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The 9 Best Tablets for Kids 2021

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The RundownBest Overall:Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition at Amazon"The 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 screen looks clear and provides a full 1080p HD picture."Best Portable:Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e at Amazon"The 7,050mAh battery should keep it going for up to 15 hours, so there's no fear of losing power in the middle of a long day."Best for Pre-Teens:Lenovo Tab M10 HD (2nd Gen) at Lenovo"The tablet comes with Google Kids Space, which has over 10,000 approved apps and games."Best for Teens:Apple iPad Air (2020) at Amazon"It has a flawless 2360 x 1640 Liquid Retina display, plus an A14 processor with 64-bit architecture and Neural Engine technology."Best Budget:Dragon Touch Y88X Pro 7-inch Kids Tablet at Amazon"It comes pre-installed with loads of kid-friendly content, including Disney ebooks and audiobooks."Best for Parental Controls:TCL Tab Family Edition at Verizon"It uses the excellent Verizon Smart Family Basic, which offers lots of controls for blocked sites and categories."Best for Preschoolers:LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition at Amazon"For the first three months, kids get unlimited, free access to hundreds of educator-approved games, videos, eBooks and music."Best for Elementary School Kids:Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition at Amazon"The 8-inch version works better for portability, and hits the wallet a bit less."Most Versatile:RCA 11 Delta Pro at Amazon"Weighing in at just under 1 pound, it's light enough to toss in a bag, making it a suitable stand-in for a full-fledged laptop."in this articleExpandOur PicksAbout Our Trusted ExpertsWhat to Look For in a Kids' Tablet:FAQs

The best kids' tablets provide kids and teens with learning and entertainment, while allowing parents to control screen time and content. Parental controls are essential with children's tablets, and the best ones offer seamless controls that are easy to set up, yet difficult to break through. 

Kids' tablets don't necessarily have to have brightly colored bumpers and children's apps preloaded to be affective, either. Teens will likely prefer a more adult-like tablet such as Apple's iPad, with optional screen time restrictions and parental controls, while younger kids may need something more child-friendly. Read on to see our picks for the best kids tablets in different categories.

Best Overall:Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition

4.1 Buy on AmazonBuy on Best BuyWhat We Like

Large screen

Parental controls

2-year no questions asked replacement policy

What We Don't Like

Bad cameras

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Review

Amazon has managed to create an exceptional kids' tablet with the Fire HD 10. This is mainly due to smart engineering, packaging, and software decisions. The tablet is designed to be tough and survive life with kids as best as possible, but if it cannot handle that job, and it breaks within 2 years, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked.

The 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 screen looks clear and provides a full 1080p HD picture. The battery lasts for up to 12 hours of actual usage, which is spectacular for long trips. This tablet runs nice and snappy thanks to the Octa-core 2.0Ghz processor, which should have no problem letting kids play the games they want.

The tablet comes with one year of Amazon Kids+, which includes a massive library of age-appropriate content. The amount of control given to parents is a real star here, with easy parental controls and monitoring, but also the ability to let the tablet grow with the child. Kids can gain access to less-curated apps such as Netflix or Minecraft, and they can even move over to the parent side when they get older. 

The cameras are not great, coming in at only 2MP on the front and back, but that is a small issue since you can still video chat without issue. Overall, the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is an awesome choice for kids to enjoy.

Screen Size: 10.1 inches | Resolution: 1900 x 1200 | Processor: MT8183 Octa-Core 2.0Ghz | Camera: Rear and front camera, 2MP

“It can be tough to find a kids tablet that balances a parent's needs for good parental controls with a child's desire to have freedom over their content options, but Amazon tries to find that equilibrium with its Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet.” — Erika Rawes, Product Tester

Best Portable:Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

4.6 Buy on AmazonBuy on Att.comWhat We Like

Ultra thin and portable

Beautiful screen

Kids Mode for younger kids

What We Don't Like

Expensive

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Review

Older kids will get the most out of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, which can assist them as they do homework or watch their favorite shows. The 10.5-inch AMOLED screen with 2650 x 1600 pixel resolution will provide dynamic, engaging images, and the 7,050mAh battery should keep it going for up to 15 hours, so there's no fear of running out of power in the middle of a long day or road trip.

For younger children, Kids Mode comes with the mid-tier tablet, which allows you to turn your tablet into a child-friendly tool, both educational and entertaining. A PIN ensures the mode cannot be deactivated without your approval, and it comes with around 3,000 different apps for budding learners to explore different languages, improve their math skills, and interact with their favorite cartoon characters. However, unlike previous Galaxy Tabs, it does not come with a stylus and does not have stylus capabilities.

Screen Size: 10.5 inches | Resolution: 2650 x 1600 | Processor: AMD Kabini A6 5200M Quad Core 2 Ghz w/ Qualcomm Adreno Graphics Coprocessor | Camera: Front, 8MP; Rear, 13MP

“The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is a feature-rich, premium Android tablet with a beautiful Super AMOLED display and a quad speaker configuration for excellent multimedia performance.” — Bill Loguidice, Product Tester

Best for Pre-Teens:Lenovo Tab M10 HD (2nd Gen)

Buy on LenovoWhat We Like

Google Kids Space

Durable design

Great price

What We Don't Like

Camera is not great

It can be difficult to find the right tablet for a pre-teen, as kiddie tablets are far too restricted and not fun for this age group, but adult tablets may not have enough restrictions. The Lenovo Tab M10 HD (2nd Gen) is an excellent choice for these ages. The 10.1-inch HD tablet has a strong and durable design, with a full metal body, which should hold up well to regular life with a pre-teen. The 1280 x 800 screen looks crisp, and also has TUV Rheinland eye protection to lower blue light and protect eyes from extra strain. 

There is a pretty solid MediaTek P22T processor, which will handle gaming, movies, and schoolwork. Plus, the speakers are tuned with Dolby Atmos for better sound quality. The cameras are better than other tablets we've seen, but they're not the best. You get a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera, which will do the job for basic functions such as selfies and video chatting. One of the features that makes this a great tablet for pre-teens is the included Google Kids Space, which has over 10,000 approved apps and games, as well as the ability to give kids their own account, but with parents able to set restrictions and monitor.

Screen Size: 10.1 inches | Resolution: 1280 x 800 | Processor: MediaTek P22T | Camera: Front, 5MP; Rear, 8MP

Best for Teens:Apple iPad Air (2020)

4.9 Buy on AmazonBuy on Best BuyBuy on AppleWhat We Like

Fast processing

Apple Pencil support

Excellent integration with Apple ecosystem

What We Don't Like

Expensive

Apple iPad Air 4 Review

Apple's 10.9-inch iPad is an excellent option for teens who need some screen time restrictions and filtering, but don't need kiddie apps or large bumper cases. Although it's a bit on the pricey side compared to others on this list, it has a flawless 2360 x 1640 Liquid Retina display, plus an A14 processor with 64-bit architecture and Neural Engine technology. Together they team up to make streaming Netflix, playing games, and browsing the Web a breeze.

Worried about too much screen time? Apple has a nifty Night Shift mode that ditches the blue hues believed to disrupt sleep if used right before bedtime. If your teen already has an iPhone or uses a Mac at school, they will feel instantly at home using the iOS software. If not, it's intuitive nonetheless and has a vast selection of apps, both educational and not-so-educational.

This tablet has a 12MP main camera, and the front FaceTime Camera records at full 1080p, but takes pictures at only 7MP. For regular video, it can record at 4k resolution. It also has support for the Apple Pencil, which should help your teen take notes at school. Overall, it's a fantastic tablet and the one that your teen is likely already begging you for, if you are willing to pay a premium.

