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Within the last two years, the popularity of electric scooters has grown massively, and it has meant that the number of choices in the electric scooter market is also massive.
Trying to work out which scooter could be the best e-scooter for you would be a daunting task. There are so many available features and styles that make up each product. With prices powered by these different factors, you can see a range from as cheap as £100 kids models all the way up to a whopping £2,000. Most electric scooters share a rounded combination of features, style and price.
You may think there is probably not much difference between all the different electric scooters currently available. However, that couldn’t be more incorrect.
What are the differences?
There are a lot of factors that allow logical decision making into the best electric scooter for each individual. However, there are decision points that are key to everyone; these include but are not limited to:
Battery Life and Range
How far do you need to go, how many times do you want to charge your scooter and is my scooter going to cut out on me halfway through a journey?
These are all valid questions regarding the range and battery life. The average range for mid to high-end electric scooters is 25 miles, which could last up to 100 minutes of travel time.
As far as top speed is concerned, the average ranges from 15-30 mph.
This factor can be a good decision maker for someone because e-scooters are classed as “powered transporters” and therefore have to follow all the legal rules and regulations as cars when in public spaces.
Protection at all times of day and all terrains is almost a minimum requirement when riding an electric scooter, at least for most people. So what safety features are the top electric scooters utilising, and how effective are they likely to be in keeping you safe?
Weight and Capacity
We believe that the weight of an e-scooter combined with its capacity is essential, as no two humans are identical in strength and body size. Electric scooters generally cater for all rider weights; however, the scooter’s weight could mean that when you need to move it manually, it could be too heavy.
For example, do you live in a top floor apartment with no lift?
Cost and Charging Cost
The most crucial factor of all is the cost of your e-scooter. How much will it set you back, but how does that outweigh the alternative cost of bus tickets or car fuel?
Can the longer-term costs like battery life span for replacements or average cost to charge – impact a decision?
Style may not seem important, but everyone has their preferences. Many may choose style over practicality, whilst others prefer the other way round. We believe it’s generally best to compromise on style and focus on the functions and features.
There is nothing worse that can happen or that you could imagine happening to your e-scooter than coming out of a destination to find it has been stolen.
Security features such as locks, GPS and protection could make or break your purchase decision.
Best electric scooter for under £1000 in 2022
One electric scooter sits at the top of this list, high above other scooters and is undoubtedly our favourite e-scooter to avoid driving or using public transport.
Potentially the best electric scooter currently available. It is the Pure Air PRO 2nd Generation, and we can’t recommend it enough. An extreme all-a]round e-scooter, with a price tag that’s only on the medium to high scale rather than being too expensive. This scooter gives you so much for your money, and aside from the features, it leaves you with reliability, style and a comfortable ride.
This second-generation version of the most popular Pure product had some improvements made, including a bigger 500W motor, IP65 water resistance, the scooter is designed from the ground up to handle a lot of different terrains and weathers; and a new and improved app, with security locking for those times you nip into the shops.
From start to finish, the Pure Electric PRO is an all-round perfect electric scooter, and there is very little not to like about it.
What are the best electric scooters?
Let’s make it easy:
Pure Air Pro (2nd Generation) – £599
Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2 – £599.99
Pure Air GO – £349
Ninebot AIR T15 – £389
Carrera impel is-1 – £399
Pure Air Pro LR – £749
Inokim Ox – £1399 (Yes, we know it’s over £1000, but not much, so we had to include it)
Sligo X8 – £399
Pure Air Pro (2nd Generation)
The Pure Air Pro ranks at the top of the list for best electric scooters.
Designed with a new and more powerful motor, this award-winning e-scooter is one of the leaders in range whilst rocking a beautiful and sleek design.
What makes the Pro stand out from the rest of the privately-owned electric scooters is its incredible combination of performance and range. A variety that rarely can come hand in hand on one product. With a top speed of 15 mph and an impressive range of 30miles, you could get up to 120 minutes of use without compromising travelling around in style.
As an all-round great electric scooter, you can find a whole collection of premium and beneficial features that all come in under one price tag that is arguably the best price for what you are getting. Despite this stylish scooter not including features such as cruise control and being heavier than most rival e-scooters, the features included are substantial. Come rain or shine; you can get where you need to go, thanks to its water-resistant housing.
Whether it is your first electric scooter or just a new scooter, it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed.
Range: 18.6 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 17kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time: 5hrs 30mins; Motor power: 500W
Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2
In second place, and only by a small difference, we have the Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2.
“The Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 electric scooter is Xiaomi’s premium level electric scooter, complete and proven with high range, speeds and motor quality”.
Being very similar to its previous versions and having very similar features and design points to some of the other electric scooters on this list has meant the Mi Pro 2 has ranked second. A feature-rich scooter with high battery power and a really comfortable ride, there is not much you can’t like about these popular e-scooters.
Built with an intent to take larger weights and have some of the strongest and tallest wheels available, this scooter sits on the heavier side of product weights. However, this is countered mostly through its folding technology, which allows this other scooter the ease of transporting when not riding.
If you are looking for the smoothest ride and solid build quality, then the Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2 could be the choice for you.
Range: 28 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 14.2kg; Maximum rider weight: 100kg; Charge time:8hrs 30mins; Motor power: 300W
Pure Air GO
Ranking third, we have the Pure Air GO.
Designed for all conditions, the Pure Air GO is a great middle-ground electric scooter, housing great performance and simultaneously including premium features.
As far as prices “GO”, this entry-level electric scooter is the cheapest on our list. Cheap doesn’t mean rubbish either as the same company created this as our first place slot. So being a budget e-scooter actually is one of its strongest points. Not to mention it looks just as stylish as its more expensive family member.
10″ solid wheels allow this scooter to have a smooth ride for most parts of its journey, and pairing that with its water-resistant technology and its decent maximum range means there is no journey you can’t make. However, the less than beefy motor means that some terrains, hill-climbing ability, and weights will affect the speed mode and improved range.
The Pure Air GO has some flaws, but it could have very nearly taken a high rank at an unbeatable entry cost.
Range: 12.4 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 16kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time:3hrs 30mins; Motor power: 350W
Ninebot Air T15
Fourth place lands on the Ninebot Air T15.
“Ninebot KickScooter Air T15 electric scooter is the most compact, lightweight, and energy-efficient electric kick scooter ever introduced to navigate in a city environment”.
Created and released through Segway, one of the most famous, one, two and four-wheeled mobility brands, this scooter packs a punch. With an extended range of 7.5 miles, it certainly falls short of its longer-range competitors. That being said, Segway has combated that with the introduction of practicality, including its lightweight body that is easy to fold away, whether you want to carry it on a train or put it neatly in your car boot.
The other plus point to the Ninebot is its security. The attached reflectors and bright front and rear LEDs mean you can be seen for up to 11 times the length of your scooter in all directions.
There is a lot to like and a lot not to like about the Ninebot; however, it deserves a place amongst the best electric scooters.
Range: 7.5 miles; Top speed: 12.5mph; E-scooter weight: 11kg; Maximum rider weight: 100kg; Charge time: 4hrs; Motor power: 250W
Carrera Impel is-1
Ranking fifth on our list and choosing function over fashion is the Impel is-1.
“Boasting high-quality performance technology commonly found on performance e-scooters, the impel comes at a price that won’t break the bank.”
Carrera is one of the longest standing other future brands. Having decades of experience building and designing scooters and bikes and putting that behind the design and build of the Impel is-1 ranks fifth on our list. Although not overly stylish, this electric scooter maintains its place due to its performance-related features.
The Impel is-1 has been built to last, solid and pneumatic tyres combined into 8.5 inches of wheel, allowing for a comfortable shock-absorbing ride. Whatever terrain you choose to take your Imepl is-1, you have incredible safety features, including a powerful safe dual-disc braking system and an electronic locking system with a built-in cable lock.
Despite its ranking, this e-scooter is still a strong contender and worth looking into as an option for your purchase.
Range: 18.6 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 17kg; Maximum rider weight: 100kg; Charge time:4hrs; Motor power: 350W
Pure Air Pro LR
In sixth place is the LR, with a massive range longer than most models currently on the market.
“Pure Air Pro LR electric scooter – our newest, most powerful e-scooter model featuring our longest 37m range and 700W peak motor power.”
With a leading electric scooter, max range of around 37 miles, the LR (long-range) claims its right to rank amongst the best, despite its hefty price tag. However, you generally get what you pay for.
Housing most of the same premium and beneficial features that many of the other Pure Air Models house, this scooter packs a punch. The second best feature this scooter offers is the massive 700w motor which allows increased acceleration and uphill torque making those longer journeys more satisfying and smooth.
The LR is also one of the very few scooters to be styled with a maple and birch wood platform to stand on.
Range: 37.2 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 17.5kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time:9hrs 30mins; Motor power: 700W
Seventh place shines on a scooter built with heavier users in mind.
“Known as the SUV of electric scooters, the Inokim Ox electric scooter features an extremely powerful 800W rated motor, exceptional range of up to 56 miles AND a brilliantly comfortable ride.”
At over £1,000, the Ox is classed and rated as one of the top-end models available today on the e-scooter market. With a large number of specifications ranking amongst the best globally, paying over £1,000 doesn’t seem too bad. However, this e-scooter falls outside a large proportion of riders’ budgets at that price. Therefore setting this product back in rankings.
The suspension system, which is unique in the industry, enables the rider to customise their ride height to accommodate the different speeds and terrains. This, combined with a quality “aircraft-grade” aluminium alloy frame large 10-inch wheels with air-filled tyres, means for a highly comfortable ride.
Range: 56miles; Top speed: 22mph; E-scooter weight: 28.3kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time: 7hrs; Motor power: 800W
Last and certainly not least is the Slidgo X8.
“An electric scooter is the right choice for anyone looking for the freedom to get up and go, but with Slidgo, you never have to compromise on range or power.”
Kicking the features off with solid tyres, a removable battery, electrically assisted front brake and capacity for heavier users, the X8 offers one of the smoothest and safest rides available.
Whether you are after style, comfort or features, the Slidgo has a lot to offer and should not be ignored as an option.
Range: 20miles; Top speed: 20mph; E-scooter weight: 14kg; Maximum rider weight: 250kg; Charge time: 4hrs; Motor power: 350W
How to choose the best electric scooter for you
First, you would likely want to settle on a price point, whether that be the low end at £300 or jumping up towards the high end at £700 – £2,000. Don’t focus on price entirely and forget to assess the features, as you could be paying for the design over functions.
Remember to cover all the key points we recommend reviewing when choosing out of the best electric scooter, including but not limited to: battery life, range, top speed, safety features, weight, capacity, cost, charging cost, style and security features.
Are electric scooters legal in the UK?
The short answer is yes; the long answer is no. A privately owned electric scooter is not legal in public spaces and can only legally be ridden on private land with permission from the landowner. However, rental electric scooters are legal in public areas.
To understand this more clearly, private electric scooters are electric scooters purchased from any location by you. A rental electric scooter is part of a scheme that trials electric scooters across the country is controlled and protected ways, such as limited max speed. Therefore rental scooters maybe your best option right now if you want to ride in the UK both legally and safely.
Either way, electric scooters require all the same best practices as cars, as they are powered electric vehicles; therefore, a driving licence is required. But if you happen to live within a city or town that has a scheme running, then it is highly recommended that you jump on test electric scooters and “try before you buy”.
Are electric scooters legal in the US?
Private electric scooters are legal in most US states; however, rules tend to differ from state to state, and many states require you to have a driving licence to ride an e-scooter.
Are electric scooters legal in the EU?
Electric scooters are legal to ride in many EU countries and most European tourist hubs, including France, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands. Different countries have different rules on e-scooters and best practices for when riding.
Nely is an adrenaline junkie and one of her life goals is to sky dive, but until that day she gets her kicks from testing fast electric scooters. Part time scooter fanatic & part time SEO analyst. Nely’s favourite scooter is the Dualtron X.