The 7 Best Digital Photo Frames of 2019

Put your memories on display

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Nix Advance 10-Inch

Nix Advance 10-Inch
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4.4

What We Like

  • Displays photos and videos

  • Clock and calendar function

  • Includes 8GB USB drive

What We Don't Like

  • No Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Reports of faulty USB drives

The Nix Advance 10-inch digital photo frame is another top choice for those seeking the best digital photo frame on the market. This frame is capable of displaying both photos and videos, giving you more options to show off your family’s vacation and holiday memories. The LED-backlit display shows off your photos and videos in full HD so no details are lost. The frame features a motion sensor that automatically turns the frame on when you enter the room so your pictures never play when no one is there to appreciate them.

The Nix Advance is packaged with an 8GB USB drive for easy picture and video storage or display. It also has an SD card slot for added storage. However, this photo frame does more than show off your pictures — it also doubles as a digital clock. The frame is backed by a 1-year warranty that covers defective units and manufacturing errors. 

Best for Office: Nix Advance 15

Nix Advance 15
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4.4

What We Like

  • Many storage options

  • Multifunctional

  • Motion sensor

What We Don't Like

  • Forgoes internal storage

  • No Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Reports of bad screens

The Nix Advance 15-inch digital photo frame not only displays your pictures and videos in full HD, it also gives you a ton of options for doing such. While it lacks internal storage, it does support USB 2.0 and 3.0 flash drives and SD/SDHC cards up to 64GB, letting you show off tens of thousands of photos and videos of your favorite memories with friends and family.

If you would like to build a slideshow, the Nix Advance lets you shuffle photos for a more random display or play photos and videos in order by file name. The built-in motion sensor automatically turns the frame on when you enter the room and turns it back off when you’re not there, saving energy. This frame also has a clock and calendar function so it can double as a table clock.

The Nix Advance 15 is backed by a 1-year warranty that covers defective units and manufacturing errors.

Best for Alexa: Nixplay Iris

What We Like

  • 10GB cloud storage

  • Plays photos and videos

  • 1-year warranty included

What We Don't Like

  • Videos are limited to 15 seconds

  • Sharing function feels unintuitive

With so many household items becoming more and more integrated with one another, digital photo frames should be no exception. The Nixplay Iris frame is certified by Amazon to work with its Alexa voice assistant. Whether you want to power the frame on or off or simply change up your photo playlist, the Iris offers a way to do so without interrupting your day. The 8-inch display shows your photos and videos in full high-definition for superior color and clarity. You can also sync the frame to your social media profiles including Facebook, Instagram, Flikr, Google Photo, and Dropbox

The Iris provides you with up to 10GB of cloud storage so you never have to worry about making space for your family’s memories. You can connect up to five Iris frames via the Nixplay mobile or desktop app to share photos and video playlists with friends and family. The frame also has an auto on/off feature via a sound sensor so it never plays for an empty room

For tips on how to set up your photo frame, check out our article that walks you through the process.

Best for Google Assistant: Google Nest Hub

Google Nest Hub
5

What We Like

  • Works with Google Assistant

  • Automatic brightness option

  • Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities

What We Don't Like

  • Middling sound quality

The Google Nest Hub is one of the best digital photo frames available. The frame automatically displays the best shots from your connected Google Photos account, with no manual uploading necessary. It also uses smart technology to dynamically adjust to the degree of light in the room, thereby optimizing the brightness of your photos. The 7-inch touchscreen display is more than adequate for viewing your favorite pictures throughout the day.

In addition to functioning as a digital photo frame, the Google Nest Hub is a fully equipped smart hub for your home. It features Google Assistant, a voice assistant technology similar to Alexa, high-powered Wi-Fi capabilities for streaming, and video and Bluetooth support for crisp video calling. Crystal clear speakers make video and music streaming a breeze.

Google Nest Hub is compatible with other smart home systems including Nest cam for video security and front door visibility.

