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Automatic Pet Feeders

Your dog is a part of your family, so naturally you would make sure they’re well cared for even when you’re not at home.

What is most important to you?

  • Ease of use
  • Overnight travelling
  • Technological level
  • Stability
  • Style (Aesthetics)
  • Canned or dry food
  • Versatile
  • Customisable
  • Pet Safety

 

Tips on Choosing an Automatic Pet Feeder

There are a few things to look at when choosing an automatic pet feeder. For example, how many days ahead do you want to be able to program meals for, how many portions it can serve, and whether you can use wet and dry, or just dry food.

Schedule

You can buy automatic pet feeders with timers that range from 24 hours, up to 30 days ahead. The most basic just allow you to set a single time when the feeder will open, however the more advanced will let you schedule meals at different times of the day.

Capacity and Number of Portions

Automatic pet feeders fit into two different styles – those that have individual feeding bowls that open up when scheduled, and those that serve a predetermined amount of food into a single feeding bowl at the programmed time. It is possible to buy feeders with between 1 and 6 individual feeding bowls, with portion sizes between 175 and 500 ml.

The feeders with a large storage bin that dispense food into a single bowl range in size up to 10 litres, which is enough to provide regular meals for a number of weeks.

Food Type

All the pet feeders reviewed here are suitable for dry food, however many can be used with wet food too. Some also allow you to fit an ice pack which helps keep wet food fresher for longer.

Open or Sealed

Automatic pet food dispensers either have a food bowl that is always open, or have lids which seal the food compartment until they are programmed to open. The sealed feeders will prevent your pets from eating the food too early, and will also protect it from drying out, and also from flies and insects.

Type of Feeder

There are three main types of automatic pet feeder, and all have their advantages and disadvantages.

Hopper and Tray

The first type has a hopper on top, which drops food into an open container below. These are only suitable for dry food, and the main advantage is that they have a larger capacity than the other types of feeder. This means you can schedule food to be dropped for a longer period of time than with the other types of feeder.

Rotating

The next type of automatic pet feeder is the rotating tray type. These typically have around 4 to 6 trays which rotate at scheduled times and move the next full tray of food to the access hole. Some of these feeders come with ice packs, and can be used with wet food as well as dry.

Tray and Lid

The third main type of feeder is the tray with a hinged lid. These are the most basic form of pet feeder, and only have one or two food compartments. While these are generally the cheapest pet feeders available to buy, they are only suitable for 1 or two meals. Some of these feeders also come with ice packs, so can also be used for wet food as well as dry.

Additional Features

Some feeders have a voice recorder function, which allows you to record a short message which is played when the timer operates to provide a meal. This can help let your pet know that their dinner is served. It is also possible to buy a microchip cat feeder which is programmed to only open when it recognises your cat’s microchip.

So, without further ado, the following is a list the most popular feeders with their respective pros and cons:

 

Under $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$100 – $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Under $100

 

Petsafe Eatwell (2-meal Automatic Feeder) 355ml dry Automatic Pet Feeders 18

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Individual timers up to 48 hours.
  • Trays dishwasher-safe.
  • Trays hold up to 1.5 cups of food.
  • 1 AA battery lasts up to 12 months.
  • Simple to use.

Cons:Automatic Pet Feeders 19

  • Battery only operation.
  • No ‘low-battery’ indication.
  • No cover for battery.
  • Cannot be used for wet food.
  • Has to be reset every each cycle.
  • Flimsy design and not dog-proof!
  • Timer inaccurate so two pets can’t be fed at the same time.
  • Timer movable by determined paws.
  • No ‘food ready’ alert.
  • No on/off switch. Battery has to be removed to turn it off.

Conclusion:

In our opinion, even though this product is inexpensive, it does not stand the test of time…or a determined pet.  The main problem is that the smell of the food in the trays makes a dog or a cat more determined than ever to break into the food tray, which doesn’t seem to be much of a challenge.

