The Best Drones For Sale
We have the most complete information on drones for sale including ratings to help make your decision easier. Buy the Best Drone offers our honest, unbiased opinions to help you make the best decision possible with your purchase. We realize that buying a drone can be confusing for beginners, so let us do the legwork while you sit back and see what we’re thinking. This site is designed with you in mind, to make your drone buying experience easier. Please remember there are countless types of drones including racing drones, gopro drones, surveillance drones, personal drones, and military drones. Don’t panic, we’re here to help with all types of uav drones for sale.
Feel free to check out our drone buyer’s guide that covers everything from the basics for first time users to advanced drone photography tips to help you get the most out of the best drones. We also have drone resources that provide information about the variety between drones. If you’re looking for a GoPro drone, check out our extensive explanation of what to look for. If you’re a business, check out our commercial drones guide.
Remember, flying drones is our thing. We love them, we obsess over them, and we know them. If you’re here, we’re hoping you’re at least interested in our passion. If you are buying a drone in the U.S., you must register it with the federal aviation administration (FAA).
Beginner Drone Choices
Camera Drones for Sale
Commercial Drones for Business Use
DJI Inspire 1
- Maker: DJI
- Flight Battery: LiPo 6S,10000mAh~20000mAh
- Flight Time: 15 minutes
- Frequency: 30Hz ~ 450Hz
- Drive PWM Frequency: 8KHz
- Takeoff Weight: 6.0Kg ~ 11.0Kg
- Total Weight: 4.2Kg
- Max Power Consumption: 4000W
The DJI Inspire 1, or “The Beast” as we like to call it, is a heavy-duty piece of equipment. Rather than a typical quadcopter for sale, the Inspire 1 is something to be marveled up. This machine is part of our best drones for sale because of its sheer power. Not only can it reach speeds of almost fifty miles per hour, it turns gracefully like nothing we’ve seen before. The Inspire 1 shoots 4K professional footage that crushes the previous Phantom models’ capabilities. Another unique feature of this drone for sale is the ability to hook up a second transmitter and separate camera control and flight control. If you feel like being the pilot you can, or you can be the camera man – it’s entirely up to you.
The flight time is around twenty minutes. For the size, this is actually extremely impressive. The Inspire 1 also has sensors underneath the drone to help stabilize it. These sensors assist in deploying the landing gear and retracting it after takeoff. The camera is lowered as the legs come up, making videos 100% free of propellers or legs.
If you’re interested in the DJI Inspire 1 check out our full DJI Inspire 1 Review here or see the price below.
DJI Phantom 3
- Maker: DJI
- Type: Quadcopter
- Battery: 15.2V 4480 mAh LiPo 4S
- Maximum flight time: 23 minutes
- Transmitter maximum distance: 2000m
- Weight: 1280 grams
- Gimbal: 3-axis DJI Phantom Gimbal
The DJI Phantom 3 is the next installment in the Phantom series from DJI and an impressive aerial vehicle to add to any drone arsenal. The Phantom 3 knocks the Phantom 2 right off its feet. For about the same price you’re getting a far more user-friendly and adept machine. Think of the Phantom 3 as the Phantom 2’s smarter and stronger older brother. DJI did a phenomenal job of improving upon the Phantom 2 and continuing the Phantom’s legacy for being one of the best drones to buy on the market.
The transmitter has a lightning cable connector built in, meaning within minutes you can be streaming live HD video onto your iOS device and tapping into your drone’s aerial photography capabilities today. The transmitter also has a multitude of other advancements. There are options for camera and gimbal control, auto-takeoff and landing, and real-time video editing. The transmitter gives you the ability to bookmark parts of your video and access them instantly later. You can literally have a full video edited and ready for posting by the time you are ready to land.
One of the most noteworthy improvements of the Phantom 3 is the ability to fly indoors. The Phantom 2 used a GPS system that prevented stabilization indoors. The Phantom 3 now has ultrasonic sensors that keep the drone level.
Note: The DJI Phantom 3 has three different versions. Check out our full DJI Phantom 3 Review to choose the right one for your needs.
Walkera QR X350 Pro
- Maker: Walkera
- Battery: 11.1V 5200mAh LiPo
- Frequency: 2.4G
- Full charge flight time: About 25 minutes
- Gimbal: G-2D Brushless Gimbal attached
Usually compared to the Phantom series, the X350 Pro is a top contender in the consumer drone market and a RC multicopter that continues to impress. If you’ve had any experience with the original X350 like us, you’ll remember that it was a wreck. The technical issues made long-term flight nearly impossible and the repair process was horrendous. The X350 Pro did an excellent job in fixing most of the major issues with the original.
