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So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and find an electric scooter. Maybe you’re buying an adult electric scooter? Perhaps you’re looking for a kids electric scooter? In either case, here you’ll find the two wheeled upright scooter that suits your needs.
Let’s talk a bit about electric scooters in general. Like most everything in life, there are cheap electric scooters and then there are crazy expensive ones. You can literally choose from a scooter that’s less than $50 to pro scooters that cost several thousand dollars. Typically, the vast majority of scooter buyers fall somewhere in the middle. Why? Well, if you look at the “mass market” producers (and we’ll talk about them in a minute) of any two wheeled upright scooter, the bulk of their scooter models fall in the $300 – $700 range.
A scooter for any budget and any purpose.
Scooters have been around for decades. However, with globalization and relatively easy ability to import goods from China cost effectively, countries around the world have begun to see electric scooters become more and more prevalent. Why? Because on the base of it, the cost of each component to make an electric scooter isn’t outrageously expensive.
Think about it. You have a frame (preferably with an adjustable handlebar), scooter tires, battery, electric motor and, for the most part, that’s it. The cost for a simple metal frame and these components is quite cheap when you’re dealing with asian manufacturing.
At first, very basic scooters with cheap components began to appear on the market. Now that battery technology has progressed it is quite easy to put a 350w (or more) motor on a scooter which will make it run about 15-20 mph for 20+ miles.
Now the electric scooter craze has caught on, there is a scooter model that features pretty much anything you want. Want adjustable handle bars? No problem. Want a wide wheel scooter so you can ride off road? Great. Want light up wheels on your wide deck electric scooter, check, there’s one available. Looking for a ride with maximum speed over 50 mph? There’s dozens of blazing fast electric scooters.
The point is, there’s something for everyone.
However, there are several manufacturers that build the vast majority of electric scooters sold in the United States.
“Mass Market” Manufacturers of the Two Wheeled Upright Scooter
If you are searching for a scooter, it’s likely that you’ll run upon a number of “mass market” electric scooter manufacturers.
- Segway Ninebot
They’re “mass market” because these guys churn out serious amounts of scooters each year. I wasn’t able to find a recent number for Segway ninebot, but back in 2018, they produced 1.6 million scooters.
Razor states (on their web site) they have sold 15 million razor electric scooters since 2000. It’s probably safe to assume that number is dramatically higher, especially since the start of COVID-19.
Then, you’ve got GoTrax who has taken the market by storm — or at least they’ve taken Amazon by storm. If you go to Amazon and look for the best selling electric scooters (which I did here), you’ll see that GoTrax dominates the top ten with 5 of their scooters appearing in the top 10.
How to select the best two wheeled upright scooter?
Recommendations of the best two wheeled upright scooter for each use.
#1 – Fastest Scooter for Adults
But, I think what I like about this the most is just the fact that you can do pretty much anything you want with it. It’s got big 11″ tires for going off-road, has two motors that churn out more than 5400 watts of unbridled power. If you’re looking for a pro scooter model — this is it. They call it motorcycle grade and it’s every bit of it. You should buy this one if you’re wearing your big boy pants because testosterone flows when you step on the deck and hit the throttle.
#2 – Cheapest Scooter for Adults
GoTrax GXL V2. We love this scooter. GoTrax makes a nice scooter. It’s a sturdy platform with 8.5″ pneumatic tires. The manufacturer says that top speed is 15.5 mph but in all actuality, it’s only about 13 mph from our tests.
#3 – Best Bang for your buck
GoTrax Gmax Ultra. Ok, so this one is a little pricey but it checks all of the boxes of stuff that’s important along with stuff you will want. This scooter goes 25 mph and has a range of 45 miles. It’s got nice big 10″ pneumatic tires and a wide deck so you get a comfortable ride.
It wasn’t easy deciding between the GoTrax Gmax Ultra and the Segway Ninebot Max. The Ninebot Max is a very cool scooter too. They’ve got a great build and provide a solid platform. Plus, it’s a little cheaper than the GoTrax Gmax Ultra. However, the clincher for us was that you just get a little extra oomph with the Gmax over the Ninebot Max. The Ninebot Max features a total range of about 40 miles where the Gmax is 45 miles. The Ninebot Max gets you 18.6 mph whereas the Gmax is 20 mph. Are there massive differences, no. Do these little differences warrant some extra scratch — we think so. Check out our full review of the GoTrax G Max Ultra here.