It’s finally here: Scootermap’s ultimate list of the best electric scooters ever.
Buying an electric scooter is way more comprehensive than it ever was, and there are way too many good options to choose from. You’ll find eight different categories in this article according to your electric-scooter requirements, and a total of 13 scooters. Speed? Long-distance? Uphill? Heavy adults? We’ve got it all.
We made sure to test electric scooters for a minimum of one month: in order to closely observe the electric scooter capabilities in real-time. The scooters on this list weren’t just the best on paper but consistently outperformed standard e-scooters while in-city riding.
If you’re short on time (or patience) and need an answer now — you can’t go wrong with the KAABO Mantis Pro.
Best Electric Scooters 2022
1. NAMI BURN-E 2 Max Electric Scooter
Best Overall Electric Scooter
The NAMI BURN E is widely considered to be the best electric scooter ever and it’s no wonder — the specs are through the roof. I was most excited to try out the second iteration of this infamous scooter and it did not disappoint.
This electric scooter delivers possibly the best riding experience possible, and it’s largely due to the high-tech hydraulic coil-shock suspensions, tubeless tires, and incredible electric motor capabilities. The max output on this scooter is 8400watts. Instead of trying to explain how that’s huge, I’ll say this: a rental electric scooter is 300watts.
You can ride at a maximum speed of 60mph on this monster scooter, and the battery on a single charge takes you 90 miles. Obviously, these aren’t common performance stats to come across: and this scooter has taken the scooter world by storm. It’s rare that a new scooter comes into the picture and earns itself a place on the scoreboard.
But there’s no arguing with the scooter’s ride quality and capabilities: you can be going incredibly fast without feeling like you are, and getting to experience a glide that feels buttery smooth. There’s no question in anyone’s mind: this is one of the very best electric scooters in the world.
- High top speed of 60mph
- Long-range of 90 miles
- Buttery smooth ride thanks to dual suspension
- Great hill riding capabilities
- Multiple ride modes
- Can handle rider weight of up to 300lbs
- Tubeless tires
- Aviation grade carbon fiber frame
- Thumb throttle
- Water-resistant rating of IP55
- Intuitive folding mechanism
- Not a lightweight scooter at 103lbs
The NAMI BURN E Max has your name written on it if you want the best and the best only. As a high-power, high-speed, high-mileage scooter, you’re investing in a premium electric scooter that will last for years without any compromises on quality or performance.
Warranty: 1 year
2. Dualtron Thunder
Best Premium Electric Scooter for Motor Power
Here’s another beast of an electric scooter. The Dualtron Thunder has long held the throne for being one of the best electric scooters out there due to its sheer motor capacity and battery life.
If you’re looking for torque: this is your guy. With a max output of 5400watts from dual brushless motors, the Dualtron Thunder has enough power for city inclines, and a little bit of rough roading. It’s also pretty fast: at a top speed of 50mph without compromising on ride stability or a smooth ride. Speaking of smooth: the Dualtron Thunder uses a motorcycle-grade suspension system, so bumpy roads aren’t a concern at all.
Here’s my favorite part: you can go up to 50 miles in this long-range electric scooter while riding at a fast speed. Most long-range scooters can only deliver the miles when you ride at around 18mph, but you can feasibly ride above 30mph on your Thunder and still get the 50-mile range.
When it comes to form: the Dualtron Thunder is known for having an incredibly wide deck that is super comfortable to stand on for longer distances. The LED display and lights are bright and definitely add to the cool factor of owning one of the best electric scooters out there.
- Traditional kick scooter
- Intuitive cruise control
- Pneumatic tires
- Max speed of 50mph
- Bright front and rear lights
- Super fast acceleration
- This is a heavy-duty electric scooter, not very portable
As arguably the most famous heavy-duty electric scooter, the Dualtron Thunder is perfect for anyone who wants high-quality and a lot of power. If you’re the type of person to buy a Harley motorcycle, this is the electric scooter equivalent. However, this would not be suitable for you if you need a lightweight scooter that’s portable or easy to carry on your daily commute.
Warranty: 2 year
3. KAABO Mantis Pro
Best Electric Scooter for Power and Portability
‘Though she be but little she is fierce’ was probably Shakespeare talking about the KAABO Mantis Pro. This electric scooter is the ultimate premium city commuter with no compromises.
