Q&A: What Is The Best Electric Skateboard or Longboard?

Our team conducted hours of research and testing with dozens of models and ultimately determined the best electric longboard is the Boosted Stealth. We chose this model as our Editor's choice out of all the electric longboards as it improves upon last year's model. This new version offers an attractive look, high-quality construction, competitive performance, and relatively affordable price-point when compared against the top-end of the market. 

Boosted's new Mini S/X model won our best electric skateboard recommendation. These two variants offer the high quality, speed, range and reliability of Boosted's longboards without the excessively long deck size. Depending on budget, the S is great for those looking to score a cheap riding experience while the X offers the performance that hardcore rider desires. 

Lastly, our runner-up choice for the best electric longboard is Inboard's M1 model. This board was made famous by NBC's Shark Tank. Offering a longboard design with a stiff deck, this model is lightweight and offers decent performance falling just short of Boosted's specs though with a swappable battery.

Best Electric Longboard & Editor's Choice

The newest electric longboard from Boosted offering top performance and appeal.

Boosted designed this longboard to have a ‘Stealth' appeal with dark colors along with a new in-house deck and wheels. Shipping with an extended range battery stock, this model allows for speeds up to 24 mph riding up to 14 miles.

Best Traditional Electric Skateboard

A smaller and more affordable electric skateboard offering similar performance to the Boosted Stealth.

For those looking for a more portable, true ‘skateboard' experience then Boosted's new Mini X model offers a great alternative to a longboard with a significantly cheaper cost. This board is capable of achieving speeds up to 20 miles an hour with a range of 14 miles. 

Best For Low Budgets

A younger sibling to the Boosted Mini X, offering lesser performance at a lower, more affordable price-point.

Priced under $750, the Boosted Mini S drops the top speed by 2 mph and the range in half (to just 7 miles). The ‘S' is slightly more portable due to it being 1.8lbs lighter than the ‘X' due to the smaller battery.

Runner-Up

Our runner-up board that rivals the Boosted longboards with a swappable battery and stiff deck.

Made famous by its appearance on NBC's Shark Tank, Inboard's M1 electric longboard offers a stiff deck for more control over the board along with competitive performance and batteries that can be swapped from anywhere without the need for tools.

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Electric longboards/skateboards are all the rage right now in consumer tech thanks to popularity from social media celebrities and famous YouTubers. While much of this technology has been around for a few years, the latest models have vastly improved from the initial versions. There has never been a better time to invest in an electric skateboard.

In the following article, we'll cover eight of the best boards currently the market based on a few different criteria including design, specifications, performance, quality, and pricing. Keep in mind, everyone's needs are different, and the right board for you might be a different model than the ideal model for someone else.

Is Riding A Electric Skateboard Safe?

Just like any means of recreational transportation, there are risks involved with riding an electric skateboard or longboard. However, taking the proper safety precautions and obeying all traffic laws is crucial to staying safe during operation.

No matter what board you decide to go through and purchase, please use it responsibly and wear a helmet. It may not be the “cool” thing to do, but can literally save your life regardless of whether you are the direct cause of an accident or another driver/pedestrian.

We were in the market for a proper helmet for our Boosted Board V2 Dual+ recently, so we have previously written up a similar compilation of the best helmets for electric skateboard use. We recommend checking that guide out to make sure you are adequately protected. Not all skateboard helmets are rated high enough to protect you under the higher speeds that are capable with electric skateboards.

Are These Devices Viable Means For Commuting?

Depending on your living and working situations, electric skateboards have become a widely popular means of transportation and commuting for those within a few miles of their office or workplace.

A few of our staff members use these electric skateboards to commute to our office in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. An electric skateboard makes commuting a more enjoyable experience over a traditional bike or longboard. It also gets you from A to B without exerting too much energy or causing yourself to become drenched in sweat (especially in Florida's brutal humidity).

