Hoverboards don't have to be expensive to be good.
Since 2019, I've put dozens of hoverboards through their paces, testing their performance and seeing how well they hold up over time. You need a hoverboard that's reliable and won't quit on you after a few rides, even if you're on a tight budget.
Based on my hands-on testing and thorough analysis of customer feedback and expert opinions, I've pinpointed the 8 most reliable budget hoverboards out there.
Best for Kids
Best Kids Off-Roader
Best Under $100
Best for Heavy Riders
The Gyroor G13 is the best cheap hoverboard pick for kids aged 6 to 12. It's safe, hitting the UL2272 safety standards, and fun, with a tested max speed of 7.2 MPH that's exciting but manageable for young riders.
This hoverboard is light yet sturdy, supporting up to 176 lbs, making it perfect for growing teens. Its 6.5-inch pneumatic tires also mean a smoother ride, although you will have to inflate them over time.
What really makes the G13 stand out are its cool features: LED headlights and Bluetooth speakers for an enjoyable ride. With a tested 5.5-mile range, kids have plenty of space and time to explore.
Safety is key for a kids' hoverboard, and the G13 delivers, ensuring a fun and safe experience that's hard to beat. The are just some of the reasons why the G13 also made our shortlist for the best hoverboards in 2024.
If you want to level up on performance with a terrain-capable hoverboard that's still ideal for kids aged 6 to 12, the SISIGAD B01 is where it's at.
With 700W of motor power, I clocked a top speed of 7.6 MPH and I was able to get 5.7 miles of travel on a single charge.
There's a lot I like about the B01 - from its aerodynamic look and bright dual headlights to the beefed up solid 8.5" off-road tires, this thing is one of my favorite all-terrain boards.
At 28 lbs, it's one of the heavier boards on this list, but its weight is warranted in a sturdy shell, high durability, strong motors and a high 200 lbs weight capacity.
The SISIGAD B01 doesn't skimp on fun either; there are Bluetooth speakers, and the LED lights can sync with the music rhythm. The audio quality was surprisingly good, but I found that running the speakers takes a lot of power, giving about 15% less range.
There's a neat battery indicator at the front that I found to be more accurate than average and the anti-skid pedals are grippy and easy to clean.
I know what you're thinking: a reliable hoverboard under $100? Too good to be true. I understand the skepticism, but through my extensive tests, it has proven to be a durable hoverboard, and it doesn't cut corners on UL safety certifications.
The Gotrax Edge is as reliable as the top performers on this list, so why is it so cheap? With two 200W hub motors and a low-capacity battery, it offers less performance than most competitors and the ride quality isn't as refined as our top picks, but it's all warranted in price.
Using a GPS performance tracker, I hit a top speed of 5.9 MPH and got 3.4 miles of range on a charge. These numbers may seem underwhelming in comparison to the Gyroor G13 or SISIGAD B01, but at under $100, this is the best performance you'll get.
Its limited performance is not necessarily a weakness, either. If you're a beginner, the limited yet smooth power output is manageable and it's not as big of an economic commitment as more expensive models. At the end of the day, you can always upgrade if you outgrow the performance og the Edge.
Another benefit of smaller motors and battery is that this thing is lightweight. At a mere 13.2 lbs, it's ultra-portable for kids and adults alike, but it still manages an impressive weight capacity of 220 lbs!
There are no Bluetooth speakers or app functionality, and the small solid tires aren't as smooth as pneumatic or larger ones, but the Edge has fairly bright lights in the wheels, in the front and at the back, making it a safe option with excellent visibility in low-light scenarios.
From my tests, the Jetson Spin is one of the only sub-20 lbs self-balancing scooters to hit a top speed above 6 MPH! Its expectional lightness is what truly sets it apart. It's incredibly practical and easy to carry around, making it perfect for leisure rides or short commutes.
5.1 miles of real-world range is alright and the side and front lights ensure good visibility and safety.
One of my favorite things about the Spin is its large foot pads. There's space enough for big feet and shifting your stance. It also has plenty of grip and I found it easy to clean with a wet cloth and soft brush.
At a competitive price, Jetson has cut costs on features. There are no speakers or app integration, but if you're fine the no-frills experience of a simple and durable design, I highly recommend the Jetson Spin.
The Hover-1 Horizon is one of the best selling hoverboards in 2024, and for good reason! This board packs a lot of fun without sacrifing on ride comfort or performance.
The Horizon may be stretching the budget compared to some of the picks above, but it's still an excellent deal for those who want more.
One of the things I really enjoyed when testing this hoverboard was the companion app. Via Bluetooth, you can control the colors of the LED lights, change speed modes (great for beginners) and track battery levels and performance in-depth. The Bluetooth speakers are great as well. They're loud and clear and have better-sounding low-end than most competitors.
You might think that Hover-1 spent all the budget on fancy features, but that's far from the truth. The Horizon is both comfortable and capable. I measured a top speed of 6.8 MPH and managed a whopping 6.3 miles on a single charge, the longest on this list!
The positives don't end there - with 8-inch solid tires and torquey motors, this hoverboard handles uneven surfaces well and can take on mild inclines. With a 220 lbs weight capacity, it's ideal for all riders 8 years and up.
The only real downsides to the Horizon are that it's fairly heavy and more expensive than alternatives. Still, you get want you pay for.Read our full Hover-1 Horizon review
The SISIGAD A02 isn't the smoothest hoverboard I've tried, but for those prioritizing visibility and low-light safety, it's an affordable standout. The A02 boasts bright and customizable LED at the front, on each wheel and above the wheels on the mudguards - this is rare for a budget hoverboard.
The small 6.5-inch solid tires limit it to use on smooth roads, but the 300W dual motors are surprisingly capable, scoring a 6.2 MPH top speed in my tests. The tested range of 4.1 miles is a bit of a bummer, but it's still a tad more than the Gotrax Edge, so you could argue this self-balancing scooter is even better value.
While intended for kids and teens from 6 to 12 years, the fairly high weight capacity of 220 lbs makes it a versatile hoverboard that'll handle the occasional ride by mom or dad. The fun doesn't stop there, because the A02 has Bluetooth connectivity and speakers - they're not as nice-sounding Hover-1 Horizon speakers, but the board is cheaper and more lightweight.
I will say that the shell doesn't feel that durable. Although it held up against some wear and tear from my testing, the plastic feels thin and scratches easily, but it's to be expected at this price.
Getting a cheap hoverboard often means you're sacrifing some motor performance. However, the Hover-1 H1 combines 400W of high-efficiency motor power with some of the best structural integrity I've come across. The result is what I consider to be the best cheap hoverboard for heavier riders.
With a max load capacity of 264 lbs, this thing is geared towards riders of all sizes, and the range in particular impressed me. Thanks to a large-capacity 144 Wh battery, I got 6.1 miles of real-world range on a single charge. Top speed is good as well with a GPS-measured 6.7 MPH.
This thing is bulky by design. It's reliable and handles day-to-day wear and tear really well. My only real issue with the H1 is that it has 6.5-inch tires. This hoverboard has the potential to be an all-terrain challenger, but small solid wheels mean it doesn't do well with uneven terrain.
The H1 hoverboard has Bluetooth speakers and app connectivity, and in my opinion, Hover-1 has the best of both in the industry. Whether your a kid, teen or young adult, the H1 is a dependable ride.
We wrap up the list with a fan favorite (and a personal favorite) - the Gotrax Nova. While its specs might not seem like the best deal at first glance, Gotrax's reputation for crafting refined rides justifies the slight premium.
In my performance tests, the Nova reached a max speed of 5.9 MPH and offered a real-world range of 4.2 miles. These numbers are respectable, but not great.
However, the Nova excels in reliability and smooth operation. Despite its portability and light weight, it's remarkably sturdy. Over two months of testing here in Denmark, it proved its durability and maintained its performance impressively.
It isn't exactly a high-pace hill beater, but its acceleration response is linear and smooth and overall it feels notably less jumpy than most cheap competitors.
If you value reliability and beginner-friendliness over sheer performance vs. price, the Gotrax Nova is a nimble top pick.
Safety is a must when buying a hoverboard, especially with past incidents of some models catching fire. However, the idea that only cheap hoverboards are risky isn't true. Thanks to stricter safety standards introduced in 2017, hoverboards, including affordable ones, have become much safer.
The key to safety is choosing a hoverboard that's UL-certified. This certification means the hoverboard meets specific safety criteria pertaining to the battery (which was the main culprit). So, whether it's a budget-friendly option or a pricier model, ensure it has UL 2271 and/or 2272 certification.
UL certifications are a series of safety tests to ensure that a product is safe to use. They're issued by UL 'Underwriters Laboratories,' who independently assess if a product is safe or not.
UL has a wide range of certifications, but it's the UL2271 and UL2272 certifications that matter for hoverboards (and e-mobility in general).
A hoverboard receives UL certification after undergoing several safety tests, including:
There are two main types of UL certifications for hoverboards:
The UL2272 certification encompasses the UL2271. The UL2272 is achieved with additional tests on the entire electronic system as opposed to the battery alone, so if you find a hoverboard with the UL2272 certification, it doesn't need the UL2271. However, if a hoverboard is only marked as 'UL2271-certified', it has undergone less strict testing, although the main risk (the battery) is considered safe.
Brands like Halo, Gyroor, Jetson, Hover-1, and Gotrax have achieved UL certification. However, it's important to avoid hoverboards lacking UL certification, especially cheaper, unregulated models from certain regions known for using low-quality materials and batteries.
Retailers like Amazon now require UL certification for hoverboards, leading to a reduction of unsafe models on the market.
As much as UL certifications guarantee safety, riders should also put in some extra measures to ensure their safety.
There are several common pitfalls that people make when buying a hoverboard. To get the best value for your money, avoid these mistakes.
Finding the ideal hoverboard can be overwhelming, especially when you're on a tight budget. The goal is to find a reliable hoverboard without breaking the bank.
The saying "you get what you pay for" rings true for hoverboards as well. With limited spending, it's challenging to find a hoverboard that excels in every aspect. However, it's still possible to find a quality board at an affordable price, though you may need to accept trade-offs in areas like range, motor power, features, or comfort.
Ask yourself the following questions to understand what's most important to you: