Best Electric Scooters Under $600
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Xiaomi Mi M365: the King of Entry-Level
Xiaomi Mi M365 Summary
Nothing at this price, which hosts a field of approximately 50 scooters, comes close to the speed, range, design, reputation, and quality of the Mi M365. The 14.6 mi real-world range (we tested it ), ride quality, and excellent hill-climbing ability beat out the other scooters at this price. Simply put: the Mi M365 is one of the most well-rounded best electric scooters on the market. Its recent price drop makes it an absolute steal.
Results: Best Under $600 Scooter Finalists
To crown the best electric scooter under $600, we began with a field of 51 electric scooters.
Using simple criteria, we narrowed it down to three finalists — GOTRAX Xr Ultra, Xiaomi Mi M365, and Levy scooter — that we subjected to extensive did hands-on testing. Each scooter was graded in terms of performance, ride, portability, and quality.
Gotrax Xr Ultra - Tech Specs
Levy - Tech Specs
Xiaomi Mi M365 - Tech Specs
Performance and Rankings
Which is best at what?
- Performance: Xiaomi then Levy
- Portability: Xiaomi then Gotrax
- Ride: All Tied
- Quality: Xiaomi then Levy
- Motor: Levy then Gotrax then Xiaomi
- Warranty: (2023 UPDATE) Xiaomi is now by far the worst with their exit from US markets, and Gotrax the best developing its brand and infrastructure.
Some notable scooters we’ve reviewed in the past didn’t make the final cut due to having too small battery capacity (Segway Ninebot ES2) or lacking an IP (water-resistance) rating (Glion Dolly). You can read our full take on these scooters by clicking on their links or checking out our review section.
None of the scooters have suspension, but all have large pneumatic (air-filled) tires. Consequently, they have very similar ride quality. On smooth paved roads, the ride is nice and very smooth.
On worse terrain or off-road, the air tires will cushion the worse bumps, but the ride quality won’t be great.
The Xr Ultra has a quicker and easier to use folding mechanism. The Xr’s stem forms a 90-degree angle when folded. This stem angle puts the balance point for carrying the scooter in the perfect position, making it easier to carry.
Though all scooters weigh about 27 lbs, both the Levy and M365 have stems that lock at an angle. This shifts the center of balance awkwardly forward, making them harder to carry.
The Levy scores third for portability due to having a thicker stem that is more difficult and less comfortable to wrap your hand around. The larger stem makes the scooter seem heavier than it is.
Notably, all scooters have relatively good quality — no noticeable creaking, excellent fit-and-finish, and quality plastic and metal parts. However, the M365 has the best warranty of the bunch — a lengthy 12 months, plus an additional 30 days from the authorized seller (e.g. Amazon).
The other scooters have significantly shorter warranties of just six months (Levy) and three months (Xr Ultra).
It is worth mentioning that both the Levy and Xr Ultra have notable features that elevate their quality.
The Levy uses tubeless pneumatic tires that will have better puncture resistance. Its thick stem tube also makes its handlebars and steering feel stiffer. The Xr Ultra is the only scooter of the bunch to use LG-branded cells in its lithium-ion battery pack. We love the addition of this quality feature. However, we don’t weigh it too heavily because in our experience, most scooter failures are related to mechanical problems and not the battery pack.
Best under $600
The M365 delivered the best overall performance, portability, and quality compared to the top contenders. It’s also one of the least expensive scooters of the bunch — typically retailing for around $400 through Amazon.
We are constantly asked about other scooters on Amazon that have better claimed specifications, slightly better ratings, or are cheaper. The simple fact is that these new “better” scooters appear all the time and disappear just as quickly. You are unlikely to do better than the M365 at this price point and will possibly be left with no support when the seller disappears. Xiaomi is a massive international company that is here to stay and its entry-level M365 is currently unbeatable.