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Best Radar Detectors of 2022

Best radar detector reviews 2022

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Updated: 6-3-2022 by Veil Guy

Best Radar Detectors of 2022 Ranked

  • Overall Best Radar Detector
    Uniden R8 – $699
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  • 2nd Best
    Uniden R4 – $449
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  • 3rd Best
    Escort MAXcam 360c – $849
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  • 4th Best
    Uniden R7 – $479
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  • 5th Best
    Escort Redline 360c – $799
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  • 6th Best
    Valentine 1 Gen2 – $499
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  • 7th Best
    Escort Max 360c – $649
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  • 8th Best
    Escort Max 3 – $399
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  • 9th Best
    Cobra DualPro 360 – $449
  • 10th Best
    Uniden R3 – $299
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  • 11th Best
    Radenso XP – $189
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  • 12th Best
    Escort iXc – $449
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  • 13th Best
    Radenso Pro M – $449
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  • 14th Best
    Whistler CR97 – $189
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  • 15th Best
    Escort X80 – $299
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  • 16th Best
    Adaptiv TPX Pro – $399
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Best Radar Detector Reviews of 2022

Despite COVID-19 and the subsequent lock-down of our economy, the best radar detector manufacturers continue to crank out, ever better radar detectors.  Just in the first six months, drivers have been presented with new appetizing radar detectors.

As this pandemic rolls into 2022, I suspect many people will opt to travel by car than airplane and after a long lull, police appear to be issuing tickets to speeders with greater frequency, perhaps to make up for short-falls in municipal budgets over the last several years.

The first radar detector out of the chute, initially appearing in 2020, was the brand-new completely redesigned Valentine 1 radar detector, now called the V1 Gen 2 (for generation two).

More recently, Escort pulled out all of the stops with their latest top-of-line radar detector called the Redline 360c, which we find to be the best radar detector from Escort to ever grace a dashboard.

Escort also introduced the Max 3, a super sensitive radar detector to replace the previous Max series of single-antenna detectors.  Even though the Max 3 is the third detector in the Max sequence, it is only in name, as the platform is entirely different than the previous Max models.

Escort also has released its first dash cam integrated radar detector.

The relative new-comer Radenso has claimed that it will be upping the stakes by claiming they will have the most sophisticated radar detector ever produced, called Theia–the first with a built-in operating system and sporting A.I. and they have also recently released their DS1 radar detector.

While I remain a little skeptical about some of the claims made about the yet-to-be-released Theia radar detector, I am looking forward to its release and am hopeful that it will live up to its hype.

Uniden is continuing to crush it with the introduction of two new LNA infused radar detectors, the Uniden R4 and the directional Uniden R8.

It’s still too early for us to rank some of these new detectors, but we will incorporate them into our rankings at the appropriate time.

Whistler, for its part, also has a higher performance radar detector in the pipeline which will appear sometime in the spring of 2022.

As in our previous “best radar detector reviews” articles, we also provide quick summary reviews with each radar detector’s ranking.

Individual more in-depth radar detector reviews are also available and linked to, to help you learn even more about the specifics of each of the best radar detectors featured here.

Along with our best radar detector reviews and radar detector rankings, we also make recommendations on where to purchase these radar detectors.

Veil doesn’t sell radar detectors, Veil manufacturers a companion product, a police laser and IR photo enforcement countermeasure, that can be effectively used with radar detectors (since they are also designed to detect police laser) and we strongly recommend every driver use it.

We suggest you avoid purchasing your radar detector from sites like Amazon or sales affiliate review sites linking to them.

Such review sites are often outdated, scraped from other radar detector reviews websites, can be inaccurate, often rank discontinued radar detectors, or offer little substantive information.

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In no way does this influence our radar detector reviews and as always we will continue to provide honest and unbiased opinions based solely on how these radar detector perform in the real-world of driving–a review technique we actually pioneered in 2004.

We are the original real-world radar detector reviewer with 40 plus years of driving experience using radar detectors.  No other current radar detector review site can make this claim.

As always, we recommend pairing your radar detector with Veil to improve your chances in beating a police laser ticket as Veil is designed to complement your radar detector’s laser detection performance.

So, let’s take a look at our top picks of the best radar detectors of 2022!

Summary Reviews of the Best Radar Detectors of 2022

Best Radar Detector Overall

Uniden R8

Uniden R8
Uniden R8 Radar Detector

The Uniden R8 is simply the best radar detector in 2022.  Simply put, we consider it the new king of radar detectors.

Uniden has infused the R8 with dual LNAs (low noise amplifiers) making it the most sensitive radar detector we’ve ever driven with.

The R8 provides class-leading performance, advanced filtering, and customized configurations like no other and is a significant upgrade from the R7.

Uniden R8 Pros:

  • Most sensitive radar detector to date
  • Dual LNAs add significant sensitivity increases
  • More advanced digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Capable of detecting Sensys Gatso RT4/RT3 speed radars
  • Dual antennas, directional arrows
  • Built-in bluetooth
  • Improved case design and layout
  • Backlit front buttons
  • Easy to program/customize settings
  • GPS with red light camera alerts
  • Free GPS database updates
  • Updateable via USB connection to PC
  • Extremely “bright” multi-color and large OLED display
  • Auto-dimming based upon varying lighting conditions
  • Special K anti-false filter
  • KA anti-false filter
  • Ka Narrow/Wide sweeps to maximize performance and minimize falsing on Ka-band
  • Ka-band segmentation for potentially increased performance and less falses on Ka-band
  • Multa Radar MRCD/MRCT detection without overly falsing
  • Individual band sensitivity adjustment (unique to Uniden)
  • Excellent BSM filtering (important)
  • Two notch filters to help reject certain blind-spot monitoring systems (of GM, Honda, and Acura)
  • Multiple threat display with directional arrows
  • Most configurable audio and visual alarms
  • Nearly SPECTRE RDD undetectable
  • Single & dual suction cup brackets included (unique to Uniden)
  • Cigarette adapter with MUTE KEY and USB and DAISY CHAIN JACKS
  • Audio alerts with direction, band, and frequency
  • Quick arrow transitions when passing radar sources
  • Power connector located on the right side

Uniden R8 Cons:

  • Bright OLED displays have potential to lead to premature failure
  • Tough to think of any

Uniden R8 Reviews Summary:

The Uniden R8 is currently the very best detector for both high and city driving.

