The 7 Best Walkie Talkies to Buy in 2017

Communicating with friends, family or co-workers is better with walkie talkies

Whether you’re in charge of a construction site or on a camping trip or hike that covers a large area, there’s a walkie talkie to suit your needs. And you don’t have to spend a fortune for quality: you’ll definitely be impressed with the capabilities of the modern walkie talkie. Below, you'll find the seven best walkie talkies on the market, and we’ve taken into consideration their price points, battery life and communication range.

The Midland LXT500VP3's wide range, affordable price and charging station make it one of the best walkie talkies on the list. And on Amazon, it’s listed as the No. 1 best-seller in Portable FRS Two-Way Radios.

The walkie talkies come in black and camouflage, are water resistant and measure 1 x 2 x 6 inches. They feature 22 channels of clear communication, allowing for multiple assigned units in each transmission. Any buyer concerned with long distance communication will be happy to know that the radios offer a range of 24 miles in open areas such as forests or deserts.

One of the best features of the walkie talkies are their power conservation. The units include rechargeable batteries and dual desktop chargers. You can adjust the power settings with the included HI/LO battery life extender feature, too. Other features include a keypad lock to prevent any accidental activation, as well as an incoming call alert, roger beep, auto squelch and silent operation. These features are specifically designed to ensure that there’s not only concise communication, but also understanding.

Some Amazon users rave about the economical price point, lasting battery charge and clear reception over 15 to 20 city blocks. More critical Amazon buyers mention the low maximum volume output and fuzzy reception if inside a building with thick walls.

You don’t have to spend a chunk of change for a pair of decent walkie talkies. In fact, you can spend less than $20 on some of the most inexpensive two-way radios on the market that include all the valuable features you’d expect from higher-end systems.

The Fluoreon Twin Walkie Talkies offer a 22-channel PMR system with an auto scanning function. This system displays a transmitting and receiving icon on the walkie talkies' LCD backlight display, so you always know when your message is getting across. Operating on an UHF462-467MHz frequency range, you’ll be able to communicate up to a maximum of four miles in an open field.

Positive reviewers have mentioned that the Fluoreon Twin Walkie Talkies are small, lightweight and rather handy. Ideally, they’re a great communication device for using inside the house, a walk in the woods, hiking or camping with the family. As long as you stay in your bounds, you should be good in terms of clear-cut communication. More critical reviewers mention that despite the great price, the quality of the build and buttons are faulty and feel unreliable, with an LED display that’s hard to read.

Colors come in two variations of black, orange, red, and silver. Batteries are not included.

When you’re buying walkie talkies for small children, the two biggest things you’ll want to keep in mind are ease-of-use (because they’re kids) and price (because they might lose it). The Retevis RT628 covers both of these with no issue.

The Retevis RT628 comes with a pair of colorful lightweight (90 grams) radios that are simple to use and transmit as long as both radios are on the same frequency. With kids in mind, these radios have a small number of buttons, there’s a channel lock to keep them on the same frequency and each radio has an included belt clip to keep it on your person. The walkie talkies run on three AA batteries, which are not included, so be sure to buy some of those, too.

Amazon reviewers have been very happy with these walkie talkies and strongly recommend them for children. One great idea suggested by a reviewer: let your kid hold onto one walkie talkie whenever they go to a neighbor friend’s house and you’ll still be able to get in touch via the second radio as long as they aren’t more than a mile away.

UOKOO’s Kids Walkie Talkies are listed as the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon for Marine Two-Way Radios. They are affordably priced and provide up to a 3.5-mile communication range in open fields. Unlike Kidzlane, UOKOO features 22 channels on a PMR system and 38 CTCSS sub-channels for a wide scope of communications through multiple units. Battery life is 3.5 hours for continuous use and 9 hours on standby.

The walkie talkies are designed with a practical approach in functionality. They include an LCD backlit display with a battery status indicator, a clip-on belt holder and measure 4.7 x 1 x 2.5 inches. Colors come in orange and red.

These walkie talkies are ideal for any emergency situation that require a long line of communication. Midland’s GXT1000VP4 walkie talkies are capable of a 36-mile range in open areas, and include a number of features designed to help you out in dire circumstances.

The GTX1000VP4 walkie talkies measure 9.75 x 2.5 x 1.75 inches and weigh 2.15 pounds. They include up to 50 channels of crisp, uninterrupted communication, with an added 142 privacy codes. The walkie talkies also have a bright backlit LCD display, making it easy to read in dark lighting conditions.

Designed for emergencies, these walkie talkies are water resistant up to 30 minutes, and are capable of handling light rain or minor splashing. Included NOAA weather alert notifications will let you know about potential severe weather. You can also send SOS siren alerts and locator signals in case you’re lost, and turn on the vibrate mode with a whisper feature if you need to be silent. Like other high-end units, there’s a keypad lock feature and a monitor scanner to check for any activity that you might find within your channel.

Some Amazon users love the walkie talkies for their impressive range with an affordable price point. More critical reviewers have mentioned that at the 36-mile range, the reception gets a little fuzzy, that the design isn’t as rugged as advertised and that the features can be a bit overwhelming. 

Colors come in black, black/yellow and camouflage, which all vary in price. Rechargeable batteries are included, and the walkie talkies come with a three-year warranty.

If you’re buying in bulk and plan to have a large family camping trip or hike, these are the walkie-talkies for you. The Retevis H-777 is a pack of 10 two-way, single-band 16-channel radios that make for an affordable bulk buy.

Easy to use and functional, the Retevis H-777 walkie talkies are programmed to use the same frequency after they’re manufactured, assuring a clear channel of communication. They feature a built-in LED torch and voice response function making them suitable for various scenarios. Included is a 1500mAH Li-on battery that can be charged in two to three hours and allows for eight to nine hours for continuous walkie talkie use.

Multiple Amazon users are happy with the walkie talkies' affordable price, long battery life and clear communication. More critical reviewers have stated that the two-mile communication distance can be spotty at times.

The walkie talkies come with a one-year warranty, and a 30-day, money-back guarantee.

For those demanding one of the highest standards of walkie talkie battery life, this one is for you. Baofeng’s BF-F9 V2+ provides an 8-watt, tri-power battery life that makes for long lasting energy.

The Baofeng BF-F9 V2+ has a tri-power feature, which allows for an adjustment for wattage use based on low (1 watt), medium (4 watts) and high (8 watts) energy consumption rates. It features a 7.4 volt 1800 mAh Li-ion battery that can be recharged with the product’s included charging dock. Though not included, it’s compatible with larger batteries like a 3800 maH Li-Ion, more than doubling the standard battery life.

Colors come in black, blue, red, yellow, green/camo and standard camo. The walkie talkies come with a one-year domestic warranty.

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