Top 8 Best Blind Spot Mirrors
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
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20If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: check yer bind spot! More than a few collisions (notice we didn’t call them “accidents”) occur because drivers heedlessly heave their car over into the next lane only to find themselves occupying the same time and space as another vehicle. This leads to Expensive Noises.

Plenty of machines on the road today are equipped with blind-spot monitoring systems, most of which use a system that detects when another vehicle is in one’s blind spot and flashes an amber light, usually on the face of the car’s sideview mirror. One of the best alert systems is employed by Audi, which places a big amber light on the inside of the mirror housing instead of on the mirror itself. That light then fades in and out like an Iowa radio station rather than winking abruptly like a horny teenager.

Still, there are plenty of cars which don’t have this tech — and more than a few rolling around in which it was not available when they were built — so we assembled eight options found on Amazon.

1. Editor’s Choice: MaxiView HD Metal 360° Blind Spot Mirror

Your author is selecting this option because it combines a healthy footprint with a modicum of adjustability. It also has a metal, not plastic, frame which should stand up to the rigors of even the most violent New York City parking job. Its adhesive is touted as a strong all-weather bonding strip that “makes life safer forever.”

Hyperbole aside, it’s the swivel adjustment that is most appealing, since very few households are comprised of drivers all of the same size and height. The glass is advertised as being glare-proof which will help prevent the headlights of Chad’s Jeep from drilling into your eyeballs. Theoretically, it could also be used as a standalone mirror for bikes.

Pros/Hot swivel action, anti-glare lens, large surface area
Cons/A tad more expensive than the other options on this list

2. Traditional Choice: Ampper Blind Spot Mirror, 2" Round Convex Mirror

Chances are, when one thinks of aftermarket blind-spot mirrors, they’re imagining these little round stick on jobbies that have inhabited the aisles of every AutoZone and Pep Boys since approximately the dawn of time. A simple peel-and-stick affair, these lenses are 2 inches on the round and provide a fish eye view of the world astern.

The unit shown here is slightly different from the ones your Pop applied to his 1982 GMC pickup back in the day. Like the previous option, this one also has a swivel base, albeit one that only tilts left and right instead of in all directions. It’s still better than a static stick-on, of course. Best of all, it costs less than your morning Starbucks coffee.

Pros/Dirt cheap, fish-eye view, you’ll fit right in at the 55+ park
Cons/Limited range of movement

3. LIBERRWAY Car Blind Spot Mirrors

This curiously capitalized option is probably one of the better looking units on this list, if something like aesthetics appeals to someone who’s sticking extra mirrors on their car. The lens is long and thin with tapered edges, giving it a slightly more sleek look than most of the other alternatives shown here.

A flexible base allows for adjustment of up to 20 degrees which will help drivers of different heights and viewing preferences. Its rectangular shape also allows buyers more freedom when choosing a place to stick it on their side mirrors, as it will fit vertically along the side of the factory mirror instead of just having to be placed in a corner.

Pros/Good range of adjustability, shape encourages custom placement
Cons/Lack of symmetry will mess with your OCD

4. KITBEST Interior Clip on Wide Angle Rear View Mirror

We’re including a couple of these clip-on options for interior rearview mirrors as they’re a great way to see what’s behind you … both inside and outside the car. This unit measures nearly a foot long and three inches high, making for a lens that’s generous but not big enough to scupper your forward sightlines.

This one’s listed as anti-glare, a good thing as some customer report that it can mess with the day/night tab on the factory mirror. Twin adjustable buckles mean this thing should fit most cars and trucks, even though I’m sure one of you weirdos in the comments will carp about it not fitting the mirror in their Singer Gazelle.

Pros/Improves rearward sightlines, fits most cars, not exposed to weather
Cons/May impede stock day/night mirror tab

5. Miaoke Universal 15.2‘’ Interior Clip On Panoramic Rearview Mirror

Sticking with interior solutions to vexing blind-spot problems, this enormous mirror should allow drivers to see everything that is behind them, including looming deadlines. Spanning a vast 15.2 inches wide and 3.2 inches tall, this mirror is actually a trio of lenses, with the outer two rectangles able to be adjusted like the pages of a book.

Of course, a mirror this size is bound to impact forward vision to some degree, especially if one spends their time craning their necks at stoplights or navigating steep hills at the off-road park. It’s certainly a bit of a trade-off but if a wide convex viewing platform to the world astern is what you seek, this is surely the mirror for you. Reviews show those who have bought it a quite satisfied.

Pros/Vast size, adjustable endcap mirrors, flap on the back for toll booth readers
Cons/Vast size, and hey - who put that sticker on my rear window?

6. Dometic Milenco Aero3 Blind Spot Mirror

Your author will freely admit he often chooses form over function; how else to explain his inexplicable penchant for large two-door coupes? With that in mind, I’ll say these things are surely functional but also one of the ugliest accessories with which one could ever pollute their car. Perching on the upper corner of a sideview mirror, they look like deformed Mickey Mouse ears.

Marketed as both a blind spot and towing mirror – which makes sense because the brand name is also found on many other trailer accessories – the seller alleges that, despite its stand-up appearance, the design utilizes airflow to stabilize the mirror. Um, okay. I’d give more credit to the stout mounting system for that. Its base is contoured to fit both flat and curved mirror surfaces.

Pros/Extremely practical, metal mounting points
Cons/Uglier than a battered hamster

7. Beech Lane Blindspot Mirror

The seller markets this option specifically for third-gen Ram pickups, as its size and shape is intended to precisely fit the outer upper corner of that truck’s sideview mirrors. Really, though, they’re good for any rig with outside rearview peepers. Measuring nearly three inches square, this convex lens should give you a good view of the road behind.

A low price means no fancy adjustments but also a good dose of inherent simplicity. After all, if there’s no moving parts, there’s nothing to break. This is a strictly a stick-n-go affair. Most trucks have power mirrors, so using the stock adjustments for the main lens will have to suffice when fine tuning this convex add-on.

Pros/Designed for a specific truck, easy installation
Cons/No independent adjustment at all

8. Zento Square Rearview Blind Spot Mirrors

Our eighth and final option from the labyrinth of Amazon allows its buyer to use it with or without the swivel head attachment. Like a bunch of other blind-spot mirrors that go stuck on to the factory sideviews, these lenses come with a swivel base allowing for a small range of motion even after secured in place. However, the base can be removed, meaning it can be affixed solidly as well.

The advertising shows the mirror being placed in a vertical fashion on the leading edge of a passenger side mirror, a great idea for spying militant cyclists who like to speed up alongside cars as they attempt to exit parallel parking spaces on a one-way street. The sticky paper is described as a “super adhesive,” a comic book hero with which your author is not familiar.

Pros/Cheap, two different mounting options
Cons/Some customer report installing them is a hassle

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