The fame of Self Balancing Scooters or “Hoverboards” brought with it some technical issues which is nothing new if you see the other technological breakthroughs, they bring with them technical glitches or issues that were never foreseen when developing that product and they arise when the product breaks some barriers never broken before.
The technical glitch or issue that was highlighted was the batteries getting short circuited at the beginning it was thought to be a faulty manufactured unit here and there but not a fault on a large scale production line it became a common issue in a lot of hoverboards over a short period of time.
Consumer Product Safety Commission of United States (CPSC) in the early 2017 stepped in to look into this growing problem with the hoverboards and the Official Recall of the Hoverboards was announced.
Best Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Reviewed (Comparison)
The hoverboards are now back and are available in the market. Their availability in the market indicates that they are now safe to use and the prior issues have been fixed.
Because of the gaining popularity of the electric hoverboards the average consumer gets confused about making the right buy for oneself when getting a hoverboard. Different manufacturers are producing different models of hoverboards with different specifications to target a wider audience and cater their needs in a hoverboard. So to address the issue of confusing oneself when buying a hoverboard we will discuss the variety of hoverboards available for purchase on the market while keeping in mind every aspect of the consumer we could think of.
So without further wait, let’s go through the best hoverboards 2018 the market has to offer right now.
|Hoverboard Name||Max Speed||Battery Life||Bluetooth|
|10 mph||2 Hours||Yes||Check Price|
|SwagTron T1||8.5 mph||3 Hours||No||Check Price|
|Segway miniPRO||10 mph||3 Hours||Yes||Check Price|
|PowerBoard Self-Balancing Scooter||6.5 mph||4 Hours||No||Check Price|
|Skque X1||6 mph||4 Hours||Yes||Check Price|
|SwagTron T3||8.5 mph||3 Hours||Yes||Check Price|
|SwagTron T-580 Self-Balancing Hoverboard (Editor's Choice)||7.5 mph||Depends on Riding Style||Yes||Check Price|
|EPIKGO||10 mph||1 Hour||Yes||Check Price|
|Hoverzon||8 mph||4 Hours||No||Check Price|
|Jetson Rover V8||8 mph||3 Hours||Yes||Check Price|
1. Halo Rover – Best Hoverboard to Buy in 2018
Best of the hoverboards in the market the absolute beast in E-Mobility is the Halo Rover, with it’s aluminium fender wings and all terrain tires, this all terrain hoverboard has a maximum limit of 264lbs to bear.
Halo Rover is packed with features and this hoverboard has all the latest the hoverboard technology has to offer till date. The ride assist feature on board the halo rover keeps the hoverboard balanced and upright when operational which provides it’s users with a No Fall ride every time.
Out of all the hoverboards in the market the Halo Rover is the highest and most positively reviewed hoverboard not only that you get an excellent customer service along with the best quality UL2722 certified hoverboard. So you’re not only buying the product but you are also on for a backing of a great company in form of a great customer service when called upon.
The Halo Rover comes with a lot of great top of the line features. Let’s have a look at them and see what use they can be to you. Here we go:
After going through all of Halo Rover features this Hoverboard Ranked # 1 on our list because no other hoverboard was able to compete with the features it provides to it’s users, Bluetooth Speakers, Fire Safe Batteries, Mobile App and All Terrain Build all these led to the Crown of # 1 spot for Halo Rover – The Top Hoverboard to Buy.
Last but not the least the Ride Assist Technology offers it’s users to feel safer with a No Fall Self Balancing System on board and Training Mode to get used to the Halo Rover’s ride. Safety First Guys!
2. SwagTron T1 – SwagTron Needs No Introduction
SwagTron have a lot of different hoverboard models to their name. Catering to wide variety of consumers. Anybody having interest in hoverboards will definitely know SwagTron it’s like hoverboards and SwagTron go hand in hand. So let’s get into their better model of hoverboards and see if it’s any good.
The T1 model from SwagTron is from their higher end range and the product does show features available in top of the range models from other companies so that is clear. Let’s move forward looking into this hoverboard.
SwagTron T1 is UL2722 certified hoverboard like the Halo Rover we reviewed above. If you missed why UL2722 is important for hoverboards, well it is important because this certification makes sure that the hoverboard certified with UL2722 will have completely safe battery and will not have the issue of short circuiting which happened quiet frequently when hoverboards were introduced in China.
