In addition to being downright awesome, the main attraction of electric scooters is that they’re portable travel solutions you can take anywhere with you.
But when it comes to portability, not all scooters are made equal and there are some out there that aren’t even foldable. In fact, some are significantly heavier than others so it’s important to know which are your best options. Luckily, I’m here to help you help you find the best folding electric scooter.
I’ve split the scooters in this list into two categories: the lightest and the most compact.
The scooters in the first category weigh the least and are therefore easier to carry, whereas those considered ‘compact’ have the smallest folded dimensions so can be stowed more easily aboard public transport, in your car or under your desk.
So now only one question remains: Which is the best portable scooter for you?
Unagi Model One
If you’re after something that screams premium, the Unagi Model One is the best you can get. Often considered the iPhone or Tesla of electric scooters, the Model One is more than just a pretty face. Weighing just 23 lbs, it’s one of the lightest scooters on the market with a flawless folding mechanism for ultra-portability. It’s speed (17mph) and maximum range (15.5 miles) aren’t bad either, making it a great all-rounder.
INOKIM Light 2
The INOKIM Light 2 is a great scooter for the daily commuter. It maintains INOKIM’s stellar reputation and delivers on portability and reliability. In fact, it has some of the smallest folded dimensions out there so you’ll have no problem when carrying or storing it. It’s not the cheapest commuter scooter, but the quality and longevity you get are worth the bigger price tag.
GoTrax GXL 2
The GoTrax GXL V2 is the ultimate entry-level scooter, costing just $248. With a top speed of 15.5 mph, the V2 can keep going for up to 12 miles. And when you need to fold it and carry it upstairs or onto the subway, that’s not a problem because it only weighs 26.4 lbs. Overall, a great set of features for a very small price tag.
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If you rate style and aesthetic alongside portability at the top of your scooter 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, budget, and boring, think again. The Model One will prove you wrong at every turn.
A complete unboxing and look at the Unagi Model One scooter. From close-ups of the frame to talking through the exotic materials used to mill such a gorgeous scooter, this video will show you exactly what you can expect from the Unagi.
Unagi Model One Scooter Unboxing – Is It Weird I Find It Sexy?
A complete unboxing and look at the Unagi Model One scooter. From close-ups of the frame to talking through the exotic materials used to mill such a gorgeous scooter, this video will show you exactly what you can expect from the Unagi.
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 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 high 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. That’s a seriously cool talking point if I ever saw one! 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, alongside the INOKIM Mini 2, due 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” tires also weigh less than other solid tires.
If a lightweight design wasn’t enough, the Model One is also super portable, with folded dimensions of 37.8” x 16.54” x 14.96”. In fact, Unagi claims that it’s the world’s first one-click folding scooter. Impressive, right? With one press of a button, the patented stainless steel hinge system folds the scooter in one smooth movement, securing itself with a satisfying click. Plus, the slim stem and reduced weight make this a dream to carry around, even for those with small hands.
It’s ideal if public transport is part of your daily commute or you need to carry your scooter for any length of time. The only downside is that the handlebars don’t fold, however, this is a minor complaint on my behalf.
So, you know that the Model One delivers on style and portability, but what about speed and range?
Featuring a front-wheel 250W motor, the Model One reaches a top speed of 17 mph. This might not be the fastest we’ve ever seen, but it’s perfect for inner-city commuting, as is its maximum range of 15.5 miles. If your round-trip to work 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 longer.
Unfortunately, the Model One isn’t built to tackle hills and only has a max slope capacity of 6%. 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. When it comes to this scooter, there are two options to choose between, the second having two motors instead of one. Not only does this give the scooter a faster acceleration and double torque output, but it also upgrades the slope capacity to 15%. Just bear in mind that the extra motor increases both the price and the weight, adding an extra lb and costing $150 more than the single motor version.
Both the Dual and Single motor models feature the same 7.5” solid tires. These make the Model One an excellent low-maintenance choice as you’ll never be at risk of getting a flat.
However, solid tires have a reputation for performing badly on rough terrain and this is no exception. Unagi’s innovative tire design, which leaves air pockets throughout the circumference of the wheel to simulate front and rear suspension, can deal with minor surface imperfections but isn’t up to the challenge of more ambitious potholes. Additionally, even though the scooter is water-resistant, its wheels won’t perform as well in wet conditions as air-filled ones.
The Model One is perfect for inner-city riding and has the safety features to match. The dual electronic anti-lock brakes are responsive and reliable, whilst the manual foot brake is a good back-up should the electricity fail. The front LED headlight is bright enough for nighttime rides, whilst the rear blinking light effectively makes others aware of you.
If you’re looking for a premium scooter that delivers on reliability and longevity, with an off-the-charts dose of premium style, the Model One is a perfect choice. High quality without the high maintenance, it’s perfectly suited to an urban environment and will turn heads wherever you go.
