Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 9 Best Electric Skateboards on the Market (2020 Reviews)
- 1.1 Boosted Boards – Boosted Stealth
- 1.2 Evolve Skateboards – Bamboo GTR Street
- 1.3 Skatebolt Electric Skateboards – Tornado
- 1.4 Maxfind – Max 4
- 1.5 Evolve Skateboards – Carbon GTR 2 in 1
- 1.6 Spadger – Spadger Electric Skateboard D5X Plus
- 1.7 Boosted Boards – Boosted Mini X Electric Skateboard
- 1.8 Vokul Sports – Vokul v1
- 1.9 BLITZART Huracane
- 2 Conclusion
- 3 Some Commonly Asked Questions
- 3.1 How do I Know Whether to Buy a Regular or an Off Road Electric Skateboard?
- 3.2 How Do Electric Skateboards Work?
- 3.3 How Fast Can Electric Skateboards Go?
- 3.4 What kind of maintenance issues do electric skateboards have?
- 3.5 Why buy an expensive electric skateboard when there are cheaper options? A Breakdown of an Electric Skateboard
- 3.6 Are Electric Skateboards Easy to Ride?
Today there well over a dozen brands to choose from, each with their arms full of their own electric boards they claim to be the best.
We’re no fools over here at SkateboardIt, and we know there can only be one best electric skateboard! After extensive research, some trial and errors, and a few bruises, we came up with a guide full of reviews for our favorite powered boards.
The Top 9 Best Electric Skateboards on the Market (2020 Reviews)
Boosted Boards – Boosted Stealth
It’s hard to go looking for an electric longboard these days without running into Boosted Boards. Lucky for us, that isn’t such a bad thing since Boosted Boards makes incredible, top tier electric skateboards and longboards. We want to start this review with a no-nonsense approach and tell you why we think the Boosted Boards Boosted Stealth Board is the best electric skateboard on the market today.
The Boosted Stealth does it all from hills to high speed cruising. With a maximum speed of 24 miles per hour, Boosted Stealth is one of the fastest electric skateboards we found. They were clever enough to include five riding modes that way no boards are lost on takeoff. This makes it an ideal starting point and a great board for beginner riders.
Everything about the Stealth Board impressed us. It has a sleek, dark look which is complementary to the name, and it absorbs all of the little bumps and vibrations providing an enjoyable and smooth ride. Its Boosted dual hub motors were impressive as well.
If all of that still isn’t quite enough, it is one of the most popular electric skateboards, and the leading electric skateboard brand for sales. Such a reputable brand has to be doing something right.
What We Liked:
Well known brand
Fast maximum speed (Max speed: 24mph) & easy to control
Five riding modes
Regenerative braking system
Sturdy deck that still has flex
25% gradient climbs are no problem
Outstanding customer support
What We Disliked:
Same range as much cheaper boards (14 miles)
Evolve Skateboards – Bamboo GTR Street
Another great brand bringing another great e board is Evolve Skateboards with the Bamboo GTR Street. Second only to Boosted Boards in popularity, Evolve has continued to stand out above the cluster of electric longboards and skateboards available. Like Boost Boards, Evolve Skateboards has a small line of continually improved electric boards, which all have incredible features, but our favorite was definitely the Bamboo GTR Street.
Gone are the days of kicking on flat ground or finding crazy hills to hit even crazier speeds! The Evolve Skateboards Bamboo GTR Street is one of the best electric skateboards on the market, especially when it comes to speed. Imagine cruising it on the streets at 26 miles per hour with absolutely no effort! And if that wasn’t enticing enough, it absolutely dominates hills up to 30% gradient.
The best part about this beautiful, remote controlled skateboard is its incredibly high range of 31 miles on one charge of cruising around before any need to charge again. You read that right, 31 miles on one charge from full battery to empty. That is an impressive battery life! Many of their products have this same range, adding to their status as top-notch.
Speed and range are not the only things that really got us hyped on the Evolve Skateboards Bamboo GTR Street. The top of the deck is so simple with Evolve Skateboard’s minimalism-style logo on top and aesthetically pleasing bamboo showing on the sides of the board (1).
