Best Electric Skateboard of 2021
|Price||$1,800 List||$950 List||$500 List|
$469.00 at Amazon
|$480 List||$800 List|
$699.00 at Amazon
|Pros||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||Solid range, fast, comfortable, large wheels, affordable||Fast, budget-friendly||Fast, decent range|
|Cons||Heavy, steeper learning curve||Heavy, so-so range||So-so hill climbing, moderately heavy and bulky||Poor range, not the best overall ride||Heavy, so-so performance in our braking test|
|Bottom Line||Capable of traveling over almost anything and being fast enough to frighten, this board is by far the most fun to ride||Excelling on off-pavement adventures, this board is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for significantly less||If you're looking for an affordable electric skateboard with a hub motor, this is the one||This board is affordable and impressively fast, but it falls short in elements such as uphill power and especially range||This board is one of the faster options we have tested but only has mediocre range and ride in our experience|
|Rating Categories||Onewheel+ XR||Onewheel Pint||Backfire G2||Meepo V3||Skatebolt Breeze II|
|Specs||Onewheel+ XR||Onewheel Pint||Backfire G2||Meepo V3||Skatebolt Breeze II|
|Tested Maximum Speed||17 mph||14.16 mph||21.26 mph||22.04 mph||20.73 mph|
|Tested Maximum Range||16.3 mi.||10 mi.||12.9 mi.||8.6 mi.||12 mi.|
|Measured Weight||27.1 lbs.||25.5 lbs||16.3 lbs.||16.9 lbs.||21.1 lbs.|
|Measured Uphiill Grade||15% +||15% +||15% +||15% +||15% +|
|Manufacturer Claimed Range||12 - 18 miles||6-8 miles||11-12.5 miles||11 miles standard
20 miles extended
|Up to 15 miles|
|Measured Charge Time||120 min.||120 min.||150 min.||150 min.||206 min.|
|Tested Stopping Distance||15 ft.||14 ft||41 ft.||38 ft.||77 ft.|
|Battery||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion (NMC)||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Deck Length||29.5 inches
2X 9 inch platforms
2X 8 inch platforms
|38 inches||38 inches||39.25 inches|
|Wheel Size||11 inch||10.5 inch||97 mm||90 mm||97 mm|
|Lighting||Yes||Yes||Available for purchase||No||Brake light|
Best Overall Electric Skateboard
If you're looking for a hub-driven electric skateboard and you don't want to break the bank, check out the Backfire G2. This affordable option holds its own against the best of the best in the speed department — clocking an impressive 22 mph maximum speed during our time trials. Our testing team loved the handling and overall rider of this model. The large wheels, wide trucks, and extra-long wheelbase ensure that you'll be smashing over cracks and carving high-speed turns all over town.
During our range testing, we found that this model falls a bit short of some other models. If you'd like to cruise at lower speeds and make sure that you can go further on one trip, you might want to go with a different board. When we climbed hills with the G2, we found that it struggled a bit, although it did make it to the top of our testing course. This board falls right about in the middle of the road as far as weight goes, but it is definitely bulkier than the mini models or the Onewheels. Despite these few shortcomings, we loved shredding this skateboard around town and would recommend it to anybody looking for this style of electric skateboard who is shopping on a budget.
Read Full Review: Backfire G2
Great 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 Boosted 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 Onewheel Pint can 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.
Read Full Review: Onewheel Pint
Best Budget Standard Skateboard
If you are shopping for a typical 4-wheel electric skateboard on a budget, then we think the Meepo V3 is a great option. This board is exceptionally fast, particularly given its lower price tag, and is a blast to ride. The deck has plenty of flex, delivering a smooth ride even when the pavement is full of cracks and bumps. It also has more than enough power to make it up most of the hills you might typically encounter and has an integrated handle to make it easy to carry.
Our one major complaint with this board is its so-so performance in our range test. It went a considerably shorter distance before dying compared to the other boards, so it might not be the best bet if you are planning on commuting extensively on your skateboard and don't have a good way to charge it throughout the day. The wheels are also a little on the smaller side, so it can stall a little easier when going over larger cracks compared to other models. All in all, it's a great option if you are shopping on a budget.
