After researching over 100 different electric skateboards, we bought the top 13 models on the market in 2019 to test out head-to-head to find out for ourselves which skateboard is truly supreme. We pushed these boards to their limits, measuring their maximum speed, acceleration, range, and hill climbing ability, as well as how effectively their brakes can stop you once you are up to speed. We also ranked and compared how each skateboard handled rough or uneven roads, cracked pavement, and even if they can cope with off-road terrain. Check out our comprehensive review below to find out which board is truly the best, which is the best value, and which we thought is the most fun to ride.
The Best Electric Skateboards
|Price||$1,780 List||$1,450 List||$1,400 List|
$1,398.95 at Amazon
|$1,800 List||$950 List|
|Pros||Fantastic at climbing hills, incredibly fast, amazing range||Powers up steep hills, fast, seriously scary acceleration||Very fast, great stopping power, does amazingly well at hills||Fast, super fun to ride, handles extreme terrain with ease||Impressive performance considering its price, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easily|
|Cons||Premium price, heavy||Heavy, long time to charge on standard charger||Pricey, expected better range with its price||Heavy, steeper learning curve||Heavy, so-so range|
|Bottom Line||By far the best products you can get, the Bamboo GTX is our all-time favorite board that we have seen to date||One of the best boards available today||If you want one of the absolute best boards out there, the Plus is a great choice||Capable of traveling over almost anything and being fast enough to frighten, this board is by far the most fun to ride||The Pint is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for about half as much|
|Rating Categories||Evolve GTX Bamboo...||Evolve GT Bamboo...||Boosted Plus||Onewheel+ XR||Onewheel Pint|
|Specs||Evolve GTX Bamboo...||Evolve GT Bamboo...||Boosted Plus||Onewheel+ XR||Onewheel Pint|
|Tested Maximum Speed||23.81 mph||22 mph||22 mph||17 mph||14.16 mph|
|Tested Maximum Range||32.3 mi.||18.2 mi.||14.5 mi.||16.3 mi.||10 mi.|
|Measured Weight||20.1 lbs.||17.3 lbs||17.8 lbs.||27.1 lbs.||25.5 lbs|
|Measured Uphiill Grade||23% +||23% +||15% +||15% +||15% +|
|Manufacturer Claimed Range||31 miles||Street: 19 miles
AT: 12 miles
|14 miles||12 - 18 miles||6-8 miles|
|Measured Charge Time||345 min.||220 min.||115 min.||120 min.||120 min.|
|Tested Stopping Distance||30 ft.||20 ft.||30 ft.||15 ft.||14 ft|
|Battery||36 volt 10AH Lithium Ion.||36 volt 6.5ah Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion (NMC)|
|Deck Length||38 inches||38 inches||38 inches||29.5 inches
2X 9 inch platforms
2X 8 inch platforms
|Truck Witdth||GT Super carve 12"||GT Super carve 12"||7.5"||N/A||N/A|
|Wheel Size||97 mm||Street: 83 mm
AT: 7 inch
|85 mm||11 inch||10.5 inch|
|Lighting||Available for purchase||Available for purchase||No||Yes||Yes|
Best High-Performance Skateboard
Evolve GTX Bamboo Street
Earning the top score out of the entire group, the GTX Street toppled its predecessor with a stellar performance and easily claimed the top spot of the entire group and an Editors' Choice Award. This skateboard is exceptionally fast and has a phenomenal range, lasting for over 30 miles in "Eco" mode. It powers up almost any hill that you can find and is extremely comfortable to ride.
Unfortunately, this amazing performance comes at a hefty price, with this board being the most expensive of the group by far. Additionally, we wished the stopping power was just a little bit better, as you can't completely stop on steeper hills, only reduce your speed to 1-3 mph. However, this is a relatively minor drawback and we would recommend this board for anyone who wants the absolute best of the best when it comes to electric skateboards — if you can afford it.