If you are looking for most sensitive and longest range dual antenna detector capable of ferreting out the best radars and the most sophisticated used by police, look no further than the R8.  It reigns supreme.

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2nd Best

Uniden R4

Uniden R4
Uniden R4 Radar Detector

The new Uniden R4 replaces the Uniden R3 as Uniden’s top performing single-antenna radar detector.

The Uniden R4 comes with an improved design and more features, while building upon the already exceptional performance of the R3 by incorporating dual LNAs (low noise amplifiers).

The result is a radar detector that offers an approximate 4dB increase in sensitivity.

This translates to a potential increase in detection range by about 60%, not an inconsequential amount.

Beyond sheer performance increases, the Uniden R4 sports a number of new features and capabilities, including Sensys Gatso detection, better filtering, bluetooth, and integration into future Uniden countermeasure solutions.

Uniden R4 Pros:

  • Dual LNAs yielding significant performance increases
  • MRCD/MRCT & Sensys Gatso RT3/RT4 detection
  • Identification of police laser guns
  • Advanced digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Easy to program/customize settings
  • GPS with red light camera alerts
  • Free firmware & GPS database updates
  • MicroUSB connector
  • Connection interface jack to support remote control module
  • Connection interface jack to support integration with a laser jammer
  • Built-in bluetooth
  • Extremely “bright” multi-color OLED display
  • Advanced BSM filters
  • KA anti-false filter
  • Ka Narrow/Wide sweeps to maximize performance and minimize falsing on Ka-band
  • Ka-band segmentation for potentially increased performance and less falses on Ka-band
  • Individual radar band sensitivity adjustment (unique to Uniden)
  • Nearly SPECTRE RDD undetectable
  • Single & dual suction cup brackets included (unique to Uniden)
  • Cigarette adapter with MUTE KEY and USB and DAISY CHAIN jacks

Uniden R4 Cons:

  • Bright OLED displays have potential to lead to premature failure
  • Tough to think of any

Uniden R4 Reviews Summary:

Quite simply, the Uniden R4 is the best radar detector with a single antenna currently on the market.

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3rd Best

Escort MAXcam 360c

Escort MAXcam 360c
Escort MAXcam 360c Radar Detector

Cedar Electronics, the parent company of both Escort and Cobra, made their first foray into a combination radar detector and dash camera several years ago with the attractive Cobra Road Scout.

The Road Scout provided high quality videos, however, the platform was based upon a Cobra design, which was frankly inferior to Escort’s higher end radar detectors, so in effect, the detector was trying to be a jack of all trades, but ultimately being a master of none.

Even so, it provided good detection performance, but it simply wasn’t up to the performance of Escort radar detectors.

Up until the release of the Escort MAXcam 360c, the only option available to the driver interested in having high levels of detection performance and video, was the use of the Escort M1 (and now M2) video camera that piggy-backed along side of Escort detectors.

With the new Escort MAXcam 360c Escort fans now have an integrated dash camera and high performance radar detector.

In terms of its detection performance, the MAXcam 360c performs at a higher level than the Max 360c and more closely to Escort’s Redline 360c and our ranking is solely based upon its detection performance.

To be sure, its price tag of $849 makes this the most costly radar detector ever, when one considers that the M2 dash cam runs at $200, the cost of the detector portion itself is essentially $649, the cost of the lesser performing Max 360c, which is still offered as a stand-alone radar detector.

In this context, the MAXcam 360c is a good value for those looking for a combined high-quality dash cam and extreme performance radar detector.

Escort MAXcam 360c Pros:

  • Extreme sensitivity to all police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Dual antennas
  • Directional arrows for maximum situational awareness to all radar and laser threats from the front and from behind
  • A bogey counter to inform you of how many radar signals there are at any given moment and what radar band is the most important to be concerned with
  • Very good BSM filtering
  • Construction quality both externally and internally
  • High quality video dash camera

Escort MAXcam 360c Cons:

  • Does not provide directional arrows for MultaRadar and police laser
  • Multi-color OLED display is small and hard to read at times in bright sunlight

Escort MAXcam 360c Reviews Summary:

For those wishing to reduce the clutter of electronics in their vehicle, the Escort MAXcam 360c is a worthy offering that no longer requires its owner to compromise performance with a combined dash cam and radar detector.

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4th Best

Uniden R7

Uniden R7
Uniden R7 Radar Detector

The Uniden R7 remains one of our top picks even though the Uniden R8 is out.  It’s a most capable radar detector and will remain so for years to come.

Without a doubt, Uniden took the industry by storm several years ago and has run away with a significant share of the marketplace in very short order.

The directional R7 was the natural evolution of the incredible little wonder, the R3 and clearly bests its radar detection performance.

We found the Uniden R7 has detection performance even more sensitive than the Uniden R3 radar detectors, which means the R7 has some of the best radar detection range of portable windshield-mount radar detectors we’ve ever witnessed.

