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The best iPad stands in 2022

best iPad stand: Man and woman sat on sofa and conducting video call via iPad on stand
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The best iPad stand lets you do so much more with your tablet. It makes it much more comfortable to watch TV and movies. It frees your hands to do other things, such as making notes while on a Zoom call. You could even set up your iPad as a second monitor for your laptop. 

Stands come in a number of styles and the prices can vary quite a bit. So to help you out, we've rounded up the best iPad stands on the market right now. Read on to find the right one for you, at the lowest price available today. 

Meanwhile, if you're looking to protect your iPad, don't miss our guides to the best iPad Air cases and the best iPad Pro cases, some of which also feature internal stands too.

The best iPad stands in 2022

(Image credit: Twelve South)

1. Twelve South HoverBar Duo

The best iPad stand for flexibility

Specifications

Dimensions: 406 x 140 x 182mm
Weight: 1.14 kg
Viewing angle: Rotates through 360°
Does it raise screen?: Yes, by 600mm

Reasons to buy

+
Rotates through 360°
+
Raises screen by 600mm
+
Slot for Apple Pencil

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price

Want the ultimate flexibility in positioning your iPad? The Twelve South HoverBar Duo is the best iPad stand for that purpose. 

You can rotate it through 360 and hold your iPad up to two feet (600m) in the air, as well as all the way down to the base. All this makes it easy to move your iPad into the perfect position, whether you want to make a video call, watch movies, or use your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac. 

With a weighted desk stand and an overhead clamp included in the package, it's nice and sturdy, too. Plus the stand features a slot for you to rest your Apple Pencil on.

(Image credit: Ugreen)

2. UGreen Tablet Stand

The best cheap iPad stand

Specifications

Dimensions: 12 x 112 x 139.5mm
Weight: 218g
Viewing angle: Up to 100°
Does it raise screen?: Yes, up to 370mm

Reasons to buy

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Low price
+
Light and portable
+
Raises screen to 370mm

Reasons to avoid

-
Basic stand

Short of cash? Then the UGreen Tablet Stand will serve you well, at a very reasonable price. It's compatible with a range of devices, and reclines between 15° and 100°, so you can find the perfect viewing angle for your iPad. 

You can also raise it up to 370mm. It's small and light, making it a good choice for travel. And soft silicone pads on the front and bottom help protect your iPad from sliding and scratches. Other than that, it's pretty basic, but at this low cost, you can't really complain.

(Image credit: Twelve South)

3. Twelve South ParcSlope

The best iPad stand for art and design work

Specifications

Dimensions: 230 x 255 x 70mm
Weight: 326g
Viewing angle: 18°
Does it raise screen?: No

Reasons to buy

+
18° angle great for art
+
Stylish looks
+
Robust and stable

Reasons to avoid

-
Doesn't raise iPad

Want to use the Apple Pencil for art or design work? Then you probably don't want your iPad flat on your desk. Most creatives prefer to have it at a slight angle, and if that includes you, we recommend the Twelve South ParcSlope. 

Place your iPad on this sleekly minimalist stand and you'll get a nice 18° degree angle, which is perfect for drawing, sketching, illustration or design work with a stylus, and is good for typing on the screen too. Note, though, that you can't raise the height of your iPad with this stand.

(Image credit: Lamicall)

4. Lamicall Gooseneck iPad Holder

The best iPad stand for passive viewing

Specifications

Dimensions: 280 x 239 x 76mm
Weight: 540g
Viewing angle: Rotates through 360°
Does it raise screen?: Yes (up to 880mm)

Reasons to buy

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Great for video calls
+
Great for watching movies
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Great for reading ebooks

Reasons to avoid

-
Not suitable for productive work

Holding your iPad can be very tiring during long video calls. A stand means your interactions can more relaxed, freeing you up to sit or stand wherever you like, and gesticulate at will. 

The best iPad stand for video calls is the Lamicall Gooseneck iPad Holder. With a cool and quirky design, this foldable aluminum stand can easily be clamped to places like a bed headboard, desk or table. That also makes it a great choice for watching videos or reading ebooks in bed. It rotates through a full 360° and can raise your iPad up to 800mm, so you can't fail to move it into the right position for relaxed and comfortable viewing.

However, be warned. If you want to do any productive work on your iPad, such as typing or using a stylus, this stand is not suitable. In these situations, it will bounce and wobble unless you hold it firmly with your other hand (which kind of nullifies the point of having a stand). 

(Image credit: Satechi)

5. Satechi R1

The best iPad stand for stylish looks

Specifications

Dimensions: 142 x 30 x 120mm
Weight: 340g
Viewing angle: Rotates through 270°
Does it raise screen?: Yes

Reasons to buy

+
Super-stylish
+
Folds down neatly
+
Cutout for charging wires

Reasons to avoid

-
Empty List

Need your kit be sleek, stylish and gorgeous looking as your iPad? Then check out the Satechi R1. It's available in four colors – Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold – and looks equally stunning in each. 

Its 270-degree mount hinge and 180-degree base hinge effortlessly adjusts your device to your chosen height and angle, to help minimize any neck strain. Plus the stand neatly collapses down, making it easy to store and carry about.

This elegant hands-free display boasts a solid aluminum construction and rubber pads to prevent scratching and sliding. And to keep a clean and clutter-free desk space, you can feed your charging wires through the back.

(Image credit: Twelve South )

6. Twelve South Compass Pro

A great iPad stand for multiple uses

Specifications

Dimensions: 13 x 32 x 184mm
Weight: 226g
Viewing angle: Hands Free/Display: 52°; Desktop/Active: 43°; Typing: 15°
Does it raise screen?: No

Reasons to buy

+
Three viewing angles
+
Solid and sturdy
+
Protective travel sleeve

Reasons to avoid

-
Doesn't raise screen

So far we've assumed you have one main use for your iPad. But if you do a bit of everything, then the Twelve South Compass Pro is probably your best bet.

Engineered from metal and soft silicone, this iPad stand is solid, sturdy and positions your iPad at three different angles for different purposes. 'Hands-free/Display (52°)' allows your iPad to be used as an easel; for watching movies, TV or slideshows; or reading ebooks. 'Desktop or active mode' (43°) gives you a comfortable angle to use your iPad with an external keyboard for working. Finally 'Typing' (15°) angles your iPar for typing emails or sketching with Apple Pencil. 

So while it's not suitable for use in bed, this is a great iPad stand for most purposes. The package includes a protective travel sleeve too.

Moft iPad stand for iPad Mini

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7. Moft X Tablet Stand

The best iPad stand for iPad mini

Specifications

Dimensions: 173 x 114 x 3mm
Weight: 85g
Viewing angle: Up to 60°
Does it raise screen?: No

Reasons to buy

+
Lightweight
+
Foldable
+
Sturdy

Reasons to avoid

-
Not suitable for bigger iPads
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Doesn't raise screen

Looking for an iPad stand for the iPad mini? Then our top recommendation is this ultra-light and foldable stand from Moft. Suitable for iPads up to 11 inches in diameter, it's made from PU and fibreglass. Less than 4mm thick, it weighs just 85g, so it's perfect for carrying from place to place. 

Despite the lightness, though, it's still very durable. This stand also offers three viewing angles in both portrait and landscape mode (25°/40°/60° in portrait, 30°/40°/60° in landscape). And it comes with a special removable adhesive that lets you attach and detach it from your iPad without leaving any marks or scratches.

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.