Best Electric Scooters of 2021: According to Science And Exclusive Data

Apollo Ghost electric scooter - man riding scooter to left of frame, going fast, full view

These are best electric scooters for adults, based on 1,712 hours of testing 73 electric scooters and ratings from 2,777 owners (updated for July 2021).

Best Electric Scooters List

ScooterTested
Range
MSRP
Gotrax XR Elite16.6 mi$409
Xiaomi Mi M36514.6 mi$500
Segway Ninebot Max28.1 mi$799
Apollo City17.9 mi$999
Apollo Explore28.1 mi$1,299
EMOVE Cruiser50.3 mi$1,399
Kaabo Mantis29.1 mi$1,649
Apollo Ghost22.3 mi$1,599
Dualtron Eagle Pro33.0 mi$2,290
Kaabo Wolf Warrior 1130.2 mi$2,999
Kaabo Wolf King33.4 mi$2,999
ESG’s picks for best electric scooters, organized from cheapest to priciest.

GOTRAX Xr Elite

GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 14.5 mph*
Tested range: 16.6 mi*
Weight: 32 lb
Max rider weight: 220 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Strong acceleration
Effective dual braking system
Good power for size
Brain massage on normal terrain
Narrow honeycomb tires

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

GOTRAX Xr Elite: Best Cheap Scooter That Isn’t Total Garbage

We’re fans of Gotrax scooters. For the price they all deliver an astonishingly high level of quality and amazing range. To go further than the Elite’s ESG certified 17 miles you’d need to spend more than twice as much money. Looking at their scooters close up, it’s a mystery how they are able to produce scooters at this price point … however it might have something to do with reports of underwhelming post-purchase support. Still, you can’t do better at this price, but consider upping your budget for a scooter backed by more robust post-purchase support — if you can.

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Xiaomi Mi M365

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter on dock of lake

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 16.7 mph*
Tested range: 14.6 mi*
Weight: 26 lb
Max rider weight: 220 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Excellent 12-month warranty
Great range and speed
Quality construction
Lacks information display
Lacks suspension for rough roads
Frequently unavailable

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Xiaomi Mi M365: Still The World’s Best

What do you do when one of the World’s Greatest is nowhere to be found? When the champion vacates the title … when Elvis (The King) leaves the building?

This is the case for the storied M365 — a scooter that started the electric scooter revolution and one we crowned the King of Electric Scooters. For years the M365 has set the standard with its simple design that offered decent range, quality, and price. However, during the pandemic, it’s price from major retailers yo-yoed all over the place and was frequently unavailable. At $300 it was a steal, but at $600 there are better options.

If you can snatch one at a decent price — then we still consider it a top pick, but until it’s consistently available at reasonable price it will be stay off the main stage.

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Segway Ninebot Max

Segway Ninebot Max electric scooter - man riding in rain, braking on scooter, side shot

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 17.8 mph*
Tested range: 28.1 mi*
Weight: 42 lb
Max rider weight: 220 lb
Water resistance: IPX5

Highlights

Excellent range for its class
Beefy world-class construction
Pre-slimed tubeless pneumatic tires
No option for zero start
Lacks zippy acceleration
Heavy for its dimensions

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Segway Ninebot Max: Uber Reliable Workhorse

The Max is the #1 choice for riding in the rain, scooter sharing companies, and for being as reliable as a hammer. It’s just hard to go wrong buying or riding this scooter. It’s not the most exciting thing, but if your goal is maximum transportation with minimum fuss, you can’t beat it at any price.

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Apollo City

Apollo City electric scooter at sunset

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 28.6 mph*
Tested range: 17.9 mi*
Weight: 40 lb
Max rider weight: 260 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Top-notch urban commuter
Triple redundant braking system
Great comfort and ride
IP54 water-resistance
Handlebars tend to loosen

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Apollo City: Fan Favorite Lightweight

This scooter gets the award for most likely to be found at Chuck’s house or office throughout most of 2020 (a new scooter took its place this year, read on). It is a great single motor all arounder which is held back slightly by smaller wheels and tires, but makes up for them with portability, at a svelte 40 lb. The City claimed its spot on the list with an average of 4.65/5 rating from 97 owners, based our annual survey and lengthy standard 2 year warranty – more than any T9 variant.

