So, you’ve finally decided to purchase that shiny new iPad you’ve always dreamed of. However, after using for a while — and perhaps more than a few hours of some Flappy Bird ripoff — you’ve begun to realize it’s more of an overweight burden than you once expected. Thankfully, your precious arms won’t have to lift the unbearably heavy 1lb iPad for long thanks to one of the best inventions around: stands. From basic cradles used for little more than holding Apple’s flagship device to keyboard-equipped contraptions for typing, there’s a bevy of quality products designed to meet your specific needs, desires, and budget. After all, one of the greatest things about the iPad is the sheer amount of ways you can use it.
Here’s our favorite iPad stands. Keep in mind that, although some are compatible with all current and past iPad models, some are exclusively tailored for the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini, respectively. While you’re at it, check out our top picks for the best iPad apps, the best iPad accessories, and the best best iPad cases.
Elago P2 Stand for iPad ($30)
Elago’s P2 Stand can easily transform your iPad in to an iMac knockoff with it’s sleek, silver-clad design. Compatible in both portrait and landscape modes, the P2 Stand is perfectly designed for for robust keyboard use, with easy cable management on hand to ensure your iPad remains charged at all times while docked. Downside? The stand does not support use with most iPad cases or sleeves when worn.
Visually akin to it’s namesake, the Twelve South Compass is a versatile stand that props up the iPad like an easel, allowing you to view the tablet in either portrait or landscape mode. The adjustable second leg additionally allows you to switch the iPad orientation from easel mode to lying flat, providing an easier means for typing in the process. The stand becomes incredibly compact once folded for users constantly using their iPad on the go, with a profile measuring no bigger than typical candy bar. This Compass is currently available in three colors (red, black, and silver), and remains compatible with all versions of the iPad.
Ten Magnus iPad Stand ($45)
The Magnus iPad Stand from Ten is relatively low-profile stand, but don’t let the lack of bells and whistles trump the necessities it does tout. The aluminum design is equipped with rubber feet and customized magnets to ensure your iPad remains stationary once placed, and the device even remains compatible with protective sleeves and the like. Measuring 6.3 by 2.9-inches, it’s not the most compact of stands, but it’s not large enough to become a daunting task to carry with you on the go, either. The Ten Magnus is compatible with all versions of the iPad, and though it does offer portrait-mode functionality, it functions best while cradling your iPad in the horizontal, landscape mode given the increased stability.
The Nest Organizing Stand from Blue Lounge is a great jack-of-all-trades iPad stand as it has some of the most diverse functionality, while maintaining a very simple design. The Nest can prop an iPad up in portrait mode utilizing it’s hidden cradle to keep the tablet in place, and can support the iPad in landscape mode with a rubber lining on top that cushions the tablet. Additionally, you can use the Nest to store small things like your car keys, USB drives, etc. Coming in at 8 x 5 x 2 inches, it is practical for taking on the go, and easily blends in at your desk, or any environment. It also comes in a variety of colors: blue, green, pink, orange, black, and white. The Nest is compatible with older iPads, iPad Air, the iPad Mini, and a host of other tables and smartphones.
The PadFoot stand is another low profile stand available in a variety of colors (white, gray, blue, pink, purple, red) for either the iPad or iPad Mini. Constructed of 3D-printed polyamide, the stand is durable and light, allowing users to conveniently watch movies and TV shows in either orientations once they slide the corner of their device into the stand’s rigidly textured slot. It’s one of the most, if not the most portable stand on our list. After all, a measly eight grams isn’t much to tote around.
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Perfect for use on a tabletop surface, the Book Arc is great when FaceTiming in portrait mode or watching videos in landscape mode, and is a solid option when utilizing an iPad-compatible keyboard. It’s slightly bulkier than most stands, durably constructed of heavy gauge steel while measuring 4.4-inches wide by eight inches long, and remains compatible compatible with all versions of the iPad.
As the name blatantly implies, the ClamCase is more of an iPad case than a mere stand (and a pricey one at that). However, we chose to include it given how well it functions as a stand in addition to a protective case. Exclusively compatible with the regular iPad, the case comes with a fully functioning QWERTY keyboard that easily syncs with your iPad using Bluetooth. A rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the case, while the equipped 360-degree hinge also allows for a variety of tablet uses, whether viewing in portrait or landscape modes, or typing via the keyboard or directly on the iPad screen. ClamCase is the best of both worlds, combining hard-shell protection and ergonomic design capable of propping up your iPad at nearly any angle.
