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Onewheel+ Review

Capable of traveling over almost anything and being fast enough to frighten, the Onewheel+ is by far the most fun to ride
Top Pick Award
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Price:   $1,500 List
Pros:  Fast, super fun to ride, handles extreme terrain with ease
Cons:  Heavy, steeper learning curve
Manufacturer:   Onewheel
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Mar 14, 2018
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RANKED
#4 of 9
  • Speed - 25% 7
  • Range - 20% 4
  • Ride - 20% 7
  • Hills - 15% 8
  • Build - 10% 7
  • Braking - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Easily supplanting the original Onewheel, the new and improved Onewheel+ redefines speed for a self-balancing skateboard. This board is exceptionally faster, claiming a maximum speed of 19 mph compared to the 13 mph of the original model. This increase in speed boosted the Onewheel+ to the podium, earning it a Top Pick Award for being the most fun to ride. This board handles off-road terrain with a breeze, has a solid range, is decently comfortable to ride, and has a customer support team that is quite helpful. While the Onewheel+ is a little on the heavy side and might not be the most practical board if you are looking for a commuter vehicle, it's excellent board that will provide hours of exhilarating entertainment.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Onewheel+ is a bit of a niche product, it did well enough overall to net the third place position, right behind the Boosted Board Dual+ and ahead of the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition. The Boosted is a little bit faster, lighter, and has marginally better braking ability, making it a much more practical option for the quick trip around town or for someone who primarily will ride on pavement. If you are looking for a reliable commuter, you can't go wrong with the unparalleled range of the Metroboard, though its low clearance makes it much less adept at traversing obstacles and rough roads as the Onewheel+.

If you want a board that is fun to ride above all else  check out the Onewheel+.
If you want a board that is fun to ride above all else, check out the Onewheel+.

Performance Comparison


For our quest to find which electric skateboard truly rules them all, we bought all of the most well-regarded and popular models available on the market and pitted them against each other in a series of side-by-side challenges. We ranked and scored the performance of each board in six rating metrics — each weighted proportionally to their importance. The text below describes how the Onewheel+ performed, how it scored, and how it ranks compared to the rest of the boards in the group.

This board is almost too fast.
This board is almost too fast.

Speed


While the Onewheel+ isn't quite the fastest board of the group, its monowheel design definitely made it feel that way. This board is exceptionally speedy, earning it a 7 out of 10 for its performance in this metric, which accounts for 25% of the final score for each E-skateboard, and putting it very near the top of all the boards that we have tested.


To score these products, we broke speed down into two components: top speed and acceleration. The Onewheel+ did very well in our top speed assessment, hitting an average maximum speed of 17 mph. We timed how long it took each board to complete a 200' course, giving it plenty of time to achieve maximum speed before entering the course. This compares quite favorably with the rest of the group, only outperformed by a few boards.


The Onewheel+ delivered an even more impressive performance in our acceleration test. We repeated the previous test, though this time we started the course from a standstill. The Onewheel+ is one of the fastest models off of the line, only outmatched by the Evolve.

This board doesn't have a particularly noteworthy range.
This board doesn't have a particularly noteworthy range.

Range


For the Onewheel+ and the Onewheel, battery life and range is particularly important, as these boards are rendered completely useless when the battery dies. The Onewheel+ delivered a decent showing in this metric — worth 20% of its final score — earning a 5 out of 10.

To score this, we ran each board at a comfortable, cruising speed on flat ground until the battery died, with the Onewheel+ lasting for about 6.7 miles — putting it at the bottom of the pack.


However, the Onewheel+ slightly redeemed itself in our charge time test, as this board completely recharges the battery in about 40 minutes, letting you get up and riding again in a flash.

This board is quite fun to ride  though longer rides can become a little uncomfortable.
This board is quite fun to ride, though longer rides can become a little uncomfortable.

Ride


Next, we judged how the ride of each board felt. To score these products, we looked specifically at how it handled bumpy or other difficult terrain, how comfortable it is to ride, and how drawn to each board we were — whether or not we would grab it out of the lineup for quick trips around town. The Onewheel+ merited a 7 out of 10 in this metric, cruising to a tie for the top spot with a handful of other products.


This board does an absolutely phenomenal job of tackling bumpy roads, handling unexpected cracks like they weren't even there. On top of that, this board does an exceptionally good job at handling off-road or other extreme conditions that would stop most other electric skateboards in their tracks.

Snow is no match for the Onewheel+.
Snow is no match for the Onewheel+.

These traits combined to make the Onewheel+ a favorite to ride whenever there was inclement weather or if we knew that we wouldn't be riding on the smoothest roads.

This board powers up most hills without issue.
This board powers up most hills without issue.

Hills


One of the key reasons for getting a motorized skateboard in the first place is the luxury of being able to cruise up a hill as well as down, so we ranked and scored the hill climbing abilities of each product for our next metric, accounting for 15% of the final score. The Onewheel+ again did very well, earning an 8 out of 10 for its hill climbing prowess, almost the best of the group.


To test this, we attempted to climb successively steeper hills, noting at what point the board could no longer make it up the hill. The Onewheel+ had plenty of power to get up the hill, but was limited by the self-balancing circuitry "pushing back" on the steepest hills. However, this board still made it up the 15% grade with ease, practically flying up it when we put the board in "Delirium" mode.

This board is definitely on the heavy side.
This board is definitely on the heavy side.

Build


Next, we looked at how much each board weighed, how responsive it is, and if it had regenerative braking to assess the build of each board, as well as evaluating how helpful and responsive the customer service team for each board is. The Onewheel+ again scored fairly well, earning a 7 out of 10 in this metric.


Unfortunately, this model got off to a bit of a rocky start in this metric, being one of the heaviest boards overall.


However, this board does have regenerative braking and is incredibly responsive to user inputs. Additionally, it also has excellent customer support that is very responsive and receptive to questions, should you run into any difficulties.

This board has stellar stopping power.
This board has stellar stopping power.

Braking


For the final set of tests in our review, responsible for the remaining 10% of the score, we looked at how quickly each board could stop and how well you could control your speed while traveling downhill. The Onewheel+ finished out with a strong showing, receiving a 7 out of 10 for its solid stopping skills.


This board stops very quickly on flat ground, only taking requiring about 15' to come to a complete stop from a cruising speed of 13 mph — comparing very favorably with the rest of the group.


It also is very easy to control your speed on the descents, even when going down very steep hills.

Value


The Onewheel+ is an undeniably pricey product — enough that it is hard to consider it a value option. However, it can be a good value and even pay for itself if you can use it as a commuter vehicle, replacing a rideshare or minimizing the use of a car.

The Onewheel+ handles all sorts of off-road terrain.
The Onewheel+ handles all sorts of off-road terrain.

Conclusion


The Onewheel+ is a top-notch electric skateboard that is exceptionally fun to ride. It has a solid build and can easily handle almost any terrain that you throw at it. While it doesn't have the most amazing range, it charges extremely fast and is extremely responsive. If you want to maximize your fun on an E-skateboard, the Onewheel+ is the clear choice.


David Wise and Austin Palmer