11 Best Selfie Sticks: Your Easy Buying Guide

It may look silly to some people, but the “selfie stick” is actually a great photography accessory for travelers, photography fans, or anyone who just wants to take better photos of themselves.

Like it or not, the selfie stick is here to stay. Even the very word “selfie stick” seems a bit silly, though it’s arguably better than the other options people have floated lately, like “monopod” or “Narcisstick”. Websites as diverse as Buzzfeed and the Wall Street Journal have covered the selfie stick, while a number of stadiums in the UK have actually banned the selfie stick because it interferes with the view of the game.

While selfie sticks have been around for years (the selfie stick inventor filed a patent way back in 2005), it wasn’t until recently that the popularity of these controversial photography accessories exploded. TIME even named the selfie stick one of the best inventions of 2014. Thinking about getting yourself a selfie stick?

Finding the right one for your needs can actually be a bit tricky. Despite the fact that this technology is essentially just a long stick, there are many variants of the selfie stick on the market today. With so many selfie stick options out there, it’s no wonder that people can’t tell the difference between so many similar monopods. Read on below to check out our picks for the best selfie stick.

What Are the Best Selfie Sticks in 2019?

quik pod sport Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Includes mounts for action cams, DSLRs, and smartphones
  • Waterproof and salt water-proof
  • Lightweight and well-balanced
Price: $59.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
mighty selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Extends to 120 inches
  • Detachable tripod base
  • Bluetooth remote
Price: $39.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
mpow selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Phone mount adjusts 270 degrees
  • Bluetooth button
Price: $9.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Bluetooth button
  • 20-hour battery life
Price: $15.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
yoozon best selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Built-in tripod base
  • Rechargeable Bluetooth remote
  • Lightweight and compact
Price: $21.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Extends to 51 inches
  • Includes smartphones and camera mounts
  • Lightweight aluminum build
Price: $29.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
gopro 3 way Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Compatible with all GoPro models
  • Versatile design
  • Lightweight and waterproof
Price: $53.87 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
selfie stick with remote Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Extends up to 40 inches
  • Low price tag
  • Nearly universal phone compatibility
Price: $9.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
best selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Extends over 40 inches
  • Easy to use button
  • Adjustable phone holder section
Price: $6.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
digipower selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Extends to 53 inches
  • Rugged and waterproof
  • Easily interchangable mounts
Price: $69.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
fugutek selfie stick Amazon Customer Reviews
  • High-quality telescopic pole
  • Extends to 49 inches
  • Bluetooth remote
Price: $18.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. Best Waterproof Selfie Stick: Quik Pod Sport

    Pros:
    • Waterproof and salt water-proof
    • Great design that’s easy to grip
    • Includes mounts for action cams, DSLRs, and smartphones
    • Positively reviewed by users
    • Doesn’t wiggle or rattle like some other poles
    Cons:
    • Somewhat bulky
    • Somewhat shorter extension than other models on this list (39 inches)
    • Limited color options
    • Does not float
    • A too-heavy camera can bend the pole when it has been extended fully

    Arguably the original selfie stick brand (unless you count a possible use of the selfie stick from the 1920s that the BBC uncovered), Quik Pod is one of the leading names in the selfie stick world. Their Quik Pod Sport Selfie Stick is a lightweight device that extends from 15.5 to 39 inches and includes mounts for action cams, DSLR cameras, and smartphones.

    This model is ultra durable and waterproof, making it a great option for action sports. To make things more enticing, this unit comes with a wrist strap, a carrying case, a detachable selfie mirror, and a Bluetooth remote that can be used with your phone. Keep in mind that the Bluetooth remote is not waterproof.

  2. 2. Best Long Selfie Stick: Mighty

    Pros:
    • Extends to 120 inches
    • Includes detachable tripod base
    • Includes Bluetooth remote
    Cons:
    • Bulky when fully collapsed (26 inches)
    • No DSLR mount
    • Pole wobbles at full extension

    The Mighty Selfie Stick one beast of a photography aid. At 120 inches (10 feet) fully extended, the Mighty is by far the longest selfie stick we've reviewed. This makes it a great choice for when you want to capture yourself inside of that incredible panoramic view.

    Of course, this also means that it's still pretty huge even when it's fully collapsed. It stores at 26 inches, making it difficult to carry. This issue only compounds if you plan to bring along its detachable tripod stand and other accessories. The Mighty Selfie Stick also comes with an Android and iOS compatible Bluetooth remote and a GoPro compatible mount. Its standard mount supports smartphones up to 3.5 inches in width.

    With this massive selfie stick, you'll be knocking drones out of the sky while you snag that perfect aerial shot. It is a miracle that this device is TSA-approved. This selfie stick also helps you separate yourself from things you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole.

