The Best iPad to Buy (and the Ones to Avoid)

Buying an iPad should be simple. You just buy whatever’s new, right? If only. Apple sells four main iPad models, each with its own strengths. In addition, a growing number of older iPads are floating around the eBays of the world. Since all these devices look pretty much the same, it’s important to know what you’re buying and what you should pay for it. This guide covers the best iPads available right now, the important differences between models, and every old model that exists (including the ones you shouldn’t buy at any price).

Be sure to check out all our buying guides, including the Best iPad Accessories, Best iPhones, Best iPhone 12 Cases and Accessories, Best Tablets, and Best MacBooks.

Updated September 2021: We’ve added the 2021 iPad and iPad Mini 6.

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