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I Put 27 Waterproof Electric Scooters to the Test, Here Are My 9 Top Picks For Riding in the Rain

Quick List: Best Waterproof Electric Scooters

I tested 27 of the most well-equipped wet-weather electric scooters to find the 9 best models.

Key to my assessments were water-resistance ratings, tire performance (including type, size, tread, and traction), braking power, handling, deck grip, and splashback protection (i.e. fender position).

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

Budget

Top picks that are on the lowest end of the price scale, but still make light work of rain.

Turboant M10 Lite
Under $400
Turboant M10 Lite
Sale: $299.98 $399.98
Turboant X7 Max Frame
Under $500
Turboant X7 Max
Sale: $419.98 $599.98
NIU KQi2 Pro Frame
Under $600
NIU KQi2 Pro
Sale: $479.98 $599.00

Mid-Range

Top picks that have more power, features, and better wet weather ride quality than budget models.

NIU KQi3 Pro
Under $800
NIU KQi3 Pro
Sale: $549.00 $799.00
EMOVE Touring Frame
Under $900
EMOVE Touring
Sale: $799.00 $899.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Apollo Air 2023 in Urban Environment
Under $1,000
Apollo Air 2023
Sale: $899.00 $999.00

Premium

Top picks that have the highest-levels of performance and are primed for inclement riding conditions.

Apollo Go Unfolded
Under $1,300
Apollo Go
Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00
EMOVE Cruiser S Frame
Under $1,500
EMOVE Cruiser S
Sale: $1,399.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Apollo City Pro Frame
Under $1,700
Apollo City Pro
Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

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  • Budget: NIU KQi2 Pro – 41 lbs and a simple one-click folding mechanism
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  • Premium: EMOVE Cruiser S – 52 lbs, cantilevered folding mechanism, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars

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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

Water Resistance Rating:

Turboant M10 Lite Overview:

Shockingly, not every electric scooter can boast an IP54 water resistance rating – but the Turboant M10 Lite can. And it costs less than $400.

Turboant M10 Lite in the Rain

But protection from water splashes in every direction isn’t the only thing this everyday bottle rocket has in its locker. An elegant folding mechanism, USB charging port, excellent ride quality, and the fastest top speed in its price class are all part of the bargain.

The M10 Lite is a budget scooter that’s washed away any preconceived notions about what a scooter in its price class can deliver.

Turboant M10 Lite Durable Chassis

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Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:

If you live in an area with unpredictable weather, then you’ll know that rain has a habit of coming out from nowhere. One minute you’re enjoying a pleasant, sunny ride. Next, you’re slaloming through puddles trying to save your shirt from a soaking.

Turboant M10 Lite Motor

The M10 Lite has been designed with these conditions in mind. With its elongated fenders and IP54 water resistance rating, both the scooter and your back will be safeguarded from splashes of water.

Handling is also important when things get slippy. Here, the M10 Lite shines. Its 19.7-inch handlebars are 3 inches wider than what you’d typically find on a budget scooter, while a new thumb throttle has replaced the finger throttle featured on its predecessor. This results in a smoother, more controlled acceleration.

Turboant M10 Lite Cockpit

In general terms, the M10 Lite is a nimble scooter. But, despite its light, portable build, it manages to remain robust. The wobble-free stem and aluminum alloy frame are sturdy and impervious to wear and tear, while all the cables are neatly tucked away.

Perhaps the only misstep in the M10 Lite’s design is the shortness of its deck. I found it a little tight, though the ultra-grippy rubber coating ensured that my feet remained planted – no matter the weather.

Turboant M10 Lite Rubber Deck

Being a budget scooter, it would come as no surprise to find the M10 Lite fitted with solid rubber tires. After all, these are cheaper to produce. However, it breaks the mold with its 8.5-inch pneumatics. During my tests, they soaked up shocks and vibrations, whilst they also provided enough traction to stop me from sliding on wet roads.

Josh Testing an Electric Scooter's Handling in the Rain

The plush tires also play a pivotal role in its ability to stop. Combined with the rear disc and electronic braking system, I came to a complete halt from 15 mph in 2.9 meters. This is outstanding when compared to the average 5.0-meter stopping distance of other budget models.

Turboant M10 Lite Disc Brake

Then there’s the M10 Lite’s power credentials. Armed with a 36V 350W motor, I hit a top speed of 16 mph and accelerated from 0-15 mph in 7.8 seconds. This is a fairly gentle pace, though zippy enough to bring a smile to the faces of casual riders.

Elsewhere, its 6.6Ah battery promises a maximum range of 15.5 miles so as long as you’re a light rider and keep it in its slowest setting. Based on my tests, where I weighed 190 lbs and rode it in its fastest setting around a course of undulating streets, it achieved 10 miles.

Josh's Feet on the Turboant M10 Lite Deck

And fear not, if you need to collapse it in the middle of a downfall to take refuge, its 3-step folding mechanism is exceptionally quick and easy to use. Once folded, it has a small enough profile to fit in a car trunk or under a desk. Plus, it weighs just 30.9 lbs, meaning it's relatively easy to carry.

Turboant M10 Lite Folded Frame

Come rain or shine, this is a budget scooter that you can rely on.

Turboant M10 Lite Handlebars


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Turboant M10 Lite Review
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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

Water Resistance Rating:

Turboant X7 Max Overview:

The Turboant X7 Max may be water-resistant – but it’s certainly not resistant to the needs of the modern rider. Versatile, nimble, and durable, this miniature motorboat looks good and rides better.

Josh With Turboant X7 Max

Its everyday credentials are crowned by a detachable battery pack, which adds C, D, and E to your possibilities beyond A and B, while a grippy deck and responsive dual braking system ensure that even the wettest of conditions are water off a duck’s back.

The only surprise? The X7 Max is available for less than $500.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Chassis

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Why I Recommend the Turboant X7 Max:

The X7 Max is designed from top to bottom for city life; good job, then, that it comes with an IPX4 rating. This makes it resistant to splashes from all directions.

Turboant X7 Max Sleek Frame

But that’s not all, it boasts a build that constitutes a middle finger to rain. Its large deck is coated in a stippled silicone surface, making it grippy in wet conditions, while the rear fender curls around the wheel to prevent splashback. There’s even a responsive taillight sitting atop the fender. This lets other road users know when you’re slowing down or coming to a stop – something that comes in handy when rain renders visibility poor.

Turboant X7 Max Rear Fender

Then there's its 10-inch pneumatic tires that contribute heavily to its handling and stability. Their large profile not only outstrips that of similarly-priced models that have 8.5-inch tires, but they offer ample ground cover to avoid slippage on wet surfaces. That said, the tread is shallow, so you need to be careful not to push the scooter too hard around corners.

Turboant X7 Max Tire Tread

One of the most headline-grabbing features of the X7 Max is its 10Ah detachable battery. Equipped with a key lock and fitted with a refreshed set of drivetrain hardware and software, it beats the original Pro’s 30-mile ambit with an even more impressive maximum range of 32 miles. Though, this is a maximum, and under my tests I got 18 miles. 

Best of all, however, you can double your range with an extra battery. Weighing around 5 lbs, you can chuck one in your backpack and swap it out when the one in use runs dry.

Turboant X7 Max Battery Being Detached

Combined with its 36V 350W motor, it's an everyday scooter that has enough bite to satisfy the vast majority of first-time riders. The same can be said for its acceleration. During my tests, the X7 Max managed to beat the more expensive GoTrax GMAX Ultra. Here, it took 6.9 seconds to reach 15 mph, while the GMAX got there in 8.0.

Turboant X7 Max Thumb Throttle

Controlling the Max’s speed is another area that deserves attention. On the X7 Pro, the rear fender doubled as a stomp brake; however, with the Max, this is no longer the case. The braking system now consists of a rear disc and a front electronic brake, which together deliver responsive stopping power come rain or shine.

Turboant X7 Max Brake Lever

During my brake tests, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the new X7 Max outperformed the Pro by 40%. While the X7 Pro took 5.0 meters to stop from 15 mph, the X7 Max took just 3.0 meters. After further investigation, I found that the brake pads on the new model were better calibrated. 

Turboant X7 Max Disc Brake

It’s also one of the most accessible scooters that I've tested. Weighing 34 lbs it's easy to carry, yet despite its lightweight frame it can support riders up to 275 lbs, making it a great choice for heavier riders.

Turboant X7 Max Folded Frame

With everything that the Turboant X7 Max has to offer, it's easy to see why I recommend it so highly.

Close Up of Turboant X7 Max Handlebars

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

Water Resistance Rating:

NIU KQi2 Pro Overview:

The NIU KQi2 Pro has drawn an unusually high amount of intrigue from riders – and it’s easy to see why.

This award-winning budget behemoth has upped the ante considerably when it comes to build quality and design, while its performance metrics are strong and extra features impressive.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

Guided by incredible attention to detail, this is a scooter that has the durability and finesse to delight casual riders and aesthetes alike.

But all of this is to be expected from a brand that’s a worldwide force in the manufacturing of electric vehicles. Its products have clocked over 18 billion kilometers of distance traveled, and now it’s making a splash in the electric scooter market.

NIU KQi2 Pro Tire

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Why I Recommend the NIU KQi2 Pro:

It wasn’t long ago that the budget scooter scene was saturated with clunky antiquated models that would fall apart like soggy tissue paper at the sight of drizzle. Yet scooters have come on a lot since then – and the KQi2 Pro is perhaps the zenith.

NIU KQi2 Pro Frame

Boasting an IP54 water resistance rating and the best build quality of any scooter priced below $600, this is a model that treats puddle splashes like a lion swatting away a fly.

NIU KQi2 Pro Accelerating

Careful attention has been paid to each minute detail. From the reinforced fenders and the wide handlebars to the immaculate cable management and wobble-free stem, everything about this scooter is the summation of a painstakingly thought-out process aimed at maximizing its long-term value to you, the rider.

NIU KQi2 Pro Rear Fender and Motor

Sat in the center of the elegant, swept chassis is an 18.5 by 5.2 inches deck that, though a little on the short side, offers enough grip and room to position your feet securely.

NIU KQi2 Pro Griptape Deck

While the KQi2 Pro doesn’t feature a suspension system, its 10-inch tires do a sterling job of absorbing shocks and vibrations from the road. They’re also 15% thicker than the tires that you’d typically find on a budget model, meaning they offer superior traction.

NIU KQi2 Pro Rear Tire in Motion

The 48V 300W motor, meanwhile, delivers a top speed of 17 mph. This is plenty of pace for riding in the rain. The same can be said for its acceleration rate, which saw me hitting 15 mph in 6.0 seconds.

Elsewhere, the 365Wh battery has a maximum range of 25 miles in its locker, or – according to my tests – 17 miles when ridden in sports mode. What’s more, the battery comes with NIU’s patented battery management system, which prolongs its life by providing 14 different types of protection.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

Yet, this isn’t the only feature that displays NIU’s commitment to quality. You just have to look at the two-year warranty to see how much confidence NIU has in the components of their scooters. This is even more impressive when you consider that other budget brands like Turboant offer just 6 months of cover for core components.

There are, however, strengths and weaknesses of all scooters, and while the KQi2 Pro has more points in the former, it does suffer a little in the braking department. The front drum brake toiled to bring me to a stop from 15 mph in a somewhat unimpressive 5.2 meters. For better braking performance, I recommend checking out its big bro – the KQi3 Pro.

NIU KQi2 Pro Halo Headlight

The KQi2 Pro does, however, make amends by being the first budget model to have a regenerative braking system. This allows you to use the forces of kinetic energy and drag to slow down without using the mechanical brake. Using it recycles braking energy into battery power for an extended mileage, whilst also reducing the wear and tear on the drum.

The strength of the regen brake can be adjusted through the mobile app. From here, you can also record rides, remotely lock your scooter, and set a custom ride mode with your preferred top speed.

NIU KQi2 Pro Mobile App

To cap everything off, you get NIU’s iconic halo headlight as part of the package. This illuminates the way ahead, while the bright taillight keeps you visible in gloomy weather.

NIU KQi2 Pro Lights

To sum up, the NIU KQi2 Pro is a triumph of design and style. It represents outstanding value for money. I’ve reviewed scooters from all the leading budget brands – including Turboant, GoTrax, Hiboy, and AnyHill – and none can match NIU when it comes to creating vehicle-grade models.

Josh With the NIU KQi2 Pro

Further Information:

NIU KQi2 Pro Review

Best Under $800

NIU KQi3 Pro

Sale: $549.00 $799.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Water Resistance Rating:

NIU KQi3 Pro Overview:

In the last year, I've seen some big changes in the evolution of the entry-level scooter market – and that’s largely down to the intervention of NIU. With the KQi3 Pro, they've pushed the boundaries beyond anything that I’ve seen before in the sub-$800 category.

Josh Standing with the NIU KQi3 Pro

Combining a competitive performance profile with a refined build and best-in-class handling, the KQi3 Pro scores highly across the metrics of speed, acceleration, range, and braking, while simultaneously achieving its place in the rankings as an all-weather trailblazer.

NIU KQi3 Pro Sleek Frame

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the NIU KQi3 Pro:

You need only look at the scooter’s mic-dropping design and build quality to understand why it makes this list.

Boasting a 39.5-inch deck-to-handlebar height and 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, the KQi3 Pro immediately stands out as a scooter that’s suited to all riders – no matter if you’re tall, short, big, or small. But the handlebars also deliver in the width department, too. Measuring 21.3 inches across, they guarantee stellar handling and control – whatever the weather.

Josh Riding the NIU KQi3 Pro On a Sidewalk

This sense of control is fortified by the ergonomic handgrips and smooth-as-silk thumb throttle. The latter facilitates an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in a surprisingly zippy 5.0 seconds. You do, however, have to kick to start to get the wheels rolling before the motor engages. This is beneficial if conditions are wet since it allows you to have more control when stepping foot on the scooter – especially if you’re a first-timer.

NIU KQi3 Pro Ergonomic Cockpit

Once in motion, the 48V 350W motor delivers a peak power output of 700W and a top speed of 20 mph. This is more than enough oomph for commutes and weekend frolics, especially when riding on wet surfaces that can become slippery.

It’s no slouch when it comes to mileage, either. The 486Wh battery has a maximum range of 31 miles, or 22 miles when factoring in realistic riding conditions as per my tests. And as with the KQi2 Pro, you also get NIU’s patented battery management system, which offers 14 different types of protection to keep the battery healthy.

NIU KQi3 Pro Chassis

Riding for an extended period, however, requires a certain level of ride quality, and the KQi3 Pro delivers. The wider-than-average handlebars, ergonomic cockpit, and rock-solid stem unite with the low center of gravity, well-balanced frame, and expertly-crafted geometry to deliver best-in-class handling.

NIU KQi3 Pro Handlebars

The 9.5 by 2.5-inch inch tubeless tires do a great job at absorbing the shocks and vibrations from city streets, too. Crucially, they also provide a lot of traction. With a deeper tread and a 25% thicker profile than the typical tires found on scooters in its price class, the KQi3 Pro grips the ground while accelerating, braking, and cornering, which is a godsend when the roads are wet.

NIU KQi3 Pro Tire

As too, are the brakes. With responsive discs and a variable regenerative braking system (that you can adjust via the mobile app), you’ll come to a safe stop from 15 mph in just 2.2 meters. This is a significant improvement on its predecessor – the KQi2 Pro – which took 5.2 meters.

NIU KQi3 Pro Brake Lever

Another noticeable upgrade can be found on the KQi3 Pro’s deck. By my measurements, it's both 27% longer and 29% wider than the one found on the KQi2, equating to a far more comfortable and controlled ride. Add in the thick rubber platform and rear lip, and what you have is a deck perfectly suited to wet weather riding.

Josh Standing on the NIU KQi3 Pro's Deck

This lip extends out to a fender that engulfs the rear wheel to prevent splashback. Combined with the IP54 water resistance rating, it makes for a reliable, well-protected ride.

NIU KQi3 Pro

And when it gets overcast, you can find solace in the iconic halo headlight. This beaut, along with the accompanying taillight, ensures safety is maintained on rainy streets.

NIU KQi3 Pro Lights

Or, if it starts to rain too hard, you can rely on the sublime folding mechanism to collapse the scooter in a matter of seconds before taking cover somewhere dry.

NIU KQi3 Pro Folded

Ultimately, the NIU KQi3 Pro ticks all of the boxes for riders that are seeking a top-quality, water-resistant scooter that prioritizes performance, safety, and build quality.

Further Information:

NIU KQi3 Pro Review

Best Under $900

EMOVE Touring

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

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Water Resistance Rating:

EMOVE Touring Overview:

The EMOVE Touring is something of an elder statesman in the electric scooter industry – but the fact it remains wildly popular after so many years is a testament to its all-around quality. This is a model that, rain or shine, delivers the goods with zero fuss.

Josh With EMOVE Touring

Combining best-in-class performance metrics with an IP54 water resistance rating, a low maintenance build, and an ultra-portable design, it’s an everyday workhorse that can withstand unpredictable weather while keeping you safe.

Add to this an inclusive design that features height adjustable handlebars, a 308 lbs load-bearing capacity, and an elongated deck, and it’s an attractive option for riders of all sizes.

Josh Testing Deck Grip in the Rain

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Why I Recommend the EMOVE Touring:

The EMOVE line of scooters have several things in common: outstanding range, near-invincible toughness, industry-leading load-bearing capacities, and low maintenance charm. The Touring encapsulates all four of these qualities.

Josh Standing on the EMOVE Touring

Take, for example, its battery. While the vast majority of scooters in its price class are equipped with standard FST batteries, the Touring benefits from high-quality, longer-lasting LG cells. With 624Wh of energy translating into 32 miles of maximum range and 19 miles of real-world range (i.e. riding at top speeds), it achieves a podium position finish among its similarly-priced competitors.

Josh Riding the EMOVE Touring

Then there's its well-design frame. With an IP54 water-resistant rating, wobble-free stem, and 22-inch wide handlebars, it promises excellent handling, balance, and control. The 22.8 by 7.3-inch deck, meanwhile, is – according to my measurements – 40% larger than the one found on its great rival, the Horizon, meaning you have plenty of space to find a comfortable riding stance. Coated in an ample slathering of grip tape, your feet stay planted, too.

EMOVE Touring Deck

Its wet weather credentials go even further. Both the front and rear wheels are covered by rock-solid fenders to save you from splashback, while a low-mounted headlight provides good visibility in gloomy conditions.

EMOVE Touring Kickstand

The rear drum brake is reliable in the rain, too. While it may not stop you quite as quickly (4.9 meters from 15 mph) as some of the other scooters in this list – like the NIU KQi3 Pro (2.2 meters) or Apollo Air (3.4 meters) – its enclosed design does benefit from being impervious to the fading effects of water.

Building on the low-maintenance design of the drum brake are the tires. At the front, you’ll find an air-filled, traction-loving disc of rubber that does an excellent job at cushioning the ride and gripping the ground. At the rear, however, is a solid tire. This is designed to reduce the risk of punctures – which, on balance, is worth the slight compromise that it has on ride quality.

EMOVE Touring Drum Brake

On the topic of ride quality, the Touring is the only scooter to feature a triple front suspension system. It’s a laudable feature that makes a sizable difference to the scooter’s ability to absorb shocks. Working in harmony with the dual springs at the rear, it delivered a good amount of travel, but I did find that it clattered while going over rough roads. To get the best from it, you need to stick to smooth, predictable surfaces. If however, you live in an area that suffers from poor road conditions, then I recommend checking out the Apollo Go.

EMOVE Touring Suspension

Three areas where the Touring performs no matter the conditions are in the speed, acceleration, and portability departments.

Its 48V 500W motor whips up a scintillating top speed of 25 mph and reaches 15 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds.

EMOVE Touring Chassis

As for portability, well, take a bow, EMOVE. Its cantilevered folding mechanism means you can be out of the rain in seconds, while the telescopic stem and foldable handlebars allow you to store it in small spaces. Weighing just 39 lbs, this maneuverable bottle rocket can also be carried without slipping a disc.

With all that it has to offer, it’s easy to see why the EMOVE Touring remains a popular scooter despite the explosion of new models filling the commuter scooter market.

EMOVE Touring Lights

Further Information:

EMOVE Touring Review

Best Under $1,000

Apollo Air 2023

Sale: $899.00 $999.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Water Resistance Rating:

Apollo Air Overview:

When Apollo launched the Air 2022, I sat here thinking this is a model that couldn’t be improved. It was perfect. But lo and behold, the rockstar Canadian brand has once again channeled customer feedback by improving the faultless. Introducing the Air 2023.

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

So, how exactly do you go about upgrading one of the best all-weather electric scooters? Let’s start with the fact that the new model now comes with an improved (and exceedingly rare) IP66 water resistance rating. Then there’s its new folding mechanism, self-healing tires, revamped cockpit, and enhanced lighting rig.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023

Priced at under $1,000, the Air cannot be classed as a budget scooter, but my goodness, does it represent outstanding value for money – especially if you’re looking for an everyday model that makes light work of rain.

Apollo Air 2023 Durable Frame

The Good:

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Why I Recommend the Apollo Air:

The Air doesn’t care for superfluous frills and tassels. It’s not fussed about earning heart emojis on Instagram – though it will. No, this scooter has one purpose: to deliver an outstanding level of performance come rain or shine.

I’ve touched upon its waterproofing credentials already, but they’re worth revisiting as they encapsulate the Air’s razor-sharp focus on function.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Acceleration

Its aircraft-grade aluminum frame now has an IP66 rating. Not only does this make it infallible to damage from high-pressure jets of water, but dust ingress, too. This is a huge upgrade on its predecessor’s IP54 rating – and indeed most scooters, full stop.

Most aspects of this scooter’s design attest to its wet weather spurs. The rear fender is built generously to protect your back, while an LED setup – which includes a headlight, taillight, and turn signals on either side of the handlebars – keeps you visible in overcast and foggy conditions.

Apollo Air 2023 Lights

Even in the smallest details, it’s clear that Apollo has prioritized everyday durability. The charging port comes with a protective spring-loaded cap that safeguards it against any meddlesome water droplets. It might sound small, but trust me when I say that this is a vital feature.

Then there’s its handling. The front fork suspension is unseen on models in its price class; better still, the scooter sports a pair of pneumatic – and now self-healing – 10-inch tires. With a thick rubber tread, they provide traction and much-needed ground cover to stay upright on slippery surfaces. Together, the tires and suspension do a great job of soaking up the shocks and vibrations from imperfections in the road.

Apollo Air 2023 Front Tire

The Air’s handling is further bolstered by the spacious deck, which is sufficiently grippy to ensure that your feet stay put, no matter how perilous the weather. Elsewhere, the wide handlebars do a great job of maximizing your control.

Apollo Air 2023 Chassis

It's worth noting here that the cockpit has had a facelift; it now features new 8th-generation paddles for the throttle and regen brake. Aside from looking better, they’re also smooth-as-silk and have easy-to-reach riding mode, headlight, and turn signal buttons built into them. These ensure that you remain in control of the steering column at all times – which is a big improvement on the 2022 model. Previously, the Air featured a singular button below the display that forced you to take one hand off the handlebars when you needed to change your riding mode or turn the headlight on/off.

Apollo Air 2023 Cockpit

With this additional control comes a more enjoyable riding experience that’s supported by the 36V 500W motor, 15Ah battery, and reliable braking system.

However, it's important to know that I only suggest opting for the Air if you weigh less than 180 lbs. Here, you’ll get the best performance from it – which you’ll see throughout my report below.

If you weigh less than 165 lbs you'll accelerate to 15 mph in 5.7 seconds. However, if like me, you weigh higher up on the scale (197 lbs), it'll take longer (9.2 seconds).

Apollo Air 2023 Motor

The battery and its high-quality 21700 cells, meanwhile, can keep the wheels rolling for 23 miles – so long as you're a light rider. Otherwise, you can expect closer to 15.5 miles if you're heavier on the scale.

As for braking performance, the Air will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 3.4 meters, no matter your weight. Equipped with a drum at the front and a regenerative braking system at the rear, it has one of the lowest maintenance designs among all electric scooters. What’s more, the regen brake can be used independently, allowing you to reap the rewards of kinetic energy and drag to recharge your battery by up to 10%.

Apollo Air 2023 Regen Brake Paddle

As a nifty little extra, you can dial up the intensity of the regen brake via the mobile app. Here, you can also adjust the strength of your acceleration, set the top speeds of each riding mode, activate the electronic lock, and switch between start modes. You can use it as a navigational device, too.

Apollo Air 2023 Mobile App

It’s also worth pointing out that the drum brake has a few tricks up its sleeve. Not only can you easily adjust how tight or loose it is by twisting the nut at the end of the brake hose, but thanks to its encased design, it doesn’t fade or warp as a result of external riding conditions.

When you bite the bullet and spring for the Apollo Air, you’re not just getting any old scooter; you’re securing a model with a rich history and superb pedigree

Apollo Air 2023 on Sidewalk

Further Information:

Apollo Air 2023 Review

Best Under $1,300

Apollo Go

Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (197 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Water Resistance Rating:

Apollo Go Overview:

IP66 water resistance ratings are about as common in the electric scooter industry as second-hand cars in Silicon Valley. The Apollo Go, however, is the rarest of exceptions.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go

Borrowing heavily from the eminently luxurious Apollo Pro, the Go brings a suite of outstanding features to the table and wraps them in an affordable price tag.

During my time testing it, I was impressed by every aspect of its build, design, and performance.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Ride Quality

When it comes to entry-level scooters, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-equipped model.

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Apollo Go:

So, what does an IP66 rating entail? Well, while submerging it in the wet stuff isn’t recommended, the Apollo Go is protected against puddles, heavy downpours, and high-pressure jets – as well as dust ingress. It’s the highest rating available, with the Go being the first scooter under $1,300 to receive it.

Apollo Go Handlebars

Its IP rating isn’t the only feather in its waterproof cap. When assessing the best scooters in this category, I paid particular attention to their tires, brakes, deck, handling, and grip. The Go scored highly across all.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Top Speed

The 9-inch tires, for example, are perfect for wet weather. Their smaller diameter is manna from heaven when it comes to maneuverability, while the curvature of their front-on profile generates enough traction to maintain control and stability on slippery surfaces. Air-filled and self-healing, they also excel in the comfort and low maintenance departments. Framing them are front and rear fenders that provide best-in-class protection from unruly splashes.

Apollo Go Rear Fender

The deck also meets the obligations of wet weather riding. I found that its tilted-back design offered plenty of space, while its etched rubber mat kept my feet firmly in place.

Apollo Go Deck

As for braking, it’s another slam-dunk. The Go’s combination of its mechanical drum and regenerative braking system brought me to a safe and measured stop from 15 mph in 3.1 meters.

What’s more, the regenerative system can be used to reduce wear on the drum whilst simultaneously recharging the battery.

Apollo Go Regen Brake

I used the regen brake heavily during my range test and managed to squeeze out 17.63 miles.

During the test, I also made sure to exercise the Go’s dual 36V 350W motors. Though not the fastest scooter in its price class, I still managed to reach 25.5 mph and shoot from 0 to 15 mph in 3.8 seconds. This is plenty of oomph for commuters and weekend warriors.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Handling Around a Corner

It must be noted, however, that I found the handlebars to be a little too narrow for its top speed. Yet, despite this blemish, the rest of the Go has been fine-tuned to facilitate a balanced ride in all conditions.

Apollo Go Folding Hook

Take the 14-degree rake angle, for instance. I haven’t seen one so pronounced in all my years of testing scooters. The result is a ride that’s both stable and nimble.

Apollo Go Frame From the Side

The geometric design of the aluminum-alloy frame and chassis also lent themselves to optimal handling, as did the ergonomic cockpit. Here, the Go features the same 8th-generation paddles for its throttle and regen brake as seen on its pricier siblings, the Pro and City.

Plus, it shares the same superb DOT Matrix display as the Pro. With its anti-glare screen and position smack bang in the middle of the handlebars, it's clear whatever the weather.

Apollo Go Display Being Rained On

You’ll also find a QuadLock mount that allows you to use your phone as an alternative display. By doing so, you can take advantage of the Go’s mobile app where you can customize various aspects of the scooter’s performance.

Apollo Go Handlebars With Phone Attached to the QuadLock

Add into the equation an effective front and rear suspension system that I scored a respectable 6/10 on my shock absorption scale, a coterie of effective lights – including turn signals that can be seen from all angles – and a slick folding mechanism, and you have a scooter that ticks every box.

Apollo Go Folded

Further Information:

Apollo Go Review

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EMOVE Cruiser S

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Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Water Resistance Rating:

EMOVE Cruiser S Overview:

The EMOVE Cruiser S is scooter royalty. It features heavily in my guides, stretching from the best long-range scooters to the best for commuters, and even the best for heavy adults.

Josh With the EMOVE Cruiser S

It’s the all-rounder of all-rounders and offers so much more than its IPX6 rating. Taking everything that blew me away on the old Cruiser, the S brings a new Sine Wave controller, ergonomic thumb throttle, self-healing tires, a 4-color display, and an improved stem clamp to the party.

Usually, scooters come with some form of compromise. There are fast ones that sacrifice range, or long-range beasts that lack bite. Other models double down on the power but at the expense of portability. The EMOVE Cruiser S does it all, making it one of the most well-rounded waterproof electric scooters.

EMOVE Cruiser S in Motion

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the EMOVE Cruiser S:

Firstly, it boasts a considerable 33 mph top speed, plus a staggering 62 miles of range – a feat unmatched in its price class.

Speaking of records, the Cruiser’s 352 lbs load-bearing capacity is the highest in my database of over 140 electric scooters, making it a fantastic choice for riders of all sizes.

EMOVE Cruiser S Sleek Frame

And in what represents a huge leap forward from its forebear, the Cruiser S is the first single-motor scooter to come with a Sine Wave controller. This significantly improves the smoothness of the new ergonomic thumb throttle and the quality of the ride.

EMOVE Cruiser S Display and Throttle

Plus, it refuses to cut corners in the portability stakes. It comes kitted out with pretty much the full gamut: collapsible handlebars, a telescopic stem, and a cantilevered folding mechanism.

EMOVE Cruiser S Folded

Yep – the EMOVE Cruiser S has thought of everything. It’s no surprise, then, that it also boasts an IPX6 water resistance rating. This makes it resistant to high-pressure jets of water. This IP rating is one of the best on the market.

Riding in the rain means slippery roads, and slippery roads require excellent brakes. Luckily, the Cruiser S delivers high-quality semi-hydraulic brakes at the front and rear. Together with its electronic braking system, the dual 140 mm rotors brought me to a safe stop in 2.6 meters from 15 mph. This is more than enough stopping power to prevent unwanted slides.

EMOVE Cruiser S Semi-Hydraulic Disc Brake

Moving on to comfort, it leaves no stone unturned. Boasting large front springs paired with dual shocks at the rear, its shock absorption package is a premium one.

On top of this, the Cruiser S doubles down on the pneumatics, with a couple of 10-inch tires. Yet, this time around they are self-healing. Together with the suspension, I found that they insulated the ride from the bumps and bruises of potholed streets.

