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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written before about the best digital cameras, gifts for photographers, and an excellent affordable tripod, here, we’ve rounded up the best digital picture frames, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least-expensive) digital picture frame
This widescreen digital frame was a favorite of reviewers, with many saying that is was easy to program and just the right size for keeping on a counter or desk. One reviewer, who describes themselves as a “travel and hobbyist photographer,” particularly liked the size of the frame for displaying their work. “Setup was a breeze,” they write. “The resolution is very crisp, and the 15-inch screen is big enough. So far, I love this purchase.” Several other shoppers praised the quality of the photo display. “This unit delivers a bright, sharp, saturated, colorful image right out of the box,” says one. Another writes, “The picture colors are bright and ‘true,’ there are no dead pixels, the resolution is just outstanding, and quite frankly I am considering getting another for my office.” Reviewers also liked the motion sensor on this frame. One explains, “It comes on when it detects movement in the room and shuts off when it senses no movement after the timeout you set in the settings.” And one appreciates the sleep timer, as well. “When enabled, the sleep timer will turn on and off the screen at preset times each day. This is a good idea to help reduce energy consumption and to help extend the functional life of the frame and screen.”
Best digital picture frame for small spaces
Dozens of reviewers note that this frame’s 8-inch size is perfect for smaller spaces. One customer, who keeps the frame on their bedside table, describes it as “compact” and says that the frame “displays the photo[s] in a really good resolution and the color looks true to tune.” Another reviewer, who says the frame is the right size for an office table, is also pleased with its “high resolution” and “satisfying” size. Plus, they describe the frame as user-friendly: “The operation is quite easy and friendly, by plugging in the USB memory stick the photos can be shown up and it can also play video and background music.” One customer was initially skeptical about the display quality because of its low price-point, but ultimately they’ve been “delightfully impressed” with the “excellent, vibrant colors that make all my photos look as good as they do on a much more expensive computer screen.”
Best app-enabled digital picture frame
Hundreds of customers raved about this frame’s ability to display photos via the Nixplay app. “It was simple to set up, and the app makes sending photos fast and easy,” says one customer. “I bought four of these for family Christmas gifts and they were a huge hit!” The app was especially appealing for reviewers with families and friends who wanted to easily share photos. “I set this up for my grandpa in his house for all of the twelve grandkids to be able to send him pictures,” says one reviewer. Although they were initially skeptical that the frame would accommodate photo sharing between so many people, they were ultimately “blown away [by] how easy it was to set up and use.” Their grandfather “has an iPhone so it notifies him whenever someone sends a pic for him to view on his phone or frame. The app is super intuitive and easy to use.” Other reviewers vouch that the app set up is simple: “My husband downloaded the app as well and created an account, so when I ‘friended’ him he was able to send pictures to the frame as well,” says one customer, who notes that it is the “best digital frame I’ve ever owned.” She describes the frame as “easy to use all around, nice picture quality (once I adjusted settings to my liking), and a great size!”
Best email-enabled digital photo frame
“I love being able to send photos to the frame via email and having control over the organization of the frame,” writes one reviewer, and hundreds also love how easy it is to email photos straight to the frame, especially for those operating it remotely for elderly family members. “I love this because I can simply email pictures to the frame and they automatically show up on her frame,” says one reviewer, who bought it for their grandmother. Another explains, “You are able to control and change all the settings online, no matter your location, as long as you have the email address and password. Anybody that you share the frame specific email address with can email pics directly to the frame. Kids, grandkids, friends, etc.” Customers also appreciate that the setup of the frame is “super easy.” It’s “So easy that we can literally be skiing, taking selfies and emailing pictures from the top of the ski slopes and the images will be loaded on the frame before we even hit the bottom of the hill,” one reviewer reports.
Best touchscreen digital picture frame
About 10 percent of five-star reviewers mention the touchscreen on this picture frame, which makes it especially simple to control. “This is the best picture frame I ever had. Unlike the old frame with remote control this frame has touchscreen, very convenient for using,” says one. Another writes, “Touchscreen makes it easy to handle the photos and settings.” The frame comes with a detachable rack, which shoppers loved because it allowed them to view pictures no matter the format of the shot. “I think it’s a smart idea that the standing rack can be movable so we can put the frame either landscape or portrait,” says one. Another says, “Both portrait and landscape mode are helpful. It can change to each mode easily with a detachable rack, and the pictures could be rotated automatically.”
Best multi-functional digital picture frame
In addition to clearly displaying pictures, reviewers rave about this digital picture frame’s multiple functionalities. “The machine is very well built, pictures being displayed are clear and colorful. There are also many other functions like calendar, clock and many modes that you can choose,” says one. Another pleased customer calls this the ideal frame for their nightstand because “it’s the perfect size and also because it has the clock and calendar function.” They continue, “I like that you can adjust the brightness setting because I actually don’t like it too bright at night. And the best part about the digital frame is that I’m able to load up my favorite songs into it.” Between the clock, calendar, music, and photo and video display, one reviewer says that this digital photo frame is a source of entertainment for their whole family: “Sometimes, I will just play relaxing music through it while I was doing the household business; sometimes, I will project slideshow for my family; sometimes, I will play videos from there for entertainment.”