6 Best Foldable Electric Scooters (Portable, Compact & Small)

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To find the 6 best foldable electric scooters, I tested 23 portable models and assessed each across the criteria of weight, dimensions, foldability, performance, and value.

Learn more about how I tested and selected the scooters.

See my 6 top picks below (ordered by price):

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Under $700
SPLACH Turbo
SPLACH Turbo
Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Under $800
Orange EMOVE Touring
EMOVE Touring
Sale: $799.00 $899.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Under $900
Horizon V2
Horizon V2 (13Ah)
Sale: $799.00 $979.00
Under $1,000
Mosquito
Mosquito
Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00
Under $1,200
SPLACH Twin
SPLACH Twin
Sale: $999.00 $1,699.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Under $1,400
EMOVE Cruiser S
EMOVE Cruiser S
Sale: $1,199.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

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SPLACH Turbo – Suitable for riders up to 6.2 ft

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Best Electric Scooters For Tall Riders Up to 6ft 6

SPLACH Twin – 28 mph, and fastest acceleration

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Fast Electric Scooters

EMOVE Cruiser S – 62 miles max (riding slow), 48 miles real-world (riding fast)

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Long Range Electric Scooters

EMOVE Cruiser S – Front coil springs and dual rear shocks

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Electric Scooters With Suspension: 5 Buttery-Smooth Rides

EMOVE Touring – Available for an extra $65

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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

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Dimensions (L x W x H):

SPLACH Turbo Overview:

The SPLACH Turbo is something of a legend. Originally released in 2020, this city slicker left forums and social media abuzz after garnering $805k from over 1,000 backers on Indiegogo.

Fast-forward three years and it’s been re-released to shake up the market once again. Offering silky smooth ride quality, best-in-class power, and exceptional portability, the Turbo stands out as the top performer in the sub-$700 class.

And the cherry on top? It’s equipped with a plethora of features that even more expensive models can’t match.

If it’s outstanding value that you seek, you may as well end your search here.

SPLACH Turbo Folded

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Why I Recommend the SPLACH Turbo:

SPLACH has positioned the Turbo as “the ultimate entry-level electric scooter”. Big words, I hear you say. To reach this acclaimed title, such a model needs to be reliable, plucky, low maintenance, and perhaps most importantly, portable.

Since this is a guide to the best foldable scooters, let’s focus on its portability credentials first. Despite weighing a relatively hefty 45 lbs, it boasts a suite of features that make it exceptionally transportable.

SPLACH Turbo Cantilevered Folding Mechanism

Its cantilevered folding mechanism is home to a quick-release lever that makes collapsing the stem super easy, while the handlebars can be folded to make it even more compact. Luckily, the cuffs that hold the handlebars in place are threaded to ensure that they remain solid when tightened.

SPLACH Turbo Foldable Handlebars

And that’s not all: the stem is telescopic, meaning it can be retracted to reduce its length. It’s also a super useful feature that allows you to adjust the handlebar height. In its lowest setting, it reaches 30.6 inches above the deck, while in its highest, it measures 40.3 inches.

SPLACH Turbo Telescopic Stem Lever

With all these mechanisms at your disposal, it’s no exaggeration to say that the SPLACH Turbo can fit in the smallest of spaces – be it your car trunk, in the corner of your room, or under your office desk. It measures just 43.0 (L) x 7.9 (W) x 15.7 (H) inches when folded to leave a bold tick in the portability box.

SPLACH Turbo Folded Frame

But, there’s a lot more to this scooter than meets the eye. The original Turbo was renowned for its ride quality, and I’m happy to report that the new iteration continues this lineage. Its dual swingarm suspension is an exceptionally rare commodity among scooters within its price class. In fact, the Turbo and its sibling, the Ranger, are the only models to feature such a system.

SPLACH Turbo Front Tire

The payoff for you is a silky smooth, well-calibrated ride devoid of any bottoming out. Working in cahoots with the front air-filled tire, the springs absorb every nasty shock and vibration from the road.

This high-end ride quality is refined by a spacious and grippy deck, wide handlebars that boost maneuverability, and a well-balanced distribution of weight that promises excellent handling.

SPLACH Turbo Grippy Deck

The Turbo is satisfyingly low maintenance, too. The rear solid tire eliminates the risk of flats, plug-and-play cabling makes replacement super easy, and an IPX5 water resistance rating protects against inclement conditions.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Then you have the dual drum brakes. Again an exceedingly rare feature on a sub-$700 model, they’ll last you for years without degrading in quality. Combined with the electronic braking system, you’ll come to a safe stop from 15 mph in an impressive 2.4 meters.

