Electric scooters have been soaring in popularity over the last few years, with brands improving each iteration as they go.
As with almost any smart device, e-scooters are quite pricey.
Prices vary from around $100 all the way past a few thousand dollars, however, a commute-scoot sweet spot could be the best electric scooters under $500.
Under $500 is still quite an investment, even for an electric scooter, so choosing the best is an absolute must.
While many of the models we recommend will bring a smile to your face, you need to make sure you know how far you need to travel daily, what sort of battery life you may require, and also think about the terrain around your daily routes.
In this roundup, we are going to be talking in-depth about what the best scooter under 500 looks and performs like.
What to look for when buying an electric scooter for under $500
The three main areas to consider before buying are: max range, max speed, and battery life.
The max range of an electric scooter under $500 can vary, however, you should expect to see something between 10-30 miles.
More affordable models max operating range may suffer, however, this isn’t always the case, with some premium options featuring lower ranges too.
Max speeds at this price point usually top out under 20 mph, with lows around 10mph.
While speed may not be a major factor for some, it is pretty useful when using one of these electric scooters for commuting
1. Turboant X7 Pro
- Top Speed: 20 MPH
- Range: 30 miles
- Weight: 33 lbs
- Motor: 350W
- Wheel Size: 10 inches
- Warranty: 12 months
The Turboant X7 Pro is the premium offering from this innovative electric scooter company. It builds on the popular X7 while adding larger tires and a higher maximum range, making it one of the best electric scooters on the market price considered.
Many cheap scooters will feel flimsy, and loose handlebars are an increasing problem for beginners and experienced riders alike. The X7 Pro has amazing build quality with solid handles, a thick folding tubular stem, and a removable battery. It feels reliable even when loaded to its max weight capacity of 275 lb, making it a solid pick for heavy riders as well.
The 350-watt motor may not win prizes for being one of the fastest electric scooters on the road, but it makes up for it by being one of the most reliable. Acceleration feels smooth up to around 16 mph, after which it slows down noticeably. It’s still zippy enough to get you around town with ease, which is all that you need.
The battery is one of the best aspects of the T7 Pro. The lithium-ion 360Wh battery can power the motor for around 30 miles under ideal conditions, translating to approximately 15 – 20 miles under everyday road use. Unfortunately, the battery does take up to six hours to charge fully, so it’s a good idea to keep a spare around, just in case.
While most people don’t take their scooters off-road, the 10″ tires should be able to handle light trails and a bit of grass. Larger tires tend to absorb impact better, and while you’ll still feel every bump in the road, it’s not nearly as jarring as with smaller wheels solid wheels. The tires have plenty of road grip which makes controlling the scooter easy and comfortable.
Turboant spent a lot of time working on this scooter’s ergonomics, and the results speak for themselves. The rubber handles feel stable yet comfortable, and the push-brake handle is conveniently located at the right handle. The entire braking system feels responsive, and the lag time is negligible on the e-brake, which is a massive improvement on the original T7.
Overall, the Turboant T7 Pro is an excellent buy at this price point. It’s comfortable, reliable, and has a long-lasting battery that’s perfect for your daily work commute. Most of the competitors that offer similar features and specs are well out of this price range, making the T7 Pro our top choice. For those reasons, this is our top pick
2. Segway F25
Segway’s F25 e-KickScooter is designed to be an all-around safety machine.
This electric scooter may not be the quickest with the highest top speed, however, it is feature packed and from a reliable manufacturer.
With front anti-lock braking and a rear ventilated disc brake, you have all the stopping power you need.
This electric scooter is also suitable to ride in the evenings straight out of the box, with an included headlamp that can illuminate up to 44 feet.
This scooter features 10-inch wheels that work seamlessly no matter if you are on a flat road or dirt road.
The Segway F25 will handle speed bumps with no problem and features a directional tread pattern, enhancing braking and giving you an overall better grip.
All-in-all, this is a high-quality electric scooter for under $500 and is perfect for those that live in the inner city.
3. Gotrax XR Elite
- Top Speed: 15.5 MPH
- Range: 18.6 miles
- Weight: 32 lbs
- Motor: 300W
- Wheel Size: 8.5 inches
- Warranty: 3 months
The Elite is a facelift of the Gotrax XR Ultra, a pretty good and popular budget scooter. The company has learned several lessons during the XR Ultra release and has applied these lessons to the Elite, making it a better choice overall.
The XR Elite is a budget-minded scooter that knows what to focus on and what to ignore. Instead of fancy add-ons and gadgets, this scooter is a no-frills, no-fuss machine that will get you from point A to point B reliably for years to come.
The 15.5 mph top speed is enough to get you where you need to go safely, often with time to spare. The battery also has a specified maximum range of 18.6 miles, though you’re likely to only hit between 10 and 15 under normal riding conditions.
Where the Gotrax XR Elite really shines is in its safety features. Most electric scooter manufacturers will settle for some LED lights at the back and front, but Gotrax has added several extra reflectors and lights on the scooter’s side. If you ride a lot at night, you won’t have to worry about visibility ever again.
The dual-braking system uses disc brakes at the back and a front e-brake to provide you with the stopping power you need to avoid running into pedestrians or cyclists. With the dual-brake system, you get enough braking power to both wheels, ensuring you maintain balance and control even when stopping abruptly.
The 8.5″ air-filled tires offer a comfortable ride over most roads and provide enough grip that you’ll always feel in control. We’ve found that air-filled tires provide a better ride than tubeless tires, especially on non-suspension scooters. While you do run the risk of getting a flat tire, you’ll find the increased ride quality is worth the occasional inconvenience.
The XR Elite is the perfect affordable electric scooter for daily commutes. It can cover up to 18 miles on a single charge, and the front and rear lights ensure your safety at all times. It’s not a scooter that will knock your socks off with excitement, but it is one that will do exactly what you expect it to and provide reliable service for a long time to come. It’s an excellent daily driver for the price, especially compared to its rivals like the Razor E300.
2. Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter
- Top speed: 19 MPH
- Battery life: 50 minutes
- Charging time: 5 hours
- Max travel distance: 17 miles
- Motor power: 350 Watt
- Weight: 31 pounds
- Max rider weight: 220 pounds
The second version of the Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter shows marked improvement over the original model, namely in the form of added horsepower and improved braking. It is overall well-built but its sturdiness makes it one of the heaviest scooters we reviewed at 34 pounds.
It is comfortable to ride because of a padded standing deck and handlebars that accommodate riders of most any height. The scooter’s solid 8.5-inch honeycomb wheels don’t need to be air-inflated, which is great if you fear maintenance but not so great if you need to ride on rough sidewalk. Thankfully, the Hiboy Max has a shock absorber built into the rear so you have some basic suspension to cushion bumps, but it’s still rough.
One of the best qualities about this scooter is its high max speed of 18.6 MPH. When you pair this with its respectable battery life, you can get decently far off a single battery charge. The 350 Watt motor is stronger than other scooters in the same price range but this doesn’t translate to any extra acceleration or torque because the scooter’s frame is heavier as well.
The scooter has an LED dashboard that displays basic information such as your current speed, rider mode, and battery level. The Hiboy S2 supplements this dashboard with the Hiboy App for Android and iOS. This app is the only way to cycle between the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced rider modes (which have different max speeds). It is also used to toggle the headlights, check the battery power, and toggle the cruise control. There is even a system self-check so you can anticipate maintenance that needs to be done over time.
As for stopping, the Hiboy S2 forgoes the jerky electric brakes of its earlier design for a lone manual disc brake. This makes braking to a full stop take a bit longer than it would on a model with two brake styles but this style handles more like a bike, which is nice. The braking is regenerative, so gently riding your brakes on a slope will help preserve battery life.
The scooter folds down easily for storage but it weighs enough to be a hassle to carry around. It has a decent front LED light and some underglow lights to add visibility at night but only a reflector on the rear. If you plan to ride this scooter at night, you should definitely invest in a supplementary set of lights.
The scooter gets about 50 minutes of ride time off one charge, with conditions like weather, incline, and rider weight potentially cutting this figure short. It has a fairly standard 5-hour recharge time, which is comparable to most other scooters we reviewed. The charge port is a little harder to get to than on other models but it is still acceptable. If you want to get a little more battery life and don’t mind a slightly higher price tag, the Hiboy S2 Pro can supposedly go up to 25 miles on one charge.
5.Razer EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter
- Top speed: 18 MPH
- Battery life: 40 minutes
- Charging time: ~12 hours
- Max travel distance: 11 miles
- Motor power: 500 Watt
- Weight: 67 pounds
- Max rider weight: 220 pounds
Some may write off the EcoSmart Metro preemptively because it is made by Razor, the same company that kickstarted the push scooter fad of the ’90s. Well, Razor actually makes many high-quality e-scooters and the EcoSmart Metro should be at the top of your list if you are looking for an inexpensive scooter with a seat.
The cushioned seat post is the standout feature of the EcoSmart Metro, as it makes longer rides much more comfortable. The seat post also houses a detachable rear fender and luggage rack. The rack is great for carrying a few school books or a bag of groceries. The wide footpad makes it easy to sit however you find most comfortable.
Because the EcoSmart Metro has tall 16-inch pneumatic tires and positions the driver facing forward, it almost looks more like a compact e-bike than an e-scooter. However, its lack of pedals and slower acceleration really make it apparent that this is still a scooter when you ride it.
Even with a stronger 500 Watt motor, the EcoSmart Metro is sluggish to accelerate because its frame is weighed down by large lead-acid batteries. It does reach an impressive 18 MPH top speed, but it takes a few seconds to get there and struggles to climb hills just like a smaller scooter would.
Its air-filled tires make for a decently smooth ride, but a shock absorber on the seat post would be a very nice upgrade. The scooter has a variable speed throttle control, which makes it easy to maintain a slower speed while you navigate a crowd. Its rear disc brake is connected to a cable lever on the handlebar, but no front brake. Consequentially, the EcoSmart Metro won’t stop as quick as scooters with two brakes.
This scooter’s power switch is found under the footpad near the batteries. It only has a primitive battery status indicator, which simply lights up when you need a charge. The battery is good for around 40 minutes of go-time, which is enough for a couple of short rides. The biggest shortcoming of this scooter is that it charges back up incredibly slowly.
The manual says to charge for up to 12 hours and a max of 24 hours for the best battery health. You can keep riding day to day with just a few hours of charging here and there, but in the long run, this will negatively impact its battery life.
If you can work around the EcoSmart Metro’s slow charging and bulky design, it is a capable city commuter that has the unique privilege of being the only seated electric scooter available for under $500.
Is under $500 for an e-scooter cheap?
$500 marks the start of the more premium electric scooter options.
Sub-500 and we start to see diminishing returns in quality, however, this largely depends on what you are looking to get out of your e-scooter.
For those that are wanting to commute reasonable distances day to day, a quality scooter for around $500 could be all that you need.