What’s the Best Radar Detector?

Best Radar Detectors for 2017, A Buyer’s Guide

(Updated October 2017)

There’s lots of radar detectors out there that can help you avoid getting speeding tickets, but what’s the best radar detector for you?

Radenso XP, Uniden R3, Valentine One, Max360 on windshield

Everyone wants to know which radar detector is the “best,” but radar detectors all have strengths and weaknesses that make them best suited for different people in different situations, kind of like how some people want a sports car, an off-road truck, or a fuel-efficient hybrid car. Choosing a radar detector is similar so let’s help you find the best radar detector for you.

How to Choose a Radar Detector?

What’s important in a radar detector? Everyone wants long range warning and really good false alert filtering, but what else should you look for to help you choose one detector over another?

City / Highway Driving?

If you drive primarily on the highway, especially in rural areas, a high performance detector offering maximum detection range is the really the main thing you’d need. In that case, the Uniden R1 will be your top pick.

However, if you also drive in the city or urban areas, you’ll want a detector with GPS so that the detector can learn and remember where all the stationary false alerts are located around town including shopping centers and drugstores with radar-based automatic door openers as well as those “your speed is” radar signs, filtering them out for you in the future. GPS is also super handy to filter out signals when you’re driving around town at low speed. It can also alert you to nearby redlight cameras and speed cameras. If you drive in the city, I’d recommend a GPS-based detector. (Read this article for complete information about the benefits of GPS in a radar detector.)

Easy to Use vs. Maximum Control

Some detectors are designed to be easy to use and plug-and-play so you can put it on your windshield and it does just about everything straight out of the box without you having to be a radar detector expert. The Max360 is a perfect example. Other detectors like the V1 may be able to do the same things, but they’ll require more setup, configuration, and a cell phone to do the same thing. If you’re brand new to detectors and want all the bells and whistles in a plug and play package, look at the Max360.

Windshield Mount vs. Remote Mount

Radar detectors come in two different designs: Windshield mount detectors are little boxes that attach to your windshield. Remote mount radar detectors are custom installed in the grill of your car and you put a controller and display somewhere inside your vehicle.

Windshield mount detectors are more affordable, easier to install, and there’s many more options. Remote mount detectors are more expensive and often require professional installation (though you can do it yourself), but in return you get a cleaner install and your radar detector is out of sight to police officers and potential thieves. Certain high end cars even have windshields that can block radar signals and in those cases a remote mount is your only option. (More info below.)

Are Radar Detectors Legal?

In the US, radar detectors are legal almost everywhere. Out of the 50 states, they are only illegal in VA and D.C. They are also illegal on all military bases, in commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds, and in all vehicles over 18,000 pounds. Otherwise they are legal all across the USA.

In Canada they are illegal in most provinces, with the exception of BC, AB, & SK.

In areas where radar detectors are illegal, the police often use radar detector detectors (RDD’s) like the VG-2 or Spectre to find drivers who use radar detectors. There are a number of undetectable detectors such as the Uniden R1 and R3, DFR7, Stinger VIP, and the MaxCi and MaxCi360.

Note: In many states like California, it’s also illegal to mount a radar detector to your windshield so you may want to consider a Blendmount to hang your radar detector underneath your rearview mirror instead.

Budget

Most good windshield mount detectors are in the $300-$600 range. Remote mount detectors range from $500-$3800, depending on options, plus installation. There are many less expensive cheapy ones, especially windshield mounts, but they’re generally a waste of money, give poor range, and do a lousy job at filtering false alerts so you’ll quickly get annoyed with it and want to throw it out the window. I recommend choosing a good quality detector. Considering that speeding tickets bring not only the cost of the ticket, but also hikes to your insurance premiums (which can be substantial), potential court costs, lawyer fees, etc., it’s generally recommended to get a quality product that offers you a solid level of protection.

