If you’re searching for the perfect electric scooter for your little (or maybe not so little) girl, then you’ve come to the right place.
Below you’ll find a list of the best electric scooters for girls, starting with those appropriate for riders aged 6 to 8-years-old, all the way up those for 17 and 18 year-olds.
In the interest of convenience, I’ve capped the maximum weight of scooters included below at 26.5 lbs, but you’ll find that most of them weigh under 23 lbs. This means they can be lifted without fuss, as well as being easier to maneuver during riding.
Perfect for little girls between the ages of 6 and 8, the GKS is ideal if they’ve never ridden an electric scooter before. Its top speed of 7.5 mph is exciting but also safe enough that they’ll always feel in control whilst the safe-start system makes sure they’ll never zoom off before they’re ready. Available in 5 fun color combinations, this scooter is a bargain at just $99.99.
Ninebot ZING E8
This is the ultimate kid’s scooter from Ninebot-Segway, available in two vibrant colors and featuring a top speed of 8.6 mph. Thanks to its three different riding modes, this is a great option for beginners and experienced riders alike. Plus, thanks to the top-quality materials and sturdy build, this is a scooter you’ll be able to rely on to keep your little girl safe when she’s out and about exploring.
Ninebot ZING E10
Very similar to the Ninebot ZING E8, but better suited to older riders. It has a higher top speed of 10 mph and is perfect for preteens looking for a scooter that can deliver a bit more of a thrill. Its matt-grey exterior channels a more mature vibe, however, it still comes with all the safety features that make the E8 such a great option for kids.
This scooter is great for students who are looking for a more exciting way to commute to school. Its speed, range, and cool aesthetic make it feel like a more grown-up scooter that’s perfect for those teenagers who want a bit more independence.
The INOKIM Mini is a small scooter for small riders. With the Mini, you can guarantee you’re getting high build quality thanks to the reputation of INOKIM, however, you’ll have to spend a bit more and sacrifice an extended range to get it. Despite this, the Mini’s top speed of 15 mph is enough to excite any 15 or 16-year-old and the stylish design will turn heads.
Unagi Model One (Single Motor)
This is the ultimate tech gadget. Years of testing have delivered a sleek and stylish scooter that’ll be the talking point of your friends. It’s also one of the most durable models on the market thanks to the exotic, hardwearing materials used in its construction. Often labeled the iPhone or Tesla of the scooter world, it’s no surprise that this scooter is expensive. Available in a range of colors.
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6-8 Years Old
Every child, boys, and girls alike want to be the proud owner of the latest tech gadget and there’s nothing out there that fits that brief better than an electric scooter. Luckily, children as young as 6 years old can enjoy the excitement of setting foot on the GoTrax GKS.
Because it’s designed for younger riders, this is the ideal choice if your little girl is only just learning how to ride. The 150W motor powers the GKS up to a top speed of 7.5 mph which is quick enough to bring a smile to her face once she gets to grips with how the scooter works, but not too fast that she could lose control.
One of the reasons the GKS is so good for beginners is that it features an innovative safe-start system. This makes sure that the scooter won’t zoom off until your child is completely balanced and ready to go. It works through the use of two buttons on the foot deck. Your child must place their foot on the front button and then kick to go, before positioning their back foot on the rear button to engage the motor. This is a nifty safety feature I haven’t seen on many kid’s scooters.
The GKS stops just as easily as it goes because the braking mechanism is linked to the button system. When your child wants to slow down, all they need to do is remove their foot from the back pressure sensor to kill the motor and then press down on the rear friction brake. This will bring the scooter to a complete halt. It’s simple and safe.
Thanks to the 6 inch solid rubber tires you can rest assured that your daughter will be able to ride over pavement and tarmac in comfort. Although this scooter doesn’t have any suspension, the tires can absorb the majority of vibrations from smooth surfaces. It’ll also be able to handle riding through grassy terrain if you’re planning to take a family picnic to the park.
With a maximum range of 4 miles, the GKS is ideal for exploring neighborhood paths close to home and makes this scooter a more exciting alternative to a bike or push scooter. However, it’s important to note that it does feature a relatively long recharge time of around 5 to 7 hours. Charging it at night is one way of avoiding having to cut day time adventures short, but I can guarantee your daughter will be itching to get back on it as soon as possible. Luckily, it can also function as a manual kick scooter so the fun won’t stop when the battery runs out.
Part of what makes the GKS a child-approved favorite is the fact that it comes in 5 funky color combinations such as bubblegum pink, cool blue, and zesty lime-green to name but a few. Not only will your little girl be able to ride her scooter, but she’ll be able to do it in style, making her the envy of her friends.
One downside of the GKS is that it doesn’t fold which makes transporting it in your car a little tricky. Storing it at home might pose a problem if you don’t have a garage or a designated space for it to go. However, at 17.8 lbs, it’s incredibly light. This means little hands should be able to lift and maneuver it easily.
Unlike other children’s scooters, the GKS can support a pretty hefty maximum load of 154 lbs. This means that you won’t have to trade it in as soon as your daughter hits a growth spurt. Instead, it’ll support her as she grows, delivering lots of fun for years to come.
Costing $99.99, the GKS is a bargain, especially considering it’s well-built and sturdy enough to stand the test of time. It’s got everything you need to bring a smile to your little girl’s face. She’ll be the talk of her friends and you’ll have a hard time getting her away from her brand new GoTrax GKS.
9-10 Years Old
If you have more budget to spend and you want to take a step up from the GoTrax GKS, the Ninebot Zing E8 is an awesome scooter that’s perfect for slightly older kids. It has a ton of different features that make it feel more grown-up but just as fun to ride.
The Zing E8 is available in chic baby pink or cosmic indigo-blue so your little girl will be able to select the color that best suits her style.
This scooter isn’t just a fashion item though. Beneath the pretty painted exterior, you’ll find a frame made from extra-durable aerospace-grade aluminum. It also has a very low center of gravity and sits just 3.9” above the ground which means your child will have better control over the scooter when she’s riding. As a result, you can guarantee you’re getting one of the most well-built scooters, designed for maximum safety.
Like the GKS, the Zing E8 delivers a top speed that delivers excitement whilst also keeping riders safe. It’s fitted with a 130W motor that can deliver a maximum pace of 8.6 mph. This is slightly faster than the GKS which is part of what makes the E8 more suitable for older riders between the ages of 9 and 10.
It comes with three different riding modes — safety, cruise, and throttle — to suit varying levels of experience. Safety is the best option for absolute beginners as this caps the speed at 6.2 mph until they’re more comfortable with how the scooter works. Cruise and throttle will both allow your child to hit the top speed of 8.6 mph, however, in cruise, all she needs to do to get started is kick and the scooter will maintain speed. The harder the kick, the faster she’ll go.
This is the same when riding in throttle mode, however, as the name suggests, she can use the responsive thumb throttle to control her speed and ‘drive’ the scooter, rather than relying on the force of her kick.
When your child wants to slow down, she can use one or all of the E8’s three braking mechanisms. This scooter features a rear fender brake as well as a regenerative braking system and a hand brake. When used together, riders can keep complete control of the scooter even when coming to an abrupt stop.
Another key difference between the Zing E8 and the GKS is that the former comes with the addition of a suspension system to help deliver a smooth and comfortable riding experience. The 40 mm front shock absorber soaks up bumps from the surface below and can even handle sand and grass. It’s helped out by the high elastic solid rubber tires which are flat-proof and wear-resistant so you won’t need to worry about punctures and fiddly replacements.
With a 6.2-mile range, the Zing E8 is perfect if your daughter has the spirit of an explorer and likes to go a little further or ride a little longer. You’ll also find that this is long enough if you want to venture out together as a family, although if it does run out of battery mid-journey, it can also function as a manual kick scooter.
The Zing E8’s high-performance Lithium-ion battery is protected by a smart battery management system that helps to prevent overheating and acts as a guard against any electrical faults whilst your child is riding.
Like most children’s scooters, the Zing E8 doesn’t feature any built-in front or rear lights but instead has a reflective sticker on the rear fender. This has a high level of reflectivity and is very firmly stuck on so won’t peel off. It also comes with customizable under-deck lighting that will make your child feel like she’s zooming around on a spaceship. Despite this, I would still recommend investing in some additional attachable lighting if you think your child might be out riding after dark just to be on the safe side.
Weighing just 17.6 lbs, the E8 is incredibly portable and your little girl will be able to lift it easily whenever she needs to. Even better, it folds down into a very compact package so you’ll have no problems fitting it in the trunk of your car or storing it out of sight in a closet at home.
At $219.99, the Zing E8 is $120 more than the GKS, however, looking at the features on offer it’s clear why. Plus, this scooter is made by one of the most well-respected brands, Ninebot-Segway, so you know that you’re investing in a scooter that is reliable and trustworthy.
11-12 Years Old
If you have a slightly older child but like the reliability and brand recognition that comes with the Ninebot Zing E8, you’ll be pleased to know that they have a second model — the Zing E10 – that’s perfect for riders between the ages of 11 and 12 years old.
This scooter is just as popular as its younger sibling, but it channels a more grown-up vibe. Gone are the childish pastel-colored exteriors, replaced by a more serious matt-grey finish, highlighted with cool blue accents. If you’ve got a preteen that’s looking to break away from babyish toys, the E10 is sure to be a hit.
When you look at what this scooter can do, you’ll agree that there’s nothing toy-like about it. Featuring a 150W motor, the E10 is capable of reaching a pretty nifty top speed of 10 mph. This is fast enough to deliver a thrill whilst still keeping your little girl safe. It’s also powerful enough to tackle hills with a 7% incline. This might not seem like much when compared with adult scooters, but it’s enough for your child to confidently ride around the neighborhood (providing there are no overly steep slopes).
Due to the maximum range of 6.2 miles, neighborhood riding is exactly what this scooter is made for. It’s perfect for exploring the local area with friends. Thankfully, the E10 features the same robust smart battery management system that protects the scooter’s battery from wearing out or becoming damaged. This kind of system is a mark of the quality you can expect from a brand such as Ninebot and is part of what gives these scooters such a great reputation.
This isn’t the only safety feature built into the E10’s design, either. It also comes with strong brakes, featuring a high-performance handbrake system which also has an EBS recovery brake. This means that every time you pull the brake lever, the scooter sends a little burst of energy to the battery, helping to prolong the scooter’s range. It also has a rear fender foot brake so that your child can come to a more abrupt stop if they need to.
Disappointingly, the E10 still doesn’t come with a fitted front or rear light, and instead relies on reflective stickers to increase your child’s visibility. I would recommend additional lights to remedy this. On the bright side (no pun intended), it does feature the futuristic under-deck lighting that is so popular on the Zing E8.
Although this scooter is marketed for older children, it still comes with the same three riding modes that you’ll find on the E8. This is perfect for beginners or nervous riders, as they can switch to safe mode which has a 6.2 mph cap. The other two riding modes available are cruise and throttle. Throttle does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing your child to hit 10 mph and control their speed via the ergonomic thumb throttle. Cruise mode is the opposite. Your little girl can still reach 10 mph, but she’ll do it by kicking. Once the scooter is in motion, it’ll keep going without the throttle to maintain its pace so she can give her thumb a rest.
The different riding modes are a handy way for riders of all levels to enjoy the E10, however, switching between them isn’t as easy as it sounds. The button to do this is located on the side of the deck by the rear wheel. This means that to change the driving style, riders must first stop the scooter to click the button. Some children might not mind this, but it could get frustrating.
The E10 comes with similar patented anti-skid tires as seen on the E8. As previously mentioned, this means you won’t need to worry about replacing them as they’ll never suffer a flat and the rubber exterior is wear-resistant. The wheels work alongside the 40mm front shock absorber, which helps to cushions against vibrations from the road and makes riding across flat surfaces or grassy areas a breeze.
At 18.7 lbs, the aluminum alloy frame is hardwearing but very light. It’s also easily foldable which makes carrying and storing it simple. The slim frame makes for easy lifting, but it also means the scooter can only support a load of up to 132 lbs, which might be worth bearing in mind if your child is on the older side of the 11-12 age bracket.
The increase in speed and the more mature aesthetic mean that the Zing E10 is more expensive than the E8, costing $229.99. However, as with other Ninebot scooters, part of the price you pay is for the reliability and high-quality materials that come with the name. Because of this, it’s the perfect scooter for a preteen who’s too old for the E8, but not quite ready for the more ambitious teenager-appropriate scooters.
13-14 Year Olds
The older children get, the more important it is to choose a scooter that can be used for exploring with their friends. However, you’ll want one that also doubles as an effective way to get around in case they want to use it for traveling to and from school. Luckily, the Hiboy NEX ticks both these boxes, and it looks good whilst doing it too.
This scooter has a surprisingly powerful 250W motor that means it’s capable of hitting higher speeds than those designed for younger children, although the two riding modes (beginner and advanced) make sure that you can choose a threshold that’s appropriate for your child’s riding abilities. When in the advanced setting, your teenager will be able to reach 13 mph which is the perfect speed to deliver an extra thrill factor, whilst also allowing them to keep up with other riders in the bike lane on their way to school. It also means this scooter has enough gusto to ride up hills with a 15% incline grade.
The NEX is perfect for students who are looking to ditch the school bus and find a better way to commute in the mornings. It has a 13-mile range, which is double that of the Ninebot ZING E8 and E10. The extra juice is better-suited to older riders who might be craving a bit more independence. When the NEX does run out of battery, it’ll only take 4-6 hours to recharge.
If you’re planning to purchase a scooter for commuting, as well as having a decent range, it also needs to have all the appropriate safety features in place. Rest assured that the NEX will do a wonderful job of getting your daughter where she needs to go whilst also keeping her safe. It comes equipped with a dual brake system, featuring a rear foot brake as well as an electronic brake to bring her to a quick stop.
Unlike scooters for younger riders, it also comes with a set of dual headlights. These are ideal for illuminating the road ahead as well as keeping your child visible to other road users. Despite this, I would still recommend purchasing additional lights to use in the rear just to be on the safe side.
The lights can be operated from the sleek LED panel located in the middle of the handlebars. This isn’t something you see on many kid’s scooters, giving the NEX a grown-up edge. From here, your child can view her speed and battery, as well as altering some of the scooter’s base settings. This includes switching between zero and kick-start modes, as well as changing from miles to kilometers. Even better, with a few clicks of a button, your daughter can initiate cruise control, meaning she can stand back and relax at a constant speed rather than having to adjust the throttle.
Weighing just 25 lbs, the NEX is easy to lift and carry thanks to its two-second folding mechanism. As a result, your child will be able to store it easily as well as tuck it away in a closet at home when it’s not in use.
Not only does this scooter have more power and a longer range than those for younger children, but it looks more grown-up too. Available in sleek black with subtle Hiboy branding, you won’t find anything babyish about the NEX. It’s a scooter made with a teenage fashion sense in mind.
Because of the increased speed and range, the NEX will cost you $269. However, the sturdy build means it will stand the test of time, making it a worthwhile investment. I’d recommend this scooter if you’ve got a teenager at home who needs a bit more independence and wants to ditch the school bus for a more thrilling transport option.
Firstly, this scooter is available in a range of colors including soft baby-pink, cool stone-white, and an understated matte-black. This means your teen can choose the scooter that best suits her style.
Another key difference between the two is the range on offer. As mentioned, the NEX can reach a maximum mileage of 13 miles, however, the S2 Lite manages slightly less, achieving 10.6 miles. To be honest, there’s not much between them, although you will see below the advertised range of each depending on terrain and rider characteristics. I would recommend the NEX.
Although the range might be less, the S2 Lite’s deceptively powerful 250W can still deliver an identical top speed of 13 mph and features the same two riding settings as the NEX (beginner and advanced). Many adults would be happy riding a scooter at this pace, let alone a 14-year-old. It also means this scooter has the power to conquer the majority of city inclines (except for the very steepest), although you will find its speed reduced when tackling the more challenging slopes.
Like the NEX, the S2 Lite features a double braking system with a front electric anti-lock brake and a rear foot brake. Combined, the power of these two is more than enough to match the speed of the Lite, bringing it to a smooth and safe stop. For a sharper braking effect, your teen will have to use both brakes together, which could take a bit of practice.
Thanks to its 6.5 inch solid tires, it’s safe to say that the S2 Lite is a city scooter, better matched to smooth urban pathways. A major benefit of solid tires is that they’re practically stress-free because they’ll never suffer a puncture. However, they deliver almost no cushioning and will struggle when riding over rough terrain, especially because the S2 Lite doesn’t come with any inbuilt suspension. This shouldn’t pose too much of a problem if your daughter doesn’t need to ride over any cobblestones and avoids potholes.
A standout feature of the S2 Lite is the powerful front headlight that is a must-have in case your teenager ever finds herself riding in the dark. This is the marker of a great scooter, for older and younger adults alike, but you’d be surprised to know that even more expensive models like the INOKIM Mini don’t feature one. I’d still recommend buying an additional light to increase visibility, but it’s a bonus to see that Hiboy has included this vital safety feature alongside a glow-in-the-dark stem.
The headlight can be turned on and off from the button on the handlebars, positioned alongside the LED display in the center. This is a very similar setup as seen on the NEX and is a good way for your daughter to monitor her speed and battery to ensure safe riding. There’s also a bell and a very impressive cruise control feature included so she can give her thumb a rest from holding the throttle when riding at a constant speed.
The S2 Lite weighs just 21 lbs, which makes it incredibly easy to lift and carry. Despite its portability, it is extremely hard-wearing because its frame is constructed from an aviation-grade aluminum alloy which delivers durability without packing on the lbs. Despite this, it’s worth bearing in mind that, similarly to the NEX, the Lite has been built to support a maximum load of 180 lbs, although this will be fine for the majority of young riders.
The S2 Lite and the NEX are similar in many ways, however, if you decide to purchase the former, you’re saving yourself a little bit of cash and gaining the luxury of choosing between multiple color options. This does mean you’ll need to compromise slightly on the range, but if your teenager doesn’t need to go very far, this won’t make much of a difference. Overall, this is a great scooter that’s ideal for students who want to ride to school during the week and cruise city pathways with their friends at the weekend.
15-16 Year Olds
If you’re looking for a scooter made by a world-renowned and well-trusted brand, look no further. The Mini comes from what some consider to be the king of the scooter world, INOKIM, and channels a luxurious edge.
INOKIM are known for their incredibly high standards, and it shows in the caliber of the scooters they produce. The quality of its build and the attention to design details is perhaps only rivaled by the Unagi Model One which explains why, at $599, it’s on the pricier side. Despite the more expensive price tag (or perhaps because of it), you can guarantee that this is a scooter that will last the test of time, going from the teenage years into adulthood.
Because this scooter is more appropriate for older teens, the Mini takes a step up in terms of speed. It features a 250W motor that can power riders up to 15 mph and has some pretty zippy acceleration, so your daughter can get where she needs to more quickly. To balance this, the Mini has been fitted with a front electric and rear foot brake, similar to those on the Hiboy scooters. These make sure you’re in control at all times.
Whilst it’s on the faster side, it’s clear that this scooter isn’t meant for long journeys. Its 36V Lithium-ion battery can power it for 10 miles on a single charge, which is less than both the Hiboy NEX and the S2 Lite. This is still enough power for leisurely explorations and short commutes but if you want a scooter that you can rely on for longer rides then the Unagi Model One and GoTrax XR Ultra will be better options for you. On the upside, the Mini only takes 3 to 4 hours to reach peak battery capacity.
Because the Mini’s range is on the short side, this scooter is particularly suited to multi-modal journeys, meaning riders spend half of their time on the scooter, with the other portion spent on public transport. Plus, thanks to its lightweight frame (23 lbs) and fast folding mechanism, it’s extremely portable, making it ideal to maneuver and handle when you quickly need to hop on the subway or bus. Alternatively, if you don’t want to carry it, the Mini comes with trolley wheels attached so it can be dragged along behind you.
Like the many other scooters on this list, the Mini features a 6 inch rear solid tire, however, it boasts a front air-filled one which sets it out from the pack. This is because air-filled tires provide extra cushioning and shock absorption to make the ride more comfortable, whilst the back tire is protected from the risk of getting a puncture.
To improve the ride quality even further, INOKIM has equipped the Mini with a rear damper which looks similar to a thick elastic band wrapped around the end of the deck. This is one of the more unique suspension solutions I’ve seen, but it does a great job of taking the strain off the solid back tire and provides a smooth ride over flat urban paths.
Disappointingly, the Mini doesn’t come with any inbuilt lights, opting for reflectors instead. These are not sufficient for nighttime riding so you’ll need to make sure you purchase additional lights to stay safe. It also doesn’t have a performance display on the handlebars, so you can’t check your speed, although battery level is shown using small battery bar lights. Despite this, it does have a USB charging port so you can charge your phone on the go, although a phone holder will need to be purchased at an additional cost.
