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 to the best radar detector? Check out my complete guide to The Best Radar Detectors.

Set Up 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.

Vortex Radar’s Ultimate Countermeasure Setup: If you’d like to go straight for the ultimate speeding ticket countermeasure setup, here’s what I recommend: Buy either the Uniden R3 for spirited driving or the Escort Max360 for daily driving, buy the AntiLaser Priority laser jammer, and run Waze on your phone. You’ll have one monster of a setup.

Best Radar Detectors of 2018

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

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

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

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR6#4 Uniden DFR6: Best Inexpensive Detector ($199)  4 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 Detector ($299) 4 Stars

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

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Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

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

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Best Radar Detector: Radenso RC-MHigh Performance Remote Radar Detector: Radenso RC-M ($1,599)


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

Escort’s Top End Remote: Escort Max Ci 360 ($3,499)


Best Laser Jammer of 2018

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer Available: AntiLaser Priority (Starting at $749)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Recommended Apps:

WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

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

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Hardwire CableHardwire Cable

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Best Dashcams:

Best Inexpensive Dashcam: G1W-CBBest Inexpensive Dashcam: Black Box G1W-CB ($49)

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


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

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Escort Redline EX giveaway front

Escort Redline EX Radar Detector Giveaway

Time for another radar detector giveaway! Escort has provided a brand new Escort Redline EX ($599), their long range undetectable radar detector with the ability to automatically learn and filter out false alerts, share realtime alerts with other drivers, and more.

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Uniden R3 firmware 1.37

Uniden R1 & R3 Firmware 1.37 Released

Uniden has just released firmware 1.37 for the Uniden R1 and the Uniden R3. It brings 5 new improvements to the radar detectors: Larger font size for the frequency display Ka frequency voice alerts Auto dimming display functionality added (R3 only) Ability to mute overspeed alerts such as speed cameras (R3 only) GPS lockout improvements …

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Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detector & Laser Jammer

Escort announces a Radar-only Max Ci

The Escort Max Ci and Max Ci 360 are very capable radar detectors. (You can see my recent test results here.) They’re actually among my favorite custom installed, remote mount radar detectors. Unfortunately, Escort only sold them paired with their own laser jammers which are good, but not on the same level as the AntiLaser …

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Remote Radar Detector Test Results, Feb. 2018: Escort Max Ci 360, Radenso RC M, Net Radar DSP, Stinger VIP

Last weekend I had a chance to go out and compare all the top remote radar detectors from Escort, Stinger, Radenso, and Net Radar. They’re all really capable and long range detectors and personally I think the most important differences have to do with things like BSM filtering, how the lockouts work, the interface, price, …

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Spectre Elite vs. Remotes in grill: Stinger VIP, Radenso RC M, Escort Max Ci 360, Net Radar DSP

Spectre Elite Undetectability Testing vs. Remote Radar Detectors

If you need a stealthy and undetectable radar detector, a custom installed and hidden remote mount radar detector is often the way to go. There’s nothing on your windshield for police officers to spot and the top remotes feature special stealth technology to make them undetectable to radar detector detectors. How undetectable are they? Let’s …

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Escort iX Ci horn

Escort iX Ci Remote Radar Detector Introduced at CES

This week at CES, Escort is introducing a new affordable remote radar detector that they’re calling the Escort iX Ci. It’s like a remote version of the Escort iX, but with better performance and filtering, plus the ability to give it arrows with the optional rear antenna. Think of it as the more affordable baby …

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How To Set Up & Configure the Net Radar DSP Radar Detector

Let’s take a look at the different settings and options in the Net Radar DSP remote mount radar detector to help you configure it for optimal performance, reduced false alerts, and customized to your preferences. For more information about the NR DSP, watch my Net Radar DSP review video.

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Uniden R3 and Escort Max 360c radar detectors

Uniden R3 vs. Escort Max 360c: Best Top-of-the-line Radar Detector?

The Uniden R3 is the best performing radar detector on the market and the new Escort Max 360c is the most feature-packed radar detector on the market. Which radar detector is a better choice for you? You can read my Uniden R3 review and my Escort Max 360c review, but let’s take a look at a …

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