The 10 Best Electric Skateboards of 2017
After analyzing and researching over 40 of the top electric skateboards, we purchased the top 10 boards on the market today to test side-by-side and find which boards bested them all. We put these boards through a grueling barrage of tests, assessing how fast each board is, how steep a hill each one could climb, how it handled rough roads and uneven terrain, and rode over 120 miles to see which models merited an award. Check out the full review below to see which board is the best for you, whether you want a performance machine, a budget option, or a good bet for traveling.
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Test Results and Ratings
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Analysis and Award Winners
Updated August 2017
While we are still waiting on the Stary Board to be repaired after dying inexplicably in the course of testing, we did find another model that looked like it could compete. Unfortunately, the Halo Board Carbon Edition failed to impress us all that much, delivering a middle-of-the-road performance at a premium price. This board is one of the nicer hub motor models that we have tested, but it still can't match the performance of our Editors' Choice award winners. We still have a few boards languishing in Kickstarter purgatory, but hopefully, these boards — as well as the Stary — will be in our hands and operational soon, but for now, the models below are the best that you can get.
Best Overall and Performance Skateboard
Evolve GT Bamboo Street
Powers up steep hills
Seriously fast acceleration
Long time to charge with standard charger
Taking home the top honors from our review, the GT Bamboo by Evolve earned the title of Best Overall and Performance Skateboard, thoroughly besting the competition. This Editors' Choice award winning board is supremely fast, accelerating so quickly that it even vaulted some of our expert testers when they first tried it. This board does a solid job at traveling over rough roads and bumpy terrain with its standard wheelset and a superb job when upgraded to the offroad set — something we highly recommend! This board is undeniably the best of the best, handling the steepest of hills and challenging terrain with ease. This board isn't for the faint of heart, but for those that want the absolute best, high-performance electric skateboard, the Evolve GT is your best bet.
Read full review: Evolve GT Bamboo Street
A Cautionary Note
The Evolve GT is an exceptionally high-powered board that requires due respect. While this board does have restricted riding modes for novice users, beginners should think long and hard about selecting this model as their first foray into electric skateboarding and we can't emphasize enough that proper protective equipment should be worn. This is a seriously fast board that can accelerate and brake rapidly — fast enough to easily launch you off the board if you are unprepared. Even some of our veteran expert riders occasionally were unceremoniously vaulted from the board when they became too complacent. This is a fantastic board and we highly recommend it … as long as you know what you are getting into.
Best Board for Travel
Boosted Board Dual+
Just barely bested by the Evolve, the Boosted Board Dual+ earned the overall runner-up position for the group. While the Dual+ can't match the raw power of the Evolve, it comes in a slightly smaller and sleeker form factor and a smaller battery. Usually, having a smaller battery and reduced range would not be a cause for recognition, but the Dual+ is the exception. This smaller battery is currently in compliance with the TSA regulations pertaining to lithium batteries on passenger flights. While this doesn't guarantee that every airport will allow you through with your board, it makes this model one of your best bets if you plan on taking your board on your next travel adventure. However, it's always a good plan to check local rules and regulations about riding your board when you travel with it and allow plenty of extra time for security if you are going to travel with your E-skateboard.
Read full review: Boosted Board Dual+
Best Bang for the Buck
Yuneec E-Go 2
Hoping to go zipping around town, but blown away by the price on the top performing models? the Yuneec E-Go 2 is a good board that won't bankrupt you to buy. While this model obviously scored quite a bit lower than the best, it represented a great balance of performance and economy for those shopping on a budget. While you may not think of an approximately $550 board as a value option, we have purchased and tested a handful of boards that cost less than or equal to this and invariably been extremely disappointed. These other boards haven't even warranted a full review, either breaking or riding so poorly that they were cut within an hour or two of testing, leaving the Yuneec E-Go 2 as the best bang for the buck out there. This model is available in three colors, and can even be occasionally found at a discount at major retailers. However, this board did struggle when it came to hills and didn't have the most responsive brakes, so it may be worth it (or necessary) to shell out the extra cash for a better model if you live in a place with more hills — probably not the best choice if you live in San Francisco.
