Why We Recommend It:
If you hold style and aesthetics alongside portability at the top of your checklist, then you can’t get any better than the Unagi Model One. It also ticks all the boxes for excellent quality and longevity, whilst being easy to use. If you thought ‘straightforward’ was synonymous with basic and boring, think again. The Model One will prove you wrong at every turn.
Firstly, I’ve got to talk about how easy this scooter is on the eyes. Channeling a futuristic, uber-cool-kid vibe, I’d expect nothing less from a machine that’s been dubbed the iPhone of the scooter world.
Slick, sleek, and available in four colors, the Model One’s flawless appearance isn’t only about looks, but functionality too. The smooth paint finish gives the Unagi a premium feel whilst moonlighting as a protective layer against abrasion. It can handle everyday wear and tear as well as repel rust. The command center conjures images of a starship cockpit and is seamlessly integrated into the handlebars so you can easily access features like the throttle, brakes, horn, and LED headlight.
But the Model One doesn’t just wear ‘premium’ like a coat — it’s pure class through and through, right down to its bones. Have you ever heard of Toray carbon fiber? Well, for those of you that haven’t, this is the same stuff Elon musk uses in his Space-X rockets, and guess what? It’s also the same material the Model One is made from. This stuff has spaceship-like heavy-duty strength whilst being exceptionally lightweight.
On the topic of weight, you can’t fault the Model One for its portability. A mere 23 lbs, this is the lightest scooter on this list thanks to several clever design choices that knock off those extra lbs. In addition to the carbon fiber body, the Model One’s handlebars are made from magnesium alloy which is 33% lighter than aluminum. The 7.5-inch air-pocketed tires also weigh less than other solid tires.
If its lightweight design wasn’t enough, the Model One is super portable with folded dimensions of 37.8 (l) x 16.5 (w) x 14.9 (h) inches. In fact, Unagi claims to have created the world’s first one-click folding scooter. Impressive, right? With one press, the patented stainless steel hinge system folds the scooter in a smooth movement, securing itself with a satisfying click. Plus, the slim stem and reduced weight make this a dream to carry – even for those with small hands. The only downside is that the handlebars don’t fold, however, this is a minor complaint.
So, you know that the Model One delivers on style and portability, but what about speed and range?
Featuring a front-wheel 350W motor, the Model One reaches a top speed of 17 mph. This might not be the fastest we’ve ever tested, but it’s perfect for inner-city commuting, as is its maximum range of 15.5 miles.
If your round-trip is longer than that, the Model One has a fairly short recharging time of 4-5 hours so you can charge on the go and be back out on the road in no time. It also features 3 riding modes — Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced — to help you control your speed and conserve battery life for an extended range.
Unfortunately, the Model One isn’t built to tackle hills and only has a max slope capacity of 6 degrees (equivalent to an 11% incline grade). If you live in a city where steep inclines are a regular feature, this isn’t the scooter for you. However, the Model One Dual Motor might be.
This model has two motors instead of one. Not only does this give the scooter a faster acceleration rate and double torque output, but it also upgrades the slope capacity to 15 degrees (equivalent to a 27% incline grade). Just bear in mind that the extra motor increases both the weight and price, adding an extra 3.5 lbs (26.5 lbs in total) and costing $150 more than the single motor version. Alternatively, check out our guide to the best hill-climbing electric scooters.
Both the dual and single motor models feature the same 7.5-inch solid tires mentioned earlier. These make the Model One a low-maintenance choice as you’ll never be at risk of getting a flat. However, I found them to perform poorly on anything but pristine roads and sidewalks. Although Unagi sports an innovative design that leaves air pockets throughout the circumference of the tire to simulate front and rear suspension, it still doesn’t have the pedigree to deal with surface imperfections. Additionally, even though the scooter is water-resistant, its wheels don’t perform well in wet conditions compared to air-filled ones.