SPLACH Turbo Drum Brake

Such braking prowess is welcomed on a model that can hit speeds of 26-28 mph. While testing the Turbo I measured its top speed against 14 similarly-priced models and it came out on top. Key to its success is the fact that it has the most powerful motor of all its rivals. This is best-in-class stuff – as is its acceleration of 0-15 mph in 4.3 seconds.

SPLACH Turbo Accelerating

When it comes to range, it isn’t quite as impressive. Its 52V 10.4Ah battery delivers a maximum of 22 miles, though under realistic conditions you can expect 18 miles. However, when we consider that this is a match for more expensive models like the Horizon 10.4, it doesn’t shape up too badly. If range is particularly important to you then I’d suggest opting for Turbo Plus (it has a 36% bigger battery, equating to 11 more miles).

Josh Cruising on the SPLACH Turbo

Now, the Turbo’s most glaring flaw is its lighting rig. While there’s a lot of illumination on the stem and deck, none of it is bright enough to safely light your way forward at night. The absence of a proper headlight means you’ll need to purchase one if you want to ride after the sun goes down.

SPLACH Turbo Lights

And trust me when I say that this is a model that you’ll want to ride night and day. Exceptionally affordable and wielding a treasure trove of high-quality features, the SPLACH Turbo is yet another home run from a brand that’s intent on shaking up the electric scooter market.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

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SPLACH Turbo Review

Best Under $800

EMOVE Touring

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

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Dimensions (L x W x H):

EMOVE Touring Overview:

The EMOVE Touring is the Matt Damon of electric scooters. Approachable and uncomplicated, it’s everywhere. Quite simply, the industry wouldn’t be the same without it.

So, what’s the secret to the Touring’s popularity? Well, an ultra-portable, low-maintenance design is chief among its credits, while a high-quality LG battery, balanced performance profile, and a knockout load-bearing capacity provide one heck of a supporting cast.

All of this is fantastic, but it also helps that it's affordable. Indeed, when it comes to pure bang for your buck, there’s a reason why this scooter refuses to go anywhere despite being up against newer models.

EMOVE Touring Being Lifted

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Why I Recommend the EMOVE Touring:

EMOVE is a scooter line synonymous with durability, range, and unbridled fun. The Touring encapsulates these qualities perfectly while laying down a marker in the portability arena.

EMOVE Touring Folding Mechanism

Its compactness makes it a bona-fide superstar among commuter scooters. Measuring just 43.0 (L) x 8.0 (W) x 11.5 (H) inches when fully collapsed, the stars of the show are its cantilevered folding mechanism, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars.

EMOVE Touring Foldable Handlebars

Factor in the Touring’s easy-on-the-muscles 39 lbs weight, and you have an ultra-portable scooter that’ll easily fit in your trunk or a nook of your office. You’ll have no trouble lifting it up a couple of flights of stairs, either.

The Touring’s lightweight charms are all the more remarkable when you consider its rugged demeanor. This is a model that can support a rider weight of 308 lbs, has an optional seat attachment, and can withstand light showers thanks to its IP54 water resistance rating.

Josh Standing on the EMOVE Touring

Then you have its LG battery. This 48V 13Ah beaut can work through a maximum range of 32 miles before needing a recharge, or 19 miles when factoring in periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops. There aren’t many scooters in its price class that can top this performance.

EMOVE Touring Front Wheel

The same can be said of its speed stats. Armed with a 48V 500W motor, it reaches a top speed of 25 mph and, based on my extensive tests, bursts to 15 mph in just 4.5 seconds. This makes it the fastest scooter in the sub-40 lbs category.

It’s also a relatively good hill climber. Sure, it can’t compete against more powerful models like the SPLACH Twin or EMOVE Cruiser S, but it’s got enough punch to scale moderate inclines.

EMOVE Touring Chassis

Another area of performance that the Touring is known far and wide for, is its shock absorption. While not as cutting-edge as it was back in 2020 (when the model was launched), it remains the only lightweight scooter to feature a triple front suspension system.

EMOVE Touring Suspension

A spring at the foot of the stem dovetails with two coils to cushion your ride and absorb most of the shocks thrown up by roads. However, when compared to scooters like the SPLACH Turbo and Horizon 13, its shock-absorbing profile is laid bare, with both of these models offering a much smoother ride.

Meanwhile, the solid rear tire removes the risk of flats and boosts the Touring’s low maintenance credentials – as does its drum brake. Its performance is a little on the weak side, but it will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 4.9 meters, which is around average for a scooter of its price.

EMOVE Touring Drum Brake

The brakes are about the only average thing, though. From its wide handlebars, super long deck, and adjustable handlebar height, it ticks all of the boxes needed for riders of different sizes to feel comfortable.

EMOVE Touring Stem

In conclusion, the EMOVE Touring is a simple yet refined portable scooter that’ll give you years of joy while asking for little in return.

Josh With EMOVE Touring

Further Information:

EMOVE Touring Review

Best Under $900

Horizon V2 (13Ah)

Sale: $799.00 $979.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Dimensions (L x W x H):

Horizon Overview:

Channeling the snappy power, compact design, and refreshing simplicity that made the original Horizon one of the market’s most popular scooters, the V2 glides into the limelight with a smattering of excellent upgrades. Among these are an improved waterproof display, ergonomically superior thumb throttle, and a carry handle that moonlights as a footrest.

Simply put, any discussion about affordable everyday scooters that represent outstanding value for money must involve this trailblazer.

Available with either a 10.4Ah battery or a larger 13Ah unit, it’s a bonafide bargain, whichever model you opt for.

Horizon V2 Being Carried

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Why I Recommend the Horizon:

So, let’s get straight down to the crux of why you’re here: portability. The Horizon is a case study of how best to deliver it. Thanks to its cantilevered folding mechanism, it can be collapsed and ready for storage in just a few seconds.

Horizon V2 Cantilevered Folding Mechanism

What’s more, it comes equipped with foldable handlebars and a telescopic stem, so you can make it even more compact if space requires. How compact are we talking? Well, how do its folded measurements of 38.6 (L) x 7.1 (W) x 14.6 (H) inches sound? To help you out, these are among the smallest of all the scooters on this list, with just the Mosquito beating it.

Horizon V2 Folded Handlebars

There’s a caveat, though. If you want to take advantage of its super compact dimensions, then you’ll need to spend 20-30 seconds unscrewing the threaded cuffs of the handlebars so that they can be folded. While this takes significantly longer than the likes of the EMOVE Touring and Mosquito – both of which have pull-and-release cuffs – the benefit is that the handlebars are free from wobble.

Horizon V2 Screw-Release Handlebars

Elsewhere, the Horizon’s portability plaudits are further enhanced by the new carry handle that doubles as a footrest. Together with the 42 lbs frame, the Horizon is eminently easy to carry when it's not folded.

Carrying the Horizon V2 By the Carrying Handle

This isn’t just a portable scooter, of course – it’s one of the best all-rounders. This is exemplified by its front and rear suspension. The Horizon 13 is one the cheapest models to feature such a setup. Its dual-pronged rear springs mitigate any bumps conjured by the solid rear tire, while the front spring works in tandem with the air-filled tire to caress the asphalt. Combined, this system delivers one of the smoothest rides in the Horizon’s price category.

Horizon V2 Front Spring

It’s a heavy-hitter when we shift the focus to performance, too. Armed with a 48V 500W motor, a 20A controller, and a noteworthy peak power output, it can coax a top speed of 23 mph. Only three scooters in its category can go faster, and not by much.

Horizon V2 Being Ridden

Bursting out of the blocks is no issue, either. Using the new thumb throttle, you can shift from 0 to 15 mph in a sprightly 4.7 seconds – this is impressive for a single-motor scooter, outstripping the pricier Mosquito by 0.3 seconds.

You’d hope such zippy power would come with an equally adept braking setup. Well, sadly, this is a rare source of disappointment. Sure, the Horizon’s rear drum and regen brake are exceptionally low maintenance; yet, from 15 mph, it takes a lethargic 5.0 meters to come to a complete stop. This is, however, on par with other portable scooters that share the same braking setup, including the EMOVE Touring and Mosquito.

Horizon V2 Brake Lever

As for range, I mentioned in the summary that the Horizon can be purchased with one of two batteries, so let’s touch on that in more detail.

For a cheaper price, you can opt for the smaller 10.4Ah unit – this will deliver a maximum range of 23 miles, or 17 miles under realistic riding conditions.

Josh Standing on Horizon V2

Alternatively, you could dish out an extra $80 and go for the 13Ah battery. This will increase your maximum range to 30 miles – or 23 miles under real-world environments.

Whichever option you choose, you can be assured of a controlled, nimble ride thanks to its balanced frame, ergonomic cockpit, and comprehensive suspension system. The deck, meanwhile, is just the right size to adopt a comfortable riding stance.

Horizon V2 Handgrip

Overall the Horizon is a firm favorite among the electric scooter community, and there are two key 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. And secondly, it boasts the perfect blend of performance, practicality, and affordability. What’s not to love?

Josh Carrying the Horizon V2

Further Information:

Horizon Review

Best Under $1,000

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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Dimensions (L x W x H):

Mosquito Overview:

Emerging from a collaboration between the celebrated E-TWOW workshop and leading electric scooter retailer, Fluid Free Ride, the award-winning Mosquito truly lives up to its billing as the undisputed king of ultra-portability.

Weighing just 29 lbs, yet offering a zippy top speed of 25 mph, it has the highest power-to-weight ratio that money can buy.

Add in a sumptuous suspension system, puncture-proof tires, and a suite of folding functions, and you have a scooter that effortlessly fuses low maintenance design, comfort, and practicality. In fact, it’s so impressive that despite having tested a wide array of electric scooters in the lead-up to this guide, none could compete with its blend of power and portability.

Mosquito Folded With Carry Handle

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Mosquito:

Simply put, there’s no other scooter like the Mosquito. Despite weighing a featherlight 29 lbs, this little nipper packs serious bite. Its vicious 48V 500W motor produces a peak power output of 700W, a top speed of 25 mph, and an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 5.0 seconds. This is an outsized performance, to say the least.

Mosquito 500W motor

This power is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that the Mosquito is quite literally the most portable electric scooter on the market. Key to its success in this area are its weight – which allows you to carry it with little effort for reasonably long bursts – and a clutch of folding functions.

Josh With the Mosquito

Chief among these is its folding mechanism, which facilitates the collapsing of the telescopic stem in just a couple of seconds. The extremely narrow handlebars are foldable, too, and once collapsed they make the Mosquito exceptionally compact with a width of just 5.7 inches.

Mosquito Folded Handlebars From Above

Needless to say, such a diminutive profile makes storing it in the trunk of your car or under your desk super easy. It even comes with a velcro carry handle for added convenience.

Mosquito Velcro Carry Handle

The truth of the matter, however, is that instead of packing it away, you’ll want to maximize your riding time wherever possible. This scooter is heaps of fun, and its front and rear springs get a large share of the credit.

Mosquito Rear Spring

After all, the creation of the Mosquito was game-changing for the electric scooter industry; it was the first to combine extreme portability with a full suspension system. Allowing for a deep amount of travel, the setup counterbalances the lack of absorption from the puncture-proof solid tires.

Sure, the ride quality could be improved even further if its solid tires were air-filled, but they have a key role when it comes to the Mosquito’s low maintenance credentials.

Mosquito Rear Tire

As too, does its rear drum brake. This will last you for years without any noticeable wear and tear; and because it’s supported by a regen and stomp brake, it performs respectably among its rivals with a stopping distance of 4.8 meters from 15 mph. There’s no denying, however, that there are other scooters in the portable class that outperform it in this area, including the SPLACH Turbo (but, this scooter is 16 lbs heavier).

Mosquito Brake Lever

Shifting our focus to the Mosquito’s stamina, its 48V 9.6Ah battery has a maximum range of 22 miles in its locker – or 18 miles under real-world conditions. This is more than enough juice for short commutes, and for its weight, you can’t ask for much more.

Side Profile of Mosquito Frame

If I had to pick one area of its design that could be improved, though, it would be the width of the handlebars. As previously mentioned, they are abnormally narrow, measuring just 15.8 inches when unfolded. They take a bit of getting used to, though I did find that familiarity breeds confidence after a while.

Mosquito Handlebars

Besides, you can’t feel unnerved for long with such an ergonomic cockpit at your disposal. The Mosquito features two thumb paddles for your accelerator and regenerative brake, positioned on either side of the bright and clear LED color display. They’re both satisfyingly easy to use and smooth to operate – as are the folding mechanisms at the end of each grip, which simply click in and out of place with minimal fuss.

Button in the Mosquito Handgrips to Fold Them

One area of the Mosquito’s design that surprised me was the large, grippy deck. It's near enough the same length as the one found on the Wolf King GT – an ultra-performance scooter – meaning there’s ample room for big feet belonging to riders of up to 265 lbs.

