Welcome to Vortex Radar, where¬†you’ll learn all about the best radar detectors and laser jammers to keep you protected and help you have an enjoyable driving experience. ūüôā

Choosing a Radar Detector: If you’re brand new to radar detectors and are wondering which one to get, check out my complete¬†Radar Detector Buyer’s Guide.

Radar Detector Reviews: For in depth information about any detector in particular, check out my Radar Detector Reviews.

Set Up Your Radar Detector: Once you’ve selected a detector and you want to configure it for optimal performance, check out my Tutorials.

You can also find more information about any particular detector by hovering your mouse over the different brands at the top and clicking on the detector in the drop-down menu.

Best Radar Detectors:

Best Entry Level Detector: Uniden DFR6 ($179)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Uniden DFR7 teeny thumbBest Bang for the Buck: Uniden DFR7 ($269) [Top Pick]

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Quiet Urban Detector: Radenso XP ($399)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Ultimate High End Performance: Uniden R3 ($399) [Top Pick]

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Plug & Play, Automatic Detector: Escort Passport Max2 ($449)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

V1 teeny thumbTech Savvy Tinkerers: V1 / YaV1 ($449)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Max360 teeny thumbPlug-and-Play, All the Bells & Whistles: Escort Max360 ($649) [Top Pick]

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Custom Installed Remote Radar Detectors:

Net Radar teeny thumbAll-around Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar for the ALP ($499) [Top Pick]

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Stinger VIP teeny thumbHigh End Remote Radar Detector: Stinger VIP ($2500)

Review, Purchase


Best Laser Jammer:

ALP 5 heads availableVery Best Available: AntiLaser Priority (Starting at $749)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Recommended Apps:

Waze iconReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

Blendmount teeny thumbRear View Mirror Mount: BlendMount ($99 before discounts)

Review, Purchase

Hardwire Cable teeny thumbHardwire Cable

How to Install, Different Cables for Purchase

Best Dashcams:

G1W-CB teeny thumbMost Inexpensive, Good Quality Video: Black Box G1W-CB ($49)

Review, Purchase

Best Bang for the Buck: Viofo A119 ($99)


Front & Rear Dashcams for Driving and Parking: Blackvue DR650S-2CH ($399)

Review, Purchase

Best Radar Detectors, July 2017 (Windshield Mounts)

Are you wondering what the best radar detector is? Let’s take a look at what the very best windshield mounted radar detectors available today are. There’s a lot of great detectors available, but which one will ultimately do the best job of helping you avoid a speeding ticket? Let’s look at my Top 3 Radar …

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Whistler CR85, CR88, CR90, & CR93 Review

Whistler’s detectors haven’t been particularly popular among enthusiasts these days yet many people have had good experiences with them and have been saved many times thanks to them. Whistler makes some very affordable radar detectors plus. Even their top of the line detectors are very inexpensive. (The CR93 is currently just $166, for example.) The …

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Uniden DFR6 & DFR7 Review

At around $269 (available on Amazon or through¬†BRD), the Uniden DFR7 is one of the best bang for the buck radar detectors you can get. Against the radar frequency used most around the US (Ka band, 34.7), it offers performance comparable to detectors that cost $100-200 more, it has some of the best blind spot …

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Using American Radar Detectors Around the World?

A lot of you guys living overseas (all across Europe and in Saudi Arabia are the most common locations) have been asking me about which radar detector is best for your area. Which radar detector I’d recommend for your country. Unfortunately I can’t tell you that and what I have to share regarding American radar …

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Uniden R1 & R3 Review

I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever seen people this excited about a new radar detector… The most common question you guys ask me is, “What’s the best radar detector?” and because there’s so many different radar detectors available, all with their own unique advantages, my answer usually starts with “Well it depends…” However, …

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New Long Range Remote Coming: DSP Net Radar

So the cat has been let out of the bag. ūüôā For those of you guys who are loving the new high performance Uniden R1 and R3¬†but prefer remote mount detectors, Net Radar is currently developing an updated remote RD that is promising to offer long range performance and effective BSM filtering like the R1/R3 …

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Is Vortex Radar Biased or Sponsored by Radar Detector Manufacturers?

Occasionally, despite my focus on being an objective and unbiased tester, I’ll hear someone suggest that I must be paid or sponsored by manufacturers, I’m biased for one reason or another, or something along those lines. Honestly I find that fear totally understandable because that stuff happens among reviewers. As a matter of fact, those …

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How Many Bands Can a Cobra Detect?

One day some years ago, I was walking around the automotive section of Best Buy. (This was way back before I got into radar detectors.) I was checking out the different models they had on display, mostly different Cobra brand radar detectors, and wondering what the differences were between models. Some were more expensive. Some …

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