When it comes to portability, not all scooters are made equal and some are near impossible to fold and carry.
Over the last few years, I’ve reviewed countless scooters and amassed a database of 100+ models. I’ve been lucky enough to review many scooters hands-on and share my knowledge and experiences to help you choose the best foldable scooter.
To make it easy, I’ve split the scooters into three main categories:
GoTrax XR Ultra
A popular affordable option, the lightweight GoTrax XR Ultra boasts a good range of 16 miles and a high-quality LG battery. Weighing 26.4 lbs, it’s easy to fold and carry whether you’re exploring close to home or venturing further afield. It is, pound-for-pound, one of the best scooters under $400.
Turboant X7 Pro
An excellent and affordable option for those of you that 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 smaller hands.
Unagi Model One (E250)
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 one of the lightest scooters on the market. 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.
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 $700. 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.
The lightest and most compact scooter from the Apollo range, the Light is ideal for busy riders who need a scooter to match their fast-paced life. Weighing 37 lbs and boasting one of the smallest frames out there, it’s ideal if you’re short on space and need something to easily fit into tight spaces.
Compact yet full-featured, the Apollo City delivers a fun, well-rounded riding experience. Weighing 39 lbs, it’s lightweight and its robust folding mechanism, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars allow it to collapse into a very small and easily portable package. This scooter ups-the-ante when it comes to power (25 mph and 28 miles) compared to the Horizon 10.4 and Apollo Light.
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.
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Lightest Scooter Reviews
GoTrax XR Ultra
GoTrax is the champion of high-quality, low-cost, lightweight scooters. The XR Ultra doesn’t just score high on the portability front though — it delivers on range too and you can rest assured that you’re getting great quality for your money.
If you’re looking for an affordable scooter, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t have to shell out a fortune when it comes to the Ultra. It’s more expensive than other GoTrax models, like the GXL V2, but it will only set you back $359.99. This is incredibly good value when viewed alongside the impressive specs it has to offer.
One of the most impressive of these is the scooter’s weight. Given the fact that it houses a fairly chunky battery, the XR Ultra manages to keep its bulk to a minimum, weighing a light 26.4 lbs. This is light enough to carry onto public transport or up a few flights of stairs easily. With folded dimensions of 43.3 (l) x 17.1 (w) x 14.6 (h) inches, it fits perfectly in a trunk or on the backseat of your car if you’re keen to explore beyond your local streets.
Folding the Ultra is effortless. You simply pull the safety pin out (used to lock the stem into place when not folded) and then pull down on the red lever at the base of the stem to collapse the handlebars over the foot deck. Once the stem has been folded, it locks securely into the rear mudguard for easy carrying.
Aside from its lightweight profile, the thing that makes the XR Ultra stand out is its superior battery. As it’s a budget model, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all of its components are standard. You definitely wouldn’t expect it to feature a high-quality LG battery that delivers a maximum range of 16 miles on a single charge.
That’s exactly what the Ultra serves up. LG is premium tech so it’s a big selling point on a scooter like this. 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 suitable for riders who like to spend as much time out on the road as possible.
When it comes to speed, the Ultra is fitted with a 300W motor that delivers a maximum of 15.5 mph. To match this, it has a dual front electronic and rear disc brake system that puts out great stopping power when cruising along at max output. This shouldn’t be overlooked – many cheap scooters direct all the braking power to the rear tire which can hinder braking performance. Having braking power directed to both wheels is a major plus. Also, the combination of electrical braking with mechanical braking (i.e. you have to physically pull on the brake) adds another layer of quality to this scooter as opposed to if it just relied on electronics (which some cheap models do).
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 than you would on other GoTrax models like the GXL 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 routes with gentle undulations.
The majority of budget scooters come with solid rubber tires as standard. These are great for avoiding punctures, but they deliver a pretty rough and unforgiving ride quality. Thankfully, GoTrax doesn’t play by the usual rules, opting to fit the Ultra with plush pneumatic tires instead.
This means that the ride quality is surprisingly comfortable for a scooter without any suspension. They’re able to soak up surface imperfections easily, but if you live in an area with very rough roads and lots of potholes, I’d consider a scooter with suspension (like the Horizon 10.4) 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 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 you to monitor your speed, battery life, cruise control function, and headlight status (on/off). Sadly, it doesn’t come with a taillight; the XR only features a rear reflector. I’d recommend additional lights to give more visibility during nighttime rides.