EMOVE Cruiser S Suspension and Tire

In terms of build quality, it ticks every box – durability, dependability, and dynamism. It’s made of a lightweight (yet sturdy) aluminum alloy, with a frame that folds neatly and is plenty forgiving.

Take the scooter’s wide, long deck, for instance. It’s super spacious, allowing you to strike a comfortable stance to match the ample width of the handlebars. This, of course, comes in handy where wet weather is concerned.

EMOVE Cruiser S Deck

You won’t have to worry about splashback, either. The rear fender smothers the tire, catching any displaced debris before it can get to your clothes.

Alongside its already impressive performance, a new 4-color display, battery voltmeter, turn signals, and a battery management system allow the Cruiser S to excel on all fronts. Whether the sky outside is desert-dry or drizzle-dominated, it prevails to deliver a safe, secure ride.

Josh on the EMOVE Cruiser S

Further Information:

EMOVE Cruiser S Review

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Apollo City Pro

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Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Water Resistance Rating:

Apollo City Pro Overview:

Very few scooters come with an IP66 rating. The all-new, highly anticipated Apollo City Pro is one of them. Put simply, this is a model made for rainy journeys through the city.

Josh Testing the Apollo City

Apollo is a brand that doesn’t do things by halves. The City Pro’s all-weather excellence is largely the result of a proprietary design that you’ll not find on any other scooter. Its tubeless, self-healing tires are manna from heaven for riders who value low maintenance, and its integrated mobile app facilitates next-level customization that'll leave tech buffs drooling.

Apollo City Pro Frame

Pretty much everything about the Apollo City Pro is next level. If you’re a modern urbanite seeking a powerful and stylish set of wheels that won’t let you down when the weather turns, then take my advice and splash some cash on this beaut.

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Apollo City Pro:

What does an IP66 water-resistance rating give you? Well, complete protection from rain, water splashes, and high-pressure jets.

While most scooters can withstand exposure to light showers, the City Pro will keep doing its thing with zero fuss for as long as you need it to – even if you get caught in a heavy downpour.

Josh Test Riding the Apollo City Pro

The hero of the hour is the proprietary frame; every part has been manufactured to perfectly align with the next, leaving no potential weak spots or other vulnerabilities that could be exploited by pesky water droplets. It also looks a million bucks, thanks to its sleek anti-corrosive graphite finish and juxtaposing explosions of orange.

Apollo City Pro Handlebars and Stem

But the City Pro isn’t all about style – it has the power to match. Dual 500W motors pack more than enough punch to own the streets. Together, they deliver a top speed of 32 mph. Sure, if speed per dollar is the primary factor in your decision-making then there may be better options out there, but this is a scooter that’s intent on delivering an all-around enjoyable riding experience, rather than raw performance specs alone.

Apollo City Pro Accelerating

And that’s partly because it’s such a smooth, versatile ride. During my tests, the triple springs and swingarms did a good job of soaking up the myriad of imperfections on city streets. The 10-inch self-healing tires offered a layer of cushioning and were zero maintenance, too. The traction they offer on wet asphalt was also very good.

Apollo City Pro Self Healing Tire

Thankfully, the upgraded handlebars sported by the City Pro are wide and this further improves handling on wet roads. They also now feature more tactile handgrips and the best turn signals that you’ll find anywhere on the market. Factor in a treasure trove of additional integrated controls – including the new 8th-generation paddles for the accelerator and regen brake, and a seamlessly incorporated display for all your key stats – and this is a cockpit that's fit for Star Trek.

Apollo City Pro Cockpit

Elsewhere, the deck is everything that you’d want. Large, grippy, and elegantly upswept, it provided the space and security for me to feel comfortable when slaloming through traffic.

Apollo City Pro Rubber Deck

And if you do need to stop suddenly, the dual drums allow you to do so from 15 mph in 2.1 meters. Plus, the regen brake adds more capacity to control your pace as you navigate wet and slippy streets without having to engage the mechanical brakes. Plus, it allows you to recycle kinetic energy back into battery power to extend your range.

Josh Using the Apollo City Pro Regen Brake

This isn’t the only feature that gives you control over how you ride. Arguably, one of the City Pro’s biggest selling points is its mobile app. Available on both Android and iOS, it allows you to lock/unlock the scooter, adjust the strength of the regenerative brake and acceleration, toggle its gears, manipulate how the cruise control function works, switch from the kick-to-start to zero-start mode, and place a cap on your top speed. 

All of these adjustments are super useful since they allow you to tailor the ride based on the weather. For instance, when it's wet out, you may want to dial the acceleration strength down to minimize wheel spin.

Adjusting Acceleration and Braking Strength of Apollo Pro in Mobile App

Whether it’s the mobile app, reliable 48V 20Ah battery, easy-to-use folding mechanism, or its inclusive design that welcomes those that are heavier on the scale, the City Pro is impressive across the board.

Apollo City Pro Rear Drum Brake

Backed by thousands of riders, you’re buying into a lot more than just specs. The experience of owning and riding a scooter from Apollo is like no other. You just have to look at Apollo’s generous warranty to see the quality of the scooter that you’ll be buying. 

Take, for example, its key components, which have been tested for an impressive 300,000 cycles, or the entire frame, which has been through 10,000 km of simulated road tests. This is three times as much testing as what a typical scooter undergoes, meaning it’s built to last, no matter the weather.

