The In-Depth Buyer's Guide 2019
Best Electric Scooters for Adults
Over 75+ Hours Testing & Researching 50 Electric Scooters
After 25 hours of research, 50 hours of testing and considering 50 of the top scooter models on the market today, we can confidently say that the GoTrax GXL Electric Scooter is the best electric scooter for adults and teenagers especially for commuting. It's under $300 and its range, build quality and speed are unparalleled.
Our #1 pick just slightly edged out the Glion Dolly Electric Scooter (our #2 pick), which boasts solid reviews and a price point that awards it with the best motorized scooter for the money.
To determine which were the top-rated electric scooters for adults on the market of 2019 (see more about our top picks for the latest vehicles on the market today), we first removed any scooters with poor consumer reviews and a questionable safety record. Safety, especially fire safety, was a top priority for our reviews.
- 1 Winner: GoTrax GXL Electric Scooter
- 1.1 Test Results and Ratings
- 1.2 - October 2019
- 1.3 4 main factors come down to picking the top electric scooters.
- 1.4 The Best Choice for The Money
- 1.5 GoTrax GXL Electric Scooter
- 1.6 Best For City Life
- 1.7 Glion Dolly Electric Scooter
- 1.8 Best “Take It Anywhere” Scooterr
- 1.9 Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter
- 1.10 The Best One For Kids
- 1.11 Razor E300 Electric Scooter
- 1.12 Best Electric Scooter with a Seat
- 1.13 Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter
- 1.14 Best Uniquely Designed Scooter
- 1.15 URB-E Folding Electric Scooter
- 1.16 Best Off-Road Scooter
- 1.17 NANROBOT D4+ Electric Scooter
- 1.18 Best Budget Electric Scooter For Adults
- 1.19 TOMOLOO Electric Scooter
- 1.20 Best 1000W Electric Scooter
- 1.21 UberScoot 1600W 48V Electric Scooter
- 1.22 Best Scooter for Commuting 2019
- 1.23 Qiwa Q1 Hummer 800 Watt Electric Scooter
- 1.24 Electric Scooter Buyers Guide
- 1.25 Below are the top features you should look for in an Electric Scooter.
- 1.26 Safety First - UL 2272 Fire Safety Certification
- 1.27 Tires Are Important
- 1.28 Battery Life and Charging Times
- 1.29 Choose The Proper Range For Your Situation
- 1.30 Durable and Lightweight Construction
- 1.31 A Powerful Motor
- 1.32 Portability
- 1.33 Frequently Asked Questions
Test Results and Ratings
- October 2019
How We Decided
4 main factors come down to picking the top electric scooters.
Max 30 Miles
The Best Choice for The Money
GoTrax GXL Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: We reviewed the Gotrax GXL scooter a while back and we fell in love with it. This scooter is not only affordable but an AMAZON CHOICE product that can cruise up to 15 mph.
This electric scooter is really almost perfect in every way. The weight is just right at 31 lbs. The max capacity is 220 lbs too. This is one of the best electric scooters for adults and is the best value for the money.
The speed, charging time and range are all decent for the rider. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Qiewa Q1 Hummer, this one would have taken top place in our rankings.
However, the Gotrax GXL commuting electric scooter is more appropriate for everyone since it has just the right amount of power, is easy to use and has just the features that you need. It is solidly constructed and folds up easily to take it with you. It has a great looking modern design too. The LED screen is easy to read but could be brighter, which is also true of the headlight.
The GXL has a maximum speed of about 15.5 Mph with a range of around 9-12 miles on a single charge. It accelerates quickly and both front and back brakes are very responsive. Other features include 8.5″ air-filled tires, a charge time of 4-5 hours, 250 Watt motor, IP54 Waterproof rating, and the scooter weighs 26.50 lbs, which some may find heavy, but it’s very manageable when carrying it.
Best For City Life
Glion Dolly Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: The Glion Dolly foldable lightweight scooter is made for city riding and it fills that role exceptionally. If you’re looking for a way to commute to work, this is the commuting electric scooters for adults that you want. The very nice 3-4 hour battery charging time and the unique folding design are an impressive combination for city life.
This is the best electric scooter for city commutes. When you fold it, you aren’t carrying it, but instead rolling it like luggage. It has a max speed of 15 Mph and a range of 15 miles per charge. The frame is made from 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, and powder coated to resist corrosion. We like the solid construction. Other features include 8-inch airless tires with a honeycomb interior, anti-lock electronic brake in the back and a hand brake, pedestrian bell for safety and a 250-watt brushless hub motor for decent commuting power.