If you’re not fussed about all the bells and whistles but still want awesome portability, another great choice would be the INOKIM Mini 2. Not only is this well-designed scooter the smallest on the list, but it also has the weight of the INOKIM name behind it. If you’ve never heard of INOKIM before, they’re one of the most well-respected scooter companies out there and they have a reputation for producing really good scooters.
So, does the Mini 2 follow in the footsteps of the other much-loved scooters in the INOKIM range? As the lightest model, it has one major advantage: you can take it pretty much anywhere with minimal effort! Similarly to the Unagi Model One, the Mini 2 comes in at only 23 lbs, and the simple folding mechanism makes it manageable for almost everyone to carry. Along sidewalks, up flights of stairs, and on all sorts of public transport, the Mini is the true definition of a multi-modal transport scooter. Unfortunately, the Mini 2 doesn’t come with foldable handlebars, however with folded dimensions of 11.8” x 14.2” x 15”, it’s still the smallest scooter on the list.
Here’s a bird’s-eye view so you can see just how compact this scooter is:
The Mini 2 will fit effortlessly into nearly all types of commute, however, there’s one condition. They have to be short. With a range of 10 miles, the Mini 2 isn’t meant for longer journeys or all-day forays, although its quick charging time of 3-4 hours means getting back out on the road is fast and easy.
Similarly, it’s better suited to lighter riders, the slimmer deck only supporting a load of up to 165 lbs. If you’re heavier than this but still like the sound of an INOKIM scooter, I’d recommend looking into the Light range, or if you don’t mind considering other brands, the Unagi Model One could be a good choice.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that the Mini 2 isn’t made for speed seekers and I wouldn’t recommend riding up any steep hills. This isn’t where the Mini’s strength lies, although that’s not to say this is a slow scooter. With a 250W brushless motor and a top speed of 15 mph, it can rival more expensive models and is more than fast enough for inner-city riding. Plus, by holding down the power button, riders have the option of alternating between two ride settings. The first is slower but perfect for battery conservation, whilst the second ups the pace and unlocks the scooter’s top speed.
The combination of a front pneumatic and back solid tire means that the Mini 2 delivers a good ride quality, even on roads that are a bit rougher. This is by no means an off-road scooter and I’d definitely steer clear of bigger potholes, but with the help of the rear shock absorber cleverly built into the foot deck, the Mini 2 can handle everyday sidewalk imperfections without causing too much discomfort.
When it comes to safety, INOKIM has opted for a front electric brake and rear foot brake, both of which provide excellent stopping power. The rear foot brake is perfect for slowing down more gradually, whilst the electric brake is ultra-responsive and ideal if you need to perform an emergency stop. Unfortunately, the Mini 2 doesn’t come with any lights, opting instead for reflectors. If you’re planning to do any nighttime riding, buying an additional headlight is a must for this scooter.
Available in both black and white, the Mini 2 channels a sleek urban aesthetic, complemented perfectly by its subtle branding and smaller size. The padded hand grips are very comfortable and frame a central control panel containing the power button, brake paddle, thumb throttle, and an LED light battery indicator. The Mini 2 doesn’t have a speedometer, but it does come with an inbuilt USB port so you can charge all of your devices on the go- handy, right?
Combining versatility and portability, the INOKIM Mini 2 is ideal if you’re a lighter rider with a short commute. At $799, this isn’t the cheapest scooter but it does guarantee a high-quality product that will get you from A to B in style.
If you like how portable and easy to fold the Unagi Model One and Mini 2 are but don’t like the size of their price tag, take a look at this next scooter. At $440, the Ninebot ES1 is almost half the price and winner of the 2018 IF Design Award to boot!
The ES1 is more than capable of keeping up with the likes of the Mini 2, its 250W motor putting out a top speed of 15.5 mph. It also has it beat in terms of range, delivering 15.5 miles on a single charge and boasting a frankly astonishing recharge time of only 3.5 hours. Not only are these great specs for the price, but they’re perfect for riders who are after something to suit a short to medium-length commute.
Although the speed and mileage offered as standard are more than enough, if you want to get more from the ES1, you can purchase an additional battery pack. It’ll cost you an extra $200 but will boost your top speed to 25 mph and give you an extra 12.5 miles of range. There is one downside: the extra battery pack doesn’t just increase the price but also the weight of the ES1. It’ll add an extra 3.3 lbs onto the scooter’s base weight, affecting the portability slightly.
Without the extra battery, the ES1 is extremely light, coming in at 24.9 lbs which is only slightly heavier than the Model One and the Mini 2. Made from lightweight aerospace-graded aluminum alloy, this scooter isn’t fragile but instead made from one of the toughest and best quality materials on the market — perfect for everyday wear and tear.
