Some of you might already be busy on the Comments section, explaining how none of the products available on the market are actually hoverboards. I completely agree with you. None of them hovers and they don’t really meet our imagination of how a Back to the Future-inspired hoverboard should look like and function. That said, these gadgets are still called hoverboards because they allow us to glide across the road (or any surface) in a cool way.
Speaking about hoverboards, there are several options to choose from today. Which hoverboard should you go with? We have just the tips that will help you shop for the best one in this article. Let’s dive in, shall we?
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The design of the hoverboard you’re looking into is one of the most important factors to consider. The way the device is designed will greatly determine its functionalities. The early-generation hoverboards, the one with just a pair of wheels and controls at your feet, has a very low ground clearance and will only work well on smooth surface.
Newer products, such as Xiaomi’s Ninebot Mini, have higher ground clearance thanks to their bigger wheels. They also come with better controls and stability management. Using the Ninebot Mini as an example, the controls are actually more dynamic. You can move forward and backward by applying pressure to the pedals on your feet. To turn, however, you use your knees to tilt the middle bar.
Higher ground clearance also means you can use these hoverboards on the road and other, rougher surfaces. Paired with a powerful enough motor, these new generation hoverboards are more capable than ever.
How powerful is the motor? What’s the top speed the newer hoverboards can reach? More importantly, do they have additional functionalities? These are the questions you need to ask when shopping for hoverboards. Some products come with a more sophisticated balancing system through the use of multiple gyros. Others only have one wheel for better maneuvering abilities.
There is no definitive set of features to look for; the decision to go with a particular product depends on what you really want to do with the hoverboards. Some hoverboards do come with additional features that may come in handy. The Ninebot, for instance, can be controlled and set up via Bluetooth from your smartphone.
Price and Availability
The third and last factor to consider is pricing. This is the easy part of choosing a hoverboard, because the best products are now reasonably priced as well. You can also take advantage of discounts and special offers to make the hoverboard of your choice even more affordable.
Go with a US supplier whenever possible. Find an available product that also comes with proper warranty and other coverage. Last but not least, don’t hesitate to take your time and compare deals before finalizing your purchase decision.
Choosing a good hoverboard to opt for should not be difficult now that there are so many options to choose from. Compare features, find the best deal and get your dream hoverboard shipped in no time.