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The 5 Best Car Phone Mounts of 2023

We put different styles of car phone mounts through head to head testing to determine which models were best
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Best Car Phone Mount of 2023
A phone mount for your car is a handy device, and there are many to choose from.
Credit: Miya Tsudome

Our Top Picks

By Chris McNamara, Miya Tsudome, and Jason Peters  ⋅  Jul 14, 2023

To find the best car phone mount, we researched more than 40 models before selecting the best 9 for rigorous side-by-side testing. Our expert testers then evaluated each mount across four important performance metrics, including stability, ease of use, ease of installation, and security. We compared a number of different styles, including mounts that adhere to your dashboard, your windshield, or your air vents. We used each mounted and remounted each product in a variety of vehicles and with a number of different phone sizes to help you find the best option for your daily drive.

We've tested a variety of electronics, including many handy phone and auto accessories. Whether you need the best car charger to keep your phone juiced up while you're on the road, the best iPhone case for your smartphone, or emergency items like jump starters and the best tire gauges, our reviews can help you determine the right products for your needs.


Best Overall Car Phone Mount

Scosche MagicMount Pro Universal

Ease of use
Great variety of mounting options
Integrated cable management
Semi-permanent installation

The Scosche MagicMount Pro Universal is an adhesive mount that sticks to your dash. It requires a magnetic plate on your phone or case, which we know will deter some folks, but this was our top choice for a car phone mount. It's simple to use and the most secure of the magnetic mounts we tested. The integrated cable management is straightforward and a nice feature if you want it. If you don't, it can disappear. You have some flexibility in deciding where to mount this model. The adhesive section's footprint is fairly small, at just 2.1 inches long and 1.2 inches wide, and provides many mounting options. This is the least bulky car phone mount we tested, and those who prefer something sleek and unassuming (and don't mind a semi-permanent mount) will love this option.

As with any semi-permanent mount, moving or swapping it between cars is not easy. And, when you want to remove it, you will need to track down some new adhesive. Overall, though, the Scosche MagicMount is a great semi-permanent mount.

best overall car phone mount
This is by far the lowest profile dash mount we tested.
Credit: Jason Peters


Best Bang for the Buck

Maxboost Car Mount

Installation type: Vent | Phone mount type: Magnetic
Simple to set up
Easy phone installation
Small size and inexpensive
Low stability score
Requires adding magnets to your case

The Maxboost Car Mount gives you two vent mounts at an incredible price. It held its own in all metrics among the products we tested with similar designs. Setup is quick and straightforward — just slip the mount onto the vent, and you're good to go. The beautiful part of having multiple mounts included is that it's easy to transition from car to car if you are part of a multi-car family. If you're not, you can slip the other mount into your carry-on and be ready when you get to a rental car.

The primary drawback with this mount (and all mounts of similar design) is that phones can spin upside down on the magnet or even fall off. This is largely dependent on how big your phone is and where you place the magnet. The phone may spin on bumpy terrain if the magnet isn't centered on the case. The mount also tends to slide out from the vent when removing the phone. However, you can mitigate this issue by sliding the phone off the mount rather than pulling it straight out. We should note that we encountered both of these issues with every car vent phone mount with a similar design. Overall, the Maxboost is a good option given the price.

car phone mount - best bang for the buck
The Maxboost is so low key it's hard to see. It also blocks relatively little air compared to most vent mounts.
Credit: Jason Peters


Most Secure and Stable

iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Air Vent Mount

Installation type: Vent | Phone mount type: Pinch
On-the-fly adjustments are difficult
More complex installation
Our review tested the Easy One Touch 4, but iOttie has since released the new Easy One Touch 5, which we are now linking to. The new model (pictured above) features an upgraded cradle for more case compatibility, a magnetic cord organizer, and a bottom foot to cradle your phone. Keep in mind that all other review text here still pertains to our experience with the Easy One Touch 4.
Although the setup is more complicated than other vent mount options, the threaded pinch mechanism of the iOttie Easy One Touch Air Vent Mount offers the most secure interface. That threaded pinch mechanism is also employed to lock in the swivel mount. Although this makes it much harder to adjust, once you find a viewing angle you like, it is much more secure and stable to touch. Putting the phone in may also be a little more complicated than with other mounts, but it becomes second nature with time. The wings stay open when it's not in use, then release to pinch the phone into place when you push the phone against the mount.

This mount's bulk makes it a bit of an eyesore when the phone is not mounted. But the same bulk adds some protection to prevent your phone from overheating on those cold days when the heater is blasting.

car phone mount - most secure and stable
Once attached, this mount is very secure relative to other vent mounts.
Credit: Jason Peters


Best Suction Cup Mount

iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Mount

Installation type: Suction cup | Phone mount type: Pinch
Lots of adjustments
Stable mount
Doesn't work on all dashboards
Large size makes it hard to store

More than any other mount, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Mount allows you to put the phone exactly where you like it. The suction cup provides a lot of versatility for mounting positions on your windshield or dashboard. However, be aware that suction cup mounts on your windshield are illegal in some states. This mount is one of the most stable models that we tested, keeping your phone steady throughout your drive.

Due to its adjustable nature, setup is a little more involved. The pinching mechanism on both iOttie models is complex. They operate with a button on the inside of the mount — when the phone is pushed into the mount, that button is depressed, and the wings pinch the phone. At first, removing the phone feels a little insecure, but it becomes second nature with continued use. We couldn't get the suction mount to stick to some dashboards, especially cars with pebbled or sloped surfaces. This mount also has many moving parts and feels to be made of cheap plastic material. Our reviewers did not love all the excess screws and hinges and buttons and clamps of this mount, but once it is set up and out of the way, feels more manageable to deal with.

car phone mount - best suction cup mount
While it looks like a big tentacle, it also gives you great variability on placement and doesn't block air the air vent.
Credit: Jason Peters


Most Simple Phone Mount

Loncaster Car Phone Holder

Installation type: Removable Adhesive | Phone mount type: Cradle
Easy to use
Easy installation and removal
Adhesive may get less sticky over time
No adjustability

Our reviewers loved the Loncaster Car Phone Holder for its simplicity. With no moving parts, no messing with adjustments, and hoping your phone will stay in place, this phone holder will make you breathe easy. With a sticky adhesive bottom, this silicone cradle mounts easily on your dashboard, is unobtrusive, and keeps your phone at a perfect viewing angle with its charging port accessible. Since it doesn't rely on a cradle suspended by a small vent or dash attachment, this phone mount can easily accommodate bigger and heavier phones without having to worry it will fall over. Because there are no moving parts, it's incredibly easy to use with one hand — simply place or remove your phone from its secure rubber groove.

The only drawback we found is that this model can only accommodate phones in a horizontal orientation, and there is no way to adjust the viewing angle, although the slightly tilted angle of the cradle is more than adequate for daily use. The manufacturer states that the sticky rubber bottom can be cleaned and reused, but we are skeptical of how long the adhesive will truly last. But so far, it has managed to survive hot days sitting in the sun without losing its adhesion, and overall we are quite pleased by the simplicity and performance of this product.

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This car phone mount is a breeze to use.
Credit: Miya Tsudome


A Secure Vent Mount

Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Air Vent Mount

Installation type: Vent | Phone mount type: Pinch
Easy to use
Larger than others

The Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Air Vent Mount mount setup is fairly easy. The mount offers two different locking positions for different thicknesses. It is very stable to the touch, and we didn't observe it slipping off the vent during use. The cradle pinch design makes it easy to mount the phone with one hand. Taking the phone out can be a bit slow compared to some of the other offerings, but it feels more secure and less likely to drop the phone. The cradle design also reduces the likelihood of your phone overheating if the heater is on.

The bottom supports to the cradle are not adjustable, which can be an issue for phones with headphone jacks or off-center charging ports. While it can tighten onto a vent, one small gripe we had during installation is that the adjustments are on either side of the center. This means that if you flip the switch in the wrong direction, you have to go all the way back across to achieve the desired tightness.


Good Non-magnetic Vent Mount

Kenu Airframe Pro

Installation type: Vent | Phone mount type: Pinch
Universal design
Simple to use
Pinches the phone too softly

The Kenu Airframe Pro uses a spring-loaded clamp to attach to a car vent. This enhances its stability and makes it harder to accidentally remove. At the same time, it remains quick and easy to put on the vent. Once installed, the spring-loaded phone interface is easy to operate with one hand and offers the ability to adjust the viewing angle with a swivel. In touch stability, it placed in the middle of the pack.

The simple design does have some weaknesses. The biggest one we found is that on rougher roads, the clamp tends to lose its grip on the phone — and suddenly, you're in a potentially dangerous situation.


Good for Traveling

Scosche MagicMount Pro VNT

Installation type: Vent | Phone mount type: Magnet
Small form
Easy to install
Tends to slip out of the vent
Expensive compared to similar designs

With its small size, the Scosche MagicMount Pro VNT is easy to install. It's ideal for slipping into a pocket of your carry-on, then putting it on the vent of your rental car. It has a removable facade that you can change between black and silver to better match your car's interior.

Removing the phone with a twisting motion made for a clean release 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time, the mount slipped out of the vent. Results will vary depending on your vent's thickness, which is similar to the situation with all other non-clamping vent mounted phone holders we tested.


A Different Mounting Option

TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount

Installation type: Cup holder | Phone mount type: Pinch
No mounting required
Easy installation
Adjustable gooseneck
Cradle does not attach securely to gooseneck
Must look down to access and see phone
Large, bulky

The TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount is cleverly designed as it will fit right into your vehicle's cupholder instead of mounting to a vent or dashboard. This is a great option for those with smaller cars and dash space or those who don't like their vents to be blocked by a phone holder. Its base comes with attachments to help the phone mount fit snugly into different sized cup holders, and its gooseneck allows for endless viewing angles and adjustability.

However, this phone mount is large and bulky, taking up not only valuable cup holder space but also being a bit cumbersome with its long gooseneck, which comes very close to our gear shifter in our Toyota Tacoma. While other car phone mounts are meant to be placed at head height, making it easy and safe to take a quick glance at your phone for directions or to change a song, you must take your eyes off the road and look down to see your phone screen with this phone holder. Our last gripe is that the cradle does not attach securely to the gooseneck, making it easy to come unattached while trying to adjust the viewing angle — a definite downside.

car phone mount - this phone holder fits easily into our cup holder, but its gooseneck...
This phone holder fits easily into our cup holder, but its gooseneck is hard to adjust.
Credit: Miya Tsudome

Why You Should Trust Us

Lead tester Chris McNamara has tested over 1,000 consumer products in the last decade from bike phone mounts to the best snow shovels. In a big year, Chris also drives over 40,000 miles. Chris, along with Jason Peters and Miya Tsudome, have been using car phone mounts for over a decade and have tested more than 30 different models throughout the years. Each of the 11 models in this test was used side-by-side with its competitors and evaluated across four different performance tests. We then used each model independently on long drives and road trips to assess durability and identify any quirks that could only be revealed through extended use.

The Kenu Airframe Pro keeps a fairly low profile while mounting in a...
The Kenu Airframe Pro keeps a fairly low profile while mounting in a vent.
The Penom is a solid choice for an air vent mount.
The Penom is a solid choice for an air vent mount.
The iOtie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Mount is our favorite...
The iOtie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Mount is our favorite suction cup mount.

Analysis and Test Results

We performed four performance tests and evaluated each phone across four different metrics, including stability, ease of installation, ease of use, and security.


In this metric, we rate how well each product stays connected to your vehicle. The most stable mount in our test was the Scosche MagicMount Pro Dash. Its adhesive back held fast to whatever we stuck it to, and it included the side benefit of being very versatile in its placement location.

car phone mount - if you don't mind a semi-permanent installation, the scosche...
If you don't mind a semi-permanent installation, the Scosche MagicMount Pro Universal is our favorite mount that keeps the vent clear.
Credit: Jason Peters

Just behind the Scosche was the iOttie Easy One Touch Vent Mount, the most stable of the vent mounts. The iOttie attaches to the vent, then clamps down with a threaded tightening mechanism. That threaded tightening mechanism is also employed to lock the swivel mount. Making on-the-fly adjustments is very difficult, but once you find the angle you like and lock it down, it's not going anywhere.

car phone mount - vent mount options typically keep the phone conveniently close to...
Vent mount options typically keep the phone conveniently close to the driver, but can potentially block airflow.
Credit: Jason Peters

The TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount also scores high in the stability category, as it sits in your vehicle's cup holder and is adjustable in size for an assured snug fit.

car phone mount - made to adjust to different sized cup holders, the topgo phone mount...
Made to adjust to different sized cup holders, the TOPGO phone mount is stable and easy to use.
Credit: Miya Tsudome

On smooth roads, the Scosche MagicMount Pro VNT and Maxboost Magnetic were stable enough, but when the terrain got rough, they seemed to be the first to fall off. That's because they slip into the vent without any supplemental clamping mechanism. Because vent attachment models are secured to only a thin sheet of plastic, they are more prone to being impacted by a vehicle's vibration. They may not be the best choice if you are often traveling over bumpy terrain.

Ease of Installation

Across the board, the magnetic mounts took the longest to install the first time. First, you have to put the magnetic back on your phone or phone case. This took an average of two minutes to clean the phone for a reliable connection, line up the placement just right, and then finally stick it on. Consequently, reinstalling mounts that employ magnets is much faster than installing them the first time. All the magnetic mounts were fast to install if you exclude the magnetic back's initial installation — none taking more than a minute.

The quickest mount to install initially was the Loncaster Car Phone Holder. All you have to do is take the plastic off the bottom of the silicone pad and stick it on to your dashboard, which takes no more than 10 seconds. At 20 seconds was the BEAM Car vent phone holder, which uses a very similar design to clamp the mount to the vent. Among the designs that employ magnetic plates, the Maxboost Magnetic and the Scosche MagicMount Pro VNT were the quickest at 2 minutes 7 seconds and 2 minutes 9 seconds, respectively. But once that magnetic backing is attached to your phone, it's under 10 seconds to install them both.

Ease of use

This metric assesses the day-to-day operation of each mount, the ease of putting on and taking off your phone, and how the phone moves if you tap or swipe it while it's mounted. Here, the Scosche MagicMount Pro Dash B once again claimed the top spot. The adhesive is strong enough that you don't have to fuss with your tactics when taking the phone off — just pull it off in any direction. With the other magnetic mounts, you must use a twist and pull motion to ensure the mount stays attached to the vent. With the Scosche, the phone is also stable to the touch.

car phone mount - the iottie dash & windshield mount had a small learning curve to...
The IOttie Dash & Windshield Mount had a small learning curve to figure out how to pinch and remove.
Credit: Jason Peters

The Loncaster also comes in at a close second for ease of use. Installing your phone is as simple as placing it in the silicone cradle, with no moving parts to adjust to put it in or take it out.

car phone mount - the loncaster model is simple and easy to use.
The Loncaster model is simple and easy to use.
Credit: Miya Tsudome

We found the Kenu Airframe Pro intuitive to use with one hand. You push your phone against the spring-loaded side of the clamp to open it and slip your phone in for a good fit. The vent-pinching mechanism also adds security to the mount, making it easy to install and uninstall your phone.


Here, we look at how likely your phone will fall off during operation and how likely you are to drop your phone accidentally while putting it on or taking it off the mount. All the cradle-style mounts like the BEAM Car Vent Phone Holder and the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Air Vent Mount were the most secure.

car phone mount - the beam offered some of the highest security of any mounts tested.
The Beam offered some of the highest security of any mounts tested.
Credit: Jason Peters

The Loncaster holds a phone with a case on nice and snugly, but since there is no adjustability option is not the most stable for a thin phone without a case. But because of its simple cradle design, it can easily accommodate larger phones that may struggle to stay upright on other models.


It might seem overwhelming with over a thousand car phone mounts on the market. Hopefully, we helped you narrow it down to the best model for your needs. Once you decide whether you want a vent, dash, or windshield mount, it's then primarily a question of how easy you want it to be to install and remove the mount and how securely you want it to hold your phone.

Chris McNamara, Miya Tsudome, and Jason Peters