The 6 Best Electric Skateboards to Buy in 2018

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Are traditional skateboards just not cutting it for you anymore? It's probably time to invest in an electric one, so you can get where you're going faster. And they're not just for kids. These easy-to-learn electric skateboards are a great way of helping the environment while skipping the stress of finding a parking space or filling up with gas. Want some insider advice when it comes to finding the right one that fits your budget and needs? No problem. We researched the best electric skateboards for you to buy right now.

Our Top Picks

Best for Beginners: Maxfind Max C

At just 7.7 pounds and 27 inches in length, the Maxfind Max C Mini Cruiser electric skateboard is a standout choice with enough power to handle 20 percent grade climbs and a top speed of 13 miles per hour. The Maxfind is able to push up to 10 miles of range until the battery is exhausted. Charging the Maxfind is incredibly easy since the 36-volt lithium-ion pack can be charged from zero to full within 80 minutes. An ergonomic wireless remote controls the speed, braking, battery status and auto-cruise. Additionally, the IP65 waterproofing certification makes riding through puddles a non-issue. The Maxfind's well-regarded braking system allows for a smooth deceleration to avoid abrupt stops that could throw someone off a skateboard.

Runner-Up, Best for Beginners: Hover-1 Cruze

The Hover-1 Cruze offers relaxed riding to ease in new skaters. The board is powered by a 150-watt brushless motor and can reach a max speed of 11.2mph. Compared to other skateboards, 11.2mph is a fairly low speed, which actually works to a beginner’s advantage: it allows you to become comfortable with using the electronic controls instead of your own foot-power. Once you've exhausted the battery, plug it in for two hours to fully recharge.

The Hover-1 Cruze is operated with a foot-controlled sensor that lets you switch between gear settings, unlike some other models, which use hand-held remotes. The board is best suited for cruising on flat terrain, so keep in mind that it is not necessarily strong enough for uphill climbs. However, it doesn’t rely purely on electric power, you can simply turn off the motor and ride the Hover-1 Cruze like a typical skateboard. While it’s not the strongest electric board on the market, it hits a sweet spot between affordability and user-friendly controls, which is why we recommend it as a “first board.” The Cruze weighs 8 pounds, stretches 20 inches in length, and supports up to 198 pounds.

Best Budget: Blitzart X-Plore

With a top speed of 17 miles per hour and 10 miles of range, thanks to a 350-watt motor, the Blitzart X-Plore electric longboard is a great combination of price and features. Riding on the skateboard is easily handled through a wireless and ergonomically shaped remote control that helps the rider accelerate and decelerate, plus go in reverse. A beginner mode helps a rider find balance and maintain a slower speed before pushing on to the advanced level.

A maple wood and bamboo deck are complemented by premium grip tape for a comfortable and sturdy ride that feels more than capable of handling its approved 300-pound weight. The 4.4Ah lithium-ion battery can go from zero to full charge in 2.5 hours, while the carved-in carrying handle makes the 13-pound board easy to go anywhere.

Best Durability: Blitzart Huracane 38”

Capable of supporting riders up to 300 pounds, the Blitzart Huracane 38-inch electric longboard is an excellent choice if durability is one of your top concerns. Composed out of a six-ply maple wood deck, it has an additional layer of bamboo on both the top and bottom of the board. The Blitzart offers more flexibility and sturdiness than its competition, while grip tape helps keep your feet firmly in place on the board.

Powered by a 350-watt motor, the Blitzart can handle up to 10 miles of range at a top speed of 17 miles per hour. The 4.4Ah lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged within 2.5 hours. The ergonomic remote control is compact and easy to hold and allows riders control over acceleration, deceleration, going in reverse and swapping between two speeds.

Best Off Road: MotoTec MT-SKT-1600

Right off the bat, it's easy to tell that the MotoTec MT-SKT-1600 Dirt electric skateboard was designed for less than smooth surfaces. The design has two 800-watt motors that provide up to 1600 watts of power, which help drive the MotoTec up to a top speed of 22 miles per hour. At more than 71 pounds in size, the MotoTec is extremely durable and sturdy. It offers a fairly standard range of 10 miles at full charge. Charging from empty to full requires around four hours of time on the 36-volt battery.

Beyond battery life, attention on the MotoTec focuses on the 10-inch air-filled tires designed specifically to handle rough surfaces, keeping you well above the ground for better absorption of the bumps you'll find on uneven surfaces. There is a 260-pound weight limit.

Best Splurge: Boosted Mini X

Boosted isn't exactly a budget brand, but with their extremely reliable (and undeniably fun) boards, you really could consider this a transportation investment rather than a toy. The Boosted Mini comes in two versions: the cheaper S model and this X model, which is a step up (and our recommended choice between the two).

This new Mini offering from Boosted is a premium electric board with a conveniently small footprint. How small? Only 29.5 inches long, which, when compared to the 38 inches of a full-sized electric longboard is quite a bit more portable. And perfect for tucking under your desk at work or in your closet at home. It's also powerful for its size — this thing can hit an impressive top speed of 20 mph. Load it up with the extended-range battery (sold separately) for up to 14 miles of travel, or seven miles of travel on the standard battery. The composite deck features Boosted's "Deep Dish" concave design for enhanced stability and control.

The wheels are Boosted Lunar 80mm, which the manufacturer assures are optimized for a smooth ride. Plus, with a slick Bluetooth remote, uphill travel capabilities, and three separate ride modes, this thing is short on size but not features.