But the Uniden R7 is more than simply a directional R3.  Multa Radar detection has been improved; the processor is 50% more powerful to perform more advanced digital signal processing; and currently has the largest display or any of the radar detectors available.

With continued improvements to its firmware and a big price drop (now only $449) we believe the R7 remains one of the best radar detectors with extreme range produced.

Uniden R7 Pros:

  • More advanced digital signal processing (DSP) than the R1 and R3 detectors
  • Generally has the highest radar sensitivity across all police radar guns
  • Dual antennas, directional arrows
  • Easy to program/customize settings
  • GPS with red light camera alerts
  • Free GPS database updates
  • Updateable via USB connection to PC
  • Extremely “bright” multi-color and large OLED display
  • Auto-dimming based upon varying lighting conditions
  • Special K anti-false filter
  • KA anti-false filter
  • Ka Narrow/Wide sweeps to maximize performance and minimize falsing on Ka-band
  • Ka-band segmentation for potentially increased performance and less falses on Ka-band
  • Multa Radar MRCD/MRCT detection without overly falsing
  • Individual band sensitivity adjustment (unique to Uniden)
  • Excellent BMS filtering (important)
  • Notch filter to help reject certain blind-spot monitoring systems (of GM, Honda, and Acura)
  • Multiple threat display with directional arrows
  • Most configurable audio and visual alarms
  • Nearly SPECTRE RDD undetectable (but NOT undetectable, despite some claims to the contrary)
  • Single & dual suction cup brackets included (unique to Uniden)
  • Cigarette adapter with MUTE KEY and USB JACK
  • Audio alerts with direction, band, and frequency (only detector able to do this)
  • Quick arrow transitions when passing radar sources
  • Power connector located on the right side
  • Great lower price point

Uniden R7 Cons:

  • Plastic case feels a little chintzy
  • Laser sensitivity could be better
  • Bright displays can lead to premature failure and screen burn-in and still washes out in bright sunlight
  • No back-lit buttons (like on the R3 detectors)
  • Mute/DIM and Mark buttons in odd place (hidden and on the left side)
  • Arrows can jump around during an encounter (but this is not uncommon with directional detectors)

Uniden R7 Reviews Summary:

The Uniden R7 is one of the very best detectors for both high and city driving.  For those wanting similar performance of the R3 detectors but with directional information, the R7 is the natural choice.

We found the quality of the case material to be below what we would have expected at (an originally priced) $600 (the Escort 360c is much better in this regard), but the R7’s consistently-high performance is undeniable.

The R7 is the only radar detector we found that can reliably alert to the difficult to detect Multa-Radar without excessively falsing and it’s the best radar detector at alerting to one of the most difficult to detect radar used by Redflex photo enforcement systems.

The R7 was the first stealth dual antenna radar detector available (it’s no longer) although it is not completely undetectable by Spectre RDDs.

If you are looking for one of the most sensitive and longest range dual antenna detectors capable of ferreting out the best radars and the most sophisticated used by police, it still is a solid choice even though its performance has been trumped by the new Uniden R8.

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5th Best

Escort Redline 360c

Escort Redline 360c
Escort Redline 360c Radar Detector

The Escort Redline 360c was supposedly a radar detector that Escort could never build.  For years I was told such a radar detector would be too large in size given the complexity of the hardware.

But things happen.  In this case it was Uniden and their R7 radar detector.  The game had been so substantially upped by Uniden that Escort couldn’t sit on their laurels and so the impossible, became the possible.

What Escort has done here is combine their best radar detector platform of the much revered Redline with the sophisticated bells and whistles of the Max 360c.

Escort claims a 6dB increase in sensitivity to radar, which makes it possible that the Redline 360c can alert to a threat at twice the distance of the Max 360c.

This puts the radar detection performance of the Redline 360c squarely in the neighborhood of the Uniden R7 and the new Valentine 1 Gen2.

In fact, the Redline 360c tends to out alert every other radar detector we’ve driven with even if by a small margin.

We figured it was the most sensitive windshield-mount radar detector ever produced (perhaps by 1dB) for a short time, but the newer Uniden R4 and Uniden R8 radar detectors are now even more sensitive.

At a price point of $749, I had originally believed Escort was going to have a harder time selling this piece, but time has proven, this is not the case.

Firmware updates have made this radar detector much more sure footed and more worthy of its price point.

With its initial release, the arrows were somewhat lethargic in transitioning but they have improved and are now on par with others.

But like many other detectors from Escort of recent years, this radar detector has some issues with its signal ramp-up as you approach a threat making it very hard to gauge the actual distance to the radar source.

Like Escort’s other GPS radar detectors, the Redline 360c alerts very well to redlight and speed camera locations.

When configured optimally, the Redline 360c, like the Max 360c can be scary quiet.  I believe no company is better at filtering out CAS systems than Escort, it’s nothing short of exceptional.

However, its exceptional filtering comes at a cost.  The Redline 360c, despite having the ability to detect MRCD, appears to only false to it and when the 360c does encounter a genuine MRCD source, it fails to alert to it.

If detection of MultaRadar is important to you, the Uniden R8 (and R4) are class leaders in this regard.

The Redline 360c, like other Escort detectors comes standard with both WIFI and bluetooth connectivity which allows for updates to firmware without need to connect to a computer, a nice feature.

It’s pricey, to be sure, but its proving worth to many well-heeled buyers and for good reason.

We have moved the 360c to 5th place because it has been not available from Escort for extended periods of time in both 2021 and now 2022.  When availability improves we will move its position back up to #3 spot.

