Best Handheld CB Radios

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 11, 2018
Despite the loss in popularity, a handheld CB radio is still the best solution for truckers, off-roaders, RV owners, motorcyclists, and all kinds of hobbyists that require instant and reliable means of communication. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Range
Sensitivity
Modulation
Number of Channels
Control
Power Source
Features
Warranty
 
PROS

The NOAA weather monitor allows you to monitor up to 10 channels for weather and hazard information in your area. It also offers you immediate access to emergency channel 9 and informational channel 19. The model includes a flexible antenna with a BNC connector that you can remove for easy transportation. 

CONS

The symbols on the keys wear off after some time. 

OUR VERDICT

The Midland 75-822 is the kind of handheld CB radio that incorporates every trick in the book in order to help you on your travels. Its audio quality is superb and the number of features will not disappoint even the most demanding customers.

detailed parameters
Power

4 W

Range

~1-3 miles

Sensitivity

0.7 µV for 20 dB (S+N)/N

Modulation

AM

Number of Channels

40

Control

LCD display with mechanical buttons

Power Source

6 AA batteries, 8 rechargeable batteries, 12V DC, 110V AC

Features

NOAA weather monitor (10 channels), Squelch control, Built-in ANL, Keypad lock, Dual-channel monitor, Last channel memory, Headset jack (sold separately), External antenna connector (located at DC adapter), Belt clip

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The data cloning feature can be used to transfer the programmed data from one WS1010 to another. The memory backup function stores frequencies for an extended period of time even without batteries. The model allows you to backup data, update the database, and program the instrument directly from a computer.

CONS

The DC adaptor is not included.

OUR VERDICT

The handheld CB radio in question offers the convenience of one-touch searches of marine, fire/police, air, ham, and weather frequencies. Its 200-channel memory will offer you plenty of memory space to store all of your favorite frequencies.

detailed parameters
Power

Not specified

Range

~1-3 miles

Sensitivity

1 µV for 20 dB (S+N)/N

Modulation

VHF/UHF

Number of Channels

200

Control

LCD display with mechanical buttons

Power Source

4 AA batteries, 4 rechargeable batteries, 110V AC

Features

Data cloning feature, Lock-out function, Memory backup, SAME and all hazards weather alerting, Spectrum sweeper, Priority channel feature, Belt clip

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A small size provides portability and convenience. A stiff build ensures a long unit life. 300 programmable channels are great for a comprehensive use. The unit can be powered by different sources and charged via a conventional USB port.

CONS

The radio exhausts AA batteries in about 10 hours. 

OUR VERDICT

The Uniden BC75XLT is a device that makes an impression due to its advanced abilities. Monitor a vast amount of service channels and program up to 300 channels under your priority in a single CB radio!

detailed parameters
Power

280 mA

Range

~1-8 miles

Sensitivity

AM: 0.3 µV, NFM: 0.3 µV for 12 dB (S+N)/N

Modulation

AM/NFM

Number of Channels

300

Control

LCD display with mechanical buttons

Power Source

2 AA alkaline batteries, 2 AA rechargeable batteries, PC through USB cable

Features

Close Call RF Capture technology, Backlit display, 10 pre-programmed service searches, 10 custom search ranges, ChannelPriority feature with Do-Not-Disturb, Temporary lockout

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Soundtracker™ system cuts noise up to 90%. That and the usual squelch control feature allows calls to be heard loud and clear, even over a noisy engine. The dual-channel monitor will provide you with the opportunity to monitor an emergency channel and any other channel you want simultaneously. 

CONS

The quality of the wrist strap isn't particularly impressive. 

OUR VERDICT

The Cobra HH50WXST is a handheld CB radio that is all about comfort and the quality of sound. The belt clip and the modest size of the product will allow you to easily carry it around, while the number of audio features will allow you to experience a clear audio stream.

detailed parameters
Power

4 W

Range

~1-4 miles

Sensitivity

0.5 µV for 20 dB (S+N)/N

Modulation

AM

Number of Channels

40

Control

LCD display with mechanical buttons

Power Source

9 AA batteries, 9 rechargeable AA batteries, 12V DC

Features

Soundtracker™ system, NOAA weather monitor (10 channels), Squelch control, Keypad lock, Dual-channel monitor, Last channel memory, High/low power saver button, External microphone jack, Belt clip

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The moderate price makes this device extremely affordable. A pretty wide operating range boosts transmitting abilities. A solid sound quality.

CONS

The radio is pretty bulky due to a large battery compartment.

OUR VERDICT

The high portability makes Midland a #1 choice for hunters, drivers, and travelers. This is a combination of reliability, cutting-edge technologies, and a wonderful communication quality.

detailed parameters
Power

4 W

Range

~1-3 miles

Sensitivity

1 µV for 10 dB (S+N)/N

Modulation

AM

Number of Channels

40

Control

LCD display with mechanical buttons

Power Source

9 AA batteries, 9 rechargeable AA batteries, 12V DC

Features

Belt clip, “BATT. LOW” LED, “TX” LED, Removable antenna with BNC connector, Hole for a wrist strap, Automatic gain control, Automatic noise limiter, Jack for external power sources, VDC charger

Warranty

1 year

Midland 75-822

A Handful of Features

The Midland 75-822 is the sort of portable CB radio that effortlessly includes just about every necessary feature in a pretty convenient package. First off, there's the NOAA weather monitor that allows you to monitor up to 10 channels for weather and hazard information in your area. It also offers you immediate access to emergency channel 9 and informational channel 19. Of course, you wouldn't want to spend the bulk of your time on the emergency channel but you also wouldn't want to miss an emergency signal, so the manufacturers made sure to include a dual-channel monitor feature. Surprisingly enough, the said feature will allow you to monitor the emergency channel and any channel of your choice at the same time.

Other than that, what we have here is a pretty standard handheld CB radio. The fairly large LCD display features backlighting, so you should be able to read it during the night. The model also includes a flexible antenna with a BNC connector that you can remove for easy transportation. Finally, the radio is no slouch when it comes to audio quality either. A built-in Automatic Noise Limiter does wonders in terms of improving reception for weaker signals, while the squelch control feature eliminates the background noise from the equation.

All in all, the Midland 75-822 is the kind of handheld CB radio that incorporates every trick in the book in order to help you on your travels. Its audio quality is superb and the number of features will not disappoint even the most demanding customers.

Review of Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio

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Whistler WS1010

Program the Radio

The Whistler WS1010 is a handheld CB radio that is defined by a number of crucial features. These features make the product a great option for the kind of customers who aren't new to these instruments and know exactly what they're looking for. For instance, there's the data cloning feature that can be used to transfer the programmed data from one WS1010 to another. There's also the memory backup function that stores frequencies for an extended period of time even without batteries. By the way, speaking of the programmed data, what's particularly impressive about this battery-powered radio is that it provides the user with the opportunity to backup data, update the database, and program the instrument directly from a computer.

Aside from these features, the Whistler WS1010 is also one of the more powerful options on the market. Its 200-channel memory will offer you plenty of memory space to store all of your favorite frequencies. You can use it to listen to FM radio bands. Plus, you can categorize those frequencies into 10 separate memory banks. Naturally, the model also includes the SAME and all hazards weather alerting. However, it also incorporates a dedicated Skywarn button for storm watchers. The manufacturers also didn't forget about the usual set of convenience features, like lock-out function, spectrum sweeper, or priority channel feature.

Having said all of that, some could certainly make an argument that the best thing about this handheld CB radio is that it offers the convenience of one-touch searches of marine, fire/police, air, ham, and weather frequencies.

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Uniden BC75XLT

Mobile Solution for Every Occasion

The Uniden BC75XLT is a versatile handheld CB radio designed for communication and monitoring various channels. This device is universal in everything from transceiving to the power supply. So, let's take a closer look at its key features. The Uniden BC75XLT can be powered by AA batteries or rechargeable Ni-MH accumulators as well as from PC via a USB cable. The radio can handle signals in AM and NFM modulation types, what definitely stands it apart from most other models with the same price tag. Uniden CB radio can also memorize up to 300 channels. Astonishing, isn't it? What's more, all channels can be configured in PC, introducing to you new opportunities and giving more comfort of use. Using the radio, you can monitor police and fire departments (including rescue and paramedics), marine and amateur (ham radio) bands, and even air band transmissions. In addition, you'll be able to get weather forecasts from the NOAA weather center.

When it comes to the Uniden BC75XLT, we can say that the engineers have designed this radio with practicality in mind and considered a lot of factors. First of all, the manufacturer provided excellent radio rigidity and high protection level and yet, didn't make a lot of change to the interface, leaving it pretty handy. The unit is fitted with a large and readable display with orange backlighting so that it is comfortable to read the data from it even in complete darkness. The control buttons are marked with distinct abbreviations that will help you grasp the settings quickly.

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Cobra HH50WXST

The Audio and the Comfort

The Cobra HH50WXST is all about comfort and the quality of sound. To improve the former, the people behind this handheld CB radio designed it with 6.3 x 2 x 1.8 inches in overall dimensions and a particularly simple interface, making a product that is as compact as it is easy to use.

Now, as for the quality of sound, there are a couple of things that make the model's sound so clear. First, there's the Soundtracker™ system that cuts noise up to 90%. Add to that the usual squelch control feature and what you have is a radio that allows calls to be heard loud and clear, even over a noisy engine. That said, you won't be the only one experiencing a quality audio signal as the omnidirectional microphone that the model comes equipped with picks up your voice from multiple directions, so the person on the other end of the radio will hear you loud and clear.

Of course, none of these things would be worth much without the usual pack of features to back them up. That usual pack of features includes the lock-out function that will allow you to skip over specified channels or frequencies. It also includes the dual-channel monitor that will provide you with the opportunity to monitor an emergency channel and any other channel you want simultaneously. And since the model can be used with 9 AA batteries, the manufacturers didn't forget to implement the high/low power switch. Simply flicking that switch reduces battery power consumption by up to 75%, so you will be able to significantly extend the battery life whenever necessary.

To reiterate our earlier point, the Cobra HH50WXST is a handheld CB radio that is all about comfort and the quality of sound. The belt clip and the modest size of the product will allow you to easily carry it around while the number of audio features will allow you to experience a clear audio stream.

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Midland 75-785

Range and All-Purpose Reliability

The Midland 75-785 is a portable handheld CB radio that you can take on any trip. The radio is designed for transceiving in the radius of 3 miles. Here we should dwell on one of the peculiarities - the radio is equipped with HI/LOW power switch to change the power consumption. Thus, you can pick a low mode to save the battery charge or high mode to boost the power for a wider communication range. The radio setting is pretty simple thanks to the user-friendly interface. Also, the radio features one more extra function that we'd like to pinpoint. This is the special antenna that can be replaced with a more powerful one through the NFC connector to boost the radio operating range. The automatic noise limiter is one more thing that makes us happy as it provides an excellent sound quality, eliminating the background noises.

Of course, one can hardly call this radio small, at least for 9 AA batteries that enlarge the unit size. Still, there's a compromise. The radio has a stiff body and reliable assembly that make it highly durable. Besides that, the radio is fitted with some extra accessories for easy carrying. In particular, that's a special belt clip and a charge jack for recharging NiCad batteries without removing. Finally, the radio features the "BATT. LOW" indicator that reports on the battery charge status. Pretty convenient.

Review of Midland 75-785 HandHeld CB Radio

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What Is a Handheld CB Radio?

A handheld CB radio, just like any other citizen band radio, is essentially an instrument that presents a system of short-distance radio communications between individuals. The difference between it and other types of radio services is that it does not require a license. However, dissimilar to amateur radio, it can also be used for business or personal communications. When you go looking for a tool like that, the things you ought to keep in mind basically fall under one of the two categories - technical specifications or convenience features. The first one includes the power of the handheld CB radio, its operation range, sensitivity, and modulation. All of those also determine the number of channels in the channel memory that the particular model is capable of offering. As for features, most models include an LCD display with backlighting, a few features that help in terms of audio quality, a keypad lock, the ability to monitor weather channels, and a priority channel feature.

Now, while we're still on the subject of vehicle electronics, you might want to look into our reviews of car speakers or parking sensors to make your driving or parking experience that much more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-09 14:27:33