Most eight-year-olds with a thirst for adventure and a love of the outdoors go crazy for hoverboards, but choosing the right model is vital, in terms of safety and enjoyment.
Because your average eight-year-old weighs a lot less than a teen or a fully grown adult, you’ll need to choose a make and model that works for a lighter rider and it also wise to pick a hoverboard that has a beginner’s mode, so that the child can master the art of riding a self-balancing board safely.
The best type of hoverboards for 8-year-olds are those with 6.5” wheels. The smaller wheel size makes them more portable and lighter, making them easier for your average eight-year-old to manage. Hoverboards also come with 8.5” and 10” wheels, but these are mostly off-road versions that tend to go faster because they have bigger motors.
It is always best to choose a slower model with a maximum speed of around 7mph for a young rider.
You should also ensure that any hoverboard bought for an eight year old has passed all the relevant safety tests. It should be both CE and UL2272 certified. Don’t buy a hoverboard unless you know it has passed these stringent tests and always buy one that has a warranty. It’s best to stick to UK sellers as it will make returns and dealing with any problems easier.
Here’s our pick of the best hoverboards for 8 year olds in the UK:
White 6.5” Classic Disco LED Official Hoverboard - the ideal board for any eight-year-old, this stylish classic is powered by a Samsung battery pack and has solid rubber tyres that move effortlessly over smoother terrain. You can even use it indoors as it’s perfect for gliding over carpet or wooden floors and it won’t cause any damage. It also has a fantastically tight turning circle. All eight year olds will love the built-in Bluetooth speaker and multicoloured LED lights. Minimum rider weight is 20kg. The 6.5” Classic also comes in a range of fantastic paint finishes. Everything an eight year old could want in a hoverboard for just £209.99
Infinity Blue Galaxy 6.5” App Bluetooth & LED Official Hoverboard - kids who love lights (and let's face it, they all do!) will go crazy for this hoverboard as the wheels feature infinity effect illumination that’s like your own mini disco in the dark. It is paired with an easy-to-use mobile app, has passed CE and UL safety tests and it has a built-in Bluetooth speaker. A snip at £224.99
Rugged Stardust 6.5” All Terrain Bluetooth & LED Official Hoverboard - a robust hoverboard for kids who want to enjoy all-terrain riding, this hoverboard comes with standard 6.5” wheels in a rugged solid grip design. It also boasts intelligent auto balance technology; precise gyro control for a smooth ride and the stardust design will make your kid the envy of their friends. Price £224.99
TOMOLOO 6.5” Hoverboard - with extra wide, rugged 6.5” solid grip tyres, this hoverboard can tackle challenging terrain. It comes with multicoloured LED lights, a built in Bluetooth speaker and you get a 12-month warranty. It has a maximum speed of 7.4mph and a flame retardant outer shell. A great ride and peace of mind for £180.
And finally, don't skimp on quality just because you are buying for an eight-year-old. Hoverboards are complex electronic devices and cheaper versions from abroad are unlikely to give the longevity you'd expect. Most good hoverboards are priced at £200 and above.