If you’re at all familiar with Bluetooth trackers, then you’ve probably heard of Tile. They take up a whopping 80% of the U.S retail market, and are used on over three million items every day. Since their founding, 20 million Tiles have been purchased all over the world. No big deal or anything.
Today, I’m comparing the Tile Pro to the Tile Mate in terms of design and features. Then I’ll talk about the Tile app, which both of the trackers use, before wrapping it up and helping you make your buying decision. Let’s dive in!
They’re both Tiles, so the Tile Mate and the Tile Pro must have something in common. Here’s a preview:
- Durability: both trackers have a temperature range from 14 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and an IP rating of 55 (more on what this means later).
- Batteries: both the Mate and the Pro have replaceable batteries, which I love because it means I can use the trackers for longer.
- Community Find: if either tracker is out of range, you’ll depend on the greater Tile community to help locate it.
- Smart platform integrations: both the Tile Mate and the Tile Pro integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
In a nutshell, the Tile Pro is a lot like the Tile Mate— if it were on steroids.
- Design: the Tile Pro is larger and weights more than the Tile Mate, although they both have keyring holes.
- Siren volume: the Tile Pro’s siren is louder than the Tile Mate’s by nine decibels.
- Ranges: the Tile Pro has a range twice the size of the Tile Mate.
- Price: the Tile Pro costs $10 more than the Tile Mate.
Now that I’ve given you some background info, let’s take a closer look at the two trackers’ designs.
Design of the Tile Pro and Tile Mate
The Tile Pro is Tile’s largest tracker, weighing in at 15.5 grams (about twice as much as the Tile Mate). Both are a little over six mm deep, while the Mate is 35 mm lengthwise and the Pro is 42. I love that both trackers have keyring holes, as it gives you the option to place the trackers on keys as well as in wallets, bags, etc.
Aside from their sizes, the Tile Mate and the Tile Pro look pretty similar. They are both square with rounded edges, a sleek, minimalist design. While the Pro has a textured surface, the Mate is nice and smooth.
Like I said before, you can use these trackers in temperatures ranging from 14-140 degrees Fahrenheit. While it’s not the biggest range I’ve seen, it should cover most areas (although winter might be a bit difficult depending on where you live). Both trackers have IP ratings of 55, which means that they’re dust protected and can resist up to 6.3 mm of water. So, while you shouldn’t dunk the Tiles in a glass of Evian, it’s okay if they get a little wet.
While the Tile Pro comes in black and white, the Tile Mate is only available in white. Both trackers have replaceable batteries, which means you won’t have to buy completely new trackers when their batteries die in a year. While the Tile Mate takes a CR1632 battery, the Tile Pro takes a CR2032 battery.
If you’re looking for loud, the Tile Pro is your better bet. It has an 128-decibel siren, which is somewhere between a balloon popping and peak stadium crowd noise in terms of volume. At 119 decibels, the Tile Mate’s siren is about as loud as a thunder clap or oxygen torch. It’s no doubt that either of these sirens will come in handy, but the Tile Pro wins by exactly nine degrees.
The biggest difference between the Tile Mate and the Tile Pro is their ranges. With a recent update, the Tile Mate has a solid range of 200 feet, the Tile Pro has an incredible range of 400 feet, by far the largest range I’ve seen from a Bluetooth tracker. Usually, 200 is the upper limit for Bluetooth tracker ranges, so the Tile Pro really knows it out of the park for this category. Tile, you can color me impressed.
Features of the Tile Pro vs. Tile Mate
Like two identical presents with different wrapping, the Tile Pro and the Tile Mate have the exact same features. Let’s talk about them.
It’s no secret that I’m impressed with the Tiles’ ranges, but I don’t deny the possibility that you can be more than 200-400 feet away from your tracker. That’s where Community Find comes in. If your tracker goes out of range, all you have to do is mark it as lost in your Tile app and wait for it to show up in someone else’s range. Anyone with a Tile app automatically detects the Tiles around them, without any knowledge/ effort from the user. It’s all anonymous, so people won’t even know that they’re helping you locate your item. Plus, Tile’s 80% of the market share doesn’t hurt— the larger the network, the better chance you have of finding your item.
Tile Premium is the only Bluetooth tracking company I’ve seen to offer a monthly subscription option. For $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year, you can access the following features:
- Smart alerts: accidentally left home with your wallet? The Tile app will notify you before you’re standing in front of the Starbucks cashier, absolutely flummoxed.
- Free battery replacements: you’ll never have to go to the store to get a new battery for your Tile Mate or Tile Pro.
- Location history: the Tile app will show you where your trackers have been in the past month.
- Extended warranty: your warranty will triple from one to three years.
- Unlimited sharing: add friends and family to your account so they can help find your Tile.
- Premium customer support: only Tile Premium members can text Tile customer support for help.
The coolest thing about Tile Premium is that it can apply to an unlimited number of Tiles. Even future Tiles are covered!
Smart Platform Integrations
Both the Tile Mate and the Tile Pro integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you’ll be able to ask your smart home where your wallet is. I love the flexibility Tile gives you, as Amazon and Google are the two most popular smart home ecosystems.
The Tile App
In order to locate your missing items, help other people find their missing items, mark your item as lost, and see your Tile’s last known location, you’ll need the Tile app, available for iOs and Android. Both camps liked the app, rating it 4.5 on the Apple store and 4.2 on the Google Play store.
“My children gave it to me because I constantly forget where I left my purse, wallet and cell phone. It’s only been a week since I set it up and I’ve had to use it 3 times. Each time it worked perfectly! It led me right to my lost item. It was also easy to set up. I just followed the directions. No trouble at all,”
wrote Android user Tina DeYoung in a five-star review.
Recap of the Tile Pro vs. the Tile Mate
Both the Tile Mate and the Tile Pro come with one year warranties and 30 day return policies. While the Tile Mate is $25, the Tile Pro is $35. It’s no doubt that these are both great trackers, but I would go with the Pro over the Mate. For me, range is the most important factor, and you really can’t beat its 300-foot range. The extra-loud siren doesn’t hurt either!
If you remain unconvinced, I’ll break it down for you.
Pick the Tile Mate if you’d like…
- Smaller tracker: the Tile Mate has a length and width seven mm smaller than the Tile Pro.
- Lighter tracker: the Tile Mate weighs less than half of the Tile Pro.
- Lower price: the Tile Mate costs $10 less than the Tile Pro.
Pick the Tile Pro if you’d like…
- Louder siren: the Tile Pro has a siren nine decibels louder than the Tile Mate.
- Larger range: the Tile Pro’s range is twice as big as the Tile Mate’s.
- Options in black and white: the Tile Pro comes in black or white, while the Tile Mate only has a white option.
Want to learn more? Read our full review of the Tile Mate or our full review of the Tile Pro. Or, feel free to ask a question below.
To explore other options, check out the best Bluetooth trackers of 2019.