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Best Hoverboards 2017: Top 10 Reviews (Ultimate Buyer’s Guide!)

best hoverboards 2017In our commitment to finding the best hoverboards 2017 we’ve looked at almost every major hoverboard/self balancing scooter on the market, and have trawled through thousands of hoverboard reviews to find out which are the best AND the safest. Our research criteria included safety, build quality, pricing, customer satisfaction and more, and we have categorized our choices to help you find the scooter that’s right for you (or someone you want to gift a hoverboard to!)

safe hoverboardsFor our list of best hoverboards 2017 only UL2272 certified, US brands have made the cut, so you can be sure that these are safe to enjoy for you and your family! And although our choices are tried and tested, we always recommend you click through to Amazon to check out other customer reviews to help you make your decision.

Now without further ado, here are our top picks for 2017’s best hoverboard!

Top 10 Best Hoverboards/Self Balancing Scooters in 2017

Like most people, we are aware that the hoverboard industry got off to a somewhat rocky start when they first became popular in 2015. Due to massive demand, factories in China were churning out thousands of scooters and unfortunately some had little regard for quality or safety.

Cheap, inferior materials and generic batteries led to some incidents of overheating, batteries catching fire, and fire damage to customers homes. I’d like to say that this isn’t happening anymore, but unfortunately hoverboard fires ARE still occurring. HOWEVER, this is only an issue with older uncertified boards with unsafe batteries and these are isolated incidents.

We only recommend UL 2272 certified hoverboards which ARE safe!

After a major crackdown by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), a hoverboard recall by many brands, and the introduction of the UL2272 hoverboard certification, there are many SAFE UL certified self balancing scooters now available. Here’s more info on our favorites:

#1 Best Hoverboard Overall (Highest User Ratings)

halo rover hoverboard

With its timeless black hue and robust wheels, this hoverboard looks extremely slick and sturdy. This is one of the new generation of off road hoverboards, which can travel over a variety of terrains from sand, to grass, to snow and much more. It is tough and durable but also very easy to use. Designed for use by riders aged 7 and up, it can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Features And Specifications

  • Water resistant
  • UL 2272 certified with firesafe LG battery
  • Learning, Intermediate and Advanced modes - set it to beginner as you are just starting out, before ramping things up to Intermediate or Advanced.
  • Built in speakers and bluetooth technology, as well as a mobile app
  • Reaches top speed of 10 mph with a range of 10 miles
  • Battery life of 2 hours should be enough to get you to and from work or school in style every day. 
  • 2.5 hour charging time
  • Designed and based in the USA

What We Like

  • Built in speakers with bluetooth
  • All terrain capability
  • 3 modes for different skill levels
  • FREE carry case included!

What We Don't Like

  • More expensive than the average hoverboard
  • Shorter battery life than some boards on the list

Verdict

This is a very versatile hoverboard that will no doubt appeal to a lot of different users, from kids wanting to learn new skills to adults who want a green alternative to their morning commute. The charging time and battery life can be a little frustrating, but they are still among the very best on the market, and the built in tech (such as the speakers) makes this a very fun board to play around with as well as an easy way to get from A to B. Here's a video review of this hoverboard:



Our #2 Choice - Most Popular Hoverboard 2017

blue swagtron t1 hoverboard

There's no denying that Swagtron is one of the biggest names in electric rideables, and with 4 different hoverboards in their T series, there's plenty to choose from. Their flagship hoverboard though, the T1 (which we are reviewing here) is by far the most popular (and highest rated). 

Although it's a great board, we didn't name it the best hoverboard because it's missing a few key features that the Halo Rover has - including Bluetooth capability, a mobile app, and of course as a traditional hoverboard it is unsuitable for off road use.

Features And Specifications

  • Contains a UL2271 certified battery with Sentryshield technology
  • Has the added safety measure of Safe Stop Technology
  • Comes in 6 different colors - black, white, gold, dark red, blue, pink
  • 3 riding modes - learner, standard and advanced
  • Max weight limit 220lbs
  • Max speed of 8mph with range of up to 12 miles
  • Climbing capability of 30 degrees
  • Product weight only 22lbs (easier to carry than the heavier off road hoverboards)

What We Like

  • Comes in a wide range of colors
  • Swagtron is an established US brand
  • 3 different riding modes from learner to expert

What We Don't Like

  • Not as powerful or versatile as an off road hoverboard.
  • Swagtron's customer service isn't the best according to reviews (if you want to buy a T1 we recommend Amazon)

Verdict

This is a good solid self balancing scooter suitable for anyone from about the age of 7 to adults of all ages. It was one of the most popular hoverboards in the run up to Christmas 2016, and its likely to remain so throughout 2017 as Swagtron is a well known and popular US brand.

