Best Bluetooth Car Kits

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
People talk on the phone all the time, dealing with all sorts of questions on the way to the office and back home. Yet, sometimes it’s just inconvenient to hold phone in hands and drive. This is where a Bluetooth car kit comes in handy! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
INTERFACE
SUPPORTED PROFILES
HOLDER TYPE
BATTERY LIFE
FEATURES
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PROS
The device provides quality sound from 3 speakers and Virtual Surround Sound system. Dual microphone background noise reduction technology is aimed at clearing ambient noise during conversation.
CONS
Metal clip for device's installation might leave traces on a sun visor.
OUR VERDICT
Jabra Freeway Speakerphone has 3 speakers and modern technologies which provide incredible quality of voice and music.
detailed parameters
INTERFACE
Bluetooth v2.1
SUPPORTED PROFILES
A2DP audio streaming
HOLDER TYPE
Metal clip for a sun visor
BATTERY LIFE
Talk time - up to 14 hours Standby time - up to 960 hours
FEATURES
FM transmitter, Mute button, Voice management, Motion sensor, Up to 8 paired devices (2 active simultaneously)
SIZE
3.9" x 4.7" x 0.7"
PROS
2-line OLED display, USB and line inputs, Virtual Super Bass effect increase the usability of the gadget dramatically.
CONS
You might need help of an electrician to install the speakerphone.
OUR VERDICT
The given model has all necessary characteristics to allow you to see who is calling or what track is playing. Moreover, the display makes the process of settings adjustment more convenient.
detailed parameters
INTERFACE
Bluetooth v2.0
SUPPORTED PROFILES
A2DP audio streaming, A2DP sound distribution, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile
HOLDER TYPE
Self-adhesive bracket with display, Remote control with Velcro fastener, Speakers with adhesive backing
BATTERY LIFE
Talk and standby time depends on car battery
FEATURES
Up to 10 paired devices, Text-To-Speech function, Auto phonebook sync, Motion sensor
SIZE
3.2" x 1.25" x 0.55"
PROS
My Motospeak application allows you to listen to incoming text messages while Crystal Talk app provides a clear microphone sound.
CONS
Some iPhone applications aren't compatible with the device.
OUR VERDICT
Motorola Roadster 2 has a lot of useful functions. Moreover, its talk time makes it possible to use the device during long trips.
detailed parameters
INTERFACE
Bluetooth v2.1
SUPPORTED PROFILES
A2DP audio streaming
HOLDER TYPE
Metal clip for a sun visor
BATTERY LIFE
Talk time - up to 20 hours Standby time - up to 500 hours
FEATURES
FM transmitter, Auto on/off function, Dual microphone noise reduction
SIZE
3.54" x 2.76" x 0.56"
PROS
Using Belkin Car Kit it's become much more convenient to stream music from your smartphone right to car speakers. Automatic shifting between playlist and call mode is super handy too.
CONS
The gadget can work only with one smartphone.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to small size, this Bluetooth car kit can fit in any place in your car. Control and adjust the settings by pushing a single button.
detailed parameters
INTERFACE
Bluetooth v2.1
SUPPORTED PROFILES
Not available
HOLDER TYPE
Removable magnetic holder
BATTERY LIFE
Talk and standby time depends on car battery
FEATURES
Micro-CLA power adapter with USB power port, Aux-In connection
SIZE
1.4" x 6" x 5.6"
PROS
Full duplex allows you to do both receive and transmit information at a time. The menu settings are available in 6 languages.
CONS
There is no mute button.
OUR VERDICT
Using BlueAnt speakerphone, you can answer calls by giving voice commands "Answer", "Ok" or "Accept Call" respectively, being focused on the road.
detailed parameters
INTERFACE
Bluetooth v2.0
SUPPORTED PROFILES
A2DP audio streaming
HOLDER TYPE
Metal clip for a sun visor
BATTERY LIFE
Talk time - up to 15 hours Standby time - up to 800 hours
FEATURES
8 paired devices, Voice dialing (if supported by your phone), Automatic reconnection to the phone, Text-To-Speech function
SIZE
4.8" x 2.37" x 0.71"

