Best Electric Scooters Reviewed & Rated in 2019
What better way to get around town, save the environment, and have fun while doing it than to ride an electric scooter? These cool inventions allow you to cruise around at speeds of usually around 15 miles per hour, but sometimes up to 40 miles per hour. They make getting around in traffic a breeze.
These products are designed to have no emissions. They don’t run on any kind of fuel. Instead, they use a battery that can be recharged after each use. This cuts down on pollution and in turn, allows you to do your part in saving the environment.
Although these products are inherently cool, many of them have even more extra bells and whistles. They all have some similar features and some unique features. We are going to look at the ten best on the market so you can find the right one for you.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 10 hrs of research
The tires are strong
Has bright headlights
Large digital display
Foldable for storage
Comes in several colors
- Razor E300
- Glion Dolly
- Xiaomi Mi
- Razor EcoSmart
- Segway Ninebot
- Mercane WideWheel
- NANROBOT D4+
- Swagtron Swagger 5
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
The tires are strong
Has bright headlights
Large digital display
Foldable for storage
Comes in several colors
Some users did not like that there is no option to turn off the lights
One of the great features of the Tomoloo is the digital display that shows your speed, gear, power level, and headlight status. We love how this model is built for both practicality and style, and it has some fun features like flashing colored lights and a speaker that can pair with your phone. The Tomoloo is foldable for easy storage or transport.Read more
The 8.5-inch size tires are filled with air and have excellent shock absorption for a smooth ride. The tires are designed to provide a safe and comfortable ride. The Tomoloo can support weight up to 220 pounds. The double braking system features disk brakes and an anti-lock braking system that is also regenerative. The braking system allows you to stop safely in 13.1 feet or less. The Tomoloo can handle inclines up to 20 degrees steep. There are three gears for low, middle, and high speed, and the maximum speed is 15.5 miles per hour. Users report that the product is compatible with attaching a seat for a more comfortable ride.
This product has been tested in a laboratory for vibration and wear. It has stood up to testing and has excellent durability. The tires are explosion proof and resistant to wear. The frame of the Tomoloo is made out of aluminum that is aerospace grade. The motor is resistant to high temperatures. It is a magnetic steel brushless motor and it is resistant to corrosion.
The battery is long lasting and can handle a maximum travel range of 18.6 miles per charge. The battery is a lithium ion that is pure ternary and can be charged fully in 3.5 hours. The digital display clearly shows the battery level with five bars at the top of the screen. Five fully lit bars means the battery is at 100% power. One lit bar means the battery is down to 20% power. One really nice thing about the Tomoloo is that it has an energy recovery system which converts energy from the braking system into battery power. This means that when you press the brake, the product converts the kinetic energy of sliding and deceleration into electric energy which increases battery life and lets you go farther.
The Tomoloo has some really cool extra features. The headlights and bottom lights are multi-color LED and change colors simultaneously. The Tomoloo includes a music speaker which can be paired through Bluetooth to your phone so you can listen to music or radio from your phone or the internet. Now the really cool thing is that the lights flash in rhythm to the music for some serious style when riding around town. The lights stay on all the time, regardless of whether there is music playing. Some users did not like the lights flashing all the time, but on the other hand, this could be considered a great safety feature so that other cars can clearly see you. It’s like having colorful hazard lights.
With so many unique features and a durable build, the Tomoloo is a great value. It is in the middle of the typical price range for these kinds of products, and it has more features than many models.
Easy to use controls and comfortable plus durable leather handles are just a few of the reasons that make the Tomoloo a great product.
2. Razor E300
Has extra wide tires
Comes in two colors
Has a kickstand
Motor is quiet
Battery life up to 45 minutes
The lead acid batteries take a long time to charge
If you are looking for a product that simply does its job, and does it very well, without including a lot of complicated features and extra bells and whistles, then the Razor E300 is something to consider.Read more
The Razor E300 has a wide, super-sized deck for plenty of room. The tires are extra wide for a smoother ride and the motor is very quiet. This model can reach speeds of 15 miles per hour.
Users report that the Razor E300 is very heavy and made to be quite strong. Many say that this product lasts for many years of use.
