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.
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.
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.