Each year we see one or two popular products that are destined for the top seller list, like that must-have bike, gaming console or electric scooter, but recently, we’ve seen a new type of product take the industry by storm, and while a little on the pricey side, they offer hours of entertainment, a fun mode of transportation and just a cool way to cruise the neighborhood.
There are many hoverboards (or self-balancing scooters) on the market right now and it can actually be incredibly hard to pick between them, as they all boast similar features and even similar pricing. So how do you pick the best hoverboards for kids without completely breaking the bank? Sometimes a higher price tag can mean extra features or a small design upgrade. We have broken it down to see which models are actually worth it and which ones you can live without.
If you have been living under a rock, then you may not have noticed that these boards have been sweeping the streets lately with both celebrities and non-celebrities alike.
Celebs such as Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber have been caught riding them, so it comes as no surprise that many fans are dying to get their hands on one of these boards.
After all, the power of celeb influence is still very much alive! But the idea of riding a board (that looks like it’s riding nearly 2 inches off the ground), makes you feel and look so much cooler than just walking! Welcome to the 21st century.
So what is a hoverboard you ask? Imagine a segway, but remove the balance handle and picture just the base. It takes some time getting used to the technology, but once your balance is set you can ride them around 8-20 miles per hour depending on the model. They are typically a lightweight and intelligent piece of technology that will have you questioning why people even walk anymore. To learn more about the very nature of hoverboards, check out our dedicated article on the topic.
If you’re interested in getting an in-depth look at what makes these boards tick, check out our specially chosen top 3 models and their reviews below. First, we will start with a small comparison chart between them.
EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter Hover Self-Balance Board Review
Just looking at the EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter you can clearly see it is in a class of its own, metaphorically of course. It is larger, more powerful, sturdier and a lot safer than the other hoverboards on the market.
Pro Tip: This beast of a hover board is perfect for the outdoors and can handle much more than the typical self balancing electric scooter. It’s UL 2271 certified which means it’s been tested and retested to ensure safety, the board itself and the LB battery they use to power the board has undergone the same tests as well, that puts our minds at ease.
What we love about this hoverboard is it’s amazingly huge 8.5 inch wheels that it’s equipped with, making outdoor trails a lot easier to maneuver through. It also comes with 400W dual motors, which is two times more powerful than other leading competitors in this market.
It’s also a whopping 30% larger than other on the market and can travel up to 18-degree slopes. What we love is this technology is also IP56 waterproof certified, which means no worries if you splashing around in ponds!
What truly makes this the perfect looking hover board is it has multiple sets of bright lights.
There is one set that is fixed to the front of the hover board, making it perfect for night rides so you can always see what is in front of you. There is also another set of lights on the back of the hover board that act as a turning signal for the people/cars/bicycles/etc. behind you.
If you don’t like to be constrained to just using the sidewalk when riding outdoors, then this is the hover board for you. The look of this self balancing electric scooter is completely out of this world, especially considering all the other hover boards on the market look painfully similar to one another.
This board has no problem riding through mud, or rain puddles and even grass (to some extent). The quality of the performance on this hoverboard for kids is unmistakable.
If you are looking for a quality hover board made with durable parts that is both safe and tough when it needs to be, we have found the one right for you.
Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter Review
Pro Tip: Razor, a well known company (of over 16 years) better known as the makers of Razor Scooters, have produced one of the most highest selling hover boards on the market.
Razor has dominated the scooter market for years and that is thanks to their high quality materials and manufacturing processes as well as standing out in the test of time. Recently there have been many issues going on in the hover board industry.
The Hovertrax 2.0 by Razor is one of very few hover board companies out there that is UL (Underwriters Lab) 2272 certified. What does this mean exactly? It means the product was run through a long line of tests and has passed the incredibly strict safety standards. Because the Razor brand has been in business for quite some time now, we aren’t surprised when they’d gone above and beyond to ensure safety was embedded in the lining of this board. Only a few hover board brands go this far to ensure safety- we’re glad a brand so well known has their priorities straight!
Because the Razor brand has been in business for quite some time now, we aren’t surprised when they’d gone above and beyond to ensure safety was embedded in the lining of this board. Only a few hover board brands go this far to ensure safety- we’re glad a brand so well known has their priorities straight!
This hoverboard for kids has been named the world’s smartest hoverboard, by the brand name themselves.
And while this is a wild claim, we’ve got great facts to back up this statement. We do LOVE the safety vibration feature, which essentially means it will start to vibrate if you’ve stepped on it incorrectly or you are going down a hill too steep for it to handle. It also features LED lights at the front of the electric scooter which are always a welcomed feature.
Basically it means, get off and try again before you hurt yourself! Talk about a smart, high-tech, piece of equipment. Unfortunately, many reviewers thought this feature meant the board was “shaking” and thought it was a malfunction in the board, this is not the case!