Mosquito Deck

But then the Mosquito is full of surprises. Factor in its bright lights and IPX5 water resistance rating, and it's the perfect accessory for modern city living.

Mosquito Frame With Lights On

Further Information:

Mosquito Review

Best Under $1,200

SPLACH Twin

Sale: $999.00 $1,699.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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SPLACH Twin Overview:

SPLACH has made a name for itself by going against the grain and making scooters that shake up the market. The Twin is Exhibit A: a model that upon its release became the cheapest scooter equipped with dual motors.

That’s right. For less than $1,000, it offers two 48V 600W firecrackers that deliver a rip-roaring top speed. But that’s not all, it’s also the most compact dual-motor model thanks to its armada of folding functions that afford it a conveniently small profile when collapsed.

However, it’s worth noting that while it packs a punch, it’s not the lightest. Weighing 53 lbs, it may not be the best option if you’re searching for a scooter that you can carry for long stints. But, if you want a powerful model that has compact folded dimensions to boot, then it would be a wise choice. Besides, it’s 17% more compact than its dual-motored rivals.

SPLACH Twin Folded

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Why I Recommend the SPLACH Twin:

Let’s not forget that the SPLACH Twin costs the same as the Mosquito, a wonderful scooter in its own right – but one that features only one motor. This bad boy has two of them; together, they summon a sizzling top speed of 28 mph and an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 3.0 seconds. No other similarly priced model comes close.

Josh on SPLACH Twin

Then we have the Twin’s portability chops. Its central folding mechanism allows you to collapse the stem in just a couple of seconds, while a small safety catch guarantees that it won’t fold in on itself mid-ride.

SPLACH Twin Locking Latch on Folding Mechanism

The telescopic stem can be shortened to minimize its length, too. Then there are the spring-loaded cuffs that allow you to pull the handgrips away from the T-bar before folding them parallel to the stem. Over time, you may find that the grips develop some wiggle, but this can be fixed by tightening the screws on the inside of the handlebars.

SPLACH Twin Folding Handlebars

Portability and power are all well and good, but is the Twin comfortable to ride?

Despite being equipped with two non-shock absorbing solid rubber tires, it surprised me with a level of ride quality that was admirable.

SPLACH Twin Chassis

Combining dual springs with swingarms, it does a decent job of soaking up the shudders and shakes of city riding. The only way that it could be improved is if air-filled tires were used. Luckily, SPLACH has a solution for this with the Twin Plus – a model that shares the same design, specs, and performance, but comes with 8.5-inch pneumatic tires.

SPLACH Twin Spring

On the other hand, the Twin’s solids serve as a valuable addition since they remove the need to repair flats. However, with a square front-on profile, the tires can occasionally slip out from underneath you if you lean too much into corners.

SPLACH Twin Wide Solid Tire

Nevertheless, for normal riding, the wide handlebars and tactile grips ensure you remain in control.

When it comes to range, it’s a solid performer. The 48V 15.6Ah battery claims to put out 35 miles, but this can only be achieved by riding in the slowest setting. If you average a speed of around 18-20 mph, you’ll get 21 miles. If you want to go further, you can tap into the scooter’s twelve different speed modes to cap power usage.

SPLACH Twin QS-S4 Display

An added – and considerable – layer of safety comes in the form of the dual drum brakes. Together, they’ll bring you to a stop from 15 mph in short 2.8 meters. You do, however, need to be ready for the strong electronic braking system which kicks into action as soon as you pull on the levers. You can adjust its intensity via the display for a less abrupt experience.

SPLACH Twin Drum Brake

No scooter is completely perfect, of course, and the Twin’s weakness can be found in its lighting rig. With only button LEDs at the front and rear of the deck, there simply isn’t enough illumination for night rides. You’ll need to buy an extra clip-on headlight.

Nevertheless, the SPLACH Twin has a lot to offer for riders who want power in a small package.

SPLACH Twin Folded Frame

Further Information:

SPLACH Twin Review

Best Under $1,400

EMOVE Cruiser S

Sale: $1,199.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Folding Functions:

Dimensions (L x W x H):

EMOVE Cruiser S Overview:

The launch of the original EMOVE Cruiser left the industry floored. Here was a scooter that completely reset the bar in terms of range and load-bearing capacity – at a price that people could afford.

Well, we now have the Cruiser S to cherish, and it once again challenges conventional wisdom.