Available in black or white, this is a great scooter for teens up to 165 lbs who want a scooter that’s portable whilst also robust enough to withstand the knocks of daily riding. The maximum speed is perfect for 15 and 16-year-olds, however, those seeking a bit more independence might wish it had a longer range. Ultimately, the price you pay here is for the INOKIM name and the reputation that the brand brings, rather than an outstanding set of specs.
When buying an electric scooter for older teens, you need to start looking towards models that can go faster, look cooler, and come packed with a ton of impressive features. This might sound as though it’ll cost you a fortune, but with the GoTrax GXL V2, you can get all of this for just $269.99.
Although this is an ideal scooter for an older teen, the V2 is actually an adult scooter which explains its understated and stylish exterior. It comes in three different colors: an eye-popping cerise-pink, sophisticated matt-black, and sleek, neutral grey. This variety means it’ll appeal to all teens, whether they favor a monochrome style or have a more outlandish fashion sense.
It’s not all about looks though: the V2 delivers where it matters. Thanks to its 250W motor, it can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph, can handle hills with a 14% incline grade, and has a great acceleration curve despite the low price tag.
This faster take-off doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, though. Being able to accelerate faster on an electric scooter is often better as it means riders can navigate other road users more safely. Plus the V2 is a kick-and-go scooter, which means you’ll never be caught unaware by the acceleration as you always need to kick before the motor engages.
When you need to control your speed more closely, you’ll be glad to know that the V2 is equipped with an excellent braking system, featuring a rear disc brake and a front regenerative brake. Disc brakes are highly efficient and are one of the best braking systems so it’s great to see them equipped on a scooter this cheap. You can come to a stop quickly and confidently.
Another mark of the V2’s quality lies in its tires. I’ve mentioned before that solid tires can often make for an uncomfortable riding experience, which is why it’s awesome that the V2 comes with two 8.5-inch air-filled tires. Not only are these bigger than others in this list, but the fact that they are pneumatic means they provide much better shock absorption against obstacles and the terrain underfoot.
The V2 doesn’t come with any suspension, so I’d recommended steering clear of potholes but its tires deliver more than enough cushioning to deliver a smooth ride on most urban surfaces.
In terms of range, the GXL V2 can keep going for around 12 miles on a single charge, boasting a recharge time of just 4 hours. This is ideal for teenagers who don’t need to venture too far from home or who use public transport for at least part of their journey. If you need a bit more mileage on the clock, consider the GoTrax XR Ultra or Elite, both of which have a longer range.
There’s a reason that this scooter is a bestseller and it’s not just because of its low price tag. It’s also incredibly durable and well-built. It’ll last for years so you’ll get a great return on your investment, even if you ride it every day. It even comes with a water-resistant rating of IP54 which means it can resist the damaging effects of dirt and light rain.
Weighing just 26.4 lbs, the GXL V2 is easy to lift and carry. It comes with a one-step folding system so you can collapse it seamlessly to take it on public transport or store it out of sight. Despite its small weight, it can support riders up to 220 lbs, which makes it ideal for older teenagers.
There’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself riding in the dark, particularly when winter hits, so it’s a good thing that the GXL V2 comes equipped with a bright LED headlight to help illuminate the way ahead. It sadly doesn’t feature a rear light but has a reflector instead. However, this can be solved with the purchase of additional lights.
The headlight can be controlled from the digital display in the center of the handlebars. Here you can see your speed and battery as well as change between gears. You’ll also be able to activate cruise control if you want to give your thumb a rest from pressing on the throttle.
There’s no doubt that the GXL V2 is fantastic value for money and comes with a bunch of features you’d expect to find on a more expensive scooter. It’s perfect for older teenage girls who want an all-rounder that not only performs well but looks the part too.
17-18 Year Olds
The Unagi Model One is a treat in scooter design and perfect for those teenagers out there that like their gadgets to have a high-class, premium feel to them. This scooter is a result of multiple prototypes and relentless testing, resulting in a machine that is practical and safe whilst hitting all the right style buttons.
