I spent way too much money on key finders for this post, but it was worth it because I know now what is worth keeping on my keychain. tldr: the new Tile Mate (with replaceable battery, finally!)
I’ll be spending over 40 hours of time reviewing the top 7 Key Finder Devices you can buy on Amazon today. All of these key finders have replaceable or rechargeable batteries, because it’s 2020 people! There is no reason to have to throw out these key finders each year. Luckily more and more brands like Tile are releasing new finders with replaceable batteries.
7 key finders that I reviewed in September 2020:
- Tile Mate
- Tile Pro
- Pebblebee Key Finder
- Chipolo Classic Key Finder
- Key Finder Pair by KeyRinger
- Cube Tracker
- nonda ihere Key Finder
Each key finder was reviewed based on first impressions, finder size, companion application and ease of use.
#1 Best Overall Key Finder – Tile Mate
If you want to cut to the chase, my #1 pick accounting for price, range, ease of use, feel, and sound was the Tile Mate! My best key finder device for 2020 after 40+ hours testing and using these key finders.
First Impressions: Solid build to this device. Significantly smaller than the Tile Pro. Great Packaging. Very light, feels a little cheap with the majority of the device plastic, but nice curved design makes up for the plastic feel. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Size: The Tile Mate is right in the middle of our lineup size wise, not too big, not too small. 3 out of 5 stars.
Range: Advertised range for the Tile Mate was 150 feet.
Ease of Use: The Tile app for iOS is very simple to use. 5 out of 5 stars.
Sound: Decent Sounds
Budget: 4.5 out of 5 stars. You can usually pick the Tile Mate up on Amazon for around $25.
What I like best: My favorite feature of the Tile Mate is the app. The Tile app is easy to use, and pairing the Mate with my phone was simple.
Me unboxing my new Tile Mate to get ready for testing! Yay for replaceable batteries. Finally!
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#2. Tile Pro
First Impressions: Woah! This thing is large. It’s much larger than the Tile Mate. I love how it feels pretty thin in your hand though. The battery is super easy to change which is a huge plus. Loud.
Size: The Tile Pro is on the higher end lineup size wise, and where small is better, the Pro’s extra range comes at a cost of a larger device. 2 out of 5 stars.
Here’s me unboxing the new tile Pro:
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#3. Chipolo Classic Key Finder
First Impressions: Wow, this thing is small. Easily the thinnest of all the key trackers. Not sure how easy this battery will be to change. White plastic feel reminds me of a round version of the Tile Mate.
Size: The Chipolo Classic is the small key locator device when you account for it’s thinness. 5 out of 5 stars.
Here’s a video of me unboxing the Chipolo Classic Key Finder:
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#4. Pebblebee Key Finder
First Impressions: OMG, this is adorable. Very thick, but the smallest diameter of all the devices. This thing reminds of of a POG slammer from my childhood. The weight of the stainless steel really makes it stand out. Love the packaging and branding. Very cute. Has a light that illuminates which I haven’t seen on any other devices yet.
Size: The Pebblebee Key Finder has the smallest diameter of any of our key finders reviewed. It is a little thicker than most though. 4 out of 5 stars.
Here’s a video of me unboxing the Pebblebee Key Finder:
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#5. KeyRinger Key Finder Pair
First Impressions: Packaging was terrible. Missing 1 device the first order I got. Not a good start. This thing is large. Battery cover relatively easy to change. OH MY EARS. SO. LOUD. At least it’s got that going for it. This thing is huge.
Size: The KeyRinger is massive. It’s long and thick and while it boasts a huge sound, it’s just way too big 1 out of 5 stars.
Here’s a video of me unboxing the KeyRinger:
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#6. Cube Tracker
First Impressions: Is this felt? Really has a different tactile feel then the other trackers. Packaging was a little sloppy, but had an extra CR2032 battery which is nice. Weird battery changer device included which I will I’m sure lose in like a day. Feels thicker than it should be. Meh.
Size: The Cube Tracker feels thicker than it should be. 3 out of 5 stars.
Here’s a video of me unboxing the Cube Tracker Key Finder:
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#7. nonda ihere Key Finder
First Impressions: Nice small triangle. Not sure how I feel about another rechargeable device, but it includes a mini-usb charger cord, nice plus. Thicker then I would like.
Size: This little guy would win this battle if it was a little thinner. 4 out of 5 stars.
Here’s a video of me unboxing the nonda ihere Key Finder:
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