Top 5 Best Walkie Talkies | 2017 Reviews
Walkie talkies? Those are still a thing?
They sure are. They’re no longer the toy that every kid dreams of; they’re now programmed to start asking for their own phone by the time they start school. And “walkies” are no longer indispensible for most service businesses, which largely have switched to cellphones because of their weight and convenience.
Walkie talkies, though, can do many things that smartphones can’t. Most importantly, they can be used in areas where there’s no reliable cell service. But they’re also a godsend in noisy environments like construction sites and concert halls, and have the ability to continuously connect a workforce spread out throughout a large area on a single channel (or set of channels). Hotels and convention centers, retail stores and warehouses – all are perfect environments for the use of walkie talkies, particularly when workers are equipped with earpieces or headsets. And naturally, they’re still widely used by police and security forces.
Just as commonly, walkies are essential equipment for campers and hikers who frequently travel through areas where phones will do no good. Whether it’s for locating other members of your family or hiking party, calling for help, or accessing NOAA weather channels, walkie talkies can be invaluable. Some even have a vibrate mode for hunters so the game they’re tracking won’t be alarmed.
Today’s best walkie talkies are extremely powerful and able to communicate across distances as long as 50 miles in the right circumstances. Many are lightweight and waterproof, provide access to channels on both the FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) although you’ll need a government license for the latter, and there are even walkies with a record function so you can keep messages for the long term.
Kids still love walkie talkies too, even though they’ll be likely to outgrow them once they reach “phone age.” You’ll find that most of the units in our rundown of the top 5 best walkie talkies focus on units for campers, hikers and professionals, but we’ll also make mention of the best ones for children, too.
Before going on our list, make sure to read our "Best Walkie Talkie Buying Guide" too!
Let’s get started. Over and out.
Quick Comparison Table
Midland GXT1000VP4 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio
Cobra Electronics ACXT1035R FLT Walkie Talkie
Uniden GMR5088-2CK Camo Two-Way Radio
Uniden 16-Mile 22 Channel Two Radio
Garmin Rino 650 US GPS