Walkie-talkies were my ultimate dream toy when I was a little girl. My friends and I grew up reading a slew of spy books (hello, Nancy Drew!) so sleuthing was our thing back then. And since walkie talkies were a bit expensive in those days, we had to settle with a DIY — the tin can-string phone.
Nowadays, however, with the advent of smartphones and other gadgets, are walkie-talkies still a thing? Surprisingly, they are! My nephews and kids playing clubhouse and detective with theirs and I know a lot of other kids who do, too.
So, if you’re planning to purchase a pair or two for your family, below is the ultimate how-to guide when buying walkie-talkies. And, you also don’t need to scour through product reviews as we included the list of the 8 best walkie talkies for kids in the market. Read on!
The Ultimate Guide When Buying Walkie Talkies
All the walkie-talkies featured in this write-up are in this table:
|Retevis RT-388 Kids Walkie Talkies||$$||Walkie talkies for kids (and adults) with keypad lock and PTT features to keep your personalized settings safe and allow hands-free use.||★★★
|Spy Gear Video WalkieTalkies||$$||An audio-video walkie talkie that allows you to see who you're talking to at the other end.||★★★
|Aikmi Walkie Talkies For Kids (22 Channels, 3-Mile Range, Battery-Operated)||$$||The Aikmi walkie talkies come with compass bracelets that are very useful during outdoor activities. What's more, they have a two-year warranty.||★★
Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-way Radios with Earpiece
|$$||These walkie talkies are ideal for both kids' and adults' use with its classic color and build.||★★★
|USA Toyz Walkie Talkies for Kids - “Vox Box” Voice Activated Walkie Talkies for Adults and Kids||$$||Walkie talkies fitted with a "Vox Box" feature which allows users to use them without pushing the talk button.||★★★
|ESYNiC Walkie Talkies||$$||Walkie talkies with USB charging feature that lets you charge them through your PC and even your powerbank.||★
|Dr. Fasting Walkie Talkie For Kids (With A Baby Monitor Feature)||$$||Walkie talkies that can be used as simplified baby monitors.||★★★
|Ondream Watch Walkie Talkies For Kids **Editor's Choice**||$$||Walkie talkies and watches rolled into one. Aside from that, the radios are ultra handy with 5 other functions (magnifier, reflector, compass, night light and secret capsule).||★★★
Two-way radios are useful for…
Outdoor Activities like camping or trail hiking. Owning a pair of walkie-talkies could be handy if your family’s into these kinds of stuff for your R&R as some hiking and camping spots don’t have cell phone reception.
Emergency Cases – these devices can prove their worth when cell sites are down or receptions are poor due to calamities such as storms. You can use it to contact family members who got separated from the group or even use it to call for help.
As A Baby Monitor – yes, you can use your two-way radio as a baby monitor. There are even some walkie talkies with a baby monitor feature!
Fun! Bond with your kids and revisit your childhood days while tinkering and playing with walkie talkies. What’s more, your kids are learning something while playing. It’s family time and education rolled into one.
What To Consider When Walkie Talkie Shopping
Radio Service – there are two kinds of radio service for walkie talkies — the Family Radio Service (FRS) and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). Most two-way radios that are for personal use employ the FRS since one needs to have a license to use the GMRS. When buying a pair, however, just ask the vendor to make sure what radio service you’re getting.
Frequency – walkie talkies also use either of these two frequencies — Very High Frequency (VHF) and the Ultra High Frequency (UHF). VHF is ideal for wide, open spaces as the frequency tends to be longer and loose. The UHF, on the other hand, have shorter waves that are able to penetrate through walls.
You have to remember that these two are not compatible. So, if you’re buying more than a pair of two-way radios, make sure they’re in the same frequency.
Location – it’s important to consider your location when buying walkie talkies — wide, open spaces or within structures where there are a lot of walls? As what was mentioned above, VHF walkie talkies are the most ideal when it comes to the former while UHF is the most effective if your place comes with a lot of walls.
Distance – when manufacturers describe the range of their two-way radios, they, arguably, would specify the farthest distance the devices would work without any obstructions. Thus, if a walkie-talkie has a specified range of 7 miles, expect it to work without glitch within 3 to 4 miles.
Channels – walkie talkies can have 2 to 14 channels. The more the channels, the lesser the chances of your frequency getting interrupted by other two-way radios that are within your area. However, more channels mean more expense.
