Best Bluetooth Car Kits in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 24, 2019
People talk on a phone all the time while commuting to work and on their return journeys. Yet, it's not always convenient, nor is it safe to hold the phone in hands. This is where such a little helper as a Bluetooth car kit will come in handy! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
HOLDER TYPE
BATTERY LIFE
SUPPORTED PROFILES
INTERFACE
FEATURES
SIZE
Warranty
 
PROS

A built-in magnet allows for holding the speakerphone firmly in place even when driving on hilly terrain. It also lets you move the Bluetooth speaker depending on the sun position.

CONS

Limited functionality to the second gadget connected.

OUR VERDICT

The SuperTooth Buddy features a non-slip design with large buttons on it for comfortable handling. A user-friendly interface and ease of use make this kit one of the most favoured options by users worldwide.

detailed parameters
HOLDER TYPE
Metal clip for a sun visor
BATTERY LIFE
Talk time - up to 20 hours; Standby time - up to 1000 hours
SUPPORTED PROFILES
HFP, HSP
INTERFACE
Bluetooth 2.1
FEATURES
Full Duplex, Full DSP echo cancellation and double noise canceller, Auto Connect technology reconnects to a mobile phone if it has been paired previously, Multipoint technology that allows for 2 phones pairing simultaneously
SIZE
130 x 49 x 14 mm
Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Jabra Assist app will let you find your car in a crowded parking lot or anywhere else you've left it. Also, it will track your GPS location whenever you use this Bluetooth car kit.

CONS

Music playback quality might be better.

OUR VERDICT

The Jabra Drive has a simple but intuitive design ideal for comfortable use at the wheel. Apart from transmitting incoming calls, the car kit can be used for music playback and navigator's voice prompts transmitting.

detailed parameters
HOLDER TYPE

Metal clip for a sun visor

BATTERY LIFE

Talk time - up to 20 hours; Standby time - up to 30 days

SUPPORTED PROFILES

A2DP audio streaming, HFP, HSP

INTERFACE

Bluetooth 3.0

FEATURES

Easy to pair, Supports auto pairing, Talk range: up to 10 m, Device can play music and control music from device, Stream GPS directions, Connects with 2 devices simultaneously, Jabra Assist App for Android and iOS

SIZE

104 x 56 x 18 mm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It's fitted with two USB ports. One of them can read music files in MP3, WMA, WAV formats, while the other ensures quick charging of your mobile devices.

CONS

On the max volume, you can hear the static noise.

OUR VERDICT

The SONRU Bluetooth is a very functional car kit that is simple to set up and use. With it, you'll be able to make hands-free phone calls, play the radio or mp3 music onto your car speaker, and most importantly charge your mobile phone. 

detailed parameters
HOLDER TYPE

12 V cigarette lighter

BATTERY LIFE

Needs power via 12 V car cigarette lighter port

SUPPORTED PROFILES

A2DP audio streaming

INTERFACE

Bluetooth 4.2

FEATURES

3 playback modes (USB, microSD card, Bluetooth), 2 USB ports (1 for charging, 1 for charging/playback), Built-in mic with CVC noise reduction technology, Built-in LED-light

SIZE

110 x 49 x 42 mm

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

It boasts dual mounting option - you can install the receiver on the dashboard or in an air vent. The set includes both an air vent clip and a 3M adhesive magnetic base.

CONS

The set requires AUX connection.

OUR VERDICT

The TaoTronics is a great set for streaming your favourite music, answering incoming calls, or recharging your smartphone. This all-in-one set can really replace several devices in your vehicle. Perfect for any car with an AUX input.

detailed parameters
HOLDER TYPE

12 V cigarette lighter

BATTERY LIFE

Needs power via USB (car cigarette lighter charger with 2 USB ports included)

SUPPORTED PROFILES

A2DP audio streaming

INTERFACE

Bluetooth 4.2

FEATURES

Built-in USB and AUX cables for easy connection, Built-in mic with CVC noise reduction technology, Air vent clip and 3M magnetic base included

SIZE

48 x 52 x 48 mm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

When the included battery runs low,  you can easily replace it with a compatible one manufactured by Nokia.

