The Perfect, Versatile, Affordable Cell Phone & GPS Mount: The Mountek nGroove

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The Perfect, Versatile, Affordable Cell Phone & GPS Mount: The Mountek nGroove
The Mountek nGroove is the perfect solution to placing your devices in reach while driving.

Typically car mounts for phones and GPS units come in three flavors: windshield suction cup, dashboard anti-slide pad, and air vent mounts. With all of these options for something seemingly  mundane, none of them work as well as they should.

Windshield suction cup mounts come standard with many GPS units, but on many cars, this positions the unit at an awkward distance. In some states, it's even illegal to put mounts on the windshield. Sun also has an effect on the suction ability – I'm frequently picking my GPS unit off of the floor while speeding down the highway on a hot day.

Anti-slide pads for dashboards work if you have an appropriately flat dash at a reasonable distance away, but even then, it doesn't handle the pressure as well as other mounts when trying to input information into the device.

Air vent mounts block a whole vent from hitting the passengers, and many vehicles have flimsy vent dividers.

Mountek has attacked these issues head on with the nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount. This expandable mount slides less than a half inch into any CD slot and stays positioned firmly. Once in place, the nGroove has a positionable head, and takes push button pressure solidly. The slots on the end are big enough that I can slide my phone charger in too.

I opted for this mount based on a recommendation from a friend who has had one for a few years. When I looked it up on Amazon it had over 800 reviews with a 4.5 star average. Good enough for me!

My immediate reaction was, “Will it hurt the CD player?” It doesn't, and I haven't found a mention of it being an issue in all of the Amazon reviews. It doesn't even effect CD player functionality.

The plastic blade that slides into the CD player is split. When the nut is tightened, part of the blade is pushed up, created a snug, solid fit.

The nGroove requires no glue, suction cups, or clips but the best part is its versatility  One mount for all your car devices, whether you use your phone as a music source or GPS, or if you have a dedicated GPS unit, the nGroove expands and tightens to hug the device securely in place. It can also be placed both ways vertically, accommodating cars that have buttons or gauges above or below the mount that need to be accessible.

The Mountek nGroove is a smart solution to an everyday problem, pick one up on Amazon for $25.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply January 14, 2013


    I bought a velcro adhesive kit at the hardware store and keep my ipod stuck on the dash next to the steering wheel.

  • Reply January 14, 2013

    Abraham A

    I found that this is an excellent mount after Gizmodo did a review on this. Not it’s a habit of mine whenever I get into my car to place my cell phone(Google Galaxy Nexus) into the mount. Only issue that I’ve found since owning and using this since September 2012 was that the foam begins to compress around the area where you place you device. I have to clamp it down pretty tight to make sure my phone doesn’t move. I have some extra mouse pad material lying around and will use this material as a substitute to the old foam.

  • Reply January 15, 2013


    yay 2003 taurus! no cd player!

  • Reply January 15, 2013


    I had Freeman Audio custom mount my Droid Razr dock to the dash.  It uses a standard swivel, so I can swap it out for my Garmin dock or my wife’s Galaxy S3 dock, too.  I like Bert’s idea of Velcro.  I’m game for anything that gets it off the windshield and out of people’s hands.  I’ve never been a fan of putting a mount on an air vent.  I need my airflow unimpeded.  This thing looks cool, provided you have a CD player and it’s not hidden behind a faceplate.  

  • Reply January 8, 2014


    Agree with Abraham A. I placed mine in a gap between dash panels because it blocked the controls on my stereo too much when its mounted in the cd slot. There is an issue with it expanding the dash panel gaps, especially foam panels, that may not return to their original shape. Also, if you have a Lifeproof case, the bottom door on the case wont fit into the bracket slot. However, a little file work and that problem is solved. These are just a few tips for when you buy one, which you should. It’s really a great mounting option. Getting another one for my wifes car.

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