The 6 Best Hoverboards to Buy in 2017

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Hoverboards have become wildly popular in the last few years, 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 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.

Razor may be best known for its ubiquitous manual scooters, but it turns out the company also makes an excellent hoverboard. This makes sense as the company has been creating small vehicles to help you get from one point to another for a while, but this time the vehicle propels you instead of you propelling it.

The Razor Hovertrax 2.0, first and foremost, has been given the UL 2272 listing for safety, meaning it meets or exceeds all fire and safety standards. It features two riding modes to help keep you safe – one for training and one for normal cruising. The machine also has two LED light bars, fender bumpers and an LED battery-life monitor. Oh, and it’s fun, too! This machine’s 350-watt dual hub motors can get you moving at up to eight miles per hour. While you are cruising, the hoverboard will auto-level for a smoother ride.

Reviews for the Hovertrax 2.0 are quite good. Reviewers say this hoverboard works well for all ages and that it works equally well in the house and out on the street. 

Hoverboards have had some controversy during the past few years, with some units memorably catching fire. Here at Lifewire, we’d never recommend something potentially dangerous, so every model on this list has received the UL 2272 specification for safety, and these fire and safety protocols became incredibly important after issues with earlier models.

Now that you know all the models here are safe to use generally, let’s talk about taking your safety game to another level with the EPIKGO All-Terrain Scooter. What we like about this hoverboard most is its ability to ride over all kinds of terrain safely, whereas not every hoverboard will be able to handle sand, puddles, dirt or grass. To achieve this feat, this model has 400-watt dual motors and wheels that are 30 percent larger than the average hoverboard. As for the battery, on a single charge, the unit lasts a full hour of use and EPIKGO claims it can take you more than 10 miles during that time. It also features the ability to ride over 18-degree slopes and is water resistant.

Safety doesn’t always come cheap and the EPIKGO All-Terrain will likely run you a few hundred dollars more than a more basic unit. That said, peace of mind is often worth paying a little more.

Let’s say that you want a hoverboard, want it to be safe, and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it. Let us introduce you to the Koo Hoverboard, the least expensive hoverboard we’ve found that still meets UL 2272 safety standards and has generally good reviews.

The Koo hoverboard won’t win any contests when it comes to looks or features, but it will get the job done and honestly, this would likely be a great first hoverboard purchase if you’re curious. This machine can let you cruise at just above six miles per hour and the maximum weight it can handle is 220 pounds. It only weighs just 22 pounds (which is light for this type of device) and it can handle inclines of 15 degrees.

Reviews have been mostly positive. The coolest feature by far that people were happy about is that this unit also has a Bluetooth speaker incorporated in it, so you can pair your phone with it to play music. This way, you can rock out while you’re hovering.

The first Segway models became a cultural touchpoint more than 10 years ago and were closely associated with nerdom, even being featured in a Weird Al music video. But the company has moved along from that time and today has one the best hoverboards/electric scooters on the market.

With the miniPRO, Segway has created a powerful hoverboard that looks a bit different from its peers because of its knee steering bar, but where it shines is battery life. The company claims the unit can traverse an average of 14 miles without a recharge and many Amazon reviewers back up those numbers, suggesting that you won’t find a better hoverboard when it comes to battery.

On top of that, the miniPRO has 800-watt dual engines that can take you up to 10 miles per hour. The miniPRO lets you connect with a Segway Bluetooth app that pairs with the hoverboard to provide anti-theft security, customization and control of the unit’s LED lights and software updates. While the unit may be a bit pricey to some, it’s a fantastic overall buy.

It’s completely understandable to keep kids in mind when it comes to buying a hoverboard, as these kinds of units are sometimes looked at as “toys” and they have had some safety issues in the past. So, what unit can you buy to cater to kids and keep them safe? Look no further than the Halo Rover Hoverboard.

The Halo Rover Hoverboard is a versatile unit that meets all the latest safety standards and can handle lots of terrain, including grass, dirt and sand. In addition, this model has three riding modes (learning, normal and advanced) to make sure kids can get the hang of using the hoverboard before moving to faster speeds. Halo also offers up a Bluetooth app that can connect directly with the hoverboard and can let you play music through speakers on it, something kids and parents will both appreciate.

Amazon reviewers have been quite happy with this unit and many mentioned giving the Halo Rover Hoverboard to a child or teenager and suggested that it was easy to learn and highly satisfying.

The EPIKGO Sports Plus is the fastest hoverboard we’ve seen on the market, allowing a user to fly at up 12 miles per hour, thanks to powerful 400-watt dual engines and high-tread tires that improve torque, acceleration and performance. It also can handle inclines of up to 30 degrees, so you can speed up hills. The unit will last more than an hour on a single charge, providing roughly 12 miles of distance. And don’t worry, this unit is still safe, as it meets the aforementioned UL 2272 safety standards. But seriously, if you do buy this unit, please be careful out there and watch out for cars, bikes and pedestrians.

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