Enjoy a safe ride
It’s one thing knowing that you should wear an electric scooter helmet, but it can be challenging to determine the best helmet for your scooting needs.
Regardless of where you reside and whether your local laws require helmet wearing, you need to protect your head if you’re riding an electric scooter. This may sound like a no-brainer, but with conflicting legislation surrounding helmet usage and protective gear, many scooter riders are confused about whether they should wear one. Still, it’s better to protect yourself and get the best-certified bike helmet for you at the end of the day.
Not every helmet can provide appropriate levels of protection. A great, lightweight design that will protect your head and look good while doing it is what you should look for.
What do I need to consider when looking for a helmet?
Firstly, you must pick a helmet that is well designed and fits you properly, as ill-fitting helmets can be just as dangerous as not wearing one at all. Measure the circumference of your head and look for electric scooter helmets within that sizing category.
Another way you can avoid putting yourself at risk is by only buying a certified electric scooter helmet that complies with recognized safety standards.
However, approved bike helmets do not prevent all concussions or other brain injuries, especially during slower crashes or crashes at oblique angles. That’s why you should also consider MIPS, which stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. A MIPS helmet is constructed from two layers that rotate against each other, similar to the rotation of the brain’s own cerebrospinal fluid, which is the body’s natural defense against oblique impacts.
It’s also essential to ensure your bicycle helmet isn’t damaged; if it has been in a crash or been dropped on a hard surface, then you should buy a new one, even if the damage to it isn’t apparent.
What is the best type of helmet for me?
When choosing an electric scooter helmet, you need to consider both your speed and environment. There is no unifying body providing information about this.
Still, it is generally accepted that bicycle helmets are acceptable for low-speed rides, while a helmet offering full facial protection is best for higher speeds.
Consider your speed
Are you planning to go off-road with your electric scooter? Reckon you will be riding at greater speeds than 20 mph (32 km/h)? Then an e-bike or motorcycle helmet will do the job.
Although much larger and heavier than the other types, full-face helmets are ideal for maximum protection on high-speed electric scooters or during journeys at higher speeds and in higher-risk environments. You should remember that motorcycle helmets reduce some of your peripheral vision due to the more protective style.
Being full-faced also means your face is protected from the elements — but of course, if you plan to ride your scooter in the suburbs or for long trips, you will probably not want the weight of a hefty helmet putting strain on your head, neck, and shoulders.
How to choose the best electric scooter helmet?
Safety or rating is the first and most crucial element to consider when looking for an electric scooter helmet. Specifically, keep an eye out for helmets that meet or exceed United States’ FMVSS218 helmet safety standards. This one assesses various factors and elements of the helmet, including retention system qualities, the field of vision, shock absorption, and construction.
What’s more, it even assesses the quality of the chin strap to ensure that it provides support in the event of a collision.
When it comes to any decent helmet, ventilation and ventilation holes are vital. After all, you don’t want to be riding about with a sweaty head. The idea is that the ventilation holes allow the moisture, sweat, and heat to escape from the back of the lid. At the same time, it funnels cool air via the front.
The design can vary from helmet to helmet, ranging from larger rectangular openings to small circular holes. Also, helmets with more air vents are usually cooler and lighter, which might impact their protection levels. So, try to find a balance between being protected and keeping the head cool.
An excellent electric scooter helmet should fit comfortably and snugly onto your head and provide the best possible coverage god forbid there is a collision. Thus, you must take the time to correctly measure the circumference of your head and find the correct and suitable size. A bike helmet that’s too small or too larger won’t actually protect your head since a small one will be uncomfortable, and a large one will keep shifting around.
Finally, a key element to the helmet’s overall comfort is the padding on the inner side of the lid. This is what helps keep the helmet snug on your head without causing any irritation or sores over long periods of use.
What’s more, it even wicks sweat and keeps you feeling fresh by keeping your head cool, sweat-free, and dry. In some helmets, the padding is removable too, and some even provide extra padding in the box.
Our selection of best-designed helmets
- Thousand Adult Anti-Theft Bike Helmet
- Basecamp Bike helmet
- Closca Loop Helmet
- Lumos Ultra Smart Helmet
- The Triple Eight Dual Certified Helmet
- The S1 Lifer Helmet
- Flybar Multisport Helmet
- Razor V17 Youth Multi-sport Helmet
- Lumos Matrix Helmet
1. The Thousand Adult Anti-Theft Bike Helmet
There are a few different models of the Thousand helmet. The great thing about this helmet is that it really protects you and looks good while doing it. This is the perfect helmet if you are looking for overall safety and want to look good while heading to the office on your e-scooter.
It has a solid shell to keep you protected from falls and hits, yet the interior is lined with a plush material to keep your head cozy. The best thing about this helmet is the anti-theft Pop-Lock that allows you to conveniently and safely leave the helmet with your electric scooter.
Available in 12 exciting shades, this helmet has everything going for it – safety and style. The helmet boasts a low profile and vintage minimalist aesthetic that allows it to sit elegantly on your head while protecting it. There is no compromise on safety with CPSC and EN1078 certifications. Thanks to the in-built low-profile visor, your eyes are protected from everything from the glare of the sun to flying debris.
The helmet has excellent ventilation with seven air holes that allow hot air to channel out and cool air to come in and keep your head dry. It also has a clever magnetic fastener on the strap, which allows you to put it on and take it off quickly.
- Anti-theft guarantee
- Minimalist design
- Many colors
- Triple certified
- Pop-hole for locking
- Lightweight helmet
- A bit pricey
2. The Basecamp Bike Helmet
This helmet is made from high-density PC+EPS foam and a polycarbonate shell, and this helmet provides decent protection for low-speed electric scooters. It’s CPSC & CE certified, so you can be sure it’s street legal. Basecamp has a Dual Fit adjustable design, so there’s an adjusting knob at the back of the helmet and an adjustable strap. The helmet is designed for both men and women, so it works for various head shapes. For comfort, there are 28 breathable vents.
This bike helmet also comes with some really neat features that make your e-scooter ride even safer. There’s an LED rear light with three lighting modes, so you’re more visible on the road. For your vision, there are also detachable magnetic gray goggles. These block intense UV light and debris. If you wear regular glasses, the goggles will fit over them.
If your biking routine involves nights or foggy early mornings, you must consider a helmet with a light, which is necessary for your own safety.
An LED light bike is important for two different security aspects; to help you see better in slightly challenging conditions like rain, fog, or darkness. It also makes you much more visible to cars and people passing by. So by buying an LED-lit helmet, you are killing two birds with one stone.
The Base Camp Adult Bike Helmet is by far one of our favorite picks of bikes with lights due to many of its other features and built-in options.
At just 9.9 ounces, the Base Camp Bike Helmet is probably one of the lightest helmets of all. Weight in bike helmets is pretty important as it can affect the stability and balance of the bike. Not only that, but the lighter it is, the less it is felt by the user, and the less it affects the riding experience.
Don’t let its lightweight design fool you, though, as it’s still packed with features, such as nine vents for comfort, lots of padding for 360 protection, and a great urban style, so you get the aesthetics too.
While the light is built-in, it’s pretty easy to remove, another feature of the Base Camp helmet. You do this by going through the back of the light and removing a pretty simple screw. So hey, even if you don’t want a helmet with a light, this is still a great option. You can also replace the batteries as you may through the same technique.
There’s a rear light switch to toggle the light on and off in terms of controlling the light. It also offers two different types of light: steady and flashing. What you use depends on your preference and the context, as flashing lights might make you more visible in some conditions.
- Detachable light
- A bit pricey
3. The Closca Loop Helmet
When Closca Design first launched a few years back, its goal was to make simple, elegant, and thoughtful products that were good for the planet. This led to the introduction of the company’s popular water bottle and a cycling helmet, both of which stood out from the crowd thanks in no small part to their unique design aesthetic. Those elements were so strong that the bottle and helmet were recipients of the prestigious Red Dot Awards for design excellence.
The Closca team has released an updated version of the helmet that embraces its urban roots even further, not ones to rest on their laurels. Dubbed the Closca Helmet Loop, the new model is lighter, smaller, and less expensive than the original without sacrificing safety or looks. Available in two sizes, the helmet comes equipped with an elastic headband that is not only comfortable to wear but provides a secure fit for all cyclists. Integrated ventilation grooves help enhance comfort even further by keeping the air flowing throughout a ride.
One of the more intriguing aspects of the Loop is its ability to collapse down in size for easy storage. Closca says that when it is in its folded state, the helmet takes up 45% less space, which is handy when storing it in a backpack or messenger bag. And since it weighs a little less than 12 ounces, it doesn’t add much in the way of bulk or weight when carrying it around either. Most importantly of all, the collapsible nature of the Loop’s design doesn’t impact its ability to protect a rider’s head during impact, as it still maintains both an EN-1078 and CPSC safety rafting.
As with Closca’s previous designs, the Helmet Loop features a clean explicitly created with the urban rider in mind. The company’s latest model is a bit more aerodynamic than the previous helmet and uses color combinations to give it a distinct look all its own. Customers can customize the helmet’s body and back, choosing from various colors that provide 15 unique combinations in total.
The Closca Loop electric scooter helmet is a unisex model that fits men and women. This helmet is well-padded, protecting the head in case of a fall or other accident. It dissipates shocks and impacts the entire surface of the element. The helmet has a unique folding system that reduces its size for easy transport and storage. It has a built-in safety feature that prevents the helmet from folding in case of an accident. However, adjusting the buckle under the chin is complicated.
It has an elastic band that adapts to the shape of the user’s head for comfort. The clasp on this model is adjustable, fitting a wide variety of people. This helmet has an aerodynamically sound design that provides efficiency. It’s available in about 15 different colors, appealing to a wide variety of people, and it has a well-ventilated design that allows continuous airflow.
- Incredible folding design
- Compact design
- Ventilation system
- Buckling up is not easy
4. The Lumos Ultra-Smart Helmet
Lumos has been making smart helmets with integrated lighting and electronics for years. However, their new Ultra is their first attempt at a proper performance road helmet that still packs in the safety and visibility tech.
The Ultra adapts Lumos’ smart safety tech into a performance aero road helmet that is meant to be an affordable helmet for urban commuters and recreational cyclists.
Its tech appeal
The highlight of the Lumos Ultra is its integrated lighting – a bright front-facing white light and two even brighter rear red lights. The lighting is specifically intended to be high up to offer the best visibility in traffic while not being obstructed by mud or anything else on the bike.
Lumos doesn’t state the official output of the lights as they are still being finalized for production. But I would say my pre-production beta test helmet put out around 5-10 lumens front & rear based on similar LED lights I have used. That puts it into a decent quality of visibility but is not really intended for any illumination level when riding in the absolute dark of night.
When riding home late at night, the LED lighting is beneficial, helping you see bumps and cracks in the walkway. The new Ultra steps up a notch from a styling perspective, with a sleek aerodynamic profile and open ventilation on par with many mid-range aero road helmets that don’t include any extra safety tech.
- Crash-tested certified as a standard
- Bright front light and rear turn signals
- Lighter and better ventilation than previous models
- Aesthetic is not to everyone’s taste.
5. The Triple Eight Dual Certified Helmet
The word ‘Dual’ literally means that this helmet is certified twice. The Triple Eight is certified four times, twice for both riding and skating. This helmet complies with US CPSC Safety Standards for Bicycle Helmets for Persons of Age 5 and Older and ASTM F-1492-08 Safety Standards for Skateboarding.
This helmet takes all of Triple Eights’ knowledge of helmet design and incorporates it into the timeless classic helmet shape. One of the models comes with the patented MIPS Technology low-friction layer, which reduces rotational forces caused by angled impacts, reducing chances of injury.
