Swagboard T580 Twist
Swagtron is a well known US-based manufacturer of several types of electronic personal transportation, including e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, and of course, hoverboards. The Swagboard Twist is their latest in a series of super low-cost hoverboards for kids.
To begin with the pros of the Swagboard Twist, the ultra-low price is undeniably a plus. This is one of the cheapest hoverboards on the market, making it onto my small list of hoverboards that cost around $100. If you're buying a hoverboard for a very young kid, you may not want to spend an arm and a leg on a product that you're not even sure they'll love and that, like most electronic devices, you know isn't going to last forever.
The Swagboard Twist is designed specifically for very young kids. The minimum weight to ride it, like on all hoverboards, is 44 pounds, which is usually around age 6. The board can handle riders up to 185 pounds, but it won't perform well if you get too close to that. I'd say the ideal rider is children 6+ and perhaps pre-teens. If your kid is any older, I'd recommend these hoverboards for teens.
This hoverboard is also extremely light, at only 14 pounds. It may still seem a little heavy for a really young kid, but trust me, this is one of the lightest hoverboards I've ever seen. This is yet another reason why this hoverboard is best for young kids.
The design of this hoverboard is pretty basic, but I think the Swagtron logos on the wheels, which light up with colorful LED lights, are pretty cool. Last but not least, you get four different colors of hoverboard choose from, including some colors for girls.
Now, let's talk about the cons of this hoverboard. First and foremost, this hoverboard does NOT come with an app or Bluetooth speakers. Nowadays, these are found on practically all hoverboards, so it's a sacrifice you'll have to make for this super low price. For very young kids, though, they may not even notice or care.
Secondly, this board maxes out at 6MPH, which is the slowest of any hoverboard. While this is enough for young kids, older riders may not be satisfied with it.
Finally, this hoverboard takes quite a long time to charge (4 hours), then only lasts around 30 minutes, according to many users, before it has to be charged again. This is a very short battery life and is a major downside.
Before we move on, I want to mention one more thing. If you read this hoverboard's reviews on Amazon, you'll notice that many reviewers complain that it didn't even work out of the box, or broke within a very short time. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens with all hoverboards, even more expensive ones. But for this particular product, there seems to be even more reviews like this than usual. It's a risk you'll have to take to get such a cheap product.
Swagboard T580 Twist Features
For the sake of comparing it to other similar hoverboards, here are the detailed specifications of the Swagboard Twist. I've included my comments for what each of them means.
- Maximum speed: 6 MPH (10 km/hr). This is the slowest maximum speed of any hoverboard, but still fast enough for young kids.
- Hoverboard weight: 14 lbs (6.4 kg). This is probably the lightest hoverboard I've ever seen. Suitable for very young riders.
- Wheel size: 6.5 inches. Normal for a children's hoveboard
- Weight range: 44-185 lbs (20-84 kg). Around age 6 to pre-teens are ideal. Teens can ride it to, but it won't perform as well, and the battery will drain faster.
- 200W dual motors (combined power 400W): Stronger than some other children's hoverboards, but not too strong.
- Charging time: 4 hours. Quite slow.
- Range/Battery life: 3-5 miles. Very short.
- Equipped with colorful LED lights on wheels and board.
Swagboard Twist Videos
Here's a video straight from the manufacturer introducing the basic features of the Swagboard T580 Twist.
And here's a fellow rider unboxing and explaining the features of a Swagtron T580.
Alternatives to the Swagtron Twist
If you aren't sold on the Swagtron Twist for any reasons I've mentioned above, then here are some other choices for you to consider.
If you're willing to spend a few dollars more on the LIEAGLE, you'll get more bang for your buck. The LIEAGLE has better specs all around: it's faster (7.5 MPH), it has a shorter changing time, longer battery life, and it can carry heavier riders with ease.
Just be careful; there are lots of colors to choose from, but only certain ones come with Bluetooth speakers. See my full LIEAGLE hoverboard review.
The SISIGAD is another option that lies somewhere between the Swagboard and LIEAGLE in terms of features. It is a little more expensive than the Swagboard, but offers some better features, including Bluetooth speakers on all of its many colors to choose from.
It has the same max speed as the Swagboard, and also doesn't have a great battery life or charging time, but it can handle heavier riders. It is one of the most popular budget hoverboards. Here's my full SISIGAD hoverboard review.
TOMOLOO Music Rhythmed
Going one more step up, the TOMOLOO Music Rhythmed hoverboard is my top recommended hoverboard for kids. It's light, has decent charging time and battery life, and can reach speeds of up to 7 MPH. What's more, it has a Bluetooth speaker and LED lights that sync up to the music being played, which is a fun and totally unique feature.
Learn more in my TOMOLOO hoverboard review.
Whether you decide to get the Swagboard Twist or go for one of the pricier alternatives I introduced above, here are some other questions you may have about hoverboards in general.
Should I get a hoverboard or electric skateboard for my kid?
First, to make sure we're on the same page, here are the differences between hoverboards and skateboards.
Now, electric skateboards and hoverboards are each cool in their own way. This is probably going to boil down to personal preference. Price-wise, they are also going to be similar, but electric skateboards can become more expensive as you go up in quality. Skateboards also have the possibility of branching out into non-electric, and have more opportunities for doing tricks as your kid gets older (but there are a few hoverboard tricks that can be done, too!)
Are hoverboards safe for kids?
This is an important question, and I've written a whole post to answering the question: Are hoverboards safe? Just to sum it up, no, hoverboards don't catch fire or explode anymore like some of them did when they were first introduced many years ago. All hoverboards sold on Amazon are UL2272 safety certified, including the Swagboard Twist.
Accidents can still happen when riding any kind of personal transport device. That's why it's always a smart idea to wear safety gear, such as a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist pads.
What else do I need to know when buying a hoverboard?
Here on MySelfTransport, I hope to cover everything you need to know in all of my hoverboard reviews. Still, these are some things to consider when buying a hoverboard.
- Does it have Bluetooth, speakers, and an app? Most, but not all, do
- What is the upper weight limit? You don't want to get too close to it.
- What is the charging time and battery life?
- How heavy is it?
- What is the maximum speed?
- Is it a well-known brand with lots of reviews, or one you've never heard of with only a few reviews?
- Do the reviews seem like they are from real users?
Swagtron's super-cheap Swagboard Twist is one of the cheapest children's hoverboards on the market. To get that ultra low price, you have to give up Bluetooth speakers. You also have to know that it takes a long time to charge, and the battery runs out very quickly.
If you think your kid can live with that, then it is surely an option to think about, but do also consider spending a little more on a hoverboard with better specs.