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Best Radar Detector Reviews 2019 with Review Summaries

RadarBusters ranks the best radar detectors on the market

Updated: 3-12-19

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


Some of the advantages of choosing a windshield-mount radar detectors:

  • Windshield-mount radar detectors are easy to install and move from car to car
  • Windshield-mount radar detectors or more affordable
  • Radar detection performance improves as the radar detector antenna is mounted higher

The main reason you may choose investing into a concealed radar detector is that such radar detectors are hidden from view, reducing the chance of theft or discovery by a traffic enforcement officer but they come at very high cost.

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 nationally 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 radar detector detector 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 are commercial vehicle operator you will want to be sure to select a radar 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 section to check out those rankings and reviews.

New Ranking Format & Requirements to Make our List for 2019

We are now grouping the radar detectors that RadarBusters currently offers into two categories, the first consists of GPS enabled radar detectors and the second one includes the radar detectors that don't have GPS. Also to make it on our list, radar detectors must meet build quality and reliability standards to ensure your radar detector will provide top performance over a long period of time.

Best Radar Detector Reviews of 2019 Summary with Rankings

GPS Enabled Windshield Mounted Radar Detectors


Rank #1: Escort Max 360cBest Seller!

Review Summary:

The Escort Max 360c radar detector 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 radar detector and rated as being both a city and highway detector like most GPS based radar detectors. We believe the Escort Max 360c is the best radar detector ever made as it provides extreme performance and superior filtering.

Pros:

  • Currently the best radar detector available on the market
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • All-digital signal processing (DSP) for extreme long range performance
  • Exceptional at detecting instant-on police radar Escort Max 360c best radar detector
  • Best anti-collision sensor rejection filtering in the industry
  • Escort Live2! ready
  • GPS enabled
  • Builtin Bluetooth for wireless pairing to your smartphone
  • WIFI capable to directly communicate to the Internet
  • Bi-Lingual Voice Alerts - English & Spanish
  • Firmware and Photo Enforcement database are both user upgradeable
Cons:

  • Most expensive windshield-mount detector (but it's worth it!)

Best Suited for: Highway and City Use

Price: $649.95 (on sale at $599.95)

Rank #2: Escort iXc


Review Summary:

The new Escort iXc is the second Escort radar detector to have enhanced connectivity with built-in WIFI. However that's not the star of show. The new Escort iXc has a whopping 3-4dB increase in sensitivity over the now discontinued Escort iX. That translates to a potential increase in alerting range of approximately 70%. That's a huge improvement and puts the Escort iXc up there with the highest performing detectors available today. When you couple the Escort iXc's increased sensitivity with it's improved K-band IVT filter and excellent build-quality, we believe the Escort iXc is the best overall single antenna radar detector currently available.

Pros:

  • Huge 3-4dB increase in sensitivity over outgoing Escort iX
  • Superior IVT filter filters out most K-band collision avoidance systems
  • Features Escort's superb quick-release magnetic windshield mounting bracket
  • More powerful digital signal processing (DSP) chipsetEscort iXc
  • New AutoLoK filter for reduced K-band sensitivity when driving around town
  • Supports Ka-band segmentation for improved Ka performance
  • Supports K-band segmentation for less K-band falsing
  • Built-in WIFI for enhanced connectivity
  • Escort Live! ready with built-in Bluetooth
  • GPS enabled with class leading Defender photo enforcement database
  • Firmware and Photo Enforcement Database is wirelessly upgradable
  • Bi-Lingual Voice Alerts - English & Spanish

Best Suited for: Highway and/or City Use

Retail Price: $449.95

Rank #3: Escort Redline EXBest Seller!


Review Summary:

The Escort Redline EX, has all of the features as the original Redline, but now includes GPS which can alert you to photo enforcement locations in the U.S. The new EX also has the ability to detect MultaRadar--an enforcement system that is beginning to make its appearance in the certain US locations.