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Apollo Explore

Apollo Explore electric scooter

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 29.9 mph*
Tested range: 28.1 mi*
Weight: 53 lb
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Long warranty
Good top speed
Killer lighting
Good acceleration

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Apollo Explore: Best Balanced Commuter

The Explore is a value juggernaut. It’s the scooter by which all other single motor scooters are measured. While the overall style of the design is starting to show its age, its performance to dollar ratio remains as dominant as ever. It’s also one one of our favorites to ride in the rain due to its IP54 rating, excellent braking and grippy deck.

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EMOVE Cruiser

EMOVE Cruiser electric scooter

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 26.2 mph*
Tested range: 50.3 mi*
Weight: 52 lb
Max rider weight: 350 lb
Water resistance: IPX6

Highlights

Semi-hydraulic brakes
Best range ever tested
Exceptional build quality and LG batteries
Huge for deck for comfortable riding
Great for heavier riders
Cheap key ignition

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

EMOVE Cruiser: Best Long-Range Commuter

Comparing the Cruiser’s range per pound and range per dollar with other scooters, you’d think the Cruiser’s flying-saucer shaped deck must contain alien technology. Real-world range of 50.3 miles alone earns it a place on this list. The Cruiser is the scooter you’re probably tired of everyone telling you to buy, as it also came in second for best scooters to ride in the rain, having a stratospheric IPX6 water-resistance rating (caveat: no manufacture currently backs water-related damage, so splash at your own risk — even with an IP rating).

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Kaabo Mantis

Kaabo Mantis electric scooter

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 39.3 mph*
Tested range: 29.1 mi*
Weight: 65 lb
Max rider weight: 260 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Very fast and nimble
Locking stem for easy carrying
Top-notch suspension
Too heavy for true portability
Grips are not ergonomic

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Kaabo Mantis: Best All-Arounder

The base model Mantis is famous for value and thrilling performance. We thought its days on top might be numbered when the Apollo Ghost arrived on the scene, but the Mantis’ 29.1 miles of real-world range, low price and blistering performance put it on top of this value intensive list. Infamous for stem issues on early units, the entire Mantis product line pulled a heroic worst-to-first maneuver in 2020, with an updated super firm stem design. The result: an incredibly well-rounded, easy to live with, everyday, wicked fast, do-it-all scooter.

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Apollo Ghost

Apollo Ghost electric scooter - man riding scooter to left of frame, going fast, full view

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 38.4 mph*
Tested range: 22.3 mi*
Weight: 64 lb
Max rider weight: 300 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Fastest scooter in its class
Outstanding braking
Fantastic portability features
Excellent lighting
Underdamped dual suspension
Needs more grip tape

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Apollo Ghost: Fantastic 38 MPH Dual Motor Beast

The new kid on the block is kicking butt and taking names. A dual motor scooter that beat our Mantis Pro on top speed, and costs less than some single motor scooters? It’s the Porsche Boxster of scooters, with 80% of the power of an Apollo Pro for 64% of the dollars. While it doesn’t deliver a ride that’s as polished and easy to go fast on as the Apollo Pro, this scooter may be our new benchmark for dual motor performance-per-dollar in 2021.

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Minimotors Dualtron Eagle Pro

Man riding fast on Dualtron Eagle Pro electric scooter

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 44.0 mph*
Tested range: 33.0 mi*
Weight: 66 lb
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Fantastic ride quality and suspension
Solid acceleration and speed
Impressive swag lighting
Good acceleration
Poorly adjusted stem bearings
Underwhelming brakes

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Dualtron Eagle Pro: Power + Best Suspension

The Eagle Pro has a stunning combination of acceleration and suspension, making it Paul’s favorite all-around scooter. It has a couple flaws, like the creaking stem, but still deserves its spot within the top 5 due to high marks for range per weight and top speed per dollar.

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Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 45.0 mph*
Tested range: 30.2 mi*
Weight: 101 lb
Max rider weight: 330 lb
Water resistance: IPX4

Highlights

Most well-rounded scooter
Incredibly smooth at high speeds
Fantastic build quality
Zero stem wobble
Portability
No mode indicators
Complicated folding mechanism

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11: The Baddest Scooter On the Planet

The best known beast scooter in the world, the Wolf Warrior 11+ ate both the 2020 and 2021 ( list for breakfast, and remains #1 for customer satisfaction with a well-earned and fiercely loyal pack of customers. The Wolf Warrior and Wolf King get stellar marks for range per dollar, build quality and ride quality. Both the King and Warrior 11 share the podium .