  3. 3. Best Cheap Bluetooth Selfie Stick: Mpow iSnap X

    Pros:
    • Lightweight and compact
    • Phone mount adjusts 270 degrees
    • Built-in Bluetooth button
    • Comfy silicone handle
    Cons:
    • No DSLR or GoPro mounts
    • Can't take portrait shots
    • So-so battery life
    The Mpow iSnap X is one the best selfie stick options for those on a budget, as it only costs $10. It extends from 7.1 to 31.5 inches, so it is fairly portable. Its materials are lightweight but sturdy.
     
    This device only comes with a universal phone mount and it cannot be swapped out, so you can't use this device with a DSLR camera or a GoPro. The smartphone mount is pretty nifty, though, as it can rotate up to 270 degrees. This selfie stick has a built-in Bluetooth button for taking photos. Note that it only works with Android and iOS phones.
     
    The silicone handle is comfy and there is a micro USB port at the bottom to recharge the Mpow selfie stick. The battery life isn't fantastic but it's hard to complain given the price. Issues aside, this is still an awesome deal.
  4. 4. Best Mini Selfie Stick: Anker

    Pros:
    • Lightweight and compact
    • Built-in Bluetooth button
    • 20-hour battery life
    Cons:
    • Limited max length (29.7 inches)
    • No DSLR or GoPro mounts
    • So-so plastic construction

    Anker's Selfie Stick is incredibly compact yet incredibly capable photography tool. With a length that ranged from 6.5 to 29.7 inches, this is one of the most portable options for taking easy selfies. It isn't made with the sturdiest materials but it is incredibly lightweight and is designed to work with just smartphones.

    Some folks will miss the ability to attach a DSLR or GoPro but if you want to attach a heavy camera or one you take on action excursions, then you might want something a little bulkier. This selfie stick is meant to go with you anywhere. It has a built-in Bluetooth button that connects to Android or iOS phones to remotely snap a photo. It recharges via micro USB and gets a decent 20 hours of on time from one charge.

    This might not seem like much but it is more than other Bluetooth selfie sticks afford you. It is certainly more than one would expect from a device this compact, which is all the more reason why it is the best mini selfie stick around.

  5. 5. Best Tripod Selfie Stick: Yoozon

    Pros:
    • Built-in tripod base
    • Includes rechargeable Bluetooth remote
    • Lightweight and compact
    • Phone mount adjusts 225 degrees
    Cons:
    • Only extends to 26.6 inches
    • No DSLR or GoPro mounts
    • Struggles with heavy devices

    The Yoozon Selfie Stick is pretty impressive on its own but it earns bonus points for doubling as a mini tripod as well. This compact selfie stick extends from 7.9 to 26.6 inches. This isn't particularly long but its handle breaks down into a small tripod, allowing you to squeeze even more into your shot when you have a chance to step back some.

    The Yoozon selfie stick comes with a detachable smartphone mount but it isn't suited to mount a DSLR or GoPro. It doesn't have the right fittings plus it may struggle with heavier devices. The smartphone stand does have the nice bonus of adjusting within an angle of 225 degrees.

    This selfie stick also comes with a Bluetooth remote that works with both Android and iOS phones. Its battery is rechargeable via micro USB and it includes a charging cable to do so. Since it is a tripod, it would be nice if this device did support larger cameras, but for the price, it is still a solid choice for a selfie stick.

  6. 6. Best Midrange Selfie Stick: Promaster

    Pros:
    • Works with phones or cameras
    • Extends to 51 inches
    • Can also be used with microphones or other tech devices
    • Telescopic design
    • Lightweight aluminum build
    Cons:
    • May not fit all phones
    • Limited color options
    • No battery
    • No remote, requires app or camera with a timer

    Promaster’s selfie stick may not be the most compact option, but it is lightweight and extends to a respectable 51 inches. It has connections for point and shoot cameras (you can get away with a lightweight DSLR) and smartphones.

    The one catch with the smartphone mount is that if you have a larger phone, you may find it necessary to remove the case from the phone in order to get the best fit on the mount. Additionally, some smartphones may not work in a vertical orientation with this stick, and you’ll have to use them in horizontal orientation only.

  7. 7. Best GoPro Selfie Stick: GoPro 3-Way

    Pros:
    • Compatible with all GoPro models
    • Versatile design
    • Lightweight and waterproof
    • Removable tripod stores inside the handle
    • Collapses down to less than 8 inches
    Cons:
    • Limited extension of 20 inches
    • High price tag
    • Lacks an internal battery or remote

    Still feel silly about getting a selfie stick? This selfie stick is one you can buy without feeling vain since it actually offers multiple types of photographic functions. It can be used as a camera grip, extension arm, or tripod.

    It is waterproof, so you’ll feel safe using this “selfie stick” in even the most inclement weather. If you are a diehard GoPro fan, this is definitely the mount for you, though it should be noted that the extension on this stick is much shorter than many of the other selfie sticks included in this roundup.

  8. 8. Best Budget Selfie Stick: CamKix

    Pros:
    • Multiple color options
    • Available with or without remote
    • Low price tag
    • Extends up to 40 inches
    • Nearly universal phone compatibility
    Cons:
    • Not waterproof
    • No camera mounts
    • Head is not adjustable past 180 degrees
    • Lacks waterproofing or internal battery/charging capability

    The CamKix Extendable Selfie Stick is should be the go-to budget selfie stick for users who only plan to use it with a smartphone. If you don't use your selfie stick with larger cameras, then its telescoping arm doesn't have to be reinforced as heavily, and therefore, should cost a little less too.

    For only $10, you get a selfie stick that extends from 11 to 40 inches. It comes with a wrist strap plus a Bluetooth remote for use with Android and iOS devices. If you aren't planning on using your selfie stick for professional quality photos, then this is an inexpensive way to take some fun pictures.

  9. 9. Cheapest Selfie Stick: Looq

    Pros:
    • Available in multiple colors
    • Easy to use button
    • Extends to over 40 inches in length
    • Adjustable phone holder section can fit phones up to 3.35 inches wide
    Cons:
    • No Bluetooth
    • Pole collapses down to about 8.5 inches, which may be cumbersome to carry
    • Only works with certain apps
    • Limited warranty
    • Could be more rugged

    Featured by Joanna Stern in the WSJ roundup of selfie sticks we mentioned above, this model was singled out in the category of “cheap” selfie sticks. Stern writes that the rubberized grip is a nice feature, though “pressing the button can cause the stick to shake a bit, resulting in a potentially blurry photo.”

    Getting singled out by the Wall Street Journal gives this selfie stick a lot of street cred. If you’re looking for a cheap, solid option for your first selfie stick, this is the first model you should consider. Stern argues that the smallest amount of money you should spend on a selfie stick is $15, to ensure the best quality. Since you can get this selfie stick for around $20, it’s definitely in Stern’s suggested minimum budget range. If you want more recommendations for smartphone-friendly selfie sticks, check out our post on the best iPhone selfie sticks.

  10. 10. Best Monopod: DigiPower TP-QPXT Quikpod Extreme

    Pros:
    • Rugged and waterproof
    • Extends to 53 inches
    • Top-rated design
    • Ideal mid-range price point
    • Easily interchangable mounts
    Cons:
    • Requires additional accessories to work at its peak
    • Comes with lots of accessories, but not all may be useful to you
    • High price tag
    • Some users have reported mount can be unstable

    Also singled out by the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern, the Digipower Quik Pod Selfie Extreme (aka “Quik Pod Ultra” or “Xpert”) has a rubber grip that makes it easy to hold on to, even with sweaty palms or through thick gloves. Stern had high praise for this selfie stick, but she does have a few caveats:

    “There’s no shutter gimmick built-in—to shoot remotely, you’d have to use a timer or buy a $5 Bluetooth remote, like one from Vivitar. (There’s a mirror, though, so you can frame selfies even with a GoPro, traditional point-and-shoot or the rear-facing better camera on your phone.)

    The saltwater-proof pole, which extends 53 inches, is much sturdier than others, with a regular tripod leg that is held in place with lever lock. The Quik Pod’s drawback is that its cheaper listings (like one I’ve seen for $50) don’t all come with a phone mount. Make sure to check the mount situation before buying.

    If you need to buy a mount, iStabilizer’s $20 SmartMount is the sturdiest and safest I’ve found for my phone.”

    In addition to the Vivitar remote, we also like the AudioVox “Shutterball” remote. There are lots of other options out there, but those two options are pretty solid and should be adequate for the needs of most photography fans.

  11. 11. Best Budget Monopod: Fugetek FT-568

    Pros:
    • High-quality telescopic pole
    • Extends to 49 inches
    • Includes Bluetooth remote
    • Low price tag
    Cons:
    • No GoPro adapter included
    • Somewhat bulky
    • Bluetooth control is finicky

    The Fugetek FT-568 is built like a professional monopod but it has the lightweight feel of a selfie stick. This makes it a great hybrid option to which you can attach a smartphone or DSLR camera. It extends to 49 inches then back down to 16.7 inches.

    It is not particularly portable but that's because of the high-quality clamps for the telescopic parts, which contribute to a very sturdy build. The smartphone attachment has a built-in mirror. Both it and the DSLR mount can be used with the included Bluetooth remote, which works with Android or iOS devices to remotely snap the photo.

    It also comes with a carry case and a wrist strap. Although a GoPro adapter is sorely missed from the package, the Fugetek FT-568 is one of the best selfie stick options for amateur photographers on a budget.

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