That early-morning scramble to find your keys before you leave the house doesn't have to be so frantic if you've got a wireless key finder handy. No bigger than a standard key chain — and even smaller, in some cases — these dongles connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE to alert you when your keys are nearby or in danger of being left behind.

Plenty of key finders promise to keep your valuables close at hand, but after putting a variety of devices through their paces, we continue to be impressed by the latest iteration of Tile's $25 tracker. The Tile Mate retains the great features of its predecessor — good range and a helpful two-way finding feature that lets you locate your phone from your key chain — and delivers them in a more compact device. And now Tile is offering a pair of new key finders with a sportier design that also deliver improved range and a louder alarm.

Thanks to regular updates that have added features like Alexa compatibility, the $29 TrackR Bravo is our new runner-up. We had a good experience with our previous second choice, the $29 Duet by Protag, but the mobile app that accompanies that key finder has gone a year between updates. (Like Tile, TrackR has a new key finder, the TrackR Pixel that's cheaper than the Bravo; we plan to test it soon.) We were also impressed by the improvements in the $25 Chipolo Plus, which adds a clickable button that makes it much easier to access that key finder's features, which include two-way finding and the ability to double as a remote shutter for your phone's camera.

New & Notable

Here's the latest news on upcoming key finders we plan to review in a future update to this guide.

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