Electric Scooter Reviews
They’re not skateboards, Segways, bicycles or unicycles. Scooters come in all shapes and sizes. Back in the late 90s Razor kicked off a huge craze with their standing kick scooters, but whether you stand or sit, a scooter is unmistakably a scooter.
Thanks to advances in battery technology and the rising popularity of personal electric transport in general, there’s been a bit of a renaissance going on. In a world where you can get cool but super-expensive toys like the new slew of mini-Segways and electric unicycles, it’s refreshing to have something as simple and fun as an electric scooter.
Before I start looking at the scooters worth spending your money on, I just want to remind you that many scooters have a pretty low weight limit, since they are aimed at kids. I’ve decided to list scooters here that have a weight limit which can support an average adult – in other words 150 pounds or more. If you’re lighter than this there’s no reason you can’t check out some models meant for kids and teens, but other aspects, such as how high the handlebars can go, may still make them unsuitable.
If you want to know what makes a good electric scooter or a bad one, be sure to have a look at my electric scooter buyer’s guide. Anyway, without further ado, here are the most popular and possibly worthwhile electric scooters.
My Personal Favorite: The Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter
This is the scooter that appeals most to my inner hipster, which is worrying because until now I had no idea that I had an inner hipster at all.
I’m in love with the EcoSmart Metro Electric. At first glance you could mistake it for a vintage bicycle. It’s got a classic look to it, bolstered by a bamboo deck, awesome powder-coated frame, and detachable luggage rack.
The EcoSmart is amazingly minimalist; this is definitely a commuter scooter for the Apple generation. It’s got a 500W motor, a top speed of 20 miles per hour, and a running time of about 60 minutes. This should give a range of between 15 and 20 miles depending on the rider weight, which must be no more than 220 pounds.
There’s a single rear disc brake and a kickstand too. This is basically everything I want in a sidewalk scooter, and the fact that it comes in under $400 is mind-blowing.
The Best Fun: The Razor E300
Razor is the original pioneer of this style of scooter, with nearly twenty years of experience building and selling these little mall-scourges. So there’s no doubt these guys know how to put together a kick-ass scooter. The electrical part has been a more recent development. Back when these scooters first became a thing, the technology to make a electric scooter simply wasn’t there.
The E300 is the biggest, most adult-friendly scooter in the basic Razor “E” range, apart from the Amazon exclusive E325 which, as far as I can see, is almost exactly the same but carries a needless price premium.
The E300 can handle up to 220 pounds of weight, will hit 15 miles per hour, and will run for 40 minutes. Despite this short range and running time, the E300’s battery takes 12 hours to fully recharge – a common issue with lead-acid batteries.
Clearly this is more of a toy than a serious commuting device. Still, if school or work is only a few miles away the E300 represents an affordable and eco-friendly way to do the rounds.
The deck and frame are large enough to handle large adult riders and the wide, 10-inch inflatable tires should handle most kinds of terrain well.
The E300 is pretty well-priced given that it’s a proper adult’s toy. This is pretty much the closest thing to a sure thing you’re going to get when it comes to buyer satisfaction.
The Beast: The Super Cycles BLACKSUP 800-2
Whoa mama. What can’t I say about this bad boy? For the price of two and a half E300 scooters you can be the proud owner of the BLACKSUP 800-2. This is a 1000W monster that can take up to 250 pounds of weight and up to 300 pounds with the purchase of the hill kit. Speaking of which, Super Cycles and Scooters offers a bunch of upgrades and modification kits for this scooter.
The BLACKSUP treads on motorcycle technology with a key-based ignition, mono shocks, disc brakes, wide tires, and a twist throttle.
One of the best upgrades comes in the form of a lithium battery kit, which you can use to replace the lead-acid batteries. This scooter is a bit more expensive, but you can improve it and easily repair anything that goes wrong for years to come. Frankly, at around $500 this feels like a bargain. With a top speed of 26 miles per hour it’s a viable short-range commuter to boot.
The BLACKSUP has an econo mode which decreases the speed but ups the range. I couldn’t find exact figures for range, as the manufacturer is cagey to be specific thanks to rider weight variations, but people are reporting around twelve to fifteen miles of range. The lead acid batteries, which are deep-cells, by the way, will take the better part of a day to charge. The lithium upgrade should solve that issue.
If your budget can stretch to the BLACKSUP there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best choices. The only major negative is that it’s not nearly as compact as a Razor E300, which is obvious. If the extra size doesn’t bother you then you have a winner right here.
The Commuter’s Dream: The Gigabyke Groove 750W
All of the scooters you’ll find on this page will technically allow you to commute to one extent or another, but if you are looking for one of the most practical electric scooters for getting home and back on a daily basis you’ll want to give the Gigabyke Groove a serious look.
This is a moped style scooter, so it looks more like a gas-powered scooter than some of the more bare-framed ones I’ve seen.
At around $1400 the Gigabyke isn’t exactly cheap, but given how much extra stuff is bolted on to this scooter, it’s actually not too bad. It certainly isn’t the most expensive moped-style scooter around.
There’s motorcycle-style road gear like an LED headlight and turn signals. The top speed is only 20 miles per hour, so something like the Uberscoot or BLACKSUP will leave it in the dust. That is, until you blow past them when their batteries run out. The Gigabyke has an astounding range of 35 miles and a full charge only takes six hours.
