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Best Radar Detector For 2016

We get asked all the time what is the best radar detector, For 2016 there have been some changes to our top picks but many of the excellent units from last year are still in the lineup.  Unlike other sites that rate detectors we only base our top picks based on the radar detectors actual performance.  This year there are some surprises since usually under $100 there were only junk radar detectors but for 2016 Uniden released some very good performing detectors in this budget price range.

When choosing a radar detector you should care about the detectors sensitivity which is what will determine how much time you have to react before you reach the threat.  Features like a compass, lcd or oled displays, etc. are nice but they are not going to factor into whether or not your detector goes off in time.

The performance of a laser 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.

There are two categories of radar detectors (Custom Installed and Windshield Mounted Units) A custom installed unit will be more money and has to be professionally installed in your vehicle and makes for a stealth installation since you do not have anything sitting in your windshield.

For custom installed units there is a clear winner and the best custom installed radar detector is 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.

Beltronics Sti-R Plus
For windshield mounted radar detectors here are our top picks.  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. They can easily be moved from one car to another.

In 2013 Escort released its first windshield mounted radar detector which was above $500 price point.  The PassPort Max which is an excellent city radar detector and with the exception of the Escort Redline the Passport Max Series are the 2nd most sensitive radar detector on the market.

In 2014 Escort Released the Passport Max 2 which offers identical performance to the original max but it added an embedded bluetooth chip making the Max 2 work with Escort Live without needing the separate Escort Live bluetooth cord which is sold separately for the original Max.  See this page for more info:  Differences in Max vs Max 2 

If you can afford it and you will use your radar detector mostly in the city with also some highway use the Passport Max or Max 2 are probably the best the radar detectors to get.  If you are mostly a highway driver you are still better off with the Escort Redline which is less expensive but will have overall more sensitivity. Also see our detailed Escort Redline vs Escort Max Comparison.

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 mostly city driving is the Escort iX 
Escort iX
If you do live in areas where detectors are banned (Virginia, Washington DC and some provinces in Canada) or drive mostly on highways the best unit would be the Escort Redline.  The Escort Redline is immune to RDD's (Radar Detector Detectors) which can be used to find cars in areas where radar detectors are banned.  Also to date the Escort Redline is the most sensitive windshield mounted radar detector on the market.
Escort Redline
There are several difference between these two units and we have a  more detailed comparison between these two units on our Escort 9500ix vs Escort Redline page.

Under $400 - There is a new comer to the US market which bumps the Beltronics Pro-500 which was normally the best choice in this price range.  The new Radenso Pro from Radenso is a brand new detector for the US market. It might be new but it has come out of the gate with a very solid product which is blowing away other detectors in the $400 price range.

Radenso Pro

The Radenso Pro in testing has been beating M4 detectors like Beltronics Pro 500 and even the Escort 9500ix with advanced warning giving users more time to react.  The Radenso Pro is a GPS enabled detector so you get GPS lockouts for marking and ignoring false alert locations and it also comes with free lifetime updates to their camera database of Red Light camera locations and fix speed camera locations.

The company may be a newcomer to the US but I can guarantee everyone will know this company in the near future.

Under $300 - In the past the Beltronics RX65 was our best detector in this price range but since then Beltronics released the Beltronics PRO 300 which took over for our top pick under $300 but in 2015 here is another shocker the Uniden LRD-950 has come out of nowhere and offered better performance and had more features making the Uniden LRD-950 the best value for any radar detector under $300.  In 2016 the Uniden LRD-950 has since been discontinued and replaced with the new Uniden DFR7 which is priced the same and is now the leader in the price range and offers the best protection of any radar detector under $300.00
The Uniden DFR7 is a high performance detector and it can compete with detectors that cost more than double its price.  For a detector with upgradable firmware, GPS for red light and fix speed cameras and the ability to lock out and ignore false alerts there is nothing it its price range comparable.  By Far the Uniden DFR7 is the best all around radar detector under $300.

Under $200 -There are a few good units in this price category.  Whistler just refreshed their lineup and introduced the new CR Series.  Two of these units are excellent detectors for their price range and worthy to be in the best under $200 category. The Whistler CR85 ($149.95) is their new  high performance radar detector and the Whistler CR90 ($189.95) is the same as the CR85 but it adds an internal gps antenna, This enables the CR90 to also give you red light camera and fixed speed camera protection.   If you want camera protection and your budget is under $200 this is the unit to get.

Under $100 What is surprising is that for the longest time Whistler units were the best performing budget radar detectors but recently Uniden which was once a player in the market many years ago and gradually faded away has come back in 2015 with some excellent new performing detectors.  Usually detectors under $100 were mostly junk but not anymore.  The Uniden LRD-450 is priced at only $69 and the Uniden LRD-750 is priced at only $99 and they can compare in performance to detectors costing more than double the price.  For a budget radar detectors these are very good and now for a budget shopper needing a radar detector there is actually a good detector to be had.
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.