Best Hoverboards to Move With Trend in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 31, 2020
With 2015 behind us, the hype over the Back to the Future franchise is all over the world once more and we are coming a little closer to the technologies we could only dream about in 1985. Hoverboards are the latest trend among kids and adults alike. What are they and how to choose one for you? Here's the guide. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The wheel arches are equipped with LED lights, which gives a special charm to your hoverboarding.

CONS

No headlamps to illuminate the road.

OUR VERDICT

This stylish hoverboard with a built-in Bluetooth speaker will allow you to enjoy riding and spending fun time with your friends.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

8"

MOTOR POWER

350 W

MAX SPEED

10-15 km/h

LOAD

Up to 100 kg

AGE

8+

BATTERY

Genuine Samsung Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (36V, 4.4 Ah)

4 h ride / ~2 h charging 

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The Bluewheel app (iOS and Android) lets you control the top speed, see distance travelled, and check the charge level.

CONS

The non-slip grips wear out as time goes on and shoes might slide on the surface.

OUR VERDICT

This high-tech model from Bluewheel offers smart controls, sleek design, and good tech specs, combining all you look for in a hoverboard into one modern package.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

350 W

MAX SPEED

10-15 km/h

LOAD

Up to 100 kg

AGE

7+

BATTERY

Genuine Samsung Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (36V, 4.4 Ah)

2-3 h ride / ~2 h charging (up to 20 km)

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This device boasts an increased battery capacity, providing up to 6-hour ride when fully charged.

CONS

Some users face issues with the supplied charger.

OUR VERDICT

It is a classic hoverboard which will suit all fans of this type of active recreation. This model is supplied with a convenient carrying bag.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

350 W

MAX SPEED

10-15 km/h

LOAD

Up to 100 kg

AGE

8+

BATTERY

Genuine Samsung Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (36V, 4.4 Ah)

6 h ride / ~2 h charging

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The wheels have a rubberised coating that provides excellent grip on almost any road surface. Bluetooth speakers are protected from dust and moisture, letting you listen to tunes in almost any weather.

CONS

The battery life leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for an inexpensive hoverboard for a child who has no riding experience, this model will be the best option: safety has been given increased attention, so even a beginner can maintain their balance.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

350 W

MAX SPEED

10-12 km/h

LOAD

100 kg

AGE

8+

BATTERY

Up to 1.5 h ride time from a 2 h charge

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (24V, 4 Ah)

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Dual motors here have an amazingly high power of 500 W, so they can withstand long non-stop long-distance driving without any problems. They are also equipped with an efficient cooling system to avoid the risk of overheating.

CONS

Relatively low top speed.

OUR VERDICT

MegaWheels are famous for the release of high-quality and durable hoverboards, and this model is no exception: the massive aluminum frame and the use of durable plastic allow adolescents with a maximum weight of up to 110 kg to ride on it without fear.

detailed parameters
WHEELS

6.5"

MOTOR POWER

500 W

MAX SPEED

8-10 km/h

LOAD

110 kg

AGE

7+

BATTERY

Up to 2 h ride time from a 2 h charge

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (36V, 4 Ah)

WARRANTY

1 year

Bluefin 8" Drifter Swegway

Endless Joy

The Bluefin company has been on the market since 2013 and during all this time it has never disappointed its customers. Creating their products, they focus on innovation, quality, and excellent service to meet the requirements of the most demanding clients. And the Bluefin 8" Drifter Swegway Hoverboard is an illustrative example. This hoverboard is designed using components of the greatest quality. For example, a powerful German Silent Drive motor will ensure effective yet noiseless operation for your "vehicle". And the super responsive gyro-sensors will bring you an unforgettable riding experience. The wheel arches with LED lights make this model look catchy and somewhat aggressive while the whole design seems to be durable and firm to serve you for years. Being equipped with a rechargeable Samsung Lithium-ion battery with the protection circuit, this magic toy is able to perform up to 4 hours of the continuous ride. By the way, it is one of the highest indexes for this class models. In the meantime, the charging time is only two hours. Aren`t you amazed?

Review of Bluefin 8" Drifter Swegway Hoverboard with Built-in Bluetooth Speakers and Carry Bag

All for Your Comfort

Talking about the ergonomics and usability of this Swegway hoverboard, it should be mentioned that the manufacturer thoughtfully included a waterproof carrying bag in the set. If you need to transport your board, this bag will be a real find. First of all, carrying the board will be more comfortable, and, second, the device will be securely protected from external damage. Also, the carry bag will be helpful for storing the hoverboard when you are not using it.

Another advantage of this model is the built-in Bluetooth speakers which give you an opportunity to take your favourite songs with you when you ride. The speakers produce quite clear and loud sound. Connecting your mobile phone or another gadget to the hoverboard will take only a few seconds—just follow the voice prompts and you will pair devices with no problems at all.

If you can not imagine your life without music even when you are hiking or cycling, then you will probably be interested in portable Bluetooth speakers. They will enable you to listen to your favourite tracks wherever you are.

Bluefin 8" Drifter Swegway Hoverboard with Built-in Bluetooth Speakers and Carry Bag in the use

Everyone Will Love It

With the solid 8-inch tires, this model will work brilliantly both indoors and outdoors. Gravel or medium rough terrain will not cause any inconveniences while riding. The Drifter can be used both by adults and children (8+), so everyone in your family will have a chance to experience riding this innovative means of transport.

This self-balancing scooter comes in four colours to choose from: black, blue, pink, and white. Purchase the one to perfectly suit your taste and style.

Detailed review of Bluefin 8" Drifter Swegway Hoverboard with Built-in Bluetooth Speakers and Carry Bag

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Bluewheel HX310s

Lights, Hoverboard, Action!

We frankly can’t imagine why anybody wouldn’t want to scoot around on a hoverboard. These lightweight and sleek vehicles combine modern technology with speed and eco-friendliness, giving you the best of both worlds. And the Bluewheel HX310s is one of the prime examples of this smart design.

The curved black body of this model can withstand quite a bit of damage without losing its glossy look. And though you might think the dark shade of this model makes it a poor choice for riding in the evening as the sun sets and visibility dips, that’s not entirely true. This model has special lights in the front, both to amplify its design and give passers-by a chance to spot you and prevent the collision. Besides, you don’t have to settle for the standard black shade, there are many colour scheme choices available though we do prefer the sleek dark body over most others.

Review of Bluewheel HX310s Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter

Controls in Your Hands

As for advanced technology, the Bluewheel HX310S offers that in spades as well. The device can be controlled and given maintenance via your smartphone (iOS and Android supported) using the special Bluewheel app. In it, you can check the distance you’ve travelled, see the current speed and battery level as well as put a limit on top speed and control sensitivity. This makes riding the board easier and, if you want to give it to your child, safer as you can ensure that the Bluewheel HX310S doesn’t go too fast or spin out of control.

We wish that safety extended to the surface of the device, though, but, sadly, the non-slip grips on the hoverboard seem to wear out over time, which means some shoes might slide on its surface. Thus, try not to go ride the board in the rain or wear shoes with slipper soles. Minimise the risk of accidents, even if the board does only go 15 km/h.

Bluewheel HX310s Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter in the use

More Than Meets the Eye

We don’t want to bore you with the nitty-gritty tech specs so let’s just point out that this model can be ridden by kids of age 7 and above and any adults as long as they’re below 100 kg. So if you’ve been staying fit, you can certainly jump onto the Bluewheel HX310s and roll away into the sunset, remembering the kid in you. You can go for 2-3 hours at a time, which can get you reasonably far, though the manufacturer sets the max at 20 km. However, combine the operation time with the 15 km/h max speed and you get a higher and more impressive number.

And that’s really what the Bluewheel HX310s is all about - hidden depths. This hoverboard may be simple in appearance but it boasts the newest technology, offers advanced control options, and smart design. There’s little else you could ask for.

Detailed review of Bluewheel HX310s Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter

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Bluefin 6.5" Classic Swegway

Elegance Is In Simplicity

Bluefin presents one of the most popular and affordable models of their Swegway range - the Bluefin 6.5" Classic Swegway Hoverboard. It is suitable for almost all ages which makes this hoverboard a great toy for everyone older than 8. The firm housing is made to last and the upgraded German motors provide the speed of up to 15 km/h. Also, the Samsung battery is extremely long-lasting (up to 6 hours!) which allows you to ride up to 10 km range on one charge. It should be mentioned that this classic model is quite good both for indoor and outdoor use. However, it will perform better on flat and smooth surfaces, so if you are going to climb a hill, it might be reasonable to get some other model. Thanks to the built-in Bluetooth speakers, you will have a chance to enjoy your favourite melodies when riding. And for comfortable transportation of the device, the manufacturer provides a special carry bag. Considering all that, we can say this classic hoverboard offers great value for money.

Review of Bluefin 6.5" Classic Swegway Hoverboard with Built-in Bluetooth Speakers and Carry Bag

Be a Cool Guy

The Bluefin company offers a fairly good choice of colours for this model. In particular, you can take a black, blue, chrome blue (really eye-catching), red, white, or chrome gold model. However, it should be noted that the gold chrome hoverboard will cost a little more than other models. But money is not that important thing when it comes to style, fashion, and distinctness, agree?

