EXPERT INSIGHT & TRUSTED REVIEWS

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The 10 Best TVs for Cars in 2022

Portable options for Netflix, Wi-fi, Bluetooth and more

TV for Car

Buying a TV for your car used to be a luxury few could afford.

But today, there are a ton of affordable, high-quality, and flexible devices that can work for streaming, games, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a car TV for kids, adults, or both, we’ve broken down the main types of TVs to installing in your car.

If you’re new to the world of car TVs, don’t fret, we’ve included plenty of detail on what to look for depending on your needs just below.

Best Car Headrest TVs

Best Car Overhead TVs

Best Portable DVD Players/Monitors

Best Tablet + Car Mount Combos

Best Headphones for Car Trips

A quick word on low-quality car TVs

Before we start, we wanted to make our readers aware of the emergence of low-quality, cheap-manufacturer offerings in the car TV market.

There are plenty of great portable screens on offer, but we also came across many overpriced (borderline scams) in our searches.

Where possible, stick to the recommendations we’ve provided below. But if you want to stray to other picks, make sure there is already a large positive reception online (it’s easy for scammers to fake a few good reviews).

Now, let’s get to it!

Types of Car TVs

Today’s feature is broken down into 4 different types of Car TV screens – follow the links to the ones you are most interested in:

  1. Headrest Car TVs: This is the type of display we would recommend to most users. Often sold in pairs, these are made to wrap around the back of your front seats to provide backseat passenger entertainment. They’re also one of the cheaper options (with premium types available).
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  2. Car Overhead TV: As the name implies, these monitors are typically installed on the inner roof of your vehicle (usually between the 2 front seats). This is a good option if you want your kids/backseat passengers to watch the same content (often the best choice for those after a gaming TV for the car). It’s also the best alternative if the back of your front seats aren’t suitable for mounting screens (most sturdy seats are, unless you are the type of front passenger who is constantly adjusting their position).
    We would recommend headrest car TVs first as the installation is much simpler and they tend to be more affordable compared to car roof TVs.
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  3. Portable DVD Players/Monitor: If you want something that can be moved easily and/or used for other purposes (e.g. a monitor in your hotel room during a car trip) then a portable screen may be your best bet (as long as you’re happy for it to not be mounted).
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  4. Tablet + Car Mount Combo: If you’re focussed on getting a car TV for kids/babies, you may want to consider picking up a tablet (or use ones you already own) in combination with separate car mounts. These may cost a little more upfront, but having the tablets for your kids to use at other points provides a lot more value overall.
    Jump to car tablets

The best car headrest TVs

This first offering we’ll be reviewing is a smaller type of TV (usually 7-13″) that are designed to be strapped or mounted to the back of your front seats to provide each backseat passenger with a screen for Netflix, Disney+, DVDs, etc (streaming is limited to the premium options).

These are the most popular type of car TV screens and the ones we recommend for a majority of our readers, due to their:

  • Low cost compared to other options.
  • A competitive market means the top products are of a decent picture and build quality
  • Included mounts are usually flexible for a wide range of seats
  • Designed for individual usage (often sold in discounted pairs) they’re better if you’re looking for a car TV for multiple passengers (e.g. 2 kids sitting in the back who want to watch different shows)
  • They often come with all the necessary extras (wiring setups, headphones, etc.)