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Review: Ring Doorbell Pro

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Have you ever heard the doorbell ring and rushed to get up and check through the peephole and see who was there, only for it to have been a package dropped off by UPS, or have you ever wanted to be able to check on your house while you were away from home? Hopefully you have never had a package taken from you, but if you had, you would probably want video proof of it. Well, luckily all of these situations can be remedied by the use of a smart doorbell! The Ring Doorbell Pro, along with similar models, are perfect for giving your home the smart upgrade it needs.


You probably often find yourself worrying that your packages may be taken right from your front doorstep, especially during the holidays, and especially when you are not home. If so, thankfully the technology is here where this is worry is no longer necessary. You can now use smart doorbells, which have video and/or audio so that you can watch your front porch. Many other features may also be included, and you may want the ability to download recorded video or speak with your front door visitors from your phone. 

If you want the ability to have convenience and security at your fingertips, a smart doorbell is probably a good idea for you and your home. That said, it can seem pretty difficult to choose which smart doorbell to buy for your house. How do you know which one is best? Especially when there are so many options out there, it can be tricky to know what to get for yourself. That is why we are here to make sure you feel comfortable making an informed decision purchasing your smart doorbell. The Ring Doorbell Pro would be sure to meet all of your expectations, no matter what features you desire.

What Is the Ring Doorbell Pro?

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The Ring Doorbell Pro is one of the most luxurious, premiere options that Ring has to offer in terms of smart doorbells. It has substantially more features than other Ring doorbells. Like the other smart doorbell options we have included in this article, the Ring Doorbell Pro connects to your home Wi-Fi so that it can record and transmit video of your front porch and yard at all times. If you have been searching for a smart doorbell that you can monitor on your phone, this smart doorbell is a great choice for you.

Product Specs

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Do you want the ultimate technological experience with your smart doorbell? If you want the ability to access your doorbell from any device—including phone, computer, or tablet—the Ring Doorbell Pro is your dream. It uses Wi-Fi to connect to all of these devices, and it also connects to Alexa to allow you the most hands off experience.

You can also set up notifications so that no matter what, the instant someone comes in range of the sensor on your doorbell, you will be notified. This is convenient for security purposes, so that you know if someone is outside your front door. It is also useful for those days you know when you are expecting a delivery to arrive. Now, there is no need to guess about whether someone has visited your home while you are away.

Even while you are at home, the Ring Doorbell Pro enables you to simply check your phone to see who is at your door instead of getting up. The audio and video function acts as an intercom so you can speak with any guests at your door. You can also record video and, for a small monthly fee, download and store it on the Cloud.

Compared to former models of Ring smart doorbells, the Ring Doorbell Pro also has advanced motion detection. This allows you to fully customize your smart doorbell, so if there is any area in your front yard you would prefer to home in on, you can set the camera to do so. This way, you will not constantly be notified if, for example, there is a path where people walk their dogs or ride bikes in front of your home.

When you combine all of these beneficial features with the fact that the Ring Doorbell Pro comes with four interchangeable faceplates, you will be tempted to go with the Ring Doorbell Pro. The sleek and modern design is appealing to the eyes, instead of being a clunky and distracting digital gadget stuck to the outside of your home. For your convenience, it also installs directly into the same wiring from your existing doorbell.

Now that you know more about the Ring Doorbell Pro, you probably have an idea of whether it is a good choice for your home. But before you make the ultimate decision, let us compare it to some other smart doorbell models.

Pricing

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These smart doorbells range in price based on the amount of features they may have. 

How It Compares

We picked a few similar smart doorbell models available on the market to see how they compare to the Ring Doorbell Pro in terms of price, ease of use, features, design quality, and warranty.

  • Video Doorbell AUNEX WiFi Doorbell
  • Arlo Audio Doorbell
  • Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

Ring Doorbell Pro

Ring Video Doorbell Pro, with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy...
  • Connect your Ring doorbell with Alexa then enable announcements to be alerted when your doorbell is pressed or motion...
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
  • Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell

This smart doorbell is undoubtedly top-of-the-line when it comes to the sheer amount of features it contains. From the advanced motion detection capabilities, to the beautiful design, to the Alexa compatibility for your convenience, this smart doorbell is a tough one to beat.

Ease of Use

This smart doorbell is fairly easy to install. It uses the old wiring from your previous doorbell so that it doesn’t require a battery. This doorbell also comes with the necessary hardware so that you can set it up yourself, or pay a professional to do it if you prefer. Ring estimates that it takes about 15 minutes for installation.

Features

Anyone familiar with Ring products already knows how reputable and impressive the company is. The Ring Doorbell Pro is no exception to this rule. This smart doorbell allows you to connect with Alexa for voice control, and you can also use Wi-Fi to view your front porch and yard live, wherever you are, on your phone. Even if you are out and about, you can see what is going on through the app. You can also use the app to speak with guests and change the tones of the doorbell. If you choose, for a few dollars each month you can store the video on the Cloud to play it back later.

Design Quality

This sleek and beautiful doorbell will catch the eye of anyone who comes to your home. This model is thinner than the older Ring doorbells so it looks more streamlined, and it comes with four different faceplates so you can choose the one that best complements your home. The Ring design is, in fact, so iconic that many other brands have somewhat modeled their doorbells off of them. If you care about looks, this is a great choice.

Warranty

This model comes with a 1-year limited warranty

Video Doorbell AUNEX WiFi Doorbell

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Video Doorbell AUNEX WiFi Doorbell Camera PIR Motion Detection Cloud...
  • 【Wireless Wi-Fi Connection】Smart doorbell, just download the APP(UBell) and connect to the phone with 2.4GHz Wifi....
  • 【Smart PIR Motion Detection】Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the doorbell.The...
  • 【Cloud Storage and SD Card Recording】Come with 16G SD card, also the app has upgraded free Cloud Storage. Easy to...

This Wi-Fi doorbell easily installs so that you can watch whatever is happening in a wide lens view right outside your home. You can also easily communicate with anyone at your door with both audio and video. This is a great budget choice for anyone who still wants a smart doorbell for their home.

Ease of Use

This doorbell is easy to install and comes with all the hardware needed. You can also choose to use either the backup rechargeable battery method or just plug it into the AC input.

Features

This doorbell comes with a lot of desirable bells and whistles without the high price tag. There is still an app you can use to communicate with your guests through video and audio. This doorbell also comes with an SD card to store video and free Cloud storage where you can keep your video recording for up to seven days. You also get immediate notifications on your phone or tablet, if you choose, when someone comes close enough to trigger the sensor on the doorbell. The night vision will also ensure you feel secure at all hours.

Design Quality

This smart doorbell installs easily and provides most of the features you could ever want. It does not come in any different colors, and the battery life lasts up to six months on standby.

Warranty

This model comes with a 2-year warranty

Arlo Audio Doorbell

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Arlo Audio Doorbell, White (AAD1001-100NAS)
  • Doorbell notifications : Get calls on your smartphone or tablet when someone presses your Arlo Doorbell
  • Remote communication : Talk with visitors from your smartphone or tablet; Operating temperature: 4 degree F to 113° F...
  • Visitor messaging : Visitors can leave a message for you to listen remotely at your convenience

This doorbell is ideal for anyone who wants to be able to converse with guests outside of their home effortlessly. The audio doorbell can also sync up with your Alexa device, so you really do not have to move at all.

Ease of Use

This wireless design lets you install this doorbell at home all by yourself in just a matter of minutes. You can also choose to set the doorbell up with your current chime hardware if you prefer.

Features

This doorbell is probably the least “intelligent” of the smart doorbells on this list, so to speak. Unfortunately, if you are on the market for a video doorbell where you can actually see outside your door and have the security of recording your front yard, this is not the model for you. This doorbell is truly only audio, so while you can talk to people at your door, you cannot see them. That said, the app is easy to use and allows the doorbell to call you even when you’re not home so you can talk to your visitors. You may also place the doorbell on mute when you would prefer to be left in silence.

Design Quality

The Arlo Audio Doorbell is a sturdy and reliable audio doorbell for speaking with guests on the other side. It is sleek and small, so it does not take up much space. It also connects with an Arlo camera—if you purchase one separately.

Warranty

The Arlo Audio Doorbell comes with a 1-year warranty

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy...
  • Connect your Ring doorbell with Alexa then enable announcements to be alerted when your doorbell is pressed or motion...
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
  • Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell

This Ring Doorbell is fairly similar to the Ring Doorbell Pro, but it is not quite as advanced and lacks some features of the Pro model. But if you want a top-of-the-line device without spending as much money on the most up-to-date features, this is a great option.

Ease of Use

This Ring doorbell is simple to install, and should only take a few minutes to install, according to Ring’s manufacturers. That said, if you prefer, you may also pay extra for expert installation.

Features

This doorbell has many of the features that were available with the Pro. You can still converse at any moment via phone, tablet, or computer with whoever is at your front door. You can also check in from time-to-time with the live view from the app, so it doesn’t matter where you are. With Alexa connectivity, the doorbell is convenient for anyone.

Design Quality

Though this device is super sleek and fashionable, there are no interchangeable faceplates for you to use the way there are with the higher-end models. Also, the video feed is only at 720 pixel resolution, as opposed to the 1080 pixel resolution of the Ring Doorbell Pro.

Warranty

This model comes with a 1-year limited warranty

Conclusion—Ring Doorbell Pro Review

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While all of these smart doorbells are suitable for keeping tabs on your home even while you’re away, we have to admit that the Ring Doorbell Pro impressed us in a way that the other doorbells fell just a bit short of. With the features the Ring Doorbell Pro has, we would have to give it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. There is no limit to the way you can interact with guests outside your door, whether it’s using Alexa, or watching on your app and speaking with them through live video. The instant notifications are perfect for staying up to date all the time. This doorbell is ideal for really being connected to your home.

Now that you know more about smart doorbells and how to monitor your home from anywhere you are, you should feel equipped to make an informed decision. The Ring Doorbell Pro is sure to please anyone willing to spend a little bit of money keeping their home secure and keeping their own peace of mind. All you have to do now is pick the choice that is right for your home, take a few minutes installing, and start watching your own porch from your smart device!

Best Smart Light Bulbs To Make Your House Smarter

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Every day thousands of homeowners make the switch to a smart house system. One of the most popular features of having a smart house is the independent control over your lighting. This control is made possible through the use of smart light bulbs in your lighting fixtures. The installation of smart-enabled bulbs can add control, safety, and some color to your home. To make choosing the best smart light bulbs for your home easier, we’ve got the top ten, right here.

Product FAQ

Before we get started with our list, we would like to address some of the most common questions people have when choosing a new lighting system for their smart home.


1. What Are Smart Light Bulbs?

2. Do They Require Special Installation?

3. What Smart House Systems Are These Bulbs Compatible With?

4. Do They Require Any Additional Hardware?

5. What’s the Cost Difference Compared to Traditional Bulbs?

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How We Reviewed

To compare the most popular brands of smart light bulbs we looked at their overall features, price, life expectancy, control capability, and hub compatibility. We’ve taken care to call out our favorite features and benefits of each of these bulbs to help you make the most informed decision when choosing an essential part of every smart home.

Overall Price Range

These smart light bulbs ranged in price are of the highest quality. There are also several options for multipacks, so you might save more per bulb when you buy more than one at a time. There are also options that include Whole-Home Kits with a hub or dedicated lighting controls, so be sure to look at what other accessories you might need to operate each of these smart lighting systems.

It might be possible to find smart bulbs that cost less than the ones on this list, but we’ve picked options that are both affordable and high quality.

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What We Reviewed

  • Kasa Smart Light Bulb
  • Cree Dimmable LED
  • Konxie LED WiFi Smart Light Bulb
  • Teckin LED Multicolor Smart Light Bulb
  • Nexlux Smart Bulb
  • Kasa Smart Light Bulb
  • LIFX Mini Smart LED Light Bulb
  • Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb
  • MagicLight WiFi Smart Light Bulb
  • Sengled Smart LED Light Bulb

Kasa Smart Light Bulb

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TP-LINK LB120 Dimmable LED WiFi Smart Light Bulb, 60W Equivalent,...
  • CONTROL FROM ANYWHERE Turn electronics on or off from anywhere with your smartphone using the Kasa app (Compatible w/...
  • VOICE CONTROL Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana supported devices for a hands free...
  • TUNABLE 60 Watt Equivalent, dim brightness and fine tune light appearance from soft white (2700 K) to daylight (6500 K)

Features

The Kasa smart light bulbs are one of the most versatile collections on this list. These bulbs can put out a standard white light at 2700K for a soft appearance, or it can blast out a 6500K daylight that warms up the colors in any room. This system of bulbs can be used with or without a hub, but the voice control features will require a compatible listening device like Alexa or the Google Assistant.

Smart Home Compatibility

Kasa Smart Light Bulbs are compatible with Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. The bulbs can operate independently of a central hub with a dedicated WiFi connection.

