The 10 Best Voice Translators
This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in November of 2018. As friendly as people can be in other countries, there are some concepts you simply can't get across through pantomime. Before you head off on that round-the-world dream vacation, consider one of these voice translators. They take up a lot less space in a suitcase than 15 different dictionaries would, so you'll have more room for souvenirs in your luggage, and some can interpret images as well. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
December 31, 2020:
With a huge amount of availability issues and a massive influx of new options in the category, the only sensible thing for us to do was tear this set of rankings right down and build it back from scratch, offering a full list of 10 new options.
Some of our favorites include the Vasco Mini 2 — which comes with a lifetime global data plan, so you won’t need to worry about monthly fees or connecting to Wi-Fi; the Kansing Text & Photo KADU-TLR2B07 — which can translate 107 languages online and, perhaps more impressively, 12 offline; and the Timekettle WT2 — a pair of earbuds that stood out in a category full of handheld devices.
Several models we ranked – including the Kansing Text & Photo KADU-TLR2B07 and Anfier W06 – go well beyond the call of duty for a voice translator, and feature image-translation functionality, which can be very helpful with things like reading menus and wayfinding in a foreign country.
November 12, 2018:
These devices are a popular gift for elderly relatives or retirees doing a bit of traveling, and the last thing they need is to spend all day messing around with a faulty Bluetooth connection, which is why the top picks on this list all have big screens. You won't need to pair them with your phone, and they support a wide variety of languages. More niche options have features like offline translation, but the language selection is limited.