I know that unicycles are not necessarily the first thing that jumps to people’s mind when they think of electric vehicles, but a lot of the reason for this is that they are not exactly marketed well.
It seems that the market is geared towards electric bikes, scooters and hoverboards.
It leaves little room for unicycles, probably because they have an unfair reputation for being difficult to ride.
However, if you are interested in picking up an electric unicycle, you will be pleased to know that there are quite a few on the market, and I have worked incredibly hard to track down five of the best of them.
For the impatient ones, here is a comparison table with all the unicycles I’ve included in this article. The one highlighted in green is the bestseller and the one in red is my personal favorite.
What Should You Look for in an Electric Unicycle?
Before we dive into the five unicycles I have chosen, I figured I would give you a brief overview of some of the things that you should be on the hunt for when looking for an electric unicycle.
It is these things that I was mainly on the hunt for when looking for quality electric unicycles.
However, as you will be able to tell from the reviews below, I have also looked at other features a particular product brings to the table. Just to help differentiate them from the masses.
I will talk more about those in the individual product reviews.
Obviously, the first thing you want to be on the lookout for is how easy the unicycle is to use. People seem to have this strange belief that unicycles are dreadfully difficult to ride.
Now, I am not going to lie.
A bike is going to be a whole lot easier than a unicycle. You have more to balance you, after all.
However, it should only take a few hours to warm up to riding with one wheel. Many of the products that you find reviewed below have been designed to be simple to ride, although how they accomplish this is dependent on the unicycle.
For example; some of them have seats included along with handles (perfect for beginners), while others are self-balancing. It is up to you to decide which one you go for.
One of the major benefits of an electric unicycle over, say a unicycle, is the fact that they can go decently fast with no effort on your part.
This means that you don’t want something which is going to travel at seven miles per hour tops. That is too slow.
Once you have a decent amount of control over the electric unicycle, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to go at 25 miles per hour, or even faster than that (as some of the unicycles on this page are able to accomplish).
Of course, speed is nothing if you are not able to get a decent range on the unicycle. You don’t want to be stopping after twenty minutes or something.
People are going to be riding these to work, and twenty minutes is probably not going to be enough to get them there.
Many of the unicycles on this page have over an hour possible range on them, some many times longer than that.
When the range is a bit lower than an hour, I have tried to select unicycles which are fast charging so you won’t have that much in the way of downtime.
Owing to the unique way in which unicycles work, it is likely that you are going to be falling off them on occasion.
This means that any unicycle that you buy needs to be ruggedly built. You don’t want bits and pieces falling off after a single fall. It needs to last.
Sure, you are going to be paying for something that is decently built, but I promise you that in the long run you are going to be saving a lot more cash.
Wouldn’t you rather just buy one unicycle to last you years and years, than one that is going to need to be replaced in a year or two?
I have also tried to choose unicycles which are able to cope with a multitude of different terrains.
However, bear in mind that many of the unicycles that you find on this page are mostly built for road use rather than off-roading, although they can do that on occasion.
Obviously, it depends on what you are planning to use your unicycle for.
Safety features go without saying. You need proper brakes on them. That is a must.
However, the other safety features will be dependent on what unicycle you pick up. I will try to cover as many of them as I possibly can on this page.
So, without further ado. Shall we jump into the best electric unicycles available on the market?
#1 SUPERRIDE Self-Balancing Unicycle
Since I know the vast majority of people who are reading this page are likely to be beginners to the world of unicycles, I figured I would kick off this list with one of the easiest to ride unicycles in the world.
Sure, it doesn’t necessarily look pretty, but the convenience is unparalleled.
The included handle and seat (which are not removable, unfortunately) means that riding this baby is going to be as easy as pie.
You will be pleased to know that the controls are simple too. If you want to go forward, then you just need to lean forward. If you want to brake, then lean backwards.
If you want to turn, then lean in either direction. It is dead simple.
Don’t worry about falling off. It is self-balancing, which means the risk of that is kept to the absolute minimum.
You can go up to 20 miles per hour on this unicycle. If you drain the entire battery, then you should be able to get a range of 20 miles.
However, the manufacturer recommends that you do not drain the battery. You should take it down to about 20% (this means a range of 15 miles).
At that point, it only takes an hour to charge which means that you are going to be dealing with the minimum amount of downtime.
You get a couple of additional features thrown in for good measure too. This includes an LED headlight, LED display (just to tell you how much battery life you have left) and an electric horn.
Not brimming with safety features, but that isn’t necessary. You get everything that you need for a fairly affordable price.
#2 Xyout Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle
This offering from Xyout is pretty similar to the SUPERRIDE, but does look a touch cooler (in my opinion), although the seat is not quite as comfortable. Probably built for those who are slightly more experienced.
The top speed on this is 15 mph with a maximum range of a shade under 28 miles, which means that you should be able to get almost a couple of hours use out of it if you are going down the road.
It only takes 2 hours to charge too, with 600 charge cycles in it.
Apparently, the battery is rated to last 5-years, although I can’t see how that is possible if you are using this every day to travel more than 25 miles, but I guess most of us are not.
Where the Xyout stands out against the SUPERRIDE is the fact that this unicycle is built more for off-roading. Yeah, you can use it on the roads without any issues.
However, if you want to tackle a bit of off-road terrain on occasion, then the Xyout is going to do well for you.
On full charge, it is able to tackle inclines of about 45 degrees too. Although, of course, if you are tackling inclines of this size all the time, then you are probably going to get less battery life from it.
