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If Your Pet Has Ever Run Away From Home, You Need a GPS Pet Tracker

Bestproducts.com Logo By Brandon Carte of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 9: Trying to find a lost pet is a gut-wrenching experience, and nothing short of a nightmare. But thanks to the many advances in technology today, investing in a GPS pet tracker helps you keep better track of your furry friends and eases worries about their whereabouts.Like so many other technology products on the market, there's a slew of options, ranging in features, pricing, and specs to choose from. Most models offer the ability to notify you when your pet leaves a designated space. More advanced trackers give you a full timeline of places your pet has been, which comes in handy for keeping tabs on your dog walker. A handful of models even double as activity trackers that pair with smartphone apps, making it easy to set fitness goals for your pet based on their breed, age, and weight.Best GPS Pet TrackersBest Overall: Whistle Go Explore GPS Pet Tracker & Activity MonitorBest Bluetooth Tracker: Apple AirTagBest Smart Collar: Whistle Switch Smart CollarBest Battery Life: Fi Smart GPS CollarBest for Cats: Jiobit Location TrackerThe One With Training Tools: Link GPS Pet Tracker & Activity MonitorBest for Outdoorsy Types: Spot Trace GPS Tracker Best Budget GPS Tracker: Tractive GPS Pet Tracker What to ConsiderIt may seem like a given, but the first thing you should consider when shopping for a GPS pet tracker is your pet's size. If you have a small cat or toy dog breed, the tracker might be too large to affix to your pet's collar. Fortunately, many trackers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. For models that include a collar, most manufacturers sell different sizes that'll fit your pet perfectly.You should also pay attention to which wireless tech the GPS tracker uses to keep tabs on your pet. Most of our picks use LTE-M, which is a cellular network technology that uses less power, while still offering users real-time tracking capabilities. Some Bluetooth trackers like the Tile only offer a range of 400 feet, making them less than ideal if your pet goes missing. Models that use GPS satellites offer coverage in remote areas, but trackers like these can cost upwards of $1,000. Some collars are even equipped with RADAR, but these collars are extremely bulky and will only work with larger breeds.It's worth mentioning that practically every GPS pet tracker requires a monthly subscription to make full use of it. Just as you pay a bill for your phone, you'll need to pay a fee for keeping the GPS tracker connected to a network. For pet owners on a budget, I included a couple of options that don't require a monthly fee. How We ChoseI compared 28 different GPS pet trackers to find the eight best options on the market. To narrow our candidate pool, I dismissed options that rely on older, previous-generation 2G and 3G networks for their cellular signal, which are starting to phase out. Few GPS trackers rely on 4G LTE or 5G networks — the same signals your smartphone uses — since the signal causes more strain on the trackers' batteries.To find the best GPS pet trackers, I scoured the internet reading editorial reviews of trackers from editors at sites like Wired, Wirecutter, and Mashable. I also read hundreds of consumer reviews from pet owners that have been published on online retailers like Chewy and Amazon. I wanted to include something for everyone, so our list features trackers that vary in size, shape, network capability, and total range.Shop our favorite GPS pet trackers below to give you some peace of mind, always knowing where your furry friend is.

Trying to find a lost pet is a gut-wrenching experience, and nothing short of a nightmare. But thanks to the many advances in technology today, investing in a GPS pet tracker helps you keep better track of your furry friends and eases worries about their whereabouts.

Like so many other technology products on the market, there's a slew of options, ranging in features, pricing, and specs to choose from. Most models offer the ability to notify you when your pet leaves a designated space. More advanced trackers give you a full timeline of places your pet has been, which comes in handy for keeping tabs on your dog walker. A handful of models even double as activity trackers that pair with smartphone apps, making it easy to set fitness goals for your pet based on their breed, age, and weight.

Best GPS Pet Trackers

What to Consider

It may seem like a given, but the first thing you should consider when shopping for a GPS pet tracker is your pet's size. If you have a small cat or toy dog breed, the tracker might be too large to affix to your pet's collar. Fortunately, many trackers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. For models that include a collar, most manufacturers sell different sizes that'll fit your pet perfectly.

You should also pay attention to which wireless tech the GPS tracker uses to keep tabs on your pet. Most of our picks use LTE-M, which is a cellular network technology that uses less power, while still offering users real-time tracking capabilities. Some Bluetooth trackers like the Tile only offer a range of 400 feet, making them less than ideal if your pet goes missing. Models that use GPS satellites offer coverage in remote areas, but trackers like these can cost upwards of $1,000. Some collars are even equipped with RADAR, but these collars are extremely bulky and will only work with larger breeds.

It's worth mentioning that practically every GPS pet tracker requires a monthly subscription to make full use of it. Just as you pay a bill for your phone, you'll need to pay a fee for keeping the GPS tracker connected to a network. For pet owners on a budget, I included a couple of options that don't require a monthly fee.

How We Chose

I compared 28 different GPS pet trackers to find the eight best options on the market. To narrow our candidate pool, I dismissed options that rely on older, previous-generation 2G and 3G networks for their cellular signal, which are starting to phase out. Few GPS trackers rely on 4G LTE or 5G networks — the same signals your smartphone uses — since the signal causes more strain on the trackers' batteries.

To find the best GPS pet trackers, I scoured the internet reading editorial reviews of trackers from editors at sites like Wired, Wirecutter, and Mashable. I also read hundreds of consumer reviews from pet owners that have been published on online retailers like Chewy and Amazon. I wanted to include something for everyone, so our list features trackers that vary in size, shape, network capability, and total range.
Shop our favorite GPS pet trackers below to give you some peace of mind, always knowing where your furry friend is.

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