Kids toy technology has moved so fast in the last few years, from Electronic Pets to Hoverboards, it really feels like we are living in the future now. Another piece of tech which is a popular gift for children is flying drones which they can control with a remote or even an app on their smartphone.
Flying toys have always been popular – think of the joy a simple paper airplane brings, so imagine their joy at being able to control a drone in the air and take photos high above the ground. Now drones can be an expensive hobby, some models can run into the thousands so you wouldn’t want your child to take control of a model like that.
Luckily, the technology has gotten a lot cheaper and there are now many models which cater to smaller budgets and are actually aimed at younger pilots. These toy drones will still provide hours of fun but they are lighter and easier to control and will not break your budget in the event of getting lost or damaged.
That is where today’s guide comes in. We have researched all the available options on the market, pouring over specifications and technical manuals as well as getting hands-on with the featured models, lots of fun was had!
Here we have picked our top 10 drones for kids and reviewed each one thoroughly, with an honest break down of the pros and cons of each one. If you scroll to the bottom of this guide, you will find our complete Buyer’s Guide along with an FAQ section to get you up to speed.
If you are in a hurry, then these are out top picks.
Altair is one of the leading brands when it comes to drones and drone technology. TheAltair #AA108 Camera Drone is an excellent option for children and beginners alike. Since it includes a camera that is capable of streaming video in 720p, your kid can record video footage of their adventures from a better vantage point.
The flight time is around 10-minutes, which might not be much, but it is ideal for children. The custom flight pattern will allow you to set up a flight pattern beforehand. Now you can continue on your trip and the drone will fly all by itself. While this can be set up with your smartphone, it is not always needed if you don’t want to connect it.
The drone features a state of the art control system. The control can be utilized manually or you can simply choose to use it with the headless mode. This will allow the drone to fly in the direction that you are pointing the remote. It sounds like more fun, but we definitely recommend training a little more before doing it.
While this might not be the drone with a lot of key features, it certainly stands out as one that is easy to fly. If you are using all of the features, you might find that the battery does drop quite rapidly. However, it is so easy to control that users can actually choose to use it indoors. It is worth noting that the landing simply requires one button.
When you are looking at drones, it is fair to expect them to be really expensive. However, this smaller drone is the perfect price for all the features that it includes. It is actually quite durable enough to resist a few falls and it comes with 2 batteries. We would recommend it to children or to adults for practicing with a drone.
The Spacekey FPV Wi-Fi Drone with Camera is another excellent drone that can be used for capturing your favorite images as a child. The drone is stylish and it can be folded with ease. Once again it features a camera that can be used for recording or snapping images of your favorite shots. This camera has a 720p resolution at 30 frames per second.
As we have mentioned, it features a foldable structure and this foldable structure is designed to make life a little easier when transporting the drone. It includes an APP that is downloaded on your smart device and this can be attached to the remote control to have a live feed of whatever you are streaming from the camera.
As for the functionality, the drone has been designed to give you numerous operating features. One of them includes the altitude hold function. The altitude hold function will keep the drone flying perfectly straight when you get a little flustered with the conditions. As with many great drones, the landing and take-off can be controlled with one simple button.
The drone comes with a couple of extras like your propellers and the durability of the propellers also seem to be on point. The downside is the fact that this drone is not as user-friendly as some of the others. It might be small and comfortable to use, but you definitely need to spend some time at home just practicing the flying.
Since it is so affordable for the features that you receive, it has made it onto our list. It has all the same features and APP quality of the high-end drones. Once you have figured out exactly how it should be flown, the drone will definitely work for you. We would highly recommend it to children with a basic understanding of RC models.
The Drocon DC-65 Foldable Mini RC Drone is one of the smaller drones that you will find on the market today. However, you should not worry about it being small as much as the operation of it being much easier than some of the larger options. The design looks great and stylish as well to ensure that you have a good looking drone.
Much like the previous drone, this one can also be folded if you need to travel or carry it around. It comes with an excellent altitude hold feature that can be activated once you lose control of the drone. With the 3 different speed modes, children have the possibility to start out slow and build up their speed until they are a little more comfortable.
The drone has a decent range of around 50-meters, but the battery only needs to be charged for 40-minutes and you will have up to 8-minutes of play time. The durability aspect is also something that we take into account and this drone includes propeller guards to keep it from breaking. Additionally, you have the one-touch landing feature to work with as well.
The remote control does not have any labeling and this might be a little frustrating for new users to understand. You need to play around with the manual in order to understand everything about this small drone. The headless mode does lead to a few false activations and is not one of the best modes of this drone.
It is available in 2 different colors and they both look great when you set them up. Since they have a few flaws when compared to the elite drones, the price tag is also on the lower end of the spectrum. Once you have mastered the remote control, you can also start performing those 3D flips. We would highly recommend it to beginners and kids.
