Self-balancing electric scooter reviews
Electric hoverboards (or self-balancing scooters) first hit the market in 2013. Back then, most people were happy admiring the product from afar and technology enthusiasts were the only buyers. Like any new technology, the price was too high and knowledge of the product was too low.
Now, hoverboards are rivalling electric scooters as the new way to get around a city or suburban area.
They pass UL Safety Standards for personal mobility devices, and the self-balancing feature (first seen in the original Segway) has been developed and improved tremendously.
On top of this, a hoverboard’s range and speed have been increased, and the average price is much more reasonable.
Kids want them because they're fun to ride and adults want them because they are a clean and friendly way of getting around.
Too many hoverboards to choose from
The market is relatively saturated. There are hundreds of brands to cater to the huge demand. Which self-balancing scooter should you buy?
Now there's no best hoverboard for every person because 'best' is a relative term depending on what you want the hoverboard for. But we've narrowed our list down to the best 6 hoverboards in 2024.
Segway is a pioneer in the electric vehicles industry. It’s a brand that’s proven itself as reliable and trustworthy. The Segway Ninebot S leads the list because of its innovative design, robust materials used, and high-quality construction.
The aesthetically pleasing design packs serious power in the form of dual 800-watt motors. The hoverboard guarantees a smooth, comfortable ride even for those of us heavier riders. The board offers a maximum speed of 16 kph (10 mph) and an impressive mileage of 20 km (12.5 miles) on a single charge.
The Ninebot S comes with the unique Knee Control Bar. It's a little different than riding other hoverboards, but easy to learn how to ride. The bar also makes the board very portable when not in use.
Segway uses top-tier components and technology as indicated by its UL 2272 certification. The self-balancing scooter has cleared stringent electric and fire safety norms and tests.
It also comes with vibrant LED lights (front and back), an anti-theft alarm system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a mobile app.
- Robust design, elegant look, and portable
- Dedicated mobile app to check diagnostic data, control LED lights, anti-theft alarm, and more
- Large 26.67 cm (10.5”) pneumatic tyres provide high traction and deliver a smooth shock-free ride
Why do we like the Segway Ninebot S?
It's different but in the best way possible.
Segway has out-done the competition in terms of design, style, and practicality. The Ninebot S is truly built with the modern commuter in mind. That's what makes it our best self-balancing scooter.
Right on the heels of the Segway Ninebot S, the Hover-1 H1 is loaded with features and functions, at a reasonable price – a lot cheaper than the Ninebot S. The Hover-1 H1 is special because it comes with certain features not commonly seen in other hoverboards; not even in the Ninebot S.
It has everything you expect from a self-balancing scooter, plus some extra innovative, user-friendly features - including GPS, skill modes, and sensor calibration. Equally impressive is the maximum load capacity of 120 kg (264 lb), which is higher than most other boards.
The Hover-1 H1 is both beautiful and practical. The anti-slip 16.5 cm (6.5”) wheels with gyroscope sensors offer excellent control and balance. The board is also IPX4 water-resistant, which means the board is protected from light rain and splashing puddles.
The hoverboard is known for its impressive performance. The dual 250-watt motors produce enough power to smoothly carry loads up to 120 kg (264 lb). The battery offers a range of 19.3 km (12 miles) at a top speed of 16 kph (10 mph) – a standard range and speed in most hoverboards.
Added bonuses include Bluetooth speakers and customisable LED lights.
- Lightweight, durable, and portable
- Good Bluetooth speakers, mobile app, GPS tracking
- Water-resistant (IPX4 certified)
Why do we like the Hover-1 H1?
As an on-road self-balancing scooter, the H1 is very good. It's versatile in that it is suitable for all ages and sizes. Add to this the fact that it's fun, great for commuting, and reasonably priced, and you have a well-balanced hoverboard (excuse the pun).
TOMOLOO has a history in the electric scooter and hoverboard market. Our review covers their three self-balancing scooters for kids.
These boards each perform well. They share the fact that they're built with TOMOLOO's custom, patented technology. They differ in performance, with the Q3 X1 being on the lower end, the Q3 sitting in the middle, and the K1 being the grander, more pimped out one.
The boards' max speed ranges from 12 kph (7.5 mph) to 15 kph (9.3 mph), with a max distance between 7 km (4.3 miles) and 14 km (8.7 miles) on a single battery charge. So whether you're looking for you 8-year-old or you're 18-year-old, they have a hoverboard for you.
TOMOLOO hoverboards have UL 2271 and UL 2272 safety certifications and come with a 12-month warranty. As well as this they offer Bluetooth speakers and programmable LED lights, which can be timed to music.
- Unique TOMOLOO self-balancing technology
- Built-in Bluetooth speakers with decent sound quality
- Multi-coloured LED lights
- Safety certifications
Why do we like TOMOLOO Hoverboards?
