Hoverboards are gyroscopically balanced two-wheeled boards that keep you upright even when you shift your weight. When shopping for a hoverboard, there are a few main features to consider. Most importantly, look for UL 2272 certification. This means the hoverboard has passed electrical safety tests and is unlikely to have the overheating problems some earlier devices suffered. Then, consider what you want to use it for. Will it be for commuting, off-roading, or just playing around the house?
Best Hoverboards in 2017
Consider the distance it can cover on a single charge, the terrain it can handle, and the top speed it will reach. Hoverboards also have different weight limits, so if you’re an adult, make sure the one you pick will support you along with whatever you might carry on your trips. Here are ten of the best models to consider.
- 10. Swagtron T1 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter
- 9. Swagtron T5 Hoverboæard
- 8. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter
- 7. Powerboard by HOVERBOARD 2 Wheel Self Balancing Scooter
- 6. Swagtron T3 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter with Bluetooth and App
- 5. EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter Hover Self-Balance Board
- 4. InMotion MoHawk R6 Self Balancing Hoverboard
- 3. Official Halo Rover Hoverboard
- 2. HOVERZON S Self Balancing Hoverboard
- 1. Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter
10. Swagtron T1 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter
Swagtron makes several models of hoverboard. This one features an 11-mile range and tops out at 8 miles per hour. A full charge takes an hour. It will support a rider up to 220 pounds. The 250 watt motor and gear stabilization means it has good control and will hold traction even when you are heading downhill. The board has LED headlights, rubber bumpers, and visible battery level indicators. It weighs in at just under 28 pounds.
It rides in two modes: learning and standard. Learning mode keeps the hoverboard at a slower speed so you don’t accidentally take off too fast before you have mastered your balance. It also has a “safe stop” feature that will slowly stop the hoverboard if you run out of battery, preventing a sudden stop.
- Charges quickly
- Well-protected battery for safety of the rider and the device
- Relatively long range and good top speed
- Comes in many colors
- The wheels are on the smaller side, which means this hoverboard isn’t the best option for rougher outdoor terrain.
- Some customers report that minor crashes led to cracks in the plastic body.
- Other customers have had issues with the board vibrating to the point that it is difficult to use. This can sometimes be remedied by recalibrating the board, but that has not worked in all cases.
9. Swagtron T5 Hoverboæard
The T5 is a lighter weight hoverboard. At 23 pounds, it is easier to carry than bigger models, but it carries less in return. The maximum weight it supports is 187 pounds, which makes it a good choice for kids and smaller adults. It has a 7 mile range and tops out at 7 miles per hour with its 200 watt motor. It is a good entry model for people getting started with the hobby. The T5 comes in black or white. Like other Swagtron models, this includes a regular and training mode.
- UL 2272 certified, ensuring electrical safety
- Geared like higher priced models to make downhill rides smooth
- Protected battery, ensuring safety even after crashes
- Among customers with complaints, a common issue is that the hoverboard stops, begins beeping, and won’t work. This requires a factory replacement
- No bumpers so rougher riding could cause scratches or cracking
- Relatively low weight limit
8. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter
Razor, maker of the famous foldable silver scooter, has entered the hoverboard market. While they call this a “smart scooter”, it has no post or handlebars; it is a standard board with two large outer wheels. Like all hoverboards on this list, it is UL2272 certified for electrical safety.
This model is on the higher end of hoverboard technology. It has a powerful 350 watt motor, which is among the strongest on the market. It can hold a 220 pound person. The board itself weighs just about 25 pounds. With a top speed of over 8 miles per hour, it is quick, and it has a range of about 8 miles, or one hour of operation. It offers a quick swap battery which is unique among hoverboards. This means you can quickly take out a dead battery and pop in a new one to continue riding for longer.
The board has a self-leveling feature which means the surface is flat even when you aren’t on it. This makes it easier to get on and off. It has bumpers to prevent scratches and cracks and LED light bars. Like other models, there are standard and training modes so new users can practice at slower speeds without risking an accident. It comes in black, white, and blue.
- Swappable batteries to allow longer rides
- Powerful motor
- Easy mounting
- Customers report very few bad experiences with this board. Those who did reported problems out of the box that may be connected to receiving a bad unit.
7. Powerboard by HOVERBOARD 2 Wheel Self Balancing Scooter
This is one of the more popular boards on the market. It is slower than most, with a top speed of 5-6 miles per hour. This makes it safer for kids. It has a plastic frame that can scuff but does not crack easily, and features LED headlights. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is appropriate for most people; it will hold a 220 pound adult.
The major advantage of this model is its battery life. It can last up to 6 hours in theory, and users report easily getting 3-4 hours of riding on a single charge. That is much longer than most other boards on the market. The recharge time is also fast at just an hour.
- Long battery life and fast recharge
- 1 year warranty that customers report is paired with good service.
- Despite their UL 2272 certification, the company issued a recall in June 2016 because of battery heating issues. Check that you are receiving an updated model when you buy.
- Slower than most hoverboards
6. Swagtron T3 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter with Bluetooth and App
The T3 is one of Swagtron’s higher end boards. Like their other boards, it is UL certified. It will hold a 220 pound person, standard for boards intended for adults. Like the company’s other boards, this has “safe stop” technology to prevent accidents if your battery dies, a battery shield for safety in case you do have an accident, and gear stabilization to help with hills. With a 300 watt motor, this is a more powerful board. It can go 8 miles per hour and has a longer battery life, lasting about 90 minutes which lets you travel 12 miles. The board itself is on the heavier side at 30 pounds, but it includes a built in carrying strap to make transportation easier.
It is in the extra features where this board stands out. It includes Bluetooth speakers, so you can pair the device with your phone or mp3 player and have music with you when you ride. It is also compatible with the Swagtron app. This connects to the board and keeps track of data like your ride history and battery life. You can also use the app to swap between learning mode and standard mode.
All that said, the average customer experience with the T3 has been less than stellar. Lots of users report problems with the unit dying within the first few weeks of using it. The units seem to run for a while and then spontaneously shut off and won’t restart, even after a long recharge session.
- Many fun features
- App integration
- Good range
- Many customer reports of defective units. If you buy, go through a reputable retailer.
5. EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter Hover Self-Balance Board
This “all terrain” board is like the SUV of hoverboards. It is not cheap, but the extra you pay brings a lot of additional features.
It has 400 watt motors, among the most powerful on the market, that can climb steep grades. The board tops out at 10 miles per hour, making it also one of the fastest you can buy. It can maintain that continuous speed for an hour, giving you about a 10 mile range. The board has a battery level indicator, and the battery recharges in about 2 hours. It is also UL certified for electrical safety.
The tires are large and solid rubber. Use them to drive over grass, mud, or sand. The board is engineered to go off road and is rated as water resistant. It is also 30% larger than typical boards. That gives you more balance, more space for your feet, and greater control. The bigger size also lets the board carry bigger people. The maximum weight limit is 265, making it a good choice for bigger adults.
That size and extra features means a heavier board, too. The Epikgo weighs in at just under 40 pounds, making it one of the heaviest hoverboards out there.
- Will work on many terrains
- Big and powerful specs expands where and how you can use this board
- Heavier, making it harder to carry
- Some customers report difficulties with customer service when the board has issues
- When the battery dies, the unit just stops, flinging off the rider. Use caution when you are out riding.
4. InMotion MoHawk R6 Self Balancing Hoverboard
This board is on the lighter side, at 24 pounds, but can carry a heavier rider with a maximum weight of 265 pounds. It is also a bit slower than many boards, with a maximum speed of 6-7 miles per hour. This tends to give you better battery life, though, and the board should get about 12 miles of range. A full recharge takes 2-3 hours.
Like other boards, it has a UL certification for electrical safety and comes with a 1-year warranty. It comes in a variety of colors.
