There are so many electric scooters on the market, finding the right one can feel overwhelming. That’s where Jolta comes in. Our team is well-versed in the world of EVs, including electric scooters. We’ve done the research and put together a list of five great options for different needs and preferences.
Best E-Scooter Overall: Unagi Model One
Unagi is a top brand in the e-scooter world, and its Model One is one of the best scooters on the market for adults. Featuring a futuristic design, it comes in four great colors, is extremely lightweight (thanks to an aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber frame), folds up easily, and boasts all kinds of cool and useful features. Its fast-folding mechanism and zero-maintenance tires and brakes offer even more convenience, and its long warranty lets you purchase and ride with peace of mind.
Its dual 250W motors allow it to climb hills effortlessly and cruise twice as fast as single-motor scooters, reaching 15 mph in just 4.4 seconds. It also gives you the option to use just one motor, doubling its battery life and yielding a range of 15 miles. And its throttle control is extremely responsive and smoother than most scooters on the market.
If battery life is a priority for you, the Model One won’t disappoint. Its 500W battery pack is composed of premium LG HG2 18650 lithium-ion cells, among the top contenders in this battery class. And riders lover that the scooter’s accelerator and brakes both rely on thumb-activated electronic controls that are super easy to use. Lastly, you can check all your ride stats on the Model One’s ultra-bright display, and keep others aware of your presence with vibrant headlights, taillights, and a loud horn.
Best E-Scooter for Long Distances: Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max
If you anticipate long commutes or rides, opt for Segway’s Ninebot Kickscooter Max. Its 350W motor and rear-wheel drive give it plenty of power and allow it to reach a top speed of 18.6 mph. Meanwhile, its potent battery (which boasts 100-240V and 50/60Hz of input voltage) and Smart Battery Management System give you a range of up to 40 miles — more than twice the range of most scooters.
The Ninebot Kickscooter Max’s big, 10-inch inflatable tires can get you easily up hills without losing speed, and its LED display, cruise control, Bluetooth capabilities, and built-in charger add even more value and convenience. Commuters love the convenience of its one-step folding design, which collapses in just three seconds. You can carry it onto public transportation or store it in your car effortlessly.
Lastly, safety also takes priority in this model. Ride and brake confidently and securely thanks to the Ninebot Kickstooter Max’s mechanical and electrical anti-lock braking. You’ll also enjoy an even smoother ride than what most of the competition offers, with front- and rear-wheel shock absorbers built with self-healing 10-inch pneumatic tires.
Best Affordable, Mid-Range E-Scooter: Gotrax XR Ultra
Looking for something budget-friendly that also brings quality? You’ll get decent speed, range, and convenient features out of the XR Ultra by GoTrax without breaking the bank. It can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph and can handle up to 17 miles on a single charge — all for under $400. And its design is great, too. Its battery is sheltered in the scooter’s downtube, and its deck is slim to cut a sleek, sophisticated profile while keeping the overall weight to just 27 pounds. The scooter’s brake cable is exposed — a unique feature on this kind of EV — and runs the length of the front.
The XR Ultra offers a great ride that’s smooth and comfy, and its 8.5-inch inflatable tires can cruise over various kinds of terrain easily (though it performs best on smooth, paved surfaces). It even folds up and locks into place so you can port it around securely. The XR Ultra also comes with both a disco and electric braking system, an LED headlight, and an LCD screen that displays all your relevant ride stats. The right handlebar of the GoTrax features a simple control throttle, and the left sports a brake lever and bell. In a nutshell, it’s as intuitive and user-friendly as e-scooters get.\
Best Commuting E-Scooter: The Levy Original
One of the features that make the Levy Original unique is its battery-swapping capability. This gives you a range of about 15 miles in eco mode and about 9 miles when riding at top speeds. The scooter’s battery packs can be charged separately in just 2-3 hours and weigh just over three pounds. Carry two in your backpack to extend your range and swap them in under 10 seconds by flipping open the scooter’s hinged display console and sliding the new battery in.
Riders also love the scooter’s safety features, including its LED headlights, rear braking light, anti-fire battery case, and IP54 waterproof rating. This model features an ultra-responsive throttle that accelerates your speed in seconds. All you have to do is push down on the accelerator and the scooter will come to life immediately, reaching 15 mph in about 6 seconds. It’s all thanks to a robust yet surprisingly quiet 350W electric motor and the fine tuning of the controller.
If your commute involves hills, this is the right e-scooter for you. The Levy can summit inclines easily even at faster speeds, allowing you to get where you need to be quickly and efficiently. Its pneumatic tires offer stable traction even on rougher patches of road.
Best Three-Wheel E-Scooter: Cycleboard Elite Pro
Originally a Kickstarter project, Cycleboard has raised close to $150,000 since its inception. The Elite Pro model is one of our favorite picks if you’re looking for a three-wheeled e-scooter that makes riding feel more like surfing. Its design makes it easy to carve by leaning from side to side — it’s a fun, efficient way to get around, even when hitting sharp corners. Hyper-agile and super stable, thanks to its platform and extra weight distribution, the Elite Pro features custom-designed pneumatic tires with incredible grip, a 1,000W brushless silent rear-hub motor, and full suspension for maximum vibration absorption. Its 8.5” by 41” deck lets you maintain steady footing no matter where you’re riding. Take the Elite Pro on sidewalks, streets, and even grassy trails and golf-course greens.
The hydraulic brake system on the Elite Pro is extremely responsive, and its lean-to-steer design boasts a patented linkage system that delivers great maneuverability. The scooter can go 25 miles on a single charge and can reach a top speed of 25 mph. The battery is kept inside the scooter’s deck, where it’s protected from the elements. This location also maintains the scooter’s low center of gravity, maximizing stability even further. Swapping it out is a breeze, too.
Finally, you don’t have to worry about durability with this model — its aircraft-grade aluminum chassis and reinforced stainless-steel handle are built to last.