Some new detectors have been introduced since we wrote this guide, including a new Escort model called the Max 360 that has a rear-facing sensor and multi-arrow display similar to our top pick, the Valentine One.We will update this guide after we’ve been able to do a thorough evaluation of the major new models.When driving, I avoid speeding tickets thanks to help from the 0 Valentine One (V1) radar detector.Yes, that’s a lot of cash, but cheaper detectors simply aren’t worth buying when points on your license and higher insurance rates are at stake. Automatic doors, traffic-measuring devices, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot-monitoring systems can all emit the same frequencies used by law-enforcement agencies.To avoid the roadside tax collector while traveling at a brisk pace, radar-detector users need to distinguish the real threats from the noise.
These three share a feature found in no other windshield-mounted radar detector: dual radar antennas. A black housing, an absence of chrome trim and a utilitarian red LED display certainly are more restrained.
And the red LED display may not be as colorful as the Max 360's multi-color OLED display but we found that it remains legible under all lighting conditions.
Display brightness is multi-step-adjustable or a photocell will do the job automatically.
The Max 360 and Valentine One (V1) antennas point fore and aft, allowing them to depict the direction of an incoming radar beam. Curious to see which design philosophy produces the best radar detector, we spent days on the road with each, then ran them through our battery of tests. But on the road we noticed some advantages of the understated haberdashery.
The matte-black case, like with the V1, doesn't project an annoying mirror image of itself into the windshield on sunny days.