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The Evolve GTX and GT are both exceptionally high-powered boards that require due respect. While these boards do have restricted riding modes for novice users, beginners should think long and hard about selecting either of these as their first foray into electric skateboarding and we can't emphasize enough that proper protective equipment should be worn. These are seriously fast products 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 these boards when they became too complacent. They are both great boards and we highly recommend them … as long as you know what you are getting into.
Best Board for Commuting and City Travel
If you are getting sticker shock from the cost of the GTX but still want one of the best skateboards out there, then you should consider the Boosted Plus. This board is a couple of hundred dollars less expensive and holds its own with the GTX when it comes to speed and overall feel while riding. On top of that, the Plus has superior stopping power, making it an excellent choice for those that are commuting in areas with traffic and obstacles and want the ability to more easily regulate their descent speed.
However, this board can't quite match the raw power of the GTX, struggling to go up the steepest hills in our test that the GTX practically flew up. Also, while the Boosted Plus comes with Boosted's extended battery as a stock option, it couldn't come close to the range of the GTX, only lasting for about half the distance. Regardless, the Plus is still one of our all-time favorite boards and is another fantastic option if you aren't feeling the Evolve GTX or if it is too pricey for you.
Read Full Review: Boosted Board Plus
Best Bang for the Buck
Boosted Mini X
If you are looking at the premium boards and thinking that they are just a bit too pricey for you, then you may want to consider the Boosted Mini X, which earned our Best Buy Award. While this board isn't an amazingly cheap option, it does a good job of balancing a top-notch performance that holds its own with the premium boards and keeping the price from climbing up too high. The Mini X is quite fast — for a miniature board — does a surprisingly good job at climbing hills, and has stellar stopping power.
Unfortunately, a few concessions had to be made to keep both the size and the price tag of this board on the smaller side. It has a somewhat lackluster range and isn't the most comfortable to ride for longer periods, due to the narrower stance you are forced to take with the shorter deck. This also means it isn't the most fun to ride this board over particularly rough or bumpy roads, but we still had tons of fun riding this little board around. If you are dreaming of a top-tier board but shopping on a budget, then the Mini X is a great option.
Read Full Review: Boosted Mini X
Best Value for Off-Road
If you are shopping on a budget and looking for a board that can handle poor quality pavement and off-road terrain better than the Mini X, then the Onewheel Pint is a great option. This pint-sized self-balancing skateboard is exceptionally fun to ride, with its massive monowheel easily cruising over obstacles and terrain that would stop other boards in their tracks. It's pretty comfortable to ride, cruises up solidly steep hills with ease, and has excellent braking abilities.
However, the Pint can definitely be off-putting if you aren't a fan of self-balancing boards. The board is essentially useless when its battery dies and it can be a little less comfortable than the standard boards to ride for long distances. It also can't go up the steepest hills without bottoming out. It's a fantastic choice if you are searching for the surfy feel of self-balancing monowheel board on a budget but isn't the best choice if you are looking for a more traditional feel to your E-skateboarding experience.
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Best on a Tight Budget
Backfire G2 with G2T Motors
Unfortunately, we did find that the Backfire G2 is a little underpowered for our tastes. This is particularly noticeable when climbing hills or if you hit a crack in the road unexpectedly. We also weren't impressed with the stopping power of this skateboard, as it took an average of 36' to come to a complete stop in our test, even when only traveling at a moderate speed. Despite these flaws, it's hard to argue with the price of the G2 if you are shopping on a budget since it is an overall decent board that retails at a fraction of the cost of the top-tier products.
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Overall Most Fun
The larger sibling of the Pint, the Onewheel+ XR has consistently been one of our all-time favorite boards. This self-balancing monowheel can go quite a bit faster than the Pint and has a significantly longer range. It's more comfortable to ride for extended periods as well, due to the larger deck, and can roll over plenty of obstacles and cover terrain that would be impossible with the vast majority of other skateboards.
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! It's an absolute blast to cruise around on but this board can be quite a pricey purchase and hard to justify if you aren't using it regularly.