Although it's not our top pick, you can't really compare it to an off road hoverboard as they are different in build and design and are created for different use. If you mainly intend to use your scooter on flat ground (like pavement) and indoors, then this is a good choice. We do recommend purchasing on Amazon over the official Swagtron website though (see reviews that mention Swagtron's customer service to see why!)

Best Off Road/All Terrain Hoverboard

epikgo all terrain hoverboard

Although we've already mentioned the Halo Rover as our top pick (which is also an off road hoverboard), we couldn't have a top 10 without mentioning the Epikgo. This comes in Classic Edition, Sport Edition and Sport+ Edition (all with slightly different features, and different prices).

In this review though we're just going to talk about the most popular Epikgo Classic. 30 % larger than a standard 6.5 inch wheel hoverboard, and undeniably more powerful, this beast of a board is well worth checking out if you're looking to go off roading over sand, gravel, snow or grass.

Features And Specifications

  • Dual motors (of 400W)
  • UL safety certified smart battery
  • Tackles inclines of up to 18 degrees.
  • Terrains that this board has been designed to cope with include sand, grass, mud and dirt.
  • It has a top speed of 10mph and a range of 10 miles
  • 8.5 inch wheels
  • Available in Space Grey, Elite Silver and Rose Gold
  • Solid rubber all terrain tires
  • Indestructible aluminium wheel fender

What We Like

  • All terrain capability makes it more versatile than standard hoverboards
  • Strong, durable and powerful (in fact its advertised as being "indestructible!"
  • Price is good for an off road hoverboard

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't have bluetooth like the Halo Rover (more expensive Epikgo models like the Epikgo Sport do have bluetooth though)

Verdict

The Epikgo truly is an "epic" board if you want to try riding a variety of terrains. It's tough, durable, and is made to withstand quite a battering. It's even great in light rain and puddles which a lot of other self balancing scooters are unsuited to (although I still wouldn't ride it in heavy rain).

The only thing missing is bluetooth capability, a mobile app, and built in speakers (which the Halo Rover has, but is also more expensive). For a lot of riders though this won't be an issue as this board is made for riding, not listening to music! Plus at approx $100 cheaper it might be worth forgoing these (unnecessary?) extras anyway. Or you could opt for the Epikgo Sport or Sport PLUS which do have them - but for an added fee.

Don't want the Epikgo? Check out our top pick, the Halo Rover!

Best On A Budget/Best Hoverboard For Beginners

epikgo all terrain hoverboard

​It was quite difficult to pick a budget hoverboard because as soon as you go below $300, the product reviews tend to be poor (I guess you get what you pay for, right?). For instance one of the most popular budget hoverboards for Christmas 2016 now has a bunch of 1 star reviews from people who were disappointed with how it worked (or didn't work). Obviously with the warranty its possible to get refunds or replacements, but its hassle that you don't need - especially if you bought it as a gift! 

I finally came across a board that apparently is quite good and costs less than $250. I don't know how long that price will last though, so I may have to update my "budget choice" if the price goes up. For now though, the MegaWheels TW01s is my budget recommendation and is a good entry level hoverboard. This is a UL certified 6.5 inch hoverboard currently only for sale on eBay - it may eventually be sold on Amazon and I'll update the article if it becomes available elsewhere. 

Features And Specifications

  • 7mph top speed with a range of up to 12 miles
  • Available in black, white, blue, red, and purple
  • Carries a max weight of up to 260lbs
  • LED headlights, battery indicators, and rubber bumpers included
  • Has 2 riding modes - beginner and advanced

What We Like

  • The price! At less than $250 this hoverboard is super cheap for a UL2272 certified scooter
  • It's got a decent range for the price - up to 12 miles
  • Powered by a Samsung battery

What We Don't Like

  • At a top speed of 7mph it's not the fastest board on the list (although its great for beginners or kids)

Verdict

I've seen a lot of hoverboards that cost under $300, and some even under $250, and to be honest I haven't been impressed by the user reviews. Amazon and Walmart have plenty sellers selling cheaper boards from unknown brands, and they rarely are up to standard - that's why I always recommend choosing a well known brand with GOOD reviews. Remember just because a board is UL 2272 certified, doesn't mean its reliable or performs well - the testing is only for fire and electrical safety (so they won't go on fire). 

