If investing in an electric scooter is something you have been interested in and you’re ready to revolutionise your commute, here we compare 5 affordable electric scooters available right now.
Electric scooters are becoming more and more popular and it’s easy to see why. They’re not just a solution for the hardened commuter seeking out ways to minimise journey effort and time, they’re for the outdoor adventurer looking for a new thrill.
We particularly appreciate the super-lightweight models that are foldable and easy to ride and we also appreciate the bigger bolder models built for serious off-roading adventures and hardcore fun).
With the advancements in technology, there are now so many variations of electric scooter out there that the options are endless, catering for differing needs and lifestyles. If you are considering investing in one of these zippy little two-wheeled wonders then it’d be a good idea to identify what your specific needs are – because you can bet your bottom dollar, the perfect electric scooter is already out there.
If you are travelling longer distances, make sure you understand what battery/batteries come as standard. Sometimes you’ll have the option of 2 versions of the same scooter – one that has a larger battery, which will normally cost a touch more but might give you the extra power or range that you are looking for if all the other features tick your boxes.
Just a reminder too that not all countries have made electric scooters street legal. So before you invest – check out your local laws. Also, we found this guide for electric riding scooters really helpful. It walks you through the different models and specs, leaving no stone unturned.
First up, we have the Swagtron Swagger 5
This electric scooter is attempt number two after their initial offering missed the mark. They have certainly learned from their mistakes as this model is greatly improved. It looks stylish, is fitted with disc breaks on the back wheel, ABS e-brakes on the front, a kickstand, a phone mount, brake taillights and a neat little LED display among other welcome additions.
There are 3 settings for speed, it goes up to 18mph and goes up to 11 miles between charges. The slight downside to this model is when the weight load of the rider increases the range dips.
The time it takes to charge the battery is on the lower side (3.5 hours) which is a big plus and it has a smooth folding mechanism. You may find that you need to charge at the office if your commute is longer than an 11-mile round trip.
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 11 miles (18 km)
- Size Folded: 41.5 x 17 x 19 inch
- Weight: 26 lb (11.8 kg)
WW Pro 2020 by Fluid freeride
The Wide wheel Pro is an update to the Wide wheel 2019 which was already a cracking electric scooter. Fluidfreeride has made updates to the frame, reinforcing the design, larger battery, better display and dual brakes.
We weren’t sure how they were going to top the last one (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it) but we were really impressed. This electric scooter claims it’s ‘guaranteed to put a smile on your face’ and we have to admit it does just that.
It’s two powerful 500W motors for strong torque and acceleration which is brilliant for hilly areas (managing 30% no problem).
It goes up to 26 miles per hour and you’ll get over 22 miles of range with that which is pretty impressive. It has great suspension, front and rear with ultra-wide airless tires. Folds down easily and can be carried in one hand (not the lightest of scooters by any means but you’d be fine jumping on a train or lifting it into the boot).
Both stylish and powerful and available in two variations. Durable, reliable and excellent value for money.
- Speed: 26mph
- Claimed range: 22+ miles
- Size folded: 38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6 inch
- Weight: 54lbs
- Price: $699
With all the hype around top speeds, it’s hard to imagine not being all that worried about breaking sound barriers(!). If you’re not totally enamoured with being on the fastest scooter in town then this one might be to you.
There are 2 riding modes which will give you 8 – 12 miles of range. This tells us that the life of the battery is impacted when using the more powerful of the modes. There is no suspension, which is why it has a cheaper price point but it does come with pneumatic tires which really help toward a smoother riding experience.
Especially without suspension, you’d be pleased to have air-filled tires. Regenerative brake on the front is great but for harder braking power your need to use the foot pedal (which requires a bit of a knack).
This on probably not the commuting scooter of dreams but if you’re looking for affordable, reliable and fairly basic then this one would fit the bill.
- Speed: 15 mph (24 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 8-12 miles (13-19 km)
- Size Folded: 39.4 x 6.3 x 14.4
- Weight: 31 lb
- Price: $299
Razer Eco-Smart Metro
This model is admittedly a curveball here. It’s definitely a little bit more like a bike when you initially look at it. It’s got larger 16inch tires (air-filled) and has a saddle.
Its top speeds make 18mph which is impressive considering its weight and frame. Its range is ok (not the best) at 10 miles but that may be all you’re in need of and travelling in comfort too.
You can’t fold it down but you can park it like you do when you park up a bike, locking it up where you feel is safe. It’s got a retractable kickstand which is really handy and is really quite heavy for scooter, but(!) it’s not like you would be carrying it anywhere.
Like a bike, there’s a handbrake that’s connected to the back wheel which delivers good stopping power. The throttle (twist grip) controls the motor well too. If you’re after an electric scooter that’s a bit outside of the norm but is super reliable then this is your match.
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 10 miles (16 km)
- Size: 59.5 x 20.25 x 41.5 inches
- Size Folded: Doesn’t fold
- Weight: 67 lb
- Price: $469
This electric scooter is very much a case of practicality. Its lithium-ion battery will give you up to 15mph and a range of around 15 miles so it’s not the fastest with the longest range but it does deliver a smooth ride with a brilliant little filing system (the handlebars fold in too which is pretty convenient and helps with stowing it in luggage racks, car boots, etc).
The board is grippy which makes it feel sturdy when standing on it and it’s best features include LED tail and headlights (great for travelling in the dusk or dark obviously). Be mindful of its twist-grip brake on the handlebar.
It has a magnet altering the voltage which brings the speed down but it’s jolty and leaves you worrying you might end up flying over the handlebars(!) All of this is absolutely manageable with practice.
A practical choice for those commuters but many a touch pricey for what you get for your money. Would suggest a trial run if you can before you buy.
- Speed: 15 mph (24 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 15 miles (24 km)
- Size Folded: 8 x 16 x 36
- Weight: 28 lb
- Price: $499
It’s really important to pinpoint exactly what you need from your electric scooter. The benefit of having some many variations out there means you can choose the perfect model for your specific needs.
If you don’t have specific needs, think about what makes you tick – is it long jaunts out exploring new places (range) or is it the joy that power beneath your feet brings you (battery), not forgetting the speed demons among us looking for a thrill.
Ultimately, finding an electric scooter that you can’t fault (for us here it was the Wide wheel Pro) is when you know you’ve found your one.