Middle school, early bedtimes, Happy Meals – when kids hit their teenage years, there are plenty of things they’ll be glad to leave behind. Before you know it, they’ll be spending more time out of the house than in it. And sure – they could walk to meet their friends, or get the bus…
But why do that, when they can hop on an electric scooter instead?
Of course, we might be biased – scooters are, after all, our thing. We have over 3 years of experience testing, reviewing, and rating electric scooters, and every month we match 60,000 people with the right scooter for their needs. If there is a cooler gadget to help teens surf through their adolescent years, we haven’t seen it.
So, to help you decide which model is right for your young rider, we’ve prepared a list of our top 9 electric scooters for teenagers.
Each scooter has its age limits, so we’ve split this list into 3 age groups: 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. Within each age group, we’ve also provided a cheap, mid-range, and premium option to accommodate the budgets of all riders.
Take a closer look at our recommendations by viewing the scooters in the categories below.
Kicking things off with color and flair is the GoTrax Vibe. At $249.99, the cheapest scooter on our list isn’t just a good time for your wallet – it’s great fun for your teenager, too.
Charging in as little as 5 hours and offering up to 7 miles of ride time, the Vibe also caps the top speed at a safe 12 mph, balancing pace with peace of mind. Its solid tires offer freedom from punctures, while the Vibe’s lightweight, folding frame gives it a pleasantly portable profile.
Why We Recommend It:
The GoTrax Vibe is aptly-named – because this thing is a vibe. Rocking your teen’s choice of either a red, teal, blue, or silver paint job, the Vibe makes a visual splash and allows the rider to channel their unique personality through the scooter’s color palette.
Yet the GoTrax Vibe is far more than a pretty face. It’s been fitted with a 200-watt motor that’ll allow your teen to reach a top pace of a safe (yet speedy) 12 mph, with an electromagnetic brake – located in a familiar place, on the left side of the handlebars – to slow things down. The Vibe can even climb small inclines, meaning it has the credentials to go toe to toe with most neighborhood slopes.
Also providing reassurance is the 36V 4.0Ah battery. It’s capable of keeping the wheels rolling for up to 7 miles of uninterrupted ride time, and – when it runs out of juice – it can be back on the asphalt in just 5 hours. It is worth bearing in mind, though, that if the scooter is ridden in its fastest settings, the maximum mileage is reduced to around 4 miles.
While the scooter that you choose will depend on your teen’s height, confidence, and riding ability, the GoTrax Vibe is suitable for most young teens. It strikes the perfect mid-ground between models that are made for a younger demographic – like the Segway ZING E8 and E10, and the GoTrax GKS – and those that pack more power – like the spec-heavier teenage scooters, such as the GoTrax XR Elite and AnyHill UM-1.
Unlike the latter models, mentioned above, which are aimed primarily at older teenagers, the GoTrax Vibe doesn’t have any form of shock absorption. However, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. While the Vibe has been tailored to recreational riding and morning school ‘commutes’, it isn’t made for bumpier environments. Providing your kid doesn’t stray too far from the concrete and asphalt roads the Vibe’s made for, they’ll enjoy a comfortable ride.
A convenient one, too. The Vibe collapses in half at the stem thanks to an intuitive folding mechanism, and – when folded – the stem hooks into the rear fender, making it easy to stow away and transport.
At a trim 43.3 (L) x 17.1 (W) x 14.6 (H) inches, the frame renders itself as one of the most compact electric scooters on the market, while – with a weight of just 20.9 lbs – the Vibe pips the Hiboy S2 Lite to the gong of the lightest scooter on this list. That means your teen shouldn’t have too much trouble lifting or carrying the scooter, nor kicking it home if the battery runs out mid-ride.
Picking up a puncture is a surefire way to ruin a fun afternoon ride. Thankfully, though, there’s no chance of punctures deflating your teen’s day – the Vibe’s 6-inch tires are solid, rather than air-filled, so they’re not prone to perforations.
The other thing your teenager won’t have to worry about (and for this, we can thank the build quality, durability, and fastidious attention to detail that GoTrax scooters are known for) is rain. The Vibe’s aluminum alloy frame comes kitted out with an IPX4 water-resistance rating, meaning it’s been tried and tested in a lab and has been proven to withstand light rain and splashes. While it can be tempting to aim for puddles on a wet day, we advise against it. The Vibe is water-resistant, not waterproof, and any damage caused by water won’t be covered under warranty.
Now, let’s take a look at where the GoTrax Vibe excels – its extra features. The Vibe has an LED headlight located at the top of the stem, which provides some visibility in low-light conditions. However, we wouldn’t recommend taking Vibe out beyond twilight as the headlight isn’t very powerful, and feels like more of a token or aesthetic feature, rather than a functional one.
Elsewhere, you’ll find the LED screen sitting between the handlebars. This displays your current speed, riding mode, and headlight status, as well as indicating how much battery life is left. The Vibe also has a neat cruise control feature – simply hold down the throttle for 10 seconds, and the scooter will maintain a constant speed, relieving the strain on your thumb.
As far as cheap scooters for teenagers go, they don’t get much better than the GoTrax Vibe. It ticks all the boxes – offering affordability, portability, and rideability in spades. Whether it’s your 13 or 14-year-old’s first scooter, an upgrade from a more babyish model, or a precursor to something more powerful, the GoTrax Vibe is an astute choice.
Up next is the Hiboy NEX – a sleek, elegant, model available in both bubblegum pink and inky black. It’s not quite as fast as the GoTrax Vibe and is more expensive – although it compensates with almost double that scooter’s range.
In addition to longer rides, you’ll also be treated to a sleek LED cockpit, impressive lighting setup, and unique triangular stem design. Ideal for riders of up to 14 years of age, the NEX offers plenty of wow factor, with a wealth of features that’ll keep your teen entertained for hours.
Why We Recommend It:
Whether it’s as a birthday gift, an early Christmas treat, or a first scooter to build your kid’s confidence on the road, the Hiboy NEX succeeds on all fronts. Put yourself in your 13-year-old’s shoes and just imagine ripping the wrapping paper off this thing.
The first thing you’re noticing is that color scheme. Whether your teen prefers to push the boat out with the eye-popping pastel pink/blue combo, or play it safe with the black, there’s something for all preferences and personalities.
Secondly, you’re feasting your eyes on that spec sheet. The NEX’s 150W motor is capable of powering it up to speeds of 9 mph, meaning it’ll suit younger teens looking for a safe, yet action-oriented ride. If that sounds a little too zippy for your nipper, though, don’t fret – the dual riding modes allow you to cap the scooter’s top speed with ease.
When it comes to portability, it folds in half with the handlebars locking into the rear fender to keep things compact. Now, while that makes the NEX easy to pack down, store, and transport, it’s hard to escape the fact that it weighs in at a relatively heavy 24.5 lbs. That’s a whole 3.6 lbs heavier than the GoTrax Vibe, and 3.5 lbs heavier than fellow Hiboy model, the S2 Lite – our premium option in the 13-14-year-old category. What’s equally disconcerting is that this increased weight doesn’t equate to any extra load-bearing capacity. The NEX supports just 140 lbs of rider weight – 36 lbs less than the Vibe, and 40 lbs short of the S2 Lite.
Not only will the NEX’s increased weight make it a little cumbersome for smaller riders, but it means the scooter struggles on slopes. The NEX is one of the slowest hill climbers and maxes out on gradients of just 7% (approx 4 degrees) – something that’s worth considering if your teen’s route to school is an undulating one.
But back to the NEX’s strengths. Its 36V 4Ah battery gives it a maximum range of around 12 miles – 1.4 more miles than the $379.99-priced Hiboy S2 Lite, and almost double the GoTrax Vibe’s limit. Equally alluring is the NEX’s quick 4-5-hour charge time – proof that more uptime doesn’t have to equal more downtime.
You may be asking yourself the question as to why the Hiboy NEX has a significantly longer range than the GoTrax Vibe given that both models share the same 36V 4.0Ah battery. The difference lies in the motors between both models. The Vibe has a 200W motor which is 33% more powerful than the NEX’s 150W motor, and therefore, the Vibe pulls more power from the battery to keep the motor running – this, in turn, reduced range.
Durability-wise, the NEX meets all the criteria we’ve come to expect from a Hiboy scooter. A sturdy aluminum alloy frame underscores the style of the scooter’s paint job with a healthy dose of substance, while an IPX4 water-resistance rating safeguards the NEX from surface splashes and light rain. The blueprint of the NEX’s frame also departs pleasantly from the conventions of electric scooter design, with a triangular fork connecting the top of its stem to the handlebars.
The LED arrangement is another example of it going above and beyond its price point. The NEX takes the GoTrax Vibe’s single front headlight and raises the stakes, adding a tail light to the rear fender. Better still, this tail light is responsive – it flashes as you brake, so it’s great for keeping other road users in the loop.
The NEX is a remarkably versatile scooter. Though we’ve put it in the 13-14-year-old bracket, kids as young as 8 can ride it. Part of the reason for that is how user-friendly it is – something evidenced by the large, easy-to-use, and read LED display located between its handlebars. Here, you can toggle between the High and Low-speed modes, have instant access to your speed and remaining battery life. You can even turn the lights on or off with a click.
Braking is just as intuitive. The NEX sports both an electronic brake – which you can activate via the left (red) thumb tab – as well as a rear foot brake. Using both of these at the same time brings the scooter to a safe stop.
Like the GoTrax Vibe (and, indeed, most electric scooters for teenagers), the most glaring omission is Hiboy’s lack of suspension. You won’t find any of the shock absorptive technology we see on more advanced scooters, such as swing arms, shocks, or coil springs. Similarly, the tires – rather than being air-filled, which would afford the scooter some insulation from cracks and inconsistencies in the pavement – are solid. Like the other scooters in the 13-14-year-old list, the tires do have the benefit of being free from punctures.
One advantage that the NEX’s tires have over their counterparts on the GoTrax Vibe, is that they cut a larger profile. The NEX comes with 6.5-inch tires – 0.5 inches larger than the Vibe’s – which gives it a slightly more balanced, stable feel.
