Best Hoverboard for Kids

Hoverboards are the trend nowadays.

Though they don’t literally “hover” like what the name says, it’s undeniable they look so cool and advanced. Hoverboards are also called self-balancing scooters. You’ll be amazed by the feeling of riding on one.

If you want to give the best hoverboard for your kids as a gift for birthdays or holidays, check this article out for tips and reviews!

Best Hoverboard for Kids Review

Most hoverboards or self-balancing electric scooters are designed for both children and adults. If you want a child-specific hoverboard, there are choices available for you.

But purchasing a board that caters adults too is advantageous, because you can use it when your kid doesn’t. Here are six electric scooters for kids with great value you can buy today:

Last Updated: 2017-05-26 at 12:44 PST - Details

1. Powerboard by HoverBoard - Two Wheel Self-Balancing Scooter

Powerboard by HOVERBOARD

Powerboard is an American-based hoverboard company you can trust for your kid’s safety.

I recommend this one over the previous model because of some improvements like the battery doesn’t overheat, catch on fire, and generate smoke. The same characteristics go with the internal circuits inside.

It’s UL 2272-certified which means the hoverboard passed the safety and electrical standards set by Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), a worldwide independent safety science company.

Though it could be a bit pricey for some, I’d still say you get what you pay for because of the lasting battery that has more life than other hoverboards. I admire its six-hour battery life (probably its main selling point).

Matter of fact, the battery lasts six times longer than the Razor’s Hovertrax. When charging, you will know the battery’s full when the green LED light goes on.

Other than that, I find its materials are more durable and have better quality than most hoverboards in the market.

Controlling the hoverboard is easy. Just make your kid mount on the non-slip pressure foot pads, the pads are special so he or she don’t lose balance when maneuvering the hoverboard.

The kid’s feet will surely be able to use Powerboard because the foot panel is wide enough that can fit even an adult’s feet.

The machine is very sensitive. If your kid or even you put pressure on your feet to a particular direction, the hoverboard gets the signal and will turn its course. I also figured drifting corners pose no problems at high speeds.

Your kid can ride with no problem bumping to a few curbs because the 7-inch (diameter) tires are quite solid. There are also no issues with riding the hoverboard at night because it is equipped with two LED lights that illuminate the path.

What’s more interesting is the orientation of the light changes depending on the angle of the board.

The design of the Powerboard is conventional as with other product models. It could be upsetting to those kids who like cooler designs. But if the experience is all you or your kid want, this one is more than sufficient!

The hoverboard is not water-resistant, so don’t ride it when it’s raining. However, you can cover it with a protective casing.​

Powerboard hoverboard has a lot of imitations that are fake being sold by other dealers. They are generally weaker than the original. Be careful where you buy online and always do it through trusted dealers.​

Equipped with Samsung Li-ion battery pack, you should fully charge the hoverboard first before using it so battery life won’t be damaged.​

Furthermore, don’t drain the battery of the hoverboard completely before you charge it.​

PROS​

  • Stable
  • For smooth surfaces
  • Powerful dual electrical motors
  • Anti-slipping pads
  • Very easy to control
  • Very long battery life
  • Dual LED lights
  • Lightweight
  • Passed quality and safety checks
  • One year limited warranty

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Not water-resistant

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Last Updated: 2017-03-29 at 06:53 PST - Details


2. Segway miniPRO - Best Hoverboard For Kids (Editor’s Choice)

Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter with Mobile App Control

Segway miniPRO is said to be ‘not’ a hoverboard, but rather a very advanced personal transporter that is greater than just a hoverboard!

Giving this personal transporter to your child as a gift is a good idea for the fact that you can also use it. The Segway miniPRO caters different people with heights starting from 3’11” to 6’6”.

Riding this one is also quite easy. This is how you properly ride it - turn on the power button then place one foot on the machine’s rubber foot pad. Wait for a beep and place the other foot.

Though you may wobble a bit at first, there will be no instance you or your kid will speed up abruptly. This is because the control sensor of the transporter is not at the foot pad, but rather at the knee pad.

The knee pad analyzes your body’s movements and maintains your balance so you could reach 10 mph.

I find steering through the padded knee pad very precise and safer compared to feet-controlled hoverboards. Also, your kid will certainly match with this machine because the knee pad is adjustable depending on his height.

Being a UL 2272-certified, Segway miniPRO passed various quality and safety checks to bring you and your kid a comfortable ride. Thanks to the 800-watt dual motors and the 10-inch pneumatic tires that exceed solid tires.

I was able to ride on different terrains without a sweat. The air-filled tires are shock-resistant, provide minimum skidding and excellent traction.

Safe riding at day or night is assured with the customizable LED lights found at the front and the back as taillights. In fact, you can customize taillight colors depending on your preference through the next feature.

Perhaps, the best feature of Segway miniPRO is its smartphone app that you must first download before you or your kid can ride. It has a tutorial, safety precautions, Anti-theft alarm, speedometer, lock, etc.

The fun thing is you can connect your smartphone to the machine through a Bluetooth connection and have your phone function as a joystick! The phone automatically notifies the rider, which you or your kid, if you go at fast speeds abruptly.

The main thing you'll notice with this transporter is the very costly price which makes it kinda too high-end just for a kid’s gift. This makes the Segway miniPRO not for everyone unless you are willing to spend that much to assure yourself that you are giving your kid a very high-quality self-balancing scooter.

Another thing is the size of this scooter. Unlike conventional hoverboards, this one is bulkier because of the knee pad and could be hard to transport by carrying it with hand because it’s heavy.

Be careful of leaning too far forward when traveling at high speed. That’s because the personal transporter can detect if you’re leaning forward or backward and will try to correct that by suddenly pushing back to correct the position.

You can expect Segway miniPRO to last a long time because the material used for the frame is magnesium alloy, which is known to be lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and very durable.

PROS​

  • Adjustable knee pad depending on height
  • OK for different terrains
  • Easy to ride
  • Passed quality and safety checks
  • Two powerful motors
  • With Bluetooth app
  • With LED lights (headlight and taillight)
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Shock absorber
  • Will beep if your go too fast

CONS​

  • Heavy
  • Charging time may be too long

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Last Updated: 2017-05-26 at 22:55 PST - Details


3. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard - Smartest Self-Balancing Scooter

Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter

I recommend the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 as one of the best hoverboards for kids aged eight years old and up.

My favorite feature is the EverBalance Technology that provides great balance, easy mount, and smoother ride with its auto self-balancing gyroscopic sensor. The best part is even adults like us can ride this one.

I find it an excellent choice for beginners because there are two modes to choose from: training mode and standard mode.

The training mode is applicable for newbies because the hoverboard can adapt to your current skill level and make the machine slow down so your kid can get the hang of how to control it on his first attempts.

Razor Hovertrax is easy to control. You can ride it as simply as any other conventional hoverboards. Control the direction by applying pressure on the ankles to go forward, on heels for a reverse, and the rest.

Your kid won’t lose balance while riding because there are anti-slip foot pads that maintain grip onto the hoverboard.

Through the dual motors with 350 Watts each, your kid can cruise up to 8 miles per hour and turn curves smoothly. Moving up and down an incline? I figured this hoverboard could do that without any issues.

Razor is the first company to be awarded the significant UL 2272 certification that makes this hoverboard safe to mount because it won’t catch on fire; not even overheat.

When it comes to safety, you can trust this hoverboard to a child as the polymer frame is shatter-resistant.

The polymer serves to protect the inside parts from damage when the hoverboard bumps an accidental curb. There’s also a fender bumper protection against scratches and scrapes.

​One thing that could make you upset would be the battery life. It could only last for about an hour. Though there are multiple factors to blame for draining a hoverboard’s battery life like the intensity, weight, and speed, the 1-hour battery life is still too little.

However, if you want to extend the fun right away, there’s a solution to that. Razor designed the Hovertrax with a removable Li-ion battery. This means you can plug the second battery and voila, an extended hour of fun!

For adults, the 8mph max speed might be a little bit slow, but for kids, it’s a safe zone – they won’t go too fast or too slow.

One more thing is that Razor Hoverboard is not waterproof. Don’t get too disappointed as most hoverboards are not waterproof though.

Razor Hoverboard 2.0 has LED lights for battery life indicator, riding mode, and illuminating the path.

PROS​

  • Auto self-balancing experience
  • For smooth surfaces
  • Powerful dual electrical motors
  • Very easy to control
  • Two riding modes
  • Passed quality and safety checks
  • With LED lights
  • Anti-slipping pads

CONS

  • Short battery life
  • Heavy
  • Not waterproof

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Last Updated: 2017-05-26 at 22:55 PST - Details


4. Swagtron T1 Hoverboard - Two Wheel Self-Balancing Scooter

SWAGTRON T1 - UL 2272 Certified Electric Self-Balancing Scooter

Swagtron T1 is known for its excellent maneuverability and excellent safety features that make it as one of the best hoverboards for kids and also adults.

Riding this hoverboard is a piece of cake because the dual motors (300 W each) can speed up to 8 mph and is fast and agile enough to turn curves without the need of slowing down.

For beginners, you can switch to the learning mode to adjust the speed and learn how to balance. Next, there’s a normal mode you can opt when you become more experienced.

Some people would say Swagtron T1 is the same with X1, but if you scrutinize the features a little bit closer, you could see there are new features to enjoy with this latest model.

For instance, the Safe Stop Technology of this hoverboard is so advanced that it will guide you or your kid to a balanced rolling stop when your battery stops because it’s used up.

Aside from being UL 2272-certified, Swagtron T1 has a new patented lithium-ion battery system called Sentry Shield which provides multi-layered protection against battery damage and malfunction when you go overboard.

Moreover, the battery can withstand 10 tons from its crushing test.

Another safety feature you’ll surely love, the plastic casing is fire-retardant and won’t catch any flames, protecting the circuit system inside.

A new update for Swagtron T1 is the five LED light indicators that tell you how much battery is left so you’ll be notified whenever it’s time to connect it to an electrical outlet. There are also bright LED headlights to illuminate your kid’s travel path at night hours.

This hoverboard focuses more on the safety of the rider, so the speed could be a bit slow to adults like you riding it. But for kids aged eight years and above, the speed should be ideal as it’s not too fast and not too slow either.

A common problem for most hoverboards except for Powerboard is the short battery life with the estimation of only one hour. But for Swagtron T1, you can have a fully charged hoverboard ready in just an hour.

PROS​

  • Safe and stable
  • Lightweight
  • Accurate steering
  • Tougher than others
  • Powerful motors
  • Two riding modes
  • Safe Stop Technology
  • Sentry Shield Battery System
  • Available in six colors
  • One year limited warranty

CONS

  • Short battery life

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Last Updated: 2017-03-29 at 06:34 PST - Details


5. Razor E100 Electric Scooter – Best Electric Scooter for Kids

Razor E100 Electric Scooter

Razor E100 is an electric scooter that can’t be considered as a pure hoverboard because it has a handlebar. However, I still recommend this as an ideal gift for your kid.

With a speed of 10 mph, you could get to your destination pretty quick. By the way, this scooter is somewhat exclusively for children’s use only (eight years of age and older).

It’s evident from the maximum weight capacity of only 120 lbs. But in case you fit within that weight limit, then you’re free to try this one.

There’s a retractable kickstand used to start the motor of this electric scooter. It has high torque, and the throttle is located on the handlebar. Your child can then adjust the acceleration or slowdown by the handbrake located near the throttle.

Since your kid is still growing, the handlebar can be adjusted depending on his or her preference for better riding.

At first glance, you can see that this one is bound to last for a long time with its durable frame which is made of steel. It has an 8-inch pneumatic tire at the front for better steering and traction, and a 4.9-inch polyurethane back tire.

It would be better not to travel on a dirt road because the motor has no casing whatsoever and may accumulate dirt. Another drawback is the solid polymer back tire; it’s not as versatile as the pneumatic front tire. I hope Razor has made the tires pneumatic all over.

One other thing that could be a downside to buyers is the battery life. Forty minutes is the minimum battery life and that could be too short for your kid to enjoy riding while he or she’s out with friends. Not only that, the twelve-hour charging time is more upsetting.

There’s also a LED headlight so your child can see his or her path while traveling a road at low light conditions.

