Quick List: Best Electric Scooters Under $1,000
After hand-selecting the top-performing models from a choice of 33 and testing them for 119 hours, we can reveal that the best electric scooters under $1,000 (ordered by price) are:
Best Electric Scooters Under $1,000
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Compare Electric Scooters Under $1,000
The table below compares the best electric scooters under $1,000 based on performance, specs, price, and more.
|Turboant M10 Lite||Turboant M10||Turboant X7 Max||Turboant V8||Horizon 10.4 V2||EMOVE Touring||SPLACH Twin|
|Where to Buy||Turboant||Turboant||Turboant||Turboant||Fluid Free Ride||Voro Motors||SPLACH|
|Best Under||Under $400||Under $500||Under $600||Under $700||Under $800||Under $900||Under $1,000|
|Top Speed||16 mph||20 mph||20 mph||20 mph||23 mph||25 mph||28 mph|
|0-15 MPH||7.8 s||7.6 s||6.9 s||6.3 s||4.7 s||4.5 s||3.0 s|
|Max Range||15.5 miles||18 miles||32 miles||50 miles||23 miles||32 miles||35 miles|
|Tested Range||10 miles||11 miles||18 miles||25 miles||17 miles||19 miles||21 miles|
|Braking||2.9 meters||4.9 meters||3.0 meters||4.7 meters||5.0 meters||4.9 meters||2.8 meters|
|Max Incline||15 degrees||15 degrees||15 degrees||15 degrees||15 degrees||15 degrees||22 degrees|
|Optimal Incline||7 degrees||9 degrees||9 degrees||9 degrees||9 degrees||9 degrees||13 degrees|
|Motor||36V 350W||36V 350W||36V 350W||36V 450W||48V 500W||48V 500W||48V 600W (x2)|
|Battery||36V 6.6Ah FST||36V 7.5Ah FST||36V 10Ah FST||36V 7.5Ah FST (x2)||48V 10.4Ah FST||48V 13Ah LG||48V 15.6Ah FST|
|Charge Time||5 hours||5 hours||6 hours||4 hours||6 hours||8 hours||7.5 hours|
|Brakes||Disc, Electronic||Disc, Electronic||Disc, Electronic||Disc, Electronic||Drum, Electronic||Drum, Electronic||Drums (x2), Electronic|
|Suspension||None||None||None||Springs (Rear Only)||Springs, Air Shocks||Springs, Swingarms||Springs, Swingarms|
|Tire Size||8.5 inch||10 inch||10 inch||9 inch||8 inch||8 inch||8 inch|
|Tire Type||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)||Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)||Solid (Rubber)|
|Weight||30.9 lbs||29.8 lbs||34 lbs||48 lbs||40 lbs||39 lbs||53 lbs|
|Load||220 lbs||220 lbs||275 lbs||275 lbs||265 lbs||308 lbs||220 lbs|
|Foldability||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem & Handlebars||Folds at Stem & Handlebars||Folds at Stem & Handlebars|
|Lights||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight, Deck|
Best Electric Scooters Under $1,000 By Type
- Turboant M10 Lite – 30.9 lbs and simple folding mechanism
- Horizon – 42 lbs, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars
- SPLACH Twin – 22 degrees max (13 degrees optimal)
- Turboant M10 Lite – IP54 water-resistance rating
How Did We Choose the Scooters?
From power to ride quality and design to extra features, there are many factors that determine the performance of an electric scooter. To identify the scooters that represent the best value for money, we hand-tested the top-performing models across 7 key performance categories and assessed their design across 13 spec categories.
Performance ReportsSee how the electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, maximum range, tested range, and braking.
Top Speed:Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Turboant X7 Max||
|Turboant M10 Lite||
Acceleration (0-15 MPH):Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Scooter||Price||0-15 MPH (Seconds)|
|Turboant X7 Max||
|Turboant M10 Lite||
Maximum Range (Riding Slow):Ordered from longest to shortest.
|Turboant X7 Max||
|Turboant M10 Lite||
Real-World Range (Riding Fast):Ordered from longest to shortest.
|Turboant X7 Max||
|Turboant M10 Lite||
Braking (From 15 MPH):Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance.
Reviews of the Best Electric Scooters Under $1,000
Turboant M10 Lite
Award: Best Under $400
From chart-topping performance in its price class to a design that surpasses its similarly-priced competitors, this is one scooter not to be missed.
The M10 Lite is cut from the same cloth as the rest of the extremely popular Turboant scooters, but it manages to bring a clutch of crucial refinements to the party that arguably make it a better all-round ride than its more expensive sibling – the Turboant M10. And it comes with a smaller price tag. What more could you ask for?
Why We Recommend It:
Following on from the award-winning Turboant M10, the hottest workshop in the budget scooter market is at it again with the all-new M10 Lite.
So, what has this scooter done to deserve a place on this list?
Firstly, despite sharing the same 350W motor, the Lite’s top speed of 16 mph is only slightly slower than the original M10’s. It’s a spirited little nipper that will satisfy all but the most intrepid of scooter newbies. Its acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 7.8 seconds is zippy but far from intimidating, while its ability to scale gentle slopes will place most neighborhoods firmly in your grasp.
The battery is also 14% smaller than the one found on the M10, which equates to a maximum range of 15.5 miles instead of 18 miles. This will be more than ample for the majority of everyday rides; and with a recharge time of just 4-5 hours, it doesn’t take long to get to full capacity again, either.
A crowning glory in the M10 Lite’s arsenal is its 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. These make it nimble and promise considerable shock absorption to soak up the irregularities of city streets. As budget scooters go, the ride quality on offer is outstanding.
This ride quality is bolstered by the wobble-free stem, ergonomic thumb throttle, and handlebars that are surprisingly wide at 19.5 inches. Together, they maximize your sense of stability when riding at full clip. And, while the grippy deck is perhaps on the short side, there’s still enough room to position your feet in an L-shape (or, at times, you can use the rear fender as a kickplate).
One area where the M10 Lite improves on its predecessor is in its brakes. Both the rear disc and front electronic brake have been better calibrated, resulting in a 41% shorter stopping distance from 15 mph (2.9 vs 4.9 meters).
Being an everyday scooter, portability is also important. The M10 Lite takes its responsibilities seriously here, with a 3-step folding mechanism making it quick and easy for you to collapse it down.
My one word of caution is that the latch on the handlebars has a bit of a habit of coming loose out of the anchor on the rear fender. This is mildly inconvenient, as you have to reattach it before lifting the scooter.
However, once successfully compacted and secured, it easily fits in a car trunk or under a desk. Weighing just 30.9 lbs, it also won’t trigger a slipped disc or burst a blood vessel when it comes to lifting.
But of course, being such a lightweight scooter has pros and cons. The negative here is its load-bearing capacity. I can confidently say that riders up to 190 lbs will experience a good level of performance. However, if you weigh more than this, then I recommend checking out the Turboant X7 Max and its 275 lbs capacity.
Among the extra features are an IP54 water-resistance rating and long fenders that protect you from light rain and splashes. When we filmed our review of the M10 Lite, it snowed and rained, yet the scooter held up its end of the bargain and continued to perform.
You also get a USB charging port that – as per my tests – can be used to charge your devices on the go. Over the many years that I’ve tested electric scooters, the success rate of the charging ports working has been 50%, so I was impressed with the M10 Lite – especially given its cheap price.
Then there’s the 3W headlight that's more than up to the job of illuminating the way ahead in well-lit areas during low-light conditions. But, I still recommend attaching an additional clip-on headlight if riding at night is going to be a regular occurrence.
As for the taillights, it has two that line either side of the deck at the rear. However, while they are bright and responsive (i.e. flash when you brake), it would have been nice if they wrapped around the back of the deck more to improve visibility from behind.
With all the qualities that the M10 Lite brings to the table, it offers the best return on investment among all sub $400 electric scooters. Not only does it top the charts of both speed and range, but its build and ride quality surpasses its price tag.
Award: Best Under $500
You'd be forgiven for thinking that a budget of $500 will only get you an electric scooter suitable for kids or one that will slowly disintegrate after your first 100 miles.
Luckily, the Turboant M10 is here to prove you wrong. This scooter is well-built, comfortable to ride, and delivers exceptional value for money.
Why We Recommend It:
When you're shopping on a budget, you have to make a few compromises, but Turboant have done a great job with the M10 – they've successfully kept the price down while still delivering an impressive scooter that’s perfectly suited for first-timers, commuters, and casual riders. At this price, you're not going to get features like folding handlebars and suspension, but you do get 10-inch pneumatic tires, a maximum range of up to 18 miles, and an IP54 water-resistance rating.
Firstly, let's look at the motor and see how fast you can expect to go. The Turboant M10 is the fastest scooter that you can get for less than $500. As long as it's in sports mode, you'll have no trouble reaching 20 mph. That's some serious speed for a scooter of this price, and it's more than enough to shorten your commuting time and ensure that you can hold your own in the cycle lane.
The acceleration isn't too shabby, either. If you're heavy on the throttle, the 350W rear hub motor will take you up to 15 mph in 7.6 seconds.
With speed and acceleration like this, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the M10 can't possibly have a good battery. Well, I'm here to tell you that's not the case. While the 36V 7.5Ah battery isn't as big as those you'll find In the other more expensive scooters on this list, it still does its job to a high standard. In ideal conditions (i.e. riding slowly), you can travel for 18 miles on a single 5-hour charge. That should be enough for most commutes, and the short charging time means that you can take your charger to work and have the battery ready to go long before heading home. On the other hand, if you rip the throttle and ride the M10 at full pelt, you can get 11 miles.
When it comes to braking performance, Turboant has installed a fast-acting dual-brake system that pairs a rear disc brake with an electronic brake. Together they can bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 4.9 meters. That being said, one small drawback is the positioning of the brake lever. It's mounted on the handlebars at an angle that makes it slightly tricky to twist your hand and fingers around it (I need to note here that this is only an issue for riders who are taller than 6 ft).
If you need to pick your scooter up or store it, you can rest easy knowing that the aluminum frame is easy to fold and incredibly light. With a weight of 29.8 lbs and a simple folding and locking mechanism, the M10 is portable. The only drawback is that handlebars don't fold, so it's not quite as compact as the Horizon.
Even though you don't get any suspension, the two large pneumatic tires do an admirable job of cushioning against bumps and keeping you comfortable. That said, you'll want to stick to flat roads and avoid any dirt tracks for the best performance.
Let's turn our attention to the display and controls. The display screen is elongated to sit flush with the handlebars. Here you can see your speed and battery life. While most other displays stack information, all the key stats are presented horizontally making them easy to see at a glance. The controls include two buttons that allow you to change riding mode and activate the headlight. To the right of the display, you get a finger throttle that enables cruise control if held in the same position while maintaining a constant speed.
The Turboant M10 may be a budget electric scooter but it packs more features and higher performance than anything else you'll find at this price.
Turboant X7 Max
Award: Best Under $600
Turboant has a long history of redefining what to expect from budget scooters; the X7 Pro took the electric scooter world by storm with its high specs, low price, and detachable battery.
Now, the new Turboant X7 Max has exploded onto the scene complete with rider-focused upgrades including a larger frame, a longer range, and a much-needed facelift. The Max is the juiced-up big bro of the Pro; it’s bigger, it’s better, and it costs less than $600.
From its detachable battery pack that enables you to extend its range indefinitely, to its lavish 10-inch pneumatic tires that soak up vibrations from city streets, it’s clear to see why the X7 Max was voted by thousands of scooter fans as both the Best Overall Electric Scooter and the Best Electric Scooter for Adults in our annual Electric Scooter Insider Awards.
Why We Recommend It:
With the X7 Max, Turboant has gone all-out to raise the bar. They’ve listened carefully to feedback from their customers and have made several impressive changes to improve their latest model.
Even the tallest riders will now find it easy to get comfortable on the Max with its tall stem, wide handlebars, and spacious tapered deck. However, the improvements aren’t just to its size and structure; an update to the drivetrain software and hardware means that the range has been extended from 30 miles to 32 miles, despite the battery remaining the same.
One of the main reasons why so many people fell head over heels for the X7 Pro was its detachable battery. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that this is still one of the Max’s stand-out features. But what’s so special about a detachable battery, I hear you ask? Well, it’s a simple feature that significantly expands the capabilities of your scooter, and what’s more, only a tiny fraction of electric scooters have them.
With most scooters, you have to carry the entire frame to a power outlet when you need to recharge. But with the X7 Max, it’s a much simpler process because you only need to take the battery.
The most notable reason why detachable batteries are so popular, though, is that you can purchase additional units, charge them, carry them with you, and extend your scooter's range indefinitely. Turboant sells additional batteries for $219.98, meaning you can take your scooter from 32 miles to 64 miles for a total cost of just $819.98. Compared to scooters that achieve this type of mileage, the X7 Max is 45% cheaper.
And, while the battery is almost identical to that on the X7 Pro, the new design comes with one major improvement – it now has a keylock to keep it secure and prevent it from being stolen.
While the detachable battery pack is an impressive feature, it could be easy to misjudge the X7 Max as a one-trick pony, but it’s far from this. It’s powered by a 350W brushless motor, and while this isn’t record-breaking, it delivers solid all-around performance with a top speed of 20 mph. What’s more, the Max leaves more expensive scooters – like the GoTrax GMAX Ultra ($849) – that share the same motor in the dust when it comes to acceleration. Here, the X7 Max accelerates to 15 mph in 6.9 seconds, beating its more expensive rival by 14%. It also outpaces its predecessor (7.1 seconds).
This level of performance is ideal for an electric scooter that prioritizes functionality, portability, and convenience. With a weight of just 34 lbs and a newly improved one-click folding and locking mechanism, it’s perfect for anyone looking to speed up their daily commute.
The aerospace-grade aluminum frame and well-made components also demonstrate exceptional build quality and won’t let you down when you’re rushing to get to that first Monday morning meeting. Alongside the grippy rubberized deck, rock solid stem, and impressive 275 lbs load capacity, it’s perfectly primed for all riders, no matter how you use the scooter – whether that's commuting, daily errands, or simply just a fun way to get around the city at weekends.
Even the brakes promise excellent performance thanks to more effective components. Fans of the Turboant X7 Pro may be looking out for the fender brake, but, thankfully, Turboant’s designers decided to leave it out of the design blueprint this time around. In theory, a fender stomp brake may seem like a great idea, but, as I previously reported, if you use it too often or at high speeds, you quickly wear the rear tire down. To make up for this, the Max comes with a dual braking system that features a front electronic brake and a rear disc brake. Together they provide balanced control.
What surprised me the most, though, was that the braking power of the X7 Max has been significantly increased. Newly-calibrated brake pads are responsible for a 40% improvement in stopping distance compared to the X7 Pro. When you slam both brakes on you’ll stop completely in just 3.0 meters.
The chart-topping performance of the X7 Max continues when we consider its ride quality. Despite not having suspension – 99% of scooters under $600 don’t – the X7 Max offers a surprisingly comfortable ride thanks to its 10-inch pneumatic tires. The tires provide a thick layer of air that cushions the scooter from the road. Plus, with thick sidewalls, the risk of pinch flats has been greatly reduced. All told, the tires sport a profile that not only smooths out the bumps and lumps of urban landscapes but is at home when carving from side to side, making it incredibly agile.
Another sneaky upgrade that the less observant may not have noticed yet can be found on the display. While the screen remains the same shape and size, the interface has been refreshed. The digits are better spaced, larger, and easier to see. This makes it much more convenient when you need to keep tabs on your speed, distance, and battery life.
Other controls can be found on the handlebars including the all-in-one command center that is the thumb throttle (the same as that on the Pro, but a step up from the Turboant M10 which has a finger throttle). Unlike other scooters that spread their controls across their cockpit, the thumb throttle on the X7 Max is home to the buttons to control the scooter’s power, riding modes, and lights. It’s the most ergonomic setup of all budget electric scooters.
Down from the handlebars is a headlight that has been seamlessly integrated into the top of the stem to allow for a high beam. There’s also a bright taillight that flashes when you brake. For a scooter of its price, its lighting rig is one of the best, but I recommend purchasing an extra clip-on headlight before heading out after dark.
After this whistle-stop tour of Turboant X7 Max, I’m sure you’re as impressed as I was when I first got my hands on this little whipper snapper. Not only does the Max share everything great about the Pro, but it now comes with a host of value-added additions. This is an exceptional scooter that offers more value than its budget price tag may lead you to believe.
Award: Best Under $700
Fourth review in this guide, fourth review of a Turboant model. This tells you everything you need to know about the superstar brand of the budget market.
The V8 is one of its crowning glories, and the jewel in said crown is undoubtedly its two batteries – with one being detachable. It’s as close to a perpetual motion machine as a budget scooter can get, meaning A to B, to C, to D and even E are well within your capabilities.
Sure, it may not be a looker, but seriously, who cares when you have such immense range, dual rear suspension, and a 5-second folding mechanism available for less than $700.
Why We Recommend It:
Where else to start but with those batteries? The two 36V 7.5Ah units can deliver a maximum range of 50 miles on a single charge (or 25 miles when you ride in the fastest settings, as per my tests); and what’s more, the one located on the stem is detachable, meaning you can feasibly add another 25 miles to that with the purchase of a spare.
And because the V8 has a battery located in both its deck and stem, it has an equal distribution of weight that lends itself to balance and handling. Factor in the dual spring suspension at the rear, plush air-filled tires, and the unique hexagonal shape of the wobble-free stem, and you have Turboant’s best model when it comes to ride quality.
The 36V 450W motor is a worthy accompaniment to this all-around quality. No, it’s not going to rip up the asphalt beneath you, but a top speed of 20 mph and an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 6.3 seconds isn’t exactly snail's pace. It’s custom-built for newcomers and those who want to take things steady. As for hills, expect the V8 to handle gentle inclines easily enough, but it will start to wheeze when things get steeper.
So, range, ride quality, and speed, check. What about portability? Well, first it’s important to acknowledge that, because of its batteries, the V8 is no waif. Weighing 48 lbs, it might produce a few beads of sweat when you carry it up a flight of stairs.
But this heft does have a benefit: the V8 can support a rider weight of up to 275 lbs, which is above the average for budget scooters. This is a more inclusive model than most.
And if you do need to carry it, the good news is that that excellent folding mechanism allows you to collapse it in just 5 seconds. Once folded, it’ll easily fit in your trunk.
Safety is also of paramount importance when navigating bustling city streets, and the V8 just about delivers. The mechanical disc and electronic braking system will bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 4.7 meters, which is below the performance of the cheaper Turboant X7 Max but in line with most other budget scooters. Exceptional? No. But it should prove sufficient.
Now, I said the V8 is no looker. I’d use the word clunky to describe its aesthetic. But it does have its advantages: this is one durable scooter, with no clear vulnerabilities evident across its tank-like frame. It also comes with an IP54 water resistance rating, which affords protection against light showers and splashes from any direction. Bottom line? The V8 is an everyday scooter you can rely on.
As for the display, well, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s intuitive, meaning it’ll respond to your braking and accelerative input. Pretty cool. Yet, all of this is rendered useless in sunlight – you simply won’t be able to see anything under the solar glare.
It does make amends with its lighting rig, however. The 3W LED headlight is backed up by a supporting cast of ambient lights on the deck, with a smokey taillight completing the line-up. I’d go as far as to say it's the best lighting setup on any budget scooter.
But let’s face it: the Turboant V8 is all about that incredible range. Yes, it has a raft of other qualities – durability, handling, and ride quality are all strengths – but its place in the world is defined by how far it’ll take you.
If range is key to your considerations, I simply couldn’t recommend any other sub-$700 scooter ahead of the V8.
Award: Best Under $800
With the perfect combination of quality, performance, and an incredible price, the Horizon 10.4 is, without a doubt, one of the best electric scooters for adults.
The telescopic stem, foldable handlebars, and carry handle make it exceptionally portable, while the ergonomic thumb throttle, simple-to-use controls, and maneuverability aid the Horizon’s draw as a go-to entry-level scooter.
Alongside a full suspension system, torquey 48V 500W motor, and a tire profile that enables both traction and nimbleness, it's easy to see why the Horizon 10.4 is a top-selling model.
Why We Recommend It:
With tons of style, the Horizon is a practical scooter that delivers in every way. Against other scooters of this price, it comes out top in everything from ride quality and speed to mileage and hill-climbing. From its compact design, impressive load-bearing capability, and the perfect blend of spring and air shock suspension, the Horizon is ideal for all types of riders.
Budget scooter brands like GoTrax and Turboant are excellent if you're strapped for cash, but if you've got a bit more to spend, the Horizon is a big step up. It's more portable, has a more powerful motor, and even gives many more expensive models a run for their money.
The 500W motor is at the heart of what makes this an able competitor against other models. It's positioned in the rear wheel hub where it delivers an extra burst of speed whenever you need it. Consequently, it reaches a top speed of 25 mph and accelerates to 15 mph in just 5.2 seconds. This makes it faster than many of the scooters in its price class.
As well as providing decent torque on the flat, this is a scooter that can also manage some hills. While you still shouldn't expect to go flying up and down every hill, the Horizon can climb most gradual inclines.
In addition to the nippy top speed, the 48V 10.4Ah battery delivers an impressive range of 23 miles and, as to be expected, the Horizon is equipped with reliable brakes. It comes with a rear drum brake and a regenerative braking system that can be adjusted. However, it must be noted that while you can depend on the brakes to bring you to a halt, all the braking power is directed towards the rear wheel. As a result, braking performance isn’t as strong as those scooters which apply brakes to both wheels.
At 40 lbs, this scooter is heavier than those earlier in the list. However, this is balanced out by its compact, foldable frame. The telescopic stem, foldable handlebars, and main folding mechanism mean that the Horizon can be carried under your arm or packed away into a small space. In fact, when completely folded, it measures just 38.6 inches long, 7.1 inches wide, and 14.6 inches high. What makes the difference here is the handlebars. Once you've had your first scooter with folding handlebars, every other scooter afterward will feel large and cumbersome in comparison.
Alongside its portability credentials, it provides a comfortably smooth and steady ride. At 7.5 inches, the deck is wider than most scooters giving you extra space to arrange your feet comfortably. Supporting the deck is a front pneumatic tire and a solid rubber one at the rear. In most cases, the solid tire would affect the comfort of the ride. However, because it's paired with an effective suspension system, the Horizon not only delivers a scooter that is low maintenance – because it's less susceptible to flats – but provides a high level of comfort. Also, the telescopic stem allows you to adjust the handlebars to a height that is most comfortable for you.
When it comes to displays the first edition of the Horizon was equipped with a QS-S4 display. This was, and still is, a standard fixture on many electric scooters – from those costing several hundred dollars to those that will set you back more than a few thousand. It came with several features that allowed you to make adjustments to tailor the scooter to your preferences. For example, you could switch between kick-to-start or zero-start modes, and adjust the intensity of the regenerative brakes.
The new V2 model, however, replaces the QS-S4 with a new display that resembles the same design that we’ve seen on the INOKIM Ox and OxO – two significantly more expensive scooters. There's a good reason for this upgrade. You see, the QS-S4 wasn’t just a screen that gave you an insight into your scooter’s stats and settings, it also came pre-fitted with a finger throttle. After having ridden countless electric scooters for thousands of miles, I can confidently say that thumb throttles are far more comfortable to use than those of the finger variety. Finger throttles, unfortunately, force you to adopt a claw-like position to pull down on the throttle. Thumb throttles, on the other hand, offer a more ergonomic and natural hand position that allows you to modulate your speed with ease.
As you’ll have seen by now, the Horizon is an all-rounder. It provides many of the features you'd expect from significantly more expensive models and combines it with a beginner-friendly interface, compact frame, and reliable ride quality. At the excellent price of $799 what more could you ask for?
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Award: Best Under $900
The EMOVE Touring has been a popular scooter for what now seems like eons – and it’s easy to see why. It’s reliable, it’s portable, and it overpowers all other sub-$900 electric scooters.
Combining a low-maintenance design with a plethora of features – including a triple front suspension system, high-quality LG battery, spacious deck, adjustable handlebars, and the option to add a seat – it prides itself on being a versatile scooter that’s built to take the rigors of daily use in its stride.
But best of all, it’s a scooter for everyone. Its high load-bearing capacity and inclusive design makes it a go-to model – no matter if you’re short, tall, big, or small.
Why We Recommend It:
The EMOVE Touring is unpretentious in what it has to offer. It’s as robust as they come, and it’s here to get the job done – ride after ride, charge after charge.
There’s no stem wobble or pesky cabling in your way, and there’s even an IP54 water-resistance rating to swat away rain.
The build quality extends to its LG battery, too. This 48V 13Ah unit can deliver a maximum range of 32 miles or 19 miles under realistic riding conditions. Very few scooters in its price class can match the stamina on show here – discounting the Turboant V8, of course.
The Touring also comes up trumps when we look at its motor power. Armed with a 48V 500W motor, its top speed of 25 mph is the fastest in the sub-$900 pantheon, while an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 4.5 seconds puts it ahead of both the Horizon and Mosquito – albeit marginally.
So, does the EMOVE have any weaknesses? Yes, it does – and the biggest one comes from what on the surface is a position of strength.
No other sub-$900 scooter can claim to have a triple front spring suspension system, but in practice, I found that this setup rattled when going over bumps. The plush air-filled front tire goes some way to mitigate this, but it’s noticeable if you take the scooter on rough roads. By comparison, I took the Horizon out across the same test route and found that it delivered a more balanced ride that soaked up vibrations.
Nevertheless, if you stick to well-maintained, predictable surfaces, then you’ll enjoy a smooth ride.
It’s also worth noting that the rear tire sports an entirely different configuration than the one at the front. Not only is it solid and slightly thicker, but its front-on profile is square. Now the obvious matter of fact here is that it lacks shock absorption, but it more than makes up for it by being impenetrable – meaning the possibility of a flat is eliminated – and its ever-so-slightly wider profile maintains traction on the straights thanks to a bigger contact patch.
Alongside its low-maintenance tires, the drum and regen brakes are equally as long-lasting. Combined, they will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 4.9 meters. This is in line with its main competitors – the Horizon and Mosquito.
Now, at 39 lbs, the EMOVE Touring isn’t the lightest scooter around – but it’s by no means the heaviest, either. You’ll have no problem carrying it up a flight of stairs. And what’s more, it’s super compact. As well as the telescopic stem and foldable handlebars, it features a cantilevered folding mechanism that enables you to collapse the scooter in mere seconds.
And as with any scooter worth its salt, the Touring comes equipped with a decent lighting setup. The low-mounted headlight provides good visibility in low-light conditions, but if you plan on riding at night regularly, then you’ll want to consider attaching a clip-on light to the handlebars.
There are also four button lights embedded into each corner of the deck, as well as a fender-mounted taillight. The rear lights don’t flash while braking, though.
