The #1 Rated Best Cheap Double Din Head Unit For The Money!

I was shopping for a used 4×4 vehicle this weekend (currently it’s a toss up between a pathfinder, discovery II, and an xterra!) and almost all of them are pre 2005 models. This means the technology systems are junk, and since I’m a Pandora junkie on long road trips, I immediately did some checking around to see how much a new replacement head unit that’s bluetooth compatible would cost. Now I have a bit a car stereo experience, and worked at a car audio shop doing installs during high school for a few years. I’m by no means an expert installer or anything, but I do have above average audiophile experience… But let me just tell you, a LOT has changed in the electronic world since I was in the game everyday!

That said, there are tons of double din head units with all the modern USB and Bluetooth functionality that sync right with your Android and Iphone smartphones for under $200 bucks… Which is a STEAL compared to what we used to pay back in the day for a single din… not to mention a flip out!

Let’s take a look at the top sellers for 2017 double din head units, and then I’ll tell you which one I think is the best for your money at the end in the reviews…

SaleBestseller No. 1
Pioneer MVH1400NEX 6.2 inches B07951J34N
158 Reviews
Pioneer MVH1400NEX 6.2 inches B07951J34N
  • 800 x 400 resolution, clear-resistive touchscreen, 24-bit True color panel, display & color customization, dedicated Spotify app control a/V source controls content from iPhone & Android devices
  • Multilanguage display (attention/SP/Fr/chi), hands-free calling & audio streaming, Dual phone connection, DVD/DVD-R/RW/did-video/MPEG-2/MPEG-1/MPEG-4/favorite/DivX/WMV video playback
  • Cd/CD-R/RW/WMA/WAV/MP3/AAC/FLAC audio playback, 1. 5a USB port, aux input, composite a/V input, backup-camera input, wired remote input, composite video output
  • Mistral takes the music from iPhone/iPod, USB device or certain Android devices & plays it back with added transitions & effects to create a virtual DJ inside the PIONEER receiver
  • Requires the Android Auto app on Google play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5. 0 Lollipop or higher. Includes wiring harness, USB extension cable, Bluetooth microphone and manual
SaleBestseller No. 2
Alpine iLX-W650 7' Mech-Less Receiver Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
62 Reviews
Alpine iLX-W650 7" Mech-Less Receiver Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • shallow-mount chassis design (2-13/16" deep)
  • designed to pair with Alpine's KTA-450 power pack amplifier
  • designed to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Bestseller No. 3
Pioneer AVH-210EX in-Dash 2-DIN 6.2' Touchscreen DVD Receiver with Bluetooth
437 Reviews
Pioneer AVH-210EX in-Dash 2-DIN 6.2" Touchscreen DVD Receiver with Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), Serial Port Profile (SSP), and Dual Phone Connection.
  • 5 Display Colors With 112 Key Colors. Android and iPhone Compatibility
  • Expandability: Single, Rear UBS Input, Rear AUX Input, Back-up Camera Input, Wired Remote Input, Composite Video Output, 1-3. 5mm (Audio/Video) Mini Jack AV Cable, and USB Direct Control for iPod/iPhone.
  • Digital Media Playback: CD/CD-R/CD-RW Playback, DVD/CD/USB MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV Audio Playback, and DVD/DVD-R/DVD-RW MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4/AVI/DIVX/WMV/JPEG Video Playback
SaleBestseller No. 4
Multimedia DVD Receiver
165 Reviews
Multimedia DVD Receiver
  • Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming
  • Android/iPhone Compatibility
  • Back-Up Camera Ready
  • Built-in Bluetooth AVRCP 1. 6
  • USB Direct Control for iPhone
Bestseller No. 5
Double Din in-Dash Head Unit Car Stereo Audio Systems 7 inch Touch Screen MP5 Player FM Radio Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 Support Rear-View Camera, MP3 Player, USB Port, Aux Input, Mirror Link
103 Reviews
Double Din in-Dash Head Unit Car Stereo Audio Systems 7 inch Touch Screen MP5 Player FM Radio Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 Support Rear-View Camera, MP3 Player, USB Port, Aux Input, Mirror Link
  • ★Size and gifts: The Car Dual-Core MP5 Stereo Size(Fixed Panel) is 7.00(L) x 2.17(W) x 4.02(H)inch, please check your car radio size with our product before ordering, bundle gift: free reverse camera and 7 LED light versions.
  • ★Multifunction: Compatible with Bluetooth and hands-free calling, FM Radio, USB, TF Card(Up to 32G), AUX-IN, music player, video player, and reversing camera
