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Electric scooters are a great way to cover short distances or to get from a Metro station to a bus stop. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

It's neither a bicycle nor a motorbike, but it's just as convenient, especially if you don’t own a car. E-scooters are efficient ways to zip around town without expending too much energy or money. For instance, on the way to work, you could hop on one after getting off the bus to catch the metro just in time. Not to mention, there are dedicated e-scooter lanes around Dubai for leisurely cruising. Before you hit the road, always remember to wear a helmet and a reflective vest when riding one.

Refer to our best electric scooter picks on Amazon to cover short distances, and subscribe to Amazon Prime to have your e-scooter delivered to you the next day!

1. Best Overall: Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3, Black

Pros

  • Great option for beginners
  • Conserves battery under 30 per cent
  • Weighs 13.2kgs only
  • Sturdy quality

Cons

  • Takes 5.5 hours for a full charge
  • Slow at 25km per hour

Xiaomi electric scooter’s 2021 model lets you ride 30km on a full charge, withstanding up to 100kgs in body weight. Tell the e-scooter if you’re on the way to work, cruising in a park or riding close to pedestrians using three speed modes, from S to D. Not only does it have a bright headlight, inclined to keep the scooter from distracting oncoming traffic, but also a red tail light for when you brake. Speaking of braking, the rear 8.5-inch wheel uses a dual-pad disc braking system to prolong brakes. When not in use, fold in the stem and carry the 13.2kg scooter with you in three seconds!

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh117.38 for 12 months with select banks.

2. Best for Speed: Segways Ninebot E45 Electric Scooter

Pros

  • Shock absorption tyres
  • Triple braking system
  • Digital dashboard
  • Rides at a speed of 30km per hour

Cons

  • Heavier than many others on the list; weighs 16.4kgs

Segway’s stylish Ninebot e-scooter might be too fast for some, riding at a maximum of 30km per hour, but it employs a triple braking system. Besides electric braking, you get 45km on a single charge on sturdy tyres that measure nine inches. Equipped with bright rear and front lights, Segway happens to have lights under the deck, too, so pedestrians can spot you easily at night. A sweet bonus? Your scooter comes with a handy external battery for on the go, so you never have to worry about being stranded.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh161.67 for 12 months with select banks. Get 10 per cent off on your first Amazon app order by using code APP10.

Warranty: The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty and free maintenance.

3. Best for Long Distances: eVA X2 Pro High Performance Long Range Electric Scooter

Pros

  • Covers 45 to 50km on single charge
  • Detachable battery
  • Triple braking system
  • IP54 rating

Cons

  • Expensive spare battery

This one gets all the accolades for its 10-inch wheels, smooth riding experience and swift customer service. It’s not going to be a bumpy ride with eVA’s X2 Pro e-scooter. Accelerate to up to three different speeds using a convenient lever and travel 45 to 50km on a single charge. For added safety, the vehicle triggers a triple system to stop – pedal brake, disc brake and an electronic lever brake. Weighing only 16.5kgs, it can support a weight load of up to 150kgs. And the scooter has limited resistance to water and dust.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh183.25 for 12 months with select banks.

4. Best for Leisure: Razor Electric Scooter E Prime Air

Pros

  • Lightest scooter on the list at 10kgs
  • Okay to ride, for children 14 and up
  • Single charge allows 40 minutes of use
  • Doubles as a non-electric scooter

Cons

  • Not for those looking for speed - runs at 24km per hour
  • Gives you a range of 12km on a single battery

If you're looking to ride around the city for errands or leisure, instead of an intensive commute, opt for Razor E Prime Air electric scooter. Carrying the rider on eight-inch air and airless wheels, the scooter helps conserve battery by functioning as a non-electric kick scooter as well. Razor's deck can support a load of 91kgs and rides a little slowly at 24km per hour for 40 minutes on a single charge. Children aged 14 and above can ride this model safely since it only weighs 10kgs and its height can be adjusted.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh137.43 for 12 months with select banks.

5. Best for Shock Absorption: KUGOO G2 Pro Folding Electric Scooter

Pros

  • Runs at a maximum speed of 45km per hour
  • Supports 130kgs of load
  • Has the most powerful motor 1000W on the list
  • Shock absorption on unpaved roads
  • Doesn't rely on a mobile app

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heaviest on the list at 23kgs

Kugoo G2 Pro is a reliable purchase that packs everything a pro rider needs. With three different speed modes, a large LED display, 10-inch shock absorption tyres and an anti-slip deck, you're all set for an adventurous off-roading experience. A single charge lets you cruise around for a solid 50km at 45km per hour, so on shorter distances, it will be days before you charge it again. Buyers especially commend the after-sales service and support from the brand.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh241.50 for 12 months with select banks.

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