The best electric scooter for under £300, the Pure Air Go strikes an uncompromising balance between value, battery life, comfort and build quality. It looks smart, weighs just 16kg, sports a sleek, no-fuss design and has a quality steel frame in black or grey.
Electric scooters are having their moment in the sun. While they might all look the same as they whizz past, they’re not all created equal. The best electric scooters are rated for their reliability, comfort, range and – above all – their safety.
These e-scooters are fast becoming the preferred mode of transport for anyone looking to avoid packed trains, cut out unnecessary car journeys and arrive at their destination without looking like they’ve just been dragged backwards through a bush.
But despite their booming popularity, local laws have been slow to adapt to this emergent form of green transport. There are imminent plans in the UK to regulate and authorize the use of private scooters on public streets, but until these new rules are implemented – and depending on where in the world you are – the e-scooters in our list are only permitted for use on private land. So always scoot responsibly.
Finding the best electric scooter for your needs depends on a range of factors. Will it have a long range to ferry you to and from your destination? Does it have durable tyres to cope with the road surfaces you ride on? Can the motor handle that steep hill on the way to the supermarket? Does it fold up easily and fit in the back of a Smart Fortwo?
Our list of the best electric scooters includes models to suit most riders: scooters with impeccable all-round performance, affordable models that don’t cut corners when it comes to quality and safety, and long-range models for those who want to go on a scooting adventure.
How we tested
A big part of why electric scooters still occupy a legal grey area is simple regulation. That’s why the e-scooters in our list are models we’ve tested from brands we know and trust, so you can be sure you’re making the right choice.
We’ve tested nine of the best electric scooters on the market, taking into consideration the range, comfort, portability and safety of each. Bear in mind that the ranges stated below are given by the manufacturer and measured under ideal conditions. Things like hills, the weight of the rider, your speed and the weather conditions can all make a big dent in the actual range. If we’ve found that the real-world range differs significantly from the advertised one, we’ll point it out.
As a rule of thumb, you want a scooter with a stated range at least twice that of the distance you intend to ride it on a regular basis. This gives you plenty of breathing room, and ensures you’re unlikely to get stranded halfway to your destination.