- Lightweight with good carrying capacity
- Slower than many other models
3. Official Halo Rover Hoverboard
This is another off-road style hoverboard. It has a heavy tread on the deck, to give you a firm grip in all kinds of weather. The 8.5 inch tires won’t puncture and can drive on sand, snow, and mud. It is certified water resistant, so you can take it out in rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine. It has been shown to climb hills with a 20% grade, so you can go up some of the steepest slopes.
Halo has also stepped it up with the technological features. The hoverboard has built in Bluetooth speakers, so you can play your music while you ride. There is also a Halo app that connects to the board. It shows you speed, distance, and lets you toggle between training mode and standard mode.
The board can hit a speedy 10 miles per hour and maintain that speed for an hour. A full recharge takes about 2.5 hours. The bigger board can also handle bigger people, with a max weight of 265.
It is heavier with all these features, tipping the scales at 32 pounds. It comes with a heavy duty carrying case to make it easier to haul around.
- Heavy duty, all terrain board will go almost anywhere
- Higher end technical features with speakers and app integration
- Will support bigger adults
- A heavy board that can be tough to carry
2. HOVERZON S Self Balancing Hoverboard
This is another of the lightweight boards. At 22 pounds, it is among the lightest, and can carry the common max weight of 220 pounds. It goes about 8 miles per hour at its fastest and can take you 7 to 11 miles before it needs a recharge.
As with many popular boards, it has a training and test mode. Other features that improve safety are tires built to have extra traction, non-slip foot pedals, LED headlights, and a battery indicator. It is also UL certified for electrical safety.
Aesthetically, it’s an attractive board. It features shiny finishes in black, silver, blue, or red. The wheels have aluminum hubs for a sleek look. This board has hints of rugged while keeping a polished finish.
- Battery life of over 1 hour
- A significant number of customers have reported issues getting the board to charge after buying it. Be sure to test your board’s charging before using it and buy from a reputable retailer.
1. Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter
Topping our list is a board from Segway, known for their gyroscopically balanced personal transportation devices. The miniPro is a step beyond the hoverboard in terms of its technology and capabilities.
Unlike all the other hoverboards on this list, the Segway has a kneebar. This looks like a short stem with a seat, but it’s quite different. You steer most hoverboards by pivoting your feet on the foot pads, which can lead to imbalance. The kneebar lets you keep your feet in place and steer by leaning to the side. It rises to the level of the rider’s knees. When standing straight, there is no contact with the post. However, the top of the kneebar has pads that ergonomically fit the shape of the inside of a rider’s knee, allowing you to lean against the bar and precisely control the direction of the transporter.
There are two large areas for your feet with high traction platforms to ensure you don’t slip. The tires are much bigger than on any hoverboard at 10.5 inches, and since they are pneumatic, they can take a hit. They are rated with military grade shock absorption. This gives added traction and the ability to ride over curbs, short steps, and steep inclines and declines. It can also go off road and handle mud, grass, snow, and gravel. The motor is far more powerful than any other on the market at 1600 watts. This will get you up to a speed of 10 miles per hour, and you can go 14 miles on a full charge.
The added technology is also far beyond the level of any other hoverboard. The miniPro has LED headlights and tail lights. Since the lights are multicolor, you can choose your own color for each from 16 million combinations using the app. The app also gives you access to several other features. You can lock your miniPro and turn on an anti-theft alarm that goes off if anyone tries to move the board. You remote control it from the app, so the miniPro can actually drive itself across the room without a rider. Control the speed, update the device’s firmware, and run diagnostics all from your phone as well.
The miniPro is top of the line, and far and away the best product in this class.
- Precision steering with the kneebar
- Much more powerful motor with fast speeds and good range
- Large, well-designed wheels that let you tackle most terrain
- Many impressive technological features
- One of the most expensive devices, but you really get what you pay for.
There are many hoverboards on the market, but with the knowledge of your price range, goals with the board, and desired features, you can narrow it down to a few choices that are right for you. From a toy for your grandkids to an everyday commuting “vehicle”, use these reviews to find a safe, reliable, and fun hoverboard that you will enjoy every time you use it.