The first thing to do when you want to buy a walkie talkie is think about what you need it for. In what situations are you going to be using it. Are you using it for long mountain hikes, are you using it to communicate on boats over water, are you using it in a vehicle or in a building? Theses factors are generally where your choice for VHF or UHF comes from when deciding which walkie talkie is best for you. Generally VHF (Very High Frequency) travels further outdoors and UHF(Ultra high Frequency) is better suited for inside use or close to buildings. It is important to note that walkie talkies using VHF cannot communicate with those using UHF. Almost all walkie talkie reviews featured on this site will be for VHF, unless we specifically specified otherwise.
Another thing to consider is whether to use FRS (Family Radio Service) or GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service). FRS is used on a lower Wattage and has a shorter range. For this reason UHF walkie talkies almost always operate on FRS channels. GMRS has a longer range due to a higher Wattage use. When we talk about a long range walkie talkie, we always refer to GMRS. GMRS, due to it’s longer range, has a guideline of not transmitting for more than 50% of the time because you could hog up the whole channel, so don’t use GMRS as a baby monitor. Almost all walkie talkie reviews featured on this site will have access to 22 or 30 FRS and GMRS channels unless otherwise specified.
The Midland GXT760VP4 is the oldest walkie talkie of our top 5. The model has been around for years and still gets used as much today as it did in it’s first year, and there are some good reasons for that. Although slightly bigger than most models the GXT series, and the 760VP4 in particular, is known to be extremely reliable and robust. The device seemingly only has five buttons on the front, which is not a lot, but all buttons have a double function when you hold them for over 3 seconds, giving access to a wide range of features. The Midland GXT760VP4 comes with adjustable power settings, weather alerts and call alerts including a roger beep. Additionally, you are able to replace the battery pack with regular alkaline batteries, making sure your walkie talkie is never out of juice.
Portable are ideal for even small offices that want to take advantage of the walkie talkie features. Units are made smaller and more portable that they can be easily attached to clothes inconspicuously. Communication is performed through a wearable unit that comes with an earpiece/mic-in-one.