From pricing to build quality, from Bluetooth extras to safety features, there are a number of factors one must consider when choosing a hoverboard.
Primary in most people’s minds of course is safety. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced recently that no hoverboard is completely safe
However, there are a number of brands that have worked hard to increase the safety features of their devices.
We take you through it all here in best hoverboards 2018.
|Product||Max Load (lbs)||Top Speed (mph)||Range (mi)||Hill Gradient|
|Razor Hovertrax 2.0||220||8||8||15||$$||3.7||Check Price|
|Official Halo Rover||220||10||10||20||$$$$$||4.6||Check Price|
|EPIKGO SPORT||265||10||10||15||$$$$||4.5||Check Price|
|Skque X1/I Series||264||7.45||12.4||15||$$$$||4.5||Check Price|
|Chic Eyourlife||220||10||9||15||$||3.5||Check Price|
|HOVERZON S Series||220||8||11||30||$||3.8||Check Price|
|SWAGTRON T6||420||12||12||30||$$$$||4.6||Check Price|
|InMotion Mohawk R6||265||7||12||15||$$$||4.0||Check Price|
|SagaPlay F1||220||10||13||15||$$||3.9||Check Price|
#1: Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard
The Hovertrax 2.0 is regarded as the smartest self-balancing hoverboard for several reasons. First of all, it is designed by “Razor”, which is the global leader in the manufacture of hoverboards. This product is UL2272 certified, which is the industry’s highest safety certification on electrical components.
Its cruising speed is a brisk 8+ mph and it is powered by silent 350 watt motor that delivers a run time of 60 minutes of riding at maximum speed, and has a reasonable weight capacity of up to 220 lbs.
It features a 34 V Lithium battery which charges quickly and easily. The battery is extra durable because it is made of authentic LG cells that deliver an extended battery life.
We were very impressed with the EverBalance technology, which is exclusive to Razor. This technology is designed to automatically level the hoverboard for easier mounting especially when climbing hills, hence you can sustain a smooth ride.
In terms of additional features the Hovertrax comes with new cool blue LED light display plus fender bumpers and LED battery indicator.
Before you unleash the Hovertrax you can become accustomed to it using the handy training mode, which we found very useful.
Razor is one of the best hoverboard brands, has longevity, and can be trusted in the hoverboard manufacturing industry. This should give anyone confidence as regards the quality of product to expect. This hoverboard also comes with normal use and training modes, making it easier for beginners to learn the act of hovering or skating very easily with little or no assistance, and will be seriously considered by beginners and expert users alike.
#2: Official Halo Rover Hoverboard
The Halo Rover hoverboard is one of the most feature-packed cool hoverboards you can find on the market. Just like the Razor hoverboard, it also comes with UL 2272 certification. For the younger guys who love entertainment while they use their hoverboard, the inclusion of Halo Bluetooth Speakers and a Halo Rover Mobile APP will be great bonuses.
We really liked this board, and one of the main reasons is the exclusive Halo technology. This works incredibly well with its excellent sensor to provide the smoothest ride imaginable.
The Bluetooth and mobile app technology will ensure that you can blast and share your favourite music from your smartphone through the scooter’s integrated speakers.
The Halo Rover app will also help you customize the hoverboard to suit your riding preference. Amongst other things the App can be used for tracking your distance, speed and battery life, even power the Hover on and off.
Crucially, the Halo is a Hoverboard designed for all terrains, which means you can ride anywhere and on top of any surface, including, sand, mud and even snow!
Furthermore the Halo Rover has three different riding modes. These are Learning, Normal, and Advanced modes. The learning mode is suitable for beginners using the hoverboard for the first time, while the normal mode is for riding, and the advanced mode for experienced riders. With the Halo Rover, you can switch between modes with ease.
If you are looking for a high-end hoverboard with lots of modern features for customizing your riding experience, then the Official Halo Rover Hoverboard should be near the top of your list.
It is a top choice for advanced riders, while its learning mode can also provide a gentle introduction for those using a hoverboard for the first time. It is worth mentioning that this hoverboard comes with a manufacturer warranty that covers frame and internal components.
#3: EPIKGO SPORT Self-Balancing Board
The Epikgo Sport is a self-balancing scooter with many features that make it one of the best available today. First of all, and perhaps most crucially, it has undergone 159 tests for safety regulations and fire hazards. It has the mandatory UL 2272 Certification and is designed for the toughest road conditions.
This hoverboard is powered by not one but by two motors, and it comes with 8.5” rolling wheels making it a self balancing board for flamboyant users.
The 400W dual motors can help the board climb slopes up to an impressive 18 degree gradient, and they provide 60 minutes of continuous power at a single charge within a 10 mile range.
