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Top Rated Radar Detectors

Do you want the best in radar detection at the best price?

Two of the questions I’m asked frequently are:

Best Radar Detectors

  1. Which detector is the best radar detector?
  2. What’s the best price I can get on a radar detector?

As a result, I’ve done several things:

One – I have created the Radar Roy’s V.I.P. Club, where you can be assured that you will get the best price.

Two – I have created this page outlining what I feel are the best radar detectors for you to choose from.

– I’ve published my Radar Detector Buyers Guide, which I offer as my free gift to members of my exclusive buyers club. This guide goes into much more detail on selecting the detector that best fits your needs, and offers many useful tips on how to maximize its use.

Best Radar Detector Overview

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Basically, there are two factors that you should take into consideration when selecting the radar detector that is best suited for your needs: the range and sensitivity of the detector, and the filtering capabilities of the detector.

Range and Sensitivity

Your #1 consideration when choosing a radar detector is the range and sensiticity of the detector.

The formula I’ve developed for this is the 7X Rule.

This means that your detector should have at least 7 times the range of the police radar gun's capture range.

So why is it so important to have a detector that can detect signals from so far away?

Well, because of Instant on radar.

Police have the option of putting their radar gun into what is called “standby mode,” which allows them to delay activating the gun until they have a speeder within target range.

If your radar detector has at least this 7X capture range, you have a greater chance of detecting the officer's gun while it is still being activated, and as a result a greater chance of avoiding a ticket.


Another important feature to consider is the filtering capabilities of the detector.

An inferior radar detector will alert to other radar detectors within close proximity and to the FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) radar sensors equipped on many newer cars.

Due to these factors, I have categorized the detectors that appear on the bottom of this page as being good, better, or best.

Best Radar Detectors

The best radar detector made today is the Passport Max.

The Passport Max is unique based upon its new M5 antenna design, which uses the same technology as NASA and the US Military in order to sniff out the signature of police radar through a computer algorithm. This technology is called Digital Signal Processing, which enables the Max to scan faster and more accurately than any other radar detector ever made.

The result is a detector that will detect radar at over 8 times the capture rate of a police radar gun while filtering out false signals.

Better Radar Detectors

The following detectors that I've ranked in the Better category are all based on the Escort’s M3 dual antenna design, which makes these detectors stealth to all radar detector devices, including the Spectre, and allows for the best off axis detection of any detector.

Those in this category include the Escort Redline, the Beltronics STi Magnum, the Escort 9500ci, and the Beltronics STiR Plus.

Each of these detectors has a range comparable to the Escort Max but suffer slightly in their filtering capabilities.

As a result of this, all the detectors in this category will be prone to sounding a few more false alerts than the Max.

Good Radar Detectors

The radar detectors that I would rank as being in the good range are all based on the Escort’s M4 antenna design and include: the Escort 9500ix, the Passport IQ, the Escort 8500 x50, the Bel Pro 500, and the Bel Pro 300.

The range of these detectors is approximately 7X the capture distance of a police radar gun, and the filtering of these is also in the good range.
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Escort Passport Max 360 Radar Detector Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector Escort REDLiNE Radar Detector
Pasport Max 360
Retail Price: $649.95

Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector
Retail Price: $499.95

Escort REDLiNE Radar Detector
Retail Price: $499.99

The Passport Max360 provides full 360 degree protection with colored directional arrows along with the ability to filter out most of the false alerts caused by the Anti-Collision sensors installed in new cars today. The Beltronics GT-7 is rated as being the most affordable extreme range radar detector in its class.
The Escort REDLiNE is an extreme range radar detector and also stealth to the Spectre radar detector detector (RDD)
Escort REDLiNE XR Radar Detector Passport Max2 Radar Detector Escort Passport Max Radar Detector
Escort REDLiNE XR Radar Detector
Retail Price: $499.99

Passport Max2 Radar Detector
Retail Price: $599.95

Passport Max Radar Detector
Retail Price: $549.95

The Escort REDLiNE XR is custom programmed REDLiNE that increases its range. Radar Roy will program your REDLiNE for free, saving you $100!
The Passport Max2 is the #1 rated windshield mounted radar detector, includes internal Bluetooth chip-set to connect to Escort Live and 1-year FREE subscrption.
The Second Best Radar Detector Radar Roy has ever tested! (Does not include internal Bluetooth chip-set)
Beltronics STi Magnum Radar Detector STiR-Plus-Radar-Detector Passport Radar Detector
Beltronics STi Magnum Radar Detector
Retail Price: $499.95

Passport Radar Detector
Retail Price: $349.97

A top of the line extreme range radar detector that is immune to all radar detector detector inlcuding the Spectre RDD.
The Beltronics STiR Plus - Remote mounted radar detector with 8x the capture distance of a police radar gun.
The Passport Radar Detector - the Best Entry model radar detector available today!
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Radenso Pro SE Radar Detector
Retail Price: $499.00

Radenso Pro Radar Detector
Retail Price: $399.00

Radenso Pro SE Radar Detector

The SMALLEST extreme range detector in the 5-star category and includes GPS and 2 -year warranty and FREE GPS updates.
Stinger VIP Radar and Laser Defense System
1st Place Winner in 2015 Radar Detector Shootout
The Stinger VIP is the most advanced radar and laser defense system in the world
Radenso Pro Radar Detector

The BEST performing detector in the 3-star category and includes GPS and 2 -year warranty and FREE GPS updates.
Cobra DSP 9200 Radar Detector
Cobra DSP 9200 Radar Detector
Retail Price: $399.00

Cobra DSP 9200 BT Radar Detector

The world's smallest high performance radar detector made today.

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