The Best Bluetooth Tracker

The Best Bluetooth Tracker

Our pick

Tile Mate (2020)

Tile Mate (2020)

The best Bluetooth tracker

Tile Mate has a long range, is quite loud, and gives you a better chance of finding your lost stuff than any non-Tile tracker. Also, you can replace the battery yourself.

Buying Options

$25 from Tile
$25 from Amazon

Bluetooth trackers let you use a smartphone app to monitor the location of whatever they’re attached to, and Tile as a company has become synonymous with trackers in the way Kleenex is with facial tissue. In our testing, the Tile Mate’s 150-foot range didn’t quite measure up to the 190-plus-foot range of the Tile Pro, but it’s long enough that most people won’t go out of range in their house or at the office. You can also remotely trigger a sound on the tracker to locate it when you’re nearby (say, when you’ve misplaced your keys in your house), and the Tile Mate is just as loud as more expensive models. When the tracker is out of Bluetooth range, a crowd-finding feature allows others with the Tile app to help you locate your item, and Tile has the largest network of its kind.

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Tile Slim (2020)

Tile Slim (2020)

For your wallet

Though it has a shorter range than the other Tile models, the Slim is the thinnest tracker available—it’s the size and shape of three stacked credit cards. And it still benefits from the Tile network, though its battery isn’t replaceable.

Buying Options

$30 from Tile
$30 from Amazon
Tile Sticker (2020)

Tile Sticker (2020)

For everything else

The Sticker has the same features as all Tiles, but it’s even smaller—the size of four quarters, stacked. And it’s designed to adhere to anything, but the battery isn’t replaceable.

Buying Options

$40 from Tile
(pack of two)
$40 from Amazon
(pack of two)
Tile Essentials (2020)

Tile Essentials (2020)

A great starter combo

Tile Essentials bundles the Tile Mate, the Tile Slim, and two Tile Stickers in one affordable package.

Buying Options

$70* from Tile
$70 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $60.

Tile Slim (2020) and Tile Sticker (2020) have shorter ranges and quieter alarms than the Tile Mate, and they don’t have user-replaceable batteries. But they are designed to be used in different places, and they offer all of the benefits of the Tile ecosystem. The former is modeled on a credit card and designed for your wallet; the latter is tiny and can adhere to pretty much anything. The Tile Essentials (2020) bundle includes a Tile Mate, a Tile Slim, and two Tile Stickers at a discount, so it’s a good starter combination.

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Chipolo One (2020)

Chipolo One (2020)

The best non-Tile tracker

The Chipolo One has similar features to Tile trackers and free separation alerts, but it also has a smaller network that’s less likely to find your stuff.

Buying Options

$25 from Amazon

Most people are best off with a Tile tracker because of the company’s larger network, but if you’re looking for another option and you don’t want to pay a subscription fee, we recommend the Chipolo One (2020). This Bluetooth tracker is similar to the Tile Mate, in everything from its plastic body to its range to its price. There are two major differences, though. The Chipolo includes a separation alert feature for free, while Tile charges a monthly fee for this. But Chipolo has far fewer customers than Tile, meaning that its crowd-finding network for lost items is smaller.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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