If it should happen that you run out of juice or you just feel like getting some exercise, you can use the backup pedal system. Let’s be honest though, pedaling one of these things is never going to be cool.
The fact of the matter, though, is that the Gigabyke is not just meant to be a fun toy. It’s meant to be a viable travel method. So it’s a good thing that the motor is a brushless model; it’s likely to be the the last thing to wear out.
The Gigabyke is a great alternative to a gas-powered scooter in an urban or sub-urban commute, where you aren’t likely to need more speed anyway.
The Razor E200
The E200 from Razor is a great little scooter and basically where the adult range begins. Its biggest problem is basically the E300, which is better or the same on every count and priced far too closely for comfort. I’m not even going into too much detail here – if you’re in the market for a scooter like this, check out the current price for the E300. If the price difference is less than fifty bucks get the E300. Especially if you weigh more than the 150 pounds the E200 supports.
The Razor E300S
I don’t know what to tell you, it’s an E300 with a seat stuck onto it. If you like the E300 but would rather sit down, then buy this scooter instead. Interestingly, the quoted charge time for the E300S is four hours shorter than the E300 while the run time is five minutes longer, which points to a better battery system. Still, the seat really is the deciding factor. They are both priced pretty much the same as well.
The Razor RX200
Unlike the E200, there’s actually a point to the existence of the RX200. With a maximum weight capacity of 154 pounds the RX200 just barely ekes into the adult scooter category. The big difference comes from the numerous modifications Razor has made to the E200, which makes the RX200 ready for offroad riding right out of the box.
Obviously this includes offroad tires, but most importantly the gearing ratio has been changed to deliver more torque rather than simply speed. Otherwise, the RX200 looks very much the same as the E200. It takes 12 hours to charge the battery, it tops out at 12 miles per hour, and is otherwise at the entry level. It makes a lot of sense as an impulse buy for having some light fun in the dirt, just keep that very low weight limit in mind.
The Uberscoot 1000W
The Uberscoot 1000W matches the BLACKSUP almost beat for beat. It’s slightly cheaper but provides just about the same features and performance figures. One thing that’s a glaring difference between the two is that the Uberscoot doesn’t seem to have a clear upgrade path to change it according to your needs. It may very well be that these kits are available, but they aren’t being advertised as clearly.
If we just look at the base models, then it’s a toss-up, but my money would go to the BLACKSUP simply because of the lithium upgrade kit option.
The Fuzion V-1000
The V-1000 fusion has the same foldable kick-scooter style that Razor made famous in the 90s, but unlike the sub-$300 E300 scooter from Razor, the V-1000 is a true monster.
First of all, this scooter costs over a grand. It’s solidly in electric moped scooter price range, but this is no humble commuter. This is a kick scooter that will hit 18 miles per hour. That may not seem scary on a seated scooter, but on a standing kick scooter that’s quite a rush.
The V-1000 has a high-quality brushless 500W motor and an 8ah battery, full suspension front and back, and a disc brake on the rear wheel, which is also where the drive is. Maximum rider weight is 250 pounds.
Everything from the tires to the foldable aircraft aluminum frame is uprated on this very premium scooter. I have to say, I respect the heck out of the V-1000 simply as an object of beauty, but that price is just insane. If you basically want the fanciest kick scooter money can buy, then by all means, here’s your ride. I think I’ll just buy five or six E300s instead and throw them away as they wear out.
The EcoReco M5
The EcoReco M5 continues the Fuzion V-1000’s tradition of supremely well-made kick-style scooters that are just too expensive. Dropping an amount well south of a grand on a scooter like this just seems insane.
I’m not sure who is supposed to be the market for this scooter – possibly a person who is willing to drop as much as $1500 on a souped-up electric kick scooter; someone who doesn’t want any of the many other electric vehicles that could do the job better and for the same money.
This is a bit like those gourmet hamburgers aimed at millionaires. It’s still just a hamburger, but every ingredient is rare or endangered. The M5 looks like it was developed for military use. Mean looking, black, and heavy. It’s a good looking, genuinely well-designed machine that you would have to be insane to buy unless your name is Richie Rich.
The Coolpeds USA Super Lightweight Smart Electric Scooter
Between the fun but toy-like nature of the E300 from Razor and the insanely over-engineered rich-person’s scooters like the EcoReco M5, there has to be a happy medium; this Chinese $500-ish scooter might be just that.
It’s light at 22 pounds, it folds, and it will do 15 miles at speeds up to 18 miles per hour. It has front and rear suspension, and the motor is a near in-wheel brushless number. Here’s a serious commuter’s kick-style electric scooter that I’d actually use – especially since the lithium battery only takes two hours to charge. If you have your heart set on commuting with a kick-style scooter then this is one that will actually get you where you’re going. If you just want to have a bit of fun, go for the E300.
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Well, there you have it. The selection of adult electric scooters that I think are worth looking at. I’m sure that, even if your perfect scooter isn’t here, you should now have a pretty clear idea of what’s available out there. Whether you’re sitting pretty, standing with a kick scooter, pedaling a moped, or just cruising along the sidewalk, there’s a set of wheels waiting for you somewhere.