If you’ve ever seen someone zipping by on an electric scooter, you’ve probably wondered what it would be like to ride one. Whether you saw a standing or a sitting version, they do look like a lot of fun. They also look easier to ride than things like motorized longboards or skateboards – and they are! But motorized scooters can be a lot more than just a fun toy to play around on. In fact, many people are using these as dedicated commute devices, or to get around in downtown areas after catching a cab or a bus.
If that sounds like a stretch, consider that most electric scooters can travel anywhere from 10 to 25 miles per hour – plenty of speed for getting around in a pedestrian area! And they are much cheaper than operating a car. You don’t need gas, either – electric scooters are made to be plugged in. Most of the best electric scooters can operate on a single charge for about 40 to 45 minutes, or for up to 15 miles in many cases. All you need to know how to do is turn the steering column, and that’ s it! Want to know more about these cool vehicles? We’ve rounded up the top 11 electric scooters on the market right now, and put them to the test. Here’s what we found.
|Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter||4.5||18mph||220 lbs||15-20 miles|
|Razor E300 Electric Scooter||4||15mph||220 lbs||40 minutes|
|UBERSCOOT 1600 48volt Electric Scooter||4||26mph||265 lbs||12-18 miles|
|Super 36v Turbo 1000-Elite Electric Scooter||4||30mph||250-300 lbs||20 miles|
|Razor E325 Electric Scooter||4||15mph||220 lbs||45 minutes|
|Razor E300S Seated Electric Scooter||4||15mph||220 lbs||40 minutes|
|URB-E Black Label Electric Folding Scooter||4||15mph||250 lbs||20 miles|
|Razor E125 Electric Scooter||4.5||10mph||120 lbs||40 minutes|
|Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter||4||15mph||170 lbs||10 miles|
|Razor E100 Electric Scooter||4||10mph||120 lbs||40 minutes|
|Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Electric Scooter||4.5||15mph||225 lbs||15 miles|
Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter
Quite frankly, if you want to capture a vintage bike vibe on your scooter, there is no other choice for you. The Razor EcoSmart has the coolest design of all these scooters, with its bamboo foot deck, powder-coated frame, and luggage rack in the back. It looks like an electric scooter designed by today’s top tech companies, and it also has one of the longest range times on this list. If you want to commute in style, without worrying about your scooter losing power halfway there, there’s no better choice. Another great bonus is the fact that this scooter comes at a more affordable price than others on this list. The biggest drawback we can see is that changing flat tires is a little complicated compared to other tires; but the payoff is a professional-looking scooter that doesn’t look like you’re riding your kid’s toy to work.
Razor E300 Electric Scooter
This is one of the best selling electric kick scooters on the market at the moment. It is sturdy enough to hold a large adult, it gets a decent speed of up to 15 miles per hour, and it gives you a good 40 minutes of continuous use. This scooter offers a very smooth ride, and that it’s a lot lighter weight than other scooters made for adults. The only real drawback is the price, but considering the bump in weight limit, we think this one is worth the money. It’s a great all-around scooter for both commuting and recreation.
Uberscoot 1600 48volt Electric Scooter
Made for adults, and offering one of the longer ranges in this group, the Uberscoot is a great choice if you have to travel on rough terrain or hills. This foldable scooter is ideal for traveling part of the way by bus or cab, and then using your scooter to finish a commute or get around. It’s light enough to carry, and has a quick-release design that is easy to operate. It’s also one of the few scooters we reviewed with both front and rear lights, meaning you can use it safely and legally at night. Despite being billed as a foldable scooter, we do think this one is pretty bulky for carrying around on the bus for example; but keep in mind that the all-terrain tires are made for a sturdier ride, and will take up more room than the standard slim scooter tires.
Super 36v Turbo 1000-Elite Electric Scooter
The Super Turbo 100-Elite is a very heavy-duty scooter with a lot of speed to offer. This ranked the highest on our list for speed, topping at 26 miles per hour, and it also gets a pretty decent range of up to 18 miles, depending on the weight of the rider. As a seated electric scooter, this one is ideal for a short commute or a quick ride down to the store. But it is a much heavier scooter than most of the others on our list, and you do have to be at least 12 years old to ride it legally due to the turbo mode switch. If you’ve struggled with balance on scooters before, this one is a great choice – the wider tires give you a bit more stability as you go.
Razor E325 Electric Scooter
As the latest and greatest from Razor, the E325 keeps the same powerful components as the E300, but adds in some features just for comfort. An extra-large deck makes it easier to stand more comfortably, and the extra-wide tires are designed to help you feel more stable as you ride. Otherwise, this Razor is a solid choice for an adult or an older teen. Our biggest complaint is that it could be faster; the E325 gets up to 15 miles per hour, which is standard for adult scooters. You should know that this scooter is not made for climbing up large hills, and even slight inclines can cause the battery to struggle. If your commute or area you want to cruise is flat and smooth, you’ll have no trouble at all enjoying this scooter.
Razor E300S Seated Electric Scooter
Got a short, flat commute and don’t want to waste money on a car? The Razor E300S was made for just that situation. This is a seated version of the extremely popular E300, and comes with all the same pros. The powerful motor can get you where you need to be, and compared to other lightweight seated scooters, this one has quite a bit more power. It also has a very short charge time compared to other scooters – only 8 hours, where many of the others we reviewed need 14 or more. Be aware that this scooter is primarily for flat terrain. The pickup is very low, which is meant to help you feel more comfortable and balanced while riding – but ultimately results in hilly or rough terrain interrupting your ride.
URB-E Black Label Electric Folding Scooter
Another scooter designed for total portability, the URB-E Black Label is billed as the “future of transportation”. Designed by and for Millenials, this foldable scooter definitely has a cooler vibe than most of the scooters we’ve reviewed. The specs are pretty average for a top-of-the-line scooter, but one cool thing that the URB-E offers is a USB port that will charge your phone or tablet while you ride. This is one of the lighter adult scooters we’ve reviewed, coming in at 35 pounds, and the seat was designed to give you a low-to-the-ground ride without having an extremely low pickup that makes the ride bumpy. All in all, this is a solid choice for the young professional on the go who needs to take care of that final few miles of a commute, but doesn’t want to ride something that looks out of place in a trendy or professional area.
Razor E125 Electric Scooter
As one of Razor’s lighter scooters, this one is an ideal pick for older kids and tweens. It isn’t the fastest scooter on our list, going only 10 miles per hour, but for kids, that’s more than they can do just pushing themselves. The battery offers a good 40 minutes of continuous cruising, which gives them enough to have some fun, but not enough to roam too far from home – a win win for both of you. The weight limit is the real winner on this scooter. It allows a small adult to ride as well, so not just your kid can enjoy it. The biggest con is that it doesn’t do well on hills – the motor will die on anything other than a flat route. You do have to push it up to about three miles per hour before the motor will kick on, but the good news here is that this scooter is also light enough to be used as a normal scooter without the charge.
Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter
Want something that makes you think of Vespas and vintage scooters? The Razor Pocket Mod Mini Euro is your new best friend. It’s designed for anyone over the age of 13, and has a really awesome line of fun colors to choose from. It’s definitely both the most elegant and the easiest to ride in our line up. However, it only gets about 10 miles of range before the battery needs charging, and it takes quite a while for this scooter to accelerate. Pretty to look at, fun to ride, but not the most high-performance scooter we’ve reviewed, the Pocket Mod would be excellent as a gift for a teen who wants to ride over to friends’ houses on something that looks cool.
Razor E100 Electric Scooter
If you’re looking for a scooter for a child that still has some oomph, the Razor E100 is an excellent starter. This scooter offers decent speed and range, but it keeps things to the lower end of Razor’s range to keep your kids safe. If it runs out of charge, it’s still light enough for kids to ride like a normal scooter. The only downside is that the motor can’t handle hills – it’s flat terrain only for this one unless you want to push it yourself. If you want something a little more powerful than the average electric scooter for kids, or you think your child might want to upgrade one day to a heavy-duty adult scooter, this is a great starter option from a well-known company in the scooter industry.
Glion Adult Electric Dolly-Fold Scooter
If your goal is maximum portability so that you can go from bus, Uber, or cab, to the scooter, then the Glion Dolly-Fold is the choice for you. This is one of the most compact scooters we reviewed, but still offers all the power and capability you need to get around. A large adult can ride on this scooter, and it is also frequently reviewed as one of the quieter electric scooters out there. The sleek, minimal design of this scooter is a fan favorite as well, especially for professionals using this to get part of the way to work. It won’t make you look like you are riding a child’s toy, and it doesn’t look out of place in your office. Another big plus for the Glion is the fact that it gets a full charge in just 3.5 hours – the fastest of any that we’ve reviewed. Use it for your morning commute, charge in your office, then use it at night again. Because it’s a simple standing scooter, you don’t need to worry about age limits or moving vehicle laws.
How We Chose Our Top 11 Electric Scooters
When we looked at the electric scooters on the market today, we wanted to be sure that we were recommending great products. Here are the factors we considered:
- Rider weight: While a couple of the scooters listed above were for children, we focused on scooters that would allow almost anyone to ride comfortably.
- Speed: Many electric scooters are still stuck in the single digits for speed. We only chose scooters that could feasibly get you to work faster than walking.
- Range: Having a long battery range is important for commuters, and it’s an area where electric scooters are still improving. We looked for scooters that would give you more than 10 miles of range at the minimum – so that you would actually need to use them, versus simply choosing a long walk.
- Overall design and craftsmanship: Finally, we looked for scooters that are rated highly for their durability and design. Having a scooter that falls apart in a few months doesn’t do anyone any good. These are all well-known brands with a reputation for quality.
Other factors you may want to consider include the terrain you have to get around on, how lightweight the scooter is, how fast the scooter charges, and what your budget is. Those on our list don’t always have top ratings in these area, but we made sure to mention where we were impressed by these factors as well.
Overall, any of these top 11 electric scooters would be a convenient and easy way to get through your commute, run down to the store, get around campus, or simply to enjoy a drive in the open air. Choose the one that suits your lifestyle the best and have fun going anywhere!