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Xiaomi Mi M365 Review

The Xiaomi is a do it all scooter that combines ease, utility, and safety in a simple, yet sharp design
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $500 List | $399 at Amazon
Pros:  Smooth ride, long battery life, easy to carry
Cons:  Brakes may require maintenance, expensive
Manufacturer:   Mi
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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  • Power - 25% 6
  • Ride - 20% 8
  • Portability - 15% 8
  • Braking - 15% 6

Our Verdict

Sleek, efficient and fleet, the Xiaomi Mi M365 scooter claimes our Editor's Choice Award for dispatching the competition in overall performance. A key component favoring this model is the vibration damping pneumatic tires which produce the smoothest ride in the class. It's also lightweight, compact and comfortable to carry, making it great for commuting. Moreover, the M365 has a streamline cockpit with a single lever dual brake system, a battery status monitor, headlight, and accelerator paddle that's easy to navigate.


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Pros Smooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryLong range, portable, fastFolded dolly function, huge travel range, hill climbing powerFast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensiveFast, front suspension, cruise control
Cons Brakes may require maintenance, expensiveVariable performanceRough ride, single brakeShorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latchLimited travel radius, bulky/ long frame, expensive
Bottom Line The Xiaomi is a do it all scooter that combines ease, utility, and safety in a simple, yet sharp designThe Tomoloo would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behaviorIf 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 needsIf 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 rideTesters were less than impressed with this scooter’s performance in light of the price tag.
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Rating Categories Xiaomi Mi M365 Tomoloo L1 Glion Dolly Foldable MEGAWHEELS S5 Ninebot...
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Specs Xiaomi Mi M365 Tomoloo L1 Glion Dolly Foldable MEGAWHEELS S5 Ninebot...
Maximum Speed 14.9 mph 15.3 mph 13.8 mph 16.2 mph 16.1 mph
Measured Effective Range 12.8 miles 10.9 miles 13.2 miles 10.1 miles 8.5 miles
Measured charge time 5 hrs 10 mins 4 hrs 40 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
Tire size 8.5" 8.5" 8" 8.5" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Battery indicator only Yes Battery indicator only Battery indicator only Yes
App No Yes No No Yes
Max load 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs 265 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Measured weight 27.2 lbs 29.3 lbs 28.7 lbs 26.7 lbs 27.2 lbs
Battery lithium lithium lithium-ion lithium-ion lithium-ion
Watt-hours 280.0 watt-hours unavailable 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 N/A 4-6 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins 3 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins

Our Analysis and Test Results

Despite being one of the more expensive scooters in our review, the Xiaomi is well worth the money due to its broad performance capabilities. Whether you are thinking about commuting to work or zipping around on the weekend for fun, the M365 boasts a long-lasting battery that allowed our testers to go nearly 13 miles at full tilt. This model is fast, too, with a max speed of 14+ mph; so it's a good thing that the stock brake system is powerful as well. Our testers were comfortable descending steep grades (up to 15%) and, despite the lack of a fender brake, it's forward momentum can be rapidly arrested with the rear disk and front electronic motor brakes. The robust pneumatic tires provide a damp ride so those crack and bumps will largely go unnoticed. Atop all this, the Xiaomi is compact when folded, relatively lightweight and comfortable to carry. With all these sweet features, it's no wonder why testers were stoked to mount this little pony.

Carving concrete on the Xiaomi Mi M365.
Carving concrete on the Xiaomi Mi M365.

Performance Comparison


In our tireless search for the very best electric scooters we scoured the web looking at manufacturer specs, customer reviews and design features, eventually purchasing the top nine models for side-by-side testing. Tests were designed to assess the most relevant elements contributing to a quality-built scooter. The concepts are simple enough; we wanted to know the actual range an adult rider can get out of a full battery charge and how much power the electric motors can deliver. We wanted to gauge the ride - or smoothness - when on rough roads and how well the different brake systems performed. Finally, we wanted to know how portable they are when folded. The following delineates how the Xiaomi Mi M365 sized up to the competition.

Cruise for up to 12.8 effective miles on the Xiaomi between charges.
Cruise for up to 12.8 effective miles on the Xiaomi between charges.

Range


Range is an assessment of travel radius and charge time. We subdivided travel radius into the effective range and the maximum range to see how the scooter performed as the battery was depleted. The effective range is the distance a scooter can travel (in this case on flat ground) going at or near full speed, while the maximum range is how far it will go at any speed. Here the M365 excelled with an effective and maximum range of 12.8 miles. This is awesome because riders can keep the throttle pinned until the battery is completely drained! Not so with some of the others we tested. However, in comparison to a few other models the M365 is a little slow to charge, but given the range performance we thought it was well worth the wait.


The Xiaomi performed well above average in the power tests.
The Xiaomi performed well above average in the power tests.

Power


POWER! We all want it in one form or another. In this case we're talking about hill climbing power and pedal to the metal, flat ground top speed power. For this metric we picked two hills (3.5% and 10.5% grade) and ran the scooter up them; or tried to. On the shallower of the pair, the M365 slowed by 3-5 mph but at that pace had no trouble cruising indefinitely. As for the steeper grade, it made it up about ¾ of the quarter mile climb. That was actually pretty good though considering that most of the scooters tested couldn't crest the rise either, and still others wouldn't climb the first hill.

To assess speed we took out a fully charged scooter and pinned the throttle bringing it up to its max cruising speed and then timed how long it took to traverse 100 feet. This trial was conducted three times. The average of the three was then converted to miles per hour. As you might expect, this do-it-all beast was right up there with the swiftest in the class averaging 15 mph.


The Xiaomi cushy pneumatic tires set the standard for smooth rides in its class.
The Xiaomi cushy pneumatic tires set the standard for smooth rides in its class.

Ride


The feel of bumpy roads and unexpected cracks contribute the feeling we're trying to capture in the ride analysis. The M365 was a boss in this category. As one tester put it: this model "set the bar." That's thanks in large part to the beefy, all terrain-like pneumatic tires that produce a damp ride that reduces the jarring large cracks to subtle vibrations.


Single handle actuated electronic front and disk rear brake system.
Single handle actuated electronic front and disk rear brake system.

Braking


While power and ride are important, we think that slowing down and stopping are pretty important, too. The M365 has a dual brake system comprised of an electronic motor brake in the front and a disk brake in the rear. To get a handle on a machine's braking ability we split the assessment into two parts: hill braking and flat ground stopping. The prior was essentially an assessment of the brake system's ability to hold the scooter at a comfortable speed when descending a steep hill. The latter assesses the ability to stop when flooring it on flat ground. Essentially this was an evaluation of how quickly we could arrest our forward momentum if something unexpected happened. You know, like a giant sinkhole opening up right in front of you. This is the one metric in which the Xiaomi wasn't at or near the head of the class. In part his is due to the rear disk brake requiring some adjustments. Additionally, this model doesn't have a fender brake, a feature that really helps to decrease stopping distances on flat ground.



The Xiaomi's average weight  comfortable grip  and easy folding make it a cinch for non-riding transport.
The Xiaomi's average weight, comfortable grip, and easy folding make it a cinch for non-riding transport.

Portability


The portability metric is comprised of five particulars that contribute to the overall non-riding mobility of a scooter. These are weight, folding ease, carrying latch effectiveness, transporting ease and folded dimensions. The M365 scored high points (8 out of 10) in each analysis. Given that it is one of the lightest in the review (27.2lbs.), that it's easy to (un)fold, that its latch is simple and effective, and that it has a comfortable carrying handle, this should be of no surprise. In fact, the only knock against it is that the folded dimensions are slightly larger than some of the competition.


Value


While we do not include price in our metrics (we want the best performing product to win no matter what the expense), we know that cost is pretty darn import to most people. More to the point, the value of the purchase - or what your dollars get - is of chief concern as well. With this in mind, we can say with confidence that, despite being one of the more spendy scooters on the market, the Xiaomi Mi M365 is a great value. It has top marks in every category (with the minor exception of braking). It's sleek, sharp, well designed, and (if you'll trust a nerd's opinion on the matter) they're pretty cool.

Conclusion


The Xiaomi Mi M365 is, without a doubt, the scooter of choice here at TechGearLab. There are some competitors that best it in specific categories, but none come out the other end of our comprehensive testing regime faring so well as the M365.


Nick Miley and Austin Palmer