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“Where are my keys?!” It happens more often than we’d like to admit, but most of us have been guilty of misplacing our car keys. It seems to always happen at the worst time, causing frustration and stress as you’re trying to rush out the door. Thankfully, now there is an entire category of products designed to make finding your misplaced keys within seconds. Key finders are pretty basic and easy to use. You simply add one to your keyring or keychain and when you can’t find your keys, you either use an app or push a button on a transmitter to locate them.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the best key finders currently available, so hopefully you’ll never spend an unnecessary amount of time looking for those pesky keys that fell in your couch.
For more information on the best key finders, refer to our table of contents.
Table of contents
1. Editor's Pick: Tile Mate
Arguably the most popular brand when it comes to item trackers, our top recommendation is a great addition to any keyring. The simple and subtle design won’t add much bulk to your keychain and it simply pairs to a smartphone app so you can always locate your keys. It boasts a 200′ range for ringing and uses a replaceable CR1632 battery, which lasts a year with no upkeep. Even when the battery does need replacing, it’ll only take you a couple minutes. If you’re out of the 200′ range, you can still find the location of the device by viewing a map on the app.
As an added benefit, you can also use this product to locate your phone. Simply double press the button on the key finder and it’ll make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent. Another feature on the app is Community Find, which connects you to the world’s largest lost-and-found community. Additional family members can also access the same key finder through the app. This recommendation is water resistant, but not waterproof.
- Extremely popular brand
- Simple, compact design
- Pairs to a smartphone app
- Replaceable CR1632 battery
- 200′ range for ringing
- Can also be used to ring your phone
- Community Find app feature
2. KeySmart Pro
This recommendation is equipped with the same technology you’ll find in our Editor’s Pick, bundling a compact key organizer with a key finder. Available in a variety of finishes, the only reason why this isn’t our top recommendation is that it only holds a charge for up to 45 days, which means you’ll have to remember to recharge it every few weeks. If that isn’t a deal breaker for you, you’ll want this versatile key holder that even includes a bottle opener and a built-in LED flashlight.
It’s capable of holding up to 10 keys and there are some third-party accessories you can even add onto the holder if you don’t have 10 keys. Like our top pick, you can also push a button on this device to ring your phone, even if it’s on silent.
- Versatile key organizer
- Includes Tile technology
- Available in a variety of finishes
- Holds a charge for up to 45 days
- Built-in LED flashlight
- Includes a bottle opener
- Holds up to 10 keys
- Can also ring your phone
3. Esky Wireless RF Key Finder
This option allows you to track up to 4 items with a single transmitter, and it’s able to find those items up to 98′ away. Each receiver is color-coded, with a corresponding button on the transmitter that causes the receiver to beep. Since device is an RF (radio frequency) item locator, which explains its limited range compared to other recommendations on our list. Still, the 98′ range should be enough to find your car keys within your house.
Each receiver is powered by a CR2032 battery and batteries are included for each receiver. As a minor added bonus, the transmitter has a built-in flashlight if you ever need access to one.
- RF item locator
- Includes 4 receivers and 1 transmitter
- Works up to 98′ away
- Audible beep to locate items (75 to 80 dB)
- Powered by CR2032 batteries (included)
- Built-in flashlight on the transmitter
4. KeyRinger Key Finder
If you’re looking for great range, this product works up to 300′ away. They’re sold as a pair, and either device can be used to ring the other. The included batteries last up to 18 months and there’s no setup or programming necessary—simply add it to your keychain. Constructed from polycarbonate plastic, which is the same material used in bulletproof windows, these key finders are extremely durable and come with a 2-year warranty.
You can also use a smartphone, tablet, or computer to call each device. Users have the option to change the volume, ring duration, and other attributes. You can also program them so that multiple devices are called simultaneously, with up to 2,000 programmable codes available.
- Sold in pairs
- Works up to 300′ away
- One device can call another
- Also compatible with smartphones, tablets, and computers
- Batteries last up to 18 months
- No setup or programming necessary (unless you want to configure several options)
- Constructed from durable polycarbonate plastic
- 2-year warranty
5. WOSPORTS Key Finder
This wireless key finder includes 1 transmitter and 6 receivers and works up to 85′ to 100′ away. Each receiver is powered by a CR2032 battery (included) and the company says they have a standby life of about 9 months. The transmitter uses a AAA battery, which is not included. Built into the receiver is a red LED light to help you locate your lost keys in the dark.
Each receiver is constructed from ABS material and the audible beep is rated at 75 to 85 dB loud. Also included with the kit are 6 key rings, 6 adhesive stickers, 1 sticking pad, and a user manual. One thing to keep in mind with this recommendation is that the receivers are not waterproof.
- Includes 1 transmitter and 6 receivers
- Works up to 85′ to 100′ away
- Receivers are powered by CR2032 battery (9 month standby life, included)
- Transmitter is powered by AAA battery (not included)
- Built-in red LED light on transmitter
- Receivers are constructed from ABS material, but are not waterproof
- Beep is rated at 75 to 85 dB
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