The Model One is perfect for inner-city riding and it has the safety features to match. The dual electronic anti-lock brakes are responsive and reliable, whilst the manual foot brake is a good backup should the electric ones fail. Plus, the front LED headlight and rear blinking light effectively illuminate you to pedestrians, traffic, and other riders.
If you’re looking for a premium scooter that has a lightweight yet durable frame, super-simple folding mechanism, and an off-the-charts dose of style, the Model One is for you. High quality without the high maintenance, it’s perfectly suited to an urban environment and will turn heads wherever you go.
The Horizon 10.4 combines style and practicality to produce a scooter that is not only smooth and comfortable to ride but also affordable. It is the best entry-level scooter and comes out on top for ride quality, speed, mileage, and hill-climbing against all scooters under $800.
If you’re looking for a compact option that combines a telescopic stem with foldable handlebars, a decent top speed (25 mph), and a respectable range (20 miles), the Horizon is a winner.
Why We Recommend It:
The Horizon 10.4 packs a ton of style into its compact, affordable frame, delivering everywhere you need it to. It stands up to more expensive models like the INOKIM light 2 and in some cases, surpasses them. Let me show you how.
Firstly, let’s talk about its folded dimensions. If you’re after a compact scooter, then you can’t get any better than this. Fully folded, the Horizon measures 38.6 (l) x 7.1 (w) x 14.6 (h) inches. It’s important to pay special attention to the width – measuring just 7.1 inches in width it is less than half the size of all the scooters listed in the ‘Lightest’ round up above. This is because it has foldable handlebars. Alongside its reduced length, as a result of the telescopic stem, the Horizon folds into an ultra-compact package making storage a cinch.
The Horizon 10.4 ups the scales slightly when compared to the lightest scooters listed above but, weighing in at 40 lbs, it is on par with the majority of scooters that sport telescopic stems and foldable handlebars. If the weight of the Horizon is an issue for you, you can pick up optional trolley wheels or a carry handle to make it even easier to maneuver, although this will cost you extra.
One reason for this scooter’s increased weight is its larger motor. The Horizon features a 500W motor, which is pretty beefy when compared to the smaller motors discussed in the ‘Lightest’ scooter list – especially as it has a maximum output of 800W. This increases torque and acceleration to easily conquer hills of up 15-degrees, not to mention a pacey top speed of 25 mph. The extra weight notwithstanding, these specs are pretty awesome for a scooter that’ll only set you back $779.
This is even more impressive given that the Horizon allows you to customize the ride settings to personal preferences using the advanced QS-S4 display. Here, you can tune your acceleration strength for optimal output. This is a premium addition that you tend to see on more up-market models.
The Horizon is also a great choice for riders who have a slightly longer to go because it delivers a maximum range of 20 miles on a single charge, getting you from A to B with plenty of juice leftover. If your commute is outside of this range, don’t panic. This scooter comes in two variations: the Horizon 10.4 and the Horizon 13. The main difference here is that the 13 comes with a slightly bigger battery and has an improved range of 25 miles. The extra mileage will cost you though, boosting the price of the scooter up to $849 as well as increasing its weight to 42 lbs.
The Horizon is a pretty hardy scooter because it can handle a wide variety of urban terrain. This is due to the front spring and rear air shocks that help to deliver a smooth ride over even the most poorly maintained roads. Combined with the front air-filled tire, the suspension setup delivers a good level of shock absorption. The back tire is made from solid rubber though so I wouldn’t recommend taking the Horizon off-road.
Whilst riding, you’ll feel satisfyingly stable thanks to the roomy deck, which gives you plenty of space to shift your feet and adjust your weight. It can also accommodate heavier riders up to 265 lbs.
As with all good electric scooters, the Horizon is all about quality and safety. This scooter is reassuringly robust and delivers a thorough riding experience. The tire at the rear is thicker than the one up front to deliver a larger contact patch that generates traction with the ground below to improve braking performance, while the skinnier front tire ensures a nimble ride.
