They've been the butt of many a joke over the last few years, particularly during the period when they were catching fire and burning people and homes. Heavier safety regulations have been put in place since, and now UL-certified hoverboards are safe and actually a decent way of getting around. If you're looking for an alternative to walking, check out these options.

Top pick

Swagtron Swagboard Pro T1

Hoverboards can get very expensive, so the Swagtron Swagboard Pro is a good mix of affordability and high quality. It has a range of 7-12 miles, a max weight capacity of 220 pounds, and a max speed of 8 miles per hour. It also comes in six colors.

$250 at Amazon

Budget pick

Gotrax Hoverfly Eco

If you're looking to keep things under $200, then the Gotrax Hoverfly is the absolute best option. It has a max speed of 7.4 miles per hour and a range of about 12 miles, which is about 90 minutes of ride time. There are seven colors to choose from and the Hoverfly is fully tested and UL-certified, making this a great starting point for kids.

$180 at Amazon

Ride anywhere

Epikgo hoverboard

This particular board is designed for the rugged life, with tires that have deep tread, and an IP56 rating, which means dust and water ingress protection. It has a pair of 400W motors and a range of about 10 miles. The Epikgo is powerful enough to climb slopes of up to 18 degrees and comes with a 1-year warranty.

$560 at Amazon

The OG

Segway miniPRO

The company that launched the two-wheel self-balancing scooter market brings its excellent miniPRO to the fold, with 10.5-inch tires, a top speed of 10 miles per hour, 12.5-mile range, and an aircraft-grade magnesium alloy frame. It also features a knee control bar for better balance and safety. There's even a beginner mode you can enable in the app.

$500 at Amazon

Bells and whistles

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Yeah, that Razor. This hoverboard backs up its flash and guile with a solid experience that includes a top speed of 8 miles per hour, 60-minute battery life, a smooth ride, and a sturdy steel frame. It features bright LEDs and there are eight fun colors to choose from.

$460 at Best Buy

Award winner

Halo Rover

With built-in Bluetooth speakers, a mobile app that lets you choose between training modes (beginner, normal, advanced), and side "wings" that protect the wheels while you ride, the Halo Rover is the Cadillac of hoverboards. Top speed is 10 miles per hour and the range is about 10 miles, with the power to climb slopes of up to 20 degrees.

$500 at Halo Board

Hoverboards have come a long way since there laughing stock days, and they're actually quite a good method of personal transportation for short commutes. If you're looking for the best for most people, check out the Swagtron Swagboard Pro T1 which is as affordable as it is great.

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