Radar detectors only help against radar and throughout the country you’ll also see laser. Against laser you’ll need good set of laser jammers. Unfortunately radar detectors don’t help against laser. Laser jammers will generally run you between $750-$2000 (depending on options, size of your vehicle, and if you want front only or front and rear protection) plus installation so that’s something to keep in mind as well when putting together your countermeasure package. Radar detectors and laser jammers go hand in hand as part of a complete kit.

 

Best Windshield Mount Radar Detectors

Uniden R3: Best high performance detector for city / highway drivers ($399)

The Uniden R3 is an absolute monster and is my go-to pick as the “best” radar detector. It’s the one I personally run on my windshield to keep me protected. For you guys looking for the “best” radar detector, this is one of the two radar detectors I’ll point you to. (This and the Max360 I’ll cover next.) This detector has the highest performance and longest range out of any radar detector ever produced, no matter the price, giving you the highest level of protection while also offering excellent false alert filtering capabilities too, and it only costs $399. When it comes to picking up radar at a distance to give you time to slow down, even in trickier and more difficult situations, while also giving you the false filtering you need, this is it. For those of you guys who need an undetectable radar detector, the R3 will work well.

Now there’s actually two versions of this detector, the Uniden R1 without GPS and the Uniden R3 with GPS. If you drive in urban areas, the R3 is the one to get because it offers GPS lockouts (the ability to learn and filter out stationary false alerts from automatic door openers and speed signs), low speed muting when you’re driving around town slowly, as well as redlight camera alerts. If you drive primarily in rural areas without all the sources of false alerts, the R1 would be the way to go. Personally I’d recommend the R3 for most drivers as it’s a more well-rounded detector and the GPS functionality adds a ton of value, but the R1 is a solid option too and it’s $100 less.

Once you select the R1 or R3, here’s your tutorial on how to set it up.


Max360: Simple to Use, Plug and Play, Arrows, All the Bells and Whistles ($649)

Max360

The other detector that I’d consider for the title of “best radar detector” for most people would be the Escort Max360. It may not offer quite the range as the Uniden R3, but it offers a number of other benefits making it very easy to use. It’s the one I’d recommend to my brother or my parents, people who would like useful features but are not radar detector experts and have no interest in becoming one. 🙂

I’ve covered the Uniden R3 vs. Max360 in depth in this article, but the primary advantages of the Max360 is that it provides a ton of useful information while being very user friendly and easy to use.

The main benefit of the Max360 is that it adds arrows to help you locate the source of the threat which is quite helpful in practice. The other main benefit is that the GPS lockouts are completely automatic so as you drive around, the detector will automatically start learning and remembering false alerts around town without you having to manually teach it every time so it gets quieter the more you use it, all by itself. These two features alone can make a big difference your day to day user experience.

You can also pair it with your cell phone and connect it to the cloud to share realtime alerts with other Escort drivers so you benefit from their detections too before you even get near the cop while also providing them with advanced warning of what’s ahead. (You can do a similar thing by running Waze on your phone, but that’s again more manual.) The bluetooth capability will also let you change any settings directly from your phone as well as display the speed limit for the road you’re on right on the face of your detector.

BSM filtering of this detector is honestly a bit lacking and it will false to other nearby vehicles more than some other detectors, but Escort has developed a very effective BSM filter for their remote Max Ci 360 (discussed below) and a firmware update is promised for the Max360 to make it comparable to the filtering in the Max Ci 360. Unlike the Max Ci 360 though, if you need RDD immunity, the Max360 is detectable.

Now it’s not the cheapest detector out there. In fact, at a retail price of $650 (though sometimes discounted online), it’s actually the most expensive windshield-mount detector on the market. There are other detectors that offer longer range at a comparable or even lower price. What you’re getting with this detector is not the absolute highest performance on the market, but rather very good all-around performance in the majority of situations as well as all the bells and whistles while still being easy to use and doing everything for you automatically. That’s the main appeal of this detector

If I was to give my brother or parents a radar detector, people who aren’t radar detector experts and don’t want to be, yet they still want something that works well and can do everything for them once it’s up on their windshield, this is the one I’d recommend.

