Handheld two-way radios can be both a powerful and convenient gadget to own in the sense that they bring to the fore remarkable, the clear reception over a long range and the ease to carry around. While “long distance” may not necessarily mean a range of 35 miles (as most adverts say) you can still get the maximum range depending on your budget estimates. Below, we review 10 of the best handheld two-way radios based performance, mile range, design, channels and much more.
- 10. Floureon 22 Channel 2 Way Radio
- 09. Motorola MD200TPR Two-Way Radio
- 08. Midland LXT118VP Two-Way Radio
- 07. Motorola MS350R Two-Way Radio (Pair)
- 06. BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio
- 05. Midland LXT500VP3 Two-way Radio
- 04. Midland LXT600VP3 36-Channel Two-Way Radio
- 03. Uniden GMR1635-2 22- Two-Way Radios
- 02. BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio
- 1. Midland GXT1000VP4 Two-Way Radio
10. Floureon 22 Channel 2 Way Radio
This walkie-talkie from Floureon promises to give you clear and smooth sound over a distance of 3 miles in both GMRS and FRS bands. It supports 22-channel PMR system and comes with an integrated scan button to help you choose the frequency quickly. You can also adjust the volume or use the squelch function to cancel background noise, a handy feature especially when in crowded places.
Note – using this two-way radio in extreme weather conditions, buildings or during a voyage may affect the range so be sure to adjust power to 1W.
09. Motorola MD200TPR Two-Way Radio
The trailblazing Motorola MD200TPR sports a new, rugged design. With 22 channels, you are sure of crisp communication over a range of 22 miles. Because this model supports both rechargeable and regular 3 AA batteries, you can rest assured of adequate power both at home or on the go. Also, if you are worried about unauthorized individuals changing your personalized setting, the Motorola MD200TPR features a keypad lock, which should be the least of your worries. Besides, the sleek, heavy duty casing protects assures durability.
08. Midland LXT118VP Two-Way Radio
The Midland LXT118VP has an 18 miles range and 22 GMRS channels. This is the model to purchase if you’re looking for a radio that supports hands-free operation thanks to the eVOX feature. Unlike most units on the market, this one runs on lithium batteries lasting for an incredible 29 hours before a recharge is needed. It is water resistant which means that you can use in virtually anywhere, from your camping to backpacking trip. You will, however, enjoy better communication in open spaces with little or no barriers.
07. Motorola MS350R Two-Way Radio (Pair)
Motorola makes it again in our best handheld two-way radios list with this model advertised as weatherproof, hence ideal of extreme outdoors. It offers FRS and GMRS frequencies for increased channel combination and a range of 35 miles. To keep it short, the Motorola MS350R is not only build for function but also has a striking, modern design and would match any high-end model regarding performance and aesthetics. On top of that, it is one of the cheapest two-way radios on the market!
06. BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio
Are you in a construction area and are having a problem communicating with the other members of your team? Or are you planning to take part in an outdoor sport where it is necessary that participating members stay in touch? Check out the BaoFeng BF-888S – it could as well be the only communication tool you need! Available in a pack of six, it supports 16 channels and a host of other functions including VOX, PC programming, emergency alarm, time-out timer and a flashlight. What more could you ask in a gadget that allows you to communicate with others in real time?
05. Midland LXT500VP3 Two-way Radio
If you want a Midland model (other than then one we reviewed above) that has a longer mile range be sure to view the LXT500VP3 and see what it has to offer. With a range of up to 24 miles, it is relatively smaller, sleeker and remarkably powerful. It features HI/LO power options for an extended battery life, Roger beep, and incoming call notification. The Midland LXT500VP3 also turns off all tones automatically for quiet operation. Not bad for a best seller and one of the most affordable handheld two-way radios.
04. Midland LXT600VP3 36-Channel Two-Way Radio
Want a better version of the above model? Not a problem! This one has intriguing 36 channels and a range of up to 26 miles. See why it is the best handheld two-way radio in its class? It may also catch your attention to know it comes with 121 privacy codes, five call alerts and a pioneering three level eVOX functionality for fast operation. And with the NOAA Weather Alert and Weather Scan, the LXT600VP3 is an excellent option for outdoor escapades.
03. Uniden GMR1635-2 22- Two-Way Radios
It doesn’t matter if you’re hunting or mountain climbing, the Uniden GMR1635-2 will help you keep tabs with other explorers within a range of 16 miles. With up to 22 channels, auto-squelch to keep interference at its minimum and channel scan to choose the best frequency, this unit is, without a doubt, a premium product. It is even has a Roger beep to notify others when you finish talking and is in line with RoHS standards for safety.
02. BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio
Looking for a simple two-way radio that has all the features of a high-end model without compromising the quality of sound and performance? Look no further than the BaoFeng BF-888S. For less than thirty bucks, you get 16 programmable memories and a frequency range of UHF 405-200 MHz. This unit also comes with a low voltage alert, monitor scanning, noise reduction feature and broadband range of 25 kHz. Never used a two-way radio before? Not a problem! Just follow the English voice prompt, and you will be communicating with another user in minutes.
1. Midland GXT1000VP4 Two-Way Radio
The Midland GXT1000VP4 makes it to the top of the pie as the best handheld two-way radio. It boasts sensational 50 channels and up 36 miles in range. It is perhaps one of the very few walkie-talkies with an incredible 142 privacy codes, SOS siren, whisper function and 9 levels of VOX. Also, the GXT1000VP4 vibrates to ensure that you never miss a call and is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. You also get the latest weather information as well as other announcements such as child abduction, landslide warning, and biological hazards.