An LG battery powers the motors and is charged using the integrated 2-hour fast charging technology. The battery and motor combination make this product one of the most powerful and reliable on the market.
In fact, at around 30% larger and twice as powerful as many of its rivals it is able to provide more space for the foot, and more control for a smooth and stable ride.
With its sturdy and durable aluminium alloy chassis, aluminium wheel fenders and 8,5″ alloy rims the Epikgo is certainly sturdy and durable, and will be able to withstand a lot of punishment.
One of the best features of the Epikgo are its stream-lined racing tires which allow an increased speed, plus a faster riding experience.
In terms of water resistance, the hover is rated at IP56 and can be easily maneuvered through mud, grass and sand.
Finally the Epikgo comes with a one year limited warranty that covers the cost of labour and parts.
There is no doubt that this hover is a top contender in the market. Its extra space for the feet, and its dual motors that deliver constant and reliable power make it difficult to beat. The device also comes with cool wheels that you can proudly show off, not to mention the powerful LG battery that is built against fire hazards. Overall, this is one of the sturdiest hovers you can find around.
#4: Skque X1/I Series
The next on our list of best hoverboards 2018, the Skque X1/I, looks so premium, stylish and vibrant, especially with its stunning colour that it could be a brand worth serious consideration.
It is available in three different sizes: 6.5”, 8”, and 10”, whilst the red, blue, white, black and pink are all tempting colour choices. As expected, the Skque X1/I Series has the obligatory UL2272 certification.
Amongst the specifications which make this a premium product are its upgraded motherboard and its professional gyro sensors that provide the smoothest ride. Meanwhile, there is a stronger shell plus enhanced chassis that provide excellent durability for the hoverboard.
In terms of extras the integrated wireless Bluetooth speaker means you can link your smartphone to your hoverboard and enjoy your favourite music as you ride. Additionally, the bright LED lights provide safer riding at night, and the lights are bright enough that you can be easily noticed from a distance.
Importantly, it comes with a limited 1 year warranty that covers parts and labour. For peace of mind it also covers essential components such as the balance board, smart balance, the charger and motor.
The Skque has been refined and upgraded several times and it seems to be much better and more functional than the initial model. However, most users will still want more for a price that is almost 500$. This hoverboard will surely deliver any day and it is one of the most suitable products for beginners who want a premium device that offers more than simply basic features.
#5: Chic Eyourlife Hoverboard – A great choice for Kids
The Eyourlife is a 6.5 inch hoverboard that has been described as the best hoverboard for kids. The self-balancing scooter has UL2272 certification and also has a battery power-off feature as well as a temperature control system for self-protection.
It can support a maximum weight of 220lbs, hence most adults can also make use of the scooter.
The board’s ergonomic design and non-skid footpad combine to provide an excellent foot grip on the board and a great ride performance. Its ergonomic design means you can glide through different corners easily with maximum control.
In terms of performance this scooter utilises gyro sensors which ensure the smoothest of rides over different planes.
Obstacles such as gravel, slopes and even ceramic tiles aren’t a problem and its pavement adaptability feature ensures that the board is capable of climbing over ramps of up to 15 degrees.
The Eyourlife delivers a dynamic performance that guarantees a top speed of 10 mph, alongside a run time of up to 120 minutes.
Its integrated LED headlamps provide impressive nighttime illumination, and as the entire board is water resistant it can also ride effortlessly on wet land and under light rain.
It also has a one year warranty for peace of mind.
This is one of the best self balancing scooters in its price range and it is ideal for novice kids and young adults alike. While its compact stature and dimensions will better suit individuals with smaller feet, if you fit into that category then the Eyourlife is certainly worth serious consideration, and if you are working on a budget could well be the hoverboard for you.
#6: HOVERZON S Series Hoverboard
The S Series makes an impact in our top 10 for a number of reasons. Though the Hoverzon brand name may not be one of the best known names in the industry, the S series is surely one of the best products it has ever produced.
The hoverboard is UL2272 certified but the key feature here is the availability of dual power 250 watt motor, plus a durable Aegis Armor battery.
As ever safety is our top consideration and the Hoverzon does not disappoint in this regard. In addition to the obligatory certification one of our favourite things is the “RIDE SAFE” feature, through the patented Hoverzon Aegis Armor Smart Battery management system, that guarantees a multi-layer protection for the your board.
This hoverboard can support up to 220 lbs. of weight and can also move at up to 8 mph at a range of 11 miles.
Its Self-balancing feature ensures that a dynamic equilibrium is achieved with the use of two gyroscopic motors that help you maintain balance by shifting your body when necessary.
In addition it is fully loaded with neat features including battery indicators (to monitor the performance of battery), LED lights for great night vision, rubber bumpers, plus two riding modes – learning mode and normal mode.
