There's nothing like having the convenience of hands-free use of your iPad. Whether you're in the kitchen, streaming a film, or working at your desk, a stand becomes an essential tool in the arsenal.

Of course, those using their iPad for work may also want to pair the iPad with a keyboard (here are some of the best ones).

We've rounded up some of the best iPad stands out there for every budget – from the lightweight and portable, to the adjustable, to the ones that just look great.

For more hands-free gadgetry, also see our round up of the best iPhone car holders and mounts.

Lamicall Tablet Stand

Lamicall Tablet Stand

The Lamicall Tablet stand is an adjustable iPad holder that rotates 270 degrees to suit the angle that you need, making it ideal for use at the work desk or kitchen table. It comes with rubber cushions on the hooks to prevent the screen from getting scratched too. 

It works with any tablet (or phone) from 4in to 13in. Lamicall also has a "gooseneck" style iPad holder which rotates 360 degrees which you can get on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

UGreen Tablet Stand

UGreen Tablet Stand

This universal stand from UGreen works across a broad range of devices (including Nintendo Switch!) from display sizes as small as 4in – and comes in either white or black.

The stand folds so you can carry it with you to work or to use on your commute. Plus, the hinge flexes up to 100-degrees.

Flippy iPad Tablet Pillow Stand

Flippy iPad Tablet Pillow Stand

If you're looking for a stand for when you're lounging about on the couch or bed, this pillow stand is worth looking at.

A useful feature is you can adjust the viewing angle by resting the device on a separate edge of the pillow stand, as each side is tilted to a different degree.

This works with multiple devices, and the outer fabric can be cleaned easily by using a damp cloth. 

Twelve South Compass 2

Twelve South Compass 2

If you're looking for a stylish folding stand to hold up your iPad while you work, Twelve South has you covered with the Compass 2.

We like the way it folds up into a small package, and can be quickly unfolded and placed on any flat surface. It's ideal for mobile workers looking to prop up an iPad in a coffee shop, and designers will love its arty credentials. You can also unfold one side to prop an iPad up on its side.

Pick it up from Amazon for £34.99.

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage

If you're standing up in front of a lot of people and giving a presentation, then this iPad stand is a great choice.

The Belkin Portable Tablet Stage Stand is sturdy and has an adjustable platform to position your iPad right where you can see it. It comes with a built in system for tidying away cables, and you can use the Apple HD Adapter to connect your iPad to a projector or display. The stand comes with an app called Stage (available for iOS and Android) that acts as an interactive whiteboard and document camera.

We think it's a great stand for teachers and others who present on a regular basis. 

In Australia it's available directly from Belkin for AU$129.95

Bluelounge Mika

Bluelounge Mika

It may lack features found on more complex stands, but the Bluelounge Mika stand has one thing going for it: strength. Crafted from solid aluminium, the Mika forms a solid wedge that holds your iPad at 70 degrees.

We like its simplicity, too. Eschewing all the folding and gimmicks from other stands, Mika is a pure stand that will look great on any desk.

In the US you can get it from Blue Lounge directly.

WildAtlantic Rustic Tablet Stand

WildAtlantic Rustic Tablet Stand

Here's an option that's different to the aluminum and plastic options out there. This stand is handcrafted out of real Elm wood from West Cork, Ireland and fits any 10in tablets – which means it should fit the iPad 9.7in.

There's also enough room at the top to allow use of the rear camera when the iPad is mounted on the stand.

Pick it up from Etsy for around £50/US$61/AU$95.