Thanks to its lightweight and simple, sturdy folding mechanism, the Ultra XR is the perfect entry-level budget scooter. Given that it's so affordable, it’s crazy that it comes with premium features like an LG battery, pneumatic tires, and a robust braking system. Even better, these additions don’t add any extra pounds to the overall weight, meaning it scores top marks for portability.
Cheapest Model (Runner-up):
GoTrax GXL V2
Do you like the look of what the XR Ultra has to offer? Well, before you make any decisions, take a look at its younger sibling, the GoTrax GXL V2. This scooter is just as portable but is slightly cheaper. Ultimately, it’s a like-for-like scooter but with a lesser-quality battery for those that are on a budget.
This scooter is a great choice for portability, but like the majority of GoTrax scooters, its real selling point is just how cheap it is. The GXL V2 will only set you back $299.99. No, you didn’t misread that. Not only is this scooter decked out with some awesome specs but it’s especially kind on your wallet.
Weighing the same as the XR Ultra at a mere 26.4 lbs, you’ll have no issues lifting this budget champion. Transporting it is super convenient, too, because when you aren’t riding it, it folds down to just 43.3 (l) x 17.1 (w) x 14.6 (h) inches. Just like the XR Ultra, this is small enough to stow away.
The folding mechanism is the same as that on the Ultra and it’s very easy to use. Again, you simply pull the safety pin out and then pull the red lever at the base of the stem to collapse the handlebars over the deck before they lock securely into the mudguard. To unfold the scooter, go through the process in reverse.
Like most scooters under $300, it delivers a top speed of 15.5 mph and has two different riding modes. The first is designed to cap the top speed for a slower ride, whilst the second unlocks the highest speeds for a more thrilling ride. The two riding modes are also handy when it comes to mileage as the first gear helps you to conserve battery.
As standard, the V2 has a maximum range of 12 miles. This is less than the XR Ultra and it doesn’t feature the high-quality LG battery seen on its sibling. However, it’ll suit shorter commutes fine. Plus, it only has a recharge time of 4 hours so you’ll be back out with the wind running through your hair in no time.
One thing I love about the GXL V2 is that it comes with air-filled tires. As I’ve mentioned, I think these are much better than solid tires because they give a more comfortable ride and protect you from jarring rides as they 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 IP54 waterproof rating, a little rain shouldn’t put you off. The only downside to air-filled tires is that there is a possibility of flats but, it is worth the risk for a more comfortable ride.
Pneumatic tires aren’t the only luxury this budget scooter has to offer. It 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 it 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.
Speaking of brakes, the V2 maintains the same standard set by the XR Ultra. It features a front regenerative and rear disc brake dual-hybrid system, giving great control and providing impressive stopping power.
While the GXL V2’s specs far outpace its low price tag, I do have one gripe. It doesn’t come with a rear light. Instead, the V2 features an LED headlight and a rear reflector, the first of which can be operated from the button below the handlebar display. If you like the look of the GXL V2 and want a Gotrax scooter with a taillight, I recommend taking a look at the GoTrax Apex. It won’t cost you any extra but it weighs nearly 6 lbs more (32.1 lbs in total).
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 rides. If you don’t need the extra mileage that the XR Ultra offers, this is a bargain of a scooter.
Turboant X7 Pro
The Turboant X7 Pro is a firm favorite if you’re looking for a commuter scooter to perk up your daily commute or a scooter for leisurely pursuits, and there is a whole list of reasons why. Let me show you exactly why it should be high on your shortlist.
Turboant X7 Pro Unboxing & Review
A complete unboxing and review of the Turboant X7 Pro. See what the best electric scooter under $600 has to offer. From close-ups of the frame to talking through the impressive stats, this video will show you exactly what you can expect from the Turboant X7 Pro.
Firstly, it scores top marks for its portability. At 33 lbs, it’s slightly heavier than many of the GoTrax models, but this is still pretty 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 smaller 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 its 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 battery is one of the major selling points. It promises a maximum reach of up to 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, 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% 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 three different riding modes (Beginner – 6 mph, Eco -10 mph, and Sports – 20 mph) so you can moderate your speed and help to conserve battery when you need to.
Out of our database of 100+ scooters, I rate the Turboant X7 Pro as the best scooter under $500 and its 10-inch pneumatic tires are part of the reason why. Given that it doesn’t come with any inbuilt suspension, these 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 seriously 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 just how many scooters come with one of these official certifications (I’ll let you in one a secret – it’s not many).
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 some cheaper models that only come with a single lackluster braking mechanism. The Turboant is more than capable of slowing you down as quickly as you need to.
At $499.98, the Turboant X7 Pro is an excellent entry-level scooter. It has a more premium edge than the cheaper GoTrax 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.
Mid-Range Model (Runner-up):
If your budget is a little tighter and you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly alternative to the Turboant X7 Pro, check out the Hiboy S2, available for $409. Although you’ll need to make some compromises, the S2 ranks just as well when it comes to weight and portability.
The S2 is slightly lighter than the X7 Pro with its aluminum frame tipping the scales at 29.5 lbs. It also features a mechanism that allows it to collapse in just 3 seconds. Flip the lever at the base of the stem and the neck will collapse over the foot deck, clicking neatly into place on the rear fender so you can lift it.
Although the handlebars don’t fold, they are slightly narrower than the average budget scooter so that when it is collapsed, you’re looking at a fairly compact package, measuring 45.7 (l) x 16.5 (w) x 19.3 (h) inches. This makes storage relatively easy but it still falls short of the scooters that sport telescopic stems and foldable handlebars.
Despite its lightweight profile, the S2 is still capable of supporting riders up to 260 lbs which is more than other portable options from brands such as GoTrax whose models tend to support 220 lbs.
It’s a little slower than the Turboant (18.6 vs 20 mph), but its acceleration is fast and punchy for a scooter this size. For context, you can hit 0-15 mph in 6.2 seconds vs the GoTrax XR Ultra’s 7.8 seconds. Plus, when you’re cruising busy city streets, it’s unlikely you’re going to want to go much faster. Its 350W motor can also manage 15% inclines but the steeper the hill, the slower it goes.
Unlike the X7 Pro, the S2’s range is capped at 17 miles, although aggressive riding will reduce this further. For those of you who want to stay local, this will be plenty of ride time. When you do need to recharge, expect to wait around 6 hours which is on the lengthy side for this sort of mileage.
So far, the S2 is stacking up as a good alternative to the X7 Pro but here’s the bad news: it has a sub-par ride quality. Despite being equipped with dual rear springs, something the X7 Pro lacks, its 8.5-inch solid honeycomb tires cancel out any kind of cushioning. Compared to the Turboant, its ride quality is lackluster. This is further made worse the faster you go – as you increase your speed, ride quality equally nose dives. Make sure you only stick to perfectly maintained paths to avoid aching joints. On the upside, you won’t have to worry about suffering any unexpected flat tires.
One of the standout features of the S2 is that you have the option of purchasing it with a seat for an extra $50. Seated scooters aren’t the cheapest so if you’re looking for a model that’ll let you rest your legs now and again, the S2 is a surefire winner. However, bear in mind that you’ll need to remove the seat before you can fold it which isn’t a quick job and requires an Allen key.
Moving to the design, the S2 has a smart, matte-black aesthetic that is reminiscent of the Xiaomi Mi 365 and will suit any urban environment. Its cockpit is equally as stylish, featuring a bell and two ergonomic thumb pads, one for the throttle and the other for the electronic brake, with an additional lever for operating the rear disc brake. Alongside this, you’ll also find a bright backlit LED display in the center so you can check your riding stats.
To pair with its sleek frame, there is a mobile app. This is a rare feature to find on budget scooters. It makes it a more modern, attractive option when compared with others in its price bracket. From here, you can lock the scooter, operate your cruise control, swap riding mode, and even customize the acceleration and electronic brake strength.
The S2 is a great scooter for first-time riders and will suit anyone wanting a model for casual weekend excursions. Its lightweight design makes it easy to lift and carry on the go. However, the ride quality isn’t as good as the X7 Pro, so if the roads near you are anything but baby-bottom smooth, there are better options available.
Unagi Model One (E250)
If you hold style and aesthetics 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 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 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 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. 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 also super portable, with folded dimensions of 37.8 (l) x 16.5 (w) x 14.9 (h) inches. In fact, Unagi claims to have 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.
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 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 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 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 tire design, which leaves air pockets throughout the circumference of the wheel to simulate front and rear suspension, it still doesn’t have the pedigree to deal with minor 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 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 electricity 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, an off-the-charts dose of 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.
