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Best electric scooters in Australia

Here's your guide to the best electric scooters for commuters, kids, off-road use and more.

The best electric scooters in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on key specs and actual customer reviews from customers at retailers such as Scooter Hut, Electric Kicks, eBay, JB Hi-Fi and Amazon. For each category, we identified key parameters based on our research and selected the electric scooters with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Legal requirements

Please be aware that different regulations govern the use of electric scooters in each Australian state and territory. Before you buy, make sure you understand the laws where you live, including where e-scooters can and can't be used.

Unagi Model One E500

Best overall electric scooter

Unagi Model One E500
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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Shock absorbers are lightweight
  • Brakes aren’t immediate
  • Expensive

Most electric scooter buyers want a ride that's both practical and fun, and the Unagi Model One E500 fits that bill almost perfectly. Reviewers heaped praise on it for its extremely lightweight build, which is a very important part of any scooter that you might have to carry upstairs or lug across areas where you can't ride a scooter.

Its dual 250W motors deliver plenty of power. Although the model sold in Australia is specifically limited to 25km/h for safety reasons, some international retailers may sell models that can zip even faster. Be sure to check the rules and regulations where you live before you decide to go for a hoon in the Unagi Model One.

Speaking of safety, many reviewers noted that they liked its grippy rubber base – and you wouldn't really want to go tumbling off your scooter under any conditions. In terms of keeping others safe, the Unagi also won praise for the clear sound of its horn and simple paddle controls for acceleration and braking, alongside its trio of riding modes.

At most, you'll get a claimed 25km of riding range from the Unagi Model One, making it suitable for short-range commuters – or simple riding around for fun purposes. Recharge time is stated at up to 5 hours, which is moderate for that level of power.


Segway Ninebot Max G30

Best electric scooter for adults

Segway Ninebot Max G30
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Long riding range
  • Quick-charging battery
  • Tyres handle bumps and shocks well

Cons

  • A touch heavy
  • Expensive

Segway is of course one of the big names in the electric personal vehicle space and has been for years. The Segway Ninebot MAX G30 scored well with reviewers. It makes our pick as the best option for adults thanks to its simple foldaway design that makes it a good option for office workers, as well as its impressive 65km range.

It also won praise from reviewers and consumers alike for the speed with which you can charge its battery. You might think that a big range on an electric scooter means that you're going to be faced with a long wait time to charge, but it isn't the case for the Ninebot MAX G30's 551Wh battery.

The official Australian model is (predictably) speed limited to 25km/h, but it is possible to get the international model from some retailers that will increase that speed to 30km/h. Once again, though, it's up to you as an adult to check the local laws regarding legal speeds and where you can actually ride the Ninebot MAX G30 before you head outside for any riding fun.

One area that should suit most adults – even the stockier ones among us – is the Ninebot MAX G30's 10-inch pneumatic tyres, which aid in riding comfort and allow it to tackle reasonable gradients, claimed to be up to 20%.

How do Australians rate Segway's electric scooters?

87% of surveyed Australians recommend Segway
3.9
Value for money
4.2
Overall
4.5
Performance
4.2
Product range
4.3
Features and design
How Segway compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For electric scooters, Segway was ranked 6th for value for money, 2nd for performance, 2nd for product range and 2nd for features and design.

7 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Segway Zing C10

Best electric scooter for kids

Segway Zing C10
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Pros

  • Speed limited to keep youngsters safe
  • Max speed of 16km/h
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Won’t thrill older children due to low speed
  • Low range means limited usage before it needs recharging

Lots of kids might want an electric scooter, but that doesn't mean that every electric scooter is the right choice for kids to hop onto.

That's where a specially designed youngster's scooter makes a lot of sense. Enter the Segway Zing C10, a model designed for younger riders.

What does that mean in practical terms? It means it starts with a lightweight body, because while young people are often full of energy themselves, that doesn't always equate to having lots of lifting capability.

Children aren't always the best judges of speed and safety either, and that's where the speed limitations on the Zing C10 come into play. Absolute top speed is just 16km/h, but you can slice that down even lower with the optional safety mode limit at 10km/h, or the even slower cruise mode.