Once you select the Max360, watch this tutorial to learn how to use your Max360.


Uniden DFR7: Best Bang for the Buck, City/Highway Driving ($299)

Uniden DFR7

If you guys are looking for the best bang for the buck and don’t want to drop the cash for the R3 or Max360, the mid-tier Unidens would be my recommendation. The DFR7 is a good all-around radar detector for both city and highway driving, and it won’t break the bank. It offers a more performance and capability than most anything else in this price range, and very effective BSM filtering, GPS functionality, and it retails for under $300.

Range on the highway is pretty good, especially on the more popular police radar frequencies like 34.7, but it’s a bit weaker on others. The R3 offers insanely good detection range on all bands so you don’t have this trade-off which is the primary reason I prefer the R3, but it does cost more.

In terms of filtering out false alerts, the DFR7 great job at filtering out cars with blind spot monitoring systems so you won’t constantly get bombarded with false alerts. It’s actually one of the best filters available at any price. It also has a GPS chip built in which makes it very helpful around town. Thanks to the GPS chip, you can get your GPS lockouts to filter out known stationary false alerts, low speed muting for driving through town, as well as redlight camera alerts. If you need RDD immunity, the DFR7 is undetectable.

The DFR7 retails for $299. Prices sometimes fluctuate and there’s two places I’d recommend you look to buy the DFR7: Amazon and BRD.

Once you select the DFR7, here’s your tutorial on how to set it up.


Uniden DFR6: Best Inexpensive Radar Detector ($199)

Uniden DFR6

For those of you who are looking for the most affordable detector that is still halfway decent, you can save some cash by getting the Uniden DFR6. It’s the same thing as the DFR7 with the same level of performance and ability to filter out blind spot falses, except it doesn’t have a GPS chip so you won’t get the GPS functionality for extra filtering and features around town. If you drive mostly in rural areas, are on a tight budget, and/or you don’t mind constantly pressing the mute button on your detector, you can save some cash and go with the DFR6.

Honestly I still think the DFR7 is a better pick because those GPS features are so helpful around town. Personally I don’t want to use a detector without GPS. It’s just so helpful. It’s mostly useful for around town, but often times even driving down the highway you’ll pass shopping centers or strip malls with automatic door openers nearby so the GPS lockouts are really helpful even on the highway. However, if you’re looking for the lowest up front cost, the DFR6 is the best low priced detector I’d recommend. This is the best detector you’ll find under $200. Prices fluctuate and so there’s two places I’d recommend you check for the best price on the DFR6: Amazon and BRD.

Once you select the DFR6, here’s your tutorial on how to set it up.


Radenso Pro M-edition: Best Canadian Radar Detector for the MRCD (CAD$849)

In Canada, the Uniden R3 or Max360 would typically be great choices, particularly in the southeastern provinces. (Radar detectors are only legal in BC, AB, and SK. The Max360 is easily detectable by RDD’s while the R3 is stealth.) However, in several provinces in Canada including Edmonton, Alberta and around Quebec, there’s a difficult to detect low powered photo radar gun called the MultaRadar CD or MRCD for short. Unless you have a detector that’s specifically designed for MRCD detection, your radar detector won’t help against it. Fortunately there’s a number of good options out there and the best windshield mount MRCD-capable radar detector is the Radenso Pro M-edition.

It offers long range radar detection performance, excellent false alert filtering, the all-important GPS chip for filtering around town, not to mention that it’s specifically designed for MRCD detection while also offering good MRCD false alert filtering. It’s also undetectable to police driving past you with a radar detector detector.

If you’re driving in Canada where the MRCD is in use and you’re looking for the best windshield mount radar detector, the RPME is the one to get.

It retails for CAD$849. You can use the coupon codeVortexRadar” to save $25.


