Cheapest drones for Kids

Best drones under $100

Kids and teenagers of all ages have become extremely interested in RC toys especially flying ones like drones and quads. However, many parents are still under the impression that drones are very expensive and thus surprising your kids with one would need some saving up.

Well, Christmas came early this year because, after intense web searching and testing driving a large number of drones, we’re happy to tell you that today you can buy amazing drones with high-quality features at cheaper prices than you’d expect.

We’re going to walk you through our top 10 choices of drones for beginner pilots under $100!

Syma X5C Remote Control Quadcopter

If you’re looking to combine simplicity, power, with great features without spending the big bucks then your best option would be the SYMA X5C. Sayma is without a doubt one of the leaders in the market when it comes to quadcopters and its X5C is proof of that.

It has an HD 720p photo and video camera and can record on a replaceable micro SD Card. The X5C weighs only 703 gm making it fast and easy to maneuver and fly. It also features a six-axis control system for the 360- degree rolling fun.

Specs & Features

  • 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery
  • 100-minute charging time
  • 6- axis gyro
  • 4 channel
  • 2.4 GHz frequency
  • 10-minute flying time
  • 30-meter control distance
  • 720p HD camera
  • 2GB Micro SD Card
  • One-key return function

Pros

  • Good camera quality
  • 2 control modes
  • Extremely affordable
  • Available spare parts for repairs

Cons

  • Video footage comes a little shaky
  • Short flight time

Holy Stone HS190 Foldable Mini Nano Drone

One of the greatest features of the Holy Stone HS190 is that it’s foldable even though its actual size is no more than 4.5 inches. Another unique feature is the altitude hold mode making it easier for your kids to keep the drone up in the air. You can flip it, spin it into a 360 degree and play with its 3-speed modes.

Specs & Features

  • Altitude hold function
  • 45-60 minute charging time
  • 5-7-minute flying time
  • 30-50 meters control range
  • One-key take-off/landing
  • One-key return
  • 3.7V 220 mAh Li-po Battery
  • LED lights

Pros

  • Has stable altitude hold
  • Great flips
  • Short charging time

Cons

  • Somewhat weak propellers
  • Hard to fly outside
  • Bumpers aren’t that steady

Holy Stone HS200

The Holy Stone HS200 works well for both beginners and intermediate users with 4-speed levels in addition to auto take-off and auto-landing features. It’s equipped with a 720P HD video camera and an altitude hold function, so you can easily take pictures steadily.

One of the great options in this drone is the small LCD screen which can be used to adjust the settings of the transmitter

Specs & Features

  • 50-100-meter control range
  • 3.7V 650mAh LiPo
  • 107 grams in weight
  • 720P HD camera
  • 7-9 minute flight time
  • 60 minute charging time
  • 6-axis gyro stability functions
  • One button Takeoff/Landing
  • Altitude hold function

Pros

  • Steady and clear video shots
  • Headless option
  • External plug for charging the battery

Cons

  • Can only take horizontal videos
  • Too light for windy days
  • Propeller guides are fragile and break easily
  • Short battery life

HUBSAN H107D X4 Drone

Although the Hubsan H107D X4 design has been dissatisfying to some people, it’s still considered one of the popular drones under $100. While surprisingly small, it carries a fixed first-person review (FPV) camera which transmits its video stream wirelessly to the controller via 5.8 GH.

Another good feature in the H107D X4 is its controller which comes with a 4.3″ LCD screen. Through that, you can monitor real-time footage of the videos being shot from the camera.

Specs & Features

  • 30-40 minute charging time
  • 380 mAh batteries
  • 2.4GHz 4 channels transmitter
  • 50- 100-meter Control range
  • 7 minute flight time
  • 6-axis Gyro system
  • LED lights
  • 480P camera

Pros

  • Good time charge
  • Excellent image sensor

Cons

  • Short flying time
  • Bulky remote control
  • susceptible to wind
  • camera quality is a bit low

EACHINE E010 Mini UFO

Great specs with an even greater price! The Eachine E010 Mini UFO is super easy and fun to fly making it a good choice for your kids. It’s way too intelligent for its price, with features like One-Key return, 360° roll-over and the 6-axis Gyro technology to name a few.

Although small and cute, it’s durable and can withstand crashes and can be used indoors or outdoors in completely steady weather.

Specs & Features

  • One-key return
  • 5-minute flight time
  • 3.7V 150 mAh batteries
  • 30-meter control range
  • 6 Axis Gyro technology
  • LED lights
  • 2.4 GHz transmitter
  • 30-minute charging time

Pros

  • Good LED lights for night vision
  • Short charging time
  • Ducts to protect the propellers
  • Great price

Cons

  • Has no camera
  • Short flight time

Tello Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera and VR

A top drone company like DJI making it on to the less than $100 list? Yes, I kid you not! The Tello Quad is super easy to fly and has cool advanced features as well. This drone beats all others on this list with a 13-minute flight time and 720P HD camera with an 82.6-degree view.

The DJI folks never cease to amaze us!

Specs & Features

  • Battery 3.8V 1100mAh
  • 100-meter control range
  • 80 grams in weight
  • 5MP camera with 720P video
  • Pressure sensor altitude hold
  • One touch take-off and landing
  • Throw and go
  • 80-minute charging time

Pros

  • Can be controlled by your cell phone (android or IOS)
  • 8 direction flips
  • Can be programmed to perform specific routines

Cons

  • Doesn’t fly well in the wind
  • Hard set-up

UDI U818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone

The U818A is an extremely easy drone to pilot with 2-speed modes. Although it has an integrated prop guard, it’s completely stable in air. One of the things we didn’t fancy in this drone, however, is the lack of the altitude hold feature. On the Brightside though, it comes equipped with an LED searching light which automatically turns on when flying with the headless mode turned off.

Specs & Features

  • One-Key return
  • Headless mode
  • 3 direction flips
  • 131g in weight
  • 1 MP Video and 720P HD camera
  • 80-minute charging time
  • 8-10- minute flight time
  • 50-100- meter control range
  • 3.7V 500mAh LiPo batteries

Pros

  • Durable
  • Comes with extra battery
  • Affordable
  • Easy to fly and fast

Cons

  • No altitude hold feature
  • No auto take-off and landing
  • Short battery life  

The Verdict

Hands down, my favorite drone of all time is the Tello Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera and VR. It’s fun for the kids and us old-timers. I literally wait until my kids go to sleep to have fun with this beast.

It has all the features and power found in the more expensive drones and comes at a very reasonable price. However, you need to make sure to do a price check-up because some sites sell it at a higher price than others, so make sure to keep looking before settling on your drone.