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Best tablets for kids 2022: top child-friendly devices from Amazon, Apple, Samsung and more

Whether you're searching for a Christmas gift or want a tool to boost your child's learning, an age-appropriate tablet is a great way to entertain and educate little ones. Here's our pick of the best kids' tablets, as recommended by parents and experts.

By Gemma Lumley | Last updated Nov 25, 2022

Best tablets for kids

The best tablet for kids will differ from the one most suitable for adults. A child-friendly tablet should be tough and durable, provide fun and education and allow parents to set a range of limits and parameters to keep their child safe.

The price is important too; it’s not a good idea to spend just short of £1000 on a high-specification tablet and then put it into the sticky hands of a toddler. Whatever your child’s interests, from downloading the latest Pixar movie and taking photographs of the dog with the built-in camera, to drawing beautiful pictures and completing their homework, there’s a kids' tablet out there that is perfect for them.

However, we know how difficult it can be to choose the right tech, so we're on hand to help. To make life easier for you, we've spent hours trawling through the Mumsnet forums - the biggest online network of parents in the UK - to find the best kids' tablets that real parents and their children have tried, tested and loved. We also investigated the devices that have been approved by tech experts, to ensure we were bringing you a thorough, in-depth guide you can trust. 

Be sure to check out our guides to the best board games and best kids' blanket hoodies for more must-have present ideas for children this Christmas. 

With Black Friday fast approaching, we'll be scouring the internet for the best Black Friday deals on tablets for children and adults.  There are already some great savings to be made, here are our top finds so far:

  • All-new Fire HD 8 tablet, was £99.99, now £42 | View deal
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5" 32GB Wi-Fi Tablet, was £219, now £159 | View deal

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5" Tablet - 64 GB, Graphite, was £249, now £179 View deal

Here are the best kids' tablets UK.

1. Best overall tablet for kids: Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Tablet

Amazon Fire Kids' Pro tablet

Price on writing: £129.99* | Buy now from Amazon

*Black Friday deal, usual RRP: £199.99

Key specs

Screen size: 10.1 inches | Battery life: 12 hours | Parental controls: Yes | Platform: Amazon | Storage: 32GB | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels | Weight: 714g | CPU: Helio P60T Octa-core 2.0 GHz | Cameras: 2MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear-facing camera

Reasons to buy

  • Suitable for school-age kids 
  • Long battery life 
  • Easy-to-use parental controls 

Reasons to avoid

  • The camera could be more powerful 
  • Delivery on this, while free, can take a while at the moment, so we'd recommend buying as soon as possible if it's for a Christmas gift

What Mumsnet users say

"This is the best device we have ever owned." (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user lillypopdaisyduke)

“I like that it is fully customisable for different children and that I can see what they have been doing. I also liked that we can set different time limits for different things, so I can allow longer for reading than games. It is very reassuring being able to restrict content.” (Reviewed by Mumsnet user fourmonthstogo)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? Our testers were impressed with the long battery life, the two-year guarantee against faults and accidental damage and the one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

The Amazon Fire HD Kids Pro is a winner of the coveted Mumsnet Rated badge. Out of our 25 Mumsnet testers, an impressive 100% said they’d recommend the tablet, with all testers also saying they’d purchase it in the future if it was on sale at a price acceptable to them.

Based on this feedback, we think it's a fantastic buy for parents who want to feel reassured that their children are safe as they interact with their tech. 

The Fire HD Kids’ Pro has a more streamlined ‘grown-up’ look than other versions of the tablet, but still has a tough, durable case and bright colour options. In addition, the easy-to-use parental controls are excellent. With them in place, your child can request extra content from sources such as Netflix, make calls to approved contacts and surf the net without coming across inappropriate content. 

 The screen is bright, and the audio is clear, which is excellent for entertainment. The only downside is that the camera quality could be better compared to other models, but for the reasonable price, we think this is an excellent model.

2. Best budget tablet for kids: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire 7 tablet

Price on writing: £61.99* | Buy now from Amazon

*Black Friday deal, usual RRP: £109.99

Key specs

Screen size: 7 inches | Battery life: 10 hours | Parental controls: Yes | Platform: Android | Storage: 16GB | Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels | Weight: 290g | CPU: MediaTek Octa-core processor | Cameras: Rear and front camera - 2MP

Reasons to buy

  • Affordable 
  • Great for young children 
  • Tough 

Reasons to avoid

  • Camera could be better 
  • There are newer models available

What Mumsnet users say

"I got one for my DD from Amazon. She absolutely loves it. It has a parent dashboard too which is handy." (Loved by Mumsnet user Abijam)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? We love that the Parent Dashboard allows you to control screen time, limit the apps they use and generally manage the content your child sees. 

