Review: Add a Smart Pet Feeder to Your Smart Home

Perhaps the best smart accessory you can get for your smart home, if you have a dog or cat, is the SmartFeeder ($119.99–$149) from Petnet.io. I have a dog that I love, but my wife and I work and our kids are at school, so it's nice to know that our dog can be fed regularly. Additionally, we try to be precise about how much we feed our dog, and the Petnet.io app lets us choose the exact amount of dry dog food. The app is elegant and simple and I found it easy to set up the app and the online account, as well as the hardware.

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The device itself is well built and sturdy. There is also a SmartFeeder Ramp that angles the SmartFeeder to make it easier for the food to make its way down to the bowl, and can help your pet access the food more easily.

As pet accessories go, it's reasonably priced. While I usually set-it-and-forget-it, it's nice to know that it works with Alexa. You can just ask Alexa to ask Petnet to feed your pet a specific amount of food! And like Henry Ford said about the original Model T, you can have it in any color you want, as long as it's black!

Pros

  • Well-built, sturdy equipment
  • Elegant, simple app
  • Easy to set up and to clean
  • Reasonably priced
  • Works with Alexa

Cons

  • One color choice

Final Verdict

If you care for a dog or cat, but can't always be home, the SmartFeeder from Petnet.io will make you look smart. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.