After a good couple of years making quadcopters and then perfecting the art, companies have now shifted their focus to hexacopters. As was the case with quadcopters, it will take companies a couple generations to churn out decent and affordable hexacopters. However, despite the current nano hexacopters being only in their first generation, there are quite a few good ones that you could consider.
Thanks to ridiculously low manufacturing costs, all of these hexacopters will actually land inside your house (possibly from another hemisphere) at under $20 (gotta love globalization!). So extending the growing top 5 feature is this list with the top 5 hexacopters you can buy right now!
Top 5 hexacopter drones under $20
1. HJ W609
HJ might not be the most popular multicopter manufacturer on the planet, but the company does have something worth considering in the offering in the form of the HJ W609. It’s a $19 shipped hexacopter drone that comes with a 150mAh battery, which should give you flights of around minutes.
2. JJRC H18
There aren’t many hexacopter drones on the market with symmetrical designs, and the JJRC H18 is one among them. What is going for this quadcopter is that JJRC is a fairly known brand, so there should be a lot of community hacks and tricks among other info available on the net, on forums such as RCGroups, etc. Also, the JJRC H18 ships with a controller that should be easier to use than other smaller controllers.
3. Helicute M803R Hoverdrone
The Helicute M803R Hoverdrone looks a lot like the JJRC H18, but in addition to a symmetrical design, the M803R adds the much needed prop guards to the bag. That should help, especially if you’re looking for your first or second multicopter.
4. JJRC H20
The JJRC H18 has quite a simple design, while the H20 is more intricate in nature. This should also reflect in flight characterstics; expect the H20 to be a lot faster and agile than the H18, while the H18 will be stabler in the air. The H20 also comes with prop guards, so that’s an added bonus!
Another feature that the H20 possesses is one key return; almost every budget quadcopter does that, but this feature is still quite new to the hexacopter fraternity.
5. WLtoys Q272
The WLtoys Q272 is the newest among the nano hexacopters here. It comes with a similarly sized body, but has a very cool set of eyes on the front. Incidentally, the Q272 is also WLtoys’ first ever nano hexacopter — goes to show that ignoring hexacopters is tough even for the manufacturers!
Also see: Top 5 headless mode drones under $25
Top 5 hexacopter drones under $20: Conclusion
As usual, these are only the 5 out of the tonne of nano hexacopters that are currently available. Manufacturers (and mainstream consumers) are only starting to get used to the idea of hexacopters, so expect to see a LOT more of these in the coming months.
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If you’re just starting out with the multirotor hobby, the evergreen Cheerson CX-10A (read my review here) should be a very good place to start, after which you can move on to other multicopters like the ones mentioned here.