Best Hoverboards to Move With Trend

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 29, 2019
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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MAX SPEED
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BATTERY
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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

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

BATTERY

310 Wh UL 2272 certified Li-ion battery,

~4 h charging

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

In addition to the main running LED-lights, the design also provides side illumination of the wheels - this greatly simplifies and makes riding safe in the evening. By the way, the lamps are energy efficient and consume very little battery life.

CONS

Maximum load is limited to 200 lbs.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for an inexpensive and high-quality hoverboard for your child, make your choice in favor of this model: advanced sensors instantly react to the movements and tilts of the user, so it is very difficult even for a beginner to fall off of it.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

400 Watts (2 x 200 W)

MAX SPEED

Up to 7.4 mph

LOAD

Up to 200 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 tested and certified battery

4-hour charging

Up to 4 miles distance per charge

WARRANTY

3 months

PROS

Despite 2 built-in motors with a total power of 700 Watts, this model is able to travel as far as 8 miles from one full charge - this was achieved by installing a 36V lithium ion battery pack with LG cells.

CONS

Non-slip grips wear out over time.

OUR VERDICT

Although the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is equipped with 6.5” standard wheels like most similar models, thanks to the wide tires and an increased tread, it will allow you to easily ride not only on perfectly-even asphalt, but also on roads with many holes.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

700 Watts (2 x 350 W)

MAX SPEED

Up to 8 mph

LOAD

Up to 220 lbs

BATTERY

UL 2272 tested and certified battery

3-hour charging

Up to 8 miles distance per charge

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

In comparison with other models on this list, the motor power of this one is mediocre.

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

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

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The Swagtron was a gift for my 12 year old, but it's a big hit with everyone in the family! It's easily mastered, has a smooth ride and the speed is just right.

Perfomance

The auto off feature is good for saving battery life. Battery is solid and has held up great without needing charges every day.

Features

It is a perfect "starter" hoverboard as it has a learning mode and a standard mode. He also loves the LED headlights and Mom loves the rubber bumpers!
 

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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GOTRAX Hoverfly UL2272

Safe for Children

One of the biggest concerns regarding hoverboards is how safe they are to use, especially for children. There have been many reports in the media about injuries that have been sustained during the operation of such devices, which has caused some people to deem these electronic vehicles to be unsafe. However, many of these devices are actually quite safe to use provided they are operated correctly, and many hoverboard manufacturers have been sure to include more and more safety features to help ensure a smooth and safe riding experience for everyone.

The GOTRAX Hoverfly UL2272 Hoverboard is one such hoverboard that makes safety a priority. This device uses special self-balancing technology that keeps the riding surface of the hoverboard level with the ground. With ensuring that the hoverboard always remains in the proper upright position, this makes sure that the rider is able to safely stay on the vehicle even during rough patches that would normally topple most other hoverboards. Even beginners who are not used to riding on such devices will find this particular model to be quite easy to use, as well as being stable and safe enough for them to always stay on it even while they are getting used to it.

Review of GOTRAX Hoverfly UL2272 Hoverboard

Well Lit

Another safety issue encountered with hoverboards is that many of them simply aren't safe to use at night, largely due to a lack of proper lighting. This model, of course, includes LED running lights that will help light the path in front of the device, making sure that the rider can always see where they are going. In addition to this, the wheels also include color LED lights that pulse blue, which not only gives it a cool looking effect, but also ensuring that the hoverboard can always be spotted in the dark from any angle.

In addition to the safety features of this model, there are plenty of other included characteristics that help make this a premium hoverboard. The vehicle is powered by dual motors with a total of 400 W, making this plenty powerful enough for even experienced hoverboard users. The top speed of over 7 mph should be fast enough for most riders to enjoy. This unit does have a maximum weight limit of 200 lbs, so larger riders who weigh more than this may need to find another model that will support someone of their size. Despite this deficiency in its supported weight, most other users should find this to be a powerful hoverboard that will give them plenty of safe and fun use for years to come.

GOTRAX Hoverfly UL2272 Hoverboard in the use

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Razor Hovertrax 2. 0

Long Range Hoverboard

Many experienced hoverboard riders have one big complaint about many of the models available on the market: most of them only last for a short time, giving them a limited window in which to use them before they need to be recharged. This also means that the distances that can be covered are rather short, as they need to make sure that they return to where they can charge the device before the battery runs out. All of these factors can cause many hoverboards to be lacking in both the convenience and fun departments.

The Razor Hovertrax 2. 0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter is a long range scooter that can cover a large amount of territory in a single charge. The 60 minutes of continuous operating time at a cruising speed of 8 mph means that riders can cover up to 8 miles on a single charge, giving it an extended life in comparison to many other models. This is accomplished thanks to the 36V lithium ion battery pack with LG cells. The battery pack can also be quickly and easily exchanged for another fully charged one, giving you the ability to go on long treks with this hoverboard if you have another spare battery or two available. This kind of flexibility is something that many hoverboard riders have dreamed of.

Review of Razor Hovertrax 2. 0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter

Made for Rough Terrain

Another common complaint about many hoverboard models is that most are not well suited for terrain outside of a smoothly paved surface. This can drastically limit the areas in which most hoverboards can be safely used. This model, on the other hand, is able to handle rougher terrain thanks to the increased width of the 6.5 inch wheels along with increased tread, letting you ride easily on many types of surfaces that many other hoverboard models simply can't cope with.

Not only can this hoverboard handle rougher terrain and longer distances than many other models, but it also includes many of the top features that other models boast about. This hoverboard uses Razor’s exclusive EverBalance technology, which helps the hoverboard maintain an even balance both while still and while in use. This lets users easily mount and dismount the vehicle, as well as stay upright while it is on the move. The cool-blue LED light bar display on the front helps make riding in the dark easier, and there is even an LED battery status indicator that will let the user know when it is time to recharge or change batteries. All in all, this top performing hoverboard is sure to be the envy of your neighborhood.

Razor Hovertrax 2. 0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter in the use

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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

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The wheels also help insure a nice smooth ride.

Perfomance

The performance is very solid - both battery and with riding comfort.

Features

I love the board and have gone about 60 miles on it and I know that from the Bluetooth app.
 

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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