The 12 Best Commuter Electric Scooters
Looking for the best commuter electric scooter? Check out our list of the top 11 options that are perfect for getting to and from school or work.

It is right to assume that a lot of people are looking for speed, power, and comfort when considering their means of transportation. And all that’s important, but is not the priority for everyone. Not because they don’t want the 61.0 mph Wolf King GT or the 59.5-mile Dualtron Thunder II. No. It’s because certain circumstances just don’t fit the bill for the frills that come with some of these beastly electric scooters.

Take a school setup, for instance. There are just too many people on the mostly congested paths to ride around at neck-breaking speeds. And if that wasn’t enough, you have to consider the added weight that comes with overpowered electric scooters–that makes them impractical to carry around. At the end of the day, we have to realize that different categories of riders will have different needs–and today, we look at our top picks for the daily commuter.

As always, at ESG, we test electric scooters so that you don’t have to–and are here to give you the most unbiased recommendations.

Factors to Consider in Choosing

There are a lot of electric scooters on the market these days, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for your commuting needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a commuter electric scooter:

Budget

Budget is always a factor when choosing any big purchase, and an electric scooter is no different. But when it comes to e-scooters, quite a few options are available for those on a tight budget. 

You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to get a good electric scooter. In fact, there are plenty of cheap electric scooters that even do a better job than their triple-priced competitors. 

You can easily find a quality scooter for under $1000, and in the long run, it will definitely save you money on things like gas and parking fees. So even if you have to spend a bit more upfront, it’s worth considering the long-term savings you could make.

Portability

How easily can the scooter be carried? Can it be folded up? How much does it weigh? These are all important factors to keep in mind, especially if you’re using public transportation or want to take your scooter with you when you travel.

You will want an electric scooter that is lightweight, easy to carry, and compact when folded down. This will ensure that it is not cumbersome to haul around or for storage. 

Aim for something less than 40 lbs so that it can be easily carried into public transport and buildings. Also, look for something with a small folded footprint. This way, you can take your electric scooter with you wherever you go without worrying about it taking up too much space.

Range and Terrain

How far do you need to travel, and what terrain will you be riding on?  

The scooter range should be able to cover your daily commute to and fro. If you need to travel long distances or don’t have access to a charger during the day, look for a model with a high range

Almost any model will do if you’re riding on smooth roads and sidewalks (which is the most likely scenario). However, if you plan to ride off-road or on rough terrain, look for a scooter with larger wheels and suspension. These features will help you navigate bumps and uneven surfaces. 

Safety

When it comes to choosing a commuter electric scooter, safety is always a top concern. After all, you’ll be riding your scooter on busy streets and sidewalks sharing the road with cars, bikes, and pedestrians, so it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing a model that will help keep you safe.

The brakes should be responsive and stop on a dime; the electric scooters should have audible warning sounds so that other road users are aware of your presence; the steering should be stable; all parts should be well secured; the scooter’s frame should be sturdy enough to accommodate the rider’s weight; front and rear lights and reflectors should not be optional; and the manufacturer should do their part in ensuring that riders can actually ride the electric scooter safely—think of NIU’s training protocol for novice riders.

Efficiency and Reliability

You don’t want to end up stranded halfway to your destination, so you’ll need a scooter that’s unlikely to break down. And if you’re regularly riding over rough terrain or in bad weather, you’ll need a scooter that’s up for the challenge. 

Affordable gadgets are notorious for skimping on quality for quantity purposes. However, just because an electric scooter is on the affordable end doesn’t mean that it should be poorly designed and constructed.

We have budget electric scooters like NIU’s KQi2 Pro that are sturdily built and come with an industry-leading 2-year warranty, though note that with any scooter company (even a top-notch budget option like NIU), warranty processes can be painful to go through, which is why Unagi has gone all in on strong local servicing infrastructure and their monthly subscription service. Again, we have e-scooters from UScooters whose odometers are every scooter owner’s dream.

Checking on the material used on the scooter, manufacturer’s reputation and online reviews of the scooter can give you an idea of its reliability. 

Efficiency is also important, and it comes in the form of companion app support, enough battery power to cover the required journey, some speed, and decent ride quality.

Fun

The fun factor should not be overlooked. If a scooter is chaotic to ride or maintain, then it quickly falls to the relics. Manufacturers should ensure that the scooter is as fun to ride as it is efficient. Electric Scooters like the Apollo Air and Anyhill UM2 are just that–fun to ride! These electric scooters embody a stable and comfortable ride–second to none in their class.

