E-scooters have a little bit of a foul rep. In some cities, you’re more likely to hear grumbling about rental scooters strewn about streets like trash or discarded in rivers. These shared scooters are seen as a dorkier, much less secure various to bicycles that aren’t actually all that good for the environment. I’m grateful to the tech gods that dockless e-scooters haven’t been allowed in NYC.

This public notion is a disgrace, as a result of private scooters are a special story. They will let you get from A to B in a compact bundle. They’re straightforward to make use of and may prevent vital cash on cabs and public transit, however are additionally sufficiently small to slot in a automotive or prepare if want be. And so they are available in all types of sizes and efficiency ranges to swimsuit the wants of assorted customers.

The Unagi Model One units out to be a scooter you’re proud to personal. Its smooth, flowing design is like nothing else available on the market — much less dorky than rental scooters and fewer intimidating than some fanatic scooters. It’s prompted extra questions and compliments than every other private electrical automobile I’ve tried. It feels constructed to final. And regardless of a couple of notable caveats, it strikes a singular steadiness of value, weight, dimension, and energy that make it one of many best scooters to advocate.

It is available in two variations, an $840 250W single-motor mannequin, and a $990 450W dual-motor mannequin. I’ll admit that when Unagi supplied to let me strive an early model of the dual-motor model, I used to be skeptical. I’d by no means been notably impressed by the low-end and rental e-scooters I’d tried earlier than, and as a heavy man (270lb/122kg), they’ve felt slightly flimsy or underpowered. Not so with the Unagi.

(Observe: the Unagi is technically rated for 220lb/100kg, so use at the next weight at your personal threat).

I received to strive the higher-end configuration with twin motors and 450W of energy. We’ll get to its scooting efficiency in a bit, however unboxing the scooter makes it instantly clear it’s put along with care.

The very first thing you discover: it’s actually fairly. Aesthetics are subjective and all, however I’ll be darned if the Unagi isn’t at the least attempting to be the best-looking scooter available on the market. I like my white mannequin, however I discover the metallic blue notably snazzy.

Extra importantly, its design and construct high quality are on a special stage from a lot of the scooters I’ve tried. There are not any uncovered screws aside from those used to connect the handlebar (the one step within the meeting course of) and those beneath the bottom. Regardless of my being effectively over the scooter’s weight restrict, and regardless of the very fact the 450W Mannequin One solely weighs 24 lb/11kg (most scooters on this value vary cross the 40lb/18kg mark) it by no means felt like it will give or break over a number of hundred miles.