How? Well, not only does it retain the knockout features of its predecessor, but this time it earns the accolade of being the only single-motor scooter armed with a Sine Wave controller. Add in new self-healing tires, an upgraded thumb throttle, a reinforced stem clamp, and a 4-color display, and it somehow manages to improve on the faultless.

Like the SPLACH Twin, the Cruiser S isn’t a scooter that you can carry for long stints, but if a compact folded frame is all you’re after then it’ll be ideal.

EMOVE Cruiser S Folded

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Why I Recommend the EMOVE Cruiser S:

Key to the Cruiser’s popularity is its 52V 30Ah LG battery. It can breeze through an incredible 62-mile range under best-case conditions or 48 miles under real-world conditions.

Josh on the EMOVE Cruiser S

Possibly more impressive, though, is the fact that it’s not a monster. Sure, it may weigh 52 lbs, but the average weight of other long-range models is 88 lbs (based on 26 scooters that have maximum ranges greater than 50 miles).

EMOVE Cruiser S Folded Handlebars

It’s also one of few long-range scooters to feature a multitude of folding mechanisms that not only allow you to collapse the handlebars and stem but also retract its length via the telescopic compartment. A new stem clamp ensures structural integrity is maintained despite all the moving parts, too.

EMOVE Cruiser S Telescopic Stem

This is especially important given its 52V 1000W rear-mounted motor. With a peak power output of 1600W, it hits an impressive 33 mph. And while its acceleration rates to 15 mph (3.8 seconds) and 25 mph (10.3 seconds) are trumped by the likes of the SPLACH Twin, the presence of the Sine Wave controller makes moving through the gears feel supremely smooth and satisfying.

Josh Riding the EMOVE Cruiser S

The new thumb throttle also deserves some credit. It is, however, just one of the components that make up the cockpit alongside an updated 4-color LCD display, a key-lock ignition, a voltmeter, and buttons for your horn and lights.

EMOVE Cruiser S Display and Throttle

It’s also worth mentioning that at 25 inches, the handlebars are among the widest of all commuter scooters. This adds another dimension to your control and handling of the scooter.

EMOVE Cruiser S Handlebars

The deck, meanwhile, offers a huge 23 x 7.75 inches of available space, while the frame is protected by an IPX6 water resistance rating to safeguard against rain and puddle splashes. This is one durable beast that’s able to support an industry-leading load-bearing capacity of 352 lbs.

EMOVE Cruiser S Deck

It's also not short on luxury. It features front coils and rear shocks that, allied with its tubeless car-grade tires, deliver exquisite cushioning and shock absorption – so long as you stick to roads. The tires are also self-healing, significantly improving the scooter from a maintenance perspective.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Suspension

And did I mention that you can get an optional seat attachment? This will prove particularly useful if you plan on making the most of its herculean range.

My delight extends to the braking setup, too. The 140 mm hybrid hydraulic discs deliver a firm stop from 15 mph in just 2.6 meters. What’s striking about the brakes, though, is the fact that it’s quite rare to find a sub-$1,500 model with hydraulics.

EMOVE Cruiser S Semi-Hydraulic Disc Brake

Building on its safety credentials are a low-mounted headlight, dual deck-embedded LEDs, a trio of taillights – with two positioned at the rear of the deck, and the other built into the fender – and turn signals.

EMOVE Cruiser S Lights

Ultimately, with everything that the EMOVE Cruiser S has to offer, it maintains its reputation as a go-to electric scooter.

Josh on EMOVE Cruiser S

Further Information:

EMOVE Cruiser S Review

Comparison

Compare Foldable Electric Scooters

The table below compares the best electric scooters based on weight, dimensions, folding functions, performance, specs, price, and more.
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SPLACH TurboSPLACH TurboEMOVE TouringEMOVE TouringHorizon V2 (13Ah)HorizonMosquitoMosquitoSPLACH TwinSPLACH TwinEMOVE Cruiser SEMOVE Cruiser S
Where to BuySPLACHVoro MotorsFluid Free RideFluid Free RideSPLACHVoro Motors
Price$699$799$799$899$999$1,199
CategoryUnder $700Under $800Under $900Under $1,000Under $1,200Under $1,400
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Portability
Weight45 lbs39 lbs40 lbs29 lbs53 lbs52 lbs
Folded Length43.0 inches43.0 inches38.6 inches41.5 inches44.7 inches49.0 inches
Folded Width7.9 inches8.0 inches7.1 inches5.7 inches7.9 inches10.0 inches
Folded Height15.7 inches11.5 inches14.6 inches13.0 inches16.3 inches16.0 inches
Folding Mechanism CantileveredCantileveredCantileveredCantileveredCantileveredCantilevered
Foldable HandlebarsScrew-releasePull-releaseScrew-releasePull-releasePull-releasePull-release
Telescopic StemYesYesYesYesYesYes
Performance
Top Speed28 mph25 mph23 mph25 mph28 mph33 mph
0-15 MPH4.3 s4.5 s4.7 s5.0 s3.0 s3.8 s
Max Range22 miles32 miles30 miles22 miles28 miles62 miles
Tested Range18 miles19 miles23 miles18 miles21 miles48 miles
Braking2.4 meters4.9 meters5.0 meters4.8 meters2.8 meters2.6 meters
Max Incline14 degrees15 degrees15 degrees15 degrees22 degrees20 degrees
Optimal Incline9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees9 degrees13 degrees12 degrees
Specs
Motor48V 600W48V 500W48V 500W48V 500W48V 600W (x2)52V 1000W
ThrottleFingerFingerThumbThumbFingerThumb
Battery52V 10.4Ah FST48V 13Ah LG48V 13Ah FST48V 9.6Ah FST48V 15.6Ah FST52V 30Ah LG
Charge Time7 hours8 hours6 hours6 hours7.5 hours12 hours
BrakesDual drums, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrums (x2), ElectronicSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic
SuspensionSprings, SwingarmsTriple Springs, ShocksSprings, ShocksSprings, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsSprings, Air Shocks
Tire Size8.5 inches8 inches8 inches8 inches8 inches10 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Solid (Rubber)Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)
Load265 lbs308 lbs265 lbs265 lbs220 lbs352 lbs
LightsStem Strip, Deck LEDs, Taillights, Turn SignalsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, DeckHeadlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
IP RatingIPX5IP54NoneIPX5IP54IPX6
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

To find the 6 best foldable electric scooters, I tested 23 portable models and assessed each across the criteria of weight, dimensions, foldability, performance, and value.

These assessments were made in addition to all of the standardized tests that are completed as part of Electric Scooter Insider's stringent testing process. You can learn more about this below:

Portable Electric Scooters That I Tested:

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

Test Criteria:

Weight – Based on my independent database of over 180 models, electric scooters can weigh anywhere between 25 and 150 lbs. As a result, I made sure to test and select the top-performing scooters that fell into the lower third of the weight bracket.

Josh Carrying the Horizon V2

Dimensions – Thanks to a multitude of folding mechanisms, electric scooters can vary in their dimensions. In the interest of portability, I made sure to select the models that had the most compact frames, taking into account their folded length, width, and height.

NIU KQi2 Pro Folded

Foldability – While some scooters only fold at the stem, leaving wide handlebars to protrude outwards, others make use of varying applications to reduce their size. Here, I chose the scooters that combined the best cantilevered folding mechanisms with telescopic stems and foldable handlebars.

EMOVE Touring Foldable Handlebars

Performance – I tested and compared all 23 models across the metrics of speed, acceleration, range, braking, hill climbing, shock absorption, and ride quality. I also reviewed their features and build quality.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis in Motion

Value – The last step in the selection process, was to identify the scooter that offered the best overall package for their price. To do this, I created several price categories (i.e. the best under $700, under $800, and so on). I then grouped the scooters into each and compared them across their weight, dimensions, folding functions, and performance.

Small, Compact, Light and Portable Folding Electric Scooter

Results From My Performance Tests:

See how the 6 best foldable electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of speed, acceleration, maximum range, real-world range, and braking.

Top Speed

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

ScooterPriceTop Speed
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
33 mph
SPLACH Twin
$999
28 mph
SPLACH Turbo
$699
28 mph
EMOVE Touring
$799
25 mph
Mosquito
$899
25 mph
Horizon V2 (13Ah)
$799
23 mph

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
SPLACH Twin
$999
3.0 s
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
3.8 s
SPLACH Turbo
$699
4.3 s
EMOVE Touring
$799
4.5 s
Horizon V2 (13Ah)
$799
4.7 s
Mosquito
$899
5.0 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
62 miles
EMOVE Touring
$799
32 miles
Horizon V2 (13Ah)
$799
30 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
28 miles
Mosquito
$899
22 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

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

ScooterPriceReal Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
48 miles
Horizon V2 (13Ah)
$799
23 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
21 miles
EMOVE Touring
$799
19 miles
Mosquito
$899
18 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
18 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
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
2.6 meters
SPLACH Twin
$999
2.8 meters
Mosquito
$899
4.8 meters
EMOVE Touring
$799
4.9 meters
Horizon V2 (13Ah)
$799
5.0 meters
Answering Your Questions

Foldable Electric Scooter FAQs

What is the Smallest and Most Compact Electric Scooter?

