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Best Hoverboard – self balancing scooter 2017

Need a new cool thing to ride? On this page, we listed the best hoverboards in the market this year.

Self-balancing scooters have become a craze among the millennials and now everyone wants to own one. As the market is filled with a lot of brands and products of various sizes and price ranges, it is extremely difficult to choose the most suitable hoverboard for you or your child.

To tackle this issue and to provide a better understanding of the various top-selling brands of hoverboards available, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide describing the features, pros and cons of some of the best self balancing scooters currently available on today's markets.


Product

Top Speed

Range

Max Load

Our Rating 

Price 

10 mph (16.1 km/h)

12 miles

240 lbs

$$$$$

10 mph (16.1 km/h)

10 miles

264 lbs (120 kg)

$$$$$

10 mph (16.1 km/h)

12 miles

240 lbs

$$$$$

15 mph (24 km/h)

15 miles

​300 lbs

$$$$

8 mph (12.8 km/h)

12 miles

220 lbs

$$$

6.2 mph (10 km/h)

12 miles

220 lbs

$$$

8 mph (12.8 km/h)

11 miles

220 lbs

$$$

8 mph (12.8 km/h)

11 miles

220 lbs

$$$

8 mph (12.8 km/h)

Up to 60 minutes

220 lbs

$$$$

7 mph (11.2 km/h)

7 miles

187 lbs

$$

#1 - EPIKGO Sport - Our Top pick for city riding

SPEED

This hover board can go up to 10 mph - fast enough for most riders!

RANGE / BATTERY

A very good battery life, estimated at around 12 miles depending on weight and terrain

BUILD QUALITY

This is truly a premium product. It looks incredible and feels very sturdy

FEATURES

Its exceptional durability, high speed and great user feedback makes it the best one for us in 2017

We Like

  • Powerful Motors provides the raw power and speed to make your hovering exciting and fun
  • Superior tire grip helps you to take control of your board at all times
  • UL 272 Certified for ensuring a safe ride - peace of mind if you are purchasing for a child
  • Increased foot space, stability and greater balance control makes the ride easy and safer even in wet conditions

We Don't Like

  • Since it's heavier than other hoverboard models, carrying it will be a major issue - make sure the batteries don’t run out on you miles from home!

If you are looking to ride the best hoverboard in the business then we would strongly advise taking a further look into the EPIKGO Sport hoverboard.

Everything about it oozes quality, from the extended battery life to the upgraded body kit.

The raw power, greater balance and sturdy design make the EPIKGO Sport one of the leading self-balancing hoverboard scooters of all time.

Made for speed and long-lasting fun

With a single charge, you can ride for up to 12 miles without any issues of the battery failing you. Climbing hill’s will not be an issue as the EPIK GOsport is armed with 8.5” wheels and fitted with a 400-watt motor, allowing you can easily ride up an 18% rising steep hill as if you were riding through a driveway!

The raw power and speed are achieved through the powerful motors, which makes it to stand out ahead against most of its competitors.

Its batteries are the same type that power up electric cars, that statement alone should help you understand the raw power of the device. The rubber tires provide a firm grip allowing you to overcome any incoming obstacles with relative ease.

An upgraded ABS casing helps the hoverboard to withstand any crashes you might encounter, as it is super strong and very durable. Whether you are riding in the mud, grass, off-road or up hills, the EPIKGO will never disappoint you.

#2 - HALO ROVER - The Moon Rider

Halo rover hoverboard

SPEED

With a 10mph maximum speed, it is among the fastest products in the market

RANGE / BATTERY

Very good battery life for this one, this is a top of the line hoverboard

BUILD QUALITY

This thing is built to endure everything. Very rugged, it can be driven in most terrains

OVERALL

A strong and fast 2 wheels self balancing board, lots of fun to ride and the best water resistance

We Like

  • This Hover board can be driven on all kind of terrains without any issues
  • Completely waterproof - tires equipped for bad weather conditions
  • Increased foot space, stability and greater control makes the ride easy and safer even in wet conditions
  • UL 272 Certified, ensuring a safe ride

We Don't Like

  • Low undercarriage can get caught on uneven footpaths
  • Battery life not as long as some other models
  • Very Heavy, making it difficult to carry

The Halo Rover is a wonderful, well designed 2 wheels self-balancing scooter.

It has a great design and is one of the very few boards to be completely waterproof, allowing to ride the device in any adverse weather conditions.

