Best hoverboard for kids review of 2017

Hoverboard for kidsLooking for a hoverboard for your kids?

As a parent myself, I know that our kid’s safety always comes first. Hence, I have gone through the available models and picked out the hoverboards that best cater to kids out of a safety perspective.

All the models that you can find in our top-list over hoverboard for kids have all been approved by the new UL 2272 certificate specifically made for hoverboards and other electric transportation vehicles.

In order to assure you this is a somewhat impartial review, we try to be as transparent as possible with us being a hoverboard brand in Sweden. You can visit our hoverboard store here, which is the only one passing the UL 2272 in Sweden. We also hope this assures you that we have the knowledge needed to help find you that perfect hoverboard gift for your kid.

With that said let’s jump straight to the head to head comparison below.

Update - 2017.10.19

The best kids approved hoverboards – Comparison

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A review of the product is under construction but so far everything works flawlessly and I think we might have a new first place winner. You can read more about it here.

The off-road transportation hoverboard which will take you through the tough terrain with ease. Top speed of 12 mph and a distance of 12 miles total on a single charge. Recharge time of 1-2 hours leave you with less downtime and more beach riding!

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599.98$ 699.99$

Safe hoverboards

The perfect hoverboard for kids. Razors Hovertrax 2.0 self-balancing scooter delivers on everything the brand stands for, safety, quality and performance. It has an 8-10 mph max speed and it can take you how far you'd like with its detattachable battery-packs for easy exchange.

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299.00$ 459.99$

Safe hoverboards

A great hoverboard with all the safety issues sorted out. Reliable, moderate speed and distance makes the T1 far more superior than the T3 verison from the same brand, Swagtron.

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399.99$

Safe hoverboards

One of the safest hoverboards with the most extensive warranty out there. US based company and support makes for easy and trouble free hoverboard owning. UL certified

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339.00$ 799.00$

Safe hoverboards

An entry level hoverboard. Perfect for kids/teens looking to master the art of hoverboarding. Moderate speed and distance with a UL 2272 certificate ensuring highest safety

$259.17 $299.99

These are the most appreciated hoverboards among both kids and teenagers and they have all received highly rated reviews by former customers. Kids often talk to each other and if one of their friends has a specific hoverboard model there is a good chance that your kid wants the exact same one. But that one might not be a good fit depending on your kids skill-level and age. In order to help you find exactly what would suit your kid the best keep on reading through our reviews below.

Kids hoverboards we reviewed

EpikGo Sport/off-road

Epikgo sports editionThe Sports edition from EpikGo blew my mind and with unique design, the high top speed, durable frame and long distance you can almost never go wrong. Stronger motors of 400watt and a fast charging system of 2 hours let you ride tougher terrain, faster and farther.

The design is similar to the Halorover except for the set of wheels which has been specially produced in order to give the user higher torque and less resistance when riding on even surfaces. I love going off-road, but when I want to hit the streets the EpikGo sport is my first choice. A reliable hoverboard with optimized street performance and a really cool and stable design. I highly recommend it to any teenager who will be mostly be riding in the city and on even terrain.

The off-road version is just as fun. It can be used on most terrain with ease but if you have some dirt paths, gravel or perhaps even a dirt track near your home then the off-road version is definitely a must.  We have compared both the Sport and off-road version head to head and it really comes down to where you want to ride.

Both models come with a mobile application in which you can adjust torque, max speed and the sensitivity of the sensors. You can also keep track of your route, how far you’ve driven and how much battery juice you got left. They have a set of bright Led-lights both front and rear that makes you more visible to others around you while giving you a clear view of your surroundings.

Recommended to kids/teens age 8+.

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Hoverboard from RazorRazor is well known in the electric transportation/toys genre. We know what type of quality to expect when buying one of their products and as with most Razor products the Hovertrax 2.0 lives up to their standards too. Combined with their service minded support who have good knowledge about the product this makes for a great hoverboard for kids.

Razor has introduced a new technology called EverBalance which makes it super user-friendly. It basically means that even if you do not press the pressure pads it will stay in balance without tipping over. This makes it much easier for a kid to mount/dismount the hoverboard and you won’t have to worry about scratches when dismounting. Therefore, it is one that we highly recommend to parents with younger kids who are looking for their first hoverboard.

Recommended for kids age 4-8.

If you want more information about the hovertrax 2.0 make sure to check out our full review.

Swagtron T1

Black T1The most popular model from Swagtron right now is the Swagtron T1. It has a decent speed of 8 mph and a distance of around 11 miles on a single charge. What makes it so popular among the hoverboard community is the combination of low price and good specs.

