back to menu ↑
The Criteria used for this Evaluation
We take pride in offering honest reviews of all the products on this list. We gather data from a wide variety of sources to shape our opinion. The sources include user reviews, website data, official specifications as well as our common sense. In order to help you decide how to choose the right mini-segway for you, below is a breakdown of what we looked for during writing this review.
Adults or Children
The Segway emerged as early as 2002. Unfortunately, it didn’t capture the imagination of the general public with the price tag a key factor in putting buyers off. Eventually segways were re-marketed as children’s toys which proved successful. This re-marketing is responsible for the rapid growth of manufacturers today. Recently, mini-segways have been developed with the adult in mind and are manufactured at much lower costs. In this article we’ve covered products suitable for children and products suitable for adults. Of course, the criteria between these two groups will differ.
Children’s segways are designed primarily with safety in mind. The most obvious from this list is the Feber Dareway Revolution. If you’re buying a one for your child you’ll want something with a low-speed and maximum stability. The easiest way to find a unit suitable for a child is by looking at the weight capacity. On our list the Xiaomi Ninebot and the Aiuji mini are also low capacity mini-segways. These two are capable of 10mph so could be well suited to young teenagers but I wouldn’t recommend them for children under 10.
Adult mini-segways are reasonably priced with a lot higher performance. If you’re interested in picking one of these up, two things to look for are the weight capacity and the height of the handlebars. The Segway i2, Segway X2 X2SE and the Segway miniPro are all excellent choices for adults. The Ninebot and the Aiuji are also good but, have lower weight limits which, if stretched, could damage them.
One of the things I look out for when I’m researching products is innovation. Innovation, as I see it, are features that are unique to that particular model. Areas where designers have thought outside of the box to deliver something really useful.
Performance is the combination of top speed with the amount of distance that can be covered. Where I’ve had the opportunity, it’s also been extended to how well a product performs on different surfaces and inclines. If you’re an adult, then you’re going to need something high performing. On the other hand, if you’re buying for a child you’re not going to want to give them something powerful that could end up putting their safety at risk. On this list the highest performers are manufactured by Segway.
Battery life is vital when you’re choosing a segway. Lower powered batteries take a long time to charge which can really ruin the experience. Furthermore, it’s always worth checking that the batteries are replaceable. All the products on our list run on lithium batteries. These batteries will decay over time so, if you can’t replace them, the product will have a lower lifespan. If at all possible, always check with the manufacturer before making a purchase.
The whole point of mini-segways is that they’re easy to transport. I’ve assessed portability based on the overall weight combined with the overall size.
Everybody is influenced by price. I’ve tried to include a good range of prices to suit every budget. As such, each product is rated against its price. There are certainly better segways out there, but many of them are at a price that just isn’t realistic for most people. If you’re investing a lot, always look closely at the warranties to insure your investment.