Best electric scooter 2020: get around in style with best e-scooters for adults | T3

Best electric scooter 2020: get around in style with best e-scooters for adults

Getting around is far more fun when you’re riding an e-scooter, come rain or shine, so we’ve rounded up the best electric scooters from Segway, Xiaomi, Micro and others

Best electric scooters
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If you want to get somewhere fast, an electric scooter might not seem like the most practical option – but you’d be surprised at what you can do with two small wheels and a battery. The latest crop of electric scooters are practical and fold into an easily-packable package. As a ‘last-mile solution’, there’s probably nothing better.

Things have changed a lot in the electric scooter market over the past year or so. A huge number of new companies have dipped their toes in the water, meaning there are now many more practical adult-sized scooters on the market, and, as the tech gets more widespread, it’s improving, giving you a much slicker ride for the most part.

And let’s face it, tech gimmicks or not, the enjoyment of riding an e-scooter that can rocket along at 25mph is something most people can appreciate (although admittedly it can definitely feel like too much power for some). 

If you have a journey or commute that suits this kind of personal transport, there are electric scooters out there that can reduce your journey time and get you through the traffic. That said, the question of ‘are electric scooters legal’ is one that really depends on your local jurisdiction, so you need to exercise caution here.

Electric scooters are only growing in popularity, they’re nippy, fun, and might be the mode of personal transport you’ve been looking for. We’ve reviewed and rated the best you can buy, because while they may all look quite similar, not all electric scooters are created equal.

Electric scooters are more than just scooters with batteries. As glib as that statement may be, it's also true: they're a lot faster than regular scooters, they're a heck of a lot heavier, and the electric scooters are also far more controllable than their manual cousins.

You're unlikely to be pulling off any sick tricks on these – and at top speed, you should not even be attempting it – but the benefit of a little torque in your wheels means you'll be expertly manoeuvring up hills and speeding along the streets in no time.

Our buyer’s guide includes Xiaomi’s excellent M365 Pro, the Segway-Ninebot ES4, and our pick of the best electric scooter you can buy right now, the Xiaomi's super-practical and affordable M365. It’s a brilliant, high-quality scooter, offering something for everyone, and it’s surprisingly cheap against the stiff competition. 

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How to buy an electric scooter 

Picking up the best electric scooter for you is absolutely imperative – it's a proper investment, so you need something you're going to want to ride and something that suits your needs. These things are essentially a narrow plank racing up to 20mph, so safety needs to be a main concern. But that isn't the only thing you'll need to consider…

Some electric scooters are well suited to a quick hop-on-and-off, sacrificing distance for a vast weight reduction and increased portability. These are ideal for long-distance commutes, where you also need to travel on a train or bus. Other e-scooters pile on the battery for maximum range but leave themselves super-heavy in the process. These are better if you live and work in the same city, and want to avoid using the bus or subway system. Basically, it's a balancing act. If you're commuting a long way, put your money in batteries, but if you're just scooting that final mile, a lighter, more compact scooter might be a better choice.

Is the best electric scooter the fastest electric scooter? Not necessarily. Top speed in the UK is limited to 25km/h (15.5mph), and while most e-scooters will go faster than that, it’s worth noting that you’re more likely to be stopped by police and get your scooter confiscated (and potentially get fined) if you're speeding around, driving recklessly, and weaving through traffic. Naturally, common sense is a priority here – don’t ride like an idiot and you probably won’t get stopped.

One of the main things to look out for are lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre, since they'll cut the weight of your scooter when you're carrying it from place to place. But if you're using your electric scooter for more than play, avoid plastic components and these are more likely to decay and break. 

Consider also the wheels – heavy use requires heavier duty wheels. Most affordable electric scooters come with 8-inch wheels, and while these are fine for smooth city streets, we’d recommend plumping for a model with 10-inch pneumatic tyres and suspension to give you a much smoother ride.

Most of these scooters also have companion apps, which offer a range of useful features. You can digitally lock and unlock the electric motor, which is very beneficial for security. You can also track your rides – kind of like a lazy person’s Strava. Certain companion apps also let you set up your e-scooter, choosing between Eco mode to prolong the scooter’s battery life, or Sport mode to leave panting cyclists in the dust. We like to think of a companion app as a nice bonus, rather than a necessity. 

Price is also a major point to consider. The cheapest electric scooter you’ll find is around £250 and prices can range up to around £2,500. It goes without saying, you get what you pay for, so opting for the cheapest model you can find isn’t the best idea. You want to be able to trust the scooter under your feet, because a mechanical failure at around 20mph would result in a trip to Accident and Emergency.

