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The best electric scooters 2022: smooth-riding e-scooters

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The best electric scooters aren't just a fun way of getting you quickly from one spot to another. They also offer a cleaner, greener, more sustainable means of commuting, helping you to limit your carbon footprint as well as your city or town to minimize air pollution and road congestion.

What's more, electric scooters – much like best electric bikes – will get you out of that artificial air environment you spend most of your days in and breathing fresh, natural air. If you spend most of your weekdays in your stuck in traffic in your car or on trains then in your office, e-scooters can offer a nice respite from air conditioning. Plus, with this terrible inflation that's affecting all of us and forcing many of us on a tighter budget – not to mention, causing gas prices to skyrocket – they might help reduce your fuel usage.

We've tested many e-scooters ourselves so we know a thing or two about what makes an excellent option for casual riders and daily commuters. And, we gathered the best ones in this guide for your convenience. We focused on electric scooters that are lightweight, foldable, and safe – ideal for every day commutes and running errands, instead of expensive performance models that boast much higher top speeds. 

Take a look at our top picks of the best electric scooters below. No matter your budget or riding need, you'll find something here that will see you through your commutes.

The best electric scooters 2022

best electric scooter Pure Air Pro (2021) against a white background

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)
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

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Solid build quality
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Excellent range

Reasons to avoid

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Very heavy to carry
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Battery drains quickly at high speeds

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.

Read our full Pure Air Pro (2021) review

best electric scooter Pure Air against a white background

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

Specifications

Top speed: 15.5mph
Range: 18 miles
Weight: 16.5kg
Folds: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Low price for its range
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Sturdy build

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy (though lighter than the Pro)
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Battery drains fast at top speed

Although not as powerful as the Pure Air Pro, 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.

Read our full Pure Air review

best electric scooter Xiaomi M365 Pro against a white background

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

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Robust design for bumpy roads
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Large platform to stand on

Reasons to avoid

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Control button hard to reach
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Slow to change

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. We found the control button a little awkwardly placed though, and it was sometimes tricky to reach with our thumb.

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.

Read our full Xiaomi M365 Pro review

best electric scooter Segway Ninebot ES4 against a white background

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

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Surprisingly affordable for a Segway
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Great safety features
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28-mile range on a single charge

Reasons to avoid

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Handlebar 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.

best electric scooter Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter against a white background

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

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Super lightweight to carry
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Very compact when folded

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively short 18-mile range
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Small platform to stand on

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 (this scooter doesn't have such a wide platform or electrically-assisted brakes) but if you're on a tighter budget then it's hard to go wrong with the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter.

Cat Ellis
Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)

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