Nowadays, technology moves fast – and unless you upgrade your equipment every six months, you’ll quickly find you’re behind the times. Modern car stereos come with Bluetooth as standard – but if yours is too old, here are some top picks for best Bluetooth car kit.
The Best Bluetooth Car Kit of 2019
1. Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit
If the tech in your car hasn’t managed to keep up with the tech of your smartphone or other devices, this Bluetooth hands-free kit is an elegant solution. This setup is compatible with iPhone, Android, Blackberry or any other similar device.
You simply insert the 3.5mm plug into the aux socket on your in-car stereo and fix the control button somewhere convenient with the adhesive disc. You then power it from your car’s cigarette lighter.
Once you connect your phone via Bluetooth, you will be able to use it to play music from your phone, stream music via your phone or use hands-free calling. This is a much cheaper answer than buying a whole new Bluetooth-compatible car stereo system.
This Bluetooth kit has a couple of neat features. We like the way the part that plugs into the cigarette lighter also has a USB socket, allowing you to charge your phone at the same time. The built-in mic also has noise-canceling capability, making calls more practical while driving.
This Bluetooth kit is easy to use, very reasonably priced and offers you convenience and safety while driving. A highly recommended option.
2. Mpow MBR2 Bluetooth Car Kit
This Bluetooth kit from Mpow actually looks quite similar to the Kinivo kit above but also boasts a couple of extra features.
The most noticeable addition is the ground loop noise isolator, an extra device on the cable between the control button and the aux socket plug. It functions as a noise reduction unit, isolating the sounds you don’t want to hear and making calling or listening to music clearer.
This kit has dual Bluetooth connection functionality, meaning you can connect two devices simultaneously for seamless music playback or calling without the need to constantly disconnect one phone to connect the other.
We also like the way the device powers up automatically when you turn on your car and then reconnects to the last device it was paired with automatically as soon as it comes into range.
This is another inexpensive and practical solution to the problem of not having a modern Bluetooth-enabled stereo system. With one of these very affordable kits, you can have the most important functionality of a Bluetooth stereo system at a fraction of the price.
3. Mpow BH129 Bluetooth Receiver (Our Top Recommended)
For the ultimate in simplicity, this ingenious device allows you to convert almost any non-Bluetooth device into a Bluetooth-compatible device via the 3.5mm plug. There are no wires or connections, you simply plug in this device – about the size of a key fob – and you’re ready to go.
In order to play music from your phone over your car stereo or to stream music to your car stereo via your phone, simply plug this device into the aux socket.
To receive calls while driving, just press the answer button on the device – there’s only one button, so no fussing trying to locate it – and speak. The device will pick up your voice on the built-in microphone and you will hear the caller over your car’s speakers.
You can also use it to connect your phone’s GPS mapping to your car’s stereo – and it can even double up to turn non-Bluetooth headphones into Bluetooth headphones or to play music from a Bluetooth device over your non-Bluetooth home stereo system.
We love how simple this device is to use. It’s so small that you can easily carry it about in your pocket. This is an essential piece of kit for anyone who doesn’t yet have a Bluetooth-compatible car stereo, but it’s also extremely versatile, with many other uses.
And on top of everything, it’s extremely cheap. A highly recommended device.
4. TaoTronics Bluetooth Car Kit
This Bluetooth car kit features a simple receiver and control panel device that you can place somewhere convenient in your car. This part connects to your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone while the other end plugs into your car’s aux socket. It is powered from the cigarette lighter.
The first thing that stands out with this model is the control panel. While some only have one single button to control everything – it’s good to keep things simple and uncluttered for when you’re driving – this version has slightly more sophisticated controls.
Here, instead of just one button, there is a central multi-function button for things like answering calls, ending calls or rejecting calls, but there are also volume controls and buttons to skip the music to the next track or to go back to the previous track. This makes controlling it that bit easier.
It’s simple to fix in your car too. You have the choice of using 3M adhesive, but the other option is to use the special clip to fix it to your car’s air vent, giving you more flexibility over where you place it.
It allows you to listen to music, make hands-free calls or hook up your phone’s GPS system. This device allows dual-connectivity so you can connect two devices at once, and the cigarette lighter plug also has two USB ports so you can charge two phones at the same time.
This is another well-thought-out device that comes with a very reasonable price tag. Another ideal option.
5. Esuper Bluetooth Car Kit
In this device, we have another great solution for converting non-Bluetooth devices into Bluetooth devices without awkward cables that can become tangled or get in the way. You simply plug it into a 3.5mm socket to allow you to connect your phone or other devices via Bluetooth.
