The best iPad stands can expand the utility of your iPad in all sorts of ways, some of which you may never have considered. A simple stand can allow you to turn your iPad into a second computer monitor, or a TV, or a lectern for speaking notes, or a sheet music stand, or a recipe holder. And in most cases, it'll do all this for a pretty reasonable price.
In this guide, we've picked out our favourite iPad stands you can buy right now. We've included a lot of different types and configurations; some are made to be set up on a desk, while others are free-standing, or even on wheels. Different stands will also take different sizes of iPad, so we've got some that best suit a little iPad Mini, and others that are able to take on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with no problems.
(Incidentally, if you find yourself confused by all the different types and sizes of iPad on offer, then our iPad generations article is a good way to get a handle on the basics).
We've evaluated all the iPads on this list based on their specifications, consumer feedback, and our own experiences where relevant. The stands on this list come at a range of price points, so whatever your budget, there should be something here for you.
If you're also on the hunt for the iPad itself, then our guide to the best iPad deals should prove invaluable in making sure you get the best prices. Planning on drawing or note-taking using your iPad? You'll need the best iPad stylus too.
The best iPad stands available now
Of all the iPad stands we've tested, the Twelve South HoverBar Duo impressed us the most for a few reasons. One is its flexibility; it allows you to hold an iPad in portrait or landscape orientations, and can also handle almost any size variant or iPad or iPhone you're likely to be using. Stick it high up for a flattering selfie angle, or low down for the tablet to function as a notepad. The Hoverbar Duo makes it easy, and thanks to its weighted desk stand, runs no risk of toppling over.
Being able to charge the iPad while using it is also a handy extra feature; as we'll see, not all iPad stands allow this. Reasonably priced and solidly built, the Twelve South HoverBar Duo is a top-quality stand for most users. For setting up a second monitor, for binging TV, for whatever else – it'll work really well.
All right – it's not literally invisible. But the clever design of the Moft Invisible Tablet Stand allows it to slot in seamlessly and unobtrusively behind your iPad, meaning the stand itself all but disappears when the setup is viewed from the front. If you've ever mounted an invisible shelf to a wall in your house, it's a similar deal, and for those who like minimalist desk setups, it'll likely be an enticing choice.
The back panel can be folded and set up in six different configurations, giving you lots of options for how you want your iPad to be set up – and you can also choose between landscape and portrait orientations (though the iPad will only be able to charge when set up in landscape).
Something to note is that the Moft Invisible Tablet Stand can only hold iPads up to 11 inches in screen size, so if you're using the premium iPad Pro 12.9 models, you'll have to try a different option on the list. If it's compatible with your tablet, this is a stylish and premium-feeling iPad stand.
The Satechi R1 is a premium iPad stand that's also useful for iPhones and MacBooks, making it a good choice if you're the sort of Apple aficionado with a lot of the company's products. Constructed from premium aluminium, the R1 comes in black, silver or space grey, which means you can match it to the finish of your iPad.
Sturdy and unobtrusive, this is a particularly good choice if you're planning on using your iPad as a second monitor. It folds down to a nicely compact size, making it a good option for travel, though the trade-off is that angle and adjustment options are a little limited. You've got a few heights to choose from, and no rotation. If you're looking for something more versatile, you may want to consider our next entry.
If you don't want to stand your iPad on a table or desk and would rather have it free-standing on the floor, then the CTA Digital Gooseneck Floor Stand for iPad is a cost-effective way of making this happen. The long gooseneck is highly adjustable, meaning you can contort it to pretty much any angle you'd like, but at the same time it's made with solid steel construction, so you can be confident your iPad is firmly supported.
Wheeled versions of the CTA Digital Gooseneck Floor Stand are also available; just be aware that these will bump up the price. However, if you deliver a lot of video lectures or talks on Zoom, a free-standing iPad can be just the thing to make sure you don't spend all day hunched over your desk.
The iPad is a beautiful piece of industrial design so it makes sense to pair it with a stand that looks just as striking, and we're quite taken by the looks of the Yohann iPad Stand. It probably the most interesting looking iPad stand we've seen, resembling a piece of sculpture rather than a strictly utilitarian object.
Carved from a single block of wood (you can choose from walnut or oak, according to your taste), it can hold your iPad in several positions, both landscape and portrait. There are cut-outs for the speakers and charging cable, so you don’t lose anything 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 iPad's highly portable so no doubt many iPad users will want to use it for reading, working or watching entertainment in bed or while lounging on a sofa. The problem is that it isn't actually very easy to hold an iPad comfortably while you're lying down, and you'll often find yourself having to sit up in order to stop your arms from aching, defeating the whole point of being in bed.
The flexible Lamicall LS07 gooseneck iPad stand aims to solve this problem, allowing you to position your iPad exactly where you need it. Clamp it to a nearby desk or table, move your iPad into position, and you’re ready to relax. The stand proves sturdy enough to keep your iPad in place while you're watching, reading or browsing, but note that it isn't stable enough to keep your iPad still for drawing with a stylus.
Keeping passengers entertained during a long road trip can be tricky, especially if those passengers are young children. Luckily, this iPad Headrest Mount from iKross might help you avoid a nightmare journey. It clamps onto your car headrests, with plenty of options for positioning. You can place an iPad in landscape or portrait orientation, tilt it however you like, and extend the stand so the tablet sits between the two front seats, allowing everyone in the back of the car to see. That versatility makes it a great companion for long journeys in our eyes.
Some iPad cases allow you to solve two problems at the same time by doubling 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, which is great for desktop use.
In portrait mode, the stand holds the iPad in a convenient position for reading. When you’re done, the stand all folds away and serves as a tough plastic shell for your tablet. This two-in-one convenience makes this one of the best iPad stands when it comes to value for money.