Remote control toys are fantastic for hand eye coordination and encouraging cooperation with others, both of which are essential skills, but many kids already have plenty of remote-controlled cars. RC submarines are a fun alternative to traditional RC cars, and they’re available both as toys or as fancier and more expensive drone models – some of them even take underwater photos! If you’re wondering what to choose, we’ve compared the 8 best RC submarines side by side to help you make an informed decision. 

How to Pick the Best RC Submarine

1. Recommended Age

When you’re choosing a product for your child, getting something recommended for their age increases the likelihood that they can use it safely and enjoy it. It’s always a good idea to check on the recommended age for a product before making a purchase.

2. Toy vs Drone

There are two kinds of RC submarines described on our list, toys and drones. Drones tend to be more complex and serious and cost more money, making them a better pick for older kids. Toys are cheaper but still fun, tending to have fewer features but similar motion style. A toy might be less interesting to an older child than a drone, while a drone might be too complex and easily broken by a younger child.

3. Batteries

Almost all RC products need batteries, and knowing if you’ll need them and what kind can make the process of opening a new toy a lot more enjoyable. Having the right batteries on hand before the need arises ensures that playtime can happen right away and no one is disappointed.

4. Size

The toys and drones on our list vary in size from small to fairly large. Some smaller units may not be complex or interesting enough to older children, so considering size in conjunction with features may affect your final decision.

5. Depth

Unique to RC subs, this feature describes how far the sub can descend into the water while staying in range. Toys tend to have a much shorter range than actual drones, but ranges on all products vary. Products with longer ranges tend to provide more entertainment value, but the depth range is especially handy with camera drones as it allows for more unique photographic opportunities.

6. Camera Included

As we’ve mentioned, some – but not all – of the drones on our list include a camera. None of the toys do, so if a camera being included is an important factor in your decision, you’ll want to make absolutely certain one is present.

The Winners


SEA PEEP Submariner

best overall

An ideal choice for transitioning between toy and drone, the Sea Peep Submariner Camera feels like somewhat of a hybrid. The fun, bright orange and white capsule design descends up to 2 meters and features a 30 MP camera as well as 256 MB of built in memory. The two lamp headlights make taking illuminated underwater stills easy, and kids will love the awesome real photos of what’s going on under the water.

Recommended Age: 10+
Toy vs. Drone: Drone
Batteries: 6 AA not included
Size: 13.5 x 8.2 x 3.5 inches
Depth: 2 meters
Camera Included: Yes


The PowerVission Wizard Drone high end, innovative tool for advanced drone enthusiasts features a simple interface a child can use despite its many exceptional features. The amazing 98 foot depth allows users to capture truly unique underwater images, and the 4K UHD camera shoots impressive 12 MP stills with remarkable detail that kids will love reviewing and learning from. The on board 64 GB memory is helpful, ensuring that the SD card won’t fill up with annoying frequency.

Recommended Age: 10+
Toy vs. Drone: Drone
Batteries: Included
Size: 18.3 x 10.8 x 5.5 inches
Depth: 98 feet
Camera Included: Yes


Compact and inexpensive, this speedy eMart RC submarine boat is both easy for kids to use and lots of fun. The bright blue design with green and blue starbursts accents the zippy little submarine’s journey through the water, and the 6 meter depth is pretty impressive for a toy RC sub. It’s an awesome vacation toy pick for water destinations, because it travels well and the eye-catching body design is easy to spot.

Recommended Age: 10+
Toy vs. Drone: Toy
Batteries: 4 AA not included
Size: 4.3 x 1.6 x 3.1 inches
Depth: 6 meters
Camera Included: no


Unique and streamlined, this small, symmetrical Sublue White Shark submarine is the only real drone on this list that doesn’t feature a camera – however, there’s a centrally located camera mount that is designed to be universally compatible. It works with almost all sports cameras, which is great if you already have one you’re used to using. The device is simple for kids to operate and has an exciting maximum depth of 40 meters, plus it’s available in white, aqua or black and orange.

Recommended Age: 12+
Toy vs. Drone: Drone
Batteries: Included
Size: Not provided
Depth: 40 meters
Camera Included: No


This Egoelife Mini Submarine features a sharp blue camo pattern that makes it look like a real military sub, this toy offers full motion functionality(forward, backward, left and right) as well as impressive 360 degree rolls kids will love. The convenient water outlet port ensures that the device fully drains after each use, ensuring that it maintains its integrity and can be continually used and enjoyed. Like all RC toys, it’s a great way to improve small motor control and hand eye coordination, and it’s a great accompaniment on a pool, lake or camping trip.

Recommended Age: 8+
Toy vs. Drone: Toy
Batteries: 4 AAA not included
Size: 5.5 x 2 x 1.38 inches
Depth: 16 feet
Camera Included: No


The super realistic and cool dark grey design of Jujuism Mini Submarine is accented by very bright LED lights which increase underwater visibility of the toy’s full motion functionality and make it even more fun. Lights usually aren’t a feature on toy RC submarines, and the fact that this one is easy to see underwater makes it more exciting for kids to use. It ‘s feels more advanced and model-like than the other toys listed here, but the controls are super simple, so it builds confidence quickly in first time users.

Recommended Age: 14+
Toy vs. Drone: Toy
Batteries: 4 AA not included
Size: 4.9 x 1.4 x 1.8 inches
Depth: 5 meters
Camera Included: No


Simple and fun in design, this bright orange kid friendly Thor Robotics RC submarine with real drone technology is a fun accompaniment during a day at the pool, boating on the lake or during other water sports excursions. It features an on board camera as well as high lumen LED spotlights that make sure underwater pics turn out great. The cute rubber duck antenna topper makes the device easy to spot as it ascends. This drone is designed to be ergonomic and easy to use, which makes it an excellent first serious drone for kids.

Recommended Age: 10+
Toy vs. Drone: Drone
Batteries: 1 12V not included
Size: 10.1 x 6.3 x 4.3 inches
Depth: 3 meters
Camera Included: Yes

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for RC Car lovers

For smaller kids who want to get in on the fun with a submarine activity, this paper plate sub craft from Maggy at Red Ted Art is a great rainy day craft.
diy submarine toy

Submarine fans and Beatles enthusiasts(and who isn’t?) will love this Yellow Submarine themed birthday party by Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

DIY submarine bag

Older, mechanically inclined kids will jump at the opportunity to convert an old RC car to an RC sub thanks to this tutorial by ScrapSmith at Instructables.

Quick Decision

Sea Peep Sub-Mariner – Best Overall

The 30 MP camera is illuminated by 2 lamp headlights for underwater picture taking and the interface is simple enough for kids to use

PowerVision PowerRay Wizard Drone – Upgrade Choice
The 4K UHD cam with 12 MP stills beats the picture quality of anything else on this list by miles

eMart 4CH RC Boat Submarine – Best Budget Buy
It offers impressive depth for a budget toy plus a fun design and easy transport

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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