What Is The Best Razor Scooter? – (2019 Reviews)
Razor scooters are one of the coolest ways to get around. Practically anyone can hop on or off and start puttering around without any prior practice. Unlike with riding bikes or skateboards, you can do many cool tricks using your Razor scooter with hardly any effort.
There’s more than one style of Razor scooter, however. Likewise, there are many different manufacturers of Razor-style scooters, but many are of poor quality. Picking the perfect scooter for you or a relative is harder than it might seem at first glance.
In this article, we’ll use our hard-ridden experience to describe a handful of the strongest Razor scooters so that you’ll know which one will be great for kickflips and which is better for some casual fun around the office.
Razor Scooter Reviews
Our #1 Choice – Razor A2 Kick Scooter
Razor’s A2 Kick Scooter is the prototypical scooter which most people would be happy to get as a gift.
- Lots of color selections
- Basic scooter design
- Perfect as a first scooter
- Easy to repair
- Colors don’t show up very much
- Limited customizability
The A2 has all of the features you’d expect from a scooter. Two wheels, a flat board, ratchetable T-tube, tight wheels, a stylish fender, and a wheelie bar. This scooter is going to be the right choice for most urban and suburban environments.
Many people play with their scooters indoors, too. You can pick between half a dozen different colors when you select your A2. The colors are not very noticeable, however, because only the handlebars, wheels, and baseplate are colored.
The skeleton of the scooter is a bright chrome regardless of the color you choose, which can be a letdown for some people.
Likewise, the customizability of this scooter is very limited. If you want to add any custom furniture or decals, you’ll need to be handy with a toolkit.
The best thing about this scooter is that it’s easy to adapt to people of different ages and heights, however. Turning the T-tube ratchet lets you raise or lower the handlebars easily.
It’s important to note that this basic model doesn’t have any safety features, so it should only be used at low speeds or when using a pair of high-traction shoes.
Our #2 Choice – Razor A3 Scooter Clear
Razor’s A3 scooter is intended for older children and it is built with heavier construction and a few quality of life features which the A2 doesn’t have.
- Great for young teens
- Small size when stored
- Good maneuverability
- Low top speeds
The A3 scooter can support up to 143 pounds of rider weight, meaning that it is better for older children in comparison to the A2. Likewise, the A3 has a higher maximum height and a more streamlined rear wheel guard which can cut down on the hassle of riding with baggy pants.
Furthermore, the A3’s folding mechanism lets it curl up a bit smoother than the A2 does when it’s time to head inside.
The wheels of the A3 are a little bit larger than that of the A2, meaning that it corners slightly less aggressively and can maintain forward momentum somewhat better.
Finally, the A3’s rear wheel guard has a screw on the exterior side which makes changing out wheels a bit easier than with the A2.
Overall, the A3 is an improvement to the A2, but it isn’t worth an upgrade — it’s a good first choice for an older child’s scooter, however.
Our #3 Choice – Razor E100 Electric Scooter
For people looking for a serious scooter that lets them get around with a faster speed than their legs would allow, this electric scooter might be the right choice.
- Great brakes
- High maximum speed
- Electric engine for easy cruising
- Good safety features
- Short battery life
- Awkward wheel size
Most people assume that Razor scooters are simple toys which aren’t ready for serious transportation. Not the case. With this Razor E100 scooter, you can bring the power of an electric engine to bear on your daily transit.
This scooter has a braking handle which will be necessary to use to ride it safely. You might consider only giving this scooter to a teenager or someone who is slightly older because of the responsibility which it entails.
Aside from the electric motor, the scooter has larger and more serious wheels. These wheels are road-ready, although dirt roads and rough asphalt roads are beyond the scooter’s capabilities.
The battery of the scooter is the primary limiting factor. Users over 120 lbs will tax the engine beyond its limit. Under the right conditions, the scooter can achieve nearly 10 mph in speed, however.
Our #4 Choice – Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter
The Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter is an older and sturdier version of the E100 scooter which happens to be a bit lighter.
- Large baseboard for teens
- High controllability
- Too big for young children
- Difficult height adjustment
The E90’s plastic construction means that it has lighter and smaller wheels than the E100. With a similar battery life of just over an hour and a 10 mph maximum speed, the other characteristics are remarkably similar.
Importantly, the E90’s baseboard is more comfortable for some people than the E100. This means that children with large feet will probably be more better at riding the slightly older E90 than the E100.
Likewise, the E90 rides a tiny bit lower to the ground than the E100. This means that it is a bit easier to control for taller people. Shorter people probably won’t notice the difference.
The final important factor of the E90 is that its height-adjustment kit is at the bottom of the T-tube rather than in the middle.
This means that adjusting the height is slightly harder than it might be otherwise. If you are picking out a product for people of different heights to share, this might be a dealbreaker. For most purposes, it won’t change anything about the scooter’s use, however.
Our #5 Choice – Razor A5 Lux Scooter
The A5 is Razor’s latest and greatest scooter model which can accommodate people weighing up to 220 lbs.
- Great wheels
- Tight turning radius
- Limited color selection
- Too big to store conveniently
With the A5, you’ll get the best street-ready multifunctional scooter that Razor offers. The A5 has large wheels which are great for low-effort coasting, a slim baseplate for added aerodynamics, and a minimal wheel guard to account for a higher level of user skill.
The color of the A5 is more customizable than on prior models. Rather than merely changing the colors in a few spots, the color options on the A5 change the entire body color as well as the peripherals.
Unfortunately, you can only pick between chrome, pink, and blue.
Nonetheless, the A5 is a great choice for adults or older children who are looking for a scooter. The wheels are durable, and the spokes can stand up to a lot of abuse from road debris.
You will also find that the A5 maintains a tight turning radius when the handlebars are configured at the proper height.
Much like the other Razor scooters, the A5 conveniently folds at the hinge. Because the A5 is physically bigger than the other models, it won’t compact to as small of a size as the others might.
The A5 is intended for older children and adults.
Our #6 Choice – Razor Pro RDS Dirt Scooter
The Dirt Scooter is a Razor scooter that is intended for off-road use, like in the backyard — but it can handle city streets perfectly fine, too.
- Perfect for off-roading
- Reinforced handlebars
- Bike-like performance
- Great for doing tricks
- Inefficient on asphalt
The oversized wheels on this scooter are the biggest giveaway that it’s intended for rough and tumble use on trails or grass.
The wheel bits are single-bloc pneumatic tires, meaning that they’re resistant to puncturing but will still provide the give that you need to ride in rough terrain without ruining your knees.
The connector from the wheels to the handlebars is reinforced, giving the scooter the ability to stop on a dime or turn sharply without causing damage to the side trusses. Importantly, this means you can use this scooter for stunting in areas that you couldn’t use other Razor scooters.
The beefy rear wheel guard is another great feature for people interested in stunting. You can step on it and use it to gain a fulcrum of leverage relative to the rest of the scooter for wheelies and other tricks.
Finally, the handlebars are reinforced at a Y-junction, which makes the scooter handle more like a bike than other scooters. The advantage of this is that you can get more leverage for turns without causing as much stress to your wrists.
If you’re looking to buy a scooter for an aspiring stunter, this is the right scooter.
Our #7 Choice – Razor A Scooter
The Razor A scooter is the most basic model of scooter which is the perfect first scooter for someone to try.
- Excellent first scooter for a child
- Highly customizable
- Good safety features
- Low top speeds
- Very small size
The main appeal of the Razor A scooter is not its build quality, aesthetics, or performance. Indeed, the scooter is made from simple plastic and faux-chrome components. The handlebars are made from the same rubber foam padding as every other set of handlebars.
Children won’t go very fast on the Razor A because the wheels are extremely small, lightweight, and easy to chip. The spokes of the wheels are ready for any dirt or debris from the road to enter and become clogged.
That doesn’t mean the Razor A is a bad scooter, however. Indeed, it’s one of the best on the market because of lightweight and how simple it is. The scooter only weighs six pounds, which makes it perfect for an independent young rider to call their own.
The tight turning radius and high adaptability of this scooter make it a wonderful choice for light use around the city for children who are under age 12. Children who are older than 12 might find the scooter to be a bit small, and they might also find its extra-wide baseboard to be uncool.
Nevertheless, children learning how to scoot around will be thankful for the wide baseboard and forgiving wheel well protection. The top speed of the scooter is very low, which means that it’s always easy to bail out if things start to look bad.
The scooter can be compacted into the smallest size of all of the Razor unpowered scooters, which is a nice touch. There are a handful of different color options for this scooter, and all of them change the trim and peripherals of the scooter.
The pink scooters are immensely popular among young girls. Unlike many of the later models of scooter, the A model scooter is highly customizable in terms of its aesthetics, which many children will enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Razor Scooters Safe?
Razor scooters can be perfectly safe, but the real answer is that it depends on what the intended use case of the scooter is. Scooters intended for casual use tend to be less safe than scooters intended for genuine transport or stunting.
In other words, the more specialized and powerful the scooter, the safer it is. This is counterintuitive because many people expect more powerful scooters to be more dangerous, but the fact of the matter is that more powerful scooters have more built-in safety features.
Scooters for casual usage are probably safe for children and young adults to use, but don’t be too surprised if you see your child come back with a few scrapes and bruises. Even with basic scooting around, children can potentially cause a sprain or a serious injury if they aren’t careful.
Remember, scooters are safer than riding a bike because the speeds aren’t as fast and children can dismount more naturally. Nonetheless, they still involve moving at speed, and they have a small but real chance of tipping over under certain circumstances.
In summary, scooters are safe, but the kind of scooter you’d get for a child to play with is probably the least safe kind of the bunch.
Are Scooters Fun For Adults?
Some adults find scooters to be a fun way of getting around town or having a joke around the office. Other adults take great joy in stunting with their scooter or using an electric scooter to go on errands.
Most adults will find scooters to be a bit strange, however. You should probably test the waters regarding scooter usage before you purchase a scooter for an adult. At worst, they might not use the scooter.
If someone is interested in stunting sports like skateboarding, biking, or snowboarding, there is a much higher chance that they will be more interested in playing around with a scooter, however.
What Scooters Should I Avoid?
Avoid spending too much on a scooter because you think that spending more will lead to a better scooter. Most scooters are around the same price point regardless of their quality. At the same time, remember that the most expensive scooters are more specialized.
Specialized scooters are great to purchase for someone who is interested in starting to try out stunting, but getting a stunting scooter for someone only interested in casual scooting is a surefire way to leave them with a subpar scooter.
Your child’s first scooter shouldn’t be an electric scooter, nor should it be an off-road scooter unless you plan on primarily having your child scoot around unpaved areas.
What Gear Does My Child Need To Ride?
Many parents over-prepare their children to ride the scooter. It isn’t necessary to have a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, fingerless gloves, a mouthguard, and shin guards to ride the scooter.
On the other hand, you want to protect your child from incidental scrapes as much as possible. Above all, you want to protect their health from the most serious risks that casual scooting can bring to bear.
The only piece of equipment your child needs to ride the scooter aside from the scooter itself is a helmet. A lightweight bicycle helmet will be your best bet. Remember, the helmet is useless if it doesn’t have foam padding which will absorb shock and help your child to decelerate if they get bumped.