The Best Motors and Propellers for FPV Drones

There are so many choices when it comes to motors and propellers for FPV drone, it can be hard to decide. Here I will narrow down the options and give you my recommendations on the what I think are the best motors and props for 5″ mini quad.

The Best FPV Drone Motors

The “best motor” doesn’t really exist. Every motor performs differently, ultimately it all comes down to the application, your flying style and budget.

I do a little bit of both racing and freestyle, so I prefer motors that are flexible and “all-around”, but some motors are designed for very specific applications that you might want to consider.

To learn more about mini quad motors, here is a tutorial: Choose Motor for FPV Drone.

DYS SunFun 2207 2400KV (Cheapest Worth Having for 4S)

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The DYS Sunfun 2207 is a solid option for a budget first build. I used these motors for over a year and they performed brilliantly and reliably. I like the decent quality and competitive price, at only $13 a piece.

DYS aims to provide efficiency over power with the Sunfun motors, if you are new to flying FPV, the 2400KV version would be a great choice. This motor is also flexible when it comes to what propellers you can use, as it performs well on a wide range of props, even the heavier/higher pitch 5″.

iFlight Xing X2207 – My Choice for Freestyle on both 4S and 6S

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The Xing series from iFlight has to be one of the most gorgeous motors made in 2019. Apart from the distinctive and unique curved motor bell, the Xing 2207 also comes with lots of great features. For example, a single piece titanium alloy motor shaft, robust 9x4x4 bearings, single-strand winding, and the damping ring between bell and bearing that improves durability. The X2207 is a powerful motor with high torque, which translates into responsive and snappy flight performance.

The Xing motor line-up offers many different KV depending on what LiPo voltages you plan to use (4S or 6S), propellers and flying styles. 1700KV and 1800KV are for 6S, while 2450KV and 2750KV are for 4S.

BrotherHobby R6 2207 1750KV – for 6S Builds

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The Returner R6 2207 by BrotherHobby is a great designs with EZO bearing and titanium shaft, yet the price is very reasonable for a high quality motor that offers extremely smooth and efficient performance.

BrotherHobby continues to improve the Returner series motors, in the new R6 they have introduced some remarkable improvements, for example the larger and more robust ball bearings for extra durability, and the knurled motor bell top, to keep the prop from slipping without over-tightening the prop nut.

T-motor F60 PRO IV (for Racing)

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This is one of the most powerful motors on the list, capable of producing over 1900 grams of thrust in static testing. However it’s also extremely power hungry. It really shines on ultra-light builds which is why many top pilots use this motor for racing.

T-Motor brings improvements in every iteration of the F60 series, and we are now in the 4th generation. A lot of details have been redesigned such as the steel shaft, silicone wires, internal pin-hole, and it’s now using silicone steel sheets. All these changes to reduce the motor weight by 9% from the predecessor! There are now different KV for 4S, 5S and 6S.


Choosing Motor Sizes

2204 and 2205 motors are great choices for ultralight racing drones (<250g dry weight without battery), but these motors generally don’t have the torque to spin heavy props or handle heavy builds.

I will probably put 2206 and 2305 in the same category due to the similar stator volume. These are great for slightly heavier builds, e.g. 250g – 300g on 4S. Motors of these sizes are also popular on light weight 5S and 6S quads (if supported).

Both 2306 or 2207 are great for general purposes as they can handle the widest range of propellers and heavier builds, (>300g+ dry weight without battery). Generally speaking, 2207 are slightly more powerful and has a more linear throttle response, while I prefer the smooth and efficient 2306 for freestyle flying and cruising. (see the 2207 vs. 2306 comparison for more info)

Some people use the tiny 1407 motors for ultralight 5″ quads. Personally I don’t think that’s a good idea because they don’t have the torque for 5″ props, perhaps better for light weight 4″.

It’s important to understand that there are many factors other than just motor size and KV when picking a motor.

The performance is also determined by the motor build quality and design features (air gap, magnet strength, stator lamination, winding etc.) Two motors of the same size made by different manufacturers will very likely to perform differently. I explained all these factors in more detail in my tutorial how to choose Motor for Quadcopters.

What Motor KV Should You Get?

Usually, each 5″ mini quad motor offers 2 to 3 KV options in the range of 2300KV to 2800KV for 4S, some even offer 1600-1800KV for 6S. The different motor KV is caused by the the number of wraps in the stator winding. The rest of the hardware should be the identical.

Motor KV limits your propeller choice. For freestyle, I personally prefer 2300KV-2500KV on 5″ props, but I know some serious FPV racers always pick 2600KV or even higher KV for maximum power. As long as you know what you are doing, and able to manage the current draw while not damaging your battery and ESC, you should be fine.

However, I do want to point out that higher KV doesn’t automatically make you a faster pilot. It just has to be set up right, pairing the right props, keeping the weight of the drone down to an optimal level, etc.


The Best Props for FPV Drone

Similar to motors, propellers are designed for different purposes, the pitch, shape and material all play a part in performance and flight characteristics. Here is a propeller buyer’s guide explaining all the basics of FPV drone props.

