Guide to the best hover boards for Christmas 2016

image of Segway Ninebot miniPRO hover board

Hover boards have become a popular holiday gift, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you through the process of choosing the right model for your mini segway board lover.

There are a lot of factors to consider, so we’ll start by offering a few questions to narrow down the field.


The all-around top choice is the Segway Ninebot miniPRO. If you’re looking for a quality board at a reasonable price, it’s the way to go. It also offers the coolness factor a lot of riders are seeking, plus it has a kneebar, making it easier to ride out of the box.

Read on for more buying options this holiday season.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying a Hover Board for Christmas

How will the hover board be used?

Is it likely to be a recreational board used for kicking around the neighborhood, or will it be a daily ride on the recipient’s commute? How old is the intended rider? Will they take good care of it?

A few recommendations:

For a recreational board that will only see casual or infrequent action, you can probably look toward the lower end of the cost spectrum.

image of Monorover R2 hover board
There are plenty to choose from, and the Monorover R2 is a good place to start.


If you’re looking for something with a little more cool factor for the teenager in your life, you might consider the Razor Hovertrax 2.0.

How far will an average trip be?

In general, hover boards have a range of 8-12 miles, depending on the weight of the rider and the unevenness of the terrain. If the board will be used only for short trips or for playing around, the range is no big deal.

If the board will be taken for longer trips, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Two of the best boards for extended rides are:


The Segway Ninebot miniPROweighs in with a maximum range around 14 miles.


The Swagtron offers a similar range to the miniPRO, and does so at a lower price point, so this may be a good candidate for younger riders.

How often will the board be used?

This is the eternal question when deciding whether to buy pricey electronics for friends and family. Will they actually use what you buy? If it will be an occasional or recreational use, it may be best to stay toward the lower end of the price range.

image of Monorover R2 hover board Something like the Monorover R2 might be in order. It has the main bells and whistles everyone is looking for, and it comes in at a very affordable price.

If the board is a present for someone who will love it and use it constantly, a higher end purchase may be the way to go. In that case, budget isn’t the driving factor. Read on for more options based on the criteria your rider will consider most important.

Is it likely to be used on rough terrain or on steep hills?

This is important for two reasons. The first we’ve already talked about: Riding on rough terrain can eat up battery power and shorten the board’s range.

The second reason is important to consider if there are likely to be steep hills in the board’s future. Not every board is made to handle hills. Check the stats to make sure the board you are buying can safely tackle the terrain.

The best board for rough terrain and steep hills is the EPIKGO hover board.

How heavy is the rider?

The size of the rider can make a big difference in safety and range. Hover boards aren’t meant for children younger than teenagers and many have a minimum weight for the rider.

The upper constraint is the maximum weight of the rider. Most boards have an upper limit around 220 lbs. If your intended rider is heavier, you may want to consider the EPIKGO. It has a maximum rider weight of 240 lbs.

What is your budget?

This is perhaps the easiest question to answer. You’re looking at a minimum of around $300 for a segway board purchase. If you really want to go crazy, you can spend upwards of $1000.

Keep in mind, though, that hover board safety is key, and cutting corners isn’t a good idea. Make sure the board you buy has a UL certificate. Being extremely careful if you choose to buy a board second hand. It’s best to buy from a reputable seller and make sure a warranty is offered.

If you’re looking for a low end entry level board, the Monorover R2 is a good choice.

At the high end, there are plenty of boards to consider. The Segway Ninebot miniPRO has been selling like hot cakes.

For those looking to emulate the celebrity riding crowd, the PhunkeeDuck is the splurge du jour.

Whichever board you decide to give this holiday, have a great time with it! Happy riding.

Monorover R2 Hover Board: Review

image of Monorover R2 hover board

What Comes in the Box

-The Monorover R2 hover board

-UL-certified charger

How It Stacks Up

There are plenty of low-cost hover boards on the market, and the Monorover R2 is a good example of one that does the job for a relatively low price. It has all of the standard bells and whistles and even offers a higher weight capacity than most of the boards on the market.

It has the advantage that it is available for sale online to people in the UK and EU, which isn’t true for all of the boards we review here at Segway Board Expert.

If you are shopping for a hover board for a teen, this is a good choice. Check out our post on the Best Hover Boards for Teenagers to find out more. (coming soon)

Pros

This board offers UL-certification, bluetooth connectivity, LED lights, and a maximum rider weight of 225 lbs. It handles hills. In short, it does a lot of what the higher end models do, and it looks the part, too.

Cons

The ride is decent, but you do get what you pay for. Longevity and smooth transitions aren’t what you would expect from a higher end model. Then again, you’re getting quite a deal at this price.

Overall

Some of the stats give a leg up over some of the other small brands, including a higher maximum speed, higher rider weight limit and lower product weight. This is a great choice for beginners, teenagers or anyone who is looking for an entry-level hover board.

Razor Hovertrax 2: Review

What Comes in the Box

-The Razor Hovertrax 2 hover board

-UL-certified charger

How It Stacks Up

The Hovertrax 2 is a quality machine with good handling and a reputation for longevity. It is versatile and will work well for commuters and recreational riders alike.

If you’re looking for a board for your teenager, this may be the one for you. Check out our post on the Best Hover Boards for Teenagers if you want to see how it compares to other boards.

Pros

Another well-known company with a solid reputation, Razor offers a UL-rated (fire safety), auto-self balancing board with a cruising speed listed at 6 mph. The battery is listed for 60 minutes of continuous use with a maximum rider weight of 220 lbs.

Cons

The maximum rider weight seems a bit low for an adult, and the weight of the unit is 27 lbs., though that’s about average for the current crop of hover boards.

Overall

This is a solid, well-performing board at a moderate price point. If you don’t want to shell out for the Ninebot, this is the top choice.

Segway Ninebot miniPRO: Review

What Comes in the Box

– The Segway Ninebot miniPRO hover board comes with assembly required. It is simple, but you have to attach the knee bar to the board.

-A UL-certified charger is included.

How the Segway Ninebot miniPRO Stacks Up

Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. The miniPRO is fairly easy to learn for a beginner. The kneebar offers extra stability and precision compared to other hover boards, and it can help a newbie feel balanced while learning.

The bluetooth app that’s included with the board is a good addition to the package. You can monitor things like speed and range fairly easily, and that can help you plan how far you can safely go on a charge.

For commuters looking for a last-mile hover board, this is a good option. It’s well-made and will get you where you need to go. The added steering precision also makes it arguably safer in pedestrian situations when you have to navigate around others.

It is comparable in weight to other hover boards, but if you have to carry it with you on the train or down the street, you’ll probably want to balance it on your shoulder. The kneebar may help with making that more convenient.

Pros

The Ninebot has the advantage of being made by a highly reputable company. The frame is strong, lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, and they have paid attention to safety with features like safety lights and the added precision steering possible with the knee control bar. The specs list the top speed at 10 mph, with a battery range of 14 miles and a power rating of 800 watts.

Cons

Segway boasts that at 28 lbs, the Ninebot is lightweight. Commuters lugging this onto the train can decide for themselves if that qualifies as lightweight.

Overall

If you’re looking for a high-end experience, the Ninebot is a great choice.

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