Best Radar Detectors: Reviews, Tests, & Guides

Welcome to Vortex Radar where you’ll find the latest tests, comparisons, and reviews of all the best radar detectors and laser jammers.

Best Radar Detectors of 2021

Escort Redline 360cEscort Redline 360c: Best All-Around Radar Detector ($749) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden R7Uniden R7: Best Bang for the Buck ($499) 5 Stars

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Valentine 1 Gen2Valentine 1 Gen2: Arrows, Situational Awareness w/ Fantastic Apps ($499) 5 Stars

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Radenso DS1: Long range, Autolockouts, Bluetooth, Open API ($399)5 Stars

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Best Affordable Radar Detectors

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $300 ($269) 5 Stars

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Uniden DFR9 radar detectorUniden DFR9: Best Radar Detector Under $200 ($199) 4 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detectors

Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360

Feature-packed and Refined Remote Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360 ($2,399)5 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Radenso RC MBest Quiet & Future-Proof Radar Detector: Radenso RC M ($2,099)5 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Net Radar DSPAffordable Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar DSP for the ALP ($649)4 Stars

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Best Laser Jammers of 2021

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer: AntiLaser Priority ($1009 Dual, $1639 Triple TX BT HiFi)5 Stars

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TMG A15 laser jammerBudget Jammer: TMG Alpha-15 ($679 Dual, $879 Quad)4 Stars

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Escort ZW5 wireless laser shifterEasiest to Install: Escort ZW5 ($849 Dual)4 Stars

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Adaptiv TPX motorcycle laser jammerMotorcycle Jammer: Adaptiv TPX ($495 Dual, $675 Triple)4 Stars

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Recommended Apps:

JBV1 for the V1Best Countermeasure App (optimized for the V1): JBV1 (Free)

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WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Escort Live

Cloud-based alerting sharing with Escort radar detectors: Escort Live (Free)


Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

BlendmountRear View Mirror Mount: BlendMount ($99 before discounts)

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Radar detector hardwire cableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

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Best Dash Cameras of 2021:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3Best Affordable Front Only Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($119)

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Viofo A129 Plus DuoBest Bang for the Buck Front/Rear Dashcam: Viofo A129 Plus Duo ($179)

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Best Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro DuoBest Bang for the Buck 4K Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro Duo ($249)

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Thinkware U1000Best Premium 4K Dashcam: Thinkware U1000 ($499)

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Blackvue DR900X-2CHBest 4K Cloud Dashcam: Blackvue DR900X-2CH ($459)

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Escort MaxCam 360c Long Range Testing

Yesterday I went out to do some testing with the new MaxCam 360c. Escort says it performs better than the Max 360c, but not quite as good as the Redline 360c, so I was curious to test and verify. Additionally I was curious if we finally have a radar detector / dashcam combo unit that, …

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Radenso DS1 on the red barn course 35.5

Radenso DS1 Testing vs. 33.8, 34.7, & 35.5

So after posting my initial test results with the Radenso DS1 where it did great, people had a bunch of questions and I did too. Was its performance a fluke? Does it perform well on all bands? What if it only did well on that last course? Did traffic give the DS1 an unfair win? Are the …

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Radenso DS1 and Uniden R7

Radenso DS1 vs. Uniden R7

I recently posted a comparison of the Radenso DS1 and Uniden R3. A lot of people have been asking how the Radenso DS1 compares to the Uniden R7. However, I personally consider the non-arrow DS1 in a different class than arrow detectors like the R7. Arrows are a very useful feature and many people wouldn’t …

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Radenso DS1 and Uniden R3 on the windshield alerting to Ka

Radenso DS1 vs. Uniden R3

The new Radenso DS1 builds upon the same platform as the popular Uniden R3. The DS1 features some improved hardware and new features missing from the R3. While I’m playing with the DS1 (will be available starting Sept 1st), I’ve been mentally comparing it head-to-head with the R3 and taking note of the main differences. …

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How to Set Up & Configure Your Radenso DS1

The Radenso DS1 (purchase here) comes with a bunch of settings and options to let you customize the detector. Let’s go over how to use the detector including what the buttons on the detector do and how to tweak your settings to optimize its performance and false alert filtering. Note 1: This guide is current …

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Radenso DS1 Test Chart

Radenso DS1: Initial Test Results

So you know that big 34.7 shootout I posted recently? Well the real reason for that test was to do a little beta testing. 😉 I also brought along an unreleased Radenso DS1 and it turns out it’s looking like a beast. The Radenso DS1 is a single antenna detector (so no arrows) and it features …

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Around the Bend Test Course Map

Radar Detection Testing Around a Bend

This weekend I set out to test a bunch of radar detectors in a very difficult situation we encounter up here in Washington: officers hiding behind a bend shoot radar with trees blocking long range detection. The test course we set up was very challenging and helped separate higher end detectors from the weaker detectors.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Day Deals 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021 runs through June 21-22 this year. Other companies are also jumping in with the savings too and here are all the best discounts. To take advantage of the deals on Amazon, you’ll need to be a Prime Member. Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime here. Note: I strike …

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Cobra SC 200D dashcam

Cobra SC 200D Dashcam Review

Cobra and Escort radar detectors have the ability to share police spotted alerts with one another in realtime. Cobra now offers a lineup of cloud-based dashcams like the Cobra SC 200D ($199) that can also tap into that network, providing realtime police spotted alerts and help drivers stay protected. I’ve spent the past few weeks …

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ALP Releases Upgraded TX Black Sensors

The AntiLaser Priority now has upgraded new TX sensors called the TX Black sensors. They feature improved hardware for better overall protection and are the successors to the previous gen blue/green TX sensors.

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