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What to Look For in an iPad Stand in 2021

The best iPad stands allow for completely hands-free use of your tablet, allowing you to multitask, view, or type more comfortably.

In determining what to look for in an iPad stand, consider what you want to use it for and how you want to use it. Some offer adjustability with full 360-degree rotation, which is great for places like kitchen counters and work desks.

Others offer universal device functionality, including phones and portable gaming consoles. Do you have many devices to charge? Some even have room for up to six ports, including HDMI and USB-C ports for charging.

Regardless of style, iPad stands allow users to use their tablets over a long period, improving posture and reducing fatigue.

With that said, keep reading to learn more about our picks for the best iPad stands in 2021.

Best iPad Stand Overall: AboveTEK Aluminum iPad Stand

Abovetek stand being used in office
AboveTEK

Pros

  • Cut out on neck for easy cable management
  • Can rotate 360 degrees
  • Firm hold using rubber-lined clamps and C-shaped jaws

Cons

  • Clamps are made of plastic

The AboveTEK Aluminum iPad Stand makes our pick for the best iPad stand around. It features an all-aluminum construction with a 360-degree multi-angle bracket that can rotate an iPad between portrait and landscape modes. Everything is sturdy and allows users to slide and hold the tablet firmly in place.

This stand even includes a cutout on its neck, allowing users to organize charging cables. This beats having to constantly untangle crossed cables, especially when charging multiple devices nearby. A silicone base also protects fragile surfaces like glass desks.

One of our favorite features with the AboveTEK stand is its silver aluminum build, mimicking Apple’s color scheme. It simply looks great holding your iPad.

This iPad stand is compatible with any 7 to 13-inch tablet and eReaders. It also works with the Sony Xperia Z4, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and other larger tablets, making it a great all-around stand for more than just iPads, too.

Best iPad Stand Overall

AboveTEK Aluminum iPad Stand

This iPad stand is a jack of all trades, led by a 360-degree multi-angle bracket, sturdy C-shaped clamps, and a silicone base for support.

Best Budget iPad Stand: Amazon Basics iPad Stand

Amazon Basics stand with bluetooth keyboard
Amazon

Pros

  • Non-skid base and padded notches for support
  • Super compact

Cons

  • No cut out for cable management

The Amazon Basics iPad Stand is a no-frills option for those preferring value over function.

Unlike the sleek aluminum AboveTEK iPad Stand, the Amazon Basics stand is made of durable plastic. It is shaped like an easel and measures only 7×1.25×1.5-inches, making it the smallest iPad stand on our list. But it is foldable, making it easy to pack in a laptop bag or purse.

Despite its small size, the Amazon Basics iPad Stand holds up quite well, with a non-skid base and padded notches to hold your tablet firmly in place. It also uses two vertical pivot points to hold the iPad up at any angle, including portrait and landscape modes.

Our only knock on this stand is that it cannot be elevated, which could present issues for taller folks sitting at a desk. It allows tablets to sit flat, which may force some users to look down a bit more than they would like.

This iPad stand is compatible with all iPad models.

Best Budget iPad Stand

Amazon Basics iPad Stand

This iPad stand is the smallest one on our list, compact with a two pivot pointed adjustable stand for multiple viewing angles.

Best iPad Floor Stand: Gooseneck Floor Stand

gooseneck ipad stand in classroom
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Pros

  • Stiff yet flexible gooseneck swivel
  • Optional swivel casters for quick turning
  • Includes storage cradle to stow away accessories

Cons

  • Very tight fit with iPad holder

The Gooseneck Floor Stand is a highly flexible option. Unlike traditional pivot points, it uses a stiff gooseneck “stand” to adjust your iPad’s position to virtually any viewing angle.

A height-adjustable telescoping pole and a full 360-degree rotating swivel make it very easy to maneuver and accommodate people of all sizes. Optional swivel casters make it even easier to move the stand from room to room without removing the tablet. The gooseneck part itself is also flexible yet stiff enough to prevent your tablet from wobbling.

One of our favorite features with the Gooseneck Floor Stand is its included attached storage cradle, which can hold miscellaneous items such as a stylus, remote controls, or an external battery pack to keep your iPad charging while in use. Smaller stands do not have extra cable or device management features, so this is especially useful.

This iPad stand is compatible with 7 to 13-inch devices, which includes all current iPad models.

