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Best Handheld Digital Scanners

Updated December 2018
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A handheld digital radio scanner allows you to listen in on broadcasts from the police, fire department, and other emergency services as well as amateur radio stations. Handheld digital scanners typically tune into a certain segment of frequencies, so the right one depends on the type of radio broadcasts you want to listen to. Some provide NOAA weather alerts and software to help you easily program the device. There are handheld digital scanners that have a battery pack while others require that you buy your own batteries. They’re made of rugged material that can stand up to tough weather conditions. The scanner should be easy for you to use. Since it’s a handheld device, it should also be lightweight.

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  • 27 Models Considered
  • 8 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 159 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
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