Best Car Phone Mount
Did you know that the hands-free law is effective in sixteen states and three territories? When it comes to utilizing your smartphone safely, doing so while on the road is essential. Thankfully, as the technology advances for cell phones, so does the ability to use them with minimal distractions.
One of the easiest ways to keep you safe behind the wheel is to use a car phone mount to keep your smartphone truly hands free. There are many options here from suction cups, to AC clips, to devices that grip on to the dashboard. Either way, a car mount can help keep you, your passengers, and other drivers around you safe. Here are ten of the best we’ve found on the market today.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 15 hrs of research
Fits most if not all phone styles
Very easy to use
- Beam Electronics
- Exogenous Gem-TCD
- Ram Mount Twist
- Bosynoy Holder
- Scosche Magwdm Magic
- Mpow Magnetic
- Lottie Easy One Touch
- Kenu Airbase Magnetic
- IPow Silicone Dashboard
- Spigen Kuel S40
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Beam Electronics
Fits most if not all phone styles
Very easy to use
Initial set up may be a bit awkward
If you’re concerned about finding a truly universal car phone mount that is easy to use and fits just about any car dashboard, you really can’t go wrong with our top choice from Beam Electronics.Read more
This particular car phone mount comes with a one year warranty, and most customers found that it’s relatively simple design and solid construction meant that the warranty was never truly used.
A few of the included features of this cell phone mount is a quick release button, a 360-degree rotation for easy viewing, and the ability to easily remove or install your cell phone with one hand.
Ease of Use
This phone is mounted to the car’s air vent with relative ease and is meant to easily adjust for the most common smartphone sizes including popular Android and iPhone designs. Most people found that using its many features was a fairly simple process. About the only area where many people had some trouble was the first assembly and mounting of the car phone mount to their chosen location.
This device can easily fit most smartphones and has passed numerous tests for compatibility with a number of cell phone styles and sizes. In addition, the single-handed operation makes it easy to use, even for those with problems with arthritis or other joint ailments.
While the initial set up may be a bit cumbersome, most people found that this particular cell phone mount met all of their needs in providing a safe driving experience.
2. Exogenous Gem-TCD
Fairly easy to use
Fits most popular phones
Easily can rotate phone 360 degrees
Doesn’t have many extra features
Adjustment knob is not as durable as we would hope
If you have an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy phone, and a CD player that isn’t being used in your car, you might want to consider this next option on the list. The Exogenous EGEM-TCD Exomount is an extremely simple to use car phone mount that can take a great amount of abuse.Read more
Overall the majority of customers found this car phone mount to be strong enough to withstand quite a bit of abuse, and protect their phone from the same. While we certainly wouldn’t suggest using it for things other than holding your phone while driving, it should survive the normal driving abuse of potholes, sudden stops, and rapid acceleration. There were a few complaints about the durability of the adjustment knob, so care should certainly be taken when making adjustments.
Beyond the ability to hold most Samsung and iPhones without issue, and the ability to mount and dismount the phone with a single hand, there isn’t much else that is offered as an included feature with this particular entry. While this car phone mount does fit a wide range of smartphone sizes, it is in no way universal. However, the minimal design does make it fairly easy to access the different features of your phone securely while you’re driving. About the only other feature that it has is the ability to rotate the smartphone 360 degrees for ease of viewing.
Ease of Use
This car phone mount has a straightforward design where the smartphone is securely gripped between two adjustable clamps and mounted into the radio CD player. This allows for the phone to be placed in a position where it can be easily seen, and yet not obstruct the view of the driver.
Once everything is set up, this car phone mount is simple enough to use. One potential problem that we found was that once the release button was pressed, there was nothing holding the phone in place. So it’s best to be prepared; grab the smartphone and then hit the release button to prevent undue damage.
If you’re looking for a car phone mount that speaks to your more minimal nature without too much fuss, this example from Exogenous is certainly a good option. While you’ll have to be careful mounting and mounting your smartphone, the overall simple design has certainly gained it a number of fans.
3. Ram Mount Twist
Four point x-design grip for maximum security
Easy to use
Suction cup mount may damage some car dashboards
Finding the x-grip sweet spot may take a few tries
Looking for a car phone mount that is tough enough to withstand the rigors of the Indy 500? Well, then you’ll definitely want to consider this contender from Ram Mounts. The universal X-Grip holds most cell phones securely and easily for hands-free use.Read more
Truth be told, this is one of the toughest car phone mounts that we’ve seen in a long time. Each part is solidly built, and the x-grip design can easily hold most smartphones without a second thought. Just don’t tighten it too much. There is always a chance you might crack your phone before this holder breaks.
