A Look at the Top Hoverboards in 2016

We've ranked and reviewed the best hoverboards (also known as self balancing scooters) of 2016. Our top ranking factors include: safety, quality, brand, speed, battery life, price, durability and features. Using these factors, we've compiled a list of the top 5 self balancing scooters.

Top 5 Hoverboards | Hoverboard Comparison Table

Top Speed

Wheel Size

Charge time

Battery Life

Weight

Weight Capacity

UL 2272 Certified

Rating

Swagtron

8 mph

7 inch

2 hours

12 miles

22  lbs

220 lbs

Yes

EPIKGO

10 mph

8.5 inch

1-2 hours

10-12 miles

26 lbs

260 lbs

Yes

Powerboard

10 mph

7 inch

60 minutes

12-18 miles

25 lbs

260 lbs

Yes

Hoverzon

XLS

8 mph

7 inch

2 hours

8-12 miles

28 lbs

220 lbs

Yes

8.5/10

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Hovertrax 2.0

8 mph

7 inch

60 minutes

12 miles

25 lbs

220 lbs

Yes

8.4/10

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Safety

With past linked to the lithium ion batteries used in the first generation of hoverboards, safety has become the most important factor in our ranking system. Our top ranked hoverboards are UL 2272 certified. This is a rigorous standard for electrical and battery safety that is recommended by the Consumer Protection Safety Committee. Hoverboards that have achieved this level of certification are not considered to be at risk of fire hazard. Major retailors exclusively carry hoverboards with UL 2272 certification.

Quality

We look for hoverboards produced in the US and made from high quality materials. There are a large number of knock-off hoverboards produced in China. The best way to ensure that you are purchasing a high quality hoverboard is to go through a major retailor like Amazon.

Brand

The above brands are all trusted brands with a proven track record, they all manufacture their hoverboards in the US. The top brands generally have a reliable, 1 year warranty on their self balancing scooters.

Speed

We all buy hoverboards to have fun, and sometimes that means going fast. Our favorite hoverboards have top speeds between 6 and 12 mph.

Battery Life

The battery life of a hoverboard is important, you want to have plenty of cruising time between charges. The average battery life of the best hoverboards on the market is about 12 miles. We don't recommend using a hoverboard for longer than the posted battery life.

Durability

Some of the cheaper hoverboard brands will not hold up in the elements. Our top hoverboards are made of sturdy materials and are more resistant to scratches than the low quality boards. A hoverboard should be built to last, and we only recommend those that have been tested for durability

Price

Of the top 5 hoverboards that we recommend above, the average price is about $400. Other low quality hoverboards do not sell at much of a discount from this price, so we always recommend spending the extra few bucks.

Features

It shouldn't surprise you that the best hoverboards also have the coolest features. Some awesome features that you'll see on our top ranked hoverboards include blue tooth connnectivity, smart battery management systems, battery armor and multiple rider modes adjustable per skill level.