CONS

Sleep mode is activated in 65 minutes only.

OUR VERDICT

With this car kit, your hands will definitely lay on the wheel and your mind will be concentrated on the road. And thanks to its amazing battery life, you won't face a problem of the speaker running out of juice at the most inopportune moment.

detailed parameters
HOLDER TYPE
Metal clip for a sun visor
BATTERY LIFE

Talk time - up to 10-12 hours; Standby time - up to 980 hours

SUPPORTED PROFILES
A2DP audio streaming, HFP, HSP
INTERFACE
Bluetooth 4.0
FEATURES
Simultaneous connection with 2 devices. Echo cancellation and noise suppression function, Mute button
SIZE
123 x 46 x 20 mm
Warranty

2 years

SuperTooth Buddy Handsfree Speakerphone

Car's Interior Enhancement

It'd be good to have a device that would not only add functionality to your car but also enhance its look. And the SuperTooth Buddy Handsfree Bluetooth set fits that bill. It's a clever little thing combining these two crucial features in one device.

For starters, the device boasts a very compact, sleek, contemporary design that can add a sophisticated touch to any car interior. It's easily attached to the sun visor, and there are no chances that it might fall off on hillocks and bumps. The built-in magnet securely holds it in place even when driving on hilly terrain.

What is notable, the magnetic mount slips onto the visor but the Bluetooth speaker can be easily moved to either side of the visor depending on the sun position. Just pull off the unit and reattach to the magnetic holder when your visor is down or up.

Overall, this Bluetooth kit is very simple to use and easy to sync to the car's speaker. After the initial setup, it selfs-connects each time you get in the car and start the engine. The automatic re-establishment of the Bluetooth connection can help you save quite a lot of time. Just imagine, you don't have to pull your smartphone out of the pocket each time.

Review of SuperTooth Buddy Handsfree Speakerphone Bluetooth Car Kit

Best For

The SuperTooth model is a perfect choice for really busy people since it offers pairing with up to 8 devices and can work with 2 devices simultaneously due to the Multipoint option. After you connect your phone to the car kit for the first time, it will save it to memory.

We also like how the kit's been designed - the large buttons are located distantly from each other so that you can't hit the wrong one accidentally.

In addition, the speakerphone features full-duplex audio, full DSP echo cancellation and double noise canceller resulting in super-clear and less harsh sounding.

As for the built-in battery, it lasts for quite a long time and there are no connection issues at all.

All in all, with the given car kit you will be able to focus on the road while speaking safely on the phone. And if you need your hands free even while shopping or strolling around the town, consider purchasing Bluetooth headsets.

SuperTooth Buddy Handsfree Speakerphone Bluetooth Car Kit in the use

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Supertooth Buddy Bluetooth Handfree Car Kit Review | ITF
 

Jabra Drive 100-49000001-60

True Comfort and Safety

If you spend a lot of time at the wheel, you’re likely to need to speak on the phone quite often. And if you do not want to get yourself in trouble, you should use a special device for hands-free talking. We recommend you to consider using the Jabra Drive 100-49000001-60 Bluetooth Car Kit, an intuitive and user-friendly gadget with a speaker, a microphone, and only 3 control buttons.

Thanks to its super-simple control panel and straightforward design, it has quickly become a bestseller on the market. We dare say, it's one of the easiest in-car Bluetooth speakerphones to date, and even an older person will be able to handle this unit fairly easily. It allows for the minimum interruption and the maximum concentration while driving.

Made with a user's convenience of use, the Jabra Drive 100-49000001-60 Bluetooth Car Kit clips to a car’s sun visor and automatically switches on when you get in a car. Naturally, it's very easy to set up and connect to your phone. The voice guidance will talk you through the process as you pair the speaker up with your mobile phone for the first time.

Review of Jabra Drive 100-49000001-60 Bluetooth Car Kit

Nice Extras

Another thing we like about this kit is that you can sync the Jabra Drive speaker with two gadgets simultaneously. This feature may be especially useful for drivers who use GPS tracking devices, wireless-enabled MP3 players or have a couple of phones. That is to say, you can stream music from your phone or tablet and get GPS directions simultaneously.

The speaker also features a voice guidance system that informs you about Bluetooth connection status and battery level. By the way, the unit is fitted with an ultra-powerful battery that can hold charge up to 20 hours in talk mode and 30 days in standby mode.

Speaking of the call quality, it’s pretty good but not that impressive. It might lose some clarity if you turn its volume up high, but in general, the sound transmission is rather clear.

Overall, the Jabra Drive 100-49000001-60 Bluetooth Car Kit is a very decent buy and good value for the money. It will be of great use for those drivers that cherish simplicity the most.

Jabra Drive 100-49000001-60 Bluetooth Car Kit in the use

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SONRU FT1006

Space Saving Device

Want to make your journeys more enjoyable and fun? Then, the SONRU Bluetooth FM Transmitter is certainly worth your closer consideration. It's not a simple Bluetooth car transmitter but a fully-fledged music centre in your vehicle.

To begin with, the SONRU serves its main purpose perfectly. It provides drivers with hands-free calls with crystal clear sounding. That is to say, you'll be able to answer, hang up, decline, or redial calls without interfering with the driving. Made with the high-performance microphone, the device offers superior clarity and smooth calls. And the noise reduction (CVC) technology will remove all unwanted sounds.

Admittedly, the transmitter provides a very stable FM signal and accordingly ensures safe driving. The unit is relatively easy to connect and pair. All you need to do to is plug it in a 12V car cigarette socket, turn your car FM radio on, find a blank frequency, and then adjust the transmitter to the same frequency. That's all.

As you've already guessed, the transmitter should be installed into a cigarette lighter, which we consider a quite space-saving solution. Small and lightweight, it will prevent the shift lever from being driven.

Review of SONRU FT1006 Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit

Extra Versatility

Apart from providing hands-free calls, the SONRU Bluetooth transmitter can play music. And do that with 7 colour light modes to surround your car interior with colourful light, making it an appealing option for parents with small kids. The bright light will definitely make your family journeys more exciting.

Moving on, the device boasts three music playback modes. You can transmit music from your phone via Bluetooth, insert a TF card (up to 32GB) into a dedicated slot, or use U disk play. Whatever source you choose, you can always expect a crisp sound.

Yet, the most prominent feature about this Bluetooth car device is that it's fitted with two USB ports. One of them can read music files in MP3, WMA, WAV formats, while the other ensures quick charging of your mobile devices. This way, your gadgets can be fully charged in a short time right on-the-go.

Long story short, the SONRU Bluetooth is a very functional car kit that is easy to set up and easy to use. With it, you'll be able to make hands-free phone calls, play the radio or mp3 music onto your car speakers, and, most importantly, charge your mobile devices.

SONRU FT1006 Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit in the use

 

TaoTronics TT-BR04UK

Two Mounting Options

If you're willing to get the most out of your money, you may be particularly interested in the TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver. For less than £20, you can get a super-multipurpose device that in addition to the possibility to make hands-free calls can also be used for streaming music files from your smartphone or stereo system wirelessly.

Created specifically for older car models, this modern and ergonomic system can breathe new life into any vehicle with an AUX input. The TaoTronics kit includes the main unit with 3M adhesive magnetic base, 3.5mm aux-in cable, USB cable, complimentary USB charger, and an additional vent clip.

Setting up this Bluetooth car kit is fairly easy and you don't need to have any special skills or additional tools. It boasts dual mounting options, meaning you can attach the receiver to the dashboard or air vent. If you choose the first option, you need to pre-install the 3M adhesive tape on a dashboard (or any other quick-accessible place) and put the receiver with its magnetic side onto the tape. The easier and faster mounting method involves attaching the integrated clip to the unit and mounting it onto the air vent in your car. The choice is yours.

Review of TaoTronics TT-BR04UK Bluetooth Car Kit With Magnetic Base

More Options

Another curious thing about this system is that it comes with a USB plug rather than a standard 12V power adapter. The said USB plug should be connected into a complementary USB adapter. And this adapter, in its turn, is connected into a cigarette lighter.

However, the main perk is that the adapter has two USB ports giving you an opportunity to power the Bluetooth car system and charge your phone or tablet at the same time. This feature will definitely come to the liking of anyone who is often on the road and needs to juice up some electronics.

Once you plug the main unit into adapter and the 3.5 mm cable into the AUX input, you can pair the device with up to two smart devices. The double connectivity option ensures twice the freedom - you'll be able to listen to music or answer calls from any of two connected smartphones.

After the first pairing, this Bluetooth system will establish a connection with the gadgets. It will automatically find your phone when you start the engine. Once your gadgets are synced, you'll get a fantastic opportunity to answer calls, skip songs, and pause/resume them without taking your focus off the road.

All in all, the TaoTronics is a great set for streaming your favourite music, answering incoming calls, or recharging your smartphone. This all-in-one set can really replace several devices in your vehicle.

TaoTronics TT-BR04UK Bluetooth Car Kit With Magnetic Base in the use

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Avantree 10BP V4.0 Multipoint

Long Battery Life

Generally, the devices that operate from a battery are not capable of running for prolonged periods of time without recharging. However, that's not the case with the Avantree 10BP Bluetooth car kit.

The manufacturer claims that the given model can work up to 12 hours in talk time mode and the whopping 40 days in standby mode. Can you imagine the advantage of the device that literally replaces your phone while you are at the wheel?

We should also note that when the battery in the kit runs low, you can replace it with a rechargeable Nokia battery, which will give you additional time until you have an opportunity to recharge the main battery.

Speaking about the installation process of this car kit, it is quite straightforward. You'll only need to fix the device onto a car's sun visor with a clip.

Owing to the car kit's echo and noise reduction technologies, both you and a person who you are talking to will hear a conversation clearly. No echoing or other artificial acoustics. The conversation quality is great - no loss of volume or quality.

Take note that the support of the A2DP profile allows the speaker to play files from all Bluetooth-enabled devices except for GPS navigators and smart watches.

Review of Avantree 10BP V4.0 Multipoint Bluetooth Handsfree Visor Car Kit

Some Limitations

Although the Avantree MULTIPOINT Speakerphone is capable of music playback, the manufacturer states that the music sound quality can't be comparable with standard car stereo. That's why the speaker is ideal mainly for hands-free conversations.

Another limitation is the working area. The Avantree Bluetooth set might work poorly in a truck since its cab dimensions are too large and ambient noise are usually too loud.

Still, if you're looking for an inexpensive in-car speakerphone solely for taking or making phone calls on-the-go, we see no reason to overpay for extra frills. Surely, this kit will make hearing the caller much clearer and the driving much safer.

Simply put, with the given Bluetooth car kit, your hands will definitely lay on the wheel and your mind will be concentrated on the road. And because of its amazing battery life and ability to work with replaceable Nokia battery, you won't face a problem of your speaker running out of juice at the most inopportune moment.

Avantree 10BP V4.0 Multipoint Bluetooth Handsfree Visor Car Kit in the use

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What Is a Bluetooth Car Kit?

A Bluetooth car kit is a compact device using which you can safely speak on a phone without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. 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 a 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 mind concentrates on the road keeping you on the right side of the law. However, the benefits of Bluetooth car kits don't end at hands-free speaking since these devices double as top-notch car audio systems that will make your ride even more exciting.

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

What Features to Compare

Installation

When choosing a Bluetooth car kit, first thing first, consider possible mounting options and pay attention to the following aspects:

  • Bluetooth kit should be installed so that it doesn't block other important elements on the dashboard. For that, check out the dimensions of the model you choose and make sure it fits perfectly.
  • Most Bluetooth car kits come complete with special metal clips for attaching them to a sun visor. If you want to keep your Bluetooth car kit in view, choose one that has them. Other models can be mounted piece by piece, with the main unit being mounted on the dashboard and controller on the wheel.
  • Consider what power source is required to run the kit. Some models are battery-powered and come with a set of batteries while others require connection to a cigarette lighter. Choose what suits you better.

Control

There are two ways to control a Bluetooth car kit: by hand or by voice. With a remote controller mounted on the 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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