Judging by the fact that the industry is slowly (but surely) starting to pump out many different variations, it is no surprise that the market has been flooded by various types of hoverboards with fancy new features that will intrigue both older and younger audiences alike. In its early days, there were no LED lights, battery level indicators, Bluetooth speakers, dedicated smartphone apps and all those shiny bonus features – hoverboards were plain and simple back then – just a self-balancing board that people could use for commuting… or showing off to their friends.
Nowadays, there are many hoverboard-producing companies that are looking to expand their audience by adding additional features to their products, which would result in attracting more customers. As I already said above, in recent months, the market has been flooded with various types of hoverboards, and with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the most common ones…
10 inch hoverboards
Monster hoverboards with 10 inch have many advantages over the classic 6 inch ones. The main advantage is versatility. Due to the fact that all 10 inch models come with inflatable rubber tires, not only are they outstanding on roads, but they can be ridden on rough terrain (sand, grass, gravel) as well. The main con of such big wheels is the fact that they have lower torque and are unable to climb steep angles, as opposed to their smaller counterparts… But still, for your daily commute, they are the best option and here’s why:
Stability and comfort : In addition to their versatility, 10 inch hoverboards have better movement control and stability which makes them much easier to ride, making them the perfect choice for beginners. Besides this, there’s also extra comfort involved which is something many of you will greatly appreciate.
Segway miniPRO : The most popular 10 inch hoverboard is, by far, Segway’s miniPRO. Its wheel size is 10.5 inch and it features pneumatic tires which will work on many different types of terrain. If that did not sell it to you, I should add that it also has an adjustable padded knee bar which is not only provides you with that extra bit of comfort, but it also helps with both stability and control of the machine.
8 inch hoverboards represent the wheel size sweet spot. These hoverboards are quite decent at rough terrain and able to climb steep angles. If you are looking for a hoverboard that is not too small or too big, 8 inch is the right choice for you! At the moment, the most popular 8 inch hoverboard is Skque’s newest product called Skque X8.
The smallest hoverboard wheel size is 6.5 inch, and believe it or not, it is the most popular size out there. That’s has to be credited with their low price and the fact that kids love them because of their mobility ( they rarely weigh more than 30 pounds ). In addition to this, they are not so comfortable for bigger people as they will barely fit on the small balance pedals., which is just another reason why these hoverboards are kids-friendly.
Target audience : In other words, if you are planning on buying a hoverboard for your kids, go for the 6 inch ones because, quite frankly, your kids will love them. If, on the other hand, you are buying a hoverboard for yourself, perhaps considering 8 and 10 inch models would be a better solution.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular 6 inch hoverboards: LINK
Shiny feature of many newer hoverboards are surely those fancy LED lights that tend to attract awfully lot of looks while you are strolling down the road. These LED lights usually range from ambient light but some models also have LED turning indicators. In addition to this, some hoverboards also feature LED battery level indicators which is yet another excellent concept.
The most popular hoverboard at the moment, the almighty Segway miniPRO features customizeable LED lights. They come with an app that lets you choose between 6 million colors – talk about effort!
Built-in Bluetooth speakers are one of the shiny new features that has been implemented into newer hoverboards. I am talking about (in most cases) stereo speakers that are built into the board itself. They communicate with your smartphone (this works for both iOs and Android devices) via Bluetooth and lets you play music / listen to podcasts while f.e. commuting to work.
Speakers quality: Most hoverboards that I have tested out have decent quality speakers that are able to produce good sounding music… you will enjoy it if your expectations are not sky high.
Some of the most popular hoverboards with built in Bluetooth speakers are: LINK
Prior to the UL 2272 certificate, hoverboard manufacturers did not really obey any safety laws which led to products of questionable safety. There were numerous reports of hoverboards exploding, producing smoke, catching on fire and so on… But luckily, ever since the above mentioned certificate was brought to life, hoverboard manufacturers started taking greater precautions when it came to safety of their products. During the certification period, hoverboards undergo a series of rigorous tests, and if they pass each and every one of them – they earn the right to brag with that shiny label you can see down below:
Safety first : While there are not so many UL certified hoverboards, if you are one of those people who worry about the safety of themselves (and their loved ones), it is highly recommended that you opt a hoverboard that is UL 2272 certified. Below you can see the most popular ones: LINK
Now, after reading all about the different types of hoverboards on the market, I am sure you have a better picture of what to look for when buying one for yourself. There are definitely many hoverboards to choose from which is basically why I made this article in the first place. When shopping for hoverboards, it’s easy to get confused by all the fancy new features hoverboard manufacturers are bragging about, but I am sure you get the big picture after reading all of the above.