11 Best Verizon Signal Boosters of 2018 (Based on Real-World Tests)

There are many different cell signal boosters that are compatible with Verizon Wireless's network. And they all look similar.

So how can you tell them apart?

That's why we created this list. Not all Verizon signal boosters are made equal.

We tested dozens of different devices to see which perform best.

Whether you're looking to boost signal in your car, house, office, RV, truck, or boat – this list includes the best booster for amplifying your Verizon signal.

How Verizon Cell Signal Boosters Work

All Verizon cell signal boosters work the same way: they amplifying the signals being sent and received from your nearest Verizon tower.

Take a look at this diagram:

Verizon Signal Boosters for Home and Office

There are three main components to any Verizon signal booster:

  • An “outdoor antenna” that receives and transmits signal from the nearest Verizon tower.
  • A “signal amplifier” that amplifies signal both arriving and being sent to the nearest Verizon tower.
  • An “indoor antenna” that retransmits the amplified signal inside the building or vehicle.

The Two Signal Booster Specs That Matter:

Signal booster manufacturers list a lot of different technical specifications.

But here's the catch:

There's really only two specs you really need to pay attention to.

In fact, if you know whether your outdoor signal is weak or strong, only one of the two specs counts.

One of those specs is gain. Gain is the level of signal amplification the booster provides. Gain is measured in dB, and matters most when outdoor signal levels are weak.

The gain of a signal booster comes from not just the amplifier unit. It also comes from the outdoor antenna. Using a highly directional antenna with more “gain” increases the performance of the booster.

The other spec that matters is "downlink output power." This is the maximum signal that the amplifier can transmit inside. The downlink output power specification matters most when outside signal is strong.

Before You Buy a Verizon Signal Booster for a Building: Test Your Signal

If you're buying a Verizon cell phone signal booster for a building, this part is critical.

Before you buy, check your outdoor Verizon signal strength and signal quality.

Testing signal isn’t necessary if you’re buying a Verizon signal booster for a car, truck, RV or boat. However, if you’re choosing a Verizon booster for a building, it’s a must.

Read more about how to test your cell phone signal on Android and iOS devices.

Why do signal readings matter?

If you’re looking for a Verizon booster, you probably have low bars. But low bars can mean one of two things: weak Verizon signal, or low signal quality.

Signal strength and quality are measured in different ways. For Verizon 4G LTE:

  • Signal strength is called RSRP, and it’s measured in dBm.
  • Signal quality is called SINR, and it’s measured in dB.

If you have low bars outdoors because of very weak signal (less than -80 dBm “RSRP”), then we recommend buying a provider-specific booster like the Cel-Fi GO X for Verizon. Carrier-specific boosters have more gain (up to 100 dB) and will get you the best signal and largest coverage area.

If you have low bars outdoors because of noisy signal (i.e. RSRP greater than -60 dBm, but SINR of less than 10 dB) then we recommend using a broadband booster from SureCall, Wilson, weBoost, or HiBoost, alongside a directional outdoor antenna. Broadband devices add less noise, and work better with low quality signal. Meanwhile a directional antenna helps reduce the noise by collecting signal from the direciton of the nearest tower.

Read more about how to test your cell phone signal on Verizon Android and iPhone devices here.

How we came up with this list

Lab measurements:

First off, we rigorously tested and reviewed all the boosters we sell in our lab to confirm their specs.

Specifically, we measured uplink and downlink gain and output power on all five cellular bands. That told us out which units should theoretically be the best in the field.

Real-world installs:

But theory and practice are a world apart. So in addition to lab tests, we talked to our installation team’s field technicians.

Our installation team conducts hundreds of installations in buildings between 20,000 and 500,000 sq ft. They understand these products better than almost anyone. We incorporated their feedback in making the recommendations below.

Our team of Signal Specialists:

Finally, we got feedback from our team of Signal Specialists. We pride ourselves on offering cradle-to-grave support for the products we sell. That means that every year our Signal Specialists talk to thousands of customers about their installation experiences. They know exactly which products customer are most happy with.

The Top 11 Verizon Signal Boosters

1. Cel-Fi GO X Signal Booster for Verizon

Best Verizon Booster for Apartments, Homes, and Offices When Outdoor Signal is Weak

Once you’ve tested the signal outside your building, you’ll know if you have weak or strong Verizon signal.

As a reminder:

  • We consider an RSRP of over -60 dBm (e.g. -50 dBm or -40 dBm) to be strong signal
  • We consider an RSRP of under -80 dBm (e.g. -90 dBm or -100 dBm) to be weak signal
  • Please note: If you have signal of less than -115 dBm RSRP the GO X won’t work correctly.

If you have weak signal outdoors, the most important specification of the Verizon signal booster you choose is the gain.

Most boosters are limited to around 65 dB of gain by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, the FCC has special rules for “provider-specific” boosters, allowing for up to 100 dB gain. Provider-specific boosters only amplify signal for a single carrier at a time.

The Cel-Fi GO X is a “provider-specific” booster – and thus can amplify signal by up to 100 dB. The extra 35 dB makes a huge difference, particularly if you have weak signal outdoors. That’s why it’s at the top of our review of verizon cell phone signal booster.

Cel-Fi is the only manufacturer that makes provider-specific boosters, and the GO X is their most popular kit.

The GO X is a little bit more complicated to set up than other boosters, and we only recommend it if you have weak Verizon signal outdoors. If you have strong Verizon signal outside, we recommend checking out our other recommendations.

There are a few important caveats:

  • The GO X only boosts Verizon LTE signal. It won’t amplify older Verizon 2G CDMA signal. You must have Verizon 4G LTE signal outside as well as a device that supports Voice over LTE (also known as HD Voice). Almost all devices released since 2014 (e.g. the iPhone 6 and newer) support HD Voice, allowing both data and voice to be transmitted over the LTE connection.
  • You need to have at least 1 bar of LTE of signal outside, where the outdoor antenna is installed, and at least -115 dBm RSRP signal strength.
  • We recommend only using the Cel-Fi GO X if you have a SINR of 5 dB or more outdoors.
  • Unlike most other boosters in this list, the GO X will only improve Verizon signal.

2. HiBoost Home 15K

Best Choice When Outdoor Signal Strength is Strong

If Verizon signal outside the building is strong, you can use a “broadband” signal booster like the HiBoost Home 15K.  

In stronger signal situations, you don’t need a lot of gain. The limiting factor for the performance of your system will be the “downlink output power” of the system you choose.

As a result, we recommend using a broadband booster. There are two main advantages to broadband signal boosters like the HiBoost Home 15K over provider-specific boosters like the Cel-Fi GO X for Verizon:

  • They are significantly easier to set up and install.
  • They amplify voice and data signals for all carriers, not just for Verizon.

While there are many manufacturers of broadband boosters, we’ve received great feedback on  HiBoost’s products. HiBoost is a relatively new entrant into the space, and are offering unmatched prices for the level of performance of their devices.

In our testing, the HiBoost Home 15K has 10 dBm of downlink output power, which is comparable to more expensive units like SureCall’s Fusion5s and Wilson’s Pro 70 Plus. The Home 15K also has a helpful LCD that shows gain and signal strength levels. Our support team notes that the LCD screen to be quite helpful for troubleshooting issues.

3. SureCall Fusion4Home

Best Budget Booster For Small Homes and Apartments

If you’re budget-conscious, we recommend using the SureCall Fusion4Home with Yagi and Panel Antennas, which is currently priced at $549.99.

We recommend the Fusion4Home if:

  • Signal is relatively strong outdoors, and
  • You’re looking to cover a small apartment or part of a home

While the Fusion4Home is simple to set up, you shouldn’t expect a large coverage area. And it doesn’t include an LCD screen for troubleshooting.

4. weBoost Home 4G

Alternative Budget Booster For Small Homes and Apartments

An alternative for budget-conscious users is the weBoost Home 4G. This is the lowest-cost booster we sell, and while you’ll see some boost we only recommend it for users with strong outdoor signal who need a very limited coverage area.

With just 1 dBm downlink output power, this is the least powerful signal booster that made this list.

5. Wilson Pro 70 Plus

Best For Larger Homes and Medium-Sized Offices (Up to 10,000 sq ft)

Ever since it was released in 2015, the Wilson Pro 70 Plus has been one of our top-selling kits. And it’s for good reason: the Wilson Pro brand is one of the best in the industry, and this kit performed excellently in our testing.

Like other broadband boosters, the Wilson Pro 70 Plus won’t just amplify Verizon’s signal: it’ll amplify signal for all carriers. And since it’s limited to around 65 dB gain by the FCC, it works best when you have strong signal outside the building.

With around 10 dBm of downlink output power, you can expect a relatively large coverage area of up to 10,000 square feet if you use the Wilson Pro 70 Plus with 4 indoor antennas. The intuitive LCD screen makes troubleshooting much simpler.

5. SureCall Force5 2.0

Best For Large Buildings and Offices (Up to 35,000 sq ft)

If you’re looking to improve Verizon signal in a larger building of up to 35,000 sq. ft. the SureCall Force5 2.0 is an excellent choice.

The previous-generation SureCall Force5 (now discontinued) was one of our most popular enterprise boosters for many years. Our own enterprise installation team has installed hundreds of them in buildings across the country.

This updated version offers even higher downlink output power (up to 15 dBm) and includes a built-in remote monitoring solution. If you’re looking for a Verizon signal booster for enterprise applications, the Force5 is an excellent choice.

