The 6 Best Hoverboards to Buy in 2017

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Hoverboards have become wildly popular in the last year or two, but before you get your hands on one, it's important to do your homework to make sure you're getting the best (and safest) one. To help with your search, we've compiled the top six hoverboards currently on the market. These hoverboards take into account everything from price, safety and other unique features (read: a speaker system) that make them stand out from the rest. So read on to see which set of wheels is the right for you.

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Best for Safety: Swagtron T1 – UL2272

Swagtron T1 – UL2272
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Swagtron not only has the coolest name on the list, but also makes one of the safest boards out there. It not only passed all government-regulated safety tests, but also is the only hoverboard to date on Amazon.com – one of the companies that outright banned listings of hoverboards after recalls.

Safety doesn’t have to equal boring. The T1 – UL2272 is a self-balancing scooter that has a max speed of eight miles per hour. On a full charge with its 300-watt dual electric motor, you’ll be able to clock in at range of 12+ miles. On average, you’ll expect a charge time from its lithium-ion battery pack to take around two to three-hours max. It weighs 28 pounds and measures 10 x 26 x 28 inches.

Most Amazon.com users praise the product for its user-friendliness and quality design. Though it is expensive, if you’re serious about investing in a hoverboard, the Swagtron should be your prime choice.

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Best Budget: Hoverboard Mate

Hoverboard Mate
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The Hoverboard Mate measures 23 x 7.2 x 7 inches and weighs 22 pounds. It can handle a load of 44 to 200 pounds, and has a 36-volt 4.4AH lithium ion battery. Its average charging time takes about two to three hours for a full charge. Included in the package is an AC100-240V/50-60Hz power adapter so you won’t have to worry about getting your own. Since it's a budget hoverboard, it's on the slower end in terms of speed, so you’re only able to max out about six miles per hour. And depending on your weight, it’s capable of climbing 15 to 30 degree angles. It's available in black, white, red, blue, green and gold.

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Best Battery: Sleek Glider Cyclops

Sleek Glider Cyclops
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When hoverboards started causing safety issues, stores began taking them off the shelves. Companies adapted to pass safety regulations with better builds and stronger, sturdier batteries. The Sleek Glider Cyclops is an example of a hoverboard that reached for higher safety standards.

The Sleek Glider Cyclops series is a self-balance scooter that features QUAD Smart LED illuminating lights. At night, you’ll be able to turn on these set of lights, including two on the top of your wheels, to help illuminate what’s immediately in front of you. Best of all, the lights change colors while you glide, acting as an extra safety measure so you’re seen.

Sleek Glider took into account the past mistakes of defective batteries and decided to up the ante. The Cyclops is equipped with an LG Cell 4400 MAH battery pack with a secure safety mount as an extra layer of protection. Unfortunately, due to its thorough safety achievements and assurances, you'll have to pay a bit more than other hoverboards. On the plus side, it comes with a Sleek Glider branded duffle bag and a one-year warranty in case anything goes wrong.

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Best for Kids: Trifecta Deals Child Hoverboard

Trifecta Deals Child Hoverboard
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The Trifecta Deals Child Hoverboard is affordable and ideal for kids ages 5 through 10 years old. It comes with a protective helmet and kneepads that your little one can use while riding. All batteries used by Trifecta are CE, FC, and RoHS certified so you won’t have to worry about the board catching fire. Every single board that the Trifecta sells is inspected and tested before it’s sent out. This hoverboard is equipped with both glowing LED lights and 4.5” durable rubber wheels that grip to concrete and other rough surfaces. It handles a maximum weight of 100 pounds and only goes five miles per hour. It's available in pink, blue, silver and gold.

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Best for Speed: Glidecraft S600

Glidecraft S600
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Usually you’ll always find hoverboards that are horizontal and include wheels on their sides. The Glidecraft S600 is a more “vertical” styled hoverboard that looks similar to a skateboard. Its aerodynamic design and powerful battery allow for a speed that surpasses all other boards on the list.

The Glidecraft S600 is designed with a hard ABS outer body casting that makes it durable enough to handle a maximum weight of 219.6 pounds. It tops at a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour, and has flashing LED lights, so everyone can see you zooming out of nowhere.

The board comes with a UL certified premium lithium ion battery. Though lithium ion batteries have been questioned before with boards of the past, Glidecraft assures they use the best batteries in the industry. As an extra assurance, the board comes with a one-year warranty that covers any defects in material or workmanship.

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Best for Music & Weight Load: Trifecta Deals 2016 Glider Hoverboard

Trifecta Deals 2016 Glider Hoverboard
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Looking to listen to a little music on your hoverboard rides? Trifecta Deals 2016 Glider Hoverboard comes designed with a Bluetooth speaker that pairs with your smartphone so you can play your favorite tunes on the go.

The Trifecta Deals 2016 Glider Hoverboard comes equipped with 6.5” rugged rubber wheels. You’ll be able to reach a maximum speed of 7.5 miles per hour and blue LED headlights let you see what’s in front of you as you cruise along. The board is sturdy enough to hold up to 220 pounds, making it one of the best boards on the list for weight load.

Trifecta redesigned their 2016 Glider Hoverboard to include an aerodynamic motion and stabilized control. The New York-based company takes their products seriously, so you can always rely on accountability, customer service and satisfaction. It's available in black, red, white and blue, and free shipping is included.

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