Not all selfie sticks are made equal. You may think you can pop over to Amazon and buy any old one, but that’s not the case. Cheaper models may not fit to your smartphone properly and send it crashing towards the floor.
We know it can look a bit touristy, but there’s some real advantages to using a selfie stick. You can capture wider images of yourself, shoot more stable video and you don’t have to have that embarrassing conversation where you ask a stranger to take a photo of you.
In this article we’ll give you a buying guide on things to look out for, and our pick of the best selfie sticks on the market at the moment.
How to buy the best selfie stick
Are there different types of selfie stick?
Yes there are. If you do a brief Amazon search you’ll pull up dozens of different designs. Most will come with a mount that adjusts to the width of your phone so you can securely hold it in a horizontal position. More advanced models will see that mount rotate 180 degrees so you can take photos and videos and different angles. At the very high end, some will support action cameras such as GoPros.
What features should I consider?
You’ll definitely want one that’s portable. Most models will fold down to around 20cm in length, but some more expensive sticks will get even shorter. Another point to think about is the length the stick can reach to. We recommend buying one that goes beyond 75cm, as that should be able to take all the images you want it to.
Bluetooth connectivity and camera control
A selfie stick is also a remote control for you to take pictures. There are two ways you can do this: either via Bluetooth or a cable with a 3.5mm jack. With the bluetooth models you just sync the stick to your smartphone and you should be away. With the cable option, you simply plug it into your smartphone’s headphone port and again, you should be good to go.
The best selfie sticks to buy
Spigen: The best Bluetooth stick
Price when reviewed: £8
This bluetooth selfie stick from Spigen looks, feels and performs like a premium product. It folds down to 17cm, so is small enough to fit into your pocket and then expands all the way out to 78cm when in use. Its rubberised mount gives a genuine sense of protection whether you’re using an Android or iPhone device and comes with 270 degrees of adjustability. The Bluetooth compatibility takes less than 30 seconds to connect up, and with the shutter button located in the centre of the handle it’s easy to take fantastic wide shots.
Key specs – Length: 17-78cm; Compatible: Android and iOS; Bluetooth connectivity
PolarPro PowerPole extender: The best for build quality
Price when reviewed: £98
Marketed as “the most durable selfie stick available” this PowerPole from PolarPro certainly lives up to that billing. It’s made from 100% aluminium alloy and weighs a sturdy 454g, but all that build quality does, admittedly, come at a price. At nearly £100 it is at the pricier end of the scale, but it does come with a built-in 5,200mAh battery that will power and recharge your device throughout the day and two USB ports. It extends out to 76cm from an initial size of 43cm and a one-year warranty is also included.
Key specs – Length: 43-76cm; Compatible: Android, iOS and GoPro; Built-in battery
Mpow iSnap X Bluetooth Selfie Stick: The best budget stick
Price when reviewed: £7
As far as budget selfie sticks go, this is by far and away the best. You do get what you pay for: that is, a simple model with absolutely no frills, but if you’re happy with that, then this is the one for you. Its 18cm initial size means it’s small enough to put in your pocket but then extends all the way out to 81cm. The Bluetooth connectivity is easy to set-up and the rubberised pads hold your smartphone in place securely. Once charged you’ll get 20 hours battery life out of it; or enough for 3000 selfies and for extra peace of mind there’s an 18-month guarantee.
Key specs – Length: 17-81cm; Compatible: Android & iOS; Built-in battery
PolarPro PowerGrip H20 Waterproof Battery Grip: The best all-round stick
Price when reviewed: £99
If you’re the adventurous sort who thinks they’re going to be taking pictures and videos on the slopes or near the shore, then this is the selfie stick for you. The PowerGrip H20 is completely waterproof up to 99ft and comes with a rechargeable 6700mAH battery that will keep your smartphone full of juice all day long. The extension pole goes out all the way to 84cm, but can also be taken down again to 56cm and then again down to 24cm. The mount also rotates 90 degrees for a variety of different angled shots.
Key specs – Length: 27-83cm; Compatible: Android, iOS & GoPro; Built-in 6,700mAh rechargeable battery; Waterproof up to 99m