Best RC Helicopter: Our Top Ten

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Have you ever wanted to fly a helicopter? If you are obsessed with aircraft models but don’t have a pilot’s license, then you can still have fun with a Radio-Controlled (RC) helicopter. RC helicopters are model aircraft directed by remote control that both adults and kids can equally enjoy flying. But finding what’s available can be a real challenge. Let us help you discover the best RC helicopter to meet your flying needs!

RC helicopters are flown with a remote control, but depending on the number of control channels on that remote control, the mechanics of flying can be somewhat akin to flying the real thing. Some RC helicopters can go as high as 50 feet into the air. Some are indoor RC helicopters designed to be flown mostly indoors, but there are a few (usually the heavier-duty, larger hobby type of remote control helicopter) that can withstand being flown outdoors in the wind.

RC copters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are mini versions that are ready to fly (and easier to fly) that are also more affordable for those who don’t like larger models. These beginner RC helicopters are suitable for teens to fly, but not small children. There are slight variations between the copters. For example, some only have a single rotor, whereas some have two or even four (quadcopters, though most REC quadcopters are more commonly referred to as “drones“). There are even super fun RC helicopters that have faux “rocket launchers” the RC pilot can control. Radio controlled helicopters can provide limitless entertainment both for kids as well as adults. They are a lot of fun to fly. But before you go off and spend a lot of money willy-nilly on the first RC helicopter you see, it makes sense to better familiarize yourself with the differences between various types and models. These radio-controlled flyers have different characteristics in size configuration, blade control, the overall performance of the helicopter, and special features.

 

Top Things to Look For In The Best RC Helicopter

 

  • Size
    Remote-controlled helicopters come in different sizes. The larger the scale it is, the better it will look, but the more expensive it will be to build and fly. These large model remote control helicopters are built to look and function like smaller versions of real helicopters, whereas there is an entire market of smaller, less durable RC helicopters (“stunt helicopters” or toy helicopters) built for performance rather than a correlation to full-size helicopters. Those are the RC helicopters we’ll be discussing below: machines built for fun, rather than historical accuracy.
  • Blade Configuration
    RC helicopters perform based on their size and weight versus their engine power, but especially the configuration of the blades that are used to fly them. A better blade design will allow an RC helicopter to fly more evenly, even in the event of heavy winds. It’s a given that the better the quality and configuration of its blades, the better and truer it will fly.
  • Performance
    Scale helicopters are usually heavier and more vulnerable to crashes, whereas “stunt” helicopters or their less-expensive toy cousins are usually much lighter and are able to forgo design features that would be required on larger aircraft. You can clearly see which ones are designed for flight and which ones are designed for stunts. The number of radio channels in units remote control system will determine how well the helicopter can maneuver. Use of an incorporated gyroscope will provide steadier flying, especially in toy helicopters for kids. Fortunately, stunt RC helicopters and toy helicopters (like those discussed below) usually have gyroscopes and are very affordable compared to scale model or “hobby grade” hobby RC helicopters. They are also easy to fly and are best for beginners.
  • Construction
    RC helicopters can be made of polystyrene, polycarbonate, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. Both polycarbonate and polystyrene are used in smaller helicopters but these materials can be brittle and thus affected by the wind and cold temperature. Fiberglass can withstand more pressure but it is heavier. Carbon fiber is the lightest and strongest material but is the most expensive. Hobby helicopters tend to have sturdier construction, as well as better access to replacement parts (spare parts), than do their less expensive “toy helicopter” cousins.
  • Energy Source
    There are nitro, gasoline, and electric powered radio controlled helicopters. Though nitro and gas provide more raw power, using them as a fuel source can be difficult, even dangerous. They also have limited flight time depending on their fuel tank size. For those in search of a small model to fly for fun, electric RC helicopters are often a better choice. They are quiet, safe, and typically use cost-efficient rechargeable batteries.
  • Extras
    Depending on the make and model, there are all kinds of extra options to look for when choosing a remote control helicopter. These include onboard video cameras, extra RC channels on the remote control (for better steering), LED lights and nightlight capability, USB cable connectivity, and extra batteries.

So those are a few basics you probably need to know when looking at radio controlled helicopters. In choosing the best RC helicopter for you, you’ll want to consider all your options from the energy source used, material, type of helicopter, scale, flying time, and the blades of the helicopter. If buying a more expensive model, don’t forget to research the availability of replacement parts. Your budget will also be a big part of which one you buy: the models listed below are fairly inexpensive; however, upper-end RC helicopters can cost many hundreds of dollars. You’ll want to take all of this into account when deciding on the best RC helicopter for you.

If you want something affordable but still packing a punch in performance, whether for yourself or as a nice gift, here is a list of some of the best small stunt-type (mostly gyro stabilized) RC copters available on the market. All are easy to fly, suitable for beginners as well as experts.

Syma S107/S107G RC Helicopter

Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter with Gyro- Red
  • Stabile Flight Characteristics
  • Easy to Fly
  • Great for Beginners
Why we like it: This is a super cool helicopter that fans can fly indoors unashamedly. It’s lightweight, rechargeable, and flies without any hitches.

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Let all your childhood dreams come true with this wonderful indoor toy helicopter. It comes with a remote controller and a helipad for landing. What more could an aviation enthusiast ask for? It’s a toy suitable for children over 3, but you can love this as much at 40 as at 10. We found the helicopter to be well built and well balanced. It has a cool metal body, so it won’t crack easily like plastic. We dropped it once or twice but the helicopter survived the fall. It’s an absolute delight to fly this indoors. It moves around real smoothly.

We absolutely loved the remote controller that came with the helicopter. It’s big and has joysticks and a number of other buttons to help with navigation. The controller is ergonomically built and is easy to use like a gaming console controller. You can move this helicopter up, down, left, right, and forward or backward, just like the real thing! You can turn using the same controllers. The helicopter is perfectly wireless and the USB transmitter works even from several meters away. The helicopter has a rechargeable battery that will keep this baby airborne for 8 to 12 minutes, making this the longest lasting remote control helicopter on this list. That’s the maximum flight time you will ever get for an RC helicopter.

Syma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro

Why we like it: The Syma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro is compact and flies extremely easily and well.

Editor’s rating:

This helicopter flies in all directions – up, down, forwards, backwards, left turn, right turn – fly it in any direction you want it to go. It takes around 40 minutes to fully charge this RC helicopter and the USB charging cable makes it incredibly easy to get your helicopter fully charged. Plug it into the wall with an adapter or plug it into any device which offers USB charging including laptops and computers.

This compact RC helicopter offers around 5-8 minutes of flying time and can travel to distances of up to eight meters.

The package includes the USB charger and a spare tail blade.

Due to the infrared controls on this helicopter, it is only suitable for flying indoors. This helicopter is suitable for children aged fourteen and over with adult supervision. If you’re looking for a helicopter gadget which offers a lot of fun and is easy to fly then this is definitely a great option.

OCDAY WLtoys V911

Why we like it: This is that toy helicopter you can fly outdoors like an adult without looking like a total weirdo. It’s speedy, well built, and comes with stickers that no one can make fun of.

Editor’s rating:

This is one rad copter that comes with super cool stickers. Buy two of these and two players can definitely go to aerial war with real mean designer stickers. Looks aside, we were really impressed with the performance of this copter. This is a 4-channel helicopter that offers a lot more in terms of navigability, durability, and performance. This copter is small, but it’s suitable for outdoor play as well because of the powerful rotors. They have fixed pitch blades that can keep the copter in the air even with mild obstacles like a small breeze.

You know, sometimes we want to fly copters outside like little kids and say to hell with the stares. You can definitely do that with this copter. It looks amazing so you won’t look like a dweeb flying this in front of others. It’s also fast and kind of looks like a mini-drone in the air. The copter has a remote with an LCD transmitter. You can use the remote to fine tune the frequency so you never lose signal. The copter even packs a lightweight motor so you have more gyroscopic maneuverability. It is, indeed, worth all the money spent.

WLTOYS S977

WLTOYS S977 3.5 Ch Metal Radio Control Gyro Rc Helicopter with Video...
  • WL S977 3.5 CH Metal Radio Control Gyro RC Helicopter With Video Camera
  • Color: Black - Helicopter Dimension: 9Inches L x 1.8Inches W x 4.3 Inches Height.
  • Flight Time: About 7 - 10mins R/C Distance: 50 Feet . Flight Height: About 50 feet
Why we like it: This helicopter comes with a camera for recording and taking pictures. If that’s not enough to make you buy it, it,s gyro-stabilized for smooth flying and filming.

Editor’s rating:

This helicopter has a camera! You can play all you want and then take pictures and videos to show off to fellow obsessives later. Of course, this is not the same as a drone camera, but it’s perfect for recording each session with the copter to a MicroSD card. And there will be plenty of things to record. This multichannel copter has 6 navigable directions! So in addition to the usual north and south, you can turn the copter clockwise or anti-clockwise. If that’s not worth the money, we don’t know what is. You can maneuver this just like a real helicopter but without leaving the living room.

The copter has a metal alloy frame. It’s sturdy and can ensure a crash or two. It’s also shiny and very good looking. The blades and flybar are flexible. That’s just perfect because they won’t even crack if the copter crashes. The copter has a 280mAh battery that recharges using a USB port. The battery comes with current protection and overcharging protection. The copter also has very good onboard nightlights for excellent night flying. This is a real stand out when it comes to cool remote control helicopters. The coolness factor and many features are what make this copter really worth it.

