Electric unicycles are one of the coolest ways to get around town. But with so many options on the market, how can you be sure you’re buying the one that’s right for you?
Before you buy one, do your research to find the one that suits your needs. With the right model and a little bit of practice, you’ll be zipping around on one wheel in no time. To help you find the model that’s right for you, we’ve put together this guide of the eight best electric unicycles of 2018.
What to Look For in an Electric Unicycle
So what should you look for in an electric unicycle? There are many things to consider to find the ideal make and model.
- Where do you plan to ride it?
- How often do you intend to use it?
- How fast do you need it to go?
- How much distance do you want to cover?
It’s crucial to research the speed, the motor, and the range so you know how far your model can go. If you’re going to use it for your daily commute, make sure you find one that offers enough range to get you to and from your destination.
If speed is your thing, look for one that really moves. Many models top out at about 12 miles per hour, but there are some that go as fast as 30 miles per hour.
To ensure you’re getting your money’s worth, compare the value and features of different models. Look at the design, the ergonomics, and the build to figure out which one will be most comfortable. Look for features such as weather resistance and onboard electronics.
If you want to listen to music while you’re on the go, opt for a model that has Bluetooth capability. The following list breaks down all the main features of our eight favorite models of the year.
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King Song 16S
Priced at $1,299, the KS16S is a commuter-friendly mode of transport. It weighs in at 38.5 pounds and has a collapsible briefcase handle that makes it somewhat easier to transport.
Yet, the heavy weight makes it a bit less transportable than other designs. But with a top speed of nearly 22 miles per hour, you’ll get where you’re going pretty quickly.
It’s an excellent option for commuters, and it has a range of 38 to 50 miles. On the KS16S, you can go the distance. The weight is a drawback for many riders, but the top speed makes it one of the faster models available on the market.
It’s definitely not as agile as other lighter weight models, but the speed makes it a favorite for many. It’s pricier than many other designs, but for the rider who wants to go fast, it’s definitely worth a look.
Depending on who’s riding, the speed range is adjustable via the KingSong mobile app. If you’re a beginner, you can slow your speed until you get comfortable and accustomed to your new ride.
If you’re an advanced rider, you’ll feel in control even at the 22 miles per hour top speed.
- Range of 38 to 50 miles
- Top speed of nearly 22 mph
- Top speeds customizable in app
- Weighs 38.5 lbs
- Less agile than lighter models
Segway One S1
The Segway One S1 offers great value. The affordable price and easy to use design make it a great electric unicycle for beginners. Priced at $500, it’s cost-effective and reliable, as Segway always is. But as with all models at this price point, it has its fair share of pros and cons.
For the beginner, you can access new rider tutorials and new rider info through the Bluetooth app. This advice is quite valuable for a beginner trying to get the hang of unicycle riding. The look is sleek and stylish, so it’s a perfect choice to use in any city.
Weighing in at 25 pounds, this model has a small size that is relatively easy to maneuver around town. It takes just four hours to charge it completely, and you’ll get a range of 15 miles on a single charge.
But if you’re looking for a device that offers excellent speed, this is not the model for you. The maximum top speed is only 12.5 miles per hour.
This is a safe, reliable speed for beginners and casual riders, but not for someone who wants to cover a lot of ground.
- Affordably priced
- Sleek and stylish
- Slow top speed
- Low range (15 miles)
Inmotion V3 Pro
At $500, the Inmotion V3 Pro is a budget-friendly option for anyone in search of a self-balancing unicycle. Detailed with a hidden briefcase handle that makes it easy to maneuver, it includes auto lights and Bluetooth capability.
It also has high-quality built-in speakers and a convenient speed warning that says “please slow down” when you’re going too fast. If you need someone to keep you in check when you’re going too fast, the speed warning is key.
But with a range of only six to nine miles and a top speed of 11 miles per hour, it doesn’t go very far or very fast. It does have great onboard electronics, and the Inmotion app allows you to see your ride statistics.
Available in a variety of cool colors, it’s easy to learn how to ride and safe to use. If you’re looking for speed, this won’t be your first choice, but it does offer great value and provides an ultra-comfortable ride.
- Bluetooth compatible
- Comes in a variety of colors
- Range of only six to nine miles
- Top speed of 11 mph
Priced at $300, the Swagroller Electric model is perfect for the rider who doesn’t want to shell out the big bucks. The price makes it one of the best values you’ll find—and it’s easy to use and easy to transport.
A briefcase handle and two wheels allow for better handling. Manageable settings in the Swagroller app make it easy to operate.
Bluetooth capability and LED lights add to its functionality. The price can’t be beaten, but it’s not an ideal option for bigger riders.
Some riders think it feels a bit underpowered, as it offers only a 12-mile range and a top speed of 9.3 miles per hour. The affordable price and ease of handling make it a great option for smaller riders who don’t intend to go too fast.
