Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best bikes and helmets, here we’ve rounded up the best scooters to get you from point A to point B. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best Electric Scooter for Kids
“I purchased this scooter for my daughter’s eighth birthday, and she LOVES it! She was so excited when she opened it, and now, months later, she continues to want to ride it almost daily. I researched and compared the E100 scooter with the higher-end models (E200 and E300) and finally decided on the E100 due to its much lower price and the fact that I was worried the other models might be too powerful for her. My daughter was able to master riding it immediately, and she has not had any accidents or injuries while enjoying her new ride. Overall, I am very satisfied with the quality and value of the Razor E100 Electric Scooter, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking an electric scooter for their favorite 8- to 12-year-old.”
Best Electric Scooter for Teens
“Great little electric scooters. We purchased two of these for my boys for Christmas. My boys are 7 and 8, and these leave room for them to grow, but they weren’t too big for the boys either. My kids are small for their age and only weigh about 45 pounds each. I am 125 pounds (shhhh) and I can cruise around on these with no problem. These little scooters can MOVE! They are a lot of fun, and they have held up well to all the riding they get from the neighborhood kids!”
“Our granddaughters visited us in May and loved riding the motorized scooters we have. We purchased the Razor E300 for our oldest granddaughter’s 13th birthday. We wanted a scooter that she could use for a long time and that had some power and range. She was happily surprised with her gift, and the whole family has enjoyed riding it. We have two more granddaughters in this family and plan on buying one for them on their birthdays as well.”
Best Electric Scooter for Adults
“I really loved the convenience and idea of not having to move my car when I went to lunch or get coffee. Last year I had purchased a Hoverboard from Gotrax and it worked out great for my son, so when I received an email from them about their new product launch I decided to give the Gotrax GXL Commuter Scooter a shot. The first thing I noticed is that mine was faster than the advertised speed of 15.5 mph. I had this thing clocking almost 18 mph in second gear. With that speed the stopping power was equally as great. Overall, it just feels like great craftsmanship, it is really sturdy, well-constructed, and folds perfectly to fit in the trunk of my car. Oh, yeah, the headlight is really nice, too. I am brilliantly surprised at how great this folding electric scooter is for the price point at which they are selling them, the other e-scooters on the market are way higher priced. I will likely buy another for my eldest son as he is getting ready for college and this will be great for helping get across campus and to class on time. I am now a scooter guy.”
Best Electric Scooter for Commuting
“Bought this in 2016 and used it to commute to classes on campus pretty much every day. Now I use it to ride through Boston from time to time. Still works perfectly well. I’ve driven this down a steep hill at max speed and still managed to brake to a full stop within seconds. The brakes are as strong as you want to make them. They were a bit harsh at first, but I got used to tuning the strength after a few tries. It works pretty well in the rain, but puddles are a bit slippery and I’ve fallen a few times making sharp turns on wet ground. Completely my fault, this product isn’t meant to support driving through such conditions, but it’s definitely possible if you go slow and don’t drive as recklessly as I do. Extremely portable. I’ve carried it up stairs (it’s only 20-some pounds or so) and in elevators. At the time of purchase, I couldn’t find a single other scooter as portable as this one. It’s definitely a head turner when blazing through a college campus. This scooter is extremely useful, has saved me many hours of time that I would’ve had to spend walking or waiting for shuttles, and is very enjoyable to ride.”
Best Seated Electric Scooter
“Bought this for my 7-year-old’s birthday! She was ecstatic! Just as cute in real life as in the picture. She has gotten many great hours of entertainment out of this. The battery life is pretty good and goes just fast enough where she isn’t giving me a heart attack when she rides around the neighborhood.”
Best Electric Scooter That’s Actually a Hoverboard
“Received my Gotrax Hoverboard last weekend. At first I was very skeptical of this product itself because of the heavily discounted price. But after doing some Googling, I decided to go with this brand. My factors for buying this one was price, U.S. customer support, and reviews. It arrived and worked right out of the box. Learning how to ride was tougher for me than my kids. The first time I tried it, I almost fell. The key is to make sure you can hold on to something while getting on and off. My kids were naturals at it and had basically mastered it within minutes. I know what I’m getting them for Christmas.”
“This is the basic/base-model stripped-down Segway. It works exactly like the others but with no fancy options, has a little less range, and supports less weight (175 pounds). The steering bar/knee pads are not height adjustable either, but I knew that going in and am okay with it. Basically, it has customizable taillights and that’s it. I wouldn’t mind a headlamp and/or anti-theft, but it’s not standard on this model and not really a deal killer — I have flashlights if needed. Just get on it and go. Stable and fun to ride, not like all the cheap ‘Hoverboards’ that burst into flames, this is a Segway with Segway tech inside. We bought them to zip around campgrounds while RVing. Great deal for the price if you’re under 175 pounds and just want the basic get-on-and-go functions of a Segway.”
Best Electric Mobility Scooter
“I bought this for my mother a few weeks ago. I have assembled and disassembled it three times and found that, after the learning curve, I can do so in 30 to 45 seconds. According to specs, the heaviest part is 39 pounds. I test drove it several times to be sure it was suitable for my 86-year-old mother. It goes like a champ, but with the solid wheels, bumps must be taken at a reduced speed. I probably drove about half a mile and all four battery lights remained on. I am very impressed with the scooter and what it does for the price. There are scooters and powered wheelchairs that cost two to three times as much, and I find it hard to believe that they deliver the value that this unit does.
Stability was a major concern with three wheels. I saw one of the reviews on Amazon that said it could tip on a turn with an uphill grade. That is possible, but even with such conditions, there will not be a tip if the scooter is going slow enough. I do not see my mother turning on a grade at speed. I chose the three-wheel scooter over the four-wheel one because of maneuverability-turning radius.
There is no hype. This scooter delivers.”
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