Escort Redline 360c Pros:

  • Among the highest levels of sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band) yet seen in a windshield-mount radar detector
  • Class leading filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems
  • Very good detection of police laser
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radars
  • Immunity from detection by SPECTRE radar detector detectors
  • Three antennas (two front and one facing to the rear)
  • Directional arrows that can be configured to display different colors for easy radar band identification
  • Doesn’t require band segmentation to extract high performance of Ka-band detection
  • K-band segmenting can further cut down on potential falses from collision avoidance systems
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Built-in GPS for variable speed auto sensitivity and photo enforcement database
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated wirelessly
  • Bluetooth and WIFI add enhanced connectivity options
  • USB Smartcord now comes standard
  • Very high level of construction quality both internally and externally
  • Good BMS filtering (important)
  • Magnetic quick release mount makes for super quick removal and is rock solid and vibration free
  • Can easily mount alongside Escort’s new M2 dash camera
  • Easy wireless updating of firmware
  • Exceptional build quality

Escort Redline 360c Cons:

  • Rarely in-stock
  • No rear detection of X-band
  • Did not alert to genuine MRCD/MRCT radar sources
  • MRCD/MRCT enabling unusable due to high false rates
  • Slightly higher rates of Ka-band falsing than others
  • Multi-color OLED display is small and hard to read at times in bright sunlight
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when radar or laser source is no longer present
  • Highest priced radar detector on the market
  • Directional arrows are sluggish and often not accurate
  • Signal ramp-up alerts are inconsistent
  • Does not provide directional arrows for MultaRadar and police laser
  • Very annoying alerting to K-band collision avoidance systems (many alerts appear as full-strength I/O radar)

Escort Redline 360c Reviews Summary:

The Escort Redline 360c is Escort’s most impressive radar detector to date and comes highly recommended.

Where to buy

6th Best

Valentine 1 Gen2

Valentine 1 Gen 2 - V1 Gen2
Valentine 1 Gen2 Radar Locator

The V1 has been around since the early 1990s and Mike Valentine’s small cadre of highly dedicated engineers produced their one and only radar detector. The V1 was way ahead of its time when it was first introduced. Valentines were the only ones that offered both a front and rear facing radar antennas and provided directional arrows that would point to the source of a radar or laser threat.

But a lot of time has elapsed since then and VR’s patent on their multi-arrow design has since expired and so other manufacturers of radar detectors have also incorporated arrows into several of the top offerings.  Truth be told, even though the original V1 was a fabulous radar detector and has remained one of my favorite reliable detectors, the V1 was getting long in the tooth.  Even Valentine’s website had been looking a bit dated in design.

One of the ironies in this industry was the fact that Escort had marketed their detectors stating how unnecessary it was for a radar detector to have both a front radar facing and rear facing radar antennas.  Since the Valentine patent expired, they began touting how important having situational radar detection capability was essential in the best Escort radar detectors they began manufacturing.

The last time I visited the founder of Valentine Research, Mike Valentine, we had a nice long talk about the state of the current radar detectors on the market, including Uniden, and it was clear to me that 1) Valentine took notice, just as the other radar detector manufacturers had done, and 2) I got the distinct feeling from Mike, that he wasn’t going to allow Uniden to dominate the high-end radar detector performance category for long.

With the new Gen 2 V1, the engineers incorporated both LNAs and DSP into their new radar detector meaning that its detection performance is right up their with the best radar detectors available today, including the Redline 360c, Radenso DS1, and the Uniden R8.

Beyond radar detection performance gains and undetectability, the new Gen 2 incorporates Bluetooth into the detector to allow it to pair with Valentine’s free smartphone application which can convey a wealth of information about your radar and laser encounters.

While the V1 G2’s performance is slightly better than the Uniden R7, we placed it below the R7 in our rankings because the V1 does not attempt to detect MRCD/MRCT speed cameras and I value the overall capabilities of the R7 more so than the V1’s relative increase in sensitivity over the R7.

This new V1 Gen2 will most surely continue to provide the sure-footed performance to which Valentine owners have long been accustomed.

Valentine 1 Gen2 Pros:

  • Extreme sensitivity to all police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • The greatest sensitivity to police lasers, due to very large lidar sensors
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radars
  • Dual antennas
  • Directional arrows for maximum situational awareness to all radar and laser threats from the front and from behind
  • A bogey counter to inform you of how many radar signals there are at any given moment and what radar band is the most important to be concerned with
  • Accurate and exceptional signal strength alerting for both approaching and receding police radar sources
  • Good BSM filtering
  • Solid construction quality both externally and internally
  • Reasonably priced

Valentine 1 Gen2 Cons:

  • Does not include GPS function to alert to photo enforcement locations (red light and speed cameras) and to quiet itself at slower speeds
  • More difficult to program without smartphone app
  • No frequency display of radar (without smartphone app)
  • Reports of early front face plate attachment issues (problem was addressed by VR)
  • No MRCD/MRCT detection capabilities

Valentine 1 Gen2 Reviews Summary:

The V1 Gen2 re-establishes itself as one of the very best radar detectors you can own today.

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7th Best

Escort Max 360c

Escort Max 360c
Escort Max 360c Radar Detector

I hadn’t driven with the Escort Max 360c radar detector for a long time, but at the encouragement of Escort I decided to take another good long look at this radar detector now that Escort has been able to tweak and make improvements on it since it was first introduced.

And I am glad I did, because I have simply been blown away by this radar detector’s performs, not just with its high radar  sensitivity, but also its quickness, and quietness.

