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This year’s Black Friday sales started early, which means you don’t have to wait until Friday, November 24 to score an incredible deal. We’re seeing discounts on necessary items like fridges and generators, as well as alluring price drops on nice-to-haves like hot tubs, big TVs, and Lego sets. It’s a great opportunity to think about what’ll be under the tree next month, and we bid for a fun (and genuinely helpful) gift sure to be loved by kids and adults alike: an electric scooter.
The Best Black Friday Electric Scooter Deals
Ninebot MAX G30LP Electric Kick Scooter
Ninebot ES4 Electric Kick Scooter
Ninebot S Smart Self-Balancing Electric Scooter
Ninebot Zing E10 Electric Kick Scooter for Kids and Teens
Ninebot F40 Electric Kick Scooter
Ninebot S Kids Smart Self-Balancing Electric Scooter
SuperScooter GT2P Electric Scooter
Ninebot S-Max Smart Self-Balancing Electric Scooter
Ninebot Electric GoKart Pro
Segway is a leader in the electric scooter space, winning our best overall designation for its Ninebot Max—which is currently 7 percent off. The Max is our top pick because of its range, speed, and affordability (today it’s under $700).
At an even steeper discount of 33 percent, the Segway SuperScooter GT2 is an absolute tank. This scooter has dual suspension, goes for 56 miles, and speeds up to 43 miles per hour—yes, you read that right. It’s usually $4,000, but Prime members can get the SuperScooter for $1,300 less today—that’s 33 percent off one of the most capable electric scooters on the market.
If you’re more into the traditional Segway design, the self-balancing Ninebot S Max is discounted 42 percent, clocking in at $700 for the hoverboard-like vehicle. There’s also the kids’ Ninebot S—another self-balancing scooter, but with a smaller battery than the Max—which clocks in at $400 (with a clip coupon) for the best Christmas gift ever.
Other Electric Scooter Deals
Take $120 off the Navee V40 at Amazon
Take 15 percent off the Gotrax GXL V2 at Amazon
Get the HiBoy S2 Pro for 36 percent off at Amazon
Snag a Razor Black Label E90 for $99 at Walmart
Get the Gotrax G2Plus foldable scooter at Walmart
When Is Black Friday 2023?
Black Friday is on Friday, November 24, 2023. However, many retailers have already dropped prices on common Black Friday purchases.
While Black Friday used to take place primarily in person, the sales event has become ubiquitous online in recent years. In order to beat the crowds and make sure the items you want are in stock, we recommend shopping online for most deals. We’ve only seen a few sales limited to in-person shoppers this year.
Is Black Friday a Good Time to Buy an Electric Scooter?
We’ve seen great discounts on electric scooters during most of 2023’s biggest sales events. That said, we’re expecting even steeper price drops for brands like Segway this Black Friday, with some newer models (like the SuperScooter GT2) dropping to their lowest prices to date.
In short, yes: Black Friday is a great time to buy an electric scooter. That said, there are tons of brands that slash prices but aren’t worth buying because of shoddy parts, poor customer service, or bad reputations. All of the electric scooter sales we cover in this story are vetted by our editors, who have spent lots of time researching and trying out scooters to help you make your purchase.
What Features Should I Look for in an Electric Scooter?
“Especially for a purchase as large as this, don’t let the sale price blind you,” says Associate Reviews Editor Tom Price, who covers electric scooters for Popular Mechanics. “Keep a close eye on the battery range, motor power, and safety features.”
Price, who regularly tries out e-scooters by commuting across the Williamsburg Bridge to our office in Midtown Manhattan, has a few guidelines he keeps in mind to ensure your new scooter is up to snuff.
“A quality electric scooter should be able to run for anywhere between 15 to 40 miles before needing to recharge,” he says. “Look at the motor wattage to get a sense of the power and torque on the scooter. A quality option should have 250 watts at a minimum, while more powerful motors give you more freedom to ride up inclines and bridges.”
He also says to look for added features like bells to alert pedestrians, front and back lights for riding at night, and front and back hand brakes. Some scooters only have one brake, which is acceptable, but Price says the added front brake means smoother, more consistent deceleration.
Which Electric Scooters Make the Best Gifts for Kids?
If you’re looking for a fun gift your kids will actually use, an electric scooter is a great pick—they foster spending time outside, being independent, and (crucially) not relying on mom and dad for transportation all the time. But these things can go really fast (up to 45 miles an hour), so it’s important to pick a model that’s appropriate for your kids.
“If you’re shopping for a younger rider, the size and weight of the scooter are vital. As a general rule, make sure the scooter is no taller than the chest of the rider,” says Price. “At the same time, lightweight scooter options will work far better for kids, especially if they are planning on carrying it around themselves.”
Price also purports the importance of wearing a helmet at all times—for both adults and children—to protect your cranium in the event of an accident. There are also some safety measures for inexperienced riders.
“If you’re worried about their riding skills, choose a scooter with a lower max speed, or one with a low-speed or mid-range drive mode,” says Price. These modes limit the max speed either for safety or to help the battery last longer, and some options include parental controls so you can ensure your kids are safe.
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