Best Key Finder: Trackr vs Tile vs Chipolo vs HipKey vs Duet

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Did you lose your keys again? It happens to the best of us. Thankfully, smart technology is at your fingertips to rescue you when you misplace your keys, phone, wallet or other valuable items — you can even use it to track your luggage while traveling. These small devices can go a long way to ease your hectic life.

Best Tracking Devices For Keys

We chose our key finders based on several factors including device and app performance, “find” features, durability, reliability and price.

Tile Pro Review

Tile Pro#1

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Tile products currently dominate this industry for the simple reason that they’re well made and reliable, with superb software. The Tile Pro features the farthest range of any tracker and a loud alarm to help you find your keys or your phone.

Added features allow you to keep your Tile app running in the background of your smartphone and it will remember the last place and time you had your item, which you can track on a map.

You can also activate “Community Find” to connect to everyone using the app within range of your lost item, and users can update its location for you.

Pros

Cons

  • Replaceable battery guaranteed for one year of life
  • Up to 300-ft. range
  • Loud alarm at 98 decibels
  • Excellent iOS and Android app performance
  • Two-way find feature: find your keys from your phone or press the tile’s button to find your phone
  • Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
  • Discounts on multi-packs
  • Doesn’t have GPS geofencing
  • Not waterproof (but water resistant)

Price

  • $25.00 for Tile Pro 1-pack
  • $43.98 for Tile Pro 2-pack
  • Size: 0.3 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Alarm: 98 decibels

Tile Mate Review

Tile Mate#2

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Tile Mate is the world’s bestselling Bluetooth key tracker at roughly $10 less than its upgraded counterpart. How do Tile Mate vs Tile Pro vs Tile Slim compare? First, Tile Mate and Tile Slim are identical internally; they only vary in size and thickness.

Second, Tile Mate’s features differ from Tile Pro in a few key areas: shorter range, quieter alarm level, smaller size and lower price. Otherwise, the features and app software is the same. Because of its slender build, Tile Slim is the best wallet and key finder.

Note: Tile guarantees your nonreplaceable battery life at one year, but they give you significant discounts on replacements.

Pros

Cons

  • Less expensive than Tile Pro
  • Reliable 100-ft. range
  • Excellent iOS and Android app performance
  • Two-way find feature
  • Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
  • Discounts on multi-packs
  • Non-replaceable battery
  • Alarm isn’t as loud as the Tile Pro
  • Not waterproof (but water resistant)
  • Doesn’t have GPS geofencing

Price

  • $17.40 for Tile Mate 1-pack
  • $36.88 for Tile Mate 4-pack
  • $29.95 for Tile Slim 1-pack
  • Tile Mate Size: 1.3 x 1.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Tile Slim Size: 2.1 x 2.1 x .01 inches
  • Alarm: 88 decibels

Chipolo Classic Review

Chipolo Classic#3

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Chipolo offers a fairly reliable Bluetooth key tracker. The best benefit of Chipolo Classic? Unlike Tile products, this key finder has a replaceable battery. While TrackR key finders (see review below) also have replaceable batteries, Chipolo’s are MUCH easier to replace. A new battery will run you less than $4.

Like Tile, Chipolo’s features include two-way finding, a map-locator and a community “lost-and-found.” We should note, however, that the community-finder isn’t as helpful for Chipolo because there are far fewer users than Tile.

Note: Chipolo also carries a Pro model, but it’s not nearly as reliable as the Classic model, and the battery is not replaceable (although it does have geo-fencing).

Pros

Cons

  • Easily replaceable battery
  • Reliable 100-ft. range
  • Loud alarm
  • Good user reviews for iOS and Android apps
  • Two-way find feature
  • More compact than Tile products
  • Ability to take remote selfies
  • Not waterproof or water-resistant
  • Isn’t compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Doesn’t have GPS geofencing
  • No multi-packs available

Price

  • $24.90 for Chipolo Classic 1-pack
  • Size: 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Alarm: 90 decibels
  • Comes in 9 colors

Comparison Table

 1st Place: Tile Pro2nd Place: Tile Mate3rd Place: Chipolo ClassicPROTAG DuetTrackR BravoTrackR Pixel
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Other Key Finder Reviews

The following products don’t stand up to our top 3 picks, but they’re popular options you may want to consider.

