The 10 Best GPS Car Mounts

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This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in November of 2017. It's important to minimize distractions while driving, which is one reason it makes sense to install a reliable GPS mount in your car. The models on this list quickly and securely connect to your dash, cupholder, CD slot or windshield, and can keep your unit stable while you're on the road, helping you navigate without your attention being focused on a handheld device. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Aonkey Dashboard

2. Garmin Friction

3. Arkon Flex

Editor's Notes

March 03, 2021:

I didn’t feel the need to add or remove anything here during this update, as we have a selection of interesting and fairly dissimilar mounting options that vary in design as well as how they adhere to the dashboard or other surface of your car, from the Aonkey Dashboard, Garmin Friction, Fitfort Pickup and ChargerCity Hippo Series that use some sort of anti-slip surface or frictionless mat, to the 1Zero Quick, Garmin Suction Cup and Arkon Gooseneck which employ suction cups. Then, there are other options we’ve highlighted, that use fairly non-standard or unique ways of staying in place, and though you may find models like the Arkon Flex that attaches to your seat rail, or the 1Zero Ball that sits in your cup holder, you may be hard-pressed to find a GPS mount like the Apps2Car Holder, which attaches to your CD player, of all things.

Most of these options use a ball mount that you’ll find standard on most Garmin GPS panels, though a few of the anti-slip mats will hold the screen instead, and are geared towards phones. In order to avoid disappointment, do check first whether a GPS mount will be able to accommodate your sat nav.

October 17, 2019:

While we needed to remove the AmazonBasics Friction Mount once we learned that it was no longer available, we compiled several quality replacements to fill up the list. To diversify the options a bit, we included a couple dashboard mounts, a unit that attaches to a cup holder, and a suction cup model that adheres to the windshield.

Once we looked into the Arkon Flex, we decided to upgrade its position in the rankings. It’s one of few options that can be mounted directly to the floor of a vehicle (a permanent mounting strategy that users seem to appreciate), and it remains quite rigid and stable once it’s set up. We noted reports that the Garmin Suction Cup tends to lose suction over time, so we downgraded that item.

The Garmin Friction Mount (one of our new additions) does not possess such shortcomings; reports suggest that its weighted base helps prevent it from sliding around following a sharp turn or a sudden brake. It also fits into the glove compartment for storage.

Special Honors

Inland Holder Thanks to the powerful suction of its base, this model can be adhered to just about any flat surface, and its grip will accommodate plenty of different GPS and mobile devices. You can rotate it in multiple directions and tilt it up and down to position the screen at the angle that suits you best.

Pro.Fit International Universal Pro.Fit offers a collection of items in different styles and sizes for mounting anything from a compact smartphone to a cumbersome GPS gadget. For installation, many models utilize heavy-duty adhesive pads that won’t leave a mark when removed, which is helpful if you plan to use them in different vehicles.

4. 1Zero Ball

5. Fitfort Pickup

6. Apps2Car Holder

7. ChargerCity Hippo Series

8. 1Zero Quick

9. Garmin Suction Cup

10. Arkon Gooseneck

Sam Kraft
Last updated by Sam Kraft

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