The Smallest Electric Scooters For Adults (That Are Actually Good!)

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The smallest adult-sized electric scooters are a fun, zippy way to get around town.

The best ones provide just enough range for local trips and transit connections, yet fold small enough to stash under your desk, beneath a bus or train seat, or even in the bottom of a shopping cart.

While less compact than kids’ models, these lightweight electric scooters can carry a full-grown adult of roughly average height and weight.

Now, this compactness requires big trade-offs in features and performance, so let’s set realistic expectations:

  • About 6-10 miles of real-world range due to small, light batteries. Manufacturers often claim higher numbers that seldom reflect actual conditions.
  • Less than 30 lbs in weight—and ideally in the mid-20s—for easy lifting and carrying when folded. Going any lighter puts your into the realm of kid-sized scooters with uselessly short range (and diminutive size).
  • Smaller wheels, typically 6″, which maximize portability at the cost of smoothness.

So, if you’re OK with these trade-offs in exchange for terrific portability, then here are the best of 2022’s tiniest e-scooters for adults.

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BEST SUPER-SMALL SCOOTER

The Inokim Mini 2 may look like a toy, but its “grown-up” build quality and 15 mph speed are thoroughly grown up. It’s the best super-portable value around.

A STYLISH, POWERFUL UPGRADE

Unagi’s dual-motor Model One isn’t the smallest, but its gorgeous design and surprising power add up to the most enjoyable super-portable scooter around.

A PORTABLE BUDGET PICK

The Glion Dolly is hands-down the best value, especially during its frequent promos. Its speed and range are impressive, but hefty weight and poor braking keep it out of the top spot.

The top super-small scooters

My top pick: Inokim Mini 2

The Inokim Mini 2 weighs 23 lbs and folds down to 38″ x 12″ x 15″. That’s compact indeed, but still 4″-6″ wider and taller than the absolute smallest model.

So, why make it the top pick?

Simple: my research left zero doubt that the Mini 2 is the best value among small adult e-scooters.

Quick facts

Its 250 W motor is standard for this category, but the 15 mph max speed outshines the smaller but similarly-priced Ninebot Air T15. To slow down, you’ll find the usual set-up: a thumb-activated regenerative brake plus a fender “stomp brake” for emergencies.

With a claimed range of 10 miles (likely 8-9 miles in actuality), you’ll go farther per charge than on the Ninebot Air T15. It even rivals the real-world range of the Unagi Model One.

One standout feature is Inokim’s choice of a front pneumatic tire and rear suspension—both rarities in this category. The 6″ tires still warrant extra caution around obstacles, but you can expect a smoother ride than on any of its solid-tire, un-suspended competitors.

PROS

  • Incredibly small folded size
  • Useful (if unimpressive) range for last-mile jaunts
  • Rear suspension offsets harshness of solid tire

CONS

  • Small, 6″ wheels struggle over obstacles, period
  • Roughly 3-5 pound heavier than its closest competitor

A stylish, powerful upgrade: Unagi Model One

At 27 lbs and 37″ x 16″ x 15″ (folded), the Unagi Model One is the bulkiest model on this list.

And its real-world range is often reported at < 10 miles despite a price tag pushing a grand, so this is hardly a value pick.

So, why even suggest it?

It’s the sleekest and most refined design on the market, and compact enough to fit the spirit of this round-up.

It’s also an option—perhaps the only option—that style-conscious riders won’t feel sheepish about.

Quick facts

The dual-motor version (2 x 250 W) is snappy from a stop and quick up inclines, especially compared to its cheaper single-motor sibling. And both versions sport 8″ honeycomb tires that’ll cruise a little more smoothly than the 6″ we see elsewhere in this category.

One other thing, and perhaps coolest of all: Unagi’s unique rental program is the best way to find out whether an e-scooter is worth it. Unlike beaten-up public rentals, you get your own scooter for less than your local bus fare.

The Unagi is neither the smallest adult electric scooter nor the best value. But it might be the best overall fit into your daily life.

