The Best Electric Scooter

Posted on 13 May 2022

After 27 hours of research among 40 electric scooters, we have determined that the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 has the best price-quality ratio for now.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2

The good performance of this scooter makes it pleasant to use without being afraid of hills. It is also safe and practical thanks to its interesting equipment.

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For its price, this connected scooter has a good battery range(45 km) and an excellent responsiveness allowing it to climb slopes up to 20%. Its maximum speed (25 km/h) is in compliance with urban models. It provides effective braking thanks to its hybrid system (magnetic and disc) and has a neat ergonomic design, like its screen which offers a route tracker. Even though it is a little heavier (14.2 kg), it has an interesting folding system and remains perfectly manageable.

 

 

Best budget

Xiaomi Mi Scooter Essential

This basic scooter from the Chinese brand is particularly suitable for beginners wishing to discover this mean of transport, but remains limited for an everyday use.

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This light urban and connected model is easy to use and transport. Approved for a use on public roads, it is equipped with several accessories that increase not only your safety, but also your driving comfort and, at the same time, its handling. However, it is criticised for its lack of responsiveness (especially when climbing), its limited maximum speed (15 km/h in practice) and its fairly long charging time (about 3.5 hours) in proportion to its small battery range (15 km on average).

 

Best high-end

Segway Max G30

It is very robust and is designed for long journeys thanks to its great battery range. Moreover, it gives you perfect balance and is relatively well-equipped.

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This relatively heavy model is designed for door-to-door trips because of its high weight (23.8 kg). However, it is capable of travelling long distances thanks to its excellent endurance (up to 65 km). It also has good driving power, so it can climb slopes of up to 20%, and can reach a speed of 25 km/h. It also offers good stability thanks to its wider (10 inches) tyres. The two brakes are also efficient and the scooter complies with road traffic regulations. It is also IPX5 certified. There are also a few extra features such as a license plate holder and many others.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-end
Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2Xiaomi Mi Scooter EssentialNinebot Max G30D II
Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2Xiaomi Mi Scooter EssentialNinebot Max G30D II
The good performance of this scooter makes it pleasant to use without being afraid of hills. It is also safe and practical thanks to its interesting equipment.This basic scooter from the Chinese brand is particularly suitable for beginners wishing to discover this mean of transport, but remains limited for an everyday use.It is very robust and is designed for long journeys thanks to its great autonomy. Moreover, it gives you perfect balance and is relatively well-equipped.
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Honorable mentions

Razor PowerCore E90 (£160,81 upon publication): good price-quality ratio, but only for a children’s recreational use. Conceived for younger children, it has a more limited performance, but a design that respects standards in terms of safety and comfort. Indeed, buyers appreciate its large platform and start-up aid, which facilitate better learning. Lightweight and foldable, it can be taken anywhere, but is really reserved for a leisure use. It cannot support too much weight either.

E-Twow Booster V Confort (£819,00 upon publication): exclusively intended for a sports use, at the expense of autonomy. It offers excellent value for money. With its ultra-powerful engine and superior top speed, it offers formidable performance. But this directly affects its battery range. It’s obviously more for speed lovers than for long rides, even if its brakes haven’t always been popular. Lastly, its low weight makes it easy to transport on shuttles.

 

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How to choose your electric scooter?

Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas because of their economical and ecological characteristics. As a result, there are more and more models on the market and, as with any relatively new item, it is difficult to know what to look out for and to distinguish the essential from the accessory.

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Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas. | Source: Selectos

It is therefore important to determine your needs before purchasing one. Consider particularly the following parameters:

  • Use: it goes without saying that you do not choose a model for a leisure use in the same way as for an everyday use. For a sports use or use on more difficult paths, a powerful motor and wide tyres are preferable, whereas for commuting to work or using public transport, light, compact and, depending on the distance and frequency of use, more durable scooters are recommended.
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The platform should be large enough to accommodate your feet. | Source: Selectos
  • Age, height and weight of the rider: children’s and adult scooters differ in the top speed they can achieve, the maximum weight they can carry and the adjustment options they offer (adjustable handlebar height, etc.). The materials used often differ, with children’s products all being designed for a recreational use, while adult scooters are designed to withstand a daily use.
  • Size and weight: this is a must if you have to carry your scooter on public transport or up the stairs in your flat, for example. In these cases, a folding scooter is a good option. On average, electric scooters weigh between 9 and 20 kg, but the material used and the size of the scooter have a big influence. Some high-end models can even weigh up to 40 kg.
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Dimensions, weight and foldability should be considered if you need to carry it in public transport. | Source: Selectos
  • Speed: in France, an electric scooter is tolerated on a bicycle path and on the road if its speed is limited to 25 km/h. It is therefore better to take precautions as this could cost you a heavy fine in the event of speeding (a 5th class fine goes up to €1500 and in the event of a repeat offence, up to €3000). Most of them are therefore restricted to this speed, but the maximum speed limit is unlimited on private roads. As a result, more and more scooters are going up to 90 km/h or more.
  • Motor power and acceleration: it is usually between 250 and 1000W. You can refer to other parameters such as the voltage (between 20 and 60 V), but it is best to consult existing tests to get a better idea on this subject. Power is important for speed but also for steep roads.
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The battery range depends on the route, the driving mode used, the temperature and the weight of the driver. | Source: Selectos
  • Battery range: most electric scooters offer a battery range of between 20 and 40km, but the more expensive ones offer performance of over 60km. It is important to take into account the routes you wish to take, your tendency to use the trigger to the maximum, the type of route taken, the outside temperature and the weight of the user to be sure to invest in a sufficient battery. For information: 77% of users ride more than 5 km per day and 40% ride more than 10 km per day. The most important thing is to make sure you can make a round trip.
  • Charging time: the majority of scooters have an average charging time of 5 hours, but this can be more than double on some models, even reaching 10-12 hours for a full charge.
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The average charging time is 5 hours. | Source: Selectos
  • Comfort: one of the most important points to check here is the shock absorber system, which is often lacking on basic models. Moreover, the tyres have an influence on comfort. The handlebars should also be adjustable so that you can easily lean on them, and preferably wide enough for better stability. A narrow handlebar is more sporty and easier to handle. You should also consider the space provided on the platform (length and width) and the grip of the handles.
  • Tyres: tyre sizes generally vary between 6 and 16 inches. The larger the diameter of the tyres, the better the ride. Solid tyres are less prone to punctures and only need to be changed when damaged, while tube tyres offer more comfort on paved or rougher roads, providing better damping (but require more regular maintenance). New are the honeycomb tyres which are a good compromise between the two.
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The larger the diameter of the tyres, the better the ride. | Source: Selectos
  • Extra features: battery range display and control screen, sufficiently powerful lighting, headlights, mudguards, bell, kickstand, Bluetooth connection, USB socket… These are all features that can make a big difference to your experience on the road, especially in terms of safety.
  • After-sales service: you need to think about the after-sales service because many foreign retailers have no after-sales service or one that is not very efficient in France. In the event of a problem, the cost of returning the scooter is sometimes higher than the scooter itself. It is therefore best to make sure that your purchase is reliable in the long term.
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The handlebars should be adjustable to suit the size of the rider. | Source: Selectos

PS: Note that to drive an electric scooter on the road, you must be at least 14 years old and hold a licence.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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