Expanding the safety features further, there is a headlight accompanied by two button lights and two taillights that provide a good amount of visibility – however, I still recommend investing in a brighter, handlebar-mounted, headlight.
Overall the Horizon is a firm favorite among the electric scooter community, and there are three reasons why. Firstly, it embodies high quality and reliability — this is not a flash-in-the-pan scooter, but one that’ll last you a long time. Secondly, it boasts some truly outstanding specs which are ideal for first-time riders. Lastly, it is the cheapest ultra-compact scooter that you can get. What’s not to love?
The EMOVE Touring is one of the best scooters in its price range, combining speed (24 mph), range (25 miles), and compact portability (39 lbs). It boasts three sturdy folding mechanisms and small folded dimensions for easy storage. This is the commuter scooter you’ll want to take everywhere with you.
For the price, it’ll far surpass all your expectations.
Why We Recommend It:
Although slightly more expensive than the Horizon 10.4, The Emove Touring is worth the extra layout. Not only does it promise a compact and portable travel solution with tons of features to satisfy even the most particular of riders, but it also comes with the accolade of best-in-class suspension, making it a shining star in the commuter scooter world.
Alongside the star-studded suspension, the Touring beats the Horizon 10.4 in the weight departments, where it tips the scales at 39 lbs. Like the Horizon, it, too, features a triple folding system, giving you the option to collapse its handlebars as well as its telescopic stem before folding it into an easy-to-lift package. All-in-all it measures a very neat 43 (l) x 8 (w) x 11.5 (h) inches.
The Touring also comes with the option of adding a seat attachment. You’ll need to purchase this separately ($65) but for many, it’s a worthy expense. Although it’s fairly easy to attach, if you’re looking for a quick-fold scooter, you might be worried about how a seat will affect the collapsibility of the Touring. Well, it doesn’t fold down with the scooter, but luckily you can remove the post and seat via a quick-release mechanism.
So, the Touring delivers when it comes to portability, but what about its other specs? Well, this scooter doesn’t disappoint.
Its 500W motor has a peak output of 750W, allowing it to hit 24 mph which is only 1 mph less than the Horizon 10.4. However, it beats the Horizon on acceleration, hitting 0-15 mph in 4.5 seconds compared to the more sluggish 5.2 seconds. This is great news if you want a scooter with a little more zip.
When it comes to slowing down, the Touring’s rear drum brake is well-equipped to deal with its 24 mph top speed. You’ll be able to rely on it for strong and responsive braking power. Ideally, I’d like to see this scooter equipped with dual brakes but for its price, this is a big ask. Its single drum brake is both low-maintenance and effective. Besides, it also uses a regenerative brake that takes wasted kinetic energy generated as a result of braking and converts it into stored energy for prolonged battery life.
With a fully charged battery, it can reach a maximum range of 20 miles, giving you plenty of ride time whether you’re a commuter or a leisure rider. Of course, aggressive riding will reduce your total mileage to around 18 miles, and even though the 500W motor has enough torque to take on 15-degree slopes, keeping your hill climbs to a minimum will also conserve battery. Regardless, your battery will run flat at some point but the Touring only takes a mere 4 hours to recharge, so you won’t have to wait long to get the green light.
A key reason why the Touring is so popular is that it's ideal for a variety of riders. It’s especially well-suited if you’re a heavier adult because it can support up to 308 lbs. Its spacious deck also makes for comfortable riding no matter how tall you are. For context, the deck space for placing your feet measures 22 inches in length which is 4 inches longer than the Horizon 10.4.
Without a doubt, the Touring’s ride comfort is one of its standout features. This is mainly down to its best-in-class suspension. Featuring triple springs at the front and dual springs at the rear, it’s impeccably designed to absorb shocks and protect your knees and wrists from the worst of harsh impacts.