Featuring a foot lever, you don’t need to bend awkwardly to fold the ES1 but can collapse the stem over the deck with one swift kick of the foot. The neck clicks into the rear mudguard securely so it can be carried with ease. Being able to fold the scooter so fast is a stand-out feature and makes it easy to take on public transport or carry up multiple flights of stairs if necessary. If you’re anything like me and often have to run for the bus, this is a massive bonus.
The ES1 comes with 8” solid non-pneumatic tires, and although they’re quite chunky, they give a poorer ride quality on rough terrain than their air-filled counterparts. Although the ES1 comes with front shock absorption which cushions against some bumps and jolts, it’s not enough to provide the same seamless ride you’d get with full pneumatic tires, which are the best option in my opinion. Having said that, by going airless, Segway has removed the risk of getting a flat tire, which makes this scooter fairly low-maintenance.
It shouldn’t be a shock to you that the ES1 isn’t an off-road scooter, nor is it made to climb ambitious hills. With an incline capability of 10%, it’s best to keep this scooter on the flat where you’ll get the most out of the speed and mileage.
As with all electric scooters, safety is a prime concern, especially when it comes to the brakes. But you don’t need to worry about the ES1 — Segway has you covered. Featuring dual electric and mechanical brakes, the ES1 has the power to stop within 13 inches at 12.4 mph. It also has an inbuilt headlight that provides strong illumination for riding at night. A rear light isn’t included, so if you’re planning extensive excursions in the dark, I’d recommend investing in an additional light to be on the safe side. Although, it is fitted with a rear brake light which is great for letting others know that you are slowing down.
From head to toe, the ES1 is a modern scooter. The matt-black paint job gives it an edgy, cool aesthetic well-suited to an urban setting. Plus, it comes with a downloadable app — an awesome extra many other scooters don’t have. If you like to have all your ride data at your fingertips, as well as the ability to switch between the ES1’s three ride modes (Speed Limit Mode, Standard, and Sport), this could be perfect for you. The app also connects to the LED dashboard on the scooter’s handlebars so you can customize it to your own needs as well as keeping track of your speed, mileage, and battery.
Affordable, light, and extremely portable, the ES1 is a first-class commuter scooter with a great price tag. Made from top-quality materials and sporting a sleek, modern look this scooter feels more expensive than it actually is. It’s ideal if you’re looking for something stylish and functional to give your commute an injection of fun.
This guy has been designed with the commuter in mind and although it might be described as an ‘entry-level’ choice, the features you get for the money you pay are anything but.
Now, this scooter is a great choice for portability, but its real selling point is just how cheap it is. The GXL V2 will only set you back $248. No, you didn’t mishear me! Not only is this scooter decked out with some awesome specs but it’s especially kind on your wallet.
Weighing only 26.4 lbs, it’s easy to lift and carry. The GXL V2 is slightly heavier than some others in this list, but with folded dimensions of 44” x 6” x 15”, it’s still light enough and small enough that transportation is convenient. Plus, it’s the perfect size to fit in your trunk if you want to take it on vacation with you.
The folding mechanism is very easy to use. Simply pull the red lever at the base of the stem and the neck will collapse over the deck, locking securely into the mudguard. To unfold the scooter, go through the process in reverse, but this time you have the option of screwing a safety pin into the neck for extra security. The stem is very sturdy without it anyway, but it does add to your peace of mind.
The GXL V2 offers a top speed of 15.5 mph but similarly to other scooters on the market, it comes with two different riding modes, one designed to slow things down whilst the other unlocks the V2’s highest speeds for a more thrilling ride.
The two ride modes are also handy when it comes to mileage. As standard, the V2 has a maximum range of 12 miles. This is a little lower than the Unagi Model One and the ES1 but it’ll suit shorter commutes fine. Plus, by sticking in the slower 1st gear option, riders can make their batteries last longer. And if you prefer a faster ride, luckily for you, the V2 only has a recharge time of 4 hours so you’ll be back out with the wind running through your hair that much quicker.
One thing I really love about the GXL V2 is that it comes with air-filled pneumatic tires. In my opinion, these are much better than solid tires because they give a more comfortable ride and protect you from jarring jolts, soaking up minor bumps and lumps. This is especially important on a scooter like the V2 which comes without any suspension. I don’t advise tackling any major potholes but smaller imperfections shouldn’t be a problem. They also perform well in wet weather, so combined with the V2’s IP54 waterproof rating, a little rain shouldn’t put you off. The one downside to air-filled tires is that there is a possibility of flats but, personally, I think this is worth the risk for a more comfortable ride.
Pneumatic tires aren’t the only luxury this budget scooter has to offer. The GXL V2 also comes with built-in cruise control which is downright impressive on a scooter at this price. Hold the accelerator for 10 seconds to engage the cruise control and you’re free to lean back and enjoy the ride. A quick squeeze on the brake disables it, allowing you to control the scooter should you need to. The cruise control settings can be altered from the digital display in the center of the handlebars, alongside the scooter’s lights. You can keep track of your battery and speed too, which is more than you get on more expensive scooters like the INOKIM Mini 2.
