Interested in buying an electric skateboard, but don’t want to spend too much money? Maybe you want to try out an electric skateboard for your commute but don’t want to spend $500 to $1,000 or more right off the bat? Or perhaps interested in the best electric skateboard for a child or pre-teen? We’ve reviewed most of the cheap electric skateboards out there. Keep reading this cheap electric skateboard review to see what AAB thinks are the best cheap electrics and a few runners up.
There are a few popular cheap electric skateboards that we’ve left out of this review. Any electric skateboard that isn’t available for purchase by you today has been left out. A bunch of cheap electric skateboards popped up on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the years, but many aren’t available yet. Some that are available either didn’t live up to expectations or still have production problems. All of the cheap skateboards we found and reviewed are available now for purchase. Maybe some of those crowd funding projects will turn into really awesome and affordable electric skateboards, but since many have had years of production delays we didn’t bother to review any electric skateboard you couldn’t go buy today.
When buying a cheap electric skateboard, there are a few things to keep in mind. All of the boards we reviewed are available for under $400, and most are closer to $200. You definitely won’t get the same quality level compared to some of the highest rated electric skateboards out there, which can reach $1,500 or more.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to stick with one of the cheaper electric boards we reviewed, besides just the price. After reviewing these boards, we came up with the best cheap electric skateboard for kids, for your commute, and then the best entry level board if you just want to try one out. We also included a couple runners up, so keep reading to check out our full cheap electric skateboard review!
Best Cheap Electric Skateboard for Kids: Swagboard
When deciding the best cheap electric skateboard for kids, we wanted a board that was fun and and easy to ride, didn’t have too high of a top speed or too fast acceleration, and was reasonably durable. Taking this into consideration, we went with Swagtron’s Swagboard.
This choice might surprise you, since we didn’t rate the Swagboard that highly on it’s own. It definitely isn’t the most durable board, even on this list. However, the rest of the downsides we encountered – low top speed, resistance from regenerative breaking, etc. – actually turn into positives when you’re looking for a board for kids or young adults. The handholds make it easy to carry even if you are short or have small hands. The low top speed and resistance make it a pretty safe ride. The Swagboard even gets closer to its advertised range and speed when used by a lighter rider.
All of this is why we think the Swagboard is the best cheap electric skateboard for kids. The Swagboard’s is available for only $200 (even though Swagtron lists the MSRP on their site as $400) so now is a great time to get it if your looking for a decent electric skateboard for kids or as a gift.
We think the best cheap electric skateboard for your commute is the Acton Blink Lite. This electric skateboard is pretty small, so if you’re looking for a longboard vibe then this isn’t what you’re looking for. The Acton Blink Lite is more of a penny board design – shorter and not as wide as most electric skateboards.
The Blink Lite is very lightweight, has a decent speed, and great build quality. It is definitely one of the best electric skateboards we’ve reviewed for ‘last mile’ style commutes, and the fact that it is often available for around $200, and the MSRP is only $300, makes it the best cheap electric skateboard for your commute.
Best Entry Level Cheap Electric Skateboard: Atom Electric H.4
When looking for the best relatively cheap entry level electric skateboard, we were looking for something that gave you a similar vibe and ride to a more expensive board. We decided on Atom Longboard’s Atom Electric H.4. Atom Longboard has a full line of electric skateboards (we’ll have some full reviews of the different models soon!). The H.4 is the cheapest in this line with an MSRP of $400, but is available on Amazon now for only $325.
The Atom Electric H.4 is our choice for the best entry level skateboard for a few reasons. It has all the features you’d find on a more expensive board: high quality parts, longboard style (although it is a shorter board), regenerative breaking, hub motors, and a standard lithium ion battery. The savings come from making a slightly smaller board at only 28 inches long, a weaker motor at only 400 watts, and a smaller battery. This gives it a max speed of only 10 mph, but it still feels and rides like a more expensive board.
Runner up #1: Blitzart Mini Flash
The Blitzart Mini Flash is another board that we considered, but it wasn’t quite up to snuff. It is a smaller board at 28 inches long, and it definitely has its fans. The Blitzart has a max speed of 12 miles per hour and a maximum range of 15 miles, with a pretty quick 2.5 hour charging time. It has a pretty weak 270 watt (although they advertise it as 270 kwatt, that is definitely a typo) motor.
Overall this is a decent board, and would normally be worth considering. The reason we can’t fully recommend it is that there are lots of people who said they had reliability issues or received boards that didn’t work out of the box. We didn’t encounter any issues, but they seem a bit too common for us to be comfortable recommending this board. Definitely worth checking out as a cheap electric skateboard if they can get these production and quality issues worked out.
Runner up #2: Dynacraft Surge
The Dynacraft Surge is the cheapest board on this list, with an MSRP of only $200 (and available on Amazon for only about $130 while writing this). It is a bit larger than some of the other boards on this list at 31 inches. The Surge is also a more traditional skateboard shape. If that is what you are looking for, this is the only decent board in this price range and style.
Every board this cheap has some tradeoffs, and for the Dynacraft Surge it is the overall power. It has a 150 watt motor, and a max speed of only 8 miles per hour. They also made some sacrifices on overall build quality, rating this board for a max weight of only 145 pounds. Still, if the low max speed and weight limit aren’t too much for you, this board is definitely worth considering.