We spend an absurd amount of time in our cars these days so if you’re someone that finds the audio quality of your music and radio to be important; then this guide is for you. We took some time to research and compiled this list of the best single din head unit and ended up choosing the Alpine CDE-HD149BT as our main pick.
When we were going through the list, we focused on a few factors which include: Features, Style, Quality, and Price. We also took a bunch of other factors into consideration (Display Type, Power, Online Reviews) but for the most part, we stuck with the qualities that most buyers are looking for.
If you’re on the edge of your seat wondering if you should get a double din head unit or a single, we recommend double to most people – the reason being you are getting a lot more for a double, and its just for a small price increase. We wrote a comprehensive guide on double units so if you want to take a look, we think it’ll help you lots with your purchase decision!
#5 Pioneer DEH-X6900BT
The first on the list (actually last) is the Pyle PLBT73G. Albeit a lil’ behind its peers, we found the PLBT73G to be an excellent gadget that cost less than other models on this list. If we could describe the PLBT&3G in one word it would be simplistic – the interface on the PLBT73G is bare, it has enough functions to be useful but doesn’t shove too much in your face which makes it a breeze to navigate around.
- Balanced Design (not too much, but just right)
- 7 Inch HD Touchscreen
- Built in GPS
- Inexpensive Unit
- Not a lot of “fancy” features
- Tricky Installation (Thankfully, they’re [Youtube] videos!)
- Installed with old GPS maps (can be updated)
THE VERDICT: Overall we felt that the PLBT73G is a great pick if you are in of something that would break the bank and something not too overwhelming. This single din navigation unit will keep in safe when you are driving in the night and don’t want to get lost. On top of getting something a great audio system for your car, you are getting a good engineering tech that will aid you while you are driving on the roads.
#4 PIONEER AVH-X7800BT
If you’re looking for a stereo unit that has a motorized screen, get the PIONEER AVH-X7800BT. It’s got a modern feel to it so all your old schoolers may not like this one. Backed by a solid build, what you’re getting with the AVH-X7800BT is a smart-device that has touch-screen capabilities. If you need a responsive and modern din unit, the AVH-X7800BT is your man!
- Easy to Read Screen
- Integrates smoothly with Bluetooth and iPhone
- Responsive Touch Sensitivity
- 800 x 400 screen resolution
- Supports Google Voice and Siri Eyes Free
- Oversized body unit
- Hard to use the AppRadio
- Lackluster Google Maps and Apple Maps
THE VERDICT: Although we didn’t rank the X7800BT any higher – we still found it to be an excellent choice but has a steep price-tag. If you need something that runs smoothly but still sounds nice, the X7800BT is your pick. If you can overlook the fact that the navigational systems are a bit lack luster on it, you won’t have much trouble using the X7800BT! On a final note, we do have to mention that the screen resolution is massive – if you are getting this for your grandparents (or you are one yourself), rest assured that the icons are visible enough to navigate with!
#3 Kenwood KMMBT315U
At the middle of the pack we have the Kenwood KMMBT315U, but it’s far from being mediocre. If you have an Android device, you’ll want to pick this baby up. The Kenwood supports Android AOA 2.0 which means you plug your Android device into your vehicle without worries! (Finally some love for Android). The build is the Kenwood stellar – you won’t be having to replace it anytime soon.
- Displays current song playing/artist
- Excellent Call Clarity
- Displays Name/Number of Incoming Calls
- Straight Forward Installation
- Face of the Kenwood is a fingerprint magnet
- Sometimes drops connection
THE VERDICT: For the price that you are getting the Kenwood at plus all its features, it’s a steal. You’re not only getting something that is effortless to install but something that is just as intuitive to use. Whether you have an Android device or rocking with an iPhone, you’ll be jamming out with the Kenwood for a small price! It might be middle of the pack when compared to its peers but when we compared it to all the other din head units on Amazon, it shined through all the rubbish that we had to sort through.
#2 Pioneer DEH-X6900BT
Coming in at second place is the Pioneer DEH-X6900BT beyond its superior build quality and easy to navigate interface, the biggest selling point of the X6900BT has to be its ease of use and affordability. Whether you are getting the X6900BT to play music or to jam out on Spotify, it’s engineered to give you the best jam out time in the car!
- Includes RCA Preamp
- Easily connect to Spotify, Pandora, Sirius XM
- USB Quick Charge (fully charges a phone in a few hours!)
- Adjustable ambient lighting and brightness
- Easy to Install
- Hands-Free Phone Talking
- Cannot create or access playlists on Spotify
- No Mute button
- Small buttons
Minus the small buttons and the fact that you can’t create players on Spotify – you’ll be hard-pressed to find to find a din unit that works as well as the X6900BT that isn’t breaking the bank. What you’re getting when you buy the X6900BT is a stereo system that is inexpensive and easy to use. For the price, you are getting exactly what you pay for, and a lil’ extra – just know it’s not as half as expensive as the other models on this list. Don’t worry, the Bluetooth feature on the X6900BT is easy as pie to integrate for your Apple or Android phone. Not just that, if this is your first stereo device, just know that the X6900BT is intuitive to easy – you’ll have no trouble picking it up, and we reckon it should take a few hours for a full understanding of the system.
#1 Alpine CDE-HD149BT
We landed on the CDE-HD149BT and decided to make it our main pick for its affordability and price vs. performance value. WE were looking for something that wouldn’t kill our wallet but simply put, a lot of the cheaper models out there was utter trash. Of course, you can buy something 2-3 times more expensive at than the CD-HD149BT, but when it came down to the price vs. value ratio, it simply was the best. What you’re getting with the CDE-HD149BT is 18 watts of RMS power over four channels.
Let’s start with the home menu. The buttons are decently sized, and the controls are intuitive which means that you can easily navigate around the din system. On top of that, in the menus of the stereo, you have direct access to your subwoofer controls.
- DVD Player
- Bluetooth Compatible
- Multi-Brand EQ
- Sometimes Buggy Interface
- Mediocre FM Reception
THE VERDICT: Overall, we found the Alpine CDE-HD149BT to be an excellent stereo system – it won us over with its smooth EQ system, ease of use and quality build. This single din touchscreen unit stood out against its peers – they’re a lot of crappy stereo systems out there (trust us when we say this) but, given its affordable price-tag, the Alpine is an excellent system if you are looking for top-notch sound quality for your vehicle!
We hope this list of the best single din head units helped you in your final decision. While they’re a lot (probably too many) models to choose from, our intention was to slim down your choices, so you have an easier time getting one that is just right for your car. Buy one that is in your price range, but if you have to stretch your budget just a little for a model that will last, it’ll be well worth it.