A hexacopter can be one of the most intimidating flying objects if you have never played with one. However, they are so much fun and offer the user a ton of control when flying. The Original JJRC H20 2.4G 4 Channel 6-Axis Gyro Nano Hexacopter Drone is one of these intimidating, yet extremely fun options for all drone enthusiasts.
The design might not be foldable, but it is extremely compact. You don’t need to worry about too much when transporting the drone and looking to save space. The 6-axis gyro is one of the best features and it ensures that the drone maintains altitude and stability when it is flying. ABS plastic has been used for the construction with decent durability.
When it comes to the flight aspects, this drone does not need to much time to be charged. The battery should be ready to go within 45 minutes and when used sparingly, you could use it for around 10-minutes. The additional lights make it possible to fly at night and it looks really stylish when you are flying in the night sky.
The range is definitely not that spectacular, but it is still more than enough to allow you to have some fun outside. Since the range needs to be quite close and the drone is actually tiny compared to many of the others, it is ideal for flying inside. However, we don’t recommend having too many crashes with these propellers.
When you look at anything with a 6-axis design and gyro technology, you might expect it to be really expensive. However, this drone is actually quite affordable and offers you many great features that can be used by beginners. We would recommend it for smaller and older kids to have some fun with before buying expensive drones.
Altair is one of the leading brands when you are looking at drone technology for kids and at an affordable price. This can be seen quite clearly when looking at the Altair 818 Hornet Beginner Drone. The drone comes with an advanced camera for capturing video footage in 720p HD at around 30 frames per second.
One of the best features is that this drone comes with advanced remote control. The remote control features numerous settings that also include the skill setting feature. If you are a beginner, you can change the skill level to beginner to get you started, but for more of a challenge, you can remove some of the aids and have a pure flying experience.
Since it comes with 2 batteries, you won’t need to worry about the frustration of having to run out of battery life at crucial times. These 2 batteries will each give you around 30-minutes of flying time, which should be more than enough to capture some great footage. The headless mode does not trigger as many faults as some of the other drones do with this mode activated.
When it comes to actually flying the drone, it is not only designed with Gyro technology but also features an orientation feature that will keep the drone steady. It can be landed with one simple button. The same button is also used for the landing to ensure you don’t have to crash it as a beginner when trying to figure out the landing.
The only downside is the price and it is no secret that this is one of the more expensive options on the market today. However, these features are much similar to what you would find in some of the high-end drones on the market today. We would not only recommend it to children, but to all adults looking for a new drone and technology.
One of my favorite drones is the JoyGeek Foldable FPV RC Quadcopter and this is simply because is one of the easiest options to operate as an adult. The drone is rather small and compact and once you need to travel with it, it can actually be folded as well. This will keep the propellers protected when you are not flying it.
Much like the Altair drones, it also includes a camera and while the camera might not be the best, it can still capture some decent footage. It does not include a memory device that allows you to record, but, you can still record footage with this drone when using the smartphone APP that is available for free and with few glitches.
This drone can actually perform tricks as well when you are using it correctly, making a massive difference for children that are always trying to get the best out of the device. If you don’t feel like using your smart device, you don’t need to do it. You simply need to have a decent understanding of the remote control and use it.
The downside to this drone is that it does take around 60-minutes to fully charge before the drone can be used again. Once it has been charged, you will only have around 6-minutes of playing to work with. Unfortunately, this is not the best part of the drone and you might need to buy a couple of extra batteries.
When looking at the stylish design, this drone looks much more expensive than it actually it. It is one of the cheaper models on the market today and this is why the drone is popular among many children nowadays. If you don’t want to damage your expensive drone or you are looking for a drone for your kid, we definitely recommend this one.
Camera drones are certainly becoming the staple of the drone industry and the DBPOWER Discovery WiFi FPV 720P HD Camera Drone is one of the top drones for children to experiment with and to help them understand how to fly with it. It has been designed with a 720p HD camera, capable of recording excellent footage quality.
The FLYINGSEE APP is also included with this package and since the APP is virtually flawless, it allows users to live-stream some of the footage they like. Once again, the altitude hold mode will keep the drone floating at the same height while you regain some control if the wind might have spun it out of control.
Depending on your skill level as a pilot, the drone has been designed with a functional remote control. The 2 different skill level features will give you a beginner’s experience. However, advanced pilots might like to have an even more authentic experience by limiting the functionality of the Gyro technology that has been added for support.
Finding fault with this drone is definitely not easy and it comes with a couple of features that make it suitable for practice. However, the wind might give it a little bit of a beating and many people have complained about losing control. As with any toy, it is much better if you spend some time figuring out all the features before heading outside.
