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Home laser tag is currently one of the fastest growing live action games, and for good reason. Laser tag has social as well as strategic aspects to it, not to mention the fact that it’s loads of fun.
Let’s be honest, would you rather see your children browsing their Facebook feed all day, or play exciting home laser tag battles?
There are quite a few home laser tag sets available for purchase online, but some are much better, more robust and more sophisticated than others.
As huge laser tag fanatics ourselves, we have tested the most popular home laser tag equipment sets and have come up with a list of the 5 best home laser tag guns you can currently buy.
BEST LASER TAG GUNS:
5 Best Home Laser Tag Guns and Sets
Here’s my top 5 best home laser tag guns!
1. Nerf Laser Ops Pro
The Nerf Laser Ops Pro home laser tag set is the latest attempt to breathe life into the concept of smartphone laser tag. While I’m personally not a huge fan of laser tag with smartphones, Nerf’s Laser Ops Pro is a surprisingly awesome home laser tag set.
But first and foremost, smartphones are not required to play a home laser tag battle with these blasters. The smartphone laser tag functionality is simply an extra bonus, the blasters work perfectly fine without using smartphones and apps.
Famous for their foam shooting blasters, Nerf released the Laser Ops Pro home laser tag set in the middle of 2018. It is the successor to the Nerf Lazer Tag series, which brought us the super popular Phoenix LTX laser tag blaster (see number 3).
Nerf’s Laser Ops Pro series currently consists of two types of blasters. The AlphaPoint is a smaller pistol-style blaster, and the DeltaBurst is a sniper rifle type blaster. They can be purchased individually or as sets, but the most important thing is that all blasters will work together.
This particular set comes with two AlphaPoint blasters and two rubber armbands to hold your smartphones. The laser beams come out of the barrel at the front. The laser beams are infra-red which means you can’t actually see them and they are perfectly safe.
Located above the barrel is the target receiver which registers hits against you. This also means you don’t have to wear any vests to play laser tag with Nerf Laser Ops Pro.
Using the blasters is pretty straightforward. Pressing the power button at the back of the blaster activates the device. You then have to select the team you want to be in, purple, red or green. Choosing the purple color essentially means free for all, shoot anyone you like, no teams. Choosing red or green means you can only shoot players that have a different color.
Firing is simply a matter of pulling the trigger. An indicator at the top of the blaster tells you how much ammo you have left in addition to a health status. Running out of ammo is not at all a big drama though. All you need to do is reload via the button at the bottom of the blaster, and you can continue chasing and shooting your enemies.
Like with other home laser tag toys, these blasters make lots of different sounds. Each action will have its own sound, which is useful so you know what’s going on. The sounds cannot be turned off or down though, so it really is a matter of getting used to.
So what about smartphones?
As mentioned, you don’t need them but you can certainly use them if you’d like to. But it’s surprisingly cool! First, you’ll need to download the free app, available on the App Store and on Google Play.
The app allows for single-player and multi-player battles. In multi-player mode, you can differentiate between single-device and all-device. All-device means that not all players actually need to have a smartphone. Using single-device one blaster is using a smartphone + app and all other blasters in the battle will sync to that one smartphone via Bluetooth technology.
Using all-device mode, each device syncs to an assigned master device, which means that one player is essentially the host of the game.
To sum it up, this Nerf Laser Ops Pro 2-player set will not disappoint. The blasters work really well and don’t appear to have any noticeable flaws.
If you’re like me and you’re not looking for a smartphone laser tag set, go for the Nerf Laser Ops Pro blasters anyway, it’s an awesome set.
2. Best Choice 4-Player Laser Tag Set
One of the most popular home laser tag sets you’ll find online is this set of four blasters that come in four different colors. The best thing about these laser tag guns is that they come with a great set of features but you don’t need to fork out a ton of money to have some fun with them.
Players can choose between different team settings, meaning you can play individually against each other or play in teams. During play, the blasters can be used as different types of weapons. For example, you can choose to fire as a pistol, a shotgun or even as a missile blaster.
Each of these weapon types have different ammunition levels and firing rates, which means you will need to be strategical about choosing which weapon style to use. More damage to your opponent, means more you’re using more ammunition.
What’s great is that Best Choice also offers these blasters in 2-player sets. It’s important to point out that all these blasters can be set to work together in one and the same battle. For example, you could buy three 2-player sets and one 4-player set, and they can all be used in the same battle.
What I like about this particular set is that it offers great features without making the blasters too complicated to use. This makes them suitable for small kids as well as for older children. The balance between features, quality and purchase price is spot on.
A note about this laser tag set:
When browsing online for awesome home laser tag guns, you’ll probably notice that a lot of these sets look very similar. Rest assured, this is not a coincidence.
This type of home laser tag set was once marketed as the Call of Life laser tag set. That particular set has long been one of the absolute most successful home laser tag sets ever to be available online.
Because these laser tag guns were so successful, a lot of other manufacturers over the years have produced very similar guns. Some of them have different colors, some of them have vests, but the laser tag guns themselves are all very much the same.
Our list of best home laser tag guns includes only the Best Choice version, because, as the name suggests, this appears to be the best choice when buying this type of laser tag set.
3. Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX 2-Player
As mentioned above, Nerf released the Laser Ops Pro series in 2018, which is the successor to the Lazer Tag series. The flagship laser tag gun in that series was, and is, the Phoenix LTX Tagger which was first released in 2008.
That very same blaster is still available today, despite the fact that Nerf has come out with Laser Ops Pro. This proves that the Phoenix LTX was, and still is, one of the best home laser tag guns ever made.
This 2 player laser tag set includes two Phoenix LTX taggers that register hits with vibrations, illumination and sounds. They can be used indoor as well as outdoor. In fact, the taggers have a specific setting for this which, for example, determines firing range.
An ammo indicator tells you when your ammunition is running low. When you run out of ammunition, simply trigger the power core release button. This action makes you temporarily vulnerable, which kind of forces you to aim carefully at your enemies instead of randomly shooting around.
The blasters also have a strength setting, which indicates how many times a player can be tagged before they are eliminated. This is a setting between 10 and 25 and cannot be changed during play. The strength gauge informs you how many lives you have left before being eliminated.
Another interesting feature is the shield activation button, which allows you to protect yourself from being tagged for a certain amount of time. The drawback is that you can’t tag other people either, so it’s best to use this feature strategically.
I’ve always been a fan of Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX and I’m glad they are still available for purchase. They are unique blasters in an industry that is now a bit overpopulated with home laser tag guns that are all very similar.
4. Laser X Laser Gaming Set
The Laser X home laser tag set is a bit different from most other laser tag guns in that the blasters come with small target vests that are connected to the blasters with a small cable. This is by no means uncomfortable, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.
The vests aren’t heavy at all and the cable also doesn’t get in the way. The benefit of using small vests as targets is that it makes sense to aim at a vest rather than aiming at an enemy’s blaster. At the end of the day, it’s a personal decision to choose home laser tag guns with or without vests.
The Laser X blasters come with great light and sound effects, including a voice-over that gives a player live feedback about their playing status. It’s pretty cool but may be considered annoying by some. The light effects are great, meaning you can play with these laser tag guns in the dark.
First released back in 2016, Laser X is still a relatively new model in the competitive home laser tag industry. I personally like how they’re trying to differentiate themselves, which requires a bit of courage. This set is pretty awesome, it works well and feels reasonably robust. The added vest and cable is something to consider when looking for a new home laser tag set to purchase.
5. ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Set with Vests
ArmoGear brings us a very popular home laser tag set that is very similar to the Best Choice blasters, but these come with target vests.
The interesting thing though is that the blasters themselves are also targets, so the vests aren’t entirely necessary, they are simply an added bonus. But does it makes sense? To me it doesn’t. It would make more sense to me if the targets are either the blasters or the vests, but not both. But maybe that’s just me.
As mentioned, the features are very similar to what you’ll get with the Best Choice laser tag set. This means you can choose between different team settings and use different blaster type settings. This ArmoGear set also offers extras such as invisibility mode, voice-guided directions and night vision flashlight.
Some people prefer to wear vests, while others don’t. I am one of those that prefer to play home laser tag without vests, so I would choose the Best Choice model. But this ArmoGear version is pretty cool, and ultimately the vests are optional, so it’s up to you whether you prefer to invest in a laser tag set with or without target vests.
What to Look for in a Home Laser Tag Set
Before buying any home laser tag set, it’s good to keep a few things in mind. Let’s go through some these buying criteria.
1. Vests or No Vests?
This is very much a personal choice, but for home laser tag sets I would prefer to play without vests and let the guns be the target. Ultimately, this is very much about what is comfortable for you and what isn’t.
Unlike in professional laser tag arenas that typically provide comfortable vests with superior targets and tag counting, vests that come with cheaper home laser tag sets aren’t always super comfortable.
The drawback of playing laser tag without vests is that you need to aim at the guns, which is kind of counter intuitive, because you would instinctively want to aim at the body. But that’s manageable, as most home laser tag guns have a very generous sensor.
2. Number of Blasters
Some home laser tag sets come with two, and others with four blasters. Most of these sets can be combined, so if you’re buying four 2-player laser tag sets of the same brand then you should be able to play a battle with eight players. It’s important to have this confirmed though, before purchasing.
Some blasters also have a solo-play mode feature, which is also useful for practice. This is also something that should be considered when selecting a new home laser tag set.
3. Sound Effects
Honestly, some blasters are going a bit over the top with sound effects. Kids do love it, but imagine playing for two hours on end with these very same sounds going through the house over and over again.
Before purchasing, it’s good to perhaps watch a YouTube video to get a bit of an idea of how loud (and potentially annoying) the blasters that you have your eyes on are. Sounds typically can’t be turned off, so please keep that in mind.
4. Shooting Modes
Personally, I think it’s a bonus if home laser tag guns offer different shooting modes, and other similar settings, to add some variety to laser tag battles. It keeps players more engaged and triggers a bit of a strategical approach during a battle.
Most blaster nowadays will let you switch between different shooting modes, such as pistol, shotgun and rocket launcher. Each of these shooting modes will result more or less points, which is another good reason to choose a laser tag set that offers this feature.
5. Ease of Use
Some blasters are more complicated than they really need to be, and then there’s also laser tag toys that are super easy to use with very limited features. This also depends on the age group the blasters are for. Smaller kids really don’t need sophisticated laser tag guns.
But even with blasters that come with lots of features, it’s important that they are designed such that they are easy to use. More features doesn’t mean they need to be more complicated. All of the above home laser tag sets are pretty easy while still offering great features.