Most Compact Scooter Reviews
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 why.
Horizon Unboxing & Review
From its compact design, impressive load-bearing capability, and the perfect blend of spring and hydraulic suspension, join me as I give you an up-close and personal look at what the Horizon has to offer.
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 38.6 (l) x 7.1 (w) x 14.6 (h) inches. It’s important here 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. The only scooter to beat the Horizon by a noticeable stretch is the Apollo Light, which weighs 37 lbs. 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 ‘Light’ scooter list (for reference: the average motor size was 300W) – especially as it has a maximum output of 800W. This gives better torque and enough acceleration to easily conquer hills of up 15%, 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 $699.
This is even more impressive given that the Horizon also allows you to customize the ride settings to personal preferences using the advanced display (i.e. 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 $799 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 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 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 rear 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?
If you’ve been on the electric scooter circuit for a while, the name ‘Apollo’ won’t be new to you. But if this is your first rodeo, let me introduce you to one of the best brands in the game, famed for their high-class scooters and top-notch customer support. The Apollo Light is their most lightweight and compact model, perfect if portability is what you’re after.
At 37 lbs, the Light is designed for easy lifting and storage. Although this isn’t the lightest scooter on the list, given the features on offer, you’ll struggle to find the same standard at a lower weight.
So, what makes it such a great scooter? Well, its compact folded frame comes top of the class. When fully collapsed, it measures just 39 (l) x 6.9 (w) x 15.7 (h) inches, making it a dream to store. The Light has an edge over the majority of other models (except for models in the ‘Most Compact’ list) because its handlebars fold inwards, reducing its overall size and allowing you to stash it in even the narrowest of spaces.
The folding mechanism on the Apollo is smooth and simple, both handlebars unscrew and lock into place with minimal fuss, and the telescopic stem retracts with a flick of the quick-release lever. Within a matter of seconds, your Light is reduced down to a very manageable and compact package.
The Apollo Light has been specifically designed for busy city riders on the move and with a top speed of 22 mph, it achieves just that, getting commuters from A to B with minimal fuss. Its 350W motor keeps its weight low whilst also delivering zippy acceleration, allowing you to go from 0 to 15 mph in just over 6 seconds. It’s not built for extreme hill-climbing, but its peak output of 500W can handle 15% inclines.
The Light also manages to deliver good range without a bulky battery upping its overall weight. Featuring Apollo’s favorite, high-quality Dynavolt cells, you can expect to see a maximum range of 22 miles (in eco-mode). Although this is a decent mileage, the beauty of the Light is that its outstanding portability makes it easy to take on and off public transport, if this is part of your usual journey.
One feature that sets the Light apart from other scooters in this list is the fact it comes with a dual fork suspension system in the front and dual springs in the rear to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride across urban surfaces. This makes a big difference.
For context, the only other scooters to have fork suspension systems are the likes of the Wolf Warrior, Wolf King, and VSETT 11+, all of which costs upwards of $2,799. It is important to bear in mind here that their suspension systems are hydraulic and far superior to the Apollo Light’s but still, there are no other scooters in the same price bracket as the Light that feature fork suspension.
Compared to the Horizon, the Apollo Light takes the crown for ride quality since the fork has a greater amount of travel than the Horizon’s front spring, allowing for deeper suspension. Plus, the Light has two 8.5 inch air-filled tires as opposed to one air-filled tire at the front, and a solid one in the rear.
In terms of braking performance, the rear drum brake keeps the scooter low maintenance. Although not as modern as disc brakes, drum brakes are extremely reliable, with a thick casing that protects them from dirt and water damage. Plus, they deliver strong braking power, especially when combined with the Light’s regenerative electric brake. You’ll be able to come to a stop within an impressive 4.2 meters.
As with all Apollo scooters, the Light excels when it comes to build quality. Its forged aluminum frame is exceptionally durable without adding too much extra weight. This allows the Light to support riders up to 220 lbs, not to mention that it comes equipped with an IP54 water-resistance rating, meaning that it’s protected from water splashes, as well as dust and dirt ingress. As previously mentioned, these ratings should be standard but they’re still quite rare on the majority of models. This is another big tick in the Light’s favor.
