Most newer vehicles feature rear cameras and a display so drivers can see when they’re backing up and avoid colliding with walls or other vehicles.
Older cars without these can benefit from aftermarket sensor kits that alert drivers of potential dangers when backing up.
Our top pick, and the one that's received the most positive feedback we've seen, is the Zone Tech Car Reverse Radar System. Indeed- this particular option goes by a bunch of different names.
The video below unboxes the Zone Tech and demonstrates its install and use.
According to buyers, it's an inexpensive, easy-to-install option that is actually pretty attractive on the dashboard. On the downside, the included drill bit won't work on metal surfaces- so you'll need to have your own tools to work with metal.
How do they work?
Ultrasonic sensors bounce waves off objects. These waves, once returned, are analyzed by a computer, which can figure out how far away your vehicle is to an object depending on how quickly the wave bounces back (Source).
Many buyers recommend getting a name brand sensor kit, and add that a good sensor system that gives you an audible alarm can actually be better than an expensive camera system because you don’t have to watch the screen. Some even go so far as to recommend having both installed (Source).
Comparing The Options
|Parking Sensors||Our Rating||Price ($)|
|The ELEGIANT Reverse Backup Rear Radar System||3.9||$|
|The TVIRD Car Parking Sensor Kit||4.1||$$|
|The Zone Tech Reverse Backup Radar System||4.0||$|
|The YOKKAO Rear Reverse Alert System||4.2||$|
|The Ekylin Reverse Backup Radar System||4.0||$|
How Do They Compare
In this article, we look at 5 ultrasonic backup sensor kits that are reasonably priced and easy to install thanks to included drill bits. All are rated to be durable and weatherproof as well.
- First up is the Ekylin Reverse Backup Radar System, which features 4 parking sensors with a minimal information LED display that shows off the distance between your vehicle and the object and gives off an audible alert if you’re too close. Comes with a drill head for easy installation of sensors into the bumper. Buyers said it’s a good value for the price, but some thought the system’s 3 foot detection range was too small.
- Next is the YOKKAO Rear Reverse Alert System, which also has 4 sensors and a LED display that’s similar to the Ekylin kit. Sensors are easy to install by drilling holes into your vehicle’s bumper and the kit comes with the drilling head. Resists freezing and is waterproof. Maximum effective range of about 8 feet, which is longer than the Ekylin.
- Up next is the Zone Tech Reverse Backup Radar System, which also features 4 sensors that are installed at the rear bumper. The LED display is minimal, and shows distance between your car and the obstacle. Features an advanced chipset for enhanced coverage and detection. Buyers say it works well enough and is durable, but not as effective as a factory installed system. Source
- TVIRD Car Parking Sensor Kit is a little more advanced than the previous kits with a LED display that’s a little more colorful and informative. Features 8 ultrasonic sensors with each sensor having its own light bar display. The Dual CPU system offers high sensitivity. It’s a good quality system, but is about twice the price as the other systems we looked at.
- Last up is the ELEGIANT Reverse Backup Rear Radar System features 4 bumper mounted sensors. This kit also features a dual CPU system for added sensitivity. Audible alerts become louder the closer you are to the object. Users say the installation generally went quickly, but some noted the included wires might not be long enough to reach to the dash.
Best Parking Sensors For 2017
1. The ELEGIANT Reverse Backup Rear Radar System Review
Ease Of Use
The ELEGIANT parking sensors could be a solid option for any make of car or vehicle, van, caravan, trailer and horse boxes. Users love the functionality of this kit, but some do complain about occasional random beeping.
This product is a 4-camera sensor system that detects dangers (passengers, pedestrian, children who happen to be around the moving vehicle, as well as low walls). Other features include double CPU and advanced chipset for enhanced coverage and detection (0-2.5m). The manufacturer states that the buzzer makes sounds in different frequency according to distances from the obstacles. This item might be a solid choice if you want a sensor system that helps to prevent dangerous and costly collisions that might occur when parking.
In general, buyers have a very favorable opinion of the ELEGIANT car reverse rear buzzer radar system. They agree that it works well and that it is easy to fit. Users appreciate that it’s not flimsy.
However, some purchasers do complain that the system might make some random beeping when backing up. One online reviewer states that the wires are somewhat short. As he explains, after pulling each wire as far as it would go, it couldn’t reach the center console.
2. The TVIRD Car Parking Sensor Kit Review