Best Window Tint Film 2017 [Reviews and Comparison]

Tinting your windows is all advantages

I have listed the best window tint films available in 2017 and I'll also talk about the different types of window tint films that are on the market and the pros and cons of each to help you decide on which one to buy.

Another key thing to consider is whether the tint you want is legal in your state or not.

Have a look at our window tinting percentages page to check that before you buy any tint.

Best Window Tint

Best Car Window Tint Film

This very serious nano ceramic window tint is only for those that demand exclusively the best products.

This isn't by any means an "inexpensive" tint, but it is the kind of window film you would install on car that isn't "inexpensive" either. 

It performs better than 3M's or SunTek's best films by far. ​

motoshield best ceramic film
  • Visible light transmittance: 35% glare reduction: 55% shading coefficient: .53
  • Ir rejection: 99% total solar energy rejection 60% (TSER 60%)
  • Most expensive choice available

Check our”Types of window tint” section to know more about ceramic films and its advantages.

This Ceramic film comes with a 70% VLT meaning that it will provide only with a light shade effect.

However, it is meant to block UV rays and to protect from heat.

This is the best option available at a very reduced price (for ceramic film) if what you want is the UV protection, heat reduction and just a little bit of shade effect.

If you want a much higher darkening effect then #1 is what you are looking for (in ceramic film) or #3 if limo black effect is what you need.

solarking window tint for cars
  • 90% IR (infra-red rejection); 48% solar energy rejection; anti-glare
  • High visibility, great throughput of visible light.
  • Fully enable wireless signals throughput, including GPS, cell phone, FM signals.
  • Glass breakage protection.
  • Only available on 70% VLT

This is probably the best dyed film for the price.

They also have films specially meant for curve windows (like rear windows) which will make the tinting process easier

  • Two Year Limited Waranty, deep dyed technology for the longest color retention.
  • Keeps the vehicles interior cooler.
  • Rejects up to 78 percent glare.
  • Glass breakage protection.
  • Available in 35%, 20% and 5% VLT.
  • The lowest percentages aren't legal in many states. For further infromation on this regard check our list of window tinting percentages per state.

The performance is the highest in dyed films at a extremely low price which will make tinting the whole car a very inexpensive procedure. 

If you want to tint your windows yourself, check the video at the bottom of this page to see a step-by-step example done by a professional.

gila window tint

Lexen film comes pre-cut for your car so you don’t have to worry about anything but sticking it to the glass and enjoying a nice dyed tint.

This is by far the most convenient film from our list.

Installing window tint by yourself isn't tremendously hard, but when you have the pieces already cut, it gets so much easier and faster that is almost a matter of a few minutes.

lexen pre cut window film
  • Model specific kit: Specify the Year, Make, Model, Body Type of vehicle
  • Keeps the vehicles interior cooler.
  • Non-Reflective Dyed Film w/ Anti-Scratch
  • Glass breakage protection.
  • Shades of 50%, 35%, 15%, 5%(Limo) tints
  • Installer friendly film, scratch resistant, 99% of UV Block
  • There are some cars for which Lexen doesn't have the measures for the windows, although not many.

Closing this best 5 list, we find Black Magic films.

We usually do not recommend metalized films because it interferes with signals like radio, GPS, phone and etc, but we thought we should include black magic as it is the best metallic film on the market.

  • Available in 2.5%, 5%, 20%, 35% VLT
  • Great heat reduction.
  • High resistance film.
  • Glass breakage protection.
  • Interferences with radio and other signals.
  • Made in China.
black magic window tint film

Benefits of Tinting your Windows

  • It will help keeping the car’s inside cooler. Big deal if you live in places where summer sunlight feels like fire.
  • Block harmful UV rays (one of the causing factors of premature skin aging, cataracts, and skin cancers)
  • Reduce inside’s brightness and glare, reducing eye fatigue. If you drive long miles, this is vital.
  • Give you more privacy, specially on the backseat area.
  • Cool looks.
  • Increased glass resistance to shattering (the adhesive layer will keep the glass pieces together)

You probably already had in your mind some of those advantages and maybe you didn’t know some of the others.

What is the best tint film material?

There are three main types of window tint, each one of them with its advantages and disadvantages, being some of the latter something to really consider before deciding what to install on your car.

  • Dyed film
  • Metallic film
  • CERAMIC FILM

Dyed window film is made by placing a layer of dye between an adhesive layer (that sticks on the window) and a protective polyester top coating. It provides a flat and opaque look from the outside, and good visibility from the inside regardless the tint percentage.

  • Less expensive option.
  • Dyed film produces the darkest effect, and it’s non-reflective.
  • Dyed film does not block radio waves.
  • This film blocks unwanted glare from headlights and other bright lights.
  • Easy to leave bubbles when installing.
  • Offers the least heat and UV reduction of all tints.
  • Under high heat, it can delaminate, with layers separating from one another.
  • Over time, the UV rays will age the dye, fading it, and turning the color from black to purple-ish.

How to install window tint.

The best window tint won’t look like the best if it is installed the wrong way. But don’t worry! It really isn’t that hard. You just need the right tools and someone to show you the step by step method.

In the following video, Ralph Van Pelt from FlexFilm shows in great detail how to install window tint.

Additionally, if your car already has some old window tint that you want to get rid of before you install your brand new window tint, you can check this guide on how to remove window tint from car windows.

Got Questions? Leave a comment below! I read every single one of them and try to answer in as much detail as I can 🙂

Cheers!​

Alex Meyer
 

Alex Meyer is a 26-year-old Certified Automotive Technician with over 10 years experience as a mechanic and car audio installer. He shares his knowledge at Gear4wheels.com

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