It's pretty much illegal anywhere you go to hold onto your phone while you drive, so your best bet is to get a great car mount. But certain mounts can be pretty tedious, and a great magnetic mount makes life so much easier when you're getting in and out of the car. These are the best magnetic car mounts for your phone!

Important note: If your phone supports wireless charging, you'll have to be careful where you place the metal disc so as not to interfere with the coils. Figure out where the charging coils are and stick the metal where they're not. Or better yet, put the metal between your phone and a case. Then you can take it out whenever you want to charge up wirelessly.

Minimalist option

Nite Ize Steelie

If you're looking for a magnetic mount with a small footprint, then the Steelie is the best. There are several configurations, but the basic one is a small magnetic ball and a little magnetic circle that adheres to your iPhone case. The magnet is very strong, and you can orient your iPhone in any way you like.

$27 at Amazon

Compact dash mount

VAVA Magnetic phone mount

VAVA's mount adheres to your dash on a flat surface and features a fully adjustable pad, making it great for awkward mounting spots. Its round magnetic pad is easy to slap your phone onto, and it doesn't take up nearly as much space as mounts with brackets and arms.

$17 at Amazon

Cheap and reliable

WizGear universal air vent mount

Yes, this appears first on Amazon when you search up magnetic car mount, but that's for a good reason (not just that its manufacturers pay to have it there). For one, it's well-reviewed: out of nearly 20,000 reviews, 66% are 5-star and 14% are 4-star. For another, I've been using this mount for three years and it hasn't let me down once. It's relatively compact, fits great onto just about any air vent, and it hasn't loosened up or anything. Basically, if you want an inexpensive, reliable magnetic mount with no fuss, check this one out.

$7 at Amazon

Two for one

Maxboost 2-pack

Maxboost's mounts attach to your air vent and have a sizable magnetic pad, making it super easy to find in the dark. If there's two of you in the car, why should one of your still have to hold onto your phone? This two-pack solves that problem. Maxboost's mounts come with a circular metal plate and rectangular plate each.

$7 at Amazon

Older vechicle compatible

TechMatte MagGrip CD slot mount

If you don't want to stick anything to your dash and don't want to bother with your air vents, then consider putting that old CD slot to use! The TechMatte MagGrip simply slides into your CD slot with its semicircle support, you tighten it up, and Bob's your uncle. The magnetic pad is on an adjustable arm to allow for whichever orientation you choose, and the MagGrip comes with a circular and rectangular plate, depending on which you prefer to use.

$10 at Amazon

Super adjustable

Mpow suction pad mount

Grab the Mpow suction mount and stick it on your windshield (if that's legal where you are). I know, on the windshield is precarious, but Mpow's mount has a very small footprint, and its arm is adjustable, so you can move it around to where it's not blocking your field of view. Mpow's mount comes with smaller and larger metal plates and is easily detachable from your windscreen, thanks to the suction switch.

$10 at Amazon

These are the best magnetic car mounts for your iPhone. They'll keep your phone out of your hands while you're driving (and hopefully a ticket off your record!), and they'll let you check directions and more on the go.

Updated September 2018: Updated pricing for a few items and added the great VAVA magnetic mount!