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Don't Buy drones

by Oli McKean

Don’t Buy drones are tricky to fly, run out of battery quickly and take dismal photos and videos. We think you’re best off avoiding them.

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If you’re buying a drone, the last thing you’ll want is one that’s so hard to fly that it ruins all the enjoyment. Unfortunately, our tests have unearthed some drones that are much harder to use than you’d expect.

Our unique reviews save you time and money by separating the drones you should avoid from our Best Buy recommendations.

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What makes a Don’t Buy drone?

As drones are designed for flight, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’d all be pretty straightforward to use. However, we’ve found drones that are tricky to manoeuvre while they’re in the air and that respond slowly to commands. Don’t Buy drones also run out of battery quickly and take poor photos and videos.

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. We’ve also found drones that are wonderfully straightforward to fly and respond rapidly to any command. They also last longer before needing a recharge, and take photos and videos you’ll be thrilled with. By following our advice and checking our drone reviews, you can avoid making an expensive mistake.

How Which? helps you avoid substandard drones

We’ve tested some of the most popular drones from the biggest drone brands in the UK, including DJI, Parrot and GoPro. Our in-depth tests cut through the marketing spiel so we can recommend the best drones, and highlight those that we think you should avoid.

  • We've tested drones that cost less than £300 and more than £1,000 –read our reviews to make sure you get good value for money.
  • We put all drones through the same rigorous tests, including checks on flight performance, camera quality and battery life, so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you make your decision.
  • We give each drone a Which? test score so you can immediately tell the best from the worst, and you can also compare models’ features and specifications.

Make the best decision– and avoid buying a dud by joining Which? today for access to all our reviews.