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Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 Review

For the price, this board is notably stable and comfortable, but it has drawbacks in off-road abilities and range
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Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $230 List
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Manufacturer:   Hover-1
By Nick Miley and Genaveve Bradshaw  ⋅  Nov 2, 2022
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RANKED
#2 of 9
  • Fun Factor - 50% 7.0
  • Outdoor Capabilities - 20% 5.0
  • Support - 20% 6.0
  • Battery - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 is a fantastic board for the cost. It has reliable performance, good maneuverability, and some sweet “fun features” like Bluetooth connectivity. For simple outings close to home, we love this affordable board. However, it has a short-lived battery, small wheels, and relatively weak motors, and these characteristics make this board ill-suited to rough or steep terrain. That said, this is a great ride if you want to have some fun near home in non-technical terrain. See it rated versus top competitors in our review of the best hoverboards.
REASONS TO BUY
Predictable performance
Comfortable ride
Stable
REASONS TO AVOID
Mediocre battery life
Limited power
Sub-par customer service

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Bottom Line This affordable board has comfortable foot pads and decent maneuverability but can't cut it off-roadDespite this board's so-so durability, its budget-friendly price and beginner-friendly ride will maintain appeal for certain ridersThis board offers decent stability for new riders but lacks standout features such as Bluetooth connectivityThis board is fun to ride indoors, but its inconsistent performance on any outdoor terrain limits riding freedomA budget-friendly hoverboard for indoor use, complete with self-balancing capabilities
Rating Categories Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 XPRIT Classic Swagtron Swagboard... Hover-1 Helix Jetson Spin
Fun Factor (50%)
7.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
Outdoor Capabilities (20%)
5.0
3.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Support (20%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Battery (10%)
6.0
6.0
2.0
3.0
2.0
Specs Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 XPRIT Classic Swagtron Swagboard... Hover-1 Helix Jetson Spin
Measured Run Time 107 min 75 min 37 min 44 min 50 min
Measured Weight 15.2 Ibs 13.1 Ibs 14.7 Ibs 13.1 Ibs 14.3 lbs
Measured Speed 7 mph 6.5 mph 6.3 mph 7.7 mph 7.5 mph
Measured Range 3.3 mi 4.5 mi 2.4 mi 3.68 mi 2.8 mi
Measured Charge Time 4.5 hours 4 hours 41 minutes 3+ hours (manufacturer says not to charge longer than this) 6 hours 2 hours, 20 min
Weight Limit 220 Ibs 165 lbs 185 lbs 160 lbs 200 lbs
Wheel Size 6.5" 6.5" 6.5" 6.5" 6.5"
Bluetooth Yes; app and music Yes; music No Yes; app and music No
Warranty 90 days 90 days 5 years (battery)
1 year (manufacturer)
90 days 12 months limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

What sets the Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 apart from the competition is its balance of performance and saving. The board is one of the highest-scoring models in our fun factor evaluation, yet its cost is below average. If you want a stable platform for playing around, this board's spacious foot pads and responsive controls will satisfy without breaking the bank.

Performance Comparison


hover-1 chrome 2.0 - the hover-1 chrome 2.0 is a fun board that can handle modestly...
The Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 is a fun board that can handle modestly challenging terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fun Factor


While some hoverboard designs focus on commuting, most are focused on recreation. As such, it stands to reason that our fun metric is the thing we look at first and foremost. For the Chrome 2.0, we looked at the Bluetooth connectivity, tested its maximum speed, and assessed its stability at speed. We had office staff members run this board through our obstacle course for general feel and maneuverability. Finally, we looked at odds and end details like weight, color options, and the availability of protective skins. When taken as a whole, the Chrome 2.0 excels in this metric.


The most important contributor to this score is the rider feedback we get after our testers traverse an obstacle course. After working through the twists and turns of the course, we ask one question: how fun was the board to ride? The results were clear — the Chrome 2.0 is fun. The board is consistent in motion with no lurching or unexpected tilting, and the ride smooths out at speed. One complaint we heard frequently was that the board doesn't have a lot of “pick-up” when accelerating. However, this shortcoming is counterbalanced by its agility in corners and overall maneuverability. Part of the Chrome 2.0's success here is its large foot pads. The increased depth of the pads contributes to this board's stability and comfort, making it more fun to ride.

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The foot pads on the Chrome 2.0 provide ample real estate for adult-sized feet, which makes for a more comfortable ride and increased stability. Simply put, this board is fun to ride!
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also tested for maximum speed. To do this, we get a running start and record the time it takes the board to traverse a 36-foot track. Each board gets three attempts, and then we average the speed. The Chrome 2.0 averaged 5.5 miles per hour in this test. It isn't the fastest board in the class — top-scoring hoverboards can reach speeds of 10 mph or greater — but it's pretty good when you factor in the board's weight and size, as these specifications are related to motor size and power.

hover-1 chrome 2.0 - the chrome 2.0 can achieve speeds up to 5.5 mph. while not nearly...
The Chrome 2.0 can achieve speeds up to 5.5 mph. While not nearly the fastest in the class, it's not a bad showing for a board this size.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also account for weight in this metric because a board has to be carried at some point, and it is not fun to lug around 30+ pounds, especially for a kid. The Chrome 2.0 weighs in at just 15.2 pounds, which is way below average for the class. That said, it lacks a carrying handle, making it a bit more burdensome despite its lightweight.

Many hoverboards we review come with speakers that can connect with a smart device via Bluetooth, allowing the rider to blast their favorite tunes while they cruise. We found the Bluetooth on the Chrome 2.0 easy to connect to, and the sound quality of the speakers reasonably good. One tester commented that she could clearly understand podcasts while riding.

