Valentine One Radar Detector

Last updated date: February 8, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Radar Detectors and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews, Car and Driver and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Radar Detector you should buy.

Overall Take

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, but it also means plenty of false alarms. The price is also higher than other detectors in its category. In our analysis of 36 expert reviews, the Valentine One Valentine One Radar Detector placed 3rd when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Radar Detector for a detailed review of all the top radar detectors.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
891 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Three modes of radar detection.
- BestReviews
The Valentine also gets praise for its laser-detecting abilities.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It's famous for its extreme range and it's classic design.
- Top Ten Reviews
April 2, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Car and Driver
January 1, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some call it "old schools" due to its lack of RRD protection and GPS.
- BestReviews
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.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It doesn't mute any alerts with digital signal processing and GPS, so you get alerted to every radar you come across.
- Top Ten Reviews
April 2, 2018 | Full review
One annoyance is incessant false alarms—the Valentine’s filtering isn’t very effective.
- Car and Driver
January 1, 2014 | Full review

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Escort iX Radar Detector
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
2. ESCORT MAX360 Radar Detector
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Valentine One Radar Detector
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Escort Passport S55 Radar Detector
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Cobra Radar Detector
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Beltronics RX65 Radar Detector
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Cobra RAD 450 Radar Detector
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Whistler CR90 Radar Detector
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Radar Detectors

A speeding ticket can put a serious damper on your day. Not only will you face a fine of $150 on average, but you’ll also have to deal with the drama of being pulled over by a police officer. Although smartphone apps like Waze can alert you that a police officer is coming up, do you really want to trust your fellow travelers to report one?

The best solution remains the same thing people used to avoid speeding tickets before we had smartphones. A radar detector picks up the emissions produced by police officers’ devices. Today’s top radar detectors are advanced enough to get around the many issues consumers faced in the past with radar detectors. They’ll find the band most often used by officers and filter out the common causes of false alarms.

If you don’t want to give up the crowdsourced approach to traffic alerts, don’t worry. Some radar detectors sync up with an app that helps you access the power of the crowd. This combination of information will ensure you have the best chance possible of knowing when your speed is about to be checked.

One problem with having a radar detector is that the police may be able to detect you have one on board. A device called Spectre can detect radar detectors and potentially lead to a ticket, depending on where you live. In Virginia and the District of Columbia, use of radar detectors is illegal. You can turn your detector off once it sends an alert since you’ll be slowing down anyway. Once you’re safely past the police officer, you can then turn it back on. There are also some radar detectors that claim to be undetectable to Spectre detectors.

Of course, the most important feature is accuracy. It’s important to look for a radar detector that captures all suspected radar incidents without routinely setting off false alarms. Once you have your detector, there are tweaks you can make to ensure it’s as accurate as possible.

DYWM Fun Fact

Speed limits date all the way back to the 1600s, when the colony that later became New York passed a law that wagons, carts and sleighs could not be operated at a gallop. In 1901, Connecticut became the first state to pass a speed limit, which was 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on more rural roads. A national speed limit was finally set in the 1970s to help reduce the impact of high fuel prices. In 1974, a speed limit of 55 mph was set nationwide, at which point traffic fatalities began falling. By 1983, they’d dropped from 4.28 million to 2.73 million.

The Radar Detector Buying Guide

  • As valuable as radar detectors are, it can also help to have fellow travelers alerting you to police officers ahead. The Escort iX Radar Detector and Escort MAX360 Radar Detector connect to a smartphone app that allows users to report all radar and laser encounters, with the information reported as alerts through the detector.
  • If you’re concerned about an officer’s Spectre device detecting you have a radar detector in your vehicle, consider the Cobra Radar Detector. It promises complete immunity to Spectre I radar-detector detectors.
  • Accuracy can be tough to quantify, but the Escort iX Radar Detector uses technology that is often implemented in high-end radar detectors in order to reduce false alarms.
  • Range is also important in a radar detector. The Valentine One notifies drivers well in advance of a potential radar incident. Its rear-facing antenna can also keep a lookout for any radar behind you as you travel.
  • False alarms are an ongoing issue with radar detectors. Both the Valentine One and Cobra Radar have a bad habit of picking up every hint of radar. The Valentine One doesn’t mute DSP and GPS signals, which means you’ll probably be alerted to every radar you pass.
  • One popular feature on the Escort MAX360 Radar Detector is its directional arrows, which show you the direction of the radar in relation to your car. However, the arrows can have a slow reaction time, making them not as useful.
  • Readability is important in your radar detector. Alerts mean nothing if you can’t decipher them. The controls on the Escort iX Radar Detector are clearly labeled, with all functions easy to understand. The Cobra Radar Detector’s display is notably easy to read, even in bright sunlight.
  • You don’t have to blow your savings to protect yourself against speeding tickets. The Cobra Radar Detector sells for close to $50, making it by far the least expensive. The Escort iX Radar Detector retails for more than $300, while both the Escort MAX360 and Valentine One detectors are more than $400.