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 electric 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 weight limit, 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 electric 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. It translates to a top speed of 25 miles per hour in most cases.
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 electric 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 electric 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. In terms of speed, you could be reaching 50 miles per hour on this thing! 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 electric 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: for heavier riders and 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 electric 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. 20 miles per hour can't really be expected for heavier riders but you should still be well-equipped to get around the city.
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 electric scooter for long distances, you might need to get a pricier alternative.
One bright side that comes of the smaller battery 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 electric 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 electric scooter. It is also amongst the best electric commuter scooters around.
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 electric 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 this scooter'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 electric 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. The price tag follows though.
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 electric scooter is its 25 miles range since it costs more than the Turboant X7 Pro but can’t go as far. Compared to the Cruiser, the Touring’s suspension system at the front and rear is pretty much equal in performance but the tires are smaller, so the ride may not be as smooth for heavy adults.
Since the Touring has a top speed of 23 miles per hour, the fact that it doesn't have two disc brakes is not really a problem so the limited speed doesn't require as much braking power.
Apart from these few things, the Emove Touring is an excellent offering for riders who want a larger weight capacity than normal but don't want to pay the steep price of high-end scooters.
Best for: heavier adults who have a limited budget and don't want to sacrifice portability altogether.
With a few more affordable picks in a row, it's time get carried away once again with the scooter of our dreams - the Dualtron Thunder.
Dualtron is well-known for being one of the top high-end brands in the e-scooter field due to their impeccable built quality and groundbreaking power capabilities. While Dualtron have even crazier scooters out there, the Thunder is definitely amongst the pinnacle of heavy-duty scooters.
The weight limit on this thing is actually set to a modest 265 lbs by most retailers, but if you do some digging around the internet, you'll realize they've been extremely modest with that specification. Just by looking at it, it's no surprise that it can actually handle way more. Playing it safe, you could easily put 330 pounds on it and it'd still be snappy like nothing else!
The Dualtron Thunder has dual disc brakes and hydraulic spring suspension at both the front and rear. The rugged 11x4-inch pneumatic tires will absorb a great amount of road vibration and with a unique customizable cartridge suspension system, you can quickly adjust how soft you want the suspension to be.
The Dultraon Thunder is geared with an extremely large 2060Wg LG 3500 cells lithium-ion battery. With such a big battery, this beast is able to travel up to 75 miles on a charge depending on rider weight and road conditions.
Best for: heavier adults with a big wallet who don't mind the bulk in exchange for an incredibly powerful scooter
The Zero 10X is one of the best electric scooters for heavy adults but it isn't the cheapest either. One of the coolest things about this electric scooter is that you can choose between several versions at various prices that all cater to different needs.
The main difference between the three models is the battery and brakes. On the cheapest model, you get a 52V 18Ah li-ion battery (936Wh) whereas the mid-tier model has a slightly larger 52V 23Ah LG battery (1196Wh) and hydraulic brakes. The most expensive version has a 60V 21Ah Samsung battery (1260Wh). While the capacity isn't much bigger than on the mid-tier model, the voltage (V) is higher, which means higher speeds and more acceleration while the range remains pretty much the same. Range varies from 38 to 55 miles between the three models.
With an extremely sturdy build, 10x3-inch pneumatic tires and front and rear spring suspension, this electric scooter can handle whatever terrain you throw at it. If you do intend on riding heavy off-road, we recommend getting the knobby Zero 10X off-road tires as well. The maximum weight capacity on this heavy duty electric beast is rated at 330 lbs which is plenty for most riders.
The Zero 10X is powered by dual 1000W hub motors with a peak power output of 3200W which yields a top speed of around 40 miles an hour (45 mph on the 60V model).
Best for: heavier adults who want a reliable riding experience with great power and a high weight capacity. Particularly capable for off-roading with the add-on rugged tires.
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 an electric scooter for heavy adults.
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. If you're close to the maximum weight a scooter advertises, you probably won't get as much speed and acceleration as the manufacturer states so keep that in mind when considering your options.
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.
The capacity of a battery (Wh) is measured by multiplying the voltage (V) and amp-hours (Ah). The higher the Wh the more 'juice' your battery can hold. Keep in mind that heavy duty electric scooters require more 'juice' to get moving so it isn't as black and white as only looking at the Wh numbers when determining which scooter has the most range.
While those sleek, lightweight e-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 limit 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.
It's important to shop for something with a good braking system if you go for one of the faster scooters out there. A good braking system should consist of dual brakes - one for each wheel. If they're hydraulic, that's even better yet.
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 e-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.
We always say that a proper electric scooter should have either pneumatic tires or some kind of spring system to deal with shocks. If it has booth, that's even better!
Entry-level models will more often than not rely only on one of these two (commonly just pneumatic tires) which means the ride won't be as smooth as with high-quality models. A high-tier electric scooter for heavy adults should utilize the benefits of both air-filled tires and spring suspension at the front and rear for the optimal riding experience.
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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. In conclusion, there isn't just one single best electric scooter for heavy people. There are many aspects to take into consideration including how much range needed, your weight, your budget, and the power you need to find the model that'll suit your needs the best.
In this guide, we included electric scooters from various budget levels that all have a high weight limit. While this weight limit is crucial to adhere to for your own safety, it's not the only thing that matters. For instance, if you go with a low-power model, you may struggle with acceleration - particularly during inclines. On the other hand, if you go for the really powerful heavy-duty models, there is a trade-off in portability so if you want something compact to carry up t he stairs and bring on the train, you want to find something more portable.
If you want to check out more bleeding-edge models, then read our general guide on the best electric scooters.
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Paul is an environmental engineer turned micromobility expert. With a mechanical background and hands-on experience with more than 150 personal electric vehicles, Strobel is one of the leading specialists in the PEV scene. He handles everything from technical guides on the inner workings of vehicles to industry development news.