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Best Drones For Kids 2022

Tello Quadcopter Drone
Tello Quadcopter Drone (Image credit: DJI)

If you're buying a drone for a kid — or really anyone who has never owned or flown a drone before — these are the best drones for kids when considering cost, size, range, and durability. If you're buying for a young one, you'll definitely want to keep the first three down, but that will invariably affect the drone's durability as well. Crashing is part of the learning process, so all of our options include built-in blade guards. These are what you'd consider toy drones, but they're super fun to fly.

Durability is key when buying a great drone for kids

Take this bit of personal wisdom to heart: never go "all-out" when buying someone their first drone, especially if they're still kids. Drones are incredibly easy to crash when you're just starting. While the most expensive models usually have crash-avoidance technologies, they're still susceptible to taking damage or simply flying off into the sunset. It's best to start small and cheap until your little pilot is confident enough to move onto something a bit more substantial.

The great news is that mini-drones offer great fun in an affordable package, and are designed to bounce off of walls with flexible plastic blade guards. Smaller drones are especially fun to fly indoors, as the blade guards keep the propellers safe from damage and protect the things the drone might crash into. My favorite micro drone is the EACHINE E10 (opens in new tab) for its compact size and zippy flight performance. For a unique drone experience that's safe and fun for kids of all ages, I'd recommend the Force1 Scoot2 (opens in new tab), which instantly takes flight with a light toss into the air and lets everyone take control of the drone using just their hands.

Lastly, if you can track them down, the Propel Star Wars drones (opens in new tab) are fantastic drones in their own right but especially if you're a Star Wars fan. They've been around for a couple of years now, so you should be able to find them for well under three figures, although stock quantities seem to be low on these highly collectible drones.

Please note that these drones are all recommended for ages 14 and up. Looking for more substantial drones? Check out our article on the these more expensive but still affordable drones or the best camera drones.

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.