The Wolf Warrior 11 dominated this year’s survey, with an average rating of 4.8⅕ from 87 owners and we whole-heartedly agree. The Warrior 11 is simply one of the best scooter designs yet and only to include hydraulic suspension. It’s dual motors put down enough power to satisfy even adrenaline junkies and it’s rock-solid stem and geometry contribute to a ride that is exceptionally stable at speed.

We expect that this design of scooter — or one very similar like it — will be most prevalent in the open classes when electric scooter racing becomes more widespread.

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Kaabo Wolf King

Kaabo Wolf King electric scooter - man riding scooter, tucked down to right of frame, lgiths on, can see road and water

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 59.4 mph*
Tested range: 33.4 mi*
Weight: 105 lb
Max rider weight: 400 lb
Water resistance: IPX4

Highlights

Fastest scooter tested
Incredibly smooth at high speeds
Fantastic build quality
Zero stem wobble
Portability
No mode indicators
Complicated folding mechanism

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Kaabo Wolf King: When Too Much Isn’t Enough

With the 72V Wolf King’s arrival at ESG, we found the royal beast delivers even more of a good thing with stupid fast, record-breaking top speed of 59 mph — the fastest electric scooter we’ve ever tested.

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ESG Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions are for fantastic scooters that for one reason or the other just didn’t make it into the top 10, though are still notable and deserved some recognition.

Kaabo Mantis 8

Kaabo-Mantis-8-electric-scooter-with-rider-on-scooter-wearing-helmet

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 26.9 mph*
Tested range: 26.7 mi*
Weight: 50 lb
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Nimble
Excellent braking
Superb fit and finish
Sluggish acceleration
No IP rating

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Kaabo Mantis 8: Most Fun Per Dollar

Okay, fun per dollar isn’t an actual category but if it were, this scooter would win. We’ve never ridden a scooter that begged to be jumped off of speed bumps more. Its acceleration is smooth, but not head snapping, and it loves to carve. Just thinking of cornering on this scooter makes us smile. The build is super solid, and it’s a great value.

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Inokim OXO

Inokim OXO Electric Scooter - man riding to right of frame, toward camera, side view, full view

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 36.7 mph*
Tested range: 36.6 mi*
Weight: 74 lb
Max rider weight: 260 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Best braking ever tested
Awesome rubber suspension
Outstanding range
Superbly built
Frustrating throttle response
Hard plastic deck
Kick-to-start only

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Inokim OXO: Exotic Scooter

The only scooter we have ever dubbed exotic, the OXO deserves it. Both for its world’s best suspension (tied with Eagle Pro) and for its unusual single-sided swingarm design which it shares with its little brother the Inokim OX. Like the OX, the OXO has a presence and ride which are impossible to capture on a spec sheet. One piece of data does shine through: the OXO has the shortest braking distance from 15 mph that we’ve ever measured, due to a combination of excellent hydraulic brakes and rubber suspension. The OXO is Chuck’s favorite so far in 2021, which is a hard-earned distinction in itself.

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Kaabo Skywalker 10S+

$1,399

Kaabo Skywalker 10S electric scooter unfolded

Technical Specifications

Weight: 64 lb
Max rider weight: 260 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Fantastic value
Balance of range / power / quality
Small deck space
Lacks IP water-resistance rating
Build quality underwhelming

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Kaabo Skywalker 10S: Crazy Performance, Poor Quality

Performance per dollar? Amazing! Quality? meh.

This scooter is a bit of a party-crasher. To be honest we didn’t really want the Skywalker 10S on the list, but going by the numbers, it couldn’t be ignored. No matter how many times we stirred the pot, it’s price for performance data floated up near the top. Why? It’s one of the only 60V single motor scooters in the world. The performance, however, comes with literal and figurative catches: lowest customer satisfaction and worst build quality on this list, and an annoying stem latch which can catch the toe of your shoe while riding. It’s an intriguing scooter, but leaves us feeling conflicted.

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Rion Thrust

$6,800

Rion Re90 Electric Scooter

Rion Thrust: The Only Hyperscooter

The world’s least practical scooter, they’re also so rare, they practically don’t exist. That said, we’re so very glad they do. So many products claim to be no-compromise designs, but when you delete the kickstand from a scooter to save weight, you’ve proven your point. If the Rion came with a nutrition label, ingredient #2 would be carbon fiber (immediately following battery). Some would argue for the RE90 as the choice here, but they would be wrong. By all accounts the Thrust is the better road scooter. In fact, for the road, there is no scooter we would rather go make bad decisions with, than a Rion Thrust.

ESG Methodology For Choosing Best Scooters

For those who are interested in getting down to the details on how the 2021 list of best scooters for adults came together, our methods are explained below.

The scooters were judged using the following seven figures of merit:

  1. Customer rating: over 2,000 votes from scooter owners
  2. Range/dollar: ESG certified data
  3. Range/pound: ESG certified data
  4. Acceleration per dollar: measured by the lowest 15 mph acceleration time (ESG certified data)
  5. Top speed per dollar: ESG certified data
  6. Braking: Stopping distance from 15 mph (ESG certified data)
  7. Quality: Subjective score for ride and build quality, compared to all scooters we have tested

To find the best performing scooters, we look for outliers: scooters that perform noticeably better than their peers.

For range, acceleration and top speed, we plotted the results for all scooters we’ve ever tested, and then fitted a curve representing typical performance across the spectrum. Next, we measured how much better or worse each scooter performed compared to the trendline and assigned a percentile score for deviation from trend in each category. 

For the categories: Braking, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, scooters were scored by percentile directly versus other scooters. All figure-of-merit scores were weighted equally and averaged to determine the final score and the top 10 scooters.

You’ll notice that not all of the top 10 electric scooters are exceptional in every single category, but on the whole each of these scooters puts in a remarkable performance.

We’ve shown the criteria in detail below, so you can decide which areas of performance are most important to you, and choose accordingly.

Range versus Price

We plotted the range versus price for every electric scooter and fitted the data with a trendline which reflects the typical range for a given scooter price. Scooters above this trendline are exceptional, and the further above it, the more exceptional they are. The EMOVE Cruiser, for example, is an extraordinary performer in terms of range per price. All of the scooters chosen for this best list are labeled and generally fall near — or significantly above the trendline.

Range versus Weight

We plotted the weight versus price of every electric scooter and fitted the data with a trendline.  Scooters such as the EMOVE Cruiser and Segway Ninebot Max were exceptional performers in this category and landed significantly above the trendline.

Acceleration versus Price

We plotted the ESG certified 0 to 15 mph acceleration versus price. Because the data fell exponentially with price, we fitted it to a logarithmic trendline.  All scooters below the trendline are exceptional performers for their price, with the Apollo Ghost being one of the most standout.

Top Speed versus Price

We plotted ESG certified top speed versus price, along with the accompanying trendline. All points above the trendline were exceptional and nearly all the winners were slightly above — with notables like the Apollo Ghost and Kaabo Mantis significantly above.

Braking Distance

This chart shows the ESG certified braking distances of a small subset of the ones we’ve tested, with our top 10 picks being highlighted. As we mentioned previously, most of our overall winners did not win in any one category, but rather performed above average in nearly all categories.  

ESG Quality Ranking

In finding the best electric scooters for adults for our 2021 list, we also factored in an ESG quality rating, which is a subjective score based on our hands-on riding and testing experience. We grade ride quality and build quality to generate this score.

The lowest ranked scooter on this list is the Hiboy S2, a sub $400 scooter which doesn’t have the best quality, but when judged in the context of it’s low-priced peers it is average to above average.

2021 Worldwide Electric Scooter Survey Results

ESG received more than 2,023 responses from electric scooter owners who rated their scooters during our 2021 survey, bringing the running total of survey responses to 2,777. Note: 2021 survey was scored 1-10, but data were scaled to maximum of 5 in order to merge with 2020 survey data.

Top Rated Scooters Based on Survey Results (ordered by price)

The chart shows the average individual scooter ratings, along with the current cost — it includes only the top 10 electric scooters with the most number (#) of ratings and greatest average.

Scooters Under $500

The Fluid Freeride CityRider received both the most and highest average rating of 4.7 (23 Ratings) in the under $500 category, but fell short in other performance and quality metrics — keeping it off the top 10 list.

Commuter Scooters ($500 to $1000) 

The commuter scooter category received >800 ratings (only scooters with >5 ratings shown).

Performance Scooters ($1000 to $2500)

The performance scooter category received >1200 ratings (only scooters with >5 ratings shown).

Extreme Performance Scooters ($2500+)

The extreme performance category received > 65 ratings (only scooters with >5 ratings are shown).

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