Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter Review

It looks amazing and has enough power to excite, but does this space age looking scooter live up to its hype?

Xiaomi M365

Affordable, easy to ride electric scooter

Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter Description

The Xiaomi M365 is in many ways the Hoover of vaccuums – when you think of an electric scooter, chances are you think of the Xiaomi M365 even if you don’t realise it.

It is the go to scooter that has sold millions Worldwide, and there’s some good reasons for that. It’s affordable, it’s actually over specced for the price, and it’s easy to get started and ride. 

Having said all that, it’s far from perfect, and was the subject of a much publicised recall back in April 2019, but, Xiaomi have worked hard to put those defects right and since then, the M365 has continueed to sell well.

The scooter itself is a standard shape and size, it has pneumatic tyres which give it a smooth ride, even over minor bumps, but do be wary of getting a puncture. Changing the tyre on a Xiaomi scooter is a real task and a half and is near enough impossible without the correct tools. Our advice is simple – use some tyre slime, like Weldtite, to prevent the puncture happening in the 1st place.

When it comes to performance, you’ll get a comfortable 10-15 miles range out an M365  and achieve a max speed of around 13-15mph. the brake is a lever operated one, with a disc brake on the rear wheel and a KERS brake on the front wheel. Weighing in at 12.5 kg it’s light enough to carry over small distances, but heavy enough to feel sturdy. A front headlight and a rear light which operates as a braking light, combined with an out of place old fashioned bell ensure you are ticking all the safety boxes with this scooter. 

All in all, its a good benchmark scooter. It’s not the fastest or most attractive, but for £399 you’ll find it hard to get more bang for you buck. The good news is, it’s been on the market for a few years now, and you can pick it up ( at time of writing ) for more like £299 if you shop around.

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Our Rating

A great scooter for day to day use

“The Xiaomi M365 was the scooter that got me into being an electric scooter enthusiast, so I do have a soft spot for it. It’s a simple scooter to use, very little can go wrong with it and actually, for the money, it has decent performance. It won’t set the World alight, but if you’ve never ridden an electric scooter before, it’ll give you enough of a taste to get you excited. I still ride mine for local journeys purely because it’s light and no hassle.” – Fern McCoy, Which Electric Scooter

Xiaomi M365 Media

The Xiaomi M365 is one of those e-scooters you need to see to appreciate it. It looks so much better in real life than it does from a picture, but luckily, we’ve got pictures and videos to wet your appetite.  See our collection below.

Pro’s and Con’s

The good thing about having actually ridden the Xiaomi M365 over a period of time and distance is we get a fairly accurate idea of what the pro’s and con’s of the scooter are. We’ve listed the main ones below :

Pros

Affordable

Easy to set up and ride

Decent range for it’s price

Smooth ride with pneumatic tyres

Cons

Prone to punctures

Struggles with hills

Frame doesn’t feel robust

Struggles with heavier ( +80kg ) riders

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Specifications

Every electric scooter on the market has different specifications, and much like buying a car, some of the specifications will be important and some less so, depending on what you’re looking for from your scooter.
We’ve listed the most important specs below along with a summary of what the spec actually means.

Range per charge: 15 Miles

Motor power: 250 Watts

Max rider weight: 100 Kg’s

Range per charge: 15 miles

Range per charge: 15 miles

Range per charge: 15 miles

Range per charge: 15 miles

Range per charge: 15 miles

Range per charge: 15 miles

Range per charge: 15 miles

The Xiaomi M365 is over specced for the price it retails at. Other electric scooters with similar specifications tend to cost etween £100 – £200 more than the M365. It’s a very capable scooter for every day use, it just doesn’t have anything about it that would make it a specialist scooter or stand out from the crowd.

Its range, rider max weight and top speeds are all average, and it is perhaps this word that sums up the Xiaomi M365 most aptly – it is a really good average scooter. It’s almost the benchmark to judge other scooters by. You probably wouldn’t want to buy a scooter that has lower specs than the M365, but equally, if you’re going to buy something more expensive and with more performance, be really sure what that extra performance needs to be.

Best Deals on Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter

Hopefully our review had helped you decide if the Xiaomi M365 is the right electric scooter for your needs. Now the fun part – buying one. Luckily, we can help with this as well. We scour the internet everyday looking for the best prices from the most reputable electric scooter shops – below you’ll find thee top 4 stores to buy the M365 based on Price, Credibility, Delivery and After Sales Service.

You can see a full review of all the electric stores we feature here : Electric Scooteer Shops Reviewed.

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Our expert opinion on the Xiaomi M365

The Xiaomi M365 was my first ever electric scooter so I guess I have a soft spot for it. It’s a nice ride, you get the excitement of an electric scooter, it reaches a reasonable speed and most importantly, it feels safe.

In terms of what’s not so enjoyable about it, it does struggle with hills of even a slight incline, and compared to its superior relative, the Xiaomi Pro, it does feel a little fragile.

However, as I’ve mentioned several times in this review, for the price, you’re getting a decent piece of kit, and if you’re unsure if  an electric scooter is thee right mode of transport for you, it’s a great place to start.

It’s light enough at 12.5 kg to carry, there’s plenty of accessories available for it and the headlight and brake light means you can use this for more than just Summer evenings to and from the train station.

The pneumatic wheels give a smooth ride over most everyday bumps, but beware of getting a puncture – changing the tyres can be a task that takes hours even for the most qualified mechanic. Our top tip is to use the tyre slime like weldtite to protect yourself.

Pricewise, at the time of writing, you can get a brand new UK model for £298.99, down from £398.99 about a year ago. Second hand models go for around £230 in good condition.

With more electric scooters being released in 2020, expect this price to dilute further by 2021.