The electric unicycle even has tilt protection built in. Lean too far left or right, then the motor is going to cut off.
It is a safety feature that you didn’t know that you needed until you are close to falling off the unicycle!
#3 InMotion Personal Transporter
We are going to be veering away from the seated unicycles for the last three on this page.Instead, we are going for items which are not necessarily billed as electric unicycles, but they function in much the same way i.e. with one wheel.
They are built closer to hoverboards.
I want to include the InMotion Personal Transporter first as it looks so incredibly cool.
Zip along the road with one of these and just watch the bright LEDs on the side light up. You will be the envy of all of the people that need to hop on public transportation to get into work.
The maximum speed this baby can go is 25 miles per hour, with a range of about 25 miles. So, on your daily commute you should be able to get a good couple of hours of use out of it.
This is good, because the charge time is eight hours which I do find a little bit on the high side.
While you are probably not going to be riding this off-road, you will be pleased to know that it can easily tackle the tallest of hills when you are riding on the road. 30 degrees is the maximum angle, and I seriously doubt that you are going to be seeing many of those.
However, once again, repeatedly tackling the steepest of hills is going to drain the battery a little bit quicker.
If you want (and you don’t need to use this), there is an app that you can download which hooks up to your personal transporter which allows you to see ride stats etc.
It is not something that I have used personally, but I guess some people will be able to see the use of it.
#4 Swagtron SwagRoller
Swagtron are a company who are probably best-known for their electric hoverboards and scooters, but they do make some pretty nifty hoverboards too. The SwagRoller is my personal favourite.
They do absolutely everything.
This means that if you do run into an issue, and it is highly unlikely you will, you are not going to be jumping through countless hoops trying to get it fixed. These things are robustly built anyway.
I may have lied a tiny bit.
I guess this can’t really be classed as a ‘unicycle’ since there are two wheels. However, the wheels work in parallel and are exactly like a unicycles, they just provide a bit more stability when you are out there riding.
This is very much a product designed for beginners too. Many of the products from Swagtron are.
If you have no idea where to start with a unicycle, you will be pleased to know that the company has included a set of training wheels in the package which should have you on your merry way pretty sharpish.
I think the only real downside to the Swagtron SwagRoller is the fact that the range is not great. I’m talking about 12.4 miles.
Sure, it is going to get you to and from work, but when you compare it to other electric unicycles which are closer to 25 miles range, it leaves a lot to be desired.
That being said, there are a lot of features packed into the unicycle which are going to be a drain on battery life. This includes some of the best balancing technology I have ever seen on an electric unicycle.
Note: this is not really an off-roading unicycle. It is on-road only, and it is only able to tackle inclines of up to 15 degrees, which should be fine for the majority of people.
If you want to get the most from your Swagtron SwagRoller, you will need to download the app.
Not only will you be able to view various ride stats here, but it is the only way that you will be able to control the lean sensitivity on the device, which is highly important.
You can also play music through the included Bluetooth speakers using the app.
#5 SUPERRIDE Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle
I am going to wrap up this list with another offering from SUPERRIDE, simply because they make such great electric unicycles.
This is another one that beginners may fall in love with, and it doesn’t have the seat which can lead to a ride where you feel more ‘in control’.
The thicker tires on the SUPERRIDE means that falling over on this is nigh on impossible.
In fact, it is probably the most stable of unicycles on this list. Couple this with the included handle (which can’t be removed, of course) and you have something which is dreadfully easy to control.
Despite being a product which is clearly aimed at beginners, you are going to be able to zip along at a rapid pace too.
The maximum speed on this is 15 miles per hour, with a range of about 15 miles. It can tackle inclines of up to 15 degrees.
The only real issue is the fact that it can be a touch difficult to store due to the handle.
This is a shame, because if you can get this into work and find somewhere to store it, you will be pleased to know that it only takes 2 hours to fully charge it.
It is the perfect commuter electric unicycle. I just wish it didn’t take up quite as much real estate as it does.
What Else Do You Need?
Riding a unicycle is not going to be easy at the best of times.
However, throw in the fact that you are going to be travelling at around 25 miles per hour on most of these, you are going to want to make sure that you are protected. Even the smallest of falls could end up being fatal at those speeds.
At the very minimum, you are going to need to pick yourself up a quality helmet for your unicycle. Your head is the most important body part to protect.
Pick up a decent helmet which fits well and it could quite literally save your life. They aren’t even that expensive, so you have no excuse there.
On top of this, you will also want to pick up some knee and elbows pads. This will stop those awful cuts and scrapes on your knees and elbows.
You may also want to look into straps for your wrists. This could prevent wrist breaks when you fall. After all, the majority of people will instinctively hold out their hands to break their fall, which causes all sorts of issues.
While you may not be able to prevent breaks during the hardest of falls, the straps will at least reduce the risk. They will stop your wrists twisting quite so much.
If your unicycle does not include a bag, you may also wish to pick up one of those.
However, do bear in mind there isn’t really a ‘standard’ unicycle size, and many of them are going to be a bit too large for bags anyway, particularly the unicycles which have a seat on them.
Which One Is Actually The Best?
I would not have included a single electric unicycle on this page if I didn’t believe that it was worth your money.
I am confident that you will be happy if you purchased any of the five from this page.
However, I do seem to have a lot of love for the SUPERRIDE self-balancing unicycle as it is a little bit easier to ride if you are new to the sport. The inclusion of a seat and a handle will surely be of help here.
Plus, the self-balancing feature means that you are unlikely to get yourself into a pickle.