10 Best Electric Scooters | January 2017

10 Best Electric Scooters
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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. We've kicked the tires and gone for a spin to bring you the rundown on the best electric scooters, ranked by speed, safety features and reliability. They're ideal just as a fun way to get around or as an economical way to commute to school or work while doing your duty to protect the environment. Skip to the best electric scooter on Amazon.
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The Evo Powerboards UberScoot has a wide, comfortable seat that allows for quick height adjustments. It also features an eco mode that saves you power while still reaching speeds of 15 mph, and it can cruise at speeds up to 25 mph on its standard mode.
  • good turning radius
  • heavy and cumbersome to lift
  • doesn't stop charging when full
Brand UberScoot
Model Evo1000
Weight 99 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Razor Pocket Mod Miniature showcases a European inspired vintage design, so your child can zoom around town in style. The seat lifts up to offer a small storage compartment, it has a retractable kickstand, and comes in seven color choices.
  • very smooth acceleration
  • gets about 10 miles per charge
  • headlight is fake
Brand Razor
Model pending
Weight 93 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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The E-Twow Booster has several helpful features, like a cruise control button, a handy screen that displays vital stats, and the ability to restrict the speed for when your kids want to go for a ride. Plus, the regenerative brake lets you charge on the go.
  • front and rear shock absorbers
  • easy to maneuver
  • headlight isn't very bright
Brand E-twow USA
Model E233V6.5GN
Weight 30.7 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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If you are concerned about the price, don't be. The EcoReco M5 quickly pays for itself by running 500 miles on just one dollar's worth of electricity. It also folds down very small, so it's good for urban use and can be taken on public transportation.
  • battery is rated for 2000 cycles
  • sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • struggles going uphill
Brand EcoReco
Model ESM50104S
Weight 48.5 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0
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With its heavy-duty front suspension system and rugged tires, the Super Cycles & Scooters Super Turbo 800 Elite can ride over almost any type of terrain. At 26 mph, it is aptly named and the fastest model on our list. We recommend you don't buy this one for your kids.
  • access to helpful online videos
  • battery-saving economy mode
  • arrives almost fully assembled
Brand Super Cycles & Scooters
Model BlackSUP800-2
Weight 75 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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The Glion Dolly can be rolled like a suitcase when folded up, plus it can stand by itself without leaning on something, so it's very low maintenance. It also has a corrosion-resistant coating to keep it looking like new for years to come.
  • never-flat honeycomb tires
  • water-resistant controls
  • fully charges in less than 4 hours
Brand Glion
Model GD200B1
Weight 33.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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Designed for kids, but sturdy enough to support full-sized adults, the Razor E300 will be fun for the whole family. It has an oversized deck for greater foot placement options, and a simple twist-grip acceleration throttle.
  • near silent chain-driven motor
  • smooth riding pneumatic tires
  • can be locked to a bike rack
Brand Razor
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Vokul Portable offers the comfortable riding experience of a bicycle with the efficiency of a scooter. The K-shape is designed to fold down small enough to fit in a trunk and makes it elegant enough to ride to a business meeting.
  • integrated bluetooth speaker
  • lcd shows the outdoor temperature
  • smart remote key
Brand VOKUL
Model pending
Weight 39.6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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At roughly 17 pounds, the Swagtron Swagger is the lightest model on our list. Almost anybody can carry it if the battery runs out of juice halfway to your destination. Luckily, it shouldn't come to that if you pay attention to the battery life gauge on the display screen.
  • cruise control setting
  • good front wheel suspension
  • handbrake and fender foot brake
Brand Swagtron
Model SWAGGER 1, BLACK
Weight 24.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
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The GigaByke Groove can take you far and wide, and quickly, with its 35-mile range and top speed of 20 mph. It's an ideal choice for city commuters looking for a more planet-friendly way to get to school or work, and it only takes about six hours to fully charge.
  • bright led headight and turn signals
  • large well-padded seat
  • can be pedaled if the battery dies
Brand GigaByke
Model pending
Weight 150 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

The Myriad Benefits of Owning an Electric Scooter

If you're considering an electric scooter chances are you might also be considering a manual scooter, or a bike. In light of that, the question becomes, "Why should I buy an electric scooter as opposed to one of those more traditional choices?"

