Sometimes a phone simply isn’t enough and you want to mount a bigger screen iPad tablet on your car dash. We know there are way too many options securing your iPad or your iPad mini in your car and truck, so we have taken it upon ourselves to find the best mounts for you across dash, seat holder, and cup holder. Because we’re focusing on iPad, this does include the best iPad mini car mounts too – thankfully most devices offer crossovers here.
We are looking for the perfect balance between price, quality, safety, and style. So if you are looking for a great iPad car mount, you have come to the right place because we’ve tested many of these options ourselves. Shall we get started?
Dash-mount: A word of warning
Mounting a larger screen will offer improved visibility, while the over-sized controls also make for simpler handling. A larger, bright screen, like an iPad with holder for a car, or a mount for a truck. could also mean more distractions, though.
Check local laws for operating and displaying devices in the vehicle. Be careful while driving. Your safety and the safety of those around you is most important, so keep your eyes on the road and drive with caution.
With that in mind, let’s jump into the best iPad car mount options currently available.
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Dealgadgets suction cup windscreen mount
Capable of holding any mobile device between 7- and 10-inches, DealGadget’s suction cup mount is a basic suction cup mount with an adjustable angle and clamping tablet holder. A 360-degree swivel ball mount adjusts tablet orientation to suite your needs. At $15.99, and with thousands of good reviews, it is also a great deal for a classic iPad holder for a car.
Just keep in mind you are putting a large iPad in there. A device that size may be pretty intrusive, depending on the design of your car’s windshield. Make sure it won’t block your view enough to become a hazard. This guy suits all iPad types other than those over 10-inches, so the only ones missing out are for the iPad Pro (at 11-inch (28 cm)) and 12.9-inch (33 cm)), but it’ll suit the regular iPads and iPad mini just fine.
iOttie Easy Smart Tap 2 car dash mount
The iOttie Easy Smart Tap 2 also uses a suction cup. It’s a higher-quality product for those who need a bit better construction and more flexibility, albeit for $34.95. But given the hours you’ll be using this if you’re driving a car regularly or long distance in even a truck, this might work best.
As you can see in the image, this mount can be moved lower to stay out of view as you drive. It’s made to be mounted both to the dashboard or the actual windshield. It is also easy to use and looks less like a terminator arm than many mounts. It does offer a view for backseat watching too.
Keep in mind this case is made for smaller tablets like the iPad Mini 4.
Digitl DigiMo seat bolt car mount
Mounting your iPad lower can be better. This Digitl seat bolt car mount goes quite low, bolting a goose neck stem with full 360-degree swivel to the floor of your vehicle. Designed for tablets between seven and eight inches like the iPad Mini 4, this mount provides great flexibility and ensures an unobstructed view. It goes for $27.99, but it’s a great option in terms of safety and quality.
iKross cup holder mount
If a cup holder’s not something you need much, the iKross cup holder mount may be a great way to take advantage of unused space. The iKross cup mount holder will handle your phone or your iPad and has simple adjustments, including a 360-degree swivel to get the right orientation for your needs. For $24.99, it is quite a good deal, again maxing out at 10.2″ so it’ll hold most iPads excluding iPad Pro models.
If you are looking for the ultimate DIY iPad car mount, Ram Mounts has a vast selection of parts available. This lets you choose exactly the pieces you need, from the mount type to the iPad holder style.
When the one-size-fits-all approach of most iPad car mounts is not good enough for your needs, Ram Mounts lets you build the perfect contraption. There is no shortcut to installation here — you’re going to have to get your hands dirty. Ram Mounts is known for being one of the higher-end mount makers, so expect to pay a higher price for this one. A good iPad car mount would go for at least $60.
There are hundreds of excellent mounts and designs to choose from, but these are our favorite iPad car mount options. By the way, if you’re got a mount, and a use in mind for your iPad, do check our list of the best car chargers too, to keep you topped up. Oh, and if you’ve got a nice big ol’ iPad sitting in your car or truck, you might consider a car security camera to keep your goods safe.
What type of in-car mount do you prefer for your iPad?