What is a Bluetooth Car Kit

Bluetooth car kit is a compact device using which you can safely speak on a phone while driving. It is possible due to hands-free technology – you don’t need to reach for a phone to answer the call. This small but useful gadget allows for comfortable usage in a car, transmitting incoming phone calls via built-in car kit speakers or car stereo system where a driver needs only to either give a voice command or hit a single button to answer the call. Using the phone this way is absolutely safe since your hands can lay on the wheel and your mind concentrate on the road.

You may also be interested in car video & stereo receivers if you aren't pleased with a sound of your car stereo system, or if it doesn't play videos.

What Features to Compare

Installation

This characteristic is of the utmost importance while choosing Bluetooth car kit as it determines usability of device. Pay attention to several factors.

  • To be able to install the gadget into your car with maximum comfort, consider its size and decide whether it's going to fit the place you chose.
  • Most Bluetooth car kits have metal clips for easy installation on a sun visor so that the gadget is placed right before a driver and he/she can track incoming phone calls and messages. Some kits can be mounted piece-by-piece with a main unit installed on a dashboard and controller on a wheel.
  • You may also want to consider what power source is required to run the kit. Some models are battery-powered and come with their own set of batteries while others require connection to a cigarette lighter.

Control

There are two ways to control Bluetooth car kit - by hand or by voice. With a remote controller mounted on a wheel it shouldn’t be a problem to hit the button and answer the phone, however, most drivers now prefer kits that allow for voice control and hands-free operation.

Bluetooth car kits connect to smartphones via Bluetooth and instantly synchronize with a phonebook. To pair your device for the first time, though, you may need to enter a pin code (just like you’d need to do when connecting to your friend’s phone).

Additional Features

Pursuing the aim of making products better, manufacturers offer a broad choice of additional features  you may also be interested in. Let’s consider what they can be:

  • Noise reduction technology provides quality sound while speaking on a phone. The technology is aimed at reducing background and surrounding sounds. Thus, wheel or wind noise, someone else’s voice except yours won’t be heard on the other end of the line. There are also models which eliminate echo effect. However, cheap gadgets may not support such functions, and it is an obvious disadvantage over more sophisticated devices. 
  • Bluetooth car kits can be paired with several devices at once. It is a useful option if you have 2 phones and need to answer both of them frequently.
  • Pay attention to the way a sound is transmitted. You can hear the voice of your interlocutor (or music) from either built-in speakers or car audio system. If you'd like to hear the sound from the car system, make sure the kit has an FM transmitter. 
  • A display will become a useful addition, too. There you’ll see who’s calling, - the name of a contact from your phonebook or a phone number, and then, decide whether to answer or not. 

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Review of Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway A2DP

Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway A2DP

Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway A2DP

Broad Experience

Jabra brand has started by the Great Northern Telegraph Company that was established in 1869 by Danish financier C.F. Tietgen. The concept idea was to make a telephone line and connect France and Great Britain with Russia and Eastern Asia. What seemed impossible right away was done successfully in the end. For the next 100 years, the company was actively broadening the lines and established first telegraph connection between Western Europe and Japan and between Hong Kong and Siberia. After that, company’s progress went fast and very soon, the Great Northern Telegraph Company held a leading position in the market, besting peers in the industry of speakerphone production. Introduction of wireless technologies put the company further from the competition so it could truly roll out and expand application of its products. Today the company has got plenty of awards for inventions and, which is way more important, trust and recognition from consumers worldwide.

Review of Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway A2DP

True Volume

The manufacturer managed to make the sound of Jabra Bluetooth car kit loud enough thanks to the combination of 3 small speakers and Virtual Surround Sound system. This model is one of the first car speakerphones equipped with 3 speakers. The sound produced by these speakers is so clear that it’s easy to forget your caller is on the other side of a line. Besides speaking on a phone, you may also listen to your favorite tracks right from your smartphone. The kit features two microphones so as to ensure crystal clear voice sound, and noise reduction technology. No foreign sounds will interfere and weaken the signal. Actually, a lot of drivers use this Bluetooth car kit instead of a phone and none has yet complained of the poor quality.

Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway A2DP in the use

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Jabra 100-46000000-02 Freeway A2DP
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Review of Parrot MKi9100 Advanced Hands-Free

Parrot MKi9100 Advanced Hands-Free

Parrot MKi9100 Advanced Hands-Free

Young and Successful

Parrot CA company, a creation of Henri Seydoux, was founded in 1994 and has already developed a lot of useful inventions for modern society. The name of the company is symbolic as the main company's specialization is voice recognition technology. However, the corporation has also begun to produce mini drones recently. The first gadget developed by Parrot CA was Parrot Voicemail. It was aimed at the blind or people with bad eyesight, and help them store and retrieve necessary information (such as phone numbers and addresses) with the help of voice. The process remained the way a voice recorder works. An interesting fact is that one of the first people who bought the device was a famous composer and singer Stevie Wonder. Some time later, Parrot company started to cooperate with Ericsson corporation. Working together, they launched the car speakerphone which gave its users a chance to speak on the phone without hazard to drivers or passengers' health and lives. People who have already used the device are happy with its wireless connection, usability and voice recognition quality. However, it isn't the last product of Parrot company, and you'll be definitely pleased with its future inventions.

Review of Parrot MKi9100 Advanced Hands-Free

Hands-Free

The ability to be connected to 10 devices with Bluetooth technology is definitely an advantage if you have several smartphones and need to answer calls frequently. Busy people will hardly underestimate this function. When you get into the car, the Bluetooth car kit will be connected to your smartphone automatically (in case the two devices were paired in advance) and you'll be able to manage it with the help of your voice. Besides voice management, you can also use a special controller on a steering wheel. Using it, you can work with files on your smartphone or adjust settings. The display allows you to see who is calling. Moreover, you can even read incoming messages if the speaker's monitor is attached to the place convenient for watching. However, if you are afraid that reading messages at the wheel may be dangerous, Text-To-Speech function will solve this problem. In addition to all these features, which make the use of Parrot car kit comfortable enough, there is a chance to listen to music via a car stereo system.

Parrot MKi9100 Advanced Hands-Free in the use

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Review of Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 Speedy Conversations

Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 Speedy Conversations

Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 Speedy Conversations

Intelligence Everywhere

The first thing that comes to mind while speaking about Motorola company is probably a cell phone. It isn't surprising as it was among the leaders of cell phone production all over the world for a long time. However, Motorola works in some other spheres and its achievements are really impressive. The first gadget produced by the company was car radio receiver installed in Studebaker car. By the way, the name Motorola is somehow associated with cars. It consists of two parts - Motor and ola. Thus, the very part Motor emphasizes the company's inclination to automobile sphere. However, it wasn’t the only business direction the chief managers were interested in. They have also succeeded in beeper and quadrangular TV display tube production. Moreover, the company has even cooperated with Apollo team and developed a special radio transmitter that was supposed to transmit signals from the Moon to the Earth! As you can see, Motorola company can impress anyone, and the results of its work prove this fact.

Review of Motorola 89556N Roadster 2 Speedy Conversations

Interesting Fact

Motorola company has also worked on the development of microprocessors. Thus, Apple company used these very processors for their first computers. Now, as you know this fact, you can't doubt the professionalism of Motorola team.

Keep in Touch. Always

In spite of a relatively small size, Motorola speakerphone can work up to 20 hours in a talk time mode, giving you the advantages of staying in touch with your family, friends or business partners no matter how far away you're from home or the office. The kit is also compatible with Car Finder application that can show you where your car's been parked on a big parking lot.