It's a fair question, and there are any number of answers. First, an electric scooter gets you from Point A to Point B quicker than any manual scooter, and an electric scooter requires a lot less effort than riding a bike. Second, an electric scooter won't leave you dripping in sweat. You can ride that scooter to work, where you can fold it down, and then place it underneath your desk.

You can take an electric scooter along on any train, or bus, or subway. If you own a vehicle, you can fit an electric scooter in the corner of any trunk. If you live in a walk-up, it's easy to carry an electric scooter up and down a flight of stairs. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, you can basically store an electric scooter wherever you want.

You can use an electric scooter to run errands. You can use it to take a long ride through the park. You can use an electric scooter as an alternative to wasting your money on gas. If you've suffered a leg injury, you can use an electric scooter to avoid putting weight on your foot.

You can use an electric scooter in all of these ways, and most scooters come at a relatively reasonable cost. If you'd like to see some of the best scooters on the market, check out our comprehensive breakdown above.

"I Want to Buy an Electric Scooter, But I'm Afraid I'll Break My Neck!"

In January of 2016, Wired Magazine published a full-length article predicting that the electric scooter might well be the future of inner-city commuting. Amidst population growth, inflation, and environmental concerns, the article argued, an electric scooter appeared to make an increasing bit of sense.

So why haven't electric scooters become a more significant trend? The most common reason is what might be referred to as a "fear of the new." That is to say, people see these narrow boards weaving in and out of pedestrians and they think, My God, I'd break my neck on that. The reality being that this is anything but the truth.

Electric scooters are a lot less accident-prone than bikes. Electric scooters move at a slower average pace than bikes. An electric scooter's operator stands vertical, which means that there is very little chance that he or she will end up skidding into a slide.

Most electric scooter riders wear safety helmets, and elbow pads. These riders can avert almost any head-on collision by hopping off the scooter, and then picking it up by the handlebars (to keep it from veering out of control).

The primary requirement for learning how to ride an electric scooter is balance, which is easy, given you're holding onto a set of handlebars. In the end, the entire process boils down to a bit of trial and error. A little coordination and some patience is all it takes.

How The Manual Scooter Went Electric

Throughout the early 1900s, the kick scooter was a garage project, much like the go-kart. Both items represented something to be built between a father and his son. The footboard on these early kick scooters was made out of wood, or plastic. This footboard was connected to a pair of roller skates on the bottom, and a metal pole at the top.

Manufacturers showed little interest in the kick scooter until the early 1970s, when Honda decided to take a chance on a commercial scooter that it named - and then marketed as - the Kick N Go. The Kick N Go was not aerodynamic. Customers would joke that it necessitated "too much kick, without enough go." Despite this, the Kick N Go remained a popular item, and it gave rise to a variety of sleeker two-wheeled scooters that were intentionally designed to allow any rider to coast.

Throughout the 1980s, kick scooters were still considered a novelty product. There were streamlined scooters, along with folding scooters. There were three-wheeled scooters and four-wheeled scooters. There were giant scooters and there were mini scooters. But there was still no innovation that would allow a traditional scooter to compete with a skateboard or a bike. All of that began to change during the early aughts, as a handful of scrappy manufacturers - including GoPed and U-Scoot - assumed the initiative by putting electric scooters on the market.

Today, these electric scooters continue to be increasingly popular, particularly among adult commuters in metropolitan areas. By and large, electric scooters don't compete for market share with traditional kick scooters. Both items serve a slightly different audience, while commanding a vastly different price point.



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Last updated on January 11, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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