The one downside compared to competing devices from Wilson (below) is an LCD screen. While it’s not a huge loss, you may want to consider the similarly-spec’d Wilson Pro 1000.

5. Wilson Pro 1000, 1050 and 4000

Best For Large Buildings and Offices (Up to 100,000 sq ft)

The team at Wilson Pro have spent a great deal of time and effort crafting an excellent lineup of signal boosters for enterprise applications. Almost every product is available in two formats: rack-mount and wall-mount. If you suffer from poor Verizon Wireless coverage in a larger building, their products are worth looking into.

The base model in the lineup is the Wilson Pro 1000, which has very similar specifications to the SureCall Force5 2.0. With 15 dBm of downlink output power, it can amplify Verizon signal to cover up to 35,000 sq ft. The rack-mountable version of the Wilson Pro 1000 is the Wilson Pro 1000R.

The Wilson Pro 1050 includes an “inline amplifier” that allows you to use considerably longer runs of coax without suffering loss of signal. If your outdoor antenna location with good Verizon Wireless signal is far away from the area you need to cover, the Wilson Pro 1050 is the right choice.

Unlike most boosters, the Wilson Pro 4000 has four indoor antenna ports. Each port offers 12 dBm downlink output power, which makes the Wilson Pro 4000 equivalent to installing four boosters. With just one amplifier, it’s possible to cover up to 100,000 square feet with improved Verizon connectivity.

The Wilson Pro 4000 also has a rack-mountable sibling, the Wilson Pro 4000R.

6. Verizon Enterprise LTE Network Extender

Best Femtocell For Large Buildings with Poor Outdoor Coverage

If you’re looking to cover an office space of up to 50,000 square feet, but don’t have strong, good quality signal outside your building, a signal booster won’t work. The Verizon Enterprise LTE Network Extender, also known as “Verizon eFemto,” is a great choice instead. The network extender is built by Samsung, and our installation team strongly recommends it for situations where there’s no outdoor signal.

Unlike most of our Verizon signal boosters, the eFemto doesn’t rely on outdoor signal. Instead, it connects back to Verizon’s core network over the Internet. The eFemto requires an Internet connection (with at least 30 Mbps up/down) in order to work correctly.

The eFemto also requires a GPS signal in order to work correctly. The device comes with a small GPS antenna that can be installed near a window, or you can also use a higher-grade outdoor GPS antenna if needed.

A couple of caveats:

  • The Verizon eFemto only provides Verizon LTE signal – it doesn’t transmit older Verizon 2G CDMA signal. Your device needs to supports  Voice over LTE (also known as HD Voice) to be able to place calls. Almost all devices released since 2014 (e.g. the iPhone 6 and newer) support HD Voice.
  • If your Internet connection goes down, the eFemto’s will stop working. So if you need your phones as a backup to Internet connectivity, the eFemto isn’t a good option.

7. weBoost Drive 4G-X

Best Verizon Signal Booster For Cars and Pick-Up Trucks

We recently performed a head to head test between six of the most popular vehicle signal boosters. We tested in an area with no Verizon service whatsoever to see which of the boosters we sell performs best.

In that test, the weBoost Drive 4G-X slightly edged out the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 as the best performing vehicle booster. And the Drive 4G-X is considerably better packaged too: it includes handy accessories for attaching the antenna to non-magnetic vehicles (e.g. aluminum and fiber-glass), as well as a clear installation manual.

As far as vehicle boosters go, the Drive 4G-X is the gold-standard. One important note though: you’ll see best performance when the Drive 4G-X’s in-vehicle antenna is directly next to your phone. So while the unit is technical “wireless” – you’ll want to basically keep the in-vehicle antenna very near your phone.

The device also comes in a few other variants: if you’re looking for a Verizon signal booster for an RV or semi truck, read on below for our recommendation.

8. weBoost Drive Sleek

Best Budget Verizon Booster For Cars and Pick-Up Trucks

While the Drive 4G-X is by far the best-performing Verizon vehicle booster, it’s not cheap. If budget is a concern, we recommend the weBoost Drive Sleek.

The Drive Sleek is a “cradle booster” – a unique format that’s patented by weBoost. The cradle expands vertically, making it compatible with any-sized device, and the device also offers a charging output for your device. The cradle can be mounted on your vehicle’s dash, or can also easily be detached so you can hold and use your device.

In our testing, we loved the Drive Sleek’s format. It’s easy to install and use, and the small, slim amplifier is easy to hide.

The FCC limits the gain that these cradle-style boosters can have. However, in our testing it still performed very well. While it won’t boost your Verizon signal nearly as much as the 4G-X, the cradle format ensures that your device always receives the best possible, amplified signal.

9. weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR

Best Verizon Booster For Large Trucks and Non-Stationary RVs

The weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR kit includes the same excellent amplifier as the Drive 4G-X. But instead of a magnetic mount antenna, it includes a OTR “trucker” antenna with a clamp mount.

