For a long time, I have had my own idea on which the best brands within the hoverboard industry are, but I didn’t have any data except my own experience to back it up.
I have tested over 100+ hoverboard models to this date, and I decided to see if my favorites align with what customers think is the best hoverboard brand.
I collected review data from over 22,000 former customers to try and make it as unbiased as possible.
So which is the best hoverboard brand?
To be honest, there are many great brands out there, but I picked 12 of the most popular brands and sat off to work.
I wanted a picture that reflects what real people(former customers of these brands) think about their products and their brand’s individual quality of service.
Both my own experience and the data from 22,000+ former customers showed the same winner.
Tomoloo is the best hoverboard brand, according to data.
You can see each brand’s position in our top 12 list below, going from best to worst.
12 best hoverboard brands according to 22,000+ customers
The graph above shows the percentage of customers who left a specific review score, starting from 1 star up to 5 stars.
But that system didn’t give us an accurate view of which is the best brand.
I decided to create a system to convert the percentages into points.
Below is the point system that I used to create a more straightforward and telling graph.
|5 stars||1 point|
|4 stars||0.5 point|
|3 stars||0.25 point|
|2 stars||-0.25 point|
|1 star||-0.5 point|
This is the amount of points each brand got after the conversion:
That gives us the following list of the best hoverboard brands according to consumers.
List of the best hoverboard brands
Factors to consider
Let’s be 100% transparent here. There are certain variables that we cannot account for.
For one, brands create many products. If a brand has a batch of malfunctioning products, that can drag the brand’s entire score down.
It can also be the case that they have removed these products, and if so, our data does not reflect those lost customer experiences.
There are other factors that we can’t account for in any good way. Nonetheless, the list pretty much looks like the one I already had in my head.
I’ve always been a big promoter of Tomoloo’s hoverboards since the first time I sat my foot on one a few years back.
The only surprise I had was that Hover-1 acquired a top 2 spot over Segway, which has far more expensive products with lots of futuristic features.
That is probably because most riders don’t feel that Segway’s extra features are necessary for having a great time riding.
A short walkthrough of each brand’s unique history
Tomoloo was founded in 2013 back in Shenzhen, China, as Shenzhen Tomoloo Industrial co LTD.
They were early to jump on the hoverboard trend, and even though their product held good quality, other brands got all the attention back then.
Sadly, most of these companies are not here today, but Tomoloo is.
Times changed, and when the US Underwriters Laboratories created the UL 2272 certificate, Tomoloo was among the first batch of brands to get the certification. The rest is a success story within the hoverboard industry.
We here at Aridejunkie and the general consumer see Tomoloo as the number one best hoverboard brand.
Hover-1’s history started back in 2017. That’s almost two years after hoverboards had gotten their big break back in 2015.
They started with the standard 6.5” hoverboard that looked just like every other brand’s. Their quality and service made them quickly rise in ranks.
Much also thanks to some excellent PR moves that lead to their products being featured on the Kelly and Ryan morning show, and their foldable electric bike even got a few minutes of fame on one of the largest vlogs in the world, Casey Neistat.
Today they are one of the few companies to offer a 10” hoverboard, which is my go-to model.
Segway is the grandpa of self-balancing transportation devices. Founded in 1999, they didn’t have their first product launch until 2021, the Segway PT(Personal Transport).
That means they have over 20 years of experience creating self-balancing products. When hoverboards arrived, Segway took their time to complete their first model, and it didn’t look like any other hoverboard.
Their models are far more expensive and technologically more advanced than your standard hoverboard. They use similar steering technology to that on a traditional Segway. The only difference is you use your knees instead of your hands to steer.
Lately, the company has switched focus onto a nearby market, electric scooters.
Their electric scooter models have been among the most frequently bought, and a lot of the scooter rideshare companies use one of their first models, the ES1 or ES2.
Jolege is probably a company you haven’t heard a lot about prior.
They are a young brand, and it wasn’t until early December 2018 I found their first model.
Since then, they have been providing a high-quality hoverboard at a great price. But even if they have a lower price tag, they still managed to claim a top 4 position in our list over the best brands.
Pretty impressive in such a short time-span and with just two different models.
Cho is another company that was founded a long time ago. In 2007 Cho sports were launched, and they have been producing various sport and outdoor products since.
They do everything from underwater scooters, electric scooters to portable camping refrigerators. In terms of hoverboards, they were early adopters to the trend. I remember trying my first Cho model back in 2016.