After driving nearly 5000 miles with it during the last two and a half months across a number of states, I’m convinced. until the new Redline 360c, Escort has never produced a better radar detector.

Like Escort’s other GPS radar detectors, the Max 360c alerts very well to redlight and speed camera locations.  When configured optimally, the Max 360c can be scary quiet.  I believe no company is better at filtering out CAS systems than does Escort, it’s nothing short of exceptional.

Sure, the arrows are great for identifying where the threats are and its WIFI connectivity is potentially a useful thing, but purchase this radar detector for its extreme performance and class-leading filtering.s

Escort Max 360c Pros:

  • Extremely high level of sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Class leading filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems that bests the other Escort detectors
  • Good detection of police lasers
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radars
  • Directional arrows that can be configured to display different colors for easy radar band identification
  • Doesn’t require band segmentation to extract high performance of Ka-band detection
  • Good BSM filtering (important)
  • Able alert to MultaRadar and Gatso what I consider the hardest to detect radar
  • Most configurable metering system yet available in a radar detector
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Built-in GPS for variable speed-sensitive sensitivity and photo enforcement database
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated wirelessly
  • Bluetooth and WIFI add enhanced connectivity options
  • USB Smartcord now comes standard
  • Very high level of construction quality both internally and externally
  • Magnetic quick release mount makes for super quick removal and is rock solid and vibration free
  • Can easily mount alongside Escort’s new M2 dash camera

Escort Max 360c Cons:

  • Multi-color OLED display can be hard to read at times in bright sunlight (but increases longevity of the display)
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when radar or laser source is no longer present
  • K-band filtering causes it to miss MRCT/MRCD police radars, yet falses frequently when option enabled
  • Does not provide directional arrows for police laser detections

Escort Max 360c Reviews Summary:

Simply put, the Escort Max 360c remains a solid choice.best detectors overall, but its performance has been surpassed by others.

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8th Best

Escort Max 3

Escort Max 360c
Escort Max 3 Radar Detector

The Escort Max 3 is the third in a series of the Max detector line and by it’s the best by far.

We have never been a fan of the earlier Maxes, especially the exterior designs as we felt the cases never looked proper and cheapened their appearances.

With the new Max 3, however, Escort has returned to its roots designing a proper case.

In terms of radar detection performance, the new Max 3 is head and shoulders above any other of their single antenna models and is $50 cheaper than the Escort IXc, which we expect to ultimately see a price drop or be discontinued.

Unlike the previous Max detectors, this one is not based upon their all digital front-end and is more akin to an Escort iXc, albeit being more sensitive.

In that regard, this detector is a Max only in name, not underlying design.

Escort Max 3 Pros:

  • Extremely high level of sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Exceptional filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems that bests the other Escort detectors
  • Very protection from police lasers
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radars
  • Doesn’t require band segmentation to extract high performance of Ka-band detection
  • Good BSM filtering (important)
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Built-in GPS for variable speed-sensitive sensitivity and photo enforcement database
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated
  • Bluetooth adds enhanced connectivity options
  • USB Smartcord
  • High level of construction quality both internally and externally
  • Magnetic quick release mount makes for super quick removal and is rock solid and vibration free
  • Can easily mount alongside Escort’s new M2 dash camera

Escort Max 3 Cons:

  • Despite the Max 3 has range topping radar detection, it is a slow radar detector and may miss some quickly-triggered I/O radar
  • Multi-color OLED display can be hard to read at times in bright sunlight (but increases longevity of the display)
  • K-band alerting coupled with signal rejection needs some improvement (addressable in future firmware updates)
  • Higher rates of Ka-band falsing than others
  • Annoying alerting to K-band collision avoidance systems (often initially alerting at full-strength as it is detecting I/O radar)

Escort Max 3 Reviews Summary:

The Escort Max 3 is currently one of better Escort detectors overall in terms of range (to constant-on police radar) and the top performing single antenna detector Escort currently offers, but if you travel in areas where instant-on radar is used, you may want to consider a newer detector, like the Uniden R4.

Place to buy:

9th Best

Cobra DualPro 360

Cobra DualPro 360
Cobra DualPro 360 Radar Detector

The Cobra DualPro 360 is the best dual-antenna detector from Cobra. The reason for this is simple. The Cobra DualPro 360 is based upon the same platform as Escort’s Max 360c radar detector.

The Cobra DualPro 360 doesn’t have as many features as the Escort Max 360c but those missing features have no impact on detection performance and for that the DualPro 360 is $200 less.

Cobra DualPro 360 Pros:

  • Currently the top-performing detector from Cobra
  • Dual antenna and directional arrows
  • High radar sensitivity
  • All-digital signal processing (dsp) for extreme long range radar detection performance
  • Exceptional at detecting instant-on police radar
  • Good anti-collision sensor rejection filtering
  • GPS enabled
  • Builtin Bluetooth for wireless pairing to your smartphone
  • Cobra iRadar ready
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database are both user upgradeable
  • Bi-Lingual Voice Alerts – English & Spanish

Cobra DualPro 360 Cons:

  • Cobra brand not historically regarded as high-end, but times have changed
  • Not as many features as Escort’s directional detectors

Cobra DualPro 360 Reviews Summary:

Think of the DualPro 360 as a slightly decontented Max 360, but delivering on the essential performance aspects you will need and prior to the price drop of the Uniden R7, was the best value by far.  Now, not so much.  It still remains a terrific choice for those seeking a capable dual antenna detector at a good price point.

