One of the questions you might have if you’re looking to buy a hoverboard is what is the hoverboard weight limit? Although many hoverboards are similar so will have a similar maximum capacity, this will vary depending on the model or brand. In general you can expect the average weight limit for a 6.5” wheel self balancing scooter to be approximately 220lbs/100kg. Some smaller hoverboards will carry slightly lower weight though, and some much bigger boards (with 8 inch or 10 inch wheels) higher (up to 300lbs). In fact since March 2017 there’s now even a hoverboard that will carry up to 400lbs! [toc]
See our table below to help you choose the right self balancing scooter based on your weight (remember to take into account anything you might be carrying e.g. a backpack or hoverboard accessory that might add to the total weight):
Hoverboard Weight Limits Compared
All the listed hoverboards have a minimum weight of approximately 44lbs.
Of course this isn’t every hoverboard on the market – we’ve just listed the best brands and those that are properly UL 2272 safety certified. The majority of traditional 6.5 inch wheel hoverboards tend to have a maximum weight limit of about 220lbs.
Very few hoverboards have a max weight limit of 300lbs – in fact after exhaustive research the only one that we could find that were worth recommending is the Swagtron T6.
What if I’m over the recommended hoverboard weight limit?
The weight limit is a manufacturer guideline, and for the best riding experience and your own safety it is advisable to choose a hoverboard suitable for your weight. If a manufacturer suggests a hoverboard weight limit of 220lbs/100kg and you’re only a few pounds over that weight, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to ride it. It just means that the hoverboard may not operate at maximum capacity. It may slow down or not run as smoothly, and the battery may not last as long between charges.
NB: Too much extra weight and you’re compromising your own safety and risking damage to the board (the frame, motor, axle or battery – hit a bump and it could potentially crack in half).
For the best ride its always advisable to adhere to the manufacturers self balancing scooter weight limit advice. There are hoverboards suitable for every weight up to 380lbs so nearly anyone can enjoy riding a hoverboard – you just need to find the right one for you.
Tip: Remember to take into consideration the weight of anything you’re carrying, like a backpack. If you weigh 220lbs and are wearing a 20lb backpack then that makes you over the recommended maximum weight capacity for some hoverboards.
Best hoverboard for heavy adults
There’s only one hoverboard that we currently recommend for those that are overweight, and that’s the Swagtron T6. This is the ONLY hoverboard for 380lbs or more currently on the market (although I’m sure there will be more to come) in the future.
This has only recently been introduced to the market so we’re yet to get proper feedback on how well it works with heavier weight, but seeing as this is the ONLY one on the market that actually is designed for up to 400lbs or more it’s definitely worth a try if you’re over the 300lb mark.
Swagtron T6 Features & Specs
- Off road (all terrain) hoverboard - use on grass, gravel, sand, snow and more
- IPX4 water resistant (safe to use in light rain, travel through puddles etc.) - DON'T immerse it in water - no hoverboard is 100% waterproof!
- FIRST in the world that can support up to 400lbs (most hoverboards don't carry over 300lbs)
- UL 2272 Certified
- 12 mile range with speed of up to 12 mph
- 10" rugged tires for handling all types of ground
- 2-3 hours to charge
- Bluetooth capability (Swagtron App available for iOS and Android)
Is there a minimum hoverboard weight for kids?
Actually, yes! This will only apply to younger children, but there is usually a recommended hoverboard minimum weight too for safe usage. Some manufacturers will just recommend a minimum age – anything from age 8 (Razor Hovertrax 2.0) to age 13 (Streetsaw and Jetson V6), but of course some kids will grow faster than others.
To use a hoverboard properly the average recommended minimum weight is approximately 44lbs/20kg.
If your child is under this weight they may not be able to safely control the hoverboard seeing as it requires shifting your weight to be able to move backwards and forwards, left and right. Also a rider that is under the minimum weight may not be able to reduce speed or stop safely on downhill terrain.
Although we don’t recommend using a hoverboard contrary to the manufacturer’s advice, there are some videos online of kids as young as about 2 riding a hoverboard successfully (the lighter weight 6.5 inch models) but obviously in a very controlled environment (indoors and riding very slowly) and with an adult present.
In case you're wondering, this baby is riding a Razor Hovertrax 2.0. Pretty impressive for a 12 month old - I'm pretty sure my kid couldn't have done this at the age of 1!
The Bottom Line
Always choose a hoverboard that's right for your weight if you want it to function at its best (and of course for your own safety!) Overload it too much and you'll either cause yourself an accident, or probably break the board so it's not worth paying hundreds of dollars for the wrong one.
There are hoverboards suitable for all weights up to 380lbs - just scroll back up to check out our table and see which one is right for you.
Swagtron T6 Is Our Recommended Hoverboard For All Weights & Ages
For kids and adults of every weight from 44 lbs to 380 lbs, the Swagtron T6 is the most versatile hoverboard with the highest weight limit in 2018. Despite this, it's not even the most expensive! It comes in Black, Desert Camo and Pink Camo, and is an Off Road (all terrain hoverboard) which you can ride just about anywhere.