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The best iPad stand in 2021

Best iPad stand: Two people using the Twelve South HoverBar Duo iPad stand to make a video call
(Image credit: Twelve South)

The best iPad stand could be an essential accessory for you, especially if you're using your tablet to its fullest. Apple often likes to insist its iPads can replace your computer, and in many cases that’s true. It’s especially the case for creatives, who can get a lot from using an iPad as a drawing tablet with the help of an Apple Pencil. And with superb processors powering each one, iPads are becoming more and more capable.

But whether it’s replacing your computer or just enhancing your everyday tablet usage, one way you can get more from your iPad is by kitting it out with an excellent iPad stand. Get a good one and you can give your tablet even more uses, from acting as a second monitor to your Mac, thanks to Apple’s Sidecar feature, to making it much easier to enjoy your content in the car or during a lazy morning in bed.

But what exactly makes a great iPad stand? Luckily you don’t need to wade through the depths of the internet to find out. We’ve brought together eight of the best iPad stands money can buy, each with its own unique advantages and selling points. That means there should be a great iPad stand here no matter what you need one for.

Not yet bought an iPad, or looking to upgrade? Be sure to check out our iPad model list and see which is the best for you, plus head over to our guide to the best iPad stylus if you’re considering adding a great accessory to your tablet.

The best iPad stands in 2021

The Twelve South HoverBar Duo iPad stand being used with an Apple Pencil

(Image credit: Twelve South)

01. Twelve South HoverBar Duo

The best iPad stand for Zoom (and everything else)

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: All iPads, all iPhones
Allows iPad charging?: Yes
Weight: 2.26lbs
Reasons to buy
+Highly adjustable+Solid construction
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for drawing-Only one colour option

Your iPad has a ton of use cases, so there’s no point buying a stand that is only suitable for certain things. The beauty of Twelve South’s HoverBar Duo is it can do almost anything you can imagine. It will hold your tablet in portrait or landscape at a multitude of different angles and heights thanks to its highly adjustable holder. That’s great whether you want to make Zoom calls, have a second monitor for your Mac, or watch TV and movies. It comes with a weighted desk stand and an overhead clamp, too, extending its utility even further.

The Moft Invisible Tablet Stand being used with an iPad

(Image credit: Moft)

02. Moft Invisible Tablet Stand

The best cheap iPad stand is surprisingly clever

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: iPads up to 11 inches
Allows iPad charging?: Yes (landscape mode only)
Weight: 0.29lbs
Reasons to buy
+Six different positions+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t fit 12.9-inch iPad Pro-Can’t charge in portrait

Most iPads are expensive purchases, but that doesn’t mean your tablet stand has to cost an arm and a leg as well. Moft’s Invisible Tablet Stand proves that point with an affordable price that belies its clever functionality. You see, this iPad stand is much akin to an origami creation – fold its back panel in one of six different ways and you can prop up your iPad at various angles, in both landscape and portrait, giving it a ton of flexibility for different tasks. It just goes to show that affordable need not mean cheap and tacky.

The Satechi R1 iPad stand being used with an iPad

(Image credit: Satechi)

03. Satechi R1

This iPad stand marries elegant looks with ingenious practicality

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: All iPads, all iPhones, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Allows iPad charging?: Yes
Weight: 0.74lbs
Reasons to buy
+Folds down for travel+Even works with MacBooks
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t rotate your iPad-Limited height adjustment

Satechi’s R1 stand excels in so many ways, you would expect it to cost much more than it does. It’s made from aluminium with a classy, premium look that wouldn’t look out of place being unveiled on-stage by Apple itself. It’s capable of holding any iPad, any iPhone, and even MacBooks, yet folds down into a tiny package that’s ideal for traveling. And it comes in three colours that will perfectly complement your existing Apple gear. For the price, you get an awful lot from this stylish iPad stand.

The Elevation Lab being used with an iPad, alongside the Pro Kit with wrist rest and Apple Pencil holder

(Image credit: Elevation Lab)

04. Elevation Lab DraftTable Pro Kit

The best iPad stand for drawing and sketching

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: All iPads
Allows iPad charging?: Yes (landscape mode only)
Weight: 2.1lbs
Reasons to buy
+Weighty and stable+Optional drawing accessories
Reasons to avoid
-Quite large-Only one color option

Most iPad stands will prop up your tablet on your desk, but that does not make them any good if you want to use your iPad as a drawing pad. Most options are either too light or too unstable and wobble worryingly whenever you poke and prod them. Not so Elevation Lab’s DraftTable. With rubberized feet and a sturdy A-frame design, this stand is rock solid even when you interact with the iPad’s top corners. And if you’re serious about iPad drawing, there’s an optional Pro Kit, which comes with a wrist rest and an Apple Pencil holder.

The Yohann iPad Stand holding an Apple iPad

(Image credit: Yohann)

05. Yohann iPad Stand

This graceful iPad stand is a work of art

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: iPads up to 11 inches
Allows iPad charging?: Yes
Weight: Unknown
Reasons to buy
+Looks beautiful+Multiple position options
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive-Not compatible with iPad cases

The iPad is a gorgeous piece of industrial design, so it makes sense to pair it with a stand that’s equally striking. The Yohann iPad Stand is carved from a single block of wood (you can choose walnut or oak, according to your taste) and lets you arrange your tablet in several different positions, both landscape and portrait. There are cut-outs for the speakers and charging cable, so you don’t miss out in the name of beauty. There’s also a version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a built-in Apple Pencil holder.

The Lamicall LS07 holding an Apple iPad

(Image credit: Lamicall)

06. Lamicall Gooseneck iPad Holder LS07

The best iPad stand for bed time usage

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: iPads up to 11 inches
Allows iPad charging?: Yes
Weight: 1.08lbs
Reasons to buy
+Highly adjustable+Works with most iPads
Reasons to avoid
-12.9-inch iPad Pro incompatible-No good for drawing

Using your iPad and getting comfortable when you’re lying in bed are two different (often mutually exclusive) things. You might need to sit up in order to hold your iPad without making your arms ache, but that’s hardly the comfiest position to be in. The Lamicall LS07 solves this problem by gripping your iPad on a flexible gooseneck stand that can be positioned exactly how you need it. The device clamps onto a nearby desk or table, so there’s no need to worry about it falling over. Just fix it in place, move your iPad into position, and you’re ready to go.

The iKross Car Headrest Mount iPad stand

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07. iKross Car Headrest Mount

The best iPad car holder for road trip relaxation

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: iPads up to 9.7 inches
Allows iPad charging?: Yes
Weight: 0.62lbs
Reasons to buy
+Very affordable+Adaptable design
Reasons to avoid
-Larger iPads are incompatible-Fiddly setup

Keeping everyone entertained on a long journey is often of paramount importance, especially if young children are involved. Luckily, you can avert disaster with an iPad and the Car Headrest Mount from iKross. This iPad holder clamps onto your car headrests and gives you plenty of options. You can position the iPad in landscape or portrait modes, tilt it however you like, and extend it so it sits between the two front seats so everyone in the back can see. That versatility gives it plenty of points in our book.

The Moft Float iPad stand holding an Apple iPad

(Image credit: Moft)

08. Moft Float

The best iPad stand that doubles as a case

Specifications
iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: iPads 10.9 inches to 12.9 inches
Allows iPad charging?: Yes (landscape mode only)
Weight: 0.81lbs to 1.06lbs (depending on model)
Reasons to buy
+Includes protective iPad case+Raises iPad 3.15 inches
Reasons to avoid
-No rotation or tilt-Only supports larger iPads

Some iPad cases double up as stands, but few can lift your tablet like the Moft Float. Its double-hinge stand folds out from the back of the case and can raise your tablet up to 3.15 inches in landscape mode, giving it the appearance of a miniature monitor that’s great for desktop usage. In portrait, the stand holds the iPad in a convenient reading mode. Then when you’re done, it all folds away and works as a tough plastic shell for your tablet. That two-in-one convenience makes it good value for money.

Alex Blake

Alex Blake is a freelance tech journalist who writes for Creative Bloq, TechRadar, Digital Trends, and others. Before going freelance he was commissioning editor at MacFormat magazine, focusing on the world of Apple products. His interests include web design, typography, and video games.