Speaking of brakes, what does the GXL V2 have to offer? A front regenerative and rear disc brake dual-hybrid system gives great control and provides impressive stopping power. Once more, the GXL V2’s specs far outpace the very low price tag. Having said this, the lack of a rear light is slightly disappointing. Instead, the V2 comes with an LED headlight and a rear reflector. Make sure to purchase an additional light if you plan to ride at night.
Overall, the GXL V2 is an excellent lightweight and portable scooter for the price you pay. It has a top-quality, sturdy build, alongside impressive features whilst providing enough speed and range for everyday commuting. This is a bargain of a scooter and holds its own against other, more expensive models in this list.
If you love the look of the GXL V2 but need something with more impressive mileage, I’d recommend the XR Ultra, another offering from scooter giants, GoTrax. Not only does it deliver on both range and portability, but with GoTrax, you know you’re getting great quality for your money.
You won’t have to shell out a fortune when it comes to the Ultra, either. It’s more expensive than the V2 but not by much. The XR Ultra will set you back $350, which is still incredibly good value when viewed alongside the impressive specs it has to offer.
So what does the extra $100 get you? Simply put, it’s a better battery and therefore, an increased mile range. Whereas the V2 offers a maximum range of 12 miles, the XR Ultra goes that little bit further, delivering 16 miles on a single charge.
On top of that, the quality of the Ultra’s battery is far superior to that of the V2, mostly because it’s made by the premium tech company, LG. This level of battery quality is a real rarity amongst budget scooters and I can’t overstate how much of a difference it makes to the scooter’s longevity. Plus, it reduces the minimum charging time down to 3 hours, making it even more suitable for riders who like to spend as much time out on the road as possible.
The XR Ultra features the same folding mechanism as the V2, which is to say it’s incredibly easy to use and very secure. The one big difference between the two is the inclusion of the safety pin. With the V2, the safety pin has to be manually screwed in and out, whereas, with the Ultra, it comes built into the folding system. Not only does this make it faster to fold the scooter, but it also eradicates the risk of losing the safety pin in the first place.
The XR Ultra also weighs the same as the V2, coming in at 26.4 lbs, which, as I mentioned earlier, is heavier than some of the other scooters, but still light enough to take on public transport and carry upstairs. With folded dimensions of 44” x 6” x 15”, it’ll fit perfectly in your trunk or the backseat of your car if you’re keen to explore beyond your local streets.
Aside from the battery and increased mileage, the Ultra’s specs mirror those of the V2 pretty closely.
The 300W motor delivers a top speed of 15.5 mph and has a dual electronic and rear disc brake system that puts out great stopping power when cruising along at max output. The larger motor size also gives the XR Ultra an extra punch when it comes to hill climbs, so you’ll be able to conquer more ambitious inclines that you would on the V2. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t be climbing the likes of San Francisco’s streets as the Ultra excels on flat roads, but the extra power is a welcome addition for commuter routes with gentle undulations.
Thankfully, the Ultra also has the same pneumatic tires as the V2, meaning that the ride quality is surprisingly comfortable for a scooter without any suspension. They’re able to soak up surface imperfections, although if you live in an area with very rough roads and lots of potholes, I’d consider looking for something with inbuilt suspension to protect your ankles, knees, and hips.
The XR Ultra might not be as aesthetically pleasing as some of the more expensive scooters, but it still has a good minimalist design that doesn’t look cheap or poorly made. The inclusion of a digital display in the center of the handlebars gives it a smart finish, allowing riders to monitor their speed and battery life, as well as setting their cruise control and operate the front headlight. Sadly, the increased price doesn’t mean the addition of a taillight; the XR features the same rear reflector as the V2. I’d recommend an additional light to give more visibility during nighttime rides.
Thanks to the low weight and efficient, sturdy folding mechanism, the Ultra XR is the perfect entry-level commuter scooter. Although more expensive than the V2, the extra cost means a better quality LG battery, longer mileage, and improved power alongside the same top-quality design.
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Well-designed, high-quality, and compact? Yes, please!
These three characteristics are what the INOKIM Light 2 is all about. Made by INOKIM, one of the world’s best scooter brands, this scooter sets the bar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: INOKIM make 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 featuring a slick, modern design, 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 really: the Light 2. This 30 lb scooter’s combined makeup means it’s top portable talent. Now, as you might have noticed, this scooter isn’t actually the lightest on the list. In fact, it’s a whole 7 lbs heavier than the Unagi Model One and INOKIM Mini 2. Despite this, it’s still very easy to carry and can handle a much heavier load than the Mini. Taking this on public transport or carrying it up several flights of stairs won’t pose any problems.
