The 10 Best Tablets For Kids in 2019

A tablet is a great way to teach kids about personal responsibility for expensive items, necessary tech skills, and let them access an ocean of information from the palms of their hands. It’s also an excellent way to entertain them for hours.

Not all tablets are created equal. Some cost far more than others, with perks to match. Some tablets were designed with security in mind: you don’t want your child getting into just anything via their tablet.

Other tablets were created with superior design specifications, and some are great for children to learn how to create their own media, or game efficiently.

We’ve looked at all these factors and created a ranking that reflects a balance of all of them. No matter what you’re looking for in a tablet for your child, you’ll find it here.

Kids growing up today will likely need significant tech skills to thrive as adults. By getting the right tablet, you can help your child keep up with their peers, and perhaps discover some of their natural and discovered talents through these powerful devices. It’s up to you what your child uses their tablet to do, and many of the devices on this list were designed with your control in mind.

So without further ado, let’s get to the best tablets for kids!

Ranking Methodology

  • Price: the price of the tablet model discussed excluding limited-time-only sales
  • Durability: based on reviews of how sturdy, drop resistant, and spill resistant a tablet is
  • Design: the ingenuity, style, and appeal of the design to a wide range of ages of kids
  • Gaming and Media Creation: the computing power as well as operating system usefulness for gaming or media creation
  • Security and Parental Controls: the operating system and additional features that promote security and parental controls

1) Fire 7 Kid’s Edition

This tablet was designed with young children in mind, and boasts an impressive two-year warranty in case your youngster ends up breaking it. It has impressive parental controls, including options to limit screen time, manage content, halt in-app purchases, and more. The device also has a 7″ display, and 16 GB of internal storage.

Your child will enjoy up to 7 hours of use on a full charge. Parents can use a passcode to unlock parts of the Internet they’d like to use when their children are away. This device also comes with access to 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which includes over 20,000 movies, TV shows, apps, and books suitable for kids 3-12. You’ll of course be able to filter out what you feel is inappropriate for your child.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Users said this device was an improvement on previous generations.
  • Users sang the praises of the warranty.
  • Owners also complimented this device’s battery life.
  • Users found this device great for kids 3 and up.
  • Owners complimented this device’s ability to be used by children and adults alike.
  • Users said you get what you pay for, and this is a functional device.
  • Users found this connects well to Wi-Fi.

Cons

  • One reviewer found this device frustrating and hard to use.
  • One reviewer complained about the port on this device.
  • One owner noted low sound on this device.
  • This device doesn’t have HD video viewing available.
  • Some owners found that external storage wasn’t as responsive as internal storage with this device.
  • One reviewer said the camera specs were “sub-par.”

Score

  • Cost: 4th
  • Durability: 95 (1st)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 80 (4th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 90 (2nd)

2) Beneve 10.1 Kids Tablet

This very slim tablet is extremely affordable, and comes with great perks. It offers 1080P HD on a 10.1 inch tablet. Other specs include 32GB of internal storage, and 2GB of RAM. It has a dual camera to boot, and can be expanded 32 extra GB with a micro SD car.

This tablet comes with three hours of battery life with a full charge. It has a crisp design that comes with free educational and gaming apps. Parents can make use of the Kids Account security system to manage what their kids can see. It also features 60 day warranty and lifetime support.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Owners were very happy with the price of this item especially considering its utility.
  • Users enjoyed the screen on this tablet.
  • The battery life was praised on this tablet repeatedly.
  • Parents said their children loved this device.
  • One user said the cover on this device was “very protective.”
  • One user praised this device’s parental controls.
  • Users said this device was easy to operate.
  • Owners praised the sound and clarity on this device.

Cons

  • One user complained about the screen’s fragility.
  • One owner said the device used too much data and its battery didn’t last long enough for their liking.
  • This device didn’t score highly on our Gaming and Media Creation category.

Score

  • Cost: 3rd
  • Durability: 90 (2nd)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 70 (7th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 90 (2nd)

3) Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible

This model costs much more than what we’ve covered so far, but it comes with some additional perks as well. It’s built to run on Chrome, comes with virus protection, and has automatic updates. It also has all Google apps built into it as well.

You’ll have 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of capacity, and an additional 100GB of Google Drive space. You can also use the Google Play store for all of your game, music, movie, TV, book, and app needs, among other forms of entertainment. It has 10 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and two built in stereo speakers.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • This device comes with a 360 degree hinge.
  • This device can be used for children, but is also great for adults.
  • It features great Internet accessibility and video streaming.
  • One user gushed that this device is the future they were looking forward to.
  • Users praised this device’s touch screen.
  • Users loved the 360 degree hinge.
  • Out of 1,090 reviews, 61% of users gave this device 5 stars.
  • 14% gave it 4 stars.
  • One user was impressed at this device’s ability to interact with his home devices.
  • Users praised the versatility and quality of this device repeatedly.

Cons

  • One user complained about the wireless communication chip on this device, but said it could be replaced for $12.
  • That same user complained about Acer’s customer service, which tried to charge them $170 to assess the device when the piece that fixed it was only $12 from a third-party.
  • Some users complained about basic glitches with this device.
  • Some users complained about this device’s compatibility with other devices.
  • Some users complained about design problems, including the touchpad and keyboard.