This hoverboard may look quite simple but it is more practical than many of its rivals. Its multi-layer protection means users will be protected when they ride on irregular surfaces, especially on gradients. With the LED battery indicator you can keep a close eye on your battery, but overall, you can get up to 120 minutes of ride from a full charge.
Our one minor gripe is the lack of Bluetooth speakers, but overall this is one of our top picks within its price range, and can truly be described as a hoverboard best buy.
#7: SWAGTRON T6 – Our pick of Best Hoverboards 2018
The Swagtron T6 is a monster of a hoverboard which literally gobbles up all before it, and it is perhaps one of the top hoverboards available. First of all it is the first self balancing scooter to handle loads of up to an incredible 420lbs. It has 10 inch wheels and a top speed of 10 mph. It is also UL 2272 certified.
The T6 really stands out from the crowd and is suitable for adults of all shapes and sizes. It effortlessly glides over all terrains, travelling seamlessly through mud, rain, grass and gravel, whilst rolling up and down gradients of up to 30 degrees.
It covers up to an impressive 12 miles in range, and it is capable of reaching speeds of 10 mph.
One of our favourite things about the T6 are its 10-inch durable and rugged tires, fitted as standard – these are tubeless all-terrain tires and certainly look the business.
The hoverboard allows you to rock while you are riding by making use of the Bluetooth feature to connect your music from your smartphone to the integrated speakers.
Last but certainly not least, the T6 comes with a limited manufacturer warranty.
This is one of the most versatile hoverboards available today and it is produced by a trusted brand name. If you are slightly overweight, it makes more sense getting this hoverboard than those that can only support weights of 220 lbs.
The availability of Bluetooth speaker also ensures that you stay connected to your entertainment system always. The footpad is manufactured from premium materials, making it look neat and tidy but sturdy and durable. If you choose the T6 you surely won’t be disappointed.
#8: InMotion Mohawk R6
The Mohawk R6 is a self-balancing hoverboard that looks so stylish, yet is sturdy enough to be considered reliable for all types of riders. This makes it one of the top rated hoverboards! As expected, it is UL 2272 certified, and it is designed not to overheat. This is a premium product at an affordable price.
The R6 comprises of the top of the line components which include an efficient LG Lithium Ion battery requiring only 2 hours of charging time. This LG battery then supplies the 250 W brushless motor, and the unit is carried by 6.7inch vacuum tires.
It is available in several colours, including red, white and violet. Smart LED lights provide powerful illumination, especially within dark environments. It also has a neat zero-degree turning circle plus a 15 degree climbing capacity for all terrains.
Its anti-slip foot grip will ensure that you stay secured to the device in adverse conditions and it is replete with safety lights, including turning signals, brake indicators, and battery gauge. It is completely heat resistant, and likewise it is water and dust resistant.
Despite being capable of supporting weights of up to 265 lbs. the entire piece is relatively lightweight weighing in at a modest 24 lbs, and it has a 1 year manufacturer warranty that covers all parts and accessories.
The R6 takes the safely of its users seriously, hence all its components have been certified by appropriate bodies. Its reinforced battery casing will withstand even the roughest rides, and the batteries are equipped with a double heat-sensor and a heat absorbing alloy keeping it cool always. If you are very much concerned about the safety and security of yourself or any other person, then this hoverboard should be one of your top considerations.
#9: SagaPlay F1 Self Balancing Scooter – Best Budget Hover
This hoverboard can be described as an all-terrain hoverboard that works as a personal transporter for kids and young adults. It comes with a CSA/UL2272 certification, hence there are no potential fire hazards on this hoverboard.
One of the best things about this hoverboard are its dual 250W motors, which means more power. This dual power helps the hoverboard climb slopes and inclines at 15 degrees and the battery can last for an hour while covering up to 9 miles from a full charge.
Pleasingly it is fitted with a LED battery indicator, which means you can go virtually anywhere regardless of the lighting conditions. It also comes with non-slip foot pedals and solid rubber tires for an easy drive over all kinds of terrains.
In terms of water resistance it is rated IP56, and it can be maneuvered with ease through different terrains, these including mud, grass, and sand.
The F1 is a complete self-balancing hoverboard that allows you to move forward, backwards or even spin in all directions. You can also make use of the start and stop option which is made possible with the dynamic equilibrium that ensures that riders can easily control the board by shifting their body weights.
The battery uses a fast 2-hour recharge technology, which ensures that you can use the hoverboard any time you want. It comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty that covers parts and labour.
One of the best things about the SagaPlay F1 is that it is completely affordable, making it a perfect gift for your child or someone using the hoverboard for the first time. The product also has some of the best features for safety and easy maneuvering making it one of the best entry level self balancing scooters around.
