WINNER: HALO ROVER
BEST HOVERBOARDS | 2017
1ST PLACE / Halo Rover
The Halo Rover is an absolute beast that is taking the hoverboard community by storm. First off, it is enclosed with a certified LG battery. Its 8.5 inch rugged non-inflatable tires are able to take on any terrain with ease and it's easily the safest board to own. It is fully UL 2272 certified which, means no fire or issues with the board. The reviews from customers have been very positive. It includes an APP and Bluetooth. What more can we say? We have all fallen in love with the Halo Rover.
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THE BOTTOM LINE
If you are looking for the safest and most reliable hoverboard, it is the Halo Rover. The Halo Rover, like all their products, comes with a 12 month warranty. It is fully UL 2272 certified and is the most durable of the bunch. Through our battery of tests on the board, we have concluded that this is the best quality board to be made to date and thus takes the Best Hoverboard spot at #1.
2ND PLACE / Halo GO
The Halo GO has made a name for itself as one of the most reliable and safest hoverboards on the market. It is fully UL2272 safety certified and has gone through a 156 point inspection test. They are enclosed with certified LG batteries in their hoverboards, and it includes a 12 month warranty. Halo GO has hauled in the best reviews online and that can be attributed to their stellar customer service and satisfaction. The Halo GO is one of the few hoverboards today that include bluetooth, allowing you to blast music to your board. Their sleek chrome designs and rubber protective padding are a major plus that makes the Halo GO a safe buy.
The only ding to the Halo GO is that it doesn't include an APP like the Halo Rover does.
THE BOTTOM LINE
They may be priced slightly higher than some models out there, but these are quality products, and one of the best hoverboards on the market. With a 10 mile ride range and one hour charge time, you’ll never have to worry about having too much down time between rides. Through our hands-on inspection, we found that every single Halo GO out there was made with quality parts and LG batteries. This could be the reason we have never heard of a Halo GO having any major issues and consumers are enchanted with the board. We have to agree with customers on this as we have ranked the Halo GO at #2 on our Best Hoverboard list.
3RD PLACE / Segway
Segway has a great reputation for its customer service and creating quality products. This Segway in particular is smooth and built to last.
Its biggest knock is that it's not enclosed with an LG Battery and instead has a standard Chinese battery.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Is it great quality? Yes, but that quality doesn’t come with an assurance of having a warranty just in case you have concerns with the product. Although it may be one of the most popular boards, it will never best the #1 hoverboard due to not being enclosed with LG battery cells.
4TH PLACE / Swagtron T6
The Swagtron T6 hoverboard is an up and coming UL 2272 certified self-balancing scooter that is now available on Amazon. It comes in three colors and sports all terrain tires.
While we like the styling and overall quality of the Swagtron, it's still the new kid on the block and hasn't been tested for its durability over time. We will withhold judgement until more reviews come in.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The T6 from Swagtron is a decent hoverboard for its listed price however due to its mediocre design and Chinese battery it ranks as #4 in our list. There still aren't too many verified reviews for this hoverboard so it hasn't established itself yet, and we couldn't rate it higher than the tried and true brands. If you are looking to buy a new hoverboard and don't want to break the bank, the Swagtron is a decent choice.
5TH PLACE / Razor
Although being hit with a recall with their original Hovertrax hoverboards, Razor bounced back with their new UL certified Hovertrax 2.0 boards that come with EverBalance technology. They do have a unique style and look to them, which some prefer over the classic style of hoverboards.
Razor has been in the scooter business for years, but they had a bit of trouble with the big hoverboard recall that occurred last year, getting hit hard with their hoverboard offerings. They’ve built themselves back up with their new Hovertrax 2.0, and although its style is different, it’s also a bit polarizing, as many consumers just don’t like the look of it. The battery life isn’t the greatest either, coming in at just an hour.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Razor’s Hovertrax 2.0 is a great product that is powered by LG batteries and will get you a decent hour of ride time. It’s not as impressive as the 1.5+ hour ride times of our higher ranked boards, but it still competes well. If you can get around the strange design choices they went with, and the blemish on the company’s name with their recall, it is still a good hoverboard to buy.
What to Look for When Buying a Hoverboard
When it comes to searching for the right hoverboard, start with the battery. Most of the lower end hoverboards are enclosed with cheap knock-off batteries that fail to operate the board properly. We at Best Reviews Online recommend searching for a hoverboard that has certified LG batteries. These batteries contain cells that contact heat and won't allow the battery pack to overheat at high temperatures. A few reputable hoverboard companies were judicious and spent extra dollars by building with quality LG batteries.
Battery Cells and Quality
As consumers, our aim is to determine what peculiarities exist between models and brands that appear to be largely identical on the surface and sometimes sell at vastly different prices. Thus, quality of hoverboards should be on the list. The search for hoverboards has become a difficult discovery in that it’s impossible to know exactly who is making what, which brands are in copycat mode, and who is telling the truth. However, our recommendation is to first start with a company that has certified LG batteries. They uphold UL certification standards and the extra battery seals protect the cells from any fire due to battery failure.
We recommend purchasing a hoverboard from a company that doesn't shy away from providing a warranty. A six month warranty should be in play at the minimum, to ensure you can still have technical assistance even months after your purchase. When looking to buy a hoverboard, make sure the warranty does cover most technical issues that might arise.