Holds 3.3 pounds of food
Includes two different portion wheels
Quiet voice recording
Food dish is a bit small
Loud when releasing food
We purchased the WOPET Automatic Pet Feeder so our reviewer could put it to the test with her cats. Keep reading for our full product review.
If you’re a pet owner—especially one who travels frequently—an automatic pet feeder can help ensure that your cat or dog is always well-fed, even when you’re not around. This attractive, popular model from WOPET is large enough to hold dozens of meals and can be programmed to dispense meals up to four times a day. To see if it lived up to its many positive reviews, we took it home and had our two cats use it for more than a week, evaluating features like its design, programming options, and overall value. Read on for our thoughts.
Design: Sleek and modern
With clean lines and a sleek, black and white color scheme, the WOPET Automatic Pet Feeder looks like it could have been designed by an Apple engineer. Its main storage compartment houses a removable food container that can hold up to 3.3 pounds of dry food—just be sure that the size of the individual food pellets doesn’t exceed 0.39 x 0.39 inches or they won’t be released.
This feeder comes with two different portion wheels that help measure and dispense food: one can handle meals between 5 and 195 grams (great for cats and smaller dogs) and one can accommodate meals between 10 and 390 grams (great for larger dogs). Ours came with the larger wheel installed, but since we have two cats, we replaced it with the smaller wheel using included screws and a screwdriver (not included).
The main compartment of this pet feeder is sealed with a clear lid that opens with the push of a button. We liked this feature because it allowed us to see how much food was left at any given moment—plus, it protected the LCD control panel used for programming meals (more on that below). Finally, at the base of the container sits a detachable feeding tray. Overall, we thought that this product was lightweight but built sturdily enough that hungry pets can’t tip it over or break into the top for a late-night snack.
This feeder can be powered either via an electrical outlet (a power adapter is included) or three D-size batteries (not included). If a power outage occurs while batteries are loaded, the feeder will continue to run on battery power alone.
Programming: Plan up to four meals a day
On top of its main compartment, this pet feeder has an LCD screen that allows you to program the timing and size of up to four meals per day. Meal sizes range from one to 39 and will vary slightly depending on what portion wheel you’re using. For the small wheel insert, portion sizes run in 5-gram increments, and for the larger wheel insert, each size increases by 10 grams. Depending on the size of your pet, it’s a good idea to play around with this feature to see what meal number works for you and your furry family. We used the smaller wheel and dispensed two size-5 meals per day—one in the morning and one at night. This worked well for our cats.
This pet feeder also has a nifty voice recording feature: just press the mic button on the control panel to record a custom message (of up to 10 seconds) for your pet. This message will play as each feeding dispenses. We recorded our own greeting (“Kitties, it’s time to eat!”) but thought that the volume of the voice recording was a bit too soft; we weren’t sure if our cats noticed it. After a few days of testing, however, they knew when their food was coming and waited by the machine in the morning and evening.
We felt that this product was pretty easy to clean. The food container itself can be wiped down with a damp cloth, while the food tray is removable and dishwasher-safe (though we washed it by hand because it was quicker). Just make sure you don’t soak the actual food container in water since it’s electronic.
Price: Worth the money
While this product has an MSRP of $128.99, it often goes on sale for $90. Although that’s still an investment, the feeder is well-designed, easy to use and reliable—making it a great value, if you ask us.
We liked the clear lid because it allowed us to see how much food was left at any given point.
Competition: Budget options exist but not at this caliber
Wonder Creature Automatic Pet Feeder: At first glance, this automatic pet feeder from Wonder Creature looks a lot like the WOPET model, but they aren’t quite the same. This option holds approximately 7 pounds of food and, although the control screen has a similar configuration, it’s located on the front of the machine instead of secure under the lid. The Wonder Creature retails for around $20 less than the common sale price of the WOPET, which could be a game-changer, but if you can swing it in your budget, go for the WOPET because its control panel is protected.
Belopezz Smart Automatic Pet Feeder: The orange and white coloring of this automatic dog and cat feeder gives it a jazzy vibe, but otherwise, it has similar features, including two portion wheels and the ability to program up to four meals per day. The main differences? It holds less food but also costs quite a bit less, too (roughly $70). If you're dealing with one pet, the Belopezz might be a better investment since it's smaller and cheaper, but if you have multiple animals, the WOPET is a better bet.
Homdox Automatic Pet Feeder: This automatic pet feeder from Homdox, which we also tested, holds 4 pounds of dry food. It doesn’t look as sleek as the WOPET and it’s not quite as reliable, but if you're in need of a pint-sized automatic pet feeder, it’s a solid option.
- Product Name Automatic Pet Feeder
- Product Brand WOPET
- UPC 723610876604
- Price $128.99
- Weight 6.38 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 14 x 9.6 x 14.7 in.
- Capacity 3.3 lbs. of food
- Warranty 30-day money back guarantee, 1-year warranty
- Material Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene