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We’ve dug through HUNDREDS of different car phone mounts on our way to finding the top dog so you don’t have to.

Quick notes:

– Features vary greatly from one car phone mount to another. You’ll need to choose what suits your phone AND car best.

– We’ve highlighted the winners in the all-round functionality, value, and premium categories (plus, shout-outs to a few honorable mentions).

It’s time to get your hands off your phone and onto your steering wheel with a handy car phone mount! But where do you start? There are tens, hundreds, thousands of choices on the market. Well, there’s a lot of junk out there! So once we take the cream of the crop, we can start to pick out some winners.

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Whatever model of car or make of phone you have, we’re confident you’ll find something on the list below that works well for you.

Best All-Round Car Phone Mount: iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount

You don’t get to be the top-rated phone mount in the marketplace by chance, and iOttie has earned its 5-star reputation as one of the most effective universal smartphone mounts.

Not only does the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount securely attach to nearly any part of your dashboard, but it also allows attachment to your car’s windshield. This versatility makes it easy to put your phone exactly where you’d like.

Important highlights: Telescopic arm, patented “Easy One Touch” phone attachment, incredible stability, and a one year warranty.

Price: Approximately $14.

Best Value Car Phone Mount: Beam Electronics Universal Mount

Beam Electronics is a well-known brand for quality and value. Their universal car phone mount will easily attach to the air vents of your car, making installation a breeze. It also keeps your phone away from your windshield so your view remains unobstructed.

“Great value, easy installation, solid durability, and a one year warranty included.”

This phone holder feels tough to the touch, giving customers full confidence that it will durably weather hot or cold conditions, even the odd bump. It features padded interior cradles to keep your phone safely held in place.

When you want to remove your phone, just hit the quick-release button on the back. One small note is that this mount is NOT compatible with Google’s Pixel 5 phone.

Important highlights: Great value, easy installation, solid durability, and a one year warranty included.

Price: Approximately $12.

Best Premium Pick: Bestrix Universal CD Slot Mount

You and I both know that no matter how “easy” or “fast” some car phone mounts claim to be, the process can be downright painful. I’ve personally struggled to get some of these easy mounts to apply to my car’s dash, despite the claim that they would attach to anything.

That’s why Bestrix’s Universal CD Slot Mount is a dream come true in that department — it attaches via the CD slot on your car stereo instead of the dash, windshield, or air vents. This makes for an extremely secure mount. As long as your car has a CD slot, you’re off to the races.

“You and I both know that no matter how ‘easy’ or ‘fast’ some car phone mounts claim to be, the process can be downright painful.”

With its adjustable gripping mechanism, you can even leave your phone case on when you mount your phone. No more fumbling to get your case off every time you get in the car only to put it back on again at the end of your drive!

Important highlights: Adjustable gripping mechanism, full rotation feature, and stays firm even on bumpy terrain.

Price: Approximately $23.

Car Phone Mounts That Deserve an Honorable Mention…

There are too many other car phone mounts to review without taking up pages of space, but here are a few others that caught our eye.

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Phone Holder: Easy attachment to your car’s air vents and comes with magnetic strips you can attach to your phone so that your phone goes on and off this mount in the blink of an eye.

Vansky 3-in-1 Universal Phone Holder: Windshield, dashboard, air vents. Vansky’s 3-in-1 design allows it to be easily attached to any of these options while supporting your phone on a long, flexible arm so that you can have your phone wherever you need it.

Mpow Car Phone Mount: 360 degrees of rotation while attaching securely to your car’s CD slot, allowing for easy charging access.

Dashboard Mount TechMatte MagGrip Car Mount Holder: Suction cup application to your dashboard or windshield makes this install process easy, secure, and sure to last with a durable design and one year warranty, to boot.

Humixx Dashboard Cellphone Car Mount Holder: One of the most compact magnetic phone mounts that claims to be attachable to any flat surface within or without your car with its strong adhesive.

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