Electric scooters are for everyone - and rightly so. For those of you who are on the heavier side, there are certain factors you want to weigh higher when buying an e-scooter. In this guide, we touch on that and share our top 5 picks for heavy adults.
As the electric scooter industry continues to expand into formerly uncharted territories, the number of people using these environmentally-friendly vehicles has been on an uptick over the past few years.
With scale comes diversity — particularly, diversity in weight. More and more large adults are recognizing the benefits of using an e-scooter but not all models are designed for big guys or girls.
Finding the best electric scooter for heavy adults can be tricky since there are a few things that you have to look at, such as the load capacity, motor power, and battery life. If you’re looking for an electric scooter for heavy riders, then read on as this guide will cover some top choices.
In terms of which electric scooter is the best well-rounded offering, the Emove Cruiser clearly takes the cake. This is one of the most compelling options currently on the market, especially for heavy adults due to its reasonable price and impressive specs.
This popular e-scooter has a maximum load capacity of 352 lbs (160 kg), which is generally enough to carry two grown-up riders. The large capacity of this scooter ranges beyond its maximum load and into the battery department.
So, just how far can this scooter go? Up to 62 miles on a single charge, according to the manufacturers. This is bound to be a bit lower for heavy adults but the advertised range gives you enough leeway to get to most destinations regardless of your weight.
Its motors are equally impressive, with a peak power output of 1600W (600W nominal). That might not be as insane as the next item on our list (just you wait) but it’s more than enough to get the scooter over hills even when driven by heavy adults.
The Cruiser also lets you choose from three colors: black, white, or orange. We wish red was included in the color variety but we really can’t complain after Emove has already provided good options for their customers.
Finally, Emove hasn’t hesitated to flaunt their car-grade pneumatic tires with a 0.003% flat rate. Out of 3,000 riders, only 10 got a flat. Durable wheels are essential when the scooter is carrying a heavy rider, so it’s nice to see that Emove put a lot of thought into this detail.
Best for: those looking for a reliable e-scooter that won’t break the bank.
If you don’t mind spending twice as much, then you could go for the absolute beast known as the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11. There’s so much to like about this particular e-scooter. Whether it’s the monstrous power output or the motorcycle-grade shock absorbers, the Wolf lives up to its name.
Let’s start with the motor — 5400W at peak output (2400W nominal). Put simply, that’s a lot of juice running through this menacing scooter. The manufacturers claim it can get up 30% inclines without breaking a sweat. Honestly, with its specs, we don’t doubt them for a second.
Because it is over three times more powerful than the Emove Cruiser, it has a more extended range as its gargantuan battery can get you up to 70 miles on a single charge. Of course, that distance will be far shorter if you go all out on the speed but you’ll still get to point B with it.
If you get a 2A charger, then you could fill this puppy up (no pun intended) in only 7-8 hours. That means it’d be fully charged by the time you wake up if it’s plugged in right before bedtime, giving the illusion of an endless battery.
Lastly, the hydraulics in this e-scooter are very impressive with the motorcycle-grade inverted front shock absorbers. They ensure that you can ride on any terrain without having to worry about the scooter riding low due to your weight.
This scooter certainly lives up to its name with its sheer performance, top-of-the-line specs, and aviation-grade aluminum construction. They don’t come cheap, but the Wolf Warrior 11 from Kaabo is undoubtedly the best premium offering out there.
Best for: speed enthusiasts with deep pockets.
If the first two electric scooters we covered made your wallet tremble in fear, then perhaps the Turboant X7 Pro is the unit for you. It’s one of the most affordable options on the market and provides surprisingly decent performance considering the price.
Of course, there are bound to be some sacrifices when you go for an e-scooter in this budget price range. The power output stands at a comparably modest 350W, meaning the X7 Pro may struggle to reach higher speeds — especially when used by a heavy rider.
The range also takes a hit due to the price point with a maximum of only 30 miles. For those who only make short commutes to work, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. However, if you plan to use your e-scooter for long distances, you might need to get a pricier alternative.
