Schwinn Electric Scooter: Our Complete Review

Man riding an electric scooter

Want to get outside, save the environment, and cut down on spending? A great way to achieve that goal is to drive less often or, if you can, ditch the car altogether and really ratchet up the savings. In either case, we are living in a golden age of personal transportation and now is the time to research, purchase, and use some of these fantastic new products. We're talking about stand up scooters, hoverboards, electric bicycles, and other techno wonders powered by electricity. In this review we will compare four stand up electric scooters for adults. We'll get started with the Schwinn electric scooter.

But we don't end with the Schwinn electric scooter. The Razor, UberScoot, and Glion Dolly are also on our list.

What Is the Schwinn Electric Scooter?

Schwinn is synonymous with bicycles. The Schwinn company is the oldest American bicycle company still operating and has stayed in business through lean years. Most American bicycles sold fifty years ago were produced by Schwinn and they've maintained an excellent reputation. The Schwinn electric scooter isn't brand new to the market, coming onto the electric scooter scene decades ago and staying competitive. The Schwinn electric scooter is a sit-down and stand-up scooter made for adults, with a wide footpad, electric ignition, plug-in, and battery charged interface.

Product Specs  

Scooter's handle

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The Schwinn electric scooter has a dual battery in a small package with large wheels and a sturdy frame. The Schwinn electric scooter sports a classic but beefier scooter frame, wide footpad, and a 24-volt battery system that uses lead-acid batteries. The motor is 350 watts, and the scooter makes ignition easy via a switch on the upright frame, then powering with the handlebar throttle. The Schwinn electric scooter hugs the road with large tires that hold their tread. Extras include a seat (removable), a wire mesh basket in the rear, a sturdy kickstand, and a choice of colors.

Pricing  

The Schwinn electric scooter has a price range depending on its model. The S350 sells for about $400, and used models can be found for less on Craigslist, eBay, or other outlets for substantially less.

How It Compares

Electric scooter near a tree

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We picked three similar products available on the market to see how they compare with the Schwinn electric scooter.  

Razor E100 Electric Scooter
UberScoot 1600 Electric Scooter
Glion Dolly Electric Scooter

Schwinn Electric Scooter

Schwinn Adult Shuffle Scooter with 26" Wheels, White
  • Schwinn's unique solution to alternative Models of recreational riding
  • Front & rear fenders to keep water & debris off the rider
  • Alloy front & rear linear pull brakes for all condition braking
  • Alloy rims are strong and lightweight

This scooter is affordable, versatile and sturdy. Because Schwinn has been in the business for so long, parts are readily available. The scooter parts most replaced are the battery and the chain. The scooter body is durable and can handle mishaps, and the tires also have an excellent life. The Schwinn electric scooter is ideal for someone who is more interested in comfort and reliability than speed. Hill-climbing is not its best attribute, but the ease of use is outstanding and quality of workmanship is high. Charging time can be set at fast or slow.


Ease of Use

This scooter is made for those who know zero about stand up scooters. It has an off/on switch on the upright which glows green when it's turned on. Once green, the right handle is the throttle and accelerates like a motorcycle. Because the Schwinn electric scooter has a seat, the operation doesn't require much balancing. Once scootering is mastered, the rider will switch from standing to sitting easily, but at the beginning, sitting while stopped at traffic lights is a welcome feature.

 

Battery Strength

The batteries have a long life. The battery life varies depending on use but can be relied upon for up to a year with heavy use and much longer (years) with occasional use. Replacements are available through the company. The range on a charge is 12 miles, with a speed not to exceed 15 mph (for S-1000 model).

Design Quality

This is not an ultra-mod, cutting-edge urban machine but more of a neighborhood cruiser. The design is simple and reminiscent of a 70s bicycle frame, so it's appealing without being complicated. The scooter's looks fall into the practical or edgy category, but even the sleekest design usually falls short when it comes to cool. Adults don't look cool on scooters, and Schwinn sticks with the basics in their approach, putting sturdiness and strength in a traditional curvy frame style.

Warranty​

The Schwinn company stands behind its products and offers a full 1-year warranty on parts, including batteries. Schwinn is produced by a subsidiary called Currie Tech, and their customer service phone number is printed on the machine, so all problems can be easily addressed.

Pros

  • Can stand or sit   
  • Easy to start
  • Variable charging rate
  • Great customer service
  • Adjustable height handlebars
  • Low to zero maintenance

Cons

  • Weight limit of 200 lbs
  • Old-school look not for everyone
  • Relatively heavy
  • Not a hill-climber

Razor E100 Electric Scooter

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Razor E100 Glow Electric Scooter
  • All steel frame and fork construction. Front Wheel: 200 mm pneumatic front tire
  • Features kick start, high-torque, chain-driven motor, twist-grip acceleration control and hand operated front brake
  • For ages 8 and up;120 lbs Assembled Product Dimensions: 32.5 x 16 x 36 (inches); 8 inches pneumatic front tyre
  • Run time: Up to 40 minutes of continuous ride time. Run time may vary depending on riding conditions, climate and/or proper maintenance.
  • Features rear wheel drive for increased traction and control

Razor, like Schwinn, has been in the electric scooter business since the early days. They are known for manufacturing push style scooters for kids but have brought a strong presence and scooter design tradition to the adult scooter market. As the name suggests, the Razor has a slimmer, sleeker board. The E100 is one of their commuters, a smaller model with enough pep to use as a daily city driver, but it doesn't cover long distances. Riders may squeeze out 40 minutes of continuous riding at a top speed of 10 mph.

