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Let's face it — built-in automotive rear-seat entertainment systems are quickly going the way of the dinosaur. The name of the game is portability, and everyone wants to be able to load their tablet full of their latest games, movies, and TV shows before hitting the open road. Car-accessory manufacturers have quickly taken the hint, offering up a plethora of ways to hang and support your iPad or other devices off a headrest to keep those rearward passengers entertained (and hopefully quiet) on the open road. Get yourself geared up with our top picks for the best headrest mounts for your car or truck.
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This iPad mount from Macally offers an easy installation — all you do is clamp it to your car's headrest. It's one of the most versatile options available, and it's compatible with smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players. The mount's arm adjusts to accommodate most car seat headrests. We love that the mount rotates, so you can use your tablet in both portrait and landscape mode.
$16 BUY NOW
This affordable mounting solution from Bestrix works with devices ranging from 7 to 11 inches in size. Its arm is adjustable but secure, and it rotates so you can use your tablet in landscape and portrait mode. Best of all, this mount is backed by a lifetime warranty.
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This mount attaches to the bottom support beams of your headrests. It's compatible with 7-12-inch tablets. We were disappointed that it's primarily made of plastic, considering its premium price. However, the accessory is stable, easy to install, and will definitely help keep the kids occupied.
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This sturdy carbon fiber mount is a snap to install, and it uses a great magnetic quick-connect coupling to ensure that your tablet stays secure when you need it to, but is a snap to yank out of the car when you reach your destination. It's not cheap, but it's worth spending a little extra on for quality's sake.
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This affordable option is a quick and simple holder that's easy to slide your favorite tablet into. It doesn't offer much in the way of adjustability, but it's a great option for folks who aren't really into those plastic or metal articulated arm setups. Best of all, you can use the tablet in landscape or portrait mode.
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This LilGadgets headrest mount will keep your tiniest passengers entertained on long car trips. The mount can be removed in seconds, too, so they won't miss a moment of their favorite movie when you go from the car to the house.
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The ExoMount tablet mount appears to be one of the more complex options to remove and install. However, it's also one of the most versatile and adjustable headrest mounts we've found. It has a significant height adjustment to accommodate both children and adults, and it can be adjusted to fit tablets of up to roughly 10 inches in size.
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Anyone looking for the perfect "do-anything" 10-inch iPad mount/holder will love this clever kit from OtterBox. Designed for use with their Defender case, The Utility Latch II is an iPad holder — complete with a mounting kit — that lets you take it from on-the-go to the back of your headrest in a matter of minutes.
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Depending on whether you're a movie buff or more of a gamer, you may want your iPad to sit in a different spot. Unlike some of the more basic options out there, the TabGRAB headrest mount has an articulating arm and rotating head, allowing users to turn and tilt their tablet into its ideal position to suit their viewing needs.
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Self-toted as "The Most Durable" mount or bracket on the market (though this has yet to be proven), the iPADKET mount is another simple mount that uses a detachable elastic strap to fasten the case to your headrest or airplane tray table. Its chunky ABS plastic case isn't the prettiest thing out there, but it definitely looks tough enough to take some abuse. Best of all, this mounting solution costs less than 20 bucks!
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Rather than winning over buyers with extra adjustability, where Scosche wins brownie points is by adding in a handful of convenient extras with their headrest mount kit. In addition to the mount itself, a headphone jack splitter, a 12-watt car charger, and a 6-foot-long USB extension cable are thrown in to ensure your passengers' devices don't run out of juice before the end of the journey.
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It's safe to say that kids are always hard on electronics (and just about everything else). Thankfully, TFY got smart by turning this headrest mount into a kid-proof case, so the little rug rats can carry the iPad Air along with them without keeping their parents in a constant state of worry. Available in neon green and blue, this headrest mount is an easy choice for anyone with young ones in tow. The case is also available for the iPad Air 2.
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Sometimes custom-fit is just the best option, and this is exactly what the folks at Akron specialize in. The company offers a line of custom-fit mounts for numerous tablets, all designed with a backing holder that retains access to things like the camera and power supply ports. To sweeten the deal, they even come with a lifetime warranty, so you know you'll be looked after should you run into any issues.