Best Electric Kick Scooters (2024)

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I’ve tested a lot of scooters. Not all of them are worth the ones listed above, but some are still worth considering. Here are some other good scooters that I like, but not as much as the ones listed above.

Minimotors USA Dualtron Mini Special for $1,399: The instructions for assembling this scooter are vague, and some steps aren’t even mentioned in the instruction manual. (I found it difficult to install the handlebar grips – rubbing alcohol is your friend.) This is also the first time I tried the MiniMotors Dualtron app, and honestly, it’s not beginner-friendly. None of the rules and functions are explained well. This is not a scooter I would recommend for beginners, but once you get everything up and running, the riding experience is quite good. It has a top speed of 35 mph, and while the company claims a range of 40 miles, you can expect closer to 25 to 30 miles. It will handle slopes just fine, but I find it odd that despite being quite heavy (59 pounds), its maximum load capacity is 200 pounds

Segway P100S for $1,500: This Segway (8/10, WIRED recommends) is 73 pounds, but has a top speed of 24 mph, so it’s a little less intense than the Apollo or the Dualtron Mini Special. At that speed, I was able to cover 16 miles with 35 percent left in the tank. If you limit the speed to 20 via the app, you should easily be able to get closer to 20 or 25 miles. I just hate the loud turn signals.

FluidFreeride Fluid Mosquito for $849: If the lightweight Unagi Model One Voyager isn’t your thing but you still want an ultra-lightweight scooter, check out the Fluid Mosquito (7/10, WIRED recommends). Weighing just 29 pounds, it’s one of the lightest scooters in this guide and has a comfortable, built-in grab handle for easy carrying. It folds quickly and is powerful, with a top speed of 24 mph. But this nimble scooter has some drawbacks to its weight loss. The suspension is just okay — you’ll feel most of those bumps — and the wheels are narrow. The braking system works fine, but you might encounter some skidding if you stop suddenly, and the range is also slow

New KQI Air for $1,399: I was so excited to test this scooter, but my experience with it over the past several months has been mixed. I still like it, but a few flaws keep it from being a top pick. The KQi Air has a carbon fiber frame, allowing it to weigh a mere 26 pounds with a top speed of 20 mph. This makes it by far the lightest scooter I’ve tested. It’s easy to fold and has turn signals, a great app, and reliable regenerative braking. Range is a little short – I typically got less than 10 miles on a single charge, but it’s light enough that once it ran out while returning home, I was able to lug it around for a few minutes. Clipped it to the front basket of the city bike and cycled home (don’t do that!). The ride quality is great, but I did have a problem with it refusing to connect to my phone until I disconnected the internal power cable in the stem. There is a theft protection that sounds an alarm and slows the scooter down if someone tries to take it away, but oddly, while you can turn off the alarm permanently, the only way to stop it from applying the brakes while rolling is to turn the scooter on. My initial model also stopped working completely and wouldn’t turn on, so Niu had to send me a second model. Oh, and sometimes, during the ride, the scooter slows down and doesn’t reach its top speed until a few minutes later. I suspect the cause is some thermal issue.

TurboAnt M10 Lite, $290: It’s a perfectly fine budget scooter for people weighing less than 200 pounds. (I didn’t reach its 16 mph top speed.) Assembly requires a few extra steps (to screw in more things like the rear mudguard). I only rode it for about 8 miles, but I liked that the folding system is fast, the display is bright, and it’s fairly light at 31 pounds. Just don’t take it up any steep hills.

Gotrax Apex for $350: The Apex is 32 pounds and easy to fold. It has an integrated bell and a digital display that shows your speed and battery life, and it can go up to 15 mph. The Apex is reliable — I’ve ridden to the coffee shop, remote video shoots with a backpack full of camera gear, and the grocery store — though it’s not the smoothest ride. The 250-watt motor struggles on any slight slope, and slopes drain the battery faster. The battery usually lasts about 9 miles for me. I’m also tall, and I constantly had to stretch my arms to reach the handlebars. You’ll want to tighten up the rear disc brake; it works fine, but I wouldn’t mind more stopping power.

