Though most people greatly overlook the significance of car speakerphone, I, on the contrary, would consider it as a must-have in your car. With the main reason being quite the most obvious, you need to keep your eyes on the road, there are plenty more benefits that come with getting a car speakerphone.
By the time you are through with this review, you’ll know all there is to know when choosing a car speaker. After the buying guide, we’ll move on and take a look at 10 of the best in 2018.
Before we get started, I’d like to let you in on a little secret of mine- getting the best is entirely a personal opinion. As a matter f fact, it’s neither about the brand nor the amount of money you’ll be spending on it but it's a matter of whether or not it will offer as much as you need from it.
Enough with the introduction already. Let’s now get started with the buying guide, shall we?
To save you the hassle of having to read all through, here’s a comparison chart which includes 3 speakerphones each of which is durable, versatile and up to the task.
Buletooth In-Car Speakerphone, Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Car Speaker
Bluetooth Car Speaker Handsfree Car Visor Speakerphone Bluetooth Phone Speaker
SOAIY S-32 Voice Command Hands-free Bluetooth In-car Speakerphone
We learn something new every day, right? Whether you are looking for a first speakerphone or would like to upgrade your present one, I believe that this buying guide might teach you a thing or two which in turn will better your odds of getting the perfect one for your car.
First off, what exactly is a Bluetooth speakerphone?
Well, the simplest way to put it is that this is just exactly what it sounds like. A speakerphone is a gadget that you link up with your mobile phone with which you can be able to at least receive calls.
Bluetooth speakerphones are of different types and the complexity varies from one speakerphone to the other. The design in most cases, however, is the same- the design is normally in such a way that you can physically clip then on your sun visor or just set them up somewhere on your dash.
Here are some of the key things you need to prioritize before spending a dime on any speakerphone.
In my own opinion, this is by far the most important thing as far as getting a speakerphone is concerned. Think of it this way, if you were in the middle of a call and then you had to pick up your phone? Not only would this be annoying but you may end up being a victim of a road accident which is something that clearly, no one would like.
The longer it lasts, the better off you are. As compared to having a headset for picking incoming calls while on the road, a car speakerphone has, by far a long battery life.
It's simple logic- the speakerphones are larger and can, therefore, utilize a larger battery. The talk on different speakerphones depends on a lot of things such as the signal strength, the volume level as well as the settings you have on your phone or the speakerphone. Nonetheless, one should be able to over at least 10 hours of talk time per full charge. If you’re lucky, you can get as much as 40 hours for the talk time- this would definitely be the best carspeakerphone.
Whereas the talktimes may seem to belong, the standby time is even longer. A full charge on a speakerphone can go for months.
One of the most common ways via which this is made possible is when the speakerphone has the automatic turn on or turn off feature. This is normally made possible by the presence of a motion sensor. With this installed, the speakerphone will automatically be turned on each time the vehicle is in motion and vice versa.
Besides the auto turn-on feature, some speakerphones may not have such a feature but will automatically turn off if there are not devices paired with it.
Besides the battery life, the nature of the controls on a car speakerphone tends to raise quite a lot of concern. For these, you can get either the button controls, the voice controls or even both of these in some cases.
Over the years, even with there being a lot of advancements on the car speakerphones, the button controls is one feature that has persisted if not altered only slightly.
If you're going to go for a speakerphone with such, I would greatly recommend that you look for one that has got large buttons. The reason or this is that since you'll need to have to keep your eyes on the road most of the time, it would be important if the buttons were clear and large enough to see. This as compared to having smaller buttons are easy to find even out of the corner of your eye.
If you wouldn’t like the hassle of having to deal with buttons, an alternative is going for the voice-controlled speakerphones. With one that’s voice operable, you can be able to make calls, redial, end calls and much more. In my own opinion, I’d highly recommend the voice-controlled speakerphones.
There’s no point in getting a speakerphone if you can’t make out the words of the caller or the caller on the receiving end of the phone call can’t clearly make out what you’re saying. This can be quite irritating and the only way to avoid it is to prioritize clarity when shopping for a speakerphone.
The best way to do this is paying attention to the frequency range. The recommended range is normally 50Hz to 7kHz in which case you’ll get the most natural voice. To spice up things, even more, some manufacturers include dual microphones on the speakerphones which makes things even much better.
Noise cancellation is also something you should consider. It’s not a feature you’ll get in most speakerphones but it’s yet, at the same time something you should consider getting and will definitely be worth every penny. What this does is that it takes care of the engine buzz among most of the other noises you normally encounter while driving.