Style

Let’s face it–utilitarianism is fine, but it’s not great. What’s great (but take this with a pinch of salt) is an electric scooter that turns heads the instant you cruise by. Think of a scooter like the Unagi Model One. Few electric scooters compare in terms of aesthetic appeal. Of course, new entrants like Taur, Bo-M, Okai Neons, and even the new Kaabo Wolf Warrior X-GT have challenged the status quo on scooter design–and we can’t wait for more budget models to adopt the same principles.

Our Top Choices for Back-to-School/ Work Commuter Electric Scooters

Having gotten the gist of what it takes to be a credible commuter scooter, here’s our list of what we believe are the best entry-level commuter scooters for your trips to work and school.

Let’s get into it (in no particular order):

Summary

Unagi Model One Classic
Pre-Mentions
$59/mo
Zero Hassle (Monthly Rental Option), Best Design
Fluid Mosquito
Pre-Mentions
$899
Lightweight, Portable, Speedstar
Apollo City Pro
Pre-Mentions
$1699
Most Integrated Scooter, Great IP Rating
TAUR
Pre-Mentions
$1495
Premium Feel, Thoughtful Product Design
EMOVE Cruiser
Pre-Mentions
$1499
Ultra-Commuter, Insane Range
EMOVE RoadRunner
Pre-Mentions
$1395
Best Seated Scooter
Apollo Air 2022
Pre-Mentions
$999
Best Ride Quality & Handling <$1000
NIU KQi2 Pro
Pre-Mentions
$599
Best All-Around Electric Scooter <$600
Hiboy S2
Pre-Mentions
$469
Budget Electric Scooter (Best <$500)
ANYHILL UM-2
Pre-Mentions
$999
Swappable Battery, Best for Heavy Riders, Ultra-Stable Ride
GOTRAX GXL V2
Pre-Mentions
$299
Best Ride Quality & Handling <$1000

Short Rides, Portable

When navigating around a school or the office, it is best to have something portable. Here are the best electric scooters for short rides with good portability:

Monthly Rental Option $55/month

Model One Classic - $59/month
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PROS
Totally Unique Monthly Rental Option
Excellent Speed and Power for its Lightweight Design
Highly Maneuverable in Dense Urban Environments
Beautiful and Sleek
Premium Materials & Ergonomics
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CONS
Definitely for Short-Range Commutes (though you can get the more expensive new Voyager which greatly improves range)
Focused Far More on Portability Than Suspension
Technical Specifications
Tested Top Speed:
20.0 mph**
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Tested Range:
8.5 mi**
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Weight:
28.6 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
220 lb
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Water Resistance:
IPX4
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Acceleration:
4.4 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
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Unagi Model One

Why We like the Unagi:

  • Easy entry to the world of electric scooters at $55 a month
  • The speed goes up to 20.0 mph, enough speed to get you going throughout the campus
  • Super lightweight 
  • Stylish aesthetics

Previously, your options were A–purchase the electric scooter, and B–rent the scooter. Then Unagi came up with a business model that almost sounded too good to be real, option C–the monthly rental option. 

A little more on Unagi’s monthly rental ownership model.

  • No commitment subscription
  • Monthly rental fee of $55 a month
  • Insurance against damages and highly affordable add-on anti-theft insurance is available
  • Cancel any-time policy

And, ESG offers an exclusive coupon code for one month free off your Unagi subscription.

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Use code “ESGHALF” for half off your first month!

Besides that, you will get an electric scooter that is perfect for quick, short commutes, giving you a max speed of 20.0 mph and a battery that covers 8.5 miles max range in top performance mode. And you will do so on one of the most stylish electric scooters we have on the market.

The Unagi electric scooter weighs 28.6 lbs, which is light enough to carry around campus and up the stairs to your hostel. It also folds down to small dimensions, allowing it to fit in cramped spaces.

Another big one for us is the dual 250 W motors that give the electric scooter impeccable hill-climbing ability. On our standard 200.0 ft 10% hill climb, the Unagi sustained a speed of 10.9 mph. It also has decent acceleration and took only 4.4 seconds to reach 15.0 mph. 

The ride is not too shabby. The Unagi comes with 7.5-inch honeycomb tires, which are maintenance-free since you can’t get a flat on them. The air pockets also cushion your ride in the absence of suspension. Note that suspension is not common in this class of electric scooters since it adds greatly to the overall weight of the electric scooter–and that’s counterintuitive for a portable commuter.

Full Model One Classic Review

Lightweight, Portable, Speedstar 

Mosquito - $899
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PROS
Ultraportable
Unbeatable Top Speed
Proven Reliability Backed by a Reputable Retailer
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CONS
Ride Quality Can be Jittery
Longer Braking Distance
Poor traction on Wet Surfaces
Technical Specifications
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Tested Top Speed:
27.7 mph
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Tested Range:
16.6 mi
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Weight:
29.6 lb
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Max Rider Weight:
265 lb
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Water Resistance:
IPX5
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Acceleration:
5.1 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The Fluid freeride Mosquito is available in United States from Fluid Freeride.
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Fluid Freeride Mosquito

Why We like the Fluid Mosquito

  • This electric scooter is a portability master.
  • It comes with a convenient carrying handle. 
  • The Mosquito’s performance makes this the best ultra-portable electric scooter (speed, range, etc.)
  • Big dawg approved

The Mosquito is essentially the love child of Fluid FreeRide’s collaboration with E-TWOW. The electric scooter is simple in its design, but don’t let that fool you. This is pretty much one of the best-performing commuter electric scooters we have by far tested–without forgetting its ultra-portability.

The Mosquito is a 29.6 lbs electric scooter that folds down to a very small package measuring 41.5 inches x 5.6 inches x 13.0-inches (LxWxH). These super slim dimensions are made possible by the folding handlebars, the telescopic stem, and a slender but elongated deck. It also comes with small 8.0 inch x2.0 inch tires and a smaller battery, which aid in keeping the weight low.

The smaller battery is responsible for the short 16.6 miles of range. However, you will get to your destination faster than most electric scooters in its class at 27.7 mph. It is also an excellent hill climber, reaching the top of our 200.0 ft 10% hill in just 14.5 seconds.

The electric scooter is rated for a maximum weight capacity of 265.0 lbs and has proven to sustain performance even with riders closer to the maximum limit–thus making it one of our big-dawg-approved commuters.

Full Mosquito Review

Short Rides, Portable

This category is somewhat tricky to convey. Premium is a feeling more than numbers and figures. Like Love, it’s hard to quantify “premium with stats,” but these next commuters will have you feeling good about yourself while riding.

Most Integrated, Great IP Rating

City Pro - $1699
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PROS
Variable Regen Braking
Flat-proof 10” Pneumatic Tires
Clean Integrated Design
Highest IP Rating in our Database
Ultra-Short Charging Time
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CONS
Deck Hook Doesn’t Stay Latched
Turn Signals Aren’t visible From the Front
Some May Find it Pricy
Technical Specifications
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Tested Top Speed:
30.9 mph**
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Tested Range:
22.7 mi**
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Weight:
66.2 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
265 lb
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Water Resistance:
IP66
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Acceleration:
2.9 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The Apollo City Pro is available in United States from Apollo.
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Apollo City Pro

Why We Like the Apollo City Pro

  • When riding this electric scooter, it’s not going to knock your socks off with the speed 
  • You can instantly feel the quality while riding
  • App gives it that next-level boost 
  • Suspension can handle almost all types of roads
  • Great variable regen and dual drum brakes

It has been called the most integrated electric scooter of the year 2022–and with good reason. The dual motor City is an Apollo in-house design with the rider experience in mind. You can tell this by the clean design and the easy-to-use interface.

The following are features on the City 2022 that make riding just that much more fun:

  • The City Pro has one of the fastest setups out of the box
  • Turn signals within reach of the thumb. They beep when on, just so you don’t forget to turn them off. They also self-cancel once they’ve been on for a while–in case the beeping doesn’t get to you.
  • The App experience is one of the best. It has an accurate range remaining counter and can be used to dial in the acceleration and braking intensity, among other things
  • Strong and functional front and rear fender 
  • The 3 Amp fast charger charges the battery quickly in 4 hour
  • The charge port cover flaps back in place when not in use
  • It has a robust kickstand

The City Pro is fast, at 18.3 mph against a manufacturer-stated 32.0 mph. On full battery charge, the 864 wh battery will take you as far as 22.7 miles. And thanks to the dual motors, the City Pro has no problem going up hills–we managed to reach the top of our hill test in just 10.1 seconds.