Gotrax GX2, for $1,499: The GX2 is similar to the Apollo Phantom and Segway P100S in that it weighs 76 pounds and has a lot of power and range. This gunmetal scooter looks somewhat like a Transformer and can hit a maximum speed of 35 mph through dual 800-watt motors, but I usually ride it at 20 mph. It took me to Midtown and back to Brooklyn (18.4 miles total) with some power to spare. I don’t like carrying it up and down stairs, as its stem is very thick, making it hard to hold. The GX2 also switches to parking mode after a few seconds when you’re waiting at a light, so you have to constantly remember to press the mode button to switch it into driving gear. It’s very annoying, and Gotrax says there’s no way to disable it. I’m a little concerned about the build quality – the motor makes a sound like something is hitting it, and this sound disappears if I lightly press the left brake lever while riding. The latch to keep the stem upright comes down too easily, despite the sliding lock mechanism to hold it in place; Gotrax says this may be because it’s installed too tightly. If you notice any of these problems, I recommend contacting Gotrax and showing them to a local scooter shop.

Navi S65, for $1,099: Navi is a relatively new brand that’s growing its presence in the US, and I had a lot of fun using the S65 (7/10, WIRED recommend). I was able to complete a 16-mile round trip at a regular 20 mph, but it drained the battery a lot. It has great acceleration thanks to its geared hub motor, and it climbs slopes with ease, but that makes it even better. too loud. The sound of the motor is a bit of a departure if you’re in a noisy city like New York, but it can make you feel uncomfortable on quiet streets. It weighs 53 pounds, so it’s heavier than our top pick, while its range is the same, and its customer service is also erratic because it’s so new. Still, I enjoyed driving it.

Evolve Terra for $1,231: I enjoyed my time with the Evolv Terra (7/10, Wired recommends). It’s 53 pounds and, thanks to the thin stem, isn’t much of a hassle to carry. It’s powerful, capable of going as fast as 31 mph when you engage both 600-watt motors (check your local speed laws first!). Otherwise, you can cruise at 20 mph as I did on the second gear speed setting (there are three total) with a single motor. Range is pretty average, with about twice as much left on the meter after 15 miles, so it can potentially go more than 20 miles, especially if you’re conservative with its speed. Suspension is fine but the solid tires can feel quite bumpy on rough roads. The angle of the stem was also a little too close to my body, and the lack of a thumb throttle meant my wrists ached after long rides. However, you can change the angle of the throttle and brakes to improve it.

Radio Flyer S533 for $599: Honestly, I’m surprised by how well this scooter performed in my tests. The folding mechanism is just a latch and a sleeve that you pull down to keep the latch from opening while you’re riding. It’s very easy to fold and unfold, and at 30 pounds, it’s lightweight. It’s not a commuter scooter by any means — my range was less than 8 miles on a single charge — and despite exceeding its 220-pound load capacity, I only averaged 14 mph out of its 16-mph maximum speed. It’s a nice little scooter for going to the post office, the grocery store, or Cinnabon when my wife asks for a cinnamon roll. However, its price doesn’t match its power and performance; it needs to be cheaper.

Apollo Air Pro (2022) for $899: I haven’t tested the new 2024 model, but the Apollo Air Pro (2022) was an absolutely great scooter (6/10, Wired review); I just don’t think it’s worth the high price. It goes up to 21 mph, and I was able to ride it for about 13 to 15 miles before it tipped over. You get all the features, like the front light and bell, and there’s app connectivity to change the settings to your liking. However, the app is Necessary to unlock the Air Pro’s true speed—otherwise, you’re limited to 12 mph. I’m more annoyed by the folding mechanism, which is more work than it should be. It doesn’t accelerate very quickly and, despite its 39-pound weight, it’s uncomfortable to carry because of its thick stem.

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