Your ride will be super smooth with the higher end wheels and suspension. A great balance board all round.

The Halo Rover is the Cadillac of the hoverboards.

The Hover-board is UL 272 certified that confirms the device is covered for all the safety and security guidelines.Halo's Rover is an IPX4 certified hoverboard- this means the device is completely water resistant and can be used in any extreme weather conditions without any issues at all.

No other hoverboards are equipped with the certificate apart from some EPIKGO models.

Bring it anywhere - All terrain Hovering!

The “amphibious” design and look makes the Halo Rover stand out from the crowd. We can see why it is one of the biggest selling self balancing scooters around.

The Halo scored high points for us in all aspects including agility, weight, available colors, stability, battery management, safety and Bluetooth facilities.

It is available in three different colors including white, black and pinkand is one of only a handful of balance boards that can support a maximum weight of up to 265 pounds.

#3 - EPIKGO Classic -For All Terrain Riders

Epikgo classic all terrain 2 wheels self balancing electric scooter

SPEED

Same as the Sport version, the classic hoverboard goes up to 10 mph.

RANGE / BATTERY

More than enough battery life, with up to 10 miles on average

BUILD QUALITY

This version is a bit more sturdy than its "Sport" sibling

OVERALL

Great Hoverboard, designed to endure and to be driven safely

We Like

  • Both UL 272 certified and IP54 certified
  • Supports all terrains, thanks to the highly durable 8.5” tires
  • Added features of water resistance and semi-submersible capabilities
  • ABS cover prevents crashes and the steel cover over the wheels ensure no damage is done to the inside of the board
  • LED lighting is a great feature when you are riding at night
  • 4.0 Bluetooth speakers allows you to enjoy your favorite music while hovering on the board

We Don't Like

  • Weighing 31 pounds it is a bit on the heavier side
  • No Battery Charge Indicator

EPIKGO is known to produce some of the safest and best hoverboards and the EPIKGO “all terrain” self balancing scooter is a perfect example of that.

Riders looking out for adventure at greater cruising speeds along with all terrain support chassis and wheels make this self balancing scooter one of the best.

EPIKGO have been a late entrant into the hoverboard world but still manage to produce hoverboards of the highest quality and are able to compete with the leaders in the industry.

The UL 272  and IP54 certified EPIKGO all terrain, self balancing scooter is equipped with lots of unique features, especially in terms of providing supreme safety, making it a front-runner for those just starting out.

Epikgo's quality on any surface

As the name suggests, it is capable of being ridden under all kinds of terrains including sand, grass, gravel or even in wet weather conditions.

Armed with powerful 400W motors, the hoverboard can provide a cruising speed of up to 12mph and you can ride uphill to a 15 degree angle without any fuss.

It is also IP54 certified to ensure total water resistance and ensuring it will work even when semi-submersed in small bodies of water. The fantastic 8.5” rubber tires provide that added grip needed in testing conditions.

#4 - Jetson V8 - The fastest board

Jetson V8 self-balancing electrical scooter

SPEED

This is the fastest hoverboard in our top ten selection. If you are addicted to speed, this is the one.

RANGE / BATTERY

Very good driving range, similar to top-of-the-line products above

BUILD QUALITY

Well made, be aware than it his rather heavy

OVERALL

Excellent self balanced scooter, The one to get if you like to go fast

We Like

  • The Jetson V8 also supports all terrains
  • Fully UL 272 certified to ensure complete safety for its users
  • Lets you select between 3 different modes including the learning, standard and pro to learn balance
  • A dedicated mobile app is provided to take control of your hoverboard to know the distance traveled, power remaining and also to control the speed and steering sensitivity of the hoverboard.

We Don't Like

  • The hoverboard weighs around 32 pounds and it is difficult to carry it along if the power drains out.

The Jetson V8 is yet another awesome hoverboard model that has 3 different user modes depending on your experience level.

The look is one of the best we have seen, and it is the fastest hoverboard in 2017. All this Combined with the great mobile app to track your distance and time you can be assured it is a safe bet if you decide to make a purchase.

The Jetson V8 is another supreme model from the Jetson group and the successor to Jetson V6.

Riders that used the V6 would love the V8 model as they have added some great additional features including the slightly improved powerful motors and some design enhancements.

Like every other new hoverboard in the market this year, the Jetson V8 is also UL 272 certified to ensure customers that this board is 100% safe to use.

