The best car phone holders 2018: windscreen, vent and dash mounts

Mount your smartphone in your car for easy access to GPS and hands-free calling

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Our phones have a lot of great features which now allow us to use them as a multifunctional device such as a sat nav or speakerphone for taking calls in the car. 

But with the new laws in place, it is imperative that your phone is mounted correctly with a proper device on your dashboard, rather than being kept in the well of your car. 

A car phone mount is designed to hold your device in the optimum position for safe viewing of the screen while driving. They often attach onto your air conditioning vent, or have a rubber suction pad for attaching to the windscreen. 

A clip-on mount will be easy to take on and off and blends in with your dashboard quite well whereas a suction pad might annoy those who don’t like getting marks on their windscreen, or who don’t like the idea of leaving a mount visible when their car is unattended. 

When purchasing a car phone holder, don’t just go for the cheapest option as these can often be flimsy and insecure which could end up damaging your phone. You may also find some cheap universal phone holders don’t quite fit the shape and size of your phone, which can make it tricky to set up to begin with. 

We’ve picked out some of the best car phone holders that make using your phone in the car safe and legal. Some are compatible with charging cables for keeping your phone powered up on the go, and some allow you to change the orientation of your phone depending on your preference. Most of the phone mounts we’ve chosen are compatible with all smartphones, and they aren’t all that expensive, either. 

The best car phone holder

1. iOttie Easy One Touch 3

This versatile phone mount can be attached to different surfaces

Specifications
Best for: Range of attachments
Attachment: Sticky gel pad
Compatible with: Screens up to 3.5 inches
Adjustable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Telescopic arm+Sticks to dash or windscreen
Reasons to avoid
-Difficult to remove from windscreen

This car phone mount is a versatile device that will easily hold any smartphone up to 3.5 inches in size. The sticky pad allows for this cradle to be attached to any surface, making it perfect for either the windscreen or dashboard, but users have said it can almost be too stick on the windscreen and hard to remove. 

You’ll also be able to adjust the mount so your phone sits the way you’d like and it also has a telescopic arm which allows for you to adjust the distance of the phone to you so you can see the screen better. A solid and sturdy choice for all smartphones.

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2. Logitech ZeroTouch

A voice assisted car phone mount for hands free navigation

Specifications
Best for: Hands free control
Attachment: Air vent clip
Compatible with: Android
Adjustable: No
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with Alexa+No touching required
Reasons to avoid
-Need to download the app

This car phone mount isn’t anything special in terms of the cradle itself, but what this phone mount does do is allow for total hands free control. The corresponding app allows you to control your phone completely via voice control and it is even compatible with Alexa so she can play you music, make calls, send texts and route your GPS for you.

There is no adjustment features on this mount, but the air vent clip is sturdy and allows your phone to be at the perfect angle for viewing. 

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3. Exshow Car Mount

A flexible windscreen mount that won’t obstruct your view

Specifications
Best for: Flexibility
Attachment: Suction pad
Compatible with: Screens up to 6 inch
Adjustable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+360 degree adjustment+Extra suction for stability
Reasons to avoid
-Tends to wobble a little 

This extra-long car phone mount is perfect for getting your phone in the prime position for viewing without obstructing your view of the road. The doubled-up suction pad means it sticks to the windscreen with ease, however its length means it does tend to wobble a little on uneven surfaces. 

You’ll also get 360 degree ball adjustment which will allow you to find the perfect position and orientation of your screen, holding any smartphone up to 6 inches. Overall, users found this to be a simple yet effective car phone mount. 

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4. Yosh Magnetic Car Mount

A simple yet effective design for easily mounting your phone

Specifications
Best for: Design
Attachment: Air vent clip
Compatible with: All smartphones
Adjustable: No
Reasons to buy
+Magnetic attachment +Can hold a tablet 
Reasons to avoid
-Requires you to stick a sticker on the back of your phone

If you don’t want something too fiddly and cumbersome, then this simple magnetic air vent mount is the ideal choice. Users love how sturdy the clip to the vent is, and how you can simply place your phone in any position you like on the mount. 

This little device may not look like much, but it can even hold your tablet and is said to stay put even when driving on uneven terrain. You do have to stick a magnetic sticker to the back of your phone in order for it to work, which can be a little unsightly if you have a pretty cover or coloured case. However, for a cheap yet reliable car phone mount, you can expect good things from this one. 

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5. Arteck Car Mount

Mount anywhere for easy access

Specifications
Best for: Multifunctional
Attachment: Sticky pad
Compatible with: All smartphones
Adjustable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Not too cumbersome+Holds even the bigger smartphones
Reasons to avoid
-Requires some moisture to stick well

If sticking a car phone mount of your windscreen is a little bit of a stretch, then this sticky pad is a great option for attaching your phone to your dashboard. Buyers found this car phone mount to be very adjustable, allowing you to position your phone either horizontally or vertically, and found it to be surprisingly sturdy even for larger handsets. 

Some had trouble initially sticking this mount to their dashboard, but found a little bit of water helps it grip nicely. Overall customers recommend this product as sturdy and customisable mount for all smartphone devices. 

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6. Wuteku Car Phone Holder

A simple yet adjustable magnetic phone mount for your dashboard

Specifications
Best for: The perfect angle
Attachment: Sticky pad
Compatible with: All smartphones
Adjustable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Magnetic grip+Discreet magnetic phone disc
Reasons to avoid
- Sticky pad not the best 

Here we have another great magnetic car phone mount, but this time you can hide the magnetic disc underneath your phone’s case discreetly so it won’t ruin the aesthetics of your phone. 

Owners found this small mount to hold even larger phones very well, but some had trouble with the sticky pad staying put on their dashboard. However, those with a standard smartphone can expect this mount to provide a great deal of flexibility with minimal effort. 

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7. Mpow Grip Pro 2

This mount slots into your CD player for a secure hold

Specifications
Best for: Anti-slip
Attachment: CD insert
Compatible with: Screens up to 3.5 inches
Adjustable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Can still play CDs+Solid and sturdy
Reasons to avoid
- Can obstruct view in portrait position 

If you’re not convinced by the sticky pads or suction clips, then this car phone mount is a sturdy and solid alternative. This device is secured by being inserted into your CD slot which minimises movement and eliminates the risk of slippage. 

It is fully adjustable via swivel and tilt, although users with bigger screens have said that in a portrait position it can obstruct their view. You can also still play CDs with this phone mount in place, but you will have to remove it in order to change CDs.