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22 November 2021

Best electric scooters

Find out how 10 electric scooters fared in our tough acceleration, hill climb and braking tests, plus what you need to know before buying an electric scooter.
Matthew Knight

We put 10 of the most popular electric scooters including models from Xiaomi, Segway and Unagi through a series of intensive tests including acceleration, hill climbing and brake testing. 

Love them or loathe them, electric scooters are on our streets. And while it's still illegal to ride a privately owned scooter on the roads or pavements in the UK, they can be ridden on private land with the permission of the land owner.

With their popularity soaring and major retailers like John Lewis, Halfords and Evans selling them, we put them to the test to help identify any safety issues and to help give you the best possible advice.

And because it's not legal to ride scooters on the roads or pavements, we conducted these tests at Brooklands Transport Museum and made use of its famous test hill. 

Prices and availability last updated 1st November 2021.

Electric scooter safety: What you need to know before you ride

Watch: a first look at the Xiaomi Mi Essential

Take a look at our video to see what we thought of the Xiaomi Mi Essential electric scooter, which is one of the cheapest and most popular scooters available.  

The best electric scooters

Only logged in Which? members can view the electric scooter test results below. 

If you're not a member, you'll see an alphabetical list of the electric scooters we tested. Join Which? now to get instant access to our test results and Best Buy recommendations below. 

Decent X7 Electric Scooter

Cheapest price: £350 available from Amazon (temporarily out of stock) and Halfords

Maximum speed: 15.5mph

Maximum range: 15.5 miles

Weight: 12.8kg

This scooter has large 10-inch tyres which Decent claims improves comfort for the rider over a variety of different terrain. 

Decent also says that its three speed, 350W scooter can make it up a 15% incline. Our panel of testers put these claims to the test, and more. 

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Furo Systems Fuze electric scooter

Furo Systems Fuze

Cheapest price: £649 available at Furo Systems.

Maximum speed: 25mph

Maximum range: 34 miles

Weight: 20.8kg

The top speed of this scooter is fully adjustable, up to 25mph. So you can easily restrict it to a speed that suits you. 

Furo Systems says that its 750W of power means that no hill is too difficult to climb, but it didn't make it up as steep gradients as some of the other electric scooters we tested. Did it make up for this in our braking and acceleration tests? And did our user panel love it?

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Inmotion L9 electric scooter

Inmotion L9

Cheapest price: £749 available from John Lewis. Also available from Amazon (out of stock).

Maximum speed: 18.6mph

Maximum range: 59 miles

Weight: 24.1kg

This scooter has an enormous claimed maximum range of almost 60 miles, but the large battery that this requires means that this is scooter colossally heavy. It has pneumatic tyres, a 500W motor and a slightly higher top speed than most. 

But was it left standing in our acceleration tests? And how well did it handle gradients up to 25%? 

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Li-Fe 250 Air Pro electric scooter

Li-Fe 250 Air Pro Lithium

Cheapest price: £299.99 available from Winstanleys Bikes.

Maximum speed: 15mph

Maximum range: 17 miles

Weight: 15.1kg

The Pro model of the Li-Fe 250 electric scooter has a slightly larger battery which extends the stated range to 17 miles. It has a large anti-slip footplate and can take a rider up to 120kg (almost 19 stone). 

But what did our panel of researchers make of how easy and comfortable it is to ride, and how did it fare in our acceleration and tough hill climbing tests?

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Pire Air Pro electric scooter

Pure Air Pro (First Generation)

Cheapest price: £589 available at Pure Electric.

Maximum speed: 15.5mph

Maximum range: 31 miles

Weight: 16.7kg

This scooter promises to deliver responsive acceleration and superior hill climbing ability. 

Our panel of researchers commented on how easy this scooter is to ride, but how did it compare with the other nine scooters we tested for acceleration, and when the road starts to point upwards? 

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Reid E4 electric scooter

Reid E4 

Cheapest price: £349 available from Pure Electric. Also available from Amazon.

Maximum speed: 15mph

Maximum range: 17 miles

Weight: 13.4kg

This scooter has solid wheels which make punctures an impossibility, and a 250W front-wheel motor to pull you along. 

But what did our panel of researchers make of how maneuverable it is and how easy it is to ride? And how quickly does it stop in an emergency compared with others?

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Segway Ninebot Max G30 electric scooter

Segway Ninebot Max G30

Cheapest price: £699 available from Decathlon. Also available from Halfords

Maximum speed: 15.5mph

Maximum range: 40 miles

Weight: 20.1kg 

Segway says that its scooter is designed to give a more comfortable and dependable riding experience. It's heavy, but it has an extensive range. 

Our panel of researchers put this scooter through a variety of maneuverability and handling tests on a variety of surfaces, as well as conducting braking and hill climb tests. 

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Unagi Model one E500 electric scooter

Unagi Model One E500

Cheapest price: £899 available from Halfords, Pure Electric and John Lewis.

Maximum speed: 15mph

Maximum range: 15.5 miles

Weight: 13kg

Coming in a choice of four colours, this lightweight, celebrity-backed electric scooter may well turn heads when you take it out. 

But how does it compare with some scooters that cost half the price when it comes to key performance tests such as acceleration and climbing hills? There's no point looking flash if you can't back it up. 

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Xiaomi Mi Essential

Xiaomi Mi Essential

Cheapest price: £399.99 available from Amazon. Also available from Halfords

Maximum speed: 12.4mph

Maximum range: 12.4 miles

Weight: 12.4kg

The Xiaomi Mi Essential is one of the most popular electric scooters you can buy. It's priced more at an entry level and it also doesn't go as quickly as many of the other scooters we tested. 

But how does it handle tough climbs, and was it one of our researchers' favourites for comfort and ease of use? 

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Xiaomi Pro 2

Cheapest price: £499 available at Pure Electric. Also available at Halfords

Maximum speed: 15.5mph

Maximum range: 28 miles

Weight: 14.4kg

Xiaomi claims that compared with its Mi Essential scooter, the Pro 2 offers an enhanced riding experience and improved skid resistance. We put this to the test in our emergency braking test. 

We also asked a panel of researchers to rate this scooter for ease of use and comfort, as well as putting it through tough acceleration and hill climb tests. 

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Electric scooters compared

In the table below you can see all of the scooters we tested along with some of their specifications. 

Which? members can log in now or join Which? to unlock all of the specifications we recorded in the table, and the results of our 0-60 metre acceleration test, and hill climb test.

The IPX rating describes how waterproof each scooter is. Only scooters with a rating of IPX6 or higher should be ridden in the rain. 

Product nameMeasured weight (kg)Stated range (miles)Top speed (mph)0-60 metres (seconds)Hill climb test resultFolded dimensions (HxWxD in cm)Wattage of motorRider weight limit (kg)IPX (waterproof) rating
Decent X712.815.5108x42x46350W100IP54
Inmotion L924.159131x52x56500W140IP67
Li-Fe 250 Air Pro Lithium15.117115x108x44250W120IP54
Pure Air Pro16.731116x50x51350W120IP65
Reid E413.417120x51x52250W100IP54
Segway Ninebot Max G3020.140117x47x53350W100IP67
Furo Systems Fuze20.834115x41.5x23.5750W150IP55

A woman riding an electric scooter

Seven things you need to know before you buy an electric scooter

Before you buy an electric scooter, here are a few things we learned from our testing that you should know before you buy. If you'd like to know more, here's everything you need to know about electric scooters.

  1. They're really heavy - the heaviest we tested was more than 24kg. That's equivalent to two Brompton bikes. Even the lightest (12.4kg) is still pretty weighty, so if you're imagining folding your scooter up and skipping up a flight of stairs, you might want to think again. 
  2. Hills are a big problem for many electric scooters - two out of the 10 we tested couldn't make it up a relatively modest 12.5% hill. Six couldn't make it up a 20% hill and only one managed to crawl over the top of a 25% hill. If you live in a hilly city area, you might need to get used to pushing your scooter.
  3. The type of wheel really matters - changing a puncture on an electric scooter is a really difficult job, unlike with a bike. In most cases you'll need to take an electric scooter back to a shop if you get a puncture. Because of this some electric scooters have solid tyres, but this significantly impacts on their ride quality. Both the solid tyre scooters we tested were pretty uncomfortable to ride on anything but smooth tarmac. Pneumatic tyres give a smoother ride, but you might have to live with a puncture that puts your scooter out of action from time to time. 
  4. Most electric scooters are 'assisted' scooters - this means that you have to make the first effort and push off hard with your standing leg before the power kicks in. This means that just like with a bike, it can be difficult to get them started on a hill. 
  5. Most scooters will skid if you slam on the brakes - our two Best Buys stop quickly without skidding, but conducting an emergency stop on any of the remaining eight scooters resulted in a skid of varying length. If you want to stop quickly, you might need to get used to controlling a skid. 
  6. Acceleration differs - while the top speed of most of the scooters we tested tops out at around 15mph, there is a big difference in terms of acceleration and how quickly and smoothly the power is delivered. In our 0-30 metre acceleration test the slowest scooter took 8.5 seconds and the fastest 5.9 seconds. That's a 36% difference, which in real terms would leave you lagging significantly behind when pulling away from a standing start.

How we tested these electric scooters

At the time of writing you're not allowed to ride electric scooters legally on the roads, or on the pavement. You need to have the permission of the landowner if you want to ride them anywhere. 

This presented us with a bit of a challenge when it came to testing them. So we arranged to test them at the birthplace of British Motorsport, Brooklands Transport Museum in Surrey.

For the hill climb, acceleration and braking tests described below, the researcher conducting the test wore a weighted backpack to bring them up to the weight of an average UK male (13.16 stone), as we wanted to give each scooter a decent but fair weight challenge. Each of the tests was completed three times and an average taken. 

The remaining tests were conducted by a panel of five researchers who individually rated each scooter for maneuverability, ride comfort, power delivery, folding and carrying and more. 

Hill climb test

We made use of Brooklands famous graded test hill, which goes up in gradients of 12.5%, 20%, and finally 25% at the very top. The same test rider took a short run up and was timed to see how long it took the scooter to clear the first gradient of 12.5%. We then observed whether the scooter could complete the test hill, or if it faltered on one of the steeper gradients. 

In this test two out of 10 scooters failed to clear even the 12.5% section, six failed on the 20% gradient, and only one could complete the 25% gradient. 

It's worth noting that particularly when climbing, power to weight ratio is a big factor. So if you're lighter than an average UK male, you may get slightly better results than we did in our tests. Regardless of how much you weigh, our test results will give you the best idea of which scooters can climb, and which ones can't.

A researcher riding an electric scooter

Acceleration tests

Each scooter was timed accelerating from a standing start to a point 30 metres away. We then repeated this test to 60 metres.

Over 60 metres the most sluggish electric scooter arrived 4.5 seconds after the first.

Braking test

A test rider rode each scooter at full speed up to a braking point and then performed an emergency stop. The distance it took the scooter to stop was recorded as well as whether the scooter skidded while it stopped and how easy the skid was to control. 

There was almost four metres difference between the shortest and longest distance it took to stop the scooters.

Researchers riding electric scooters

Maneuverability test

Our panel of five researchers rode each scooter around a circuit which included a sweeping right and left turn, a tight hairpin, a long straight and a cone slalom. 

Each scooter was rated individually for maneuverability after this test. 

Ride comfort

As well as riding around our test circuit, each scooter was ridden over rough tarmac, gravel and on a wooded path. 

After riding on this wide variety of surfaces, each scooter was rated for ride comfort, road vibration and stability. 

Power delivery

Our panel rode each scooter on its standard and highest power setting and rated each scooter for how quickly, smoothly and consistently the power was delivered to the scooters wheels. 

Some electric scooters have a significant delay when you press the accelerator before the power kicks in, others can deliver so much power in surges that it leads to wheelspin. 

Folding and carrying

Our panel spent time folding each scooter and carrying it a short distance, just as you would if you used it for commuting. 

Some scooters weigh twice as much as a Brompton bike, which is many people's go to commuting option of choice. 

Watch: electric scooter drag race

How we chose the electric scooters we tested

We tested popular electric scooters that are available from major UK retailers or from high selling independent manufacturers.

We bought all of the electric scooters we tested ourselves, just like you would as a consumer.