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Unless your car is automatically equipped with a GPS, you’re most likely going to have to rely on your favorite maps app on your smartphone. Instead of trying to recruit whoever is in the passenger seat to help you with directions or — worse yet — balancing your phone on your lap, you need a sturdy car mount to ensure you can comfortably glance at Google Maps while still keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Here are the best car phone mounts for just about any type of car and driver.
iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount Phone Holder — Best overall
This smartphone holder from iOttie features a simple one-touch release to easily place and remove your phone when you enter or leave your car, plus it’s also equipped with an extension arm that extends up to 6.5 inches in length. The holder also comes with a reusable suction cup, so you can have it in more than one car. Not bad for only $25.
Shop it: iOttie Easy One Touch, $25, amazon.com
TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount — Best for cupholders
If you want to keep your dashboard clean and free of clutter, the base of this TOPGO smartphone mount slides effortlessly into any cupholder for easy installation. It features tight grippers to keep an iPhone or Android smartphone in place, while its 8-inch “goose neck” design makes it possible to adjust the device’s display for better viewing angles.
Shop it: TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount, $20 with clip-in coupon (was $25), amazon.com
Hussell Magnetic Air Vent Car Phone Mount — Best for air vents
This Hussell Car Phone Mount uses your car’s air vents to secure its base, while its magnetic design keeps your smartphone attached. Simply place its included metal plate to the back of your smartphone to activate the magnet. Now you can easily remove and place your device on this car mount without messing around with grips or locks. It’s on sale for $11, or $2 off retail at Amazon.
Shop it: Hussell Magnetic Air Vent Car Phone Mount, $11 with clip-in coupon (was $13), amazon.com
IPOW Anti-Slip Silicone Car Phone Dashboard Pad Mat — Best dashboard pad
The IPOW dashboard pad mat features an anti-slip bottom made from silicone, so it’ll stay secure during even the bumpiest rides. This mount uses two rubber holders to keep smartphones in place, while not scratching or denting the device itself. It also doubles as a desk stand that goes from your car to the office. And the best part is, it’s only $13 on Amazon.
Shop it: IPOW Car Phone Dashboard Pad Mat, $13, amazon.com
Airena Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kits for Cell Phone — Best for hands-free calls
The Airena mount not only keeps your phone secure and usable, it also connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth for phone calls. Just plug it into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter.
Once connected, you can use its built-in volume buttons and a dedicated dial button to make a hands-free call. Its power supply comes with two USB ports, one for the phone mount itself and the other for your smartphone. So now you can give your mobile device a quick charge, while you’re making a phone call and driving back home from work. It’s only $24 at Amazon.
Shop it: Airena Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kit for Cell Phone, $24, amazon.com
Bosynoy Cell Phone Holder for Car — Best to keep the sun out
If the Bosynoy Cell Phone Holder looks like a carrying case for a pair of sunglasses, then it’s doing its job. This phone holder is made to protect your smartphone from the sun, so it won’t completely warp your expensive device when it’s sitting on your dashboard all day. Its “clamshell” design also keeps your phone secure, no matter how it’s being used.
Shop it: Bosynoy Cell Phone Holder for Car, $12 (was $17), amazon.com
Vansky Car Phone Mount — Best versatility
The Vansky Car Phone Mount comes with three options to secure your smartphone when you’re driving. You can stick the phone mount on your car’s windshield, dashboard or even your vehicle’s air vents. No matter which one you choose, you’ll have access to your smartphone at a glance. It’s on sale for $10, or 20 percent off its list price with Amazon’s “clip and redeem” coupon.
Shop it: Vansky Car Phone Mount, $10 with clip-in coupon (was $12), amazon.com
vicseed Car Phone Mount — Best sliding
This phone mount from vicseed features a unique slide-in and slide-out design that makes it easy to both place and remove your phone. It latches into your car’s air vents for security, while its trusty slider keeps your device secure. The mount is adjustable with 360-degree rotations for landscape or portrait mode, while it’s ideal for big and compact smartphones alike. It’s on sale for $17, or $10 off its list price on Amazon.
Shop it: vicseed Car Phone Mount, $17 (was $27), amazon.com
Mpow 033 Car Windshield Phone Mount — Best extending
If you’re looking for a phone car mount with the longest reach, then look no further than this one from Mpow. It attaches to your windshield via reusable suction cup, while its arm extends and flexes to an impressive 8 inches from its base to its head. This means you can have better viewing angles, as well as have your smartphone closer to you (great if you have problems with your vision). It also features one-touch release to easily remove your phone when you’re finished driving. Get one for just $11.
Shop it: Mpow 033 Car Windshield Phone Mount, $11, amazon.com
APPS2Car Magnetic Universal CD Slot Car Phone Mount — Best CD slot holder
If your car has an old CD player you’re not using anymore (because it’s 2019), this car phone mount from APPS2Car uses the CD slot for a secure fit and hold. It also uses heavy-duty magnets to keep your smartphone in place, as well as metal plates for the back of your device. In fact, this car phone holder’s magnets are so powerful that it’s strong enough to keep a full-sized tablet secure. It’s on sale for $10, or $3 off its list price on Amazon.
Shop it: APPS2Car Magnetic Universal CD Slot Car Phone Mount, $10 (was $13), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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