The Best Cell Phone Tripod Stands

Jon Miron | July 27th 2020

We’re all video chatting more these days, and holding on to a phone for hours can be cumbersome. A tripod stand is an inexpensive way to solve this problem and also upgrade your photography/videography capabilities.

I bought and compared 5 tripod stands from Amazon’s best sellers and Wirecutter.com’s favorite picks.

  • Top Pick

Flexible Tripod Stand
by Erligpowht

$16.99

Available on Amazon

A versatile tripod stand for both outdoor adventures and indoor use. Easily adjustable for the perfect height and angle.

  • Pricey Option

Compact Tripod 1K Stand
by Joby

$26.68 +
$12.95 Phone Mount

Available on Amazon

Comparable to my top pick in functionality. The grip is not as secure as the top pick, but it’s still very good. Build quality here is second to none.

  • Compact Option

Jelly Grip WX Tripod
by Square Jellyfish

$17.95

Available on Amazon

A small but mighty tripod stand that’s perfect for desktop zoom sessions or travel. Lightweight and great build quality.

Flexible Tripod Stand by Erligpowht

A versatile tripod stand for both outdoor adventures and indoor use. Easily adjustable for the perfect height and angle. Its bendable legs can grip onto a wide variety of objects and surfaces.

The Flexible Tripod Stand by Erligpowtht securely holds your cell phone or camera in place so that you can remotely take photos and videos. It is lightweight and portable, yet sturdy enough to trust with your valuable tech. The tripod shines in a vast range of settings, from home and office use, to travel and outdoor adventures.

The legs are fun to adjust and can be used to change your phone’s angle and height; they can also secure the tripod to uneven surfaces and wrap around all sorts of objects. Compared to the similar products we’ve tested, the legs on this tripod are preferable because they are easier to adjust and they have better grip. The better grip is due to more flexible legs and a grippy high-density rubber-coating.

The phone clamp fits most standard sized smartphones, both iPhone and Android (between 2.3 inches to 3.75 inches wide). The tripod is compatible with a wide range of devices besides cell phones, including cameras, Gopros (adapter included), and small projectors. It comes equipped with a universal 1/4″ screw connector.

The 360° ball-in-socket joint on the tripod enables you to position your device at any angle. For example, you can position your phone in landscape or portrait orientation. Due to the metal construction of the ball-in-socket joint, the cell phone mount gains durability, but also has some extra weight. The product is great to use as is, but if you want to make the stand even lighter you can easily swap the device mount with a lightweight Squeeze Grip 360 Degree Tripod Mount made by Square Jellyfish.

If you want to take photos while standing away from your phone or camera, there is a wireless remote control included (maximum distance is about 10m/30ft).

Pros

Great for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor uses. Height and angle are easily adjustable. Holds phone in landscape or portrait orientation. Legs are lighter, easier to adjust, and grip better than the competition, all at a more affordable price point.

Cons

While the build quality is good, some areas are less robust than in competing products. If you plan to put your tripod stand through significant stress tests, consider the more premium Joby products.

Available on Amazon

Jelly Grip WX Tripod by Square Jellyfish

A small but mighty tripod stand that’s perfect for desktop zoom sessions or travel. Lightweight and great build quality.

If your main use case is to take hands-free video calls from a desk (or similarly elevated flat surface) then the Jelly Grip WX Tripod by Square Jellyfish is a perfect tripod stand to buy. It’s also great for travel because it’s lightweight, compact, and durable.

The phone clamp is easy to adjust and holds phones securely. It fits most standard sized smartphones, both iPhone and Android. The 360° ball-in-socket mount can position your phone in landscape or portrait orientation. And it is advertised that it is “virtually impossible for your phone to come loose or fall off”. We’ve found this claim to hold up in our testing.

The stand is very stable with it’s wide stanced legs. And the legs fold up nicely for compact storage.

Pros

Lightweight and high quality construction, backed by a lifetime warranty. Sturdy tripod legs and secure phone holder. Perfect for desktop zoom sessions! 360 degree camera mount lets you shoot in landscape or portrait.

Cons

Not designed for use on low surfaces or outdoor settings without a flat surface. Short stature and fixed height limits the range of camera shots that are possible.

Available on Amazon

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