Our guide to the best electric golf trolleys of 2016 includes models that are both fuss-free and feature-packed, so you’re guaranteed to find one to suit your taste and budget
Best electric golf trolleys 2016
Cast your mind back less than a decade and your image would have taken something of a hit if you’d been seen walking the fairways with an electric trolley doing all the hard work for you. But fast-forward to today and it seems we cannot live without them.
In our health-conscious, gadget-obsessed generation, the chance to avoid back and knee injuries and show off a few boys’ toys means using a trolley is a win-win scenario.
Throw into the mix an industry-wide overhaul of frame styling, from thick and clunky to sleek and shiny, and it’s easy to see why most up-and-coming amateur golfers now use one.
So if you’re thinking about joining them, here’s a guide to the best electric golf trolleys of 2016 for you to consider….
Motocaddy S3 Pro – from £379.99
GM says: This sleek trolley features low profile wheels and the company’s excellent Quickfold system but the real benefit for the S3 Pro lies with the extra features. The ability to measure distances, the USB charging port, cartlock pin security system, battery meter and lost ball timer are all integrated into the simple, ergonomic handle. Lead acid £379.99, lithium £479.99, extended lithium £529.99.
Motocaddy S1 – from £299
GM says: The entry level Motocaddy S1 has been revamped for 2016 and features a new Quickfold mechanism, soft ergonomic handle, nine speed settings, low profile wheels and whisper quiet motor. The trolley is also compatible with the Easilock bag system that fixes the bag to the trolley for a more stable ride. Lead acid £299.99, lithium £399.99, extended lithium £449.99.
Motocaddy M3 Pro – from £449.99
GM says: The M3 Pro is one of our favourites as it is feature-packed and compact, folding down about 40% smaller than traditional electric trolleys. It has an integrated accessory station, a USB charging port and an adjustable handle. The full-colour screen’s read-outs include a speed setting, distance measurer, clock, battery meter and lost ball and round timers. Lead acid £499.99, lithium £599.99.
Related: Read the full Golf Monthly Motocaddy M3 Pro electric trolley review here.
Motocaddy S7 Remote – £799.99 (lithium only)
GM says: This model is arguably one of the very best electric golf trolleys of 2016. It is Motocaddy’s first remote-control model, which uses pressure-point control. Two motors deliver precision steering and a rear mini wheel ensures stability, while a tilt function compensates for side slopes. Pause-and-resume functions return it to your walking pace automatically, and you can easily switch from remote to manual control to navigate narrow paths.
Related: Read the full Golf Monthly Motocaddy S7 Remote trolley review here.
Stewart Golf X9 Follow – £1,499
GM says: This pricey option is also the most sophisticated in this guide. A unique Bluetooth design lets it follow you around the course, turning when you turn, stopping when you stop, and removing your need to steer it with a remote control, although this is still an option. Its four wheels also generate excellent levels of grip that aid the precise steering.
PowaKaddy FW3 – from £299.99
GM says: This may be PowaKaddy’s entry-level trolley, but we’re sure you’ll agree it hides its price with some great styling. It offers a whisper-quiet motor and simple Plug ‘n’ Play battery system, but without certain features that bump the price up on the FW5 and FW7 models coming up. Simplicity is its strong point as it’s also easy to put up and down. Lead acid battery £299.99, lithium £449.99, extended lithium £499.99.
PowaKaddy FW5 – from £349.99
GM says: The FW5’s advances on the FW3 include a Digital Power Gauge and Battery Fuel Indicator plus an integrated USB point for charging devices. It also makes the most of an Automatic Distance Function that can send the trolley 15, 30 or 45 yards ahead. As on all PowaKaddy models, the lithium option comes with a five-year battery guarantee. For 2016 is has also undergone a makeover that includes new-look wheels, yellow accent trims and a new rear diffuser that enhances the look. Lead acid battery £349.99, lithium £499.99, extended lithium £549.99.
