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Razor E300 Review

Despite being a household brand name, the Razor's poor showing in almost every test category left reviewers struggling to find positive things to report
Razor E300
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Price:   $360 List | $349.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Smooth ride, powerful single brake
Cons:  Slow, does not fold, limited range
Manufacturer:   Razor
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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#9 of 9
  • Range - 25% 1
  • Power - 25% 3
  • Ride - 20% 8
  • Portability - 15% 1
  • Braking - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Razor E300 simply fails to perform at the same level as the other products here reviewed. For example, it has an extremely short travel radius and a prolonged charging time. Moreover, the scooter does not so much as hint at the needs of the commuter oriented customer. Overall we were less than impressed with this well-known brand's electric scooter.

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Pros Smooth ride, powerful single brakeLithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth rideSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusFolded dolly function, huge travel range, hill climbing power
Cons Slow, does not fold, limited rangeHeavy, long charge timeBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge intervalCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lack redundancyRough ride, single brake
Bottom Line Despite being a household brand name, the Razor's poor showing in almost every test category left reviewers struggling to find positive things to reportA smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its stepThis do it all scooter combines comfort and utility in a simple yet sharp designA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusThis scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by integrating long battery life with a powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platform
Rating Categories Razor E300 Gotrax G4 Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Range (25%)
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9.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Power (25%)
3.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Ride (20%)
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Portability (15%)
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Braking (15%)
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Specs Razor E300 Gotrax G4 Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Measured Maximum Speed 12.0 mph 19.8 mph 14.9 mph 19.3 mph 13.8 mph
Measured Effective Range 4.7 miles 22 miles 12.8 miles 12.2 miles 13.2 miles
Measured Charge Time 6 hrs 20 min 5 hours 50 min 5 hrs 10 min 4 hours 30 min 4 hrs 25 min
Brake Type Rear disc brake Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake
Tire Type Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Rubber (honeycomb interior)
Tire Size 9" 10" 8.5" 8.5" 8"
Lights No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen No Yes Battery indicator only Yes Battery indicator only
App No No No Yes No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs
Bell No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 42.5 lbs 37.8 lbs 27.2 lbs 35.2 lbs 28.7 lbs
Battery Type Sealed lead acid Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium-ion
Motor 250 Watt 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
350 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

This electric scooter has several features that are unique in the class. First, it uses a sealed lead acid battery which is interesting considering that lithium-ion batteries have become the standard. The E300 also uses a chain-driven motor to transfer power to the rear wheel, meaning that there is no electronic hub brake. Finally, the frame and fork are constructed of steel. Given the design and the target consumer (primarily children), it's no wonder that this product failed to meet the standards set by the other scooters here reviewed. It also didn't help that our E300 broke during testing and had to be returned.

The Razor E300
The Razor E300
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


In our dogged search for the best electric scooters on the market, we scoured the web, reading manufacturer specs, analyzing design features and, combing through customer reviews. In the end, we purchased the most promising scooters for head-to-head testing. We then devised several tests to weigh all the elements contributing to a quality product. These elements or metrics as we call them, are power, ride, range, portability, and braking. These metrics, and how we evaluated them, are discussed in detail below.

Turn and burn. The razor's twist grip accelerator.
Turn and burn. The razor's twist grip accelerator.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


This metric is a measure of hill-climbing ability and flat ground top speed. To assess the prior, we picked two hills (3.5% and 10.5% grade) and ran the scooter up them - if they could. On the shallower of the two, the E300's max speed was reduced by 5-7 mph. However, one tester noted that he was skeptical that the scooter would have continued were the hill any longer. The steeper grade was not attempted for fear of breaking the product before further tests could be completed. (note: the E300 eventually did break during testing).

To assess speed we took the Razor out with a fully charged battery and cranked the throttle taking it to its maximum cruising speed and timed how long it took to go 100 feet. This trial was run three times and the results were averaged. At 11.95 mph, the E300 is at the bottom of the class.

The Razor E300's beefy pneumatic tires provide a smooth ride.
The Razor E300's beefy pneumatic tires provide a smooth ride.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ride


This metric is simply an assessment of how aware our testers were of rough road surfaces and unexpected cracks. This was one of the categories in which the E300 excelled; mainly due to its 9" pneumatic tires.

The Razor's single disk brake is operated by a hand lever.
The Razor's single disk brake is operated by a hand lever.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Braking


To get a grasp on a scooter's braking power we looked at two critical conditions; namely, hill braking and flat ground stopping. The first is an evaluation of the machine's ability to regulate speed when descending a steep hill. The second evaluates the stopping distance on flat ground. Despite having only one (disk) brake, the Razor did quite well in both of these tests. However, the lack of redundancy in the brake system raises safety concerns.

The Razor has the shortest travel radius in the class.
The Razor has the shortest travel radius in the class.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


The range metric is an evaluation of travel radius and battery charging time. When we started testing for ranger we quickly realized that we needed to subdivide travel radius into two parts to accurately describe the performance of the scooters being tested. The first part is the effective range, which is the number of miles traversed at full speed on flat ground. The second part is the maximum range, which is the distance the scooter will go at any speed. Here the E300 shows the problematic nature of its sealed lead acid battery. There is a big gap between the maximum miles (5.9) and the effective miles (4.7) delivered on a charge, and both were well below those delivered by the lithium-ion counterparts. Additionally, the battery was slow to charge taking about 6 ½ hours. The manufacturer notes in the manual that it can take up to 24 hours to fully charge.

Portability


The Razor's lack of a folding mechanism for the steering column, it's heavy steel frame construction, and it's generally bulky design suggest that its designers did not have portability in mind. As such, the scooter received the lowest marks in the class in this category.

Value


Given the general lack of performance delivered, and that our E300 broke within a few days of purchase. We can not say that this product is a good value.

Conclusion


We would recommend that a potential consumer look elsewhere for an electric scooter. Even if you're looking to pick up one of these machines for the kids to play around on in the driveway, there are better options at the price.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer

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