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GPToys Infrared Remote Control Helicopter

GPTOYS G610 11" Durant Built-in Gyro Infrared Remote Control...
  • 【Best choice for beginner】: 3 Selectable Frequencies Let You Fly Up To 3 Helicopters At Once.
  • 【Helicopter Dimension】:10.03 x 1.97 x 4.53(inches), Larger than Other Helicopters which are the same price. Stable...
  • 【Full 3.5 Channel】:Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, Hovering. With Gyro Stabilizer, Moves More Flexible and...
Why we like it: It has flight stabilization, a larger than typical frame, and colorful LED lights that power up in the dark. Why would you not want this copter?

Editor’s rating:

If you had a sad childhood and never could fly a toy helicopter, then this is definitely the product for you. GPToys Infrared is designed especially for beginners. So it’s easier to fly and poses very few technical issues. The copter has a red and white finish so it’s quite good looking. It will never embarrass you in front of judgmental relatives. When we unboxed this thing, we were surprised to find that the actual dimensions are 10.03 x 1.97 x 4.53 inches, which is larger than most other copters in the same price range. You will definitely get more for the same price.

The copter has multicolored LED lights on the outside. You can definitely fly this in the dark, and look really cool doing so. The copter is just beautiful to fly in a dark room. It will wow kids and adults alike. The copter has a flight time of up to 8 minutes until the next recharge. It’s standard for gadgets of this size. The copter is suited for ages 14 and up. If you know a teen with a birthday coming up, this copter will make a truly unique gift. The copter has flight stabilization so anyone can fly it.

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HakToys HAK303 Mini RC Helicopter

Haktoys HAK303 Infrared Control 3.5 Channel 9'' RC Helicopter with...
  • Claim your spot in the sky with the HAK303! With ultra-bright LED lights around the protective frame and a very capacity...
  • Easy to fly with a built-in gyroscope for maximum stability. Feel confident in flying with a newly added protective...
  • Recommended for indoor flight due to infrared frequency. (Flying under direct sunlight may result in signal loss due to...
Why we like it: Don’t judge this tiny copter by its size. The small frame is made from flexible material that makes it really easy to fly and also crash resistant.

Editor’s rating:

This is a mini, 3.5 channel helicopter that is much smaller than usual. It’s also surprisingly affordable. There are two groups this copter will mainly appeal to, kids and enthusiasts with limited room space. It’s so small, it buzzes around the room like a bee. It’s incredibly lightweight, so it’s much easier to fly than larger models. This would be perfect for aircraft enthusiasts who are still learning how to fly smaller models. There are loads of features to love about this copter. For starters, the cool frame is designed to be crash resistant, ensuring long-lasting use.

This copter is made from flexible material, so it won’t wear or tear easily. The model is equipped with a gyroscope to make sure the machine stays balanced and stable when airborne. The design is very precise to facilitate this. Pros can appreciate the engineering that has gone into this model, while newbies will find this very easy to fly. The flight time is a standard 8 minutes. Recharge time is really quick. You can expect the battery to charge to full in about 30 minutes. It can go airborne as high as 50 feet! This copter has an infrared controller.

Lutema Mid-Sized RC Helicopter

Lutema Mid-Sized 3.5CH Remote Control Helicopter, Yellow
  • The ultimate mid-ranged fully remote controlled helicopter.
  • Fully functional LED light switch that can be turned on and off mid-flight.
  • High availability of Lutema replacement parts.
Why we like it: This is the perfect helicopter to keep kids occupied outdoors in the summer. It’s definitely better than flying a kite. Oh, adults can love this too.

Editor’s rating:

If you are looking for the perfect toy for an outdoor summer activity, then you have hit the jackpot. This copter is well suited for kids and adults alike. It flies outdoors and doesn’t easily get carried away by the wind thanks to the inbuilt gyroscope. This copter isn’t big, but it’s weighty enough not to be swayed by the wind when airborne. What we really liked is the transmitting range. It has more range than your typical toy copter and is quite strong so you won’t lose the signal when flying outdoors. Also, the transmitter has an LED indicator.

You can turn the signal on or off remotely even when the copter is airborne. You will get seven directional movements with the remote controller, and that’s in addition to hovering. So it’s pretty cool to fly and can imitate many motions of real helicopters too. Budding pilots will definitely love this copter. The copter comes disassembled, but it’s really easy to reassemble. If you lose a part, you can affordably replace it as the company offers a plethora of cheap spare parts. The copter is resilient enough so you won’t need to buy anyway. Overall, a great product and firmly atop our list of best remote control helicopters for adults.