Unlike the other car phone mounts that grip your phone in one or two sides, the overall X -grip design provides four points of strong contact, making it one of the most secure mountings that we’ve seen. However, the suction cup design does leave a bit to be desired. It’s a very strong grip and has been known to damage the finish on some dashboards, especially in hotter weather. This is not the car phone mount that you want to leave sitting out in the sun.
Beyond being able to grip your phone with Fort Knox type of security, there really isn’t too much that this particular car phone mount offers. But then again, when you have a grip strength like this one, bells and whistles aren’t always necessary.
Ease of Use
Most people found the initial set up to be simple and straightforward. It’s easy to mount to just about any flat portion of your dashboard or center counsel. Finding the right orientation for the X-grip may take a few tries, but once you find the sweet spot on your phone, you’ll quickly learn how easy and secure it is to use.
The minimalist nature of this mounting system allows for easy access to many of the smartphone features including volume control, app control, and wifi capabilities as well as voice commands.
If you’re looking for a car phone mount that has a simple design and is tough as nails, this entry on the list is certainly something to consider. While the suction cup grip may be a bit too strong for some car dashboards, overall this is a great choice for when strength and quality matter.
4. Bosynoy Holder
Easy to use and set up
Provides durable protection
Access to smartphone features may be limited
May not adhere properly to some dashboards
Looking for a car phone mount that is versatile enough to hold not only your phone but can be easily adjusted to hold most GPS units as well? Then this entry on our top ten list from Bosynoy may just be what you’re looking for.Read more
While it’s not as tough as some of the others on this list, especially the preceding entry, this car phone mount has a good overall design and is made from solid materials, making it durable indeed. While there were some complaints about the attachment sticker wearing out sooner than expected, overall this is a great example of good craftsmanship.
While other designs presented here grip the phone with a minimal amount of surface tension, this unit chooses to almost cradle the device in a clam-like setting. There is little chance of the device moving or falling out from this particular design. However, there were two items that most customers saw as a design oversight. First, the flat edge of the bottom attachment sticker wouldn’t allow adhesion on most curved dashboards. Second, the clam like design made accessing important cell phone features somewhat problematic.
Ease of Use
Overall most people found the clam-like design easy to install and use, as long as the necessary switches on the phone were easily accessible. Besides the problem with mounting on a curved surface, the other problem that most people ran into was being able to access certain features, such as the speakers on the phones, volume control, or even being able to plug in the smartphone.
This car phone mount features a silicone base that has a gel nature for ease of use and protection of both your dashboard and phone. Beyond that, and the ability to easily hold most phone types, there isn’t that much more to write about.
While the overall design doesn’t lend itself to easy and accessible use of a smartphone and mounting it may be an issue, this car phone mount does offer a way to securely hold your phone or GPS unit.
5. Scosche Magwdm Magic
Simple, easy to use design
Strong magnet to grip phone
Open design makes it truly universal
Adhesive leaves much to be desired
If you’re worried about your phone sliding out of the grip of most car phone mounts, and you want to be able to access the features of your phone easily, then you’ll want to consider this option from Scosche.Read more
Overall most people found this unit to be well made and a durable way to mount a smartphone to your dashboard. About the only complaint that we saw was that the stickiness of the mounting pad wore out a bit faster in hot weather.
This design is simplicity in itself. A small square mount with a relatively strong adhesive is placed on the dashboard, and a curved arm extends upward and it attached to a magnetic base that holds your phone in a powerful magnetic grip. And if you’re worried about the magnet affecting the performance of your smartphone, rest assured. The magnetic grip can be re-positioned into two different orientations to prevent interference with both smartphones and Qi-enabled phones as well.
This car phone mount features the ability to rotate your phone’s viewing angle 360 degrees. Also, the design features an open cradle feature that allows easy access to your phones auxiliary features. It also has an integrated charging cord clip to keep your charging cord out of the way while in use.
Ease of Use
Overall most people found this particular set up easy to install and use. The main problem that most people encountered was that while the magnet holding the phone itself was surprisingly strong, the adhesive attaching it to the car was not.
This car phone mount was one of the better ones we’ve found when it comes to accessibility. Not only did the open frame design allow easy access to the phone’s features, but it also was easily adjustable to account for different needs and tastes.
