FM transmitters allow you to enjoy the benefits of connecting your phone to your car even if you don’t have CarPlay or Android Auto. All you have to do is connect your phone to the transmitter via Bluetooth or an aux cable and you’re good to go. You can also make and receive calls, and in some cases even charge your phone. They’re affordable as well as easy to install and use. Here are some of the best FM transmitters you can buy.
The best FM transmitters:
- Anker ROAV SmartCharge T2
- Tecboss TB27
- VicTsing QC 3.0
- Nulaxy NX12
- JETech FM transmitter
- Doosl rechargeable transmitter
Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
Anker Roav SmartCharge T2
Anker is a top name in the mobile accessories game, and the Roav line of car products is no exception. The SmartCharge T2 locates empty FM frequencies with just the push of a button while Bluetooth 5.0 keeps your phone securely connected. Better yet, the SmartCharge T2 uses Anker’s PowerIQ 3.0 to charge your device quickly from either a USB-C or a lightning port.
The Tecboss TB27 is a bit larger and more complex than the Roav T2, but it offers a few benefits that the Roav can’t match. For starters, you can easily connect the TB27 to an air vent for easy access to the music and call buttons. The display then connects to the outlet with a 3.5-foot long cable that should offer more than enough flexibility. The outlet end even doubles as a two-port USB-A charger with QC3.0 in one port.
VicTsing QC 3.0
The VicTsing QC 3.0 FM Transmitter jumps back to a style more similar to that of the Roav than the Tecboss. It’s small, yet it offers two USB-A ports with QC 3.0 functionality in one of them. The VicTsing matches the other options with reliable Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and support for Siri or Google Assistant. All you have to do is long-press the call button and your favorite assistant will be there to help.
Nulaxy NX12 Bluetooth FM Transmitter
The Nulaxy NX12 is similar to many other options on the list in terms of size. However, it offers improved fast charging with a QC 3.0 USB-A outlet and an 18W USB-C option. It also has the added benefit of a raised call button which means you won’t take your eyes off of the road searching for a flat button. That raised call button is the easiest way to use handy features like Google Assistant too. The Nulaxy NX12 also has a unique “B” button that boosts the bass of certain music for an even better listening experience.
JETech FM Transmitter
The JETech FM Transmitter is a bit different from the previous options on the list in that it only supports devices that still have headphone jacks. It’s a nice feature depending on your device, but the JETech sacrifices a few other handy features like automatic channel seeking. You’ll have to locate an idle channel and tune the transmitter and your car to match. On the bright side, the JETech still offers charging capabilities from the outlet, and it’s easier to connect older devices like iPods and MP3 players.
Doosl Rechargeable FM Transmitter
This last option is for those of you who don’t have a 12V outlet in your car. The Doosl FM transmitter relies on a 700mAh battery for up to 10 hours of playback instead. Otherwise, you simply connect to Bluetooth 4.1 and tune the transmitter and your radio to the same frequency. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to charge your device with the Doosl, but it’s the best option if you’re lacking the 12V outlet.
That’s it for our list of best FM transmitters. Don’t forget to check out our roundup of other great accessories for your car as well.