  • ★Phonelink and navigation: Support PhoneLink and navigation function of most of the phone(support Android 9.0 and below, iPhone 8 and below, other versions will be supported in the future), you can control your cell phone via the big screen of stereo, please use the original cellphone cable for avoiding disconnecting, but please note: the stereo is not a GPS unit
  • ★Various format: 7 inch 2 din HD 1080P car radio MP5 player, Built-in TF memory card slot up to 32G, High quality sound and bass,Support audio format:MP3/WMA/WAV/MKV/FLAC/OGG/APE,Support video format: RM/RMVB/DVD(VOB)/VCD(DAT)/MP1/MP2/DIVX/XVID/MP4/H263/H264/FLV/3GP/SWF/AVI/ASF/MJPEG etc(Please note: This is not a CD/DVD Player/GPS)
  • ★Best customer service: We provide 24-hour technical support before purchasing and after sales! You can contact us firstly for your question by email before you leave a negative review. Warm tip:1, The stereo working temperature is -10~60 ℃, and there is a temperature protection system for this stereo, too high a temperature will stop working. 2, Please use the pink wire instead of your orange wire to connect your reverse detection wire if your stereo cannot receive the reverse image
Bestseller No. 6
7 Inch Double Din Car Stereo Compatible with Bluetooth Headunit TF USB FM Aux-in Radio Audio Touchscreen MP5 Player Receiver Support Android & iPhone Mirror Link with Backup Rear-View Camera
153 Reviews
7 Inch Double Din Car Stereo Compatible with Bluetooth Headunit TF USB FM Aux-in Radio Audio Touchscreen MP5 Player Receiver Support Android & iPhone Mirror Link with Backup Rear-View Camera
  • Size and Gifts: The Car Dual-Core MP5 Stereo Size(Fixed Panel) is 7.01(W) x 3.15(L) x 3.94(H)inch, please check your car radio size with our product before ordering, bundle gift: a free camera WITHOUT regular remote & steering wheel remote .
  • Multifunction: Compatible with BT stereo car and hand free calling, FM Radio, USB, TF Card(Up to 32G), AUX IN, music player, video player, and reversing camera
  • Various format: 7 inch 2 din HD 1080P car radio MP5 player, Built-in TF memory card slot up to 32G, High quality sound and bass,Support audio format:MP3/WMA/WAV/MKV/FLAC/OGG/APE,Support video format: RM/RMVB/DVD(VOB)/VCD(DAT)/MP1/MP2/DIVX/XVID/MP4/H263/H264/FLV/3GP/SWF/AVI/ASF/MJPEG etc(Please note: This is not a CD/DVD Player/GPS)
  • Phonelink and navigation: Support PhoneLink and navigation function of most of the android cell phone(not iPhone), you can control your cell phone via the big screen of stereo, please use the original cellphone cable for avoiding disconnecting, and also can charge your cell phone in the same time, but please note: the stereo is not a GPS unit
  • The line of the car stereo is a bit complicated, each color is connected with different functions, please compare with our picture or installation manual /Video to install patiently.We supply detailed user manual, and FAQ.24-hour technical support before purchasing and after sales.
Bestseller No. 7
ATOTO A6 Double Din Android Car Navigation Stereo with Dual Bluetooth - Standard A6Y2710SB 1G/16G Car Entertainment Multimedia Radio,WiFi/BT Tethering Internet,Support 256G SD &More
875 Reviews
ATOTO A6 Double Din Android Car Navigation Stereo with Dual Bluetooth - Standard A6Y2710SB 1G/16G Car Entertainment Multimedia Radio,WiFi/BT Tethering Internet,Support 256G SD &More
  • Developed from widely used and stable Android Marshmallow OS,deeply customized/optimized to let it perform better in vehicles. Lots of vehicle-based features - FM/AM Radio,AUX/Backup camera input, Bluetooth,Steering wheel key control(no DVD/CD Player).
  • Factory Steering Wheel key Control (shorted for SWC,based on resistive signal input only) can still be retained. WiFi receiption and builtin microphone have been significantly improved. Drivers do not have to yell to talk with the other one
  • Dual Bluetooth not only work as BT call /A2DP playback, but also connect to phone's BT tethering internet, and connect to BT gamepad/mouse/OBD. Google Maps is pre-installed,and users can download offline map data for navigation without internet.
  • Unlimited Micro USB Drive/ Micro SD storage supported (256GB micro SD and 1TB SSD drive have been confirmed OK). In additin, ATOTO A6 has Quick Booting feature - Start the car and access system within 2 seconds
  • Continuous firmware update for ATOTO A6 is available (latest firmware version ATOTO AICE OS 9.6). Get continued firmware update when available to ensure less bugs and new features added.
Bestseller No. 8
