While hoverboards were once all the rage, the interest has shifted to electric scooters over the past few years - and considering how much easier they are to control, it's not hard to see why. Offering a convenient, environmentally friendly way for people to get around and a fun riding experience, eScooters are hugely popular - even if they are still illegal to ride on public roads in the UK.
Even if you do have private land to ride them on, 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. But, like most products on the market, there are deals to be had this January, 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 January – not just those that look good on the surface.
Where to look for electric scooter deals
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 is the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2. 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 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, and if you get caught, you run the risk of being charged with driving with no insurance, receiving a fine or having your scooter confiscated.
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 - albeit with increased fees.
Just be warned that buying from China will make it very difficult to return if you need any repairs, and you may have to pay import fees too.
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 this January
1. Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2
Now: £399 (£150 off)
It might be expensive, but it's Xiaomi's top-end electric scooter right now, with a 350W motor and a great range. Find out more in our Xiaomi Mi Scooter 2 Pro review.
2. Ninebot Segway E25E (Refurbished)
Now: £254.99 (£194 off)
Ninebot's Xiaomi Mi 1S competitor, dubbed the E25E, has £194 off at Box right now - although it's refurbished rather than brand new. 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.
3. Segway Ninebot ES1LD
Now: £269 (£130 off)
Offering max speeds of 12.5mph, IPX4 water resistance and front wheel suspension for a smoother ride, the Ninebot ES1LD is a tempting buy at less than £270 right now.
4. Xiaomi Mi Essential Electric Scooter
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £309.97 (£90 off)
Loads of fun at a great price. But do check out the legality of riding electric scooters in the UK.
5. Mycle Cruiser Lite
Now: £299 (£50 off)
With an impressive 30km range, a unique design and four colour options to choose from, the Cruiser Lite from UK startup Mycle is a tempting option with £50 off.
6. Xiaomi Mi 1S Electric Scooter
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £339 (£60 off)
This is Xiaomi's mid-range electric scooter, and heaps of fun as a toy or as an essential travel gadget. Do check out the legality of riding electric scooters in the UK.