Fun fact: many laser tag toys do not use lasers at all! Instead, these safe toys use an infrared light that is as safe as your TV remote.
There are a few laser tag toys that stick out as the best. Here are our researched and vetted picks.Best Laser Tag Toy with Vests: ARMOGEAR Infrared Laser Tag Blasters
Best Laser Tag Toy without Vests: NERF Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX
Best Laser Tag Toys with Vests
ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Blasters and Vests
The ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Blasters and Vests is backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, which makes them a great choice. Even the good laser tag sets sometimes arrive with a gun malfunctioning, so the guarantee would ensure you get the problem resolved should it happen to you.
The set comes with four blasters and vests. They are for ages 8 and older, and users report the vests easily fit adults as well as children.
The blasters have a 150-foot range and four powers (pistol, shotgun, machine gun, and rocket). The vests add another level of gameplay, but the blasters also register hits, so the vests are optional. The set requires 24 AAA batteries.
Parents like that the vest size works for adults and children. They say there are problems with the vest and blaster syncing sometimes. Also, the blasters hit anything in close range, even if they aren’t aimed in that direction.
We love this set as a gift for 13-year-old boys.
Play22 Laser Tag Sets Gun and Vest
The Play22 Laser Tag 4 pack Guns and Vests is a lower-priced option than many four-packs with vests. Though it comes with vests, you can play using just the blasters if you want.
Using vests and blasters will require 28 AA batteries, making this set one of the heaviest battery users on our list. But the vests are optional. There are also four gun modes to choose from during play.
The blasters are smaller than some others, which may be a little uncomfortable for adult users, but better for younger kids. Parents also say the instructions are written very poorly, and the blasters hit everyone nearby at close range.
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Best Choice Products Infrared Laser Tag Blaster Set
The Best Choice Products Infrared Laser Tag Blaster Set 4 Pack is a good choice for parents who don’t want to use as many batteries. This set requires 16 AAs to power the four blasters.
The blasters have a 130-foot range and include lights to show how many lives you have left, but there is no indicator for ammo use. There are four gun modes to choose from. The set is for ages 8 and up.
Parents have found they are more accurate than Nerf blasters, and they hold up to being dropped by kids. On the downside, some users report the sound when you’ve been hit is too quiet, and customer service was slow when there was a problem with the product.
Mesixi Infrared Laser Tag Guns Set
The Infrared Laser Tag Guns Set of 4 stands out because it comes with extra gear. You can also purchase a pack with masks and glasses along with the blasters and vests to increase the fun. There is another option with just the blasters and vests as well, so look carefully at your selection before you purchase.
This set is for ages 8 and up, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It uses 24 AA batteries to power all the guns and vests.
Users report liking the smaller form factor of the blasters and that batteries last a long time in this set. Some users complain that players get hit no matter where other players are aiming. Many complaints were about getting the wrong pack, so choose carefully.
Laser X 88016 Two Player Laser Gaming Set
The Laser X Two Player Laser Gaming Set is a good two-player choice if you want to learn how to be a better player. There is an option to get coaching tips while you play, but this can be turned off.
If you have more than one set, you can play in teams, solo, or a mix. Parents and grandparents say it’s an easy set for kids to learn. It uses vests to register hits and has a 200-foot range, which is one of the longest I saw in my research.
Parents also mentioned these blasters do ping constantly during play, which gets mixed reviews. Some felt it is too loud, while others thought it kept games moving and lively.
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Best Laser Tag Toys without Vests
Nerf Official: Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack
The Nerf Official: Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack is a great choice if you have a mix of ages and abilities playing together. You can set your blaster to need 10 or 25 hits to be out, so beginners can stay in the game longer.
If you need more than two blasters, buy multiple sets and use them together. This set doesn’t use vests; the blasters themselves register your hits. The blasters have lights, sound, and vibration, but only one type of shot. Each blaster uses 6 AA batteries.
Parents like that their range is 300 feet and the blasters register hits from all angles, not just the front. Users also like the ability to have more than four people playing solo instead of having to use teams. It’s nice to have a Nerf product with no darts to clean up as well.
Some users complain that their blasters malfunctioned early on or that they get hit without the other blasters even aiming at them.
If you decide to go with a more classic Nerf gun, check out our Nerf gun recommendations.
Kidzlane Infrared Laser Tag: Game Mega Pack
The Kidzlane Infrared Laser Tag Set of 4 is a great set for children (and adults) of all ages. It comes with four blasters, but you can buy multiple packs for more players to play on teams.
The blasters have a 130-foot range and require no vests, so there are fewer pieces to keep track of. There are four gun modes to choose from in battle.
