The 9 Best Electric Scooters to Buy in 2018

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When traveling around town or commuting short distances, walking can be impractical and driving can be too much of a hassle with traffic and parking frustrations. That's when an electric scooter becomes an appealing option. They're efficient, relatively inexpensive (especially when you consider how long they can last), environmentally friendly, and can save you what you'd spend on gas or public transport. But there are a few things to consider before ponying up some cash for one, including price, portability, design, speed and more. Want some help finding the right one for you? Whether you're looking to splurge or save, tackle uneven terrain or cruise city streets, we've found the best electric scooters to buy right now.

Best Overall: Glion Dolly Adult Electric Scooter

Featuring a highly durable aluminum frame that's resistant to corrosion, the Glion Dolly foldable lightweight adult electric scooter is a great choice for everyday riding. The built-in 6.6Ah lithium-ion battery pack and 250-watt motor offer 15 miles of range on a single charge, with 3.25 hours of recharge time from zero to full. Capable of traveling around 15 miles per hour, the Glion offers a smooth ride, thanks to its eight-inch honeycomb, never-flat airless rubber tires. The handlebar-mounted battery indicator helps riders track battery life, while the controls are water resistant and easy to learn and use. Weighing only 28 pounds, the Glion adds a retractable handle and roller wheels that allow it to be transported like a suitcase and the foldable design means the scooter can stand up on its own in a closet or behind a door for easy storage.

Best Budget: Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter

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With a price tag that's sure to please riders of all ages, the Razor Power Core E90 adds an easy way to jump headfirst into the electric scooter world without spending a fortune. Offering speeds up to 10 miles per hour on a single charge and 80 minutes of continuous use, the E90 has outstanding battery life for a low, low price. With nearly twice the battery life of more expensive scooters, the E90 also receives bonus points as a zero-maintenance electric scooter with no chains or alignment required during use. The retractable kickstand allows easy on and off for riders of all ages, while the kickstart function requires at least three miles per hour before the motor will kick in. The hand operated front brake is complemented by a push-button throttle.   

Best Design: Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter

Ultra-modern and cleverly collapsible, the Mi electric scooter is a winner of the iF Design Award and a definite standout in the looks department. This scooter is made with an aerospace-grade aluminum frame and 8.5-inch anti-slip tires for lightweight portability which, combined with its ability to fold down in only three seconds, makes this a great choice for commuters. Its 250W motor works in tandem with a long-range battery to give you a smooth and reliable ride that can go for almost 19 miles on a single charge, at speeds of up to 15 mph. It even stores the kinetic energy from acceleration and converts it to electrical power for maximum efficiency. Best of all, the Mi only takes five hours to fully charge, which is faster than many of its competitors.

Despite its super-sleek matte black color, the Mi is designed with visibility and safety in mind. It has a red taillight that lights up whenever you hit the brake​ and ultra-bright 1W headlights with a six-meter range that allow you to see—and be seen—when riding in the dark. The Mi is also one of the smartest scooters on this list, featuring Bluetooth compatibility and a downloadable mobile app that displays real-time speed and battery level. At 42.5 inches high, 44.9 inches long, and only 26.9 pounds, the Mi is a compact and design-conscious choice for commuters and recreational scooter-riders alike. 

Best Lightweight: Cellot Carbon Fiber Electric Scooter

Weighing 14 pounds, the Cellot foldable electric carbon fiber scooter stands out from the rest, thanks to its minimal footprint and easily transported frame. But the Cellot didn't skimp on durability either. The carbon fiber frame feels sturdy and even supports up to 220 pounds of weight on a frame that's just .3 inches thin. The Cellot's handlebar is decorated with an LCD display that keeps riders apprised of speed, battery life, distance traveled and time of day.

With a max speed of 25 miles per hour, the Cellot's five-inch hub motor and lithium-ion battery can power the scooter for up to 12 miles of total range. As an added bonus to the unique motor, the Cellot adds a field-oriented control that introduces nearly silent acceleration, while the electronic braking system doubles as a way to repower the battery during braking.

