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Best electric scooter 2022: The best e-scooters you can buy in the UK

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Our favourite tried and tested electric scooters you can buy in 2022

When it comes to choosing the best electric scooter for you, it's easy to think that they're all largely the same, but that's far from the truth. In terms of design, there are definitely similarities, but when you look at each model's specifications, you’ll notice significant variations in top speed, mileage, charge time, weight, maximum load and even features like water resistance and security.

Over the past 18 months, electric scooters have surged in popularity as people have looked for ways to avoid busy public transport during the pandemic. However, we must warn you that it is currently illegal to ride a privately owned electric scooter on UK roads, as explained in detail in our buying guide. 

Below our at-a-glance list of the best electric scooters you can buy right now, you'll find our more detailed reviews of all our top picks. After that, there's a detailed buyer's guide, which should help to answer any questions you might have before purchasing your new electric scooter.

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As an Easter treat, Pure Electric has slashed the price of some of its most popular electric scooters. That includes our favourite overall, the Pure Air, which is now £70 cheaper at £379. Just make sure you take advantage of the offers soon because they won't be around forever.
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Best electric scooters: At a glance


The best electric scooters to buy

1. Pure Air: The best electric scooter

Price: £449 | Buy now from Pure Electric


If there's one electric scooter that we can't recommend highly enough, it's the Pure Air. After launching last year, Pure Electric made some much-needed tweaks to the second generation of this e-scooter, including a bigger 500W motor that provides better acceleration and sharper climbing ability from the get-go. With its IP65 water resistance, the scooter is built for British conditions and unpredictable weather. It also has a maximum load capacity of 120kg, which is 20kg higher than most other e-scooters on this list.

In terms of features, this year's version has app compatibility that lets you lock the motor if you need to leave your scooter unattended for a few minutes. Even though it doesn't have cruise control, this scooter is a dream to ride, mainly because of its 10in pneumatic puncture-resistant tyres that guarantee a smooth journey, regardless of what surface you're riding on.

Read our full Pure Air review for more details

Key specs – Range: 18.6 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 17kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time: 5hrs 30mins; Motor power: 500W

Save a WHOPPING £70 on the Pure Air

As part of Pure Electric's excellent Easter sale, you can save a gigantic £70 on our favourite electric scooter overall, the Pure Air. That means it's currently £379, rather than the normal £449. Just get in there as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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2. Xiaomi Pro 2: The best-value electric scooter

Price: £499 | Buy now from Pure Electric


If there's one electric scooter brand name we trust it's Xiaomi. The company not only made one of the most popular e-scooters to date, the Xiaomi M365, but it has also continued to deliver spectacular results with the new generation of e-scooters - the 1S and our favourite model of the bunch - the Pro 2, which is essentially an upgrade of the discontinued Xiaomi M365 Pro. When it comes to build quality, price and features, you'll find that the Xiaomi Pro 2 is a hard electric scooter to beat.

It provides a great range of 28 miles per charge, meaning that you can go at least a few trips without charging the scooter, and its 14.2kg weight makes it much easier to carry than any of Pure Air's offerings. The 8.5in pneumatic tyres provide a firm grip on any surface and we love its cruise control feature, which lets you take your hand off the accelerator throttle from time to time. The only downside is that you cannot ride this e-scooter in wet weather and it only accommodates a maximum rider weight of 100kg, neither of which should be a problem for most people.

Read our full Xiaomi 1S review for more details

Key specs - Range: 28 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 14.2kg; Maximum rider weight: 100kg; Charge time: 8hrs 30mins; Motor power: 300W

Get a tasty £20 off the price of the Xiaomi Pro 2

This Easter, Pure Electric is offering huge discounts on some of the most popular e-scooters, including the Xiaomi Pro 2. Our favourite electric scooter for value is now £20 cheaper at £479 instead of the usual £499. That's a very decent deal.
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3. Pure Air Go: The best budget electric scooter

Price: £349 | Buy now from Pure Electric


Rarely will you find an electric scooter that costs around £350 that has features on par with models that cost twice as much. The Pure Air Go achieves just that. Coming from the same stable as the Pure Air and Pure Air Go, this new scooter that was launched for the first time this year has many of the same features you'll find in its sister models, including class-leading IP65 water resistance, the ability to accommodate a maximum weight of 120kg, and super-comfortable 10in puncture-resistant pneumatic tyres.