The guns won’t let you shoot your own teammates, which is helpful especially for younger players. The set will require 16 AA batteries (four per blaster).
The blasters use sounds and vibrations, but some parents thought the sounds were too loud. Others wished the buttons were labeled better. And a few found the blasters wouldn’t stand up to normal kid use.
eKids Ryan’s World Laser Tag Blaster
For your child that’s 3 years or older, the Ryan’s World Laser Tag Blaster is the perfect laser gun toy that is safe, fun, and will allow your toddler to play laser tag with their older siblings.
The laser blaster features 3 shooting modes that adjust damage, range, and reload time. It also has a “life indicator” display, letting your child see how many lives (out of 3) they have left in the game. In addition, there’s a reload button and a secret weapon button that can only be used once in the game (fun!).
When hit (up to 100ft), the laser blasters light up and vibrate. Each purchase includes 2 Ryan’s World Laster Tag Blasters. Keep in mind that some parents had issues with these blasters and overall, felt they were overpriced. They do boast almost 5-star reviews overall though!
Comparing Laser Tag Toys
The table below compares only the recommended products on this page. A low or high Price means it is low or high compared to the other products listed. The Popularity Score reflects how often readers click on and buy the product. The Quality Score is our assessment of the overall performance and satisfaction with the product compared to others in the table.
|ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Blasters and Vests||$$$$||9.9||9.2|
|Nerf Official: Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack||$$$||8.6||9.2|
|Best Choice Products Infrared Laser Tag Blaster Set||$$$||3.9||9.0|
|Mesixi Infrared Laser Tag Guns Set||$$$||5.0||8.6|
|Play22 Laser Tag Sets Gun and Vest||$$$||9.7||8.8|
|Kidzlane Infrared Laser Tag: Game Mega Pack||$$||9.7||9.2|
|Laser X 88016 Two Player Laser Gaming Set||$$||8.3||9.0|
|eKids Ryan's World Laser Tag Blaster||$$||8.2||8.8|
How We Selected Laser Tag Toys
The toys on our list use infrared technology, not real lasers, making them safe for family use. Most of the recommended ages stem from the fact that there are batteries and also small details on the blasters that could come off and pose a choking hazard, not to mention the strangulation risk of the vests. The toys on this list are perfectly safe for nearly any child when used correctly and under adult supervision.
Variety of ways to play
The laser tag toys here offer multiple modes of play so your kids won’t get bored with them. From team to solo play, multiple shot choices, and different gear options, each set on this list can be used in more than one way to provide hours and hours of family fun.
All of the sets on our list got positive reviews from a large majority of users. We pay close attention to all reviews on a variety of sites, because fellow parents give the most honest and accurate reviews when it comes to kid’s toys.
These laser tag toys are a great value compared to multiple trips to a laser tag facility. For one upfront cost, your kids can have years laser tag whenever they want (and without you needing to drive them). It’s also a great way for them to practice so that if they do head to a laser tag facility, they can have fun and not be frustrated because they can’t play at a higher level, which equals less time and money wasted at the laser tag place!
FAQs about Laser Tag Toys
Can young children use laser tag sets?
Many manufacturers recommend their sets for use by people 8 years and older, though some are labeled for kids of all ages. With close adult supervision, kids as young as 4 should be okay to use the laser tag toys on this list.
Are there real lasers in laser tag sets?
At-home laser tag sets use infrared light, not actual lasers. This is the same technology in your TV remote. The FDA recommends not buying laser products that emit more than 5mW power. These laser tag sets use 0.9mW, which is far below the limit.
How do laser tag guns work?
When you pull the trigger, a beam of infrared light shoots from the blaster. If this light hits the sensor on another player’s vest or gun, they are hit. Many guns allow for a certain number of hits (3 to 25, depending on the set) before that player is out for the game. When one player or team is left standing, the game resets and can be played again.
Can you get hurt in laser tag?
Getting hit by a laser tag blast is completely pain-free. Injuries may occur when running from opposing players or other accidents in the “battle” scenario.
How much space do you need to play laser tag?
While it can be played in close quarters, users of some sets report that aiming anywhere will hit multiple players in a smaller room. Having a large indoor or outdoor space will make the game more challenging. Just make sure to stay in the recommended range so that the blasters still work!
What do you wear to play laser tag?
Some sets come with a vest that registers hits in the game, but other than that, there is no required gear to wear. It is helpful to wear comfortable shoes. If you are playing in the dark or low light, dark colors will make you harder to see.
There are many fun laser tag toys, but the Nerf Phoenix set is a great choice for the whole family. You can make it easier for new players, and its blasters have the longest range of any on our list, so advanced players can really spread out. While this set comes with two guns, multiple sets will work together so you can include the whole family or a group of friends.