What We Liked
Made in USA
Fastest Electric Skateboard we found (Max speed: 26mph)
Long range (31 miles)
Best motor (3000 Watts)
What We Disliked
Long charge time (4 hours)
Heaviest electric longboard we rode (22lbs)
Skatebolt Electric Skateboards – Tornado
While Boosted Boards and Evolve are mostly running the show, some less-known underdogs have made an appearance and are really impressive. Even compared to these electric skateboard giants, Skatebolt Electric Skateboards makes a few unique boards that we just had to try.
The Tornado made a strong impression once we hopped on and rode around. It handles hills just as well as most Boosted Boards at up to 25% gradient and has a longer range of 17 miles on one charge. It also slightly outdoes the Stealth with a higher top speed of 25 miles per hour.
As we rode more and more of the proclaimed best electric skateboards and longboards, we found that the lower priced ones (really anything under $1,000) began to compromise some aspect in order to make it affordable. We inspected the board, the feel, the use on hills, the charge-time and ride-time, and the only thing that bothered us was the wireless remote control. Nevertheless, the reviews tell some truth about the perks of the board.
Aside from the cheap material used in the wireless remote control, this rc skateboard crushes it on the streets! Compared to others at similar price ranges, this is an incredible electric skateboard, rightfully earning the spot of number 3 on our list.
What we Liked:
Relatively cheap price ($600)
Fast top speed (Max speed: 25mph)
Very decent range (17 miles)
Stands up well against normal wear
Cost to Feature ratio is unbeatable
What We Didn’t Like:
The wireless remote control feels cheap
Braking is aggressive and hard to get used to
Maxfind – Max 4
One brand that tends to fall into the shadow of the bigger motorized skateboard companies is MAXFIND. MAXFIND Electric Skateboards, like the Skatebolt Electric Skateboard, are hidden gems. Since the biggest barrier for consumers looking to buy a quality product is electric skateboard prices, it’s nice to see a couple decent boards in the mix under $1,000.
The MAX 4 Series board took us by surprise, especially compared to the Boosted Stealth. Putting the two side-by-side, they had so many comparable stats: similar speeds, ranges, weights, motor wattages, lengths, charge time, etc.
All of these stats side-by-side made us wonder why anyone would spend $1,000 extra instead of just getting a MAXFIND electric longboard instead. We rode around, had a great time, and experimented with the board. Our findings led us to a simple conclusion of practicality.
The MAX 4 Series electric skateboard has a much more reasonable value, especially with so many close comparisons to the Boosted Board. It is a great ride and is a fun-looking board, but simply does not hold up to the luxury of more costly boards. As previously mentioned, there has to be some kind of sacrifice when lowering price, especially by $1,000.
Comparisons aside, this was a cool electric skateboard and had a handful of pros that put it above many others we tested. Rightfully so, it rests at spot number 4 on our review list.
What We Liked:
Fast top speed (Max speed: 25 mph)
Good price ($600)
Amazing specs for the price
What We Didn’t Like:
Fast wear on motor wheels
Struggles on hills with adult/heavier riders (170+ lbs)
Evolve Skateboards – Carbon GTR 2 in 1
The fast, reliable, and reputable brand Evolve is just so good, we couldn’t include just one board. There is a whole laundry list of reasons why we came back around to Evolve, including their customer service. Their communication is respectful and timely, which is what prompted us to grab the Carbon GTR 2 in 1.
This setup, unique from the others we tried, gave us the flexibility to try out some dirt paths around town, as well as cruising comfortably in parts of our hometown, Portland, without the same nervousness we had with other e boards. Portland is notorious for poor road maintenance, which means one thing: potholes. With a road full of potholes, we put the Carbon GTR 2 in 1 to the test with the off road wheels and it did not disappoint.
After a bit of rough road fun, we put the street wheel set up on and started cruising around on finer roads. Like the Bamboo GTR Street, this electric board is fast! We were comfortably riding around at 26 miles per hour and loving the thrill of it!
The sleek look caught our eye, and the smooth ride satisfied us. It held up well against many of the other boards, but we still have some lingering sticker shock. We know that a 2 in 1 setup is more than most people need, so the extra cash for the product is unnecessary for many, but it was such a wonderful experience, we couldn’t ignore it. Comfortably sitting in the middle of our list, the Carbon GTR 2 in 1 electric longboard is number 5.
What We Liked:
Very sturdy material
Versatility of street or off road riding
Some of the best handling of any boards
Fast top speed (Max speed: 26 mph)
Ridiculous range (31 miles)
What We Didn’t Like:
Some minor, long-term battery issues (over 9+ months)
Spadger – Spadger Electric Skateboard D5X Plus
We had to do some digging outside of some of the big boy electric skateboard companies, and even past some of the known underdogs to get to this hidden treasure.
