Best hoverboards available in the UK 2017

Here's a list of the best hoverboards/AirWheels/swegways/self-balancing boards (or whatever you call them) that are available to buy in the UK in 2017.

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Hoverboards were a huge trend in 2015 with celebrities and the general public alike buying and riding them. However, all wasn’t as it seemed as an influx of fake, cheap hoverboards from China started catching fire/exploding while in use and when charging, which prompted many to ditch their boards and since, the trend has well and truly died. Or has it? 2016 has, surprisingly, seen a number of new hoverboard releases from big brands including Xiaomi, owner of Segway. Here, we showcase some of the coolest hoverboards/swegways/self-balancing boards available this year. Disclaimer: We haven't tested all hoverboards mentioned.

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Best hoverboards of 2017: Razor Hovertrax 2.0

While Amazon removed all dangerous hoverboard listings back in 2015, they've started to reappear in a safer form. The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is apparently UL certified and listed for electrical safety, passing all required EU safety/certification requirements, which should provide peace of mind for prospective buyers.

In terms of functionality, it does everything you'd expect a hoverboard to - it features pressure sensitive plates to control it and a built-in gyroscope to help you stay up-right, rubber tyres, and of course, a few LEDs to make it look cool. It does up to 8mph, and provides a claimed 60 minutes of continuous use on a single charge. 

Price: £389.99 from Amazon

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Hoverboards were a huge trend in 2015 with celebrities and the general public alike buying and riding them. However, all wasn’t as it seemed as an influx of fake, cheap hoverboards from China started catching fire/exploding while in use and when charging, which prompted many to ditch their boards and since, the trend has well and truly died. Or has it? 2016 has, surprisingly, seen a number of new hoverboard releases from big brands including Xiaomi, owner of Segway. Here, we showcase some of the coolest hoverboards/swegways/self-balancing boards available this year. Disclaimer: We haven't tested all hoverboards mentioned.

Read next: Hoverboard buying advice

Best hoverboards of 2017: Razor Hovertrax 2.0

While Amazon removed all dangerous hoverboard listings back in 2015, they've started to reappear in a safer form. The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is apparently UL certified and listed for electrical safety, passing all required EU safety/certification requirements, which should provide peace of mind for prospective buyers.

In terms of functionality, it does everything you'd expect a hoverboard to - it features pressure sensitive plates to control it and a built-in gyroscope to help you stay up-right, rubber tyres, and of course, a few LEDs to make it look cool. It does up to 8mph, and provides a claimed 60 minutes of continuous use on a single charge. 

Price: £389.99 from Amazon

Best hoverboards of 2017: Bluefin Classic

If the Hovertrax 2.0 is a little expensive for you, Amazon also features the Bluefin Classic self balancing scooter. As suggested by the name, it sports the classic hoverboard design and comes in four colours - white, red, blue and black. Unlike the Hovertrax 2.0, the Bluefin Classic boasts four hours of ride time on a single charge, with a maximum speed of around 10-15km/h. 

Like the other Amazon-listed hoverboard, the Bluefin Classic is also UL and CE approved, featuring a Samsung battery with protection circuit.

Price: £298 from Amazon

Best hoverboards of 2017: HoverKart

While this isn't technically a hoverboard, it's a really cool accessory for those that already own one, or are looking to invest in one. The HoverKart attaches to the standard 6.5in hoverboard and turns it into a makeshift go-kart, providing extra functionality and a safer way to ride the hoverboard.

PriceL £64.95 from Amazon

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Best hoverboards of 2017: Xiaomi Ninebot Mini Pro

The Ninebot Mini Pro is an exciting choice for those looking to purchase a hoverboard in 2016, as it provides users with a slightly different way of controlling the balancing board. While you’ll still use your feet to control movement, users have a new steering wheel controlled via the knees that looks natural and intuitive. It can go up to 10mph, can handle 15 degree hills and can go up to 14 miles on a single charge. It’s pretty portable too, weighing in at 12.8kg, only slightly heavier than the hoverboards everybody was using in 2015.

Price: £889 from Ninebot

Best hoverboards of 2017: Swegway Pro

The Swegway Pro from UKSwegways.com looks to offer something interesting for prospective hoverboard owners - a 8in hoverboard with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to connect their smartphones to the hoverboard and play music as they ride the board, thanks to the built-in speakers. Unlike other hoverboards, the Swegway Pro also provides two riding modes for practise and pro use, allowing you to get used to the board first before using all its power. 

It charges in only 60 minutes, and should provide up to four hours of continuous use on one charge according to the website. Those interested in getting a Swegway Pro can head right here and pick one up for £399.99.

Best hoverboards of 2017: OneWheel

OneWheel is an all-electric self-balancing skateboard that was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2014 and is now available to buy – although it is a little on the expensive side at $1,499. With a four mile range and a top speed of 15mph, the OneWheel wasn’t designed to last long distances, it was designed to look good. Besides, the supplied Ultra charger will charge the board in “well under an hour” according to the company.

The motor is fully integrated into the wheel in the middle of the board, so there are no visible electronics on the board. Apparently, it only takes a slight lean forward and back to control the speed and lean on the sides to turn.

Price: $1499 from OneWheel

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Best hoverboards of 2017: Ninebot One

The Ninebot One is created by Xiaomi, and looks to be an upgraded variant of the AirWheel that was popular back in 2015. The one-wheeled hoverboard boasts impressive specs with a maximum range of 22 miles, a top speed of 14mph and a weight of 14kg, and it looks gorgeous. There isn’t a single screw or plastic joint on the exterior, and features LED lights around the wheel that can pulse in a variety of ways, and is customisable via the Ninedroid app.

However, it’s the safety element of the One that makes it most impressive – it features an intelligent safety warning system that integrates sound, light and touch, and will monitor the status and riding conditions at all times. If it detects excessive speeding, over-inclination, low power, internal failure or overheating, the rider will be alerted and the board will adjust itself appropriately.

Price: From £745 from Ninebot

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