V1 & YaV1 or V1Driver: Arrows, Maximum Control, & Customizability for Tech Savvy People ($449)

V1

Finally here’s a detector that I’ve run for a long time and holds a soft spot in my heart. If you want all the bells and whistles like the Max360 like the arrows and GPS lockouts without paying for the full price of a 360, if you’re more technically minded, you don’t mind pairing your detector with a phone, and you’re cool with taking more time to learn the detector and program some advanced features, the V1 is an excellent option. It pretty chatty straight out of the box (many people complain it falses too much before they learn how to program it properly and they’re right), but you can improve it considerably by pairing it with a cell phone and running an app to configure it more and add the GPS-based functionality that other detectors offer on their end.

Once you get it fully set up with your phone, you’ll have an experience very similar to the Max360 (this is what the Max360 is actually designed to directly compete against), except with more control, more advanced lockouts, and all at a lower price. If your phone is in your pocket or the app is running in the background, you won’t be able to quickly and easily see all of the relevant information such as radar band, frequency, and so forth. (All the dots are red and it can be tough to understand what’s going on at a glance, particularly if you have the volume turned down.) It’s a very appealing package that provides a lot of useful information, but it takes more external accessories (bluetooth module, phone, third party apps) and setup and configuration to do what the Max360 can do automatically. For a more info, check out my complete comparison between the Max360 and the V1/YaV1.

If you’re running an Android, you can pair it with an Android phone and run the free app YaV1. There’s definitely a learning curve to setting this app up, but my tutorials will guide you through it. You’ll need the Android bluetooth module (V1Connection) to do this. (Note: There’s been an update to allow Android phones to use the V1C LE which the iPhone uses, but YaV1 still requires the Android only V1C so get that one.)

If you’re running an iPhone, you can purchase V1Driver from the app store for $9.99. You’ll need the iPhone bluetooth module (V1Connection LE) to do this.

If my parents wanted a radar detector, since they’re not very tech savvy and they’d want a simple plug-and-play experience, I’d recommend the Max360 for them. The V1 is great, but it really does require your phone to get all the functionality and information you’d want, plus you need your phone to do some of the more advanced and required programming. The Max360 lets you do all this stuff in one integrated package and it’s far more plug and play which is why I think that for most people, the 360 is a better choice. However, when I want to be on point and understand everything that’s going on around me, the V1 is one solid and trustworthy detector that I feel good counting on. Also, if RDD immunity is important to you, the V1 is detectable.

If you decide on the V1, I’d actually recommend you NOT buy from Amazon. If you do, you’ll pay more than full price and get no warranty. People resell them there at a profit. Buy a V1 directly from Valentine. If you’re considering a used V1, watch this video first. Finally, once you purchase a V1 ($400), Android bluetooth module ($50), and pair it with your Android phone, check out this tutorial to set up your V1 / YaV1. If you go for the iPhone version, get the iPhone version of the bluetooth module (V1C LE) and purchase V1Driver. V1Driver is basically ready to go out of the box, but it does have some options which are all explained within the app itself.

Bluetooth modules: Android, iOS

Apps: YaV1 for Android, V1Driver for iPhone


Best Remote Mount Radar Detectors

Now if you don’t want a radar detector hanging off your windshield that’s visible to police officers, other drivers, and potential thieves, or you prefer a cleaner and more factory look in your cabin, a remote mount radar detector is the way to go. These are also great options if you drive a higher end luxury car like a Mercedes, Porsche, Range Rover, or Tesla that has a heated or metallic windshield because those windshields may prevent various electronics like GPS receivers, toll passes, or radar detectors from working properly. If that applies to your vehicle, you’ll definitely want to opt for a remote detector instead.

Remote mount detectors offer top of the line performance, equal to or better than windshield mount detectors. They will also require professional installation since the radar detector antenna itself is installed in your grill, you’ll install a controller and display somewhere in your cabin, and you’ll have it permanently installed and wired in your car. If you’re handy with electronics and wiring, you can do it yourself.

Personally I have multiple remotes installed on my car for testing and comparison purposes. I’m finding there’s a lot of great options, each with their own pros and cons of course, but none of them is far and away the “best” detector. There’s several top contenders, however, so let’s take a closer look at the very best remotes.


Stinger VIP: High Performance, Advanced Hardware, All the Bells and Whistles ($2,500 – $3,800)

Stinger VIP

The Stinger VIP is a high performance standalone radar detector that offers just about everything you could possibly want including long range performance, pretty effective BSM filtering, low speed muting, automatic GPS lockouts without requiring a phone, red light camera alerts, an optional rear antenna to give directional information, MRCD detection for international usage and better future-proofing here in the US, filtering of in-car radar if your car has radar based collision avoidance system such as blind spot monitoring systems that would otherwise trigger false alerts in your own radar detector, RDD immunity, integration with Stinger’s optional and very tiny laser jammer heads… the works.

All-around, this is a pretty good and feature rich remote radar detector. Getting it up to 100% and fixing every single bug, however, is proving a bit difficult for Stinger. Not too long ago they actually rewrote the entire firmware from scratch and the detector has become significantly better since. Each firmware issue addresses some issues, but unfortunately introduces others. It’s two steps forward and one step back. Currently my lockouts aren’t working properly (autolockouts don’t learn and manual lockouts sometimes don’t stick), for others where they do work it will sometimes lock out police officers, the hidden side buttons don’t work with the updated display so you have to use a hidden menu to access them, the bulletproof-ness of the laser jammers can still be a bit hit or miss, and so forth. The platform is incredibly powerful and capable, and Stinger’s engineers are very passionate about their product, but it can be frustrating to deal with some of the issues that are present with the Stinger, especially given its upper end price point, and these frustrations are the primary reason I can’t give this detector a complete and solid recommendation. That and the fact that you can get a Uniden R3 for a fraction of the price and it offers even better range and BSM filtering. Sure it’s a windshield mount and not a remote, it doesn’t detect the MRCD, it doesn’t offer arrows so it’s not an apples to apples comparison, but still there’s a massive price differential that’s hard to ignore.

If you’d like the Stinger VIP, you can purchase it directly from Cliff at Stinger USA. Cliff can help you find the ideal antenna placement options for your specific vehicle since that is very important. The standard Stinger VIP retails for $2790. The optional rear antenna is available for an additional $1500. To save some money, use the coupon code “VortexRadar” to save 10% off your purchase of the Stinger VIP.


Net Radar Antenna: Excellent Remote Detector with Fantastic Filtering to Integrate with your AntiLaser Priority ($499 – $899)

Net Radar antenna

My favorite bang for the buck remote radar detector is the Net Radar. If you’re running the AntiLaser Priority laser jamming system (currently the best laser jammer on the market and I highly recommend that you do), it has the ability to integrate with several different remote radar detectors. You can take the radar detector antenna, plug it into your ALP, and your ALP serves as the “brains” for the radar detector antenna giving you a fully integrated radar detector & laser jammer package.

The Net Radar is designed to be an all-around excellent radar detector giving you ton of performance for the money. In my testing I’ve found that it can hold its own relative to other top end radar detectors on the market. Other detectors may have the edge in all-out range, but the Net Radar is designed to offer you plenty of advanced warning time while also offering outstanding blind spot filtering capabilities, the ability to do GPS lockouts when paired with a phone, optionally add additional antennas to give you arrows or MRCD detection, all while doing this at a reasonable price. It’s designed to be the best bang for the buck and it delivers.

If there’s something I wish it could change, I wish the alert LED would light up different colors for radar and laser alerts because with laser alerts I need to take action on instantly, while with radar, there’s more false alerts in general (true with every radar detector) and so I don’t want to be panic braking and ready to kill my jammers every time the radar detector goes off. Additionally, GPS lockouts currently require your phone due to patent limitations for the next few years (unlike the Stinger VIP or the Max Ci 360 I’ll be talking about next).

If you don’t want to pair it with your phone, you can use the HiFi module ($99) which is essentially an external speaker for your ALP. This makes the alerts louder so they’re easier to hear when driving, plus you get voice alerts to tell you what radar band or laser gun you’re detecting. It also makes it much easier to navigate the menus. With the Net Radar, you will want to add either the HiFi module or the Bluetooth module. They are $99 each and are not included. You can run both at the same time too which is what I do. This way you get the GPS lockout functionality and update settings and firmware versions through your phone as needed. When running both, the bluetooth takes priority so the audio will play out of your phone or your car’s stereo if your phone is paired with your stereo. If you don’t have your phone with you or aren’t using it, the system will fall back to using the HiFi module and play through its dedicated speaker. If you run Bluetooth only without the HiFi module, everything will still work, but if you’re not running your phone, the sounds will play through your standard’s control pad and they will sound different so I recommend the HiFi for louder and consistent alerts.

When it comes to RDD immunity, the NR is almost stealth, but not completely. It’s detectable only when the officer is in close proximity. You can watch a video illustrating this here.

So in short, if you do a lot of driving in urban areas and want a great bang for the buck remote radar detector, and you’re running the ALP’s or plan on getting them too, the Net Radar is the way to go. You get great performance, very effective BSM filtering, optional arrows, GPS lockouts, and while you do have to factor in the cost of laser jammers into the total price, there’s nothing in this price range that offers the features and value that the Net Radar does.

Once you select the Net Radar, here’s your tutorial on how to set it up.


Escort Max Ci & Max Ci 360 ($3000 – $3500 plus installation)

I haven’t had a chance to test this one out yet so I can’t give it my own recommendation based on personal experience, but it’s been tested quite a bit by several other radar detector enthusiasts I trust highly and it’s looking very promising in many ways. This is Escort’s brand new remote radar detector. It’s a modernized version of the M3 used in the high performance Redline and 9500ci so it gives you long range performance like the previous generation detectors, except it now adds more advanced BSM filtering which is proving itself to be quite possibly the very best blind spot filter available which is a big accomplishment.

It also comes with Escort’s new laser jammers called the ShifterMax jammers. You have to buy the radar detector with the jammers and it’s currently unavailable without the jammers. The jammers are looking good against older laser jammers, almost as good as the ALP’s, and they’re able to jam some of the older variants of the DragonEye Compact, but again not as thoroughly as the ALP’s. However, for most people they will be okay.

The radar detector / laser jammer combo is available in two versions: The front-only Max Ci ($3000) with a front facing radar detector and two laser jammers, or the front and rear Max Ci 360 ($3500) which adds a second rear facing radar detector along with two additional laser jammers to protect you from behind. The 360 also adds arrows to let you know where the radar source (but not laser) is located. Both detectors offer long range performance, great BSM filtering, automatic GPS lockouts with no phone required, Bluetooth support to share realtime cloud-based alerts with other Escort owners, and RDD immunity.

With most remote radar detectors you have the option of either purchasing online or directly from your local installer, but with the Max Ci series detectors, officially you can only purchase them through a local installer. You can also typically find the detector brand new on eBay. If you buy it new on eBay, your warranty will be through your seller and not through Escort. However, you can save money by buying the detector online and installing it yourself. If you’d prefer having a professional do the install for you, you can find a local installer here.

Purchase the Max Ci or Max Ci 360 from eBay.

Find a local Escort installer near you.


Best Radar Detector of 2017

So which one is best? Boy I wish there was a simple answer to that because it really depends. They each have their pros and cons, as you can see, but let me give you my top picks from this list to simplify things a bit.

  • Uniden R3

One of my two recommendations for people looking for the “best radar detector” is the Uniden R3. It’s an absolute beast in terms of performance, giving you the best possible ability to detect police radar (arguably the most important job of a radar detector) while also effectively filtering out false alerts both on the highway and around town, making it a top notch all-around detector. Click here to purchase.

  • Escort Max360

Max360 teeny thumbIf you’re the type of person who likes having all the bells and whistles, you want arrows to locate the threat, and you want the detector to do everything for you so you get an easy to use experience, pick the Max360. Click here to purchase.

