Although you may be an adult now, don’t you still want to have some fun in your outdoors life? Never fear and behold – electric skateboards are truly the next step in the evolution of outdoor mobility.
Electric Skateboards aren’t just fun, they’re super easy to use. They take much less time to learn than using roller blades, and it’s even harder to forget how to ride them. They are also a great alternative to using public transit. You’ll have freedom of movement and the perk of looking good on one while you zip around town.
I’ve narrowed your options down to five of the best electric skateboards available right now. They all have their strengths and weaknesses and some are better than others in our eyes. But depending on your specific needs, I am sure at least one of them will fit your feet like a glove on a hand.
Since all electric skateboards are similar when it comes to usage, I am going to talk below about more specific criteria. This includes battery life, visual design, comfort, durability, speed, and weight. Any other important factors to consider will be mentioned for your convenience and use.
For example, electric skateboards, in general, are supposed to be good at withstanding rainy weather. But on the off chance one is exceptionally good – or bad – at doing so, I’ll be sure to bring it to your attention. Electric skateboards are supposed to be portable, but maybe a heavier than average one will be too much luggage for you – things like that will be mentioned, so do pay attention.
Here’s our first contestant:
If you’re the next Tony Hawk or Bam Margera, you will see the Atom Electric B.10 as just another boring Honda Civic. But any beginner and even many intermediate users should find that this board gets all the bare basics done in a very fashionable manner for a price range well under 500 dollars. Many things that come at a budget are too good to be true, but this is thankfully one of those sweet, sweet exceptions.
If you don’t know a lot about electric skateboards then you may have absolutely no clue how much one costs. Well, like anything electric, they cost more than their non-electric counterparts. Motors and circuitry do a good job of increasing costs.
That is why I wanted to start off with the Atom Electric. It is the cheapest model on my list. And if your budget is tight then you may just want to consider this board right off the bat. It may be relatively inexpensive but it is still a very good value. It’s also a good board for first-timers due to its lower max speed and weight ranges.
The B.10 goes up to 16mph, which is probably going to feel a lot faster than it looks on paper. That might not satisfy the most hardcore speed riding fans out there, but moving at this speed without having to run is always a blast, take it from me. That said, the difference between 15 and 22mph isn’t so significant as long as you’re enjoying yourself and aren’t the pickiest person in the world.
The base of the board itself is a little wider than average, once again indicating it is a board best for beginners or casual users. It may only weigh 11 pounds, but more experienced riders tend to like a thinner base. This allows them to do tricks more easily. But if you’re like me and just want a more casual approach to riding, this shouldn’t bother you.
Plus, the weight makes it a good choice if you want something that’s really portable. I’m not a heavy guy myself but this thing definitely is more sturdy than it looks – like any good skateboard, right? I weigh around 155lbs and could easily reach the 16mph speed limit no problem.
I also love that this thing has a 1000w motor. It’s not the most powerful one on the market, though. There are bigger motors that have better battery life, higher speeds, etc. But for this price, 1000w is practically a steal.
As you’ll see later on, there are more expensive skateboards with even weaker motors. I’m very impressed they were able to pull this off. Most electric skateboards at this price simply do not have this much power. You can really feel the extra few hundred watts as you go past the 10mph mark.
Affordability: 5/5. Again, this is a very cheap board, yet it offers a lot for its price tag. It may not satisfy the most experienced riders. But even intermediate riders such as myself should be very impressed by this package.
Reliability: 3/5. Because it is so much friendlier towards “newbies,” more experienced riders will probably not feel the same satisfaction. The 16mph speed will be too slow for some, and you may not even get to speeds that high if you weigh closer to 200lbs or more. The 1000w motor can’t do everything.
Durability: 4/5. Very impressed with this despite the price range. These wheels are strong and will perform well on wet surfaces. You should still avoid ice, though that pretty much goes for all skateboards except specialty winter ones.
I struggle to see if the Boosted board is a better value than the Atom Electric. It is three times the price but I’m not sure if it is three times better. But it certainly is significantly better if money is not a major issue. I really dislike the look of the wheels and wish they were a little thinner. Other than that, this is an exceptionally sleek and powerful board.
Now, this is where things get serious.
As an intermediate level rider, I must say, I really fell in love with this board.
The 2nd Gen Dual+ is a well-designed and fast-paced machine weighing in at 17 pounds – it even has a wicked name to match its performance. This motor is 2000 watts, precisely twice that of the previous board. Those extra thousand watts come in handy for a variety of purposes.
For one thing, going uphill is a piece of cake. Several boards have a noticeable decrease in speed when going up a slant but the 2nd Gen Dual+ ignores such problems entirely. I did not feel any dips in speed when sidewalks changed altitude skyward and neither will you.
The base of the board itself is also quite unique and took me a while to get used to – it is not flat, but slanted. This is actually a little more ergonomic as our feet and shoe soles are not perfectly flat either. Once you get used to it, your muscles adjust quickly and it starts to make sense. But this is also probably what makes this a better choice board for more experienced riders.
With a max speed of 22mph and a very well gripped board that is thinned to perfection, the 2nd Gen Dual+ is a serious board for serious riders. I really had to get used to that extra 6 miles per hour, but there is no doubt that it provides excitement and exhilaration.
Affordability: 2.5/5. Over a thousand dollars is a lot for just about any kind of toy. But if you’re an enthusiast then you should know that it’s well worth every dollar. This board is comfortable and powerful but not without its price.
Reliability: 4/5. This board doesn’t perform too well on wet surfaces. You should probably avoid using it in rainy weather as I did, since these wheels are not designed to manage slippery surfaces. But on dry surfaces, it performs admirably. It is best designed for those who want a beast of a machine at this price range but beginners could manage to use it as long as they stay at a speed where they have control.
Durability: 4/5. Every component of this board is tough, tight and well-made. It will be very hard to bend anything out of shape.
In the end, I really liked the heck out of the M1 Premium. You will undoubtedly look cool while riding this thing and have a very smooth and sturdy experience as you glide through your town or city. I love the ability to swap riding modes especially. This makes it very easy to allow your friends to use, even if they are complete novices. Kids and adults can easily enjoy this electric skateboard and work their way up to the expert mode when they’re ready for max speeds.
This might be my favorite looking electric skateboard on the list. It is an incredibly sleek dark silvery black with great looking wheels. It looks much better in person than it does on an electronic store page.
When it comes to technical specifications, it has a few things in common with the Boosted model. 22mph, seven-mile range before dying, and has a 1600watt motor with a 14.5lb weight. It’s a little weaker, but it’s also a little lighter.
While it certainly felt very similar to riding the Boosted, there were a few noticeable yet important changes I felt. The acceleration on the inboard is a little faster. This is due to the slightly lighter weight. I also really love these wheels, both how they look and how they feel. That red paint job looks darker in person and really mixes well with the sleek charcoal black of the actual board.
Also, the wheels are a little on the thin side, which is good news for people who want optimized maneuverability and speed.
To top it all off, it comes with LED lights that aren’t just for show but provide a bit of visibility in the dark. They’re not too powerful, but I’d rather have them than not.
It has even more features, too: three distinct “riding modes” from novice to expert and swappable batteries. This board is an all-in-one package that can satisfy just about anyone, regardless of their experience levels. This kind of range is truly impressive.
Affordability: 1/5. For its features and battery life, I feel this is on the expensive side. However, if money is not a problem, this scooter is a really solid buy.
Reliability: 3/5. It has decent battery life and its ability to be so portable makes it very easy to bring anywhere. Absolutely worth it if you need to take a train at some point during your commute.
Durability: 4/5. Its aircraft-grade aluminum frame is high quality and rust resistant. This scooter should last years if well taken care of.
It is kind of cool that the remote control is shaped like the skateboard itself, but at the end that just makes it feel awkward in your hand. Luckily this was my biggest gripe with the overall package. Magneto made a stellar product that is perfect for anyone, beginner or pro, who wants a board that delivers balance above all else.
Right off the bat, this electric skateboard looks different than the others. Fiber is the name of the game here. The base, the grip, the wheels and everything else looks thick and reinforced, like a tank. The Magneto Revolution is impressive looking.
Triple laminated to ensure optimal looks and performance, it sports two motors totaling 700 watts and reaches speeds up to 20mph. It weighs approximately 17 pounds. The board itself is not wide, but long. The wood of the board itself is not too thick but the electronics are spread out all over the underside. This balances the weight out.
I normally don’t like big wheels but Magneto managed to pull it off. There is something about this board that makes it feel very stable. Wobbly roads, down or uphill, it doesn’t matter. You always feel flat, centered and well-stabilized.
The grip is phenomenal. I tried riding this in my feet, socks and bare feet and I never felt like I was doing something wrong. Whatever this thing is made out of, it will keep you glued on the whole way through. It also has a long charge and will keep you going for 12 full miles, but the downside is that it takes a while to charge up fully.
Affordability: 3.5/5. $700 or so is an ideal range when deciding on purchasing a new electric board. Some might say anything else is too little to be reliable or too much to be worth it.
Reliability: 4/5. People of virtually any weight can ride on this thing. Due to its extreme gripping surface, you can be at ease when going up or down on certain angles.
Durability: 5/5. It’s a bit on the heavy side, which means this thing is mega-hard to damage or rough up. The components are all of very high quality: the metal casings, the screws, the laminated wood and the wheels. It feels incredibly smooth and balanced riding this thing.
Beware: This electric skateboard can really only be appreciated by the most extreme riders. It is fast and it is efficient. An intermediate level like me would probably only be able to enjoy a fraction of its potential. If you are seeking true, maximum thrill then you will definitely appreciate this board.
Here we go – the most expensive model on my list today. But is it worth the investment?
If you want power – then yes. I can only truly recommend this skateboard to the most enthusiastic, passionate and extreme fans of the hobby. This electric skateboard sports two motors totaling 1200 watts. Some may say this is overkill. Others would say this is bliss.
It may not have the most aesthetically-pleasing design but practicality and strength are what Dakott was going for. They have the best remote control I’ve ever seen for a skateboard. Fits perfectly in your hand and even comes with a wrist strap. Don’t tell me you’ve never dropped a remote before while skating, it happens to the best of us.
It weighs 17 pounds and has a weight limit of roughly 250. Twenty is the number for both top miles per hour and mile range per charge. And it only takes about two hours to charge, unlike the Magneto.
This thing accelerates very quickly and will easily satisfy those who want to go from 0 to 20 as fast as possible. I may not be a speed-demon, but there’s no denying the thrill you get from a snappy motor.
Affordability: 2/5. It isn’t the best value on the market, but maybe it would be if it had some extra electronic features like LEDs, different speed modes, etc.
Reliability: 4/5. It speeds up and slows down very responsively, and you won’t have to plug it in each time. The wheels are also more dependable than they look.
Durability: 5/5. Incredible effort went into the baseboard and the motors. They are remarkably efficient and sturdy.
Every board on this list has something that it does better or worse than all the others. The advantages and disadvantages of each option stack up to make every choice unique. Deciding on how much power you need and how much you plan to use it will certainly help you get a better idea of which board you need. In the end, you should make sure you get one that you will be happy with in the long run.
I know things would be easy if there was simply a perfect product priced at only $200 or so, but that’s simply not the case with this type of technology. Hopefully, as long as you can gauge your own experience level, and your budget, my list will help you find the most suitable and compatible electric skateboard. Good luck, have fun and stay safe.
Last update on 2019-01-17 at 13:02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API