The best drones for kids 2018: perform awesome stunts and shoot spectacular footage

You don’t want them crashing yours, so buy them one of their own – here's our pick of the best kids' drones

TODO alt text

Drones are cool, and if your kids have seen you fly yours, there’s absolutely no doubt that they are going to want one, too. But there’s no way you would let them borrow it. 

Imagine how you would feel when they send your pride of joy into battle with a stray branch and you have to watch, horror stricken, as it falls defeated to the floor. Luckily for you, there’s plenty of kids drones on the market right now and we’re here to clue you into the best of them.

Kids drones are some of the cheapest on the market and are probably a bit more basic than the average DJI Mavic Pro

They may have some tricks up their sleeves (the UDI RC U27 is probably your best bet for that), they may even have a camera (check out the pocket-friendly Syma 2.4GHza X5C Quadcopter with HD Camera) but they probably won’t do both, unless you really wanna fork out for your kid (we’ve popped the DJI Spark Mini Drone in there just to test the waters). 

The best in our book is the UDI RC U27; it’s pretty cool, inexpensive and the controls allow beginners a lot of slack when it comes to learning the ropes. 

The best kids' drone

1.UDI RC U27

An ideal beginner drone with plenty of tricks up its sleeve

Specifications
FPV: No
Battery: 7 minutes
Age range: 7+
Reasons to buy
+Master 180 flips+3 speed controls for beginner, intermediate and advanced flyers

With its three modes, beginners can learn well within their means. Mode 1 provides maximum stability while they learn the ropes. They can advance to Mode 2 for medium speed and Mode 3 for all its tricks, bells and whistles.

Headless Mode, which is actually a help, not a hindrance, means no adjustment to the aircraft is required before flying, making it even easier for beginners to grasp the basics. Add the fact that it’s got cool flashy lights and you have yourself a massive hit. 

Air Hogs Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad

2. Air Hogs Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad

Its title may be as long as the Star Wars opening credits but c’mon, it’s a real life Millennium Falcon!

Specifications
FPV: No
Battery: 7-10 minutes
Age range: 8+
Reasons to buy
+Replica of the Millennium Falcon+Yes, it comes with all the lights and sounds

Your child will literally be the coolest kid on the block when this thing comes out to play. You can fly it up to 200 feet away and it can do an awesome stunt trick with a simple press of a button.

The best bits are going to be the LED lights and sounds effects and it’s made from high density foam which means it’ll probably handle a few crash landings. With the only complaint being the short battery life (and that’s pretty much a given with drones anyway), we’re very certain that the Millenium Falcon will be a massive hit. 

Syma 2.4GHza X5C Quadcopter with HD Camera

3. Syma 2.4GHza X5C Quadcopter with HD Camera

Cheap, cheerful and with an HD camera built in – there’s lots of reasons why the Syma is a good little buy

Specifications
FPV: Yes
Battery: 7 minutes
Age range: 8+
Reasons to buy
+HD camera for pictures and videos+Rechargeable battery

This quadcopter will only set you back £40 or so and that in itself has got us thinking it’s a great drone for kids. Users say that the drone is super easy to fly, and the HD camera records decent quality footage retrospect of the old smartphones.

It features full 3D functionality so they can get to grips with basic controls before moving them onto a more advanced model. While it’s not one for tricks, for cruising around the park, it’s the perfect buy.

EACHINE E010 Quadcopter for Kids

4. EACHINE E010 Quadcopter for Kids

A clever, durable drone and ideal for easily performing tricks

Specifications
FPV: Yes
Battery: 4-6 minutes
Age range: 12+
Reasons to buy
+Simple to set up and easy to fly+Autolocate remote control

This copter is perfect for beginner drone masters. It features a One Key Return so you can land the drone safely, high and low speeds control, one button 360 roll over capabilities, a headless mode for easy takeoff and a powerful transmitter so you can really see it soar.

Although flight time is pretty short, the battery charges in as little as 30 minutes and, to top it all off, it’ll cost you just under £20. 

DJI Spark Mini Drone

5. DJI Spark Mini Drone

Just incase your mini-me has already mastered flying

Specifications
FPV: Yes
Battery: 16 minutes
Age range: 14+
Reasons to buy
+Smart self recognition+Use alongside DJI goggles

Whether they choose to control it via their mobile, remote control or DJI goggles, this drone is a clever piece of kit that should really be reserved for an experienced flyer. There’s rules to be followed with this one, like you can only fly it below 120 metres. 

But it is pretty impressive when it comes to tech – automatic object recognition, understanding of simple hand gestures, UltraSmooth tech on the camera to reduce shake, wide angle lens, shoots 1080p HD footage… the list goes on. And so does the price… this one will set you back around £450.

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

6. Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

Filming in HD and with some cool techy features, this drone is the perfect starting point for future filmers or tricksters

Specifications
FPV: Yes
Battery: 8 minutes
Age range: 12+
Reasons to buy
+Headless security system+Light and responsive

If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, the Holy Stone features plenty of desirable features for the price.

Whether it’s the Headless security system for easy take off, altitude hold function for hovering without the throttle, the HD camera or its ability to perform 360s, this drone is techy enough for beginners to get in some serious practice.

The downside is how light it is – users suggest that the drone would be too hard to control in anything other than a light breeze, but you can’t really complain when you get so much else for your money.