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These are the best (and safest) Android tablets for kids



Every kid wants a tablet, but deciding to invest in an Android tablet for kids is a big step. There are several features to consider: price, parental controls, and perhaps most importantly, durability. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is a top pick for offering tons of great content for kids, and its included protective bumper case and parental controls. You can manage what your kids do and not worry that they might be accessing questionable websites or web content.

Best overall: Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition


The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is packed with some of the best hardware and software features you could ask for as a parent. Amazon took its top-of-the-line tablet for little ones aged 3-7, loaded it with parental controls, kid-specific content, and wrapped it up in a durable and functional case in lavender, sky blue, or aquamarine. While the screen size might be difficult for smaller toddlers to hold, the provided case does include a fold-out kickstand to prop up the tablet.

At 1080p, the full-HD display provides great colors and clarity. This becomes especially important when your child is learning to read since the text will be much clearer. The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition also retains the awesome-sounding dual-speakers setup with Dolby Atmos support. However, for those times when you’d like to limit the noise pollution in the room, there is still a 3.5mm headphone jack so your child can keep watching their favorite shows.

The inclusion of 2GB RAM, along with the 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 1TB, means that the tablet will be a bit more future-proof than other options. Since this is a kids edition from Amazon, it gets a free year of Amazon’s Kids+ software. This provides parental controls for you and over 20,000 age-specific titles for your kids. Not only that, but the tablet also gets two years of “worry-free” guarantee — if the tablet breaks, Amazon will replace it. What else could you ask for?

Reasons to buy

  • Great warranty
  • Lots of content for kids of all ages
  • Excellent parental controls
  • Fantastic display
  • Great sounding dual speakers

Reasons not to buy

  • Can be a bit large for some children
  • On the expensive side
  • No Google services built-in

Best overall

Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet


$200 at Amazon
$200 at Best Buy
$200 at Target

Top-notch experience

With up to 12 hours of battery life and over 20,000 titles of kid-approved content, your kid will have plenty to keep them busy.

Best budget: Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition


You get almost everything with the Fire 8 Kids Edition. The only thing the Fire 8 is missing is the Google Play Store. While that might be off-putting to some adult buyers, it’s not an issue for children, especially when Amazon does such a great job providing and curating content that your little ones will enjoy.

Specifically, though, the Kids Edition has perks over the regular Fire 8 that make it worth the extra money. The included case is absurdly thick and just bounces when the tablet (inevitably) hits the deck. Amazon has a bulletproof two-year warranty where you can claim a replacement if the worst happens, and Amazon Amazon Kids+ for a year is a handy bonus. The 12-hour battery is appreciated along with the built-in 32GB of storage, expandable to a whopping 1TB via an optional microSD card. It also now comes with a USB-C charger.

Amazon’s parental controls are also robust. The kids can have a completely walled experience, siloed off from the main tablet where you, the parent, would have to share content that isn’t already curated for young eyes. It’s a tablet you can genuinely hand to your child without having to worry about them breaking it or what they’re doing with it.

Reasons to buy

  • Great warranty
  • Tons of child-friendly content
  • Excellent parental controls
  • Well priced
  • Kids case is almost indestructible

Reasons not to buy

  • No Google services built-in

Best budget

Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition


$140 at Amazon
$140 at Best Buy
$140 at Target

A kids tablet that’s almost impossible to beat

With the Fire 8 Kids Edition, you’ll get just about everything except for the Google Play Store, but you might not even need it.

Best for toddlers: PBS Kids Playtime Pad


PBS is a brand that both parents and kids love. It has fun and educational content like Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and so many more wonderful young children. With the PBS Kids Playtime Pad, all of that great content is at your child’s fingertips.

Its 7-inch display is great for small fingers, and the durable silicone case is there to help protect the tablet should it fall. There are over 25 games pre-installed and over 100 hours of video available from PBS. There are also parental controls to allow you to control time limits and disable specific apps, and more. Your child may not get much playtime, though; the rated battery life is only 6.5 hours, so real-time is likely less. That’s OK, though, since you don’t want them to have too much screen time, anyway!

If you want to add more games, the tablet does have access to the Google Play Store. There’s also a parent password for transforming the tablet into a full-fledged Android device as well. Unfortunately, Android’s version runs is so old — Android 6.0 — whereas the current version is Android 10. This tablet can grow with the child, but its limited hardware might make it outdated over time. However, for young kids, the PBS Kids Playtime should be great.

Reasons to buy

  • Durable case
  • Pre-installed kids apps
  • Google Play support
  • COPPA certified content

Reasons not to buy

  • An old version of Android
  • Limited internal storage
  • Average battery life

Best for toddlers

Ematic PBS Kids Playtime Pad 7″


$80 at Best Buy

All-time favorites

PBS is a great start for safe entertainment that both you and your child will love with lots of kid-friendly content.

