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 and help you have an enjoyable driving experience. ūüôā

Choosing the Best Radar Detector: Want to buy the best radar detector? Check out my complete¬†Radar Detector Buyer’s Guide.

Radar Detector Reviews: For in depth information about any radar 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 Radar Detector 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 Radar Detector: Uniden R3#1: Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector ($399) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Escort Max360#2: Escort Max360: Plug-and-Play, All the Bells & Whistles ($649) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR7#3 Uniden DFR7: Best Bang for the Buck ($299) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR6#4 Uniden DFR6: Best Inexpensive Detector ($199)  4 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

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

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

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

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Radenso XP#7 Radenso XP: Quiet Urban Detector ($399) 4 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

Best Radar Detector: Net RadarAll-around Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar for the ALP ($499)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Stinger VIPHigh End Remote Radar Detector: Stinger VIP ($2500)

Review, How to Configure, 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, Purchase

Best Dashcams:

Best Dashcam: G1W-CBMost Inexpensive, Good Quality Video: Black Box G1W-CB ($49)

Review, Purchase

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119Best Bang for the Buck: Viofo A119 V2 ($89)


Best Dashcam: Blackvue DR750S-2CHFront & Rear Dashcams for Driving and Parking: Blackvue DR750S-2CH ($379)


R3 displaying Ka Segmentation

Uniden R1 & R3 adds Ka Band Segmentation with firmware update 1.31

Uniden has just released firmware 1.31 for the Uniden R1 & Uniden R3 radar detectors which brings 3 improvements to the radar detectors including: Ka Band Segmentation Purple & White colored display options Ability to change display brightness using the mute button of the power cable Here’s a video showing you the new features and …

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Blackvue DR650S and DR750S mounted in my car

20 Differences Between the Blackvue DR650S-2CH and DR750S-2CH

Blackvue has just released their new DR750S-2CH dashcam which is a pretty big update over their previous top of the line, the DR650S-2CH. I’ve been running the 650S for the better part of a year now and have been running the 750S for the past two weeks or so. After spending time comparing the cameras …

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Escort 9500ix, S75G, iX, and Max2

Differences Between the Escort 9500ix, S75G, iX, and Max2

GPS-based plug and play detectors with autolockouts are one of Escort’s bread and butter style detectors. They’re easy to use and very popular, especially with the general consumer, because you can mount them on your windshield and they’ll begin learning the false alerts around town automatically. Other detectors may offer lockouts as well, but due …

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Escort iX front

How to Set Up & Configure your Escort iX

In this article, we’ll go over the different settings and options for the Escort iX to explain what they mean and help you set up and configure your iX to give you the best possible experience. ūüôā Purchase the Escort iX in the USA. Purchase the Escort iX in Canada.

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ALP Tx sensor

ALP TX Sensors: New Tool to Defeat the DragonEye Lidar Guns

AntiLaser has just introduced a brand new laser jammer head for the ALP called the TX sensor specifically designed to offer two new capabilities: Improved DragonEye jamming performance. Ability to run 3 heads in the rear, for 6 heads total. Bonus: If you drive a car like a BMW with vertical grill slats, you can …

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Uniden R1 with horn opened up

Uniden R1 / R3 Teardown: Under the Hood

Let’s take a look under the hood of the Uniden R1. I popped mine open recently (as you guys know, it’s the same thing as the R3, just without the GPS chip) and we’ve been having a discussion on RDF about the internals¬†here. Anyway, let’s take a look at a few photos of what you’ll …

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Redline EX and Uniden R3 side by side

Uniden R3 vs. Escort Redline EX: Comparison and Review

If you’re looking for a high end, high performance radar detector with good filtering and GPS functionality, two of your top picks are the Uniden R3¬†($399) and Escort Redline EX ($599). Both detectors are great choices and each one offers features and benefits the other does not. The R3 even offers better performance than the …

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Redline EX Escort Live Settings 2 Band Settings

How to Set Up & Configure the Escort Redline EX

Would you like to program your Redline EX for maximum performance while also cutting down on the false alerts? Let’s take a look at the different settings and options available with the new Escort Redline EX. You can take a look at everything in the Redline EX Quick Reference Guide.¬†Here let’s go ahead programming the …

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