However, there are a few things that can potentially hinder commuting with an electric skateboard:

  • Distance – depending on your proximity to your workplace, it might not be a reasonable assumption to use an electric skateboard for transportation especially if the battery life of your desired model would cut close to your commute length.
  • Terrain – the best environments to ride an electric skateboard is on smooth, even pavement or concrete so routes with lots of bumps, divots, or sidewalks (where pieces of concrete are placed with a seam every couple of feet) can become a pain or even tire your legs.
  • Hills – depending on the model you choose, the ability to traverse up steep hills will be limited with the best models offering support for a 25% grade, if you think you'll be facing anything steeper than this, then an electric board likely isn't a viable option.
  • Weather – while a lot of the boards on this list are weatherproof, there is a lot of inconvenience and general safety issues with riding on wet surfaces mainly the splash potential for getting your clothes all wet and dirty as well as the lack of traction on your wheels which can cause you to skid out and fall especially during high rates of speed.
  • Traffic – an obvious issue for commuting on any form of transportation is traffic which may be on the road (please obey all posted traffic/bike laws), sidewalks or bike lanes. The more traffic there is on your chosen route, the less fun and practical the commute will be on an electric skateboard.

What To Consider Before Buying A Board

If in the market for new fans for your PC build, these aspects are essential to keep in mind when determining the right build for your needs:

Company/Brand

Like any consumer electronic, choosing a product that has a reputable brand behind it is a crucial step to protecting your investment. A reputable electric skateboard manufacturer will be there for you with pre-sale or support questions, offer a solid warranty and allow you to purchase replacement parts should any of the components malfunction outside of the warranty.

Pricing & Affordability

As you probably already know by now, the models listed in this article aren't cheap by most definitions of the word. Since this is a guide based on the best electronic boards, we decided to stick with the best recommendations and leave any lesser performing models to another article which focuses more on an affordable price over the quality of the board and its ride potential.

Deck Length

Measured in inches, this element will signify how long the board is. Typically speaking, boards over 36″ will be considered a longboard whereas those under this size will be skateboards.

Weight

Measured in pounds, this attribute is determined by how heavy the board is and this is most important for carrying the board when not in use. A heavier board often either means it is a larger-sized model or harnesses a more substantial battery which typically correlates directly with increased battery life.

Deck

The ‘deck' refers to the actual board components in an electric skateboard, often comprised of wood or composite material. In this case, we are interested in whether the deck offers flex or stiff feel to it.

In the case of a ‘flex' deck, the board will automatically absorb small bumps, rocks or seams in the pavement as you ride. This helps you feel more comfortable at high speeds and on uneven terrain.

However, a stiff deck is usually more regarded for maneuvering at high speeds and better control of the board. However, it offers less stability due to the lack of absorption from the deck when facing minor obstacles on the road.

Wheel Size

Measured in millimeters, the size of the wheels on an electric longboard or skateboard will depict a lot about performance. A larger wheel ensures a smoother ride and offers higher top speeds whereas smaller wheels offer faster acceleration (though lower top speeds) and improve on how tight you can turn.

Max Speed

Measured in miles per hour (mph), the attribute will clock how fast the electric longboard or skateboard can travel. Most boards will be capable of reaching at least 20 mph on the top-end, with some models reaching a whopping 24-26 mph.

It is important to remember two things about speed on an electric longboard:

  1. Higher speeds mean higher risks of physical harm if you should crash or fall especially if you aren't wearing proper protection.
  2. Operating at max speed isn't efficient, and it will cause you to drain more battery life than you would when operating at lower speeds. This is why companies like Boosted rate advertise their max distance which on their ‘Eco' mode, which is capped at a slower top speed.

Range

Measured in miles, the riding distance of an electric board will determine how far you can travel before the battery is depleted and no longer able drive the motor forward. In most cases, an electric longboard without any power left can be kicked like a standard skateboard in order to reach your destination though being forced to exert some energy to do so.

In some instances (like the Inboard M1), the battery can be swapped on the fly without the need for any tools which is a huge advantage to some. However, considering the range is half what you get with a newer Boosted board that includes the extended range battery, this competitive advantage evens out.

Regenerative Braking

A concept that has been taken from electric cars and adopted into other forms of technology like electric skateboards, regenerative braking is the concept of which energy can be recovered through a mechanism that slows the vehicle while converting this energy into a form that can be then stored within the battery.

In simpler terms, an electric board with regenerative braking will convert your energy when hitting the brakes or stopping on the board into future energy that can be used to power the board. This means every time you hit the brakes, you slowly recharge the board's battery life. It is true that the amount of recharge you get from operating the brakes is minor, but it is still a useful and convenient feature to get the most range out of your board.

LED Lights

On some electric skateboards, you'll see the integrated LED lights which can be used for night riding or just as a better way to attract the attention of other drivers or pedestrians on a gloomy day. If you buy a board without the LED lights there are ways that you can purchase aftermarket lights, and modify them to fit your board (there are several reddit threads from Boosted owners who have done this).

Max Incline

Measured in percent grade, the max incline is how steep of a hill that an electric skateboard can climb. If you plan to use the board in a hilly area then you may need to consider this component, but for those of us in flatter areas like Florida, this attribute doesn't affect us much.

Splash Resistant

Depending on the model, the ability to ride in wet conditions will differ. In some cases, the board isn't properly sealed so water can get into the electronics or motor while riding and cause permanent harm to the device whereas others allow you to ride in the rain or through a puddle without any issues.

Either way, riding in rainy or wet conditions poses an increased risk to your safety. Since most of the electric models use flat, smooth skateboard wheels which have no traction in slippery conditions, you run a much higher risk of falling when riding on wet ground (unfortunately we have learned this the hard way from experience).

Comparing The Top Electric Skateboards & Longboards

CompanyBoostedBoostedInboardBoostedZBoardOneWheelEvolve CarbonActon
ModelStealthMini XM1Mini S2 Pearl+XRGT StreetBLINK QU4TRO
Price$1,599.00$999.00$1,399.99$749$1,499*$1,799*$1,999.99$1,699.99
TypeLongboardSkateboardLongboardSkateboardHybridOtherLongboardLongboard
Length (in)3829.537.529.53830N/A39
Weight (lbs)1716.814.51519271724
DeckFlexStiffStiffStiffStiffStiffStiffStiff
Wheel Size (mm)858080809311.5"8388
Max Speed (mph)2420221820192623
Range (miles)14147724183122
Max Incline (% Grade)25201820N/AN/A2530
Regenerative Braking
LED Lights
Splash Resistant

Best Electric Skateboard (2019)

Pros

  • Excellent 14 mile battery life
  • Fast top speed of 24 mph
  • Built to last with metal pulleys (compared to breakable rubber ones on previous generations)

Cons

  • Expensive at nearly $1,600
  • Large and heavy to carry
  • Battery takes almost 2 hours to fully charge

Boosted Boards is one of the biggest brands in the electric skateboard industry, thanks to the massive exposure coming from Casey Neistat's vlogs. With some of the highest production quality and improved performance, the high-end version of their 3rd generation of the Boosted Boards dubbed the Stealth is the best electric longboard on the market.

The title previously was held by their Boosted Board V2 Dual+ version. This the version that I use to commute to the office every morning along the beautiful waters of St. Petersburg, Florida. With the Stealth, Boosted took a lot of the product's manufacturing to their in-house production.

With this change, it means that they now produce and utilize their own super flex composite deck as well as their own Boosted Stratus 85mm wheels. All of the newest electric longboard from Boosted ship with their recently released extended battery which increases the range from 7 to 14 miles. 

Performance-wise, the Stealth isn't improving in too many areas despite the jump in price. You will see an increase in max speed from 22 to 24 mph. There isn't an increase in hill climbing with the same 25% grade possible. The Stealth offers an all-new, exclusive ‘hyper' mode which helps with the increased speed without experiencing a jerky response when using the remote.

Pros

  • Kicktail allows easier turning
  • Smaller design allows easier portability
  • Excellent battery life at 14 mile range

Cons

  • Slower than Boosted longboards (capped at 20 mph)
  • Heavy for the small form-factor
  • Smaller, firmer deck is not as stable over bumps compared to their long flexible longboard deck

Boosted Board found their company on their electric longboard models, but people have been searching for a smaller, more portable solution that embodies more of the skateboard design. Many have asked and the company delivered with their new Boosted Mini S/X versions.