 

Ease of Use

Flip the on button and engage the throttle. It's easy to get going and easy to stop, although, the brakes are not this scooter's best feature. No seat means a learning curve on stop-and-go travel for the new scooter rider. The footpad is small and this can present a problem during the learning phase. Operationally, it's a breeze, but for new riders, the smaller size makes learning a tad more difficult. For large riders, this model is not recommended.

Battery Strength​

Batteries are 24 volts and well made. Will last for a full year with frequent riding, although due to the size of this vehicle the batteries are smaller in size.

 

Design Quality​

Razor makes nice looking scooters and this model comes in a choice of six pleasing colors. The overall design is basic and resembles their kick scooters but looks great in a small package. The mechanical design, however, is not always highly rated. This scooter doesn't have a great reputation for durability or reliability.

Warranty​

Razor is an established company that stands by its products and offers a full one-year warranty on all parts plus easy-to-use customer service support.

 

Pros

  • Small and lightweight
  • Cute design
  • Smooth ride
  • Portable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Weight limit 160 lbs
  • Smaller footboard
  • Top speed 10 mph
  • Poor mechanical reliability

UberScoot 1600 Electric Scooter

UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter
  • UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter

The Uber lives up to its name as it's a large and hefty vehicle that goes beyond a typical adult scooter. The UberScoot handles terrain, comes with a removable seat, and hits speeds up to 35 mph. The top speed of this beast is impressive, although its range taps out at around 25 miles. It can run for about 40 minutes before it needs recharging. The best features of the UberScoot are its suspension, roomy footboard, acceleration, and hill-climbing. It easily outclasses most other scooters, but the price is steep. For the serious scooter rider, the 600 should be considered.

Ease of Use

Like the other great scooters we've reviewed, the design makes the UberScoot easy to get started. A hand throttle, "on" switch with green glow light, fantastic braking ability, spring kick-stand, and adjustable speed. The UberScoot is a bit more intimidating than the others we've reviewed and might not be the best starter scooter. On the other hand, it works the same way as the others. Just switch it on and turn the throttle. The speed could be an issue, however, so we take one star away since a new rider would find this monster a bit overwhelming at first.

Battery Strength​

Great battery life and excellent quality. Batteries should not need replacing for two years, even with daily use. The charge holds well, and at top speed, the rider can reach over 25 miles before a recharge is necessary. This feature alone makes the UberScoot appealing to some riders. 

 

Design Quality​

This scooter has everything, including a coil suspension system for front and rear and a great footboard. However, it doesn't win any prizes for its beefy look. Since looks are a matter of taste, we wobbled between four and five stars in this category. The UberScoot is the 4WD and SUV of scooters and has every feature imaginable. In this respect, it outdoes its competition handily. But it's also heavy, not portable (unless you are strong and fit), and looks practical rather than pretty.

Warranty​

The warranty covers all parts for a full year, and customer service support is top rate.

Pros

  • Fast
  • Great footboard and seat
  • Easily adjustable
  • Handles riders 250 lbs plus
  • Range up to 25 miles
  • Negotiates many terrain types

Cons

  • Heavy, awkward to carry
  • Expensive
  • More scooter than most people need

Glion Dolly Electric Scooter

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Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter w/ Premium Li-Ion Battery
  • Patented dolly and vertical self-standing feature with 1-second foot-actuated folding.
  • Electronic anti-lock brakes and rear fender foot activated press brake.
  • Front fork suspension for a smooth and comfortable ride.
  • Clean, quiet, gearless hub motor powered by a 36 volt 7.8 ah lithium-ion battery.
  • A portable, personal electric vehicle. Cover sold separately.

Glion is getting rave reviews from every corner of the internet. This foldable wonder goes 15 mph, doesn't need a re-charge for over three hours due to its 36-volt battery, and folds up to be easily be carried or transported in the trunk of a car. The Glion nicely balances looks, speed, range, and convenience. Its only downside is the expense, and it may cost more than some are willing to invest. But the price is justified since the Glion can work as a commuter, a sporting scooter, or for errands. The long battery life makes this fantastic new addition to the scooter market perfect for almost anyone.

Ease of Use

Easy to start, go, and stop but balancing is a bit more difficult on this board. The design is simple, and it looks much like a basic Razor push scooter, but taller and sleeker. The narrow profile contributes to a more difficult-to-learn ride. We recommend the Glion if you have some riding experience or are confident in balancing abilities. No seat means the learning curve for stopping and going at lights is a little steeper. Overall great quality for on/off feature and throttle, and this scooter has the best braking system of all we've reviewed.

Battery Strength​

The Glion excels in this category with the only 36-volt battery of all scooters we've reviewed. The ride lasts for 3.25 hours before charging, and the charging time is briefer than other models. For a daily commuter, it's difficult to beat the Glion. Getting to work is what it was made for.

Design Quality​

This is a weak area for the Glion, although the design is adequate. It suffers from a lack of streamlined features. The extras like kickstand and bell don't fully integrate. The body is a simple scooter design. Lack of suspension and a small board, combined with the design, make balancing more difficult on this scooter.

 

Warranty​

The warranty is good for a year but in all probability, you won't need to use it. This machine is very well made and maintenance is minimal.

 

Pros

  • 36-volt battery for a long charge 
  • Portable and easy to carry
  • Quiet motor
  • Airless tires (no flats)
  • Cute design

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Foldable option unnecessary for all riders
  • More difficult for balance

​Conclusion

Scooters lined up

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All the scooters on our list have perfected battery technology and basic design. The difference comes in speed, range, comfort, and reliability. Different riders have diverging needs, and factors like weight, experience level, and daily use should be considered when comparing scooters. For experienced riders, we recommend the Glion Dolly for speed and its excellent range. For affordability and ease of use, we recommend the Schwinn electric scooter. Its seat, extras, and sturdy build make it the perfect choice for getting into the scooter groove. 


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