Despite the Tomoloo's high marks in all test categories, we declined to bestow any awards upon it due to its erratic behavior and inconsistent performance.
Tomoloo L1 Review
Pros: Long range, portable, fast
Cons: Variable performance
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|Pros||Long range, portable, fast||Smooth ride, long battery life, easy to carry||Folded dolly function, huge travel range, hill climbing power||Fast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensive||Fast, front suspension, cruise control|
|Cons||Variable performance||Brakes may require maintenance, expensive||Rough ride, single brake||Shorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latch||Limited travel radius, bulky/ long frame, expensive|
|Bottom Line||The Tomoloo would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behavior||The Xiaomi is a do it all scooter that combines ease, utility, and safety in a simple, yet sharp design||If you want a scooter for commuting in an urban setting, then the Glion’s compact folded dimensions, efficient dolly design, and long-lasting battery life make this scooter a sure thing to simplify your transportation needs||If you have a need for speed and you don’t care as much about folding and stowing, then this general purpose scooter is a ticket to a fun ride||Testers were less than impressed with this scooter’s performance in light of the price tag.|
|Rating Categories||Tomoloo L1||Xiaomi Mi M365||Glion Dolly Foldable||MEGAWHEELS S5||Ninebot...|
|Specs||Tomoloo L1||Xiaomi Mi M365||Glion Dolly Foldable||MEGAWHEELS S5||Ninebot...|
|Maximum Speed||15.3 mph||14.9 mph||13.8 mph||16.2 mph||16.1 mph|
|Measured Effective Range||10.9 miles||12.8 miles||13.2 miles||10.1 miles||8.5 miles|
|Measured charge time||4 hrs 40 mins||5 hrs 10 mins||4 hrs 25 mins||3 hrs||3 hrs 30 mins|
|Brake||Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle||Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle||Anti-lock electronic located inside rear wheel||Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle||Electronic front brake and rear fender foot brake|
|Tire type||Pneumatic||Pneumatic||Honeycomb interior (solid)||Pneumatic||Solid|
|Screen||Yes||Battery indicator only||Battery indicator only||Battery indicator only||Yes|
|Max load||220 lbs||220 lbs||255 lbs||265 lbs||220 lbs|
|Measured weight||29.3 lbs||27.2 lbs||28.7 lbs||26.7 lbs||27.2 lbs|
|Watt-hours||unavailable||280.0 watt-hours||280.8 watt-hours||208.8 watt-hours||187.0 watt-hours|
|Motor||Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
|Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
|250 Watt||250 Watt||Nominal Power 300W
Max Power 700W
|Manufacturer charge time||4-6 hrs||N/A||3 hrs 30 mins||3 hrs||3 hrs 30 mins|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Tomoloo had testers scratching their heads at its inconsistent comportment. When the scooter was having a good day it was a top performer. Given the reasonable price point, this product would have been up for an award. However, this scooter proved to be temperamental, often refusing to cruise at its top speed, requiring testers to cycle the on/ off button with mixed results. Of particular note was the product's variable max speed; perhaps from a malfunctioning cruise control.
In a focused effort to isolate and analyze the top electric scooters on the market we have combed the web, compiled customer critiques, manufacturer innovations, and redundancies and finally bought nine of the most promising electric scooters for head-to-head testing. We have divided our analysis into five critical categories that, when satisfactorily addressed, comprise a quality scooter. Below is an in-depth discussion of the Tomoloo's performance in each.
Range tests are comprised of two parts: travel radius and battery charge time. Travel radius is subdivided into the effective range and the maximum range. Effective range refers to the number of miles a scooter can cruise at its max speed on flat ground. The maximum range refers to the number of miles a scooter will go at any speed. The distinction is necessary as many scooters' max speed will decrease at the end of their battery's life
The Tomoloo has an effective range of 10.9 and a maximum rage of 11.7 miles. The battery recharges in four hours and forty minutes, close to the average for the class.
For the purpose of this review, power is defined as hill ascending ability and maximum flat ground speed. The hill climbing analysis was conducted first on a 3.5% grade. If this hill was surmounted, then the scooter was run up a a much steeper 10.5% grade. While the Tomoloo was the top performer in the speed assessment - maxing out at just over 15 mph - the 3.5% grade slowed the scooter by 3-5 mph and the 10.5% grade brought the scooter to a standstill well short of the ¼ mile hill crest.
Ride is an assessment of the vibration a scooter transfers to the rider when passing over bumpy terrain such as cracks in the sidewalk. Having tested many of these scooters we know that this metric is primarily an assessment of the tire type. The Tomoloo's tires are pneumatic which absorb much of the road's inconsistencies. Accordingly, they offer one of the smoothest rides in the fleet.
Given the cruising speed of the Tomoloo - which is pretty darn fast - it's a good thing that it has good brakes. With both a front electronic and rear fender brake, testers were happy with the power felt on rapid flat ground stops and the steadiness during controlled descents.
Weight, folded dimensions, folding ease, carrying latch utility, transporting, and effort are the focus of the portability assessment. The Tomoloo checks all the boxes in this metric, leaving testers with little in the way of critique.
When this scooter was working properly it was a top performer. However, it often failed to work at its full capacity. As such, we can not assign a high value to the Tomoloo. It's just too frustrating to have a purchase not work when it was just pulled out of the box.
The Tomoloo raised expectations with a top-notch design but ultimately left testers wondering why the thing only worked right some of the time. As a result of our mixed experience with this product, we can not in good faith recommend it; especially at the price.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer