Best Drones for Kids

25 Best Drones for Kids in 2019

All children seem to share a common, ever-growing fascination with things that fly. For that very reason, drones have become one of the hottest toys on the market today and are probably the greatest present you can surprise your child with.

The thing with drones, however, is that they’re quite expensive and can break easily, not to mention how hard it is to fly one without experience. Small sized drones with propeller guards are the ideal option for younger children, while most larger sized, high-end models are better suited for older children.

We’re well aware that picking a drone for your child from the deluge of products on the market today is a very daunting and time-consuming task, so we’ve done our research and picked out a wide variety of high-quality drones that won’t necessarily break the bank for you to pick. Now, let’s take to the sky.

Best Drones for Kids

Altair 818 Hornet

The 818 Hornet from Altair Aerial is a professional hobby drone with a long flight time of 30 minutes in total (15 minutes per each of the included batteries) with a very stable performance thanks to its altitude hold and headless mode features. Also, piloting this bird through the take-off and landing process is very easy, even for beginners. 

For a drone under $200, the accompanying camera won’t cease to impress you. The Hornet comes with a 720p HD camera and a wide 120-degree angle, giving you ideal bird vision to capture the perfect shot. You can also use your mobile device to line up your shot from up to 60 meters away, knowing that the flight range of this drone is a maximum of 150 meters.

Pros

  • Very durable construction
  • Long 30-minute flight time
  • Easy to pilot and maneuver
  • 720p high definition camera

Cons

  • Short first-person view range
  • Must use the auto take-off function

Snaptain S5C (Best Overall)

The amount of bells and whistles that this drone has to offers is impossible to believe at just under $100. You have the ability to fully voice control this drone using the Snaptain Era smartphone application. You can also put on VR glasses (not included) to enjoy an outstanding experience using 3D View mode.

The Snaptain 5SC comes equipped with a 720p HD camera that has a 60-degree viewing angle and has Wi-Fi FPV transmission. Further, the take-off and landing are easily performed by pressing a single key. Other additional features include the headless and altitude hold modes, anti-collision barrier, and the ability to perform 3D flips.

Pros

  • Great bang for your buck
  • Can be voice controlled
  • Has a 3D view mode
  • 720p high definition camera
  • FPV real-time transmission
  • Can perform 3D flips
  • Has an anti-collision barrier
  • Altitude hold function

Cons

  • Not suitable for windy conditions
  • Short flight time and long charge time

Syma X8HG

The X8HG is one of the very best drones produced by Syma. It’s very stable, durable, and easy to fly. If your child is really interested in documenting his/her adventures in the air, then the 8MP HD camera with the 1MP video that this drone provides will be highly appreciated.

This drone also comes with an adapter for a GoPro camera, allowing for better footage. Moreover, you can lock the drone in the altitude to achieve stillness during shots. The flight time on this drone can get to 7-10 minutes with a fully charged battery. Lastly, the remote controller features a 100-meter range.

Pros

  • Very durable construction
  • 1080p high definition camera
  • Comes with a GoPro adapter
  • Has an altitude hold feature

Cons

  • Limited remote control range
  • No first-person view mode
  • Lacks image stabilization

Holy Stone HS200D

This larger-sized drone is more geared towards kids on the older side and beginners. It features a 720p HD camera that has a wide 120-degree angle that will help children document their flights through their mobile phone devices. This drone also features real-time FPV transmission that allows the user to live stream his or her adventures.

With the altitude hold function, this bird can remain hovering at a certain height, allowing you to capture images steadily. Further, the headless mode comes in handy when the drone disappears out of sight. You can fly this drone for approximately 10 minutes when the batteries are fully charged, and you can control it from a range of 100 meters.

Pros

  • Altitude hold function
  • Has a gravity sensor mode
  • Adjustable speed modes
  • Features bright LED lights
  • 720p high definition camera

Cons

  • Limited remote control range
  • Too light for windy conditions

MKLOT JJRC H23

Why surprise your children with one gift when you can surprise them with two. The JJRC H23 is a cool combination of an RC car that you can drive on the land and a drone that you can fly in the sky. This drone can perform 3D flips, rolls, and 360-degree rotations, making for a fun aerobatic experience.

Probably the best thing about this drone is that you can simply recall it home with a single push of a button on the application interface. The JJRC H23 also features both headless mode and FPV mode with Wi-Fi real-time transmission, along with an HD 720p camera.

Pros

  • Tons of aerobatic flight options
  • It’s both an RC car and a drone
  • Can be easily recalled home
  • Headless and FPV modes
  • Control distance of 200 meters
  • 720p high definition camera

Cons

  • A short flight time of 5-8 minutes
  • Not the most durable construction
  • Too light for windy situations

Altair #AA108

This is the second drone from Altair Aerial to make it on the list and for a very good reason. This drone features a 720p HD camera with real-time video transmission. It also has a headless mode and an altitude hold function that makes it easier to control and much more stable.

The reason why this drone has made its way to the list is because of how durable its construction is, so you don’t really have to worry about it crashing into a tree or a building. Additional features include the custom route mode, emergency landing function, low battery alarm, and one-key takeoff/landing.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable construction
  • 2 additional batteries included
  • 720p HD camera with FPV mode
  • Features a custom routes mode

Cons

  • Limited remote control range
  • Not suitable for outdoor use

EACHINE E010

The EACHINE E010 is a very affordable mini-drone that’s ideal for children of the ages 6, 7, and 8 years old. It’s super lightweight, very durable, and able to perform cool aerobatics such as 3D flips and rolls at high and low speed modes.

Additionally, this bird can auto locate the position of the remote control and fly back to it by pressing the return button. It also features a headless mode that allows it to change direction by changing that of the remote control, which helps give more confidence to a beginner pilot.

Pros

  • A very affordable price tag
  • Great for small kids and beginners
  • Can perform 3D flips and rolls
  • Has a one-key return button
  • Features a headless flight mode

Cons

  • No attitude hold function
  • Flight time is around 5 minutes

JJRC H20 Nano

The way this hexacopter looks is going to give your child a feeling like he’s flying a war machine, one that’s able to perform cool flips and rolls at different angles to get behind enemy lines. It’s really easy to operate without knowing it’s direction by utilizing the headless mode.

The JJRC H20 also has a one-key automatic return function that allows it to fly back to its home location by pressing a single key. Moreover, it features LED lights that enables you to detect its position and the flight direction in the dark.

Pros

  • A very affordable price tag
  • Cool design that kids will like
  • Bright LED lights for night flight
  • One-key automatic return
  • Features a headless mode

Cons

  • Short remote control range
  • Not the most durable construction

Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3

The Syma X5SW-V3 is arguably the best looking drone and the sleekest that you can purchase for under $50. This drone comes with a headless mode that allows for easy piloting and maneuvering. It can perform 360-degree rolls and continuous rolling by pressing a single key, which allows for a marvelous aerobatic flight experience.

The Syma X5SW-V3 also comes equipped with an HD Wi-Fi camera that allows you to take photos and record videos while in the air. Additionally, the Wi-Fi FPV feature gives you bird view of the terrain below while flying. Further, your night flight experience is going to be illuminated with colorful flashing lights, which will make the drone easily identifiable as well.

Pros

  • A very affordable price tag
  • Sleek and durable construction
  • Performs 360-degree rolls
  • Has colorful flashing lights
  • Features a headless flight mode
  • HD Wi-Fi camera with FPV

Cons

  • Lacks the altitude hold function
  • Too light for windy conditions
  • A short flight time of around 5 minutes

Force1 U34W Dragonfly

This FPV drone is equipped with a wide-angle 720p HD camera for aerial pictures and video recording. It can easily be controlled via smartphone app. You also have the ability to make custom routes on your mobile device, along with the ability to start or land the droned by pressing one key on the controller.

The U34W could very well rival most drones on the market in terms of stability with the combination of the altitude hold, gravity mode, and headless mode, which makes this an extremely versatile indoor and outdoor drone. You can even use your VR headset for an enhanced visual fidelity and even more fun.

Pros

  • Very versatile and highly stable
  • Equipped with a 720p HD camera
  • Compatible with VR headsets
  • Can be controlled via smartphone
  • Able to perform 3D flips and rolls

Cons

  • Has a short battery life
  • Limited remote control range

Drocon Mini RC Drone

This Mini RC drone from Drocon provides a couple of charging methods for your convenience, you can use a USB cable to charge it, or you can utilize the built-in charging cable within the controller, allowing you to charge the drone without the need to unplug it from the controller.

This drone comes equipped with a one-key take-off and landing function for easy piloting. Further, it can perform 3D action flips and rolls. The drone features 3 speed modes and an altitude hold mode, making it easy to control for beginners.

Pros

  • USB and built-in charging
  • One-key take-off and landing
  • Can perform 3D flips and rolls
  • Has an altitude hold function

Cons

  • Charging plug is a bit flimsy
  • Has a short battery life
  • Controls can be confusing

ScharkSpark Drone Thunder

The Drone Thunder is one of the very few models in its price range that has a relatively long flying time of 8-10 minutes for each of the 2 included batteries. It can perform somersaults and barrel rolls with the 3D flip button on the remote controller. The design of this drone is foldable, making it very compact and portable.

The altitude hold function increases the stability of this drone and allows it to maintain desired heights. It also features a headless mode for easy piloting. Moreover, the drone features a one-key take-off and landing function, along with a one-key return home function. Lastly, the FPV camera allows you to view a live video of your flight on your mobile device.

Pros

  • Compact and easily foldable design
  • Long flight time for each battery
  • 3D flip button for an aerobatic flight
  • Altitude hold and headless modes
  • Has an FPV camera for live videos
  • One-key take-off/landing and return

Cons

  • Not the most durable construction
  • Limited remote control range
  • Build quality feels a little poor

Fitmaker RC Drone

Looking for a sturdy-framed drone with easy piloting that’s under $50? This is definitely the right product for you. This drone from Fitmaker provides a super fun flight experience with colorful LED strobe lights and the ability to perform cool 3D stunts.

The drone features one-key starting and landing for easy piloting for players of any level. There’s also a four-round protective frame around the drone which makes it stronger. Additionally, the headless mode enhances the maneuverability and the overall flight experience.

Pros

  • A very affordable price tag
  • Colorful LED strobe lights
  • One-key starting and landing
  • Can perform 3D stunts
  • Four-round protective frame

Cons

  • Relatively long charging time
  • Can be pretty hard to control

SanRock GD65A

Not all drones of the same small size as the GD65A feature an altitude hold mode, which makes this bird extremely easy to control and gives it the ability to hover in an altitude. The headless mode eliminates the need to know which side the drone is directed to and makes for much easier control.

The easy return feature sends the drone flying back automatically to your position with just one click. 3D flips can easily be performed with a single push of a button. Also, the addition of LED lights makes such stunts much more spectacular and makes the drone easier to identify in the dark.

Pros

  • Headless mode for easy control
  • Able to perform cool 3D stunts
  • Features an altitude hold function
  • Has a one-key easy return function

Cons

  • Very flimsy plastic frame
  • Limited reception range

AKASO A21

This funny flying tiny toy is a great gift for your child with tons of cool features at an affordable price. The drone is equipped with a 720p HD camera to record videos and to snap aerial view shots. With a simple click of the take-off/landing button, the drone will fly up to a height of 1.5 meters. Press the same button to easily land the drone.

The optical altitude hold helps maintain the hovering position, which makes it easy to control the drone. A very neat addition is the flight route setting mode, it allows you to fly the drone by sliding the screen, the drone will then follow the path you’ve slided. There are 3 speed modes to accommodate different levels of experience.

Pros

  • Flight route setting mode
  • 720p high definition camera
  • One-key take-off and landing
  • Optical altitude hold function
  • Features 3 speed variations

Cons

  • Construction is a bit fragile
  • Not suitable for windy days

DEERC HS177

This battle drone comes at under $30 with a bunch of cool features that your child will enjoy. The drone is designed to shoot infrared beams and will slowly land after getting hit 4 times, which makes for a very exciting battle between children. The drone features 3 speed modes and can perform cool 3D stunts.

The altitude hold feature plays an even bigger role with this bird as it can maintain its hovering position for a more accurate infrareds shooting. Further, the headless mode makes it much easier to maneuver the drone. Furthermore, it also features a one-key take-off and landing, along with an emergency stop button.

Pros

  • A very affordable price tag
  • Battle drone design with infrareds
  • Can perform 3D stunts
  • Headless and altitude hold modes
  • One-key take-off and landing

Cons

  • There’s no on/off switch
  • Doesn’t feature an FPV mode

Dwi Dowellin X33 Mini Drone

The X33 is designed to be a crash-proof mini-drone with crash guards that the reduces damage resulted by impact. Not only that, but it also helps protect the propellers and the motors. With the headless mode, you won’t need to worry about the orientation of the drone as it will change direction by changing that of the transmitter.

The drone can easily take off or land by pressing the take-off/landing button. Further, the emergency key is very helpful when the drone is about to crash into a building or a tree. There’s also a home return key that’s helpful when the drone is out of sight. Lastly, the drone is able to perform 3D stunts and has the altitude hold function.

