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Whether you’re a commuter on your way to work, a student heading to class or anyone else who wants to have a fun time while traveling from A to B, an electric scooter is a great way to go. They’re convenient, speedy and eco-friendly. And I can tell you from first-hand experience, they’re a lot cheaper to repair than a car. 

After riding and testing many models for miles and miles, I think the best overall electric scooter for most people will be the $1,399 Emove Cruiser. It’s great for long trips and isn’t so fast that it will be intimidating for beginners. 

But that’s too expensive for most people. Scooters can cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Our top budget recommendation is the Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost, which has a lower top speed and a less powerful 350-watt motor, but costs less than $400.

Some are last-mile scooters, smaller and built for short distances at slower speeds but easier to carry and store. Larger scooters handle bumps better and can travel farther and at higher speeds. The drawback is that they’re not ideal for carrying and are generally more expensive. 

Before purchasing, consider the distance you need to travel and the total weight you’ll be carrying (including yourself). The environment you’ll be riding in – hills, flat roads, wet terrain — matters too. (Some scooters have water-resistance or IP ratings, and we’ve included them below.)

What’s the best e-scooter?


The Swagger 5 Boost is a welcomed upgrade to its predecessor, the Swagger 5 Elite, and replaces it on our list of best scooters. 

The motor is more powerful — going from 250 to 300 watts — but keeps its competitive price. 

The Boost has a solid build and feel, designed to support riders up to 320 pounds while weighing just 26 pounds itself – great for walk-up apartments or getting on and off mass transit. It easily folds and unfolds with a single locking latch. The rated travel distance is 12 miles; expect this number to vary due to rider size, speed traveling, winds and terrain. That’s not far but fine for last-mile commutes or riding to classes, and it charges in under 4 hours.

There are three ride modes to choose from and even cruise control, though you’ll need to connect a phone to the Boost via Bluetooth and use an iOS or Android app to toggle it on and off. The scooter has a rear mechanical disc brake, a bell and front and rear lights for safety and Swagtron even went so far as to include a cup holder. 

The ride on its two 8.5-inch honeycomb puncture-proof tires is decent, especially considering the lack of a suspension. Shocks would add to the weight and cost, though. The scooter’s top speed is 18 mph, dependent on rider size. Given the suggested user age of 12 years and up, larger, heavier riders might not reach that speed, particularly on inclines. The scooter’s deck is pretty narrow, making it easier to carry but more difficult for riders with large feet to stand comfortably. The Boost has an IPX4 rating meaning it can survive a splash but not be submerged in water. 

For small budgets and distances, this is the scooter for you. 

Joseph Kaminski

The InMotion S1 is an exceptionally comfortable last-mile scooter. Coming in at $1,099, this responsive scooter has front and rear suspension, 10-inch puncture-proof pneumatic tubeless tires and a handlebar height of 42 inches so there’s less hunching over when you ride. It’s powered by a single 500-watt brushless rear-wheel motor and can get up to speeds of 18.6 mph. The rear motor positioning is great for minimizing some of the weight in the front when lifting on or off of a curb. 

If you are on the heavier side, the S1 gets noticeably slower on inclines. InMotion rated the scooter to travel 59 miles before needing a charge. We found that to be closer to 20 to 25 miles from our testing; this always depends on travel speeds, rider size, and the terrain.

The S1 ships with a single 63-volt charger and takes about seven hours to replenish the 675Wh battery. However, with two charge ports on the S1, that time can be cut in half with a second charger. One minor complaint: The small circular covers for the charge ports can be troublesome to close. It’s extremely important to keep them covered when not charging to keep moisture out. The S1 has a dust and water rating of IP55 and the battery IP67. 

The S1 has a simple and clean design minimizing the multiple buttons you find on other scooters. It has a single multi-function button: long-press to power on/off, quick press to toggle the lights and double press to switch between eco, standard and sport modes. The LCD is bright enough to see in sunlight, and the illuminating blue ring around it gives it a futuristic look. The scooter has a durable industrial feel, somewhat like a rental. It weighs 53 pounds and can support riders up to 300 pounds, which is surprising for a scooter of this size; most only support up to 220 pounds. It can also be folded down for carrying or storage. 

For safety, the S1 comes with front and rear lights. The rear light will come on when the lights are off, and the brakes are applied and will brighten when on. The deck of the S1 has the same blue illumination as the ring around the display. The lights illuminate in the direction the handlebars are turned or, when the deck is leaning left or right, the side will flash in red like a turn signal. The lights are indicated on the display along with ride mode, battery level in bars and speed. 

There’s a bell, too, on the right side of the handlebar, above the throttle. It’s an odd placement, but there’s really nowhere else on the left for it. Lastly, something you don’t see on a lot of scooters are side reflectors. With the deck lights on, the need is kind of moot, but it’s good to have when the lights are off.

The S1 also has an iOS and Android app that connects via Bluetooth where you can tweak some of the settings along with being able to turn the lights on and off and power the scooter off. You can also see the battery percentage travel range. There’s even a social aspect where you can post photos and follow other riders.

Joseph Kaminski

The Dualtron Storm is not a last-mile electric scooter, it’s a leave-your-car-at-home product. From the first moment I stepped on it to more than 1,500 miles later, it still impresses me with its power. Capable of 50-plus miles per hour and able to hit 40mph in its power-saving Eco mode, this scooter does not disappoint. 

The Storm can support riders up to 330 pounds and when I say “support” I mean both the build and the motors. A lot of products claim to support certain weights but performance generally takes a hard hit when they’re pushed close to the edge. That is not the case with the Storm and its dual 1,500-watt hub motors.

The scooter is rated to travel 80 miles on a full charge, and I think this is possible for disciplined riders that maintain slow speeds (15 to 25 mph), depending on rider frame and terrain. Its big battery can take up to 19 hours to top off with the standard charger. But the company does offer a fast charger that can do it in under 7 hours. This electric scooter uses a lithium-ion battery pack of 72 volts, with a battery capacity of 31.5 amps (3,024Wh) and it has two charging ports for faster charging. 

The Storm scooter model has a wide deck, rear signal lights, a horn and deck lights that can be customized via the supplied remote. All the lights make it very visible in low-light conditions, which is good because scooters can be tough to spot in traffic. Two Nutt hydraulic 160mm disc brakes are used to bring this hefty scooter and its 11-inch tubeless tires to a stop fast. And while it might be big, the handlebars and stem can be folded down, making it small enough to fit in a car trunk. Dualtron Strom is the best for experienced riders and if you are a beginner you can go for Dualtron Thunder. 

The price is as substantial as the scooter itself, but you get a great riding experience in return. You’re buying into a great community, too, that is good for sharing tips, customizations and meet-ups for all riders.

Read our Dualtron Storm hands-on.

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The Apollo Ghost is a great scooter for both beginners and long-time riders. With dual 800-watt motors, beginners can start off slowly using just one for smoother, softer acceleration. Once you get a feel for it, you can turn on the second motor for 1,600 watts of power and more aggressive performance. 

The Ghost feels quick and nimble due to its slightly smaller size and its 10-inch pneumatic tires. It also has front and rear spring suspension, which allows the scooter to ride smoothly even on bumpy surfaces. It was one of the only scooters I’ve tested that was fast enough for me but could be dialed back for my 12-year-old son to ride and chic enough for my girlfriend. The deck was also long enough to take my 7-year-old daughter around with me on errands. 

The scooter is solid, mostly constructed of forged aluminum, and alone weighs 64 pounds. While that’s only 13 pounds lighter than the 77-pound higher-end Apollo Pro, believe me, it makes a difference when carrying it for any period. The handlebars and steering tube are collapsible making it easy to transport. I especially like the high handlebars that make it more comfortable for taller riders like myself and the locking ergonomic grips are a nice addition as well. 

Riders up to 300 pounds are supported and the scooter can hit a top speed of 34 mph. There are three gear modes along with an Eco mode. Depending on the rider size, terrain and setting preference, the Ghost can run for up to 39 miles on a full charge. I was able to get around 20-plus miles going from single to dual-motor mode. The scooter’s 52-volt, 18.2aH battery can be charged in about eight to 10 hours. There is an option to cut charge time down with a single fast charger or using two standard ones. The Scooter itself has dual charging ports. 

The model I tested had mechanical disc brakes, but Apollo said there will be a hydraulic-brake version coming out this spring. The Ghost has lights in the front and rear of the deck and the rear lights flash when braking. They help at night, but at this level I would like to see an actual headlight up near the handlebars. (For models that don’t have a headlight, I use a Blackburn Countdown 1600 light so I can see more of the road ahead and I’m more visible to drivers.) The Ghost does have a blue light underneath which helps some with visibility and looks cool, too. It also ships with a bell to warn pedestrians, but it doesn’t quite cut it in the city where a horn is almost a necessity.

A display next to the finger throttle shows battery level, current speed, the gear you’re in and distance traveled. It’s visible in direct sunlight and even has a USB port to charge a mobile device or GoPro. There is also a voltage display to help monitor the health of the battery. The Ghost has a key ignition and spots to attach a lock on the frame for added security when running errands. Also, while I wouldn’t leave it out in the rain, the Ghost has an IP54 rating so some splashing isn’t a problem. Plus, it has small front and rear fenders to keep you clean.

Apollo provides free shipping in the continental US and Canada. A Canadian company with multiple service centers across the US, it backs its products with a one-year warranty. And if for whatever reason you need to call it, you can speak with a real live person.

There’s a lot to like here. I even like the kickstand placement in the center of the deck, which is more convenient when you step off rather than at the back.

Learn more about the Ghost and see it in action here.

Joseph Kaminski/CNET

There’s something addictive about riding around town without having to use your hands for support and simply hopping on and off your ride. That’s the experience you get with the InMotion V10F, a simple and reliable piece of transportation tech that’s a small, fast and easy to store electric vehicle.

The V10F is an electric unicycle that packs a lot in its 45-pound frame. It has a 2,000-watt motor powered by a 960Wh battery that can move you and its 16-inch wheel up to 25 mph (I was able to hit 24 mph in my testing). It’s rated for travel distances up to 60 miles on a single charge; it takes about eight hours to fill the battery. I got about half that distance due to my large frame and need for speed. It supports rider weight of up to 260 pounds. 

The unicycle is designed to self-balance forward and back while the rider is responsible for the side to side. Once you get a little momentum, the side to side is a breeze. It’s easier to learn than you might think. If you hold onto something (such as a handrail), you can then slowly go back and forth just a few inches to get a feel for its responsiveness and what it takes to keep it balanced. There are plenty of videos online, too, that can show how to mount and dismount along with other tips and tricks. 

When I started riding, I let some air pressure out of the tire so it wouldn’t accelerate too fast. This makes turning a tad more difficult, so once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to top off. I was zipping around in about 30 minutes. 

On some inclines, it lacked the torque needed to take off from a standstill position, but when I had some momentum it was no problem. The V10F even performed well in the rain. I wouldn’t submerge it in water but getting caught in the rain every now and then won’t damage the device, which has an IP55 rating. The footpads have a good grip to them and are a nice size even for my size 12 shoes. 

The V10F has a built-in Bluetooth connection that allows you to connect to it through an iOS or Android app. With it you can honk the horn, toggle the head and tail lights on and off, see your current speed, adjust the top speed, see the total distance traveled, the motherboard temperature and more. There’s also a social aspect that lets you locate other riders to share images and comments. 

Two nice extras: The V10F has sidelights that can be set to flash or pulse so people can see you coming, and the internal speaker lets you play your favorite tunes from your phone, making riding around safer than using headphones. But as always, you should wear a helmet at the very least. 

Joseph Kaminski/CNET

The compact Geneinno S2 scooter is built for use in the ocean, lakes and in pools: Its 350-watt brushless motors can propel you through the water at up to 2.7 mph. It might not be a top e scooter speed demon, but its 97 watt-hour battery delivers approximately 45 minutes of use, and can take you down to depths up to 98 feet. Its included magnetic charger takes about two hours to top the battery off. 

The S2 works with an iOS and Android app — you connect to your phone via Bluetooth — to track dives and has parental controls so the little ones can use it, too. I could easily see this being used to help kids learn to swim or just get them used to the water. 

Also, while the scooter is designed to be used with two hands, you can switch to a one-hand mode. There is a camera mount at the front of the device to attach a GoPro or light. The scooter floats on its own in case you need to let go for a second, and its bright orange color is easy to spot. 

The Geneinno S2 may not be the fastest or most powerful water scooter, but the lightweight electric scooter weighs only 5.9 pounds and fits in a backpack, making it a good pick for flights to vacation getaways.

Watch Geneinno’s video of the S2 in action.

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Boosted is best known for its motorized skateboards, but it’s now getting into the e-scooter market with the battery-powered Rev, the best electric scooter for the sophisticated adult electric scooter set. This smooth ride has a powerful dual 1,500-watt motor and air-filled 9-inch pneumatic tires for a maximum speed of 24 mph. Due to its motor power and speed, it’s best as an electric scooter for adults — though if you’re looking for an electric scooter for kids, there are plenty of kids electric scooter options out there.

The Rev (with its pneumatic tires) supports riders weighing up to 250 pounds, which is 30 more pounds more in weight capacity than some other scooters in this list, which makes it the best electric scooter as far as weight capacity. Bonus: For those with larger feet, the board is wide enough to get them side by side.

For a closer look at the electric scooter, check out our gallery of the Boosted Rev.

Read our Boosted Rev hands-on.

Frequently asked questions

We update this list regularly, and below are answers to some of the most common electric scooter questions.

How fast do electric scooters go?

Most models are what we’d call “last-mile” scooters — they’re for short trips and rarely have suspensions. They have a smaller deck and wheels and can go from 15 to 25 mph depending on the model. Some larger scooters have bigger wheels, bigger batteries and shocks, and can go more than 40 mph. 

Do I need a driver’s license to ride an electric scooter?

No, but note that applies to electric scooters, not mopeds. The rule is that if it has a VIN, it has to be registered and you need a driver’s license (depending on what state you live in). Electric scooters can be used on bike paths but can not exceed local speed limits. For example, in New York, that’s 15 mph.

Why should I buy an electric scooter over an e-bike?

Scooters are easier to store and easier to bring on a bus or train. Last-mile scooters tend to weigh around 26 to 40 pounds, and with the collapsible handle, they’re much easier to tote around. For example, here in NYC, many establishments will let you bring a scooter inside, whereas no bicycles are allowed.

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