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8 Best Street Legal Electric Scooters: Find a Scooter For Your State

Quick List: Best Street-Legal Electric Scooters

To find the 8 best street-legal electric scooters, I shortlisted 29 models and tested each across the criteria of top speed, acceleration, range, ride quality, and braking.

I also assessed their design and reported on their legality per state.

Learn more about how I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

Budget

Top picks that are on the lowest end of the price scale, but maintain as many key features as possible.

Turboant M10 Lite
Under $400
Turboant M10 Lite
Sale: $299.98 $399.98
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
Turboant X7 Max Frame
Under $500
Turboant X7 Max
Sale: $419.98 $599.98
Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin.
NIU KQi2 Pro Frame
Under $600
NIU KQi2 Pro
Sale: $479.98 $599.00
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

Mid-Range

Top picks that go faster, further, and have better ride quality than budget models.

Horizon V2 Frame
Under $800
Horizon 10.4 V2
Sale: $719.00 $899.00
Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma.
Side Profile of Mosquito Frame
Under $1,000
Mosquito
Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00
Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma.

Premium

Top picks that have the highest-levels of performance and are packed with useful features.

Apollo Go Unfolded
Under $1,250
Apollo Go
Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00
Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin.
SPLACH Mukuta Frame
Under $1,500
SPLACH Mukuta
Sale: $1,099.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota.
Apollo City Pro Frame
Under $1,750
Apollo City Pro
Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI
Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota.

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  • Budget: None
  • Mid-Range: None
  • Premium: Apollo City Pro – Dirt tracks and forest trails only.

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  • Budget: Turboant M10 Lite – 30.9 lbs and easy to fold
  • Mid-Range: Mosquito – 29 lbs, foldable handlebars, telescopic stem, and cantilevered folding mechanism
  • Premium: Apollo Air – 39 lbs and easy to fold

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  • Budget: NIU KQi2 Pro – IP54 water-resistance rating
  • Mid-Range: Mosquito – IPX5 water-resistance rating
  • Premium: Apollo Air – IP66 water-resistance rating

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  • Budget: None
  • Mid-Range: Horizon – Front spring and dual rear shocks
  • Premium: Apollo City Pro – Triple springs and swingarms

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  • Budget: None
  • Mid-Range: Horizon – Seat available for an extra $99
  • Premium: None

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Best Under $400

Turboant M10 Lite

Sale: $299.98 $399.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:

Three words explain why the award-winning Turboant M10 Lite has become a fixture on streets in every state: value for money.

Turboant M10 Lite Chassis

Lighter, nimbler, and generally easier to handle than its predecessor, the M10, the Lite is the result of a blueprint that’s been finessed – the rougher edges found on its predecessor, smoothened.

The new cockpit attests to this. At 19.7 inches, the handlebars are wider than those typically found on a budget scooter – and 2.0 inches wider than the ones sported by the M10. This translates into a more balanced ride that feels stable at any speed.

Turboant M10 Lite Cockpit

But the biggest upgrades are a new thumb throttle – which is far more ergonomic than the trigger throttle offered up by its predecessor – improved rubber handgrips, and a fully functional USB charging port that ensures a low phone battery need never be a concern when out and about. Together, these features make a mockery of its measly price tag.

Turboant M10 Lite USB Charging Port

As does its best-in-class performance. Its 36V 350W motor can unload a top speed of 16 mph – and the scooter's no slouch when it comes to moving through the gears, either. With the motor and throttle working in harmony, I found myself zipping from 0-15 mph in 7.8 seconds. No other model priced under $400 can match it for speed and acceleration.

Turboant M10 Lite Durable Chassis

The picture is similar when we switch the focus to range. Armed with a 36V 6.6Ah battery, the Lite can keep going for up to 15.5 miles, or 10 miles if you bring real-world riding conditions into the equation (these included me as a 190 lbs rider, periods of acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops). Once empty, the battery takes just 4-5 hours to recharge.

Turboant M10 Lite

And though there’s no suspension system (typically these are found on models that cost upwards of $700), a pair of 8.5-inch pneumatic tires soak up shocks and vibrations from the road to ensure a cushioned riding experience. Their smaller size is also beneficial when it comes to maintaining the Lite’s nimble profile while carving.

Turboant M10 Lite Front Wheel

Being a popular everyday scooter for commuters, students, and casual riders, you won’t be surprised to learn that the M10 Lite’s portability credentials are strong. Weighing just 30.9 lbs, it’s light enough to carry up a flight of stairs, while its 3-step folding mechanism is satisfyingly simple to operate. Once folded, it easily fits in a car trunk or under an office desk.

Turboant M10 Lite Folded Frame

Few budget scooters are safer to ride, either. The rear disc and front electronic braking system will bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 2.9 meters – which is sensational for a model of its price.

Turboant M10 Lite Disc Brake

Its lighting rig is best-in-class, too, with a high-mounted headlight and dual taillights keeping you and the road ahead visible. I still recommend attaching an additional clip-on headlight if riding at night is going to be a regular occurrence.

Turboant M10 Lite Lights

Plucky, fun, and reliably durable, the Turboant M10 Lite’s ascent to the top of the budget scooter pantheon was, in truth, always assured.

Josh's Feet on the Turboant M10 Lite Deck

Further Information:

Turboant M10 Lite Review

Best Under $500

Turboant X7 Max

Sale: $419.98 $599.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:

The X7 Max is the jewel in Turboant’s diamond-encrusted crown. Having listened to feedback on the legendary X7 Pro, the brand introduced a raft of upgrades to deliver a model that’s every inch superior to its predecessor. Among a saturated budget scooter market, the Max stands out for its inclusivity, power, and durability.

Josh Testing the Turboant X7 Max

Take, for instance, its load-bearing capacity of 275 lbs and 49.2-inch high handlebars. The sad reality is that most budget scooters simply don’t cater to heavier and taller riders – but the X7 Max bucks this trend and then some, with its accessibility being one reason for its huge popularity.

Turboant X7 Max Handlebars

Another reason is its removable 36V 10Ah battery, which grants you a maximum range of 32 miles (or 18 miles under my tests). With the purchase of a spare, you can double this; such a capability blows pricier rivals out of the water.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Being Removed

There’s no dropping of standards when it comes to power, either. Equipped with a 36V 350W motor, it can hit a top speed of 20 mph and accelerate from 0-15 mph in 6.9 seconds, making it 5% faster than its predecessor, and 14% faster than the more expensive GoTrax GMAX Ultra. This speed is counterbalanced by a rear disc and a front electronic brake, which work together to ensure a smooth stop.

Turboant X7 Max Disc Brake

The plush 10-inch pneumatic tires augment its smooth-riding credentials by providing ample shock absorption. And that’s not all: their sidewalls are slightly thicker than standard tires, making them less vulnerable to pinch-flats and more durable in the long run. Their narrow, rounded front-on profile is also great news if you value maneuverability.

Turboant X7 Max Pneumatic Tire

The X7 Max’s ride quality is further enhanced by its 16.5-inch control-inducing handlebars, elevated 5.3-inch ground clearance, and spacious tapered deck. Plus, with its IPX4 water-resistance rating and lighting rig, it can be enjoyed no matter the weather or time of day. You may still want to add an extra clip-on headlight for greater visibility, though.

Turboant X7 Max With Lights On at Night

Rounding off its feature set is a simple-to-use, yet effective folding mechanism. Once you’ve loosened the locking lever and clipped the hook on the back of the handlebars to the rear fender, it can be easily carried and stowed away. If you have small hands you may find that the thick stem is a little cumbersome to grab hold of, but with a weight of 34 lbs, the X7 Max remains light enough to tick the portability box.

Turboant X7 Max Folded Frame

So, there you have it, the Turboant X7 Max – a scooter that not only combines practical features with a reliable performance profile and a topping of fun factor, but also packs tonnes of value for anyone with a modest budget.

Turboant X7 Max Display

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Turboant X7 Max Review

Best Under $600

NIU KQi2 Pro

Sale: $479.98 $599.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the NIU KQi2 Pro:

Along with its bigger sibling, the KQi3 Pro, NIU’s KQi2 Pro has sent shockwaves through an industry that, quite simply, hadn’t anticipated such a premium level of build and design at such a comparatively affordable price.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

And make no mistake – this scooter has rewritten the rulebook on what to expect from a sub-$600 model.

From its 20.5-inch-wide handlebars, stunningly ergonomic thumb throttle, and exceptionally bright display; to its elegantly swept frame, immaculate cable management, and grippy deck: the KQi2 Pro has the look and feel of a scooter that should cost far more.

NIU KQi2 Pro Cockpit

But it’s not just style over substance. With a rollicking top speed of 17 mph, a spritely acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 6.0 seconds, and a maximum range of 25 miles (or 17 miles under real-world conditions), it boasts strong performance stats, too.

NIU KQi2 Pro Chassis in Motion

Its ride quality is also impressive. This is thanks to its juicy 10-inch pneumatic tires, which effectively absorb shocks to guarantee a smooth, jolt-free ride. What’s more, they’re 15% thicker than the tires found on the average budget scooter, making them less susceptible to pinch flats and offering up more traction.

NIU KQi2 Pro Front Tire

Now, it’s not often that you’ll find a scooter with not one, but two patents (but then, the KQi2 Pro isn’t a standard run-of-mill scooter). The first of its exclusive features is a battery management system that offers 14 different types of protection to ensure that the 365Wh unit performs efficiently for a long time – a quality further strengthened by its lengthy 2-year warranty.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

The second is a folding mechanism that collapses the sturdy stem down and locks it into place in just three seconds. It’s an inspired design that, coupled with the Pro’s 41 lbs weight, distinguishes it as one of the most portable on the market.

NIU KQi2 Pro Folded

Then there’s the mobile app. It’s exceptionally rare to find an app on such an affordable scooter – let alone one that allows you to record rides, adjust the strength of the regen brake, activate a digital lock, and most importantly, create a custom riding mode with your chosen top speed. With the latter feature, the KQi2 Pro can be ridden legally in states with speed limits of 15 mph.

NIU KQi2 Pro Mobile App

Not everything about the KQi2 Pro is a roaring success, though. The poorly calibrated front drum brake, for one, delivers a disappointing stopping distance of 5.2 meters from 15 mph, while the taillight doesn’t flash when the brakes are applied.

NIU KQi2 Pro Brake Lever

It does, however, make amends with it being the only scooter in the sub-$600 class to feature a regenerative braking system that recharges the battery, while it’s also been equipped with a bright halo headlight.

NIU KQi2 Pro Deck

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a model with a premium design, exquisite build quality, and solid performance, the NIU KQi2 Pro brings it all – and more – to the table.

NIU KQi2 Pro Display

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NIU KQi2 Pro Review

Best Under $800

Horizon V2 (10.4Ah)

Sale: $719.00 $899.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Horizon:

The Horizon has deservedly earned the distinction of being one of the most popular scooters for novices and commuters. It’s reliable, fun to ride, and low maintenance – in short, it’s the dream for anyone who just wants a simple everyday model that they don’t have to think too much about.

Josh Testing the Horizon V2

Yet, that’s not to say that it has a modest offering. In fact, the Horizon has quite a few feathers in its cap. Firstly, it's one of the cheapest electric scooters to feature a full suspension system. Paired with an 8.5-inch air-filled tire at the front, the ride quality facilitated by this setup ensures that it stands out from its similarly priced peers. The rear tire, meanwhile, is solid, which helps to minimize the risk of punctures.

Horizon V2 Front Tire

Elsewhere, the 48V 500W motor summons a peak power output of 800W and a top speed of 23 mph. Its acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 4.7 seconds, meanwhile, is super zippy for a sub-$800 scooter.

Josh Standing on Horizon V2

Fear not if this power sounds a little hair-raising because the wide handlebars, spacious (and grippy) deck, upgraded thumb throttle, and well-balanced weight distribution combine to ensure an extremely stable and controlled ride – no matter your speed.

Horizon V2 Display

The only area that lets the Horizon down is its braking performance. While a stopping distance of 5.0 meters from 15 mph isn’t going to win it any awards, the rear drum and regen system are exceptionally low maintenance, so you won’t have to worry about wear and tear.

Josh Braking on the Horizon V2

It’s also a shame that there’s no water-resistance rating, though the improved display does curiously have an IP66 rating. I tested the Horizon in both the rain and snow and it held up just fine – however, I’d avoid venturing out in heavy downpours. The same can be said for riding at night. Here, you’ll need to attach an additional clip-on headlight for greater visibility.

Horizon V2 Lights From Side

Yet, despite its flaws (all electric scooters have them), the Horizon’s all-around appeal remains strong – as attested to by its portability and range credentials.

Being an apex commuter scooter, you won’t be shocked to discover that the Horizon scores top marks for portability. Weighing just 42 lbs, it’s light enough to carry in short bursts, while its triumvirate of a cantilevered folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and a telescopic stem means it can be compacted down to a size that’ll fit in the tightest of spaces. Unlike its predecessor, the latest Horizon also comes with a carry handle, which is convenient when it comes to transportation.

Horizon V2 Being Carried

As for range, you have two options. This review is based on the 10.4Ah battery, which delivers a maximum of 23 miles, or 17 miles if you’re going full throttle. Alternatively, for an extra $80 you can purchase the scooter with a 13Ah battery, which increases your maximum range to 30 miles (or 23 miles under realistic conditions).

Horizon V2 Being Ridden

With all things considered, it's easy to see why the updated Horizon V2 is such a popular electric scooter. It’s the perfect entry point for riders who want to straddle the line between budget and premium, whilst also benefiting from a raft of features in the process.

Josh Testing the Horizon V2 in the Rain

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Horizon V2 Review

Best Under $1,000

Mosquito

Sale: $899.00 $1,099.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Mosquito:

It’s no exaggeration to say that there isn’t anything else like the Fluid Mosquito on the market. Like a mouse carrying the biting force of a grizzly bear, its power-to-weight ratio is off the charts.

Josh Testing the Mosquito

Let’s consider the facts: despite weighing an ultra-light 29 lbs, this maestro hits a sizzling top speed of 25 mph, unleashes a peak power output of 700W, and zooms from 0-15 mph in just 5.0 seconds. Quite simply, no other model with a similar weight can get anywhere near these stats.

Mosquito 500W motor

But what I found equally impressive was the Mosquito’s sturdiness. Sure, its narrow handlebars take some getting used to, but this is an ultra-portable scooter that can support a load of up to 265 lbs on its long and grippy deck.

Mosquito Deck

And when I say ultra-portable, I mean it. The Mosquito boasts foldable handlebars, a retractable stem, and a cantilevered folding mechanism that’s exceptionally quick and simple to operate. Once folded, it easily fits in a car trunk, under an office desk, or in a small storage cupboard. Plus, you’ll have no trouble carrying it thanks to its velcro handle. This is the most portable scooter around.

Mosquito Folded With Carry Handle

It’s also a veritable pleasure craft. Despite having solid tires – which, to be fair, eliminate the risk of punctures – the Mosquito’s excellent dual-spring suspension successfully nullifies shocks and vibrations from the road. The result is a silky-smooth ride enriched further by the ergonomic thumb throttle.

Mosquito Rear Spring

Now, when it comes to range, the Mosquito’s performance isn’t exactly blood-curdling. Its 48V 9.6Ah battery delivers a maximum of 22 miles – or 18 miles when ridden fast. Nevertheless, this is enough for the vast majority of daily commutes and weekend escapades. Besides, for its weight, it performs highly.

Mosquito Handlebars

You also have the regen brake at your disposal to recharge the battery on the go. Working in cahoots with the rear drum, it’ll bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 4.8 meters. You have the option of using the stomp brake, too, but I’d advise against using it if possible, as it has the potential to degrade the tire.

Mosquito Rear Fender Brake

Among other highlights are a bright headlight and taillight, a clear display that grants you access to stats and p-settings, immaculate cable management, and an IPX5 water-resistance rating that offers protection against light showers and puddle splashes.

Mosquito Frame With Lights On

I’ll end by simply saying that I love the Mosquito. It truly has no equal if you’re looking for an ultra-portable scooter that also packs a punch.

Mosquito Front Tire Tread

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Mosquito Review

Best Under $1,250

Apollo Air 2023

Sale: $899.00 $999.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Apollo Air:

Improving on the 2022 edition of the Apollo Air was always going to take something special. I’ll admit to being somewhat unsure about how this could be achieved – but if any brand could better what was already an award-winning model, it’s Apollo. And boy, have they delivered.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023

The Air 2023 sensibly retains much of what made its predecessor such a hit, while introducing a handful of subtle upgrades. The front fork suspension, for instance, is as irresistible as ever, working with the lavish 10-inch pneumatic tires to absorb shocks and vibrations. Yet this time, the tires are self-healing, adding a low maintenance dimension.

Apollo Air 2023 Fork Suspension

Portability also remains one of the Air’s strengths; it weighs just 41 lbs – which is light enough to carry – and its diminutive size when folded means it’ll easily fit in the trunk of your car. Once again, however, improvements are afoot. The folding mechanism has been refined to ensure that the stem is solid and wobble-free at all times while remaining quick and easy to operate.

Apollo Air 2023 Folded Frame

Building on its predecessor’s strengths as an all-weather superstar, the Air 2023 now comes with a rare IP66 water-resistance rating. The anti-corrosive graphite paint that coated 2022’s vintage remains reassuringly in place, helping to protect the scooter from any damage caused by high-pressure jets – as well as dust ingress.

Apollo Air 2023 in Urban Environment

Then there are the less subtle changes. The cockpit has undergone a complete refurb: new 8th-generation paddles for the regen brake and accelerator are in place, while turn signals sit at the ends of each handgrip. They’re among the best that I’ve ever tested.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Turn Signals

Elsewhere, its 36V 500W motor delivers a top speed of 21 mph, while an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 5.7 seconds is quick enough to zip through busy city environments. Meanwhile, the 15Ah battery has a maximum range of 34 miles in its locker, or 23 miles if you’re going full pelt.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Real-World Range

And, when you need to come to a stop you can rely on the front drum and the rear regenerative brake to bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 3.4 meters. But, here’s the clincher: the regen brake can be used on its own. By drawing kinetic energy from the motor as it slows, you can recharge the battery by up to 10%. It also saves the drum from wear and tear.

Apollo Air 2023 Tactile Handgrip and Brake Lever

Add a bright 360-degree lighting rig, Apollo’s famed proprietary design, and a mobile app that allows you to set the top speeds of each riding mode (ideal for ensuring the legality of the scooter in different states), activate an electronic lock, switch between start modes, record rides, and adjust your accelerative and regen braking strength, and you have an award-winning scooter that brings both premium flair and a well-rounded performance profile to the table.

Apollo Air 2023 Mobile App

Further Information:

Apollo Air 2023 Review

Best Under $1,500

SPLACH Mukuta

Sale: $1,099.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the SPLACH Mukuta:

The SPLACH Mukuta does something that no other scooter has ever done before: it doubles up as a mobile power bank. Armed with a 48V 15.6Ah removable battery that has a DC-to-USB port, it not only delivers a maximum range of up to 39 miles (or 22 miles under my tests), but it’ll also charge an iPhone up to 56 times and a laptop 11 times.

SPLACH Mukuta DC-to-USB Converter

Talk about quirky perks. But then, this is SPLACH, a brand that revels in maximizing the value of its scooters in unconventional ways.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Mukuta

This penchant for the unusual can also be seen in its combination of solid tires and an adjustable suspension system. While solid tires aren’t uncommon in and of themselves, it’s peculiar to see a scooter priced at over $1,000 sporting them. The obvious benefit is their resistance to punctures; but because of their square front-on profile, you need to be wary of taking corners too quickly (i.e.you don’t want the tires to roll onto their edges and lose traction).

Josh Testing the SPLACH Mukuta Acceleration

The suspension, however, does a fantastic job of absorbing shocks. I tested it over pot-holed roads and dirt tracks, and it held up well. I even made sure to ride directly over obstacles that could cause jarring impacts like the lips of sidewalks, but it managed to take these in its stride. I did the same tests for another SPLACH scooter – the Thunder – and despite it having air-filled tires, its ability to cushion the impacts wasn't as impressive. Plus, the suspension can be easily adjusted in a matter of seconds.

Josh Adjusting the SPLACH Mukuta Front Spring

Even more notable is that Mukuta extends its impressive feature set to its cockpit where it shares characteristics with the vastly more expensive Segway GT2. The wide concave shape, easily accessible controls, and even the half-twist grip throttle look similar. The Mukuta even has the same riding modes – park, eco, sport, and race. Unfortunately, however, the chrome controls do look a little cheap.

SPLACH Mukuta Cockpit

When it comes to performance everything about the Mukuta shines. Its dual 48V 600W motors produce a top speed of 28 mph and a scintillating acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.7 seconds. With these stats, it’s one of the most powerful scooters in its price class.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Mukuta Mileage

Its braking system, meanwhile, is top-tier. Dual discs and an electronic braking system conjure magic in bringing you to a responsive stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters. I’d even suggest reducing the strength of the electronic brakes as they are incredibly sharp out of the box.

SPLACH Mukuta Swingarm

With its heavy-hitting performance, it’ll come as no surprise that it isn't the lightest scooter. Yet, armed with a quick and simple folding mechanism – as well as foldable handlebars – it’s easy to compact for transit and storage.

SPLACH Mukuta Folded Frame

The one irritating issue, though, is that the hook on the back of the handlebars doesn’t lock to the kickplate. To be clear, the hook can be looped to the underside of the kickplate, meaning you can lift the Mukuta by its stem, but once you place it down, the handlebars drop. As a result, the cockpit can incur damage.

SPLACH Mukuta Folding Hook Fail

I’ll end on a positive by doffing my cap to the Mukuta’s lighting rig, which includes a bright headlight, a stem strip, and deck LEDs. You’ll also find turn signals that have been seamlessly integrated into the swingarms.

SPLACH Mukuta Turn Signals

The SPLACH Mukuta may not be perfect – but then, most scooters aren’t. For the benefits on offer, the blemishes are worth tolerating.

SPLACH Mukuta Rock Solid Stem

Further Information:

SPLACH Mukuta Review

Best Under $1,750

Apollo City Pro 2023

Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Why I Recommend the Apollo City Pro:

Imagine a panther chilling in a litter of domestic kittens. That’s what the Apollo City Pro is when compared to the rest of the commuter scooter market. It's quite simply a different beast entirely.

Josh Testing the Apollo City Pro

Don’t believe me? Well, consider its dual 48V 500W motors that deliver a huge peak power output of 2000W, a top speed of 32 mph, and an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.3 seconds.

Apollo City Pro Accelerating

This performance profile is impressive – but what makes the City Pro stand head and shoulders above the competition is its total package.

Apollo City Pro Folded

Building on the best elements of its predecessor, it introduces a new ergonomic cockpit complete with 8th-generation paddles for your regen brake and accelerator – built into these are the controls for your lights and riding modes. You also now have turn signals embedded into the ends of each rubber handgrip, guaranteeing visibility from all angles.

Apollo City Pro Cockpit

And then there’s the City Pro’s ride quality. Blessed with 26.4-inch wide handlebars, a roomy 22.6-inch deck, a tall 42.1-inch deck-to-handlebar height, an 11-degree rake angle, and exquisite suspension that couples up with plush 10-inch self-healing tubeless tires, the Pro is hands down the best commuter scooter that I’ve ever tested when it comes to sheer comfort.

Apollo City Pro Rear Springs

As for range, how does a maximum of 43 miles (or 27 miles if riding fast) sound? The 48V 20Ah unit is 11% larger than the one found on its forebear; and with a battery management system safeguarding against short-circuiting, overcurrent, over-charging, under voltage, and temperature resistance, you can count on its efficiency for years.

Josh Cruising on the Apollo City Pro

Being an Apollo scooter, you can also count on it bringing techy treats to the party. Its integrated mobile app allows you to record rides, get range estimates based on your most recent riding pattern, use it as a navigational device, adjust the top speed of each riding mode (useful for ensuring its legality in different states), view the health and status of your battery, toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes, turn cruise control on or off, turn the headlight on or off, and remotely lock the scooter by immobilizing it with the electronic brakes.

Adjusting Acceleration and Braking Strength of Apollo Pro in Mobile App

Then, if you go into the advanced settings, you can dial in the strength of your acceleration and regen brakes.

Ah, the brakes. What a triumph. The dual drums and regen system will bring you to a safe and responsive stop from 15 mph in a superb 2.1 meters. But, what’s more, you can use the regen brakes independently. Alone, they deliver a stopping distance of 4.8 meters from 15 mph, all while recharging the battery by up to 10%.

Josh Using the Apollo City Pro Regen Brake

With a coterie of impressive lights, an IP66 water-resistance rating, an intuitive folding mechanism, and an exquisite proprietary design that benefits from an industry-leading 10,000 km warranty, it’s little wonder why I’m so fond of this scooter.

Apollo City Pro Lights

Further Information:

Apollo City Pro Review

Comparison

Compare Street Legal Electric Scooters

The table below compares the best electric scooters across their performance, specs, price, and more.
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Turboant M10 LiteTurboant M10 LiteTurboant X7 MaxTurboant X7 MaxNIU KQi2 ProNIU KQi2 ProHorizon 10.4 V2HorizonMosquitoMosquitoApollo AirApollo AirSPLACH MukutaSPLACH MukutaApollo City Pro 2023Apollo City Pro 2023
Where to BuyTurboantTurboantNIU OfficialFluid Free RideFluid Free RideApolloSPLACHApollo
Price$299.98$419.98$479.98$719$899$899$1,099$1,699
Best UnderUnder $400Under $500Under $600Under $800Under $1,000Under $1,250Under $1,500Under $1,750
LegalityCheck StatesCheck StatesCheck StatesCheck StatesCheck StatesCheck StatesCheck StatesCheck States
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed16 mph20 mph17 mph23 mph25 mph21 mph28 mph32 mph
0-15 MPH7.8 s6.9 s6.0 s4.7 s5.0 s5.7 s2.7 s2.3 s
Max Range15.5 miles32 miles25 miles23 miles22 miles34 miles39 miles43 miles
Tested Range10 miles18 miles17 miles17 miles18 miles23 miles22 miles27 miles
Braking2.9 meters3.0 meters5.2 meters5.0 meters4.8 meters3.4 meters2.1 meters2.1 meters
Max Incline15 degrees15 degrees8.5 degrees15 degrees15 degrees10 degrees22 degrees20 degrees
Optimal Incline7 degrees9 degrees6 degrees9 degrees9 degrees6 degrees13 degrees13 degrees
Specs
Motor36V 350W36V 350W48V 300W48V 500W48V 500W36V 500W48V 600W (x2)48V 500W (x2)
ThrottleThumbThumbThumbThumbThumbThumbTwistThumb
Battery36V 6.6Ah FST36V 10Ah FST48V 7.6Ah FST48V 10.4Ah FST48V 9.6Ah FST36V 15Ah FST48V 15.6Ah FST48V 20Ah FST
Charge Time5 hours6 hours7 hours6 hours6 hours7 hours8 hours4.5 hours
BrakesDisc, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDisc, RegenDrum, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, RegenDiscs (x2), ElectronicDrums (x2), Regen
SuspensionNoneNoneNoneSprings, Air ShocksSprings, SwingarmsFront ForkSprings, SwingarmsTriple Springs, Swingarms
Tire Size8.5 inch10 inch10 inch8 inch8 inch10 inch8 inch10 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)
Weight30.9 lbs34 lbs41 lbs40 lbs29 lbs41 lbs66 lbs65 lbs
Load220 lbs275 lbs220 lbs265 lbs265 lbs220 lbs265 lbs265 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem
LightsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Stem Strip, Deck LEDs, Taillights, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
IP RatingIP54IPX4IP54NoneIPX5IP66IP54IP66
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

To find the 8 best street-legal electric scooters, I shortlisted 29 models and tested each across the criteria of top speed, acceleration, range, ride quality, and braking. I also assessed their design and reported on their legality per state.

These tests and assessments were carried out as part of a wider, standardized testing process that I employ for every electric scooter that I review. Find out more below:

Electric Scooters That I Tested:

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

Test Criteria:

Legality Factors

Following my extensive research of the laws and regulations of each state, it became apparent that the legality of electric scooters was determined by three factors:

  • Scooter Requirements – These include maximum top speeds and restrictions on motor power, as well as the diameter of a scooter’s wheels, its weight, lights, and brakes.
  • Rider Requirements – These include registrations, licenses, insurance, minimum ages, and helmet requirements.
  • Where You Can Ride – Depending on your state, there are varying regulations for where you can ride an electric scooter. For instance, some states ban riding on sidewalks, while others let you ride on roads that have speed limits of 35 mph.

Using the factors above, I assessed every electric scooter in my 140+ database to shortlist 29 models that met the legality criteria. During the selection process, I based my assessment of them against the scooter requirements of each state. Following this, I tested the scooters to identify the top performers (see the tests completed below).

Josh With all of the Tested Electric Scooters

Top Speed

Top speed is the most important factor that’s used to regulate electric scooters. Based on my research, there were 4 common speed limits – including 15, 20, 25, and 30 mph.

For instance, in California, electric scooters can be ridden legally so long as they don’t exceed 15 mph.

For more information about the speed limits in each state, view the table below.

StateSpeed LimitSource
Alabama20 MPHSource
Alaska15 MPHSource
Arizona20 MPHSource
Arkansas15 MPHSource
California15 MPHSource
Colorado20 MPHSource
Connecticut20 MPHSource
DelawareProhibitedSource
Florida30 MPHSource
Georgia20 MPHSource
Hawaii20 MPHSource
Idaho20 MPHSource
Illinois20 MPHSource
Indiana20 MPHSource
Iowa20 MPHSource
KansasNo Clear Guidelines*Source
Kentucky20 MPHSource
Louisiana25 MPHSource
Maine20 MPHSource
Maryland20 MPHSource
Massachusetts20 MPHSource
Michigan25 MPHSource
Minnesota15 MPHSource
Mississippi20 MPHSource
Missouri30 MPHSource
Montana20 MPHSource
NebraskaNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
Nevada20 MPHSource
New Hampshire20 MPHSource
New Jersey19 MPHSource
New MexicoNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
New York20 MPHSource
North Carolina30 MPHSource
North Dakota30 MPHSource
Ohio20 MPHSource
Oklahoma25 MPHSource
Oregon15 MPHSource
PennsylvaniaProhibitedN/A
Rhode IslandNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
South CarolinaNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
South DakotaNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
Tennessee20 MPHSource
TexasNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
Utah15 MPHSource
VermontNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
Virginia20 MPHSource
Washington15 MPHSource
West VirginiaNo Clear Guidelines*N/A
Wisconsin20 MPHSource
WyomingNo Clear Guidelines*N/A

To identify the legality of each scooter per state, I tested their top speeds. Here, I made sure that their tires were inflated to the recommended PSI, their batteries were fully charged, and their performance settings were dialed up to the max. I then pushed them to their limits on a long, dry stretch of road.

Josh Cruising on the NIU KQi3 Pro

*For states where there are no clear guidelines I'm unable to recommend specific scooters. However, if you're going to buy an electric scooter regardless, then I advise you to choose a model with a top speed of around 15 mph (i.e. the Turboant M10 Lite or NIU KQi2 Pro). 

Further Information:

How I Test Top Speed

Acceleration

While top speed was an important indicator of performance, acceleration measured how exciting each scooter was to ride.

To test acceleration, I conducted 3x two-way directional runs across 2 intervals (0-15 mph, and where applicable, 0-25 mph) on a flat, dry road. The data from the runs was then averaged.

Varla Falcon Front Motor

To establish accurate results, I made sure to have each scooter fully charged with their performance settings dialed up to the max and their tires pumped up to the recommended PSI. Where possible, zero-start modes were enabled.

Further Information:

How I Test Acceleration

Maximum & Real-World Range

While maximum range is a baseline performance metric that’s useful for benchmarking scooters against each other, it doesn’t paint the full picture of a scooter’s ability to keep its wheels rolling.

Unagi Voyager On Pavement

Maximum range, as indicated by the manufacturer, refers to the mileage when ridden under best-case conditions. Often, this includes a 165 lb rider, flat terrain, and riding in the slowest setting.

To counter this, I reported on how each scooter performed under real-world conditions – including me as a 190 lb rider, periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops.

Further Information:

How I Test Real-World Range

Ride Quality

To determine the ride quality of each scooter I reported on their handling and comfort.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

While this is an all-encompassing measurement that takes into account all aspects of the scooter’s design and performance, it’s inherently subjective. However, I also gathered quantitative data to assess each model on a level playing field.

Here, I measured the width of their handlebars, the deck-to-handlebar height, and the usable deck space. The top performers had wide handlebars that promised good control, high deck-to-handlebar heights that allowed for a comfortable riding position, and decks with enough space to accommodate a natural riding stance.

Josh Holding the Apollo City Pro Handlebars

Following this, I measured the angle of the steering columns (otherwise known as the rake angle). The smaller the angle, the less effort required to turn the handlebars, but the less stable the scooter. Conversely, larger angles required more effort to turn but made the scooter more stable at higher speeds. During my assessments, I made sure to select the scooters that hit the sweet spot between the two to maintain both stability and maneuverability.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi3 Pro

Then, to assess comfort, I reported on the shock-absorbing capabilities of each scooter’s tires and suspension. For models that had suspension, I assessed the balance of shock absorption across the scooter, the rebound and compression rates of the shocks/springs, and the amount of travel. All of these insights were then combined to create an overall shock absorption score. The scoring system ranged from 1-10, with 1 being extremely stiff and 10 being extremely soft.

Fluid Vista Rear Spring Suspension

Braking

To test each scooter’s braking performance, I measured the distance that it took for them to come to a controlled stop from 15 mph (i.e. braking without skidding). I repeated this test 5 times per scooter and averaged the data.

If electronic or regenerative braking systems were present then I dialed their strength up to the max.

Josh Braking on the Horizon V2

Based on hundreds of braking tests, stopping distances can be interpreted as follows: Excellent (less than 2.5 meters), Very Good (2.5 – 3.0 meters), Good (3.0 – 3.5 meters), Fair (3.5 – 4.0 meters), and Poor (more than 4.0 meters).

Further Information:

How I Test Braking Performance

Design Assessments

While a scooter’s performance stats will likely form the crux of your purchasing decision, its design must always be factored in.

Each model that I reviewed was subject to 30 assessments spanning 10 design categories. These include the cockpit, frame, deck, tires, portability, suitability, lights, extra features, dimensions, and build quality.

Fluid Vista Frame

Further Information:

How I Assess Design & Features

Results From My Performance Tests:

See how the electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, maximum range, tested range, and braking.

Top Speed

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

ScooterPriceTop Speed
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
32 mph
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
28 mph
Mosquito
$899
25 mph
Horizon
$719
23 MPH
Apollo Air
$899
21 mph
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
20 mph
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
17 mph
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
16 mph

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
2.3 s
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
2.7 s
Horizon
$719
4.7 s
Mosquito
$899
5.0 s
Apollo Air
$899
5.7 s
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
6.0 s
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
6.9 s
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
7.8 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
43 miles
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
39 miles
Apollo Air
$899
34 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
32 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
25 miles
Horizon
$719
23 miles
Mosquito
$899
22 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
15.5 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

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

ScooterPriceReal Range
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
27 miles
Apollo Air
$899
23 miles
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
22 miles
Mosquito
$899
18 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
18 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
17 miles
Horizon
$719
17 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
10 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance – Learn about how I test braking performance.

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
2.1 meters
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
2.1 meters
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
2.9 meters
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
3.0 meters
Apollo Air
$899
3.4 meters
Mosquito
$899
4.8 meters
Horizon
$719
5.0 meters
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
5.2 meters
Change Log

Recent Updates

In the interest of delivering the most timely, relevant, and credible reviews/guides in the industry, I have detailed the recent updates and changes to my list of the best street-legal electric scooters. Learn more about my editorial policy.

Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

From basic budget and feature-packed commuters to all-terrain trailblazers and ultra-performance behemoths, I've spent the last 5 years testing every type of electric scooter. All of the scooters that I review are put through a rigorous review process so that I can clearly distinguish where one is better or worse than another. See how I test electric scooters or check out my guide to the best electric scooters. Contact me anytime: josh@electricscooterinsider.com

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