Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ve definitely heard of the infamous hoverboard.
Also known as the self-balancing scooter, these devices have been all the rage with people of all ages.
If you’ve decided to give in and get one for yourself, you might find the surrounding hype a little overwhelming.
Luckily, we’ve taken on some of the best hoverboards to review and give you detailed insight, allowing you to make an informed decision on which hoverboard to get!
This post will walk you through reviews of the 10 Best Hoverboards in 2018.
Best Hoverboards – Quick Look
|Razor Hovertrax 2.0|
|Halo Rover Official |
|Segway Mini Pro ||10mph||1 Hour|
|Swagtron T1||8mph||2 Hours|
|Epikgo Sport ||10mph||1 Hour|
|Skque X1 ||12mph||1-2Hours|
|Segway One S1||12.5mph||1-2Hours|
|Jetson Rover V8||10mph||2 Hours|
|Swagtron T5 ||7mph||1hour|
1. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 – With Ever Balancing Technology
Razor is a pretty trusted brand and is also a global leader when it comes to the recreation of electronic products.
The company has given us excellent products in the past and is very popular for creating personal transporters and other electric rides.
The Hovertrax 2.0 is another great offering and is claimed to be the smartest hoverboard by the manufacturer. Indoor or outdoor, the overall robust structure and technology on this hoverboard make it the best buy in the mid-budget segment.
One of the coolest features on the Hovertrax 2.0 is the Ever Balance technology. With the integrated Ever Balance technology, you get an intelligently engineered, self-balancing experience for smoother rides.
The most interesting part of the Hovertrax 2.0 is its overall design. Being one of the smallest hoverboards in the market, it has become the first choice among customers due to its portable design.
The hoverboard itself is made of shatter-resistant polymer frame with fender bumper protection and anti-slip rubber grips on foot platforms, making it an easy and long-lasting ride. Though it's not a terrain-ready hoverboard, it can easily handle minor bumps and wobbly pathways.
The Razortrax 2.0 also features two blue LED light bars and an LED battery indicator. We’ve got to say that the LED light bars on the front are very well designed, and they make an impressive addition to the overall look.
Apart from the power and smoothness that the motor generates, there is another feature:
If you’ve had an older hoverboard or you’ve used someone else’s in the past, then you might have noticed the slight sound being emitted from the motor. With the Hovertrax 2.0, however, this is not an issue at all.
The 350-Watt motor that comes with the hoverboard is extremely silent and makes for a peaceful user experience.
The hoverboard is powered by fast charging LG cells, which are extremely easy to replace at any time in the future. A single charge will fetch you a runtime of around 1-2 hours, which is similar to most other hoverboards out there.
Safety is an important aspect when it comes to any set of wheels, more so with a hoverboard. In this regard, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 comes with UL2272 certification: a certification that ensures that the hoverboard scooter is absolutely safe to use.
A couple of features we would have loved to have seen on the Hovertrax 2.0 are speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. This is by no means a deal breaker, nor something you really think about when getting a hoverboard but considering the fact that other, lower end hoverboards do have these, we were expecting the Hovertrax to have them as well.
- Built from a shatter-resistant polymer.
- Beautiful Blue LED lights on the front.
- Equipped with Smart Ever Balance technology
- 350 Watts powerful silent motor.
- No speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.
From a big brand like Razor, the price tag is really good for such a powerful machine. The overall look and build quality of the hoverboard is excellent and internal specifications like the 350-Watt silent motor is something you don’t commonly see with competing brands. If you’re looking for a brand name hoverboard in the mid-budget range, then the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is your best bet.
2. Halo Rover Official - The Best Terrain-Ready Hoverboard
The Halo Rover is a clear winner in this race.
Sturdy build quality, indestructible tires and the IPX4 water resistant technology are some of the features that truly make it stand apart from the competition.
The Halo rover is the first all-terrain hoverboard that performs quite well on muddy or icy surfaces, bumpy roads, and cracked pavements.
Propelling this hoverboard is a high-power 800-Watts electric motor which is rated for a manufacturer-claimed top speed of 10mph. The battery life is an estimated 10 miles or approximately 2 hours of usage on a single charge. We tested out these claims and can assure they stand up, which isn’t often true for a lot of real-world testing.
The Halo Rover has the added benefit of the UL2272 safety certification and the LG sourced lithium-ion battery is also UL2271 certified, bolstering safety and peace of mind for the rider.
The manufacturer has put in a lot of effort to make the hoverboard look unique and stand out from the rest of the competition. And it shows. The board comes in a hard shell case which has shoulder straps on it. This helps with safety and aids in build quality as well as making the board ergonomically easy to carry around when not in use.
The hoverboard also comes with IPX4 water resistance rating which allows users to confidently ride on lightly wet and muddy surfaces.
The wheels of the hoverboard were developed keeping in mind the rough and demanding terrains they will have to tackle, resulting in wheels with a diameter of 8.5 inches which is much larger than competitors' products and are built with sturdy and long-lasting materials to make them durable and indestructible.
Another unique feature of the hoverboard is that it comes equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity and this enables you to play music directly from your phone onto the speakers on the hoverboard.
You can also use the onboard Bluetooth to control the hoverboard through your smartphone by installing the Halo app on your phone. You also have the option to control speed mode and generate statistics based on your tracked riding behavior.
- Dedicated mobile app for controlling the hoverboard.
- Excellent looks and a solid build quality.
- The large size of the board makes feet placement easier and comfortable.
- Sturdy and large 8.5-inch tires have a strong grip and are usable on all-terrains and long-lasting.
- IPX4 water resistant.
- No Cons.
Leading in every aspect, this hoverboard is recommended by us for riders who want nothing but the best. It is powerful, solidly built, and all-terrain ready. It has unique LED lights and built-in speakers, extra room for feet placement and indestructible tires make it a great choice for all types of riders and for all types of surfaces. A special mention goes to the dedicated app offered by the company for easier controls and tracking of your riding behavior of the Halo Hoverboard through your smartphone.
3. Segway Ninebot Mini Pro - Personal Transporter
The Segway mini pro is much more than just a hoverboard, it’s been marketed as a next-generation personal transporter.
Powered by Ninebot technology, the Segway Mini Pro is an excellent choice in hoverboards, with the most top-notch features and an elegant build quality.
The bigger price tag might give pause to some but considering the high end features and premium specifications, you’ll find it well worth the investment.
This is a particularly great option for users who already have experience using hoverboards and are looking to up the game, and explore a new type of ride.
With the scarcity of padded knee bar hoverboards in the market, something like this from a manufacturer like Segway can be a treat for customers.
Most hoverboards equipped with Bluetooth do not offer such controls - the maximum you get is the option to play music through the hoverboard speakers and a few other minimal functions.
You get 10.5-inch, pneumatic filled tires (which are 2 inches larger than the Halo rover), which result in a cruise speed of up to 10 mph, which is a pretty great speed for a hoverboard.
Initial speed modes are locked for safety purposes. Right out of the box, you will get a maximum speed of 4mph, and once the Mini Pro senses that you’ve got a good hold over the hoverboard, the speed moves up to 6 mph, until finally arriving at the 10 mph mark. This can be a little frustrating to some users, but from a safety standpoint, we get why it’s essential and is a major plus point for new users.
In terms of build quality, the Segway Mini Pro is designed using aeronautic grade materials, making it extremely durable and long lasting. The hoverboard is available in 2 different colors: black and blue, with red accents on both of them. This is definitely one of the best designs we’ve come across on a hoverboard.
- Excellent build quality with a beautiful design.
- Bluetooth controls for all major features.
- Padded knee bar for extreme comfort.
- A maximum speed of up to 10mph.
- Pneumatic air filled tires giving you a smooth ride.
- Extremely responsive braking system can be a little jarring.
Though the Segway Mini Pro is going to cost you little more than other hoverboards, we believe that it is completely justified in its pricing. With the great build quality and unique design on top, you get a pretty great looking hoverboard. The technical aspects on the Segway Mini Pro make it a well-rounded piece of equipment capable of giving you a great riding experience.
4. Swagtron T1 - Affordable Hoverboard from Swagtron
Swagtron is one of the biggest manufacturers of hoverboards.
The company is known to launch great, all-rounded hoverboard and enjoys a large fan base among riders.
The Swagtron T1 is an entry-level hoverboard from the brand, targeted at first-time users and is great in terms of features you get for the price.
With all of the major and necessary features packed in at an affordable price tag, this hoverboard makes a compelling choice for anyone looking for an entry-level hoverboard.
Our recommendation of this hoverboard is based on many factors, including the rate of satisfaction which is decently high among riders and it is the highest-selling hoverboard of all time.
Along with the aforementioned reasons, the low price tag and its popularity in the market also speak volumes in sales and user satisfaction.
The hoverboard was designed with frugality and simplicity in mind to maintain the affordability factor. It has all the basic features of a hoverboard such as two bright front facing LED lights, 5 level battery-life indicator and tastefully designed wheels.
The Swagtron T1 comes with two riding modes; learning and standard. Learning mode keeps a control over the speed until you’ve really got a hold of riding one.
The maximum speed range as claimed is quite accurate at around 8mph. It takes about 2-3 hours for a full charge which gives a range of about 10-12 miles or 2 hours. The Swagtron T1 is available in 6 different colors - Blue, Black, White, Gold, Red, and Pink.
The Swagtron T1 was the first hoverboard on Amazon that was awarded the UL certification. The hoverboard is UL2272 certified meaning you are assured of safety while riding. Hoverboards go through stringent tests before they are released into the market. All the hoverboards on our list are UL2272 certified since we do not believe in compromising on safety.
- Maximum speed up to 8mph.
- Great Battery Backup of approximately 2 hours.
- LED Lights and indicators are a good addition.
- Affordable price point.
- No Speakers and Bluetooth Option.
- Poor build quality.
The Swagtron T1 is one of the cheapest and the most popular hoverboards in the market. It comes with all the features which you would expect in a good hoverboard, but, the build quality leaves much to be desired. The materials are of poor quality and would break easily by applying force.
5. Powerboard by Hoverboard - with Dual Hub Motor
Powerboard by Hoverboard is the first hoverboard in the world to get the UL2272 certification.
As claimed by the manufacturer, it takes, on average about 5 minutes for a new rider to learn how to run the Powerboard.
The Powerboard is built for longevity and comes with a warranty period of one year, along with the United States based consumer and after-sales support.
The dual hub electric motor that propels this hoverboard is not just powerful, but, is also very silent. The controls of the wheels are very simple, all you have to do is lean backward or forwards to move the hoverboard in whichever direction you want.
You can also lean sideways to control it at top speeds, which helps in avoiding crashes and other incidents.
Like the Segway Mini Pro, the initial speed is limited to a maximum of 6.5mph for safety purposes, and once you have good command over the maneuverability, the higher speed is be automatically unlocked.
The size of the hoverboard is very similar to the Razor Hovertrax 2.0, while the price is much cheaper. On the front, you get two blue LED lights, and on the top you get a battery-life indicator to keep you informed about battery status.
- Excellent Battery range of up to 5-6 hours.
- A maximum Speed of 10 mph.
- Drift Corners for easy controls.
- High output LED lights on the front.
- Poor wheel protection.
For new and low-budget riders, Powerboard is the most recommended hoverboard. You get most major features of a hoverboard and some advanced features like sideways leaning for controlling at high speed. Coupling this with the high battery range, and the low price, the Powerboard is a truly exceptional hoverboard.
6. Epikgo Sport Plus - with 400 Watt Dual Motor
This hoverboard from Epikgo is exceptional in every way.
With a maximum speed of 12mph, it is one of the fastest hoverboards out there.
The wheels of the Epikgo sport plus are 30% larger than leading competitors and are made up of an alloy.
This is the second hoverboard on our list that can be ridden on wobbly paths with minimal issues.
If you are searching for a powerful hoverboard with excellent speed and a good grip, then this is the best choice for you. It is a direct competitor of the Halo Rover, and also supersedes it in some aspects. The only drawback when compared is the premium price tag.
The power from the dual motors helps the hoverboard to attain a maximum speed of 12mph, which is pretty impressive for a hoverboard.
12 mph does sound exciting and fun but in reality, it can prove a little bit too much for even the most experienced of riders and we would not recommend riding this hoverboard at its top speed.
The Epikgo Sport Plus comes with Bluetooth connectivity and built-in speakers. The Bluetooth connection attempts to pair-up with your smartphone as soon as the hoverboard is switched on, and upon a successful pairing with your phone, you have the ability to stream music from your phone to the hoverboard's built-in speakers.
Like many hoverboards of today, the Epikgo Sport Plus has LED lights up front. The lights are not very bright but are adequate enough for riding the hoverboard during night time. On the back, you also have turn indicators, a feature which is also seen on the Halo Rover.
The tires are designed keeping the sporty nature of the hoverboard in mind. They are broad and that gives you greater control over the hoverboard. The actual physical size of the hoverboard is also larger than other popular hoverboards. This aids in foot control.
Although the larger size increases the overall net weight, this isn’t much of an issue thanks to the powerful motors
- Powerful 400 Watts dual motor for extreme power generation.
- Passed through 159 safety tests.
- Suitable for riding on rocky paths, terrains and other tough places.
- Sturdy tires for better road grip and Control.
- Insane speed of up to 12 mph.
- No Cons.
This hoverboard is recommended for someone looking for a pair of wheels that can be used on all types of terrain. The dual motors generate copious amounts of power and have the ability to take the rider anywhere they wish to go without breaking a sweat. Furthermore, the catchy design of the front LED lights gives it a unique and eye-catching look.
7. Skque X1 - LED Lights on Fenders
The Skque X1 is a great hoverboard that comes with Bluetooth connectivity and built-in wireless speakers.
The selling point of this hoverboard is its chassis, which is built to last and is resistant to wear and tear.
This is the only hoverboard on our list that has LED lights placed on fenders, which we think looks pretty cool and gives this hoverboard a unique appearance.
At the time of compiling this review, Skque was a new and unknown brand in the market and we honestly did not expect much in terms of performance, but, surprisingly, it decimates the other brands when it comes to speed.
With a maximum speed of 12mph, this hoverboard is one of the fastest selling hoverboards in the market. With a professionally tuned gyro sensor, and a new generation motherboard, you get a really smooth ride.
The battery on the Skque X1 is similar to what is offered on other hoverboards in the market. It takes around two hours to fully charge it and a fully charged battery gives a runtime of more than 2 hours.
The body is pretty solid and feels strong. You don’t have to worry about tires breaking down as the hoverboard comes with pneumatic tires, similar to the Segway Ninebot Mini Pro.
The hoverboard is available in 3 different tire sizes; 6.5, 8 and 10 inches. You can choose the size of the tires depending on your usage, for example, if you are buying the hoverboard for children, the 6.5 inches tire would suit them well.
Another good reason to buy the Skque X1 is built-in Bluetooth speakers. You can easily pair up the hoverboard with your smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity and you would be able to stream songs to the speakers from your phone.
Even though Bluetooth connectivity is a great feature to have, the cherry-on-the-top would've been the ability to control the hoverboard using a smartphone but unfortunately, the Bluetooth connectivity is only limited to streaming music over the speakers.
- Finely tuned gyro sensors for smooth rides.
- Dual 350 Watt Powerful Motors.
- The maximum speed of up to 12mph.
- Great onboard weight resistance of 264 lbs.
- The design is not very great.
- No option to control hoverboard via a mobile app.
For those seeking a high-performance hoverboard with Bluetooth speaker onboard, this can be a good choice. Though the design is not much to write about, the other technical features make up for it.
8. Segway One S1 - One Wheel Personal Transporter
The Segway One S1 isn’t your traditional two wheel hoverboard. The S1 is a super fun unicycle that can be tricky to master initially but is pretty fun once you get the hang of it.
Coming from a big brand like Segway, you are guaranteed excellent features with an additional feature of mobile app control.
Additionally, it is the fastest hoverboard on our list with a maximum speed of 12.5 mph.
A monowheel hoverboard can be pretty tricky to master. If you want to try out a one wheel hoverboard but are worried about balance, then the S1 is probably your best bet. It performs exceptionally well and is easy to pick up once you understand how to.
One S1 has a solid build quality with a very clean and minimal design on top. It has folding foot platforms, with solid grip covering ensuring zero foot slippage.
It is important to note, however, that the One S1 does not come with the front facing LED lights. This could be a slight issue for users, especially for those who enjoy riding their hoverboard at night.
A simple DIY solution to this problem is attaching a pen flashlight on top with some sort of adhesive.
The hoverboard is powered by two, UL2272 certified, 150-Watt lithium-ion batteries that give it a battery life of around 15 miles on a full charge.
Now talking about the riding experience, it's insanely fun. You can achieve a maximum speed of up to 12.5 mph, which may or may not be a little too much for some users. We believe that a maximum speed of 10 mph is sufficient for hoverboards. Anything above that can be a little dangerous for new users.
The manufacturers have also created an app to easily monitor the speed, control LED lights and perform other major functions. The app can be easily downloaded from the App store on IOS or the Play store on Android.
- Neat and unique out of the box design.
- LED lights on sideways.
- Fastest hoverboard with speed of 12.5mph
- Dedicated mobile app for easy controls.
- No front LED headlights.
- Learning process could be difficult.
Although on the pricey side, it’s a definite winner. In general, mono wheel hoverboards do tend to cost more. We recommend the One S1 since it has the backing of a renowned brand and sports a pretty unique design. If the higher speed limit is not an issue and you’re confident you’ll be able to handle it, then this is the perfect option for you.
9. Jetson Rover V8 - With 3 Speed Modes
The Jetson V8 is very similar in looks to the Halo hoverboard and also equally powerful.
The design of this hoverboard is incredible, and the manufacturer has also given proper attention to the speed of this hoverboard.
This is the third all-terrain hoverboard on our list that comes with terrain-ready tires and a top speed of 12mph.
In terms of build quality and overall design, you’ve got a sturdy plastic material in the center with a rubber covering on the foot platform, metal fenders above the wheels and 8.5-inch all-terrain tires. The hoverboard is built with a combination of black and gray color. Both the colors come in a matte finish.
Advanced gyro sensors let you control the hoverboard just by tilting your feet, though that can also be done more easily via the Jetson mobile app.
Featuring Bluetooth technology, the company has also brought forward their dedicated Jetson V8 app which makes it convenient for riders to control the hoverboard right from the mobile phone.
Inside the app, you’ll find 3 quick settings: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and each setting comes with different pre-set maximum speeds, driving force and steering sensitivity.
Apart from that, you also get built-in speakers on the hoverboard that can play music from your phone via Bluetooth.
The 8.5" tires are sturdy and solid, designed for all-terrain rides, which means you are rarely going to run into issues with riding on rocky or sloping roads.
The hoverboard is also IPX4 water resistant, which means you would be able to ride it comfortably on muddy or sticky areas although, it’s important to remember that it is water resistant, not waterproof. We wouldn’t ride it into rains and expect it to work fine.
- Powerful dual 400 Watt motors
- IPX4 waterproof resistant technology.
- All-terrain ready sturdy tires.
- Easy controls via Bluetooth.
The hoverboard carries a hefty price tag and is not really for someone looking for an entry-level board. If you are a fan of all-terrain hoverboards and want something that generates extensive power then this can be a very good choice. The IPX4 water resistant technology and easy Bluetooth controls are more great features that make it an excellent choice.
10. Swagtron T6 - Cheap Off-Road Hoverboard
The final entry on our list is the Swagtron T6, which is the cheapest all-terrain hoverboard on here.
If you’re looking to buy an all-terrain hoverboard, but find that the Halo Rover or the Epikgo Sports Plus options are on the more expensive side, then you should take a serious interest in this one.
Another great reason to buy this hoverboard is its higher weight limit which comes in at 420 lbs. when most other hoverboards have a limit of 220 lbs.
Let’s start off with the feature that most surprised us - the maximum weight limit. The Swagtron T6 is the first hoverboard in the world to handle up to 420 lbs. of weight, making it the best hoverboard for the riders of all sizes.
Generally, hoverboards tend to support weights of up to 220 lbs. with a maximum of 300 lbs. in rare cases. The capability to support 420 lbs., however, is pretty unique and absolutely blows our mind.
The hoverboard also comes with built-in Bluetooth speakers that can be used to stream music directly from your mobile phone.
The Swagtron T6 comes in an all-black color, with a sturdy plastic build. The fenders on the board, however, are built with a metal material.
You also get to see some chrome used on the wheels. Solid, sturdy tires provide great road grip and help in downhill traction. The hoverboard is also capable of 30-degree climbing.
When it comes to the overall speed of the hoverboard, here’s where things get a little surprising. The Swagtron T6 is no less powerful than the Halo Rover or the Epikgo Sports Plus. It can go up to a maximum speed of 12mph which is similar to the other all-terrain hoverboards on this list.
You also get the LED indicator on top to keep in check the battery status and two front-facing LED headlights for easy riding at night time. Though it isn’t certified as being water resistant, while testing them out on muddy and damp surfaces, it seemed to perform just fine.
- Terrain-ready sturdy tires.
- Maximum weight capacity of up to 420 lbs.
- The maximum speed of up to 12 mph.
- Cheap price point for an all-terrain hoverboard.
- No cons.
If you really wanted to get a Halo Hoverboard or the Epikgo sports plus, but find that they are out of your budget, then the Swagtron T6 is for you. You get an all-terrain, great looking hoverboard with immense power that can be used to ride on all sorts of rocky or sloping paths.
Hoverboards - Buyer's Guide
Self-Balancing Scooters or Hoverboards as they are commonly known have been all the rage since 2016 and after the use of hoverboards by popular celebrities the hype went to another level.
Everyone from celebrities to Youtubers were seen riding them. The hype reached was absolutely insane and everyone wanted to get their hands on one.
But then it eventually crashed and burned. Literally. Hoverboards all around started catching fire and most had to be recalled. Poorly made imitations were the biggest cause with Amazon having to offer refunds to all customers who’d ever bought one from them. This isn’t to deter you or say that it’s going to happen again. Safety is a primary concern and a lot of strict enforcements have taken place in the years since then.
Like any other moving piece of machinery, you don’t just want to buy the first option you come across, and if you’re looking to buy a hoverboard for your children, you definitely don’t want to take a chance with their safety. You’ll want to ensure that your purchase is safe and is the best possible option you could get at the price point.
So which Hoverboards are the safest?
All hoverboards that are Ul2272 certified are safe. Period. So the first thing that you need to look for in a hoverboard is the Ul2272 certification. If it isn’t certified, we wouldn’t even bother looking at them.
You can’t go wrong with big names brands such as Swagtron, Halo, Segway (Ninebot), Razor and Epikgo who guarantee safety with their hoverboards.
The majority of the hoverboards mentioned on this list come from these brands and we can assure you that all of them have the highest safety standards.
Additional considerations apart from safety -
Speed: Speed is probably the first thing anyone looks for in a hoverboard. Most hoverboards can go up to a maximum speed of 10mph, while a few high end options can go up to 12-13mph.
If you’re looking to get one for your kids, you might want to get one with a lower speed option. There are also hoverboards that come with an option of installing speed caps which limit the maximum speed of the hoverboard.
Price: A year ago is when we began compiling this list and back then, hoverboards were pretty expensive, with only a handful of certified brands in the market.
Today, however, we’ve got several more options to choose from, making it much cheaper to get one for yourself. You can find hoverboards starting at about $200. For more advanced, higher end options, expect to spend around $500-$800.
Additional features like Bluetooth Speakers & LED: While Bluetooth speakers are not really what anyone would consider essential on a hoverboard, the inclusion of LEDs is definitely important. They are extremely helpful while riding at night, lighting up your pathway. We would definitely not recommend getting a lower cost hoverboard without LED lights if you can afford a better option.
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