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Top 10 Best Robot Pets to Buy Online 2020

There are a bunch of reasons you may want a robot pet. Maybe you’re tired of coming home to an empty, silent apartment, tired of sitting down at the dinner table with no one by your side or at your feet. Or maybe you’re looking for a Christmas present for your kid, something to keep them occupied so they’ll stop bugging you all the time. And so on.

Well, depending on who or what the pet is for, the form your robot is going to take will differ. So we’ll talk about some factors to consider when going shopping, before introducing you to ten sweethearts you’re going to want to take home.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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How to Choose a Robot Pet – Buying Guide

Is the pet for you, your kid, or your grandmother? Are you looking for laughs, or something soothing to stroke? These are all things that matter when deciding which robot pet is the best for you.

Choosing Based on Appearance: Which is More Important? Physical Touch or Smart Features?

We know–never judge a book by it’s cover. But in the world of robot pets, it’s a little different. Because whether or not your pet has fur is going to tell you just what it’s capable of doing.

Encased in Plastic: Moves Around and Responds to Your Calls

Encased in Plastic: Moves Around and Responds to Your Calls
You can’t nuzzle your face into these. But what these little mounds of plastic give up in physical appearance, they make up for in behavior. They’re dexterous, for one. Watch them break dance on their nose, turn a backflip, flick their little tails and get ready to pounce. They’re also more autonomous than their furry cousins. That’s because the plastic is sturdier–these robots can wander around the house and get into all kinds of trouble without falling apart.
So if you want to feel like you’re actually communicating with your pet, go plastic. The technology’s more sophisticated. Some of them will follow you around the house, begging for treats; others will perk up at the sound of your voice. And you can also teach them new tricks.
Just watch where you let them run wild. Mittens isn’t going to survive a drop from the second story of your house. (He might also trip you.)

Furry Buddies: For Cuddling and Nuzzling Against

Furry Buddies: For Cuddling and Nuzzling Against
If you want something to hold close to your chest, then get a puppy, kitty, panda (whatever) with fur. They’re really cute and easy to love, but they don’t move much. Most don’t walk. They usually just lie there, turn their heads, twitch their ears, blink, and maybe slowly bat a paw.
There’s been a boom, recently, in fuzzy robot companions for the elderly, who can’t take care of real pets. These stand-ins do everything they can to recreate the physical feel of a pet; they might mimic the vibrations of a purr, for example, which alleviates stress, or the soft thump of a heartbeat.
Long story short, plastic pets offer more fun and laughs, but ones with fur are often sweeter, softer, and more therapeutic.

How Do You Want to Interact with Your Pet? Look at the Sensors

Communication is a two-way thing. It’s kind of depressing when you come home and talk about all the horrible stuff you went through, and your robot pet just sits there, smiling blankly at nothing. Do yourself a favor, and look at the sensors.

Touch Sensors: Does She Nuzzle Back When You Pet Her?

Touch Sensors: Does She Nuzzle Back When You Pet Her?
A lot of these robots have touch sensors located throughout their bodies. Scratch behind the ears, for example, and a cat may purr. Lay a hand on his back, and a dog will bark or wag his tail. Stroke a cheek, and your pet will nuzzle into it. Lay your nose on hers, and she may give you a kiss. Talk about soothing.
The more sensors a robot has, the more varied its responses get. It’s something to keep in mind if your kid (or you) gets bored of new toys within the space of a few hours.

Sound Sensors: Can He Respond to Commands?

Sound Sensors: Can He Respond to Commands?
If you want Fido to roll over when you tell him to roll over, make sure he has sound sensors. But let’s say you aren’t ready to dish out big cash for speech recognition. Even robots with less sophisticated sound sensors can bark when you call their names, or turn their faces to you when you’re speaking.

Vision Sensors or Camera: Can She See Your Face and Walk Around?

Vision Sensors or Camera: Can She See Your Face and Walk Around?
Then, you’ve got robots that can “see” their environment. Some have got cameras that help them navigate your house, dodging walls and table legs. And if you want to feel really close to your pet, see if it’s got facial recognition. Because what can make a heart melt more than a tiny little robot pet looking up at you and calling your name?

Do You Want Your Pet to Grow with You? Now We’re Talking AI

Do You Want Your Pet to Grow with You? Now We’re Talking AI
We’ve already dipped briefly into AI land, with all this talk of facial and speech recognition. Basically, if you want to actually train your pet, you’re going to need something with AI (artificial intelligence). An AI pup, for example, can learn its own name and come scampering over when you call it. If you want to feel like you’re raising an honest-to-goodness pet, then you have to invest in the technology.
Some AI pets even grow over time–personality-wise, that is. They might come up with new games to play, or take on new behavior. And if your pet’s constantly changing, then (as cruel as this sounds) you won’t grow tired of it as quickly.
Only thing is, smarter pets tend to update through apps. So you do have to go through the trouble of downloading the software onto your phone or computer, then syncing.

How Real Do You Want Your Pet to Get? Extra Features

How Real Do You Want Your Pet to Get? Extra Features
Some pets come with add-ons, like extra materials for games, a ball to play fetch, or a leash so you can take them on walks. You might also get some little robot treats for extra bonding time. If you’re looking to enjoy a wide range of activities for your pet, keep an eye out for these.
And though adults want robot pets because there’s no cleanup involved, for some reason, kids love pooping pups. (Bonus if it can fart.) Just letting you know that’s also an option.

It’s Heartbreaking if Your Pet Just Shuts Down: Check Battery Type and Life

It’s Heartbreaking if Your Pet Just Shuts Down: Check Battery Type and Life
Whiskers is batting the ball around one second, and the next, she just keels over. Heartbreaking. So, before you buy any robot pet, make sure you know how it’s powered. We like rechargeable batteries because a) you don’t need to keep buying new ones, saving you money in the long run and b) you can recharge your pet before they completely run out of juice and just… stop.
Also check out how long battery life is (make sure it’s longer than your kid’s attention span) and if there’s any kind of indicator of how much power is remaining. An automated sleep mode will also keep your pet running for longer. Kids (and adults) can get pretty attached to these things, so it’s best to make sure there’s no nasty surprises.

Top 10 Best Robot Pets to Buy Online

So we’ve talked about how you can check how smart, how dexterous, or how cute a robot pet is. Now it’s time to introduce ten little ones that managed to melt our hearts.

10. WEofferwhatYOUwant Electronic Pet Dog Interactive Puppy Harry

$22.99

8. FurReal Friends Pax, My Poopin’ Pup

$24.95

7. FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon

$61.84

6. Hi-Tech Wireless Remote Control Robot Interactive Puppy Dog

$39.99

5. WowWee CHiP Robot Toy Dog

$192.00

4. Zoomer Kitty, Interactive Cat

$134.70

3. Joy For All Silver Cat with White Mitts

$88.31

2. Joy For All Companion Pet Golden Pup

$119.00

1.ROBOTIS PLAY 600 PETs Kit

$39.15

Summary

So, how about it? Find anything that positively melted your heart? (We’re leaning towards the tank.) The pups, the kittens, and the dragons we have lined up here all have different personalities and different purposes. They can cuddle up to the lonely, amuse the easily distracted, or–if worst comes to worst–grace your living room as another piece of interior decoration.
So, now you’ve just got to decide on a name.

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