The ride feels incredible–thanks to the 10.0-inch, tubeless, puncture-proof tires. We put the claim to the test, and the tires are really impervious to punctures. You also get dual, front and rear suspension and a wide deck measuring 19.0 inches x 7.8-inches. The handlebar is delightfully high at 41.5-inches, which works well with bigger taller riders.

Unlike the original City, the Pro comes with a high-mounted headlight. For added safety, it also comes with a strong front and rear drum brake + regenerative braking. And, the electric scooter is rated IP56 for all-weather riding–the highest water protection in our database. If you have a little extra in your budget, then the City Pro is a great electric scooter.

Full City Pro Review

Premium Feel, Thoughtful Product Design

Taur - $1495
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PROS
Big Flat-resistant Tires
The Bicycle-like Stability of Huge Tires in a Very Portable Scooter
Vertical Parking
Ultra Short Charging Time
Anticipated App Features
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CONS
Premium Scooter at a Premium Price
Display can be Difficult to Read in Direct Sunlight
Range is Relatively Short
They Haven’t Started Shipping Yet
Technical Specifications
Tested Top Speed:
21.7 mph**
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Tested Range:
12.1 mi**
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Weight:
37.6 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
220 lb
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Water Resistance:
IP55
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Acceleration:
4.8 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The TAUR is available in United States from TAUR.
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TAUR

Why We Like the Taur

  • The foot deck is weird at first, but it’s nice
  • It folds straight up to make it even more portable (bonus for commutes, train, bus, and office space
  • Great night light for when your work/school day is over
  • Awesome cockpit 
  • The 12.5-inch air-filled tires

Taur is a great new scooter for commuting that’s trying to reinvent the scope of what e-scooters should be. Carson Brown, a Co-founder, says that the Taur is the scooter parallel for bike and car ownership, since it’s that efficient and practical. But enough about how unique the Taur is, let’s see what exactly sets it apart from your regular e-scooter.

  • Foot platforms instead of the regular deck. They are made of aluminum alloy and lined with a high-grip surface. The parallel platforms allow stable weight distribution and fold up when not in use.
  • The scooter has some large 12.5-inch continental, puncture-resistant, kevlar-reinforced wheels. They feature deep tread cuts that give you one-of-a-kind traction–and being a UK-made electric scooter, the thought behind it was especially for rainy day rides.
  • The frame is recyclable–which we absolutely love. It is also robust, lightweight and features a matte-powder coating for that sophisticated finish. The electric scooter has a uniquely steep steering angle that offers better stability at high speeds or over obstacles.
  • The headlight is 300 lumen—high-powered directional beam. Along the sides is a 240-degree frosted light. And at the tail end is a night projector that shines onto the rider’s back, coupled with the rear light.
  • The battery is 50.2 V, 405 wh, with high-performance cells. The battery management system works great and can accurately calculate the remaining range. What’s more, it charges from zero to full in under 3 hrs.
  • The scooter is optimized for storage. You can store it head first on its bull-horn handlebars.
  • The cockpit features a pixel display, and the electric scooter receives over-the-air updates through the robust user app.
  • The control comes in the form of a 5-way joystick rather than the standard buttons.

Taur is here to solve most of the problems experienced by scooter owners and renters by giving us a scooter with a longer lifespan,follows the requirements of most regulators, a premium scooter that is relatively affordable and an electric scooter that just feels good to ride.

Full TAUR Review

The Ultra-Commuter

This category had one easy winner–an electric scooter with a unique superpower: an all-weather, long-distance commuter.

Ultra-Commuter, Insane Range

Why We Like the EMOVE Cruiser

  •  One of the older e-scooters on this list, but other scooters still fail to hit the commuter accolades this scooter can.
  • The ULTRA COMMUTER, hands down
  • The Cruiser can last in a rain storm and goes as far as you need
  • Great speed
  • Superb braking from the mechanical disc brakes
  • Supremely high rider weight for a commuter

For what you pay to get this scooter, it’s still baffling the immense value you get. The 2021 EMOVE Cruiser is a 1000 w single, rear-wheel drive electric scooter that seems to do everything. Everything, including going out in the rain, thanks to the IPX6 rating. 

First, you can’t do better than the Cruiser in terms of range per dollar. The Cruiser has the 6th longest range we’ve tested–going as far as 47.0 miles on a single charge. This range can be attributed to the 52 V, 1560 wh, LG MJ1 battery, with energy efficient 21700 cells. It does take 9-12 hrs to reach full charge–but that’s a small price to pay for the miles you’ll get out of it.

