An iPad Stylus Gives You the Creative Freedom You Want From Your Tablet

Whether you're a designer or a doodler, our top stylus picks will help your drawings go from zero to hero!

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A stylus makes it a lot easier to draw, sketch, and write notes than using just your finger. It can also come in handy when it's cold and you have gloves on — which make it impossible for your tablet to recognize your fingers. We've evaluated over 20 different iPad styluses to help you find the best one for quickly jotting down notes or improving your iPad drawings. With the exception of the Apple Pencil, all of our picks will work with other tablets or your smartphone, too.

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Apple
Apple Pencil Stylus
$94.88

If you have an iPad Pro or the new 6th Generation iPad, the Apple Pencil is the best stylus you can buy for your iPad. Unfortunately, Apple has a high asking price of around $100 for the accessory. We think if you're a serious designer or artist, it's worth the extra expense. It offers the most precision of any stylus we've used, and it has unmatched comfort, too.

Our only complaint is that charging it is quite awkward. You have a choice between plugging it into your tablet or using an included adapter, which is small and extremely easy to lose. However, the accessory’s performance and functionality make the tradeoff worth it.

Related: Other iPad Accessories That You Should Always Have in Your Bag

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Adonit
Adonit Mark Stylus
$12.99

The Adonit Mark stylus is the best stylus for those on a budget. It's super sleek and easily slides in a pocket, and it's comfortable to hold and performs quite well, with smooth precision. It's the perfect stylus to write or draw with, thanks to its incredible balance and excellent build quality. It's an accurate and affordable stylus that's definitely worthy of your consideration. 

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Studio Neat
Studio Neat Cosmonaut Stylus
$24.99

For those who prefer a thicker stylus body, we recommend the Studio Neat Cosmonaut stylus. It feels more like writing with a dry-erase marker than a pen, and it's a great option for kids. Despite its thicker shape, this stylus offers plenty of precision. Its nib is durable and replaceable, and the stylus is made from solid aluminum, so it can feel heavy after long note-taking sessions.

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Sensu
Sensu Brush and Stylus
$39.99

This stylus from Sensu is a great option for artists who like to draw and "paint." It's one of the few styluses that actually has a paintbrush tip that'll help you create realistic-looking digital artwork. The iPad recognizes the stylus no matter what angle you're holding it at. Its nub is firm, but easy to control. The stylus is small, comes in two colors (chrome or black), and comes with a protective cap. 

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Ciscle
Ciscle Stylus
$10.99

The Ciscle's transparent, circular nib allows you to draw or write smoothly without obstructing your view. The stylus has an aluminum alloy body that gives it a comfortable grip, which doesn't feel too heavy. At the bottom of its barrel you'll find a rubber grip that'll add some much-needed comfort during long note-taking sessions. This stylus comes with two extra tips and a lanyard for forgetful types.

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Wacom
Wacom Bamboo Fineline 3 Stylus
$54.09

Wacom's stylus feels a lot like writing with a fancy gel pen, and it's a good choice for those who appreciate a writing utensil with a bit of heft to it. The stylus has a rubber exterior that provides a great grip, a retractable pressure-sensitive tip, and, like the Apple Pencil, it requires recharging. It links to your device via Bluetooth, and it has a function button you can program to easily enable the eraser or switch your utensil to your favorite color on a drawing or note-taking app.