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Lab Tested
Updated February 2017

Best Hoverboards

Updated February 2017
Lab Tested
Halo Rover
Self Balancing Hoverboard
Swagtron
Two Wheel Self Balancing Electric
Powerboard
Self Balancing Scooter with LED Lights
Segway miniPRO |
Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter
Razor Hovertrax
Electric Self-Balancing Scooter
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Good

UL-certified battery means it is a safe choice. If you are new to hoverboards, this is a great one to get.

Easy to learn and perfect for those who are new to hoverboards. U.S.-based company provides reliable customer support.

One of the most popular models on the market. Light and easy to transport. A great choice for beginners or younger children.

Design is very aesthetically pleasing. Segway is one of the most respected manufacturers in the self balancing scooter business.

Sturdy construction and aesthetically pleasing design. Razor is a prominent brand in the scooter industry.

Bad

On the more expensive side of the spectrum, but you are paying for the quality of construction.

Isn't as scratch-resistant as some of other models.

The front bumper may fall off after heavy collisions, but this shouldn't affect safety or performance.

Design is a bit different than most other hoverboards.

You are paying for the brand name.

Bottom Line

This is an excellent product for beginners and is one of the most popular models on the market right now.

An excellent hoverboard. It is easy to use, and its durability will give you many years of good, solid use.

A safe, reliable hoverboard if you are lucky enough to find it in stock - it tends to be sold out quite often, though.

If you are optimizing for safety and durability, this is one to consider. Beware it's not the prototypical hoverboard, though.

Brand name aside, this is a mediocre hoverboard that is a bit overpriced. The Swagron is a much better deal right now.

Best of the Best
Halo Rover
Self Balancing Hoverboard
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Good
UL-certified battery means it is a safe choice. If you are new to hoverboards, this is a great one to get.

Bad
On the more expensive side of the spectrum, but you are paying for the quality of construction.

Bottom Line
This is an excellent product for beginners and is one of the most popular models on the market right now.
Best Bang for the Buck
Swagtron
Two Wheel Self Balancing Electric
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Good
Easy to learn and perfect for those who are new to hoverboards. U.S.-based company provides reliable customer support.

Bad
Isn't as scratch-resistant as some of other models.

Bottom Line
An excellent hoverboard. It is easy to use, and its durability will give you many years of good, solid use.
Powerboard
Self Balancing Scooter with LED Lights
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Good
One of the most popular models on the market. Light and easy to transport. A great choice for beginners or younger children.

Bad
The front bumper may fall off after heavy collisions, but this shouldn't affect safety or performance.

Bottom Line
A safe, reliable hoverboard if you are lucky enough to find it in stock - it tends to be sold out quite often, though.
Segway miniPRO |
Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter
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Good
Design is very aesthetically pleasing. Segway is one of the most respected manufacturers in the self balancing scooter business.

Bad
Design is a bit different than most other hoverboards.

Bottom Line
If you are optimizing for safety and durability, this is one to consider. Beware it's not the prototypical hoverboard, though.
Razor Hovertrax
Electric Self-Balancing Scooter
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Good
Sturdy construction and aesthetically pleasing design. Razor is a prominent brand in the scooter industry.

Bad
You are paying for the brand name.

Bottom Line
Brand name aside, this is a mediocre hoverboard that is a bit overpriced. The Swagron is a much better deal right now.
How We Decided
  • 16 Models Considered
  • 88 Hours Spent
  • 3 Experts Interviewed
  • 142 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Our Full Review

    If you have mastered walking, running, and jumping, then why not take the next step to get from one pace to another — hovering! Hoverboards are trying hard to become the next generation solution to simmply walking.

    We spent more than 35 hours in the field researching the hoverboard market, surveying customers, and talking to a certified hoverboard dealer with several years of experience in the space.

    We also tested the top models at the BestReviews lab by riding them on several different surfaces, taking them apart and inspecting their differences under the hood, and putting them through a series of tests to measure their handling and performance.

    Here’s what we learned:

    We tested our top hoverboard choices in our lab for more than 85 hours.

    Safety

    Because of the controversy regarding hoverboards catching on fire, our top priority was to get to the bottom of the safety issue.

    It's true that some hoverboards have posed a safety risk to consumers over the past few years. And for a while, retailers like Amazon stopped selling them because of the potential danger. But in 2016, the UL introduced a new voluntary safety standard (UL 2272) for hoverboards that addresses the risk. If you're in the market for a hoverboard, we strongly suggest that you buy one that complies with UL 2272. 

    This hoverboard did not have a UL label on the charging unit.

