Best electric scooter 2022: top e-scooters for adults

Getting around is far more fun when you’re riding the best electric scooter, so we’ve rounded up the best electric scooters from Segway, Xiaomi, Micro and others

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A woman riding the best electric scooter up a hill with a cement wall behind her
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The best electric scooter 2022 is a title many of the rides you'll find in this guide could take. They're practical, minimal hassle and fold into an easily-packable package. As a ‘last-mile solution’, there’s probably nothing better. Things have changed a lot in the electric scooter market over the past year or so. A huge number of new companies have dipped their toes in the water, meaning there are now many more practical adult-sized scooters on the market, and, as the tech gets more widespread, it’s improving, giving you a much slicker ride for the most part.

And let’s face it, tech gimmicks or not, the enjoyment of riding an e-scooter that can rocket along at 25mph is something most people can appreciate (although admittedly it can definitely feel like too much power for some).

If you have a journey or commute that suits this kind of personal transport, there are electric scooters out there that can reduce your journey time and get you through the traffic. That said, the question of ‘are electric scooters legal’ is one that really depends on your local jurisdiction, so you need to exercise caution here.

Electric scooters are only growing in popularity, they’re nippy, fun, and they're a lot more portable than the best electric bikes. They might be the mode of personal transport you’ve been looking for. We’ve reviewed and rated the best you can buy, because while they may all look quite similar, not all electric scooters are created equal.

Electric scooters are more than just scooters with batteries. As glib as that statement may be, it's also true: they're a lot faster than regular scooters, they're a heck of a lot heavier, and the electric scooters are also far more controllable than their manual cousins.

You're unlikely to be pulling off any sick tricks on these – and at top speed, you should not even be attempting it – but the benefit of a little torque in your wheels means you'll be expertly manoeuvring up hills and speeding along the streets in no time.

Our buyer’s guide includes Xiaomi’s excellent Mi Pro 2,  and the ultra-lightweight Segway-Ninebot Air T15, and our pick of the best electric scooter you can buy right now, Pure's super-practical and affordable Air Pro (2nd Generation). It’s a brilliant, high-quality scooter, offering something for everyone, and it’s surprisingly affordable against stiff competition.

 The best electric scooters you can buy today:

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1. Pure Air Pro (2nd Generation)

Looking for a little more performance? This could be the best e-scooter for you

Best for: Performance and range
Max speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 31 miles / 50 km
Weight: 16.5 kg / 36 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Water-resistant+Large maximum load+More powerful motor+Robust design+Improved range+Easy to maintain
Reasons to avoid
-Heavier than rivals-Not the sharpest brakes-No cruise control

Pure Electric has done it again – the second generation Pure Air Pro is one of the best all-around electric scooters you can buy. Pure has taken its existing market-leading and award-winning electric scooter, taken user feedback and discovered actually useful ways it can be improved.

Thanks to the new 500W motor, performance and range are outstanding and this, combined with the build quality, safety, comfort, and ease-of-maintenance make it one of the best electric scooters you can possibly buy. 

Just like the original Pure Air Pro, the real highlight is, of course, the guaranteed IP65 water resistance, which, if you're planning on using your scooter in all seasons in the UK, is a necessity. 

Yes, it's a little more expensive and heavier than its rivals, but this is still an excellent e-scooter choice.

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2. Pure Air Go

A great affordable e-scooter from… you guessed it… Pure

Best for: Affordable electric scooting
Max Speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 12.4 miles / 20 km
Weight: 16 kg / 35.2 lbs
Reasons to buy
+10-inch wheels+Great price+Water-resistant design+Large maximum load capacity+Easy to maintain
Reasons to avoid
-Heavier than rivals-Not the slickest folding mechanism -Short-range

The Pure Air Go is the entry-level electric scooter from Pure. It features the same great build quality and design as its more expensive siblings above, but features a less powerful motor (350W vs 500W) and shorter range. You'll only really notice the lower-powered motor if you're on the heavier side and on inclines, but if you're after the ultimate in performance, then you should check out the Pure Air Pro. If you're just dipping your toe into e-scooter ownership and don't want to spend big bucks, then this is definitely the electric scooter for you. It's water-resistant, works with the Pure app, and comes with a comprehensive one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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3. Xiaomi Mi 1S

The best affordable e-scooter from Xiaomi

Best for: An affordable all-rounder
Max Speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 18.5 miles / 30 km
Weight: 12.5 kg / 28 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Most popular brand+Advanced battery saving features+Easy folding+Good app
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most attractive-No as good as Pro model-8.5-inch wheels

Although Xiaomi might be better known for its affordable smartphones, the Mi 1S proves the company is equally adept at creating smart electric scooters. While the top speed isn't the highest out there (although, at 15mph / 25 km/h it's absolutely no slouch) this folding electric scooter has some of the best app connectivity features we've seen. 