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10th Best

Uniden R3

Uniden R3
Uniden R3 Radar Detector

Uniden’s re-entry into the radar detector industry several years ago has shaken the industry up big time. The Uniden R3 offers extreme performance and advanced features like dedicated K-band filtering, K and Ka band narrow sweeps (to increase performance and minimize falsing), band selectable sensitivity, and Multa Radar detection.  The non-GPS version has been discontinued.

Uniden R3 Pros:

  • Advanced digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Extreme radar sensitivity across all radar bands
  • Easy to program/customize settings
  • GPS with red light camera alerts
  • Good BSM filtering (important)
  • Free GPS database updates
  • Updateable via USB connection to PC
  • Extremely “bright” multi-color OLED display
  • Special K anti-false filter
  • KA anti-false filter
  • Ka Narrow/Wide sweeps to maximize performance and minimize falsing on Ka-band
  • Ka-band segmentation for potentially increased performance and less falses on Ka-band
  • Among the top Multa Radar detection capabilities available
  • Individual radar band sensitivity adjustment (unique to Uniden)
  • Nearly SPECTRE RDD undetectable (but NOT undetectable, despite some claims to the contrary)
  • Single & dual suction cup brackets included (unique to Uniden)
  • Cigarette adapter with MUTE KEY and USB JACK
  • Great price points for both models

Uniden R3 Cons:

  • Laser sensitivity could use improvement
  • Bright displays can lead to premature failure and screen burn-in

Uniden R3 Reviews Summary:

The Uniden R3 is well-suited for both city and highway driving.  Both radar detectors offer extreme performance for less cost than other manufacturers’ top models.

For those wanting direction arrows but with similar performance, the Uniden R7 is the natural alternative.

Historically, Uniden has had some quality control issues with defect rates higher than other manufacturers, but that appears to have been resolved.

The R3 may soon be discontinued, though, as its more capable R4 is now available.

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11th Best

Escort Escort iXc

Escort iX
Escort iXc Radar Detector

The new Escort iXc is Escort’s replacement to their now outgoing Escort iX.  The Escort iXc adds WIFI connectivity but the real showstopper though is its enhanced performance.

The revised M4 plus (M4+) platform adds three to four dBs in sensitivity over the original iX’s previous M4 platform. That can equate to a potential 70% increase in alerting range.

Performance is now close enough to Escort’s highest priced models that the Escort iXc is an exceptional all-around detector for combined highway and city driving for those not insisting on having arrows.

Quick GPS satellite connections and more accurate geo-positioning happen as a result of an improved chipset. As with all GPS detectors from Escort, the iXc can alert to redlight and speed cameras with the use of its industry leading Defender database.

The Escort iXc can be segmented making it potentially more quick to alerting to instant-on Ka police radar and K-band segmented to reduce falsing from in vehicle collision avoidance systems.

The iXc also has improve sensitivity to police laser, a capability that I rate as very important.

One of the great features that the iXc offers is a quick-release magnetic mount which attaches to the top of the radar detector.

This mount makes for very steady (bounce-free) connections to the windshield and instantly makes every other mount seem outdated.  Fortunately, this new mount is being found on more and more Escort products including the 360c and EX.

We found the iXc to be nearly undetectable to SPECTRE, a big surprise that even Escort wasn’t aware of when we shared our test results.

Escort iXc Pros:

  • Exceptional sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-bands)
  • M4+ platform give us a 3-4dB increase in sensitivity to the outgoing Escort iX
  • Very good detection of police laser
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detection instant-on police radar
  • Can be Ka-band segmented for improved performance
  • Can be K-band segmented for even quieter operation
  • Good BMS filtering (important)
  • Incorporates bluetooth with Escort Live! integration
  • Class-leading Defender/iRadar photo enforcement database
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Awesome quick-release magnetic mount
  • USB Smartcord comes standard
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated at home or wirelessly
  • High level of construction quality both externally and internally
  • WIFI capable
  • Nearly undetectable to SPECTRE
  • Compatible with Escort’s dash cams

Escort iXc Cons:

  • Multi-color OLED display can be a little difficult to read in bright lighting conditions (but it extends the life of the OLED display)
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when radar or laser source is no longer present
  • K-band filtering can cause it to miss MRCT/MRCD speeding ticket sources (may be addressed in future firmware update)
  • Currently Cobra DualPro 360 is $50 less expensive than the iXc

Escort iXc Reviews Summary:

The IXc adds WIFI connectivity, however the star of the show isn’t WIFI, it’s the M4+ platform that adds some serious performance increases, but now in 2022, it’s an older detector and the new Max 3 provides even higher radar detection performance.

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12th Best

Radenso XP

Radenso XP
Radenso XP Radar Detector

Radenso’s 3rd & 4th offerings in the windshield-mount radar detector category are also very good units.

While not providing the absolute sensitivity on some bands as its more expensive cousin the Radenso Pro M, they’re still quiet good and perform better on X-band and laser.

What’s even more impressive is that sensitivity to real police radar doesn’t seem to be impacted much while either radar detector is in the proximity of a K-band polluting vehicle.

The GPS-capable Radenso XP is also more sensitive to police laser than the Radenso Pro M and can detect police laser from the rear and from greater angles than the Pro M.

The new Radenso XP can also be Ka-band segmented, similar to the Redline EX, which ensures the highest levels of Ka-band sensitivity and alerting quickness.

The XP is now a somewhat dated detector with a higher performing DS1 now shipping.

