We spent 4 months testing and selecting the top-performing electric scooters for college students from our database of 140+ models.
After going to college ourselves, we understand that you need to make your money stretch as far as possible, so we made sure to include 4 models for all budgets ranging from $350 to $650.
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GoTrax GXL V2
The GoTrax GXL V2 is an ideal electric scooter for college thanks to its lightweight frame, portability credentials, and a campus-ready top speed of 15.5 mph.
With a maximum range of 12 miles, it can handle daily riding between classes while still being small and compact enough to store under your desk.
Considering all it has to offer, this affordable scooter is extremely good value for money.
Why We Recommend It:
Light, affordable, and perfect for short commutes? The GoTrax GXL V2 fits the bill perfectly, allowing students to get to class with minimal effort. Even better, it features a long list of desirable features that are remarkable to see on a scooter that only costs $349.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the GXL V2, let's talk about something that comes at a premium for most students: space. Whether you're still living at home or have moved into a college dorm, you probably don't have much storage space, so picking a light and compact scooter is a top priority. Weighing just 26.4 lbs, the GXL V2 doesn't disappoint. It features a simple folding system, and although it doesn't have folding handlebars, its folded dimension of 43.3 (L) x 17.1 (W) x 14.6 (H) inches means it's small enough to stash out of sight or hide under a classroom desk.
This isn't the only advantage. If you're like me, you've probably found yourself rushing to make that 9 am bell at one time or another, but this will be a thing of the past with the GXL V2. With a top speed of 15.5 mph, you'll be able to get to your lectures with plenty of time to spare.
This kind of speed is perfect for inner-city riding and is well-suited to navigating congested paths and bike lanes. The rate of acceleration is fairly moderate, and the power of its compact 250W motor allows you to traverse gentle sloping hills. This might not seem like much, and there are scooters out there that can manage far more challenging inclines, but for the majority of cityscapes and college campuses, it should be more than enough.
The GXL V2 isn't known for its breakneck speed, but a good set of brakes are still a must, especially if you're going to be riding around a busy campus where you might need to stop abruptly for other scooterists, cyclists, or students. The rear disc and the front regenerative brakes do the job. Together, they produce a level of braking power that you can rely on. From 15 mph, the brakes will bring you to a complete stop in 5.0 meters.
This is also a great scooter for students who don't have far to go. Its maximum range of 12 miles (7-9 under realistic conditions) means that destinations in the local area will become no more than a stone's throw away – perfect when you're in a rush. Plus, it’s ideal for when you need to get to the opposite side of campus between classes. And, with a relatively short recharge time of 4 hours, you'll be able to make sure you're never caught out with no power.
If 12 miles doesn't seem like enough, I recommend checking out the Turboant X7 Pro. This scooter sports a larger battery and a longer maximum range (30 miles) than the GXL V2. The X7 Pro also has the advantage of being equipped with a detachable battery pack meaning you can swap a spent battery out for a fresh one on the go.
Although the GXL V2 isn't meant to be ridden over long distances, it still has everything you need for a smooth and comfortable ride. It might not have any suspension, but it does feature 8.5-inch pneumatic tires that deliver a decent amount of shock absorption on smooth sidewalks and roads. It's pretty rare to see a scooter at this price with air-filled tires, and this demonstrates the care and attention that's gone into its design. This is one of the stand-out features and a clear demonstration of its value for money.
This is reinforced by solid construction. Don't let the budget price tag fool you – there's nothing lackluster about this scooter's durability. It's sturdy and reliable, so it delivers a balanced ride for users up to 220 lbs. It even comes with a water resistance rating of IP54, so you can ride it in light rain without having to worry about damage.
If your classes run into the late hours of the afternoon when the sun sets and night begins to roll in, the GXL will keep you visible to others from the front but not from the back. It features a fairly bright LED headlight, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a taillight. However, this can be fixed with the purchase of additional lighting to boost your visibility.