This certification is only awarded to those hoverboard models who go through series of safety and performance tests successfully. So the consumers get the safest hoverboards with the UL2722 certification every time.
There are few very crucial tests performed on the hoverboards to determine that every bit of the manufactured hoverboard is performing well with safety being the first priority. Now below are some of the positive traits of the SwagTron T1 check them out:
SwagTron T1 turned out to be the most comfortable and fun hoverboard during the tests and according to the current market the T1 model is definitely the one to go for.
All in all the SwagTron T1 is a perfectly equipped and safe hoverboard with all the top end features of other hoverboards and it’s light weight structure and comfortable ride provide a lot of value for your money.
3. Segway miniPRO – Self-Balancing Transporter
Now Segway MiniPRO is something to look at. This beauty of a hoverboard is here for the people who want to have the best of the best. If you are willing to go all out on cash and want the best of the hoverboards, look no further than the Segway MiniPRO.
Like the SwagTron, Segway is a name always associated with hoverboard manufacturing and they produce some of the best hoverboards in the world. Their miniPRO model is something to look at and something extra ordinary to own.
The Segway miniPRO is loaded with features, available in Black and White colors with Red accents on both of them, this hoverboard comes with a handle bar which a lot of people would want in a hoverboard makes it much more safer. The miniPRO is the perfect hoverboard for the advanced and the powerful users of the hoverboard.
Now let’s look at the positive traits of owning a Segway MiniPRO. Here we go:
Apart from being able to drain your pockets dry the Segway MiniPRO doesn’t have negative traits. You wouldn’t be able to find it if you looked it yourself.
The price tag of the MiniPRO delivers the best build quality you will find on a self balancing scooter. The attention to detail and safety is amazing on this thing. All in, the Segway MiniPRO is the best self balancing scooter in the market today. And if you are willing to pay up you will get bang for your money with this.
4. PowerBoard Self Balancing Scooter – The Affordable Hoverboard
Next in line of hoverboards on our list is the PowerBoard Self-Balancing Scooter. The simplicity in the name of this hoverboard is not to be made fun or be made fool of. This is a very powerful nimble hoverboard for the masses.
Powerboard has made it’s name in the field of Hoverboards, some of the best hoverboards they have produced so far, and this model is no exception.
As I mentioned earlier that this hoverboard targets the masses it is because of it’s price tag. The powerboard is one of the budget friendly hoverboards in the market today. The decrease in price tag still hasn’t led to the company making compromises with safety and performances. Surely you don’t get the gizmos and features of Segway MiniPRO but it gets the job done at half the price of MiniPRO.
Like we did with other hoverboard reviews, we will shed a light on the positive and negative points of owning a Powerboard Self-Balancing Scooter. Here we go:
When you will get so much out of a single hoverboard with so little to pay for. You will start to wonder if you are paying for a good product or are the features not enough to have a good hoverboard riding experience. Well we know for sure that you will have fun with this hoverboard without draining your pockets dry. And the features? Well comparing this hoverboard to the other higher end hoverboards you will see the features are not there but for a price so low you will never get more features out of a hoverboard than this Powerboard Scooter. It provides very good value for your money that is for sure.
5. Skque X1 – Fastest Hoverboard 2018
The next one in our list of top hoverboards 2018 is the Skque X1. This hoverboard possessing a dramatic name is one of the fastest hoverboard in the market today. It’s got the speed, it’s got the style and it’s got a cool name too.
The skque x1 is available in three models depending on the tire sizes. The dimensions of the tire size defines the three variants it is available in the variants are 6.5”, 8” and 10”. The structure is made up of robust metal alloy. Making it very light and nimble. The design of the skque x1 is also a noticeable thing as it depicts fun, practicality and the name gives it the final touches to add more coolness to the design. Skque X1 is known for it’s speed. With riding speeds reaching upwards of 15km/h. the Skque X1 is capable of handling payloads of up to 264lbs.
As with all the hoverboards we have reviewed the positive and the negative aspects were placed in front of you. The Skque X1 is no exception. So let’s see what this gadget is made of:
All in all the Skque X1 provides you with a lot of features and the three variants gives you the flexibility choose according to your riding style. The light weight durable structure makes it very easy to operate and responsive. The features offered in the Skque X1 are top of the line so you will never have to worry about missing out on things.
