Update, 8/8/2022: We’ve revised our recommendations and replaced our top iPad stand pick for bed with the MoKo Tablet Pillow.
What to look for in an iPad stand in 2022
The best iPad stands allow you to use your tablet completely hands-free, allowing you to more comfortably multitask, browse or type.
When determining what to look for in an iPad stand, consider what you want to use it for and how you want to use it. Some offer full 360-degree swivel adjustability, which is great for places like kitchen counters and desks.
Others offer universal device functionality, including phones and portable game consoles. Do you have many devices to charge? Some even have room for up to six ports, including HDMI and USB-C for charging.
Regardless of style, iPad stands allow users to use tablets for long periods of time, improving posture and reducing fatigue.
With that said, keep reading to learn more about our picks for the best iPad stands in 2022.
- ✓ Neck cutout for easy cable routing
- ✓ Can be rotated 360 degrees
- ✓ Firm hold with rubber clamps and C-shaped jaws
- ✗ The clamps are made of plastic
The AboveTEK iPad Aluminum Stand is our pick for the best iPad stand. It features an all-aluminum construction with a 360-degree multi-angle mount that can rotate the iPad between portrait and landscape modes. Everything is sturdy and allows users to slide and hold the tablet firmly in place.
This stand even has a neck cutout that allows users to organize charging cables. This overcomes the need to constantly untangle crossed cables, especially when charging multiple devices nearby. The silicone base also protects fragile surfaces such as glass plates.
One of our favorite features of the AboveTEK stand is the silver aluminum construction that mimics Apple’s color scheme. It just looks great holding your iPad.
This iPad stand is compatible with any 7- to 13-inch tablet and e-reader. It also works with the Sony Xperia Z4, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and other larger tablets, making it a great all-round stand for more than just iPads.
Overall the best stand for iPad
AboveTEK Aluminum iPad Stand
This iPad stand is versatile, led by a 360-degree multi-angle holder, sturdy C-shaped clamps and a silicone base for support.
- ✓ Non-slip base and padded notches for support
- ✓ Super compact
- ✗ No cutout for cable routing
Amazon’s Basics iPad Stand is a no-frills choice for those who value value over function.
Unlike the sleek aluminum AboveTEK iPad Stand, the Amazon Basics stand is made of durable plastic. It’s shaped like a stand and measures just 7 x 1.25 x 1.5 inches, making it the smallest iPad stand on our list. But it’s foldable, so it’s easy to pack into a laptop bag or purse.
Despite its small size, the Amazon Basics iPad Stand holds up quite well, with a non-slip base and padded indentations to keep the tablet firmly in place. It also uses two vertical pivot points to hold the iPad at any angle, including portrait and landscape modes.
Our only knock on this stand is that it can’t be raised, which could be a problem for taller people sitting at a desk. It allows tablets to sit upright, which may force some users to look down a little more than they’d like.
This iPad stand is compatible with all iPad models.
The cheapest iPad stand
Stand for iPad Basics Amazon
This iPad stand is the smallest on our list, compact with an adjustable stand with two rotating tips for different viewing angles.
- ✓ Rigid yet flexible gooseneck swivel
- ✓ Optional swivel wheels for quick rotation
- ✓ Includes a storage cradle for storing accessories
- ✗ Very tight with the iPad holder
The gooseneck floor stand is a highly flexible option. Unlike traditional pivot points, it uses a rigid gooseneck “stand” to adjust the iPad’s position to virtually any viewing angle.
The height-adjustable telescopic pole and 360-degree swivel makes it very easy to maneuver and adapts to people of all sizes. Optional swivel wheels make it even easier to move the stand from room to room without removing the tablet. The gooseneck itself is also flexible, yet stiff enough to prevent the tablet from wobbling.
One of our favorite features of the Gooseneck Floor Stand is its included storage cradle that holds various items like a stylus, remotes, or external batteries to keep your iPad charged while in use. Smaller racks don’t have additional cable or device management features, so this is especially useful.
This iPad stand is compatible with 7- to 13-inch devices, which includes all current iPad models.
The best iPad floor stand
Gooseneck floor stand
This iPad stand uses a height-adjustable telescopic pole and a swiveling gooseneck to hold the iPad at any viewing angle.
- ✓ Cutout for cable routing
- ✓ It comes in several colors, including rose gold and black-
- ✓ Well supported by two rubber feet on the base
- ✗ Metal is not resistant to corrosion or scratches
The Lamicall Tablet Stand mimics the look and feel of our top overall pick, the AboveTEK Aluminum iPad Stand, almost identically with its sleek aluminum frame and cut-out for handling awkward charging cables.
The arm of this iPad stand is adjustable, rotating up to 270 degrees. Its base is solid and uses two rubber feet to prevent the iPad stand from sliding on slippery surfaces like glass. The Lamicall stand also comes in several colors, including silver, rose gold, black, and gray.
It is compatible with all iPad models and other brand devices such as Sony Xperia Z4 and Nintendo Switch.
The best adjustable stand for iPad
Lamicall tablet stand
This iPad stand features a sleek aluminum frame and 270-degree rotation for multiple viewing angles, including portrait and landscape modes.
- ✓ Six different angles allow you to find the perfect angle for drawing
- ✓ The anti-slip pads prevent the iPad and the stand from moving
- ✓ It weighs less than one pound
- ✗ No great angle for watching movies on iPad
It wasn’t that long ago that serious digital artists needed a Wacom or similar drawing tablet. That’s no longer the case – all you need is an iPad and a drawing stand, like the MAX SMART Tablet Drawing Stand.
This stand offers six different angles, designed specifically for drawing, with angles of 15, 17, 19, 35, 37 and 39 degrees. You won’t notice the rubber feet on the bottom of the stand to keep your iPad from sliding, as this can interfere with drawing. Instead, non-slip pads keep your iPad securely in place.
This also applies to the stand, thanks to the same non-slip pads installed on the bottom of the stand. The MAX SMART stand also holds while drawing, which means that it does not slide or cope with the pressure you put on the stand while drawing.
One of the main reasons to choose an iPad over a Wacom or similar art-focused tablet is portability. You can easily carry the iPad as the only device you need, and the MAX SMART tablet drawing stand is also easy to carry. It weighs less than a pound and is only 3/8 inch thick.
This stand is not for iPads, but for any tablet around 9 and 13 inches. This means that for any iPad except the iPad mini, this stand will work perfectly. Just keep in mind that different angles are better for drawing or writing than watching movies.
The best iPad stand for drawing
MAX SMART tablet drawing stand
The MAX SMART tablet drawing stand turns your iPad into a fantastic drawing tablet, all you need is an Apple Pencil and you can start creating.
- ✓ Soft, washable fabric cover
- ✓ Folding keyboard platform
- ✓ Storage pockets for accessories
- ✗ Limited viewing angles
The MoKo Tablet Pillow is a soft, fabric-covered stand that’s perfect for when you want to use your iPad in bed. The relaxing design means you can read an e-book or watch a movie between the sheets without worrying about sharp edges or sharp corners.
The wedge-shaped back of the stand holds your tablet at a 60-degree angle. It’s angled enough to keep the iPad stable while still being able to see the screen even when you’re lying down. You can’t adjust the angle, but it’s not a dealbreaker for laying. Wide enough to accommodate tablets up to 11 inches, the fabric slot prevents the iPad from slipping out of the stand.
The bottom of the stand can be folded out on a fabric hinge to create a platform for the keyboard, which is useful when using the iPad on your sofa lap. When you don’t need the keyboard platform, simply fold it back under the stand where it is held in place by Velcro hooks.
There are three pockets on the back of the stand to keep your headphones, cables or phone safe, as well as small holes on the side for the stylus. The MoKo Tablet Cushion is available in several colors, each finished with a soft yet durable cotton cover that can be removed before washing.
The best iPad stand for bed
MoKo Tablet pillow
A soft and lightweight stand that can be used just as easily in bed or on your lap while sitting. A flip-out keyboard stand and storage pockets add to its appeal.