With a max speed of 40mph, this scooter can handle up to 40 ° incline easily, as well as really fast acceleration. The swingarm suspension is robust enough to handle dirt trails and other mild off-road applications. On a single battery charge, you can expect up to 45 miles range when riding at an average speed of 25mph.
The Mantis Pro is relatively small and lightweight compared to other motorized scooters in this class. At a mere 65lbs, you get decent portability and ease-of-carrying around once folded. I wish it could charge faster: the standard charger takes about 13-17 hours for a full charge: but you can purchase a fast charger to get it done in less than half the time.
- Compact and lightweight scooter
- Pneumatic tires
- Mechanical disc brakes
- Rear suspension for the smoothest ride
- 40mph top speed
- 45 miles range
- Multiple speed modes
- 13-17 hour standard charging time
The KAABO Mantis Pro is the best compromise between power and portability. If you need a powerful electric scooter capable of uphill riding and fast speeds that you’re able to fold and carry around, this is the ideal e-scooter for you.
Warranty: 1 year
4. TurboAnt X7 Pro
Best Electric Scooter for Beginners
You’ll find the TurboAnt X7 Pro on quite a few of our reviews here at Scootermap. This electric scooter finds a way to impress every time: especially in the budget electric scooter category.
It’s lightweight, with a compact folding mechanism, and easy to ride even if you’ve never ridden an electric scooter before. With a top speed of 20mph, this is a nice safe choice for most city commutes.
A weight limit of 275lbs means the average rider can take this rider on even terrain. It’s not the best-motorized scooter for inclined terrain with a decent 350watt output.
Here’s where this electric scooter really shines: the TurboAnt X7 Pro has an impressive range of 30miles. That’s definitely more than the average budget electric scooter. And get this: you can actually extend the range to 60 miles if you purchase an extra removable battery. You can quickly swap the battery mid-ride to get an even longer range.
- Removable battery design
- 30 miles max range (60 miles with backup battery)
- Water-resistant and dust-resistant
- 275lbs weight limit
- Spacious deck
- Affordable price point
- 10-inch pneumatic tires
- Standard electric kick scooter
- Three-speed modes
- Single motor output
- Cruise control
- 350watt motor not strong enough for inclines over 15 °
- Speed slows down with heavier weights
- No suspension, the ride can get bumpy
The TurboAnt X7 Pro is a safe and comfortable option for beginners looking to upgrade their commute game from a rental scooter. Perfect for beginners and students, this is a reliable option that has a short learning curve.
Warranty: 1 year
5. Hiboy S2
Best Lightweight Electric Scooter
The Hiboy S2 is big on two things: portability and cushioning. It’s very lightweight, at 32 lbs, and super easy to fold down. If you’re looking for a budget scooter to fold and carry in public transport, you’d really enjoy the ease of the Hiboy S2.
About the cushioning: it’s rare to find an electric scooter with any kind of suspension at this price range. The Hiboy S2 has dual shock absorbers, and they make a big difference when riding on a bumpy road.
You can expect a decent range from the Hiboy S2, around 25.6 miles on an average weight of 200lbs. If you weigh less, the range can even be pushed to around 27 or 28 miles. The maximum weight capacity on the Hiboy S2 is 220lbs.
I’d call the top speed on this scooter satisfactory: at 19mph, it’s perfect for short inner-city commutes, but might get frustrating when you’re attempting a longer ride. Little known fact: the Hiboy S2 was actually created as a dupe to the Xiaomi mi electric scooter, and does a great job of providing a similar ride experience at a cheaper price point.
- Highly portable and lightweight
- Smoother ride than other scooters in the price range
- 10 inch solid tires, no flat tires ever
- eABS regenerative anti-lock brake
- 500watts brushless electric motor
- Different riding modes
- Solid tires don’t have traction for wet applications
- Rear lights could be brighter for night riding
If carrying your electric scooter around is paramount, the lightweight Hiboy S2 is definitely suitable for you. This is one of the best performing lightweight scooters in the market and works really well as a commuting e-scooter.
Warranty: 6-12 months
6. GoTrax GXL V2
Most Affordable Electric Scooter
The GoTrax GXL V2 is one of the most affordable electric scooters out there. There are few electric scooter options below $400 (that isn’t an electric scooter for kids) and this GoTrax model is definitely well-built and durable.
This is a water-resistant electric scooter option with better-than-rental ride performance. The GoTrax GXL V2 delivers a top speed of 15.5 miles and a max range of 9-12 miles, depending on the rider’s weight. While these aren’t the biggest numbers on the list, you end up with a much better ride experience than you’d expect. It’s portable, easy to fold, and one of the easiest scooters to ride. You can also charge this electric scooter in about 4 hours, so you might consider charging it through the day for your commute back home.
The acceleration is where you can tell that this is a higher-quality electric scooter, as well as a dual braking system. Overall: the scooter handling speaks for itself, and this would be a great option for any beginner rider.
- Shock-absorbing air-filled tires
- Easy to ride for beginners
- Dual disc brakes
- Portable folding frame
- Fast charging in about 4 hours
- Weight capacity of 220lbs
- Best budget electric scooter for beginners
- Range and top speed are similar to a rental scooter
- Gets slow with a higher weight load
- The locking mechanism on the rear fender can be finicky
- Short warranty
The GoTrax GXL V2 is incredibly affordable for how well-built it is, making it the perfect choice for riders on a budget. This electric scooter is proof that you don’t have to resort to dubious unknown brands when looking for an affordable option, since GoTrax electric scooters are known for their quality control and consistent performance.
Warranty: 90 day (limited)
7. Wolf King GT Pro
Fastest Electric Scooter
Talk about a high-performance electric scooter.
The Wolf King GT Pro is capable of 62miles per hour, which is fast. It achieves this due to the dual 2000watt electric motors. The range isn’t shy either: with around 65 miles at top speeds, and an even higher 90 miles when riding at average speeds.
With a motor that powerful, it’s no surprise this electric scooter can handle off-roading conditions as well. It’s built with hydraulic front and rear shock absorbers that deliver a super smooth ride no matter the speed or terrain.
Apart from having extreme power, the Wolf King GT Pro is equipped with all the advanced controls you’d expect: a control center, bar controls, thumb throttle, LED lighting system, and a smart braking system.
The Wolf King GT Pro is definitely a premium electric scooter. It also takes some skill to ride, so I wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner. If you’re a seasoned electric scooter rider and you’re looking to upgrade to one of the fastest in the market: the choice is clear.
- Incredibly long range at 90 miles
- Super-fast at 65 mph
- Heavy-duty electric scooter
- Motorcycle grade suspension system
- Configurable regenerative brake
- 11″ tubeless tires
- Higher maximum load of 330lbs.
- Not very portable weighs 115lbs
- Longer charging time
The Wolf King GT Pro is the best option when you’re looking for exhilarating speed. This is the fastest electric scooter and has enough power for speed while off-roading as well.
Warranty: 1 year
8. EMOVE Cruiser
Best Mid-Range Electric Scooter for Speed
If the Wolf King GT Pro is a bit out of your budget (that makes two of us), you might want to take a closer look at the EMOVE Cruiser.
This electric scooter boasts a top speed of 33mph. It’s definitely on the higher side when it comes to speeds, and here’s the best part. The EMOVE Cruiser can handle up to 352 lbs with only the slightest dip in max speed. That’s because it has a super powerful 1000w brushless motor.
The EMOVE Cruiser is the only scooter with an IPX6 rating on our list: making it perfect if you live in a rainy city. And while this electric scooter can be considered ‘mid-range’, it’s definitely up there in terms of the premium riding experience. With dual spring suspension and air-shock rear suspension, you get a really smooth ride. It’s also comparatively easy to ride — the accelerator is incredibly smooth and doesn’t lurch you forward.
I find the braking system on the EMOVE Cruiser pretty special. The hybrid XTECH hydraulic brakes definitely feel superior to regular disc brakes, which is a really important feature when you’re riding at high speeds (putting a foot down is out of the option). This is also one of the very few premium electric scooters that come in a range of color options.
- High top speed of 33mph
- Powerful battery power
- Incredibly stable ride
- Key ignition
- Comfortable ride thanks to dual suspension
- Higher weight capacity of 352 lbs
- Foldable handlebars
- IPX6 water resistance rating for rainy cities
- Sleek design similar to most modern electric scooters
- Not a very lightweight electric bike at 52 lbs
- Shorter battery capacity
- Longer charge time of 9-12 hours
The EMove Cruiser is a great option for riders looking for speed in a mid-range scooter. While it’s not the fastest scooter in the market, it’s a solid investment in high-performance and still goes at a hat-flying-off speed of 33mph — way more than your average e-scooter.
Warranty: 1 year
9. KAABO Wolf Warrior 11
Highest Weight Capacity on an Electric Scooter
450lbs. This electric scooter can handle 450 lbs as if it’s no big deal and goes up hills like a pro. That means a heavy adult can jump on this thing, carry a week’s worth of groceries, and zip across town.
This scooter has a max output of 5400 watts, which is why it can handle going uphill so easily. Just like most of KAABO’s electric scooters, this bad boy has motorcycle-grade shock absorbers that deliver a really smooth and stable ride.
The Wolf Warrior 11 isn’t just powerful, it’s fast too. Much like the Wolf King Pro in our ‘fastest electric scooter’ category, this scooter can go a top speed of 50mph and an impressive range of 70 miles. These are definitely the high-up-there specs you’d expect from an e-scooter of this price range.
But here’s my favorite feature. Many electric scooters with this much electric power take more than 12 hours to charge, but the Wolf Warrior 11 reaches a full battery in around 6 hours.
- Maximum weight capacity of 450lbs
- The powerful electric motor of 5400 watts
- Capable of off-roading
- Motorcycle grade suspension system
- High top speed of 50 mph
- The maximum range of 70 miles
- Great for uphill riding
- Not water resistant
- Heavy to carry around
- Not affordable for everyone
The KAABO Wolf Warrior 11 has the highest weight limit, which is great for tall and heavy riders above 350lbs, especially if they need the extra weight to carry luggage or cargo with them.
Warranty: 1 year
10. Hiboy Titan Pro
Most Affordable Electric Scooter for Heavy Riders
The Hiboy Titan Pro is one of the most affordable electric scooters for heavy adults. With a weight limit of 300 lbs, it’s perfect for heavy adult beginner riders. While most scooters for heavy adults tend to be heavy themselves, the Hiboy Titan Pro is actually quite portable and easy to carry around at 60lbs.
With dual 1200watt motor power, this motorized scooter can go up to 30° inclines while carrying a heavier rider. The max speed is 32 mph, but you can expect around 20mph if you weigh above 250lbs.
You can expect up to 40 miles on a full battery. While this may not be one of the most powerful e scooters on our list, it can be incredibly convenient for a city commute. The display is great: simple, clear, and bright enough with everything you need to know.
I only wish the Hiboy Titan Pro had a better suspension system. When I rode it, I could definitely feel a slight bumpiness, even on an asphalt bike lane. Riding this on cobblestone or a dirt trail would definitely be painful.
- Maximum weight capacity of 300lbs
- Relatively affordable price point
- Decent top speed of 32mph
- 40 miles maximum range
- Bright and clear display
- Higher weight capacity
- Air-filled tires
- Can handle inclines and hills
- Shock absorption could be better
- The speed goes down with a heavier rider
If you’re a heavy rider on a budget, this is the perfect electric scooter for you. The Hiboy Titan Pro doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket and can carry 300lbs with ease.
Warranty: 6-12 months
11. Mercane Wide Wheel Pro
Best Electric Scooter for Uphill Riding
Mercane’s Wide Wheel Pro is definitely capable of uphill riding, thanks to a powerful 1600watt dual motor. It’s also one of the most high-performing mid-range electric scooters out there.
It’s called Wide Wheel Pro for a reason — these 4″ ultra-wide wheels provide a lot of stability. Even if you’re not an expert rider, this is a very easy scooter to balance and ride, even for older adults.
And if it’s hill-climbing torque you’re after, the Mercane Wide Wheel Pro’s got it. It can handle a rider’s weight of 264lbs up a hill of 30° without a dip in speed. You can expect a consistent max speed of 26mph on this electric scooter. For most electric scooters with this power, you’d expect a higher speed: but it’s definitely not an issue if you’re riding inner-city uphill (you don’t want to be going fast there anyway).
