Electric scooters are a popular mode of transport in Australia, slowly moving away from their initial ‘kids toy‘ reputation and becoming a serious option to consider when thinking about transport. However, just like any other personal transport option, figuring out exactly which E-scooters are the best for you isn’t an easy task, with hundreds of different brands and lines making it a daunting task stepping foot into the world of electric scooters. Luckily that’s why we are here! Read on and learn about the best electric scooters for adults in Australia, and what you should look for when choosing between E-scooter options.
Where you intend to ride your electric scooter can help you find the best one for your needs
How To Choose The Best Adult Electric Scooter For You
What’s the Scooter’s Intended Use?
A good starting point when looking for an electric scooter is to first decide what you intend to use the scooter for, which will make it easy to rule out any scooters that don’t fit your requirements. For example, if you intend to use the electric scooter as a “last-mile” transportation device, then you’ll want to prioritise portability to make it easy for you to transport the scooter when you’re not riding it.
A good rule of thumb for portability is to see if the scooter is easy to fold, as there’s nothing worse than having to fumble with a latch when you’re rushing to catch a train. It should also weigh below thirty pounds, so it’s easy to carry around. If both of these boxes are ticked, then this option will be suitable if you intend to use it for a simple commuting purpose.
Will the Scooter Have To Climb Hills?
Just like portability, the ability to climb steep gradients without too much trouble can also be an important criteria depending on where you live and how you intend to use the scooter.
If you live in a flatter area, a scooter with a 300W to 350W motor should give you all the power you need to speed up small slopes.
However, if you live an area known for its hills, a strong motor will become a must have if you hope to get around on your electric scooter. A motor vehicles’ power is measured in Watts, with the best electric scooters for hill climbing having very powerful motors. As such, to find the best electric scooter for you, its best to look at motor power and make sure it will be able to handle the slopes in your area.
How Much Are You Willing To Spend?
For many, the price of an electric scooter will be the starting point for any buying decision, and it’s easy to understand why, as despite a scooter meeting all your criteria, it mightn’t be the best electric scooter for you if it doesn’t fit your budget. Here’s a quick rundown of what the best electric scooters in Australia and internationally bring to the table at their respective price points:
- $100 to $300: These E-scooters fit into the budget category and feature weaker motors, low-capacity batteries and simple braking mechanisms. Luckily these scooters don’t require a large amount of maintenance and are great for getting the feel of the electric scooter.
- $300 to $600: Scooters in this range tend to be considered as the entry level or average commuter scooter and can be a good starting point if you want a simple and reliable vehicle. These scooters feature bigger wheels, slightly longer ranges, a faster maximum speed, fast-charging batteries and the ability to scale hills, and are much more capable as commuter scooters than their cheaper counterparts.
- $600 and up: Scooters in this price range are verging on premium, with a rider being able to expect a long and faster ride thanks to a top quality electric motor, and a smooth ride electric scooters at a lower price point can’t deliver. These scooter will usually also feature disc brakes, improved suspension and an assortment of safety features to make these scooters the safest, fastest and smoothest on the electric scooter market.
How Far Do You Intend to Go?
Range is arguably the next most important factor to decide on when selecting your E-scooter. The issue with shopping based on range is that battery life and range are difficult figures to accurately estimate as they rely on a variety of factors, such as the rider’s weight, the temperature and the terrain the scooter will be ridden on.
A good rule of thumb is that the flatter the terrain, the faster and further you’ll be able to go on a single charge. Another way to shop around with battery life is to look for a scooter with the largest Amp Hours (aH) as this is how battery life is measured in electric scooters in Australia. The higher the number, the longer you’ll be able to ride.
Some electric scooters have max speed in excess of 60km/h!
How Fast Do You Want to Go?
Whilst some riders want to stay as safe as possible when riding their E-scooters, others are desperate for every km/h of speed they can get! Luckily, there’s a wide range of speeds that electric scooters can reach, with average commuter scooters featuring a maximum speed of around 30 km/h, whilst specialised speed focused scooters can reach a maximum speed in excess of 60km/h!
To figure what is best for you, it’s advisable to look at whether the scooter is targeting casual riders or adrenaline junkies and choose accordingly. Another factor to be aware of is the speed limit placed on scooters through your local laws. If your scooter exceeds the local speed limit it’s best to look at less powerful electric scooters
How Smooth Do You Want Your Ride?
The bumpiness of an electric scooter ride really comes down to personal taste. Some people can handle the bumpiest of rides, rocketing along at full speed on a cobbled road, whilst others need a velvety smooth ride if they’re going to ride at all.
To cater for this, some electric scooters are fitted with air-filled tyres, which helps to cushion bumps. Others feature front or rear suspension, making for an even more comfortable ride. With such a broad range of options, it’s best to pick an electric scooter that has the right amount of suspension and support to fit your needs.
When Do you Intend to Ride?
An often overlooked factor when selecting an electric scooter is lighting. If you intend to ride your scooter in the early morning, late afternoon, night or through city traffic then adequate lighting is a must have to ensure your safety.
If you’re planning on riding in an area where lighting is required, its worth looking for an E- scooter which features headlights and tail lights. Some models even have adaptive tail lights that flash when you apply the brakes. Additionally, a rare and highly sought after feature are turn signals, which can make a ride in city traffic much safer, so if you see an E-scooter featuring this accessory it’s definitely worthy of strong consideration.
The Best Electric Scooters in Australia
GOTRAX GXL Commuter v2
If you’re looking for a budget scooter with all the trimmings, then the GOTRAX GXL Commuter V2 is a good option to consider. The GXL V2 features an extensive list of desirable features, with disc breaks, grippy pneumatic tyres and regenerative breaking, making it one of the most decked out budget scooters on the market.
The only downside of the GXL V2 is that it omits including a tail light, featuring a rear reflector in its place which is pretty poor in terms of safety. GOTRAX is also well known for their short warranties, 90 days being their usual time limit, meaning that it would be best to purchase this scooter from a third party retailer in order to ensure you’re covered if the E-scooter stops working as intended.
The Hiboy S2 isn’t one of the best electric scooters in Australia on the surface. The E-scooter has a flimsy rear fender, semi-solid tyres that take some getting used to, and an app that is quite hard to get your head around. However, once you’ve had some riding hours on the scooter, you’ll come to find that despite these surface flaws, there’s a lot to love about the Hiboy S2.
The scooter features an impressive top speed, zippy acceleration and a very responsive brake system, which similar scooters in its price range can’t even hope to get close to. The S2’s rear suspension and maintenance-free honeycomb tyres helps to deliver a surprisingly smooth ride. The app is also quite a selling point once you spend a little time on it, as it lets the rider adjust the intensity of the E-scooter’s acceleration and regenerative braking, letting you fine tune the sporty feel of your ride.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365
The Xiaomi Mi M365 has reigned supreme as the number one choice of numerous scooter sharing apps since it hit the market in 2016. Winning a Red Dot award a year later, the M365 has been many people’s first scooter experience, and now, many first time riders will find it familiar and comfortable.
Owners remark on its excellent durability and user friendliness, with outstanding features for its weight including a rear disc brake, pneumatic tyres and a Bluetooth-enabled mobile app. The M365 has a decent real-world range of 23.5 kilometres and swift acceleration, is light enough to carry frequently and compact enough to fit into most places when folded. If you’re looking for a familiar, safe and comfortable ride then the Xiaomi Mi electric scooter might be the option for you.
Remember to check local and State laws and regulations relating to electric scooters.
TurboAnt X7 Pro
The TurboAnt X7 Pro is an incredibly unique scooter as it manages to mitigate a lack of range with a very simple and very unique solution. A spare battery. The TurboAnt X7 Pro’s range doubles to 49 km with a quick battery swap of a light 3 kg, spare battery, which is easy to carry and can be charged separately from the scooter, meaning you can charge your battery at your desk or in your apartment, even if your scooter is locked up somewhere else.
Similar to its namesake, the TurboAnt X7 Pro can carry big payloads, with the maximum rider weight sitting at 120 kg. This is yet another unique and highly positive feature of the scooter which also adds to the scooter’s ride quality, making it extra smooth due to big 25.4 cm pneumatic tyres and an unusually low specified tire pressure of 35 psi. If you’re looking for range and a smooth ride with a larger carrying capacity the X7 pro is a good option for you.
If you’re looking for a scooter that feels fast, full-featured and fun on a small budget, the GOTRAX G4 delivers, with its ESG certified top speed of 32.2 kmh. The G4 is solidly built and surprisingly feature-packed, with an integrated cable lock, immobiliser alarm, super bright display, walking mode and great handling from 25.4 cm pneumatic pre-slimed tyres, which help prevent flats.
It’s exceptional build quality is easy to see and feel, with almost no exposed cabling, rubber covered buttons located right under your thumb, a stout frame, and a quick and effective folding mechanism. Again, however, GOTRAX is also well known for their short warranties meaning that it would be best to purchase this scooter from a third party retailer in order to ensure you’re covered if the E-scooter stops working as intended.
Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max
Segway’s Kickscooter Max is an incredible piece of machinery, but it is just that, machinery. This scooter is big, heavy and cumbersome. However, its nearly 20kg weight has some redeeming elements that come along with it!
The Kickscooter Max’s weight can be attributed mainly to its large battery which gives the scooter its more than impressive battery life. With an estimated 65km range, this E-scooter is one of the longest running scooters on the market. The scooter also features a powerful rear-wheel drive 350-Watt motor and large 10-inch inflatable tyres, allowing the scooter to climb hills and hit high speeds with ease. If you want a powerful scooter and you’re not fussed with portability, then this would be a good option to consider.
Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite
The Swagtron 5 Elite is on of the cheaper options when it comes to electric scooters but it still manages to boast an impressive top speed of 30km/h, making it an extremely fast scooter for the budget category. The scooter reaches these speeds thanks to its 250-watt motor and air filled tyres, making it not only fast but smooth as well.
The Swagger 5 weighs 12kg and supports up to 145kg on any given journey, a very respectable amount of power for such a fast and light scooter. Additionally, the scooter also includes a phone mount for easy access to the scooter’s companion app, allowing real time tracking of speed and battery usage.
The Glion Dolly is a scooter that is primarily focused on portability, making it a perfect option for riders who intend to take it onto public transport. The Dolly features an ‘ultra-folding mechanism’ which lets it pack up into a tight suitcase like block, making it extremely easy to transport.
The scooter weighs a light 12kg, which is easily light enough to cart around the office or up a staircase. Despite its focus on portability, this scooter still manages to pack a punch, as it can reach top speeds of 24 km/h and lasts for about 30 kms of roaming, which makes it a good fit for small city dwellers. Perhaps the only drawback of the Glion Dolly are its small hard rubber wheels and lack of suspension, which makes for a bumpier ride than other electric scooters.
Earlier in this article we discussed the rarity of turn signals, and the Apollo City is one of the few that have this highly sought after feature. After all, it is much easier to let other drivers know you want to go left or right if you can switch on a light, rather than holding your arm out.
That isn’t the only good thing about the Apollo City though, as it’s a fun and fast scooter in its own right. Boasting a 500-Watt motor, the Apollo City can get you up and down hills easily, and also features full suspension for smooth riding, puncture-resistant tyres, and, when connected to an app, fully customisable performance.
With so many electric scooters to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for you
The step above the City comes the Apollo Explore, a much more expensive but much more beefy offering from the Apollo scooter company. Doubling down on the positives of its predecessor, the Apollo Explore has lights to spare, as the blue running lights along both sides of the scooter are definite head-turners!
That’s not all the Apollo Explore brings to the table, as this scooter is in fact, one of the fastest you’ll find. Boasting a 1000-Watt motor, this is one fast electric scooter. Thanks to its 1,000-Watt motor, the Apollo Explore can hit speeds of up to 50 km/h, more than fast enough to keep up with local traffic. The powerful motor also takes you up hills with ease, and, because it has dual suspension and air-filled tyres, it offers a smooth ride, even when going over the bumpiest of roads. If you want speed, power and safety, the Apollo Explore is the scooter for you.
Another safety focused scooter, the Glion Balto is perfect for people who want an everyday commuter that can handle groceries and still manage to stay portable. The Balto comes with a side-view mirror, lights, and turn signals, which will definitely make you feel safe zooming around town.
Compared to its contemporaries, the Glion Balto is just as powerful as the Razor EcoSmart Metro HD, yet the Balto is more portable, and can fold up on itself, making it much easier to store. And, the Balto’s battery is removable, so you don’t have to park the scooter near an outlet, giving it an edge up on its competition. You can even use the battery to charge your phone! What’s not to like?
The final scooter on our list is the Slidgo X8, the perfect middle grounder when it comes to E- scooters. Featuring a respectable price, removable battery and simplistic design, this scooter is perfect for most riders. From those who want to pop to the shops quickly, through to those who want to speed along and have a blast.
The only downside of the Slidgo X8 is its rubber wheels which give it a rougher ride over uneven surfaces compared to its competitors. However, this also make the scooter much more durable, balancing out the rough ride and representing exactly why this E-scooter excels as one of the best electric scooters that strikes the perfect balance of E-scooter performance.