Radenso XP Pros:

  • Solid choice for a budget-priced detector
  • Very good sensitivity to a police radar bands (K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Incorporates high-end feature of an LNA in its reception circuitry
  • Good detection of police laser
  • Can be Ka-band segmented to extract the highest performance of Ka-band detection
  • Good BMS filtering (important)
  • Minimal impact on detection of genuine police radar during times of active false signal rejection
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radar
  • GPS equipped to permit manual lock-outs of known false sources of radar
  • Built-in GPS which allows for variable speed-sensitive sensitivity configuration
  • Comes pre-loaded with database of redlight camera locations and is updateable with the supplied USB cable (Radenso XP only)
  • Firmware can be easily updated at home
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (the Pro M only gives center frequencies)
  • Larger casing than the Pro M pays dividends in features and sound levels
  • Bright and readable display
  • Recent price drops greatly improves value of each detector
  • Nearly undetectable by SPECTRE RDDs
  • New versions of these units now come with a power cord that includes a mute button
  • Price reduction makes it an incredible value for the money

Radenso XP Cons:

  • X-band performance not at the levels of K and Ka band (affects drivers in NJ and Ohio)
  • GPS redlight database not as complete as other vendors’ offerings
  • Menu and programming procedures is somewhat confusing and can be tricky to use
  • Photo enforcement database not as robust as Escort’s
  • Does not alert to MRCT/MRCD source with K-band filtering enabled

Radenso XP Reviews Summary:

The Radenso XP is a very good detector for a blend of highway and city driving. The XP does especially well when in the presence of vehicles equipped with K-band collision avoidance systems.

While it’s very good at filtering K-band CAS systems, it causes the detectors to completely miss K-band FMCW ticketing sources which may be an issue if you drive in an area where such systems are used.

However the good news is Radenso lowered the price on the XP by a whopping $100 to $249!  This makes the Radenso XP currently the best value going by far!

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13th Best

Radenso Pro M

Radenso Pro M
Radenso Pro M Radar Detector

Radenso is a relatively new player in the U.S. market and this very small detector packs very solid detections to K-band and particularly 34.7 Ka-band. Like other top-end detectors, the Radenso Pro M incorporates an LNA (low noise amplifier) to improve detection performance.

Its detection performance in both range and off-axis is in the realm of the Escort Redline series of detectors.  The Radenso Pro M comes with GPS and a photo enforcement database, and can by updated by the user at home with a computer.

The Radenso Pro M provides some of the best in-class signal rejection of K-band automotive collision avoidance systems while still being able to detect instant-on K-band police radar as well as detecting frequency hopping/modulated Multa Radar Close Distance (MRCD) and MRCT.  Enabling MRCD/MRCT alerting does increase its falsing rate, however.

Another interesting feature is its ability to “notch” K-band which tightens up K-and closer to the center of police K-band of 24.150 Ghz. By tightening K-band, it can reduce detections of K-band sources like automotive systems that still operate on K-band but do so outside the margins of genuine police radar.

The Radenso Pro M provides a host of interesting sensitivity modes including individual changes to each band for driving around town as well as speed sensitive sensitivity.  This makes the Radenso Pro M a very good detector for combined highway and city driving.

Where the Radenso Pro M falls short, however, is its ability to detect X-band and police laser sensitivity is well below those of other detectors at this price point. X-band is seen in Ohio and New Jersey and on a limited basis in North Carolina, but not many other states use X-band any more, so for many drivers, this won’t present much of an issue.

Radenso stands by their products offering a full two year warranty on their detectors compared to the typical 12-month warranties of other manufacturers.

Radenso Pro M Pros:

  • Exceptional sensitivity to a K and Ka bands, particularly 34.7 Ghz
  • Very good filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems
  • Built-in GPS and photo enforcement database
  • K-band sweep can be narrowed to focus more on genuine K-band
  • Ability to detect MRCD/MRCT (at the expense of increased falsing)
  • Many filtering options
  • Large display (for its small size)
  • Smallest detector made
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated at home
  • Exceptional two-year warranty
  • Manufacturer is engaged with its customers

Radenso Pro M Cons:

  • Display can be difficult to read in bright lighting conditions
  • Below average sensitivity to X-band and police laser at this price point
  • No rear laser sensor
  • Photo enforcement database not as robust as others
  • Increased K-band falsing to CAS systems when MRCT/MRCD detection is enabled
  • Some filtering options causes it to miss bonafide MRCD/MRCT sources.

Radenso Pro M Reviews Summary:

While very popular with some in the enthusiast community, overall performance is not as well rounded as others at this price point and this radar detector is getting dated.

But, for those seeking exceptional performance on Ka and K-band especially in a very tiny package, the Radenso Pro M is a solid choice.

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14th Best

Whistler CR97

Whistler CR97 & CR95
Whistler CR97 Radar Detector

The CR97 is Whistler’s most ambitious detector to date and in our opinion is the best ultra-affordable high performance GPS unit available.

Whistler has stated that both the CR97  and CR95 have up to a 6dB increase is sensitivity to Ka-band and up to 3dB in K-band over the previous models, the CR90 and CR93.  X-band also sees a huge improvement.

Now more than ever, no other detector manufacturer offers as much value. The CR97 has a unique new feature which allows it to identify and alert to ticketing FMCW radar sources.

Off-axis radar detections are also noticeably improved over their previous radar detectors.

Detection to police laser remains excellent. Whistlers are sold oversees and as such, detection of police laser is a priority as many more difficult to detect police lasers are found abroad.

Whistler is also unique in being able to display the pulse rates of police laser which can be very helpful.

Some Volvos and Infinitis use laser-based collision avoidance systems which transmit at very specific pulse rates.

Whistler not only locks many of them out by based on the frequency pulse counts by default, but they allows you to permanently mute out others with different pulse rates that you may come across.

