Best radar detector reviews: the top radar detectors in 2020

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Best radar detector review: what are the top radar detectors of 2020?

Radar detector reviews of the best radar detectors available on the market in 2020 from Cobra, Escort, Radenso, Uniden, Valentine, and Whistler.

Best Radar Detectors Reviews of 2020
Updated: 2-21-2020

Best Radar Detector Review Introduction

Radar detectors have evolved more in the last several years than they did for the last several decades.  For much of this time there were effectively only two means of measured traffic enforcement in use, police radar and police laser.  In terms of police radar, there have been three radar bands to measure speed: X-band, K-band, Ka-band.  With police laser, it’s been infrared light at a wavelength of 904nm.  Since these remained the primary methods of measuring speed, radar detectors didn’t need much changing or updating.

Cobra DualPro 360 Review – The Cobra Dual Pro 360 is the Best Detector for the Money, Period

Cobra DualPro 360, Dual Pro 360

Cobra DualPro 360 Review

Our testing and review leads us to believe that the Cobra DualPro 360 is simply the best on the market, for the money

Review Introduction

We first saw the Cobra DualPro 360 when we had visited Cobra’s parent company at their Chicago office.  We visited them to hear about and discuss their up-and-coming products at the time, the Cobra Dual Pro 360 and the Cobra Road Scout.  The Cobra team also laid out their strategy for 2019.

At the time we felt the challenge for Cobra was going to be overcoming image of the Cobra brand among the radar detector enthusiast community, whose perception is that Cobra radar detectors are not top-tier.  Historically, that may have been the case, but no longer and it’s certainly not the case with these two new Cobra detectors.  Indeed, we had noted that Cobra did start producing an upscale detector, their first DSP model, the Cobra DSP-9200BT, some three years ago and that it did offer good performance.

Cobra Road Scout Review – Cobra’s Novel Radar Detector & Integrated Dash Cam is a Winner

Cobra Road Scout

Cobra Road Scout Review

The Cobra Road Scout leads me to ask, why don’t all radar detectors have an integrated dash cam?

Review Introduction

We first saw the new Cobra Road Scout at Cobra’s headquarters in Chicago, seven months ago.  When Cobra’s executives described their new design, we were skeptical at first.  But when the Cobra team actually showed us the Cobra Road Scout in person, we had a change of heart not only by the concept, but by the Cobra Road Scout’s novel design.

You see, the Cobra Road Scout is the first device of its kind–a combination dash cam and radar detector, all-in-one.

Uniden R7 Review – Uniden’s New Radar Detector Reigns Supreme

Uniden R7 Review

Uniden R7 Review: Veil Guy Reviews Uniden’s Best Radar Detector

The new Uniden R7 Reigns Supreme in Performance

Review Updated: May 21st, 2019 by Veil Guy

Veil Guy’s Uniden R7 Review

Introduction to the Uniden R7 Review

In the Spring of 2017, Uniden took the radar detector industry by storm with the introduction of two class-leading radar detectors, the Uniden R3 and the Uniden R1.  These two radar detectors quickly established themselves as performance leaders and became big sellers, particularly the Uniden R3.

Fast forward two years, Uniden has upped their game with the introduction of the Uniden R7, a GPS-enabled, dual antenna radar detector with arrows, following in the footsteps of the Valentine 1, the Escort Max 360 (now discontinued), and the Escort Max 360c.  While the V1 was the first directional radar detector, it has remained relatively unchanged in its 28 years and does not incorporate GPS.  The Uniden R7 is closer to the Escort Max 360c since that detector is also GPS-enabled.

How the New Uniden R7 Handles MultaRadar MRCD & MRCT Speed Cameras

Uniden R7 vs MultaRadar MRCT Speed Cameras

Uniden R7 versus MultaRadar MRCT/MRCT Photo Enforcement Speed Cameras

Does the new Uniden R7 measure up to the challenge?

Uniden R7 vs MultaRadar Speed Cameras
Published: 05-22-19, Veil Guy

The new Uniden R7 has the ability to detect MultaRadar photo enforcement speed cameras when enabled in the configuration menu. We’ve tested a number of different radar detectors with these very hard to detect forms of K-band radar with varying degrees of success.

