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The best selfie sticks

The selfie stick has become an extremely popular smartphone accessory, particular with tourists or those obsessed with selfie culture. It's also the butt of many jokes and derided by many; those who use them seem oblivious to people around them, wielding it like a weapon.

But when used considerately and judiciously, a selfie stick can be a useful photo accessory. Because this telescoping tool can reach beyond the length of your arm, you can easily capture self-portraits (sorry, selfies) or include yourself in a group photo. As the name suggests, the purpose of a selfie stick to get you in the picture, but it's also handy for photographing up-high or down-low.

Telescoping poles for cameras aren't a new concept, but selfie sticks refer to those designed to work with smartphones. Since they don't need to support a heavy camera, selfie sticks are compact and lightweight — hence, their ubiquity. They are also relatively cheap and can be even purchased in dollar and drug stores.

With that said, you get what you pay for: A cheap selfie stick is, well, cheaply made. If you're looking for a quality product that will last you a while (don't worry, selfies are showing no signs of a downturn) and has unique features, we've rounded up three of our favorites. And remember, use it with care or risk being known as that annoying one.

Here are the best selfie sticks you can buy:

Updated on 10/28/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting. We are currently researching new options that are worth recommending.