The battery length is one of our favorite features. You get a lot of flight time with just one charge. We also found that even after a good amount of use, the battery maintains its durability. A lot of pilots complain that their DJI Phantom 2 can’t maintain long levels of flight after using the same battery repeatedly. The QR X350 actually exceeds the Phantom 2 in this sense. Another amazing feature of this drone for sale is the transmitter. It has a built-in GPS that accesses satellites to return home if strays out of range or if its battery does become depleted.
One of the major downfalls of this Walkera model is the overall difficult of use. The instructions contain a lot of industry jargon that almost make this a more advanced model than it is. New users find they’re overwhelmed while struggling through the preparation process. Even though this is a ready-to-fly model, it does require some calibration and preparation to fly properly. Keep this in mind before you make your purchase.
If you think this might be the right drone for you, check out our full Walkera QR X350 Review to make sure.
Parrot AR Drone 2.0
- Maker: Parrot
- Camera: HD Camera 720p
- Battery: 1000 mAh
- Full charge flight time: About 15-20 minutes
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is an excellent choice for intermediates. It’s durable, sleek, and efficient. We’re not saying it has the video or the capabilities of the higher end models, but it does pull its weight when it comes to an overall flight experience and ease of use. One major flaw is the customization on the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is pretty limited. This quadcopter comes ready to fly right out the box.
One thing we do particularly like about this Parrot model is the iOS and Android pairing capabilities. This remote control drone for sale doesn’t use a transmitter. The drone can be controlled from any smart device, including a tablet. It even runs Linux and has an open API platform, meaning you can essentially make it do whatever you want. Videos are streamed directly to your mobile device and then can be instantaneously uploaded to any social media channel. Keep in mind that learning to fly on the Parrot AR Drone won’t help you fly other standard drones because you’re not using a transmitter, you’re only controlling it on your phone.
Another incredible feature of the Parrot 2.0 is the ultrasonic sensors underneath. They measure height from the ground and keep the drone stabilized at all time. Rather than standard calibration, the Parrot 2.0 uses the ground to maintain its level of flight.
Not the best pilot but still looking for the best drone? Check out our full Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
- Weight: 1284 grams
- Gimbal Pitch Control: 0-90 degrees
- Video quality: 14 megapixels/1080p
- Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 14 inches
- Max flight speed: 15 m/s
- Max tilt axis: 35 degrees
- Controller communication distance: 800m
Possibly the most popular drone out there from the most trusted drone manufacturer, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is for any drone enthusiast looking to capture high-quality and entertaining videos. Everyone in the drone industry has heard of the Phantom 2 series, and for good reason. They’re the best. But why?
The DJI Phantom 2 is one of the easiest drones to fly on the market. One of the best features about the DJI Phantom 2 Plus is that it’s actually made by DJI, meaning this one falls under the ‘brand’ pillar. DJI is hands-down leading the race when it comes to innovation in the drone market. They’re working on creating a universal platform, are always updating bugs and glitches, and they even used their software to ban individuals from flying too close to airports after there were security scares in New York City.
Another great thing about this model is the amount of information and help on the internet about it. Due to its popularity, a lot of pilots are sharing their experiences and tips on YouTube and other websites. This also means there’s a lot of upgrades available like carrying cases and parts.
If you think you’re ready for the best, check out the full DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Review.
Blade 350 QX
- Propeller size: 8 1/4″
- Flight time: Around 11-13 minutes
The Blade 350 QX has more than a snazzy name, it’s got some serious power. For the price, you get a powerful piece of equipment that can support a large payload. You also get a drone that has the capabilities to make experts happy, but the features to keep beginners from crashing or hurting themselves.
One of our favorite features about the 350 QX is that it has a SAFE mode. This mode prevents the drone from coming within a certain radius of the pilot. Unlike other drones for sale, the 350 QX is incredible for someone with little or no flight experience. While in safe mode the drone uses GPS technology to maintain a steady position in adverse conditions, like high winds.
Although this drone has a high level of durability and can take a beating, once it does break it’s virtually impossible to fix. You’ll have to remove the entire body and rebuild the entire thing from scratch. Unless you’re a skilled technician you better hope that your flight skills are good enough to land this guy safely.
If you think the Blade is right for you, check out our Blade 350 QX Review.
- Maker: Parrot
- Built-in GPS
- 14 megapixel Full HD 1080p “fisheye” Camera
- Full charge flight time: About 5-10 minutes
Parrot is a legendary name in the drone game. We’ve been a huge fan of their Parrot AR Drone 2.0 for some time now, and we finally got our hands on their newest toy. The BeBop is just as fun as its name promises it to be. A stunning design scheme and solid flight physics make this one of our BuyTheBestDrone.com top picks.
This drone has a ton of benefits. First, the built in WiFi hotspot sets it apart from other drones as it is actually flown using this connection. This allows for a smooth connection between the pilot and the drone throughout flight. Additionally, it is compatible with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz MIMO frequencies, giving the flyer multiple options for optimum flight. It’s easy to assemble and the seamless integration with the FreeFlight3 app really adds to the appeal of this machine.
There have, however, been some complaints about the range of the Parrot BeBop using the WiFi control setting. There have also been some bugs in the firmware, causing a few pilots to experience motor stalls. This isn’t a common occurrence though, so check out our full Parrot Bebop Review and find out for yourself if you think this is one of the best drones for sale.
Our drone enthusiasm started in late 2013 when one of our founders purchased the original DJI Phantom. After a few hours of tinkering, learning, crashing, and failing, we were hooked. Disclaimer: This is not our drone: we were too embarrassed to take pictures of our failures.
From there we sought information about drones and followed the developments and arguments incessantly, searching for the latest products and news from drone supporters. Recently we have been experimenting with drone surfing videos and concert filming. Unfortunately the FAA is still banning commercial use so we haven’t been able to monetize, but we’re hoping these laws will change soon.
You can check out our FAA policy and drone etiquette guide to learn more about what’s going on in the battle for the sky. Whether it’s Amazon fighting the FAA over their delivery service or reporters being sued, we keep updates flowing on commercial and consumer drones for sale.
Overall, we’re just a couple of guys trying to conquer the world with a transmitter in our hand and our drones in the sky. We reside in sunny San Diego where we can fly almost 300 days a year. It’s not easy leaving paradise, so I don’t think we will.
What exactly is a drone? A drone is actually known as a multirotor and is an unmanned aerial vehicle. The FAA technically refers to them as UAS, or unmanned aircraft systems. The term ‘drone’ is a slang term that developed as the hobby has grown. Many hobbyists adamantly detest the term ‘drone’ and will abscond you for using it. These hobbyists believe that the term ‘drone’ should only be used for military drones. We are not those hobbyists, so don’t worry. Call it whatever you want to call it: a quadcopter, multicopter, multirotor, or drone – we don’t care. Whether it’s controlled by the military or by an eight year old kid – we’ve always called them drones and always will.
When it comes to buying drones, here’s some quick advice: as you travel through our website, take the time to educate yourself, it will help you make the correct purchase.
In an industry where websites are scamming readers into believing they need to buy the most expensive drones and latest models, we’ve decided to create a resource for new buyers and experienced drone pilots alike. Every drone has specific abilities and unique features making it difficult to know what drone for sale is the best one for you. There are four specific qualities that make a drone a good purchase or not: price, brand, durability, and flight. When assessing these we believe it is of the utmost importance to consider all four equally – that is how you “buy the best drone.”
Consider the first pillar, price. Some camera drones for sale are only $60. Granted, these aren’t going to create HD footage that can be filmed hundreds of yards away, but they have their purposes. If a beginner bought a $1000 drone fully ready to fly with a $300 gimbal and crashed it the next day, they would be pretty upset. Buying a cheaper drone as a less experienced pilot is smart. It’s also smart to think about brand.
When it comes to brands there’s some big players and some little players. If you’re new to the game you might want to go with a more trusted brand. Luckily for you, we don’t feature any brands on this website that we think don’t make top-notch drones. DJI, Parrot, Syma, and Walkera are some of our favorites – just to name a few. Explore each one and you’ll find that each brand specializes in something unique. For example, Blade is known for their flight capabilities and overall safety features and Syma is known for their beginner drones.
Durability is one of the most important features of any drone. Drone technology has come a long way, but there’s still countless items to take into consideration before buying your first aerial drone. You buy a drone like you buy any other electronic. Like you wouldn’t want to purchase a washing machine that breaks down every three months, you don’t want to purchase a drone that fails and sputters out after a month of flight. Making sure your drone is durable is just as important as making sure you know how to fly it.
