Top 5: The Best E-Scooters from Segway to Xiaomi Tested

Alana Grace

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The market for street-legal electric scooters is already overwhelming in 2023. They differ in terms of range, battery, motor, brakes, and build quality. Our electric scooter tests have shown that not all models are good. Since it concerns your own safety on the road, it’s important not to skimp on the quality. We will show you which e-scooters you can buy without worry. We will focus on models that we have actually tested. Additionally, they must be available and legal.

Which is the best e-scooter?

In the past few months and years, we have extensively tested over 35 e-scooters ranging from 300 to 1500 Euros, providing a wide range of options. We gather all individual tests, guides, and buying advice on our e-scooter topic page.

We will continue to stay on top of the electric scooter topic and regularly expand our test series with the latest models. Any new and relevant e-scooter will be included in this ranking.

First Place: Segway Ninebot Max GD30D II

Since mid-2021, the Segway Ninebot G30D II Max (test report) has been available, replacing the G30D model. The new model features a better-integrated front light, an optimized folding hinge, a two-centimeter shorter handlebar, and a louder bell. However, the new e-scooter dispenses with the brake lever on the handlebar for the electromagnetic brake on the front wheel. This brake is activated automatically when the e-scooter rider operates the brake lever for the mechanical disc brake on the rear wheel. Unfortunately, we consider this to be a downgrade.

One of the unique features of the Segway Ninebot is that it integrates the power supply into the scooter. So, to charge it, e-scooter riders only need to carry a lightweight power cable and find a power outlet. However, it is also relatively heavy, weighing around 19.5 kilograms. This is partly due to the very large 551 watt-hour battery, which can take the rider about 40 kilometers depending on weather, terrain, weight, and riding style. Very few other electric scooters achieve this high range.

The Segway Ninebot Max GD30D II has a comfortable ride due to its high wheelbase and 10-inch pneumatic tires. The footboard is also pleasantly spacious. Its motor has a power output of 350 watts, which is enough to accelerate riders weighing up to 100 kilograms to the maximum speed of just under 20 kilometers per hour. It’s a shame that the e-scooter does not fully utilize the allowed speed of 22 kilometers per hour. Due to its relatively affordable price of 680 Euros, the Segway Ninebot Max GD30D II is our top pick.

Second Place: Epowerfun EPF-2

Epowerfun offers the EPF-2 in several versions. We tested the well-equipped Epowerfun EPF-2 XT 600 (test report) and the Epowerfun EPF-2 City (test report), both of which impressed us. This is due to their powerful motor combined with excellent brakes. The ride comfort is also high thanks to the large pneumatic tires and front suspension. The presence of a turn signal is also great for safety. The large battery ensures a long range.

The Epowerfun EPF-2 XT 600 is currently difficult to find, as it seems to be sold out at most retailers. As an alternative, you can opt for the slightly cheaper City version with different battery configurations. The City versions are similar to the XT models, with the main difference being the lack of front suspension.

Third Place: Xiaomi Mi 4 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 4 Pro (test report) is the flagship model in Xiaomi’s lineup and currently the best e-scooter from the Chinese manufacturer. The Xiaomi Mi 4 Pro comes in a discreet matte gray color with red accents, just like its predecessor, giving it a stylish and easily recognizable look. Everything feels solid, there are no obvious weaknesses in terms of build quality.

The centrally positioned LED display on the handlebars is beautifully integrated, but unfortunately becomes barely readable in direct sunlight. The thumb throttle on the right side allows fine control of the motor’s speed. However, it is slightly stiff, which can be uncomfortable during longer rides.

The ride quality of the Xiaomi Mi 4 Pro is excellent. This is mainly due to the comparable high build quality and the 10-inch pneumatic tires, which have increased from 8.5 inches compared to its predecessor.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 Pro is equipped with two braking systems, as required by law: a mechanical disc brake on the rear wheel and an electric motor brake on the front wheel. The front motor brake even has an anti-lock braking system, ensuring that the front wheel does not lock even during full braking on wet leaves.

The motor has a nominal power of 350 watts at 36 volts (700 watts at its peak), compared to its predecessor’s 300 watts (600 watts peak). While the Xiaomi Mi 4 Pro is one of the more powerful e-scooters, it still cannot compare to the motors of expensive premium models like the Egret X.

The battery capacity has decreased slightly from 474 to 446 watt-hours compared to the Xiaomi Mi Pro 2. However, Xiaomi claims that the range has increased from 45 to 55 kilometers. Xiaomi attributes this to software optimizations, but the larger tires could also play a role.

Fourth Place: Niu Kqi3 Max

The Niu Kqi3 Max (test report) is the top model from Niu. It is characterized, like the Niu Kqi3 Sport (test report), by its robust construction and thoughtful design. Its most noticeable feature is the curved body, with a wide but only average length footboard in the center.

Compared to the Kqi3 Sport, the Kqi3 Max has two mechanical disc brakes instead of just one. This allows it to come to a stop much faster. The throttle on the right side is slightly stiff and may cause discomfort during longer rides.

The Niu Kqi3 Max offers a fantastic riding experience, thanks to its high-quality construction and agile handling. It does not have active suspension, but the ride is still comfortable.

The rear hub motor has a nominal power of 450 watts and can reach 900 watts in peak power. It can keep up with the most powerful e-scooters we have tested, such as the Vmax VX2. Niu has also significantly increased the battery capacity compared to the Kqi3 Sport, going from 365 to a whopping 608 watt-hours.

Fifth Place: Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2

The folding mechanism of the Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2 (test report) is simple and functional. All components, such as the display and LED headlight, are perfectly integrated, although the cables could have been hidden better. The footboard is large, and the riding experience is good thanks to the pneumatic tires. It’s a shame that the motor and motor brake do not respond immediately, which is why the Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2 only ranks in the middle in terms of braking performance.

The standout feature of the Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2 is its large battery. With 474 watt-hours, it delivers excellent range, even for demanding riders. Xiaomi claims a range of 45 kilometers, but we could even exceed 50 kilometers during our tests.

The Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2’s motor offers a nominal power of 300 watts at 36 volts (600 watts at peak), which is similar to its predecessor, the Mi Scooter Pro. It is suitable for most riders, but those looking for a sporty e-scooter might want more power.


When choosing an e-scooter, it’s essential to consider your specific needs and preferences. Factors like range, speed, portability, and budget will influence your decision. Each of the top 5 e-scooters mentioned offers various features that cater to different riders. Whether you prioritize a comfortable ride, powerful motor, stylish design, or extensive range, the options listed above cover a range of requirements. It’s always a good idea to test ride an e-scooter if possible and see which one best fits your riding style before making a purchase decision.

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