Read Full Review: Onewheel+ XR
Why You Should Trust Us?
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 have spent close to four years ranking and scoring these products, buying all the best boards — refusing to accept any free models! — and continually updating our review as new boards have become available.
Austin Palmer and David Wise make up our E-skateboard testing and reviewing team. Austin is an avid skateboarder — both motorized and not — and has been riding for almost 2 decades, logging over a thousand miles. Since 2015, he has personally ridden and tested over 30 electric skateboards. Over these last four years, he has ridden over all sorts of terrain including sand, dirt, grass, rough mountain passes, trails, gravel, snow, and ice. David has formal training as a mechanical engineer and has significant experience with lithium battery and brushless motor systems, including building electric go-karts, race cars, scooters, and even a self-balancing skateboard. He lends his expertise when it comes to comparing and scoring the range and power of each board, as well as aiding in the creation of our test plans for these products.
Related: How We Tested Electric Skateboards
Analysis and Test Results
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, these boards can actually be a great daily commuter vehicle or the skateboard enthusiast. 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!
Unfortunately, you are going to have to pay for it if you want a high-performance electric skateboard. All the best boards easily cost over a grand — a hefty chunk of change, so it is worth considering how much you plan on using the board and how much utility it will really give you if you are looking at the upper echelon of boards. However, if you are looking to save some cash, then the Backfire G2 with G2T Motors is your best bet. It's the cheapest board that we have seen without any major drawbacks and definitely worth your consideration if you are a budget-minded shopper.
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 electric skateboard, 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 GTX Bamboo and the Boosted Board Plus did exceptionally well, and along with the Evolve GT, tied for the top spot, all earning a 9 out of 10. This trio of boards all are very fast, putting up an average top speed of over 20 mph in our tests, with the GTX being the fastest — almost hitting an average of 24 mph in our time trials
Surprisingly, we found the Evolve GT had the best acceleration off the line, even beating out its successor, the GTX.
This is most likely due to the slightly smaller wheel size of the GT, but both these boards are bordering on scary when you hit full throttle from a standstill.
The Boosted Plus is a little slower off the line, but not by much. It usually only took a fraction of a second more time on average than the pair of Evolve boards to complete the course.
The Backfire G2 and the Ride1Up came next, both earning an 8 out of 10. The Backfire G2 is a surprisingly speedy board was right behind the frontrunners in our tests, hitting an average top speed of 19.77 mph. It also has solid acceleration, only taking a fraction of a second longer than the Boosted Plus or the Evolve GTX.
The Ride1Up is even faster than the Backfire G2, matching or even exceeding the measured maximum speed of the top-tier boards, hitting an average maximum speed of 24.1 mph in our test. However, the Ride1Up Bamboo Classic struggled a bit in our acceleration test. It seems slightly underpowered, stalling momentarily if you hit a crack or bump in the road at high speeds and can't compete with the top boards when starting from a standstill.
The Onewheel+ XR, the Boosted Mini X, and the Riptide R1, followed, each earning a 7 out of 10. The XR hit an average maximum speed of 17 mph in our test — slightly less than the 19 mph claimed by the manufacturer, but more than fast enough for our taste. This board also accelerates extremely quickly — only really exceeded by the Evolve GTX and the GT.
The R1 by Riptide held its own in this test, matching the performance of some boards that are significantly more expensive. This board averaged a respectable 19.9 mph in our max speed test and fared decently well when it came to acceleration, finishing slightly above average.
The Mini X is a little faster off the line than the Riptide, but it couldn't quite match its top speed in our tests, hitting an average top speed of 18.49 mph.
Next up, the Boosted Mini S, the Pint, the Inboard M1, the Teamgee H5, and the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition all did slightly better than average with a score of 6 out of 10. The M1 is quite fast, clocking in at an average of 18.97 mph in our tested maximum speed test, but struggles a little bit when it comes to acceleration, being a little slow to get up to speed from a complete stop.
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 miniature Mini S is comparable fast, clocking in with an average top speed of 17.13 mph. The manufacturer claims it can go 18 mph, but our best guess is they used a much smaller tester when coming up with that speed because we never managed to get there. Surprisingly, this little board has very good acceleration, finishing in the upper portion of the group and having an exceptionally smooth and easy to ride acceleration curve off the starting line. The Teamgee is just a tiny bit faster than the Mini S, clocking in with an average maximum speed of 17.43 mph in our test — still just a tad bit slower than the Metroboard and the Inboard M1. However, it has the least acceleration of these boards, except for the Inboard.
The Pint didn't have an amazingly fast top speed in our tests, clocking in at just over 14 mph, but it has phenomenal acceleration.
It's extremely fast off the starting line and gets up to speed faster than almost every other board in the entire group.
Our Range metric followed in terms of significance, accounting for 20% of the total score for each board. 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 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.
If your battery dies while you are out riding, you aren't totally out of luck — depending which board you are on at least. The self-balancing models, like the Onewheel Pint or Onewheel+ XR, can't be ridden at all once they run out of power, so you are going to want to pay particular attention to the range of these boards when planning rides. The hub motor boards are the exact opposite, as they can be ridden the same as a normal skateboard when the battery dies, with only a barely noticeable increase in rolling resistance. The belt-driven boards have a fairly noticeable amount of resistance compared to a normal skateboard when you are pushing them around manually but you can usually manage for short distances without too much suffering.
The Evolve GTX delivered a phenomenal performance, earning a 10 out of 10 in our range test and putting it at the top of the group.
This board felt like it lasted forever, only calling it quits after 32.3 miles. Unfortunately, this board also takes forever to charge, only filling up the battery after almost 6 hours on the charger.
The Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition and the Onewheel+ XR tied for the second-highest score in this metric, earning an exceptionally good 8 out of 10. The Metroboard has a maximum range of 23.4 mph, with a riding profile of 5 beeps out of 9, putting it close to the top of the group. 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 took around 2 hours, 40 minutes to completely recharge, which is about average.
The XR stands for extended range, and the Onewheel+ XR definitely lived up to that. This board made it a little less than the Metroboard, but it still traveled an impressive 16.3 miles before dying. On top of that, it also charges exceptionally quickly, only taking about two hours in our test.
The Evolve GT, the Ride1UP, and the Boosted Plus all followed, each receiving a 7 out of 10 for their efforts. The Evolve GT went for a total of 18.2 miles failing to operate, though we did like that this board maintained its speed right until the very end. This is a bit of a rarity, as almost every other board that we tested began to slow down well before the battery drained. 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 Boosted Plus lasted for a respectable 14.5 miles in the range test, comparing quite favorably with the other boards of the bunch. On top of that, it also charges in less than two hours — one of the faster boards of the group.
The Bamboo Classic by Ride1UP traveled for a respectable 18.1 miles before calling it quits and maintained speed for most of it. Its top speed dropped to 13-14 mph for the last mile or so before dying. Unfortunately, this board does take quite a while to recharge — just shy of four hours in our test!
Next, the Pint, the Boosted Mini X, and the Backfire G2 each earned a 5 out of 10 for their middle-of-the-road range. Both the Mini X and the G2 had very similar range performances in our tests, with the G2 traveling for 10.9 miles before dying and the Mini X making if just a bit less — 10.8 miles. However, the Mini X does charge quite a bit faster than the G2, reaching 100% charge after 111 minutes in our test, compared to the G2's 210 minutes.
Following these standout performances, the Inboard M1, Riptide R1, and the Boosted Mini S all received a 4 out of 10 for their somewhat lackluster showing.
