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The 6 Best Hoverboards of 2021

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The RundownBest Overall:EPIKGO All-Terrain Scooter at Amazon"The battery is not only safe, but gives the hoverboard enough power to travel up to 10 miles on a single charge."Best for Speed:EPIKGO Sport at Amazon"Smoother, shallow treads that give you better, more precise responses to turns and quicker acceleration."Best for Kids:Tomoloo Bluetooth Hoverboard at Amazon"On a full charge, this hoverboard can give your child up to four hours of riding time."Best All-Terrain:Gyroor Warrior Hoverboard at Amazon"The battery can reach a full charge in as little as 90 minutes, and on a full charge, you can travel up to 9.5 miles!"Best Swappable Battery:Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard at AmazonBest Budget:Xprit Xprit Hoverboard at Amazon

Finding the best hoverboards on the market can be challenging. Hoverboards are self-balancing platforms that run on two wheels.  They're a great alternative to electric scooters because they are smaller, more portable, and more maneuverable. Their utility has never been in doubt. On a hoverboard, you can zip along to your destination as a commuter, but have a lot of fun doing it.  They're quite maneuverable and easy to control, once you get the hang of them. Plus, you're never more than a few inches off the ground, so even if you lose your balance, you won't have a long way to fall. We still recommend helmets and safety gear, though. 

When hoverboards first hit the scenes, many of them were fraught with battery issues. That's a nice way of saying that they caught fire. Fortunately, that was a long time ago, and since then safety standards have been put into place to make hoverboards as safe as possible. Specifically, UL2272 certification ensures the hoverboards are safe from the faults of earlier models. Every hoverboard in our list meets that certification.

Hoverboards seem so similar to each other, it can be hard to tell what is what out there. There are several options and price points to consider. We've taken a look at the field and chosen six great examples to show you. 

Best Overall:EPIKGO All-Terrain Scooter

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

1 hour/10 miles of range on a single charge

High max weight limit

2 hours to full charge

What We Don't Like

Needs more protection for the wheels

Heavy

If you want to go anywhere with your hoverboard, the EPIKGO all-terrain scooter is your first choice. This thing just has raw power, and a single charge will last you up to an hour or up to 10 miles. The board can go up hills as steep as 18 degrees and has all-terrain tires and wheels. Add in IP65 waterproof certification, and this board can stand up to just about anything you can throw at it.

The board can carry a maximum weight of 240 pounds, but that durability comes at a cost of weight: this thick hoverboard checks in at over 31 pounds. Also, given its all-terrain nature, we'd really like to see a bit more protection surrounding the wheels; they are quite exposed.

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Best for Speed:EPIKGO Sport

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2 hour quick recharge

Smoother tires for better handling and acceleration

What We Don't Like

Heavy

Like it's sibling above, the EPIKGO Sport is a durable champion of all terrains. But, where it differs is in the design of its tires. These tires are designed more like racing tires, which allow for maximum speed and maneuverability. The smoother tires with shallower grooves allow for more road handling and acceleration due to higher surface area. Otherwise, much of the build is the same with 400W dual motors, IP56 waterproofing, and two-hour fast charging.

This hoverboard is made of the same aluminum alloy as its more rugged sibling; the tires are the main change here. It's really incredible to see an electric device with this many moving parts carrying a waterproof IP rating. If you're planning on staying on the roads, this is a better option than the all-terrain option. But if you plan to go off-roading, the smooth tires will do you no favors.

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Best for Kids:Tomoloo Bluetooth Hoverboard

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Lower price

Bluetooth connectivity

What We Don't Like

Takes a long time to charge

Cheaper build materials

While our description says"best for kids,"we need to caution you out front by saying that most hoverboards are intended for people 13 and up. Hoverboards take a lot of balance, agility, and sound decision-making skills to pilot successfully. That being said, if your little one is ready for a hoverboard, this is a good one to start with. It has all the bells and whistles that a hoverboard needs—Bluetooth connectivity and bright lights, which are just as important for safety as decoration.

The board is on the lighter side at 17 pounds. That's due mainly to the plastic build materials, which also contribute to the lower cost. TOMOLOO also included an advanced mainboard program for added stability. Add to that UL2272 certification, and this is one of the safer hoverboards you can buy.

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Best All-Terrain:Gyroor Warrior Hoverboard

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Impressive climbing ability

700W motors

What We Don't Like

Range is limited

Our best all-terrain entry earns the honor quite well. The Gyroor Warrior hoverboard is every bit the warrior and suited to tackle any environment. An all-aluminum-and-metal frame and 8.5-inch wheels driven by 700W motors gives this hoverboard the ability to power up 30-degree inclines with ease. It's even water resistant with an IP54 rating, can support a max weight of 265 pounds, and has a built-in Bluetooth speaker. 

All that toughness takes a toll, as this hoverboard weighs in at 33 pounds, which means you may not want to tote it around in the included bag. More powerful motors and a heavy frame take the max range of this board down to 7.5-9.5 miles, with a top speed of just under 10 mph. It takes 90-120 minutes to fully charge, which isn't bad, but this board should only be considered if you're really thinking about off-roading, or you live in a hilly area like San Francisco. Otherwise, there are better options out there.

Best Swappable Battery:Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard

Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartBuy on Dick'sWhat We Like

Swappable battery (sold separately)

Sold for ages 8 and up

What We Don't Like

The replacement battery is expensive.

Tops out at 7 mph

Razor is one of the top names in electric scooters, so its appearance on this list was inevitable. The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 has a great feature that is underrated in this field—a swappable battery. The battery pack on this board is self-contained and can be switched out with a replacement battery, which is admittedly expensive. But the idea of running out of power and getting back on the road in seconds rather than hours is very appealing and great for commuters. Keep a spare battery and charger at work and just switch them out to get you home. Recharge overnight, rinse, and repeat!

Add to that this board is designed for children as young as 8 years old.  There's a training mode and a normal mode, so new riders can learn how to control the board before opening it up.  Even so, this board has a max speed of just 7 miles per hour, which is on the slower side, but the 300W motors are designed for a quiet ride, which can be just as important as speed.

Best Budget:Xprit Hoverboard

Buy on AmazonBuy on Xpritinc.comWhat We Like

Low price

Variety of colors

Bluetooth speaker

What We Don't Like

Top speed of 6 mph

Slow to charge

Our final entry on this list is your quintessential"knockabout hoverboard,"which is to say it's the cheapest on the list. It also means if anything happens to it, you won't really care. This really is a great starter model, because it has all the bells and whistles you'd expect in higher end units like a Bluetooth speaker, light-up wheels, and a decent run time of up to 75 minutes on a charge.

Speaking of charging, this hoverboard is slow to charge, taking up to three hours to top off. Slow is a sort of theme here because this hoverboard also tops out at 6 mph.  All that being said, this could be a good board to learn on before dropping $300-$500 on a more rugged unit. Plus, unlike a lot of boards, this one comes in six different color schemes, so it's great for anyone's taste.

Final Verdict

Overall we have to give our nod to the EPIKGO All-Terrain Scooter. It's durable and can take a pounding, plus it's rated to go pretty much anywhere. Four-hundred watt motors are no joke; they're very powerful. The tires are ready for any kind of terrain, so it's one of the more versatile on the list. Most importantly, this board is UL2272 certified, as is every other board on the list, but that's a must-have when it comes to a top recommendation. It even has a Bluetooth speaker on board. Basically, it's ready for anything.

If you want more of a beginner model, the Xprit hoverboard is a good alternative. It's smaller, lighter, and less powerful, but it's also one third the price, and good for beginners. It's not going to get away from you while you take your first hoverboard trips out of the house. Down the line, once you've gotten the hang of it, the EPIKGO will be waiting for you.

About our Trusted Experts

Adam S. Doud has been working in the mobile technology space for 10 years. A side passion of his is personal mobility and"last mile"commuting. Bikes, scooters, hoverboards, and more all fall under his area of interest.

What to Look for in a Hoverboard

Safety: There are a whole host of hoverboards out there, and not all boards are created equal. First and foremost, a hoverboard needs to have a UL 2272 certification for safety. Specifically, UL 2272 covers electrical and fire-safety certifications. Hoverboards didn't get the best start when it comes to fire safety, so this certification is a must-have.

Battery Life/Range: Hoverboards are a form of personal transportation, and like other forms of transport, they're only as useful as far as they can get you. Recharge times are also important, but if transportation can't get you from A to B, then its use is very limited. Swappable batteries are huge here.

Bluetooth speakers: While you're on the go, it's nice to be able to listen to some tunes. But, since you're on the road, it's important to stay aware of your surroundings. Headphones don't allow you to hear what's around you. A Bluetooth speaker allows you to have audio entertainment and environmental awareness.