Spadger’s D5X Plus board took us by surprise, seeing that it has one of the smaller motors (900 watts), but still gets up to 23 miles per hour. The smaller engine allows for a drop in price compared to the well-known brands, saving the consumer upwards towards $1,000. Don’t let the wattage difference fool you! Even though the engine is half or a third the size of some of the other boards, this one still rides strong!
It’s evident that Spadger went out of their way to create a functional and incredibly creative shape for the board with unique cut-outs on the sides and tops that can be used as handles for carrying with ease. Not to mention, a handy safety feature!
Now I love a board with some flex, and the Spadger board has ample flex for a fun time on corners! While this may be problematic the closer users get to the max weight limit, for those in the mid-range it will be heaps of fun!
What We Liked:
Fun amount of flex
Cheap but still sturdy/worth it
Fast top speed (Max speed: 23 mph)
Light and regenerative braking system
What We Didn’t Like:
Short range (12 miles)
Flex can be a bit aggressive with heavier riders (200+)
Boosted Boards – Boosted Mini X Electric Skateboard
As much fun as electric longboards can be, Boosted Boards decided it was important to hit it all. They expanded beyond their successful few boards and came out with a board the size of a traditional skateboard: the Boosted Mini X Electric Skateboard. This smaller, lighter, more affordable electric skateboard was a refreshing change from all of the electric longboards we had been on.
Size played no part in this board’s ability to speed along. With a top speed of 20 miles per hour, the shorter size of the Boosted Mini was making me a bit nervous, but it was never problematic. Once I got over my mental barrier, it was a great ride!
For a much lower price tag than some other Boosted Boards, the Boosted Mini X has the same range, a slightly lower top speed, and the same ridiculous charge time of less than 2 hours! Additionally, its mini size makes it ideal for travel and an extra feeling of safety for those more familiar with traditional skateboards.
What We Liked:
Crazy fast charge time (under 2 hours)
High quality components
Outstanding customer support
What We Didn’t Like:
Short range (14 miles)
Vokul Sports – Vokul v1
A company originally recognized for their electric scooters that tried their hand at the motorized skateboard game did alright. Vokul Sports has a small line of skateboards along with their massive collection of scooters. It’s hard to turn away from their boards looking at the specs with the price tag they offer for the board.
Unboxed, fully assembled, and ready to go, the Vokul v1 board was a basic but fun board to run around town on. We found that it operates quite well at full battery, but at the halfway point it starts to decline in performance. Nevertheless, riding at 13 miles per hour is no trouble at all for this board.
As long as you are willing to give up some of the luxurious feels from the other boards, this is still a killer board and a worthwhile purchase.
What We Liked:
Heavily advertised 6 month warranty
Good specs and price
What We Didn’t Like:
Performance drop with half battery and lower
Below average customer support
Cheap wireless remote control
BLITZART Huracane gets some publicity, surprisingly more than others we have included on our list. In part, this is because of their low price. The motors in their skateboards tend to be much smaller, but that doesn’t hold them back much.
The power of the Blitzart Huracane motorized longboard allows it to accelerate up to 16 miles per hour and tackle hills as well as most other e boards up to a 25% gradient. Now, the most shocking thing about the Blitzart Huracane board is how lightweight it is in comparison to other boards. Not only is it consistently 3 to 4 pounds lighter, it also can hold heavier weights than other boards, with a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds.
These features paired with the low price certainly make the Blitzart Huracane worth trying out. The big draw for us was the classic longboard look. Classic wooden decks with black tape on the top and bright wheels shining on the side take us back to the times when we would cruise at high speeds down hills, before the battery powered boards came along. We were skeptical seeing the good reviews and the lower price, but in the end we were pleasantly surprised.
Things We Liked:
Lightest weight (13lbs)
Highest weight limit (300lbs)
Lowest Price (Under $300)
Great customer service
Classic longboard look
Things We Didn’t Like:
Low wattage/low performance
Slower top speed
Taking into consideration all of the unique features each board has, it truly is up to the rider which one is going to be the best fit. Through our research and experimentation with each of the boards, we found that these 9 are the best electric skateboards on the market. Now it is important to note that the sticker shock is something that has to be overlooked if we really want to experience the best electric skateboard that is available on the market.
