Segways vs. hoverboard

A hoverboard refers to a particular kind of device, while Segway is the name of a company that produces a variety of electric personal transport devices. Hoverboards have a standing platform, two wheels, and a self-balancing mechanism. The original Segway product is a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter with handlebars.

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What are the key differences between a Segway and a hoverboard?

There is often some confusion for those who aren't aware that Segway is a brand that makes hoverboards and other electric transport devices. Here are some of the key ways to tell them apart:

  • Segways are larger than hoverboards and heavier. Hoverboards are lighter and easier than Segways to move by hand.
  • Segways have larger wheels than hoverboards, so they can traverse gaps. In comparison, hoverboards have smaller wheels, which make it challenging to traverse significant cracks in the pavement.
  • Segways (depending on the model and terrain) have varied ranges, which is how far they will go on a single charge. The x2 can travel up to 12 miles, while the Ninebot Max- can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge.
  • A GoTrax hoverboard can travel up to 3.2 miles per charge, while the Ridefaboard hoverboard has a range of 9.32 miles per charge.
  • Segways are more expensive than hoverboards. Segways range between $149 for the eKickScooter, and $3,999 for the Segway SuperScooter G2. Hoverboards range in price between $89 for the Rainbow High Hover and $299. for the Gyroor G2.


Segway has produced many mobility products, including electric mopeds, hybrid motorcycles, electric kick scooters, and their original, self-balancing personal transporter with a handlebar and stand-up riding position. Compared to hoverboards, Segway products vary dramatically in aesthetics, design, features, and rider position. Some of Segway's products are similar to hoverboards: visually simple, self-balancing electric scooters with no handlebars but have a knee bar for ease of use and control.

Certain styles of Segways were built with commuter use in mind. They tend to have powerful motors, long battery life, big tires, and advanced smart features. These design considerations and durability put Segway devices toward the higher end of the electric mobility price spectrum. Their performance also comes at a cost in terms of weight. Learn more about how Segways work.


Hoverboards are visually simple and self-balancing similarly to Segways. However, hoverboards vary in performance, battery life, and features depending on their intended use. Some are designed for kids to have fun around the house. Others can handle more rigorous uses like commuting or all-terrain capability.

How to choose between a Segway vs. hoverboard

Knowing how you intend to use a self-balancing electric scooter will determine which type is better for your needs.

Some models of Segways are aimed at a more professional audience -- you may have seen security guards or municipal police using them– whereas hoverboards are typically aimed at a more recreational audience and for kids. If you need a high-performance vehicle with long battery life and a host of advanced features, Segway may be a better choice.

If you're looking for a less expensive alternative or something for casual fun, a hoverboard may fit the bill. Rider skill and physical fitness can also help you decide on a Segway vs. a hoverboard. Stand-up Segways with a handlebar — and even hoverboard-like Segway models with a knee bar — are easier to learn to ride, especially for those who don't have great balance.

Do I need to insure my Segway or Hoverboard?

Whether you're considering a Segway or a hoverboard, both types of devices face similar legal challenges. Jurisdictions classify these vehicles in different ways (e.g., are riders considered pedestrians, or cyclists? Are they motor vehicles, or something else?). In some jurisdictions, you may need to register or insure your Segway. While they can be efficient and fun mobility solutions, check your local regulations before buying a Segway or hoverboard. Even when Segway insurance isn’t mandated, it makes sense to protect your investment and to cover yourself financially if you're liable for injuries or property damage while riding.

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