Read Full Review: Meepo V3
Overall Most Fun
The larger sibling of the Onewheel 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 Onewheel 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?
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.
We spent countless hours researching the specifications on these products and comparing different manufacturer's claims to first determine which boards good enough to cut it for our review, and then to determine a grueling series of challenges to crown the winners. We conducted over 15 comprehensive side-by-side tests, measuring and scoring everything from the maximum speed to the stopping distance on both flat ground and down a steep hill. We rode these boards hundreds of miles to see how they held up to sustained use — even taking them off-road! — and measured their maximum range head-to-head on flat ground.
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 be a great daily commuter vehicle for 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 give you if you are looking at the upper echelon of boards.
Do you feel the need…for speed? This metric accounts for 25% of the final score for each skateboard and is based on both the measured top speed and acceleration. We measured how long it took for each board to complete a known distance, giving it sufficient room to build up to maximum speed before entering the course, and then calculated its top speed. We then averaged the results of multiple trials to determine final scores.
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.
During our speed assessment, we found the Meepo V3 to perform impressively well, earning this board an 8 out of 10 for this metric. It held its own with the best of the best with an average acceleration time of 4.28 seconds.
When we clocked the V3's top speed we were blown away, especially considering the price. This model tops out at 22 mph.
Also earring an 8 out of 10 for this metric is the Skatebolt Breeze. This model topped out at 20.73 mph during our speed assessment, and we recorded an average acceleration time of 4.26 seconds.
The Onewheel+ XR, the Backfire G2, the Hiboy S22, and the Riptide R1, followed, each earning a 7 out of 10. The Onewheel+ 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.
During our speed assessment, we were impressed by the Backfire G2. This skateboard isn't the fastest at accelerating compared to the others — we recorded an average time of 4.69 seconds. However, during our top speed analysis, we were able to get this model up to 21.26 mph.
The Riptide R1 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 Hiboy S22 did fairly well with a top speed of 18.16 mph. This model's average acceleration time was 4.91 seconds.
Next up, the Onewheel Pint and the Teamgee H5 all did slightly better than average with a score of 6 out of 10. The Teamgee H5 is pretty quick, clocking in with an average maximum speed of 17.43 mph in our test. The Onewheel Pint didn't have one of the fastest top speeds 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 tests came next in terms of importance, comprising 20% of the final score for each skateboard. 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 on 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 Onewheel+ XR earned the highest score in this metric, earning an exceptionally good 8 out of 10.
The XR stands for extended range, and the Onewheel+ XR lived up to that moniker. This board 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.
When we range tested the Backfire G2 and the Skatebolt Breeze II, we saw solid results, earning them both a score of 6 out of 10. The Backfire G2 was able to provide top-notch fun for 12.4 miles and then crawled for another half mile before the battery finally lost all of its juice. The battery takes about 2 ½ hours to charge, but considering the speed, acceleration, and range, we think this is totally reasonable.
The Skatebolt finished a bit short of the G2 at 12 miles, but the battery remained effective for just about the entire time. The Skatebolt doesn't have a very impressive charge time — it took us 3 and ½ hours to get it to 100% although the manufacturer claims that it will charge in 2.
Next, the Onewheel Pint, and the Hiboy S22all earned a 5 out of 10 for their middle-of-the-road range.
The Onewheel Pint calls it quits around 10 miles but slows down considerably for the last quarter of a mile or so. The Onewheel Pint did charge quite quickly, only taking a little under two hours to recharge completely in our test. The Hiboy S22 ran for 10.5 miles, but we had to charge it for 3 hours to get the battery back to full capacity.
Following these standout performances, the Riptide R1 and the Meepo V3 both earned a 4 out of 10 for their somewhat lackluster showing.
The Riptide 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. We measured the Meepo V3 to have a maximum distance of 8.6 miles and the battery took 2 hours and 30 minutes to charge.
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 Riptide 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 Onewheel Pint, the Backfire G2, and the Onewheel+ XR all earning a well-deserved 7 out of 10.
The Backfire G2 is comfortable, has a great grip, and it feels 100% solid at high speeds. Its large wheelbase, big wheels, and wide trucks aid in handling even the nastiest of bumps and cracks. This was one of our favorite boards to shred.