The Redline EX is the only radar detector that is entirely undetectable to SPECTRE radar detector detectors making it well suited to be used in Virginia or Washington, D.C. or by commercial truck drivers. The Redline EX has a quick release magnetic mount for easy and painless removal and reattachment to the windshield. The EX supports Ka segmentation for optimal performance on Ka-band as well as K-band segmentation to further reduce falsing to K-band collision avoidance systems.

Pros:

  • Unique dual front-facing antenna design provides extreme detection capabilities
  • Excellent sensitivity to police laserEscort Redline EX radar detectors
  • Superior detections to instant-on police radar
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for extreme range performance
  • Class leading GPS photo enforcement database for redlight and speed camera alerts
  • Segmented Ka-band for improved Ka reception
  • Segment K-band for reduced K fasling
  • Truly stealth to all radar detector detectors
  • Multi-color display
  • Solid construction
  • Magnetic quick-attach/detach windshield mount
  • Can detector MRCD/MRCT/Gatso/Streika making it especially suited for international use as well as the U.S.
Cons:
  • Does not come with USB to Mini-D cable
  • Performance can sometimes be a little inconsistent

Best Suited for: Highway and City Use

Price: $599.95

Rank #4: Radenso Pro MBest Seller!


Review Summary:

The Radenso Pro M is the smallest high performance detector available today and has the ability to alert to MRCD/MRCT/Traffistar radar.

Pros:

  • Selectable K and Ka narrow band tuning, tuned to the exact frequencies used in North AmericaRadenso Pro SE
  • GPS enabled detector with FREE lifetime GPS and firmware updates
  • User selectable TSR filtering
  • MRCD/MRCT detection capability
  • 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, City Use, in Virginia, D.C. Canada and with truck drivers

Retail Price: $449.95

Rank #5: Whistler CR97Best Seller!


Review Summary:

The new Whistler CR97 is Whistler's highest performing radar ever offered and has performance significantly exceeding the outgoing Whistler CR93. It's detection performance is on par with detectors costing twice as much. Beyond performance increases, the Whistler CR97 is the only detector available that can identify and alert to FMCW photo enforcement radar that is used for ticketing and is being used in greater frequency in the United States. The Whistler CR97 is the best value in detectors today and is our top choice for those looking for a high performance and very affordable detector.

Pros:

  • Up to 6dB in increased sensitivity to Ka-band
  • Up to 3dB in increased sensitivity to K-band
  • Unique ability to identify and alert to FMCW photo enforcement
  • Quick detections to instant-on police radar and police laser
  • Adjustable responsiveness (performance versus filtering)
    Whistler CR93
  • Very good sensitivity to police laser
  • Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • GPS photo enforcement database
  • Bright OLED display
  • Very user customizable
  • Speed sensitive filtering and muting

Cons:
  • Push button cord only available as option

Best Suited for: Highway & City Use

Retail Price: $299.95 RadarBusters Sale Price:$249.95

Rank #6: Radenso XP


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 filteringRadenso XP
  • GPS enabled /w Photo Enforcement Database
  • Ka-band segmentation
  • Narrow K-band sweep setting for improved performance and less falsing
  • Great price for performance & features
  • Software updateable
  • 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 City Use

Price: $349.00 -

Rank #7: Adaptiv TPX Pro


Review Summary:

The Adaptiv TPX Pro 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:Adaptiv TPX Pro
  • Good range
  • Good false alert filtering
  • Designed specifically for motorcycle use
  • GPS photo enforcement database

Best Suited for: Motorcycle Use

Price: $399.95 -


Non-GPS Enabled Windshield Mounted Radar Detectors


Rank #1: Whistler CR95


Review Summary:

The new Whistler CR95 is Whistler's highest performing non-GPS detector ever offered and has performance significantly exceeding previous Whistlers. It's detection performance is on par with detectors costing twice as much. The Whistler CR95 a great value and is one of our top choices for those looking for a high performance and very affordable detector who don't require GPS capability.

Pros:

  • Up to 6dB in increased sensitivity to Ka-band
  • Up to 3dB in increased sensitivity to K-band
  • Quick detections to instant-on police radar and police laser
  • Adjustable responsiveness (performance versus filtering)
    Whistler CR93
  • Very good sensitivity to police laser
  • Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • Bright OLED display
  • Very user customizable

Cons:
  • Push button cord only available as option

Best Suited for: Highway Use

Retail Price: $229.95 Radarbusters Sale Price:$199.95

Rank #2: Radenso SP


Review Summary:

The Radenso SP is a Radenso XP without GPS 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
  • Great price for performance & features
  • Ka band-segmenation
  • Narrow K-band sweep setting for improved performance and less fasling
    Radenso XP
  • 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 Use

Price: $199.00 -

Rank #3: Escort X80


Review Summary:

The Escort X80 is Escort's 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 performanceEscort 80
  • Good Traffic Safety Rejection (TSR) filtering
  • Escort Live enabled
  • Bluetooth to support Escort Live!

Cons:
  • Appears less solidly built than other Escort detectors

Best Suited for: Highway Use

Price: $299.95 -

Rank #4: Escort Solo S4


Review Summary:

The Escort Solo S4 is a battery operated cordless detector.

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

Because of this drop in performance, you should consider selecting a corded detector over a cordless model unless you really need a detector without cords.

Pros:Escort Solo S4
  • Battery operated, cordless detector
  • Best of class
  • Comes with cigarette lighter plug power cord

Cons:
  • Performance doesn't improve when plugged-in
  • Not as sensitive as conventional detectors
  • Not as fast at detecting I/O
  • Only cosmetic changes made since the Solo S3
  • Not as effective at filtering out falses as other Escorts

Best Suited for: City Use or Light Highway Use or Frequent Travelers using Rental Vehicles

Price: $299.95 -


Laser Jammer Rankings


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. Below is a ranking of the laser jammers currently being offered at RadarBusters.

Rank #1: TMG a-15 Laser Defender laser jammers


Review Summary:

The TMG a-15 Laser Defender laser jammer is the newest jammer on the market. The TMG is very competitively priced and provides very effective jamming even with only two heads. Unlike other jammers (such as the more expensive ALP systems), each TMG transponder has the ability to both receive and transmit its pulses (ie; jam) at the same time. They operate in duplex mode whereas other lesser jamming systems can only operate in either transmit or receive mode (simplex mode) either requiring more heads or providing less protection. The TMG is unique in that it supports up to eight heads to protect even the largest of vehicles.
TMG Laser Jammers
Pros:
  • Least expensive laser jammer on the market
  • Can jam variable pulse-rate police laser such as the Dragon Eye Compact
  • Duplexing jammer heads
  • Uses high powered laser diodes


Prices :Starting at $699 (for a limited time)

Rank #2: Escort ZR5 laser jammers and the innovative Escort ZW5


Review Summary:

The Escort ZR5 is based upon Blinder's new and most advanced laser jamming platform.

The ZR5 is now able to effectively jam the latest variable pulse rate laser guns and unlike the Anti Laser Priority (ALP) it's designed to function with only two forward facing jammer heads instead of three, saving you money and reducing installation complexity. For those interested in total protection, you can add Escort's Shifter Max add-on pack in the rear.

Escort Laser ZR5


Pros:

  • Reasonably priced
  • Can jam variable pulse-rate police laser such as the Dragon Eye Compact
  • Can interface with certain Escort windshield-mount detectors (beginning with the Redline EX)
  • The ZW5's wireless heads can be installed without having to feed wires through the engine bay's firewall

Prices: Starting at $849 -

Rank #3: 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 most VPR guns. Blinder HP-905 Laser Jammer

Pros:

  • Various configurations and accessories offered
  • Small footprint

Price: Starting at $449 -

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Dash Mounted Detectors, Accessories, Mounting Systems: These products come with our 30-day money back guarantee provided that they are returned in resalable condition. This requires that all parts, accessories, warranty cards and packaging are returned. You need to call us to get an RMA number. We do not accept returns without an RMA number which also needs to be displayed on the box. Returns will be subject to a restocking fee if they are not returned with all components.

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