Escort Max 360

Best Radar Detector Overall

Why people love it
  • Alerts you to presence and direction of radar signals; highly reliable
  • Colorful OLED display makes operation a breeze
  • Detects all frequency bands and laser gun lights

You must subscribe after 60 days for access to Defender database.


Performance: If you're looking for a reliable radar detector that will alert you of police monitoring well ahead of time, you'll want to give the Escort Max 360 a try. Thanks to its omni-directional scanning, it will let you know if you're being clocked from ahead, behind, or to either side. A directional arrow will pop up to alert you to the direction.

Escort offers the Live app, which allows you to control and monitor the radar detector via your smartphone. The app has a few design flaws, but it's mostly user-friendly and simple to use. Compatible with iOS and Android and connected via Bluetooth, the app makes it easy to keep an eye on your surroundings for hidden police cars or speed traps.

The pre-installed Defender Database alerts you ahead of time of any speed traps, cameras, or approaching red lights. You'll have to pay to continue the Defender database subscription after 60 days, but it's worth it to have continued access to this information in real time. With these alerts, you'll always be able to avoid speed traps.

Features: The dual antennas are highly effective at scanning in every direction, and the OLED screen will display the direction from which you are being scanned—not just ahead and behind, but to the right and left as well.

The Auto setting adjusts the sensitivity according to your vehicle's speed, and the Auto No X setting will block out X-band devices (garage openers, motion detectors, etc.). The Highway setting monitors the highway around you for any speed traps or radar scanners.

The radar detector can pick up all the typical police scanner frequency bands, including X, Ka, and K. It will even pick up the light used by laser guns. Thanks to the built-in GPS, you can always stay on top of traps or cops in your area no matter where you travel.

Price: At over $520, this is one of the pricier radar detectors on our list. The omni-directional scanning definitely makes it worth the cost, and you'll find it's the best radar detector to locate and identify threats.

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