However, at this price, there needs to be some compromise and for the Pure Air Go this comes in the form of its motor wattage and battery. While its 350W doesn't feel lacking unless you've ridden a scooter with a larger 500W motor, the battery life can be an issue, especially if you ride it in its highest speed mode for a long time. That said, for this low price, you would always have to compromise on something and if you're only going to use it for short journeys and are happy to charge it regularly, then you'll find that it's well worth every penny.

Read our full Pure Air Go review for more details

Key specs – Range: 12.4 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 16kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time: 3hrs 30mins; Motor power: 350W

Buy now from Pure Electric


4. Carrera impel is-1: The best e-scooter for security features

Price: £399 | Buy now from Halfords


In many aspects, electric scooters are still in their infancy. One of the biggest drawbacks of this is that they don't have any secure locking mechanism or safety feature that comes as a standard yet. Putting their years of e-bike knowledge to good use, UK retailer Halfords has come up with an ingenious solution with its own-brand Carrera impel is-1 electric scooter. The scooter comes with a built-in alarm system and an integrated cable lock that lets you fasten it around something for added security and then lock it in place with a combination barrel.

Apart from this, we also like its control pad that sits within easy reach of your left hand and lets you shift through the different speed modes without stopping. On most other scooters, you're advised to set the speed mode before riding because the control pad usually sits in the centre of the handlebar beneath the scooter display. Another good feature is its IPX5 water resistance, which means it can withstand a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray. It should therefore cope easily with British wet weather. 

Read our full Carrera impel is-1 review for more details

Key specs – Range: 18.6 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 17kg; Maximum rider weight: 100kg; Charge time: 4hrs; Motor power: 350W

Save £20 on the Carrera impel is-1 at Halfords

Our favourite scooter for security is currently a lot cheaper at Halfords, with the company knocking a terrific £20 off the Carrera impel is-1's normal price. That means it's £379 rather than the normal £399. Just make sure you take advantage of the offer quickly because it won't last forever.
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5. Pure Air Pro LR: The scooter with the longest range

Price: £749 | Buy now from Pure Electric


Pure Electric's third entry in our list is its most recent release. LR stands for "long-range", so it's good to see that the scooter lives up to its name delivering an incredible 37 miles on a single charge. All this comes at a price though and at £749, the scooter is one of the most expensive on our list. But it's well worth it, especially if you're the type of person who doesn't like charging your e-scooter often, or worrying about your battery running out mid-ride.

The Pure Air Pro LR retains many of Pure Air's market-leading features, including IP65 water resistance, a maximum rider weight of 120kg and comfortable 10in pneumatic tyres that offer a comfortable ride on almost any hard surface. However, the scooter has two distinguishing factors that separate it from its cousins. The Pure Air Pro LR has a maximum motor wattage of 700W, meaning you get better acceleration and climbing ability than all other Pure Air offerings, and it has an upgraded design with a new, sleek skateboard-like deck that we're huge fans of.

Read our full Pure Air Pro LR review for more details

Key specs – Range: 37.2 miles; Top speed: 15.5mph; E-scooter weight: 17.5kg; Maximum rider weight: 120kg; Charge time: 9hrs 30mins; Motor power: 500W

Buy now from Pure Electric


6. Reid E4 Plus: The best scooter with solid rubber wheels

Price: £559 | Buy now from John Lewis


Most electric scooters these days come with solid rubber wheels. While these have obvious advantages like never having to worry about a puncture, we are apprehensive about wholeheartedly recommending them because they don't guarantee a comfortable ride compared to pneumatic tyres, like the ones on the Pure Air and Xiaomi range. Rubber wheels on the Ninebot Segway series, for example, have resulted in us feeling every bump when riding on even slightly uneven terrain.

