Recently, a new form of transportation has been taking the world by storm: hoverboards. Many celebrities have been seen riding them, countless funny videos on Youtube have appeared, and more and more people are riding them in public. What gets everyone excited is how fun and cool they are to ride. Hoverboards are extremely intuitive, easy to use, and controlling them seems second nature after you get the hang of it. The riding experience is often described as a futuristic floating or gliding experience. People might say users are lazy, but a hoverboard beats walking any time. Of course everyone wants a board, but the sheer number of hoverboards for sale can boggle the mind. If you’re like me, you want to buy the best board without draining your bank account. As such, if you are browsing the market for a hoverboard, take a look below at my top 3 best hoverboards for sale.
Max Speed: 10 mph
Range: 20 Miles
Warranty: 1 Year
Main feature: Very easy to Control
Max Speed: 6.2 mph
Range: 12.5 Miles
Warranty: 1 Year
Main Feature: Powerful Motors and Design
Skque 10'' Hoverboard
Max Speed: 6.2 mph
Range: 15 Miles
Warranty: Ussually 30 days
Main Feature: Large Wheels
Max Speed: 6.2 mph
Range: 10 Miles
Warranty: 1 Year
Main Feature: Flashy
Max Speed: 6 mph
Range: ~10 Miles
Main Feature: Cheap
Swagway X1 Hands-free Smart Board
Though it is not the cheapest option, the Swagway is one of the best choices on the market today. It’s an affordable, fun way to move around quickly. It’s more stable than other hoverboards, so you’re less likely to fall off and hurt yourself. It has two sensitivity modes, beginner and normal, which makes learning to ride much easier. What’s more, the board’s stability will help you feel more comfortable at higher speeds than you would on other hoverboards for sale currently. It includes a UL-certified charger, a feature most hoverboards lack, and a Samsung battery, which reduces the likelihood of overheating. In terms of range, we found that the Swagway can travel a little over 7 miles per charge on a flat surface, though this is notably less than the advertised 20 miles per charge. Not only is the Swagway a solid product, but it also includes a one-year warranty and a responsive U.S.-based support team. This is a valuable service to have available, one that is a rarity among hoverboards to boot. Most do not have a one-year warranty; for the few that do, it is often nearly impossible to get ahold of them.
Best hoverboard for sale currently
Overall, the Swagway is one of, if not the best hoverboard for sale right now. It’s quick, easy to control, comes with a UL-certified charger, one-year warranty and a support team to back it up. If I were buying a hoverboard right now, this would be my number one choice.
SKQUE® 6.5″ SELF BALANCING SCOOTER – X1 HOVERBOARD WITH BLUETOOTH SPEAKER AND LED LIGHTS
One thing I like about Skque is that all their hoverboards have something special about them. The X1 hoverboard has a completely different design than anything else I’ve seen on the market so far. It’s slimmer and looks much more refined than the rest of the hoverboards on the market. Its curves flow nicely throughout the entire board and around the wheels which are fairly small. But as we all know, looks aren’t everything, so what’s inside? Like the outside, the inside got an upgrade too. Two 350W motors power this machine giving you 700W of power at your disposal. This means very quick acceleration up to 6.2 MPH. It also has an excellent LG or Samsung battery to power the board up to 12.5 miles before needing a charge. There are 3 variants of this hoverboard. As an added bonus, it has built-in Bluetooth speakers so you can listen to music while riding.
- New and Refined Design – Great to look at and show off
- Two powerful motors – Producing 700w combined power
- Bluetooth Speakers – The music travels with you
- 30-day return policy – If it doesn’t work get a full refund
- Powerful battery – LG/Samsung 42000mAh powering up to 12.5 miles of fun
SKQUE® 10″ SELF BALANCING SCOOTER – HOVERBOARD WITH BLUETOOTH SPEAKER AND LED LIGHTS
One glance at this hoverboard and you’ll notice it looks very different from the generic hoverboard you see everywhere. Probably most noticeable is how big the wheels are. Measuring in at 10 inches, the wheels on this hoverboard are heavy duty and can tackle much harder terrain than the standard hoverboard. That is what separates it from the rest of the crowd. Bigger wheels provide more cushion than their smaller counterparts and make it easier to go over cracks and rougher terrain. If you plan on using your hoverboard to commute or travel long distances, you need large wheels. The wheels aren’t the only features, though, the Skque 10” Self balancing board has a unique design on its body, Bluetooth speakers to play your jams on while riding, LED lights and a remote to turn the hoverboard on and off. This hoverboard is jammed full of features making it a premium hoverboard, it’s more expensive but its well worth it.
- 10” wheels – for a smoother ride
- Bluetooth Speakers – Enjoy your music while cruising
- Remote Control – Turn your hoverboard on and off from anywhere
- Cool designs – Patterns on board add uniqueness and viewing pleasure
- 2 250w motors – accelerate up to 6.2 MPH
SKQUE® 8″ SELF BALANCING SCOOTER – CHROME HOVERBOARD WITH BLUETOOTH SPEAKER AND SIDE LED LIGHTS
This is the ultimate flashy hoverboard out there. It comes in 7 colors, one of which is GOLD. It has a cool angular design which I think looks really good. On its sides, there are strips of LED lights which look especially cool in the dark. But that’s not all. It has Bluetooth speakers which allow you to blast music wherever you go. And as an added bonus, it comes with a remote so you can turn it on and off from anywhere and not have to bend down. There are two motors producing 500w of power which is able to reach 6.2 MPH. The battery can power the motors for up to 11-15 miles. This hoverboard is definitely the coolest looking and will attract the most attention to you, especially if you’re playing music.
