Best mini drones

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Mini drones are tailored toward beginners and children, so they have safety features like protective bumpers around the rotors and automatic altitude settings. Despite their small size, these drones are still capable of performing aerial tricks and inversions. Their cost is more forgiving than full-size models if an accident happens. Check out our collection of the best mini drones for full-size fun. 

Staff pick

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Holy Stone HS210 Mini Drone

Battery life indicators let you know how much playtime is left

Use the headless mode on this mini drone to fly in any direction, and then add in a 3D flip! Flight time can last up to 21 minutes, thanks to three batteries. When the batteries are running low the drone’s lights will flash and a beep will be played on the transmitter. 

Three speeds

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Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone

Fly or land with the touch of a button

Never worry about your propellers hitting objects in the house, as this mini drone has guards that fully encircle each one. The altitude hold setting, as well as the built-in emergency stop feature, both help to prevent collision incidents. Each drone comes with two removable batteries, as well as two spare propellers. 

Super spinner

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DROCON Mini Drone for Kids

A unique trick makes this drone fun to play with

This mini drone can hold altitude and spin in place! After use, it can be charged on a USB cable alone, or through the controller when you fold and place the drone inside. DROCON has included an onboard searchlight to make it easy to spot when flying in low light conditions. The controller has several one key settings, like going backward, taking off, and landing.

Tools included

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Holy Stone HS190 Foldable Mini Drone

Pack this mini drone inside the controller for safe transport

Tools needed for repairs, as well as four spare propellers and guards, are all included with this mini. Flying is easy thanks to a controller with several one-key settings, like going backward, taking off, and landing. When you’re done playing, one button will make the drone return so you can put it inside the controller and take it with you. 

Perfectly portable

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SNAPTAIN H823H Mini Drone

The smallest option in our collection

Measuring in at only 2.95 by 2.75 by 1.1 inches, you can put this drone in your pocket. It has all the flight features the other models offer, in a much smaller package. Plus, it can fly for up to 21 minutes, so you get plenty of playtime per charge. 

Fly away

If you’re an experienced drone-flyer and want something more portable, or you’re just starting out, a mini drone can still deliver lots of fun. For most people, we think the Holy Stone HS210 Mini Drone is a great option. It has a long flight time of 21 minutes, and it comes with three batteries. You’ll also know when it’s time to charge the batteries because of a built-in notification system. 

If you’re looking for a drone to use only indoors, consider our smallest option, the SNAPTAIN H823H Mini Drone. It’s so small that it can be classified as a nano drone. Being able to fit this model in your pocket means you can take it everywhere, and the long flight time doesn’t skimp on the fun.