In looks, the Pebblebee Finder is hard to top. Thanks to its metal outer ring, the Pebblebee Finder feels sleeker and more discreet than rivals like the Tile Pro or Chipolo Plus, though it is heavier.
The Finder also puts up a strong show in performance. It delivers on its 200-foot range, which matches that of the Chipolo Plus and outdoes the Tile Mate by 50 feet. Its ringer volume is loud enough to hear around the house, too, though the Chipolo Plus and Tile Mate edge it out.
Pebblebee’s app is full-featured, with a color-coded range finder to show you the distance of your finder. Like Chipolo and Tile, Pebblebee also has a feature to find a tracker marked as lost called CrowdGPS. If your lost Pebblebee comes in contact with another on the network, you’ll get a notification of its last known location.
Note, however, that Pebblebee is nowhere near as popular as Tile, so there’s a lower chance of coming in contact with another Pebblebee. When I walked around London with the Pebblebee switched to “lost,” I didn’t come in contact with anyone else on the network.
Balancing that is the Pebblebee Finder’s one killer feature: its “Left Behind” alert. If you fall out of range of your Pebblebee for 10 minutes, it sends you a push notification and can even vibrate or play a ringtone that you’ve selected in the app.
Overall, the Finder stands up well against its cheaper rivals, like the Chipolo Plus and Tile Mate ($30). But if you can spend another $5, you may want to consider a Tile Pro, which has a longer range (300 feet) and a louder ringer. The Tile Pro also has an easier method for replacing its replaceable CR2032 battery—the back just slides off, while the Pebblebee Finder requires a screwdriver.
- Price: $29.99
- Range: 200 feet
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 0.3 in
- Weight: 0.6 oz
- Volume: 85 db
- Battery life: 1 year
- Replaceable battery: Yes
- Colors: Gunmetal, rose gold, silver