Drones have transformed over years from a geeky hobbyist affair to a full-on cultural phenomenon.

The market is absolutely saturated with them now – including some fantastic models under $500, and they’re available in just about any shape, size, or configuration you could ever want.

The only problem? Such a wealth of good choices makes it really tough to figure out which drone to buy.

Therefore, to help you navigate the increasingly large and ever-changing landscape of consumer UAVs, we put together this definitive list of the best drones on the planet right now.

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3. Yuneec Breeze

Best drone for newbies

If you are a beginner then yuneec is the best quadcopter to go for.

It is durable, easy-to-fly drone with a decent camera and a plethora of upgrade options

It is relatively cheap, but not so cheap that you’ll be encouraged to fly carelessly.

It also has a pretty decent 4K camera on the undercarriage, and boasts an ultraportable form factor that makes transport, well, a Breeze.

And the best part? You can fly it with your smartphone, or pick up Yuneec’s dedicated controller system


2. Parrott Mambo

Best drone for kids

Truth be told, you can get a cheaper drone that your kid will probably go bonkers over just the same, but they’ll actually be able to fly this one.

There are a boatload of mini drones out there right now that you can get for under $50 — but in our experience, the vast majority of them are too squirrelly and difficult to master for your average kid.
Parrot’s new Mambo is different. Unlike most other mini drones, this one is actually designed specifically for kids.

It gives you the option of piloting via smartphone or with a dedicated dual-joystick controller


1. Ryze Tello

Best cheap drone

Anyone who wants an affordable drone that’s easy to fly then don’t let Tello out of your budget.

Generally speaking, drones that cost less than $100 aren’t worth your time.

They’re flimsy, they lack advanced features, and they’re almost always squirrely as hell in the air.

But Tello is different. Despite the fact that it retails for only $99, it boasts a boatload of high-end features and functionality.

Under the hood you’ll find a 14-core Intel vision processing chip, flight stabilization tech from DJI, a 5 megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p HD video, and a battery that gets you 13 minutes of flight time.

Unfortunately, this one doesn’t come with a controller, which means you’re forced to pilot Tello via virtual joysticks on a smartphone app: a control method that’s notoriously mushy and imprecise.

The good news, though, is that Ryze built the drone with third-party peripherals in mind, so if you prefer to fly with physical sticks under your thumbs, you can pick up a GameSir T1d controller and link it to your bird.