Why is flight such an important part of making your purchase? Well, to be honest, people are failing to understand that there’s a high learning curve when it comes to being a pilot. At first, it’s a little tricky and it takes some getting used to. I’ve seen some people pick up a transmitter and be in the air almost instantly. Others I’ve seen wreck a DJI Phantom on their first flight. I even had a friend recently lose control over the ocean while filming a surf video– let’s just say his Parrot BeBop went for a swim. Knowing your capabilities as a pilot and the capabilities of the drone you purchase will save you time, money, and a lot of frustration. You can avoid this frustration by assessing your flight abilities and comparing them to the drones for sale on the market right now.
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This site is packed with great resources made for our awesome readers to educate themselves. Check out our tutorial on how to buy a drone. It provides further insight into the four specific qualities you need to know about when purchasing a drone and has a glossary with terms that can be tricky for new pilots. We also have a news and blog section to help keep our readers up-to-date with information about every drone for sale currently on the market.
As drone enthusiasts we believe in providing in-depth reviews of any drone on the market. We have compiled the top drones and sorted them in three different ways: type, model, and expertise. It’s no secret that some drones are harder than others to fly. Because of this, we encourage new drone flyers to explore the different levels of expertise and assess their needs. There’s no need to jump into a purchase right away. Don’t forget, we’re also here for you! Feel free to contact us and share your thoughts on your drones, ask us questions, or give us feedback.
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The History of Drones
Think of the word drone. When you hear it, what do you envision? A pragmatic guess would be that you associate the word with a small remote-controlled aerial vehicle sold to the public. One that most likely has a camera and can snap pictures or film videos, right? The types of drones for sale you’d recommend to a friend if he wanted to take some cool aerial footage. Yet if you were asked what you thought of drones a decade ago, the reasonable assumption would be that you pictured a military-specific UAV used for ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance). To understand why this shift occurred, we need to explore the history of drones and how they became popular in the consumer market.
Technically, Nikola Tesla (a huge pioneer of remote-control technology) was the first to invent the ‘drone.’ Although nowadays drones are widely regarded as unmanned aerial vehicles with autonomous components, Telsa first introduced an unmanned vehicle (toy boat) in the middle of the 19th century that operated via remote transmission. As remote control technology and technology as a whole evolved, militaries sought the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for warfare. UAVs were used both in WWII and the early Vietnam War for reconnaissance in enemy territory and target practice for their fighter pilots. As the technology progressed, at the start of the 21st century UAVs became heavily weaponized – these advanced UAVS used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and war gave UAVs their earlier reputation. Drone warfare, anyone?
Taking the before mentioned into consideration, how did drones go from multi-million dollar vehicles used by our militaries to little remote controlled gadgets used by the public and regulated heavily by the aviation administration? As with most technological advancements, the smaller for less phenomenon occurred. We’ve seen it everywhere; TVs, batteries, engines, motors, computers, etc. Take a computer for example, something originally 50 tons and covering the surface area of more than 1500 square feet, worth over a million dollars and requiring multiple engineers for upkeep, can now be sold for a speck of that price and rest peacefully at the end of your fingertip. Batteries too. A couple decades ago the best batteries were NiCad and NiMH. If you’re not sure why that’s important, it’s due to their density; these batteries were too heavy to add to little hovercraft. They’d weigh them down. Today, we have lightweight and energy-ample Lithium Polymer batteries that can not only provide the power needed, but remain as part of the sustainable payload for these smaller drones. It’s sort of the first step in the smaller for less phenomenon that has made the type of modern drones for sale possible.
To further this, hovering drones are sustained by electrical stabilization systems which need accelerometers and gyroscopes. Where before these systems required heavy pieces of machinery and multiple integrated components (often costing thousands of dollars) they’re now affordable. Aside from that, due heavily to the evolution of the smartphone, all the components that go into a drone have been scaled down and reduced in cost. We’re talking GPS units, sensors, high powered motors (a lot of these multirotor builds need really strong motors to keep them hovering), computer boards, and more of the tech-guts found in the stomach of a drone. Years ago, to build a drone yourself – well, it simply wasn’t possible, but for the sake of explanation let’s say it was – it would costs thousands of dollars, result in a finished product exponentially larger in size, and require a massive amount of energy to sustain flight. These compounding advancements in technology have made these small-scale drones a reality. Not only that, but you can buy drones for sale under 100$.
Still, this only gives one answer as to why they’ve become more popular: affordability. But why are people flying them? Why are these drones for sale spreading throughout the consumer market like wildfire? Who could’ve predicted the way in which they completely disrupted that very market, growing into a billion dollar industry in less than ten years?
