Best Electric Scooters Under $500 (2020): Speed, Comfort and Quality

So you want an electric scooter.

But there are so many brands to choose from. So many types of designs: folding scooters, scooters with a seat and scooters for commuting.

So many scooters have mixed reviews from customers. How do you get an honest review of the best scooters so that you can pick the right one?

This guide answers this question.

After rigorous testing on more than a dozen parameters that indicate build quality, safety, comfort, design, portability, performance and maintenance, we compiled this list of best scooters under $500.

But before you see our top picks, here is what you should know.

What to Look for in an Electric Scooter

Build Quality: Depending on the type of terrain you’ll drive in – city streets or rough gravel roads – your scooter is going to take a significant level of abuse over a period of time. So you need to pick a scooter with solid build quality. Pick one which is made of aluminium – such as the Mi M365, which is made of aerospace grade aluminium.

Portability: How much the scooter weighs and how easily you can fold it determines its portability. If it is too heavy, you won’t be able to carry it. Look for a scooter that weighs around 27 lbs. Some scooters weigh even around 20 lbs.

Safety: Make sure the scooter has strong brakes, headlights and tail reflector light. Solid brakes are a must. Lights–you can still add with after-market accessories.

Battery Life: You don’t want a scooter than goes 5 miles and dies on you. Good scooters have a range of 12-15 miles that allow you to enjoy the ride. Moreover, quality scooters have batteries that can be charged quickly, within 5-8 hours. Few scooters, like the Levy Electric Scooter, have removable batteries so that you can carry an extra with you for twice the amount of fun.

Comfort: For your ride to be comfortable, an electric scooter should be able to absorb the bumps and shocks due to potholes and debris. Scooters with large, air-filled tires can better absorb shocks than small, airless or solid tires. The best shock absorption occurs when the scooter has a dedicated suspension on one of its tires — a feature only a few electric scooters have.

1. Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter

Xiaomi Mi M365 has gained enormous popularity in the market. This is because of the enormous value it provides under $500 and the fact that this is the OEM scooter used by mainstream rental brands – Bird and Spin. The build quality is impressive – the M365 is made of aerospace grade aluminium, which has low density to make it lightweight but high structural strength to make it durable. Think about it: a scooter built from the same material that is used to build space ships!

The design is extraordinary, so much so that Xiaomi won Red Dot Best of the Best Award for this design.

It has a 250-watt motor that is powerful enough to take the scooter to a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour. The battery, which is an assembly of thirty 18650Ah lithium battery units, is meant for long range up to a distance of 18.6 miles. But don’t worry about charging time, you can charge the battery within five hours. The scooter can take a load of 55 to 220 lbs.

The assembly on the handlebar is an integral part of the premium experience that this M365 provides. It has a four-LED battery level reader, a pedestrian bell, a button to switch the scooter on/off and 1.1-watt headlights. The headlights light up an area of six meters in front of them. The scooter weighs 26.9 lbs and you can fold it within a couple seconds: flip down the folding lever and fold the scooter so that the bell catches onto the latch on the rear wheel.

It has 8.5 inch front and rear tires – large tires are better able to absorb shocks on uneven roads. You can also pair the M365 with your smartphone via bluetooth. It lets you check ride stats like current speed, battery and other real time parameters.

A mind blowing technology feature is the energy regeneration that happens while you’re riding the scooter. The Mi M365 scooter uses the kinetic energy produced during the ride and stores it in the form of electrical energy in the batteries. It has multiple speed modes, eABS for brake safety and tail lights to enhance visibility while braking.

Pros

  • Beautiful, premium looking design
  • Scooter is so reliable that even rental brands use it as their OEM
  • Large 8.5” tires absorb shocks due to uneven/rough roads
  • Rear and front brakes for safety
  • Connects with smartphone app to give stats
  • Quality headlights
  • Battery can be charged within just 5 hours

Cons

  • No suspension
  • Handlebars aren’t height adjustable

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Xiaomi-Electric-Long-range-Fold-n-Carry-Ultra-Lightweight/dp/B076KKX4BC

2. Hiboy Max Electric Scooter

The Hiboy Max Electric Scooter is one of the better electric scooters with an impressive set of features. It packs more power and provides better braking than its older version. It has solid build quality, to the point of being a little too heavy at a staggering 34 lbs. It is a relief that the motor has enough power of 350-watt to carry this weight, otherwise this machine would have been a failure.

The powerful motor cranks out a top speed of 18.6 miles per hour and goes up to a distance of 17 miles – which is pretty neat, considering how heavy the scooter is. But fun doesn’t stop here, you can even ride the Hilboy Max electric scooter on hills with 15-percent inclines without any hassles.

The scooter has large 8.5 inch solid tires that are somewhat comfortable while riding. The tires are air-less which means they won’t go flat and won’t need to be inflated from time to time. The downside to airless tires is that they aren’t as good at absorbing shocks as pneumatic or air-filled tires. But the company has taken care of this by adding a suspension to the front wheel. The deck as well as the handlebar grips have enough padding to provide comfort for long rides.

The Hiboy Max electric scooter has a dashboard on its handlebar that displays various stats in LED such as: current speed, rider mode, battery level. There are three rider modes to choose from: beginner, intermediate and advanced. You have to use the Hiboy app on your smartphone to switch between these modes. Using the app, you can also turn the headlights on or off, see the battery level and toggle the cruise control.

It has dual headlights to give better visibility on the road at night. It also has a light on the fender, a brake light, to increase your visibility to other drivers. You can fold it with one simple step- just step on the folding petal and boom – it is ready to be carried. However, considering how heavy it weighs, you can’t carry it manually over long distances. It has a 270-W battery to make your rides last long. It has disc brakes and e-ABS, or anti-lock braking system, to ensure safe braking and a tight grip on the road.

Pros

  • Impressive top speed of 18.6 mph
  • Long 17-mile range
  • Rides well on 15% inclines
  • Has a suspension unlike most scooters
  • Handlebar display shows various stats
  • Three speed modes
  • Dual headlights, fender and brake light
  • Disc brakes and eABS

Cons

  • Heavy at 34 lbs.

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hiboy-MAX-Electric-Scooter-One-Step-Electric/dp/B07V8H6LPX

3. Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter

Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter may not come across as cool, sleek or stylish at first glance, but it is one of the best electric scooters under $500. Normal electric scooters can be obscured amidst traffic but the EcoSmart will be visible, hence increasing your safety.

It has a super powerful 500-watt motor that produces a high amount of torque. With this power, the scooter can zip through the roads up to a speed of 18 miles per hour. It has three batteries of 12V each so that you can get plenty of ride time on full charge. Although the battery set is heavy it is mounted in the center to maintain perfect balance during the ride.

Depending on the weight and the type of terrain, the EcoSmart gives a ride time of forty minutes on continuous use. The electric scooter is sturdy as it is built with a steel frame. The deck is made of bamboo to give you optimal comfort. The scooter runs on rear wheel drive. The handlebar brake and seat can be adjusted according to your height.

One outstanding feature of the EcoSmart is its 16-inch large pneumatic tires. The tire size is almost double of what is found on most electric scooters. Large tires can absorb shocks and give you a smooth ride. It has twist grip throttle and hand operated rear brakes.

It has disc brakes in the rear which is impressive, because disc brakes are the highest quality brakes in the market. The throttle is variable so you can adjust speeds. It also has a luggage rack, perfect for a quick ride to get groceries. It is built for people with an age of 16 or more. The maximum weight it can accommodate is 220 lbs. The range is just 10 miles which is just average for so much power in the motor.

The seat is ultra padded and is one of the most comfortable seats you will find on any scooter or even a bike. The level of comfort is high with this one, so it is a good electric scooter even for the elderly who want to go for a stroll around the block and get some fresh air.

One thing that we thought needs improvement is the on/off switch and the charging port – they are mounted low on the scooter. Razor provides a 3-months limited warranty like it does on all its scooters. You can check more details on its official page.

Pros

  • Reliable: highly positive customer reviews
  • Affordable
  • Super comfortable seat
  • Nice bamboo deck
  • Disc brakes in the rear
  • Detachable luggage rack
  • Large tires absorb shocks well
  • Charging the scooter won’t make a noticeable hike in your electricity bill
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • On/off switch is positioned too low
  • It is not meant to be carried manually, its heavy
  • No front brakes
  • No lights
  • Range is low
  • Battery level indicator doesn’t work

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Razor-EcoSmart-Metro-Electric-Scooter/dp/B002ZDAEIS

4. Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter

The Glion Dolly Electric Scooter is one of the most impressive electric scooters we have come across. You can say goodbye to boring commutes or tiresome walks with this one. It has many unique features, but first let’s focus on its sleek design. The all-black color gives it a sharp and edgy look. There are no messy wires hanging loose on this scooter, which gives it a neat look.

Solid Build

The aluminium frame looks rock solid and seems like it can go through a lot of stress and still stand strong. Glion Dolly has solved a major problem by providing height-adjustable handlebar. You can adjust it into one of the three height options. On the deck is a layer of grippy surface which is found on skateboards too.

Lights

It comes with a headlight right above the front wheel and a tail light on the rear fender. Many scooters have dim headlights that become useless once it is dark. Not this one. The Glion Dolly has a bright headlight that can light up the road ahead of you and get you through the darkest roads–literally. You can also adjust the headlight and tilt it vertically for a change in focus.

Folds fast

You can fold and unfold the scooter within seconds. Folding it takes three easy steps – fold the handlebars inward, press the release lever and stomp on the silver pedal and it is ready to roll, quite literally. It has a pull out handle which allows you to pull it like a trolley bag. But be careful because it has small wheels on the bottom, which means that if you drag it on uneven surfaces, it won’t stay upright.

The scooter has a 250-watt motor and it runs on rear wheel drive. It can reach a top speed of 15 miles per hour and a range of 15 miles. The battery is 36V, 7.8 Ah Lithium-ion battery. What we like about the battery is the short charging time. You can recharge your scooter in just 3.5 hours. That is about 8 hours less than many other scooters in the market.

One unique feature of the Glion Dolly is that it is designed in such a way that it can stand vertically. This is a subtle yet important design feature that can allow you to store it easily in your office or even at home. It won’t tip over in a bus or a train since it has quite some weight.

The Glion Dolly comes with a display on the handlebar that shows battery life and expected range. Although the screen is neat, it is too basic for an electric scooter that costs this much. It has two braking systems – one is the twist grip on the left handlebar grip, which we found too strong. If you aren’t careful, the scooter may stop suddenly with a shock. The second is the rear bumper. You have to step on it manually to slow the scooter down.

Pros

  • Designed to stand vertically
  • Folds fast
  • Movable like a trolley
  • Has bright headlights unlike many other scooters
  • Nice looking kickstand and fender
  • Strong brakes
  • Double braking – twist grip and manual brakes on rear fender
  • Front wheel has spokes – can be locked to a bike stand

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a suspension
  • Doesn’t absorb bumps well despite having rubber tires
  • Front fork suspension doesn’t do the job

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Glion-Foldable-Lightweight-Electric-Scooter/dp/B018KTMOPG

5. Gotrax GXL V2 Commuting Electric Scooter

Gotrax GLX V2 is another foldable electric scooter that deserves a spot on our list. The GXL V2 is a stylish looking scooter with an all-black design. It runs on a 250-watt brushless motor that allows you to zip through the crowd.

You can take it as fast as 15 miles per hour. But of course, going uphill it will slow down by about 5-8 miles per hour. This is meant for people with up to 220 lbs of weight. If you are heavier, you can consider the Swagtron Swagger 5 which can carry people weighing up to 330 lbs.

It has a 36V battery which gives a range of 9 to 12 miles. We are disappointed with the range since 9 miles is too low for the price the customer pays. However, the charging time is good at just 3-4 hours. It has 8.5 inch pneumatic tires which are good at absorbing shocks on the road. So if you want to ride on the tough streets of the city, you can have a comfortable ride on the GXL V2.

The scooter folds easily and makes it portable. So if you take the bus or the subway train, you can fold it and carry it with you. It is compact enough to be stored under your desk in your office. It comes with interesting features like cruise control, disc brakes on the rear, handlebar brakes and LED headlights.

The Gotrax GXL V2 also has a display built in on the handlebar. It gives you important stats about the scooter such as battery life, speed and headlights. The LED display allows you to change speed settings and always stay on top of things.