Where Cho has had the most vital presence is among the young riders, kids.
They were among the first to provide a 4.5” hoverboard that was perfect for the very young riders out there.
Why they discontinued the model, I don’t know. But I know mine still runs fine to this day and is in use regularly.
Quality has been on the table a few times with some models. Luckily those models have quickly been discontinued or fixed.
Another hoverboard brand with as strange of a name as Jolege is Sisigad. Sisigad was founded in 2018 and has gotten a lot of attention from consumers looking to strike a bargain when buying a hoverboard.
It started with a few colors and a single model but quickly grew thanks to them being able to hold a low price tag while still maintaining good quality.
Today their most popular model has a breathtaking 21 different colors to choose from. Probably why it was so frequently present when we created our list of the different hoverboard colors.
Gyroor started their journey in 2018 and had some fascinating design ideas to put on the table.
The one that caught most people’s eyes was the sports model Gyroor F1, which, as the name implies, was designed to look like a Formula 1 car. Trust me when I say it had a very luxurious design.
Unfortunately, the price tag was well above what most people were interested in paying for a hoverboard.
That hoverboard is about as good looking as a hoverboard can get and one of the fastest in the world(claimed by Gyroor themselves).
Today most people who go for a Gyroor model are looking for something that can handle rougher, off-road terrain.
Founded back in 2012, Jetson is another brand with a good amount of years on its neck.
Their sole purpose for creating the company was to provide fun rides and happy times to all.
They are deeply invested in the electric ride niche offering a wide range of scooters, hoverboards, and electric bikes.
Some of their earliest hoverboards were great and they just launched another great hoverboard called the Jetson Flash, which provides just what they say, a fun happy riding time.
I think they ended up far down in our comparison because even if they have knocked a few out of the park, there has been an inconsistency in terms of quality.
Quality has varied heavily from model to model.
Epikgo was founded back in 2016 and was relatively early to jump on the hoverboard success-train.
After launching their first and still only model, the Epikgo Classic hoverboard, the new model swept the market by storm thanks to a new design and an entirely new set of tires with off-road capabilities.
Today that same model is available in two different alternatives, all-terrain, and street wheels.
By having a high-quality product, I guess they never thought about making another one. Why would they?
They are seen as the exclusive brand within the industry, and with a price tag that is 4-5 times higher than most other hoverboards, only those with extra cash to spare will go for it.
Smart if you ask me. Four times fewer products to handle but with the same amount of profit.
Xprit is a Canadian company founded in 2018. They have been delivering products with varying quality throughout the years with some great ones, like their standard 6.5” hoverboard.
But they have not always been consistent when it comes to quality. I am thinking about an electric scooter I tried a long time ago, but I have forgotten its name.
Overall a great company focused on delivering great electric ride products to consumers throughout North America.
Today they have a wide range of hoverboards and electric scooters, but they also have a few e-bike models.
We didn’t find any information about when Hoverstar was founded, but if my memory doesn’t fail me, I would say I saw their first product around 2018.
They have a few various options, and the overall quality is good.
From my experience with their models, I would say they made a conscious choice to have the cheapest option available. And there is one model I like a lot, and that one is our editors pick as the most inexpensive model for kids.
Swagtron was created in the early days of hoverboards under a different name, Swagway.
Unfortunately, a Swedish company was in business with the same name, and as I understand it after interviewing the owner, he was here first. That is my guess on why they chose to rebrand themselves Swagtron.
Swagtron was great at making hoverboards in the early stages of the trend, but price and quality started to separate after a while.
The service you would expect from a now large UK company that sells its products worldwide should be far better than you the one you actually get.
That and the fact that they had problems with their electric scooter models and latest hoverboards is the reason they have lost the crown they once wore and are now at the bottom of our list.
How I gathered the data
So I did some in-depth research by going through popular retailer websites and gathering data from their review systems. In total, I collected over 22,000 review scores from former customers of these brands.
However, I didn’t stop there.
I also surveyed 80 people who own various models to see how well their experience aligned with our analysis, and both came to a similar result.
I then did what every researcher does, or at least what I think they do.
I sat down and started crunching numbers and analyzing the thousands of review-data that I had collected.
I then created this excellent chart of the best hoverboard brands for all of humanity to prosper.
Ok, that last line might have been an overstatement. But it’s here, it’s free, and it took me a good amount of hours to complete, so I hope it comes to good use.