If you're going on holiday and looking to buy one of the best selfie sticks, it's a good idea to plan ahead. If you end up buying one when you're abroad, you'll probably fall into a tourist trap of paying a lot for one that's poorly made and won't last. A decent selfie stick makes it easy to capture memories without having to strain to get everyone in or ask s someone else to take a photo. But what makes a good selfie stick?
Most decent selfie sticks not only hold your phone but can control the shutter. They do this either by Bluetooth or some other form of connectivity that lets you trigger the shutter. Some selfie sticks can even turn into tripods which means not only could you get even more of the background in shot, you could mount a GoPro or 360 camera onto it. These kinds of features you won't find on a selfie stick you bought in Dam Square or next to the Eiffel Tower.
A good selfie stick should be able to support one of the best selfie cameras, whether it’s a phone or something more traditional. Though you may only need it to support a phone! So, we’ve divided our guide up into sections according to compatibility, with sticks that are phones only, sticks that can take a GoPro or similarly specced action camera, and sticks that can support 360-degree cameras. You can click the headings on the left to jump straight to the section of your choice.
If you’re looking for something a bit more advanced than a selfie stick for shooting stabilized video, then our guide to the best gimbals is your best bet. Otherwise, let’s crack on with the best selfie sticks you can buy right now.
The best selfie sticks in 2021
Phones & cameras
As you expect from the name, the SYOSIN Selfie Stick Tripod is a lot more than just a selfie stick. It comes with a 65mAh rechargeable lithium battery that can capture up to 50,000 selfies from a full charge. It can quickly and easily be converted into a tripod in case you have a large group of people to take a picture of or you want to get in the stunning scenery around you. You can attach action cameras and small DSLRs thanks to the tripod mount and it comes with Bluetooth and a wireless remote to take your photos. It's pretty much the perfect selfie stick which is why it claimed the top spot.
You might think that a metre long selfie stick is enough but clearly the team over at Andoer don't agree. This 54-inch selfie stick offers a longer reach than any other selfie stick on our list- perfect if you've got either really tall friends or very short arms. Despite its maximum length, it retracts to a very tidy 18.5cm so you can still easily fit it in a rucksack. It's slightly chunkier than other selfie sticks as it has so much more to pack away which does mean it weighs more than half a kilo - but it is very functional. The Andoer selfie stick is compatible with smartphones, action cameras and small compacts or DSLR's and it includes a handy Bluetooth remote. You can also convert it into a desktop tripod making it a super versatile choice.
If you've ever tried to take a picture on your phone in low light, you'll know how useful it can be to have an extra light source. Let's face it, the front camera flash isn't flattering on anyone so the fill light that comes with the MPOW Selfie Stick Tripod 3 in 1 is a very welcome feature. Control for the light is built into the handle (short press to adjust brightness, long press to adjust modes) and it also comes with a Bluetooth remote. If you're a portrait photographer, you could use it as a portrait aid either for adding a light source or keeping a steady hand when shooting. The extra light source and being able to convert it into a tripod makes this selfie stick a very appealing buy.
Stowing down to just 18cm, the MPOW iSnap X works with pretty much any iOS or Android phone you’d care to name, and comes with its own Bluetooth remote that has a built-in Li-Ion battery for quick charging and long-lasting operation. A useful wrist strap on the end of the handle makes the stick more secure when you’re on the move, and the 270-degree adjustable head means you’re sure to always find the best angle for your shots. For the price, MPOW is offering a lot of selfie stick here, and it’s a really solid pick for budget-conscious travellers.
Given that they’ve managed to jam a 65mAh lithium-ion battery in there, it should come as no surprise that the Blitzwolf Selfie Stick Tripod can power its Bluetooth functionality for a long time. The makers claim you could theoretically get 50,000 selfies out of it before needing to recharge, which should be enough to satisfy even the vainest amongst us. It also offers complete 360° rotation of the phone, ensuring you can always get the perfect angle. With an aluminum construction and the ability to convert into a mini-tripod with non-slip legs, Blitzwolf’s selfie stick does almost everything you could want from a selfie stick – the only thing it’s missing is a camera mount.
While you may not have been expecting GoPro themselves to get into the selfie stick game, in truth the 3-Way Arm is more than that. It also functions as a simple handheld grip and as a static tripod, and when it’s in selfie stick mode, the fact that its arm folds rather than collapses straight down means that it’s possible to arrange the stick at such an angle where you can capture your selfie without getting any of the shaft in the shot, even with the wide-angle lens characteristic to GoPro Hero cameras. If you don’t mind spending a little more, this waterproof arm is one of the best GoPro tools to augment your GoPro shooting.
Using a selfie stick might seem like a good idea in theory for shooting with a 360-degree camera but in practice, you can risk getting it in shot. For this reason, the Insta360 'invisible' selfies stick is a great choice if you plan on primarily using a selfie stick with a 360-degree camera rather than a phone. The algorithms on compatible cameras are set to automatically detect it and remove it from shot which means it won't interfere with your panoramic photos or videos. If you're using it with one of the Insta360 cameras which are some of the best 360 cameras available, buying this to go with it makes perfect sense.
Broadly compatible with any 360 camera that weighs up to 1kg and has a tripod mount, Manfrotto's VR selfie stick is gorgeously made and highly durable. With a minimal footprint that reduces the amount the stick will creep into the shot, the stick also boasts four aluminium sections and an optional ballhead. It's more expensive than the other products in this guide, but you really do get premium quality for your money, and any 360 camera user will get a lot of use out of this.