the best e-scooters available now in the UK
When it comes to choosing the best electric scooter for you, it's easy to think that they're all largely the same. But that couldn't be further from the truth. In terms of design, there are definitely similarities between models. However, when you look at each scooter's specifications, you’ll notice significant variations in top speed, mileage, charge time, weight, maximum load and even features like water resistance and security.
Electric scooters have grown in popularity as people sought for ways to avoid crowded public transport and the rising cost of living. However, we must caution, riding a privately owned electric scooter on UK roads is currently illegal.
After that, you'll find our more extensive reviews of all of our top picks below. Following that, there's a comprehensive buyer's guide below that should help you figure out any concerns you might have before purchasing.
Xiaomi Pro 2 - Best All Round
Price from: £329
If there's one electric scooter brand name we trust, it's Xiaomi. The company not only made one of the most popular e-scooter to date, the Xiaomi M365. Xiaomi has also continued to deliver spectacular results with the new generation of e-scooters - the 1S and our favourite model of the bunch - The Xiaomi Pro 2. When it comes to build quality, price and features, you'll find that the Xiaomi Pro 2 is a hard electric scooter to beat.
It provides a great range of 28 miles per charge, meaning that you can go several trips without charging the scooter, and its 14.2kg weight makes it much easier to carry than any of Pure Air's offerings. The 8.5" pneumatic tyres provides a firm grip on any surface, and we love its cruise control feature, which lets you take your hand off the accelerator throttle from time to time. The only downside is that you cannot ride this e-scooter in wet weather, and it only accommodates a maximum rider weight of 100kg.
range: 28 miles; top speed: 15.5mph; e-scooter weight: 14.2kg; maximum rider weight: 100kg; charge time: 8hrs 30mins; motor power: 300W
Pure Air Go - Best Budget Scooter
Price from: £269
You won't find another electric scooter with features comparable to ones costing twice as much very often. The Pure Air Go does just that. This is Pure Electric new budget scooter. It has many of the same features as its siblings, including class-leading IP65 water resistance, the up to 120kg maximum weight for riders, and super-comfortable 10" puncture-resistant pneumatic tyres.
However, there must be a trade-off at this price range, and it comes in the form of motor wattage and battery capacity. The battery life may be an issue, especially if you ride it on maximum speed setting for lengthy periods of time, as its 350w doesn't feel lacking unless you've ridden a scooter with a bigger 500w motor. That said, you'll have to compromise on something, and if you only intend to use it for short distances and are fine with charging it on a regular basis, you'll discover that it's well worth the money.
range: 12.4 miles; top speed: 15.5mph; e-scooter weight: 16kg; maximum rider weight: 120kg; charge time: 3hrs 30mins; motor power: 350W
Reid E4 Plus - Best Scooter With Solid Tyres
price from: £289
The majority of electric scooters on the market today have solid rubber wheels. Even though they provide significant benefits like never having to worry about a puncture, we are hesitant to wholeheartedly recommend them because solid rubber wheels do not guarantee a smooth ride when compared to pneumatic tyres, such as those on the Pure Air and Xiaomi ranges.
The Reid E4 Plus is the first electric scooter with real rubber wheels that we've found to be a genuine pleasure to ride, thanks to its brilliant 10" wheels with "in-cellular" tyres. These tyres have holes in the rims that are designed to absorb and negate any additional impact. We also appreciated the scooter's underdeck lights, which pulse various hues.
range: 17 miles; top speed: 15mph; e-scooter weight: 14kg; maximum rider weight: 100kg; charge time: 5 hrs; motor power: 350W
Pure Air Pro LR - Best Range Scooter
Price from: £609
The latest release from Pure is its most recent. LR means "long-range," so it's good to see that the scooter lives up to its name, with a range of 37 miles on a single charge. It's also one of the most costly on our list, even though it's well worth it if you hate charging your e-scooter infrequently or worry about your battery dying halfway through the journey.
The Pure Air Pro LR has all of the Pure Air's market-leading characteristics, such as IP65 water resistance, a maximum rider weight of 120kg, and comfy 10" pneumatic tires that provide a smooth ride on almost every hard surface. The Pure Air Pro LR, though, has two notable distinctions from its relatives. It has a maximum motor wattage of 700W, which means it offers improved acceleration and climbing performance than all other Pure Air models, and it features an advanced design with a new skateboard-like deck, that we adore.
range: 37.2 miles; top speed: 15.5mph; e-scooter weight: 17.5kg; maximum rider weight: 120kg; charge time: 9hrs 30mins; motor power: 500W
Pure Air - Best Overall Scooter
Price from: £269
The Pure Air is a fantastic electric scooter that we can't highly recommend enough. After last year's debut, the second generation of this e-scooter received some much-needed improvements, including a bigger 500W motor that delivers greater acceleration and climbing power. The scooter boasts IP65 water resistance, making it suitable for British weather, and it also has a maximum load capacity of 120kg, which is 20kg greater than the average e-scooter on this list.
In terms of features, this year's model offers app compatibility so you can lock your scooter if you need to leave it unattended for a few minutes. This scooter is a joy to ride due to its 10" pneumatic puncture-resistant tyres, which guarantee a pleasant trip on any surface.
range: 18.6 miles; top speed: 15.5mph; e-scooter weight: 17kg; maximum rider weight: 120kg; charge time: 5hrs 30mins; motor power: 500W
How to choose the best electric scooter for you?
Choosing an electric scooter isn’t as easy as you might think, and there are also some legal questions to consider before buying one. The following section should help you decide on what sort of electric scooter you’re looking for and whether you feel fully comfortable buying one. We'll start off with the laws surrounding electric scooters in the UK.
Are privately owned e-scooters legal in the UK?
Private electric scooters are classified as "personal light electric vehicles" in the UK. If you're caught riding one on roads or pavements, you could be fined and receive six points on your driving license. This situation may be about to change, however, with the UK Government saying that expanding the legal use of e-scooters will be a priority in 2022. Read our full article on e-scooter legality for more details.
Do you need a helmet when riding an e-scooter?
Electric scooters are simple to transport and control, however it's crucial to be cautious while riding them. When riding a hire e-scooter in the UK, wearing a helmet is not essential, but we always advise doing so. Electric scooters may be controlled with relative ease, yet it's preferable to be safe than sorry.
Before you start riding your e-scooter, follow these guidelines:
It is quite simple to operate an electric scooter because they are relatively simple to ride. If you've never ridden one before, their rapid speed and agility might take some getting used to. Get a grip on your electric scooter for around an hour in a quiet place prior to utilizing it in any congested area.
Aside from examining all of its features (including whether any are hidden in an associated software), pay particular attention to how much pressure you need to apply to the throttle to accelerate and when you need to slow down or stop using the brakes. It's a good habit while riding always to keep one hand on the brake so you don't lose control of your electric scooter.
To make sure your maintaining your scooter correctly for your travels, please read our guide on general scooter maintenance.