The 10 Best Phone Car Mounts to Buy 2019

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A phone isn’t just a phone – it is a navigator, music player, and an assistant. This is why you can’t just keep it aside while you are driving and need to have it up where you can see it.

Car phone mounts do an excellent job of keeping your phone where you need it, provided that you make the right choice.

Finding a mount that is easy to setup, stable, and can be easily rotated while you are driving isn’t the simplest task, however.

This is why we gathered all of the best phone car mounts and determined which ones actually lived up to their claims.

Features to Consider in Good Phone Car Mounts

These are all of the elements and aspects that we looked at when deciding what the best car phone holders were:

  • Mount Stability: while we did look at where the mount was positioned, we found that the stability of the mount was more important. After all, it is important that the phone is held in place, even if you are heading out to rough terrain.
  • Phone Fit: we then analyzed just how kinds of phones the mount was able to fit. This determined if you could use a wide variety of phones in the mount or not.
  • Usability: last but not least, we examined how simple it was to use or handle the mount while you were driving. This concluded whether it was safe for you to use the mount while also operating a vehicle.
Before we move onto the reviews, here is a quick comparison all of the products included in our list:

Top 10 Best Phone Car Mounts 2019

1. Mpow Car Phone Mount

Why we like it: The Mpow Car Phone Mount is simple to install and can be easily adjusted once mounted, making it effortless to use.

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Positioning and Stability
This car phone mount has a screw lock system that enables you to place it in your CD slot. Due to this mechanism, the mount is actually quite secure and is unlikely to move, even you are driving over bumpy roads. What’s more, because the weight of the phone is more evenly displaced, you don’t have to worry about the holder sagging when the device is in place for long periods of time.

Of course, the effectiveness of this mount does depend on where the CD slot is placed in your car. In certain vehicle models, the positioning of the mount can block certain controls and even the display unit, making it a bit difficult to use the rest of the controls.

Fit and Grip
The great thing about this phone mount is that it has been designed to be suitable for a number of different phone brands and models. So, if you have a smartphone that measures between 1.58 and 3.54 inches in width, then you can be certain that your phone will fit in the slot.

What’s more, this mount is equipped with two grips on the side and one on the bottom. This ensures that the phone is kept in place at all times and that there is no chance of it slipping out. Still, there is space at the bottom of the grip for you to attach a phone charger.

Usability
This phone mount is undeniably simple to use. For one thing, you can either lock it in place or release it with a press of the button. This makes it easy for you to get your phone in and secure it. There is also the fact that the mount can be swiveled in 360 degrees so you can find the most comfortable angle to use your phone in.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Stable positioning
  • Good fit for multiple phone sizes
  • Sturdy grip
  • Can be swiveled in all directions
Cons
  • Depending on the car model, mount can block screen or buttons

2. EXSHOW Car Mount

Why we like it: The EXSHOW Car Mount is an incredibly stable mount that will stay put regardless of the road conditions that you are driving on.

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Positioning and Stability
While this is strictly a windshield mounted phone mount, it does offer up additional support. See, the bottommost portion of the mount utilizes a suction cup to stick to the windshield. However, in the middle of the arm, there is another sticky tab. This is where you can stick the mount to the dashboard so that you can stabilize it further.

The suction cup and the sticky tab are incredibly strong and they do not budge, even when you are driving on uneven roads. So, you don’t have to be concerned about your phone tumbling to the ground when you least expect it. The only hiccup with the design is that the portion of the arm closest to the driver does move a bit. This can cause the phone to vibrate on occasion.

Fit and Grip
This mount is suitable for a wide variety of smartphones. This is because the grips can be extended up to 3.5 inches. So, if your phone falls into this size category, you will be able to ensure that it will stay there comfortably.

This mount is equipped with three grips – two on the side and one on the bottom. These create a cradle that allows your phone to lie in so that it will not come loose or fall out, regardless of how much jolting there is. Still, the grips don’t impede the phone’s cable attachments.

Usability
You will find that this car mount is exceeding simple to use. The size can be adjusted with just the press of a button, allowing you to start your journey that much sooner. Also, once the phone is in the mount, you can angle it any way you want so that it is easier for you to see the screen.

