I've been riding this Razor A5 kick scooter for years, and have loved it. It's built like a tank, light, and folds quickly. I've found that a kick scooter is consistently 3x faster than walking, and often way less effort. So I can arrive in 7 minutes somewhere that would take 20 minutes to walk.
I've recently moved to a new home in a more urban area, and I'll be using a scooter even more, so I've been testing electric scooters. The delta between "great" and "horrible" is massive, and not immediately obvious. After doing hours of research, I've compiled this comprehensive guide.
Riding a scooter is still a little bit weird. Pedestrians don't enjoy having you blow by them on the sidewalk, and bikers don't feel like you deserve to share the bike lane with them. As with most areas of being an early adopter, you have to be willing to deal with these issues if you choose to scoot. But the payoff is worth it: Upgrading to a battery powered scooter means you can easily get somewhere at least twice as fast as a kick-powered scooter, and six times as fast as walking. Compressing a 30-minute walk into a 5-minute scooter ride is amazing if you really value your time.
First off, here are the things I've determined do matter when looking for a scooter you can use to commute (in descending order):