Looking for the latest and greatest electric skateboard? We've spent over a year reviewing these products, with over 225 hours of side-by-side testing going into our scores. It can be very difficult to sort through all of the marketing buzz and questionable crowdfund campaigns to find a board that actually meets its claimed performance specs and will actually be delivered in a reasonable amount of time, so we are here to help. We bought the top 9 boards that are currently available, ranking and scoring their performance in everything from their ride to their maximum range. Take a look at the complete review below to see which board is truly the best, what you should get when shopping on a budget, and which is the most fun!
The Best Electric Skateboards of 2018
Analysis and Award Winners
For this update, we acquired the updated versions of the Onewheel and the Acton Blink, the Onewheel+ and the Acton Blink S. While we found the performance of the Blink S to be quite disappointing, the Onewheel+ did exceptionally well, eclipsing the performance of the original Onewheel and claiming a Top Pick Award for being the most fun board to ride. Check out the complete review below to see how these new boards compared to the rest of the pack.
Best Overall and Performance Skateboard
Evolve GT Bamboo Street
Earning the top score of the entire group, the Evolve GT Bamboo easily lays claim to the title of best overall electric skateboard and earned an Editors' Choice award for it fantastic performance. This model zips up the steepest of hills with ease, has an exceptionally high top speed, and a phenomenally powerful acceleration — enough to even vault some of our testers off of the board. On top of that, you can upgrade to the All-Terrain Wheels, allowing you to handle the bumpiest of roads and even drive off road. While we still recommend this board as the best of the best, our enthusiasm for it has paled slightly. The hand remote was broken in a fall and we received the newest firmware in the updated models. Our veteran testers are not fond of it switching to "Eco" mode when the battery is low, as this can sometimes happen inadvertently after periods of heavy acceleration when the trigger is fully released. This might not be an issue if you are just starting out with the Evolve, but can be a difficult transition for existing users. However, this board is still the best of the best for those that want a high-performance electric skateboard. Evolve has also recently released some updated models, the Carbon GT and the Bamboo GTX. The Carbon GT has the same powertrain as the Bamboo GT, but has a larger battery and thus, a longer range — about a 10-12 mile increase. It also has a carbon deck, making an overall stiffer ride that some people prefer, but many others dislike. The Bamboo GTX has the increased battery size and range, but the more flexible bamboo deck that many riders prefer for carving and is about 2 lbs. heavier than the GT edition. These boards cost $300-$500 more than the Bamboo GT, so the increased range comes at a hefty price, but can be invaluable if you plan on riding long distance all the time.
Read full review: Evolve GT Bamboo Street
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. Boosted has also recently released a new version of their mobile app, this time for both iOS and Android users! This app allows you to easily estimate your remaining range based on riding profile and battery level, contact Boosted customer support, compare mileage with friends, and update the software on your board.
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.
Read full review: Yuneec E-Go 2
Overall Most Fun
Improving on the success of its predecessor, the Onewheel+ supplanted the original Onewheel to claim the title of Overall Most Fun. The Onewheel+ is a similar design to the original, 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. The Onewheel+ is exceptionally fast — almost too fast. While the other traditional models, like the Evolve or Boosted, can achieve higher speeds, it feels like you are going much faster on the Onewheel+. 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+
Best for Balance and Stability
New to the scene, there has been considerable buzz surrounding the Scooterboard. While we haven't tested this board yet, it looks interesting, to say the least. The folding handle makes it easier to balance for novice riders and the hardwired connection does away with any remote connectivity issues. We are a little suspect of the relatively small, 250 Watt hub motor and small battery, so we would expect too much in terms of hill climbing abilities. However, it looks like it could be quite fun for flat terrain or riders on the more petite side and the larger wheels should do a decent job on rough roads.
Analysis and Test Results
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, 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!
Unfortunately, you are definitely going to have to pay for it if you want a high-performance electric skateboard. All the best boards easily cost over $1000 — a hefty chunk of change, so it is definitely 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, there is a clear choice if you are shopping on a budget: the Yuneec E-Go 2. While this board does make some considerable concessions in performance, it retails for hundreds of dollars less than the top models and is a good introductory board for someone just starting out or for someone who doesn't mind a relatively slow board with so-so braking ability.