    All five of the products in our matrix, above, are compliant with UL 2272. But we conducted a series of tests with an infrared thermometer anyway, to see if any of the hoverboards actually did heat up to abnormal temperatures during use or while charging.

    Our analysis showed that none of the models generated enough heat to make flammability an issue.

    We conducted infrared thermometer tests to see if flammability would be an issue with any of the hoverboards.

    When we took apart the hoverboards, we noticed something interesting.

    The cheaper hoverboards — those in the $300 to $500 range — have only one battery (on one of the sides), while the more expensive models have two batteries (one on each side). Ironically, this disparity didn’t translate into considerable differences in battery life or charging times between units, but it did affect the stabilization of the boards.

    The models with two batteries were much smoother and more balanced than the ones with only one battery.

    You can tell that this hoverboard is poorly constructed due to this pinched wire. Thus, this board did not receive our recommendation.

    HANDLING, EASE OF USE, & STABILIZATION

    From the minute we powered on the devices, we noticed some major differences between the models in terms of the stabilization technology.

    Some cheaper models have a feedback loop that causes the machine to vibrate and move around erratically.

    This makes it much more difficult to get on and off the board, because as soon as you have one foot on the ground, the board can begin spinning uncontrollably.

    We also tested the boards for inclement weather conditions like rain and sleet. Here us testing the hoverboards' performance in water.

    In this case, the best way to get on or off is to hold onto a stationary object such as a wall or chair.

    While this issue wasn’t symptomatic on a smooth surface like concrete, it became a much bigger problem when going over slightly bumpy terrain such as the edge of a carpet, small sidewalk cracks, or minor potholes.

    We noticed some major differences in terms of the stabilization technology of each of the models, especially over bumpy surfaces like carpet.
    In the following video, you can see the difference in stabilization between a $400 CoollReall and the $1300 Phunkeeduck

    We also tested the boards for inclement weather conditions like rain and sleet. The board had no problems going over water, experiencing zero slippage even over relatively large puddles.

    That being said, we would strongly advise not riding a hoverboard during bad weather, as there is the potential to get into serious danger by going over bumps and rough surfaces that are covered by rain or other debris.

    In terms of handling, all of the boards were comparable. The only noticeable differences were the top speeds for each model. The more expensive models reached 8 mph, while the cheaper boards didn’t go past 6 mph.

    WEIGHT & DESIGN

    The first thing you will notice as soon as you pick up your brand new hoverboard is the weight. These things are very heavy!

    We were expecting them to weigh something like a normal scooter, but they actually weigh several times more — ranging from 15 to 26 pounds.

    Most of the weight is concentrated in the lithium ion battery (located above the wheels on one or both sides of the board).

    Hoverboards may look light, but they are actually quite heavy to pick up, ranging from 15-26 lbs.

    All of the models are nearly identical in terms of weight and design. Some of them are assembled abroad and others are made in the U.S. As such, the final products appear slightly different in terms of branding and polish.

    When compared side by side, there were hardly any physical differences between the models we tested other than their body color.

    What's in the Box?

    All of the hoverboards come with a built-in battery pack, charger, and an instruction manual.

    The chargers were virtually identical between models, and the instruction manuals were similar, although a few had some spelling mistakes and some poorly translated English.

    Typical packaging for a hoverboard.

    Some of the fancier models also come with nice add-ons such as a remote control, bluetooth speakers, and LED lights. While none of these features are essential, they are differentiators that may influence the buying decision for consumers who wnat to use their hoverboard daily.

    Here are some videos of our unboxing of the CoolReall and the PhunkeeDuck:

    The Unboxing Process: CoolReall
    The Unboxing Process: PhunkeeDuck

    Take your time during your first rides on this product. It can take several hours of usage to get comfortable maintaining your balance!

    Richard
    EXPERT CONSULTANT

    Richard is a seasoned small business owner in the hardware industry. He also owns a pool maintenance business and serves as an advisor on groundskeeping committees for a number of prominent organizations. He’s a regionally renowned safe cracker/locksmith expert, and in his spare time, he renovates and repairs vaults, safes, appliances, and a number of other products.


    Richard  |  Hardware Store Owner, Do-It-Yourself Guru

    OUR FINAL RECOMMENDATION

    If you're in the market for a hoverboard, you should be aware that there are inherent risks involved with these machines. While the possibility of a fire is very limited to begin with, the chance is even lower if you purchase a board that is UL-compliant.

    In the end, it comes down to personal preference. These things are an absolute joy to ride, and it’s no wonder they have become an international phenomenon.

    If you have the risk appetite for it, you will be sure to have a lot of fun zipping through the street on the hottest toy in town!

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      Amy
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      Anton
      Director of Engineering
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      CEO
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