Best Hoverboards to Move With Trend

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 7, 2017
With 2015 behind us, the hype over the Back to the Future franchise is all over the world once more and we are coming a little closer to the technologies we could only dream about in 1985. Hoverboards are the latest trend among kids and adults alike. What are they and how to choose one for you? Here's the guide. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
WHEELS
MOTOR POWER
MAX SPEED
LOAD
AGE
BATTERY
WARRANTY
 
PROS

You can control this hoverboard with your mobile device, there is an official app to adjust speed and sensitivity, check the distance covered. A carry case is included in the purchase. 

Three riding modes.

CONS

The wings are somewhat large.

OUR VERDICT

Large high-quality tires will ride on snow, mud, and sand. You will travel wherever you want without having to walk.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

8.5"

MOTOR POWER

800 W

MAX SPEED

10 MPH

LOAD

44~260 lbs

AGE

7+

BATTERY

4300 mAh UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery (LG),

2 h ride / 2.5 h charging

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Reinforced polymer frame is extremely durable and the wheels have fender bumpers for protection. Rubber tires with aluminum hubs look really stylish.

Two riding modes.

CONS

Better suited for flat surface.

OUR VERDICT

The patented EverBalance technology allows more convenient adjusting of the Hovertrax 2.0 balance for the smooth ride.
There are several colors offered.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

350 W

MAX SPEED

8 MPH

LOAD

Up to 220 lbs

AGE

8+

BATTERY

UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery (LG),

60 min ride / ~4 h charging

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

SWAGTRON's SentryShield smart battery management system protects the board from overheating.

Two riding modes.

CONS

Plastic fenders can be broken.

OUR VERDICT

A perfectly balanced hoverboard for your everyday riding regardless of your experience. Can cover up to 12 miles on a single charge.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

250 W

MAX SPEED

8 MPH

LOAD

44~220 lbs

AGE

7+

BATTERY

UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery,

11 miles ride / ~1 h charging

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

A Segway self-balancing scooter has a padded knee bar for convenient steering. Special handle for tugging when you don't ride. IP54 protection.

CONS

A bit bulky.

OUR VERDICT

With a motor in each wheel, it is possible to accelerate quite quickly and reach top speed in no time at all. Good with hills up to 15°.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

10.5"

MOTOR POWER

1600 W

MAX SPEED

11 MPH

LOAD

Up to 220 lbs

AGE

16~50

BATTERY

310 Wh UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery,

~4 h charging

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

A powerful battery will allow you to ride for over 12 miles. The hoverboard is able to turn in place, up to 360° is possible. There are also LED lights and Bluetooth speakers available.

CONS

The charging time is rather long.

OUR VERDICT

Well-balanced casing and upgraded chassis help the hoverboard handle loads and effectively overcome road obstacles. The motherboard features pro-level sensors that make your ride smoother.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

400 W

MAX SPEED

6.2~7.4 MPH

LOAD

Up to 220 lbs

AGE

7+

BATTERY

44000 mAh UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery,

3~5 h charging

WARRANTY

1 year

What is a Hoverboard

We call them "hoverboards" although they are not the exact replicas of those encountered by Marty McFly in his trip to 2015 from 1985. Sadly, the real future still has to offer us a board capable of traveling long distances without wheels at all. All we have are these so-called hoverboards that are, in fact, self-balancing scooters or self-balancing two-wheeled boards. So what are they?

Visually, these hoverboards are simple compact boards with two big wheels at the sides. Inside, they have hidden motors like electric bikes that are spurred into movement by sensors that "feel" you step on the board. The direction is set by you moving your body. It may seem similar to a skateboard but it is not, really. Not that similar. For starters, it needs less physical efforts to move, due to a motor, and is more versatile when it comes to challenging terrains.

When used the right way, a hoverboard is a pretty safe and smart device, even at high speeds. It responds to the slightest shift of your body and follows the direction you set. It is also quite compact and durable when it comes to temperature fluctuations. Finally, it is a trendy toy today, everyone wants one.

Note: Before buying a hoverboard, check your local legislation regarding this transport; the use of hoverboards is limited in some states.

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What Features to Compare

Targeted Users

Same as any other personal means of transportation, hoverboards have their own restrictions in use. Some models have age limitations and others can only support users within a certain weight range. Bottom limits are created to keep small children away as hoverboards can reach quite some speeds and therefore will be difficult to control for a kid. Upper boundaries generally only deal with weight and mean that the materials your board is made of have durability limits. The latter are fairly high, though, so no worries if you are a bit plus size. The said limitations are usually outlined by each manufacturer for each model. All-in-all, bigger wheels allow more load but there are specific cases, too.

Power

Hoverboards are powered by motors installed in the wheels. However, motor power here does not exactly equal speed; the max speed is pre-programmed and limited at the development stage in order to make the device safer. The high-power motor will be an advantage for users whose weight is closer to the upper limit.

Also, power might become an issue if you tend to climb hills on your hoverboard (but keep in mind that steep hills are often off-limits for this particular transportation method).

Battery

Being an electric device, hoverboard needs the energy to operate. And being a portable item, it has a battery. The energy issue is fairly simple—the more capacity there is in your board's battery the longer its operational time is. But high-capacity batteries are also those that take more time to charge. You will need to remember this when you choose a hoverboard: if you plan to ride around your block for pure entertainment, you will always be able to quickly bring the board home to get it charged, whereas for commuting purposes it might be more beneficial to buy a board with a larger battery.

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Halo Rover UL 2272

All-Year-Round

Not all hoverboards are good with any terrain but Halo Rover definitely is. You can use this board during winter the same way as during summer; the quality IPX4 waterproof body and large 8.5" wheels with wide sturdy tires will successfully ride over snow, dry or wet road, mud, etc. At the same time, the air inside the tires will make the process smooth and comfortable thanks to the buffering effect it has. Another plus of the air-filled casing is that all the parts wear out slower. With Halo Rover, you will ride with utmost convenience anywhere in any weather for a long time.

Review of Halo Rover UL 2272 Bluetooth Speakers

Light Up the Road

Same as any transport that can potentially be used at night, a hoverboard needs headlights. This is a simple safety measure. Well, it also looks cool as hell but that's not as important. Or is it? Anyway, with headlights on you will be able to see what's around you, avoid obstacles and road bumps and, which is even more important, you will be visible to people around you. Meaning no accidents with pedestrians, cyclists, and car drivers. Like we said—safety measure.

Halo Rover UL 2272 Bluetooth Speakers in the use

Get Up and Go

Halo Rover does not require any over-the-top skills from the get go, this hoverboard is fairly easy once you get used to the way it moves. And the simplicity of use called for the forced limitations to be set by the manufacturer. Once again, the reason is safety. Never forget about safety.

This hoverboard is designed for children over 7 years old, teenagers, and adults, with no upper age limit. Children younger than 7 are not generally allowed on hoverboards so nothing out of the ordinary here. The weight Halo Rover can hold is within the 44 to 260 lbs range, one of the widest ranges offered on the market today.

There are three operational modes for users of different skill levels: Beginner, Normal, and Advanced. Switching between the modes and other control options are performed via your smartphone's Bluetooth connection and a free mobile app. With the app, you can control your movement and check speed, battery level, trip distance, etc. Halo Rover is, probably, the most top-of-the-line hoverboard out there.

Detailed review of Halo Rover UL 2272 Bluetooth Speakers

To Help You Master the Board

Good posture is not only necessary for long and healthy life, it also helps you with your balance, a necessary skill for any board rider. Among many other items for active balance training, you might be interested in balance ball chairs that allow strengthening your back muscles and developing good posture while sitting still.

Halo Rover UL 2272 Bluetooth Speakers application

Additional Info

User Manual


Halo Rover UL 2272
Halo Rover UL 2272
 

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

All the Best for You

Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is a hoverboard that meets all and any criteria for comfortable and reliable riding inside the house as well as outside on the streets (if your local law allows it). Rubber tires are of high quality and do not slide even on the smoothest surface, and that has an overall positive effect on the user's safety. The said tires are covering aluminum discs sturdy enough to hold the weight of up to 220 lbs.

Note that Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is not exactly lightweight to carry around for hours, its weight is 27 lbs; your little kid will probably find it too heavy to lift. However, the market is full of special backpacks for hoverboards where you can put your Hovertrax to carry it on your back or shoulder. This way, it will seem lighter.

Review of Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Best Learner's Board

For those new to boarding in general and hoverboarding in particular, Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is the best choice thanks to its EverBalance technology. This feature makes mounting and riding your board a cakewalk, smooth and easy even at the first try.

To set the direction you want to move in, just use your feet or even toes (unlike Segway where you need to move your whole body). It might require a bit of training and getting used to but the result is worth it, you will enjoy flawless riding immensely.

Razor Hovertrax 2.0 in the use

Safety First

Hoverboards that are used outside might be prone to wear more than those used at home only, and Razor knows it. That's why Hovertrax 2.0 has a sturdy casing to hide and protect all the vulnerable parts from potential damage. Even the wheels have fender bumpers.