6. SwagTron T3 – Expensive yet AWESOME
The SwagTron T1 the one we reviewed earlier. The SwagTron T3 is the upgraded model of the T1.
Is it any better? What has been improved in this hoverboard model? To be honest the design of the SwagTron T3 hasn’t changed much. But the features like Bluetooth connectivity to the speakers and LED light do sync up with your phone including some other extra features. There were speculations of a handle to go as standard with the T3 model but it turns out that was just a speculation.
So what is there in the SwagTron T3 that is worth an upgrade? Let’s shed a light on it, here we go:
All in all the SwagTron T3 is a worthy purchase but is it better than the T1 model? That’s subjective. The T3 model doesn’t have the most advanced features of the market hoverboards but the SentryShield technology like features make the T3 models make good value for your money.
7. SwagTron T-580 Self-Balancing Hoverboard – Editor’s Choice
The hoverboard we have decided to review here is also a replacement for the previously listed hoverboard in this spot. This hoverboard has grown on us as this is also our number one choice in hoverboard selection. The board in question here is the model T-580 by SwagTron. As you might have seen there are quiet a few hoverboards that we have reviewed by SwagTron there is a reason for that, SwagTron boards are among the best in the world. Period! So how did this hoverboard fared in our review? Let’s find out.
The T-580 is not short on features. The motor on the T-580 is 150W dual motor which can power this board to the speeds of 7.5mph easily. The range you will get out of the motors is around 8 miles. The motor is powerful too it can easily handle inclines up to 30degrees with no sweat. The T-580 is also self balancing which is a very useful feature to have when getting on the hoverboard. There are three riding modes which can cater any skill level rider. Learning mode is for the beginners, standard mode is for the Intermediate skill level rider and for the Expert rider there is advanced mode of riding. The tires on the T-580 are 6.5” along with aluminium durable rims.
The 32V battery on T-580 takes about 90 minutes to charge up which is powerful enough to power Bluetooth speakers on board to listen to your favourite tunes. When it comes to safety measures the UL2272 certification insures just that. There is an App for T-580 by SwagTron to control your hoverboard and for route tracking. It can support people weighing 220lbs.
Overall the SwagTron T-580 provides great value for money and provides excellent level of performance without and glitches. We rate it 9 out of 10.
8. EPIKGO – Beginners Friendly HoverBoard
Now the next hoverboard on our list is a hoverboard that is primarily aimed for the beginners. You can’t just start learning to ride a hoverboard with a Segway MiniPRO you have to start small and with something safe so that it doesn’t get you in trouble.
EPIKGO has been selected to be on our list primarily because of it’s features suit for a beginner and they are perfect for anyone looking to start with hoverboards. First of all the build of this hoverboard is strong is designed to go all terrain. Packed with powerful features and safe design will offer the best the money can buy for a beginner.
Let’s go through the features which led to EPIKGO landing on our list, the good and the bad. So here we go:
All in all the EPIKGO is a great machine to own if you are a beginner and the power and durability offered in this hoverboard will give you the freedom to go anywhere and explore the outdoors without limitations.
9. Hoverzon – Self Balancing Scooter
Now we are at the edge of innovation when it comes to developments on hoverboards and self balancing scooters in the market. The farthest in advancements manufacturers can go to now is to add Bluetooth speakers to the hoverboards and add flashy LED lights to make it look good.
However, if you to run a eye on the products such as Segway MiniPRO have been able to break some barriers and have developed something of a new and out of the ordinary. But that has taken a toll on the price tag and the end result is that the consumer ended up paying double the price as compared to a normal hoverboard for a one step ahead in the hoverboard developments.
So today we are going to review Hoverzon on our list’s 9th spot which is not that kind of hoverboard with an absurd amount of power or with a over the top design. This hoverboard is just the right amount of everything. The price of Hoverzon is not very different from the self balancing scooters we have reviewed earlier so keeping in mind that the consumer needs to be given number of choices and the freedom to be flexible with his or her’s budget we have decided to review this hoverboard.
