Best Radar Detectors: Reviews, Tests, & Guides

Welcome to Vortex Radar, where you’ll learn all about the best radar detectors, laser jammers, and dashcams to keep you protected.

Choose the Best Police Radar Detector: Do you want the best radar detector? Check out my complete guide to The Best Radar Detectors.

Program Your Radar Detector: Once you’ve purchased a radar detector and you’re ready to configure it for optimal performance, set it up using my Radar Detector Tutorials.

Choose the Best Laser Jammer: Police regularly use laser as well and so you will need a good laser jammer to complement your radar detector. Read my comparison review of The Best Laser Jammers.

My Personal Countermeasure Setup: Here’s what equipment I depend on to keep me protected:

Uniden R3: Best windshield mount radar detectorRadenso RC M: Custom Installed Radar DetectorAntiLaser Priority: Best Laser JammerBlackvue DR900S-2CH: Best Dashcam Waze: Best Phone App

Best Radar Detectors of 2018

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3#1: Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector ($399) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detectors: Escort Max360#2: Escort Max360: Plug-and-Play, Lots of Bells & Whistles ($499) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Radenso Pro M#3 Radenso Pro M: Best False Alert Filtering & MRCD Detection ($449) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase (USA), Purchase (USA, direct), Purchase (Canada)

Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR7#4 Uniden DFR7: Best Bang for the Buck ($199) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detectors: Valentine One#5 Valentine One: For Tech Savvy Tinkerers ($449) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden R1#6 Uniden R1: Best Highway/Rural Detector ($299) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

Best Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detector and Laser Jammer

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

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Best Radar Detector: Radenso RC-MBest Quiet & Future-Proof Radar Detector: Radenso RC M ($1,849)

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Best Radar Detector: Net Radar DSPAffordable Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar DSP for the ALP ($649)

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Best Laser Jammers of 2018

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer Available: AntiLaser Priority (Starting at $749 Dual, $1,249 Quad)

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Escort ZW5 Wireless Laser ShiftersEasiest to Install: Escort ZW5 ($849 Dual)

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Recommended Apps:

WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)

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Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

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

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Hardwire CableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

How to Install, Purchase

Best Dashcams:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 ProBest Basic Budget Dashcam: Viofo A119 Pro ($89)

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Viofo A129Best Basic Two Channel (Front & Rear) Dashcam: Viofo A129 Duo ($169)

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Best Dashcam: Blackvue DR750S-2CH Dash camFront & Rear Dashcams for both Driving & Parking: Blackvue DR750S-2CH ($379)

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Best Dashcam: Blackvue DR750S-2CH Dash camBest High End Dashcam for Driving and Parking: Blackvue DR900S-2CH ($479)

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Radenso and Uniden logos

Big Change for Uniden, Radenso, and the Radar Detector Industry

Something huge is happening… The man who worked for Uniden and was responsible for the Uniden R3 and R7 is moving to Radenso. This is going to be a big change for Uniden, for Radenso, and for all of us who love radar detectors. Check out my video for the complete story. Now Kuni isn’t …

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Escort Max360c firmware 1.8

Escort Updates the Max360 and Max360c to Help Address Lockups

Escort just released new firmware for both the Max360 and Max360c that is specifically designed to help fix the dreaded lockup bug. To update your detector, download Escort Detector Tools Pro.

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Uniden R3 firmware 1.48

Uniden R1 & R3 Firmware 1.48 Released

Uniden just released firmware 1.48 for the Uniden R1 and the Uniden R3. Download firmware 1.48 here. 1.48 brings several changes to help with K band reactivity, laser falses, and detecting multiple signals.

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Uniden R7 showing a strong K band signal ahead and a second strong signal to the side

Uniden R7 Announced: An R3 With Arrows!

Uniden will soon be releasing a brand new radar detector that is slated to instantly become the best radar detector on the market. It’s the answer to the question that thousands of you guys have been asking: “When will Uniden make an R3 with arrows?” Meet the Uniden R7. Uniden R7 Arrows The Uniden R7 …

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Uniden DFR8

How to Set Up and Program Your Uniden DFR8

The Uniden DFR8 is a solid basic radar detector with good performance, false alert filtering, and features. If you’re just getting started with the DFR8, here’s what all the buttons do and how to program your detector. Purchase the Uniden DFR8 here. Note: You can download the Uniden DFR8 owner’s manual. This guide will provide additional …

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Uniden DFR9 buttons

How to Set Up and Program Your Uniden DFR9

The Uniden DFR9 is a solid mid-tier radar detector with good performance, false alert filtering, and features. If you’re just getting started with the DFR9, here’s what all the buttons do and how to program your detector. Purchase the Uniden DFR9 here. Note: You can download the Uniden DFR9 owner’s manual. This tutorial will provide …

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Uniden R1 BBY with accessories

Uniden R1 BBY vs. Uniden R1 DSP

Best Buy sells two different versions of the Uniden R1 radar detector. You’ve got the normal Uniden R1 (which they call the R1 DSP) that you can buy anywhere, as well as the much less expensive Uniden R1 BBY. The regular R1 is $299 and the R1 BBY is only $179. At $179, the Uniden …

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Radenso Pro M

How to Set Up & Configure your Radenso Pro M

Let’s take a look at all the buttons and menu options of the Radenso Pro M. Radenso did a great job of setting up the detector to be quiet out of the box with settings that are optimal for most drivers around North America. However, you may want to change things depending on where you …

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