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.

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Best Radar Detectors of 2020

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R7Uniden R7: Best Performing Windshield Radar Detector, Arrows ($499) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Escort Max 360cEscort Max 360c: Easiest to Use, Arrows, All the Bells & Whistles ($649) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Radenso Pro MRadenso Pro M: Best False Alert Filtering & MRCD Detection ($449) 5 Stars

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Best Alternative Radar Detectors

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $400 ($299) 5 Stars

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Valentine OneValentine One: Arrows, Fantastic Third-party Apps ($449) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden R1Uniden R1: Best Highway/Rural Detector ($249) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR7Uniden DFR7: Best Radar Detector Under $200 ($169) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360

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

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

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

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Best Laser Jammers of 2020

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer: AntiLaser Priority ($839 Dual, $1,339 Quad)

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

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TMG A15 laser jammerBudget Jammer: TMG Alpha-15 ($629 Dual, $819 Quad)

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

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Recommended Apps:

WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Escort Live

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


JBV1 for the V1Best App for the Valentine One: JBV1 (Free)

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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 Dashcams of 2020:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3Best Basic Budget Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($109)

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Best Dashcam: Viofo A129 DuoBest Inexpensive Two Channel (Front & Rear) Dashcam: Viofo A129 Duo ($169)

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

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Latest Posts:

R7 rear antenna set to 50% sensitivity

Uniden R7 firmware 1.29: Lots of New Changes

Uniden has just released firmware 1.29 (download here) for the Uniden R7 radar detector (purchase here). This update brings a long list of changes that Uniden has been working on the past months including many features specifically requested by enthusiasts. This firmware update improves MRCD detection range, allows you to dial back the sensitivity of …

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Valentine One

Will We See a New Valentine One?

Since March of 2019, the Valentine One has been out of stock on VR’s website. There’s been endless discussion and speculation on the forums ever since. You guys have been regularly asking what the latest news is so let’s go over what we know. Is Valentine coming out with a new detector? Will it be the …

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Radenso Pro M: New Alert Tones with Firmware US19

Radenso has released firmware US19 for the Pro M which adds new alert tones for the different radar and laser alerts. Here’s a quick demo of the 15 different alert tones. They’re individually selectable for X, K, Ka, MRCD, MRCT, Gatso, & Laser. I’ve never been a huge fan of the default tones for K …

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K40 RL360di radar detector

Why I Don’t Recommend K40 Radar Detectors or Laser Defusers

K40 products are generally considered among enthusiasts to be overpriced underperformers. There are far better options available. After purchasing and testing both their RL360di radar detector and the Defuser Optix laser jammer against the competition, I found them both to be bottom of the barrel performers. Once I then had a chance to take a …

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Genevo Max

Genevo Max Overview

Genevo recently released their new Genevo Max radar detector (€ 799). While I generally don’t cover European detectors that aren’t available in North America, the Max introduces some unique new features that we haven’t seen before in other radar detectors so I think it’s worth taking a closer look. The new Max is an evolution …

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Radenso RC M radar detector

Radenso RC M: Bug Fixes with Firmware 24

Radenso just released firmware 24 for the Radenso RC M radar detector. FW24 is a minor update that fixes a few bugs with the detector: KA mute (some couldn’t mute certain KA alerts) Lockout mute (some units didn’t mute a locked out alert) Update error fix (Some had issues updating the firmware. They were locked …

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Uniden R3 and Uniden DFR9

Uniden R3 vs. Uniden DFR9: Best Radar Detector Under $300?

The Uniden R3 and Uniden DFR9 are both two great radar detectors. Both offer good performance, helpful false alert filtering, and important GPS features like redlight camera alerts and manual GPS lockouts. The R3 is the more popular choice due to its extreme range and additional features, but the DFR9 is a little bit more …

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2019 Holiday Giveaway Prizes

Vortex Radar’s 2019 Holiday Giveaway

Update Jan 1, 2020: The winners have all been randomly drawn and selected! See if your name is listed below in the list of prizes. All winners have been now been contacted via email so you can claim your prizes. Thank you and welcome to 2020! Time for one of my favorite parts of the …

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Max 360c with MRCD on

Escort Adds MRCD Support to the Max 360c

Escort just released firmware 1.11 for the Max 360c which adds support for MultaRadar CD detection.

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Escort M1 on the Max360c

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 Deals on Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, and Dashcams

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are here! So as always, I’ll be compiling all the very best Black Friday deals on radar detectors, laser jammers, and dash cameras available. I’m continually updating this post as new deals are announced. 🙂 After Cyber Monday is over, you can always find all the best current discounts and …

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