The Top 5 Best Foldable Electric Scooters Available Now


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Electric scooters are a great way to commute to work. They work great for covering the last mile distance from public transit to your office and home. As a side benefit, they are really fun to ride too. Folding electric scooters are much more portable and easier to store and carry onto subways and buses. If this sounds like a good idea then here are the best foldable electric scooters available today.

Below are our top 3 picks for best foldable electric scooter. Keep reading below for more detailed reviews, specifications and FAQ.

Top Pick

Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Electric Scooter

Editors Choice

Segway Ninebot MAX Electric Scooter

Best Value

Gotrax GXL V2 Commuting Electric Scooter

The Top 5 Best Foldable Electric Scooters

We looked at many foldable electric scooters to find the best 5 available today. We considered price, power, range, and performance. There are a wide price and performance range in electric scooters. To find the best foldable electric scooter for you, you should consider where you will be riding and how far you need to go.

Top Pick

Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter


Summary

The Glion Dolly Foldable Adult Electric Scooter has a patented folding design that allows it to be rolled like a dolly cart when not being ridden. It is also very lightweight at only 28 lbs. This makes it very convenient to carry and store at your home or office.

For a last-mile solution to get to your office, the Glion Dolly Scooter is tough to beat. The lightweight folding dolly design really made it easy to carry into work or home and store. This makes it our pick tor the best foldable electric scooter.

Functions

In addition to the dolly feature, The Glion Dolly Electric Scooter is water resistant, has high load capacity and okay range. It only has electronic braking and heel foot braking. No mechanical disc brake. It has the usual features you expect in the $400-$500 price range such as lithium batteries and LED lights.

Going for a ride

Riders of the Glion Dolly Electric Scooter really appreciated the unique folding design, lightweight and portability. They had issues with the braking being difficult to control due to it only having electronic braking. They felt the ride was okay with the solid honeycomb tires but not great. Many users were only able to achieve ranges in the 5-10 mile range.

Scooter Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight: 255 lbs
  • Top Speed: 15 mph
  • Range: 15 miles
  • Scooter Weight: 28 lbs
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Innovative folding design with dolly wheels
✔️ Okay top speed and range
✔️ Lightweight for easy carrying
What We Didn’t Like
Foot brake on rear wheel
Ride quality is okay but not great due to solid wheels

Video Review

Editors Choice

Segway Ninebot MAX Electric Kick Scooter


Summary

The Segway Ninebot Max is Segway’s most powerful electric scooter. At 42 lbs it is still portable enough to carry onto a subway or into the office. This scooter has a max speed of just under 19mph. It has a peak power of 800 watts. It has more power and range than most small portable electric scooters without the size and weight of the big dual motor high cost electric scooters.

This is my pick for the best foldable electric scooter. It has the best compromise between brute power and lightweight portability. If you live somewhere with lots of hills and need to carry your scooter onto public transportation this could be the scooter for you.

Functions

It is packed with a lot of technology. It has easy built in battery charging, an LED display, and integrated Bluetooth with a phone app. It has several ride modes for range or performance and other features such as anti-theft locking.

Going for a ride

With it’s 800 watts, it has some of the best hill climbing performance out there for a still folding and portable electric scooter. It accelerates quickly to it’s maximum speed of just under 19mph. For stopping it has both mechanical disc brakes and electronic braking with ABS. It is a very fun and spirited scooter to ride.

The Ninebot Max has pneumatic tires and a small amount of front and rear suspension giving it a smooth ride. It will smooth out most cracks and heaves in the pavement and not leave you feeling worn out at the end of your commute.

Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight – 220 lbs
  • Top Speed – 18.6 mph
  • Range – 40 miles
  • Scooter Weight – 42 lbs
  • Charge Time – 6 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Good compromise between power and portability
✔️ High tech clean looking package
✔️ Long range
What We Didn’t Like
Not as much hill climbing power as bigger, heavier scooters
Range suffers a lot riding hilly terrain

Video Review

Best Value

Gotrax GXL V2 Commuting Electric Scooter


Summary

The Gotrax GXL V2 Commuting Electric Scooter is one of the lowest price scooters in this review but has some of the best features. The Gotrax scooter can be used by a rider weighing up to 220 lbs similar to most scooters in this price range. It has a range of 12 miles similar to other low cost folding electric scooters.

The Gotrax GXL V2 Scooter performs great with good range and speed making it a great choice for an adult foldable electric scooter. Low price, easy to use controls, solid construction, and good performance make it our top pick for best value foldable electric scooter.

Functions

This scooter has a folding design with a front-wheel motor, LED headlight, and tail light, an innovative LCD screen. Braking is a combined disc and electric brake system.

Going for a ride

Riders thought this scooter performed very well with good top speeds and range. The air wheels provide a smooth ride. This scooter struggles on hills for heavier riders near the max rider weight.

Scooter Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
  • Top Speed: 15.5 mph
  • Range: 12 miles
  • Scooter Weight: 26.4 lbs
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Good range
✔️ Smooth ride due to air wheels
✔️ Speed and battery life display on top of steering column
What We Didn’t Like
Top speed not quite as high as advertised
Scooter struggles up hills with heavier riders near weight capacity

Video Review

Best Under $500

Segway Ninebot ES2


Summary

The Segway Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter has a very sleek modern design with no external cables or wires and a very sleek lightweight folding and rolling design. The Segway Ninebot ES2 is really good if you value easy portability and a modern sleek design with good range. This makes it our top pick among the best under $500 foldable electric scooter.

Click here to see our other favorite under $500 electric scooters.

Functions

This scooter has an innovative anti-lock braking design operating with mechanical and electronic brakes. It has an integrated mobile device app that can control things such as regular and sport mode and let you know the state of charge. Front and rear suspension make for an okay ride. It is not as smooth as a scooter with pneumatic tires but it better than a scooter with rigid wheels and no suspension. An available add on battery increases both the range and top speed of the scooter for those wanting to a bit farther faster.

Going for a ride

Users felt this scooter was very fun to ride while in “Sport mode” especially in flat areas. It is able to achieve the advertised range and top speed for most riders. The instructions are in Chinese first with a rough English translation. This area could use some help. Build quality is decent for the price. The braking system works okay but is on the weak side compared to other electric scooters. The extra battery adds a bit more kick to it and range for people that thought it was not quite enough.

Scooter Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
  • Top Speed: 15.5 mph
  • Range: 15.5 miles
  • Scooter Weight: 27.5 lbs
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Modern sleek design
✔️ Phone app
✔️ Available extra battery for more speed and range
What We Didn’t Like
Solid tire ride not as smooth as pneumatics
Brakes could be a little stronger

Video Review

Hiboy MAX Electric Scooter


Summary

The Hiboy MAX electric scooter has good features, range braking and load capacity combined with a easy to use folding design.

Functions

With a load capacity of 220 lbs, the Hiboy MAX is sized appropriately for adult riders. It has good range and top speed as well. The tires are a solid design that is shock-absorbing with good traction. It has both disc and electric braking as well as an LED display and intuitive controls for acceleration and braking. For night riding it has bright LED headlights as well as ground effect lighting around the deck.

Going for a ride

Riders enjoyed the Hiboy MAX. They like the bright headlights controls. Several had issues with the disc brake and getting it to work correctly. Many people needed to adjust it. Some users are able to get the claimed 17-mile range. It is only achievable if you ride flat places with perfect conditions. The solid wheels can make the ride a little rough if you ride somewhere with rough pavement.

Scooter Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
  • Top Speed: 18.6 mph
  • Range: 17 miles
  • Scooter Weight: 34 lbs
  • Charge Time: 4-6 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Great top speed
✔️ Good range
✔️ Connected phone app
What We Didn’t Like
Cruise control does not deactivate with brake levers
Brakes need adjustment for most users

Video Review

Foldable Electric Scooter FAQ

Q: Is it Easy to Fold an Electric Scooter?

Yes. Most electric scooters have a 1 step folding mechanism. You just have to push one release latch or button to lower the handle bar and fold the scooter. Most can be folded in just a few seconds.

Q: How Do Electric Scooters Fold?

Most electric scooters have a release lever or button that allows it to fold and unfold. You should use care when unfolding to make sure it the scooter is locked into the unfolded position. You don’t want to find out it was only partially unfolded while riding it. The below video demonstrates folding and unfolding on an electric scooter.

Q: Why aren’t all electric scooters foldable?

The folding mechanism in an electric scooter is one of its weak points. It is one of the most common places for electric scooters to break. Some electric scooters aren’t designed for folding to have better durability. Some scooters such as the Razor Ecosmart Metro are designed to be more of a moped style scooter. It isn’t meant to be portable or carried around.

Razor Ecosmart Metro Electric Scooter

Q: What is best foldable electric scooter with seat?

Many electric scooters have an available seat even if they do not come with a seat. The Segway Ninebot series of scooters have an available seat you can add on if you want one. They are some of our favorite electric scooters and their seat is no different. It features a shock absorbing seat post and a folding mechanism. You can fold the seat for easy carrying and storage when the scooter is folded.

Q: What is the most reliable electric scooter?

Most electric scooters are pretty reliable these days. You can’t go wrong with scooters from Segway, Hiboy, or Glion. They are all popular proven designs.

You will get better reliability from the driveline and batteries if you aren’t using them close to their limit. Heat is what destroys most batteries and motors. You should choose a scooter with some margin in max rider weight and range to get better reliability.

Q: Do electric scooters fold up?

Yes. Many electric scooters fold up for easier storage and transport. If you want an electric scooter to store inside and carry into your office then you should look for a foldable electric scooter.

Q: How long will electric scooter last?

An electric scooter can last for several years. With proper maintenance and care you should get at least 5 years out of any electric scooter and more.

An electric scooter doesn’t require much maintenance but it does require some. Taking care of the battery properly can really keep a scooter going much longer. See my article on electric scooter maintenance to learn what you need to do to care for a scooter.

Q: How do I choose an electric scooter?

You need to decide how far you need to go on your electric scooter. Keep in mind that distance ratings on electric scooter are usually optimistic. As the scooter battery ages, the range will go down.

If you live somewhere with a lot of hills, you need to look at higher powered scooters. Look for at least 500 watts of power. If you live somewhere flat, you can get buy with a lower powered scooter.

How heavy are you? You need to look for an electric scooter with enough weight capacity. If you pick something borderline you will probably find it doesn’t have good performance on hills or range.

How fast do you want to go on your scooter? What do you local laws allow you do ride on streets?

After you figure out your needs for an electric scooter you can then go shopping for one that fits all of them.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start this Gear Craver as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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