The two basic styles of citizens band, or CB, radios are mobile and handheld. Mobile radios are usually mounted in vehicles while handheld radios are used as two-way radios or walkie-talkies. Popular brands include Uniden, Cobra and Galaxy.
Mobile CB radios cost between $40 and $200, as of 2015. Some of the best radios include the Uniden PC68LTW, Galaxy DX 959 SSB and Cobra 148 GTL SSB. The Uniden PRO510XLA CB is a good beginner CB radio and is on the cheaper end. The radio is compact, has a modern design and comes with a big set of features including a transmit indicator light, ANL switch, volume control and more.
Handheld CB radios cost between $40 and $180 and include the Cobra HH-Roadtrip and HH 38 WX ST CB Radio. The Roadtrip radio includes a magnetic vehicle antenna that improves the range of the radio and is good to use in a vehicle. It combines CB functionality with the portability of a two-way radio and has various features such as NOAA weather channel support, dual channel watch, full channel scan and more.
A big factor for performance is the type of antenna purchased and where it is mounted. Poor quality antennas can alter performance even if the radio itself is high-end. Antennas must be purchased separately from mobile radios because they are not included. While handheld radios are often sold with an antenna, most are compatible with antennas sold separately to improve performance.