“Hoverboard” is the attractive new term that leaves one thinking of the 1980’s cult movie Back to the Future. The accurate description is a self-balancing scooter powered by large lithium-ion batteries.
The popularity of the hoverboard allows the rider to remain upright while being propelled forward, backward or to swivel around. The kids love it and even adults have found value in going to work on a hoverboard or improving their balance.
Hoverboards are fun, but safety first! This form of travel and entertainment has undergone dynamic engineering tweaks due to market trial and error — typical of any innovation.
Now quality safe hoverboards meet UL2272 standards. It would be safer to throw your money away than buy a hoverboard without the UL certification.
As with any electronic device, be informed so you are prepared to prevent, or at least minimize, damage to the hoverboard and more importantly, ensure your family’s safety.
All hoverboards we list here are UL2272 certified. Enjoy the ride!
Our Safest Hoverboard Brand Reviews and Comparisons
SWAGTRON leads our list of safe hoverboard brands due to their early attention to safety. They were the first boards to be certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). They were the first to ensure their design specifications met UL 2272 for fire protection and their products employ their proprietary SentryShield battery compartment protection system. Their board housings are also flame-resistant.
In addition, they are aware of the needs of first-time users and have learning modes with speed limiters programmed into the board. SWAGTRON boards also have a Safe Stop system that automatically reduces speed to prevent abrupt stops. The company offers 13 different boards across a price range from $200 to $400, all with a variety of features but all with an emphasis on safety. Our choice for the best mix of features in their line is the SWAGTRON T1.
Durable and keeps on tickin’. Most users are impressed by the strength, durability, and build-quality of the T1. With a lighter user (a kid) riding it, a full charge can last about 90 minutes. Compared with other boards, that’s excellent. Users find the LED headlights to be a fun feature and for those not-so-graceful moments, the rubber bumpers a real blessing.
Reviews by some users have reported inconsistent quality control, with buyers receiving defective products that were exchanged. To the credit of SWAGTRON, they were prompt in addressing customer service issues. Users have reported problems with the gear stabilizer system, resulting in odd vibrations at certain speeds, lack of self-stabilization, and drift requiring recalibration of the board.
Segway has been in the personal transportation market since 1999 and has been an innovator in safety features for their products. Since they entered the market early, there has been adequate time for a variety of safety studies to be performed on their products.
Segway personal transporters have been evaluated by the US Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration, Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec, the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (Canada), and the German Federal Board for Road Traffic.
Segway hoverboards feature a knee control bar for better steering control. The battery compartment and motor meet standards for fire and electrical safety. Among the products in the Segway hoverboard line, we favor the Segway miniPRO (a.k.a. Ninebot).
The Ninebot has a tutorial mode for new users that syncs to a Bluetooth phone. The available Segway app also allows users to customize the LED light display on the board. The board handles slopes and inclines well, in addition to mud and puddles. The self-balancing system will beep to alert users if they are leaning too far forward or backward to prevent falls.
Some build quality issues have been reported by users with faults in the motherboard. Occasional reports of dead battery cells that will not charge out of the box.
Razor first introduced hoverboards with their Hovertrax model a few years ago, which gained a lukewarm reception. This model was replaced by several markedly improved versions, such as the Hovertrax 1.5 and 2.0. Newer models meet specifications for fire and electrical safety. Also, Razor employs a proprietary self-balancing system which active even while the board is not in use.
Sturdy and durable, most users are impressed with the build quality. It is noted to be very heavy and stable. Also, the board is very quiet.
Training mode is not reported as very helpful by some users. Some users report battery and charger problems in new units.
4. Halo Board
Halo Board has been making hoverboards since 2005. Their latest product, the Halo Rover, emphasizes off-road capability. This is what they are primarily known for in the hoverboarding community.
Their boards feature an aluminum frame for shock durability, meet both UL2272 and UL2271 certification, and are also IPX4 (IEC standard 60529)-rated for being water-resistant. This means they can be used in light rain and can traverse puddles.
Robust, oversized tires for off-road use. Good battery life and range. User-responsive maneuverability.
The board is expensive ($500), however, it will take you places other boards will not.
EPIKGO is a Silicon Valley-based company that seeks to produce hoverboards that are multi-environment adaptable. Many of their boards are focused on off-road use and the company has sought to build products that are durable and water-resistant.
The chassis’ are made of aluminum alloy, the wheels are steel, and the batteries are military spec. EPIKGO boards feature Intelligent Protection battery technology to prevent bad things from happening. Also, the boards feature speed limiters to prevent users from taking a spill on rough terrain. We feature here the EPIKGO Classic.
Headlights and turn signals. Yes, turn signals which indicate to others traveling along which way a rider will turn based on their body movements. Oversized tires for rough terrain and able to take an 18° slope. These rugged off-road boards are IP56 certified for water and dust resistance.
The self-balancing response can be slow and throw novice users. Some customer report the boards breaking in half from casual use.
We feel the best all-around board is the SWAGTRON T1, however, if you desire some off-road fun, the Halo Rover is our pick.