While not the best adhesive we’ve ever seen, this car phone mount from Scosche does provide great access to your smartphone while driving in a secure manner. If you’re looking for something simple and straightforward, this is a great overall choice.
6. Mpow Magnetic
Easy to use
Allows great access to your phone’s features
The durability of the air vent clip could be improved
Have an extra air vent in your car that you don’t see using in the near future for some fresh air? Why not use it to keep your smartphone in reach? The sixth entry on our list will help you do just that.Read more
The overall simple design and quality workmanship and materials made this car phone mount one of the more durable ones we’ve come across. Although there were a few minor hiccups with the vent attachment not lasting as well as expected, especially when used with larger phones.
The design of this car phone mount is pretty straightforward. A rubberized grip-on claw is slid into your air vent, and the strong magnet mounted on a 360-degree rotating ball bearing provides a secure place to put your smartphone.
While it doesn’t include many bells and whistles, this car phone mount does provide for a dual setting clip to adjust to and support larger phones.
Ease of Use
Once the car phone mount was properly installed, most people found it to be rather easy to use. The main problems that most people encountered were trying to get the air vent grip to truly attach to their vent, and making sure that the magnet could find the phone while in a thicker case.
While the attachment to the air vent on this car phone mount could be improved, the overall design and execution are pretty good. We liked the strong magnet and ball bearing swivel nature of the mount and found it easy to use overall.
7. Lottie Easy One Touch
Easily adjusts to fit most smartphones
Allows you to keep your vents and controls free from obstruction
Suction cup base is not as reliable as we would have liked
If you’re looking for a stable method of holding your smartphone while driving, and you don’t want to sacrifice a vent or a portion of your windshield, this option from Lottie may be the way to go.Read more
This car phone mount is solidly built, and features a sturdy design that can fit most smartphones easily. The hardened plastic material of the smartphone frame can easily withstand the rigors of driving and protect your phone from most mishaps.
While the car phone mount itself doesn’t have too many added features besides the mounting system itself, the company does offer a number of driving aids through downloadable apps. These include audiobooks from Audible and an app that helps you find your car in a crowded parking lot.
Ease of Use
Unlike previous items in this list, the design of this car phone mount features a semi-permanent mount to the car’s dashboard through a powerful suction cup that is more or less permanently attached to your car. The car phone mount itself is then attached to this, and features a vertical grip system that is fully adjustable and hold your phone at the bottom and at the sides.
Once installed the majority of customers found this product easy to use. However, the installation of the suction cup base for a number of people was found to be problematic. In order to work correctly, certain conditions must be met, such as clean and dry surfaces, the dashboard being at a certain recommended temperature, and to be truly flat. If any of those criteria are not met, the base simply will not stick to the dashboard or windshield.
While the finicky suction cup base may be an issue for some, this car phone mount is solidly built and offers a safe way to mount your smartphone to the dashboard.
8. Kenu Airbase Magnetic
Easy to use
Truly universal magnet for phone use
Dashboard suction cup mounting system does leave a bit to be desired
No real added features
If you’re searching for a compact way to securely mount your phone to your dashboard, and to be able to easily change its position when needed, the Airbase car phone mount from Kenu is definitely worth a second look.Read more
For the most part, this car phone mount is well made and will withstand a few drops or mishaps. We wouldn’t suggest using it in a NASCAR race, but for a normal commute, it works just fine.
Beyond the ability to keep your phone in place, there really isn’t much more too this device.
Ease of Use
The functionality and form of the design is remarkably simple and user-friendly. There’s a strong suction cup that can be easily released from the windshield or dashboard, and a strong magnet to keep your phone in place.
This car phone mount is easy to use overall, but like most suction cup mounting systems, there are some issues with mounting it to the dashboard. Having a smooth, clean and dry surface is essential.
This car phone mount allows for easy overall access to your smartphone features.
The simple design and powerful magnets in this particular car phone mount make it a great way overall to secure your smartphone. We would have liked to see a more secure mounting method, though.
9. IPow Silicone Dashboard
Unique silicone base design
Easily cradles your phone
Good access to phone features
No instructions included
Not suitable for larger phones
If you’ve found the suction cup method of mounting to be a bit less than desirable, but you still want to keep your smartphone on the dashboard, this silicone car pad mount is certainly worth considering.Read more
The overall design of this particular car phone mount lends itself to stability and durability in design. There are no real moving parts, and the smaller parts are well made and solidly built.
Among the car phone mounts on this list, this one from Ipow can be considered unique. Essentially, the silicone base grips the dashboard and the rubberized protrusions hold the phone in a cradle-like fashion, almost like it’s holding a reading book.
Ease of Use
While the design itself is simple enough indeed, the execution of it left a bit to be desired. First, for many customers, instructions on installation didn't include, which made troubleshooting when problems arose somewhat problematic. Also, the static grip points that cradle the phone are well suited for smaller smartphones but not for larger ones.
Most if not all the features on the smartphone are easily accessible in this setup.
With a unique design that helps keep the smartphone on your dashboard and out of your way, this car phone mount provides a great way to securely keep your phone in a convenient place. While the inclusion of a manual would be nice for troubleshooting, overall it’s not a bad set up.
10. Spigen Kuel S40
Fairly simple design that is easy to use
Not suitable for larger phones
Do you have a curved dashboard, and are you tired of trying to make your car phone mount attach successfully? Then you might want to consider this final option on our list.Read more
There weren’t too many complaints about the durability of this particular car phone mount. It appears to be well made with quality materials.
This car phone mount features a clam-like design that opens up to hold smaller smartphones and a powerful gell-like grip adhesive on the bottom.
Ease of Use
Overall, not too bad to use. The adhesive doesn’t always stick as well as we would have liked, but it does work well on curved surfaces.
The clam-like structure means that some of the features of your smartphone may be hidden from use.
If you have a smaller or more compact smartphone, and you’re tired of trying to mount it unsuccessfully using suction cups, this car phone mount may be the way to go.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Believe it or not, your car can be a very dangerous place, especially for a smartphone or cell phone. Keeping it secure and in one place is essential. In order to do that, having a cell phone mount that is durable enough to withstand some turbulence is a great idea. In addition, the last thing you need is the cell phone mount to break or come unattached during an accident. It can easily become a danger to you or those in your vehicle.
In order to determine the durability, we considered the materials used to make the holder, how well it was put together, and customer complaints or reviews concerning the quality seen. In most cases, we found the examples on this list to be durable enough to work well in most driving situations, even more dire ones such as collisions or roll-overs.
It may not be something you think about when considering which car phone mount to buy, but often it’s the little things that matter the most. Things such as whether or not there is padding where the phone is gripped, or whether your charging port is easily accessible are often important things to consider. While many car phone mounts are simple ways to keep your smartphone out of the way while you’re driving, some do feature some great additional characteristics that make answering the phone while driving easy and safe.
If you take a look at some of the car phone mounts on the market today, you’ll soon realize that while the overall concept was interesting, the overall design was far from practical or usable in a normal situation. Carphone that mounts into a cup holder is one example of this. In order to make this list, the overall design had to be easy to use, practical, and have a certain aesthetic that made it either pleasing to the eye or makes the whole phone and car phone mount unnoticeable. Thankfully most of the examples presented here fall easily into one of those two categories.
Ease of Use
In a very real sense, a car phone mount is only a good investment if it is easy to use overall. The last thing you need while driving is to have to deal with a cumbersome device that will distract you from what’s important. A quality car phone mount should not only hold your phone easily and securely, but it should also be easy to reach and use during normal driving conditions. Features that help with this idea include such things as the ability to mount in a few different locations, the ability to easily adjust the angle and height of the actual phone, and easy access to your phone’s charging outlet.
Finally, when you’re searching for the best car phone mount, you’ll want to consider how accessible it makes your phone. Will it fit your phone correctly? Does it provide easy access to your smartphone screen? Does it provide easy access to your volume controls? Does it help to enhance your hands-free experience? And finally, is it easy to use by people who are disabled?
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Do you drive in warmer weather for most of the year? Or are blustery cold fronts your normal for a few months? Does a good amount of rain enter into your daily driving commute, or are you more likely to bake on a hot afternoon commute? If the weather is a factor in your drive to and from work, you might want to take that into account when choosing a car phone mount. Many devices on the market today are designed to either mount to the vents in your car, or in front of your car’s climate controls.
Simply put, the car phone mount can possibly become a hindrance when it comes to making your car more comfortable in some cases. If you need to make adjustments easily to your ventilation system or adjust the climate controls, you might want to consider buying a car phone mount that doesn’t interfere with those features in your car. Of course, if there are vents near the driver that you simply don’t use, a car phone mount that uses them may be an option as well.
Chances are, whatever car phone mount you end up buying, you’ll be attaching it in one of three ways. One of the options is to attach it to a nearby vent. The second is to attach it via your car CD slot. The third main option is to connect it directly to the car’s dashboard using either suction or magnetism.
If the third option is the most viable for you, it is important to pay attention to what you dashboard is made out of. Some dashboards are made of hard plastic or rubber that while easy to clean, can make it difficult to keep the car phone mount in place. Simply put, it can be hard to make sure the car phone mount sticks to your dashboard in some situations.
Other Factors to Consider
Answering your phone while driving is certainly risky business. It’s easy to get distracted. That’s why so many states in the US. have laws that dictate how cell phones can be used in cars. While most states require the use of a hands-free device and a car phone mount for added safety, some have started to dictate where in the vehicle the car phone mount is allowed to be.
For example, there are laws on the books today that say that a car phone cannot be mounted in the windshield of the car, or in any place that can obstruct the view of the driver. So before you buy a car phone mount, it’s important that you determine if the state you live in has any applicable laws. Thankfully, most if not all of the devices featured here fall within the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable in most states.
Cars are becoming more and more streamlined with each model year. It seems that the car manufacturers are trying to become more efficient with their use of space, especially around the driver area. There is a very good chance, especially in newer models that space on your dashboard may be at a premium. So where you place your car phone mount may become an issue to deal with at some point.
Thankfully, many of the dashboard mounts for your cell phone on the market today are designed to make the most of the space that is assigned to them. When considering which car phone mount to buy, it’s important to take into account where you’re going to place your phone, and whether or not it will inadvertently interfere with the many functions of your car’s dash.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Where is the best place to put a car phone mount?
In truth, where you place a car phone mount is mostly a personal choice, given that a few criteria are met for safety reasons. First, the view of the driver should not be obstructed in any way by the car phone mount. Second, the placement of your device should be far enough away from the steering wheel and column, and gearshift as to not hinder their operation.
Finally, it’s important to make sure that the driver can easily see the phone at a quick glance and operate the hands-free device without issue. In most cars, a set up that meets all these criteria is the center dash area, or in the vents between the driver and passenger side.
q: How big does the car phone mount need to be?
While it is true that smartphones come in a wide range of sizes, in most cases your car phone mount doesn’t have to be. There are universal sized mounts on the market today that can easily be adjusted to fit most smartphones and hold them securely.
In essence, your car phone mount needs to be large enough to hold your phone securely and that’s about it. So take the time and shop for one that either is universally adjustable, or that has been specifically designed for your phone.
q: How can I make sure that my car phone mount lasts?
There are three basic ways to make sure that the life of your car mount is a long one. First, it is important to make sure that your car phone remains relatively clean. This will help keep the smaller particles and dust from getting into the smaller crevices of your car phone mount and causing damage. Second, it’s important to make sure that your car phone mount is adjusted to properly fit the phone that you are using.
A phone mount that isn’t adjusted properly can easily lead to undue wear and tear on both your smartphone and the mount itself. Finally, be sure to only use your car phone mount in the way that the manufacturer intended. Any use besides using it to hold your smartphone securely can, and often does lead to damage and a shorter life for your car phone mount.
q: If the suction cup isn't sticking, should I buy a new mount?
There's no need to jump to conclusions just yet. Many suction cups lose their suctioning power after about a year. They can lose it even faster if you take it on and off often. When you mount and dismount the device, dirt and debris build-up on the cup and surface, making it more difficult for the next time you go to mount it.
If you have found yourself with a dysfunctional suction cup, don't lose faith yet. Try washing the cup and the surface in mild soapy water. Afterward, dry the cup completely with a towel that won't leave behind any lint. At this point, you can try to re-suction the cup to your car surface, or for extra suctioning power, you can add a dab of olive oil or vaseline to the rim of the suction cup.
q: What are the benefits of using a car mount?
Great Question. There are many benefits to using a car mount. First of all, let's talk about safety. Having a dedicated spot for your phone, that isn't your hand or lap, keeps your phone safe and secure from sliding or flying when you slam on the brakes. This could damage the phone itself, or even worse, your phone could end up under the foot pedals, interfering with your ability to brake.
As a navigational device, a mount will make it easier to see and safer to use hands-free. Many states have laws against using your phone while driving. With a mount, you can set the destination when you get in the car, and then never have to touch the screen again, until you arrive at your destination.