Yes, we know that so called “hoverboards” don’t really hover. We should get that out of the way first. They stay firmly on the ground, but it can feel like you are hovering when you ride one.
If you’re interested in these non-hovering, self-balancing vehicles and need some help with which ones are the best, we recently did the research for you. We’re going to clue you into what we, Gadget Review, think are the top 3 hoverboards of 2018. Let’s jump right in.
The #1 Hoverboard: Swagtron T1
- 1 hour charging
- 8 MPH top speed
- Range of 7-12 miles
- No Bluetooth or GPS
- No app
- Disappointing build quality
The Swagtron T1 takes top honors thanks to quick 1 hour charging, an 8 MPH top speed and a range of 7-12 miles. The 3-hour battery life will give you plenty of runtime. It also comes with 2 learning modes for new riders. These are the features you want in a hoverboard and it gives you the most bang for your buck.
Our #2 pick: Epikgo Self-Balancing Hoverboard
- Large 8.5″ tires
- Under 2 hour charge time
- 10 MPH maximum speed
- Not a good choice for new riders
- Price is higher
The Epikgo Self-Balancing Hoverboard is an All-Terrain hoverboard with large 8.5” tires, under 2 hour charge time, 400W dual hub motors, 1P56 certification, and a maximum speed of 10 MPH. It ranks high both on and off-road. We love the quick charging and excellent range on this model. It is a solid ride over any terrain and is durable. It’s priced higher, but worth it.
Our # 3 pick: Halo Rover
- 800W motor
- Bluetooth speakers
- 265 lb load capacity
- Heavy at 32 lbs
- Expensive compared to other hoverboards
The Halo Rover is a bit more expensive, but you get a lot of features for the price. It packs in a powerful 800W motor, has large 8.5″ tires to handle all-terrain, LED headlights, water resistance and more. It will climb inclines up to 20 degrees as well. This is a solid choice for experienced hoverboard riders even if it is a bit heavy.
Hoverboard FireSafety Standards Keep You Safe
Our top 3 hoverboard picks all feature UL 2272 certification, which means that you can count on them not being a fire hazard. Several years ago some hoverboards had problems where their batteries could catch on fire, but today’s hoverboards are safe. Just be sure that your hoverboard is UL 2272 certified.
Ride Safely and Wear Your Protective Gear
Always be safe when riding your hoverboard. It’s a good idea to wear a helmet and knee and elbow pads. You’ll also want to stay focused and keep your eyes on the road ahead at all times. Even though most of these vehicles only go about 10 to 12 mph, that’s still enough to hurt you if you take a spill. Always be mindful of safety.