Easy to program
Timer is accurate
Portion sizes aren’t predictable
Voice recording is too quiet
We purchased the Homdox Automatic Pet Feeder so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
Automatic cat feeders can be lifesavers for busy pet parents, and the robot-like Homdox Automatic Pet Feeder is designed with versatility and convenience in mind. Whether you want to schedule feedings for when you’re out of town or simply train your cat to stop begging you for food, this automatic feeder offers lots of customization options. Since not all pet feeders are created equal, we tested the Homdox to see how it stacked up to the competition in terms of size, functionality, and overall value. Read on to see what we—both the owners and our cats—thought.
Design: Robot-like feeder
The Homdox Automatic Pet Feeder stands out in terms of aesthetics. It looks like a robot—in fact, that’s what our toddler called it. We found the shape cute as well as functional. Food goes in the round top and the triangular base shoots out kibble at the appropriate times. The screw-top lid is completely cat-proof so you can be sure only humans can access the food tank.
At about 1.5 feet tall, the machine doesn’t go unnoticed, and that means there’s no tucking it away during a party or hiding it from that aforementioned toddler. Its size also means it’s not easily knocked over by a hungry feline, however. The base is also made with a non-skid material, which further prevents it from getting knocked over.
The moisture-resistant food container holds 4 liters of food, which should be enough to last a week if you’re doing three feedings a day. To prevent overfeeding, the machine has built-in infrared technology that detects when the bowl is full so you don’t have to worry about Meow Mix spilling all over the floor. We never experienced the bowl being too full at feeding time, but it’s nice to have the added security that you aren’t over-feeding your pets while you are away.
As for power, the device can run on batteries (three D-batteries) or be plugged in with the included adapter. We’d recommend using both if possible—as the batteries can act as a backup in case the Homdox loses power. If it does short out, all your careful programming gets lost and you have to start over again.
Programming: Intuitive buttons, confusing portions
At first glance, the front panel looks a little intimidating with 12 buttons to play with. A quick flip through the user manual will get you acquainted with how to program the food dispenser, though, and it proves simple enough. There are four buttons that correspond to four mealtimes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a fourth meal option. Each button has a clear label that makes knowing what to push a breeze. For each meal, you set a time and a portion size, which is programmed using the “meal size” button.
Knowing what size meal to choose isn’t easy, though. Portion sizes are based on weight, with each portion supposedly equaling 5 grams of food. You can program anywhere from one to 39 portions at a time, and we started with one. This shot out one single piece of dry food—not even close to a meal. Five was hardly better, and when we tried ten, it dished out about a tablespoon of kibble. We put it on 20 and got so much food we had to scoop it back in. Finally, set to 15, the meal was about twice the size of a normal one. We found the process to be extremely frustrating as we couldn’t detect a consistent size differential between portions, so we had to keep guessing and testing as we set it.
One thing that was intuitive was the LCD screen that displays the time and tells you what meals are turned on and off, so you know for sure if you set it. The clock runs on a 24-hour schedule, making it better for accurately setting meals and not accidentally messing up AM/PM feedings.
The Homdox features voice-recording capability and a speaker, which allows you to program a custom message that will accompany each meal. To record your voice, just hold down the mic button for three seconds until the info screen starts flashing. Then say whatever you want your pet to hear. It’s a faint recording, but given that most pets have better hearing than humans, we found our cats had no trouble hearing it. Now whether or not your pet chooses to respond to your voice is another matter.
Pet Interaction: No issues here
The Homdox feeder doesn’t give off a detectable odor of cat food (not to humans, anyway), but our cats quickly learned there was food inside and began to paw and nudge at it with their heads. In little time, our cats were downright obsessed with the robot-like feeder, and a good 30 minutes before feeding they both took to sitting in front of the machine to wait. That made us happy since before this automatic feeder they would just meow incessantly for food until we finally gave in. Over time, we imagine the cats won’t care about us humans at all and will instead go to the robot for love, affection, and kibble.
Our cats were downright obsessed with the robot-like feeder.
Cleaning: Easier than other pet gear
Once the machine empties out all you have to do is take a damp cloth and wipe it clean. You can do the same with the removable food dish any time you want. And if the food tank isn’t empty and you think it needs washing, just dump the leftover food into a bowl and then wipe the plastic walls. Don’t soak the device, though, because it’s electronic and can’t handle a lot of water.
Price: Cheaper than others but not worth it
Automatic pet feeders tend to cost a pretty penny, and this one, at around $60, is no exception. It’s cheaper than other models, but we suggest spending a little more for an efficient product that proves more reliable in terms of portion sizes.
Competition: Similar models with notable advantages
WOPET Automatic Pet Feeder: WOPET makes several different pet feeders and this automatic model is quite similar to the Homdox. The programming panel is nearly identical, as are the specs. While the WOPET’s list price is more expensive ($128.99 MSRP), you can usually find it for closer to $90. We tested both and found the WOPET has much more precise portion control.
Pawple Automatic Pet Feeder: Unlike the Homdox, Pawple’s automatic feeder is slender and can fit under a table when you’re not using it or wish to put it away. It doesn’t talk to the animals or hold as much food, but it does dish out six small, cat-sized meals on a timer. The best part is you can serve your feline friend dry or wet food, and the tray can go in the dishwasher. Plus, you can find it for around $45, making it a great budget pick if you don’t need as large of a capacity as some of the more expensive models.
Iseebiz Automatic Cat Feeder: With a 6-liter capacity, the Iseebiz pet feeder is bigger than the Homdox, though it has more of a square shape. It can also record your voice and the panel looks exactly the same. If capacity is important to you, this one can be found for around $70, but other than that, its features are the same as less expensive models.
If you’re looking for precise portion control, this isn’t the device for you.
The Homdox Automatic Pet Feeder works fine if you don’t care about how much food your cat is eating, but if you want something with more accurate portion control, then look to other pet feeders. We liked the design that this one offered, but the bulky form and lack of consistency would prevent us from buying it again.
- Product Name Automatic Pet Food Dispenser
- Product Brand Homdox
- UPC 714394042248
- Price $62.00
- Weight 3.7 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 12.6 x 9.3 x 8.3 in.
- Material Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene