Who doesn’t love hoverboards? They are one of the hottest Christmas gifts (and gifts in general), and one of the overall most fun toys for children and adults alike.
The question always comes down to this: which hoverboards are safe, and which are the very best hoverboards?
We’re here today to break down what you should be looking for in a hoverboard both in function, cost, and everything in between. Strap in, (or step on,) for your look into the ten best hoverboards.
Best Hoverboards and Self-Balancing Scooters 2020
|Name||Max MPH||Range||Weight Limit (lbs)||Features||Award||Price||Shop|
|2. Segway Ninebot S||10 MPH||13.7 Miles||220lbs||Wheel Size: 10.5"|
Motors: 2 * 800 Watt
Max Incline: 15°
Connectivity: App Support and Bluetooth
|Best Self Transporter||$$$||Check Price|
|4. Halo Rover X||10 MPH||10 Miles||260lbs||Wheel Size: 8.5"|
Motors: 2 * 400 Watt
Max Incline: 20°
Connectivity: App Support and Bluetooth Speakers
|Excellent Off-Road Choice||$$$||Check Price|
|1. Swagtron T1||8 MPH||11 Miles||220lbs||Wheel Size: 6.5"|
Motor: 300 Watt
Max Incline: 30°
|Rounded Value||$$||Check Price|
|8. Swagtron T6||12 MPH||12 Miles||420lbs||Wheel Size: 10"|
Motors: 2 * 300 Watt
Max Incline: 30°
Connectivity: App Support and Bluetooth Speakers
|Loudest Speaker||$$$||Check Price|
|5. Gyroor Warrior||9.95 MPH||9.5 Miles||265lbs||Wheel Size: 8.5"|
Motors: 2 * 350 Watt
Max Incline: 30°
Connectivity: App Support and Bluetooth Speakers
|Budget Off-Road Choice||$$||Check Price|
|6. Swagtron T5||7 MPH||7 Miles||187lbs||Wheel Size: 7"|
Motors: 1 * 200 Watt
Max Incline: 15°
|7. Epikgo Hoverboard||10 MPH||10 Miles||240lbs||Wheel Size: 8.5"|
Motors: 2 * 400 Watt
Max Incline: 18°
|Largest Hoverboard||$$$$||Check Price|
|3. Razor Hovertrax 2.0||8 MPH||8 Miles||220lbs||Wheel Size: 6.5"|
Motors: 2 * 350 Watt
Max Incline: 15°
|Lightweight Build||$$||Check Price|
|10. Tomoloo Hoverboard||7.5 MPH||12 Miles||165lbs||Wheel Size: 6.5"|
Motors: 1 * 300 Watt
Max Incline: 15°
Connectivity: App Support and Bluetooth Speakers
|Best for Children||$||Check Price|
Our experts have considered several main factors when ranking our hoverboards:
- Price. The reality is, you can only afford hoverboards that fall within your price range. We look at if the price is worth it (price per performance) and if it offers the best value in the market.
- Performance. A hoverboard isn’t worth getting if it isn’t fun or can’t get you from point a to point b, right? This is actually a multi-faceted factor. We consider things like speed, battery life, outdoor and indoor performance as well as build quality.
- Safety. Safety is of course a huge factor that comes into play. You want to ride your hoverboard knowing that it won’t explode or suddenly become unstable.
- Customer Support and Warranty. Lastly, we judge the customer support and if they uphold the warranty. Hoverboards can be finnicky at times, and it’s not uncommon for them to breakdown – especially after a rough outing. You want to make sure that the manufacturer will help you get back on the wheels.
Just remember, a top ten list doesn’t mean that every single hoverboard comes without flaws. We’ve done extensive research to point out any negatives that each hoverboard might have.
Get ready; this is your full, comprehensive guide to hoverboards, with the best models in mind.
1. Swagtron T1 Hoverboard – Best All-Round Introductory Hoverboard
If you’ve been searching for hoverboards, there is almost a 100% chance you’ve heard of Swagtron.
They are one of the most popular hoverboard brands and offer a wide range of models for any type of rider.
The Swagtron T1 represents the de facto choice for many people wanting to purchase their very first hoverboard.
Why? Because it offers fantastic value for money. Instead of getting the unnecessary bells and whistles you see in many hoverboards, Swagtron have stuck to the basics – a fun, safe and awesome hoverboarding experience.
Swagtron are a company that takes safety extremely seriously. Apart from the certification, they also have patented SentryShield technology which physically protects the battery as well as a battery management system or BMS. The BMS closely monitors the battery for any issues, preventing any fires or overcharges. If that wasn’t enough, Swagtron also have a safe stop system which prevents the hoverboard from stopping abruptly if the battery is drained.
Being a more affordable alternative to other hoverboards, the Swagtron does come with some obvious sacrificies.
Like most other hoverboards, the build is mainly ABS plastic and some riders have complained about a lack of protection over the wheels. Is this a big deal? Not really as this hoverboard is not meant for off-terrain riding. It’ll serve you well to keep it on paved surfaces or indoors. On the flip side, the light build means the T1 only weighs 22lbs, so it’s easy to carry around.
There is also a concern with a number of reviewers pointing out issues with the T1 shortly after purchasing. Whether that be a rattling of some of the parts, failure to charge or turn on, or some of the components being damaged after mild usage.
While some of these reviews can be chalked up to customer negligence (for example, extensively riding in rough outdoor environments), we are also thinking Swagtron has a bit of quality assurance upkeep to attend to. In any case, they offer great customer support and you should be covered by the warranty they provide.
Overall, with its ease of use, safety features and budget-friendly price, the Swagtron T1 is an excellent introductory hoverboard for those wanting to dip their feet into the hoverboarding scene.
2. Segway Ninebot S – The Best All-Terrain Self-Transporter
Everyone has heard of Segway. Invented by Dean Kamen and brought to market back in 2001, the original Segway led the way in personal human transportation. Through thick and thin, Segway have been revived (and bought) by Chinese firm Ninebot and have made it into the 2020’s as a big market player.
The Ninebot S is undoubtedly the premier Segway model and is the best all-terrain self-transporter.
Unlike other hoverboards and self-balancing scooters, the Ninebot S’ appeal doesn’t solely lie in being used just for ‘fun’. It’s a mode of transport – a vehicle that will take you from point a to point b. Perfect if you live close to work or need to run local errands.
As such, the Ninebot S is extremely safe and reliable to use.
To emphasis safety, you’ll have to go through a training tutorial first (through the smartphone app) and 1 mile of riding at a maximum speed 4.3mph before unlocking the full features of this scooter.
Once complete, you can go up to a 10mph up to a 13.7 mile range which puts the Ninebot S on the higher end of hoverboard and self balancing scooter performance. The cushioned steering column and steering guide provide you with unparalleled control and stability that makes manoeuvring the Ninebot S a fun and enjoyable experience. Though expect a bit of time to get use to it especially if you’ve only ridden hoverboards that use foot pressure to manoeuvre.
Where this transporter truly excels in is its off-road capabilities.
The huge 10.5″ pneumatic tires backed by dual 800 Watt motors crush any surface you can ride on. Simply put, no other hoverboard comes close when it comes to off-road stability and power. This self-transporter is of course UL certifed and has an IP rating of IP54, making it splash and dust proof resistant.
There are also some other minor quibbles you should be aware of, which are unpreventable for this type of transporter. Namely, the weight, size and price. They are all high up on the scales.
This thing is expensive – it’s not a toy. Expect to pay several hundred dollars more than other hoverboards. It’s really an investment in your transporting options. Also, weighing in at 28lbs and sporting the largest wheels of any model on this list, you can’t simply lug the Ninebot S around in your backpack. If you’re travelling anywhere with it, you’re going to be riding or pushing it via a little handle from the top, with motorized assistance.
All in all, if you want a high performing, quality built and safe all-terrain transportation option, the Ninebot S is hard to beat.
3. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard – Top Middle Of The Road Choice
The first US brand to gain UL certification, Razor prides itself on innovating and creating it’s own unique hoverboarding experience.
Perhaps one of the most technologically-advanced hoverboards on the market, the Hovertrax 2.0 improves on it’s predecessor – the Hovertrax 1.0 – in several ways:
- 100% UL 2272 certified. Back in 2016, Razor actually had to recall 28,000 Hovertrax 1.0 hoverboards in order for them to be tested and certified by this new standard. Rest assured all Hovertrax 2.0’s haved passed certification.
- Additon of headlights. Now you can easily move in darker environments. You’ll be able to see better whilst others will be able to see you.
- The deck where your feet stand have a anti-slip rubber traction platform for improved stability.
- The speed tops up at 8mph compared to 6mph.
We are a bit skeptical labeling this the most technologically advanced hoverboard, after all, the label was applied by Razor. Still, there is impressive tech inside the chasis that puts the Hovertrax 2.0 above other hoverboards.
Razor wanted to bring their name back from the dead, and that’s exactly what they did. The Hovetrax 2.0 is a step in the right direction and has pushed the company to be one of the more popular hoverobard choices. Still, nothing is without faults.
On top of this, the everbalance technology we mentioned earlier can sometimes result in a ride that is too precise. Slight nudges can turn into over-sensitive turns that can push you off the hoverboard. While some riders will love this, others will find it a bit too touchy.
In the Hovertrax 2.0, Razor have tried to create a hoverboard with state of the art balancing techology (as they describe it). The question is have they succeeded?
Many riders will say yes, but for others, the sometimes too sensitive controls will be an annoyance. It’s why we’ve decided to put Razor as the middle of the road choice. You’re either going to love it or hate it. In any case, being an American brand, you’ll get to enjoy top notch support from the team if any issues arise.
4. Halo Rover X – Best Off-Road Hoverboard Choice
The Halo Rover X is a premium hoverboard meant for those wanting to experience off-road hoverboarding at its finest.
It’s widely considered one of the best – if not the best – off-road hoverboard you can get your hands on today.
You’ll have no trouble travelling over sand, grass, gravel or dirt. This hoverboard is meant for the outdoors.
Don’t be afraid to also take this hoverboard for a spin on a wet surface. It’s IPX4 water resistant. In lay terms, it’s basically splash proof. And if you’re a little on the heavy side, no need to worry as long as you are under 260lbs.
Like most other hoverboards, you also get a mobile support app that tracks metrics like speed and distance. For those just beginning there hoverboard experience, you’ll also have the option of utilizing up to 3 training modes – beginner, normal and advanced. On top of this, you can also use the inbuilt bluetooth speaker with your phone if riding and listening to tunes is your jam.
The Halo Rover X is safe for anyone aged 7+ and passes all the required UL certifications so you can rest assured that your child will be safe – at least from the hoverboard itself.
This hoverboard is a great choice for those wanting to have a hardcore off-road experience. Just be prepared to pay a little more for the premium durability and stability.
5. Gyroor Warrior – Best Budget Off-Road Hoverboard
A relative newcomer in the hoverboards realm, Gyroor have been around since 2012 and base themselves in Shenzhen, China. Whilst other Chinese brands have come and gone, Gyroor have been around long enough to warrant customers having faith in there products.
If you need an affordable hoverboard that is meant for all terrain usage, look no further than the Gyroor Warriror.
The Gyroor Warrior also comes with several other features which can be controlled via the app. There is an adult or child mode depending on your skill level, anti-theft alarm and you can also connect your music to the Bluetooth speakers. Of course, this hoverboard is also UL2272 certified.
What’s not to love? Well, a couple of things.
So what’s our final verdict? It’s a great off-road hoverboard for those that are budget minded. In fact, if the halo rover is too expensive for you, we’d recommend the Gyroor Warrior as your next best picks for off-road hoverboarding.
6. Swagtron T5 – Top Value Pick For Kids
It’s easy to see now that Swagtron hoverboards are pretty dominant in the market. This is there third entry on this list and that’s because there hoverboards consistently perform better than the competition.
If you’re in love with the T1 but can’t afford it, the Swagtron T5 might be your next best pick. It’s a little less powerful but significantly more affordable which makes it perfect for children.
Being Swagtron branded hoverboard, you’ll also enjoy there gyroscopic technology that makes the T5 extremely easy to control and manoeuvre. Just don’t take it on rough surfaces. This hoverboard performs best on paved or indoor surface which makes sense as this is the safest environment for your child.
In order to keep costs low, the T5 does sacrifice on a couple of things.
Even though the Swagtron T5 is extremely well priced and performs well when used correctly (on paved or indoor surfaces) we couldn’t rank it higher due to the aforementioned quality issues. Still, if you’re one of the majority who receive a good model, you’ll be greeted with one of the best hoverboard experiences for children.
7. EPIKGO Hoverboard – Designed for adults with the most powerful motors
Hoverboards are mostly designed and marketed for children, but we all want to test them out, too! More and more hoverboard manufacturers have decided to market their models to a new growing market – adults.
EPIKGO brings us a 30% larger, (albeit, more expensive,) hoverboard that brings the weight capacity and power an adult needs to get the most out of their hoverboard experience.
For the price, you’d imagine that you’d get a Bluetooth speaker or something with it. That’s not the case. It’s a durable, tough ride, but it lacks some of the fixings that other hoverboard models are making a staple.
It’s also worth mentioning that the powerful motors combined with an enhanced weight capacity mean you’re using up more of your battery power. You’ll get an average of 1 hour or 10 miles. It’s certainly not too shabby when all things are considered.
It’s definitely designed with adults in mind, and more geared towards men than it is towards women. Their safety check exceeds the standard UL 2272, and it’s always nice to know that a company is thinking about your safety beyond their legal requirements. If you’re serious about hoverboarding, this is a great pick, just expect to pay a premium price.
8. SWAGTRON T6 Off-Road Hoverboard – Best Performing Off-Road Hoverboard
If you’ve got to get your hands on a Swagtron hoverboard but need one that is suitable for all terrain types, the T6 is your go to solution.
Unlike the T1 or T5 this model is more geared towards adults and outdoor usage.
With an ability to carry 420lbs, there’s an immense amount of power behind these motors to get past just about any terrain: gravel, thick mud, sand. The T6 can handle it all.
Compared to the other off-road models on this list, the T6 outperforms the rest. The battery lasts up to an astonishing 12 miles and you get to enjoy the premium handling that comes with pretty much all Swagtron models, further enhanced by the large 10″ high-tread tires. You also get a bluetooth speaker to blast tunes at a crazy loud level, as well as app support that allow you to maintain a clear visual of your distance, battery life, and more.
Safety is always a big priority for Swagtron, and the T6 does a good job of representing these values. You get there univeral SentryShield casing to protect the battery as well as IPX4 rated build. Any water splashing will pose no threat. Build for adults, it also comes with wide non-slip foot grips to promote stability.
You don’t have to pay extra money to swap the design or colors, but you should note that the tires are air-filled compared to the all rubber tyres of the Halo Rover or Gyror Warrior. Going over sharp rocks and such is still a bit of a risk.
So why isn’t the T6 number 1?
Other minor issues are pretty much found with other hoverboard in the same class. This thing weighs a hefty 32lbs, and so is best ridden and not carried. Though if you must, it does come with handles.
Overall, if you get a model with no quality issues you’ll be greeted with the best in class performance. Once Swagtron fix this problem, there models will not doubt be further up our list.
9. VEEKO Self Balancing Scooter – Best choice for a budget conscious buyer
This hoverboard is a standard weight, and supports just over 220lbs, so you’ll be able to test it out before the kids get a hold of it.
It comes with standard red or black for the solid body color and design, and comes with enough brightness to the lights that you’ll feel safe allowing your little ones to use it in the driveway at night.
