A LOOK AT THE BEST ADULT E-SCOOTERS AVAILABLE IN THE UK
Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder
As the best electric scooters are designed for adults, the question is essentially "What are best e-scooters in the UK?". It is a question open to interpretation, but Xiaomi and Segway are the two brands that dominate the UK adult e-scooter market even though each basically sells just one e-scooter model: the Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter and the Ninebot-Segway ES2 Kickscooter, respectively. There is a reason for this domination, and it is the same reason why the American scooter-sharing companies Lime and Bird have used the Xiaomi M365 and Segway ES2 across the globe. Simply put, these two e-scooters deliver great specs at a great price. Each also has a slightly tweaked and improved version: the M365 Pro and the ES4 respectively (although the ES4 is just the ES2 with an extra battery). Although less aesthetically pleasing (in my view), the Inmotion LF8 is perhaps the nearest rival to the Xiaomi and Segway scooters.
However, if mobility - and thus the weight of your scooter - is a top priority, then you may want to look into carbon fibre electric scooters. For instance, some of the Swagtron Swagger e-scooters are ultra light-weight. Unfortunately, these have not been terribly well reviewed (hence we do not stock them) despite good specs. The ultra light-weight ones tend to look more like a child's scooter too.
So which is THE best?
But which is the better e-scooter between the Xiaomi M365 (left) and the Ninebot-Segway ES2 (right) I hear you cry. They have the same weight, similar size, same top speed and little to choose between the range in reality (unless you need to ride over 15 miles at a time). So let's focus on the main differences. Firstly, the M365's battery is contained within its base, while the ES2's battery is in the stem of the handlebars (meaning a second battery can be attached to it, turning it into an ES4), and there are no external wires on the ES2.
The next most obvious difference (if you are riding) is that the Segway-Ninebot ES2 (Ninebot owns Segway) has a speedometer as well as a battery indicator on the display (below, right) whereas the Xiaomi M365 only has a battery indicator (the four LED lights). However, there is a speedometer within the Xiaomi Mi phone app, meaning you could attach your phone to the handlebar and get your current speed from that. Also, it is possible to change the M365 display and put one on with a speedometer (designed for the M365 Pro).
After that, come the tyres. The Xiaomi M365 has inflatable 8.5 inch tyres. They believe this gives a smoother ride and, on the surface, that makes sense. However, the Segway ES2 counteracts this by having shock absorbers at the front and back (and slightly smaller solid tyres). So which makes for a smoother ride? It's really hard to choose and people make claims either way. Of course, the one down-side of inflatable tyres is that they can get punctures, which is why a spare set of tyres is provided with a Xiaomi M365.
So one might ask why the Segway is more expensive than the Xiaomi when everything is much of a muchness. It's a fair question. Ninebot/Segway would doubtless point to the greater power output and shorter charging time, speedometer, atmospheric light, plus the fact that you can add a second battery; but there is perhaps also a slight premium when it comes to the Segway brand name.
So, really, it is likely to come down to subjectivity as to which of these two scooters is the best. Personally, I enjoy riding both. I admit I like to know my speed when I ride a ES2 but I quickly forget about this (and actually don't usually even bother to connect my phone) when riding my M365. Below is a table comparing the specs of the Xiaomi Mi M365 with the Ninebot-Segway ES2.
FULL SPEC COMPARISON TABLE BETWEEN XIAOMI M635 & SEGWAY ES2
|Xiaomi M365||Ninebot-Segway ES2|
|Size - Unfolded||108 x 43 x 114 cm||102 x 43 x 113 cm|
|Size - Folded||108 x 43 x 49 cm||113 x 43 x 40 cm|
|Weight||12.5 kg||12.5 kg|
|Output||250 watts (500W max)||300 watts (700W max)|
|Range||30 km (18 miles)||25 km (16 miles) |
45 km with extra battery
|Shock Absorbers||No||Front & Back|
|Front Brake||E-ABS (Regenerative) Disk||Electric (Regenerative)|
|Braking Distance (20 km/h)||3-4 metres||3-4 metres|
|Max Climbing Angle||14° (degrees)||
|Waterproof||IP 54: splash resistant||IP 54: splash resistant|
|Ambient Light||No||Yes (via app)|