As well as tracking your journeys and just how fast you've barrelled down those hills, you can get a quick look at how much of the massive scooter battery still remains. The Mi Home app also brings advanced battery conservation features, meaning you could potentially eke out an extra mile or two if you're clever about how you use it, and the F1-like KERS setup means the battery charges as you brake.

We found the Xiaomi Mi 1S speed and acceleration controls incredibly simple, anyone can learn to ride in minutes. The light, aluminium construction means you can quickly fold it down for carrying and storage. 

 Xiaomi also has a more premium model, called the Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 (also on this list) with extended range. We think the standard Mi 1S is better value for money, though, and is a great all-round electric scooter.

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4. Pure Air Pro LR

The ultimate electric scooter for frequent users

Best for: Long distance journeys
Max speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range : 37.2 miles / 60 km
Weight: 17.5 kg
Reasons to buy
+Long-range+Quick acceleration+Effortless hill climb+Tank-like build
Reasons to avoid
-Too heavy to carry long distances

The new Pure Air Pro LR sits proudly at the top of the Pure Air electric scooter range, with a refined design, longer range and a beautiful wooden deck. The stunning birch and maple plywood deck smooths out vibrations and looks greats. The LR in Pure Air Pro LR actually stands for Long Range and is designed to achieve a distance of up to 60km / 37.2 miles between charges, so it's ideal if you solely use an e-scooter to commute.

It features the same powerful 500W rear wheel motor as the class-leading Pure Air Pro (2021) but unlocks even more power when accelerating and climbing hills, peaking at 700W.

Of course, the Pure Air Pro LR also promises to offer the amazing build quality that we've come to expect from Pure Electric scooters, with a strong steel chassis capable of carrying a 120kg load, advanced ‘click-lock folding mechanism and IP65 waterproof rating.

If that wasn't enough, you'll also benefit from a USB charge port mounted to the handlebar, which is useful for keeping phones, lights or other gadgets charged while out and about.

This really is the ultimate everyday scooter, for those serious about electric scooting.

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5. Ninebot Segway Air T15

One of the best lightweight electric scooters from Ninebot Segway

Best for: Compact design
Max speed: 12.4 mph / 20 km/h
Range: 7.5 miles / 12 km
Weight: 10.5 kg / 23 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Easy to carry and store+Low maintenance+Lots of cool features+Great app
Reasons to avoid
-Relatively slow-Limited range-Small wheels

The Ninebot Segway Air T15 certainly looks the business but it is smaller, slower and lacks the range of similarly priced rivals. For those who want to easily stow it in the boot of a car or wheel it on to public transport, it absolutely perfect and delivers a perfectly acceptable ride, so long as the surfaces are smooth and you haven’t got too many steep hills to contend with.

The lightweight body, diminutive package and clever stowage solution means there is a trade-off in performance, though, but the Ninebot Segway Air T15 majors on clever additional features and a classy smartphone app. The choice between this and its many rivals will be down to the sort of use it is destined for and if you really need that futuristic design.

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6. Pure Air (2021)

A perfect e-scooter for everyday use

Best for: Everyday all-rounder
Max speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 18.6 miles / 30 km
Weight: 17 kg
Reasons to buy
+A great all-rounder+Good price+Water resistance rating+Upgraded motor
Reasons to avoid
-Only two colour options-Pretty heavy

We love the second generation of the Pure Air. It's now fitted with an upgraded 500W rated motor (a 43% improvement versus the previous generation), making it the most powerful e-scooter in its class. The result is drastically enhanced hill climbing ability and sharper acceleration from a standstill, with no performance lag on all but the steepest of inclines. 

It can achieve a range of up to 30km, making multiple short journeys on one charge a reality, and also features a handy USB charge port for a rider’s smartphone mounted directly onto the handlebar, which can even double as a power source for a USB light.