Does your car have a small trunk? Need to stow your Light 2 in a smaller than average luggage rack? No problem. The folded dimensions of the Light 2 are some of the best I’ve seen. When folded, it measures just 37.4” x 9.8” x 14.2”, which makes it one of the most compact portable scooters on the market. This is aided by the fact that the handlebars fold inwards using a screw mechanism, minimizing awkward protrusions.
Collapsing the scooter is easy and quick and also features a safety lock to prevent the Light 2 from accidentally folding whilst you’re riding.
This is very important when you’re zooming along at the Light’s top speed of 21 mph. The 350W motor provides zippy but smooth acceleration and will keep you going for up to 20 miles on a single charge. Realistically, though, this is likely to be slightly less if you’re riding at full speed the whole way. The extended range is thanks to INOKIM’s choice of a highly efficient LG battery to complement the overall quality of the scooter. The recharge time is significantly less for such a long mileage, only taking between 4-5 hours.
Some scooters are better suited to a particular type of terrain and the Light 2 is a prime example of that. Due to its lack of suspension, it performs best by far on even surfaces. It features plush 8.5” air-filled tires, which do a great job of handling small imperfections underfoot, but it’s not built to withstand full-on off-road conditions. Similarly, the Light 2 isn’t built for serious hill-climbs. It can easily manage a smaller maximum slope, but if you want to get the true best from this scooter, the smaller the better.
With a higher top speed than some of the other scooters on this list, the braking quality is an important consideration but INOKIM has you covered. The Light 2 employs dual drum brakes, providing great stopping power when you need it. Although these are an older brake tech, the advantage of this lies in the fact that they perform well in wet weather and need almost no maintenance.
For nighttime riding, the Light 2 comes with both front and back LED lights to provide illumination and make you visible to other riders on the road.
Sound good so far? I thought so too, but now I’ve made you fall in love with the Light 2, it’s important to mention the price. This is one of the most expensive scooters on the list, retailing at $1,199.
Now, this might seem like a lot in comparison to some of the lightweight scooters I’ve reviewed above, however, I don’t think it’s a deal-breaker. Why? Because the Light 2 is one of the best quality scooters out there and to quote an old adage, you really do get what you pay for. Is it worth it? In my opinion, absolutely yes.
The Light 2 is an awesome commuter scooter and ticks all the boxes if you’re looking for something portable and compact, but with a longer range than some of the more lightweight options. It’ll definitely last the miles and the outstanding build quality and top-notch features mean that the Light 2 will last for many years to come too.
If the INOKIM Light 2 is right up your street but the price tag isn’t, then the Horizon 10.4 could be a great choice for you. With a ton of style, this speedy scooter is a fraction of the price but still delivers everywhere you need it to. In fact, I think the Horizon 10.4 might actually be even better than the Light 2. Let me show you why.
Firstly, let’s talk about folded dimensions. If you’re after a compact scooter you can’t get any better than this. Fully folded, the Horizon measures 38” x 7.1” x 14.6” which is roughly on par with the Light 2, although slightly narrower. Like its more expensive competitor, it also has foldable handlebars that make it even smaller and better suited to storing in awkwardly sized spaces.
Unfortunately, the Horizon 10.4 isn’t quite as lightweight as the Light 2, weighing in at 40 lbs — a whole 10 lbs heavier — which makes it more difficult for smaller riders to carry. However, most people shouldn’t struggle to transport this for smaller distances. If it is an issue for you, you can pick up some optional trolley wheels or a carry handle to make it more versatile, although this will cost you extra.
One reason for the increased weight is the larger motor. The Horizon features a 500W motor, which has the Light 2’s 350W beat, especially as it has a maximum output of closer to 800W. This gives better torque and enough acceleration to conquer hills of up 15 degrees, not to mention a faster top speed of 25 mph. These specs are pretty impressive for a scooter that’ll only set you back $699, just over half of what the Light 2 costs.
You can also customize the ride settings to personal preferences using the advanced display (i.e. tune your speed and battery settings for optimal output).
Like the Light 2, the Horizon is a great choice for riders with a slightly longer commute because it delivers a top 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 better battery and therefore an improved range of 25 miles. The extra mileage will cost you though, boosting the price of the scooter up to $799 as well as increasing the weight to 42 lbs. It’s a bit steeper, but still $400 less than the INOKIM Light 2.
The Horizon is a pretty hardy scooter, not least because it can handle a wide variety of terrain. This is due to the front spring and rear hydraulic suspension which helps to deliver a smooth ride over even the most poorly maintained roads. Combined with the front air-filled tire, this scooter provides great shock absorption. The back tire is made from solid rubber though so I wouldn’t recommend taking the Horizon off-road. The ride quality isn’t as good as what you’ll experience on city roads.
