Valentine One Radar Detector

Last updated: October 28, 2021


Advance notice can be very handy when you're using a radar detector. and in that area, the Valentine One excels. You'll also get high sensitivity, which is helpful in alerting you to speed-detecting radar.

Valentine One Radar Detector

We looked at the top Radar Detectors and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Radar Detector you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: A highly sensitive radar detector to alert you to speed-detecting radar all around.

In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the Valentine One Radar Detector placed 2nd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Valentine One V1 Radar detector is one of the highest performing radar detectors on the market. One reason for this is multiple radar antennas! The only other detector with two radar antennas is the Bel STi Driver, but in the STi both antennas face forward. In the Valentine One, there is one forward antenna and one rear-facing antenna. Using this combination of antennas, it effectively tells you the band and strength of the radar signal, along with the number of “bogeys,” or radar units being detected. It will also tell you what direction the signal is coming from, and provide the best rear detection out of every other windshield-mounted detector on the market. Even when this sounds too good to be true, there’s more. The Valentine One has excellent laser reception, consistently appearing at the top of tests in this category. In addition to the super high-performance of Valentine’s detector, this model will never become obsolete. The very first Valentine detectors from 1992 look identical to the ones today, and can be sent in to Valentine to be updated with the latest hardware and software (charges may apply). If you decide on a Valentine One, you’ll be in good hands with the same detector for the rest of your life.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Three modes of radar detection.
The Valentine also gets praise for its laser-detecting abilities.
It's famous for its extreme range and it's classic design.
In each of our range trials, the V1 provided generous warning, and its second, rear-facing antenna—an exclusive in this test—gives it a leg up in rearward detection.

What reviewers didn't like

Some call it "old schools" due to its lack of RRD protection and GPS.
The most common complaint against the V1 is that it errs on the side of caution by alerting to every bandwidth of radar it detects, which can sometimes mean alerts to non-police sources.
It doesn't mute any alerts with digital signal processing and GPS, so you get alerted to every radar you come across.
One annoyance is incessant false alarms—the Valentine’s filtering isn’t very effective.
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