Regardless of what you might be looking for in an e board, there is unlimited potential of fun! Even those who might be looking for something more practical will be pleasantly surprised, as many have reportedly been.
At Skateboard It, we work hard to provide the best information in each electric skateboard review on the best boards we found so that you can skip the fuss of a problematic board and get right to the fun of it all! We can’t wait to see you guys on the streets!
Some Commonly Asked Questions
How do I Know Whether to Buy a Regular or an Off Road Electric Skateboard?
Both regular and off road electric skateboards are heaps of fun to ride, but one may be more suitable than the other. Depending on your needs, you may not want one of the functions or really prefer one. It might be a good idea to look at a few reviews to see what kind of terrain some of the boards can handle. Check out the comparison between the two styles here. You never know, a water resistance and all-terrain might be what you need.
How Do Electric Skateboards Work?
Using all the basic components of a regular skateboard (deck, trucks, wheels, and bearings), an electric skateboard functions the same as any regular skateboard, but with less effort thanks to a couple of additions (motor and battery). The motor works to rotate the wheels, eliminating the need to kick-push, and the battery powers the motor. Click here for an exhaustive explanation of the functionality of the battery, motor, and the best ways to get an extended battery life.
If you know enough and have the desire to do so, you can actually buy cheap longboards under 50 or so dollars and make your own! The components are not all that expensive, but it may be time consuming trying to learn how it works and safely assembling your own electric skateboard. Nevertheless, it is quite the accomplishment, and you will always be able to fix your own gear with the knowledge of each component.
How Fast Can Electric Skateboards Go?
Everyone who rides mini, standard sized, and longboards has this thought after riding around for a few: How fast can I really get going on this thing? With electric boards, hitting higher speeds is possible without the hills. Some boards, like the Evolve Carbon GT can go up to 26 miles per hour, while cheaper and lower quality options like the RazorX Electric Skateboard can only go up to 10 mph top speed. The range can vary anywhere between these speeds, and some boards even have riding modes that allow different speed ranges.
What kind of maintenance issues do electric skateboards have?
Each manufacturer tends to have varying issues, some more than others, so the kind of wear and tear you see on your board is going to be unique to the brand you select. For the most part, simple things like keeping the grip-tape on top mud-free and the bearings and battery dry and away from dirt should prolong the life of the board.
Additionally, appropriate storage can help extend the life of the lithium-ion battery and board overall. Improper storage can shorten the length of batteries, and potentially harm other parts of your electric skateboard. The last thing you want to experience is your board malfunctioning because of something that could have been prevented. This is why we made a guide to better maintain and care for your electric skateboard.
A last and very important thing to keep in mind is this: Quality matters.
Why buy an expensive electric skateboard when there are cheaper options? A Breakdown of an Electric Skateboard
There are almost always cheaper options out there for everything. Sometimes it is good to save a few bucks, and sometimes it is worth the extra spend. When it comes to electric skateboards and longboards, it is most definitely worth the extra spend. Some companies go out and really do pay less for the materials and assemble boards for cheaper. This is how they can sell them at a lower cost. So if you want real maple wood and high quality parts, especially water resistant ones, it might cost you a little extra.
What is important to note is not that they are NOT giving you a better deal.
They are selling you a cheaper product with lower quality parts. So what’s the big deal though? Lower quality parts means less run time, less hub motor power, and more problems more often. It is possible to find boards for a lower price that some of the incredibly high-end boards ($2000), even ones that may be to your liking.
Make sure that before you buy, you know what you are getting. We have said it before and we will say it again: quality matters! Click here to see an extensive breakdown of each of the parts of an electric skateboard and how they affect your riding experience (2). After all, it is good to know if you are paying extra for dual hub motors or if dual motors are even what you are after in an electric longboard.
Are Electric Skateboards Easy to Ride?
Electric skateboards are not so different than regular skateboards and longboards. They definitely serve a different purpose, but are overall very similar, and just as easy to learn to ride. Something that can be a bit difficult to get used to is starting and stopping with the motor powered wheels. Different sizes of boards will also allow for easier balance or more of a challenge for beginners, so that is an important aspect to consider.
However, after a dozen or so rides, it will feel so natural, like you have been doing it for years. For more extensive tips, visit SkateboardIt’s page on how to ride an electric skateboard. This page will equip you for the best electric longboard and skateboard experience.