Sure, our phones come with more apps and features than we could ever need (or want), but there’s something to be said about those classic walkie-talkies. The feel, the features, the signal—not only do they work where most cell signals dare to tread, they’re simple, durable devices that are refreshingly straightforward and easy to use. You don’t have to worry about logging into a specific service or using a certain mobile carrier; the best walkie-talkies work anytime, anywhere.
Whether you’re traveling, camping or are looking for a fun gift to get the kids, walkie-talkie are always useful to have around. Especially since these modern versions have seriously upgraded their range and sound quality. If you’re tired of dealing with dead signals and are looking for something a little bit more reliable, we’ve rounded up our favorite walkie-talkies on Amazon.
1. Midland – GXT1000VP4
There’s a reason why Midland is the number one pick on so many top 10 charts: with a 36-mile range, 22 different channels (with 28 privacy channels for added security), weather alert options and more, these walkie-talkies have it all. Choose to power them with a rechargeable battery or AAA batteries so you’re never tired down and always within reach.
2. Motorola T100 Talkabout Radio
You won’t find a better set of walkie-talkies for this price. At just under $25, this Motorola set features 22 different channels, a smart keypad lock to make sure no one messes with your pre-configured settings and a unique call tone to help receivers know it’s you. Best of all, these talkies are able to last up to 18 hours straight on a pack of three AAA batteries and are able to receive signals from any FRS/GMRS radio.
3. Motorola RMU2080D
While this bad boy doesn’t come with an extra set like the other models on the list, this Motorola model is easily the most robust. With a super rugged design made to withstand everyday wear and tear, it’s able to operate on 89 different frequencies and features six fully customizable codes for clearer and more private audio. It also comes with an uber-strong 1,500 mW speaker for clearer and louder communication.
4. Retevis RT628 Kids Walkie-Talkies
BEST FOR YOUNGER KIDS
The perfect set for young(ish) kids, these Retevis walkie-talkies are durable, lightweight and are extremely easy to operate. The large LCD screen is easy to read and a simple button operates the built-in mic for instant access. At roughly 90 grams each, kids can easily take them on the go with ease. Plus, a built-in VOX function lets you talk into the walkie without having to use your hands. Definitely a fun smartphone alternative.
5. Motorola T260TP Talkabout Radio
This Motorola set comes with not one, not two, but THREE devices. That’s right—for under $55, this set is easily the best deal we’ve seen. With two power options (built-in rechargeable battery or three AAs), these walkies come with 22 channels each and feature 121 privacy codes for maximum privacy. They’re also compatible with basically any radio, and they feature 20 fun and original call tones. What’s not to love?