The MegaWheels hoverboard is our top pick for this category (for now) - if the price increases or the hoverboard reviews disimprove I'll certainly rethink my options for budget buy. Right now though I consider this to be a good buy for less than $250. It's got a 1 year warranty and is worth a try for the price. ​It's not the best hoverboard ever, but for someone new to hoverboarding who wants to test their skills, or as a gift for a kid this is pretty good. 

eBay sellers love to protect their positive feedback, so if you have any issues at all, it should be easy to get recourse (from either the seller or Paypal). It’s a good place to buy!

Looking for something even cheaper? If budget is an issue and you want something for less than $200 check out our refurbished hoverboard deals. You could get a nice starter board for as little as $150!

Best Hoverboard For Small Kids

mini hoverboard for kids

This is a much smaller hoverboard than others on the list, with a tire size of just 4.5 inches. Of course, this makes sense given that the board is designed for the use of kids rather than adults.

Coming in a vibrant color scheme (ice blue, green and white are just a few of the hues on offer here), and with a streetwise bear design on the foot pads, this is a cool and user friendly option especially for smaller kids.

Features And Specifications

  • Minimum weight capacity of 22lbs and maximum of 132lbs
  • Comes in 4 colors
  • Battery life of 5-6 hours
  • Battery charge time 2-3 hours
  • Scooter weight: 17lbs
  • Top speed 3.1 mph

What We Like

  • Light weight and durable
  • Reaches a child safe maximum speed of 3.1 mph
  • One of the only hoverboards on the market designed for smaller kids
  • Really long battery life 

What We Don't Like

  • Isn't UL2272 certified but battery is safe extra premium Samsung
  • Not suitable for kids as they get older as it doesn't go very fast & is small
  • Can't share it around the rest of the family!

Verdict

At $379.99 is it worth buying such a tiny hoverboard for your little one? After all, kids do grow very quickly at that age, and very soon they won't be impressed with a top speed of only 3.1mph! This is the only hoverboard designed specifically for very small kids, and it sure is cute with that little teddy bear design (it comes in a few different colors too).

However, I'm not sure it's worth paying out nearly $400 on a hoverboard that they'll grow out of pretty quickly. Although standard size hoverboards (with 6.5 inch wheels) are suitable for kids of approx age 7-8+ (and usually a minimum weight of 44lbs is recommended by manufacturers) I've seen younger kids use a 6.5 inch hoverboard pretty successfully (indoors, very slowly, and supervised by a parent). For safety of course I DON'T recommend this, but personally I'd probably hold off on buying a little 4.5 inch hoverboard and wait until my kid is ready for a full size board (one that's going to last them a long time).

Best Hoverboard For Older Kids

razor hovertrax 2.0

Razor are one of the top brands on the market for electric rideables, having brought many of the most popular electric scooters to the market in recent years. Their hoverboard, the Hovertrax 2.0 has a real disco style feel to it. Equipped with lights and able to spin for up to a minute, it is also a very safe board and was one of the first to achieve UL 2272 certification. A lot of people love the razor design on the wheels that make this brand instantly recognisable. 

Features And Specifications

  • This board is designed to maximise the balance factor. It is equipped with Everbalance technology which makes it easier to turn, is also auto self balancing (which makes it a really safe option for kids).
  • Suitable for ages 8 and up, it can be set to two different modes, namely Training and Normal so you can set the board to suit your skill level.
  • Fender bumper protection means that the board is protected against shocks
  • The two blue LED light bars lend a fun and funky feel.
  • This hoverboard will reach a top cruising speed of 8 mph with a run time of approx 1 hour
  • Comes in 4 colors - black, red, white and blue

What We Like

  • Razor is one of the most trusted US brands for electric rideables
  • The awesome razor design
  • Exclusive Everbalance technology that automatically levels the board making it easier & safer to ride for beginners & kids

What We Don't Like

  • Slightly slower cruising top speed than some other hoverboards on the market (it's plenty fast enough for kids though!)