The Wide Wheel Pro can also double as an off-road electric scooter but you’ll have to swap out the wheels for off-roading ones. I only wish there was better mileage: you won’t get more than 22 miles on a single battery charge.
- Wide wheels for extra stability
- Uphill riding of 30°
- Rear-wheel suspension
- Best electric scooter for older adults
- Shorter learning curve
- Great for off-roading
- Powerful 1600 watt dual motor
- You can safely ride on inner-city hills
- Mobile device app compatibility
- Great price point, affordable for many riders
- Mileage could have been better
If you live in a city full of hills, the Mercane Wide Wheel Pro leaves you with no cause to worry. These wide wheels give plenty of stability, perfect for riders who need a secure but powerful option.
Warranty: 1 year
12. KAABO Mantis Pro
Runner Up for Uphill Riding
The KAABO Mantis Pro already made it to #3 in our ‘Best Overall Electric Scooter’ category, but it deserves a spot in the uphill category as well. In addition to incredible speed and range, the Mantis Pro can also handle up to 40° hills without slowing down.
For the sake of testing the Mantis Pro out, we rode on 33 ° uphill road and pushed the throttle to around 30mph with a 190lbs rider. It definitely seemed like this scooter could handle more, but it’s probably safer not to ride at the top speed of 45mph when you’re going on a hill that steep.
The Mantis Pro weighs only 60lbs and folds down pretty compact — making it one of the most portable options for uphill riding.
For more details on the Mantis Pro, check out our review at the beginning of this list.
- Uphill riding of 40°
- No decline in speed even while climbing hills
- Max speed of 45mph
- Total range of 40 miles
- Pneumatic tires
- Compact and lightweight
- Longer charging time
The KAABO Mantis Pro is suitable for anyone who wants power and portability, while also getting to enjoy incredibly easy hill climbing.
Warranty: 1 year
13. Segway Ninebot Max
Best Commuting Electric Scooter
This single motor electric kick scooter encapsulates the perfect city commuting scooter. It has power, but not too much that it’s not beginner-friendly. You get what you pay for in this affordable scooter, plus the assurance of Segway Ninebot’s quality builds. Segway is one of the leading scooter manufacturers, and the Ninebot Max is one of their best-performing scooters.
You’ll get a max speed of 18.6 mph with this scooter, which is not super fast. However, it’s enough if you ride in traffic, or on a university campus with speed limits. Plus, for bike lane riding, this tends to be a safe speed to ride at.
The mileage on the Ninebot Max is more interesting. 40 miles on a single battery charge is definitely impressive — and it works well for those with longer commutes (or if you want to charge your scooter less often).
The front and rear wheels have shock absorbers, but it’s no suspension system. Still, coupled with the pneumatic tires and you get a ride that’s much less bumpy than the average budget scooter.
- Great for city commutes
- Decent max speed of 18.6 mph
- Longer mileage of 40 miles
- Shorter charging time
- Three different riding modes
- Cruise control
- Replaceable battery/removable battery
- One of the best razor electric scooters
- 330watts chain-driven motor
- Good battery life
- Only rear braking
The Segway Ninebot Max is suitable for anyone looking for a reliable commuting scooter. This is also an affordable option, but it doesn’t have the most impressive speed or hill-climbing ability, so it may not work if you’re looking for either.
Warranty: 1 year (limited)
14. Inokim OXO
Most Affordable Electric Scooter for Long Distances
The Inokim OXO can travel up to 52 miles on a single battery charge. Inokim scooters are known for being reliable and convenient, and the OXO is one of their more premium models. Apart from getting really long-range, you also enjoy intuitive handling, quick acceleration, and a wide deck that makes long hours of standing easy.
With two dual motors of 1000watts each, the Inokim OXO tires can be swapped out for off-roading applications as well. It definitely has the suspension to deal with a bump or two — with front and rear swing arm spring suspension.
There’s no point in riding a long-range scooter if you’re crawling at snail speed. The maximum speed on the Inokim OXO is 40mph, just nippy enough for outer city riding. It’s great for inner-city commutes too, though the Inokim OXO might be best suited for intermediate to skilled scooter riders.
This is the best scooter for portability in the long-range category. The folding mechanism is smooth and easy to operate, while the total weight of 74lbs is still sort of ‘carry-able’. This would be ideal to store in a car trunk, but you’d have trouble carrying it for longer in the subway.