Apollo City Pro Lights

Further Information:

Apollo City Pro Review

Comparison

Compare Waterproof Electric Scooters

The table below compares the best waterproof electric scooters based on water-resistance ratings, performance, specs, price, and more.
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Turboant M10 LiteTurboant M10 LiteTurboant X7 MaxTurboant X7 MaxNIU KQi2 ProNIU KQi2 ProNIU KQi3 ProNIU KQi3 ProEMOVE TouringEMOVE TouringApollo Air 2023Apollo Air 2023Apollo GoApollo GoEMOVE Cruiser SEMOVE Cruiser SApollo City Pro 2023Apollo City Pro 2023
Where to BuyTurboantTurboantNIU OfficialNIU OfficialVoro MotorsApolloApolloVoro MotorsApollo
Price$299.98$419.98$479.98$549$799$899$1,199$1,399$1,699
TypeBudgetBudgetBudgetMid-RangeMid-RangeMid-RangePremiumPremiumPremium
Price CategoryUnder $400Under $500Under $600Under $800Under $900Under $1,000Under $1,300Under $1,500Under $1,700
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed16 mph20 mph17 mph20 mph25 mph21 mph28 mph33 mph32 mph
0-15 MPH7.8 s6.9 s6.0 s5.0 s4.5 s5.7 s3.8 s3.8 s2.3 s
0-25 MPHn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a10.3 s6.1 s
Max Range15.5 miles32 miles25 miles31 miles32 miles34 miles30 miles62 miles43 miles
Tested Range10 miles18 miles17 miles22 miles19 miles23 miles17.6 miles48 miles27 miles
Shock Absorp.n/an/an/an/a5/106/106/106/107.5/10
Braking2.9 meters3.0 meters5.2 meters2.2 meters4.9 meters3.4 meters3.1 meters2.6 meters2.1 meters
Max Incline15 degrees15 degrees8.5 degrees11 degrees15 degrees10 degrees25 degrees20 degrees20 degrees
Optimal Incline7 degrees9 degrees6 degrees9 degrees9 degrees6 degrees12 degrees12 degrees13 degrees
Specs
IP RatingIP54IPX4IP54IP54IP54IP66IP66IPX6IP66
Motor36V 350W36V 350W48V 300W48V 350W48V 500W36V 500W36V 350W (x2)52V 1000W48V 500W (x2)
ThrottleThumbThumbThumbThumbFingerThumbThumbThumbThumb
Battery36V 6.6Ah FST36V 10Ah FST48V 7.6Ah FST48V 10Ah FST48V 13Ah LG36V 15Ah FST36V 15Ah FST52V 30Ah LG48V 20Ah FST
Charge Time5 hours6 hours7 hours6 hours8 hours7 hours7.5 hours12 hours4.5 hours
BrakesDisc, ElectronicDisc, ElectronicDisc, RegenDiscs (x2), RegenDrum, ElectronicDrum, RegenDrum, RegenSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicDrum (x2), Regen
SuspensionNoneNoneNoneNoneSprings, SwingarmsFront ForkSpring, Rubber BlockSprings, Air ShocksTriple Springs, Swingarms
Tire Size8.5 inch10 inch10 inch9.5 inch8 inch10 inch9 inch10 inch10 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)
Weight30.9 lbs34 lbs41 lbs45 lbs39 lbs41 lbs46 lbs52 lbs65 lbs
Load220 lbs275 lbs220 lbs265 lbs308 lbs220 lbs265 lbs352 lbs265 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem
LightsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

I tested 27 of the most well-equipped wet-weather electric scooters to find the 9 best models.

Key to my assessments were water-resistance ratings, tire performance (including type, size, tread, and traction), braking power, handling, deck grip, and splashback protection (i.e. fender position).

These tests were conducted as part of a wider, standardized testing process. You can learn more about how I test below:

Waterproof Electric Scooters That I Tested:

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

Test Criteria:

Before we dive into the criteria, it’s worth pointing out that this year, the methodology has changed to only shortlist and select scooters that don’t exceed 35 mph.

Previously, the selection process included models that could reach speeds of up to 60 mph, but due to safety reasons, this has now been scaled back. It’s simply not wise to ride fast in wet conditions.

Water-Resistance Ratings

There’s no secret formula to test the IP ratings specified by manufacturers. It’s simply a case of getting outside in the rain and putting the scooters through their paces.

Josh Testing the Horizon V2 in the Rain

Generally speaking, a rating of IP54 and above means a scooter can withstand light showers and puddle splashes. However, in my pursuit of thoroughness, I’ve reported on each scooter's ability to protect against varying degrees of water ingress (i.e. puddle splashes to high-pressure water jets).

Turboant M10 Lite in the Rain

Tire Performance

Tires take on even greater importance when it comes to wet, slippery conditions.

Based on my tests, pneumatic tires perform the best in adverse weather. The larger they are, the bigger their contact patch, while their tread should be lightly patterned to ensure sufficient traction.

EMOVE Touring in the rain

While testing the scooters, I paid close attention to all of these details – especially traction (and, in some cases, I pushed the scooters a little too hard around corners and slid off them – all for the love of reviewing scooters!).

Josh Riding the Horizon in the Rain

Further Information:

How I Test Tire Performance

Braking Power

My job here was to filter out any poor-performing or problematic models so that I was left with those that I could rely on. To do this, I assessed each scooter’s braking power by riding at a speed of 15 mph and stopping as quickly as I could without skidding.

Generally, a braking distance of 3.5 meters or less can be considered good, but for these tests, I was a little more forgiving.

Josh Pulling the Brakes on the SPLACH Twin

In addition to my stopping distance measurements, I also reported on how the different components of the brakes responded to wet weather. Here, I assessed whether scooters with disc brakes experienced any form of fading because of the reduced grip of the calipers on the rotors. On the other hand, I found that those with drum brakes performed similarly to how they did in dry conditions – this is because the drums were enclosed and sealed, meaning they were impervious to the fading effects of water.

Further Information:

How I Test Braking Performance

Handling

The control and maneuverability that you have while riding during inclement weather is vitally important.

Josh Testing an Electric Scooter's Handling in the Rain

From the width of each scooter’s handlebars to the rake angle of their steering columns (which affects how stable and nimble they are), I tested all the different facets that contribute to a scooter’s overall handling. This also included the ergonomics of each scooter’s cockpit to assess how easy the controls, throttles, and brake levers were to use.

Weight distribution was also key. If a scooter’s weight was distributed evenly across its frame (in other words, it wasn’t top or bottom-heavy), then it stood a good chance of passing my handling test.

Josh Testing an Electric Scooter in the Rain at Night

Further Information:

How I Test Handling & Ride Quality

Fender Position For Splashback Protection

Fenders are often overlooked, but they’re crucial for wet-weather riding.

Here, I looked closely at their positioning and ability to protect against water splashes and debris.

EMOVE Touring Rear Fender

Expert Tip: By lining up a ruler so that it comes into contact with a scooter’s tire and fender, you can gauge a pretty good idea of how protected you’ll be from splashback. The lower the angle, the greater the protection. For instance, if the ruler stands up at 90 degrees, then it’s highly likely that your back will be covered in debris. On the other hand, if the ruler sits at a 45-degree angle, you’ll be far more protected.