Pros
  • Offers good support and stability
  • Easy to mount
  • Good for various phone sizes
  • Grips keep phone stable
  • Can change angle
Cons
  • Phone may vibrate in mount at times

3. Arkon Car Phone Mount Holder

Why we like it: The Arkon Car Phone Mount Holder is easy to setup and adjust, making it a great assistant while you are driving.

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Positioning and Stability
This phone mount is placed on the dashboard, with the help of a sticky suction feature. This part is attached to an arm that leans out so that you can have your phone’s screen closer to you while you are driving. The placement of the mount is incredibly stable. So, it doesn’t matter where you are driving, the mount will not shift even an inch and will keep your phone in place at all times.

One of the perks of this mount is that the sticky portion is reusable. Whenever you feel as though it is coming loose, it is simply a matter of washing it out and then re-securing it to your dashboard. With this feature, you will be able to use the mount for as long as you want.

Fit and Grip
The mount is capable of fitting phones with widths up to 3.64 inches. This means that most modern smartphones, regardless of the brand, will easily and snugly fit into this mount. The spring loaded holder ensures that once your phone is secured, that it is unable to move.

This phone mount has two grips on either side of the phone, width-wise. However, each grip is accompanied by a series of grooves running on the inside of the hands. These make certain that the phone is locked into place and that it will not fall through.

Usability
The only minor inconvenience with this phone mount is the spring loaded grips. While they do keep the phone in place, they aren’t the easiest to operate. So, when you are placing your phone in the cradle, it may require a little effort on your part.

On the other hand, the main perk of this mount is the adjustable arm which is capable of rotating 360 degrees. This allows you to adjust it to an angle that is perfect for your viewing pleasure.

Pros
  • Simple to setup
  • Stable positioning
  • Supports phone well
  • Adjustable arm
  • Good for various brands and models
Cons
  • Can be difficult to get phone into grips

4. Fonus Car Mount Holder

Why we like it: The Fonus Car Mount Holder offers a steady grip, ensuring that your phone is safely in its cradle at all times.

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Positioning and Stability
This car mount holder is fixed on to the windscreen with the help of a suction cup. It is incredibly strong and remains stuck to the glass unless you pry it off yourself. It is this feature that also makes this holder such a breeze to set up. You can also easily move it from one vehicle to another in a matter of moments.

For the most part, this holder works incredibly well and doesn’t slip, even when you are driving over rough roads. However, there is a small flaw in the way that the mount has been designed. So, while the length of the mount does make it easier for you to see your screen, it also means that your phone can end up bouncing around wildly at times. So, while the mount will remain attached to the shield, you may find it difficult to actually be able to see what is on your phone, when you are on rough terrain.

Fit and Grip
This phone mount is equipped with adjustable grips. This means that you should be able to fit any phone in there as long as it doesn’t have a width greater than five inches or so. Regardless of the brand or the model that you own, you can ensure that your phone is kept securely in its cradle.

Now, this mount has three grips so that is kept in place by two grips on the side and one at the bottom. The bottom grip is adjustable as well so that when you are taking your phone out of the cradle, you won’t have to worry it about it falling.

Usability
This mount is quite easy to use, particularly because placing it in its cradle and removing it is really simple to do. The grips accommodate your phone’s size easily while with just a press of a button, you will be able to release your phone. You can also adjust the mount so that it is either standing in a vertical or a horizontal position.

Pros
  • Quick setup process
  • Good sticking power
  • Phone is kept securely in cradle
  • Simple to adjust
  • Works with various phone sizes
Cons
  • Bounces when driving

5. iOttie Car Mount Holder

Why we like it: The iOttie Car Mount Holder works well with all kinds of phones, ensuring that they are kept in place properly.

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Positioning and Stability
One thing that stands out about phone mount is that due to its design, you can actually either place it on your windshield or your dashboard. Of course, you should know that if you do want to place it on the windshield that it isn’t equipped with an arm so it may be difficult for you to see your display from this distance. Nonetheless, the option is available to you. The sticky pad on this mount holder is amazing and will tightly adhere to whatever surface that you place it on. So, it doesn’t matter where or how you are driving, this holder will not come loose.

Also, the structure of the mount means that the entire thing is sturdily built. As a result, you don’t have to worry about your phone shaking whenever you are driving across uneven roads.

Fit and Grip
This mount has been made to fit phones with screens between 2.3 and 3.5 inches. So, most modern brands and models will snugly fit into this cradle. There are two grips on either side of your phone, keeping it in place. They work well, largely helped by the cushioning on each arm. Now, this cushioning can fall off, depending on how you use the mount and if this happens, it can render the holder useless. So, you should be careful.

Usability
You will notice that it is quite simple to get this mount into place. However, what isn’t as easy is trying to place larger or wider models into the cradle. It is a two hand job and it can be equally as tricky to remove the phone from its cradle.

The good news is that the holder can be rotated 360 degrees so that you can adjust the phone to a position that is most comfortable for you to see.

Pros
  • Great fit for most phones
  • Holds securely to surfaces
  • Can be placed on windshield or dashboard
  • Doesn’t cause phone to move around
  • Easily adjustable
Cons
  • Difficulty with larger phones
  • Cushioning on arms will fall off

6. IPOW Phone Mount Holder

Why we like it: The IPOW Phone Mount Holder is excellent for keeping your phone in place, regardless of how much your vehicle moves around.

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Positioning and Stability
While this is a mount that is meant for the windshield, it also adheres to the dashboard for extra support. Now, the suction cup on the windshield is wonderful and once you stick it to the glass, you can guarantee that it isn’t going to move, even your phone is in its cradle. This suction cup can be used for a long time – when it loses its stickiness, you just need to rinse it out and then it will start working properly again.

The small issue is with the stick portion that places the mount on the dashboard. This isn’t as reliable and when it loses its stickiness, it carries the mount and the cradle across the dashboard. However, when it does work, it acts as a grounding feature for the elongated mount, ensuring that it doesn’t sway from side to side while you are driving.

Fit and Grip
The gripping mechanism on this car mount is a little different to the others. It has a claw-like design that can be widened, depending on the width of the phone. The grip is able to accommodate phones up to 3.6 inches in width.

While there are technically only two grips for this cradle, it does have double clips that form an X. These offer even more support to your phone so that it will not move under any circumstances. You can guarantee that once your phone is in its cradle, it will not be going anywhere.

Usability
For the most part, this car mount is really easy to use. You can rotate it any way you like so that you can keep your phone in a position that you can clearly see the screen. The only real downside to this design is that the grip can be quite tough to manage with just one hand, especially when you are trying to fit in larger phones.

Pros
  • Fixes to the windscreen well
  • Keeps phones secure
  • Works with a lot of different phones
  • Can easily angle phone
Cons
  • Dashboard sticky feature isn’t reliable
  • Claw grip can be difficult to use

7. Dash Crab Car Mount

Why we like it: The Dash Crab Car Mount is a great-looking, discreet mount that offers you a great view of your phone’s display screen.

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Positioning and Stability
One of the main complaints that people have with car mounts is that they don’t look good attached to their windshield or dashboard. Well, that’s not a problem with this particular holder as it can be fixed to your car’s air vent. To top it off, it is a very stylish mount that even has genuine leather features.

Now, this air vent mount works quite well, actually. Once it is fixed in, there is no fear that it will fall out while you are driving. However, it can be an issue when you are disengaging your phone from its cradle – then there is a chance that the mount will be yanked out of its position as well. There is also the fact that mount blocks the air vents which can be an inconvenience during extreme weather.

Fit and Grip
This mount relies on a spring-loaded clip that can stretch from around 2 to 3.4 inches. So, you can easily fit your phone in, without worrying about a specific brand or model. It easily stretches to accommodate the different widths.

The mount has two grips on either side of the cradle. The arms are properly cushioned so that they can hold the phone in place until it is time for you to remove. There is no chance of your phone falling out before that.

Usability
As far as setup goes, this is undoubtedly one of the easiest mounts to put up and will just take you a matter of seconds. The same goes for the grip which requires very little effort on your part. The knob behind the grip can be rotated 360 degrees so that you can shift the mount so that your phone can rest in a horizontal or vertical position.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Holds phone securely
  • Works well with different brands and models
  • Can be easily positioned
Cons
  • Mount gets pulled out with phone
  • Blocks vent

8. Smart Outlet Mount Car Phone Holder

Why we like it: The Smart Outlet Mount Car Phone Holder is compact, simple to set up, and holds your phone in place well.

