Fidgeting and glancing down at Google Maps on your phone while driving is a timeless tradition. But there’s never really an excuse for driving around with your phone in hand, especially when magnetic phone mounts are cheap, safe, and convenient.
If you’re hesitant to consider a phone mount at all, we can’t entirely blame you. They have a reputation for working poorly and falling apart quickly. But in the last few years, quality has improved considerably across the board. Now that phone mounts are physically reliable, inconvenience is their biggest issue. Tightening and loosening a cradle around your phone every time you drive is a pain in the neck, and it may not seem worth the trouble if all you’re going to do is skip a few tracks on Spotify. That’s why magnetic mounts are a monster of a convenience. Although a magnet may sound like an unreliable way to perch your phone, all of these mounts are built with high-strength neodymium magnets. Those are the kind that are used in microphones, fish tanks, motors, generators, and hard drives.
Really, if you’ve been thinking about buying one of these for awhile, then you should just take the plunge. These are the best magnetic phone mounts for your car. They’re all around $10, they’re stupid convenient, and they make driving with your phone’s GPS safer.
WizGear Air Vent Mount ($9.99)
Ah, the classic air vent clip. These aren’t as crappy as they were a few years ago. And WizGear looks particularly great. It isn’t bulky, it doesn’t weigh much, and its magnet is strong enough to hold most devices. Oddly enough, the WizGear can swivel, so you can turn your phone from portrait to landscape mode without any hassle. This is a straightforward and convenient mount to use and install, and your phone will stay nice and cool over an air vent.
Just don’t forget that air vents tend to differ from car to car. My car happens to have wimpy vents that slump when you put any weight on them. The WizGear’s pyramid-shaped tail should jam most air conditioner vents in place, but it won’t work for everybody.
SCOSCHE CD Mount ($11.99)
Yes, the SCOSHE stays inside of your CD player. And it doesn’t rely on adhesives or suction cups, the SCOSHE physically locks three rudders inside of the CD player when you twist a knob. This is a great option for people who want a phone or tablet screen on their radio. You can rotate your smart devices when they’re attached to this CD mount, so turning your iPhone or iPad into a dedicated GPS or music device is a cinch.