10 Best Drones for Kids in 2017

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One of the most useful pieces of technology today from military reconnaissance to surgical-precision strikes to increasing perimeter security and even to providing absolute creativity in aerial photography and videography is the unmanned aerial vehicle, more popularly known as the drones. However, drones are not only limited to the air; there are also some models that patrol inhospitable landscapes while there are also those that skim the waves. Among kids, nothing fascinates them more than flying objects. And given the opportunity to control one of these truly engineering marvels will not only paint a wide grin on their faces, they will forever cherish the fact that you gave them one of the best gizmos any kid could ever ask for.

This early, drone manufacturers are already inundated with pre-Holiday orders. Retailers are beginning to see their inventory dwindling because of the increased demand. And if you are not going to take action anytime soon, you might not have the top-selling, most popular, and truly amazing aerial drone for your kid this coming Holiday season.

Nevertheless, allow us to take the guesswork from you. Let our list of the top 10 drones for kids be your guide in choosing the most appropriate gift to give your child. We can guarantee that these gadgets are safe, of the highest possible quality, and full of features that any kid will simply love. Without further ado, here are the most popular drones that you simply have to get for your child this coming Holiday season or perhaps for his or her birthday.

10 Best Drones for Kids 

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4GhzHoly Stone14 Years +
EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone 2.4GEachine12 Years +
RC Stunt Drone Quadcopter w/ 360 FlipWonder Chopper10 Years +
USA Toyz U818A WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone with Headless Mode, HD Camera, BatteryUSA Toyz14 Years +
EpochAir Kids Toy RC Flying BallEpoch Air8 Years +
Quadpro Nc5 Nano Quadcopter 360 Degree Flip Mini DroneQuadPro14 Years +
SYMA X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter, SpacecraftSyma14 Years +

1Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone (Our Top Pick)

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Flying Time: 6 to 8 minutes
Charging Time: 60 to 80 minutes
Maximum Effective Range: 30 to 50 meters

Preferred by many drone hobbyists and enthusiasts, the Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone is an excellent drone for newbie flyers as well as kids who may be fascinated by these wonderful flying machines. Built with the strongest and sturdiest materials in a design that is guaranteed to absorb any impact from sudden loss of flight, the HS170 Predator is sure to conquer the skies above any terrain. The HS170 Predator has a 6-axis gyro stabilization system which enables novice flyers absolute control.

The same system allows for superb acrobatics such as doing splendid flips, rolls, and twists all in a 360 degree fashion, that even an untrained person can easily perform. From rolls to flips and other tricks, the HS170 Predator’s bag of stunts is limited only by the user’s imagination. Its ultra-powerful and highly responsive motors will do the rest. Adding to the superb stabilization of the HS170 Predator is its excellent wind resistance, able to maintain its position to allow for greater stability in flight even in strong gusts of wind. It’s got colorful LED lights to help enhance nighttime flying or in low light environments giving it one spectacular show for everyone to enjoy. The HS170 is designed specifically as a trainer drone which should provide an excellent stepping stone for the flying of more advanced quadcopter drones. 

2Stunt Drone Quadcopter by Wonder Chopper 

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

Charging Time: 60 minutes
Flying Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Controlling Distance: 12 to 15 meters

Looking from the top, the Stunt Drone Quadcopter looks more a Star Wars X-Wing fighter but instead of having the classic cross wings, what you have are 4 large circular discs that protect a 3-blade rotor system. The black body of the Stunt Drone is highlighted in orange decals making for a truly artistic style. The nose of the Stunt has a blue LED that helps increase its overall aesthetic appearance.

Like all the drones in our list, the Stunt Drone is also capable of performing spectacular barrel rolls and flips. Part of this performance is the Stunts 3-blade rotor system which gives it unparalleled energy efficient allowing it to stay in the air for up to 12 minutes, around two times longer than a great majority of drone products in the market. The downside is that the effective control range is only up to 15 meters. We have seen some products that can reach even up to a hundred meters and the radio unit will still have ample control of the drone.

What We Like about It – The flight time is phenomenal although waiting for a full hour to have the batteries charged is quite a tradeoff. Nevertheless, the Stunt is surely one of the best drones available in the market today.

3EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone

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Age Range: At least 12 years old

Flying Time: 5 minutes
Charging Time: 30 to 50 minutes
Maximum Effective Range: 30 meters

Built specifically with young teens or older children in mind, the EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone can sit conveniently on the palm of one’s hand. It’s the perfect flyer for someone who has never flown any other type of remote controlled flying vehicle before. It’s got all the standard features of a classic drone including a one-key return feature, a 360 degree rollover, and a compass mode. The built-in location and navigation system of the EACHINE E010 Mini UFO allows it to send and receive signals from the radio controller so it can be commanded to return to base at a touch of a single button. It’s a fail-safe way to make sure the drone returns to you even in the middle of its flight.

Its 6-axis gyro technology is superb for its pocket sized frame allowing it to perform amazing stunts and tricks that can include 360 degree rolls and spins. The lightweight frame should not pose a threat to its stability in flight. The compass mode of the EACHINE E010 boasts of superb maneuverability as kids can easily use the entire controller to orient and direct the flight of the drone. This is particularly helpful in instances where the user simply does not like using combinations of joystick movements. The EACHINE E010 also comes with blue and red LED lights which offer spectacular flight displays in low light conditions. 

4Nc5 Nano Quadcopter by Quadpro 

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

Charging Time: 45 minutes
Flying Time: 5 to 7 minutes
Controlling Distance: 30 to 50 meters

For a really astounding and professionally-looking 360-degree flip in 4 different ways, you need the Nc5 Nano. This little gizmo has a 2-level highly-adjustable speed function designed specifically for the 360-degree flip trick. This allows for truly superb stunts that your kid will be the envy of his or her friends. It can be flown in headless mode so there’s no need for positioning the Nc5 to attain the correct orientation. If your child prefers to have it like an ordinary flying machine, then it can be activated in the head flight mode.

What We Like about It – The variable flip speed is admirable. If your kid can master this functionality, he or she might well be on his or her way to becoming the next great drone stunt artist.

5Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Flying Time: 7 to 9 minutes
Charging Time: 80 minutes
Maximum Effective Range: 50 to 100 meters

The Holy Stone F181 is a superbly-built quadcopter that is perfect for both newbie and advanced drone flyers. Designed to be flyable out of the box, the Holy Stone F181 features a dedicated Key Return button that allows any user to wirelessly command the quadcopter drone to return to its starting point with just a press of a button without making any significant alterations in its course. It has a headless security mechanism that works very well with its Key Return feature, ensuring the F181 goes right where it belongs. It has an Altitude Hold Function which allows it to hover like a real helicopter with ease even if the throttle stick has been released, thanks in part to its 6-axis gyro system. It has a built-in high definition camera that allows users to shoot vivid images and stunning videos. The dedicated A-key controls the different movements of the F181 allowing it to make excellent flips, rolls, and spins. It operates on a 2.4 GHz 4-channel radio system for simultaneous control of similar units within a radius of 50 to 100 meters. The Holy Stone F181 stays afloat for a maximum of 9 minutes after a full charge which usually takes about 80 minutes. 

6UDI RC U845 WiFi 2.4 GHz 6 Axis Gyro FPV Drone with HD Camera

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For fans of the classic UFO, the UDI RC U845 promises to be an exhilarating drone to control and fly. The design itself mimics the classic saucer shape of UFOs and can be effectively controlled by a dedicated radio controller or through an iOS or Android platform through a downloadable app. Its 6-axis gyro works well with its patented posture control-integrated mechanism affording it splendid stability and precise positioning especially during flight. Controlling the drone to do 360-degree flips and rolls is made easy with its built-in gyro mechanism. The UDI RC U845 FOV Drone comes with a headless mode which allows the user to fly it out of the box without necessarily having to orient the drone in a particular direction. With a flight time of about 6 to 9 minutes, the UDI RC U845 is an excellent platform for shooting high quality videos and photos. It also comes with a 2.4 GHz LCD controller in instances where an iOS or Android device is not available. Charging the UDI RC U845 is accomplished by plugging the unit onto a USB port which typically takes around 120 minutes to complete. Fast chargers are available to help hasten battery charging times. 

7Cheerwing CW4 RC Drone with 720p HD Camera

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One of the fastest-growing hobbies today is aerial photography. And while drones are now equipped with highly sophisticated imaging and videography systems, these are oftentimes priced rather prohibitively. Such is effectively addressed by the Cheerwing CW4 which boasts of a 2MP camera giving it a high definition resolution of 720p at an amazing 30 frames per second. The removable Micro-SD card has enough storage space for several flights which typically lasts around 6 to 8 minutes after a 60 minute charging time. Aside from its superb aerial photography and videography capabilities, flight operation controls are simplified as everything is done at a touch of a button. Taking off and landing is as easy as pressing the corresponding buttons. The landing feature also serves as a safety net in the event that the Cheerwing CW4 becomes unstable in flight or has drained its batteries. It also has a hover feature which works exceptionally well with its 720p camera system giving the user with superbly clear and crisp shots from above. The performance of stunts like rolls and flips is also made super easy with a dedicated key. Headless mode allows the Cheerwing CW4 to be launched into the air without the need for accurate orientation. 

