- Segway Ninebot ES4
- Apollo City
- Levy Plus
E-Scooters are a great modern update to the classic kick scooter. This cool tech brings extra convenience to a platform that was already nicely portable. This combination makes E-scooters an excellent choice for short- to medium-distance travel in urban-esc environments. If you need to travel to a store to pick up some groceries, an E-scooter can save you travel time and the effort of walking with shopping bags, while also still getting you outside in the fresh air. If you need to commute to work, E-scooters are small and light enough to be relatively easily taken on the train. Many E-Scooters also feature a removable battery, so you don’t even need to take the whole thing upstairs or inside to charge it, you can just remove the battery for charging.
As is often the case, you can find cheap options and expensive ones, but you’ll often find the best bang for your buck in the mid-range. To help you find the best one for you, we’ve drawn up a list of the best mid-market E-scooters in 2022.
- 500W motor
- Front regenerative braking
- Maximum Range: 20 miles
- Top Speed: 22mph
- Max Weight: 250lbs
The Uscooters Booster Sport is a particularly lightweight E-scooter, coming in at just 24lbs. it features a 500W motor good for a top speed of 22mph and a range of up to 20 miles. The front brake system uses magnets as part of a regenerative braking system. The front suspension helps to keep the ride smooth, along with the airless, puncture-resistant tires.
The colour LCD gives you detailed information and a battery percentage readout so you know exactly how much power you have left. The range of the Booster Sport is a little short, especially when you consider that the 20-mile rating is in optimum conditions. There are some more expensive versions that offer a higher top-speed and increased range for a slight increase in range. The battery is, unfortunately, not removable, so you’ll need to bring the whole E-scooter to a wall socket to charge it. The rear foot brake may appeal to some but is less convenient to use and less effective than a pneumatic brake.
- Front and rear suspension
- Wide handlebars
- Maximum Range: 28 miles
- Top Speed: 25mph
- Max Weight: 265lbs
The Apollo City weighs in at 39lbs but uses this extra weight to pack in a more powerful motor and larger battery. It can reach a top speed of 25mp and has a range of 28 miles. It also features front and rear suspension for a smooth ride. One of the particularly appreciated features is the configurability it offers. It is possible to adjust the strength of the brakes and acceleration to your user preference.
The 2-year warranty is pretty strong, though it does include some caveats. Manufacturing defects are only covered for the first year, while you also get an extra year of repairs at cost. The 8 hours of charge time is pretty long, it would be nice to have a faster option, though it will probably be enough for most use cases. The IP54 rating means that the City has some water resistance, but is not really rated for even light rain or puddles, so it’s best to avoid the wet if possible.
- Dual suspension
- Dual batteries for extra range
- Maximum Range: 28 miles
- Top Speed: 19mph
- Max Weight: 220lbs
The Segway Ninebot ES4 is pretty lightweight and allows you to choose between three power modes. Eco mode gives you the best range at the cost of top speed, while Sport mode offers faster speeds for less distance, and the standard Dynamic mode fits somewhere in between. The dual suspension system provides a smooth ride, especially when combined with the airless, puncture-resistant tires.
The anti-lock brake system means you can be confident in getting the best braking efficiency while also retaining control, even when braking hard. It is important to note that there has been a reported issue with electronic brake failure, though this isn’t widespread. The seven-hour charge time is pretty long and unfortunately requires you to bring the whole E-scooter to a power socket. The mobile app allows you to configure the lighting as well as lock it and see riding statistics.
- Choice of pneumatic or solid tires
- Removable battery
- Maximum Range: 20 miles
- Top Speed: 18mph
- Max Weight: 230lbs
The Levy Plus shows impressive design nous with its swappable battery packs. The Plus offers doubly the battery of the standard Levy. While the battery mounting mechanism is slightly different, it’s still super easy to do. This allows you to remove the battery and charge it, while your Plus remains locked and out of the way, it also allows you to get an extra battery if you’re worried about range limitations.
The brakes are also impressive, with the motor offering regenerative braking at the front, and the rear having both a foot brake and a pneumatic disk brake. The IP54 rating means that the Plus has some water resistance, but is not really rated for even light rain or puddles, so it’s best to avoid the wet if possible. The 6-month warranty is ok, but it would be more confidence-inspiring to see a longer warranty.
That was our roundup of the best E-scooters in 2022. Have you recently bought a mid-market E-scooter? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.