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With police continuing to ramp-up speeding enforcement year over year, it's become harder than ever to avoid those pesky speed traps. We aren't ever ones to encourage breaking the speed limit — or any other law, for that matter — but getting pulled over for cruising a few miles per hour over the limit can really ruin someone's day. From basic radar units under $100 up to range-topping options that can even block an officer's ability to read your speed, these 10 detectors are the best options to keep you out of trouble.
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The Escort IX is the successor to the popular Passport 9500ix radar detector. This new model has built-in GPS and alerts drivers to upcoming red-light and speed cameras. Besides that, the unit offers impressive sensitivity to most police radar bands, including X-band, K-band, and the Ka-band. We also appreciate its downloadable software updates, so you know it'll be working for years to come.
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The Max 360 by Escort continues to hold the informal title of "best in the business" — at least for the time being. It features Bluetooth and GPS, as well as preloaded databases for speed and red-light cameras. The device also offers 360-degree laser protection, and it has arrows that display where detection signals come from. Max 360 will also connect to your iPhone or Android phone and show you data that's been reported by other users in your area. If money is no object, this is the radar detector to buy.
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K40 is one of those brands that's a bit tough to track down online, but their radar and laser detectors are totally worth hunting for. This RLS2 unit includes both radar and laser detection, as well as GPS tracking, in a compact and portable package that's great if you have more than one quick car in the garage.
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The Valentine One was viewed as the industry's best for years and years until the release of the Escort Max 360 we've listed above, but that doesn't mean it's no longer worthy of a spot on our list. Our colleagues over at Car and Driver performed an extensive comparison between the V1 and the previous version of the Escort a couple years back, and the results were almost too close to call.
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With more and more law enforcement swapping from radar to laser light (or lidar) for catching speeders, the use of a jamming system like this had to be in our handy list. By blasting out its own laser signal, Blinder states that its device will block any lidar that gets pointed its way. They even go so far as to state that if you get a speeding ticket and the cop used a lidar gun, they'll pay the ticket for you. If you don't live in one of the 10 states that's banned the use of jammers, this setup could save the day.
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The Escort Solo 4 is completely wireless, so it has a smaller footprint that many of its rivals. Powered by a duo of AA batteries, the Solo S4 provides long-range protection against instant-on X-band, K-band, and the SuperWide Ka-band. The detector includes nine user-programmable features, and it emits different tone alerts depending on the signal it detects.
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The SPX 7800BT is one of Cobra's range-topping radar detectors. It has a color screen, and it can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth to an iRadar app by Cobra. The latter displays various relevant information, including warnings. Four city modes, 360-degree laser protection, and voice alerts are also on board.
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The Beltronics Pro 200 has long-range coverage, traffic signal detection, and voice alerts. Various programmable modes and six programmable features make the Pro 200 a solid choice in its price range.
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The Whistler CR93 is a mid-range offering with built-in GPS and selectable bands. It can detect radars from all sides of your car, and it'll display alerts in order of their priority. The CR93 will emit a different sound alert depending on the type of the radar that's detecting you. Its OLED display is bright and easy to read.
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The Cobra SPX 5400 is an affordable entry in the segment that detects multiple bands and gives you voice alerts. Its signal-strength meter and dedicated switch between city and highway mode make it a good pick in its price range. Our sister site, Car and Driver, said that the SPX 5400's range is shorter than most, but it still provides enough leeway to slow down before a cop's radar unit will grab a speed reading.