Pros

  • Solid build quality, but not too heavy
  • Simple, stylish and ergonomic design
  • Display for ride stats and settings
  • Folds easily
  • Cruise control
  • Rear disc brakes and handlebar brakes
  • Charges battery in just 3-4 hours
  • Large 8.5 inch air-filled tires absorb bumps effectively

Cons

  • Lacks suspension
  • Sensitive throttle can be dangerous for an untrained rider

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/GOTRAX-GXL-Commuting-Electric-Scooter/dp/B07K9MB6X1

6. Levy Electric Scooter

The Levy electric scooter is one of the finest products in the market with a unique strength — which we will get to later. The e-scooter has an impressive design with a silver color on the handlebar stem and black color elsewhere.

When you hold the Levy e-scooter in your hands, the first thing you will notice is how sturdy it is – more so than most of the electric scooters out there. We mentioned earlier how Mi M365 is used by rental e-scooter brands. The Levy electric scooter is also robust enough to be used in large quantities. The company currently offers its scooters to hotels, office spaces and apartments so that their guests can use it for comfort or work.

The company has done influential work in the electric scooter industry. It lobbied for legalizing electric scooters in New York and even changed the L train symbol in subway stations to an electric scooter, to suggest their effectiveness and potential impact.

You will have a comfortable ride on the Levy with its pneumatic tires that smoothen over the bumps. You may still feel some vibrations due to the uneven surfaces, but they won’t be too disturbing.

The Levy has a powerful 350-watt motor that can allow you to zip to a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. The battery is 36V, 6.4aH and goes to a maximum range of 15 miles. The maximum range and speed are decent but the real showstopper is something else.

The thing that sets Levy electric scooter apart from other scooters is its removable battery. Imagine going on a weekend ride, but not being able to go to your favorite spot because it is too far. Well, you won’t have to worry about that with Levy. You can keep a spare battery and use it when the original one runs out.

The Levy has a thumb throttle on the right side of the handlebar with two buttons. These buttons let you play with cruise control, speed modes and headlight toggle.

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Sturdy
  • Pneumatic tires absorb shocks well
  • Good top speed and range
  • Motor packs a lot of power
  • Quick-change battery: gives you double the range if you carry an extra
  • Bright display

Cons

  • Confusing power readings
  • Headlight can’t be adjusted

Buy on Official Link: https://www.levyelectric.com/

7. Razor 300s Electric Scooter

The Razor 300s is a high-value, all round electric scooter with plenty of desirable features. It has a vibrant design. It has a padded seat mounted on a seat post for comfortable riding. For those who don’t want the seat, the company has kept the seat and the post removable. The scooter has a chain-driven motor that can drive it up to a top speed of 15 miles per hour. The downside is that chain driven motors require maintenance from time to time.

As far as range is concerned, the Razor 300s can keep its wheels turning for as long as 40 minutes. It has large 10 inch pneumatic tires which do the job of absorbing shocks on the road pretty well. The tires are also wide, which make your ride comfortable and pleasant. It features a twist grip acceleration control, hand operated rear brake and a retractable kickstand. It has two 12v lead acid batteries, total 24v, under the deck. The scooter can accommodate a person weighing a maximum of 220 lbs.

The cool thing about the 300s is that its batteries are cheap. Just for twenty bucks you can get a new battery for this sweet thing. But it still doesn’t beat the Levy Electric Scooter, in which you can remove the batteries after they run out of charge. There is no quick-change option in this one.

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Seated or standing ride – you choose
  • Balanced performance vs comfort
  • Cheap battery
  • Large pneumatic tires
  • Wide tires provide comfort and stability

Cons

  • Chain driven motor needs maintenance
  • Charger lights don’t indicate accurately
  • Air filled tires can go flat and need to be inflated regularly
  • You can’t ride it on hilly areas

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001K3JUFM

Conclusion

We recommend that you use the information in this guide as your trusted source while selecting an electric scooter.

The Mi M365 is used by rental brands, has an award winning design and can be charged fast. But it doesn’t have a suspension like the Hiboy Max electric scooter. The Levy Electric has removable batteries that you can change on the go to get double or triple the range.

All scooters on this list are unique in their own way and are the best in the market.

So you won’t have any problem selecting one to your liking.