What We Like
Only three channels, so no lost connections
Can add lines for the whole family
What We Don't Like
No volume control
Only one color option
Around 5 or 6 years old, many kids become more independent and creative, preferring to do things on their own and engage in imaginative play. Enter the walkie-talkie. With their ability to send messages on the go, radio transmitters and receivers are both fun and functional, making them a favorite of children and adults alike.
The Little Pretender Walkie Talkies are just one option that claims to help kids have crystal-clear conversations, whether across the yard, the playground, or elsewhere up to two miles. Since many parents worry about crossing signals with other walkie-talkies, this set contains only three channels, which are less likely to be interrupted (roger that!). Read on to find out how well the popular toy worked in real life.
Design: Perfect for small hands
The size of these walkie-talkies is ideal. Unlike others on the market, they have a small, slender design that fit perfectly in our 6-year-old son’s hands. He was also able to easily push the talk button on the side and understand the four controls on the front panel, which allowed him to power the device on and off, turn on the built-in flashlight, call, and change channels. Because the units only have three channel selections, there’s less frustration over lost signals—and a lower risk of your little one tuning in to the chatter of strangers.
The plastic, break-resistant toy takes three AAA batteries, which are not included. A plastic belt clip allows kids to carry the transmitters around while retaining use of their hands, although we think a metal clip might have been sturdier choice. If your kiddos have their hearts set on a shade beyond blue, you’ll have to look elsewhere: This Little Pretender model comes in only one color.
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Entertainment Value: Lots of fun, day or night
Whether they’re used to play secret agents or cops and robbers, these walkie-talkies entertain for hours. More affordable and age-appropriate than cell phones, they can also be a great option for your kids to keep in contact with any friends that live close by.
We love that the whole family can get involved. Although the toy comes with just two talkies, there’s an option to add additional lines. Another great feature? The built-in flashlight! Our 6-year-old couldn’t wait until nighttime for some spooky fun.
Parents will appreciate this practical plus: Thanks to their two-mile range, these walkie-talkies can help keep tabs on kids while letting them have a little independence. Plus, because these units only have three channels, we found that it was almost impossible to lose communication for too long—even when our son messed with the controls.
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Age Range: Five and up
With the exception of battery installation, which most moms and dads will want to handle themselves anyway, these sets are suitable for boys and girls ages 5 and up. That’s the age recommended from the manufacturer, which specifically designed the devices to fit comfortably and ergonomically inside small hands.
Our only complaint is the lack of variety in color and the inability to adjust the volume.
Ease of Cleaning: Just wipe down and move along
The hard plastic exterior doesn’t just protect this product from hard falls—it also makes cleaning these walkie-talkies a breeze. Simply wipe down to remove grime and germs. Just don’t submerge in water, as they do contain batteries.
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Price: Worth the money
With an MSRP of $26.99, these communicators aren’t the cheapest on the market, but they’re also not the most expensive. We believe the above-average sound quality makes them well worth the mid-range price tag.
Thanks to their two-mile range, these walkie-talkies can help parents keep tabs on kids while letting them have a little independence.
Competition: This one takes the cake
In a toy category saturated with selections, the Little Pretender Walkie Talkies stand out. While other options experienced interrupted or dropped signals, which are not only frustrating but also dangerous, Little Pretender’s product got the message across loud and clear. Our only complaint is the lack of variety in color and the inability to adjust the volume (opt for UOKOO Walkie Talkies or Retevis RT-388 Walkie Talkies if either points are important to you). Overall, this product was the easiest to set up and performed best in terms of sound.
Free 90-day repair/replacement policy; after 90 days, customer pays shipping; after a year, customer pays shipping and an $8 fee
Go get them!
With a shape and size specifically intended for little ones, Little Pretender Walkie Talkies are ideal for anyone over the age of 5. They make a great toy for the whole family—you can even add additional lines—and because of their high-quality sound, these kid-friendly walkie-talkies can serve a more functional purpose, as well. Over and out!
- Product Name Walkie Talkies
- Product Brand Little Pretender
- Price $26.99
- Weight 1.6 oz.
- Product Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 in.
- Color Blue
- Batteries 3 AAA, not included
- Manufacturer Recommended Age Range 5+