There’s a few answers to this question that we’ll dive into, for now let’s start with convenience. When flying a remote control aircraft, the same physics apply as piloting a manned aircraft. There’s relatively little difference, save for proportionality (a little model plane isn’t going to fare a 30MPH wind how a full-scale airplane will, just as well obviously it won’t be nearly as complex). Before the common drone, the original remote control helicopters generally needed an actual helicopter pilot with thorough experience and great reflex control to keep the thing in air. That whole ‘need to be really skilled to pilot’ idea isn’t really a thing for drones. A lot of these drones come ready to fly right out of the box, with beginner-flight-stabilization software programmed into them. Point and fly, they say. Although there’s still a serious learning curve to piloting drones, you don’t need to be a pilot to fly one. You don’t need to do anything but a little research and devote time to practicing. The advanced technology has made piloting these drones a possibility for anyone and the process of learning easy and convenient. This creates an entirely new comfort level when entering the hobby or learning the skill. Before, flying an expensive remote-control aircraft was a daunting task, especially being that crashes were expected (model aircraft are usually more expensive than nano or mini drones). That’s not really a thing anymore either, because now you can buy an inexpensive drone that has smart sensors which automatically avoid collisions, a stabilization system that helps with pitch, yaw, and roll, and a GPS system that can hold the drone in place if you let go of the controls. The drones for sale on the market are becoming more and more user-friendly. You can even fly some of them via applications on your smartphone or tablet.
There’s also another feature that added to their popularity and is arguably the defining force of the market’s disruption; the camera. Remember in the beginning of the article, when we talked about drones and how you’re probably thinking of a little flying gadget with a camera? Yeah, there’s a reason for that. You don’t hear of an RC plane and associate it with a little flyer taking pictures, you think of a drone doing that. What sets drones and RC aircraft apart is commonly said to be the autonomous capabilities of drones. Drones can, feasibly, be programmed to fly themselves. RC aircraft cannot. However, many would also argue that the camera (goes hand-in-hand with autonomy) is a huge one here, too. Despite where this generation’s affinities lie in regards to hobbies, we’ll always love taking pictures and videos. We’re the selfie generation. We’re the digital camera generation. We’re the –you-can-take-high-quality-pictures-on-your-phone-and-post-them-right-to-social-media generation. Regardless if we enjoy flying around model aircrafts or not, we sure love social media, we sure love pictures, so the idea of a drone that can fly autonomously and capture aerial footage (social media compatible – and of ourselves!) appeals to us. Beyond that, these cameras can livestream now, streaming a high definition first-person-view of the cockpit to the pilot. It’s added a whole new real-time element to piloting these drones, basically allowing for the sensory experience of ‘seeing through the eyes of the aircraft.’ This livestreaming feature has created multiple and exciting new uses for drones. Drone racing leagues are a thing now; pilots wear headsets (seeing the FPV) and fly their drones through an obstacle course in competition with others. Photographers and cinematographers can now set up their shots with more vision than before. With these drones for sale that can produce HD images and livestream the FPV, these little aircrafts evolved into something well beyond ‘just a toy.’
With the affordable drones for sale and the implementation of the camera, comes the commercialization of drones; an entirely new customer. Commercial drones are now being used to capture industry standard aerial footage. Photographers use them professionally. Cinematographers do the same. Agricultural companies are using them to fly in low altitudes and map out their massive acreages. Some have gone as far as to use drones to spray their crops. Private security companies are using them for surveillance in areas deemed ‘too dangerous’ for their employees. Researches and scientists use them to study areas that have difficult or dangerous terrain. Amazon is currently in the process of developing a drone with aims of implementing same-day deliveries. Companies in South Africa are developing drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras to spot illegal poachers in the wilderness. Any sort of manned high-altitude scouting work can be replaced by drones. Think, wouldn’t it be a lot safer and more practical to fly a drone to the top of a twenty story building, rather than sending someone up there? Not to mention cost efficient. Drones lower job cost and increase safety across multiple industries.
It’s a fact. After the latest release of Part 107 by the FAA, evidence says drones are here to stay in the US. Thanks to the evolution of technology, they’ve been scaled-down and made available to the public at perhaps the most opportune time. They’re affordable, can function as either a toy or a professional asset, can be used for recreation and photography, and can offer the livestreaming first person view of the camera onboard. Whether you’re a hobbyist, professional, photographer, social-media-lover, or someone that just likes gadgets, there’s an aspect of drones that appeal to you. They’ve made a tool out of a toy, and a universal camera out of a hobbyist’s aircraft, resulting in customers flocking in from areas well outside of the RC vehicle market.