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The Best Budget Scooter

by Nathan Schaumann

What’s the best E-Scooter if you’re on a budget? We’ll dive into our 5 favorites, plus a couple of honorable mentions. Key things we’re looking at here are price (obviously), speed, range and important features such as suspension and water-resistance.

Scooter
Inmotion Climber
NIU KQi3 Pro
Anyhill UM-2
VSETT 8
Emove Touring
Price
Speed
24 mph
19 mph
18 mph
25 mph
21.5 mph
Range (riding slow)
34 miles
31 miles
28 miles
37 miles
31 miles
Range (riding fast)
18 miles
20 miles
16 miles
25 miles
20 miles
Weight
46 lbs
45 lbs
45 lbs
46 lbs
40 lbs
Max Rider Load
285 lbs
265 lbs
300 lbs
265 lbs
308 lbs
Motor
900 W
350 W
450 W
600 W
500 W
Water Resistance
IP56
IP54
IP54
IP54
IP54
Tires
10 inch
9.5 inch
10 inch
8.5 inch
8 inch
Suspension
None
None
None
Spring (front + rear)
Spring (front + rear)
Brakes
Disc (rear), Regen (front + rear)
Disc (front + rear), Regen (rear)
Drum + Regen (front)
Drum (front + rear)
Drum + Regen (rear)
Battery
48V 11.1Ah (533 Wh)
40V 10.1Ah (486 Wh)
36V 10Ah (360 Wh)
48V 15.6Ah (750 Wh)
48V 13Ah (624 Wh)
Charging Time
9 hours
6 hours
5 hours
5.5 hours
4 hours
Removable battery
No
No
Yes
No
No

Inmotion Climber 

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The Inmotion Climber is by far the most powerful scooter on this list, and we’re guessing the only reason it doesn’t beat the VSETT 8 in top speed is an electronic limiter. This one is going to be the quickest to 15 mph, the fastest up a hill, and the most responsive when overtaking slow e-bikes 😀. The Inmotion Climber also boasts the best water-resistance rating, making this a solid choice for a high-performing scooter on a budget. While the price is higher than the other four scooters listed, we think the features and added power make up for it.

Watch our full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1AoBfN6WF8

NIU KQi3 Pro

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This is possibly the best-selling model on the list, and not without reason. It’s cheap (second cheapest on the list), has a solid brand reputation, and is the only scooter with a front disc brake, arguably the most important brake on a scooter. Despite the somewhat under-powered 350W motor, we still think the KQi3 Pro is a solid scooter in the budget category.

Watch our full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8C45RV1tGs 

Anyhill UM-2

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This is the only scooter on the list with a removable battery, which somewhat addresses the low-range issue. This is also the cheapest scooter on the list, and even if you buy an extra battery (on sale for $269 here) the total price is still right in the middle of our list of five scooters. This scooter also has 10-inch tires (potholes beware) and we’re confident it deserves a spot as a solid pick in the budget scooter category.

Watch our full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o05g4yRnuJE

VSETT 8

VSETT 8 Electric Scooter

If you want bang for buck, this scooter is the answer. The VSETT 8 boasts both the fastest (25mph) and longest range (25 miles riding fast) of any scooter on the list, and it’s right in the middle in terms of price. A solid option for someone with longer range needs, who enjoys a bit of speed thrill as well. The suspension is a welcome addition, something missing from the previous three scooters discussed. 

See our full review here: https://freshlycharged.com/vsett-8-and-vsett-8-electric-scooter-review/

Emove Touring

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Although we’re not a fan of the tiny 8-inch tires, this scooter is pretty impressive, given that it is both the lightest (40 lbs) and has the highest rider load (308 lbs), suggesting that it is very solidly built. The dual spring suspension will ensure a comfortable ride for even very heavy riders. The charging time is also only 4 hours, the lowest on our list.

See our full review here: https://freshlycharged.com/emove-touring-electric-scooter-review/ 

The Winner(s)

It’s a tie between the VSETT 8, and the Anyhill Um-2. The VSETT wins because of its suspension, high speed per dollar and range per dollar, and the Anyhill wins because of the removable battery, which is a feature we wish was shared by many more electric scooters.

Honorable mention: Ridefaboard J01 Pro

While not an established company in the E-scooter world, the Ridefaboard produces a very impressive budget scooter, especially when compared to the five on this list. For $509, you get a scooter that exceeds the top speed of the VSETT 8 (28 mph), and equals it in range (25 miles riding fast). While it is on the heavier side (61 lbs) and lacks a water-resistance rating, it’s definitely worth considering for those on a budget.

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