Best Walkie Talkies for Kids – Toys for Staying Connected

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Best walkie talkies for kids

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School-aged kids and teens love walkie talkies.

Since these devices allow kids to communicate at a distance and while in motion, they naturally lend themselves to active play, and they’re techy enough that children who might otherwise prefer video games may be inspired to head outside.

Walkie talkies are fantastic triggers for imaginative play, as they prompt children to pretend to be police officers, soldiers, truck drivers, and other intriguing figures in the adult world – and who doesn’t enjoy using radio lingo like “Do you copy, over?” and “What’s your twenty?”

Walkie talkies as a safety measure​

At the same time, buying walkie talkies for kids is an investment in safety.

A parent we know soldered a mount for a walkie talkie to the handlebars of his son’s bike. With the device in place, this parent felt comfortable letting his son ride his bike through the neighborhood and out of his sight, within limits.

Other parents take walkie talkies on camping or other outdoor trips – where cell phone service may be poor or nonexistent – allowing older children and teens the freedom to do their own thing while remaining in touch with their parents.

While it’s true that many children are given cell phones as early as elementary school, a walkie talkie is a reliable, inexpensive way for parents to keep tabs on their children without the games, internet access, and other distractions that come along with most cell phones.

How does a walkie talkie work?​

“Walkie talkie” is the common name for a two-way radio.

These devices communicate wirelessly using UHF radio waves at frequencies of approximately 460 MHz. A typical unit is light and compact, easily held in one hand even by a child, and features a push-to-talk (PTT) button and a loudspeaker that doubles as a microphone.

When the user pushes the PTT button, the radio transmits that user’s speech to other units. When the user releases the button, she can then hear any responses that are sent by other users. Walkie talkies are convenient and easy to use, even by children.

If you're considering buying walkie talkies for your children, you might wonder whether to buy a model designed for children or a more durable adult model.

Adult models vs. kids' models

Adult models are not significantly more expensive than kids’ models, and their batteries are usually rechargeable and therefore longer lasting; however, adult models do come with a serious disadvantage: children’s walkie talkies and adult walkie talkies are programmed with different channels, and children using adult walkie talkies will be able to hear communications on adult CB channels – communications that may include swearing and explicit language.

Furthermore, there's always a chance that an adult who discovers a child on an adult radio channel may attempt to make contact with the child, putting him or her in danger.

Technically proficient parents may be able to circumvent this danger by using encryption and, of course, all children should be taught not to speak to adults they don't know, over walkie talkies as well as in other settings. 

Deciding between an adult walkie talkie set and one designed for kids is a personal matter. But parents will need to consider the age and maturity level of their children.

One parent we know chose an adult set after giving his children a serious talk about never revealing their location or making contact with an adult other than a parent on a walkie talkie. Many other families were just not comfortable with the risk and chose models made for kids.

**Please note that all of the models reviewed in this article are designed for children and programmed with children’s channels.​**

Let's take a quick look at the best models on the market today.

Quick comparison: Best walkie talkies for kids​

Model

Features we love

Rating

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Retevis RT 628 Kids' Walkie Talkies

Best walkie talkies for kids

- Easy to use
- Can be used hands free
- Great clarity

- Excellent bang for your buck​

J-TOO Walkie Talkies for Kids

Best walkie talkies for kids

- 10 call tones
- Good sound quality
- Adjustable volume
- 22 channel system 

GHB Walkie Talkies Kids Interphones

Best walkie talkies for kids

- Long range
- LCD screen
- Can block unwanted intrusions from other users
- Very durable

Spy Gear - Ultra Range Walkie Talkies

Best walkie talkies for kids

- Extremely safe for small kids
- Great aesthetic
- Easy to carry
- Extremely durable

7TECH Kids Walkie Talkies Toys

Best walkie talkies for kids

- Insanely durable

- Filters out background noise
- Nice long range
- Hands-free voice-activated mode​

Zomei Mini Walkie Talkie

Best walkie talkies for kids

- Choice of call tones
- Great size, easy to hold
- Easy to use, even for very small kids
- Built-in flashlight

Now let's get into all the details on the best kids' walkie talkies.

Retevis RT 628 Kids’ Walkie Talkie

This is a good starter unit for young children new to walkie talkies.

They're durable and easy to use, and their voice-operated, hands-free mode is an unexpected perk in such a basic model. The range is short at approximately one mile, but this short range could be a point in the model’s favor if you plan to give these walkie talkies to young children as a toy, since a model with a shorter range is less likely to pick up unwanted transmissions from other units.

That said, another aspect of this model’s simple design – its lack of volume control – can be problematic, especially for indoor use. 

Best walkie talkies for kids

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Number of channels: 22
  • Number of units included: 2
  • Range: 3000-6000 feet
  • Belt clip included: Yes
  • Headset included: No
  • Batteries: 3 AA batteries per unit (not included)
  • Rechargeable: No
  • Other features: Voice-activated mode allows for hands-free use

Pros

  • Sound quality is good
  • Range is as advertised
  • Durable enough for outdoor, active use by young children​

Cons

  • Can be challenging synching the channels so the two units  work together​
  • Instruction manual is poorly written and confusing
  • No volume control – all transmissions are loud

J-TOO Walkie Talkies for Kids 

This is one of the smallest children’s walkie-talkies on the market; its size makes it both easy for small children to use and easy for adults or older children to carry in a pocket or purse.​

Best walkie talkies for kids

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Channels: 22, plus 38 CTCSS sub-channels
  • Range: up to 5 km
  • Belt clip included: Yes
  • Batteries: 3 AAA Batteries (not included)
  • Rechargeable: No
  • Other features: Choice of 10 call tones

Pros

  • 10 choices of call tones, plus the ability to scan for an active channel​
  • Screen with “transmitting” and “receiving” icons
  • Little static or feedback

Cons

  • Range is less than advertised, though still adequate for young children​

GHB Walkie Talkies Kid's Interphones

This is the most durable kids’ walkie talkie that we reviewed, and its range is long enough to accommodate the needs of teens and adults as well.

If members of your family will be sharing walkie talkies, this is the ideal product to purchase because children will enjoy them and adults will appreciate that their range is long enough to use while shopping, hiking, or camping.

Best walkie talkies for kids

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.3 x 2.1 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Channels: 22
  • Range: up to 3.7 km
  • Number of units included: 2
  • Batteries: 3 AAA batteries per unit (not included)
  • Rechargeable: No, but this product can be used with rechargeable batteries, which require a separate charger
  • Other features: LCD screen; built-in flashlight; USB charging; CTCSS/DCS mode allows users to block unwanted intrusions from other users

Pros

  • We found this model better than others in this review for use on shopping trips, while camping or hiking, and for other practical uses – while also a great product for children to play with​
  • Very durable
  • Bright colors make them easy to find

Cons

  • Instructions are poorly written and difficult to understand​
  • More static than other models

Spy Gear - Ultra Range Walkie Talkies

This walkie talkie set is perfect for children who will be using them primarily for imaginative play. Their small size and black-and-silver surface inspires kids to play “spy,” and their sound quality is excellent when used in the house or over a short distance outdoors.

Because their range is not as long as other models in this review, they are less useful for outdoor play over a longer distance or for real-world communication.

Parents should not count on these walkie talkies to keep them reliably in touch with their children on camping trips or when their children are playing outdoors in the neighborhood. That said, our kids adore them, and we found them well made and durable.

Best walkie talkies for kids

​Unique among the walkie-talkies in this article, this model features only three channels (called A, B, and C). For this reason, these walkie talkies are even safer for young children than the other models in this article. Not only will they not pick up transmissions from adult walkie talkies, but they also won't receive interference from other children’s models. On the other hand, fewer channels also means that if you experience static on one channel, you will have fewer alternatives to try.

This model does not feature a call button, which on other models alerts the user to an incoming transmission even if the unit is powered off. This model only signals its user when it is powered on.

The shorter range and lack of a call button make these less useful for real-world communication than other models, though they are perfect  as toys.​

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Channels: 3
  • Range: up to 2 miles (3.2 km)
  • Belt clip included: Yes
  • Other features: Snazzy futuristic design

Pros

  • Black, metallic surface gives these walkie talkies a “military” look that will appeal to some children​
  • Smaller size makes these units even easier to carry and use than other models
  • Durable; can be dropped on indoor surfaces without damage

Cons

  • Shorter range than other models featured in this review​
  • Volume is lower than other models; may not be useful during noisy and/or active play, especially outdoors
  • Stated battery life was not always as promised

7TECH Kids Walkie Talkie Toy

This is the most durable children’s walkie talkie we tested. They can handle being dropped from a child’s hand or from handlebar-level on a bike, even on concrete and other hard surfaces.

The auto squelch feature filters out background noise, making this product a good choice for family outings to shopping malls, county fairs, and other noisy destinations.

Furthermore, this model lives up to its claim of a 5-mile range, making it the best product in this article for families with active teenagers who tend to venture farther from home than school-aged children.

Best walkie talkies for kids

The shape and dimensions of these walkie talkies are unique. While most faces are rectangular, these products are more square-shaped. This variation does not impact the function of the radios, which are as easy to use as the other products in this review. However, it may be hard for young children to hold these walkie-talkies in their small hands. It’s true that this set features a hands-free, voice-activated mode that frees up the user’s hands, but this feature may be difficult for young children to master.

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Channels: 22
  • Range: up to 5 km
  • Number of units included: 2
  • Belt clip included: Yes
  • Batteries: 3 AAA batteries per unit (NOT included)
  • Rechargeable: No
  • Other features: Passed 1.2-meter drop test; keyboard lock function; LCD screen; auto squelch function

Pros

  • Hands-free, voice-activated mode allows kids to communicate while biking or handling other objects​
  • Long play time of 3.5 hours continuous use, 9 hours standby
  • Excellent range

Cons

  • ​Lacks a clearly-written instruction manual
  • Somewhat wider than other models; young children may have trouble holding them

Zomei Mini Walkie Talkie

We’ve found that this walkie-talkie is a great choice for young children. The PTT button is easy for kids to use and helps develop fine motor skills. Our young children loved playing with this set in the house and out in the backyard.

The LCD screen and choice of call tones made them feel as if they were using a “real” communication device like a smartphone, and the sound quality was entirely adequate for our needs.​

Best walkie talkies for kids

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.9 x 2.7 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 ounces
  • Channels: 22
  • Range: 3-5 km, depending on terrain
  • Number of units included: 2
  • Belt clip included: Yes
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries per unit
  • Rechargeable: No
  • Other features: Built-in flashlight, LCD display, a choice of 5 different call melodies

Pros

  • Excellent for use indoors and during moderate activity​
  • Easy to use, even by children as young as four
  • LCD screen provides clear indication of battery life

Cons

  • Batteries drain faster than other models​
  • May not always stand up to active use; can be damaged easily if dropped on concrete or other hard surfaces

In many ways, the walkie talkies reviewed in this article do not vary from one another very much.

Children’s walkie talkie sets are a fairly standardized product: each set consists of two handheld radios with a set of standard features. Occasional variations – such as the three channels instead of 22 on the “Spy Gear” model – are the exception rather than the rule. Some children may be excited by features like a choice of call tones or an LCD display; others may be equally happy to play with any model.

As a rule, we’ve found that if we approach the walkie-talkies as toys for young children or as communication devices on family outings or very close to home, parents have been happy with their purchases.

As we discussed above, the appeal of children’s walkie-talkies is in the fact that they do not use the same channels as adult models. If you choose a children’s model, you are choosing (quite reasonably) safety, privacy, and an ability to control what your child hears on his radio. If your children are older and you want them to use their walkie talkies on camping trips or out and about in town, you may want to purchase an adult model instead.

In other words, ask yourself: “Do I want a tool or a toy?” If you want a tool, you should buy an adult model. If you want a toy, however, you will likely be happy with the models highlighted in this article

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