Being from Pure Electric, you get the excellent build quality and support you can expect from the British company.

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7. Razor Power A2

The best cheap electric scooter

Best for: Price and weight
Max speed: 10 mph / 16km/h
Range: 7.5 miles / 12 km
Weight: 6.46kg
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Affordable+Reliable brand+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-Low speed-Low load capacity-Low range

Thanks to its folding mechanism and collapsible handlebar stem, the Razor Power A2 is one of the most compact, lightweight and portable electric scooters available today.

Despite its diminutive size, the A2 has a top speed of 10mph (16 km/h) thanks to its high-torque motor and 22-volt lithium-ion battery pack, and the battery life is enough for up to 40 minutes of continuous use (around 7.5 miles).

The total weight of the scooter is just 6.46kg and when assembled, making it the ideal commuter tool.

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8. Xiaomi Mi Pro 2

One of the most popular e-scooters around

Best for: Range-topper from Xiaomi
Max Speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 27 miles / 45 km
Weight: 14.2 kg / 31 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Popular brand+Long range+Torque-packed +Advanced battery saving features
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most attractive-Small wheels

The previous version of the Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 is perhaps the most common scooter you'll see around the streets, it was well-priced and a great all-rounder, so you can expect a lot from this updated model.

You've got a top speed of 15 miles per hour, which is fairly standard for electric scooters, a range of 27 miles and a weight of 14.2kg. It's a well-made piece of kit. 

Compared to the previous version, it features a more powerful 600W motor, improved lights, and a new generation of 8.5-inch pneumatic tires.

As well as the impressive hardware, the Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 Electric Scooter also features the best app connectivity we've seen.

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9. Carrera impel is-1

A great electric scooter from Halfords with a built-in lock

Best for: Security
Max Speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 18.6 Miles / 30km
Weight: 17kg / 37 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Solid build quality+Built-in lock+IPX5 splash and puddle-proof rating+Powerful front & rear disc brakes
Reasons to avoid
-It’s a big unit-Heavy to carry around-Small wheels

The Carrera impel is-1 is a solid debut offering, packing the speed and range of its closest Pure rival but arguably offering slightly more scooter for the money (in a physical sense, that is) and a more solid build quality. You can bump it off a kerb without too much of a worry, but some might find its overall bulk a bit off-putting. That said, the folding mechanism on the Carrera might not look particularly appealing, but it’s a lot easier to operate than the Pure Air, for example. Overall, the Carrera majors on the everyday stuff but doesn’t exactly excite with its design. It’s a case of function over form… but that’s no bad thing.

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10. Ninebot Segway E25E

A fuss free foldable e-scooter in a well-presented package

Best for: Reliable brand
Max Speed: 15.5 miles / 25 km/h
Range: 15.5 mph / 25 km
Weight: 14.3 kg / 29.8 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Ambient lighting+Reliable brand+Latest update+External battery compatible
Reasons to avoid
-Can be tricky to fold-High centre of gravity can feel strange

Coming from the well-known electric mobility brand Segway, the Ninebot Segway E25E is one of the most accomplished entries on this list. The E25E is another great all-round model. Its 300W motor helps it reach a very acceptable 15.5 mph (this is generally limited by law) and a very respectable range of 15.5 miles. If that's not enough you have the option of adding an external battery pack for even more range.

It’s also presented well, with a grippy and comfortable footplate, dual-density wheels to absorb the bumps, and a neat one-push folding design which means it doesn't take up too much space.

A thumb throttle controls your speed, and there are a full three ways to get stopped: releasing the throttle, using the electrically assisted front brake, or stomping down on the fender brake to really slow things down fast. 

It's a feature-packed scooter, with an advanced smartphone app which lets you configure all aspects of your ride, view trip metrics and check vehicle health. You've also got cruise control, all-round active lighting, independent front and rear suspension, IP54 water-resistance, and a clear LCD display.

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11. AER 557

The Rolls Royce of electric scooters – a true luxury

Best for: The ultimate e-scooter around
Max Speed: 27 mph / 43 km/h
Range: 20 miles / 32 km
Weight: 23.5 kg / 51.8 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Luxury design+Comfortable+Large 20-inch tyres+Top speed and range+App
Reasons to avoid
-Large and heavy-High price

There are many adjectives one can apply to e-scooters. Convenient. Efficient. Fast. But rarely will you find them described as ‘graceful’ – at least that is until now. The AER 557 is like the iPod of electric scooters: although it’s far from the first, it may well be the product that defines the design language of all the vehicles that zip along in its tracks. 

Not only does it have a gorgeous aesthetic, with slow curves and beautifully rounded lines, but it’s also ergonomically designed for stability: its 20-inch wheels can slide gleefully over small bumps and its wide anti-slip bamboo deck makes it easy to find a comfortable position to stand. 

Being able to glide effortlessly along without constantly having to correct one’s stance makes riding it seem downright elegant – despite the fact you’re whipping along up to a very respectable 25mph. And given you can travel up to almost 20 miles on a single charge, it’s great for getting about town.

Okay, it's not the lightest, most compact, or the cheapest, but it certainly is the one of the best electric scooter you can buy.

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12. Ninebot Segway E45E

Want a electric scooter with the longest range? Check out the E45E

Best for: Longest range
Max Speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 28 miles / 45 km
Weight: 16.4 kg / 36.2 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Long range+360-degree reflectors+Three brake system+Flat-free tyres
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Top-heavy design

The Ninebot Segway E45E offers an ideal way to commute long distance with ease and comfort thanks to a large additional battery pre-installed to reduce the hassles of charging often. The E45E can speed up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h) at maximum and has a range of approximately 28 mile (45 kilometres). 

It is equipped with 9-inch flat-free tyres which are non-pneumatic and are filled with foam (meaning less maintenance) with the shock absorbers.

In addition to that, the E45E is equipped with three independent brakes, front - electronic & regenerative, rear - magnetic and foot brake to always ensure safe braking distance.

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13. Unagi Model One E500

The most sleek and stylish electric scooter available

Best for: Scooting in style
Max Speed: 15 mph / 24 km/h
Range: 15 miles / 24.95 km
Weight: 12 kg / 26.5 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Packed with features+Fast and comfortable+Super stylish design+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Short range compared to Xaomi and Segway

Serious about taking on an electric scooter as a mode of transport? Then you need a seriously stylish electric scooter like the Unagi Model One E500. Sure, it's not going to set any speed or range records, but its gorgeous, sleek frame really looks the part.

The Unagi Model One E500 is constructed from super-strong and super-lightweight materials that are also used in SpaceX projects, making this e-scooter lightweight and portable. 

Its power comes from the dual motors, meaning you'll be able to tackle hills and tricky terrain with ease. You don't get any extra top speed, but a top speed of 15 mph and a range of 15 miles is fairly average. It's available in four stylish colourways, Cosmic Blue, Sea Salt, Gotham Grey, and Matt Black.

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14. Decent One Max Electric Scooter

This affordable all-rounder should certainly be considered

Best for: A great all-rounder
Max Speed: 18.6mph / 29.9 km/h
Range: 20 miles / 32 km
Weight: 15 kg / 33 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Removable battery+10-inch tyres+Cruise control+Fast
Reasons to avoid
-Spare battery is expensive-Could be more robust

There's no avoiding it, the Decent One Max is identical to a number of scooters with different names (Turboant, Riley, Elka) but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The factory pumping these out should be experts by now!

The battery is removable and mounted on the handle (rather than the footboard). That means you can keep it indoors at more battery-friendly temperatures, rather than a cold garage or shed. You can also purchase spare batteries (although these are pretty expensive).

The One Max is very good to ride – there's plenty of torque, it's quick and stable, and the bell, light, and throttle are easy to control. It even has large 10-inch wheels, which make it safer than the Xiaomi.

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15. Bird One

A refined, stylish and robust e-scooter

Best for: Robust design
Max Speed: 18 mph / 29 km/h
Range: 25 miles / 40 km
Weight: 17.5 kg / 38.6 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Tank-like build+Useful app features+Streamlined design+Good performance+Colour options
Reasons to avoid
-No folding mechanism-App connectivity issues-No speed display-Heavy

Sleek-looking, built like a tank, with super impressive connectivity features – as well as battery life galore – the Bird One is about as versatile and as future-proof as e-scooters get. It's not the most compact or portable option available, especially as it doesn't fold, but if you’re looking for the smartest e-scooter around – this is it. 

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16. Ninebot Segway E22E

Utterly practical design, built for comfort and quality

Best for: No-nonsense commuting
Max Speed: 12.4 mph / 20 km/h
Range: 13.6 miles / 22 km
Weight: 13.5 kg / 29.8 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Clever, unfussy design+Boost it with upgrades
Reasons to avoid
-Short range-Limited top speed

Where other scooters may be built for fun or style, Segway’s scooter is built for practicality and comfortable travel – and that’s why it’s our best electric scooter overall. If you’re taking one-off quarter pipes, you’re doing it wrong. 

While the Segway Ninebot E22E has solid rubber wheels, both front and back axles are equipped with shock absorbers, ensuring the smoothest ride, and there’s battery recovery onboard to help extend its already reasonable range.

It’s those quality of life features that really make this stand out. Why fight with a thumb control when you can set the cruise control and glide? Why worry about hitting that tree when there’s a combination of mechanical and electrical braking on board? Why go slow when you could strap on an extra battery for more speed and additional range, potentially even running foul of your local regulations on electric scooter velocity? Live a little.

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17. 8Tev B12 Classic

A great rugged-looking e-scooter

Best for: Ruggedness
Max speed: 15.5 mph / 25 km/h
Range: 19.8 miles / 32 km
Weight: 17 kg / 37.5 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Large 12-inch wheels+Rugged design+Quality parts
Reasons to avoid

Are all of the scooters on this list a little too weedy looking for you? You need the rugged-looking 8TEV B12! In order to take the humble e-scooter to the next level, 8TEV went back to basics, starting with a clean design of a strong frame and a stylish single blade fork. This creates the basis for the B12 range’s outstanding performance.  

The B12 Classic features 12-inch wheels with high quality Japanese sealed bearings, a 7-ply maple board with a carbon-reinforced upper, and integrated LED lights. Braking comes from two dual-piston Tektro hydraulic brakes, while large 12-inch magnesium alloy wheels with air-filled tyres produce outstanding ride quality.  

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18. Inokim Ox Electric Scooter

One of the fastest electric scooters you can buy, has a massive range, and is built for off-road

Best for: Speed and range!
Max Speed: 29 mph
Range: 59 miles
Weight: 28.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Superfast+Incredible range+Can be used off-road+Beefy suspension
Reasons to avoid
-Very heavy-Not road legal, and could land you in trouble

If you're looking for an electric which can deal traverse a muddy field, look no further than the crazy Inokim Ox – the Land Rover Defender of electric scooters. The Ox is a beast, with an exceptionally powerful 800W (Peak 1300W) brushless motor housed within the rear wheel and the large lithium-ion battery. Combined, these allow the OX to travel a distance of 60 miles and reach a speed of 29 mph. A true thrill.

There is a unique adjustable suspension system, which allows the rider to alternate the suspension position: higher, for larger suspension travel and lower, for better stability and higher speeds. The Ox also has one of the best maximum rider weight capacities of 130kg (20 stone). It's heavy, though, at 28kg, so it's not ideal for commuting. 

How to buy the best electric scooter 

Picking up the best electric scooter for you is absolutely imperative – it's a proper investment, so you need something you're going to want to ride and something that suits your needs. These things are essentially a narrow plank racing up to 20mph, so safety needs to be a main concern, as these are far more advanced than the best kids' scooters. But that isn't the only thing you'll need to consider…

Some electric scooters are well suited to a quick hop-on-and-off, sacrificing distance for a vast weight reduction and increased portability. These are ideal for long-distance commutes, where you also need to travel on a train or bus. Other e-scooters pile on the battery for maximum range but leave themselves super-heavy in the process. These are better if you live and work in the same city, and want to avoid using the bus or subway system. Basically, it's a balancing act. If you're commuting a long way, put your money in batteries, but if you're just scooting that final mile, a lighter, more compact scooter might be a better choice.

Is the best electric scooter the fastest electric scooter? Not necessarily. Top speed in the UK is limited to 25km/h (15.5mph), and while most e-scooters will go faster than that, it’s worth noting that you’re more likely to be stopped by police and get your scooter confiscated (and potentially get fined) if you're speeding around, driving recklessly, and weaving through traffic. Naturally, common sense is a priority here – don’t ride like an idiot and you probably won’t get stopped.

One of the main things to look out for are lightweight materials, such as aluminium and carbon fibre, since they'll cut the weight of your scooter when you're carrying it from place to place. But if you're using your electric scooter for more than play, avoid plastic components and these are more likely to decay and break. 

Consider also the wheels – heavy use requires heavier duty wheels. Most affordable electric scooters come with 8-inch wheels, and while these are fine for smooth city streets, we’d recommend plumping for a model with 10-inch pneumatic tyres and suspension to give you a much smoother ride.

Most of these scooters also have companion apps, which offer a range of useful features. You can digitally lock and unlock the electric motor, which is very beneficial for security. You can also track your rides – kind of like a lazy person’s Strava. Certain companion apps also let you set up your e-scooter, choosing between Eco mode to prolong the scooter’s battery life, or Sport mode to leave panting cyclists in the dust. We like to think of a companion app as a nice bonus, rather than a necessity. 

Price is also a major point to consider. The cheapest electric scooter you’ll find is around £250 and prices can range up to around £2,500. It goes without saying, you get what you pay for, so opting for the cheapest model you can find isn’t the best idea. You want to be able to trust the scooter under your feet, because a mechanical failure at around 20mph would result in a trip to Accident and Emergency.

We think you’ll probably want to budget between £450 and £700 for a reliable, well-built e-scooter from a popular brand. This will ensure your electric scooter has the performance to get you around town quickly and won’t break breakdown after a few miles.

If you’re in the market for the ultimate in luxury and performance, however, you may want to check out the AER 557 ( which is priced at £2,199. Not only does it look elegant, with slow curves and beautifully rounded lines, it’s also ergonomically designed for stability. Its 20-inch wheels can glide smoothly over small bumps and its wide anti-slip bamboo deck makes it easy to find a comfortable position to stand. It can also reach a very respectable 25mph and can travel up to almost 20 miles on a single charge.

If you're in the UK, the best place to shop is Pure Electric, an official importer of many of these scooter brands. Pure Electric offers a great service, low prices, and a long warranty. They often offer the best cheap electric scooter deals, too.

If you want more info on the best model to buy for your needs and the factors to consider, check out our how to choose an electric scooter guide. Oh, and you'll want to make sure you're fully kitted out with the best electric scooter accessories as well.

Electric scooters road safety rules

Here's where things get a little complicated. Under UK law, most electric kick scooters are not legal for street use unless they're properly registered. Recently, though, the government has announced it's fast-tracking e-scooter trials, hoping to remove the current laws banning them (which are based on 1835 regulations surrounding horse and cart driving). This is to encourage more people to use alternative methods of transport when commuting.

These trials, which are currently being set up, allow you to legally hire and use an electric scooter in public areas where the trials are being held (more on that later).

Some high-powered e-scooters are technically classed as mopeds, though even that classification can be a little complicated. It is safe to assume that none of the scooters included below can technically be used anywhere other than on private land in the UK.

Pure Electric, the UK’s largest e-scooter retailer says, ‘In practice, electric scooters are already widely used across the UK illegally, with the police generally turning a blind eye to all but the most egregiously reckless rider activity.’ 

With big names entering the business, and with concerns about the environmental impact of cars at the forefront, you can bet there’s at least some pressure on legislators to get things changed. But, to clarify: electric scooters can be used on private land with the owner’s consent. Thanks to a combination of the Highways Act 1835 and the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is illegal to use electric scooters on roads, cycle paths or pavements. Exemptions are being created for the scooter trial areas, solely for the rental scooters supplied to the relevant local authority. All other scooter use on the public highway will continue to breach traffic regulations and could cause the user to receive a fine and/or points on their driving licence. 

US law varies from state to state, so you really must check local laws before you purchase an electric scooter. 

Finally, take it from us: whether the laws in your location demand it or not, you’ll want to always wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter. These things move fast and are potentially very dangerous. Protect your head and always be considerate of other people near you.

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As the Style and Travel Editor at T3, Spencer covers everything from clothes to cars and watches to hotels. Everything that's cool, stylish, and interesting, basically. He's been a part of T3 for over six years, and in that time covered every industry event known to man, from CES and MWC to the Geneva Motorshow and Baselworld. When he's not decorating his new home, he can be found messing around on an electric scooter, playing with luxury watches, or making sure his Instagram account looks perfect.