For the past few years, we've done more than 30 extensive hands-on tests and reviews of some of the most popular electric scooters available on the market. We've ridden each electric scooter for more than 150 miles to see how it holds up in demanding real-life scenarios.
Throughout our dozens of electric scooter reviews, we've tested the limits with;
We have found electric scooters we absolutely love and some that we wouldn't recommend to anyone. Today, we're sharing our 12 top picks across various price points and use cases. We'll share our picks for the best electric scooters for adults, kids, off-roading, heavy riders and on a budget.
Let's get right into it!
Since its release, the regular Turboant X7 has been one of our favorite electric scooters, price and value considered. Therefore, we were extremely excited when we learned that Turboant had released a new Pro version with even better riding quality and value for your money.
The Turboant X7 Pro is a new addition to the market, having been introduced in August 2020. It builds upon the success of the regular X7 with more power, better tires and improved range - all for a mere $50 more.
With a peak speed of 20 MPH and a max range of 20 miles per charge, the amount of value you're getting is absolutely insane. You can look around for as long as you want, we're certain you won't find anything to match the X7 Pro spec-wise at its price point.
Since the X7 Pro weighs a mere 33 pounds and folds together nicely, it's highly portable and the battery pack is even detachable which is a huge plus. This way, you can bring an extra battery on the go or bring the battery inside for a charge without having to carry around the entire scooter.
The 10Ah li-ion battery is impressive and the fact that it uses large 10-inch pneumatic tires is ensured to bring you a smooth, shock-absorbing ride in any urban environment.
The EMOVE Cruiser is one of the most popular higher-end electric scooter models on the market. It is well known for it's incredible 62-mile (100 km) range thanks to the massive 1,560Wh battery capacity and its comfortable ride quality.
Despite the heavy battery and slightly chunky look, it only weighs 52 pounds and has a compact folding design. Furthermore, the water resistance is great in this model (Rated IPX6 under IEC standard 60529).
The EMOVE Cruiser isn't just a long-range scooter - it packs a lot of power too. With a 600W brushless DC motor that peaks at 1600W, you can expect a max speed of 25 mph and a climbing ability of up to 20 degrees. It's ideal for heavier riders with its 365 lbs weight capacity
If you're after a long-range commuter scooter with a high weight limit and excellent build quality, the EMOVE Cruiser may well be the best electric scooter for you.
The UScooters Booster Sport powered by E-TWOW has taken the e-scooter market by storm, being one of the most impressive scooters in its price range. The main selling points of the UScooters Booster Sport are its incredibly lightweight yet sturdy build that makes it both portable and convenient.
Although this electric scooter only weighs 24.5 pounds, it is capable of reaching a top speed of 22 miles per hour thanks to the upgraded 500W motor. Most scooters at this price max out at 15 mph with 350W motors.
This scooter is geared with a 36V 8.7Ah (313.2Wh) Li-ion battery with high-performance Samsung cells which translates into a range of around 20 miles per charge.
If you're looking for something lightweight and portable that still packs a punch and provides long range, the Booster Plus S + is the way to go - hands down.
It's really one of the most complete portable offerings under $800. It ticks all the right boxes by having: a thumb throttle and regenerative brake, a simple 3-point folding system, shock absorbers, and safety features including reflectors and a ceramic alert horn.
This is hands-down one of the best electric scooters if portability and light weight is an important feature for you.
The Apollo Explore is one of the most impressive electric scooters to reach the market in 2020. It is synonymous with great value and it's perfect for urban riding and mild terrain.
The Apollo Explore has an impressive 31 mph top speed and is capable of going 37 miles per charge, but the most impressive thing about it is the 24-month warranty offered by Apollo Scooters who operate out of Montreal, Canada.
They offer free shipping within Canada and the USA and they're really pushing their competitors by offering such an awesome warranty which in turn means that they believe in their product. It is geared with 10-inch pneumatic wheels, front spring and rear hydraulic suspension and a 1000 watt motor.
All in all, the Apollo Explore is ideal for people looking for something reliable above the entry-level scooters.
We thought we’d include a high-performance scooter to show you that there’s a whole different level of electric scooters out there. The Kaabo Mantis Pro is an absolute monstrosity with a max speed of 40 MPH and a top range of 35+ miles on a charge.
