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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 Max 360 Escort iX Beltronics GT-7
Escort Max 360
Escort Max 360 Price: 649.95

Escort iX
Escort iX Price: 499.95

Beltronics GT-7
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Our Escort Max 360 review reveals this is our #1 rated windshield mounted radar detector. The Escort Passport Max 360 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 Escort iX is Escort's Bluetooth enabled GPS radar detector that replaces Escort's best selling Passport 9500ix. The Escort iX provides noticeably improved performance to both radar and laser, greater features, and more advanced IVT filtering to false alerts caused by the K-band collision avoidance sensors installed in new cars today. The Beltronics GT-7 is rated as being the most affordable extreme range radar detector in its class.
Escort Redline Review Radar Detector Escort Redline XR Review Beltronics STi Magnum
Escort Redline
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Escort Redline XR
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Beltronics STi Magnum
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The Escort Redline is an extreme range radar detector which is stealth to the Spectre RDD and is most suited for highway and rural driving.
The Escort Redline XR is simply a custom programmed Escort Redline that increases its range.
A top of the line extreme range radar detector that is immune to all radar detector detector inlcuding the Spectre RDD.
Beltronics STi-R Plus Radenso Pro SE Radar Detector Escort Passport X70
Beltronics STiR Plus
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Radenso Pro SE
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Escort Passport X70
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The Beltronics STiR Plus - Remote mounted radar detector with 8x the capture distance of a police radar gun.
Radenso Pro SE Radar Detector

The SMALLEST extreme range detector and includes GPS and 2-year warranty and FREE GPS updates.
The Escort Passport X70 Radar Detector - Escort's best entry model radar detector available today!
Radenso Pro SE Moto Radenso XP Review Radenso Pro Radar Detector Review
Radenso Pro SE Moto for Motorcycle
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Radenso XP
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Radenso Pro
List Price: $399.00
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Sale Price: 349.00

Radenso Pro SE Moto Radar Detector for Motorcycle

The SMALLEST extreme range detector in the 5-star category and includes GPS and 2 -year warranty and FREE GPS updates.
Radenso XP Radar Detector

The new Radenso XP is a high performance radar detector. The Radenso XP is equipped with an LNA on the RF board to boost sensitivity on Ka and K band.
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 BT Radar Detector Escort Passport 9500ci with Laser ShifterPro Escort Max Ci 360 Custom Installed Radar Detector
Cobra DSP 9200
Price: 299.00

Passport 9500ci with Laser ShifterPro
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Escort Max Ci 360 Custom-Installed Radar Detector
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Cobra DSP 9200 BT Radar Detector

The world's smallest high performance radar detector made today.
The Passport 9500ci is the ultimate custom-installed radar detector and laser jammer combo ever developed.
The Escort Max Ci 360 is the ultimate custom-installed radar detector and laser jammer combo ever developed and provides protection to both the front and back of your vehicle.
Escort Max Ci Customer Installed Radar Detector Escort Passport 9500ix
Escort Passport 9500ix
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The Escort Max Ci is the ultimate custom-installed radar detector and laser jammer combo ever developed and can be upgraded to become a Ci 360 with the optional rear radar and laser sub-system.
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