You may not think there’s a criteria for riding hoverboards, which is understandable since most people can just hop on and ride, but there are standards in place for different models. Generally, when you’re shopping for hoverboards, you want to take into consideration two factors to make sure you’re buying a self-balancing scooter that’s sized well for you:
1. Select an appropriate wheel size:
4.5″ wheel – best for kids and some teens
6.5″ wheel – best for kids and teens
8″ wheel – good for teens and adults
10″ wheel – good for some teens and most adults
2. Make sure you’re within the weight limits for the model:
While most hoverboards will have the same weight limit based on wheel size, you should pay attention to each manufacturer’s parameters before you purchase. Most hoverboards will have a weight range of 40 lbs. to 220 lbs. While there may be some wiggle room with the weight limits, you are increasing your risk if you are outside the manufacturer’s recommendations. It may be more difficult for you to maneuver the hoverboard (this is especially true for children who are under the weight limit), leaving you at a higher risk for an accident. If you’re over the hoverboard weight limit, it may reduce the scooter’s performance and strain the battery. You could also risk damaging the hoverboard.
We’ve broken down some of the best hoverboard models by their weight limits so you can easily find the right ride for you. Check out the hoverboard weight limit chart below and then scroll down for the reviews.
Hoverboard Weight Limit Chart
Check out our comparison chart for hoverboard weight limits. If you want to read our in-depth review of each hoverboard model, scroll down to the next section.
Want to compare all of the hoverboards we’ve reviewed? Check out our Hoverboard Comparison Chart.
Hoverboards by Weight Limit
Hoverboards for up to 200 lbs
Chic 4.5″ Hoverboard for Kids
Weight Limits: 44 lbs. to 132 lbs.
Currently the smallest hoverboard available, it’s no surprise that the Chic 4.5″ hoverboard has the lowest weight limit on the market. Designed for kids and teens, it’s a great entry level hoverboard. While some petite adults will fall under the 132 lb weight maximum, this is a model best left for the young folks.
The ergonomic design makes this model easy to ride and kids pick it up pretty quickly. It also has all the features parents look for, like safety certifications and LED safety lights, plus it’s water resistant. The simple design of the Chic hoverboard may not be as interesting as other models with flashy features that raise the price, but it’s a perfect beginner self balancing scooter.
Available colors: blue, red, white
Wheel Size: 4.5″
Max Speed: 5 mph
Max Distance: 6 miles
Notable features: UL Safety Certification, LED safety lights, waterproof, minimum rider weight 44 lbs., max weight 132 lbs., 2-3 hour charge time, 12 month warranty
Weight Limits: up to 175 lbs.
The miniLITE is Segway’s model meant for kids and teens, with a lower price point than their Segway Ninebot S . It also has a lower weight limit, recommended for kids 6 years and up, maxing out at 175 lbs. You’ll notice that the design on this self-balancing personal transporter is a little different than other hoverboards. It features a padded knee bar which helps the rider control the scooter more easily. This design is definitely suited more for mobility assistance and getting around rather than doing tricks. It’s great for teens and young adults who need help getting around campus (if it’s not against the law) and seniors who want a sportier mobility option.
Available colors: white
Wheel Size: 10.5″
Max Speed: 10 mph
Max Distance: 11 miles
Notable features: for ages 6+, LED taillights, iOS & Android mobile app, knee control bar, pneumatic tires, water resistant
Swagtron T5 Hoverboard for Kids & Teens
Weight Limits: up to 187 lbs.
Swagtron’s entry-level hoverboard the T5 comes at an affordable price with weight standards perfect for kids and teens. While the manufacturer does not list a minimum weight limit, it’s probably good to follow the general 40 lb. minimum for most hoverboards. To get the cheaper price point you have to sacrifice some of the flashy features on other models, but this is a great option for children or anyone who just wants to try out a hoverboard without spending a lot of dough.
Available colors: black, white
Wheel Size: 7″
Max Speed: 7 mph
Max Distance: 11-15 miles
Notable features: riding distance 11-15 miles, charging time 1-2 hours, remote control, LED headlights, UL 2272 Safety Certification, battery indicators, 30 degree climbing
Check out more hoverboards for kids to see self-balancing scooters with low weight limits.
Hoverboards for up to 300 lbs.
GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO
Weight Limits: up to 220 lbs
Most adults and some kids will find the Hoverfly ECO is perfect for them. The ECO can safely hold riders up to 220 lbs and while the manufacturer does not specify a minimum weight, we recommend it for kids over 40 lbs. This is a very basic model that doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles, so it’s a good entry level hoverboard. With tons of fun colors and an affordable price point, this is a great option for the whole family.
Available colors: black, blue, green, pink, purple, red fun galaxy print
Wheel Size: 6.5″
Max Speed: 7.4 mph
Max Distance: 12 miles
Notable features: UL 2272 Certified, LED lights
HOVERZON XLS Self Balancing Scooter
Weight Limits: up to 220 lbs.
If you want more features on a hoverboard well built for adults and kids alike, the Hoverzon XLS has plenty to offer. With a hoverboard weight limit of 220 lbs. this is a good choice for many kids, teens, and adults. Plus, the XLS has a lot of cool features riders will enjoy. It has a smartphone app to change riding modes, check battery life, and review other system info. You can also connect to the Bluetooth speakers to play music while you ride.
Available colors: black, blue, garnet, gold, pink, white
Wheel Size: 6.5″
Max Speed: 8 mph
Max Distance: 11 miles
Notable features: Ul2272 Certified, anti-slip pedal sensors, fireproof casing, built-in Bluetooth speaker, front and rear LED movement indicator lights, smart battery management system, two speeds, smartphone app, battery indicator lights
Hoversboards for Over 300 lbs.
SWAGTRON T6 Off-Road Hoverboard
Weight Limits: 44 lbs (20kg) – 420 lbs (191 kg)
Swagtron has been an industry leader for hoverboards, so it’s not surprising that they created one of the first hoverboards to accommodate riders over 300 lbs. Their maximum weight recommendation of 420 lbs. is currently unmatched by the competition. They set out to design a rugged, off-road hoverboard for riding through mud, grass, and gravel. The heavy-duty design (and higher price point) means it works for riders of many sizes, unlike some of the cheaper hoverboards. This self-balancing scooter is great for assisted mobility or riding for fun. Plus the minimum weight limit of 44 lbs. means you can share it with the rest of the family as well.
Available colors: black, desert camouflage, pink camouflage
Wheel Size: 10″
Max Speed: 12 mph
Max Distance: 7-12 miles
Notable features: UL2272 Safety Certification, All terrain design, Solid rubber tires, Built-in Bluetooth speakers, Sentry Shield Battery Protection, Lithium-Ion Battery, Charge time: 2-3 hours, free IOS & Android app, battery indicator, turning signals, LED lights