Tested: Smart Feed Vending Machine | pets

Whether you’re away for a long time or to forget to refill the bowl with Pitou and Kitty every day, the Smart Feed automatic dry food dispenser does a good job. But you have to pay a lot to use this infinitely configurable, WiFi-connected luxury device.

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Karim Benessaieh

Karim Benessaieh
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A warning right away: This is not intended to demonstrate that the “Smart Feed Connected Snack Dispenser” is an indispensable device. Our test only checks if this robot is well constructed and reliable.

Assembling the dispenser is easy: three main parts to assemble, an adapter to plug in, four D batteries to insert, and you’re done in 5 minutes. Then fill the tank with your cat or dog’s favorite dry food. It can contain a good ten kilos of dry food, which should last for several weeks depending on their appetite and the number of pets you have.

On the top, a large glowing blue button is for manual dispensing. If your pet is smart or your kids are too enthusiastic, you can block them in the app.

Then download the mobile app MyPetSafe, which recognizes the distributor. You are invited to give the device a fun name and include your pet’s name. So we installed “Fiona’s restominou” in the kitchen.

We then set the amount of croquettes we want to send each time. Quantities range from 1/8 cup to 4 cups. It is then necessary to make a meal plan up to 12 times a day.

And that’s it. At the time you choose and in the quantity you choose, your machine will send snacks into the bowl. You will then be sent a small notification (unfortunately in English) that your pet has been fed. You can also trigger the distribution right from your phone by selecting a specific amount.

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The mobile app MyPetSafe

If your animal is the self-stuffing type, you have the “slow distribution” which stretches the operation to 15 minutes. The metal bowl is recessed, which prevents the animal from moving or knocking over it. When the kibble tank is low or empty, you will receive an alert.

In two months of testing, the vending machine has never let us down. The internet connection was stable, the distribution took place at the desired time and according to the planned quantities. Even in the event of a power failure, the programming remained in memory thanks to its four D batteries and distribution continued as usual.

In short, PetSafe has thought of everything. It is recommended to clean the assembly, especially the bowl and tank, at least once a month. All detachable parts are dishwasher safe.

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This beautiful technology comes at a price: $269.95.

There is a problem reported by users on the web that we could not reproduce. It seems that some formats of dog kibble that are too large or have irregular shapes do not fit well in the dispenser.

You buy?

The test is clear: the connected Smart Feed dry food dispenser delivers what its manufacturer promises. The device is well designed and its functions are very suitable. There’s no doubt that it at least solves the issue of dry food distribution when no one is home, or effectively takes over when you forget to fill your pet’s bowl.

Well, let’s leave it up to each owner to decide if their services are worth their cost. The evaluation here is eminently subjective, and a decision would be dangerous.

Smart Feed connected dry food dispenser

  • Manufacturer: PetSafe
  • Price: $269.95
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

And in addition

On January 9th, we introduced another PetSafe device, the ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box. We had found that the manufacturer-supplied pebble litter was expensive, around $22 a month for a 2kg cardboard sack. So we tried another brand of pebble litter, O’select, which sold in a 4kg pack for $19.99, which should have given us a good two months and cut the cost in half. That was not the case: this litter gave off a strong smell after just under two weeks. The package only lasted a month. Inconclusive test.

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