The 10 Best Robotic Pets
We spent 20 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. The benefits of pet ownership are well established — from teaching kids responsibility and promoting more active lifestyles to providing therapeutic companionship and improving sleep. These robotic versions are programmed to behave much like their living, breathing counterparts, but without the need for expensive kibble, HEPA filters or trips to the vet. Some can even help you learn to code. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best robotic pet on Amazon.
January 11, 2019: We've come a long way from the early days of animatronic pets, when the best you could hope for was a chance to impress your friends and maybe scare the bejeebers out of a living, breathing animal (or younger sibling) before the batteries died. The novelty of those fuzzy automatons wore off quickly, and many a jumping, yipping robotic dog met its end when a parent found it languishing in a remote corner somewhere with corroded batteries—and threw it out. With the development of artificial intelligence and ever-more-sophisticated locomotion technology, these robotic pets can not only move around and make noise, they can also engage a variety of lively interactions, using sensors and servos to respond realistically to their surroundings, voice commands and touch. With the addition of customizable programming, they can also "learn" to perform new tricks and engage in competitions with their robot fellows.