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The best car phone holder for your phone

The best car phone holders make sure your phone is secure and within reach while safely operating your vehicle. When you’re on the go, your phone is more than just a tool for keeping in touch. It’s your road trip DJ, your trusty navigator, and for safety’s sake, you need to mount it up securely. Your hands need to be on the wheel, not your phone, and you don’t need to be looking down for directions at highway speeds. We’ve gathered up a list of some excellent options for universal car phone holders and mounts for your needs.

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iOttie Easy One Touch 5

Staff pick


iOttie’s Easy One Touch 5 is a great option that’s easy to articulate however you like, thanks to a telescopic arm. It also comes in four mount styles, including a cupholder one, so you have options.

$25 at Amazon $30 at Best Buy

Best for rental cars

Maxboost Car Mount

Best magnetic mount


Maxboost’s car mount slides into a vent on one side, and securely sticks to a phone with the four magnets — even with a case on — and comes in a two-pack.

$8 at Amazon

Smartest Dock

Bolt Car Mount and Qi Wireless Charger


This car mount can wirelessly charge your phone and features a one-touch system for keeping your phone securely mounted while driving.

$28 at Amazon

Turning it around

Beam Electronics Universal Car Vent Mount


This car vent mount keeps things basic — the soft padded interior nestles a phone with or without a case. You can even turn it sideways and switch to landscape.

$8 at Amazon

Fast charge

Baseus Gravity Qi Wireless Car Charger Mount


Baseus’ wireless car charger can fast charge any Qi-enabled phone and uses automatic clips to securely grip it in place the entire time.

$33 at Amazon

Most popular

iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless 2


The iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless 2 is a durable and dependable choice with a secure locking mechanism and wireless charging on your dash or windshield.

$50 at Amazon $50 at Best Buy

Make the most of the CD player

Koomus Pro CD Slot Car Mount


Koomus makes use of your car’s CD player as a steady and damage-free mounting option that’s conveniently located right on your center console.

$17 at Amazon

Staying in the rotation

Aukey Car Phone Mount 360 Degree Rotation


This mount comes in either a windshield or dashboard option. You can rotate the base to adjust the angle with the ball joint before you attach your phone on the magnetic mount.

$15 at Amazon

Working on the side

Spigen Kuel S40 Stealth Car Mount


Spigen makes some great phone cases, so it makes sense that it can make a great car phone holder, too. This is a unique setup that requires you to keep your phone in landscape mode.

$19 at Amazon

Wiggly windshield magic

Mpow 033 Car Phone Mount


This flexible mount adheres to your windshield or dashboard to position it perfectly while in use, and then bend it out of the way when you don’t need it.

$10 at Amazon

New twist on an old fav

Nite Ize Steelie Orbiter Dash Kit


Nite Ize’s Orbiter uses a flat metal plate that sticks to the back of the phone. Then, it’s secured to the dashboard ball mount with a magnet.

$28 at Amazon

Flexible placement

Scosche Universal Power Mount


This mount is a little old school — it plugs into the car’s 12V socket and uses a flexible neck to easily adjust the viewing angle to your preference.

$15 at Amazon

Should you go magnetic with a car phone holder?

Sifting through the best universal car mounts means getting an idea of how you want actually to mount your phone in the car. Whether it’s the windshield, air vent, dash, 12V socket, or cupholder, the options do vary considerably. You will need to look at your phone’s size and weight before you do, to be sure it fits and can handle the weight, even more so if your phone has a case on it.

With that in mind, you don’t get as portable as the Maxboost Car Mount, especially when combined with the magnetic-mount-compatible Spigen Style Ring POP that you can carry with you. If you do like wireless charging, bear in mind that it may not be as valuable if you need to plug into your car’s infotainment system via USB to use Android Auto. If you can use it wirelessly, having a mount with a Qi charger is pretty convenient.

However, having some flexibility would be nice, both in how I want to mount the phone and how I want to angle it. The one that has stood out there is the iOttie Easy One Touch 5, with its easy one-touch release and user-friendly design. It even has a telescoping arm that you can use to put it almost wherever you want.


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