Battery – there are battery-operated (alkaline batteries) 2-way radios and those that are rechargeable. Walkie talkies that are both rechargeable and battery-operated are the most ideal to get. But as these tend to be expensive, get the pair that best suit your needs. Get the rechargeable ones if they’re constantly played. On the other hand, battery-operated devices are good for those used only during emergency situations.
Walkie Talkie “Etiquette”
- Designate a BASE. This is the to-go-to person. He’s the one who calls the shots during emergencies and the one to reach out to for instructions. In a family, it could either be dad or mom.
- Allow your kids to learn “two-way radio” talk. Yes, it might seem cool to use your own code talk. But learning the basics give your child the ability to reach out and communicate with others when the need arises. It’s better to learn the universal walkie talkie language.
- But it’s good to have nicknames of your own. It’s one way of protecting you and your family’s privacy. Kids will also find it cool when they have their own secret names.
- Teach your children to be responsible walkie talkie owners. It can be used for play but it should never be used to call about fake emergencies and such.
Well, we’ve come to the best part of the article. Below are the top 8 walkie talkies you can get your kids and use as a family!
Top 8 Best Walkie Talkies For Kids (And Kids At Heart!)
What We Like About This Pair: Has a keypad lock feature preventing little kids from accidentaly chaning or screwing up your personalized settings.
- These walkie talkies come in two colors — pink and blue. Great colors for both boys and girls.
- Package includes rechargeable batteries and a charger for convenience.
- Has a PTT button if you want to use it hands-free.
- Range is a bit low compared to other walkie talkies at 2 miles (with obstructions).
What We Like About This Pair: It’s a video walkie talkie!
- It’s a video walkie-talkie allowing your kids to talk to each other while actually seeing the other end.
- You can use earphones to go stealth mode with this pair. Plus, you can also use it as a spy cam.
- These walkie talkies automatically turn off if left unused for 15 minutes.
- You have to buy batteries as the product package doesn’t include them.
What We Like About This Pair: They come with compass bracelets useful when doing outdoorsy activities as well as a two-year warranty.
- These camo-colored walkie talkies feature 22 channels with a 3-mile long range.
- They are very easy to operate. Kids as young as 3 can figure out how to use the two-way radios.
- The compass bracelets are very useful during outdoor activities like hiking and camping.
- Best of all, the walkie talkies come with a two-year warranty.
- You have to buy batteries separately which can be a downer.
What We Like About This Pair: These walkie talkies are fitted with Li-on batteries (yes, like cellular phones!) with charger.
- Walkie talkies that both kids and adults can use.
- The radios are small so carrying them won’t be an inconvenience. Additionally, they’re water-resistant.
- Range can go as far as five miles (without obstructions).
- Some buyers complained about the short lifespan of the batteries.
What We Like About This Pair: They’re fitted with a “Vox Box” feature. This allows users to use the radios without pushing the talk button.
- These pair of walkie-talkies are dependable. Due to this, kids aren’t the only ones using them. Adults also find them helpful.
- It has 22 channels with 99 subchannels. This means you can add quite a lot to your walkie talkie group.
- The radios come with LED-lighted screens and flashlight.
- Batteries are not included in the package.
What We Like About This Pair: USB charging means you can juice it up using your PC and powerbank. Plus, you can use your gadgets’ plug to charge it.
- These walkie talkies are very versatile. Aside from their 16-channel capacity, they have LED-lighted screens with a range of (accordingly) up to 5 kilometers.
- They’re also fitted with an Emergency Alarm function.
- Many customers complained about how these radios don’t measure up to their range claim.
What We Like About This Pair: They double as baby monitors you can use to check on your little one.
- These radios have a 22-channel, 38-subchannel capability with about 3-kilometer range.
- They can be used as simplified baby monitors
- The walkie talkies are also fitted with flashlights and lighted screens. These features are helpful during outdoor activities like camping.
- Some users complained about how these radios go through their battery juices fast.
Ondream Watch Walkie Talkies For Kids **Editor’s Choice**
What We Like About This Pair: They’re both walkie-talkies and watches with built-in compasses.
- These two-way radios are touted as 7-in-1 products by their manufacturers. They’re not just walkie-talkies but they also function as watches, magnifiers, reflectors, compasses, night lights and secret capsules.
- They work up to a range of 2-3 miles.
- Great toys to buy for kids who love the outdoors.
- The main material used for these walkie talkie watches is plastic. Durability could be an issue.