There are a lot of Sirius XM car antennas being sold. All are not the same. There are wide variation in the quality of signal reception and durability. You might think that Sirius XM are the only ones making antennas for their radios but there are several other manufacturers that make these even better than Sirius XM themselves.
There are a few factors that you need to consider prior to selecting your antenna. The most important decision is where you would like to place the antenna. The antenna that comes with the Sirius XM car kit is typically a small two-inch square with a magnet on the bottom. It comes with a roughly 20-foot cable and we find most do the obvious thing which is to put it on your roof and run the wire to the radio somewhere in the center of your console. If you never have a passenger, this may work well. If you have a passenger, consider mounting the antenna inside your car. We wrote an in-depth article on this topic which you can read here.
Most Sirius XM owners can use the standard everyday Sirius XM Magnetic Car Antenna. This is a good antenna that isn’t too large. As previously mentioned, a lot will simply use the magnetic bottom to adhere it to the rook. Some will use an antenna mount. Others will actually snake the antenna wire through the interior lining of the car to hide most of the cable.
I have used the Car Windshield Suction Cup Antenna Mount for Sirius / XM Radio. I always worry about taking apart the interior lining for fear I cannot get it back together properly. I recently saw a guy driving down Route 3 in New Jersey with his windows open and the interior lining from the roof was loose and hitting him in the head. I wondered to myself if he tried to snake the antenna cable and didn’t tuck it in right.
If you are real serious about your satellite radio and don’t mind an antenna that’s a bit large, the Tram Mirror Mounted Sirius Antenna might be what you are looking for. Really not a bad design, and it’s typically used for trucks and rigs but can work on a car. These antennas have high performance features for certain XM satellites and comes equipped with a very thick coax cable.
Another unique antenna is one that attaches to the outside of the windshield. This antenna kit uses a combination of silicone and magnets to get the signal to the inside of your car. It minimizes the wires that you need to run but does still require some wiring. It’s a unique design and in my opinion beats the look of the magnetic antenna on the roof.
A last suggestion is to consider a flush mount antenna that is typically used for boats. This one can be mounted on your dash or anywhere on the car. Be aware that you would need to likely drill a hole to run the antenna wire through. Some don’t mind doing this in the name of a clean installation look but do think about how someone may react to this when you go to sell your car years from now.
Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:
|Sirius XM||Sirius XM dot antenna with magnetic bottom||Sirius / XM Car Antenna|
|Tram||Mirror mounted antenna||TRAM 7743 Satellite Radio Mirror-Mount Antenna|
|Think Wireless||Windshield mounted antenna||SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio Glass Mount Antenna, Works with SiriusXM Radio Receivers|
|Shakespeare||Flush mount antenna||Shakespeare SRA-25 Ultra Low Profile Sirius Marine Antenna|