The Touring comes with one pneumatic tire in the front and a solid rubber one in the rear. Usually, this would affect ride quality, as rubber tires can’t measure up to the damping provided by their pneumatic counterparts, but this scooter’s suspension is so good that you won’t feel a thing. I’d still avoid big potholes, though.
Unlike most commuter scooters, the Touring doesn’t take itself too seriously and comes in a choice of five vibrant colors, including red, orange, purple, white, and stealth black. Every option comes with an IP54 rating, so it has some degree of protection against dirt ingress and water splashes.
Having been developed from the Speedway Mini 4 Pro, the Touring also features a QS-S4 throttle display combination. This fits in nicely with the general aesthetic of the scooter, as well as allows you to check your stats and adjust various P-settings. If you’re not a fan of the trigger-style throttle, you can pay extra to customize your throttle style, opting for either a thumb or twist throttle instead.
At $899, the Touring offers excellent value for money. With its speed, range, and quality components like the best-in-class suspension, you’ll want to take the Touring everywhere. And given its portability, you’ll be able to.
A crowdfunded sensation, the SPLACH Turbo Plus delivers on speed and ride quality, whilst keeping its dimensions small and compact. Although slightly larger and heavier than its competitors, its plush suspension more than makes up for it, delivering a silky smooth ride. It’s pricier, too, but its extra features, dual drum brakes, and security card reader make it worth the price tag.
Why We Recommend It:
Every once in a while, a new scooter comes onto the scene that shakes things up and ruffles the feathers of all our established favorites. The crowdfunded SPLACH Turbo Plus does exactly that.
So why exactly has it piqued the interest of the entire scooter world? We’ll start with the most important factor: its portability. When folded, the SPLACH measures 43 (l) x 8 (w) x 16 (h) inches. Although this is slightly larger than both the Horizon 10.4 and the EMOVE Touring, it still makes for a compact package due to its folding handlebars and telescopic stem.
Despite its small folded dimensions, the SPLACH isn’t necessarily what I’d consider ‘lightweight’. It tips the scales at 45 lbs, which is fairly heavy if you’re planning on carrying your scooter for long intervals or your commute involves a lot of stairs.
One of the main reasons for the SPLACH’s increased weight is its 48V 600W motor. However, this does give it a higher top speed than all of the other scooters on this list. It also means it has a faster acceleration rate.
This extra juice gives the SPLACH an advantage when it comes to climbing hills, too. It can confidently scale inclines of up to 15-degree while traveling at a faster speed than its closest competitors (the Horizon and EMOVE Touring).
One other area of this scooter’s design that increases its weight is its suspension. The suspension system is a standout feature, especially when you consider that it has the best suspension out of all the sub $1,000 scooters in our database. It even beats more expensive scooters for its shock-absorbing qualities. Combining swingarms with adjustable springs, the damping delivers a level of ride quality that surpasses the Horizon 10.4 and EMOVE Touring. The secret to its successful shock absorption recipe lies in its swingarms. These components allow the scooter to pivot up and down in reaction to the movement of the springs. As the tires roll over obstacles and the springs compress, the swingarms allow the deck to pivot to create travel.
The springs are also adjustable so you can either tighten or loosen them to your preference. Ultimately, where ride quality is concerned, the SPLACH deals with the majority of surfaces like a champ.
Supporting the suspension is an 8.5-inch pneumatic tire in the front and a solid 8-inch rubber one in the rear. As is a common theme with portable scooters, like the Turbo-Plus, this mix and match approach has dual benefits. The front pneumatic adds an extra layer of shock-absorption and ensures a nimble ride, while the solid rear tire is puncture-proof and long-lasting.
The rear tire isn’t the only part that’s been designed for easy maintenance — its brakes are, too. It’s equipped with dual drum brakes that deliver excellent stopping performance. Usually, hydraulics are considered the creme de la creme of the braking world, but, drum brakes are preferable if you don’t have a ton of time on your hands for maintenance. This is because they’re fully encased, so are less likely to suffer from dirt and water damage.
