As drones continue to increase in popularity with photographers and hobbyists, they also continue to spark interest in kids. Across the world children are becoming pilots, flying tiny drones through their neighborhood and parks. Finding the best drone for kids isn’t an easy task. It’s actually extremely difficult and time consuming if you’re unfamiliar with toy drone models.
In general, the quality of a drone increases with the price. That being said, there are plenty of drones for kids that are cheap and sturdy. It’s important to help any kid that has a drone understand how to fly it, and how to take care of it. There are numerous working parts, and failing to understand the pieces will result in the toy drone breaking quickly and you’ll need a new drone. Our favorite drones for kids are below. Check them out before making your purchasing decision.
1. Sky Viper HD V950 Video Drone
Measuring 12.75” blade to blade the Sky Viper v950 HD Video Drone is capable of withstanding adverse flight conditions while capturing high-quality videos. This is one of our favorite drones for kids, and it’s not just because of the price point. Sky Viper is a quality manufacturer and they have excellent customer service.
This particular model records 720p high definition images and videos, and the package includes a 4GB MicroSD card that captures up to twenty minutes of flight footage. The camera can also shoot 360 degrees of panoramic views. After you’re done flying just pop the card into a reader and download your videos directly onto your computer. Use your favorite video editor and you’re well on your way to filming your first videos. It’s great for kids because they really get the sense that they’re creating something.
2. Heli-Max 1SQ RTF Quadcopter with 2.4Ghz Radio
The Heli-Max 1SQ has four individual rotors that help increase your control during flight. You can fly this inside or out, depending on your personal preference. The Heli-Max 1SQ isn’t as durable and strong as other models, so its flight is better suited for indoor use. It also uses triple-axis gyro stabilization, which allows it remain steady during flights with ease.
Overall the Heli-Max 1SQ is a pretty simple quadcopter that doesn’t come with a camera. This is a drone for kids that want the experience of flight and aren’t too concerned with advanced stunting or videography.
3. Hubsan X4 H107C
The Hubsan X4 H107C is one of the cheapest drones for kids currently available. For about $60 you can pick up a fully functioning quadcopter any kid can be flying within a few minutes. The charge time is relatively quick and you get about five to seven minutes of flight time from a full charge. Buy some extra batteries and charge them before heading out. That way you can quickly swap them out when your quadcopter dies and continue to fly.
Even though it’s small and cheap, the Hubsan X4 has capabilities that can help you grow as a pilot. Granted, to grow your skills as a pilot you need to have a functioning drone, and the Hubsan X4 doesn’t take a tough beating. The camera isn’t great, but it’s good for kids and great to learn on. It points directly forward, meaning you don’t have any stabilization or control, but it helps a pilot understand FPV.
4. Syma X5C
The Syma X5C is one of the hottest drones for kids on Amazon, and has been for a while. The size is perfect, it’s not too big or too small. It falls right into the medium-sized category at 31cm x 31cm x 8cm. The transmitter has a range of 50m, which is the longest on our list of drones for kids. The MicroSD card isn’t included, but can be purchased for under $5 on Amazon.
Although the camera isn’t as good as the Sky Viper, the overall build of this drone is. If you’re looking for something to last and to film video, the Syma X5C is hard to beat.
5. UDI U818A 2.4GHz Quadcopter
Out of all of the kid’s drones listed, the UDI U818A is probably the most well-known and the most durable. The build has bumpers for each rotor that protects the propellers, the most common part to break on most quadcopters. This drone charges in about two hours and can last almost ten minutes when the battery is new.
The crash-ready design makes repairs simple, so as a parent you won’t be struggling to constantly fix your child’s quadcopter. The flight is stable and the transmitter is easy to use. If you’re looking for something simple, but still fun, the UDI U818A is a great choice.
6. Parrot Rolling Spider MiniDrone
This is absolutely one of our favorite drones for kids. The design makes it fun for all ages, and it’s highly capable of taking a beating. The wheels help it roll anywhere, including up the walls and across the ceiling – and of course if flies too.
The Spider has a built-in FPV camera, so aerial shots are easy. We don’t recommend this for the serious photographers, but it’s great for beginners. The Rolling Spider runs from your smart phone via the FreeFlight 3 app, so keep that in mind when purchasing for a child. They will need an app-capable device to be able to use it. The Rolling Spider takes about an hour to download and lasts around eight minutes. The Spider has some fun abilities we promise your child will continue to enjoy long after you’ve taught them how to fly this.
7. UDI Falcon Drone
The Falcon drone is another nice choice for any beginner. A protective ring allows the user to learn how to pilot before letting the drone loose to scan the neighborhood.
The 8 minutes of flight time and 160 foot range you get is just enough time to grab some quick pics or videos with the inclusive built-in camera that shoots at .3MP/600x480p. It’s certainly not a perfect camera, but for kids just learning, it’s more than enough. Another nice inclusion to this fully loaded drone is the 2MB mini SD memory card that can store up to 7500 pictures or 75 minutes of video.
This particular drone also comes with a charger, remote, card reader, and 4 extra propellers; the only thing not included is the 6 AA batteries. Overall, this is a really nice drone for kids just learning, not too large and not too small.
8. BLADE Nano QX RTF Quadcopter
This quadcopter drone is small and safe enough to fly indoors, it also has a durable, lightweight airframe with blade guards to withstand certain impacts. The safe technology is included, and all you have to do is let go of the sticks if you feel you’re losing control and the drone will simply hover back to you. Once you’ve mastered the controls, switch to the agility mode for a faster flight with more maneuverability.
If you have never flown a quadcopter, the BLADE Nano is an excellent choice for the younger flyer. Furthermore, everything you need to fly is included in the box.
This drone is reasonably priced for a kid’s drone and can be picked up for around $85. You should know that this drone is not equipped with a camera; however it is very portable because of the small size – it can be taken anywhere easily.
9. Air Hog Helix X4 Stunt
The Air Hog Helix X4 is very kid friendly and can be flown safely indoors as well, however, not we recommended avoiding outdoor flight because of its lightweight construction. The Helix X4 is constructed with a durable Styrofoam shell, so don’t be concerned with causing damage to the drone during crashes. There are two pilot modes available for flying, beginner and advanced, and it comes with a 4 channel remote control.
One of the really cool things about this particular drone is its capability to perform built in stunts such as barrel rolls and flips with just a push of a button.
The unique 4 ducted fan design allows the copter to hover in one place, plus provides ample stabilization and easy flight. In the box, you’ll have everything you need to fly except for 8 AA batteries that you’ll have to purchase separately. Other than that, you’re ready to go.
10. UDI U839 3D Nano
The UDI is suitable for indoor and outdoor flight. It’s a 6-axis gyro quadcopter with advanced technologies that help prevent interference and allow you to fly multiple drones simultaneously. LED lights are positioned on the quadcopter to assist in night flight and determining the position of the drone. It has a flight time of 5-7 minutes depending on conditions, and it’s able to perform 360° stunts such as flips and rolls with a button and joystick.
This particular quadcopter is able to tolerate crashes due to its modular design constructed of impact resistant ABS plastic. The U839 3D Nano comes with 4 safety protected propellers and if something does happen to get damaged, parts are easily replaced. The UDI is also ready to fly right out of the box without tedious construction. For kids just learning to fly, this is an excellent choice as it is virtually indestructible and very affordable.
11. Odyssey QR-12 Cam Quadcopter Drone
The Odyssey QR-12 is packed full of fun for any kid. It’s definitely one of the better drones for kids on the market. The 6-axis gyro provides ample stabilization while flying and performing an array of stunts. This drone is also capable of 360° turns and the 3-speed control allows pilots to really test their flight skills.
The odyssey is equipped with a built-in camera that captures video and pictures then stores them on the included 2GB SD card. LED lights are built into the underside of this drone that creates a really cool effect any kid will enjoy when flying at night.
The Odyssey QR-12 can be charged with a regular USB cord and charging time is about 1.5 hours. The QR comes with a high quality lithium battery; however, you’ll have to purchase 4 additional AA batteries to operate the remote control.
Included in the box are detailed instructions, an extra set of propellers, a protective ring, and a remote control; everything you need to start flying.
12. Traxxas 6608 LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor
This particular quadcopter is excellent for beginners and experienced pilots alike. Although it is a great choice as a drone for kids, it’s also something anyone can enjoy.
Fun and easy to fly, the Traxxas is constructed with a 6-axis flight system for stabilization, colorful LED lights, and a high quality remote control. Three flight modes are available: easy, fast, and expert, so you’ll be able to dabble in the one that you’re most comfortable with until you get the hang of flying. In addition, the Traxxas comes fully assembled, therefore ready to fly right out of the box. It’s also available in 4 different colors.
Another nice feature is the visual and audible notifications when the battery is running low and requires recharging. The battery only takes about 30 minutes to charge and give you 15 minutes of flight time. As one of our more advanced drones for kids, we suggest this one for ages 13 and up.
There you have it – our favorite drones for kids currently on the market in 2016. Keep in mind that there are tons of models out there, and more coming out every day. These are the drones we’ve reviewed and approved for your kids. Purchase any of these and your kids will guarantee to have a blast. As always, feel free to reach out to us should you have questions about the models above and or questions about other models. We’ll do our best to help!