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HOVERBOARDS ARE one of the most fun tech gadgets to own. They offer joyous cruising outside in the front driveway, on the sidewalk of a neighborhood, at a park, or, if you're a cool parent, inside the home. There's, of course, a small learning curve when figuring out how to ride a hoverboard—especially when it comes to learning as an adult. But once you discover how to gently lean your body to create motion, the world becomes your playground.
During the past few years of hoverboards existing on the market, tons of competitors have popped up in the space. There are dupes, as well as way-too-expensive riders that might trick you into thinking you're getting something better because you're paying more. Steer clear of those models. The growing space has also created slight hoverboard variations to the original design. Some brands are making hoverboards with a single-wheel design, while others are expanding on traditional designs to make their hoverboards more adult-friendly.
If you aren't sure where to look, don't fret. We've pulled together the best hoverboards for kids and adults. Ahead, you'll find some of the most perfect hoverboard models for all types of uses and all variations of terrain. Ready to get rollin'?
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The Swagtron Outlaw has pretty much secured the top spot in the hoverboard game, and if you take a closer look it's no wonder why. For starters, it has incredible range (12 miles) and a large weight limit (up to 420 lbs). The Outlaw has a strong, durable build that won't chip on concrete or wobble when standing up on it too, and when it comes to the wheels it's got rugged 10" tires that can roll up a 30-degree incline or pavement or gravel. The price point is a little bit elevated, but you also have to consider you're getting a hoverboard that's as capable for adult use as much as it is for kids. Plus, the Outlaw has a built-in Bluetooth speaker, so you can play your tunes as you roll like a boss.
Another hoverboard that's suitable for kids and adults, the Ninebot S has a sturdy design so riders can feel safe while riding. The board comes outfitted with some of the strongest wheels in the game to roll over terrain with ease, and an added leg bar that reaches up to the calves to help provide stability while riding. It's another pricey pick, but the investment is well worth it if you're buying for young adults or adults. The Ninebot S is also compatible with the brand's GoKart Kit, which we talk about further down this list.
If you're buying a starter hoverboard for your son, daughter, nephew, or niece, then the Hover-1 is a solid choice. It holds up to 130 lbs, so it's mostly for children (think 8-10 years old). The construction of the board allows for reliable rolling, and an LED headlight provides parents a way to keep track of their kids if they're riding in the driveway after the sun goes down.
The Ninebot S-Max comes with a massive range (23.6 miles) and is designed with a standing hold bar. We see it as a hoverboard and traditional Segway hybrid, and because that main balance bar exists we find it easier for adults to get accustomed to riding. The S-Max is also a little bigger and heavier than other hoverboards, so it's probably wise to keep away kids from using it.
The Jetson is an affordable hoverboard option with over 2,000 five-star Amazon reviews. Thanks to a weight limit of 220 lbs, adults can mount onto this board and roll, but if we're being honest we see this board as more suitable for kids and young adults (think ages 8-14).
Hovertrax was the OG company that created a Kickstarter page to sell this hoverboard design many years back. The brand is now owned by Razor, and the Hovertrax 2.o is the latest iteration of the brand. We like the Hovertrax 2.0 because it's got a durable build and fun light designs on the front and side. The board only holds up to 176 lbs, so it's best suited for kids to ride.
For those who live on gravel roads, riding a skateboard or scooter at home is pretty limited—and for some, non-existent. The Hover-1 Titan is made with some serious wheels and a strong battery to propel the rider over small paths of gravel. It might not be able to go over clumps of loose rock, but if your road or driveway is packed down (like it typically is) then you should be able to roll around with relative ease. Oh, and this hoverboard also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker for tunes.
The Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 is pretty much the same as the Titan except for the fact it's made for pavement and regular riding. It's more flashy than the Titan, and if we're being honest, Chrome 2.0 probably has the coolest design on this entire list. You also get a built-in Bluetooth speaker. Riding in style, am I right?
The ZIPboard is the latest tech release from Swagtron and it's incredibly cool. Similar to that of a OneWheel, the ZIPboard works by balancing. yourself on the device like a surfboard and learning forward or back. It's not as versatile as your traditional hoverboard, but based on the design it may be easier to learn. It's also worth mentioning the ZIPboard only goes up to 160 lbs, so it's only meant for kids.
The Ninebot Electric GoKart can only be made possible with a Segway S purchase. Using your Segway S you can then at it to this kart kit and create a full-blown drift machine. Once the two pieces are attached, you can get a range of up to 15.5 miles and speed up to 10 mph. It's wicked awesome, but it also requires a more serious investment. Based on the overall weight and construction of the GoKart we'd probably only recommend it for young adults and for adults.
A quality hoverboard will run you at least $120. If we had to put a price range on how much you should pay for a hoverboard we'd probably recommend anything between $150-$300—especially if you're buying a model for a kid. Now if you're buying a hoverboard for yourself or another adult, it's common to pay more than $400 if you want to really get a board that's durable and stable. Hoverboards from Swagtron and Segway hover over $400, and we like them as quality models for adults to use.
Sliding Fun Drift Trike For the past 6 months, we consulted with Men's Health's editors and writers on the top hoverboards. Experts, including our Gear and Commerce Editor John Thompson, put a number of hoverboards to the test and evaluated their build, performance, ease of use, and design. We also considered top-reviewed hoverboards with high customer ratings on e-commerce websites we trust.