The sensors will help you keep all the dangerous details in check. For example, when you ride too bumpy terrain, you will feel vibration to remind you of the need to follow the safety rules. The same vibration will warn you if you try to lift the hoverboard while it's on; this way, you will save the battery life and prolong the operational time (which, by the way, is approximately an hour of intensive use).

Detailed review of Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Oldschool

Hoverboards today are mostly means of commuting either on the streets or inside a house. If your state law limits the former and you look for another option you might want to look through longboards. These long skateboards need a bit more effort than hoverboards to get them to move but they are generally allowed in more places as the world is long used to them. Also, with some training, you can learn nice tricks!

Razor Hovertrax 2.0 application

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Razor Hovertrax 2.0
Razor Hovertrax 2.0
 

Swagtron T1

No.1 for Kids

Swagtron T1 is a good option for your kid's hoverboard for several reasons. One of them is that the board is stylish, safe, made of quality materials yet relatively cheap. After all, trends come and go, even more so among kids, and spending a fortune on every craze of the day might not be worth it in the long run. With T1, you'll get the "fashionable" toy all right but won't feel too disappointed if the hype dies out after some time. Also, you'll still have a pretty good option for covering fairly long distances faster than when you walk because Swagtron is a quality product nevertheless.

So let's see what's the catch here. Swagtron T1 is not too bulky, we can even say it is rather compact and ergonomic. The casing is glossy, which is a debatable benefit: on one hand, it looks much more expensive than it actually is, on the other hand, it is easier to scratch if you use the hoverboard a lot.

Standing here is easy—the pads are rubberized and hold your feet in place. The wheels are small, you'll probably feel all bumps on the pavement. But on a smooth surface, it is a perfect ride with turns and spins.

According to the manufacturer, the battery will hold for up to 12 miles at top speed. The said top speed is, by the way, only 8 miles per hour, which brings us to the initial statement that this board is perfect for a kid as it won't allow overspeeding. Keep the fidgets safe.

Review of Swagtron T1

Battery Protection

Discharging a battery is always more fun than charging it but the latter is, sadly, a necessity. With a hoverboard, charging is necessary quite often, which might be not so good for the battery's lifespan. But not for Swagtron T1, thanks to the Battery Management System (BMS) for its UL 2271 certified SentryShield battery pack. BMS provides T1's battery with protection against anything over- you may encounter: overheating, overcharging, overvoltage, overcurrent. The charging will go without a hitch. And to make the rider protection next to absolute, the battery itself is enclosed in a fireproof aluminum case.

The Swagtron T1 has undergone special tests and proven able to withstand up to 220 lbs load which is a standard upper limit for the devices in the class.

Swagtron T1 in the use

Light Up

T1, same as its twice as expensive rival Halo Rover, has built-in headlights to help you see the road and make you visible to people around you. The LED is located at the bottom part of the body and is protected with plastic inserts. The light is quite powerful, making Swagtron T1 a safe hoverboard to ride in the dark inside a house or out on the streets.

Detailed review of Swagtron T1

It's Golden

Let's face it, hoverboards made it this far in large part thanks to celebrity support and promotion. Kids and adults alike follow the famous example. Try imitating Stephen Curry's crazy halfcourt shot from a hoverboard into your backyard basketball hoop.

Swagtron T1 application

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Swagtron T1
Swagtron T1
 

Segway miniPRO

Keeping Up With Rivals

Segway Inc. produced two-wheeled personal transporters since the end of 2001 but they reached their current level of brand awareness with miniPro after the company was acquired by a transportation robotics startup Ninebot Inc. in 2015.

Segway miniPro is not a typical hoverboard but a self-balancing scooter. Still, its method of operation is nearly the same, only with a padded knee bar to help you maneuver—by pressing your knees to the bar, you can control steering more precisely. By the way, the bar can be adjusted to your height for convenience.

This scooter has the biggest wheels so far, 10.5", and it means you will easily move over a pavement or bumpy road. The air inside makes riding a breeze, it's so soft and smooth. To fill the tires with air, you can use a conventional pump for bikes.

Review of Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter

More Convenience

Even when you are not riding your Segway (like in malls or any places that prohibit riding), it will not cause you any inconvenience. You can just tug it beside you using a special retractable handle. Without the handle, you'd need to bend and tug the scooter by the knee bar, which would be a real pain. Then, when you are back where you can ride again, hide the handle into the knee bar and hop on your Segway! It's really convenient.

Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter in the use

Smartphone Control

Segway offers an app to control the scooter, too. With it, you can use your smartphone to unlock additional features like changing the color of the rear lights (the lights are located at the bottom), updating firmware wirelessly, locking the scooter against kids who will definitely want to try it out when you don't see, setting the anti-theft alarm, and just playing with remote control! The app is a blessing, really.

Detailed review of Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter

Fun Practice

If you want to practice before you buy an expensive hoverboard or a skateboard, look through balance boards! These environmentally friendly items are easy to use and they will help you strengthen your muscles before riding.

Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter application

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Segway miniPRO
Segway miniPRO
 

Skque Self Balancing Scooter

Feel the Power

Skque Self Balancing Scooter is a really compact hoverboard with a 200W motor in each wheel (400W overall). It is a little cheaper than Swagtron T1 and a little slower, too; the top speed here is approximately 7.4 miles per hour if you are riding flat surface but slower on a bumpy road. Riding is smooth and turns are quite easy to perform. The wheels are 6.5" and have enhanced chassis. The board holds riders of up to 220 lbs. All in all, this hoverboard is quite an effective item at a more than moderate price.

Review of Skque Self Balancing Scooter

Go Groove

This model of Skque hoverboard is offered it two modifications, with and without Bluetooth. The one with Bluetooth offers the opportunity to connect your smartphone and play music using the board's speakers, a feature usually offered by much more expensive models. That's quite cool, to be honest, but remember that Bluetooth requires quite a lot of energy so your rides will be shorter even if much more fun.

Speaking of the energy, though, we'd like to point out that the battery here is quite powerful, 44000 mAh. It offers longer rides (especially without the Bluetooth use) yet requires longer charging. Be ready to leave the board near the energy source for 3 to 5 hours.

Skque Self Balancing Scooter in the use

Turn Around, 360°

This self-balancing scooter/hoverboard is intuitively simple and easy to understand, to master it, you will only need a couple minutes. You won't really need any additional support to mount on the board as it balances itself the moment you turn it on. When you start to ride your feet are kept in place with rubber pads; they also make it easier to control the movement—you won't slide off trying to turn or brake. After just a bit of practice, you will be able to maneuver flawlessly and even turn a whole circle in place.

Detailed review of Skque Self Balancing Scooter

Play It Safe

Sadly, with all the modern technology, human errors are still unpredictable. And any type of personal transport is by default a danger. Be it a skateboard, a bicycle, a motorbike, a scooter, or a hoverboard, personal protection on the road is a must! Kneepads, protective gloves, and clothes designed for sports are not made for scaredy cats, don't let taunts get to you. And even if you can deal with scratches and small injuries on your arms and legs, please do not ride outside without a helmet at the very least. This item can literally save your life in an accident.

Skque Self Balancing Scooter application

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Skque Self Balancing Scooter
Skque Self Balancing Scooter
 

FAQ:

Q: Do hoverboards really explode?
A:
They used to when first launched, yes. This is the reality and we need to face it. But the problem was acknowledged and the solution found, the batteries were upgraded to be safer and a certificate was created to evaluate them. Please only buy boards with UL 2272 Certificate. This is a certificate that is only given to the electric devices that meet very strict requirements regarding safety. All the hoverboards in our list have this certificate.

Q: How fast can I go on a hoverboard?
A:
Generally, self-balancing scooters offer speed from 6 to 10 miles per hour although there are models that can go at 13 mph. But when you consider this parameter, note that the speed you see on the board or at the website selling it is the top speed under perfect conditions. That is, smooth surface at 0°. If you go up a small hill or over bumps, the speed drops.

Q: What is the weight limit?
A:
Most manufacturers make their hoverboards able to hold up to 220 lbs of weight, and some also establish lower limits at which the board won’t recognize a too light rider. The latter is made to keep small kids away.

Q: Are these waterproof?
A:
Depends on how you define “waterproof”. If you want to go swimming with a hoverboard, please don’t. Even a puddle will most probably be a death of your board so no riding in or after a heavy rain. But if you look carefully, you’ll see IP54 certified ones; this means the board is splash-proof and will survive a little drizzle.

Q: Why do I need Bluetooth one?
A:
You don’t if you are not into fancy features. Bluetooth connectivity is mostly used to either control the board remotely (lock it, set alarms, play with it by making it “dance” around empty) or play music through board’s speakers. If you want a board to simply ride it, you may opt for a bit cheaper one without extras.

Q: Can I ride my board anywhere I want?
A:
That is up to your local laws. Some states allow hoverboards on the same venues as bikes or skateboards whereas other (like NYC, for example) consider them too dangerous to be on the streets. Also, sometimes certain places (malls and airports to name a couple) restrict boards regardless of legislation so look into it, too.


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