The Onewheel+ XR and the Onewheel 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 board — simply because they are so much fun to ride.
While the self-balancing models aren't as comfortable to ride as the Backfire G2`, 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.
We awarded the Meepo V3 a 6 out of 10. Because of its smaller wheels, it vibrates a bit more than Onewheel models or electric skateboards with larger polyurethane wheels. Regardless, we really like the flex and camber of the deck. This model is comfortable to stand on and our testers agreed that it's an overall great ride.
Following closely behind the top boards the Skatebolt received a 6 out of 10. The Skatebolt isn't especially comfortable to stand on, but we did like the flex and we felt that it was an overall smooth ride.
The Teamgee H5 finished in the middle of the group, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its efforts.
The Teamgee 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 Riptide R1 was last in the lineup, both earning 4 out of 10. The Riptide R1 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.
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 Onewheel Pint earned a 9 out of 10 for its phenomenal hill-climbing performance. This board has more than enough power for most hills but it can't make it up the steepest ones since the board will bottom out and start dragging if the incline is too great.
The Onewheel+ XR followed, earning an 8 out of 10 for its solid performance. This board shot up a 15% grade but struggled with the 23% grade. Both the Onewheel+ XR and the Onewheel Pint can make it up hills of the same steepness but the Onewheel Pint made it up the 15% grade hill just a bit faster than the Onewheel+ XR, earning it a higher hill score overall.
The Teamgee H5, the Backfire G2, and the Meepo V3 came next, each earning a 6 out of 10. The Teamgee board ascended the 15% grade test hill without too much of an issue. However, it did protest a bit at the start until it had some momentum built up. However, the 23% grade hill was too much for the Teamgee H5. The Backfire G2 and the Meepo V3 both made it to the top of the hill, although it took them longer than the highest-scoring models.
The Riptide R1 and Skatebolt both did about average in our hill test, earning them each a 5 out of 10. These boards did make it up the 15% grade hill, but just barely. They crept up the hill, going slow enough where it was much faster to walk.
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.
The Onewheel+ XR, Backfire G2, and the Onewheel Pint each earned a 7 out of 10 for this metric. The monowheel boards both have regenerative braking and excellent customer support. We found the self-balancing control input of the Onewheel 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 just feels solid. We love the deck, the grip tape, the wide trucks, and the large wheels. The remote has an ergonomic feel, and we are always fans of finger hoops and thumb throttles. The lanyard helps to keep it attached to you in case of a bail. Our testing team did not find any connectivity issues between the remote and the board itself.
The Riptide R1, the Meepo V3, and the Teamgee H5 are about average in this category, each deserving 5 out of 10. The Riptide R1 is 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 H5 is just a bit heavier than the Riptide 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 R1's, but we found its customer support to be lacking. The Meepo V3 weighs in at 16.lbs, which is about average from what we've seen. The Meepo remote has a screen that is easy to see, simple buttons, and easily connects to the board.
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 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 Onewheel 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 Meepo V3 received a 7 out of 10 for the braking metric. It does really well braking on hills, although we must mention that it takes a couple of seconds to slow down if you have any substantial amount of momentum.
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. A prudent inspection of the owner's manual will state the required precautions to take when using the brakes on each board.
The Teamgee H5 and Backfire G2 both performed slightly above average in our stopping tests, meriting a 6 out of 10 for each model. The Teamgee H5 is alright at controlling your speed on descents but couldn't do too much to stop us if the hill was very steep or if we started with too much speed. However, it usually could at least slow us down enough to consider bailing if it was an emergency. The G2 did almost as well as the Meepo V3 while braking on hills, but it has a larger stopping distance in the flats at 41'.
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.
Picking out the perfect electric skateboard that matches your needs and budget can be a surprisingly difficult task given the enormous spread of costs and capabilities. Cheaper boards can save you initially but are more of a novelty toy than a high-end model that could even replace a vehicle and become a daily commuter. Hopefully, this review has helped you identify which boards are the best fit for you and help you make a purchase decision that will be content with for a long time.
— Austin Palmer, Ross Patton, and David Wise