Speaking of water, the SPLACH comes with a water-resistant rating of IP44. This means the frame is protected from dirt sprays and light water splashes. As I’ve mentioned previously, this isn’t something that all scooters are equipped with, so I’m pleased to see that SPLACH hasn’t overlooked this crucial detail.
The Turbo-Plus also holds court when it comes to range. It has the biggest battery of all the scooters on this list. The 48V 15.6Ah battery holds 20% more energy than the EMOVE Touring (624Wh vs 749Wh) and 50% more energy than the Horizon 10.4 (499Wh vs 749Wh). This equates to a maximum range of 33 miles (based on the lowest speed setting) and a realistic range of 22 miles (based on the highest speed setting).
The quality of the scooter’s design makes its way to the exterior, too. The frame is made from an aviation-grade aluminum forged alloy and the screw-in handlebars feel solid. The lighting setup is also superior to all the models in its class. Not only does it have button deck lights at the front and rear, as well as a bright LED strip running the length of the stem, but it sports turn signals. Turn signals are a massive plus on a scooter of this price. These can be operated from the cockpit, where you’ll find a QS-S4 throttle display console, alongside an NFC (near-field communication) card reader which makes for an impressive security feature. To unlock the scooter, you need to swipe your NFC card. If you don’t like this feature you can disable it via the p-settings on the display.
Overall, the Turbo-Plus is an excellent addition to the portable electric scooter category and it's sure to bring a touch of premium to your daily ride.
Ultimate Portability (Light & Compact)
INOKIM Light 2
The INOKIM Light 2 is, pound-for-pound, the ultimate portable scooter. It maintains INOKIM’s stellar reputation and has some of the smallest folded dimensions alongside a lightweight frame (30 lbs). The Light 2 is a feat in electric scooter engineering and as a result, there are no other scooters that can compete with its blend of portability and lightweight design. It’s not the cheapest, but the quality and longevity are well worth the price tag.
Well-designed, high-quality, and compact? Yes, please.
Why We Recommend It:
Design, quality, and compactness are the three characteristics that the INOKIM Light 2 is all about. Made by INOKIM, one of the world’s best scooter brands, this scooter sets the bar high. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: INOKIM makes really good scooters and the Light 2 is no exception, upholding their reputation for quality alongside safety and comfort. Manufactured from the best materials and manufacturing processes the Light 2 is the epitome of reliability and longevity.
Why do I like this scooter so much? Well, the clue is in the name: it’s Light. Its 30 lb combined makeup means its top portable talent. Now, as you might have noticed, this scooter isn’t the lightest on the list. It’s a whole 7 lbs heavier than the Unagi Model One.
Despite this, it’s still very easy to carry – taking it on public transport or carrying it up several flights of stairs won’t pose any problems. But when we dig deeper and look at our database of 140+ scooters, the Light 2 is the lightest scooter of all other models that have telescopic stems and foldable handlebars.
Does your car have a small trunk? Need to stow your Light 2 out of sight in a small apartment? No problem. The folded dimensions of the Light 2 are some of the best I’ve seen. When folded, it measures just 37.4 (l) x 9.8 (w) x 14.2 (h) inches.
Collapsing the scooter is easy and quick and the addition of the safety lock prevents the Light 2 from folding whilst you ride. This is very important when you’re zooming along at the Light’s top speed of 21 mph – although, hitting that top speed takes longer than the likes of the EMOVE Touring and SPLACH Turbo-Plus. From a kick start to 15 mph, the Light 2 takes 5.7 seconds, which is slower than even the Horizon 10.4.
With the slower acceleration, the Light 2 is best suited to leisurely pursuits as opposed to drag-racing endeavors. Even so, the 10.4Ah battery will keep the wheels rolling for up to a maximum of 20 miles. Realistically, though, you’re likely to see around the 16-mile mark if you’re riding at full speed. The mileage on offer is thanks to INOKIM’s choice of a highly efficient LG battery to complement the overall quality of the scooter. The recharge time is 5 hours.
Some scooters are better suited to a particular type of terrain and the Light 2 is a prime example of this. Due to its lack of suspension, it performs best on well-maintained roads and sidewalks. It features plush 8.5-inch air-filled tires, which do a great job of handling small imperfections, but it’s not built to withstand rough conditions. Similarly, the Light 2 isn’t built for serious hill climbs. It can easily manage small slopes below 10-degrees, but if you want to get the best from it, the less steep the better.
With a higher top speed than some of the other scooters featured, braking performance is an important consideration. INOKIM has you covered. The Light 2 employs low-maintenance dual drum brakes, providing great stopping power when you need it. It’s impressive to see two brakes on a scooter of this weight because additional brakes typically add extra bulk. The Light 2 pulls it off with ease.
For nighttime riding, the Light 2 comes with front and rear LED lights to provide illumination. They are, however, low-mounted which hinders their ability to cast light and so, I recommend investing in an additional headlight to attach to the handlebars. One cool feature of the lights, though, is that they turn on automatically when they detect low light.
Sound good so far? I thought so, but now I’ve made you fall in love with the Light 2, it’s important to mention the price. Alongside the SPLACH Turbo Plus, this is the most expensive scooter on the list, retailing at $999.
Now, this might seem like a lot in comparison to some of the other scooters I’ve reviewed, however, it’s not a deal-breaker. Why? Well, the Light 2 is one of the best quality scooters and as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Is it worth it? If you want a scooter that has been designed with exceptional detail using precise CNC machinery to ensure a long-lasting product, then it is worth every dime.
For clarity, if you opt for the INOKIM Light 2 you are paying a premium for its build quality which can be summarized in two points:
- There’s no welding, meaning there are no weak points
- Each piece is flawless in its design which means they all fit together seamlessly to deliver a level of build quality that is second to none
Ultimately, the Light 2 is the only scooter that combines foldable handlebars with a telescopic stem and a simple folding mechanism under 30 lbs – no other scooter comes close.
By Weight & Dimensions
Our Top Picks by Weight
Ordered by lowest weight.
|Unagi Model One||$790||23 lbs|
|Turboant M10||$450||29.8 lbs|
|INOKIM Light 2||$999||30 lbs|
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||33 lbs|
|EMOVE Touring||$899||39 lbs|
|Horizon 10.4||$779||40 lbs|
|SPLACH Turbo-Plus||$999||45 lbs|
Our Top Picks by Folded Dimensions
Ordered by smallest overall folded dimensions.
|Scooter||Price||Length (Inches)||Width (Inches)||Height (Inches)|
|INOKIM Light 2||$999||37.4||9.8||14.2|
|Unagi Model One||$790||37.8||16.5||15.0|
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||42.6||16.5||18.1|
Our Top Picks by Unfolded Dimensions
Ordered by smallest overall unfolded dimensions.
|Scooter||Price||Length (Inches)||Width (Inches)||Height (Inches)|
|Unagi Model One||$790||37.8||16.5||43.3|
|INOKIM Light 2||$999||41.3||18.1||42.5|
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||42.6||16.5||46.7|
- Lightest Model – None
- Most Compact Model – SPLACH Turbo-Plus
Optional Seat Attachment:
- Lightest Model – None
- Most Compact Model – EMOVE Touring
What is the Lightest Electric Scooter?
The lightest electric scooter for adults is the Unagi Model One. A mere 23 lbs, this is the lightest scooter thanks to several clever design choices that knock off extra lbs. In addition to the carbon fiber body, the Model One’s handlebars are made from magnesium alloy which is 33% lighter than aluminum. The 7.5-inch air-pocketed tires also weigh less than other solid tires.
Following the Unagi Model One in the rankings of the best light electric scooters are:
What is the Smallest and Most Compact Electric Scooter?
