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The Best Drones Under $600 on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best tech toys for kids, the best VR headset, and a certain foldable drone from DJI, here we’re covering the best drones on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best mini-drone under $100

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
$22

“Amazing value for $39.99. I had been wanting a fun little drone to fly around the house. This is a lot more than I expected for the price: the packaging and product quality are very good. The controls are extremely sensitive for flight, and this drone is so fast it sounds like a fly as it zips around. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a drone to fly around the house, or for beginners looking for a durable first RC quad. I smacked this little drone off of just about everything in my living room till I got the hang of it, and it has taken zero damage.”

Best headless drone under $100

DBPOWER X400W FPV RC Quadcopter Drone
$42

“This drone flies great if you take the time to understand the controls and make sure that it’s level before you turn it on. The drone finds its ‘balance’ during the first few seconds that it has power. If it’s leaning one way or the other during this time it will tend to wander. I also found that putting it in headless mode makes it easier to fly for newbies like myself. This drone is very durable and there are replacement parts available on Amazon that won’t break the bank. Don’t forget to order extra batteries. You will want them so you can fly more than ten minutes or so at a time.”

Best drone for beginners under $100

“This is a really fun and user-friendly beginner drone. This size is very easy to control! It actually does really well in the wind, but I would recommend using the higher speed mode when it’s windy. This one took a couple of good crashes and it still performs perfectly. I have to say the pictures and video are really amazing. I would certainly recommend this drone for anyone looking for an inexpensive, high-quality drone to have fun with, especially if you’re new to this. You get a lot of really great features for the price.”

Best micro-drone

$33

“For 30 bucks, this thing is pretty hard to beat. It makes it so much easier to fly than many of the other drones in this price range. The controls are very precise. Some drones have a tendency to ‘get away’ from you when you are still learning. You will make a series of overcorrections and the drone winds up spiraling further and further out of control until it crashes. With the X20, all you have to do is let go of the joystick(s), and it simply comes to a standstill in the air. It is an excellent drone for beginners, it is very forgiving and perfect for learning.”

Best drone under $200

Potensic T25 GPS FPV RC Drone
$127

“The Return Home Quadcopter Drone by Potensic was purchased for my teenage son. The main things that I really liked were the automatic return, low power return, and no signal return on this drone. Knowing that the drone will come back automatically, even though my son isn’t paying attention to how long he’s been using it, is a relief knowing the price of these things. This drone is also pretty lightweight and comes with quite a few extra spare parts.”

Best drone under $300