It is also IP certified that means the board is also resistant to dust and water.

The fastest hoverboard for speed addicts

400W motors on each wheel provide the hover board with ample power and speed for even the most experienced users. This self-balancing scooter comes in 3 different modes namely the learning, standard and pro mode.

The learning mode is designed to do the obvious - help beginners to ride safely and learn the art of hovering and the standard mode for already established users and the pro mode for those looking to ride the board with some extra zest.

#5 - Swagtron T1 - The safest hoverboard

Swagtron T1 in white color

SPEED

At 8mph Maximum velocity, this is not the fastest board, but enough for most users

RANGE / BATTERY

Nice Battery range at around 12 miles on average as advertised by swagway

BUILD QUALITY

Has all modern certifications required in 2017, and can handle 220 lbs

FEATURES

Very safe to ride, with its "learning mode" and safe stop technology

We Like

  • UL 272 Certified for complete user safety and satisfaction
  • Non-Slip Foot pads are provided as an additional feature for ensuring greater control and extra hold on to the hoverboard
  • Equipped with a new safe stop technology, you can ride safely without any abrupt toppling due to a hardware or software failure.
  • A New Learning Mode feature allowing beginners to learn the art of riding a hoverboard without any fear, as the top speeds cannot be reached while the mode is active
  • Comes with 2-year warranty

We Don't Like

  • Riding over bumps on the road or gaps can cause scratches on the bottom of the board

The introduction of Swagtron T1 led the way for other companies to go for the safety certification for their self balancing boards.

If you are looking for a safer hoverboard for you or your children, then you won’t find a more safer model than this.

The Swagtron T1 is one of the first hoverboard in the market to be officially UL 272 certified and the first hoverboard model from the house of Swagway.

With a lot of unregulated products hitting the shops and many accidents being reported, the hoverboard companies faced a steep decline and the paying customers wanted proof that the products have been scientifically approved for safety reasons.

That is the very reason, Swagway went for the UL certification process, this means the product has been rigorously tested to adhere to all kinds of strict 2017 safety guidelines.

Unique safety features to never lose balance

Have a look at this video-test by Gadgetguide USA on the safety stop technology:

The Swagtron T1 is the 2017 successor to another popular model, the Swagway XI. The newer device brought the introduction of a learning mode, new users can implement this mode to practice and learn the ropes of riding the balance boards well.

When the Swagtron is set to the learning mode, top speed is not accessible for learners.

This is a great safety feature, especially if you are allowing your children ride for the first time.

The Swagtron T1 is also lighter than its predecessor and also comes equipped with non-slip foot pads allowing for additional grip and traction to the board.

#6 - Powerboard by Hoverboard - The Stamina King

Powerboard by hoverboard

SPEED

The Maximum speed is quite low on this model at only 6.2 mph. 

RANGE / BATTERY

Good battery life, up-to-par with foremost hoverboards

BUILD QUALITY

Built by a reliable brand in the hover boards space, it can be trusted

FEATURES

The quick charging capabilities and long battery life make it ideal for a daily use

We Like

  • Available in four colors to choose from to suit all needs
  • Number one board in offering unrivaled battery life of up to 6 hours
  • Quicker charging with the help of Samsung batteries
  • Strongly built chassis

We Don't Like

  • Speed may an issue as 6.2 mph is a bit on the slower side for professionals or enthousiasts
  • Outside of promotions, Price range is a little higher than some of its rivals

Even though this hoverboard is a bit on the higher end price range, you certainly pay for what you ask for and you’ll not regret buying the Powerboard.

If you are looking to ride on your self-balancing board for longer periods of time, then this is undoubtedly the option for you.

Next in the line is the Powerboard Self-Balancing Board. It is UL 272 certified so that you can be sure that you have a safe hoverboard if deciding to make a purchase.

Fast charging and long range - the ideal commuting hoverboard

The device comes with Samsung rechargeable batteries that make the charging up process a whole lot quicker.

The dual electrical motors provides power and agility to the hoverboard. The anti-slip footpads give unparalleled grip for the riders for a safe and silky smooth ride.

There are four different colors to choose from, including white, blue, red and black, enough variation for both genders.

The battery life is what pushes the Powerboard balance board ahead of the competition as it provides an incomparable 6 hour battery life, and charges up super fast. This is one of the premier features of this great self-balance board.

#7 - Hoverzon S - Good looking board

Hoverzon S hoverboard in red color

SPEED

At 8mph, this will be enough speed for casual users, but you may like a faster board

RANGE / BATTERY

It has a decent 11 miles battery life on average, similar to the best self-balancing scooters

BUILD QUALITY

Well made, this hoverboard is resistant

OVERALL

A good mid-range balance board, not the best features but a nice product overall

We Like

  • The “Aegis Armor” feature provides added security to the batteries to protect them from getting damaged when you go over large bumps or uneven terrains.
  • UL272 certified and adheres to all the safety regulations
  • Superior battery management system
  • Two separate modes for beginners and professionals

We Don't Like

  • Can a bit little more time consuming to learn the maneuvering as the wheels are smaller than other models.
  • Not enough traction in the wheels to ride in wet weather

The Hoverzon S is another self balancing scooter of the highest quality.

With an enhanced design and higher end look to it, it's easy to see why it is one of the favorites among riders.

When you see the Hoverzon S model for the first time, you may get the opinion that it is another hoverboard model that is cloned from other existing devices on the market.

When you look closely, you will notice small design enhancements which make it stand out and look unique.

Hovering in style with a shiny looking board

Hoverzon's self balancing board looks almost futuristic with its polished white -or other colors- frame.

The wheels look great, almost car-like (although they don’t have as much traction as some as the earlier models we featured) and have an extra cap on the sides to give the hoverboard an upmarket look.

The Hoverzon S hoverboard model is not as heavy as some of the other devices, but with that being said, it can still handle weights of up to 220 pounds! The newer Hoverzon S is also UL 272 certified and the foot pads provide more grip than its predecessor.

#8 - Swagtron T3 - The style Icon

Swagtron T3 Self balanced hoverboard

SPEED

With 8 mph, it is not the most rapid smart balance board, but will be enough for most riders

RANGE / BATTERY

It has a decent 11 miles battery life on average

BUILD QUALITY

While this electric hoverboard is fairly well built, be aware that it isn't water resistant

OVERALL

A good mid-range budget smart balance scooter, if you don't need to ride in wet conditions

We Like

  • The polycarbonate casing provides enhanced safety and also any flame or fire is contained inside the casing itself guaranteeing absolute safety to the rider
  • Smart Battery Management system to protect the batteries from overheating or short-circuiting
  • The Sentry Shield technology protects the battery from scratches and bumps.

We Don't Like

  • This Hover-board is not water resistant
  • Speed at 8 mph remains the same as that of the earlier model

Certainly a bit ahead from the competition at this price range in 2017, with its Bluetooth speakers and other additional features.

If you are looking for the best looking self balancing design, and don't need Water resistance, then you won’t go far wrong with this stunning board. Everything about the Swagtron T3 oozes quality.

The Swagtron T3 is the bigger brother to the T5 and has come out with some additional features than the T5 can only dream about!

Lots of smart features for this 2 wheels balance board

There haven’t been any significant changes in the design aspect, but the added LED lights, syncing the Bluetooth speakers with your phone, rubber bumpers and battery indicators makes the T3 a cut above the T5 and other models in the same price range.

The look on the Swagtron T3 is amazing It offers three separate modes, learning, standard and professional modes to enable all kinds of user levels to enjoy this amazing hoverboard.

#9 - Razor Hovertrax 2.0 - Most silent ride

Razor hovertrax 2.0 selfbalancing board

SPEED

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RANGE / BATTERY

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BUILD QUALITY

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OVERALL

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We Like

  • Provides a smooth and noise free ride
  • UL 272 certified to ensure safe hovering
  • Offered from one of the most reputed brands in the world

We Don't Like

  • Speed may be a factor for enthousiasts, as 8mph is less when compared to the boards like the Swagtron T1 which can provide a maximum speed of up to 12mph
  • The Hovertrax 2.0 is not waterproof and cannot be ridden in wet conditions

Well, it is not the cheapest hoverboard, but when compared to its sturdy build and innovative technology, it is one of the best boards on the market.

It is the most silent self balancing scooter thanks to its two 350W motors. The Hovertrax 2.0 is also lightweight.

Razor is one of the leading companies in producing some of the most popular and best selling electric recreational products.

The company itself terms that the Hovertrax 2.0 is one of the smartest self-balancing electric scooter available in the market today.