You don’t get the best customer service when you go with VEEKO, but ultimately, if there is a problem, it will be fixed after a long wait on the phone. You do get UL 2272 and 2271 safety certificates, which shows that they take safety into consideration.
All around, this is definitely a board designed for children, and it’s an excitable design that any kid is going to be more than happy with. Light them up, and enjoy a book while your better half watches them out front. You have roughly two or more hours to kill.
10. TOMOLOO Hoverboard – Best Hoverboard for Children.
One of the best brands out there that emerged with the inception of hoverboards is, without the shadow of a doubt, TOMOLOO. They weren’t among the few companies who encountered issues in the beginning, because they take safety first.
Let’s get to the main reason you want a hoverboard—they’re amazing, and fun.
When it comes to the Bluetooth speaker, if this is a gift for your son or daughter, they’re going to be the talk of the block. Their friends will know you grabbed them the best hoverboard in 2020 and jam out to the Billboard Top 40 while cruising on their RGB lights. You can connect your phone or a nearby laptop to the Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity to blast tunes up to 33 feet away. That’s power!
Product consumers and reviewers alike agree—TOMOLOO has become one of the best and biggest hoverboards around, and it’s clear to see why. This is just pure fun without breaking the bank.
Hoverboards – Comprehensive Buyers Guide
We all know that hoverboards are some of the hottest items on the market right now. They were the biggest gift for all of 2015 and 2016, and the momentum hasn’t slowed down one bit. Their presence in our culture is only at the beginning. Hoverboards have gotten a lot of bad press, but with the kinks all worked out, they’ve never been safer, especially for children to use. The biggest difficulty when trying to select a new hoverboard, or your introduction to hoverboards: weeding out all the noise. Thankfully, we’ve taken out all of the guesswork with our comprehensive guide. Without further ado, everything you need to know about selecting the right hoverboard for your needs.
Hoverboards have been mostly designed for use by children, so you’re going to see a lot of weight requirements in the lower range. There are models that support older riders, but they are a bit more difficult to locate. In our personal and professional experience, you should always try to stay 10% underneath the weight requirement. For instance, if the maximum weight capacity reads 200lbs, in your head, account for a maximum of 180lbs. This isn’t just going to keep everything safe for possible breakage—the higher the capacity, and the less it’s utilized, the more you’re going to get out of the maximum speed and battery life. Less strain on the device means longer, better rides, and a longer expected life for your hoverboard.
Why does speed matter? Well, on a hoverboard, higher speeds mean a higher level of fun, right? They also mean restrictions depending on where you live. There was a big debate in New York City in the end of 2015, where they were considered illegal to be driven down the street at all, or outside, for that matter. The laws on hoverboards are constantly changing, and are often subject to how fast your hoverboard can go. Nobody can keep up with the way that congress is constantly trying to mess with what you’re able to use or not, so you should confer with your local law listings to ensure that you can use your hoverboard effectively, and inform your children if they’re using them. Don’t spend more on a ticket than you do on your hoverboard.
While there’s no actual manufacturer requirements for hoverboard use, you should know that it’s a high-powered device, and not necessarily the best choice for a child’s toy. That being said, judge accordingly, and allow your children to use it if they’re responsible enough. In most cases, it’s recommended to only allow children twelve-years-old and up access and use of a hoverboard. There’s a greater understanding of danger at this age, and a better mastery over their own dexterity.
Of course, any buyer is going to beware their own budget. There are a few factors to think about here when it comes down to the bottom line: money. No two incomes or priorities are the same, but if you’re planning to take up hoverboarding as a sport, or if you’re trying to make it a super stellar Christmas, your budget is going to shift a bit. Here are three main points to think of when deciding how much you want to put towards your hoverboard purchase.
- Is It A Gift?
Nobody wants to be known as the guy or gal who skimped out on a present, but you also can’t afford to dump your entire week’s paycheck on a gift, either. The best way to avoid this is to research companies individually, and then make your choice based on quality and cost. While the old saying, “you get what you pay for,” is true more often than not, there are some up-and-coming hoverboard companies out there who offer lower prices because their costs are lower. Smaller facilities, smaller teams, so on, and so forth.
- Are You Trying To Go Pro?
Since professional cup stacking is still around (I’m nor kidding; really, it is,) you can expect hoverboards to be around for a long time. If you want to be the next Tony Hawk, you’ll have to shell out the big bucks on a more pricey model with advanced features. These can include longer battery life expectancies, the possibility of higher speeds, or more lightweight builds with stronger materials. There are a lot of things to consider when you’re going to plan on going the professional route, but you can definitely bench on the fact that higher quality means a higher budget.
- Beware of Knockoff Brands
It’s almost impossible—especially in a newer market—to determine what a knockoff really is, right? It’s not easy. If you can’t find a website hosted by the company, with information about their brand, or perhaps a mission statement of some kind, you may be in the presence of a knockoff brand. There will always be cheap or inexpensive versions, but those who barely understand the technology that they’re selling are what I would define as a knockoff. Brands with some passion behind what they’re doing, especially when it’s cutting edge tech like hoverboards, will stand out from the rest
The most important aspect—safety. Whether it’s for an adult or a child, you should always consider how safe something is before you use it. In this case, we’re looking back at the reports in mid to late 2015 regarding combustion, which is what drove congress to do something about hoverboards in the first place. With any inspired tech, you’re going to see bugs in its first year, or first few years of production and distribution. In these cases, the consumers weren’t using the hoverboards based on the safety instructions in the manual, but that’s not what’s important. Even if you’re not going to use it as intended, you shouldn’t be worried about fire hazards with them.
During the time that hoverboards were being outlawed, a lot of changes went into play, and now, you can purchase any hoverboard and know that it’s safe. Regulations went into effect and have worked wonders, but as you can probably imagine, everything still has its flaws. You may find, when reading consumer reviews of specific hoverboards, or experiences with brands, that they’ve encountered some issues during use. Pay close attention to the reviews found on Amazon. I find that the three star reviews tend to be the most extensive, and provide the most insightful information from a fair, non-biased point of view.
You don’t spend hundreds on any device without intending to use it as much as you possibly can. Extended use means the extended possibility of something going wrong, such as parts malfunctioning or just wear and tear taking its toll on your device. Be certain to research warranty information on the hoverboards on your shortlist. You’ll be able to get most of that info from the Amazon sales page, but further than that, research the company or visit their website to get a more extensive look on what they offer. Remember: there’s a limited number of information that companies put on their Amazon product page due to marketing purposes, so they’ll be able to display more detail on their websites.
Note: Manufacturers in the United States are ten times more likely to provide meaningful, fast customer support. Companies such as Razor are notorious for their excellent customer service, and honoring their warranties to a tee.
Lights or No Lights: That’s The Question
We understand that your work schedule has to be conflicting with the rest of life. We’ve all been there, done that. Hoverboarding is actually a mutually beneficial activity for parents to do with their children. It’s fun, and a great way to enjoy your time together after workhours. If you’re getting home when the streetlights are already on, it’s essential to flick on your hoverboard’s light features, even if you’re just going to play in the driveway, but especially if you’ll be whizzing around in the street. Take your schedule into consideration, and in turn, how strong the light feature is on your hoverboard purchase.
It’s perhaps the most important aspect of any hoverboard, especially if you’re purchasing it as a gift for your son or daughter. One of the biggest concerns around the inception of hoverboards resided in safety: kids were falling off and getting scraped-up, but that’s not how it is anymore. Now, there’s a self-balance feature installed in most models. That’s right; not all, but most. It’s an important feature for safety. When you’re planning to do tricks and stunts, the self-balancing feature is going to hinder your efforts, but it’s definitely an essential part of getting your little ones to stay safe.
With every bit of information in your arsenal, you’ll be able to prioritize, and figure out exactly what hoverboard fits your needs. Narrow down safety features, self-balancing, speed and other key aspects to determine exactly what’s best for you, and your family. What matters most to you when selecting the perfect hoverboard?