The Model One is available in four fashionable colors: cosmic blue, matt black, sea salt, and scarlet fire. Each option channels a sleek and futuristic vibe thanks to the clean lines of its design. Because of this, you might be tempted to think that the Model One is a delicate scooter, but that would be a mistake. This scooter is one tough cookie.
To begin with, the Unagi’s paint jobs serves more than just a visual purpose. It also acts as a barrier against dust and light rain thanks to its IP54 rating, alongside having special anti-abrasion properties so that can withstand the demands of everyday riding. Even better, it will never rust, so that slick new-scooter shine it has when it comes out of the box won’t disappear anytime soon.
The Model One is made from a fantastic concoction of adventurous materials that combine to make it one of the most hardwearing scooters for teenage riders. Plus, there aren’t many scooters out there that can claim to be made from the same material as space rockets. That’s right — the Model One’s TORAY carbon fiber frame is identical to the stuff Elon Musk uses on his Space-X rockets. Not only is this a cool talking (or boasting) point, but it also means the Model One is extremely hardwearing.
That doesn’t mean it’s overly heavy, though. In fact, at 23 lbs, the Model One is surprisingly easy to lift and carry. Unagi claims that this scooter features the first one-step folding system, which means it’s simple to collapse this scooter for taking on the subway or storing under a desk. Despite its outstanding portability, the Model One can support up to 275 lbs in weight, so can accommodate heavier riders.
It’s clear that the Model One is great to look at, can withstand daily riding, and has great portability, but what about when you get out on the road? Don’t worry, this scooter won’t disappoint. The single motor model features a 250W motor which allows it to reach a top speed of 17 mph and handle small city inclines. This is faster than the GoTrax GXL V2 yet the acceleration curve is nice and steady, making for a safe ride.
It also features dual electronic anti-lock brakes, as well as a manual foot brake, to help you keep control over the scooter when riding at any speed. The brake paddle is very sensitive, so even the slightest increase in pressure will cause the Model One to react. When using the combined power of both brakes, you can be confident in coming to a safe stop.
The Model One is made to be ridden in an urban setting, demonstrated by its 7.5 inch rubber tires. I’ve mentioned the drawbacks of tires like this before, however, Unagi has come up with a clever way of providing increased shock absorption for a more comfortable ride. Rather than being solid all the way through, they contain air pockets which make them softer and more able to cushion against impact. Despite this, they’re not as good as pneumatics, and the Model One doesn’t come with any suspension, so I’d recommend sticking to flat roads to get the best ride quality.
With a maximum range of 15.5 miles, the Model One is the ideal city cruiser, giving you just enough freedom to get out and enjoy your independence. This is also ideal if you plan to use the scooter as a method for getting to and from school or work. It has a reasonable recharge time of 4 to 5 hours so you can be back out on the road in no time.
The Model One also features a bright front and rear light for safe riding in the dark. These are great for making you more visible, however, as with most scooters, I’d recommend purchasing additional lights to be on the safe side.
The headlight can be operated from the sci-fi-esque cockpit. The display is integrated seamlessly into the handlebars and shows current riding stats.
This is a beautifully designed scooter that’s been engineered for rider convenience and is ideal for the hip city traveler. Because of this, it’s not cheap. Its many years of intensive testing and scrupulous attention to detail will cost you $840. If you want premium at a budget price, I’d recommend considering the GoTrax XR Ultra or Elite. However, If you want a scooter with a proven pedigree, style by the bucket load, and an extra helping of luxury, you can’t go wrong with the Model One.
Not everyone has the budget to buy a scooter like the Unagi, but that’s okay. The GoTrax XR Ultra costs just $359.99 and comes with a surprising number of features for an entry-level scooter.
Now, for $350, you aren’t going to get the same level of design detail as you do with the Model One, nor will it be able to rival the luxurious smorgasbord of materials or color options on offer (it’s only available in black). However, what you will get is excellent value for money and a safe and sturdy scooter that will reliably get the job done.
It’s portable too. It’s a bit heavier than the Model One, but at 26.5 lbs, I still consider it to be lightweight, especially given that it can support a maximum load of 220 lbs. It’s easy to handle and maneuver, plus the simple folding mechanism means that it can be collapsed in seconds. It’s ideal if you need to take it on public transport or store it when not in use.