PROTAG Duet | TrackR Bravo | TrackR Pixel

PROTAG Duet Review

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The PROTAG Duet GPS key tracker has a lot of great features; it’s too bad most complain that they don’t work. According to consumer reviews, this product is plagued with problems, from flimsy construction to unreliable tracking. Users complain that the alarm doesn’t always trigger when you leave your keys behind and the map locator shows your lost possessions on other continents. Duet gets such poor user reviews; we can’t recommend it.

Pros

Cons

  • Replaceable battery (comes with 2 extra batteries)
  • GPS geofencing triggers an alarm if you leave your keys behind
  • iOS and Android apps can track 10 Duet devices
  • Ability to set Wi-Fi Safe Zones that are exempt from alarms
  • Highly unreliable Bluetooth connection
  • Major delays in alarm triggering
  • Device is flimsy and not durable
  • Tons of user complaints about glitchy apps that don’t work

Price

TrackR Bravo Review

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TrackR Bravo is one of two TrackR models that are both popular key finders. How do TrackR Bravo and the less expensive model, Pixel stack up against Tile products? Not nearly as well for a reliable connection, range and app performance, say many users.

TrackR Bravo appears to outdo Pixel in performance, but Bravo still doesn’t live up to Tile standards. Still, Bravo has some features that you can’t get with Tile. The most noteworthy differences are a replaceable battery and geofencing capability.

Pros

Cons

  • Replaceable battery (can order a free replacement via app)
  • Loud alarm
  • Sturdy aluminum brushed casing
  • Two-way find feature
  • GPS geofencing
  • Compatible with Alexa
  • Discounts on multi-packs
  • Below average range
  • Inconsistent Bluetooth connectivity
  • Spotty iOS and Android app performance
  • Not waterproof (water resistant case available separately)
  • Battery is difficult to replace
  • Doesn’t have LED lights like TrackR Pixel

Price

  • $6.85 for 1-pack
  • Size: 1.2 x 1.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Alarm: 92 decibels

TrackR Pixel Review

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TrackR’s less expensive model, Pixel, is a decent choice if you’re looking to save a few bucks. How do we rate TrackR Bravo vs Pixel? They both share most of the same features, but there are a few differences. TrackR Pixel’s range doesn’t perform quite as well, and its case is flimsy when you compare the two. Pixel does have LED lights, whereas those are absent on the Bravo model.

Pros

Cons

  • Replaceable battery (can order a free replacement via app)
  • Loud alarm
  • Two-way find feature
  • GPS geofencing
  • LED lights on device
  • Compatible with Alexa
  • Discounts on multi-packs
  • Below average range
  • Inconsistent Bluetooth connectivity
  • Spotty iOS and Android app performance
  • Flimsy casing
  • Not waterproof (water resistant case available separately)
  • Battery is difficult to replace

Price

  • $5.24 for 1-pack
  • Size: 1.03 x 1.03 in x 0.22 inches
  • Alarm: Unlisted

“Alexa, Find My Keys”

As we mentioned in our reviews, both Tile and TrackR key trackers are compatible with Amazon Alexa. Still don’t have Alexa in your smart home? Maybe it’s time to invest in this fun technology. Be sure to check out our Amazon Echo review to see how it compares to similar voice-enabled technology.

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About The Author:

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations, Sally began a long career researching and writing about hard-to-understand topics, such as insurance and finance.

Her additional experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations and financial planning at various foundations and nonprofit organizations over the years has given her the practical tools to inform consumers about making the smartest business and personal financial decisions.

Speaking of smart living — growing up in the (at-the-time) per-capita murder capital of the U.S. (Richmond, VA) taught her a thing or two about the need for personal and home safety. Sally stays on top of all the latest gadgets and services to protect her and her teenage daughters from potential predators and thieves. And she brings this knowledge to every article she writes.

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