With the advancements in stereo technology today, most car stereos are now touch screen. It’s great to live in a time where this kind of technology is available to everyone! Unfortunately, this also means that there are a lot of low-value models that really aren’t worth your time.
In this guide, we will help you sift through the good and the bad to find the best touch screen car stereo for you and your car. Read on to learn all the characteristics you should be looking for in a stereo and to see some of our top recommendations.
Here’s a quick look at some of our favorites.
Top 14 Touch Screen Car Stereos Comparison Table
How to Choose the Right Touch Screen Car Stereo for You: A Guide for Beginners
As you can see, there many different types of car stereos to choose from and you can get almost as technical and fancy as you want when making your purchase. However, the goal of finding the best touch screen car stereo for you is to get one that matches your needs closest.
In this guide we’ll explain some of the most common terms, you’ll run into when car stereo shopping as well as help you figure out what features you truly need versus the ones that will just get in your way.
- The Two Types of Car Stereo – DIN stands for Deutch Industri Normen, but don’t let the German confuse you. It is simply a standardization of stereo sizes that started in Germany, but is now the standard internationally.
Choosing between a single DIN and double DIN car stereo is the very first choice you will have to make when purchasing your stereo. Luckily, this isn’t a matter of which is better or worse, but simply one of figuring out which type your car can accommodate. In other words, as long as you do your research, you won’t choose wrong one.
- Single DIN – This stereo size refers to a stereo that is 2 inches x 8 inches.
- Double DIN – No rocket science here. A double DIN stereo is simply twice as tall as a single DIN, or 4 inches x 8 inches.
The one important thing to remember about stereo sizes is this: if your car comes equipped with a single DIN space, you can only replace it with a single DIN stereo (without costly modifications). However, both single DIN and double DIN stereos can be installed in a double DIN opening.
- What Audio Sources Do You Use the Most? This is arguably the most important (and most fun) part of selecting a new stereo for your vehicle. The key to this step in the selection process is simply to examine how you listen to your music/audio books/podcasts/etc. Here’s a look at some of the most common audio sources that touch screen car stereos accept:
- CD – This may seem silly to add because we’re all used to having CD players come standard, but in fact, a lot of newer aftermarket car stereos do not come equipped to play CDs. Instead, they opt for more advanced audio sources. If you’re still attached to your CD collection, make sure the stereo you choose can still play them
- AUX Cord – Our personal favorite because of its ease of use, the AUX cord is another audio source that sadly is going by the wayside in light of USB/Bluetooth technology. An AUX cord is a simple “plug and play” audio source. Simply plug in the AUX cord into the headphone jack of your phone or MP3 player and you can listen to anything over the stereo that you could listen to in your headphones.
- USB – USB could be considered a step up from the AUX cord because it allows all the same functions of the AUX, but many USB audio sources allow for further control. For instance, if your phone is plugged into your stereo via Bluetooth, many setups allow you to then control your phone with your car’s steering wheel controls. For many, this is a safer option because it allows you to have full control over your audio without ever having to look down at your phone.
- Bluetooth – If you’re planning on purchasing an aftermarket stereo in 2017, it’s best to get well acquainted with Bluetooth. Bluetooth has all the functions of AUX and USB sources, but it’s completely wireless. You could, in theory, put your phone in the trunk (so you’re not tempted to glance at it while driving) and still have complete access to your audio, texts, and voice calls via voice control. While it may be more complicated than AUX or USB, if you’re technologically inclined, Bluetooth is definitely the most superior audio source available in car stereos today.
- Multimedia and Navigation Apps – We’ll briefly go over this section because we’re going to talk more specifically about these functions in the reviews, but the basic premise is this: if you’re going to invest in a touch screen stereo, try to find one that utilizes its screen to the fullest!
Many new touch screen car stereos, because of Bluetooth and USB connectivity, allow access to your phone’s navigation system and apps. Some even allow apps to be downloaded directly to your stereo for instant, hands-free access. We’ll go over more specific functions in our detailed reviews, but app access and navigation are two of the biggest advantages in touch screen stereo technology.
Simple enough, right? With this basic information, it will be easy to get your shopping started, but now we’ll take a closer look at the models from our table to help you find the best touch screen car stereo for you.
14 Best Touch Screen Car Stereos Reviewed
1. HIZPO Universal Double 2 Din In Dash Radio
HIZPO may not be one of the most well-known car audio manufacturers, but we’ve found their double DIN touch screen car stereo to be one of the most versatile and user-friendly models available. It’s beautiful 6.2-inch display is the first feature you’ll notice, but it’s definitely not the last:
- Audio Sources – This model has all the audio sources you could want (besides AUX) including Bluetooth, USB, and CD player. This combination should have you covered no matter what devices you use.
