Best Drones for Beginners in 2023 (Top 7 easiest to fly drones)
Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
I had to think long and hard for what the best drones for beginners are, taking into account the fact that some drones can be hard to fly but I finally ended up with my top recommendations after my history of reviewing hundreds of them.
In this article we’ll cover what are the easiest drones to fly in different categories of price and specs, and not just recommend you some random things off of amazon (like others do).
A beginner drone isn’t necessarily the cheapest drone out there, it all depends what you’re looking for, so that’s why in this article we’re looking at 7 different drones and their respective uses.
Here’s a few things to look for in a beginner drone:
Easy to control - The responsiveness of the controls needs to be almost instant and without lag, and preferably not being controlled by a phone app as it makes it harder to get the basics right.
GPS or Altitude hold - Having GPS is basically easy mode for flying a drone, but if you want to make things easy at a low budget, the altitude hold function will be enough to allow you to focus on four directions and less on the up and down axis.
Durability - It’s obvious that a cheap beginner drone will crash over and over again, and that’s why I only recommend drones that have a history of durability and which I’ve tested myself the hard way.
Camera - Completely not necessary if you just want to learn how to fly. However, if you do want a camera, the drones I recommend below are the best in terms of camera for the respective price.
In this section we’re taking a look at my 6 best drones for beginners from different categories, so you know exactly which one fits better for you and you don’t find yourself choosing. They are separated by price too, so depending on your budget you might only like 1 or 2 of these drones.
I had to stay and think hard for some time for what drone I would choose as the best beginner drone, since there are so many of them.
I wanted to have a durable, safe drone that’s small enough to fly indoors but still capable of some outdoor flying (as long as there’s no strong wind).
Two other important factors would be the ability to change batteries (some drones come with internal batteries) and availability. I see many people online recommending drones that aren’t even for sale anymore, because they were some no names.
Potensic A20 was the final answer to all of these. A simple to fly quadcopter that’s solid enough and can fill in the role of flying indoors and then outdoors when you get more experience.
It already comes in the package with 3 batteries and that means just shy of 20 min flight time in total.
The Emax EZ pilot is my top recommendation as a racing drone for beginners. I’ve reviewed it on my youtube channel as well flown it for quite some time. It’s perfect for beginners who want to fly indoors and learn FPV flying at the same time.
The best thing about it is that it comes at such an affordable price, considering you get a very complete package, including a pair of pretty good goggles, charger, battery and remote controller. Even spare propellers.
The FPV goggles by themselves should be about that price.
It’s very simple to fly, as it comes with altitude hold and you don’t need to connect it to a smartphone or through an app. The FPV goggles are 5.8ghz analog and have no lag, compared to using a phone for example and it makes it much easier to fly with them in real-time.
The Emax EZ flight comes with 3 difficulty levels, from beginners to pros.
Level 1 - One stick flight - where you only have to use one stick to move the drone around. I don’t really recommend trying this as it will teach you bad habits in flying.
Level 2- Stabilized using both sticks. This is the perfect way for beginners to start flying, as it flies slow enough not to crash easily and it’s quite simple to control.
Level 3- Allows for a more dynamic and aggressive flight which also allows you to do flips and such.
This drone doesn’t have an acro mode, so even level 3 is somewhat stabilized.
I recommend you buy a few spare batteries since drones of this size tend to go quickly through batteries.
This is a drone recommended by me and most YouTubers online as the perfect cheap beginner FPV drone and there’s really no way to go wrong with it.
I had to think a bit about this spot too, but the DJI Tello is quite difficult to beat currently on the market. I haven’t found another drone under $100 with electronically stabilized footage and such amazing features.
If you’re looking for a beginner selfie drone that can hover very stable on the spot, the Tello is by far the best answer.
It’s true that since it’s controlled with just the phone app, it doesn’t exactly match for the best drone to learn how to fly on. But a good thing is that you can get a Bluetooth transmitter to work with it for quite cheap.
Since it has bottom-facing sensors it’s way more stable than your basic cheap drone that can easily be taken by the weakest gust of wind.
Best Professional Camera drone for beginners (DJI Mavic Air 2s)
3 axis gimbal
This may not look and cost like what you’d expect from a beginner's camera drone, however, there’s no doubt it’s one of the safest and best drones to fly even if you don’t have any previous experience.
The fact that it comes with solid GPS and multiple sensors, in front, back and bottom, it comes with solid obstacle avoidance so you can’t crash it even if you try.
The other one is the amazing build quality and how long it can actually fly for.
There is a lot of technology in this drone that can make your life easier, including a lot of flight modes like active track, circle, waypoints, and pretty much the best obstacle avoidance you can have for this price.
Need a bit of researching online to learn the app.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
In this final section, we're taking a look at some specific questions that people ask me, which might also be useful to you.
How many drones can I fly in the same place?
Since most ready to fly drones come with their own binding to the controller, you won’t have any interference if flying more than one of the same type of drone in a room or place. This is why I actually recommend getting a few of the cheaper versions to have spare ones.
Should I buy the cheapest drone?
The cheapest drone on this list isn’t necessarily the worst or easy to break. It just has less functions and a completely different role for someone compared to a Mavic for example. So decide for yourself what exactly you need the quadcopter for.
How much time does it take to learn how to fly a drone?
If you’re reading online a bit to figure out the controls, it should take no longer than 5 flights to start mastering the controls of a drone.
Hi, I'm Paul. A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.