The Best Bluetooth Trackers of 2019

If you’re forgetful like me, Bluetooth trackers can be life-changing. Just attach them to your wallet, keys, or whatever you don’t want to lose. You’ll be able to see where your items are through a mobile app, and even ring the trackers’ built-in sirens. All in all, Bluetooth trackers are a pretty great part of being alive in 2019. But which one to choose?

In this review, I go over the best Bluetooth trackers for range, community network, durabilities, and batteries. Let’s go!

Best Bluetooth Tracker for Community Network
Tile Mate
Tile Mate
Tile Mate

As Tile is the most popular Bluetooth tracking company with 80% of the market share, you'll have access to the largest community network around. 

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Best Bluetooth Tracker for Batteries
TrackR pixel
TrackR pixel
TrackR pixel

Not only does the TrackR pixel have replaceable batteries, but they'll also replace them for free. 

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Best Bluetooth Tracker for Range
Tile Pro
Tile Pro
Tile Pro

With a range of 300 feet, the Tile Pro truly sets the standard for the Bluetooth tracker industry. 

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Best Bluetooth Tracker for Community Network

Tile Mate. Photo provided by Tile.

Tile Mate

What happens if you lose your Bluetooth tracker and you’re already out of range? Is it gone forever?

Fortunately, that’s not the case. Every single Bluetooth tracker I review has some version of a Community Network. Let’s say you lose your tracker and it’s totally out of range. All you have to do is mark it as lost in the app and wait for someone else to detect it through their app! Anyone with an app can help others find their trackers, without even knowing they’re doing anything. All of these networks are completely automatic and anonymous. The only person who will be affected is you— ideally with a notification that your tracker has been found.

If you’re looking for the best community network feature, Tile wins hands-down. They hold about 80% of the U.S market share for Bluetooth trackers, so there are more Tile apps downloaded than any of their competitors. More apps means a higher chance that your item will be find, the entire point of the tracker in the first place. Whichever Tile tracker you go with, you know that you’re part of the largest community of Bluetooth tracker users in the U.S.

 

Want to learn more? Check out our complete review of the Tile Mate, our review of the Tile Sport + Style, or our review of the Tile Slim. 

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Tile Mate
Tile Mate
Tile Mate

With integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, awesome app ratings, and an 150-foot range, the Tile Mate impresses. 

Best Bluetooth Tracker for Batteries

TrackR Pixel on Keys. Photo provided by TrackR.

TrackR pixel

Believe it or not, not all Bluetooth trackers have replaceable batteries. Yep, some trackers are dead once the battery goes, which seems like a waste of money to me. That’s why I prefer trackers with replaceable batteries, so I can keep them longer than the battery life. Seems pretty straightforward, right? I’m pleased to say that when it comes to batteries, one tracker stands out above the rest.

The TrackR pixel not only has a replaceable CR2016 battery, but TrackR will also send you replacements completely free on the app! The TrackR pixel definitely wins points for being so darn chivalrous with their free battery replacements.

Some other cool things about the TrackR pixel? One, it has both a key loop and a double-sided adhesive, so you can use it for everything from keys to your jewelry box. It also has an insane temperature range of negative 40 to 221 degrees Fahrenheit, but it lost durability points for not being water-proof nor water-resistant. TrackR does offer a water-resistant case, however, as a consolation prize. Did I mention the 90-decibel siren, about as loud as a lawn mower?

The TrackR pixel is not without its faults. Its range is only 100 feet, which is pretty much as low as you can go— keep in mind it’ll be affected by walls and furniture as well. But the TrackR pixel’s main drawback is the TrackR app. It only has a 2.1 rating from the Apple store and a 2.7 rating from the Google Play store. Now, for any smart product, the app is pretty essential. After all, if the app doesn’t work, then there’s no way you’ll be able to find your tracker. Clearly, TrackR needs to update their app so that users can take advantage of their products’ other great features.

To learn more, read our review of the TrackR pixel. 

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TrackR pixel
TrackR pixel
TrackR pixel

At only $9.99, the TrackR pixel is by far the most affordable Bluetooth tracker we've ever reviewed. 

Best Bluetooth Tracker for Range

Tile Pro. Photo provided by Tile.

Tile Pro

A tracker’s range determines the distance at which your tracker can be found through your app. Obviously, when it comes to range, the bigger the better. Typically, Bluetooth trackers have ranges of anywhere from 100 to 200 feet, but one Bluetooth tracker stood out above all the rest.

The Tile Pro has a whopping 300-foot range, the largest range I’ve seen by 100 feet. Aside from that, the tracker boasts an 128-decibel siren (about as loud as a balloon popping), a replaceable one-year battery, and integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Both iPhone and Android users love the Tile app, with ratings of 4.5 and 4.2, respectively. I’m also loving the fact that the Tile Pro will work in temperatures from 14 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit without an issue! Tile, being the most popular Bluetooth tracker company in the U.S, also has a fantastic community network— but I’ll get to that next.

The only downside of the Tile Pro is its price. At $35, its on the pricier side for Bluetooth trackers, which typically run anywhere from $25 to $30. But for one hundred feet added to your range, I’d say the additional five to $10 is worth it.

Read our full written review of the Tile Pro. 

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Tile Pro
Tile Pro
Tile Pro

We love the Tile Pro for its astounding 300-foot range, 128-decibel siren, and integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant. 

Best Bluetooth Tracker for Durability

I want to make sure that my tracker will continue to work in heat, rain, shine, blizzard— whatever the world will throw at it next! That’s why, when it comes to durability, I’m looking for Bluetooth trackers with a large temperature range and a high IP rating. In case you didn’t know, an object’s IP rating determines how susceptible it is to both solids and liquids. Not that I’m planning on throwing my Bluetooth tracker in a dirty river, of course— but like I said, I’m forgetful, and sometimes things just happen.

Cube Tracker

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Cube Tracker. Photo provided by Cube.

The Cube Tracker works in temperatures from negative four to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, which should cover most climates. Combined with a great IP rating of 67, meaning it’s dust tight and can be immersed in water up to a meter high, I feel pretty confident that this thing can withstand less than ideal conditions. Some other stats: the Cube Tracker has an 80-decibel siren, about as loud as a snow blower; a one-year, replaceable battery, and finally, an integration with Amazon Alexa. Alexa, where’s my Cube Tracker?

The negatives of the Cube Tracker are its poorly-rated Android app and its range of only a hundred feet, definitely on the lower end. I would recommend the Cube Tracker to an iPhone user, especially if you also have Amazon Alexa. Did I mention it doubles as a shutter button?

For more information, check out our review of the Cube Tracker. 

Recap of the Best Bluetooth Trackers of 2019

Hopefully, this review helped you decide which Bluetooth tracker is right for you. Let’s recap.

  • Best Bluetooth Tracker for Range: The Tile Pro has a range of 300 feet.
  • Best Bluetooth Tracker for Community Network: Tile owns 80% of the U.S market share for Bluetooth trackers, making their community network much larger than any of their competitors.
  • Best Bluetooth Tracker for Durability: The Cube Tracker has a huge temperature range and can even be immersed in water while continuing to function normally.
  • Best Bluetooth Tracker for Batteries: The TrackR pixel comes with free battery replacements for life.

If you have any additional questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them below. Thanks for reading!

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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