- Map Card Included – This is a great feature because it makes navigation fast and safe. You can load up to 4GB worth of maps for easy navigation without having to mess with your phone.
- Reverse Camera – Remember when we talked about all the technological tie-ins are possible with touch screen stereos? The HIZPO stereo comes with a backup camera, which makes parallel parking and backing out of the garage a breeze.
The HIZPO touch screen stereo is an affordable and versatile system. What sold it for us was the included reverse camera, but it has all the audio sources and navigation tech that make touch screen stereos so desirable.
2. Pioneer AVH-290BT Multimedia DVD Receiver
With Pioneer, you know you’re getting a quality stereo. Their AVH-290BT model is certainly no exception. Their sleek interface design makes it easy to use while on the move, and it looks great, too. Here’s why it made our list:
- Direct USB Control – Some USB connections allow only the same control as an AUX cord, but this Pioneer stereo allows you to control your media through the console so that you don’t have to mess with your phone while driving.
- DVD Compatibility – This is a great function for families or if you’re taking a break on a long drive. This stereo can act just like a standard DVD player. Simply insert your DVD, press play, and your kids or passengers can be entertained for hours.
- Backup Camera Input – While the camera is not included, the AVH-290BT allows for rear view camera installation.
3. JVC KW-V130BT Double DIN Car Stereo
JVC is one of the oldest and most prolific car audio manufacturers and their experience shows in the KW-V130BT double DIN stereo. Its resistive touch screen makes it easy to use, and the 6.2-inch display allows all its features to be seen clearly for safe use on the road.
- 13-Band Equalizer – For you audiophiles out there, this stereo has an exhaustive equalizer so that you can get the sound that you want out of your system. Most stereos have an EQ, but few of them allow for 13 bands of adjustment.
- Apps – This is one of those touch screen stereos that has seamless app integration so you don’t have to handle your phone while driving. For those of you who use services like Spotify or Pandora, app integration like this is a must.
The selling point of this stereo by JVC is definitely the ability to load apps directly onto the unit. Any stereo that reduces the amount of time handling your phone gets the thumbs up from us because it’s safer and more convenient.
ATOTO is another “sleeper” company on our list. You may not have heard of them, but they produce high-quality stereo interfaces. This 7-inch double DIN touch screen has many features that set it apart from its competitors, especially for Android users, as it is designed for the Android OS:
- Quick Booting – A big complaint for touch screen stereo users is the long boot-up time. This stereo from ATOTO boasts a two-second startup time, one of the fastest on our list.
- Built-In Google Voice – With this unit, you don’t get just any voice control software. Because it uses Android OS, it comes with the technology of Google Voice for responsive and accurate voice controls. In addition to Google Voice, Google Maps is also installed for offline navigation (after downloading any relevant maps).
The built-in Google tools are what got this ATOTO touch screen stereo on the list. Because of these tools, almost by default, the voice control and navigation systems are top-notch and user-friendly right out of the box.
5. Xshop Double Din Car Stereo
If you want to try out a stereo with all the bells and whistles without the huge price tag, we recommend this double DIN stereo by Xshop as a good option. Here’s why:
- Accessories – Purchasing aftermarket accessories for touch screen stereos can get expensive, but this stereo’s affordable price comes with a rearview camera, steering wheel control, and hands-free microphone included.
- Audio Sources – This setup has all the popular audio sources as well, which include Bluetooth, two USB ports, and an AUX cable input.
To be frank, the accessories on this touch screen stereo by Xshop are definitely not top-of-the-line, but they also don’t pretend to be something they’re not. If your shopping on a budget, you can get all the accessories you need with this unit in one bundle, and they can get the job done.
6. Kenwood DDX773BH Touchscreen HD Radio
Almost the opposite of Xshop, we have Kenwood next on the list. They are another prolific car audio company, and the price reflects as much. However, you definitely get what you pay for with this manufacturer:
- Motorized Display – First off, this feature is just cool. When turned on, this stereo can be adjusted for optimum visibility, and it’s completely automatic.
- Full Media Control – This stereo’s interface gives you complete control over your iPod, iPad, or iPhone, and you never have to take your eyes off the road to get access to favorite media. This control includes apps like Pandora.
- Total Audio Control – Equipped with 13-band EQ, subwoofer level adjustments, loudness and bass boost control; the Kenwood DDX773BH is practically a must-have for audiophiles with an affinity for customized speaker systems.
7. Kidcia 7″ Double-Din Touch Screen Car Stereo
Kidcia’s take on a touch screen stereo is simple, but effective. This is another great option for those on a budget. Here’s why it made our list:
- Rearview Camera Included – A rearview camera is one of the most sought after accessories in touch screen stereos. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a model like this one that has the camera included.
