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Best Car Mounts for iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus in 2019

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It's now illegal in most places to hold your phone and use it while you drive. A quality car mount is vital if you want to use your iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus while you drive, whether it's to answer calls, play music, or get directions. These are the best car mounts for your iPhone.

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Kenu Airframe+

Best Overall

Secure
Easy to install
Expandable
Angle not adjustable

The Kenu Airframe+ is one of our favorite car mounts. It's affordable, installs easily into your car's vent without blocking airflow, and can expand to hold even bigger sized devices. The sides clamp on to your iPhone XS, XR, 8, or 8 Plus to give it a secure fit, and you won't have to worry about your device falling while you're driving.

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iOttie Easy One Touch 4

Most reliable

Secure cradle grip
Adjustable arm
Needs smooth surface


The One Touch 4 is probably the best mount for most people. It cradles your iPhone securely, has a strong suction cup, and the adhesive dashboard pad means you'll always have a smooth surface to mount on.

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TechMatte MagGrip air vent mount

Most classic

Compact
Reliable
Inexpensive
Need metal on back of iPhone

This is the mount most people are familiar with. The air vent MagGrip from TechMate fits easily on most vents and comes with a magnetic plate, which is best placed on your phone case. The magnet is strong and will hold your iPhone in place, even down the bumpiest roads.

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RAM Mount Universal X-Grip

Most heavy-duty

Built to last
Adjustable arm
Pricey


This well-built mount is made from aluminum composite and stainless steel, with a strong, adjustable arm that lets you orient your iPhone any way you like. If you like using a heavy-duty case on your iPhone, this mount can handle it just fine.

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Logitech Drive One-Touch Mount

Best value

Works with any model phone
Powerful magnet
Bargain price
Need metal on the back of your phone

Logitech's Drive mount fits in your car's air vent, and all it takes is a twist to attach or remove. It has a strong magnet and will work with any iPhone model as long as you have a metal case or metal inserted into it.

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Spigen Kuel TS36

Sturdiest

Sturdy
Telescopic arm
Portrait or landscape mode
Need smooth surface to adhere to

The Kuel mount from Spigen is a lot like iOttie's One Touch mount, but it's a little less expensive, and some reviewers have noted that it's a little sturdier. Its telescopic arm adjusts to where you need it, and the head rotates so that you can view your iPhone in portrait or landscape.

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Totallee Wireless Car Charger

Best wireless charging

Charges iPhone wirelessly while mounted
Works with any size phone
Arms open and close automatically (or with a touch of a button)
Can adjust to any angle
Pricey

Since the iPhone XS, XR, 8, and 8 Plus support wireless charging, the Totallee Wireless Car Charger is the perfect way to mount your iPhone and juice it up during your commute. Simply attach the mount to your car vent, lay your iPhone on the mount, and start charging your battery in a jiffy. The arms automatically move into place to hold your iPhone securely. The ball-and-socket joint lets you angle your iPhone in any direction.

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Night Ize Steelie

Coolest looking

Aesthetically appealing
Universal fit
Orient phone any way you want
Must have metal on the back of your phone

If you're looking for a magnetic mount with a small footprint, then the Steelie is the best. There are several configurations, but the basic one is a small magnetic ball and a little magnetic circle that adheres to your iPhone case. The magnet is powerful, and you can orient your iPhone in any way you like.

Bottom line

These are the best mounts for your iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and more. They'll keep your phone out of your hands while you're driving (and hopefully a ticket off your record!), and they'll let you check directions and more on the go.

My personal favorite is the Kenu Airframe+, as I've been using it since my iPhone 6 Plus days, and it has never loosened up on the vent, and my iPhone XS is still as secure as it ever was. It adjusts from the size of an iPhone SE all the up to the XS Max. The vent clip rotates and adjusts to fit both standard and thick vent slats. Since it doesn't rely on a magnet, you don't need any special metal case or plate on your iPhone. You can even take it out of your car, stick a credit card into the vent clip, and Voila! You have a kickstand for watching videos. It only weighs an ounce so you can easily stick it in your bag or pocket. The Kenu Airframe+ has a lifetime warranty.