Screen Size: 10.9 inches | Resolution: 2360 x 1640 | Processor: A14 Processor with Neural Engine technology | Camera: Front, 7MP; Rear, 12MP

"The iPad Air 4 really impressed me with its network performance, turning in decent numbers when connected to Wi-Fi and unbelievable performance when connected to cellular data."— , Product Tester

Best Budget:Dragon Touch Y88X Pro 7-inch Kids Tablet

Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartWhat We Like

Extremely durable

Tons of pre-loaded content

Parental controls

Extremely low-quality cameras

No matter how you spin it, putting an expensive tablet in the hands of a child is dangerous. It's bound to get dropped, soaked in liquid, or even lost. So we don't blame you if you are wary of spending more than $100 on one. Luckily, the Dragon Touch Y88X Pro 7-inch Kids Tablet comes in at under $80, but still manages to check most boxes.

It's highly durable, with a soft silicone case that comes in pink, blue, orange, and green. It comes pre-installed with loads of kid-friendly content, including Disney eBooks and audiobooks. And it has advanced parental controls that let you set timers and restrict access to certain material.

Even though it's designed for children, this tablet still packs a fast-performing quad-core processor, has a 1024 x 600 IPS screen and runs Android 9.0, which gives you access to just about every app you could want. All in all, it's truly an incredible value.

Screen Size: 7 inches | Resolution: 1024 x 600 | Processor: Quad Core | Camera: Front, 0.3MP; Rear, 2MP

Best for Parental Controls:TCL Tab Family Edition

Buy on VerizonWhat We Like

Full HD screen

Tough design

Excellent parental controls

What We Don't Like

Some setup required

If your child is perhaps too young to have full access to the web or unlimited screen time, the TCL TAB Family Edition allows for a decent amount of supervision. It uses the excellent Verizon Smart Family Basic, which needs to be downloaded, but offers lots of controls for blocked sites and categories. It also allows you to pause the internet, see all web and app activity, and locate your child's tablet in case they lose it.

The children's interface appears geared toward a younger audience (ages 3 to 8), but that does not mean the tablet is cheaply made. It has a 8-inch FHD display, solid front and rear cameras at 5MP and 8MP, respectively, Android 10 OS, and a 2.0Ghz Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM—decent specs for a kids' tablet at this price point.

There is a bit of setup required on the front-end to get everything working, such as the parental controls, but the steps are definitely worth it.

Screen Size: 8 inches | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 | Camera: Front, 5; Rear, 8MP

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Best for Preschoolers:LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Tons of great content

Removable bumper

Highly educational

What We Don't Like

Lower resolution screen

LeapFrog has become a leader in children's educational entertainment, and this tablet comes with a three-month trial of LeapFrog Academy. This means your child can learn and play on a tablet that can grow along with them. You can add activities in areas your elementary schooler may need extra help in or add more difficult activities to keep your kid challenged.

For the first three months, kids get unlimited, free access to hundreds of educator-approved games, videos, eBooks and music, but after the trial period, the content will cost $8 per month.

The tablet runs on Android and has a multi-touch, 1024 x 600 screen. It includes a stylus and 16GB of memory, but you can expand the memory up to 32GB. It also has dual cameras to take pictures and record videos. And, with its basic parental controls, you can set what, when, and for how long your child can use the tablet.

Screen Size: 7 inches | Resolution: 1024 x 600 | Processor: 1.3Ghz Quad-core Processor | Camera: Front and rear, 2MP

Best for Elementary School Kids:Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

5Buy on AmazonBuy on Best BuyWhat We Like

Perfect size for kid hands

Kid-proof case

Extensive parental controls

What We Don't Like

Kids will age out of the tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Review

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet tops our list for the best tablet for kids in elementary school, thanks to its durability, parental controls, price, and battery life. While smaller than our best overall pick, the 8-inch version works better for portability, and hits the wallet a bit less. 

It has a beautiful, 1280 x 800 (189 PPI) display, 32GB of storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card) and 12 hours of battery life. These factors combined make it far more than just a toy, but rather a worthy educational device. The tablet comes with one free year of Amazon Kids Plus, which grants access to more than 20,000 apps, books, and games from kid-friendly companies such as PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney.