- Remote Control – It can be frustrating when someone in the backseat wants to be in control of the stereo. Kidcia fixes this problem by including an infrared remote control, another cost saving feature.
We’ve tried to include models of all different price ranges so that people on any budget can still get a luxury stereo experience. This touch screen model from Kidcia includes accessories that would normally cost extra and it certainly fits the bill for an effective and affordable stereo.
8. BOSS Audio BV9358B Double Din LCD Monitor
BOSS Audio makes our list several times, and for good reason. They are a well-known car audio company that knows how to build a sleek and affordable stereo system. Here’s what the BV9358B has to offer:
- Hands-Free Tech – One of the advantages of aftermarket stereo systems is hands-free phone calls and audio control. Not only is this a safety feature, but it’s also one of convenience.
- Variety of Audio Sources – This touch screen stereo from BOSS has all the audio sources you could ask for including Bluetooth, USB, CD, DVD, and SD card.
9. Suncer 2 Din Touch Screen Car Radio Player
Bells and whistles are great, but for those of you who simply want to upgrade the way you listen to music, this Suncer head unit is definitely for you. It has all the features to give you your music fix, but a lot else:
Core Audio Sources – USB, AUX, and Bluetooth give you multiple ways to enjoy your media, but this unit does not have a CD player.
Clean and Simple Display – The screen on this Suncer unit is 7 inches and in high definition, giving you a clear and easy-to-use interface for safe use on the road.
10. BOSS Audio BV9364B Double Din Car Stereo
BOSS Audio is great at giving its customers a luxury experience in an affordable package. If you want a simple, straightforward touch screen car stereo, the BV9364B is definitely worth a look.
- CD/DVD Drive – You could easily pay this much for a simple in-car DVD player, so the fact that this stereo includes one is a huge bonus.; this is a very affordable way to keep your passengers entertained on long drives.
- Wireless Remote Included – In addition to its Bluetooth, AUX and USB audio sources, this unit is fully controllable with the included infrared remote.
11. Ezonetronics 7-inch Touch Screen Car Stereo
Ezonetronics’ take on the touch screen stereo is a beautifully minimalistic one. It has all the audio sources you need (USB & Bluetooth), but those are well hidden so the HD 7-inch screen is really all you can notice.
- Rearview Camera Compatible – Unlike some of the other “budget” stereos we’ve looked at, this model is well equipped to add aftermarket accessories like a rearview camera.
- Hands-Free Bluetooth – We’ve talked a lot about Bluetooth today, but that is only because it’s such a useful feature. This stereo’s Bluetooth setup can handle calls and music interchangeably.
12. Boss Audio B9351WRC Double Din Car Stereo
As you’ve probably noticed, you can’t talk about the best touch screen car stereo without talking about BOSS Audio. Their B9351WRC model comes with all the extra add-ons at a very affordable price.
- Rearview Camera Included – At this price, you can’t ignore a setup with the backup camera included. It mounts on the license plate for easy installation.
- Multiple Media Options – There’re very few media types this stereo isn’t compatible with. It plays Bluetooth, DVD, CD, USB, SD card, MP3, and any other media available on a smartphone, including video.
13. BOSS Audio BV9976B Single Din Car Stereo
We promise this is the last BOSS Audio touch screen system on our list, but we wouldn’t add it for no reason! It is a more expensive model, but it has the features to back up its price:
- Detachable Front Panel – If you’re going to shell out a little more cash for a premium product, it’s a smart move to invest in one with some security features. The front panel of the BV9976B is fully detachable so you don’t have to worry about theft. Just take it with you!
- Full App Control – If you’re a fan of apps like Pandora and Spotify, you’ll love the fact that this stereo can control access to these apps wirelessly through Bluetooth.
BOSS Audio is a great middle ground for those who are willing to spend a little more money for their touch screen stereo. The added security of the detachable panel ensured a spot on our list for BOSS’s BV9976B.
14. Regetek 7″ Double DIN Touchscreen Car Stereo
Last but not least, we have another budget option, this time from Regetek. Their simple interface on a 7-inch HD screen is hard to beat at its price point.
- 1080p Video – We don’t mean to be redundant here, but at such a low cost, it would almost be worth it to buy this unit for the video quality alone. 1080p video can be played from your smartphone via USB.
- Rearview Camera Compatible – For just a little more money, you can add a rearview camera to round out an already high performing car stereo.
At such a low price, the video quality and expandability of this system make it a great choice for those on a budget or anyone who wants to try a touch screen stereo system before moving to a more expensive model.