Best Hoverboards to Move With Trend

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 15, 2018
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
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OUR VERDICT
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MOTOR POWER
MAX SPEED
LOAD
BATTERY
WARRANTY
 
PROS

SWAGTRON's SentryShield smart battery management system protects the board from everything over- like overheating, overvoltage, overcharging, overcurrent, as well as short-circuiting.

CONS

Plastic fenders are prone to taking damage.

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

500 Watts (2 x 250 W) 

MAX SPEED

8 MPH

LOAD

44 to 220 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery

~1 h charging

11 miles ride

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The protectors are created in a way to easily move over a variety of surfaces, including asphalt, concrete, gravel and, in the case of indoor use, linoleum and laminate floors. They are also abrasion-resistant.

CONS

The non-slip grips might wear after time.

OUR VERDICT

The GOTRAX company has taken into account the opinions of experienced riders and designed this hoverboard from a highly durable plastic that can survive bumps inevitable when riding this toy. 

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

500 Watts (2 x 250 W)

MAX SPEED

7.4 MPH

LOAD

44 to 220 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 tested and certified battery

1.5-hour charging

Up to 12 miles ride

WARRANTY

3 months

PROS

The iOS and Android supported SWAGTRON app allows you to monitor the path you take, see the current speed, set the top speed, sensitivity, and control some other settings.

CONS

Only 8 miles can be covered on a full charge.

OUR VERDICT

There are 3 riding modes in this model, each for a different level of experience, from complete beginners to pros. The most experienced users will have the opportunity to show off to their fullest.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

300 Watts (2 x 150 W)

MAX SPEED

7.5 MPH

LOAD

44 to 220 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 tested and certified battery

1.5-hour charging

Up to 8 miles ride

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

In addition to the headlights, the board has lighted fenders and wheels, making your ride so much more showy as well as lighting your way ahead. It uses LED lights that require little energy.

CONS

The top speed is rather low.

OUR VERDICT

A perfect hover for cautious people since it has a low-ish speed and will automatically stop if you lose balance. Top safe hoverboard for kids whose parents are worried about possible injuries.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

500 Watts (2 x 250 W)

MAX SPEED

6 MPH

LOAD

44 to 220 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 tested and certified battery

1.5-hour charging

Up to 7.5 miles ride

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The non-slip foot pads are made bigger to make the rider more stable on the board regardless of their shoes, feet position, and riding style. Besides, they are very easy to clean after the ride.

CONS

A full charge can take up to 3 hours.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for an affordable hover to gift a kid, the XtremePowerUS is a good option: its weight limit is too low for an adult but in every other way, it is on par with more expensive models.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

500 Watts (2 x 250 W) 

MAX SPEED

8 MPH

LOAD

44 to 165 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 tested and certified battery

3-hour charging

Up to 12 miles ride

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Swagtron T1

No.1 for Kids

The 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. The 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.

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 the Swagtron T1 a safe hoverboard to ride in the dark inside a house or out on the streets.

Review of Swagtron T1 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter

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 the 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 its ability to withstand up to 220 lbs load which is a standard upper limit for the devices in the class.

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.

Swagtron T1 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO

Good Hoverboard, Good Price

With a price within a comfortable middle range, the GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO is a gadget with a number of highly appreciated features, especially from a beginner’s point of view or if you are looking up hoverboards to get your kid on Christmas. As a first hoverboard, it does great: it has a so-called “Training Mode” that is essentially a mode where your speed is limited for the length of time you need to master using this toy. With a limited speed, the user (be it you or your kid) can’t go too fast and crash hard due to the slow reaction. When the training is finished and the owner feels confident enough in their skills, the mode can be switched to the “Performance” one.

The maximum speed of this hoverboard scooter is 7.4 mph. It is not the fastest model on the market but it is also not the slowest, and it is definitely faster than walking and less straining than running (less sweaty, too). Depending on the speed, it allows you to cover up to 12 miles before you need to recharge it, and that’s pretty impressive, all things considered.

Review of GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard

Smooth Moving

The Hoverfly ECO electrical self-balancing scooter has a powerful 250W motor, that’s what enables you to go at up to 7.4 mph we’ve mentioned; it is also responsible (at least, in part) for the weight limit of 220 lbs, which means the hover is good enough for adults as well as kids. And as for the distance you can cover, that is owing to the quality battery that is able to stretch the charge for over 90 minutes after being charged for approximately the same time. The battery is UL certified, same as all models on our list, and the tests it has undergone have deemed it safe for extended use.

The wheels here are 6.5” in diameter and they offer perfect 0° turning radius that makes it possible to turn around without actually moving from the spot, which is neat. All in all, the response from the scooter is really good, it reacts flawlessly to the slightest change in your position.

Then there comes the design. This hoverboard is offered in six different solid colors and one multicolored design called “Galaxy” that looks totally cool. The colors are varied enough to make the model suitable for girls, boys, everyone. All options have LED lights and all look perfect as you ride them.

GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Swagtron Swagboard Vibe T580

The More Affordable Swagtron

The Swagtron T580 is $100 cheaper than its sister model, the T1. However, it will be wrong to say that it is a lesser choice of the two; they just have slightly different features and thus will be appreciated by different users.

Same as the T1 (actually, same as every hoverboard model sold today, probably), the T50 is made to conform to the UL certification, so it is a quality product. It is manufactured from durable plastic to be able to hold up to 220 lbs of an adult user. The lower price is mostly due to the less powerful motors—while many competitors, including the T1, have two 250W motors, the T580's motors are 150W each. The motor power affects speed only a little bit, though, and this self-balancing hoverboard scooter is able to reach 7.5 MPH which is quite fast. It is only a little slower than the T1, which can speed up to 8 MPH. The real difference is in the distance per charge the models can cover; here, the T1 wins hands down as the T580 goes as far as 8 miles per ride against T1's 11 miles. This is an important feature if you are looking for the best hoverboard for commuting. However, if you are to use this electric rover to ride around your neighborhood and show off, the T580 has quite a lot to offer at a less daunting price.

Review of Swagtron Swagboard Vibe T580 Hoverboard

Total Swag

Yes, it is a little bit slower and it can go lesser distances but as far as recreational use and entertainment go, the Swagtron T580 hoverboard is a total swag (pun intended). Here's why.

This self-balancing scooter is Bluetooth-enabled. Meaning, there is an app for it and there are speakers there. Already, it's pretty cool, huh? You can play music as you ride, attracting attention and showing off. Moreover, the speakers inside this hover are really good, even the bass can be played decently or even well depending on your personal quality bar. The music can be controlled from your smartphone after you've linked the app to the board. However, playing music is not the only thing the app can do.

The T580 hoverboard model has two modes, a Learning mode and a Standard mode. They can be switched on the board itself but it is easier and safer to do so via the app. The Learning mode has limitation set on speed so that your first experience is more controlled and comfortable. The Standard mode lifts those to allow you to go faster.

There are multi-level LED movement indicators to add some flash to your night rides, too. All in all, if you are looking for a hoverboard from a reputable manufacturer and with a touch of entertainment-aimed features, this one is as good as you will find. It's fun, it's light, and it will definitely catch the eyes of everyone around you.

Swagtron Swagboard Vibe T580 Hoverboard in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

NHT Aurora

Colors of the Dawn

The name Aurora is pretty pinpoint if you look at this hoverboard. Besides the regular headlights you can find on every hover out there, this one has lighted fenders and wheels and the latter are lighted with multi-colored LEDs that resemble the Aurora borealis. It looks absolutely stunning. There is also a selection of 16 awesome board designs, from strict and classic black to colors of the rainbow and several spiderweb designs as well. A pretty cool range, if you allow us to say.

Besides the plethora of eye-catching looks, this hoverboard scooter is a somewhat middle ground among its peers. It is pretty cheap, costing just about $150 but for this price, it offers decent features. The NHT Aurora is powered by a dual 500W motor (250W in each wheel) and after being charged for about an hour and a half, it will be able to cover approximately 7.5 miles at 6 MPH speed. The speed is quite low, that is true; 5–6 MPH is usually the speed of a learning mode in hoverboards that do feature such a thing so we'd say this is one of the best hoverboards for kids since it's bright, flashy, showy... and slow, meaning safe. No speeding for the little rascals on this thing. Cautious adults who are beginners in hoverboarding will also be able to use this model for its weight limit is the same as most models, 220 lbs.

Review of NHT Aurora Hoverboard

There's More

In addition to being blindingly colorful, the Aurora hoverboard is also Bluetooth-enabled and has speakers in it. You can connect this toy to your smartphone, tablet, laptop or any other gadget with Bluetooth and the ability to play music—it will transmit the signal to the hover and the sound will come out from under your feet.

The top part of the board has an anti-slip surface where you put your feet. An anti-slip footing is essential for this activity since you control the speed and direction by leaning forward and backward. With a special space for your feet covered, you won't slide and fall off the hover at a high speed.

The board itself, as well as its battery, are all made of highly durable materials and have passed the UL certification tests to ensure the rider's safety. It also has an IPX4 splash protection and, though we do not recommend riding it in heavy rain and through deep puddles, a bit of water splashing won't hurt it.

Having bought the Aurora hoverboard, you will essentially become a walking (or rather riding) party—you'll provide the coolest lights, music, and drive to everyone around.

NHT Aurora Hoverboard in the use

 

XtremepowerUS Bluetooth Speaker and LED Light

Surprisingly Cheap

In terms of hoverboards, the price of this one is super low, it's barely over $100 so if you are on a tight budget, you'll probably be happy to know that an option this cheap exists. You might also be wary of it since anything too cheap always raises suspicion. Well, no need to worry as the price is this low not due to the quality or safety reasons, this hover's battery has passed the UL certification test and is totally safe to ride. There are some shortcomings to it but they are not of the vital type, in our opinion. See for yourself.

The XtremepowerUS board is equipped with two 250W motors to make it move and that's the same with twice as expensive models like the Swagtron T1, for example. The motors can propel you forward or backward at a speed of up to 8 MPH, which is also a speed considered high in hoverboards. The battery capacity is ample, too, it will allow you to cover approximately 12 miles on a single charge, making this model a good choice for commuting to school, for example. Everything seems peachy, so what's the catch with such a low price, you'd ask? Well, out with it. This is a hover primarily suitable for kids and teens as well as fairly slim or short adults since it has a rather low weight limit of 165 lbs. It's not exactly the option for full-grown men with ample muscle mass, for example. At the same time, everything else it offers is more than one would expect for the price.

Review of XtremepowerUS Bluetooth Speaker and LED Light Self Balancing Scooter

Colors and Music

This self-balancing hoverboard scooter is equipped with both a speaker you connect to via Bluetooth and additional LED lights, making it a perfect toy for your kid. The speaker will enable them to get a ride with music, dancing to it, even, after some practice. And the lights will add style since there are quite a lot of them: besides the headlights, there are also lighted fenders and you will also see different lights flickering on the wheels as the kid rides around. It is super fun and entertaining to the rider and to everyone around. This hoverboard for kids will make a perfect Christmas or Birthday gift, you will have troubles making your children get off this thing. By the way, since it is one of the fastest models and it has no learning mode with restrictions, we do recommend getting some protection beforehand. However, mastering the board is quite easy so there should be no major accidents caused if riding with caution.

If you are looking for a cheap hover of a good quality and with features that will bring lots of joy and entertainment to your children, try this one.

XtremepowerUS Bluetooth Speaker and LED Light Self Balancing Scooter in the use

 

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. Really, let's face it, hoverboards made it this far in large part thanks to the 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.

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

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 on a plus size. The said limitations are usually outlined by each manufacturer for each model. Generally, bigger wheels allow for 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: since these toys are recognized as personal means of transportation, they are to be used on sidewalks and/or bike roads, not streets where cars drive, so with pedestrians and bike riders as well as "open" vehicle the hoverboard is riding too fast is extremely dangerous, hence the limitations. However, a high-power motor will be an advantage for users whose weight is closer to the upper limit since more power often means higher weight limits, if not speeds.

Also, low power might become an issue if you plan to climb hills on your hoverboard. Do keep in mind, though, that steep hills, in general, are often off-limits for this particular transportation method, most self-balancing scooters are able to climb 5° uphill at best, only some can handle riding at about 30° but no more.

Battery

Being an electric device, a hoverboard needs the energy to operate, of course. 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 at a specific speed. 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.

Design

Same as skateboards, snowboards, surfboards, and other similar items, hoverboards are trendy toys in addition to (or even instead of) being the means of transportation. And what toy is not created to be eye-catchy? Even books get to have beautiful covers to attract readers so it’s not a surprise in the least that hoverboards get a plethora of design solutions as well. From classic black to all colors of the rainbow and beyond, to complete pictures and comic scenes, you can check out and will probably find a board with just about anything on it. Or you can sometimes buy a white one and decorate it with skins and decals. Besides the body colors, there are lights of various colors, lighted wheels and fenders, the manufacturers run wild with these designs as they race for the customers love. Choose whatever you love.

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How to Care for Your Hoverboard

While today, with some years of hoverboarding and a number of issues behind us, the self-balancing scooters have become much better built, sturdier, and safer, they are still electric devices with a battery and motors and a plethora of other quite fragile parts inside. And therefore, some measures of care must be implemented when it comes to you using and maintaining your hover. Here are some of them.

  • You might have heard of the combusting issue. Well, it is mostly dealt with, the UL 2271 Certification has been a great help ensuring the safety of riders. However, one can never be too cautious when it comes to one's (or worse, one's kid's) life so there are things you can do to ensure nothing goes awry. What causes an average battery to combust? Well, setting aside the idea of a gruesome revenge from your ex who's put some explosives inside your purchase, in most cases, it's heat. While most of us stay indoors when it's over 95°F outside, we can't really control the temperature of the battery when it's being charged. This is when the danger is at its highest with your hoverboard scooter. Top-shelf models have protection against overheating but better safe than sorry so we recommend you don't leave your board unattended when it is connected to the grid. That means no overnight charging or when you're at school or at work. Luckily, most boards take 1 to 2 hours to charge so you can do that while you get ready in the morning and/or when you're back home before you go to bed.
  • Also, no riding in an extremely hot weather. It's bad not only for your hoverboard but for your health as well.
  • Excessively cold temperatures are also bad for the board. Same as our smartphones and other gadgets, hovers lose charge faster when it's too cold outside and can shut off. Exposure to any side of extreme temperatures can be a death of the battery or motor. To be on the safe side, check the box when your purchase comes, manufacturers often set specific ranges within which riding is allowed.
  • Also, it can be generally unwise to leave the board outside at the mercy of the elements when you are not riding it. These gadgets don't take all that much space, you can place them in your room's corner or in a cupboard.
  • Another big enemy of electric gadgets, hoverboards included, is water. Water can damage the circuits inside, causing malfunctioning, difficulties with control, unexpected crashes, etc. To avoid that, never ride in heavy rain, try to avoid puddles after that rain, and, for the love of all that is holy, don't wash off the dirt with a hose. Even if the manufacturer has added some protection to the unit, chances are it is no higher than IPX4, which is simply some splashing. So, when cleaning the board, better use a slightly wet cloth, especially near the seams.
  • Keep an eye on the board after you bump into some curb or it rides into a wall after you stepping off it awkwardly. Hits at a speed are stronger than they seem so they can also disturb the insides as well as generate additional heat. It is rarely too dangerous but some attention won't hurt.

These are just some of the most important basic measures. Some more can be found on YouTube where long-standing riders post videos about popular rover scooters, teach tricks, and so on. We hope our guide helps you. Stay safe.

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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