Are you looking for a great deal on your next e-bike purchase? Maybe you should check out some offers from Costco.
The retail giant is best known for offering some of the most competitive prices in the industry with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Which means if you buy something from any of their stores and find that it's spoiled or defective (or if you're not just pleased with it), you can return it and get a full refund (there are exceptions though).
In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about purchasing electric bikes from Costco; do you need a membership?, does Costco offer payment plans?, etc.
We even listed a few of the best e-bikes currently being offered on their website so you don't necessarily have to go through the exhausting process of browsing through product pages. That said, let's dive in.
Top 3 Best Electric Bikes on Costco
Dubbed the "cheapest electric bike", the Jetson Bolt Pro is a foldable, 41-pound electric bike with a 350W motor. The e-bike costs $399.99 and comes with a throttle-assist function, a 36V 6Ah lithium-ion battery, and dual mechanical disc brakes.
The e-bike can reportedly reach top speeds of 15mph and cover up to 30 miles on a full charge. However, riders might not be able to track these metrics in real-time as the bike doesn't come with a display.
If you're looking for a portable electric bike that can take you from point A to B, the Jetson Bolt Pro might just be the best value-for-money e-bike you'll find out there.
Jetson Bolt Pro Folding Electric Bike
2) Jupiter Discovery X5
Jupiter's Discovery X5 is another low-budget commuter e-bike riders can easily purchase on Costco. The bike comes with a 350-Watt hub motor that can propel it up to speeds of 16 miles per hour.
This electric bike can be collapsed into almost half it's fully-extended size which makes it portable enough to fit under standard office desks or inside car trunks. It has a fairly powerful 36V 5.2Ah battery that can power between 15 and 30-mile commutes.
Unlike the Jetson Bolt Pro, Jupiter's Discovery X5 comes with its own LCD device that displays speed, range, battery percentage, etc. It also comes equipped with front and rear fenders, a rear shock absorber, an electronic horn, and dual disc brakes with motor inhibitor functionality.
Jupiter Discovery X5
3) Sondors Smart Step LTD
Boasting the most powerful battery on this list is the Sondors Smart Step LTD. This electric bike comes with a 36V 10.4Ah battery that can cover up to 40 miles on a single charge.
Some of the e-bike's features include;
The bike comes preinstalled with five different levels of pedal assistance and a throttle-assist function. Its estimated top speed rests somewhere between 18 and 20 mph depending on rider weight, humidity, wind speed, and a lot of other factors.
It doesn't come with integrated lights nor fenders though.
Sondors Smart Step LTD
How Fast Do Electric Bikes Offered at Costco Go?
In general, the speed is between 15 and 28 miles an hour. The fastest (and most powerful) electric bike on Costco, the RBSM Sports Mud-adder, has a top speed of 28mph.
What's the Warranty Like for E-bikes at Costco?
The only e-bikes we found on their website with warranty information included in their descriptions come from the same manufacturer; Jetson (the Jetson Bolt Pro and the Jetson Adventure). This doesn't mean that Costco does not offer warranties on other electric bikes listed on its website.
We visited Jetson's official website and found that even the manufacturer offers the same warranty on both bikes — a 1-year limited warranty. So, whether or not an e-bike's specifications includes information about its warranty period, it is safe to assume that the manufacturer's warranty applies here.
Plus, Costco hasn't included e-bikes among electronics that need to be returned within 90 days of their purchase, which in a way means customers might have to contact the manufacturer of an e-bike for warranty assistance.
Just for extra clarity on the subject, you can reach out to their customer support team. They should be able to give you more information on the company's warranty policies.
How Can I Return a Bike or E-bike Purchased in a Costco Warehouse?
In most cases, if you purchase an electric bike in a brick-and-mortar Costco store, you cannot return it online (Costco.com). All warehouse purchases can only be returned in-store.
You don't necessarily have to return the e-bike to the exact warehouse where it was purchased, any Costco warehouse will do. However, if you purchase an electric bike from the Costco online store, you can request for the bike to be picked up after it has been delivered.
Online shoppers can also return defective items to any Costco warehouse of their choosing. Some items, especially electronics, come with a 90-day return policy. If such items aren't returned within 90 days of their purchase, they will be rejected by Costco.
Can You Shop at Costco Without Being a Member?
Generally, you can purchase items from Costco's online store without a membership. However, this attracts a 5% surcharge over posted prices for members.
Non-members can also buy products in-store. To do this, the non-member will need a Costco gift card (which can only be purchased by a member).
Anyone can shop at a Costco warehouse with a Costco gift card. Even if you purchase items exceeding the dollar value of your gift card, a split-tender option allows non-members cover the rest of the payment with their debit or credit card (or any other form of payment).
So for example, you walk into a Costco warehouse with a $50 gift card and purchase items worth $100. Member or not, you'll be able to settle the outstanding amount with almost any payment solution.
Can I Shop Online for an E-bike From Costco?
Anyone can shop for electric bikes at Costco.com. You just get charged less if you own a membership card.
Is Costco Online Cheaper for Members?
Shopping on the Costco website is cheaper for members than it is for non-members. However, even as a member, you get charged more on some items when you shop online versus when you purchase the same products in-store.
These extra charges are added for the shipping and handling of customers' orders.
Does Costco Offer Payment?
Currently, Costco does not offer payment plans on any of their products. However, members can apply for Costco's co-branded credit card — the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citibank — which allows you to defer payments on purchases.