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Best Walkie Talkies for Kids

By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday August 26, 2020
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Finding a great set of kids walkie talkies isn't as simple as you'd think. With more than 40 options to consider, we chose the top 9 options to purchase and test to find the best the market has to offer. We tested each product for ease of use, quality, and more. With so many options and variations, it can be hard to tell one from another. Let our hands-on kid testers give you the insider details you need to find the right toy for your kids.

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Best Overall Walkie Talkies for Kids


Wishouse Rechargeable Walkie Talkies


Editors' Choice Award
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$42.23
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Batteries: Included Rechargeable | Additional Feature: Flashlight
Belt clip & lanyard
1-mile open range
Too many buttons
Hard channel changing

The Wishouse Rechargeable Walkie Talkies is an excellent value with three handhelds, lanyards, rechargeable batteries, and a multiple cord plug-in. This set is excellent for families with multiple kids and worked up to a mile away! We like the bright colors, the easy to hold shape, and the cool flashlight was a big hit with testers.

This product, like others in this review, has a ridiculously hard method for channel changes, and somehow, children ended up accidentally changing channels during testing when they didn't mean to. Also, the phone ring sound is a useless feature that annoys even the most patient parent. Those hiccups aside, we think this set offers a lot for the money, and testers loved playing with them both day and night with flashlights on, making them a great buy, in our opinion.

The rechargeable batteries and three in one pack are big pluses to the Wisehouse walkies.
The rechargeable batteries and three in one pack are big pluses to the Wisehouse walkies.

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Simplicity on a Budget


Vivibyan Walkie Talkies


Best Value Award
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$23.99
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Batteries: AAA | Additional Feature: Flashlight
Fewer buttons
Easier channel changes
Smaller
Feel flimsy

The Vivibyan Walkie Talkies has the honor of being the easiest to use in this group. Our testers loved how simple it was, and parents enjoyed not being called upon for help every two minutes. This set is a basic set that gets the job done with enough range for most young testers, even outside with buildings between them. It comes with a backlit display that is easy to see and a flashlight.

These handhelds feel sort of flimsy and are lighter than the competition. While ours worked great with no problems, we do wonder how long they will last with regular use. They are also smaller than the competition, and holding them isn't as easy for adults as it is for kids, which could result in accidental dropping. However, we think this set is a great value and the best for channel changing, and avoiding unintentional changes while playing, making them great for families with younger kids.

We had fewer channel changing mishaps with the Vivibyan than any other option.
We had fewer channel changing mishaps with the Vivibyan than any other option.

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Best Budget-friendly Three Pack


Huaker Kids Walkie Talkies


Best Value Award
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$31.99
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Batteries: AAA | Additional Feature: Flashlight
Range of 1/3 mile
Belt clip
One button broke
Call lock feature

The Huaker Kids Walkie Talkies is a 3-pack good for families with several kids. The talkies are the perfect shape for holding, have an easy to use talk button, and come with a backlit display and flashlight/lamp. They have a thick short antenna and a jack for a headset (not included). Testers like the bright camo colors, lamp, and pressing the call lock button on this brand of walkie.

The call lock button stops other players from talking to you, and it makes a ring like a phone. The ring makes it appealing to touch the button, but the way it stops the relay of communication is frustrating for little ones who just wanted it to ring like a phone. We think these would be better without this feature. Also, the push to talk button on one option broke off during testing, but we snapped it back in place, and it stayed there through the rest of the testing. Overall, these walkie talkies are an excellent option for larger groups looking for distance talking fun.

The Huaker come in a three-pack and testers liked the colors and shape of the products.
The Huaker come in a three-pack and testers liked the colors and shape of the products.

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Best Dual Purpose Set


QNIGLO Walkie Talkies with FM


Top Pick Award
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$36.99
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Batteries: AAA | Additional Feature: FM Radio
Adorable
FM Radio
Wrist band or lanyard
Harder to read buttons
No flashlight

If you're looking for something a little different than the usual fare, the QNIGLO Walkie Talkies with FM is a fun animal walkie with a wrist band, lanyard, and FM radio. Testers loved the radio components and the cute design of this unique choice, and even older kids overlooked the cute animal for the lighter weight and clear sound. The shape fits well in little hands, and if kids look close enough, they'll see the lights around the eyes change colors.

The buttons on this option are harder to read and press. Also, parents will likely need to read the instructions as the fewer buttons are not apparent in what they do. Overall, testers loved this option, and while not typical Crouch, outdoorsy walkies, we think that is why many testers loved them.

The QNIGLO have an FM radio that testers enjoyed giving it a purpose outside of walkie talkie fun.
The QNIGLO have an FM radio that testers enjoyed giving it a purpose outside of walkie talkie fun.

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Best for Headset Fun


Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-Way Radios


Top Pick Award
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$24.99
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Batteries: Rechargeable | Additional Feature: Headset
Headset
Rechargable
Budget-friendly
Boring adult style
Possibly too advanced for younger kids

The Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-Way Radios are grownup walkies with a kid-friendly price. These handhelds come with charging stations, rechargeable batteries, and cool talk headsets. Older testers like the adult look and the professional feel of this choice and parents like the easier to use straightforward buttons.

These "grownup" walkies probably won't appeal to little kids and those still attracted to bright colors and kid-centric features. However, for the price, they offer a great range, reusable batteries, and a military-type headset that can up the action of strategy games like laser tag and capture the flag.

While not kid-centric  the Arcshell are easy to use and comes with a headset.
While not kid-centric, the Arcshell are easy to use and comes with a headset.

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Similar to Grownup Talkies


Retevis RT628 Walkie Talkies


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$13.80
(37% off)
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Batteries: AA | Additional Feature: None
Solid feel
Easy to use
Channel changing issues
No light

The Retevis RT628 Walkie Talkies is a solid feeling walkie with a durable feeling design and easy to hold rounded shape. This option comes with a jack for a headset and a call button with a phone-like ring.

The phone call button ringing is annoying, and you can't talk through it. Unfortunately, really young children find this to be the best feature. Also, this option lacks any exciting kid-centric features like a lamp, radio, or fun color scheme. We do like how durable this pair feels and suspect it might take a more than one drop before it gives up, making it a good choice for those who tend to drop things easily or who want a camping style walkie more than a toy.

The Retevis feel like the most durable in the group.
The Retevis feel like the most durable in the group.

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Military Camo Fun


Topsung Walkie Talkies


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$24.99
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Batteries: AA | Additional Feature: None
Headset jack
Durable feel
Harder channel changes
No lamp

The Topsung Walkie Talkies are identical in every way except color to the Retevis RT628. It is a solid pair with an easy to use interface and a jack for a headset.

This pair is slightly more expensive than the Retevis RT628, so unless you must have a camo pair, you can save a few bucks going the other way. Also, like its twin, it has no kid-centric features, and the call button will annoy most parents in short order. Still, we see a place for this durable feeling pair for those looking for outdoorsy communication as opposed to a toy type model.

Topsung Walkie Talkies are identical to the Retevis with more color options.
Topsung Walkie Talkies are identical to the Retevis with more color options.

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Good for Mulitple Siblings


Obuby Walkie Talkies


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$31.99
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Batteries: AAA | Additional Feature: Flashlight
Kid-centric
Fun design
Channel changing nightmare
Slippery

The Obuby Walkie Talkies was a big draw to our younger testers as the bright colors are hard to miss, and the lights make the dark so much more fun. Testers liked the call button, and parents like the price for a pack of three. This set comes with flashlights and jacks for headsets (not included). It has a backlit display and voice activation.

These talkies have a challenging channel changing design that is hard for parents and surprisingly easy for kids to change without intending too. This design means a lot of parent involvement to fix the "broken" talkies. Also, the voice activation didn't work that well in our tests since kids talk all the time. The constant talking meant that kids on other talkies never got to speak. Overall, we see the appeal of this kid-centric product and think it might be fun for a short period when playing in a group. However, it isn't the best pair, and we believe parents and kids will be happier with other options in this review.

Kids love the Oububy walkies but the channel changing nightmare gave parents pause during testing.
Kids love the Oububy walkies but the channel changing nightmare gave parents pause during testing.

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Identical Fun Two-Pack


Selieve Walkie Talkies


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$23.99
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Batteries: AAA | Additional Feature: Flashlight
Kid design
Fun colors
Channel changing trouble
Harder to hold edges

the Selieve Walkie Talkies is a two-pack set of walkie talkies that are all but identical to the Obuby varying only in color. The two products have the same plastic case design, take the same number and type of batteries, and have the same buttons and flashlight accessory. We like them both equally as the only discernable difference is the color of the units. This option ranks slightly lower only because it comes in a pack of two instead of three for virtually the same price.

These talkies, alongside their twins, have a lot of buttons, and to be honest, most are unnecessary or cause unintended channel changes that are hard to fix quickly. There is even an annoying ringer that may draw attention to your handheld buddy, but prevents any talking and is irritating to adults. However, this ringer is a younger tester favorite. Overall, this set isn't bad for a toy, but there are easier options in this bunch of similar fare.

The Selieve Walkie Talkies are identical to the Obuby but they come in a pack of two as opposed to a pack of three.
The Selieve Walkie Talkies are identical to the Obuby but they come in a pack of two as opposed to a pack of three.

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Not Recommended: Broken on Arrival


Kids Walkie Talkies Watches


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$19.99
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Batteries: | Additional Feature: Compass
Cool look
Wristband
Compass came broken
Long extendable antenna

The Kids Walkie Talkies Watches are a camo colored watch style toy that comes with a compass and a cool soldier look and feel Testers were immediately drawn to the design and couldn't wait to use them. The talk button is easy to access, readily marked, and worked well. It comes with more features than the competition, including a compass, magnifier, reflector, watch, nightlight, and secret compartments.

Unfortunately, this toy came broken, and we were disappointed that both compasses were knocked off-kilter and didn't move. Also, the antenna is an old school telescoping antenna circa any time before 1990, and it doesn't play well with the wristband design of this "watch." Overall, we think it is a great concept that was poorly executed compared to the competition, and we are sad to say we can't recommend it.

The Talkies Watches both had broken compasses and kids were not enthralled with the old-school antenna.
The Talkies Watches both had broken compasses and kids were not enthralled with the old-school antenna.

We tested the top kids' walkie talkies on the market to find the best of the best.
We tested the top kids' walkie talkies on the market to find the best of the best.

Why You Should Trust Us


We've been testing baby gear and products for kids and pregnancy for more than eight years. We buy every product we test and make our recommendations based on our hands-on testing results. Wendy Schmitz, Senior Review Editor, and mother of 2 leads the charge on this review of walkie talkies for kids. At 8 and 10, Wendy's boys are the perfect age for walkie talkie fun and enjoyed every minute of testing these cool toys and providing feedback. Want to know which toy is best for kids? Give it to kids and see what happens. We tested each set side-by-side for quality, ease of use, and range to find the best kids' walkie talkies on the market.

Our kid testers loved testing all of the walkie talkies.
Most of the walkie talkies come with a belt clip.

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased 10 top walkie talkie options for kids and put them through rigorous testing to find the best of the best, so your little ones will have hours of happy fun on the run, staying connected.

The antenna on the Talkies Watches is long and gets in the way when you aren't using it  but you need it to get the range for it to work well.
The antenna on the Talkies Watches is long and gets in the way when you aren't using it, but you need it to get the range for it to work well.

Ease of Use


Many of the walkie talkies are similar, and some are identical, but there are some differences, and some of them stand out for good and bad reasons. The best options for kids are those that have only a few buttons that are easy to identify with few opportunities to press the wrong buttons. If a walkie talkie has too many buttons or kids can accidentally change channels without meaning to, then they can quickly grow frustrated if the fun needs continued breaks for help from an adult.

To have the most fun  the walkie talkies need to be easy to use so kids don't need parent help during play or on the trail.
To have the most fun, the walkie talkies need to be easy to use so kids don't need parent help during play or on the trail.

Channel changing is the biggest problem with these products and the feature with which you'll likely have the most issues. For most of the competition, you need to hold down one button to initiate the continuous changing of channels. Then you need perfect timing to hit the talk button to stop the change on the channel you desire. This process is even harder than our explanation makes it sound. Most of the time, our timing was off during testing, and we'd have to start over. This process is necessary for all of the walkie talkies you're using, so everyone is on the same channel or different channels depending on your needs. You might be thinking, no big deal, I'll never change the channel, but unfortunately, your child will, even when that is not their intention. We don't know how our testers did it, but they ALL did it, repeatedly. From two-year-olds to 11-year-olds, they all accidentally started the channel changing process. This accidental button pushing led to a lot of, "This one doesn't work," "Mine stopped working," and adult interventions.

The only two options that didn't have this problem were the Arcshell Rechargeable and the Vivibyan Walkie Talkies. During testing, the options kids had the most issues with regarding channel changing accidents were the Obuby Walkie Talkies and the identical Selieve Walkie Talkies, which is a large part of why they didn't fare better in our testing.

The OBUBY and the Selieve walkie talkies are the same and both come in fun colors with flashlights for more fun.
The OBUBY and the Selieve walkie talkies are the same and both come in fun colors with flashlights for more fun.

Quality


None of the products in this review are high dollar, and we certainly don't expect them to work on the same level as professional adult walkie talkies. However, we do expect them to work without frustration and to last at least as long as our kids will play with them. If they have additional fun features that also work, well, that's just a bonus.

The Topsung (left) and the Retevis (right) walkie talkies are identical outside of color and brand name on the product.
The Topsung (left) and the Retevis (right) walkie talkies are identical outside of color and brand name on the product.

Not all of the competition managed simple feats like working. The Walkie Talkies Watches came to us broken right out of the box, and there is nothing quite like the disappointment of a child expecting a cool gift and getting a broken one. While we concede that this could be an unfortunate one-off, we still have to report our experience to bring you the most accurate information we have. It does come with the most additional features, but maybe this just proved the rule that multi-purpose products rarely do anything well. For ours, the compass on both watches were broken, and the old-school antenna was annoying as it had to be pulled out for use and pushed back in when not using to avoid it getting hung up on everything.

The Huaker Kids Walkie Talkies in our tests were a mixed bag as they worked well overall, but the push to talk button on the blue one fell off during play. We were able to pop it back in place, and it continued to work, but there is a quality issue here that could affect its longevity. The Retevis, TopSung, and Arcshell feel like the most durable options.

Many of the competition offers features outside communication like flashlights, headset jacks, and the QNIGLO Walkie Talkies even has FM radio capabilities. Depending on how you plan to use your talkies, these are features to consider. Our testers really enjoyed the flashlights, and it got them playing outside later than they usually would have. All of the flashlights are dim and do not light at a distance, and a more accurate label might be "lamp" as some of the products describe them.

With so many options on the market  we can give you the insider details to find the right option for your children.
With so many options on the market, we can give you the insider details to find the right option for your children.

Conclusion


Sometimes you don't know what you're going to get until after you purchase it, and it fails to meet expectations. In the world of kids' walkie talkies, we discovered that some are better than others and which options stand out for full-on kid fun day or night. We hope our review provides the details you need to choose the best choice for your kids and your goals, whether it is serious hiking plans or laser tag in the yard.

Wendy Schmitz