Looking for the hottest new electric skateboard on the market today? After the past two years and over 300 hours testing these products head-to-head and updating our review, we are confident that our award winners are the absolute best you can get. It can be hard to sort through all of the crowdfunding campaigns that promise the moon and never deliver and boards that you can actually buy, so we are here to help you separate fact from fiction and find the best boards for your needs. We bought the 9 best E-skateboards currently available, then tested their speed, range, and ride, as well as a handful of other things to find out which ones are truly the best overall, the best value, and the most fun to ride!
The Best Electric Skateboards of 2018
For this update, we have added four new board: the Boosted Plus, the Boosted Mini S, the Evolve GTX Bamboo Street, and the Riptide R1. Of these new products, we found three to be worthy of an award, with both the Boosted Plus and the GTX claiming an Editors' Choice Award for their outstanding overall performance and the Mini S nabbing a Best Buy Award for its exceptional value. Check out the full review below to see how these products stacked up and which of our previous award winners were ousted by the newcomers.
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.
Read Full Review: Evolve GTX Bamboo Street
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.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Boosted Mini S
If you are panicking at the thought of spending over $1000 on an electric skateboard, then take a few deep breaths and consider the Boosted Mini S. While this board is by no means cheap at $750 or so, but remember, this category of products is overall on the more expensive side. It is definitely the best bang for the buck when it comes to these products, earning it a Best Buy Award. There are a few boards that retail for less, but we found some significant flaws with each of them that make us reticent to recommend them. The Mini S 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, particularly when we thought of how much less it costs!
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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.
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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, if you are looking to save some cash, then the Boosted Mini S with a price tag of around $750 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 looking to spend less than $1000.
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 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.
Following these top scorers were the Onewheel+ and the Riptide R1, both earning a 7 out of 10. 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 — only really exceeded by the Evolve 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.
Next up, the Boosted Mini S, Inboard M1, and the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition 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 actually 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.
Rounding out the bottom of the bunch, the Acton Blink S earned a mediocre 4 out of 10. The Blink S hit an average maximum speed of 15.7 mph, but isn't particularly fast from a complete stop and take a bit longer than most boards to get up to speed.
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 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 took home the second highest score in this metric, earning an exceptionally good 8 out of 10. This board 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 had about an average time to charge the batteries, taking around 2 hours, 40 minutes in our test.
The Evolve GT and the Boosted Plus tied for third place in our Range metric, both meriting 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.
Following these standout performances, the remainder of the group (Onewheel+, Inboard M1, Riptide R1, Acton Blink S, and the Boosted Mini S) all received a 4 out of 10 for their somewhat lackluster showing.
The Onewheel+ had a below average range of about 6.7 miles, but had a fantastically short recharge time of about 35 minutes.
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 other two boards performed very comparably, with the Inboard, lasting for 6.3 miles and took 90 minutes to recharge and the Blink S had an effective range of around 6.7 miles, making it slightly further than the Inboard. However, it took slightly less time to charge at 80 minutes.
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 GTX, Boosted Plus, Evolve GT and the Onewheel+ 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 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 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 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 Boosted Mini S finished in the middle of the group, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its efforts. This board 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 Riptide R1 and the Acton Blink S were last in the lineup, both earning 4 out of 10. 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.
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 definitely feel cracks and crevices a bit more, but it does handle them better than the Acton does.
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 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."
Following the GT and the GTX, the Boosted Plusand Onewheel+ 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 Onewheel+'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.
The Metroboard and the Mini S are the last boards that really excelled in this test, both 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 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 the Mini, struggling to make it up an 8.75% grade.
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.
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.
In a bit of an upset, the pair of Boosted boards toppled the pair of Evolves to claim the top spot for this metric, both receiving an 8 out of 10.
The Plus and the Mini S weigh in at 17.8 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, as we would have expected it to be on the lighter side overall.
They both have 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 and 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, and the Onewheel+ 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+ has regenerative braking and excellent customer support that matches the Boosted and the Evolve, but is considerably heavier, dropping its score down. We actually found the self-balancing control input of this product 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 Inboard M1 and the Blink S both earned a 6 out of 10 when it came to their build. 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.
Acton has decently helpful customer service, though we did have to jump through a few hoops with an online system rather than helping us over the phone. The remote is also decent to hold. However, we noticed that input lag to be awful on the Blink S. It did redeem itself a tiny bit by being one of the lightest boards that we have seen.
The Riptide R1 and the Metroboard were about average in this category, each deserving 5 out of 10. Both of these boards felt equally responsive and had regenerative braking, 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, but we did like its remote. The board also is very responsive to the remote commands.
The Riptide is almost the exact opposite, being one of the lighter 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.
Last, but certainly not least, 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 below how the boards scored in this metric, worth 10% of the overall score.
The Boosted Plus 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 Mini S came next, earning an 8 out of 10 for its solid stopping capabilities. This little board can also come to a complete stop on hills, but isn't the fastest at stopping on flat ground, taking a bit longer than most.
The Evolve GTX, GT, and the Onewheel+ all tied for the third place position, 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 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 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 at 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.
Rounding out the back of the pack was the Blink S, deserving a 2 out of 10 for its 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.
It can be difficult to narrow down the field of electric skateboards to the right product for you, as these items can be a significant investment and have a wide spread of capabilities and features. Hopefully, this review has helped you make the perfect selection and find a board that you will be happy with for years to come.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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