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The best electric scooters 2021: e-scooters tested and ranked

Young man and woman riding electric scooters
(Image credit: Zoran Zeremski / Shutterstock)

The best electric scooters are a fun, eco-friendly way to travel, and we've put a collection of the top models to the test so you can be confident you're choosing the right one.

Here we’ve focused on the best electric scooters that are lightweight and foldable, instead of the performance models that boast much higher top speeds, but are too expensive for everyday riding. 

We haven’t skimped on safety, either, as if you’re intending to ride at night, you’ll need to look for a scooter that has suitable lights. A wide footplate (preferably with a non-slip grip) can also make the scooter more stable, and electrically-assisted brakes will give you peace of mind when you need to come to a quick stop.

It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the best electric scooters are more readily available in certain countries (for example, it’s easier to get hold of a Xiaomi scooter in the UK than the US), so we’ve tried to cover the best electric scooters from a range of brands.

Pure Air Pro (2021)

The latest Pure Air Pro is a big upgrade from its predecessor, and is the best electric scooter you can buy today (Image credit: Pure Electric)

1. Pure Air Pro (2021)

A big upgrade, and the best electric scooter around today

Specifications
Top speed: 15.5mph
Range: 31 miles
Weight: 16.5kg
Folds: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Solid build+Excellent max range+Cheaper than predecessor
Reasons to avoid
-Very heavy-Battery inconsistencies

The second-generation Pure Air Pro takes our top prize for the best electric scooter of 2021. It's a big upgrade from last year's model, with a longer range, more powerful battery and – surprisingly – a smaller price tag. It can hit a top speed of 15.5mph at full throttle, but offers a very impressive maximum range of 50km (about 31 miles) if you're willing to cut back the speed and ride at a slightly more sedate pace. 

The electric scooter folds easily for storage and carrying, with a sturdy catch to hold it together, and the air-filled tires and large with a puncture-resistant fluid. In our tests, the suspension ironed out small bumps in the road, and acceleration felt smooth as butter.

The Pure Air Pro isn't perfect – pushing the speed will drain the battery fast, and it's pretty heavy – but for the more experienced rider the Pure Air Pro is tough to beat. If you're new to riding, you'll be better off with the lighter and less powerful Pure Air, below, 

Pure Air

The Pure Air is a beginner-friendly electric scooter that's easy and fun to ride, even for first-timers (Image credit: Pure)

2. Pure Air

The first electric scooter new riders should consider

Specifications
Top speed: 15.5mph
Range: 18 miles
Weight: 16.5kg
Folds: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Low price+Sturdy build
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy-Doesn't last long at top speed

Although not as powerful as the Pure Air Pro, above, the Pure Air is the best electric scooter we're reviewed in terms of value for money, and we'd recommend it for people looking for their first ride, or something that'll be dependable and long-lasting.

It's an entry-level electric scooter that sits below its big sibling, the Pure Air Pro, in a few different ways - but, thanks to its low price, the Pure Air sits above the Pro in this list of the best electric scooters.

The Pure Air has the same top speed as most of the scooters on this list, and it's got a fair range if you don't drive it too fast. It's also sturdy, safe to ride and decked out in lights and reflectors.

We found the Pure Air safe and comfortable to ride for the most part, and well worth your money if you're looking for your first electric scooter, though experienced riders will love it too.

Xiaomi M365 Pro

The Xiaomi M365 Pro is solidly built to handle the knocks and bumps of everyday riding (Image credit: Xiaomi)

3. Xiaomi M365 Pro

A chunky tank of an e-scooter that excels on the roads

Specifications
Top speed: 15.5mph
Range: 28 miles
Weight: 14.2kg
Folds: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Robust design+Useful speed modes
Reasons to avoid
-Control button hard to reach-Low battery capacity

The Xiaomi M365 Pro (also known as the Mi Electric Scooter Pro) is a mid-priced scooter with specifications that rival much more expensive models. With a large platform, non-slip handlebars, built-in lights and reflectors, it's one of the most practical scooters in its price bracket, and feels safe and comfortable to ride even in bad weather and after dark.

When we tested it, we were particularly impressed by its robust build and physical presence, which makes you feel safe on the road and helps you ride more safely.

The M365 Pro is fairly slow to charge, but its battery capacity is much larger than that of the regular Xiaomi M365, resulting in a far more impressive range. We were able to make four 4.3-mile commutes on a single charge, and performance will be even better if you dial down the speed. A great, practical electric scooter for the price.

Segway Ninebot ES4

The Segway Ninebot ES4 is the best electric scooter for riding in wet weather, with a weatherproof build including fenders (Image credit: Segway)

4. Segway-Ninebot ES4 Electric KickScooter

An electric scooter that puts safety first in all weather conditions

Specifications
Top speed: 18.6mph
Range: 28 miles
Weight: 14kg
Folds: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Surprisingly affordable+Great safety features+Long range
Reasons to avoid
-Height not adjustable

The experts at Segway know a thing or two about getting around on two wheels, and that experience has helped it build one of the best electric scooters around, while keeping its price surprisingly affordable.

Its real world performance will depend on how and where your ride, but the Segway-Ninebot ES4 Electric KickScooter has a quoted range of 28 miles and a top speed of 18.6mph, making it one of the fastest scooters in this price bracket.

Its footplate is reasonably wide, with a non-slip surface to make your footing more secure on damp days. Its stopping system helps keep you safe too, with an electrically-assisted front brake to slow you down gradually and a fender brake for slamming on the anchors in a hurry.

Add a rear light and an extra external battery, and you've got a practical, sensibly designed electric scooter that'll get you from A to B quickly and safely. For our money, it's the best electric scooter around.

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter

The Xiaomi Mi is an entry-level model that's great value if you're looking for your first electric scooter (Image credit: Xiaomi)

5. Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter

An electric scooter that's popular worldwide, for good reason

Specifications
Top speed: 15mph
Range: 18 miles
Weight: 12.5kg
Folds: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight+Very compact when folded
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly limited range

The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter (better known as the Xiaomi Mijia M365) is hugely popular, and if you've ever hired an electric scooter there's a good chance it was one of these with different branding. Between them, the two scooters make up the bulk of sales outside the US, and it's easy to see why.

At just 12.5kg it's incredibly light, and it folds down small enough to carry on the train or subway for the final leg of a longer journey making it one of the best electric scooters around for public transport. Its charger is particularly compact too, and can be tucked easily into a bag or pocket if range is a limiting factor.

This model is a little more basic than the Pro version, with slightly less speed and power, but if you don't have to face too many hills on your commute then you might not mind trading the extra oomph for a lower price.

We prefer the Segway Ninebot's safety-first approach, but if you're on a tighter budget then it's hard to go wrong with the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter.