In a world where everything is becoming electric, it was only a matter of time before the humble kickscooter joined the electro-revolution. Electric scooters have grown in popularity in recent years, offering an environmentally friendly way for people to commute in busy cities while also being a sweat-free alternative to bikes.
The issue is that they can be expensive if you don’t know where to look, with some boasting a price tag of over £1000 in the UK. But, like most products on the market, there are deals to be had, and you could potentially save a bundle.
We’ve used our expertise to scour the web and find the best electric scooter deals available this March – not just those that look good on the surface.
Aside from our selection of the best deals above, we’d recommend keeping an eye on Amazon for great electric scooter deals, and if you don’t mind importing from overseas, Gearbest is another great option - although beware of potential importing fees, especially post-Brexit. Other retailers that offer deals on electric scooters include:
One of the most popular electric scooters around right now is the Xiaomi M365. It’s much cheaper than many of its overseas rivals, some of which can cost well over £1000, and offers a great blend of reliability and value for money with top speeds of 15mph and a range of 18.6 miles. There is a newer Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2, but it's much more expensive with a £599 RRP.
There are plenty of other electric scooters on the market, but the main issue is that unlike with most countries, it’s illegal to ride an electric scooter on public footpaths and roads in the UK despite trials of e-scooter rental systems going live – you’re only allowed to use them on private property. We’ve got more information on UK law in our electric scooter buying guide, and we’d recommend taking a read before taking the plunge.
The restrictions on UK usage means that many of the big retailers simply don’t stock them, although the tide is slowly changing. In situations like this, the easiest way is to head to a dedicated outdoor specialist like those mentioned above, or import one from China via sites like GearBest. Just be warned that buying from China will make it very difficult to return if you need any repairs.
If you’ve got your heart set on an electric scooter and want to save a bit of money, these are the best deals we’ve found online.
Best electric scooter deals
1. Xiaomi Mi Scooter 2 Pro
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £424.97 (£174.02 off)
It might be expensive, but it's Xiaomi's top-end electric scooter right now, with a 350W motor and a great range. Plus, the £174 discount from Laptops Direct makes it a little more tempting.
Find out more in our Xiaomi Mi Scooter 2 Pro review.
2. Xiaomi Mi 1S Electric Scooter
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £389.97 (£109.03 off)
Get £109 off Xiaomi's Mi 1S Electric Scooter, the mid-range variant of Xiaomi's latest scooter range.
3. Turboant X7 Pro Electric Scooter
Now: $499.99 ($199.99 off)
Save up to $199.99 (around £146) on the excellent Turboant X7 Pro right now, which received 4/5 stars in our review.
4. electriQ Active Electric Scooter
From: Drones Direct
Now: £219.97 (£40 off)
It might not be from an established brand like Xiaomi or Ninebot, but the electriQ Active's 15-mile range and 15mph top speed should be ideal for most riders. You'll also find 8.5in air-filled tyres that should provide a smoother ride than solid wheel counterparts, and most importantly, it costs less than £220 right now.
5. Kugoo Kirin S1
Now: £218.23 (£54.56 off)
Offering a combination of a 350W motor, 8.5in airless tyres, 25km range and a dual braking system, the Kirin S1 is a steal at £218. It even ships from the UK, avoiding any potential Brexit-related import taxes.
6. Ninebot Segway E25E
Now: £449 (£50 off)
Ninebot's Xiaomi Mi 1S competitor, dubbed the E25E, has £50 off at Box right now. It offers top speeds of 15.5mph and a range of 15.5 miles, and the bigger 9in wheels should provide a smooth ride too.