HQ 5.1×4.1×3 – My Favourite for Freestyle

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I love the HQ 5.1×4.1×3 for its linear throttle response, which gives me very precise control through the whole throttle range. The responsiveness and grip are just awesome, the quad feels snappy and connected to the sticks. But beware of the extra 0.1″ prop length, some 5″ frame are designed very strictly to fit only 5″ props. But I’ve used this on quite a few 5″ frames and haven’t had any issues yet.

Gemfan Hurricane 51466 – for Racing

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The Gemfan Hurricane is a great performer in the high end of your throttle, lots of punch and very smooth, but not as precise in the lower end. They have reinforced hub and meant to take a beating around the race course. Bent props? Just bend it back and keep flying!

DAL Cyclone 5045C – Best Trainer Props

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I flew the DAL Cyclone all year back in 2018, I still remember I had these on a quad and I didn’t have to change a single prop for weeks! :D I think that’s not only because they are durable, but they also performed so well I didn’t crash as much as I normally do.

These are very “versatile” propellers, and work well on a wide range of motors, that’s what I like about them. The only thing I don’t like, is how punchy they are in the lower end throttle, making the quad a little too “jumpy” when trying to go through small gaps :)

These are cheap and tough, I think they are good option for people who are still mastering the sticks.

DAL Fold – Convenient and Innovative

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Having trouble packing your drone in the backpack, but too lazy to take the props off? Check these foldable props out by DAL!

They might look “floppy”, but they actually perform very decently, I can hardly noticed difference from flying non-foldable props. It’s also less likely to get caught in trees and race gates because the blades simply fold when they hit something.

If you are still on the fence about these weird looking props, just try a set :) It’s only a few bucks. You might be surprised!

See my full review discussing the pros and cons of the DAL Fold props.

Edit History

  • Mar 2017 – Article created
  • Jul 2017 – Added Returner R4, F40 III, Retired F60, Champion 2205, T2 2206
  • Dec 2017 – Added Returner R5,
  • May 2018 – Added Returner R6, Sunnsky Edge Racing, Dragonfly Hurricane, and options for ultralight racers and 6S builds
  • Sep 2019 – Updated product listing
  • July 2020 – Updated motors and added props

31 thoughts on “The Best Motors and Propellers for FPV Drones

  1. Kevin James Dahlquist

    I have a unique non-racing build going on, and it will be a hexacopter. How does that effect motor choice? Intuititively I feel like I ought to be able to use more smaller motors on a larger overall frame. Do you have a rule of thumb for that? Part of my motivation is to keep the overall frame size down while maintaining a decent payload capacity.

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  2. Alex

    Do you think if I take a motor meant for 6s, like the BrotherHobby R6 2207 1750KV, and run 7″ props on 3s it would be efficient and give enough power to fly? I want to build a long range quad, but smaller than what I’ve built before so am thinking 7″ props. It will be for cruising, flight time will be more important than performance. If there is already a motor guide for long range quads please point me to it.

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  3. Lorenzo

    Hi Oscar,
    I am building a 2″ 95mm 4s quad but while i see that most 2″ use 1105 motors, i was wondering if it could be a good thing to put 1106 instead. Maybe are them overpowered? If yes, what can this cause, only less efficency or a loss of performance?
    Thank you for your reply, keep up the great work!

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    1. Oscar Post author

      1106’s are fine, given the same KV, they are capable of providing a bit more torque and power, but they are also slightly heavier and more power hungry at high throttle.

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  4. Nikotttin

    Could you please write a similar summary but for 2 and 3’’’ quads?
    My fav to date is the 1103 7500kv from Amaxinno…
    I haven’t found anything smaller that was fun to play with, although I stick to the 0802 or 3 for my 65mm whoops…

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  5. Jonasce

    I use for freestyle 5″ hyperlite motors 2405 with 2522KV…is that a good sollution? Thanks!
    Weight of quad is 450grams w/o/ battery.

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  6. Jonathan Thorstensson

    Thank you for all the facenating info! Got me forth in this hobby!
    Currantly running dys 2205 se re 2300kv, 4-5cell, 359g dry on a qav-r frame with 25A 4in1, kakute f4 v2.
    How much of a difference would a new set of motors make?
    (Theese just does not want to give up, got 5 spairs, still. Tried the brotherhobby t1 2205 2300kv, felt almost identical.)

    Is 2207 the new freestyle standard, or is it worth waiting for the next gen. Motors?

