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.

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 a windshield mount radar detector or the Escort Max Ci 360 for a custom installed radar detector, buy the AntiLaser Priority laser jammer, add the Blackvue DR900S-2CH dashcam, and run Waze on your phone. You’ll have the BEST of everything.

Uniden R3: Best windshield mount radar detectorEscort Max Ci 360: Best 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) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR7#4 Uniden DFR7: Best Bang for the Buck ($249) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR6#5 Uniden DFR6: Best Inexpensive Detector ($169)  4 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detectors: Valentine One#6 Valentine One: For Tech Savvy Tinkerers ($449) 4 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R1#7 Uniden R1: Best Highway/Rural Detector ($299) 4 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

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

Review, How to ConfigurePurchase

Best Radar Detector: Radenso RC-MBest Remote Radar Detector w/ MRCD: Radenso RC M ($1,849)

Review, Purchase

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

Feature-packed and Refined Remote Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci ($1,999)

Review, Purchase

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)

Review, Purchase

Hardwire CableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

How to Install, Purchase

Best Dashcams:

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


Best Dashcam: Blackvue DR750S-2CH Dash camFront & Rear Dashcams for Driving and Parking: Blackvue DR750S-2CH ($399)

Review, Purchase

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

Review, Purchase

Uniden R3 Firmware 1.46

Uniden R1 & R3 Firmware 1.46 Released

Uniden has just released firmware 1.46 for the R1 and the R3. You can download firmware 1.46 here.  1.46 brings a bunch of changes and improvements to the detectors that we enthusiasts have been asking for. There’s been many revisions to get here. Let’s take a look at all the new features we’re getting with …

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TMG Alpha-15 Box

TMG Alpha-15 Laser Jammers: First Look & Initial Impressions

There’s a new set of laser jammers coming out soon called the TMG Alpha-15. (Though they may wind up being renamed once they’re officially released.) What’s special about them is that they’re showing tremendous potential so far in development including being able to jam the latest DragonEye guns while costing a fair amount less than …

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Uniden R3 matte black, normal, silver

Uniden R3 in Different Colors

Did you know the Uniden R3 is now available in three different colors? The original black & chrome, matte black, and silver.

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Escort Radar Interview

Interview with Escort Radar

Last week I flew out to West Chester, Ohio to meet up with Escort. Lots of you guys have had questions about their products, updates, and customer service, just like I did, so I met up with them to talk about their different products, how things are going, and how things are going to improve. …

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Tour of Escort Radar

Escort recently invited me out to their facility in West Chester, Ohio. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Getting to geek out was one of my favorite parts. I felt like a kid in a candy store. 🙂 Come take a look at various areas with Escort including where the …

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Radenso Pro M vs. Uniden R3

The Radenso Pro M is a really impressive radar detector. It usually sits in the shadow of the Uniden R3, but several things have changed recently that have me taking another look at the detector and asking myself if it could be a better choice than the R3. For many people, I think it very …

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Officer on side of road with PL4

Escort ZW5 Laser Shifter Initial Impressions

This past Thursday I installed the Escort ZW5’s onto my wife’s car for a trip that we planned out for this weekend and sure enough, we headed out Friday and had our first encounter with the new setup. We ran into an officer who tagged us with the PL4.

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Amazon Prime Day Deals on Radar Detectors and Dash Cameras

Prime Day Deals on Radar Detectors and Dash Cameras

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is here! Amazon is going giving discounts for Prime members on all sorts of fun stuff. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime here. I’ll keep this post regularly updated on the best deals on both radar detectors and dashcams so check back regularly. (Prime Day runs from …

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