PROS

  • A beautiful design you’ll actually like being seen on
  • Subscription program is a fantastic value
  • Surprising acceleration and climbing on the dual-motor version

CONS

  • Roughly half again the price of plainer models with similar specs
  • Range is underwhelming for its considerable price tag
  • On the bulky side for under-seat storage

My budget pick: Glion Dolly

At 37″ x 8″ x 12″ folded, the Glion Dolly is only marginally bigger than the Air T15. But the Dolly blows away its smallest competitors with about 15 miles of range and 15 mph top speed (from a 250 W motor, as usual).

It’s designed with mixed-mode commuters in mind, and Glion knows this market well. In 5-10 seconds, it folds down into a distinctive “dolly” configuration (hence the name) that’s easy to tow or to stand on end.

Quick facts

It’s designed with mixed-mode commuters in mind, and Glion knows this market well. In 5-10 seconds, it folds down into a distinctive “dolly” configuration (hence the name) that’s easy to tow or to stand on end.

However, its relatively long range comes from a bigger, heavier battery. That bumps this e-scooter up to 29 lbs, enough to keep it from topping this list. Even so, it’s a worthy pick if you value compactness more than shaving off those last few pounds.

It rides on 8″ honeycomb tires without suspension, so ride quality is adequate on smooth pavement. In fact, expect a slightly smoother ride than from the 6″ on other ultra-portable scooters. But if you’ll tackle rough ground, then look for a different option with suspension and/or pneumatic tires. (Admittedly, those are rare at this price point).

My one serious concern with the Dolly is its single, rear electronic brake. Most of your braking power is at the front wheel, so missing a front brake means extremely long stopping distances.

That would be less worrisome if it maxed out at jogging speed (like the Ninebot Air T15). And if you’ll only ride down the sidewalk between transit stops—a perfectly legitimate use—then it’s probably fine.

But at 15 mph, a rear brake alone just isn’t adequate. Stay far under top speed unless you’re in a wide-open area with zero likelihood of emergency stops.

PROS

  • One of the most compact folds you can find
  • Range and speed are good for its low price
  • No risk of flats

CONS

  • Rear-only brake is too weak and non-redundant for 15 mph top speed
  • Design isn’t remotely stylish—at least to most folks’ eyes

The very smallest: Segway Ninebot Air T15

With folded dimensions of 40″ x 8″ x 9″, the Ninebot Air T15 is today’s smallest electric scooter for adults. And at a mere 23 lbs, it’s also one of the lightest electric scooters on the market.

So why didn’t I rank it first?

Well, the range doesn’t match the price. Although it’s the smallest, it’s not the most useful outside of extremely limited circumstances.

Quick facts

The T15 packs convenient features like 6″ solid rubber tires, thumb- and fender-activated regenerative braking, and one of the quickest folding mechanisms around.

It maxes out at 12.4 mph via a 250 W motor, making quick work of trips that are just slightly beyond walking distance.

Segway/Ninebot claims it’ll cover 9.3 miles, but actual owners report just 4-5 miles of range. That’s a low number even by the modest standards of the ultra-compact segment. Climbing ability is also extremely limited, and would drain the already small battery even faster.

With that in mind, the Ninebot Air T15 might make sense for transit riders who want to speed up their last-mile connections. It’s also a fun choice to stow at work for mid-day outings, if you’ve got the cash to spare. However, its small, hard tires are only appropriate for smooth pavement.

PROS

  • Simply the smallest adult e-scooter around
  • Stylish, futuristic look sets it apart from clunky-looking budget models

CONS

  • Extremely short range limits it to literally last-mile use
  • Full price is hard to justify (but major sales do happen on occasion)

Is a small e-scooter right for you?

As I’ve emphasized, small e-scooters entail big compromises. Range is mostly a function of battery size, so small and light batteries usually keep range in the single digits.

To be blunt, ride quality also suffers. That’s not necessarily a problem if you stick to short rides on well-maintained city streets. But if your trips involve higher miles or tougher terrain, then it’s worth sacrificing portability for 10″+ pneumatic tires, and even suspension.

That said, the above are all good examples of this category, and should equally keep you happy starting from reasonable expectations.

Top pick: Inokim Mini 2

The Mini 2 is not only one of the smallest adult e-scooters, but currently the best blend of performance and portability.

By Erik Bassett

Erik Bassett is the founder and editor of Two Wheels Better. He draws on three decades of cycling and scooter experience to help you find the right ride, incorporate it into daily life, and safely enjoy the journey.