Buying a toy drone can be a good introduction to drones before spending hundreds on a ‘proper’ on, as well as a great gift for someone else.

Compared to the best drones, cheap ones tend not to have auto-hover, no automatic flying and only basic stabilisation from an on-board gyroscope. This means they’re harder to fly, but there are exceptions, such as the Ryze Tello. Though, admittedly, that is one of the most expensive options you’ll find here.

Cheap drones are a lot of fun, but flying time is limited to a few minutes, so budget for a few extra batteries. In most cases these are usually cheap and readily available. Just make sure you get the correct type.

Crash packs are available for many toy drones, too, and it’s well worth getting one, if not just a couple of sets of extra propellers as you will break those that come in the box. Don’t forget that they’re not all the same: one pair rotates clockwise, the other pair anti-clockwise.

Finally, remember that the UK Dronecode applies to these just as much as bigger more expensive drones. If you’re in the US, you have to register your drone with the FAA. In the UK from October 2019 you have to register a drone, but not if it weighs less than 250g, like all those you’ll find below.

Ryze Tello

Ryze Tello

Revell Proto Quad XS

Revell Proto Quad XS

Parrot Mambo

Parrot Mambo

Nikko Air Elite 115

Nikko Air Elite 115

Hubsan X4 FPV

Hubsan X4 FPV

Syma X5C

Syma X5C





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