Best for older kids: Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro


Most Amazon Fire tablets are designed for young children up to about age 7, but the latest Fire HD 10 Kids Pro model is geared toward kids aged 6-12. Complete with a slimmer case in black or sky blue or a funky doodle or intergalactic design, the biggest difference is that these older kids are trusted with access to a digital store. They can request and download apps and purchases that parents approve and access a wider selection of apps, like Netflix, Zoom, and Minecraft. Kids can also make voice and video calls to another Alexa-enabled device over Wi-Fi to parent-approved contacts, like a close friend or the grandparents.

But it has all of the parental controls caregivers and parents love about these tablets, including built-in controls in the web browser to filter out inappropriate websites and content. Parents also have the ability to block specific websites if they don’t want their kids visiting them. If the tablet is shared with a younger sibling, you can still take advantage of the free one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+. The tablet also comes with the generous two-year worry-free guarantee as all other Amazon Kids edition tablets.

Equipped with a 2GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, 10.1-inch full HD screen with aluminosilicate glass, dual cameras (2MP front and 5 MP rear), USB-C 2.0, 32 or 64GB storage expandable up to 1TB, and up to 12-hour battery life, it’s the most feature-rich Kids edition tablet in the Fire line-up.

Reasons to buy

  • Cool case design options
  • Protected kids section
  • Access to more apps
  • Access to digital store

Reasons not to buy

  • Might find more suitable options for older kids
  • No access to Google Play store

Best for older kids

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro


More power, more access

Older kids can request apps and purchases, access content like Netflix and Zoom, and even make Wi-Fi calls to approved contacts.

$200 at Amazon
$200 at Best Buy
$200 at Target

Best for learning: Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition


Leapfrog is a well-known name in electronic and educational children’s toys, and the company also makes learning-focused tablets for the younger generation. The Epic Academy edition may not look like it, but it runs on Android underneath.

That gives Leapfrog a lot of flexibility. There’s no Google Play Store, but it supports regular Android apps such as Netflix from alternative sources. However, the reason to buy this device is the Leapfrog first-party software. The UI is customizable, so your kids can create their own space, while the most excellent parental controls ensure you have the final say over what they use and when.

There are hundreds of great apps to help your kids learn as they play, as well as full access to Leapfrog’s Academy subscription service if you wish to get your hands on even more.

Reasons to buy

  • Customizable UI
  • Excellent parental controls
  • Strong first-party apps and games

Reasons not to buy

  • No Google Play
  • Leapfrog software can be expensive
  • Slow battery charging

Best for learning

Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition


$239 at Amazon
$297 at Walmart

Educational software from a trusted brand

Leapfrog put its years of expertise in kids tech into an excellent Android tablet that teaches your little ones while they play.

Best for the family: Lenovo Tab M8 HD


This tablet is a powerful one that will be great for kids and the whole family. Every family member can set up and access their own account, including a special one just for kids using the dedicated area called Kids Account.

Activating Kid’s Mode 3.0, fun and educational content curated just for young ones by the KIDOZ kids content discovery platform, comes to the forefront. It also has a browser that shows only white-listed websites that are safe for use and feature age-appropriate content and a scheduling tool for parents.

Parents can feel confident that their kids are accessing the web in a safe environment and enjoy full access to websites and other content through their own personal accounts. The tablet runs Android 9 Pie, with no indications it will update to the current version of Android 10. It offers an impressive 18-hour battery life along with 32GB of storage, rear 5MP, and 8MP cameras, both with auto-focus, as well as a front 2MP camera and access to the Google Play Store.

Reasons to buy

  • Multi-user capabilities
  • Protected kids section
  • Amazing battery life

Reasons not to buy

  • Micro-USB for charging
  • An old version of Android

Best for the family

Lenovo Tab M8 HD


Multi-user access from a trusted brand

Lenovo is a trusted brand in computing, and the ability to have multiple user accounts means it can work for the whole family.

$100 at Amazon
$100 at Best Buy
$117 at Walmart

Best for accessories: DragonTouch KidzPad Y88X 7


A cheaper alternative to Amazon Fire tablets, the Dragon Touch stands out because it comes loaded with tons of accessories. This includes a kid-proof bumper case in blue or pink like Amazon tablets, a shoulder strap, and even a matching stylus.

Equipped with a 7-inch IPS display and 32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB via optional microSD card), it is loaded with Android 10 and full access to Google services like Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Maps, and the Google Play store. It comes with KIDOZ pre-installed, which provides access to thousands of free kid-appropriate games, videos, and filtered websites, including Disney-authorized content, with no ads or in-app purchases allowed. While you can exit the Kids Mode, it requires the parents’ permission. Parents can monitor screen time and activities and filter content as well for further safeguarding. It has dual 2MP cameras, including a front and rear, for snapping fun photos and recording videos.

