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In 2018 there’s no excuse for keeping your phone in a cup holder or on your thigh while you drive. It’s unsafe, and a problem you can easily solve using one of my favorite tech accessories, a phone mount.
Whether it attaches to your car’s dashboard using a suction cup, or clips onto one of its air vents, phone mounts help keep your eyes where they’re supposed to be when you’re driving — on the road. The phone mount I currently use has a Qi charger built in so it can wirelessly charge my phone while I drive, but before that I relied one from iOttie that served me well for years.
Besides helping to keep my eyes focused on driving, having a car mount has also reduced my urge to respond to texts while I’m on the road, even at red lights or stop signs. By taking the phone literally out of my hands, my car mount has helped to make me a safer driver.
I love the car mount I have, but to give you a wider range of options I’ve collected the six mounts Amazon shoppers rely on the most using the site’s best-sellers list. You’ll find mounts of different shapes, sizes, styles, and price ranges, each of which have their own pros and cons.
The smallest mount won’t take up space, but you can only place it in a few spots. The newer version of the iOttie mount I used is bigger, but you can put it anywhere you want, and move it around to a spot that’s most comfortable to you. Deciding which one of these mounts will work best depends on you and your car, but using any of them is better than splitting your focus between driving and your phone.
iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard and Windshield Car Mount
Amazon rating: 4.1 out of 1,100+ reviews
This phone mount from iOttie is the newer version of the one I used for almost three years, and it has all of the same features. It uses a powerful suction cup to keep your phone secure, but unlike similar phone mounts, iOttie’s isn’t supposed to be stuck directly onto your car. Instead, the mount includes a plastic disc with an adhesive bottom, which acts as a buffer between your car’s dash and the phone mount. This is smart, because it keeps the plastic suction cup from getting too hot in the summer and loosening up.
Two “arms” on the side of this mount extend up to 3.5 inches (enough to hold a Plus-sized iPhone or Samsung Galaxy), and contract to securely keep your phone in place.
Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Air Vent Mount
Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 2,400+ reviews
Beam Electronics combined some of the best elements from both air vent and suction cup mounts to create this popular option. The mount clips onto one of your car’s air vents, but it has a full cradle to keep your phone in place rather than connecting to it using magnets.
The result is a phone mount that’s bigger than most air vent mounts, but also more secure. The two “arms” that hold your phone in place extend up to 3.7 inches, which means you can use this mount with a Plus-sized iPhone or Android phone. Once your phone is in the mount, you can route a charging cable through the gap between the two bottom pieces to keep it charged while you’re driving.
WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 8,900+ reviews
If you’re looking for a car mount that will work with any phone, and doesn’t take up too much space, Wizgear’s is your best bet. It comes in two parts: a small, magnetic mount that clips onto one of your car’s air vents, and an adhesive metal plate that sticks onto the back of your phone or its case.
Once the metal plate is attached, your phone will stick onto the mount, and stay put while you drive. The only downside to air vent mounts is that you can’t position your phone at as many angles as you could with a suction cup mount. But that’s the trade-off you make for using a mount that’s this compact.
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