It can be used to play music from your phone or stream music via your phone over your car’s speakers, and it also allows you to make hands-free calls or use your phone’s GPS. It can also be used with home stereos or non-Bluetooth headphones.
One highlight with this device is the super-fast pairing – much quicker than many other similar devices. Also, it offers high-quality sound and a range of up to 40ft. Another plus is the low latency – the time lag between when the signal is sent and when the sound is played.
Overall, a wonderful solution for all your non-Bluetooth devices – but especially useful in a car with no Bluetooth car stereo.
6. Nulaxy Bluetooth Car Adapter Receiver
One of the problems with many of the Bluetooth kits on the market is that they rely on car stereos having an aux socket. However, on many, that is not necessarily the case, so this Bluetooth car kit has a different solution – it connects to your car stereo via the radio.
All you do is plug it into the cigarette lighter, connect your phone via Bluetooth and then tune your car radio and the Bluetooth device to an empty frequency on your radio. This will then allow you to play music, make calls and use your phone’s GPS via the kit over your stereo system.
Apart from the main advantage of not requiring an aux socket, other highlights include the large LCD display, and the ability to play music directly from a USB stick or a TF card.
This kit is compatible with almost any Bluetooth-enabled device. If you don’t have an aux socket in your car stereo, this is an obvious solution.
7. Avantree CK11 Bluetooth Car Kit
If you are more interested in making calls hands-free while you drive than playing music from your phone through your car’s stereo system, this device could be a good option.
This car kit works differently from some other models on the market since it doesn’t make use of your car’s stereo at all – rather, it uses its own powerful speaker for you to make calls. For this reason, this is not a recommended solution for music playback.
With this device, you just connect your phone to it once and clip it somewhere convenient in your car. After that, it turns on automatically when you open your car door and connects to your phone whenever it is in range.
One of the biggest advantages is the battery life. It can give you up to 22 hours of use and takes only two or three hours to charge fully. When not in use, it has up to 600 hours of standby time.
You can use it to activate your phone’s assistant, like Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant – this way, you can control your phone via voice command and won’t need to touch it while driving. It also offers dual connectivity, so you can have up to two phones connected at the same time.
All in all, due to its simplicity, if you only want a device for effortless hands-free calling, this is an excellent option. However, if you want a device that allows you to play music over your car stereo, you’re better off looking elsewhere.
8. Besign BK01 Bluetooth 4.1 Car Kit
This car kit is another one-button version that you attach somewhere convenient in your car. It is powered by the cigarette lighter and plugs into your stereo’s aux socket, allowing you to call, play music and more via Bluetooth over your car’s speakers.
It turns on and connects to your phone automatically when you are in range, and it also features a ground loop noise isolator to help ensure your calls are clear and without interference.
It has a dual charger and can also be connected to two phones, so you won’t need to disconnect one phone every time you want to connect another.
This is another very practical, convenient and functional solution that will suit any budget. A great option if your stereo is not Bluetooth-enabled.
9. SoundBot SB360 Bluetooth 4.0 Car Kit
This is another inexpensive solution for people whose car stereo doesn’t allow them to connect their phones via Bluetooth. You can fix it somewhere convenient in your car and connect it to your car stereo via the aux socket.
It features a multi-function button for answering and ending calls etc. as well as two prominent and easy-to-use previous-track and next-track controls.
Outstanding features on this kit include three USB ports, allowing you to charge three phones at the same time, and a clip that allows you to wear the device, placing the mic nearer your mouth and making calls even clearer.
Another well-designed product and recommended for anyone who needs a Bluetooth car kit.
10. Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Car
This is another Bluetooth solution for car stereos that don’t have an aux input. Instead, this Bluetooth car kit connects via radio and allows you to make hands-free calls, listen to music and use many other functions over your car’s speaker system.
This device is compatible with almost all types of modern smartphone. It also provides two USB ports for charging, one of which is high-speed to charge your phone in the shortest possible time.
We like this device for a couple of reasons. First, it is small and compact. It doesn’t stick out or take up too much space in your car. It is just the right size to use but not to so big that it gets in the way.
We also like the way it looks. It has a classy, understated style that will enhance the look of your car.
Overall, another recommended affordable option if you don’t want to spend the money on a whole new Bluetooth-compatible stereo system.
Different option for hands-free calling and safer driving
It is now well-documented that driving and using your phone is highly dangerous, and to remain safe, you need a good Bluetooth car kit. There are now many options that allow you to call, play music or use GPS via Bluetooth – and these can all help ensure you arrive at your destination safely.