Lower retail price
Struggles at hills
Read full review: Yuneec E-Go 2
Overall Most Fun
Handles steep hills
Drives over almost anything
Fast charge time
The Onewheel immediately stands out as unique in the field of products that we tested. Forgoing the typical four wheel configuration in favor of a massive monowheel, this board relies on a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes — with a few your own balancing abilities — to keep you upright while riding over practically anything. This board does amazingly well at the off-road terrain, handling things that other boards can't even dream of with ease. While this board may not be the most practical for the serious skateboarder or the daily commuter, this board is by far the most fun to play around on and can provide hours of entertainment for everything from weddings to a day at the beach — we brought it to both! there is a little bit of a learning curve with this model until you become proficient, but with a little practice — and some protective padding — you will be cruising around like an expert in no time.
Read full review: Onewheel
Analysis and Test Results
It shot for the stars, but came up short.
The Starry Board was a fantastic board and we thought that it had great potential — possibly even a candidate for an award. However, this board ceased operating after only a few miles and we still haven't been able to resolve the issues. This was over 10 weeks ago, with the Stary support team being extremely, frustratingly, maddeningly slow to respond and unable to answer our questions or initiate any sort of return or exchange. Obviously, we don't recommend this model of electric skateboard at this time, though it has done an exceptional job at collecting dust for the past month.
We spent countless hours researching the specifications on these products, sorting through user reviews and experiences, and comparing different manufacturer's claims to first determine which boards good enough to make the cut for our review, and then to determine a grueling series of challenges to crown the winners. We broke our test into six different weighted metrics that encompassed the most important aspects of these products and pushed them to the limit.
While your first impression of these products may be that they exist only as a novelty item for rich kids, these boards can actually be a great tool for the daily commuter, or for the pro skateboarder. It's hard to argue with the ability to easily and quickly activate brakes or to zoom up a hill with ease. These products as a whole are quickly becoming more and more affordable, making them accessible to a wide variety of users.
We always recommend that everyone wears the proper protective equipment, whether they are a new rider or an experienced one, and check local rules and regulations regarding the use of these products before they go ride — no one wants an injury, ticket, or citation!
Do you feel the need for speed? One of the first tests we conducted, and the most important — making up 25% of the overall score — was looking at both the speed and acceleration of these products. We measured how long it took for each board to complete a known distance, giving it plenty of runway to build up to maximum speed before entering the course, and then calculated its top speed. We averaged the results of multiple trials to come up with our final results.
To assess the acceleration of each board, we timed how long it took each model to travel a 50' course, with a stationary start. We also took into account our various tester's intuition of the acceleration after they had logged significant time on each board.
Both of our Editors' Choice award winners, the Evolve GT Bamboo and Boosted Board Dual+ the took home the top marks in this metric, both earning a 9 out of 10. These boards were the fasted in our test, clocking in at 22 mph and 21.96 mph respectively, completely in line with the manufacturer's claimed maximum speed of about 22 mph for each board. The Evolve did have a slight edge on the Boosted Dual+ when it came to acceleration, practically knocking some testers off with how fast it would take off in GT mode — its most advanced riding profile.
Following these two top scorers was the Inboard M1 and the Halo Board Carbon Edition, both earning a 7 out of 10. The M1 was quite fast, clocking in at an average of 18.97 mph in our tested maximum speed test. It wasn't quite as good in our acceleration test as it was a little slow to get up to speed, about on par with the Yuneec E-Go 2. The Halo Board was even faster, hitting a top speed of 20.48 mph in our tests, but performed similarly to the M1 and the Yuneec when it came to acceleration.
Next up were the Genesis Hellfire and the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition. These models did slightly better than average with a score of 6 out of 10. The Genesis did exceptionally well at speed, following closely (within 1 mph) of the top performers, but pretty abysmally at acceleration, meriting the lowest subscore that we gave out. We also ran into some issues with connectivity with this board that remained unresolved — not exactly instilling confidence in it. The Metroboard did consistently above average throughout this metric, coming in at a respectable, though not award winning 17.65 mph. This board actually had decent acceleration, but only having one powered wheel made it feel exceptionally squirrely and uncontrolled in our acceleration test, causing it to lose some favor.
The Onewheel followed, earning a solid 5 out of 10. While this board did manage to hit slightly higher top speeds for extremely short periods in other tests, we found that the fastest maximum speed that could easily be maintained was about 13.5 mph. This is decently slower than other boards, but feels almost the same, due to the unique design of the Onewheel.
This board does have a ton of power behind it, and great acceleration — if you can stay on it!
Rounding out the bottom of the bunch were the Yuneec E-Go 2, Pure Energy, and the Acton Blink, all earning a sub par 4 out of 10. The Acton was the fastest of the bunch, followed by the Pure Energy and then the Yuneec, with speeds of 16.68 mph, 15.27 mph, and 13.26 mph respectively. the Yuneec has the snappiest acceleration of this triumvirate, followed by the Acton. The Pure Energy had very poor acceleration in our tests, and continually would cut power throughout the test, perhaps sensing an overload.
Following closely behind speed, Range is almost as important of a metric for these products. No matter how awesome and amazing an electric skateboard is at zipping around town, climbing hills, and stopping on a dime — it all goes out the window the moment the moment the battery dies. We ran each board on relatively flat terrain until the battery died, keeping them in either an "Eco" mode if it was available, or in the riding mode most closely in the middle. We also timed how long it took for each board to recharge after it was completely drained.
The Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition took home the top score in this metric, earning an exceptionally good 8 out of 10. This board made it more than 5 miles further than its next closest competitor, with a maximum range of 23.4 mph, with a riding profile of 5 beeps out of 9. We did notice that this board started to slow down around the 20-mile mark, maxing out at around 13 mph with the throttle held at 100%. This board had about an average time to charge the batteries, taking around 2 hours, 40 minutes in our test.
Right on the heels of the Metroboard was the Evolve GT Bamboo Street and the Halo Board Carbon Edition with a score of 7 out of 10, the Evolve went for a total of 18.2 miles before throwing in the towel. We particularly liked that this board maintained its speed the whole time, unlike almost every other board that we tested. Most other models would start slowing down around the 50% mark and then would almost be unusably slow for the last few miles before the battery died. The Evolve took approximately 3 hours, 40 minutes to completely charge, though an upgraded, 80-minute fast charger is available to purchase as an upgrade.
The Halo Board made it an exceptional 14.7 miles before the batteries were completely depleted, all while maintaining an average speed of 12.6 mph. This model also charged quite quickly, only taking about two hours to completely recharge in our test, exceeding the manufacturer's stated time of three hours.
Following these standout performances, the majority of the other boards in this category all were about average when it came to range, with the Yuneec E-Go 2, Pure Energy, Onewheel, Boosted Board Dual+, Inboard M1, and Acton Blink all earning a 5 out of 10. The Yuneec traveled the furthest of this pack, lasting for a total of 16 miles, but it slowed down substantially just after traveling 10 miles, with a new reduced top speed of 6-8 mph.
This board also took a decently long time to charge in our test, measuring in at 4.5 hours, aligning with a manufacturer claimed time of 3-5 hours. This was followed by the Pure Energy with a maximum range of 12.1 miles, and a charging time of around 4 hours. The Onewheel had a below average range of about 7.7 miles but had a fantastically short recharge time of about 35 minutes. Surprisingly, the Boosted had a very short range of about 6.6 miles in "Eco" mode, but this is somewhat mitigated by the fact that it only takes 75 minutes to completely recharge. Next was the Inboard, lasting for a measly 6.3 miles and taking 90 minutes to recharge. Finally, the Acton had an effective range of around 6 miles, necessitating about 80 minutes to completely charge back to 100%.
The Genesis rounded out the bottom of the pack in this metric, with a measly 4.5-mile effective range in our tests, and needing a 3-hour recharge session to top off the battery.
This metric basically encompassed how each board felt, in both ideal and difficult conditions. We evaluated the comfort of each board, as well as which models we were drawn to over and over again, that possessed that certain je ne sais quoi. We also assessed how each board fared in the face of adversity — how it handled traversing bumpy terrain and if it could successfully clear unexpected cracks in the road. You can see how each board ranked in the chart below.
We had a three-way tie for the top scoring position in this metric, with the Evolve GT, Boosted, and the Onewheel all earning a well-deserved 7 out of 10. One quick side note: We tested the Evolve GT with the standard, longboard style wheels that came stock, not with the upgraded all-terrain kit. We found that the Evolve GT and the Boosted were the most comfortable to ride of the bunch, and consequently, were the ones that we were drawn to over and over again if we needed to run a quick errand or just wanted to play around on. The Onewheel isn't quite as comfortable to ride for longer periods of time, but we were drawn to it over and over again — almost as much as the above boards — simply because it is just so much fun to ride. While the Onewheel wasn't as comfortable to ride as the pair above, its performance at traversing bumpy terrain and handling unexpected cracks is unparalleled.
Unsurprising, as it's easy to see that a board designed for traveling over mud, grass, sand, and snow should easily handle some rough spots on the asphalt. The Evolve GT handled rough road the best out of the traditional skateboard designs, just slightly better than the Boosted.
Following closely behind this trio of front-runners, the Metroboard and the Inboard both earned a 6 out of 10. The Metroboard just wasn't quite as comfortable to ride around, and though we did like this model, we just weren't drawn to it quite as much as some of the others. It does a good job handling the bumpy terrain, about as good as the Boosted, but watch out if you hit an unexpected crack. This board has super low clearance, and the motor will bottom out easily on large cracks — enough to send you flying if you aren't careful!
The Inboard M1 was quite comfortable to ride around, with a nice wide deck putting it on the same comfort level as the Evolve GT. It did reasonably well at handling cracks and bumps, performing similarly to a standard longboard but the hub motors prevent it from bottoming out when clearing cracks, like the Metroboard is prone to doing.
The Yuneec, Halo Board Carbon Edition, and the Genesis all delivered an average performance in this metric, delivering a 5 out of 10. After all of the remote connectivity issues on the unit we tested, it was hard to be drawn to the Genesis, but it was relatively comfortable to ride, equivalent to the Metroboard. The Genesis also did well at handling rougher roads, about as well as the Boosted, but it was still hard to overcome our first impressions of the board. The Yuneec was pretty average across the board, no major flaws — but nothing to get too excited about. It's a little less comfortable to ride and handles bumpy roads worse than the Genesis and the Metroboard. We just weren't drawn to it as much, and it faltered a little on the cracks, bottoming out on the deeper ones.
The Halo Board was actually quite comfortable to ride and we were reasonably drawn to it — provided we were planning on going over smooth roads. This model didn't handle rough roads or unexpected cracks well at all, giving the rider an unpleasantly jarring ride if the road was anything but smooth.
The Pure Energy was next in the lineup, earning 4 out of 10. We weren't the biggest fans of this board in a holistic sense and were drawn to it the second least. It was slightly below average in terms of comfort while riding, with the odd idiosyncrasy that it was more apt at turning left than right. This board felt like it rattled a little too much for comfort going over bumpy roads, but it did handle cracks comparable to a normal longboard.
Last was the Acton, with a poor score of 3 out of 10. This board felt unstable and uncomfortable while riding, largely due to an odd bump in the middle of the board. It was super jumpy on rough roads due to its short size but did feel slightly better on cracks as it has decently large wheels.