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  7. Justin Scholtemeyer

    Are there any 3 inch prop size 6s motors on the market currently? I see HGLRC are working on a 20/20 6s stack! Would love a 6s 3 incher

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  8. Alejandro Vizcaino Gandia

    HI Oscar, I’m starting t put together my 6″ long range. and would like to know what’s your opinion about the gear I´m gonna use:
    frame- armattan rooster 6″
    motors- TBS ethix konasty 2407. 2200kv
    props- dalprop cyclone 60/40/3
    fc stack- Hobbywing X-rotor 45A 4 in 1ESC FC F4 V2
    camera- runcam eagle 2 pro
    vtx- TBS UNIFY PRO V2 ( at the moment, I’m thinking to change to 1,3 ghz )
    RX- TBS crossfire nano
    VTX antenna- TBS triumph
    what’s your opinion? I think, all the components are quite good right? or do you think is possible to change something to make it even better? thanks and greetings from Spain

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  9. Kevin

    Hey what about thia motor, no no no what about this motor. No what about this one. Whats up guys and gals. This is his pick for best motors. Just because he did not list the motors you wasted your money, or you di not have the same opinion i mean really, you think goi g what about this motor i disnt see them on there. Ok (crickets churping) and your saying that why again, this is his pick for now if you dont agree or dont like it then make your own blog. I mean i can tell most of you guya that are doing that dont have much experience with many different brand motors. You are locked into mostly 1 brand and you are bias so when u dont see them on here yoh get all but hurt. Like the guy saying he puts the elchepo pyrodrone motors above all these. Yea i bet that guy has never flown any of theae motor brands i bet you $100 bucks he has only flown those, and or maybe 1 other brand. But yet puts those above all these of which he has never flown, meaning you can not put any of that above any of those motors your just going off of blind stuborn pride to make yourself fell better for paying the money for a motor thats the price of a grade a motor thats like. He did not have the f40 pro 2 on here he compared the f40 iii to the f40ii thats funny right there yea no wonder the f40 iii beat out the f40 ii the f40 ii are the old school f40s iv flown most of these motors except the dragon flys can not speak for those have no idea iv neber flown them. And i can tell in my opinion the f40 pro ii notice pro ii not tje f40 ii but the f40 proii big difference in motors totally different motor different bell and all are the best ones iv flown for speed power and low end but you will burn up some batteries with the 2600kv but 0 to 153mph in seconds and plenty of low end they are almost to fast for the track and they are only 28 grams i think 29 with the full long wires on them but after cutting the wires down they are 28 grams they are weak in a crash because the bell but if your not a moron you can bend them back on the quad in the field and your good to go so really id rather have them instead of the slower f40 iii when u bemd one of those doing 80mph cant bend it back until u get back to the shop. Anyways give the dude a break this is not what u think is the best motor but what he thinks is the best motor. No wait what about fhis motor or this one just shut up already and thank the guy for giving his time to make a website people. Damn

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    1. Toni TONE

      you must be fun at parties.

      In all seriousness, thank you Oscar for your services. If you had to choose between the f4 kakute or the f7 variant for an ultra light endurance 7 inch frame, and the current development in betaflight fpv (3.5), which one would you choose? Also which motor would give you the most efficient flight for endurance on a gopro? I am looking at the f7 kakute blheli_32s combo and the Garila 2508 1500KV on 4s.

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      1. Oscar Post author

        I would probably get the F7!
        For endurance flight, I would probably go for 7″, but i haven’t done much research into which particular motor is the most efficient. too many variable in that question like motor-prop combo

  10. Hùng

    Hi Oscar. I’m trying to fix my quad. I have 4 2204 3000kv motors, but the build probably around 360g dry weight. Would this be a good idea? Just freestyle and no racing.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      It will fly, but to be honest it’s a bit too heavy for these motors. You probably want to aim at around 200g for those motors.
      Or you can change those motors out with some 2306 or even 2207 2300-2500KV.

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      1. Hùng

        I’ll try to make it lighter with different frame, can’t afford new motors. Thanks a lot!

  11. Max

    Hi Oscar, what do you think about XNOVA Lightning motors? Many says they are top motors and I would be interested in your opinion! Thanks!

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  12. Tahiti_Chubak

    I’ve tried ultra lightweight 5″ (185g before battery) with BH 1806 2850kv and put azure 5050 dual-blade.

    The thing is locked (really) and accelerate instantly. It really mixes best of 3″ and 5″.

    The cons are weak frame and the too short esc (20×20 28A). When packed with 1300mah 70C it’s ok but with 1600mah 70C I can’t full throttle or it just black out…

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  13. Clemens

    I really like the Dragonfly Hurricane 2207 (2500kv) and after reading your article about them, I am curious why they are not in this list (very good value for price imho).
    Did you have time yet to test them in the field?

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  14. Max

    ist there a big difference between the T40 II pro and the T40 III? besides the obvious open/closed design. Can´t really decide between those two.

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  15. CookieBin

    What about Mr. Steele’s V2 motors? I heard they’re pretty reliable, and now have these bumpers that help prevent debris from getting inside the motor.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      To be honest I didn’t like the V1 at all, so I am a bit skeptical about Steele’s products and I will wait and see what others say about them first.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      I haven’t tried them myself, and my friends who have tried them weren’t particularly impressed by them either.

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  16. Jarret

    Pirodrone’s PYRODRONE HYPERLITE 2307-2722 TEAM EDITION I’ve placed above all of these motors at this point. An insane set of motors from Pirodrone.

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