It features durable construction along with some innovative engineering, which means if you fall at 30 mph, it’s got you covered. The helmet is comfortable, too, with a solid outer shell and ultra-soft and plush padded interior helping to wick the sweat from your face.
More importantly, the helmet is certified, complying with several regulatory bodies, including ASTM Safety Standards and CE EN1078. Besides having the ASTM and CPSC bike and skate certifications, there’s a lot more to this good-looking and versatile helmet. Of them all, one of the best things is that the helmet is very, very comfortable and won’t cause any discomfort even if you’re wearing it all day long.
We also recommend the Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, which is a slightly different model but has many of the same features and is more affordable than the Dual helmet. It also happens to be one of the best helmets for scooters.
This helmet can take the brunt of impacts and bumps made from reliable ABS material. On the inside, the helmet is integrated with the SweatSaver Liner Technology that wicks moisture and leaves your head feeling dry, comfortable, and cool.
- Comfortable snug fit
- ASTM and CPSC certified
- Sleek and stylish
- Available in many colors
- Adjustable straps
- No visor
6. The S1 Lifer Helmet
This electric scooter helmet is impressive for several reasons - the safety reliability of this helmet is excellent, with the fusion foam construction helping to shield your head from impacts. The S1Lifer is also very comfortable; with the S1’s Deep Fit design, it sits lower than other helmets helping to enhance comfort.
This great helmet is also certified to offer more protection from low force multiple impacts (ASTM Standard) and single high impacts (CPSC Certified). So it will always keep you safe regardless of the conditions. The design comes in a variety of colors and finishes.
- High certified (Certified Multi-Impact [ASTM] and Certified High Impact [CPSC])
- Proven to be one of the safest helmets on the market
- Many colors
- Sometimes too small (best get the size up)
7. The Flybar Multisport Helmet
The Flybar is a lightweight yet practical electric scooter helmet suitable for adults and kids. It has a sturdy ABS shell for the ultimate safety protection and an EPS foam liner for comfort. It’s not a premium option, though, but a lightweight and good alternative to the expensive helmets.
Scooter riders love this bike helmet. This one is available in three different sizes. The helmet features an ABS outer shell that can withstand heavy impacts and bumps, for starters. What’s more, it’s comfortable too due to the plush inner EPS foam liner that also provides cushioning. This very soft foam extends to the inserts, allowing the helmet to sit snugly on the head.
However, the best feature about this helmet is that it combines such high levels of protection with affordability. The helmet comes in a host of vibrant colors and also meets ASTM and CPSC safety-certified standards. It’s also suitable for rollerblading, so it’s multifunctional.
- ASTM and CPSC certified
- Many colors
- Great fit for kids
- Not very sleek for urbanites
8. The Razor V17 Youth Multi-sport Helmet
This electric scooter helmet is just brilliant and is an all-time favorite. It’s excellent for electric scooter riders, but it is also suitable for going skating, biking, or just about any other sport involving wearing protective headgear. It’s lightweight, and thanks to the high-impact, carbon fiber design, the helmet is reliable and durable, with excellent head protection.
The ergonomically designed helmet also ensures almost no wind resistance when you’re riding on your scooter. The Razor V17 provides a comfortable fit with its generous padding. That means your head feels ideally suited for the helmet, and the padding forms itself around the shape of your head.
In addition, extra adjustable cheek pads are included for the sake of fitment. The helmet also comes with adjustable straps and a secure buckle to ensure the helmet does not come off when you are on the move.
The helmet features 17 top and side vents to keep your head cool on hot days. There is also a wide selection of fun colors.