Best Commuter: KKA Lightweight Electric Scooter

If you want an electric scooter with maximum portability, the KKA Electric scooter is a fantastic option for commuters. Don’t let the compact size dissuade you — this little scooter has all the power and capability a commuter needs to get around town. Weighing just over 28 pounds, this scooter immediately stands out from the commuter pack with a super fast recharge time: just two hours to reach full power. This makes it ideal for riding to work, recharging, and riding home in the evening without any concern over battery life.

KKA’s three-speed controls help it easily weave around obstacles while a 15.5-mile range allows for relatively long-distance commuting. As cities aren’t all completely flat, the addition of six-inch tires helps the KKA tackle inclines up to 17 degrees. When you finally arrive at your destination, whether it’s the office or home, the KKA folds down with a click for easy storage. 

Best Speed: UberScoot 1600w Electric Scooter

Featuring a 1600-watt motor and 11-inch off-road tires, the UberScoot 1600w electric scooter is a terrific option for scooter speed demons. Part of the UberScoot Powerboard series, the 1600w model can reach top speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour and cover a maximum distance of 12 miles per charge. The powerful motor and knobby wheels tackle hills with ease, and the removable seat provides a comfortable option for longer rides. If you’re planning to push the UberScoot’s maximum distance, turn on “Economy Mode”— this setting slows down acceleration and limits speed in the interest of preserving the battery (some reviewers also recommend it as a safety measure for less experienced riders). Recharge time is six to eight hours. At 43 inches tall, 49 inches long, and a sturdy 117 pounds, the UberScoot also folds down for easier transport or storage. 

Best Battery: Razor E300

Backed by the well-known Razor name, the Razor E300 electric scooter is an outstanding combination of price and battery life. Once aboard the E300, riders can travel up to 15 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes of continuous use before needing to recharge. Beyond battery life, the wider deck and frame make the E300 more suitable for all ages, while still supporting riders up to 220 pounds in weight. What it lacks in safety lights (so it's best used during the daytime) it more than makes up for with a smooth and stable ride, thanks to its 10-inch wide tires and light frame that weighs only 43 pounds. Riding the E300 has twist-grip acceleration and a hand-operated rear brake that makes it the E300 the ideal choice for users of all skill levels. Additionally, a retractable kickstand makes getting on and off the E300 easier than most competitive models.

Best for Kids: Razor E100 Electric Scooter

Recommended for children ages eight and older, the Razor E100 is a solid choice for parents looking to get their kids started with an electric scooter. Featuring an adjustable handlebar for users of all sizes, the hand-operated front brake offers no-frills operation by putting everything the rider needs right on the handlebar for easy use. The hand-operated front brake complements the twist-grip throttle for easy acceleration (and the E100 adds a required manual kickoff to three miles per hour before the motor powers on). Once the motor takes over, riders will find speeds up to 10 miles per hour and a ride time of up to 40 minutes of continuous use. At 31 pounds, the E100 is easily transported, although it lacks a folding design for easier storage in a garage or closet.

Best Splurge: Qiewa Q1Hummer Electric Scooter

Featuring an eye-popping range up to 62 miles on a single charge, the Qiewa Q1Hummer electric scooter is a must get if the price is no object. With a two second quick-folding design and 10-inch pneumatic tires for a smooth ride, the Qiewa has a non-flashy frame but chooses to beat the competition when it comes to value. Beyond its outstanding range, the Qiewa adds some extra functions such as a USB mobile charging function and IP65 waterproofing certification for taking on puddles with ease. The higher price tag also comes with the opportunity to add a second rider, thanks to a max load of 550 pounds. Equipped with a disc brake system, the Qiewa gives you extra peace of mind knowing it can stop on a dime, while the solid aluminum frame feels sturdy and durable for years to come.