Whilst it's not the most grown-up design, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids’ Edition is an affordable tablet that is perfect for younger children aged three upwards. It has a tough bumper case that protects it from rough and tumble and comes with a two-year guarantee against faults and accidental damage. 

It only has 16GB of storage, but that’s just right for the little ones, and the compact, lightweight design makes it easy for them to carry around.

The Fire 7 has up to 10 hours of battery life which is excellent for travel. It also comes with a one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription to view thousands of kid-friendly apps, games, books and videos from CBeebies, Nick Jnr and Disney. 

3. Best tablet for older kids: Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Samsung Galaxy tablet

Price: £159 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Screen size: 10.5 inches | Battery life: 7,040mAh battery - normal hours not specified | Parental controls: Yes | Platform: Android 11 | Storage: 32GB | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels | Weight: 476g | CPU: Octa-core | Cameras: Rear camera 8MP, front camera 5MP

Reasons to buy

  • Stylish design 
  • Affordable 
  • Great middle ground between a kids' and adult tablet

Reasons to avoid

  • You’ll need to buy a protective cover

What Mumsnet users say 

“The Samsung tabs are fab if you don't want to spend as much as an Apple iPad. My daughter has had her Galaxy Tab A for almost three years and it's great. The battery still holds well and it updates fine.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user MissRainbowBrite)

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? This tablet feels well built and robust but is still lightweight and compact, so it’s ideal for travel. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is an excellent choice for older kids and teens. It has a minimalist design, no bright coloured bumper cases, and lots of sophisticated features they will love exploring. It is also great value, if you want to buy them a tablet of their own.

Despite the grown-up feel, the A8 allows you to add parental controls if needed with Samsung Kids, a reassuring feature for parents. 

The octo-core processor is fast and reliable too, so your kids can watch TV, read and learn without interruption.

4. Best tablet for school: Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

Lenovo tablet

Price on writing: £249.99 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Screen size: 11 inches | Battery life: 15 hours |Parental controls: Yes | Platform: Android 10 | Storage: 128GB | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels | Weight: 485g | CPU: Qualcomm 2.2 GHz | Cameras: Rear 5MP and front 8MP

Reasons to buy

  • Long battery life 
  • Lightweight 
  • High-quality audio
  • Includes keyboard and pen

Reasons to avoid

  • Expensive 

What Mumsnet users say 

"The Lenovo tablets are good and well priced for a decent spec. Not as restrictive as Kindle Fire being android. Shame Tesco don't do their Hudl anymore - they were great and v cheap.My 5 year old DS has a tablet - great for educational apps - and rubbish on Kids Youtube on a Friday evening after a busy week."(Recommended by Mumsnet user notfromstepford)

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? This brilliant tablet is designed not to cause eye strain, so you can confidently allow your child to focus on it for a few hours. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to an impressive 15 hours from a full charge too.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is the ideal kids' learning tablet for school-age children. It has super-clear Dolby audio and a bright, detailed 2K OLED screen that is perfect for watching movies on. 

It’s also great for homework as it has a fast and powerful processor, and includes a wireless keyboard and the Lenovo Precision Pen 2 for any writing or drawing requirements. On top of that, it's compact and light enough to be carried in a school bag, though a screen protector and tough case are advisable – extras you’ll have to factor into the overall cost.

Admittedly, it's more expensive than some other options, but this is a great all-rounder for older children and we love that the keyboard and pen are included.

5. Best iPad for kids: Apple iPad 2021

Apple iPad 2021

Price on writing: £309 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Screen size: 10.2 inch | Battery life: 10 hours | Parental controls: You can limit certain things through settings | Platform: IOS | Storage: 64GB | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 (264 ppi) | Weight: 487g | CPU: A13 Bionic | Cameras: 8MP wide back camera, 12MP ultra-wide front camera

Reasons to buy

  • Compatible with Apple Pencil 
  • Good technical support in Apple stores
  • Lots of apps available 
  • Good for older kids

Reasons to avoid

  • Expensive 
  • You’ll need to buy a protective case 

What Mumsnet users say 

“My older kids have iPads through school so use them a lot. My son has a stylus for his as he loves doing art on it and it's handy for annotations.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user fruitpastille)

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? The ultra-wide front and back cameras take excellent photos and produce high-quality video audio. The battery lasts an impressive 10 hours and comes with a lightning connector for the charger and other accessories. 

The Apple iPad 2021 is excellent for older kids who want to use it for writing, drawing, surfing the net, and watching videos, as it has a large ‘True Tone’ LCD screen and a super-fast processor. However, this is a more expensive option; it's strongly advised that you buy a screen protector and case to protect it from damage. 

This iPad has 64GB of storage, which is ample for kids. In addition, you can buy an Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, which will help with homework, but this will up the overall cost of the device. We also like that it has a robust yet lightweight design and will work in conjunction with other Apple devices in the home.

The downside? While you can limit certain content and purchases, this tablet wasn't made specifically for youngsters like the Fire Kids' models, so it's not the best option for younger children if your main concern is parental control. If you do want to limit content on an iPad, Apple has this handy guide on how to do that.

6. Best Android tablet for kids: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Image of the Samsung Galaxy S8 with Bluetooth Pen.

Price on writing: £529* | Buy now from Argos

*Black Friday deal, down from £649

Key specs

Screen size: 11 inches | Battery life: 12 hours | Parental controls: Yes | Platform: Android | Storage: 128GB | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels | Weight: 500g  | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 | Cameras: Front-facing camera 8mp. Rear-facing camera 13mp + 6pm Ultra Wide. 

Reasons to buy

  • Easy to navigate 
  • Easy set up 
  • Lightweight
  • Super-fast processor 
  • Reactive screen 
  • High-quality visuals 

Reasons to avoid

  • Expensive
  • Pen can easily fall off 
  • Some report issues with Wifi dropping 

What Mumsnet users say 

“Android, deffo. cheaper, more versatile, can play all sorts of video files, thousands of apps etc etc” (Trusted by Mumsnet user  Paleodad)

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? One of its best features is its super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which allows multiple apps to run with ease. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Tablet is by far the most expensive option on this list, and at this price point, we’d recommend this particular option for older teenagers. However, it may be worth considering with Black Friday just around the corner. John Lewis does a good deal on this model, offering £150 for trading in your old tablet and 12 months of Disney+ for free if you buy with them. 

As the most recently released tablet from Samsung, it has all of the up-to-date, competitive features accompanied by a sleek, stylish and lightweight design. No brightly coloured bumper case here. Although, we recommend getting a protective case and a screen protector just to be on the safe side. 

Other amazing features include excellent storage, a reactive touchscreen that boasts high-quality graphics and the inclusion of a Bluetooth S Pen. Also, if you already own a Samsung product, reviewers note that transferring files and data to your new device is simple and straightforward. 

7. Best premium kids' tablet: Apple iPad Mini

iPad mini

Price on writing: £459 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Screen size: 8.3 inches | Battery life: 10 hours | Parental controls: You can limit certain things through settings | Platform: IOS | Storage: 64GB | Resolution: 2266 x 1488 (326 ppi) | Weight: 293g | CPU: A15 Bionic chip | Cameras: 12MP wide back camera, 12MP ultra-wide front camera

Reasons to buy

  • Great screen quality 
  • Lots of apps available 
  • Compact

Reasons to avoid

What Mumsnet users say 

"My 11&13 year olds have iPad minis, they’re about 4 years old now and going strong." (Loved by Mumsnet user Passthecake30)

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? iPads are expensive, but their build quality, ease of use, quick connection to other Apple products and a vast range of apps makes them worth the extra spend. The cameras, both front and back, are fantastic too. 

The Mini is the best iPad for kids who have just started school as the compact size and light weight are perfect for little hands. In addition, the 8.3-inch screen has True Tone so films look fantastic on it. However, you pay more for the convenience of the smaller size. 

This model has 64GB of storage, which is more than enough for everyday use. It will also work with the Apple Pencil 2, a writing and drawing accessory that all kids will love and is ideal for completing homework. 

We chose this model as, although it is pricey, it does still come in under £500. However, if you want to go even more luxurious and high spec, and your budget allows the eye-watering price tag, the other option is the Apple iPad Pro. We still think the Mini does a fantastic job though.

8. Best tablet for kids who like to draw: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung tablet

Price on writing: £299 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Screen size: 10.2 inch | Battery life: Up to 13 hours | Parental controls: No | Platform: Android 12 | Storage: 64GB | Resolution: WUXGA+ 2000 x 1200p | Weight: 467g | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Octa-core - 2.3 GHz / 1.7 GHz | Cameras: Rear-facing camera 8 MP, front-facing camera 5 MP

Reasons to buy

  • Includes a stylus
  • Affordable 
  • Long battery life 

Reasons to avoid

  • Needs a protective cover 

What Mumsnet users say 

“We got my daughter (10) a Samsung S6 Lite for Christmas and it's been great. She wanted a tablet that would be good for drawing, and the S6 Lite includes a stylus.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user cheeseismydownfall

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? The screen is bright and detailed, and can be customised to suit the available light. The Dolby surround sound speakers also deliver crisp audio. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is an exceptionally good tablet for kids who love drawing, as it comes with a high-quality S-Pen stylus. In addition, it’s light and slim, so it’s convenient to carry around as a digital sketch pad. 

With a full charge, the battery will last 13 hours, another reason why it is an excellent choice for travel. 

If you already have Samsung devices in the home, it’s super easy to sync with them and share funny photos and TikTok videos with the rest of the family. 

9. Best tablet for travel: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet

Fire 8 tablet

Price: £81.99* | Buy now from Amazon

*Black Friday deal, usual RRP: £149.99

Key specs

Screen size: 8 inches | Battery life: 10 hours | Parental controls: Yes | Platform: Android | Storage: 32GB | Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels | Weight: 355g | CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz | Cameras: Rear and front camera - 2MP

Reasons to buy

  • Affordable 
  • One year subscription to Amazon Kids+
  • Robust device

Reasons to avoid

  • The camera could be better 
  • There are newer models available

What Mumsnet users say 

“Kids’ Kindle Fire is really easy to set up and pretty indestructible.” (Brand of tablet vetted by Mumsnet user RestingPandaFace)

Our verdict 

Our favourite features? The two-year guarantee that comes with Fire Kids models as standard is a reassuring bonus – parents will be well acquainted with the fear of buying a big ticket item for a child, only for it to break shortly after.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids’ Pro has a larger screen, extra storage and a faster processor than the previous models. It also has fantastic stereo speakers and built-in Alexa that works even when the screen is off. 

Fire tablets are brilliant if you already have Amazon technology, such as an Echo, in your home, as they will connect seamlessly. The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro has a sturdy bumper case to prevent it from being damaged easily. There are several bright, cheerful colours to choose from, and the ridged texture makes it easier for little hands to grip. 

It also has a 10-hour battery life after a full charge – ideal for keeping little ones entertained on the go. The screen is bright too and measures eight inches, which is a good size for watching films and videos to liven up the most boring of car journeys. 

What age should a kid have a tablet?

Knowing the right age to give a child a tablet is hard. But, you know your child best, and as long as it has parental controls in place, has a protective case, and they aren't glued to it every hour of the day, it should be ok from the toddler years, so long as you select an age-appropriate model and content.

Many sources say that children shouldn’t use tablets regularly until the age of two – and that, before that age, their use of screens should be very limited. This age limit is also worth bearing in mind if you’re thinking of buying a tablet for your child.

Whether we like it or not, screens and technology are now an intrinsic part of life. So teaching your little one about responsible use from a young age is a good idea. For younger ones, kid-specific tablets are great as they are designed around small hands and rough and tumble. They will also have comprehensive safety features and be pre-loaded with fun and educational apps. 

What to look for in a kids’ tablet 

  • Kid-specific models: A kid-specific tablet will have a brightly coloured tough case, comprehensive parental controls, safe web browsers and pre-loaded child-friendly apps and games. They may also come with a warranty that covers accidental damage. 
  • Budget: It’s tempting to treat your little darlings to the best of the best, but buying a three-year-old an iPad Pro is pointless. They won’t appreciate the higher specifications, and it’s unlikely to survive the rough treatment they will give it. So instead, buy an affordable tablet and only stretch your budget if the tablet in question will last for several years, for example, a kids’ edition that can transform into a tablet more suitable for a teenager.  
  • Operating system: If your home already has many Amazon devices, your kids will likely enjoy the connectivity of an Amazon Fire tablet. Similarly, if you’re a Google home, you’re more likely to opt for an Android tablet. Apple iPads are more expensive, but they offer the broadest range of apps and will connect to existing iPhones and Homepods. 
  • Camera: If your kids love taking photos and making funny videos, look for a tablet that has front and back cameras with the option for wide angles. The higher the MP (megapixel) number, the better image the camera will produce. 
  • Parental controls: Child-specific tablets will have comprehensive parental controls or a parent dashboard. These will allow you to limit screen time, choose which apps and games your kids download, limit any communication options to approved users and set safety parameters on the web browser. 
  • Specifications: A tablet with impressive specifications isn’t necessary for most kids. Look for a RAM of at least 2GB, so their apps launch quickly and prevent glitches and time lag. 
  • Battery life: A long battery life of around 10 hours means the tablet will be more suitable for travel, and your child won’t have to constantly use their tablet while it is plugged in and charging. Some tablets, like Amazon Fire, only charge via USB, whereas others can be plugged into the mains. 
  • Screen: A small child will struggle to hold a 10-inch tablet– it will be too heavy and awkward for little hands. For toddlers, look for a model with a seven-inch screen and for teenagers, a 10-inch adult-size screen is ideal. Pay attention to pixels too – a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen is the minimum you need for a good quality still or moving image. OLED 2K tablet screens are only found on expensive tablets, but if your child is watching movies on their tablet, it might be worth the investment. 
  • Warranty: One of the selling points of Amazon Fire Kids tablets is the two-year guarantee against faults and accidental damage. It’s a handy bonus when you’re planning to give one to a rambunctious toddler with no respect for the fragility of technical devices. 

How much storage do I need for a kids' tablet?

For most children, storage specifications aren’t a priority. 32GB should be ample, but if they want to keep lots of photos, download music or enjoy having many apps on their tablet, 64GB is a better option. 

If you’re investing in a tablet that you hope will last your child for a few years, consider one with a microSD card slot to increase the storage capacity should you need to. 

Amazon Fire Kids Edition or Fire Kids Pro – what’s the difference?

When it comes to Amazon children's tablets, there’s not much difference between these two versions – the general rule is that Kids is better for younger children (three to seven), whereas the Pro is better for school-age children (six to 12). Here are some of the features of each model: 

Amazon Fire Kids Edition

  • Has a tough, hard-wearing case in a variety of colours.
  • The content on the Amazon Kids+ subscription is aimed at children between the ages of three and seven. 
  • Comes with a two-year accidental damage and faults warranty.
  • The bumper case can be removed to look more like a ‘grown-up’ tablet. 
  • It has the option of being used without parental controls.

Amazon Fire Kids Pro 

  • It has a sleek, less babyish design. 
  • The content on the Amazon Kids+ subscription is aimed at children between the ages of six and twelve. 
  • Comes with a two-year accidental damage and faults warranty. 
  • It has a flip-out stand so it can be placed upright. 
  • There’s the option to allow older children extra autonomy over what they watch while still having comprehensive parental controls.

Which brand of tablet is best for kids?

The Mumsnet Rated Badge-winning Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids' Pro Tablet is our pick of the best tablet for kids. It has a sophisticated design that older kids will appreciate and top-of-the-range parental controls. In addition, we were impressed by the fast processor, long battery life and sturdy construction. Thanks to the bright screen, clear audio and subscription to Amazon Kids+, this is the perfect tablet for work and play. The two-year guarantee is reassuring too. 

Here is a roundup of the best of the rest kids' tablets UK:

How we chose the best kids’ tablets

To ensure we are only recommending the best of the best, we always do our research thoroughly and ensure every product comes carefully assessed, vetted and with honest recommendations. 

Recommendations from real parents

The most valuable reviews consistently come from parents who have been there, done that. But, particularly when selecting a kids' tablet, you may want to hear real feedback before investing your hard-earned money. So before recommending any new product, we always investigate what our trusted Mumsnet users think as they deliver the most honest and impartial advice on our Talk boards. 

Expert advice

We scrutinised the recommendations of technical and educational experts so you can rely on the products we suggest. We then researched each product thoroughly to ensure it would meet your needs.

Consumer feedback

We also scour the internet, seeking authentic, genuine reviews from parents who have bought the products themselves, noting any positive and negative feedback. This helps us to ensure every product we recommend has great reviews, and allows us to evaluate the merits and disadvantages of each product thoroughly.

Why you should trust us

Mumsnet has been helping parents make their lives easier since 2000 and, in that time, we've investigated, tried and reviewed thousands of products.

We strive to provide in-depth advice you can trust, and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find amazing products that real parents love.

As a mother keen to provide her children with fun learning opportunities and who also appreciates moments of peace and quiet, our writer Gemma was determined to provide honest and independent advice on the best tablets to keep your kids entertained. 

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