So let’s get started with the good and the bad Hoverzon has to offer:
Apart from the Aegis Armor there is nothing significantly new or a break through. There are six different colors to choose from.
On the plus side you will not have to pay extra for different colors. All the colors cost the same.
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10. Jetson Rover V8 – The Monster Hoverboard
The Jetson Rover V8 is an upgraded model of a fan favourite Jetson Rover V6. Since it’s announcement the Rover V8 has gathered quiet a fan following because of it’s predecessor’s success.
From the looks of it the Rover V8 has shown signs of improvement. Before reviewing the upgraded Rover V8 let’s talk about the design improvements Jetson have made. Even though the design itself will have no impact on the performance and practicality of the hoverboard but it is certainly nice to get a design upgrade along with the technological and performance upgrade. To talk about the performance upgrades the motors are more powerful than they were in the Rover V6.
To look more into the things and upgrades that are offered in the Rover V8 see down below:
The only positive thing that came out of the Rover V8 is that they have upgraded it to focus on the things that are practical and are adored by the users beginners and pros alike, instead of focussing on packing on features that no one care about anymore. This thing has landed this Rover V8 hoverboard on our top 10 list of best self balancing scooters/hoverboards 2018.
GT Hover GTS Hoverboard – Best Hoverboard in the World
As the title says this hoverboard by GT Hover is hands down the best hoverboard in the world. This hoverboard is for the advanced user primarily but it can be used by the beginner level user as well. The thing we like about the GT Hover is that it is an all-rounder. You can customize it to your needs. This hoverboard’s main feature is the self balancing feature with it’s no fall technology that is pretty impressive.
We found the build quality on this hoverboard to be solid and very durable with aluminium used to give it’s protective guards. The UL2272 Certification gives it the safety you require on the hoverboard. There are very few hoverboards that we tested gave us nothing to be disappointed about and the GT Hover is among them. The motors on this hoverboard are very powerful which gives it enough power to go on steep inclines. The power of this hoverboard’s motors give it the top speed of faster hoverboards available in the market.
You can be at peace taking on any surface with this hoverboard as it is build to be water resistant and the wheels are solid aluminium that are both lightweight and strong. These things you need to take on bumpy and off-road surfaces. Now let’s get into the main features of the GT Hover and see what it has under it’s belt.
All in all we found this hoverboard the best there is and with every feature you can imagine with current technology. The only thing that can be found on the negative side for this hoverboard is the price tag but that is justified with the quality and features on board.
Last thing we found was that the self balancing technology on board the GT Hover needs refinement when it comes to extreme usage angles, sometimes the self balancing technology can go a step further saving you from falling and can end up scratching the body with the riding surface. Other than that you cannot ask for better hoverboard than GT Hover.
Megawheels Tw-01-1 Hoverboard – Best Selling Hoverboard
The self balancing hoverboard that we are going to review here is the choice of the masses, it’s the number one best seller hoverboard on Amazon, the Tw-01-1 by Megawheels. The hoverboard here in question caught our eye after so many people rated at amongst the best and we thought to try it out and find out what is this self balancing hoverboard has in store for us.
By the looks of it the Tw-01-1 is any ordinary hoverboard that is both convenient to use and not absurdly expensive. So if you are looking for a hoverboard that is under $200 this should be your pick everytime. Now the body and design of the Tw-01-1 is normal and basic, but the build quality is exceptional for it’s price tag. The Tw-01-1 is packed with a lot of features let’s get into them.
The Tw-01-1 is UL 2272 certified hoverboard which is the highest electrical safety standard currently. The power comes from two motors on board which are 350W each and the speeds of this hoverboard reach 8mph with a range of 13 miles. Now theses are pretty basic features that every normal hoverboard has now a days. Apart from the build quality we were not impressed till yet, but the things that impressed us with this hoverboard is the level of steep inclines it handled now on paper the makers have said that the hoverboard can easily take on 25 Degrees of incline easily now this is something your high-end hoverboards can’t do. And the second thing that impressed us is the weight capacity it can handle, 265lbs to be exact now this kind of endurance capacity you can’t find with this price tag. Other features include:
All in all the Tw-01-1 is a very good self balancing hoverboard with over 90% 5 Star ratings can’t lie. We found the build quality extremely durable and the features on board this are good value for your money. Tw-01-1 comes with a 1 year warranty and local maintenance service which you will not find provided by even the high end model manufacturers. The only thing we think that is lacking in this hoverboard is the “No Fall Technology”. If that was on the Tw-01-1 this machine would’ve been the perfect hoverboard.
