No, it does not hover! That’s the first thing that comes to mind while thinking ‘hoverboards’ but that’s not what it is. A hover board is basically a board with two wheels which can be used for personal transportation. Hoverboards are also called self-balancing scooters. They use a technology to keep you upright while you are riding them since there are no handlebars.
Like all electronic purchases, buying a hoverboard can be quite distressing. Because there are so many choices available in the market, one can get really confused over which brand to buy and what to look for while buying one. To break it down for you, there are a few important factors one needs to consider before buying a hoverboard. These are listed below for your convenience:
- Battery Life
- Ease of use
- Weight carrying capacity
- Tire size
- Any special features
There have been many instances of hoverboards catching fire and due to this safety risk to consumers, some retailers even stopped selling hoverboards for a while. However, in 2016, the UL introduced a new voluntary safety standard for hoverboards which goes by the name of UL 2272 and which addresses the risk. All the hoverboards in our list are UL 2272 compliant and therefore safe to use.
The Halo Rover is the best hoverboard in 2017. It is an all-terrain scooter, with a variety of great features. It uses sensors that help deliver a smoother ride. Combined with the large all-terrain wheels, you can take this scooter just about anywhere. With its 8.5” wheels, you can easily travel over nearly any surface. It is designed for travel over streets, mud, sand, or even snow. The tires are made from an indestructible material, so you don’t need to worry about the tire treads losing traction. It also offers stability and durability, along with a bigger weight capacity. This scooter supports people up to 265-pounds.
Although the design is very heavy, it gives 10 miles on a single charge. The battery is protected against electrical fire with FireSafe technology which protects it from overheating and malfunctions.
The Halo Rover comes with a US government approved UL 2272 certification which guarantees the safety of use of this product. It has an indestructible aluminum frame.
This scooter includes a built-in Bluetooth speaker. You can play music from your phone through the speaker. The Halo Rover mobile app brings additional options to the scooter. You can adjust your riding style and choose from different riding modes. This includes learning, normal, and advanced. The different riding modes adjust the total speed and responsiveness of the board. With the learning mode, you can slowly get used to the controls.
This hoverboard comes with a carrying case which is quite useful considering its weight. It weighs just under 40 pounds, which is heavier than some of the other scooters. But this weight helps deliver a smoother ride, as you’re less likely to notice small bumps in the road.
This scooter comes with a DVD offering a basic overview of how to operate the scooter including safety tips. Watch the DVD before your first ride. It covers important details, such as the fact that you need to completely stop the board before attempting to step off the board.
The all-terrain wheels, fire-protected battery, carrying case, Bluetooth speakers, and mobile applications control gives you more flexibility and versatility than any of the other scooters available. That is why this is the best hoverboard for your money and the highest selling hoverboard in the market. It has no real disadvantages to discuss and plenty of great features.
Pros – Most popular hoverboard, best weight capacity, Bluetooth speakers and a mobile app, Easy to operate and control, FireSafe battery protects against the risk of electrical fire, 6 months warranty
Cons – Expensive
Specs – Weight capacity of 26-pounds, 10-mile range, 10 mph top speed, all-terrain wheels, LED lights, Bluetooth, 8.5” tire size, UL certified Lithium-ion battery, ipx4 water resistant
The EPIKGO Classic is an all-terrain scooter. It features large, rugged wheels for traveling over a wider range of terrains. You can go over dirt and grass, instead of limiting yourself to sidewalks and concrete. This is one of the most versatile scooters, due to its rugged design and alloy wheels. The wheels are 8.5-inches, with deep treads, for better traction and control on nearly any surface and possess an indestructible fender wheel cover. It is also capable of traveling up an 18-degree incline. The tires are made from solid rubber and rated IP56 for durability and water resistance. It can reach 8 mph speed and cover a 10-mile range before needing to be charged again.
This hoverboard is UL 2272 certified. It is safe with no potential fire hazard. It can travel on any surface and up inclines owing to its powerful 400-watt dual motors giving it an 800-watt engine.
