Best Walkie Talkie [2019]

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Best Overall: Retevis RT-5R
This one is our absolute favorite. It has some pretty great and unique features, like a locking keypad, an alarm system, and earpieces, but what’s even better than that is that it is incredibly easy to use. Impressive 128 channels, a decent 36 mile range and a flashlight seal the deal. You can’t really go wrong here.

Budget Pick: Midland LXT500VP3
At this price, this is the cheapest walkie talkie that we’ve found that’s still long-range and high quality. It may be cheaper than the others on the list, but it also has a range of up to 24 miles, it’s completely waterproof, and has 22 channels to scan, so you’re not sacrificing any features for the lower price point. If you’re on a budget, but you still want a high quality and reliable set of walkie talkies, this is a really great option.

Best For Long Range: Uniden SX507-2CKHS FRS
If distance is the most important feature to you in your search, the Uniden SX507 is the best walkie talkie for you. Clocking in at an impressive (up to) 50 miles, this one boasts a significantly longer range than any of the others, by far. Most of the others land in the range of 30 to 37 miles. Now, it will only work at the max of 50 miles in absolutely ideal conditions, but with the added distance, it’s still more likely to continue working longer than the others, even if you’re in bad conditions.

How We Picked

Have you ever been out somewhere and then suddenly realized that you’ve lost all cell phone reception? Maybe you’re camping with friends and you’ve wandered off to explore, or your job entails being out in nature or on a job site and you need to communicate with your coworkers, but you can’t get a signal. Walkie Talkies are great for these exact situations, and many others.

With all the great things that smartphones can do now, they’re not always enough for effective communication in areas that are far from cell towers. Cell phone signals are finicky and unreliable, but there is a solution that doesn’t involve climbing to higher ground while reaching your arm and cell phone high up over your head to try to find a spot where you can make a call.

Walkie Talkies have many uses. Whether you’re looking for ones that are good just for fun, a hobby, for work, vacations, moves, emergencies, or for your kids, there are plenty of options to choose from. There are different brands, different distances, different prices and battery life and so on. So, which one do you choose when you need a reliable long-range walkie talkie?

Today, we are going to show you the ten best long-range walkie talkies that we found for 2019. We’ll provide you with all of the information that we’ve gathered that will help you make the best decision for your individual needs, and explain why they’re our favorites. We will also provide you with our top picks from the list, and a handy buyer’s guide.

#1 Olympia R100

Specs:

  • Range: up to 37 miles
  • Durability: waterproof, dust protected, and splash-proof
  • Channels: 50
  • Size: 2.6 x 1.3 x 7.7 inches / 4.8 ounces (0.3 pounds)

First on our list is the Olympia R100 Long Range Radio. Olympia has been around for a while and is known to provide quality, durable products to their customers. The average range of a standard walkie talkie is one mile, so the R100’s range of 37 miles (in optimum conditions) makes it a really great long-range option. This is a powerful tool that fits right into the palm of your hand. The waterproof and dust protection features make it a durable, rugged option for indoor or outdoor use.

Olympia R100 back

The next feature that makes this one of our favorites is that it you get 50 preset channels, plus seven NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) channels so that you can get local weather alerts whenever you need them. This high number of channels gives you a great amount of options to communicate without dealing with a ton of noise interference, which is pretty important.

Olympia R100 and accessories

And finally, what’s included: in the Olympia R100 kit, you get two radios, two belt clips, one charging adaptor with dual connectors, two rechargeable battery packs, and an owner’s manual.

Olympia R100 packaging

What We Like

This is one of the best long-range walkie talkies that we’ve found in our search. The range makes it ideal for most outdoor situations, it’s durable, and it’s a great size if you only have one hand available. It is also compatible with most headsets if you have no hands available, which is really convenient, and one of our favorite features.

Overall

For those looking for durable, long-range outdoor communication, this is a great option. It’s on the smaller side, so it’s great if you want to keep your bags light or you only have one free hand, but may not be the best option if you’re prone to dropping things and you’re looking for something with a little more heft. It’s strong enough not to break, but it’s something to consider. It is also a bit more expensive than some of the others, but you really get what you’re paying for here. Finally, the 37-mile range is on the higher side, and it will give you more freedom than some of your other options.

#2 Midland LXT500VP3

Midland LXT500VP3

Specs:

  • Range: up to 24 miles
  • Durability: water resistant
  • Channels: 22 channels
  • Size: 1 x 2 x 6 inches / 1 pound

Next up, we have the Midland LXT500VP3. The range isn’t as high as the Olympia R100, but when you consider the fact that the average range of walkie talkies is actually just one mile, this is still a great option. When you’re making your final decision, ask yourself if those extra few miles are a deal breaker or not.

This one is water resistant, rather than full-on waterproof, so it may be slightly less durable if you’re spending time near a lake, pond, or stream, but in all other conditions, it will be durable enough for general use.

Midland LXT500VP3 back

With the Midland, you have 22 channel options to choose from, so if you run into any static or casual banter, or other interruptions, you can easily switch to another channel for long-range, clear communication with your intended party.

This kit comes with two radios, two rechargeable battery packs, one desktop charger, one AC wall adapter, two belt clips, and an owner’s manual.

Lastly, the size is one of the best features of this product. It’s still small enough to fit in the palm of one hand, but it weighs a little more than some of the others, which may make it feel a bit sturdier, while still being light enough to carry and small enough to stow.

Someone using the Midland LXT500VP3

What We Like

This radio is a great price compared to most of the others. It’s an Amazon’s Choice product, has multiple color options, and it’s sturdy while still carrying some heft. One thing that makes this radio unique is the keypad control. The keypad comes with a lock to prevent accidental transmissions or activations, and it also has an option that provides audible sounds when you press each key so that you know that it’s working. But if you’d rather operate in silence, this feature can easily be turned off again.