The robust frame is rounded off with front and rear button lights. These can be controlled from the QS-S4 display but they aren’t bright enough, nor positioned well enough for nighttime riding. You’ll need to invest in an additional headlight.
As mentioned above, the Light comes equipped with a QS-S4 display. This shows your riding stats as well as acting as a gateway to the scooter’s P-settings. Here you can tweak the Light to your personal preferences such as choosing your start mode (zero or kick to start), swapping your units of measurement, and even adjusting the acceleration and regenerative braking power.
With its advanced features and excellent ride quality, the Apollo Light is a big step up from budget scooters, costing $799. But my god, it’s worth every cent, delivering a comfortable and reliable ride while scoring high on portability and rider convenience.
Mid-Range Model (Runner-up):
The Zero 8 is one of Apollo Light’s direct competitors and it’s an awesome choice if you’re looking for an alternative option. This scooter ticks the box for portability and ease of transport whilst also delivering a well-rounded riding experience.
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, I’ll let you in on a secret. The Zero 8 and Horizon are made by the same manufacturers. Both scooters pass through the same manufacturing pipeline but are branded differently. Ultimately, the Zero 8 with its 500W motor and 13Ah battery, is the same as the Horizon 13Ah which shares the same setup. So, you can read this review of the Zero 8 as a review for the Horizon 13Ah, too. If you decide you like the Zero 8 see how much it is using the links above and then click on the links for the Horizon further up the page (make sure you select the 13Ah version) to see which one is cheaper and save yourself a little cash. Now that I’ve let you in on the secret, let’s jump into the review.
The Zero 8 comes packed with clever design features to make it one of the most compact scooters. Not only does it feature a collapsible stem, but it also comes with foldable handlebars and a telescopic stem. Because of this, its folded profile is super small, measuring 38.6 (l) x 7.1 (w) x 14.6 (h) inches.
All of the 8’s folding mechanisms have been designed with rider convenience in mind so you can collapse the scooter as quickly and efficiently as possible. Even better, they’re all robust so they don’t weaken with regular use, making sure you won’t have to contend with any pesky loosening while riding.
At 40 lbs, the Zero 8 isn’t quite as lightweight as the Apollo Light, but there are only a few lbs in it. I still consider this to be an easily portable scooter, especially because of its thorough folding mechanism and easy-to-hold stem for lifting. It’s particularly well-suited to riders who hop on the subway regularly and need something they can collapse in a snap.
When the Zero 8 isn’t conveniently folded, it has some peppy acceleration on offer, zipping up to 22 mph. Its 500W motor gives it a decent punch of power for its size and, like most scooters in this list, allows you to tackle 15% slopes. It’s not blow-your-head-off fast, but compared to budget scooters, the pick-up feels satisfyingly fast.
To help you manage your speed when riding on busy urban paths, the Zero 8 is fitted with a rear drum brake that puts out strong stopping power. As I’ve mentioned, drum brakes are ideal for riders who want a low-maintenance scooter. They feature a tough casing that helps protect them from stray dirt and pesky water damage. They’re safe and practical.
This isn’t the only element of the Zero 8 that’s low maintenance. The 8 comes with a rear solid tire, so you can say goodbye to flats. However, the front wheel is pneumatic, so you won’t get rid of punctures completely, although the extra cushioning this tire provides helps improve the overall ride quality.
The 8’s suspension system is a large part of what keeps this scooter comfortable. Solid tires don’t have any shock absorption, meaning you’ll feel their vibrations running up your legs and into your wrists. However, the 8 is fitted with twin hydraulic shocks in the rear and a spring in the front which go a long way to helping balance this out for a smoother ride.
This is a good thing considering the 8’s battery gives you the option to travel for up to 25 miles on a single charge. This is perfect for leisurely rides and medium commutes, giving you the option of ditching public transport.
Like the tires and suspension, the 8’s construction makes you feel comfortable and stable no matter how long you’ve been riding for. However, it falls just short of the Apollo Lights’ superior suspension setup. Nevertheless, you’ll struggle to find any points of weakness – the Zero 8 is one sturdy machine.
It’s got all the added extras you’d expect to find on a $749 scooter, too. It’s fitted with a QS-S4 display throttle – the same as that on the Apollo Light and Horizon. From here, you can view your speed, mileage, riding mode, and get a top-level readout of your battery level. As mentioned in my other reviews, you can also tinker with your scooter’s settings via the display to configure it to your personal preferences (i.e. change the acceleration and regen braking strength).
My only gripe with the Zero 8 is the ineffective lighting. Like the Horizon, the Zero 8 comes with a front fender headlight as well as deck button lights and two rear, low-mounted taillights. These give other street and road users a heads up to your presence but their low positioning doesn’t make them the best for lighting the road ahead of you. However, the lighting setup is better than that on the Apollo Light – after all, the Zero 8 has a headlight.
In conclusion, the Zero 8 is a reliable city scooter that hits all the right notes if you’re looking for something that delivers performance and portability in a stylish package.
Another awesome offering from Apollo, the City packs a whole ton of high-class features into a versatile frame. This scooter might be more expensive than the likes of the Horizon and Apollo Light, but, boy, do you get a lot for your money.
Let’s start with the most important stuff: how portable is it? Well, to give you the short answer, very. With a total weight of 39 lbs, this will suit most riders, even those who doubt their muscular abilities. Whether you need to take it up a flight of stairs or on and off the subway, the City has been designed for transportation convenience.
This is clear to see in its folding design too. Like the rest of the scooters in the ‘Most Compact’ lineup, it comes with three robust folding mechanisms so that you can reduce it down to its most compact form easily. The foldable handlebars, telescopic stem, and simple-to-use folding lever result in a package that measures 41.3 (l) x 7.7 (w) x 13.9 (h) inches. With these kinds of dimensions, storing your scooter is easy.
Despite its small size, the City continues to carry Apollo’s well-deserved flag for high-quality construction. Made from durable aluminum, it can support 265 lbs and is more than up to the task of withstanding whatever your everyday ride might throw at it. Even better, it comes with an IP54 water-resistant rating, giving it added protection against water and dirt.
Like all Apollo models, the City’s overall performance is impressive. With a top speed of 25 mph, it’s one of the faster portable scooter models, allowing riders to venture out for a more thrilling experience. For clarity, it can hit 15 mph in just 4.1 seconds, which is 34% faster than the Apollo Light, and 21% quicker than the Horizon 10.4.
Its added power gives it a better hill-climbing ability, too. It can cruise up 15% slopes, however, regular hill climbs will deplete your battery faster. The City’s Dynavolt cells promise a maximum mileage of 28 miles, but you’re likely to see around 18 miles under realistic riding conditions. Even so, this isn’t anything to sniff at – for most riders, this is more than enough. If you’re searching for a scooter with a longer range, check out our guide to the best long-range electric cooters.
The increased power is only one element in the makeup of a great scooter, though. Ride quality is another important factor. You’ll be glad to know that this is a standout feature of the City, as it is with all Apollo scooters. The front and rear spring suspension are springy enough to soak up vibrations underfoot while the pneumatic tires add extra cushioning, making it an enjoyable scooter to ride – even over challenging urban terrain. You can also ride over grassy areas or gentle forest trails if you want, but the City performs best on roads and sidewalks.
The majority of lightweight scooters only feature a single brake to keep their bulk down, but the City bucks this trend. It manages to hold onto its portability whilst offering a rear drum brake, front disc brake, and a regenerative electric brake. This is impressive for a scooter of this size and price, and all three deliver strong, reliable braking power.
It’s not just the brakes that are tuned to keep you safe — the City’s lighting setup is the best of all compact scooters. Featuring dual headlights, strip lighting down the stem, blue deck lights, and dual red button lights at the rear, you won’t need to worry about other road users spotting you. However, I still recommend purchasing an additional headlight so you can see the road better when riding in the dark.
The City’s QS-S4 display maintains its premium edge, making all of your riding stats easy to monitor as well as giving you access to the scooter’s P-settings. Here, you can alter your acceleration strength, switch up your smart mode, and select between different units of measurement. Ultimately, you can tailor the City to your individual preferences with the press of a button.
Given that it only costs $999, the Apollo City has a lot to offer. A triple-folding mechanism, full suspension, and three different brakes are just a handful of features that make it the most well-equipped compact scooter.
Premium Model (Runner-up):
A slightly cheaper, but no-less impressive second to the Apollo City is the Emove Touring. Like its competitor, the Touring promises a compact and portable travel solution with tons of features to satisfy even the most particular of riders.