TOMOLOO is a reliable brand with a wealth of experience in the market. We like that the company prioritises safety - making its products ideal for children. The Bluetooth speakers are decent for a hoverboard and the customisable LED lights add an element of personalisation not seen in many other hoverboards.
The SISIGAD hoverboard is a great beginner hoverboard as well as catering for the enthusiasts out there. It's a board that does the fundamentals well while adding a little extra.
The 300-watt dual motors are well supported by a 36 V/2.0Ah Lithium-ion Battery to give a max-range of 15 km (9.3 miles) and a top speed of 14.5 kph (9 mph). Sensors placed under the anti-slip footpads distribute the weight evenly. This allows the board to hold heavy loads – as high as 118 kg (260 lb) – yet deliver a smooth and comfortable ride. The battery takes around 3 hours to fully charge.
The SISIGAD Hoverboard has a standard price for a self-balancing scooter. This makes sense to us as it is pretty much the standard of what to expect from a hoverboard - and this isn't a bad thing! It's a combination of a good max speed, a high load limit, and a long battery life that makes it go the distance - pun intended :)
What extras can you expect?
UL2272 safety certification, Bluetooth connectivity and built-in speakers, LED lights.
- Modern design, available in different colours
- Great performance
- High load limit (118 kg / 260 lb)
- Standard price
Why do we like the SISIGAD?
SISIGAD focused its attention on what makes a hoverboard great. And the company got it right. If you're looking for you first hoverboard definitely consider the SISIGAD. It gives you everything you should have in a hoverboard, with a good safety rating, and a little extra bling.
The XPRIT hoverboard appeals to both beginners and experts alike. Why? Because it's simple, powerful, and fun to ride. Compared to other hoverboards on the market, it's also very reasonably priced - it delivers good bang for your buck!
It has a climb angle of 15 degrees, which is decent for a budget hoverboard. And its dual motors and fast charging battery can carry riders weighing up to 75 kg (165 lb), to a maximum distance of 9.6 km (6 miles), at a top speed of 9.6 kph (6 mph).
The board is light - 8.6 kg (19 lb) - and compact, making it easy to carry around. The streamline body is strong and sturdy, so it's made for surviving any bumps and even low-level drops. It's great for beginners as it's easy to control and manoeuvre. And the non-slip rubber wheels and anti-slip footpads add stability, a smooth ride, and safety.
The XPRIT is UL 2272 safety certified, it's available in various colours, has an in-built Bluetooth speaker (sound quality not great compared to other boards), and LED lights.
- Fast charging battery (2-3 hours)
- Vibrant LED lights
- Available in various colours
- UL 2272 certified
Why do we like the XPRIT?
It's made from high-quality materials, it's aesthetically pleasing, and it's good value for money. What's more, it's great for beginners and kids and the battery can fully charge in around 2 hours (faster than other hoverboards we've reviewed).
The Swagtron brand has been around since the humble beginnings of the self-balancing scooters known as hoverboards. So it's safe to say that Swagtron knows what it's doing.
Though it comes in at #6 on our list, it is not without its merits. It's a city commuting hoverboard that's speedy, stylish, and safe. And boasts a high rider weight limit of 100 kg (220 lb). So it's good for kids and can accommodate heavier riders than most other boards.
Other stand-out attributes include its impressive 30-degree climb angle and affordable price. As well as this, the hoverboard can be fully charged in 2 hours or less - which is as good as it gets for a hoverboard battery.
That battery will get you almost 18 km (11 miles) on a single charge at a top speed of 12.8 kph (8 mph).
We want extras!
Like many of our other scooters, the Swagtron Pro T1 hoverboard is UL 2272 safety certified. It's got lights to make riders stand out. It includes a learning mode for first-time riders. And it's available in various colour schemes.
- High weight limit - 100 kg (220 lb)
- Can climb 30-degree inclines
- Fully charge battery in 2 hours or less
- UL 2272 safety certified
Why do we like the Razor Electric Scooters?
The specs are good for an affordable hoverboard - the weight limit and 30-degree climb angle are particularly impressive. We consider the Pro T1 the standard hoverboard. It does the basics very well and doesn't have some of the added extras of other boards - like a Bluetooth app or built-in speakers.
Now that you've seen our list of the best 6 self-balancing scooters 2024, it's up to you to choose the one that suits your requirements.
Are you looking for a hoverboard for your kids or for commuting to work or school? Do you want the hoverboard that's the fastest or goes the furthest? Do you want to be able to blast music while you ride, or do you believe that silence is golden?
Whichever you choose, all 6 are great hoverboards that offer a fun, smooth and reliable riding experience. Happy riding!