Finally, we have the optional seat attachment. This is a wonderful extra that will appeal to riders who hanker for ultimate comfort when riding a scooter. The seat costs just $65 and can be collapsed down with the rest of the scooter via a quick-release lever.
So, there you have it. The EMOVE Touring. A model that scores highly on everything from speed and range to durability and portability. If it’s a reliable everyday ride that you’re looking for then it could be the one for you.
Award: Best Under $1,000
With twin 600W motors, the SPLACH Twin delivers unbeatable power combined with first-class suspension and exceptional portability.
Based on the same frame as the popular SPLACH Turbo Plus, the Twin is a significant upgrade suitable for riders who are searching for a scooter with more power and vast amounts of bang for your buck.
Why We Recommend It:
The curb appeal and ride quality that has endeared the SPLACH range to many experienced riders is back with the SPLACH Twin. Not only do you get the sporty aesthetic and comfortable front and rear adjustable spring suspension that SPLACH is known for, but now you benefit from dual 600W motors, meaning you can quickly switch from single to twin mode to give you that extra torque when you need it most.
With two motors comes a host of extra benefits. As well as extra power and a high top speed of 28 mph, you can adjust your power usage by switching between one and two motors. For example, you can achieve a range of 20 miles when using both motors, but if you opt to use only one, you can reach up to 28 miles.
Thanks to the second motor, when it comes to acceleration, the SPLACH Twin leaves all the other scooters on this list in the dust. In fact, there are no other dual-motor scooters at this price point, putting the Twin’s similarly-priced competitors at a significant disadvantage. The power of the motors will get you to 15 mph in a mere 3.0 seconds and to 25 mph in just 6.1. The extra torque also comes in handy when you need to go up a hill.
At 53 lbs, the SPLACH Twin is on the heavy side. However, it has an intuitive folding mechanism, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars. These all serve to keep it compact when you want to pack it away, store it under your desk, or carry it. When unfolded and set in its upright position, the folding mechanism makes a satisfying clicking noise to let you know that the stem is locked into place. SPLACH, has, however, taken this one step further with an oblong safety switch. Once the switch is in the downward position, it acts as a secondary safety measure to ensure that the stem stays locked in place while riding. This is the same mechanism used on the popular INOKIM Quick 4.
In the same vein as unfolding the scooter and preparing it for take-off, several features aid the general comfort of the riding experience. Most notable is the telescopic stem which means that it's easy to adjust the handlebars to the height that suits you (I’m 6 ft and I found a comfortable height). It’s also worth paying lip service to the handgrips that mold perfectly to your hand, making it easy to hold on even over rough terrain.
The one feature that immediately grabbed my attention when I first saw this scooter was the suspension. Both wheels are complemented by big springs and bright red swingarms. Alongside the suspension, the entire design of the scooter takes on a sporty geometric form that shares elements of its design – like the fenders – with the Dualtron Mini.
Ultimately, while this is an urban scooter, the suspension can take on rougher terrain than any other scooter of its price. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the suspension because it balances out the two solid rubber tires. Usually, solid tires negate suspension but this couldn’t be further from the truth with the Twin. As a result, it's one of the only scooters that has two solid tires that I highly recommend.
Each wheel is fixed with a drum brake and electronic brakes. Together they allow you to come to a complete stop in 2.8 meters from 15 mph. This is seriously impressive. As soon as you touch the brake levers, you'll feel the electronic brakes kick into action and rapidly slow you down. If you find the braking to be slightly too intense, you have the option to adjust the strength of the electronic brakes.
As if all that wasn't enough, you also get an easy-to-use display and throttle unit. It's bright and shows key information clearly – even in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the same attention hasn't been paid to the design of the lights. There is no headlight, and the sidelights are not bright enough to be of any use. If you know that you'll be using your scooter at night, buying a set of clip-on lights is a must.
In conclusion, this scooter is miles ahead of anything else in this price class. From the dual motors to the attractive styling and excellent handling, the SPLACH Twin has specs that far surpass its bargain price tag.