The Reid E4 Plus is the first electric scooter with solid rubber wheels that we've found a true pleasure to ride, thanks to its brilliant 10in wheels with "in-cellular" tyres. These tyres have holes within the wheels that aim to absorb and negate any additional impact. We also loved its underdeck lights that pulsate different colours. Even though it's purely aesthetic, it's sure to catch the eye when you're riding at nighttime. The scooter also has one of the brightest headlights we've seen.

Read our full Reid E4 Plus review for more details

Key specs - Range: 17 miles; Top speed: 15mph; E-scooter weight: 14kg; Maximum rider weight: 100kg; Charge time: 5hrs; Motor power: 350W

Buy now from John Lewis


How to choose the best electric scooter for you

Choosing an electric scooter isn’t as easy as you might think, and there are also some legal questions to consider before buying one. The following section should help you decide on what sort of electric scooter you’re looking for and whether you feel fully comfortable buying one. We'll start off with the laws surrounding electric scooters in the UK, US and Europe.

Are rental e-scooters legal in the UK?

The UK Department for Transport has legalised the use of rental electric scooters in specific UK cities, with more cities being added to the list every month. You can ride rental e-scooters on roads, cycle lanes and tracks – provided you have a UK provisional or full driving licence – but not on pavements. Vehicles are limited to 15.5mph and helmets are recommended but not mandatory. The government will monitor the use of rental e-scooters and their impact on the UK public transport space before considering whether or not to legalise private electric scooters on UK roads.

Are privately owned e-scooters legal in the UK?

Private electric scooters are classified as "personal light electric vehicles" in the UK, which means that you're only legally allowed to use them on private land with the landowner's permission. If you're caught riding one on roads or pavements, you can be fined and receive six points on your driving licence. Recently, the UK Transport Committee of MPs came out in favour of them and said that electric scooters should be legalised on roads, but until an official ruling is made, they're still currently illegal to ride on both roads and pavements in the UK.

Are electric scooters legal in the US?

While private electric scooters are legal in most US states, rules tend to differ from state to state. While some states such as California have embraced them, making them a common sight on roads, other states have different legislations – including strict speed limits, helmets below a certain age or only street use – to ensure safety. Some states even require you to have a driving licence to ride an e-scooter.

Are electric scooters legal in Europe?

Just like with US states, different European countries have different e-scooter laws. While many European countries initially banned them, most countries have now softened their stance. They are now legal to ride in most European tourist hubs including France, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands, but each of these countries has different laws regarding the use of helmets, maximum speed limit and so on.

Is there anything else I should know?

How fast and far do you want to go, and how often?

The main differences between electric scooters relate to how fast they can go, how far they can go and how often you’ll need to charge them. If you’re planning to use one for your commute, it’s worth considering the total mileage you need to cover daily, and how quickly you’d like to be travelling on it. Also, consider whether your electric scooter will be able to complete your commute in both directions without needing a recharge, which will save you the hassle of carrying its charger around all day.

How much should you spend?

Most of the good adult electric scooters cost around £400, but if you want longer mileage between charges, then you're looking at something nearer to the £600 mark. Generally speaking, you’ll see longer-lasting batteries, higher speeds and better mileage the more you're willing to spend. But if you’re planning on using your scooter for only an hour or two each day, you may be better off choosing a good affordable or mid-range unit instead.

Do you need a helmet when riding an electric scooter?

Electric scooters are relatively easy to carry and control but it's important to be safe while riding them. The use of helmets isn't mandatory when riding a rental e-scooter in the UK, but we always recommend wearing one. Even though electric scooters are really easy to control, it's better to be safe than sorry. There's no reason not to purchase a helmet because you can get one for as little as £20 from most reputableable online retailers.

Precautions to take before riding your electric scooter for the first time

Electric scooters are relatively easy to operate, but if you haven't ridden one before, their speed and manoeuvrability can take some getting used to. Before riding your electric scooter in any crowded space, we recommend getting a hang of it for about an hour in a secluded area. Apart from checking all its features (including if any are hidden within an accompanying app), pay careful attention to how much pressure you need to apply to the throttle to accelerate, and to the brakes when you need to slow down or halt. While riding, it's a good habit to always keep one hand on the brake, so you don't lose control of your electric scooter.