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 digital picture frame
“This frame has better picture quality than I could have imagined,” writes a reviewer. It’s a sentiment echoed by hundreds of others, including one who says, “The picture quality is impressive, and it’s bright and vivid and just beautiful.” Customers are also impressed with how easy it is to use and set up. “I love how simple yet effective and intuitive it is,” writes one. “Setup was extremely easy. I just took it out of the box, plugged it in, and inserted a memory card with some photos into the slot in the frame.” It also comes with an 8 gigabyte flash drive, which, according to one reviewer, “is more storage than anyone would need (unless you use a DSLR camera for most of your photos).” While it’s not WiFi-enabled, lots of reviewers prefer it this way, with one saying, “I do NOT want my photos in the cloud or need to sync with other frames, so this frame fit the bill.” Reviewers also call out the remote control, which, one describes as “very responsive and intuitive,” as well as the ability of the frame to “adjust portrait pictures to display the entire image.” One reviewer sums it up: “Wonderful, vibrant, compact digital photo frame. You can feel the quality.”
Best-rated (less expensive) digital picture frame
Customers love the compact size of this frame: “Perfect size for a small room or office,” writes a reviewer. “It’s such a good size; not too big, not too small and it fits nicely on a shelf,” agrees another. It’s easy to set up, too. “I just put my photos on an SD card and inserted it into the frame, and when I turned it on it went through the intro and main screen and then immediately started playing my pics,” attests a reviewer. Lots are impressed with this digital photo frame’s more deluxe features: “Wow, I got a lot more with this photo frame than I thought I would; it’s really like a mini tablet. You can read an ebook or watch a video on it.” This customer agrees, writing, “The slideshow does various transitions which is nice to keep it fun and the transitions are smooth. This will also play video or you can use it as a calendar.” For the price, customers are pleased with the frame’s value, as this reviewer says: “I loved everything about this frame. You get so much for the price.” Another conclude, “This is a high quality screen at a great price. I am impressed with the picture quality and clarity. There are different input options for pictures and the frame also offers the ability to play videos as well. Overall, this frame outperforms given the price comparison with other frames.”
And now for some micro-picks of every type of digital picture frame you might be looking for.
Best connected digital photo frame
“The ability to simply click a button to allow photos to be sent to the frame (to anyone I provide the email address) is a WOW!” enthuses a reviewer. Hundreds of others love that multiple people to use the frames: “Being able to add pictures remotely via the app, after you’ve given the frame as a gift, is fantastic. You can easily update it at any time with more photos, and multiple people can add photos remotely.” It also easily integrates with a range of services, as this person explains: “There are many ways to get your pics to Nixplay, but what I do is store all my pics on Google Photos and add my favorites to an album on Google Photos and just transfer that album to a playlist on my frame.” It works with Dropbox, too, explains another: “You can just drop new photos into a designated folder on your laptop, which will update the corresponding Dropbox folder, which then will send new photos to the frame.” The photos are “gorgeous,” too, “from almost any angle, and seemingly agnostic of the resolution of the photo,” says a satisfied customer. “The screen is very sharp and I’m a professional photographer. My images look superb on the screen,” agrees a reviewer. As one customer puts it, “Setup was clear and easy, the picture quality is fantastic, and it’s just a pleasure to use.”
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 a reviewer. Hundreds of others love the ease and convenience of this email feature, too, especially for those operating the frame 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 this reviewer who bought it for their grandmother. “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.” explains another. Customers also love that the setup of the frame is “super easy,” as one reviewer writes, with another agreeing that 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.” As one customer concludes, “What you are really paying for is the ability to just send the pics from your phone to the frame…multiple pics in seconds. It is super easy and fast.”
Best faux-wood digital photo frame
Nearly 350 reviewers agree that this frame is “very easy to use,” like this one who says that “This device does exactly what we wanted it to do. We did not want WiFi or any other communication. We just swap flash drives and PC cards.” Customers also love the motion sensor feature, which, according to this reviewer “works beautifully, and you can dial in a delay time to have it turn off when no one is in the room.” “I don’t even have to think about it, it just turns on when we’re there and off when we’re not,” says another. “It really works, and I believe it will extend the life of the frame. My husband and I travel a lot so now I don’t have to worry about turning it off every time we leave. A very nice plus,” attests yet another. Reviewers also love the screen size: “We can see the pictures from across the room,” says one, with dozens agreeing, like this one who says, “Even across the room I can see the detail in each photo.” It’s a frame that “just works,” as this reviewer explains. “It is nice looking but spartan, nothing distracting. This frame’s a ‘no drama’ sort of product for somebody who just wants to put pictures on some form of media card, USB drive. Pop it into a frame and enjoy.” Others agree, calling it a “Handsome, simple frame,” according to one reviewer, and another saying that “the quality of the frame itself is excellent, lightweight and easy enough to mount on a wall.”
Best touchscreen digital photo frame
“Finally a good touch screen digital frame,” writes a reviewer of this WiFi-enabled model. Others also appreciate the ability to wirelessly connect to the internet, with one saying that “works basically like an iPad,” and that the “intuitive interface makes it easy to manage the pictures” instead of having to go through an app to remove photos, for instance. It also “eliminates all the frustration,” according to another. Sharing photos is easy, too, as this customer explains (and many others agree): “I absolutely love that I can capture a moment and within minutes upload that picture to my parents PhotoSpring three states away.” “What a joy,” another says. “Easy set up, have loaded 6000+ photos quickly this week. Love the clear crisp display of photos – better than any frame we’ve had.” This reviewer concludes: “Bottom Line: Easy to use, intuitive, packed with features.”
Best digital photo frame with color frame options
“It looks very beautiful sitting on our shelf,” says one reviewer of this Nixplay photo frame, which offers four different color options for the frame. Another agrees, saying, “With the mango frame color, it looks very stylish on my desk.” In addition to the frame color options, dozens of reviewers note that “the display is bright and crisp” and the “picture quality is amazing.” “This frame is unbelievably easy to use,” says one, and many others agree, like this reviewer who writes: “I opened the box, downloaded the app and had pictures on the device in a matter of minutes.” “You can control various settings like transitions, sleep time, etc. from their website as well,” explains a reviewer. Other customizable options include the ability to “add up to five frames to one account and create different albums, which can then be uploaded to playlists. These playlists can then be ‘published’ to one or all of your frames so you can really personalize what you want to display,” explains another. Sharing photos is very “straightforward,” making it a “a great gift for family members to help share photos from not just yourself but many different friends/family.” This reviewer writes, “The grandparents love it. It is really cool that I can download the app and upload photos of their grandson whenever and from wherever.”
Best metallic digital photo frame
Customers love the look of this digital photo frame from Nixplay, with one saying that it “looks elegant and high-end.” This reviewer agrees, writing, “This frame is beautiful! I have it on my desk at work and I receive compliments daily. I love the rose gold color.” “The photos look beautiful,” too, with many others agreeing that the “picture quality is great” and that “the high resolution screen is brilliant and sharp.” The frame is also “super easy to snap photos and send them to the frames right from our phones,” as one reviewer explains. “I love how you can invite others to send frames to the frame directly as well, since our entire family is spread out all over the country,” agrees another.
Best easy-to-use inexpensive digital photo frame
Dozens of reviewers agree that this frame is “easy to set up.” “Not tech savvy? No biggie, just insert a thumb drive or card and turn on. That simple,” writes one. “The photo quality on this frame is fantastic,” a feature that many others appreciate as well: “Super vivid and the images really, really pop!” writes another. Customers also appreciate the affordability of the frame, given all of its features, as this reviewer explains: “This photo frame is reasonably priced and is very capable. It can display photos, play videos, play music, show a calendar and more.” “Overall good value for the money,” agrees another. As this reviewer sums it up: “Great quality, easy to manage the frame’s software, and the pictures are very clear.”
Best-looking digital photo frame
“While the price is high, the packaging and everything else are premium,” writes a reviewer of the Aura frame. Dozens agree that “the frame itself is beautiful,” that it “actually looks like a frame, rather than a cheap, small, computer monitor,” and that “it’s very classy and not cheesy.” Some were even “blown away with the packaging,” with another saying that it “screams luxury.” Customers also rave about the “very easy app to upload pictures from literally anywhere at anytime to share with your loved one,” as one person writes. “All in all the frame is functional, stylish and a fabulous addition to the home,” says another.
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