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Swagtron T1 Review

For those looking to save some money, this is a quality product with a long run time
Swagtron T1
Credit: Swagtron
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Price:   $230 List
Pros:  Playful, inexpensive, long run time
Cons:  Poor on rough roads and off-pavement, a little sluggish
Manufacturer:   Swagtron
By Nick Miley and David Wise  ⋅  Oct 19, 2021
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#4 of 15
  • Fun Factor - 50% 7.0
  • Outdoor Capabilities - 20% 4.0
  • Support - 20% 7.0
  • Battery - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The economic Swagtron T1 packs a lot of value into a performance package. It has excellent battery life, and we found the customer support to be very good. However, the T1 lacks a bit when it comes to power output, thus bringing its fun factor and outdoor capabilities scores down a bit farther than we would have preferred. That said, this board is definitely worth a look as it offers more performance than other budget models.

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Pros Playful, inexpensive, long run timeRelatively fun to ride, quality customer support, BluetoothBudget-friendly, Bluetooth speaker, stable on smooth groundInexpensive, stable at speed, onboard Bluetooth speakersBudget-friendly, Bluetooth connectivity
Cons Poor on rough roads and off-pavement, a little sluggishSlow, poor outdoor abilitiesNot versatile, low weight limit, average run timeLimited battery life, long charge time, limited off-pavement capabilitiesUnstable at high speeds, relatively slow, somewhat uncomfortable foot pads, shows wear
Bottom Line For those looking to save some money, this is a quality product with a long run timeWhile fun to ride, this board's lack of outdoor capabilities and mediocre battery life will limit its appeal to many consumersGreat for kids to use around the house, this hoverboard is as basic as it is inexpensiveA fun, decent quality, inexpensive hoverboard that is better for recreation than commutingDespite this board's so-so durability, its budget-friendly price and beginner-friendly ride will maintain appeal for certain riders
Rating Categories Swagtron T1 Tomoloo Q3-C Tomoloo Q2C GoTrax SRX PRO XPRIT Classic
Fun Factor (50%)
7.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Outdoor Capabilities (20%)
4.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
Support (20%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Battery (10%)
6.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
6.0
Specs Swagtron T1 Tomoloo Q3-C Tomoloo Q2C GoTrax SRX PRO XPRIT Classic
Measured Run Time 87 min 53 min 60 min 50 min 75 min
Measured Weight 22.8 lbs 15.4 Ibs 16.3 lbs 28.9 lbs 13.1 Ibs
Measured Speed 8.7 mph 7.4 mph 7.5 mph 9 mph 6.5 mph
Measured Range 7.9 mi 4.7 mi 3.9 mi 4.7 mi 4.5 mi
Measured Charge Time 1 hour, 20 min 3 hours 2 hours, 20 min 3 hours 4 hours 41 minutes
Weight Limit 220 lbs 165 lbs 165 lbs 220 lbs 165 lbs
Wheel Size 6.5" 6.5" 6.5" 8.5" 6.5"
Bluetooth No Yes; music Yes; music Yes; music Yes; music
Warranty 12 months limited 12 months limited 12 months limited 3 months limited 90 day

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Swagtron T1 forgoes some of the features and a tiny bit of the performance of its higher-priced competitors to bring you a great hoverboard at a fair price. This board made a good showing in our battery test, and Swagtron offers excellent customer support. However, it suffered in the fun factor and outdoor capability categories due to its lack of power.

Performance Comparison


Swagtron T1 hoverboard - the swagtron t1 is a good-looking hoverboard.
The Swagtron T1 is a good-looking hoverboard.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Fun Factor


This is the most important rating metric in this review, as fun is likely the main reason you are thinking about buying one of these products in the first place. Accordingly, this metric makes up half of the overall product score. A big part of the appeal of the T1 is how well it did in this category — it's available in a handful of colors and was well received by our expert panel of hoverboard testers in its obstacle course trial.


With all of the mandatory spins, corners, slaloms, and straightaways built into our obstacle course, it's no wonder that our panel of testers had a hoot ripping this board around. The board is deft in corners, maneuverable in tight spots, and handles higher-speed sections with stability. We did note that this board had slightly less pickup than the top performers. Consequently, it didn't feel quite as comfortable doing rapid back and forth direction changes but still performed well enough to keep our testers on the board throughout their ride. The T1 hit a max speed of 8.65 miles per hour in our top speed test, though it didn't feel all that stable when riding it at its max.

Swagtron T1 hoverboard - the t1 was nice and snappy, handling our slalom course with ease.
The T1 was nice and snappy, handling our slalom course with ease.
Credit: Max Mutter

This board is available in three colors: black, blue, and red. It doesn't fit with the aftermarket protective skin we purchased — at least not without trimming the skin — but we were able to squeeze it into an aftermarket carrying case. Additionally, the T1 lacks onboard speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.

Swagtron T1 hoverboard - the swagtron t1 lacked the power and stability to really thrive in...
The Swagtron T1 lacked the power and stability to really thrive in the skatepark, but fun was still had by all.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Outdoor Capabilities


While the natural environment for most hoverboards is flat, smooth surfaces, we wanted to see how these products could do when we pushed them outside of their comfort zone. We tested them on grass, packed sand and dirt, bumpy, cracked, and uneven roads, as well as steep hills. All and all, the Swagtron T1 made it clear that it preferred to stay on the pavement.


The T1 did about average handling smaller cracks in the road but was unstable on larger cracks or low thresholds. There was a very narrow speed window where it would clear these obstacles — too slow, and testers were stopped dead in their tracks, too fast, and they were prone to get knocked off the board.

Not the best at cruising through the dirt, but it did an all right...
Not the best at cruising through the dirt, but it did an all right job at tackling short sections.
The T1 noticeably struggled trying to ride through the grass.
The T1 noticeably struggled trying to ride through the grass.

Sand and dirt were manageable for the T1, but only if it was packed down. Performance dropped substantially on short grass, while shaggier sections stopped it dead in its tracks. Hill climbing and descending posed problems as well. One tester reported that the pushback resulting from the high speed required to climb a hill made it nearly impossible to stay on the board. The descent was without incident, but the board was fussy and jittery, making testers apprehensive about the steeps.

Swagtron T1 hoverboard - live in an area with lots of steep hills? if so, then the t1 might...
Live in an area with lots of steep hills? If so, then the T1 might not be for you.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Support


In our earliest reviews of hoverboards, we were surprised to discover just how important quality customer support is to the maintenance of these products. As it turns out, these machines often require aid from the manufacturer. To address this issue, we increased the weighting of this metric.


Our support tests are relatively simple. We contact the manufacturer and pose a common technical question. We then time how long it takes for the support team to respond and how effective their response is in resolving the issue. We also research what the manufacturer's warranty covers and for how long. Finally, after our field tests, we score each board on how well it held up to the demands of our testing process and if physical damage was present.

Swagtron T1 hoverboard - only a few scratches gave any indication of the barrage of tests we...
Only a few scratches gave any indication of the barrage of tests we put this board through.
Credit: Kat Elliott

The T1 sustained minimal damage as a result of our testing. The little damage we found was limited to scrapes and scuffs. However, we lost the charging port's protective dust cap early on. This board comes with a one-year limited warranty, and Swagtron can be contacted via email or phone for claims or technical support. We emailed in asking how to switch between modes on the board, and while they did respond quickly, their response didn't wholly resolve our problem.

Battery


Our final ranking metric is battery life, and the performance of the T1 was average. Scores were based on the maximum range of the board, its runtime, and the time it took to fully recharge the battery when completely drained.


Our range test track provided test models with ideal surface conditions consisting of flat, smooth pavement. The T1 delivered a strong performance traveling for 7.9 miles before the battery died. This relatively strong showing was not repeated in the runtime test, as the board called it quits after 1 hour, 27 minutes. This test is conducted in our obstacle course and is quite a bit more taxing on the motors and batteries as it forces the board to change directions and speed constantly throughout the duration of the test.

The T1 did well in the charging portion of the battery evaluation requiring a minimal 1 hour and 20 minutes to completely replenish — well under most other models.

Swagtron T1 hoverboard - this model charged quickly, and lasted close to eight miles in our...
This model charged quickly, and lasted close to eight miles in our range test.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Value


The Swagtron T1 stands out in the class for value. This board forgoes the fluff that you don't need. At the same time, it offers all the performance you'll require to be content with your investment.

Conclusion


The Swagtron T1 offers average performance at a below-average price, making it a good option for someone shopping on a budget. This board is fun to ride — even if it does have a little less acceleration — and its stability at speed helps to keep confidence high. While the board struggles off-road, it can squeak by in a pinch. Additionally, this model has a solid battery life and decent support from the manufacturer. All in all, the T1 will keep you happily hovering without breaking the bank.

Nick Miley and David Wise
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