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Review of Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear

Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear

Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear

With Customer in Mind

Belkin company is a manufacturer of numerous products for home and leisure whose aim is to make your life easier and more comfortable. Apart from the ability to use the gadgets of this company at home, you can also apply them in your car. One of such gadgets is Belkin Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kit - a wireless device to manage your incoming and outgoing calls without reaching for and holding smartphone into hands. Having this device, you can kill two birds with one stone - drive safely and speak on the phone.

Review of Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear

Simplicity of Use

Due to compact size of Belkin speakerphone, it can be easily attached to any part of your car with the help of a magnetic holder. The usability of the device is also determined by the fact that it has diode light so you can use it easily even at night. Moreover, making and receiving calls, setting adjustment and other operations are carried out with only one button. Besides being an intermediary between you and your phone during conversations, this car kit lets you listen to your favorite music via car stereo system. If you want to use the speakerphone in this way, just connect it to your smartphone with the help of AUX cable and play the music you like. By the way, if you use GPS while driving, the music stops and starts automatically before and after GPS instructions. Thus, you can not only speak on the phone while driving but perform several useful functions as well.

Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear in the use

No Charging Needed

This peculiarity of Belkin Bluetooth car kit distinguishes it from other models. We are used to the fact that almost all similar gadgets need to be charged from time to time. However, this device doesn't. It works while connected to the car battery, and it means that it works all the time you drive. Moreover, there is an additional USB port with the help of which you can charge other devices, for example, your smartphone.

Detailed review of Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear

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If the length of the included cable isn't long enough to connect your car stereo system to the power socket, you can get an audio cable optionally. Some of the best cables feature gold-plated connectors to ensure pure sounding of the speakers.

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Belkin F4U037bt Loud & Clear
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Review of BlueAnt BA-SUPERTOOTH3 Supertooth 3 Automatically Reconnects

BlueAnt BA-SUPERTOOTH3 Supertooth 3 Automatically Reconnects

BlueAnt BA-SUPERTOOTH3 Supertooth 3 Automatically Reconnects

Breaking Rules

It's not a secret that speaking on the phone while driving is dangerous. That's why it is prohibited by the laws of numerous countries all over the world. However, there are people who neglect this rule making calls while being at the wheel. Can you guess the consequences? Of course, you can. People behaving in this way can harm not only their lives, but also lives and health of their passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. Taking into account human nature, the manufacturers of modern gadgets have invented Bluetooth speakerphones for car use. If you don't want to gamble, consider purchasing Bluetooth car kit, thus, contributing to the safety on the roads.

Review of BlueAnt BA-SUPERTOOTH3 Supertooth 3 Automatically Reconnects

Nice and Functional

  • The first advantage of BlueAnt Supertooth 3 model is that it is attached to the sun visor. Although, a lot of models are set in this very place, this location is justified by several factors. First of all, the holder of the device is reliable, so it will be attached firmly in any case. Moreover, as the speakerphone is situated opposite to you, you can hear your caller clear during conversation. Finally, the device's location doesn't distract you from the road.
  • The design of BlueAnt is rather attractive. It has black glazed body which looks luxurious and will suit any car interior.
  • Noise and echo cancellation functions are aimed at providing you with clear sound during your conversations. From now on, your talks resemble face-to-face communication even if car windows are open.
  • The ability to choose language settings cannot be underestimated. The device has 6 languages - American English, British English, Italian, French, German and Spanish. Thus, you can even buy such device as a present for your friend who speaks another language.
  • Call management is the most outstanding peculiarity of BlueAnt Bluetooth speakerphone. When somebody calls you, the device tells you all the information about the caller with the help of Text-To-Speech function. You can answer the call with your voice. All you need to do is say "OK", "Answer" or "Accept Call". Perhaps, the only drawback is that you can't end the call with a voice command - you need to press the red button to do so.

BlueAnt BA-SUPERTOOTH3 Supertooth 3 Automatically Reconnects in the use

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