The Best Electric Riding Scooters for Dads

Yes, it's that easy to upgrade your commute.

by Donna Freydkin
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The best electric riding scooter, against a green backdrop

A serviceable adult scooter is a great and convenient way to get from point A to point B. But if getting sweaty with a kick scooter isn’t your thing, the right electric riding scooter is a solid investment. It makes commuting, well, fun. And when you haul it up and down the stairs, you might even get something resembling a workout. Just be aware that, in the case of adult scooters, going cheap doesn’t ultimately pay off. Budget electric scooters in the $200 range aren’t built for the long haul: They’re fine for a quick trip to the store or zipping over to the local park, but they generally come equipped with weaker motors, smaller batteries, and lower weight limits. If you plan on using an electric riding scooter on the regular, you do want to invest in a solid commuter scooter that won’t conk out on you.

When choosing an electric scooter, look at its range (that is, how many miles it can go per charge). Make sure it has a higher weight limit, since adults will be using it. And speaking of weight, the more tricked-out the scooter (with bigger motors and batteries), the heavier it is — so make sure you’re fine with toting it around.

As for speed: Don’t go overboard because accidents do happen. Most scooters reach 15 miles per hour, which is plenty fast, but some go higher. If you do opt for a more powerful scooter, make sure you can handle it before venturing out into densely populated areas, because you’ll be riding alongside cars. Also, because batteries sometimes die, every scooter on this list can be ridden as a regular non-electric scooter — though riding them manually is tiring and takes extra effort because they’re much heavier than kick scooters.

It goes without saying that you should always wear helmet. And even if your teenager begs, pleads, and whines, do not let him or her use the scooter until they turn 16. It’s what any medical expert will tell you, because younger kids and electric scooters don’t mix.

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