The Best Under $500 Electric Scooters Of 2020 Helpful Guide


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Electric scooters are an easy and fun way to get around the city or a park. There are many options available. They are convenient, easy to store, and a lot of fun to ride around on. They save a carbon emissions verse driving a car. Parking becomes a nonissue since you can carry it around. If this sounds appealing to you then let’s look at the best under $500 electric scooters you can buy today.

Below are out top 3 picks. Keep reading for more detailed reviews, scooter guide and FAQ.

Top Pick

Segway Ninebot ES2

Editors Choice

Glion Dolly Foldable Scooter

Best Value

MACWHEEL Electric Scooter

The Top 5 Best Under $500 Electric Scooters

We examined several of the most popular electric scooters.  Here are our reviews of the 5 best under $500 electric scooters available now.  We considered range, top speed, max rider weight, durability, functionality, price, and customer reviews in our selections of the best electric scooters. We focused on scooters with a weight capacity above 200 lbs that are suitable for adult riders.

Top Pick

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 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

Editor’s Choice

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. 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 for the most portable scooter of the best under $500 electric scooters.

Click here to see our other favorite foldable electric scooters.

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

Best Value

MACWHEEL Electric Scooter


Summary

The MACWHEEL Electric Scooter has lithium batteries, foam filled non pneumatic solid tires, long range and high load capacity. The MACWHEEL scooter is a good choice if you want a fast fun scooter to ride with a decent ride quality and easy to use folding design.

Functions

This electric scooter has a well designed folding mechanism that is easy to use. The foam filled solid tires are designed to give a smooth ride without the hassles and potential for flats of pneumatic air tires. With a capacity of 256 lbs it is suitable for most adult riders. The manufacturer recommends not using this scooter in the rain or any conditions where ice may be present.

Going for a ride

Riders of the MACWHEEL in general thought the foam filled tires provided a good ride that wasn’t excessively rough. They found it fun to ride and easy to control. The biggest complaint many users had was they could not get a range of 18 miles. Many were only getting 8 to 10 miles on a charge.

Scooter Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight: 256 lbs
  • Top Speed: 15.6 mph
  • Range: 18.6 miles
  • Scooter Weight: 28.4 lbs
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Suspension at front and back wheels for smooth ride
✔️ Great range
✔️ Folding design with rollers for easy carrying and rolling
What We Didn’t Like
Can’t be used on wet days
Tail lights need to be removed and charged separately from scooter

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

Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter


Summary

The Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter has more of a moped look and is heavier (67lbs) with larger wheels (16inch) and a seat. It lacks most of the portability features of other electric scooters but has a big increase in comfort.

The Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter is for someone who is more concerned with ride comfort and needing a sit-down scooter. It is not a good choice for someone who needs a portable and easy to store option. This is our pick for best seated scooter of the best under $500 electric scooters.

Functions

The range at 40 minutes or 12 miles and the charge time of 12 hours make this scooter good only if you have a relatively short ride from your home to where you are going and you don’t need to carry it somewhere for storage. If neither of those concerns you but comfort does than this is a good option. If your balance isn’t good and you need a sit-down scooter this may also be for you.

The batteries and how they are stored on this scooter are not waterproof. It is good for use on dry days only.

Going for a ride

Users of the Razor Ecosmart Metro Scooter really appreciated the smooth ride and comfort of having a seat. They thought it has decent power for hills and most were able to get the rated 12 miles or 40 minutes run time range. Many users noticed the lead-acid batteries in this scooter had a lot of range loss over time. Some in as little as a few months.

Scooter Specifications

  • Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
  • Top Speed: 18 mph
  • Range: 12 miles
  • Scooter Weight: 67 lbs
  • Charge Time: 12 hours
What We Liked
✔️ Smooth ride due to large diameter pneumatic wheels and tires
✔️ Comfortable seat
✔️ Good power for going up hills
What We Didn’t Like
Slow charging time due to lead acid batteries
Lead acid batteries can have a short lifespan if not well cared for

The Best Under $500 Electric Scooters For Adults – Buying Guide

Electric scooters are a great way to explore cities and parks.  They are great for exploring new places or riding around for fun. They are a perfect way to experience new places without the hassle of driving and parking a car.

There are several things to consider when choosing an electric scooter. Where do you plan on using it? Will you need to carry it on a bus or subway? How far do you need it to go? Can you ride a scooter standing up or do you need a seat? See the guide below for answers to all your electric scooter questions.

What is the difference between a $300 and $500 electric scooter?

A $500 electric scooter will have more range, top speed than a less expensive scooter. They also weigh more because they need to carry more battery to get that size and range. $300 electric scooters have a range of 5 to 15 miles. $500 electric scooters have ranges from 15 to 18 miles. $300 electric scooters have top speeds around 15mph. Many $500 electric scooters have top speeds around 18mph. You can find seated scooters at $500. There are none available at $300.

Tires

Most electric scooters come with either pneumatic air filled tires similar to what you are used to seeing on a bike or hard plastic or rubber rigid tires.

Solid Tires

Solid tires are low maintenance. They will never go flat due to a puncture.

Pneumatic Tires

Pneumatic tires are air filled. They offer a smoother ride and generally are more efficient. They can get flat tires and need to checked for inflation and topped off regularly.

Both types of wheels will eventually wear out. They can have similar lifespans depending on the quality of the tire and wheel.

