The 9 Best Electric Scooters of 2020

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Best Overall: Glion Dolly Adult Electric Scooter

4
What We Like
  • Perfect for short commutes

  • Easy to transport and store

  • Folds fast for easy storage

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Works best on flat surfaces

Featuring a highly durable aluminum frame that's resistant to corrosion, the Glion Dolly foldable lightweight adult electric scooter is a great choice for everyday riding. The built-in 6.6Ah lithium-ion battery pack and 250-watt motor offer 15 miles of range on a single charge, with 3.25 hours of recharge time from zero to full.

Capable of traveling around 15 miles per hour, the Glion offers a smooth ride, thanks to its eight-inch honeycomb, never-flat airless rubber tires. The handlebar-mounted battery indicator helps riders track battery life, while the controls are water-resistant and easy to learn and use. Weighing only 28 pounds, the Glion adds a retractable handle and roller wheels that allow it to be transported like a suitcase and the foldable design means the scooter can stand up on its own in a closet or behind a door for easy storage.

Best for Bike Lanes: GOTRAX GXL

3.5
What We Like
  • Great value

  • Pneumatic tires mean no worrying about getting a flat on the way to work

  • Handles well in rain

What We Don't Like
  • Heavier than some of its competitors

  • No kickstand

Commuters, meet your new best friend. The GOTRAX GXL electric scooter is a powerful inner-city option for transportation, foldable and weighing just over 26 pounds to make it easily portable as you bring it between car, office, or home. Equipped with 8.5” pneumatic tires, it can absorb bumps and shocks and reduce slipping to make your commute more comfortable.

The 250W motor powers two-speed settings, which can reach maximum speeds of about 10 miles an hour and 15 miles an hour, respectively — a small LED display will help you keep track of how fast you’re going. With the 36V battery, you can travel up to 12.5 miles before needing to recharge, a process that should only take around four hours. Four battery life indicators will alert you when its level is running low. Work odd hours, or want a late-night excursion? An ultra-bright LED headlight will keep you safe when you ride at night. 

Best Commuter: Swagger 5 Elite

Swagtron Swagger Electric Scooter

 Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Fast, practical, and safe

  • Intuitive app

  • Included anti-theft lock

What We Don't Like
  • Struggles on steep hills

  • No pneumatic tires

The Swagger 5 Elite is a top choice for commuters, who will appreciate its powerful 250W motor and anti-theft technology. The scooter’s quick-folding ability means you can easily get to and from work quickly. The LED handlebar tracks speed, battery life, and other key features, and we love the fast charging time. In just 3.5 hours, you’ll be fully charged and on the go.

Consider downloading the Swagger 5T app, which allows you to access more useful features on your scooter, such as tracking GPS and using cruise control. It’s a clever idea to include a smartphone app, and we’d like to see more scooters offer this feature. Once you’re on the move, the Swagger 5 Elite offers top seeds of 18 mph and 6-11 miles of travel per charge. It also claims to be able to tackle inclines up to 20 degrees, although in practice, users report it can struggle with hills.

It’s a comfortable scooter to ride, although it can only support riders up to 320 lbs. Overall, it offers great value for money and may change your morning commute for the better.

Best Budget: Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter

Razor

Courtesy of Amazon 

What We Like
  • Great value

  • Runs nonstop for up to 80 minutes

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Small size may be uncomfortable for adults

  • 12-hour charging time

With a price tag that's sure to please riders of all ages, the Razor Power Core E90 adds an easy way to jump headfirst into the electric scooter world without spending a fortune. Offering speeds up to 10 miles per hour on a single charge and 80 minutes of continuous use, the E90 has outstanding battery life for a low price.

With nearly twice the battery life of more expensive scooters, the E90 also receives bonus points as a zero-maintenance electric scooter with no chains or alignment required during use. The retractable kickstand allows easy on and off for riders of all ages, while the kickstart function requires at least three miles per hour before the motor will kick in. The hand-operated front brake is complemented by a push-button throttle.  

Best for Kids: Razor E100 Electric Scooter

Recommended for children ages eight and older, the Razor E100 is a solid choice for parents looking to get their kids started with an electric scooter. Featuring an adjustable handlebar for users of all sizes, the hand-operated front brake offers no-frills operation by putting everything the rider needs right on the handlebar for easy use. The hand-operated front brake complements the twist-grip throttle for easy acceleration (and the E100 adds a required manual kickoff to three miles per hour before the motor powers on). Once the motor takes over, riders will find speeds up to 10 miles per hour and a ride time of up to 40 minutes of continuous use. At 31 pounds, the E100 is easily transported, although it lacks a folding design for easier storage in a garage or closet.

Best Speed: Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter

Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter

Amazon

What We Like
  • Adjustable bicycle-style padded seat

  • Variable speed, pneumatic tires, and a storage basket

  • 18-20mph top speed

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Lengthy charge time

With its basket and bamboo deck, the Razor EcoSmart Metro Seated Electric Scooter may not look like your go-to choice for speed, but the powerful bike can reach up to 18 to 20 miles per hour, one of the fastest speeds you’ll get while staying within a reasonable price range. This scooter has an adjustable padded seat, an adjustable handlebar rake, and 16” pneumatic tube tires on spoke wheels to ensure maximum comfort, while the powder-coated steel frame results in zero emissions. Ideal whether running errands or commuting to work, the scooter can be used continuously for up to 40 minutes before the 36V sealed lead acid battery system needs to be recharged.

Vary your speed with the hand throttle controls, powered by a 500W extra high torque motor. The scooter includes a luggage rack and basket that both attach to the back and can be removed depending on your needs.

Best Battery Life: Segway Ninebot ES4

Segway Ninebot ES4 Folding Electric Kick Scooter

Amazon

What We Like
  • Up to 28 miles per charge

  • 800W of power can handle even steep hills

  • Comfortable ride that offers great safety and anti-theft features

What We Don't Like
  • Shock absorption should be better, considering the price

  • Expensive

Dual batteries are a game changer for the Segway Ninebot ES4. They extend the scooter’s range to 28 miles, one of the longest on the market. If you’re looking for a scooter that can go the longer distance or you simply don’t want the hassle of frequent charging, then Segway’s premium electric scooter might be for you. Although the price is higher than many of the competitors, it’s a well-made and comfortable scooter that seriously delivers, even uphill. Charging time is seven hours, handy for charging within the space of a working day.

Thanks to a massive 800W of power, the ES4 can reach up to 19 mph and is easy to ride and control. It also comes with useful features, such as an alarm, anti-theft function, and cruise control. While it’s an expensive scooter, it delivers a powerful punch and will certainly appeal to fans of the Segway brand.

What to Look for in an Electric Scooter

Durability - Will you be tackling rocky terrain or cruising city streets? Your preferred use will dictate how durable of a scooter you need. If you need something heftier, look for ones that have aluminum frames, which are still lightweight but resistant to corrosion.

Speed - Do you always find yourself in a rush? Some scooters can hit up to 30 miles per hour, while slower models top out around 10 miles per hour.

Portability - Scooters become even more convenient when they can be collapsed and carried. There are a wide variety of designs available, with some weighing less than 15 pounds and others able to fold down in less than three seconds.

Battery life - When it comes to battery life, think about how far you’ll be riding the scooter. If it’s just up the block, you won’t need a long-lasting battery, but to avoid running out of power on a longer journey, look for a model that can score you around 60 to 80 minutes on a single charge. Also, consider how fast the scooter can recharge — some of the leading models need only three hours or so to juice up.