Like other Whistlers, the CR97 is super quick at detecting instant-on police radar and their alerting ramps are exceptional. Trailing alerts are also properly timed in duration.

The CR97 is a technical radar detector for owners wishing to dig deep into the menu systems to customize it to a very high degree.

For a more quiet operation, we recommend the following settings: XK FILTER 4, TFSR ON, FDSR OFF, KA FILTER 3.  Use these settings when driving in heavy traffic.

If you are on a more isolated highway you may want to use the following settings: XK FILTER 1, TFSR OFF, FDSR ON, KA FILTER 1.

The photo enforcement database alerted to every redlight camera monitored intersection that I’ve encountered in my driving so far (12,000 plus miles) and like the more expensive detectors out there, the Whistler gives you the ability to be update them at home on your PC.

What’s even nicer is that Whistler includes a USB to mini-D cable for doing so, something that even some of the more expensive detectors do not.

Whistler CR97 Pros:

  • Performance now on par with some detectors costing twice as much
  • Excellent sensitivity to a K and Ka-band police radar bands
  • Excellent detection of police laser
  • Decent BSM filtering (important)
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detection instant-on police radar
  • Very good alert ramp and useful trailing alerts
  • Can display center frequencies of police radar
  • Advanced FDSR ### feature informs driver that K-band FMCW ticketing systems such as TraffiStar SR391 speed-on-green photo enforcement (available on the CR97 only)
  • Verilight GPS photo enforcement database (available on CR97 only)
  • Firmware and/or photo enforcement database can easily be updated at home
  • Speed sensitive automuting makes detector a pleasure to drive around town (CR97 only)
  • Very readable OLED display
  • Includes USB cable for updating

Whistler CR97 Cons:

  • Can sometimes alert with Ka to FMCW K sources
  • Can require some programming work
  • Signal processing not as sophisticated as more expensive DSP (digital signal processing) models

Whistler CR97 Reviews Summary:

The most capable Whistlers yet which provide exceptional K and Ka-band alerting performance and police laser nearly as good as detectors costing twice as much.

Novel alerting, filtering, and muting features. Without question these two offer some of the best values going today.

The CR97 has seen a recent price decrease of $50 which makes it the only good GPS detector under the $200 price point, which is compelling for those on tighter budgets.

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15th Best

Escort X80

Escort Passport X80
Escort Passport X80 Radar Detector

The Escort X80 is Escort’s “entry-level” detector which essentially replaces their legendary Passport 8500 X50. The X80 is a good detector. It provides very good sensitivity to all police radar as well as good laser sensitivity.

The X80 is built in similar theme to the Passport Max and Max II, which candidly haven’t been my favorites in appearance. The X80 includes a dual clear suction cup mounting bracket.

Like the Escort iXc and Escort Redline EX, the X80 can also be segmented, but the Ka performance gains are harder to notice in my opinion because the sheer sensitivity of this detector are not quite a the levels of the new iXc nor the EX.  Use it more for filtering unnecessary signals.

Unlike the short-lived Escort Passport X70 which did not include bluetooth, the Escort X80 includes bluetooth and does not requiring Escort’s SmartCord Live cord to give it the ability to interface with Escort Live2! so it can also provides alerts to redlight and speed camera photo enforcement locations when using the app.

Escort X80 Pros:

  • Good sensitivity to a bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-bands)
  • Good detection of police laser
  • Good detection to instant-on police radar
  • Can be segmented for improved Ka performance
  • Integrated bluetooth for mating with Escort Live2!
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar
  • Reasonably priced

Escort X80 Cons:

  • Outdated platform
  • Multi-color OLED display difficult to read in bright lighting conditions (to extended display longevity)
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when detection sources are no longer present
  • Doesn’t have the latest signal rejection technology to filter out collision avoidance systems
  • Detection performance has the potential to be compromised during times of filtering out CAS systems
  • Apparent construction quality not as high as other models from Escort
  • The chassis design is not as compelling as the 360c, EX, or the iXc

Escort X80 Reviews Summary:

This Escort X80 is one of Escort’s oldest detectors with less sensitivity and filtering capabilities of newer detectors. In our opinion there are better alternatives today for the money.

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Conclusion

While this list is no means a complete list, it is comprised of what I consider the stand-outs in the dash-mount category.

The Adaptiv TPX Pro is specifically designed for motorcyclists, provides good performance, and has large buttons for riders who use gloves.

The Uniden R8, Uniden R4, Escort Redline 360c, or the V1 Gen2 are the ones to consider if you can afford it

If want the best GPS single-antenna detector, look no further than the Uniden R4, even at $449 it’s a great value.

The new V1 Gen2 is a worthy replacement to the original V1 and will definitely appeal to Valentine fans.

Both the Escort Max 360c and Uniden R8 remain among my top choices when I go for a drive.

If you encounter difficult to detect radar like Gatso, Multa Radar, or Redflex we recommend opting for the R8 or R4 over the Redline 360c, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these models.

The Escort Redline 360c are for those needing true stealth operation

The Redline 360c is the one for those living in Virginia and for commercial truck drivers and remains the only detector truly undetectable by all versions of the SPECTRE RDD (radar detector detector).

The Whistler CR97 remains a good GPS detector for the money

If this is going to be your first radar detector or you want the most bang for your buck, I would suggest considering the Whistler CR97.

These are great all-around detectors that will provide terrific detection range, minimized false alerts when properly configured for that kind of operation, and has the unique ability to alert to FMCW photo enforcement systems that are in use in some municipalities.

The fact that its only $249 makes it a winner in my book in the under $300 price category.

Wrapping Up

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