7 Best Laser Tag Toys of 2019 (Reviews + Buying Guide)
Pew-pew-pew! Laser tag has been popular since the 70s, but technology has made it more fun and affordable than ever before. Unlike similar games, such as a paintball or airsoft, laser tag is safe for younger kids – but fun for older kids, too.
Toys sets let you easily create an awesome laser tag experience at home. Not sure where to start? Our complete guide is laser-focused on helping you out. Here are the best laser tag toys for 2019 plus an interesting overview of what laser tag is and what games you’ll want to check out:
Our #1 Choice – Dynasty Toys Laser Tag Set
A complete laser gun set with multiple game mode settings and team options. A great all-around choice for up to four players.
- No vests required
- Four game mode settings
- Four team settings
- Each game mode has a pre-set limit of nine lives
- Screws which hold battery pack strip easily
This four-pack laser tag set has countless ways to play! You can adjust both team and blast settings. Up to four players divide into any combination of teams for free-for-all, three-versus-one or two-versus-two matches.
Additionally, each blaster has four different modes which affect reload, range and stoppage power. Use easier settings for younger kids or dial up the precision for laser-tag pros.
“Reload” the laser blasts by slapping the end of the handle. Built-in speakers emit a cool sci-fi noise to let you know the clip is full.
The blasters are all you need to play. No vests are required. Instead, the blasters themselves are the target. You can add as many other blasters as you want for large group battles.
Our #2 Choice – Nerf Phoenix LTX Laser Tag Two-Pack
A two-pack of LTX laser tag blasters for indoor and outdoor battles with the quality construction expected of Nerf.
- Durable construction from Nerf
- Solo and Team play options
- Packed with lights, sounds, and vibrations
- Aiming can be imprecise
- Only two guns in each set
Nerf makes laser guns, too! They’re lightweight, durable and tons of fun. Settings can be toggled between Solo, Team 1 and Team 2. All LTX blasters are automatically compatible so that you can add more sets for large-scale team battles.
The blasters are packed with lights, sounds, and vibrations. The gun emits cool sci-fi blasting sounds with a vibrating “recoil” when fired. Sound effects also play when you hit the reload button.
No vests or sensors required. The blaster vibrates to indicate when its hit. Two skill settings are available. Beginners can be hit by 25 laser shots before they’re out while advanced players can be given a limit of 10 hits.
Our #3 Choice – Laser Tag Gun and Vest Set by Power Tag
This six-person kit includes vests, guns and two pairs of unique Battle Blaster gloves.
- Large set includes gear for six people
- Unique Battle Blaster gloves
- Guns have a 150-foot range
- Adjustable vests fit most people comfortably
- Two players must use Battle Blasters (only four guns and vests)
Power Tag’s gun and vest set is like having a laser tag park in your backyard! It includes four handheld laser guns, four receptor vests, and two Battle Blasters, which you won’t find anywhere else. The Blasters are gauntlet/gloves which act as both a gun and receptor. Fire lasers from your fists like Iron Man or Captain Marvel!
The gear is designed for precision and durability. Guns are durable enough to withstand rough outdoor play but lightweight enough for little ones to hold and shoot using one hand. Both blasters and guns have a range of up to 150 feet.
Plus, the vests are comfortable, adjustable and secure. Some laser tag sets place a sensor in the gun to register hits instead of using a vest, but many people find vests way more fun. Waving the gun around to dodge hits can feel like cheating, but using vests mean you have to aim for the other players directly.
Our #4 Choice – Dynasty Toys Laser Tag and Robot Bug Striker Pack
Hone your skills at home with this Striker Pack which includes a laser blaster and Robot Bug moving target.
- Blaster has four settings for varied play
- Includes unique Robot Bug moving target
- Blaster has a range of 120 feet
- Set allows solo play
- Includes only one blaster
- Robot Bug might not be fun for older kids
Just because your friends are busy doesn’t mean you can’t play laser tag. The Striker Pack from Dynasty Toys features a laser blaster plus a Robot Bug. He’s a unique little guy who moves around on battery power. He flips in the air when shot with the laser.
The blaster has four settings which adjust the damage, range and reload time. Simply slap the bottom of the handle to “reload” the blaster – complete with cool reloading noise. It has a range of 120 feet.
The set includes one blaster and one Robot Bug. However, all blasters are compatible, so you can easily add to your collection by buying more blasters.
Our #5 Choice – Laser Tag Reality Gaming Kit from Strike Pros
A military-inspired set with sound effects and a smoke-like water vapor effect. Includes full gear for up to four players.
- Set includes four guns and vests
- Gear has a military-inspired design
- Blasters emit water vapor to register a hit
- Large 30 shot “magazine”
- Blasters can be switched from auto to semi-auto firing
- Complete set requires a whopping 24 AAA batteries (not included)
Smoke the opposition with the Ranger 1 Laser Tag set from Strike Pros. It includes four guns and vests with a military-inspired design, sound effects, and other cool features.
Each gun emits a smoke-like water vapor to register a hit. The replica magazine automatically ejects when “ammo” is out. Each pretend magazine contains 30 shots. You can switch from automatic to semi-auto firing modes with the push of a button.
Twist the muzzle to activate Stealth Mode, which turns off the gun’s display for total invisibility in low-light areas.
Our #6 Choice – Sharper Image Four-Player Laser Tag Set
Bring the arcade laser tag experience home with this four-person gun and vest laser tag set from Sharper Image.
- Quality construction from Sharper Image brand
- Complete set for four people
- Automatic point tracking system
- Tons of sound and visual effects
- Works best in low-light conditions
Recreate the fun of a laser tag arena in your living room. Guns make a cool blasting noise when fired. Vests light up to register a hit. The lights, sounds, and vibrations make every battle epic!
A built-in point tracking system keeps score, so you don’t have to. Each player has six lives represented by electronic triangles on the vest which light up when hit. Blasters track ammo, too. After six rounds you pull back the blaster’s slider to “reload.”
Our #7 Choice – Dynasty Toys Laser Tag Yard Game
Laser tag meets Capture the Flag with this unique outdoor game for small and large groups.
- Unique Capture the Flag laser tag game
- Includes Dynasty cubes and four siren lights
- Includes two blasters
- More sets needed to play with large groups
Head outdoors with this team-based Capture the Flag game. The set includes two Dynasty cubes, two laser tag blasters and four siren barrier lights.
Use the lights to set up each team’s barrier. Then attempt to sneak into the other side, grab the enemy’s cube and get it into your territory. You can also shoot to cube to change its colors for an alternate way to win.
Countless other games modes are included, too. No matter how you’ll play, the set is perfect for sneaking, shooting and group fun.
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Tag
What is Laser Tag?
From the late 1970s through today, adults and kids of all ages have loved to play laser tag. Laser tag guns fire infrared beams to tag other players.
Laser tag is similar to paintball, airsoft or Nerf gun games. Typically, teams of people compete in an indoor or outdoor area. However, the major difference is that laser tag is strictly no contact and mess-free.
The invisible beams activate sensors to registers hits on players. Sensors can be located in a few different areas depending on the type of equipment you’re using. The most common sensor locations are:
- Built into the barrel of the gun
- Attached to the front (and possibly rear) of a vest
- Attached to a headband
- Built into a laser gun arena (mainly for high-end games)
How Do Laser Tag Guns Work?
Laser tag uses guns (also often called “blasters”) which fire infrared beams. Infrared light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. It’s invisible and harmless to people. In fact, you’re around it every day, as practically all objects emit some type of infrared radiation.
Near-infrared waves are a type of infrared light which are close in composition to visible light. They also emit no detectable heat. These infrared beams are used in a variety of common applications such as your TV remote, wireless computer gear, and, yes, laser tag toys.
Gun-like devices which fire infrared beams were first developed in the late 1970s. Interestingly, both toy companies and the military were major innovators in the early days of laser tag. The military worked to develop non-lethal training equipment while the toy industry wanted to develop the next hit toy.
Toy companies succeeded first. Laser tag toys were a hit from the moment they hit store shelves. In 1976, Star Trek Super Phaser II Target Game was the first toy to use infrared beams and targets.
It was a two-player game. One player wore the Target Reflector Badge. The other carried the Super Phaser II Gun with Sonic Buzzer. The goal was to shoot the player with the badge. The blaster emitted a buzzing sound to indicate a hit.
If you played in low-light conditions, you could see the blaster emit a beam of light. Multiple people could play – the blasters all worked together – but additional sets were required.
Another Star Trek laser-based toy was released shortly after. It was the Star Trek Phaser two-pack. Each phaser looked like the ones from the first Star Trek movie.
These phasers were the first to have the sensor built into the gun instead of placed on a vest. Both the sensor and transmitter were built into the front of the phaser. A sound effect would play to register a hit.
Both types of laser tag (sensor on vest and sensor on gun) remain popular today!
What are the Different Types of Laser Tag Equipment?
Laser tag gear varies significantly in quality, price, and purpose. That’s because it was developed simultaneously along both a toy and a military track. Basically, gear is divided into four categories:
This is probably the most common type of laser tag gun. Toy grade gear is suitable for kids. It’s durable, affordable and frequently includes built-in lights and sounds. While they’re not the most precise type of laser gun, they’re certainly accurate enough for playing with friends.
Toy Grade gear is used at home both indoors and out. Most of the gear on our list is Toy Grade.
This gear is made specifically for use in commercial locations such as laser tag arenas. Aside from blasters and vests, Business Grade gear includes features for running games such as scoring equipment and administrative components.