Pros

  • Has a crash-proof construction
  • Guarded propellers and motors
  • Headless and altitude hold modes
  • Capable of performing 3D stunts
  • One-key take-off and landing

Cons

  • Relatively short battery life
  • Occasionally spazzes out

Gearbest F36 Mini RC Drone

The F36 is a great choice for small kids because it’s inexpensive, sturdy, and very lightweight. While this drone doesn’t have an altitude hold feature, it’s still pretty stable with just the 6-axis gyroscope. Further, the headless mode allows for better control over the drone’s direction.

The drone features a built-in positioning system that allows it to auto-locate the position of the controller by pressing the one-key return button. You can also do 360-degree flips and continuous rolls simply by pressing the button on the transmitter. This drone is best suited for indoor use.

Pros

  • Great for indoor use
  • Lightweight design
  • One-key return function
  • Can do 3D flips and rolls

Cons

  • Too light for windy conditions
  • Very short flying time of 5 minutes
  • Transmitter range is only 30 meters

KOOME Nano RC Drone

Are you looking for a mini-sized quadcopter for your child that he/she put in their pockets? This nano RC drone from KOOME will do the trick. The drone has 3 speed modes to accommodate the beginner pilots and the more advanced one. You can press the flip button on the transmitter to do 360-degree flips and rolls.

Aside from charging your drone with a USB cable, it can also be charged via the built-in charging cable in the controller, allowing you to charge the drone without having to remove it from the controller. The quadcopter also features a headless mode to avoid any confusion with the drone’s direction.

Pros

  • A very affordable price tag
  • Extremely compact and lightweight
  • Has a built-in charging cable
  • Performs 360-degree flips and rolls
  • Has 3 speed variations
  • Features a headless mode

Cons

  • Not suitable for windy conditions
  • Instructions can use some improvement

Veken Mini RC Drone

This drone is mainly designed for small kids and it’s best suited for indoor use only. The shining feature in this drone is the 2 long-lasting, powerful batteries that can keep the drone flying for up to 25 minutes. The dazzling LED lights, coupled with the ability to perform 3D stunts, makes for a spectacular show.

The 6-axis flight control system grants this drone a very good level of stability and the ability to hover at a certain altitude, which as a result makes it easy to control. This mini-drone features 3 speed variations to suit beginners and more advanced pilots. Other features include a headless mode and the one-key take-off/landing function.

Pros

  • Has a fairly long flight time
  • Great choice for beginner pilots
  • Colorful LED lights and 3D stunts
  • One-key take-off and landing

Cons

  • Not suitable for outdoor use
  • Construction is very fragile

HASAKEE H1 RC Drone

The HASAKEE H1 is one of the very few drones to come with an HD camera that has real-time Wi-Fi transmission at just under $50. This drone also has an auto hovering function that increases its stability and makes it easier to control when trying to snap still shots. Another cool addition is the custom route mode, which allows you to draw the desired flight route on your smartphone and the drone will follow it accordingly.

The drone has multiple operating methods including the remote controller, the smartphone app, and the gravity sensor mode. There are also 3 variations of speed to accommodate all levels of experience. You can put on your VR glasses (not included) to enjoy an outstanding 3D experience. Further, you can turn on the FPV mode directly with it as well. Additional features include one-key return, take-off, and landing on the transmitter, along with the ability to 3D flips.

Pros

  • Great bang for your buck
  • Equipped with an HD camera
  • Custom route and 3D view modes
  • Headless and FPV modes
  • Auto hovering function
  • Can perform 3D flips and rolls

Cons

  • The drone is a little too small
  • Construction isn’t very durable

Spacekey Mini RC Drone

This is another pocket RC drone with a silvery sleek design that everyone would like. It’s very stable and extremely easy to operate for beginners, thanks to both the headless and altitude hold modes. Further, the drone can perform spectacular spins and flips.

You can easily take to the sky and land by pressing a single key on the transmitter. It also has a one-key return function that helps it fly back to the location of the transmitter. The design is so compact that it can be folded up and stored within the controller.

Pros

  • Foldable lightweight design
  • Performs 3D spins and flips
  • Very easy to fly and control
  • Headless and hovering modes

Cons

  • Has a short flight time
  • Charging time is a bit long

Potensic D10 Mini RC Drone

The D10 is a super affordable beginner level drone that can perform 3D flips in 4 directions. Also, it can take to the sky and land by pressing one key on the remote controller. Further, the rechargeable battery supports longer flight time and can be replaced with ease.

The quadcopter features headless and altitude hold modes, eliminating any worries regarding where the drone is heading and making it easy to control. The drone also features a high speed mode for the more expert pilots. The lightweight design makes this bird extremely agile and more maneuverable.

