Flip down or overhead DVD players are the preferred in-car entertainment system for vehicles with a high interior space like the SUVs and vans. The market currently offers a tremendous variety of overhead DVD players and most are generally known to have good quality audio and video performance. However, in our opinion, there are not a lot of models that meet our strict criteria. The factors that would determine what the best flip down monitor in the market today would be performance, reliability, value for money, personal preferences in features like video gaming, and available options for audio and video sources.
Compared to the headrest monitors, you get better picture quality with the flip downs and installation is much simpler. If you have previously tried the headrest monitor then you know that there is often an issue with glare – this problem is eliminated when you use the flip downs.
Here is a list of 2018's top rated and reviewed overhead roof DVD and video monitors to help you choose the best products for your car. Click a monitor to go to the full review, or just scroll down to view all of the reviews:
Best Flip Down Overhead Roof Monitors | Top 5
|Our Rank||Overhead Monitor||Screen Size||Resolution||Price|
|1.||Alpine PKG-RSE4AP||11.4"||1024 x 600||$$$$|
|2.||Audiovox VODEXL10||10.1"||1024 x 600||$$$|
|3.||Power Acoustic PT110CM||11.2"||800 x 600||$|
|4.||Audiovox AVXMTG13UHD||11.3"||800 x 480||$$|
|5.||Alpine PKG-RSE3HDMI||10.1"||1024 x 600||$$$|
We have selected our top criteria for our list of the best overhead DVD player, and they include:
High-Quality Screen – A great flip down car monitor with player should have high resolution. High resolution refers to the number of pixels used to create the image. Monitors with higher resolution mean the image is sharper. However, the size of the screen, color representation and brightness has to be taken into consideration as well. The screen size is important when looking at the resolution because if the resolution is too high, the images on the screen tend to look smaller. Thus, there is a delicate balance to consider when selecting the screen size, resolution and pairing it with the quality of the video.
Format Compatibility – This refers to the DVD format the player can work with. Some players can only run DVD-Rs but not files in CD or MP3 format. Ideally, the more formats a player is compatible with, the better it is because it gives you a lot of options.
Audio and Video Inputs – The more, the merrier! Overhead units should have flexibility so you can source your audio and video files from a USB, SD plus be compatible with wireless devices.
User-Friendliness –Not only should the overhead car DVD player be easy to install, but it should also be adult and kid-friendly. For most buyers, the monitor will be for family use – or to keep the children entertained while traveling by land. By “friendly” we don’t only refer to ease of use but also sturdiness and being easy to maintain and clean.
Viewing Angle – DVD players have a viewing angle range of 25 to 50 inches and the ones we have chosen can tilt for comfortable viewing. The choice should depend on your situation. For example, if you plan on having at least two people use the player at the same time, you should aim for a larger screen with a wide viewing angle.
Accessories – Must-have accessories include a remote control and battery pack, so you don’t drain the vehicle’s battery. However, it would also be nice to have headphones, gaming, and wireless connectivity. Keep in mind though that the more accessories a DVD come with, the more expensive it becomes.
Appearance – An excellent choice would also have to be in the right colors to match your interior. Thankfully, almost all in-car entertainment DVD players are in neutral shades of tan, black, or grey.