 


 

Petsafe Eatwell (5-meal Automatic Feeder) 236ml dry  Automatic Pet Feeders 20

Pros:

  • Simple to operate.
  • Helpful in controlling portion amounts.
  • Can use wet or dry food, but not air-tight.
  • Digital timer.
  • Flexible timed feeding.Automatic Pet Feeders 19

Cons:

  • Battery only operation.
  • A smart pet can figure out how to move the compartments around to the next one.
  • Noisy motor, can scare pet.
  • Not insect-proof.
  • Latch on feeder can easily be opened by a determined pet.
  • No warning when batteries are low or dead.
  • First compartment is already available when set.
  • No on/off switch.

Conclusion:

In our opinion, this product does not stand the test of time…or a determined pet.  Too easily broken into.

 


 

AUOKER Intelligent Automatic Pet Feeder  (6-meal) 240ml wet or dry Timed Cat Feeder, AUOKER Intelligent Automatic Cat Feeder with Programmable Digital Timer, Timing Quantitative 6 Meal Pet Food Dispenser with Separate Food Trays for Dogs Cats and Other Pets

Pros:

  • Simple to set up.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons:

  • Fragile.Automatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Battery operation only.
  • Batteries last only 3-4 days.
  • Sometimes sticks and/or skips a segment.
  • Music keeps playing when a tray sticks.
  • A determined pet can lift off the lid and get to all segments of food at once.

Conclusion:

We were surprised by the poor quality of this feeder.  At first it looks sturdy, but after testing, a determined cat or dog can find its way to all the food at once!

 


 

Voilamart Automatic Pet Feeder 3.5L  Automatic Pet Feeders 23Automatic Pet Feeders 24

Automatic Pet Feeders 25
*Our 1st choice in this price bracket (under$100) if you don’t need portion control

 

Pros:Automatic Pet Feeders 19

  • Comprises 2 complete feeder units – one for water and the other for kibble.
  • Stable.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Gravity-fed hopper continuously replenishes food as it is eaten.
  • Sealed hopper keeps food fresher.

Cons:

  • Refilling hopper can be a little fiddly.
  • Not good for portion control.

Conclusion:

No bells and whistles, but simple, reliable and effective if you don’t need it to be programmed.

 


 

Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Pet Feeder  Automatic Pet Feeders 27

Pros:

  • Simple to set up.

Cons:

  • Food can get stuck.
  • Smallest portion size is 1/4 cup.
  • Battery only operation.Automatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Portion amount delivered inconsistent.
  • Not tamper-proof.
  • Lid difficult to remove.
  • Unit can be easily toppled.

Conclusion

For this price there are not many good points.

 


 

PetCute Automatic Pet Feeder 5.5L dry Automatic Pet Feeders 29

Automatic Pet Feeders 25

*Our 2nd choice in this price bracket (under $100)

 

Features: Portion Control, Voice Recorder, Programmable Timer for up to 3 Meals per Day.

Pros

  • Controllable portion size
  • Large capacity 5.5L hopper
  • Lockable lid
  • Easy to clean and installAutomatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Programmable to feed 3 times per day at selective 1~12 portions.
  • Low Battery indicator
  • Each meal can be programmed for time and weight of meal.

Cons

  • Suitable for dry food only.
  • Battery operation only.
  • Insecure battery restraint.

Conclusion

Worth considering.  Pity about it being battery only though.

 


$100 – $200

 

Westlink Automatic Pet Feeder   

Automatic Pet Feeders 25*Our 1st choice in this price bracket ($100 – $200)

 

Features:  Portion Control, Voice Recorder and Programmable Timer Automatic Pet Feeders 33

Pros

  • Simple to program
  • Easy to fill
  • Customise meals individually, by portions and times
  • Override feature enabling individual meals to be turned on and off
  • Adjustable dispensing (min 10-12 gms)
  • Large hopper holding 6-7lbs
  • Pet-proof locking mechanismAutomatic Pet Feeders 34
  • DC power cable with Battery back-up for seamless operation in case of power failure
  • Overfilling prevented by infrared sensor
  • Easy to clean
  • Clog-free dispensing mechanism
  • Opaque hopper minimising pet anxiety

Cons

  • Voice recording too quiet
  • Suitable for dry food only
  • Takes up a large space on the floor
  • LCD panel not backlit
  • Takes a few trial attempts to program portion size
  • Food level in hopper is only visible by lifting lid

Conclusion

This is a popular choice and good value for money if you are prepared to overlook the mild negatives.

