Car mounts have evolved from bulky devices sticking out of the windshield to sleek, stylish and unnoticeable. The best magnetic car mount combines both a sleek minimal design with magnets strong enough to keep your phone or GPS in place at all time, even on bumpy roads, but not so strong you have difficulties taking your device off with one hand.
Where is the best place to set up a magnetic phone mount?
There are many places where you can set up your magnetic car mount: in the CD slot, air conditioning vent, on the dashboard or on the windshield.
The best place to set up a car mount really depends on the climate of your area and personal preference. If you live in an extremely hot region (more or less than 100F/37C), the heat from your car, transferred through the windshield will break the bond between the surface and the phone mount. In such case, a CD slot or air vent phone mount is the best choice.
If you are not constrained by the weather, it just comes down to personal preference. The most popular places are the dashboard and the air vent.
Best Magnetic Car Mounts 2017
- Scosche MagicMount: Best dashboard mount
- Anker Universal Magnetic Car Mount: Budget dashboard mount option
- Koomus Pro CD-M: Best CD slot mount
- Vano Magnetic Car Mount: Best vent mount
- Scosche MagicMOUNT Window Mount: Best windshield mount
Scosche MagicMount: Best dashboard mount
Scosche is an American technology company founded in the 80s originally focused on car audio systems who pioneered many technologies used by household audio brands such as Kenwood, Alpine and more. Using their experience and leadership in the audio industry, they quickly expanded their product line to include all kinds of car accessories.
The Scosche MagicMount Dash is their flagship product in this category, using high-powered magnets wrapped inside a sleek cradle-free design for a seamless integration with your car interior style. It makes use of 3M adhesive technology to secure both the mount on the dash and your phone on the mount.
However, if you live in an extremely hot climate, over 105 Fahrenheit / 40 Celsius for some period of the year then you should consider a car vent mount or CD slot mount.
- Strong hold and fit for any phone with or without a case
- Beautiful design
- Small size
- Many applications (sticks on any flat surface)
- 36 months warranty
- Can unstick in extremely hot temperatures
P.s make sure to give a good clean to the surface you are put it on and wait at least 15min before putting your phone on for the best results
Anker Universal Magnetic Car Mount: Best budget dashboard mount
Boosting similar features as the Scosche MagicMount such as 3M adhesive technology, the Anker Universal Magnetic car mount is the best alternative on the budget if you want a dashboard car mount. With magnets as powerful as you can get in the category, you don’t need to worry if your phone or tablet is less than 7 pound which is pretty much all the smartphones on the market.
Similarly, if you live in an extremely hot region, consider CD slots or air vent mounts.
- Strong magnetic magnets keep your devices in place
- Ultra compact and sleek design
- Multiple applications (sticks on any flat surface)
- 18 month warranty
Koomus Pro CD-M: Best CD slot phone mount
The Koomus Pro CD-M is a magnetic car mount for both iPhones and Android devices, including tablets. It is designed to be inserted in your vehicle CD slot whether a car or a truck and offers 360-degree rotation that allows for easy portrait and landscape view access.
Compare to other magnetic phone mounts the Koomus Pro CD-M is not cheap, but you have to consider it require more part for a CD slot car mount. Regardless, the magnets provide a good grip and it looks sleek with a minimalist design which you can’t ignore because you will be looking at it every you get your car for the foreseeable future.
- Strong magnets keep your devices in place
- 360 degree rotating capabilities
- Sleek and minimal design blends in most dashboard
- Easy to setup
- 12 months warranty
- Relatively expensive
Vano Magnetic Car Mount: Best car vent mount
Looking for a more concealed location to mount your smartphone? The air conditioning vent of your car is the perfect location and the Vano mount is the best magnetic car mount for the job.
One thing most magnetic air vents mount struggle with is to keep a solid grip on air vents, however, this is not the case for this car mount. It will continually provide a tight grid for a foreseeable future unless something unexpected happens.
Mounting your phone in the air vent, especially the middle one, makes it at arm reach to change music, take and make calls and more, without having to reach to far allow for a more lay back driving experience. In the design department, the round style will fit most car interior design and the price is another reason to make your decision easier.
Although it doesn’t the 3M adhesive technology (maybe explaining the lower price) , the magnets are equality great if not better than the competition.
- Excellent magnets keeps your mobile devices in place
- Great design and build quality
- Cheaper than competition
- Limited applications to car vents only
Scosche MagicMount Window Mount: Best windshield mount
Unlike the other magnetic car mounts reviewed so far, this Scosche mount is dual purpose. You can mount it on the windshield or on the dashboard of your car. However, that doesn’t make it more expensive compare to its cousin specifically designed for the dashboard.
Although this mount was designed to sustain extreme temperature, If you live in areas where it’s extremely hot some long periods of the year, more or less around 108F/40C (e.g Phoenix, Arizona), please consider the car vent mount or a CD slot mount. It’s not the magnets are not good, in fact they are great (remember that 3M adhesive technology?) but the extreme heat will break the bond from the windshield sticker with the mount arm.
- Great magnet technology
- Clean and sleek design
- Quality materials
- 36 month warranty
- Not ideal in extremely hot climate
Unlike other auto product we review which are very technical such as radar detectors, finding the best car mount for your car shouldn’t be difficult. Once you find the right one, you will not be able to live without one.
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