Posted on: 05. Sep, 2013

The two-way radio is a very handy tool for communication if your group is partitioned during a trip. Remote areas may not have good or any network coverage, in which case your mobile phones will not be of any use if you want to get in touch with the distant members of your group.

We assembled an extensive list of some of the best two-way radios on the market and reviewed them all, so what’s left for you to do is to pick out your favorite. Enjoy!

List Of Best Two-Way Radio Reviews

41XbIQv63VL._SL160_ Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver)
 51XIsw8J+JL._SL160_ Uniden GMR 1635-2 Two-Way Radios
 5136MXjckHL._SL160_ Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
 51cbnx+YigL._SL160_ Midland GXT1050VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Camo)
 41-HebDdK6L._SL160_ Motorola FV300 2-Way Radio, Pair
 51MwLyQfKJL._SL160_ Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
 512kktCbuaL._SL160_ Midland XT511 GMRS Two-Way Emergency Crank Radio
 41y43HHUX6L._SL160_ Cobra 29 LX 40-Channel CB Radio with Instant Access 10 NOAA Weather Stations and Selectable 4 Color Display
 41sAboHy1DL._SL160_ BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio


Two-Way Radio Buying Guide


General Notice on GMRS License

Please take note that when a manufacturer advertises the possibility to use GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies, these require a special Federal Communications Commission License to connect and operate lawfully in the United States. Contact the relevant authority for details. FRS (Family Radio Service) channels 8-14 require no license. In Canada, no channels require a license.

Below we have included a few factors you may want to take into consideration when you make your choice.

Privacy Codes

There seems to be a significant misunderstanding relating to the notion of privacy codes in several “semi-official” reviews, even on large retail websites. Just to be clear, privacy codes do not encrypt your conversation or anything of the sort. They simply offer a wider choice of possible channels for the transmissions between two devices to flow through, thus lessening the chance that a third party will also use the same channel. Ultimately, the privacy code is to prevent third party communications from disturbing your transmissions, not from preventing third parties from hearing what you transmit!

Power Source

Generally speaking, two-way portable radios have three main sources of power. The most common one is the rechargeable battery pack, almost always included with the pair of receivers. Some manufacturers/models offer only the option of using standard AA/AAA batteries (these may or may not be rechargeable depending on your preference). Increasingly many manufacturers design the battery slot in a way that allows you to use either the battery pack of the manufacturer or to use AA/AAA batteries. Finally, the least common source of power is the dynamo, whereby you can charge the device through turning a handle rapidly.


The radios communicate with each other directly, not via a satellite or tower like mobile phones do. For this reason, two-way radios have a limited reach within which they can transmit to one and other. When selecting your radio device, consider whether or not it will be important for you to be able to communicate miles and miles away. Note that the advertised range by the manufacturer for any device is the absolute maximum limit, measured under ideal conditions that are unlikely to exist in real life. On a general note, however, the stronger the ideal range, the stronger the real range will be.


It may be a good catch or a good bargain that certain manufacturers include just about every accessory you can possibly need to keep your device running. From different charging docks, power chords, headsets and earphones to belt clips, these might make certain products a better overall offer.