Best Electric Scooters Under $1000

We compiled our list of the best scooters under $1000 so you can find a ride without breaking your bank.

In our list of the best scooters under $1000 we’re discussing commuter scooters, which tend to fall under $1000. You don’t need some beastly scooter to get around town, and you don’t have to spend upwards of $1000 to find a quality electric scooter. If you’re looking for a scooter to take to work, run errands with, or simply want to get around your city in a faster, more fun way, check out our top picks.

My Overall Pick

GoTrax G4

I’ve reviewed a lot of scooters, and I have a lot of scooters just sitting around now. Nice problem to have. When it’s time for me to actually go out the scooter I take is the GoTrax G4. It offers speeds of 20 mph and a range of 16 miles, and its perfect for riding in the city street and bike lanes. I get where I need to go quickly and I’ve never worried about having enough battery. I love this scooter because it has everything I need and nothing more, and it’s all wrapped in a lowkey design. It’s also my top recommendation because GoTrax offers a better price for this kind of performance than any other brand.

GoTrax G4

The G series features electric scooters for the ultimate commuters looking to ride some serious distance and speed. The G4’s powerful motor and battery allows riders to travel up to 25 miles per charge, at speeds up to 20 mph. This best-selling electric scooter is a GOTRAX community favorite.

Best low end electric scooter

GoTrax XR Elite Max

If your looking to spend as little as possible on a scooter without buying a toy scooter, this is the best budget scooter out there. You get 12 miles of range and a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour. GoTrax is the king of budget electric scooters because they offer speeds and ranges that other brands offer for about $100 more. For this deal you’d expect there to be a tradeoff with quality, but there isn’t really one. The sturdiness and look of the build is just as professional as any other scooter. In terms of something special, there’s nothing really specific to call out here. It’s just a solid commuter scooter with a great price.

GoTrax XR Elite Max

Take your commute to the MAX! The XR Elite MAX is the latest electric scooter from GOTRAX. This e-scooter takes some of the great features from our other electric scooters, such as one-touch folding and reactive brake light and adds to it.

Being a low end option, there are some low end features to call out. The XR Elite Max has just an ok folding mechanism. There are two levers/buttons you have to work with, so it’s not super intuitive. This shouldn’t stop anyone from buying the scooter, as its not a huge issue, but it’s something to call out. Lastly, with many budget scooters, there’s no suspension other than the air filled tires.

Best Value electric scooter

Hiboy S2

Value is maybe my favorite word. Getting the most for your money is a beautiful thing, and that’s what you get with the Hiboy S2. You get 17 miles of range and a top speed of 18.6 miles per hour. These specs are just what you would expect for the price, and that’s the theme of the scooter. Every feature lines up with the price and there’s no real tradeoff. Let’s see what else the Hiboy S2 offers.

Another great value feature to call out are the solid honeycomb tires. These aren’t pneumatic tires, which offer the best suspension when it comes to tires, but the honeycomb design strikes a balance. The tires of the Hiboy S2 are solid, which makes them resistant to pops and punctures. The honeycombs then give them some give, which provides you with some suspension. I love solid tires because they take away the worry of having to fix or, god forbid, buy a new tire. So, the S2 gives you piece of mind with the tires.

Hiboy S2

Foldable and portable for adult daily use. Fast speed and long range for commuting or city adventuring. Hiboy beginners’ best choice.

Now running through other features, everything is pretty standard. The handlebars feel good, the display is nice, and the scooter is easy to control. The Hiboy S2 also has a great folding mechanism that is simple to operate. It’s hard to comment on the Hiboy because every part of it is great. If you wanted to find a quality scooter for a fair price, this is essentially what you would imagine. The only con I can come up with is the lack of true suspension. This paired with solid tires mean that you’re ride may feel a little bumpy over rougher roads and terrain. Next up is our long range pick.

Best Long Range Scooter

Ninebot Kickscooter Max

If you’ve seen people riding scooters in your town, this is probably the one you’ve seen. This is one of the first consumer scooters on the market, and its even used by Bird for their scooters. So, you’ve seen this more than you think you have. It comes in at the top of our price range, making it the most expensive scooter on this list. If you’re going to be spending that much for a scooter it better be worth it, and it is. The Ninebot Kickscooter Max offers a range of 40 miles and a top speed of 18.6 mph. The standout stat here is of course the huge range. The Max is another scooter that doesn’t have any crazy special features and is just a solid ride.

Ninebot Kickscooter Max

Ninebot Kickscooter Max by Segway is designed to be the most sturdy and powerful electric scooter.

The Ninebot Kickscooter max is one of the toughest scooters out there with a quality build and IPX5 water resistance. This means the scooter can sustained low water pressure. Most scooters are only IPX4 rated, so this is actually a big deal. It means it can take some rain without you having to worry about ruining your electric scooter. You’ve seen how people treat limes and Birds, and that’s why those companies choose to use the Segway Ninebot scooters. Contributing to its resilience is its above average ability to take hills. A lot of scooter struggle to climb even slight inclines, but the Max takes inclines up to 20% like a pro.

Overall this is a tank of a scooter. It’ll take you far and, with its resilience, it’ll take you far for a long time. The only major con is it price, which is relatively high compared to other scooters on this list.

Most fun electric scooter

Apollo Air

If you’re shopping in this price range for a commuter scooter, you’re probably not looking for anything fancy. Just a simple, reliable scooter that can get you from point A to point B. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, though. The Apollo air is priced at $550 on the Apollo website putting it right in the middle of commuter scooter territory. For the price you get a 12 mile range and a top speed of 15 miles per hour. For this price the stats are a little low, but the price of this scooter goes towards ride quality.

Why it’s so fun

The key standout features of the Apollo are the tires. They are huge. I’m not talking about the diameter of the tire (which are still big) I’m talking about the width of the tread. The part of the tire that comes in contact with the street. Compared to other tires you get for this price these seem, and this is just a guess I haven’t measured, twice as wide. That means you have much more traction with the road and can turn much more easily. So, the Apollo Air allows you to carve up the roads and almost gives you that feeling of surfing.

Next to call out are the suspension and large deck. The Apollo Air is simply meant to feel good when you’re riding. The suspension, which is something not all budget scooters have, gives you a good amount of give and takes most of the force of any bump out of your ride. The deck is pretty large, giving you ample room to fit both of your feet. It has a nice design where the front is wider than the back. Lastly, the Air has perhaps the best build quality I’ve seen out of any scooter. Just look at it. It looks super clean, and some reviewers have even compared it to KITT from Knight Rider. I’m happy to say that the scooter also feels as good a sit looks.

There are 2, maybe 1 and a half, drawbacks for the Apollo Air. First, the base stats of the speed and range are a little low for this price. Other scooters are faster and can take you further. If you’re buying the Air, you’re buying a premium ride. Second, the folded scooter is a little awkward to carry. The folding mechanism itself is fine, but when the Apollo Air is folded he tiller lies at a pretty sharp angle, which makes it tough to balance properly.

Ryan’s Takeaways

$1000 is a huge range, and there’s a lot of different characteristics to consider in this price range. We’ve done our best to include scooters that represent different preferences, but at the end of the day these are my preferences. Did we miss a scooter? Feel free to share below!