- Long-distance range of 52 miles
- Maximum speed of 40 mph
- Smooth folding mechanism
- Dual shock absorbers
- Comfortable ride for long distances
- Wide spacious deck
- Lighter than other electric scooters in this range
- Can off-road with different tires
- Easy-to-use thumb throttle
- Good batt
- Not best suited for beginner riders
- Longer charging time of 16-17 hours
Planning to take your electric scooter on a road trip? The INOKIM OxO will take you on one for sure. This is the perfect option for long-distance riding at a surprisingly affordable price.
Warranty: 1 year
15. NAMI Burn-E Max 2
Best Premium Electric Scooter for Long Distances
The NAMI is already #1 on our list, in the ‘Best Overall Electric Scooters’ category, but it absolutely deserves a place in the Long-range category as well.
That’s because the NAMI Burn-E 2 Max can go 90 miles on a full battery. Yes, you read that right, 90 miles. Of course, this is considering ideal riding scenarios with a rider weight of below 200lbs, but you can still expect close to 70 miles when riding at higher speeds and with a heavier rider. That’s still very impressive, but not surprising since this is a very premium and high-performing electric scooter.
The NAMI BURN-E 2 Max can also go at a top speed of 60mph. Read the full review at the top of this article.
The NAMI Burn E Max offers a whopping 90 miles long-distance range, in addition to being the best overall electric scooter. It’s often considered to be the best electric scooter in the world, and the mileage is just the cherry on top.
Warranty: 1 year
16. Inokim Quick 4
Best Seated Electric Scooter
The Inokim Quick 4 is a great mid-range scooter, seat or no seat. But having the option to rest your legs while zipping through the streets is definitely a cherry on top.
You’ve probably seen this e-scooter around town, and that’s because it’s lightweight, powerful, and reliable. The Inokim Quick 4 weighs 47lbs and folds down pretty compact. However, you can’t fold it if you’ve installed the seat (it’ll have to be unscrewed first).
It’s a good commuter scooter: with 25mph as the top speed and 34 miles as the maximum mileage on a full battery. This scooter is also remarkably easy to ride for beginners, and feels a lot like a rental scooter, only smoother and more ‘premium’.
It’s no weak e scooter either: the 600watt scooter can go up a 20° incline, and the dual damper suspension gives a more comfortable ride. I particularly like the wide deck, makes it easier to stand. A lot of electric scooters include LED lights, but few are as bright as this one. This is a great option for night riding because of how bright the headlights and rear lights are.
The seat is supportive, comfortable, and pretty easy to install.
- Comes with a comfortable seat
- Dual drum brakes
- Bright front and rear LED lights
- 34 miles range
- Dual damper suspension for a smoother ride
- Easy folding down
- Three-speed settings
- Decent battery life
- Could have had a higher top speed
- The seat has to be purchased separately
The Inokim Quick 4 is a great option if you’re looking for a comfortable seated electric scooter. It’s also reasonably affordable, with a high-quality build that you can rely on. However, it wouldn’t work for a rider looking for a high-speed e scooter.
Warranty: 1 year
Buying Guide: Everything you need to know about buying the best electric scooter
There’s a lot that goes into the perfect electric scooter, but the bottom line is that you have to pick and choose the features you really need. A 90-mile long-range scooter sounds great on paper: but you may not need to spend so much if you only need a scooter for your daily 5-mile-commute.
Here are some of the most important factors to pay attention to when looking for the right electric scooter.
The average rental e scooter can go at a maximum speed of 20mph. Many budget e scooters deliver a similar speed, but more premium electric scooters can offer double or triple the speed.
Speed is most important when you’re traveling long distances, but they’re wasted in a traffic-ridden city. The often neglected aspect of speed is acceleration. A scooter with faster acceleration can feel faster in a city even if it has a lower top speed.
If you want to go fast with your electric scooter, the acceleration plays a part in this. Some scooters accelerate rather slowly (6-7 seconds) whilst others go from 0-15 mph in less than 2 seconds.
Your electric scooter needs to be able to go the distance on a round trip, plus extra for good measure. It’s okay for your electric scooter to run out of juice when you’re a few blocks from home, but can be concerning if you’re on a 20mile+ journey. That’s because there are no helplines or services that’ll come and charge your electric scooter, and you’ll have to drag it to the nearest power source (provided you’ve packed your scooter charger).