The hoverboard in question today is solely reviewed for the people who are heavy in weight. Because we saw the problem that mostly all the hoverboards we came across did not cater to the needs of people who are either over weight or just have large frame and have a heavy body weight. We have found the solution to this problem by reviewing the best hoverboard for this kind of situation the SWAGTRON T6.
The T6 is not just a heavy duty hoverboard it is also one of the best off road hoverboard/self-balancing scooter you can find out there. How it fared in our review? Let’s find out.
The T6 is all terrain hoverboard capable of going on grassy plains, mountain roads and muddy tracks with no issue at all. The looks of the T6 are very rugged and the Aluminium & ABS Plastic body proves it being a very durable and strong hoverboard. The T6 is IPX4 rated water resistant so you don’t have to doubt it’s durability when going off road.
Onto the features, the 10” tires on the T6 are hard to miss. The tires are tubeless and nylon-infused which provide extra grip for off road situations. The T6 can easily go on a 30 degree incline. The UL2722 certification makes it very safe for it’s users and they can be sure about it’s electronic components that they won’t go bust on them.
The battery on the T6 takes about 2 to 3 hours to charge and will give you a range of 12miles on a full charge. The T6 can reach up to speeds of 12 mph. The best part and the reason of reviewing this hoverboard is the weight it can carry. It can carry weights of up to 400Lbs easily but the manufacturer recommends the weight limit of 300Lbs.
The T6 comes with Bluetooth speakers, turn signals and LED light for night time riding.
The performance review of the SWAGTRON T6 is that it performs very well in terms of riding experience but you do have to look out for certain things to make your riding experience the best one you had. Be sure to look out for low charge levels, once the battery drains the hoverboard just stalls then and there. The second thing to look out for is to adjust the tire pressures according to your weight otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy a smooth ride.
The thing we did not like about the T6 is the lack of scuff guards which can cause some scratches on the paint job.
All in all if you are looking for a hoverboard that can endure heavy weight there’s no better hoverboard/self balancing scooter than the Swagtron T6. Sure there is room for improvement but if you follow proper guideline you’ll not have any issue with it.
The Hoverboard we reviewed now is also one for the people with heavy weight and this hoverboard we thought will be a great addition for our readers. The hoverboard in question here is the one from Vecaro model DRIFT-X. It’s a very bold looking hoverboard and is labelled as all terrain hoverboard by the manufacturer. So the main thing here is how it fared in our review? Well let’s find out.
The tires of the DRIFT-X are meant for use on all surfaces including gravel and sand and they are sports tires and are 8.5” in size. The two riding modes on the DRIFT-X are very beneficial and help adapt all kind of riders adjust to it easily. It has an incline angle of 18 degrees which is very good and it is powered by 2 x 400W motors which can power this board to 10 to 15 miles per hour depending on the rider’s weight. It can easily endure up to 250lbs of body weight.
The range of DRIFT-X is about 11 miles or 2 hours of continuous use the 36V Lithium-ion Samsung Batteries charge up in about 2 ½ hours. The LED Lights on the DRIFT-X are a nice touch and it is splash resistant but not water resistant. It also has a Smart Phone App as well.
The performance of DRIFT-X is as good as claimed and that is great. The things that bothered us on the DRIFT-X are the features or the lack of it. Compared to other hoverboards in it’s class you are not getting much features on board it’s not even water resistant comparing it to Swagtron T6. The features department needs more refinement and addition. The price tag is also very high considering what you are getting in terms of features. The performance was great that’s why we rate it 7 out of 10.
The Technology Behind a Hoverboard?
Containing two wheels on each end with a board on top of the wheels is a Hoverboard. The board in the middle serves as a space for the user to stand on, while most people don’t know this but the board is split into two parts right between the middle.
The hoverboard is powered by rechargeable batteries and the person who is standing on the board is basically standing on equipped gyroscopic sensor pads which sense the foot pressure direction and moves the hoverboard accordingly.
Gyroscopic Sensors are:
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