Priced at $999, the Boosted Mini X offers a condensed design with a kicktail made from a composite deck. Since it is a shorter, stiffer deck than Boosted's longboards, riding over bumps or rougher terrain may be a bit more of a burden.

The Mini X is capable of riding at speeds of up to 20 mph as well as the extended range battery that is capable of traveling up to 14 miles on a single charge. The Mini X offers 80mm Boosted Lunar wheels and regenerative braking. 

Pros

  • Battery is removable and can be easily swapped
  • Built-in LEDs offer better visibility in darker settings
  • Can use your phone as a remote (standalone remote included)

Cons

  • Hard to find in-stock currently
  • Stiff deck isn't as forgiving compared to Boosted's flexible longboards
  • Each battery limited to jsut 7 miles of range

The Inboard M1 is one of the hottest electric skateboard model currently on the market primarily because of its exposure on a recent episode of NBC's hit show, Shark Tank. During the episode, Inboard received a $750,000 loan offer from Kevin O'Leary and Lori Greiner in exchange for 4% equity in the company.

Unlike the Boosted Board's longboard models which offer a highly flexible deck, the Inboard's design is stiff. This makes bumps and various uneven terrain less comfortable to ride, especially when operating at high speeds. On the flip side, a stiff deck allows for better control when carving or performing other technical maneuvers.

Some advantages of the Inboard M1 include integrated headlights/tail lights and a swappable battery. The Inboard is marketed to reach 22 mph (though Sam Sheffer says otherwise), has regenerative braking, is splash resistant and has a range of 7 miles per battery (additional batteries run $199).

Pros

  • Most affordable option on this list being under $750
  • Lighter than the Mini X due to smaller battery
  • Kicktail design allows for easier turning

Cons

  • Slower than Boosted Mini X at 18 mph (vs 20)
  • Half the battery life of the Boosted Mini X (7 vs 14)
  • Won't absorb bumps as easily as a longboard with a flexible deck

The cheapest electric skateboard model on this list (versus an electric longboard) coming in just under $750. The Mini S is the little brother to the Mini X offering the same form-factor with slightly less weight due to the smaller battery. 

In terms of battery life, you are getting exactly half of the Mini X coming in at a range of just 7 miles. The top speed of the Mini S is capped at 18 miles an hour, which is plenty fast for the average rider but less than the 20mph of the Mini X. It is significantly slower than the Boosted Stealth's 24 mph.

We like the small size in terms of portability (easy to carry or store). The integrated kicktail makes it significantly easier to turn if you have any prior skateboarding experience. If you are looking for a fun toy to blast around the neighborhood with or short commutes, then the Boosted Mini S might be the best budget choice.

Pros

  • Best in class range of up to 31 miles
  • Fastest speed of up to 26 mph
  • 83mm street wheels can be swapped out for all-terrain hybrids to ride off-road
  • Super sleek carbon fiber deck with a low profile design

Cons

  • Expensive at nearly $2K
  • Stiffer board design won't handle bumps as well
  • Ultra-fast speeds heightens danger levels and requires an experienced rider to handle

Coming in at the highest price on this list, the Carbon GT Street by Evolve is one of the most impressive electric skateboards, touting an ultra-sleek look and high performance. Made out of a real carbon fiber deck with the electronics located inside of it, the resulting the low profile design is truly eye-catching. 

The street model offers an unrivaled 31 miles in range though this depends on rider weight/riding style. The Carbon GT is capable of a top speed up to 26 miles per house depending on wheel and gear size, making it the fastest board on this list. Operation is made possible through the use of twin sensor brushless motors offering 3000w of power to the ground that is enough to climb hills with up to a 25% gradient. 

Unlike most of the electric skateboard on this list, the Carbon GT can be purchased in a Street or All-Terrain option or even a 2-in-1 which offers the best of both worlds. This option means that you can swap out the 83mm street wheels for an all-terrain hybrid that allows you to ride on previously unrideable surfaces like grass, gravel or sand (although you'll lose some performance).

Pros

  • First 4WD electronic skateboard hub system
  • Solid 22 mile range on a single charge
  • 23 mph top speed with regenerative braking

Cons

  • Deck design is a big awkward and ugly
  • Currently sold out online
  • Not as reputable of a brand name (for warranty/tech support)

Acton has been in the electric skateboard market for a few years now, and many of their models are beginner-friendly, priced under $1K. Their high-end BLINK QU4TRO is a true competitor boasting a futuristic design with some impressive specs.

Priced at $1,699, the QU4TRO is on the higher-end of the market, but the design offers an innovative 4WD-hub system that is ultra-sleek looking and lacks any belts to malfunction or break. With this sort of design, the QU4TRO's performance is rated for 2000W offering up to 23mph at up to a 30% incline rate and up to 22 miles in range along with regenerative braking. 

The board itself is a mixture of aircraft-grade aluminum and carbon fiber that sports 88mm wheels. There are integrated LED lights into the front, tail and both sides of the electric skateboard which can be toggled on or off via the mobile app. 

Pros

  • Hands-free riding (no remote required)
  • Decent top speed of 20 mph
  • Excellent battery life of up to 24 mph
  • Integrated headlights and taillights

Cons

  • Heavy at nearly 20 lbs
  • Footpad controls can be a bit harder to master
  • Currently hard to find in-stock

ZBoard is a startup that has entered the electric skateboard market with a unique concept. Instead of creating a board that relies on a handheld controller for guidance, they have developed a hands-free technology that relies on weight distribution for movement.

Starting at $1,299, their ‘Blue' model offers a range of 16 miles and a top speed of 20mph. Bumping up to their $1,499 ‘Pearl' model, you get a similar form-factor with a range increase to 24 miles and the same top speed of 20mph.

Each electric skateboard has a wooden deck although the Blue version offers Maple while the Pearl is made of Rosewood. On the interior of both of the wooden decks, ZBoard chose to cut out a small seam which removes some of the excess weight and functions as a carrying handle. 

The urethane wheels differ in size between the two with the Blue offering 90mm blue wheels and the Pearl offering 97mm white wheels. Both electric models provide integrated head/tail lights that can be toggled on/off or set to blink. 

Pros

  • Completely different design than any other electric skateboard on this list
  • Can ride on a multitude of services that other boards cannot
  • Great battery life of up to 18 miles per charge

Cons

  • Awkward to carry around due to large single-wheel design
  • A bit more complex to learn to ride than a traditional electric skateboard
  • Expensive with an MSRP of $1,799

As you can tell from the product image, the OneWheel +XR is NOT your typical electric skateboard, and it's a stretch even to consider it a form of skateboard at all. However, it is an electronic recreational and transportation tool whose only real competition are electric skateboards, so we decided to include it in this roundup still. 

The design is unique with a single 11.5″ wheel housed in the center of the deck which is powered by a Hypercore brushless motor which is efficient and near-silent. Due to this, the OneWheel operates smoothly on a variety of off-road terrain including gravel, sand or grass.

Both the front and back of the OneWheel +XR offer intelligent LED lights for attracting the attention of pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles whom may be sharing the road with you.

The operation is done hands-free similar to the ZBoard. You accelerate, stop, or reverse based solely on shifting your weight distribution to one side or the other. However, once in motion, the ride doesn't require a significant amount of balance, thus making it a comfortable experience. 

The original OneWheel+ is priced at $1,499 with a 5-7 mile range, but the company's newest OneWheel+XR model jumped up in price to $1,799 with an increase to 12-18 miles of range. Both models are capable of 19mph top speeds as well as fast charging and connectivity via their mobile app. 

Guide Summary

While most of you are searching for an electric longboard or skateboard, not all of us will have the same needs, requirements or budget. What is the right choice for me, might not be the ideal fit for you. You will ultimately have to read over each model and determine which of these electric skateboards is the best option for you based on the appeal, size, performance or price-point.

As a general recommendation, we think that the Boosted Stealth is the ideal choice when looking for a motorized longboard and the Boosted Mini S/X are the top electric skateboards for most people. In any case, all of the electric skateboards mentioned in this guide are recommended models and it will be hard to go wrong with any of these options.

We hope this guide helped you determined the best model for your needs!

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