Our Walkie Talkie Pick

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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 (in absolutely prefect conditions with no sight obstruction) 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 (again, you’ll never see that range in a city or forest or anywhere other than under perfect conditions), 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: Luiton LT-188H VHF 10W Walkie Talkie
If distance is the most important feature to you in your search, the Luiton LT-188H VHF 10W Walkie Talkie is the best walkie talkie for you. Yes, they only advertise a range of 10 miles, but with 10 watt of transmitting power they are actually the only company that gives realistic range estimates. Most other ranges you see here can only be achieved in absolutely perfect conditions, while the 10 miles of the Luiton are something you could actually see during real world use. If you want long range, this is your walkie talkie.

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.

Disclaimer: When we talk about ranges, we are using the values provided by the manufacturer. Those are based on and achieved only under absolutely perfect conditions, meaning no sight obstruction (empty field). During real use, in a city or forest, you’ll never see those ranges. A good indicator for actual range is transmitting power (measured in watt).


With so many walkie talkie options to choose from, it can be a daunting task trying to find the perfect one for your individual needs or your family’s needs. We went through tons of options before we created this list, and we hope that it will help you sort through them all and come to the decision that is best for you.

The walkie talkies that we picked for our top ten are all long range, durable, and received positive feedback from real users. If you have other walkie talkies in mind or you aren’t sure which features you really need, we hope that our buyer’s guide helped you navigate through the features and options that are available to you, and how they are applied.

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