When looking at its other features and stats, it’s largely similar to the GXL V2. It boasts the same top speed of 15.5 mph with a responsive acceleration curve that isn’t racecar-fast but is quick enough to propel riders ahead of other bike lane users. At 300W, the engine is bigger than both that of the Unagi Model One and GoTrax GXL V2, so you can expect to be able to tackle more challenging hills, although steep slopes will still be a bit too ambitious.
You’ll see the real difference between the GoTrax GXL V2 and Ultra in their respective ranges. The Ultra has a larger range of 16 miles, which is ideal if you have a medium-length commute to work or school. Even better, it’s powered by a 36V LG battery. In case you didn’t know, LG is one of the most well-respected tech brands so it’s pretty jaw-dropping that a scooter costing less than $350 features one of their batteries. Even the esteemed Unagi Model One can’t claim that.
What does an LG battery mean for you? Well, for one thing, it’s of such high-quality it should last for years to come thanks to its high efficiency. It also means you’re more likely to experience the full 16 miles, whereas other batteries typically put out less than the advertised range when under the strain of aggressive riding. The same can still be said of the Ultra but riders will get much closer to the top mileage than on others. Finally, you only have to wait for 3 to 4 hours for the battery to recharge when it runs flat.
Another feature I’m always pleasantly surprised to see on budget scooters are pneumatic tires. Those on the Ultra are 8.5 inches and provide surprisingly good cushioning against bumps and lumps underfoot. This is important because it doesn’t have any suspension, so the wheels are the final line of defense against harsh hits.
Pneumatic tires also perform well in wet weather, generating more traction rather than becoming slippery and unsafe. If you do find yourself riding in unpleasant conditions, the Ultra has a water-resistant rating of IP54 which means it can withstand dust damage and light rain. The build quality of the aluminum frame has an overall sturdiness as well, meaning that you can rest assured this scooter is both reliable and safe.
Speaking of safety, the Ultra comes with the same brake setup as seen on the GoTrax GXL V2. This consists of a front regenerative brake and rear mechanical disc brake. These are more than sufficient for the top speed of 15.5 mph and will slow you down quickly and confidently.
Taking safety a step further, it features a bright headlight, perfect for lighting up the night if you’re going to be riding after dark. Additionally, it comes with a red taillight in the rear, as well as reflectors on each side of the scooter to increase visibility.
Alongside the headlight controls, you’ll find a smart display integrated into the handlebars where you can check your speed and battery. You can even switch between different speed settings. Located beside the display is the ergonomic thumb throttle which, if you hold down for 10 seconds while maintaining a constant speed, will activate cruise control. This is one of the best throttle designs. Some scooters come equipped with throttles that require you to pull them with your index finger but it leaves your grip on the handlebars loose – there’s no worry of this with the Ultra.
The GoTrax XR Ultra is a great option for anyone on a tight budget – it does everything you need it to for a very reasonable price. It doesn’t have the fanciest features, but as with all GoTrax scooters, it performs way above what you’d expect for a scooter under $350, boasting top features like pneumatic tires, a dual braking system, and a jaw-dropping LG battery.
By Type (Cheap, Foldable, Fast etc)
Foldable, Light & Portable
- Segway ZING E8 – Weighs 17.6 lbs and has folded dimensions of 34.4 × 13.2 × 12.6 inches
- Segway ZING E10 – Weighs 18.7 lbs and has folded dimensions of 38.6 x 15.7 x 12.6 inches
- Hiboy S2 Lite – Weighs 21 lbs and has folded dimensions of 43.3 x 17.7 x 11 inches
- Unagi Model One (Single Motor) – Weighs 23 lbs and has folded dimensions of 14.96 x 16.54 x 37.8 inches
- INOKIM Mini– Weighs 23 lbs and has folded dimensions of 11.8 x 14.2 x 15 inches
- Unagi Model One (Single Motor) – An ideal commuter scooter thanks to its portability, easy folding mechanism, and zippy inner-city speed. The materials used in its construction mean it’s very durable and can withstand the rigor of day-to-day riding.
- GoTrax XR Ultra – With a long-range for more extended commuting and a light folding frame, getting from A to B is easy. Its pneumatic tires also mean a smooth ride over city paths.
- Gotrax GXL V2 – Bike-lane ready top speed makes it well suited for cruising through urban environments. Its pneumatic tires make for comfortable ride quality and it’s light and portable for ease of transport.