  • Uniden DFR7

Uniden DFR7 teeny thumbThis is the standard go-to recommendation for your all-around detector with good performance and good false filtering for both city and highway without dropping too much cash. If you’re looking for the best bang for the buck, I’d say the DFR7 is it. Click here to purchase.

  • Uniden DFR6

Uniden DFR6 teeny thumbIf you’re looking for more of an inexpensive entry level detector, the DFR6 is your best affordable choice. It offers great performance and blind spot filtering. Without GPS it can’t filter out nearby speed signs and shopping centers, but if you’re constantly doing highway driving in new areas, this is the most inexpensive detector I’d recommend. Click here to purchase.

  • Radenso Pro M-edition

If you drive in Canada, especially in Alberta or Quebec, you’ll want a detector with MRCD detection and the best one on the market is the Radenso Pro M-edition. Click here to purchase. (Save $25 with the coupon code “VortexRadar”)

  • Valentine One with YaV1 or V1Driver

V1 teeny thumbIf you want a good all around package with arrows and to have a solid understanding of the threats around you, if you’re tech savvy and are cool with a bit of a learning curve, get the V1 with YaV1. If you’re an iPhone user, run V1Driver with your V1. Click here to purchase.

  • Stinger VIP

Stinger VIP teeny thumbIf you want an extremely capable and advanced standalone remote radar detector, the Stinger VIP is a great way to go. It offers all the key features you’d need, it supports multiple antennas for arrows, it can be paired with Stinger’s teeny tiny yet effective laser jammers, it’s continually being updated and improved, and it’s an effective high end option. (Use the coupon code “VortexRadar” for 10% off.) Click here to purchase.

  • Net Radar

Net Radar teeny thumb

If you’re running an AntiLaser Priority laser jammer and you want a remote radar detector too, the Net Radar is a top pick and the best bang for the buck. You get good performance, filtering, and manual GPS lockouts when you add your phone. You also have support for multiple antennas to add arrows to help you locate the threat. Click here to purchase.

  • Max Ci or Max Ci 360

If you’d like a well-integrated remote radar detector and laser jammer setup that does just about everything and does it well, the Max Ci or Max Ci 360 would fit the bill.  Click here to purchase.

 


Bonus Accessories

Hardwire cables: Radar detectors come with a cigarette lighter power cable. You can optionally upgrade to a hardwire cable for a permanent and clean installation with no unsightly cables hanging down your dash and taking up your cig. lighter port. Click here to see your hardwire cable options and click here to read the installation guide.

Blendmount: Radar detectors come with a suction cup mount to attach to your windshield. In some areas it’s illegal to mount things to your windshield and it’s also nice to not have suction cups on your windshield or even suction cup rings when you remove them, not to mention suction cups sometimes fail which means your radar detector would fall down on your dash, so a nice upgrade is the Blendmount which hangs your detector under your rearview mirror. Click here to learn more about the Blendmount.

Waze: Waze is a free navigation app for your phone like Google Maps that allows drivers to report traffic, accidents, and where police officers are positioned in realtime. When you see an officer on the side of the road looking to give tickets, you can mark him in the app and alert other drivers. You can also see alerts from other drivers in realtime so it’s a great complement to your radar detector to add an additional layer of protection. You can download it for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Laser Jammers: Radar detectors are great against radar but they don’t help against police officers running laser. To combat laser you’ll want a set of laser jammers for your car. Fortunately the choice for jammers is much easier and the best on the market in this case is the AntiLaser Priority. Proper setup and configuration is critical with jammers so you’ll also want to check out my complete ALP setup guide as well.


No matter which detector you choose listed here, you’re going to wind up with an excellent unit. It will do a great job of picking up police radar, it can help you filter out those pesky false alerts, and it can easily pay for itself many times over by helping you avoid speeding tickets from police shooting radar.

I’d also recommend reading about the Top 10 Questions About Radar Detectors to better understand some of the most frequently asked questions about how they work, legalities, where to mount them in your vehicle, and so on.

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Happy driving and enjoy. 🙂

-Vortex