The ride itself is smooth and it is very easy to learn, this is mostly thanks to the two different user modes you can choose between. They were the first ones to introduce a UL 2271 sentry shield battery into hoverboards and also the leaders with being the first ever UL 2272 certified hoverboard. This gave them a trusted fan base and loyal customers who know that they get what they pay for. Unfortunately, their customer support has lately been known to have its flaws and you should know this beforehand if you need support for any reason after you’ve made a purchase.

Recommended to kids/teens age 6-14.

Powerboard by hoverboard

green powerboardPowerboard has the basic hoverboard design, but that isn’t really a con due to the fact that functionality of those first designs was absolutely perfect. The design makes it roll over without damaging the internal system which is a good thing when you are thinking about giving it to a kid.

The plastic is made out of really high-quality PE and it will withstand the heavy use from kids without any problems. They’ve gone a long way in order to get their board back on the market with a UL certificate. Solid design and shock proof make it an excellent choice for the younger audience.

Recommended for kids age 4-8.

You can read more about the powerboard here.

Swagtron t5

Swagtron T5The Swagtron t5 is an entry level beginner friendly hoverboard. Its small size makes it easy to carry, even for its youngest users. Even though the T5 doesn’t have the same specs as the T1 or T3 it might be a good fit for beginners providing everything in moderation. It is an affordable option at around 50$ less than the Swagtron T1 which is one of the most popular models. It has all the safety measurements and features that you might look for in a beginner board but I’m afraid that older kids and teenagers might get bored with it pretty soon. With that in mind, we recommend it to the youngest of our audience where the lower speed might actually be a positive thing. For more advanced users however, I do recommend the T1.

Recommended for kids age 4-8.

How your kid benefits from a hoverboard

While most new kid toys these days come in the form of a small plastic box with a touch-screen, a hoverboard lets them enjoy the outdoors for once. The use of a hoverboard are endless and here are but a few of the benefits to owning one.

  • Getting some fresh air. You get them to leave the screen for a while and go enjoy the fresh outdoors air.
  • Safety. Today hoverboards are just as safe as any other electric product your kids use, if not safer.
  • Getting back and forth to school has never been as fun and easy.
  • Indoors and outdoors use. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  • Versatile transportation. Some models can be used on various terrain, hence they can take it with them on various family activities.
  • Entertainment for the whole family. The whole family can actually use the same model. Even though we recommend a model for kids, that doesn’t mean that parents can’t enjoy it too.
  • Extending their freedom. Just like when you learned how to ride a bike or when you got your driver’s license.
  • Kind to the environment. It helps reduce the emission of co2 by reducing you and your Childs carbon footprint.
  • Easy to learn. My personal experience from learning kids how to ride are that it takes about 30 minutes to an hour before they are comfortable enough to hit the pavement.
  • Everyone can learn. My boys learned how to ride a hoverboard at 3 and 4 years old. Now at age 4 and 5, they roam the yard freely, at low speed of course.

Pointers to buying a hoverboard for your kid

Looking to find the perfect hoverboard gift for your kids? All kids are different and no matter what age they are they do all have different learning curves. Some might learn how to ride a hoverboard in an hour and be very good at it. And some may need a bit more time before getting comfortable enough to go outdoors to ride, it all depends on the initial skill level. There are some things you should ask yourself before making the final choice of which model might fit their needs the best.

  1. Consider their age. All kids are different and younger ones might need a bit more time to adapt to how a hoverboard operate. A comfortable ride comes when they finally learn to trust the hoverboard and relax their body.
  2. Weight limit. For kids, the maximum weight is rarely a problem. There is, however, a minimum weight recommendation of 30lbs for 6.5” and 8.5”, and about 40lbs for the 10” with pneumatic tires.
  3. Safe usage. Be sure that you put safety first. There are cheaper alternatives out there without the UL 2272, these are considered much more unsafe than the fireproof UL 2272 models.
  4. Make sure the hoverboard you are looking at has the appropriate safety features such as the option to change user level settings. Bluetooth is good if you think might want to listen to music while riding. Using headphones is not a recommendation, you do not hear the beep when over-speeding. Something I learned the hard way.
  5. What size to choose? The size you should choose often boils down to personal preference. 6.5” has hard rubber tires and are more for toying around, while 8.5 and 10” provides a little suspension for a more comfortable ride, and they work better on uneven terrain.

Last words

For our youngest readers, we recommend Razor’s Hovertrax 2.0. Thanks to the moderate speed, distance and the Ever balanced technology it pleases most kids hoverboard needs. It also has some great safety functions making it an even better choice. One of the less expensive hoverboards around.

For kids/teenagers 8 years and up we like the EpikGo sport or off-road version as it is a highly versatile hoverboard. The off-road model can be used nearly anywhere and both can climb inclines of up to 18 degrees so you can literally go anywhere.
After reading through our guide on what’s important when looking at hoverboards for kids I hope that you now feel adequate enough to make a solid and safe choice that will bring you and your kid’s joy for years to come.

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