In need of a Bluetooth car kit or adapter? We round up our top five picks for the best Bluetooth car accessories.
1. Motorola Roadster Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone
The Motorola Roadster Bluetooth car kit gives you a handy speakerphone that can clip to your visor or sit on the dash. This is a great car accessory for people who use their car for business travel. The speakerphone makes it easy to take calls on the road, and gives you the option to let your passengers in on the conversation.
Designed with dual microphone technology for filtering out road noise
Built-in FM transmitter also turns this gadget into a music accessory
Turns on when you get in the car, turns off automatically when you exit
Up to 20 hours of talk time, or up to 3 weeks of standby time
Audible updates for battery status and other functionality notifications
Some features, such as dictation with MotoSpeak application, require smartphones running at least Android 2.2
Mounting clip is not reversible
Some users have reported choppy audio
Power indicator lights and controls are hard to see and use
Comes with car charger only (no AC charger)
2. Belkin Bluetooth Car Hands-Free Kit
This hands-free car kit from Belkin is notable for several reasons. Firstly, it has a mic that aims to reduce “echo-y” qualities in your mobile calls. Additionally, it routes sound through your car’s rich stereo, rather than through a tinny speakerphone. Finally, it comes from a reliable brand.
Jabra may not exactly be a household name, but this car speakerphone is a great buy because of its host of automatic features. Additionally, it allows for multiple devices to be paired at once, making this ideal for people who have a cell phone for both work and personal use.
Connects to two Bluetooth devices at the same time
Automatic pairing and automatic volume adjustment
Allows you to stream music or get audio GPS directions without using your hands
Battery life may vary depending on use: item description simply states it has “enough battery life to last through even the longest commute or road trip”
DRIVE goes to sleep after 10 minutes, forcing you to turn the device back on: great for conserving battery, but annoying for those who are in and out of a car frequently during the day
Some users have reported issues with auto-connectivity
Mic could be more sensitive
Some users have reported issues with call quality
4. GOgroove SMARTmini BT ADVANCED Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter
Boasting some handy on-device controls and a cute design, this Bluetooth car kit is designed to be plugged into your car’s outlet. The device’s size and orientation make it very simple to use. Additionally, this device has some very useful features, such as auto-tuning.
Large buttons make controlling this device simple for people who like to be tactile with their tech
Auto-tune feature helps you find a clear FM channel quickly
Articulating neck helps you to customize the fit to your car’s unique interior contours
Includes USB charging port
Not the slickest design out there
Depending on your car, the device may interfere with use of stick shift or other controls
Audio can sometimes sound staticky
Calls can sound extremely quiet, even when the other party can hear you just fine
Not the best option for people living or commuting through heavily populated areas where there is a lot of competition for an FM band
5. SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Visor Speakerphone
Boasting a low price and a simple interface, this SuperTooth Bluetooth car accessory is designed to be attached to your visor. You can quickly reject incoming calls, or call back the number you just spoke with on the previous call.