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Best Bluetooth Trackers 2024: Never lose your keys again

Bluetooth trackers have undergone significant advancements in recent years, not only in their compact design but also in the features they offer to assist in locating your lost valuables. However, the progress in connectivity brings along its own challenges, including compatibility with smartphones and charging considerations.

While all Bluetooth trackers serve the common purpose of helping you find misplaced items, the nuances can vary depending on the brand of the tracker and even the brand of smartphone you own. An Apple AirTag is great if you’ve got an iPhone, but not so much if you’re an Android user.

Design aspects like the size and shape are also crucial to consider, as well as battery life and, of course, the crucial price tag. This all contributes to the complexity of the decision-making process.

Choosing a Bluetooth tracker in 2024 may seem like navigating a maze, but fear not—Trusted Reviews is here to guide you. We’ve meticulously researched and tested some of the most popular and capable Bluetooth trackers available, ranging from Apple’s high-end AirTag to Tile’s latest offering, to identify the very best options on the market.

Each tracker featured in this list has undergone thorough testing for at least a week in various scenarios. This testing includes evaluating elements such as audio alerts, connectivity over long distances, and resistance to interference from obstacles like walls, providing you with the most comprehensive insights possible.

Best Bluetooth trackers at a glance

How we test

How we test Bluetooth trackers

At Trusted Reviews, our comprehensive testing process for Bluetooth trackers goes beyond the ordinary to ensure that our readers receive accurate and valuable insights. Our rigorous evaluation begins with a minimum testing period of one week, during which we immerse the trackers in a wide range of real-world scenarios. 

One of the key aspects we focus on is the audio alert system of Bluetooth trackers. We subject each tracker to controlled, quiet and noisy environments to gauge the audibility and effectiveness of their alert signals. 

Our process also includes testing connectivity over extended distances, simulating scenarios where a user might be separated from their belongings by considerable space. We measure how consistently the Bluetooth trackers maintain a connection with the paired smartphone, pushing the limits to ensure their performance aligns with real-world expectations. 

Additionally, we explore how well these trackers fare in the face of physical barriers such as walls, assessing their ability to overcome interference and deliver consistent tracking results even when obstructions are present.

We also extensively interact with the tracker apps, assessing their ease of use, functionality, and overall design.

Apple AirTag

Best for iPhone users
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Pros

  • Ties in excellently with iOS and the huge Find My network
  • Precision Finding is a neat trick
  • Pretty affordable
  • The tracking is very good

Cons

  • Design isn’t particularly well thought out in a number of ways
  • Accessories required for basic functionality
  • No sharing of AirTags between family members

If you’ve got an iPhone and are in the market for a Bluetooth tracker, the Apple AirTag is your best option. 

It seamlessly integrates with your iPhone with a simple pairing process and utilises the two billion iOS devices worldwide to help locate your stuff once you’re out of Bluetooth range. Tile also provides a similar network, but only works on phones with the Tile app installed, limiting its reach compared to Apple’s system. 

There’s also the functionality of the AirTag itself; as well as boasting a fairly loud chime to help you find your lost items, it uses Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology to direct you towards your item with pinpoint accuracy – far more useful than the generic ‘nearby’ readings you’ll find from competitors. It’s limited to more recent iPhones (iPhone 11 or newer) but is a game-changer for those who can take advantage of it. 

There are also helpful anti-stalking measures built in, including alerting you if an unregistered AirTag is constantly in your vicinity, and an audible chime will go off regularly to alert those without an iOS device that a tracker is nearby. 

That’s not to say it’s perfect, however; the design requires the use of an accessory (in the form of a keyring holder, bag strap, etc) to attach it to most items and, in typical fashion, the accessories are expensive – some more than the AirTag itself. It’s also exclusive to iPhone owners, with no kind of app support for Android users. 

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Apple AirTag review

Tile Mate (2022)

Best for tracking keys
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Pros

  • Nicely made
  • Good Bluetooth range
  • Three-year battery

Cons

  • Battery can’t be replaced
  • Bluetooth only
  • No ultra wideband

Before Apple came onto the scene to tempt iPhone users, Tile was the dominant force in the Bluetooth tracker market and it’s easy to see why with the company’s most recent Tile Mate (2022).

The compact tracker is the perfect size for slipping onto a keyring or a dog’s collar and, unlike the AirTag, comes with a small hole in the corner to allow it to loop directly onto a keyring. This negates the need for additional accessories and helps keep the whole experience affordable.

In fact, despite the Mate being one of the cheapest trackers in Tile’s collection, it doesn’t really lose out on much compared to the more premium Tile Pro or Tile Slim. It boasts the same 76-meter Bluetooth range, compatibility with iOS and Android devices alike, and IP67 water and dust resistance to keep your stuff safe even in treacherous conditions.  

Like the AirTag, it’ll rely on other phones to track its location when out of range of your device, though this requires phones nearby to have the Tile app installed – and that’ll only really include existing Tile owners. However, Tile does claim that it has the largest location network in the world. 

There are also handy little features not present on other trackers, like the ability to double-tap the Tile logo button to make your connected smartphone chirp. 

The only real annoyance about the Mate is that its battery isn’t replaceable, meaning you’ll have to bin it (or take it to a recycling centre, preferably) after three years and replace it. 

Reviewer: Ian Evenden
Full review: Tile Mate (2022) review

Tile Slim (2022)

Best credit card-style tracker
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Pros

  • Thin and unobtrusive
  • Three-year battery
  • Loud enough to find by sound

Cons

  • Battery not replaceable
  • Detection range is a bit disappointing
  • Still possible to lose

The Tile Slim is the ideal Bluetooth tracker if you want to keep track of your wallet or purse, boasting a credit card-style look designed to slip in unnoticed. At just 2.5mm thick, it certainly does the job better than an AirTag would. 

Despite the slimline dimensions of the tracker, it boasts key Tile features like IP67 dust and water resistance, a handy reverse-search button to find your phone and connectivity with the wider Tile network when you’re out of range, making it a solid option for keeping your wallet safe. 

While Tile claims that the Slim offers the same 76-meter range as other devices in the Tile collection, we found that the signal would completely drop as little as 25m away – and that’s not even when placed in a wallet, but a car seat with the windows wide open. 

That’ll still suffice if you’re trying to find your wallet in the same room, but it becomes a little more difficult when covering more ground.  

Like the Tile Mate and Sticker, the Slim doesn’t offer a replaceable battery, which means you’ll have to completely replace the tracker once it dies (after around two or three years, apparently). 

Reviewer: Ian Evenden
Full review: Tile Slim (2022) review

Tile Sticker

Best adhesive-based tracker
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Pros

  • Slim and unobtrusive format
  • Strong adhesive

Cons

  • Battery is not replaceable
  • Quiet chime sound

If you want a discreet tracker that’ll stick to almost anything, the aptly-named Tile Sticker should be one for consideration. It’s not only tiny at just 27 x 7.8mm, but the strong adhesive ensures it stays securely in place once it’s cured, a process that takes around 24-hours. 

Size aside, it performs in the exact same way as other Tile trackers in this list, complete with the same staple IP67 water resistance, a built-in button for reverse phone tracking and compatibility with the wider Tile network to find your stuff when you’re out of Bluetooth range.

There’s even a speaker to help you locate your items when nearby, but it’s notably quieter than others options on our list. It’s fine in quiet environments, but you’ll struggle to hear it in louder outdoor areas. 

It also doesn’t offer a replaceable battery system, so you’ll have to bin the tracker once it finally runs out of juice – around two to three years, according to Tile. 

Reviewer: Sean Cameron
Full review: Tile Sticker (2022) review

Chipolo One Spot

Best AirTag alternative
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Pros

  • IPX5 water resistance
  • Apple Find My integration
  • Replaceable battery

Cons

  • No support for Android devices
  • Limited colour options
  • No UWB tech

Slightly cheaper than Apple’s AirTag, the Chipolo One Spot is a great alternative if you want a Bluetooth tracker that still works with the Find My app but doesn’t require extra costly accessories to attach it to keys and other items.

At just under 38mm wide and 7.65g, the One Spot is not just small and lightweight but durable too, with an IPX5 rating which means it’s water resistant and can survive the odd drop or two. 

Capable of precise tracking, the One Spot seamlessly integrates with the Find My app which makes setting up and tracking incredibly easy, only taking a matter of seconds.

To quickly locate your tracker, say if you’re rushing out of the house and need to find your keys, your One Spot will produce a loud and easy to hear sound which you can then follow. For items left further afield, simply tap the One Spot on your list of devices in the Find My app.

It’s worth noting that unlike the AirTag, the One Spot does not have Ultra Wide Band (UWB) support. UWB support allows an iPhone user to track an AirTag using an on-screen arrow to point and direct you towards it. Even so, the Find My app is perfectly capable of showing you where you need to go. 

Many Bluetooth trackers don’t have replaceable batteries, which means once the tracker runs out of juice then the whole device needs to be thrown away. Not only is this incredibly wasteful but it’s also expensive. Luckily, the One Spot battery not only lasts for up to a year but can easily be replaced once it runs out.

Remember, if you’re on the Android ecosystem then the Chipolo One Spot won’t be compatible with your devices.

Review: Chipolo One Spot

Full review: Sean Cameron

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FAQs

What’s the best tracker for iPhone users?

While you’re free to use most Bluetooth trackers on iPhone, Apple’s AirTag offers the best experience for iOS owners with easy pairing and exclusive features like Precision Finding.

What’s the best tracker for Android users?

For most people, the Tile Mate (2022) will suffice, but specific trackers might work better with specific brands of smartphones. Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag is best used with Samsung devices, for example.

How long do Bluetooth trackers last?

Most Tile trackers have a two-to-three-year battery life. The AirTag is much less at around a year of use, but the battery is easily replaced.

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