You also won't have to worry about your child heading too far from home, with a top range of around 10km. That is a double-edged sword of course, because it means that your kid can't actually go for that long on the Segway Zing C10.

The other big downside here that may come into play will come when your kid gets a little bigger. An electric scooter that only hits 16km/h at top whack might not seem as thrilling to them over the years. They just might pester you for something with a little more grunt.

How do Australians rate Segway's electric scooters?

87% of surveyed Australians recommend Segway
3.9
Value for money
4.2
Overall
4.5
Performance
4.2
Product range
4.3
Features and design
How Segway compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For electric scooters, Segway was ranked 6th for value for money, 2nd for performance, 2nd for product range and 2nd for features and design.

7 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


NIU KQi3 Pro

Best electric scooter for commuting

NIU KQi3 Pro
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Pros

  • Very comfortable ride across multiple surface types
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Kind of heavy
  • Pricey

When you're after an electric scooter to get you to or from work, study or wherever else you need to be, you want to ensure that the time you're spending on your ride isn't one where you're gritting your teeth dealing with the lack of suspension that plagues so many electric scooters.

That's where the NIU KQi3 Pro shines, with reviewers praising its chubby tyres for providing a smooth ride even over variable surfaces. They're actually not as big as many other e-scooter tyres, but they're substantially wider, which aids considerably in absorbing the bumps you may feel from a variety of road surfaces. All of this adds up to a more pleasant ride and the prospect that you'll arrive at the office considerably less frazzled than if you'd just spent your ride time being thumped around mercilessly.

The range is stated at 50km, which is quite good for a unit with the general bulk of the NIU KQi3 Pro. Like other scooters in Australia, you are limited to a top speed of 25km/h, and again it's worth checking the precise rules where you live before you buy.

The biggest issue with the NIU KQi3 that many reviewers picked up on was that it's a heavier unit than most traditional "commuter" e-scooters. That does mean there's a little more to lug when you arrive at your destination, but that's arguably a small price to pay for a much more comfortable ride.


Apollo City Electric Scooter

Best electric scooter with a seat

Apollo City Electric Scooter
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Pros

  • Highly adjustable
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Seat costs extra
  • Heavy

The Apollo City is in many respects quite a standard electric scooter, with a claimed range of 45km, IP56 water resistance and regenerative braking as standard.

What isn't standard is the scooter seat, and it is worth noting that if you do want it, it's sold as an add-on extra, typically adding around $150 to the asking price of the Apollo City.

However, spend that extra on the seat and you'll be getting a scooter that reviewers really rather liked thanks to its generally stable ride, enhanced with that cushioned seat that has its own spring suspension to further enhance ride comfort. It simply clips into place as and when needed, so you could opt to view it as a permanent addition or just use it when the mood caught you.

The Apollo City e-scooter is, like other electric scooters, limited to a top speed of 25km/h in Australia. That's parring for the course, but if your scooting needs also extend to having to carry it onto public transport or up lots of stairs, be warned that it's not the lightest electric scooter – and of course, that seat will add even more heft.


Xiaomi Mi M365

Best cheap electric scooter

Xiaomi Mi M365
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Pros

  • A good range for the price
  • Nicely built

Cons

  • Suspension is lacking
  • Display is very simple

The Xiaomi Mi M365 isn't the newest kid on the block regarding electric scooters, but its age means that it's an even more affordable electric scooter option now than when it was brand new. You can typically get a Xiaomi Mi M365 for less than half the price of many competing electric scooters in the Australian marketplace right now.

This might make you think about what Xiaomi has done to keep the price so low and whether that's a tradeoff that will satisfy you. For the most part, based on professional reviews, the answer is likely to be yes. Given its low price, you may think that it's going to be a sluggish unit that can barely make it to the end of the block. That's not so, with reviewers generally liking its 25km range for the price as well as the speed of its recharge. It's also surprisingly well-built for a unit that can be yours for typically around $500.

So where has Xiaomi found corners to cut to meet that price? It's in 2 areas highlighted by reviews. First, the display is very simple, with just LED lights to indicate battery status and ride mode. However, you can get more data on what the Xiaomi Mi M365 is doing via a paired phone if you're happy with that approach.

