Updated October 23, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

The 10 Best Electric Scooters

video play icon
Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

We spent 46 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 features, power, safety, and reliability. Whether it's just a fun way for the kids to tool around the neighborhood, a portable mobility device, or an economical and eco-friendly mode of transportation for your daily commute, you'll find we've included options for a wide range of riders. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best electric scooter on Amazon.

10. Swagtron Swagger 5

9. Currie Technologies e-Zip E750

8. E-Wheels EW-11

7. Razor E300

6. NanRobot D4+

5. Razor Pocket Mod

4. Glion Dolly

3. Pride Go-Go Sport

2. Viro Vega

1. Segway MiniPro

Editor's Notes

October 06, 2018:

Removed discontinued items and expanded range of offerings to include not only models designed for recreational use and commuter transport, but also personal mobility devices and options for various riding modes and situations.

Incorporated additional notes on issues of safety and legality.

The Myriad Benefits of Owning an Electric Scooter

If you own a vehicle, you can even fit an electric scooter in the corner of any trunk.

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 even 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.

Most electric scooter riders wear safety helmets, and elbow pads.

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.

Throughout the 1980s, kick scooters were still considered a novelty product.

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.

Statistics and Editorial Log

0
Paid Placements
4
Editors
46
Hours
113,660
Users
60
Revisions

Recent Update Frequency


Lydia Chipman
Last updated on October 23, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience -- with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist -- she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new. Lydia holds a master of arts in English from Georgia Southern University, and a bachelor of arts cum laude in integrative studies from Clayton College. Her expertise is in the areas of robotics, electronics, toys, and outdoors and computer equipment.


Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For our full ranking methodology, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.