The Boosted Mini S made is a little farther, failing at just over 7 miles, but also charges quite quickly. The R1 made it the furthest of the group, totally stopping just shy of 9 miles, but it slowed down so much that its effective range feels closer to 6.5 miles. It takes a bit longer to charge as well, clocking in close to two hours. The Inboard made it a bit less, only making it 6.3 miles, though it does only take 90 minutes to recharge. However, the M1 is a bit unique due to the fact that you can buy additional batteries and swap them out, allowing you to drastically increase your range if you are willing to carry additional batteries while you ride — and can afford to buy them!
Finishing at the back of the group, the Teamgee H5 earned a 3 out of 10. This board did make it a little further than the Inboard and the R1, traveling for 7 miles before quitting. Unfortunately, it did start slowing down quite a bit after 5.5 miles and it took around 170 minutes to recharge.
This metric 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.
We had a tie for the top scoring position in this metric, with the Evolve GTX, Boosted Plus, Evolve GT, the Pint, and the Onewheel+ XR all earning a well-deserved 7 out of 10.
We found that the Evolve GT, GTX, and the Boosted are 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. One quick side note: We tested the Evolve GT and the GTX with the standard, longboard style wheels that came stock, not with the upgraded all-terrain kit.
The XR and the Pint aren't quite as comfortable to ride for longer periods as a traditional 4-wheel skateboard, but we found we were drawn to this pair over and over again — almost as much as the above boards — simply because they are so much fun to ride.
While the self-balancing models aren't as comfortable to ride as the Evolve or Boosted, their performance at traversing bumpy terrain and handling unexpected cracks is unparalleled. Unsurprising, as it's easy to see that boards designed for traveling over mud, grass, sand, and snow should easily handle some rough spots on the asphalt. Either of these boards would be our first choice if we knew we were going to be riding over less than perfect pavement.
The Evolve GTX handled rough road the best out of the traditional skateboard designs, just slightly better than the GT or the Boosted Plus.
Following closely behind the top boards, the Metroboard, the Boosted Mini X, the Backfire G2, and the Inboard each 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 Backfire is a little less comfortable to ride than the Inboard — about the same as the Metroboard — and can get a little more squirrely on rough roads, but we did think that it was a more playful and fun board to ride. The Mini X is hampered by its size, making it less comfortable to ride for extended periods, but it did surprisingly well with cracked and bumpy pavement — given its short wheelbase — and is a blast to ride.
The Boosted Mini S, the Ride1UP Bamboo Classic, and the Teamgee H5 all finished in the middle of the group, each meriting a 5 out of 10 for its efforts. The Mini S — like the Mini X — is only about average in comfort to ride, due to its smaller size and the forced narrower stance, but we were still decently drawn to it, mainly due to its extremely convenient operation and transportation. Unfortunately, its narrower wheelbase makes it a bit more jarring when going over rough pavement.
The H5 has a jarring and unpleasant ride when going over bad pavement, so we weren't particularly drawn to it unless we knew we were going to be going over smooth roads. However, it is comfortable enough that we didn't hate riding it for longer periods, provided the road was smooth. The Ride1UP is even shakier than the H5 or the Mini S when heading over poor pavement and will stall if you hit a crack in the road at higher speeds. However, it is fairly comfortable to ride — more so than the Mini S at least.
The Riptide R1 was last in the lineup, both earning 4 out of 10. The Riptide is a surprisingly fun and comfortable board to ride around, but we weren't fans of the remote and how the board responded to its commands.
It also has a stiffer deck, so you feel cracks and crevices a bit more --about the same as the Mini S.
One of the best benefits of having an electric 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.
The pair of Evolve boards decisively claimed the top score in this category, a 10 out of 10, for powering up a 23% grade that stumped every other board we tested. These boards didn't struggle it all, with our tester noting that it felt like he "flew up the hill."
The Onewheel Pint came next, earning a 9 out of 10 for its hill-climbing performance. This board has more than enough power to match the Evolve skateboards but it can't make it up the steepest hills since the board will bottom out and start dragging if the incline is too great.
