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Price: $190 List
Pros: Inexpensive, lots of lights
Cons: Less powerful, average customer support
Bottom line: By far the flashiest of the group, the Hoverheart is a decent board and a great price
Earning the Best Buy award, the Hoverheart is a solid pick when shopping on a tight budget. It's not the best by any means, but the Hoverheart is a fantastic option when shopping on a tight budget and is sure to garner some looks when you are out and about on it. Not only does this board have a built-in Bluetooth speaker so you always have the perfect tunes while you are out cruising, but it also is completely covered in flashing LED lights. It's a solid hoverboard at a great price and definitely worth considering.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Hoverheart is a good, all-around hoverboard that won't break the bank. It scored quite well across the board, earning it the Best Buy award. It scored in the middle of the pack and costs a fraction of the prices of the top models. While this board didn't quite score as well as our other Best Buy award winner, the Swagtron T1, it does cost about $150 less, making the Hoverheart the better option if you are shopping on a tighter budget, while the T1 is a better bet if you are willing to spend a little more for performance, but still are searching for a value option.
To determine which hoverboard is truly the best, we bought the most highly-regarded and popular models around, then pitted them head-to-head to find out which board bested them all. We split our testing process into four metrics: Fun Factor, Support, Outdoor Capabilities, and Battery Life, each weighted based on its overall significance. The results of the Hoverheart in each of these metrics are outlined in the sections below.
By far the most important of our rating metrics, the group of tests that comprise our Fun Factor metric account for 50% of the total score. To assess the performance of each product in this metric, we looked at how fun each board is to ride, how fast it goes, and how many colors it came in, as well as if it had Bluetooth capabilities, its weight, and if there were easily available accessories. The Hoverheart did quite well in this metric, earning a 6 out of 10 for its performance. The chart below shows how this compares to the rest of the models in the pack.
The Hoverheart isn't the fastest board we tested, hitting a top speed of 8.3 mph in our tests. This put it squarely in the middle of the pack, as shown in the following chart.
However, the Hoverheart still felt plenty stable at its top speed, unlike other models that are finicky and wobbly at their maximum speed. This board is tons of fun to ride, feeling quite nimble and maneuverable, though it does feel a bit underpowered when going back and forth rapidly, especially for larger riders.
The Hoverheart also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker so you can blast music while you cruise around and is essentially completely covered in flashing lights.
This board is also on the lighter side, weighing in at 21.9 lbs, making it a little easier to carry than many of the other models in the group, as shown below. This is a standard sized hoverboard, so it should be compatible with most of the commonly available accessories from third-party manufacturers, such as carrying cases, protective silicon skins, and even conversion kits to make your board a go-kart.
Finally, this board comes in a ton of colors — the most of the group — allowing you plenty of options to match your personal style.
Our next metric, comprising 20% of the total score, assessed how well each board handled when venturing off of the paved roads. We scored each product on how well it handled rough terrain, traversed sand, dirt, and grass, and ascended and descended steep hills. The Hoverheart delivered an acceptable showing, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its efforts.
This model didn't do particularly well with the steeper hills, feeling underpowered and a little wobbly on the way up, failing to inspire confidence. This board also self-balances, meaning it will stand up on its own, even without a rider. While this feature is quite cool on level ground, it has an unexpected consequence: If you happen to fall or step off the board while on a hill, it will continue to drive erratically, forcing you to frantically chase after it.
This board handles bumps and thresholds reasonably well, but does have wheels that are relatively small, meaning that it can become stuck in larger cracks. However, it matched the performance of some of the top boards, like the Swagtron T3 at crossing cracks.
The Hoverheart did struggle when attempting to cross grassy areas or sand and dirt, sinking in even on the hard-packed earth.
For our next metric, also worth 20% of the total score, we assessed the customer support quality of each manufacturer. This is especially important for these products, as they are by no means bulletproof and can be prone to taking some heavy damage, depending on how hard you ride them. The Hoverheart scored about average, again earning a 5 out of 10 for its performance. You can see how this compared to the rest of the pack in the chart below.
First, we assessed the how much damage the board had sustained throughout our rigorous testing process. Fortunately, there were only a few minor dings and dents — no major damage.
We then tried contacting the company with a technical question about recalibrating the board's balance. They were very helpful with their response and responded rapidly via email. They also earned a few extra points by having a contact phone number. However, the Hoverheart has one of the shortest warranty periods of the entire group at only 30 days.
For the final 10% of the final score, we evaluated the battery life of each board, looking at how long it ran while playing, how far you could travel, and the time to totally recharge a dead battery. The Hoverheart again scored in the middle of the group, earning a 5 out of 10 for its performance. The following chart shows how this compares to the rest of the products
The Hoverheart has a slightly above average range, lasting for 6.6 miles before calling it quits. The chart below shows how this compares to the rest of the pack.
The Hoverheart lasted for about an hour and twenty minutes riding around our obstacle course. This course had a variety of different twists and turn, as well as a slalom and back-and-forth section, to simulate playing around on the board, rather than driving it continuously for distance. The battery took a little over three hours to totally recharge, slightly more than the manufacturer's claimed time of 2-3 hours.
The Hoverheart is a great option when shopping for a value hoverboard, offering a solid performance at one of the lowest prices that we have seen.
All in all, the Hoverheart is a solid hoverboard, performing decently well across the board without any major drawbacks. It's a great budget option, especially for smaller riders, as the only slight issue we had with this product was the feeling that it was underpowered for larger adult riders. This board is plenty of fun to ride around, extremely flashy, and won't break the bank.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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