Best Tablets for Kids

These models are relatively inexpensive and appeal to children of all ages

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Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive “first computer” or merely a way to keep the little ones occupied during that long holiday road trip, you’ll find a wide assortment of tablets for kids these days.

More than 10 years after Steve Jobs first introduced Apple’s iPad, the device has become a vital teaching and entertainment tool for kids from pre-K to U of K. (Yes, that includes toddlers.)

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We’re talking about models with a high-quality touch-screen display, an easy-to-master operating system, a deep pool of apps and services, and built-in cameras good enough for Zoom calls with Grandma and Grandpa.

Better yet, you can often get all of that for less than $100.

Antonette Asedillo, who oversees laptop and tablet testing for CR, adds that many models offer handy parental controls, too, including restricted profiles that limit usage times, permissible content, and the type of apps that can be installed.

We note which tablets have this option in our full tablet ratings, available to CR members. There you’ll also find scores for battery life, performance, and the quality of the display. We even factor in reliability and owner satisfaction data collected through surveys of our members.

To get you started, here’s a quick look at our picks for the best tablets for kids.

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Nicholas De Leon

I've been covering consumer electronics for more than 10 years for publications like TechCrunch, The Daily (R.I.P.), and Motherboard. When I'm not researching or writing about laptops or headphones I can likely be found obsessively consuming news about FC Barcelona, replaying old Super Nintendo games for the hundredth time, or chasing my pet corgi Winston to put his harness on so we can go for a walk. Follow me on Twitter (@nicholasadeleon).