Following the GT, the GTX, and the Pint, the Boosted Plus and Onewheel+ XR both earned an 8 out of 10 for their solid performance. These boards shot up a 15% grade but struggled with the 23% grade. This hill just slightly exceeded the abilities of these boards, with the Boosted Plus lacking the power and the XR's self-balancing circuitry beginning to push back to keep you upright. We would estimate that both of these boards could have handled a slightly less steep hill with ease and would have had no problem with a 20% grade hill — right in line with the manufacturers' specs. Both the XR and the Pint can make it up hills of the same steepness but the Pint made it up the 15% grade hill just a bit faster than the XR, earning it a higher hill score overall.
The Metroboard, the Mini X, and the Mini S are the last boards that excelled in this test, with all three meriting a 7 out of 10. The Metroboard was one of the slowest to get up the 15% hill, but it did make it, holding its own with only one wheel powered of traditional skateboard design. It made it a fraction of the way (about 6') up the steeper, 23% hill, but couldn't quite muster the power to make it all the way up.
The Mini S performed very much the same, even making it up the 15% hill a bit faster than the Metroboard but, again, couldn't quite make it on the 23% grade hill. The X performs almost identically to the Mini S, but it did get up the 15% grade a tiny bit faster.
The Backfire G2, the Ride1UP, and the Teamgee H5 followed, each earning a 6 out of 10. All three of these boards climbed the 15% grade test hill without too much of an issue — something we found very surprising since all three of these boards have hub motors. However, they did protest a bit at the start until they had some momentum built up. We did feel that the Backfire and the Ride1UP have a slight edge over the H5 when it comes to climbing hills, as both of them made it up the hill slightly faster and struggled less. However, the 23% grade hill was too much for all three of them.
The Riptide did about average in our hill test, earning it a 5 out of 10. This board did make it up the 15% grade hill, but just barely. It crept up the hill, going slow enough where it was much faster to walk
Next, the Inboard earned a 4 out of 10. This board did quite a bit worse than the Riptide or either of the Minis, struggling to make it up an 8.75% grade.
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 each electric skateboard and remote felt, the level of customer support we received, and the weight of each unit.
Claiming the top spot, the trio of Boosted boards — the Mini X, the Mini S, and the Plus each earned an 8 out of 10.
The Plus, Mini X, and the Mini S weigh in at 17.8 lbs, 17.5 lbs. and 15.9 lbs, respectively. This puts them roughly in the middle of the pack overall. We did find this to be a bit surprising in the case of the Mini S and the Mini X, as we would have expected these smaller boards to be quite a bit lighter.
This trio all has the same remote that is intuitive and user-friendly, as well as being quite ergonomic to hold and feels very well constructed, although we did have two small complaints with it: the riding mode indicator and the charging port. There isn't a way to know which mode you are in without cycling through the different modes and counting the lights or beeps. We also hoped that Boosted would eventually update the charging port from mini-USB, given that it is slowly becoming obsolete and the ubiquity of Apple Lightning and micro-USB cables and the growing advent of USB-C. However, these are relatively trivial details.
Both of these boards are highly responsive to remote commands, though the Mini S can get a little finicky right before the battery dies. Customer support is quite helpful was responded promptly and knowledgeably to some of our technical questions. However, we did have to pay for shipping to and from the repair facility to get a remote syncing issue fixed.
Following the pair of Boosted Boards, both the Evolve GTX, the GT, the Backfire G2, the Onewheel+ XR, and the Pint all earned a 7 out of 10.
The Evolve boards are both a little on the heavier side but have a solid remote. It's easy to hold, but it does take a tiny bit of time to get used to if you aren't already familiar with electric skateboard remotes.
The boards are highly responsive to remote commands and their customer support is on point, being very patient with our technical questions and dealing with some repairs quite painlessly.
The Onewheel+ XR and the Pint both have regenerative braking and excellent customer support that matches the Boosted and the Evolve, but are considerably heavier, dropping their score down. We actually found the self-balancing control input of these boards to be the most responsive — far superior to those that have remotes. Additionally, there is also a companion app to allow you to adjust settings on these boards through your phone.