The most compact electric scooter is the Horizon 10.4. Fully folded, the Horizon measures 38.6 (L) x 7.1 (W) x 14.6 (H) inches. As a result of its telescopic stem and foldable handlebars, the Horizon folds into an ultra-compact package making it easy to carry and store.
Following the Horizon 10.4 in the rankings of the most compact electric scooters are the following (ordered by folded dimensions – L x W x H):
- Horizon 10.4 ($779) – 38.6 7.1 x 14.6 inches
- INOKIM Light 2 ($999) – 37.4 x 9.8 x 14.2 inches
- EMOVE Touring ($899) – 43.0 x 8.0 x 11.5 inches
- SPLACH Turbo-Plus ($999) – 42.9 x 7.9 x 15.7 inches
- Unagi Model One ($790) – 37.8 x 16.5 x 15.0 inches
- Turboant M10 ($450) – 42.1 x 17.7 x 15.5 inches
- Turboant X7 Pro ($550) – 42.6 x 16.5 x 18.1 inches
What is the Most Portable Electric Scooter?
The most portable electric scooter is the INOKIM Light 2.
This scooter is both lightweight and compact. It weighs a mere 30 lbs and has folded dimensions of 37.4 (L) x 9.8 (W) x 14.2 (H) inches thanks to its foldable handlebars and telescopic stem.
How Much Do Electric Scooters Weigh?
Adult electric scooters can weigh anywhere between 23 and 145 lbs.
Understandably, scooters for children are much lighter and tip the scales between 17 and 30 lbs.
What Are the Lightest Electric Scooters Made From?
Most scooters are made from a lightweight and durable aluminum alloy, except for the Unagi Model One. This scooter is slightly more adventurous. Constructed from TORAY carbon fiber, this material has been specially formulated to deliver high strength without adding extra bulk. It’s even been used in the construction of spacecraft.
How Do Electric Scooters Fold?
Different scooters use different folding mechanisms.
Generally, the way electric scooters fold can be grouped into 2 mechanisms.
1. They fold from the neck – Imagine an electric scooter and look at the deck. Next, move your eyes across to where the deck connects to the stem. This area of an electric scooter is called the neck. It is here that the folding happens. This is often the most compact way to fold an electric scooter as the handlebars lay parallel to the deck.
2. They fold from the handlebar post – Imagine the scooter again, then look at the handlebar post and move your eye down to between the middle and the bottom end of the post. It is here that the folding happens. Once the handlebars have been folded they sit at a downward angle as they rest or hook into the fender over the rear tire (some hook into a kickplate).
It's also worth noting that some scooters have handlebars that fold inwards parallel to the handlebar post, as well as telescopic stems that can be retracted. This makes them even more compact.
Is it Easy to Fold an Electric Scooter?
Some scooters take a matter of seconds to fold thanks to one-click folding mechanisms.
As a general rule of thumb, scooters that weigh less than 55 lbs tend to be the easiest to fold. Beyond this point, the folding mechanisms can become more complex meaning it takes longer to fold the scooter. This is because they are fitted with additional measures for safety since the heavier the scooter, the higher the speed, and therefore, the greater the need for more advanced safety features like dual stem locking mechanisms.
How Do You Carry an Electric Scooter?
With most scooters, the neck or stem locks into place when collapsed. This means that you can firmly grip and lift the scooter’s stem without it swinging loose.
In some cases, you can also purchase additional carry handles and straps that secure onto the scooter.
Is There Anything I Should Be Aware of Before Choosing a Foldable Electric Scooter?
You should always check the dimensions of the scooter so you can gauge how big, small or compact it is when folded and unfolded.
The majority of retailers list the scooter’s dimensions on their websites but if you can’t find it feel free to reach out to us or contact the retailer and ask for the length, width, and height measurements.
It’s also useful to make a note of the scooter’s weight, especially if you’re planning to carry it regularly. If it’s too heavy, this won’t be practical for you. Based on our database of 140+ scooters, we consider light scooters to fall below 35 lbs.