Electric scooters are becoming extremely popular around the world in 2019. They’re used as plain old fun toys, as a way to get around campus for a college or high school student, and even as a commuter vehicle for urban residents. If you are looking into getting your first electric scooter but don’t want to invest too much yet, take a look at our list of top electric scooters for under $250 on Amazon.
Keep in mind that these less expensive scooter options are also going to be less powerful. They will likely only want to be used on very smooth asphalt or concrete. Don’t count on any of these to be able to pull you up hills of any grade. Only use this if you live in a very flat neighborhood. If you’re a newbie to the world of electric scooters, you should strong look at this list.
The five electric scooters we are going to discuss, along with their basic features as compared to each other
|Xpirit||Razor E200||GoTrax G2|
|Price||$199.95 on Amazon||$170.80 On Amazon||$229.99 On Amazon|
|Motor||200 Watts||200 Watts||200 Watts|
|Distance||8-13 miles||Up to 40 minutes||5-7 miles|
|Speed||12.4 mph||12 mph||15 mph|
|LCD Battery Display||Very quiet motor||Multiple gears,
Xpirit Folding Electric Kick Scooter
For $199 currently on Amazon, this Xspirit is an excellent buy for the money. The downside is that it doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, either. The frame is made of aluminum alloy which provides good durability. Having a frame of this quality also allows for a sturdiness which translates into quicker acceleration. I wouldn’t necessarily translate that frame quality to durability over the long haul with heavy usage. This is a casual electric scooter meant for more light to moderate work.
The range is expected to be between 8 and 13 miles, with the variance owing to the rider’s weight. The same with the top speed, which is 12.4 mph. A heavier rider will not see the faster speeds and longer run duration that a lighter rider will. It does support a rider up to 200 lbs, but you won’t see good economy at all if you are closer to that max size.
There is an LCD display, but it’s just to indicate the batter charge. A full charge of the battery takes just 5 hours. With a 250 watt motor, don’t expect to be able to go up hills very well, if at all.
There’s no lights or other electric display (such as speed and distance) on the scooter. The deck is 5.5″ wide, which may be a little uncomfortable for those with larger feet. The wheels are also only 5.5″ wide, which is smaller than most scooter wheels on the market. This may translate into a rougher ride on uneven surfaces.
It will fold up to a decently small size: 38″ x 15.7″ x 15.7″. It’s also very easy to assemble, taking just 5 minutes for most people.
- One of the cheaper electric scooters out there
- Very basic functional scooter for the uninitiated
- Not a lot of power with the 250 watt engine; can’t be used on hills
- No lights and no electric display except for battery charge
- I would only ride this on pristine smooth surfaces
Bottom Line: If you just want an electric scooter for an occasional ride to the store, then this is a great option. However, if you plan on using it heavily, I suggest you go with something more durable.
Razor build some great electric scooters, and the E200 model is one of the best. Sitting right now at under $175 on Amazon, it’s also one of the most affordable.
Out of the box, the E200 is quick to assemble and comes with all the necessary tools in order to put it together. The initial charge on this scooter should be 12 hours, with subsequent charges being equal or greater to that. In fact, Razor actually states that times you may want to charge the battery past the recommended 12-hour period, but not more than 24 hours.
Once you get a full charge, be prepared for up to 40 minutes of continuous usage. This always depends on the weight of the rider, the quality of the riding surface, and the average speed. Note that this particular scooter can zip along at speeds as fast as 12 mph.
The throttle is controlled by a twist-grip on the handlebars, similar to a motorcycle. For the other side of the handlebars there is a hand-operated brake that controls the rear tire. Rear tire braking is much smoother and more controllable than having just front brakes.
The motor is ultra-quiet, which is one of the outstanding features of this particular electric scooter. The motor is chain-driven, which will require some occasional maintenance to keep the chain lubricated and clean so that it maintains that quiet run state.
Maximum weight is up to 154 lbs and the wheels are 8″ pneumatic tires making it a smoother and more comfortable ride.
If you like the scooter but want to spend a little less money, consider looking at the Razor E100 electric scooter. If you feel like you want a bit more power than you should consider the newer version, the E300. For not much more money your top speed goes up to 15 mph. A bit more money for a bit more fun!
- Super quiet motor
- Long run time of 40 minutes
- Not enough power to pull you up a hill
- Hand brake may not be strong enough to stop you very quickly
Bottom Line: Razor tends to dominate the cheaper electric scooter market, and your pick of which model you want should be based on both price and the variance in features each model offers.
GoTrax G2 Electric Scooter
The third electric scooter on this list, the GoTrax G2 also shares many of the same abilities as the scooters listed above. The 200 watt motor allows for a top speed of up to 15 mph. While it may not ride as quickly, it can hold a rider up to 220 lbs (100 kg). With two different gear settings, you can set a “cruise” control level that you’re comfortable with. The tires are fully rubber and 5.5″ in width. Rides will be bumpy unless you’re on very smooth surfaces.
The biggest downside of this scooter is that you only get 5-7 miles per charge. That means that this scooter is for very quick trips only, and you’ll need to charge it after every usage. Thankfully charging this particular battery takes no longer than 4 hours.
The best part of this scooter is the LED display which highlights speed and battery life.
- Cool LED display that monitors your top speed
- The ability to “shift” gears enabling you to cruise at lower or higher speeds
- Short ride duration (5-7 miles)
- Tires are all rubber which will result in a very bumpy ride
Bottom Line: This may be the best “cheap” electric scooter on the market under $250, but we’d recommend saving your money up a bit to go for something higher quality.
If you do decide to purchase one of these electric scooters, understand that there are certain things that all scooter riders need to know.
- Always wear a helmet with a scooter. You’re riding very fast in populated areas. Accidents are going to happen.
- Know the rules of the road in your area. Are you able to ride at all on the street? A bike lane? Can you use sidewalks with these scooters?
- Keep your battery charged. After every usage you should charge it before you use it again. If your scooter has been in the closet for at least a few months, make sure you check the battery and give it a full charge.
- Don’t ride the scooter in especially windy conditions. You’re likely to be blown sideways.
- Don’t ride the scooter in wet conditions. These scooters have very basic electric connections. It won’t take much water to damage them.
- Inspect your scooter regularly for damaged tires, snug bolts and electrical connections, and any corrosion. Keep your scooter clean.