Whilst riding, you’ll feel satisfyingly stable thanks to the Horizon’s roomier deck, which gives you plenty of room to shift your feet and adjust your weight. It can accommodate heavier riders of up to 265 lb with minimal effect on the speed or mileage and regardless of rider weight, the rear drum brake does the job nicely, halting the scooter promptly.
Similarly to the Light 2, the Horizon is all about quality and safety. This scooter is reassuringly robust and delivers a thoroughly confident ride. The three front headlights and two rear taillights provide excellent visibility and you’ll benefit from the extra illumination when riding at night.
Overall the Horizon is an excellent compact scooter choice for three reasons. 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 the commuter, especially when you consider that it has the INOKIM Light 2 beat on most of them. Lastly, you can get all that for a wallet-friendly price. What’s not to love?
The newest scooter on the list, the Evolv Tour 2.0 is the perfect optimization of power and portability. If you’re looking for something to spice up your extended commute, the sleek and stylish Tour 2.0 could be a great fit. Let’s dig a little deeper into what it has to offer.
Designed by Vancouver-based Evolv, the Tour 2.0 is slightly longer than the INOKIM Light 2. With folded dimensions of 43.3” x 7.5” x 13.3”, it has a comparable width and height to the Horizon 10.4 when folded, as well as the same foldable handlebars that make it a great compact scooter for traveling. Despite similar dimensions, it’s 1 lb lighter than the Horizon, coming in at 39 lbs, so slightly easier to lift and carry and the simple locking pull lever means you could collapse this scooter in your sleep.
Although the Tour 2.0 can match the Horizon’s top speed of 25 mph, it has a bigger 600W motor which delivers zippier acceleration and more powerful torque for those commuters planning to venture outside of the bike lane. It’s ideal for those times when you need to get ahead of the pack or swiftly move out of the way for other vehicles and riders around you.
The real stand-out feature of the Tour 2 is the extended range and the quality of battery on offer. Evolv has gone for a powerful, highly efficient LG battery, which is the best on the market. You can rest assured knowing that the most important part of your scooter has been meticulously designed and built for longevity. Simply put, it’ll last for many years to come and won’t be at risk of burning out abruptly. Because of this, riders can expect a maximum mile range of between 22-25 miles depending on your constant speed and number of hill climbs.
Although the range is appealing for those with a longer commute, it’s worth mentioning that the Tour 2.0 isn’t the cheapest scooter on the market, coming in at $1,120. This is pretty hefty, even considering the premium LG battery choice. I’m always on the lookout scooters that give you enough bang for your buck, so if this price tag looks a little steep, I’d recommend checking out the Horizon 13 for a similar range and smaller cost.
However, I wouldn’t discount the Tour 2.0 just yet. This scooter has clearly been designed with the comfort and convenience of the commuter in mind. Featuring both front and rear suspension as well as luxurious 8.5” pneumatic tires, the Tour 2.0 delivers a smooth ride, handling road imperfections with admirable ease.
In my opinion, pneumatic tires are by far the best tire choice out there because they prevent any jarring if you find yourself riding across pockmarked terrain. In brief, they protect your ankles, knees, hips, and wrists from unpleasant impacts, making your ride much more enjoyable. It’s all well and good buying a scooter that can go the distance, but who wants to spend that long gathering aches and pains?
It’s also well-equipped for being ridden in wet weather conditions, boasting a waterproof rating of IP54. Its dual-drum brake system is ideal for rainy days whilst delivering impressive stopping power and keeping you safe. Drum brakes aren’t the most modern option, however, they are incredibly reliable and require almost no maintenance, minimizing the chance of stressful brake repairs. The Tour 2.0 also has a bright LED headlight and lights along the outer-edge of the foot deck which are strong enough to illuminate the road ahead for short nighttime rides, keeping both you and the road visible.
The Tour 2.0 comes with a handlebar-integrated throttle and control panel that not only allows you to monitor all aspects of your ride but it is also set up for multiple riding modes to ensure the optimal personalized experience. Decide how you like to ride and adjust the settings to match your preferences to really make the scooter your own.
Although pricey, the Evolv Tour 2.0 is a great commuter scooter, especially for those with a little farther to go. If nothing else, the LG battery speaks for the quality of this scooter and will guarantee great range and longevity for years to come. Plus, this scooter has been designed with the comfort and convenience of the rider in mind, which is a huge bonus in my book.
Another scooter from the Canadian-based Evolv, the City is worth considering if you liked the sound of the Tour 2.0 but don’t want to pay over $1,000 or need the extra miles it offers. Hitting the sweet spot between power, comfort, and portability, the EVOLV City is a great everyday scooter for tackling urban commutes.
The City is even more compact than its pricier counterpart, folding down to 41” x 7.5” x 14.5”. With foldable handlebars and an easily collapsable stem, this is the perfect size for storing under your desk or in the back of your car. The smaller size and one-step folding system also make it ideal for road trips or taking on public transport.
Already, the City feels like an extremely versatile scooter choice. So what more does it have to offer?
Similarly to the Tour 2.0, the City’s biggest selling point is its efficient and high-quality LG battery. When it comes to scooters, this is the single biggest thing that impacts the longevity of a scooter, especially considering they’re the most expensive component to replace if anything goes wrong. So will you pay a premium for a scooter with a battery that’s as good as this one? Yes, absolutely. But is it worth it? Without a doubt, 100%.
In this case, the City delivers a maximum mile range of between 16 and 22 miles but seeing as the battery is a little smaller and the price a bit lower, this is understandable. It’s still a great range for medium-length commutes and with a recharge time of 6 hours, you can top the power-up whilst you work and be back out on the road by the end of the day.
Looking for something that can go a little further? Don’t sweat it! For $197 more, you can opt for the Evolv City Plus. It comes with a larger battery and an improved range of 22-28, which beats the Tour 2.0 in both price and mileage!
When it comes to speed, the City doesn’t disappoint. Its 350W motor delivers a maximum top speed of 22 mph. This is a bit slower than the Tour 2.0 and it’s not the fastest scooter on the market, but when it comes to city commuting, it’s the perfect range for urban rides. This is helped along by the three riding modes on offer which provide speed limitation settings to adjust to different environments and extend battery life.
Despite being slower than other EVOLV scooters, a top speed of 22 mph is still pretty fast and you’re going to want decent brakes to slow you down when you need to. The City comes with a rear drum brake which does a great job of bringing you safely and smoothly to a halt.
One thing that’s clear when looking at this scooter is that Evolv places a high premium on ride quality. How can I tell? Let me break it down.
The City comes with a front pneumatic tire. Pneumatic tires mold more easily to the surface of the road and therefore cushion riders against bumps underfoot. The rear tire is solid rubber which doesn’t usually provide much protection, however, this isn’t an issue for the City because of its dual suspension system. It features front hydraulic and rear spring suspension which is designed to deliver a smooth ride and keep you in control. This combination makes for a pretty decent ride, especially on flat urban roads and sidewalks.
Like other EVOLV scooters, the throttle on the City is located in front of the handlebars rather than behind it. This isn’t the norm in scooter design, but it’s surprisingly ergonomic. The handlebars also feature an LED display that allows you to monitor your speed, battery life, and trip distance. You can also turn the tri-LED headlights and rear dual-LED taillights on from the handlebars too, lighting up the landscape when the sun goes down.
At $755, this scooter is great value and affordable compared to the more expensive Evolv Tour 2.0. It doesn’t disappoint when it comes to speed or range and the quality of its LG battery sets it apart from other scooters with cheaper battery components. It’s perfect for everyday use and boasts specs that are ideal for conquering the everyday commute, especially considering its strengths lie in comfort and portability.
Another fantastic scooter from INOKIM, the Quick 3 is the newest in the Quick range. It delivers on everything I’ve come to expect from INOKIM in terms of reliability and quality whilst serving up an extra punch of power at the same time. What’s even better is that it does it all in one compact, portable package.
The Quick 3’s robust and reliable design is the result of thousands of hours of testing, as is its lightweight, portable frame and one-click folding system.
Weighing 36.4 lb, it’s easy to carry for short bursts of time and the folded dimensions (41.3” x 9.8” x 14.5” – if you’re interested in the specifics) are compact enough that it can come with you on public transport, up the five flights of stairs to your office, or in the back of your car for a good old-fashioned road trip.
In the past, you might have found that to tick the ‘portable’ box, you need to forget about the ‘power’ one. But not this time. Although it might not look it, hidden beneath the slim frame is a deceptively powerful 450W motor that can reach speeds of up to 19 mph. The Quick 3 also has good hill-climbing capacity so your adventures won’t only be limited to flat roads.
Although these specs are up there, what makes the Quick 3 stand out is its high-performance LG battery. This is the reason this scooter can deliver an outstanding 28 mile maximum range on a single charge.
The Quick 3 is perfect for longer commutes or extended weekend exploring and you also have the benefit of knowing that your scooter contains one of the best quality batteries on the market. A full recharge takes around 7 hours, which is slightly longer than others on this list, but it’s still not bad considering how much juice it puts out in the first place.
So, you know the Quick 3 is portable and you know it can walk the walk when it comes to battery and range. What else is there?
Well, let’s talk about comfort. Because take it from me, the Quick 3 has definitely got that base covered. Featuring a wider foot deck and luxuriously large 10” tires, this scooter encourages a relaxed ride from the word go.
Both of those tires are pneumatic and have been made for breezing over sidewalk cracks and minor potholes, guaranteeing a smooth, stress-free cruise. Plus, pneumatic tires are famous for their improved traction which means riding in wet conditions isn’t a problem either.
However, one thing to note here is that although the Quick 3 brings a lot of cool features to the party, inbuilt suspension isn’t one of them. If you’re buying a scooter for city riding and urban commutes, this shouldn’t be a problem as most roads are well-maintained, but if you’re after something as an off-road option, I’d recommend looking at the WideWheel Pro which offers the same range but is better equipped for off-road experiences.
As with all scooters, you need to be sure your choice puts rider safety first. As one of the best-known and most respected scooter brands out there, it’s no surprise that INOKIM is all over this. Featuring strong front caliper and rear disc brakes, you’re completely in control of stopping the Quick 3 whenever you need to.
Additionally, the ultra-bright front and rear lights are perfect for illuminating the road ahead when twilight hits. As an added fun feature, the taillight also acts as a brake light, making sure that other riders and pedestrians are clued in on what you’re planning to do next.
So far so great, right? The Quick 3 is an all-round superstar, however, there is one drawback: the price.
At $1,299, this is the most expensive scooter on the list. Is it worth it? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for.
If you want the stellar reputation that comes along with the INOKIM name as well as a long-range capacity, then yes. Paying the extra premium will guarantee a scooter that ticks all the boxes and does exactly what it promises. If it’s simply too far outside of your price range, take a look at the Evolv City Plus which also delivers a top mileage of up to 28 miles, but for only $896.
If you’re after a scooter that delivers power without compromising on portability, you can’t go far wrong with INOKIM Quick 3. Available in a variety of colors and boasting a robust design, the Quick 3 delivers a seamless urban ride. It’ll fit into any lifestyle and I’d be surprised if you’re not left wondering what you ever did without it.
Folding Electric Scooters by Type
It is easy to get sucked into spending less thinking you’re going to get a great deal but, you need to be careful. Make sure you check all the specs of the model that you’re buying to be confident that you’re getting a good deal.
I have thoroughly reviewed many electric scooters and hunted out the best prices for reliable models. So, here are my top choices.
If you are an adult considering a foldable electric scooter for leisure or commuting use, you ideally want a model that can go fast, go far, looks smart, is compact and light to carry.
- INOKIM Light 2 – 21 mph, 20 miles, 30 lbs (Most Compact)
- INOKIM Quick 3 – 19 mph, 28 miles, 36.4 lbs
- EVOLV Tour 2.0 – 25 mph, 25 miles, 39 lbs
Often when choosing an electric scooter a lot of attention will be put on the top speed of the electric scooter. However, speed may be important but battery power is even more important. You don’t want to invest in an electric scooter that can go super fast but then the battery dies after just 20 minutes of riding it.
With that in mind, here are my top choices for fast foldable electric scooters that also deliver decent battery life.
The bigger the wheels the smoother the ride. If you are planning on riding on uneven terrain then larger tires will absorb more shock from the uneven ground below and even off better grip, especially as some have anti-slip treads.
See more reviews in my List of the Top Rated Electric Scooters for Adults
When it comes to electric scooters for kids you don’t need to break the bank and dish out the big bucks. Instead, you’ll want to opt for a foldable model that looks good, is durable and will give them endless hours of fun.
Optional Seat Attachment
There aren’t many electric scooters with a seat that can fold to choose from. There are two reason for this – the first is because there aren’t many seated models on the market, and secondly, seated models tend to not fold, making them difficult to carry.
However, there is one model that is light and can fold with a seat attached. Spoiler alert, it’s the Ninebot ES1.
Is it Easy to Fold an Electric Scooter?
Yes. Some scooters takes a matter of seconds to fold thanks to one-click folding mechanisms.
How Do Electric Scooters Fold?
Different brands and scooter types use different folding mechanisms.
Generally, the way electric scooters fold can be grouped into 2 mechanisms.
1. The electric scooter folds from the deck of the board – Imagine an electric scooter, now look at the deck (the part you stand on) and move your eye across to where the deck connects to the front tire. It is here that the folding happens. This often the most compact way to fold an electric scooter as the handlebars lay parallel to the deck.
2. The electric scooter fold from the handlebar post – Imagine the scooter again, then look at the handlebar post and move your eye down towards the bottom end of the post just above the front tire. 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.
It’s also worth noting to some scooters even have handlebars that fold inwards parallel to the handlebar post, making them even more compact.
Why are Some Electric Scooters Foldable and Others Aren’t?
It depends on who they have been designed for and what they will be used for.
The main purpose for being able to fold electric scooters is to carry and store them.
Some kids electric scooters are not foldable because kids don’t, necessarily, need to carry them. Kids are more concerned about having fun riding them round the block, rather than folding and carrying them.
Electric scooters for adults, on the other hand, tend to be foldable because of how they are used. For example, an adult commuting to work will need an electric scooter that they can easily fold to take on public transport and keep under their desk.
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 a good idea of how big, small or compact it is going to be when folded.
You can ask the brand selling the scooter for the:
Length x Width x Height