Score

  • Cost: 8th
  • Durability: 90 (2nd)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 90 (1st)
  • Security and Parental Control: 85 (6th)

4) DragonTouch Y88Y

This tablet has Android’s latest 9.0 OS, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM. Its microSD slot can use memory cards to expand to up to 128 GB of storage. It’s also up there with the most affordable devices on this list. The DragonTouch has a colorful kid-proof case that is attractive to young children, yet functional for older kids and adults.

The 2019 edition of this tablet has Free Disney Content including story and audio books. There’s a one year warranty in case you experience any trouble with your device. This device has a 7″ HD display, and a 1024×600 resolution.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Users as young as two were delighted with this device.
  • Owners loved the video content that was pre-loaded on this device.
  • Users praised the kid proof case the device comes with.
  • The battery life and charge time was praised.
  • Of 62 reviews 79% of owners gave this device 5 stars.
  • The value of this device was repeatedly noted.
  • Users were happy with this device for their children’s use and their own.

Cons

  • One user says this device was delivered broken.
  • One user said the device didn’t come with the promised pre-loaded content.
  • One user said their device’s battery life wasn’t up to snuff.
  • One user complained about the device’s ability to stay connected to WiFi.
  • One user said customer service was hard to reach for this device.

Score

  • Cost: 1st
  • Durability: 85 (7th)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 65 (8th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 90 (2nd)

5) Fire HD 8

Amazon’s Fire 8 is an extremely affordable tablet that comes in two sizes: 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB model is $79.99, and the 32GB model costs $109.99. Both come with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. It has an 8″ display. If you get the cheaper model you can store up to 400 GB of data with a microSD card.

This tablet has up to 10 hours of battery life. This falls firmly in the for children and adults portion of this ranking. It has a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 2 MP rear-facing HD camera. This device also comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, and 1.5 GB of RAM. And of course this tablet comes with Alexa, Amazon’s branded virtual AI assistant.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Reviewers said this tablet was a perfect mix of size, quality, and price.
  • Owners said this was significantly better than the Fire 7 model.
  • Users were happy with Alexa.
  • Reviewers praised Amazon’s customer service’s problem solving skills after purchasing this tablet.
  • Owners said this was great for kids to use.
  • Users said this was excellent at streaming video content.
  • Reviewers said they were very happy with the Amazon apps this comes with.
  • Reviewers were very happy with this tablet’s operating system (Android compatible).

Cons

  • Some reviewers said this tablet was very slow.
  • One owner said this wasn’t compatible with apps from previous Fire tablets they’d purchased.
  • One reviewer was unhappy with this tablet’s ability to connect to WiFi.
  • One reviewer said this tablet crashed too frequently.
  • One reviewer said this tablet wasn’t as good as previous Fire tablets.
  • One user was unhappy wit this tablet’s screen brightness.

Score

  • Cost: 2nd
  • Durability: 90 (2nd)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 60 (9th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 85 (6th)

6) Samsung Galaxy Kid’s Tab

This tablet features a 7″ screen and 8 GB of storage. It’s got a sleek design that comes with a rubber case to minimize drop damages. Besides the specs, this device was designed for kids, and for parents to monitor their use of it.

This app lets kids access educational and entertainment content from Sesame Street, DreamWorks Animation, and National Geographic, among other providers. Parents can easily select how long their kids can use the tablet, and what apps they can use. You can also monitor what they’re doing and their progress via this tablet’s dashboard.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Reviewers said this tablet was great for children as young as three.
  • Owners also said this is a great tablet for kids in their early teens.
  • Users praised this tablet’s battery life.
  • Owners noted the sturdiness of this device.
  • Owners said the Samsung Kids subscription service that you can get through this app is well worth the money.
  • The Samsung Kids subscription comes with hundreds of apps that were chosen for 2-8 year old children.

Cons

  • One reviewer said this was the best tablet for kids, but their model broke after 1 month.
  • One reviewer was upset that after a three month grace period they had to pay $20 a month for a subscription service via this tablet.
  • One reviewer said this tablet was not functioning well after six months of use.
  • One owner complained about this tablet being slow and having low clarity.
  • One user said this device has a hard time connecting to WiFi.
  • This device ranked last in our design category.

Score

  • Cost: 5th
  • Durability: 90 (2nd)
  • Design: 85 (10th)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 80 (4th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 90 (2nd)

7) Dragon Touch K10

This tablet offers a 10 inch HD display with 1280×800 resolution. It has the most recent Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. It’s perfectly ready to engage with the Internet and stream Netflix, Youtube, make use of Instagram, and do whatever else you need it to.

This tablet comes with 16 GB of internal storage. By using a microSD card you can bump up that storage to 128 GB. This Dragon lets you access the Google Play Store for all your video, game, and educational needs. It also has a 12 month warranty after purchase.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • One owner said this tablet was better than all of the other tablets they’ve owned for its price.
  • Reviewers praised this tablet’s speed.
  • The value of this device was repeatedly praised.
  • Owners were happy with the apps on this device.
  • Reviewers were impressed with the compatibility of this device with other devices.
  • Owners complimented the customer service they received related to this item.

Cons

  • Owners complained about this device not recognizing their pin code.
  • Some owners said you should pay a bit more money for a more expensive device instead of using this one.
  • One user complained about an easily cracked screen, and overheated battery as a result of overcharging this device.
  • One owner said this tablet’s touch screen wasn’t responsive throughout the screen.
  • One owner said this tablet keeps shutting down on its own and needs frequent restarts.
  • One user found this tablet to be very fragile.

Score

  • Cost: 6th
  • Durability: 80 (8th)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 85 (2nd)
  • Security and Parental Control: 85 (6th)

8) Tanoshi 2-in-1

This tablet was designed for kids who are 6-12 years old. It has a 10.1″ HD detachable touchscreen tablet that connects to a full kid-size keyboard. If you have a burgeoning writer on your hands this is a great tablet to get for them.

This device comes with easily operated parental controls that can manage screen time, approve or deny apps, remotely lock the device, and more from the comfort of your phone. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, and comes with pre-loaded educational apps for kids. Mashable called this the “Best Laptop for Kids” in 2019.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Out of 99 customer reviews, 64% of owners gave this 5 stars.
  • Reviewers said this was very intuitive to use.
  • Users said this was a very sturdy device.
  • Owners said their children loved this device.
  • One reviewer said this has helped his daughter learn to code.
  • Reviewers repeatedly praised the apps that were built into this device.
  • Owners said the 6 hour battery life on this device was amazing.

Cons

  • One user said they were upset about their interactions with Tanoshi about warranty issues.
  • One owner said this device was stuck rebooting, but otherwise was sufficient.
  • One reviewer complained about a lack of an owner’s manual.
  • One user was unhappy with the screen on this device.
  • An owner said this device was great until parts of it started to fall apart only months into owning it.
  • Multiple owners complained about the touchscreen not functioning and the piece that holds the keyboard to the touchscreen breaking.

Score

  • Cost: 7th
  • Durability: 80 (8th)
  • Design: 90 (3rd)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 60 (9th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 95 (1st)

9) Microsoft Surface Go

The Surface Go is a premier tablet offered by Microsoft. It’s the most expensive tablet on the list, but you can expect it to perform like a laptop with the transportability of a tablet. It has a responsive touchscreen and runs on Widows 10 Home.

This tablet has 64 GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and a strong WiFi connection. There’s also a more expensive 128GB model with 8GB of RAM. There’s special pricing for eligible parents, teachers, and students. This device can also be purchased for $24.99 a month for 24 months and 0% APR if you get Surface All Access.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Reviewers found this to be exceptional for students.
  • Owners said they and their children loved this device.
  • 68% of reviewers gave this device 5 stars.
  • Users said this device was very fast for its price.
  • Users said this device was more compatible with other devices and apps than Apple products.
  • Owners said this was a great product for businesspeople who need to work on the go.
  • Users said this has become their most used device.

Cons

  • One user complained about the battery life on this device.
  • Another owner said the 4G RAM wasn’t enough and the device often crashed.
  • One owner was unhappy with Windows 10.
  • An owner complained about the functionality of the touch screen.
  • One user noted this wasn’t a tablet, but was instead a touch screen PC.
  • Some users were upset about the compatibility with some devices and apps.
  • One user said this device had a fragile speaker.

Score

  • Cost: 10th
  • Durability: 86 (6th)
  • Design: 95 (1st)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 80 (4th)
  • Security and Parental Control: 80 (9th)

10) IPad 128GB

Some people consider the IPad to be the mother of all tablets. If you’re used to using Apple products, you’ll likely find this device extremely intuitive. It costs more than most tablets on this list, but for some the comfort, familiarity, and functionality of this device is worth the cost.

This device has up to 10 hours of battery life, touch ID fingerprint technology, an A10 Fusion chip, and much more. There’s a 9.7 inch retina display, two speakers for audio, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. It will run all of the Apple apps and can seamlessly connect to other Apple products. There’s also a 32GB model of this device for only $249.00

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Out of 4,426 customer reviews this device received a 5 star rating 89% of the time.
  • Owners said this device was great for amateur artists working in digital spaces.
  • Users praised its value and performance.
  • Reviewers said this device had a crisp, beautiful screen.
  • Owners said this model improved on the quality of previous IPads.
  • Owners said this device was extremely durable.
  • Users were thrilled with the battery life on this device.

Cons

  • Some users found this device to be extremely fragile.
  • One owner complained about the volume on its speakers.
  • One user was unhappy with Siri in relation to other virtual AI assistants.
  • One owner said this device stopped working in less than three months.
  • One user said that while people they knew loved this device they were unhappy with its battery life.
  • Some users suggested not buying Apple products through Amazon.

Score

  • Cost: 9th
  • Durability: 80 (8th)
  • Design: 95 (1st)
  • Gaming and Media Creation: 85 (2nd)
  • Security and Parental Control: 80 (9th)