8X902 Black spider Mini RC Quadcopter by TEC.BEAN 

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Charging Time: 30 minutes
Flying Time: 5 to 7 minutes
Controlling Distance: 30 meters

The X902 is one of the best-looking kiddie drones we have in our list. It looks more like some really menacing out-of-this-world flying object with a red silhouette that features more like a Black Widow that it is a drone. The downward curving legs give the X902 the look of spider legs but these actually protect one of its principal components, its 4 rotors. The red LED flashing light can really provide additional fun to the way kids will fly this quadcopter. It also features a 2-speed mechanism which should be ideal for newbie drone pilots. For the more advanced flyer, he or she can simply flip a switch to put the gear into high speed.

TEC.BEAN cautions flyers not to push too hard immediately on the throttle because of its ultra-sensitive and responsive motors. It is best to throttle up smoothly and gradually especially if this is the first time that your kid will be flying a mini drone. It features a 2.4G auto connectivity so it can be flown together with other quadcopters all at the same time. It can perform 3D rolls and flips and comes with a one-key roll button.

What We Like about It – It’s the very unusual, yet dramatic look of the X902 that we really love. The safety guards help protect it from impact forces. It’s the perfect drone for beginners.

9UDI 818A Quadcopter by USA Toyz 

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Charging Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Flying Time: 7 to 9 minutes
Controlling Distance: 20 to 40 meters

With a 2-megapixel camera that helps capture stunning photos and videos at high definition 1280 x 720p at 30 frames per second, the UDI 818A Quadcopter is perfect for wannabe kiddie aerial photographers. If you are worried about the UDI 818A getting smashed to bits if your kid fails to control it appropriately, then there simply is nothing to worry about. It features a headless mode that is easily accessible with a push of a button. With this feature, your kid will simply be getting the 818A out into the open, turn it on, and let it fly without having to adjust for anything. It can also perform 360 degree rolls and lips with relative ease. The radio controller unit comes complete with a variety of control features such as pitch and yaw including roll and trim.

What We Like about It – The HD camera system of the 818A is phenomenal. Unfortunately, unlike  some of the kiddie drones in our list, you’d have to wait a full 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours just to charge it and see it fly in 9 minutes, tops.

10F180C Mini Quadcopter by Holy Stone 

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Charging Time: 30 to 50 minutes
Flying Time: 6 to 8 minutes
Controlling Distance: 30 to 50 meters

The F180C is perfect for all types of drone flyers from beginners to absolute pros. One only needs to press a button to activate the level of sensitivity that is ideal to the skill level of the user. It can perform a full 360 degree roll and flip and it would certainly be a joy to see kids’ eyes grow in wonder with the F180C. It also features a fully attachable rotor guard for younger players who may not have the necessary skill yet to begin controlling the F180C. The rotor guard helps minimize damage to the F180C should it figure in a hard landing. It also has a 720p HD camera which can shoot stunning pictures and record good quality videos. Holy Stone is also giving away 12 additional blades with the package together with an extra battery so your kid can easily replace his or her batteries and extend his or her flight time to at least 15 minutes.

What We Like about It – The removable rotor guard is something we haven’t seen in other models of quadcopters. The 4-level sensitivity modes of the F180C is also something worth mentioning.

11Flying Ball by Epoch Air 

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

Charging Time: 15 to 20 minutes (8 minutes on USB charging)
Flying Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Controlling Distance: 5 to 8 meters

If you want a truly unique gift to your child this holiday season, you might be interested in the Flying Ball. We know we would. This is no ordinary drone simply because it is unlike any other we have in our list. Instead of a more horizontally linear design, the Flying Ball takes on a vertical style. Just imagine a mirror ball, the kind that you see in discos and nightclubs, insert a long rod right through its center, and then attach 2 sets of propeller blades positioned one on top of the other. The ball has switch which you flip and the Flying Ball, well, flies.

Here’s the interesting part. If you try to catch it with your hands, sensors on the ball recognize the proximity of the ball to a solid object – much like what airplane systems tell pilots if they are already about to hit the round – which activates a series of mechanisms to fly the ball away from your hands. The more you attempt to hold it, the more it flies away. Of course, it can be remotely controlled so there’s no way your child will be running after it all day long. Besides, it can only last a maximum of 10 minutes and the effective radius of the radio controller is only 5 to 8 meters.

What We Like about It – This is one unique gift for kids. It’s not like other quadcopters both in design and functionality. At least, children will have a more fun time playing with it rather than actually flying it.

12Sparrow Mini Drone by Helizone 

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Charging Time: 90 minutes
Flying Time: 6 to 8 minutes
Controlling Distance: 100 meters

One of the drones in our list with an excellent radio frequency reach is the Sparrow Mini Drone at 100 meters. This will come in handy because of its built-in HD camera so kids can try their hands at aerial photography. It’s able to capture a bird’s eye view of the entire neighborhood while helping your kid learn to control the drone. It also comes with a 3-speed function so children can easily progress from beginner to expert in no time at all. It also features a headless mode so there’s no front or back and there’s no need to orient the Sparrow Mini before letting it fly. And if your child is having problems maneuvering the Sparrow to return to him or her, all he or she has to do is to press the Return Home button and the Sparrow seamlessly flies back home. Talk about an intelligent drone.

What We Like about It – The Return Home feature is something that you will also learn to love. This will help prevent losing your kid’s drone so he or she can continue enjoying the Sparrow’s flight.

13X1 Quadcopter UFO by SYMA 

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Charging Time: 40 minutes
Flying Time: 5 to 6 minutes
Controlling Distance: 40 meters

The central body of the X1 is designed like a UFO complete with flashing LED lights that encircle its body. The X1 features 4 ultra-durable rotors that are attached to slender yet strong arms with landing legs to absorb the impact of uncontrolled landings. The X1 is stable yet can perform many tricks that require agility such as 3D maneuvers including flips and rolls. But here’s the best part, your child can actually control the speed of rotation of the rotary blades so that he or she can make it fly faster and perform more amazing tricks.

What We Like about It – The UFO design can be an excellent way for your kid to make full use of his or her imagination. This can help tremendously in the enhancement of your child’s cognition.

How We Chose the Top Drones in Our List

When we came up with our list of the top commercial kiddie drones in the market, we knew we had to look at the overall design of the product. It is important that it is sturdy and that it is made of highly durable materials. Kids, as we know are still way behind the proficiency of teenagers and adults flying these things, so it is not uncommon that the drone will be crash landing most of the time. As such it is crucial that we take the gizmo’s strength and impact-resistance.

Of course, what’s an aerial drone if it cannot perform tricks as well as other features like high resolution camera systems and gyroscopic sensors? So we had to consider these as well. We then had to take a look at the overall reputation of the company. This is very important to use because we clearly don’t want our readers to buy a product from a company that may have some shady manufacturing practices.

Consumers who have already bought the product often share their personal experiences in internet forums. We had to consider this as well to gain a more holistic picture of the overall quality of the aerial drone.

At least, we can be proud to say that our list of the top drones is a product of meticulous research.

Benefits of Drone Toys to Kids

We all know how important toys are for children.

While some people look at drones more as toys that don’t provide educational value, childcare experts agree that aerial drones are beneficial in helping children develop their full potential. Flying one of these toys can help enhance children’s imagination. They can pretend to be flying a UFO or even a military drone ready to pounce on the enemy at a moment’s notice. They can also pretend to be flying a real commercial aircraft. All of these can help them get a better appreciation of the mechanics of flight and how trim, yaw, pitch, and roll can all interact to provide a steadier flight.

Drones can also help children develop further their creativity. This is especially true in drones with built-in camera systems. These types of drones give children the opportunity to be as creative in the pictures that they are able to shoot as well as the videos that they can record. They can then have the opportunity to make interesting storyboards using these media.

And as we all know, creativity spurs emotional development. If kids are able to accomplish something out of the ordinary, then this can help improve their views about themselves. They learn to be more self-confident and, as a result, can be motivated to do more great things. Additionally, the increase in self-confidence naturally builds self-esteem which becomes a foundation for excellent social skills. When children are able to form healthier self-concepts, they are able to interact with their peers as well as adults in a more positive way.

Physically, flying a drone requires visual-motor coordination and a sense of balance to keep the drone steady in flight. While there’s not so much benefit to motor development, drones nevertheless, are important in ensuring more profound psychomotor development.

The Bottom Line

Drones are one of the best gifts you can every buy for your kid this coming season of giving. Our list of the top 10 drones for kids will help you find the best one for your kid.

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Last Updated On The 8th February 2017

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Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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