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Positioning and Stability
This mount can be clipped onto your air vent, ensuring that it stays well out of sight. It also ensures that you don’t do any damage to your dashboard if it is covered in delicate material. This mount actually fits quite firmly into the vent and is able to bear the brunt of the phone well, without falling over. However, when you do remove your phone from the holder, there is a chance that it will be pulled out as well.

What’s great about this holder, though, is that it’s actually quite compact. This is why you can keep it on your air vent without fearing that too much of the airflow will be blocked. So, regardless of the season or the temperature, you will be able to use this holder.

Fit and Grip
The arms on this holder can be pulled out so that they can accommodate phones with widths up to 4.25 inches. Even if you have a really bulky or large phone, you can be sure that it will be able to rest snugly in this cradle. Now, there are three grips – two on the side and one on the bottom.

The two grips on the side are equipped with rubber pieces so that your phone will stay in place at all times. While the bottommost grip does afford your phone support, it can also obstruct your phone’s charging port. This means that you can’t charge your phone while it is in the mount.

Usability
All you need is a few seconds to put up this phone mount, allowing you to easily move it from one vehicle to another. You will also notice that the arms can easily be pulled out to accommodate your phone, allowing you to do this with one hand. Last but not least, you will find that it is easy to angle this mount into a position that is suitable for you.

Pros
  • Adaptable to most phone sizes
  • Easy to mount
  • Can be adjusted
  • Doesn’t block airflow
Cons
  • Mount is pulled out along with phone
  • Bottom grip blocks charging port

9. AVANTEK Cell Phone Holder

Why we like it: The AVANTEK Cell Phone Holder can be quickly set up and holds your phone firmly while driving.

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Positioning and Stability
This phone holder is yet another design that can be clipped on to the air vent which means that you can have it up and running in no time at all. This also allows you to easily move the mount from one vehicle to another without any hassle. While you are driving, you can be quite sure that the holder – and your phone – will remain in place and won’t budge, even a little.

The only problem arises if you try to touch the mount in any way. Even the slightest movement (such as when you are trying to place the phone into the cradle or remove it) can cause the mount to fall out. So, you have to be quite careful when handling it.

Fit and Grip
The arms on this mount can be adjusted up to 3.35 inches, meaning that it doesn’t really matter what kind of smartphone you have. They should be able to fit inside the cradle and sit snugly there. There are only two grips on this holder but on each side of the arm, there are grooves that ensure your phone doesn’t move while it is in the cradle. So, it doesn’t require any other support.

Usability
In terms of usability, this is definitely one of the easier mounts to put up, allowing you to do this in seconds. There is also the fact that the knob can be turned 360 degrees so that you can easily and quickly put your phone either in a horizontal or vertical position.

One of the main issues with this car mount is that the grip is spring loaded. Therefore, it takes quite a bit of strength and effort to pry the arms apart. Now, while this does make it great for keeping your phone in place, you will often require both hands just to be able to put your phone in or take it out.

Pros
  • Good for various phone sizes
  • Easy to attach to vent
  • Can be adjusted
  • Keeps phone in place
Cons
  • Falls out when handled
  • A bit difficult to take phone in and out

10. Koomus Pro Car Mount Holder

Why we like it: The Koomus Pro Car Mount Holder can be quickly installed and offers a firm grip on your phone while you drive.

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Positioning and Stability
This car mount holder fits in your CD slot which means that there is absolutely no hassle involved in getting it set up for you. In a similar vein, you can also move the mount from vehicle to vehicle without too much of a problem. Due to its design, this holder is actually quite steady and will ensure that your phone remains put, even while driving on uneven roads.

The main issue arises when you try to remove the phone from its holder. This forward movement causes the holder to dislodge and move out with the phone. This can get quite tiresome if it happens on a regular basis. However, as long as you don’t actually touch the holder it works well.

Fit and Grip
This mount holder is equipped with a spring-loaded grip that can extend from 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches. So, you shouldn’t have any trouble at all fitting most modern smartphone brands and models. There are only two grips on this holder but they are designed in such a way that they are more than capable of holding your phone still. This is because they tighten around the width of your phone, ensuring that it is held in place until you physically remove it.

Usability
The angle of this mount can be adjusted. So, depending on your preference, you will be able to view your phone from a portrait or landscape position. The only area where this phone mount isn’t user-friendly is the grip. Since it is spring loaded, it can be quite difficult to manage, especially if you are trying to do it one-handed. So, you are going to have to struggle with a bit with can mean that the entire mount will disengage from the CD slot.

Pros
  • Simple to install
  • Holds phone securely
  • Compatible with different phone sizes
  • Adjustable angles
Cons
  • Mount can fall out when taking phone
  • A bit difficult to fit phone in cradle

Guide to Buying the Best Phone Car Mount

Now let’s get into how you can pick the best phone mounts and holders for cars by yourself.

What Type of Mount is Right for You?

There are a few different types of mounts to choose from. You can distinguish between these mounts based on where they are placed in your car.

Windshield Mounts

These tend to be rather common for one reason – they keep your phone at eye level. So, if you use your phone to find your way around, this will be the best place to keep your phone.

However, some people don’t like these kinds of mounts as they block at least a small portion of your view. Also, they can be a bit unsightly when you are looking from the outside in.

Dashboard Mounts

Next in line, at least in terms of popularity, are dashboard mounts. Depending on the kind of vehicle that you have, you may find that these dashboard holders are easier to mount closer to you. Also, they tend not to vibrate as much since they don’t have elongated arms.

If your dashboard is made from a high-quality or delicate material, though, this type of mount may not be the best idea. This is because the adhesive or suction feature of the holder will inevitably cause the material to get damaged.

CD Slot Mounts

With these mounts, there is a feature that can be fixed inside of your CD slot. The great thing about this kind of mount is that they are fairly easy to install and offer you a good grip.

It should be noted that if your CD player is positioned too low on your car, it will be difficult for you to see your phone’s display. Also, if you tend to listen to CDs a lot, then this type of mount really isn’t going to work for you.

Air Vent Mounts

The main advantage with air vent mounts is that they take just moments to install. Also, they are quite sturdy so they will hold your phone in place.

Unfortunately, this is only until you pull your phone out – this forward movement can cause the mount to be disengaged as well. Also, with this kind of mount, you have to be careful about turning up the heat too much as you could end up damaging your phone.

Compatibility with Phone Size

The next thing that you need to be concerned with is how well the mount in question is able to hold on to your phone.

Grips and Cradle

You will find that there are two common types of grips or cradles with these mounts – those that extend with a press of a button and spring loaded mounts.

The great thing about button-ready mounts is that they require very little effort on your part. You can easily extend or retract the arms without any trouble. So, you can manage it with just one hand.

Spring-loaded grips, on the other hand, are incredibly strong. The advantage of this, of course, is that they hold your phone in place, incredibly well.

However, it also means that you often have to work to pry the arms apart. So, if you want to take your phone out or put it in the cradle while driving, you will not be able to do so.

Adjustability

You then have to think about whether or not the arms can be stretched apart enough to accommodate your phone.

Now, you will come across holders that claim to be the best universal car mounts. While many of these are accurate in their dimensions, you should always do your own homework.

First, check the minimum and maximum grip width of the car mount. Then, compare it to the width of your phone and see whether it will be a good fit or not.

Changing the Angle

Most of the best car smartphone mounts that you will come across can be rotated in a 360-degree angle. So, in this sense, you are covered whether you want to view your display in a portrait or landscape position.

However, this isn’t the only thing that you will need to examine. You should also look at how secure your phone will be in this new position.

Is the mount able to keep it in place, or do you find that your phone is slipping out because the mount can stabilize it as well?

Remember, a good holder should work well in any position.

Durability and Sturdiness

It is always a good idea to check the sturdiness of the phone mount you want to get. At the very least, check what materials it is made of.

See, these mounts are going to need to bear the brunt of your phone for long periods of time. So, if you have a bulky or heavy phone, it can pay to make sure that the holder is capable of taking that weight.

Make certain that the holder is constructed properly and that it will not bend or tilt forward when dealing with the bulk of your phone.

You should also check that the holder works well in all temperatures. After all, it may be exposed to direct sunlight or very cold temperatures, depending on where you live.

As you can see, there is a quite a bit that you have to think about when getting a phone mount. So, hopefully, our reviews and buying guide were able to point you in the right direction.