Pros

  • Very cheap and cheerful
  • An ideal choice for beginners
  • Can perform 3D flips and rolls
  • Headless and altitude hold modes

Cons

  • Not suitable for outdoor use
  • Very noisy performance

Redpawz H36

The Redpawz H36 is a sturdy and beginner-friendly drone that’s great for kids. Its features include LED that will light up the night sky, the headless mode that allows for better control over the drone, and multiple speed adjustments for various levels of experience.

The quadcopter features a one-key return function that makes it easier to fly and control. Also, you can pull off 3D flips and rolls by just pressing a button. When charging this drone, use an adapter that has an output voltage below 5V and has less than 1A of current.

Pros

  • The drone is very affordable
  • Includes bright LED lights
  • Blades are very well protected
  • Performs 3D flips and rolls
  • Has one-key return function

Cons

  • Lacks an altitude hold function
  • Only 5 minutes of flight time

Amcrest Skylight Quadcopter

The Skylight Quadcopter is an ideal choice for both kids and adults equally. The drone is equipped with auto-calibration and trimming functions that improve its overall stability. Further, the altitude hold feature helps the drone maintain steady altitude if you need it to.

You’ll have to worry about losing sight of this drone as you can simply press the return key to have it fly back to the take-off location. The drone comes with two additional batteries for an extended flight time period age battery can keep the drone in the air for up to 7 minutes.

Pros

  • 2 additional batteries included
  • The propellers are guarded
  • Can perform flips and rolls
  • Has an altitude hold feature

Cons

  • Limited remote control range
  • Controller batteries not included

Things to Consider Before Buying a Kids Drone

Like all other pieces of technology, there are quite a few essential factors that you must consider before purchasing a drone for your child, this includes the range of the controller, flight time, charge time, and protection.

Once you got the essential attributes out of the way, you will then need to check for additional features that could potentially enhance the flight experience for your child, such as altitude hold, headless mode, one-key take-off/landing, and emergency landing.

Controller Range

The controller range determines the distance that the drone can cover without losing transmission. Some high-end drones can store up to 200 meters in the air, while models on the lower end can only cover a distance as little as 30 meters. It’s advised to pick a drone that has considerable controller range so that you don’t have to worry about losing control over it.

Flight Time

There’s nothing worse than charging your drone for a considerable amount of time and then having your batteries run out after just 5 minutes of flight time. It’s advised to look for a drone that offers multiple batteries so that when one runs out, you can just replace it and can enjoy longer play time.

Charging Time

It’s very common with drones to have a charge time that’s about 3 or 4 times longer than the flight time. While most of us don’t want to wait a long period of time for our drones to be fully charged, it’s advised to pick a drone that has a longer charge time as the batteries are designed to prevent overcharging, and that makes for a longer battery life.

Protection

Beginner pilots are more than likely to crash their drones a few times before they actually learn how to control it. For that reason, entry-level drones should be designed in such a way that the rotor blades are well protected to help minimize the impact force in the event of it crashing into another object.

Most high-end models tend to possess anti-collision technology, which helps increase their lifetime by preventing major damage during a crash. However, since these models are usually a bit expensive, it’s better to train on a low-end model at first then climb your way up the drone ladder as your experience increases.

Smart Features

Smart features help improve stability and the overall performance of the drone. Most entry level-drones tend to share a lot of the same features. Some of these features might include altitude hold, GPS, and various flight modes that allow the drone to function as an indoors and an outdoors flyer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my drone flies out of sight?

For drones that have a one-key return function, you can simply press that key and the drone will find its way back to the take-off location recorded by its GPS system. However, your drone has to be within the range of the remote controller for that to take place successfully.

Where can I fly my drone safely?

Your best that is flying your drone within open fields or your own personal space. There are, however, a few guidelines provided by the FAA that you should follow period one of these guidelines state that you can’t fly a residential drone higher than 120 meters. The FAA also states that you can’t fly a drone close to any airport.

What’s the appropriate age to fly a drone?

Drones can be operated by children of the age 8 and up. However, adult supervision is crucial for children that are under 12 years of age because the spinning of the rotor blades can easily cut through skin, which makes drones very dangerous at times.

Wrap Up

Now, you’re probably wondering which one of the above-mentioned products should you pick for your child. To help make your decision easier, here are our top picks for each age group:

Ages 12-14:

Ages 9-11:

Ages 6-8:

We hope you’ve found the information we provided helpful and that you were able to pick the right gift for your child based on it. Please, let us know which drone you think is the best.