Tips for Finding the Best Electric Scooter for Adults

How to choose the right e-scooter

When you decide that you are going to buy an electric scooter, you are suddenly inundated with the different choices available. There are various sizes, designs, colors, and speeds, and they all seem to offer other features.

The sheer volume of choices will make your head spin. This guide is designed to help you quickly find the best electric scooter for adults.

Make a Scooter Buying List

You must list the things you want in a scooter, the features you cannot live without, and the budget you must work with. Very few people have an unlimited budget and can buy anything they want without considering the price.

If you want to be happy with your scooter, establish a budget to choose the one you can afford.

Check weight and Height Limits for the Different Scooters

Once you have decided how much you can afford to spend, find scooters listed within your price range. Then it is time to find a scooter to comfortably carry someone of your weight and height.


For most of these devices, the maximum weight they can support is 220 pounds or 100 kg. If you weigh more than 220 pounds, you want to ensure that the scooter you choose is designed to help your weight. Suppose you plan to share the scooter with another person; you want to consider the importance of all riders and select a scooter that can support the highest weight.

A good rule of thumb is to buy a scooter with a weight limit within 22 pounds of your actual weight. That means if the item you buy will support 220 pounds, but you actually weigh 235, you can more than likely still ride it safely.


Height is another issue you need to consider. The majority of scooters, about 70% of them, have adjustable handles that allow different heights to ride safely and comfortably still. However, some machines are designed for taller than average adults.

Make sure the handles of the chosen unit will be comfortable for you to hold and allow easy access to speed and braking controls.


When it comes to designs and features, there are plenty to choose from. Consider each one and determine if the part is worth paying a little extra for your machine or if the quality will not be handy in your circumstances.

  • Seats can be convenient if you plan to ride the scooter long distances. If you choose a unit with seats, check the height and length of the heart to determine if it will be comfortable for you to sit on.
  • Riders permitted units to cost more, but they are necessary if you ever plan to ride with a passenger.
  • Removable batteries can make your life easier. People who live in apartments that do not have an easy place to plug their scooter in to charge it can carry the removable battery to an easy-to-access charging place. If you can remove the battery, you can also prevent theft of the unit.
  • Folding handlebars make the scooter easier to pick up and carry if you must carry it up a flight of steps or stairs. They also make it easier to store the unit in smaller places.
  • Suspension systems differ significantly. The suspension system makes your ride more comfortable. If you ride very often, you want to get the best suspension system possible.
  • Climbing ability. If you live in an area with many hills or inclines on your route, you want to ensure and get a good scooter for climbing hills.

How Far will the Machine go on a Single Charge?

This is an important consideration. It will require you to think carefully about where you will be riding the unit and for what purpose you plan to ride. If you plan to use it to transport you to and from school or work, you want to know the exact distance you will have to travel before you get to a recharge station.

What Size Tires are on the Machine

The size of the tires determines what kind of surfaces the device can be operated on safely. The size of the tires will also determine the comfort levels you can expect while riding your scooter.

Small and thin tires are okay if you ride just on asphalt surfaces, but they can get stuck in the cracks between concrete sections, so they are not recommended for sidewalks.

Pneumatic tires absorb more shock and give you a more comfortable ride. They are also harder to care for and more expensive to purchase or replace.

Airless tires provide a rougher ride but do not get punctured easily and let you ride on most surfaces.


You want to make sure you get a machine that has brakes that you will be comfortable operating. There are several brake options available to you.

Foot brakes are activated by you pushing down on the rear fender of the machine while hand brakes rely on your braking using a lever on the handlebars.

Accessory Considerations

You want to consider some of the accessories that can be found or that come with sure scooters. It would help if you determined which of the accessories would be highly beneficial to you and which ones will never be used by you.

Accessories include:

  • Phone holders to carry your cell phone while you are riding.
  • Lights to increase visibility. If you will be riding in low-light situations or at night, this is a life-saving feature, not an accessory.
  • Locks so you can secure your scooter and ensure that while you are away from it, no one can use it without your permission.
  • Helmets are pieces of safety equipment that you should not consider to be an extra. They are essential.

Final Thoughts

When considering which scooter will be right for you, there are a lot of considerations. You have to decide if you will ever have to pick the machine up and carry it, and if you will, then you need to find the lightest one that offers the other features you need. Keep your budget and your basic needs in mind when shopping.

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