Brake type

There are 3 types of brakes an electric scooter might have. Disc, electric and foot brakes. Frequently they have a combination of multiple types such as electric and disc brakes or electric and foot brakes.

Disc Brakes

Disc brakes offer excellent braking power and reliability. They are mechanical so they may need adjustment to keep them working well. They are costly so they are not often found on really cheap scooters.

Electric Brakes

These brakes work by reversing the motor on the scooter giving it braking power. They generally have poor braking power and can be prone to failure if they are not implemented well. They work best when combined with another brake type such as disc brakes.

Foot Brakes

These work by pressing your heel against the rear wheel of the scooter. They are the least effective form of brake available. They require some finesse and skill on the part of the rider to use since you have to push with your foot while riding the scooter.

Battery Type

Lithium and lead-acid are the 2 most common battery types available in electric scooters today.

Lithium

Lithium batteries are newer chemistry that offers much larger capacity for the size and weight than lead-acid batteries. They require special electronics for charging to prevent overcharging which can lead to fires. This is built into the charging system in your scooter if it has lithium batteries. They are also much more expensive than lead-acid batteries.

Lead-Acid

Lead-acid batteries are similar to your traditional car battery. They have been around a long time. They are reliable and heavy. Sealed lead-acid batteries are generally maintenance-free. Care has to be taken to avoid over-discharging the battery. Lead-acid batteries lose their charge over time while sitting around. If your lead acid battery scooter isn’t ridden for a while you should charge the battery.

Drive Motors

An electric scooter is driven by an electric motor. The motor can drive either the front or rear wheel of the scooter.

Front Drive Motors

Front-drive motors are mounted inside the front wheel hub. These work well when the battery is stored in the front tube of the scooter. They can be used as an electric brake as well since the front brake on any bike or scooter is generally more effective than the rear brake. Your body weight tends to shift forward when braking.

One disadvantage of front motors is that they can lead to front-wheel sliding and spin outs when accelerating.

Rear Drive Motors

Rear-drive motors drive the scooter rear wheel and can be mounted in the wheel hub or under the scooter deck. These will give a more natural feel since the steering wheel isn’t powered. They have better traction while climbing since your weight is more over the rear wheel.

Portability

Some electric scooters are much easier to carry around and store than others. If carrying your scooter into your home or office is important you should look for a more portable scooter. This will be a scooter that is lightweight and with a folding design. These scooters can be easily stored in a closet or under a desk. A lightweight scooter can easily be carried with you on a subway or bus as well.

Weight

The lighter weight the scooter is, the easier it is to carry around when your not riding it. A sub 20 lb scooter will be really easy to carry. A 45 lb scooter will be not so easy.

Folding

Many scooters are designed for portability and the steering columns fold down. This makes the scooter into a much more compact size.

User Interface

All electric scooters have some form of user interface to tell you how much battery you have left. Some interfaces may also tell you things such as speed and how many miles you have remaining. There will almost always be a display on the scooter but they may also have a bluetooth interface to use a phone app.

Display

The display on the scooter can be as simple as a few lights and as complex as a graphical LCD display.

Phone Apps

Some scooters have dedicated phone apps that can give you information such as speed and range and can tell you the state of charge as well. Knowing how charged your scooter is and how much longer it will take to be fully charged can be really useful information.

Seats

Scooters do require some agility and balance to ride standing up. Everyone doesn’t have the necesary balance to comfortably do it. Some electric scooters have seats that allow riders to sit while riding them. This makes them much easier and more comfortable to ride for those without great balance skills.

man standing on electric scooter

Electric Scooter FAQ

Q: How much does an electric scooter cost?

The least expensive electric scooters on the market cost a little over $100. The most expensive can easily run over $1000. You can get a lot of value by spending a few hundred dollars.

Q: How far can an electric scooter go on a charge?

The highest range electric scooters can go around 50 miles on a charge. The shortest range scooters may have a range as short as 5 miles. This is an area where you get what you pay for. If long range is important to you be sure to check how far the scooter your interested in can go. Keep in mind that factors such as cold weather can significantly reduce range.

Q: How heavy a rider can an electric scooter carry?

Some scooters are rated up to 350 lb riders. Almost any scooter meant for adults can hold at least 200 lbs.

Q: Can I carry an electric scooter with me on a bus or subway?

Yes, if you get a small lightweight folding scooter they are quite easy to carry with you everywhere.

Q: How much do electric scooters weigh?

The lightest electric scooters can weigh as little as 15 lbs. The heaviest can be over 50 lbs. A longer range scooter needs more battery capacity which means it will weigh more.

Q: How do I ride an electric scooter?

Please see the below video for some tips on riding an electric scooter.

Q: Do I need to wear a helmet on an electric scooter?

In most places wearing a helmet is not required by law when you ride an electric scooter. Studies show that electric scooters are just as dangerous as bicycles. Top speeds can approach 20mph so serious injuries can result from accidents and collisions. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends wearing helmets when riding scooters.

A new year-long study (pdf) released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds there were an estimated 10,000 emergency room injuries involving powered scooters from July 2003 through June 2004, the first year for which there is reliable data.

According to the CPSC staff report, less than half of all victims were wearing helmets at the time of the incident, and few were wearing other safety gear such as knee and elbow pads. Approximately two-thirds of all injuries occurred in children under 15 years old.

The study was undertaken to get a more accurate picture of injuries as powered scooters have risen in popularity.

https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-staff-powered-scooter-study-shows-just-4-in-10-victims-wore-helmets

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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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