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 were the Onewheel+, Inboard M1, and the Halo Board Carbon Edition, all 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 poorly in our acceleration test — similarly to the M1 and the Yuneec.
The Onewheel+ 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, matching the original Onewheel and the Boosted Board Dual+ — only exceeded by the Evolve GT.
Next up, the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition did slightly better than average with a score of 6 out of 10. 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.
Rounding out the bottom of the bunch were the Yuneec E-Go 2, Pure Energy, and the Acton Blink S, all earning a sub-par 4 out of 10. The Blink S was the fastest of the bunch, followed by the Pure Energy and then the Yuneec, with speeds of 15.7 mph, 15.27 mph, and 13.26 mph, respectively. The Yuneec has the snappiest acceleration of this group, followed by the Acton. The Pure Energy had exceptionally poor acceleration in our tests and would continually 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.
All of the hub motor boards function almost identical to a regular longboard with very little to no additional rolling resistance, with a negligible difference between the different models. As for the belt driven boards, there is a noticeable increase in rolling resistance, but none that stand apart from the group; The exception being the Metroboard which has a significant increase in rolling resistance.
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 electric skateboard 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 Blink S 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. You can see how this compared with the rest of the electric skateboards in the review below.
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 6.7 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. However, this can be boosted to just shy of 14 miles when using the extended range battery, though this does increase the charging time to almost two hours.
Next was the Inboard, lasting for a measly 6.3 miles and took 90 minutes to recharge. Finally, the Blink S had an effective range of around 6.7 miles, making it slightly further then the Inboard. The Blink S took about 80 minutes to completely recharge.
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 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. 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. 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. The Onewheel+ wasn'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 so much fun to ride. While the Onewheel+ model wasn't as comfortable to ride as the Evolve or Boosted, 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 Onewheel+ and its predecessor are our top picks whenever adverse conditions exist.
The Evolve GT handled rough road the best out of the traditional skateboard designs, just slightly better than the Boosted.
Following closely behind the top boards, 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 and the Halo Board Carbon Edition both delivered an average performance in this metric, delivering a 5 out of 10. 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 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 and the Acton Blink S were next in the lineup, both earning 4 out of 10. We weren't the biggest fans of the Pure Energy 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.
The Blink S is much more comfortable to ride than the original Blink, doing away with the bump in the middle and flattening out the top deck. However, it is still a little on the short side to be comfortable for prolonged periods and doesn't do the best at handling cracks or rougher roads.
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, the Boostedand Onewheel+ 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 lacking the power and the Onewheel+ self-balancing circuitry beginning to push back to keep you upright.
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 of 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, 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 board 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, the Pure Energy earned a 2 out of 10 for its poor performance. This board would lose a ton of speed on even the smallest of hills, falling far short of the claimed hill climbing abilities. We found that this board maxed out at about a 3.5% grade hill in our tests, and is 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 both earning a 7 out of 10. The Onewheel+ and the original both have regenerative braking and excellent customer support that matches the Boosted and the Evolve, but both are considerably heavier, dropping their score down. We actually found the self-balancing control input of both of these boards to be the most responsive — far superior to those that have remotes. There is also a companion app to allow you to adjust settings on these boards through your phone.
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 Blink S and the Yuneec both earned a 6 out of 10. These boards have comparable levels of customer support — though Acton provided slightly better service than Yuneec. This duo of boards all have regenerative braking and similar remotes. However, we noticed that input lag to be awful on the Blink S and only a little bit better the lighter you are, but still much worse than the hardly noticeable lag with the E-GO 2. However, the board from Acton is much lighter than the Yuneec.
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 and the added LED screen, like the Evolve, was nice to have, giving us a general idea of battery life left. The lack of a technical support phone number for the Halo Board also lost it some favor with us.
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 Onewheel+ tied for the runner-up position, each 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+ has exemplary stopping capabilities, having some of the shortest stopping distances and easily controlling your speed, even when descending exceptionally steep hills.
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 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 and Blink S deserving a 2 out of 10 for their subpar performances in this metric. The Blink S did extremely poorly, taking over 50' to come to a complete stop in our test — less effective than dragging your feet. The Halo Board didn't fare any better, taking a comparable distance to stop. Both of these boards did very badly on controlling speed for a downhill descent, failing to slow you down on even the slightest 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.
Still not sure? Take a look at our buying advice article for more info.