What Are The Best Hoverboards On The Market ?
Before purchasing one of those best self-balancing scooters, you might take into consideration those main questions below:
ARE HOVERBOARDS SAFE TO USE?
When the first hoverboards appeared in the market in 2014, there were a few technical issues including batteries catching fire. Most of these issues were related to overheating batteries. All the hoverboards we have selected in this article are now, since 2016, certified (UL 2272) and have passed many tests and UL* certifications.
* (UL is a global safety science organization, that issues safety certifications to retailers and manufacturers by testing and certifying all the personal e-mobility including self-balancing scooters. For more informtion, you can check the UL website.)
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A HOVERBOARD?
If you’re still wondering why you should buy a self-balancing scooter, here is below few reasons that might erase (not sure of this sentence) your hesitation.
1. It’s not reserved only for kids. It’s pretty straight forward to learn. You’ll probably need an hour or so to have a full control of your hoverboard.
2. Easy to get around and most of the hoverboards are light (between 18 and 33 pounds)
3. It’s eco-friendly! They run on batteries, so all you need to do is to charge it. Depending on the brand, it takes between 1 to 3 hours to charge.
4. Unlike bicycles, there is no need for sustained maintenance. All you need to do is to check the battery and the tire pressure.
If you’re not convinced and not willing to buy a hoverboard. Take a look at the best electric skateboards on the market. Electric skateboard start-ups are coming with some breathtaking new features, technologies and performances.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HOVERBOARD?
When it comes to choosing amongst many hoverboards, the most important thing is to select the features that matter to you. If you’re looking for a hoverboard that has the capability to ride anywhere, I would recommend to choose the Halo Rover and Epikgo hoverboards for instance. On the other hand, if you’re thinking about using it at home, this Sagatron T1 could be one of your option. Consider the features that matter most to you. Keep these in mind as you start looking around this list of hoverboards.
HOW TO RIDE A SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER STEP BY STEP?
Step 1: Press the power switch to turn on the hoverboard.
Step 2: Firstly, step on one foot trigger the foot-switch. The system will come into self-balancing condition. Then, step on the other foot to operate it.
Step 3: Take control of the scooter forwards or backwards, do remember magnitude of your body shouldn’t be violently.
For more advice, I’ll let you watch this well explained and detailed video:
This hoverboard is designed for off road performance. Not only that, it features rugged tires that is perfect for all types of terrain (streets, mud, snow, sand). This self-balancing scooter has also 3 riding modes: learning, normal and advanced modes. The scooter includes Bluetooth connectivity and speakers that can be used than to a mobile app.
The Halo Rover self-balacing scooter has a top speed of 10 mph (16 kmh and an average riding time of 1 hour (the equivalent of 10 miles (16 km) maximum. It’s strongly recommended to load/charge the scooter for 2.5 hours for a full charge. The scooter can support a rider of maximum 220 pounds (120 kg) as well. The Halo Rover Hoverboard weights around 32 lbs (14.5 kg). Unfortunately, the scooter is only available in black color. It’s completely made of aluminum which will endure any hits you may cause. It has a dimension above the average scooters on the market (28 * 8.7 * 9.5 inches – 71 * 22 * 25 cm). You can also ride everywhere you want. Indeed, it can even climb hills with grades up to 20 degrees!
- You can ride on any types of terrain: streets, mud, snow, sand.
- Solid and robust! Resists all shocks
- This hoverboard is heavier than the others listed.
- Charging time is slow (about 2 hours and a half)
The Skque X1 self-balancing scooter has some cool characteristics that could be interesting to be analysed. Indeed, Skque X1 Riders are now safer and can be seen with the build-in bright LED lights. You can also link up your board with your cell phone and listen to music via Bluetooth. Now, you can cruise along while listening to your favorite music. Futhermore, a one year limited warranty is included that covers parts and labor.
The Skque X1 hoverboard offers 3 different types of wheels: 6”, 8.5” and 10”. It has a maximum speed of 7.5 mph (12 km/h) and weights 26 lbs (12 kg). This hoverboard has an impressive range of 12.5 miles (20 km). Depending on how fast and where you’re riding, the average riding time is about 2 hours. You will also need between 1 to 2 hours to charge it. The Skque X1 hoverboard is a bit bigger than the previous one (the Halo Rover hoverboard): 11.9 x 10.7 x 26.4 inches (30.2 * 27.2 * 67 cm). It’s made of rubber tires with aluminum hubs.
- you can ride around 12.5 miles (20 km) per charge!
- Quick charging time of only 1-2 hours
- Variety of options as it comes in three sizes: 6.5 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches
- Limited warranty of 1 year
- Does not indicated the climbing limit
- Lights only in the front and not at the back
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is one of the smallest hoverboard on the market. However, despite its size, this hoverboard is very reliable and efficient. According to the the company this self-balancing scooter is intented for beginners. Indeed, it has 2 riding modes (training mode and normal mode). It will ease and accelerate your learning time. One of the good things about this hoverboard is that the battery is replaceable. Whenever you see your battery losing its capacity. Instead of repurchasing a new hoverboard, you’ll just need to buy a new one. As you’re riding your hoverboard you’ll see a LED indicator that shows battery power and riding mode.
Razor presents its Razor Hovertrax 2.0 as one of best hoverboard in terms of performance. First, It reachs a top speed of 8 mph (13 km/h). Depending on the road and user’s weight, the maximum range you could attain is 8 miles (13 km/h). Weighting 27 lbs (12.25 kg), the Razor Hovertrax hoverboard has more or less the same weight as its competitors. It’s also possible ride 1 hour of continuous use, after that you’ll need between 2 to 3 hours to recharge your hoverboard. Unfortunately, Razor provides only one color for its product. The maximum loading weight is 220 pounds (100 kg). One of the cool features about this hoverboard is that with a 350 watt motor, it remains silent. Last but not least, this self-balancing scooter measures 23.5 * 6.9 * 7.5 inches (60 * 17.5 * 19 cm) and is made of rubber tires with aluminum hubs.
- Foot platforms: anti-slip rubber
- Replaceable battery
- Silent motor
- Light and small
- Only 90 days warranty
- Only 1 color available (black)
- Doesn’t include bluetooth connecty or build-in speakers
First of all, the EPIKGO is by far considered as the strongest hoverboard. EPIKGO is nearly 2 time more powerful. As it is rated IP56 for solidness and water resistance, it is possible to ride on any types of terrains: mud, sand, grass, etc. The hoverboard has also a alloy body frame in aluminum and solid rubber tires which will ensure durability.
As being said previously, the scooter is very powerful. With a 400 watt dual motor, EPIKGO can climb slopes as steep as 18 degree. It can reach a maximum speed of 12 mph (19.2 km/h) as well. Its robustness and size (27.5 * 8.7 * 9.1 inches / 70 * 22 * 23 cm) imply a weight of 31 pounds (14 kg). This hoverboard will let you ride for more than a hour which represent more or less 10 miles on a single charge. You’ll also need between 1 to 2 hours to fully charge this hoverboard. The EPIKGO is available in 3 colors (elite silver, rose gold and space grey). The scooter comes with a 1 year limited warranty which covers parts and labor. To conclude, the limited loading weight is 240 pounds (100 kg).
- All roads (sand, grass, mud)
- Great speed and acceleration
- Can climb slopes of 18 degree
- 1 year warranty
- Only 3 differents colors
- Large size
There is no doubt that SWAGTRON focus all its energy on the safety of its customers. The entire SWAGTRON hoverboard is UL 2272 certified and uses the UL 2271 certified SentryShield™ Battery. The company has quickly become the safest and the most reliable hoverboard on the market. In order to be seen during your night rides, SWAGTRON has built for safety reasons, bright LED lights on both sides of the T1 hoverboard.
The SWAGTRON T1 is the lightest self-balancing scooter on this list. Indeed, it weighs only 22 pounds (less than 10 kg) which is due also to its small size (23 * 4 * 7 inches / 58 * 10 * 18). Not only, it can go up to 8 mph (12.8 km/h) but also it can reach 7 to 12 miles (11.2 to 19.2 km/h) per charge. Unlike its competitors, the SWAGTRON T1 has the fastest charging time (1 hour only). 2 riding modes are available: the training and normal mode. The minimum and maximum weight limit are respectively 44 and 220 pounds (20 and 100 kg). The hoverboard is made up of a hard ABS uter body casing and an aluminum wheels with rubber tires. This hoverboard has the capability to climb slopes as steep as 30 degree.
- Climbing capability: 30 degree
- Light weight (22 pounds)
- Small size (easy to carry)
- Fast loading time (1 hour)
- Safe (UL 2272 certified – UL 2271 certified SentryShield™ Battery)
- Low max speed (8 mph)
- Not suitable for all types of terrain
- No bluetooth speakers
- No mobile app to see speed features for instance
This hoverboard has probably the best quality to price ratio of the market. First of all it has A CSA 3892-81 and UL2272 certification that ensures a safe and fun user experience. It is rated IP56 for solidness and water resistance meaning that it’s easily maneuver through grass, mud and sand.
Sagaplay has 250 watt dual motor (500 watt total) and can climb slopes up to 15 degree. Also, you’ll be able to ride for around 1 hour at a maximum speed of 9 mph (14.4 km/h) on a single charge. Just like most of the other hoverboards on the market, it can carry up to 220 pounds (100 kg) of weights. Sagaplay offers 1 year limited warranty that covers parts and labor. It’s composed of 6.5” inch alloy wheels and a solid body casing. Just as the Swagatron T1, the Sagaplay hoverboard weights only 22 pounds (10 kg) and has a dimension of 7 * 24 * 6.5 inches (17 * 61 * 16 cm). Last but not least, you’ll need on average 2 hours to load it completely.
- 1 year limited warranty
- Light weight
- Small in size (easy to carry around)
- Only climbs slopes up to 15 degree
- No bluetooth connectivity
As you might have seen, many hoverboards in this article have similarities. However, some of them are faster, lighter or stronger and some of them have more features. But remember to choose the features or characteristics that matter the most to you. We advise you to ask you those questions: Am I going to use it only at home? Considering the weather conditions, should I buy one that is water resistant ? Above all, self-balancing scooters on this article are certified (UL 2272 certification) to be secure and safe. Make sure to check out our articles for other types of boards!