Verdict

When buying a hoverboard for a child you want the absolute best and safest board you can find, one that's durable, fun and looks "cool" too. Razor brings that with the Hovertrax 2.0. Being one of the most trusted brands in personal transportation (they're big in electric scooters etc.) my expectations were high for the one hoverboard that they've brought to the market, and I must say I'm not disappointed!

On the Razor website they call it the "world's smartest self balancing scooter" - now I don't know if that's true, but on testing it out, it definitely rides smoother than some other similar size hoverboards on the market. This is probably due to their exclusive Everbalance technology which provides intelligently engineered auto self balancing making it easier for beginners or kids to mount and ride.

Although the minimum recommended age for this hoverboard is age 8 (which you should of course adhere to) there's a cool video on Youtube of a 12 month old (yep, you read that right!) riding a Hovertrax 2.0! That's how great it is for kids of all age - and adults too. Here it is if you want to check it out: 

(The Swagtron T1 and off road Epikgo are also great options for kids!)

Best Bluetooth Hoverboard

Tomoloo Hoverboard

Along with the Futuresaw, this is one of the fastest hoverboards on the market in 2017. It's slightly bigger than the average hoverboard with 7.5 inch wheels (rather than 6.5 inch), it comes with bluetooth technology, comes in a whopping 8 different colors, and has a very nice design that's a bit different to the average hoverboard. 

Genesis are a US brand that is one of the fastest growing companies in the world of electric rideables, set to rival Swagtron & Razor. They offer a wide range of products, free 2 day shipping, and a 30 day money back guarantee!

Features And Specifications

  • Top speed of 12mph (faster than most) and travels for approximately 10 miles on a single charge
  • 7.5 inch tires
  • Can conquer hills with a 25 degree incline with relative ease
  • 2 hours battery charge time
  • Includes a mobile app you can use to track your route history, speed, battery life, change settings and more
  • Connect to your mobile device using the premium Bluetooth technology
  • Has an easy carry handle built in
  • Have a huge range of colors including black, white, blue, green, red pink, shimmering platinum and glimmering gold

What We Like

  • Built in carrying handle
  • Choice of 8 different colors including gold and platinum
  • Premium design that looks better than its competitors
  • Bluetooth connectivity and mobile app included
  • Very reasonable price for a bluetooth hoverboard

What We Don't Like

  • Some people will love the design like I do, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
  • The platinum & gold hoverboards (IMHO the nicest looking) are more expensive.

Verdict

These are stunning looking hoverboards and I must admit I absolutely love the design, and particularly the gold and platinum colors - also the easy carry handle looks pretty useful. They're one of the fastest hoverboards available, are fully UL2272 certified, come with bluetooth technology, and a mobile app you can use to control various aspects of the functionality. At just $379 (the gold and platinum cost more) this is actually a very good value self balancing scooter because generally hoverboards with bluetooth and a mobile app cost upwards of $500!

You can buy Genesis products on Amazon, but we've found that they're actually cheaper on their official website, plus you get FREE 2 day shipping and a 30 day money back guarantee.

Best Hoverboard For Heavy Adults

epikgo all terrain hoverboard

The Swagtron T6 is new to the market in March 2017 so we haven't got much feedback on it yet. However right now this is the ONLY hoverboard on the market designed to carry a weight capacity of up to 380lbs. No other hoverboard right now can carry anything more than 300lbs, so the T6's weight capacity is its main USP. Available right now in Desert Tan and Black (Pink Camo is coming soon) anyone over the 300lb weight mark who wants to ride a hoverboard now can! This is THE best hoverboard for big guys and riders of all shapes and sizes.

Features And Specifications

    • This is an off road hoverboard, so suitable for all terrains from sand, to grass, to gravel and pretty much any type of rough ground (that a normal hoverboard can't traverse)
    • It's the best choice available for anyone over the weight of 300lbs - this has a max capacity of 380lbs.
    • It has a 12 mile range and can travel at up to 12mph
    • 10 inch rugged tubeless tires for off road riding
    • Mobile app and bluetooth connectivity - listen to music while you ride!
    • Can tackle inclines of up to 30 degrees
    • IPX4 rated which means you can use it in the rain and it can travel through puddles and withstand water splashes
    • Charge time is just 2-3 hours

What We Like

  • It's the only hoverboard that can carry up to 420lbs
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Suitable for kids and adults
  • It's an all terrain (off road) hoverboard so can be ridden just about anywhere
  • It's actually one of the more affordable off road boards

What We Don't Like

  • Right now its too new to find any fault with - watch this space though cos I'm sure its not perfect!

Verdict

It's too new for us to say, but Swagtron might just have pulled it out of the bag with this new off road scooter they've brought to the market. The Swagtron T6 is seriously strong, durable, powerful, and rugged enough to tackle a variety of terrains.

Its advertised as being the only hoverboard on the market that will carry a weight of up to 420lbs, and if this is the case then its out there on its own as a hoverboard that will suit almost anyone. And its not just for heavier adults - even kids can use it!

One more thing we've got to mention - the price for this is awesome. Cheaper than most of the other off road hoverboards on the market. Maybe it's a special offer seeing as its new to the market? If you want an all terrain hoverboard for under $450 with the works, try this. I doubt you'll be disappointed! 

Fastest Hoverboard

Although this is only marginally faster than some other hoverboards like the Genesis Gemini (which reaches top speeds of 12mph), this is the fastest we could find (top speed of 12.5mph). You might think this isn't particularly fast when compared to an electric scooter or electric skateboard which can go so much faster - but actually you'll find if you try it out, 12.5mph or even 10mph will feel pretty fast on a hoverboard. Their design and build is just not suitable for any faster speeds (without being dangerous). 

The integration of Bluetooth speakers makes this board stand out from the crowd (most other boards of this size don't have bluetooth included). You can listen to your favorite tunes as you glide along! Easy to balance on and offering a smooth ride, this durable board is great for beginners and the more experienced rider alike.

Features And Specifications

  • Perhaps the main reason that this is the most expensive hoverboard on the list is the high quality of the materials that are used to create it. The chassis is made from a super strong aviation grade magnesium alloy, for example, whilst the UV case is probably the most durable on the market.
  • The LEDs embedded within the board, moreover, use the latest diode technology to provide a beam strength that reaches at least 6.5 feet. This makes this the best board on the list for night riding.
  • This board can tackle steeper inclines than the other hoverboards reviewed here: whilst most standard hoverboards will be able to tackle slopes of 20 degrees max, the FutureSaw can zoom up a 30 degree slope with ease.
  • The key selling point of this board, however, has to be its battery life. This board can go for a whopping 5-6 hours of constant use between charges, which is three or more times the battery life of most standard adult hoverboards.
  • It can also reach a higher top speed than most other boards (namely, 12.5 mph) and travel over a larger range than other hoverboards (namely, 12.5 miles).
  • Available in 6 different colors

What We Like

  • The arch bridge design - this is a bit different to the rest 
  • High top speed
  • Bluetooth speaker for listening to music
  • It's got a higher max weight than most other 6.5 inch hoverboards (285lbs)
  • Long battery life of 5-6 hours

What We Don't Like

  • It's more expensive than the average 6.5 inch hoverboard, but does have more features to justify the price

Verdict

If you really care about the quality of materials that your hoverboard is made of, and if you can afford to splash out on this board then you can get ready to enjoy a great experience. Sloping ground and long journeys are no problem for this board. Everything about this board is enhanced: the speed, the range, the battery life, and the durability. Although it wouldn't be my top choice, it certainly has some great features for a 6.5 inch hoverboard and in my opinion, is worth the extra price. Some people will love the design (which enables it to tackle bigger inclines and rougher ground than the average hoverboard) and Streetsaw are a reputable US company that offer a decent warranty. 

Best Segway Type Scooter

segway minipro

Segway Minipro

The Segway Minipro was released in 2016 and was one of the first rideables with UL2272 certification. The Segway brand needs no introduction, and combined with Ninebot they have come up with a hoverboard "evolution" that looks like a mini "segway" with a knee bar.

This is more of a "personal transporter" than a toy, although its suitable for kids as well as adults. Many older adults with decreased mobility have found it a useful way to get around quickly and safely. It's quite easy to learn.