The Cruiser is a performance beast, hitting a maximum speed of 30.5 mph and taking only 3.8 seconds to reach 15.0 mph. And with such great top speed, we expect even better braking, which the Cruiser delivers with an incredible 10.4 ft stopping distance from 15 mph. This incredible braking is thanks to the scooter’s long wheelbase, the lower center of gravity, and the dual hybrid XTECH hydraulic disc brakes.

The e-scooter has the highest hill-climb speed on a single motor scooter, reaching the top of our 200.0 ft, 10% hill climb in just 12.2 seconds. But what’s even more interesting is the rider weight capacity on this scooter–a whopping 353.0 lbs. The big dawgs will definitely love this one, and even more so since the ride is comfortable thanks to the front spring suspension and rear air shocks.

The e-scooter also comes with plug-and-play cabling, which facilitates the application of some of the mods. The available mods include a twist throttle, thumb throttle, rear grab handle, a trunk kit, a seat, and adjustable handlebars. Therefore, you get to customize your ride to your exact liking. The electric scooter also comes in 5 colors–orange, black, purple, white, and red.

Full Cruiser Review

Seated

Some people aren’t too cozy with the idea of standing around during their commutes–and to that, we say, how about the most comfortable seated electric scooter–the EMOVE Roadrunner?

Best Seated Scooter

Roadrunner - $1395
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PROS
Excellent Max Speed
Intuitive To Use
Well-Executed Swappable Battery
An Intangible "Can't Stop Riding" Factor
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CONS
Front Fenders Don't Keep Off Most Splashes
The Seat Could Be More Comfortable
Not The Best Front Suspension
Technical Specifications
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Tested Top Speed:
35.5 mph**
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Tested Range:
33.0 mi**
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Weight:
63.4 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
330 lb
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Water Resistance:
None
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Acceleration:
3.9 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The EMOVE roadrunner is available in United States from VORO Motors.
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EMOVE Roadrunner

Why We Love the EMOE Roadrunner

  • Genuine car replacement, indeed. This is a Vespa/e-bike alternative. 
  • The Roadrunner is the best for long commutes. 
  • You can sit down and ride without the stress on your legs 
  • Carry a spare battery for double the range
  • A lovely, fun ride

This is a great alternative to an e-bike and actually gets confused for one. But this e-scooter has foot pegs, not pedals, as your bike would. With that out of the way, let’s get right into what Voro Motors has given us with the EMOVE Road Runner. 

The Roadrunner electric scooter is a dual motor, 350 W, with a peak motor power of 850W. It is a great seated scooter whose seat is padded with memory foam for extra comfort. The scooter is comfortable to ride thanks to the 14.0-inch pneumatic inner tube tires and front fork suspension that dampens road vibrations.

The e-scooter comes with a powerful 1253 wh battery with enough juice to ride 33.0 miles on a single charge. And if that’s not enough, the scooter’s battery is removable, allowing you to extend the range by another 33.0 miles–luckily, the battery doesn’t weigh too much at 15.0 lbs (the weight of three college textbooks).

The Roadrunner e-scooter is fast–going to a max speed of 35.5 mph and accelerating from 0 to 15 in just 3.9 seconds. The thumb throttle is smooth and intuitive to use, even for new riders. The scooter is also great on hills, reaching the top of our 200.0 ft 10% hill test in just 11.8 seconds.

Braking is world-class on the Roadrunner. The front and rear semi-hydraulic disc brakes bring the scooter to a stop from 15.0 mph in just 10.4 ft. And there’s no regen, so the harder you brake, the faster you stop.

The electric scooter has a weight capacity of 330.0 lbs, and the handlebar height and angle are adjustable–meaning you can customize the ride to your preference.

Full RoadRunner Review

Entry Level

These top commuters are found on most new riders and college campuses because they are general and not as heavy on old the bank account.

Best Ride Quality & Handling <$1000

Why We Love the Apollo Air

  • Runs on plush 10.0 inch tires
  • Has suspension
  • Strong regen braking
  • One of the best apps

Apollos’ entry e-scooter, Apollo Air, is not the most budget-friendly, but if you are a new rider looking for something premium out the gate, this is for you. The Air 2022 is Apollo’s retake at the original Air, which we already loved. The scooter looks even more high-end in the dashing graphite gray color scheme. But it’s not just the looks and sleek design–the performance is great as well.

The ride is comfortable–and is one of the best rides you can get for under $ 1000. The electric scooter rolls on plush, Aramid-reinforced inner tube tires, which gives both a smooth and puncture-resistant ride. This is complemented by the motorcycle-style dual front fork suspension that do a pretty good job at absorbing road shocks.

The electric scooter gets even better with its super wide handlebars that sit a perfect 40.0-inches above the deck. The deck is a good size for most riders’ feet, measuring 19.5 inches x 7.0-inches, and tapers towards the end, making for a very neat riding platform. You can also engage cruise control and take your thumb off the throttle to enjoy the ride a little more.

Performance is also good–with the 500W powerful motor propelling the Air to a speed of up to 19.9 mph. You also get the convenience of a 540 wh battery with energy-dense 21700 cells that give a 19.5-mile range on a single charge, and a longer battery life. On the other hand, the well-executed regen plus drum brake combo gives you formidable stopping–going from 15.0 mph to 0 in just 10.4 ft.

Other than that, the Air has one of the best app support on an entry level. The app does all that it’s meant to and more. You get to see the remaining charge and can even get over-the-air firmware updates for your scooter. The Air is an e-scooter worth the investment.

Full Air 2022 Review

Best All-Around Scooter <$600

KQi2 Pro - $599
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PROS
Excellent Range Per Dollar
Easy To Ride
Outstanding Ride Quality
Leading Build Quality
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CONS
Long 7 Hour Charging Time
Technical Specifications
Tested Top Speed:
16.3 mph**
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Tested Range:
15.7 mi**
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Weight:
40.8 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
220 lb
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Water Resistance:
IP54
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Acceleration:
7.6 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
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Why We Love About the KQi2 Pro

  • It is pretty much the best under $ 600
  • Great looks
  • Great warranty 

NIU is one of the new kids on the block–but with four incredible releases, we’ll have to stop calling them ‘new.’ NIU brought their design experience from building moped-style scooters to the kick-scooter industry, and they’ve been crushing it with their commuter models. The KQi2 Pro kick scooter, especially, stands out as the best value for money under $ 600.

The KQi2 doesn’t look or feel cheap. In fact, NIU believes in their scooter so much that they give you a comprehensive 2-year warranty, which covers even the most expensive parts on an electric scooter, a.k.a., the controller, dash, and battery. 

The ride quality is something that really sells the KQi2 Pro. The scooter’s 10.0 inch x 2.3 inch tires absorb road imperfections while ensuring that you do not experience pinch flats. Besides that, you get large handlebars and a large rake angle that ensure stability and a wobble-free ride.

Performance is great for its price. In sport mode, you get an ESG-certified top speed of 16.3 mph. You can set the riding mode to 3 predetermined max speeds or customize your very own mode in the app. Beginners are put through a compulsory app tutorial that caps the speed at 6.0 mph and only unlocks after one is through with the tutorial. There is no zero-start, which expert riders might not like so much.

The 48 v, 365 wh battery gives you 15.7 miles on a single charge, which is a best-in-class for the KQi2. Another excellent feature is the small drum brake up-front working with the rear regen to deliver a short braking distance of 14.1 ft. The throttle is smooth and gradual, getting you to 15.0 mph in 7.6 seconds.

A staple on NIU electric scooters is the always-on, high-mounted halo light that ensures your night rides are as safe as can be. The dash is bright and easy to read, showing you all your vital stats. Besides that, you get an IP54 resting that ensures you can still ride when caught in light showers or ride through shallow puddles.

For riders under 220.0 lbs on a budget, this is the best electric scooter.

Full KQi2 Pro Review

Best Budget Scooter (<$500)

What We Love About the Hiboy S2

  • Ultra budget – cheapest we recommend
  • Fastest affordable scooter
  • Great performance stats
  • Rear Suspension 

It’s almost impossible to believe that the Hiboy S2 retails for under $ 500. The scooter over-delivers on the basics, which is why we’re relentless in recommending it for anyone on a really strained budget. Now, you need to remember that this is a budget offering, and it will offer ‘budget’ in some areas.

Starting with the scooter’s superpower, the scooter hits a max speed of 19.0 mph. This is excellent speed per dollar and per pound (31.9 lbs). It accelerates to 15.0 mph in just 6.2 seconds and brakes from 15.0 mph in 14.6 ft. The 270 wh battery gives you just 12.7 miles of range, which makes its 6-hour charge time quite bothersome. But, the scooter is better on hills than even electric scooters that double in price.

The ride itself is decent for a budget electric scooter. The e-scooter runs on 8.5-inch honeycomb tires, which are less stiff than their fully solid counterparts. The tires plus the rear shocks make riding over cracked City tracks a breeze. However, the 17-inch x 6-inch deck, with a 38.0-inch handlebar height, can be limiting for bigger individuals, despite the 265.0 lbs weight limit.

The kickstand is solid, but the fenders are a little rattly on the go. You might also need to lean back hard when braking. And you might need a reflector jacket or aftermarket reflective strip for night riding in the absence of a tail/ rear brake light.

Full S2 Review

Swappable Battery, Best for Heavy Riders

UM-2 - $999
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PROS
Ultra-Light Removable Battery
Best-in-Class Braking
High Rider Weight Limit
Ultra-Stable (Confidence-Inspiring Ride)
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CONS
A Few Pounds Heavier Than Comparable Scooters
Display Could be Brighter
Stem Shape Not Ideal for Carrying
Technical Specifications
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Tested Top Speed:
17.9 mph**
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Tested Range:
17.0 mi**
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Weight:
45.0 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
300 lb
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Water Resistance:
IP54
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Acceleration:
5.9 s
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The Anyhill UM-2 is available in United States from ANYHILL.
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ANYHILL UM-2

Why We Love the Anyhill UM-2

  • The UM-2 is not crazy spec-wise, but this is the entry electric scooter for big dawg riders
  • Super smooth, and one can easily ride with one hand
  • Specs stay true for riders over 225.0 lbs
  • Removable battery

Anyhill is a new brand that’s determined to reinvent the commuter space. They are already sort of doing that with the Anyhill UM-2. They didn’t just borrow concepts from their predecessors–they went to the drawing board and did a whole new thing that’s just immensely working.

First, the UM2 has the highest rider weight limit in its class, carrying up to 300.0 lbs. And not just that, but it doesn’t lose performance with heavier riders. The powerful 450 W motor will propel the scooter to top speeds of 17.9 mph, taking just 5.9 seconds to reach 15.0 mph. It also does pretty well on hills and sustained a speed of 7.5 mph during our 200.0 ft, 10%hill climb test.

The electric scooter runs on 10.0-inch tubeless tires, which allows you to ride smoothly. There’s no suspension, though that’s common in this price class. However, you get plenty of riding space–with 19.0 inches x 7.0-inches of deck. But, the handlebar height is a bit below our optimum at 37.8 inches.

The UM2 is also now famous for its one-of-a-kind removable battery. It is an energy-dense, 360 wh battery with LG 21700 cells that gives the e-scooter 17.0 miles of range. At 5.0 lbs, this is the lightest removable battery we’ve experienced, meaning you can carry it with you and barely feel the weight. The battery is also rated IPX6 against the rest of the scooter’s IP54 since it is more prone to spill hazards when charging independently.

The e-scooter also features a first for us–the center stand. Instead of the regular kickstand, the UM2 electric scooter has a center stand that is not only sturdy but helpful with things like tire change, which we hadn’t anticipated. On top of that, it is keyed in for safety but also quite easy to remove.

The UM2 electric scooter also comes with independently operated rear regen and front drum brakes. Used together, they give you best-in-class braking, stopping from 15.0 mph to 0 in just 10.7 ft. The dash is another one that we like–it’s colored and readable in direct sunlight. And finally, fender protection on this electric scooter is great.

The fact that you get all these features for under $1000 is the true win.

Full UM-2 Review

Honorable Mention

GXL Commuter V2 - $299
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PROS
Good Hill Climbing
Best Bang for Buck
Great Feature Set
Good Build Quality
Has Cruise Control
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CONS
Underpowered for Heavier Riders
Low Top Speed at 13.5 mph
No Rear Light
Technical Specifications
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Tested Top Speed:
13.5 mph**
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Tested Range:
10.1 mi**
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Weight:
27.4 lb**
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Max Rider Weight:
220 lb
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Water Resistance:
IP54
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Acceleration:
-
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
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GOTRAX GXL Commuter v2

This is a scooter you’ll see everywhere. Why? Because it’s cheap. But it’s the kind of cheap that comes at a very expensive cost. This scooter comes with a 90-day warranty. Now, regardless of cost savings during purchase, decent speed and range, and ease of use, we cannot, in good faith, vouch for a product that the manufacturers themselves don’t believe in. Electronic gadgets need at least a year’s worth of warranty in order to actually test out the durability or to at least get some service before deciding to let up. So, while it’s a nice electric scooter with a nice spec sheet, the GOTRAX GXL 2 is a no for us.

Full GXL V2 Review

Our Take: Unbeatable Stability + Sporty Good Looks

The journey to work or school can be a long and tedious one. For many people, it involves a long walk to the bus or train station, followed by a ride on public transportation. The journey can take well over an hour, and by the time you reach your destination, you are often tired and stressed. This is especially true if you have to contend with rush-hour traffic.

We’re not saying that walking is punishing, but who wants to be tired at the start and end of the day, not to mention sweaty, dusty, or late for everything?

These are all the reasons why PEVs are essential for commutes. And our list of best electric scooter choices for school and work will take the hassle away from the start or/ and end of your journey.

If you feel there’s one we left out, drop us a comment on our 12 Best Electric Scooters for Commuting – Back to School & Office Special YouTube video

Electric Scooter FAQ

Q: Is it hard to maintain an electric scooter?

A: Electric scooters require minimal maintenance: you should check the battery, brakes, and tires regularly. Additionally, keep the scooter clean and regularly inspect for any damages or wear and tear. For more information about maintenance and repair, see our post here.

Q: What accessories do I need for an electric scooter?

A: At a minimum, you should consider investing in a lock and a helmet for your electric scooter. Other accessories, such as reflectors, phone mounts, and headlights can be especially helpful as well. Learn more about scooter accessories at our post on the 10 Best Electric Scooter Accessories.

Q: How much does a good electric scooter cost?

A: Prices for electric scooters can range from as low as $300 for basic models up to several thousand dollars for performance scooters. Prices will vary based on range, speed, suspension, and other features. Generally, whatever your budget, you can find a great scooter at an affordable price.

Q: Do I need to wear a helmet when using an electric scooter?

A: Riding an electric scooter requires the same safety precautions as riding a bicycle; therefore, riders should always wear a helmet while operating an electric scooter. Different jurisdictions have different rules, so it is important to be aware of and follow the laws in your area. What kind of helmet should you get? See our guide to learn more about electric scooter helmets and visit the Rider Guide electric scooter helmet database.

Q: What is the best way to store an electric scooter?

A: The best way to store an electric scooter is to place it indoors in a cool, dry area. If the scooter needs to be kept outdoors, be sure to invest in a scooter lock for added security and try to keep your scooter covered and out of the rain.

Q: How far can an electric scooter travel?

A: The range of an electric scooter can vary depending on the model and battery life. An average electric scooter can travel between 10-20 miles before needing to be recharged.

Q: How long do electric scooter batteries last?

A: It depends on the battery size and manufacturer. Generally, the smaller the battery, the shorter the range. Some batteries can last up to 40 miles on a single charge, while others last only a few miles. Learn more about electric scooter batteries here.

Q: Are electric scooters legal?

A: Rules and regulations on electric scooters vary by city or state, so it is important to contact local authorities for more information. See this Comprehensive Electric Scooter Laws article to learn more about specific laws for every state in the U.S.

Q: Can you ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk?

A: This depends on the city or state regulations. Generally speaking, electric scooters should be ridden on bike lanes, trails, or roads with the flow of traffic. It is also important to make sure that you keep your electric scooter away from pedestrians and make sure it is not blocking any public pathways. See Comprehensive Electric Scooter Laws to find out where and when it might be safe and legal to ride on the sidewalk.

Q: Are electric scooters safe?

A: Most electric scooters are considered safe if ridden responsibly on roadways that allow them, and in accordance with the speed limits in your area. Additionally, wearing a helmet and other protective gear is always a good idea while operating an electric scooter. See our Ultimate Guide to Scooter Safety for more.

Q: Can electric scooters be used off-road?


A: Some electric scooters are designed for off-road use, but it’s important to check with the manufacturer to make sure the scooter is designed to handle off-road terrain.

Q: Is it safe to ride an electric scooter in the rain?

A: That depends on the scooter. Please see our post on Best Electric Scooters for Riding in the Rain to learn more about which scooters function best on wet roads and how to navigate bad weather on your scooter.

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