After 8 hours of research evaluating 73 products, we picked Micro Flex Series Kick Scooters as our top choice.
People who live in a metro area know the struggle behind getting around. Every option seems to have its host of problems. For instance, if you were to buy your own car, you may have to pay for parking fees in addition to monthly insurance and car payments. Mopeds have cheaper insurance and get incredible gas mileage, but still have similar problems and aren't as safe as cars.
With private transportation striking out, you may consider public transit. But public transportation means that you don’t get to move around on your own schedule. Plus, depending on where you live, public transportation may not be an option at all. On top of that, neither public nor private transit is a very "green" way to get around.
What's the bottom line?
Many people instead choose to travel using human-fueled transport, like bikes or scooters. With this in mind, let’s investigate the best scooters for adults: why to purchase one, what to look for, and which scooters offer the best bang for your buck.
This scooter will let you comfortably tackle any terrain from city streets to rugged dirt paths. It's also an excellent choice for a stunt scooter thanks to its ruggedness and stability.
Not as fast as more urban-designed scooters.
Aircraft grade aluminum body with adjustable y-frame handlebars allows people of all heights to experience off-road scooting. A triple stacked headtube clamp adds rigidness and stability. Soft rubber grips line the handlebars for superior control off-road.
Large and thick anti-traction wheels are built to stand up to any terrain and move across different terrains with ease. Bearings are of high quality but, if you want a quicker ride, may need to be replaced. The 200mm pneumatic tires are laced with an aggressive tread pattern for enhanced gripping.
Grip tape makes the deck great for stunting, sturdy mid-width deck supports up to 220 lbs, but mobility is better the less you weigh. For aggressive riding (huge BMX style tricks) Razor recommends a max weight of 120 lbs.
For a scooter that doubles as an all-terrain vehicle, weighing in at only 11.5 pounds is quite a feat. Unfortunately, this scooter doesn't fold once you put it together. It rides very well on trails (dirt), sidewalk, gravel, and pavement; pretty good on grass; not so great on sand.
The scooter is no longer restricted to pavement. If you want some off-roading action in addition to riding around city streets, it's a no brainer to purchase this inexpensive scooter.
This retro-cool scooter stars a big deck for comfy cruising, whether you're coasting on busy streets or secluded beachside highways.
The Longboard Scooter is not foldable, which renders it less portable than other scooters.
Heavy-duty body based on a California-style longboard provides a fresh and integrated frame with t-frame handlebars: ultimately, a sleek design bolstered by high-quality materials. Anyone 4 feet to over 6 feet will be comfortable here!
Large wheels are made for cruising on urban terrains, supported by bearings that are ridiculously well-made and make you feel like you’re gliding on air.
Fat and lengthy longboard style deck is the styling center point of this scooter, officially supporting riders up to 220 pounds (but users report more). The extended deck offers a ton of foot space for adult feet.
This scooter doesn't fold, making it less portable than some others on this list. However, if you don't ever need to fold your scooter, this is an excellent option. It only weighs 9.2 lbs.
If you were never able to balance on a longboard, this scooter adds handlebars — it was literally made for you!
With a retro-cool look, this speed machine is also very affordable. You can trust the Razor brand to follow through with sound, lasting quality.
An excellent mid-range option, the Hudora 230 is made of super-strong materials, has an oversized front wheel that makes you feel like you’re gliding across city streets in any weather, and offers excellent hardware from the get-go.
Some customers believe that the front bearing is a little sluggish; you may end up wanting to replace it with a different one.
Adjustable T-bar makes it suitable for people of various heights. Offers easy 3-second folding.
An oversized front wheel provides a smooth ride and superior handling to other scooters of the same size and weight. Bearings are of superb build quality.
The extremely strong mid-width deck can hold up to 264.5 pounds without breaking a sweat. It's fairly low to the ground, allowing you to keep a nice posture.
Three-second easy folding makes packing this scooter up a breeze. Take it to go; it's 11 lbs, which is slightly heavier than others on this list, but still very portable when it comes to transportation.
Well constructed and durable, this scooter will last you a long time, so we think it's worth every penny.
The Razor A5 Lux is well-built, tested by professional riders, and a great option for someone just getting into scooting.
The only drawback for some riders may be the extra-large wheels, which do make it a bit hard to carry on public transportation and do add a little weight.
Aircraft-grade aluminum makes a sturdy t-tube with adjustable handlebars. Extra thick foam handles are comfortable and easy to control. Even taller people can ride this scooter effortlessly.
Bigger wheels offer a far higher degree of both comfort and handling. These extra large wheels allow for a super smooth ride. Stock bearings can be a hit or miss, but Razor’s bearings promise a fast and polished ride.
The aircraft-grade aluminum deck comfortably supports up to 220 pounds.
With easy folding, the scooter can be put away with ease when you’re finished. It has bigger wheels for a smoother ride, but they’re not so big that portability becomes an issue. The scooter weighs in at just under 9 pounds.
At only $80, you get an insanely well-built scooter from a reputable name with solid components.
Simply put, this scooter is excellent, thanks to its incredible build quality, style, portability, and the sheer smoothness of a ride on it.
The deck may be a little small for people to stand comfortably on it and cruise.
Super lightweight aluminum body folds up easy and will stand up to whatever weather you put it through. The adjustable handlebar accommodates taller adults with ease.
Large wheels provide a superior ride and make traversing different urban terrain easy. The bearings allow for a gentle cruise and shouldn’t need replacing.
The strong but narrow deck can officially hold up to 225 pounds, but some customers report it holds up to 260 pounds. It's low to the ground but high enough to keep you from scraping the ground or getting stuck on cracks in sidewalks.
A convenient kickstand makes parking easy — or quickly fold it to carry it with you. It's only slightly more complicated than the standard Razor scooter setup. There are two spring-loaded pins in addition to a tightening lever, but it's easy once you collapse it a time or two.
This is a luxury adult scooter. Ride it with your kids — they'll love that you're spending time with them, or use it to commute around your city. The price is right for the quality scooter you receive!
I’m going to admit: I’m biased. I recently bought a Razor kick scooter, and I’ve been absolutely hooked. It’s a pretty great ride, especially if you change out the bearings to something a little higher quality. That’s what got me thinking on this article; I'm personally invested and I believe there are a lot of reasons you should purchase a scooter for adults.
The first and most obvious thing is that it’s fun! Whether you’re using a scooter to get around or just to do some tricking on the weekends, scooters are a thrill no matter how long you’ve been riding them. It’s rewarding to feel the wind in your hair and the road beneath your feet. When you ride a kick scooter, not only do you drastically reduce your transport time, but you radically increase the fun in getting there.
Of course, scooters aren’t just for fun, and that brings me to my second point: scooters are easy, in every sense of the word. It takes no time at all to pick up a scooter and get comfortable on it. Once you get where you’re going (or back home), they’re compact enough that you can just put them away; in fact, most kick scooters on the market fold down quickly and compactly. No more tired legs when you wheel around town, no more searching for a place to put your bulky bike; just get on, go, and get off.
Really, there are only three downsides I’ve noticed to scooters. The first is that you, for your own safety, should wear a helmet at the very least, especially if you’re going to be using scooters for transportation in bike lanes or on the road like a biker. Secondly, you are sort of pushed off the sidewalk. You move too quickly and are too stocky for heavy pedestrian traffic, which means that the more responsible option is to instead head over to the road itself (or the bike lanes, if your city has them). Thirdly, unlike bikes, which can have carrying baskets or similar storage compartments, you’re on your own if you need to move things around on a scooter. You can buy a small add-on bag for a phone, keys, umbrella, or water bottle, but the body of the scooter is thin and can't support much weight. This makes it impractical for things like grocery shopping.
But, with all of that said, for simple place-to-place or day-to-day riding where everything you need can fit in a backpack, the scooter provides a fantastic source of easy mobility. So, with all of that said, let’s start digging into what makes an adult scooter a good kick scooter!
If you’ve ever shopped for something like a skateboard or longboard, then you’ve already got a decent idea of what to look for in a scooter since many of the key configuration concepts are the same. Different people will have different needs, and various configurations fit various people better. Our goal is to understand what the different configuration options are and what to avoid.
This is probably the most notable difference between many scooters on the market. In a nutshell, bigger wheels offer a far higher degree of both comfort and handling, where smaller wheels make a scooter a lot more portable. If you’re using your scooter for your daily to-and-fro, it’s primarily important that the scooter can be easily folded and carried. Opt for smaller wheels. If you don’t mind large wheels and want to enjoy your scooter ride as much as possible, opt for bigger ones.
Bearings are the components between the wheels and axles that make your wheels turn. Bearings essentially control how much force is transferred between your wheels and axles. They also affect how easily your wheels can spin around. Most scooters offer bearings between sizes 5 and 7, with a bigger size indicating more momentum from a single push. Small and poorly built bearings will generally not move as smoothly. They can make your scooter ride take a ton of effort and feel super slow. Also, name-brand bearings tend to have higher quality crafting than no-name bearings. A well-built size six bearing will generally offer a better ride than a poorly-built size seven.
Deck size is an essential consideration because while you’re on the scooter, it’s your platform. A wider deck will accommodate you more comfortably. It's also easier to balance on a broader deck compared with a skinnier one. The only time you want to opt for a smaller deck is if you have no option other than to ride on sidewalks or if you want a scooter specifically for tricking.
One thing that a lot of people forget to take into consideration is deck height. Deck height is a super important element of the fun factor in scooter rides. A low deck height means that you don’t have to reach as far down when you have to kick a little more. That can mean the difference between doing squats on your scooter and hardly moving an inch.
Not all kick scooters have suspensions. But, if you’re looking for a scooter that will serve you well for getting around town, you’re probably going to want a suspension system. Suspensions absorb a good amount of shock from the road and any bumps you may encounter, which makes your ride a lot smoother. However, they also add a lot of weight, so keep that in mind.
The world of scooters has a lot to offer. I’ve been in love ever since I bought mine, and before that, I did a lot of research. My goal here was to share some of that knowledge with you so that we can all put our feet together toward a greener (and more fun) cityscape.