Business Grade gear is similar to Toy Grade but with added durability. It’s designed for heavy, daily use from tons of players. Business Grade gear is only necessary if you operate a laser tag business.
Tactical gear is for serious laser tag enthusiasts, usually older kids, teens, and adults. The products typically resemble real weapons with high-quality construction. They’re also usually more expensive than Toy Grade equipment.
Tactical Grade and Business grade have a fair amount of overlap. You’ll often find Tactical Grade gear at high-end laser tag arenas.
Military / LEO Grade
This is the highest quality laser tag gear. They closely resemble real weapons in weight, design, and feel. Military Grade gear is designed for training members of law enforcement and the military.
It’s available to the public but can be expensive. If you’re interested in serious laser tag, you’re probably better off buying Tactical Grade instead of Military Grade. It’s better suited for actually playing laser tag while Military is designed more for combat training.
What are Popular Laser Tag Games?
Like paintball or airsoft, laser tag can be played in a variety of ways. Most require at least two people, although solo target shooting is also an option.
Here’s a closer look at the different ways to play laser tag:
Laser tag toys are well-suited for at-home play. Games can be played indoors and out. A large area with some obstacles is ideal. You can play in a park or outdoor area using trees and other natural obstacles. You can also build your own course in your backyard with cardboard boxes and other simple items.
Home games are usually pretty simple. Each team attempts to score the most points. There are many ways to play:
- Each player has a set number of lives, and the winner is the last persons standing
- Teams compete to reach a certain score. The first win to do so wins.
Of course, you can also make up whatever rules you like to create custom games, too. Home laser tag games are great for unstructured play.
Commercial Laser Tag
Large laser tag arenas first appeared in the late 70s and are still popular across the country today. Most arenas use low-light, foam obstacles and even fog to create a fun, interactive environment.
Commercial games are usually timed, team-based competitions. Scoring is automatic. While you can bring your own equipment, commercial gear is also provided.
The environments are typically superior to anything a person can create at home. However, commercial game costs are higher than buying a toy set for home. Also, you might have to play games with strangers. Many arenas have age limits, too.
Tactical Laser Tag
Tactical laser tag is played in large outdoor areas such as parks and forests. Most of the shooting takes place across long distances. Tactical laser tag matches require high-end Tactical Laser Tag gear with an emphasis on scopes and sights. In most games, players wear headband sensors, which requires the most skill to avoid hits.
Tactical laser tag is typically a pop-up event. A rental company will provide equipment and setup while also managing the games. Most tactical laser tag events are for large groups of adults or teens, such as a church group or company.
What are the Benefits of Laser Tag?
Laser tag has tons of benefits for all ages.
Laser tag is great exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends kids ages six and older get at least one hour of vigorous to moderate exercise each day. Laser tag matches can easily keep kids running, jumping and otherwise staying active.
Laser tag is also great for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Kids learn to aim at a moving target. Additionally, younger kids can develop these skills by shooting at stationary targets.
Home laser tag games are great for unstructured play. Kids can make up their own laser tag games. Creating new games helps kids flex their imagination muscles. Plus, kids learn how to negotiate with their peers as they work together to create rules.
Additionally, laser tag helps develop other social skills, too. Kids learn how to be gracious in both winning and defeat. They also learn how to coordinate with teammates to accomplish goals.
Laser tag can also foster an interest in STEM subjects. After all, lasers are pretty cool. Kids often want to know how their laser tag toy works. It’s a great way to introduce basic concepts such as radio waves, the light spectrum and more.
Is Laser Tag Safe?
Laser tag is very safe, which is a big part of the appeal for many parents. Laser tag is much safer than airsoft, paintball or even Nerf. It’s the only projectile type of game which doesn’t actually use projectiles. However, there are still some potential safety issues.
The infrared light emitted from a laser tag gun is different than the light emitted from a laser pointer or similar device. Laser pointers can quickly damage eyes.
Laser guns, especially toy grade guns, are less likely to cause serious damage. But the potential does exist. Eye protection should be worn, especially if you’re wearing a sensor on your head. Many commercial places require eye protection for liability reasons.
However, the most common laser-tag-related injuries involve accidental trips or falls. People of all ages can become so focused on winning the match they end up colliding with equipment. Laser dark play areas can be dark, filled with obstacles and even smoky!
Make sure all players understand to take it slow and be aware of their surroundings. Also, the play area should be age appropriate. Younger kids should only play in well-lit, open areas.
Laser tag can brighten up any dreary day! Kids love the sci-fi fun of battling with lasers, while adults love how games promote activity and teamwork.
Laser tag toys allow for safe, easy fun at-home. You can find a variety of sets for practically any age or budget. The future of fun… is lasers!