 


 

HoneyGuaridan A36 Automatic Pet Feeder

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*Our 2nd choice in this price bracket ($100 – $200)

 

Features:  Low Food Alert, voice recorder and speaker, anti-block design.Automatic Pet Feeders 36

Pros

  • Controllable portion size.
  • Bowl capacity – 3 cups.
  • Stainless steel bowl (which is pet-friendly, especially cats).
  • DC Power cable with battery back-up.
  • On/off switch.
  • Record a custom message for your pet.
  • Easy to fill.Automatic Pet Feeders 19
  • Easy to clean.
  • Easy to program.
  • No food overflow or clogging.
  • Food level in hopper easily seen.

Cons

  • Suitable for dry food only.
  • Takes a few trial attempts to get correct portion size.
  • A little noisy when food drops.
  • Lid a bit hard to lock completely on

Conclusion

I think for a few more dollars you can get a better product

 


 

Pedy Automatic Pet Feeder 0.4 lbs dry/semi-dry 

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Features:  Programmable timer, voice recorder.

Pros

  • Controllable portion size
  • Each section can hold up to 0.4 pounds of dry or semi-humid dog or cat food.
  • Dispenses both food and water.
  • Records your voice to call pet when it’s time to feed.Automatic Pet Feeders 39
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • 24-hr clock setting only.
  • Voice message repeats three times for every feeding time.
  • Battery-only operation, but apparently long-lasting.
  • Fitting the water bottle can be messy.
  • Encourages pet to be a messy feeder.

Conclusion

Not a bad product, but I think for a few more dollars you can get a better automatic feeder.

 


 

PET-U (or Wopet 7L) Automatic Pet FeederAutomatic Pet Feeders 40

Features: Portion Control, Voice Recorder, Programmable Timer for up to 4 Meals per Day.

Pros

  • Controllable portion size
  • Record a custom message for your pet
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to clean – feeding tray is dishwasher safe
  • 20 cups of dry food capacity (7L)Automatic Pet Feeders 22
  • No food overflow or clogging
  • Angled food chute
  • Food level in hopper easily seen
  • Battery back-up for seamless operation in case of power failure
  • Comes with two food ‘paddles’, one for large kibble and t’other for smaller kibble

Cons

  • Suitable for dry food only
  • Takes a few trial attempts to get correct portion size
  • Instructions not perfectly translated
  • Possible sharp edge to bottom of hopper where it meets the food tray can scratch noses.

Conclusion

Works ok, although some pet owners have complained about durability and inconsistent portions.

 


 

Surefeed Microchip Pet Feeder

Features: Microchip technology to feed authorised pet only.

ProsAutomatic Pet Feeders 42

  • Has a training mode for 1st time users.
  • Great if you have numerous pets needing different diets.
  • Great if you have problems with stray animals eating your pet’s food.
  • Has an ‘intruder mode’ which closes the lid to unauthorised pets.
  • Dry or wet food.
  • Lid protects food and keeps away flies.
  • Low-battery indicator.Automatic Pet Feeders 22

Cons

  • Battery only operation.
  • Indoor use only.
  • Single feed only – unless your pet is a grazer.
  • Suitable for all cats, but small dogs only.
  • Has no timer or programmable mode.
  • Pricey.

Conclusion

We think this is a great product let down by small detail, such as:

  1. Stainless steel bowls available only as an extra cost – on top of the already pricey cost of the feeder.
  2. No timer, so the ‘authorised’ pet can eat whenever they want which is not the best idea for diet control.