While weBoost also offer a variant of the Drive 4G-X specifically for RVs (the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV), in our testing we found that the 4G-X OTR both performs better and is easier to install. The clamp-mount of the OTR kit can easily be attached to the exterior of most RVs. We particularly recommend attaching it to the rear ladder of your RV, if it has one.

As with almost all of our mobile booster kits, you’ll see best performance when your device is directly next to the 4G-X’s in-vehicle antenna. If you need true wireless coverage, we recommend using a Verizon hotspot to create a Wi-Fi network.

10. weBoost Connect RV 65

Best Verizon Booster For Stationary RVs and Trailers

If you need better Verizon coverage when parked at RV parks and campgrounds, we recommend the weBoost Connect RV 65.

Unlike the Drive 4G-X, the Connect RV 65 is not classified as a “mobile” booster by the FCC. That means that instead of 50 dB gain, the Connect RV 65 is able to offer the same 65 dB level of amplification as in-home boosters.

The Connect RV 65 also includes a 25 ft mast, which allows the system’s outdoor antenna to rise above any obstacles (including your RV!) to get the best Verizon signal possible.

11. weBoost Drive 4G-X + Marine Antenna

Best Verizon Booster For Boats and Yachts

If you’re looking to boost Verizon Wireless cell signal on a boat or yacht, we recommend pairing our favorite vehicle booster, the weBoost Drive 4G-X, with the weBoost 4G Marine Antenna.

The Drive 4G-X is the same excellent performer that we describe above, while the 4G Marine Antenna is weather proof and salt water resistant, and made of stainless steel and fiberglass.

Since the Drive 4G-X is a “mobile” booster, it’s limited by the FCC to 50 dB of gain. For best performance, we recommend keeping your Verizon phone or tablet directly next to the booster’s indoor antenna. If you want true wireless coverage, we recommend using a Verizon hotspot instead.

Why Your Verizon Cell Phone Signal is Weak

We know, it’s frustrating.

Verizon has perhaps the best cell phone service in the country. And you pay thousands of dollars every month for cell service.

But often, cell service can be less than ideal.

There’s a few reason why signal problems can happen:

  • Inter-cell interference: It’s counter-intuitive, but sometimes having too many cell phone towers nearby can make your cell signal worse. Multiple towers call inter-cell interference, meaning that they interfere with each other and cause low bars and dropped calls. The best way to fix this is to make sure you purchase a booster that includes a yagi antenna.
  • Distance from cell tower: Sometimes it’s simply that Verizon’s nearest tower is simply too far away. This is a particularly common problem if you leave in a very rural area.
  • Building materials: As cell phone signal travels through building materials, it “attenuates” (weakens). Some building materials attenuate signal more than others. Some of the most common culprits are:
    • Metal exterior: Metal blocks cell phone service more than any other material. If you have a metal roof or exterior, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll have poor cell service.
    • Environmentally friendly “Low-E” windows: Low-E windows insulate your building and are great for the environment. But they’re also metal-doped, and as a result they attenuate cell phone signal considerably.
    • Concrete: Thick concrete walls attenuate signal quickly
  • Buildings and geographic features: Cell phone signal is blocked by any kind of natural obstacle. Typical obstacles include:
    • Hills: If there are hills (without cell towers) nearby, they will often block cell signal from the nearest tower from reaching you.
    • Valleys: Similarly, if you’re in a valley (even if it’s only small), your cell signal will suffer as a result.
    • Buildings: Nearby buildings can block signal from the nearest tower from reaching you. This is particularly an issue if you’re in a dense, urban area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a Verizon Signal Booster for Free?

Unfortunatley at this time there is no way to get a free Verizon Signal Booster. Years ago, Verizon used to offer free signal boosters to customers, however that practice was discontinued.

Why should I trust your Verizon signal booster reviews?

We've tried to keep these reviews as unbiased as possible. While the different kits do cost different amounts, and we do make different profits on them, one of our company's values is to do what's best for our customers. We'll never try to upsell you to something more expensive than you really need.

How do I install a Verizon signal booster in my home?

All of the kits that we sell for home users are designed to be easy to install. But while that's the case, they do involve installing an antenna on your roof. If you don't feel comfortable doing that yourself, any local handyman or electrician can perform the antenna installation for you.

Can I use an iPhone or Android app to boost my signal?

Unfortunately not. No apps are able to give you better Verizon signal. While some apps may claim to do so, they are generally snake oil.

Can I use a homemade cell phone signal booster?

Even if you have a PhD in electrical engineering, making your own signal booster isn't a good idea. Use of signal boosters is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, and signal boosters must be certified in order to be used in the US.

Further reading

Want to know more about the ins and outs of boosting signal?

Check out our in-depth Guide to Cell Phone Signal Boosters for information on a range of topics, including:

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