TOP 10 Drones For Indoor Flying

Winter is coming! Don’t think we are quoting the famous HBO series by George R.R. Martin, we are being serious here. Winter is coming, and that means you will have a lot fewer chances to go outside due to cold weather. This is why people tend to stay indoors during the winter and look for fun stuff to do while enjoying the warmth of their home. One of the best indoor-fun options for this winter are surely drones. While they do come in different sizes and specifications, you’ll be nicely surprised when you see how many of them are suitable for indoor flights. So with this in mind, we will take a closer look at the top 10 best indoor drones so you can get a better picture of the market and what to expect from them! But, before that, first we’ll go through a few interesting topics related to indoor flying.

Indoor drone flying – is it safe?

Indoor drone flying is safe as long as the person operating it knows its way around controlling the little bugger. For first time flyers, this could be problematic as they don’t have the knowledge necessary to keep the drone in balance… unless they’re operating an altitude hold model. I’m not trying to discourage any beginners here though. Indoor flying can be the perfect way of learning basics. As a matter of fact, there’s a whole section dedicated to flying tips. You can check it out down below.

What I’m basically trying to say here is that safety of indoor flying is in direct relation to pilot’s flying experience. Sure, there are some precautionary measures you can take to minimize potential damage. For example, cover your TV, glasses, and all other expensive (and delicate) items.

Frequently asked questions about indoor drones :

What are the benefits of flying drones indoor?
The first, and most obvious, benefit of indoor flying comes from the fact drones can’t properly operate during rainy/snowy weather. On those days, you’ll most likely be captured in your own 4 walls… and if TV and 9gag aren’t enough to keep you entertained – viola, you got a brand new drone to play around with. With that said, I’m sure all of you now realize drones are great companions during bad weather.

The second benefit is this – you can mess around with your drone at any time of day… We all know a proper drone session takes a lot of preparation. You have to pack everything up, find a good location(park, lake, open field) and then walk/drive to it. And then when you’re all done with preparation, it gets dark and you aren’t too comfortable flying your drone that way. On the other hand, indoor flyers would simply flip the switch and turn on the lights. Viola, your racing arena is all set!

How to pick out a good drone for indoor flying?
First off, you need to make sure your drone isn’t gigantic. By gigantic, I mean that it’s not much bigger than the palm of your hand. If it is, you’ll have a difficult time maneuvering around the room without tipping anything over or hitting a wall. The smaller your drone is, the more likely it is you’ll have an enjoyable time flying it indoor. There are some exceptions though. If you’re looking for a versatile drone for both indoor and outdoor scenarios, then the ideal solution is an altitude hold model. They’re usually a bit bigger than standard indoor birdies… but that’s OK since altitude hold will greatly help you with maneuvering around the room.
Are you buying a drone strictly for indoor flights?
If your answer is no, then I warmly recommend going for one of top 3 models from the list below. Why? Well, the answer is quite simple – they all provide decent stability and possess enough wind resistance to be viable in outdoor conditions. Still, keep in mind that strong wind will most likely render them unusable.Take TDR Phoenix as the perfect example. It’s sturdy, well-built and possesses altitude hold and even obstacle avoidance which will help you during indoor and outdoor flying session.

Fun activities for indoor flyers

If you’ve finally learned how to control your drone in your room, it’s time to spice things up – Wouldn’t your own mini obstacle course do the trick? Get imaginative! Use objects around your room to create compelling obstacles that are sure to give you a rough time. Tables, chairs, plants, and everything else you have lying around can be turned into an obstacle course of your dreams. Creativity is half the job. Create flip zones, makeshift tunnels, gates, narrow passageways… basically everything that makes your obstacle more difficult (and entertaining) is welcome!

Tips for indoor drones

First of all, make sure your drone's battery is fully charged. Second, make sure you balance your motors and adjust sensitivity settings to your desired levels. Finally, place prop guards (i strongly recommend getting them) and prepare for takeoff!
Either move or remove your furniture. Delicate items such as vases, urns, and photos should be taken into another room. Other, bigger pieces of furniture that are blocking your road to entertainment should be moved out of the way.
I don't mean get rid of your pets literally... Calm down! I meant cats, dogs, and other furry little critters shouldn't be in the room since they have strong reactions to drones.
Get a lot of extra parts, mainly propellers and motors, for your drone. This goes without questioning since even the smallest bump on the side of a wall can be fatal to your motors/propellers. Luckily, motors and props generally aren't that expensive, but it all comes down to your drone model.
Don't let the first couple of fails discourage you for going on. Indoor flying can be difficult if you are a first-time flyer. Take your time to learn all the basics and steadily move onward. Also, keep in mind that you should not go close to floor or ceiling. Being close to the floor will mess up the airflow around your drone making it highly unstable. Being close to the ceiling, on the other hand, will create a "vacuum" effect on top of your drone, pulling it closer and closer up.

 

Table of Best Indoor Drones 2017

NameImageRangeFlight TimePrice
NameImageRangeFlight TimePrice
10. Holy Stone HS170 Predator50m8minSee price now
9. Syma X11C50m7minSee price now
8. Eachine E01030m5minSee price now
7. HAKTOYS HAK 905100m10minSee price now
6. OCDAY Mini PoKe FPV10m5minSee price now
5. UDI U84550m9minSee price now
4. RC Stunt50m7minSee price now
3. TDR Phoenix30m6minSee price now
2. Parrot Mambo50m5-6minSee price now
1. Parrot AR 2.050m12mSee price now

 

10. Holy Stone HS170 Predator

Holy Stone HS170 PredatorFinally, after all that talk about indoor flying which you could’ve read above, we are moving on to the actual list of top 10 best indoor drones. First up, we have the Holy Stone HS170 Predator which is quite the eye candy.

The perks of being among the best-selling drones on the market are noticeable on every corner: it has amazing looks, great specs and people are praising it on all corners. To be completely honest here, this all comes as no surprise since this little fella costs just $40, has 50 meters of flight range, 8 minutes of flight time, is extremely responsive and to top it all off – it delivers amazing drone flying experience time and time again.

I would also like to state that I have personally used this drone for more than a month (before I left it out on my table and summer rain shower ruined it) without experiencing any issues with it. The build quality is surprisingly good for a drone of this price so you don’t have to worry about it breaking after the first crash. This is due to the quality materials it is made out of. They are excellent when it comes to small to medium crashes, allowing the drone to survive for quite a long time.

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9. Syma X11C

Syma X11CSyma’s smallest drone, the X11C, already has its fair share of satisfied customers. With a dirt cheap price of roughly $20, it’s no wonder this little guy is selling so well. But, is such a low price a warning sign that this might be a bad drone? Nope! Not by a long shot!

Syma X11C features 6-axis stabilization system, prop guards and a spare set of propellers in case of a mishap…. and trust me, mishaps are bound to happen more often than you’d come to think. With a unique design and up to 40 meters of flight range, this little drone is bound to provide you with a lot of fun.

The only downside is its battery which can, to be honest, last up to good 7 minutes, but what’s so bad about it is that it takes more than half an hour to charge back up to 100% (cca 40 minutes to be more precise). Needless to say, that sort of a charging time is just too much for a drone with only 6-7 minutes of airtime. If you can overlook the charging time, then Syma X11C is your go-to indoor drone since it provides with a ton of fun and gives a generally enjoyable flying experience even for first-time users.

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8. Eachine E010

EACHINE E010I’m sure most of you will realize this is an awesome drone to fly indoor from the moment you lay your eyes on it. Eachine E010 is a miniature beast with insane maneuverability and an interesting console-style controller that gets the job done in a pinch.

First of all, it needs to be said that Eachine E010 looks like an outright copy of Blade Inductrix. Luckily, it costs a lot less than Inductrix but still preserves some of its awesome traits. The best thing about this little fella is definitely its stability. To be honest with you, I’ve never seen a miniature drone this stable, it’s ridiculous. Although, keep in mind that Eachine E010 is an indoor-only drone. If you take it outside, it won’t be able to fight even the slightest of breezes.

As I have already mentioned above, Eachine E010 comes with a console-style controller that’s actually pretty good and controls up to 30 meters away. It’s highly responsive and, although made out of cheap plastic, seems somewhat durable. In terms of features, Eachine E010 comes with one key 3D flip and one key return. Don’t mix this with GPS-powered OKR – it’s nowhere near that precision and reliability but still gets the job done. Finally, this little birdie can fly for around 5 minutes after which you’ll have to charge it back up for slightly over half an hour.

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7. HAKTOYS HAK 905

HAKTOYS HAK 905If you want to make a proper light show in your home then look no further because Haktoys has you covered. Their newest drone model called HAK905 sports amazingly bright and colorful LED lights that stretch out all the way across its built-in prop guards. It looks amazing and will surely turn quite a few heads around when they see it. But, are those bright LED lights the only good thing about HAK 905? Here’s the deal…

In addition to the amazing light show it creates, HAK905 by HAKTOYS also features 2 adjustable speed modes, 360 rolls, and a powerful LIPo battery that is able to endure up to 10 minutes of flight time. As you’ll have the chance to see in the remaining list below, there are not many drones with similar airtime.

And finally, its flight range is more than sufficient, clocking in at over 100 meters, which is way more than you’ll ever need for indoor scenarios… unless you own a freaking penthouse. There’s a downside though – HAKTOYS HAK 905 is somewhat on the bigger scale than other indoor drones featured here. However, its stability and durability are more than enough to keep you happy and entertained.

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6. OCDAY Mini PoKe FPV

OCDAY MiniRealistically, OCDAY Mini PoKe FPV looks like an awesome miniature drone and sports the price to go alongside it. Still, it’s way under $100 meaning it is not that big of an investment. However, it might prove to be an excellent one since it features action-packed drone flying entertainment that will leave you craving for more.

Starting off with the functions, OCDAY Mini PoKe FPV incorporates headless mode, one key return (cheap OKR, just like all others on this list which happen to have OKR) and, just like its name suggests, FPV. And we are talking about 5.8ghz and not that flimsy WiFi crap. FPV is responsive, works with your smartphone and will probably satisfy most of you.

The camera you’re going to be using is an HD one but keep in mind you’ll need to provide your own 5.8G video receiver if you want FPV. In terms of specifications, OCDAY Mini PoKe FPV is not that brilliant. Even though 5 minutes of airtime is kind of acceptable, 10-meter range is not. Considering all things said, I would still like to add that OCDAY Mini PoKE FPV is a brilliant drone. Yes, it doesn’t have the best range… but if you already have a spare 5.8g video receiver lying around, there’s no doubt this little drone could provide you with a ton of fast paced FPV fun.

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5. UDI U845

UDI U845If durability and unconventional appearance is everything you are looking for in your next indoor drone, then UDI U845 might be of interest. This UFO-shaped drone is all the craze due to its sturdy outer frame which keeps all 6 props (yes, UDI U845 is a hexacopter) safe during crashes. But, is that everything UDI U845 has to offer? Well, let’s start from the design, shall we…

I, personally, love the design of built-in prop guard that goes all the way around the drone’s centerpiece. It awfully reminds me of UFOs and, needless to say, I am a big SciFi fan… That sort of how I got into this hobby actually, but that’s a story for another occasion. Back to the subject! In addition to prop-guard, UDI U845 can also brag with a miniature HD camera which can shoot images or record aerial videos.

Those of you who like to see cold hard facts will be pleasantly surprised by UDI U845 performance. This UFO can fly as long as 9 minutes (8 on average) and travel up to 50 meters away from its controller. Video feed (yes, it has  WiFi FPV which is not that good in terms of lag), on the other hand, can’t sustain more than 20 meters.

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4. RC Stunt

RC Stunt droneRC Stunt drone by Wonder Chopper falls a bit on the “big” category when compared to other models from this list. However, it is still just slightly bigger than your hand. For those of you wondering – no, this will not affect its ability to be operated indoor. As a matter of fact, I’d say it even gives a small plus to it since it’s incredibly stable due to its size and weight.

Stepping away from its size, it needs to be said that RC Stunt by Wonder Chopper also sports built-in prop guards for extra safety, just like UDI U845. It does not come with a camera, but what it does come with are bright LED light up front and an extra battery that’ll double your flight time with this little fella. In terms of feature, RC Stunt features adjustable speed modes and one key flips, not to shabby.

Lastly, RC Stunt by Wonder Chopper runs on 3.7V 300mAh Li-Po battery that endures approximately 6 to 8 minutes of flight time. Considering it’s replaceable and you get 2 within the package, it means you can fly for up to 14 minutes right out of the box. All in all, it seems as though Wonder Chopper did a good job with this one so I warmly recommend it!

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3. TDR Phoenix

TDR PhoenixThe bronze medal goes to TDR Phoenix, a lesser known drone that sports a huge array of features underneath the hood. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure most of you will be amazed of just what this little drone is capable of. So, without further adue, let’s jump straight into action!

TDR Phoenix sports a flashy yellow/black color schematic and optional prop guards which I strongly suggest using at all times. Even though they drop a couple seconds of airtime, they provide an extra layer of safety for your props and motors which is more than worth it. Specifications are as follows: flight time goes around 6 minutes and operation range hovers around 30 meters. But, here comes to fun part… features

Believe it or not, TDR Phoenix comes equipped with a handful of advanced features. They include collision avoidance, altitude hold, modular design, one-button flips and even its own dedicated controller which also serves as a mount for your smartphone (for FPV purposes). However, TDR Phoenix falls a bit to the pricier side which could be an issue for some of you. Still, keep in mind that Parrot Mambo and AR cannot be considered cheap either. So, with all that being said, it’s pretty clear that TDR Phoenix is an amazing drone that definitely deserves the bronze medal.

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2. Parrot Mambo

Parrot Mambo The silver medal in best indoor drones goes to Parrot Mambo, a super fun toy drone with unique features and decent build quality. By “unique features” I really mean unique. You see, this little drone comes with 2 special accessories that can easily be attached to its body in the blink of an eye. First accessory is a miniature cannon which shoots small balls up to 6 feet. Second is called grabber and I’m pretty sure you can all guess what it does – it grabs and carry lightweight cargo up to 4 grams.

Now that we got its unique accessories out of our way, let’s talk more about the actual Parrot Mambo. The first thing that needs to be stated is its stability. With high-tech sensors, this little fella is among the most stable drones on this list, making it a proper breeze to control. Furthermore, Parrot Mambo is also very agile, allowing you to do all sorts of flips and tricks with ease. It even has a miniature snapshot camera… but don’t expect anything special since it’s only 0.3MPX.

Specifications-wise, Parrot Mambo offers up to 20 meters of range when controlled via smartphone. On the other hand, if you control it with its dedicated controller, you can expect around 50 meters. And finally, flight time of Parrot Mambo hovers from 5 to 6 minutes. Considering it does not take a lot to charge (20 to 30 minutes), i’d say you’ll have plenty of time to fly this baby.

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1. Parrot AR 2.0

Parrot AR 2.0On the top spot of this list, we have the second Parrot drone. This time around, we will be focusing on Parrot AR 2.0, an interesting looking mini drone that could provide you with a ton of entertainment. So, with all that being said, why don’t we take a closer look at it and see what’s it all about?

Parrot AR 2.0 has an incredibly sturdy body that will not break easily, even after more than a fair share of crashes. This is brought to life by integrated prop guards in the form of hard foam that stretch all around the drone, carefully protecting its propellers and motors from any potential damage. Truth be told, this drone does not have the greatest flight time and range, but neither do virtually all other models featured on this list. As a matter of fact, you don’t need a huge range if you’re aiming to fly this birdie indoor. We’re talking about roughly 10 to 15 minutes (this heavily depends on if you’re using the camera to record or doing lots of flips) and 50-60 meters of range.

Just like many other drones featured on this list, Parrot AR 2.0 also does not come with a dedicated controller. Instead, it relies on Parrot’s FreeFlight app which takes care of controlling, recording and technically everything you can do with this drone… except charging. It could use some love though as it’s not that intuitive and hasn’t been updated in a long time. Other than that, Parrot AR 2.0 is still insanely fun to fly, especially indoor where the wind won’t get the best of it.

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Conclusion

That’s it, guys! You have come to the end of our list which features the top 10 indoor drones that you can purchase on Amazon. We sincerely hope that the list was informative and easy to read… and that it has helped you with making your final decision when it comes to purchasing a brand new indoor drone. With this being said, thank you for checking out the list and until next time – HAPPY FLYING!

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