The hoverboard has quickly become a trendy electric device and the preferred means of leisure transport for children and even older children. This popularity means that it is now difficult to find your way around the range of hoverboards on the French market.
Indeed, more and more disreputable websites and foreign sellers have appeared on marketplaces such as Cdiscount, Amazon or even Darty and Boulanger.
We will try to to help you sort out the reliable brands from those that do not comply with safety standards.
As the festive season approaches, it is important to take the time to compare offers when buying a hoverboard for Christmas.
Here are our 5 criteria for buying a quality hoverboard
Do not buy a hoverboard on marketplaces or in supermarkets
This is the most important point, because most of the dishonest hoverboard sellers are found on the marketplaces.
You've probably already seen these offers at unbeatable prices between 99€ and 200€ on sites like Cdiscount, Ebay or Priceminister. And as everywhere, when the sale price is too low to be true, it is often because the quality is not there.
These sellers are mostly located outside France, either directly in China or using warehouses in Germany or Holland. Their goal is to sell as much as possible on marketplaces without worrying about offering products that comply with CE standards or even respecting the warranty commitments of the gyropods.
Marketplaces are only intermediaries and when you receive a hoverboard from sellers like cool&fun, megawheels, humall or timecool it's already too late to back out.
It isimpossible to turn against the marketplaces. And since these cheap hoverboard sellers are not subject to French law, you can't turn against them either.
Our advice : Don't buy a hoverboard on marketplaces or in supermarkets. Only buy from reputable brands that also have their own websites that comply with French law.
Choose a recognised hoverboard brand with an after-sales service in France
The most common problem we see among buyers who have a problem with a cheap hoverboard purchased on marketplaces or in supermarkets is their difficulty in enforcing the product's warranty in the event of technical problems.
Indeed, as hoverboards are made up of electronic components, they can sometimes break down. Especially since the main users of hoverboards are children who are not necessarily the most careful.
This is why it is important to select a brand that provides a warranty on hoverboards. In general, the warranty on recognized brands is 2 years. But advertising a 2-year warranty and actually applying it are two very different things!
Our advice : Look up the customer service number and call the hoverboard vendor to clarify the warranty conditions. If the website does not have a phone number, be alert as it may be a fraudulent site.
Do not buy a hoverboard for less than €300
As with all electronic products, the lower the price the lower the quality. If you think about it, this is quite logical because the components will be of lower quality.
The same is true for hoverboards, because underneath the body (all hoverboards look the same on the outside) the quality of the products depends on the types of batteries used, the motherboards or the motors. For more details, we invite you to read our article on which hoverboard to choose.
For less than £300 you are unlikely to find a hoverboard with Samsung batteries, the latest self-stabilising motherboards and a reliable motor.
Beyond the technical considerations, you also have to think about after-sales service. No seller of hoverboards at 150€ on the marketplaces and in the mass market can afford to give you an effective 2 year warranty for this price.
Our advice: Don't just look at the design of the hoverboard, but also at the features of the components and the service.
Paying attention to the legal mentions of hoverboard sales websites
This is a tip that we recommend you adopt for all your Internet purchases. Look at the legal notices on the sites and eliminate from your choice all French language sites based abroad (Andorra, Germany, Holland, China...).
Indeed, many unscrupulous sellers use warehouses abroad to ship their hoverboards and thus be able to circumvent French laws.
Our advice : Look for the country of registration of the site in the legal notice and the French customer service number. If any of the information is not present, do not order on this site.
Buy your hoverboard from a specialist
You will have understood that the easiest way to buy the best hoverboard is to order directly on the website of a specialist or directly in a shop.
For example, by going to Weebot, you have the assurance of having a quality hoverboard equipped with the best components on the market. But moreover, in case of technical problems, you have the benefit of a real after-sales service in France for a 2-year guarantee.
Do the math, it is much more profitable to invest an extra 100€ in a real gyropod specialist rather than saving 100€ on a poor quality device on the market place, only to have it break down 2 months later with no one to turn to.
Look at the Internet reviews of unscrupulous sellers to see for yourself.
Can you please help me
Blondeau - - Cart
I would like to buy a hoverboard but the problem is that my Dad says
50 € maximum '' we are looking on some websites but NONE !!! Where can I find one near Peron?
I've been wanting one for a long time. Please help me 💔😫😫😥😥😭💔
Anonymous but 10 1/2 year old 😔
What do you recommend as a hoverboard for beginners (and that you have in the shop)
Thank you very much
I bought a hoverboard 4×4 Carbon from Weebot. I was very satisfied with the advice given to me to finalize my choice (in addition call November 11 holiday and you can reach weebot without problem) I was very pleased with the quality of the product and the service. I ordered 8 days before black friday, I had already benefited from a welcome offer of 50€, except on black friday the discount was 100€. I called weebot and they immediately agreed to give me the black friday discount and refunded me 50€. I was very pleased with the service and the quality of the product. I can only recommend Weebot.