#10: TOMOLOO Self-Balancing Scooter
This is an 8 inch self-balancing scooter with lots of benefits. The hoverboard can speed at 18km/hr, and can hold up to 256lbs. of weight. As expected, this hoverboard is UL2272 Certified and it comes equipped with some of the best features you can ask for in a gadget of such nature.
One of the first things that struck us with the Tomoloo was its sturdy frame. It is bolstered by a Fire-retardant shell, which prevents the battery from over-heating and guarantees a safe riding experience.
The Tomoloo has 8 inch giant wheels which give an excellent hold on the road. Meanwhile, its charging port comes with a water-proof cap, and this hoverboard can climb at 20 degrees incline, balancing itself properly with its excellent climbing capabilities.
Another excellent feature is the board’s unique and innovative APP design technology that allows you to customize the colours of the hoverboard, the mode of riding as well as the RGB lights. With this feature, you can also customize the speed sensitivity of the hoverboard. You can use this feature to set up an “AUTO SHUT DOWN TIME”, while the power on/off feature can also be operated with your smartphone. In addition the battery level, speed, steering sensitivity, maximum speed limit and built-in Bluetooth speakers can all be adjusted or monitored through the App.
The latest Bluetooth 4.1 stereo speaker is integrated, and it provide excellent stereo surround sound ensuring that your riding is filled with the best sounds you can ever ask for.
Finally it has a nippy maximum speed of 10.6mph plus a nice maximum range of 9.3 miles.
For music enthusiasts and those who want a hoverboard with great balance at different inclinations, this would be a great option to consider. Though it comes at a high end price its delivery is superb and it can comfortably compete with the best known brand names in the market.
Assurance that a hoverboard is as safe as possible now comes from UL, an independent global safety organization. They now test and certify self balancing scooters and their components for electrical and fire safety. Therefore it is crucial that you check for the UL2272 certification identified by the UL holographic label and Enhanced Mark on the product.
The catch here is is trying to figure out which model or brand of hoverboard to buy, despite the fact that there are dozens of brands you may want to consider. Here are some quick tips you should consider when selecting your purchase;
The Hoverboard Buying Guide – Tips and Ideas to Consider
#1: Always consider brands based in your region because of the availability of warranties.
#2: Do not buy a hoverboard for a child below the recommended age limit.
#3: Make sure you read honest reviews on build quality of hoverboards, for instance, Amazon provides such reviews.
#4: It may take a while for a hoverboard to complete charging, hence you need to be patient with it.
#5: Check the speed and distance limits of the hoverboard before buying it. Most will have speed variations of between 2 and 10mph, and may cover up to 10 or 15 miles. You must therefore choose according to the distance and speed you are expecting to cover.
#6: Check the weight of the hoverboard before purchasing it, you need to ensure that he hoverboard can be transported easily and it can take your weight. Furthermore, unless you live in a particularly flat place do not purchase a weight hoverboard that can hardly climb steep hills.
#7: Always go for hoverboards with return policies- Make sure you avoid knock-offs, hence your preferred hoverboard must come with a return policy.
#8: Do not consider brand with a history of faulty Lithium Ion batteries- The British government has banned dozens of hoverboard brands from the country due to safety concerns, and most especially faulty batteries. Faulty batteries can cause your hoverboard to catch fire while using the device, hence you must make safety of the product a priority.
#9: When it comes to build qualities of self balancing hoverboards, there seem to be some variations in acceptable standards. The build quality comprises of the frame, housing materials and metallic vs. plastic wheels. First of all the internal electronics, which are the internal sensors and motor, must be strong enough. You must watch out for problems such as housings that are scratch-prone, wheel covers that rub against tires and batteries that run down quickly.
#10: Make sure the hoverboard you choose comes with warranties that cover both the build quality and the internal components such as batteries, motor and sensors.
Other factors to consider may include portability. Hoverboards weighing less than 20 pounds can be suitable for people with average body stature while those weighing more than 30 lbs. may be ideal for overweight users.
Aside from the factors listed in the buying guide, it is important to look for a hoverboard that provides maximum comfort and reliability, especially for those who ride along steep terrains. Secondly, it is very important to consider the footpad surface of the hoverboard you are buying. Getting one with extremely small surface can impair your ability to control the device, and at the same time, a hoverboard with an extremely large surface will mean that you have to open your legs wider and that can cause you to trip off the rider.
Added extras such as Bluetooth speakers and custom apps can be nice on hoverboards but they can also be distracting and make it more difficult to control the device. Make sure the footpad of the board has a gripper that can hold your feet firmly on the surface and ensure that you can spin, move upward or backward as you wish. This will help you maintain your balance at all times, and ensure that the device you choose from our best hoverboards 2018 will provide many years of riding enjoyment.
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