The battery lasts up to 45 minutes of ride time, which is nice, but one detractor is that the battery is not a lithium ion and is instead a lead acid battery and takes much longer to charge. It takes up to 12 hours to fully charge the Razor E300, and it has to be charged a full 12 hours before being used for the first time, but it should not be charged more than 24 hours at a time.
The Razor E300 is a pretty basic product that is well designed but doesn’t really have any extra features.
Because the Razor E300 is a simple model, the cost reflects that. This one is on the lower end of what you will find as far as price goes.
The Razor E300 is a basic, no fuss product that is durable and long lasting.
3. Glion Dolly
Lithium ion battery
Can go up to 15 miles per battery charge
Includes a pedestrian bell
Airless rubber tires
The brakes are very aggressive
Brakes do not work if scooter shuts off
The Glion has some great features such as the ability to be folded and transported. We also love how it comes with its own pedestrian bell.Read more
Some users have reported that the Glion is not very smooth when riding and instead made them feel every bump in the road. While the Glion may not be the smoothest of rides, it is lightweight at 28 pounds which do provide convenience for moving it or lifting it. Its maximum carrying capacity is 255 pounds. A common thing reported by users is that the brakes are very aggressive and take a little getting used to. They can be easily used once you get some experience with them, but at first, they need to be handled carefully.
The great thing about the tires on the Glion is that they will never go flat since they are designed to be airless and are designed with military technology style honeycomb rubber. The frame is made from an aluminum alloy that is aircraft grade and powder coated.
The battery in the Glion is a lithium ion that takes 3.5 hours to charge and lasts for 15 miles of distance per charge. The battery is energy efficient and is estimated to cost $1 per 500 miles. The battery life cycle is approximately 1000 cycles which should last 3 to 5 years before the battery must be replaced.
One of the good aspects of the Glion is that it is foldable and can be pulled behind you like a rolling suitcase, so it is easy and convenient to keep with you wherever you go. When folded, the Glion has the capability to stand upright by itself. The Glion comes with a headlight and a rear reflector. A cover for the product is sold separately, but a pedestrian bell is included with the product.
The Glion is in the middle range of the price spectrum, but you do get a lot for your money. The product itself is a nice design, and it also comes with some special features and an added pedestrian bell.
The unique folding capabilities of the Glion are a great feature and won it a spot in the top three of this list. Despite some complaints about the brakes and the smoothness of the ride, the Glion is overall a great product.
4. Xiaomi Mi
Can go up to 15.5 miles per hour
Comes with a warranty
Headlights are ultra bright
Bright red tail light
Comes with an app
Does not include a suspension system
The Xiaomi Mi is a good, all-around product with some surprising special features such as an app that tracks multiple statistics and provides real-time monitoring.Read more
Since the Xiaomi Mi does not include a suspension system or shock absorbers, then the ride tends to be a little rougher than with some models, although some users have actually reported that it provides a smooth ride. Fortunately, the Xiaomi Mi has some other great features such as a heavy-duty braking system for both the front and rear tires. Another great thing is the easy folding system which allows the product to be made compact and portable in three steps that the brand describes as, “Flip, fold, clip.”
The Xiaomi Mi is made out of very strong aluminum, the kind that is used in air and space manufacturing. The aluminum is of a low density and has structural integrity. The product is resistant to corrosion and has good thermal conductivity. Another great thing about this model is that it comes with two spare tires.
The battery on the Xiaomi Mi lasts for up to 18.1 miles at a time. The app that comes with this product monitors the battery health and lets you know if there are any problems.
One of our favorite features of the Xiaomi Mi is the app that you can put on your phone and then pair with the product. The app lets you know things like current speed and remaining battery availability. This allows you to use your phone like a digital dashboard. Another thing the app does is give you your riding statistics which could be a fun thing to keep track of.
The Xiaomi Mi is very similar in price to the majority of other models on the list so far.
With some fun extra features and well-built design, the Xiaomi Mi is a great addition to this list.
5. Razor EcoSmart
Comes with a seat
Includes a rack for storing luggage
All tools for assembly are included
Handlebar and seat are adjustable
Fast speed and long lasting battery
Does not include lithium ion batteries
Here is a great option for those who would prefer to have a seat and be able to travel around both efficiently and comfortably.Read more
Finally, a product that comes with a seat! The seat is a really nice feature of the Razor EcoSmart and makes up for the fact that the product does not have a suspension system. The seat is extra padded and very comfortable. The throttle allows you to precisely adjust the speed, and the Razor EcoSmart can reach speeds of up to 18 miles per hour. The braking system is for the rear tire only.
The metal frame is powder coated, and the deck is made out of strong bamboo. The motor is 500 watts and is high torque. The tires are 16 inches in diameter and are bicycle style with spokes. This product includes a warranty that is good for 90 days.
The battery lasts for 40 minutes of use per charge, although one thing to be aware of, is that the batteries are lead-acid type and so will take longer to charge than lithium ion.
Not only does the Razor EcoSmart have a seat, but it also has a basket on the back for storing things. The basket is detachable, too, in case you don’t want the added weight.
The Razor EcoSmart is similar in price to the majority of models, which is somewhat surprising considering that it comes with a seat and a basket for storage.
For ultimate comfort, the Razor EcoSmart provides a nice padded seat and place to store things. Some might see this model as one of their favorite options available due to the convenience and safety of being able to sit down.
Can accelerate quickly
Has an easy to read LCD battery indicator
Very easy to assemble
Comes with some spare parts
Does not include a tail light
One of the best things about the Xprit is that the tires will never go flat which gives you peace of mind and cuts down on potential maintenance and cost.Read more
Since the tires of the Xprit are solid rubber, that means the ride isn’t going to be as smooth as models with air-filled tires, but many users thought that the product was still fairly smooth despite the tires. The Xprit can go about 12.4 miles per hour, although some users report that it can actually go a lot faster than that. Rubber grips are included to make the handlebars more comfortable.
The Xprit is well made and users report that it is sturdy and heavy. It can handle about 200 pounds of weight. One detractor is that the product is not waterproof and so cannot be driven in the rain. This also means that the Xprit needs to be stored indoors when not in use.
The lithium ion battery lasts for about 8 to 13 miles and can be charged over 5000 times.
The headlight is nice and bright, but unfortunately, a tail light is not included but can be purchased separately. The Xprit has a nice, simple LCD indicator for keeping track of power. The screen shows a series of parallel bars that indicate battery level.
One great thing about the Xprit is that it is much less expensive than most models. It is still a good all-around product and because of the low price is an excellent value.
We like how the Xprit is an affordable, simple design with some practical features.
7. Segway Ninebot
Comes with antitheft system
Has shock absorbers
Can climb up to 10-degree inclines
Lights are customizable
Easy folding system
Weighs more than some models
The Segway Ninebot is an excellent model that features both solid tires and shock absorbers so you can have the best of both worlds: no flat tires plus a smooth ride.Read more
The great thing about the Segway is that it has shock absorbers which will allow for a nice smooth ride. The braking system is both mechanical and electrical which could be a great feature for safety.
Users report that the Segway is not all that easy to carry since it is extra heavy, weighing 37.4 pounds. But on the flip side, that means that this product is well built and sturdy, and it can carry 220 pounds of weight at a time. Another plus is that the tires are solid and will never go flat.
The Segway has a range of about 15.5 miles before needing to be charged.
An app for your phone is included with the Segway and it offers an anti-theft system as well as allows you to change the light settings and the cruise control options. It keeps you up to date on vehicle health and gives you interesting statistics.
The Segway is another middle price product that is in the typical range.
Coming from a well known and trusted brand name is one of the strengths of this particular model. We especially love that it includes a good anti-theft system.
8. Mercane WideWheel
Tires are extra wide
Solid urethane foam and rubber tires
Can reach very fast speeds
Has a powerful motor
Extremely durable design
Tires do not have good enough traction for slick roads
We love the Mercane because it can go so fast. Riding it would be quite a thrilling experience, and with its modern cool-looking design you can look good riding around town, too.Read more
This product from Mercane can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour meaning it is one of the fastest on the market. Many users report that the product easily reaches even faster speeds. The Mercane has a good front and back suspension system which is a necessity since if you ride at faster speeds, you have to have good suspension for safety.
The Mercane is one of the heaviest products on this list at 56.9 pounds. It is sturdily built and has solid tires. The lights are LED for long lasting and efficient use.
The battery of the Mercane is rated for 20 miles of use per charge, but users routinely are able to get more than that out of it. The battery fully charges in 6 hours.