The stylus is perfect for creative kids who want to explore drawing or practice writing. They can adjust angles using the rotatable handle for the most comfortable experience, whether having fun in the backseat of the car or playing on the kitchen table. The shoulder strap is perfect for on-the-go, so kids can carry it over their shoulder or messenger style, feeling a sense of responsibility for their own gadget. With the kid-proof case, you don’t have to worry about them accidentally dropping and breaking it.

Reasons to buy

  • Comes with lots of accessories
  • Protected kids section
  • Pre-installed app with kid-friendly content
  • Google services built-in

Reasons not to buy

  • Short battery life
  • Low-res cameras

Best for accessories

DragonTouch KidzPad Y88X 7


Plenty of extras included

Perfect for use on the go, this tablet is not only affordable, but it also comes with a bumper case, shoulder strap, and stylus.

$100 at Amazon

Should you buy an Android tablet or an iPad?

The choice between getting an Android tablet for kids or an iPad for your little one can be a tough one. If your household is immersed in the Apple ecosystem with products like iPhones, Apple TV, MacBooks, and so on, an iPad might be the better decision. You can easily and seamlessly sync information across all devices. You can manage the iPad from your iPhone, for example, using a single Apple ID, send content, like photos or videos, from one device to another easily using features like AirDrop, and access apps through a familiar user interface.

However, iPads are generally more expensive than Android tablets, especially if you want to get a newer and larger-screened model. For teens, however, an iPad might make more sense. It’s perfect for more robust tasks like researching on the web, composing documents with an add-on keyboard, making videos, or other creative content that might make use of Apple software or the improved iPad camera.

For older kids and those who can be trusted with a more delicate tablet, an iPad might be the better decision. If you’re investing in a tablet that others in the family will use for purposes beyond kid-friendly apps, too, you might want to opt for an iPad instead and buy a rugged case along with it.

Should you buy an Android tablet or a Chromebook?

Android tablets are designed to be held in hand, while Chromebooks look more like laptops with a hinge design and fully attached keyboard. While you can use add-on Bluetooth keyboards with tablets, if your child uses a keyboard most of the time, a Chromebook might be the better option.

Chromebooks are better for typing, have bigger screens in most instances, and make perfect homework companions for kids. On the other hand, Android tablets are better for handheld use and activities like watching videos on the go, playing games or accessing apps, taking photos and videos, and other entertainment-based activities.

For older kids looking for a device to help with homework, a touchscreen Chromebook is better because it will also provide access to the full desktop versions of websites and the full Chrome OS web browser. You can still add restrictions if necessary as well, and kids can still download apps from the Google Play store. But they can also use programs and software that might not be compatible with a tablet and easily access content in the cloud.

However, with younger kids, it would make more sense to gift them an affordable Android tablet that is rugged with tons of parental controls and curated kid-friendly content. Plus, they can knock around, drop, bump, and scratch without worry about damaging it.

Both are lightweight, great for watching videos and accessing apps. But Android tablets are more appropriate for younger kids (say, those 12 and under), while pre-teens and teens will get much more use from a Chromebook if the purpose is as a homework aid and not just for fun and entertainment.

Bottom line: Which Android tablet should you get for your kid?

No one knows your child like you do. You are the best predictor of what your child will enjoy and get the most use out of. You’re also the one with the wallet.

But it’s tough to look too far beyond the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition. Amazon’s no-quibble warranty and the sheer amount of content available for the young ones make it hard to top. Plus, it comes loaded with tons of content curated specifically for kids and parental control features that caregivers will appreciate. And the latest version has been updated to be faster and last longer.

Though the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition price may be on the higher side, the hardware helps it be a bit more future-proof as your child grows. Let them show you how responsible they can be with the Fire Kids Edition tablet, then consider upgrading to a more expensive Android tablet, iPad, or even a Chromebook when it makes sense.

When it comes down to it, though, all of these are good options. So you’re sure to be getting a great tablet for your kids with any of them.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide


Richard Devine is a Reviews Editor at Mobile Nations with a long history in Android. You’ll usually find him deep in hardware, gaming, both, or drinking root beer, for which he openly has a mild addiction.


Christine Persaud is a writer at Mobile Nations with extensive experience with mobile gadgets, wearables, smart home gear, and other similar devices. When she’s not tinkering around with new gadgets, she’s a self-professed TV addict, lover of wine, and avid cook and baker.


Chris Wedel s a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, Chris enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.

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