In this article, we compare the Razor E300 vs E300S electric scooters – both can be a great choice for teens and light adults. Let’s see how they match up.
First we have a quick comparison table of the key features of the Razor E300 vs E300S. 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 E300 vs E300S – Quick Comparison
In the table below we’ve summarized the main features of each Razor scooter in a side by side comparison and highlighted the differences in bold.
|Razor E300||Razor E300S|
|Description||Large, fast electric scooter for teens or light adults||Large, fast electric scooter with seat for teens or light adults|
|220 lbs||220 lbs|
|Top Speed||15 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|
|10 miles||10 miles|
|12 hours||12 hours|
|250W, high torque, chain driven||250W, high torque, chain driven|
|Acceleration||Twist grip||Twist grip|
|Brake||Hand operated rear plate||Hand operated rear plate|
|Material||Powder Coated Steel||Powder Coated Steel|
|Colors||Matte Gray, White, Blue, Red||Matte Gray, White/Blue, Sweet Pea (pink)|
|Adjustable Handlebars||No - fixed length 25"||No - fixed length 25"|
|Hand Grips||Soft, rubber||Soft, rubber|
|Front Wheel Size||9"||9"|
|Tires||Front and rear pneumatic||Front and rear pneumatic|
|Product Weight||43 lbs||52 lbs|
|Deck Dimensions||26.2" x 8" (full-sized)||26.2" x 8" (full-sized)|
|40" L x 16.5" W|
x 42.5" H
|40" L x 16.5" W|
x 42.5" H
|Assembly Time||10 minutes||10 minutes|
Note on Age: Pre-teens may be too young/small to handle the speed and weight of these scooters – check out our comparison of the Razor E200 vs E300 for a lighter alternative. The E200 is slightly slower and is designed for younger children.
The Razor E300S has a removable seat, giving you the choice to sit or stand while riding. The E300S with the seat removed is identical to the stand-only E300. With the seat in place, the Razor E300S is 21% heavier (52 lbs vs 43 lbs) than the E300 but, with the seat removed, they weigh exactly the same.
Despite the extra weight of the E300S (with seat fitted), its performance is the same as the E300 in terms of top speed and battery life. The Razor E300 does have an extra color option compared to the E300S though (4 colors vs 3).
Advantages of Razor E300
The Razor E300 won the Ultimate Choice award in our recent review of the best electric scooters for kids. It has a few advantages over the E300S:
- The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is $20 lower than the E300S – but check the actual prices below
- The E300 is 17% lighter than the E300S (52 lbs vs 43 lbs) so it is easier to pick up or hang up for storage.
- It has one extra color option (4 vs 3) so you have more chance to buy one in your ideal color
Advantages of Razor E300S
The E300S is identical to the E300, except it has a seat, so it also scores very highly in our ratings. It has only one advantage over the E300, but it is a very significant one:
- You can ride it either sitting OR standing – the seat can be removed quickly and easily (just undo 4 screws) if desired, as seen in the earlier video.
Pros of Both
Here is a summary of what we love about both scooters:
- Designed with teenagers and small adults 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 and rear tires 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 10 miles
- 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 $40 – $70 per pair)
- Height of handlebars can’t be adjusted (although this does make them more stable)
- Not foldable so not as good for storage or commuting
- 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 but, apart from the seat on the E300S, they are identical. So which is best?
In our view, unless you are 100% certain that the user will never want to sit on a seat while riding, the E300S is the better buy. This is because, for only $20 extra (based on the MSRP), it gives teens / adults an extra way to ride it. With the option of either standing OR sitting there’s double the potential for fun!
The seating option also makes the E300S more accessible to those who have difficulty standing for long periods and more comfortable to ride in hot weather.
The Razor E300 owner’s manual and Razor E300S owner’s manual are the same – it is available in PDF format from Razor here.
NOTE: A parent’s decision to allow their child to drive either the Razor E300 or the Razor E300S electric scooter should depend on the child’s individual maturity, skill and ability to follow rules.