The 8 Best Selfie Tripods

Updated January 15, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

8 Best Selfie Tripods
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We think it's time for smartphone photography to move up a notch. Take your Snapchats and Instagram stories beyond selfie sticks and into the world of selfie tripods. They'll let you (and your friends) pose for perfectly stable and well-framed self portraits without having to squeeze into the frame, and work with either your phone's self-timer function or an included remote control. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best selfie tripod on Amazon.

8. Accmor AC-13TR Self-Portrait

The Accmor AC-13TR Self-Portrait combo is suitable for use with your phone, camera, and many recording devices. Its contoured handle has an ergonomic grip surface perfect for snapping action shots, and its legs can be removed for handheld use.
  • lightweight aluminum construction
  • includes a bluetooth remote
  • legs could be a bit sturdier
Brand Accmor
Model AC-13TR
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Apphome Extendable

The Apphome Extendable is both a low-cost and versatile option, which you'll appreciate as you assume the position to snap that perfect shot, whether you're using it in your hand or on its attachable legs. It can support some cameras as well as larger phones.
  • just 10-inches long when collapsed
  • easy twist-to-lock pole extensions
  • remote tends to un-pair frequently
Brand Apphome
Model Apphome-LH tripod
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Emoji Enterprises

Unlike many products in this category that are essentially two separate items, a selfie stick and a set of detachable legs, the Emoji Enterprises is truly one unit. The legs collapse to become the handle when it's used as a handheld monopod.
  • remote control clips into handle
  • weighs less than 5 ounces
  • plastic components feel fairly cheap
Brand Emoji Enterprises
Model case
Weight 5.1 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Yunteng Tabletop 888

While the spread of the detachable legs on the Yunteng Tabletop 888 is a bit small to offer excellent stability, it is well machined to ensure a level image wherever you can find even ground. It extends up to 31.5 inches tall.
  • vertical or horizontal mount options
  • accommodates phones up to 85 mm wide
  • not safe for use in high winds
Brand Accmor
Model YT-888
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Foneso Extendable Monopod

Whether you use it as a handheld stick or with its three legs extended, the Foneso Extendable Monopod will help you snap self-portraits or stable landscapes using almost any type or size of smartphone. Its holster locks into place once in position for added security.
  • 270 degree tilting head
  • a wrist strap for safe carrying
  • legs may not perch evenly
Brand Foneso
Model 3323654
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. ChargerCity Pistol Grip

The ChargerCity Pistol Grip doesn't have an extendable pole, but it does provide a handy collapsible and sturdy platform for your smartphone or small digital camera when you need it. It will reliably hold your phone in just about any position you require.
  • good for steady handheld video shots
  • includes an sd card reader
  • preset locking angle positions
Brand ChargerCity
Weight 3.5 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. LifeStyle Designs 4-in-1

It's no problem if you have no flat surface on which to place your holster's legs. The LifeStyle Designs 4-in-1 features octopus-style adjustable legs that can wrap around a vertical or horizontal bar to support your phone, with or without its included extension pole.
  • comes with a soft carrying bag
  • secure spring-loaded phone grip
  • good value for the price
Brand Lifestyle Designs
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Square Jellyfish

As simple as it is effective, the Square Jellyfish doesn't come with myriad attachments or a Bluetooth remote, but it makes up for that with its reliable design. It weighs just 2.6 ounces, yet is stable enough to be used just about anywhere you'd want to take a selfie.
  • rear ball joint holds its position
  • doesn't require phone case removal
  • mount can be used with any tripod
Brand Square Jellyfish
Model pending
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

A Perfect Love Triangle

Suzy's in love with Jeff, but he's in love with her best friend Anna, who loves him back, but isn't sure whether her love for Jeff is greater or more important than her love for her bestie.

It's a classic love triangle, and it's a tough geometric combination to challenge. It also has a lot to do with tripods.

Mathematically, three legs is enough. You could, I suppose demand, four legs, or even a dozen, but it turns out that it would actually decrease your stability if you added any more legs.

Why is this? Well, you see, it only takes three points to define a plane in basic geometry. I was an English major, so I'm going to employ a little practical experiment here to make my point clear.

Take a piece of paper (the plane) and rest it on the tips of your thumb, index, and middle fingers (the three points). Make small adjustments to the positioning of your fingers and you'll notice that the paper always rests flat on all three points, even as it changes its own orientation.

Now, add a fourth finger to the mix. In order for the plane to keep in touch with all four points, it begins to bend, to distort, to lose stability.

So, when it's time to balance our expensive phones and cameras on something, a good triangle seems like the best bet.

In Defense Of The Selfie

Millennials take a lot of flack for taking selfies.

A now uncountable number of "think pieces" (page fillers for a 24-hour internet news cycle that is forever desperate for hits) has been written on the topic with titles like, Are Selfies Ruining Your Relationships? or 10 Ways Selfies Are Ruining Society.

Very few of these pieces rely on anything more than anecdotal data, statistically anomalous occurrences of death or injury resulting from sheer stupidity, or–my personal favorite–fear of a changing world.

The thinking among large swaths of Generation Xers and older is that the Millennials are self-obsessed, lazy ne'er-do-wells completely and utterly dependent on the technology of their day.

There is, admittedly, some small truth in this. Trends in advertising have locked in on young humanity's need to see ourselves reflected in the pool.

But that need isn't completely sated by advertising and the media, especially if you're not a young white male.

Traditionally, the most elusive and sought-after target of the US consumer market has been 18-24-year-old white males. Funny thing is, that demographic takes far fewer selfies than its female counterpart.

One probable reason for this? Selfies gratify a part of us that seeks representation in media. The only group consistently, overwhelmingly represented in US media from advertising to film and television, is male, almost always white, and between the ages of 18 and 35.

For the rest of the world, selfies are a way to tip the scales of media representation, a way to empower oneself to say, "I'm here, too. I'm a person, and I matter."

Three Legs For A Long Time

While the selfie itself is a relatively recent phenomenon, the tripod goes back at least as far as ancient Greece.

I'm sure not too many people think about it while they're putting their selfie tripod in just the right place, but the oracle at Delphi, named Pythia, sat herself on a three-legged stool when reading into the future and the nature of the universe for Apollo. Mythology is pretty cool like that.

Knowing what we know about the Greeks co-opting a majority of their mathematics from the Persian Empire and Arabic scholars in Egypt, it's pretty safe to assume that the stability of a three-legged seat was known throughout the Middle East for centuries leading up to its recording in Greek literature, pottery, painting, and sculpture.

Tripods as we think of them today developed as stabilizing instruments for land survey equipment. In the middle of the 19th century, photographers took the leveling scope off the surveyor's tripod and replaced it with a large format camera.

Since then, the tripod has been the preferred device for camera stability in still photography and video, though film makers got a new toy in the 70s called the steadycam.

Do you need a $10,000 counterbalance vest for your selfies? I'm going to say no, unequivocally. Would a tripod be nice, though? Absolutely.

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Last updated on January 15, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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