Where to Buy

Cree Dimmable LED

Cree BA19-08050OMF-12CE26-1C100 Connected 60W Equivalent Daylight...
  • Dimmable LED light bulb for indoor use only
  • Compatible with multiple platforms including Amazon Echo, Wink, Wemo, smartphones and zigbee certified hubs (hub sold...
  • Simply install your bulbs & compatible hub

Features

The Cree bulbs standout because of their compatibility with the lesser known smart home systems. With this option, homeowners can use the Wemo or ZigBee control hubs. The central command can either operate individual bulbs or any series or grouping you decide to pre-program. This product is a versatile and cost-efficient addition to your preexisting smart home setup.

Smart Home Compatibility

The Cree LED Smart Light Bulbs are compatible with Echo, Wemo, and ZigBee certified hubs.

Where to Buy

​Konxie LED WiFi Smart Light Bulb

Konxie LED WiFi Smart Lights Bulb, Compatible with Alexa and Google...
  • Voice Control :Control your bulb Compatible with Alexa and google assistant ,Control your bulb turn light off/on &...
  • Works with IFTTT: DIY your WiFi light bulb depending on various events by connecting it to IFTTT
  • Music Sync :Sync light to your favorite music and enjoy every beat to the fullest. Transform any room into a dance...

Features

The Konxie Smart Bulbs have a hue transitioning feature, so they are the best option if you want to add some off-chart color to your home. An internal RGBW (Red / Green / Blue / White) LED configuration gives you complete control over the hue, warmth, and brightness of the bulb. There is even an internal 6500K option for mimicking a sunrise in the morning.

Smart Home Compatibility

The Konxie system is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. You can also operate this product as a standalone without connecting to a central hub.

Where to Buy

​Teckin Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulb

Smart Light Bulb with Soft White Light 2800k-6200k + RGBW, TECKIN A19...
  • 【Remote Control】Even you are not at home, you can control your smart bulb on/off with your phone via Smart Life App....
  • 【Voice Control】Control your smart bulb via your voice with Google Assistant and IFTTT. Just give a voice command to...
  • 【Millions Color Changing】Express yourself and make your space more creative with TECKIN Smart Bulb. Choose from 16...

Features

This smart bulb features an integrated hue system that can put out millions of different color combinations. This hub-less system of bulbs can connect to WiFi to enable mobile control from your phone or tablet. The Teckin app allows you to explore the almost infinite color combinations available when you sync several bulbs up into a series.

Smart Home Compatibility

The Teckin Smart Light Bulbs do not require a central hub to operate, but they can be connected to Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or IFTTT.

Where to Buy

​Nexlux Smart Bulb

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Smart Bulb,Nexlux Sunrise Wake-Up WiFi Lights,Cellphone Control Color...
  • WORK WITH ALEXA &GOOGLE HOME ASSISTANT: Nexlux WiFi light bulb is compatible with Alexa, Google Home Assistant and...
  • SCHEDULED TIMER AND WAKE UP Light: Smart light bulbs automatically come on and off at given times through the timer...
  • MUSIC & MIC FUNCTION: Nexlux smart LED bulb can change colors according to the music rhythm and flash effects to meet...

Features

The Nexlux smart bulbs are easy to install WiFi enabled LEDs. You can control them in groupings, a series, or even individually, all with full dimming and hue control. The listening function allows you to sync the hue changes to whatever music you’re playing in the room.

Smart Home Compatibility

This system of smart bulbs is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT. This system doesn’t require a hub bridge or central control system to operate.

Where to Buy

​Geeni Wi-Fi LED Light Bulb

Geeni LUX 800 Smart Wi-Fi LED Dimmable White Light Bulbs (2700K),...
  • WI-FI LIGHT BULBS: Easily control or dim your lights from across the room or across the country with just your voice or...
  • NO HUB REQUIRED: This Geeni Wi-Fi light bulb requires no hub or smart plugs to set up or use. Simply download the app,...
  • COMPATIBILITY: The Geeni LUX 800 A19 Light Bulb is only compatible with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks. It is an...

Features

These smart bulbs are part of the Lux 800 series from Geeni, and they are energy efficient without losing lumens or warmth on output. This product can be used as a standalone or through compatible systems.

Smart Home Compatibility

The Geeni Smart Light Bulbs are compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana. Since this product has internal WiFi built into the bulb, there’s no need for a central hub to operate the bulbs.

Where to Buy

​LIFX Mini Smart LED Light Bulb

LIFX Mini White (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Dimmable, Warm...
  • Works with Alexa (Alexa device sold separately), Apple HomeKit and the Google Assistant for voice control; Beam Angle:...
  • Easy set up. LIFX screws in like any traditional light bulb. Simply download the app, connect to Wi-Fi and you're ready...
  • Built in Wi-Fi & LIFX cloud. Offers full Lighting control via Wi-Fi with our LIFX iOS, Android and windows 10 apps....

Features

The LIFX system of smart light bulbs is simple, easy to install, and reliable. This 800-lumen bulb can put out white or warm light, in a wide range of configurations. The bulbs can be chained or grouped for easy programmed operation.

Smart Home Compatibility

The LIFX system of smart light bulbs is compatible with Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant hubs. It’s possible to operate the system without a central hub using the internal WiFi and LIFX cloud system.

Where to Buy

​Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb

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Philips Hue Single Premium A19 Smart Bulb, 16 million colors, for most...
  • VOICE ACTIVATED: The Philips Hue White and Color A19 Light Bulb works with Alexa for voice control (smart hub required ,...
  • LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: Choose from 16 million colors to instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room or...
  • TAKE CONTROL: Control your Philips Hue color lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant....

Features

Philips is one of the oldest manufacturers of light bulbs, so they have been in the home lighting game for a long time. This system provides complete flexibility and endless combinations of color and transitioning. When connected to a compatible listening device you can control the whole system with just your voice. You can also change the hue and warmth temperature of the light, giving you a natural or white light when you need it.

Smart Home Compatibility

The Philips Hue system of bulbs requires a central hub with an open WiFi connection, but it can work with almost every major hub on the market. The Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs are compatible with Xfinity, Nest, IFTTT, Logitech, Razer, Apple Home Kit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.

Where to Buy

​MagicLight WiFi Smart Light Bulb

MagicLight WiFi Bulb No Hub Required, Dimmable Multicolor E26 A19 7W...
  • 【VOICE CONTROL】Works with Google Home Assistant voice control, Alexa, IFTTT and Siri Shortcut; Also you can control...
  • 【MILLION OF RGB COLORS AND WHITE】Personalize your lights with over 16 million dimmable RGB colors, also there is a...
  • 【WIFI SMART CONTROL & NO HUB REQUIRED】You can set different light modes to match various occasions. The app offer...