One bright side that comes of the smaller battery capacity is the quicker charging time. You can get this thing fully topped up in only six short hours. Sure, it’ll drain faster too, but at least it doesn’t take an eternity to recharge.
Like the other e-scooters above, the Turboant X7 Pro is foldable but it’s significantly more portable since it weighs a third of the Wolf Warrior 11 and is over 30% lighter than the Emove Cruiser. This light form factor makes it extremely easy to carry around.
Despite the budget pricing, the X7 still manages to support a maximum load of 275 lbs or 125 kg, which is fairly impressive when considering the low unit cost. It may not match the Cruiser but, at almost a third of the price, who expects it to?
Best for: budget-conscious buyers looking for an affordable-yet-reliable e-scooter.
Many will make the argument that warranties are irrelevant if the product is built well enough. While that’s objectively true, a long warranty shows that the manufacturer has full faith in its product.
Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it serves as a seal of confidence from the very people who made the product at the very least. That’s where the Canadian-made Apollo comes in with its 24-month warranty that remains uncontested in the e-scooter space.
With a peak power output of 2400W, this scooter packs some serious punch which is plenty to carry a heavy adult uphill. It manages to max the Wolf Warrior 11’s maximum load of 330 lbs (150 kg) while being over 30% cheaper.
The scooter also has a “Ludicrous” version that’s… wait for it… more expensive than the Wolf. It packs a punch with 3200W across its dual-motor setup but we didn’t include it on this list as its Kaabo competitor offered more bang for your buck in terms of the cost-power ratio.
Its battery life isn’t groundbreaking, but 56 miles is still perfectly acceptable and leaves enough margin for the faster drain rate that heavy riders will experience. We’d highly recommend buying the fast charger since the standard unit would take a sluggish 12 hours.
We just wish that an e-scooter literally named after the Greek god of the sun was solar-powered. If you want to learn more about how the solar power industry is seeping into the world of electric scooters, then check out this article.
Best for: Riders who want an extremely capable ride with a market-leading warranty and fast charging options
In the same way that OnePlus has its 8 Pro flagship and Nord mid-ranger, Emove also has a more affordable option to go along with its principal Cruiser model. The Emove Touring has 500W behind its motors and a 308 lbs (140 kg) maximum load capacity.
The biggest drawback of this e-scooter is its 25-mile range since it costs more than the Turboant X7 but can’t go as far. Compared to the Cruiser, the Touring’s suspension is pretty much equal in performance but the tires are smaller, so the ride may not be as smooth for heavy adults.
Let’s be clear; we’re not saying that every rider needs to get the 55 MPH Qiewa Q-Power that we covered in our fastest scooters guide but it’s still important to look at the rated speed when picking out a unit.
This is because speed and motor power often go hand in hand. If a scooter is advertised as having a high top speed, then it’s likely going to have enough strength to get a heavy person up a steep incline.
Next up, try to find scooters with long battery life. The heavier the rider, the quicker the power will drain. This is why we generally recommended picking a scooter with a bigger battery than you think you’ll need.
At the end of the day, it’s better to have excess juice than run out when you’re only halfway home. Scooters with fast charging times can also be helpful since it will make the quick draining rate less of a burden on you.
While those sleek, lightweight electric scooters are always fun to look at, they might not be your best bet if you’re a bit on the heavy side. In true function over form fashion, durability should be your number one priority.
E-scooters with heavy-duty construction will have more than enough weight capacity to accommodate larger humans while on the road. Aim for durable materials like the aviation-grade aluminum on the Wolf Warrior 11 we covered a while ago.
John Dunlop’s 1888 pneumatic tire and its successors have gone a long way towards smoothening the ride for heavy adults. They can only go so far though (no pun intended), which is why the hydraulics of an electric scooter is a vital part of the equation.
Not only can hydraulics increase the maximum load, but well-built shock absorbers will also neutralize the bumps in your routes. Bear in mind that high-end suspension systems can be very pricey, so don’t shell out too much cash if you only go on flat roads.
As you can see, the electric scooter industry’s great leaps forward in engineering and innovative design have made it easy for adults of all weights to get into the field. If you want to check out more bleeding-edge models, then read our general guide on the best electric scooters.
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