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What is the Best Radar Detector?

We get asked all the time what is the best radar detector to buy, For 2012-2013 there have been some changes to our best laser radar detector results. Unlike some sites that include features for a detector we only base our top picks based on the radar detectors performance.  This is what really matters because all detectors will give you an alert but a good detector will give you an alert with enough time to react.

The performance of a radar detector is based on the sensitivity of the antenna and how quickly the detector can take received information, filter out false alerts and give you an alert leaving you enough time to react. 

Best overall radar detector is still the Beltronics Sti-R Plus - The Sti-R plus is a serious custom installed remote radar detector for the person who wants the best and can afford it.

For windshield mounted radar detectors here are our top choices.  Windshield mounted units are the most common radar detectors since they just plug in the cigarette lighter and you suction the mount to the windshield.

Under $500 - The best overall unit you can get if you do not live in Virginia or Washington DC and you will also use it for city driving is the Escort 9500ix  If you do live in Virginia or Washington DC or drive mostly on highways the best unit would be the Updated Escort Redline.  The Escort Redline is by far the most sensitive windshield mounted detector.  For a more detailed comparison between these two best windshield mounted radar detectors visit our Escort 9500ix vs Escort Redline page.

Under $400 - The best radar detector under $400 clearly goes to the new Beltronics Pro-500.  The PRO-500 shares the same platform as the higher priced Escort 9500ix but lacks only one feature (Auto Learn). Visit our Beltronics PRO 500 vs. Escort 9500ix page for a listing of all the differences.  Performance is the same with both of these radar detectors but there are some feature and packaging differences.

Under $300 - In the past the Beltronics RX65 was our best detector in this price range but since then Beltronics introduced the Beltronics PRO 300 which takes the spot for our top pick for under $300. It has increased sensitivity over the old model which gives you more time to react when it goes off. 

Under $200 -There are a few good units in this price category. And either of these would be good choice:

1. Whistler XTR-695SE
2. Whistler PRO78SE
3. Beltronics PRO 200

Under $100 Unfortunately detectors under $100 do not necessarily qualify for the 'BEST' title because they can not complete with the performance of the higher priced units but if you are on a budget we would recommend the Whistler PRO-68SE for $99.95 as a decent entry level radar detector.

For more information visit our Radar Detector FAQ's or you can contact us and we can help you choose the right detector for your individual needs.

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