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The speakers on the Chrome 2.0 are loud enough to listen to podcasts and music while cruising. Now, that's pretty sweet.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Other fun features are the number of color options the board comes in and the availability of aftermarket skins. As of this writing, the Chrome 2.0 comes in pink, gunmetal, blue, and rose gold. There are also protective skins available.

hover-1 chrome 2.0 - we purchased a model with a shiny gun metal shell. however, the...
We purchased a model with a shiny gun metal shell. However, the board also comes in some brighter colorways. Additional fun features include LED lights and Bluetooth speakers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Outdoor Capabilities


This metric is comprised of evaluations of riding performance on adverse surfaces such as inclines, long and short grass, dirt and sand, cracks, bumps, and door thresholds. This type of terrain is tough on boards with smaller wheels, and the Chrome 2.0 was no exception. The board struggled mightily when leaving smooth surfaces. Long grass and loose sand proved to be no-go zones for this board as this terrain stopped it in its tracks. However, it managed the others relatively well, with packed dirt and sand being the most manageable.


Next up was a hill test. We used a fairly steep, evenly paved road for this evaluation and ran the board up it to see if it decelerated, became unstable, or could not climb at all. We then turn the board around to test how it felt on the descent. The Chrome 2.0 did okay in this test — it could climb to the hill, albeit at a snail's pace, and felt reasonably stable both on the climb and descent.

hover-1 chrome 2.0 - we climbed a modest hill to test the board's outdoor capabilities...
We climbed a modest hill to test the board's outdoor capabilities. The Chrome 2.0 climbed and descended with minimal loss of stability, but it did slow down on the ascent.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

While paved hills pose a challenge to the motors propelling the Chrome 2.0, grass, dirt, bumps, and cracks challenge the whole board. Specifically, these terrain features expose limitations in gyroscopes and motors, as well as wheels and platform design. As has been said, the Chrome 2.0 was overcome by tall grass and sand. However, it was able to traverse the short turf decently and even managed to climb modest grass hills. Similarly, the board did well on compacted dirt and sand.

hover-1 chrome 2.0 - bumps, dips, and cracks proved to be manageable for the chrome 2.0...
Bumps, dips, and cracks proved to be manageable for the Chrome 2.0. But tall grass and loose sand were insurmountable challenges.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Unfortunately for hoverboard riders, the whole world isn't paved over with smooth concrete — these vehicles will inevitably encounter cracks and bumps. The Chrome 2.0 has relatively small wheels at 6.5 inches in diameter. Despite this disadvantage, it does reasonably well when navigating bumps and cracks. One issue encountered on other boards is an unpredictable pulling back and forth as it tries to deal with the difficult terrain. This inconsistency was not an issue with the Chrome 2.0. That said, it did struggle with going over an industrial double-door threshold strip. Yet, even a steep hump such as this was manageable with some practice.

hover-1 chrome 2.0 - steep humps and cracks required some practice but in the end were...
Steep humps and cracks required some practice but in the end were navigable obstacles for the Chrome 2.0 and rider.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Support


Hoverboard accidents happen, and you'll want to have good customer support to resolve them when they do. Our support metric looks at various factors, such as the likelihood of damage in a minor crash, whether a customer support phone number is available, and, when contacted, how helpful the manufacturer is in resolving minor issues. Finally, we look at the warranty to see what it covers and how long. The Chrome 2.0 received an average score for this metric largely because of its automated customer service and the so-so durability of the board's plastic shell. It has a 90-day warranty which is in the typical range for the class.


The Chrome 2.0 endured one minor crash during our testing, resulting in a small chunk of plastic breaking off. Aside from that, the board displayed far less wear and tear than the others in the class. While we were impressed with the board's durability, we were not with the customer service. Firstly, there is no phone number to talk to a live person. To get help, we had to submit a work ticket online and wait for a response. We received a canned response the same day we submitted our ticket and another shortly after that was more specific to our question. However, no actionable advice or resources were offered in the email. Our experience was frustrating, given the time and information needed to fill out the work ticket.
hover-1 chrome 2.0 - our board sustained minor damage during testing. here we see the...
Our board sustained minor damage during testing. Here we see the broken shell below the fender (triangular gap). We received no advice on repairing this damage when we queried the manufacturer.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Battery


Last but not least is the battery metric. While we do not weight this evaluation as heavily as the others, it is one that you'll want to pay attention to if you're planning on going for longer cruises on your board. First, we look at the range of the hoverboard — the Chrome 2.0 will roll at full tilt for a fairly short 3.3 miles and give you about 40 minutes of riding. Conversely, the board takes 4.5 hours to charge. While it has a relatively limited run time at full speed, when it is used for play (as in our obstacle course), the battery lasted quite a bit longer at 1 hour and 47 minutes. However, the performance started to degrade before it issued a low battery warning. When the low-battery warning sounded, the board shut off less than 5 minutes following.


Should You Buy the Hover-1 Chrome 2.0?


The simple answer is yes. However, this answer assumes that the board will be used on firm, mostly flat surfaces. The Chrome 2.0 is great for goofing around in the driveway or the park. It is not good for off-roading or traveling long distances.

What Other Hoverboards Should You Consider?


If you want to use a hoverboard to commute or to go off-road, the large wheels and powerful motors on the Segway Ninebot S can't be beaten. It is more like vehicles as opposed to toys.

Nick Miley and Genaveve Bradshaw