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5 affordable electric scooter models with great performance in 2018

If you’re here then you are probably on a tight budget or are just trying to find your first scoot to see if it might be a great fit for you.

None the less, you are looking for a cheap electric scooter model that can provide you with enough power, distance, and comfort to get the intended job done. While still giving you lots of fun for half the price.

have fun riding your scooterWell, I would be lying to you if I said that finding an affordable electric scooter that still can provide you with tons of fun is hard.

Because it isn’t, for you.

Now you are probably wondering: How can he say that?

-Because I did all the legwork and put together a few really good options for you to have a look at. And I did it with all the different ages of kids, teenagers, and adult in mind.

Remember the words “you get what you pay for”. Below are some really good scooter options for the price tag but you cannot compare these to a top of the line model because that wouldn’t be fair. So please remember to set your expectations according to what you are willing to pay.

Top 5 budget-friendly electric scooter models

As an adult, you probably looking for an alternative option for your commute or just some plain fun riding together with your family. Below we’ve created a list of a few really good and of course affordable electric scooter models that works perfectly as your first scooter or just a cheap alternative way to get back and forth to work every day. These scooters have no problems handling the weight of an adult and they provide you with a moderate speed and distance per charge.

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  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Recharge
  • Weight

*All test data in the following reviews are done with a rider weight of 178 lbs, for kids scooters it is done with a rider weight of 45 lbs.

Gotrax Glider – A well-balanced and affordable model for all

Gotrax glider pink editionI cannot say anything else than that I love the Gotrax Glider and all that it stands for. It’s an affordable electric scooter that still provides its users with a very good electric scooter. It is the one scooter that I have accumulated the most amount of hours riding on.

This happens to be the exact same model that we retail back in Sweden and we’ve sold a lot of them and it’s one of those items close to heart that you rarely see any returns/issues with. We are using the same factory and hence I have never had such a good insight into a reviewed product before. If you want some deeper information on the product you can go ahead and read my full review of the Gotrax Glider.

Two different speed modes available so you can set the speed according to the users level of experience. Mode 1 = 9 mph while mode 2 provides you with the maximum 18 mph speed. For more information on the Glider read the full review.

Promised specifics

Distance: 9 miles

Speed: 17 mph

Recharge: 3 hrs

Motor: 250W

Battery: 24V 5.2Ah

Weight: 18 lbs

Tires: front 5.5″, rear 5″ solid rubber

Our review data*

Distance: 7 miles

Speed: 16 mph

Avg speed: 8.3 mph

Battery Consumption: 100% to 0%

Recharge time: 3 hrs

Mode used: 35% Standard & 65% sports mode

Surface: Rough asphalt with some elevation

PROS:
  • Affordable
  • Two different speed-modes to choose between
  • Fast charging
  • Good top speed
  • Great braking capabilities
  • Excellent riding experience for kids/teenagers

CONS:
  • Distance varies heavily depending on weight and terrain
  • Display is in KM/h
  • Had a hard time with some inclines

Segway ES1 – Great buy for grown-ups on a budget

The Segway ES1 is a favorite among many electric scooter users mainly because of the brand and how their products are quality wise. The ES1 is no exception when it comes to quality. Sure, it has some weak points that could be improved, but so do most scooters.

It provides you with a smoother ride than the Gotrax and with a very fair price-tag. The best part about the Segway electric scooters is that they can be upgraded with an external battery-pack giving it an insane boost in performance. The standard ES1 can reach a top speed of 12.4 mph with a promised maximum distance of 15.5 miles. If you later choose to pay a few hundred bucks and upgrade it with the add-on battery you will get a 15.5 mph top speed with a distance of 28 miles per charge. This is what makes it a great electric scooter for grown-ups.

That is what makes the Segway models so appealing. Start out slow with a lower initial investment and then upgrading at will.

For more information about the ES1 click here.

Promised specifics

Distance: 15.5 miles

Speed: 12.4 mph

Recharge: 3.5 hrs

Motor: 250W

Battery: 36V 5.2Ah

Weight: 25 lbs

Tires: front 8″, rear 7.5″ solid rubber

Our review data*

Distance: 8 miles

Speed: 13 mph

Avg speed: 6.2 mph

Battery Consumption: 100% to 23%

Recharge time: 3 hrs

Mode used: 35% Standard & 65% sports mode

Surface: Uneven roads with minor elevation

PROS:
  • Sturdy and quality built
  • Wheels have a good size making them tackle smaller bumps and stones without any issues
  • Front shock absorber
  • The mobile app is a great addition
  • Ability to buy an extra battery pack to increases the scooters distance, speed, and acceleration
  • Good ground clearance

CONS:
  • Distance varies heavily depending on weight and terrain
  • The display is in KM/h
  • Does not handle steeper inclines well

Razor Power Core E90 – The best bargain model for a young rider

Razor is known to be one of the founders of the electric scooter launching their very first model way back in 2003. They have since then made a couple of small upgrades over the year, but it isn’t until later that they went ahead and introduced us to their first hub motor model, the E90. These models give your kids superior torque and riding distance over the old-fashioned chain-driven models.

The E90 is a well-balanced model when it comes to performance and it will give your kids a really good riding experience. With its 10 mph top speed and an increased riding distance of 100% from the old models you can expect a maximum distance of 9-15 miles depending on the age/weight of the child.

In my opinion, this is one of the best rides you can buy for kids 5-10 years old and it comes with a respectable price tag too.

Promised specifics

Distance: 80 minutes of ride time

Speed: 10 mph

Recharge: 12 hrs

Motor: 90W

Battery: 12V 7Ah

Weight: 22 lbs

Tires: 5.5″ solid rubber

Our review data*

Distance: 10 miles

Speed: 10.1 mph

Avg speed: 4.3 mph

Battery Consumption: 100% to 12%

Recharge time: 11 hrs

Surface: Slick roads with some minor elevation

PROS:
  • Powerful motor
  • Really good ride time
  • Kick-start function to prevent accidental take-offs
  • Great quality
  • Maintenance free

CONS:
  • The urethane front wheel makes it bumpy
  • 12 hr charging time
  • Doesn’t handle wet surfaces well
  • Non-variable speed control

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Razor E300 – Always gets on the list

No guide would be acceptable if it doesn’t list the best that Razor has to offer, the E300. It has been the flagship model of Razor scooters for many years and it still delivers a sweet and high performing ride to its buyers.

With a good top speed of 15 mph and 40 minutes of ride time(with my 178 lbs that’s between 7-9 miles) per charge, it sets itself up to be a very appealing choice for many budget users. Being the only one on the list with pneumatic tires, these 10-inch wheels provide you with a much less bumpy ride.

On the downside, it has a long recharge cycle of 12 hours and swapping out the large 2 x 12V 7Ah lead-acid batteries for a new set when you run out of juice isn’t really a viable option in my opinion. Other than the long charge time it does run louder since it is powered by a chain-driven motor. If you prefer to be seated while riding you can always get the E300S for increased comfort.

A favorite amongst kids 10-years+ given the increased weight capacity of 220 lbs.

Promised specifics

Distance: 40 minutes

Speed: 15 mph

Recharge: 12 hrs

Motor: 250W

Battery: 24V 7Ah

Weight: 49 lbs

Tires: 10″ pneumatic

Our review data*

Distance: 7.8 miles

Speed: 14.6 mph

Avg speed: 7.8 mph

Battery Consumption: 100% to 0%

Recharge time: 12 hrs

Surface: Uneven roads with some elevation

PROS:
  • Quality
  • Can be equipped with a seat
  • Good speed
  • Variable twistgrip
  • Good distance
  • Pneumatic tire both back and front

CONS:
  • As with all Razor scooters, charging time of 12 hrs
  • Heavy
  • No lights or reflector
  • Handbrake will need some adjusting

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Megawheels S1 – Low priced but less performance

Megawheels have been doing great with their hoverboards and have now produced their first electric scooter, S1. It doesn’t have a lot of perks but I can see it as a good investment for low weight users like kids and teenagers.

It has a said maximum distance of 14 mph with a total distance of around 5-8 miles per charge. Prior to this article, the said distance per charge was initially 12 miles. But after a lot of complaints, they changed it and I would say it is way more accurate right now as I only got around 5.8 miles of riding out of it in our review test.

Other than that it has a neat folding system and it does get the job done with low distance commutes even though it does get a bit bumpy.

Promised specifics

Distance: 5-8 miles

Speed: 14 mph

Recharge: 2-3 hrs

Motor: 250W

Battery: 29.4V 4.0Ah

Weight: 18 lbs

Tires: 5.5″ solid rubber

Our review data*

Distance: 5.8 miles

Speed: 13 mph

Avg speed: 6 mph

Battery Consumption: 100% to 0%

Recharge time: 2.5 hrs

Surface: Flat surface with some inclines

PROS:
  • Affordable
  • Great folding mechanism
  • Lightweight
  • Smart design

CONS:
  • No headlights
  • No LED-display
  • Seeing that wire on the frames outside annoys me
  • Low distance per charge

Things to consider for best deals

Luckily the electric scooter era has come to a place where price is really starting to reflect performance and quality more. Before you could get a very expensive scooter that promised you the world but delivered you a headache. This isn’t the case anymore, sure there are always going to be bad sellers but you’re here so you are already doing your best to eliminate the traps.

If you have a slim budget and are on the hunt for an affordable electric scooter there are a few things you definitely need to consider.

What are you going to use the scooter for

Buying an electric scooter can be for various purposes. Some people like to use this mode of transportation to get to work/school and some just want to ride something because it is funny and enjoyable. You should start to think about your why early in the buying process, this helps you eliminate models that won’t fulfill your desire.

For example, if you’re a commuter going to work back and forth five days a week and are looking for something to ease this journey. Then you have to consider how far your commute is and what type of surface you would be riding on. If you have to go very far, and by very far I mean 10 miles+, a cheap scooter won’t cut it. You will have to look into the more expensive top of the line models that provide greater performance.

How much do you value quality over price

Another great rule of thumb is that you cannot stare blindly at the price tag. A scooter ride should be fun and if you feel unsafe or if your newly purchased scooter doesn’t offer you the kind of ride you were looking for because you picked the cheapest model that thing is going to go into an empty space and collect dust for years to come.

Hence, it is very important that you understand that between the top model in our list and the last there are just a few dollars setting them apart. But with those dollars, you get a far more versatile scooter with much higher performance and with a lot fewer complaints.

You should not compromise on quality just because you want to save a few extra dollars today. I would suggest that you save your money a few weeks more and go for the one that would provide you with the better ride. Sure you can keep on saving all the way up to the top models, but that won’t be necessary, just save until you have enough money to buy a scooter that will fulfill your goals. Whether it be just for fun or using it daily going back and forth to school.

Who are you buying it for

There are scooters that can fulfill the needs of both adults, teenagers, and kids. I like to refer to these type of scooters as family rides.  If you buy one of these models the whole family can enjoy riding on it. All you have to do is press a button to make it go faster, or slower depending on who is using it at that given time.

But these aren’t always the perfect fit, younger kids will do better with a lower handlebar and perhaps a lighter unit that is easier to control. My oldest son is 7 and uses the Gotrax while my youngest who turns 5 this summer is using another model. His model has 3 different speed-modes where the slowest makes it go only 3.5 mph and that has been of great help in letting him get used to riding.

So make sure you keep that in mind when looking through your options.

Last thoughts on buying on a budget

At this point, I hope you have at least one or two models in mind going forward. Perhaps you’ve already narrowed it down to one favorite. If you just keep true to what we’ve talked about in this article when it comes to not being too cheap and having the purpose of your purchase in mind when you look. You are going to end up with a great electric scooter that will aid you for years to come.

Buying a low-priced electric scooter isn’t that you’re cheap, it just means you have yet to see the value that these scooters to provide and how much simpler it is. I send letters every single day and I take mine to the mailbox that is about 3 miles away. It has cut the time it takes to do this daily chore in half in comparison to taking the car.

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