The best digital photo frames will stop your guests in their tracks and have them gazing in awe at your memories. It should display your favorite pics in a vibrant tone which draws the eye, without looking washed out or unrealistic. And the images should be detailed enough to make you relive the moment.
As well as featuring an impressive display, the best digital photo frames should be intuitive to operate and easy to access — so you can add or remove from the gallery with ease. Some frames can connect to popular photo storage services to help with this, such as Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram and Dropbox. Bear in mind that if your frame can’t do this, you’re going back to basics in terms of adding images via a USB drive.
Budget Option: Micca 8-inch frame
The best digital photo frames
Another useful feature to look out for is multiple frame accessibility, which means friends and family can add to your gallery as well. If you’ve got one of the best photo books, then a digital photo frame will make for a nice addition. If you want to invest in a frame, but you’re not sure which to choose, we’ve tested a range of models and sizes to find the best you can buy, whether you’re shopping on a budget or you want to splash out for the latest features.
Great for Most People: Nixplay Smart 9.7
Based on our testing, the Pix-Star 15-inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame is the best digital photo frame for most people. At $199, it's not cheap, but you get a big, bright, clear display. You also get handy email features and integration with all the major social networks.
Download Pics to a Digital Frame via Memory Card
Plus, you can stream music broadcasts directly from the frame to set a soundtrack for your slideshow. For the aesthetically inclined, we recommend the 9-inch Aura Mason Frame. It’s the same price as the Pix-Star, but it takes a completely different approach to the digital frame concept. The frame’s focus is on super high resolution images and the solid beauty of the frame casing as opposed to bells.
An all-new digital picture frame is an excellent premium option, too. Netgear's 15-inch Meural WiFi Photo Frame is a smaller take the Netgear Meural Canvas II, but with a stronger emphasis on personal photo albums.
There's very little to complain about this frame, other than the lack of onboard SD cards or memory sticks. There's no remote to lose, it's intuitive to operate and design is simple, yet sophisticated. Read our full Nixplay Smart Photo Frame 10.1 Inch Touch Review. The most versatile digital photo frame. Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.9 x 1.6 inches with outer frame/11.1 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches with inner frame.
After removing the top black frame, it’s easy to see how superior the plain white frame looks and how nicely it sets off your images, but it’s your choice and switching modes is easy. This frame is for tabletops only for now — no wall mounting unless you purchase a power cable with a 90-degree magnetic connector, which the company says will be available as an accessory.
All media uploaded to the frame is automatically stored on the device. High-resolution videos of up to five minutes in length (or 1GB file size) play automatically in an integrated slideshow, though the frame does not recognize Apple’s Live Photos as videos, only stills. Various onscreen controls are accessible via a subtle green dot at the upper right corner.
PhotoSpring is easy to use with most tasks accomplished with a quick tap and simple on/off switches — ideal for its non-technical target audience. Image quality is high resolution for the frame’s size, and because you can schedule on-off intervals, a motion sensor is not sorely missed.
Music player: Yes. USB/SD slots: No/No. Cloud Services: Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, Google Photos. Nixplay's 10.1 inch Smart Digital Picture Frame, with its 1280 x 800 pixel display, and wide 16:10 aspect ratio, makes your photos and videos pop with dazzling color and detail. Watch photos and videos a part of a playlist and set up slideshows with multiple timed transitions for endless entertainment in either portrait or landscape orientation.
Because it works via Wi-Fi, there’s no physical input, such as SD cards or USB sticks, but the frame does have 8GB of onboard memory for direct storage of photos and video. Read our full Nixplay 10.1 inch Smart Digital Picture Frame review. The best digital photo frame that's also an at-home art gallery.
While the Canvas II excels at bringing art from the louvre to your living room, the charcoal grey WiFi Photo Frame drops the mat framing for a homier look. Of course, to maintain a gorgeous 1920 x 1080-pixel display the WiFi Photo Frame is rather large compared to many of the best digital photo frames.
Or you can control the frame with the Meural app, which offers both Meural's expansive library of art and a suite for creating collaborative photo albums for your frame. Read our full Meural WiFi Photo Frame review. Best for video calling and Alexa integration.
Use an SD Card
Dimensions: 10.2 x 7 x 0.8 inches. Built-in storage: None. Music player: No. USB/SD slots: Yes/Yes. The Facebook Portal displays your photos from Facebook and Instagram on a 10-inch touchscreen that's easy to use.