When it comes to weight, this guy is on a par with the Apollo City, weighing 39 lbs, however, its folding mechanisms and compatibility is where it shines. 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 Apollo City. It closely follows the City for acceleration hitting 0-15 mph in 4.5 seconds vs 4.1 seconds. Despite having a smaller motor, the Touring has impressively quick pick-up. This is great news if you want a scooter with a little zip.
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 with dual brakes — similar to the City — 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.
The Touring is all about quality and reliability, which is why it’s fitted with one of the best batteries in the world, packed with high-class LG cells. This is what allows it to reach a maximum range of 25 miles and gives you plenty of travel time whether you’re a commuter or a leisure rider (realistically, you can expect around 18 miles if you ride aggressively).
Of course, aggressive riding will reduce your total mileage, so even though the Touring has the torque to take on 15% slopes with ease, keep your hill climbs to a minimum if you want to 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 because 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 330 lbs. Its spacious deck also makes for comfortable riding no matter how tall you are. For context, the available deck space for placing your feet measures 22 inches in length which is 3 inches longer than the Apollo City and 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 excellent suspension. Featuring triple springs in the front and dual springs in the rear, it’s impeccably designed to absorb shocks and protect your knees and wrists from the worst of harsh impacts.
It also helps take the strain off the back tire, too. Unlike the City, the Touring comes with one pneumatic tire in the front and a solid rubber one in the rear. Usually, this would affect ride quality, but this scooter’s suspension is so good that you won’t feel a thing. I’d still avoid big potholes if you can help it though.
Unlike most city commuters, 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 the trademark throttle display combination. This fits in nicely with the general aesthetic of the scooter, as well as allowing 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 amazing value for money. The rear solid tire is a compromise, but at least you’ll never have to worry about punctures. With its speed, range, and quality components like its LG battery and best-in-class suspension, you’ll want to take the Touring everywhere you go. And given its portability, you’ll be able to.
Ultimate Portability Scooter Reviews
INOKIM Light 2
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 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 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: it’s Light. This 30 lb scooter’s combined makeup means it’s 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 100+ 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), which makes it one of the most compact portable scooters.
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 Apollo City, for instance. From a kick start to 15 mph, the Light takes 5.7 seconds, which is 28% slower than the City.
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 even surfaces. 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 smaller slopes of 10%, but if you want to get the best from this scooter, the smaller the better.
With a higher top speed than some of the other scooters featured, the braking quality 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 this light because the additional brake usually adds 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 and make you visible to other riders on the road. 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. 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? In my opinion, absolutely.
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 scooters even come close. You won’t need to choose between compact folded dimensions or a lightweight frame because the Light 2 does both. So, if you need something lightweight and compact, then the Light 2 will be perfect, but if you can afford to add on a few extra pounds, then either Horizon 10.4, Apollo Light, or Apollo City will be your best bet.
Folding Electric Scooters by Type
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.
- Lightest model: Turboant X7 Pro – Its 33 lb weight and quick folding mechanism mean that it is perfect for commuting, especially with its impressive 30 mile range and 20 mph top speed.
- Most Compact model: Apollo City – With a top speed of 25 mph and a maximum range of 28 miles, it’s an ideal choice for commuters. Plus, its collapsible handlebars, telescopic stem, and 39 lb weight makes it compact for hopping on and off public transport or storing under your desk.
- Lightest model: Turboant X7 Pro – Up to 15% inclines
- Most Compact model: EMOVE Touring – Up to 36% inclines
- Lightest model: Turboant X7 Pro – IPX4 (protected against water splashes)
- Most Compact model: Apollo City – IP54 (protected against water splashes and dust ingress)
- Lightest model: Hiboy S2 – Dual rear springs (although, they aren’t very good – the Hiboy S2 is the only ‘Light’ model with suspension)
- Most Compact model: Apollo Light – Front fork and dual rear springs
- Most Compact model (worthy mention): EMOVE Touring – Triple front springs and dual rear springs
- None: See guide below
What is the Lightest Electric Scooter?
What is the Smallest and Most Compact Electric Scooter?
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 the 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 for high-strength without adding extra bulk. It’s even been used in the construction of spacecraft.
How Do Electric Scooters Fold?
Different brands and 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, 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 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, 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 (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.
Some more advanced scooters, like high-performance models such as the Wolf Warrior, don’t lock into place when folded which can make them difficult to carry.
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 scooter 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 x Width x Height
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 100+ scooters, we consider light scooters to fall below 40 lbs.