We think you’ll probably want to budget between £450 and £700 for a reliable, well-built e-scooter from a popular brand. This will ensure your electric scooter has the performance to get you around town quickly and won’t break breakdown after a few miles.

If you’re in the market for the ultimate in luxury and performance, however, you may want to check out the AER 557 ( which is priced at £2,199. Not only does it look elegant, with slow curves and beautifully rounded lines, it’s also ergonomically designed for stability. Its 20-inch wheels can glide smoothly over small bumps and its wide anti-slip bamboo deck makes it easy to find a comfortable position to stand. It can also reach a very respectable 25mph and can travel up to almost 20 miles on a single charge.

If you're in the UK, the best place to shop is Pure Electric, an official importer of many of these scooter brands. Pure Electric offers a great service, low prices, and a long warranty. 

Electric scooters road safety rules

Here's where things get a little complicated. Under UK law, most electric kick scooters are not legal for street use unless they're properly registered. Recently, though, the government has announced it's fast-tracking e-scooter trials, hoping to remove the current laws banning them (which are based on 1835 regulations surrounding horse and cart driving). This is to encourage more people to use alternative methods of transport when commuting.

These trials, which are currently being set up, allow you to legally hire and use an electric scooter in public areas where the trials are being held (more on that later).

Some high-powered e-scooters are technically classed as mopeds, though even that classification can be a little complicated. It is safe to assume that none of the scooters included below can technically be used anywhere other than on private land in the UK.

Pure Electric, the UK’s largest e-scooter retailer says, ‘In practice, electric scooters are already widely used across the UK illegally, with the police generally turning a blind eye to all but the most egregiously reckless rider activity.’ 

With big names entering the business, and with concerns about the environmental impact of cars at the forefront, you can bet there’s at least some pressure on legislators to get things changed. But, to clarify: electric scooters can be used on private land with the owner’s consent. Thanks to a combination of the Highways Act 1835 and the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is illegal to use electric scooters on roads, cycle paths or pavements. Exemptions are being created for the scooter trial areas, solely for the rental scooters supplied to the relevant local authority. All other scooter use on the public highway will continue to breach traffic regulations and could cause the user to receive a fine and/or points on their driving licence. 

US law varies from state to state, so you really must check local laws before you purchase an electric scooter. 

Finally, take it from us: whether the laws in your location demand it or not, you’ll want to always wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter. These things move fast and are potentially very dangerous. Protect your head and always be considerate of other people near you.

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 The best electric scooters you can buy now

Best electric scooter: Xiaomi Mijia M365T3 Awards 2020

1. Xiaomi Mijia M365

Speedy, affordable, light enough, and packing lots of staying power

Best for: Great all-rounder
Max Speed: 15mph
Range: 18miles
Weight: 12.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Torque-packed +Compact and carryable +The most popular option+App features+Advanced battery saving features+Good price
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most attractive-Replaced by Pro model

Although Xiaomi might be better known for its affordable smartphones, the M365 proves the company is equally adept at creating smart electric scooters. While the top speed isn't the highest out there (though 15mph means it's absolutely no slouch) this folding electric scooter has some of the best app connectivity features we've seen. 

As well as tracking your journeys and just how fast you've barrelled down those hills, you can get a quick look at how much of the massive scooter battery still remains. The M365 smart scooter app also brings advanced battery conservation features, meaning you could potentially eke out an extra mile or two if you're clever about how you use it, and the F1-like KERS setup means the battery charges as you brake.

We found the Xiaomi M365 speed and acceleration controls incredibly simple, anyone can learn to ride in minutes. The light, aluminium construction means you can quickly fold it down for carrying and storage. 

 Xiaomi has now launched an update called the Xiaomi Pro (also on this list) with extended range. We think the standard M365 is better value for money, though, and is a great all-round electric scooter.

Best electric scooters: Segway-Ninebot ES4 Electric Scooter

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2. Segway-Ninebot ES4 Electric Scooter

A fuss free foldable e-scooter in a well-presented package

Best for: Reliable brand
Max Speed: 18.6 mph
Range: 27.9 miles
Weight: 14kg
Reasons to buy
+Safe stopping mechanisms+Fast+Reliable brand+Latest update

Coming from the well-known electric mobility brand Segway, the Segway-Ninebot ES4 is one of the most accomplished entries on this list. The ES4 improves on many of the company's previous models by upping the motor to 800W, and this helps it reach a very acceptable 18.6 mph (one of the fastest on this list) and a massive range of 27.9 miles, which means you shouldn't need to reach for the charger too often.

It’s also presented well, with a grippy and comfortable footplate, spoked wheels to absorb the bumps, and a neat one-push folding design which means it doesn't take up too much space.

A thumb throttle controls your speed, and there are a full three ways to get stopped: releasing the throttle, using the electrically assisted front brake, or stomping down on the fender brake to really slow things down fast. 

It's a feature-packed scooter, with an advanced smartphone app which lets you configure all aspects of your ride, view trip metrics and check vehicle health. You've also got cruise control, all-round active lighting, independent front and rear suspension, IP54 water-resistance, and a clear LCD display.

Best electric scooters: Razor Power A2

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3. Razor Power A2

The best cheap, lightweight electric scooter

Best for: Price and weight
Max speed: 10 mph
Range: Up to 40 Minutes continuous use
Weight: 6.46kg
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Affordable+Reliable brand+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-Low speed-Low load capacity-Not the longest battery life

Thanks to its folding mechanism and collapsible handlebar stem, the Razor Power A2 is one of the most compact, lightweight and portable electric scooters available today.

Despite its diminutive size, the A2 has a top speed of 10mph (16 km/h) thanks to its high-torque motor and 22-volt lithium-ion battery pack, and the battery life is enough for up to 40 minutes of continuous use.

The total weight of the scooter is just 6.46kg and when assembled, making it the ideal commuter tool.

Best electric scooters: Xiaomi M365 Pro Electric Scooter

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4. Xiaomi Mijia M365 Pro

Speedy, affordable, light enough, and packing lots of staying power

Best for: The best all-rounder
Max Speed: 15 mph
Range: 27 miles
Weight: 14.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Torque-packed +Compact and carryable +The most popular option+App features+Advanced battery saving features
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most attractive-Heavier than non-Pro model

Although Xiaomi might be better known for its affordable smartphones, the M365 Pro proves the company is equally adept at creating smart electric scooters. This is perhaps the most common scooter you'll see around the streets, as it's well-priced and a great all-rounder.

You've got a top speed of 15 miles per hour, which is fairly standard for electric scooters, a range of 27 miles and a weight of 14.2kg. It's a well-made piece of kit. Compared to the previous version, it features an increased range, improved brakes, wider deck for more comfortable riding, and a much-improved display unit, so you can see your speed and other vital stats.

As well as the impressive hardware, the Xiaomi M365 Pro Electric Scooter also features the best app connectivity we've seen, allowing you to track your journeys, your speed, and how much of the battery remains. The M365 smart scooter app also brings advanced battery conservation features, meaning you could potentially eke out an extra mile or two if you're clever about how you use it, and the F1-like KERS setup means the battery charges as you brake.

If you purchase the scooter from Pure Scooter you'll get a free 2-year UK warranty.

Best electric scooters: Unagi Model One E450 Dual Motor

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5. Unagi Model One E450 Dual Motor

The most stylish electric scooter

Best for: Scooting in style
Max Speed: 15 mph
Range: 15 miles
Weight: 11kg
Reasons to buy
+Packed with features+Fast and comfortable+Super stylish design+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Short range compared to Xaomi and Segway

Serious about taking on an electric scooter as a mode of transport? Then you need a seriously stylish electric scooter like the Unagi Model One. Sure, it's not going to set any speed or range records, but its gorgeous, sleek frame really looks the part.

The Unagi Model One is constructed from super-strong and super-lightweight materials that are also used in SpaceX projects, making this e-scooter lightweight and portable. 

Its power comes from the dual motors, meaning you'll be able to tackle hills and tricky terrain with ease. You don't get any extra top speed, but a top speed of 15 mph and a range of 15 miles is fairly average. It's available in four stylish colourways, Cosmic Blue, Sea Salt, Gotham Grey, and Matt Black.

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Best electric scooter: Turboant X7 Electric Scooter

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6. Turboant X7 Electric Scooter

This affordable all-rounder should certainly be considered

Best for: A great all-rounder
Max Speed: 15 mph
Range: 16 miles
Weight: 13.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Removable battery+Bell and light+Cruise control+Fast
Reasons to avoid
-Spare battery is expensive-Range

There's no avoiding it, the Turboant is very obviously inspired by the Xaomi M365 (you'll notice the same matt black aluminium finish and red accents), but Turboant has made some very clever design decisions here. 

For a start, the battery is removable and mounted in the handle (rather than the footboard). That means you can keep it indoors at more battery-friendly temperatures, rather than a cold garage or shed. You can also purchase spare batteries (although these are pretty expensive).

The X7 is very good to ride – there's plenty of torque, it's quick and stable, and the bell, light, and throttle are easy to control. Unfortunately, the range isn't quite as long as its rivals, but otherwise, it's a fantastic scooter, and should certainly be considered.

Best electric scooter: Segway Ninebot ES2

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7. Segway Ninebot ES2

Utterly practical design, built for comfort and quality

Best for: No-nonsense commuting
Max Speed: 15.5mph
Range: 15.5miles
Weight: 12.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Clever, unfussy design+Boost it with upgrades

Where other scooters may be built for fun or style, Segway’s scooter is built for practicality and comfortable travel – and that’s why it’s our best electric scooter overall. If you’re taking one-off quarter pipes, you’re doing it wrong. 

While the Segway Ninebot ES2 has solid rubber wheels, both front and back axles are equipped with shock absorbers, ensuring the smoothest ride, and there’s battery recovery onboard to help extend its already reasonable range.

It’s those quality of life features that really make this stand out. Why fight with a thumb control when you can set the cruise control and glide? Why worry about hitting that tree when there’s a combination of mechanical and electrical braking on board? Why go slow when you could strap on an extra battery for more speed and additional range, potentially even running foul of your local regulations on electric scooter velocity? Live a little.

Best electric scooters: Inokim Ox Electric Scooter

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8. Inokim Ox Electric Scooter

This e-scooter is super-fast, has a massive range, and is built for off-road

Best for: Speed and range!
Max Speed: 29 mph
Range: 59 miles
Weight: 28.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Superfast+Incredible range+Can be used off-road+Beefy suspension
Reasons to avoid
-Very heavy

If you're looking for an electric which can deal traverse a muddy field, look no further than the crazy Inokim Ox – the Land Rover Defender of electric scooters. The Ox is a beast, with an exceptionally powerful 800W (Peak 1300W) brushless motor housed within the rear wheel and the large lithium-ion battery. Combined, these allow the OX to travel a distance of 60 miles and reach a speed of 29 mph. A true thrill.

There is a unique adjustable suspension system, which allows the rider to alternate the suspension position: higher, for larger suspension travel and lower, for better stability and higher speeds. The Ox also has one of the best maximum rider weight capacities of 130kg (20 stone). It's heavy, though, at 28kg, so it's not ideal for commuting. 

Best electric scooter: Razor E100 Electric Scooter

9. Razor E100 Electric Scooter

The best beginner's electric scooter for kids

Best for: Kids
Max Speed: 10mph
Range: 7 miles
Weight: 4kg
Reasons to buy
+ Suitable for 8 + years + Push button throttle 

This little electric scooter will certainly get children out in the fresh air. With up to 40 minutes continuous run time, the Razor E100 is a powerful scooter but is restricted to 10mph so it is much more suitable for play than for transport. 

It’s easy to operate, with a push-button throttle and a kick start for moving off safely. There is some assembly required with this scooter but parents have said it’s very simple and the kickstand is also handy for storing the scooter in the garden or elsewhere.  

Best electric scooter: JSF Urban Sprinter

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10. JSF Urban Sprinter

The best electric scooter if you want a super-lightweight ride

Best for: Carrying around
Max Speed: 15mph
Range: 7.5miles
Weight: 6.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Extremely light+Multiple running modes
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

If you’re looking to do really short hops on your electric scooter, the Urban Sprinter is made for you: it charges to full in a couple of hours, and while its smaller battery means a relatively limited range (and a 10kg drop in max weight from most comparable electric scooters), it makes up for it with a much lighter frame, a 6.2kg aluminium combo perfect for folding up and dragging inside once you’re done with your ride.

Not that it’s short on features, you understand.  A handlebar control system allows you to keep tabs on your speed, remaining battery, and the mode you’re running the Urban Sprinter in – switch to Eco mode, and you can swap a little speed for some additional range. The 180W motor isn’t outrageous, but it’s enough to tackle 10-degree inclines – nobody wants to get off their scooter and walk, do they?

Best electric scooters: Mtricscoto Electric Scooter

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11. Mtricscoto Electric Scooter

An affordable electric scooter

Best for: Price
Max Speed: 14.2 mph
Range: 7.4 miles
Weight: 7.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Light frame+Super-convenient+Cheap
Reasons to avoid
-Low range-Thin wheels

The Mtricscoto Electric Scooter is a neat, affordable device, which won't break the bank if you just want to dip your toe in electric scooter waters. It has a super lightweight frame, weighing just 7.5kg, and a Dual Brake System, with front eABS and tail brake to provide extra security. Extra features include an LED taillight, which will help you be seen at night, and shock absorbers for a more comfortable ride.

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