Operating a smartphone while driving is dangerous and against the law. Thankfully, a simple car phone mount lets you access your GPS app or music player hands-free.
The Kenu Airframe Pro slots into your air vents and holds phones with or without cases (up to 3.6 inches wide). It’s also more stable than many other vent-mounted models, passing our shake tests on bumpy roads.
The best windshield mounts fit securely into the windscreen and are easily positioned so you can see your phone’s screen while driving. They should also allow you to reach your phone without taking your hands off the wheel or removing it from the mount.
Our top pick, the iOttie Easy One Touch 5, has a mechanical arm that extends, pivots and telescopes, giving you endless options for finding a good angle. It’s a great option for people with huge phones, as it will let you keep your eyes on the road and your phone within reach at all times.
This model comes with a base that has attachments to help it fit different sized cup holders. It’s a little more expensive than some other mounts, but we found that the price is well worth the extra features. This mount has excellent reviews from Amazon customers. It’s a great choice for people who want to avoid dashboard mounts because of their unsightly appearance or those who have cars with vents that are already full of accessories.
The best car phone mount for you will depend on where you want to place it. If you’re looking to get a low view of your display without mounting it to the windshield or dash, a vent clip might be your best option. This one from Arteck has a gel pad to stick on detailed surfaces and works well with most phones up to 3.5 inches wide. It has a telescopic arm that extends up to eight inches and pivots and tilts for the ideal position.
This magnetic car phone holders are simple to use with 6 Neodymium magnets that will keep your mobile device in place. It has an adjustable base to fit most holders, and the bottom foot holds magnetic cords. It also has a tether to keep your phone from falling during bumps. It can be propped up on the dashboard or let hang by your windshield, and it won’t impair your view of the road.
If you prefer to keep your car phone holder out of sight, vent mounts offer a simple, fuss-free solution. These models clip directly onto your vehicle’s air vent and rotate a full 360 degrees to allow you to view the screen in landscape or portrait mode. They’re also easy to clean and many feature a slot for audio or charging cables. One popular choice by Febreze is designed to eliminate odors lingering in your car with OdorClear technology and clips instantly and securely into any air vent.
Cup Holder Mounts
A cup holder mount keeps your device within reach but won’t block windshield visibility or car controls, which is ideal for those who want to use their phone as a GPS or entertain passengers in the back. The Topgo is one such mount that features an expandable base that fits most standard vehicle cup holders.
Unlike vent mounts, which often clip on to the sides of your smartphone or tablet and can be difficult to remove without dislodging a piece of plastic or metal, this model is secured with a magnet that adheres directly to your device and its case. The holder is easy to install, stays stable and works with wireless charging.
However, mounting your phone or tablet in the center console area takes your eyes off the road to check the screen. This type of mount can be dangerous for drivers, and some states have laws against it. Therefore, it isn’t the best option for all drivers.