When you purchase a high-ticket item like an iPad, there’s a lot to ponder. While you may already know why you need one (including “it’s so cool, you just have to get one”), you’ll also want to know how to use and protect it. Using an iPad cover that doubles as a stand may be ideal for some people, but many people like to have their iPad on a more solid and stable platform. The great thing about iPad stands is that many are multipurpose so that you can use them with other devices as well.
Before purchasing a new stand, consider how high or tall you want the stand to be or whether you want to share your view with another person. Take the size of your iPad into account to make sure that the stand you like is actually compatible with the model you own. We’ve assembled a few highly rated iPad stands to get you started on your thought process. If you’re looking for a keyboard, check out our roundup of the best iPad keyboards.
Humixx Multi-Angle Adjustable Foldable Stand
The Humixx Multi-Angle Adjustable Foldable Stand is a versatile stand that’s ideal for both personal and business use. It supports most smartphones and 4- to 13-inch tablets, including the iPad Mini, iPad Air and Air 2, and the iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. Constructed from spaceflight aluminum-titanium alloy and strengthened alloy steel, it’s incredibly lightweight yet also really durable, with a reinforced design and anti-slip silicone pads on the bottom and cradle. All this and it folds into a flat package that’s easy to tote around. The shaft rotates 270 degrees for the perfect viewing angle, whether you’re enjoying a Netflix binge or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Moft X Invisible Stand
Moft’s Invisible Stand balances minimalism with functionality and won a 2020 IFA award for Best Design. For $30, you get a smooth-feeling stand that sticks onto the back of your iPad so you can use it anytime, anywhere. When not in use, the stand acts as a card holder. When unfolded, it functions as a kickstand as well as a hand grip so you never drop your tablet when handheld. Whether it’s set to landscape or portrait mode, the Moft Invisible Stand offers a comfortable viewing experience.
CTA Digital Height-Adjustable Gooseneck Stand
You’re not always viewing your iPad on a table. You may be on the couch or your exercise bike, or using it as a display at work. Whatever you need it for, the CTA Gooseneck Adjustable Stand, with its stable metal base, gives you hands-free operation. The flexible, sturdy gooseneck adjusts to any position, while a jointed tablet holder tilts side to side and rotates 360 degrees for landscape or portrait viewing. The telescoping pole lets you easily adjust the height. The CTA is compatible with 7- to 13-inch tablets, including the iPad 10.2-inch (7th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020), 11-inch iPad Pro (2020), various Minis, Airs, and Pros, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and more.
AICase Telescopic Adjustable iPad Stand Holder
The super elegant AICase iPad stand looks great in any room of your home or office. It’s made of spaceflight Al-Ti alloy and strengthened alloy steel material, so it’s tough but lightweight. Its rubber pads and feet protect your device from scratches and scuffs and prevent it from sliding. The stand is ideal for 4 to 13-inch tablets like the iPad 2017 Pro 9.7 or 10.5, iPad Air and Mini, Surface Pro, Samsung Tablet, and many other models. If you use a tablet larger than 12 inches, set it horizontally to maintain the stand’s stability. The hook width of the stand is 0.71 inches so your tablet should not exceed that width. The stand easily supports both vertical and horizontal viewing for playing games, watching videos, viewing photos, reading, typing, and recording video.
TechMatte Multi-Angle Aluminum Holder
The stylish TechMatte aluminum tablet holder has a spiffy two-tone style to complement both your tablet and any home or office. It’s compatible with almost all devices including iPads, iPad Minis, and iPhones, and also Samsung Galaxy phones, most other Android phones, and a variety of e-readers. A one-touch button and 270-degrees of rotation facilitate quick adjustments to the viewing angle. The aluminum structure can hold up to 11 pounds while non-slip, firm grip tabs and liners protect your device and keep it in place as you use it. The angle adjustment is so versatile that it can accommodate anything from a large tablet to a small smartphone in both horizontal and vertical orientations. It’s great for reading, watching videos, viewing photos, and searching the web. The included drawstring tote protects your stand against scratches as you travel around town.
Anyike Gooseneck Floor Stand
The Anyike gooseneck floor stand is ideal for those looking to use their iPad while standing. It’s designed to be easy to assemble. The hollow floor rods lie flat so you can add weights in the case that you attach a larger iPad. At only three pounds, the Anyike floor stand is lightweight and portable. What sets this floor stand apart from the rest is the 360-degree swivel gooseneck, allowing you to use the iPad from all angles. The cushioned grip is compatible with the iPad Mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro at all sizes.
Ugreen Tablet Stand
The portable and lightweight Ugreen tablet holder, made from premium ABS material, is foldable and easy to slip into a pocket for travel. While in use, you can easily place this stand on your desk, or in the kitchen, office, living room, bedroom, and other horizontal surfaces. It’s compatible with various Apple iPad generations and models as well as numerous tablets, iPhones, and other Android phones. Its 4.7 x 4.2-inch frame supports multiple angles from 0 to 100 degrees for watching video, reading, video recording, browsing the web, FaceTime calls, and other hands-free situations. Silicone pads on the bottom and cradle protect both your tablet and the stand from scuffs and scratches. This tablet stand is available in black or white.
Saiji Adjustable Tablet Stand
Like an adjustable monitor, the Saiji tablet stand allows you to adjust the height of the iPad so you can use it comfortably. The stand is compatible with iPads of all sizes, including the largest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the silicone grips prevent your device from being scratched and scuffed during use. Whether you’re presenting a slideshow, using your iPad as a sale terminal, or simply wanting to share a picture, the 360-degree mechanism lets you seamlessly rotate your iPad. The stand is available in silver and black.
Twelve South Compass Pro
Compass Pro is a multi-use stand that works with the 11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and all generations of iPad Air (excluding the iPad Mini) in both landscape and portrait orientation. Made of metal and soft silicone, it serves as a stable easel that holds your iPad in portrait for FaceTime interactions or wide-screen mode for hands-free movie viewing and interacting with the tablet. Flip down its secondary leg and the Compass Pro transforms into a typing stand. Made with heavy gauge steel, Compass Pro folds flat and includes a travel sleeve so you can take it anywhere. Compass Pro has soft protective silicone anywhere the stand touches your iPad to protect from scratches and to prevent your device from shifting. The Compass is a small, totally mobile tool that can be used on planes, at the office, and in airports, hotels, coffee shops, and cafes. This product is available in silver.
Lamicall Tablet Stand
The Lamicall tablet stand is a small desktop display stand that’s specifically designed for all iPad and iPhone models. It provides a secure cradle for your tablet while you view videos or have a FaceTime chat with your buddies. It’s also great for playing games, viewing photos, reading, typing, and recording video. In addition to iPad models, it also works with the Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy tablets, Kindles, Amazon Fire tablets, and many more devices. With a minimalist, solid aluminum alloy metal construction, the elegant silver finish complements most devices both in color and style. Rubber pads and feet protect your device from scratches and prevent sliding. As a desk accessory, it occupies minimal space and is durable enough for many environments including kitchen, office, and nightstand.