What's the Best Police Scanner Company?

Window shopping for scanners is tough when the only windows you can peer through are in your web browser.


There are very few physical locations where you can kick the proverbial tires and sign & drive a police scanner home with you.


That's where eCommerce scanner companies come in to play.


So, you need to know exactly who and where you're buying from, right?


To help you find, objectively, the best scanner company, we defined the most important criteria for both major & minor retailers.


Pricing note: We did not include "lowest scanner prices" because manufacturers set floor pricing for most unitswhich is why you'll find the same prices everywhere.


Shameless self-plug...

We think we're #1 for a lot of reasons, but here are the top three:

  1. #1 rated store on Google
  2. Lifetime tech support
  3. 35,268+ happy customers

Search "zip scanners reviews" on Google then press Enter or click the selection.


If the page looks like then, then you are almost there!


BINGO! Look at that, 4.8 stars with over 500 reviews. Click on that to look at all of our reviews.


Please read our reviews. I sorted it to start from "Newest" as of May 28, 2021; thank you, Bob!


Major Police Scanner Retailers

Major Police Scanner Retailers Zip Scanners Scanner Master Bearcat Warehouse Amazon
Google Review Score 4.7 4.1 4.6 N/A
Google Reviews 435 7 20 N/A
Specialize In Scanners Only X X
Sell Uniden
Sell Whistler X
Lifetime Tech Support N/A X
Police Scanner Programming
Scanner Programming Available X
1st County Programming Price $39.99 $39.95 $45.00 N/A
Addt'l County Price $20.00 $15.00 N/A
Company Overview
US Owned
Founded 2013 1978 2006 1994
Based Minneapolis, MN Holliston, MA Elkridge, MD Seattle, WA
Tagline "We make scanning easy" "The nation's oldest and largest scanner only dealer" N/A "Work hard. Have fun. Make history."
Shipping Details
Free Shipping*
Int'l Shipping* N/A
Shipping Carrier USPS USPS, UPS UPS USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon
Same Day Shipping Cutoff (CST) 4:00 PM 3:00 PM 2:00 PM N/A
Days of Week 5 5 5 7
Hours (CST) M-Th
9AM to 6PM
9AM to 4PM
M-F 9AM to 3PM M-F 7AM to 3PM N/A
Returns 14 days from arrival 30 days 14/30 days 30 days
Retail Store X X

Minor Police Scanner Retailers

Minor Police Scanner Retailers Uniden Uniden Factory Universal Radio inc. eBay WalMart Whistler Group
Google Review Score N/A N/A 4.6 N/A N/A N/A
Total Reviews N/A N/A 98 N/A N/A N/A
Specialize In Scanners Only X X X X X X
Sell Uniden X
Sell Whistler X X X X
Lifetime Tech Support X N/A X X
Police Scanner Programming
Scanner Programming Available X X X X X X
1st County Programming Price N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Addt'l County Price N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Company Overview
US Owned X X
Founded 1966 1966 1942 1995 1962 1971
Based Tokyo, Japan
Irving, TX
Tokyo, Japan Worthington OH San Jose, CA Bentonville, AR Bentonville, AR
Tagline N/A N/A "Serving the radio community since 1942" "Connecting buyers and sellers globally" N/A "Technology for the way you live"
Shipping Details
Free Shipping* Orders over $199 X X X
Shipping Carrier N/A USPS, UPS, FedEx UPS USPS, UPS, FedEx FedEx, WalMart USPS, UPS, FedEx
Same Day Shipping Cutoff N/A 4:00 PM N/A N/A N/A N/A
Int'l Shipping* X X X
Days of Week 7 5 6 7 7 7
Hours (CST) 24/7
M-F 9AM-4PM,
Sat 9AM-2PM
24/7 24/7 N/A
Returns 7 days 30 days 14 days Determined by seller 90 days 30 days
Retail Store X X


Enough about us already...