Deck Size & Grip

While most manufacturers publish dimensions detailing the length and width of their scooter’s deck, they don’t always paint the full picture. For instance, if there are charge ports that take up a couple of inches, the manufacturers won’t report this.

As a result, I measured usable deck space, as well as the length and angle of each scooter’s kickplate. Here, the larger the space, the more room there was to position your weight across the scooter for greater control.

Wet Electric Scooter Deck

I also assessed how grippy each deck was. If it didn’t have enough grip to make me feel confident while riding, then the scooter didn’t make the cut.

Josh Testing Deck Grip in the Rain

Results From My Performance Tests:

See how the electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, maximum range (riding slow), real-world range (riding fast), and braking.

Top Speed

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

ScooterPriceTop Speed
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
33 MPH
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
32 MPH
Apollo Go
$1,199
28 MPH
EMOVE Touring
$799
25 MPH
Apollo Air 2023
$899
21 MPH
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
20 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 2023
$1,699
2.3 s
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.8 s
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
3.8 s
EMOVE Touring
$799
4.5 s
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
5.0 s
Apollo Air 2023
$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
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
62 miles
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
43 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
34 miles
EMOVE Touring
$799
32 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
32 miles
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
31 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
30 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
25 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
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
48 miles
Apollo City Pro 2023
$1,699
27 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
23 miles
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
22 miles
EMOVE Touring
$799
19 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
18 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
17.6 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
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 2023
$1,699
2.1 meters
NIU KQi3 Pro
$549.00
2.2 meters
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,399
2.6 meters
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
2.9 meters
Turboant X7 Max
$419.98
3.0 meters
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.1 meters
Apollo Air 2023
$899
3.4 meters
EMOVE Touring
$799
4.9 meters
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
5.2 meters

Josh Testing an Electric Scooter in the Rain

Understanding IP Ratings

IP Ratings: Explained

Based on my independent research of over 140 electric scooters, 82% are equipped with water resistance ratings. This figure is up from 78% in 2023, 74% in 2022, and 40% in 2021. However, it’s important to note that these ratings vary in the level of protection that they provide.

Plus, before we go any further, I need to explain that while some scooters are water-resistant, no model is entirely waterproof. Riding in water-logged conditions is always a risk: not just to your scooter, but to your safety. Any environmental damage to your scooter will void your warranty – meaning you’ll have to put your hand in your pocket for repair or replacement.

So, to avoid any unwanted damage, you need to ensure that your scooter comes with the proper certification.

I'm talking, of course, about IP ratings.

IP stands for ‘Ingress Protection’ – that is, the protection of an electrical enclosure from the ingress of ‘foreign bodies’ – be that dirt, dust, salt, or (of course) rain. IP ratings are international standards and are common wherever electrical components can be found.

All IP ratings start with ‘IP’ and are followed by two digits.

How the Coding Works:

First Digit (Intrusion Protection)

The first digit refers to the scooter’s level of intrusion protection. Here’s what each digit means:

LevelSymbolProtected Against
0 (or X)Intrusion Protection 0No Protection
1Intrusion Protection 1Objects greater than 50 mm
2Intrusion Protection 2Objects greater than 12.5 mm
3Intrusion Protection 3Objects greater than 2.5 mm
4Intrusion Protection 4Objects greater than 1 mm
5Intrusion Protection 5Partial protection against dust
6Intrusion Protection 6Totally dust-tight

Second Digit (Moisture Protection)

The second digit refers to the scooter’s level of moisture protection. Here’s what they mean:

LevelSymbolProtected Against
0 (or X)Moisture Protection 0No Protection
1Moisture Protection 1Vertically falling water droplets
2Moisture Protection 2Water droplets when tilted at 15 degrees
3Moisture Protection 3Spraying water up to 60 degrees from vertical
4Moisture Protection 4Water splashes from all directions
5Moisture Protection 5Low-pressure jets (6.3 mm nozzle) of directed water from any angle
6Moisture Protection 6High-pressure jets (12.5 mm nozzle) of directed water from any angle
7Moisture Protection 7Submersion for a depth of up to 1 meter
8Moisture Protection 8Extended submersion for depth of 1 meter or more

Examples

Here are the IP ratings that you’re most likely to see on electric scooters – and what they denote.

IP RatingsProtected Against
IPX4Protected against water splashing from any direction
IPX5Protected against low-pressure water jets from any direction
IPX6Protected against high-pressure water jets from any direction
IP54Partially protected against dust and protected from water spray from any direction
IP55Partially protected against dust and protected from low-pressure water jets from any direction
IP56Partially protected against dust and protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction
IP66Totally dust tight and protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction

For more information about IP ratings, check out CWP Group's excellent artic

Answering Your Questions

Waterproof Electric Scooter FAQs

Are All Electric Scooters Waterproof?

No – in fact, none of them are. That’s because waterproofing is different from water resistance.

If a scooter is water-resistant, it will have an IP rating – a widely accepted credential for assessing the protection of electronic components from water and dirt ingress.

Find out more about IP ratings here.

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Rain?

Providing it has an appropriate IP rating, you can ride an electric scooter in the rain.

However, I don’t recommend doing so. Any water damage to your scooter will void its warranty, meaning you won’t be able to claim a rebate on any repair or replacement.

How Do I Make My Electric Scooter Waterproof?

It’s not possible – no electric scooter is waterproof. The best way to protect your scooter from water damage is to keep it inside when it’s wet out.

Can I Leave My Electric Scooter Outside?

Leaving your electric scooter outside isn’t recommended. Aside from rust and corrosion, it's highly likely that the battery will incur damage as a result of changing temperatures throughout the different seasons. It's best to store your scooter in a cool, dry place indoors to safeguard it from damage and maximize its lifespan.

Can You Wash an Electric Scooter?

If an electric scooter has a water resistance rating of IPX4 or above, then it can withstand water splashes and can, therefore, be washed.

I advise taking a cautious approach when cleaning your scooter. You can wipe it with a damp cloth, then if you're able to elevate it, spin the wheels while brushing them to remove any dirt that’s built up inside the tire treads.

Once you have cleaned your scooter, dab it with a towel to remove excess water and leave it to dry.

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Winter?

Most electric scooters are designed so that you can ride them all year round. However, their exact suitability for wintery conditions – including wind, rain, and snow – will depend on their level of water resistance and the operating temperature of the battery and motors.

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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 waterproof 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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