So, when we received one of a handful or pre-release Uniden R7s, we were interested to see how well the Uniden R7 actually did when faced with one of these systems. We selected one particular location that is especially challenging on radar detectors that are claimed to detect MRCT & MRCD because not only are there two systems (each facing different directions) but they are straddled by two K-band speed signs.

Uniden R7 Review Preview: Uniden goes 360 with a dual antenna version of the R3

Uniden R7 radar detector side view

Uniden R7 Review Preview

Uniden’s new radar detector has arrows!

Updated: 5-21-19 by Veil Guy


Uniden R7 Radar Detector Side View

Uniden R7 Radar Detector is Uniden’s answer to the Escort Max 360 & Valentine 1

The Uniden R7 radar detector is Uniden’s answer to the Valentine One and Escort Max 360 and will soon be available to those looking for a sensitive gps-enabled dual antenna high performance radar detector with arrows.  Unlike the Uniden R3 and Uniden DFR9 radar detectors, at least for the moment, the GPS-enabled Uniden R7 will not be available in a non-gps variant.

Best radar detector reviews 2019: Top-ranked radar detectors

Best Radar Detector 2019

Best radar detector reviews 2019 of the best radar detectors ranked by VeilGuy

Best radar detector reviews of the best radar detectors for 2019 from Escort, Radenso, Uniden, Valentine, and Whistler.

Best Radar Detectors of 2019

Read our updated radar detector review of the best radar detectors of 2020.

Radar detectors continue facing more difficult challenges on the road in 2019. The best radar detector used to be considered to be one that was the most sensitive and alerted to police radar from the farthest distance but this hasn’t been the case for some time now.  The best radar detectors today offer plenty of radar detection and alerting range and selecting one solely on the basis of range and sensitivity to police radar is not something that I would recommend as there are other aspects of performance that matter equally much of which will be mentioned below.

Whistler CR97 Review: The CR97 Does Something No Other Detector Can

Whistler CR97

Whistler CR-97 Review

The Whistler CR97 does something cool that you won’t find with any other radar detector.

Whistler CR97 Review

By: Veil Guy, Updated: 09-22-2018

Introduction to the Whistler CR97

We have been anticipating the new Whistler CR97 for some time and after driving with this new radar detector for more than 12,000 miles–more than any other detector prior to its public release–it was certainly worth that wait.

For those that have followed me over the last 14 years, you know that I hold Whistler in high regard for consistently producing radar detectors that offer very good performance for a great value. I am pleased to report that the new Whistler CR97 provides an incremental improvement that is greater than any model introduction that has preceded it.

Uniden DFR9 & Uniden DFR8 – First Look by VeilGuy

Uniden DFR9 & Uniden DFR8 Radar Detectors

FIRST LOOK: Uniden DFR9 & Uniden DFR8

Uniden easily puts two more home runs on the board

Published: 07-01-18, Veil Guy

Unless you have been living on Mars and haven’t had an Internet connection back to Earth you already know the Uniden has taken the radar detector industry by storm last year with the release of their top of the line models, the Uniden R3 and Uniden R1.  Both of these radar detectors have shaken up the industry in a big way and Uniden, all by themselves, have redefined what we all thought was achievable in radar detection performance and filtering.

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Veil Guy Reviews the Best Radar Detectors of 2018

Best radar detector reviews of the best radar detectors

Radar detector reviews of the best radar detectors from Escort, Radenso, Uniden, Valentine, and Whistler.

Updated: 03-15-2019

UPDATE: Read our updated rankings for 2019.

Introduction

Radar detectors have been around a long time, nearly 40 years, and for much of that time the best radar detector was considered to be one that was the most sensitive and alerted to police radar from the farthest distance. A lot has changed in both the best radar detectors and traffic enforcement industries and today as we approach Christmas of 2018, the RF landscape continues to deteriorate, becoming even more challenging for a radar detector to function well. Now more than ever, the best radar detectors have to successfully balance two opposing dynamics: filtering (signal rejection) and sensitivity.

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