The front LED lights ensure perfect illumination and make you clearly visible at night. In addition, it contributes to the extraordinary appearance of the board.

This machine is pretty easy to manage. All the detailed information is given in the manual (comes in the kit) in English, so you will have no problems at all. Here are some features we've picked up from it:

  • The device tells you when the battery runs out;
  • When speed is above 10 km/h, the board will inform you;
  • If one of the wheels is out of order, the appliance stops automatically;
  • The hoverboard indicates when it is fully charged and should be disconnected from the network;
  • When climbing a slope above 15 degrees, the device stops.

Follow the instruction and be careful with your device and it will serve you for many years.

Bluefin 6.5" Classic Swegway Hoverboard with Built-in Bluetooth Speakers and Carry Bag in the use

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If you adore listening to music on-the-go but would prefer not to disturb people around you, then a set of Bluetooth earbuds will be a great thing to have at hand. With these headphones, you will enjoy your favourite songs wherever life takes you!

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BEBK Windgoo 6.5 Inch

Firm Grip

The ability to accurately and instantly control the direction and movement of a hoverboard is one of the most important factors when it comes to the rider's safety. Sudden stops, slips, or skids can cause the rider to easily fall off, especially when going at the top speed, and this is when injuries are most likely to occur. That's why it is important for a hoverboard to have maximum grip on whatever surface you are riding on, in order to ensure that you stay upright and in control at all times.

The BEBK Windgoo 6.5-inch hoverboard helps keep you upright thanks to the rubberised tires on the wheels, which provide a good, firm grip on whatever surface you are riding on. This is especially important whenever the hoverboard is being ridden on a wet or slippery surface, and thankfully the wheels here will maintain their grip on almost any type of surface. Just try to avoid riding it on ice, and there should be little to worry about.

Review of BEBK Windgoo 6.5 Inch

Weather Resistant

Some people may worry about the ability to maintain a hoverboard's condition whenever it is exposed to the elements. After all, this is a legitimate concern of any device of this type, as exposure to dust and moisture can cause problems with virtually anything that has moving parts. This particular model was built with this in mind, as it is made with a dust and moisture resistance casing, letting you ride around without having to worry about the elements.

This hoverboard includes a 350 W motor that gives you plenty of riding power, with a top speed of up to 10-12 km/h, giving you plenty of speed to fly around without going so fast as to risk injuring yourself. One small drawback is that the battery life is a bit on the low side, giving you only 1.5 hours on a full charge, but most people shouldn't see too much of a difference between this unit's battery power when compared to other models.

BEBK Windgoo 6.5 Inch in the use

Safety First

As we've mentioned before, the fact that this hoverboard maitains a firm grip on almost any surface makes it quite easy and safe to control. Along with this, the safety features of this hoverboard have been given increased attention, making it one of the safest models to ride around on. This means you can let your child ride it without having to spend extra time worrying about their safety, although, of course, it is always best to make sure they are supervised while it is being used.

In short, the extraordinary safety of this motherboard along with extra features such as the built-in Bluetooth speakers makes this one of the best hoverboards available for anyone who wants to give one a try, even if you are a hoverboard novice.

Detailed review of BEBK Windgoo 6.5 Inch

 

MEGAWHEELS 6.5”

Affordable Scooter Board

Taking a look at the selection of hoverboards available, many people come to the same conclusion: these fun mini vehicles are quite expensive. Getting one of these devices often requires shelling out a couple hundred quid for the privilege, which seems absurd given their nature. Many of these scooters are geared towards children, and this makes them quite an expensive children's toy.

The MEGAWHEELS 6.5” Electric Self Balancing Scooter Board is bucking the trend of expensive hoverboards by offering a model that is quite affordable, putting in the reach of most people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford one. This hoverboard, despite its affordable price, looks and feels anything but cheap, having a firm, solid body, as well as dual motors with a power of 500 W, making it one of the most powerful hoverboards on the market. Despite its lower price, you're assured of getting a top quality model that will withstand the rigours of use.

Review of MEGAWHEELS 6.5” Electric Self Balancing Scooter Board

Powerful Motor

The 500 W dual motors make this hoverboard quite well at its performance, giving you the ability to go on extended jaunts without worrying about needing to stop and rest. The battery life of this board is also up to the task, giving you up to 2 hours of continuous riding time on a full charge, thanks to its 4000mah powered Li-battery. Furthermore, there is no need to worry about the motor overheating during extended use, as it uses a very efficient cooling system that keeps the operating temperature at a minimum even during long distance rides.

Another great feature of this hoverboard is the IPS4 waterproofing, meaning that it can actually be used quite safely in damp weather without worry of risking the internals to moisture. One small gripe is that the top speed of 8 to 10 km/h is a bit on the low end, but that lower top speed means that you get to ride it for longer than other faster models.

MEGAWHEELS 6.5” Electric Self Balancing Scooter Board in the use

Maximum Durability

Perhaps the best feature of this hoverboard, though, is its extremely durable build. The massive aluminum frame and the use of durable plastic allow those with a maximum weight of up to 110 kg to ride on it without fear, meaning that it can be equally enjoyed by both adults and children alike. This also means that you can count on this hoverboard remaining in peak working order for years to come, even if you use it frequently. If you are looking for a high quality, durable hoverboard that won't set you back a significant portion of your salary to buy, then there are few other models that can come close to this one.

Detailed review of MEGAWHEELS 6.5” Electric Self Balancing Scooter Board

 

What Is a Hoverboard?

We call them "hoverboards" although they are not the exact replicas of those encountered by Marty McFly in his trip to 2015 from 1985. Sadly, the real future still has to offer us a board capable of travelling long distances without wheels at all. All we have are these so-called hoverboards that are, in fact, self-balancing scooters or self-balancing two-wheeled boards. So what are they?

Visually, these hoverboards are simple compact boards with two big wheels at the sides. Inside, they have hidden motors like electric bikes that are spurred into movement by sensors that "feel" you step on the board. The direction is set by you moving your body. It may seem similar to a skateboard but it is not, really. Not that similar. For starters, it needs less physical efforts to move, due to a motor, and is more versatile when it comes to challenging terrains.

When used the right way, a hoverboard is a pretty safe and smart device, even at high speeds. It responds to the slightest shift of your body and follows the direction you set. It is also quite compact and durable when it comes to temperature fluctuations. Finally, it is a trendy toy today, everyone wants one.

Note: Riding a hoverboard is illegal on public roads and pavements in the UK, so it's a no-no purchase unless you have a chance to play with it on private property and have the permission of the owner.

What Features to Compare

Targeted Users

Same as any other personal means of transportation, hoverboards have their own restrictions in use. Some models have age limitations and others can only support users within a certain weight range. Bottom limits are created to keep small children away as hoverboards can reach quite some speeds and therefore will be difficult to control for a kid. Upper boundaries generally only deal with weight and mean that the materials your board is made of have durability limits. The latter are fairly high, though, so no worries if you are a bit plus size. The said limitations are usually outlined by each manufacturer for each model. All-in-all, bigger wheels allow more load but there are specific cases, too.

Power

Hoverboards are powered by motors installed in the wheels. However, motor power here does not exactly equal speed; the max speed is pre-programmed and limited at the development stage in order to make the device safer. The high-power motor will be an advantage for users whose weight is closer to the upper limit.

Also, power might become an issue if you tend to climb hills on your hoverboard (but keep in mind that steep hills are often off-limits for this particular transportation method).

Battery

Being an electric device, hoverboard needs the energy to operate. And being a portable item, it has a battery. The energy issue is fairly simple—the more capacity there is in your board's battery the longer its operational time is. But high-capacity batteries are also those that take more time to charge.

FAQ:

Q: Do hoverboards really explode?

A: They used to when first launched, yes. This is the reality and we need to face it. But the problem was acknowledged and the solution found, the batteries were upgraded to be safer and a certificate was created to evaluate them. Please only buy boards with UL 2272 Certificate. This is a certificate that is only given to the electric devices that meet very strict requirements regarding safety. All the hoverboards on our list have this certificate.

Q: How fast can I go on a hoverboard?

A: Generally, self-balancing scooters offer speed from 6 to 10 miles per hour although there are models that can go at 13 mph. But when you consider this parameter, note that the speed you see on the board or at the website selling it is the top speed under perfect conditions. That is, smooth surface at 0°. If you go up a small hill or over bumps, the speed drops.

Q: What is the weight limit?

A: Most manufacturers make their hoverboards able to hold up to 100 kg of weight, and some also establish lower limits at which the board won’t recognise a too light rider. The latter is made to keep small kids away.

Q: Are these waterproof?

A: Depends on how you define “waterproof”. If you want to go swimming with a hoverboard, please don’t. Even a puddle will most probably be a death of your board so no riding in or after a heavy rain. But if you look carefully, you’ll see IP54 certified ones; this means the board is splash-proof and will survive a little drizzle.

Q: Why do I need Bluetooth one?

A: You don’t if you are not into fancy features. Bluetooth connectivity is mostly used to either control the board remotely (lock it, set alarms, play with it by making it “dance” around empty) or play music through board’s speakers. If you want a board to simply ride it, you may opt for a bit cheaper one without extras.

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Publish Date: 2017-11-02 15:46:30