Parents choosing a drone for their child can sometimes be a difficult process and for those who are struggling BuzzParent is here to help make a good decision.
Drones are one of the latest in new tech and highly sought after by all ages from children right up to the granddad. You and your kids have options, like a whole range in-fact, and depending on the ‘house rules’ you can even find one small enough and nimble to let the kids play in their rooms without worrying about some going wrong.
- Haktoys Drone HAK907
- Weight: 5 ounces
- Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 13 inches
- Air Time: 8-10 minutes
- Camera: No
- Price: $
- Cheerwing Drone CW4 RC
- Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Dimensions: 14.2 x 14 x 4.2 inches
- Air Time: 6-8 minutes
- Camera: Yes
- Price: $$$
- Drone Explorer Syma X5C-1
- Weight: 1.5 ounces
- Dimensions: 17.4 x 9.6 x 4.3 inches
- Air Time: 5-6 minutes
- Camera: Yes
- Price: $$$$
So, all that being said and done there are some basic fundamentals when choosing, like all choices, it comes down to quality, price, and functionality. We don’t want the heating to go off because of a drone purchase, but at the same time, we also don’t want the kid to be disappointed cause the drone is nothing like the YouTube video he saw round at his best friend place. Some drones can go up to tens of thousands, however here you have a good range and at a decent price, both fair and great value, so hopefully you find one that suits.
Considerations: Choosing the Right Drone for Your Kid
What Type of Drone is Best – Finding what type of drone you’re looking for is difficult, especially when your kid is of a particular type. There are 3 types: Camera drones, Racing drones and toy drones. This is the easiest way to understand for a novice with no drone history or experience. Some kids love the drones that fly really fast and have been saving up for the next latest and greatest model that’s due out soon, while others like recording with camera drones, which record from heights that they would never normally reach. Others like playing around with the little toy drones in their room and flying with their friends when they come to visit. Whatever your choice these 3 drones are the foundation of types and is a great place to start your search for the best drone.
Ease of use – Each type of drone offers a slightly different experience and the 3 main vary in capacity both difficulty and capability. These are the two areas that have to be matched and if the child isn’t ready for a particular type then make sure to get a drone that doesn’t stretch beyond them. The manufacturing guidelines is always a good place to start, but intuitively you’ll know what to get. The more expensive usually means more fragility and if your kid can’t handle a thousands dollars worth of equipment yet then make sure to get the toy drone and slowly build up.
Size – There is loads of variation both in size and weight, which means the drone can be big and robust offering stability in turbulent skies, but also be heavy enough to smash if left to fall from great heights. I would suggest the smaller types for beginners and build up to the more expensive larger types as they progress.
Price – This is definitely down to the parent and some kids will have an exact type and price in mind, which might come expensive. However, if your kid has never flown one before then a toy one is ideal because their first time is always gonna be fun and exciting.
Indoor or Outdoor Drone – The simple rule is: the bigger the drone the more you use it outdoors and the smaller types are for both indoors/outdoors.
Haktoys Drone HAK907
This low-end kids drone is a great introduction to the drone world, simply due to its exciting features, functions, and price. With auto-stabilization and awesome flight controls, this will hold its air space as long as your up to the challenge. The 4 circular channels and 6 axis gyroscope this will give you the strength to maintain position, just give it time and all will be revealed, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Because this is usually for the first time buyers this comes with spare parts which are included and assist the steep learning curve one must undertake to maintain the skies. The LED lights are great for keeping sight in the darker times and are essential with the 3 speed modes, whether indoors or out this is ready to fly for the word GO, no need to spend time setting up it’s an eager beaver and ready to rock n roll.
The charge time is 90 minutes, lasts around a modest 8-10 minutes and the range is 300 feet, which is amazing considering the price. There is a built-in camera option but doesn’t come as standard, but honestly, it’ll be a while before the camera function comes of any benefit.
Cheerwing Drone CW4 RC
Cheerwing is a great drone and is designed for children who love flying them outdoors and exploring from up high.
This drone’s camera is a mid-range drone and has a camera fitted as standard, equipped with an HD camera (2MP) it will allow you to take some great aerial photos and videos while not having to be attached to anything but the joy-pad.
The high-resolution lets a whopping 30 frames per second and is similar to movie standard, well… close anyway! The micro removable SD card will keep all records as long as you don’t expect it to shoot for hours on end.
The easy to use one touch up and one touchdown will ensure all passengers on board will have a safe flight, just make sure to give the on flight safety procedures.. haha
The drone will automatically land when the battery is close to the end of its battery life, so you want to have a sudden 30-foot fall ending all beginnings. The overall performance here is definitely a step up from the previous and will give you improved features and user experience, whether it’s the 360 roll or hover mode, it’s got some tricks up its sleeve to keep you entertained.
Drone Explorer Syma X5C-1
This easy to maneuver drone is again for the beginner standard to intermediate drone flight pilot with its UAV the drone will help you fly it as much as possible, up to a point of course.
The user flying experience can be noticeable when going from the cheaper low-end drone to this device, simply for the fact it can maintain speeds, directions without too many malfunctions in handling. I have noticed some drone do not handle themselves when they are close to the end of the battery life and can malfunction, but this Syma doesn’t.
The warranty is 24 months and shows in itself that they have made a quality product and is reflected in the warranty. This upgraded X5C-1 quad-copter has 2 megapixel camera and a very good line of sight, unlike some lesser quality drones. The battery life is sufficient in time and similar to the previous, but where this one distinguishes is the USB cable, extra blades and even a screwdriver to make the exchange easily changeable.
Holy Stone F181 RC Drone
This high-end drone is a step in the right direction as far as I am concerned with its headless security system, key return, and superior functions. Some other functions I like are the:
- Air pressure resistance
- Hold function
- hovering stability
- 360° 4-way flip feature
- Two batteries as standard
- Longer flight time
- Long range 50-100 meters
This product is easy to use, high performance and makes flying an experience that will make you want to improve and advance up into the droning world. There are competitions in droning now and the future looks set to make this a sport and why not get your kids into this up-and-coming trend to maybe make them the future household name is the drone world of sport.
Kingco K88 FPV Drone
This mega-drone is a choice for parents with kids that want to give their child a toy that stands out both in terms of being lightweight, durable and can handle windy conditions.
All drones offer slightly different viewpoints, but with this drones first person view camera there is nowhere that can’t be explored. The camera is HD 2.0MP and with continuous WIFI signal, this really will keep the quad-copter connected without losing signal. The 4CH 2.4G is very powerful and is designed to keep this drone speeding through the air at an exhilarating rate.
This drone is capable of handling getting bashed or collided into something without getting damaged. The plastic casing has been made to handle rough use and is guarded against those natural elements.
This is the largest drone in this review and stands out as being one for a birthday or Christmas present. This is 21 inches in size and is an impressive playing figure that glides high in the sky with ease, even on the windiest of days. This can handle the windy conditions because of the power the drone has, which is a battery designed to produce extended use and functionality. The battery itself is 7.4V 1600 (mAh) and for those days that the kids want to play for hours at a time they can with a spare battery that some good distributors have as standard.
RCtown NH010 Mini Drone
This mini drone is a great quadcopter drone and is perfect for younger children just beginning to learn how to fly a drone.
This drone has an easy to use a remote control with a mode designed for children to use. The 6-Axis gyro is headless and made to make flying and controlling easy for kids.
The drone has a powerful 2.4GHz and is a UFO 4CH quadcopter, which in comparison to the other drones is a little less powerful. However, this can change height, power, and distance with a flick or press of the remote control, which is governed by the remote controls location. This control allows for 360 flips and can roll with ease for those kids who begin learning how to control the drone. The operating range is around 100 ft and is a good for flying outdoors in windy conditions.
The drones price is cheap in comparison to the others, but with only 5 to 8 minutes flying time, this seems justified. The battery is quick to charge and with 30 minutes this drone can be ready to fly.
This NH010 Mini is one of the cheaper types of drone and some distributors will even offer a money back guarantee, which is why this is a good choice for a birthday gift or Christmas gift.
|Haktoys Drone HAK907||5 ounces||8-10 minutes||No||13 x 2.8 x 13 inches||$$|
|Cheerwing Drone CW4 RC||4.2 ounces||6-8 minutes||Yes||14.2 x 14 x 4.2 inches||$$|
|Drone Explorer Syma X5C-1||1.5 ounces||5-6 minutes||Yes||17.4 x 9.6 x 4.3 inches||$$|
|Holy Stone F181 RC Drone||5 ounces||7-9 Minutes||Yes||12.2 x 3.5 x 12.2 inches||$$$|
Best Overall Product
The one directly above “Kids Quadcopter Drone – Holy Stone F181 RC” is by far the superior product and comes highly recommended from me, it has everything a kid would want from a drone, whether its security, style, durable features and enhanced control this is the one for me.
Best Budget Buy
The “Cheerwing Drone – CW4 RC ” is a great low-end product and will keep you glued to the sky watching your drone whizz about at speeds the eye can thankfully keep up with. This has the HD camera, SD-card, 360° roll feature and will perform at a standard that is also great value, especially at this affordable price.