Best for Home Use: Nixplay Seed Ultra

What We Like

  • 2K resolution

  • Auto-adjusts photos and videos to fit frame

  • Works with Alexa

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive

  • Short Wi-Fi range

  • Reports of bad screens

Ultra high definition has become the norm for video and photography, and the Nixplay Seed Ultra gives you a way to show off your work without sacrificing quality. The 10-inch screen plays videos and photos in 2K UHD with a 2048 x 1536 resolution for exceptional clarity. The frame has a 4:3 aspect ratio and automatically formats both landscape and portrait shots to fit the screen without distortion. 

Like its cousin, the Nixplay Iris, the frame is certified by Amazon to work with its Alexa voice assistant to choose photo and video playlists. It also utilizes Nixplay’s dedicated mobile and desktop app to share photos and videos between multiple frames as well as integrate social media profiles to import media. Unlike the Iris, the Seed Ultra has a slightly smaller cloud storage option: 8GB compared to the Iris’ 10GB. The Seed Ultra has a built-in motion sensor that automatically turns the frame on and off so that it never plays for an empty room.

The unit features Nixplay’s signature honeycomb design for the frame, making it a perfect match for almost any decor.

Best Under $100: MRQ 14-Inch Digital Photo Frame

What We Like

  • Full HD display

  • USB and SD card slots

  • Multimedia support

What We Don't Like

  • Not Wi-Fi capable

  • No internal storage


If you’re in the market for a digital photo frame, but don’t want to break the bank, the MRQ 14-inch frame is the perfect choice. The screen in this frame plays your photo and video playlists in full 1080p HD and in a 16:9 aspect ratio to preserve the quality of your media. A built-in motion sensor automatically turns on the frame, and you can manually set the autoplay intervals from as little as 30 seconds to as long as five minutes. 

The back of this frame features a USB slot and SD reader that supports cards up to 32GB for multiple options to upload your media. Not only does this frame display your favorite photos and videos, but it also has a clock and calendar function, plays music, and can even be used as an e-reader for your favorite books. The MRQ 14-Inch digital photo frame is quick and simple to set up so you can upload and enjoy your favorite photos and videos right out of the box.

Best Under $50: BSIMB 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame

What We Like

  • Budget friendly

  • Full HD screen

  • 1-Year Warranty

What We Don't Like

  • No Wi-Fi connectivity

  • No Internal storage

For a digital photo frame that’s even easier on the wallet, look no further than the BSIMB 8-Inch frame. This digital photo frame features a backlit LED screen and displays your photos in full HD and videos in either 1080p or 720p resolution for better clarity and more true-to-life colors. Like the MRQ 14-inch model, the BSIMB frame has a clock and calendar feature, an alarm, and can also play music.

When setting up the frame, you can choose from five different languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian) to use in order to make it as accessible as possible for friends and family that may not be fluent English speakers. You can load pictures onto the frame from either a USB drive or SD card up to 32GB to quickly and easily switch playlists. BSIMB backs its 8-inch digital photo frame with 24/7 online customer support and a 1-year warranty that covers manufacturing defects and shipping damage.

Our Process

Our writers spent 30 hours researching and testing the most popular digital photo frames on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

What to Look for in a Digital Photo Frame

Display size - Size is likely a personal preference, with models measuring as small as seven inches and as large as 21 inches. This decision is largely based on your interior design and how much room you have for the frame.

Resolution - Compared to screen size, resolution is less negotiable. Some of the best frames out there offer 1920 x 1080 16:9 IPS displays that will be visibly sharper to the naked eye than lower-resolution models.

Memory - The more memory a digital photo frame has, the more photos (and even videos) the device can store. Most offer about 4GB to 32GB of storage, with some even offering additional capacity via USB, SD, and SDHC memory cards. Still, 4GB of memory can hold about 20,000 pictures, so that should be ample unless you’re uploading large videos.