Ultimately, the Hiboy NEX isn’t without its drawbacks. It’s heavy for its specs, lacks suspension, and is neither the quickest nor the best hill climber in its class. It does, however, come with an excellent 12-mile range, an innovative stem design, and a wonderfully adept lighting setup. It’s suitable for a range of ages, is easy to use, and charges quickly – all of which add up to a flexible, fun, and family-friendly riding experience.
Hiboy S2 Lite
Coming in hot shades of pink, black, and white, the Hiboy S2 Lite ratchets things up a notch in the style, speed, and spec stakes. While it lacks the extensive range of the Hiboy NEX, it outstrips that scooter for speed.
The S2 Lite also lives up to its name with a light frame that supports even more weight than its bro. With a unique four-light LED system, cruise and speed control, as well as a charge time that can be as rapid as 3.5 hours, there’s a lot to like about the S2 Lite.
Why We Recommend It:
If you’re looking for a scooter that goes faster and further than the GoTrax Vibe – and is both lighter and quicker than the NEX – the Hiboy S2 Lite is the ideal pick. Sure, you’ll need to dig a little deeper into your pocket (at $379, the S2 Lite isn’t the cheapest scooter going), but trust us – it’s worth the layout.
Why? Well, let’s start with the frame. Aesthetically, the S2 Lite gets everything right. Its long, slim stem tops out with a glowing LED dashboard, while short, flat handlebars and a narrow deck give it a subtle, stripped-back style. As it turns out, the Lite is just as easy to lift as it is to look at – at 21 lbs, it’s one of the lightest models on the market, and one of the slimmest we’ve reviewed.
Often, light scooters can trigger alarm bells. After all, scooters with extremely light frames struggle to support a lot of rider weight or sacrifice build quality and durability. Refreshingly, though, the S2 Lite bucks this trend. With a maximum load of 180 lbs, it can support a staggering 8.5 times its weight, making it a great fit for heavier riders.
What’s more, the S2 Lite’s molecular makeup – an aviation-grade aluminum alloy – ensures that durability is very much in this scooter’s DNA. It even sports an IP54 water-resistance rating, which means riding in the rain isn’t strictly off the cards (although we don’t recommend doing so). It is worth bearing in mind, though, that because its battery is located within the deck, anyone riding this scooter will need to avoid taking any big hits to its underside.
But back to the good stuff. For one thing, the S2 Lite is built for speed. The extra $80 you’ll pay to upgrade from the NEX scores you an extra 4 mph of pace. Not much on the face of it, sure – but to a teenager looking to build their confidence and impress their friends with a slightly speedier scooter, that 44% increase will feel big.
But just because the S2 Lite is a speedy customer, that doesn’t mean there are any grounds for parents to worry. The Lite’s riding modes make it easy to place restrictions on its speed, with the ‘Comfort’ (Beginner) setting limiting the rider to 9 mph. Toggling to ‘Sport’ mode – which you can do via the cockpit-located LED display – unleashes the full 13 mph that the scooter’s 250W motor is capable of. You’ll know you’re in ‘Sport’ mode by the green light that appears on the screen, while the dashboard also displays the scooter’s current speed and battery life.
Of course, no feature screams ‘safety’ quite like a good set of brakes – so the double braking system should bring peace of mind to even the most protective parents. The S2 Lite pairs an electric anti-lock brake at the front with a foot brake at the rear, with both being able to be used together for maximum stopping power.
The only drawback is a lack of a mechanical brake – the kind you can manually squeeze to stop. Then again, not many scooters that retail under $400 are equipped with these kinds of brakes.
In terms of ride experience, the Hiboy S2 Lite serves up similar levels of comfort to the GoTrax Vibe. What the S2 Lite’s solid 6.5-inch rubber tires lack in suspension, they compensate for in puncture resistance. So, providing your teen doesn’t attempt any off-road forays, they’ll enjoy a pleasant ride.
The S2 Lite takes around 3.5 hours to charge, which – for a scooter with its range – is about what we’d expect. Speaking of range, the S2 Lite offers a respectable 10.6 miles – though that is, of course, disappointing when compared to the 12 miles that the cheaper NEX offers. That said, it’s not all bad – using the S2 Lite’s cruise control feature will help your teen ride more smoothly, and get the most out of the range on offer.
The Hiboy S2 Lite is not short on other features, either. In addition to the basics (a bell and a kickstand), it also sports a sensational LED setup. A bright front headlight and red tail light come alongside a strip of swag lighting illuminating the stem. Complementing this is a set of mood LEDs located under the deck, which add an extra dash of flair. If there was ever a scooter that was both literally and figuratively ‘lit’, the Hiboy S2 Lite is it.
To summarize, the Hiboy S2 Lite is a light, quick scooter with a spec sheet that justifies its premium price tag. While it doesn’t sport the longest range, the Lite’s emphasis on aesthetics – evidenced by its slim frame, range of colors, and jaw-dropping lighting setup – means it’ll cater to most design-conscious teenagers.
GoTrax GXL V2
Adolescence can be a tricky time – that is unless your teenager has the GoTrax GXL V2 by their side. Offering superb specs at a staggeringly affordable price point, the GXL V2 is the best scooter you can buy for less than $300.
Equipped with shock-absorbing pneumatic tires, a rear disc brake, and a brilliant build, the GXL V2 has all the hallmarks of quality without the high price.
Why We Recommend It:
As your teenager gets older, chances are they’ll want to leave behind the more babyish color schemes of their youth. Out go the bubblegum pinks and pastel blues of the Hiboy S2 Lite and in come subtler, more mature shades of gray and white, as well as the scooter industry’s favorite color – jet black.
That’s why the GoTrax GXL V2 gets it just right. Decked out in a mostly black paint job – with accents of red and white for effect – the GXL V2 is, looks-wise, the perfect step up into the world of grown-up scooters.
The same can be said for its speed, too. Capable of up to 15.5 mph, the GoTrax GXL V2 is 19% quicker than the Hiboy S2 Lite, the most premium option in our 13-14-year-old scooter category.
Usually, of course, more speed means more money – as the undeniable correlation between pace and price in the scooter industry attests to. That’s why it’s such a pleasant surprise that, at just $299.99, the GXL V2 ties with the Hiboy NEX as the second cheapest scooter on this list. For what you get, the GXL V2 is excellent value – and what you get is a lot.
The GXL V2 is, for example, the cheapest teenager-oriented scooter with shock-absorbing capabilities.
Measuring up to 8.5-inches, the tires offer great levels of traction and stability. The tires are also pneumatic. While this makes them more prone to punctures than their solid counterparts, their air-filled design has huge benefits when it comes to ride quality, and the extra comfort more than makes up for it.
While the tires mold to the ground to absorb the impacts and vibrations from cracks in the concrete and small potholes, the 36V 5.2Ah battery powers the wheels to roll for a maximum range of 12 miles. It’s worth noting, though, that this figure is for conservative riding. If you push this scooter to the limit of its top speed or hit the throttle overzealously, you’re more likely to get around 7-8 miles. When the battery maxes out, though, it’s no issue – the GXL V2 recharges in as little as 4 hours.
One of the things we love about the GXL V2 is that it channels a refreshingly uncommon ‘less is more’ attitude to features and functionality. The GXL V2 eschews the overblown ‘bigger is better’ mentality with a minimalist, pared-back list of features. Beyond its central display – which provides insights into the scooter’s speed, remaining battery life, and current riding mode – the GXL V2 sports just a cruise control function, a kickstand, rear reflectors, and a headlight to its name.
This isn’t a bad thing, though – in fact, this lack of superfluous features is one of the things that helps keep the GXL V2 so affordable. You’re not paying for anything you don’t need. That said, we do have a couple of gripes with the V2’s laissez-faire approach to functionality.
It lacks a tail light, for one – meaning you’ll have to ensure your GXL V2 is kitted out with additional lighting if you want to be seen at night. Similarly, the front headlight isn’t sufficient to provide visibility, so more lighting is an absolute must if after-dark adventures are on the cards.
Otherwise, though, the GoTrax GXL V2 is superbly built. Its folding frame is not only made of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy but is protected by an IP54 water-resistance rating. It won’t hold up in heavier rain – and it’s by no means waterproof – but it can withstand water spray from all directions, so it’ll be fine in drizzle. If you can, though, we recommend steering clear of wet days.
While we’re on the topic of safety, we might as well note that thanks to its dual braking setup, the GXL V2 is as safe as it is fun. It comes fitted with a rear disc brake and a front regenerative brake. Why do we love this combo? Well, disc brakes are – in our humble opinion – one of the most efficient options. Pairing it with the regenerative brake – a type of braking system that recycles the kinetic energy from deceleration, and uses it to top up the battery – delivers a smooth stop, even when riding at top speeds. It’s fantastic to see such a high-quality braking mechanism on such a reasonably priced scooter.
The GoTrax GXL V2 is the ultimate example of a no-frills ride. Stripping away all the extraneous design elements and features, you’re left with just the stuff your 15-16-year-old needs: pace, power, and portability. Its minimal, mature design will suit the developing aesthetic tastes of older teenagers, while its accessible price point will suit whoever’s footing the bill.
GoTrax XR Elite
Offering a longer range (18.6 miles) than the alternatives, the GoTrax XR Elite is an excellent budget scooter that’s sure to appeal to older teenagers.
It improves on the GoTrax GXL V2’s range and design, and – despite its bigger price tag – is still a bargain. With a sleek frame and well-rounded riding experience, it’s no surprise that it is one of the most popular entry-level electric scooters.
Why We Recommend It:
Low-cost, yet packed with high-end features? Yes, please. The GoTrax XR Elite takes everything we love about the GXL V2 and makes it better. It’s a little heavier than its little bro, sure – and adds about 50% to the GXL V2’s price tag – but the bolstered specs make the aptly-named Elite more than worth the extra layout.
Let’s kick things off with probably the main thing a 15-16-year-old rider is looking for – pure, unadulterated speed. For better or worse, the GoTrax XR Elite provides it, with a 300W motor enabling a top velocity of up to 15.5 mph. For many teens, this will feel fast – especially if it's your first scooter, so if you find yourself going a little too quick for comfort, the dual power of the disc brake and anti-lock electrical brake provides rapid, responsive stopping power.
In terms of acceleration, the XR Elite is capable of hitting 15 mph in just under 8 seconds, which easily trumps the mediocre acceleration curve of the GXL V2 (10 seconds). Meanwhile, the XR Elite’s motor packs enough punch to conquer hills of up to 8 degrees, making most routes accessible for this budget-friendly powerhouse.
Like all the teenage-oriented scooters we’ve featured so far, the XR Elite has been designed for urban usage, rather than off-roading. The most obvious example of this is the lack of suspension, which means it struggles on loose and rough surfaces – gravel, dirt paths, and forest trails are all a no-go.
That said, the XR Elite does come with the same 8.5-inch pneumatic tires that make its fellow GoTrax model – the GXL V2 – such a dream to ride. These air-filled tires help insulate your ankles and elbows from the juddering impact of minor surface inconsistencies, helping guarantee a more comfortable ride (in the right environment).
On top of comfort, the XR Elite also delivers an impressively long range. Offering up to 18.6 miles off a single charge (14 miles under realistic conditions), it is ideal for teens with a longer commute to school, or who just enjoy being out and about with friends. The XR Elite also charges in a rapid-fire 4 hours, meaning you’ll almost certainly be spending more time on two wheels than off them.
You can also keep tabs on how much battery life the XR Elite has, via its handlebar-located display. The only thing to be aware of with this is that the bars can be misleading – in our tests, they tended to jump around unpredictably, so it’s not always easy to know exactly how much ride time you have left. Ensuring that the scooter’s fully charged before you head out is a good way to get around this.
With all those miles at your disposal, it’s fair to say that you can ride beyond sunset – so good lighting is vital. Helpfully, the XR Elite comes with bright front and rear LED lights, as well as 6 reflectors. As far as lighting setups on scooters in the XR Elite’s class go, this is an excellent start. However, you’ll want to augment this arrangement with an additional headlight.
If there’s one thing the XR Elite doesn’t do as well as the GXL V2, it’s portability. Despite sporting a similarly intuitive one-step folding mechanism, the Elite weighs in at 31.8 lbs, making it over 20% heavier than its GoTrax counterpart. While most teens shouldn’t struggle too much here, smaller riders might find the added poundage challenging. If this is the case, the GXL V2 (26.4 lbs) is your best bet.
Compared to similar scooters, then, the XR Elite is a little bulky. But when it comes to build quality, the GoTrax XR Elite doesn’t disappoint. The aluminum alloy used for the frame gives it a sturdy, dependable feel, and the complete lack of wobble in the stem means it delivers a comfortable, confidence-boosting ride.
There’s none of the dubious design or rickety construction that cheaper models from unknown brands are riddled with. The GoTrax name is synonymous with quality, and it shows. Even the less glamorous touches – including the wide, anti-slip deck, for instance, or the simple one-touch folding mechanism – all speak to the time, effort, and skill in the scooter’s engineering and execution.
Plus, the Elite’s isn’t short of added features. It comes with a modern, handlebar-integrated display for monitoring speed and battery life, plus an IP54 water-resistance rating and cruise control function – not bad for a scooter under $450. We also love the smart battery management system. This feature – not all that common on scooters in the XR Elite’s pricing bracket – helps prevent its battery from overheating and short-circuiting, and safeguards it from long-term damage.
Ultimately, the GoTrax XR Elite’s durable frame, mature styling, and long-range make it the perfect fit for teens looking for that extra bit of independence as they grow. The XR Elite offers that all-too-rare combo of speed and affordability. Yet, with a highly competent braking system, bright front and rear LED lights, and a safety-oriented design, the XR Elite also offers one thing money can’t buy – peace of mind.
With a deck coated in a veneer of grippy rubber, comfortable ergonomic handgrips, and plush air-filled tires absorbing the jolting vibrations of the road, the AnyHill UM-1 offers best-in-class ride quality.
Moreover, the UM-1 lays claim to be the only scooter in this list to boast a high-quality LG battery – a type of battery typically found on scooters more than double its price. Alongside a dependable design, the UM-1 is proof that premium doesn’t have to come at a high cost.
Why We Recommend It:
With its matte-black paint job and the soft, curving lines of its frame, the UM-1 sports an aesthetic that boasts clean lines. We could sit and stare at the UM-1 all day, yet to judge this cooter’s credentials solely by its looks would be to ignore all the wonderful stuff going on under the hood.
Take its 36V 7.5AH LG battery for instance – the jewel in the UM-1’s crown. With its battery coming from renowned electronics manufacturer, LG, the UM-1 offers unparalleled levels of quality.
Although some models in this lineup feature the same size battery as the UM-1, and in some cases larger batteries, it's important to pay attention to the type of cells that the batteries use.
While the rest of the electric scooters in this line-up are equipped with FST Chinese cells, the UM-1 ups the ante with LG cells, and here’s why:
Chinese cells are often chosen by manufacturers to bring the cost of a scooter down, but at a cost – they deteriorate quicker than LG ones.
Just as your phone battery decays the more you charge it, the cheaper Chinese cells used in scooter batteries do the same. Ultimately, batteries that are made with LG, Samsung, Panasonic, or Dynavolt cells hold their peak performance for longer. In practice, this means that the scooter will continue to perform for hundreds more charge cycles, which can equate to an extra 1-2 years of use.
Alongside the battery, the other element of the UM-1’s build that stands head and shoulders above the rest is its front-mounted 350W motor. This outstrips the GoTrax XR Elite’s motor by 17% and the GoTrax GXL V2’s by 40%. And, although it may share a similar top speed to both GoTrax models (16 mph vs 15.5 mph), it has a significantly faster acceleration rate. The result of this is a pace that’ll get you from 0-15 mph in 5.4 seconds. This is 29% faster than the GoTrax XR Elite, and 46% faster than the GXL V2.
The UM-1’s hill-climbing chops are similarly impressive. While it matches the GoTrax XR Elite for its 15% hill climbing capability, it glides up inclines at a faster rate thanks to its larger motor.
Accompanying the zippy acceleration and hill-climbing credentials, are its 8.5-inch tires. Both of these are pneumatic, making them plush and capable of soaking up the vibrations from the road. Their ability to mold to the ground also aids braking performance where a greater contact patch with the road delivers increased traction. Located over the rear wheel, the mechanical disc brake does a lot of the heavy lifting, while the front electric brake cuts the motors and brings the scooter to a smooth halt.
So that’s the performance side of the UM-1 covered but what about the features?
Firstly, there’s the unique rectangle-shaped LED display. Sleek and user-friendly, the panel protrudes from the center of handlebars for easy access. This screen will keep you up-to-date with your speed, remaining battery life, and what riding mode you are in. A small button below the display also lets you turn the scooter off, toggle between its riding modes, and activate the lights.
In addition to the display, it’s worth noting that the frame is made from precipitation-hardened, stress-tested aluminum alloy and that the IP54 water-resistance rating protects the scooter from light rain.
To conclude, the AnyHill UM-1 is an impressive scooter that packs premium features into a budget price. From its high-quality battery to its powerful motor, and clean-cut design, the UM-1 is a reliable scooter that’s sure to last the test of time.
Here at Electric Scooter Insider, we don’t hand out awards willy nilly. So when we say that the Turboant M10 is the best scooter under $500, you can be sure it’s got the specs, speed, style, and skills to back that title up.
Capable of 20 mph and 18 miles, the M10 will suit the needs of all older teenagers, while its surprisingly accessible price will be a great match for parents with slightly tighter purse strings.
Why We Recommend It:
The teenager-oriented scooters we’ve already looked tend to stand out in one main area. The GoTrax Vibe, for instance, is affordable. The Hiboy S2 Lite is lightweight and compact, and the AnyHill UM-1 delivers quality.
The Turboant M10, however, doesn’t just stand out in one area – it excels in all of them. At $449.98, the M10 is cheaper than the X7 Max (its fellow Turboant model) and GoTrax GMAX Ultra. Though it’s not just the bargain hunters that’ll find the Turboant M10 a tempting proposition – those with a need for speed will be equally interested in what this impressive all-rounder has to offer. The M10’s 350W motor can deliver up to 20 mph, making the scooter – alongside its Turboant sibling, the X7 Max – the joint-fastest for the teenage market.
But wait – there’s more. In addition to a blistering pace, the M10 delivers an acceleration rate that’s nothing short of sensational. From stationary, you'll hit 15 mph in just 5.4 seconds, and reach full speed in less than 10. Compared to similar scooters, the M10’s acceleration rate looks even more impressive – it’s quicker off the mark than the INOKIM Light 2 (a scooter more than double its price).
For such a spec-stacked scooter, you’d expect the M10 to be a monster to transport. But no – the M10 weighs just 29.8 lbs, making it 12% lighter than the Turboant X7 Max, and 35% less weighty than the GoTrax GMAX Ultra. Sure, there’s no detachable battery pack on the M10 – that particular plus is reserved for the X7 Max – but an intuitive folding mechanism easily compensates for its absence.
How about those wheels, then? The Turboant M10 comes with a pair of jumbo 10-inch tires, both air-filled for maximum shock absorption. These tires are some of the biggest you’ll find on an electric scooter for teenagers, which is great news for ride quality. The increased profile offers better handling and maneuverability, which is also important – particularly at higher speeds.
Of course, this leads us to perhaps the M10’s most glaring oversight – the lack of traditional suspension. Like the X7 Max, the M10 relies solely on its wheels for shock absorption. Okay, so this isn’t a huge issue – particularly because those pneumatic tires handle a lot of the grunt work themselves.
One thing Turboant hasn’t forgotten about, though, is safety. The brand is known for producing scooters that prioritize rider safety, so the M10’s laudable braking system doesn’t come as a surprise. The M10 matches a single mechanical disc brake – located over the rear wheel, for greater efficacy – with an electronic regenerative braking system. Together, they bring you to a stop in around 4.9 meters from 15 mph, which is standard for this setup.
Another great safety feature is its set of riding modes. From the handlebar-integrated LED display, you can cap the speed at 6 mph (‘Beginner’ mode), or 9 mph (‘Eco’). This will also help the M10’s battery last longer, and maximize the chance of hitting the heady heights of that 18-mile range. Alternatively, you can leave the M10 in ‘Sport’ mode, which will liberate the pulsating 20 mph speeds this scooter can attain.
For one of the longest rides in the M10’s price class, though, it’s hard to look past its Herculean relative, the X7 Max. As we’ll get to shortly, the X7 Max packs a whopping 32 miles of range, with the purchase of an additional detachable battery pack having the ability to double that. Like the X7 Max, the Turboant M10 charges in around 5 hours.
In addition to the M10’s slick central display – which conveys the riding mode, speed, and remaining battery life – there are plenty more features to get excited about. On top of a remarkably user-friendly cruise control function, the M10 also sports a bell, an IP54 water-resistance rating, and a lighting setup. A responsive taillight flashes when you brake and provides a clever counterpoint to the M10’s bright headlight. At the front and rear, reflective decals add a little more visibility – though you’ll require extra lighting for low visibility conditions.
Given how multi-talented the M10 is, from its powerful specs to wide breadth of features, it’s ideal for first-time riders.
Turboant X7 Max
The Turboant X7 Max is ideal for older teens looking to go faster and further.
As an update of the X7 Pro – one of the most popular electric scooters – it brings significant improvements through various well-executed upgrades. The result is a scooter that belies its affordable $600 price tag with a blend of affordability, practicality, and a comprehensive cache of features that includes a detachable battery pack.
Its simple, user-friendly design makes it easy to master and perfectly suited to 17 and 18-year-olds.
Why We Recommend It:
The Turboant X7 Max combines many of the X7 Pro’s much-loved features with an excellent range of carefully planned additions.
To give you a hint of just how good this scooter is, here are some of the most notable upgrades: the display has a refreshed interface, a new super smooth new folding mechanism ensures stability and portability, and a taller stem and wider handlebars make the scooter better suited to taller riders, and the entire frame benefits from a more sleek and refined design.
Its most recognizable feature, the detachable battery remains, adding an extra layer of security and letting riders extend their range by purchasing a second battery. However, it now has a key lock to prevent thieves from making off with it.
The only drawback to its design is that the stem-mounted battery makes the scooter top-heavy. If you haven’t ridden a scooter before, this will make very little difference to your riding experience, but compared to other models that have a more even distribution of weight – like the GoTrax GMAX Ultra – you may find that you need to pay a little extra attention when taking corners and carving from side to side.
While you can consider the Max as a budget scooter because of its accessible price and straightforward presentation, its impressive specs and versatility make it closer to something much more impressive. The 350W brushless motor and 36V 10Ah battery provide an exciting 20 mph top speed and 32-mile single-charge range. Plus, if you choose to purchase a second battery you can extend its range to a potential 64 miles. As a result, it’s one of the best-performing scooters in its price class.
While many of the X7 Max’s upgrades are obvious, some are easier to overlook. This is true of the updated drivetrain software and hardware which controls the flow of power from the battery to the motor. By making this more efficient, the X7 Max has an ever-so-slightly longer maximum range and faster acceleration rate than that of its predecessor, the X7 Pro. For context, the X7 Max can go from 0 to 15 mph in 6.9 seconds compared to the X7 Pro’s 7.1 seconds.
When it comes to the brakes, the X7 Max retains a very similar setup. This time around, Turboant has kept the same single brake lever that operates both the electronic brake on the front wheel and the mechanical disc brake at the rear but has done away with the fender brake. While some riders find stomp brakes useful, I’m more concerned about the damage that they can cause to the rear wheel.
Surprisingly, the brakes perform far better than they did on the original X7 Pro, bringing you to a stop in just 3.4 meters. This is a 32% improvement in stopping distance. I put this down to better tuning and calibration of the braking pads. The brake cables have been expertly tucked away, too, continuing the clean aesthetic.
Its build quality also stands up to its newfound level of performance. The frame is made from an aluminum-magnesium alloy, the deck is now slightly tapered, and the entire blueprint of its design now features sleek, sweeping lines that eschew the clunky style of its predecessor. All of this lends itself to the Max being even more of a delight to ride, while also improving its handling.
The wide handlebars and tall stem make it a breeze to get comfortable and maneuver around obstacles, too. Even better, the magic of this scooter can be controlled via the thumb throttle alone. With built-in buttons, you can control your lights and change riding modes with just a couple of clicks.
Ensuring that your kept up-to-date with the status of your scooter – including speed, distance traveled, and battery power – is the central stem-mounted display. It looks almost identical to the one on the X7 Pro, but the closer you look, you notice that the interface has been refreshed. The digits are now larger and easier to read at a glance.
Although the Max doesn’t come with any traditional suspension, as long as you stay on well-maintained flat surfaces, the ride quality is excellent. This is largely down to the high-quality air-filled tires. They each have a diameter of 10 inches and feature thick sidewalls to reduce the risk of pinch flats. Air-filled tires put a large cushion of air between you and the road, and this acts as a shock absorber to reduce the impact of bumps and vibrations.
For teenagers seeking independence, the Turboant X7 Max is as close to perfect as it gets. It weighs just 34 lbs, supports riders up to 275 lbs, and gives you the option to extend its range indefinitely via removable batteries. With everything the new X7 Max brings to the table, we strongly believe that it will surpass its predecessor to become the most popular entry-level electric scooter.
GoTrax GMAX Ultra
The flagship of the GoTrax budget scooter line, the GMAX Ultra, is a well-made, stylish scooter with a high-quality LG battery.
It features intuitive controls, 10-inch pneumatic tires, and built-in digital and cable locks for extra security.
The simplicity of the Ultra, combined with its reliable design and well-rounded performance profile – including its 20 mph top speed and 45-mile maximum range – make it a perfect choice for teens wanting their first electric scooter.
Why We Recommend It:
With the GMAX Ultra, GoTrax has found a way to pile on extra features while keeping the price relatively affordable.
Its sleek appearance, large tires, and LG battery are things more commonly found on more expensive models. The battery, in particular, makes it stand out from the competition. This is because name-brand batteries remain at their optimum performance level for hundreds more charge cycles than the generic Chinese batteries found on most other scooters. As a result, you’ll be able to enjoy your scooter while others will be shelling out for new batteries or wondering why their scooter no longer performs as it once did.
One of the main attractions of the GMAX Ultra is its build quality and frame design. It’s made from aluminum alloy, is exceptionally well-balanced, and solid underfoot. Unlike some other scooters that I’ve tested, the Ultra copes extremely well with the wear and tear of everyday use. As soon as you step on it, you know you’re in safe hands. The deck-mounted battery keeps the center of gravity low, while the steering column and large tires provide stability and maneuverability – even at top speeds.
The lack of suspension means that the Ultra is best suited to flat roads and well-maintained environments, but its set of 10-inch air-filled tires ensures a comfortable ride. During our tests, we were delighted by how effective the tires were at smoothing out vibrations, while also being impressed with how the profile of the tires maintained traction at all times.
One area where the GMAX does fall short of its competitors, though, is in its acceleration. Sure, it goes toe-to-toe with the Turboant X7 Max and M10 where top speed is concerned, but weighing a considerable 46 lbs, its 350W motor will only get you to 15 mph in 8.0 seconds. While this isn’t going to break any records, it’s fast enough for busy urban environments – especially when you’re constantly navigating around other road users.
Similarly, it can only handle gentle inclines with it slowing considerably on anything beyond its capabilities. It does, however, blow all other models out of the water where mileage is concerned. Compared to the Turboant X7 Max – arguably its most fierce competitor – it can keep the wheels rolling for an additional 13 miles, equating to 41% more range.
The straightforward brilliance of the GMAX Ultra’s design also comes in the form of its many extra features. The large hexagonally-shaped screen displays all your key riding data, a built-in cable and digital lock enhance security, and an IPX4 water-resistance rating protects the scooter from light rain.
Combined with the ergonomic thumb throttle, easy-to-reach button console, and brake lever, controlling every aspect of the GMAX Ultra is effortless. Plus, if you hold the throttle down for 10 seconds while maintaining a constant speed, it will automatically engage cruise control.
As for the brakes, the single lever simultaneously engages the front electronic brake and rear disc brake. With maximum pressure applied, the brakes bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 5.3 meters.
Considering the many features on offer, the large premium battery, and the tough frame, the GoTrax GMAX Ultra is the juggernaut of the scooter world. It keeps on delivering reliable performance no matter what you put it through, making it an ideal choice for any teenager.
- 13-14 Years – GoTrax Vibe ($249.99)
- 15-16 Years – GoTrax GXL V2 ($299.99)
- 17-18 Years – Turboant M10 ($449.98)
- 13-14 Years – Hiboy S2 Lite (180 lbs)
- 15-16 Years – GoTrax GXL V2 (220 lbs)
- 17-18 Years – Turboant X7 Max (275 lbs)
- 13-14 Years – Hiboy S2 Lite (13 mph)
- 15-16 Years – AnyHill UM-1 (16 mph)
- 17-18 Years – Turboant X7 Max (20 mph)
- 13-14 Years – Hiboy NEX (12 miles)
- 15-16 Years – GoTrax XR Elite (18.6 miles)
- 17-18 Years – GoTrax GMAX Ultra (45 miles)
- 13-14 Years – None
- 15-16 Years – None
- 17-18 Years – None
- 13-14 Years – Hiboy S2 Lite (6.5 inches)
- 15-16 Years – GoTrax GXL V2 (8.5 inches)
- 17-18 Years – Turboant M10 (10 inches)
- 13-14 Years – Hiboy S2 Lite (IP54)
- 15-16 Years – GoTrax GXL V2 (IP54)
- 17-18 Years – Turboant M10 (IP54)
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