The 6 Best Hoverboards to Buy in 2018

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Swagtron T1

4.3

If you’re looking for the best combination of price and performance, the Swagtron T1 hoverboard is the solid choice for buyers. As one of the first hoverboards to receive Underwriter Laboratories certification for safety (UL 2272), the Swagtron T1 immediately stands out with a strong safety record. Built with an ABS outer covering that is both durable and fire-resistant, the SentryShield helps manage the battery system to avoid overheating. Beyond battery safety, the T1 adds a 250-watt motor allowing it to handle up to 30-degree inclines, a range of up to 12 miles and speeds up to 8 miles per hour.

With a recharge time of 60 minutes, Swagtron helps you get back on the street quickly with LED illuminated headlights assisting riders who operate in both daylight and evening hours. The T1's 5 indicator lights alert to current battery levels and in the event power is suddenly lost, Swagtron’s “Safe Stop” technology ensures a rolling stop. Non-slip foot pads help secure feet on the hoverboard while 6.5-inch wheels provide a smooth ride and easy handling over slightly uneven terrain.

Best Budget: Koo Hoverboard

Koo Hoverboard
Courtesy of Amazon.com

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.

Best for Kids: MegaWheels Self-Balancing Scooter

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 MegaWheels Self-Balancing Scooter. 

The MegaWheels scooter is a versatile unit that meets all the latest safety standards, including built-in protective measures that prevent the batteries from overcharging and over-discharging. The unit is also fire- and splash-resistant and has anti-slip pedals for safety. The MegaWheels unit is also easier for kids to learn on — the two 250W motors deliver a comparatively smooth ride that further reduces the chance of spills.

Amazon reviewers have been quite happy with this unit. Many mention buying the MegaWheels scooter as a gift for a child or teenager, and suggest that it was easy to learn and a lot of fun.

Best for Safety: EPIKGO All-Terrain Scooter

EPIKGO All-Terrain Scooter
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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.

Best Battery: Segway miniPRO

Segway miniPRO
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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.

Best for Speed: EPIKGO Sport

Epikgo Sport

 Courtesy of Epikgo

The EPIKGO Sport is one of the fastest hoverboards on the market. Thanks to a pair of powerful 400W motors and 8.5-inch alloy racing tires, the Sport is 80% faster than its competitors. It accelerates faster — even on hills as steep as 18 degrees — and can handle all kinds of terrain, including mud and sand. The unit will last more than an hour on a single charge, providing roughly 10 miles of distance. The Sport meets UL 2272 safety standards and is engineered for good stability. But if you do buy this unit, please be careful out there and watch out for cars, bikes and pedestrians.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent seven hours testing one of the most popular hoverboards available. To really get the full picture, our testers tried it out on all different surfaces, from carpet to city sidewalks. We asked them to consider the most important features when using this hoverboard, including its battery life, power, and maneuverability. We’ve outlined some of those factors here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Hoverboard

Bluetooth connectivity - Some hoverboards have built-in speakers that can play music from your phone via Bluetooth. Some models even display a speedometer on your phone or allow you to share stats about your hoverboard use to social media.

Range and handling - Hoverboards are a lot of fun to play with, but you can also use them to commute, run errands, and more. If you want to use your hoverboard for anything serious, make sure it has a decent battery life, and can handle rougher terrain like bumpy sidewalks and grass.

Safety - Hoverboards have gotten a host of bad press because some substandard units have caught on fire. To ensure your safety, look for a UL-rated model — if a hoverboard has a UL 2272 hologram sticker for e-mobility or self-balancing scooters, you’re good to go.

Test Results: Swagtron T1 (Best Overall)

4.3

What We Like

  • Comfort

  • Speed

  • Reactivity

What We Don't Like

  • Takes practice

Swagtron T1
Swagtron
Swagtron T1 detail
Swagtron T1 label
Swagtron T1 detail

“This hoverboard reacts quickly and can move just as fast as you can,” noted one of our testers. “It’s comfortable to ride and the speed — once you get comfortable controlling it — can be very fun.” However, our testers warned first-time users to proceed with caution: “You need a lot of practice,” one noted, “and if you fall, there is a good chance of injury. But you find that each time you get on it, you learn more and more — it’s very much like riding a bike.”