One of the best benefits of having a motorized skateboard is the ability to zip up hills with ease. However, not all electric skateboards are created equal, and a hill that is easy for one model may prove an insurmountable obstacle to another. We put these products through their paces to find the maximum hill grade that they could climb and see if it matched the manufacturer's claim. Once again, our tester was an average-sized, adult male for these tests, and a smaller or larger rider might find slightly different hill climbing abilities than we did. However, the overall trend and order would remain the same. You can see how each board stacked up below.
The Evolve decisively earned the top score in this category, a 10 out of 10, for powering up a 23% grade that stumped every other board we tested. This board didn't struggle it all, with our tester noting that it felt like he "flew up the hill."
Following the Evolve, both the Boosted and the Onewheel earned a solid 8 out of 10. Both of these boards shot up a 15% grade but struggled with the 23% grade. This hill just slightly exceeded the abilities of these boards, but we feel that both of these models could easily handle a slightly less steep hill.
The Metroboard was the last board that really performed well in the test, meriting a 7 out of 10. This model was the slowest up the 15% hill, but it did make it, holding its own with only one wheel powered on a traditional skateboard design. It made it a fraction of the way (about 6') up the steeper, but couldn't quite muster the power to make it all the way up.
Next were the Yuneec, Halo Board, and the Inboard, all earning a 4 out of 10. The Yuneec barely crept up a 10% grade, and definitely gave us the impression that this would make the board very unhappy if it was attempted for long periods of time. The Inboard did even worse, struggling to make it up an 8.75% grade. The Halo Board could make it up a 10% grade if we started at speed, but anything steeper than about 4% was a bit of a struggle if you started from a standstill.
The Acton followed, receiving a meager 3 out of 10. This board made it up a maximum of about 5% hill grade, and felt extremely slow on anything steeper, causing us to joke that it might have been faster to walk.
Finishing out the bottom of the group were the Pure Energy and the Genesis, both deserving a 2 out of 10 for their poor performance. Both of these boards would lose a ton of speed on even the smallest of hills, falling far short of their claimed hills climbing abilities. We found that these boards maxed out at about a 3.5% grade hill in our tests, and are basically only suitable for flat terrain.
For this metric, we compared some of the non-riding aspects of these products. We looked at the ergonomics of the remote control (if there was one), how responsive the board and remote felt, the level of customer support we received, the weight of each unit, and whether or not regenerative braking was a feature. This determined the score for each board, which you can see in the chart below.
The Evolve and Boosted were once again the top performers in this category, landing in a tie for the top spot with 8 out of 10. Both of these boards possess regenerative braking, and had good customer support, with both email and phone lines. We received prompt responses to our email inquiries when we had questions on these boards for the manufacturer, and both of these have 6-month warranties. These boards were both equally responsive and had solid remotes that felt ergonomic.
The Boosted did have a slight advantage to the Evolve in terms of weight, being about 2.5 lbs lighter in the standard configuration, and about 6 lbs lighter when the Evolve was in the all-terrain configuration.
Following the pair of top performers, the Onewheel and the Inboard M1 earned a 7 out of 10. The Onewheel has regenerative braking and customer support to match the Boosted and the Evolve, but was considerably heavier, dropping its score down. It also lacks a remote, as it relies on the angle of the board to determine its speed and direction. We found this to actually be the most responsive board of the group, and it has a companion app to allow you to adjust settings.
The Inboard was a little on the heavy side but has an interestingly shaped remote that was actually quite comfortable to hold, for the most part. The throttle stood out from the remote the most on this board — something we weren't very fond of. It was reasonably responsive to remote commands without too much of a noticeable delay and the customer service we received was fairly helpful. The Inboard also has regenerative braking.
Next the Acton and the Yuneec both earned a 6 out of 10. These boards both had comparable levels of customer support — though the Acton was slightly better — and have regenerative braking. These two models also had similar remotes but were vastly different when it came to weight and responsiveness. The Acton was the lightest board of the group, but the least responsive — with a noticeable lag between the remote and the board. The Yuneec was just slightly better than average for both of these sub-metrics.