Rocketfish Padpivot ($5)
It’s tough to ignore a quality clearance product typically found online for under $10. Rocketfish’s Padpivot is just that, a functioning iPad stand coupled with rock-bottom pricing to match. The 4.3 inch stand features a 360-degree rotating pivot that attaches to your iPad, thus allowing convenient viewing in either landscape or portrait mode, and the stand even comes packaged with an adjustable tether strap for freeing your hands while on the go. The Padpivot is currently compatible with all version of the iPad, including the iPad Mini.
Thought Out’s Stabile 2.0 iPad Stand doesn’t let down it’s namesake as it’s one of the most stable iPad stands currently on the market. With a low center of gravity, the Stabile 2.0 is designed to prevent tipping while in use. It’s restricted for use with solely a regular iPad, but it’s also one of the few stands on our roundup capable of functioning with or without an iPad cover, and is additionally outfitted with an open back to help with cable management. The Stabile 2.0 stand great for use in both landscape and portrait modes, but given the high price, it’s probably not the most thrifty of stands for the budget-based shopper.
Dekke Slope and Slope mini ($50, $ 45 for Mini)
The Slope from Dekke is quite possibly the most noteworthy iPad stand of the bunch as it’s been turning critics heads for some time now. It’s one of the sturdiest stands on the market, equipped with dual suction-cup-like bases designed for attaching the iPad to nearly any surface. Once suctioned, the aluminum stand feels as though it’s directly glued to the surface, providing exceptional stability while pairing perfectly with Bluetooth keyboards. The stand also comes packaged with two protective film covers for the pads along with a microfiber towel to help with dust removal. It’s one of the better all-around options given the price, function, included accessories, and overall experience, with a designated model for regular 10-inch tablets and a smaller version for iPad Minis.
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The Chef Sleeve Dishwasher Safe iPad Stand isn’t your typical iPad stand. As you could probably guess from the name, this stand can go right in to the dishwasher with the rest of your dishes. It’s more of an aid for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but it’s still a great functioning stand for anyone. Boasting two different viewing angles, users have the ability to view their iPad in either landscape or portrait mode, and the stand is even heat resistant up to 350 F degrees, thus allowing close proximity to your oven. Needless to say, it can handle the heat — pun intended.
The Belkin Kitchen Stand and Wand for iPad isn’t dishwasher safe, but what it lacks in clean up it makes up for in accessories. Given how susceptible your iPad screen is to cooking grime, the stand comes bundled with a handy stylus for maintaining clarity while retaining functionality. The base of the stand sports a non-slip rubber design easily mountable on a kitchen counter, while ensuring your device remains stationary when using the stylus or your finger. The Kitchen Stand and Wand is compatible with both the older iPads, iPad Air, and the iPad Mini — whether donned in a protective case or free-standing — and provides excellent functionality for the price.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option when shopping for iPad cases, the Lipper International Bamboo iPad Stand is the one for you. Boasting a great bamboo look, the stand touts four different adjustable positions to give you greater flexibility when viewing your iPad. It’s easily washable with mild soap and water, but users will obviously want to ensure you dry the stand thoroughly before popping your iPad back on. However, it’s also not the most compact of stands given it’s square-like design and coupled measurements, rendering the stand more fit for your home than your backpack.
The Belkin FlipBlade is an excellent lightweight stand option for both your iPad and iPad Mini. Whether you are using your tablet in portrait or landscape mode, it’s easily adjustable and more than apt for any room in your home. If you desire something more fit for on the road, the FlipBlade becomes incredibly thin and compact when folded up, making it incredibly easy to put in a backpack, purse, or computer bag. Although the stand is lightweight, weighing in at just 6.4 ounces, it still maintains a sturdy base when attached to your device.
Last but not least, the Arkon Portable Fold-Up Stand for iPad is the perfect solution for those who are constantly on the go, or who travel a lot. The stand folds down, making it perfect for storing in a computer bag, carry-on, or even a coat pocket. It’s compatible with the iPad Air, older full-sized iPads, and iPad Mini, allowing your iPad to be displayed in either portrait or landscape mode. Moreover, users can easily use this stand with the nearly every iPad case on the market, or completely bare. It’s the ideal stand for the traveling aficionado who’s more at home with an airplane seat tray than a desk, and for just $13, is quite the deal.
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