FluidFreeRide was nice enough to send me one of their Kaabo Mantis PRO scooters to test and I’m completely blown away by every single aspect of this scooter.
Powered by two brushless 1000 watt motors, you’ve got incredible acceleration and plenty of power to conquer even the steepest of slopes in any type of terrain.
Swingarm spring suspension on both tires makes for an incredibly smooth ride and makes you feel more in control when going at high speeds. The non-flat 10-inch pneumatic tires also add some suspension so all in all, this is the smoothest scooter to ride on this entire list.
One of many selling points with the Kaabo Mantis is the unheard-of range it boasts. With the Base version, you’re getting 30+ miles on a charge and with the PRO you can expect 45+ miles. This is far greater than any other scooter we have mentioned in this guide.
I could ramble on for days about just how good the Kaabo Mantis is, but everything comes at a price. The price of this scooter is a lot higher than the others mentioned in this guide, with the Base version surpassing the $1,500-mark. However, compared to other high-end electric scooters, the Kaabo Mantis actually provides the most value out of all, in my option. It even came in as the “best value pick” in our fastest electric scooters of 2021 guide.
Now you’ve got a high-speed suggestion so even if you aren’t looking to pocket out this much money, you still know that the option exists. It’s an absolute joy to ride.
The Dualtron Thunder is an absolute monstrosity capable of conquering the most challenging terrain. This one is for all the thrill-seeking speed-demons who want nothing but the best and don't mind paying the enormous price tag.
Although the price is steep, you get what you're paying for - the ultimate electric scooter capable of pretty much anything. The build quality is extremely sturdy all the way through and the 35Ah LG-3500 cells battery gives you a mind-blowing top range of 75 miles on one charge.
With a 5400W max output dual hub motor system, you'll easily be able to reach speeds of 50 miles an hour and possibly more if the Dualtron Thunder is fully charged.
The frame is made from aviation-grade aluminum alloy and the shaft from SCM440 steel which makes the product extremely strong and safe to ride on.
The combination of hydraulic brakes with ABS and adjustable 3-step variable suspension culminates in what is one of the smoothest riding experience achievable.
This thing is really heavy. 95 pounds to be exact, so it's not easy to carry around but this heaviness along with the 11" x 4" wheels is what makes the whole ride so smooth.
The Dualtron Thunder is regarded as one of the best electric scooters money can buy for a good reason. If you have the money to splurge, this thing is an absolute game-changing treat.
The Gotrax Xr is an excellently priced option with a 15.5 MPH max speed and a range of up to 16 miles on a charge. It is powered by a 300-watt rear-wheel motor and the Li-ion battery has a 7.0Ah capacity whereas the Gotrax GXL V2 only has a 5.2Ah capacity.
The main improvement from the previous model is an improved motor (50W more power) and the upgraded LG battery.
As for braking, you have a rear disc brake along with a footbrake that works smoothly. It is more than enough for the speeds you'll be cruising at on this one.
The main selling point of pretty much all Gotrax products is their immense value for your money. Therefore, this is one of our favorite budget-friendly picks at the moment.
The 8.5-inch pneumatic tires give a smooth riding experience on various pavements and the foldable 26.4-pound body makes it a breeze to carry it around. An IP54 rating ensures you can ride the Xr Ultra in light rain and on wet surfaces without worrying about breaking it. If you're on a tight budget, the Gotrax Xr Ultra could very likely be the best electric scooter for you. It's also a very viable electric scooter for kids.
The Apollo City electric scooter is the perfect balance between excellent value and impeccable riding quality. Backed by a market-leading 2-year limited warranty and with a solid Canadian brand behind it, you can rest assured you have the perfect ride for years to come.
The Apollo City features a 600W brushless motor enabling it to reach a top speed of 25 MPH and thanks to the highly efficient Dynavolt li-ion battery with a 13.2Ah capacity, you'll have a range estimation of up to 28 miles on a single charge.
Given the price of this electric scooter, the sheer amount of value you're getting is unparalleled.
Not only is the Apollo City powerful, but it is also quite portable. It weighs 39 pounds which - all things considered - is excellent and it folds together nicely into a really compact package.