The knee bar (which is adjustable for your height) allows your to maneuver more precisely and easily than other scooters and hoverboards - all you have to do is gently press left or right with your knee. It is removable for easier transportation (e.g. in the trunk of your car) but you can't ride the Minipro without it. The air tires make for a more stable and comfortable ride, and are suitable for indoors and a variety of outdoor terrains.

Features And Specifications

  • ​Available in black or white
  • 10.5 inch air filled tires suitable for all terrain (resists and absorbs shocks better than the solid rubber tires on hoverboards)
  • Product weight: 28lbs/12.5kg
  • Maximum capacity: 220lbs
  • Top speed: 10mph
  • Range per charge: 14 miles
  • Can take slopes up to 15 degrees
  • Has customizable LED lights for superior visibility, day or night.
  • Padded knee bar makes steering and control easier than a hoverboard
  • Bluetooth included
  • Free app enables remote control operation, speed control, vehicle diagnostics, anti theft alarm, customizable lights and more.

What We Like

  • Great for personal transportation
  • More powerful than hoverboards (1600 watts)
  • Price is now half what it was when it was released in 2016!
  • Easy to steer with the knee bar

What We Don't Like

  • No replacement tires available
  • Some customers not happy with the "speed punishment" feature which tilts you back (to force you to slow down) if you hit the max speed limit

Verdict

The Segway Minipro is a great option if you're looking for something that's a bit more powerful and easier to use than the average hoverboard. Judging by the reviews people of all ages are using it, and its especially good as a transportation device as it travels up to 14 miles on a single charge.

It started out at approximately $1200 but the price is now in line with hoverboards - not great for people who bought a few months ago, but definitely worth the investment in 2017. It's impossible to do this technologically advanced transporter the justice it deserves in such a short description, so do check out our detailed Segway Minipro review or click on the button to check out the user reviews on Amazon:


Best Hoverboards 2017 Buyer's Guide - What You Need To Know

In the first half of 2016 there was only 1 or 2 hoverboard brands that had received UL certification, so the choice was easy! Since then though many top brands (and some unknown ones) have undergone the testing and got their UL2272 certification. So now it's a bit more difficult as there are a lot to choose from! Of course that can only be a good thing, as this has also driven prices down a bit since last year. Starting from around $300 (although its possible to find some a bit cheaper) this isn't a small purchase, but if you take some basic guidelines into consideration you should be able to find the best self balancing scooter 2017 for your requirements.

Remember: The hoverboards for 2017 don't actually "hover" - they roll on wheels. In fact technically the correct name for them is "self balancing scooters" (people seem to prefer the word "hoverboard" though!) 

The following are some tips for choosing the right hoverboard for yourself (or to give as a gift):

  • Consider US brands first e.g. Swagtron, Razor, Halo Rover etc. - it's just easier to deal with customer service, warranties etc. if you have an issue.
  • Read user reviews before buying. Amazon are great for customer reviews - also Best Buy and Walmart.
  • Take minimum and maximum weight capacity into consideration. Minimum weight for most hoverboards is approximately 44lbs. Maximum weight capacity can be anything from 220lbs to 420lbs so shop around to get one right for your weight.  
  • Most hoverboard manufacturers advise a minimum age of 8 years for using a hoverboard. Some advise their hoverboards should be used only by age 13+. Younger children should always be carefully supervised if using a hoverboard as they can be dangerous if not used properly.
  • Check your hoverboard's weight before buying. Some can weigh as little as 22lbs, but bigger scooters such as the all terrain ones can weigh up to 35lbs. If you'll need to carry it any distance this isn't light!
  • Don't buy a hoverboard that isn't UL 2272 certified. If it doesn't mention this certification on its website or product listing, then it probably doesn't have it. You can buy with confidence from marketplaces like Amazon that ONLY allow the sale of UL 2272 certified transportation devices. 
  • UL certified hoverboards (standard size) generally cost about $250 (entry level) - $400. Off road hoverboards are bigger and more powerful, and cost about $450 - $800 depending on the features. I don't recommend paying any more than $600 for a hoverboard as anything more expensive probably won't be any better - $600 will get you a top of the range off road hoverboard (e.g. Halo Rover or Epikgo)

Safety Concerns

Although we've already talked a bit about hoverboard safety above, I just wanted to reiterate that you should only buy a board that is UL 2272 certified. This certification from international science safety group Underwriter Laboratories, is only awarded after an e-mobility device (such as a hoverboard or electric scooter) passes strict fire and electrical testing procedures. The following are some of the tests that a hoverboard will have passed to become UL listed: ​

  • Water exposure test
  • Drop test
  • Short circuit test
  • Imbalanced charging test
  • Over discharge test
  • Vibration test
  • Crash test
  • Shock test
  • Temperature test
  • Overcharge test
hoverboard safety testing

Hoverboard being tested before receiving UL certification

... and lots more. This electrical and fire safety testing will ensure that your self balancing scooter is in NO DANGER of catching fire. If you purchase a hoverboard WITHOUT UL 2272 certification there is no guarantee that it will be safe.

Where To Buy Safe UL 2272 Certified Hoverboards

Many of the hoverboards we recommend are sold on Amazon, and this is because ALL hoverboards sold on Amazon meet this safety criteria. Since early 2016 Amazon no longer allow the sale of hoverboards that aren’t UL certified due to fire safety concerns. All sellers of hoverboards and e-mobility devices must show proof of this certification before they are allowed to list their product. So you can be confident that if you buy your hoverboard there, it WILL have full UL 2272 certification.

Now although a hoverboard will have undergone strict testing procedures for fire and electrical safety, UL 2272 doesn't evaluate for reliability, performance, or rider safety. So you should still take your own precautions when using any personal e-mobility device.

The following are some tips for safe use of your hoverboard:

  • Always buy UL certified - the product should have a UL mark on its packaging and UL certification holographic sticker on the bottom.
  • Use personal protective gear when riding e.g. a helmet and knee pads.
  • Only use the charger that came with your hoverboard - do not use a cheap generic charger as these can be dangerous. 
  • Do not overcharge your hoverboard - follow the manufacturer's recommended charging time. 
  • Do not charge your e-mobility device near flammable materials.
  • Read the manual that comes with your hoverboard and follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines, including charging advice, how to look after your hoverboard etc.
  • Hoverboards aren't really suitable for young children. Most hoverboards advertise a minimum age of 7 or 8, but realistically, they can be dangerous if not used properly. It's very easy to have a crash or fall if reaching top speeds. 

Conclusion

best hoverboard

Our top pick for 2017: The Halo Rover

The best overall hoverboard on this list is the Halo Rover board. This is because this board offers a great speed and range, good durability and fantastic balance. If you would like an all round board that looks good, gets you quickly and cleanly to where you want to be and is great for travelling just about anywhere - from a day on the golf course, to cruising around on the beach, to commuting to work or school, this might be the one for you.

However, as you can see from our hoverboard reviews, all of the boards reviewed here have something great to offer. So, deciding which hoverboard is best for you will depend on what your precise needs are.

One consideration is how good the app associated with the board is (do you want to stream tunes from your iPod as you ride the board? Do you want to be able to find the board with a couple of taps on your touchscreen device? Do you want to be able to track your route?), but there are many other factors to bear in mind.

If it is important to you to be able to ride the board over unconventional terrain, for instance, branching out from the pavement to the beach, the dirt tracks or muddy fields, then the EPIKGO or Halo Rover scooters are great options. If however they are a little beyond your budget, the Xtremepowerus Off Road hoverboard is quite a bit cheaper but still a good all terrain board. 

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Moreover, whilst many of these boards can be used by adults and older kids (for instance kids aged 7 and 8 upwards), if you are looking for a board that is especially safe for young kids, the Razor Hovertrax board is a nice choice as it is extremely stable with exclusive Everbalance technology.

Finally, you may be keen to get the best sound quality with your hoverboard. In this regard, the Tomoloo hoverboard is probably the best choice as it sounds amazing and is highly customizable, too. This is a board with real personality and an excellent option for anyone who loves music.

So, in sum, all of these boards are fun to use, and all of them use top gyroscopic technology to ensure that balancing, reversing and turning are safe and easy. All of the hoverboards that feature on this list have been carefully selected because they are among the very best hoverboards 2017. Though every board has something unique to offer, moreover, there is one that stands out as a clear winner - as has been mentioned above. And, this is the Halo Rover hoverboard.

I hope you’ve found our hoverboard reviews useful and now know which is the best hoverboard to buy for yourself or as a gift. If you have any questions or would like any other products reviewed please comment below and I’ll do my best to help. Thanks for reading!


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