10. Car Phone Mount, Vansky 3-in-1 Universal Cell Phone Holder Car Air Vent Holder Dashboard Mount Windshield Mount
Method of Mounting: Air Vent with Holder, Windshield with Holder, or Dashboard with Holder
Coming in last on our list of cradles and mounts is the 3-in-1 phone holder by Vansky. This is the most versatile of any of the phone holders we’ve listed as it can be clipped to the air vents, mounted to the dashboard, or attached to the windshield via a suction cup.
Incredibly, all three options are included and the price is still affordable. No tools are required for installation. The windshield mount includes a flexible long neck to allow you to angle the phone for your preferred viewing angle. Side arms on the holder itself feature a quick release and rotates on a ball joint to provide 360 degrees of viewing.
This holder can fit most iPhone and Android phones as long as they are between 3.5 inches and 7 inches wide. This would be an ideal mount for larger phones or anyone not sure what mounting method is going to be best for their vehicle.
9. Mpow Car Phone Mount, Dashboard Car Phone Holder, Washable Strong Sticky Gel Pad with One-Touch Design
Method of Mounting: Dashboard Mount with Holder
Ninth on our list is the dashboard mounting phone holder from Mpow. This features a telescopic arm that ranges from 4.6” to 6.6”, pivots up and down as necessary to provide optimal viewing angles. In addition, a swivel ball allows rotation up to 360 degrees. This holder has adjustable locking arm width to hold phones from 1.6 inches to 3.5 inches width. This would be an ideal mount for most smaller iPhone or Android phones.
One feature we liked on this phone holder was the foldable holding feet which don’t get in the way of charging cables at the bottom of the phone. There is a foam backing to help absorb road vibration and bumps which is also nice. One of the best things about this phone holder is its affordability.
8. WeatherTech CupFone – Universal Adjustable Portable Cup Holder Car Mount for Cell Phones
Method of Mounting: Cupholder with Holder
Eighth on our list is a very new option to mount your phone inside your car. The WeatherTech CupFone features another unique idea that utilizes your cupholder to serve as the base for this mount. One benefit of this over typical phone mounts that might clip to your air vents is that it won’t block the air flow of your vents.
The base is super versatile and comes with a variety of interchangeable base cups to allow it to fit in almost any cup holder despite the size difference. The base simply sets into your cup holder which prevents any complicated installation or the use of any adhesives or magnets.
The holder itself fits almost all iPhone or Android phones and is very easy to use. The only reason it doesn’t rank very high on our list is because of the prohibitive cost and most cup holders are in a poor location causing the user to look away from the road completely. This holder is unique in its mounting location though, and manufactured in the USA.
7. iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard & Windshield Car Phone Mount Holder
Method of Mounting: Dashboard Mount with Holder or Window Mount with Holder
Seventh on our list comes the Dashboard and Windshield Mount Holder by iOttie. This mount can attach to your dash or windshield allowing a choice in how you decide to mount this holder. For those with leather dashboards, it’s recommended to mount this phone holder via your windshield. It features a telescopic arm that can extend from 4 inches all the way up to 6.5 inches, including the ability to pivot on a 225 degree arc.
The iOttie Easy One Touch features automatically locking arms when you put your iPhone or Android phone in and a one-touch release to unlock the arms and allow the removal of your phone. Because of the versatility of the locking arms, it fits most phones provided their width is between 2.3 inches and 3.5 inches. A one year warranty provided by the manufacturer rounds out this option as an overall solid choice.
6. Bestrix Universal CD Phone Mount Cell Phone Holder for Car Compatible with All Smartphones up to 6.5″
Method of mounting: CD Slot with Holder
Sixth on our list is a unique choice that utilizes the CD slot for its mounting option. The Bestrix Universal CD Phone Mount requires no specialized tools or adhesives to mount to your car which we found especially pleasing. This mount securely holds most iPhone or Android phones up to 6 inch in diameter, and the side arms allow any phone as long as it is under 3.62” wide. Features a one touch release button for ease of removing your phone.
Not the most affordable, but you get what you pay for with this one and the unique mounting option makes it a strong choice in our list
5. VAVA Magnetic Phone Holder for Car Dashboard, Car Phone Mount with a Super Strong Magnet, Compatible with iPhone Xs Max XR X 8 7 Plus Galaxy S9 S8 Plus Note 9 8 and More
Method of mounting: Dashboard Mount with Magnet
In the middle of our list comes the VAVA Magnetic Phone Holder. This holder mounts to your dash with a heavy duty 3M adhesive allowing a super strong hold to whichever surface you decide to adhere it to.
A small magnet attaches to the back of your phone case to allow a strong magnetic connection to be made to the base that claims a pickup weight of 6.6lbs (3kg) without breaking its grip. You can spin and turn your iPhone or Android phone to any rotation as you please since the connection is magnetic. The base features a ball pivot that allows a versatile number of viewing angles for your convenience.
This phone holder comes in a variety of colors: pink, blue, black, or red. A one year replacement in the event of any issues should ease any concerns about the longevity of this wonderful phone holder.
4. Magnetic Mount, WizGear [2 Pack] Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Phone Holder, for Cell Phones and Mini Tablets
Method of mounting: Air Vent with Magnet
Fourth on our list comes the dual pack of magnetic mounts by Wizgear that clips into the air vents. Yet another magnetic mount that will allow you to easily rotate your phone as the mount remains fixed on the vent. Powerful magnets keep your iPhone or Android phone held firm so it doesn’t fall even while your car is bumping along the road.
The base of this mount is rubber, which further helps to reduce the effects of road vibrations or bumps. Featuring simple clips allows easy installation and use of this phone holder mount. A complementary design fits to the back of your phone allowing it to mount to any magnetic mount.
3. Car Mount, Maxboost [2 Pack] Universal Air Vent Magnetic Phone Car Mounts Holder
Method of Mounting: Air Vent with Magnet
Our third choice is the Universal Magnetic Mount that clips to your air vent from Maxboost. This extremely affordable option boasts powerful magnets built into the mount head to ensure that your phone stays put. Adhesive tapes attach magnets to the back of your iPhone or Android phone allowing it to fit easily inside your case provides a non-intrusive mounting method for your phone. The mount clips directly into your car vents to provide a versatile location of your choosing.
Magnets are a great choice for those who don’t want to mess with unsightly adhesives and sticky residues being left on the dash of your car. The dual-sized claw of this mount clips to most vents. Magnets also provide the luxury of allowing you to position your phone at virtually any angle. In addition, this product comes with a 12 month warranty provided by the manufacturer.
2. Phone Ring Holder Finger Kickstand – FITFORT 360° Rotation Metal Ring Grip for Magnetic Car Mount Compatible with All Smartphone-Rose Gold
Method of mounting: Kickstand Ring attached to Phone/Case
The phone ring holder finger kickstand made the top of our list at a strong second because it is a unique attachment for your phone that attaches a metal ring to the back of your phone or phone case via a powerful 3M adhesive. This comes in two beautiful colors, rose gold or silver. When used in combination with a separate magnetic mount of your choice, this ring will allow a 360 degree viewing rotation and 180 degree flip to provide your choice of an ideal viewing angle.
When outside of the car, this ring can also be used as a kickstand to prop any iPhone or Android phone up for watching videos or just browsing the web. In addition, holding the phone by the ring will ensure you’ll never accidentally drop your phone. A reminder that the magnetic car mount is not included and will need to be purchased separately. The manufacturer offers a 6 month free replacement in the event of any problems which helps reinforce our choosing this to be second on our list.
1. Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Air Vent Mount Holder Cradle
Method of mounting: Air Vent with Holder or Air Vent with Magnet
First on our list is the Air Vent Mount Holder & Cradle from Beam Electronics. This is a fairly simple design in that it clips to the air vent, so this makes it easy to install. This will easily attach to both horizontal and vertical vents making it versatile in the vehicles that it will fit. It will not attach to circular vents however. Its universal claim stems from the fact that fits phones with width sizes from between 1.9 inches all the way up to 3.7 inches. Arms on both sides extend out to allow this holder to clamp onto phones of variable width.
The viewing angle allowed from this mount is ideal, as it allows 360 degree rotation. This simple design allows you to keep your iPhone or Android phone in your case when using this phone holder. With a durable plastic exterior and a soft padded interior, this affordable holder ranked the highest when it came to overall value.
An affordable mention also offered by Beam Electronics is the magnet holder that clips onto the air vents. This is a little more wallet friendly and features robust magnets to attach the phone to the air vent. A magnetic design, while not ideal for thicker cases, allows you to mount your phone without any adhesives or sticky residue. The vent clips are a grippy rubber to help reduce any damage to your car’s vents as well.