In this article, we compare the Razor E100 vs E300 electric scooters – both can be a great choice for those who want the thrill and convenience of an electric scooter. But each was designed for either children or for teens / light adults – let’s see how they match up.
First we have a quick comparison table of the key features of the Razor E100 vs E300. Then we look at the main differences between them and the advantages of each scooter, in turn.
Finally, we’ll summarize the pros and cons of both rides, to help you make the right choice.
Razor E100 vs E300 – Quick Comparison
In the table below we’ve summarized the main features of each Razor scooter in a side by side comparison, to make it easy to see the differences between them.
|Razor E100||Razor E300|
|Description||Small electric scooter for younger kids||Larger, faster electric scooter for teenagers or light adults|
|Age||8+ * (see note below table)||13+|
|120 lbs||220 lbs|
|Top Speed||10 mph||15 mph|
|24V (2 x 12V) sealed lead acid rechargeable - charger included||24V (2 x 12V) sealed lead acid rechargeable - charger included|
|Up to 40 minutes of continuous use||Up to 40 minutes of continuous use|
|6-7 miles||10 miles|
|12 hours||12 hours|
|100W, high torque, chain driven, kick-to-start||250W, high torque, chain driven|
|Acceleration||Twist grip||Twist grip|
|Brake||Hand operated front caliper||Hand operated rear plate|
|Material||Powder Coated Steel||Powder Coated Steel|
|Colors||Red, Silver, Pink, Blue, Purple, Green, Sweet Pea, Black||Gray, White, Blue, Red|
|Adjustable Handlebars||No - fixed length 22"||No - fixed length 25"|
|Hand Grips||Soft, rubber||Soft, rubber|
|Front Wheel Size||8"||9"|
|Tires||Front pneumatic, rear urethane||Front and rear pneumatic|
|Product Weight||26 lbs||43 lbs|
|Deck Dimensions||21" x 7" (kid-sized)||26.2" x 8" (full-sized)|
|33.1" L x 16.1" W|
x 35.7" H
|40" L x 16.5" W|
x 42.5" H
|Assembly Time||10 minutes||10 minutes|
* Note on Age: Razor’s recommended age for the E100 is a conservative 8+ but an age range of 6-11 (based on reviews from many buyers) with parental supervision may be suitable.
Teens could ride it if they don’t exceed the maximum weight limit. However, they would probably soon get bored with the much slower speed of the E100. And tall kids may find the E100 uncomfortable to ride as the handlebars are 3″ lower so they’d have to bend down more.
Tip: if your child is too big for the E100 but you’re not sure if they’re big enough for the E300, check out our comparison of the Razor E200 vs E300 – the E200 is half way in between the E100 and E300.
The biggest differences between the Razor E100 and E300 scooters are the size and age of rider that each was designed for, and the power and speed of each scooter.
The Razor E300 supports a 83% heavier rider than the E100 (220 lbs vs 120 lbs) which makes it more suitable for teens and light adults. It’s little brother, the E100, is more suitable for kids under 12. The motor in the E300 is also more than twice as powerful as the E100 (250W vs 100W) which gives it a 50% higher top speed (15 mph vs 10 mph).
You may have anticipated a much larger difference in top speed given how much extra power the E300 has, but much of that is required for moving the scooter body which is much larger and 66% heavier than the E100 (43 lbs vs 26 lbs).
The Razor E300 has front and rear pneumatic tires for a smoother ride, whereas the rear tire of the E100 is made from urethane. The tires on the E300 are also slightly larger than the E100 (9″ vs 8″) for a more stable ride with added grip on uneven ground. The E300 also has better stopping ability due to rear brakes, whereas the E100 only has front brakes.
Check out the video below to see the little Razor E100 in a long term test review:
For comparison, the video below shows the larger Razor E300 in action on a variety of surfaces:
Advantages of Razor E100
The Razor E100 was our Best Value Choice in a recent review of the best electric scooters for kids. It has several advantages over the E300:
- The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is about $120 lower than the E300 – but check the actual prices below
- Lower top speed (10 mph vs 15mph) makes it less scary/risky for very young kids
- Smooth urethane rear tire is good for fun and tricks on hard flat surfaces
- The E100 is 40% lighter than the E300 (26 lbs vs 43 lbs) so it is easier to pick up or hang up for storage
- It has many more color options than the E300 (8 vs 4) so you have more chance to buy one in your ideal color
Advantages of Razor E300
The Razor E300 won our Ultimate Choice award in a recent review of the best electric scooters for kids. Note: The Razor E300S is identical, except that it has a (removable) seat for those who prefer not to stand all the time.
The E300 is a larger, faster, higher specified scooter for larger folk who want more of an adrenaline rush. It has several key advantages over the E100:
- The larger frame and more powerful motor are capable of supporting a much heavier rider (up to 220 lbs), which makes this scooter a good choice for teens and many adults
- No need to kick start (the E100 requires kick start i.e. you have to push the scooter to more than 3 mph before the motor will engage)
- The handlebars are 3″ longer which is a better height for taller teens
- A larger (full-size) deck allows better balance for those with larger feet
- Faster top speed (15 mph vs 10 mph) means more fun!
- Rear plate brake provides better stopping ability (the E100 has a front caliper)
- Pneumatic rear tire gives better grip on most terrain, not just hard flat surfaces
- Slightly larger front tire (9″ vs 8″) provides better stability and more height
Pros of Both
Here is a summary of what we love about both scooters:
- Designed with specific (but very different) age groups in mind
- Quick and easy to assemble – about 10 minutes
- Intuitive, user-friendly controls
- Solid steel frames can withstand the rigors of everyday use
- Pneumatic front tires can provide a comfortable ride over rougher terrain
- Retractable kickstand
- Easy to recharge the battery using house electric supply
- Environmentally friendly (no pollution and relatively low noise)
- Multiple color options to suit every taste
- Razor is a US manufacturer and replacement parts are readily available from their website
Cons of Both
Here is a summary of what we don’t like so much about both scooters:
- Relatively short battery life per full charge. But 40 minutes is still enough to cover about 6-7 miles (E100) or 10 miles (E300)
- Battery recharge time is 12 hours so charging needs to be planned. Or you could buy a spare pair of batteries to switch over instantly (they cost about $30 – $70 per pair)
- Height of handlebars can’t be adjusted (although this does make them more stable)
- Helmet and protective clothing may be uncomfortable in hot weather (see our FAQ for recommended safety gear)
- Batteries must not be stored in temperatures below freezing and must be recharged at least once a month to keep them fully operational
Conclusion – Which is Best?
These are two of the most popular Razor electric scooters. So which is best?
In our view the answer depends mostly on the age, height and weight of the intended rider – because there are big differences in the size of rider that each scooter is designed for.
With a weight limit of just 120 pounds, 3″ shorter handlebars, a kid-sized deck and a lower top speed, the E100 is most likely to be suitable for young kids aged around 6 to 11.
Whereas the E300, with a higher weight limit of 220 pounds and a full-sized deck, is designed to cope with almost all teens and many adults. The more powerful motor gives it a higher top speed too which is better suited to older riders.
The Razor E100 owner’s manual is available in PDF format from Razor here.
The Razor E300 owner’s manual is available in PDF format from Razor here.
NOTE: A parent’s decision to allow their child to drive either the Razor E100 or the Razor E300 electric scooter should depend on the child’s individual maturity, skill and ability to follow rules.