The Pure Energy, Halo Board Carbon Edition, and the Metroboard all were about average in this category, deserving 5 out of 10. All of these boards felt equally responsive and had regenerative braking, but we found the Metroboard support to be lacking in our interactions with them, faring slightly worse than the Pure Energy and substantially worse than the Boosted and the Evolve. The Metroboard was also decently heavier than the Pure Energy, but we like the remote on this board much better than the Pure Energy. The remote for the Halo Board felt fine to hold, but the trigger did feel a little flimsy and we were quite concerned about it breaking. The lack of a technical support phone number for the Halo Board also lost it some favor with us.
Coming in the last place for this metric, the Genesis earned a 3 out of 10. This board lacks regenerative braking, and we found it to have abysmal customer support in our interactions with them, taking us weeks to get a response and repeated reminders. This board was a little on the heavy side and awkwardly weighted, but was of about average responsiveness.
Last, but certainly not unimportant, the stopping abilities of each board comprised this final metric. We tested how the brakes worked at allowing you to maintain a controlled descent down a steep hill, as well as how they did at completely stopping you on flat ground and how long the stopping distance was. You can see how the boards scored in the graphic below.
Continuing a trend, the Boosted had the best brakes of the bunch, earning a 9 out of 10 for this set of tests. This board does a great job of allowing you to control your speed down a steep hill and took about 25' to come to a complete stop in our tests from a speed of approximately 12 mph.
The Evolve and the Onewheel were the runners-up, receiving a 7 out of 10. The Evolve couldn't completely stop our descent on the steepest of hills but would reduce our speed to around 1-3 mph, definitely slow enough to step off without too much worry. The Evolve could stop quite abruptly on flat ground, practically launching our tester a handful of times. The Onewheel was competent at both stopping quickly on the flat ground, having some of the shortest stopping distances of the pack, as well as controlling the speed of descent on all but the steepest hills.
too Much Faith in the Brakes? Don't Push Your Limits.
While having brakes on a board is a fantastic addition, it's prudent to remember that these are not 100% reliable. Many of these boards all use the electrical properties of the motor to slow down and divert that energy to the battery, rather than a fixed mechanical brakes and can become disabled if the battery is too full or under other circumstances. Prudent inspection of the owner's manual will state the required precautions to take when using the brakes on each board.
The Metroboard and the Inboard M1 did slightly above average, meriting a 6 out of 10. The Metroboard didn't do great at stopping on flat ground, having a stopping distance that was almost double that of the Evolve. It was also possible to control your speed on medium hills, but we found that only having the single wheel with a brake on it caused you to slide around a bit on the steeper hills.
The Inboard was about on par with the Metroboard for stopping distance, taking 35' to come to a complete stop from moderate speed (12 mph). It did a little worse than the Metroboard when came to controlling speed on the downhills, going a little bit faster with the brakes fully engaged on a 15% grade hill.
The Pure Energy was about average across the board, earning a 5 out of 10. It did decently well with hills up to about 10% grade, but any steeper and you were in for some problems. It had a stopping distance of about 33' in our tests.
The Yuneec struggled with this set of tests, earning a 3 out of 10. This board can slow you down on a hill up to about 10% grade, but we wouldn't trust it on anything too much steeper or on very long hills. This board took about 58' to stop in our flat stop test, almost triple the distance of top performers like the Evolve.
Rounding out the back of the pack were the Halo Board, Acton, and the Genesis, all deserving a 2 out of 10 for their subpar performances in this metric. The Acton did poorly in the flat stop test, taking about 58' to stop, with the Genesis doing a little better with a distance of 36'. The Halo Board did even worse than the Acton, taking over 60' to come to a complete stop. All of these boards did badly on controlling speed for a downhill descent, failing to slow you down on even the shallowest of inclines.
It can be difficult to narrow down the field of electric skateboards to the right product for you, as these items can be a significant investment and have a wide spread of capabilities and features. Hopefully, this review has helped you make the perfect selection and find a board that you will be happy with for years to come.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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