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Best Radar Detector Reviews 2017

Best Radar Detector Reviews 2017 with Review Summary


Updated: 12-21-16

When selecting the radar detector that is just right for you, your first choice is to determine if you want a detector to mount to your windshield or one that is built into your car.


Some of the advantages of choosing a windshield mount are:

  • Easy to install and move from car to car
  • More affordable
  • Better performance as the antenna is mounted higher

The main reason you may choose investing into a concealed detector is that they are hidden from view, reducing the chance of theft.

One common question we are asked is “are radar detectors legal?


Yes, radar detectors are legal in the USA with the exception of Virginia, the District of Columbia, on all military bases and in all commercial vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds.

To enforce radar detector laws in Virginia and by commercial truck inspection officers, police use a device called the Spectre RDD that is able to sniff out 99% of all the radar detectors made.

Because of this if you do drive in Virginia, Washington D.C., or a commercial vehicle you will want to be sure to select a detector that is stealth to the Spectre RDD.

Now if you live and/or drive where police laser enforcement is commonly used, you may also want to scroll down to the bottom of this page to our Laser Jamming Reviews to check out those rankings and reviews.

Best Radar Detector Reviews Summary with Rankings

Windshield Mounted


Rank #1: Passport Max 360Best Seller!

Review Summary:

The Escort Max 360 provides full 360 degree protection with colored directional arrows along with the advanced ability to filter out most of the false alerts caused by the Anti-Collision sensors installed on new cars today. It is also a GPS enabled detector and rated as being both a city and highway detector as it has nearly 8 times the capture distance of a police radar gun.

Pros:

  • All-Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Exceptional at detecting instant-on police radar
  • Good Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • BEST Anti-Collision Sensor Rejection filtering
  • Escort Live! ready
  • GPS enabled
  • Builtin Bluetooth for wireless pairing to your smartphone
  • Bi-Lingual Voice Alerts - English & Spanish
  • Firmware and Photo Enforcement database are both user upgradable
Cons:

  • Larger footprint
  • Does not come with USB to Mini-D cable

Best Suited for: Highway and/or City Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #1

Price: $649.95 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #2: Radenso XP Best Seller!

Review Summary:

The Radenso XP is a GPS enabled detector and rated both a city and highway detector as it has over 8 times the capture distance of a police radar gun.

Pros:

  • Excellent range performance on K and Ka-bands
  • Best-in-class anti-collision sensor rejection filtering
  • GPS enabled /w Photo Enforcement Database
  • Great price for performance & features
  • Software updatable
  • Free photo enforcement database updates
  • 2 year warranty
  • 1 year ticket guarantee
Cons:

  • Somewhat reduced X-band performance (for NJ & OH drivers)

Best Suited for: Highway and/or City Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #3

Retail Price: $399.00 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #3: Escort iX Best Seller!

Review Summary:

Already a big hit, the new Escort iX is a GPS enabled detector and rated both a city and highway detector as it has approximately 8 times the capture distance of a police radar gun. The Escort iX replaces the Passport 9500ix--Escort''s best-selling detector of all-time.

Pros:

  • Features Escort's superb quick-release magnetic windshield mounting bracket
  • Next Generation Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Excellent Anti-Collision Sensor Rejection filtering with Escort's new IVT filter
  • Good Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • New AutoLoK filter for reduced K-band sensitivity when driving around town
  • Supports Ka-band segmentation for improved Ka performance
  • Escort Live ready with built-in Bluetooth
  • GPS enabled with class leading Defender photo enforcement database
  • Firmware and Photo Enforcement Database is user upgradable
  • Bi-Lingual Voice Alerts - English & Spanish
Cons:

  • Does not come with USB to Mini-D cable

Best Suited for: Highway and/or City Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #2

Retail Price: $499.95 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #4: Escort Redline XR Best Seller!

Review Summary:


The Escort Redline XR is Redline, which we personally program for free prior to shipping saving you $100 over other sites.

The advantage of this custom programming enables the detector to detect police radar faster and at greater distances than the standard Redline

Pros:

  • Unique dual front-facing antenna design provides extreme detection capabilities
  • Excellent sensitivity to police laser
  • Superior detections to instant-on police radar
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering disabled
  • Segmented Ka-band for improved Ka reception
  • Stealth to all radar detector detectors
Cons:

  • Not as effective at filtering the latest K-band radar from vehicle collision avoidance systems.
  • No GPS or Bluetooth
  • Firmware is not upgradable

Best Suited for: Highway Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #4

Price: $549.95 - Before your special VIP Discount


Rank #5: Escort Redline

Review Summary:

The Escort Redline has more than 8 times the capture distance of a police radar gun is stealth to all radar detector detectors including the Spectre RDD. Given the Redline's extreme radar sensitivity is rated as being best suited for highway use.

The Redline is the detector of choice for use in Virginia, the District of Columbia or other countries where the use of radar detectors are illegal as well as commercial truck drivers.

Pros:

  • Unique dual front facing antenna design
  • Excellent sensitivity to police laser
  • Exceptional detection to instant-on police radar
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Good Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • Stealth to all radar detector detectors
Cons:

  • Not as effective at filtering the latest K-band radar from vehicle collision avoidance systems.
  • No GPS or Bluetooth
  • Firmware is not upgradable

Best Suited for: Highway Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #5

Price: $549.95 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #6: Valentine One

Review Summary:

The Valentine One is rated as having 8 times the capture distance of a police radar gun and has directional arrows.

Pros:

  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for high performance
  • New TMF2 filter very effective at rejecting K-band collision avoidance systems
  • Directional Arrows
  • Superior laser sensitivity
  • Optional Bluetooth module paired with smartphone app enables nearly infinite configuration
  • Superior construction including magnesium case
  • Valentine Research offers continuous product improvements (for additional fees)
Cons:

  • 70s styling interface without optional Bluetooth interface module & smartphone application
  • Very limited metering display without Connection LE option (Bluetooth interface module)
  • Manual muting only
  • Not stealth (ie; detectable by radar detector detectors)

Best Suited for: Highway Use

Customer Popularity Rating: N/A

Retail Price: $399.00 (Available from mfr. only)


Rank #7: Radenso Pro SE

Review Summary:

The Radenso Pro SE is the smallest high performance detector available today

Pros:

  • Selectable K and Ka narrow band tuning, tuned to the exact frequencies used in North America
  • GPS enabled detector with FREE lifetime GPS and firmware updates
  • User selectable TSR filtering
  • Very small footprint
Cons:

  • Low X-band sensitivity (X-band radar used in Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina)
  • Low laser sensitivity

Best Suited for: Highway and/or City Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #6

Retail Price: $499.95 - Before your special VIP Discount


Rank #8: Escort Passport X70

Review Summary:

The Escort Passport X70 is our second most popular detector and we would rate it as the best entry model detector below $300. This is because it has over 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun, good filtering characteristics, and has an internal Bluetooth chipset enabling you to connect to the Escort Live community.

Pros:

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for midrange performance
  • Good Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • Escort Live enabled

Best Suited for: City Use

Customer Popularity Rating: #7

Retail Price: $299.95 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #9: Whistler CR93

Review Summary:

The Whistler CR93 is a GPS enabled radar detector that has 3.5 times the capture distance of a police radar gun and is our pick for the best performing detector under $200.

Pros:

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for minimal performance
  • Quick detections to instant-on police radar
  • Very good sensitivity to police laser
  • Low Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • GPS Enabled
  • New Field Disturbance Sensor Rejection
  • Very readable OLED display
  • Very user customizable

Best Suited for: City / Light Highway Use

Customer Popularity Rating: 8

Discounted Price: $188.95

Rank #10: Whistler CR88

Review Summary:

The Whistler CR88 is a Whistler CR93 without GPS. It has the same 3.5 times the capture distance of a police radar gun and is our pick for the best performing detector under $200.

Pros:

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for minimal performance
  • Quick detections to instant-on police radar
  • Very good sensitivity to police laser
  • Low Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • New Field Disturbance Sensor Rejection
  • Very readable OLED display
  • Very user customizable

Best Suited for: City / Light Highway Use

Customer Popularity Rating: 8

Discounted Price: $178.95


Rank #11: Adaptiv TPX

Review Summary:

The Adaptiv TPX is rated as having 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun and is specifically designed for motorcycle use however it can be accessorized as a windshield mounted detector.

Pros:

  • Good range
  • Good false alert filtering
  • Motorcycle ready

Best Suited for: Motorcycle User

Retail Price: $299.95 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #12: Cobra DSP 9200 BT

Review Summary:

The Cobra DSP 9200 BT is rated as having 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun and comes equipped with a Bluetooth chipset enabling you to connect to the iRadar social app.

Pros:

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for high performance
  • Good Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • iRadar Community

Best Suited for: City Use

Retail Price:
$339.00

Rank #13: Escort Solo S3

Review Summary:

The Escort Solo S3 is a battery operated detector.

One of the main concerns manufactures have when designing battery operated detectors is battery life, the overall performance of a cordless detector is typically 75% less then that of a corded detector.

Because of this major drop in performance, you should consider selecting a corded detector over a cordless model.

Pros:

  • Battery operated, cordless detector

Best Suited for: City Use

Retail Price: $299.95 - Before your special VIP Discount

No Rank: Rocky Mountain Radar D495 Radar Scrambler

Review Summary:

Since 2005 Radar Roy has offered a $50,000 reward to ANYONE that can show him a Rocky Mountain Radar scrambler that works as they advertise and NO ONE has ever taken him up on his offer.

Best Suited for: Trash

Customer Popularity Rating: ZERO

Retail Price: $329.95

No Rank: The Ghost Pro

Review Summary:

Radar Roy has rated the Ghost Pro as the WORST radar detector he has ever tested.

Best Suited for: Trash

Customer Popularity Rating:
ZERO

Retail Price: $269.95


Remote Installed


Rank #1: Escort Passport 9500ci

Review Summary:

The Passport 9500ci is almost identical to that of the STIr Plus, however it has a blue display and also comes equipped with the Escort Laser ShifterPro.

The Laser ShifterPro is made actually made by Laser Interceptor and they have not offered any updates to their laser defense system in over 2-years.

Because of this the laser jammer included in this system cannot jam the newest police lidar guns.

Pros:

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • GPS enabled – Photo enforcement camera database & GPS filtering
  • Stealth to all radar detector detectors
  • Escort Live compatible
  • Can also interface with our Detector Mirror Display
Cons:

  • Lacks more advanced K-band filtering to vehicle collision avoidance systems

Customer Popularity Rating:2

Retail Price: $1995 - Before your special VIP Discount


Rank #2: Beltronics STiR Plus


Review Summary:

The Beltronics STiR Plus utilizes Escort’s patent M3 antenna, which is also used with the Escort 9500ci, the Escort REDLiNE and the STi Magnum.

Because of this the performance of the STiR Plus is equal to that of the more expensive Escort 9500ci, but it does NOT include Escort’s Laser ShifterPro.

Because of this you are afforded the opportunity to install a better performing laser jamming system such as the Anti Laser Priority.

Pro:

  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • GPS enabled – Photo enforcement camera database & GPS filtering
  • Stealth to all radar detector detectors
  • Escort Live compatible
  • Can be installed with any other laser jamming system sold today
  • Can also interface with our Detector Mirror Display
Cons:

  • Lacks more advanced K-band filtering to vehicle collision avoidance systems

Customer Popularity Rating: 1

Retail Price: $1295 - Before your special VIP Discount


Rank #3: Escort 8500ci

Review Summary:

The Escort 8500ci utilizes Escort’s M4 antenna design found in the Escort 8500x50 and the 9500ix and is rated as having 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun.

The main drawbacks of the 8500ci Plus is that it utilizes similar DSP technology used in the older 8500x50 so it does not have the abilities to filter out those annoying false alerts caused by the anti-collision sensors as the STiR Plus or the 9500ci can.

Pros:

  • Good range and sensitivity
  • Most affordable remote mounted detector in its class
  • GPS enabled – Photo enforcement camera database & GPS filtering
  • Can be used with any laser jammer sold today

Customer Popularity Rating: 3

Retail Price: $899 - Before your special VIP Discount


Laser Jammer Ratings


Police lidar enforcement is different from radar enforcement as instead of using microwave radio signals, which can be, detected miles away; lidar uses a narrow beam of light.

This beam of light at 500 feet is only 18” wide and when an officer targets your car his aiming point is typically your front license plate, a headlight of your car, or another reflective area.

So unless your detector was within this 18” circle, it may never alert you that you’re being shot by a police lidar gun and if it does, its too late, the officer has already captured your speed.

So because of this if you also need protection against this type of technology it is recommended that you install a laser jamming system into your car or truck.

Rank #1: Blinder HP-905

Review Summary:

The Blinder HP-905 is very effective in jamming most police lidar guns used in the USA, with the exception of the Dragon Eye.

Pros:

  • Various configurations and accessories offered
  • Small footprint

Customer Popularity Rating:
1

Retail Price: $449 to $899 - Before your special VIP Discount

Rank #2: Escort Laser ShifterPro

Review Summary:

Escort’s Laser ShifterPro is actually manufactured by Laser Interceptor and they have not offered any updates to this system in over 2 years.

Because of this it is unable to jam many of the newest police lidar guns that have come on the market since, including the Dragon Eye.

Pros:

  • • Most affordable laser jammer offered today

Customer Popularity Rating: 2

Retail Price: $549 - Before your special VIP Discount


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