When it comes to the user-friendliness of riding the GXL V2, it gives you full control over your riding stats thanks to the digital display, which is seamlessly integrated into the top of the stem. From here, you can keep an eye on your speed and battery life, as well as change riding mode. It even has a cruise control function – you might not find yourself using this too much when you're on campus, but it'll come in handy if you decide to take the GXL out for a spin on the weekends. Activating cruise control is super simple – just maintain a constant speed for 10 seconds and it’ll kick into action.
This is one of the best-selling budget electric scooters and for good reason. It comes with several features beyond its price tag, including pneumatic tires and dual brakes, whilst still maintaining affordability.
With a top speed of 20 mph and a maximum range of 18 miles, the Turboant M10 is perfect for getting you across campus in a hurry. The 10-inch air-filled tires and 350W rear hub motor deliver comfort and enough power to navigate busy student areas with ease.
For less than $450, you get excellent ride quality and a lightweight, compact frame.
Why We Recommend It:
Getting to or across a college campus is unlike any other commute; you can quickly go from urban roads to busy cycle paths and then to crowded campus areas. The Turboant M10 handles this by combining maneuverability with an impressive burst of speed that lets you react quickly to each new environment.
Typically, electric scooters with 350W motors manage to hit 15 mph from a standstill in around 7.0 seconds. The M10, on the other hand, achieves this feat in just 5.4 seconds.
Similarly, the easy-to-operate quick-folding mechanism takes just 5 seconds to collapse the frame and carry it with you into your dorm or lecture hall. Measuring 42.1 (L) × 17.7 (W) × 15.5 (H) inches when folded and weighing 29.8 lbs, it's portable and can easily be stored away under a desk.
Not only is the Turboant M10 an incredibly practical scooter with its 18-mile range, 5-hour charging time, and a top speed of 20 mph, but it's also lots of fun. Its ergonomic design, impressively quick acceleration, and large shock-absorbing pneumatic tires mean it's great to look at and exciting to ride. No other scooter at this price provides this combination of specs and features.
The placement of the 36V 7.5Ah battery also aids the M10’s riding experience. The battery is stored under the deck to keep the center of gravity low and give you extra stability as you glide around corners. Plus, the deck is 6 inches wide and has enough space to find a comfortable stance, and the frame is made from an aluminum alloy that ensures a reliable build that can withstand daily wear and tear.
When riding your scooter on a busy campus, you need to know that you can respond quickly to obstacles. The Turboant M10 achieves this with a rear disc and an electronic brake. Currently, the electronic brake kicks into action as soon as the brake lever for the rear disc has been pulled. Together they can bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 4.9 meters. This braking performance aligns with the average in its class.
For future models, we would like to see Turboant spread the braking power across both wheels to deliver a shorter stopping distance. Nevertheless, finding electric scooters that apply braking power to both wheels is a rarity in the M10’s price class. As for the brake lever, its design integrates into the cockpit of the handlebars, but if you are tall (i.e. over 6 ft), then the positioning of it can feel awkward.
Finishing off the cockpit is the elongated display which has been shaped to fit along the handlebars. It shows key information, including your speed and battery level, and features two buttons on either side of it. Pressing the buttons, allows you to turn the scooter on or off, change riding mode, and turn the lights on.
In conclusion, the Turboant M10 is an affordable, practical, and fun solution for college life, particularly if you're on a budget but still want a scooter with a little zip.
Turboant X7 Pro
The Turboant X7 Pro offers exceptional value for money.
If you like the sound of a 30-mile long-range, the choice of swapping a spent battery out for a freshly-charged one on the go, and a top speed of 20 mph, then look no further. The Turboant X7 Pro also ticks the portability box and can easily be folded and stored out of sight.
At less than $550 and packed full of features, it fast became one of the most popular electric scooters and is the perfect companion for a college student.
Why We Recommend It:
If your college is spread out, or your dorm is located on the outskirts of campus, you're going to need a scooter with more power than the others on this list. If this sounds like you, the Turboant X7 Pro could be exactly what you're looking for.
The standout feature of this scooter is that it can keep going for up to 30 miles on a single charge (16 miles if you ride in the fastest setting). This is over double what the GoTrax GXL V2 offers and is perfect if you're a busy student who needs to travel a fair distance between classes. Even better, this scooter's battery is located on the stem and is removable. This will come in handy if your dorm is on the top floor and you don't want to lug your scooter up all the stairs. Simply remove the battery and take it with you, leaving the frame of your X7 Pro locked up somewhere secure.
Of course, there are a fair few advantages to this in addition to the flexibility that it offers, but the biggest one is that the removable battery extends your range infinitely. By purchasing a second battery, you'll always have a spare to switch in when your first one runs dry, doubling your mileage and reducing the chances of finding yourself without power. The added range also means that the X7 Pro is a great option for weekend rides too, getting you around the city without the use of public transport.
The 10Ah battery is also responsible for powering the 350W motor that allows you to reach a top speed of 20 mph. This is a bit faster than the GoTrax GXL V2; however, it's not too fast that you won't be able to ride it safely across campus. As with the Turboant M10, this speed boost is particularly handy if your college has buildings located across the city. You'll be able to comfortably venture outside of those leafy college pathways and take on the more hectic arteries of the city while monitoring your riding stats on the handlebar display.
However, it is worth noting that under our certified tests, the Turboant X7 Pro has a slower acceleration rate than its cheaper sibling, the M10 (7.3 vs 5.4 seconds to 15 mph). While both models share the same 350W motor, the M10 manages to outperform the X7 Pro because its motor is located in the rear wheel rather than in the front.
Nevertheless, a top speed of 20 mph needs a strong set of brakes, which is why the X7 Pro is equipped with a triple braking system. It comes with a mechanical disc, electronic, and foot brake, which, when used together, deliver a stopping distance of 5.0 meters from 15 mph. This is standard for its price and gives you control at all times.
Given that this scooter has a bigger frame than the models that came before it on this list, it won't come as a surprise that it's heavier than both the GoTrax GXL V2 and the Turboant M10, weighing 33 lbs. However, in the world of scooters, this is still considered to be light. Most riders will be able to carry it easily, although those with smaller hands might find gripping the stem a little tricky due to the battery placement which makes it significantly thicker.
Despite this, it's easy to store once you reach your destination. Although it doesn't feature folding handlebars, the 3-step folding mechanism reduces its dimensions down to 42.6 (L) x 16.5 (W) x 18.1 (H) inches. This means that it's compact enough to tuck away out of sight, either in your classroom or dorm.
Considering its light and compact, the X7 Pro manages to maintain a solid construction. The thick, sturdy stem reduces any chances of wobbling when riding at top speeds, and the overall frame can carry a surprisingly large load of up 275 lbs. As a result of its impressive load-bearing capacity, the X7 Pro is a fantastic option for bigger riders. It also features an IPX4 water-resistance rating, which means you can ride it in light rain without suffering any damage.
Alongside the reliable build of its frame, two large 10-inch pneumatic tires make up for the lack of suspension and deliver good shock absorption on city roads. Their big size means that you're able to roll over the majority of obstacles without feeling the full force of their impact. They also give the scooter good clearance, elevating the deck off the ground and allowing you to perform bunny hops or curb jumps. However, keep an eye out for anything sharp – flats are a risk with air-filled tires.
Given that this scooter comes with an impressive range, respectable top speed, large plush tires, and a stack of extra features that you typically find on more expensive models, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it would set you back a fair penny. However, at $549.98, this is the best value scooter in its price class and sits well within a student budget.
The GoTrax G4 earns its college scooter credentials with its 20 mph top speed, 25-mile range, and a built-in cable and digital lock.
Not only is it quick, but you also get an extra level of security if you prefer to leave your scooter outside of class.
GoTrax are known for their well-built budget scooters, and this one packs a wealth of features into an affordable price tag.
Why We Recommend It:
At $649, the GoTrax G4 is slightly more expensive than the other scooters on this list but with a range of additional features to make your journey to college easier, it offers great value. For example, the 10-inch air-filled tires come with a layer of puncture-resistant tire slime. This sticky substance flows into and seals any punctures up to 6 mm deep.
In ideal conditions, the 36V 10.4Ah battery will let you ride for up to 25 miles on a single 4-5 hour charge. Even though you'll get less than that in realistic circumstances (16 miles), you’ll still have more than enough to get you to college, ride from class to class, and then head home at the end of the day. However, the short charge time means that you can double your daily distance if you can find somewhere to plug it in while focusing on your coursework.
The G4 features the GoTrax classic matte black finish and smooth lines that make it look more similar to premium scooters than those with a budget price tag. In addition, the frame is robust and made from an aluminum alloy. While aluminum is used to keep electric scooters light, the addition of extra features like the cable lock adds weight and results in the G4’s 37 lbs bulk. While this is heavier than the rest of the scooters on this list, it's still light enough to be carried and falls well within the 46 lb limit that I recommend for commuter scooters.
Unlike the Turboant X7 Pro, the thin stem makes the G4 easy to lift and carry. Plus, when folded, the back of the handlebars loop into a hook on the rear fender to keep the frame locked into place.
As with all budget electric scooters, suspension systems are out of the question, so the inclusion of pneumatic tires is crucial to riding comfort. They're big enough to take you over most of the stones and bumps you’ll ride over across campus, and the air inside will cushion you from feeling any of the impact.
When it comes to acceleration, the 350W motor will get you to 15 mph in 6.3 seconds, and 20 mph in 12.0. This is faster than the GoTrax GXL V2 and Turboant X7 Pro, however, it doesn’t match up to the cheaper Turboant M10.
Another feature that makes this scooter well-suited for student life is the dual braking system. It features an electronic brake at the front and a disc brake at the rear. The electronic brake has been wired into the mechanical brake lever and so whenever you pull on the brakes, both braking systems are activated simultaneously. Together they produce enough stopping power to align the G4’s braking performance to the rest of the scooters in its price class.
While the rest of the models on this list have displays that seamlessly integrate into the top of the stem and sit flush with the handlebars, the G4’s display takes a different design direction. It's larger and protrudes from the center of the handlebars at a slightly downward angle, making it easier to take in crucial information at a glance while on the go. Disappointingly, though, while testing, we found that the battery readout was inaccurate – you can find out more about this in our full review.
Two features that are rare to find but that make the scooter particularly useful for college students are the combination of the digital and cable lock. The digital lock is controlled from the handlebar controls and renders the scooter immobile by applying the electronic brake. The cable lock, on the other hand, is built into the bottom of the stem and means that you don't need to carry an extra lock with you. This is super convenient if your dorm is on the top floor or if you have a professor who doesn't like you bringing your scooter into class.
Overall, the GoTrax G4 delivers on every front, from speed and portability to security, comfort, and build quality. It's a capable scooter that will get you from A to B and ensure that you’ll have fun while doing it.
Our Top Picks by Speed
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Turboant M10||$450||20 MPH|
|GoTrax G4||$649||20 MPH|
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||20 MPH|
|GoTrax GXL V2||$349||15.5 MPH|
Our Top Picks by Acceleration to 15 MPH
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Scooter||Price||0-15 MPH (Seconds)|
|Turboant M10||$450||5.4 s|
|GoTrax G4||$649||6.3 s|
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||7.3 s|
|GoTrax GXL V2||$349||10.0 s|
Our Top Picks by Maximum Range (Riding at Slowest Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||30 Miles|
|GoTrax G4||$649||25 Miles|
|Turboant M10||$450||18 Miles|
|GoTrax GXL V2||$349||12 Miles|
Our Top Picks by Realistic Range (Riding at Top Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||16 Miles|
|GoTrax G4||$649||16 Miles|
|Turboant M10||$450||11 Miles|
|GoTrax GXL V2||$349||9 Miles|
Our Top Picks by Braking Performance
Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance.
|Scooter||Price||Braking From 15 MPH|
|Turboant M10||$450||4.9 meters|
|Turboant X7 Pro||$550||5.0 meters|
|GoTrax GXL V2||$349||5.0 meters|
|GoTrax G4||$649||6.0 meters|
Turboant X7 Pro – Supports riders up to 275 lbs.
Turboant M10 – 20 mph.
Turboant X7 Pro – 30 miles max (16 miles realistic).
Turboant M10 – 10 inches.
Turboant M10 – 29.8 lbs and simple folding mechanism.
Turboant M10 – IP54 water-resistance rating.
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