It weighs in at just 28 lbs and has a weight capacity of 255 lbs. This is all you need for your trip to work. We wish the range were more like 18 miles, but for city commutes, this is likely all that you need for city streets. Of course, the stand out feature of the Glion dolly foldable is the unique folding design.
Best “Take It Anywhere” Scooterr
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is actually one of the ones used in the Bird scooter rental service. It’s easy to see why they choose this model. It’s very middle of the road but easy to take with you. Although it is very comparable to other scooters in its class, (and falls short in some features) the design is what makes it stand out from the rest. Especially when it comes to portability.
Weighing just 26.9 lbs it’s a bit lighter than the GoTrax GXL, which makes it that much easier when you are taking this scooter with you in the car or lugging it around elsewhere. That difference in weight makes it much easier to carry after you fold it down. This model has a top speed of just 15.5 miles per hour which isn’t Earth-shattering for motor scooters, but it delivers a smooth ride for your commute that is more fun than public transport.
You also get a decent 18.6-mile range, while the battery sadly takes 5 hours to charge. Given the other specs, we would prefer it if they had shaved an hour off of that charge time. Overall battery life is great, however.
Durability isn’t a problem thanks to an aerospace-grade aluminum frame. Also on board is a dual braking system, large 8.5-inch front tires, a 250W motor and it has an accompanying app for checking out speed, power, and stats. It has a 220 lb. max load capacity. The bottom line here is that you sacrifice some features for a reliable and sturdy commuting scooter that is easy to take anywhere.
The Best One For Kids
Razor E300 Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: This is the best electric scooter for kids. While scooters like the Razor ecosmart metro electric scooter have more style, the E300 is more for everyone and looks more like the Razor e200 and e100 electric scooter. If your kid loves electric skateboards they will love this model.
Razor is known for quality scooters like the popular Ecosmart metro, the E90 electric scooter, the razor e125, the Razor e200 electric scooter and the Razor pocket mod miniature euro. Basically, they are a top brand in the industry and known for quality personal transport vehicles. The Razor E300 Electric Scooter (the cheaper version is the Razor E100) is the perfect scooter for kids. You can hit speeds up to 15 mph (Not too fast and not too slow for little adventurers) and offers up to 40 minutes of continuous use. Other features that beat the Razor e100 include a very large deck and frame, a chain-driven motor and twist-grip acceleration control. This scooter has a very stable ride that your kids will love and those large 8″ tires have great traction for a smooth ride.
As you can tell from the specs, this is a very basic model. It’s no Razor ecosmart metro, but it works. It’s enough for any kid to get on it and get going quick. If you are looking for a budget priced scooter for your child to ride around with their friends in the neighborhood, this is the one. It has a max capacity of 220 lbs. The scooter weighs around 45 lbs itself. There’s not much style here, but that oversized deck gives feet plenty of room. Also 40 minutes of continuous use is nothing to sneeze at if you are a kid, even though it should be better considering the state of lithiumion batteries these days. There are also no extras here like lights. Razor is keeping it basic and old school. Like other Razor electric scooters, this one is all about fun. That’s why it is our best electric scooter for kids.
Best Electric Scooter with a Seat
Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: Do you want a scooter that also offers a seat? If so, the Razor EcoSmart Metro electric scooter should be your choice. This is currently the best scooter with a seat out there because of its super comfortable seat and included carrying basket. As you can imagine, this scooter is perfect for commuters who are always carrying something with them.
This electric scooter has the most comfortable seat. It has a max capacity of 220lbs, and the weight of the scooter is on the heavy side, at about 67lbs. It also packs in a carrying basket and steel frame with a bamboo deck. The battery will take about 5 hours to charge. Yes, that is a long time, but considering its extra features, it is well worth the wait.
Other features include 16″ pneumatic tires, rear hydraulic disc brakes system and removable luggage rack. This scooter is all about comfort and convenience, so if you want to travel in comfort and with the ability to bring some of your belongings with you, the Razor EcoSmart is for you. The only downside here is that the motor isn't as powerful as some of the options on our list. So if you want extra power, you may want to consider something else.
Best Uniquely Designed Scooter
URB-E Folding Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: The URB-E Folding Electric Scooter has a unique design that you are either going to love or hate. It’s a seated electric scooter that performs extremely well and has nice power going up hills. The URB-E has a lot of great features, but the star of the show here is the design.
This model folds down easily and is lightweight compared to much of the competition, weighing in at 35 pounds. In its folded state you can more easily carry it more like luggage while walking or taking public transport. You won’t see another commuter electric scooter design quite like it. Scooters with seats never look this good. This is the best uniquely designed scooter.
The URB-E has a 20-mile range and a top speed of 17 mph. Honestly, both range and speed should be better considering how expensive this one is, but you are paying for the convenience of the design here. Nice shock absorption though. This electric scooter with seat is going to make your commute much better. It also has 10” pneumatic tires and a rear mounted 350-watt motor. The frame is made of aircraft grade aluminum which keeps things lightweight and durable. It also has USB ports for charging your phone while on the go.
Best Off-Road Scooter
NANROBOT D4+ Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: If you’re looking to take your electric scooter off-road the NANROBOT D4+ electric scooter has to be your choice. It’s all about power that will handle any terrain. This scooter has two powerful 1000W electric motors with one 1000W motor powering each of the two wheels for all-wheel-drive capabilities that make this scooter a beast off-road.
This is the best off-road scooter. It has a max speed of 40 MPH with a range of 45 miles per charge. Charging time for the battery pack is only 3 hours, which is impressive for a scooter this powerful. It has a basket like the razor ecosmart and also gives you front and rear disc brakes that are hand operated with large 10-inch tires for extra traction off-road. Double shock absorption and a USB phone charging port round things out. Those disc brakes are very responsive when you need to brake suddenly. Larger riders will appreciate that it will hold riders up to 330lbs while the scooter weighs about 60 pounds.
Best Budget Electric Scooter For Adults
TOMOLOO Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: The TOMOLOO adult electric scooter has a max speed of 15.5 MPH and a range of 18.6 miles on a charge. Rolling over inclines as steep as 20 degrees are no problem at all. It’s the perfect budget scooter for adults with some decent features.
This is the best budget electric scooter for adults. After you’ve already spent a decent amount on your kid’s scooter, you’ll be happy that you can get one for yourself for a decent price. One feature that we really liked is that there’s one button that controls the speed and the switching of all three gears.
The 8.5″ air-filled tires give you a smooth ride even while on a road that’s a bit rough. It has the typical folding design that most scooters have and is easy to carry. The Tomoloo has a 220 lb. weight limit so larger adults may be out of luck, but most of us should be okay.
The scooter weighs in at just 28.4 lbs. It has some serious style too. The LED screen displays your speed and battery status and it has a decent mobile app that does things like change the color of the very stylized headlight. This is a very cool scooter that is priced just right for the adults who want to get in on the action. One of the coolest adult electric scooters we’ve tried.
Best 1000W Electric Scooter
UberScoot 1600W 48V Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: If you’re looking for a real beast of an off-road scooter the UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter will not disappoint. It is definitely at the high-end of the scooter market and perfect for larger weight riders with a max capacity of 265 lbs. It’s powered by a 1600 watt motor that delivers over two horsepower.
This is the best electric for large adults with a max weight capacity of 265 lb. The 11″ pneumatic tires on aluminum alloy rims make it perfect for any terrain. This scooter will rocket you to up to 20+ mph max speed with 12 miles of range when fully charged. That’s not great range, but it’s the trade-off for that off-road power. That range can be extended with “Economy Mode” though, which caps the scooter’s acceleration and top speed.
Like our #1 pick, this scooter is built solid, which is why it weighs a hefty 117 lbs. The UberScoot brings many other great features too, like a quick release seat, kickstand, folding design with a locking frame, both front and rear lights, and key ignition. We didn’t like the heavy weight of this model, but the solid construction and great features make it worth it.
Best Scooter for Commuting 2019
Qiwa Q1 Hummer 800 Watt Electric Scooter
Why We Like It: The Qiewa Q1 Hummer 800 Watts Electric Scooter is our top choice thanks to a quality build and standout features. This scooter can travel a massive 60 miles on a single charge and has endless features
It can handle a maximum load of 550 lbs so just about anyone can ride. The standout power and performance come from the 800W brushless motor, which delivers a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour.
The 26Ah capacity lithium-ion battery gives you a great range of 60+ miles (perhaps more than 12 hours of riding time), though the other side of that coin is a 3.5 hour charge time. One of the features that we really liked is the ability to charge a mobile device from the battery using a USB plug while riding. It’s super portable and ready to travel with you anywhere since it folds down easily to fit in a trunk. At 55 lbs, it isn’t super light, however. Other features include 10-inch tires, dual disk brake system, and IP65 waterproof certification. It also has front and back brake lights, an anti-theft alarm system so your ride doesn’t get stolen and an optional detachable seat. Its total weight is 55 pounds, which is on the heavy side.
There’s an easy to read display on the handlebar that shows your current speed. It is the best scooter on the market. You just can’t beat features like this combined with a rock solid build. Many consider this scooter to be the next best thing to the popular Gigabyke Groove. This performer is right up there with the Gigabyke Groove thoug as it has a powerful motor and great performance which is why we call it the best electric scooter for commuting.
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Electric Scooter Buyers Guide
Below are the top features you should look for in an Electric Scooter.
Safety First - UL 2272 Fire Safety Certification
Safety, as we always say at Gadget Review should be your priority. Several years ago, hoverboards were known to catch on fire, but since then the industry has made them and scooters safe. Always look for UL 2272 Certification on any electric scooter that you buy (all of our top picks have this rating). This means it has passed all safety tests and is safe for any rider to use.
Tires Are Important
When buying an buying an electric scooter make sure that you choose the right tire size. Scooter wheels come in a variety of sizes. There are small, others large, and some are air filled. Tire size affects not only the stability of the ride but also what kind of terrain you can ride on. If you looking for an electric scooter for commuting or just riding on the sidewalk, smaller tires are fine, but for off-road you want larger tires with more tread. Also, keep in mind that air-filled tires generally offer a smoother ride, but you will need to pump them up now and then.
Battery Life and Charging Times
We all want longer battery life, but there’s more to consider. You want to balance long battery life with speed, performance and charge time. What you want is a long battery life that also delivers the speed that you want as well as charging times that you can live with.
Charging times vary from scooter to scooter and you will have to choose one that suits your needs. Don’t buy a scooter that will make you wait 4 hours to charge your battery if it is only going to give you 1 hour of riding time and a very small 2-mile range, for instance.
Choose The Proper Range For Your Situation
The range that your vehicle delivers on a single charge is very important. You want the best range you can get from your battery, just as you would want the best gas mileage from your car. A great range with short charging times is the best.
Durable and Lightweight Construction
Like any other vehicle, one of your top concerns for a scooter should be durability. You want a tough and rugged frame that will last. But you also want it as light as possible for when you have to carry it. A durable build means that it will have a longer lifetime on the road, while a lighter model means more speed and better battery capacity. It also makes for a smoother ride. Also, pay attention to the weight limit so that the riders weight does not exceed it.
A Powerful Motor
The more powerful the motors, the more powerful your scooter is. Naturally, a 1000 watt motor is better than a 500-watt motor. It means more speed and better performance overall. The bigger the better. Speed for scooters comes from the motor. Who need an electric bike these days when you have powerful scooters?
Even though you are riding your vehicle almost all of the time, there are times that you need to pick it up and move it. Maybe you are putting it in your trunk or carrying it on a bus. So you definitely want one that has a folding feature, because this makes it much easier to carry around.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Top Questions About Electric Scooters Answered
Does a warranty come with an Electric Scooter purchase?
You should always buy a scooter that includes a warranty, 1 year or longer. Just in case you get a defective part, a bad battery, or it just plain stops working for no reason. A warranty is a good idea and it protects your investment. All of our top picks come with at least a 1-year warranty.
Are Bluetooth speakers and apps something that you need?
Many come with Bluetooth speakers so that you can easily listen to your music while on the go. Is this a feature that you need? If not, you can save some money by avoiding models with extras like these. This also goes for models that include apps for your smartphone. These apps can add some cool functionality, like music, remote control and more, but if you are not interested or won’t use this, look for models without these features to save money.
How much does an electric scooter cost?
Generally, electric scooters can cost between $100 to as much as $3000. For instance, the Razor e100 electric scooter is very affordable for anyone, while something like the URB-E is much more expensive. In our research, we found that you can get a great entry level scooter for $100-$150. Otherwise, the best price for electric scooters with decent quality features is the $200 to $600 range. In this range, you can get decent scooters like the Swagtron swagger, the Ecoreco m5 escooter or the Ecosmart metro electric scooter. The price will depend on what features you are looking for. More feature heavy and high-end specs will cost you more. Always check price on Amazon to try to find a great deal and consult a buyers guide like this one.
How do you ride an electric scooter?
Riding an electric scooter is easy. If you are just getting started, you might be wondering how you actually ride one. We can help with that too. First, step onto the device with one foot Next, depending on the model, you may have to give it a send-off with your other foot to get it going. (These are called a kick scooter. An electric kick scooter is the same, but electric.) Then just hit the throttle and the engine will kick in. You’re off. Then just stand on it with both feet, always keeping one hand on the brakes so that you can use them if you need to. It’s like riding a bike that propels itself. It is a great mode of personal transport.
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