The other area is ride comfort, with many riders noting that its lack of decent suspension can make it a rattly ride over anything but quite smooth surfaces.

You can certainly get a more impressive electric scooter than the Xiaomi Mi M365 – but not for this price.

How do Australians rate Xiaomi's electric scooters?

88% of surveyed Australians recommend Xiaomi
4.1
Value for money
4.1
Overall
4.1
Performance
3.9
Product range
4
Features and design
How Xiaomi compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For electric scooters, Xiaomi was ranked 3rd for value for money, 6th for performance, 6th for product range and 5th for features and design.

7 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Kaabo Wolf King GT

Best electric scooter for adults

Kaabo Wolf King GT
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Great hill climb capabilities
  • Plenty of power for speed and range

Cons

  • Nobody could call it cheap
  • 52kg is a lot of electric scooter to carry

What if your electric scooter dreams encompass more than the dreary trudge into the office every day? That's where you need an electric scooter model with more than the average quantity of grunt and a frame that can take the shocks and bumps of off-road riding.

The Kaabo Wolf King GT ticks both of those boxes nicely, with a claimed range of up to 180km, meaning you really ought to be able to take it off the beaten tracks to an extreme degree. Reviewers noted that it wasn't just a question of slowly crawling along those tracks either, with a top speed of 80km/h – for private use only as you'd expect.

It's also an impressive performer when climbing hills, with a claimed climb angle of up to 50 degrees – or in other words, very sharp hills indeed for most practical purposes.

However, the price you pay for all of that is rather steep – both in the hit to your wallet and to your back. A scooter with this much battery power was never going to be light, so if you do also want to use it for everyday use and need to carry it, your back won't thank you. But your adrenaline glands just might when you throw it around the dirt tracks on weekends.


Kaabo Mantis 10 Elite

Best electric scooter for adults

Kaabo Mantis 10 Elite
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Pros

  • Maximum hill climb gradient of 57%
  • Up to 80km range

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Not the most portable option

If your budget can't stretch to the very steep asking price of the Kaabo Wolf King GT, the company's Mantis 10 Elite might be a more wallet-friendly option, especially if you want to do a lot of hill climbing.

With a claimed climb gradient of 57%, there aren't too many competing electric scooters that can get quite as vertical as the Mantis 10 Elite. Match that up with a claimed range of up to 80km and you can go seeking out those vertical inclines even if they're quite far off the beaten track.

It's also capable of some decent top speed at 60km/h, although that's only going to be legal on private property, not open roads in most cases.

While it's a less expensive option than the Wolf King GT, don't mistake that for "cheap" because this is still a pricey option. If you crave hill climbs on an electric scooter with any real exciting level of power, there's no getting past a high asking price, or indeed a heavier scooter unit. You won't want to have to carry the 30kg Mantis 10 Elite all that often. At least you're not likely to need to carry it uphill as it can handle that kind of challenge nicely itself.


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Methodology

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Brands considered
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Products compared
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Best products chosen
  • We considered electric scooters from over 30 brands.
  • We chose our top picks based on key product specs and reviews from real customers.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

Why you can trust our picks

We chose our list of the best electric scooters in Australia by comparing multiple reviews from credible online professional reviewers and then weighing those against consumer comments and reviews for those same devices. We then considered the use case, specifications, price and easy availability for models actually sold in Australia to come up with our definitive list.

In the "best cheap electric scooter" category, we considered models priced at less than $750.

We considered electric scooters from the following brands:

  • AKEZ
  • Anyhill
  • Apollo
  • Assassin USA
  • Bexly
  • Bolzzen
  • City Pro
  • Dragon
  • Drive Devilbiss
  • Dualtron
  • e-Glide
  • emove
  • Fiido
  • Glion
  • GoTrax
  • Hiboy
  • Hoverfly
  • Kaabo
  • Nami
  • Navee
  • Niu
  • Razor
  • Segway
  • Skywalker
  • Swagtron
  • Sxt
  • TurboAnt
  • Unagi
  • Vsett
  • Windek
  • Wolf
  • Xiaomi
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