|Quick n dirty summary: This electric scooter will turn heads everywhere you go with its devilish good looks and smooth performance.|
Story time: I received an E450 Electric scooter for free in exchange for a review on this blog. I get offers from a lot of different companies to review their products and turn them down as I feel they don’t jive with me and my life philosophy. This one, however, did!
Despite being an obvious Millennial in many ways, I do deviate from the standard in a few ways. One of those deviances is in the total number of electric scooter rides taken. I have friends that hop on and off electric scooters as though it’s second nature. Me? Not so much. I’ve been on an electric scooter once, with friends on our way to the Lincoln Memorial down the National Mall. I have fond memories of regular scooters, but the cost of riding the electric scooters always deterred me.
Even if I haven’t ridden a ton of electric scooters in the last year, scooters and I go way back. I grew up on an old powder blue scooter with perpetually flat tires that must’ve weighed 50 pounds. I then got bit badly by the Razor scooter fad in the early 2000’s and begged to have one. My wish was granted one Christmas and I happily zoomed around the neighborhood for a few years. (It made a reappearance for a semester in college and everyone I passed was mad jelly. It was better than roller skates!) That Razor scooter has since been passed down to my niece, leaving me to get around by car, bike, or foot.
That is.… until Unagi reached out to me and asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing their scooter. I jumped at the chance! Riding their scooter brings me back to the carefree days of zooming around my neighborhood with my best friend. In this review, I’ll go over the stats, the look, the feel, and my overall impressions of the scooter.
Unagi currently has 2 models, 250W and 450W. The 450W model is dual motor where the 250W is single motor. The extra motor really adds some zip! There are 3 levels of power, ranging from moseying along to SEEYA! The max speed is around 15.5 mph which is equally parts exciting and terrifying. I have gotten it to go faster than that going down a hill which I definitely wouldn’t recommend. The range varies based on the weight of the rider. My range was probably a little further at 16 or so miles as my 5′5″ frame clocks in at 130 lbs. The max weight is 220 lbs. I feel like the handlebars are at a good height compared to some of the other scooters I’ve played around with. The running board is grippy and fit my size 8 shoes comfortably. Speaking of weight, the scooter weighs in at a mere 24.24 pounds. The handlebars fold down over the base, making it easy to carry around when you can’t ride it. The weight makes it fairly easy to do so, as well. If you have to ride at night, there is a bright LED light that effortlessly lights your way. There’s no need to worry about getting a flat tire like my first scooter as they are made of a hard rubber.
Gettin’ My Scoot On
Unagi electric scooters are sleek and sexy looking. I literally made heads turn while riding in the city and have had more than a few conversations about them with people on the Metro, neighbors, and random passerby on the street. I feel like this is what an electric scooter made by Tesla would look like if Unagi hadn’t beat them to the punch with their stylish design.
I’ve ridden the scooter around in a variety of situations and feel like it was the best option for many of them. I’ve discovered the scooter can take up more space than I’m used to when folded up on the Metro. Space is at a premium when the Metro is crowded, so I would hesitate at taking it on public transport at rush hour. I rode the scooter to the Nationals vs Cardinals game, which was an excellent idea on the way there. On the way home, I had more than one grumpy person snip at me for squeezing it on the train with me. I’ve found it works best if I leave it unfolded and stick the base under my seat with the stem in between my legs. Then again, that only works if you can get a seat in the first place so it’s a bit of a gamble.
The electric scooters are best ridden in bike lanes or on the street, as they go really fast compared to people on sidewalks. It’s hard to weave in and around people on the sidewalk without running over someone, and I definitely didn’t want to be that person. The controls are easy to use, with your right hand controlling the acceleration and your left hand controlling the brakes. I really enjoyed feeling the wind go through my hair as I whizzed past normies walking so slowly on the sidewalk.
My Honest Opinion
I would 100% recommend Unagi Electric scooters to anyone that asks. They’re sexy, super fast, lightweight, and plain fun to ride.
That being said.… I do need to talk about some of the other things I experienced.
The riding experience, while zippy, is only as smooth as the pavement you’re riding on. You’ll feel every crack, bump and pothole in the riding surface. I found your wrists take the brunt of the suspension effort and get quite tired from trying to minimize the bumps after an extended ride. I also wouldn’t recommend riding the scooters in cold or wet weather, which rather limits their usability depending on your location. You need some serious ear protection against the cold breeze, and the tires simply aren’t good at stopping on wet pavement with the drum brakes.
I also struggle with where to put the scooter when I arrive at my destination. I rode it to a job interview in DC, and was able to leave it by the office manager (who asked me a bunch of questions about it and thought it was super cool). When I rode it to the Nationals game, I stashed it in my friend’s apartment as he lives right across the street from the stadium. There isn’t a great way to lock it up with a bike lock and it’s so pretty I have no doubt it would get stolen in a heartbeat if I didn’t leave it well secured. DC is great for that kinda thing.
The last downside about the scooter is the price. The 450W model clocks in at a cool $990. As I was given mine by the company, I didn’t have to pay that, but it would take a ton of rides around town to make up for the initial cash outlay. I would really only recommend someone buy one if they had paid off all their debt, were investing for their retirement, and were looking for environmentally friendly ways to commute.
Otherwise, I love it and will be happy to rep it around my new city while I explore!
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