PROS​

  • Fast
  • Durable
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Very easy to control
  • LED headlight
  • Very affordable
  • Available in two colors
  • 90 days warranty

CONS

  • Exclusive to kids
  • Not for dirt road or bumpy road
  • Short battery life
  • Longer charging time

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Last Updated: 2017-05-26 at 12:44 PST - Details


6. EPIKGO Classic Self-Balance Scooter Board

EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter Hover Self-Balance Board

If you want a more adventurous hoverboard ride, EPIKGO can surely give you the thrills.

It’s obvious that from the wider platform, there’s more foot space and a more stable ride on different terrains. Matter of fact, it is 30% bigger than most boards in the market.

This hoverboard exceeds most hoverboards out there not only on the platform size but also in the tire size, power, weight capacity, and consequently the price. Its tires are 30% bigger with a measurement of 8.5 inches.

I find the alloy wheels great for an all-terrain ride because of the tread design that seems to promote maximum performance. I also figured the aluminum alloy body frame makes the board more durable and long-lasting.

The power is twice more powerful than entry-level hoverboards, and at 400 W, the dual motors can achieve easy acceleration, supreme balance, and easy curving. Quite the specs!

Furthermore, it has LED lights for better illumination at low light conditions.

The hoverboard only has a 12.5 mileage, which means that there’s a little over an hour before you need it to charge again. Short battery life is a problem to almost all hoverboards except for Powerboard.

For all the features mentioned above, this hoverboard is a bit overpriced. It has no smartphone app unlike Segway miniPRO for a more high-tech edge and yet EPIKGO is priced higher than Segway miniPRO.

Due to the price, I don’t really recommend this one as a mere gift for a child. It’s just too high-end. However, you can make this a gift for yourself! If you’ve got the budget and seeks thrill, you are welcome to check EPIKGO hoverboard out. You deserve this one!

Would there be any safety concerns when your kid’s about to travel on this hoverboard? Fortunately, no. EPIKGO is certified with UL 2272 which means that the board passed many safety checks before being released.

Also, it has a waterproof rating of IP56, so there’s no problem at all if your kid accidentally crossed a puddle.

PROS​

  • Aluminum alloy body frame
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Bigger foot space
  • Larger tires
  • All terrains
  • Waterproof
  • 2x powerful motors

CONS​

  • Short battery life

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Features to Look For on a Hoverboard

1. Safety

Being controlled by pressure foot pads, safety should be your priority when choosing a hoverboard for your kid’s use. Before, hoverboards easily catch fire because of overcharging that make the batteries overheat.

There are also cases wherein the fire is caused by faulty batteries. But since there are now stricter standards like the UL 2272, hoverboards’ safety concerns are minimized.

A hoverboard has no risk of overheating if it’s UL 2272-certified. All products I listed in this review are all certified by the UL so no need to worry about this factor.

2. Training Mode

I think it’s a big plus if a hoverboard has a training mode. This makes the hoverboard applicable to newbies, which are the children, and they can learn the basics at a slow speed.

3. Maximum Speed

Speed is a safety concern especially if a child is maneuvering the hoverboard. You don’t want him or her traveling at high speeds that could cause grave injury to them and the pedestrians alike.

Anyhow, the recommended maximum speed for a kid’s hoverboard is about 8-10 mph. Eight is the safe zone. But if you want a more exciting and thrilling ride, then go for something that could run at ten.

4. Tire Type

Hoverboards’ tires are divided into two categories: plastic and rubber. Plastic tires are solid and don’t have inner tubes. They are good for hard surfaces but not much on soft surfaces.

Plastic tires can easily wear out. Rubber tires or pneumatic tires are longer-lasting than solid tires, and they offer smooth riding on most surfaces. On hard surfaces, rubber tires are second to plastic tires.

5. Battery Life

A kid will see a hoverboard as a means to enjoy. The battery life should be enough to get to a destination but should last a few hour/s to serve as a proper enjoyment when he or she’s out with friends.

Most products last an hour or so, and that depends on the mileage covered, speed, and time of usage.

Conclusion

I hope choosing the best hoverboard for kids is now easier after you read this article. You can now buy a hoverboard that both you and your kid can enjoy during leisure time or when you need to get to a place that’s too near for a car yet too far for a walk.

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