With solid dual spring suspension and an 8.5-inch pneumatic tire in the front, you're ensured a smooth riding quality even when the road gets bumpy and the two highly responsive drum and disc brakes keep you safe when on the go.
The Segway Ninebot MAX is arguably one of the top adult electric scooters. With up to 40.4 miles range per charge and a top speed of 18.6 MPH, this highly portable and lightweight electric scooter puts the equally-priced competition to shame.
Segway is a leading company in the industry and the Ninebot KickScooter MAX is their best scooter yet. It remains portable with its one-step folding system and it only weighs 41.2 lb with is great considering the 551 Wh large battery.
The central parts of the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter MAX are IP7-rated, meaning they’re waterproof so you won’t have to worry about damaging it on rainy commutes. As an additional plus, it comes with anti-theft functionality that lets you lock your scooter – something very few models offer at the moment.
With a market-leading smartphone app and intuitive full-color display, you’re in complete control of your riding experience.
Not only does the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter MAX look great, but it’s also very safe to ride thanks to the experience and expertise from Segway. It is geared with LED lights and reflectors and offers several speed modes that let you get comfortable with the scooter before unleashing the full power of its 350 watt motor. A nice feature is the optional cruise control that can save you some strain on your hands.
As a big upgrade from the other Ninebot-models, the MAX has 10-inch pneumatic tubeless tires. Air tires like these provide excellent suspension, making rides much smoother than with solid tires.
The functionality list is vast and the value is imminent. If you’re serious about using an electric scooter as a commuting vehicle, you’ll enjoy the additional range of the MAX.
Beautifully designed with a great electric motor and battery, the Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 is one of the best electric scooters for adults. The Ninebot ES4 has good speed and the ability to go a long distance, which is important for people on the go, and it’s portable enough to take on public transportation or cars. If you want to adopt a greener lifestyle in the city, consider this e scooter.
The Ninebot ES4’s electric motor has a peak power of 800 watts, and both internal and external lithium-ion batteries. They are both equipped with safety features like overheating, short circuit, overcurrent, and overcharge protection.
The external battery gives the scooter more power, which means better speed and range. At its max, it can go 19 miles per hour. For range, depending on factors like rider weight and speed, this electric scooter can travel 28 miles. There’s a speed limit mode, standard mode, and sports mode, as well. For hills, it can handle 15-degrees.
Segway is a brand that’s been around for a while, so it has its construction down. The LED screen gives you info like speed, battery level, and so on. You can customize the color of the rear and sidelights, and easily switch on the headlight when you need it. The front tire is 8 inches, the rear wheel is 7.5 inches, and they’re both non-pneumatic.
To brake, there’s an electrical and mechanical brake (that’s for the rear tire) for stability and safety. The Ninebot ES4 can hold up to 220 pounds, which is a bit on the low side, and it weighs almost 31 pounds. If you need to store it or take it with you on public transportation, it folds to a portable size. The support and repair options for the Segway Ninebot are also vast as it is one of the most popular scooters around.
If you’re looking for a scooter, but the Segway is a bit out of your price range, the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter is a good choice for those shopping for an electric scooter for adults. It has a solid motor and battery, good speed and range, and it’s fairly lightweight. The design is good, too, having won the Red Dot “Best Of the Best Award.”
The Xiaomi Mi electric scooter has a 250-watt motor, which is common for scooters of its caliber. The battery is high-capacity, which combined with the motor gives this scooter a 15.5 miles per hour max speed and 18.6 miles of range.
That’s great for city commuters who don’t want to drive or take the train/bus everywhere. Regenerative braking improves battery life. When you do need to recharge the battery, it takes about 5 hours.
As we mentioned, the Xiaomi M365 scooter has won awards for its design, so it’s one of the best-rated scooters for its looks. It’s clean, elegant, and made from aerospace-grade aluminum. The handlebar is anti-slip, and accelerating and braking are easy. For extra stability, there’s front + rear double braking.
During your ride, you’ll feel secure thanks to the 8.5-inch tires with shock absorption and anti-slip treads. You can see the battery life on the handlebar thanks to the 4 LED notification lights. For more detailed information on your speed and other stats, download the Bluetooth app. In terms of weights, the Xiaomi M365 battery-operated scooter can hold 220 pounds and it weighs just under 27 pounds. That’s pretty lightweight, though the 220-pound rider weight capacity does limit who can ride this scooter.
We thought we'd finish the list off with a high-end scooter in the lower price category. Meet the Mercane WideWheel Pro 2020.
This beautiful beast houses two 500W motors that peak at a combined 1600W of power together. With its top speed of 26 MPH, you'll be feeling the wind blowing through your hair as you blaze through the streets.
A 48V Lithium-ion battery with a 15Ah capacity powers the whole thing and gives you a 30-mile range per charge in ideal ride conditions.
The WideWheel Pro takes a different and interesting approach to electric scooter design which we really like. As the name suggests, the wheels are wide. 3.9 inches wide to be exact. As opposed to all other scooters in its price category, the wheels are solid. This means you'll never have to worry about flats and maintaining air pressure in your tires, so maintenance is at a bare minimum. To compensate for the lack of shock absorption from the solid tires, the WideWheel Pro 2020 is geared with impressive front and rear spring suspension.
It's incredibly smooth to ride and the extra-wide wheels ensure you're always in balance - even at high speeds. Tackling terrain and inclines is no problem for this one.
Now that we've looked at some of the best electric scooter models on the market, it's time to get into the nitty-gritty details. There are several things you need to know and common pitfalls you want to steer clear of in order to get the best possible buying experience.
In this section, we'll share the most important buying considerations you must make in order to make sure you get the optimal scooter for your needs.
The first specification people look at is often the top speed. How fast the electric scooter can go is determined by a lot of factors but motor power is the most essential piece of the equation.
Electric scooters are geared with either one or two motors. The cheaper models will most often only have one while high-end electric scooters will have two. The motors are placed inside the wheels and their power is generally measured in watts.
The average top speed of an entry-level adult electric scooter is usually around 15 MPH while the fastest ones can go 50 MPH and beyond. Many countries regulate e-scooter riding with top speeds of 15-20 MPH so it may not even be ideal to get a high-end scooter unless your country has different laws or you want to brave it.
An often overlooked aspect, however, is acceleration. This determines how quickly your e-scooter will rise in speed. Good acceleration will allow you to easily climb inclines. Dual-motor systems will usually have noticeably better acceleration but on lightweight commuting models, one motor is often sufficient.
Range is arguably the most important thing to look at when selecting an electric scooter. Always consider how much you'll use it and how far you want to travel.
Do you want to take the scooter down to the bus? Do you want to make long commutes to and from work or do you simply want something to play around with on the weekends?
The range is mainly determined by the battery but variables such as rider weight, scooter weight, terrain and speed also affect the range. Most of the above-suggested e-scooters will easily get you 10+ miles of range per charge with some breaking into the forties.
Most electric scooter batteries are of the type "lithium-ion". They're extremely popular in micro-mobility because they're lightweight, small and require little maintenance.
Battery power is measured in volts. The higher the voltage, the more current can flow. The battery capacity (which is important for range) is measured in Ah (amp-hours). The higher the better. Ah refers to
If a battery has a 6Ah capacity, that means it produces a 6-amp current and drains to empty in an hour. Sometimes scooter brands will overestimate their stats so it is always nice to be able to compare scooters based on Ah.
If safety is a priority for you, be sure any scooter with a lithium battery is UL-certified. These batteries are more unstable than other kinds. A UL certification means the battery has gone through rigorous tests to ensure it doesn’t overheat or explode.
Something many people overlook when purchasing an electric scooter is the suspension. If you're riding on smooth flat ground at 10 MPH, the suspension isn't that important but the faster you go, and the more challenging the terrain gets, the more you'll need suspension.
How smooth your ride will feel is directly determined by the shock absorption it is able to provide. Suspension and tires are what affect shock absorption.
Springs suspension is common in electric scooters, though most entry-level models won't feature it. The springs connect the vehicle to its wheels, allowing for relative motion between both parts.
They're a little more expensive and require a little more maintenance than other suspension types which is why you likely won't see them on the cheapest electric scooters out there.