On top of that, the Amazon Fire has extensive parental controls. You can set bedtime curfews, restrict screen time, limit access to age-appropriate content, and even block Angry Birds until reading has been completed. The Kid-Proof Case comes in blue, pink, and purple and the device even has a two-year, no-questions-asked warranty. If you are buying this for somewhat older kids, be aware they will eventually age out of liking this tablet due to its kid-forward development and restrictive environment.

Screen Size: 8 inches | Resolution: 1280 x 800 | Processor: MT8168 Quad Core 2GHz | Camera: Front and rear, 2MP

"For a tablet this size and in such an affordable price category, I was impressed with the display."— Erika Rawes, Product Tester

Most Versatile:RCA 11 Delta Pro 2-in-1 Tablet with Detachable Keyboard

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Detachable keyboard

Large screen

Lots of different ports for connection

What We Don't Like

Mediocre cameras

If you need a tablet that can double as a study buddy, grab the RCA 11.6-inch Tablet with a detachable keyboard. This tablet beats out every other device on this list when it comes to screen size—a feature that makes this 11.6-incher even more comfortable to type on. It also comes equipped with a 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in memory. 

It runs Android 9.0, which will allow you to use all of your favorite apps and games, especially productivity apps. It also has a microUSB input, a USB input, and a headphone jack, so you can hook up a host of peripherals such as a wireless mouse or speakers. Weighing in at just under 1 pound, it's light enough to toss in a bag, making it a suitable stand-in for a full-fledged laptop.

Screen Size: 11.6 inches | Resolution: 1366 x 768 | Processor: 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor | Camera: Front and rear, 2MP

Final Verdict

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (view at Amazon) is the best tablet for kids because it offers reliable parental controls, reasonably fast processing, a large screen, and valuable add-ons at a refreshingly reasonable price. For older kids and teens, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (view at Amazon) is a good pick, offering more in the way of specifications and camera quality. It does come with a higher price tag, however.

About Our Trusted Experts

Erika Rawes has been writing professionally for more than a decade, and she has reviewed roughly 150 gadgets, including computers, peripherals, A/V equipment, mobile devices, and smart home gadgets. Erika currently writes for Digital Trends and Ach5.

Bill Loguidice has more than 20 years' experience writing for a variety of major technology publications including TechRadar, PC Gamer, and Ars Technica.

is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He also ghostwrites articles for numerous major trade publications.

What to Look For in a Kids' Tablet:

Screen size - Look for a screen size that is going to best fit your child's age and how much they travel and move around. A smaller child may have trouble lugging around a 10-inch tablet, and it may experience more wear as a result. A 7-inch screen may be too small for an older child working on school assignments.

Durability - Durability is a big concern for kids' tablets, as even pre-teens can be quite rough with their devices. Look for well-built, quality devices that are designed to handle the rigors of children.

Technical specs - This is very important when buying any tech, but certainly so with tablets. Look at the processor, memory, screen resolutions, storage, and camera specs as some of your main guides. Sometimes, you can find a great bargain with similar specs to a device you wanted, but other times you will find it's best to go ahead and pay a bit more for a device and get a better screen or faster processing. This is especially true when buying a tablet for teens, as they may use their devices for tasks including photography and school assignments.

FAQs

How can I see what my kid is doing on their tablet?Setting up parental controls is your best way of monitoring your children's online activities. Most kids' tablets come with some form of parental controls available, but depending on the type of controls, you may or may not be able to see all of your kids' online search activities. To track your kids' online activity, you may need to add an additional parental control application such as Our Pact or Circle.

How can I control my child's iPad?Your best option for setting limits, viewing usage, and turning off applications for your child's iPad is through the use of the native Apple parental controls provided (Screen Time and Family Sharing).

What is the best parental control app?There are many first- and third-party parental controls available, but the native controls on the tablet you buy are often best, since they are integrated into the tablet and software itself. For separate apps, Circle, Our Pact, and even anti-virus programs such as Trend Micro can do an excellent job of tracking, filtering, and blocking internet activity.