Pioneer 6.8" Double DIN Touchscreen Display, Apple iPhone and Android Music Support, Bluetooth in-Dash DVD/CD AM/FM Front USB Digital Multimedia Car Stereo Receiver/Free Alphasonik Earbuds
  • Car Audio 6.8-inch Touchscreen Double DIN Apple and Android Support In-Dash Car Stereo Receiver with Bluetooth
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album) AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • CD/CD-R/RW, DVD/DVD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC Playback MP3/WMA/AAC/MP4/FLAC/JPEG/AVI/DivX Playback via USB
  • Android Music Support Compatible with Apple iPhone 6/6+ and iOS 8 software
Bestseller No. 9
TDYJWELL 7 inch Double Din Touch Screen Car Stereo Upgrade The Latest Version MP5/4/3 Player FM Radio Video Support Backup Rear-View Camera Mirror Link
  • ➤Size and Gifts: The Car Dual-Core MP5 Stereo Size(Fixed Panel) is 7.01(W) x 2.45(L) x 3.94(H)inch, please check your car radio size with our product before ordering, bundle gift: free back up camera,car tuning tools. help your driving and parking safer
  • ➤Multifunction: Compatible with BT stereo car and hand free calling, FM Radio, USB, TF Card(Up to 32G), AUX IN, music player, video player, and reversing camera
  • ➤Various format: 7 inch 2 din HD 1080P car radio MP5 player, Built-in TF memory card slot up to 32G, High quality sound and bass,Support audio format:MP3/WMA/WAV/MKV/FLAC/OGG/APE,Support video format: RM/RMVB/DVD(VOB)/VCD(DAT)/MP1/MP2/DIVX/XVID/MP4/H263/H264/FLV/3GP/SWF/AVI/ASF/MJPEG etc(Please note: This is not a CD/DVD Player/GPS)
  • ➤Phonelink and navigation: Support PhoneLink and navigation function for most the android cell phone and iPhone, you can control cell phone via the big screen of stereo, it had better to use the original cellphone cable for avoiding disconnecting.please note:Only Support Below Android system 9.0, iphone 8 Plus or below is applicable.other versions will be supported in the future. the stereo is not a GPS unit.
  • ➤The line of the car stereo is a bit complicated, each color is connected with different functions, please compare with our picture or installation manual /Video to install patiently.We supply detailed user manual, and FAQ.24-hour technical support before purchasing and after sales
Bestseller No. 10
Pioneer AVH-600EX in-Dash Receiver DVD Receiver w/ 7' WVGA Display, Bluetooth, SiriusXM Ready and AppRadio
76 Reviews
Pioneer AVH-600EX in-Dash Receiver DVD Receiver w/ 7" WVGA Display, Bluetooth, SiriusXM Ready and AppRadio
  • 800 x 400 resolution, clear-resistive touchscreen, 24-bit true color panel, display & color customization
  • Multilanguage display (attention/SP/FR/chi), hands-free calling & audio streaming, Dual phone connection, DVD/DVD-R/RW/did-video/mpeg-2/mpeg-1/mpeg-4/favorite/DivX/WMV video playback
  • CD/CD-R/RW/woman/WAV/MP3/AAC/FLAC audio playback, 1.5a USB port, aux input, composite a/V input, backup-camera input, wired remote input, composite video output
  • Mistral takes the music from iPhone/iPod, USB Device or certain Android devices & plays it back with added transitions & effects to create a virtual DJ inside the Pioneer receiver
  • Includes wiring harness, USB extension cable, Bluetooth microphone & manual

Pricing last updated on 2020-01-16 - Disclaimer

The Top 5 Best Double Din Head Units For The Money Reviewed

There are several here that fit the bill, but originally I was wondering if it would be wise to spring for a more expensive model or brand (like Apline for example). While I do think the output quality makes a huge dsifference if you’re doing an entire system, for the average person that just wants to upgrade their factory radio, any of these are going to be WAY better than stock unless you have a factory upgraded sound system with built in amplifiers like I do on my JBL stereo in my 4runner.

1) Pioneer

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2) Kenwood

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I even came across some cool websites when I first started looking around for reviews on 2017 head units, and found car stereo chick.com which is pretty cool.

 

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2 thoughts on “The #1 Rated Best Cheap Double Din Head Unit For The Money!”

    • I personally like one of the Pioneers with the wvga display: http://amzn.to/2nxBRmc There are a couple different models, depending on your budget that have it.
      But out of all the head units I’ve owned, I preferred Alpine, JVC, and Pioneer the most. Kenwood is good too. I stay away from the cheaper stereos like Pyle, Boss, etc…

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