Some of the best e scooters in the market offer up to 90miles, but this is dependent on the rider’s weight and the speed at which you ride.
Like most products, electric scooters deliver better specs as you go up in price range. Some features are only available in high-end scooters, such as a really good suspension system, or higher weight capacities. If a smooth ride or higher weight limits are non-negotiable features for you, you have to be prepared to shell out a bit more.
The dollars you save on commuting by an electric scooter instead of by public transport or by car will make up for the price in no time.
Electric Scooter Tires
The tires play a big role in how smooth your ride is, and how fuss-free your electric scooter experience is. You’ll often come across ‘pneumatic tires’ when looking for electric scooters, and we’ll break that down. There are three types of electric scooter tires.
Solid tires are the cheapest option. These tires are made from either rubber or silicone and don’t need to be filled with air. They also won’t ever go flat, guaranteeing lesser maintenance. The downside is that they don’t absorb any bumps on the road, so your ride won’t be as smooth. Solid tires are a better option for shorter commutes, but they can make a long-distance journey uncomfortable.
Similar to motorcycles and bicycles, tubed tires are filled with air and are susceptible to punctures. You’ll have to ensure they have enough pressure before riding, but they cushion and shock-absorb better than solid tires.
Most pneumatic tires are referring to this type of tire. They don’t have a tube, but they’re made from a stronger material that’s more resistant to punctures. However, they can lose air pressure once in a while. These are the best at absorbing bumps in the road but are also the most expensive option. Don’t skimp on the pneumatic tires if you’re going for a long-distance electric scooter.
Categories of electric scooters
Best Overall E-Scooters
These are the best electric scooters overall: not just according to speed, budget, range or electric power, but all factors accounted for. They’re simply the best electric scooters that the world has to offer.
For Long-Distance Rides
While you may not be going on cross-country road trips on your electric scooter all the time, it sure is nice to have the option available. And for people with a commute longer than 20 miles, you need to be very sure that you have enough battery to get home. There isn’t an AAA for electric scooters (at least not yet).
E-Scooters with Seat
One of the reasons why people choose to ride electric scooters is that it’s more of an exercise than sitting down behind a wheel. However, there are going to be days when you just want to get from point A to point B, comfortably. And it’s great to have the option to install a seat when you need it.
Here are all the best e-scooters with seats.
For City Commutes
A city commute scooter isn’t the kind you break out once in a while when you’re feeling like a joyride.
It’s the trusty companion that gets you to work or school every day, without fail. It sets the tone for your day and has to work perfectly for your schedule.
Here’s the best electric scooter for inner-city commuting, whether it’s three blocks away or 20. For riding really long distances, we have a separate category of winners.
For Climbing Hills
If you live in a city like San Francisco where roads can go up to 40° incline, a regular 250watt rental e-scooter just can’t make the cut. You’ll need a new electric scooter with a motor that’s powerful enough to propel you uphill.
Here are all the best e-scooters for uphill.
For Heavy Adults
There’s no reason why heavier riders can’t enjoy the same electric scooter riding experience. As a heavy adult, you’ll need an electric scooter that’s powerful enough to handle your weight with zero compromises on speed and uphill riding.
We’ve included two options for heavy adults: the premium KAABO Wolf Warrior 11, and a more affordable Hiboy Titan Pro.
Here are all the best e-scooters for heavy people.
On a Budget
Budget electric scooters are ideal for students and beginners: you’re not entirely sure if you want to make scootering around your transport of choice, and you don’t want to break the bank while giving it a go.
Here are all the best cheap e-scooters.
When you’re thinking of speed, electric scooters don’t always come to mind: but the next two e scooters might just change that. We’re talking speeds higher than 40mph, which may not seem like a lot until you remember that you’re standing through it!
The average rental electric scooter from Lime can hit just below 20mph, and having an electric scooter capable of twice or thrice that speed isn’t just more convenient, it’s also much more fun.
We’ve included two options: the premium Wolf King GT Pro and the mid-range EMOVE Cruiser.
FAQs: The Most Frequently Asked Questions about the Best Electric Scooters
Are electric scooters dangerous?
Electric scooters are a vehicle and are not without the risks that come with one. Even if you ride at a speed of 20mph or below, there’s always the risk of falling down. The fact that you’re standing while riding also means more of the body is exposed. Plus, the other vehicles on the road can be a bigger danger than you are to yourself.
Don’t treat an electric scooter like a toy, and always make sure to wear a helmet and other appropriate protection. Check your local two-wheeler laws and register your scooter if your jurisdiction requires you to.
Are electric scooters easy to ride?
There’s a learning curve with a bicycle, but electric scooters are very easy to ride. The standing stance makes it easier to balance while in motion and most kids and adults pick up the skill very fast. However, touring and cruising electric scooters with higher speeds take more skill to maneuver. When you’re riding at a faster speed or uphill, it’s important to have a sense of road spatial dynamics, as well as some experience with braking and accelerating.
It’s a good idea to start with a rental or beginner e scooter and then work your way up.
Should I wear a helmet with an electric scooter?
You should always wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter, even if it’s a rental e scooter. Helmets are strongly advised for scooter riding, and they can go a long way in protecting you in case of an accident. If you’re riding a more powerful scooter, make sure to include padding for the joints.
Where can I buy an electric scooter?
You’ll find the biggest selection of electric scooters online. Many of the renowned brands offer their electric scooters on Amazon, Walmart or more niched online stores. Some of the brands have their own e-commerce where you can buy their products.
Can I store an electric scooter in my apartment?
Yes! Most electric scooters are compact which makes it easy for you to store it in your apartment no matter the size of your apartment. Most e-scooters are rather heavy though, so you better have a lift available in your apartment complex.
How long do electric scooters take to charge?
An electric scooter can charge in 3 hours to 17 hours, depending on the model. Higher-performance premium scooters generally sport more powerful motors that take longer to fully charge. The general advice is to charge your electric scooter for the specified time and no longer. Only charge your scooter overnight if the charge time is above 12 hours. Unlike phones and laptops, it is not safe to leave the scooter plugged in once it’s done charging.
Always be at home when you’re charging your electric scooter to minimize the risk of a house fire in case something short-circuits.
Can two riders use one electric scooter?
Even if your electric scooter has a high weight capacity, it is not built for two riders. That’s because the deck is carefully constructed with one rider’s anatomy in mind. Furthermore, two riders close together reduces balance and increases the chance of an accident.
How can I secure my electric scooter?
Electric scooters, much like bicycles, are easy for thieves to roll away and steal. While many e scooters will have a secure app on the rider’s phone, this is only to switch on the scooter and doesn’t physically lock the scooter itself. It’s a good idea to invest in a high-quality electric scooter lock like this one.
What does range anxiety mean?
Range anxiety is the fear of running out of power while driving an electric scooter, especially on longer trips. Many people believe that range anxiety is a major barrier to widespread adoption of electric scooters, as they do not think that they will be able to complete their commutes or travel long distances without recharging.
However, there are several ways to reduce range anxiety. First, you can compare the range of your electric scooter with the average daily mileage for a car in your area and plan accordingly. In addition, it is important to keep track of how much battery power you are using on each trip so that you can gauge whether or not you will be able to reach your destination with the battery left.
Where are most electric scooters manufactured?
The vast majority of electric scooters are manufactured in China. In fact, over 95% of all electric scooters sold globally are made in China. This is due to a number of factors, including the lower cost of labor and materials in China as well as the country’s large manufacturing base. The quality control by these factories are first-class, making sure your product has the highest possible ride quality.
The Chinese market is also the largest for electric scooters, which further incentivizes manufacturers to start and grow their operations in the country.
As a result, many major electric scooter companies are based in China, including Xiaomi, Ninebot, and Gogoro. However, some countries like the US and Germany have also begun to produce high-quality electric scooters, attracting consumers looking for more advanced features and designs.
Overall, the global electric scooter industry is rapidly growing, and it will be exciting to see how this trend continues in the years ahead.
Hopefully, you’ve found your electric scooter by now and are eagerly waiting for it to arrive at your doorstep. Electric Scooters are far more popular than they were five years ago, and will likely be even more so in the next five years. The Scootermap team is pumped you’re doing your part for a cleaner, greener planet.
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