Best Lightweight Electric Scooters(+Portable & Folding)
Rider Guide’s Editor-in-Chief is a seasoned expert in the electric scooter industry. With a wide-ranging background that includes managing scooter warehouses, selling thousands of motorcycles, and restoring high value (+1M) European sports cars, his expertise is unmatched. Having personally tested more than 100 electric scooters, he offers invaluable insights and recommendations to our readers. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team, as his diverse skill set and extensive experience ensure top-notch reviews.
This is NOT another list based on keyboard research. We own and have extensively ridden and tested every single scooter on this list (and 90+ more not on it as well)
No scooter will be the best for every single person, so we’ve selected the best scooters by category. Whether you want a lightweight scooter that can go fast, take you far or up hills, has a swappable battery or high rider weight capacity, this top 10 list is for you.
Best Lightweight Electric Scooters Summary
Best Overall, Best Design, Urban Commuter
Unagi Model One
The gorgeous and ultralightweight Unagi Model One is most notably available through Unagi’s no commitment, monthly scooter rental service, which is the world’s largest scooter subscription offering by a longshot. This allows you to treat it like its your own starting at $59/month, while having free repairs servicing, and theft and damage insurance covered at the cheapest rate you’ll find anywhere today.
Unagi has been around since 2018, making its claim to fame on sleek design, great ergonomics, dual motors, and premium materials like carbon fiber. This has led the press to label Unagi the ‘Apple’ or ‘Tesla’ of the space, given the full-service and brand-driven focuses of the company.
However, as you’ll see with all lightweight scooters, there are tradeoffs: The two main ones are the Unagi’s ride quality will send you toward more paved surfaces, and is ideal for urban environments, but not so much being a suburban car replacement or overall longer-range use cases.
Unagi is for people who want an ideal commuter scooter and appreciate full-service experience and a great brand repped by celebrities and creatives. If you’d rather own than subscribe, you can buy the dual motor Model One for $990 or the single motor for $790.
Unagi Monthly Rental Service
Unagi’s subscription program is the only major program offered nationwide (or even outside small subregions for that matter). You can rent month-to-month at no commitment (ie cancel anytime) and have theft and damage insurance and repairs covered at the cheapest rate you’ll find anywhere today.
Use “ESGHALF” for half off your first month!
Best Ride Quality & Handling
Apollo Air Pro
Choosing a lightweight scooter, isn’t easy, because of the trade-offs between light weight, range and ride quality.
The Air Pro is an entry-level scooter that delivers amazing ride quality, handling and good range while still being relatively lightweight at 37 lbs.
The Air Pro’s dual 10’’ pneumatic tires and front suspension makes the ride one of the very best at this price point. It’s intuitive to ride and has a roomy deck, great things for newer riders. The Apollo Air Pro delivers satisfying performance on hills; and on flat ground, will hit an ESG-certified top speed of 18.8 mph.
With 17.7 miles of range, it’s got enough range for any cross-town commute, and for very short commutes like mine, means I only need to charge once every 3 days. The front drum and rear regenerative brakes have a stopping distance of just 11 feet, offering great safety while still being easy for new riders to control.
Best Utility, Best Brand History (8+ Years)
UScooters GT SE
Portability and lightweight aren’t just important when it comes to carrying scooters upstairs, but also when it’s time to stow one in the trunk, hop on a bus taxi or train, or even just stash one in the closet.
UScooters have been exclusively selling ultraportable and lightweight electric scooters for a good 8+ years now–and fun fact, around that time Justin Bieber and Neymar tried them out.
They partner with a manufacturer called E-TWOW, and up until recently essentially any scooter you see in the U.S. that looks like this was sold by UScooters. Their scooters are known for both performance per pound and reliability. The UScooters GT Smart Edition or SE adds Bluetooth connectivity and a new app, but it’s the 700 W of peak power that really steals the show.
Coming any day now, is the new UScooters GT Sport, which is expected to go a whopping 28 miles per hour and reach a very strong range value. A key feature that UScooters has been promoting with this launch is the expensive Samsung battery cells they’re using, which should produce both longevity and performance. Stay tuned for our review coming soon.
It’s held back slightly by smaller wheels and tires, but makes up for this with dual suspension … oh, and it’s actually portable.
To smooth out the ride from the solid flat-proof tires the GT SE has plush front and rear suspension but vibrations from rough pavement still come through. Despite its larger battery and new drum brake, the ESG certified weight stays surprisingly, low at 29.6 lbs. The folded dimensions, while not as small as the Booster V are still among the very best.