Hover in silence on Razor's board

The Hovertrax 1.0 was its earlier sibling and that was also an awesome hoverboard, Imagine how good this newer version is! Powered by dual 350w motors, the Hovertrax can provide a great hovering experience of up to 60 minutes on a single charge and at a cruising speed of 8mph. It can also carry a maximum weight of 220 lbs.

The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 certainly raises the bar for all other hoverboards out there with its updated patented technology. The ride is smooth and quiet, thanks to its motors that produces very little noise.

Weighing only 22 lbs, the hoverboard is also easy to carry if you run out of juice while out and about.

#10 - Swagtron T5 - Best affordable balancing board

Swagtron T5 hover-board in black color

SPEED

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RANGE / BATTERY

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BUILD QUALITY

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We Like

  • Learning mode provided for beginners
  • Sentry Shield Battery protection feature to provide additional protection for batteries from scratches, impact or from overheating
  • One of the cheapest UL 272 certified hoverboards available

We Don't Like

  • For adults and experts, the speed of just 7 mph can be too slow
  • The T1 and T3 models can carry a max weight of 220 lbs, the T5 can carry only a max weight of 183 lbs

The Swagtron T5 is one of the best hoverboard self-balancing scooters that you can buy as a gift for your children or teenager.

It isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg and you will have peace of mind that your kids are reasonable safe with the maximum speed of just 7 mph.

If you are on a budget and don’t want to compromise your enjoyment then the Swagtron T5 could be the hoverboard that suits your needs.

If you are looking for a budget hoverboard, but you don’t want to compromise on the ride experience, then Swagtron T5 comes to your rescue.

This budget hoverboard will not disappoint you

The Swagtron T5 self balancing scooter is also much cheaper than the previous T1 and T3 model hoverboards. Don’t think that that this model will dampen your fun because it is cheaper as that notion would be incorrect.

We think the real reason it is quite a bit cheaper than its siblings is the fact it is quite a lot lighter and it doesn’t have quite as many features.

The Swagtron T5 is really suitable for new users and children in our opinion. The maximum speed of 7mph makes it an even more attractive buy for your kids.

It can hold up to a maximum of 186 pounds and the T5 is powered by a 200W motor that can provide a ride of up to 7 miles in a single charge.


THINGS TO CONSIDER WHIEN BUYING A SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER

So you’ve seen some of the best-in-class hoverboards - self balancing scooters, and their features and if you’ve already decided on buying one for yourself or your family, please read on to get to know more about some of the factors that you need to consider before buying a self-balancing scooter.

Safety Concerns

The Hoverboard industry has faced a lot of criticism for a lot of untoward incidents that have happened to some riders.

Take the utmost care on the safety aspects before buying a hoverboard, especially if you are looking for a board for your child.

The industry has very recently come up with some safety regulations and any board that is sold to the customers has to pass the UL 272 certification to make sure that is safe for public use. When buying a hoverboard, make sure to check the certification aspects of the device.

How much do they cost?

Hoverboards are available in all kinds of sizes and price ranges anywhere from as low as a two hundred bucks to over a $1000. The higher the cost normally means the more the features you will get for your money.

If you are a beginner or if you are purchasing a board as a gift for your child, then you can go for a model that has a lower price tag, as there are many models in the lower price ranges that offer exceptional riding quality for beginners and kids.

Hoverboard Speed

The Speed of the hoverboard is also one major factor that needs to be taken into consideration when buying a self-balancing scooter. Buying a hoverboard with less speed will be optimal for your kids whereas adults will no doubt be looking for the faster hoverboards with speeds of above 8 mph.

The fastest Self balancing scooter in our list of the best hoverboards above - the Jetson V8 - can ride for up to 15 mph​

How long does it take to charge?

Some hoverboards can run during several hours with a single charge.

Long lasting hoverboards can easily cover over 12 miles in distance. The charge consumed also depends on the maximum speed, weight and the terrain traveled on, very much like a car.

It is recommended to go for hoverboard that takes less time to charge and provides longer battery life.

Also keep your eyes open for any battery management system that prevents the batteries from becoming overheated or short-circuited. They will save you a lot of money, long term.

Body Weight and Maximum Load

Most of the hoverboards can support a maximum weight of up to 220 lbs.

Make sure to buy a board that takes more than that of your body weight, or your board will get damaged much more easily.

We advise you go for a 10 inch board if your weight is more than a 100 kgs or go for a 7 inch board if you are lesser than 100 kgs.

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