If the top speed of your electric scooter is above 25 MPH, spring suspension is a must in our opinion.
Electric scooter tires can be divided into two categories. Solid tires and pneumatic tires. Each type has its advantages but if you're a serious rider, pneumatic tires (air-filled) will always be superior.
Solid tires have an advantage in that you'll never get a flat tire. There's very little maintenance and they're also cheaper than air-filled tires.
Air-filled tires have an advantage in that the air inside provides suspension and makes the overall ride quality better. The downsides are that they're more expensive, you risk getting flats and you'll have to regularly monitor the tire pressure.
The overall ride experience is so much better riding on air that all these inconveniences are greatly justified.
The construction quality of an electric scooter should be considered when you’re shopping. If it isn’t good quality, the scooter won’t be able to handle daily use for a long time. Scooters are made of materials like wood, plastic, aluminum, and steel. You’ll see words like aircraft-grade, military-grade, and so on thrown around, and they can give you an insight into how sturdy the scooter is.
Another design or construction feature to look at is the deck. The deck is where you plant your feet. Many riders find that their deck is too narrow, so they don’t feel especially comfortable or sturdy. In general, the wider, the better. Decks are often made of wood and may have a grip tape similar to those you see on skateboards. To really get an idea of the deck that works for you, you should see the e-scooter you want in person and step on it.
Moving up the scooter, check to see if it has a display screen where you can access details like battery level, speed, and ride mode. Most scooters of a certain price will have one, but it’s necessarily a guarantee. If you really want to have that information at your fingertips, especially the battery level, be sure the scooter has a display.
Don’t forget to check out the braking system on a scooter you’re considering. You might get distracted by trying to find the best speed or range, but braking is just as important. There are two types of systems: band and disk.
Band brakes often lock up the wheels, instead of gradually slowing down, which can be dangerous if you’re going at a fast speed. It’s also hard on the wheels. All types of band brakes have this downside, especially front band brakes since they can lock up the front tire. You’ll go over the handlebars if you aren’t prepared.
Disk brakes: The best electric scooter will most likely have a disk-brake system, or v-brakes, on both the front and rear. You can get them with just one brake, but these don’t stop as quickly.
Having two brakes gives you much more control. You typically brake the front wheel using a control on the handlebar and step on a little pad on the back to stop the rear wheel.
How much your battery-powered scooter weighs matters because you may have to carry it around at some point. Lightweight foldable scooters are ideal for commuters. They fold up to a good size and can be carried unto public transport or put into a car trunk.
In general, the more powerful the motor and battery, the heavier the scooter, so bear that in mind if you want a high-performance battery scooter. Weight varies; you’ll find scooters around 20 pounds or so, all the way up to 60 pounds.
Electric scooters can handle a range of rider weights, depending on who they are designed for. A max of 220 pounds is on the lighter side, but fairly common.
The more heavy-duty scooters can handle 300+ pounds, with the high-performance ones able to hold 500+. The heavier you are, the more energy the scooter uses. A heavyweight can reduce the scooter’s top speed and range, so bear that in mind when making a selection.
Yes, electric scooters are safe to use as long as you follow the common safety advice. These include but are not limited to: wear a helmet, keep your eyes on the road, equip proper lighting.
For more on scooter safety, read our safety tips guide and helmet selection guide.
Electric scooters take the classic kick scooter and boost the fun with a motor and battery. Currently, electric scooters can travel fast speeds and long distances, with features like Bluetooth apps, headlights, solid construction, and more.
We believe the all-around best electric scooter right now is the Turboant X7 Pro, which combines a high-quality build with a solid motor, good range, affordable price - all in a lightweight and portable design. The second pick is the ultra-premium EMOVE Cruiser with a whopping 62-mile range. It’s a much more expensive and powerful scooter, so if you really want solid mileage and have the money to spend, this scooter will serve you for years to come. The UScooters Booster Sport makes it onto the list as the best ultra-lightweight option. If you’re on the hunt for a highly portable scooter, the UScooters Booster Sport is ideal.
Although these aren’t the fastest electric scooters in the world, they’re excellent value for the money and provide a solid range for commuters. By the looks of it, electric scooters have a bright future with plenty of room to evolve. Let’s see what the future brings.
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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.