• DJI Mavic Mini

    (9.0)
    $399.00 $359.00 BUY
    • 30 - Minutes
    • 2.7K - 12MP
    • 29 - MPH
    • 2.5 - Miles
    The DJI Mavic Mini is the smallest Mavic drone released to date. Offering 2.7K video and great flight features in a package small enough to...
  • Mini 2
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    DJI Mini 2

    (9.4)
    $449.00+ BUY
    • 31 - Minutes
    • 4K - 12MP
    • 36 - MPH
    • 6.2 - Miles
    The DJI Mini 2 is an updated Mavic Mini, now with a 4K camera, Ocusync 2.0, and updated flight features in a package still small...
  • Hubsan H111

    (8.2)
    $18.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • No camera
    • 7 - MPH
    • 150 - ft
    The Hubsan H111 is one of the best nano drones for flying around the house. It is a tiny machine that fits in the palm...
  • Tello
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    Ryze Tello

    (8.4)
    $99.00+ BUY
    • 13 - Minutes
    • 720p - 30FPS
    • 18 - MPH
    • 100 - Meters
    The Ryze Tello is one of the most capable and versatile mini drones around, enjoy different designs, code your own flight features, or just fly...
  • Racer
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    UVify OOri

    (9.0)
    $349.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • Basic FPV
    • 50 - MPH
    • 500 - ft
    The UVify OOri is a fantastic drone for aspiring race pilots. It is stable and manageable in the living room, but can also run up...

Your best bet for flying a drone during the winter months, or during this new quarantine season, is to stick with something that’s easy to fly, operates smoothly and slowly, and, perhaps, is nice and small. Of course, cold air makes for great flight, and large indoor areas are super for racing drones, but if you just want some practice on the sticks in your living room, perhaps we have a solution for you.

Want to fly in your living room, without mom or your spouse yelling at you, too much? Yeah you do, here are some indoor drones for you.

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Overall, the best drones to fly indoors are so small that they can’t hurt you if they hit you, nor cause damage to the wall, if nothing else. The best nano drones easily fit in the palm of your hand, and have tiny propellers that will either spin on the motor shaft or bend when they contact something. We’re not saying they’re totally safe, but they are safe enough to give a try.

Nano drones

Best Nano Drones

Before we start the list, I want to introduce you to some great nano drones. These are the machines that are just an inch or two across, you can fit the drone and remote into the palm of one hand. These tiny drones are obviously safe to fly in the house, mostly. We want to talk about a little bit larger drones today though, so hit the link if you want a nano, otherwise, let’s dive in.


Mini 2

DJI Mini 2

November 2020

Release Date

The original DJI Mavic Mini was a very important machine for the consumer hobby drone market. The DJI Mini 2 is the next generation of super-compact camera drone, it's a solid improvement over the original Mini, especially in terms of the camera and flight capabilities. You still get a sub-250 gram drone, but now get a 4K camera, vastly improved connectivity, a more durable design, and more power.

The newer 1/2.3-inch sensor produces 12MP stills, and 4K video at 30 fps and 100Mbps data rate. For some, the most exciting update is lossless zoom. With up to 4X zoom, you can safely fly at distance from your subject, perfect for those pet photos or to capture shots of a waterfall in the distance.

DJI continues their accessory package trend, you can get the DJI Mini 2 for $449, or grab the DJI Mini 2 Fly More combo for $599.

Race Trainer

UVify OOri

January 2018

Release Date

UVify has a rich history in drone racing. They understand that future racers need to start somewhere, developing the UVify OOri as a fantastic beginner's race drone. Slow and stable for practicing in your living room, this machine can open up to over 50MPH when you want to win a race. Agile, light-weight, and fast, the UVify OOri is great for beginners on a budget.

There may be less expensive beginner drones out there, but if quality is of concern to you, the UVify OOri for $295 is hard to beat in the segment.

Tiny

Hubsan H111

2014

Release Date

One of our favorite drones for flying around the house is the tiny Hubsan H111. This is an entry level toy drone that usually sells for around $20. It flies quite well, all things considered, and is a superb machine to practice on during the winter months or before you dive into a larger machine. The built in battery only provides about 5 minute of flight time, there is no camera and no fancy flight features, it's a raw flight experience - which is what we love about it.

It's not lost on us that it comes in Drone Rush colors as well, thank you Hubsan!

Check out the Hubsan H111 for about $18 today.

Educational

Ryze Tello

March 2018

Release Date

Built using many DJI parts, and sold on the DJI site in partnership with DJI, it is a common misunderstanding that this is a DJI drone. The Ryze Tello is a fun little machine that serves many purposes. On the surface, it's a functional and capable high-end, toy-class drone. You can fly by mobile device, remote control or, in the case of the Educational versions of this machine, you can code your own functionality.

The Ryze Tello is an attractive first drone for many pilots and parents of potential pilots. There are even a few different partnerships, like the Iron Man edition Tello.

Check out the Ryze Tello alone for about $99, upgrade to the Ryze Tello with remote for around $129 and explore the other options from there.

Safety

Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider

August 2014

Release Date

Parrot develops a handful of small, toy-class drones for a variety of purposes, most are safe for indoor flight, but the MiniDrone Rolling Spider stands out for us. Details on this drone are sparse on the manufacturer website, so we have to assume that this machine is officially out of production, but it is still available for sale and the price is as good as ever. This caliber of drone is good for around five minutes of flight. Connect via your mobile device over Bluetooth and enjoy some short range flights for fun.

The real selling factor of the Rolling Spider is the propeller guards. They do not just protect the drone, they are large wheels! Run along the floor, run up the wall, scoot across the ceiling, all without a repair bill.

Check out the Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider from $20 - $35 on depending on your color choice.

Mini

DJI Mavic Mini

November 2019

Release Date

With a long list of drones that start with the name Mavic, DJI has launched yet another consumer machine, perhaps their most consumer friendly yet, the new, very compact, folding DJI Mavic Mini.

As the name implies, the DJI Mavic Mini is a very small machine, and in true DJI fashion, it has few compromises to make it all work. The first thing to note is that the Mavic Mini weighs less than 0.55 lbs, which means you do not need to register it with the FAA before flight. Registration is quick and easy, but not requiring it at all is a bonus.

Related reading: DJI Mavic Mini review

Don't let the small size fool you, this drone packs a 12MP camera, shoot 2.7K video  from a 3-axis stabilized Gimbal and has all of the flight features you'd expect from a Mavic drone today.

Starting price for the DJI Mavic Mini is $399, grab the Fly More combo for $499.

The best part about flying indoors is that it requires no authorization by the FAA. No matter if you are flying for pay or for fun, no matter the size or type of drone, you can fly in your living room without any FAA requirements. 

If you want to take that drone outdoors, and will be paid to fly, you must operate under a different set of rules and possess a commercial drone license. We call it the Part 107, it’s not too hard to get, but it will take some time to learn all the rules. We want to help you learn the rules and get your commercial license, check out our drone pilot training material.

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Air Hogs drones

Let’s not beat around the bush, almost every drone with an Air Hogs badge is ready to go for your child’s entertainment. They have some really interesting and unique designs, not to mention a bunch of licenses for franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek and more. Best of all, almost all of their machines are under $50. 


Best drones for children

When we considered factors that made a drone adequate for children to fly, we already thought about how they would manage indoors. There are extras on the list that belong outside, but you can find a few more living room safe options in our list of drones for kids.


If you were here looking for a gift for a young one, perhaps a non-flying drone?

Fun robots

No beating around the bush, there is only one flying drone on this list, but the rest are drones, of a sort, land based drones… They’re robots, but you know what, they’re fun robots that we want to play with too. 


Racing drones!

As I am sure you can imagine, drone racing is a huge indoor sport. One of the main reasons for this is the freedoms from FAA line-of-sight rules, and having a wall to prevent your drone from going somewhere it shouldn’t. Racing drones is fun, challenging and a growing sport, many of the starter drones you can enjoy for racing are ideal for indoor flight, maybe not in your living room, but indoor, nonetheless. 


Wrap up

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Truth is, your ability to fly indoors is mostly determined by the size of your room. I’ve seen people fly the DJI Inspire 2 in their living room. Yes, for real. One thing to consider, you can likely take near any drone and slap some propeller guards on it to make it indoor safe. Be prepared for flying papers and stay away from curtains, but your larger drones can do it, even if they are not the ideal indoor drones.

The best part about flying indoors, the FAA has no jurisdiction. If you want to fly FPV beyond line of sight, have fun. If you want to fly a drone larger than 55 lbs, good luck, but have fun! Want to exceed 400 feet above the ground… For real? Where do you live?!?! I want to see this house.

What drone do you fly in your living room?


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to fly indoor drones outside?

The primary concern with taking a drone outside should be the laws around that flight. Assuming all the requirements for legal flight are in order, yes, it’s usually safe to take an indoor drone outside. The smaller drones may struggle with wind, and many little toy-class drones have very limited connectivity range, so there are some safety considerations, but a little sun and fresh air is generally as harmful to you as it is to your drone, the same goes for crashing into a tree.

What can go wrong if I try to fly a big drone inside?

Ignoring the obvious issue of having enough room to actually fly, there are two main considerations when flying a larger drone indoors, prop wash and obstacle avoidance. Drone propellers generate a lot of air movement, enough to physically move the drone – if that wind bounces off a floor or wall and back into the drone, odd things can happen. Not to mention how curtains tend to try to get sucked in.

Obstacle avoidance sensors are superb safety features, until you are flying in very tight spaces. For most drones, you cannot change the object detection range, which may be upwards of 6 feet. If your drone offers 6 feet detection on all sides, then it will not be able to operate at all in a room that is 12 feet across or smaller. Make sure your take-off and landing spots are in a large opening. In practice, we’ve found that we can fly most drones around the living room, but almost all of them with obstacle avoidance will refuse to go through a doorway. 

What are the best skills to learn when flying indoors?

The two best skills you can develop when flying indoors are how to be gentle on the sticks, and understanding drone orientation. I watch many new pilots struggle with their flights because they are far too aggressive on the sticks. Full throttle into the sky, all left or right turns and crash into the wall. One of the hardest things to do with a drone when manually flying is simply to hover in place. Drones with auto-hover are life savers. Race pilots and toy-class drone owners know what I’m talking about, it takes a lot of practice to delicately adjust the sticks to keep a drone in place in the sky.

Drone orientation is a simple thing to understand, but easy to mess up. You can usually see which direction your drone is pointing, and pushing up on the right stick is almost always forward movement, easy enough, but when your drone is pointing to your left, and you push up, the drone goes to your left. See what I mean? In your living room, I recommend flying in figure eights, to the left and to the right. You’ll get the hang of it fast enough, but keep at it so to train your muscles and brain to always know which direction the drone will go when you push on the sticks.