The most compact electric scooter is the Mosquito. As a result of its cantilevered folding mechanism, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars, it measures just 41.5 (L) x 5.7 (W) x 13.0 (H) inches.

Following the Mosquito in the rankings of the most compact electric scooters are the following:

  1. Mosquito – 41.5 x 5.7 x 13.0 inches
  2. Horizon V2 (13Ah) – 38.6  7.1 x 14.6 inches
  3. EMOVE Touring – 43.0 x 8.0 x 11.5 inches
  4. SPLACH Turbo – 43.0 x 7.9 x 15.7 inches
  5. SPLACH Twin – 44.7 x 7.9 x 16.3 inches
  6. EMOVE Cruiser S – 49.0 x 10.0 x 16.0 inches

What is the Most Portable Electric Scooter?

The most portable electric scooter is the Mosquito.

This scooter is both lightweight and compact. It weighs a mere 29 lbs and measures just 41.5 (L) x 5.7 (W) x 13.0 (H) inches once folded.

How Much Do Electric Scooters Weigh?

Electric scooters that have been designed for adults weigh anywhere between 25 and 150 lbs.

Understandably, scooters for children are much lighter and tip the scales between 17 and 30 lbs.

How Do Electric Scooters Fold?

The way in which an electric scooter folds is dependent on the mechanism that it uses. However, in the vast majority of cases, electric scooters will use folding joints and quick-release levers that, once unlocked, allow you to lower the stem.

These mechanisms can be categorized into two groups. The first is those that fold at the neck, and the second is those that fold at the stem.

Imagine an electric scooter and look down 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, and it's here where the folding can happen. This is often the most compact way to fold an electric scooter as the handlebars lay parallel to the deck.

On the other hand, scooters that fold at the base of the stem have a triangular shape. Here, the stem sits at a downward angle with the handlebars resting on the deck.

It's also worth noting that some scooters have foldable handlebars and telescopic stems that can be retracted.

Is it Easy to Fold an Electric Scooter?

Yes.

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, the folding mechanisms can become more complex. 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 add carry handles and straps that secure to the scooter.

Is There Anything I Should Be Aware of Before Choosing a Foldable Electric Scooter?

There are three key things that you should consider when buying a foldable electric scooter.

Firstly, you should always check the dimensions so that you can gauge how big, small, or compact it is when folded and unfolded.

Secondly, make a note of the scooter’s weight and the shape that it makes once folded. These two factors play a pivotal role in your ability to carry the scooter. The scooters that are the easiest to lift have stems that lock parallel to the deck.

And lastly, make sure you do sufficient research by reading electric scooter reviews like ours and other experts. Some models can fall victim to folding joints that loosen over time, meaning the stems can rock back and forth. Here, you should take note of what reviewers say about the scooter's build quality.

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 foldable electric scooters. Learn more about my editorial policy.

Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

Josh, Founder of Electric Scooter Insider. Over the last 4 years, I’ve tested countless scooters, amassed a database of 140+ models, and helped thousands of people find the right scooter. All of the scooters that I review are put through a rigorous review process so I can clearly distinguish where one is better or worse than another.

  1. I like the Xiaomi model, it’s a classic!

  2. Being an engineer, I am quite critical of what I buy. so I bought the refurbished GTrax GXL V2 for $200 just to test it out without spending a lot of money. Wow, I love this scooter. The V2 is an updated of the GXL, but now I understand there is a newer version but with very little improvement. I can confirm that it is a truly 15.5 mph scooter for a 155 lb rider. The cruise control for the 2 set speed is a blessing. I measured the weight, 27.2 lb. The 8.5 inch pneumatic tires gives it a soft and controlled ride. I don’t recommend solid tires or smaller wheels because smaller wheels make the scooter less stable when you accelerate. What I also like about the scooter is that when it is folded, the tiller is parallel to the deck, which makes the scooter balanced in the middle. Finally, GoTrax provides a locking pin to keep the unfolded scooter from ever collapsing, but I felt very safe without using it.

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