The Backfire G2 is a tiny bit lighter than the Evolve boards and considerably lighter than the XR, but we did notice there to be slightly more of a lag in responding to controls. However, the remote seems quite sturdy and feels relatively ergonomic. We also found the customer support to be more than adequate.
The Inboard M1 and the Ride1UP both earned a 6 out of 10 when it came to its build. The Inboard is a little on the heavy side but has an interestingly shaped remote that is actually quite comfortable to hold, for the most part.
The throttle stood out from the remote the most on this electric skateboard — 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.
The Ride1UP weighs just about the same as the M1 but the remote feels just a little bit less comfortable to hold than the M1's. Both these boards are equally responsive to remote commands and have similar levels of customer support.
The Riptide R1, the Teamgee, and the Metroboard are about average in this category, each deserving 5 out of 10. The Metroboard has an alright remote control and is highly responsive to commands, but we found the Metroboard support to be lacking in our interactions with them — substantially worse than the Boosted and the Evolve. The Metroboard is also one of the heavier boards.
The Riptide is almost the exact opposite, being one of the lightest boards we have seen but being a little finicky and unreliable to the remote commands. However, the carrying handles are a nice feature and they have solid customer support. The Teamgee is just a bit heavier than the R1, but it is much more responsive to inputs, with no noticeable lag at all. We also liked the remote about as much as the Riptide's, but we found its customer support to be lacking.
Last, but certainly not least, the stopping abilities of each board comprised this final metric, worth 10% of the total score. 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.
The Boosted Plus, the Onewheel Pint, and the Onewheel+ XR had the best brakes of the bunch in our opinion, tying for the top spot and earning a 9 out of 10 for this set of tests. The Onewheel+ XR does a great job of allowing you to control your speed down a steep hill and only took about 15' to come to a complete stop in our tests from a speed of approximately 12 mph.
The Pint stopped even faster in our tests, only taking 14' to fully stop. It also makes it very easy to control your speed while going downhill, but you are limited if the hill gets too steep, as the back of the board will start dragging.
The Evolve GTX, the GT, the Boosted Mini S, and the Mini X all tied, each receiving a 7 out of 10. The Evolves 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. However, both Evolve boards stop exceptionally quickly on flat ground — almost abrupt enough to throw you from the board.
The Mini S and the Mini X both have solid stopping capabilities. This little boards can also come to a complete stop on hills but aren't the fastest at stopping on flat ground, with the Mini X taking about 20' in our test and the Mini S doubling that.
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 mechanical brake 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, the Backfire G2, the Teamgee, the Ride1UP, 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 Backfire and the Teamgee are both alright at controlling your speed on descents. They can't totally stop you or slow you down all that much if you start going downhill with a ton of speed, but they can drop your speed enough in most cases that you can bail if you have to. The Backfire took about 36' to stop on flat ground, with the Teamgee needing about 10' more of runway to come to a total stop. The Ride1UP Bamboo Classic took even longer than the Teamgee H5 to come to a complete stop, requiring an average of about two feet of additional runway. However, the Bamboo Classic does perform comparably in terms of stopping power to the H5, the Backfire G2, and the Inboard M1 when riding downhill.
The Riptide R1 delivered a middle-of-the-road performance, earning it a 5 out of 10. It takes almost 70' to come to a complete stop from a moderate speed, but only about half of that to slow down enough to jump off and run it out, if you had to. It's about average at controlling your speed on steep descents, reducing your speed to somewhere between 6 and 10 mph.
It can be really hard to pick the right electric skateboards, as these products have such a wide range of capabilities and costs. The less expensive boards might be a novelty, whereas the top-tier products can be a significant investment for the vast majority of people, who are using them as a daily commuter. Hopefully, this comprehensive guide has broken down all the ins and outs of the top boards on the market to help you find the perfect model that you will be thrilled with for a long time.
— Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman