Latest Update: May 2, 2017

The list of the Best Drones Under 100 bucks has been updated for May 2017 with my latest recommendations for the most affordable quadcopters you can get at the moment.

Take this as a quick shopping guide for cheap quadcopters for you or your loved ones!
Each of those would be a perfect present for anybody who’s looking to get their first ever drone.

Make sure to check back this article regularly as I update this cheap drones list with more recent suggestions.

Last but not least, please be aware that some of the drone prices may have changed since publishing this article.

Enjoy and fly safe!

Mihail

Are you looking for an easy way to enter the drone world? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect gift for your kid? If so, this article will help you make up your mind what to get.

In this article I will show you some of the best quadcopters under 100 bucks that you can buy online.

Here’s a quick list of the best drones under 100 dollars:

Please keep in mind that any “top-5” type of list is very subjective, as different people value different things. That being said, I will show you the drones which I personally believe are the current best quadcopters under 100 dollars. But please be aware, although these are cheap drones, they are also a ton of fun to play with!

In addition, they will also give you a good idea what flying a drone really is and hopefully will make your transition to bigger and better drones much easier.

So let’s dive into a few more details about the best drones under 100 dollars:

1. UDI A818 HD+ Drone (Highly recommended)

UDI 818A HD+ DroneWithout a doubt this quadcopter drone is a good value for its price. It gives you plenty of features, it flies well and it’s a lot of fun to play with.

This drone is an improved version of its younger brother – the UDI U818A HD. The price difference between the older and newer model is worth mentioning, but in my opinion is definitely justified. First off, it flies a lot smoother than the 818A HD. The controls are very accurate and overall the drone is a lot more responsive to your input. The camera in this unit is a lot more clear and sharp, which is a great deal for some potential customers. Another improvement is the addition of headless mode, which allows beginners to fly and learn the quadcopter a little bit easier. The drone also supports one key return home, so if you’re out and about and you lose sight of the drone or you lose control you can press that button and it will fly right back to you.

The UDI U818A HD+ has 2 different speed modes: Mode1 is a bit more scaled-down and Mode2 is more aggressive – choose the appropriate one depending on your skills. You can make 360 degree flips and rolls, and they are a piece of cake!

What I really like about this drone is the low battery alarm – when the quadcopter battery reaches a certain level, the transmitter will make an audible sound warning you of the low battery and you’ll need to return the drone to you.

Here’s everything that you get in the package with the U818A HD+ :

  • the UDI U818A HD+ Drone
  • 2.4G Transmitter
  • 2 x 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po Batteries
  • 4GB Micro SD Card
  • USB Card Reader
  • 2-Ch Battery Charger
  • 4 x Extra Blades
  • User Manual

Overall, you get a reliable, stable, easy to operate and cheap quadcopter. For a drone under 100 dollars, that’s certainly one of the best deals out there at the moment.

2. DBPOWER MJX X400W

DBPOWER MJX X400WThe DBPower MJX X400W is a great cheap drone with camera, which many beginners will fall in love with.

I personally always recommend my friends to start with something inexpensive and easy to fly and move their way up to bigger and better drones once they feel more comfortable flying. And that’s the whole idea here – the MJX X400W is a nice, inexpensive entry-level drone, which is a ton of fun to fly.

It has a built-in 720p camera with a decent quality, 2 rates of speed, headless mode, return home functionality and a 750 mAh battery, which is capable of 8-9 mins of flight time and takes just over an hour for full charge. Purchasing an extra battery is always a good idea for a drone with less than 10 minutes of flight time – in case you’re looking for one, check this one out (it’s a pack of two).

The MJX X400W features WiFi for connecting your phone and see what the camera is seeing in real time. All you have to do is download the smartphone app and you can even connect a VR headset to your drone (it’s not included in the package). While it’s nice to have this feature, there’s always some latency in the signal so you should be careful and keep your drone at your line of sight.

What I really like about the MJX X400W is the lights – they are blue in the front and orange in the back. You can switch them off if you prefer, but if you don’t – the drone looks really cool in the dark. You can fly it up to about 100 meters away, and even at that distance the drone is quite visible.

DBPOWER MJX X400WAnother feature worth mentioning is the fact that you can easily plug in new motors in case the original ones need to be replaced. Usually that’s a big headache, but in this case it’s as easy as swapping the battery.

Here’s what you get in the package of the DBPower MJX X400W:

1 x Quadcopter with camera
1 x Transmitter
1 x 3.7V 750mAh battery
1 x USB charging cable
4 x Spare propeller blades
1 x User Manual

3. Holy Stone HS170 Predator

Holy Stone HS170 Predator - Best drone under 100 dollars

The HS170 Predator from Holy Stone is one of the best-selling drones under 100 dollars on Amazon. Wonder why? Because it’s really awesome, and tons of fun to fly, that’s why! Well, another reason is because it’s super affordable and basically anyone can get their hands on one, but that makes it even better 😉

But seriously, this quadcopters packs a punch! It has three different speed modes, so you can start slowly and make your way up as you get more and more comfortable with the controls. It’s really a lot of fun to operate this drone, as you can make stunts such as barrel rolls and 3D flips with ease.

Holy Stone HS170 PredatorIt even has headless mode and great LED lights, which are really bright and set it apart.

The quadcopter has a flight time of around 6-8 minutes, so make sure you get a few extra batteries, since otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy it for that much 🙂 However, when you do start flying, you’ll notice that the Predator is quite steady and wind-resistant, and you’ll be able to fly it within 35-50 meters from your location.

What I like the most about the HS170 is the fact that’s it’s incredibly sturdy – it’s probably due to the propeller guards or the materials that were used, but I’ve crashed it multiple times in trees and stone walls and it’s yet to have a severe scratch or even break a propeller. That’s amazing.

Here’s what the HS170 Predator package includes: 
1 x Quadcopter
1 x 2.4G Remote controller (AA batteries not ncluded)
1 x 3.7V 350mAh Li-Ion battery
4 x Additional rotator blades
1 x USB charging cable
1 x Screwdriver
1 x User Manual​​

4. Qcopter QC1

Qcopter QC1

This tiny green mosquito-like quadcopter – the Qcopter QC1  is a great choice for a cheap drone because it comes with 2 batteries, meaning you’ll have double the flying time of what you normally get, which is still quite a lot for a quadcopter of this range – 15 minutes. So basically straight off the bat you have 30 minutes of flying time to learn new tricks or just have some fun with this little guy.

When it comes to flying, the QC1 is nice and stable, which makes it very easy for the beginners out there and gives you a better control over your drone. During the night, the quadcopter is extremely visible because of its bright LED lights, so you’ll be able to notice it from far away with no problems whatsoever.

Plus, it even has an HD camera (although you shouldn’t expect great things from it). However, the camera quality is just enough to give you a bird’s eye perspective of your location, which is what most people want from their cheap drone.

5. Hubsan X4

hubsanThe Hubsan X4 is without a doubt one of the very best beginner quads you can get under 100 dollars . Hell, this one goes for even under 50 bucks! If you are new to the quadcopter hobby and you just want to test the water, this is definitely a great option. This particular model comes equipped with a camera, not that you will really need it (you can’t expect great quality from it).

But this is definitely a great choice if you want to learn the basics of flying and get a feeling of what it is to control a drone. Also, it’s a super afforadble drone so in case you break it you can just get a new one and continue where you left off.

The Hubsan X4 is a very slick and compact quadcopter, which can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It has LED lights on its bottom so you can easily tell which is the drone’s front and back. The battery lasts around 7-8 minutes and takes roughly 30-45 minutes to fully charge. The flying range you get with the Hubsan X4 is around 100 meters, which is much better than some of the competition. You also have 2 flying modes – Normal and Expert, depending on your flying experience. The controls of the aircraft are extremely responsive and because of that you can do tons of tricks/flips/barrel rolls with it and it’s incredibly fun to fly this little guy around. I highly recommend you to get a pack of 5 batteries when purchasing this quadcopter so you can extend the fun 5 times 😉

Are you ready for bigger and better drones? Check out my Drone Buying Guide and see the best Camera drones and FPV racing drones today!

11 replies
  1. Rick Springer
    Rick Springer says:

    Not sure what’s up, I checked Amazon And both holy stone and one other and all are priced over $100 , posting is only suppose to be a few days old, was disappointed is all

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  2. Decidedrone
    Decidedrone says:

    I think this list has few cool drones I know UDI 818A HD+ is the editor choice but my favorite is husbanx4. I mean its super cheap and another drone you can add this list is Cheerson CX-10.

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    • DroneSupremacy
      DroneSupremacy says:

      Interesting, your article also shows the UDI at #1 and the hubsan is way back at #9? Also, I think the Cheerson CS10 belongs in another category, maybe “toy drones” or “nano drones”.

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  3. zim
    zim says:

    I bought the Holy Stone a few days ago. Opened the box, read the manual, put a ton of batteries in the receiver (6 AA’s, really?!?!?!). Synced up with the drone, throttled up and a prop went flying upward. After a few minutes of searching, I found it, reattached it, and tried again. The thing would never just hover it always drifted. Even resetting the gyro didn’t help. Then the prop started flying off again. I’m going to try my luck at the next higher price point–100 bucks. The Parrot Mambo seems nice…

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  4. QuadFlying
    QuadFlying says:

    Great drone picks for the under $100 price range. I would say my favorites are the HS170 Predator and DBPower MJX X400. The UDI U818A is another awesome and highly durable option. For first time flyers, one would do well with Hubsan due to its low price and easy to fly nature. If you ever get a chance, you should also check out the Parrot Swing or Mambo, which are two more awesome fliers to mention!

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