The Altair drones have many of the same features that this one includes. Unfortunately, they do command a much more expensive price tag. This is one of the more affordable drones with a camera and live feed capabilities. If you love recording, this will be an excellent drone for older children to play with.
The SYMA X22W Drone might not be the most advanced drone you can find, but once you start looking at some of the features and the design, it definitely looks professional enough. The drone itself is really small and this nano design is portable and easy to transport, We simply slipped it into our pockets when on the move.
While it does come with an excellent remote control that makes it easy for beginners to understand, you don’t need to have the remote control. The drone can work wonders when simply using the APP on your mobile device. If you don’t like the landing and the take-off, this drone can easily be landed with the simple touch of a single button.
Children, who would like to have more fun, can actually use the headless mode of the drone. The drone will simply fly in the same direction that you are pointing the remote control. Additionally, the Gyro Technology helps it maintain altitude and you will get around 8-minutes of flying time on a fully charged battery.
Having a small camera added will allow you to capture footage while you are flying. The APP also allows children to live stream the footage as it is happening. However, the battery is already not the best and when you start adding the camera feature, it is reduced even more. You might need a couple of extra batteries.
The general feeling about this drone is that it will be perfect for kids and beginners. It looks rather impressive and you might think it is only for adults, but the controls are easy to understand. While we believe that children will have some fun, we also recommend investing in an additional battery for more playing time.
Another drone that caught our attention when it comes to children is definitely the GoolRC T700 WiFi FPV Mini Selfie Drone. As you would expect from a selfie drone, it comes with a great camera that can capture 720p HD footage while you are also live-streaming all of this footage or even sharing it to social media with the APP.
One of the main reasons for selecting this drone is the ability to perform stunts and children, especially those at a younger age, might enjoy some of the flips and rolls. The APP is virtually flawless and it also allows you to set up a trajectory. The trajectory mode will automatically control the drone while you are performing activities.
The remote control is something that children will also like since it already resembles the remote controls that you find in most gaming consoles. It can be landed with one simple button and you can attach your mobile device to the unit. Additionally, the headless mode is perfect for beginners who don’t understand the remote setup.
As with many of these drones, the battery life always seems to be lacking. One of these batteries will take around 60-minutes to be fully charged and it will only give you 6-minutes to play with the drone. Fortunately, GoolRC has included 2 additional batteries that will give you 3-times more playing time with the drone.
Since the drone is designed for children, there is no use having it too expensive. Fortunately, the drone is really affordable and offers you some excellent value for your money. If you love drones and you are looking for something that will give you a lot of playing time, this will be one of the very best and most affordable options to consider.
Last but certainly not least, we have included a drone that has a reputation for quality. The DJI Spark is rated as one of the best drones for vlogging and it is also not as expensive as some of the other elite models. Starting with the design, we can see that the drone is extremely well built with durable features and propeller protectors included.
It comes with a 12MP camera that is stabilized with the 2-axis design of the drone. This camera is capable f capturing footage in full HD at around 30 frames per second, making it possible to stream all your activities. The DJI APP is also included and it features a flawless design and interface for every user to play with.
One of the top features is the flight autonomy. This will allow you to continue with your activities while the drone easily flies around to capture the footage. It also avoids obstacles all by itself with a detector that has been added. For this reason, we believe that children can actually use it to learn a lot about flying drones.
With a 31 MPH top speed, your drone will never be left behind. Should you need it to scout ahead, the range is an impressive 1.2-miles. Once it is out of range, the drone will automatically return home and if the battery runs out after 16-minutes, it will land automatically as well. Using all the features won’t reduce the battery time.
As for the price, it is one of the most expensive drones you can find for your kids, but it will be one they can use for a very long time. The drone takes some figuring out, but it can be operated by almost anyone on the beginner level. If you have the funds and you are looking for one drone to practice with and use, we recommend the DJI Spark.
Whether you are a kid or an adult, the features you will be looking for will be similar. For children, we are simply more lenient when it comes to the features. However, this buyer’s guide was done with a lot of research to help anyone find the best drone. Here are a few of the most important features that we recommend you look for:
Even though drones might be easy to understand for beginners if they do a little research, we have still found a couple of questions that are frequently asked over and over again. Now, you won’t have to worry about finding the answers and we have included a couple of these questions with their answers:
If you are looking for the best drone, you might need to start looking a little more expensive. However, these drones are perfect for children. The Altair #AA108 Camera Drone is the best drone for kids on this list. It not only features a few things we have seen in the high-end models but also comes at an affordable price tag for beginners.
We would like to thank you for reading this article and encourage you to share some of your thoughts on these drones. Let us know in the comment section which of them you prefer and if we might have missed any of your favorites. We would love to read your comments and add more drones to the list if you believe they deserve a spot.
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