Updated November 24, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Walkie Talkies

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in May of 2015. Whether you're looking for a stimulating toy for the kids or a reliable communications device for a worksite, you're sure to find the right walkie-talkie for your needs in our comprehensive selection. We've included options useful for people operating fairly close together as well as models with maximum ranges of many miles. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best walkie talky on Amazon.

10. Retevis Covert 10-Pack

9. Arcshell Long Range 4-Pack

8. Baofeng Rechargeable BF888S

7. Motorola T260 Talkabout

6. Uniden SX507

5. Motorola RMM2050 On-Site

4. Cobra RX680

3. Motorola 22-Channel

2. Midland X-Talker T71VP3

1. DeWalt DXFRS800

Editor's Notes

November 20, 2019:

Going over the contents of our previous ranking, there was a certain level of redundancy, particularly with the inclusion of the Proster Original, the Arcshell Long Range, and the Baofeng BF888S, all three of which are literally the same walkie with three different brand names slapped on them — same appearance, same specs, and virtually the same price. Now, we ditched two kept the Baofeng for a pair of reasons. One, it's the most trusted name of the three, and two, I've owned these exact walkies for about two years and can testify to their good qualities and their bad.

Unfortunately, much of that previous list contained either outdated models from decent brands or offerings from brands that have no place on a list like this, and as a result we sent a lot of them packing. We also decided not to include any kids' models on this list, as the prices for adult models have brought them within reach for most kids, and as we already have a dedicated page for kids' walkie-talkies. In their places you'll fine models like the Uniden SX507, the Motorola 22-Channel, and the Dewalt DXFRS800, all offered by respectable, reliable companies with reputations you can trust.

Another important factor in selecting the models for this list was that they had to be useful without an FCC license. To make this simple, if you see FRS anywhere in a listing or description, you're in the clear. That stands for Family Radio Service, and it pertains to the FM frequency range the FCC has set aside for private, non-commercial use. Within that band, however, is a range referred to as the General Mobile Radio Service, which is often accessed by devices with at least two or three watts of power behind them. You'll need a license to safely and responsibly broadcast on GMRS channels. Now, some of the models on our list offer GMRS coverage, but none are exclusive to it, so as long as you pay attention to you manual (or go out and get a license), you'll be in the clear. Never operate on restricted FCC bands without proper licensing.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 24, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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