This hoverboard is almost 30% larger than most others. The platform, base, and wheels are all larger, which keeps you always in control.
Overall, this is a durable scooter that will last users a long time. Although the body is not scratch resistant but the general structure is strong.
Pros – all terrain scooter, improved safety, can travel up an 18-degree incline, comes in 3 colors, UL 2272 certified, comfortable rubber-cushioned foot pads, LED lights, solid rubber all-terrain tires, indestructible aluminum fender wheel cover, high on durability
Cons – very expensive, no Bluetooth (in this model), body is not scratch resistant
Specs – weight capacity 231 lbs, 10 miles range, 8 mph top speed, 8.5-inches wheels, 1-1.5 hours charge time, 36V/4.4AH Lithium-ion battery, unit weight 20 lbs (lightweight), 400-watt dual-motors
The Segway miniPRO is not quite like all the other hoverboards in the market. Instead of freestanding on a platform, the Segway has a comfortable padded knee bar. This gives better support, comfort, and control of the scooter. It resembles the other hoverboards in basic design with the addition of a knee bar.
The greatest advantage of this scooter is nobody needs hours of practice to master riding it. Thanks to the very useful addition of a knee bar, it is comfortable to ride, gives you more control and can be steered easily and precisely as compared to all other two-wheeled hoverboards in the market. Instead of simply standing on a board, you have good support for your body. The ergonomic design utilizes precision sensors to capture your body’s movements and maintain your balance.
The scooter has a beginner mode. This will limit the top speed and allow you to slowly get used to the controls. The beginner mode can be disabled after riding for a kilometer – about 0.6 miles with your mobile phone.
The Bluetooth phone app also provides anti-theft security, LED lights customization, diagnostics, firmware updates, speed control, and even remote control operation. You can move the unit without riding it via the remote control function!
It is designed to be operated in many kinds of indoor and outdoor terrains. The dual-motor engine makes it possible for this hoverboard to go up a 15-degree incline without compromising safety. The 3.5” chassis and 10.5” pneumatic, air-filled tires provide military-grade shock resistance to effectively smooth out bumps and absorb vibrations while you ride.
The LED taillights provide visibility to the rider during the night and ensure safety on the road.
The miniPRO is high on durability. The frame is built from a superlight and durable magnesium alloy. Magnesium alloy is an industry standard for aircraft and aviation because of its ultralight and highly durable elements. Magnesium alloy is flexible and provides higher shock absorption performance than aluminum alloy. The miniPRO weighs in at a mere 28 lbs (12.7kg). This makes it lightweight and compact enough to be carried, stored, and transported. In addition, the frame has been coated with a corrosion-resistant material to stand the test of time.
For compact storage, the knee control bar can be quickly detached from the main frame. Keeping ergonomic engineering in mind during designing the miniPRO, the knee-bar is adjustable according to the height of the user.
The only drawback is that due to the knee bar, this scooter is less portable than other scooters. Although it can be detached from the main body but still, it isn’t a pick-and-go.
This is the only scooter in the list that allows you to remotely control it via a mobile app. That is cool and a major selling point. But, it is also one of the most expensive scooters.
Among the myriads of self-balancing scooters, miniPRO is the most advanced option. If you truly want a personal transportation device, this is perhaps the best option for you. It has the greatest range, smoothest ride, and most advanced features. But since it is not an all-terrain scooter, you may have trouble traveling on sand, dirt, or grass.
Pros – improved stability with inclusion of knee-bar, powerful motors, efficient battery, mobile Bluetooth, aesthetically pleasing design, corrosion-resistant body, remote control operation
Cons – less portable, unusual design, most expensive scooter, not an all-terrain scooter
Specs – 220 pounds weight capacity, 400-watt dual-motors, mobile app control, top speed 10 mph, 14-mile range, 15-degree climbing angle, 10.5” pneumatic air-filled tires, adjustable knee-bar, magnesium alloy frame