Uscooters Booster V
If you want to go even smaller (and a bit cheaper), the UScooter Booster V adds new meaning to the term ultra-portable with the smallest folded size of any scooter we’ve
tested. But you’ll give up a noticeable amount of range, and top speed vs the GT Sport (coming soon) or GT SE.
Best Fast & Portable Speedstar
Fluid Freeride Mosquito
The Fluid Mosquito is the fastest ultraportable scooter we’ve ever tested with a top speed of 27.7 mph. One of the leading scooter retailers in the United States, FluidFreeRide just released the Mosquito, providing their own unique spec to the manufacturer: E-TWOW. None of the scooters in this rocket’s 29.6 lb weight class even come close to matching its top speed per pound, and the Mosquito folds down small enough to take just about anywhere.
It’s easy to ride, the deck is large, and so is the rider weight capacity at 265 lbs, but the braking distance and traction in wet conditions could be a bit better.
Perfection of utility and top speed is the story on this scooter, and its hill climbing is also good. The Mosquito includes full-suspension that actually does pretty okay at smoothing out larger bumps, but one con is that along with the strong utility focus of the scooter, you also get ride quality that is a bit jittery.
Use our link and discount code in the description for an extra year of warranty on the standout, newly-released Mosquito.
Best for Beginners
Inokim Light 2
The Inokim Light 2 has a very low deck height and low weight, at 30lbs, resulting in a confidence-inspiring ride that’s perfect for new riders, but still fun for the more experienced. The only thing that may not be optimal for new riders is the price, though it’s clear you gain some premium design from one of the most long-standing global scooter makers.
Acceleration is easy to handle, but it’s got speed if you need it: topping out at 21 mph on flat ground. The front and rear drum brakes are easy for new riders to use safely while still delivering excellent stopping power. The folding handlebars angle back toward the rider for comfort and the ergonomics of the foam grips and thumb throttle are top-notch. The scooter rolls on comfortable 8.5-inch air-filled tires more than making up for the lack of suspension
Best for Long Range
If you’re looking for a huge step up from basic beginner scooters, the Fluid Freeride Horizon’s 26 miles of tested range, certified 24-mile-per-hour top speed, and small folded size make it an outstanding commuter.
Often compared together, the Horizon beats the Emove Touring, by 7.7 miles on range, and is 2.5 miles per hour faster, with a top speed of 24 miles per hour. Though the Touring, is the clear winner when it comes to hill climbing.
Despite the Horizon’s solid rear tire, ride quality is very good thanks to dual suspension. We would love to see dual brakes as well. Since the single rear brake and solid rear tire result in a longer than average braking distance for its class.
Best Swappable Battery & for Heavy Riders
This new scooter caught us by surprise with the shortest stopping distance in its class, the lightest removable battery we’ve ever seen at 5 just lbs, and 17.9 miles of tested range.
It’s also got a shockingly high weight capacity at 300 lbs and the deck is spacious enough to fit anyone’s feet. When tested by our resident Big Dawg Ramier the UM-2 didn’t struggle at all. Acceleration is instant and hill-climbing power is impressive. Ride stability is amazing regardless of the rider’s weight, and at $899 and is good value for commuters, and unbeatable ride quality for the price. Pro-tip, Anyhill often offers discounts if you order the spare battery at the same time as the scooter and since we just reviewed the UM-2, we still have an exclusive discount (see below).
Turboant X7 Pro
At just $549 the TurboAnt X7 Pro is a great inexpensive, lightweight scooter with a swappable battery. Tested range is15.3 miles, but doubles to 30.6 miles with a quick battery swap.
Top speed is 20 mph, and acceleration is good considering its small 350W motor. Even without any suspension, the ride quality of the TurboAnt is good due to air-filled and large 10” tires.
The Emove Touring is one of the most comfortable lightweight scooters at only $899. The Touring has excellent performance for its price, with a top speed of 21 mph. Known as a strong hill climber, the Touring is also famous for its available accessories including an optional seat and two alternative throttles.
The front 8-inch air-filled tire and 8-inch solid rear tire combine with truly excellent dual suspension to deliver outstanding ride quality at almost any rider weight.
The Touring has the second-longest deck we’ve seen, making it comfortable for long feet and long rides, which is good because it covered 18.7-miles in our range test.
Cheap and Affordable
The Hiboy S2, is one of the best performance-per-dollar scooters we’ve ever tested. Aside from quality and support, the S2 comes out ahead with a 19 mph top speed, faster hill-climbing, and above-average ride quality. You also get an industry-standard warranty. The Hiboy S2 is definitely the better performance bargain, even though it costs $50 more than the GoTrax XR Elite.
GOTRAX XR Elite
Electric Scooter FAQ
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.