Ouch! Consumer Reports has posted an article that is very critical of some of TomTom’s integrated mounts. I’m not sure they are being entirely fair though. With the exception of the START series, they are criticizing mounts from discontinued units.
Types of TomTom mounts
There are several types of integrated TomTom mounts that have been used on recent models:
These older or entry-level devices have a ring that attaches the mount to the device, as shown above. Unfortunately this can separate and pop off the device, leaving the mount attached to the windshield and the GPS in your hand or tumbling to the floor. I definitely do not like this one. In the picture below you can see it connected to the START 55TM.
VIA series mount
This one dispenses with the ring and is built into the device. It takes a little getting used to but our experience has been good. Consider this from our VIA 1535TM review:
…this is the best performing windshield mount I’ve ever used. Even haphazard attempts to put it on the windshield worked in most cases. You simply put the mount in place and then twist the knob to lock it.
GO 2xx5 series mounts
The newest high-end GO models use a powered, magnetic mount. I like this one too.
Their take and ours
In the end, Consumer Reports says these latter two mount styles are better. But they even start that paragraph off with a nasty swipe:
This is not just an anecdote. We’ve tested 28 different TomTom models recently, and the vast majority have a similar mount style. The worst offenders include the TomTom Ease, Start, XL, and XXL devices. The TomTom VIA and Go Live 1535 M mounts are similar, but they work better, because TomTom eliminated the ring that snaps onto the back of the GPS unit. The mount and GPS device are essentially one piece in this design and the attachment point is “ball-in-socket.”
TomTom has learned that the early EasyPort mounts did not work well. Kudos to them for improving the design of their integrated mounts, but they definitely need to eliminate the old style mount from their entry-level START series.
Are you a TomTom owner? What has your experience been with their mounts?