Car mounts are perfect for when you’re on the road and need to see your phone’s GPS, control your music, or keep up with the messages and calls coming your way. There are a ton of car mounts and docks out there for the iPhone that may suit your needs, but not all of them are as effective or reliable as you’d expect. That’s why we’ve been digging through the iPhone car mounts currently available to chose a handful we consider to be the best. Whether you’re looking to use your dashboard, windshield, air vent, or CD player, we’ve got you covered.
The iOttie Easy One Touch 3 is, as the name suggests, the third version of the company’s Easy One Touch car mount. This particular mount is capable of sticking to either your car’s dashboard or windshield, and features an arm that can extend up to 5 inches, as well as an adjustable base that can be moved up, down, left, and right, in order to make it as simple as possible for people to see and interact with their iPhone while driving. The dock in which the phone sits supports devices of all sizes, so your iPhone 6s Plus will rest perfectly and, more importantly, remain stable throughout your drive.
WizGear’s car mount is the one to opt for if you want to save space. It will also save you some time when it comes to placing your iPhone on the mount, because there’s no fiddling with arms and you won’t have to remove your iPhone’s protective case. This mount doesn’t stick to the dash, or come with a holder for the phone, but instead clips onto your air vent. It holds your iPhone in place magnetically, without harming or interfering with any aspect of the phone. You can affix your iPhone to the mount by placing the included metal plate in your case — between the back of your phone and the case — or by placing the round magnet on the back of your phone. You can then hold it in front of the mount and feel the magnetism pull it securely in. Once attached, both the phone and mount can be rotated or tilted to whatever angle you prefer.
IPOW’s car mount offering may be the most simplistic one on our list. Like WizGear’s magnetic mount, it doesn’t stick to the dashboard or windshield, or even clip onto the air vent. It just sits on the dashboard, and relies on a silicone rubber mat to keep it in place. As far as adjustments go, it comes with two pairs of rubber holders that stick directly into the rubber base, allowing it to accommodate both 9 and 14-millimeter-thick phones. Both can be moved left or right for wider devices, too, so it should be able to accompany most iPhones equipped with cases in either horizontal or vertical positions.
If you’re no longer using your car’s CD player, why not use it to hold up your iPhone’s car mount? That’s exactly how Jamron’s universal mount attaches itself in your car. If you’re thinking that sounds like something that would damage the inside of the CD player, don’t worry, this mount is specifically made to use the CD player’s slot, and utilizes different rubber pads to get a better fit. The mount can hold smartphones of all sizes, including the iPhone 6S Plus, and when the time comes to remove the phone, you can do so with the touch of a button. Once it’s properly installed, you can take advantage of 360-degree rotation and, more importantly, you can still play CDs.
WinnerGear’s car mount is yet another that can attach to the dashboard or the windshield, and it uses a pretty strong suction cup to stick to either surface and stay there until you decide to remove it; even bumpy or rough terrain won’t dislodge it. The latest version of the mount supports devices with screens up to 5.9 inches in size, so the iPhone 6S Plus will fit just fine, while other iPhones — even those with cases — shouldn’t pose a problem. Once installed, you can rotate your phone 360 degrees, and position it horizontally or vertically. You can also remove your iPhone quickly thanks to the one-handed, quick release button located on the base. The Montar is a bit bulkier than others on our list, but that aids stability. If the size isn’t a big deal to you, you can buy this one with confidence.