Right now, the market for scooters around the $200 mark is huge. And of course, some bring far more to the table than others. Typically, paying this kind of entry-level price means considering what it is that matters most to you.
The reason being that you’re not going to get everything a board can offer for such a low price. The question is – what does the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter give you for your $200, and what’s missing from the equation?
Well, you only need to check out the reception the Hoverheart got when it emerged a while back to understand what it’s all about. In terms of looks, special features and technology under the hood the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter seems to pack way more than its price indicates. Almost to such an extent that it seems too good to be true.
So what’s the story when the Hoverheart hits the road? Does it live up to the hype, or is it just too much to ask for a $200 scooter?
- Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Instruction Manual
Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter Features
- First and foremost, you don’t have to worry about safety with the Hoverheart. It’s been subjected to the usual 159 tests to earn full UL 2272 certification. So when it comes to battery safety, you know you’re covered.
- The 6.5-inch allow wheels are coated in solid rubber tyres, meaning no problems with punctures or tyre pressures along the way. Far from limited to smooth surfaces only, the manufacturer sings the praises of the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter on a variety of surfaces – on and off-road.
- Most of the varieties on the market right now come in serious, impressive chrome finishes – blue, gold, rose gold and more. This thing seriously stands out from the crowd.
- Unlike a fair few scooters in the same price range, the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter features a high-quality Bluetooth for taking your tunes on the go.
- Twin 200-W motors deliver plenty of power to the wheels, while charging times come in at an average two to three hours max.
- According to the manufacturer, the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter is good for speeds of 6mph to 10mph tops, along with a maximum range of around 12km.
- Great for use in darker conditions, the Hoverheart also has a whole bunch of extra LEDs that go all the way up to the top of the wheels. Great for safety, great for looking good!
- And as would be expected, the maximum weight limit for the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter is the usual 220lbs.
So now onto the guts of the thing – how did the Hoverheart perform when put to the test? More importantly, should you go out and buy one right now?
Well, right out of the box there’s no denying how impressive the thing looks. That chrome paint job is eye-popping and gives the board a real premium feel. Likewise, it’s nice and heavy, though not excessively so – far from flimsy in any case.
In my experience, the three-hour end of the charging time estimate is the most accurate – I never filled it in anything close to two hours, anyway!Still, three hours later it was ready for me to put it through its paces. Typically, scooters with a 220lbs limit feel a bit labored under my 200lbs frame.
With the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter, this wasn’t the case at all. It honestly felt as if I could have stepped on it with my wife on my shoulders and it’d still have done the business! Not that I would, but still – very impressive build quality and power.
Once you get moving, it’s the stability and responsiveness of the Hoverheart that stand out as most impressive. Though it’s not mind-blowingly fast, it nonetheless has the kind of smooth ride and power that are so much more important than speed.
It cruises at around 6mph on most smooth surfaces, which is more than enough for most purposes: taken off-road, grass and hard dirt are no problems for the Hoverheart. I didn’t test it on snow or sand and nor would I advise doing so, to be honest!
The range of the Hoverheart was also solid enough – 10km to 12km, depending on the surfaces and inclines. Speaking of which, uphill stretches were dealt with as easily as flats. Which is pretty impressive for such an affordable board. Plus the Bluetooth speaker is way more powerful and capable than I expect for this price range.
As for the downsides, trust me when I say that chrome finish isn’t going to last long if you don’t treat it with extreme care. Quite simply, it peels and scratches off at the first knock! Aside from this, the only real bugbear is the lack of waterproofing, which means that once it starts raining, you’ll need to pack your Hoverheart away and find another way of getting home!
- Excellent power and performance in general
- Good battery life and range
- It looks amazing out of the box
- The extra LED lights and Bluetooth speaker are great
- Full battery protection for peace of mind
- Good build quality
- Paint scratches off way too easily
- Could maybe do with being a little faster
- No waterproofing so cannot be used in the rain
- Not suitable for rougher terrain
Referring back to what I said right back at the beginning, buying an entry-level scooter will always mean sacrificing some things for the things you really want.
In the case of the Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter, you get a great Bluetooth speaker, brilliant LED lights, and solid power. What you don’t get is waterproofing, fast charging or paint that stays in place for the duration!
Still, it all adds up to outstanding value for money and the kind of $200 board that’s no less than a bargain. Whether looking for a toy for the kids or a reliable workhorse to get you to and from the office, you’ll find all this and more in the impressive Hoverheart Self Balancing Scooter.