Best iPad Floor Stand

Gooseneck Floor Stand

This iPad stand uses a height-adjustable telescoping pole and gooseneck swivel to hold your iPad to any viewing angle.

Best Adjustable iPad Stand: Lamicall Tablet Stand

Lamicall stand on table
Lamicall

Pros

  • Cutout for cable management
  • Comes in multiple colors, including rose gold and black-
  • Well-supported with two rubber feet on base

Cons

  • Metal is not rust or scratch-proof

The Lamicall Tablet Stand mimics the look and feel of our best overall pick, the AboveTEK Aluminum iPad Stand, nearly identically with its sleek aluminum frame and cutout to manage unwieldy charging cables.

This iPad stand’s arm is adjustable, rotating up to 270 degrees. Its base is sturdy, using two rubber feet to prevent your iPad stand from sliding across slippery surfaces like glass. Lamicall’s stand also comes in multiple colors, including silver, rose gold, black, and gray.

It is compatible with all iPad models and devices from other brands such as the Sony Xperia Z4 and the Nintendo Switch.

Best Adjustable iPad Stand

Lamicall Tablet Stand

This iPad stand offers a sleek aluminum frame and 270-degree rotation for multiple viewing angles, including portrait and landscape modes.

Best iPad Stand for Drawing – Elevation Lab DraftTable Kit

Elevation Lab stand used for drawing
Elevation Lab

Pros

  • Sturdy, all-metal construction
  • Interlocking hinge for multiple viewing angles
  • Textured, rubberized backing for slip resistance

Cons

  • Weighs 2 pounds

The Elevation Lab DraftTable Kit offers a full kit for designers. Three support legs and an interlocking hinge offer three angles for comfortable viewing and drawing.

In terms of stability, the stand has an all-metal construction and spring-loaded legs that lock in place when folded make this iPad stand work. Rubber notches in each corner and bottom edge also prevent the stand from sliding. Even its textured rubberized backing keeps your iPad sitting in the same spot so that any tapping or swiping across your iPad won’t move it.

This iPad stand comes with a kit that includes a stylus holder and wrist rest. Its soft wrist rest does an excellent job of reducing hand and wrist fatigue. However, both the stylus holder and wrist rest are not attached to the stand, so they’re easier to lose.

This iPad stand is compatible with all iPads.

Best iPad Stand for Drawing

Elevation Lab DraftTable Kit

This iPad stand features an all-metal construction and an interlocking hinge that offers three angles.

Best iPad Stand for Bed: IPEVO PadPillow Stand

pillow stand on grey background
IPEVO

Pros

  • 100% cotton stonewashed cover
  • Weighs less than 1 pound
  • Extended section offers room for Bluetooth keyboard

Cons

  • Limited viewing angles

The IPEVO PadPillow Stand offers a plush pillow that uses a fabric platform to rest your Pad on. Using a soft hinge, it can be folded inward or extended outwards depending on your position, so you are equally comfortable whether you are seated on a sofa or a poolside lounge chair. Extend the bottom section enough, and you will also have room for a Bluetooth keyboard.

For convenience, this iPad pillow stand also includes two pockets—one small and one large—for miscellaneous items such as a stylus, external battery packs, and charging cables.

We especially like this iPad stand’s removable and washable 100% cotton denim cover and light weight, making it easy to carry anywhere and very easy to use in bed.

This iPad stand is compatible with all iPads.

Best iPad Stand for Bed/Bedstands

IPEVO PadPillow Stand

This iPad stand allows for comfortable iPad while seated on a sofa or in a lying position, complete with a hinged construction and inward/outward folding fabric platform.

The Best iPads of 2021 for Drawing, Travel, and More

Best Overall iPad
2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
Best Budget iPad
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Best iPad for Drawing
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray
Need a Stylus?
Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
Best iPad for Kids
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Protect Your iPad with a Tough Kids Case
HDE iPad Case for Kids with Handle/Stand
Best iPad for Travel
2021 Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
8.3-inch Screen Too Small?
iPad (9th Gen)
Best Laptop Replacement
2021 Apple 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Silver
Apple's Best Keyboard Accessory
Apple Magic Keyboard (for iPad Pro 11-inch - 3rd Generation and iPad Air - 4th Generation) - US English- White
Best Large iPad
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray
Best Small iPad
2021 Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
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