The world is changing, and the days where a tech-savvy parent knew exactly whether a gameboy or playstation was required are long gone – drones are the hottest new trend among youngsters (and adults!) and there are hundreds of options out there. Our top 10 best drones for kids and teens is designed to help you filter the choice, leaving only the top options.
Whether your kids are looking for stability, high-speed flying, HD video recording or combat-style aerial skills, we’ve got them all catalogued right here.
What’s here: On this page is our carefully cultivated list of the best drones for kids and teens, all based on a balance between price, technical specs and the reviews from both buyers and their kids.
For shoppers: For your peace of mind, we’ve vetted the suppliers and only included links to those with a reputation for availability, safe purchasing and fair pricing. These are great products, and you can follow our links to check them out for yourself!
First entry is the National Geographic Quadcopter Drone. This bad boy is designed to make take-off, landing and aerial tricks a piece of cake.
One-button control for performing flips in mid-air and for returning to the pilot. With automatic altitude holding it’s easy to fly – you can even put the controller down mid-flight and leave it hovering. The flight time is around ten minutes – longer than most competitors.
The control are simple to master, making this an excellent entry-level drone for first-time pilots.
Air Hogs understand that pilots have some teething problems; their removable crash frame protects the propellers and cameras from damage so that you can take risks with your flying. Video can be live-streamed to your smartphone (not included) and be shared instantly online, giving your kid immense creative freedom.
Smooth flying and live video at an affordable price.
Its first priority is safety. The Nano Drone by WildGrow uses a protective circular shield (for the safety of the drone and its user) which actually looks cool, unlike most safety features. There’s a gaming-style controller, variable speed and it can perform flips and stunts indoors and out.
Its LED lights mean it never gets lost, and nighttime flying become a real and exciting possibility!
The built-in camera offers HD filming (onto an SD card, not included) while the increased weight and stability compared to rival drones allows hand launching. The range isn’t very long (about 60 yards) but it will perform well for filming close-ups, or following any action tightly.
The X5C-1 has altitude hold and one-key return so that, if the pilot is distracted, the craft is safe and sound.
The Mini UFO Drone Quadcopter from Paradise Treasures is one of the smallest, coolest and neatest toy drones on the market today.
The variety of LEDs, high and low speed modes and compact size make it an ideal first drone for kids. If you lose control, its super-bright exterior will help you locate it – and you might spook some of the neighborhood kids with your personal UFO zooming around!
Only 5” across, this handy little fella is perfect for flying indoors and around the garden or park.
This is serious spy stuff here, with the Sky Viper’s body only two inches across, plus a little extra for the blades. It had autolaunch, control and landing capability and performs barrel rolls and flips at the touch of a single button.
It’s an indoor flyer at heart, but the stable controls mean it can navigate outside as well.
A lot of entry-level drones have cameras, but few have HD (720p) ones capable of photos, videos and live-streaming that content straight back to your smartphone or tablet. All for under $100. Add in the evasive manoeuvres and one-touch take-off and landing and you’ve got yourself a pretty talented toy.
The 2017 model offers stable hovering and altitude holding so you can get a still, scenic image from your camera.
It can flip, spiral, barrel roll and generally hurtle itself around with good control and precision, making it awesome for active, adventurous pilots. The Xbox-like controller offers great flight dynamics and the protective guards keep everything safe during crashes.
Complete with flight assistance for auto launch, hover and landing, this drone is perfect for those looking slightly above entry-level.
She can fly nearly 100 yards, though the video streaming range is about 25-30 yards. Quality is built-in here, with a cushioned bottom for softer landings and foldable aerofoils to keep this palm-sized drone super portable.
Live video in the forward direction of the drone, giving a first-person view to whatever scenes you recording while racing along.