Best Electric Scooter Under $1000 - Top Picks
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You always want to get as much as possible for your money. No difference when it comes to choosing the best electric scooter for you. The question is what to expect and how much one can get under $1000?
There is no clear universal answer as we all have different tastes as well as needs.
But some conclusions can be drawn from users' feedback as well as the manufacturer's intentions.
Some of what we think are the best scooters under the 1K mark are the ones below.
- Higher than expected top speed
- Sturdy frame
- Comfortable ride quality despite solid tires
- Slow acceleration from zero
- Not strong on steeper hills
- Not waterproof
The Fluid Cityrider has a 350W front wheel hub motor and a top speed of 18 mph (29 kph). A 36V 10Ah battery is good for a 15-mile range (24 km). Three braking systems. Rear drum brake, regen brake, and rear step on the brake. Plenty enough to stop you.
Solid tires eliminate the risk of getting flats but usually mean a rough ride. However, it doesn't feel particularly rough. It might be the closed air pockets within the solid rubber tires that smooth the ride out. In any case, it works.
This is a very lightweight 28 lbs (13 kg) and a very portable electric scooter that still has a max weight of 220 lbs (100 kg).
Sleek display with App control for Android/iOS that lets you customize your ride, cruising speed, top speed, etc.
This is a very well-built, great-looking (with that skateboard style wooden deck) foldable electric scooter for the inner-city commuter who does not crave insane acceleration from zero. It covers the basics and more of what you would expect from an electric scooter at just under the $500 mark. Good brakes, good lights, higher than expected top speed, a good maximum weight capacity.
However, if you live in a very hilly area, with steeper hills, 10% and more, you get a lot of rain, you are a bigger person, or you need to cover dirt roads, then this is not the best electric scooter for you.
- Great range
- Climbs hills like a goat
- A bit heavy so nothing you carry around in a jiffy all day
- Solid rear tire can drift if you are not careful.
A continuous 500W/peak power 800W brushless motor on the rear wheel is plenty powerful enough for a top speed of 23 mph (37 kph) and it is strong even on steep hills flying up at high speed. A maximum range of 25 miles (41 km) even in real wold testing is a testament to this being a proper commuter even if you need to travel longer distances.
Double braking system via a rear drum and regen brake which is also controlled by the brake lever. Pneumatic tires will always have more traction than solid ones, meaning sudden harsh braking maneuvers can lock up the rear wheel and get you into a slide.
Front and rear spring suspension do a great job and you can go on dirt roads or other less than perfect surfaces without feeling tired or shaken up.
The maximum weight capacity is 265 lbs (120 kg).
Big bright LCD display, good lighting package, easy to fold. It weighs 42 lbs (19 kg) but still folds into a very compact package. Folding handlebars and a very easy to operate stem folding mechanism.
This is a perfect choice for someone looking to step up from an entry level scooter. Or if you need to travel longer distances over various terrain and don't want to worry about a rear puncture. A lot of electric scooter for the money which is below the $700 mark at the time of writing.
If the only thing you are looking for is a super light inner-city commuter that you can pick up easily, then the Horizon is not for you.
Inokim Light 2
- Top quality
- "superlong" range for such a portable scooter
- Fantastic design
- A bit pricey
- Won't get any "strongest in class" mentions as it is a bit low on power
This is a kick to start e scooter, meaning you have to kick to get going and engage the 350W motor. Once going, it won't set your hair on fire as it is a gentle companion and will get you to its top speed of 21 mph (34 kph) smooth and steady rather than jerky fast. And where some other kick to start competitors leave a lot left to desire, the Inokim Light 2 performs it without any hiccups or false starts.
A 36V 10Ah battery is good for a range of 16 miles (26 km) which is amazing for such a lightweight scooter.
Another trick up its sleeve is double drum brakes. Very effective and makes you stop on a dime.
What makes this one of the best electric scooters is the ride quality which has been at the forefront of the design team's blueprint. A very low and spacious deck gives a feeling of great control as the gravity sits lower. The one downside is that curb ground clearance suffers. But it's worth it.
No suspension, but front and rear air-filled tires do a good job of soaking up some rough surfaces, although it is best suited for tarmac. The latest version also has a never-run flat rear tire and upgraded water resistance (IPx4).
It weighs 30 lbs (13 kg) and has a max weight capacity of 220 lbs (98 kg). Telescope stem and folding handlebars as well.
The designer behind the Inokim brand, Nimrod Sapir, is considered to be a legend in the e scooter world. The focus lies on quality, design, as well as a great riding experience. So it is no surprise that even the handlebar with the excellent thumb throttle and foam-filled grips are among the best we've tried.
Front and rear lights that turn on automatically when it gets dark.
Sure, it is almost hit the $1000 mark but, this is not your average budget scooter. The design, looks, ride and build quality are top-notch.
If you want something you can rely on, fun to ride, portable, and maybe even look smart on. This is the inner city business commuter for you.
Planning on racing between the red lights or going off road? Stay away from this one.
There are plenty of electric scooters below the 1K mark as you probably have noticed. The more you specify and target exactly what your needs are, opting for quality rather than only focusing on the lowest price is a good strategy.
Frequently Asked Questions
The question is probably not why one should buy a portable electric scooter but rather why one shouldn't? The only reason we can think of is if you know for a fact, that you will never have to either carry your e-scooter, or put it in the trunk of your car and therefore portability is not a priority for you.View Details