Our ranking of the best iPads that you can buy right now
Our best iPad guide has recently had a new addition in the form of the super-powerful iPad Pro 12.9 (2021). This incredible slate tops our list, but it won’t be the best iPad for everyone.
Choosing the right slate for you means knowing not just your budget but also what you want from a tablet. Do you want something compact and portable like the iPad mini (2019)? Something powerful enough for work and high-end gaming, like the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)? Or something affordable like the iPad 10.2 (2020)?
For each entry you’ll find a specs list, a brief overview, and the main highlights and low points of the slate, so you can quickly see which ones are right for you.
And make sure to check back regularly if you want to keep up to date on the best iPad options, as it’s looking like we might see the iPad mini 6, iPad Air 5, and new iPad (2021) later this year.
But while there’s an iPad suited to most people, if you decide Apple’s devices aren’t for you then make sure to also check out our best tablet, best Android tablet, and best cheap tablet guides for other options.
Before you buy though you may find Amazon Prime Day 2021, which runs during June 21 and June 22, will see prices drop on various models. We’d be surprised if the new iPad Pro 2021 is any cheaper during the big sales event, but older products are likely to be heavily discounted, so it could be worth waiting for the sale now that it’s almost here.
Best iPads in 2021 at a glance:
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)
- iPad 10.2 (2020)
- iPad Air 4 (2020)
- iPad Mini 5 (2019)
- iPad Air 3 (2019)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)
- iPad 10.2 (2019)
- iPad Pro 11 (2018)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
- iPad 9.7 (2018)