Xheli V398 Missile Shooting RC Helicopter

SkyCo 3.5 Channel Missile Shooting RC Helicopter RTF with Six Missiles...
  • Six plastic missiles in your holster with auto rapid fire capability
  • Special and bright LED lights effect when shooting
  • Amazing 3.5ch infrared shooting rc helicopter.Well made and very durable.
Why we like it: This RC copter comes with a missile pack that actually shoots! This type of copter is so rare, so this product is like a diamond in the rough.

Editor’s rating:

Cool doesn’t even begin to describe this helicopter. If you are disappointed by the lack of missile-equipped RC helicopters on the market, you won’t be after you have this in your hands. The missiles are definitely not decorative. They can be fired using a button on the remote controller. The holster pack is located at the bottom of the copter and carries 6 missiles! They fire individually too! The silos have LED bulbs that light up amazingly when the missiles are shot. In other words, this is the RC helicopter you have longed for all your life.

Kids will definitely love playing with this. We recommend using the copter indoors because it will simply be a nightmare to locate the tiny missiles outdoors. Even without the missiles, this copter is great in our opinion. It has a built-in gyro so the copter is highly stable when flown. It’s also made out of ABS hard plastic. The material is extremely durable, sturdy, and easy to clean. The remote controller is just perfect for flying this smoothly without any frustrations. The transmitter has great range. All in all, this is a wonderful product that all RC copter enthusiasts can love.

Dazzling Toys Remote Controlled Helicopter

Dazzling Toys Remote Controlled Helicopter – For Indoor or Outdoor -...
  • 3.5 CHANNEL: Up/down, left/right, forward/backward with built-in Gyro to hover in the air. Built-in Gyro will helps to...
  • LEARN TO FLY LIKE A HELICOPTER PILOT: with this remote control helicopter your kids will feel like they are a real pilot...
  • DURABLE DESIGNED: Made from flexible yet strong materials, the electric rc helicopter beautifully withstands crashes and...
Why we like it: This copter is designed to resemble an actual chopper rather accurately. So when you fly this toy copter, it’s just like flying a mini version of a real helicopter remotely.

Editor’s rating:

This copter is as dazzling as the name suggests. It’s beautifully designed with a shiny, multicolor frame that comes with loads of stickers. This copter is intended for kids, but there’s no reason that adults can’t love it as well. It will make a great gift for kids mostly because this is one of the few RC copters that’s accurately made to look like an actual chopper. When you fly this thing, it really is like flying a mini version of a chopper. It has two rotors, just like the real deal, and also an alignment trimmer on top.

You don’t find alignment trimmers on many copters, but it keeps the copter stable and in control when airborne. This is one of the easier copters to fly. Kids can easily get used to flying this without crashing a lot. The heavy-duty body can withstand a crash or two if it comes to that. The transmitter has an impressive signal length of 30 feet. The copter has 3.5 channels, which means that you can take the copter is 7 different directions. It has many cool LED bulbs, some that act as indicators for things like battery charge.

NiGHT LiONS TECH N5010 Mini Copter

NiGHT LiONS TECH N5010 World's Smallest 3.5CH Remote Control RC...
  • Helicopter size: 9.8*2.2*5.4 CM ( 3.85 x 0.86 x 2.12 inch ), mini size and light weight
  • Upgrade gyro system for precise control,easy to control , (up/down, forward/forward, backward/backward, left/right turn)
  • Charging time: about 30 minutes . Flight time: About 8 minutes . Flight Range: About 20 meters ,
Why we like it: This mini-copter is very small and quite different from the larger copters you can get. It’s perfect for playing with indoors and practicing tricks.

Editor’s rating:

This is a super tiny RC copter that you can hold in your palm. It’s adorable in its size but is quite powerful when airborne. It’s the perfect copter to play with indoors on lazy days. It does fly around a room like a loud hummingbird. The small copter is really easy to fly. The tiny body size is just perfect for navigating nooks and corners where bigger copters can’t go. It may be small, but don’t underestimate the power of the hummingbird. It comes with not one, but two frequencies, giving the user complete control.

This little bird is equipped with a gyro stabilizer, a feature you really appreciate when the ceiling fan is on. This mini-copter weighs 120 grams, so it can really get carried away easily. But the fun is never less. The copter can stay airborne for the usual 8 minutes. It only takes about 30 minutes to recharge again, pretty good for a rechargeable remote control helicopter. In addition to stable flight, you get seven directional movements thanks to the 3.5 channel remote. This hummingbird can turn left or right, so you can make it do cool tricks in the air. The frame is well built and this mini copter won’t break easily. It’s size and simplicity combine to make it our choice for the best miniature remote control helicopter, at least in the “micro-mini” category.

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