- Stylish and comes in many colors and sizes
- Adjustable strap with side release buckles
- Lightweight and durable
- Ergonomically designed padding, plus additional sizing pad set
- 17 vents
- Head sizes it fits: 22 to 23.5 inches; appropriate for ages 8 to 14
- CPSC certified helmet
9. The Lumos Helmet - with integrated LED’s for night riding
These LED electric scooter helmets have improved rider visibility in poor conditions and at night by integrating LEDs on both the front and back of the helmets. The Lumos comes in 3 different models with slight variations; we dissect the additional features below.
Lumos is a brand known for next-generation bike helmets that address the issues of riders’ safety. Featuring integrated brake and turn signal lights, the KICKSTART bike helmet will help you be visible from all angles. Turn signals are activated by a wireless remote, while brake lights are activated automatically thanks to the built-in accelerometer, which senses when you’re braking.
The Lumos Original has bright red lights in the back and white ones in the front, which will guarantee a safer ride. Furthermore, it has built-in accelerometers so that you have functioning brake lights. It’s a firm favorite.
Lumos Street is a bit simpler than the Matrix and only has three LED stripes integrated into the back of the helmet. White LEDs at the front and red ones at the back dramatically increase your visibility at night, increasing your safety.
It gets even better; accelerometers built into the helmet detect acceleration and braking; when braking is detected, the back of the helmet glows brighter. Turns can be indicated by blinking arrows, which point out the intended direction of the turn. It comes highly recommended.
The Lumos Matrix
The popular Lumos brand now has an upgraded model. The Matrix has a more extensive LED Panel at the back of the helmet - with which you can even program your backlighting modes.
It has handlebar-mounted wireless turn indicators and a 10-hour battery life, and the best part is that the Lumos Matrix weighs a mere 580g. That’s exceptionally light when you consider the amount of tech and safety features included. The helmet can also connect to the Lumos App and share data with Apple Health/Google Fit.
To top it all, the Lumos helmets also carry a host of Safety Certifications – CPSC/F1492/EN1078/AS2063. The Lumos guarantees - safety, cool tech features, and style.
- Stylish Front and Rear LEDs
- Lumos App
- Turn Signal Indicator
- MIPS available
- On the pricey side
Should I wear a full-face helmet for an electric scooter?
While it’s not necessary to wear a full-face helmet while riding an electric scooter, it will offer more protection in case of an accident or a collision. Suppose you are primarily riding your scooter in an urban area. In that case, we recommend that you opt for full-face helmets because they’ll provide more protection in the crazed, traffic-ridden environment.
However, if you live in a suburban area where the streets are usually devoid of vehicles, there’s no need to go for full-face helmets or motorcycle helmets. That said, always choose a helmet that you’re comfortable wearing 100% of the time.
E-scooter and bike helmets are the same
There are currently no helmets explicitly made for electric scooters, so e-scooter and bike helmets are the same. Not all helmets are created equal, so not every bicycle, mountain bike helmet, or skateboard helmet will be suitable for your needs — but there will be one out there that is just right for you.
However, a regular bike helmet or those rated for bicycle safety standards will only protect you when riding your electric scooter below 20 mph and in low-risk conditions.
If you need a helmet to protect you at high speeds and in high-risk conditions, you should opt for a motorcycle helmet.
Studies prove that helmets save lives and provide protection during accidents. Even if you’re an experienced electric scooter rider and you’ve never crashed, it only takes one bad accident to change everything. Our selection of beautifully designed helmets will help you choose the right one for your scootering needs.
The first step is picking the right helmet type for your speed. If you’re going at low speeds under 20 mph, a standard bike helmet gives you the minimum amount of protection. A downhill helmet is the better choice, even at lower speeds. We recommend motorcycle helmets for high-speed scooters that hit 30-40 mph. Full-face ones protect your skull, face, and some of your neck.
Once you’ve narrowed down your helmet choices a little, think about features like safety certifications, ventilation, weight, and size. If you try a helmet and you don’t like it, keep looking.
A helmet isn’t useful unless you’re actually wearing it on every ride, so make sure it’s comfortable and checks off all your must-haves. If you ever do get into an accident, you’ll be grateful you picked the right helmet.