As with any industry, there are competitors. Fortunately for the Valentine One, many of these competitors fall extremely short.
Regardless, here is a list of some competitors and links to a few of their top brands. Some tests have shown close comparisons with some of the top-end detectors, so at a certain point, it really becomes personal preference and/or brand loyalty.
Beltronics Radar Detectors
The closest competitive unit from Beltronics (when compared to the V1), is the Beltronics STi Magnum detector.
Beltronics has produced a variety of mid-ranged products (noted below) that do provide effective detection, depending on your driving habits.
Other models you may want to review are:
An added benefit of the Beltronics products are the lower price. However, if you are sacrificing detection, it may not be worth the lower cost.
Escort Radar Detectors
With the new release of the Escort Passport Max, it may be the most competitive unit ever released. The specs and details on the unit look pretty intriguing.
In addition to the Passport Max, Escort has a handful of other great units as well:
Another neat feature, Escort Live!, allows for real-time alerts to be sent from one Live! unit to another. This can help increase detection and make drivers more aware.
K40 Radar Detectors
Since the usage of LIDAR technology has increased, many companies have worked to improve overall laser defense.
However, some companies are taking it to the next level. K40, for instance, created a laser jammer (Laser Defuser g5) as an added method for avoiding speeding tickets.
The notable products from K40 are:
The other brands in the radar detector market, Cobra and Whistler, are honestly not much of a true competitor to the Valentine One. Their detection range is sub-par and they are not recommended by experts for usage as a means for detecting radar/LIDAR.