I spent 153 hours testing and reviewing the 9 best electric scooters for heavy adults from a field of 39 heavy-duty models.
My selection process assessed maximum and realistic load capacities, scooter dimensions (i.e. the size of the frame, handlebars, and deck), build quality (i.e the strength materials used and capability of withstanding stresses), comfortability (i.e. ability to adjust the shock absorption based on your weight), and realistic riding performance (i.e. motor and battery power).
Maximum and Realistic Load
Throughout the guide, you’ll see a lot of references to ‘load’ – that is, how much rider weight a scooter can support. However, maximum load is just that: a maximum. To get the best performance from a scooter, you don’t want to overload it.
With this in mind, we recommend choosing a model with a load capacity that’s at least 30 lbs beyond your weight. For example, if you weigh 245 lbs, a scooter that can support up to 275 lbs will be ideal. Our testing has shown that 30 lbs is the sweet spot – so be sure to keep this in mind.
To make it easy for you, we’ve included the maximum figure alongside our recommended figure (ESI Recommended Load), for each scooter.
Take a closer look at our recommendations by viewing the scooters in the categories below.
Entry-Level Models That Support 265-275 lbs
Turboant X7 Max
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What do you get when one of the market’s leading manufacturers listens to feedback on their most popular model, acts proactively to address issues raised, and goes above and beyond to raise the bar? Answer: the Turboant X7 Max.
From its robust build, long tapered deck, and reinvented frame that now better accommodates bigger riders, the X7 Max ticks every box that a heavy rider on a budget could ask for.
Combined with a detachable battery pack that allows you to extend your mileage indefinitely, a newly refreshed interface, and improved all-around performance, it's no surprise that the X7 Max wins our award as the best electric scooter under $600.
Why We Recommend It:
Looking for a scooter that’s tailor-made for a heavy rider, but that’s light on your wallet? Relax, your search is over. Supporting up to a 275 lbs payload – and with a frame designed and built to meet the needs of a variety of riders – the Turboant X7 Max is a no-brainer for those on a budget.
While it looks strikingly similar to its predecessor – Turboant X7 Pro – the most noticeable differences are its taller stem, longer frame, and wider deck. The handlebars are now 2.5 inches taller, the frame is 2.7 inches longer, and the deck reaches a width of 6.7 inches. This makes it significantly better suited to larger riders who prefer more space while riding.
As well as its enlarged frame it features two plush 10-inch pneumatic tires. There’s no suspension but these do a great job of cushioning the ride and protecting you from the lumps and bumps of most urban roads. They also come with extra thick side walls. This reduces the risk of punctures and protects against pinch flats.
The lack of a deck-located battery allows the X7 Max to ride a little higher than other scooters, too. This equates to more ground clearance, which means you’re less likely to bottom out when riding over obstacles. This is good news for heavier riders, who – with more downward force on the scooter – are more prone to scraping the underside of the deck and incurring damage to it.
Despite its larger dimensions, the Max still weighs in at an impressively low 34 lbs. This makes it the lightest scooter on our list and ideal for riders that need a scooter that they can quickly pick up and carry.
Wonderfully, Turboant has paid attention to customer feedback regarding the original folding functionality and improved it on the Max. It now has a new one-click folding lever and a more secure latch on the rear fender where the hook on the back of the handlebars clips into. As a result, you can carry it in its compact form without the worry of it unfolding mid-carry.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the X7 Max is that its stem is slightly bulkier than other scooters. This is because it has a stem-mounted battery that’s also removable. The battery can be unclipped and removed from the scooter, making charging easier. It also gives you the option of increasing your range by purchasing a second battery ($220).
What’s more, with the new X7 Max model, the battery is secured to the stem via a key lock. This is designed to prevent anyone from stealing or tampering with it.
As well as being a feature-rich scooter, it has more than enough power under its hood to deliver a great ride for anyone weighing up to 245 lbs. Although the battery is the same size as that on the X7 Pro (36V 10Ah), Turboant has updated the drivetrain software and hardware to make the scooter more efficient. The result is longer maximum mileage from 30 to 32 miles, or if you’re a speed fiend and want to put the pedal to the metal, you can expect 18 miles (based on our in-house range tests).
Working in cahoots with the battery, the 350W motor can accelerate to 15 mph in 6.9 seconds, before hitting its top speed of 20 mph. There are also three riding modes – eco, comfort, and sport – that allow you to access a different range of speeds to best suit your ability.
While 350W isn’t particularly large for a motor, we found that it’s more than sufficient for most riders, especially those that are new to the world of electric scooters. Besides, in the sub $600 bracket you’re never going to get a lightning-quick scooter.
Ultimately, the X7 Max is ideal for cruising urban bike lanes and for heavier riders seeking a compact companion for their commute. It’s not up there with the most rapid scooters on the block – those sorts of titles are reserved for dual motor models – but it’s certainly not the slowest, either.
To match its performance, the X7 Max is equipped with a dual braking system that combines an electronic brake at the front and a mechanical disc brake at the rear. As soon as the brake lever is pulled, both brakes engage to bring you to a complete stop without losing control or skidding. It’s also good to see that Turboant has done away with the stomp brake featured on their earlier models. While it appeared beneficial to have an extra brake, it quickly wore away the rubber on the rear tire and was much more trouble than it was worth.
A key pain point when it comes to picking the perfect scooter for heavy riders is build quality, especially for scooters that reside in the budget category, like the X7 Max.
Don’t fret, for a scooter that’s available for so little, there’s nothing cheap about the way it’s been built. The aluminum-magnesium alloy frame is robust and reliable, while its refined shape and sleek, sweeping attributes eschew the clunky style that many scooters in its price bracket have.
In addition to being a scooter for riders of all shapes and sizes, it’s a scooter for all seasons, too. Its frame arrives with the backing of an IPX4 water-resistance rating, allowing you to ride safely in the knowledge that light rain or splashes aren’t going to mess up your scooter.
Finally, let’s take a close look at the controls. Comprising a thumb throttle, power button, light controls, brake lever, and central display console, the setup is as simple and effective as the rest of the scooter. The interface on the display has been updated and presents all the key information that you need to monitor your ride.
In conclusion, Turboant has done a great job of enhancing the already popular X7 Pro. Not only has this improved the general capability of the scooter, but it’s also made it much more suitable for heavier riders.
Horizon 10.4 (V2)
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Capable of supporting up to 265 lbs with height adjustable handlebars and a price tag of less than $800, the newly released Horizon V2 is a reliable scooter built for everyone.
Benefiting from an updated thumb throttle, new display, and pre-fitted carrying handle, the Horizon has undergone some cosmetic upgrades, all of which come together to enhance its status as one of the best electric scooters for riders searching for a low-maintenance, easy-to-use, portable scooter.
Add in a 23 mph top speed, 23-mile range, and a full suspension system, and it becomes clear why this is one of the best scooters for heavy riders. It effortlessly combines power with affordability and functionality.
Why We Recommend It:
This is the updated version of the fantastic Horizon electric scooter. It keeps all that made its predecessor great – including its 48V 500W motor, 10.4Ah battery, and compact folded dimensions – but brings a handful of upgrades to the table to elevate your riding experience.
This is a well-built entry-level scooter that’s capable of carrying riders up to 265 lbs with ease. It packs plenty of extra features that raise it well above the pack and make it one of the best budget scooters available for heavier adults.
The most impressive feature of this scooter is its ride comfort. The Horizon is the cheapest scooter available to come with front and rear suspension. Paired with a front air-filled tire and a solid one at the rear, you get a smooth ride across the majority of urban terrain. While I would prefer both 8.5-inch tires to be air-filled, the solid tire prevents punctures.
The rear tire is also 0.5 inches wider than the one at the front and sports all together different profile. While the front wheel is narrow to ensure the scooter remains nimble, the one at the rear is more compact and square in its profile. The result is that the rear tire has a larger contact patch with the ground, and this increases the traction that it can generate. Ultimately, this leads to improved grip. When combined with the rear-mounted motor, the rear tire can bite and propel you forward – which explains its nippy acceleration.
While most commuter-style scooters are designed with portability and weight as a priority, the Horizon effectively balances all areas of its performance, including speed and acceleration.
Its top speed of 23 mph is one of the quickest in its price and weight class, while its acceleration beats the competition. Putting the Horizon in its fastest speed setting and pushing down on the throttle will get you to 15 mph in just 5.2 seconds. By comparison to the Turboant X7 Max, it’s 25% faster.
Fluid Free Ride designed the Horizon with commuters in mind, and as is evident from its performance, the result is a nippy, emission-free vehicle that can get you from A to B without getting held up in city traffic. Small enough to take shortcuts and nip down alleyways, the Horizon is also quick and easy to fold down into a compact form that can be carried with one hand or tucked away under a desk. This is all thanks to its telescopic stem and foldable handlebars.
Although its 40 lb weight is towards the top end of the limit that I often recommend for commuter scooters, its portability credentials more than make up for it. Besides, its extra weight makes it a robust, durable scooter that performs well for heavier riders.
As for the brakes, the Horizon utilizes two mechanisms. First, you have a mechanical drum brake, and second, a regen brake. Both direct stopping power to the rear wheel. The drum brake is completely enclosed to prevent water and other debris from affecting its performance. As a result, it requires very little maintenance. The regenerative brake, on the other hand, is built into the motor and works when the flow of electricity is reversed, pulling any remaining power back into the battery and creating a kinetic drag on the wheel which slows it down.
Both brakes bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 5.0 meters. Compared to other models, the stopping distance isn't as good simply because the braking power isn’t spread across both wheels.
While all scooters can’t be perfect, one area where the Horizon shines among its closest rivals – including the Turboant X7 Max and Mosquito – is its wide-spanning handlebars. Measuring 23.2 inches, they are 41% wider than the X7 Max and 47% wider than the Mosquito. All of this adds up to greater control, and a more comfortable riding stance if you are wide-set.
In most features, the Horizon V2 is identical to the original, however, one place where the difference is particularly noticeable is in the cockpit controls. Here you won’t find the standard QS-S4 display included on the V1 model, instead, you get a thumb throttle and a new display that is reminiscent of the ones we’ve tested on the more expensive INOKIM Ox and OxO.
The new thumb throttle has a significant advantage over the QS-S4’s trigger throttle. The latter required you to adopt a claw-like position to pull down on it with your finger, whereas the thumb throttle benefits from an ergonomic design that feels intuitive and lets easily modulate your speed.
As for the new display console, you can control your riding modes, as well as the status of your lights (on or off). Equipped with three front LEDs and two at the rear, the Horizon has more lights than most other scooters in its price class. Unfortunately, they’re poorly positioned and too dim to provide enough visibility at night. If you need to use your scooter in the evening, you’ll need to purchase an additional clip-on headlight.
With all things considered, the Horizon V2 is exceptionally well suited to heavier riders who’re looking for an affordable, nippy, and portable scooter. It’s solidly built, can be adjusted to match your riding preferences, and delivers best-in-class ride quality.
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Despite being one of the lightest electric scooters, the Mosquito’s strong frame and 500W motor are ideal for heavier riders who want an ultra-portable, yet fast electric scooter.
With a surprisingly large maximum load capacity of 265 lbs, the mosquito has the highest load-to-weight ratio of any scooter we’ve reviewed. This isn’t its only claim to fame, either. It has an extremely high power-to-weight ratio, enabling it to achieve an acceleration rate and top speed that seem otherwise beyond its potential.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance scooter that combines lightweight design with power, functionality, and fun factor, but you don’t want to suffer the leg, wrist, and brain rattling ride that’s often associated with solid tire models, then the Mosquito, with its impressive suspension and ride quality will be perfect for you.
Why We Recommend It:
While there’s no doubt that this is a small scooter, you shouldn’t underestimate its capabilities. Its small footprint is balanced out with a telescopic stem, springy suspension, and a reliable braking system. Consequently, while this might look like a scooter better left to smaller riders, it does an extremely good job of transporting heavy riders.
The incredible build quality of the Mosquito means that it can reach a level of performance that you might expect from a much larger model. It’s particularly nimble, glides round corners with ease, and carves from side to side in a stunningly smooth motion.
The speed and acceleration are impressive too. It can reach a top speed of 25 mph and can get from 0 to 15 mph in 5.1 seconds. These values were measured with a 195 lb rider and heavier riders may not reach the same speed as quickly. However, our tests have shown that the Mosquito is more than up to the challenge of delivering a thrilling ride for riders weighing up to 235 lbs.
The braking performance of this scooter is just as impressive as everything else. It comes with three braking systems to provide total control.
First, there’s a drum brake on the rear wheel that’s operated by a hand lever. Second, you get a regenerative brake that slows the motor and stores the harvested energy in the battery. This is operated via a thumb paddle on the left of the handlebars. And finally, there’s a fender brake above the rear wheel. This can be stomped on when you need some extra stopping power, but we don’t advise using it since it can lock the rear tire up, causing it to skid.
When the drum and regenerative brakes are activated together you come to a stop from 15 mph in 4.8 meters.
Before we got our hands on the Mosquito, one of our perceived drawbacks was that what you gain in portability and performance you lose in ride comfort. We thought the solid rubber tires would negate any form of shock absorption and leave you with a ride that constantly vibrates. After taking it on the first test run, we quickly realized that we were wrong.
The combination of the front and rear springs allow for a deep amount of travel that effectively soaks up vibrations. We’d even go so far as to say that it has one of the best ride qualities in the sub $1,000 class. This makes the Mosquito an ideal choice if low-maintenance design (i.e. no flats) and comfortable riding are at the top of your checklist.
As for the rest of the Mosquito, the handlebars and controls are compact in size but big in function. There’s an easy-to-reach thumb throttle, a centrally mounted display unit, and buttons for the headlight, electric horn, lights, and power.
The LCD display gives you everything you need to monitor your scooter as you ride, including speed, distance, battery life, and temperature. Despite its simplicity, the colored display is bright and can be clearly viewed even in direct light.
Circling back to the size of the handlebars, those on the Mosquito are the smallest on our list. Measuring just 15.6 inches they are the narrowest that we have ever tested. This will, of course, be somewhat of an issue for wider riders, but for others, after you’ve ridden the Mosquito a couple of times you quickly become used to their profile. There’s a benefit to their small design, too.
The portability of the Mosquito isn’t just down to its 29 lb weight, it’s based on the folding handlebars, as well as the simple cantilevered folding mechanism and telescopic stem. In just a few seconds you can fold it into an exceptionally compact form and carry it with ease. Along with the Mosquito’s high top speed and respectable range, this makes it ideal for journeys where you need to quickly pack the scooter up and carry it onto public transport or inside the office.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a lightweight, compact scooter that packs a punch and is also capable of carrying a heavy rider, then the Mosquito is for you. The combination of its shock-absorbing qualities, nimble frame, and high power make it one of the most exciting and maneuverable electric scooters.
Intermediate Models That Support 300-350 lbs
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The holy grail of heavy-duty scooters for heavier riders, the EMOVE Cruiser can support a load of up to 352 lbs. Yep, you read that right – 352 lbs. But that’s not the only impressive number the Cruiser has in its locker.
Thanks to the large LG battery stored in its deck, the Cruiser boasts a (frankly outstanding) range of up to 62 miles. Packed with premium features – yet designed for practicality – it’s an all-rounder that you can count on.
Suitable for heavy riders, the Cruiser’s frame is as sturdy as it looks – and then some. Not even the mighty Wolf King GT – a scooter that costs more than double the price of the Cruiser – can outstrip it for load.
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I know what you’re thinking. Does the Cruiser still have the muscle to deliver a top-quality ride when carrying a heavier rider?
You bet it does. It comes fitted with a large 52V 30Ah LG battery – one of the best on the market – which gives it a chart-topping range of 62 miles. In practice, though, you’re likely to see less than this because the battery will need to work harder to support the extra weight it’s supporting. Still, rides of 40-46 miles aren’t off the table for heavier riders.
With the Cruiser, long-range is definitely on the cards. Fortunately, though, long charge times aren’t. Belying its enormous battery capacity, the Cruiser requires an impressively brief 9-12 hour window to reach full juice again.
Complementing its distance credentials are the Cruiser’s 30 mph top speed and respectable acceleration rate. Armed with a 1000W motor – which has a peak output of 1600W – the Cruiser has the power to zip through city streets. Despite not being able to compete with dual motor scooters for pace or power, it packs enough of a punch to get you from A to B without a struggle – regardless of how much you weigh. Once you arrive at your destination, the dual 140mm semi-hydraulic brakes deliver reliable stopping power, bringing you to a safe halt within 3.4 meters from 15 mph.
With a heavy checkmark in the safety box, let’s turn our attention to comfort – a front on which the EMOVE Cruiser delivers with aplomb. Large front springs couple up with a pair of air shocks at the rear to offer plenty of cushioning.
Built to a plush, plump 10-inch specification, the Cruiser’s tires boast a profile that offers just as much stability as they do shock absorption. Their tubeless design also makes them more flat-resistant. Oh, and did I mention that the tires are car-grade? That’s right – these bad boys are as reliable as they come. They soak up bumps without a murmur and are one of the reasons the scooter serves up such a soft and luxurious ride. Their rounded profile is awesome for carving from side to side, too.
The Cruiser isn’t the lightest scooter around (it weighs in at 52 lbs), so it’s not as portable as some of the scooters earlier in our list. Despite being a little heavier to lift, it compensates with a slick folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and telescopic stem, so it’s compact once collapsed.
When it comes to value for money, the Cruiser knocks it out of the park. This thing is fit to burst with features: from its integrated turn signals and front and rear lights to its LED display, battery voltage meter, and smart battery management system. The Cruiser can also be fitted with an optional seat attachment, ideal for heavier riders looking to max out the impressive range.
The EMOVE Cruiser hasn’t been built to thrill. Instead, it excels at being a scooter you can rely on. It’s been designed for practicality and has the performance to back it up.
Apollo Ghost 2022
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Apollo always works hard to improve their scooters; they listen to customer feedback and release new models with upgraded features and improved components. The Ghost 2022 is a great example of this.
The 2021 model was already excellent but now it’s even better. It’s a “no frills, high thrills” beast.
By swapping the 800W motors for two 1000W motors and upgrading key elements of its frame – including a brand new folding mechanism, stronger stem, and reinforced rims – Apollo’s designers have made a fantastic entry-level performance scooter that’s ideal for heavy riders wanting to take their first steps into the world of fast electric scooters.
Why We Recommend It:
Not only is the Apollo Ghost a stunningly stylish scooter with an angular design and futuristic finish, but it has the power to get your adrenaline glands pumping.
The upgraded dual 1000W motors deliver a fast top speed of 37 mph. However, based on our tests they don’t deliver any discernible difference in acceleration rate when compared to the Ghost 2021. They are, however, more efficient meaning that they have a better power output and input ratio.
To put the performance of the motors into perspective, they have an acceleration rate that is perfectly tuned for getting the hairs on the back of your neck to stand to attention, but not enough for you to lose control as a result of wheel spinning. All told, the Ghost pulls away in a controllable and stable manner. It’s able to hit 15 mph in 2.5 seconds, which is significantly faster than all of the scooters that came before it on our list.
Thankfully its motor power is matched by the Ghost’s braking power. The Ghost comes with a choice of either mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes. For an extra $150 you can opt for hydraulic brakes. While hydraulics will bring you to a quicker stop, the mechanical option is still effective. When you operate the brake levers both the discs and regen brakes are engaged, bringing you to a stop from 15 mph in 3.0 meters.
As for battery power, you get the same 52V 18.2Ah battery and 39-mile maximum range. The new Ghost did deliver 3 more miles of realistic range (25 vs 22 miles) in our tests, though, equating to a 14% increase.
With these specs, it’s easy to see that the Ghost has the power to keep the wheels rolling even if you weigh higher up on the scales. It’s even capable of scaling challenging inclines and can tackle off-road routes with ease. With performance scooters like this, they’re bigger and heavier but they provide more options for whatever type of rider you are.
When it comes to design, the Ghost 2022 is just as eye-catching as its predecessor. However, if you look closely you may be able to spot some of the key improvements.
The first is the stem, it now has a more robust angular shape instead of the previously rounded version. Not only does this new design look great, but it’s also 50% stronger. The second is a much improved folding mechanism, and the third is reinforced rims to handle the extra power of the 1000W motors.
Compared to the models that came before the Ghost on this list, it is noticeably bigger. The deck is mounted high with plenty of ground clearance and measures 18 x 9 inches. That gives you plenty of room for both feet and at the back, there’s a kickplate to provide even more stability. The frame itself is impeccably designed and is made from forged aluminum. Not only does this make it strong but the manufacturers have done their job with excellent attention to detail; the parts fit together so well that there’s no rattling.
Weighing 64 lbs, there’s no denying that it's a heavy scooter and as a result, it’s difficult to carry for long stints. However, Apollo has made it as compact and user-friendly as possible. It measures 50.5 (L) x 9.3 (W) x 21.0 (H) inches when folded which is just about small enough to squeeze under a work desk or transport in the trunk of your car.
As previously mentioned, the folding mechanism in the 2022 version is much better than the previous model. Instead of the clunky double collar clamp, there is a one-click system that both folds and secures the stem. The handlebars also fold down to make the scooter as narrow as possible.
While the Ghost’s large size makes it less portable, it does make it significantly more comfortable, particularly for bigger riders. The tall stem and wide handlebars mean you can stand up straight, and the combination of dual springs and large pneumatic tires make you feel like you’re floating not riding.
The previous model was comfortable to ride on the streets, but as soon as you took it out on more challenging terrain, we found that the suspension was slightly too soft, causing it to bottom out. Thankfully, the 2022 model seems to have accounted for this. While Apollo hasn’t upgraded the suspension, I presume they may have added more preload to the springs to prevent them from compressing as much. This is particularly useful for heavier riders, where tighter springs are needed because of the increased downward force.
Continuing the Ghost’s winning formula is a cockpit that is intuitive to use. Up on the handlebars, you’ll find a QS-S4 display and finger throttle unit. This clearly displays all your basic riding stats and even lets you customize performance settings like the strength of the regenerative brake. Below the display are single/dual and eco/turbo buttons, while on the left there’s the key ignition and voltmeter. This is the same setup as the 2021 model and it works well, however, I’d like to have seen Apollo scrap the key-lock ignition in favor of a start button, and switch from a finger throttle to a more ergonomic thumb throttle.
Closing the Ghost spectral design is an excellent array of lights that include deck-mounted headlights, taillights, and ambient side lights. They’re bright and make you easily visible in dim light. The deck LEDs even give the Ghost a Fast & Furious aesthetic. The only issue, as with the 2021 model, is that the headlights are too low to assist you with seeing the road ahead of you. To remedy this it’s best if you purchase an additional clip-on light.
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Uniting the principles of comfort, design, and durability with all the bells and whistles the highly rated Apollo brand is known for, the Phantom is perfectly suited for heavier riders.
Not only can it support 300 lbs of weight, but – thanks to a big 52V 23.4Ah battery – it packs 40 miles of ride time, too. Add in the large reinforced frame, beefy handgrips, and quadruple suspension system, and it becomes clear that the Phantom is a sophisticated scooter that heavier riders love.
If the Apollo Ghost caught your eye, but you’re after something a little more powerful – and premium – the Phantom is for you. Serving up all the exquisite build quality and design we know and expect from the Apollo line, the Phantom’s well-crafted frame supports both tall and heavy riders alike.
Why We Recommend It:
So what else makes the Apollo Phantom such a great fit for heavier riders? Let’s start with power. After all, the bigger the rider, the more oomph you’ll need behind you. The Phantom’s power comes courtesy of dual 1200W motors. Combined, their peak output of 3200W will fire you to 15 mph in 2.5 seconds, and 25 mph in just 5.6. While the Phantom’s acceleration rate falls short compared to some popular alternatives, it’s still sizzlingly quick off the mark.
The Phantom is also a reliable hill climber and can tackle steep inclines without breaking a sweat. It’s just worth remembering that – as is the case with the mileage – heavier riders may not see the maximum manufacturer-stated performance, especially if you plan to ride in hilly areas or keep the throttle pinned down for the entirety of your journey. Just as the Phantom’s 40-mile range is only attainable when riding conservatively, riders at the upper end of its 300-lbs weight limit may not be able to scale the steepest slopes.
We’ll level with you – in terms of core specs, the Phantom doesn’t stand out. Its top speed of 38 mph is on par with most scooters in its price point, as is its 40 miles of range (which, in realistic conditions, is more like 25 miles). Nope – the areas where the Apollo Phantom stands out are its construction and comfort.
The Phantom’s proprietary design includes a never-before-seen HEX display panel, which – in addition to communicating your essential ride stats, such as speed and battery life – also offers 20 customizable settings. As well as adjusting the strength of your electric brake and acceleration, you can drill down into a deeper level of personalization, tinkering with the start style, display brightness, and measurement units.
The HEX display is also one of the most accurate we’ve seen when it comes to predicting your remaining range, which is ideal for planning your ride and avoiding a dead battery.
On top of all this flashy stuff, the Phantom introduces several (but perhaps less noticeable to the untrained eye) features which ensure outstanding build quality. Its double reinforced stem and neck make it extra tough, while 3 independent folding safety mechanisms eradicate stem wobble. Simple plug-and-play connectors make it easy to repair and replace electrical components, while its CNC manufacturing process ensures quality, every time.
Even the Phantom’s charging ports are protected. A protruding kickstand safeguards them from scrapes and knocks, while – on the inside of the ports – a fuse protects the circuitry from water damage. Heat sinks help regulate the temperature of the motors (thereby preventing them from overheating), while a smart battery management system does a similar thing for its 52V 23Ah Dynavolt battery.
Now, a scooter that gets all that right wouldn’t neglect something as fundamental as ride comfort, would it?
Not at all – and it comes as no surprise that the Phantom delivers one of the finest ride experiences in its class. The Phantom comes with tubed 10 x 3.25-inch pneumatic tires for shock absorption, but its unique quadruple spring suspension is the real piece de resistance. Dynamic, dependable, and (if you have a c-spanner) adjustable, the Phantom can take both urban and off-road surfaces in its stride.
Beyond the performance of the suspension alone, there’s plenty to love about the Phantom’s comfortability. With super-wide handlebars offering control, large tires providing stability, and a kickplate letting you lean into the ride, the whole scooter is set up for heavier riders. Plus, the Phantom’s deck cuts a generous 20 x 8.5-inch profile, making it a similar size to that of the colossal Wolf King GT.
And it’s not only stability that the Phantom offers for large riders, for just $2,099 the Phantom comes with strong front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. These are excellent, effective brakes but if you want to save a little cash, you can opt for the mechanical disc brake version.
Ultimately, the Apollo Phantom will be perfect for any heavier rider looking for a comfortable, spec-stacked scooter. Everything about the Phantom – from its next-gen HEX display to its steely geometric frame – oozes class. No matter your shape or size, the Phantom doesn’t disappoint.
Expert Models That Support 265-330 lbs
Mantis King GT
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New for 2022, the Mantis King GT is the latest in the extremely popular Mantis scooter range from Kaabo.
We were calling for Kaabo to bring innovation to the table and with the GT’s improved frame, higher power output, and robust durability, they’ve more than delivered.
With upgrades in almost every area, this stunning performance scooter offers big power, exceptional handling, and a design that is guaranteed to turn heads.
From its enlarged deck and built-in steering damper to its adjustable suspension that allows you to tailor the scooter to your exact weight and the TFT display that gives you the ability to adjust power delivery to each motor, the Mantis King GT is packed with premium features that aid its status as one of the best electric scooters for heavy riders.
Why We Recommend It:
The Mantis King GT is a stunning scooter that combines a matte black finish with either striking red or gold highlights. But the most stunning part of this scooter is what lies under the hood.
With the highest performance stats of any Mantis model, the King GT is more than capable of excelling with any rider up to its 265 lbs load limit. Not only does it outpace other similar-priced models with its 43 mph top speed, but it has 30A sinewave controllers that deliver a smooth, constant flow of power for a rapid acceleration rate.
With an average-sized rider (i.e. 180 lbs), it can go from 0 to 15 mph in just 1.9 seconds. While variables such as rider weight, terrain, and weather affect the Mantis King GT’s performance, our tests revealed that it’s still exceptionally fast and able to perform competitively even towards the top end of its weight capacity.
Not only is this scooter fantastically quick, but it can also dance up hills as if it were still on the flat. This is all down to its torquey 1100W motors. Previously, all Mantis models have been equipped with 1000W motors, so the extra power packed into the new model is quite the upgrade. The same can be said for its large 60V 24Ah battery. Whilst this is the same size as that found on other Manti models, the new sinewave controllers pull power more efficiently, meaning a longer range of 56 miles (vs 45 miles). Whilst most batteries of this size will take many hours to juice up, the dual charging ports mean that it can be fully recharged in a satisfyingly short 6 hours.
Because the Mantis King GT is rewriting the rules of what a performance scooter can do, you may think that the brakes will need to be something really special. Well, you’d be right. To counteract such impressive speed, it comes with a set of Zoom hydraulic discs. These are some of the best you can get. They’re exceptionally responsive and have been recorded to bring this scooter to a stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters.
To house the hydraulic brakes, large motors, and high-quality battery, the Mantis King GT has a big, imposing frame and weighs 74 lbs. However, with the level of performance that this scooter can achieve, it’s still relatively light. This is thanks to the exceptional design and build quality. The aluminum alloy frame is well formed with all the parts fitting together perfectly. The addition of a built-in steering damper eliminates wobble at high speeds, while also making the overall riding experience feel more stable.
On the negative side, a 74 lbs scooter isn’t particularly portable. It will fit into some large trunk spaces and you could carry it up one or two flights of stairs but for most people, it will be tricky to move. That being said, the designers at Kaabo have added a few features to make storage and transport as easy as possible. The new claw-like stem latch is quicker to fold than any previous Mantis models. It also features an extra safety catch to lock the stem in place when upright. When folded, the latch on the back of the handlebars clips into the hook at the rear of the deck, enabling you to lift the scooter by its stem.
While the scooter isn’t all that portable, this doesn’t matter too much since this is a scooter made to be ridden, not carried. If you’ve owned a Mantis scooter before, you’ll immediately notice that the controls are completely different than before. Most notable of all is the new 3.5-inch TFT display. This stunning display unit has replaced the EY3 unit found on many other Kaabo scooters. While the EY3 from Minimotors is a great piece of kit, the screen could be larger and it comes with a built-in, slightly awkward, finger throttle. The Mantis King GT’s new screen on the other hand is much bigger, bright enough to be viewed in any light, and allows you to interact with your scooter and customize several features. It also comes with a water-resistance rating of IP65.
Instead of having a built-in finger throttle, the new thumb throttle is separate and significantly easier to use. Although there’s a little dead space when you first press it, once it’s engaged it offers incredible control over your speed. However, if you’re concerned about the power of this beast, you can use one of the riding modes to operate it with a reduced capacity to match your ability and experience.
Continuing along the handlebars, there are a few other controls that you should be aware of. The most notable is the light switch console. Unlike previous iterations, it now lights up when in use. For instance, if you turn the headlight on, a small light indicator below the button will light up. This is most useful for the turn signals.
As for the lighting setup itself, the GT delivers a comprehensive suite of lights including a high-mounted headlight, deck-embedded front and rear lights, brake lights, turn signals, and customizable deck LEDs. Altogether they draw attention to your scooter and make it more visible in the dark. However, the headlight is not as strong as we’d like it to be.
Another difference between this Mantis model and previous versions is that the deck is several inches bigger. It’s got a wonderfully grippy surface and even the biggest riders will find they have plenty of space. The kickplate is perfectly placed, too. It extends the deck space and is shaped to fit the curvature of your foot.
The biggest upgrade of all, though, and for that matter, my favorite feature of the Mantis King GT, is its adjustable hydraulic suspension. Ever since NAMI released the Burn-e 2 with its out-of-this-world adjustable suspension, we’ve been waiting for Kaabo to do the same.
Combined with a set of 10 x 3-inch pneumatic, hybrid off-road tires, the suspension delivers a level of shock absorption that is more commonly found on much larger, pricier scooters. What’s particularly good for heavy riders is that the hydraulic suspension can easily be adjusted to match your needs. You don’t need any tools either. Just dial in the amount of damping you need.
As you can tell, Kaabo has done an excellent job with this scooter and taken its Mantis range to new heights. It stands out from the crowd with its exceptional performance, a broad range of premium features, and versatility. If you’re a heavy rider looking for a scooter that is powerful, robust, and capable of long-range multi-terrain rides, the Mantis King GT could be the right scooter for you.
NAMI Burn-e 2
Load & Dimension Stats:
I’m just going to put it out there, the Nami Burn-e 2 is quite possibly the best electric scooter in the world.
Its large frame, gigantic deck, adjustable shocks, and beefy tires mean that anyone up to a weight of 330 lbs will feel like they’re gliding on a magic carpet rather than scooting at speed over rough terrain.
Not only does the Burn-e 2 provide a smooth, thrilling ride, but it also handles exceptionally well. The wide deck and large kickplate allow for firm foot placement, while the carefully welded frame and integrated steering damper make it feel like the entire scooter moves as one with your body. Whether you’re burning rubber, climbing challenging hills, or carving around a corner, your movements will remain smooth and you’ll feel in complete control at all times whatever the terrain.
To top off its impressive performance, the water-resistant frame blends durability with dynamism. With fierce-looking girders of aviation-grade aluminum fused in a one-piece chassis, it achieves a design that is rich in texture and style. Aesthetically, this one’s a doozy, with a menacing, tall tubular stem shaped in the image of this scooter’s moniker – a viper, ready to strike.
Why We Recommend It:
Heavy-duty scooters don’t get any better than this.
Weighing in at 100 lbs and supporting over three times that, there’s nothing light about the NAMI Burn-e 2. Better known by its venomous eponym, the Viper won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – its scorching acceleration and top speed are only for the most experienced of riders, and it’s expensive – but it’s one hell of a thrilling ride.
After all, the Burn-e 2 is one of the industry’s quickest – capable of 45 mph, its top speed pales only to a handful of other models in its price class. Yet despite this, its acceleration comfortably goes toe to toe with the world’s best.
To 15 mph, it takes just 1.8 seconds, making it considerably faster off the line than other top-performing scooters. For instance, it’s 25% faster than the popular Dualtrom Storm and even beats the mighty Dualtron Thunder 2 by 10%.
At 25 mph, the results are even more striking – it takes just 3.2 seconds.
Of course, this all looks like numbers on a page right now, but trust us – in practice, the Burn-e’s insane acceleration will make you feel like you’ve been roped to the back of a Formula One car. So buckle up, and enjoy the ride – if you dare.
The blistering performance of the Burn-e 2 is led by dual 30A sinewave controllers. They monitor the flow of power from the battery to the motors, ensuring that the acceleration is smooth and you’re not flung off the back as you squeeze the throttle.
Of course, for heavier riders looking for durability and dependability, it’s not all about pure, unvarnished speed. Build quality is equally important – so how does the Burn-e 2 stack up?
In truth, I’m not sure how adequately words can describe the titanic quality of its build. Where do we begin – with the one-piece aluminum welded frame or the carbon fiber stem? The stainless steel of its moving parts? Maybe it’s the fact that the frame has been heat-treated to safeguard it from the ravages of age and wear and tear, or the fact that it boasts not one, but multiple water-resistance ratings?
Oh yes. When the Burn-e’s maker, Michael Sha, put this thing together, he didn’t hold back.
Luckily, though, he didn’t get too carried away – and safety never took a backseat to speed or style. The LOGAN 2-piston hydraulic brakes are paired with large 160 mm rotors, which aren’t just reliable, but frighteningly responsive. You’ll need a light touch here since they deliver some of the best braking performance we have ever tested. From 15 mph, you will come to a stop in an impressive 1.8 meters. We usually class a stopping distance of between 3.0 and 3.4 meters as being very good, so you can see how great the brakes are.
Like the Wolf King GT – the golden goliath – the Viper’s been tailor-made to handle pretty much every riding surface you can throw at it. And we’re not just talking about forest trails or dirt paths. On top of being fully adjustable, the best-in-class KKE suspension and 165mm coil shocks will soak up the infractions of even the most challenging, mountain-esque terrain.
In fact, the NAMI offers the best ride quality of all the electric scooters that we’ve tested. I make the joke that my 89-year-old Nan could adjust the NAMI’s suspension – it's exceptionally easy to do and an absolute game-changer. By adjusting the rebound speed of the springs, you can customize the suspension to your weight – a feature that isn’t found on many other scooters. Combined with the tall handlebars and insanely large deck, the NAMI has all the credentials to make it the ultimate electric scooter for heavy riders.
Plus, when it comes to stability, the Burn-e 2 sports big, plush 11-inch tires that ensure a large contact patch with the ground. Filled with air via a tubeless design, and designed to work in tandem with the suspension system, the wheels are its shock-absorptive vanguard: cushioning you from the worst transgressions of the terrain underfoot. Their large design also aids in its sublime braking performance.
Rider comfort is a big deal – especially if you’re going to be hitting the kind of distance the Burn-e 2’s got in its locker. By locker we mean its deck, and by distance we mean the staggering 90-mile range that this thing’s supersonic 72V 28Ah battery provides. Under our certified tests, where we put the scooter in its fastest setting, we were able to achieve a lengthy 50 miles which is a top-performing result in the real-world range rankings.
Yep, the Viper offers a near full century – and with it, one of the longest ranges in the electric scooter history books. The only scooters in our 140+ database to top the Viper’s Herculean feats of endurance are the 106 miles of the Dualtron Thunder 2 ($4,299) and the 137 miles of the Dualtron Storm Limited ($5,399). Both of which are extremely more expensive than the Burn-e.
When you ride this incredible scooter, you’ll quickly notice the large display in the center of the handlebars. The rectangular screen is full-color and bright enough to read even in direct sunlight. While you can check important journey details, like the distance you’ve traveled and how much battery power you have left, the real benefit comes from the various customization settings. Not only can you control simple performance settings like the strength of the acceleration, but you can configure two riding modes to your preferences. For instance, you could change the configuration of the motors to have more power running to the front one to help pull you up hills as opposed to pushing you up using the rear motor.
There’s even a hidden USB port that you can use to charge your devices on the go.
Finally, it’s time to discuss the Burn-e 2’s lights. The lighting package is one of the best you can get. The super-bright 2000-lumen headlight is mounted high on the stem, the brake light is responsive, and the turn signals run around the rear and edges of the deck. It’s rare that I don’t recommend getting an extra set of clip-on lights to boost your visibility at night, but in this case, the pre-installed lights are enough.
From its extremely tall and wide handlebars, enormous deck, and adjustable suspension, to its powerful 1000W motors, herculean 72V 28Ah battery, and ability to create customized riding modes to your heart's content, the NAMI Burn-e 2 has all of the components needed for heavier riders.
Wolf King GT
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Seemingly not content with one of the fastest, most powerful high-performance scooters on the market, Kaabo one-upped their original Wolf King scooter with a super-charged, super-powered variant – the GT.
Faster and more distance-oriented than the original, the GT also flaunts taller and wider handlebars (excellent for larger riders), and a premium cockpit with all-new controls.
Capable of supporting 330 lbs of rider weight, the GT fits the bill for the heavier riders that are chomping at the bit for ultra-performance.
Why We Recommend It:
The GT improves on the original Wolf King in several key areas. For one, the GT introduces an all-new TFT display – the same seen on its cousin, the Mantis King GT. It’s designed to let you monitor all your basic riding stats – speed, riding mode, distance traveled, and remaining battery life – as well as dig into more advanced information.
The TFT screen is also anti-glare, password-protected, and comes in full color. Plus, at 4.2-inches, it’s large, so it befits a scooter tailored to riders pushing the upper end of the size charts. Even the GT’s water resistance rating gets an upgrade, with an IPX5 rating representing an improvement on the original’s IPX4 billing.
The King GT also boasts a more ergonomic thumb throttle – a big upgrade from the awkward finger throttle of the original. And, in a big boost for big riders, the handlebars are both taller and wider. We’re not sure if the King GT’s initials stand for ‘Girthier and Taller’, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
Moving on to the performance stats, its most noticeable improvement over the original reveals itself – that 70-mile range. Offering 40% more distance than its ancestor, the King GT matches its cousin, the Wolf Warrior (a model well-known for its distance credentials) – though, in practice, you’re likely to see 50-55 miles.
In this sense, the King GT is like a blend of the original King and the Wolf Warrior. The GT sports the same dual tubular stem design, twin headlights, and metallic gold palette as the original King while infusing it with the Warrior’s endurance and popularity.
Making the GT’s magnificent mileage possible is its 72V 35Ah Samsung/LG battery. This battery – which is equipped with the finest quality cells in the industry – succeeds on multiple fronts. Not only is it protected by a smart battery management system to safeguard it from overheating, but it also takes as little as 7 hours to charge – so you can be straight back out there tearing up your favorite roads and dirt tracks.
Heavier riders need more power, and the GT provides it. With dual 2000W motors and 50Ah sinewave controllers spearheading a peak output of (yes, you heard right) 8400W, the GT can hit speeds of up to 62 mph. That makes it one of the fastest scooters on the planet – and we’re not just saying that. Of our entire database of 140+ scooters, only two top it – the Dualtron X 2 (68 mph) and the Dualtron Storm Limited (75 mph).
Similarly, the GT’s acceleration rate is just as explosive, with 15 mph attainable in 1.7 seconds and 25 mph in a mere 3.0. Predictably, all that torque means that the GT is more than a match for steep hills. For heavier riders – who’ll struggle to crest gradients on less powerful scooters – this kind of brawn is a godsend.
Power is one thing, though – comfort is quite another. Fortunately, the GT delivers in both areas, with inverted hydraulic front shock absorbers providing the bulk of the shock absorption, while dual springs at the rear smooth out residual vibrations. Fitted with a wide, long deck and huge kickplate, the GT lends itself to riders of all sizes, meaning you’re guaranteed to find a comfortable stance.
Adding to the comprehensive shock absorption profile is its pair of plush 11-inch tires. Like those on the original King, they are tubeless, so they soak up the worst excesses of rough terrain. You can also take your pick of interchangeable sets of on or off-road tires. But there’s more to these tires than the eye can see – they are puncture-proof. Lined with a coating of special tire slime, the inner of the tire molds to the shape of any object that protrudes into it. Imagine the tire rolling over a nail. The nail will pass through the outer rubber shell of the tire but the slime inside will be pushed up with the nail without being pierced. If the slime does become pierced, though, tests have shown that the tires retain 100% of their pressure for 24 hours.
Even the combination of the thumb throttle and sinewave controllers plays an important role in comfort. Unlike other Kaabo scooters, which leap into action from the slightest pull on their throttles, the GT is smooth off the mark. Although it touts an impressive 62 mph top speed and blistering acceleration rate, there are 11 riding modes for you to choose from – each being slightly faster than the one before.
Whether you’re a larger rider or not, there’s one thing all scooter enthusiasts enjoy, and that’s riding after dark. Fortunately, the Wolf King GT makes this possible with a lighting display as potent and plus-sized as a county fair. Along with the signature dual headlights we’ve come to know and love from the Wolf range, the GT boasts turn signals and slick under-deck swag lighting.
If you have just as much an eye for style as you do functionality, the Wolf King GT will suit you to a tee. For what you get – a performance scooter with sensational specs and a rabid reputation – it’s worth every cent and provides heavier riders with a welcome injection of power and pace.
By Load Capacity
Electric Scooters That Support 265 LBS
Electric Scooters That Support 275 LBS
|Turboant X7 Max||275 lbs||$600|
Electric Scooters That Support 300 LBS
Electric Scooters That Support 330 LBS
Electric Scooters That Support 350 LBS
|EMOVE Cruiser||352 lbs||$1,499|
Our Top Picks by Speed
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Wolf King GT||$3,595||62 MPH|
|NAMI Burn-e 2||$3,499||45 MPH|
|Mantis King GT||$2,495||43 MPH|
|Apollo Phantom||$1,899||38 MPH|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||37 MPH|
|EMOVE Cruiser||$1,499||30 MPH|
|Turboant X7 Max||$600||20 MPH|
Our Top Picks by Acceleration to 15 MPH
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Scooter||Price||0-15 MPH (Seconds)|
|Wolf King GT||$3,595||1.7 s|
|NAMI Burn-e 2||$3,499||1.8 s|
|Mantis King GT||$2,495||1.9 s|
|Apollo Phantom||$1,899||2.5 s|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||2.5 s|
|EMOVE Cruiser||$1,499||3.4 s|
|Turboant X7 Max||$600||6.9 s|
Our Top Picks by Maximum Range (Riding at Slowest Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|NAMI Burn-e 2||$3,499||90 miles|
|Wolf King GT||$3,595||70 miles|
|EMOVE Cruiser||$1,499||62 miles|
|Mantis King GT||$2,495||56 miles|
|Apollo Phantom||$1,899||40 miles|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||39 miles|
|Turboant X7 Max||$600||32 miles|
Our Top Picks by Realistic Range (Riding at Top Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|Wolf King GT||$3,595||55 miles|
|NAMI Burn-e 2||$3,499||50 miles|
|EMOVE Cruiser||$1,499||47 miles|
|Mantis King GT||$2,495||38 miles|
|Apollo Phantom||$1,899||28 miles|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||25 miles|
|Turboant X7 Max||$600||18 miles|
Our Top Picks by Braking Performance
Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance.
|Scooter||Price||Braking From 15 MPH|
|NAMI Burn-e 2||$3,499||1.8 meters|
|Mantis King GT||$2,495||2.8 meters|
|Wolf King GT||$3,595||3.0 meters|
|Turboant X7 Max||$600||3.0 meters|
|EMOVE Cruiser||$1,499||3.4 meters|
|Apollo Phantom||$1,899||3.4 meters|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||3.4 meters|
- Entry-Level: Turboant X7 Max – $600
- Intermediate: EMOVE Cruiser – $1,499
- Expert: Mantis King GT – $2,495
- Entry-Level: Turboant X7 Max – 32 miles (18 miles real-world)
- Intermediate: EMOVE Cruiser – 62 miles (47 miles real-world)
- Expert: NAMI Burn-e 2 – 90 miles (50 miles real-world)
- Entry-Level: Turboant X7 Max – 10 x 2 inches
- Intermediate: Apollo Phantom – 10 x 3.25 inches
- Expert: NAMI Burn-e 2 – 11 x 3.5 inches
- Entry-Level: Turboant X7 Max – IPX4 water-resistance rating
- Intermediate: EMOVE Cruiser – IPX6 water-resistance rating
- Expert: NAMI Burn-e 2 – IP55 water-resistance rating
Optional Seat Attachment:
- Entry-Level: None
- Intermediate: EMOVE Cruiser – Available for $65
- Expert: Wolf King GT – Available for $145
What is the Best Electric Scooter For Heavy Adults?
Based on the assessment of 39 models, the best electric scooters for heavy adults are:
What is the Maximum Weight for an Electric Scooter?
All scooters come with a weight limit that varies from model to model.
The load capacity of electric scooters generally starts at 220 lbs, however, there are others such as the EMOVE Cruiser, which can support riders up to 352 lbs.
When choosing an electric scooter, it’s best to check the advertised maximum load to make sure it’s right for you.
What Happens if You Put Too Much Weight on an Electric Scooter?
As a rule of thumb, if you overload the payload of an electric scooter you will experience a lower rate of performance.
For instance, if you weigh 260 lbs and ride a scooter that has a maximum load of 220 lbs, you could expect a 60% decline in performance. If the scooter in question had a manufacturer-quoted range of 25 miles, you may only reach the 10 mile mark.
Aside from a lower rate of performance, exceeding the weight limit of an electric scooter will also void your warranty.
Can You Go Over the Weight Limit on an Electric Scooter?
Yes, you can, but it is not advised. Going above the recommended weight will result in a significant drop in performance and void your warranty.
To get the best performance from your electric scooter, we recommend choosing a model with a load capacity that's at least 30 lbs beyond your weight.