As I said earlier on in our review, whichever car speakerphone you get is entirely a personal opinion. For the lights, some speakerphones will let you know when or not a device is paired via a blinking light.
This may be convenient for some but on the contrary may be a distraction to others. If it’s going to distract you from driving especially at night, then you definitely shouldn’t get one with a light.
Is it legal to mount a speakerphone on your windshield?
Some speakerphone design comes in such a way that you are needed to mount them directly on your windshield. Whereas this may be convenient, some state laws deem it illegal for you to have anything on your windshield as you drive.
Just to be safe, you should go over the state laws to avoid breaking any laws.
Something else that you need to greatly take into consideration is whether or not you’ll be troubled while handling your car speakerphone. First off, it should stay in place wherever it’s set up- whether it’s on the dash or on the sun visor, it shouldn’t threaten to come out of place.
Clips on and suction cups are two of the most common ways via which speakerphones can be held in place on the dashboard and the visor respectively.
For portability, the speakerphone should be light and easy to move around. Considering it's not something you'll install permanently on your vehicle, it's important that the construction be lightweight and durable at the same time. This way, it will even be easy to move it from one vehicle to another when need be.
Now that you know what to look for when shopping for one, how about we take a look at 10 of the best car speakerphones? Each of these is guaranteed to give you a kick for your buck.
If you are looking for something simple, then the first item on our list is definitely meant for you. despite its simple physical design, however, there's plenty more that this speaker kit packs under the hood.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Measuring only 5.1 x 2 x 0.6 inches and weighing only 5.8 ounces, this speakerphone comes with a single clip on which you’ll attach to either the visor or on your vehicle’s air vent. To make it even more stable, there is a magnet at the back which holds the speaker in place even more firmly.
For the talk time, you’ll be getting an outstanding 20 hours which can take you for weeks. If left in standby mode, the speakerphone can go for as much as 1000 hours on a full charge.
You can also be able to see the battery status of the speakerphone on your mobile phone hence you’ll know when to charge it up again.
Designed to pair up with most Bluetooth enabled phones including iPhone, Samsung and LG devices, all you need to do is simply pair up your device. The best part about the pairing is that you can be able to pair as much as 2 devices simultaneously.
Other than just using it for calls, it is A2DP enabled and allows for HD music playback as well as a call number broadcast.
As stated earlier on in our review, you’d be better off getting a small and compact Bluetooth speakerphone. Well, besides just being compact and small in size, the Bluetooth in-car speakerphone has a lot more to offer.
Now here’s something that you don’t get every day. With the low voltage alarm on this device or rather the self-protection feature, you will get a ‘battery low’ voice prompt from it after which it will turn off automatically when your car battery is less than 3 volts.
This is no doubt one of the most important things on a car speakerphone. Within it is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. This offers you as much as 16 hours of talk time and if left in standby mode, it can go for as much as 45 days.
Despite its high battery capacity, the charging time on the device is only 2-3 hours. You can power it up using either a car charger or a USM cable
Once you pair it up with your device once, you won’t have to do this again. As long as the Bluetooth is on and you have the Bluetooth on your mobile phone switched on, it will connect automatically.
As for compatibility, you can pretty much use it with most smartphones such as iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, blackberry and even your tablets. Besides this, you can also pair it up with your laptop for an even better experience.
When using the device, you can short press the answer/end key twice to switch from the hands-free state to a private call mode
Noise cancellation and echo reduction for better calls
In order to give you the best sound quality when making your calls, it does come with an echo reduction feature as well as the noise cancellation for utmost clarity when making your calls.
We’re all about giving you the best which is why we’ve got a road trip-worthy speakerphone for you from Motorola- the Motorola 89589N.
To ensure that the conversation on both ends is clear, the Motorola 89589N has got an outstanding echo and voice reduction feature. This helps block road sound which could otherwise interfere with the clarity of your voice on the other end of the call.
Owing to the fact that it comes with a powerful 2-watt speaker, you’ll be able to hear everything loud and clear.
If you really want an outstanding car speakerphone, then you should pay close attention to this.
The Motorola 89589N will give you a talk-time of 45 hours and if, in standby mode, it can last for as long as 5 months. This is definitely bound to keep you going for weeks.
The main reason for getting a speakerphone is to keep your eyes on the road at all times. The fact that this speakerphone has the voice recognition feature makes it possible for you to be able to answer or ignore calls by simply using your voice.