Features

The MagicLight bulbs are an excellent addition to an entertainment or media room as these bulbs have a music sync system integrated inside the bulbs. There are several options to choose from to control the transitions, like jazz, rock, classical, and many more. The color system changes to the music and adds ambiance and flair to the coloring of any room. There is a remote control option for when you’re away and a pre-program package for automatic operation of the bulbs.

Smart Home Compatibility

The MagicLight system works independently from a central hub, so there is no need for a whole-house control system to operate the bulbs. If you have a WiFi enabled smart hub, then these smart light bulbs can interact with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Where to Buy

​Sengled Smart LED Light Bulb

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Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Soft White A19 Light Bulb, No Hub Required,...
  • No Hub Required: Connect the Smart Wi Fi LED to your 2.4 GHz wi-fi network with the Sengled Home app (iOS/Android) to...
  • Smart Lighting: Turn lights on and off, dim and brighten, and more with the app
  • Voice Control: Connect the bulb directly to your Alexa or Google Assistant device and control your lights via voice...

Features

The Sengled smart light bulbs are a perfect entry-level addition to a smart house. This option doesn’t require a hub and allows you to operate the controls from your phone or tablet through the Sengled home control software. The bulb can be dimmed or change hues. There are voice control options if you link the system up to a compatible home hub though it is not required for operation.

Smart Home Compatibility

The Sengled system of smart light bulbs works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The system also uses a smart app for your phone or tablet to link up to your central smart house hub.

Where to Buy

The Verdict

There are many fantastic choices on this list, but we have to single out the Philips system as the smart bulbs you want to look at first. Phillips is a trustworthy brand that’s ahead of the game. And not only are the Philips bulbs a great value, but the system offers the most extensive range of compatible hubs. This open-ended type of compatibility makes these smart light bulbs ideal for updating or adding new lighting to an already established smart home.

If the Phillips system isn’t what you’re looking for, then you won’t be disappointed with any of the other options on this list either.

Review: Samsung Smart Cam

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​With rapidly advancing technology, many people have been able to move from relying on locks and other manual security measures, along with basic alarm systems, to wireless recording systems that allow them to view their homes and other property from anywhere. These innovative devices offer peace of mind because users know that if something happens that impacts their houses, they will be alerted promptly and have a record of the incident. If you live in a high-crime area or are just worried about the safety of your house in general, then you should consider a wireless option such as a Samsung Smart Cam.Samsung is a legitimate technology leader in the area of high-tech, yet affordable, security cameras, and the Samsung Smart Cam is the perfect representation of that fact. In this article, we will review a current, popular Samsung Smart Cam model, assessing its features, specs, advantages and disadvantages, and pricing. We will also compare it with three other wireless security cameras available on the market today to see how it measures up.

Comparison Table

About the Samsung Smart Cam

A Samsung Smart Cam is a wireless security camera that allows you to keep a watchful eye on your house from anywhere. This category of cameras, also known as IP cameras, allows you to stream video of your house to your PC, phone, or tablet, send alerts if they detect loud noises or motion, and even provide motion-activated recording and night vision. With its compact design, excellent video quality and shooting range, and ease of setup and use, the Samsung Smart Cam is a great wireless camera for your home security needs.

​​Product Specs

Design

The Samsung Smart Cam we reviewed is small and compact with a plain black finish. It swivels on a simple, detachable base and can be placed either on a flat surface or mounted with wall anchors and the two included screws. The camera itself provides 1080p, full-HD video with a 130-degree field of view and built-in automatic lens distortion correction. The wide dynamic range automatically detects when the light needs balancing and adjusts accordingly to provide clear vision even in harsh lighting. It also has night vision up to 32 feet, accurately correcting low-light video to produce clear footage in dark conditions.


This camera also has an integrated speaker and mic for two-way talk, allowing communication with family members or for you to startle any potential intruders. Note that this camera must be plugged into an outlet to operate, and it has no built-in battery backup. It records up to 128GB of video locally to a microSD card, eliminating the need for Cloud subscription fees in most applications. This does, however, allow footage to be lost if the microSD card is corrupted, or if the camera or card is severely damaged or goes missing.

​Software

The main software feature available with the Samsung Smart Cam is the SmartCam app, which allows you to connect your camera to your network and obtain a panorama view of the area where your camera is installed. By means of Samsung HD Plus, the app will send notifications to your device when unusual motion or audio is detected. With Motion Zone Select, a feature of this app, you can readily and easily select up to three areas you would like to monitor. This gives you the flexibility to choose specific spots you would like to monitor and also exclude any pets’ activities from your alerts.

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The app allows you to connect more than one smart camera, and each will have its own menu that is accessible via an icon next to its name. This menu gives quick access to the time-stamped activity clips and logs, live feed, and settings for everything else pertaining camera operation and control. There is also a live-streaming page that allows you to take a screenshot of your camera feed, record a 30-second video clip to your phone, toggle resolution between low, medium, and high, and more. It also has the unique ability to trigger specific sounds such as a police siren, a high-volume alarm, or a dog barking.


By means of a learning algorithm that can distinguish between incidental events and a body entering the room, a Samsung Smart Cam mitigates the frequency of the false alerts that can occur. It also allows you to define detection areas to reduce false alarms even further. There is also a SmartCam web portal that provides the same services as the app does.

​Setup

The Samsung Smart Cam we evaluated is quick and easy to set up. The SmartCam app guides you smoothly through the process of connecting the camera to your wireless network and automatically recognizes your camera without the need for manual input or scanning of codes. Based on our experience, it takes about five minutes from start to finish to set your system up with basic settings. By adjusting sensitivity settings, you can control the amount and frequency of your audio and motion notifications.

​Packaging

The specific Samsung Smart Cam model we reviewed, the SNH-C6417BNB SmartCam HD Plus, comes with the camera itself, a power adapter, screws and anchors for mounting, a quick-start guide, and a warranty card.

Pricing

The Samsung Smart Cam can be purchased from Amazon or select other online sellers. This makes it an affordable and reasonable choice if you are in the market for a wireless security camera of its caliber.

​​How It Compares

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We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • ​Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera
  • ​Blink XT Home Security Camera System with Motion Detection
  • ​Arlo Wireless Home Security Camera System

​​Samsung SNH-C6417BNB SmartCam HD Plus

SNH-C6417BN - Samsung Wisenet SmartCam 1080p Full HD Wi-Fi Camera
  • 1 pack of SmartCam included, Quick Setup and Intuitive Operation
  • 1080p Full HD Video Quality, Two-Way Talk, Advanced Motion & Audio Detection
  • Motion Zone Select, Push Notification of Event Detection
  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

The app has many features, but not all icons are intuitive. There will be a learning curve and adjustment period for novice users, but the benefits are there for putting in this effort.

Pros

  • ​Easy setup
  • ​Small and discreet
  • ​Definable detection areas
  • Customizable alerts
  • ​Excellent video quality and app features

Cons

  • ​No battery backup or Cloud storage option
  • ​Can only view one camera at a time
  • ​Some app functions and icons could be more intuitive

​​Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera

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Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera, Works with Alexa
  • Stay connected 24/7 - Catch activities as they happen in 1080p Full HD. Watch, download, and share the last 24 hours of...
  • Notifications – Get notified when Cloud Cam sees activity. Check in anytime or watch motion clips on the Cloud Cam...
  • See clearly in the dark - Night vision lets you detect what’s happening around the clock. Turn on/off night vision...

The Amazon Cloud Cam security camera is small and white in appearance. It is a 1080p, full-HD camera with a 120-degree field of view, and it records footage at a rate of up to 30 frames per second. This product features one RGB LED for camera status plus eight IR LEDs for night vision as well as ambient light sensors. It also has a green LED status light to indicate when the camera is on or off, and it packs two-way audio capabilities. You can download, watch, or share the last 24 hours of motion alert video clips at no charge.


This camera comes with the Cloud Cam mobile app and PC access via the Web, allowing you to watch motion clips or check live footage at any time. Because it is a certified Amazon camera, it works with Alexa and can display your live feed on any Amazon Fire tablet, Fire TV, Echo Spot, or Echo Show device. The Cloud Cam provides excellent detection capabilities, notifications, and features, with the ability to choose what types of sounds you want to be notified about.

This Amazon camera comes packaged with a 10-foot long USB power cable, a mounting kit, a 5W power adapter, and a quick-start guide.

  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

This camera comes with a one-year limited warranty and it has earned good reviews regarding durability.

Pros

  • ​Excellent daytime video quality
  • ​Easy to set up and use
  • ​Constant software upgrades from Amazon

Cons

  • ​Video recording is motion-activated only; no 24/7 recording
  • ​Night vision is not ultra-impressive
  • ​Navigation through recordings could be improved

​​Blink XT Home Security Camera System with Motion Detection

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Blink XT Home Security Camera System - 1 Camera Kit - 1st Gen
  • WEATHERPROOF FOR OUTDOOR OR INDOOR USE: Place and move your wireless Blink camera anywhere around your home both inside...
  • MOTION DETECTOR: Built-in motion sensor alarm, when motion detector is triggered, Wi-Fi cameras will send an alert to...
  • BATTERY POWERED SECURITY SYSTEM: Wireless home camera with 2-year battery life, powered by 2 Lithium AA 1.5v...

This Blink XT security camera is small, black, and square in design, and it offers 1080p, full-HD resolution recording with a 110-degree viewing range. It includes Blink XT infrared night vision and LED illumination for nighttime recording. The Blink Home Monitor app allows you to control all wireless cameras from one location. This unit is powered by two 1.5-volt, non-rechargeable, lithium batteries that are rated to last up to two years with standard use.


One fairly unique feature of this camera is that it is weatherproof, making it adaptable for indoor or outdoor use. It has a Blink Sync module that allows you to expand your camera system to include up to ten cameras. It comes with a built-in motion sensor alarm that records short clips of certain events, sends those clips to the Cloud, and also sends an alert to your smartphone. Cloud storage for this system is free, and this device is fully integrated with Amazon Echo and Alexa. It also includes temperature monitoring.

  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

It typically takes around five minutes to link this camera with the app, and we found it exceptionally easy to install.

Pros

  • ​Affordable security option
  • ​Free Cloud storage
  • ​Long-lasting batteries
  • Weatherproof
  • ​Amazon Echo integration

Cons

  • ​Cameras must be positioned within a certain range of the sync module
  • ​Delayed notifications have been occasionally reported
  • ​No two-way audio recording or manually triggered sirens/alarms

​​Arlo Wireless Home Security Camera System

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  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately); Audio not supported
  • Patented 100 percent Wire Free design for easy placement anywhere and field of view 110 degree
  • Night vision cameras work even in the dark

This Arlo wireless security camera is small, white, and oval-shaped. It provides up to 720p video resolution with a 110-degree field of view. The camera is powered by two lithium batteries, eliminating the need for wires, and it is weather-resistant for outdoor use. It has night-vision cameras as well as motion-activated cameras that will send real-time notifications as they are triggered.  To save battery power, this system only records activity and issues alerts only when motion is detected. It is easy to wall-mount this camera if you choose.


The Arlo smart app for this device allows you to view live video securely from any location. It also allows you to customize your camera alerts to detect specific zones and people. It can also allow you to contact emergency responders from the smartphone’s lock screen, although this is an optional service that comes at an additional charge after the first month. All captured video footage is stored for a week, automatically, on the Cloud.

  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

This camera comes with a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • ​Easy setup
  • ​Weather-resistant
  • ​Night vision
  • Customizable alerts

Cons

  • ​Batteries are non-rechargeable and can drain quickly
  • ​May experience motion recording lag
  • ​Connectivity issues without a strong internet signal

​​Conclusion

After reviewing all aspects of our featured Samsung Smart Cam and comparing it to other wireless security cameras, we definitely feel like it is a great, highly affordable choice for anyone who is seeking reliable recording devices for maximum home security. Its excellent video quality, advanced app features, discreet design, and ease of use make it stand out from many contenders in this high-tech product category. Because of these great features and its affordability, we awarded the Samsung Smart Cam 4 out of 5 stars overall.

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Review: First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm

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Everyone has heard about the dangers of carbon monoxide. After all, unlike the gasoline you put in your car, there is no color, taste, or scent to carbon monoxide. This can make it extremely dangerous, even fatal, if it turns out you have carbon monoxide leaking somewhere in your house. To protect you and your loved ones from ever accidentally inhaling too much carbon monoxide, you need an alarm to sense for this. The First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm, along with the other best choices on this list, will prevent any such event from occurring. Carbon monoxide is released into the air every single time you burn something, regardless of the source. This means that whether you are on your stove, using gasoline to fuel your car, or starting a fire in your fireplace, you are releasing small amounts of carbon monoxide. Obviously, most of these activities usually occur outside, where there is plenty of air and circulation and no risk involved. But in small spaces such as a room or garage, carbon monoxide is a whole different story.

Comparison Table

It is also possible for your appliances to leak carbon monoxide without anyone’s notice since it is impossible to detect. No matter the reason, there is extra carbon monoxide in your home, whether it is from your stove or car in the garage, the First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm, along with our other carbon monoxide alarm choices will be able to alert you in time to get to fresh air.

It may certainly seem difficult to choose just one carbon monoxide alarm, and that is why we collected this roundup of both the First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm and a bunch of its competitors on the market. Though you may not know everything there is to know about carbon monoxide alarms yet, by the end of this article you will feel confident in purchasing the right alarm for your home.

​What Is a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm?

As stated, a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm will help protect you from any dangerous fumes in your home so that you stay safe. Smoke alarms detect for ordinary smoke, which you are able to smell and see unlike carbon monoxide, but you still want an alarm for it since it means there is likely something burning. Together, both of these functions in an alarm will ensure that regardless of what happens in your home, you are made aware and can get out to fresh oxygen supplies.

Carbon monoxide alarms work in one of three ways. They may be constructed with biomimetic detectors, which use gels that sense the levels of carbon monoxide, and after they absorb too much, they will sound an alarm. Then, there are also metal oxide semiconductor carbon monoxide alarms, which will use silica chips to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, after which electrical signals set off an alarm. Finally, there are also electrochemical carbon monoxide alarms that use electrodes to detect even the smallest fluctuation in the electrical currents when carbon monoxide levels are in that air, and then an alarm sounds.

Now that you know the basics of how carbon monoxide alarms function and the different types you may encounter, we will break down some specific models further and list features, price, and pros and cons so you can figure out which carbon monoxide alarm is just right for your home.

​Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide Alarm Specs

The Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is great for anyone trying to integrate a smart device into their house for the purpose of detecting fumes. If you want a device where you can manage everything from your phone, this is the choice for you. It connects to your smartphone so that, even if you are not home, you can turn off your alarm if you need to so it does not keep beeping and annoy your neighbors.Unlike most carbon monoxide alarms that drive you wild and beep continuously when they are starting to die, this Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide Alarm simply sends you a notification, so you know the device is dying. It also lets you know in advance, so you don’t have to worry about your alarm dying on you and leaving you unprotected.

This alarm also detects smoke, and with its spoken alerts instead of vague beeping, this alarm tries to let you know where the danger is actually coming from and what is going on in your home. The Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide Alarm is likely different from any other carbon monoxide alarm you have ever used in the past.

​Pricing

While this is the only fully smart option for the carbon monoxide alarms on this list, this option is definitely more expensive than its counterparts like the First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm choices.

​​How It Compares

We picked a few similar carbon monoxide and smoke alarms available on the market to see how they compare.

  • ​First Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm
  • ​Nighthawk AC Plug-in Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • ​First Alert GCO1CN Combination Explosive Gas and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

​Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

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  • Phone Alerts: Nest Protect sends you a message when there’s a problem or the batteries run low.
  • Smoke and CO Locator: Nest Protect speaks up if there’s smoke or CO and tells you where it is, so you know what to do.
  • Detects CO: Carbon monoxide is an invisible, poisonous gas. Nest Protect tells you where it’s hiding.

Capabilities

Though this smoke and carbon monoxide alarm will cost a pretty penny, it makes it worth the money by including so many perks and features. This alarm detects both smoke and carbon monoxide, so you don’t need to worry about having two alarms for them. This alarm is also a smart carbon monoxide alarm, so it hooks up to your phone to let you know what is going on from anywhere.


This alarm eliminates the need for checking the battery life by sending notifications, and instead of loud and shrieking beeps, it uses a human voice to talk to you about what is happening in your home. This gives you peace of mind and allows you to know the exact source of the issue. You can also turn off the alarm easily, so if it is going off, but you know there is no actual issue present, you can easily turn the device silent. This will undoubtedly please all of your neighbors as well.

Design Quality

​On the whole, this alarm is very sleek and aesthetically pleasing to look at. The easy to set up design is user-friendly, so you don’t have to hassle with your device. The app is also extremely useful and easy to use, and the device has a nice spoken word instead of beeping. The only downside is that for most models, there is no way to replace the batteries, so after your alarm dies, that’s it.

Pros

  • ​Both smoke and carbon monoxide alarm
  • ​Smart capabilities have app for your phone
  • ​Can turn alarm off from phone
  • Notifications for when the battery is dying
  • ​Human voice instead of beeping

Cons

  • ​Need Apple device for app and smart monitoring
  • ​When battery dies, whole alarm must be disposed of

​​First Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm

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First Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm |...
  • Keep your family safe with this battery operated smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; battery powered alarms provide...
  • Features an electrochemical Carbon Monoxide sensing technology as well as a photoelectric sensor that detects the larger...
  • Indicator lights on the face of the unit display the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide, while an 85 decibel siren...

This First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm also has duel sensors, so you can monitor both your carbon monoxide and smoke levels in your home for optimum safety. This alarm has an 85-decibel beep, so you cannot miss the signs of danger regardless of your location in your home. It is also easy to turn off the alarm with the press of a button. This alarm is an electrochemical model of alarm, so it is the most sensitive and accurate type or carbon monoxide alarm, as well as more environmentally friendly.

Capabilities

​Though this carbon monoxide alarm does not have all of the elaborate features of the previous alarm on this list, it is a great budget option that still detects both smoke and carbon monoxide. This alarm does not have a screen of any sort, so we docked it an extra star for that, but it is still amazing at detecting any smoke or carbon monoxide in your home.

Design Quality

You won’t have any issues with this alarm, but that said, there are not many extra features. It is easy to set up and use, but there are no smart features, and there is no screen for easy-to-read information. This is a good, solid, no-frills option that will still get the job done.

​Nighthawk AC Plug-in Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm

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Kidde 900-0076-01 KN-COPP-3 Nighthawk Plug in Carbon Monoxide Detector...
  • Peak Level Button – Displays the peak CO level recorded by the alarm since it was last reset or unplugged
  • Test Button Functions – Tests the unit for proper operation and resets the Carbon Monoxide alarm
  • LED Operation – Blinking dot in lower right corner of display denotes normal operation

This easy to install carbon monoxide alarm does not even require you getting out a ladder. Simply plug this alarm in, and you will be able to easily check on your alarm from time to time. A display shows you the number of the highest carbon monoxide reading recorded, so you can easily monitor your home. It updates every 15 seconds, so this information is always up to date. Though this model plugs in, it does come with a 9-volt battery as a backup in case of a power outage, so you are always protected.

Capabilities

This alarm is great for anyone who wants the ability to set up an alarm that they can just glance at every so often to stay safe. Unlike the other alarms on this list, though, this carbon monoxide alarm does not detect smoke in addition to carbon monoxide, so we took a star off for that. The display screen is a nice feature though, so you can just look at the alarm to monitor your levels.

Design Quality

This sleek design is nice to look at in the same way it is easy to plug in and go. The only thing that inhibits this model is that the plug makes it so you can only place this alarm within reach of an outlet, which may not be the ideal location for each user.

​First Alert GCO1CN Combination Explosive Gas and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

First Alert Combination Explosive Gas and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with...
  • Versatile CO alarm senses high levels of propane, natural/methane gas, and carbon monoxide
  • Crisp backlit digital display allows you to view current and peak levels
  • Can be remotely muted using almost any household remote control

This First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm alarm will effortlessly detect carbon monoxide in your home, along with other dangerous fumes such as gas or propane that could be leaking somewhere. An easy to read back-lit display will let you know the current carbon monoxide levels in your home while also displaying the highest amounts ever recorded. You can also hook this alarm up to your remote controls so that you can easily turn the alarm off with a remote from far away. This alarm also plugs into any outlet and contains a 9-volt battery for backup purposes.

Capabilities

Even though this alarm is not a smart alarm, it still provides easy setup and can detect carbon monoxide along with other common household gases in the air. This alarm also has the ability to be easily turned off with a standard remote for your convenience.

Design Quality

This carbon monoxide alarm does not need extra bells and whistles to have a sleek and intuitive design. The back-lit display screen tells you at a glance whether your levels are dangerous and what the highest they’ve been is.

​Conclusion – First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm

All in all, these alarms are all more than capable of letting you be worry-free in your own home. We have determined the First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm with the GCO1CN model is a solid 4 star choice for your carbon monoxide alarm needs. This option is middle of the road as far as the cost for each unit. But, the back-lit display and remote capabilities make this a solid budget choice. It does not force you to compromise on quality or capability as it still detects carbon monoxide and other fumes in your home.

If you would prefer an even more technologically advanced option, the Nest Protest alarm might be better. But, this model is quite expensive, and it does not have a screen you can easily look at. That said, if you want the ability to monitor your alarm from your phone, this may be the ideal pick.

No matter which carbon monoxide alarm you choose, it is imperative that you have one in your home for your own safety. Now that you know everything you need to about these alarms, you should be able to confidently choose a model for your next purchase. After all, a safe home is a relaxing home!

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Best Automatic Pet Feeder To Make Your Life Easier

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Whether you travel often or simply want one less thing to worry about when you are home, an automatic pet feeder can come in handy to make sure your pets get the right amount of food in the right increments. Many pet feeders have advanced technology and allow you to leave a voice message for your pet so they can feel like you are right there with them during their meal. In this article, you will learn what qualities to look for in an automatic pet feeder, where to purchase, and our list of the best feeders to choose from.

Comparison Table 

Product FAQ

1. What Is an Automatic Pet Feeder?

2. What Qualities Should One Look for in an Automatic Pet Feeder?

3. Are There Feeders that Work with Wet Food?

4. Who Benefits From Using an Automatic Pet Feeder?

5. Where Can Automatic Pet Feeders Be Purchased?

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How We Reviewed

In order to create the best list of automatic pet feeders, we took a lot into consideration. We wanted to make sure there was an option for everyone, no matter what their budget looked like. We looked at which products had the most features for their price as well as which features are the most important. We looked at features such as food portioning, timer, moisture resistance, and feeders that come with a voice recorder or webcam.

Overall Price Range

The overall price range for automatic pet feeders depending on the features. Many higher priced models will be made of a sturdier material whereas cheaper options may be made with plastic. The features can vary based on price as well. While most have a timer and customization options, a higher priced option may also have a webcam or microchip reader.

What We Reviewed

  • PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder
  • WOpet 7L Automatic Pet Feeder
  • Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder
  • Blessed Family Cat Water Fountain
  • SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder
  • PetSafe Six Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
  • PetSafe 5-Meal Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
  • Homdox Automatic Pet Feeder
  • Super Feeder Automatic Cat Feeder
  • Qpets Automatic Pet Feeder
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PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed - Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder - Slow...
  • PROGRAMMABLE FEEDING: Conveniently schedule up to 12 meals for your pet; best for cats and small to medium dogs
  • FLEXIBLE MEAL PORTIONS: Schedule 1/8 cup to 4 cups depending on your pet’s unique needs
  • SLOW FEED OPTION: Schedule smaller meals to help prevent stomach upset for pets who eat too fast

Features

Key Features of this product include the ability to customize food portions, schedule meals, and it also features an optional slow feeding option. If you are a pet owner wanting a programmable pet feeder, this feeder by PetSafe is really a great choice. This pet feeder allows owners to customize the food servings for their pets, and schedule accordingly. It is powered by a conveyor belt that can customize food portions, from approximately 1/8th of a cup of food all the way up to a whopping four cups. This feeder also works with wet cat food, and you have the ability to program it for up to 12 eating cycles each day.

Pros

  • Made with durable materials and has an easy set-up
  • Can schedule 12 eating cycles per day
  • Prevents pets from eating too quickly with slow feeding option

Cons

  • Programming options are tricky to get the hang of at first

Where to Buy

Warranty

A 1-year limited warranty is included as long as it is free from damage caused by improper use. You must register the feeder within 30 days to be eligible for warranty.

WOPET Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Cats and...
  • FEED YOUR PET WHILE YOU’RE AWAY - Schedule up to 4 automated feedings per day using the built-in programmable timer....
  • CONTROL PORTION SIZE OF EACH FEEDING - Dispense anywhere from 2 teaspoons to 4.5 cups dry food per feeding to sustain...
  • RECORD A CUSTOM MESSAGE FOR YOUR PET - Keep your pet excited about meal times! Press and hold the mic button for three...

Features

Key Features of this product include the lid-locking feature to prevent pets from overeating, a programmable feeding schedule, and a voice message feature so you can have a recorded message for your pet if you are out of the house. With this automatic pet feeder, you can easily schedule up to four feedings each day. The set-up is simple with the LCD screen and intuitive timer system. It comes with both a wall power option and features a battery backup, so feeding won’t be hindered during a power outage. The WOpet feeder allows you to set the precise amount of food to be dished out for each meal and ranges from two teaspoons up to 4.5 cups at a time. It holds about 20 cups of dry food.

Where to Buy

Warranty

Comes with a 1-year warranty if pet feeder breaks down with normal use. Through Amazon, you are eligible to get a full refund within 30 days if there are any issues.

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PETKIT Automatic Pet Feeder for Cat and Dog, 5.9L Smart Pet Feeder,...
  • Food Never Stuck Pet Feeder: According to the bionics principle, PETKIT creates a self-adaption system with an...
  • Double Fresh Lock Design: for keeping food always fresh. 360° food grade Soft Silicone Sealing Ring on the food outlet...
  • Intelligent & Personal Feeding Ways: Up to 4 meals a day , dispense from 1-20 portions per meal, each portion is 20g....

Features

Key Features of this product include the ability to control from the web, a built-in microphone, and a webcam that allows you to track the activities of your pets, even if you are not at home. You can even record a message to your cat that they are able to watch before eating. It connects to the internet with internal Wi-Fi. The feeder can handle 8oz of food and can be scheduled for six meals daily.

Where to Buy​​

Warranty

Comes with a 1-year warranty from the shipping date, assuming that there are no abnormal defects from improper use.

Blessed family Cat Water Fountain,Automatic Cat Feeder,Dog Water...
  • High-quality material: food-grade plastic material, non-toxic no strange smell, please feel free to use; 100% new...
  • Easy to use: the feeder by open the lid on the top of the food storage containers to add food,The waterer can be removed...
  • Humanization design: The waterer with spiral and spring valve design will not leak, the anti-skid pad of the base to...

Features

Key Features of this product include its slow feeding mechanism to prevent your pet from eating too fast, easy-to-use design, and anti-leak design for the water dispenser. This inexpensive option comes with not only an automatic food dispenser but a water fountain as well. The water feeder has a 3.8-liter tank of water that is released in the bowl consistently using a spiral track and spring-loaded valve that prevents overflow. The food feeder is gravity-powered and slowly releases food at a consistent rate while your pet eats.

Where to Buy

Warranty

When purchased on Amazon, there is a 30-day return policy to either get a new product or refund.

SureFlap -Sure Petcare - SureFeed - Microchip Pet Feeder - Automatic...
  • DO YOU HAVE A HOUSE FULL OF PETS: Does one cat steal the others cat food... Stressful Feeding times... The selective...
  • GREAT FOR PETS ON PRESCRIPTION DIETS: Holds 13.5 fl. oz, wet or dry pet food. The lid closes to form a seal with the...
  • KEY BENEFITS: Prevents food stealing and stress at mealtimes in multi-pet homes, keeps your pets healthier by...

Features

Key Features of this product includes the microchip reader ensuring that the right pet is being fed, secure and sealed bowl that keeps out bugs and flies, and its ability to track up to 32 pets.

Pros

  • Easy to use and comes with an instruction manual
  • Works with a variety of different microchips
  • Owners can register up to 32 different IDs

Cons

  • No timer

Where to Buy

Warranty

Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

PetSafe Automatic 6 Meal Pet Feeder - Cat and Dog Food Dispenser -...
  • WORRY-FREE FEEDING: Set the digital timer to schedule 6 pre-portioned meals a day or 6 meals over a couple of days
  • SET PORTION SIZE: The food tray has six meal bowls, each holds up to 1 cup of kibble
  • ENCOURAGE SLOWER EATING: Schedule smaller meals to help pets who eat too much, too fast

Features

Key Features of this product include the six meal feeder that allows you to pre-portion food for each pet or to dispense over a couple of days as well as its ability to handle wet food, which many automatic pet feeders cannot. Removable bowl allows pet owners to clean regularly with ease. It runs on D batteries that can last for up to nine months of regular use.

Where to Buy

Warranty

If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 45 days.

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PetSafe 5 Meal Pet Feeder for Dogs and Cats – Food Dispenser –...
  • PERSONALIZE MEALS: Set feeding times in 1-hour increments automatically serving up to 5 meals a day
  • GREAT FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FUR BABIES: Each bowl holds up to 1 cup of dry dog or cat food
  • WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Schedule smaller meals to help keep your pet healthy

Features

Key Features of this product include its secure latching lid, four programmable meals, and can feed your pet up to five times per day This automatic pet feeder can help keep your pet from overeating. With its digital timer, you can choose the right feeding schedule for your pet, and allow one-hour increments between each meal.

Where to Buy

Warranty

Comes with a 1-year limited warranty assuming that there are no abnormal defects from improper use.

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Homdox Automatic Cat Feeder Pet Food Dispenser for Cat Dog, Auto Cat...
  • Feeding Your Cat while You're Away - Schedule up to 4 automated feedings per day using the built-in programmable timer....
  • Ensure Pet Fresh Food for Each Meal - Did you know that pet food can go stale? And some pets even notice? If you have a...
  • Record Custom Message for Your Pet - Keep your pet excited about meal times! Press and hold the mic button for three...

Features

Key Features of this product include its 39 different portion control options that range from five grams to 195 grams of food and the ability to record a message for your pet to listen to as they eat their food. This device can keep your pet fed for up to five days, holds up to 2.5 liters of food, and is moisture resistant. This automatic pet feeder also uses infrared detection to prevent from overfeeding.

Where to Buy

Warranty

When purchased on Amazon, there is a 30-day return policy to either get a new product or refund.

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Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Dogs, Cats & Small...
  • Automatic Food Dispenser Makes Feeding Hassle Free for Pets’ Dietary Health & Wellbeing
  • Dispense from 1-10 Portions Per Meal, Each Portion is 24ml, Set Up to 4 Daily Distribution Alarms; Simply Pick Your...
  • Blue Lightup LCD Clock & Display Provides Easily Adjustable Settings; Magnetic Lock Lid

Features

Key Features of this product include super feeder option that allows your pets to eat from two separate bowls if you choose, its automated feeding process that feeds in varying amounts, and the use of a digital timer so you can schedule all feeding cycles.

Pros

  • Can customize feeding schedules
  • Power interruptions do not affect programming
  • Chute prevents pets from stealing each others food

Cons

  • Difficult to assemble

Where to Buy

Warranty

Comes with a 1-year limited warranty from purchase date, assuming that there are no abnormal defects from improper use.

Qpets 6-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
  • 6 compartments for use with dry, packaged moist and wet food.
  • Record a 6 second personal message for your pet
  • This device allows you to keep your pet on a regular feeding schedule. The AF-108 allows you to feed your pet up to (6)...

Features

Key Features of this product include the voice message feature so that your pets can hear your voice with each meal, its compact design for small spaces, and its ability to be programmed up to six separate times per day. Rather than the food being dispensed into a bowl, each section is pre-filled with the pets food, and the rotating mechanism reveals each new section as timed.

Where to Buy

Warranty

Comes with a 6-month limited warranty, assuming that there are no abnormal defects from improper use.

The Verdict

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No matter which automatic pet feeder you choose, some of them stand out from the rest. For a lower cost, no bells-and-whistles option, we really appreciate Qpets Automatic Pet Feeders design. Because of the way it’s set up, you can easily portion your pet’s food how you want and allow the timed mechanism to feed your pet during your chosen schedule. If you have a lot of pets that need to be fed and have a budget that allows it, we recommend the innovative and high tech SureFeed Microchip Feeder that prevents your pets from stealing one another’s food.

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