Updated: November 2017
Remote Control Helicopter Reviews:I grew up playing with remote control toys - mostly cars but we did have an airplane and boat at one point. RC helicopters never entered the picture but recent advancements have made them cheaper and easier to fly than ever before. We've all seen those TV commercials for the Air Hogs brands and those remote control helicopters aren't terrible. I bought a few for my kids and they worked ok, but if you want something durable you'll have to spend a bit more money. The good news is that you can find RC copters for less than $50 that will last and give you and your kids hours of enjoyment. Going to your local hobbie shop is a good start, although those types of stores tend to carry the high end remote control helicopters that are beyond the skills of most of us. The basic remote control choppers are available in stores like Target, Walmart and online at Amazon.com. I would suggest starting with a RC helicopter under $40 and see if you like it enough. After you have used the low end models enough, you can then decide if a more expensive remote control helicopter is what you need. See our guide to buying an RC copter below.
Choosing a Remote Control Helicopter - When it comes to RC helicopters there is not much of a middle ground in terms of products. There are dozens of low ends models like the Air Hogs and Syma brands, but few choppers priced between $100 an $200. The high end models from Align tend to be more than $400 or $500 and unless you are an experienced controller of choppers, you probably don't want to start with this price level. If you wreck one of these, you may be looking at $400 down the drain. Syma makes perhaps the best starter remote control copters with easy to fly instructions and fairly durable parts for indoor use only - you can fly outdoors if the weather is perfect with no wind. Blade makes some great intermediate priced helicopters like the Blade mCX2 RTF and the Blade mCX RTF. For $100 you can get some good flying experience on one of these (see all Blade RC helicopters here). The biggest complaint from most users of remote control helicopters is that they are not very good when flying in wind. Most of these choppers are too light and their motors are not strong enough to handle wind drafts. If you want to fly your copter outside, you'll need to go with a higher priced model that weighs more and offers more power. The Walkera Uflys RC Helicopter 4 Channel 2.4Ghz Vesion RTF is a good choice for $300 and consumer reviews are very positive on this chopper. Remote Control Helicopter Reviews - One of the best websites out there is at Remotecontrolhelicopterreviews.net with plenty of useful information. Learn about flyability, reliability, charge time vs fly time, and more. RC-Helicopters.org and Helireviews.com are two more sites with feeback and comments. You can browse the best selling remote controlled helicopters here.