There are also friendly audio prompts that notify you of the battery levels and announces the name of the caller
Other than just being able to pair up with as much as 6 devices, the multipoint connectivity makes it possible for 2 phones to be connected to the speakerphone all at once.
It's not every day that you'll find a speakerphone that will give you the level of convenience that you'll be getting from the SOAIY S-32. Within it’s compact and rather simple design, it’s got features that a lot of people only dream about. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
Yes, it’s got buttons on it but just for the sake of ensuring you are completely safe while driving, it also does have voice commands.
When you want to make a phone call using Siri or any other voice command on your phone, all you have to do is activate Siri by long pressing the answer/end call button. Depending on the mobile phone, their voice commands may be different hence it is better to refer to your phone's manual for this.
We’ve already seen how to go when making a phone call by Siri or any other voice command. Other than this, you can redial the last number by double pressing the answer/end button.
You can also answer incoming calls or end them as well.
With this speakerphone, you can easily connect up to two devices simultaneously hence you won’t have to turn off your Bluetooth when someone else wants to use it.
If you want to restart your speakerphone, you just have to set anything close to it in motion such as opening and closing the door. Setting the car in motion also does the trick. Once the device automatically powers on, it will connect to a paired Bluetooth device automatically.
Just in case there is no mobile phone connected to it within 180 seconds, the device will automatically turn off hence saving on power.
Coming up 5th on our list is the Avantree MULTIPOINT Bluetooth visor car kit. With a combination of safety and convenience, you’ll simply be working with the best car speakerphone. Well, let’s take a closer look at why this speakerphone qualifies to be among 10 of the best in 2018.
With the ability to be able to connect with 2 paired mobile phones simultaneously, the Avantree MULTIPOINT makes it possible for 2 people to be able to use it at the same time. Receiving and making calls is made much easier while on the road
Thanks to the in-car speakerphone’s echo and noise reduction feature you’ll not have to worry about getting a distorted sound quality. As much as the noise and echo reduction features come in handy quite well, it is highly recommended that you don’t use this speakerphone in trucks
The longer it lasts, the better off you are- we’ve already established that, right? Well to give you the best, the Avantree visor car kit can go for an outstanding 22 hours on call. In addition to this, it can run for 9 days on standby mode.
Despite the BL-5B (Lithium-Ion battery) giving you such a long talk time, it takes only 3 hours for it to get to full charge once it is drained. the battery in use is a rechargeable Nokia battery.
You can also be able to see the battery status of the visor on your phone which is yet another reason to purchase it- you’ll always know when to recharge it.
The Avantree is pretty much usable with any Bluetooth enabled smartphone. This makes it quite easy to use. With the sun visor clip that comes with the speakerphone allows you to set it up in a jiffy and you’re good to go.
We’re already past halfway on our review and we’re doing good so far. Coming up 6th is the YETOR Bluetooth speakerphone.
Here’s what you’ll be getting from it…
Starting with the design, the YETOR is a compact yet versatile speakerphone measuring 4.3 x 3 x 1.2 inches and weighing only 2.4 ounces. Even so, it does not compromise on the essentials. On the front face is the end/receive call button as well as the volume controls. It is also on the front that you’ll get the speaker.
At the rear of the YETOR is a clip on with which you’ll easily set in place on your sun visor; the same is also manufactured from steel.
By offering a whole 20 hours of talk time, the YETOR will last on a full charge for quite a while. Depending on connectivity, volume, etc. the talk time may vary between 17 hours and 20 hours.
When in standby mode, it can go for as much as 1400 hours. In a nutshell, if you commute a lot, this is definitely the best car speakerphone for you. for the charging time, you’ll only need to have it plugged in for about 3 hours to get it to full charge.
The charger is also included in the package.
This simply allows you to stream your favorite music, podcasts as well as get GPS direction from GPS applications. The speakerphone also does has a 3-watt speaker which makes the calls and music audible.
Any paired devices can be used within a 10-meter radius. An added touch to the speakerphone is the ability to connect to 2 paired devices simultaneously.
Yet another outstanding product from SOAIY is the SOAIY S-61 Hands-free wireless Bluetooth speakerphone. whether you are looking for a quick upgrade or your first speakerphone, then you should definitely go for the SOAIY S-61.
One of the most amazing things in the SOAIY S-61 is probably the fact that it can automatically be powered on. if it’s off, you can power it on by simply opening or closing your door. Likewise, if you set the car in motion, the speakerphone will automatically wake up.
If there is no activity within 180 seconds, the device will automatically power off to save on battery power.