Many accidents occur because of poor balance, this is something the Razor brand is trying to adjust, another point for safety! In summary, this may not be the fastest board on the market, however it’s a great and safe buy for kids!
SWAGTRON T1 Electric Self-Balancing Scooter
Pro Tip: The Swagtron T1 uses the Sentry Shield battery, which is a Lithium-Ion battery, which is mad with high quality materials, just by using this sort of battery, makes this hoverboard a little bit safer than others on the market currently.
And to add a cherry on top, the Swagway brand has encased that same battery in an aluminum casing that basically ensures the safety of the person using the board and everyone one and everything around them.
Meaning, even if the battery gets over charged or it fails in any way, it will not catch fire. This is an amazing feature and provides consumers the peace of mind they so desperately need in a market that is so prone to failed batteries that, catch fire, a ridiculous safety hazard!
Swagtron T1 has some of the best responsiveness we have ever tested. The turning and top speed makes it feel like you are riding pure quality piece of technology, and it is- it rides like a dream!
In order to actually hurt this hover board would be an actual talent. It is built like a race horse. The ABS casing is one of the most durable we’ve ever seen and tested, made with high quality material- making it nearly impossible to hurt.
This board also boosts a Safe Stop technology that essentially keeps you safe when the battery dies unexpectedly, you find yourself abruptly stopping and falling off, which happens more often than not.
We cannot recommend the Swagway’s Swagtron T1 enough! The safety aspect of this hoverboard for kids truly makes it a top contender in our books. Swagway has created a hover board that is made so well, this is how all other hover boards should model after. It is extraordinarily durable and looks sleek and modern. Just be sure to keep the ride away from large bumps that could potentially scratch the underside of the board and damage it. In summary, it’s a great board at a great price and is very safe and well-produced. We love this company and we cannot wait to see what other models they will launch soon as well!
Hoverboards Buying Guide
Quick Tip: To start, these babies run on batteries, meaning there is no need to fill up a gas tank. Simply plug your board into its charger and you will have a hoverboard that will take you anywhere you want to go.
In the past, older models had issues with the batteries failing to keep a charge. Consumers noticed that over a period of two or three months, the scooter’s average mileage capability was cut by almost half. But that wasn’t the main problem.
In the past, these batteries had a reputation for exploding, causing the scooters to catch on fire once the batteries become overcharged.
Fortunately, manufacturers came up with a solution. Brands have taken the initiative and are now producing UL certified models which have been tested and retested many times to ensure no battery will ever end up in flames again.
The Basics of Riding a Hoverboard
Aside from mileage capabilities, you’re probably wondering how easy or difficult these boards truly are to ride.
It seems simple when you watch someone on a hoverboard, but there is a slight learning curve in the beginning. You’ll need to learn how to balance properly, no one gets it on the first try.
When you stand on it, you’ll simply lean forward when you want to accelerate and lean backward if you want to slow down or are getting ready to stop. If you want to turn right, simply apply a bit more pressure on your right pedal and if you want to go left, repeat this step but with your left pedal. Sounds easy right?
We love how lightweight these hoverboards typically are, which makes it easy to stop and pick them up and carry them around without any problem.
Before you head out and during use, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the battery level every, which can vary depending on terrain type and even wind resistance.
These boards are incredibly eco-friendly and are perfect for urban living. Sick of taking the bus to go a few miles away? Take your hoverboard.
We’ve taken the liberty of reviewing some of the top hoverboards on the market, narrowing it down to the top three models. We’ve kept the basics the same, meaning, they’re all UL 2272 certified. What does that mean exactly?
It means that each board has undergone testing to ensure that they are 100% safe and will NOT catch fire, each platform is stable, and the battery will not weaken over time.
With the popularity of these hoverboards continuing to rise, manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to create and produce more affordable options that offer the same type of quality, speed, and precision that the higher priced models do, just without all the bells and whistles. Instead, you’ll enjoy a board that can easily fly over the pavement, at moderate speeds, reliably.
So how can you easily narrow down your choices, weeding out the good from the bad, and the reliable from the undependable?
To help you make the best decision possible, we’ve compiled feedback from consumers and written in-depth reviews of our top contenders, in hopes that this information will help you find the model that best fits your needs.
Are Hoverboards Kid Friendly?
This is a common question most parents have, especially considering a hoverboard is probably at the top of any kid’s wish list.
But this will vary from child to child. If you’re buying a board for a younger child, let’s say under nine years or under, check out models that have a detachable handle.
Or search for a model that has a lower max speed, around five miles per hour. Models that are equipped with larger tires will also be much easier to maneuver.
Be sure to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommended age, which is usually around ten and up. Even when a child is at the recommended age, we still advise total supervision during use.
Fixing most models isn’t that hard either, so if your kids break something it won’t be that much of a hassle to repair.