The 10 Best Robotic Pets

Updated January 15, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

10 Best Robotic Pets
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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.

10. Hexbug Aquabots

Getting started with an aquarium can be a pretty expensive proposition, and nobody loves funereal flushings, but a fishbowl full of Hexbug Aquabots won't set you back nearly as much, and there's no need to feed them or treat their water to keep things swimming right along.
  • multiple colors and types
  • electromagnetic propulsion
  • tiny parts are choking hazards
Model 460-4088
Weight 7.8 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Zoomer Hedgiez

If the idea of owning a cute, but needle-wielding, hedgehog doesn't give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, Zoomer Hedgiez may be the answer to your not-so-prickly prayers. Covered in harmlessly soft "spines," it responds to touch by doing somersaults, headstands and other tricks.
  • playful sounds and lights
  • different versions available
  • 4 aaa batteries not included
Brand zoomer
Model 20067926-6031225
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. SainSmart Jr. Smart Dog

Capable of up to 22 programmable motions, the SainSmart Jr. Smart Dog is a playful and responsive puppy that sings, dances, runs, crawls, wags its tail and even lifts its leg to pee. But, unlike other four-legged friends, it won't soil your rug or scratch up the furniture.
  • comes with 18-month warranty
  • affordably priced and well built
  • no touch sensors
Brand SainSmart Jr.
Model intelligent machine dog
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Zoomer Dino

For the amateur paleontologist, there's the Zoomer Dino, a modernized Mesozoic playmate that skitters about on twin rollers, chittering animatedly as it dances, plays chase and chomps its miniature jaws; or roaring indignantly when its tail is pulled.
  • touch and motion sensors
  • eyes light up to indicate its mood
  • recharges in just 1 hour
Brand Spin Master
Model 20063696-6022355
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

6. Little Live Pets

Ranging from puppies and parakeets to mice and turtles, Little Live Pets offer the rewards of caring for small animals without the fuss and bother of cleaning up after the real McCoy. Realistic sounds and movements add to the charm of their playful interactions.
  • fun to feed and cuddle
  • record and playback on some models
  • suitable for ages 5 and above
Brand Little Live Pets
Model 28182
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Move2Play Fuzzy Flyers

Move2Play Fuzzy Flyers are interactive plush toys designed to encourage kids to get up and get moving, with engaging, easy-to-learn games that promote healthy activity, sensors to detect touch and movement, and funny responses and silly sound effects to liven things up.
  • help develop hand-eye coordination
  • build teamwork skills
  • no small parts or a complex setup
Brand Move 2 Play
Model FUZ102
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. WowWee Fingerlings

WowWee Fingerlings are cute, colorful and small enough to fit into the palm of a child's hand. Wrapping tiny arms or tails around your fingers, they blink their eyes, babble, sing and make all sorts of cheerful sounds in response to your voice or touch.
  • harmonize with other fingerlings
  • more than 40 different animations
  • popular collectibles for kids
Brand WowWee
Model 3706
Weight 6.2 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. FurReal Friends

Responsive to touch, gestures and voice commands, Hasbro's FurReal Friends let you know they're ready for some fun with friendly vocalizations and playful animal behaviors, using more than a hundred different sound and movement combinations to keep things interesting.
  • smartphone app integration
  • interact with other furreal friends
  • wide variety to choose from
Brand Hasbro
Model B9071
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Joy For All

Joy For All Companions, by Hasbro, are designed to mimic the soothing effects of having a four-legged friend with whom to while away the hours in one's golden years. They are especially suitable for those experiencing memory loss, cognitive decline or emotional distress.
  • gentle heartbeat and relaxing sounds
  • soft and cuddly fur coats
  • no startling noises or behaviors
Brand Joy For All
Model B7594
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Robotis Play Pets Kit

The Robotis Play Pets Kit is more than just your garden-variety remote-controlled sidekick. Following the colorful assembly guide and interactive app to build one of seven different programmable creatures provides a wealth of entertaining STEM learning experiences, too.
  • engaging 3d construction project
  • motorized controller
  • teaches basic coding skills
Model 901-0057-000
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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Last updated on January 15, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.

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