 

 


Over $200

 

Petkit Automatic Pet Feeder 6.0 lbs dry 

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*Our 2nd choice in this price bracket (Over $200)

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Features: Customisable portions and schedules, WiFi enabled, Night light, Battery backup.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Sturdy and well-built
  • Easy to program
  • Stainless steel tray
  • Special desiccant and seal design keeps food fresh longer
  • Food level indicator on AppAutomatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Anti-jamming mechanism
  • App provides recommended feeding info for your pet

Cons

  • No camera or voice recording – just a ‘beep’ at mealtimes
  • The App time settings do not automatically update for daylight saving
  • Hopper needs to be empty when changing batteries

Conclusion

If you have the space, I highly recommend this pet feeder.

 


 

Skymee Smart Automatic Pet Feeder 8L dry  Automatic Pet Feeders 47

Pros

  • Regular and flexible feeding plan user-friendly and easily programmed.
  • Wi-fi controlled using your phone app.
  • Manual function useful for ad-hoc dispensing.
  • Food can stay fresh for a couple of weeks.
  • Camera is clear.
  • Battery backup for seamless operation.

Cons

  • Speaker too quiet.
  • Portion dispensed inconsistent.Automatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Cannot easily see the fool level in hopper.

Conclusion

Seems robust and reliable (mostly) and good value for money.


 

Dogness Smart Automatic Pet Feeder 6.5L dry 

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Automatic Pet Feeders 25

*Our 1st choice in this price bracket (over $200)

 

Features: Automatic WiFi feeder, 165 degree full HD camera and Voice Recorder enabling owner to watch, talk and listen,
programmable timer for up to 6 meals per day.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • sturdy and well-made
  • Easy to program
  • Good camera resolution and audio
  • Reliable error alerts
  • Allows ad-hoc feeding remotely
  • Comes with two interchangeable portion wheels – S for small pets, L for larger pets
  • Easy to cleanAutomatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Stainless steel tray
  • AC adapter with battery backup allows seamless operation during power loss

Cons

  • Can be a little loud dispensing food
  • Camera does not show the food tray
  • No low food indicator

Conclusion

One of the best on the market.

 


 

Prestige 10L Automatic Pet Feeder

Features: Portion Control, Voice Recorder, Programmable Timer Automatic Pet Feeders 52

Pros

  • Controllable portion size
  • Record a custom message for your pet
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to clean
  • No food overflow or clogging
  • Food level in hopper easily seen

Cons

  • Suitable for dry food onlyAutomatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Takes a few trial attempts to get correct portion size
  • Noisy
  • Lid a bit hard to lock completely on
  • Large footprint
  • Battery Operation only

Conclusion

A bit pricey for what you get.


 

Wopet Automatic Pet Feeder 17 Cups Automatic Pet Feeders 54

Pros

  • Good timer flexibiity
  • You can record a message to your pet.
  • Both parts of the feeding tray are removable.
  • The feeding tray is made of stainless steel.
  • Buttons are protected from ‘clever’ pet’s paws.
  • Reliable battery backup.

Cons

  • Largest serving just a little over half a cup, therefore only suitable for cats and small dogs.
  • Unit seems smaller than depicted on the box.
  • Instructions can be a little difficult to grasp and may require some trial and error.
  • Some owners found that the motor operating the dispenser often failed to work correctly.Automatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Portion size is not adjustable – has to be compensated for by dispensing additional portions.

Conclusion

Worth considering.

 


 

Petsafe Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder Automatic Pet Feeders 56

Features: WiFi controllability, Customisable mealtimes and portions, Feed now facility, Slow-feed facility, error alerts.

Pros

  • Stainless steel bowl
  • AC adapter working with back-up batteries in case of power failure
  • Easy to program
  • Ad hoc feed feature
  • Slow feed featureAutomatic Pet Feeders 22
  • Has child lock to deter mischievous paws
  • App permits control of more than one feeder
  • Easy to clean
  • ‘Hidden’ on/off button

Cons

  • Dispensing is rather noisy
  • No webcam
  • No low food alert but the hopper has a translucent side panel
  • Large floor coverage
  • If hopper not loaded with enough kibble, the portion size dispensed is inconsistent

Conclusion

We think this feeder is worth considering.

 


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