PowaKaddy FW7S EBS – from £429.99
GM says: The most feature-packed offering in the PowaKaddy range, the FW7S EBS model introduces new low-profile wheels and chassis, new graphics on the three-way folding frame and several never-seen-before features. These include a new 3.5” widescreen colour display that calculates calories burned, lights up in vibrant blue and red colours when the trolley is turned on, displays battery power via a car-like fuel gauge and shows the trolley’s speed. Covered by a three-year warranty, the FW7S EBS also has a 230 watts motor to add power, while popular features from previous years have continued, such as the chance to send it on down the fairway, a speed display, distance measurement functions, a clock, round timer and security pin lock. Lead acid battery £479.99, lithium £629.99, extended lithium £679.99.
PowaKaddy Touch – From £399.99
GM says: As its name suggests, this new model from PowaKaddy starts moving and matches your pace once you place a hand on the ambidextrous grip and start walking. It then continues to travel at the same speed even when your hand has been taken off the handle. Away from this headline functionality, it has low-profile wheels with yellow trim that combine with yellow finishes on the front, rear diffuser and handle for a modern look. Other features also include PowaKaddy’s Plug’n’Play battery system that houses a lithium battery and eliminates fiddly connectors, a USB charging port for powering smartphones and a sleek, lightweight chassis with a simple three-way folding mechanism. Lead acid battery £399.99, lithium £549.99, extended lithium £599.99.
Big Max Coaster Quad Brake – £799
GM says: The Big Max Coaster Quad Brake is the brand’s classic electric trolley design. It features four wheels with suspension and as the front wheels both rotate, the trolley is able to turn on the spot. A fifth wheel can also be purchased to further improve the stability on offer. Other key features include an automatic downhill speed regulator which ensures the trolley doesn’t get away from you when going downhill, an electronic parking brake and a controlled distance function that allows you to send the trolley forward up to 60 meters. It also features a colour display and an integrated solar charging compartment that sends power to your phone or GPS device.
Big Max Navigator Quad Gyro – £1099
GM says: The Big Max Navigator Quad Gyro is the brand’s remote controlled electric trolley. It has the same four-wheel design as the Big Max Coaster Quad Brake which enables the trolley to turn on the spot. A fifth wheel on the back of the trolley ensures it stays on its feet without the need of a guiding hand even on the most severe terrain. In addition, gyroscopic anti-deviation technology corrects the path it takes when moving across a side slope. It features a colour display and an integrated solar charging compartment. The Navigator comes with a lithium battery as standard which is both lighter and more compact than lead acid alternatives. The Big Max Aqua Bags are also designed to fit nicely on board.
Hill Billy – from £259
GM says: The Hill Billy is the least expensive model in this guide, but it doesn’t show it because its costs are cut not on spec, but by selling directly to users, rather than through golf shops. Its price and simple design will suit first-time trolley owners, with a slot-in battery tray and fool-proof speed dial complementing the soft touch, height-adjustable handle. Lead acid battery £259, lithium £359.
Related: Read the full Golf Monthly Hill Billy electric trolley review here.
EZiCaddy EZi-5 – from £349
GM says: This sits nicely between the more expensive gadget-laden options and the no-thrills models. A wire-free battery makes set-up simple, and the digital display shows your speed, a clock, a round timer and a battery gauge. It can also be sent three different distances down the fairway and has a height-adjustable handle for added comfort. Lead acid battery £349, Lithium £449.
PowerBug Ultra V – £350 (lead) and £599 (lithium)
GM says: PowerBug’s revolutionary UV sensor is a first in the trolley market. Other features include a clock, a lost ball and round timer and a distance-measuring feature. Its frame is built from an aircraft-grade aluminium that makes it light and robust, while the industry-leading five-year warranty on both trolley and lithium battery add value.
Related: Read more about the PowerBug Ultra V electric trolley here.
Best electric golf trolleys – What do I need to consider
Some trolleys fold down much more compactly than others, so consider your boot size or where you’ll store it at home before parting with your cash.
Lithium batteries are lighter, charge more quickly and have a much longer lifespan, but usually add £100-£150 to the initial purchase cost. So think carefully about your long-term trolley needs.
Will you use the GPS device cradle or send away function? Would a console unit for your valuables make life easier? Think about how you use your trolley and what you really need.