The Mercane features a sleek, modern-looking design which is unique when compared with the other available products out there.
The high price tag that comes with the Mercane is not surprising since it also comes with some seriously strong qualities such as hefty build and extreme speed.
We are impressed with the durability and capabilities of the Mercane. It is one of a kind product great for those who want to get somewhere in no time.
9. NANROBOT D4+
Two independent motors
Excellent suspension system
Detailed digital display
Reaches speeds of 40 miles per hour
Does not include a security system
High-speed capabilities, two large motors, and impressive shock absorbers are some of the highlights of the Nanrobot.Read more
The suspension system features 6 shock absorbers, and an optional seat can be added giving the Nanrobot a high degree of comfort. The product can reach speeds of 40 miles per hour which is by far the fastest on this list but might be somewhat dangerous to actually do.
The two motors on the Nanrobot are powerful at 1000 watts. The Nanrobot can handle 330 pounds of weight, making it one of the strongest on the market.
The battery life lasts for 45 miles per charge.
The digital display on the Nanrobot is pretty impressive. It has a lot of features including speed, gear, voltage, and riding time.
The Nanrobot is very pricey, but it can go as fast as a car and so is likely worth that cost.
We are blown away by the extreme speed that the Nanrobot is capable of. It is an amazing machine that definitely deserves a place on the list.
10. Swagtron Swagger 5
Has cushioned tires
Includes cruise control options
App allows you to track scooter
Charges in a short amount of time
Handlebar display is backlit
It is difficult to find replacement parts like tires and batteries
If you are looking for a nice, well-made product that is easy on the budget but still has some great extra features, then the Swagtron might be a good option for you.Read more
The Swagtron can reach speeds from 15 to 18 miles per hou20-degree handle 20-degree inclines. It can carry 320 pounds of weight. The front tire is filled with air and the rear tire is airless honeycomb technology giving the Swagtron a smoother ride than if both tires were airless. The tires are also cushioned for maximum comfort during the ride.
The battery should last for a lot of uses, but if it fails within a year, it is covered by warranty from the brand. The frame is strong yet lightweight.
The lithium-ion battery charges quickly, needing only 3.5 hours. One charge lasts for 6 to 12 miles of travel distance, which is less distance than some models on this list.
Many models include apps that sync with the product, but the one included with the Swagtron is special because it allows you to track all your traveling on Google Maps. The app still also features common controls and speed indicator. Two other great features are the phone mount on the handlebar and the pedestrian bell which is also on the handlebar.
The Swagtron is very low priced which is great because it has some nice extra features. One detractor, though, is that you might have a hard time finding parts such as replacement tires or batteries and will instead have to send the product to the brand for repair. This would add to the eventual overall cost.
We like the Google Maps capabilities, pedestrian bell, and phone holder. Those are all nice touches that add to the overall worth of the Swagtron.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
A comfortable ride is a high priority.
When evaluating these products, we placed the smoothness of the ride high on the list of important criteria. We defined ride as meaning not only the smoothness and comfort of the ride, but also other important features that affect the ride such as how fast the product can go, what kind of inclines it can handle, how much weight it can carry, whether it has a seat or if one can be attached, and any other factor we thought would be related to the product’s performance as a whole. When examining the smoothness of the ride, a big thing we paid attention to was the tires. We found out what size the tires were, both the width and the diameter, what materials they were made of, whether they were airless or solid, how they were designed (such as with layering, honeycomb technology, or other methods), and how they were driven (with a chain like a bicycle, or without). We looked at the brakes to make sure they were well designed and had safety features such as anti-lock braking system, and whether there were brakes for both tires or just one. One of the most important factors we looked at was the suspension system. Some products had none at all, while others had elaborate systems. With models that don’t go very fast, a suspension system was not as important as with the models that went at high speeds. Finally, we tried to find at least some models that either had a seat or had the option to add one.
For your personal vehicle, durability is a necessity.
Scooters can be notorious for having breakdowns. We tried to find products that went against that unfortunate trend and instead were known for their long lasting abilities. We looked for products that not only were well built out of strong materials but had also been tested in a lab and/or on road conditions. We also examined users’ reports to see if the product has a track record of strong performance. We realize that many people will want to use these products for commuting and will need a reliable machine that won’t leave you stranded right when you need to leave for work.
With these products, battery is everything.
The battery is to a scooter as an engine is to a car. It is the life and the heart of the machine and has to be reliable and long lasting. We gave priority to lithium-ion batteries since they generally charge faster, but you will also find some products that use lead acid batteries in case that is the kind that you prefer. When examining the batteries, we looked to see how many cycles they last, if they are guaranteed, if they can be replaced when they eventually wear out, and most importantly, how long they take to be charged, how often they have to be charged, and how long a single charge lasts.
Depending on the extra features, these products can be a lot of fun.
We love to see extra features that make these products that much more special. We tried to find a variety of products that offered all kinds of cool advanced features like flashing colored lights, music speakers, apps for keeping track of statistics and interesting information, pedestrian bells, and extra storage. We were excited whenever we found a product that went above and beyond the ordinary capabilities and was something extra special.
Quality plus price makes value.
Most of these products fall into a mid-range price category. A few were much more expensive (because of some advanced features) and a few were much less expensive. We tried to offer a list of products from a range of prices and features while making sure that every product at least met our quality standards.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
When you are considering these kinds of products, it is best to think about what you want to use them for. Is this a product you plan to use for commuting to work? Find out the exact distance you have to travel one way and then figure out if the product can go that far on one battery charge, taking into consideration traffic delays and the average speed you’ll be going as well as the maximum speed the product is capable of. You’ll want to choose a model that can get you there with battery life to spare in case of any unforeseen delays or detours. Also make sure you can charge the product while at work because all of these products have to be charged after every single use, even if they are not out of battery power.
It is best to know the route you are going to be taking. Is it a smooth, newly paved road, or is it one full of bumps and deteriorating asphalt? Are there any hills, keeping in mind that downhill one way is going to be uphill coming back? If your route is smooth sailing all the way, then a good suspension system might be low on your list of priorities and you can focus on other features instead. But if you live in an area with rough roads, you should definitely consider getting the best suspension system you can find. It will be worth it especially after years of riding down those teeth-rattling roads.
Make sure to look at the advanced features available for the products you are considering. Some advanced features come with the product while others can be purchased separately and added. Some are practical and might be useful to you, but others are just pure fun and you might as well have fun while you travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How often do I have to charge the battery?
Generally, after every single use. This means if you ride it to work, you need to charge it while you are at work so that it will be able to get you back home. Then you need to charge it overnight so it will be ready to go again in the morning.
q: How long does each charge take?
Each product is different. The quickest ones usually take around 3.5 hours. Longer ones take around 12 hours making them somewhat impractical for commuting. There are all kinds of different numbers in between. Generally, these products should never be charged for more than 24 hours at a time, but each product may be different.
q: Do the batteries have a memory?
Lithium-ion batteries do not have a memory. This means it is not necessary for you to run the battery completely dead to prevent it gradually losing its power capacity. This is one of the things that make lithium-ion batteries so handy. You can charge them after every use to maintain a full charge without having to worry about damaging them. Lead acid batteries also do not have a memory and can be frequently charged.
q: Are these legal to ride on the streets?
Different areas have different laws, so you will definitely want to check on your local laws before purchasing. You might be able to ride on the street, or only on sidewalks, or neither. This is definitely something to be aware of.
q: Are these safe?
As with anything in life, these products can be used safely or unsafely. You will definitely always want to wear a helmet. That is the single most important thing you can do to greatly improve your safety. To increase your safety, even more, consider wearing elbow pads, knee pads, glasses or goggles, and leather gloves.
q: How do I charge the battery?
You will have to charge the battery right out of the box before you ride for the first time, and then charge again each time you ride. To charge, you generally turn off the power and plug in the product to an outlet. Make sure to read the instructions, and it is generally a good idea to use a surge protector if you can, to prevent any possible damage to the battery or motor.
q: What kind of maintenance is required?
If the tires are the air filled type, check the pressure regularly. Your instruction manual should tell you the ideal pounds per square inch. You will want to make sure and maintain that ideal number because flat tires slow down the machine and make it less efficient. Overfilled tires are a hazard and could pop. Another maintenance issue is the battery. Inevitably, eventually, it will have to be replaced since no battery lasts forever and constant use will eventually wear it out. Usually, this is easy, and you can simply buy a new battery and install it.