Yet another striking feature on this speakerphone is the multiuse feature. The advanced multiuse feature makes it possible for 2 phones to be paired with it automatically. This way you cannot miss any calls.
Pairing the device is quite simple. After turning it on, the answer key will flash red and blue alternately. The speakerphone can be paired manually or automatically with a mobile phone that has had the Bluetooth on for 150 seconds. Just in case a password is needed, go ahead and enter 0000.
One of the things I deem most important when shopping for a speakerphone is the simplicity of setting it up. For the SOAIY S-61. At the back of the speakerphone is a clip on with which you can attach it to the sun visor.
It is always safe to have your eyes on the road ahead, don’t you agree? Once you have paired your phone, you can answer or decline calls by simply saying yes or no.
There is also the last call redial function and the ability to use voice commands with the device from software like Siri for the iPhone.
Coming up 8th on our best car speakerphone review is most convenient and safest speakerphones on the market. Besides its small size, this Bluetooth speakerphone has got a lot of surprises- possibly more than you would expect from it.
Here’s what it packs under the hood.
Starting with the battery, I’d say that this one is one of a kind. Within the speakerphone is a Lithium-Ion battery whose talk time is as much as 17 hours. The standby time, on the other hand, is 45 days.
Even with the large battery capacity, the charging time to full capacity is 2-3 hours only.
Unlike other speakerphones, you can actually be able to use this one with quite a lot of mobile devices. Provided your smartphone is Bluetooth enabled, you can pretty much be able to use the speakerphone.
As a matter of fact, you'll use almost any Android smartphone with it, any blackberry device as well as most of the iPhones. The signal reception for all of these is 10 meters.
With the powerful 3-watt speaker within it, the HD voice quality is one more reason you should go for it. Also with the A2DP streaming capability, you can stream for music playback, podcasts as well as directions from most GPS application
When turned on, the blue light will rapidly flash. Upon searching for it on your phone, you’ll see ‘KLJ-Pro6’; connect to it and id successful the LED will steadily flash.
We're almost done with our review already. Coming up second last, we've got the VeoPulse B-PRO 2. Measuring only 6.9 x 6 x 1.4 inches and weighing 10.4 ounces, this speakerphone will definitely give you the biggest bang for your buck. Here’s all you’ll be getting from it.
The VeoPulse B-PRO 2 is capable of not only switching on by itself but it can also be able to connect to your phone in seconds. It can then detect when you leave your vehicle and in the account of doing so, it switches off automatically.
With these two features, you’ll be able to save a lot of energy and go for long without having to charge your speakerphone.
It’s always the best option to be as safe as you can possibly be, right? In order to do this, you can either struggle to use the buttons on a speakerphone or go ahead and utilize the voice controls.
For the VeoPulse B-PRO 2, you can simply answer a call by saying ‘YES’ and rejecting one by saying ‘NO’. if you’d like to call someone, activate the voice commands such as Siri or OK google then go ahead and say your caller’s name.
Installation is simply done by clipping it on your sun visor and as for pairing it, you’ll only need to pair it once. After this, the two will connect automatically.
We’ve come to the end of our best car speakerphone review and the 10th on our list is unlike any other speakerphone on our list. Yet another one from Avantree, this speakerphone is one of the few solar charging speakerphones.
Let’s see what it’s got…
Though it is an outstanding speakerphone, you can be able to enjoy your music and even better listen to GPS instructions upon pairing it up with your phone.
Pairing it up should be quite simple, you just need to have the device on then you can search it on your phone’s Bluetooth devices. The multipoint connection is, however not something you get in just any speakerphone. you’ll be able to pair 2 devices simultaneously.
To ensure that you have the best conversations, an echo cancellation feature has been integrated into the device. This way, anything that goes via the built-in microphone will be easily audible on the other end. This simply takes care of the noise you may encounter while on the road
The speakerphone comes with both a sun visor clip, a windscreen holder as well as a crystal sun visor holder. The fact that you can have it on your windscreen makes it easy to charge it up.
Speaking of charging it up, the device can go for an amazing 18 hours of talk time and 180 hours when in standby mode.
If you spend as much as an hour or two commuting, then I’d highly recommend that you get yourself a speakerphone. Yet so far, this is the safest and most convenient way to communicate on the road and still have your eyes fixed on the road ahead.
From our buying guide, you'll know exactly what to go for. The product listing, on the other hand, includes the best of the best.
Regarding what you need most, you should prioritize your options before settling for any of the above-listed products. Nonetheless, you're sure to find one that will suit your exact demands- you do deserve the best.