- Cool angular Design – Nice to look at
- Colors – Available in GOLD, Rose gold, Blue, Hot pink, Red, Green, and Silver
- Bluetooth Speaker – Listen to your jams as you hoverboard
- Remote – Turn your hoverboard on and off from anywhere
- LEDs – Adds coolness
Generic Hoverboards – For those on a Budget
Generic Hoverboards are a great option if you are tight on cash or on a budget. They can run as low as $175 which is significantly cheaper than the other options on this list. Ascetically they look pretty generic (Surprise), there’s not going to be anything special about their design. Internally is the same. Many manufactures probably use cheaper components to get the price to where it is. This potentially means slower speeds and acceleration, less responsive controls, and less reliability. For some though this is the only hoverboard they can afford, and I completely understand that, so for the best buying experience, here are a few tips for buying a generic hoverboard.
- Buy from a seller with a good reputation/ good rating. Since generic hoverboards are so cheap, customer service is harder to come by, so finding a reputable seller is defiantly a good idea.
- Make sure they have a return policy. make sure that if your hoverboard doesn’t work, you can send it back for a full refund or a replacement.
- This is less necessary but if you have a choice, buy one from someone who ships from your country. Shipping from china can take a month or more depending on where you live.
The last thing you should know is thousands of people have bought generic hoverboards and haven’t had any problems. Chances are if you follow what I said above, you wont have any problems. But its good to know the risks when buying a product.
What to consider when buying a Hoverboard:
After seeing that most hoverboards for sale appear the same on the outside and generally operate the same, my goal for this review was to discover any differences that might exist between the boards, especially the expensive ones. After countless hours of wading though the Internet, I arrived at the same conclusion that many others have: there is no real benefit to buying a $1,000+ hoverboard rather than a $300-$500 model. The boards all generally work the same and the cheaper models are actually easier to control than the more expensive ones. Because of this, I recommend finding an inexpensive hoverboard between $300 to $500 with a good warranty and responsive customer service.
Do they hover?
Contrary to what their name may imply, hoverboards do not hover; this is just one of many names for these machines. If you want to own a hoverboard that actually does hover, they do exist, but their cost is significantly higher, to the tune of $20,000 or so more.
Riding a Hoverboard
Hoverboards are quite easy to control. All you have to do is lean slightly in the direction you wish to travel. If you want to turn left, just apply a little more pressure to your right foot, and if you want to turn right, just apply a little more pressure to your left. If you have ever been on a segway, you’ll find that the controls are roughly the same, just without the handle. Even if you haven’t ridden anything like a hoverboard, it usually only takes people a few quick tries to get the hang of it.
Where can you ride hoverboards?
Before you try riding your hoverboard in public, you should check your local laws. Some cities, such as New York, have banned the use of hoverboards on public streets, and many airlines no longer allow them on flights. Even if they are legal in your area, try to be mindful of your surroundings and take care not to become a hazard to yourself or others.
There have been multiple recent reports of hoverboards catching fire. From the reports I have read, these issues seem to happen mostly when the hoverboards are being charged. According to the New York Post, “The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched 10 active fire-related hoverboard probes across nine states.”
Unfortunately, it is difficult to properly assess the fire safety of hoverboards for sale right now. Even if some parts are UL-Certified, the entire product isn’t necessarily UL tested, so fire hazards can still exist. Cheap wiring can cause fires, which is why I recommend staying away from cheaper hoverboards made in China. Try to find a hoverboard that has, at minimum, a UL-Tested battery, a charger, good customer service and a warranty. These features don’t guarantee that nothing will break or potentially catch a flame, but they do reduce the likelihood, and you’ll have protection in the worst-case scenario.
To be safe, I recommend only charging your hoverboard for the amount of time listed in the manual, and to avoid overcharging the device. Don’t charge it overnight and always have someone close by to make sure nothing bad happens.
The most dangerous part of riding the board is getting on and off. When first starting out, I suggest climbing on and off near something you can use for steadying yourself, like a doorframe, or have a friend spot you until you’re ready to ride solo.
Most of the hoverboards for sale look almost identical on the outside. Inside, they are also quite similar, but can use different technologies. The Hovertrax, which is a more expensive model made by Razor, uses gyroscopes for steering and balance, while cheaper models use mechanical switches to achieve the same effect. In some ways, the mechanical switches are easier to use; hoverboards with gyroscopes require you to place the boards flat on the ground before turning them on (this is to calibrate the sensors). If at any point you lift the board up and place it back down, the sensors will not work and you’ll have to reset them. The simpler, mechanical switches don’t require any calibration, and can be picked up and placed down again without a problem. From what I can tell, there is no visible benefit to gyros over mechanical switches.
In the end, the Swagway, MonoRover R2 or the Powerboard are all excellent hoverboard for sale, and any of the three items should prove satisfactory to you as a user. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.