- $300 (cheapest on this list)
- Easy to handle
- Great for beginners
- Top speed of 9.3 mph
- Range of only 12 miles
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It will cost you about $900, but the Inmotion V8 electric model offers incredible value for the price. Fast moving and loaded with features, this model includes Bluetooth speakers, LED headlights, and an Inmotion app.
The speed tops out at 20 miles per hour, and it has a range of 30 miles on one charge. This makes it a favorite among riders who want to go the distance and get there at a decent speed.
Charging this type takes four hours, so it’s ideal for commuters who can charge it during the workday.
This model handles well and includes the popular briefcase handle, but it weighs in at 31 pounds. Slightly heavier than other options, it has a powerful motor, but the motor slows down when the charge is down to 20 percent.
It includes a user tutorial manual for new riders, so it’s easy to get accustomed to. For the best performance, ride it on smooth, paved surfaces. Compared to other models, it doesn’t perform as well on rocky roads and gravel.
- Top speed of 20 mph
- Randing of 30 miles
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Slows down when charge is low
- Weighs 31lbs
- Does not perform well on rocky roads
Ninebot One C+
We love the Ninebot One C+ for all its customizable options. Priced at $459, it’s easy to accessorize with a variety of different lights and color options. It’s designed for long-lasting use and can handle up to 2,000 charges and up to 18,000 miles of travel.
The sleek appearance makes it a stylish option, and at a little more than 28 pounds it can hold up to 264 pounds. One of its best features is its durability, but as with all electric unicycles, it too has some drawbacks.
It offers standard range and speed, allowing you to go about 12-15 miles at a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour. It’s not the fastest model out there, but it does have a faster than average charging time.
Depending on the model and how much juice remains, charging time ranges between one and four hours. At a price tag under $500, it offers good value and reliable function. It’s a worthy choice for any casual rider.
- Very durable
- Fast charge time
- Relatively low range
- Low top speed
For riders who want the best of the best, the KingSong 18S is a great option to consider. With prices that vary from $1,495 to $1,995, it’s one of the more expensive models, but it includes loads of features.
Available in your choice of black or white, the KS18S is designed for high speed and excellent range. You can go up to 30 miles per hour at top speed and enjoy a range of 60-70 miles on a full charge.
If the range is an important factor for you, the KingSong 18S is the best.
This design has a large 18″ wheel, plus it comes with an optional seat for added comfort. At 50 pounds, it’s rather heavy, so it’s not the easiest unicycle to transport unless you’re riding it.
The large wheel offers better and faster handling, but some riders think it’s too big for their needs. Two different battery options and the water-resistant design adds to its durability. The electronics are solid—this is a top-notch electric unicycle for the serious rider.
- Top speed of 30 mph
- Range of 60-70 miles
- Heavy at 50 lbs
Gotway MCM 4-HS
For the rider who demands better than average range, the Gotway MCM 4-HS is one of the best unicycles you’ll find. You’ll hit top speed at about 13 miles per hour, but you can enjoy a 30-40 mile range.
The combination of range and speed make it perfect for anyone who wants to go a distance but doesn’t want to go too fast. Equipped with a high-quality Sony battery, it includes both speed and high-temperature protections.
With a mobile app and Bluetooth capability, it’s easy to use and offers good handling. It features a 14″ wheel and non-slip pedals, and has a weight capacity of approximately 264 pounds.
The price will set you back about $1,239, so it’s a bit expensive, but the range makes it worth it. You have your choice of black or white, and it has a sleek look that’s perfect for anyone looking for a new way to commute.
- Great range
- Bluetooth compatible
- Top speed of 13 mph
Every electric unicycle comes with its own pros and cons, so it’s important to know what you want before you rush out to buy one.
For the serious rider looking for range, consider the KingSong 18S, the KS 16S, the Inmotion V8, or the Gotway MCM 4-HS. They’re the most expensive models, but they cover a lot more ground than the 15-mile range you’ll get with a $500 design.
If speed is your biggest concern, you’ll have to pay a little more for a unicycle that can run more than 20 miles per hour. For speed, the KingSong 18S, the Inmotion V8, and the KS16S are the models to consider.
Are you more of a casual rider who wants something affordable? You’re in luck because there are tons of good models priced at $500 or less.
Consider the Segway One S1, the Inmotion V3 Pro, the Swagroller Electric, and the Ninebot One C+. They have shorter ranges and slower speeds, but they’re great fun and you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy one.
From customizable options to Bluetooth technology, every model on our list has something great to offer. Just make sure you know exactly what you’re getting before you buy.
Weigh the features and the price to determine if you’re getting the best value. Know the range and speed capabilities as well as how much weight it can handle.
If you’re a beginner, take some time to practice before heading out onto a crowded street.
An electric unicycle isn’t just about looking cool when you’re on the road. No matter what design or model you buy, safety is always key.